House Republicans will vote to pass a one-year delay of Obamacare in exchange for funding the government, a plan that drastically increases the chances of a government shutdown this Tuesday. The decision was announced by the GOP leadership in a closed meeting Saturday afternoon, according to sources present. Republicans will also pass a bill to fund U.S. troops if the government shuts down, according to GOP lawmakers. The House’s funding measure will keep the government open until mid December. Continue Reading Text Size -+reset Shutdown: Who to watch Obamacare timeline Latest on POLITICO Dewhurst to Texas GOP: Don´t get complacent Cruz praises Obama on Iran U.S. nuke commander suspended ´Breaking Bad´
A dog that was too terrified to lift its head after years of abuse is now a happy, healthy, confident canine thanks to its new owners. The German Shepard mix, now named Apollo, was once in the care of a San Antonio, Texas animal care facility, where he was pictured cowering in a corner with his head hung low. Staff at the facility said he appeared terrified of humans. A couple took a chance on him, however, and helped him gain trust in humans again. Now he´s become the gentle, loving companion to their newborn baby. The couple shared Apollo´s
Miss Philippines has been crowned Miss World in a glittering finale despite threats by Islamist groups to disrupt the competition. Megan Young, who wore a glamorous pink fishtail dress, won the 63rd annual beauty pageant on Indonesia´s resort island of Bali. The final round was held amid tight security after ongoing protests by Muslim extremists - who had previously branded the iconic competition ´pornography´ and a ´whore contest´. Scroll down for video -´I promise to be the best Miss World ever,´ said the teary-eyed 23-year-old today after being crowned Miss World 2013.
Barilla Pasta stepped on a landmine this week telling Italian media the company would never feature or market directly to gay couples. If they had a problem with that, said its chairman, they could eat another brand of pasta. I pity the fool who messes with the purchasing power of the LGBT community. The remarks as widely reported, were made by Guido Barilla on La Zanzara, an Italian radio program. I would never make a spot with a homosexual family. Not out of a lack of respect but because I do not see it like they do. (My idea of)
The fugitive White Widow plotted the bloody Kenyan mall massacre from a secret lair just 100 yards away, security forces believe. British mum-of-three Samantha Lewthwaite, now the world’s most wanted woman, rented a house opposite the shopping centre where crazed Muslim fanatics later slaughtered up to 150 people, they say. (Snip) A Turkish man arrested attempting to board an international flight at capital Nairobi’s JKI airport on Tuesday is said to own the property Lewthwaite allegedly used to plot the bloodshed. The man, in his 40s or 50s, is also understood to be linked to a shop hired by the
On Saturday, as the shutdown drama played out on Capitol Hill, President Obama played golf at Fort Delvoir in Virginia. According to published reports, the White House said that Obama’s partners were two presidential staff members, Joe Paulsen and Marvin Nicholson, and Nicholson’s brother, Walter. Rep. Ted Poe (R-Tex.) had this response on Twitter to the president’s outing: #potus has time to negotiate with Iranian President yet refuses to negotiate with House Republicans. Too busy playing golf.
