On the anniversary of the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks, we also remember the victims of the Benghazi, Libya attack that happened one year ago. The father of Tyrone Woods, a Navy SEAL killed in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, joined tonight’s Hannity. Charles Woods read Sean Hannity a letter he recently wrote to President Obama. It opens with: “I am the father Ty Woods who was killed while heroically defending the American consulate in Benghazi. In order to bring closure to my family, there are questions that need to be answered.” Woods then asks why the president didn’t
House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) tried to get Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew to budge on the White House’s insistence it wouldn’t negotiate spending cuts in exchange for a debt ceiling increase. But Mr. Lew was adamant the White House’s position wouldn’t change, people familiar with the matter said Thursday. At a Wednesday meeting, Mr. Boehner presented Mr. Lew with a list of other times the White House and Congress have agreed to budget changes in exchange for a debt limit increase. “Every major effort to deal with the deficit over the past 30 years has been tied to the debt limit,”
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad insisted that the U.S. give up its "policy of threats" and halt arms shipments to rebels before his government turns over its chemical weapons, as U.S. and Russian delegations arrived in Geneva to begin talks aimed at forging a road map for the shutdown of the weapons program. Mr. Assad´s comments, in his first public statement on the Russian proposal that Syria hand over its chemical weapons, underlined the distance between Syria and its backers in Moscow on one side and the U.S. and its allies on the other. Separately, Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking in Geneva
American poverty just ain’t what it used to be. A new report from the Census Bureau found that 80.9% of households considered poverty stricken have cell phones along with their landline phones, and 58.2% have computers. 96.1% of those in “poverty” have televisions, and 83% have some sort of DVR. The percentage owning refrigerators? 97.8% -Gas or electric stoves? 96.6%. -Microwaves? 93.2% -Air conditioning? Over 83%. -Washer? 68.7% -Dryer? 65.3%
John Kerry can finally say he knows how Richard Nixon felt. Kerry rose to power because of his leading role in the American antiwar movement of the 1970s. His testimony accusing, sometimes wrongly, American soldiers of atrocities in Vietnam launched a political career that took him to the Senate, the Democratic nomination for the presidency and, now, to the top post in President Obama’s cabinet. Vladimir Putin rose to power because of his service in the KGB, which in the 1970s was trying to exploit and manipulate the American antiwar movement. We know that while Kerry and others on the left were
A Senate panel on Thursday approved a measure defining a journalist, which had been an obstacle to broader media shield legislation designed to protect reporters and the news media from having to reveal their sources. The Judiciary Committee´s action cleared the way for approval of legislation prompted by the disclosure earlier this year that the Justice Department had secretly subpoenaed almost two months of telephone records for 21 phone lines used by reporters and editors for The Associated Press and secretly used a warrant to obtain some emails of a Fox News journalist. The subpoenas grew out of investigations into leaks
Rights: Colorado voters on Tuesday ousted two leading supporters of stricter gun control laws, saying "ready, aim, fired" to those who would deny movie patrons and college women the right to armed self-defense. One would think that Colorado, the site of the tragedies at Columbine and the Aurora movie theater, the purple state where President Obama accepted his first nomination amidst faux Greek columns, would be the least receptive of states for the arguments of Second Amendment defenders. Colorado state Senate President John Morse and Sen. Angela Giron found out differently on Tuesday as they were ousted by gun rights
Newly released emails show that Lois G. Lerner, the woman at the center of the IRS scandal over special scrutiny of conservative groups’ applications for tax-exempt status, specifically targeted tea party applications and directed they be held up in 2011 in order to come up with an agency policy. The email, released by a House committee investigating the IRS, seems to counter Democrats’ arguments that tea party groups weren’t specifically targeted. “Tea Party Matter very dangerous,” Ms. Lerner said in the 2011 email, saying that those applications could end up being the “vehicle to go to court” to get more clarity on
Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S.-Russia efforts to pursue a transfer of Syria´s chemical weapons to international control "is not a game." He said it has to be "comprehensive," "verifiable," and "implemented in a timely fashion." "There ought to be consequences if it doesn´t take place," he said Thursday in Geneva, Switzerland. An international crisis over Syria´s chemical weapons entered a critical new phase Thursday as Secretary of State John Kerry launches talks with his Russian counterpart to seek a diplomatic solution instead of threatened military attack by the United States. The planned two days of meetings in Geneva
Russian President Vladimir Putin has an op-ed in today’s New York Times urging President Obama not to strike Syria. It’s a fascinating document — a very Russian perspective translated into American vernacular, an act of public diplomacy aimed at the American public and the latest chess move in the U.S.-Russia standoff over Syria, one in which we the readers are implicated. Putin does make a number of valid and even compelling points, but there is an undeniable hypocrisy and even some moments of dishonesty between the lines. Below, I’ve annotated the op-ed, line-by-line, elaborating and translating at some points, fact-checking
Syria´s President Bashar al-Assad has spoken about placing its chemical weapons under international control and said that the US must "stop threatening us and supplying terrorists with weapons" . Speaking on Russian TV´s Rossiya 24, he said that only Russia could make the agreement happen as "Syria has neither contacts with, nor trust in, America". US and Russian foreign ministers are preparing to meet in Geneva to discuss the plan, proposed by Moscow this week. The US accuses the Syrian regime of killing hundreds in a chemical attack.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Miss Kansas Theresa Vail says she wants to break the stereotype that women with visible tattoos don’t compete in pageants. So during the swimsuit portion of the Miss America competition on Tuesday, Vail revealed two tattoos – the Serenity Prayer on her right side and the insignia of the U.S. Army Dental Corps on her left shoulder. Vail is a 22-year-old senior at Kansas State University. She’s also a member of the Army National Guard who wants to become a military dentist. Her platform is helping women overcome stereotypes and break barriers.
Carlos Santana, the Mexican American guitarist and songwriter who pioneered the genre of Latin-infused rock, and Billy Joel, the New York-bred piano man who became one of the best-selling musicians of all time, are among the five artists to receive the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors. The honorees, announced Thursday by the Kennedy Center, also include opera singer Martina Arroyo, jazz pianist Herbie Hancock and actress Shirley MacLaine. Notably, this year’s slate of honorees includes two artists of Hispanic descent, a historic selection for the Kennedy Center, which was criticized last year by some Hispanic advocacy groups for the lack of
Vladimir Putin has taken to trolling the United States--and you have to admire his guts. On 9-11, a sacred day in the US, the New York Times released an op ed written by the Russian leader in which he not only told Americans than the Obama administration is wrong on Syria but that their country is not quite as exceptional as they think. The key quote: It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding
Shellie Zimmerman and her attorney stepped into the spotlight of her husband´s notoriety Wednesday — and it was harsh on her lawyer, Kelly Sims. In a news conference outside his Orlando office, Sims was rambling and full of references: George Zimmerman, Shellie´s husband, was analogized to Clint Eastwood, and Sims also mentioned the Tower of Terror theme-park ride, the Batmobile and famed Las Vegas act Siegfried & Roy.(Snip)WESH-Channel 2 initially broadcast the news conference live but soon cut away abruptly as Sims was still speaking. "If you were looking for any clarity on the situation that took place on Monday ... you
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday said “anarchists” have taken over Congress. Reid (D-Nev.) said Tea Party Republicans are preventing progress on an energy efficiency bill by offering amendments on ObamaCare and other unrelated issues. “We’re diverted totally from what this bill is about. Why? Because the anarchists have taken over,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “They’ve taken over the House and now they’ve taken over the Senate. “People who don’t believe in government — and that’s what the Tea Party is all about — are winning, and that’s a shame.” On Wednesday, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) said
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