"If President Obama wants to make changes to ObamaCare, he must come to Congress," Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said on Wednesday. "Two years ago, the Obama Administration, through a memo from a Homeland Security Department bureaucrat, declared it would not enforce our nation´s immigration laws. Now the Obama Administration, through a blog post by an Assistant Secretary in the Treasury Department, is declaring it won´t even enforce its own health care law on employers. "We live in a Constitutional Republic. We are a nation governed by laws written by Congress, not memos
In the summer of 2010, with Republicans poised to take over the House and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) in line to lead the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the White House started urging reporters to write negative stories about the congressman’s past, a new book says. New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich describes what he says were the anti-Issa efforts in “This Town,” a condemnation of Washington self-obsession and self-promotion, a copy of which was obtained by the Washington Post. According to Leibovich, former Obama deputy press secretary Bill Burton and suggested the reporter look into Issa’s past.
President Obama on Wednesday said he was “deeply concerned” by the Egyptian military’s ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, vowing to review U.S. aid to the North African nation and calling on commanders there to ensure a civilian government is swiftly established in the heart of the Arab Spring. “We are deeply concerned by the decision of the Egyptian Armed Forces to remove President Morsi and suspend the Egyptian constitution,” Obama said Wednesday evening. “I now call on the Egyptian military to move quickly and responsibly to return full authority back to a democratically elected civilian
The overthrow of Morsi in Egypt is bad news for the Muslim Brotherhood. But is it good news for anyone? Austin Bay notes that the Egyptian military is now obviously on top. But he is unsure whether it will revert to its old Nasserite ways or become more inclusive. David Goldman (Spengler) endorses Austin’s view but that the Army is back in the cards, adds that some Islamists will come up on top too to displace the Muslim Brotherhood, whom the Saudis despised. The reason the Saudi boys will get a seat at the table is simple.
The Wall Street Journal editorial page has attacked opposition to the immigration bill that passed in the Senate last week, urging the Republican-led House to "improve" the bill, "not kill it." The bill´s border security provisions, the Journal argued, were not weak, as conservatives had charged, but were "wretched excess," the result of "the Republican party letting its blood-and-soil wing trump its supposedly free-market principles." It might seem odd to attack "blood-and-soil" conservatives (a phrase of Nazi provenance, evidently) on the eve of July 4th. But one need not wave the American flag or protest the obviously offensive connotations
These columns fought the Affordable Care Act from start to passage, and we´d now like to apologize to our readers. It turns out we weren´t nearly critical enough. The law´s implementation is turning into a fiasco for the ages, and this week´s version is the lawless White House decision to delay the law´s insurance mandate for businesses, though not for individuals. The employer mandate is central to ObamaCare´s claim of providing universal coverage. Companies with 50 or more "employee equivalents" must pay a $2,000 penalty per full-time employee if they don´t provide government-approved health insurance.
Weaponry: As Moscow complains about U.S. missile defense plans in Europe, it is completing an anti-missile radar site in southern Russia to protect its homeland against missile strikes. Our flexibility meets their hypocrisy. On the heels of a test last month of a missile that U.S. intelligence officials believe violates the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, Russia is completing a large radar station near Armavir situated near the Black Sea and designed to detect missiles launched from Europe and Iran. During a flight test of the Yars-M road-mobile missile on June 6, the missile traveled from a launch center
As we sip beer and watch fireworks this 4th of July, think of all the freedoms we enjoy: the freedom to speak our mind, to pray in a church we choose or not pray at all, to keep what we produce, to vote fellow citizens into or out of government office. No people ever have enjoyed the freedoms we have. Further, think of all the good Americans have accomplished. They instituted the first real government authorized entirely by the consent of the governed. They provided strict protection for property rights in their fundamental law.
Health Reform: The White House announced late Tuesday that it was postponing the employer mandate for a year to give businesses more time to get ready. When will it admit that the rest of the law is just as flawed? requirements and the need for more time to implement them effectively." Poppycock. The reason the administration delayed the Obama-Care employer mandate was because it was turning into a monumental catastrophe. Among the problems: • Businesses that were supposed to benefit the most from it were instead cutting workers, trimming employees´ hours and doing whatever else they could to minimize the mandate´s costs.
5. The White House is like a "really nice prison." That would mean that the First Lady failed to make parole in November 2012. Ms. Obama made that complaint at the African First Ladies Summit in Tanzania, among fellow inmates, some from countries where the opposition occupies really nasty prisons. 4. Our student loans were "higher than our mortgage." That complaint, at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, sounds awful, except that both of the Obamas went to Harvard Law School, one of the most elite and expensive schools in the country. Many young people today would love to have a mortgage.
RUSH: What is it? Today´s Wednesday, right? So it was just two days ago, two days ago, right here on this very program, that somebody asked me, "Why in the world are they still selling Obamacare, Rush? It´s the law of the land. Why are there ads on TV? Why are we getting stories about how the California health exchange is gonna be run by Democrats to sell Obamacare? Why is there still a campaign for this?" And I, El Rushbo, said, "Because they remember how
Tensions in Texas ratcheted a bit higher Tuesday as activists on both sides of the abortion issue squared off at the Capitol in Austin for a somewhat odd religious-themed shout-down. Gov. Rick Perry has called for a second special session to pass an abortion law that would prohibit the procedure past the 20th week of pregnancy. Pro-choice protesters shouted, “Hail Satan!” as an attempt to drown out pro-lifers’ rendition of “Amazing Grace.” A Texas blogger, Adam Cahm, captured the scene on video: “It’s been a very interesting day at the Texas State Capitol. … LetTexasSpeak has
The State Department spent $630,000 on an ad campaign to get Facebook “likes” under former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to the department’s inspector general, the Washington Post reports: The efforts, which involved advertising initiatives between 2011 and March 2013, increased the fan numbers for each page from about 100,000 to more than 2 million, the report said… The State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs came up with the campaign as a way to engage with foreign audiences, the report said. Only two percent of the people who “liked” the Facebook pages
RUSH: Here is Bill in Gainesville, Florida. Bill, I´m glad you waited. It´s great to have you on the program today, sir. Hello. CALLER: Hey, Rush, I´m honored. I think this is a great segue, I hope. I´m grateful for Mr. O´Keefe. I´m 53 years old and single. I´m self-employed. I´ve got a big footprint. I´ve got six kids that I´ve raised here in Gainesville, Florida, and the only ability that I feel like I have is my vote, and I wanted to ask you about the birth of the Tea Party. RUSH: Yeah?
