Washington - The battle for Congress won’t fully engage until next year, but it sure looks like election season now as political activity explodes this summer at America’s county fairs, town halls and campaign fundraisers. From Alaska to West Virginia, what’s happening around the country as lawmakers spend a month back home might shape the 2014 political map. Wyoming, for instance, where quiet workhorse Sen. Michael Enzi was expected to coast to a fourth term, was way off the political radar until Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney,
Please upgrade your browser to view HTML 5 content NEIL CAVUTO: You raised some cackles when you If you had a choice between Chris Christie and Hillary Clinton you don´t know who would you would vote for. And that brings me, alright, Levin is turning away from the party. MARK LEVIN, THE LIBERTY AMENDMENTS AUTHOR: I would never vote for Hillary Clinton. I told you before with Barack Obama, I would vote for an orange juice can over Barack Obama. So I will never vote for Hillary Clinton. She is Barack Obama in a dress as far as I´m concerned. As for
President Obama´s longtime aide Reggie Love says he and the president played cards during part of the raid in Pakistan that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. ´Most people were like down in the Situation Room and [President Obama] was like, "I’m not going to be down there, I can’t watch this entire thing,"´ Love recalled of the May 2011 raid during a forum hosted by the D.C.-based Artists & Athletes Alliance in Los Angeles last month. He said that he and the president, along with White House photographer Pete Souza and Obama aide Marvin Nicholson, gathered in the private dining
Pahrump, Nev. - Police said Wednesday they found nearly 400 marijuana plants at the Pahrump, Nev., home of Heidi Fleiss, who gained infamy as the "Hollywood madam." Nye County Sheriff´s officials said an officer went to Fleiss´ home Wednesday to search for a woman wanted on arrest warrants. Noticing the door to Fleiss´ home was open, the officer entered the home and found 158 marijuana plants in the backyard, the Las Vegas Sun reported. After searching the entire residence and guesthouse, police found another 234 marijuana plants, two grow lights and chemicals used to grow marijuana,
To adapt the prayer: God grant Reince Priebus the serenity to accept liberal media bias, the courage to change who moderates presidential debates, and the wisdom to know the difference. It´s the wisdom part the Republican National Committee Chairman is struggling with, as illustrated by his recent ultimatum to NBC and CNN. Mr. Priebus warned the networks to pull their TV projects about the life of Hillary Clinton or risk losing GOP participation in their 2016 primary debates. Decrying the Clinton programming as a "thinly veiled attempt at putting a thumb on the scales of the 2016 presidential election," Mr.
Johnston police arrested a Muslim imam who serves at the Des Moines Islamic and Cultural Center Bosniak after he reportedly sexually abused two women during a ritual late Monday night. Nermin Spahic, 40, was charged with third-degree sexual abuse and two counts of sexual exploitation by a clergy and transported to Polk County Jail, according to a press release from the Johnston Police Department. Spahic’s arrest came after police were called to a house in Johnston late Monday night where Spahic was allegedly involved in a “ceremonial ritual” with an 18-year-old woman and her 42-year-old mother, according to the release.
Sometimes the planets of politics align. Within days of President Obama´s decision last week to appoint a civil-liberties "adversary" inside the U.S.´s antiterrorism surveillance program, a federal judge created a "monitor" to oversee the New York Police Department´s stop-and-frisk anticrime program. Both these decisions, if allowed to take full effect, run a significant risk that violence will return or increase—as the terrorism of al Qaeda or as murder and assault in New York City. If that happens—and don´t bet against it—a liberal president and a liberal federal judge will have brought back to life one of modern liberalism´s worst nightmares: the
Johannesburg - A South African police spokesman says Oscar Pistorius will be served with an indictment now that police have completed an investigation into the shooting death of his girlfriend. Spokesman Lt. Gen. Solomon Makgale said Tuesday the investigation team is convinced Pistorius has a charge to answer. Pistorius will appear in a Pretoria court Monday. Makgale said it is expected Pistorius will be served with the indictment and a trial date will be set. Pistorius says he accidentally shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Feb. 14. The state alleges the couple may have argued and he
Washington - After six weeks of posturing and threats, the Egyptian military followed through on its vow to clear demonstrators from its streets, executing a crackdown on Wednesday that killed at least 149 Egyptians and wounded hundreds. Speaking from the State Department, US Secretary of State John Kerry said he called Egypt´s foreign minister on Wednesday to condemn the military´s actions. (Snip) The US government has not called July´s ousting of Mohammed Morsi a military coup. Doing so would require Congress to freeze its foreign aid to Egypt, and would compromise what little
San Francisco - The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to revive Proposition 8, ending the last remaining legal challenge to same-sex marriage in the state. Meeting in closed session, the state high court rejected arguments by ProtectMarriage, Proposition 8’s sponsors, that only an appellate court could overturn a statewide law. A federal judge in San Francisco declared Proposition 8 unconstitutional in 2010, and state officials refused to appeal. ProtectMarriage did appeal, but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that initiative sponsors have no right to defend their measures in federal court.
