U.S. Immigration Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agents have expressed strong concerns over House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and other Representatives pushing for immigration legislation that would legalize the status of America’s at least 11 million illegal immigrants. In a public statement that will be released Thursday morning but has been provided exclusively to Breitbart News ahead of its public release, USCIS Council president Kenneth Palinkas warned that Goodlatte (pictured), House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-VA), House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) seem to be following the same pathway that
Public opinion polls show Republicans are paying a higher price for the government shutdown than is the president. But Mr. Obama–whose approval rating has dropped to 37 percent in the most recent Associate Press-GfK Survey–is making some damaging errors that are haunting him as well. There are a couple in particular that are worth highlighting. The first is his decision to elevate to an Inviolate Principle his insistence that he will not, under any circumstances, negotiate with Republicans over the government shutdown and raising the debt ceiling. Dealing with Iran and Russia is one thing; dealing with the evil John Boehner
President Obama looked to amp up pressure on congressional Republicans in a series of local television interviews on the government shutdown Wednesday night. The president conducted short interviews with reporters from Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Tampa, and Richmond — four cities with high percentages of government workers and contractors. In the interviews, the president accused Republican leaders of shutting down the government "in order to have a negotiation." "Nobody´s explained to me so far why you have to shutdown the government to have a negotiation and nobody´s explained to me so far why you have to threaten the full faith and credit
I have been out of the news circle for a few weeks and was relaxing today when they cut into TV with Obama’s news conference. I also realize that FB is more about kids, dogs, family news and etc. and political stuff is pretty much ignored except by other than political junkies. But as I watched Obama, it became much clearer to me that we may not be on FB talking about dogs and kids and such in a couple of years as this country will be in such a shape we will be struggling for just the basics like food,
The Shutdown: Federal closure threatens to bar priests not on active duty from conducting services on military installations or from ministering on base, and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so. The latest Obama shutdown shame is the news that, until it´s over, none of the families of those killed in Afghanistan can expect to receive the $100,000 death gratuity promised to reach them within 24 to 36 hours. Grieving families also cannot expect the military to cover all the usual costs of family travel to meet their loved ones at Dover Air Force Base where they return
The National Organization for Marriage’s lawsuit against the IRS may be the case that finally breaks the IRS’s “omerta” code. In the spring of 2012, NOM’s private tax-return data turned up splashed on the Web site of its chief political opponent, the Human Rights Campaign. The leak plainly came from the IRS, because the tax return published on the site was stamped with special codes the IRS uses on electronically filed returns. The leaked, confidential information included a list of NOM donors. Making their names virtually invited harassment of these people. Incidentally, the chairman of the Human Rights Campaign, Joe Solomonese, happened to
A Florida TV station reports that people´s credit score´s will "have a big impact" on how much they pay for Obamacare:(Snip for video)"As more and for families are looking for insurance options for the new Affordable Care Act, they´re finding out their credit score will have a big impact on how much they pay," reports an anchor. "A lot of people want to know why credit scores are determining how much they pay." "Well, they say it was explained to us like this: It´s like buying a house or a car. Your credit score and other factors can determine your interest
The conservative project has two main parts: first, winning the argument, and, second, winning elections. The first is a job for what we call the conservative movement, meaning everything from magazines such as National Review to think tanks, advocacy groups, talk radio, and book publishers; the second is mainly the job of the Republican party and organizations such as the Club for Growth, which helps to ensure that victories for Republicans are victories for conservatives. There’s always a great deal of tension between those two goals, as we can see in everything from the current intramural fight over shutdown tactics
Advocates marketed the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known colloquially as "Obamacare," to the American public as a way to "bend the cost curve" of soaring health care costs downward. But despite its supporters´ hopes, the 2010 legislation was fiscally reckless, markedly increasing the government´s already-unsustainable health spending commitments at a time of record deficits. Three years later, the fiscal harm stemming from the ACA is as bad as-and even worse than-many experts predicted. The problem lies with the nature of the law itself, promising trillions in new government benefits while relying on dubious financing mechanisms. These problems were not only
