Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh tore into the media on Tuesday and accused them of malpractice in their reporting of how the so-called Russian proposal to impose a diplomatic solution on Syria. Limbaugh played a montage of clips of members of the media celebrating the “genius” of President Barack Obama for embracing a misstatement by Sec. John Kerry and making it the centerpiece of American policy towards that country’s civil war. “Turns out, this was the plan all along – at least what the media wants us to believe,” Limbaugh said of the Russian solution. “This is journalistic malpractice.” “It’s
New York’s famous 42nd Street will offer natives and visitors a new sight later this week: a mammoth, six-story billboard with a striking message: “Warning—Obamacare may be hazardous to your health.” It’s part of The Heritage Foundation’s continuing public education campaign to inform the American people about the dangerous side-effects of this unfair, unaffordable and unworkable law, and how it can be stopped. How will ObamaCare—a 2,700-page law passed by a single vote over bipartisan opposition— harm Americans’ health? Well, here are five of its worst side effects. First, many Americans will lose their current health coverage.
Maybe Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin really did discuss the idea of putting Syrian chemical weapons under international control last week on the sidelines of the G20 conference. Putin sure doesn’t care that Obama’s taking credit for the proposal, or that the administration is posturing like a Mob enforcer. “The only reason why we are seeing this proposal,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney, “is because of the U.S. threat of military action.” Right, Putin is laughing to himself. Whatever. (snip) Putin won.
Allegations that Oklahoma State football players were paid for performance are part of a Sports Illustrated investigation that details numerous issues within the Cowboys´ program over the past 13 years. The magazine said it conducted a 10-month probe that included interviews with 64 Oklahoma State football players from 1999 to 2011, as well as current and former staff members. A five-part series, starting with money, was published Tuesday on SI´s website. In addition to illegal payments of players, the series contains allegations of academic misconduct, drug use and sexual favors. According to the story, the payments to players ranged from money for
I once married a Muslim "man of color" and assumed, unthinkingly that, as an outsider himself, he might somehow identify with and make common cause with women. I found that this misguided assumption was untrue and, in my new book, "An American Bride in Kabul," I write about my unsentimental education in such matters, an education which took place both in America and in Afghanistan long ago. I had also once assumed that all formerly colonized peoples and Third World impoverished countries were filled with naturally noble inhabitants who were instinctively spiritual and kind to each other. I quickly discovered that barbarism is
It is unfortunate that Vladimir Putin could not use his formidable diplomatic skills at home to address his own near failing state rather than showcasing them abroad at our expense. Oh, well . . . Without much effort, his Alice-in-Wonderland proposal of collecting WMD from Assad, in the midst of a civil war no less (does this mean a mandatory 24-hour time-out so that U.N. inspectors can rush in with clipboards and audit the ten warring sides?), all at once seems to have kept his Mediterranean coastal client Bashar Assad not just alive, but with the upper hand in the war
Five-year-old Suzie heads off to kindergarten in rural Minnesota. She settles into her class routine full of activity, discovery, and friendship. Then the day takes a turn. As part of newly mandated diversity training, Suzie’s teacher brings out Heather Has Two Mommies for some light mid-morning reading. A typically precocious kindergartener, Suzie pipes up during the story to correct the teacher’s telling. “God gave us a mommy and a daddy,” she exclaims. Though no student takes exception to Suzie’s remark, the teacher cringes and becomes keenly aware of her state-mandated role to report any incident which could be construed as bullying. So
BENTONVILLE, Ark.—Now that it is home to a world-class art museum, a boutique hotel and a spate of fashionable restaurants, Joe Wilson says he worries that his hometown is losing its "hillbilly heritage." So the 39-year-old construction project manager came up with an event designed to stave off big-city airs and remind locals that they still live in the Ozarks: The World Championship Squirrel Cook Off. Entering its second year, the contest held just off Bentonville´s bustling town square Saturday included 30 teams with contestants from nine states, who competed to come up with the finest squirrel-based delights possible. This year´s culinary creations
Just a day ago, Barack Obama planned to lay out his case for taking military action against Syria in a prime-time address this evening. Instead, he’ll have to explain why he’s suddenly interested in the United Nations track, which his administration disparaged just last week as “hocus pocus” and “paralyzed.” Smart power! (Snip for graphic) Suddenly, it seems that the White House is more interested in diplomacy than shooting missiles at Damascus: White House chief of staff Denis McDonough told Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday that diplomacy, rather than military action, is the priority on Syria now,
Conservative commentator Ann Coulter suggested Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin orchestrated the chemical weapons attacks in Syria to “make Obama look like a monkey.” Coulter, author of the forthcoming book “Never Trust a Liberal over 3 — Especially a Republican,” told Fox News host Sean Hannity that it’s “not looking good for Obama.” "[T]hese Democrats think being president is a Hollywood movie,” she said. “If they just come out and say it is in America’s national security interest, Americans will all swoon like they do in ‘The West Wing’ when Aaron Sorkin is writing it.”
