Park rangers, scientific researchers and wildlife enthusiasts all rely on field guides to identify plant and animal species, along with careful notations spelling out their helpful and harmful characteristics. Though we don´t normally associate field guides with people, perhaps one is in order for President Obama. He clearly needs help in distinguishing between friends and enemies of the United States. After all, he´s continued to extend olive branches to our fiercest adversaries, while throwing allies, both foreign and domestic, under the bus. During Obama´s nearly five years in office, he has created a "bizarro-world," in which up is down and down is
Jeanne Shaheen doesn´t sound like a Democrat who just won a government-shutdown "victory." Ms. Shaheen sounds like a Democrat who thinks she´s going to lose her job. The New Hampshire senator fundamentally altered the health-care fight on Tuesday with a letter to the White House demanding it both extend the ObamaCare enrollment deadline and waive tax penalties for those unable to unroll. Within nanoseconds, Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor had endorsed her "common-sense idea." By Wednesday night, five Senate Democrats were on board, pushing for . . . what´s that dirty GOP word? Oh, right. "Delay." After 16 long days of vowing to
Chris Hayes, host of MSNBC´s All In, has a favorite tactic--though not an original one: connecting today´s Republicans with the racist Democrats of the old South. In June, he rewrote history by casting George Wallace as a Republican--an error for which, to his credit, he later apologized. On Wednesday, he appeared to use a more subtle tactic to connect the Tea Party´s Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio to the Ku Klux Klan. In a segment on possible Tea Party contenders for the Republican Party´s nomination in the 2016 presidential race, Hayes used a graphic (above) that portrayed Cruz,
Immigration: It is urgent, the president says, to enact immigration reform this year. But the only urgency is in the minds of Democrats trying to shore up their political fortunes. As ObamaCare flames out, and the economy continues its slo-mo grind, the issue that has suddenly jumped to the top of his priority list is immigration reform. "We´ve kicked this particular can down the road too long," President Obama insisted Thursday in a speech at the White House. But given the real issues facing the U.S. — from high, long-term joblessness in an economy that cannot grow and now millions of Americans
Politics: Americans are insistently told Hillary Clinton is the most qualified presidential candidate in history. But ask someone to list her achievements and the silence is deafening. ´Jimmy Who?" was what people asked when the unknown Jimmy Carter sought the White House in 1976. But Carter´s bland one-term as governor of Georgia led presidential historian Douglas Brinkley to describe his claim of being the most qualified candidate as "a kind of arrogance run amok." Jimmy Who ended up being the worst president of the 20th century. Hillary Rodham Clinton is, of course, not unknown,
Senate majority leader Harry Reid says that "Everybody" is "willing to pay more" taxes. He said so in an interview with a Nevada Public Radio host. “The only people who feel there shouldn’t be more coming in to the federal government from the rich people are the Republicans in the Congress,” Reid told the radio host, according to Roll Call. “Everybody else, including the rich people, are willing to pay more. They want to pay more.” Reid rebuked the Nevada Public Radio host when he was asked what Republicans would have to concede to get Medicare and Social Security cuts
As HealthCare.gov´s disaster has dragged on and grown in scope, it was entirely predictable that doctrinaire leftists in the fever swamps would begin concocting reasons why its epic failure thus far has been the fault of obstructionist conservatives and Republicans. What perhaps was less expected, but based on history should not have been, is that supposedly responsible Democrats in elected positions have also joined the ranks of "Obamacare Truthers" by promulgating outlandish theories and engaging in intense blame-shifting, both with extraordinary gusto. Perhaps the worst — or, given its absurdity, the most entertaining — is the one tweeted and quietly deleted
It took a tea-party insurrection that disabled the federal government and wrecked the Republican brand, but after months of handwringing, establishment Republicans are preparing to attack ultraconservative ideologues across red America. (Snip) "Hopefully we´ll go into eight to 10 races and beat the snot out of them," said former Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio, whose new political group, Defending Main Street, aims to raise $8 million to fend off tea-party challenges against more mainstream Republican incumbents. "We´re going to be very aggressive and we´re going to get in their faces." The caterwauling over the GOP brand ramped up after President Obama´s
A team at the University of Cambridge has found the first proof that mutated DNA does indeed slow metabolism. The researchers say fewer than one in 100 people are affected and are often severely obese by early childhood. The findings, published in the journal Cell, may lead to new obesity treatments even for people without the mutation. Scientists at the Institute of Metabolic Science, in Cambridge, knew that mice born without a section of DNA, a gene called KSR2, gained weight more easily. But they did not know what affect it may be having in people, so they analysed the DNA of 2,101
The unique beer ice cream, called Frozen Pints, comes in seven different flavours and the strongest tub has a alcohol level of 3.2 percent. Peach Lambic is the weakest at 1 percent, while Pumpkin Ale at 3.2 percent is the strongest ice cream on offer. Each special portion of ice cream comes in a 454ml tub and costs £4.33. Ari Fleischer, founder of Frozen Pints from New York, said how the quirky concept actually started by accident. The 29-year-old said: "We were having a party and a friend brought over an ice cream maker to make homemade ice cream.
