A Vatican official in Rome says House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), a Catholic, should be denied communion because she supports abortion rights. “This is a person who obstinately, after repeated admonitions, persists in a grave sin, cooperating with the crime of procured abortion,” Raymond Cardinal Leo Burke said in an interview with Catholic publication The Wanderer. (Snip) At the press conference on an abortion bill, Pelosi said, “As a practicing and respectful Catholic, this is sacred ground to me when we talk about this. I don’t think it should have anything to do with politics."
United Nations - The United States signed a U.N. Arms Trade Treaty regulating the $70 billion global trade in conventional arms on Wednesday and the Obama administration sought to allay the fears of the powerful U.S. gun lobby which says the pact will violate the constitutional rights of Americans. The treaty, which relates only to cross-border trade and aims to keep weapons out of the hands of human rights abusers and criminals, still requires ratification by the U.S. Senate and has been attacked by the influential gun rights group the National Rifle Association (NRA). Among the NRA arguments against the
One of President Obama’s strongest health care advocates in Congress, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, is advocating for changes to Obamacare, counseling Democrats that “we must not treat every minute provision in the law as sacred.” In a move that might surprise many in her party, Wasserman Schultz, who is also the head of the Democratic National Committee, said the Obamacare supporters currently fighting GOP demands to defund the health care act “should be open to suggestions for improving the law.” (Snip) Wasserman Schultz, a breast cancer survivor, has been one of the most passionate defenders of Obamacare and in
The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library will no longer be the CEO of Politico, a position he has held since the publication debuted in 2007. On Sunday, Fred Ryan, the founding CEO of the beltway-centric publication, announced he would step down from his position in the near future after Politico´s parent company sold off its television holdings to invest more in the publication. "Although it has been a difficult decision to make, I have concluded that the closing of the sale will be the logical time to pursue other career options that have
Johannesburg – A British woman thought to be linked to the Nairobi mall attacks used an assumed South African identity to take out bank loans and rent property in Johannesburg, local media reported Wednesday. Samantha Lewthwaite -- wanted by Kenyan police for alleged involvement in a separate terror plot -- used the known alias Natalie Faye Webb to rent at least three properties and run up debts of $8,600 (6,400 euros), according to the eNews Channel Africa (eNCA). The 29-year-old Muslim convert -- nicknamed the "White Widow" because her husband was among the 2005 London suicide bombers --
The Senate moved Wednesday to take up a House-passed temporary spending bill that defunds President Obama’s health-care law, despite Sen. Ted Cruz’s more than 21-hour attempt to delay the legislation. Shortly after 1 p.m., the funding bill passed its first procedural hurdle in the Senate, which voted unanimously to invoke cloture on a motion to proceed on the House’s continuing resolution. The Senate now is scheduled to hold up to 30 hours of debate on the funding bill. The development came after Cruz (R-Tex.) ended his marathon talking attack on the Affordable Care Act, which was signed into
WASHINGTON — Government agents acting without authorization conducted dozens of undercover investigations of illegal tobacco sales, misused some of $162 million in profits from the stings and lost track of at least 420 million cigarettes, the Justice Department´s inspector general said Wednesday. In one case, ATF agents sold $15 million in cigarettes and later turned over $4.9 million in profits from the sales to a confidential informant — even though the agency did not properly account for the transaction. The ATF´s newly-appointed director, B. Todd Jones, said the audit covered only selected, "historical" ATF investigations between 2006 and 2011, and said the
As the U.S. heads toward a potential government shutdown or default, the public is more alienated from Washington than at any time since the aftermath of the 2011 downgrade of the nation’s credit rating. President Barack Obama’s 47 percent favorability rating and the 34 percent positive reading for Republicans are the worst ever for both in the Bloomberg National Poll, which began in 2009. The 44 percent approval rating of the Democratic Party is at a two-year low. Obama’s 45 percent job-approval rating is the lowest since September 2011, a month after a partisan showdown over lifting the debt ceiling brought
Senator Marco Rubio stated today that Democrat Senators will have to vote on funding Obamacare, and then explain it to their constituents, why they supported such a disastrous healthcare law. Do you agree with Rubio? Obama was smart to push off the Obamacare business mandate until after the 2014 elections, because he knew how adversely it would affect Americans in the short term. But because several Democratic Senators, and all of the members of the House, will be up for re-election in 2014, how Obamacare unfolds will probably dictate the political futures of these elected officials.
