One cold evening in Dixon, Ill., in the early 1930s, a young man known as Dutch Reagan brought home two African American teammates from his Eureka College football team. The team was on the road, and the local hotels had refused the two black players. So Reagan invited them to spend the night and have breakfast with his family. In November 1952, in one of his final meetings as president of Hollywood’s Screen Actors Guild, Ronald Reagan called upon the entertainment industry to provide greater employment for black actors. His stand went against the times and received national media attention.
Barack Obama’s foreign policy dream — cordial relations with a Middle East tranquilized by “smart diplomacy” — is in a death grapple with reality. His rhetorical writhings illustrate the perils of loquacity. He has a glutton’s, rather than a gourmet’s, appetite for his own rhetorical cuisine, and he has talked America to the precipice of a fourth military intervention in the crescent that extends from Libya to Afghanistan. Characterizing the 2011 Libyan project with weirdly passive syntax (“It is our military that is being volunteered by others to carry out missions”), he explained his sashay into Libya’s civil war as
Refusing to be drawn into a public screaming match with Syria and Iran, Israel´s leaders on Thursday ignored apocalyptic threats and repeated the mantra voiced continually since Sunday: Israel is not involved in the Syrian crisis but will respond fiercely if attacked. Prior to holding another round of security consultations in Tel Aviv about the situation in Syria, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on camera and in his own voice what his office has been saying in his name throughout the week. "At present there is no need to change daily routines," he said. "Despite the low assessment regarding Israel´s
The speaker of the House wants to know what the legal justification for war with Syria is. And more than a quarter of the House says President Barack Obama can’t launch an attack on Syria alone. But the president has yet to give them, or the public, a response. White House spokesman Josh Earnest repeatedly declined Thursday to give a legal justification for an attack on Syria, something that the United Kingdom has already detailed, or give an explanation on how the president can act on his own without Congressional authorization. That will come if and when the president decides
A bipartisan group of senators said Thursday that President Barack Obama and the State Department should not again delay a decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Reports earlier this week noted that construction might not be authorized until an inspector general’s report is completed in 2014. Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., John Thune, R-S.D., Max Baucus, D-Mont., and Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., said in a joint statement that further delay would be unjustified and would prevent jobs from being created in their states. “This marks the fourth delay of the Keystone XL project since 2011, when the State Department issued
More than 100 lawmakers, including 21 Democrats, have signed a letter that says President Obama would violate the Constitution by striking Syria without first getting authorization from Congress. A total of 140 lawmakers had signed the letter as of Thursday, highlighting bipartisan interest and growing momentum in ensuring a role for Congress in any decision to use force in Syria. The letter has yet to be sent to the White House. “Engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers
The Obama administration views Israel as one of the top spying threats facing its intelligence services, leaked documents reveal. A secret budget request obtained by The Washington Post from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden lumps Israel alongside U.S. foes Iran and Cuba as “key targets” for U.S. counterintelligence efforts. The document suggests Israel does not believe U.S. assurances that its interests are aligned with Israel´s on crucial issues such as Iran and peace talks with the Palestinians. (Snip)“In addition, we are investing in target surveillance and offensive CI [counterintelligence] against key targets, such as China, Russia, Iran, Israel, Pakistan and
MPs tonight dramatically voted against David Cameron’s plea to take military action against Syria. The Prime Minister faced calls to ’resign’ in the Commons as MPs voted by 272 votes to 285 to reject his motion backing British intervention in principle. A chastened Mr Cameron was forced by Labour leader Ed Miliband to pledge not to deploy any UK military forces without first staging another Commons vote. Mr Cameron said it was clear Parliament ´does not want to see British military action´ in Syria after the Government was defeated on the issue, adding: ´I get that, and the Government will
DEVELOPING ... British lawmakers on Thursday rejected a measure that would have given preliminary approval to military intervention in Syria, in a major setback for both British Prime Minister David Cameron and the Obama administration. ORIGINAL STORY ... President Obama and his top advisers were taking their case for intervention in Syria to Congress Thursday afternoon, holding a series of briefings as lawmakers increasingly voiced skepticism toward any military strike. The president on Thursday afternoon personally briefed House Speaker John Boehner, who a day earlier wrote to the president urging him to provide a "clear, unambiguous explanation"
U.S. spy agencies have built an intelligence-gathering colossus since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but remain unable to provide critical information to the president on a range of national security threats, according to the government’s top secret budget. The $52.6 billion “black budget” for fiscal 2013, obtained by The Washington Post from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, maps a bureaucratic and operational landscape that has never been subject to public scrutiny. Although the government has annually released its overall level of intelligence spending since 2007, it has not divulged how it uses those funds or how it performs against
British MPs have voted against possible military action against Syria to deter the use of chemical weapons. David Cameron said it was clear the British Parliament does not want action and "I will act accordingly". The government motion was defeated 285 to 272, a majority of 13 votes.
