How bad has 2013 been for Barack Obama? Let us count the ways. In the first year of his second term, the president has failed on virtually every front. He put his prestige on the line to pass federal gun-control legislation–and lost. He made climate change a central part of his inaugural address–and nothing has happened. The president went head-to-head with Republicans on sequestration–and he failed. He’s been forced to delay implementation of the employer mandate, a key feature of the Affordable Care Act.
The introduction of the New York Times´s new star columnist, Vladimir V Putin, this morning should provide Barack Obama with a few useful tips on how to make a persuasive argument to the American people about tackling the Syrian crisis. By contrast with Mr Obama´s unfathomable televised address earlier this week, Mr Putin, whose day job is running Russia, managed to set out a lucid and powerful argument on why the West should proceed with caution on Syria. Like any good polemicist, Mr Putin indulges in a degree of journalistic licence in his article entitled "A Plea for Caution from
Top Democrats and Republicans in Congress scrambled to respond to Russian President’s Vladimir Putin’s Op-Ed in The New York Times on Thursday — and the reviews were less-than-glowing. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., was first out of the gate: “I almost wanted to vomit,” Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on CNN Wednesday evening. “I worry when someone who came up through the KGB tells us what is in our national interests, and what is not. (Snip) Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., said in an interview with CNN on Thursday that he too was not a fan of
The top dogs in Congress have been howling with indignation today over Vladimir Putin´s gloating New York Times op-ed, in which he lectures the US on its true place in the world (behind Mother Russia). John McCain says the article is "an insult to the intelligence of every American"; Robert Menendez, the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said he "almost wanted to vomit" after reading it. Kelly Ayotte, the Maine republican, said it was the "height of hypocrisy"; Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin dismissed it as a "lot of bluster". This is the (risible, hypocritical) sound of the US
The Legislative District 26 Republican Party in Arizona has passed a formal rebuke of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for abdicating GOP principles in helping Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) secure votes to approve several of President Barack Obama’s controversial nominees. “Senator John McCain unilaterally negotiated with the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to secure Republican votes necessary to pass a number of controversial Presidential nominees,” the resolution, which passed the official GOP body in the state by a 24-13 vote with four abstentions on Tuesday evening, reads. The resolution notes that President Obama nominated “Gina McCarthy for head
Back in 2008 it was fun. Daring. Exciting. The rush was unbelievable. The visuals? Man, this dope is like the best parts of coke and acid. Plus all the cool kids were doing it, but, like, for real — not in a cliche way, ya know? Young guys and pretty girls from Silicon Valley. All the actors and stuff. Hell, it even made old fogies like Kerry and Reid feel young. We all remember how hard it was to convince Hillary to give it a try, but after she’d had a hit, man, it was like she was flying. Just untouchable. But
Please join us in welcoming our newest Friend, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who debuts on Fox and Friends on Monday at 6a ET. Insider caught up with her on the set and around Fox News HQ to chat about joining the team. Check out the video above to see her in action with Steve and Brian. “They’re like my brothers,” Hasselbeck said of the guys. “Steve and Brian could not be more friendly and welcoming and informative.” “Joining the Fox News family is the equivalent of growing up as a Boston Red Sox fan or a Yankees fan and getting asked to play
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell softened his stance on the Redskins name on Wednesday when he said that the NFL had to listen to concerns about the team´s nickname even if only one person is concerned about it. In an interview on 106.7 The Fan in Washington, Goodell, who grew up in the region as a Baltimore Colts and then Redskins fan, said, "I think what we have to do though is we have to listen." “If one person is offended, we have to listen," he said. Goodell´s remarks come after Sports Illustrated´s Peter King´s website decided to refer to the team as
Baptist minister Mark Harris (R) will jump into North Carolina´s Senate race against Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) in early October, a source close to Harris tells The Hill. Harris, the head of a large Charlotte-area church and president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, will be the latest Republican to jump into the race. (Snip) The minister could have strong appeal for North Carolina´s large evangelical community, if he can raise the funds necessary to be a serious contender in what´s shaping up to be a crowded GOP field. North Carolina state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) is
Iran has been emboldened by Washington´s decision to hold fire on launching military strikes against its key ally Syria, which has also boosted Tehran´s position on its controversial nuclear drive, experts say. Iran´s conservative press trumpeted as a "humiliating blow" the decision by its arch-foe the United States to put on hold plans for a military intervention in Syria following a surprise Russian initiative aimed at defusing the stand-off. Analysts were more cautious but did agree that Iran stood to benefit from the decision. "By taking the Russian initiative seriously, Washington will send a signal to Tehran that it´s willing
President Bashar al-Assad said Thursday Washington must stop arming rebels and stop threatening military force if it wanted a plan for Syria to hand over chemical weapons to work. "When we see that the United States truly desires stability in our region and stops threatening and seeking to invade, as well as stops arms supplies to terrorists then we can believe that we can follow through with the necessary processes," he told Russian television, adding that Washington should dispense with the "politics of threats." But he also signalled that he was willing to comply with international pressure.
