The government shutdown has made it abundantly clear that the anti-conservative news media and the anti-conservative Republican establishment have joined together to the point where it´s almost impossible to see where one ends and the other begins. Some might say they merge every day on the set of "Morning Joe." The media have designated as Public Enemy No. 1 a recalcitrant bloc of Tea Party stalwarts who have declared their intention to stop Barack Obama´s statist juggernaut from imposing the ObamaCare monstrosity, running up trillion-dollar deficits year after year and in so doing destroying the private sector. Amazingly, liberal Republicans have
WASHINGTON- Don´t feel too reassured: The congressional leaders who managed to strike a deal Wednesday apparently avoided a disastrous default but still live in the District of Dysfunction. The compromise outlined by Senate leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell at midday doesn´t resolve the issues that prompted a 16-day government shutdown and threatened the first-ever national default. It simply pushes the deadlines over them into the next few months. That said, some of those involved in this cliffhanger episode over the past month emerge strengthened and others weakened as they move to more battles over managing the government´s finances and
MSNBC host Martin Bashir likened Ted Cruz to the cult leader who died in 1993, along with 75 others, after the FBI laid siege to his compound in Waco, Texas. “Do you think Ted Cruz is a bit like the David Koresh of the Republican party?” Bashir asked on Wednesday. “He’s a bit like a character who believes himself to anointed, believes himself to be a prophet, ignores everything, and torches the place in the process.” Koresh considered himself himself the final prophet of the Branch Davidian religious sect. After the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives suspected the group of
Relieved by Wednesday´s breakthrough budget deal, House Democrats are also disquieted about thoughts of the next round. Although the lawmakers are cheering the Senate´s 11th-hour agreement to prevent a default and reopen the government, they´re also decrying the temporary nature of the reprieve and warning that another fiscal crisis is not long coming. (Snip) Indeed, some conservatives, furious that GOP leaders caved on their ObamaCare demands in the current bill, are already vowing to revisit the fight when the debt-ceiling deadline comes around again in four months. “I don´t know how anything changes between now and when we hit the
Budget Deal: The outmaneuvering of the House by the White House and Senate finds the media and their Democrat puppeteers pronouncing the demise of the Republican Party. Since when is spine a political liability? The real villains of the battle of the budget and debt ceiling are John McCain, Susan Collins and Bob Corker in the Senate and Peter King in the House, not Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee and not the House´s Tea Party Republicans. These fiscal fisticuffs were always about ObamaCare, the obscenely expensive new entitlement that is demonstrating daily why Americans have been right to oppose it all
At the last GOP conference meeting of the two-week government shutdown, no lawmakers went to the microphones to give their take. Instead, after Speaker John Boehner told Republicans they had “fought the good fight,” they all rose up to offer a standing ovation. “It was one of the easiest meetings we’ve ever had,” says Representative Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina. “I think he has strengthened his position in leadership,” Representative John Fleming says about Boehner. “He hung in there with us. He’s been reluctant to go to these fights and now that we have stood up and fought for our values and
On Monday I wrote that the shutdown/default-threat/Republican extortion plot was essentially over—it was just a matter of Harry Reid and his Republican counterpart, Mitch McConnell, hammering out the final details of a deal whose contours were coming into focus. Once they’d reached a deal, it would pass the Senate with a fair amount of bipartisan support. After which John Boehner would tearfully bring it to the floor of the House in defiance of the so-called Hastert Rule (requiring a majority of House Republicans to support a bill before it can come to a vote), possibly with some minor face-saving alteration
Breitbart News has obtained a legislative summary of the provisions in the Senate deal to reopen government and extend the debt ceiling. Breitbart News has also obtained a copy of the legislative text. Currently, Senate staff are able to review the summary and legislative text in the Senate cloakroom, but aren´t allowed to retain a copy or make it public. In the interest of transparency, we have included the document below. As expected, the deal provides full back-pay for furloughed federal workers who haven´t been at work for two weeks. It also provides back-pay, though, for state government workers who
