Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., confirmed that he regards Obamacare as a bridge to a single-payer health care plan, contrary to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ assurances that the law would never lead to such a program. “This is not a trick. This is not single-payer,” Sebelius told NPR in 2009 in response to Mitt Romney’s claim that the proposed bill was a “Trojan horse” for single-payer health care. NPR’s Steve Inskeep pressed for more clarity. “Can you say flat out it’s just never going to be single-payer health insurance and we’re going to try to write it
Foul deeds will rise, though all the earth o´erwhelm them, to men´s eyes. -- William Shakespeare, Hamlet Watergate remains the greatest political scandal in modern American history. It culminated not only in President Nixon’s announcement of his resignation, 39 years ago Thursday, but in the conviction and imprisonment of his three most senior aides. (Snip)It turns out that the notion that “no man is above the law” somehow didn’t apply to judges or prosecutors involved in the cover-up trial. Documents I have uncovered indicate that the efforts to punish the wrongdoings of Watergate led to further wrongdoing
As we wind down our series on presidential contenders, we look at Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s to-do list if he wants to be a serious contender in 2016. Remember, Right Turn will be back on August 12. What does Perry need to do? 1. It’s fine to mock his “oops” moment at the debate in 2012, but his main goal should be in projecting a serious national image. 2. Remarkably, few Republicans are talking about energy; he’d do well to set out a specific energy policy and travel around the country promoting it. 3. Perry has time to prepare
Ames, Iowa – Rafael Cruz brought down the house. Speaking at The Family Leader Summit today, the father of Ted Cruz delivered an energetic speech that earned him one of the longest standing ovations of the day. “Our lives are under attack,” Cruz said of Obamacare. “We already saw what is happening with abortion. The same thing is happening at the other end with Obamacare. Obamacare is going to destroy the elderly by denying care, by even perhaps denying treatment of people [with] catastrophic sickness.” He also addressed religious liberty, saying “socialism requires that government becomes your god.”
Anyone following the news even casually last week surely noticed the long parade of Obama administration officials trotted out before the cameras to insist their boss, the president, has always understood the serious and ongoing threat presented by al Qaeda and its affiliates—emphasis on affiliates. The assurances came after intelligence about imminent and possibly large-scale attacks on U.S. and Western interests led the administration to shutter nearly two dozen U.S. embassies in the Middle East and South Asia for several days. These assurances were necessary because the president and those who speak for him have spent the better part
Fast-food workers across America — or at least across the island of Manhattan that media outlets often confuse for America — have been partaking in lunchtime strikes. My lunchtime strike against fast food started long before the workers’ industrial action did. When I want a hangover, I prefer Budweiser to Burger King. Like fast women or fast money, fast food leaves one with an empty feeling. The appetite craves most what satiates it least. A commenter on the Freakonomics website recently claimed that the McDonald’s Double Cheeseburger is “the cheapest, most nutritious, and bountiful food
Memo to Charlie Rangel: You’re in some pretty uncharted waters if former Gov. David Paterson — son of one of your closest friends and allies — is publicly taking you to task for your racially charged remarks. The hoopla began with a Rangel slam against the Tea Party: “It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police,” the Harlem congressman told Politico. “They didn’t care about how they looked.” In other words, the Tea Partiers are the heirs of Bull Connor and the segregationists. A few days later, as a guest
Former Sen. Rick Santorum, after speaking at forum for religious conservatives in Iowa, said he’s not thinking much about 2016 yet. “I’m just engaged in the fray,” he said. I asked him about his gut feeling when people mention 2016 to him – whether it’s more “oh, yeah,” or “oh, no.” He said, “Oh.” However, he added that he’s taking the early steps needed to keep his options open. “If you’re going to have a decision to make, you’ve got to do some things in preparation for that decision. And so we’re certainly doing those things,” he said.
We all know about the hazards and follies of political correctness. But this time, the powers that be in Seattle, and it seems New York City as well, have gone way too far. The Office for Civil Rights in Seattle, a Fox News report informed us last week, instructed city workers about no longer using terms that some people in Seattle might deem offensive. I wondered when first reading this if they were talking about scores of white employees using the N word. No, that’s not it. The words they are complaining about include the following: “citizens” and “brown-bag lunch.”
