Congress: Let´s applaud the steadfast Republicans pushing the "defund ObamaCare" strategy. Forcing Democrats to vote yet again on this costly, job-killing health reform will help defeat them next year. Critics of the "defunders" — and there are smart, principled minds within their number — warn that Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah and the Tea Party Republicans in the House of Representatives are saving President Obama from his various failures and scandals. That depends. Cruz is unfairly accused of having no endgame. Actually, he does, and he outlined it for RealClearPolitics.com. If Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid rejects the
Assuming a federal government shutdown come October, there´s a sure-fire way for the Republicans to win the ensuing war of words. Without a hint of hyperbole, they should promise voters a future of widespread private jet ownership. The above proclamation is easy to laugh at — many surely will — but when Karl Friedrich Benz created the first gasoline-powered car in 1885, it was exponentially crazier to contend then that cars would be a middle-class good within 25 years. But by the second decade of the 20th century, the once-inconceivable-to-own luxury that was the automobile had become rather commonplace. Thanks to Henry
Loud explosions were heard, followed by billowing smoke, but it appears to be originating from behind the mall, in one of the lower annexes. Presumably the final assault, or something near to it, has begun. (Snip) Lovely touch that. Killing civilians and using them as doorstops. That little vignette describes the earnestness of war, the dead seriousness of it; the kind of all-encompassing condition that it is. To the Shabaabs, people — someone’s wife, child or husband — were just so many sandbags to be used in a tactical situation. Their attitude exemplifies the total commitment, the mental difference between
First in a massive series on the media’s treatment of Hillary Rodham Clinton. A panel on MSNBC this morning dug into the extensive New York Magazine story on Hillary Rodham Clinton, with a focus on her likelihood as a presidential candidate in 2016. Guest host Mara Schiavocampo cited a quote from a source in the story saying that Clinton’s march to presidential contention is “like a force of history.” When given a chance to opine on that matter, MSNBC.com’s Timothy Noah sought cold water, calling “overwrought” the “idea that she is being buffeted by the winds of history.” The process, argued
Second in a massive series on the media’s treatment of Hillary Rodham Clinton. “Clintonworld” accorded Joe Hagan a high degree of cooperation for his much-discussed story on Hillary Rodham Clinton in New York Magazine. The former secretary of state herself chatted with Hagan, conceding that she does indeed wrestle with the prospect of running for president. “I think I have a pretty good idea of the political and governmental challenges that are facing our leaders, and I’ll do whatever I can from whatever position I find myself in to advocate for the values and the policies I think are right
The sharp decline in illegal immigration to the US during the long economic downturn has ended, a research group has estimated. The number of immigrants in the US illegally edged up to 11.7 million in 2012 from 11.3 million in 2009, the Pew Research Center found. The number of illegal immigrants had declined over several years from a high of 12.2 million in 2007. The recent growth is largely driven by immigrants from outside of Mexico. "As a whole, with the recession ending, the decrease in illegal immigration has stopped," said Jeffrey Passel, a senior demographer at Pew.
A dead white woman has been found among Islamic terrorists killed by soldiers as they stormed the mall where 62 shoppers were slaughtered this weekend, Kenyan officials said. The claim, made by three sources to news agency Reuters, will fuel speculation that the dead woman is Samantha Lewthwaite, the widow of 7/7 bomber Jermaine Lindsay, who is wanted by Kenyan police on a string of terror charges. Police will also investigate the possibility that she is a hostage dressed in one of the terrorist´s clothes. Asked if it was Lewthwaite, dubbed the ´White Widow´, an intelligence officer said: ´We don´t know.´ Moments after
Because of her longstanding support for abortion, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), a Catholic, must be denied Communion under the law of the Catholic Church, said Cardinal Raymond Burke, head of the highest court at the Vatican. Cardinal Burke referenced his remarks about Pelosi to Canon Law--the law governing the Catholic Church--and specifically Canon 915, which says those Catholics who obstinately persevere “in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.” “Certainly this is a case when Canon 915 must be applied,” said Cardinal Burke in an interview reprinted on Sept. 5 in The Wanderer, a
Appearing at the International Women´s Earth and Climate Summit in New York City, Turner proposed “men be barred from political office. They could do everything else, be president of universities, business leaders, but they just couldn’t serve in any elected position for 100 years” SALLY RANNEY, MODERATOR: There’s one other number that I want to put on the table here and that is that there is only 20 percent, 20 percent of the parliamentarians in the world are women. That’s another number that intersects here, and we have to get a lot more women into elected office. And I think,
Less than four hours after a three-judge panel of the 3rd Court of Appeals reversed former U.S. House of Representative Tom Delay´s felony convictions and acquitted him of money laundering and conspiring to money launder, prosecutors from the Travis County District Attorney´s office said they will ask the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to review that ruling.
