Hardly a week passes without Hillary Clinton providing yet more evidence that she intends to run for president. Clinton yesterday tweeted what was presumably intended as congratulations to Diana Nyad for her extraordinary feat of swimming 110 miles from Cuba to Key West, the first person to do so without the safety net of a shark cage. Here is what Clinton tweeted after Nyad reached Florida -- Flying to 112 countries is a lot until you consider swimming between 2. Feels like I swim with sharks - but you actually did it! Congrats! Best example of a humble brag in recent
If any business were to submit a prospectus as patently false and deliberately dishonest as the ones used to advance the cause of the global warming industry, its directors would all be in prison by now. (C Jeff Randall) [Snip] A better candidate for prison, actually, would be whoever tweets under the name @BarackObama. When he Tweeted: "Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree: #climate change is real, man-made and dangerous" he was promulgating a demonstrable untruth. No one has ever doubted that climate changes. Pretty much everyone--probably more than 97 percent, even--agrees that there is a degree of anthropogenic input, even
This morning on Fox and Friends, we heard the inspiring story of Montana high school football player Koni Dole, who hasn´t let an amputated leg keep him off the field. Now using a prosthetic blade, the running back scored two touchdowns Friday night, plus registered a sack while playing defensive end as Huntley Project High School won its season opener 45-0. In the final game of last season, Dole suffered a gruesome leg injury that required multiple surgeries. Due to a serious infection, doctors were forced to amputate his right leg below the knee. Dole actually wrestled for the high
President Obama made a compelling moral case Saturday for military action against Bashar Assad´s regime in Syria: What message will we send if a dictator can gas hundreds of children to death in plain sight and pay no price? What´s the purpose of the international system that we´ve built if a prohibition on the use of chemical weapons that has been agreed to by the governments of 98 percent of the world´s people and approved overwhelmingly by the Congress of the United States is not enforced? (Snip)Our initial reaction was that if we were a member of Congress, we would
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will be celebrating his wife’s 50th birthday instead of attending a campaign rally with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). “In a choice between Mary Pat Christie and Rand Paul, it’s no choice for me,” Christie told reporters at a press conference Tuesday. Christie will be skipping a campaign rally Sept. 13 for Steve Lonegan, Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s GOP Senate challenger. Recent polls have found Booker leading Lonegan by double digits. They’re both vying to fill the vacant seat left by the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.). Christie explained he’ll be gone the day of the
The White House faces a tough task in convincing a majority in the House and Senate to approve authorization for a military strike against Syria. The administration is pulling out all the stops to convince Congress, but Democrats and Republicans alike are seeking more answers from the White House on the U.S. mission in Syria. Some on the right and the left have already staked out firm opposition. The White House has found two key GOP allies: Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.). (Snip) The following is the The Hill´s whip list on Syria.
People who as yet have been unable to acquire gas masks may take some comfort in the fact that President Shimon Peres does not believe that Syria will wage war against Israel. At a reception that he hosted on Tuesday for heads of diplomatic missions in Israel and for Honorary Consuls representing countries that do not have embassies in Israel, Peres said that he did not believe that Syria will attack Israel because Syria does not have the deterrence, strength or defense that Israel has at her disposal. Israel has developed sophisticated missiles and has one of the best security
The United States faces a serious threat from Syrian WMDs. It’s just not the one we’re talking about. While Syrian-on-Syrian chemical weapons use is inarguably horrifying, the greater danger to the United States and its allies is the transfer of Syrian chemical weapons to terrorists. The risk of chemical weapons proliferation has now significantly increased. And unfortunately, either a yea or a nay vote in Congress on action against Syria is likely to endanger us still further. The problem is that President Obama drew his red line in the wrong place. It was always unlikely that a desperate Assad could
On Tuesday’s “Fox & Friends,” conservative author and columnist Ann Coulter railed against President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, saying, “they used to say under Bush, ‘Oh the world hates us, hates us,’ Now the world is laughing at us.” Coulter, author of “Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama,” noted the push by Democrats for the United States to act, comparing it with their reluctance after former Iraq President Saddam Hussein had launched chemical attacks on his own people in the late 1980s. “Surprisingly enough, even The New York Times’ headline on this was, ‘President drags Congress
Imagine you are a parent who receives a visit from the state police, informing you that a trusted teacher at the local school molested your child — and took pictures of it. After a painful investigation and trial, the teacher finally gets convicted, and you figure the community will rally around you to demand a stiff sentence for the man who violated the public trust. However, when you arrive at the courtroom, you see several other teachers sitting in support of the teacher, and arguing for the lightest possible sentence. Welcome to the West Branch-Rose City (MI) school district, and the
UNITED NATIONS — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is warning that any “punitive” action taken against Syria for an alleged chemical weapons attack last week could unleash more turmoil and bloodshed in that nation’s civil war. Ban also cautioned nations such as the United States and France that may be considering such strikes that they are legal only in self-defense under the U.N. Charter or if approved by the U.N. Security Council. Russia and China have used their veto power in the council multiple times to keep it from taking action against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime.
When tracking President Obama’s job approval on a daily basis, people sometimes get so caught up in the day-to-day fluctuations that they miss the bigger picture. To look at the longer-term trends, Rasmussen Reports compiles the numbers on a full-month basis, and the results can be seen in the graphics below. President Obama’s total job approval remained unchanged at 47% in August, still tying the president’s lowest approval rating since December 2011. The president’s ratings for the past three months are more in line with his approval during most of his first term in office.
