House Republicans tell me Speaker John Boehner wants to craft a “grand bargain” on fiscal issues as part of the debt-limit deliberations, and during a series of meetings on Wednesday, he urged colleagues to stick with him. The revelation came quietly. Boehner called groups of members to his Capitol office all day, taking their temperature on the shutdown and the debt limit. It became clear, members say, that Boehner’s chief goal is conference unity as the debt limit nears, and he’s looking at potentially blending a government-spending deal and debt-limit agreement into a larger budget package. “It’s the return of the grand
In a huge victory for concert promoter AEG Live, the jury in the Michael Jackson wrongful-death case found that Dr. Conrad Murray was not unfit and awarded no money to the pop star´s family. The jury unanimously agreed that AEG Live hired the doctor, who gave the singer a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol. But they also found that Murray was competent, which means that the company is not liable in Jackson´s death and will not have to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation to the family. Attorneys for the family had said that economic damages could surpass
By 1921, V.I. Lenin´s communist policies had left Russia in ruins. On the defensive, he introduced a new economic plan. And in place of his propaganda of force, propaganda became all about taking over the culture. Presenting his New Economic Policy (NEP) at the 10th Communist Party congress in 1921 in the aftermath of Russia´s civil war, Lenin drew much praise in the West for his supposed pragmatism and flexibility after the famine that he created had killed 6 million people. But the retreat was nothing more than a tactic to ensure the Soviet regime´s continued grip on power. Ever so lightly,
Politics: The Obama administration´s decision to barricade the open-air and otherwise unguarded World War II memorial is just the latest sign that the president will do anything to get his way. Is the public finally getting wise? Anyone who´s ever visited Washington, D.C., knows that while the National Mall is technically a federally owned park, it can´t be closed. There are no fences around its 309 acres. No entrances. No guard posts. Just wide open spaces dotted with monuments and museums. There´s the Washington Monument, which requires a guide to get to the top. But that´s closed for repairs. So the administration
RUSH: Audio sound bites. The CNN babes, they also tried to go to HealthCare.gov whatever it is and log on and get an account, and get enrolled and so forth, and they didn´t like "the twirly thing" that they saw. We have here Brooke Baldwin, the anchorette, speaking with senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen about problems on the first day of online sign-up for Obamacare. Brooke Baldwin said to Elizabeth Cohen, "So you guys hit a wall out there? We´re here in Georgia. What about other states? Similar issues?" COHEN: The CNN medical team branched out, and we tried in about
When asked by CNSNews.com whether he had read all 10,535 pages of final Obamacare regulations that have so far been published in the Federal Register, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) asked in return whether it was "important" the he read them, dismissed the inquiry as a "propaganda question," and did not ultimately anwer. CNSNews.com: "What I was going to ask you is if you´ve read those [10,535 pages] of regulations." Waxman said: “Have you read them?” CNSNews.com: "No. Have you read them?" Waxman said: “Is it important that I read it?” CNSNews.com: "Do you think that the American people should read
The U.S. Senate´s leading Democrat found himself in embarrassingly hot water Wednesday, after dismissing the idea of funding children´s cancer research through the government shutdown. ´If you can help one child, why won´t you do it?´ asked CNN reporter Dana Bash. ´Why, why, why would we want to do that?´ countered Reid. ´I have 1100 people at Nellis Air Force Base that are sitting home,´ because of government employee furloughs, he told Bash and a roomful of other journalists. ´They have – they have a few problems of their own.´ ´This is – to have someone of your intelligence suggest such a thing maybe
RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, look at me. Look at the radio. Or your computer, your app when you´re listening. This is a perfect illustration. If I had a theme today, this would be a perfect illustration of it. "Last week, as the prospect of a federal government shutdown loomed as reality, the President of the United States told the media that he would ´not negotiate´ with ´house burners.´ And with that, the American mainstream media threw away their longstanding belief in ´civil bipartisan compromise´ in order to stand with Obama." That´s a Breitbart lead to a story. What just happened -- well,
The nation’s big three news networks are falling right into place for President Obama and the Democrats, blaming the Republican Party for the government shutdown by a whopping 21-0 story count. According to a survey by the conservative media watchdog Media Research Center, in 39 stories during the two weeks leading up to the shutdown, CBS, ABC and NBC blamed the failure to cut a budget deal on the Republicans 21 times, both parties four times, and Democrats zero times. In 14 stories, nobody was to blame. Some examples of how the story is being played on the networks: – "CBS Evening News"
Roughly 4.7 million Americans went online Tuesday to browse the Obamacare health insurance exchanges prompting HealthCare.gov administrators to increase the site´s server capacity and create a new "wait page" to hold a person´s place in line until the site can load properly. On top of the Web traffic, 190,000 Americans used federal health insurance exchange call centers and another 104,000 requested live chats. "Now that quality, affordable coverage is within reach, we´re seeing that pent up demand break through, underscoring once again how important it was to fix our broken health care system," Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spokesman
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