Socialist activists and their front groups played a shockingly outsized role shaping and passing the monumental financial reform legislation that authorized the creation of President Obama´s powerful consumer credit watchdog agency. Their intimate involvement is revealed in a new book, "Financial Justice: The People´s Campaign to Stop Lender Abuse," which offers a rare, if biased, behind-the-scenes look at the anti-bank movement´s multimillion-dollar lobbying effort in support of the Dodd-Frank Act. Written by two leftist consumer advocates drawing from interviews with more than 30 of the activist-lobbyists, the book is a road map to their radical activities, from ginning up hatred for "greedy
The Law: Based on recent decisions, military justice isn´t what it should be. In several cases, judges have made what seem to be major errors, swayed perhaps by outside pressures. Have military courts been politicized, too? The military justice system has a near-impossible job. It must not only dispense justice under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, but it often must do so with outside civilian interference. But recent events suggest that military justice is going off the rails — in large part due to the influence of politically correct thinking from civilian politics. Take the case of Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, who
Scandal: Let some time pass, then quietly reinstate four State Department officials who were left holding the bag. The White House is betting that this "reverse Saturday Night Massacre" will make Benghazi go away. During Watergate, President Nixon ordered Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox. When Richardson refused and resigned, Nixon ordered the deputy attorney general to do it. He also refused and resigned. Finally, Solicitor General Robert Bork, who felt that the law gave him no choice, fired Cox, a decision Bork would live to regret when the Saturday Night Massacre came back to haunt him in
An impatient baby surprised her parents after she was born ten days early in the parking lot of a Illinois gas station - 33 years after her own father was delivered in an emergency birth in a mall parking lot. Hannah Grace Mary Pavlik was born in the front passenger seat of her mother´s car at a Yorkville BP on Saturday morning, August 17, when it became clear they wouldn´t make it to the hospital in time.On August 18, 1980, Hannah´s father, Frank Pavlik, was born in a Joliet mall parking lot after his parents stopped their car while rushing
In his dazzling revolutionary polemic, Common Sense, Thomas Paine explained in no uncertain terms that in America, the law is king. For as in absolute governments the King is law, so in free countries the law ought to be king; and there ought to be no other. John Adams put this a little more pithily a few years later, distilling into the new constitution of Massachusetts an ancient English value: This state, Adams wrote, would be “a government of laws and not of men.” Adams’s axiom has become American scripture; an impulsively recalled maxim of liberty to which all men who feel threatened
TOPEKA, Kan. - After being sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking classified documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, Pfc. Bradley Manning is headed for hard time at Fort Leavenworth, home to the American military´s most famous prison. The Army penitentiary has shed its once-imposing stone edifice, but inside Manning would confront a dreary, unchanging environment where inmates are highly restricted, graveyard work shifts are common and jobs pay just pennies per hour. The judge did not say where Manning would serve his time, but his attorney David Coombs confirmed he was going there. Manning already has spent time
Senior GOP aides of a Super PAC linked to Speaker John Boehner are lobbying House Republicans to pass the Senate “Gang of Eight” immigration bill, legislation that Boehner has said he will not bring to the House floor. The lobbying effort is coming under the umbrella of the American Action Network, a nonprofit 501(c)(4) “action tank” led by former senator Norm Coleman, which is touting the “major positive economic impact” of the Senate bill in e-mails sent to individual House Republican offices.
The killing of an Australian man who was in the U.S. on a baseball scholarship has brought grief to his hometown and to the small Oklahoma town where he was shot to death. Three teens have been arrested for the crime; one suspect says they simply had nothing better to do, the police report. Christopher Lane, 22, was reportedly shot in the back as he jogged down a road in Duncan, Okla., in the middle of the afternoon last Friday. He was a victim of random violence, police say, after three teens — ages 15, 16 and 17 — saw him pass a house they were in. They allegedly got in a car,
If Republicans pass a government funding bill next month that includes money for Obamacare, they´ll lose Sean Hannity´s support, the talk show host told Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) Tuesday night. Gowdy, who supports defunding Obamacare, has predicted a "robust debate" over funding the health care law that President Obama is selectively enforcing. On Tuesday, Gowdy told Hannity, "We just have to have one of those 'come to Jesus moments' as a party where we say, 'You know, what do we stand for? What is enough to fight over?'" "This is it for me," Hannity interrupted.
