Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz, junior senator from Texas, embodied a powerful role with deep resonance in his marathon fight on the Senate floor against Obamacare. He has rightly said of the battle America is currently involved in with Barack Obama and his ghoulish army of liberal Democrats: "This is life and death." And well it is! "Life and death" is exactly how many Americans view the "train wreck" called ObamaCare. Unlike the unwashed masses, the president, Congress and all their staffers, as well as a chosen few others will be immune. Meanwhile, the rest of America is jammed into an
The U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) steered another taxpayer-backed loan toward a green energy firm that shares an advisory board member with the bank. The Ex-Im Bank recently authorized a pair of loans totaling $33.6 million to Abengoa—a Spain-based energy company—that will fund the export of American-made products for use in solar projects in Spain and South Africa. Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D.) sits on the Abengoa International Advisory Board and is currently listed on the Ex-Im bank’s website as a member of the 2013 advisory committee that helps guide bank policy. The Ex-Im Bank did not immediately respond to request for
The American middle class, like the American economy in general, is ailing. Labor-force participation has hit a 35-year low. Median household income is lower than it was five years ago. Only the top 5 percent of households have seen their incomes rise under President Obama. Commuters are paying more than twice as much for gas as they were in 2008. Federal payouts for food stamps, unemployment insurance, and disability insurance have reached unprecedented levels. Meanwhile, the country is still running near-record budget deficits and is burdened by $17 trillion in aggregate debt. Yet the stock market is soaring.
On the evening of September 17, Bill de Blasio declared his primary victory, formally becoming the Democratic nominee and front-runner for New York City mayor. Standing behind him, one of the few invited onstage for this momentous event, was a friend, an adviser, a strategist, and a campaigner — Bertha Lewis, former head of ACORN. De Blasio, the truest of progressives — who turned some heads recently when he defended his support of the Sandinista government in Nicaragua in the 1980s — has been connected for more than a decade with the now infamous Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now
Sen. Ted Cruz’s talking filibuster against Obamacare has helped to draw attention to the endless problems the program’s implementation is causing in society. The 21 hour, 19 minute-long speech by Cruz, the junior Republican senator from Texas, that ended midday yesterday, served as a highly informative infomercial that detailed how the incipient entitlement program is boosting health insurance premiums, unemployment, and misery across the nation.
Wealthy Kenyans and Westerners bustled about Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi on Saturday. Families ate lunch in the food court. A radio station targeting Kenyan Asians was hosting a children’s event on the roof of the parking lot. Around noon, armed gunmen stormed the mall and exploded grenades. Thousands of terrified people dropped to the floor, fled out of exits and hid in stores. The gunmen began lining people up and shooting some of the five dozen people they would slaughter and 240 people, ages 2 to 78, that they would wound. Al-Shabaab, which is claiming credit for the attack,
Ted Cruz has proved himself the David Blaine of US politics. The freshman Republican senator’s 21-hour pseudo-filibuster was an immensely stylish endurance stunt — a feat made all the more impressive by the rhetorical fluency that did not flag, the clarity of argument that was present in the first hour and the 21st and the unflappable demeanor. (Snip)Every single one of those Cruz includes in the “surrender caucus” opposes ObamaCare and voted against it. The writers and talkers he includes in the “surrender caucus” have written or spoken tens of thousands of words against it and are as committed to
For months now, we’ve been waiting to hear how much Obamacare will drive up the cost of health insurance for people who purchase coverage on their own. Last night, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services finally began to provide some data on how Americans will fare on Obamacare’s federally-sponsored insurance exchanges. HHS’ press release is full of happy talk about how premiums will be “lower than originally expected.” But the reality is starkly different. Based on a Manhattan Institute analysis of the HHS numbers, Obamacare will increase underlying insurance rates for younger men by an average of 97