WASHINGTON — Two weeks into the launch of the federal health insurance exchange, the website is still plagued with problems, leading critics to wonder if the problem is worse than it appears. (Snip) The main problem, Schuyler said, could be "core fundamental design flow," but it´s impossible to know because HHS is saying so little. "Only the contractors and HHS know that," he said. They need to figure out the problem soon, Schuyler said, if the government is to meet its goal of 7 million new health customers signing up on the exchanges by March 31. "That´s 39,000 enrolled a
Every so often but not nearly often enough, the opportunity to revel in guilt-free schadenfreude rolls around. This is one of those moments. Over at Daily Kos, one of the most heavily-trafficked liberal websites and a revealing glimpse into the repugnant id that is the leftist mind, Daily Kos diarist "Tirge Caps" is belatedly learning that the Affordable Care Act is not the glorious legislative accomplishment that "progressives" have trumpeted over the last three years. Instead, it´s a downright bummer, man. (Sorry, but Daily Kossacks are the only people who look back at 1968 fondly). Here´s what "Tirge Caps" wrote about his first
Tampa - There´s been a lot of criticism of the new Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Since it rolled out, people have encountered all kinds of problems signing up using the government website. (Snip) It´s too early to know, but we do know the federal government awarded the University of South Florida a $4.2-million grant to help educate and enroll consumers in the marketplace. During a recent visit by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, it was revealed to reporters in Tampa that over the first eight days, only 15 people had enrolled.
Army Ranger Josh Hargis was unconscious, hooked to a breathing tube at a military hospital in Afghanistan after losing both his legs in battle last week. But when the Purple Heart ceremony began at Hargis’ bedside, it turned out he was not unconscious, as doctors believed. Instead, he struggled with an attending doctor to raise his heavily bandaged hand to salute a commanding officer presenting him with the medal. "I cannot impart on you the level of emotion that poured through the intensive care unit that day," the commander wrote to the Ranger´s wife.
Every business day since May 17, the U.S. Treasury has published a daily statement claiming that the federal debt subject to the limit set by Congress closed the day at $16,699,396,000,000—about $25 million below the legal limit. (Snip) But in that letter, Lew described the unpredictability of the Treasury’s flow of funds to explain why he could not predict exactly when the extraordinary measures would be exhausted. (Snip) “Given the uncertainty described above, at this time, Treasury is not able to provide a specific estimate of how long the extraordinary measures will last,” wrote Lew.
This week, massive crowds of veterans descended onto Washington, D.C., to protest the Obama administration´s vindictive shutdown of open-air memorial sites -- sites that require no guards but were fenced off simply to make Americans miserable as a bargaining chip in the government shutdown negotiations. Veterans, including many wheelchair-bound veterans from World War II, overturned the barricades placed at memorials by the administration and proceeded to carry them to the White House. The media covered the men and women who attended the so-called Million Vet March by suggesting that they were racists and terrorists and hoping that politicians allied with them
RUSH: I want to go back to the lady on the phone who says this doesn’t feel right. What’s happening here to the country just doesn’t feel right. You know what’s happened here? You know what this feels like, folks? I’ll tell you exactly what it feels like to me. You tell me if this isn’t close. It feels like we’ve lost a war to a communist country. It’s almost like there’s been a coup. There’s been a peaceful coup. The media has led this coup, and the Democrats have taken over with popular support. We’re getting policies and implementations
Dallas - A Texas jury found Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, not guilty on Wednesday of insider trading for the sale of his stock in an Internet company in 2004. Cuban, 55, estimated by Forbes magazine to have a net worth of $2.5 billion, was accused by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission of trading on non-public information when he sold his 600,000 shares in Internet search company Mamma.com - worth $7.9 million - and avoided a $750,000 loss.
