CHICAGO - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans on seeking re-election in 2015 and says he´s not seeking higher office. The former White House chief of staff told the Chicago Sun-Times (http://bit.ly/10Bg9hW ) he´d support a presidential run of either Vice President Joe Biden or former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but he´s not going anywhere. Emanuel took office in 2011 and says if he wins a second term he´ll serve it out. Emanuel says 1 of the frustrations has been changing Chicago´s culture to 1 of accountability. He acknowledged the political risk of his plan to close 54 city schools.
One of the mysteries in the Benghazi scandal has been the role of David Petraeus, who was then the Director of the CIA but was forced to resign in a personal scandal shortly thereafter. While the White House and State Department tried to cobble together talking points to explain away the terrorist attack that took four American lives, what did Petraeus do? According to new information reported for the first time by Jonathan Karl on ABC News’ This Week earlier this morning, Petraeus rejected the final version as “useless” —
Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, is on the list of potential Democratic presidential candidates compiled by the extraordinarily astute Prez16.com . As a cabinet secretary (and as a potential, if dark horse, presidential nominee) Madame Secretary should refrain from slurring the Drudge Report, as recently she did, a slur Drudge, confidently, featured. Drudge is no fan of Napolitano. He regularly tweaks her as “Big Sis” (presumably an allusion to George Orwell’s “Big Brother”). Drudge is one of the most powerful — and widely respected — forces in the news business today.
AS a taxpayer and a conservative who hopes to remain on good terms with the Internal Revenue Service for many April 15ths to come, I don’t want to speculate too freely about the motives of the “low level” I.R.S. employees who decided to single out Tea Party groups for an inappropriate level of attention during the heat of the 2012 campaign. But I’m willing to guess this much: Even though an American Civil Liberties Union official described their excessive interest in right-wing groups as “about as constitutionally troubling as it gets,” the bureaucrats in question probably thought
Andrew Stuttaford has several times drawn attention to the decision of the Grey Lady to keep the Pulitzer Prize that was awarded to Walter Duranty for his reporting of Soviet Russia that praised Stalin, sugar-coated the crimes of the Soviet regime, and in particular denied the forced Ukrainian famine. (Snip)An opposite situation has now arisen. Both organizations are jointly resisting the posthumous award of a Pulitzer to Ed Kennedy, the Associated Press reporter, who broke the official 24-hour embargo on releasing news of the German surrender to the Allies at Reims on the Western front.
A new language was introduced in Washington when President Barack Obama began his first term in office. For a time, it flummoxed his observers, including many Republicans, who were caught off-balance by the combination of the president’s soaring rhetoric and his Chicago-style politics. The language is newspeak. Introduced by George Orwell, it is characterized by using familiar words and phrases in unfamiliar ways. In the president’s parlance, “fair” means skewering the upper middle-class and redistributing their wealth. "Necessary investments" are excuses to raise taxes and grow government. Similar convoluted definitions exist in the president’s energy policy pronouncements.
A group of tea-party activists — the Tea Party Leadership Fund — is trying to draft Sarah Palin to run for Senate in 2014, when incumbent Alaska Democrat Mark Begich is up for reelction. But don’t expect Palin to take the bait. In a statement, her adviser Tim Crawford throws cold water on the speculation. She appreciates the interest, but she doesn’t “support” the effort. Governor Palin is grateful and honored by those Americans who support her and her beliefs. However, the draft Sarah Palin for Senate fundraising campaign initiated by the Tea Party Leadership Fund is not authorized,
Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates forcefully defended the Obama administration on Sunday against charges that it did not do enough to prevent the tragedy in Benghazi, telling CBS´ "Face the Nation" that some critics of the administration have a "cartoonish impression of military capabilities and military forces." Gates, a Republican who was appointed by then-President George W. Bush in 2006 and agreed to stay through more than two years of President Obama´s first term, repeatedly declined to criticize the policymakers who devised a response to the September 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya,
The Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups is outrageous. Those who did this should be fired immediately. That’s obvious. It continues a slovenly week for Barack Obama. The President has been very proud of the absence of scandal in his administration, and rightly so. The inability of his opponents to find any significant corruption in the historic $800 billion stimulus package was a real achievement, given the speed of the payout. None of his top aides have been caught up in taking bribes while in office
A lengthy criminal investigation of the son of prominent Congressman Chaka Fattah is underway in Philadelphia. It is always a bad thing to have the feds looking into throwing you in the slammer, but if it´s going to happen, then it really helps to have blood ties to the Democratic Machine. They know how to shake money out of trees. (snip) Former Gov. Ed Rendell and former Mayor W. Wilson Goode have launched a fund-raising effort to pay the legal bills of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah´s son, who has been under federal investigation for months.
