The Senate immigration bill would add 17 million new potential voters to the U.S. within 25 years, according to a report from the Center for Immigration Studies, released Thursday that argues the influx could have a major effect on American politics. That 17 million is in addition to the 15 million already built in from existing immigration levels through 2036, the researchers said. By comparison, the last four presidential elections were decided by an average of 4.5 million voters. Not all of those 17 million will definitely become citizens. The center’s research looked at those who would be of voting age
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel admitted he was ´embarrassed´ that the current government shutdown had caused death benefits for the families of fallen military to be suspended - as one of the fathers of the dead soldiers said that he was couldn´t believe that members of Congress are still getting paid during the shutdown. Attending a ceremony at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware on Wednesday marking the return of the bodies of four U.S. soldiers killed by insurgents in Afghanistan on Sunday, Hagel stood in silence as the impasse between the White House and Congress shamed leaders on both sides.
Washington- The White House said Thursday that President Barack Obama would consider signing a short-term deal raising the debt ceiling, depending on the details of what Republican lawmakers propose. "The president is happy that cooler heads at least seem to be prevailing in the House, that there at least seems to be a recognition that default is not an option," White House spokesman Jay Carney said. But Carney did not guarantee that Obama would sign the short-term debt limit deal offered by Republicans, saying the White House had seen no details of the plan. "We will see what the House
President Barack Obama’s senior White House adviser and former campaign manager David Plouffe accused House Republicans of “committing economic treason” during the partial government shutdown on Thursday. In a snarky tweet about Republicans’ attempts to negotiate an end to the government shutdown, Plouffe dredged up the “birther” issue in order to discredit the GOP: [Tweet] Republicans and Democrats could not come to an agreement on how to fund the government by the start of the month, forcing the government to partially shut down. House Republicans have repeatedly said they will pass a continuing resolution if it comes with measures that defund,
I could have built him a broken website for only $633 million. But I have trouble even taking in or believing that number is real. The site itself, which apparently underwent major code renovations over the weekend, still rejects user logins, fails to load drop-down menus and other crucial components for users that successfully gain entrance, and otherwise prevents uninsured Americans in the 36 states it serves from purchasing healthcare at competitive rates – Healthcare.gov’s primary purpose. The reason for this nationwide headache apparently stems from poorly written code, which buckled under the heavy influx of
Contrary to many pundits’ expectations, congressional Republicans seem to have zigzagged their way to a reasonable position in the ongoing budget battles. To be sure, their clumsy manner of getting there has helped to obscure this conclusion. Nevertheless, the GOP has the better argument in the battles over funding the federal government and raising the debt limit. Perhaps the strongest testament to this is the dogged determination of the Obama administration and congressional Democrats to misrepresent the Republican position. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew alleges that Republicans have offered “this ridiculous choice where either you repeal the Affordable Care Act”?
This morning House Republicans are meeting to discuss ideas floated by Rep. Paul Ryan to avert a showdown over the debt ceiling. Ryan, who outlined his proposal in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal is, as we have come to expect of him, the leading voice of reason in the GOP caucus, and the White House ought to seize on this opportunity to avert what it keeps telling us is a fiscal catastrophe that will happen on Oct. 17 if the Republicans don’t surrender. But since we already know that President Obama is far more interested in pushing confrontation with the Republicans
In Shutdown City, the BlackBerry is the forbidden fruit. Bonnie Tuma stares longingly at her government-issued smartphone with scary frequency. “I’m facing it in the charger,” said Tuma, a furloughed human resources manager at the National Institutes of Health. “I have to pull myself away. It’s not easy. I have to stop myself.” The silenced, non-vibrating, non-lit BlackBerrys and iPhones have become, for many government workers, a symbol of the work they yearn to do but can’t.
