I assume this means that Governor Rick Perry’s poaching has been successful: Gov. Rick Perry’s high-profile efforts to lure jobs to Texas from other states may be good business and smart politics back home, but they’re infuriating to prominent Democrats around the country. And now at least one Republican business leader says Perry’s taking the Lone Star swagger a little too far. Perry’s forceful recruitment campaigns, featuring radio and magazine ads as well as personal appearances, promise low-tax, pro-growth policies in Texas —and they also trash the business climate in places like California
The American woman who was shot dead in Syria accused of being an Al Qaeda supporter married a Muslim man in a sham wedding for which she was paid cash and a van, MailOnline can reveal. Nicole Mansfield entered in a ´deal´ with Ayman Mohammed Bafil under which they would stay together until he got a green card. The pair met online, never lived together and did not even consummate their marriage - but after his papers came through he paid her what he owed. Records show that the couple were married in July 2010 but divorced in August 2011 when she apparently learned that
The details are vague, but given that Lee’s been skeptical of the Gang of Eight bill and Paul has been scrupulously noncommittal, you can guess whose job it’ll be to sell the bill and its phony border-enforcement requirements to the House. I’ve written more than once that I don’t think Rubio will be hurt much by his immigration role come 2016, partly because of his shrewd, persistent charm offensive with conservative opinion leaders and partly because he’s been careful lately to criticize the bill himself. We’re getting to crunch time now, though, with the bill set to hit the
Rep. John Dingell, who is serving his 30th term in the House of Representatives, is poised to break the record next week as the longest-serving member in the history of the U.S. Congress. Next Friday, June 7, Dingell will eclipse the late Sen. Robert Byrd, having served 57 years, 177 days. That´s 20,996 days, to be exact. Throughout his career, Dingell has served with 22 percent of all members who have ever served in the lower chamber -- 2,419 of 10,989 lawmakers -- casting more than 25,000 votes through 11 presidential administrations while attending 50 State of the
A Los Angeles car salesman and electric car advocate is shelling $32,400 out of his retirement savings so he can make a pitch directly to President Obama at a "private, off-the-record" Democratic fundraiser next week.(snip)But he says the goal is worthwhile. He wants to make a few points to Obama about on how to better support electric cars -- a cause that Obama already embraces -- and thought the private audience would be fine way to do it.
President Obama on Saturday urged Congress to come to an agreement on immigration reform in order to bolster the U.S. economy. In his weekly address, the president said that "commonsense" changes to immigration policy, including a pathway to citizenship, would further the economy´s recovery. "There are a lot of reasons to feel optimistic about where we´re headed as a country," Obama said. "We´ve just got to keep going." Currently, the House and Senate are engaged in separate processes that will produce two distinct immigration reform bills.
Environmental lobbyists are pressing President Obama to turn more western lands into national monuments to prevent oil-and-gas companies from drilling there. The Sierra Club is leading the charge and is sweetening its message with political sugar, saying Obama could thereby help Democrats win House and Senate seats in midterm elections year. This week it will launch a campaign called “Our Wild America,” which will call for new national monument designations. “We think there’s real opportunities for them to do additional monument designations by the midterm elections and that it’s a positive political
Staples is currently conducting a "PUSH It Forward Contest," which awards a $50,000 marketing campaign to the small business that wins it. However, as Maple Creek Gunsmithing in Fremont, Neb. learned--small businesses that sell guns are not allowed to take part in the contest. As Todd Starnes posted on May 30, after entering Staples´ contest, Maple Creek Gunsmithing received the following email: We´re sorry, but your small business entry into the Staples PUSH It Forward Contest has been rejected for the following reason(s): Entry contains content that promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons
A Massachusetts police dog got a official send off as over a dozen officers saluted the hound on his way to be put down. Kaiser, a two and a half year old German Shepard, was a member of the Plymouth, Massachusetts police department. The dog was laid to rest after a brief battle with kidney disease by handler Ptl. Jamie Lebretton, who lead the K-9 through a gauntlet of officers paying tribute to the crime fighting canine.In a heart-breaking Facebookpost on the Plymouth Police Working Dog Foundation´s page Officer Lebretton wrote, ´It is with deep regret and sorrow
Minneapolis mayoral candidates described the city’s Somali immigrants as an important political force at a campaign forum Friday night, vowing to help them more easily open small businesses, smooth tensions between cops and cabdrivers in their community, and win positions in City Hall. (snip) Samuels described closing the education achievement gap between whites and nonwhites as his priority. He also noted his early advocacy of setting aside 32 percent of the construction jobs on the new Minnesota Vikings stadium for minorities
An inspirational painting that referenced a Bible verse has been removed from a dining hall at Mountain Home Air Force Base after an anti-religion group filed a complaint, Fox News has learned. The painting featured a medieval crusader and referenced Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” The Military Religious Freedom Foundation called the painting “repugnant” and an “overt display of Christian nationalism.” They allegedly received a complaint from someone at the base who said the picture made “me feel terribly uncomfortable, disheartened and disappointed.”
