Senate Republicans, along with GOP lawmakers in the House, know that Sen. Ted Cruz and his colleagues don´t have the votes to pass a continuing resolution to defund Obamacare. They don´t even have the votes -- 41 in the Senate -- to successfully filibuster a resolution that does fund Obamacare. But some had hoped that Cruz & Co. could at least stage an old-fashioned talking filibuster -- like Sen. Rand Paul´s March filibuster against U.S. drone policy -- that would at least be a high-profile symbol of Republican opposition to the president´s national health care law. Now, it turns out they
The recent ruling to reform the New York Police Department´s controversial ´stop-and-frisk´ tactic has already led to a sharp rise in shootings, new figures reveal. In the month after the policy was ruled unconstitutional shootings spiked nearly 13 per cent while gun seizures fell almost a fifth, the figures show. In the 28 days up to September 8 there were 140 shootings across the city, compared with 124 over the same period last year, according to NYPD statistics. The shocking rise in gun crime has emerged days after the federal judge who ordered an overhaul of the stop-and-frisk strategy refused
The Obama administration is pressing ahead with tough requirements for new coal-fired power plants, moving to impose for the first time strict limits on the pollution blamed for global warming. The proposal would help reshape where Americans get electricity, away from a coal-dependent past into a future fired by cleaner sources of energy. It´s also a key step in President Barack Obama´s global warming plans, because it would help end what he called "the limitless dumping of carbon pollution" from power plants.
A top Republican congressional investigator is ´in the process of issuing subpoenas´ to State Department personnel who can explain the events before, during and after the September 11, 2012 terror attack that destroyed the U.S. diplomatic station in Benghazi, Libya. The State Department has not made those people available,´ House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa said during a hearing Thursday. He said Secretary John Kerry´s cabinet-level agency ´has played hide-and-go-seek, and is now hiding behind a thinly-veiled statement that there is a criminal investigation´ into the terror attack.´ Stung by State´s reluctance to produce
The House of Representatives voted to cut nearly $4billion from food stamp funding even after a Democrat used some congressional dinner expenses as ways to try to shame them into supporting the funding. The 217-210 vote on Thursday was a win for conservatives and it was approved even though Democrats were united in opposition. The bill´s savings would be achieved by allowing states to put broad new work requirements in place for many food stamp recipients and to test applicants for drugs. The bill also would end government waivers that have allowed able-bodied adults without dependents to receive food stamps
This is priceless. Former Fla. GOP Gov. Jeb Bush, consummate politician and 2016 presidential aspirant, has now bitterly accused opponents of his federal education schemes of possessing "purely political" motives. Projection, anyone? Having previously suggested that critics of the so-called Common Core standards program are crazy, ignorant and lying, Bush piled on at a National Press Club appearance this week. Jeb the Insult Comic Dog did not hold back. Not only is the growing anti-Fed Ed movement of parents, teachers, school board members, academics, privacy advocates and state legislators of all stripes "purely political," Bush sniped, but the Common Core backlash
Barack Obama has still never really sold the American people on anything but himself. For Obama supporters, the question has become frustrating and frequent: how can the man and the team who made a freshman senator the country’s first black president, and kept people with him despite Great Depression-level unemployment, have failed to truly turn public opinion around on a single
Republicans oppose ObamaCare. That´s no secret. But there seems to be some conflicting ideas among Republicans about how that opposition should be played out on Capitol Hill. For example, the House GOP establishment had, until this week, wanted to hold votes on two bills: one that could potentially defund ObamaCare, and a separate bill that would keep the government funded after this month. This was the expected path, the path of GOP reason and "compromise" according to the media and Democrats.
