The Archbishop of Canterbury is encouraging Anglicans to adopt the practice of going to confession, a tradition more commonly associated with the Roman Catholic Church. The Most Rev Justin Welby advised churchgoers that it could be an “enormously powerful” experience to unburden themselves to a confessor, even if it was not always a “bunch of laughs”. His comments came as he addressed the heads of other churches – including the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England Wales, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols – about divisions between Christians. Although Archbishop Welby comes from the evangelical wing of Anglicanism, his
RUSH: So Bo Snerdley walks into my compound here, broadcast facility, oh, I guess about an hour ago. And he´s somewhat stuttering, trying to pay me a compliment. He says, "How did you... I mean, well, I know you know, but how did you... how did you..." I said, "What are you talking about?" "How did you know we were winning this?" He had just seen the AP story with Obama´s approval rating at 37%. Grab sound bite number two. Barack Obama´s approval rating at 37%. That fact is in an AP story. Would you like to hear the headline of
The white soldier who was killed by three black comrades on Saturday morning ´died like a dog´ a friend has said, as an autopsy revealed he was stabbed fatally through the heart. Spc. Tevin Geike, 20, and two friends had been walking away from a confrontation with another group of soldiers in Lakewood, Washington when he was allegedly stabbed by Jeremiah Hill, 23. Geike suffered a deep stab wound to his chest that cut through a rib and plunged through his heart following a confrontation near Tacoma, Washington, the autopsy showed. ´He died like a dog,´ Kimberly Turnipseed, whose daughter was
Rep. Michele Bachmann believes that President Obama has committed impeachable offenses and that the nation could be on the cusp of the kind of civil disobedience that led to the public uprising in Egypt against the Muslim Brotherhood. Speaking with conservative talk-show host Rusty Humphries in a tea party town hall teleconference, Mrs. Bachmann, Minnesota Republican and head of the House Tea Party Caucus, said that it could be hard to impeach the president because Democrats control the Senate and the tea partyers should stand strong against the Obama administration in the budget stalemate that led to the government shutdown.
The special prosecutor in an ongoing investigation into whether Gov. Rick Perry violated state law by vetoing funding for the Travis County ethics-enforcement unit is seeking to hire an investigator and researcher, the first public hint the probe is moving forward past its initial stage. In a request filed Tuesday in Travis County district court, Michael McCrum of San Antonio sought court approval to fill the temporary staff positions at a maximum cost of $2,500. The investigation focuses on whether Perry violated state law by threatening to veto funding for the Public Integrity Unit unless Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg resigned,
At a press conference held by Senate Democrats on Wednesday on the Capitol steps, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray walked up and made a personal appeal to Sen. Harry Reid to free the city´s funds from the federal budget battle. Gray started talking to Sen. Reid about the District spending its own money during the shutdown and the need for help to continue to fund services. As cameras rolled, Sen. Reid told Gray, "I´m on your side. Don´t screw it up." Gray has been outspoken about the need for budget autonomy in D.C. On Tuesday afternoon, Gray sent out a series
The top four leaders of the House of Representatives met behind closed doors in the Speaker’s office today to discuss the shutdown showdown, which has dragged into its ninth day. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi asked House Speaker John Boehner for the meeting, which began around 11:15 a.m. and ended about 40 minutes later, congressional sources said. A top GOP leadership aide says Boehner invited Majority Leader Eric Cantor to join the meeting, and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer also accompanied Pelosi, placing the House’s top echelon of leadership together behind closed doors for the first time since the shutdown
The House voted unanimously on Wednesday to restore the financial payments the Department of Defense makes to the families of fallen U.S. soldiers. Members easily passed the bill after the Pentagon said it can no longer make the payments because of the government shutdown. The Honoring the Families of Fallen Soldiers Act, H.J.Res. 91, was approved in a 425-0 vote. The bipartisan bill was quickly developed and rushed to the floor this week after the Pentagon said it could no longer make "death gratuity" payments to families after October 1 because of the government shutdown. That announcement prompted immediate anger
In the midst of political wrangling over budgets, deficits and debt ceilings, a new talking point has emerged on the right side of the aisle: The U.S., say some Republicans, can continue to service its debt load long past Oct. 17 – the date when Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warns the U.S. will default on its fiscal obligations – even if Congress refuses to raise the debt ceiling. The New York Times explored the issue Wednesday in an article under the headline: ´Many in G.O.P. Offer Theory: Default Wouldn’t Be That Bad.´ No one has argued in favor of default,
Top Internal Revenue Service Obamacare official Sarah Hall Ingram discussed confidential taxpayer information with senior Obama White House officials, according to 2012 emails obtained by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and provided to The Daily Caller. Lois Lerner, then head of the IRS Tax Exempt Organizations division, also received an email alongside White House officials that contained confidential information. Ingram attempted to counsel the White House on a lawsuit from religious organizations opposing Obamacare’s contraception mandate.
