Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid delivered a striking mea culpa on the Senate floor Friday as he opened the chamber, saying he and his colleagues have simply gotten too personal and nasty in their floor debates. A day earlier Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, had scolded Mr. Reid for attacking Sen. Ted Cruz, another Texas Republican, by name as they debated the government shutdown. Mr. Cornyn read directly from the Senate Rules that prohibit members from impugning each other’s motives or conduct. Mr. Reid on Friday said it was a lesson all senators, including himself, should learn. “I’ll work harder
Most of the Obamacare horror stories I’ve heard fall under the category “amazing, but not surprising.” But I confess that this one, from a friend, surprised me: True story: I was talking to my fitness trainer on Wednesday about Obamacare. He is a 38 year-old with three boys by his first marriage. Of late he has a second wife, who has her own insurance through her job, covering just her. He has insurance as an individual. He got a letter from his insurance company cutting him off, and saying he’d have to look elsewhere after Dec. 31. So he started looking.
On the first day of the “shutdown” of the federal government, when members of the U.S. Senate were going to the well of their house to point out that the shutdown would prevent the National Institutes of Health from starting clinical trials for cancer patients and others facing possibly terminal illnesses, the administration was giving $445,000,000 to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, according to the Daily Treasury Statement. That means PBS NewsHour, National Public Radio and Sesame Street got a taxpayer subsidy during the shutdown, but not would-be cancer patients at the NIH. The $445 million the Treasury handed over
Republicans on Friday were furious over a Wall Street Journal report that the White House believes it is “winning” the shutdown fight. “This isn’t some damn game,” said House Speaker John A. Boehner. “The American people don’t want their government shut down and neither do it.” Publicly the White House, too, says the shutdown isn’t about winning. Press secretary Jay Carney said that on Thursday. But the Wall Street Journal reported that a senior administration official said: “We are winning…It doesn’t really matter to us” how long the shutdown lasts “because what matters is the end result.” Republicans and Democrats
Government services across the US may have all but ground to a halt, but there is one that remains open for business as usual: the Presidential paradise of Camp David. The woodland retreat has stayed immune to the shutdown because it falls under the aegis of the Department of Defence, whose staff are designated as active-duty military personnel. More than 250 chefs, gardeners, electricians and anybody else who keeps the camp running in Catoctin Mountain Park in Frederick County, Maryland, should the President drop by are not only still working, but are also getting paid, according to website TMZ. Meanwhile,
Republicans on Friday seized on an unnamed senior administration official’s comment that “it doesn´t really matter to us” how long the government shutdown lasts, “because what matters is the end result.” Republican offices circulated the comment, published in Friday’s Wall Street Journal, with a spokesman for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) incredulously asking “it doesn’t matter?” The spokesman in a separate email listed "things that don´t ´matter´ to the White House," including veterans´ benefits, food inspection, and scientific research all halted during the shutdown. Brad Dayspring, a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, attributed the quote in a tweet to a “compassionate
One party controls the White House and the Senate by less than the margin needed to end a filibuster, and the other party controls the House by a wide margin. A fundamental conflict over government spending is at the heart of an impasse that leads to a shutdown of the federal government. The year is not 2013 but 1981 ... and 1982, 1984, 1986 and 1987. That’s right, the Reagan years, when President Ronald Reagan and House Speaker Tip O’Neill would work things out and avoid having to close the Washington Monument. With all due respect to Chris Matthews and
Most people on finding out that they´ve become rich beyond their wildest dreams would immediately splash out on a selfish purchase - a yacht, a mansion, maybe even a private island. But when Reggie Theus discovered he had become a trillionaire thanks to a bank error, he decided to make life easy for his fellow Americans, and offered to pay of the national debt. Sadly for the country, the bank realised its mistake, and soon took away the East Texan´s $4,000,000,000,000 - dashing the States´ hope of an easy fix for their financial crisis. Mr Theus, a restaurant manager,
