Now that the government shutdown has ended, the mainstream press has pivoted to the biggest story in the country: the Republican Party’s woes, of course. That’s what tops the front page of the Sunday New York Times and Washington Post, at any rate, lengthy feature articles in both cases. And Obamacare? Oh yeah, right, that. It’s gotta be in there somewhere. Ah, here it is. The Times has a piece on page 12 about Kentucky’s Democratic governor, Steven Beshear, and his plucky campaign to convince a deep-dyed red state that Obamacare works. Beshear’s not up for re-election. In part for
Much is wrong with Washington these days, including much of what is said about what is wrong. Many Americans say there is “too much politics” in Washington. Actually, there is too little. Barack Obama deplores “politics as usual” here. But recently Washington has been tumultuous because politics, as the Framers understood it, has disintegrated. Obama has been complicit in this collapse.
After weeks of being vilified by the national media and White House as a terrorist, racist, and radical hostage-taker out to destroy the economy, Ted Cruz (R-TX) is receiving the kind of death threats that are all-too expected after this kind of national demonization campaign. A person who identifies himself on Twitter as Troy Gilmore, Jr. listed the Senator´s homes address and suggested Cruz be taught a "street wise lesson." Capitol Police are investigating: The Hill reported Capitol Police were looking into the post by someone identifying himself as Troy Gilmore Jr. The tweet, posted early Friday, said, "Take down
WASHINGTON — PRESIDENT OBAMA won big. So why did the moment feel so small? At his victory scold in the State Dining Room on Thursday, the president who yearned to be transformational stood beneath an oil portrait of Abraham Lincoln and demanded . . . a farm bill. He also couldn’t resist taking a holier-than-thou tone toward his tail-between-their-legs Tea Party foes. He assumed his favorite role of the shining knight hectoring the benighted: Sir Lecturealot. “All of us need to stop focusing on the lobbyists and the bloggers and the talking heads on radio and the professional activists who
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore attacked the Senate Conservatives Fund for endorsing McConnell’s primary challenger Matt Bevin on Friday. “Matt Bevin now has the dubious honor of standing with a self-serving D.C. fundraising group that made its name by recruiting and promoting unelectable candidates that ensured Barack Obama a majority in the Senate,” Moore said in a statement to the Washington Post. “They clearly care less about Kentuckians than they do about their reputation for supporting laughably bad candidates. Now they can add a New England bailout recipient who claims he went to MIT to their
Over a decade ago the Federation of American Scientists described the Chinese missile program as a pocket of excellence in an otherwise problematic indigenous military industry. In 2010 the Chinese military was reported to have started tests on its most ambitious missile project, the DF-21A, an anti-ship ballistic missile. In early 2013 several reports claimed that the missile had begun to be deployed in small numbers in Southern China. The DF-21A is reportedly designed to be an aircraft carrier killer aimed at deterring US aircraft-carrier battle groups from interfering in case of conflict over Taiwan and other flashpoints like the
Britain has assuaged its hunger for economic ties with China after finance minister George Osborne came away from a trip to the Asian powerhouse with a range of investment deals. From easing visa restrictions to building on recent currency cooperation and winning Beijing money for investment in British nuclear power plants, Chancellor of the Exchequer Osborne can claim to have smoothed relations with the emerging economic power. (Snip) He said: "I don´t want Britain to resent China´s success, I want us to celebrate it. I don´t want us to try to resist your economic progress, I want Britain to share
Beijing -- A senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on Sunday called for enhanced study of Marxism to provide theoretical support for a great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. Liu Yunshan, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, made the remarks at a symposium on the study and development of Marxism. The research and development of Marxism must focus on the theory of socialism with Chinese characteristics, which is the pivot of the whole work of the Party and the government, said Liu, who is also secretary of the
Asked Sunday on CNN´s "State of the Union" whether Sen. Ted Cruz would be an "attractive" presidential candidate in 2016, Sen. John McCain said he couldn´t predict the future but said the Texas Republican will be "very attractive to many" in Cruz´s conservative base. "The question is," he added, "will our party be able to field a winning presidential candidate and vice president so that we can win the election rather than – unfortunately, the record of the last couple has not been what we want it to be. "I can say that from a personal standpoint," the 2008 Republican
WASHINGTON- Will Congress violate the Constitution if it fails to increase the U.S. debt limit in a few months, and does President Obama have the power under the 14th Amendment to raise the debt limit on his own? Yes. No. Maybe. Wait a minute, we´re confused. Speaking of confused, a befuddled Congress finally approved a Senate-brokered deal last week to reopen the federal government until Jan. 15 and extend the nation´s debt limit deadline to Feb. 7. But there was no guarantee the same partisan bickering that caused the latest manufactured crisis won´t occur again. Obama himself has consistently rejected the
There must be a political strategy at work in President Barack Obama’s glitch-bedeviled healthcare.gov website and the enormous time and money it took just to get it up and running. Everything Obama connected comes with a political strategy that many don’t see until it’s too late to act. In terms of healthcare.gov, the Obama administration would call the big stall “buying time”. Those seeing clearly through the fog would call it “Obama lollygagging”. Make that Obama lollygagging up to and beyond the all-important November 4, 2014 Midterm Elections.
