Alabama coach Nick Saban has suspended star safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix indefinitely for violating unspecified team rules. Saban announced the suspension of one of the top-ranked Crimson Tide´s top defensive players after Wednesday´s practice. Saban wouldn´t say what Clinton-Dix did wrong. ``I want to be consistent,´´ he said. ``When guys get suspended, I never, ever say what it´s for. So I´m not going there. So don´t ask me. It´s the way it always happens. Every guy. If they do right, they wouldn´t be getting suspended. I don´t know for how long this will be, so don´t ask me that either.
Investors will be keeping a sharp eye on the markets Thursday after President Obama´s comments about Wall Street. Told by a CNBC interview that Wall Street is "pretty calm" about the government shutdown and political infighting, Obama said: "I think this time is different — I think they should be concerned. Obama cited concern about possible Republican objections to an increase in the debt ceiling, leading to a government default. While it´s "not unusual for Democrats and Republicans to disagree," Obama also said that "when you have a situation in which a faction is willing potentially to default on U.S. government obligations, then
At 4:19 p.m. today, the House of Representatives passed a measure freeing the District of Columbia to spend its locally collected funds and otherwise conduct business as usual through Dec. 15. The vote was taken by acclamation, but on Tuesday a recorded vote on a similar measure failed because most House Democrats — yes, Democrats, the traditional friends of the District of Columbia — opposed it, thus denying the two-thirds majority necessary to pass the bill under the circumstances. The Democrats explained their opposition in the same terms as they have explained their opposition to similar bills that would carve out appropriations
A provision in ObamaCare requiring medical providers to switch from paper patient charts to electronic records is intended to reduce costs and improve care. But privacy advocates fear the transition is too fast for security measures to keep pace. "The thing I worry about is not that we are doing it, but that we´re doing it without the right safeguards," said Lee Tien, a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. (Snip) Daimon Geopfert -- a security and privacy expert with the McGladrey consulting group -- compares the situation to a group of banks with tunnels to the same
The shutdown battle has become, essentially, a high-stakes blame game.(snip)But in a note to clients, Potomac Research Group´s Greg Valliere says that President Obama still has one "trump card" of his own left to play, Social Security: THE HEAVY ARTILLERY: We have thought for weeks that Obama would play the Social Security trump card if there was no deal on the debt ceiling by mid-October. This is one of several reasons why we think a default is unlikely, and it´s one of several reasons why Boehner will capitulate; the only questions are when and under what terms. We think he may
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is canceling a speech to an influential gay rights group because of the government shutdown. Biden was scheduled to deliver the keynote address to about 3,400 people at the Human Rights Campaign´s annual dinner on Saturday. It´s the nation´s biggest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights group, and gay and lesbian activists were among President Barack Obama´s most loyal supporters during his re-election campaign. But the partial shutdown of the federal government has led Obama and now Biden to cancel a number of events. Obama canceled an appearance at a glitzy Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Leadership: Venezuela has expelled three U.S. diplomats in a laughable attempt to divert attention from its economic shambles. It´s a golden opportunity for the U.S. to reassert itself. Unfortunately, our president is clueless. Running out of U.S. diplomats to expel after several rounds, the Venezuelan government kicked out the charge d´affairs and two low level U.S. envoys on rabid accusations of "sabotage" for the "crime" of meeting with ordinary Venezuelans at the offices of Sumate, a clean-election group. It´s the sort of meeting diplomats routinely hold as part of their jobs. "There will be no cordial relations nor cordial communication," Venezuela´s President