Defense: Beijing tests a mobile missile capable of hitting the continental U.S. and prepares to deploy ballistic missile submarines that can do the same, while our commander-in-chief slashes our missile defenses. In a speech before the Space and Missile Defense Symposium in Huntsville, Rep. Mike Rogers, R.-Ala., chairman of the House armed services subcommittee on strategic forces, warned that the Obama administration has cut $6 billion from U.S. missile defense programs at a time of growing missile threats from potential adversaries. According to Rogers, Obama cut $1.16 billion from missile defense — a 10% reduction — in his first budget as president
The Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed Wednesday they were investigating an alleged "sextortion" case involving newly crowned Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf from Orange County and other women. (Snip) Wolf also said the author tried to extort her to ensure that the photos were not made public. The incident, in which someone was able hack into Wolf´s computer and turn on its webcam, is the latest in a string of so-called "sextortion" cases involving individuals who have used email accounts, social media or a computer´s own hardware to glean compromising information or images of its user.
The U.S. achieved strong average annual growth of 3.3%, after inflation, from 1929 to 2012. But from 2002 to 2012 that average growth rate fell to 1.8%. Why the slowdown in growth? Reasons include the uncertainty dumped on both businesses and individuals by ObamaCare and the unknown costs created by the Fed´s unprecedented ultra-easy monetary policy. The less obvious reason is the rapid growth in the value of transfer payments going to households over the past 30 years. These payments have clearly altered incentives to work. As recently as 1979, only 20% of U.S. households received more in transfer payments than they paid
Only those happily trampling on the last vestiges of freedom will deny that our federal government as a constitutional republic has ceased to function. The president can no longer control (nor does this one want to control) the enormous and ever-expanding bureaucracy functioning as a government by fiat. The legislative branch, so corrupted, so drunk by the allure of power, so disdainful of its constituents, is unable to stop its bankrupting ways. The judiciary is perhaps worst. The Supreme Court is openly rejecting the authority of the Constitution itself. If the federal government refuses to adhere to the enumerated powers of the Constitution, what
The United States is considering calling off a major military exercise with the Egypt after Egyptian security forces killed scores of protesters on Wednesday, U.S. officials said. The bloodshed appears to have forced U.S. President Barack Obama´s administration to consider adopting a more muscular stance toward the Egyptian military, which toppled Mohamed Mursi, Egypt´s first freely elected president, on July 3.(snip)Asked why the exercise had not already been called off, the official said, "Everyone was hoping that things would improve." In another setback for U.S. policy, Egypt´s army-backed rulers declared a one-month state of emergency, restoring to the military the unfettered
SAN DIEGO — Hannah Anderson says a longtime family friend "tricked" her into visiting his house, tied up her mother and younger brother in his garage and kidnapped her, setting off a massive search that stretched across much of the western U.S. And when she later learned they were found dead in her captor´s burning Southern California house, the 16-year-old said she cried all night.(Snip)Many of the hundreds of the questions she fielded on the social media site were typical teenage fare, including her favorite musical performers, but she also told of how she was kidnapped, how she survived captivity
The Justice Department and FBI have quietly acknowledged they grossly overstated the scope of a mortgage fraud crackdown, which the administration heralded with much fanfare a few weeks before last year´s presidential election. According to a memo circulated by the FBI and a correction posted online by the Justice Department, the number of defendants, the number of victims and the size of the losses are, in reality, a fraction of what officials claimed last October. Attorney General Eric Holder and other law enforcement officials claimed in early October that the initiative charged
The father of the 16-year-old girl who was rescued from her kidnapper, wanted to bring her back to Tennessee. Brett Anderson recently moved to Tennessee for his job. His children and wife, whom he was separated from, lived in San Diego. Anderson´s father-in-law Christopher Saincome says he urged Anderson to let Hannah stay in the San Diego area where she grew up.
