House Republicans started the shutdown clock ticking today with a bill that would fund the government through the end of the year but defund Obamacare (also known as the Affordable Care Act). The question facing the political class now is: Will they or won´t they? Do they have the guts – the sheer will – to do what´s right, or faced with a government shutdown, will they cave and fall back on familiar, squishy positions. I refer, of course, to the media. If the GOP really does force a government shutdown will the media fairly assign blame, or will they
In a recent interview with Salon, outspoken progressive Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) hailed the rise of what he called “stealth socialism” through America’s recent monetary policy decisions. Asked by interviewer David Dayen whether the financial system has become “safer” in the years since the financial collapse and subsequent government interventions like 2010´s Dodd-Frank bill, Grayson praised the Federal Reserve for its “unconventional” policies that have “put us back on a low-level track toward growth.” Asked about the Fed’s expanding balance sheet, the Florida Democrat said: “We’ve had a government takeover of the bond market. Stealth socialism’s been created. Government simply ends
Tunisian women who have travelled to Syria to offer themselves to Islamist fighters are returning home pregnant with rebels´ children, it has been revealed. A Tunisian government minister told members of parliament this week the women, who are waging ´sexual jihad´, are ´having sexual relations with 20,30,100´ men before returning to Tunisia pregnant. Interior Minister Lotfi ben Jeddou made the revelations at the National Constituent Assembly on Thursday, though didn´t elaborate on the number of women who have returned in this condition. ´After the sexual liaisons they have there in the name of ´jihad al-nikah´ — (sexual holy war, in Arabic)
I read the subject line for the latest message on my neighborhood listserv with interest: “Kids Cutting Grass?” A few years ago I’d used a post with a similar headline to find someone to do some yard work. My husband and I had hired a neighborhood kid whose Dad had died the year prior after a long illness. Maybe 13 years old, he’d taken to doing yard work to raise much-needed money and have something to do.
ATLANTA — Tiger Woods was doing his best to get back into the mix Friday at the Tour Championship. The last five holes changed everything. Woods made a double bogey from the trees and a triple bogey with a tee shot into the water. That turned one of the best rounds of the day into a 1-over 71 that kept him at the bottom of the pack. "I put everything I had into that start and didn´t have much at the end," Woods said. "Just ran out of gas." Woods made his first birdie of the tournament on his
NEW YORK - These are some of the reasons why CNNMoney readers say they´ll opt to pay a penalty for not having health insurance in 2014, rather than sign up for a policy in the state-based exchanges or through their companies. (Snip) So a person making $50,000 would not be eligible for a subsidy and would pay full price -- typically around $2,400 to $3,600 a year in premiums -- for a plan. If he declined to get insurance, he would only be subject to a $400 penalty for the year. A couple earning that amount would receive a roughly
HARTFORD — A Farmington parent has filed a human rights complaint against the Hartford school system following a magnet school field trip last fall in which students participated in a slavery re-enactment that included the use of racial slurs. Sandra Baker said Thursday that her daughter, who is African American, and fellow classmates at Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy were essentially "terrorized" during the nighttime Underground Railroad exercise that was part of a field trip to Nature´s Classroom in Charlton, Mass. Parents were not informed that students would be part of a slavery re-enactment, said Baker, a social worker. Baker
JERUSALEM — With a harsh, quick-fire condemnation of the Iranian president even as the White House is making overtures in his direction, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel presaged a potential showdown with President Obama over how to address Iran’s nuclear program, a point of contention between the two men, and the countries they lead, for years. Amid news that Mr. Obama had reached out to the newly elected Iranian leader, Hassan Rouhani, with a private letter, and renewed discussion in Washington of negotiations that could lift sanctions against Iran, Mr. Netanyahu’s office dismissed as “media spin” a flurry of
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