A new poll of Republican voters in Tennessee shows Sen. Lamar Alexander trailing a generic "conservative" challenger by 5 points. The poll, obtained exclusively by Breitbart News, shows a "credible conservative candidate" leading Alexander 49.5-44.9%. While a serious opponent hasn´t yet emerged to challenge Alexander, the poll shows how vulnerable he is in next year´s August primary. The poll, from Triton Polling, interviewed over 680 Republican voters in the Volunteer State last week. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.7%. Around 64% of Republican voters, at least somewhat, approve of the job Alexander is doing, an unsurprising result for
A group known as the American Muslim Political Action Committee (AMPAC) has been making headlines with its attempt to organize a “Million Muslim March” on Washington, D.C. on the 12th anniversary of 9/11. Predictably, a statement released by the group explaining the event offers a disturbing welter of demands, anti-Americanism and victimhood: We at AMPAC are planning an historic event for 9.11.13 where one million Muslims will march to Washington D.C. and demand that our civil rights be protected by our government. We are demanding that laws be enacted protecting our 1st amendment.
ROGERS, Ark. — Sen. Mark Pryor might be the most vulnerable Democrat running for re-election in 2014, but he doesn’t think the “D” by his name stands for “death knell.” Now that’s being bullish. Since Pryor skated to reelection to his second term in 2008, he’s watched the political landscape here rapidly slide to the right: His Democratic colleague, Blanche Lincoln, was trounced in the 2010 midterms; Republicans in 2012 took over the state legislature for the first time since Reconstruction; and he’s now, suddenly, the lone Democrat in Arkansas’ increasingly conservative congressional delegation. The Democratic giants who once ruled the state
Obama interrupted a hard day of lazing around Martha’s Vineyard to denounce the “arbitrary arrests” of Muslim Brotherhood supporters and the “broad crackdown on Mr. Morsi’s associations and supporters” and then insisted “We don’t take sides with any particular party or political figure.” It was quite a turn to take in a single speech, but he did have a full day of golfing to get in. “We’ve been blamed by supporters of Morsi; we’ve been blamed by the other side as if we are supporters of Morsi,” Obama said. “That kind of approach will do nothing to help Egyptians achieve the future
The 16-year-old girl’s once-beautiful face was grotesque. She had been disfigured beyond all recognition in the 18 months she had been held captive by the Comanche Indians. Now, she was being offered back to the Texan authorities by Indian chiefs as part of a peace negotiation. To gasps of horror from the watching crowds, the Indians presented her at the Council House in the ranching town of San Antonio in 1840, the year Queen Victoria married Prince Albert. ‘Her head, arms and face were full of bruises and sores,’ wrote one witness, Mary Maverick. ‘And her nose was actually burnt off to the bone.
It’s time to ask tough questions about the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities — even for conservatives who have given the NSA the benefit of every doubt up until now. The Washington Post opened a can of worms last Friday when it reported that, in 2012, an internal NSA audit found that the agency had violated privacy rules 2,776 times within just one year. The audit counted only violations at NSA’s Washington facilities — nearly 20 other NSA facilities were not included.
