House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) signed a letter urging California Governor Jerry Brown (D) to sign into law a bill that would make the state a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants who have not committed felonies or "serious" crimes. Pelosi joined 27 other California House Democrats in signing the letter. According to the Los Angeles Times, the letter says the bill "establishes a bright line standard between local law enforcement and federal immigration enforcement." The letter asserts that deportations of illegal immigrants have "reduced the willingness of immigrant and non-immigrant crime victims and witnesses to cooperate with local law
A month ago, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking why the Department of Justice was covering up deaths and weapons linked to Operation Fast and Furious. The inquiry came shortly after a Mexican police chief and his body guard were killed by cartel members using Fast and Furious guns. "Since the beginning of this investigation, we have followed the link between Fast and Furious weapons and crimes committed on both sides of the border. On numerous occasions we have asked the Department to keep us apprised of Fast and Furious weapon recoveries -- especially
In a lengthy indictment of President Barack Obama, two best-selling authors argue in a forthcoming book that the current occupant of the White House has committed numerous ´high crimes and misdemeanors´ that could justify his impeachment and removal from office. ´Consider this book to be ... a blueprint for drafting articles of impeachment,´ author Aaron Klein told MailOnline, which exclusively reviewed a copy of his ´Impeachable Offenses,´ a book co-authored with Brenda Elliott and due out August 27. ´It is up to the public and ultimately up to to their elected representatives,´ he said, ´to decide what to do next.´ Obama´s
The daredevil who parachuted into the London 2012 Olympic ceremony dressed as James Bond wrote ´First trip here to fly and loving it´ on his Facebook page just days before he was killed. Mark Sutton, 42, died when he crashed into a mountain ridge after jumping out of a helicopter wearing a wing-diving suit in the Swiss Alps. He jumped with a friend from a height of 10,826ft (3,300m) at around 11am yesterday and planned to land in a field close to the hamlet of Le Peuty, near Trient. Jean-Marie Bornet, of the Valais police service, said his injuries were
Twenty-seven-year-old Iranian architecture student Nina Siahkali Moradi came in fourteenth out of 163 in a municipal election in Qazvin, making her the first backup city council member. But when one of the candidates who beat her gave up his seat in order to serve as mayor, the Independent reports, Moradi was retroactively disqualified before she could fill the vacancy. Why? “We don’t want a catwalk model on the council,” said a senior official. Moradi apparently ran a “visually impressive” campaign that included pictures of herself, even though she is young and female (cheater), and amounted to
Republican hopes for retaking control in Washington, D.C., will rely heavily on a red tide in bluest New England, according to GOP bigwigs, who today are showcasing one of their leading White House hopes — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who doubles as a poster child for breaking the Democratic vise grip. “You can’t be a national party if you’re not competitive in New England,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said yesterday after kicking off the party’s Seaport summer powwow at the Westin Waterfront, where Christie, a moderate Northeastern governor who famously embraced President Obama, is due to speak today.
