As a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing about the attack last year on the consulate in Benghazi began Thursday morning, Democratic members released a report pushing back at Republican claims of misconduct by the administration. The hearing is set to feature former Ambassador Thomas Pickering and Adm. Mike Mullen, who oversaw the Accountability Review Board that investigated the attacks and response. The ARB report has come under fire from Republicans for failing to fully probe the response by the administration and for not citing high-ranking officials for mishandling it.
The recent ruling against stop-and-frisk has emboldened the city’s pistol-packing perps. In the month after federal judge Shira Scheindlin’s decision that the police procedure is unconstitutional, shootings spiked nearly 13 percent — and gun seizures plummeted more than 17 percent, The Post has learned. During the 28 days ending Sept. 8, there were 140 shootings across the Big Apple, compared with 124 during the same period last year, the figures show. And the number of gunshot victims was up more than 9 percent, with 164 people struck by bullets this year, compared with 150 shot over that month last year. The victims include two
The President of the United States is floundering these days, his lame duck dynasty reduced to giving nationwide addresses on what he´s decided not to do. Watching America´s standing in the world sink, other nations snub this diplomatic amateur as investments in our superior military stagnate and Obama´s scandals fester while the Federal Reserve sets the country up for Jimmy Carter-scale inflation, got us to thinking: Dear God, how much longer must we endure? The answer is pretty depressing. [Snip] But 174 weeks feels least worst. Then, Rasmussen came out with a new poll for 2016. And we read it.
Energy: A new study shows that little methane, a strong greenhouse gas that occurs naturally in ground water, is released into the atmosphere during hydraulic fracturing. So it must be OK to frack now. In the first "Gasland" movie, environmental activist Josh Fox trumpeted flaming water taps in a Colorado town as evidence of fracking-induced water contamination. In fact, the areas in question had reported naturally occurring methane in their water for decades. Whether naturally occurring or not, environmentalists claim that fracking would release huge amounts of what they consider the most potent heat-trapping greenhouse gas
Blame Game: Everybody who dislikes ObamaCare is being duped by GOP propaganda, says President Obama. That must include all those unions calling it a disaster, and all those who´ve lost jobs and pay because of the law. Telemundo, the only news outlet that appears willing to ask Obama a tough question, pressed him this week about polls showing most Americans oppose ObamaCare. "Is everybody wrong?" the host asked. "Yes, they are," Obama responded. The problem, he said, isn´t his law. It´s those evil Republicans who´ve spent "billions of dollars ... misinforming people."
For the last 70 years, American higher education was assumed to be the pathway to upward mobility and a rich shared-learning experience. Young Americans for four years took a common core of classes, learned to look at the world dispassionately, and gained the concrete knowledge to make informed arguments logically. The result was a more skilled workforce and a competent democratic citizenry. That ideal may still be true at our flagship universities, with their enormous endowments and stellar world rankings. Yet most everywhere else, something went terribly wrong with that model. Almost all the old campus protocols are now tragically outdated
What influenced President Obama´s mercurial decision on military intervention in Syria? According to Michael Calderone, it may have been the editors and op-ed writers at the New York Times. Calderone confirms that President Obama had an off-the-record meeting with Times editor Andy Rosenthal, members of the editorial board, and opinion columnists David Brooks, Gail Collins and Ross Douthat. The meeting took place on on August 29, the day before he reversed course and decided to postpone military intervention. The meeting came amid the White House’s push for military intervention in Syria, one of the topics discussed that day. The Times
On Monday, twelve years and five days after al Qaeda precipitated the worst domestic attack in modern history, President Obama waived two sections of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA), allowing him to provide military assistance to “vetted” rebel grips in Syria. Though the AECA was designed to prevent arming terrorists, Obama announced that he had the authority to “waive the prohibitions in sections 40 and 40(a) of the AECA related to such a transaction.” Section 40, “Transactions With Countries Supporting Acts of International Terrorism,” and Section 40(a), “Prohibited Transactions by the United States Government,” ban sending munitions to any nation described
Since the first part of revealing the plague that is the U.S. Congress ended with Henry Waxman, it is only fitting part 2 begin with the other half of the “Beavis and Butthead” duo, Edward Markey. Mr. Markey is 67 years of age and after serving 37 1/2 years in the House was elevated to the Senate by the voters of Massachusetts in a special election. This man has wreaked immeasurable damage on the citizens of this country, so pardon me if I don’t find anything “special” about this election. He is second only to Patrick Leahy as the longest serving
It’s almost 6 p.m. on a Friday and the tables near the bar at The Hamilton in downtown Washington are getting crowded. That means waitress Victoria Honard is busy. Honard, 22, who graduated from Syracuse University in May, works about 25 hours a week at the restaurant while looking for a job related to public policy. She moved to Washington four days after graduation with the hope of finding a position at a think tank or policy-related organization, she said, and has applied to about 20 prospective employers. Source corrected.
