John Adams and his son, John Quincy, were the second and sixth presidents. George H.W. Bush and sonGeorge W. were 41 and 43. Joe Kennedy dreamed of sending three or four sons to the White House and might have succeeded with two or three, but tragedy intervened. Throw in a few Cuomos, Daleys, Rockefellers and Tafts, and for a republic founded on aversion to kings and royal rogues, political dynasties have prospered here. Family ties can make politics profitable in the entertainment culture, where celebrity trumps all. President Obama last month nominated Caroline Kennedy to be the U.S. ambassador to Japan,
Washington - President Barack Obama´s personal assistant is leaving the White House. Reggie Love, the former Duke basketball player who has been a constant presence by Obama´s side since the 2008 presidential campaign, will depart the White House by the end of the year, a person familiar with his decision said. (Snip) As Obama´s personal assistant — a job that´s also known as the president´s "body man" — since the beginning of the administration, Love has been a near-constant presence by Obama´s side, both at the White House and in travels around and outside the United States.
Representative Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) voted against H.R. 45 in May, helping to defeat an attempt to repeal Obamacare. Arizona State University, where Sinema has worked as an adjunct professor, has now cut employee hours because of Obamacare. In January 2015, ASU has to supply healthcare coverage to employees who work 30 hours or more per week. Starting this fall, non-tenured associate faculty members will only teach two courses that add up to six credit hours. ASU media spokeswoman Sharon Keeler said this will help the university distinguish between full-time and part-time employees and is a required “baseline monitoring period.”
The Obama administration support for Muslim Brotherhood Islamists in Egypt is driving the powerful military there against the United States and toward Moscow, according to U.S. officials and reports from the region. The pro-Muslim Brotherhood stance is undermining decades of U.S. policy toward the Middle East state and prompting concerns that the United States is about to “lose” Egypt as a strategic partner, said officials familiar with intelligence reports. Disclosure of the concern over the administration’s policy failure in Egypt comes as a security crackdown on pro-Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Cairo resulted in scores killed. “The Obama administration’s blatant Islamist support is risking
This morning President Obama announced that he is cancelling this year’s joint military exercise with Egypt, Operation Bright Star. It’s a symbolic gesture intended to show that, should the army continue to pursue its present course, the White House may eventually decide to suspend military aid. But cancelling Bright Star also underscores American impotence. The administration reportedly warned Egypt’s military regime against a violent crackdown, an admonition to which, with 638 now confirmed dead after yesterday’s nationwide confrontations with Muslim Brotherhood supporters, the army obviously turned a deaf ear.
Usually there are only twelve men in a patrol. It depends. When possible, there are three more. These extra guys are what the Army calls “redundant.” I don’t think it’s the correct word in ordinary English, but in Army lingo it means that the jobs these three men do can be done by one of the other members of the patrol. In plain talk one out of every four soldiers has a back-up if he gets hit — or falls down and breaks a knee cap or whatever. It sounds good in the training manual. A really important thing in patrolling
RUSH: Yesterday we had the story in the New York Times about the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Library and Massage Parlor, and it was a New York Times story, and it raised a number of questions, and those questions were dealt with and analyzed on this program. One of the points made was this foundation is running incredibly high deficits while bringing in millions and millions of dollars in donations. I connected the dots, and I came to the conclusion that one of the points of the story was that somebody is making out pretty well here in the
A YouTube video featuring an interview with former Obama bodyman Reggie Love was removed after his comments surfaced in news reports highlighting some private details from President Obama’s life in the White House. The video, posted by the Artists and Athletes Alliance YouTube account, featured a July 18 interview with Love and Jim Newton, the editor-at-large of the Los Angeles Times, during a lunch hosted by the Alliance with UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs. A promotional still in the video describes the session as “a private briefing on decision making in the Oval Office with Reggie Love” The video only shows highlights
