RUSH: Well, the government shutdown continues, and the media is continuing to have a field day with it all, and, as discussed yesterday, the media is really the problem here, folks. I mean, the Democrats are who they are, and we know that. Obama´s who he is, and we know that. Harry Reid is who he is, and we know that. Pelosi´s who she is, and we know that. And we´ve known this for years. There´s really not a whole lot to be told anymore about them; everybody knows. Well, maybe, I mean the low-information crowd. The low-information crowd, by the
On the day his mother, Mia Farrow, suggested in a Vanity Fair interview the sensational possibility that his father might be Frank Sinatra and not Woody Allen, it has been claimed that Ronan Farrow is in talks to host his own MSNBC show. Yale Law School graduate, Farrow, 25, who is currently a Rhode Scholar at Oxford University has already made many appearances on MSNBC and CNN in the past in his capacity as the Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Global Youth Issues. In a clear sign that MSNBC is seeking to diversify its image in an
As President Obama´s signature health insurance overhaul effort began to enroll new participants on Monday, some states running their own insurance exchanges saw huge levels of website traffic but paltry interest in signing up. California, the ultimate blue state whose federal lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in support of Obamacare, turned less than 1 per cent of its Web visits into ´Covered California´ participants on Tuesday. ´We had over 5.7 million hits to our website as of 3 p.m. yesterday,´ Covered California spokeswoman Kelsey Caldwell told MailOnline Wednsday. ´7,700 consumers began their application process yesterday. ... 4,143 applications are pending,´ she added.
It appears that the Obama administration is violating the First Rule of Holes. Yesterday the administration looked awful when it “closed” and barricaded the World War II memorial on the Mall. The memorial is, by its nature, open. There is nothing to close. And the administration knows that every day, tour groups consisting of WWII vets, now mostly in their late 80s or early 90s, come to Washington to visit the memorial. So the administration couldn’t resist closing the WWII memorial by putting up barricades, as part of their effort to dramatize how terrible the government “shutdown” is. Yesterday, as we
Ezra Klein: So, do you think a shutdown is good for the issues and ideas you’re trying to push?Grover Norquist: Not necessarily. I think the original plan for the Republicans was to move the continuing resolution past the debt ceiling and then to sit down with Obama and decide whether he would be willing to trade some relaxation of the sequester for significant reforms of entitlements. That was something Obama might well do. Democrats in the House and the Senate are very concerned about caps and limits in sequestration. Republicans could get significant long-term entitlement reform -- all on the
Yesterday I reported from the National World War Two Memorial on several members of Congress crashing the barricades set up by the National Park Service that were keeping out several hundred Honor Flight veterans — many of whom were WW2 veterans — from visiting their own memorial. The Park Service claimed that the memorial and the entire National Mall area had to be closed because of the government shutdown. The same scene was reenacted again today as two Honor Flights from Missouri and Chicago arrived in prearranged visits. These Honor Flights were met by hundreds of ordinary citizens and about a
Each year the Telegraph assembles a group of experts to compile a list of the Top 100 most influential people on the Right. Meeting this year in the Westminster Intercontinental--the new hang-out of choice for politicos--the panel judged the performance of Right-wing politicos since September 2012. [Snip] So as we met it soon became clear what the big debate would be: where to rank Nigel Farage? Ukip’s performance in this year’s local elections was nothing short of phenomenal. The media finally realised that this was a party that was here to stay, and one that they had to take seriously.
Washington - The Republican National Committee is offering the United States government a check to pay for guards at the National World War II Memorial, chairman Reince Priebus announced Wednesday. "We´re willing to pay the bill," said Priebus, who was speaking to reporters as he stood in front of a fence at the memorial. The memorial had been the site of a dramatic encounter Tuesday between visiting World War II veterans and a fence erected to keep visitors out. The National Parks Service argued the government shutdown left them with no personnel to guard and maintain the open air memorial.
Bad news, everyone: the panda cam at Washington zoo has fallen victim to the US government shutdown. (H/T Jacob Rees-Mogg in the blindingly good speech he gave in Manchester yesterday at an Adam Smith Institute discussion on the Nanny State; H/T also Eric Worrall) [Snip] Sad, isn´t it? But I don´t mean sad as in "Oh no you can´t see the pandas." I mean sad that Western civilisation has reached such a pitch of decadence that we consider it normal, acceptable even, for the government to confiscate our earnings through the tax system and squander it on fripperies like panda-viewing
WASHINGTON — The Republican National Committee says it is prepared to shoulder the cost to keep the World War II memorial open for the next 30 days. Appearing before the memorial, hours after World War II veterans passed through the Park Service’s barricade, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus announced that the committee has put aside enough money to hire 5 full-time security personnel for the next 30 days to keep the memorial open. “Make no mistake, it was the Obama administration’s choice to barricade this memorial and it was their choice to lock out veterans across this country,” Preibus said.“The administration
Washington - Each month, there’s usually one number that economists and Wall Street investors watch above all else: the Labor Department’s tally of jobs created by US employers. It’s a gauge of the job market – to most Americans the most basic indicator of prosperity and well-being. Beyond that, it’s a broad barometer of the economy’s health. And this month, it’ll be missing in action. At least that’s the way it appears so far, due to a partial shutdown of the federal government, which took effect Tuesday because the parties in Congress are at loggerheads over federal spending and President
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