Just when life looked like it couldn´t get any worse for disgraced Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., it has. An auction to help the Chicago Democrat repay the $750,000 in campaign funds that he illegally spent on personal items has been canceled after the U.S. Marshals Service received "legitimate concerns" about the authenticity of one of Jackson´s forfeited assets: a guitar purportedly signed by Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen. (Snip) Bruce Lee photos were also among the collection, as were items that displayed Jackson´s taste for the extravagant: two mink-lined cashmere capes, a woman´s mink black jacket with silver fox
The University of Kansas journalism professor who sent a tweet wishing violence on children of National Rifle Association members has been put on administrative leave. David Guth’s remarks, which had led NRA leaders to calls for his firing, were in response to Monday’s shootings at the Washington Navy Yard that left 13 people dead. University officials called his words “repugnant,” and on Friday Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said Guth would be put on leave. “In order to prevent disruptions to the learning environment for students, the School of Journalism and the university, I have directed Provost Jeffrey Vitter
On Slate´s feminist blog, "XX Factor," Amanda Hess delivers the news that "mothers are now the primary breadwinners in four out of ten American households." But she doesn´t think that´s good news, and not because in the other 6 out of 10 households women are still the bread losers. Rather, it´s because the poverty rate is higher among women than among men--or, as Hess puts it, "the gender shift in these families hasn´t necessarily translated to increased economic agency"--that´s feminist jargon for power--"for women and children." Here are the data: New Census numbers show that U.S. women were more likely to live
DEEP IN THE WEST VIRGINIA WILDERNESS — Former Rep. Roscoe Bartlett lives tucked away on an off-the-grid swath of West Virginia woodland that serves as an implicit indictment of the inside-the-Beltway life he and so many others have led — a life reliant on the federal government. At first glance, Bartlett is following a conventional post-politics path. After the 10-term congressman lost his bid for re-election in 2012, he began consulting for the defense industry, advising firms on how to pitch federal agencies, a part-time job that brings him to Washington occasionally. Out here, in an area so remote that
A Twitter debate on policy turned ugly Friday, when a local Democratic official wished the children of a Republican aide to Sen. Ted Cruz would "die from debilitating, painful and incurable diseases" after she praised the House´s vote to derail funding for Obamacare. Amanda Carpenter, who formerly worked for Sen. Jim DeMint before heading to the Texas Republican´s office, praised the GOP-led action in a tweet. "GOP beat gun control, changed Obama´s mind on Syria, is holding the line on amnesty. We can defund Obamacare, too!" she posted early Friday afternoon.
President Obama said Republicans in Congress were threatening to make the United States into "a deadbeat" and a "banana republic" with their maneuvers to tie the federal budget and the debt ceiling to defunding ObamaCare. (Snip) "You don´t have to threaten to blow the whole thing up just because you don´t get your way," Obama said. "Nobody gets 100 percent of what they want." Telegraphing his intention to veto any spending bill that delayed or defunded his signature health care law, Obama accused Republicans of lacking "the same common sense" and willingness to compromise that ordinary Americans showed in their
An Obamacare software glitch is now incorrectly tabulating how much people must pay for health insurance, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. "There´s a blanket acknowledgment that rates are being calculated incorrectly," a senior health insurance executive told the WSJ. "Our tech and operations people are very concerned about the problems they´re seeing and the potential of them to stick around." Government officials, however, say they are not worried and promised the Obamacare insurance exchanges will be ready to go on October 1. "We continue working with [insurers] and we are confident that on Oct. 1, consumers
In 2007, the US Congress under President George W. Bush passed the Energy Independence and Security Act. Key among its provisions was a new series of regulations mandating the gradual phase-out of the manufacturing, importation, and sale of inefficient lighting. We´ve already said goodbye to 75- and 100-watt incandescent light bulbs, and on January 1, 2014, we´ll be bidding adieu to 40- and 60-watt bulbs as well. The move is intended to kick-start a new era of longer-lasting, more efficient lighting, and according to some, it´s a move that´s long overdue. After all, incandescent bulbs waste up to 90 percent of
Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the U.S. House, seems to believe that Republicans don´t like President Obama because they´re jealous. "You know why it is," Pelosi told Politico in an interview. "He´s brilliant ... He thinks in a strategic way in how to get something done ... and he´s completely eloquent. That´s a package that they don´t like." Republicans also don´t like what Pelosi called the president´s non-partisanship. Obama has been "open, practically apolitical, certainly non-partisan, in terms of welcoming every idea and solution," Pelosi told Politico "I think that´s one of the reasons the Republicans want to take
Speaking at a Ford Motor Co. plant in Missouri Friday, President Obama accused congressional Republicans of "trying to mess with me" by derailing basic government operations. The sharply-personal remarks--made during a speech in which the president outlined his economic vision--came just hours after the House passed a continuing resolution on a largely party-line vote that would keep the government running while simultaneously defunding the Affordable Care Act. Because the Senate is expected to strip out the defunding plan when it considers the measure, the House action raises the prospect of a possible government shutdown at the end of the month.
