Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid narrowly won approval Friday to restore funding for ObamaCare in a must-pass budget bill, in a direct challenge to Republicans who are insisting the law be defunded -- or at least delayed -- as a condition for their approval. The 54-44 vote fell along party lines. The back-and-forth played out at the close of a dramatic and chaotic week on Capitol Hill. Lawmakers are facing an end-of-the-month deadline to approve a spending bill or face a government shutdown. The Senate voted earlier Friday to advance the bill, which in its original form would keep the
The Senate on Friday voted to strip language defunding ObamaCare from a stopgap spending measure on Friday after a bipartisan vote to proceed with the measure. The Senate voted on party lines to remove the ObamaCare language, in a 54-44 vote. GOP Sens. Orrin Hatch (Utah) and Jeff Flake (Ariz.) were absent for the vote. The ObamaCare vote came after the Senate voted to proceed in a 79-19 vote, with 25 Republicans voting in favor of moving forward and 19 voting against. The GOP votes represented a rejection of Sen. Ted Cruz’s arguments that Republicans would be helping Democrats in
An interview published at The Hairpin gives a disturbing exchange between a late-term abortionist and an interviewer who discuss the new documentary After Tiller, and a scene in which the late-term abortionist encourages the mother to ´´hold´´ her aborted baby, and take home its footprints and a ´´memory box,´´ as if it were a baby that suffered a normal infant death. (snip) Tolentino: I was really moved and amazed by the scene where you´re writing down a baby’s name, noting the family’s request for a memory box and a viewing, showing the little ink footprints.
Washington– Former President George W. Bush said he´s "doing fine" after having a stent placed in his heart last month. "Other than the fact that I nearly bled to death when I nicked myself shaving because I´m taking blood thinner, I´m doing pretty good," he joked. "I thought you were going to have to put a tourniquet on me." "I´m doing fine," he added. Bush comments came in an interview with ABC´s "Good Morning America" while the former president was hosting the "Warrior Open," a golf tournament in Dallas for wounded warriors. [Twitter]
Global warming has opened up an Arctic route mariners have been craving for centuries, making the journey from Canada to Europe shorter. A large sea freighter has become the first cargo vessel to successfully navigate the hazardous Arctic Northwest Passage carrying - somewhat ironically - coal. If other ships decide to use the crossing through the Arctic Ocean, along the northern coast of North America connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, their route would be 1,000 nautical miles shorter than the best alternative. The 75,000 deadweight-tonne Nordic Orion, built in 2011 and specially strengthened to cross icy waters, left the Canadian Pacific
Former vice president Al Gore today had harsh words for lawmakers who are on the verge of allowing the government to shutdown over a bid to defund President Obama’s health care law. “The only phrase that describes it is political terrorism,” Gore said at the launch of the Brookings Institution’s Center for Effective Public Management in Washington. “Why does partisanship have anything to do with such a despicable and dishonorable threat to the integrity of the United States of America?” Gore said that the effort among some Republicans in the House and Senate to demand that Congress defund Obamacare in order to
A diplomatic row is brewing between Spain and Argentina over the Falklands after the south Americans announced the two countries would unite against Britain over the disputed islands. Spain refuted Argentine claims they had reached agreement on "joint actions" against the UK to encourage them to negotiate on the Falklands´ sovereignty. [Snip] Argentine officials also misspelt the name of Spain´s Foreign Minister on an official press release, calling him Jose Maria Margallo instead of Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo. Sources within Moncloa, Spain´s 10 Downing Street, told respected Spanish newspaper El Pais it did not endorse the version offered by the Argentine authorities. The
WASHINGTON- The U.S. Senate voted Friday to end debate and proceed with consideration of stopgap legislation funding the government but defunding healthcare reform. The 79-to-19 vote cleared the way for Democrats to remove language that would end funding of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. Senate Democrats plan to restore money for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that House Republicans removed last week, leaving the two chambers in conflict. If the measure passes as expected, the Senate would then send it back to the House for acceptance or change. During Senate debate, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and
