New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has vaulted into the "top tier" of 2016 Republican presidential candidates, knocking Florida Sen. Marco Rubio down a notch, as he sails to reelection and casts his gaze on the White House, according to the latest rankings from the University of Virginia´s political team. Christie joins Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul as newbies in the top tier along with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, according to the school´s "Crystal Ball" predictors Larry Sabato and Kyle Kondik. They report that the recent philosophical battle between Paul and Christie sets up a rare political clash over the direction of the
The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents. Most of the infractions involve unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by statute and executive order. They range from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of U.S. e-mails and telephone calls.
The GOP’s governing body approved a resolution on Friday barring NBC News and CNN from partnering with the Republican National Committee in hosting 2016 presidential primary debates. Members of the RNC, gathered in Boston for their Summer Meeting voted to bar NBC News and CNN from participating in 2016 debates due to forthcoming projects about Hillary Clinton planned by both network. They approved the resolution by a voice vote. The resolution states that the RNC would not "partner with (CNN or NBC) in the 2016 presidential primary debates nor sanction any primary debates they sponsor." “We’re done putting up with
Oh, what a tangled web libs weave when first they practice to aggrieve! Let´s review: Democrats and civil rights leaders are busy conducting a ridiculous witch hunt against a harmless Missouri rodeo clown who dared to wear an Obama mask. Oprah played the race card on a Swiss shop owner, whom she dubiously accused of denying her a look at a $35,000 handbag because she is black. P.C. mau-mau-ers steamrolled Paula Deen over three-decade-old comments. And feminists continue smearing Republicans as "War on Women" misogynists, while enabling Democratic perv predators Bob Filner and Anthony Weiner for years. Now, along comes left-wing rap
It’s 2015, and there is a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza. The Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood (Hamas), financed by Iran, wins an election on a platform demanding the expulsion of the Jews from Israel. Iran, meanwhile, smuggles shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles to terrorist cells in Palestine that can take down civilian airlines at Ben-Gurion Airport. With backing from the Egyptian military, Fatah throws out the elected Hamas government and kills a large number of Hamas supporters. What will Washington do? Given the track record of both the Obama administration and the Republican mainstream, one would expect
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has been among the most vocal Republican senators in pushing the latest strategy to defund Obamacare. “Now is the best time,” Cruz said in an email interview with The Daily Caller. Using this strategy, which is also favored by Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee and Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, lawmakers would refuse to vote for a continuing resolution to keep funding the federal government unless President Obama’s healthcare law is defunded as part of the legislation. Under current law, the government is funded until Sept. 30, meaning a continuing resolution needs to be passed to
New York Times reporter Nicholas Confessore knows he has one goal in his professional life: not to help Rush Limbaugh’s radio show. After a tough front-page story Wednesday (with Amy Chozick) on the financial mess that is Bill Clinton’s foundation, Confessore appeared briefly that night on MSNBC’s Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell. O’Donnell warned that Limbaugh loved the Times article and would use it as anti-Clinton grist. Confessore shot back that Limbaugh handled his work with his “usual level” of factual ineptitude, that his take was "unrecognizable in terms of my piece": LAWRENCE O´DONNELL: Nick, Rush Limbaugh has been calling
TALLAHASSEE — After sitting in at the Florida Capitol for 31 days — since just after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin — the group called the Dream Defenders ended its protest Thursday with the help of civil-rights icon Julian Bond. Leaders said they´ll carry their campaign against the "stand your ground" self-defense law and what they consider other forms of racial bias to the polls, trying to defeat the elected officials who opposed their demands. That includes Gov. Rick Scott, who is up for re-election next year. The Dream Defenders announced a voter-registration drive, with a
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden launched an extraordinary attack on his father today claiming he has ´misled´ the media with ´false claims´ about him, adding: ´[He] doesn´t represent me in any way´. Snowden, whose whereabouts remain unknown, made the claim after his father, Lon, told US television he intended to travel to Russia to see his son at a secret date in the near future. Snowden Snr´s legal team claimed yesterday they no longer trust Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who broke the story, nor WikiLeaks, which was instrumental in helping the former CIA analyst flee US authorities in its wake.