RUSH: Now, let´s go to Egypt and get this out of the way before we get to the health care Stack, ladies and gentlemen. Grab sound bite number four, because back in February of 2011, when this whole thing started, I made a point, or I made an observation. And I want to play for you what I said. I´ll set it up by saying that I said, "It´s the second revolution that counts." What is happening now, in other words. The first revolution more often than not doesn´t survive. So what you really have to pay attention to is
CHILMARK, Mass. — President Barack Obama is calling for an end to the violence in Egypt a day after 525 people were killed in protests across the country. Speaking from Martha’s Vineyard Thursday, the president strongly condemned security forces going after supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. “America cannot determine the future of Egypt, that’s a task for the Egyptian people,” Obama said. “We don’t take sides." Obama said that, due to the violence, the United States will cancel its bi-annual joint-military exercise with Egypt next month. He added that Egyptians blaming the U.S. for the violence will not help Egypt
August is usually the time of year when businesses on Martha´s Vineyard make enough money to see them through the cold, tourist-free winter. But with the president and his family on the Massachusetts island, road closures are detouring visitors--and their dollars--away from towns near the Obamas´ vacation home. [Snip] ´August is our make it or break it month,´ Vineyard Artisans Festivals manager Andrea Rogers told the local newspaper, ´So this is the worst possible time of the year to block access. It impacts a lot of people. We’re really in a bad position at a critical time of year
Any movie that casts Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan certainly has a piquant sense of humor, but the prankishness of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” — so named after a title dispute with the MPAA — undermines the serious statements this star-spangled film is striving to make about race, class and politics. Along with missing the movie’s ever-migrating point, viewers may be forgiven for wondering whether “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” might have been titled “Lee Daniels’ Forrest Gump” — its hero challenged morally rather than mentally, but watching history in Gumpian fashion, as a series of cameos viewed through a slightly
RUSH: Jeff in Minot, North Dakota. I´m glad you waited, sir. You´re next. Hi. CALLER: Hi, Rush. Earlier in your show you mentioned the Rose story and Obama playing cards while the bin Laden attack´s taking place. And I think you mentioned something about his disrespect for the military. And I think this goes way, way beyond disrespect. The fact that he sent men and women into harm´s way to go get bin Laden, which was really a meaningless event anyway, and then he could not stay in the Situation Room and manage the situation and be there should some executive
President Barack Obama stopped his Martha´s Vineyard vacation for seven minutes on Thursday to describe a subtle shift in U.S.-Egyptian relations following a massacre in Cairo that left at least 525 people killed. ´We deplore violence against civilians,´ Obama said. ´We support the universal rights essential to human dignity, including the right to peaceful protest. We oppose the pursuit of martial law, which denies those rights to citizens under the principle that security trumps individual freedom, or that might makes right.´ [Snip] But the president did not address the question of whether the billions of dollars in foreign aid
Chef Julia Child would have turned 101-years-old on this day. The American chef is known for bringing French cuisine to American in a way that was simple enough to understand. Good Morning Texas spoke to a chef at a French style restaurant located in Cedar Hill about Child´s influence on French cooking. "When I first got started, I never actually went through culinary training," said Aaron Gros, Eclair Bistro chef. " I learned my basics studying cookbooks. The first book which I actually used is Julia Child´s cookbook."
A Chinese zoo’s cover was blown when a little boy noticed its ferocious “African lion” was barking. The zoo in the People’s Park of Luohe, in the central province of Henan, reportedly replaced its lion with a Tibetan mastiff — a large and long-haired breed of dog, according to the state-run Beijing Youth Daily. A customer surnamed Liu wanted to show her son the different sounds animals made, when he pointed out the lion was barking. “The zoo is absolutely cheating us,” Liu told the paper.