President Obama’s new man in London, Matthew Barzun, has barely been in the country a week, and he’s already lecturing Britain on staying in the EU. [Snip] “We would benefit by a really strong UK voice in a strong EU,” he says. Citing Obama’s stated aim to make the world “more peaceful, more prosperous, more just”, he adds: “Europe is the first place we turn for that. We like a cohesive, strong Europe that is working with us around the world.” Barzun is sending an early signal that a key function of his Ambassadorship will be to press Britain not
While the fast-food strike has drawn much buzz from the media, Rush Limbaugh isn’t going to be swayed, saying that those striking have been “organized” and that the protests are “staged.” “The question really is: Are these people doing this on their own or have they been organized? The obvious answer is they’ve been organized. Once you see them say, ‘Si, se puede,’ and attacking the minimum wage, you know it,” the conservative radio host said on his Thursday show according to a transcript. “But it’s Obamacare. It’s Obama’s economy that they should be protesting. Obama’s economy, Obamacare is what has
RUSH: I want you to listen to Obama. This is how out of touch this man is. This is irresponsible what he said last night. He was on the PBS NewsHour. It used to be with Jim Lehrer, and now it´s with Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill, and Judy Woodruff says, "You have a reputation, Mr. President, for being pretty cool, detached. "But standing there at the Lincoln Memorial, at the place where Dr. King stood, looking out over that big crowd, that had to be emotional. What were you thinking?" I want you to listen to this. Here is the
WASHINGTON- All legally wed gay couples, no matter what state they live in, are entitled to the same U.S. federal tax benefits as married heterosexual couples, the Obama administration said on Thursday. The U.S. Treasury ruling, following a landmark Supreme Court decision in June, means that whether a married gay couple lives in New York, which recognizes gay marriage, or Oklahoma, which does not, federal tax benefits and responsibilities apply. The Supreme Court on June 26 invalidated a key portion of a 1996 federal law, known as the Defense of Marriage Act, which had defined marriage as between a man
RUSH: Let´s go to San Diego. We´ll start with Sean. Great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello, sir. CALLER: (Unintelligible) tell (unintelligible) RUSH: Shh. Shh, shh, shh, shh, shh, shh, shh. Hang on, folks. Hang on, hang on, hang on, hang on, hang on. Snerdley, where´s the caller? We said hello to the caller five minutes ago. Is anybody there? Hello? Testing. One, two, three. CALLER: Hello? RUSH: Yeah, hello. CALLER: Am I on? RUSH: Yeah, you´re on. CALLER: Am I really on? RUSH: We heard everything that you were whispering to your buddies. We heard every word you said to your buddies. CALLER: Oh, my God.
