Elisabeth Hasselbeck, the plucky blond conservative who sat alongside Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, and a rotating cast of other hosts for a decade, announced on the ABC morning program Wednesday that it would be her last show. The announcement confirmed reports that came out Tuesday saying that the host had been poached by Fox News to replace Gretchen Carlson on the panel of the morning program Fox and Friends. Hasselbeck and Walters began Wednesday morning’s show by tearfully walking to the Hot Topics table arm and arm, after which Walters kicked off a seven-minute lovefest among the show’s hosts by confirming the news of Hasselbeck’s exit.
PRINCETON, NJ -- Americans are still more likely to blame former President George W. Bush "a great deal" or "a moderate amount" than President Barack Obama for the country´s current economic problems. More Americans blamed Bush during Obama´s first year as president in 2009; however, since mid-2010, views have been steady at levels similar to today´s. (Snip)About a third of Americans, 35%, assign a high degree of blame to Bush alone for current economic problems, about double the percentage blaming solely Obama (19%). Another 34% blame both, while 11% say neither is highly to blame.
A division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) was deployed to Sanford, Florida in 2012 to provide assistance for anti-George Zimmerman protests, including a rally headlined by activist Al Sharpton, according to newly released documents. The Community Relations Service (CRS), a unit of DOJ, reported expenses related to its deployment in Sanford to help manage protests between March and April 2012, according to documents obtained by the watchdog group Judicial Watch. CRS spent $674.14 between March 25-27 related to having been “deployed to Sanford, FL, to work marches, demonstrations, and rallies related to the shooting and death
LAKELAND, Fla. – Authorities are investigating a widespread sex scandal involving nearly a dozen police officers in one Florida city after a civilian crime analyst detailed trysts with the men in police and fire stations, patrol cars, motels and even in a parking lot after a memorial service for a slain officer. Sue Eberle, 37, has told officials that she had consensual and sometimes coerced sex with the officers and a firefighter, and that she once was propositioned by a city worker in Lakeland. Eberle´s accounts of the liaisons were largely corroborated by her sexual partners...
Two flight attendants on the Asiana Airlines plane that crash-landed were sucked from the plane and thrown down the runway upon impact, crash investigators said today. "Two flight attendants were ejected from the aircraft during the impact sequence so they were not at their stations when the aircraft came to rest," National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Deborah Hersman said at a news conference this evening. "They were found down the runway and off to the side of the runway," she said. "Those flight attendants survived, but they obviously had gone through a serious event and have injuries."
Here’s a story for you. For years I devoted much of my journalism—op-eds, blogs, even a book about cultural politics—to lamenting the rootlessness of American life and prescribing solutions for it from within the conservative intellectual tradition. Yet I never quite found the wherewithal to live as I preached. (Snip) Then, from my home in faraway Philadelphia, I watched my sister Ruthie die slowly from cancer, cared for by family and community in our south Louisiana hometown. The doctrines and ideals I professed as true unexpectedly took concrete form in the heartbreaking story unfolding there.
Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained documents proving that the Department of Justice played a major behind-the-scenes role in organizing protests against George Zimmerman. Zimmerman is on trial for second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in February 2012. (snip) Among JW’s findings: •March 25 – 27, 2012, CRS spent $674.14 upon being “deployed to Sanford, FL, to work marches, demonstrations, and rallies related to the shooting and death of an African-American teen by a neighborhood watch captain.” •March 25 – 28, 2012, CRS spent $1,142.84 “in Sanford, FL to work marches, demonstrations, and rallies Author corrected by Staff.
