Well, this would seem to be a first. The four most influential athletes in America really don’t play. At least not lately. Idle NFL quarterback Tim Tebow has been back in the news, but not for any heroics: he was recently cut loose by the New York Jets after a one-year experiment as a part-time QB behind Mark Sanchez failed to yield results. The “Tebowmania” days in Denver are only 15 months old, but it seems like 15 years. And yet, when Americans are asked which pro athletes they believe carry the most influence with the public,
Last week they announced the results of the second year of the Oregon experiment, asking the important question: what difference does Medicaid make? The answer, as Megan McArdle reports, is not much, at least not in measurable health outcomes. In this the Oregon experiment agrees with the experts. The RAND study done in the 1970s and reported in the 1980s found that giving people health insurance didn´t make a difference to their health; it just increased their consumption of health care. And that aligns with the experts cited by James C. Riley in Rising Life Expectancy:
Modern civilization willingly consigns almost all of its children to the living hell of forced retardation. Everyone knows the educational establishment is beset with problems, corruptions, and the downward ratchet of lowest common denominator standards. And yet parents continue to send their children to government schools, hoping, perhaps even half-believing, that this will not significantly harm the children´s adult lives. They are dead wrong. What follows is an anatomical diagram of mankind´s greatest shame. The primary purpose of all government-controlled education -- regardless of how this is expressed by particular defenders of the enterprise -- is to produce the
If ponies rode men and grass ate cows, And cats were chased into holes by the mouse … If summer were spring and the other way round, Then all the world would be upside down. Once in a long while, an event evokes one of my favorite historical images: the British Army band, at Lord Cornwallis’ surrender at Yorktown which sealed the Americans’ revolutionary victory, playing “The World Turned Upside Down.” In this case, the event is the dramatic change over the past two weeks
You’ve heard the false choice thousands of times from pro-amnesty Republicans: We must either give the 11 million illegal immigrants currently in the country today citizenship, or we must round them up for mass deportations. This is, of course, ridiculous. There are plenty of other ways to deal with the 11 million illegal immigrants currently in the country. Granting them permanent resident status is just one non-deportation-or-citizenship option. But as bad as rounding up 11 million people sounds, the Schumer-Rubio bill actually envisions a similar mass deportation but on a slightly smaller scale.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s aides met recently with staffers of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to warn them: Targeting vulnerable Democrats like Arkansas’s Mark Pryor on gun control could backfire on the party, several sources told POLITICO. It didn’t work. Ads from the Bloomberg-funded Mayors Against Illegal Guns are going up soon in Alaska, Arkansas and North Dakota — three states with Democratic senators who broke with the White House on last month’s background checks vote. The group is also moving as many as 60 field organizers into about a dozen states where senators —
This week´s Mainstream Media Scream features ex-CBS anchor Dan Rather slamming President Obama´s critics as savages. Appearing on "The Chris Matthews Show" over the weekend, Rather said, "All of these things we´ve said about what the president could do, should do, might have, could have, but the central thing to keep in mind is his opponents -- you talk about taking them out to dinner, making nice with them -- these people, politically, want to cut his heart out and throw his liver to the dogs."
South Carolina’s suspense-filled special election between Republican Mark Sanford and Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch comes to a close Tuesday — and it’s anyone’s guess how it will end. Will enough Republicans hold their noses and vote for Sanford, despite their misgivings about his personal conduct, to put him over the top? Or are there enough energized Democrats in the heavily GOP district to carry the day for Colbert Busch? Colbert Busch seemed to be in the driver’s seat a week ago, but the late momentum has been with Sanford. The race is now so close — a weekend survey
Will George W. Bush set foot in Europe again in his lifetime? A planned trip by Bush to speak at the Switzerland-based United Israel Appeal later this week has been canceled after several human rights groups called for Swiss authorities to arrest Bush and investigate him for authorizing torture. Bush has traveled widely since leaving office, but not to Europe, where there is a strong tradition of international prosecutions. The Swiss group and Bush’s spokesman claim that it was threats of protest, not of legal action, that prompted the cancellation. But facing protests is nothing new for Bush.
