Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R-Fla.), the House Republicans’ longest-serving member, has died at 82, his family said in a statement Friday. Young passed away Friday evening at The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in the company of his family, Young´s chief of staff, Harry Glenn said in an email. "The cause of death was complications related to a chronic injury. Information on services will be forthcoming," he added. Young served in Congress for 42 years, since 1971. He was chairman of the powerful Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, and previously chaired the full committee. He also served in the Florida State Senate
Dr. Ben Carson made waves last week when he said that ObamaCare is the worst thing to happen to America since slavery. On Friday, the good doctor explained to NewsOne radio’s Roland Martin why this is the case (video follows with transcript and commentary): DR. BEN CARSON: I didn’t say this is as bad as slavery. I said this is the worst thing since slavery. The reason I said that… ROLAND MARTIN: Which includes Jim Crow, which includes… CARSON: Yes, absolutely, including those, and I’ll tell you why I think that. This nation was founded on the principle that it
A House committee is probing the widespread technical problems with the launch of the ObamaCare website, including the contractors that were paid hundreds of millions of dollars to create it. The House Energy and Commerce Committee announced Thursday they have scheduled a hearing on the issue for Oct. 24, and have asked Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to attend. Committee member Rep. Leonard Lance, R-N.J., told Fox News´ Greta Van Susteren Thursday night he wants Sebelius to testify at the hearing but she has not so far responded "favorably" to the proposition. The committee, amid the dispute over
On Thursday, Breitbart News Network LLC announced a shift in its masthead, with 27-year-old phenom and longtime Andrew Breitbart protégé Alexander Marlow moving to editor-in-chief of the explosively growing news network. The goal of the change is to allow a faster-moving system while simultaneously freeing up other assets to provide better and deeper content. Breitbart.com has grown explosively since its founding last year, ranking higher than The New York Post, Daily Beast, and The Atlantic according to web traffic analytics firm Alexa. Marlow was the first employee of Breitbart News and sat at Andrew Breitbart’s side since its founding in Andrew’s
An official with the Health and Human Services Department said Friday that Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is not available to attend a congressional hearing next week on the Obamacare website glitches. "Given that the government was shut down until today, we were given a very short timeline to respond to this request," the official added.Chairman Fred Upton (R-Michigan) of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which is holding next week´s hearing, Thursday blasted the Secretary for "rejecting" the committee´s invitation. "Secretary Sebelius had time for Jon Stewart, and we expect her to have time for Congress," he said in a
Riyadh - Saudi Arabia turned down a coveted seat on the United Nations Security Council on Friday in a rare display of anger at the failure of the international community to end the war in Syria and act on other Middle East issues. The kingdom condemned what it called international double standards on the Middle East and demanded reforms in the Security Council, which has been at odds on ways to end the fighting in Syria. Unlike in the past, when Riyadh´s frustration was mostly directed at Russia and China, it is now also aimed at Washington, its oldest international
President Barack Obama held an off-the-record meeting with a group of print and web-based journalists at the White House on Thursday. Present at the meeting were Jonathan Chait, the New York Magazine writer; David Brooks, the New York Times columnist; and Josh Barro, the Business Insider politics editor, along with several others, according to sources with knowledge of the meeting. The White House declined to comment on the meeting and refused to provide a full list of those present, citing the meeting´s off-record status. President Obama also held an off-the-record meeting with five conservative journalists last week, including Charles Krauthammer,
Politics: MoveOn.org wants Republican leaders arrested for "seditious conspiracy" against the U.S. The initiative, of course, won´t get anywhere, but it does provide a peek into how some among us respond to disagreement. Signers of MoveOn.org´s online petition are asking the Justice Department "to arrest Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Speaker of the House John Boehner and other decision-making House Republican leaders" for shutting down the government and threatening the economy with default in "an attempt to extort the United States government into altering or abolishing the Affordable Care Act." The petition says the perpetrators were involved in "self-evidently a seditious conspiracy"
Glitch Watch: President Obama says he´s glad the shutdown is over. He may soon wish it were back, since there´s now nothing to distract attention from the cataclysmic ObamaCare meltdown — and who´s to blame for it. If Obama and his fellow Democrats hoped that the startup "glitches" would soon fade from view as technicians patched up the federal exchange, they were badly mistaken. Since its launch, ObamaCare´s problems have only mounted. Tech experts are now saying that the federal exchange site — which covers 36 states —may be hopelessly flawed. USA Today reports that the government apparently used 10-year-old technology to
The bargain rushed through Congress on Wednesday night clobbers the U.S. Constitution. It shifts control over the debt ceiling from Congress to the president, in violation of Article 1, Section 8, and pushes the nation toward a slippery slope of allowing the president unlimited power to borrow. Article 1, Section 8, states that "Congress shall have the Power To lay and collect Taxes ... to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; . .. To borrow Money on the credit of the United States ... " Until 1917, the president had to ask
In early October 1969, during my first year as a grad student at Purdue, I attended an outdoor rally featuring prominent Weatherman Mark Rudd, the Beach Boy look-alike who achieved notoriety a year earlier during the takeover of Columbia University. Rudd was on his way to Chicago, two hours north on I-65, there to help guerrilla hottie Bernardine Dohrn and the then obscure Bill Ayers lead the Weather troops on a rampage through Chicago streets soon to be known as the "Days of Rage." That rampage would leave scores of police injured and one attorney paralyzed. Rudd was looking for recruits.