Joan Rivers is locked in catfight with a blond half her age who once owned a condo in her ritzy East Side building. And while Rivers is famous for her acid takedowns, it was hitherto unknown Elizabeth Hazan who came out Wednesday with both gums blazing. “Her problem with me is that I´m young, she´s old, I´m beautiful, she´s ugly,” said Hazan, who is 41. “Without makeup she looks like the Joker in Batman.” Hazan’s highly-personal broadsides came after the corporation she signed her condo over to in July filed a $15 million lawsuit against Rivers, who is her building’s
A total of five Iowans have signed up for Obamacare through the state´s healthcare exchange, according to a new report. KCRG-IA reports that state Obamacare officials say, "We cannot say for sure whether anyone has successfully signed up through the healthcare.gov website." [Video] Iowa reporters tried numerous times to use the government´s Obamacare website to no avail. The government´s website experienced unending technical failures due to shoddy coding and poor design, say experts. Obama Administration officials refuse to tell taxpayers how many people have enrolled in Obamacare nationwide. DigiTrends says "taxpayers seem to have forked up more than $634 million
Tell us what you really think, James. Actor James Woods has been quite vocal with his criticism of President Barack Obama in the wake of the government slimdown, and the “Too Big to Fail” star said, as a result, he now expects to struggle to find work in Hollywood. Woods has been busy tweeting about the slimdown and the President, (Snip) “This President is a true abomination. To have barricaded the WW2 vets, but allow illegal aliens privilege...” Woods tweeted on Oct. 8. But Woods, 66, was just warming up. The actor also called Obama “just vile. A small, small
Democrats tell us that ObamaCare is "the law of the land," and that the Supreme Court declared it constitutional, and that we should get used to it -- it´s here to stay. Actually, the Court found ObamaCare unconstitutional on two counts, but let it pass anyway. The problem for defenders of ObamaCare is that its court challenges just keep coming. One place to check up on them is the website Health Care Lawsuits. In September, the American Enterprise Institute ran an article by Chris Conover headlined "Will the Courts Derail Obamacare?" The article covers several of the ongoing court challenges to
It has picked up almost universally positive reviews and is being tipped for Oscars glory next year. Now Alfonso Cuaron´s Gravity has begun to pick up praise from a surprising source - Christian critics who say the 3D space spectacular celebrates the presence of God in the universe. Paul Asay of the Christian review blog Plugged In said Gravity showed "the paradoxes of the Christian faith echoed on the screen" and appeared to reference resurrection themes, the concept of a personal interaction with God and of hope in the afterlife. "The film deals with spirituality honestly, not explicitly from a Christian
A billboard showing a tattooed Jesus Christ has stirred up quite a bit of buzz in the heart of the Bible Belt. The ad, which is the work of the website Jesustattoo.org, popped up along a West Lubbock, Texas, highway, and it’s got people talking. It shows a man, ostensibly Jesus Christ, with outstretched arms tattooed with such words as “Outcast,” “Addicted, “Jealous.” “I don’t like the picture. I think it’s very derogatory,” a local-area resident told the CBS affiliate KEYE-TV. On the website, a video casts Jesus as a tattoo artist and shows several tattooed individuals approaching him to
As many of you know, the federal budget is said to be out of control. I said this back when I was a senator from the great city of Chicago and state of Illinois, where I learned how governments can actually run properly. But what I meant wasn’t what you might think. I’m one step ahead of all of you, if you pardon my audacity. What I found out in my time at the Illinois statehouse and on the streets of Chicago is that you let your enemies do the dirty work.
This morning I was watching the Today Show and caught a segment on why Europeans are better at life than Americans. Examples they gave were cheese and vacation time. Then they struggled to think of something Americans could do better than Europeans. The discussion was accompanied by a chryon that read "American Exceptionalism." Someone, I think Matt Lauer, suggested binge TV watching. Another sarcastically said fast food. Al Roker said we actually have some pretty good cheese. Savannah Guthrie then sarcastically said, "Like Velveeta?" Al tried to insist that Americans did have good cheese, but it fell on deaf ears.