Secretary of State John Kerry´s seemingly casual proposal for the Assad regime to turn over its chemical weapons has within 24 hours become the de facto policy of the Obama administration, and is now being heralded by Kerry as the "ideal way" to defuse the stand-off between the United States and Syria. But a look at the administration´s statements shows that the plan has undergone an incredible evolution. Just one day ago, Kerry mentioned the idea in response to a question about what Bashar Assad could do to avert an attack. "He could turn over every single bit of his chemical
Red lines that may or may not be real, retaliatory strikes that may or may not be hours from launch, congressional debates that may or may not be necessary for the president to do what he wants—whatever that happens to be this hour. Barack Obama’s unsteady handling of the Syria crisis has been an avert-your-gaze moment in the history of the modern presidency — highlighting his unsettled views and unattractive options in a way that has caused his enemies to cackle and supporters to cringe. But the spotlight on Obama’s so-far flaccid performance has obscured a larger reality;
The US has warned that a Russian plan on Syrian chemical weapons must not be an excuse for "delays and avoidance". US Secretary of State John Kerry said the plan must be "swift and verifiable" and warned its implementation would be "exceedingly difficult". Syria earlier said it accepted the Russian plan to put the chemical weapons under international control. The US, UK and France are to table a UN Security Council resolution but Russia has already indicated opposition. The resolution will call on Syria to publicly declare that it has a chemical weapons programme, place it under international control and
White House press secretary Jay Carney said President Obama will move forward with a Syria strike pitch to the American people tonight despite a delayed Senate vote after Russia announced a plan to secure Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons. Carney said the administration views the deal brokered by Assad’s main arms supplier as “potentially a positive development.” “And we see it as a clear result of the pressure that has been put on Syria by the fact that the president has been moving forward and taking his proposal that we engage in limited strikes against Syria in response to Syria’s use of
Washington — A bipartisan group of eight senators and the White House joined the international diplomatic momentum on Tuesday to avert an American military attack on Syria over its use of chemical munitions in that country’s civil war, responding positively to a Russian proposal aimed at securing and destroying those weapons. The group of senators, including some of President Obama’s biggest supporters and critics, were drafting an alternative Congressional resolution that would give the United Nations time to take control of the Syrian government’s arsenal of the internationally banned weapons. If the alternative resolution gained political traction, it could stave
Another “gang” may have popped up in the Senate, this time on Syria. Some of the members have past experience in such bipartisan groups. As many as nine senators, including a member of the Democratic leadership, are working on a new resolution that would ultimately authorize the use of force against Syria unless the country’s chemical weapons stockpiles can be secured by the international community. (Snip) The source indicated that Democratic Sens. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Chris Coons of Delaware, Carl Levin of Michigan and Charles E. Schumer of New York were said to be working with four Republican senators
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) came out against using U.S. military force in Syria Tuesday, criticizing the way President Obama has handled the situation. “No one should be faulted for being skeptical about this proposal, regardless of what party they’re in, or for being dumfounded at the ham-handed manner in which the White House announced it,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. "There is absolutely no reason to signal to the enemy when and how, and for how long, you plan to strike them — none. “You don’t send out a save the date card to the enemy.”