Chelsea Clinton´s mother-in-law is running to recapture the Philadelphia-area U.S. House seat that she lost almost 20 years ago. Marjorie Margolies filed paperwork Thursday to run in the crowded Democratic Party primary for Pennsylvania´s 13th congressional district. Margolies previously served in congress but was voted out after she supported then-President Bill Clinton’s budget proposal that increased taxes on wealthy citizens. The incumbent, Democratic Rep. Allyson Schwartz, is running for governor and has said she will not seek re-election, leaving the seat open in 2015.
Neil Cavuto zeroes in on the common theme linking Obama´s scandals: "If you´re not gonna love me, fear me." Obama himself has put his philosophy in just those terms, telling Latino voters before the 2010 midterms to "punish our enemies and reward our friends." At the end of the 2012 election, he was telling his supporters to think of voting for him as an act of revenge against their enemies. And you can´t help but notice his politics are deliberately divisive - he and his allies advance every single policy by conjuring an "enemy" group
How many IRS employees were involved in targeting conservative groups for “extra scrutiny,” delays, and harassment? The IRS insisted that the issue was limited to “a few low-level employees” in one office. When it came time to secure computers and lock down files for investigators, though, the IRS concept of “few” seems a little … bloated: The Internal Revenue Service has told House GOP investigators they have identified 88 IRS employees who may have documents relevant to the congressional investigation into targeting of conservative groups, according to a congressional source familiar with the investigation.
Abuja — Lawmakers in Nigeria have approved a bill that would impose a 14-year prison sentence on gays and lesbians who enter into same-sex marriage contracts and a 10-year jail term for same-sex public displays of love. The bill, passed by the House of Representatives, is similar to one already approved by the Senate, the Premium Times of Nigeria reported. The measure, if signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan, could cost the country development aid. British Prime Minister David Cameron has said the United Kingdom would cut off aid to countries that fail to respect gay rights.
Yes, we might have enjoyed a couple of weeks of the media acting like a real media as a trifecta of scandals broke over the White House. But you can already tell that the media is preparing to return to form as Obama´s Shamefully Dishonest Palace Guards. It was earlier this week when I first heard NBC´s senior political editor Mark Murray, hurl the spin that the GOP might "overreach" with its investigations into the IRS and Libya scandals. His reasoning was that because polls show that investigating scandals is not a "voter priority" the investigations could backfire.
He showed up at a State Capitol reception Friday in a tie-dyed shirt and bluejeans, showing off his “six-pack” abs to reporters and suggesting that he is in fighting shape should his nation come calling. Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, who rarely returns to the Capitol offices he occupied from 1999 to 2003, took the opportunity to say that an independent fellow like him would make an excellent candidate for president in 2016. Is he saying he’s running? Of course not. But he likes to dangle the possibility. At a gathering that included three other governors —
The former Minnesota governor and professional wrestler is now suing the widow of a former Navy SEAL sniper for defamation because the soldier wrote about an alleged fight he had with Ventura. Ventura initially filed the suit against Chris Kyle, the SEAL who had the most confirmed kills in American military history, because Kyle said that he knocked Ventura to the floor during a fight outside of a bar. Ventura, now 61, has now refiled the suit and against Kyle´s wife Taya after Kyle was killed in February when he was shot by a former soldier who
Sometimes when you’re writing part of a column you keep getting close to the meaning of what you want to say but you don’t quite get there, the full formulation of the idea eludes you. Then two days later, relaxing in conversation with friends, the thought comes to you whole, and you think: That’s what I meant to say. That’s what I was trying to get. This week I had one of those moments.
The Department of Homeland Security has been forced to release a list of keywords and phrases it uses to monitor social networking sites and online media for signs of terrorist or other threats against the U.S. The intriguing the list includes obvious choices such as ´attack´, ´Al Qaeda´, ´terrorism´ and ´dirty bomb´ alongside dozens of seemingly innocent words like ´pork´, ´cloud´, ´team´ and ´Mexico´. Released under a freedom of information request, the information sheds new light on how government analysts are instructed to patrol the internet searching for
All scandals have layers of meaning. Watergate was about a second-rate burglary, but more importantly, it was about Richard M. Nixon´s abuse of presidential power. (snip) Like Watergate, Benghazi has several layers. But the most revealing one is the active collusion between this administration and Al Qaida. Al Qaida is a Saudi-inspired and Saudi-funded terror gang. Almost all of the terrorists on 9/11 were Saudis. Those facts are always covered up, but they are crucial to understanding the Jihad War. In Benghazi we ran arms from Libya to Al Qaida rebels in Syria. The Saudis are funding that rebellion.
It’s the creepy alternative to a beach cooler. The state Office of Mental Health is selling a morgue refrigerator from a Manhattan psychiatric ward on eBay — calling it “used” but “in good condition.” The bizarre ad lists the huge silver appliance, equipped with four doors for body storage, as having “signs of cosmetic wear” but being “fully operational.” The fridge looks plucked from the set of “Law & Order: SVU.” At 8 feet tall and 6 feet wide, it could fit nearly 2,000 12-ounce cans of beer. And the weirdest part? People are actually bidding on it.