President Obama spent Saturday afternoon at the golf course, just a few hours before he is set to attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner later this evening. The president golfed at Joint Base Andrews with former U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and White House aides Marvin Nicholson and Michael Brush. President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will attend the annual dinner held by the White House Correspondents Association at the Washington Hilton hotel Saturday evening where journalists, politicians and celebrities will have the chance to see the president’s comedic
NewsBusters readers know Ellen Ratner as the perilously liberal news analyst typically offering the left-wing views on Fox News Watch. On Thursday, Ratner published an article titled "George W. Bush Has Saved More Lives Than Any American President" that is guaranteed to shock the heck out of you as it angers folks on her side of the aisle: "George W. Bush, not Barack Obama, is the real American hero in Africa," she amazingly began. "Take it from me, a liberal Democrat who voted for Obama twice." After discussing her knowledge of the problems
At the bottom of a swimming pool a group of men voluntarily sink with their hands bound behind their backs after instructed to reach their face masks on the floor using only their teeth. There appears little struggle as the men calmly work to complete their task before the next one is issued, most likely making their challenge even harder, but all in a day´s training. These are the United States´ unsung heroes, the Navy SEALS, an exclusive band of about 2,400 special operators most famously responsible for the 2011 midnight raid that led to the capture of Osama bin Laden.
The surviving suspect accused of the Boston Marathon bombings tweeted in the aftermath of the terrorist attack, joking about the fate of victims of the explosions. Dzhokhar ´Jahar´ Tsarnaev, 19, took to the social media website and engaged in banter with a friend making light of the deadly explosions that killed three and injured more than 260. In one of his many tweets, the college sophomore wrote, ´Lol those people are cooked´ likely in reference to a since deleted conversation about the events unfolding in Boston.
WASHINGTON — Russian authorities secretly recorded a telephone conversation in 2011 in which one of the Boston bombing suspects vaguely discussed jihad with his mother, officials said Saturday, days after the U.S. government finally received details about the call. In another conversation, the mother of now-dead bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was recorded talking to someone in southern Russia who is under FBI investigation in an unrelated case, officials said. The conversations are significant because, had they been revealed earlier, they might have been enough evidence for the FBI to initiate a more thorough investigation of the Tsarnaev family. The conversations
A president of the United States showed up to Tammy Haddad’s garden brunch. Well, sort of. As a cute joke that made everyone in the crowd stop and pay attention, Haddad told those gathered that the president was in the house. “There’s a president here,” confirmed Democratic consultant Hilary Rosen. “Okay, then everyone stand up, put up your iPhones, ladies and gentleman, for the president of the United States,” said Haddad.Considering that David Axelrod had spoken just moments before, it didn’t seem like such a stretch that the real president might show up. Alas, it was not meant to be.
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has been hospitalized following a bicycle accident yesterday in Washington, D.C., a court spokesperson said today. "Associate Justice Stephen Breyer underwent reverse shoulder replacement surgery for a proximal humerus fracture this morning at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital," court spokesperson Kathleen Arberg said. "The fracture was sustained in his right shoulder in a fall from his bicycle on Friday afternoon, April 26, near the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital following his
Using their own search engine, you can find at least twenty stories written by the Soros-funded, 501 (c)(3) welfare queens at Media Matters for America that were explicitly meant to discredit Andrew Breitbart´s investigative efforts into what became known as Pigford -- a four-alarm scandal involving the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Friday morning, Breitbart´s cause on behalf of those black farmers who had been legitimately discriminated against was fully vindicated on page A1 of the New York Times. Breitbart News´ editor-in-chief has more on that here, but right now Media Matters is standing
Billionaire Manhattan hedge-funder Marc Lasry — who this week turned down a coveted ambassadorship to France after his name surfaced in a $100 million illegal-gambling-ring probe — has deep ties to the Clintons and President Obama. The relationship was so strong that the powerful Dems hired each other’s children and considered themselves family friends. Lasry’s son, Alex, worked as a $42,000-a-year special assistant reporting to senior Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, while Chelsea Clinton did a three-year stint with Lasry’s Avenue Capital investment fund.
President Barack Obama on Saturday called on the US Congress to end the "reckless" and "dumb" budget cuts known as the sequester, and to adopt a plan of "smarter" cuts to fuel economic growth. Obama´s weekly address comes after Congress on Friday overwhelming approved a bill putting furloughed air traffic controllers back on the job, thus undoing one of the most high-profile effects of the so-called sequestration, the $85 billion in automatic budget cuts that took effect March 1 and hit federal spending across the board. (Snip) "Republicans claimed victory when the sequester first took effect,
The Rev. Kevin Johnson, senior pastor of Bright Hope Baptist Church in North Philadelphia, was disinvited from speaking at Morehouse College because he wrote a newspaper column critical of President Obama´s administration, according to a group of alumni. The college denied that Friday. Efforts to reach Johnson were unsuccessful. The controversy erupted Friday afternoon when a group called Citizens for Change issued a news release that gave the following account: Johnson, a Morehouse alumnus, had been chosen as this year´s baccalaureate speaker, to address the college community a day before Obama´s graduation visit and commencement speech May 19.
