President Obama lectured Republicans about their "attitude" problem on Thursday, telling an audience in suburban Maryland that Republican "extremists" are the only thing standing in the way of a "yes-or-no vote" on a continuing resolution to fund the federal government. He quoted a House Republican as refusing to be "disrespected" by failing to "get something" out of the CR vote. "If you´re being disrespected, it´s because of that attitude you´ve got -- that you deserve to get something for doing your job," Obama said. "Everybody here just does their job."
Although President Barack Obama has said that negotiating over the debt ceiling would be unprecedented, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace isn’t buying it. “The White House keeps saying, the president says this has never happened before, we’ve never had a negotiation on the debt limit,” Wallace told POLITICO for this week’s “Turn the Table” series. “That’s bull. It just isn’t true.”“They’ve had negotiations over the debt limit sometimes on related budget issues, sometimes on completely unrelated issues for years.” CNN’s Candy Crowley told POLITICO that she doesn’t expect the shutdown to end anytime soon. “When you look at the
Speaking on the Senate floor Friday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said although he has not been to the Senate floor in days, that hasn’t stopped Senate Democrats from disparaging him. “You know, it has been several days since I have been to the floor of the Senate, and yet, I feel that I have been here in absentia, because so many Democrats have invoked my name as the root of all evil in the world,” Cruz said. Cruz thanked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for admonishing the Senate to maintain civility, but he pointed out that Reid himself was
CBS This Morning has a long established history of conducting softball interviews of liberal/Democratic guests, while unleashing on conservative/liberal ones. But on Friday, the morning newscast surprisingly hounded Rep. Nancy Pelosi on the ongoing government shutdown. Obama supporter Gayle King repeatedly pressed Pelosi about "people [who] are just saying...work it out....both sides have to be willing to leave something on the table." Anthony Mason underlined how "Senator [Harry] Reid called some Republicans anarchists. You´ve called them arsonists....How do you get a meeting of the minds when people are talking like that?" Norah O´Donnell also wondered about "a scenario...where Democrats would
The White House is under siege, and has been so since the 2013 sequestration. America’s top tourist draw continues to be held under siege by a malcontent community organizer who claimed the presidency in 2008, and his chip-on-the-shoulder wife. Under sequestration even school children cannot get into their White House. You can no longer get into the White House unless you’re a Hollywood star, a favored world leader, a union boss or activist, unless allowed entry at the express invitation of a covetous Barack and Michelle Obama. As of yesterday you can’t panic when you come upon a new White House Security
The closure of D.C.´s war memorials continues to be a source of contention for tourists and law enforcement officials. Like the hundreds of World War II veterans who came to National Mall to pay their respects this week, a group of Vietnam veterans found a barricade blocking the way to their memorial Friday. News4´s Mark Segraves said two U.S. Park Service Rangers manning the gate asked that the group respect the government´s shutdown but moved aside. Segraves described the exchange as pleasant and respectful. The veterans then moved the barricade and walked down to the wall to pay their respects. But a flood
National Park Service rangers are being ordered to “make life difficult” during the government shutdown, according to the Washington Times. After the shutdown began, park police have been barring tourists from a number of popular attractions nationwide, including the WWII memorial. Even privately-owned landmarks, such as Mount Vernon, are being told by the National Park Service to close their doors. The Times reported: The Park Service appears to be closing streets on mere whim and caprice. The rangers even closed the parking lot at Mount Vernon, where the plantation home of George Washington is a favorite tourist destination. That was after they barred
“How has the government shutdown affected you?” That´s the question posted Thursday at 7:50 p.m. on the White House blog by Nathaniel Lubin, acting director of digital strategy for the Obama administration. Don’t forget that at the top of the blog, a handy little disclaimer notes that “due to Congress’s failure to pass legislation to fund the government, the information on this web site may not be up to date.” Looks like it’s perfectly up to date. Also remember that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., won´t bring up any resolutions that would fund government programs such as national parks and veterans´ services. So, while
House Democratic leaders believe they have hit on a new way to potentially force House Republican leaders into allowing a vote on a “clean CR” funding the government without any defunding of Obamacare attached. At last count, as many as two dozen House Republicans appear prepared to vote for a clean CR. With Democrats included, that means a majority of the House of Representatives would vote right now to reopen the government. But the House GOP leadership won’t allow such a vote.