Back in 2007, John Fortier and I did a book called Second-Term Blues on how George W. Bush had governed after his reelection. John and I started with an essay on the usual characteristics of second-term presidencies, and measured Bush against them. This is a good time to do the same with Barack Obama. We identified a set of characteristics that defined presidents reelected to a second term from FDR on. Let´s look at them. Hubris. Every second-term president views reelection as a mandate for his policies and priorities, a vindication of the first term, and a rebuke to the
CHILMARK, Mass.— President Barack Obama will make his first statement on the rapidly deteriorating statement in Egypt Thursday morning. Obama will speak to reporters from Martha’s Vineyard, the Massachusetts island where he is on a weeklong vacation. More than 500 people have died in Egypt since Wednesday in clashes between the military-backed interim government and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. The violence prompted the government to declare a nationwide state of emergency and a nighttime curfew. The U.S. has not declared Morsi’s ouster a coup, a move that would require the Obama administration to suspend $1.3 billion
Thousands of activists for immigration reform have gone missing after only four hundred turned up at Wednesday´s rally in Bakersfield, CA outside the office of Republican Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy. Though the SEIU reported that "more than 5,000 people" had boarded buses to the rally, only a few hundred actually emerged in Bakersfield--potentially one of the greatest human tragedies in American history. The Associated Press offered a figure of 1,500 attendees, citing estimates from Bakersfield police. Those estimates are clearly erroneous, based perhaps on expected rather than actual turnout. A local CBS affiliate reported from Los Angeles on the morning of
We don’t actually know that Megyn Kelly is replacing Sean Hannity, even if the Drudge scoop is true that Kelly is taking the 9 p.m. slot at Fox News. Hannity may be moving to another prime time slot, or there may be some out-of-the-box schedule other than 1 hour slots per person. But Media Matters is not waiting to find out, it’s sounding the alarm about how devious Roger Ailes is in promoting Kelly, Megyn Kelly, Sean Hannity, And What Fox News’ “Course Correction” Really Means(Snip for graphic)"Recent rumors indicate that Megyn Kelly may take over Sean Hannity’s 9 p.m. time
Major powers like the United States have many ways to attempt to influence the actions of other countries -- money, of course, humanitarian and military aid, personal and official contacts, sanctions, the media. None guarantee success. But one thing guarantees failure: Hedging, Waffling, Whatever you want to call a foggy policy. And that is exactly what President Obama and his team have followed regarding Egypt and beyond. And now -- and for perhaps years to come -- the United States is paying the price for his Amateur Hour. It´s yet another facet of the Obama Doctrine of Failure in the
The Republican National Committee, already threatening to block CNN and NBC from hosting 2016 primary debates if they air planned features on Hillary Clinton, is also looking to scrap the old model of having reporters and news personalities ask the questions at candidate forums. Miffed that their candidates were singled out for personal questions or CNN John King´s "This or That," when he asked candidates quirky questions like "Elvis or Johnny Cash," GOP insiders tell Secrets that they are considering other choices, even a heavyweight panel of radio bigs Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin.
Edward Snowden has put words in President Obama´s mouth. Words like transparency, reform, openness, and debate. This is not necessarily cause for celebration or condemnation. It is, however, a fact. That the White House refuses to acknowledge this is testament to the policy-altering effect of Snowden´s leaks of classified documents about the National Security Agency´s wide-ranging Internet and phone surveillance programs. In the East Room on Friday, Obama said he always wanted what he is now awkwardly juggling—a national debate on counterterrorism surveillance. This is demonstrably false. (Snip)Obama is irked that Snowden didn´t use the president´s own executive order giving a whistle-blower
Three weeks ago, Barack Obama launched a cross-country speaking tour to boost his economic policies, a campaign that included an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The President hoped to build momentum for the fall session and the upcoming budget fight by going over the heads of Congress during their summer recess. Instead, Gallup finds that Obama’s approval ratings on the economy — and practically everything else — sinks the more he campaigns: Despite President Barack Obama’s renewed focus on the nation’s economy this summer, crisscrossing the country to talk about job creation, he scores worse with Americans
It is either the case that African Americans, young people, old people, and poor people labor under some onerous yet curiously undetectable burden that keeps them from obtaining free, government-issued photo IDs, or it is the case that Hillary Clinton, the NAACP, et al. are full of bunk when they claim that voter-ID laws such as the one just adopted in North Carolina amount to “disenfranchisement.” The evidence strongly suggests the presence of ambient bunk levels approaching toxicity. In general, Americans are very handy when it comes to acquiring free things issued by the government, and none of the groups that
A 31-year-old West Price Hill mother is accused of viciously abusing and starving her young daughter over an extended period of time. Christina Sturgill’s 7-year-old child was found this week with new and old black eyes and old bruising over her entire body, bite marks and loss of hair due from the hair being yanked out, Cincinnati police wrote in a sworn statement filed in Hamilton County Municipal Court.
