China´s Dagong credit rating agency on October 17th downgraded its United States sovereign credit rating to A- and maintained its negative outlook on America´s solvency. Dagong warned that despite Washington´s last-minute resolution of the debt ceiling deadlock: "The fundamental situation that the debt growth rate significantly outpaces that of fiscal income and gross domestic product remains unchanged." China´s official state-run news agency, Xinhua, reiterated its earlier statements that because of the contnuing risk of a United States debt default, it is "a good time for the befuddled world to start considering building a de-Americanized world." This language is code for
Never mind nickel-and-diming. The city is now stooping to nickel-and-pennying. This week, The Post reported how the city’s taxi drivers are now being charged a new tax of 6 cents — i.e., a nickel and a penny — per ride. The hidden add-on is supposed to go toward programs that help cabbies figure out ObamaCare (good luck with that one) and for disability insurance “over and above” what medallion owners must already provide. Six cents a ride may not sound like much. But for drivers who handle more than 100 fares a week (many get more), it adds up to a new
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Rand Paul was talking with University of Louisville medical students when one of them tossed him a softball. "The majority of med students here today have a comprehensive exam tomorrow. I´m just wondering if you have any last-minute advice." "Actually, I do," said the ophthalmologist-turned-senator, who stays sharp (and keeps his license) by doing pro bono eye surgeries during congressional breaks. "I never, ever cheated. I don´t condone cheating. But I would sometimes spread misinformation. This is a great tactic. Misinformation can be very important." He went on to describe studying for a pathology test with friends in the library.
Anthony Weiner recently lamented that "if the internet didn´t exist," he´d be the mayor of New York. In other words, if John Q. Public weren´t so privy to the facts, and so readily able to investigate those facts and exchange opinions about them online, politicians could more easily manipulate their political images and determine the outcome of elections. Likewise, Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell is now feeling the stinging disapproval of an informed public that he may not have felt twenty years ago. Like the grand reveal at the end a Scooby-Doo episode, McConnell the "fiscally conservative" Senate leader has been unmasked
Overreach: nobody’s immune to it. Republicans overreached in the debt ceiling fight. Now, by some reports, President Obama is tempted to do the same. Those reports state that Obama intends to proceed from the debt battle to the immigration issue, taking up again his plan to regularize the status of millions of people illegally present in the United States. Let’s leave aside for the moment the policy merits of the president’s immigration proposals. (I think they’re dreadful, but your mileage may vary.) Consider instead the politics of advancing this measure in a polarized Congress and a recession-battered country. Why is the
Take a look at this chart of Obamacare-forced health insurance rate hikes, produced by the Heritage Foundation. Dark orange denotes the sharpest increases, while blue denotes decreases.(Snip for chart) The first thing that jumps out is how few blue lines there actually are. Obamacare was sold as a plan to make health insurance more affordable and more accessible. Only a handfull of Americans live in states where insurance rates will actually decline. In a few of those states, the declines are tiny. Only Colorado, New York and Rhode Island stand to see meaningful declines in health insurance rates. Another striking
You may recall the egregiously costly saga of the Sacketts, the Idaho couple personally persecuted by the Environmental Protection Agency for developing their half-acre of lakeside private property that the EPA belatedly and arbitrarily deemed a “protected wetland.” The Sacketts fought the EPA’s demand that they either stop development and “restore” the property (with non-native plants!) or else face fines of up to $75,000 per day, but the EPA claimed that the Sacketts didn’t even have the right to seek judicial review against the EPA’s administrative compliance order, because the compliance order wasn’t their “final enforcement action” — which is
The adoption agency handling the case of a Florida orphan whose church plea for a family to "love me until I die" has garnered national attention has received about 10,000 requests from people asking to adopt him. Eckerd chief quality officer Ron Zychowski told ABC News the agency has been "overwhelmed in a good way." So far, it´s received about 5,000 requests by phone and 5,000 by email, most of them asking to adopt 15-year-old Davion Navar Henry Only. Zychowski said several hundred of the inquiries have expressed openness to adopting other children. The requests have poured in from across the country and around
ORLANDO, Fla. -- As authorities search for two convicted killers freed by bogus paperwork, questions linger about who created the legitimate-looking documents that exposed gaps in Florida´s judicial system. Within days of walking out of prison, Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker, who had been sentenced to life, traveled about 300 miles to a jail an Orlando and registered as felons. They signed paperwork. They were fingerprinted, and they were even photographed before walking out of the jail without raising any alarms. Had one of the murder victim´s families not contacted prosecutors, authorities might not have known about the mistaken releases. "We´re looking
WASHINGTON — For President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats, this month´s budget battles brought about a remarkable period of party unity, a welcome change for the White House after a summer of disputes over possible military action in Syria, government spying programs and the president´s pick to lead the Federal Reserve. But Democratic solidarity will face a tougher test during the broader budget talks following the reopening of the government and the increase of Treasury´s borrowing authority. While the prospect of a large-scale agreement is slim, Republicans will try to extract concessions from Obama on spending, deficit reduction and entitlement reform
The car skidded to a stop in the highway median’s thick underbrush, and the young mother behind the wheel realized that she and her 3-year-old son had survived the accident unscathed. Her sedan was stuck on top of some early spring brambles, and she’d need to borrow a cellphone to call a tow-truck and her husband, but she’d run off one of Long Island’s busiest roads, the Northern State Parkway, at high speed without striking any cars or trees. Relieved, she opened the driver’s side door to get out and flag down help – and stepped directly onto a human