I had a teacher once who called his students "idiots" when they screwed up. He was our orchestra conductor, a fierce Ukrainian immigrant named Jerry Kupchynsky, and when someone played out of tune, he would stop the entire group to yell, "Who eez deaf in first violins!?" He made us rehearse until our fingers almost bled. He corrected our wayward hands and arms by poking at us with a pencil. Today, he´d be fired. But when he died a few years ago, he was celebrated: Forty years´ worth of former students and colleagues flew back to my New Jersey hometown
PRESCOTT, Ariz.— An investigation into the June deaths of 19 firefighters killed while battling an Arizona blaze has found improperly programmed radios, vague updates, and a 30 minute communication blackout just before the flames engulfed the men. The report says at the moment the firefighters were killed, an air tanker carrying fire retardant was hovering overhead, waiting for an update about their location. The Arizona State Forestry Division presented the roughly 120-page report to the men´s families ahead of a news conference Saturday morning in Prescott. All but one member of the Granite Mountain Hotshots crew died June 30 while
Administration officials say ObamaCare is ready for its close-up, with enrollment in the newly created insurance “exchanges” set to start on Tuesday. But the road to the launch has been littered with glitches and setbacks, and in all likelihood the confusion is not over yet. Setting aside the brawl in Congress over the push to defund the law, the sheer task of roughly 16 million Americans selecting a plan from hundreds of options in the coming months is poised to create a national headache. In the latest delay, small businesses seeking to buy health insurance under ObamaCare will have to
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist says that the official account of the raid which killed Osama Bin Laden in 2011 is ‘one big lie’. Seymour Hersh, 76, said that ‘not one word’ of the Obama administration’s narrative on what happened is true. (Snip)Hersh said the American press spends ‘so much more time carrying water for Obama than I ever thought they would’. In his opinion, the solution would be to shut down news networks like NBC and ABC and fire 90 per cent of mainstream editors and replace them with ‘real’ journalists who are not afraid to speak truth to power. ‘The
In an interview with The Guardian (U.K.) published Friday, the left-leaning Seymour Hersh, best known for his Pulitzer-winning reporting that exposed the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War, unloaded on the American news media for its underwhelming coverage of the Obama White House. Hersh told The Guardian’s Lisa O’Carroll that the ABC and NBC news bureaus ought to be shut down and 90 percent of the editors fired for sake of fixing journalism. “I’ll tell you the solution, get rid of 90 percent of the editors that now exist and start promoting editors that you can’t control,” Hersh said.
NEW YORK - Just days before the launch of the new U.S. state health insurance exchanges that are the centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act, a nationwide push is still under way to test and patch the technology behind the online sites. Officials working on the sites have acknowledged that information technology (IT) failures will prevent many of them from functioning fully for weeks, and perhaps longer. That will slow the government´s drive to enroll millions of uninsured Americans under President Barack Obama´s healthcare reform law starting Tuesday. From a political standpoint, a successful opening day will shape perceptions of
Let us consider the reasons, pro and con. In favor: 1) He is one. 2) He called himself one. 3) There is no evidence of an ideological shift. 4) He supports the Sandinistas who are socialist and admit it. 5) He supports ACORN, Occupy, the New Party, and the Working Families Party, which are socialist and don’t admit it. 6) Honesty is the best policy. 7) American democracy works best when people know what they’re voting for. Against: 1) Calling him socialist may cost him the election: bad for Democrats. 2) Calling him socialist may not cost him the election: even worse for Democrats.
Texas governor Rick Perry goes where governors have never gone before. He’s been descending on blue states for months now, infuriating their Democratic governors with his pitch to CEOs to relocate their companies in business-friendly Texas. Now he’s going national. He aims to stir a debate over whose economic policies are better for jobs and growth, red states’ or blue states’. And last week he formed a new organization, Americans for Economic Freedom (AEF), to sponsor, plan, and fund his national activities. You don’t have to be a cynic to suspect this is leading to a second presidential campaign in
It’s not clear who first introduced the chant “this is what democracy looks like” to the epic early-2011 showdown in Wisconsin between angry public-sector union workers and newly elected Republican Gov. Scott Walker. The protesters shouting the phrase surely meant to insist that they were the true voice of the people. But despite the sheer size and raucous noise of the crowds that packed the Wisconsin State Capitol for weeks protesting Walker’s proposed legislation to roll back union benefits and prerogatives, the demonstrators ultimately lost every fight that mattered. They lost because the voting public in Wisconsin approved of Walker’s
