President Obama angrily blamed the defeat Wednesday of his centerpiece gun-control proposal on lies spread by the National Rifle Association, calling it “a pretty shameful day for Washington.” “The gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill,” Mr. Obama said in the White House rose garden about 90 minutes after the vote. “It came down to politics.” As he spoke, Mr. Obama was surrounded by family members of victims of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting. Also with him was former Rep. Gabby Giffords of Arizona, wounded in an assassination attempt.
The president could not have expended more time, political capital and energy on his anti-gun legislation and yet today the vote on cloture on the Toomey-Manchin background check bill wasn’t even close. In the end, 54 senators voted for cloture, 6 less than needed. The Democratic senators voting no were Mark Begich (Alaska), Max Baucus (Mont.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), and Harry Reid (Nev.) (for procedural purposes so he could potentially bring it up again). It is hard to blame this one solely on the Republicans who contributed four votes in favor of cloture.
Washington — President Barack Obama says the Senate’s opposition to a bill that would have expanded background checks for gun buyers marks a “shameful day” in Washington. He says a minority of senators decided “it wasn’t worth it” to protect the nation’s children. Obama spoke in the Rose Garden shortly after the Senate vote rejecting a bipartisan effort to expand federal background checks to more firearms buyers. (Snip) The president pinned the blame for the measures failure, though five Democrats also opposed the plan. He also said the gun lobby and its allies “willfully lied” about background check bill.
Gallup released a poll Monday that asked Americans to list the most important problems currently facing the country. Despite the fact that the media has been on a months-long, 24/7 crusade to convince DC lawmakers to restrict our Second Amendment civil rights, this propaganda push has failed miserably with the overall population: Only 4% of Americans see gun control as a priority. As if to punctuate this point, with the help of David Axelrod and Steve Schmidt, the insufferable "Morning Joe" crew was in full demagogue mode Wednesday morning. Joe Scarborough was actually screaming something about "terrorists getting guns!"
The FBI said there has been ´substantial progress´ in the Boston bombing investigation after they analyzed surveillance footage from a nearby department store which showed a ´man in a hooded sweatshirt in a backwards baseball cap´ planting the second bomb. Because of that video - and local news footage - authorities were able to get exactly what they have been looking for - an individual coming in and dropping a package in a black bag before quickly walking away again. It was initially believed the man had been arrested and would soon be taken to court but White House officials
Actor and comedian Jay Mohr incited a Twitter-storm of backlash Monday, tweeting in reaction to a massacre at the Boston Marathon that the ´2nd Amendment must go. Violence has 2 stop.´ The Boston terror attacks were carried out with pressure cooker-encased explosive devices, not with firearms. ´The 2nd Amendment lends itself to the CULTURE of violence we are living in,´ he clarified later, as The Daily Caller reported, after a fan responded that his argument was ´silly. How can you connect the 2nd amendment [sic] to a terrorist act?´
As a result of Monday’s bombing in Boston, New Jersey senator Frank Lautenberg will introduce legislation requiring background checks for the sale of explosive powder. Lautenberg is also filing the bill as an amendment to the gun legislation currently being debated on the Senate floor. “It is outrageous that anyone, even a known terrorist, can walk into a store in America and buy explosives without any questions asked,” Lautenberg said in a statement earlier today. “If we are serious about public safety, we must put these common-sense safeguards in place.
Web users have turned into detectives in the wake of the Boston Marathon tragedy, looking through hundreds of photos to find the person or group behind Monday´s carnage. As authorities conduct an exhaustive investigation of the moments leading up to the double bombing near the finish line, Reddit and 4chan users are doing one of their own - pointing out people at the site of the first bombing whom they think the FBI should be talking to. There is, however, no official evidence to support that the individuals pictured had anything to do with the devastating twin bombing, which claimed three
The section of my book America Alone on demographic decline begins with Japan – because Japan presents “the demographic death spiral in its purest form”. The Economist and a bunch of other smart guys all said at the time that it was “alarmist”. Seven years later, everyone’s ringing alarm bells. From today’s Asahi Shimbun: Japan’s population has dropped by a record 284,000. As of Oct. 1, 2012, the country’s population was estimated at 127,515,000, down 0.22 percent from the previous year, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said April 16.