Brendan Sasso blogging on the Hill, lists 5 unanswered questions about the NSA’s surveillance programs. He argues that while recent revelations may have given the public a glimpse into what is going on, we haven’t a clue about the actual extent to which data is being collected on the public. Sasso asks: 1. What other data is being collected under the Patriot Act? 2. How broad are the programs? 3. What’s the legal rationale? 4. Is the NSA still collecting email records? 5. Are there other programs that we don’t know about?These are important questions. The size and
Feminist icon Gloria Steinem popularized the phrase, “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.” In addition to finding men irrelevant, she also found them injurious, insisting, “Most women are one man away from welfare.” And when it came to marriage, she was famously dismissive of the practice, saying, “A liberated woman is one who has sex before marriage and a job after.” Well, it seems as though today’s liberated women have come around to the idea of men and wanting to marry them. (Even Steinem eventually tied the knot.) This is all well and good; today,
There are two theories of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s threat to go nuclear and limit or even eliminate filibusters against executive-branch nominees. One is that Reid is serious. He’s fed up. He feels betrayed by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s continued obstruction. “I think he would really do it,” says a top Republican Senate aide. “He is not known for his even temper and long view of the repercussions of his actions.” The other is that this is all a dance between Reid and McConnell — and they both know it.
The American left loves Western European democracies for their cultural sensibilities and for their policies on everything from crime to health care. One policy area where you won’t hear American liberals cite the European example, though, is abortion. The reason is simple: Abortion law is far more restrictive in Europe than in the United States. As the table below shows, 16 of 18 countries on the continent limit abortion to the first trimester of pregnancy (with certain exceptions in various countries). The banning of late-term abortions now being considered in the House of Representatives
Following in the footsteps of other American diplomats and Nobel Peace Prize hopefuls, Dennis Rodman will be releasing his own line of vodka. Bad Boy Vodka will launch later this month in California. Somewhere, Puffy sits poolside, draped in a mink coat, sipping on Ciroc and saying to no one in particular, “even I, Sean Diddy Combs, didn’t have the audacity to create a vodka called ‘Bad Boy.’ Take that, take that, take that.” A bull, but not a Chicago Bull, adorns Rodman’s vodka bottle, along with the words “Bad Boy” written in a font that’s menacing, yet enticing.
Was Sarah Palin just teasing us last night when she let drop on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show that she was considering running for the U.S. Senate next year? Maybe. Palin, as Politico notes today, will generally do or say anything in order to create some buzz in the media. It’s hard to find too many serious political observers who think that four years after she abruptly resigned her post as governor of Alaska, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate is willing to do the hard work of running for office rather than just running her mouth on television.
A bracelet reading ´Be Good´ that belonged to a firefighter who perished alongside 18 of his comrades in the Arizona wildfire has been returned to his astonished widow. Juliann Ashcraft, the widow of Andrew Ashcraft, was stunned to receive the rubber band that was found among the remains on the hillside following the tragedy in Yarnell Hill on June 30. Six months ago, her husband - the father of their four young children - had given each of the family members one of the bracelets to remind them how being good would keep them together forever.
On Tuesday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer called President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care reform law a “bait and switch” and said the administration’s recent move to delay the employer mandate is unconstitutional. Elaborating on a claim he made earlier in the week, Krauthammer explained that the postponement of certain provisions of the law — including the delay until 2015 of the requirements that employers provide coverage to employees and that beneficiaries show proof of income — creates more problems. “Look, the promise of this president was Obamacare won’t
When former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin announced on Sean Hannity´s radio show Tuesday night she is considering a Senate run, Twitter users took to the site to sling one-line quips at the former nominee for vice president. When former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin announced on Sean Hannity´s radio show Tuesday she is considering a Senate run in 2014, Twitter users took to the site to sling one-line quips at the former nominee for vice president.
Hundreds of people from across North America are expected to flood Saylorsburg on Saturday to protest a controversial Turkish figure, Fethullah Gülen, who has lived in the area for more than a decade. A Turkish couple in Florida said they began circulating a flier on social media two weeks ago, encouraging people to come to the Poconos to protest a man they say is a danger to the U.S. and their home country. The protest is set for 1 p.m. by Gülen´s home and retreat center on Mount Eaton Road.