The New York Times provides a little more background on the efforts by former Democratic Party chair Terry McAuliffe to secure EB-5 visas — and a little more of the scope, too. When McAuliffe and other GreenTech officials met with US Customs and Immigrations Services chief Alejandro Mayorkas, they didn’t land the meeting from their own personal charm alone. According to whistleblowers sending information to Senator Charles Grassley, McAuliffe got some help from Vice President Joe Biden’s office, and a boost from Mayorkas’ boss, outgoing DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano: He and his lawyers sent a stream of e-mails
A new study from IHS, a prominent, independent energy research firm, says that a thumbs down from President Barack Obama on the Keystone Pipeline would have minimal to no impact on U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It found that “Venezuelan heavy oil—and Venezuela—would be the number one beneficiary of a negative decision on Keystone.” The new findings may figure prominently in the fight over the pipeline, which the administration is expected to render a decision on in September. The emissions would still be the same without the pipeline due to the fact that TransCanada would still deliver the oil
President Obama will head to Martha’s Vineyard this afternoon, spending the upcoming week there with his family and a few aides. But before going on vacation, Obama addressed wounded veterans at the Disabled American Veterans National Convention in Orlando, Fla., Saturday afternoon, pledging improvement in the Veterans Administration (VA) claims backlog and touting access to health care for veterans. The VA’s backlog of hundreds of thousands of benefit claims has drawn sharp criticism. Last month, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called it a “national disgrace.” Over 796,000 VA benefit claims are pending, nearly 515,000 of them backlogged,
Argentina has begun distributing a free state-produced version of the erection-boosting drug Viagra for the first time, in a move intended to curb its misuse, health authorities announced Thursday. They said 200,000 doses of sildenafil, better known under the Viagra brand name, is to be distributed free of charge through the public health network of the province of Santa Fe. The drug is being produced in Santa Fe by the state-owned pharmaceutical firm LIFSE, which plans to eventually distribute it nationally.
A northern Arizona family that was lost at sea for weeks in an ill-fated attempt to leave the U.S. over what they consider government interference in religion will fly back home Sunday.[snip] Gastonguay said her family was fed up with government control in the U.S. As Christians they don´t believe in "abortion, homosexuality, in the state-controlled church," she said. U.S. "churches aren´t their own," Gastonguay said, suggesting that government regulation interfered with religious independence. Among other differences, she said they had a problem with being "forced to pay these taxes that pay for abortions we don´t agree with." Staff has spelled out source.
During his Wednesday appearance on Jay Leno´s "Tonight Show,´ President Obama made three factual gaffes; one of them involved the claim that cities not found along the Gulf of Mexico are. Were Obama a Republican, these gaffes would have led news coverage for the next forty-eight hours. Not only did most of the media ignore or downplay these gaffes; the Associated Press went so far as to cover one of them up. In its coverage Thursday, rather than point out the president´s geographical error, the wire service made it look as though no error was made.
Citizens United president David Bossie told Breitbart News that about 2,000 citizens showed up at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa Saturday to hear from conservative leaders like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and real estate mogul Donald Trump. “Mr. Trump just got a standing ovation,” Bossie, a sponsor of the event, said in a phone interview from the site as Trump wrapped up his speech on Saturday night. “I would say there were 2,000 attendees today. This is real. In Ames, Iowa, for 2,000 people to show up on a Saturday in August
What do Richard Feynman, Willie Nelson, Frank Zappa and Boris Yeltsin have in common? The answer was embodied in a radiant, round-faced Siberian singer named Kongar-ol Ondar, whose voice was unlike any in the western world. Ondar was a master of throat singing, a vocal style native to his small Russian republic of Tuva. He mesmerized audiences with his ability to produce two or more notes simultaneously—a low, steady drone overlaid with higher pitched tones that to the unaccustomed ear sounded like a radio gone haywire. (Snip) Ondar appeared in three Rose Parades in Pasadena,
CASCADE, Idaho -- The man accused of kidnapping 16-year-old Hannah Anderson was killed in the Idaho wilderness Saturday, but the teen was found safe and “appears to be in pretty good shape,” San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said. Gore said the suspect, James Lee DiMaggio, was shot by the FBI. “Obviously we would have liked Mr. DiMaggio to surrender and face justice in a court of law, but that was not the case,” Gore said. Hannah will be “thoroughly evaluated” at a hospital before detectives talk to her, he said.