If you want to find Sen. Ted Cruz’s biggest fans in the wake of his marathon speech on the Senate floor against Obamacare, just listen to conservative talk radio hosts. Coming on air after the Texas Republican wrapped his 21 hour, 19 minute long talkathon, Rush Limbaugh told his listeners that Cruz is “doing exactly what he was elected to do” and is “fighting for the soul of his party.” “He’s fighting for the American people, even those that don’t know he’s fighting for them,” he said on Wednesday’s show. Limbaugh also blasted the implication by the “Washington establishment, the Republican
The Islamic militants who stormed the Kenyan mall rented a shop inside the complex apparently to store a cache of guns and explosives before the attack, it was claimed today. The Kenyan Interior Ministry said the terror group may have had control of the store for three months leading up to the siege which has left as many as 72 shoppers dead. Law enforcement officials believe the arsenal of weapons used in the atrocity were smuggled in, which suggests they may have been kept inside the shop during that time. The claims were made as Kenya began a forensic investigation inside the mall
President Obama´s high school best friend, who at one time was ´like a brother´ to him, has been accused of brutally raping and beating a woman, it emerged today. Keith Kiyoshi Kakugawa, 54, from Eureka, California, was arrested at his home last Sunday and booked into Humboldt County Jail on suspicion of false imprisonment, sexual penetration by force, oral copulation by force and battery. The arrest is the latest in a long list of convictions for Kakugawa, who was close friends with the President when they both attended Panahou High School. Since then, their lives have gone down completely different paths
Ted Cruz may not be a household name in the UK, but he is a rising star in the American conservative movement, and a key figure to watch for the 2016 presidential race. The Princeton and Harvard-educated Senator from Texas is making waves in Washington, with his marathon speech on the floor of the Senate against Obamacare. [Snip] He is a conviction politician who takes a clear stand for conservative values, and isn’t afraid to take on the Establishment of his own party. He is increasingly popular with grassroots Republicans, who see him as a figure who is unwilling to
Back in June, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis became a national darling of the left when she filibustered in opposition to legislation, ultimately passed in July, which bans most abortions in the Lone Star State after 20 weeks of pregnancy and "requires doctors performing an abortion to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic." The arch-liberal Huffington Post was among those losing all perspective over the alleged wonders of Wendy Davis. An astute tweet carried at Twitchy.com (original tweet here) notes that at one point it headlined Davis´s stalling tactics as "THE FILIBUSTER HEARD
The recent theft of massive amounts of highly sensitive U.S. military equipment from Libya is far worse than previously thought, Fox News has learned, with raiders swiping hundreds of weapons that are now in the hands of militia groups aligned with terror organizations and the Muslim Brotherhood. The equipment, as Fox News previously reported, was used for training in Libya by U.S. Special Forces. The training team, which was funded by the Pentagon, has since been pulled, partly in response to the overnight raids last August. According to State Department and military sources, dozens of highly armored vehicles called GMV´s, provided
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, rose to speak on the Senate floor at 2:41 p.m. on Tuesday. He stood up in opposition to Obamacare, he said. And he said he would continue to speak until he could no longer stand. By Wednesday morning, Cruz and some of his colleagues were still standing. He was cut off by a new day of Senate business at noon by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. It was not a filibuster. But it was a very, very long speech from the Texas senator who has been the center of attention in D.C.´s budget fight, and the
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) ended his marathon talking attack on President Obama’s health-care law at noon Wednesday when he ran into a deadline imposed by Senate rules, allowing the body to take up a funding bill aimed at averting a looming government shutdown. The feat of stamina, which lasted more than 21 hours, threatened to complicate House GOP efforts to pass the funding bill after the Senate modifies the House version. (Snip) The end of the speech-making, a filibuster in all but name, followed an exchange late Wednesday morning in which Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) informed Cruz
