Brussels - German officials will travel to the U.S. "shortly" for talks about spying allegations, including whether Chancellor Angela Merkel´s cellphone was monitored by the National Security Agency, the government said Friday. The heads of Germany´s foreign and domestic intelligence agencies will participate in the talks with the White House and NSA, government spokesman Georg Streiter said - though he later said the exact composition of the team had yet to be determined. He did not give a specific date for the trip, saying it was being arranged on "relatively short notice." European Union leaders, meeting at a summit in
It is hard to prove that Attorney General Holder´s shakedown of JPMorgan Chase for $13 billion was politically motivated. The timing suggests political motivation, in that JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon had spoken out against Obama´s "anti-business" economic policies during the 2012 election campaign. But timing doesn´t prove causation. The circumstances suggest political motivation, in that the charges mostly stem from shady practices at two failed financial institutions that JPMorgan bought to prevent a chain reaction of defaults, at the request of the Bush administration. But Holder´s punishment of public-spirited take-overs, also, doesn´t prove political motivation. The size of the settlement, the largest
CLAY COUNTY, Fla. - A note of appreciation from a Publix store manager to a Jacksonville Navy family has gone viral on Facebook. Alicia Jones posted a photo to the Publix Facebook page of a note that read, "Please enjoy your time with your family. Thank you so much for your sacrifice." Jones had ordered a "welcome home" cake for her deployed husband, Jonathan, and when she picked it up from the Oakleaf grocery store, the store manager had left the note thanking the sailor for his service. Her post has now been "liked" and "shared" thousands of times. Jones
Texas Senator Ted Cruz is why ObamaCare is having ´glitches´ a month after its $600 million rollout -- software any contractor could have designed for one million. The president explained that Apple also had glitches when OS7 was rolled out. He is correct and Apple fixed theirs in 24 hours. That´s the difference between private and government enterprise. Rep. Harry Waxman, D- CA, opened his remarks on the rollout of ObamaCare with this astounding statement, "The Affordable Health Care Act is a resounding success." We clarify what ObamaCare and an open market mean to the leftwing liberals orbiting not Planet Earth,
A business owner earning a decent and honorable living is visited by someone, armed and willing to use force, who demands to take over the business, whether or not the owner wants to sell. This is the plot line of many gangster movies, from the 1930s Warner Brothers classics onward. But it is also the story of the City of Seattle moving in on a parking lot owner and using the powers of eminent domain to buy the property and use it as a parking lot. Fox News reports: The city of Seattle is forcing a 103-year-old woman to give up
A veteran Washington D.C. investigative journalist says the Department of Homeland Security confiscated a stack of her confidential files during a raid of her home in August — leading her to fear that a number of her sources inside the federal government have now been exposed. In an interview with The Daily Caller, journalist Audrey Hudson revealed that the Department of Homeland Security and Maryland State Police were involved in a predawn raid of her Shady Side, Md. home on Aug. 6. Hudson is a former Washington Times reporter and current freelance reporter. A search warrant obtained by TheDC indicates that the
An explosive new book alleges Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) collected over $200,000 in donations from executives and companies just days before holding votes on three bills of critical importance to their industries. The new revelations come on the heels of calls by prominent conservatives like Sean Hannity for Boehner to be replaced as Speaker of the House. Government Accountability Institute President Peter Schweizer’s book, Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets, calls the vote scheduling donation extraction maneuver the “tollbooth” strategy. “You pay money at a tollbooth in order to use a road or bridge,” writes Schweizer.
A new book that argues politicians in Washington manufacture crises and manipulate vote scheduling and other legislative activity as part of a Mafia-like "protection racket" to extort campaign donations is drawing attention from such divergent corners as The New York Times and Sarah Palin. But the book, Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes and Line Their Own Pockets, is predictably not drawing rave reviews from House Speaker John Boehner, whose office is lashing out at author Peter Schweizer, a fellow at the conservative Hoover Institution and an editor-at-large at Breitbart.
As we approach the 2014 mid-term election, the Republican Party’s center-right business-leaning faction exchanging blows with its own Tea Party group may prove to be self-destructive. Across the nation, these factions will collide via their political groups such as Defending Main Street, which plans on amassing up to $8 million to obstruct Tea Party candidates from winning primary elections. "We´re going to be very aggressive and we´re going to get in their faces,” says former Rep. Steve La Tourette of Ohio who runs Defending America.