It was the question to which, in their heart of hearts, even the president’s most loyal acolytes must have known the answer: “Obamacare launches soon. Will it be ready?” As we have learned this week, it wasn’t ready — and it was never going to be. “If ever there was a website launch that was ‘too big to fail,’” Ars Technica’s Sean Gallagher noted, “this was it. So, of course, it did.” Nevertheless, the temptation that the administration must have felt to put on a brave face is politically understandable. Since it was first mooted back in 2007, Obamacare has been under
In The Grand Jihad, my book about the Muslim Brotherhood, I noted the Brothers’ affectation of non-violent moderation when, in reality, their ideology preaches, prepares for, and practices forcible jihad. How, I rhetorically asked, does the Brotherhood pull this trick off? Well, it is pretty easy in the West, where the Brothers have the fortuity of dealing mainly with appeasers who are desperate to believe their lies. But for the most part, I argued, “the answer, very simply, is extortion.” When not pretending to distance themselves from flat-out terrorist outfits like al Qaeda (the better to have Kool-Aid gulpers at the
The federal requirement for gas refiners to mix biofuel in with conventional gasoline is a “flop,” according to Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), and should be eliminated. Welch said that the renewable fuel standard, administered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), drives up the cost of corn, which ends up raising prices for dairy farmers in his state as well as other livestock producers. Plus, he said, the amount of energy required to produce the biofuel ends up hurting the environment. “It´s been a flop, and the amount of energy that goes into producing a gallon of ethanol is a lot. Twenty-eight gallons of
Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe was one of dozens of investors with a Rhode Island estate planner charged with defrauding insurers by using the stolen identities of terminally ill people, according to court documents filed Wednesday by federal prosecutors in Providence. McAuliffe’s name appeared on a lengthy list of investors with Joseph A. Caramadre, an attorney and accountant who obtained the identities of dying people to set up annuities that ultimately cost insurance companies millions of dollars, the documents say. The list also included the law firm of a former Rhode Island Supreme Court justice, a Roman Catholic monsignor, a
Right now, most of the problems with Obamacare´s online insurance exchanges are with the signup process, particularly in the 36 exchanges being run by the federal government. But there are deeper, more fundamental problems looming even if the surface web-accessibility problems are largely fixed. For example: Just because someone has completed the online enrollment process doesn´t mean that they´ve actually gotten coverage. Reports indicate that many of the applications that are making it through the system don´t actually have enough data for insurers to process the enrollee. Here´s Bloomberg News: [Insurance companies] are receiving electronic files that can’t open or have so
The NYPD detective arrested over his alleged role in the gang bike attack on a family in their SUV may have ´gone rogue´ after spending too long undercover, according to a report. Detective Wojciech Braszczok may have become so immersed in his cover story that he forgot himself when he allegedly took part in the assault, suggested a DNAinfo source. In an echo of films like Donnie Brasco - in which an undercover cop feels the strain of his double life - Braszczok may have stepped over the line. A source said: ´Sometimes an undercover spends too much time in a role, becomes
A team of British scientists has released a major study that could represent a breakthrough in the treatment of human neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer´s or Parkinson´s. In a study published Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine, the team said that it had halted brain cell death in mice by using a drug-like compound that was injected into the animals´ stomachs through a mouth tube. The team induced a neurodegenerative disease caused by abnormal prion proteins -- the nearest model of human disorders that can be found in animals -- before treating one group with the compound. According to the study,
MIAMI -- Tarek El-Sawah is in terrible shape after 11 years as a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, a fact even the U.S. military does not dispute. During his time in captivity, the weight of the 55-year-old Egyptian has nearly doubled, reaching more than 420 pounds at one point, and his health has deteriorated as a result, both his lawyers and government officials concede. Lawyers for El-Sawah, and the doctors they have brought down to the U.S. base in Cuba to examine him, paint a dire picture - a morbidly obese man with diabetes and a range of other serious ailments. He is
WASHINGTON -- The government´s new health insurance marketplaces are drawing lots of rotten tomatoes in early reviews, but people are at least checking them out. Seven percent of Americans report that somebody in their household has tried to sign up for insurance through the health care exchanges, according to an AP-GfK poll. While that´s a small percentage, it could represent more than 20 million people. Three-fourths of those who tried to sign up reported problems, though, and that´s reflected in the underwhelming reviews.
