A day after Cory Booker became New Jersey´s senator-elect, the outsize role he could play in Washington and Democratic Party politics began to become clear on Thursday. A spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee said Mr. Booker—fresh off a victory over a conservative opponent—could be asked to raise money and stump for Democrats running against tea-party candidates. The Newark mayor appeared with Republican Gov. Chris Christie and pledged to cut through Washington´s partisan rancor. And advice started pouring in for the first black senator from New Jersey and only the fourth popularly elected in the nation´s history.
Our objective-unbiased, not-at-all-liberal media are now in two modes: Openly celebrating Obama´s shutdown victory over the GOP and planting seeds of recrimination that they hope will bear fruit through the 2014 elections. Context is important…There is no question that, from a purely partisan point of view, Obama won. But it is what he won that an objective media would not celebrate. And the media are not only celebrating, they are celebrating in a partisan way as though Obama was 100% right and his cause 100% righteous. Except…We still have a $17 trillion debt that will now be dismissed; ObamaCare is
The newest coding problem with Healthcare,gov, the website for the federal Obamacare exchanges, isn’t exactly a glitch. According to The Weekly Standard, the site uses an open-source script named DataTables, which was created by British developer SpryMedia. The company makes the software available to anyone under two open-source licenses, but says the licensing requires that the code contain a copyright notice. The copyright is in the opening lines of the software, an example of which can be found on SpryMedia’s website, but TWS says it’s not anywhere in Healthcare.gov’s code:
Now that the government shutdown has ended and the president has preserved ObamaCare for the time being, it´s worth explaining why my organization, the Heritage Foundation, and other conservatives chose this moment to fight—and why we will continue to fight. The reason is simple: to protect the American people from the harmful effects of this law. I spent a good part of my summer traveling around the country with the Heritage Foundation´s sister organization, Heritage Action, and I heard firsthand from many Americans being harmed by ObamaCare. More and more people have had
As part of the deal to end the government shutdown and extend the debt limit, the House and Senate have agreed to begin long-stalled budget negotiations. The conferees planned to meet Thursday morning for breakfast -- to "break the ice," the Associated Press reported. Once the actual talks get underway, President Obama will insist that tax hikes be part of the solution. "The president has insisted that in the budget negotiations that he´s been calling for all year, everything has to be on the table. And that will be his position going forward," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters
On his radio show recently, Glenn Beck urged his listeners to “defund the GOP.” Sarah Palin has threatened to leave the Republican Party; Rush Limbaugh calls it “irrelevant.” The Senate Conservatives Fund has targeted mainly incumbent Republican senators for defeat. Erick Erickson, one of the right’s most prominent commentators, wonders if what´s coming is “a real third party movement that will fully divide the Republican Party.” Conservatives have declared war on the GOP. Tired of feeling taken for granted by a party that alternately panders to them and sells them down the river, in their view, Tea Partiers and others on the
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Ukrainian astronomers say an asteroid might collide with Earth in a couple of decades, a Russian news service reported Thursday. Space watchers from the observatory in the Crimean peninsula said they discovered an asteroid about 1,345 feet in diameter, which they call 2013 TV135, that is approaching Earth at a potentially dangerous trajectory, RIA Novosti said. The astronomers calculated the date of a potential collision as Aug. 26, 2032, the news service said, but they acknowledged the odds of an impact as 1 in 63,000. The force of such a possible collision could be the equivalent
When Fox News’ National Security Correspondent James Rosen pressed White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on the issue of Benghazi and specifically, the United States’ poor posturing of troops in the Mediterranean, Carney responded by blaming Congressional Republicans for “turning this into a partisan issue”, and accusing Rosen of “creating an exchange here for Fox”. Rosen replied that he did not ask the question for Fox but for the record, and continued to press Carney on whether troops could have been better postured in the region. Carney repeatedly blamed the death of Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans on a
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Thursday that Republicans need to craft a positive agenda and can’t just rail against Washington, D.C. “We have to have an agenda, we just can’t be against what’s in front of Washington, D.C.,” Bush said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Thursday. “Much of what goes on in Washington is completely irrelevant to the lives of everyday people. I mean it’s just amazing.” Bush, a possible 2016 candidate, talked up the “huge bench” of Republicans at the state level and said they should be driving the conservative conversation, not the Washington branch, which Bush criticized. “There’re 30 Republican
Following yesterday’s deal to reopen the federal government and raise the debt limit, Chuck Schumer had praise for Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell and expected to see more of the same from McConnell’s caucus moving forward. “I’ve talked to Mitch about this — I think the whole Republican Senate is different now,” Schumer said on Morning Joe on Thursday. “I don’t think Ted Cruz will recover so quickly. . . . I think the Tea Party and Ted Cruz have peaked.” The New York Democrat said the tea-party members have now alienated their Republican colleagues as well as the general public after
A Portland, Oregon man urinated in a Mt. Tabor reservoir Wednesday causing the city to take its critical water supply off line and dump millions in gallons of water. [Snip] officials saw five people throwing objects into the reservoir, while one person began to urinate into it [Snip] David Shaff, said that because of this incident, roughly 7.8 million gallons of drinking water will be discarded. He said the bureau often finds dead animals in the same drinking supply but the water isn’t dumped. “This is different,” Shaff told the newspaper. “Do you want to drink pee?"