Informed speculation mounted at Monday’s Accuracy in Media conference, which officially launched the Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi, that House Speaker John Boehner’s opposition to a Watergate-style congressional committee to investigate Benghazi stems from his knowledge of arms shipments to al-Qaeda terrorists in Libya and Syria. The al-Qaeda terrorist attack on the American diplomatic mission at Benghazi, in Libya, on September 11, 2012, resulted in the deaths of four Americans, who were left to die, rather than be rescued, and has been called by some the “Benghazi Betrayal.” The dead were U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, American diplomat Sean Smith, and State Department security
“You have never seen in the history of the United States the debt ceiling or the threat of not raising the debt being used to extort a president or a governing party and trying to force issues that have nothing to do with the budget and nothing to do with the debt.” — President Obama, remarks to the Business Roundtable, Sept. 18, 2013 When a president makes a lawyerly comment, it’s time to start looking for the trap door. At first President Obama uses a sweeping “never in the history of the United States” but then he concludes with a caveat: “nothing
Reports that the shooter who killed a dozen people in Monday’s Washington Navy Yard attack was hearing voices raises the possibility of mental illness -- but it’s not a diagnosis, experts say. “I think it’s too early to tell what the real motivation was in this recent case,” said Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, president of the American Psychiatric Association. Aaron Alexis, the 34-year-old gunman, appeared to report auditory hallucinations when he called police to a Rhode Island hotel six weeks ago and said he was hearing voices in the closet and wanted to move to a Navy hotel. Such hallucinations are the hallmark of
In 2010, Republicans took the House of Representatives by gaining 63 seats. They also picked up six U.S. senators and 675 state legislators, giving them control of more legislative chambers than any time since 1928. The GOP also won 25 of 40 gubernatorial races in 2009 and 2010. These epic gains happened primarily because independents voted Republican. In 2010, 56% of independents voted for GOP congressional candidates, up from 43% in 2008 and 39% in 2006. Today, independents look more like Republicans than Democrats, especially when it comes to health care. In a new Crossroads GPS health-care policy survey conducted in 10
As the chill creeps into Washington´s nights and leaves start to tumble on to the White House lawn, President Barack Obama´s fall will, some predict, prove his decline. A recent slew of articles are declaring it so, and they are not all from the usual suspects on the right. The case for it is based first on his foreign policy. He dithered over Syria, vacillated over the Arab revolutions, and has been tricked by the Russian president into not firing even a pinprick of American power. Even the president of Brazil has cancelled a visit. Carl Meacham, director of the
Raising the debt ceiling doesn´t increase the nation´s debt, Pres. Obama declared in a speech today. In a speech at the Business Roundtable headquarters in Washington, D.C., Obama dismissed concerns about raising the debt ceiling by noting that it´d been done so many times in the past: "Now, this debt ceiling -- I just want to remind people in case you haven´t been keeping up -- raising the debt ceiling, which has been done over a hundred times, does not increase our debt; it does not somehow promote profligacy.
Australia´s new conservative government on Thursday abolished an independent climate change commission set up by the previous Labor administration, as part of its plans to streamline bureaucracy. The Climate Commission was set up to provide apolitical and reliable information to the public about the science of climate change, emissions targets and international action being taken. But Prime Minister Tony Abbott´s conservative coalition, which plans to repeal Labor´s tax on corporate pollution and is the first post-war Australian government not to have a science minister, said an independent body was not needed and the role wouldscourge be assumed by the Department
An old ploy of the left is being implemented on the comment threads of this website (and elsewhere) to discredit the honest and open discussion of race relations. For decades the left has discredited conservatism by its oddballs, benefiting by caricaturing "right-wing extremists." (snip) the conservative movement is no longer a phenomenon of the coastal elites. With the advent of the Tea Parties, conservative activism has spread nationwide. Along with opportunities, this also creates hazards, including renewed efforts at infiltration from the more repellent corners of politics.