WASHINGTON – Any day now, billions of cicadas with bulging red eyes will crawl out of the earth after 17 years underground and overrun the East Coast. They will arrive in such numbers that people from North Carolina to Connecticut will be outnumbered roughly 600-to-1. Maybe more. But ominous as that sounds - along with scientists´ horror-movie name for the infestation, Brood II - they´re harmless. These insects won´t hurt you or other animals. At worst, they might damage a few saplings or young shrubs. Mostly they will blanket certain pockets of the region,
Now that the Senate has approved a bill to give state and local governments more power to collect Internet sales taxes, the bill´s author intends to find out what´s in it. Specifically he´s trying to find out how many audits his bill authorizes against e-commerce companies. This bizarre turn in Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi´s effort to increase tax collections online comes courtesy of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. On Monday the Senate voted 69-27 to approve Mr. Enzi´s Marketplace Fairness Act, which forces online retailers to collect sales taxes for all of America´s 9,600 state and local governments.
Thanks to a 911 phone call and the help of an energetic neighbor named Charles Ramsey, three women who´ve been missing for years are now safe. Cleveland Police found all three women alive in the house of a local 52-year-old school bus driver named Ariel Castro who was arrested soon after the call. (Listen to Amanda Berry´s 911 call here. Better yet, listen to Charles Ramsey´s 911 call here.) Amanda Berry, who went missing ten years ago at age 16, and Gina DeJesus, who went missing a year later at age 14 had both been subjects of a years-long
The House was in no rush to take up an internet tax bill that senators approved Monday night. And even if the House takes up the issue, lawmakers said, it will be a bill very different from the Seante´s. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said to expect “thoughtful” consideration in the House, which will involve committee debate and amendments. The version passed in the Senate by a 69-27 vote “has a long way to go,” Goodlatte said Monday.
It was never meant to be anything more than an inside joke shared by the beloved family of Antonia “Toni” Larroux, who died last week after suffering a stroke. Her tongue-in-cheek obituary was only supposed to appear in local Mississippi newspapers’ print and online editions. But it ended up — through a long and complicated series of events — being posted Saturday in its entirety on The New York Times’ website. And then it appeared seemingly everywhere. “It’s just been a really, really neat thing,” her son, Jean Larroux III, told The Daily News. Much of the obituary was farce,
Three girls who were abducted more than a decade ago have been found alive in the basement of a house in Ohio - where they were apparently held captive in chains. Amanda Berry, 26, and Gina DeJesus, 23, and Michelle Knight, 32, escaped from the Cleveland house just a few miles from where they disappeared. The extraordinary rescue came after Amanda, who went missing at the age of 16, screamed for help when their captor left the house. Ariel Castro, 52, has been arrested and is in police custody in connection with the kidnapping case along with his two
“If we have to use force, it is because we are America. We are the indispensable nation. We stand tall. We see farther into the future.” — Madeleine Albright, secretary of state (1997–2001), Clinton administration- It is a judgment on Barack Obama’s timorous, apologetic, and irresponsible conduct of foreign affairs that Madeleine Albright’s words, spoken little more than 15 years ago, now sound as antique as a pronouncement by Harry Truman at the onset of the Cold War, the great challenge America confronted bravely and without equivocation generations ago. Obama has set in motion policies meant to make America
"Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis faces up to five years in Los Angeles County jail after a jury convicted him Monday of nearly half a dozen misdemeanor counts in connection with assaults on three women. Francis, 40, was found guilty after a two-week jury trial on five charges -- three counts of false imprisonment, one count of dissuading a witness from reporting and one count of assault causing great bodily injury -- stemming from the Jan. 29, 2011, incident. "Whether a celebrity or not, you will be held accountable for your misdeeds," City Atty. Carmen A. Trutanich said in a statement.
