CGI Federal Inc., the mastermind behind healthcare.gov, is assisting the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the distribution of $1.7 billion in relief for Hurricane Sandy. In a memo obtained by FreedomWorks titled, “Minutes of the 295th meeting of the members of the Housing Trust Fund Corporation held on May 9, 2013, at 8:30 a.m.,” CGI Federal is tasked with implementing the Disaster Housing Assistance Program. The resolution was passed and scheduled to “take effect immediately.”
While the nation’s attention has been riveted on the Keystone Congress, the executive branch was busy developing its own comedy routine. Picture the cast (you know the characters) shrugging their shoulders in unison: “Who, me?” This would be the response to the glitch-rich health-care rollout, for which no one seems responsible. “Beats me. I thought it was working!” This would also be the response to the eavesdropping scandal, which soon could become an international showdown. “Who knew?” Hint: He used to work at the National Security Agency (NSA) and now lives in Russia. Not least, the shrug also would be
A group tried to ram the gate of a Howard University homecoming concert in D.C. Friday afternoon, resulting in several injuries. D.C. Police responded to 6th Street and Howard Place NW just after 3 p.m. after several individuals tried to rush a gate into the YardFest concert, hosted by Howard University. Seven people were injured, including two officers and one other person was hospitalized. A video obtained by News4´s Shomari Stone shows one woman jumping the gate outside the event, then tracked down by several police officers and slammed to the ground, later arresting her. Another video posted on social
Documentary photographer Bruce Jackson has created a striking photographic record of Southern prison farms of the 1960s and ´70s, when he was given unsupervised access to prison grounds, guards and prisoners themselves. In his book, Inside the Wire, Jackson documents a prison culture that ´is a direct descendant of the 19th century slave plantation,´ the Texas and Arkansas prison systems, where he shot photographs between 1964 and 1979. ´Not only were southern agricultural prisons based on the structural model of the American slave plantation, but many of them occupied land that had literally been slave plantations before the Civil War,
Robert Hilburn’s vivid new biography, Johnny Cash: The Life, thoroughly examines all aspects of the performer’s life, from his start in the Arkansas cotton fields to his late-life renaissance working with producer Rick Rubin. (Snip)1956 Gladewater and Longview would be just two more names on the list of the hundreds of towns in which Cash performed over five decades—except that he most likely wrote “I Walk the Line” in one of the two neighboring East Texas locales. Cash usually said Gladewater; Marshall Grant [Cash’s bass player] always claimed it was Longview. There was even sharp disagreement over the distinctive hum at
President Obama promised that his health insurance exchanges would make all of our lives better. In exchange for forcing us to buy insurance, Obama promised that his new government-run markets would be simple, one-stop-shops for quality, affordable coverage. He was wrong. Instead, Americans are stuck with websites that don’t work and health plans they can’t possibly afford. Those who do have insurance are getting cancellation notices, and those that don’t can’t find affordable coverage. On Monday, President Obama said, “No one is madder than me” about the website’s countless failures. The tough questions continued on Tuesday for White House Spokesman
Accountability: To date, no one in the Obama administration has been fired for the Hindenburg-like Affordable Care Act. Oh, wait, there is one: The lowly telephone operator who told the truth about it to Fox News´ Sean Hannity. One can be forgiven for wondering if this White House has some wimpy aversion to firing anyone, given the scale of unpunished blundering seen in the Benghazi attack, the IRS suppression of political dissent, the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal and now the incompetence of the ObamaCare rollout. But there does seem to be one offense where a red line has been drawn: telling
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) predicted Friday that Democrats will pay a high political price for supporting ObamaCare, a law he says is guaranteed to fail. Cruz made the prediction during a speech to top Republicans in Iowa, a high-profile event for the senator following the recent government shutdown. Addressing an Iowa GOP fundraising dinner, the Texas Republican argued that the shutdown had not been in vain because it drew attention to the healthcare law. "One of the things we accomplished in the fight over ObamaCare is we elevated the national debate over what a disaster, what a train wreck, how
Take it from President Obama, Brooklyn is cool. The commander-in-chief showed the BK love Friday as he returned to the borough he briefly called home back in the 1980s. Obama visited a cutting-edge school that has been a showcase for Mayor Bloomberg’s education reforms, and then he joined mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio for a campaign-style visit to Junior’s, the landmark cheesecake emporium. Obama, who lived in a brownstone on Second St. in Park Slope after he graduated from Columbia University in 1984, marveled at how Brooklyn had changed.