It’s a Duck Nation, and we’re all just living in it. Last week, A&E Network’s reality show “Duck Dynasty” catapulted to become the biggest unscripted show in cable history with its fourth season premiere. With nearly 11.8 million viewers, the show about a Louisiana family that has made millions from its duck call fabrication business is on the brink of toppling “The Walking Dead.” If it does, it will become cable´s biggest show. The A&E Network, as Duck Commander patriarch Phil Robertson would say, is “Happy, happy, happy.” The show premiered in March 2012 and finished its first cycle with an average
American Airlines says one of its flight attendant trainees was found on the Transportation Security Administration’s “no-fly” list after he was accused of making several bomb threats to a competing airline. Patrick Cau, who also used the name Patrick Kaiser, was removed from the training program in Fort Worth in May, American said in an email to employees Tuesday. He was arrested in the spring and charged with making false threats. In a plea deal, Cau admitted using a pay phone to call an “internal United crew-scheduling number,” saying a flight from London to Los Angeles would be bombed.
The White House said Wednesday that it would consider a clemency petition for Bradley Manning "like any other application" after the Army private was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking a cache of documents to WikiLeaks. "There´s a process for pardon applications or clemency applications, I believe they´re called," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. "And I´m not going to get ahead of that process. If there is an application that´s filed by Mr. Manning or his attorneys, that application will be considered in that process like any other application." Manning´s attorney said shortly after his sentencing that he would
RUSH: I was just thinking, if we can´t even reach out to the Millennials, our own children, how are we gonna reach out to the Hispanics? I mean, if you´re the Republican Party, and you can´t even reach out to your own kids and turn them around, if you can´t even reach out to your own Millennial generation and give them the truth about things, how in the world are you gonna reach out to Hispanics? You know, Moynihan, Senator Moynihan, Daniel Moynihan came up with this phrase, "defining deviance down." And what that meant was that as crime and malfeasance
In a discussion about President Barack Obama’s forthcoming push for reforms to college tuition costs, The Washington Post’s The Fix blogger and reporter Chris Cillizza was asked how the president can keep on message given the “gnats of August” regularly redirecting his attention. Cillizza pardoned Obama for his inability to be the master of his own destiny, saying that he is the first president in history to have to contend with the fleeting passions that regularly overtake internet forums like Twitter. MSNBC host Chris Matthews’ wife, Kathleen Matthews, asked Cillizza how Obama is navigating the “gnats of August” which are
RUSH: At the end of yesterday´s program, in the final hour -- by the way, the final hour of yesterday´s program might be worth your while to go to RushLimbaugh.com and revisit and listen to it and read the transcripts. We spent a lot of time in that hour focusing on Millennials, that maximum age 30 right now. These are people who, in 2008, bought hook, line, and sinker the entire Obama message of hope and change, transformation, utopia, perfection, the end of everything bad, and the beginning of everything good. And of course none of that has worked out.
