Tomorrow we hear who has won this year´s Nobel Peace Prize. Of course, many of the previous recipients have been deserving. Others less so. When Henry Kissinger was awarded it in 1973, Tom Lehrer quipped that the prize, "made political satire obsolete." The same could be said about the award that went to Barack Obama in 2009. It summed up his whole political career--celebrated before he´d actually don´t anything, the jar into which millions of liberals poured their dreams, and, most importantly, an utter disappointment when in office. Barack Obama deserves a peace prize in the way that Pat Robertson
Rep. Michele Bachmann said Thursday the new health care law should be an optional program for people who want it. Mrs. Bachmann, Minnesota Republican, is an ardent opponent of President Obama’s signature health law, known as the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. House Republicans demanded a delay to key provisions of the law as part of any short-term spending deal, but Democrats held firm, and the parties now are reeling from a government shutdown and an encroaching limit on the nation’s borrowing authority. Online insurance markets tied to the health care law have been plagued by technical glitches, adding fuel to critiques from
The National Park Service’s closure of the World War II and other memorials violates rules requiring them to stay open, 93 House members charge in a letter to the agency. Led by Michigan Republican Rep. Bill Huizenga, they claim that Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis is simply making up closure rules to punish the public during the government shut down and they question the costs of the random closures in Washington where not all memorials are being closed."The National Park Service continues to act in an arbitrary and punitive manner to exclude veterans from memorials built in their honor and
Fundamental policy differences between Democrats and Republicans have caused this government shutdown and impasse over the debt ceiling. While Democrats are unabashedly playing politics with the shutdown, Republicans would be wise to assume the mantle of leadership abandoned by President Obama. The GOP can reopen the government quickly and extend the debt ceiling, and they can do so by reining in government excess for the long term. Here is the GOP’s best course of action: Today’s low-hanging fruit is the Medical Device Tax, and Republicans should start with its repeal. As recently as March, thirty four Democrats voted to repeal this ill-advised tax
Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe was caught up in a minor scandal Wednesday night when a report from the Associated Press erroneously identified the Democratic nominee as being mentioned in an indictment and saying that he had lied to investigators. The report, first sent out around 9:45 p.m., turned out to be false and the AP retracted the story shortly before 11:30 p.m. The story, which is still up on some websites with an accompanying disclaimer, claimed that, "Documents in a federal fraud case allege that...Terry McAuliffe lied to a federal official investigating a Rhode Island estate planner now imprisoned
Public opinion polls, the experts always tell us, are merely snapshots of American opinion at a moment in time. OK. So, let´s pull together a whole bunch of snapshots and arrange them in an album. See if collectively they perhaps tell us a larger story about the condition of America and Americans 1,724 days into President Obama´s reign of error: Six out of ten Americans now believe their federal government has become too powerful. And that’s just the beginning.
Predictably, my column last week, which expressed my extreme displeasure at the images of World War II vets being barricaded from visiting their memorial on the National Mall, produced a flurry of reactions, both positive and negative. According to the latest Associated Press poll, 37 percent of America, against all odds, still supports Barack Obama — and I heard from more than a few of them. One man, who proudly displayed the letters “PhD” after his name, took great umbrage at my final statement in that column. I wrote: “If you are not incensed by the fact that your president tried
In mid-August, US President Barack Obama interrupted a golfing trip at Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts to condemn the military junta in Egypt for its violent attack on the Muslim Brotherhood government leaders. Obama canceled a series of joint American-Egyptian military exercises called “Bright Star.” But he refrained from using the “coup” word for what had happened in Egypt in July (though that is it was), because doing so would have entailed calling in question America’s $1.5 billion annual aid package to the most populous Arab state. Now, as America faces huge budgetary woes and increasingly looks to scale down its
A fight over Obamacare? That’s so last week. With the government shutdown firmly in its second week, and the debt limit projected to be reached next Thursday, top House and Senate Republicans are publicly moving away from gutting the health care law — a practical move that could help resolve the stalemate and appear more reasonable in the eyes of frustrated voters. In a private meeting among Senate Republicans, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) expressed openness to a plan by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) that includes a repeal of Obamacare’s medical device tax but nothing else related to the health care
Alice Munro, the renowned Canadian short-story writer whose visceral work explores the tangled relationships between men and women, small-town existence and the fallibility of memory, won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday. Ms. Munro, 82, is the 13th woman to win the prize. Announcing the award in Stockholm, the Swedish Academy said that Ms. Munro is a “master of the contemporary short story.” Ms. Munro, who lives in Clinton, a town in Ontario, told a writer from The Toronto Globe and Mail earlier this year that she planned to retire after “Dear Life,” her 14th story collection.
