In a few minutes, House Republicans will meet in the Capitol’s basement. The chief topic of conversation: the emerging Senate deal. But before the meeting even begins, House conservatives are bashing it behind the scenes, and they’re pushing the leadership to reject the compromise. A flurry of phone calls and meetings last night and early this morning led the consensus among the approximatley 50 Republicans who form the House GOP’s right flank. They’re furious with Senate Republicans for working with Democrats to craft what one leading Tea Party congressman calls a “mushy piece of s—t.” Another House conservative warns, “If
Like the atomic bomb in a James Bond movie, the debt ceiling crisis seems to have been averted with only minutes remaining on the countdown clock. A lot could still go wrong. But sighs of relief are being heard from Congress and from Wall Street. The S&P 500 has gained more than 2 percent over the past week. We can all welcome the last-minute decision by Republicans in Congress to halt a confrontation that threatened to blow up the world financial system. It’s important to understand, however, that even if all goes as agreed—even if the debt ceiling is raised
The wide grin is the same, as are the big blue eyes that once captivated America. These intimate pictures give a fascinating glimpse of reclusive film star Doris Day, now 91, and her life after Hollywood, as unveiled by the man who cared for her for nearly 40 years. For the first time, Sydney Wood has opened up his treasured album of photographs from his time working for Doris – and revealed his fears for the woman once known as America’s Sweetheart.
House Republicans don´t have the power to stop Obamacare. But they do have the power to investigate it. Recent weeks have seen the meltdown of the Obamacare national online marketplace, reported to have cost between $400 million and $600 million so far. There are also indications the administration knew serious problems were coming and hid them from lawmakers who have a responsibility to oversee the program. The episode has prompted a lot of questions on Capitol Hill. Just how many people have tried to purchase coverage on the exchanges? How many have succeeded? Is the level of interest sufficient for Obamacare to
Health Care: In a stunning admission, our Health and Human Services secretary admits ObamaCare is part of the fundamental transformation of America away from a free market in anything to a nanny state on steroids. Maybe Kathleen Sebelius was being sarcastic, or maybe she thought it might be a good way to reach the "young invincibles" who feel they had better things to do with their money than enroll in ObamaCare. But her recent appearance on Jon Stewart´s show on Comedy Central went about as well as ObamaCare´s train wreck of a rollout.
Nielsen has conducted an investigation into the ratings for Megyn Kelly’s new Fox News Channel show, “The Kelly File,” following grousing by MSNBC chief Phil Griffin. The investigation has revealed that the numbers for Kelly are accurate. Last Tuesday, the day after its debut, “The Kelly File” doubled its audience, crushing “The Rachel Maddow Show,” its MSNBC competition. Griffin called for a probe, dubbing the ratings feat “impossible.” Nielsen executives declined to comment.
According to Cornell political scientist Peter Enns, conservatives are beginning to break through across the country. Based on “measures of policy mood for eac state from the 1950s to 2010,” Enns and his colleague Julianna Koch found that there has been a conservative opinion shift in every single state across the country. Most of the increases were “statistically significant”; the same held true for regions. Between 1964 and 2010, America shifted heavily when asked whether every person should be provided a job by the government, or whether government should allow everyone to get ahead individually. Asked whether Washington was becoming too
ObamaCare´s only a few weeks old, but mounting evidence of its outrageous cost hikes, especially for Americans who buy their own insurance plans, will be a bitter pill for Democrats to swallow. How many Dimmycrats are going to stand up and defend that which so many ran away from in the 2012 and 2010 elections? Among reports of premium price spikes, Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee have been compiling angry posts about ObamaCare´s sticker shock from the HealthCare.gov Facebook account, The Hill newspaper reports. Under the Affordable Care Act, health care providers must offer a “basic level of coverage,” which the Obama
State insurance regulators are encountering sites designed to mimic ObamaCare´s enrollment portal, the online hub where millions of people are meant to purchase healthcare coverage. Attempts at imitating healthcare.gov have met with cease-and-desist letters; the sites could confuse consumers seeking to enter ObamaCare´s marketplaces. In New Hampshire, the insurance commissioner reportedly cracked down on one webpage last week that could have been mistaken for the state´s insurance exchange. And regulators from Washington, Pennsylvania and Connecticut are warning the health insurance industry against creating sites that might mislead the public.
