As you may know, CNN has been in a bit of a tussle with the Wall Street Journal after the Journal told the truth about a story on the news network when CNN would have preferred to distort the facts. Leftist British-Iranian journalist Christiane Amanpour interviewed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani last week and, relying on Rouhani’s translator, made the president of the Jew-hating and Holocaust-denying Iranian government sound so incredibly “moderate” that he actually acknowledged the Holocaust occurred and might not have been such a good idea. An Iranian news agency — okay, that’s an oxymoron, but the Journal says
A few years ago, a friend of mine was mortally ill with little prospect of treatment for his condition. He learned that there was a newly developed experimental surgery that might be of help, but there were only a few doctors anywhere in the world performing it. But he was a man of considerable financial resources, so he tracked down the physician who had invented the procedure, negotiated terms, and flew him several thousand miles for the treatment. How much expense this entailed I do not know, but I assume it was somewhere between sobering and staggering. Very wealthy people can
One Washington lawmaker says the fiscal fight in DC needs to be refocused on millions of dollars being blown on new government grants that include everything from spending on social media for apples, Christmas tree initiatives and a YouTube video promoting the proper handling of watermelons. And that’s just this week alone. “Lost in the back and forth this week regarding whether or not to shut down the government over ObamaCare was a real debate about all the other things that this bill will fund,” Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., said in a statement Friday. Coburn, a fiscal hawk who publishes an annual
NAIROBI – Kenya´s government had been warned, including by Israel, of the high risk of an attack before the assault on a Nairobi mall by Islamist gunmen that killed at least 67 people, newspapers reported Saturday. Cabinet ministers and Kenya´s army chief had received information warning of a plan to carry out a major attack, the Daily Nation said, quoting a leaked intelligence report. On September 21, gunmen with automatic weapons and grenade burst into the upscale Westgate mall in Nairobi in an attack that lasted four days and left at least 67 dead. It was claimed by Somalia´s Al-Qaeda-linked
Data shows global temperatures aren´t rising the way climate scientists have predicted. Now the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change faces a problem: publicize these findings and encourage skeptics -- or hush up the figures. For a quarter of a century now, environmental activists have been issuing predictions in the vein of the Catholic Church, warning people of the coming greenhouse effect armageddon. Environmentalists bleakly predict global warming will usher in plagues of biblical dimensions -- perpetual droughts, deluge-like floods and hurricanes of unprecedented force. The number of people who believe in such a coming apocalypse, however, has considerably decreased. A survey conducted
Last week, I invoked the names of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton to trace the roots of American political polarity back to the very foundation of our country. There is much to recommend both, and we certainly owe Hamilton a debt of gratitude for his contributions to the Federalist Papers and thus for his role in securing our Constitution at a time when our nation was wobbly and transitional. Nonetheless, with more than 200 years behind us, we can see that Jefferson’s vision of limited government secured for us something much more important than a Constitution, and that is liberty.
House Republicans voted early Sunday morning in favor of a temporary spending bill that includes a one-year delay for ObamaCare, a move almost guaranteed to shut down the government Monday night. The Republican-led House passed the proposal 231-192 in one of two amendments attached to a Senate spending bill passed Friday night. The lower chamber also passed an amendment 248-174 to repeal the health-care law’s medical-device tax and voted 423-0 to approve a bill to pay the military on time should a temporary shutdown occur, in a series of votes that started shortly before midnight. The final tallies came in
House Republicans said Saturday they will try to pass another stopgap spending bill that delays President Obama’s health law for one year, in a final effort to try to put a dent in Obamacare before more of it takes effect next week — but Democrats immediately shot the plan down, saying it virtually guarantees a government shutdown. Emerging from a closed-door meeting, Republicans said they’ll vote late Saturday on the one-year delay, a separate repeal of one of Obamacare’s taxes, and on a bill that specifically funds the troops to make sure they aren’t held hostage as both sides race
Four years into an economic recovery in which most of the benefits have flowed to the top earners, a majority believe that the American Dream is becoming markedly more elusive, according to the results of a Washington Post-Miller Center Poll exploring Americans’ changing definition of success and their confidence in the country’s future. Although most Americans still think hard work and education breed opportunity, their faith in a brighter tomorrow has been eroded by intensifying struggles on the job and at home that have led some to conclude that the United States has emerged from the Great Recession a fundamentally