The death toll in Egypt reaches 150 after the toppling of a Muslim Brotherhood flunky as president. Blood is on the hands of a U.S. president who undermined a key ally. It was as if a self-satisfied President Obama told the Egyptians: "Behold, I will strike with the rod that is in my hand the water of the river, and it shall be turned into blood." Obama went to Cairo his first summer as president with a kind of Moses complex, promising miracles, "a new beginning" in Muslim relations based on America apologizing for "crimes" such as saving Iran from Marxism-Leninism in
A conservative Texas lawmaker is inviting a rodeo clown banned from the Missouri state fair to perform in the Lone Star State instead. Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Tex.) says that the unidentified rodeo clown and his colleagues have been unfairly targeted by liberals “to create a climate of fear.” He invited them to come perform at a fair in his southeastern Texas district instead. “Liberals want to bronco bust dissent. But Texans value speech, even if its speech they don’t agree with,” Stockman said in a statement issued by his office Wednesday. “From Molly Ivins to Louie Gohmert and every opinion
Outraged over the Egyptian government’s crackdown today on Islamist protesters, local Muslims are planning to rally tonight outside the Henry Ford Centennial Library in Dearborn. And they’re concerned about a Dearborn man, Mohamed Soltan, who said via social media that he was shot in his arm by Egyptian security forces. “Democracy is being stripped away” in Egypt, said Suhaib Al-Hanooti, of Dearborn. “It’s not a pro-Morsi rally, it’s a pro-democracy rally, it’s an anti-coup rally…What the Egyptians fought hard for is being stripped away from them.” Shereef Akeel, a Troy attorney of
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is headed for a monster re-election win, which will cement his place in the top tier of presidential contenders for 2016. Even better, the loony flank of the GOP has made him into the paragon of conservative sobriety.First, Christie took on irresponsible attacks on anti-terror policies. That incited Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to start popping off, inaccurately, about Christie’s money grab from D.C. (In true conservative style, Christie shot back that it is Beltway pols who take more from New Jersey residents than his taxpayers get back from the feds.)
The Web site of The New York Times was offline for about two hours on Wednesday in what company officials say was a failure during regular maintenance of NYTimes.com, and not the result of a cyberattack. “The outage occurred within seconds of a scheduled maintenance update being pushed out and we believe that was the cause,” said Eileen Murphy, a spokeswoman for The New York Times Company. The site went down about 11:10 a.m., and sporadically returned around 1:15 p.m., with new articles being published again by about 3 p.m. The failure took place during the peak hours for traffic
Three years out and you’d think the deed was done: Madame President Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton. She’s everywhere these days because: (a) It’s August; (b) reporters are bored with President Obama; (c) reporters are bored with Joe Biden; (d) Clintons are never boring. Correct. Op-ed columns are filled with advice about what Hillary needs to do. She needs a narrative. A message. It can’t be that she’s a Clinton or a woman. It has to be .?.?. What? Here’s a thought: She can save the world. Yes, all right, perhaps that’s a trifle hyperbolic, but hear me out. And keep
Hannah Anderson has spoken out about her ordeal and released pictures of herself over social media websites - fielding hundreds of questions from supporters and detailing her kidnapping by neighbor James DiMaggio. Social media accounts belonging to the 16-year-old California girl have been updated with multiple photographs and lengthy posts talking about the kidnapping, the six-day manhunt that ensued and how she feels guilty about her mother and brother´s death. ´He tricked us,´ one post on her Ask.fm account said. She explained that DiMaggio told the Andersons to come over and ride go carts on his property. Once they arrived,
Cairo - Egyptian security forces crushed the protest camps of thousands of supporters of the deposed Islamist president on Wednesday, shooting almost 200 of them dead in the bloodiest day in decades and polarizing the Arab world´s most populous nation. At least 235 people were killed in all, including at least 43 police, and 2,000 wounded, a health official said, in fierce clashes that spread beyond Cairo to towns and cities around Egypt. Deposed president Mohamed Mursi´s Muslim Brotherhood said the death toll of what it called a "massacre" was far higher. While bodies wrapped in carpets were carried to