The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Judiciary Committees for both the House and Senate released a lengthy 68-page report on Labor Secretary nominee Thomas Perez this week. The report focuses on a highly unusual quid pro quo deal Perez struck with the city of St. Paul, Minn., to get it to drop a case bound for the Supreme Court. Perez, who is currently the Justice Department top civil rights enforcer, arranged to get the federal government to drop out of two cases pending against city. In exchange, the city dropped a
Abortions have been suspended at a Delaware Planned Parenthood, after several 911 calls made from within the clinic prompted a new investigation by Health and Human Services. Jayne Mitchell-Werbrich and Joyce Vasikonis, who both quit their jobs as nurses at the facility, spoke to Action News about the unsafe and unsanitary conditions they experienced while working in the facility. “I couldn’t tell you how ridiculously unsafe it was,” Ms. Mitchell-Werbrich said. “He didn’t wear gloves. He didn’t believe he needed to wear them,” she added about a particular doctor.
With the failure of the Democrats’ attempt to exploit the Newtown school shooting to press forward gun control measures, President Obama took to the microphones along with the relatives of Sandy Hook victims to demonize his opposition. This, of course, was his strategy all along: knowing that he did not have 60 votes in the Democrat-controlled Senate to pass his gun control legislation, he pressed forward anyway, hoping to paint Republicans as intransigent, immoral tools of the gun lobby who don’t care about dead children. After demonizing Republicans, Obama hopes, he can press Americans into voting Democrats
The 844-page immigration reform bill the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” dropped in the dead of night contains a lucrative handout that would give taxpayer-funded free cell phones to some people who live or work near the U.S. border with Mexico. Pages 43 and 44 of the bill detail what one conservative blogger, Javier Manjarres of Shark Tank, has already described as the “ObamaPhone” from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). That section reads: SEC. 1107. ACCESS TO EMERGENCY PERSONNEL. (a) SOUTHWEST BORDER REGION EMERGENCY COM- MUNICATIONS GRANTS.— (1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary, in consultation with the governors of the
The DUI arrest of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg could have far-ranging consequences. The DA´s office is home to the Public Integrity Unit, which has jurisdiction over crimes committed by public officials. Republicans have long hungered to get their mittens on the office, which has a history of prosecuting high-profile Republicans, including Tom DeLay and Kay Bailey Hutchison.
A Mississippi man has been arrested as a suspect in connection to the mailing of two letters sent to President Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., that initially tested positive for ricin, Fox News confirms. FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen said the man was arrested Wednesday at approximately 5:15 p.m. CT. It is unclear if charges are getting filed tonight or if they will be filed tomorrow. He was arrested at his Corinth, Miss., home following an investigation conducted by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces in Memphis, Tenn., and Jackson, Miss., the U.S. Capitol Police,
According to CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson, who has covered the Benghazi terror attack resulting in the death of four Americans including our Ambassador to Libya, new whistleblowers are speaking to Congressional investigators. For months, Republican members of Congress have complained about lack of access to the survivors of the Benghazi attacks, and the Obama administration has been anything but forthcoming on their location and when Republicans will have the opportunity to question those witnesses.
Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) warned he sees “a huge train wreck coming down” with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, known to its critics as Obamacare. The candid comments came during a Wednesday hearing with Obama’s Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “I´m very concerned that not enough is being done so far--very concerned," said Baucus. "Small businesses have no idea what to do, what to expect.” Baucus appeared frustrated with Sebelius’s unresponsiveness in supplying the senator with information designed to educate and assist citizens with understanding the massively complex healthcare overhaul.
A man from Tupelo, Miss. has been arrested as a suspect in the case of two letters mailed to the president and a Mississippi senator, letters that initially tested positive for ricin. The man was identified as Kenneth Curtis, NBC News reported. Meanwhile, more tests have been ordered after a second set of ricin tests on the letters sent to the White House and the Senate came back inconclusive, NBC News reports. The tests show some level of the deadly poison, but the potency is uncertain, so authorities can’t tell whether the material is harmful or not.
First-time marathoner Andrea Kalsow was on mile 21 of the Boston Marathon course when she heard bombs had wreaked havoc at the finish line. "In that instant I knew my run was over," Kalsow, 23, of Brighton, Mass., told ABCNews.com One in four of the elite runners who´d spent months training for the Boston Marathon couldn´t cross the finish line and collect their medals before the blasts ended the race. For those 5,000-plus people it was a frustrating end to a day that was supposed to end in celebration. "It´s heartbreaking because you train
The FBI said there has been ´substantial progress´ in the Boston bombing investigation after they analyzed surveillance footage shot from a nearby department store which showed a man planting the second bomb. Investigators said the individual is seen at the site of the second explosion wearing a black jacket, a grey hooded sweatshirt and a white or off-color-white baseball cap backwards placing a back-pack on the ground while talking on his cellphone. The video obtained by the FBI captures this man using his cellphone at the moment the first explosion detonated 100 yards away on Boylston Street on Monday a
Labor unions largely came out swinging in favor of ObamaCare’s passage in 2010, but many have been growing increasingly wary of ObamaCare’s incoming provisions, fearing that the law’s requirements will raise the costs of health plans for unions members and make them less competitive compared to non-unionized workers. On Tuesday, one such labor union that initially backed the health care overhaul became the first union to officially revoke their support for the law. Ouch. Our Union and its members have supported President Obama and his Administration for both of his terms in office.