The games politicians play: Barack Obama is having a lot of fun using the government shutdown to squeeze the public in imaginative ways. The point of the shutdown game is to see who can squeeze hardest, make the most pious speech and listen for the applause. It’s a variation on the grade-school ritual of “you show me yours, and I’ll show you mine.” President Obama is not a bad poker player, but the man with all the chips always starts with the advantage (and he gets all the aces). He has closed Washington down as tight as he dares, emphasizing the
President Obama has visited the Navy-run presidential retreat Camp David in central Maryland only 32 times, but it is being kept open during the government shutdown for his entertainment and security at the same time the Pentagon is cutting sports coverage to hundreds of thousands of troops around the world. A phone call to the retreat found it open, confirming a TMZ report. Camp David is one of the most highly secure areas in the nation and provides the president with a safe haven. The president has been known to shoot skeet at Camp David, which he most recently used for his
We all know how ban-happy the EU, the EC and other Brussels- and Strasbourg-based bodies can be. Well, now they have outdone themselves by effectively expressing a desire to ban Jewish boys. The Council of Europe, that gathering of the high priests of human rights in Strasbourg, has decreed that non-medical circumcision is "a violation of the physical integrity of children". It has passed a resolution calling on all its member states – 47 nations in total – to "initiate a public debate, including intercultural and interreligious dialogue, aimed at reaching a large consensus on the rights of children to
The media narrative is wrong, Obama is the one with no way out. 10 73 A comment by Chuck Schumer yesterday over Senate Democrats’ refusal to pass House funding bills for the NIH’s clinical trials for children with cancer, and similar House bills for veterans and national parks, pretty much sums up how Democrats’ seething hatred of the Tea Party movement has clouded Democrats’ thinking and ability to govern (via John McCormack at The Weekly Standard)(emphasis added): "As Politico reported Thursday, during the 1995 government shutdown congressional Republicans and President Bill Clinton were able to agree to a “stopgap bill to assure funding
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Friday there is an anti-government strain of the GOP that is causing problems for the whole, calling on Republicans to take back control. “They have something going on. I say to Republicans, ‘Take back your party,’” Pelosi said on “CBS This Morning.” She pointed to the fact that a majority of Republicans didn’t support President George W. Bush on TARP and that they didn’t vote for federal aid after Hurricane Sandy as evidence of the issues that are also seen in the current government shutdown. Pelosi pointed to intraparty fighting on the GOP side as
On Tuesday morning, seven National Park Service employees were seen erecting and tending to a barricade around the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C. One NPS employee was operating a forklift. There usually aren´t any NPS employees working at the World War II memorial. A couple hours later, when an Honor Flight of World War II veterans arrived, accompanied by Democratic and Republican members of Congress, the fences blocking the memorial were easily moved away, allowing the veterans to enter. But the barriers are still at the memorial, and they´ve been reinforced. This morning, I walked by the memorial and noticed
Trenton — Gov. Chris Christie says a low-level manager — not the state´s mass transit chief — was to blame for failing to move trains to higher ground during Superstorm Sandy, causing $120 million in damage. Christie told The Record´s editorial board on Thursday the employee deviated from a storm plan at the last minute without the knowledge of New Jersey Transit executive director Jim Weinstein. The governor says the unnamed employee was a civil servant and because of civil service rules, could only be demoted and not fired. However, the New Jersey Civil Service Commission website makes no reference to NJ Transit
Vice President Joe Biden is proud of the National Park Service ranger who stood up to Rep. Randy Neugebauer at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. On Thursday, video surfaced online of Neugebauer, a Texas Republican, angrily lecturing the ranger for setting up barricades to the memorial. "I´m proud of you," Biden said, according to his office´s Twitter account, revealing that the vice president had called the ranger to thank her for her service. Neugebauer told the ranger that the Park Service should be "ashamed" for blocking access to the memorial. “I’m not ashamed,” the ranger replied.