Just months after he gave a speech earlier this year that challenged America’s leadership in President Obama’s presence, Dr. Ben Carson was targeted by IRS agents who requested to review his real estate holdings and then conducted a full audit without finding any wrongdoing. “I guess it could be a coincidence, but I never had been audited before and never really had any encounters with the IRS,” Dr. Carson said in an interview Thursday with The Washington Times. “But it certainly would make one suspicious because we know now the IRS has been used for political purposes and therefore actions
It took five months, but Wayne Klinkel was reimbursed $500 Monday by the federal government for his dog’s expensive taste. “It all comes out in the end,” Klinkel said, laughing. “It was great to get the check after all the crap I went through.” The saga of Sundance began last Christmas, when the elderly golden retriever and his owners, Wayne Klinkel and his wife were on a road trip from Montana to Colorado to visit their daughter and her husband, Amy and Coty Church, in Denver. The Klinkels stopped at a restaurant for dinner, and left Sundance in their locked
Lexington, Kentucky -- Obamacare is expected to increase patient demand for medical services. Combine that with a worsening shortage of doctors, and next year you may have to wait a little longer to get a doctor´s appointment. And the crowded emergency room may become even more so. There are approximately 48 million uninsured people in the United States. When the mandatory insurance rules of Obamacare kick in next year, and a couple dozen states expand who is eligible for Medicaid, you can bet more people are going to want to use their health benefits. In fact, so many people were
“A lot of people talk about wanting to change Washington. Well, if we actually change Washington there’s a lot of resistance. This is what it looks like. And we shouldn’t be surprised that when Washington is being forced to change by the American people, is being forced to actually listen to the voters that there’s going to be a lot of resistance because a lot of people are vested to the status quo.” — Senator Ted Cruz on ‘The Mark Levin Show’ Finally. Recognition dawns. Last night Speaker Boehner emerged from the White House to report that President Obama and
Your one-stop for ongoing news about the government shutdown and the media´s coverage of it. Newest updates at the top, all times Eastern. Send tip to @NolteNC or firstname.lastname@example.org. -- 9:16 - Watch NBC´s John J. Harwood Play Obama´s Palace Stooge In a widely circulated interview Wednesday, the real news wasn´t Obama repeating his week-old talking points, it was watching NBC´s John J. Harwood play Palace Stooge. After calling Republicans extortionists and house burners, Obama told "real reporter" Harwood that he has "purposely kept my rhetoric down." Harwood never challenged that absurd falsehood. You can watch this "real reporter" in
Health Reform: Those icons of voter fraud have been tasked and paid to guide an unwilling public through the ObamaCare enrollment process — while getting access to confidential information on thousands of people seeking health insurance. Somehow it does not surprise us that among the conductors on the train wreck known as ObamaCare will be leftist agitators from President Obama´s beloved Acorn, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. They´ll get up to $48 an hour as "navigators" to lead us through the dead-end ObamaCare maze. As Mathew Vadum reports on the American Spectator blog
Imagine you are a veteran of World War II approaching your 90th birthday. This may be your last opportunity to visit the memorial that was erected to honor your service. You have come to your nation’s Capital, only to find that your president has ordered that memorial barricaded to keep you out. As a teenager, you jumped off a landing craft into the surf at Omaha Beach and watched as your buddies were cut to pieces in the sand. Or maybe you endured the horrors of Iwo Jima or Guadalcanal battling the Japanese in the Pacific. You did your duty,
Is this the Change we were waiting for? Really? Even if you voted the other way in 2008, most of the country felt an energy early in 2009, fresh blood in the White House, a clean slate built on an historic choice who promised so much. Even skeptics were hopeful. No more. Just look, if you haven´t just eaten, at the sad spectacle unfolding in Washington these days on both sides -- starting at the top. As the world´s second oldest profession, politics has never been pretty.