Venezuelan Executive Vice-President Jorge Arreaza underscored on Wednesday that the laws to be adopted via the enabling law requested by the Executive Office to the Parliament would expedite the revolution. The senior official noted that such legal instruments would help to boost the transformation of the Venezuelan economy. In this way, production of goods and services will be bolstered in order to meet people´s needs, as outlined in the Plan of the Homeland drawn up by late President Hugo Chávez.
So the government shutdown continues. Although promises to make furloughed federal workers whole with back pay raises the question when is a “furlough” just another taxpayer-paid vacation? But as long as the panda-cam at the National Zoo is shut down and parking lots are roped off at national parks, we’ll accept for the sake of argument that the shutdown is real. But the president really did promise that nothing would stop Obamacare from being implemented — not Tea Partiers in the U.S. House or government shutdowns, NOTHING.
Azerbaijan´s big presidential election, held on Wednesday, was anticipated to be neither free nor fair. President Ilham Aliyev, who took over from his father 10 years ago, has stepped up intimidation of activists and journalists. Rights groups are complaining about free speech restrictions and one-sided state media coverage. The BBC´s headline for its story on the election reads "The Pre-Determined President." So expectations were pretty low. Even still, one expects a certain ritual in these sorts of authoritarian elections, a fealty to at least the appearance of democracy, if not democracy itself. So it was a bit awkward when Azerbaijan´s election
It was a flight bound for Florida, and some airline pilots believe it also may have been a dry-run for terrorists. The 10 News Investigators have obtained an internal memo that details a frightening incident that brings back memories of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Since then, federal efforts have gone in place to prevent a similar attack, leading many to believe another attack what happened on 9/11 could never happen again. Wolf Koch, who flies Boeing 767s for Delta Airlines and is the Aviation Security Committee Chairman for the Air Line Pilots Association International, says that belief "is very foolish."
Health Reform: The White House says it will fix all the ObamaCare glitches and soon everything will be working fine. That´s about as believable as all the other ObamaCare promises. If anything, problems are getting worse. Six months ago, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told lawmakers that everything was on track for a successful ObamaCare launch on Oct. 1. Now, after a week of massive technology meltdowns that even the ObamaCare-backing USA Today called "an epic screw-up," Sebelius wants us to believe this is actually good news: Traffic to the site exceeded "even optimists´ expectations." And all that enthusiasm for
The Obama administration has prohibited the Kennedy family from practicing its Catholicism, and the Kennedys now intend to ask the Supreme Court to restore their First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion. Their case could become one of the most consequential in our nation´s history. The issue: Will the most fundamental liberty of all -- freedom of conscience -- survive in post-Obama America? John Kennedy serves as president of Autocam and Autocam Medical, Michigan-based companies that produce automobile components and medical devices. He and his family own the companies, which employ 661 people in the United States. The
Rep. Darrell Issa must be at the top of the White House´s enemies list. His House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has released copies of emails from former IRS official Sarah Hall Ingram indicating exchange of information with White House officials that is by law confidential. The Daily Caller has broken the story: Ingram attempted to counsel the White House on a lawsuit from religious organizations opposing Obamacare´s contraception mandate. Email exchanges involving Ingram and White House officials - including White House health policy advisor Ellen Montz and deputy assistant to the president for health policy Jeanne Lambrew - contained