Alabama expects Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to miss one to three games after the university self-reported that the safety received an impermissible benefit, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told CBSSports.com. Alabama proposed a one-to-three-game suspension in the report it submitted to the NCAA, the source said. The NCAA can accept the recommendation, or deny it and issue a longer suspension.(Snip) Clinton-Dix borrowed between $100 and $300 from Alabama assistant strength coach Corey Harris, who, as first reported by the Tuscaloosa News, is on administrative leave. The range of money likely wouldn´t result in more than two games missed in most
At the center of the 9/11 attacks against the United States by Islamofascist terror, an unlikely hero played a largely unknown role. He sacrificed his life in an attempt to stop the hijacking of one of the planes that later crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. He was an Israeli-American and his role has remained largely ignored and unacknowledged. Danny Lewin was an American-Israeli, a world-class Internet entrepreneur, and the very first person to be murdered by the Al-Qaeda barbarians on September 11, 2001. He was aboard the American Airlines Flight 11 plane out of Boston
The generosity of strangers nationwide has floated David Henneberry´s boat -- literally. Nearly six months after Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was pulled bleeding and barely alive from the motorboat parked behind Henneberry´s Franklin Street home, the Watertown resident was able to buy another boat with donations sent to him by strangers, according to ABCNews. His previous boat, named "Slip Away," was taken by the FBI after Henneberry found Dzhokhar in his beloved craft on April 19, Henneberry told ABCNews. Dzhokhar was found after he and his brother, Tamerlan -- both suspects in the bombing -- confronted police in Watertown
What´s a leftist to do when a cherished program fails embarrassingly? Of course, create a phantom success, and publicize it relentlessly. And that is exactly what has happened with the disastrous launch of Healthcare.gov and the assorted state websites intended to enroll people in Obamacare. Obamacare found its poster boy for "success" in one Chad Henderson, who claims to have successfully enrolled where others have encountered nothing but frustration. As Chad wrote on his Facebook page: I´ve now been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post,Chattanooga Times Free Press, The Huffington Post, Enroll America, and POLITICO!
Is Ronan Farrow Frank Sinatra´s child? The late crooner´s wife, Barbara Sinatra, doesn´t believe a word of it. Actress Mia Farrow set tongues wagging when she told Vanity Fair´s November issue that her 25-year-old son, Ronan Farrow, was "possibly" fathered by Frank Sinatra. The 68-year-old star, who was married to Sinatra for 18 months, revealed that she was still involved with the blue-eyed singer during her relationship with the director Woody Allen. "We never really split up," Farrow told the magazine. But in Barbara Sinatra´s opinon, the paternity buzz is utter bunk. "I can´t hardly believe that," Sinatra told The
Chinese President Xi Jingping has held talks with Malaysia´s leader Prime Minister Najib Razak as part of a Southeast Asian charm offensive, with analysts saying he had "the floor to himself" after Barack Obama scrapped his own Asia tour. A day after a new trade deal with Indonesia, the two men today agreed to nearly triple two-way trade. (Snip)Xi´s visit to Indonesia and Malaysia and his planned attendance at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit have taken on added significance with the announcement Barack Obama will stay in America to focus on the government shut down.
The good news is President Obama finally canceled his entire extraneous trip to Asia, which was set to start tomorrow. Not because he´s going to conscientiously immerse himself in solving the ongoing government shutdown like a real president. But because, of course, how it would look otherwise. This keen student of politics apparently realized, or someone tipped him, that the optics of Obama convivially chatting up and negotiating with Asian leaders and a sultan in four faraway countries looked a little funny with his own government paralyzed.
Republican Gov. Tom Corbett compared the marriage of same-sex couples to the marriage of a brother and sister during an appearance on a Friday morning TV news show. The Pennsylvania governor was on WHP-TV in Harrisburg speaking about gay marriage when an anchor asked about a statement his lawyers made in a recent court filing, comparing the marriage of gay couples to the marriage of children because neither can legally marry in the state. "It was an inappropriate analogy, you know," Corbett said. "I think a much better analogy would have been brother and sister, don´t you?"
Although the government shutdown continues, it appears President Barack Obama and the White House are not getting any closer to negotiating with Republicans. A quotation from an unnamed senior administration official in today´s Wall Street Journal explains why. Said a senior administration official: "We are winning...It doesn´t really matter to us" how long the shutdown lasts "because what matters is the end result." With this view, it explains why President Obama won´t agree to any piecemeal legislation that would keep Veterans Affairs and NIH open during the shutdown. And it explains why President Obama would rather cancel his Asia trip
This week, the McDonald’s location at Main and Gray got some extra special attention for a sign at its side entrance imploring those sliding in for burgers and fries to pull their pants up. It’s been there for weeks but the right person must have just seen since it’s right up there next to the government shutdown in everyone’s mind. The same sign is up at the McDonald’s at Westheimer and Kirkwood too. And hey, it looks like Happy Meals are $1.99 on Tuesdays now. I know where I’m going after happy hour. “No one wants to see your underwear,”