President Obama’s weekly address yesterday took up the subject of Obamacare. The White House has posted the text of Obama’s address here. The video is below. According to Obama, we are on the way to implementing Obamacare fully and helping millions of Americans. He means to give it to us good and hard. In Obama’s telling, “a group of Republicans in Congress are working [sic] to confuse people and even suggesting they will shut down the government if they cannot shut down the health care law.” Obama actually says that health insurance isn’t something to play politics with — it’s
The Left has a new martyr. Rosanell Eaton is a 92-year-old black woman with a compelling story about the harm done to vulnerable people, especially members of minority groups, by North Carolina’s new voter-ID law. But none of it holds up. Rosanell Eaton isn’t a martyr at all, in fact. The law, signed by Republican governor Pat McCrory a week ago, ends same-day voter registration, pre-registration of high-school students prior to their 18th birthday, and straight-ticket voting. It also reduces the number of days of early voting by a week, from 17 days to 10
Further to Andy’s and David’s observations on Egypt this weekend, I would add only that everywhere except Washington people are thinking strategically: General Sisi has made a calculation that he has a small window of opportunity to inflict damage on the Muslim Brotherhood that will set them back decades and that it is in Egypt’s vital interest to do so. Grasping that, the Brothers are pushing back hard. For the same reason, the Gulf monarchies, having weathered the immediate storms of the Arab spring and understanding the longer-term threat the Brotherhood represents, have supplanted Washington as Cairo’s principal paymasters:
I attended a townhall on Saturday, August 17, 2013 in Ithaca, NY, held by Republican Congressman Tom Reed (NY-23). Reed is a “moderate” Republican. On immigration he’s against a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens, but open to a pathway to citizenship for “Dreamers” and some manner of legal status for illegals. I arrived fairly early for the 8 a.m. start time, and the first few rows already were taken up by pro-immigration reform supporters, carrying signs from the Amnesty International and a union group. Questions had to be submitted in writing (although as it developed, there was a lot of give and
AL NAZLA, EGYPT Before the violence that shook this small village last week, there were warning signs. On June 30, when millions of Egyptians took to the streets to protest against now ousted President Mohamed Morsi, residents of Al Nazla marked Christian homes and shops with red graffiti, vowing to protect Morsi´s electoral legitimacy with “blood.” Relations between Christians and Muslims in the village, which had worsened since Morsi´s election in 2012, grew even more tense as Islamists spread rumors that it was Christians who were behind the protests against Morsi and his ouster by the military on July 3. Finally, on the
Hillary Clinton began her 2016 march to the White House last week, and it wasn´t a promising debut. The former first lady and Senator used her first big policy speech since leaving the State Department to portray American election laws as fundamentally racist. The speech was longer on anecdotes than statistics, so allow us to fill in some of the holes. "In 2013, so far, more than 80 bills restricting voting rights have been introduced in 31 states," Mrs. Clinton told her political base of lawyers at the American Bar Association. She portrayed these laws as part of an effort reaching
The Anton Chigurh of Jersey politics has a declared nemesis, and that wouldn´t be a Jersey version of Llewelyn Moss. That would be Sarah Palin -- the Mama Grizzly -- who´s come to the defense of Kentucky senator Rand Paul. Paul was recently the victim of a drive by whacking compliments of the Garden State´s chubby Chigurh -- okay, kinda-sorta Chigurh, in that Chris Christie is far too loutish and pliable to pass for the cool killer in Cormac McCarthy´s No Country for Old Men (and the Coen Brothers movie of the same name). The Guv may like the hype of
With his poll ratings down, President Barack Obama is taking a two-day road trip to show sympathy for those hit hard by rising university costs during his four-and-a-half-year tenure. The trip will allow him to make three speeches in New York on Thursday, and speak at two town halls and at one speech in Pennsylvania on Friday. “At each stop, the President will discuss the importance of ensuring that every American has the opportunity to achieve a quality education by reducing cost and improving the value of higher education for middle-class students and their families,” a White House statement said.
While several leading Republicans have visited Iowa to lay the groundwork for possible presidential runs, until Friday not a single Democrat considering a run for the White House in 2016 had traveled to the nation’s first-voting state. Even though Sen. Amy Klobuchar is a decidedly long shot in her party’s sweepstakes, her trip to Clear Lake over the weekend marked a beginning for Democrats in Iowa. And perhaps more importantly, it illustrated the dilemma facing every Democrat not named Clinton who is thinking about running for president. As Democrats convened in Clear Lake’s Surf Ballroom for their annual Wing Ding fundraiser,
These ominous pictures show volcanic smoke billowing from one of Japan´s most active volcanoes, Mount Sakurajima, captured as its erupted for the 500th time this year. At 5000m, this is the highest plume of ash recorded from the mountain since 1955, and caused darkness and ash falls over the centre of nearby Kagoshima city. Situated on the southern Japanese main island of Kyushu, the 1,117 metre (3,686 ft) volcano began erupting on the night of August 18, local time. Scroll down for video - The images, taken by the Kagoshima Local Meteorological Observatory, show ash pouring from the volcano´s summit.
