Hi, everybody. Two weeks ago, a large bipartisan majority of Senators voted to pass commonsense, comprehensive immigration reform — taking an important step towards fixing our broken immigration system once and for all. This bill was a compromise, and neither side got everything they wanted. But it was largely consistent with the key principles of commonsense reform that most of us in both parties have repeatedly laid out. If passed, the Senate’s plan would build on the historic gains we’ve made in border security.
State Attorney Angela Corey fired her office’s information technology director Friday after he testified last month about being concerned prosecutors did not turn over information to George Zimmerman’s defense team in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. On the same day attorneys finished their closing arguments in that nationally watched trial, a state attorney investigator went to Ben Kruidbos’ home about 7:30 a.m. to hand-deliver a letter stating Kruidbos “can never again be trusted to step foot in this office.” The letter contended Kruibos did a poor job overseeing
An old Washington joke goes that an employee of the Department of Agriculture sees a colleague sobbing and rushes to ask what´s wrong? The man replies, "My farmer died." So it goes with this week´s House rebellion on the farm bill, which has Democrats wailing in protest. Their latest vehicle for subsidies and food stamps died. House Republicans passed an historic farm bill on Thursday that for the first time in about 40 years separates food stamps from farm policy. This bids to divide what has been a political alliance of urban Democrats and farm-state Republicans
The deadly assault of a Mableton man has become a national story, at least online, with several web sites and blogs claiming Joshua Chellew was killed because he was white. Initially reported as a hit-and-run, police now say Chellew died June 30 after an attack by four black teenagers in Cobb County. According to the arrest warrant, the 36-year-old victim was repeatedly punched and kicked by the youths outside a Chevron gas station. Chellew, badly beaten, eventually stumbled onto Mableton Parkway, where he was run over. He died at Grady Memorial Hospital.
NEW YORK - Wal-Mart and other retailers are making Twinkies available this weekend, even though Hostess says it asked stores to wait until Monday to start selling the spongy yellow snack cakes. The world´s largest retailer announced Friday that the cakes were available at about 1,600 stores and that about 3,000 of its 4,000 U.S. stores should have them by Sunday morning. That´s a day before the July 15 return that Hostess has trumpeted in its marketing. Supermarket operator Kroger, which owns Ralphs, Fry´s and Food 4 Less, also said the cakes were available in about
Sanford law enforcement officials spoke to reporters on Friday after jurors left the courtroom to deliberate a verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. Reporters learned Sanford police had training through the Justice Department regarding "biased base policing and ethics." Breitbart News´ Ben Shapiro reported on Wednesday the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security are preparing for possible riots depending upon the outcome of the Zimmerman trial. Sanford´s Police Chief Cecil Smith told Shapiro the DOJ´s Community Relations Service regional director Thomas Battles is working with the Sanford Police Department.
Barack Obama has never been clear on the distinction between sovereign and servant, between the American people and those, including himself, elected to do the people’s business. We saw that yet again this week with the president’s unilateral rewrite of the Bataan Death March known as the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare. For this president, laws are not binding expressions of the popular will, but trifling recommendations to be ignored when expedient. The collapse of law — not just Obamacare but law in general — is the Obama administration’s most egregious scandal.
When the United States resisted Soviet imperialism over seven decades, liberals lost no opportunity to accuse the country of supporting evil. Then the Soviet Union fell, in good part because its own people realized that free markets and electoral democracy were better for them. In the eyes of Europe and Asia we won because they realized we had the moral advantage. That is why China now has a wealthy entrepreneurial class, and why Russia just introduced a 14% flat tax. No, those places are not ideal, not even close. But they are better than before.
The legal watchdog Judicial Watch released an audio recording Thursday of a Department of Justice staffer urging Sanford, Fla., city officials and the minority advocacy group Dream Defenders to seek justice for Trayvon Martin, because “if a community perceives that there’s something wrong in the black community, there’s something wrong.” “CRS is an arm of the department that we call the Peacemakers,” Thomas Battles, regional director of the DOJ´s Community Relations Service, said at a meeting at the Shiloh Church on April 19, 2012. “We work with communities where
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama´s renewed push to close the Guantanamo Bay prison for terrorism suspects has given a glimmer of hope to foreign governments that he will fulfill that promise and triggered diplomatic maneuvering from U.S. allies eager to bring home long-held detainees.Kuwait has hired lobbyists to help bring its two remaining prisoners home. British Prime Minister David Cameron personally pressed Obama at the Group of 8 summit last month to release the United Kingdom´s final detainee.