NEW YORK- Brynna Robert of Louisiana found out about and entered a White House contest for kid chefs on deadline day. Wisconsin´s Liam Kivirist studied more than 1,000 entries from the previous year´s competition before stirring up his own creation. Devanshi Udeshi of Texas submitted a healthier version of her all-time favorite thing to eat. More than 1,300 recipes in all poured in. After the batch was painstakingly trimmed to 54, Brynna, Liam and Devanshi were among a select group of 8- to 12-year-olds whose culinary concoctions earned them a three-course meal at the White House on Tuesday
Two data points and a question. Point one: Daniel Ellsberg yesterday in the Washington Post, in a piece on the Snowden case, referred to what might, surprisingly, be called the more easygoing legal climate of 1971, when he gave the Pentagon papers to the New York Times, the Washington Post and 17 other newspapers. For 13 days, while he distributed copies, he was in hiding, the last few as “a fugitive from justice.” He surrendered himself in Boston and was released the same day on personal-recognizance bond. Later, as charges against him mounted, his bond was increased to $50,000.
Older men are at high risk of suicide, and they´re far more likely to kill themselves if they have access to firearms. Doctors should ask relatives of older people with depression or cognitive problems if there are guns in the home, much as they might ask about whether it´s time to take away the car keys, an academic paper says. "There´s been so much attention to the role of physicians and the safety of young children when there are guns in the home," says Marshall Kapp, a professor and director of the Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law
The U.S. military has erected a 64,000-square-foot headquarters building on the dusty moonscape of southwestern Afghanistan that comes with all the tools to wage a modern war. A vast operations center with tiered seating. A briefing theater. Spacious offices. Fancy chairs. Powerful air conditioning. Everything, that is, except troops. The windowless, two-story structure, which is larger than a football field, was completed this year at a cost of $34 million. But the military has no plans to ever use it. Commanders in the area, who insisted three years ago that they did not need the building,
Republicans walked away from their 2012 debacle hell-bent on fixing their problems with Hispanics. Now, they appear hell-bent on making them worse. In private conversations, top Republicans on Capitol Hill now predict comprehensive immigration reform will die a slow, months-long death in the House. Like with background checks for gun buyers, the conventional wisdom that the party would never kill immigration reform, and risk further alienating Hispanic voters, was always wrong — and ignored the reality that most House Republicans are white conservatives representing mostly white districts. These members, and the vast majority of their voters, couldn’t care less
ST. PETERSBURG - Since the beginning of February, detectives have been trying to capture a burglar - or burglars - with a signature that is either very clever or very dangerous, depending on how you look at it. He breaks in to homes that have been tented as part of a toxic fumigation procedure designed to kill drywood termites. Twelve times he has struck, slashing tents draped over homes by Terminix, Bingham´s Pest Control, Geiger´s Pest Control and All Pro Termite, and stealing an array of possessions - from flat-screen TVs and tatoo guns, to china and jewelry. A break
The second week of the Zimmerman trial has proven as disastrous for the prosecution as the first. The only conclusion the jurors could reach beyond a reasonable doubt at this point is that the state has wasted their time and ruined the life of a hapless neighborhood watch volunteer. Insuperable doubts abound in the case. Not a single piece of incriminating evidence has been nailed down. Bob Beckel, Fox’s Falstaff, claims that Zimmerman is a “wannabe cop who didn’t like black people.” That’s what the prosecution would like people to think. But the only racism it has managed to establish
NEW YORK - Charlie Crist, the former Florida governor who switched from the Republican Party to Democrat, is working on a book that strongly criticizes the GOP´s conservative policies. Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House, announced Wednesday it had acquired Crist´s "The Party´s Over: How the Extreme Right Hijacked the GOP and I became a Democrat." The book is scheduled to be published in early 2014. According to Dutton, Crist will offer "very frank" opinions on Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush and other big-name Republicans. Crist was a Republican when elected governor of Florida, where he served