The stock market is just about the only positive indicator to rise above the frozen tundra of the Obama economy. GDP is flatlined; the workforce is collapsing; every flicker of life in manufacturing, consumer confidence, or housing is quickly extinguished; but the stock market has been doing quite well. One big reason the stock market has been doing well is the "quantitative easing" program by the Federal Reserve, which is basically printing bales of money and dropping it off at the stock exchange. It´s like running an extension cord from the Dow to Washington and plugging it into the Federal
The International Monetary Fund urged US policymakers to support major reforms at the global lender and bury political differences over the budget to ease one source of risk to the economy and markets. The IMF agreed to reform its governance structure in 2010 to give greater influence to emerging economies and make China the third-largest member. But the reform of voting rights, known as quotas, cannot proceed without approval from the US Congress. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said the reforms will give the global financial institution more money to prevent and resolve crises. “These ´quota´ reforms need the support of
Asbury Park – Authorities are investigating yet another shooting in the city. This one, less than two days after authorities touted a crackdown on crime that netted more than 100 arrests in the crime-plagued community in six weeks and just hours before the start of a two-day gun buyback initiative. The most-recent shooting was reported shortly after 12:20 a.m. on Friday, when a 29-year-old man was shot multiple times on the 1200 block of Washington Avenue, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said outside of a gun buy back event at Asbury Park Shiloh Community Fellowship Ministry
WASHINGTON — A Democratic congressman from Virginia raised his voice on the House floor Friday and lamented how the Republican push to defund Obamacare makes him less “proud” to be a member of Congress. “I used to be really proud of this institution,” Virginia Rep. Jim Moran said before the body voted Friday on a continuing resolution that defunds Obamacare. “I used to be able to go through my community and, many of those who have served as long as I have, know what it was like to be proud to be a member of Congress.” Moran’s dramatic remarks came before
Two Democratic members of the House voted with Republicans Friday to defund Obamacare and fund the government until the end of the year: Utah Rep. Jim Matheson and North Carolina Rep. Mike McIntyre. Matheson is the sole Democratic member of the Utah delegation, a state that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney won with almost 73 percent of the vote. Matheson, on the other hand, eked out a win in 2012, beating former Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love in 2012 by fewer than 3,000 votes. Love has said she’ll challenge Matheson again in 2014. McIntyre’s race was even tighter: he beat Republican
Washington — Sens. Robert Menendez and Jeffrey Chiesa and Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. announced more than $17 million from two federal grant programs Thursday, including $1.3 million to reimburse Paramus for cleaning up debris left by Superstorm Sandy and more than $8 million for economic development programs in Bergen County. The grants announced by Menendez and Chiesa, totaling $6.3 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), included: — $1.3 million to Paramus for loading, hauling and disposal of debris left by Sandy. — $3.7 million to the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management for grants-processing expenses. — $1.3 million to the New Jersey
In his first national media interview since losing the New York City mayoral primary, former Rep. Anthony Weiner joined Geraldo Rivera for a nearly 20-minute appearance on Rivera’s radio show Friday, taking responsibility for his loss while also blaming the media for focusing on his sexting scandal. As he did on the trail, Weiner said he tried to run a campaign on the issues, but he admitted that revelations of further sexting after his resignation from Congress led to his loss. Continue Reading Text Size - + reset Latest on POLITICO King: Shutdown an Obama ´tantrum´ Anthony Weiner: ´I´m not an idiot´ Coal-state Democrats slam EPA Source: W.H. pushing Yellen nod