BREWSTER, MASS. He calls it "the yellow brick road" because it´s literally sprinkled with gold dust. This road runs along Cape Cod´s shifting seafloor, and undersea explorer Barry Clifford believes it leads to undiscovered treasure from the wreck of the pirate ship Whydah. About two weeks ago, Clifford and his dive team took a trip back to the wreck site, and Clifford returned more convinced than ever that the road he´s exploring is a path to riches. "We think we´re very, very close," he said. The Whydah sank in a brutal storm in 1717 with plunder from 50 ships on
A s a practicing Catholic working in the media, perhaps the five most frightening words I hear are "Pope Francis gave an interview." They aren´t scary because of anything Pope Francis actually says; the former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio spent decades choosing his words carefully as an Argentine priest and then prelate of Buenos Aires, emphasizing the pastoral care of the Catholic Church while the extremes of politics from both left and right engulfed Argentina for decades. The first Jesuit pontiff knows how to speak about faith and clearly enjoys doing so — and Catholics aren´t alone in their enthusiasm for listening. So
WASHINGTON — The Senate on Wednesday moved toward approving legislation to keep the government open without gutting the health care law after Senator Ted Cruz’s 21-hour-and-19-minute verbal assault on it ended with a 100-to-0 vote that is likely to lead to an outcome that Mr. Cruz had tried to stop.(Snip)Mr. Cruz’s “yes” vote angered fellow Senate Republicans, baffled Democrats and confused conservative activists who had mobilized to stand with him against any procedural step forward. On Sunday he made clear that he opposed cutting off debate — called cloture — unless the majority leader, Harry Reid, agreed that 60 votes
Government by stopgap, via Robert Costa: Multiple GOP senators tell me House Republicans will likely pass a short-term continuing resolution to fund the government into early October. “It’d be a short-term, clean CR,” as one describes the legislation. “It’d fund the government for one week or so and keep us talking,” says another senator. “I think that’s where they’re moving right now.” Remember, under the current Senate schedule, Boehner won’t have anything from the Senate to work with until Sunday night at the earliest. Cruz is reportedly under intense pressure from Senate Republicans not to object if McConnell tries to
The Internal Revenue Service is unable to account for $67 million in spending related to the implementation of ObamaCare, according to an IRS watchdog report released Wednesday. The report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said the money was part of a $488 million fund established to cover implementation costs between 2010 through 2012. The $67 million in unaccounted-for spending was associated with "indirect" implementation costs, which can include providing employees with workspace and information technology support. The report recommended the IRS improve its record-keeping for direct labor charges associated with implementing ObamaCare. "TIGTA found that costs charged to [the Health Insurance
San Francisco- The fastest boat always wins the America´s Cup, and this one went to a big black cat that almost used up its last life too soon. With one last spectacular push in a winner-take-all finale Wednesday, the United States managed to hang onto the Auld Mug in closing out the longest, fastest and, by far, wildest America´s Cup ever with one of the greatest comebacks in sports. "I´m going to rank it No. 1. We never gave up," skipper Jimmy Spithill said. Spithill steered Oracle´s space-age, 72-foot catamaran to its eighth straight victory, speeding past Dean Barker and Team New Zealand
MINNEAPOLIS -- Leaders of the nation´s largest Somali community say some of their young men are still being enticed to join the terror group that has claimed responsibility for the deadly mall attack in Kenya, despite a concentrated effort to shut off what authorities call a "deadly pipeline" of men and money. Six years have passed since Somali-American fighters began leaving Minnesota to become part of al-Shabab. Now the Somali community is dismayed over reports that a few of its own might have been involved in the violence at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi. "One thing I know is the
The status quo falls apart when people discover, first to their surprise, then to their glee, that it’s lost its teeth. The presidency of Barack Obama appears to be unraveling — whether the yarn will be pulled out to the last inch remains to be seen, but a lot of it is already coiled on the floor. First the UK parliament, then both parties of Congress balked at his Syrian policy. Then Putin humiliated him so badly internationally that he retreated to the safety of domestic policy. But while resting between rounds he was immediately beset by his own cornerpeople.