Up until just a few days ago, the American media were our country´s top cheerleaders for what they describe as "functional government." The highest value in government, according to our media, was "getting things done." And the way to get things done, we were told repeatedly, was through civility, compromise, and bipartisanship. But over the past couple of days, as the prospect of a government shutdown looms closer, the media have completely abandoned those principles. In the name of civility, I´m old enough to remember (because it was just last week) when the media made politicians pay a heavy political
House Republican leadership is floating as many ideas as they can to try to get a deal done to keep the government open, Breitbart News has learned. The National Review’s Robert Costa Tweeted that House Speaker John Boehner “is doing everything (defund! delay! repeal!) to show Cruz bloc he´s w/ them on principle. But, as ever, he still has to govern.” “Aides to conservative House Rs tell me their bosses won´t accept any CR that doesn´t defund or delay; that´s [Republican leadership´s] reality,” Costa added in another Tweet. House GOP leadership previously floated David Vitter´s (R-LA) amendment--which would eliminate the
Yesterday, 25 Senate Republicans stood shoulder to shoulder with their Democrat counterparts and helped the Continuing Budget Resolution pass cloture. Despite Ted Cruz’s efforts, and his warning that “a vote for cloture was a vote for Obamacare,” Lindsey Graham was eager to join hands and sing Cumbaya with his alleged Dem opponents. With the help of people like Graham, the CR easily passed cloture, allowing Harry Reid to introduce an amendment restoring funding for Obamacare. The amendment passed with a simple 51 vote majority. This time, since his vote was now a meaningless gesture,
A Louisiana pastor was fatally shot as he preached to a crowd of more than 60 during a revival service Friday night, and a suspect has been arrested, law enforcement officials said. The shooting occurred about 8:20 p.m. Friday at Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center in Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff´s Office spokeswoman Kim Myers said Saturday. Sixty-five people were inside at the time, including the victim´s wife, Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory said. (Snip) The man walked into the church while Harris was preaching and shot him, then hit him again when Harris fell to the floor. The gunman "walked up
The Sikh community has pressured Walmart into pulling a turban-themed costume from its website calling it ‘insulting’ and tells the retailer to use more ´common sense´ in future. The Sikh Coalition said in a letter on Friday that the costume is offensive to 9/11 victims and will cause ‘negative stereotypes about turbans and beards that have led to violence and discrimination against Sikhs and other minorities’. The Sikh Coalition offered an image of the original costume and the al-Qaeda leader, Osama Bin Laden, as part of their letter.The group also sent letters to retailers such as Amazon.com, which listed the costume
Colombia´s President Juan Manuel Santos has rejected American civil rights activist the Rev Jesse Jackson´s mediation over a Farc hostage release. Mr Santos said only the Red Cross would be allowed to be involved, because he did not want "a media spectacle". Earlier, Jesse Jackson had agreed to go to Colombia next week to seek the release of former US marine Kevin Scott Sutay, held hostage since June. The Farc say they want to free Mr Sutay to brighten the mood of peace talks. During a visit to Cuba on Saturday, Rev Jesse Jackson had agreed to mediate, following a Farc statement saying his
From job-killing regulations to invasions of our privacy, the executive branch in Washington, D.C., is out of control. According to the Heritage Foundation, during President Obama’s first term in office, the annual regulatory burden on the economy increased by $70 billion. And in 2012 alone, the president’s team put forward 2,605 new rules. Of those new rules, 69 cost more than $100 million, but only two rules actually decreased regulations. In Kansas, we know a little bit about federal rules and regulations causing us headaches. New school lunch regulations have taken away the flexibility of local school districts to provide meals that parents
The NSA has been graphing American’s social networks and plotting them as they do organized crime since at least 2010, according to the latest published Edward Snowden leak. The highly secretive intelligence agency has been mapping out American citizens’ social connections – identifying associates, determining locations, and logging who they talk to – by taking advantage of loosened rules previously meant to restrict surveillance actions. As far back as November, 2010, the agency authorized spies to conduct ‘large-scale graph analysis on very large sets of communications metadata without having to check foreignness,’ the New York Times revealed Saturday. The agency augmented that
