RUSH: Now, to the news. As America´s Anchorman, I am finding something very curious. You know, a couple days ago Obama went out there and really behaved in an inappropriate, uncouth way. It was certainly no class. There was no dignity in what he did. He went out and paid lip service to people being shot at the Navy yard and then launched into a partisan attack filled with untruths and misrepresentations about the Republicans as it relates to the upcoming continuing resolution fight, the debt ceiling fight, the defunding of Obamacare and all that. He just launched into ´em, and here
A few days after last year´s massacre at Newtown, Conn., we observed: "Every time one of these horrible shooting sprees occurs, countless voices in the media declaim that (1) we need a debate on gun control, and (2) the other side´s views are despicable, stupid and unworthy of consideration." It´s happening again, in reaction to Monday´s murders at the Washington Navy Yard. But it´s strikingly muted by comparison with the post-Newtown frenzy. True, "President Obama called on Congress on Tuesday to revisit gun control legislation," as the Washington Post reports. But he didn´t do it Monday,
RUSH: The other day also we had economic news not good about the widening gap between the rich and the poor. We had the news that the smarter are getting wealthier and the stupider are getting poorer -- I mean, it wasn´t good -- and that the wealth gap was wider, much wider today between the top 1% and everybody else than five years ago when Obama took office. We have more details on this, and one of the fundamental aspects of the story we had was the median income. We pointed out the median income in the United States is
A 90-year-old disabled World War II veteran who picked up smoking during his service, during a time the army gave him free cigarettes, will not be kicked out of his housing complex for violating its no-smoking policy. The Hartford Courant reported Wednesday that Andy Nowicki, the veteran who was caught red-handed smoking in the breezeway of his apartment at Cedar Village, will be able to stay there with his wife who has advanced Alzheimer´s disease. (Snip) Under the terms of the agreement, the Newington Housing Authority will make Nowicki´s apartment more handicapped accessible.
Tired of being thrust onto the front lines of the nation’s debate over guns, Starbucks is asking customers to leave firearms behind when they are in its stores and its outdoor seating areas. The policy change came after a shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday that left 13 people, including the gunman, dead. But Starbucks said its decision was not in response to that or to the shooting spree that killed 26 children and adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., just days before Christmas last year. “I’ve spent a significant amount of personal time on this issue
Russia will give the Security Council evidence implicating Syrian rebels in a chemical attack on 21 August, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said. Syrian officials supplied the evidence, which Mr Lavrov has not yet seen. A UN report released on Monday concluded the nerve agent sarin was used in the attack in Damascus, which the US blames on the Syrian regime. Russia has called the report one-sided and biased. The UN has hit back, saying its findings are "indisputable". The UN report did not apportion blame for the attack, which sparked diplomacy that culminated in a deal for Syria
Ha! The US Federal Reserve has lost its nerve and left the punch bowl at the party table. The markets were genuinely, and pleasantly, surprised by this apparent act of largesse, even though nobody was expecting anymore than a marginal taper in the first place. The S & P 500 surged to a new record, and there was a collective sigh of relief. The printing press will be kept going after all. QE may have lost much of its ability to stimulate genuine growth, but it sure does seem to put a rocket under asset prices. Actually, this should not have come as much of a surprise as it seems to. Markets tend to front run
Rep. Ron Barber, D-Ariz., introduced a bill to repeal a provision of Obamacare that threatens to increase costs for senior citizens after constituents brought the issue to his attention. "This piece of legislation is a direct result of the concerns of the people I represent and discussions with the people of Green Valley,” Barber said in a statement Tuesday on the Helping Families and Seniors Save on Health Care Act. “The most important thing I can do is bring the voice of our community to Washington. In this case, that means protecting Southern Arizona seniors from rising health-care costs,"
Nothing brings out the John Galt in me quite so much as the sight of a stinking drunk being scooped off the pavement by an ambulance crew or being tended to by a huddle of police officers. It makes me think: “OK, so you’ve clearly got a problem. But why should it be everybody else’s problem?” I think of all the more deserving cases our hard-pressed emergency services could be dealing with. And I think of the massive drain on the public purse. That’s my money and your money (no--not you UEA environmental science graduates and other trolls: I mean people who work for a living and pay taxes)
The nation´s health care spending will jump by 6.1 percent next year as the big coverage expansion in President Barack Obama´s overhaul kicks in, government experts predicted Wednesday. That´s more than 2 percentage points higher than the growth rate forecast for this year, and compares with a growth rate that has hovered under 4 percent, historically low, for the past four years. Much of the increase projected for next year is attributed to the new health care program, which is expected to provide insurance coverage to millions of currently uninsured Americans beginning Jan. 1.