RUSH: The media is sorta unbalanced today. They are panicking that the prosecution of George Zimmerman is imploding. The media is totally invested in George Zimmerman being convicted as a racist "white Hispanic." They are totally invested, and it looks like the prosecution´s case is just imploding -- and, as such, there´s panic now. So much so, ladies and gentlemen, so much so that there is now talk and agitating for race riots. Grab audio sound bite number 12. This is last night on ABC News Nightline.
"It´s amazing what is considered heroism these days," observes Kirsten Powers of the Daily Beast. She´s referring to Wendy Davis, a state senator from Fort Worth, Texas, who reportedly wears "pink sneakers" and who staged a filibuster against an antiabortion measure. Fellow Beaster Nick Gillespie, a self-described "diehard libertarian" who is also editor of Reason.com, agrees--up to a point. "Depending on your point of view, Davis is either a brave hero fighting for women everywhere or the second coming of Kermit Gosnell, the notorious Philadelphia doctor recently found guilty of murdering babies."
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) says he supports a pathway to citizenship for immigrants living in the country illegally as part of an overhaul of the nation´s immigration system. "If people want to come here and work hard and benefit, I don´t care whether they come from Mexico or Ireland or Germany or Canada or South Africa or anywhere else," Walker said Tuesday during an interview with the Daily Herald Media Editorial Board of Wisconsin. "I want them here." Walker was then asked about the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally. The editorial board asked
The brilliant author and journalist Midge Decter coined a line to live by. “You’ve got to join the side you’re on,” she has said. On the anniversary of American independence, all of us, especially our president, would do well to follow her advice. Decter’s observation, which grew out of her disillusionment with modern liberalism, is relevant in our era of spreading global disorder. History is unfolding in rapid fashion in the volatile Mideast, yet the only consistency in American policy is hesitation, followed by vacillation. From Afghanistan to Iran to Egypt to Libya to Syria and now
WASHINGTON -- Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained more than a half-dozen, newly uncovered videos from U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) which show senior GSA officials and staff participating in costumed playacting and parodies. These videos are evidence of GSA´s extravagance, which, along with the scandalous 2010 Las Vegas regional conference, were revealed in a scathing April 2012 inspector general (IG) report. These videos had been available on GSA´s website prior to the release of the IG Report but were removed shortly thereafter. The videos were obtained by Judicial Watch pursuant to a June 15, 2012,
The number of sex attacks and rapes against female protesters in Egypt´s Tahrir Square has hit 91 in just four days. Vicious mobs attacked the women as millions of protesters took to the streets to demand President Mohammed Morsi step down. Today Egypt´s military moved to tighten its control on key institutions, even putting officers in the newsroom of state TV - the military leaders deadline for President Morsi to find a resolution to Egypt´s political crisis or else the army would impose its own political plan passed this afternoon. (Snip) One woman required surgery after being raped with a ´sharp object´
Today seemed to begin with a rare and much needed “win” for the State prosecutors. Unfortunately, what followed was a relentless unraveling of that win into a snatching of defeat from the jaws of victory. First, however, we should start with what little good news the State received today. Court Rules Zimmerman College, Police Evidence Admissible (Snip) In fact, the testimony of both Professors overwhelmingly favored the defense. Let’s consider each in turn.
Damani Henard called his mom to say he was biking to a friend´s house to play video games. "I´ll see you when you get home," Yolanda Paige said. "OK, I love you," the 14-year-old said. Paige got home late Tuesday night and didn´t see her son, but figured he had stayed overnight. Then detectives showed up at her door. "They were telling me my son was murdered," Paige said as she prepared to go to the morgue.
What appears to be a military coup in Egypt puts the Obama administration in an awkward position. The state department is clear that Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has not done enough to meet the concerns of his people, and that democracy is not just about being elected but about responding to their voices. [Snip] The state department spokesperson repeated time and again that the US was not backing one side or the other. But they are funding one side--there are plans to give the military aid worth $1.3bn (£852m) next year, and many senior Egyptian officers are trained in the
We arrived yesterday at an absurd moment in the saga of the American whistleblower Edward Snowden. The presidential plane carrying Bolivia’s Evo Morales home from a conference in Moscow was searched during a stop-over in Vienna on suspicion of carrying Snowden to asylum in Latin America. The Bolivians declared that France, Italy, Spain and Portugal had refused to allow the plane to enter their airspace, forcing it to land in Austria. [Snip] "By no means should a diplomatic plane with the president be diverted from its route and forced to land in another country." France, Spain and Portugal subsequently
The Obama administration has announced that it’s delaying implementation of the employer mandate aspect of Obamacare until 2015. The mandate says that all businesses with over 50 workers must provide health insurance to their staff or face fines of up to $3,000 per employee. So the delay is a big deal for the following reasons: 1. It’s a tacit acceptance that Obamacare is a job killer. The administration buckled under orders from the Treasury because so many businesses said they couldn’t afford this part of the bill.[Snip] 2. The costs of Obamacare are being quietly passed on to ordinary consumers