RACINE, Wis. —After living in a hotel for nine years, a Racine woman is looking for a new home. Jana Ganjian has been staying at the Racine Marriot in Mount Pleasant since January 2004. She moved in after she could no longer work because of a chronic health condition and lost her home to foreclosure. Ganjian said the hotel provided valuable services that she couldn’t get anywhere else, but after two loans to help her pay for the $89-a-night rate, she can no longer afford to live at the hotel. She said the hotel claims she owes them more than $28,000. "I had no
Forty years ago, on Oct. 17, 1973, the world experienced its first "oil shock" as Arab exporters declared an embargo on shipments to Western countries. The OPEC embargo was prompted by America´s military support for Israel, which was repelling a coordinated surprise attack by Arab countries that had begun on Oct. 6, the sacred Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. With prices quadrupling in the next few months, the oil crisis set off an upheaval in global politics and the world economy. It also challenged America´s position in the world, polarized its politics at home and shook the country´s confidence. Yet
Call it the “hijacking of America”. A century long progressive project to, as President Obama is fond of saying, “transform America.” But it can’t be done without help. From Republicans. Establishment Republicans to be more specific — and their Republican consultant class to be even more specific. Here’s the bulletin from the Associated Press. Establishment GOPers assail tea party on shutdown DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — From county chairmen to national party luminaries, veteran Republicans across the country are accusing tea party lawmakers of staining the GOP with their refusal to bend in the budget impasse in Washington.
Two events within one recent week confirm that, on the subject of hate crime, Lady Justice now routinely sheds her blindfold, checks out the race of the accused, and judges accordingly. In that George Zimmerman looks like the kind of person who might commit a hate crime -- or at least has the name of such a person -- the investigation into his shooting of Trayvon Martin nearly two years ago remains "ongoing." So said Attorney General Eric Holder on September 30. In that Jeremiah Hill does not look like the kind of person who might commit a hate crime -- at
If you were a football coach and one of your players looked for a reporter at half-time so he could criticize other players on the team, complained that your strategy is all wrong, and generally told everyone listening that the team deserves to lose, do you think he´d be on the bench the next week? Do you think he´d have a job at all? Whether you agree with Ted Cruz and Mike Lee (I do) or not, they had a strategy they wanted to pursue. They started by pushing to defund Obamacare and from there, the GOP was supposed to negotiate
The recent Senate debate over immigration reform focused mostly on three issues: 1) the economic effects of legalizing millions of currently illegal immigrants while also increasing the rate of future immigration, 2) the possibility of achieving real border security and 3) the ethical question of offering the reward of citizenship to those who entered the country illegally. Beneath it all was another factor, never far from lawmakers´ minds, but much less discussed: the electoral effects of reform. Yes, there was a lot of talk about the Republican Party´s need to improve its image with Hispanic voters. But the real political issue
Hen Mazzig had been a member of Israel’s most left-wing party. But that didn’t prepare him for the sheer level of Israelaphobic craziness that he would encounter on campuses in the Pacific Northwest. (Snip) On other occasions, anti-Israel activists called me a rapist. The claims go beyond being absurd – in one case, a professor asked me if I knew how many Palestinians have been raped by IDF forces. I answered that as far as I knew, none. She triumphantly responded that I was right, because, she said, “You IDF soldiers don’t rape Palestinians because Israelis are so racist and
It’s clear to all but the most blinkered that the “Defund Now!” strategy for blocking the implementation of Obamacare has been worse than a failure. Obamacare will be funded, but the fight has exacerbated the already low standing of the Republican party. Obama’s approval rating has ticked up during the shutdown, while Republicans are now competing with the Taliban in approval. Architects of the shutdown plan assured us that when Republicans took a stand on principle, the voters would be impressed. The Wall Street Journal/NBC poll showed that 51 percent of respondents believe the president is putting his own political agenda
In the immediate future, I do not think the United States will be intervening abroad on the ground — not in the Middle East or, for that matter, many places in other parts of the world. The reason is not just a new Republican isolationism, or the strange but growing alliance between left-wing pacifists and right-wing libertarians. Some of the new reluctance to intervene abroad is due to disillusionment with Iraq and Afghanistan, at least in the sense that the means — a terrible cost of American blood and treasure — do not seem yet to be justified by the ends
A couple of my friends are “nonessentials.” That’s a noun, plural, for people who are not indispensable, a term for people who have been officially and publicly categorized by the federal government as unnecessary, superfluous, not vital and not needed. That might seem like an unkind way to describe people, but the good news for the nonessentials is that they don’t have to show up for work during shutdowns and they still get paid — or as Dire Straits put it, “Money for nothin’ and chicks for free.” That lyric was a favorite line of a cook I knew from Libya. Not
There´s been so much malarkey meted out by the media about the budget C.R., the government shutdown, and the debt ceiling that the average American can easily lose sight of the real issue, which is the federal debt. Even certain honest, trusted members of the media trot out "default" as though it were synonymous with not raising the debt ceiling by Oct. 17. Actually, default is not paying the interest/principle on what one has borrowed. Current federal revenue is way more than enough to easily pay what we owe on federal notes, bills, and bonds.