State news agency Sana said Syrian rebels had driven a truck laden with over a tonne of explosives into a government checkpoint on a busy road. The explosion appears to have set ablaze a nearby petrol tanker, increasing the damage and casualties. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front carried out the attack. "A man detonated a truck laden with explosives at a checkpoint near an agricultural vehicles company on the road linking Hama to Salamiya," the Observatory said. It said the attack had targeted government soldiers, but that most of the dead were civilians.
In an essay "Freedom of the Press" George Orwell wrote presciently about the dangers of a press too bound to prevailing orthodoxy to print anything else: "Unpopular ideas can be silenced, and inconvenient facts kept dark, without the need for any official ban. Anyone who has lived long in a foreign country will know of instances of sensational items of news -- things which on their own merits would get the big headlines -- being kept right out of the British press, not because the Government intervened but because of a general tacit agreement that "it wouldn´t do" to mention that
The Obamacare website--HealthCare.gov--has largely been dysfunctional since launching on October 1. Technology experts are now explaining why the website isn´t working, and they largely blame the site´s manufacturers. Lev Lesokin advises 250 businesses around the world on website efficiency and told CBS News that the problem with the Obamacare website is ´largely structural´. ´What we´re seeing is way more burdensome than what you would expect with a typical consumer facing e-commerce website,´ Mr Lesokin said. He says that the website is transmitting 10 times more code than necessary severely slowing things down. The Obama Administration may be partially to blame.
Several Washington Post journalist/operatives are also teaching in the Karen Tumulty School of Unselfishly Un-electing The Tea Party. In Sunday’s paper, columnist David Ignatius (formerly a Post foreign editor and assistant managing editor for business news) penned a piece titled “Disarming the RINO Hunters.” “Many Republicans have been muttering over the past few weeks of political craziness that the tea party’s hold on the GOP must be broken to protect their party’s health — not to mention the country’s,” Ignatius huffed. “So I’ve been asking people what a movement to break the extremists’ power would actually look like.” Guess who
HARRISBURG- Agents for the state Attorney General´s Office on Friday searched Democratic State Sen. LeAnna Washington´s two legislative offices in the Philadelphia area, seeking evidence related to campaign activity, according to three sources familiar with the search. The search warrants were served in the morning at Washington´s district offices in Philadelphia and Roslyn, seeking computer hard drives, calendars, paper files, and any other documents related to fund-raising or her political campaign, said the sources, who asked to remain anonymous. They said they did not know the exact nature of the probe. Washington could not be reached for comment. Joe Peters, spokesman
“There are no winners here,” President Obama declared at the White House this morning. Then, with an elegant air of nonpartisanship, Obama began to fashion the shutdown into a political weapon. Here’s how he’s going to deploy it. 1. Economic excuse. Obama noted that before the shutdown, the economy was recovering, and the deficit was falling. The fiscal standoff changed all that: “Every analyst out there believes it slowed our growth.” Obama rattled off the damage: families going without paychecks, home buyers and small businesses unable to get loans, consumers cutting back on spending, CEOs reporting that the fiscal anxiety
Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, who was in the running to succeed Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve, reportedly turned down an offer to lead the Bank of Israel. Israel’s Channel 2 reported on Friday that the former Harvard president was one of multiple non-Israelis approached by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to succeed Stanley Fischer, who left the post in June after a term that began in 2005. Netanyahu and Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid plan to announce a new governor for the central bank by Sunday, after a struggle to agree on a suitable candidate.
