Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, faced CNN’s Candy Crowley on Sunday, defending his plan to defund Obamacare and what he would do to fix health care in America. Cruz praised the power of grassroots activists, suggesting that a “grassroots tsunami” was about to hit Washington D.C. “It’s going to take a tsunami and I’m going to do everything I can to encourage that tsunami,” Cruz asserted. Watch the entire interview above in which Cruz discusses his birth certificate, 2016, Gov. Chris Christie, and the battle for Republicans to win a majority in the U.S. Senate in 2014.
The U.S. National Security Agency has bugged the United Nations´ New York headquarters, Germany´s Der Spiegel weekly said on Sunday in a report on U.S. spying that could further strain relations between Washington and its allies. Citing secret U.S. documents obtained by fugitive former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, Der Spiegel said the files showed how the United States systematically spied on other states and institutions. Der Spiegel said the European Union and the U.N.´s Vienna-based nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), were among those targeted by U.S. intelligence agents. In the summer of 2012, NSA experts succeeded in getting into the
Former Vermont Gov. and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean showed that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) irritates the left as much as the Republican establishment when he declared that he was fearful that Cruz would one day become president. "God help us if he ever gets to be anything more than the senator from Texas," Dean said on CNN´s State of the Union on Sunday. Dean was responding to an interview CNN´s Candy Crowley had done earlier in the week with Cruz in which Cruz said that he would do whatever he could to encourage a "grassroots tsunami" that would convince lawmakers
President Obama is spending his Sunday golfing, according to the White House. The outing comes amid rising signs the U.S. is inching closer to launching a military strike against Syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons by that country’s government. Here’s the report from the White House press pool on the golfing outing: Motorcade arrived at the rolling, green Ft. Belvoir golf course at 1:24 p.m. after uneventful ride. A few golfers paused in their games to watch the passing motorcade. Golfing partners are David Krone, Mike Brush, and Marvin Nicholson. After finding community center closed, pool is holding at exchange food court.
The day after thousands rallied to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington, the National Mall looks like a trash dump. The grass from the Lincoln Memorial to the World War II Memorial is covered Sunday with empty soda cans, water bottles, boxed lunches, newspapers, a broken chair and rally signs. The Reflecting Pool also was filled with trash. Although the trash cans were full along the expanse, the attendees did not attempt to leave their garbage near the bins. Instead, they left everything on the grass where they stood. On Saturday, prominent Democrats such as Attorney General
A Department of Defense teaching guide meant to fight extremism advises students that rather than “dressing in sheets” modern-day radicals “will talk of individual liberties, states’ rights, and how to make the world a better place,” and describes 18th-century American patriots seeking freedom from the British as belonging to “extremist ideologies.” The guide comes from documents obtained by Judicial Watch and is authored by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, a DoD-funded diversity training center. Under a section titled “extremist ideologies,” the document states, “In U.S. history, there are many examples of extremist ideologies and movements. The colonists who sought
More violence and looting against the Catholic Church in the Central African Republic. According to information sent to Fides Agency on Sunday, August 18 priests and nuns of the Sœurs de la Charité were forced to take refuge in Bouar from Bohong (80 km from Bouar, west of the Country) because of the violent reprisals of the rebel coalition Seleka.
Samantha Power, the newly appointed US ambassador to the UN, has spent her career urging international intervention in cases of genocide. The gassing of hundreds of Syrians should have been a perfect opportunity to speak out and force quick action. However, the Irish-born academic was nowhere to be seen and failed to attend an emergency UN Security Council meeting during the week. ´Ambassador Power is on a long planned personal trip,´ National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan confirmed. ´She has full communications and has been fully engaged on all national security issues.´ State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed in her
PARIS — For decades, Europeans have agonized over the power and role of Germany — the so-called German question — given its importance to European stability and prosperity. Today, however, Europe is talking about “the French question”: can the Socialist government of President François Hollande pull France out of its slow decline and prevent it from slipping permanently into Europe’s second tier? At stake is whether a social democratic system that for decades prided itself on being the model for providing a stable and high standard of living for its citizens can survive the combination of globalization, an aging population
In gender-equality Sweden, a grassroots movement defending women´s right to wear hijab has split the nation, backed by politicians and celebrities while critics say it supports a symbol of female "oppression". Hundreds of Swedish women have posted photographs of themselves wearing headscarves on social media sites to show solidarity with a heavily pregnant Muslim woman who says she was attacked outside Stockholm for wearing a veil. Police are searching for witnesses to the incident, which is being treated as a hate crime, and has sparked a wave of online protest. Leftist politicians and celebrities were among those who lent their
The New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled that the First Amendments does not apply to people who work for a living. The First Amendment says: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Given that a person exercises his religion by living his life in harmony with his beliefs, any attempt by government to force people to commit sins is a clear and
Progressives are having conniption fits, sputtering with indignation over growing talk about impeachment as the constitutional remedy for President Obama´s flouting of the law, most prominently in declaring that he will not enforce certain aspects of Obamacare out of his own political convenience. The founders clearly understood the need for a political remedy when an executive behaved outside the bounds of the law.
