Dan Pfeiffer, a top strategist for President Obama, visited a hospital twice last week with what officials describe as stroke-like symptoms, the White House confirmed to Post Politics. Pfeiffer, 37, has since returned to work and is being monitored. "We are happy and relieved to have Dan back at work full time," White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage said. "He´s feeling better, listening to his doctors, and focused on helping implement the president’s very full domestic and foreign policy agenda." Pfeiffer began feeling ill Sept. 4 and stayed at a hospital overnight. After returning to work, he became ill again and
President Obama will travel to Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines from Oct. 6 through Oct. 12, the White House said Friday. The White House billed Obama’s trip as “part of his ongoing commitment to increase U.S. political, economic and security engagement with the Asia Pacific." The trip resumes the administration’s “pivot” to Asia, which has been on the back-burner in recent months amid crises in the Middle East. The president will attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders summit while in Indonesia and meet with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and other regional leaders. Obama will then travel to
A photo of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel signing for South Florida autograph broker Drew Tieman in early January has been obtained by ESPN. It is the first visual representation of Manziel signing for Tieman. In the photo, which two sources have confirmed as legitimate, Manziel, in a long-sleeve maroon shirt, is standing over a covered pool table signing photos of his image while Tieman oversees the process. The photo, according to sources, was taken in the Fort Lauderdale apartment in which Tieman was living at the time.
Sacramento - California Governor Jerry Brown said on Friday he would sign a bill authorizing the state to provide driver´s licenses to illegal immigrants, a last-minute reversal of his position. Brown said he approved of the measure, which its author had withdrawn on Thursday under the threat of a veto, capping a full day of lobbying by California politicians for immigration reform at the federal level. "This bill will enable millions of people to get to work safely and legally," Brown, a Democrat, said in an email sent to reporters shortly after midnight. "Hopefully it will send a message to
A bill that would allow non-physicians to perform abortions in the first trimester of pregnancy is awaiting signature by Gov. Jerry Brown of California by Sep. 30. The bill, AB 154, passed both houses of the state legislature with strong support from Planned Parenthood and pro-choice groups. Planned Parenthood stands to benefit most directly from the bill, as non-physician staff at its clinics would be able to obtain abortion licenses. One doctor--who identified himself as pro-choice--told Breitbart News that "the bill is a disaster since it sends us back 100 years to the problems of the complications from
Twenty years ago today, Israel´s so-called peace process with the PLO was officially ushered in at the White House Rose Garden. A year or so later, when the death toll of Israeli victims of the massive terror offensive that the PLO organized shortly afterwards reached what then seemed unbearable heights, a popular call went out to "Put the Oslo Criminals on Trial." Needless to say, with Shimon Peres, the architect and godfather of the so-called peace process now serving as the President of Israel, nothing ever came of the call.
GENEVA—The Obama administration took two steps back from its push for urgent military action in Syria, giving talks with Russia "several weeks" to produce a road map on eliminating the Assad regime´s chemical weapons, and acknowledging that a United Nations resolution wouldn´t threaten force. Diplomats made clear that prospects for a larger deal, known as Geneva 2, depend on the outcome of talks under way this week over Syria´s chemical weapons and on whether warring parties in Syria are able to negotiate. A meeting between Russian and U.S. officials on the larger government transition talks will take place late this month, when
On September 11, 1973 the Chilean military led by General Augusto Pinochet slapped Fidel Castro so smartly that his Stalinist regime (and its dutiful U.S. Media minions) are still sniveling and sniffling and wiping away tears of shock, pain and humiliation. True to form, The New York Times leads the sniveling. They just published an article decrying the Chilean “tragedy” (i.e. Chile saving itself from Castroism with a military coup and today the richest and freest nation in Latin America.) The article’s author Ariel Dorfman is a former advisor to Chile’s Marxist president and Castro acolyte Salvador Allende. This same “columnist,”