We have all heard the metaphor of the frog in the pot of water -- heard it to death, in fact.(snip) Progressives expose their true nature when their slowly heated pot is categorically rejected by the frogs. The mirage of "politics as usual," bipartisanship, and collegiality lasts only as long as men acquiesce in their own enslavement. Of course, a little public disagreement here and there is good for progressive optics, as it perpetuates the comforting illusion of open debate. But what if that little disagreement turns into an all-out refusal to go gently into that good night?
There may someday be another Cruz in Congress, if one of Sen. Ted Cruz’s daughters has her way. Delivering remarks at The American Spectator’s Robert L. Bartley gala dinner in downtown Washington on Wednesday night, the Texas Republican recalled a recent conversation he had in the car with his two young children. “We’re driving down and Caroline, the 5-year-old, turns to her little sister. She says, ‘Catherine, what do you want to do when you grow up?’” According to Cruz, his 2-year-old daughter replied, “I want to work in the U.S. Senate. I want to work with daddy.” Cruz, 42,
Washington -International anger over US government surveillance has combined with a backlash against its current Middle East policy to leave President Obama increasingly isolated from many of his key foreign allies, according to diplomats in Washington. The furious call that German chancellor Angela Merkel made to the White House on Wednesday to ask if her phone had been tapped was the latest in a string of diplomatic rebukes by allies including France, Brazil and Mexico, all of which have distanced themselves from the US following revelations of spying by the National Security Agency. But the collapse in trust of the
The White House said Thursday that Sen. Dick Durbin’s account of a Republican insult of President Barack Obama was an inaccurate “misunderstanding,” and an opponent of the senator criticized him for including the “discredited claim” in a fundraising pitch. Durbin, in a Facebook posting Sunday and in a campaign email the same day, said that during shutdown talks an unnamed House Republican leader had told the president: “I cannot even stand to look at you.” Questions about Durbin’s account led Obama spokesman Jay Carney to say Wednesday that he had spoken to someone who was at the meeting and concluded that
Insurers are canceling coverage for hundreds of thousands of Americans because of Obamacare, forcing them to buy new policies despite President Obama’s promises to the contrary, CBS This Morning reported Friday. Obama tried to reassure Americans who already had health insurance, promising they could keep their insurance plan if they liked it. However, O’Donnell reported, it’s not happening the way Obama “explained it.” One California citizen, Natalie Willis, said her insurance had gotten worse and more expensive. “Before, I had a plan where I had a $1,500 deductible,” she said. ”I paid $199 a month. The most similar plan that
Barack Obama is on schedule to leave office, widely acknowledged as America´s worst president. Somewhere, Jimmy Carter is smiling. Everything Barry has touched in four years and three quarters has turned to dog excrement. He has the reverse Midas touch, although there is always plenty of gold for friends, associates and cronies. Take ObamaCare, for instance -- the ACA is a metaphor for the entire Obama presidency. Despite polls showing that 85% of Americans were happy with their health insurance, Barry insisted that there was a healthcare "crisis." Then, never the hardest worker, he allowed Nancy Pelosi and her minions, along with
On October 22, the European Parliament rejected a report that recommended nations of the European Union declare abortion to be a human right. The Parliament also rejected the notion that abortion should be made available within all public health systems of member nations. According to CNSNews.com, the 351-319 vote sent the measure back to its committee on women’s rights and gender equality, an outcome its supporters said was due to “intense lobbying by right-wing religious and political conservatives.”
