Here’s looking at you, Harry Reid. In the final days leading up to the expiration date for America’s “temporary budget,” the House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution that will fund all parts of the government at sequestration levels through Dec. 15. It just won’t fund Obamacare. The Republicans’ position is reasonable. If the health care law isn’t ready to be implemented in full, the American people should not be paying for it. No Republican is calling for a government shutdown, because that doesn’t defund Obamacare. We are demanding an Obamacare shutdown. You can fund the government without funding Obamacare,
Lois G. Lerner, the woman at the center of the IRS tea party targeting scandal, retired from the agency Monday morning after an internal investigation found she was guilty of “neglect of duties” and was going to call for her ouster, according to congressional staff. Her departure marks the first person to pay a significant price in the scandal, though Republicans were quick to say her decision doesn’t put the matter to rest, and pointed out that she can still be called before Congress to testify. The IRS confirmed Ms. Lerner’s retirement in a statement, but said it couldn’t release
President Obama said on an open microphone at the U.N. General Assembly Monday that he quit smoking six years ago "because I´m afraid of my wife." "I hope you quit smoking," he told a fellow attendee, according to audio played Monday by CNN. After the man said he smokes "sometimes," Obama said he chews Nicorette nicotine gum and that "I haven´t had a cigarette in probably six years." He then jokes: "That´ because I´m scared of my wife." Michelle Obama previously said that Obama quit smoking sometime around 2010.
A government shutdown next week would jeopardize the paychecks of more than 800,000 federal workers who could be told to stay home. More than 2 million other employees who are deemed essential by the government — including the active military — would be entitled to their salaries but might not get paid on time. While there is no law requiring that nonessential employees be compensated if they are ordered off the job, Congress has in the past voted to reimburse their losses once the shutdown ended. But this go-round could be different. The bitterly divided Congress includes many lawmakers who
NAIROBI — One of the Islamist militants wore a white turban, witnesses said, while others wore black head scarves. Most were in civilian clothes, but a few wore camouflage fatigues. Some carried sophisticated machine guns, and others wielded the AK-47 rifles widely used by African insurgents. Most of the extremists who seized the upscale Nairobi mall were young and barked orders in English. By Monday evening, Kenyan security forces said they controlled much of the Westgate Premier Shopping Mall, although several militants from al-Shabab, a group allied with al-Qaeda, appeared dug in, determined to fight to the death. With the
At Sunday’s memorial for the victims of the Navy Yard shooting rampage, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray blamed the tragedy on too many guns in this country. While praising the first responders to the attack Gray said, “We’re reviewing their response to learn as many lessons as we can from this event. But there’s one lesson that’s already abundantly clear. Our country is drowning in a sea of guns.” According the District of Columbia’s 2012 Annual Report (page 25), the homicide rate in the nation´s capital has dropped by 53 percent between 2008 and 2012. Gray went on to compare the D.C. shooting with
On Monday afternoon, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz asked for unanimous consent to immediately consider the House Continuing Resolution to fund the government and avoid a shutdown. The legislation would also take steps to avoid a default on government debt while Congress debates a raising of the debt ceiling. Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid was on hand to block the request. After Reid´s block, Cruz noted in remarks that the move keeps open the possibility of a government shutdown next week and a default on the national debt later in October. "He is willing to risk a government shutdown," Cruz said about
An off-duty member of the SAS emerged as a hero of the Nairobi siege yesterday, after he was credited with saving up to 100 lives. The soldier was having coffee at the Westgate mall when it was attacked by Islamists on Saturday. With a gun tucked into his waistband, he was pictured helping two women from the complex. He is said to have returned to the building on a dozen occasions, despite intense gunfire. A friend in Nairobi said: ‘What he did was so heroic. He was having coffee with friends when it happened. ‘He went back in 12 times and saved
Former vice president Al Gore on Monday called for making climate change "denial" a taboo in society. “Within the market system we have to put a price on carbon, and within the political system, we have to put a price on denial,” Gore said at the Social Good Summit New York City. “It is simply not acceptable for major companies to mimic the unethical strategy of the tobacco companies in presenting blatantly false information in order to protect a business model,” Gore added, alleging that’s what some oil and coal companies are doing. “There needs to be a political price for denial.”