The term Liberal Redneck will strike progressives as an absurd contradiction. Yet, Conservatives will have an immediate, wearying familiarity with the angry, judgmental, uninformed and doctrinaire viewpoint of this group. In fact, the Liberal Redneck is every bit as small-minded, bigoted, dismissive, self-righteous, judgmental, uneducated and intolerant as the worst fundamentalist. The problem in America today is that there is never a level playing field offered for the discussion of ideas. Therefore, most important topics are only mentioned in a predetermined format. In other words, one can mention, for example—gay marriage,
Congress is hearing from more whistleblowers who wish to testify on the terrorist attack in Benghazi, according to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.). Rogers told "Fox News Sunday" that following the testimony of three whistleblowers before the House Oversight Committee, lawmakers have been contacted by other potential witnesses. "We have had people come forward because of the [Oversight] testimony and say we would also like to talk," he said. "I do think we´re going to see more whistleblowers. Certainly my committee has been contacted, I think other committees as well."
WASHINGTON — In roughly 75 hours of arguments at the Supreme Court since October, only one African-American lawyer appeared before the justices, and for just over 11 minutes. The numbers were marginally better for Hispanic lawyers. Four of them argued for a total of 1 hour, 45 minutes. Women were better represented, accounting for just over 17 percent of the arguments before the justices. In an era when three women, a Hispanic and an African-American sit on the court and white men constitute a bare majority of the nine justices, the court is more diverse
2013 featured the winter that wouldn’t end. Here in Minneapolis, the snow has finally melted and leaves are starting to come out on the trees. Farther north, though, the lakes are still largely frozen. This weekend is the opening of Minnesota’s fishing season, one of the most important dates on the calendar. But it’s hard to go after those walleyes when you’re dodging ice on the lake. The Minneapolis Star Tribune posted this mournful account:Fishing season began Saturday in Minnesota, and in some cases involving significant determination, fishing began Saturday, too. Anglers were greeted by temperatures far colder
THE capital is in the throes of déjà vu and preview as it plunges back into Clinton Rules, defined by a presidential aide on the hit ABC show “Scandal” as damage control that goes like this: “It’s not true, it’s not true, it’s not true, it’s old news.” The conservatives appearing on Benghazi-obsessed Fox News are a damage patrol with an approach that goes like this: “Lies, paranoia, subpoena, impeach, Watergate, Iran-contra.” (Though now that the I.R.S. has confessed to targeting Tea Party groups, maybe some of the paranoia is justified.)
RICHMOND, Ky.- First lady Michelle Obama urged Eastern Kentucky University graduates on Saturday night to reach out to people with different political beliefs, saying the country would benefit from the conversations. "If you´re a Democrat, spend some time talking to a Republican," Mrs. Obama told about 600 education, business and technology graduates at the third and final commencement ceremony of the day. "And if you´re a Republican, have a chat with a Democrat. Maybe you´ll find some common ground, maybe you won´t." (Snip) She also pointed them to religious congregations different than their own, saying they might hear something
DOSWELL, Va. - The Virginia woman whose actions led to Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev being buried about 30 miles north of her Richmond home said the angry backlash from local officials, some cemetery neighbors and online critics has been unpleasant, but she has no regrets. (Snip) So Mullen, a mental health counselor in private practice and a graduate of United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, sent emails to various faith organizations to see what could be done. She heard back from Islamic Funeral Services of Virginia, which arranged for a funeral plot at the Al-Barzakh cemetery.