A group of House conservatives introduced legislation Wednesday that members say will replace ObamaCare and its “unworkable” taxes and mandates with a plan that expands tax breaks for Americans who buy their own insurance. Under the proposal endorsed by the 175-member Republican Study Committee, Americans who purchase coverage through state-run exchanges can claim a $7,500 deduction against their income and payroll taxes, regardless of the cost of the insurance. Families could deduct $20,000. The plan -- which appears to be congressional Republicans´
The Washington Post’s anti-tea party coverage inspired IRS officials to improperly target conservative groups, according to a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee memo. “The IRS first identified and elevated the Tea Party applications due to media attention surrounding the Tea Party…Media attention caused the IRS to treat conservative-oriented tax-exempt applications differently,” according to a September 17 House Oversight memo entitled “Interim update on the Committee’s investigation of the Internal Revenue Service’s inappropriate treatment of tax-exempt applications.”
At Tuesday’s briefing, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney ended up “turning the tables” on ABC News’ Jonathan Karl during at heated exchange over the potential for a government shutdown. Carney suddenly realized he was the one asking the questions when he repeated, over and over again, “Who has the power to raise the debt ceiling?” Carney began by referencing the “all-out civil war within the Republican Party” that so many outlets have been reporting on, in which a minority faction of the party is forcing the leadership into threats of a government shutdown, or of a default on the
SPOTTED: He’ll take a steak with that government auction. An ITK spy eyed former Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Ill.) lounging on the outside patio at Morton’s Steakhouse in downtown Washington on Monday, the eve of an auction to sell off some high-priced items once belonging to the ex-lawmaker. Jackson pleaded guilty earlier this year to using campaign funds for personal expenses. He was sentenced last month to more than two years in prison and will begin serving time in November. Money raised from the sale of the group of largely flashy and wacky items — which include a guitar signed
The French Senate voted early Wednesday to ban beauty pageants for children under 16 – and to impose up to two years in prison and steep fines for adults who try to enter children into such a contest. It looks like the French won’t be getting their version of “Little Miss Sunshine” or “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” anytime soon. France’s Senate voted early Wednesday to ban beauty pageants for children under 16, and to punish any adult who tries to enter a child into such a contest with up to two years in prison and a steep 30,000-euro fine.
A senior Muslim Brotherhood official who, until recently, had been employed by the William J. Clinton Foundation was arrested in Cairo on Tuesday and charged with inciting violence. Gehad el-Haddad served as one of the Muslim Brotherhood’s top communications officials until Egyptian security forces seized him as part of a wider crackdown on officials loyal to ousted former President Mohamed Morsi. Before emerging as a top Brotherhood official and adviser to Morsi, el-Haddad served for five years as a top official at the Clinton Foundation, a nonprofit group founded by former President Bill Clinton.
Dear Mr. President, It didn’t seem possible, but you shocked me. After lowering my expectations for you, from very high five years ago to bottom-of-the-barrel now, I figured you could never again disappoint me. But you did it. And if your aim was to further diminish respect for the office you hold, mission accomplished. The content of Monday’s hyperpartisan speech was par for your hyperpartisan presidency, but the timing marked a new low. Let me be clear: Have you neither decency nor shame?
I normally wouldn’t highlight the writings of uber-liberal New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, but her scathing attack on President Obama’s response to the tragic Navy Yard shootings on Monday makes for powerful reading. Dowd reminds us that in the immediate aftermath of the brutal killing of 12 people just three miles from the White House and blocks from Capitol Hill, Barack Obama was in full campaign mode, bashing his political opponents, while families were grieving the loss of their loved ones. Instead of speaking to the nation as the president of all Americans, he decided to proceed with a
With gridlock and partisanship having all but paralyzed Washington, governors are at the forefront of our country’s policy divide. On the No. 1 issue facing our nation — how to ensure that Americans are winners, not losers, in the 21st-century economy — two divergent approaches frame the debate. Texas Gov. Rick Perry is highlighting this debate with his trip to Maryland on Wednesday. The contrast is clear: Should we slash taxes on the wealthiest Americans — crippling our ability to invest in schools, job training, infrastructure and health care — because we believe that even lower taxes for our wealthiest will
How did a man with a history of run-ins with military and civilian police, including admitting to “hearing voices,” get clearance to access a military facility? A new report from the Pentagon’s Inspector General — based on an audit completed before the Navy Yard shooting — suggests that this is not an isolated incident. The IG audit found 52 felons who had access to military installations, including drug dealers and accused child molesters, in an indictment of the Department of Defense’s background-check operations:(Snip for video)A new report released by the Pentagon inspector general finds that felons have routine access to
Hollywood’s top divorce lawyer Laura Wasser was careful not to give up any secrets about her celebrity clients in her book, “It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way: How To Divorce Without Destroying Your Family or Bankrupting Yourself.” The rock star who showed up at court four hours late with his disheveled ex-wife-to-be — and explained, “We were shagging in the back of her car” — was a bass player for a minor band, Wasser said, not Slash of Guns N’ Roses. “I couldn’t use the best stories for obvious reasons,” Wasser told The Post’s Richard Johnson. “The unnamed people I mention
And so another September 11th anniversary has come and gone without much notice, except for a few maudlin mentions on the nightly news and the perfunctory remembrances in which the names of the dead are read out publicly at the sites where they died. We are only a dozen years from that date in time, but otherwise miles away from where we were on that crisp, clear morning. On that day, we were a happy, prosperous nation going about the business of being Americans, more or less as had generations before us. So, where are we now? Well the truth
MSNBC´s Richard Wolffe raised two important points about media bias during a debate with conservative radio host Steve Malzberg on Wednesday: One, Fox News is the number-one cable news channel in the country; two, The Wall Street Journal, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch, is the number-one-selling newspaper in the country. To this, I would add the Rush Limbaugh is the number-one most listened to talk radio host in the country and Drudge Report, the conservative online news aggregator, is the number-one traffic driver for political news sites. So, let´s cycle back through that: The dominant players across all news
With Washington hurtling toward the brink of another fiscal crisis, House Speaker John Boehner set up a major showdown with the Democratic-led Senate when he announced today that the House of Representatives will vote as soon as Friday to send a continuing resolution to the Senate that permanently defunds the Affordable Care Act. “We’re going to continue do everything we can to repeal the president’s failed health care law,” Boehner, R-Ohio, said during a news conference today at the Capitol. “The law is a train wreck. The president has protected American big business. It’s time to protect American families from this
Apparently, being pro-Second Amendment in Congress is equivalent to supporting mass shootings in America. At least, that´s the interpretation of Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) during an appearance on MSNBC today. Congressman Cohen, who is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, commented that the congressional reaction to the Navy Yard shooting on Monday September 16 wasn´t that surprising given the inaction on gun-control legislation after the shootings in Newtown. "On the Judiciary Committee, which I sit on, that´s Murderers´ Row; that´s Foxx, Gehrig and Ruth. They all like their guns," Rep. Cohen said of the Republicans of the Judiciary Committee.
A Tennessee high school has decided to revise its field trip policy after a group of freshmen were taken to an Islamic mosque where they were given copies of the Koran and while a student who opted out of the trip was given a worksheet that alleged Muslims treated their conquered people better than the United States treated minorities. The students were in an honors world studies class at Hendersonville High School and the field trips to the mosque as well as a Hindu temple were part of a three-week course on world religions.