The spectacular flameout of President Obama’s foreign policy in the Middle East should be a teachable moment — not only for all Americans but most especially for the president himself. For probably the first time in his life someone is about to say no to him. And not just no, but hell, no.Unless he backs away from the upcoming votes in Congress — themselves now in doubt – regarding the use of force in Syria, Obama is likely to be dealt a humiliating political blow, and it will be interesting to see how he reacts to it.
Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer had some harsh words for the apparent peace proposal offered by Russian President Vladimir Putin involving Syria turning over its chemical weapons. Appearing on Fox News´s Special Report Monday, Krauthammer said, “The chances of these weapons being eliminated from Syria are less than of the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series this year, and they are now mathematically eliminated.” [Video] CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: This is a clearly a way to get Obama off the hook politically. The chances of these weapons being eliminated from Syria are less than of the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series this
President Obama will back a United Nations effort to secure Syria´s chemical weapons stockpiles, the White House said Tuesday. Separately, a group of senators said they were working on a new use-of-force resolution that would only authorize military action if Syria refuses to relinquish its stockpile of chemical weapons to international control. This development took place a day after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) canceled a procedural vote scheduled for Wednesday on authorizing a limited military strike on Syria. The outline under discussion by eight lawmakers would require the United Nations to pass a resolution stating that Syrian President
The estranged wife of George Zimmerman opted not to press charges against her husband Monday after police in Florida responded to her sobbing 911 call reporting he had punched her father and was threatening them with a gun. (Snip) Deputy Police Chief Colin Morgan said officers did not recover a gun, and Bracknell said Shellie Zimmerman later dropped her claim that a gun was involved. "Domestic violence can´t be invoked because she has changed her story and says she didn´t see a firearm," Bracknell said.
A Wisconsin golf course is deep in the rough following a tone-deaf promotion that offered nine holes for $9.11 on the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Officials at Tumbledown Trails Golf Course in Verona apologized for the tasteless pitch late Monday, in which it offered would-be golfers “9 holes with cart for only $9.11 per person or 18 holes with cart for only $19.11!” The ad appeared earlier Monday in the Wisconsin State Journal and sparked widespread outrage online, prompting officials to consider closing down for the day. “Please stay tuned to see if we will be
Think of all the negative, nasty, unbelievable things Anthony Weiner has ever done. Does “a pathological need to be in public politics” enter the top ten? No? Well, good thing you’re not Lawrence O’Donnell then, because that was the first and ONLY issue he took with Weiner in an interview Monday. There are no words that can do this mess justice, only to say that for the first time since the first picture of his penis emerged on the internet… you may end up feeling bad for Anthony Weiner. O’Donnell opened the interview with a penetrating question: “What is wrong
On Dennis Miller’s radio show on Monday, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer said that because of American weakness in the Middle East, “the chances of an Israeli strike on Iran have risen, are probably double.” Krauthammer, author of “Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes, and Politics,” called the United States’ position in the region “the weakest” in memory and blamed that on President Barack Obama. “We’re the weakest we’ve been in the region in memory,” he said. “The big deal in the region was 1970, when Egypt kicked out the Soviets and aligned itself
Iran will not give up "one iota" of its nuclear rights, Iranian President Hassan Rohani said in a speech to clerics, Mehr news agency reported on Tuesday. Rohani´s comments come ahead of a meeting in New York later in the month between his foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on restarting negotiations over the Islamic republic´s nuclear program. "Our government will not give up one iota of its absolute rights on the nuclear issue," Rohani said, repeating a mantra frequently used by his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He also said that following the meeting
Syria’s readiness to consider relinquishing its stockpiles of chemical weapons in hopes of evading punitive strikes by the US military should serve as a template for the international community’s strategy in confronting a nuclear-driven Iran, diplomatic sources said on Tuesday. Israeli officials are closely monitoring the latest diplomatic developments on the Syrian front, according to Israel Radio. Officials in Jerusalem told Israel Radio on Tuesday that while they were skeptical of Syria’s willingness to hand over its chemical weapons stockpile in hopes of warding off a US military assault, the very proposal is proof that a real, credible military threat