Leon Panetta served in Washington with nine presidents, starting with Lyndon Johnson. He has been a member of Congress, Office of Management and Budget director, White House chief of staff, director of the Central Intelligence Agency and secretary of defense — the last two under President Obama. He is a man who knows Washington and knows how to choose his words. So Panetta’s implicit rebuke of the president’s hands-off approach to the budget crisis at a breakfast Monday was striking. Indeed, implicit may be an understatement. Asked repeatedly whether he was being correctly understood as critical of President Obama, Panetta
The American Indian leader spearheading the campaign to change the name of the Washington Redskins is not a legitimate member of the tribe he leads, according to a New York State Assemblywoman, but rather an Obama crony who is raking in casino money and paying back only small stipends to his tribe members. Oneida Nation Representative Ray Halbritter, who is also the CEO of Oneida Nation Enterprises, is not recognized in his position by the Grand Council of Chiefs governing the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy. Halbritter is not a legitimate member of the Oneida tribe, Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney told The Daily
Forty years ago this week, America received a harsh lesson about the dangers of relying on others for energy. President Nixon’s decision in the midst of the Yom Kippur War to resupply Israel with U.S. weaponry gave members of the OPEC cartel an excuse to embargo oil supplies to this country and drive up prices worldwide. It became known as the “oil shock” of 1973. Ever since, politicians of both parties have promised to reduce our dependency on unreliable foreign sources. To that end, over the past four decades, they have invested untold sums on various schemes — imposing price controls,
On Saturday, Louisiana’s “EBT” system malfunctioned, causing spending limits on users’ food-stamp cards temporarily to be lifted. In two counties at least, recipients noticed the error, spread the word, and set about trying to check out as much as they could fit into shopping carts. At Walmarts in the towns of Springhill and Mansfield, employees called corporate headquarters to ask what they should do. They were instructed to “keep the registers ringing.” This they did — and with a vengeance. By the time that proper limits on the cards had been restored a couple of hours later, the shelves had been
Normally the give-and-take of a tough political campaign means voters learn a great deal about their candidates for high office. But not in New Jersey. Polls suggest that Cory Booker, who began this race more than 30 points in front, will still prevail in his campaign for Senate when the votes are counted Wednesday. But longshot Steve Lonegan has been closing the gap with a relentless campaign focused on Booker’s tenure as mayor, as well as how he would likely vote if he joins Bob Menendez as the state’s other Democratic senator. Back when Booker defeated the corrupt Sharpe James to become Newark’s
The launch of federal government´s Obamacare insurance exchange, Healthcare.gov, has been plagued with delays, errors, and poor website design, even prompting USA Today to call it an "inexcusable mess" and a "nightmare". Now comes another example of why the website´s reputation is in tatters. Buried in the source code of Healthcare.gov is this sentence that could prove embarrassing: "You have no reasonable expectation of privacy regarding any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system." Though not visible to users and obviously not intended as part of the terms and conditions, the language is nevertheless a part of