NEWARK — Tea Party celebrity and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is on her way to New Jersey to campaign for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan, his campaign said tonight. Palin, the former Republican vice presidential candidate, will be at the New Egypt Speedway in Plumsted Township, Ocean County, for a Lonegan rally at 4 p.m. on Saturday. "I am honored to have Governor Palin join us for the largest grass-roots campaign event in New Jersey history," Lonegan said in a statement. "While Joe Biden uses the excuse of a government shutdown to avoid an embarrassing reception campaigning for
I was born at the beginning of the Second World War into a family of high school teachers who were members of the Communist Party, and therefore were actually part of a vast conspiracy dedicated to the destruction of this country, although they would never have looked at it that way, and so-called liberals would be the first to deny it. (Snip) It is also an unhappy but hugely important fact that the conspiracy to which my parents belonged has steadily migrated into the heart of the Democratic Party until it now occupies the Oval Office in the person of
On Tuesday, President Obama broke ranks with Harry Reid and Senate Democrats and said he was open to a short-term deal to reopen government and lift the debt ceiling. Obama, in response to an AP reporter´s question, said that, with a short-term resolution, he would be open to negotiations. In response, Reid again rejected a short-term deal and is pushing legislation to lift the debt ceiling until the end of 2014. Reid also refused on Wednesday to rule out using the "nuclear option," i.e. a change in the Senate rules to allow a debt ceiling hike to pass by a
When Prometheus stole the fire from Olympian Zeus to give to mankind, little did he know that fire would have to be re-lit by a bulky Russian security guard. That´s exactly what happened when the Olympic flame arrived in Moscow this weekend and promptly flickered out — more than once. Russia´s Olympic torch relay into Moscow had a rocky start and the troubles just seem to be mounting. Russian politicians began asking questions about the torch and its maker. Pro-Kremlin deputies even called for a criminal investigation. “The assurances of the organizers, [who say] that it is an ordinary situation when the flame is not
The last sizeable British force to be sent to Helmand province in southern Afghanistan begin their mission later as 7th Armoured Brigade--the "Desert Rats"--take over from 1st Mechanized Brigade. The Afghan operation is codenamed Herrick, but Herrick 19 is unlike any that have gone before. British troops were once in more than 130 bases here, but are now down to five, and that will reduce still further. They rarely patrol. The formation of the brigade has changed too. The Desert Rats have enough armour and infantry to protect themselves and take the war to the Taliban if need be
The National Park System has a budget of $2.6 billion, much of it raised by concession and attendance fees. Even if it were entirely taxpayer-funded it would represent only .00068 of every federal dollar in our $3.8 trillion budget. Nonetheless, hardball-playing White House strategists have made it the most conspicuous instrument of pain inflicted by the federal shutdown. The Republican House has tried to fund the park system during the struggle over Obamacare funding, but without success. Even park funding offers by states have been rejected by the feds. Almost every day brings fresh examples of unnecessary annoyances and hardships visited
The Norwegian Nobel Committee will announce this year’s winner of the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. Given the recent American laureates — Jimmy Carter, Al Gore and Barack Obama — there’s little likelihood that the American president who did more to promote and preserve peace will follow those usurpers. Still, it’s not too late to do the noble thing, to posthumously recognize Ronald Reagan. The Gipper proved his mettle when he stood before the Brandenburg Gate near the Berlin Wall in 1987 to deliver the most stirring speech of his presidency. “We believe that freedom and security go together,” he
A Mount Pleasant resident’s single-handed effort to prop up a broken government hit some government red tape Wednesday, but he’s not giving up. Chris Cox, a professional chain-saw artist, has been working in Washington, D.C., on some commissions lately. He was dismayed to see trash piling up around the Lincoln Memorial before the Million Vet March on the National Mall this weekend. [Snip] Cox decided to help. A little more than a week ago, he told park officers he wanted to start a movement called the Memorial Militia to clean up the grounds. A sergeant sat him down for an