The public flogging of Mike Tyson continues.The former "Baddest Man on the Planet" added to his list of bizarre public appearances with another unrestrained interview, this one courtesy of Matt Lauer of the "Today Show" who sought to find out more about Tyson´s recent admission that he´s still grappling with substance abuse issues and is "on the verge of dying." Tyson uttered those words last Friday at a post-fight press conference for his initial venture as a boxing promoter, admitting he´s just been sober for six days. Tyson visited that theme again on Thursday´s "Today Show" in a segment that was
RUSH: Folks, I have to tell you something. You look out over America today, and there is discontent everywhere. There is a malaise. This massive depression, this fog has just settled over the country. I mean, even yesterday at that Martin Luther King rally, they were expecting 100,000, and barely 20,000 showed up. The most noteworthy thing that happened yesterday was Bill Clinton taking a huge swipe at Obama. The media today is out there saying, "No, no, no! Clinton didn´t take a swipe at Obama." You know what Clinton said? He said, "Martin Luther King didn´t die..." I´m paraphrasing;
Slate.com, you´re obviously trying to bait us with the headline of that Allison Benedikt post: "If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person." Well, good job. You succeeded. The attention-grabbing "bad person" formulation is presumably facetious, but the underlying argument--that all parents ought to enroll their children in public schools--is not. Conservatives frequently accuse elite liberals, including President Obama and his most recent Democratic predecessor, of hypocrisy for proclaiming their devotion to public education while shielding their own children from it. Benedikt´s argument is consistent with that criticism. But that is not to say that it is
The girlfriend of Google billionaire Sergei Brin has been transferred in the wake of a bombshell office romance that rocked Silicon Valley, The Post has learned. Internet side dish Amanda Rosenberg, 26 — a UK Googler who recently moved to the San Francisco corporate offices to work for Google Glass, a pet Brin project — has been moved to another post there “to be even further from Sergei in the chain of command,” a source close to the scandal said today. Brin’s affair with Rosenberg was revealed yesterday after tech blog AllThingsD reported the search engine co-founder had split with
The White House announced two new executive orders to curb gun violence on Thursday, building on the 23 executive orders President Obama signed in the aftermath of the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The first order closes a loophole that allows felons and other people who would be prohibited from owning guns to circumvent the law by registering their guns with a corporation or trust, which would exempt them from the requisite background check. A fact sheet distributed by the White House notes that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) "received more
A lawyer for Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning said in a blog post on Thursday the soldier is doing well as she goes through processing at the military prison at Fort Leavenworth. David Coombs wrote that he spoke on Wednesday with Manning, previously known as Bradley Manning, while she goes through the three-to-four-week period known as indoctrination at the Kansas prison. Coombs, who lives in Rhode Island, also said he plans to travel there in the coming weeks to meet with medical staff and the leadership in the quest to allow Manning to receive hormone therapy and other treatment for her gender
WASHINGTON- Two law scholars said Thursday the White House is incorrectly interpreting "war" to justify military operations reserved only for congressional approval. Saikrishna Prakash, University of Virginia law professor, noted in a teleconference Thursday military action against Libya in 2011 was justified under the War Powers Resolution because it did not constitute a war, which the U.S. Constitution says can only be declared by the U.S. Congress. His view is consistent with that of several dozen members of Congress, who signed a letter to President Barack Obama arguing the Office of Legal counsel reduced the definition of military action in
On Thursday, Clearwater Police arrested 16-year-old Mychal King for the alleged murder of Jason Taylor Paul. According to police, King admitted to killing Paul because he had a hard day and “just wanted to kill the first person he saw.” Paul was riding his bike home late when he was stabbed to death in January. He was 22-years old, working two jobs and saving to go to school to become a veterinary technician.
President Barack Obama called House Speaker John Boehner Thursday to brief him “on the status of deliberations over Syria,” a Boehner spokesman said. “During the call, the speaker sought answers to concerns outlined in his letter to the president yesterday, including the legal justification for any military strike, the policy and precedent such a response would set, and the objectives and strategy for any potential action,” said Brendan Buck, a Boehner spokesman. “Only the president can answer these questions, and it is clear that further dialogue and consultation with Congress, as well as communication with the American public, will be needed.”The