Mullen, Neb. -- For the last stage of my five-hour drive from the Denver airport to the Dismal River Golf Club, Google maps offered two options. (Snip) Why build a golf course here? The sand-based grassland is perfect for golf. Except for the absence of a coastline, this is Scottish-style linksland. I ventured to Dismal last week to see Tom Doak´s new Red Course. Doak, whose best know works include Pacific Dunes in Oregon and Barnbougle Dunes in Australia, has designed one other course in the great American Sandhills, Ballyneal in Eastern Colorado. It ranks No. 6 on Golfweek´s list
Pity poor Burkina Faso, I thought on the opening morning of the General Assembly, as presidents, prime ministers, foreign secretaries and their minions headed through the streets and avenues of Turtle Bay, the riverside home of the United Nations. At these kind of gatherings, the length of your motorcade is always a measure of your power. And while Barack Obama turned up with his usual convoy of motorcycle outriders, black limousines, communications vehicles and an ambulance, all tiny Burkina Faso got for an escort was a New York Police Department scooter. Short of the NYPD providing a golf cart or
The House will send a continuing resolution to the Senate sometime today, but not the clean CR that the Senate sent to the House. Instead, Speaker John Boehner and the Republican caucus plan to approve a new stopgap funding measure that includes a one-year delay in the ObamaCare individual mandate, exchanges, and subsidies, as well as a repeal of an unpopular tax on medical devices: With a government shutdown less than three days away, the House is charging toward delaying Obamacare for one year and repealing the medical device tax in exchange for funding the government, several sources tell POLITICO. A plan
When the USS Gerald R. Ford is finally christened, the massive aircraft carrier will be the biggest and baddest piece of Pentagon hardware ever built - and, critics note, the most expensive. The 1,106-foot ship, under construction in Newport News, Va., has seen cost overruns push its expected price tag up some 22 percent to nearly $13 billion, with new technology dictating changes since work began in 2007. Expected to be christened on Nov. 9, the ship will be able to launch 220 air attacks per day, will hold more than 4,000 sailors and Marines, has a nuclear reactor to provide
The clash in Congress over efforts to derail President Obama’s health-care law has lit up tea party groups across the country, reenergizing activists who had drifted away from the movement while intensifying the divisions tearing at the Republican Party. The standoff, which threatens to plunge the federal government into a financial crisis, has served as a rallying cry for a cadre of conservatives, who are bombarding lawmakers with phone calls, e-mails and social media messages backing a last-ditch effort to hobble the health-care law. It was the passage of that legislation, commonly known as Obamacare, that animated the movement when it
Supporters of immigration reform want to recapture some of the energy from the massive marches that took place in 2006 when they take to the streets again next Saturday in Phoenix and cities across the country. Next Saturday’s marches are not expected to be nearly as large as those in 2006. But reform advocates still believe they will be big enough to grab the attention of lawmakers in Congress and spur them to pass a bill that includes a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Supporters say they hope to tap into the mounting frustration over the slow pace of action
Lumber Liquidators (LL) plunged Friday after federal officials raided the hardwood flooring retailer´s Toano, Va., headquarters as part of a probe into possible illegal imports. But management told one analyst the company doesn´t know why it´s been targeted. The Department of Homeland Security, along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, executed a sealed court-issued search warrant on Thursday at its Toano, Va., headquarters and at a Richmond, Va., store. (Snip) Reynolds noted that Lumber Liquidators is a sponsor for conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh.
A police officer from Somers Police Department in New York has been caught kicking and then taking a pro-Second Amendment sign from the yard of Jon Gibson of Lake Lincolndale, New York. Gibson´s sign said, "Protect the Second Amendment," with a silhouette of an AR-15 across the top. It had been stolen three times previously, so Gibson installed a camera on his rural property to catch the culprit. He said he was shocked that his camera captured photos of an officer in uniform kicking and then taking the sign. Speaking to Fox News, Gibson said: "I was in total disbelief
Despite failing to win a major championship, Tiger Woods has been voted player of the year by his peers on the PGA Tour. Woods won five tournaments this season -- three more than anyone else -- as well as earning the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average at 68.95 and the money title at $8.5 million-plus. Those numbers returned him to No. 1 in the world rankings after a rough stretch of injuries and scandal. "There were a lot of people saying I could never win again," Woods said on a conference call. "To have the success I´ve had this