House Republican leaders found themselves struggling to secure the votes on Thursday for a debt-ceiling measure they hoped to pass swiftly through the House as the latest salvo in a multifront fiscal fight. In a closed-door meeting, the leaders outlined to their members a proposal that would demand a laundry list of Republican priorities in exchange for a yearlong suspension of the nation’s $16.7 trillion borrowing limit. The centerpiece of the plan is a one-year delay of President Obama’s signature healthcare law. But hours after the meeting, the party had yet to release the legislation formally, and conservatives complained that
Cosmo the Wonderdog is gone. He was the best dog I’ve ever known. He was a better dog than I had realized dogs could be. He was a rescue with the odds stacked against him that came to our rescue in more ways than I can count or describe. We can only hope to love anything as unconditionally as he loved us. But we did our best. And his sudden absence feels like the soul of our home has been vacuumed out. He went as gently as we could manage. Maybe I will write a proper farewell to him over the weekend when I have the emotional resources to do it. He deserves it (how many dogs can boast to having both chased wild caribou in the Canadian Rockies and to having peed in Christopher Hitchens’s home?). For now, all I can manage to say without breaking down is he was such good boy, the best I ever knew.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Friday the GOP has become a "dysfunctional" party that has spent more time infighting over ObamaCare than targeting Democrats who passed the law. McCain blamed Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah.), the leaders of the movement to tie defunding of ObamaCare to the threat of a government shutdown, for driving wedges between Republicans. Both have appeared in ads attacking fellow GOP lawmakers. “We are dividing the Republican Party," McCain said on CBS. In his nearly 30 years in the Senate, McCain said he has never seen the infighting among members of his party
While they’d disagreed in their “summit” meeting, in the aftermath Tip continued to reserve final judgment on the president. Still reluctant to blame him for the harm resulting from his administration’s policies, Tip expressed it this way: “I don’t think he believes his program is hurting anyone because he doesn’t know it. He doesn’t realize the severity of his cuts. If he knew, they wouldn’t go that far.” As for Reagan, he had his own sense of his opponent, and it was one tempered with affection. According to Max Friedersdorf, “We would go in and want the president to fire
The bill is a response to this month´s shooting spree on a Washington, D.C., naval base that left 13 dead. House Republicans on Thursday introduced legislation that would end the ban on carrying firearms on military bases in response to this month´s shooting spree on a Washington, D.C., naval base that left 13 dead, including the shooter. Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) proposed the Safe Military Bases Act, H.R. 3199, along with six other House Republicans. Stockman said the bill would reverse the Clinton-era gun policy that he said has led to two mass shootings on bases. "Our disarmed military bases
“At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized, at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do, it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.” These were the words spoken by President Barack Obama on January 12, 2011. Days earlier, a mentally disturbed individual shoot 18 people, killing six, in front of a Safeway in
An Oregon-based ad agency has been generating national attention for its ads promoting Cover Oregon, The Beaver State’s the version of an Obamacare health insurance marketplace. The generally pointless ads cost taxpayers $3 million, reports Fox News. They feature ostensibly catchy musical numbers and have sort of a hipster, granola, outdoorsy vibe. They offer no clue what they are about until the very end, when the words “Cover Oregon” appear on the screen along with a website. One version of the ad also bothers to list a phone number. Now, North, the Portland-based agency, wants high school marching bands to
BOISE, Idaho— The stricken captain of a United Airlines flight that made an emergency landing died at a hospital, officials said. The man was still alive when he arrived at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center but died overnight while undergoing treatment, spokeswoman Jennifer Krajnik said Friday. A Boise airport spokeswoman said Thursday that the man suffered an apparent heart attack. The cause of death has not been announced. Passenger Ken Martin told Seattle TV station KOMO (http://bit.ly/19Fu3A4) a first-year resident doctor sitting next to him volunteered to help perform CPR. (Snip) Passenger Bryant Magill described a calm scene onboard.
Beautiful antebellum columns out front in the main entrance, gorgeous balcony overlooking the 18th hole, an Olympic pool in the back near the putting green, with golfers on every tee. “Where is this?” you ask. Bonnie Crest Country Club. What year? 1982. The balcony is still there, the pool is still there, and the trees still line the fairways at Bonnie Crest Country Club, but the people have gone. Sadly, Thursday was the last day BCCC opened its doors for its members or the public. One of the best old courses in central Alabama is closing after 73 years in operation.
