WASHINGTON — Senate Democratic and Republican leaders reached final agreement on a deal to reopen the government and extend its borrowing authority into February, with votes in the House and Senate possibly to begin this afternoon, according to aides familiar with the negotiations. Senate Republicans have gathered for a final review, but lawmakers have given no indication they will block it. A government shutdown into its third week yielded virtually no concessions to the Republicans other than some minor tightening of income verifications for people obtaining subsidized insurance premiums under the new health care law.
Ricky Lewis was driving along Florence Avenue on April 29, 1992, when the neighborhood erupted. "I saw all the crowds and thought, ´What is going on here?´" He was witnessing, as he soon learned, a defining moment in Los Angeles. The verdict had just landed in the trial of the officers who beat Rodney G. King senseless, and the rioting that followed would lead to dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries. Fires flared, businesses were looted, and National Guard and Marine units were called in. (Snip) "I called some of the men of Omega Psi Phi and said: ´You
TRENTON, N.J.- New Jersey´s U.S. Senate race went to the voters Wednesday as both candidates characterized the race as a referendum on the partisan gridlock paralyzing Washington. Democrat Cory Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan each cast a ballot early in the morning in the special election to fill the seat of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died in June. The election is the first since the partial federal government shutdown began more than two weeks ago. "Whatever the outcome of this election, the nation will be watching New Jersey as a referendum on what´s going on in Washington, D.C.," Booker said
The ugliness of the GOP schism will probably have a long half life, as various parties feel the need to point fingers and shout “I didn’t do it!” But if at all possible, I think conservatives and Republicans would be well-served by putting these disagreements behind us, like family fights at a Thanksgiving table that are best forgotten. If this were a very special episode of a 1980s TV show, we could resolve all of this with a simple break-dancing competition. But as that is not a viable option at this juncture, neither is any other emotionally or intellectually satisfying
Journalist and author Carl Bernstein said Wednesday that Republican Party leadership is “cancerous” and has put the United States at risk by letting the tea party lead the GOP. “The Republican Party today has become a rabid organization from the top down. The leadership is cancerous,” the former Washington Post reporter said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday. Bernstein called the current situation a “terrible moment in our history” and said only segregation politics offers a comparison.
Jane* went to bed one night last week, thanking God for her many blessings. She woke up next morning screaming, an entirely different person. Hallucinating, alternating between an imaginary world that only she could see and hear. Her family took her to the local hospital. She was admitted immediately and routine blood tests and an MRI were ordered. Because Jane is 74 years old and a “unit” under ObamaCare, her utility to society must be low in the complicated formula the bureaucrats have devised to kill as many inconvenient elderly as possible.
Less than one percent of people who visited healthcare.gov in its first week actually enrolled for coverage under ObamaCare, according to a new analysis. The consulting firm Kantar US Insights estimated that only about 36,000 people completed the enrollment process by Oct. 5, out of about 9.5 million unique visitors to the glitchy ObamaCare portal. The analysis also found that traffic to healthcare.gov plummeted 88 percent between Oct. 1 and Oct. 13 as users encountered problems with the system. The figures, if accurate, shed light on the site´s rocky rollout and point to the daunting task facing federal health officials
WASHINGTON — A House committee investigation will be launched into the problems the healthcare.gov website has experienced so far. CBS News reports that the House Energy and Commerce Committee will probe what has gone wrong since the website was launched on Oct. 1 for people to enroll in health care exchanges. Technology glitches have frustrated many consumers trying to sign up for coverage online, and efforts to upgrade and repair healthcare.gov are ongoing. In an interview with KCCI-TV, President Barack Obama said it was unacceptable what was happening. “The website that was supposed to do this all in a seamless
Wally Bell had been a member part of an officiating crew for the Major League Baseball playoffs last week. And there was a space for the veteran umpire as the crew for Game 3 of the American League Championship Series lined up Tuesday afternoon. But this time he wasn´t there. Bell died Monday at age 48 of an apparent heart attack in his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. He was honored with a moment of silence before Tuesday´s Red Sox-Tigers game as the umpires lined up shoulder to shoulder, leaving a gap between the fifth and sixth members of the crew