WASHINGTON — The head of a group accused of illegally taping private meetings of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell´s campaign visited the White House days before the group´s twitter account began actively attacking the Kentucky Republican, according to White House visitors logs. White House logs and the twitter feed of Shawn Reilly, one of two men at the heart of the McConnell wiretapping scandal, show he met with White House officials on December 5, just days before his organization Progress Kentucky began a messaging blitzkrieg against the Republican leader. Reilly and Curtis Morrison are currently under investigation by the FBI for
RUSH: Now, we had some sound bites yesterday that indicated that some Democrats out there were thinking that this was all due to "the seekester." (sic) Now, remember, we had the audio sound bite from Sheila Jackson Lee during one-minute speeches on the floor of the House. She made the point that all of these drastic budget cuts in the seekester led to a lack of ability by the federal government to protect people. Well, Steny Hoyer joined that fray on Tuesday. He linked the Boston bombings to the seekester, telling reporters that "sequestration is a stupid policy."
After multiple media outlets (especially CNN) wrongly reported that an arrest had been made in Boston, the FBI is urging media to "exercise caution and attempt to verify information through appropriate official channels before reporting." "Contrary to widespread reporting, no arrest has been made in connection with the Boston Marathon attack. Over the past day and a half, there have been a number of press reports based on information from unofficial sources that has been inaccurate. Since these stories often have unintended consequences, we ask the media,
RUSH: Breaking news. Breaking news, ladies and gentlemen. John King, CNN´s Newsroom, Wolf Blitzer says, "I assume you don´t know the suspect, if it´s an American, if it´s a foreigner, anything along those lines." Apparently there´s some department store video, Lord & Taylor, department store video the authorities have seen that has given them a lead. Here´s John King at CNN. KING: A physical description was given to me of the suspect. Wolf, I want to be very careful here because this is very sensitive information, but the description given to me, once again,
RUSH: The news coming out of Boston. Well, it´s not the news. There isn´t any news coming out of Boston. The speculation that continues in the Drive-By Media is becoming ridiculous and absurd, even more so than yesterday, if that´s possible. Like I have this here from CNN, the headline: "Boston Marathon Bombs Have Hallmarks Of ´Lone Wolf´ Devices, Experts Say." Now, listen to this. "The devices used in the Boston Marathon attack Monday are typical of the ´lone wolf:´ the solo terrorist who builds a bomb on his own by
This afternoon CNN´s John King reported a possible major break in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation. "I want to be very careful about this, because people get very sensitive when you say these things," King said on the air, according to the Puffington Host. "I was told by one of these sources who is a law enforcement official that [the suspect] is a dark-skinned male." Sure enough, people got very sensitive. "PBS anchor Gwen Ifill tweeted her disapproval of King´s choice," the PuffHo claims, quoting the tweet: "Disturbing that it´s OK for TV to ID a Boston bombing suspect only
The Senate delivered a devastating blow to President Obama’s agenda to regulate guns Wednesday by defeating a bipartisan proposal to expand background checks. It failed by a vote of 54 to 46, with 5 Democrats voting against it. Only 4 Republicans supported it. Democratic Sens. Mark Pryor (Ark.), Max Baucus (Mont.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Mark Begich (Alaska) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) voted against it. Reid supported the measure but voted against it to preserve his ability to bring the measure up again. GOP Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), Susan Collins (Maine), Pat Toomey (Pa.) and Mark Kirk
WASHINGTON -- A senior Democratic senator who helped write President Barack Obama´s health care law stunned administration officials Wednesday, saying openly he thinks it´s headed for a "train wreck" because of bumbling implementation. "I just see a huge train wreck coming down," Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., told Obama´s health care chief during a routine budget hearing that suddenly turned tense. Baucus is the first top Democrat to publicly voice fears about the rollout of the new health care law, designed to bring coverage to some 30 million uninsured Americans through a mix
Blame the gun lobby. Blame Republicans. Blame a handful of skittish Democrats who gave the GOP cover. Blame the entire band of demagogues who killed the modest attempt to close loopholes in a law requiring background checks for guns. Blame them, too, for jeopardizing President Obama’s entire legislative agenda. That was the point, anyhow, right? But don’t call this good news for Obama’s enemies, at least not yet, because under new rules of politics that are still being written, the victory could be Pyrrhic. In an era of voter empowerment and surprise, the GOP’s opposition to a popular gun regulation could backfire.