Public money is being wasted on climate change-tackling schemes based on dodgy Met Office figures, an environmental think tank has claimed. The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), chaired by former Chancellor Lord Lawson, published a report today which argues the UK’s official climate projections, known as UKCP09, are incorrect. Using research conducted by independent climate scientist Nic Lewis, the GWPF argues a flaw in the Met Office´s computer climate model means it is bound to predict fairly high warming in the UK whatever observational data is used. The Government uses the Met Office predictions when it comes to building roads,
As the Kenyan government declared that its forces were close to achieving success after three days of carnage which has left 62 dead and more than 100 injured, a lethal and grim threat was emerging from the fires of the Westland shopping complex – that of international jihad. The terrorist “spectacular” with which al-Shabaab sought to demonstrate that it was not confined to Somalia was carried out by fighters from the US, Britain, Canada, Sweden, Syria, Finland, Russia, Dagestan and Kenya as well as Somalia, according to the organisation’s own tweets. The victims, too, came from different backgrounds: 10 countries.
As close observers of history and human nature, James Madison and the other Founders of the U.S. Constitution knew that the equal and unbiased application of the law to all people, especially elected officials, is essential to freedom and justice and one of the primary safeguards from authoritarianism and oppression by a ruling class. And so, referring to the members of Congress, James Madison wrote in Federalist No. 57: "[T]hey can make no law which will not have its full operation on themselves and their friends, as well as on the great mass of the society." Today, elected officials need to be
Buried for more than 40 years inside the plane they were flying when they were shot down over Laos in 1969, Major James Sizemore and his navigator Major Howard Andre made their final journey home Monday to Arlington National Cemetery, where they were laid to rest just the way they flew: side by side. A single bugler played TAPS as the families of the airmen gathered and two horse drawn caissons made their way through the cemetery. Overhead, eight civilian pilots performed a tribute flyover at their own expense after the Air Force said it couldn’t perform a traditional flyover
Bloodthirsty jihadists who stormed a Kenyan mall played a sick quiz game with victims, killing those failing to name the Prophet Muhammad’s mother and sparing those who could. The bizarre game of life and death came amid the gunfire, grenade blasts and screams of the doomed in the swanky Westgate Shopping Center in Nairobi, survivors said. One French mother came face-to-face with the terrorists, who shot her in the thigh as she shielded her two children with her body. “He told me I had to change my religion to Islam and said, ‘Do you forgive us? Do you forgive us?’" the
NAIROBI, Kenya—Kenyan officials early Tuesday said the remaining hostages had been freed from an upscale Nairobi mall, but added that security forces were still conducting operations throughout the building. On Monday afternoon, the security forces mounted a major assault in an effort to free the people still believed to be inside. Gunfire and explosions erupted as the operation started, accompanied by a black plume of smoke billowing into the air. Meanwhile, sketchy details began to emerge about the assailants. A Caucasian-looking woman in a head scarf, said a Western security officer briefed on the assault, fired on shoppers at the Westgate mall with
Last Wednesday, I drove out to GAT Guns in East Dundee, Illinois, about an hour northwest of Chicago. Located down the street from Santa’s Village Azoosment Park (the day I drove by, beyond the over-sized candy cane-framed entrance, the park was still and silent) and next door to Club Premier (the flashing digital sign in front of which offered the rental space to those with upcoming banquets, quinceañeras, sweet sixteens, birthdays, and weddings), this is not your average gun store. The massive building, which used to house a restaurant with a speakeasy theme, contains a sprawling, 65,000-square-foot firearms superstore, making
If Congress is unable to reach a deal on the budget, and the government shuts down next week, Americans will blame both political parties about equally, according to a new Pew Research Center poll. The poll shows 39 percent would blame Republicans, while 36 percent would blame Democrats. The difference is within the margin of error. The numbers are the same as they were two years ago when Congress confronted another potential shutdown. But they stand in contrast to a Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted before the 1995/1996 government shutdown, in which Americans said they would blame Republicans over Democrats by a
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has offered election integrity group True The Vote its tax-exempt status in what appears to be a bid to keep the group from proceeding with discovery on its lawsuit against the agency, Breitbart News has learned exclusively. “We are pleased and relieved that the IRS and the DOJ are finally doing what should have been done three years ago, which is to recognize TTV as a charitable and educational organization, which we have always been and will continue to be,” True The Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said in a statement provided exclusively to Breitbart News.
Terror: George W. Bush took a lot of flak for saying you were either with the U.S. or with the terrorists. Now that Kenya has been attacked by U.S.-based terrorists, maybe it´s time to fight Islamofascists, not coddle them. It was a classic al-Qaida operation in Nairobi over the weekend: a glittering international-grade mall frequented by foreigners, a country that´s rising economically in the world and a two-pronged military-style assault aimed at slaughtering everyone who moved, the bloody photographs and footage the terrorists´ press release to the news for days on end. Terrorists tied to al-Qaida´s franchise in Somalia, al-Shabab, killed at
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.