People who use black tape to cover the cameras on their home and office computers, iPads, tablets and cell phones, can no longer be written off as ‘paranoids’. The big portals showing the masses what the government is really up to all came last April, and until Obama’s gone from the White House, civilian life will never be the same. It was last April when a judge in Texas denied a request by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for what he described as a warrant to remotely “hack a computer suspected of criminal use”, raising questions about the legal requirement for the
U.S. equities surged on Wednesday as analysts grew more hopeful a deal to raise the debt ceiling may be in reach. Today´s Markets -As of 11:18 a.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 197 points, or 1.3%, to 15364, the S&P 500 advanced 22.8 points, or 1.3%, to 1721 and the Nasdaq Composite climbed 44.6 points, or 1.2%. to 3839. It´s all about politics. As has become a daily ritual on Capitol Hill, several plans emerged Tuesday to stave off a potential American default ahead of the October 17 deadline imposed by the Treasury Department. However, those plans all
As Washington struggles to find its way on everything from the budget to national defense, a voice from the nation’s glory years — former President Ronald Reagan — is about to weigh in and offer a path to improving the nation based on the successes he helped create. Starting with military policy and then moving to economic and domestic issues, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Library is embarking on a legacy building project that is also aimed at offering a model for today’s leaders. “The foundation has operated for many years and done a terrific job of preserving the memory of
Just when you thought the news from Washington couldn’t get any worse, a reader who is well connected on the Hill writes: We have it on good authority that Congressmen Cantor and Ryan are determined to pivot to immigration just as soon as a budget agreement is reached. It will be a short-term budget agreement, so if Republicans and conservatives are smart, they can achieve a double-whammy by avoiding default yet keeping the focus on Obamacare and the budget (where we can win) while simultaneously preventing action on immigration that could lead to disastrous policy changes. Well, that’s the optimistic way
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will soon announce an agreement to reopen the government and avert default on U.S. debt, according to several sources familiar with the talks. The House plans to move on the Senate’s bill first, sources say, a move that would clear a path to end the first government shutdown in 17 years and avoid the first potential economy-shaking default on U.S. debt. It remains unclear when a final vote would occur in the Senate. If the House passes the bill first and sends it to the upper chamber, it would eliminate
American Crossroads, a Republican super PAC, commissioned polls of four red states where Republicans can pick up Senate seats in 2014, and more than a year away from the race and before the real campaign’s even begun, the situation is looking good for GOP candidates in all four states. In Arkansas, freshman representative Tom Cotton trails incumbent senator Mark Pryor, but by just three points, within the margin of error — and Pryor is at 45 percent of the vote, well below what an incumbent wants. On a generic ballot, Republicans are ahead, with 40 percent of Arkansans sampled saying
A salute by an Army Ranger — hospitalized with serious wounds after a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan — is warming the hearts of many people after being posted online. Cpl. Josh Hargis’ commander was at a military hospital awarding the seemingly unconscious soldier a Purple Heart for his injuries, pinning the medal to the blanket covering him. And that´s when Hargis surprisingly raised his arm to salute — struggling with his doctors and medical tubes to do so. The commander sent a picture along with a letter about the incident to Hargis’ wife, Taylor, writing that "grown men began to
The widow of an 80-year-old man who was shot dead by police during a drug raid on their home is suing for $50 million. On the night of June 27th, Los Angeles County deputies raided the home of Eugene Mallory and Tonya Pate. Authorities claim they had probable cause to search the premises because they could smell chemicals used to make methamphetamine while standing outside the house. Police suspected Mallory of being involved in an illegal meth ring. Mallory was asleep in bed
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) on Wednesday urged her GOP colleague Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) to allow a Senate budget deal to hit the floor without delay. Ayotte said delaying a Senate bill with procedural tactics would have little point. “It is up to him,” she said on CNN’s “New Day.” “I would hope that he wouldn’t [delay a vote]. I mean in the Senate, obviously, in terms of certain timeframes, senators can cause you to run out the clock. But what is he trying to gain at this point.” Before the shutdown began on Oct. 1, Cruz gave a long speech on
