It is a signal of how just how far expectations of Congress have fallen, that the prospects of a deal to reopen the US government and raise the debt ceiling only until just past the New Year could be hailed as any kind of breakthrough. [Snip] While China scoffed and scolded and several hundred thousand US workers went unpaid, the stockmarkets remained wearily sanguine--confident that in the end, as always, a limited deal would be done. But kicking the fiscal can down the road does not answer the fundamental question raised by Fitch, the ratings agency, about how to end
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) says he hopes the House “will get some adult supervision from the Senate” to achieve a debt ceiling deal. (Snip)King said he would vote for that deal, and blames Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for this fiscal mess. “Ted Cruz has been a total fraud from the start,” King said. “It never could have succeeded. I can’t imagine going into battle knowing you can’t win and continue telling your people you are winning. It’s Never Never Land, parallel universes, whatever you want to call it.” Congress, King added, will be back in the same boat in three to four
As Congress inches toward passing a continuing resolution and raising of the debt ceiling that contains no major concessions to the GOP, Heritage Action President Michael Needham told Fox News’ Bill Hemmer on Wednesday morning that any large scale repeal of Obamacare would have to wait until the GOP had recaptured the Senate and the White House three and a half years from now—despite the weeks House Republicans just spent adamantly opposing the law’s implementation. “‘Even many on the left, including powerful unions, who were once the law’s stronger supporters, have conceded that it’s a train wreck,’” Hemmer quoted from
Philadelphia — Residents in one Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood had a rude awakening Wednesday morning when they woke up and discovered vulgar graffiti spray-painted on their cars and homes. The vandalism happened on four blocks in the city’s Rhawnhurst section. The streets targeted were Hoffnagle Street, Benson Street, Emerson Street and Solly Avenue. According to investigators, the vandals spray-painted racial epithets, sexual symbols and swastikas on cars, houses and fences. The spray paint vandalism included the saying “Fu* Crakers” and some on the swastikas were backwards. So far, no arrests have been made.
The White House welcomed a Senate deal Wednesday to end the federal government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling, saying the pact would “remove the threat of economic brinkmanship” if approved. White House press secretary Jay Carney said President Obama fully supported the Senate proposal, expected to receive a vote later Wednesday. It is unclear how the House will move forward on the legislation. Carney said Obama “applauds” lawmakers for “working together to forge this compromise.” He added that the president “encourages Congress to act swiftly” to pass the deal. Asked if the White House was confident that the GOP-controlled House
The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has allowed an employee to go ahead with the publication of his book about the agency´s failed “Fast and Furious” gun-walking campaign. According to The Associated Press, John Dodson would be able to publish the book with a few parts redacted. Dodson initially alerted congressional investigators to the campaign, which started in 2009. The report said it is unclear if Dodson would be able to receive compensation from the book, given the governmentwide ban on receiving pay for writing related to an employee´s official duties. That decision will be left up
It was the perfect end to a bizarre day of World Cup qualifying: the United States saved Mexico. The longtime rivals rarely do anything to help the other out, but on Tuesday there was no mistaking what took place. Mexico, which has struggled throughout the Concacaf qualifying tournament, was just minutes away from losing to Costa Rica, 2-1, and failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1982. El Tri’s only hope was that the United States, which was losing to Panama at the time, would somehow rally for at least a tie. The United States
National Park Service director Jarvis said he discussed closing the open-air monuments and memorials with the White House, as well as the secretary of the Interior Department: "Yes, I did," says the director when asked whether he discussed the closures with the secretary of the Interior Department. "You didn´t discuss it with anyone in the White House, did you?" asks a congressman. "Um, in -- several times, on the phone, with the White House, I presented with the secretary my decission," says the director. "But it was never the reverse--" "So you discussed with officials in the White House your action?"
Washington - Hold the champagne. Even if Congress reaches a last-minute or deadline-busting deal to avert a federal default and fully reopen the government, elected officials are likely to return to their grinding brand of brinkmanship - perhaps repeatedly. House-Senate talks are barely touching the underlying causes of debt-and-spending stalemates that pushed the country close to economic crises in 2011, last December and again this month. Late Tuesday, the GOP-controlled House dropped efforts to craft a bill to raise the debt limit and fully open the government. House members will wait for the Democratic-controlled Senate to act, which could push
This is very funny. A Daily Kos regular gets his Obamacare premium notice and is shocked to learn that as young, healthy people, he and his wife will pay twice as much! My wife and I just got our updates from Kaiser telling us what our 2014 rates will be. Her monthly has been $168 this year, mine $150. We have a high deductible. We are generally healthy people who don’t go to the doctor often. I barely ever go. The insurance is in case of a major catastrophe. Well, now, because of Obamacare, my wife’s rate is gong to
To paraphrase one of the more memorable lines of American cinema: If you build it badly, they’ll stop coming. Every private-sector firm operating in the on-line market discovered that in 1995 or so, but the Obama administration only just started to learn it after spending hundreds of millions of dollars on the world’s worst web portal. And now consumers are staying away in droves, according to the Washington Post: The number of visitors to the federal government’s HealthCare.gov Web site plummeted 88 percent between Oct. 1 and Oct. 13, according to a new analysis of America’s online use, while less than
Washington — Senate leaders reached last-minute agreement Wednesday to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown, according to a Republican senator who also said congressional leaders would push for passage as soon as possible. The Dow Jones industrial average soared on the news that the threat of default was easing, rising roughly 200 points by late morning. "I understand they´ve come to an agreement but I´m going to let the leader announce that," Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., said as she walked into a meeting of Senate Republicans called to review details of the emerging deal
Does anyone else miss Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison? We´re not sure how much difference one person could make in the toxic, chaotic, hyperpartisan atmosphere in Washington, but if we could choose just one it would be Hutchison, whose years of service in the Senate were marked by two things sorely lacking in her successor, Ted Cruz. For one thing, Hutchison had an unswerving commitment to the highest and best interests of Texas at all times. This revealed itself in a thousand different ways. Hereabouts, we miss her advocacy for NASA, the Port of Houston and the energy industry. And we
Washington -- Republican Sen. Ted Cruz says he won´t delay a vote on a bipartisan budget deal that will reopen the government and avoid a financial default. Cruz had forced the shutdown by demanding that President Barack Obama gut his health care law in exchange for a bill to keep the government running. He told reporters Wednesday that he would vote against the bipartisan bill but wouldn´t use Senate delaying tactics to stall the legislation. The Texas senator has won praise from the tea party and other conservatives for his actions.
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