Los Angeles — A new study suggests the proliferation of gay and transgender characters in films and television shows has not prevented gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender actors from experiencing discrimination in Hollywood. The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists commissioned the survey, released Friday. It found that more than half of the actors who identify as gay, bisexual and transgender think directors and producers are biased against them. (Snip) Only 16 percent of the gay, bisexual and transgender respondents, however, said they had experienced discrimination. Gay men reported the most, with about one-fifth saying they had
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Saturday lashed out at a reporter for suggesting the Republicans´ newly hatched continuing resolution (CR) is dead on arrival in the Senate. "How dare you presume a failure? How dare you? How dare you? How dare you presume a failure?" Issa asked, his voice rising with each question. "The fact is, this country is based on people saying they won´t do things, and at the end of the day, coming together to compromise. We continue to anticipate that there´s an opportunity for sensible compromise," he added. "I will not accept from anybody the assumption that
House Republicans remain united against Obamacare, demanding that it be delayed in its entirety for a full year before they agree to any stopgap spending bill to prevent a government shutdown before Tuesday. Technically, the government will run out of money at midnight on Monday if Congress and President Barack Obama do not come to an agreement by then. Unlike Senate Republicans, House Republicans are united against funding Obamacare in the Continuing Resolution and are demanding the president agree to put the law on hold for at least a little over a year in exchange for passage of a spending resolution.
In a decision that could make a U.S. government shutdown hard to avoid on Tuesday, the House of Representatives on Saturday prepared to reject an emergency spending bill approved by the Senate and push instead to delay President Barack Obama´s healthcare reform law. The vote by the Republican-controlled House was set to begin Saturday night. But there was little doubt about the outcome among Republicans, who cheered and chanted jubilantly in a meeting earlier Saturday after choosing their course of action. Democrats were grim. "The government is going to shut down," said Representative Jim Moran of Virginia. "The only question
WASHINGTON- Planning is under way for a possible shutdown of the U.S. government as Congress and the White House face off over raising the debt limit, officials say. Contingency plans focus on which agencies will close, which employees will have to show up for work and who gets paid, CNN Money reported Friday. A prime factor in the decision is an agency´s determination of what programs and services are essential. Programs considered "non-essential" will be closed and their staff furloughed. Closing are federal museums such as the Smithsonian, as well as the National Zoo. Processing of federally underwritten home loans
Here´s one more sign of a thaw in U.S.-Iranian relations: A 2,700-year-old silver drinking cup, looted from a cave in Iran and seized by U.S. Customs officials a decade ago, was returned to Iran this week. Its value is estimated at a million dollars or more. The ceremonial drinking vessel from the 7th century B.C., cast in the shape of a winged griffin, has been sitting in a warehouse in New York for years. And for years, U.S. officials have been saying they couldn´t return it to Iran until relations between Washington and Tehran were normalized. (Snip)On Wednesday, the piece
Washington - The No. 2 officer at the military command in charge of all U.S. nuclear war-fighting forces is suspected in a case involving counterfeit gambling chips at a western Iowa casino and has been suspended from his duties, officials said. Navy Vice Adm. Tim Giardina has not been arrested or charged, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation special agent David Dales said Saturday. The state investigation is ongoing. Giardina, deputy commander at U.S. Strategic Command, was suspended on Sept. 3 and is under investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service,
America used to be a nation of laws. Those laws served as guidelines for how we conducted business and ourselves. They were powerful laws, to be sure. But more importantly, they were fair, just, and judicious. They were laws we could all believe in. They were reasonable. They were not onerous or overbearing. That’s no longer the case. Our laws no longer guide our actions; they dictate them. The problem is we’ve morphed from a nation of laws into a nation of lawyers.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday brought home a 2,700-year-old Persian artifact the US administration gave him as “a special gift" to Iranians, media reports said. “The Americans contacted us on Thursday and said ´we have a gift for you´,” Rouhani told reporters upon arrival at the airport in Tehran, the ILNA news agency reported. “They gave it back as a special gift to the Iranian nation.” Rouhani was speaking of a 7th century BC silver Persian drinking cup in the shape of a winged Griffin, a legendary creature with the head of an eagle and body of a lion.