Violent clashes across Egypt have killed at least 17 people as supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi take part in a ´march of anger´. Huge crowds have gathered in Cairo after the Muslim Brotherhood called on its supporters to converge on central Ramses Square. Angry scenes have resulted in clashes between Morsi supporters and the authorities, resulting in dozens of injuries and deaths. Gunfire rang out over a main Cairo overpass and police fired tear gas as clashes broke out after tens of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters took to the streets. Police officers revealed earlier that they have been authorised to use
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. —Florida´s Republican-controlled Legislature is coming out solidly against a special session to repeal the state´s "stand your ground" law. The Department of State on Wednesday released a list that showed more than half of the state´s 160-member Legislature has already voted against the idea. The vote was triggered earlier after 33 legislators asked for a special session in writing. They were urged to do so by the Dream Defenders group, which is upset with the July verdict in the George Zimmerman case.
U.S. Agriculture Department says it has $40 million to spend on "safe housing" for itinerant farmworkers and their families. "Despite budget uncertainties," USDA says it remains focused on strengthening the rural economy. "The intended purpose of these loans and grants is to increase the number of available housing units for domestic farm laborers," said the notice in the Federal Register. A domestic farm laborer is defined in federal law as either a citizen of the United States or someone who has been "legally admitted for permanent residence." Farm workers who are admitted under the Temporary Agricultural Workers (H-2A Visa) program are not eligible
Ten days after claiming the premeditated lynching of Emmett Till almost 60 years ago was the same thing as George Zimmerman shooting Trayvon Martin in what jurors determined was self-defense, Oprah Winfrey Thursday continued to inject racism into this issue. Appearing on CNN´s Anderson Cooper 360, Winfrey said, "It´s ridiculous to look at that case and not to think that race was involved" (video follows with transcript and commentary): ANDERSON COOPER, HOST: I spoke at length to Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey about the film and about race in America, particularly after the Trayvon Martin case. Here´s part of that interview. (BEGIN
Buried within an article on Newark Mayor Cory Booker´s run for U.S. Senate, Edward-Isaac Dovere of Politico admits "the irony that in the age of Obama, Republicans have done a better job than Democrats of bringing diversity through their ranks." That is a reality ignored all too often by the mainstream media in its rush to declare Republicans, and especially those from the Tea Party movement, as racist, white, male, and old. In fact, the emergence of the Tea Party helped bring black and female candidates to the forefront of the GOP, as political newcomers seized (and created) political opportunities--often
I know it’s tempting inside of Egypt to blame the United States or the West or some other outside actor for what’s gone wrong. We’ve been blamed by supporters of Morsi. We’ve been blamed by the other side, as if we are supporters of Morsi. That kind of approach will do nothing to help Egyptians achieve the future that they deserve. We want Egypt to succeed. We want a peaceful, democratic, prosperous Egypt. That´s our interest. But to achieve that, the Egyptians are going to have to do the work. President Obama’s statement yesterday on Egypt
In a blog posted on the Department of Homeland Security website, Secretary Janet Napolitano said the illegal aliens who were brought to the United States as children are “American in every way but a piece of paper.” Napolitano wrote the blog to mark the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama’s executive order that put hundreds of thousands of young illegal aliens in a “deferred action” category that allows them to stay in the United States. Obama’s “initiative” was a way to “ensure that we are using our immigration enforcement resources most effectively, based on common sense priorities that focus first
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki curtly replied Thursday to Associated Press reporter Matt Lee that the policies of the Obama administration regarding Egypt and Syria were in fact worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize winner. LEE: All right. And then my last one — and I will stop, I promise, after this — do you think or is the administration confident that the steps — that the policy that you have pursued thus far in Egypt and also in Syria are worthy of a president who not so long ago won the Nobel peace prize? PSAKI: Yes, Matt. LEE: You do. OK. Obama’s support