The man most responsible for getting Barack Obama to the White House--the man who had ´crafted his ads since 2004´ and ´had cowritten his narrative´--was forced out of the president´s inner circle during the 2012 re-election campaign, a new book reveals. Obama´s two main campaign generals marginalized David Axelrod, the campaign strategist behind Obama´s 1990s rise to power from local organizer to president. White House communications director David Plouffe and re-election campaign manager Jim Messina were in open conflict with ´Axe´ throughout much of the re-election push. Axelrod, insiders said, referred to them as ´two strongmen running the Kremlin.´
Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) is going to write a column for Pravda, the Russian newspaper, in the wake of the publication of a controversial op-ed piece in the New York TimesNYT +0.18% by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Mr. McCain will likely write on a “range of issues, involving democracy, human rights and what’s going on in Syria,’’ said the senator’s spokesman, Brian Rogers, who said it would likely be submitted next week. The writing assignment came about after Mr. McCain, in an interview on CNN, criticized Mr. Putin’s article and Russia’s poor record on press freedom. He quipped, “I would love
Health Care: The administration has amended or delayed ObamaCare 19 times. Unions are screaming about the harm it will cause. The exchanges are in disarray. Yet it´s Republicans who are out of touch for wanting to stop it? Recently, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., accused the GOP of having "a fetish about trying to kill ObamaCare." Guess he has a point. After all, just look at some of the terrible things Republicans have been saying about it in recent weeks: • It will "destroy the foundation of the 40-hour workweek that is the backbone of the American middle class." • It will "end
The crack of the bat. “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Cheers. Boos. Heckles. “Beer here!” Baseball, it’s a game of sounds. But Comerica Park will be just a little quieter when the Tigers return home Friday night. It’ll be the first Tigers home game since Charley Marcuse was fired from his job as the popular or polarizing — depends who you ask — Singing Hot Dog Man. And he’s still coming to grips with that. “It’s gonna be very weird. I’ll sort of have the mentality as if they’re away. So it’ll be weird knowing they’re here,” Marcuse said
Fumbling in the dark, the American ambassador hurriedly pulled on bullet-proof body armour over his blue trousers and T-shirt. A shrill warning siren was sounding and the crash of gunshots could be heard, getting closer by the second. ‘Follow me, sir,’ urged a diplomatic bodyguard, gripping his M4 assault rifle, shouldering an additional pump-action shotgun and looking anxiously around him as they set out along blacked-out corridors. ‘We are under attack.’ It was 9.40pm in the United States diplomatic mission in Benghazi, the second city of strife-torn Libya, a country trying to re-build itself in the aftermath of civil war
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday he will visit Maryland next week after his recent television and radio ads that label the Free State the ´´fee state´´ and urge businesses to move south for lower taxes. Mr. Perry said in a statement that he was scheduled to travel to Maryland on Wednesday ´´to highlight Texas’ commitment to keeping taxes low.´´ A spokeswoman from Mr. Perry’s Austin office declined to give details on where he would be visiting on his tour.
Has polarizing football player Tim Tebow gotten a raw deal in the press because of his religious beliefs? And would he be treated more respectfully if he were not Christian, and specifically, Muslim? Gene Simmons thinks so. “He’s got a religious passion, as well he should, we’re in America,” the KISS frontman told Radio.com earlier this week. ”He’s proud to be a Christian, what’s wrong with that? And yet, with sports media and pop culture media, they make fun of his religion. Really? In America? If he was wearing a burqa, they wouldn’t dare say anything [editor´s note: only Muslim
Lake Forest, Illinois, - Jim Furyk became only the sixth player to shoot a magical 59 on the PGA Tour with a sizzling display of shot-making in Friday´s second round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club. Despite breezy conditions on the outskirts of Chicago, the American piled up 11 birdies, one bogey and an eagle at the par-four 15th to fire a course record 12-under 59.