If you work at the Huffington Post, you may want to avoid the bananas. Earlier this afternoon, Arianna Huffington’s chief of staff, Daniel Koh, sent out an all-staff email with the subject line: “We are aware of problems with banana quality in the 5th floor kitchen. We are addressing.” Soon, Huffington Post reporters and editors began replying to the email, sharing their own banana experiences. “BQ [banana quality] has been an issue for some time—very glad to hear,” one staffer wrote. “I just ate one…it seemed fine. Should I worry?” asked another. “Nice knowing you,” replied a third.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is resigning to become president of the University of California system, where she stands to make triple her current salary. Here is a look back at some of her most memorable moments in office. The time she said the 9/11 hijackers came from Canada. In an interview with a Canadian television journalist in April 2009, Napolitano suggested that some of the September 11 hijackers had entered the United States from Canada, which is false (they all entered via overseas flights). The Canadian ambassador was pretty annoyed by Napolitano’s remarks, which she quickly clarified.
When it comes to the immigration overhaul debate, the U.S.-Mexico border states are different. Those four states – Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas – hold 27.5 million Hispanics, about half of the total U.S. Hispanic population. As the House of Representatives digs into immigration policy you might think those numbers would have an impact on those congressional delegations. Polls show Hispanics favor most of the measures in the Senate overhaul plan by big margins. So far, however, that doesn’t seem to be making much of a difference in these states. That is, even in the border states –
Norman Rockwell’s iconic 1943 oil painting, “Freedom of Speech,” depicts a defining American scene: a seemingly average man mustering the courage to express publicly his opinion at what appears to be a New England town hall meeting. (Snip)In modern America, however, it appears the man in Rockwell’s painting might be advised to be very careful what he says, how he says it, and to whom he says it at the town hall. A few wrong moves and one of the townspeople wearing ties might report him to the local election commission. He might be required to register
“His redemption is your redemption.” That is the Daily Beast’s spot-on satirical assessment of Anthony Weiner’s campaign ad for New York City Mayor. But it also is the message of both Eliot Spitzer and Mark Sanford, two other adulterers trying to revive their political careers by peddling that their rehabilitation will lead to ours. Spitzer resigned his post as Governor of New York in 2008 after the New York Times revealed he was a client of a high-end prostitution business. Sanford is the former Republican South Carolina governor who in 2009 went missing for six days
Can you name the attorney general of your state? I’m betting most folks can’t. There’s a reason. Campaigns for attorney general get scant media attention, causing voters to ignore down-ballot races. This is unfortunate, especially if you reside in a red state. Because in the past few years Republican attorneys general have become a growing force in national affairs. They’re not quite a conservative juggernaut, but they’re headed that way. Practically no one has noticed the emergence of the Republican AGs. Yet they’re a scourge of President Obama. They drive the Environmental Protection Agency crazy. They’ve beaten the best lawyers
The White House held a background briefing Friday to discuss Obamacare implementation with a handful of journalists from liberal and progressive outlets. Slate blogger Matthew Yglesias posted a photograph to Instagram Friday featuring himself and other liberal journalists at the White House, with the caption “#thistown.” Yglesias’ photograph features American Prospect staff writer Jamelle Bouie and MSNBC’s Benjy Sarlin attending the briefing. Yglesias, who publicly cheered the death of conservative activist Andrew Breitbart, is known as a member of a tight-knit circle of progressive bloggers that includes Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein and low-rated MSNBC host Chris Hayes.