Now that the government shutdown has ended and the president has preserved ObamaCare for the time being, it´s worth explaining why my organization, the Heritage Foundation, and other conservatives chose this moment to fight—and why we will continue to fight. The reason is simple: to protect the American people from the harmful effects of this law. I spent a good part of my summer traveling around the country with the Heritage Foundation´s sister organization, Heritage Action, and I heard firsthand from many Americans being harmed by ObamaCare. More and more people have had their work hours cut, their jobs eliminated and
It was the law. And liberals were determined to sabotage that law. To hold America hostage — in the middle of a war no less — until the law was repealed. Until the war was stopped. To do it, they used the Three C’s. Civil Disobedience. The Culture. The Congress. Let’s start with the law the Left was determined to overturn. That would be the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, passed by Congress on August 10,1964 at the request of a popular president, Lyndon B. Johnson. The resolution authorized the president “to take all necessary steps, including the use of armed force, to assist any member or protocol state
Corruption: The crash-prone government health-care site asks applicants if they want to register to vote as they try to sign up for ObamaCare. By sheer coincidence, a plurality of the uninsured are likely Democratic voters. Call it Motor Voter on steroids — the piggybacking of voter registration to an otherwise unrelated government function. Those trying to navigate Healthcare.gov, a website that looks and functions as if designed by the department of motor vehicles, are being asked if they want to register to vote just in time for crucial 2014 midterm elections that are likely to be a referendum on ObamaCare. Indeed, Centers for
Government As Usual: The budget deal failed to stop the train wreck that is ObamaCare, ignored the nation´s entitlement crisis and kicked the debt can down the road. But lawmakers did manage to take care of their own. President Obama insisted throughout the budget showdown that he wouldn´t negotiate over reopening the government or the debt ceiling. He said he´d accept nothing more than a "clean bill." Clean, apparently, is in the eye of the beholder in Washington. The debt deal Obama signed did reopen the government and suspend the debt ceiling entirely until early February. But the bill included several sweetheart deals.