The intra-conservative war over the working immigration reform legislation was ramped up today when the Heritage Foundation´s economic analysis gave the opposition a major piece of ammunition in the form of a study showing that the reform legislation could cost $6.3 trillion. Conservatives who have been proponents of immigration reform legislation jumped to discredit the Heritage study as it made the rounds this morning. Rep. Paul Ryan questioned its methodology, saying "the Congressional Budget Office has found that fixing our broken immigration could help our economy grow. A proper accounting of immigration reform should take into account
Just in time for the cooler spring that has swept the nation — complete with unseasonal snow in the Rockies region — scientists with the University of Manchester said pollution actually brings on climate cooling, not warming. The logic is that manmade pollutants make clouds brighter, and that impacts how sunlight is allowed to shine — and that brings about cooler temps, scientists say, TG Daily reported. “We discovered that organic compounds such as those formed from forest emissions or from vehicle exhausts, affect the number of droplets in a cloud and hence its brightness, so affecting climate,”
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie secretly underwent lap-band stomach surgery to aggressively slim down for the sake of his wife and kids, he revealed to The Post last night. The Garden State governor agreed to the operation at the urging of family and friends after turning 50 last September. He told The Post he was thinking of his four kids and how it was time to start improving his health when he decided to have the procedure. “I’ve struggled with this issue for 20 years,” he said. “For me, this is about turning 50
When it first became clear that the CIA’s Benghazi talking points had been altered, many of us viewed the White House as the prime suspect. After all, it served President Obama’s political purposes to claim, at the height of a political campaign in which he was taking credit for the fall of al Qaeda, that the death of a U.S. ambassador was down to spontaneous outrage over a video, rather than pre-planned terrorism. It turns out, however, that the State Department was the prime culprit. It was State that pushed back hard against the original talking points.
President Obama has single-handedly kept thousands of American workers in their jobs by spawning dozens of best-selling books about how awful he is. He can ignore almost all of them, and so can you, if your goal is to learn something new about the Obama presidency. But every once in a while, a book comes along that it would be foolish for Obama, or anyone else, to disregard. Vali Nasr´s The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy In Retreat, is the most trenchant criticism of the Obama administration I´ve yet read. Nasr was an adviser to diplomat Richard Holbooke
On one hand, Washington Democrats are publicly brushing off Wednesday’s fresh hearings into Benghazi as a stunt by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) not worthy of much note. On the other hand, they are steadily launching preemptive strikes against the exposition of whistleblower information that could prove damning to the Obama administration. The ranking member on the Oversight Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), reacted angrily last month to House Republicans’ interim report on Benghazi, which noted an April 19, 2012, cable on which Hillary Clinton’s signature accompanies an acknowledgment of a request for extra security
Via the Free Beacon. He says he didn’t mean Cruz can’t be defined as Hispanic, just that Cruz shouldn’t be defined exclusively by race. His problem is that he’s saying this against a backdrop of 25 years of liberals accusing Clarence Thomas of being inauthentically black because his politics are right-wing rather than left. And political operatives on both sides understand that if Cruz lands on the ticket in three years, attacks of this sort in ways subtle and not will be thrown at him. Peter Beinart wrote a piece for Newsweek this morning
In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, early evidence gathered by investigators suggested that the two suspects, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, were rabid lone wolves who learned both their bomb-building craft and their murderous philosophy on the Internet. Suddenly, pundits and experts across the political spectrum could be heard holding forth about the problem of “self-radicalization”—the process by which those unconnected to organized jihad are lured toward extremism via the Web. But how exactly does this process work? How does one become so imbued with hatred online as to be willing to pack a pressure cooker with ball bearings
Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz each ascended to the U.S. Senate by riding a grassroots wave of enthusiasm to defeat the Republican Party establishment’s preferred candidate in a contested primary. Now, still in the first half of their first terms, all three young conservatives are already taking steps toward 2016 presidential runs. The surprising thing, when viewed through a historical lens, is that none of them is being told to “wait your turn.” For a political party that had long placed a premium on candidates with deep experience at the highest levels of government, this new crop