Uh, oh, here it comes: the big Main Stream Media effort to make Sen. Ted Cruz the face of the Republican Party. After all, the Democrats would like nothing better than to see Cruz be the Republican presidential nominee in 2016; they are confident that he would go down to a Barry Goldwater, 1964-like defeat. And so the MSM is doing its part. That’s why we saw the big headline in Saturday’s Politico: “Ted Cruz delivers stemwinder at Iowa’s Reagan Dinner.” That’s why Cruz is on TV all the time: The MSM interviewers can’t get enough of him. For liberals,
Lou Reed, a massively influential songwriter and guitarist who helped shape nearly fifty years of rock music, died today. The cause of his death has not yet been released, but Reed underwent a liver transplant in May. With the Velvet Underground in the late Sixties, Reed fused street-level urgency with elements of European avant-garde music, marrying beauty and noise, while bringing a whole new lyrical honesty to rock & roll poetry. As a restlessly inventive solo artist, from the Seventies into the 2010s, he was chameleonic, thorny and unpredictable, challenging his fans at every turn. Glam, punk and alternative rock
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a Baltimore native, will next month receive a "lifetime achievement award for her longtime dedication to LGBT rights and her work to fight HIV/AIDS in Congress," gay leaders in Baltimore said Friday. (Snip) Pelosi, in her own statement, said it is "a great privilege for me to come home to Baltimore and celebrate the progress we´ve made in the fight for equality." The California Democrat added she is "particularly touched to be honored by the GLCCB and my hometown community after such a banner year for Marylanders and indeed all LGBT families across our country."
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) says he’s more concerned about HealthCare.gov’s problems today than he was last week. "It was very clear to me in the hearing that they don’t have an overarching solid cybersecurity plan to prevent the loss of private information,” he said Sunday morning on CNN’s “State of the Union.” Rogers, who’s chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, is also a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and sat in on the Thursday hearing in which the ObamaCare website contractors testified. “I’m even more concerned today than I was last week,” he said.
A Republican senator called Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius the "laughingstock of America" after she was lampooned on "Saturday Night Live." The sketch, which aired Saturday, poked fun at Sebelius´s attempts to downplay serious problems with ObamaCare´s enrollment website. Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) referred to the skit Sunday during an appearance on ABC´s "This Week." "She´s lost considerable credibility," Barrasso said of Sebelius. "She´s the laughingstock of America."(Snip) She has also drawn fire for certain public comments, like saying she did not know how many people had enrolled under ObamaCare during an interview with Comedy Central´s Jon
Trenton — Gov. Chris Christie says he understands victims´ frustrations a year after Hurricane Sandy but maintains that his administration isn´t to blame for delays in aid reaching victims. In an interview with The Associated Press as the anniversary of the Oct. 29 megastorm approaches, Christie blamed Congress, which took three months to approve a $50.7 billion relief package for the region, and a thicket of red tape put in place to prevent the type of fraud that occurred after Hurricane Katrina. (Snip) Christie was in many ways the face of the storm, whether he was embracing President Barack Obama during
Washington - On the same day Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is to testify on Capitol Hill about the Obamacare website problems, President Barack Obama will travel to Boston to talk about the importance of the law, a White House official confirmed to CNN on Sunday. The event is scheduled for the historic Faneuil Hall, where then-Gov. Mitt Romney in 2006 signed the Massachusetts health care reform into law. Obama on Wednesday is expected to discuss the ongoing efforts to fix the problems plaguing the HealthCare.gov website, the official said. The administration has touted Massachusetts´ health care law as the model
Identity theft is a scary phenomenon. It´s unnerving to think your identity could be out there somewhere, shambling around like a rotting zombie from The Walking Dead, wreaking unfathomable havoc on your reputation and credit score. But in the hands of a nefarious fraudster, that´s exactly what your digital identity could be doing. Unfortunately, it´s becoming more and more likely that you could fall prey to these thieves.
As the next Senator from New Hampshire, I’m on record as favoring Canuckalyptic Ted Cruz heading an all-maple ticket on the grounds that we Canadians could hardly make a bigger mess of things than you Americans have. But, if you’re still in any doubt about how deep the vast north-wing conspiracy goes, consider this: How Ted Cruz Can Win In 2016 …by David Frum.