Having a stroke, or even a transient ischemic attack (a TIA, often called a "mini-stroke") can be a costly watershed in a person´s life. Statistically, it deducts years from patients´ lives. But it claims another toll too: in quality of life after the stroke has happened. (Snip) If a treatment for stroke -- the costly administration of the clot buster called tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, for instance -- saves people from dying when properly used (as it does), that's a plus. But if it also reduces disability and allows more stroke patients to return to fuller function than they would have without it, that's even better.
New York - John Legere has been shaking up the cellphone industry since taking over as CEO of T-Mobile a little more than a year ago. In March, T-Mobile did away with restrictive wireless contracts as part of the company´s Simple Choice plan, less than a month before adding the one big missing handset in the company´s lineup -- the iPhone. In July, T-Mobile unleashed the early upgrade JUMP (Just Upgrade My Phone) program that let customers who pay an additional $10 a month upgrade their handsets up to two times a year following a six-month waiting period.
The United States said on Wednesday it would withhold deliveries of tanks, fighter aircraft, helicopters and missiles as well as $260 million in cash aid from Egypt´s military-backed government pending progress on democracy and human rights. The decision, described by US officials, demonstrates US unhappiness with Egypt´s path since its army on July 3 ousted Mohamed Morsi, following mass protests against him. But the State Department said it would not cut off all aid and would continue military support for counterterrorism, counter-proliferation and security in the Sinai Peninsula,
Tokyo - Radiation levels in seawater just outside one of the damaged Fukushima reactors spiked this week to the highest level in two years, the operator of the crippled Japanese nuclear plant said on Thursday. Radiation levels on Wednesday, the day six workers were exposed to highly radioactive water, jumped 13 times the previous day's reading, (Snip) Regulatory limits for Cesium, which emits a strong gamma radiation and is harmful to the human body, is 90 bq/litre for Cesium-137 and 60 bq/litre for Cesium-134. A Tepco spokesman said the sudden spike in radiation was caused by construction
Tripoli - Libya´s Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has been taken by force by gunmen from a hotel where he was staying in the capital Tripoli, security guards at the hotel said on Thursday. The circumstances were unclear, but guards at the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli said gunmen had taken the Libyan leader from the hotel. One guard described it as an "arrest", but another told Reuters the men were militants. Government officials could not immediately be reached to confirm Zeidan´s whereabouts. Al-Arabiya television channel quoted Libya´s justice minister as saying that Zeidan had been "kidnapped"
In the current fight over the government shutdown, Republicans are simply representing the views of the American people. Americans didn’t ask for Obamacare, they don’t want it, but now their insurance premiums are going through the roof, their doctors aren’t accepting it, and their employers are moving them into part-time work — or firing them — to avoid the law’s mandates. Contrary to Obama’s promises, it turns out: You can’t keep your doctor, you can’t keep your insurance — you can’t even keep your job. In other words, it’s a typical government program, but this one wrecks your health care.
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) had what some colleagues called "a heated exchange" and what she described as "a conversation" with President Obama during a White House meeting Wednesday afternoon regarding the District´s budget constraints as a result of the partial government shutdown. Norton attended the meeting in the White House East Room with nearly 200 House Democrats and was one of a handful given the opportunity to ask the president a question. When she was called upon, Norton pressed Obama to support a House-passed bill that would permit the District to use its locally raised tax funds to maintain
In the late 1950s, the famous nuclear strategist Herman Kahn facetiously suggested building what he called a “Doomsday Machine.” A computer would be wired to detonate a vast array of nuclear bombs if the Soviet Union took an action defined as intolerable. Kahn was joking. The point of his black humor was that official U.S. nuclear strategy was as crazy as his Doomsday Machine, in that it posited a war from which there was no rational escape. The alternative, wrote Fred Kaplan in his book “The Wizards of Armageddon,” was finding strategies short of all-out annihilation. Indeed, Kahn proposed 44