Of all the bitter fruit of the Barack Obama disaster, the most bitter may be the sense of hopelessness that has descended on Americans, especially the young. Has there ever been anything like it in our history? Even on the eve of the Civil War, was there this much pessimism about our future? Gallup wasn’t around in those days, but I wonder. For a simple measure of how the Obama administration has crushed any sense of hopefulness in the American people, take a look at the survey that Rasmussen Reports does periodically on whether America’s best days are behind her,
Oail Andrew “Bum” Phillips Jr., who spent half his adult life as a football coach and every waking moment as the personification of all things Texan, died Friday at his ranch in Goliad. Phillips was three weeks past his 90th birthday and more than three decades removed from his heyday as head coach of the Oilers from 1975 through 1980. But he remains the personification of a time, a place and a team that remains deep in the hearts of everyone who saw them play. The end came on a cool autumn football weekend as Houston’s current pro team, the
It was enough to make a conservative yearn for the good old Bush-era days of "Dissent Is Patriotic" . . . For there on Morning Joe today was former Obama official Melody Barnes, warning Americans to "back off" their Reagan-inspired opposition to big government in general and Obamacare in particular. Instead, instructed Barnes, Americans should focus on making Obamacare work. Joe Scarborough was having none of it, asking why he should back off opposing something that he and millions of other Americans, thinks is harmful to the country. Opposing Obamacare is not "unpatriotic", observed Scarborough. MELODY BARNES: It is to everyone´s benefit that
A baby boy found dead in a suspected shoplifter’s bag at Victoria’s Secret was born alive, weighing 81/2 pounds — and now cops are trying to figure out if he was murdered. Tiona Rodriguez, already the mother of a 2-year-old son, initially told police she was six months pregnant and suffered a miscarriage on Wednesday, sources said. But her lies were exposed after an autopsy on Friday determined the baby was nearly full-term at eight months. Officials said the autopsy was inconclusive about the cause of death. Results could take about two weeks. Sources said asphyxiation is one of the
Stan Druckenmiller makes an unlikely class warrior. He´s a member of the 1%—make that the 0.001%—one of the most successful money managers of all time, and 60 years old to boot. But lately he has been touring college campuses promoting a message of income redistribution you don´t hear out of Washington. It´s how federal entitlements like Medicare and Social Security are letting Mr. Druckenmiller´s generation rip off all those doting Barack Obama voters in Generation X, Y and Z. "I have been shocked at the reception. I had planned to only visit Bowdoin, " his alma mater in Maine, he says.
Washington - The morning that the federal government reopened after 16 days of political stalemate, President Barack Obama stood at the podium in the State Dining Room of The White House. He didn´t smile. (Snip) From his bully pulpit on Thursday, Obama invoked his professorial tone and implored Congress that their working relationship "has to change." "Because we´ve all got a lot of work to do on behalf of the American people and that includes the hard work of regaining their trust," Obama said. This episode was only the latest in a series of confrontations between the President and Congress.
The Affordable Care Act´s botched rollout has stunned its media cheering section, and it even seems to have surprised the law´s architects. The problems run much deeper than even critics expected, and whatever federal officials, White House aides and outside contractors are doing to fix them isn´t working. But who knows? Omerta is the word of the day as the Obama Administration withholds information from the public. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is even refusing to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in a hearing this coming Thursday. HHS claims she has scheduling conflicts, but we hope
Dick Cheney says his current health is "a miracle" in a frank discussion of the heart disease he suffered over his entire political career and especially when he served as the vice president. In his first interview about his new book, "Heart," he speaks to Dr. Sanjay Gupta, discussing for the first time the revelation that the defibrillator implanted in his chest could be used by terrorists to kill him and was altered to prevent that. Cheney´s 60 Minutes interview will be broadcast Sunday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT. Before he had a heart transplant 20 months ago,
LOS ANGELES - NBC says it´s canceling two freshman shows, "Ironside" and "Welcome to the Family." "Ironside," starring Blair Underwood in an updated version of the Raymond Burr police drama, will air its final episode on Wednesday. Burr´s "Ironside" aired from 1967-75, but low ratings will keep the new series to a total of four episodes. "Welcome to the Family," a Thursday night comedy about a young couple´s unplanned pregnancy, won´t have a chance to say goodbye. Its last airing was this week. Replacing "Ironside" on Wednesday nights in November and December will be a mix of shows including episodes
The George Soros-funded National Immigration Forum (NIF) is organizing a “fly-in” of what it calls conservatives from across the country aimed at lobbying House Republicans for an amnesty bill. (Snip) “The fly-in is being organized not by conservative groups, but organizations that have focused on legalizing millions of people who are in the U.S. illegally and changing the legal immigration system to bring in more foreign workers,” Gomez wrote on Monday. He noted that the 300 activists for an immigration grand bargain were looking to make what he described as a “conservative pitch” for amnesty.
The mother of one of the two girls facing charges over the suicide of a bullied 12-year-old Florida girl was jailed Friday on child abuse charges in a case authorities say is unrelated to the felony case against her daughter. Vivian Lee Vosburg, 30, of Lakeland was being held without bond in the Polk County Jail on two counts of child abuse with bodily harm and four counts of child neglect, the sheriff´s office said. Vosburg is the mother of one of two girls who are charged with third-degree felony stalking in the suicide of Rebecca Sedwick, 12, who jumped to her
Law enforcement officials are investigating a threat against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who was vaulted into national prominence with his push to defund ObamaCare. A person identifying himself as Troy Gilmore Jr., posted on Twitter Friday morning: “Take down Ted Cruz, at his home” and listed Cruz’s home address in Houston. “What goes around comes around CRUZ!!” the person wrote. The author of the threat uses the Twitter handle @ArmyVet54 and identifies himself as having served in the U.S. Army and Navy. Sean Rushton, Cruz’s spokesman, said, “We’re aware of it and have alerted the proper authorities.” “I can’t comment further on
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