On Thursday, while denying that a "stand-down order" was given to Special Forces members ready to help Americans who were under siege at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi last September, one of the heads of the Benghazi Accountability Review Board (ARB) admitted that a "hold in place" order was in fact given. Testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Admiral Mike Mullen said that the direction given to Special Operations Command Africa commander Lt. Col Gibson was to "hold in place" on the night of the attacks. Gibson is the boss of Gregory Hicks, the former deputy chief
As a historian and a former speaker of the House who negotiated successfully through two government shutdowns, a successful welfare reform bill, the first tax cut in 16 years and four balanced budgets, I am offended and a little frightened by President Barack Obama´s deliberate dishonesty about the debt ceiling. On Wednesday, speaking to the Business Roundtable, Obama said: "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
A House aide e-mails in making the entirely correct point that while Cruz never said his “plan” would work, he harshly denounced anyone who pointed out that it wouldn’t work (when skeptics said it wouldn’t have the votes in the Senate, they were part of the “surrender caucus”): . . .one thing to keep in mind, from the perspective of our members — for months now, our members have been branded as establishment RINOs, quitters, squishes and everything else AND, with the outside groups joining in on the Ted Cruz/Mike Lee bandwagon, threatened with primaries if we didn’t FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT.
WASHINGTON –Employers cut jobs in 20 states last month, suggesting modest improvement in the U.S. job market this year is not enough to benefit all areas of the country. The Labor Department said Friday that 29 states added jobs, while Montana showed no net gain or loss in August. Unemployment rates rose in 18 states, fell in 17 and were unchanged in 15. "The picture is decidedly mixed," said Jim Diffley, chief US regional economist at IHS Global Insight. "We´re still optimistic about the improvement (in hiring), but it´s been slow." Nationally, the economy added 169,000 jobs in August,
On Thursday, Home Depot became yet another company that announced it would shift part-time workers to the government-run healthcare exchanges. In addition, a company spokesperson conceded that full-time employees, though they will still get health benefits, would pay more due to an increase in costs next year. Companies like Trader Joe´s and Walgreens have made similar announcements before the Obamacare exchanges are set to open in October. According to a company spokesperson, "Home Depot´s change would affect roughly 20,000 part-time workers who previously had chosen the limited liability medical plan the company offered," which, as Reuters notes, companies can no longer
The Internal Revenue Service won a ruling from a third-party mediator that decided the agency isn’t obligated to pay $70 million in scheduled bonus payouts that outraged many in Congress. But the fight isn’t over. The mediator’s ruling is being appealed to a federal panel by the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents IRS workers. NTEU President Colleen Kelley has asked the Federal Services Impasses Panel to review the ongoing dispute over whether employees’ bargaining contract mandates that the IRS grant the performance awards. The IRS said it has already used the $70 million to offset two planned furlough days. In
KATY, Texas- Eli Gau admits his 3-year-old son Ryan and 1-year-old son Ethan are a handful at times. "They´re kind of active,” Gau said. “They act like children. They´re not adults." So he and his wife thought nothing of it when they brought their boys to an Applebee’s restaurant in Katy for dinner Sunday night. Gau said everything seemed fine until his oldest boy began wandering away from the table. "I went and grabbed him,” Gau said. ”As I was grabbing him and coming back, the manager was walking to me.” He said the manager told him that the children were making too