Hamilton, N.Y. - If Hillary Rodham Clinton was a candidate for president, the terms "scorched earth" and "evidence-free zone" would likely be household terms. [Snip] Her first public speech was Oct. 4 at Hamilton College, in Clinton. She spoke at the University of Buffalo on Wednesday. She said she visited Corning, Inc. earlier Friday. Her talks are essentially a briefing on the state of the world with context about the way others view a country that shut down its government and fought to the brink of a debt crisis. Her speech does not have the repetition of a political stump
The Obama administration is asking Congress to hold fire on enacting new sanctions against Iran, to give negotiators flexibility in current nuclear talks.Even as US officials argue that tough sanctions are what brought Iran to the negotiating table in the first place, the White House and State Department said the administration wanted politicians to wait on new sanctions to give the negotiations time to get traction. Some politicians have argued that now is not the time to ease pressure and that pursuing new sanctions will give the US additional leverage in the talks. But State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said it was
Michelle Obama blamed Congress for the administration´s legislative defeats. Michelle Obama blamed Congress for the administration´s legislative defeats. "Some of our most frustrating defeats happened" because of Congress, she told attendees at the Democratic National Committee´s Women´s Leadership Forum on Friday. Citing the DREAM Act and gun legislation as examples, the first lady pointed out that the DREAM Act "failed twice — once by just five votes in the Senate, and once by just four. So the President had to sign an executive order to finally get these kids some relief." She noted that gun legislation failed by six votes
Add another actor to the list. Chris Noth, currently starring in “The Good Wife,” played Detective Mike Logan on “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” and “Mr. Big” on “Sex and the City.” Noth has now outed himself — as yet another liberal. Worse, his moronic anti-GOP, anti-tea party comments put him into the category of “brain dead” Hollywood liberal, to use an expression from playwright David Mamet. Noth, unhappy with the partial government shutdown, tweeted this thoughtful analysis: “Highest level of racism was shown yesterday when Republicans forced a shutdown of our government. Mostly because our
In response to Alan Grayson Accuses Martin Bashir of ´Collaborating´ With The Tea Party (Video): Grayson is a great example of the "soft" media bias that shields Democrats. He´s a straight-up foaming-at-the-mouth lunatic who daily says the kind of idiotic and offensive things that would immediately end any Republican´s career. More importantly, if he was a Republican, every other member of the party would be routinely asked to denounce him, right up to the President. Failure to do so would be considered agreement with his lunacy, and if they obliged with the denunciations, the party would be slammed for its
“Fasten your seatbacks and tray tables in their full upright and locked position. We’ll be on the ground shortly.” That is the final warning aboard the aircraft known as America, which will be using runway 39A to taxi to the terminal of tyranny. Most of the passengers aboard the luxury aircraft have no clue to what awaits them, as the captain and crew have lulled the majority into a false trance of tranquility. The few aboard the aircraft who were aware of their final destination tried to warn the other unsuspecting passengers, who have been immersed in their personal electronic devices,
Bette Midler must have read some, if not all, of the damaging headlines this week regarding President Barack Obama´s "historic" health care legislation. Or, as as every late night comic is calling it, the best source of comedy we´ve seen in some time. Midler, ever the Obama sycophant, decided to Tweet an attack on the U.S. senator trying to wake the country up to the disaster that is ObamaCare rather than face reality. And Midler did so by dragging the wife of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) into the fight. dragging the wife of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) into the fight.
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