Speaking before a crucial meeting at the United Nations between Iran´s foreign minister and his counterparts from six world powers, including John Kerry, the US secretary of state, Mr Rouhani said Tehran wanted a quick resolution to the nuclear question. "The only way forward is for a timeline to be inserted into the negotiations that´s short--and wrap it up. That is a decision of my government, that short is necessary to settle the nuclear file," he told the Washington Post. [Snip] The president said that he was "fully empowered to finalise the nuclear talks", directly addressing question marks among Western
The Most Rev Justin Welby said that there had been more than 80 Christian “martyrs” in the last few days alone. He was speaking about the bombing of All Saints Anglican church in Peshawar, Pakistan, in which 85 were killed and more than 200 injured. [Snip] Christian communities which have existed “in many cases since the days of Saint Paul” are now under threat in countries such as Syria and Egypt, he said. Last month around 100 Christian sites were attacked amid the turmoil in Egypt, with 42 churches burnt to the ground. Ancient Christian communities in Syria have also
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and the White House said Wednesday that insurance premiums under Obamacare at least will be more appealing for consumers than a wormy apple. The nauseating analogy came as the administration released cost projections for the government-subsidized health insurance program that is set to start on Tuesday, in the midst of a furious sales job by President Obama. While the administration is touting the insurance premium costs as “lower than expected,” White House press secretary Jay Carney acknowledged that it’s a difficult concept to quantify because many of the insurance plans were not
Today, the freedom of Americans to control their own health care needs is being threatened by massive governmental interference. Those attempting to fundamentally change America are attempting to take control of the most important thing any of us possesses: our health. It often comes at a heavy cost, but freedom is worth fighting for. In 1836, the brave defenders of the Alamo went down to defeat by Mexican Gen. Santa Anna and his army, which was 10 times greater in number than the defenders under the command of Lt. Col. William Barret Travis. Not all of the 200 defenders were
IN HIS second inaugural address, President Obama delivered a ringing pledge of U.S. support for American ideals around the world. “We will support democracy from Asia to Africa, from the Americas to the Middle East,” he promised, “because our interests and our conscience compel us to act on behalf of those who long for freedom.” Just eight months later, the idealism is gone. In what may be the most morally crimped speech by a president in modern times, Mr. Obama explicitly ruled out the promotion of liberty as a core interest of the United States. Instead, he told the U.N.
In another black eye for the beleaguered agency that regulates guns and investigates tobacco trafficking, a new report found that federal agents lost track of 2.1 million cartons of cigarettes and paid an informant more than $4.9 million without requiring him to account for his expenses. “We found a significant lack of oversight and controls to ensure that cash, cigarettes, equipment and other assets used .?.?. were accurately tracked, properly safeguarded and protected from misuse,” Michael E. Horowitz, the Department of Justice’s inspector general, said in a 68-page report released Wednesday. The inspector general’s office examined 20 undercover operations by
When Dwight Eisenhower asked Gen. Georgy Zhukov how the Red Army cleared minefields, Zhukov replied that it marched through them. Being profligate with lives is a perquisite of command and a luxury of those with an abundance of lives at their command. Some congressional Republicans, who do not command their party but can implicate it in their marches through minefields, might resuscitate Barack Obama’s presidency by restocking his pantry of excuses: The economy’s continuing anemia will ever after be blamed on any government shutdown. The face of this Republican faction is Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, on whose boots glistens dew
Allahpundit asked, “If D.C.’s in as bad a shape as this, what shape are other exchanges that need to serve bigger, more complicated markets in?” And, Colorado answers: Pitched to the public as a Travelocity-style online marketplace for health insurance, Colorado’s new health exchange won’t allow customers to get online tax credits for at least the first month. Colorado exchange managers revealed Monday during a board meeting that customers who want tax credits to make health insurance more affordable will have to call for help, rather than navigating the multi-million dollar computer system on their own. One of the target
The Washington, D.C. Obamacare exchange announced on Wednesday it will not be ready on October 1 to calculate the taxpayer-funded subsidies people can receive to purchase health insurance. It will also be unable to determine Medicare eligibility. Officials say determining eligibility will now need to be delayed until November but that people will still be permitted to apply. Washington´s Obamacare exchange says "a consumer will have ample time to make an informed decision about which health plan to enroll in" because the enrollment period is open until March. In May, Obama strategist Dan Pfeiffer confidently predicted that Obamacare would be
The Club For Growth stood with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) Tuesday, calling for senators to vote against cloture on a stopgap spending bill that passed the House last week. The conservative, anti-tax group said it would it include the vote on its 2013 scorecard. "To keep the House defund language secure, and to continue using the leverage of the continuing resolution, opponents of ObamaCare should vote "NO" on the cloture vote to end debate," wrote the group´s vice president of government affairs Andy Roth in a note to congressional offices. Cruz has been urging his colleagues to vote against cloture