I’d like to declare a war on women — namely, all those cringe-inducing ninnies who lust after every celebrity criminal defendant with big muscles, tattoos, puppy-dog eyes or Hollywood hair. You know who I’m talking about, right? America’s Bad Boy groupies. They’re on the courthouse steps with their “Free Jahar” signs, cooing over how “hot” and “cute” the Boston Marathon bombing suspect is. He “can blow me up with babies,” one moral reprobate quipped shortly after his capture. “I’m not gonna lie, the second bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is hot. ”sorrynotsorry,” another young girl boasted. Among the callous accused killer’s victims,
The announcement Friday that Janet Napolitano was stepping down as Homeland Security Secretary took much of official Washington by surprise. While the president has known "for several weeks," according to a senior administration official, most insiders had thought Napolitano was waiting for Attorney General Eric Holder to resign early in Obama’s second term so that she could move into the top slot at Justice.For years Napolitano’s closest aides had made no secret of the fact that she coveted his job. Indeed, she wore her ambitions so openly that it added an element of personal rivalry
Politicians in ten northeastern Colorado counties are flirting with a proposal to break away and form their own state — North Colorado. Twenty commissioners from Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, Weld, and Yuma counties have rallied behind the idea. They say their rural oasis is getting pushed around by the state´s increasingly dominant urban lawmakers, who this year passed a host of measures the would-be secessionists don´t like, including higher renewable energy standards for rural electric co-ops, civil unions for gay couples, and tough new gun-control laws. "I think the city people kind of feel
The Texas abortion bill passed both houses of the state legislature by whopping majorities. It passed the House 98-49 and it passed the Senate 19-11. Those are large majorities by any definition. The modest bill bans abortions after 20 weeks and elevates standards at abortion clinics to be on par with standards at ambulatory surgical centers. But after the final vote in the Senate, President Obama chose to criticize the bipartisan majorities that passed the bill. At about 12:20 pm central, his official Twitter feed posted:(Snip for Tweet)Obama’s tweet comes after confirmation that pro-abortion protesters attempted to sneak jars of urine
What better way to pass a slow news Friday than with a little controversial biological determinism to explain ideological differences? At the extreme, they found that young men who grew up with sisters but no brothers in their household are 8.3 percentage points more likely to identify with the Republican Party than boys who grow up with only brothers. The sister effect is smaller but still statistically significant when it comes to attitudes explicitly related to gender roles. Men who had sisters were 3.8 percentage points more likely to agree that “a woman’s place is in the home”
LOUISVILLE, Colo.—William Kinne likes Colorado’s new gun-control law that includes universal background checks and limits on ammunition sales, and he is also glad the state approved legislation this spring establishing civil unions for gay couples. His wife, Rachel, isn’t enthusiastic about either idea. William, a graduate student at the nearby University of Colorado (Boulder), finds the gun-control law common sense. “There needs to be at least as much regulation and training as there is to operate a motor vehicle,” he says. Responds Rachel: “If people want guns, they are going to find them.”
If you’re wondering whether my Governor is going to try to become our President, I have no magic window to that, even though I have known him for nearly twenty years. But from here in Texas, where all kinds of political plotlines are getting attention, there are some insights I can share as Rick Perry plans a return to private life that may be only momentary. First, let’s get rid of the dumbest analysis of the past week-- the notion that Perry is not seeking re-election because he feared a loss to pro-choice rock starlet Wendy Davis.
An internal email from a Department of Defense agency calls its budget “too large” while at the same time urging colleagues about the importance of spending “100% of our available resources.” The June 27 memo, obtained by the Washington Post and sent by the Defense Information Systems Agency, said, “Our available funding balances remain large in all appropriations — too large to spend” on just unfunded requests. But while the authors of the email—Deputy Chief Financial Executive Sanna Sims and procurement director Kathleen Miller—decried the rare problem of too much funding, they also urged colleagues to spend every cent.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The litany of charges against a Cleveland man outline in numbing detail the crimes his victims allegedly suffered over 10 years of imprisonment: August 2002, kidnapping. September 2004, kidnapping. November 2006, aggravated murder. Christmas Day 2006, rape. A new 977-count indictment filed Friday provides a painful look at what prosecutors say was a decade of captivity for three women in suspect Ariel Castro´s home in a rough Cleveland, Ohio, neighborhood. Among the most serious charges: that he caused the death of one of his victims´ fetuses by punching and starving her. Among the most haunting: that he assaulted