As the Indiana voucher program enters its third year, with more than 9,300 students enrolled in private schools this academic year, some still say the program pushes the limits of the state constitution´s clause calling for separation of church and state. The voucher program, established in 2011 under House Enrolled Act 1003, enables parents to use state tax dollars to pay tuition for their children attending private schools, typically religious schools. The law also expanded the state´s pre-existing tax credit scholarship program and instituted a tax deduction for families with children home-schooled or already enrolled in private school. The program was modified
Anyone who doubts that Hillary Clinton is already in fine fighting trim for a presidential run should consider her speech this week to the American Bar Association in San Francisco. She assailed an alleged “assault on voting rights.” She took aim at the Supreme Court’s recent decision striking down a portion of the Voting Rights Act and excoriated states that have recently tightened their voting laws. She declared that “anyone who says that racial discrimination is no longer a problem in American elections must not be paying attention.” Madam Secretary hasn’t missed a beat. She knows that the calling card of
A group called The American Muslim Political Action Committee (AMPAC) is planning a one million Muslims march to Washington D.C. on September 11th. The timing of the group´s march is seen by many as tasteless (to say the least) considering it is scheduled for the anniversary of the worst domestic massacre in American history perpetrated in the name of Islam. AMPAC ups the tasteless quotient by issuing "demands" for the American government. Staff has split wide headline.
Nearly 4 million young people will be much better off financially if they refuse to buy an ObamaCare insurance policy and instead pay the fine for going without coverage next year, according to a study released Thursday by the National Center for Public Policy Research. The study found that 3.7 million childless single people age 18-34 would save at least $500 if they didn’t buy insurance and instead paid the tax penalty next year. Of those, more than 3 million would save at least $1,000. That’s despite the heavy taxpayer subsidies many of these young people would be eligible to get.
In the early afternoon on Wednesday, as deadly clashes in Egypt drew into their seventh hour, I found myself sitting with three of my colleagues in an apartment overlooking the southern entrance to Rabaa al-Adawiya, in Cairo’s middle-class Nasr City neighborhood. In recent weeks, it had been the site of a sit-in protesting the removal of President Mohamed Morsi, a Brotherhood politician, from the Presidency in early July. On Wednesday, the area looked like a war zone. To our left, we could see two dozen armor-clad policemen, dressed entirely in black, standing in formation near what had once been a
Some 2,500 workers at the world´s biggest copper mine, in northern Chile, have begun an unannounced strike over pay and other demands. The strike at the Escondida mine was initially planned to last 24 hours, union leader Marcelo Tapia said. But the movement´s officials will meet again to assess whether to extend it. Chile produces a third of the world´s copper, a metal widely used in alloys and electric cables. Workers are demanding better pay, an annual bonus and improved working conditions. [Snip] "All operations have been halted. It is due to a variety of issues that the company
It would have been too much to ask for Hollywood to give the Reagans their due in the forthcoming movie “The Butler.” (Snip)The problem goes far deeper than appearances. The very day Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1980, Jane Fonda was quoted as saying he was “a lousy actor and he’ll make a lousy president.” Reagan reciprocated the minimal respect. Indeed, one would be hard pressed to think that Reagan would have approved of the casting of Fonda as his wife--since in a letter he wrote to William F. Buckley during his presidency, he called Fonda and her then-second husband,
Well that´s is one way of countering the criticism that your news presentation is biased against arguments from Right-of-centre think tanks. You just smear the Right-of-centre think tank that points it out as being politically motivated and biased against you. [Snip] The Centre for Policy Studies has published an impeccably researched report which offers objective statistical evidence of the BBC´s persistent habit of describing (which is to say, effectively dismissing) the proposals of think tanks such as the IEA, the Centre for Social Justice, the Taxpayers´ Alliance, and the CPS itself as emanating from "Rightwing" organisations, while offering up material