With their mops of hair, cheeky grins and expressions of wide-eyed innocence, they´re the new double act ready to delight fans of Downton Abbey when the much-anticipated fourth series starts next month. Identical twins Logan and Cole Weston have joined the cast of the blockbuster period drama – but you´ll never see them on screen together. The twin brothers will share the task of playing little George Crawley, the son of Lady Mary and her late husband Matthew – who met a sticky end in a car crash in last season´s Christmas finale.
A series of car bombs in mainly Shi´ite areas of Baghdad killed 69 people and wounded at least 140 on Saturday, police and medical sources said. The attacks come during a surge in violence in Iraq since the start of the year. The wave of separate explosions targeted markets and busy shopping streets. The bombings, which appeared coordinated, were similar to attacks in Baghdad on Tuesday in which 50 were killed. The bloodshed also comes after Iraqi security forces promised to step up efforts to increase security to protect the public during the Eid al-Fitr celebrations that mark the end
While media mogul Oprah Winfrey has been promoting her new film, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” she revealed she was a recent victim of profiling while shopping in a store in Zurich.(Snip)“I was in Zurich the other day at a store, whose name I will not mention,” Winfrey said on “Entertainment Tonight,” “and I didn’t have my eyelashes on, but I was in full Oprah Winfrey gear…but obviously, ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ is not shown in Zurich. So this doesn’t happen to me unless somebody obviously doesn’t know that it’s me.” Winfrey went on to explain that she was in Zurich for Tina Turner’s wedding,
Eydie Gorme, a popular nightclub and television singer as a solo act and as a team with her husband, Steve Lawrence, has died. She was 84. Gorme, who also had a huge solo hit in 1963 with "Blame it on the Bossa Nova," died Saturday at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas following a brief, undisclosed illness, said her publicist, Howard Bragman. Gorme was a successful band singer and nightclub entertainer when she was invited to join the cast of Steve Allen´s local New York television show in 1953. She sang solos and also did duets and comedy skits with Lawrence, a rising young singer who had joined
Russian President Vladimir Putin believes he can “dis” the United States without repercussions, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said in an interview with CNN. Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) told Wolf Blitzer late Friday that Putin “intends to stick his thumb in the eye of the United States every time he can.” “I think there was an opportunity with the past leadership in Russia,” Royce said. “But right now, clearly, Putin intends to ... stick his thumb in the eye of the United States every time he can. And so it´s a difficult situation.
WASHINGTON — PRESIDENT OBAMA proved himself a great segue artist Friday, as he smoothly glided from his previously unassailable position on the matter of surveillance to his new unassailable position on the matter of surveillance. There is no moral high ground that he does not seek to occupy. As with drones and gay marriage, he seems peeved that we were insufficiently patient with his own private study of the matter. Why won’t the country agree to entrust itself to his fine mind? Yet while Barry is in the thick of it, the air is thick with Hillary.
What really happened to Navy SEAL Team 6? In August 2011, the elite special forces unit suffered the worst battlefield calamity in its history. A Taliban fighter shot down a Chinook helicopter carrying 22 Navy SEAL Team 6 members in Afghanistan. All 38 persons on board — the Navy SEAL warriors, other U.S. military personnel and seven Afghan soldiers — were killed. Grieving family members have been demanding answers. They may now get some as Congress finally opens an investigation. Navy SEAL Team 6 has attained international prominence for one reason: They were responsible for killing
New York Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, mired in a fresh sexting scandal, canvassed door-to-door at a Harlem housing complex Thursday and lashed out at staff and reporters when he realized voters were not particularly thrilled to see him. RealClearPolitics reporter Scott Conroy followed the candidate around on Thursday and reported some of the more awkward--and revelatory--moments. When he was frustrated, Weiner blamed aides by saying, "This is no good, the way you have this organized... This is N.G. -- not great.”