Here’s an offer for you: $38,004 per year, tax free.No work required.Apply at your local welfare office. The federal government funds 126 separate programs targeted towards low-income people, 72 of which provide either cash or in-kind benefits to individuals. (The rest fund community-wide programs for low-income neighborhoods, with no direct benefits to individuals.) State and local governments operate more welfare programs.Of course, no individual or family gets benefits from all 72 programs, but many do get aid from a number of them at any point in time. Today, the Cato institute is releasing a new study looking at the state-by-state
Three Cup O’ Noodle soup servings were at the heart of a riot that destroyed 18 buildings, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage at a Polk County juvenile detention facility Saturday night. The melee needed 150 law enforcement officers from several state and local agencies to quell. Seven juveniles were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Polk County sheriff’s deputies said 18 of the 20 buildings at the Avon Park Youth Academy were destroyed and nearly half the juveniles had to be taken to a jail. Rioters confiscated a guard’s radio and all of
Here we go again. Scotland Yard has revived the old phantoms of conspiracy with the announcement that it is looking into new claims that Lady Diana and her lover Dodi Fayed were victims of an assassination. According to a new book by Alan Power, The Princess Diana Conspiracy, the latest allegations of murder most foul spring from the trial of one Sgt. Danny Nightingale, an SAS sniper convicted of possessing illegal weapons. The estranged parents-in-law of a witness against Nightingale, “Soldier N,” claimed he had told his wife that an SAS unit called The Increment had contrived to make Diana’s
[Video] CNN: So let´s dive right in. The loudest criticism that we often hear about "The New York Times" -- I don´t know if it´s the most frequent but it´s certainly the loudest, is that it has a liberal bias. Does it? MARGARET SULLIVAN, PUBLIC EDITOR, THE NEW YORK TIMES: Well, some of my predecessors have taken that head-on. In fact, Daniel Okrent, the first public editor, once wrote a column -- and I think the headline said something like "Is ´The Times´ a Liberal Newspaper?" And his answer in the lead was, of course it is. And he went
A Washington D.C. woman says a weekend trip to see the movie, The Butler was marred by the presence of police inside the theater. [This post has been updated] Tiffany Flowers says she and her boyfriend, Alan Hanson, were attending a screening of the Lee Daniels film at the Regal Cinemas Majestic Stadium 20 theater in Silver Spring, Maryland Saturday, when the experience turned sour. She said that after waiting in line and having their tickets double validated, with the second ticket taker just ten feet from the first employee to tear their stubs, she and Hanson approached the theater
It’s hard to get our minds around the dimensions of the slaughter underway in the Middle East and Africa, and harder still to see that the battlefields of Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Nigeria and Mali are pieces in a global war in which we are targeted. For the most part, the deep thinkers zero in on the single battlefields. What if anything should we do about the big fight in Egypt? Should we assist the Syrian opposition? What to do in Lebanon or Jordan? Should we respond positively to the Iraqi government’s request for security assistance? Is anyone thinking
Actually, that’s how a Midwestern paper would have put it. In New York City, the newspapers are a little more … blunt. (Snip for photo of cover)Will this make a difference? Spitzer has a commanding lead with a month left to go against a relative unknown in the primary: Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, propelled by strong support in the black community, leads Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer 56% to 37% among likely Democratic primary voters in the race for city comptroller, a poll released Wednesday showed. According to the survey from the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, Mr. Spitzer leads Mr.
South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius was formally indicted Monday on charges of murder and illegal possession of ammunition in the fatal shooting of his girlfriend in the early hours of Valentine´s Day. In a brief hearing in Pretoria, the man known as the "Blade Runner," due to the blade-shaped prostheses he wears in competitions, was informed that his trial would begin next March 3 and would run through March 20. Pistorius, who made sports history last year by becoming the first double amputee to compete against able-bodied opponents at the London Olympics, claims he mistook his his girlfriend of several
RALEIGH, N.C. -- After a year and a half behind barbed wire as a prisoner in World War II, 2nd Lt. David C. Cox had just about reached his breaking point. Deliveries of Red Cross parcels to Stalag VII-A had all but ceased, and the U.S. Army bomber co-pilot and his fellow POWs were subsisting on scanty rations of bug-infested soup and bread. Outside the wire, Adolf Hitler´s forces showed no signs of giving up. Cold and hungry, the North Carolinian made a difficult decision. He slipped the gold aviator´s ring - a gift from his parents - off his
Vacation over, President Barack Obama returned to the White House late Sunday after a week-long getaway to the Massachusetts island of Martha´s Vineyard. Before returning, the president squeezed in one final round of golf, his sixth of the vacation, before boarding Air Force One on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, for the trip home with his wife, Michelle, and daughters Malia and Sasha. His golf foursome at Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown included World Bank President Jim Kim, New York lawyer and Obama fundraiser Eunu Chun, and aide Mike Brush, the White House said. Obama was on the picturesque island for all