Way back in January, when it emerged that Beyoncé had treated us to the first-ever lip-synched national anthem at a presidential inauguration, I suggested in this space that this strange pseudo-performance embodied the decay of America’s political institutions from the real thing into mere simulacrum. But that applies to government “crises,” too – such as the Obamacare “rollout,” the debt “ceiling,” and the federal “shutdown,” to name only the three current railroad tracks to which the virtuous damsel of Big Government has been simultaneously tied by evil mustache-twirling Republicans. This week’s “shutdown” of government, for example, suffers (at least for those
Wealthy families have always had the option of sending their children to all-male or all-female schools, but parents of modest means have rarely had that choice. That changed in 2001, when four female senators sponsored legislation that sanctioned single-sex classes and academies in public schools. Today, there are more than 500 public schools that offer single-sex classes and 116 public all-girl or all-boy academies. Many are in struggling urban neighborhoods and many have proven to be hugely successful.
A powerful storm expected to hit western South Dakota early this morning could break a nearly 100-year record. Rapid City may see the earliest major snowstorm in recorded history, according to the National Weather Service in Rapid City. Records date back to 1888. This very powerful storm prompted a blizzard warning stretching from Belle Fourche to Pine Ridge to be issued Thursday afternoon effective 6 a.m. today to 9 a.m. Saturday. Winds up to 50 mph are expected with 70 mph gusts. Snowfall amounts in Rapid City could reach up to a foot, obliterating the record of nearly three inches.
Despite Secretary of State John Kerry’s frenetic efforts, preparations for the “Geneva II” peace conference on Syria’s civil war are already foundering. The rebel movement has become increasingly radicalized against Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and more fractured. A newly confident Assad, meanwhile, has somewhat relegitimized himself as a signatory to a new chemical-weapons ban negotiated by the United States and Russia under U.N. auspices, which his government is tasked with implementing over the next year. Defying global opprobrium over his use of sarin gas, Assad has also positioned himself in a series of high-profile TV interviews as a preferable alternative
Even when it comes to something as basic, and apparently as simple and straightforward, as the question of who shut down the federal government, there are diametrically opposite answers, depending on whether you talk to Democrats or to Republicans. There is really nothing complicated about the facts. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted all the money required to keep all government activities going -- except for ObamaCare. This is not a matter of opinion. You can check the Congressional Record. As for the House of Representatives´ right to grant or withhold money, t
Vo Nguyen Giap, the relentless and charismatic North Vietnamese general whose campaigns drove both France and the United States out of Vietnam, died on Friday in Hanoi. He was believed to be 102. (Snip) General Giap was among the last survivors of a generation of Communist revolutionaries who in the postwar decades freed Vietnam of colonial rule and fought a superpower to a stalemate. In his later years, he was a living reminder of a war that was mostly old history to the Vietnamese, many of whom were born after it had ended. But he had not faded away.
Vladimir Putin continues to influence the Obama regime. Back in the ex-USSR, you don’t know how lucky you are, boys (and girls, and all points in between), until you and a few friends plan to gather outdoors and instead are greeted by barricades, police cordons, and goons on horseback — or just the sort of sight that confronts taxpaying tourists on their arrival in our nation’s capital. Whether it’s the new Martin Luther King Memorial or the venerable Lincoln Memorial, we’re talking about no-go-zones-or-else, a policy that now surely outdoes Barack Obama’s previous “signature” achievement. So how much do you
On 4 July, good news arrived in the inbox of Ocorrafoo Cobange, a biologist at the Wassee Institute of Medicine in Asmara. It was the official letter of acceptance for a paper he had submitted 2 months earlier to the Journal of Natural Pharmaceuticals, describing the anticancer properties of a chemical that Cobange had extracted from a lichen. In fact, it should have been promptly rejected. (Snip) Its experiments are so hopelessly flawed that the results are meaningless. I know because I wrote the paper. Ocorrafoo Cobange does not exist, nor does the Wassee Institute of Medicine.