The National Security Agency has monitored the phone conversations of at least 35 world leaders after being given their numbers by an official in another government department, according to a classified document leaked by whistle-blower Edward Snowden. The confidential memo reveals that senior officials in ´customer´ departments such the White House and the Pentagon were encouraged to share their ‘Rolodexes’ of contact details with the NSA. The agency then added the phone numbers of the foreign politicians to their surveillance systems and started to monitor them. According to the leaked document handed over to The Guardian, one unnamed official handed over 200
Patients could be at risk in one in four hospitals, alarming new NHS ratings reveal today. Health inspectors have raised fears about high death rates, long waits for A&E, cancer treatment, botched operations and patients struggling to even find staff. Urgent inspections will be made of the worst NHS trusts, with officials admitting that at some patients ‘might not be receiving safe, effective, high quality care’. New rankings from the Care Quality Commission reveal 44 hospitals are put in the two lowest bands, with warnings that they are at ‘raised risk of poor performance’. Using ‘intelligent monitoring’ the CQC has
The White House admitted Thursday that it was the source of a phony quote attributed to a top House Republican, who had allegedly told President Obama during a tense Oct. 10 meeting that ´I cannot even stand to look at you.´ Sen. Dick Durbin, the Senate Majority Whip, claimed in a Facebook post on Sunday that an unnamed GOP lawmaker had delivered the verbal slap in Obama´s face, but everyone involved with the story now says it never happened. Eighteen Republicans from Congress attended that meeting with the president during a 16-day partial shutdown of the federal government, with the
RUSH: Let´s go to the audio sound bites now, the hearings today up on Capitol Hill with the joint committee looking into what happened here. Well, not a joint committee. Republicans and Democrats, House committee, looking into the glitches and the problems of the website. The chairman and the ranking member give their opening statements, and then the next members in the leadership give their opening statements while the guests and the targets are just sitting there at the witness table waiting. And everybody goes through the motions here. Then they finally get to the questions for the witnesses. During
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius bragged in July on her agency´s health care blog that ´we´re on track with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. It´s signed, sealed, and it´s delivering--on time. Eleven weeks later, Sebelius and the rest of the Obamacare rollout team came under fire when its flagship website crashed, flubbed and gaffed its way into the historical annals of failed launches. HHS published an infographic and a video on July 15, boasting that a series of benchmarks were reached on the way to what was hoped to be a seamless implementation of the Affordable
RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, whatever you think you know, you don´t know how bad it is. You do not know. I did not know -- well, I suspected it. You don´t know how incompetent Obama is. You really don´t know don´t know. This is breathtaking, what has been learned recently by me and others. As was the case yesterday, a lot of stuff popping. These hearings that are going on this morning with the contractors of the website. "Well, blame them. We did everything we could, blame them." This is the root. These hearings are the root of Obama´s real incompetence.