In December of 2008, David Gregory took over as the permanent host of NBC´s "Meet the Press," the then-41-year-old current affairs show and longest running program on network television. Over two years later, Gregory was in first place and even drawing the same number of viewers as his predecessor, Tim Russert. The beginning of Gregory´s ratings fall would finally arrive in May of 2011, when Gregory accused Newt Gingrich of racism for using the words "food stamps" in reference to President Obama. With all the talk about Meet the Press losing its first place standing and hitting ratings lows not
The New York Times gave us an amusing juxtaposition earlier this week. Editorialist David Firestone sang the praises of Hillary Clinton´s deceptive and pandering speech in which she denounced measures against voter fraud, and he called on Mrs. Clinton to mount another favorite Times hobbyhorse: Campaign finance issues deserve a speech just as impassioned as the one on voting rights, and it will be interesting to see if Ms. Clinton devotes more time to the subject than President Obama has.
The ABC7 I-Team is following the money, from the jewelry, trips and clothing to the celebrity trinkets, all paid for by the Jacksons´ "personal slush fund". (Snip) The assistant head of the FBI in Washington Wednesday night says of Jesse and Sandi Jackson, "They can hide no more." For years, they hid lavish spending of campaign money, but U.S. officials plan for the government to make money off of some of their purchases, auctioning off some of those Jackson treasures. At the same though, that very same government may also be paying ex-congressman Jackson monthly disability and later a pension.
President George W. Bush’s daughter Barbara said she would like to see Hillary Clinton run for president in 2016. Barbara Bush, 31, called Clinton “unbelievably accomplished” in an upcoming interview with People magazine, saying she wants to see the former first lady mount a campaign. The former Republican president’s daughter said that her respect for Clinton wouldn’t necessarily mean she would vote for the former secretary of state, however.
Worth blogging just because it’s the first time I’ve seen a major elections analyst name Walker as the man to beat. I agree with the basic outline: There’ll be a centrist champion, a right-wing champion, and then a compromise candidate who can draw from both camps. Sabato thinks that’s Christie, Rand Paul, and Walker, respectively. I think it’s likelier to be Christie, Cruz, and Rubio, with Rand Paul an X factor fueled by libertarians, but oh well. Scott Walker continues to hold the top spot on our list because we believe that if he decided to run, he could potentially appeal
I was going to make Power Line a Filner-Weiner-free zone this week–after all, what more is there to say about these skeevy creeps? But there’s news worth passing along, starting with the terrific decision by San Diego-area Hooter’s restaurants to ban Filner from their premises. Heh. Double-heh. But wait–there’s more! A local video outfit produced the following parody video below, and it has excited comment (after the jump) that it is “sexist” or something stupid like that. (Snip for video) So here’s the complaint as passed along by TalkingPointsMemo:
Earlier this week on Sean Hannity´s Fox News Channel program, Kentucky senator Rand Paul talked about how Republicans in Congress should move forward on Obamacare. The Republican senator seemed to endorse the strategy of defunding the health care law in the upcoming budget battle but indicated that delaying the individual mandate may be more likely to pass. Asked by Hannity about his express support for the Ted Cruz-Mike Lee "defund" strategy, Paul said that "it´s the only method at this time to do anything" about Obamacare, but then added, "I may not be able to guarantee victory." "But what I
"NCIS" is moving on without Cote de Pablo. The actress announced last month that she is leaving the top-rated CBS drama and reportedly turned down two sizable raises. Now the network and the show´s producers are casting a successor for de Pablo´s character, Ziva, TVLine reports. The character will be named Bishop and is a twentysomething female character who is "bright, educated, athletic, attractive, fresh-faced, focused and somewhat socially awkward. She has a mysterious mixture of analytic brilliance, fierce determination and idealism. She's traveled extensively, but only feels comfortable at home."
NEW YORK- Kurt is a 32-year-old IT systems administrator from Des Moines, Iowa. He has a colleague who had been prescribed "ridiculous amounts" of Vicodin for a chronic back problem. His colleague offered him some of the pills. Soon Kurt was taking them three to four times a week to get high and relax. "I had been prescribed Vicodin before so I knew the effects," he said. "I would come home, take a couple and pour myself a drink, to help me unwind." He is not alone. One in 10 Americans admit taking a prescription drug they have not been prescribed,