Scarborough, Maine — More than a month after appeals began on 44 property tax assessments from 2012 at Higgins Beach and Pine Point, continued arguments consumed five hours Monday night. What remained elusive was a decision by the four-member Board of Assessment Review. The hearing was adjourned, and will continue at least two more times, at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 and 6 p.m. Oct. 15. The Oct. 8 hearing will be limited to an appeal of Nancy Strong’s Shipwreck Road property in Higgins Beach. On Oct. 15, 43 assessments will be heard as one appeal, with Portland attorney John Shumadine presenting the
Abdul Haji, 38, was in a meeting at Yaya Centre when he received an SMS from his elder brother. “Stuck in Westgate. I think it’s a terrorist attack. Pray for me,” it read. It was a moment he had been dreading for two weeks after a local television station exposed his brother, an undercover counter-terrorism officer, in an investigative programme. Since then, the family of Senator Yusuf Haji has been receiving threats and warnings from people believed to represent the Somali-based Al-Shabaab Islamist group. (Snip) “My instinct was that they had come for my brother and that they would later
AUSTIN — Sen. Wendy Davis´ widely-telegraphed political plans debuted a week ahead of schedule Thursday when sources reported that, as expected, she will run for governor. The Fort Worth senator has told large donors and elected officials that she will seek the office, said a Democrat familiar with her decision. Two additional Democrats said they had received telephone calls from Davis saying she´ll announce for governor. She said her analysis showed the race was winnable, said one.
Someone´s had the bright idea of turning American Psycho into a musical, which creates quite an image ("the hills are alive with the sound of screaming…"). I know it´s only a book but sometimes when I reopen it and read of Patrick Bateman knocking off his irritating workmates to the tune of Hootie and the Blowfish, I think, "There but for the grace of God go I." Let´s be honest, we´ve all wondered if we´ve got what it takes to be a serial killer. When the 8.15 to Charing Cross is delayed because of a hungover train driver, who hasn´t contemplated
In rolling the dice on Iran, Syria and Middle East peace, President Barack Obama has made Secretary of State John Kerry the chief executor of his foreign policy legacy -- a role denied to Hillary Clinton. Intriguing comparisons between Obama´s first and second term top diplomats broadened Thursday, when Kerry took charge of nuclear talks with Iran. He already had a heavy load, marshaling peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians and thrashing out a deal with Russia on Syria´s chemical weapons arsenal. Should his long odds bets pay off, Kerry, 69, could be remembered as one of the great modern
Today, 72 congressmen sent a letter to House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) urging him to insert language ending abortion funding and religious discrimination in Obamacare into any funding or debt ceiling legislation. "[T]he Obama administration has committed unprecedented attacks against the unborn and the religious freedom guaranteed in the Constitution, all under the guise of ´access to health care,´" the letter tells Boehner. The letter letter implores Boehner to "incorporate H.R. 940, the Health Care Conscience Rights Act, along with a cessation of federal dollars for abortions into the continuing resolution or on legislation addressing the debt ceiling." Americans morally opposed to
As the clock ticks down toward a possible government shutdown, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, isn´t holding back. On the Senate floor before 10 a.m. Friday, the senator gave a speech describing how American politics have reached the level at which "a small group of willful men and women who have a certain ideology"—read: the tea party and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas—have been able to take over the congressional budget debate in the last week. "Since they can´t get their way," Harkin said, "they´re going to create this confusion and discourse and hope that the public will be so mixed up in
The number of Americans giving up their citizenship has rocketed this year - partly, it´s thought, because of a new tax law that is frustrating many expats. Goodbye, US passport. That´s not a concept that Americans contemplate lightly. But it´s one that many of them seem to be considering - and acting on. The number of expatriates renouncing their US citizenship surged in the second quarter of 2013, compared with the same period the year before - 1,131 cases to 189 in 2012. It´s still a small proportion of the estimated six million Americans abroad, but it´s a significant rise. The list is compiled