House Republicans are discussing a six-week extension of the nation’s debt limit as a way to buy time for more negotiations with President Obama. It is not clear if the hike to the $16.7 trillion debt limit would be completely "clean," meaning it would not demand concessions from Democrats. A clean hike would mark a significant concession to the White House. The legislation would not end the government shutdown, which could give Republicans continued leverage in the fight that now looks to be headed toward Thanksgiving. Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.) confirmed Republicans are discussing the six-week extension,
Sarah Hall Ingram, who oversees the Internal Revenue Service role in the health-care overhaul, hasn’t been “consorting with the Devil,” she testified at a hearing on Wednesday. But Republicans suggested she has been doing a few other bad things, notably discussing taxpayer information in emails with the White House, contrary to IRS rules. That’s clear from the fact that the IRS itself redacted the taxpayer identities before turning over the email conversations, citing confidentiality rules, lawmakers said. “You shared, at least by someone’s definition … personal IRS taxpayer information with the White House,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R., Ohio).
In another edition of the polls the media won´t cover, between September 29 and October 6, Democrats have lost a four point lead in Rasmussen´s generic ballot that asks voters if they would vote for a Democrat or Republican in the upcoming midterm elections. That poll is now tied at 40% - 40%. At the end of last month, Democrats led 42% - 38%. The media continue to run headlines that read, "Poll Shows GOP Taking Share of Shutdown Blame," which is true. Most polls show Republicans are at a single-digit deficit when compared to Democrats (still, a vast improvement over
In the Obama administration’s Washington, government officials are increasingly afraid to talk to the press. Those suspected of discussing with reporters anything that the government has classified as secret are subject to investigation, including lie-detector tests and scrutiny of their telephone and e-mail records. An “Insider Threat Program” being implemented in every government department requires all federal employees to help prevent unauthorized disclosures of information by monitoring the behavior of their colleagues.
Last night (October 9), my wife brought home a pamphlet from our local CVS pharmacy, titled "Affordable Care Act Answers." I didn´t expect to find anything in this simple booklet that I didn´t already know, but it did refer me to their website on the topic, CVS.com/insurance, which my wife asked me to check out. On the website is this Q&A entry: Do I need to have insurance? Yes. The ACA requires all Americans have health care coverage "that meets basic minimum standards." I said to my wife, "That´s flat-out false," and I sent a brief, indignant note to CVS
A report finds the U.S. government´s aggressive prosecution of leaks and efforts to control information are having a chilling effect on journalists and government whistle-blowers. The Committee to Protect Journalists released its first examination of U.S. press freedoms Thursday, focusing on changes under the Obama administration. Leonard Downie Jr., a former executive editor of The Washington Post, wrote the 30-page analysis entitled "The Obama Administration and the Press." Downie interviewed reporters and editors who described a chilling effect in which "government officials are increasingly afraid to talk to the press." Those suspected of discussing classified information are subject to investigation, lie-detector tests and
The only piece of government economic data we’re getting during the shutdown is out, and the numbers aren’t so pretty. According to data from the Department of Labor, there were 374,000 jobless claims for the week ending on October 5. This is a 66,000 jump from last week’s 308,000 claims, and 62,000 higher than the 312,000 claims that economists had been predicting. It is also the highest number of claims reported in the past six months. The four-week moving average of claims is now 325,000, a 20,000 increase over last week’s four-week average of 305,000.
If you´re trying to access your Obamacare account on Healthcare.gov, you may be told your password needs to be reset. "All passwords were deleted for existing accounts as part of the upgrade process," a call center representative told CNN´s Elizabeth Cohen. The representative said users experiencing issues must call in to reset their password; it cannot be done online. Representatives can be reached at 1-800-318-2596. CNN is working to determine the scope of the password issue and has reached out to federal Health and Human Services officials. The federal site for the Affordable Care Act has been plagued by technical glitches since it launched
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