Congress is trying to get Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius – who in any sane government would be “former HHS secretary” by now – to testify about the disastrous ObamaCare rollout. She is reportedly resisting these demands, which again should be grounds for dismissal. In the Obama era, top officials have become entirely too comfortable with refusing to testify, invoking the Fifth Amendment, and committing perjury. But you can see why Sebelius would be reluctant to answer questions from Congress, because on previous occasions, it hasn’t gone well for her.
RUSH: Here´s Therese in Detroit. Therese, glad you called. Great to have you. Open Line Friday. Hi. CALLER: Hi. How are you? RUSH: Superb. How are you? CALLER: Well, our accountant came in today for a visit, and we always talk about Obamacare, and he told us that he got a letter from Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He lives in North Carolina, but he does business in both states, and for him and his wife and two kids, the premium went from $800 a month up to $1700 a month, and his deductible went from $3,000. RUSH: Whoa ho! CALLER: It jumped up to $24,000 for
A police SWAT team responded to the north campus of Lyons Township High School in La Grange after an instructor reported — mistakenly — she had possibly heard gunfire. Police from La Grange and nearby suburbs evacuated the high school as a precaution. But in the end, the response was a practice drill for authorities. “We are going to react to benefit our students and staff safety at all times. We’re going to take every precaution necessary, and that’s what we did today,” Kilrea told CBS 2’s Mike Parker. (Snip) But everything was OK. The police search ended at 6
Nashville, Tenn. - A federal air marshal was arrested at Nashville International Airport Thursday after he was caught taking photographs up passengers´ skirts. According to a police affidavit, a witness grabbed Adam Bartsch´s cell phone and notified a flight attendant. Rey Collazo told News 2 exclusively he first saw Bartsch taking photographs while boarding the plane. He did not know he was an on-duty air marshal at the time. "I just reached over with my left hand and grabbed it, struggled with him a little bit and I got the better part of the phone and twisted and hit him with
RUSH: We are here wrapping up a big week in Los Angeles, and it is Friday. JOHNNY DONOVAN: Live from the Left Coast at our satellite studios in Los Angeles, it´s Open Line Friday! RUSH: There it is. I´ve been waiting for that all week. That´s the big Johnny Donovan show open, folks -- and that´s right. We are here in Los Angeles. Yes, we are. It actually is my iPhone´s Locations Services. It identifies where I am as Los Angeles, and it´s been a great week. I had a great week last night with some old buddies. My buddy Stan Shuster
The least dispiriting moment of another grim week in Washington was the sight of ornery veterans tearing down the Barrycades around the war memorials on the National Mall, dragging them up the street, and dumping them outside the White House. This was, as Kevin Williamson wrote at National Review, “as excellent a gesture of the American spirit as our increasingly docile nation has seen in years.” Indeed. The wounded vet with two artificial legs balancing the Barrycade on his Segway was especially impressive.