It is with both caution and charity that we set out to assess the first months of the papacy of Pope Francis. Six months is not a long time in the church, and it seems unfair to evaluate an individual’s achievements after so short a period. We are also aware that as a Jesuit journal we have a special relationship to the first Jesuit pope, who kindly agreed to allow America to print in this issue the English translation of his interview with Jesuit journals from around the world. Yet St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order, calls
Tom DeLay´s legal nightmare is far from over -- not if Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg gets her way. "We strongly agree that Tom DeLay is guilty," declared the liberal Democrat on Wednesday, soon after a Texas appeals court exonerated the former House Majority Leader of illegally funneling corporate contributions to Republican candidates in 2002. In arguing their case, Lehmberg and her team had engaged in some creative legal arguments (snip)So who is Rosemary Lehmberg? For starters, she´s "one tough lesbian." That´s according to an article last year in Dallasvoice.com, which covers LGBT issues.
Heritage warned that the new Obamacare insurance exchanges could threaten your privacy—and it’s already happening, before the exchanges are even open. In a new report, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee presented these shocking findings: there are already numerous reports of scam artists posing as Navigators and Assisters to take advantage of people’s confusion about ObamaCare. According to recent news reports, scam artists are calling individuals and asking for information to sign them up for their “ObamaCare card,” are asking seniors for their personal information to verify their Medicare and Social Security status and are going door-to-door threatening people with prison
The global cabal of U.N. Agenda 21 is behind global warming, regionalism, zoning, land and water use control, wealth redistribution, weakening and eventual replacement of the dollar as the world’s reserve currency, global warming, cap and trade, Smart Grid, Smart Meters, carbon taxes, high gasoline prices, global citizens, IB World Schools, Common Core nationalized education standards, biofuels, Marxist advancement across the globe, food control, water access control via the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), gun control, health control, the Arab Spring/Winter, unchecked illegal immigration, and they are unstoppable. They’ve had 100 years of preparation ahead of us. Their effort is
The leaders of the State Department’s Benghazi probe defended their inquiry into the 2012 attack, but they acknowledged to Congress on Thursday that their mission was limited in scope and faced questions over why they gave Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton an advance look at their findings. Retired Adm. Mike Mullen, vice chairman of the accountability review board, also acknowledged that he had warned Mrs. Clinton’s chief of staff not to send a particular official to Congress because he thought “she would be a weak witness” who might have hurt the State Department’s stance. Republicans said those moves called into question
PITTSBURGH – Dozens of local Transportation Security Administration workers have been fired or suspended after they were caught in an illegal gambling ring at Pittsburgh International Airport. TSA sources tell the KDKA Investigators that the officers were fired or suspended Thursday morning. The investigation took a few months. TSA took a look at more than 300 of its employees who work at Pittsburgh International Airport. Sources confirm TSA employees on the job set up an office betting pool of sorts, employees betting year-round on all of the big sporting events, the Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four, the World Series, the
BLETCHLEY, England — A founding father of the modern computer, Alan Turing devised a machine that unraveled the enigma of Nazi codes and aided the defeat of Adolf Hitler. Convicted of homosexuality after World War II and sentenced to chemical castration, Turing — an avid fan of the film “Snow White” — was found dead in 1954 from cyanide poisoning, a bitten apple by his bedside.(Snip) Responding to a campaign by laureates such as Cambridge physicist Stephen Hawking, the British Parliament is moving toward granting Turing a posthumous pardon.
The Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi (CCB) started off with a powerful message: “We are here and planning on staying until we get the answers we’re seeking.” But, some in the media just don’t get it. Dana Milbank of The Washington Post delivered one of his Dennis the Menace, snarky rants about the view of “Benghazi, as seen from the grassy knoll.” Yes, Dana Milbank is calling this group of patriotic Americans who have given so much for this country a bunch of lunatic conspiracy theorists. To Milbank, Benghazi is, to quote the administration talking point, a phony scandal: “It’s a pity
The judge in southern West Virginia who faces federal conspiracy charges after being accused of plotting to frame his secretary´s husband in various crimes has been charged in another conspiracy case, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Thursday. Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury allegedly conspired with other county elected officials to cover up evidence of alleged "illegal drug use and other misconduct" by late Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum," Goodwin said. A Mingo County drug defendant earlier this year began to provide the FBI with information about the misconduct, Goodwin said in a news release. Crum learned that the informant and his attorney
Even among Republicans, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is one of Washington’s most divisive figures. Activists love him, but leadership staffers and many of his colleagues can’t stand him — especially his latest effort to connect a government-spending bill with the defunding of Obamacare. After a Senate luncheon on Tuesday, several Republicans told me they’re tired of Cruz’s campaign, and one senator, after rolling his eyes, called it a “Passion play.” The internecine tensions spilled over to the House on Wednesday, when a group of Republicans knocked Cruz on Twitter for appearing to back down from the defunding fight. Speaker John
I am not sure what to make of this ad, which is called Hijack. I saw it this week on one of the National Geographic channels. I´ve noticed several ads in the past year or so that have turned the all too common "all men are dumb" theme on its ear by showing bitchy wives with patient, suffering husbands. The fact that this emasculating wife is a black woman on a healthy eating kick is interesting, especially given that Denny´s once had an image as a racist company. It worked hard to change that image and now has a considerable
CHICAGO — Thirteen people have been shot at a park on Chicago´s southwest side, including a 3-year-old boy who was in critical condition, in what authorities say was likely a gang-related shooting. Officer Amina Greer said the shooting occurred shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday. A witness, Julian Harris, told the Chicago Sun-Times that dreadlocked men fired at him from a gray sedan before turning toward Cornell Square Park in Chicago´s Back of the Yards neighborhood and firing at people. He said his 3-year-old nephew was wounded in the cheek. "They hit the light pole next to me, but I
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) said he expects there to be somewhere close to 250 House members to vote for the plan to defund Obamacare in the Continuing Resolution (CR) on Friday, when House GOP leadership brings the plan up for a vote. “I would predict that will we get closer to 250 votes,” Meadows said at a Conversations with Conservatives (CWC) press event that the Heritage Foundation’s Rob Bluey moderated on Thursday. “If you look at the Democrats, 25 of the most competitive Democratic races are outlined. Twenty-one of those people voted with us to delay the individual mandate. Now
It is a scandal that there has been and will be no serious jail time in the matter of former Republican majority leader Tom DeLay — Ronnie Earle, the hyperpartisan Democratic prosecutor whose risible case against DeLay has just been finally thrown out by the Third District Texas Court of Appeals, richly deserves to be measured for an all-orange wardrobe. After eleven years, the matter of Mr. DeLay’s fund-raising in the 2002 election cycle has been finally put to rest, with Mr. Earle’s case having been vivisected by Justice Melissa Goodwin, who in her quietly scathing opinion did not bother
The only real accountability for the Benghazi scandal will have to come in 2016. Reading through the competing partisan reports and listening to the congressional testimony of various officials this week, it seems fair to say that no actual crimes were committed (though you never know what you don’t know). There were, in at least a figurative sense, criminal lapses in judgment by senior officials. Many of those lapses are recounted in the Accountability Review Board report. It found “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus of the State Department” that “resulted in a special mission
Obstructionist software! Less than two weeks before the launch of insurance marketplaces created by the federal health overhaul, the government’s software can’t reliably determine how much people need to pay for coverage, according to insurance executives and people familiar with the program. Honestly, I really can’t believe that there are so many elected Republican officials who still aren’t ready to go to the mat over this law. There has been no part of its implementation that hasn’t been problematic and there is no reason to believe that it will get any better once these initial troubles are figured out. Actually,
Striking a tone of disgust, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi ridicules the GOP as obsessed with its loathing of President Obama and hell-bent on hurting him politically, regardless the cost. She assigns little to no blame to the president (even though Democrats privately say that’s laughable) and instead portrays him as saintly, above reproach and the victim of jealousy or something worse. After 26 years in the House, she says, “I haven’t seen anything like it. I haven’t seen anything like it.”Throughout a 50-minute interview on Thursday in her second-floor Capitol office, where the late Speaker Tip O’Neill used to receive