Don’t donate to the tea party or to evangelical Christian groups — that was the message soldiers at a pre-deployment briefing at Fort Hood said they received from a counter-intelligence agent who headed up the meeting. If you do, you could face punishment — that was the other half of the message, as reported by Fox News. The briefing was Oct. 17, and about a half-hour of it was devoted to discussion about how perceived radical groups — like tea party organizations and the Christian-based American Family Association — were “tearing the country apart,” one unnamed soldier said, to Fox
A member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee said Wednesday that he is concerned that the problems tied to the Obamacare rollout are just the tip of the iceberg. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Illinois Republican, said on MSNBC’s “Jansing & Co” that the $500 million that it cost to build the Healthcare.gov website and the additional money it will cost to repair it should raise some eyebrows. “I think there is a real concern right now of ‘Look, yeah, I get that it’s just a website, but this is the first part of a bigger rollout. If the website can’t be done
Rep. Frank Pallone got heated during Thursday’s House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the troubled launch of the HealthCare.gov website and called the meeting a “monkey court.” “No, I will not yield to this monkey court or whatever this thing is!” Pallone said. “Do whatever you want, I’m not yielding!” The New Jersey Democrat accused Republicans of “trying to scare people” to prevent people from enrolling in Obamacare, adding there was “no legitimacy” to the hearing.
A business owner who contracted with the Pentagon has pleaded guilty to charges he sold the military defective parts that grounded planes, and then sent sensitive information to India. In a release Thursday, federal prosecutors said Robert Luba, 47, the owner of Allied Components LLC of New Jersey, sold the government defective Indian-made “wing-pins” that eventually grounded 47 Air Force F-15 fighters while military officials inspected and repaired the aircraft. Then he sent information on a component of a nuclear-powered submarine to an associate in India, officials said. “The conduct admitted by Luba shows a callous disregard for the safety of
RUSH: Have you heard about Hillary in Buffalo getting heckled? I told you I went to dinner last week in California, some old buddies of mine, and everybody, I can´t believe the... I don´t know if it´s fear of Hillary, but people are just convinced she´s gonna run again. She´s gonna win. She can´t be beat. She just can´t be beat, it´s over, Rush, she´s gonna win, what do we got?" So she´s in Buffalo, University Buffalo, part of the University´s Distinguished Speaker series. And during her speech she was heckled. The heckler says, "Benghazi! You let them die! Benghazi!
Following yesterday’s allegation that the NSA had been spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel, State Department Deputy Press Secretary Marie Harf was asked if the NSA had tapped President Obama’s phone. Harf seemed to find the question rather amusing, but was unable to give the reporter a definitive yes or no answer on the matter.Below is a transcript of the exchange: Q: And just one or two more. Does this development threaten the U.S.-German relationships? MS. HARF: No, not at all. I think that we value Germany as a close ally and partner on a number of issues. When there are issues, where
Washington - The White House hosted a meeting of aides to Senate committee leaders on Thursday seeking to persuade lawmakers to hold off on a package of tough new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, a senior Senate aide said.The White House will press for another delay on a sanctions bill that had been expected to come to a vote in the Senate Banking Committee last month but was held back after appeals from President Barack Obama´s administration to let negotiations on Iran´s nuclear program get under way.The aide said Republicans would resist further delay, but that the decision
A new bipartisan poll finds that most Americans support creation of a special congressional committee to investigate events surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya. Among voters who were polled, 62 percent believe “it is important” for Congress to establish a singular committee to address unanswered questions about the bombing in Benghazi, Libya, that claimed four American lives, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, according to pollsters John McLaughlin, a Republican, and Pat Caddell, a Democrat. More than 80 percent of Republicans and 58 percent of independents also support creation of a special panel to assess
The New York Times describes a high level meeting aimed at getting to the bottom of the disastrous failure of the Obamacare website. The mystery deepened when it emerged that none of the contractors was in the slightest degree response for its non-function. (Snip) Contractors that built President Obama’s health insurance marketplace point fingers at one another and at the government, but each insists that it is not responsible for the problems that infuriated millions of Americans trying to buy insurance