A perplexed Ed Schultz on Friday couldn´t fathom why Americans don´t simply "love Obama." the MSNBC anchor highlighted a new poll showing that the President only has a 45 percent approval rating. Schultz marveled, "I just cannot believe this number. Seriously." The confused host sputtered, "It amazes me that people don´t love Obama. It amazes me that the conservatives who are seeing the stock market go through the roof." [MP3 audio here. See video below.] Schultz also took time to trash Ronald Reagan, the man who won 49 states in his 1984 reelection bid. Schultz tried to convince his viewers
Three elections in the last week have challenged long-held liberal premises about how elections are fought and what the public wants. It’s worth examining those results in such widely separated places as Australia, Norway, and the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. In Colorado, liberals are already in denial about the fact that two Democratic state senators were recalled from office in districts Barack Obama carried by some 20 percentage points only ten months ago. The recalls were organized by citizens upset with the lawmakers’ votes in favor of a gun-control measure. The two senators also helped pass bills perceived as being against
RUSH: Now, let me find this Michelle Obama story ´cause I´ve had this sound bite sitting here, Michelle Obama demanding everybody drink water. Well, no, she said she drinks a lot of water. Here it is. Grab audio sound bite 17. This is a Politico story: "First lady Michelle Obama´s new drive to get Americans to drink more water may seem unlikely to make waves, but it spills into areas that have stirred intense controversy among scientists, public health campaigners and environmentalist" wackos. "Launching the latest part of her Let’s Move initiative Thursday, the first lady declared that increasing water consumption
RUSH: Did you hear the news that Richard Stengel is leaving TIME Magazine and going over to the Regime? I´ll tell you, folks, I´ve mentioned it I don´t know how many times. There´s an incestuous relationship that exists between the Washington press corps and any Democrat administration. But I think the Obama administration has seen more members of the press corps leave the press corps and join the Regime than any previous Democrat regime in my lifetime, anyway. Richard Stengel was the managing editor of TIME Magazine, and he has left TIME Magazine to go over to the State Department, and
RUSH: I´ve got audio sound bites of Donald Trump and Newt praising Putin´s op-ed to the heavens. Trump is probably trying to buy property for a golf course, but Newt? You know, the Moscow Gentleman´s Club may be what Trump´s trying to arrange, but Newt is all dazzled because you would never have a Soviet leader quoting a pope. This is like Putin did in his op-ed. This is a major, major advancement. I swear, every day, folks, I don´t know about you, but there days... It´s not every day, but there are some days I just feel more and more
Attorney General Eric Holder and IRS officials advised black ministers on how to engage in political activity during the 2012 election without violating their tax-exempt status. Holder, then-IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman, and Peter Lorenzetti, a senior official in the scandal-plagued agency’s exempt organizations division, participated in a May 2012 training session for black ministers from the Conference of National Black Churches at the U.S. Capitol hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). Holder spoke at the event. “We’re going to, first of all, equip them with the information they need to know about what they can say and what they
The federal government raked in a record of approximately $2,472,542,000,000 in tax revenues through the first eleven months of fiscal 2013, which ran from Oct. 1, 2012 through the end of August, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement for August. That is up about $285 billion from the approximately $2,187,527,000,000 in taxes the government took in through August of fiscal 2012. Despite these record tax revenues, the federal government still accumulated a $755 billion deficit in the first eleven months of fiscal 2013. Totally federal spending through the first eleven months of the fiscal year was $3.228 trillion. At the end of last
RUSH: Did you know that Mikhail Gorbachev is a Christian? Folks, this news has the potential -- you´ll never see it, but it has the potential -- to really upset the left. Gorbachev! Again, for those of you who are under 30, like I said yesterday... In fact, Cookie had a great idea yesterday. It would never happen. Cookie told me that she was really moved by my opening hour monologue on American exceptionalism. She said, "You know what? You ought to condense that into an op-ed and submit it to the New York Times. There has to be the opposing
Deputy Attorney General James Cole told Congress this week that although the Justice Department did consult with federal, state and local agencies on marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington State, "we should have reached out to them one more time before we made the decision" not to challenge those state laws. Cole testified before the Senate Judiciay Committee on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 10. That very morning, Cole said, he and Attorney General Eric Holder met with various federal, state and local groups for over an hour -- to apologize and ask their forgiveness for not offering "one more opportunity for them
The State Department through its Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs plans to spend $450,000 to create green jobs in Morocco. “Morocco has set the goal to become one of the world’s largest sustainable economies by 2020, with an emphasis on creating green jobs in: renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, environmental and natural resource management, and improvement in environmental technologies,” the grant announcement said. “Morocco’s green growth strategy focuses on three major areas that include: energy security, food security, and environmental security. This includes solar and wind power, energy efficiency, intensive and communal sustainable agriculture, and solid waste and greenhouse