WASHINGTON -- CBS News has been digging into the cause of the delays in preparing the website for the government´s health insurance market and has learned was a major interruption in the months before President Obama´s re-election. At the height of the 2012 presidential election campaign, it was crunch time for the Obama administration to release key instructions so contractors could work toward the October 2013 deadline. But a Health and Human Services official who was closely involved tells CBS News that in late summer, the administration stopped issuing proposed rules for the Affordable Health Care Act until after the election. The
So much for the White House dream of solar selling like hotcakes. The first federal auction run by the Bureau of Land Management to sell chances to build solar power projects on public land went completely bust on Thursday. Nobody showed to bid. “We did not have any bidders come to the sale, and we did not received any sealed bids on the sale,” BLM spokeswoman Vanessa Lacayo said, Denver Business Journal reported. The auction was held Thursday in Lakewood, Colo. And even though it was a no-show from those with money — a complete wash-out, waste of time, zero-participation level event —
Just who is looking over your shoulder when you browse the Internet? Tomorrow, web users will be given a new tool to shine a light on the commercial organisations which track your every movement online. Lightbeam, a download produced by Mozilla, the US free software community behind the popular Firefox browser, claims to be a “watershed” moment in the battle for web transparency. Everyone who browses the Internet leaves a digital trail used by advertisers to discover what your interests are. Users who activate Lightbeam will be able to see a real-time visualisation of every site they visit and every third-party that is
WASHINGTON –In the realm of government excesses, it´s hard to top a series of grants recently awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities that have drawn the scrutiny of Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. Sessions wrote acting NEH Director Carol Watson this week asking why it awarded $25,000 for a study entitled, "What is the Good Life and How Do I Live It?"; $23,390 for a study entitled, "Why are Bad People Bad?"; and $24,990 for yet another study called, "What is a Monster?" "In the current fiscal environment, I question the appropriateness of such grants," Sessions wrote, "and believe
Update: We´ve now got more details of Matzzie´s encounter with Hayden. Read more here. At this very moment, we know a lot of interesting things about Michael Hayden, the former head of the NSA. He´s on an Acela train somewhere. He´s talking to a journalist. On background, which means the reporter he´s talking to isn´t allowed to cite him by name. And we know exactly what he´s talking about. How? A nearby passenger appears to be eavesdropping on Hayden´s conversation — and live-tweeting the call. Touché, Tom Matzzie. Touché.
Last night the Center for American Progress celebrated its tenth anniversary with a “Progressive Party” at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium on the National Mall. Don’t feel left out: I wasn’t invited either. The partygoers had reason to celebrate. Over the last decade the Center for American Progress, also known as CAP, and its political arm, the CAP Action Fund, have established themselves among the most influential policy and activist organizations in America. CAP has revenues of $34 million. Its alumni occupy positions inside the Obama administration, in media, in business, and in the academy. Speakers at its policy conference this
From the darkness of a box in the Nevada desert, he watched as three men trudged down a dirt road in Afghanistan. The box was kept cold—precisely sixty-eight degrees—and the only light inside came from the glow of monitors. The air smelled spectrally of stale sweat and cigarette smoke. On his console, the image showed the midwinter landscape of eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province—a palette of browns and grays, fields cut to stubble, dark forests climbing the rocky foothills of the Hindu Kush. He zoomed the camera in on the suspected insurgents, each dressed in traditional shalwar kameez, long
BERLIN — Fury over reports that American intelligence had monitored the cellphone of Chancellor Angela Merkel spread from Germany to much of Europe on Thursday, plunging trans-Atlantic relations to a low and threatening to recast the United States and President Obama from friend and ally to cyberbully. The subject of American spying dominated a summit meeting of European Union leaders in Brussels. Some European officials suggested stopping or slowing talks aimed at a broad trade agreement with the United States. The German foreign minister summoned the American ambassador in Berlin —
Iran could produce enough weapons-grade uranium to build a nuclear bomb in as little as a month, according to a new estimate by one of the USA´s top nuclear experts. The new assessment comes as the White House invited Senate staffers to a briefing on negotiations with Iran as it is trying to persuade Congress not to go ahead with a bill to stiffen sanctions against Iran. "Shortening breakout times have implications for any negotiation with Iran," stated the report by the Institute for Science and International Security. "An essential finding is that they are currently too short and shortening further."
In a photograph in the new biography of the Beatles, "Tune In" by historian Mark Lewisohn, John Lennon stands in a Hamburg street in his underwear in the middle of the night, reading a copy of the Daily Express dated October 1960. "One of the things he read in that paper was that when Eddie Fisher stayed with Elizabeth Taylor when she was in the London Clinic, he slept on the floor in the same room," Mr. Lewisohn said in an interview. "And in 1970, John did the exact same thing with Yoko, in the London Clinic. He slept on the