Democratic representative Jim Clyburn likened conservative media and websites to the propaganda outlets of Nazi Germany in a radio interview today. The South Carolina Democrat at first seemed to be going after the American media as a whole, but went on to target “extreme right-wing” bloggers for supposedly ginning up “manufactured controversies.” He warned of serious consequences of people’s trusting such sources, saying ”the people of Germany believed Hitler’s foolishness that led to the Holocaust. They believed that stuff.” “You have people’s words and phrases being misrepresented and looped through the news media and thrown out there on the Internet, and people
RUSH: I have it hear, folks, right here in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers. This is an article from NPR. And I would think a lot of Millennials listen to NPR. They´ve been conditioned to, "oh, that´s erudite and elite." Well, their professors all did. (interruption) Did anybody make a big deal out of what? Well, no. In fact, when I was in my twenties, nobody was even willing to take you seriously until you were 40. You hadn´t lived long enough to know enough to be trusted with enough when I grew up. Snerdley, things change. There used to be some
By now you’ve probably heard of Christian Nation, a new novel out this summer from W. W. Norton that depicts a world where Sarah Palin’s president: Martial law has been declared, Evangelical Christians have launched their secret plans to control American society, and the country’s become a theocracy, and the only people standing in their way are the protagonist, a New York corporate lawyer who does good by “mobilizing capital” for infrastructure and resource-extraction projects in ”the poorest countries on earth,” while keeping the Chinese out, for a modest-sounding fee; and his gay techie Indian-American friend, Sanjay. The book is by
YUCAIPA — School district officials in San Bernardino County say they will discontinue a policy that required elementary school students to kneel down before being dismissed to class. Principal Dana Carter at Calimesa Elementary School had reportedly instituted the policy, which called for students at various times of the school day to kneel down on one knee and wait for the principal or another administrator to dismiss them, as a safety measure. A flyer had been circulated among parents alleging Carter began the policy as “a positive way to enforce safety” among students, usually right before classes begin or immediately after recess. Yucaipa
Sunny the Portuguese water dog - the latest addition to the Obama family – was bought from a breeder in Michigan for around $2,300 and seems have been born though frozen sperm, MailOnline can reveal today. Sunny was introduced to the world earlier this week as a new sister for Bo and the Obama girls through pictures posted on the White House blog but few details about where she came from - apart from saying Sunny was born in June in Michigan. MailOnline tracked down Sunny’s birthplace to Amy Lane in Attica, Michigan. Mrs Lane runs a farm and a Portuguese puppy
In a post on the Washington Post´s Wonkblog, Mike Konczal of the Roosevelt Institute makes a rather sweeping claim about his ideological adversaries: "Conservatives don´t really get that some things are ´public,´ and it´s hurting their ability to handle the challenges of the early 21st century." What does he mean by that? He acknowledges the term is ambiguous, then settles on a definition from a leading early-20th-century progressive intellectual: One can spend an entire lifetime debating the distinction between "public" and "private," but for this post let´s use an approach from John Dewey. In "The Public and Its Problems" (1927), Dewey argued
Outside of the federal government´s Bureau of Labor statistics, the Gallup polling organization also tracks the nation´s unemployment rate. While the BLS and Gallup findings might not always perfectly align, the trends almost always do and the small statistical differences just haven´t been worthy of note. But now Gallup is showing a sizable 30 day jump in the unemployment rate, from 7.7% on July 21 to 8.9% today. This is an 18-month high. At the end of July, the BLS showed a 7.4% unemployment rate, compared to Gallup´s 7.8%. Again, a difference not worthy of note. But Gallup´s upward trend to
One of the teens charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Australian baseball player Christopher Lane in Duncan, Okla., previously posted anti-white statements on his Twitter feed. James Edwards, 15, Chancey Luna, 16, and Michael Jones, 17, have all been charged as adults in Lane’s death. Lane, a 22 year-old student from Melbourne, was out for a jog last Friday evening when the three teens began following him in a car and shot him “just for the fun of it,” according to Duncan officials. Edwards and Luna are charged with first-degree murder while Jones is accused of using a vehicle
CHICAGO — Working on a tight timeframe, Illinois is building an 800-person army of temporary workers to help people sign up for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The “in-person counselor” jobs, located in every corner of the state, range from a $9-an-hour part-time evening job in Clinton County to a $45,000-a-year project coordinator position in Chicago for someone with experience in community organizing and public speaking. The workers will help consumers apply for coverage, and will answer questions and explain differences between the insurance policies offered on the new online marketplace. They will help consumers figure out
What´s causing a temporary slowdown in planetary warming, and why should anyone worry that more warming is coming? "If the planet is warming, why have temperatures been steady for a decade?" That question is now the go-to counterpoint for global-warming skeptics, and it has long been a sticking point for scientists as they try to explain their climate conclusions to an increasingly polarized public. The debate was reborn anew last week when a leaked draft of the U.N.´s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change upcoming report conceded that warming has largely paused over the past decade, prompting outcry from skeptics and leading conservative
The nation´s top intelligence official is declassifying three secret U.S. court opinions that reveal yet more details about how the National Security Agency has spied on Americans, it was announced on Wednesday. The shocking documents show how the NSA inadvertently scooped up as many as 56,000 emails annually over three years, even though they were written by people with no connection to terrorism. The court opinions also reveal how the NSA reported the error in 2011. The court then ordered the agency to find ways to limit what it collects and how long it keeps it. Director of National Intelligence