Craftsbury, Vt. In their seemingly quixotic efforts to reduce emissions, energy companies have increasingly tilted towards windmills. The United States now houses some 45,000 wind turbines on nearly 900 wind farms. That’s enough to power about 1.6 million homes, according to the American Wind Energy Association. Despite the much-hyped natural gas boom, wind is now the number one source of new power generation in the country; 43 percent of the generating capacity that came online last year was from wind. The main benefit of wind power is obvious: It generates no air or water pollution, and none of the carbon emissions
Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) is frustrated with being the minority in the upper chamber. “It’s hard to win anything in the Harry Reid Senate. That’s just a fundamental problem of life where we work,” he said on Fox New’s “On the Record” Tuesday evening. Reid (D-Nev.), the Senate Majority Leader, has promised to strip language defunding ObamaCare from the government spending measure the House passed Friday. Vitter and other Senate Republicans, however, support the House’s defunding language. The senator said he’ll vote no in the cloture votes scheduled for Wednesday and later this week in an attempt to stall the
The White House has posted the text of President Obama’s speech to the United Nations yesterday here. Paul has ably extracted the highlights, so to speak, and explicated them here. Obama’s speech should be read in its entirety. The speech represents a comprehensive map of misreading, to borrow Harold Bloom’s phrase. It takes us on a tour of American interests focused on the Middle East and advertises the cluelessness that emanates from the top of the Obama administration. The speech deserves a knowledgeable line by line annotation exposing its errors and fatuities. I find this to be incredibly offensive: “The ban against
The Nairobi mall attack has conjured up memories of the first terrorist attack I ever remember, the Lod airport massacre. You may never have heard of it—or of Lod airport, for that matter, which is the main airport in Tel Aviv and was later renamed Ben Gurion Airport after Israel’s founder and first prime minister. But the Lod massacre remains one of the most terrifying in the long list of terrorist attacks that have followed, and at the time it was perpetrated (1972) it was especially horrific. Masterminded by the PLO (specifically, its hard left wing the PLFP), it was also
On Morning Joe, Chris Matthews made a stunning admission. At the conclusion of a discussion about the Cruz "filibuster", Matthews said that Cruz was playing to his crowd. He went on to say: We all know this country is balkanized..and he´s playing to that 20%-30%...they´re there and they are rooting for him...Harry Reid doesn´t have 30% of the country behind him." Mika and Joe agreed. [Video]
I had the gift of two unusual blessings last week. The first was a moment to greet Pope Francis in Rome after his Wednesday, September 18, general audience. We had met and served as delegates to the 1997 Special Assembly for America. Sixteen years have passed, but this Pope has a remarkable memory to match his generous spirit. He recalled a friendly conversation we’d had in great detail, and the events of those days that helped shape both of us as young bishops.
Looking back into history from the vantage point of 2013, it actually seems strange that it’s conservatives that need to be convinced to support gay marriage recognition. Simply describing the relationship between conservatives and libertarians and the government indicates deep resistance to allowing federal, state or local officials dictate what we can do in our home. The right to have control over what our children are taught and to select schools (or teach them ourselves), the right to protect our homes and property, the right to control what we do with our own property, the right to not have to
The White House today released a report on the costs of Obamacare for most Americans, heralding their interpretation that 95 percent of the nation will be able to buy health insurance premiums below “earlier projections.” But note the words “earlier projections.” That doesn’t mean that the insurance Americans will have to buy, or be fined, under Obamacare will be cheaper than what they pay today, before Obamacare kicks in. (Snip) Today, a 27-year-old man in Memphis can buy a plan for as low as $41 a month. On the exchange, the lowest state average is $119 a month-a 290% increase.