Sen. Ted Cruz on Sunday doubled down on his call to arms in “defunding Obamacare,” even if Senate Democrats are highly unlikely to approve any short-term spending deal this September that impugns President Obama’s signature domestic achievement. Mr. Cruz, Texas Republican, said that if the GOP-controlled House could pass a continuing resolution that strips the Affordable Care Act of funding this September, a “grass-roots tsunami” of opposition to the health care law could force the Senate to relent.The GOP, he told CNN, has to do something it hasn’t done in a long time: “Stand up and win the argument.” Mr.
Upon the anniversary of the March on Washington, John Lewis spoke to Meet the Press’ David Gregory about the legacy of the civil rights movement Sunday morning, encouraging America to embrace, not fear, the shifting demographics of the electorate that would put minorities in a place of political power. “I think some forces want to create this sense of fear,” Lewis said. “They think that the country is moving too fast, or maybe becoming too progressive. The country’s not the same country. People are coming together. And in a short time, the minority will be the majority.” Lewis is the
WASHINGTON- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Saturday said his state´s healthcare program is a good Republican alternative to President Barack Obama´s federal healthcare law. Pence´s comments came during the weekly Republican address, The Hill reported. "The Obama administration is creating confusion in the marketplace, from its suspension of the cap on out-of-pocket expenses, to providing subsidies without verifying income, to a one-year suspension of the employer mandate, this healthcare law is weighing down our economy," Pence said. "It´s costing jobs, discouraging investment and making the future bleak for too many families. Pence said his state´s program empowers patients over the
H.L. Mencken famously defined puritanism as “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” He might have been describing contemporary anti-smoking activists, that dour band of fuss-budgets constantly on the prowl for new ways to make life slightly less bearable by limiting the choices available to grown adults. Incredibly, the latest push from tobacco eliminationists doesn’t involve actual smoking, which has already been driven out of polite society more thoroughly than Rev. Jeremiah Wright sermons, early David Allan Coe records, and Three’s Company-era gay jokes combined. But it does lay bare the prohibitionist mindset and its fixation on scrubbing the
Oh great. Last March the Quebec government adopted expensive new rules for seniors’ residences that are driving them out of business and leaving their elderly customers out of luck. And the clever politicians and bureaucrats never saw it coming. It recalls Chesterton’s 1922 lament, “The burden upon us is that we are not ruled by men of ordinary ignorance, but of extraordinary ignorance.”
Playing Skyler White on the television show “Breaking Bad” for the past five seasons has been one of the most rewarding creative journeys I’ve embarked on as an actor. But the role has also taken me on another kind of journey — one I never would have imagined. My character, to judge from the popularity of Web sites and Facebook pages devoted to hating her, has become a flash point for many people’s feelings about strong, nonsubmissive, ill-treated women. As the hatred of Skyler blurred into loathing for me as a person, I saw glimpses of an anger that, at
WASHINGTON — Nearly five years into his presidency, Barack Obama confronts a world far different from what he envisioned when he first took office. U.S. influence is declining in the Middle East as violence and instability rock Arab countries. An ambitious attempt to reset U.S. relations with Russia faltered and failed. Even in Obama-friendly Europe, there´s deep skepticism about Washington´s government surveillance programs. In some cases, the current climate has been driven by factors outside the White House´s control. But missteps by the president also are to blame, say foreign policy analysts, including some who worked for the Obama administration.
Japan’s nuclear crisis escalated yesterday, with fears that more tanks at the wrecked Fukushima plant are leaking contaminated water. The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) plans to upgrade the severity of the release from a level 1 ‘anomaly’ to a level three ‘serious incident’. The tanks were hastily built to store water washed over melted reactors at the station to keep them cool in the wake of the 2011 tsunami. The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco), said on Tuesday that water with dangerously high levels of radiation is leaking from one tank, but the NRA is worried about other
William Hague last night warned that the horrific chemical weapons attack in Syria was ‘not something that a humane and civilised world can ignore’. [Snip]And he laid the blame for the attack--which is reported to have killed up to 1,700 people--squarely at the door of tyrant Bashar al-Assad. Mr Hague said the possibility that rebel fighters could have unleashed the chemicals, as claimed by the Assad regime and its Russian allies, was ‘vanishingly small’. He said: ‘I know some people in the world would like to say this is some kind of conspiracy brought about by the opposition in Syria
A 26-year-old birthday party goer has been snatched by a 5-meter 16-foot crocodile while swimming in a notorious habitat of the dangerous reptiles, police said on Sunday. The man, whose name has not been released, was celebrating a friend´s 30th birthday on Saturday at the Mary River Wilderness Retreat, an Outback tourist destination 70 miles southeast of the Northern Territory capital Darwin, the victim´s hometown, Senior Sergeant Geoff Bahnert said. The victim and another man had gone swimming across the river. The pair were swimming back when the crocodile attacked, he said. "Several of the group in the party witnessed