The alleged intentional leak of classified information to Zero Dark Thirty filmmakers has come back to haunt the government during the war crimes trial of a Guantanamo Bay detainee. The defense of Ammar al Baluchi, the detainee whose torture experiences supposedly served as the model for the popular film, is now requesting classified information about the treatment of his client that was provided to filmmakers but is still currently withheld by the prosecution. The lawyer alleges that the information was provided to the filmmakers to spin a "curated narrative" in the government´s favor and justify enhanced interrogation techniques. Multiple sources
President Barack Obama--who oversees both the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security--said in a speech at the White House on Thursday that it does not make sense to have 11 million people in the United States “illegally.” The president said that the people "illegally" in the United States need to be given an “incentive” to stay here and become what he called “legalized citizens.” “It doesn’t make sense to have 11 million people who are in this country illegally without any incentive or any way for them to come out of the shadows, get right with the law,
You can´t afford to screw up your signature accomplishment. And yet that´s what the Obama administration seems to have done with the botched launch of HealthCare.gov. After all of the overheated debates, the midnight votes and Supreme Court skirmishes, the long-anticipated October 1 ObamaCare debut has been a rolling disaster. [Snip] But the problems seem to have stemmed from a combination of sclerotic procurement rules and civil service regulations that hamstrung the development process so much that even rank amateurs spending more than five minutes on the site now dismiss it as not ready for prime time.
The U.S. Senate will soon vote on the nominations of three individuals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. This court is widely regarded as a steppingstone to the Supreme Court. Because of its location in the nation’s capital, a considerable portion of its cases involve federal agencies. This makes the D.C. Circuit a watchdog over the executive branch. It’s the most important appellate court in the federal judicial system when it comes to restraining overreaching, unilateral or unconstitutional actions by the president. Thus, what happens in this particular court should be of very serious
President Obama in his weekly address Saturday said he was proud to be a “salesman” for Obamacare despite criticism over the glitch-filled rollout of the law’s insurance exchanges. “Some people have poked fun at me this week for sounding like an insurance salesman. And that’s okay,” said Obama. “I’d still be out there championing this law even if the website were perfect.” Obama’s comments came after another week of withering criticism over the administration’s rollout of a new website designed to enroll consumers in the health care law’s public insurance exchanges. Obama said at an event Monday that he is
Stand outside the huge gates to Doris Day’s fortress-like home in California’s beautiful Carmel Valley and you can sometimes hear the sound of the canine companions who share the Hollywood star’s life. It’s been some years since Day, now 91 and so reclusive many may be surprised to learn she is still alive, used to steal through the streets of the nearby town of Carmel in the middle of the night on a regular basis. Locals would watch in surprise as she rounded up stray dogs and emaciated cats, bundling them in her car to take home and look after them.
WASHINGTON – Despite pledges by Republicans to take down ObamaCare, some still indicate there are parts in the president´s controversial health care overhaul that could be preserved if the party ever got its wish of repealing the law. Since the beginning, conservatives in Congress have been extremely vocal about their dislike of Obama´s signature domestic policy achievement. Yet, as demonstrated by a recent proposal from House conservatives, they say they wouldn´t just repeal the law -- they would replace it with one of their own. It wouldn´t be ObamaCare. But there could be some similarities, items that despite the widespread public mistrust of
Fox News Channel is featuring a documentary on Charles Krauthammer this weekend, with two airings yesterday, and another two to follow on Sunday (9 PM and midnight, Eastern). It is truly must-see TV, because the life story of a very private man is revealed, and the narrative which emerges is both sobering and inspirational. Most tea party conservatives are still stinging from Dr. K´s rebuke of the Cruz-Lee defund Obamacare strategy, and so may not be open to a program that is warm, verging on reverential. But that would be a mistake. Even when I disagree with him, Krauthammer is enlightening
Pollster John Zogby reports in our weekly White House report card that President Obama has put himself in a horrible position with the failed Obamacare website and indefensible spying on foreign allies. "There is no positive spin for the president this week. A weak jobs report and record numbers out of the workforce. “Plus the worst imaginable rollout of a website in the history of website rollouts. Am I correct that the U.S. paid $600 million for [its] Affordable [Care Act] web presence? At least the $400 hammers and $600 toilet seats worked, I presume. “Listening in on German Chancellor Angela Merkel´s mobile
Barack Obama’s grandmother has backed a Welwyn Garden City charity that helps youngsters get an education in poverty-ravaged Kenya. The matriarch of the presidential clan is now the patron of the RedrubberballFoundation after its founder, Neil Kirby, met with her at her African home. Grandma Sarah Obama is a big believer in education having raised the Commander in Chief, helping him get a scholarship to study in the US. (snip)Barack Obama spoke glowingly of “Granny Sarah” in his book Dreams From My Father, but he is not sure if America’s first black President will know of his Nan’s involvement. “I know he is
Famed attorney, author, and long-time liberal commentator Alan Dershowitz said that he favored a woman´s right to choose abortion but that he could not find such a right in the Constitution. “I can’t find anything in the Constitution that says you prefer the life of the mother, or the convenience of the mother if it’s an abortion by choice, over the potential life of the fetus,” said Dershowitz on the Oct. 13 CNBC Kudlow Report. “Look, I think women, if they’re required to not have abortions could die and could — so I favor a woman’s right to choose. But
Hey there. I’m Michigan Representative Fred Upton, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Our panel has been active in crafting solutions to improve health care for the American people, as well as conducting thoughtful oversight of the president’s health care law. Over the last year, we have become all too familiar with the troubled roll-out of the law with its broken promises, missed deadlines, delays, special waivers, and now website crashes.
It was a cheesecake date with mayoral front-runner Bill de Blasio to finish the working day in Brooklyn. So naturally President Barack Obama was looking forward to getting home to the family. Making a surprise visit to a Junior´s Restaurant, where he greeted every person in the place, Obama--who briefly lived in the New York borough in his younger days--left with two cheesecakes--one traditional and the other strawberry. And he was sure to grab some black-and-white cookies ´for his girls´. The check came to $73 and he paid with $80 cash, according to owner Alan Rosen.
´Healthcare.gov is fixable,´ a former White House official tasked with resurrecting the disastrous Obamacare website assured reporters on Friday. Jeffrey Zients, once the acting director of the Obama administration´s Office of Management and Budget, is now a management consultant. The White House brought him in this week to evaluate the website´s woes and coordinate a plan to fix it. ZIents´ team has tapped Quality Software Services Inc, or QSSI, as its systems integrator--the company responsible for overseeing the entire project. That job was previously done by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the government agency that arguably botched the
Ever since Ronald Reagan left the White House in 1989 with the Departments of Energy and Education still intact, limited-government conservatives have become accustomed to disappointment. The struggle against the colossus is by its nature a losing one, and conservatives have learned to live with low expectations. But do they have to like it so much? As The Daily Caller’s Jeff Poor notes, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer laid down a celebrated defense of conservative principles Wednesday during a TV appearance with “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart. While Fox News, where Krauthammer is a regular contributor, gave this one the headline
Sixty Syrians have been kidnapped and imprisoned by Al-Qaeda terrorists trying to set up a state ruled by a supreme religious and political leader across the country. Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) have targeted a town near the Turkish border where 200 residents have already pledged loyalty to the group. The local sharia court has been taken over by ´foreigners´, schools with mixed sexes up to the age of six have been segregated and businesses intimidated. Last month, al-Qaeda seized the town of Azaz,--until recently the main centre for foreign aid delivery--from a moderate rebels,
Saul Alinsky the political thinker who seems to have had more impact on President Obama than any other was very clear in his most important book about what his motives were and what he was aiming at, “What follows is for those who want to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be. ‘The Prince’ was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. ‘Rules for Radicals’ is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away.” With the November Revolution of 2008 which gave us one party rule for
Megyn Kelly took on Ezekiel Emanuel, one of the architects of the Affordable Care Act, on Friday night, grilling him on the colossal trainwreck of the health care law’s rollout and asking whether President Obama‘s failed promises were “intentionally misleading or grossly mistaken.” Kelly told her all the issues with insurance companies restructuring plans and employers altering policies were “foreseeable,” and argued a minimum floor of coverage might not sit well with some people. Emanuel shot back that the main thrust of the Obamacare law is to cover millions more people, saying the GOP “never had a coherent plan or
A high-ranking official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared in an interview with PBS that the age of antibiotics has come to an end. ´For a long time, there have been newspaper stories and covers of magazines that talked about "The end of antibiotics, question mark?"´ said Dr Arjun Srinivasan. ´Well, now I would say you can change the title to "The end of antibiotics, period.”´ The associate director of the CDC sat down with Frontline over the summer for a lengthy interview about the growing problem of antibacterial resistance. Srinivasan, who is also featured in
Chris Christie’s camp finally released his medical records today, revealing that the NJ governor’s health is “normal” despite being overweight and battling high blood pressure. New Jersey cardiologist Rachana Kulkarni called Christie’s physical exam “unremarkable,” adding that he has “normal blood work, normal cardiovascular test results and good functional capacity.” “[Christie] has a history of hypertension for last 2 years and asthma for the last 30,” Kulkarni wrote in a letter. “Both condition are well controlled under his current medical regime.” Surprisingly, the doctor says Christie exercises four times per week, including aerobic and resistance training. “He has adapted a healthy lifestyle including a healthy
WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Barack Obama said Saturday HealthCare.gov will be running smoothly soon and questioned the sincerity of Republicans´ "concern" over its failure. In his weekly radio and Internet address, the president reminded listeners the deadline for mandatory healthcare coverage is months away and said early heavy traffic on the new website indicates how much demand there is for "quality, affordable healthcare choices." He said consumers can also apply by telephone for coverage through the newly established insurance exchange -- called the Marketplace -- and assured people who are not yet covered that "these plans will not sell out." "We´re only a
Sixteen rebels have been hanged in Iran in retaliation for the deaths of at least 14 border guards in an ambush, say Iranian news agencies. The rebels were "linked to groups hostile to the regime", the attorney general of Sistan-Baluchistan province was quoted as saying. They were hanged in prison in Zahedan, north-east of Saravan, where the border deaths took place overnight. It is not clear what link, if any, those hanged had to the border attack. One report suggests they may already have been tried and convicted, but their executions brought forward following the ambush.
It was the first premise of all schools throughout history: students would be educated by people who were themselves already educated. A biology teacher had to be an expert in biology; a history teacher must know history to teach history. Who would question the wisdom of these statements? This country´s Education Establishment now preaches a contrary view. Students must not be told that 2+3=5; this is not "authentic learning." Essentially, teachers should stop teaching. The theory, generally called Constructivism or Discovery, requires that students (typically working in groups) construct knowledge for themselves. This approach gained traction in the 1980s and is now