Latest 20.00 (15.00) The FBI has just put out this statement from Boston, ticking off the media: Quote Contrary to widespread reporting, no arrest has been made in connection with the Boston Marathon attack. Over the past day and a half, there have been a number of press reports based on information from unofficial sources that has been inaccurate. Since these stories often have unintended consequences, we ask the media, particularly at this early stage of the investigation, to exercise caution and attempt to verify information through appropriate official channels before reporting.
National Republicans are pulling the plug on Mark Sanford’s suddenly besieged congressional campaign, POLITICO has learned — a potentially fatal blow to the former South Carolina governor’s dramatic comeback bid. Blindsided by news that Sanford’s ex-wife has accused him of trespassing and concluding he has no plausible path to victory, the National Republican Congressional Committee has decided not to spend more money on Sanford’s behalf ahead of the May 7 special election. “Mark Sanford has proven he knows what it takes to win elections. At this time, the NRCC will not be engaged in this special election,”
Boston police are reporting there has been no arrest in the Marathon bombing case, saying in a Twitter message: "Despite reports to the contrary there has not been an arrest in the Marathon attack." Massachusetts State Police also say no arrest has been made. The U.S. Attorney´s Office refused to answer questions about any suspects being questioned or in custody. "All I can say is there is no one that has been arrested," a spokeswoman for Boston U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz. (Snip) A Herald source says video surveillance shows a suspect dropping a black bag
Kim Williams’ arrest warrant says she confessed to the entire plot, explaining her role and saying her husband was the shooter. Authorities confirmed the charge and $10 million bail during a brief news conference at the Kaufman County sheriff’s department. Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse was shot dead as he walked to the courthouse on the way to the courthouse on Jan. 31 and Mike and Cynthia McLelland were shot dead over Easter weekend. Kaufman County Lt. Justin Lewis told the media that family members would be briefed on the investigation this afternoon and that a full news conference
Mark Sanford has responded to his ex-wife’s allegations that he trespassed on her property, saying he went to her house to watch the Super Bowl with his son. “It’s an unfortunate reality that divorced couples sometimes have disagreements that spill over into family court. I did indeed watch the second half of the Super Bowl at the beach house with our 14-year-old son because as a father I didn’t think he should watch it alone,” the former governor said in a statement today. “Given she was out of town I tried to reach her beforehand to tell her of the situation
Two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing have been singled out in surveillance videos of the scene, sources told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday. U.S. counter-terrorism and law enforcement officials told The Times that the suspects in the Boston bombings were seen in a department store video that caught images of a man leaving a backpack near the finish line. A second federal official said he has been briefed that authorities believe a second video or photo shows “two men with two backpacks.”
Washington- In a critical indication of growing U.S. military involvement in the civil war in Syria, CNN has learned Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is ordering the deployment of up to 200 troops to Jordan, according to two Defense Department officials. The troops, which will come from the headquarters of the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas, "creates an additional capability" beyond what has been there, one official said. The group will give the United States the ability to "potentially form a joint task force for military operations, if ordered," he said. The new deployment will include