Democratic Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton said Tuesday that at the current time, the only reason she would vote in favor of an attack on Syria was out of loyalty to Barack Obama. Appearing on radio´s Bill Press Show, the non-voting delegate from the District of Columbia also said if the President actually gets the votes he needs, "it’ll be because of loyalty of Democrats. They just don’t want to see him shamed and humiliated on the national stage" Del. ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON (D-DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA): I happen to believe there has to be a response. I do, I do believe in crimes
On Tuesday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) suggested that Fox News host Brian Kilmeade was Islamaphobic because he said that Syrian opposition groups shouting “Allahu Akhbar! Allahu Akhbar!” as rockets hit government offices demonstrated Islamist influence among the opposition. “I have a problem helping those people screaming that after a hit,” Kilmeade said. McCain responded: “Would you have a problem with an American or Christians saying ‘thank God? Thank God?’”
There is a growing volume of new evidence from numerous sources in the Middle East — mostly affiliated with the Syrian opposition and its sponsors and supporters — which makes a very strong case, based on solid circumstantial evidence, that the Aug. 21 chemical strike in the Damascus suburbs was indeed a premeditated provocation by the Syrian opposition.
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said it’s up to President Obama to win votes in Congress to authorize a strike against Syria. Boehner gave his support for a limited military intervention on Tuesday and encouraged his conference to back Obama. But he offered no responsibility for ensuring the success of a congressional vote. (Snip) "Everyone understands that it is an uphill battle to pass a resolution, and the Speaker expects the White House to provide answers to members’ questions and take the lead on any whipping effort," he said. "All votes authorizing the use of military force are conscience votes for
Sweden on Tuesday became the first European Union country to announce it will give asylum to all Syrian refugees who apply. "All Syrian asylum seekers who apply for asylum in Sweden will get it," Annie Hoernblad, the spokeswoman for Sweden´s migration agency, told AFP. "The agency made this decision now because it believes the violence in Syria will not end in the near future." The decision, which will give refugees permanent resident status, is valid until further notice, added Hoernblad. Until now, Sweden could only house refugees temporarily for three years, after each individual case was evaluated by the state.
A family-owned Christian bakery, under investigation for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, has been forced to close its doors after a vicious boycott by militant homosexual activists. Sweet Cakes By Melissa posted a message on its Facebook page alerting customers that their Gresham, Ore. retail store would be shut down after months of harassment from pro-gay marriage forces. “Better is a poor man who walks in integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways,” read a posting from Proverbs on the bakery’s Facebook page.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took to Facebook to blast President Barack Obama over his handling of the situation in Syria, saying the U.S. should stay out of the crisis and “let Allah sort it out.” “So we’re bombing Syria because Syria is bombing Syria? And I’m the idiot?” Palin said in a message posted to her Facebook account. Obama has asked Congress to authorize military airstrikes against Syria for using chemical weapons. Click here to see the draft legislation he submitted to congressional leaders seeking approval for military action. Palin, the 2008 Republican nominee for vice president, said it´s
REP. NANCY PELOSI: I´ll tell you this story and then I really do have to go. My five-year-old grandson, as I was leaving San Francisco yesterday, he said to me, Mimi, my name, Mimi, war with Syria, are you yes war with Syria, no, war with Syria. And he´s five years old. We´re not talking about war; we´re talking about action. Yes war with Syria, no with war in Syria. I said, ´Well, what do you think?´ He said, ´I think no war.´ I said, ´Well, I generally agree with that but you know, they have killed hundreds of children,
President Obama said this morning that he’s confident Congress will pass a resolution to intervene in Syria and that he’s willing to be flexible and work with lawmakers on the specifics. “I would not be going to Congress if I wasn’t serious about consultations and believing that by shaping the authorization to make sure we accomplish the mission, we will be more effective,” he told reporters at a White House meeting with congressional leaders. “And so long as we are accomplishing what needs to be accomplished, which is to send a clear message to [Syrian President Bashar] al-Assad,
President Obama´s call on Congress to give him the go-ahead to strike targets in Syria has put House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on the same side of an important issue for one of the few times in recent years. (Snip) Pelosi said that by using chemical weapons, Assad "crossed a line" — but not one that President Obama drew. It´s a line that "humanity drew decades ago," Pelosi said, in a reference to the post-World War I international agreement to prohibit the use of chemical weapons.
Speaker John A. Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor have backed President Barack Obama’s plan to strike Syria, giving the president a major lift as the White House conducts an all-out push to get lawmakers on board ahead of votes expected next week. Boehner emerged from a White House briefing on Syria with Obama this morning prepared to, in his words, “support the president’s call to action.” “And I believe my colleagues should support the president’s call to action,” the Ohio Republican added. (Snip) Cantor also released a statement Tuesday morning that said he intends to “vote to provide
Three people were killed, including a 16-year-old boy, and 10 other people were wounded across Chicago on Labor Day through early this morning. The 16-year-old, Maurice Knowles was sitting on the porch of his home in the 10500 block of South LaSalle Street in the Fernwood neighborhood when someone opened fire from a gangway across the street around 5:30 p.m Monday, police said. Knowles was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn with a wound to the chest and was pronounced dead at 7:30 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner´s office. A 22-year-old man sitting nearby