Sarah "Mama Grizzly" Palin emerged from her lair over the weekend to offer the Ursine-American perspective on ObamaCare. In an op-ed for Breitbart.com, Palin praises the House for its 230-189 vote to defund ObamaCare--or, to be precise, to pass a "continuing resolution" that would fund the government but does not include money for ObamaCare. There is a problem, and it has 100 members, two from each state. The House vote was almost entirely along party lines: Only two Democrats, Utah´s Jim Matheson and North Carolina´s Mike McIntyre, voted "yes"; both voted against ObamaCare in 2010, and each came within 1,000 votes
Vandals have torched a statue of President Ronald Reagan at a California park he praised for being started by private citizens and not the government. The Ronald Reagan Sports Park in Temecula has a life-size bronze statue of the 40th president - a tribute to his warm words for the park and its founders. At least one park administrator is suggesting the crime was politically-motivated - committed by someone who doesn´t like Reagan or the conservative viewpoint he has come to represent.
With the ratings building up to the season finale of “Breaking Bad,” AMC has made the clever decision to air every episode of the series. Yes, every episode. The marathon is called “Countdown to Finale.” It starts Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. with the very first episode from January 20, 2008, when Walter White (Bryan Cranston) was a mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher celebrating his 50th birthday with his pregnant wife Skyler (Anna Gunn) and son. He later learns that he has inoperable lung cancer. In those days, meth was just something he saw in a report on the
David Cameron’s decision to cut short his traditional September visit to Balmoral and return to London to chair a meeting of the Cobra emergency response committee illustrates the seriousness of his Government’s response to the terrorist attack in Kenya. [Snip] Al-Shabaab, the al-Qaeda-linked group based in neighbouring Somalia, has claimed responsibility for the atrocity, saying that it was carried out in retaliation for the military campaign Kenya is waging against Islamist militants. More than 4,000 Kenyan troops are currently deployed in Somalia as part of an African Union force set up to support the Somali government in its efforts to
The U.S. military and tattoos have an entangled history. The rise of the tattoo in popular culture started with floods of inked veterans—especially from World War II—returning home with them. The first tattoo parlor in New York City, established in 1846, served to mark up Civil War soldiers. It is that strong history that´s probably the reason why a blog post on the Army´s website declared in 2009, "Today, it seems, you couldn´t throw a rock into an Army formation without hitting a Soldier with at least one tattoo." So it might be strange for the Army to put forth
There is a dreadful symmetry to the terrorist atrocity in Kenya. The outrage in Westgate shopping centre shows not only the enduring ability of al-Qaeda’s brethren to kill and maim in the teeth of the biggest counter-terrorism campaign in history, it reminds us that Nairobi was the place where Osama bin Laden’s network first demonstrated its lethal potency.[Snip] The heavily fortified US embassy was the nominal target, but a vulnerable nearby tower block bore the brunt of the blast. For a terrible instant, the sky above the crowded streets of central Nairobi rained shards of jagged glass, blinding scores of
Embattled IRS official Lois Lerner is retiring from the agency effective Monday, two congressional aides told POLITICO. Lerner sparked the IRS scandal in May when she acknowledged that the agency wrongly targeted tea party groups applying for a tax exemption. She was placed on administrative leave later that month and is under a subpoena to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. A Democratic congressional aide said the IRS was moving toward terminating Lerner after completing an investigation into her role in the targeting controversy. The IRS found that Lerner mismanaged her department and was “neglectful of duty”
