Washington - Senior House Republicans on Wednesday accused the State Department of failing to hold senior department officials accountable for security failures that contributed to the attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, last year in which four Americans were killed. “No State Department personnel have been fired or even disciplined,” said Representative Ed Royce, Republican of California who heads the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “No one has missed a paycheck.” Mr. Royce’s comments opened the first of three hearings this week that the House
Just when you think Washington politics couldn´t get dirtier, Congress finds a new low. To hold onto their illegal ObamaCare subsidy that no other American earning $174,000 could get, members of Congress are trying to silence the subsidy´s chief critic, Sen. David Vitter, by dredging up a 2007 unproven accusation that Vitter patronized a prostitute before being elected to the Senate. Shockingly, the cabal also proposes that any member of Congress who votes for Vitter´s proposal would be ineligible for the subsidy if Vitter fails and the subsidy stays. Has anyone in Congress read the Constitution? You can´t make a lawmaker´s future
Corruption: As the layers on the IRS scandal are peeled back, it´s become increasingly clear the law has been broken and the White House may have been far more deeply involved than claimed. Time for a special prosecutor. A House investigation has found that, far from being a case of "rogue agents" in Cincinnati as the White House has claimed, the IRS harassment of conservative groups appears to have been directed from the very top in Washington, D.C. IRS employees say they were made "acutely" aware as far back as 2010 that President Obama wanted to go after tea party and other
President Vladimir Putin of Russia said in an Op-Ed article that we published last week that “there is every reason to believe” that the chemical weapons attack in Syria on Aug. 21 was carried out by the rebel forces in a crafty plan to provoke the United States into bombing Syria and unleashing all kinds of mayhem. In an article that contained many lines that irritated our readers, that sentence was perhaps the most annoying. Mr. Putin’s opinion was dubious at the time. (For the sake of argument, I’m assuming Mr. Putin really believed the rebels launched the attack and
On Wednesday, BBC News reported that an armed emergency response team arrived on site at the Washington Navy Yard within minutes of Aaron Alexis beginning his shooting spree, but was forced to stand down and was instead ordered back to Capitol Hill. According to BBC, “A tactical response team of the Capitol police, a force that guards the US Capitol complex, was told to leave the scene by a supervisor instead of aiding municipal officers.” A Capitol Police source told the BBC, “I don’t think it’s a far stretch to say that some lives may have been saved if we were
Washington - The White House on Wednesday threatened to veto a Republican-written bill nearing a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives that would cut food stamps for the poor by $40 billion over a decade and end benefits for an estimated 4 million people. Representatives are likely to vote on the bill on Thursday. A close vote is expected. The White House threat capped a day of high-decibel opposition by congressional Democrats and antihunger groups who called the cuts harsh and heartless. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says the food stamps program in its current form is a unaffordable
Beirut - The trajectory of the rockets that delivered the nerve agent sarin in last month´s deadly attack is among the key evidence linking elite Syrian troops based in the mountains overlooking Damascus to the strike that killed hundreds of people, diplomats and human rights officials said Wednesday. (Snip) A U.N. report released Monday confirmed that chemical weapons were used in the attack but did not ascribe blame. The United States, Britain and France cited evidence in the report to declare Assad´s government responsible. Russia called the report "one-sided" and says it has "serious
Near the end of the Tuesday, September 17, All In show, MSNBC host Chris Hayes took a moment to read and display two viewer responses to his question of what they would like to see in "actual comprehensive gun safety legislation," and included one over the top viewer who not only wanted nearly all guns banned, but desired that the National Rifle Association be "dissolved and made illegal." Hayes began: Earlier in the show, we asked you, "If politics were no obstacle, what would actual comprehensive gun safety legislation look like?" He continued: We got a ton of answers posted to our Facebook
The commentariat has been in overdrive lately dissecting President Obama´s approach to Syria: It is dizzying, incompetent, deceptive, confused or, as columnist Jonah Goldberg put it Tuesday in The Times, a case of "bait-and-switch." Goldberg has a point, if you come from the camp whose top priority is removing Syrian President Bashar Assad from power. Over the years, the Obama administration has evolved from criticizing Assad to denouncing him and then to calling for his ouster. But in the last week it has spoken only of eliminating his stockpile of toxic weapons, a task that may require Assad´s continued
Professor Stephen Hawking, who once said he thought assisted dying was "a great mistake", has changed his stance to support the right of terminally ill people who are suffering to end their lives. Hawking, 71, was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig´s disease – a form of motor neurone disease – at the age of 21 and was told he had only two or three years to live. He said in 2006 that, although people should have the right to end their life if they wanted to, "I think it would be a great mistake. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there's life, there is hope."
Fort Worth, Texas - Exclusive: The Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis played violent video games including Call of Duty for up to 16 hours at a time and friends believe it could have pushed him towards becoming a mass murderer. Alexis, 34, who was shot dead on Monday after killing 13 people at Washington´s Navy Yard, also carried a .45 handgun tucked in his trousers with no holster "everywhere he went" because he believed people would try to steal his belongings. He also felt racially discriminated against, and believed he had been financially "screwed" over a contracting
RUSH: From the Daily Caller. They say that they have learned the Republicans´ new plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. This, by the way, is from the Republican leadership. This is not Mike Lee and Ted Cruz. This is the leadership. These are the people that we have thought did not want to do anything to oppose Obama. We´ve been thinking that the leadership´s problem was with Cruz and Mike Lee over in the Senate and whatever friends they have in the House. It turns out that the Republicans have an alternative to Obamacare. "The 200-page budget-neutral bill would provide $20,000
An Al-Qaeda front group fighting in Syria on Wednesday overran the northern town of Azaz near the border with Turkey after fierce clashes with rebels, activists told AFP. "The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has seized complete control of Azaz. They are in control of the town´s entrances," said Abu Ahmad, an activist inside the town. Another activist, a resident of the border town, confirmed the report. "ISIS are in full control. They are detaining people from their homes, and they are manning all the checkpoints," he told AFP via the Internet, speaking on condition of anonymity.
JOSE DIAZ-BALART, TELEMUNDO: The Affordable Care Act takes effect next month, The latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows Americans oppose it, believing it will produce damaging results. Fifty-two percent believe the law will raise their health care costs. Is everybody wrong? PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Yes, they are.### OBAMA: The problem we have is that over the last four years billions of dollars have been spent misinforming people about what this law is about. All of the horror stories that were talked about have not come true. It is going to be a good deal
A national tea party group is asking for permission to keep their donors secret — just like the socialists. Citing a long litany of harassment examples, the Tea Party Leadership Fund is asking the Federal Election Commission for the same right granted to the Socialist Workers Party to shield the names and information of their donors from the public. In a new request to the FEC shared with POLITICO, the group argues that tea party donors and activists are being targeted for harassment by government officials and private groups — and they cite derogatory comments by politicians and overbearing
Michelle Obama on Wednesday urged businesses not to allow their cartoon characters to be used to market unhealthy food to kids, saying firms can make money encouraging kids to eat well. "The fact is that marketing nutritious foods to our kids isn´t just good for our kids´ health, it can be good for a company´s bottom line," she said Wednesday at a White House conference on marketing. The first lady was addressing a group of food companies, media companies and other groups to talk about marketing healthy foods to children. A full list of participants was not released by the White House. The
New York - America´s top telecommunications companies are refusing to say whether they accept that the bulk collection of their customers´ phone records by the National Security Agency is lawful. The phone companies are continuing to guard their silence over the controversial gathering of metadata by the NSA, despite the increasingly open approach by those at the center of the bulk surveillance programme. On Tuesday the secretive foreign intelligence surveillance (Fisa) court declassified its legal reasoning for approving the NSA telephone metadata program periodically over the past six years.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul´s wife, Kelley, is his chief cheerleader and ´secret asset´ to winning political power, according to a new Vogue magazine profile of the Republican rising star. The profile, written by Washington Post reporter Jason Horowitz, describes the blonde and quick-witted Kelley as ´more than merely a pretty image-softener´ for the ´famously dour´ senator. ´Paul is more likeable when Kelley´s around,´ Horowitz writes.She also collaborates on his speeches, joins him on the campaign trail, and until recently, worked as a political consultant for one of Paul´s chief Republican rivals, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
RUSH: Michelle Obama, first lady of the United States -- not content with botching the school lunch menu, not content with urging everybody to drink water so that they increase their exercise and energy level (which is a bogus thing) -- Michelle Obama "now wants food makers and entertainment companies to spend less time advertising sweet and salty foods to kids and more time promoting healthier options." Now, let me just say something. This is something may not seem like a big deal to a lot of people. "Oh, the first lady just wants to help." Let me tell you the
The creator of some of the world´s most beloved stuffed animals is getting no love from the IRS. Ty Warner, who made billions when demand exploded for his Beanie Babies in the 1990s, was charged Wednesday with federal tax evasion, accused of failing to report more than $3 million he earned in a secret offshore account. Warner, 69, has agreed to plead guilty and will pay a civil penalty of $53.6 million, his lawyer, George Scandaglia, said in a statement. "This is an unfortunate situation that Mr. Warner has been trying to resolve for several years now," Scandaglia said.
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