Imagine this folks... A journalist´s big moment... Finally arrives... All the tests... All the research... All the homework… The years in journalism school... And there you are… You find yourself face to face with the President of the United States: The Government is closed; we’re on the verge of economic catastrophe, and you have 5 minutes and a chance to ask the President whatever you want… C’mon reach back… Clocks ticking, Games on the line, Go deep… For Diana Williams of ABC News…The moment went like this: “My daughter asked me to ask you, what is the coolest thing about being President?” Wow hard
Wow! Just wow! The following is an actual headline at Gawker currently on its front page: What If Dick Cheney´s First Heart Attack Had Killed Him? Gawker´s Hamilton Nolan wrote: By 1978, Cheney had already worked in the White House as Chief of Staff, managed Gerald Ford´s presidential campaign, and formed his early alliance with Donald Rumsfeld. He was running for a Wyoming Congressional seat that year when he had his first heart attack. He survived, and went on to do all of the glorious things with which many unfortunate residents of Planet Earth are familiar. But what if Dick
The Himalaya´s mysterious Abominable Snowman might harbor an even deeper mystery, according to an Oxford University geneticist who says he has sequenced the mythic beast´s DNA and proved its existence. [Snip] Bryan Sykes, a professor of genetics at Oxford, sequenced DNA taken from two unidentified animals killed in Himalaya ranges of India and Bhutan in recent decades. The small samples - including a single hair found a decade ago, and the jawbone of a mummified animal discovered in the 1970s by a hunter - were compared to a database of thousands of known animals,
Politics: With the budget deal done, President Obama is pivoting to immigration in a gambit to distract from his economic failures and divide the GOP. But is it good for the country? For a leader who´s dispensed so much bad medicine to his country — from the botched rollout of health reform to the endless debt debacle over government spending — it´s almost surreal to see him make his next priority amnesty for illegal immigrants, an idea about as popular with the public as ObamaCare. But that´s Obama´s agenda, and the only thing we can conclude is that immigration reform is something
Buck-Passing: The president claims that "nothing has done more to undermine our economy these past three years than" what he calls Republicans´ "manufactured crises." How about your policies, Mr. President? President Obama on Thursday claimed "we don´t know yet the full scope of the damage" of the shutdown. Even beyond the economy, he said, "probably nothing has done more damage to America´s credibility in the world, our standing with other countries, than the spectacle that we´ve seen these past several weeks. It´s encouraged our enemies. It´s emboldened our competitors." Did we get the timeline mixed up? Did the Syria debacle, which made
A security guard stopping two teenage girls to question them about shoplifting from a midtown Victoria’s Secret Thursday made a horrifying discovery — one of the teens was carrying a dead fetus in a plastic bag, police sources said. The guard at the lingerie store grabbed the two 17-year-olds inside the Broadway store near Sixth Ave. at about 1:10 p.m., sources said. When they looked through their belongings, they found what appeared to be a dead newborn male in a black plastic bag, according to a police source. The baby was swaddled in some clothes, the source said. One of
The Florida church where an 15-year-old orphan pleaded for a family to adopt him has been "flooded" with phone calls. "It has been just an awesome outpour," Cynthia Coney, a secretary at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, said. "We´ve been getting calls from as far as Utah and forwarding them to his adoption agency." Two weeks ago, Davion Navar Henry Only, 15, dressed in a dark suit and borrowed tie, told the packed church that he was seeking a family to call his own. His requirements were simple. "I´ll take anyone," he said, according to The Tampa Bay Times. "Old
Some had protruding foreheads, others had short, squashed faces. Some had enormous jaw muscles and big teeth, while others had enormous heads to hold bigger brains. They had one thing in common, however: They were family -- our ancient family, that is, from around 2 million years ago. The world´s first completely preserved adult hominid skull from the early Pleistocene era looks surprisingly different from other skulls of the same era, yielding a remarkable insight: Man’s early ancestors appeared as physically diverse as humans do today, researchers said, and our family tree has perhaps fewer branches than today´s schoolbooks teach. “It’s a really
The GOP’s ‘supposed’ leader within the Senate crushed the valiant efforts of Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, and freedom-loving patriots absorbed another salvo designed to destroy our constitutional republic. Apparently, we know the price for zipper-lip McConnell’s treason. Two billion dollars is the price for the latest Judas-like abandonment in the ‘ObamaCare-OBoehnerCare-O’ConnellCare’ saga. With the Bluegrass Backstabbing, the Minority Leader has joined the Senatorial Hall of Shame that includes Mary Landrieu (Louisiana Purchase), Ben Nelson (Cornhusker Kickback), Patrick Leahy, Chris Dodd, Max ‘ObamaCare is a train-wreck’ Baucus, and others, in deploying legislated euthanasia.
Pundits and politicians are spending a lot of time today arguing about who were the biggest winners and losers of the government shutdown. Some are obvious. President Obama won. Republicans lost. Ted Cruz fits into both categories, as he did his party great damage but may have strengthened his popularity among Tea Partiers thinking about 2016. But lost amid the hubbub is the person who might have been the greatest beneficiary of the crisis: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Sebelius seems an unlikely candidate for this honor but as the person who has presided over the disastrous rollout out