1. So far, the Affordable Care Act´s launch has been a failure. Not "troubled." Not "glitchy." A failure. But "so far" only encompasses 14 days. The hard question is whether the launch will still be floundering on day 30, and on day 45. As Sarah Kliff noted, Medicare Part D was, at this point in its launch, also considered a disaster."When online shopping for prescription drug programs launched back in 2005, things went so badly that the federal government didn´t even get off the ground until three weeks after its scheduled launch." Today, Medicare Part D is broadly considered a
Speaker John Boehner is considering letting the House take the initial vote Wednesday on a Senate-prepared bill to lift the debt ceiling and restart funding for the shuttered federal government--apparently even if House conservatives object. RELATED STORIES Live Blog: One Day to Go Anatomy of an Implosion Talks Swing Back to Reid, McConnell Why Isn’t the Crisis Vise Forcing Congress to Compromise? If they do object, it would mean Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and her House Democrats could become critical to its passage. "Boehner will need Pelosi votes," said one senior Democratic aide, familiar with what he described as the cross-party negotiations that have been occurring
Detroit, MI - Detroit´s chief financial officer has quit after an investigation of a complaint that the white official made an insensitive reference to the killing of black Florida teen Trayvon Martin. State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr says Jim Bonsall submitted his resignation Tuesday. Recently demoted Detroit finance director Cheryl Johnson wrote Orr that Bonsall created a hostile work environment. Johnson´s letter says Bonsall asked during a meeting about the city´s annual Angels´ Night anti-arson patrols if he could "shoot someone in a hoodie." Martin was wearing a hooded sweatshirt when he was fatally shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George
I think a lot of people will look back at this point in American political history and wonder how things got so damn screwed up. It wasn’t always a given that there would be mindless gridlock on Capitol Hill, unchecked extremism and a general lack of leadership. Sure, one could point to the corrupting influence of lobbyists and interest groups on Congress. Or to gerrymandering. Or to Citizens United, which allows money to literally control politics and has made political parties less relevant, and allowed the proliferation of the ultra conservative Tea Party. There are plenty of others.
Hard though it may be to take seriously Joe Biden running for president, evidently Hillary Clinton thinks it important to dump on him. In a speech to convenience store owners (the sort of speech that yields a six figure fee), Hillary stuck the stiletto into Joe´s back and twisted it. (snip) Now that she has dumped on him in public, perhaps the gloves will come off. The upside for us is that his brain can´t keep up with his mouth, so who knows what he will blurt out? He is a born schmoozer, so he will hear lots of rumors
I think a lot of people will look back at this point in American political history and wonder how things got so damn screwed up. It wasn’t always a given that there would be mindless gridlock on Capitol Hill, unchecked extremism and a general lack of leadership. Sure, one could point to the corrupting influence of lobbyists and interest groups on Congress. Or to gerrymandering. Or to Citizens United, which allows money to literally control politics and has made political parties less relevant, and allowed the proliferation of the ultra conservative Tea Party. There are plenty of others. But perhaps
An influential Chinese Communist Party journal denounced on Wednesday Western calls for political reform saying such pressure was aimed at getting rid of the Communist Party and its leaders. The unusually strong attack on the Western "democracy trap", published in the journal Qiushi, comes during a sustained government campaign against political dissent. "Western countries attack us for having a constitution but no constitutional government, saying the Communist Party as a one-party system is illegitimate, and that the Communist Party is above the law," said Qiushi, which means "seeking truth". "This is so they can pressure us to put in place
After claiming his innocence for over two decades, William Happ finally confessed to murder as he was put to death by lethal injection in the US state of Florida. News reports said Happ took over 15 minutes to die, as his body repeatedly made convulsive movements, as the state corrections system used a new lethal chemical for the first time. He was pronounced dead at 6:16 pm Tuesday (2016 GMT,) said Misty Cash, a spokeswoman for the state prison system. Happ, 51, had spent 24 years on death row for the murder of a young woman named Angela Crowley in