From all of last week´s headlines saying that the Pope wants to forget this nonsense about abortion and gays, you´d imagine that Germaine Greer had been elected to run the Catholic Church. Actually what the Pope was saying was that he wants the Church to talk more about what it´s for than what it´s against. But that doesn´t mean it won´t still be against those things that contradict its teachings and traditions. Just ask Greg Reynolds of Melbourne--a priest who appears to have been both defrocked and excommunicated because of his radical views on women clergy and gay marriage. From
The White House is trying to hide unpopular provisions in the Senate’s immigration bill that would allow immigrant criminals to stay in the country and would increase the inflow of low-skill refugees from war-torn countries, says a top White House official. “The bill has a number of other important provisions that have stayed under the radar, and we’d actually like to keep them under the radar,” said Esther Olavarria, the White House’s director of immigration reform. “We haven’t played [them] up because we want to be able to maintain them as we go through the legislative process,” she told about 50 attendees
Better known for its handy pocketknives and Vatican guards than for fighting wars, the Swiss Army of conscripts is still necessary to protect the Alpine federation and its nearly 200-year-old policy of neutrality, voters have decided. In the third referendum on conscription in 25 years, Swiss voters defeated a pacifist group´s proposal to abolish the draft with a resounding 73% no vote on Sunday. The abolitionists from the Switzerland Without an Army group had argued that the 4.7 billion Swiss francs ($5.1 billion) spent to keep 155,000 troops at the ready was a waste of taxpayer funds in a country
Sochi, Russia - Russian President Vladimir Putin warned ex-Soviet allies on Monday that Islamist militancy fuelling the war in Syria could reach their countries, some of which have Muslim majorities. He said Russia and its allies would provide "additional collective assistance" to Tajikistan to guard its border with Afghanistan after the pullout of most foreign combat troops in 2014. Russia, which has a large Muslim minority of its own and is fighting an Islamist insurgency, has accused the West of helping militants by seeking Syrian President Bashar al-Assad´s removal without paying enough attention to the potential consequences.
It started as an appeal to principle against pure pragmatism. It is ending as farce. After getting their way in the House of Representatives last Friday when House Speaker John Boehner agreed to push through a bill funding the government but not ObamaCare, Tea Party hardliners were faced with a problem. Once the bill was in the Senate’s hands, the Democratic majority would trash it. So in order to continue their quixotic quest, Senator Ted Cruz, whose fiery rhetoric and implicit threats of primary opposition for any Republican who didn’t join his suicide caucus had helped create this dilemma, had
The Richmond Times-Dispatch hasn’t endorsed in the Virginia governor’s race yet. But after Sunday’s editorial… we can guess who they’re NOT endorsing: When it comes to raking together piles of cash, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe is without peer. On questions of actual governance, though, his troubling lack of mastery and odd flippancy combine to paint a portrait of a deeply unserious candidate. The editorial goes on to describe McAuliffe’s refusal to name the positions in the governor’s Cabinet; his dismissal of questions from Northern Virginia Technology Council’s Tech PAC (the group subsequently endorsed Ken Cuccinelli), and his recent claim
Two massive stories focused on the world of the Clintons — Hillary, Bill and Chelsea — came out on Sunday. The first, in New York magazine, was a generally friendly treatment that made clear that Hillary Clinton is running for president in 2016 — even if she doesn’t know it yet. The second, in the New Republic, was a far tougher piece profiling Doug Band, Bill Clinton’s long-time consigliere.
President Obama is “likely” to meet with congressional leaders this week about funding the government, the White House said Monday. “I think it’s likely that the president will meet with leaders,” Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One. “I don´t have a time for that or a day for that. But here’s the bottom line: Congress needs to act responsibly in order to ensure that the government does not shut down.” Aides on Capitol Hill have said since last week that the White House was attempting to schedule a meeting with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid