Ann Romney stopped by Fox & Friends this morning, giving us an up-close look at the Romney family, and showing off her new best-selling cook book, "The Romney Family Table." Before Elisabeth, Steve and Brian got down to the real business of having some of Ann´s famous pancakes, they needed to know what the Romney family has been up to since the presidential election. Mrs. Romney said that it´s a big adjustment going from the "center of the universe" to all of a sudden "nothing."
If you are looking for an antidote to last week’s awful mush-filled address to the UN General Assembly by Barack Obama, look no further than Benjamin Netanyahu’s powerful address to the same body. [Snip] It was the abasement of a superpower before a sworn enemy of the free world. The Israeli prime minister’s speech to the UN on Tuesday was a direct rebuttal of Barack Obama’s olive branch to Tehran a week ago. It was a display of strong leadership of the kind that is sorely lacking on the world stage today. It was free of the lily-livered appeasement that
TAMPA — To a passer-by, Anderson Park, with its green grass and canopy of oaks, looks like a slice of Americana, a scene reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell painting. To those who frequent this green space in the Hyde Park area, though, it can more closely resemble an Alfred Hitchcock thriller — with squirrels instead of birds. Some parkgoers, it seems, have ignored the city sign asking them not to feed the squirrels. The result: The furry tree rodents are jumping at children who carry food, invading strollers and diaper bags, and generally annoying the many families who come here
WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama has canceled two stops on his long-planned trip to Asia because of the partial government shutdown, the White House announced Wednesday. Obama is scheduled to leave Saturday night on what originally was a four-nation tour. But the White House has called off the final two stops in Malaysia and the Philippines and is re-evaluating the stops in Indonesia and Brunei, where Obama is to participate in regional economic forums. "We intend to have the president...make that trip because it is important," White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday. "We´ll obviously evaluate this as each day
WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama´s strategy during the partial shutdown of the federal government is aimed at keeping up the appearance of a leader focused on the public´s priorities while avoiding looking tone deaf to those forced off the job. Attend a black-tie gala? No. Meet with business leaders who oppose a government shutdown? Yes. Jet off to Asia for a four-country tour? Maybe, but shorten the trip and keep the option to cancel. Obama´s strategy is also aimed at maintaining what the White House sees as a political advantage over Republicans, with his events providing him a platform to blast
"People complain of having to stand in line for hours, often in vain, and many are losing patience with the government´s explanation that unsavory conspirators are to blame for the nation´s problems," reports the New York Times. But enough about Venezuela. Let´s talk about ObamaCare. "President Barack Obama on Monday said he "absolutely" expects glitches and problems," Politico reports. And these glitches, according to the president, will continue at least until the end of the year: "In the first week, first month, first three months, I would suspect that there will be glitches."
DALLAS —In a shopping center parking lot 1,300 miles from Washington’s bureaucracy and bickering, teen mom Karina Luciano loaded a watermelon and baby formula into her car. Luciano didn’t realize the federal assistance program that just purchased the food items for her children, Aimee, 2, and Jaiden, 11 months, is now in jeopardy because of the government shutdown. “Oh my god, I think I’m going to cry,” Luciano said upon learning the news. “This is really bad.” Nearly 9 million low-income mothers and children receive benefits under the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. Congress’ inability to
A new wave of veterans were forced to move barricades at the WWII Memorial in Washington Wednesday morning to gain access during the government slimdown, a spokeswoman from Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., told FoxNews.com. The WWII veterans, from Ohio, Kansas and Missouri, arrived at the memorial one day after another group relied on the assistance from elected officials to move the barricades to allow access. Parks police did not prevent the first group from entering, nor did they interfere with Wednesday´s group.
I heard Rob Schneider talking politics on a comedy podcast a few years ago, and the Saturday Night Live alum exhibited fluent liberal-speak. Now it appears Schneider has been mugged by a similar reality which hit fellow SNL mainstays Jon Lovitz and Dennis Miller. Schneider, star of the bawdy big screen comedy Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigalo, told an interviewer this week that he´s fed up with the Democrats who have made a mess of the Golden State. The state of California is a mess, and the supermajority of Democrats is not working. I’ve been a lifelong Democrat and I have to switch over
UPDATE: The National Park Service allowed World War II veterans to visit their memorial on the National Mall Wednesday despite the government shutdown. The decision — the park service said their visits now constitute protected “First Amendment activity” — came as hundreds of veterans in their 80s and 90s from Kansas and Missouri defied federal orders that the site was closed Wednesday morning and visited it, anyway. The decision marked a 180-degree turn from park-service guidance Monday declaring that the open-air memorial would be closed during the shutdown. Washington politicians may have the time to debate how to fund the
GULFPORT -- Ninety-one World War II veterans were greeted at Gulfport/Biloxi International Airport with an enthusiastic welcome by their neighbors Tuesday evening. Water cannon plumes arched over the runway on their approach, and they received a salute by Marines and U.S. Navy personnel, city leaders and thousands of others at the terminal who came to the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport to welcome them home. The veterans returned about 7:45 p.m. from Washington aboard the sixth Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight, after a day of viewing the World War II memorial and other monuments, and basking in the spotlight of national media
Faculty members expressed alarm at new sexual harassment policies at the University of Montana approved by the Departments of Justice and Education. Of special concern is a requirement that those professors who fail to complete training are being reported to the federal government. Faculty members questioned exactly what information the university felt obliged to report to the DOJ and asked how the agency plans to use the information in a letter to University of Montana President Royce Engstrom, the Missoulian reported last week. They also asked what additional information the university would provide to the DOJ if the agency asked follow-up questions. The
Hmm. Terry McAuliffe said Tuesday that he supports new Environmental Protection Agency rules on carbon emissions, taking a clear stance for the first time on an issue that has become a key flashpoint in the Virginia governor’s race. The EPA unveiled guidelines two weeks ago that would limit the amount of carbon that future coal- and gas-fired plants can emit into the atmosphere, likely making it difficult for any new coal-powered plants to be built. (Snip)Lachlan Markay put together this map of where the country’s major coal mines are, and where the EPA’s “listening sessions” about the rules new were
A beef with France produced “freedom fries” in House cafeterias in 2003 and now, the government shutdown is leading to the creation of “furlough fries.” Quill at The Jefferson hotel in downtown Washington is offering $2 “furlough fries” to diners. The swank hotel is a popular eating and fundraising spot for lawmakers and happens to be the same place President Obama hosted GOP senators for a meal earlier this year. The furlough fries, which are covered with herbs and served with a piccolo red pepper dipping sauce, are available to everyone, not just government workers, and will be available every
Get ready for Chelsea Clinton Bump Watch 2014 — the only daughter of the former president and former secretary of State is declaring next year the “Year of the Baby.” In an interview for the November issue of Glamour magazine on her work with the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, Clinton reveals that she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are planning for a bouncing addition to their household. According to the 33-year-old Oxford grad, the pair, who married in 2010, sat down together a year after tying the knot and made a list focused on their future, saying, “We want,
Another day, another barricade crossed. Following the example set on Tuesday by a group of fellow veterans from Mississippi, World War II "honor flights" from Missouri, Illinois and Michigan entered the closed World War II memorial on Wednesday, past a blockade erected because of the government shutdown. The first busload of veterans arrived to a circus of media and members of Congress just after 11 a.m. Several members of Congress who were on hand opened the barricades, allowing the veterans access to the memorial. Since then, several hundred of them have passed through the gates. According to the National Park Service, the memorial
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the odds-on favorite for president in 2016 if she runs, according to a new poll that shows her beating potential Republican challengers by double digits. Clinton leads New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie 49 percent to 36 percent, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) 53 percent to 36 percent, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) 54 percent to 31 percent in the Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday. In the head-to-head match-ups with Christie and Paul, Clinton widened her lead since Quinnipiac’s last national poll in July. They did not include a question about Cruz in July for comparison.
The Claude Moore Colonial Farm, in McLean, Virginia, presents a slice of 1771 to the thousands of visitors who visit it every year. But until further notice, its website is warning visitors away. The living history farm is dead, at least for now.“It’s a perfect fall day, and yet we can’t do anything,” Managing Director Anna Eberly told me in a phone interview. Eberly has managed the Claude Moore Colonial Farm for 32 years. Before managing the farm, she worked for the National Park Service.Visitors unaware of how the farm is run are apt to conclude that the government shutdown,,
Orlando, Fla. - A pretend game of cops and robbers landed a Florida elementary school boy with a very real suspension after he made a pretend gun with his thumb and index finger. The mother of 8-year-old Jordan Bennett said her son was only playing with his friend at Harmony Community School in St. Cloud. She fears his one-day suspension, which was handed down Friday, wrongly labels Jordan as a violent person. There was nothing in his hand. He used his thumb and index finger, Bonnie Bennett told a local TV station. It was a game. He made no
The government shutdown will temporarily slash the staffs and operations of every “nonessential” federal program — which, as you can imagine, adds up to a whole lot of programs. There are the ones you know about, like the national parks and the panda cam. Then there’s everything else. Here’s 21 effects of the shutdown you might not have heard about. 1) No one will oversee the program that makes sure your organic food is actually organic. That’s called the National Organic Standards Program, and its entire staff was furloughed. Also on the Department of Agriculture furlough list: the people who check
Nationwide Series driver Nelson Piquet Jr. has been fined $10,000 and placed on indefinite probation, and he will have to attend sensitivity training after using a gay slur on social media. In the announcement, NASCAR´s senior vice president of racing operations, Steve O’Donnell, explained the governing body´s decision: Nelson Piquet Jr. recently communicated an offensive and derogatory term that cannot be tolerated in our sport. NASCAR’s Code of Conduct explicitly spells out in the 2013 rule book our position regarding the use of disparaging terms. We expect our entire industry to abide
Twenty years ago, when he was trying to persuade Bill and Hillary Clinton that universal health care was a politically unrealistic goal, the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan repeated one insistent warning: Sweeping, historic laws don’t pass barely. “They pass 70-to-30,’’ he said, “or they fail.” (Snip) “You reap what you sow,” said Whit Ayres, the veteran Republican pollster. “When you force through a major and very significant change to our economy, and you do it on a pure party-line vote, and at the very end change the rules to cram it through, you simply set up a long-term political
Beginning now, with the opening of government-run health-insurance exchanges, President Barack Obama will be prohibiting American Catholics from practicing their faith in the way they live their daily lives. This is an act of tyranny. Yet, many Americans in positions of public authority and influence have greeted it with silence and inaction. I do not use the word tyranny lightly here. Obama is abusing his power as president to unilaterally impose on Catholics — and millions of other Americans who share the Catholic moral view on certain matters — a regulation that forces them to act against their moral convictions
The FBI has said it has arrested the suspected operator of the Silk Road - a website notorious for being a place to buy drugs and other illegal items. A spokeswoman said that Ross William Ulbricht was arrested "without incident" by its agents at a public library in San Francisco on Tuesday. She added he had been charged with conspiracy to traffic narcotics. The FBI has also seized approximately $3.6m (£2.2m) worth of bitcoins - a virtual currency. The agency described it as the biggest Bitcoin seizure to date. The Silk Road itself is now offline - those trying to
ST. PETERSBURG — Big Al, locals said, wasn´t particularly fond of humans. He knew how to act and when to stay away. "He was a lover," said Judy Ellis, a Lakewood Estates resident. "He´d just sit around all day and smile at you." The 13-foot alligator was trapped and killed Sept. 26 in a small lake north of the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. He was the eighth-largest alligator ever killed in the state and the biggest trapped in Pinellas for Jovan Johannessen, the 34-year-old Clearwater hunter who pulled him from the