Like the president said, "of you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.” Well, unless you´re one of the tens of millions of Americans who can´t. Including, it turns out, lots of Walgreens employees (via Ed Morrissey): Walgreen Co. (WAG), the biggest U.S. drugstore chain, will move its workers into a private health insurance exchange to buy company-subsidized coverage, the latest sign of how the debate over Obamacare is accelerating a historic shift in corporate health-care coverage. Walgreen’s decision affects about 160,000
A stalled, noncontroversial energy efficiency bill confirms the notion that this is “the least-productive Senate in the history of the country,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday morning. Republican insistence on getting a vote to kill Obamacare subsidies to lawmakers and Capitol Hill staff and other non-energy related amendments has stalled the bill to such an extent that Reid predicted at this rate “we’re not going to finish the legislation,” a huge blow to the bipartisan bill from Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio). “We’ve tried really hard to work on this energy bill, but it’s no
MONTPELIER — Some small businesses in the state are weighing whether to continue providing health insurance to employees next year or have them enter a new health care marketplace as individuals and receive federal tax credits to help make it affordable. State officials and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce sponsored a forum Wednesday in Montpelier to help small businesses with less than 50 employees navigate the state’s new health care exchange, known as Vermont Health Connect. The new online marketplace for health insurance is part of the federal Affordable Care Act enacted in 2010. Signups for Vermont’s exchange start Oct.
House Republicans, in an unusually caustic intra-party squabble, are ripping their conservative colleagues in the Senate for what they see as an abrupt cave-in on the push to de-fund ObamaCare. “They´re waving the white flag already,"one House GOP lawmaker said Wednesday. The squabble started after House Speaker John Boehner earlier in the day announced he would agree to the demands of Tea Party-aligned lawmakers to tie a vote on de-funding the health care law to a vote on a must-pass budget bill. The move would effectively condition the approval of the spending bill on ObamaCare being de-funded, or else risk
WASHINGTON — Avert your gaze! Show some respect for the deeply troubled. Richard Trumka, the portly president of the AFL-CIO, has come forward with a pathetic acknowledgment of organized labor’s weakened condition, and I suggest compassion. In fact, his proposal suggests the moribund condition of the American left, and I urge a dignified silence. From the mainstream media we only hear of the squabbling among organizations on the right. Supposedly the Tea Party is running rampant. The other conservatives groups are unruly. The Republican Party is victimized by just about everyone. Yet, of course, these elements of the Republican Party are
The 2008 Republican presidential nominee, criticised Mr Putin and his associates for rigging elections, imprisoning and murdering opponents, fostering corruption and "destroying" Russia´s reputation on the world stage. "I am not anti-Russian," Mr McCain wrote in the piece, which his office said was sent to both the Communist Party´s Pravda newspaper as well as to online media outlet Pravda.ru. The latter was expected to publish it today, his staff said. "I am pro-Russian, more pro-Russian than the regime that misrules you today." Mr McCain last week made no secret of his intention to write an op-ed piece for Russian media
In one of the most fascinating foreign policy interviews of all time, Fox News aired an unedited, lengthy and exclusive interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Wednesday. The in-depth interview focused on diplomacy, chemical weapons, the death toll from the two-year-old war, the rebels’ goals, future governing and the region’s stability. Assad appeared calm, comfortable and yet delusional, talking in almost perfect English, as he consistently labeled the rebels as “terrorists,” claiming that 80 - 90% of the opposition fighting against his military was comprised of Al Qaeda supporters and other jihadists. In talking about the origins of the conflict, Assad failed to
Oh goody: Obama is having direct communications with Iran. I’m sure Assad is getting a good chuckle out of this. And no doubt it will end well. And given that Obamacare is the health care equivalent of Jimmy Carter’s energy plan—you know, the one that promised affordable and independent energy for Americans—can Obama’s “malaise” speech be long in coming? Given the historical ignorance of Obama and his speechwriting staff—“peace in our time,” the big O said in his 2nd inaugural—I doubt they even know about the malaise speech. Or if they do know about it, they’ve drunk the revisionist Kool Aid