Winter Haven, Fla. — After 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick committed suicide last month, one of her tormenters continued to make comments about her online, even bragging about the bullying, a sheriff said Tuesday. The especially callous remark hastened the arrest of a 14-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl who were primarily responsible for bullying Rebecca, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said. They were charged with stalking and released to their parents. "´Yes, I bullied Rebecca and she killed herself but I don´t give a ...´ and you can add the last word yourself," the sheriff said, quoting a Facebook post the
The Obamacare exchange website does more than merely register you for an insurance program. According to a report from the MacIver Institute, once you complete the process, you are then immediately asked to register to vote – a propagandistic strategy designed to make government beneficiaries into lifetime Democratic voters. Linking voter registration with benefitting from government services has long been an agenda item for Democrats, who were the sponsors behind the so-called Motor Voter Act, designed to allow people to register to vote when registering for a driver’s license – a process that poses serious voter fraud risks
RUSH: We´re gonna start now and just trying to mix it all together here, folks. You don´t see what happens here. During the program, during commercial breaks, I for the stuff coming in here flying, it interrupts everything I have in order ready to go because it´s all new, so it takes precedence over what I´ve got planned. So I´m not teasing you and not getting this stuff on purpose just to hold you there. It´s just stuff comes in that takes press conference. I mean, I could tell everybody just shut down when the show starts, but then stuff
The Declaration of Independence declared that "all men are created equal," but the U.S. Constitution as originally ratified did not live up to that principle. By political necessity it permitted the continued enslavement of blacks and the attendant oppressive system of racial discrimination. Only after the Civil War, with the ratification of the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments, was this defect remedied, and the last two of those amendments were not meaningfully enforced until the culmination of the civil rights movement nearly a century thereafter. That, at least, is the common understanding. A different view was expressed at the Supreme
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday admitted defeat in the fiscal debate that resulted in the government shutdown and pushed the nation toward a default, saying it was a "good fight." (Snip) But blocking the bipartisan agreement reached today by the members of the Senate will not be a tactic for us," he added. "In addition to the risk of default, doing so would open the door for the Democratic majority in Washington to raise taxes again on the American people and undo the spending caps in the 2011 Budget Control Act without replacing them with better spending cuts."
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that stalled immigration reform would be a top priority once the fiscal crisis has been resolved. "Once that´s done, you know, the day after, I´m going to be pushing to say, call a vote on immigration reform," he told the Los Angeles affiliate of Spanish-language television network Univision. The president´s domestic agenda has been sidetracked in his second term by one problem after another. As he coped with the revelation of domestic surveillance programs, chemical weapons in Syria, and a fiscal battle that has shut down the U.S. government and threatens a debt default,
The auteur and the studio are at odds over the final cut of a $125 million biblical epic plagued by troubling reactions from audiences in New York (largely Jewish), Arizona (Christian) and Orange County, Calif. (general public). God gave Noah some very specific instructions on how to build an ark. But it seems there was no such clear voice of authority when it came to the making of Darren Aronofsky´s epic movie based on the Bible story. Multiple sources say that with test screenings of various versions producing worrisome results, Aronofsky and Paramount have been at odds over the version...
RUSH: So let´s go to the audio sound bites. I´ve got three of ´em here. This is on CNN, and they ended up carrying Ted Cruz´s little mini-press conference, which went on at the same time that Dingy Harry and Mitch McConnell were doing their kumbaya announcement of a great deal. You´ll hear Cruz and his remarks here, and then the anchor Wolf Blitzer gets mad that they´re covering Cruz, or he´s a little puzzled by it. Here it is. CRUZ: The deal that has been cut provides no relief to all the young people coming out of school who
As House Speaker John Boehner prepares to take up a measure Wednesday night that is expected to pass with a majority of Democratic support, conservatives who have opposed him in the past say his job isn´t in jeopardy. "I´ve actually been really proud of Speaker Boehner in the last 2½ weeks," said Rep. Raul Labrador, who voted with several others in a failed attempt to overthrow the Republican leader in January. “I don’t think Speaker Boehner has anything to worry about right now.” Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, the former chair of the Republican Study Committee, said there is “absolutely no talk” of