More than a dozen House Republicans who want to drop attempts to undermine the health-care law and reopen the government are meeting among themselves and with House Speaker John Boehner -- and he’s listening. For the past few weeks, Boehner’s hand has been guided by a group of Tea Party-aligned Republican House members who’ve urged little compromise in their three-year drive to undo the 2010 Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Now, the agitation is coming from the other side of the caucus. A bipartisan group of about 40 House lawmakers are holding private talks to find a compromise
Historical revisionism is always in season and is generally a useful, or at least diverting, activity. But Nick Baumann’s effort, in Slate last week, to resuscitate the strategic reputation of Neville Chamberlain (British prime minister, 1937–40), on the 75th anniversary of the Munich Agreement, was a bridge too far in historical myth-making. It is correct that Britain and France could not go to war to prevent Germans in Czechoslovakia, especially concentrated in Sudetenland, from becoming Germans in fact; and that, as a practical matter, this meant conceding Sudetenland to Germany, as the Czechs could not deport a million Germans without justifying
A sweeping national effort to extend health coverage to millions of Americans will leave out two-thirds of the poor blacks and single mothers and more than half of the low-wage workers who do not have insurance, the very kinds of people that the program was intended to help, according to an analysis of census data by The New York Times. Because they live in states largely controlled by Republicans that have declined to participate in a vast expansion of Medicaid, the medical insurance program for the poor, they are among the eight million Americans who are impoverished, uninsured and ineligible
An iconic Philadelphia restaurant has been forced to close its doors and turn away booked parties because of the government shutdown. City Tavern at 3rd and Walnut Streets in the Old City section of the city has been told it must close until the U.S. Congress passes a spending bill. The restaurant, which opened for the first time in 1773 and was frequented by the nation´s founding fathers, sits inside Independence National Historical Park and the building is owned by the U.S. National Parks Service.
A key Iranian cyber war operative may have been killed in an “internal dispute,” cabinet minister and former Shin Bet intelligence chief Yaakov Peri said Thursday. Peri, the minister of science, was speaking on Israel Radio as Iran denied reports that Cyber War Headquarters commander Mojtaba Ahmadi, who was recently found dead northwest of Tehran, had been assassinated. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said he had died in a “horrific incident,” but ruled out assassination. “The main reason of the event and the motive of the attacker has not been specified,” added a Revolutionary Guards statement quoted by Reuters. On Wednesday, Britain’s Telegraph newspaper
I don’t often find myself agreeing with Thomas L. Friedman, but I’ve now discovered for myself that a New York Times column he wrote ten years ago, and that I remember reading at the time, was right on the money. “Poland,” he declared, “is the antidote to European anti-Americanism.” Noting that he had spent much of the previous two years being targeted by anti-Americanism in Western Europe and the Middle East, he’d spent three days in Poland “and got two years of anti-American bruises massaged out of me.” To his surprise, Poles “actually tell you they like America — without whispering.”
It’s called Washington Monument Syndrome. That’s shorthand for the way federal agencies react to any threat of budget cuts or a government shutdown: by closing down the most popular public services. No one has mastered this better than President Obama. Which explains the dramatic — and wholly unnecessary — confrontation Tuesday at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall. Faced with signs saying the memorial was closed, war vets rightly pushed past makeshift gates and barricades to make their visit. That there were barricades at all underscores the phony politics at work.
“My staff has always said ‘don’t say this,’ but…” is a frightening disclaimer for the communications staffers of any member of Congress to hear. But it can be especially cringe inducing when the person reciting the line has a terrible habit of not only saying things over the warnings of his staff but also saying things he shouldn’t even have to be told not to say. (snip) One of Washington’s worst-kept secrets is that Reid’s attitude toward most people ranges from miserable on his best days to uncommonly vicious on his worst. When he describes members of the public as
It now appears a lease with the federal government is only as good as the President occupying the White House. From an 18th century living history farm in Virginia to campgrounds in Arizona, the federal government is forcing private operators close down simply because their facilities are on land owned by the federal government. The inconvenienced customers are being told this is part of the government shutdown even though prior shutdowns never affected these facilities. How stupid is this? These operations cost the federal government nothing to maintain and most often pay a percentage of their gross fees back to the
For the first time in almost two years, motorcycle-borne assassins appear to have murdered an Iranian official--this time, Mojtaba Ahmadi, the man reportedly responsible for Iran’s cyber-warfare headquarters. Whoever was responsible, and assuming that Ahmadi did indeed hold that position, this would be a new and dangerous escalation of hostilities. It comes at a highly sensitive moment in US-Iran diplomacy, just one week after the highest-level diplomatic context in years, and could empower hardliners within Iran who are searching for a pretext to close off President Hasan Rohani’s engagement with the West. Details remain murky. Some Iranian sources suggest that