The unprecedented gesture came as his incoming number two, the Vatican´s newly-nominated secretary of state, said that the rule that priests should be celibate was not "a dogma of the Church" and could be open for discussion. Francis, who has won praise for spontaneous and unusual moves during his six month papacy, wrote a lengthy letter to a newspaper, La Repubblica, which the Italian daily printed over four pages, including page one, under the simple byline "Francesco". "God forgives those who obey their conscience," he wrote in the unprecedented letter, the latest example of the markedly different tone and style from his
WASHINGTON — It has now been just over a year since a group of terrorists overwhelmed our diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, and killed four Americans, one of whom was our Ambassador, two of whom were former SEALs. Today we know little more than we did then, despite the bluster of the then Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and of President Barack Obama, who has gone on to still other problems. Incidentally, Secretary of State Clinton is now in retirement and ceaselessly roaming the country lecturing for enormous honoraria. She is, according to the press, the “inevitable” Democratic nominee,
The Vatican’s new secretary of state, Archbishop Pietro Parolin said this week that the issue of priest celibacy is not dogma and is therefore up for discussion. “It’s not a church dogma and it can be discussed because it is a church tradition,” Parolin told the Venezuelan El Universal, according to a translation by the National Catholic Reporter. “The work the church did to institute ecclesiastical celibacy must be considered,” said Parolin, who will officially assume the role of secretary of state in October. “We cannot simply say that it is part of the past. It is a great challenge for the
On the eve of the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Barack Obama made the strongest possible case for the use of force against Bashar Assad’s Syrian regime. But it wasn’t a very strong case. Indeed, it was built on a false premise: “We can stop children from being gassed to death,” he said, after he summoned grisly images of kids writhing and foaming at the mouth and then dying on hospital floors. Does he really think we can do that with a limited military strike—or the rather tenuous course of diplomacy now being pursued? We might not be
A U.S.-born Islamist militant on Washington´s most wanted list was killed in a gunbattle in Somalia on Thursday, witnesses said, after he fell out with the al Shabaab rebel group´s top commander. Residents in al Baate village in southern Somalia said Alabama-born Omar Hammami, commonly known as Abu Mansoor al-Amriki or "the American", and a British national known as Usama al-Britani were shot dead in a dawn raid on their hideout. Hammami´s killing exposed the rifts in al Shabaab´s top ranks as the group affiliated to al Qaeda grapples with an African Union-led military offensive that has captured key cities
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), praised President Barack Obama on Wednesday for bringing the Syria strike to Congress, saying that the move gave the chance for the voices of Americans to be heard. “I want to commend President Obama for two different things. Number one, I want to commend President Obama for listening to the bipartisan calls to submit to the constitutional authority of Congress. That was significant, it was the right thing to do and I’m glad he did so,” Cruz said in a detailed foreign policy speech at the Heritage Foundation’s 4th Annual Jesse Helms Lecture Series “And secondly, once
The Great One has been downsized. Denali, North America’s tallest peak, is not quite as tall as once thought, but it’s still the tallest peak on the continent. Updated radar mapping conducted in 2012 put the Mount McKinley at 20,237 feet rather than 20,320 feet, Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell told the annual symposium of the International Map Collectors’ Society held in Fairbanks this week.
Apparently, once again with respect to Syria, the White House was caught off guard by events they are frantically reacting to instead of shaping. Speaking to CNN´s Jake Tapper, a White House official publicly responded to Russian President Vladmir Putin´s New York Times op-ed with the admission that Putin "now owns" and has "fully asserted ownership" of America´s current foreign policy focal point; pushing Syria to surrender its chemical weapons: “That’s all irrelevant,” the White House official said
LAKE BUENA VISTA -- Orange County deputies said a man accused of trying to rob the gift shop at the Catholic Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe didn´t get far, thanks to a wardrobe malfunction. Deputies said Anthony Garcia, 31, walked into the gift shop at the shrine, on Vineland Avenue in south Orlando, around 1:30 p.m. and demanded the cashier hand over all the money in the drawer. Investigators say Garcia grabbed the entire drawer from the register. But as he tried to run, his pants started to slip off his waist, deputies say.
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Republican Sen. Bob Corker said Thursday he wants President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to succeed in their negotiations over Syria but that a muddled message from the White House is making it difficult. Mr. Corker of Tennessee reiterated that he is proud the Foreign Relations Committee, where he serves as ranking member, voted to authorize Mr. Obama’s bid for military force in Syria to punish President Bashar Assad for the use of chemical weapons last month. He said Mr. Obama has sounded like a commander in chief in meetings on Capitol Hill, only to give a lackluster
MIAMI- Dear seniors, your Medicare benefits aren´t changing under the Affordable Care Act. That´s the message federal health officials are trying to get out to elderly consumers confused by overlapping enrollment periods for Medicare and so-called "Obamacare." Medicare beneficiaries don´t have to do anything differently and will continue to go to Medicare.gov to sign up for plans. But advocates say many have been confused by a massive media blitz directing consumers to new online insurance exchanges set up as part of the federal health law. Many of the same insurance companies are offering coverage for Medicare and the exchanges.
Charles Barkley was right. Athletes shouldn’t be role models. Many of those who have been blessed with great athletic ability are flawed as human beings. It plays out in headlines on almost a daily basis. But then there is Jack Nicklaus. He is my hero. He was when I was a kid, and he is now. That is saying something, coming from a jaded old sportswriter like myself, who long ago lost any illusion that those I cover are heroic. But Nicklaus, who won a record 18 golf majors, is different. Jack gets it. Rewind to a few years ago.
As I returned from the studio in Toronto at the baseball stadium from where I speak to foreign television networks, after doing my best to be respectful of the great office of president of the United States while expressing my views of the debacle of American policy in Syria on Fox News, despair for American foreign and national security policy was heavy in my thoughts. It was on the follow-up comment on the radio version of the program where I had appeared also. My thoughts wandered back many years to previous television appearances of former U.S. presidents I had watched announcing
At this point the best thing that could happen in the Syria crisis would be for Secretary of State Kerry to resign. He’s one of the logical persons to take the fall for this fiasco, given that we don’t live under a parliamentary system and the constitutional concept in respect of the president, any president, is for the decision to be made by voters once in four years. It was Mr. Kerry who made the blunder that has put the administration on track for a classic appeasement. What possessed the secretary to suggest Syria be let off the hook after gassing