LONDON- The British Foreign Office said it received intelligence Syrian government troops used chemical weapons. "It is extremely serious. This is a war crime," Prime Minister David Cameron told the BBC in an interview broadcast Friday. The White House Thursday said U.S. intelligence agencies believe "with varying degrees of confidence" Syria used the nerve agent sarin on a "small scale" but did not elaborate further. However, the United State said the information it has doesn´t represent proof of chemical weapons use. Britain´s Foreign Office said it, too, had "limited but persuasive information from various sources" of chemical weapons use
North Korea plans to begin a trial against a U.S. citizen detained there last year, state media said Saturday, complicating tense relations between the two nations. Pae Jun Ho entered North Korea as a tourist on November 3, according to the Korean Central News Agency. After his detention, evidence revealed he had committed an unspecified crime against the country, the news agency said. The agency said he confessed to the alleged offense, but did not say what it was. "He will soon be taken to the Supreme Court of the DPRK to face judgment," the news agency said,
Hard-fought gains in Afghanistan over the last decade are at risk of being squandered – unless immediate action is taken to determine the fate of tens of billions of dollars in questionable reconstruction projects, the chief of the Afghan audit agency said. In an exclusive interview with The Fiscal Times, John F. Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, said that the Pentagon, aid agencies and the State Department must quickly evaluate these projects to determine whether the billions being spent in Afghanistan right now will yield the desired results or not.
MANTOLOKING, N.J. - The 9-year-old girl who got New Jersey´s tough-guy governor to shed a tear as he comforted her after her home was destroyed is bummed because she now lives far from her best friend and has nowhere to hang her One Direction posters. A New Jersey woman whose home was overtaken by mold still cries when she drives through the area. A New York City man whose home burned can´t wait to build a new one. Six months after Superstorm Sandy devastated the Jersey shore and New York City and pounded coastal areas of New England, the region
Florida GOP senator Marco Rubio seems well-meaning enough. I know we both share, as second-generation conservative Americans, a common passion for this great land of opportunity. But when it comes to comprehending the real agenda of the open-borders zealots he’s allied himself with, Rubio doesn’t have a clue. And his abject ignorance threatens all of us who cherish American sovereignty and exceptionalism. On Fox News’ The Sean Hannity Show Tuesday night, Rubio defended his Gang of Eight “immigration reform” bill and insisted that we could and should have a system in place that vets
President Obama´s weekly remarks: Hi, everybody. Our top priority as a nation must be growing the economy, creating good jobs, and rebuilding opportunity for the middle class. But two months ago, Congress allowed a series of automatic budget cuts to fall across the federal government that would do the opposite. In Washington-speak, these cuts were called the “sequester.” It was a bad idea then. And as the country saw this week, it’s a bad idea now. Because of these reckless cuts, there are parents whose kids just got kicked out of Head Start programs scrambling for a solution.
Rep. Bill Shuster gives the Republican Party Weekly Remarks: Hello, I’m Congressman Bill Shuster, and I serve as chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.This week, many Americans had their flights delayed or cancelled because of the way in which the Obama administration chose to implement the president’s automatic sequestration cuts. Travelers were fed up, and rightly so. Sequestration is bad policy — the wrong way to reduce the deficit. That’s why House Republicans have voted twice to replace these automatic cuts with smarter ones.
Caterpillar, the Illinois-based company that builds equipment that literally moves mountains, has found a reliable partner in Waco. The company has invested nearly $50 million in the community the past 15 years, and will spend another $6 million to install new equipment. Cat’s local facilities make excavation buckets as well as surface-blasting hammers that look like jackhammers on steroids. It has created two logistics centers that ship stock and emergency parts to dealers. One occupies 1 million square feet in the former General Tire plant, the other 750,000 square feet
Coming years late to the story, The New York Times finally took a look at the Pigford scandal that Andrew Breitbart, Lee Stranahan and the Breitbart team exposed starting in 2010. At last the story is making an appearance across the media. On Friday morning, April 26, the Times published a long piece titled, "U.S. Opens Spigot After Farmers Claim Discrimination," in which Andrew Breitbart and Congressman Steve King were credited for early criticism of the government´s corruption in the scandal. It should be remembered that the left-wing Media Matters for America scoffed at Andrew Breitbart,
Both 1st District candidates have had success raising money since the day the world awoke to the news that Republican Mark Sanford was accused of trespassing at his ex-wife’s Sullivan’s Island home. Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch leads the former governor in fundraising, especially when contributions from outside groups are factored in. She has raised roughly $85,000 in large donations in the days since April 17, including about $54,000--or more than 60 percent--that came from outside the district, according to the latest financial reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.
When the living Presidents of the United States get together--as they did last week to inaugurate George W Bush´s presidential library – it´s always the same question that lurks unspoken beneath the layers of obligatory magnanimity: "So, Mr President, how big is yours?" Not the library, of course, but the legacy. That´s what counts among statesmen of this stature. And in the case of Barack Obama--the only member of that elite club still with time left on the White House clock--the answer to the question remains open. It´s only natural that a sitting second-term president should find his
"Dartmouth has a problem!" These were the words shouted by 15 student protesters and heard by hundreds of prospective students at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., on April 19, just before the start of the school´s annual Dimensions show, an interactive performance that introduces prospective students to the different facets of campus life during the Dartmouth visiting weekend. Organizers said the demonstration was intended to call attention to what they consider is the college´s lack of response to recent incidents of homophobia, sexual assault and racism on Dartmouth´s campus. When asked what
The news today that the great country singer George Jones had died at age 81 left me flooded with memories of my visit with him in 2010. I went to his sprawling estate in Franklin, Tenn., to interview Jones for our "50 Great Voices" series. After our interview, he took me on a tour of his basement "museum." (Snip)There on the wall, I spotted a fascinating oddity: a framed letter to George Jones from none other than Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. It´s printed on Supreme Court letterhead, dated Sept. 10, 1993. Justice Thomas begins by thanking Jones for having sent him two letters,
Health Care Politics: As ObamaCare rolls out, some of its biggest backers from labor to D.C. lawmakers are having second thoughts. It´s a sign that the idea of ending this national nightmare isn´t about to go away. Late last week, the 22,000-member United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers dropped a bombshell on the Obama administration, not only withdrawing its support for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but also demanding its repeal. The reason: ObamaCare subsidizes low-paid non-union workers in small companies that don´t insure their employees,