This morning on “This Week,” House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said the website glitches around the rollout of the president’s signature health care law were “unacceptable.” “As far as the Affordable Care Act, as I call it, the fact is, that yes what has happened is unacceptable in terms of the glitches,” Pelosi told ABC’s Martha Raddatz on “This Week.” “This has to be fixed, but what doesn’t have to be fixed is the fact that tens of millions of more people will have access to affordable, quality health care. That no longer having a preexisting medical condition will
Coach Bum Phillips died over the weekend. He was 90 and a dictionary definition of a Texan. He took the Houston Oilers (now the Tennessee Titans) to the AFC championship game back to back. He lost both times to the Steelers who went on to win the Super Bowl against Dallas and the LA Rams. My favorite part is that Phillips was the author of great quotes about coaching and leadership. It would do President Obama some good to read them: "You fail all the time, but you aren´t a failure until you start blaming someone else." This is how I
The Corrupt Bastards Club. They said it. I didn’t. In Alaska we had a group of politicos who chuckled as they dubbed themselves the “CBC,” which stands for “Corrupt Bastards Club.” But it was no laughing matter. I, and many others, took them on. We won. When I served as chairman of our state’s Oil and Gas Commission, I reported on the cronyism of the chair of my own Party, who had been appointed by our governor to that same energy regulating commission. (Click here to see a reporter’s reaction to a short Newt Gingrich interview on the matter.) The
It’s an interesting place in which I find myself. I share the Tea Party’s concerns about the Affordable Care Act and, more broadly, the threats posed by the increasing size, scope and reach of the federal government. I recognize the important role the populist movement played in the 2010 mid-term elections. (Snip)But some perspective is also in order. We are actually not on the verge of collapse and ruin. This period is not comparable to the Great Depression or the period leading up to the Civil War or the collapse of Ancient Rome. And tyranny is not just around the
Rich Sitko can’t wait to buy a new health insurance plan. Sitko, 64, from Essex Fells, now has an indemnity plan from Aetna for which he pays $1,178 per month with a $2,500 deductible. He believes he will find a less costly option on the new health insurance exchange — the online marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act. His new plan, he said, will still most likely cost close to $10,000 a year and won’t have any of his doctors in network. To get a plan similar to the one he has now, he’d actually have to pay more
During an interview for “This Week,” former Republican Florida Gov. Jeb Bush encouraged Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz – who told ABC News that he would do “anything” to stop Obamacare – to come up with an alternative and show some restraint if his aim was to repeal the president’s signature healthcare law. “I think the best way to repeal Obamacare is to have an alternative; we never hear the alternative...we could do this in a much lower cost with improved quality based on our principles, free market principles...and two, show how Obamacare, flawed to its core, doesn’t work,” Bush
Back in his home state after the reopening of the government, Sen. Ted Cruz didn’t rule out the idea of again staging the strategy that helped lead to the 16-day partial shutdown and bashed his fellow Senate Republicans for not trying hard enough to dismantle Obamacare. The Texas Republican, in an exclusive interview with CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash in San Antonio, was unapologetic for fighting to defund President Obama’s health care law in the face of outsized odds, saying he doesn’t work for the “party bosses” in Washington. (Snip) “I work for 26 million Texans. That’s my job,
We´re afraid that you, like us, may have missed a couple of important things. So much was going on last week what with the looming end of the financial world, as Barack Obama described it. Having presided over a pioneering credit downgrade, he didn´t want to also preside over the United States´ first partial default. [Snip] While we were obsessing over the debt limit/government closure last week, the Washington Post published another Edward Snowden revelation to little alarm. The NSA is now collecting hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal email accounts and IM accounts all over the world,