Former journalist, former representative, former senator, former vice president, former husband, former cable channel owner, former inventor and former environmentalist barker Al Gore has obviously given up the global warming game. It´s amazing what a few hundred million petro-dollars will accomplish. And that fortune saves the 65-year-old from life as a late-night TV spokesman for reverse mortgages. (Snip) In another 4.5- to 5-billion years, right about the time Obama´s national debt will be paid down, our Sun will have used up all its hydrogen fuel. That begins a very long, very nasty decay process
This love is terrifying. Thousands of American teen girls are crushing on Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19 — and leading a social-media movement to exonerate him. The swooning teens will not accept allegations that the college kid — whom they refer to by his nickname, “Jahar” — and his brother, Tamerlan, 26, killed three and maimed hundreds by setting off bombs at the April 15 race. While some scrawl the hashtag “#FreeJahar” on their hands with markers, an 18-year-old in Topeka, Kan., is going to the extreme — she wants Dzhokhar’s words inked on her arm forever.
On Sunday, four bereaved women will be facing their first Mother´s Day without their beloved sons, who were murdered in Benghazi last September 11. Will Hillary Clinton be thinking of them this Mother´s Day? And if she were to send the Benghazi Moms a Mother´s Day card, would it say, "What Difference at This Point Does It Make"? Clinton herself may well have made a difference -- a life-or-death difference. Evidence is mounting that Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens, staffer Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods could be alive
RENO, Nev. — Soon after moving into Liberace’s gaudy Las Vegas mansion in 1977, Scott Thorson, then a teenage hunk in the foster care system, learned that the jewel-smitten showman could love just as extravagantly as he decorated. Touring the premises before their relationship began, Liberace pointed out some decorative highlights, which included 17 pianos, a casino, a quarry’s worth of marble and a canopied bed with an ermine spread. On the ceiling was a reproduction of the Sistine Chapel with Liberace’s face painted among the cherubs.
Former Gov. Ed Rendell and former Mayor W. Wilson Goode have launched a fund-raising effort to pay the legal bills of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah´s son, who has been under federal investigation for months. Rendell said he agreed to pitch in after Rep. Fattah contacted him for help. Rendell, in an interview, estimated that the Philadelphia congressman and his wife had spent $250,000 to help Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr., 30, and said the costs had become a "little bit of a struggle" for the family. On Thursday, Rendell said the fund would not reveal the
SPENCERTOWN, N.Y. – At last, it is written. Four years after he began his project to write out every word of the Bible, Phillip Patterson penned the very last lines Saturday at an upstate New York church. "Every single curly-q, every single loop, it was all worth it," said Patterson, 63, moments after inking the final two verses of the King James Bible. "I´m really going to miss this writing." It took Patterson just a few minutes to copy the final lines of the Book of Revelation before a crowd of about 125 people at St. Peter´s Presbyterian Church
Elizabeth Taylor reportedly said, “You find out who your real friends are when you´re involved in a scandal.” Of course, she was in Hollywood, perhaps the only place where loyalty means less than it does in Washington, D.C. But some people in the Obama administration are about to find out what she meant. The Congressional hearing this week on the Benghazi cover-up was important not only for the information we heard from the witnesses, but also because, for the first time, it piqued the interest of the mainstream media. Perhaps it’s genuine concern over having been lied to,
The father woke first, ears ringing. The last thing Donald Evans remembered was shouting to the pilot seated beside him -- "Pull up!" -- before the single-engine plane slammed into a low mountain 37 miles west of McGrath. One look told him that man was now dead. So was the woman sitting behind Evans, an admired school teacher named Julia Walker who lived in Anvik, the Yukon River village that Evans and his wife, both 32, had been flying to as they began their first year teaching in rural Alaska.
Sharyl Attkisson, the Emmy award-winning investigative reporter, is in talks to leave CBS News ahead of contract, POLITICO has learned. Sources familiar with the situation cite disputes between Attkisson and network executives, including CBS Evening News executive producer Patricia Shevlin, as the cause for the talks, though the specific issues could not be confirmed. "I am under contract at CBS and I have not quit," Attkisson told POLITICO in a written statement. She declined to comment further. CBS News declined to comment; a request to speak with Shevlin was redirected to the press office.