Shereef Elnahal is a native of Virginia, a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a first-year internal medicine resident who helped triage explosion victims with ruptured eardrums and major limb injuries on Monday at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “Most of the traumas were triaged quickly, thankfully, so from a medical standpoint the hysteria didn’t last terribly long,” Elnahal said Wednesday after his night shift. He is shocked and saddened by the tragedy. And like many Muslims, he is also hoping hard that whoever terrorized the Boston Marathon does not share his faith.
Resolved: No American citizen shall be required to pay federal income taxes at a rate higher than the country’s millionaire president pays. Let’s call it the Alternative Maximum Fairness Tax: Calculate your current tax rate, compare it to the president’s and pay the lower of the two. The White House admitted in a Friday afternoon news dump, of course that President Obama paid only an 18.4 percent effective federal income tax rate on his adjusted gross income last year of $608,611. The highest income-tax rate last year was 35 percent (and has now increased to 39.6 percent,
Federal agents on Wednesday arrested a suspect in the mailing of letters to President Barack Obama and a U.S. senator that initially tested positive for the poison ricin. The suspect was identified as Kenneth Curtis of Tupelo, Miss., federal officials told NBC News. Both letters carried an identical closing statement, according to an FBI bulletin obtained by NBC News on Wednesday. According to the FBI bulletin, both letters, postmarked April 8, 2013 out of Memphis, Tenn., included an identical phrase, "to see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance."
The fast-moving news out of Boston on Wednesday snared some of the most respected reporters and news outlets in the country into offering false or conflicting information about whether a suspect had been arrested — leaving CNN and the Associated Press, among others, scrambling to clean up their reports as the day went on. The flood of conflicting reports, confusion, and subsequent criticism reminded some of June 28, 2012, when many media outlets — most notably CNN — incorrectly reported the Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling.
Atop the quotable Barack Obama there will be this: "And it´s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren´t like them." Everyone clings to something. But when it comes to criticizing unseemly political dependencies, it´s almost always liberals accusing them of clinging to positions and ideas that an enlightened society would have abandoned. But what do liberals cling to? Recent events have revealed two things. Gun control and abortion. The gun-control cling we know about because rarely a day passes without a news story about the Senate´s gun-control legislation
The trial of notorious Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell — as close to a demonic presence as anything this country will ever see — was almost a month old when the network blackout finally ended. CNN broke its silence, as did CBS. National newspapers sent reporters to the trial for the first time. They started covering it only because of a national outrage that they would so deliberately withhold this horror story from the public — for political reasons. Kirsten Powers in USA Today insisted: "This should be front page news. When Rush Limbaugh attacked Sandra Fluke, there was non-stop media hysteria ...
Foreign Policy: The Mideast is going jihadist and aggressors are testing America´s resolve after failures in Iraq and Afghanistan. What a time for our secretary of state´s head to be in the wrong place. The new secretary of state, the losing presidential candidate against George W. Bush in 2004, John Kerry, just boasted of discussing with Beijing "the possibility of China investing in infrastructure" in the U.S., as the Weekly Standard´s Daniel Halper notes. "We have huge infrastructure needs in the United States for a certain series of projects like water projects, transportation projects, energy projects," Kerry said.
Second Amendment: Gun ownership restrictions that the president said were supported by 90% of the nation have died in a Senate controlled by his party. Exploiting Newtown is haunting the power grabbers. Just last week it was a political no-brainer. "Ninety percent of Americans support universal background checks," President Obama asserted yet again. This time he was at the University of Hartford, less than an hour´s drive from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Ct., where 20 students and six staff members were slaughtered just before Christmas. With Obama were many of the Newtown victims´ parents.
Seventy-two House lawmakers Wednesday sent letters to ABC, NBC, and CBS to express “how profoundly appalled” they are that the networks have “largely ignored” the gruesome trial of disgraced abortionist Kermit Gosnell, as well as Planned Parenthood’s apparent support of infanticide in testimony before the Florida legislature late last month. “The broadcasters’ blackout of the Planned Parenthood infanticide lobbying scandal and the Gosnell ‘House of Horrors’ murder trial are the biggest and most politically-motivated media cover-ups in our nation’s history,” Tennessee Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn said. “Censorship and media bias allows the corrupt
I just got off the phone with Army Master Sergeant C. J. Grisham, a serving American soldier and veteran of the the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, who recently was illegally disarmed by the Temple Police Department while out for a walk with his son. “We live out in the country in Texas, near Temple,” he told me. “My son and I were on a ten-mile hike so that he could earn his hiking merit badge – it’s the last badge he needs to become an Eagle Scout.” But half way into the hike, Grisham said, “a police officer pulled up.” Initially, he was “cordial” and he “asked what we were doing.” Grisham told him.
Philadelphia, Pa. – More than three years after Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s abortion clinic was raided by the FBI, blood-stained files recovered from the Women’s Medical Society still smell from the clinic, which was described by the grand jury as a “baby charnel house.” (Snip) When presenting the files to Gosnell’s attorney, Jack McMahon, Cameron cautioned, “You might want to use gloves.” “The files smell,” he said. “You might want to use gloves because there’s a red dried substance.” Cameron offered the files as evidence of inconsistencies in the bookkeeping at Gosnell’s clinic.
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.