The story starts with a cat, because everything that is bright, wonderful and important in this world starts with a cat. It´s true. Ask anyone. Ask the Internet. This cat was back in the early ´90s, in those raffish, Bash Brothers days, and the baseball A´s were hosting the Yankees at Oakland Coliseum. Tony La Russa knew there was a feral cat colony living in the ballpark—he´d seen some of them pawing around during team workouts—and now one of these cats was running out of the bullpen, scrambling into center field, past Roberto Kelly and darting back down the first-base
Chad Henderson is the media’s poster boy for Obamacare. Reporters struggled this week to find individuals who said they had been able to enroll in one of the law’s 36 federally run health-insurance exchanges. That changed yesterday, when they found Henderson, a 21-year-old student and part-time child-care worker who lives in Georgia and says that he successfully enrolled himself and his father Bill in insurance plans via the online exchange administered at healthcare.gov. But in an exclusive phone interview this morning with Reason, Chad´s father Bill contradicted virtually every major detail of the story the media can´t get enough of.
Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform, slammed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Wednesday and accused him of abandoning House Republicans in the budget battle. Norquist told the Washington Post that Cruz came out "from left field" and "said we have to defund Obamacare permanently." He then complained that "people went out on talk radio and said if you’re not for this you’re a coward, you’re a RINO." Norquist said because Cruz "didn’t deliver any Democratic votes," he "pushed House Republicans into traffic and wandered away" without mentioning that many House Republicans only joined Cruz and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)
Here´s some family ties you may just be learning about: apparently Jenna Bush-Hager is related to Hillary Clinton. At least, that´s what the former first-daughter said at a benefit for the Save the Children organization in New York earlier this week. Jenna was the emcee of the gala and spoke about the family ties she had with one of the evening´s honorees - former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. 'I'm not sure if you know this, but Secretary Clinton and I are actually related,' Jenna announced. 'Yes, she's married to by uncle Bill. Uncle Bill has become so close with my grandparents and my father...that my dad calls him a brother from another mother.'
NORTH CHARLESTON — Moving slowly on a floating crane and a barge, two key parts for what will be the world’s largest wind turbine test unit arrived in North Charleston on Thursday. A four-story tall gearbox and a giant steel connecting ring in a mammoth box were brought down the Cooper River to Clemson University’s Wind Turbine Drive Train Testing Facility. The $100 million facility will be dedicated in November and the first tests of prototype turbine drive trains are expected in the summer of 2014, said Peter Hull, a Clemson spokesman. There are only two other such testing facilities,
Exactly 75 years ago, two very different politicians were basking in popular applause. On 4 Oct 1938, Adolf Hitler was paying his first visit to his new domain inside the crippled state of Czechoslovakia. The Germans of the Sudetenland turned out to cheer the man who had redrawn the map of Europe overnight, seizing a territory with over 3 million people. Meanwhile in London, Neville Chamberlain was sitting on the front bench of the House of Commons, listening to the debate on his agreement with Hitler. he series of deals known collectively as “Munich” abandoned Czechoslovakia to the Nazis by allowing
A history teacher and underground journalist who became a self-taught military leader, General Vo Nguyen Giap died at the 108 Military Hospital in Hanoi on Friday after years in hospital with ill health. The 102-year-old was one of the country´s most revered figures and the last living member of its revolutionary old guard. "He died of old age, not because of any illness," a senior military official at the hospital said, requesting anonymity because the retired general´s death had not been formally announced. "The news about his death will only be made public after the Secretariat of the Communist Party of Vietnam
Don´t you just hate it when someone you like meets someone you dislike and they both get one really well? That´s sort of just happened on a global scale. In an interview with CNBC, President Obama said that he is "hugely impressed with the pope´s pronouncements". He added that he admired the way in which Francis is, "first and foremost thinking about how to embrace people as opposed to push them away. How to find what´s good in them as opposed to condemn them." This from the man who brands his opponents as extremists and refuses to negotiate with anyone