RUSH: Grab audio sound bite number 22. This is illustrative. We have an audio sound bite here from the Fox News Channel this morning. Happening Now is the show. That´s the show that´s on 11 o´clock eastern, from like 11 to one. The cohost is Jon Scott, and he had on there as one of his guests the former reporter for the New York Times, Judy Miller, and she´s also a Fox News analyst or commentator. You might remember, she went to jail during the last years of Bush regime for not revealing sources or some such thing. When she got
BRANSON, Mo.—Hoss Braden has good memories of losing a tooth, breaking his nose and tumbling from a mule. The injuries didn´t happen on his day job as a lumberyard foreman. Instead, they came when he wore the red shirt of villain Wash Gibbs in the open-air historical drama "The Shepherd of the Hills." On a recent night, Mr. Braden punched, kicked and rolled his way across the football-field size stage of sawdust and earth. He led a band of torch-wielding outlaws in setting a cabin ablaze in a crowd-pleasing highlight of the show. Toward the end, he draped himself over the back
RUSH: Everybody... Not everybody. A lot of people say that the Tea Partyites made a strategic miscalculation because they focused on the shutdown and all that, so the failure of the Obamacare rollout got unnoticed. You may have heard that to. I heard it at dinner last night. "You know, Rush, these guys in the Tea Party, they went out there, and God bless ´em, but they´re so silly. They wasted all this time on something they knew couldn´t work. In the meantime, Obamacare´s rolling out. It´s a giant, dismal failure, and nobody knows!" I said, "No, not true. Everybody knows." "What do
The least-dispiriting moment of another grim week in Washington was the sight of ornery veterans tearing down the Barrycades around the war memorials on the National Mall, dragging them up the street and dumping them outside the White House. This was, as Kevin Williamson wrote at National Review, “as excellent a gesture of the American spirit as our increasingly docile nation has seen in years.” Indeed. The wounded vet with two artificial legs balancing the Barrycade on his Segway was especially impressive. It would have been even better had these disgruntled citizens neatly lined up the Barrycades across the front
South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy doesn’t think the GOP’s “defund Obamacare” strategy turned out to be such a smart plan. “What did Republicans get for 16 days of a government shutdown with people being hurt? We have absolutely nothing to show for it, other than a damaged brand,” the tea party favorite told The Greenville News, noting that Republicans were ultimately forced to capitulate to the president. Gowdy said that the GOP ended up worse off after the 16-day shutdown than the party had been beforehand. “We had a government shutdown, we were at the precipice of hitting the debt ceiling and
Last night on Twitter, your humble columnist observed: "There´s only one thing that can save ObamaCare now. AN OBAMA SPEECH." We were kidding, naturally--alluding to President Obama´s endless series of speeches in 2009 and 2010 in which he tried, unsuccessfully, to sell "health-care reform" to the public, and to subsequent laments like this one from Drew Westen in August 2011: "Nor did anyone explain what health care reform was supposed to accomplish . . ." But then it occurred to us that the American people really do deserve a presidential address on ObamaCare. No, not as punishment for re-electing him, or
As an outspoken critic of the federal academic standards scheme known as Common Core, I´d like to offer some friendly advice to opponents. Stop insulting. Stop digging. Stop projecting. Start listening. Central planners in Washington have been caught off-guard by the grassroots revolt against the national standards/testing/curriculum juggernaut. Real input from the hoi polloi was never a part of the grand implementation process. So when parents and educators in dozens of states started challenging the privacy intrusions posed by and the constitutionality, cost, quality and validity of Common Core, its architects went on the attack.
After weeks of a dysfunctioning website and mass derision, the Obamacare exchange woes are only starting as some are now giving insurers the wrong date on patients. And the trouble isn´t over. One technology expert claims the faulty sites, which cost nearly $400 million to build, were made on ten-year-old technology that will require constant fixes and eventually the entire system will have to be overhauled. A technology expert said the flaws could do lasting damage to the law if customers are deterred from signing up or mistakenly believe they have obtained coverage. John Engates, chief technology officer at Rackspace,
The Obamacare enrollment website remains badly broken despite two weeks of intensive round-the-clock efforts at repairs. HHS isn’t making any predictions about how long it will take to fix it — or rebuild it. But advocates, lobbyists and industry officials are talking about it as a months-long repair effort. How many months is an open question — and one with big consequences for the massive effort to enroll 7 million people in the new insurance exchanges and millions more in Medicaid by the end of March. People trying to switch from their current insurance into subsidized exchange plans could also