Senator Dianne Feinstein has had a busy year. She kicked off 2013 by leading the charge against “assault weapons,” Nerf guns with extra plastic glued on. When the California Democrat’s gun control amendment decisively failed, she turned to defending extra-judicial targeted killing of American citizens with drone aircraft. Then Edward Snowden pushed intelligence officials into the spotlight without their usual kabuki stage makeup. Right on cue, the self-styled “chairman” of the intelligence committee threw herself into tireless apologetics. The NSA’s indiscriminate collection of telephone metadata is of dubious utility and faces dubious oversight from the hamstrung Foreign Intelligence Surveillance
The original video of Obama´s former aide, Reggie Love, dishing on the President´s card playing during the raid to kill Osama bin Laden has reportedly been yanked from YouTube. Reggie Love revealed in a chat this summer that the President told him he couldn´t "watch this entire thing" play out so decided to steer clear of the White House Situation Room during the tense wait time in May 2011. "We must have played 15 hands, 15 games of spades," Love told Los Angeles Times editor Jim Newton in July in a taped interview at UCLA´s Luskin School of Public Affairs.
Trenton — The Monday after Trenton experienced four homicides in a single weekend, acting Attorney General John Hoffman had a 6:30 a.m. phone conversation with State Police Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes. The killings had included a double murder on East State Street that left 52-year-old Barry Church dead after he was caught in the crossfire, a 20-year-old shot in the head and a fatal stabbing. Gun violence in the capital city had become a virtual daily occurrence. It was the death on Aug. 3 of Church, an innocent bystander sitting on a porch just a block away
The newspaper industry is flailing about, desperately trying to replace the revenue which disappeared with the arrival of the internet, giving every appearance of being in its death throes. In the latest example of pre-demise convulsions, the San Francisco Chronicle has quietly dropped its paywall, instituted but four months earlier. (snip) Good luck, guys! My gut tells me that people aren´t going to lay out cash money just to have stuff better organized or updated regularly. The news you see in the Chron is somewhat generic, available elsewhere in the Bay Area media.
Federal Way (Wash) Four days a week this summer, lime green school buses loaded with games, books and computers rumbled through low-income neighborhoods south of Seattle. Their aim wasn´t just to entertain kids — but to feed them. "It´s fun here," said 10-year-old Mia Tolo on a recent afternoon outside one such bus, where she played Chutes and Ladders with her friend Anita Velasco after they had pizza, bananas and milk.
It’s 13F revelation time, and the headlines are full of news about big investor George Soros going hot for Apple and dumping on gold in the second quarter. However, there’s something else in those numbers that should make investors sit up a little. Possibly buried amid the Apple excitement is the fact that Soros Fund Management’s biggest position is a put on the S&P 500 ETF..
A hero soldier was shot twelve times as he tried to charge down an army officer who launched a shooting rampage at his base killing thirteen people, a court martial heard today. Another victim of accused shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan was pregnant when she was gunned down by the Muslim psychiatrist who also inured 30 people when he opened fire in a crowded medical building at Fort Hood Texas in 2009. Spc. Frederick Greene was shot 12 times during the attack, Lt. Col. Phillip Berran told the judge after reviewing photos of the soldier’s body before jurors were led into
Cairo - Thousands of supporters of ousted President Mohamed Mursi took to the streets on Friday, urging a "Day of Rage" to denounce this week´s assault by security forces on Muslim Brotherhood protesters that killed hundreds. The army deployed dozens of armored vehicles on major roads in Cairo, and the Interior Ministry has said police will use live ammunition against anyone threatening state installations. Medical sources said four protesters died in clashes in the northeastern city of Ismailia, with one dead reported in the Mediterranean port of Damietta. Violence was also reported in Egypt´s second city Alexandria and in the Nile Delta city