Tens of thousands of cattle lie dead across South Dakota on Monday following a blizzard that could become one of the most costly in the history of the state’s agriculture industry. As state officials spent the day calculating the multi-million dollar impact to the regional economy from Friday´s storm, ranchers began digging up hundreds of cattle that are still buried beneath feet of snow. "This is absolutely, totally devastating," said Steve Schell, a 52-year-old rancher from Caputa. (snip) Schell said he estimated he had lost half of his herd, but it could be far more. He was still struggling to find snow-buried cattle
President Obama has ordered officials to resume paying death benefits to the families of fallen soldiers and was "very disturbed" they had been halted due to the government shutdown, said White House spokesman Jay Carney. Carney said Obama had ordered the Office of Management and Budget to work with White House lawyers to find a way to restart the benefits and expects a fix Wednesday. "He was not pleased to learn of this problem," Carney said, adding it was "unthinkable" that those who had lost family members would go without benefits. The White House said that Congress was warned that
Yesterday, whatever show Andrew Mitchell hosts on MSNBC had Congressman Sean Duffy as a guest to talk about the government shutdown and Obama care. Duffy smacked down Mitchell, repeatedly refusing her spin (this woman MUST be on the Obama payroll) and setting her straight. Mitchell wasn´t having any of it, but it is a masterful exchange to behold. Below is the transcript and you can watch the whole video here. TRANSCRIPT: REP. DUFFY: Andrea, that´s ridiculous. I think he said you´ve been through 18 shutdowns. I don´t know if you´ve seen a President that has come and said I´m not going
If you thought the Shutdown Follies couldn’t get any more absurd and spiteful, you were quite mistaken. It was announced today that an annual sandcastle contest on San Francisco’s Ocean Beach has been cancelled out of sheer malice by the Obama administration, despite the fact that the beach on which it is held — part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area — normally has no lifeguards, no rangers, is permanently open to the public, and requires no funds for day-to-day operations: (Snip) This comes on the heels of the announcement earlier today that the Cliff House restaurant, which overlooks the
Three brothers allegedly orchestrated seven armed robberies in St. Paul this summer that duped would-be buyers responding to fake Craigslist ads for cellphones. No one was hurt in the robberies that took place between June 5 and July 1, but 11 victims were robbed at gunpoint of cash, cellphones and keys. Six suspects charged in Ramsey County District Court in connection with the robberies are: • Mark A. Smith, 27, of St. Paul, three counts of first-degree aggravated robbery. • Jonathan D. Smith, 23, residence unknown, four counts of first-degree aggravated robbery. • Charles Noel-Deandre Edwards, 18, of Maplewood, four
As the days of glitches, snafus, down-time and critical errors mount up, evidence is mounting that the Healthcare.gov Obamacare exchange is not actually a fully-formed online application. More and more, it appears to be a mockup of a health care exchange enrollment system. Think about it: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, on live television with Jon Stewart two nights ago, couldn't even answer the question of how many people have enrolled. This is a statistic you would have immediately, in real time, if the database application were actually functioning.To date, there exists no evidence whatsoever that
Washington — U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, Florida´s most influential and longest-serving member of Congress, told the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday that he has decided to retire when his term ends in 2014. (Snip) Young last week, however, broke with most Republicans and said he would vote for a budget resolution that did not attempt to dismantle the president´s signature health care reform law. In candid comments about the control the tea party had over Boehner, Young said in an interview: "He withstood the pressure for a long time. He finally has agreed to the outspoken minority of his
The liberal media have taken sides in the government shutdown debate and not surprisingly holds only one party to blame - the GOP. In the last week liberal anchors, reporters and writers have depicted fiscal conservatives in terms usually reserved for terrorists as they’ve hyperbolically charged that Republicans were being run by a “suicide caucus” that is holding America “hostage.” The following is the Top 8 list of the Nastiest Liberal Media Quotes Blaming the GOP for the Shutdown: (Videos after the jump) -8. MSNBC’s Ball: GOP Taking Government ‘Hostage’ and Threatening ‘Constitutional Balance’
Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume told Hugh Hewitt Tuesday that the President Barack Obama and other Democrats’ partisan rhetoric is unprecedented. “There’s no doubt about that, and you know, I’ve never seen, actually, partisan attacks, where you simply are attacking the other party outright by name, calling the other party out, is something a little unusual,” Hume said. “I’m accustomed to seeing, I mean, it’s done in one form or another, and it has been for years. But I’ve never seen it done by a president himself to the extent that it’s been done by this president
The president is giving Congress the silent treatment. He´s refusing to talk, even though the federal government is about to hit the debt ceiling. That´s a shame—because this doesn´t have to be another crisis. It could be a breakthrough. We have an opportunity here to pay down the national debt and jump-start the economy, if we start talking, and talking specifics, now. To break the deadlock, both sides should agree to common-sense reforms of the country´s entitlement programs and tax code. First, let´s clear something up. The president says he "will not negotiate" on the debt ceiling.
Does the whole President-meeting-off-the-record-with-journalists-thing bother you? Or is it just me? Earlier this year, President Obama privately sat down with the primetime lineup of MSNBC to talk about selling his tax plan to the American people. Those journalists, or pundits, or hosts, or personalities, or however the hell we define those who host cable news shows these days, weren’t there for an interview, they were there for instructions. And anytime a sitting President enlists those in media to help sell anything via their respective platforms, I don’t hear journalism anymore. I hear ShamWow Guy. On Tuesday, several respected conservative media
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday criticized the first week of ObamaCare as a system that threatens to fine people for failing to buy health insurance on websites that don´t work.?“How can we tax people for not buying a product from a website that doesn´t work?” he asked on the House floor. Boehner’s comments come as GOP leaders have shifted from attacks on ObamaCare in the context of the government shutdown and debt ceiling fight, a move that was irritated some conservatives. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) in an op-ed published Wednesday in the Wall Street Journal,
At least we’re not New York. New Jersey once again has been declared one of the least-friendly states in the nation when it comes to business taxes. The Tax Foundation, a non-partisan Washington D.C. group, has ranked New Jersey 49th on its annual index of state taxes, in a report released today. The good news is that the Garden State´s ranking improved slightly over last year, when it was 50th. New York state captured that distinction this year. The bad news is that the state could end up slipping back to last place next year. The authors of the
Washington – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was traveling to Dover Air Force Base, Del., on Wednesday for the arrival of the remains of four U.S. soldiers killed Sunday in Afghanistan. The remains of every U.S. military member killed overseas are flown to Dover for processing. Family members attend the arrival, but the secretary of defense usually does not. (Snip) The Pentagon said Tuesday that during the first week of the partial government shutdown, 17 military members died at home and abroad. They include Marine Lance Cpl. Jeremiah M. Collins, Jr., 19, of Milwaukee, Wis., who was killed Saturday in Afghanistan.
St. Paul, Minn. — Rod Grams, a former Twin Cities anchorman who went on to serve as a Republican U.S. senator from Minnesota, has died. He was 65. Mr. Grams died at his home in the east-central Minnesota town of Crown late Tuesday night, said Kent Kaiser, a longtime Republican activist and spokesman for the Grams family. Mr. Grams was diagnosed with cancer in April 2012. After nearly a decade as KMSP-TV’s lead news anchor, Mr. Grams launched his political career by running for Congress in 1992 and ousting the Democratic incumbent, Rep. Gerry Sikorski. Mr. Grams, also a small-business
They are more commonly seen being transported on ships and at ports around the world. But with the addition of flatscreen TVs, en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning, these shipping containers are now being billed as a solution to London’s housing crisis. The containers come from China and are transformed into studio apartments in Britain which can be stacked on top of each other - and are available to rent for only £75 a week. The scheme looks set to take off after the council granted planning permission to the Forest Young Man´s Christian Association (YMCA) to establish two sites in Waltham