HealthCare.Gov does not work, but it will someday. Even if the site has to be deconstructed entirely and rebuilt from scratch, the website will eventually function. But supporters of the Affordable Care Act and its stated goal of expanding health insurance (not care) to millions of currently uninsured Americans might look back on this period as the heady days of promise — a time when they were sure that the new health care system could work. Evidence is rapidly mounting that resolving the website issues will lead to a host of new problems far more vexing than those that currently
Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward said Sunday a huge “secret government” and a government on “automatic pilot” has led to many of the concerns now making headlines. “They need to review this secret world,” he said of the Obama administration on “Fox News Sunday.” “You get to a point where it’s what do you worry about? Secret government.” National Security Agency spying both domestic and abroad and the disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act are the results, he said. “We have an incredibly powerful government that gets on automatic pilot,” he said. People aren’t checking all of the boxes
Senator Ron Johnson (R., Wis.) announced today that next week he will file legislation that will allow Americans to keep their previous health-insurance plans, as President Obama promised. The proposed bill, entitled the “If You Like Your Health Plan, You Can Keep It Act,” would, according to Johnson’s statement amend the Affordable Care Act “to make Obamacare live up to the promises of the politicians who sold the plan to the American public.” From the press release: One of the most important promises made by President Obama and Democrat congressional leadership to promote the Affordable Care Act was that Americans who were
German papers are increasingly turning their fire on US President Barack Obama over claims that the National Security Agency has monitored Chancellor Angela Merkel´s phone. "Obama´s aura is gone," reads the headline of a front-page commentary in the daily Die Welt. Obama "did everything to present America´s good side to the world" but "hardly any of that remains", the paper´s Jacques Schuster argues. "The damage caused by his secret services is great. It must be repaired," he warns. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung takes a similar line. "Does Obama not realise how much trust he has lost in this country?" a front-page commentary by
Scientists have developed a new generation of antibiotics capable of defeating life-threatening superbugs. The pioneering drugs prevent mutations by attacking a bacteria’s DNA. [Snip] It is hoped the breakthrough could signal the end of resistant superbugs such as C-diff and E-coli and MRSA. Researchers say the drugs are “the way of the future” and could be on the market within five years. The breakthrough comes after Britain’s chief medical officer, Dame Professor Sally Davies, warned that the lack of new antibiotics capable of fighting the risk posed by superbugs was like “a ticking timebomb”. She said undergoing routine surgery could
Note from Senior Management: One of the leading voices in the emerging grass roots and Tea Party movement posted a powerful and timely article this week on RedState. With the author´s permission, we present it for consideration for the Breitbart community. I once had a person leave a message on my home answering machine telling me how he was going to come to my house, tie me up, cut off my eye lids, and force me to watch as he raped and murdered my family. Another person once emailed a very similar tale. One time after I’d made a bunch
Protesters marched Saturday in Washington, D.C., to protest government surveillance programs revealed this year by Edward Snowden on the 12th anniversary of the law that made them legal. Carrying signs reading: ‘Stop Mass Spying,’ ‘Thank you, Edward Snowden’ and ‘Unplug Big Brother,’ people gathered at the foot of the Capitol to demonstrate against the online surveillance by the National Security Agency. One protester also read a statement released by Mr Snowden prior to the rally. [Snip] The march made for unusual allies, with liberal privacy advocates walking alongside members of the conservative Tea Party movement--both sides oppose what they say
Britain is braced for the worst storm in a decade tonight which is set to bring driving rain and winds of up to 90mph to some areas. The winds are expected to leave a trail of destruction across a large swathe of the UK, bringing down trees and causing widespread structural damage, leading to power cuts and transport chaos tomorrow morning. Surface water floods could strike much of England as the Met Office predicts 20-40mm of rain could fall within six to nine hours overnight. The Prime Minister held an emergency meeting this morning with ministries and agencies to co-ordinate
Dear Brian: You and I have had our differences — plenty of them — but I was happy to see you toying with the idea of running for president last week. I know, I know — it’s just a coy flirtation, not an admission that you really want to put yourself through the rigors of an uphill 2016 campaign battle against Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and who knows who else for the Democratic nomination.But when you told Real Clear Politics 10 days ago that the American people were getting frustrated with presidential politics as usual, you were speaking for me and
Never in human history has the general health of most ordinary people been better than it is now. But paradoxically, there can scarcely ever have been a time when health care has been a more difficult political problem for the governments of advanced countries than it is now. These two apparently contradictory facts are not unconnected. It is precisely because of the stupendous advances in the treatment of disease that the role of government has become so contentious. With the scope for life-prolonging medical intervention now virtually limitless--and thus spending on it being potentially limitless as well--there are moral and
As a powerful storm makes its way towards England and Wales, drivers, homeowners, and commuters are being urged to be vigilant in dealing with ‘potentially significant travel disruption’ on the first day of the half-term period. The Met Office has issued an amber warning – meaning ‘be prepared’ – for winds of up to 80mph in Wales, the west and east Midlands, east and south-west of England, and London and the south-east. The gale force gusts are expected to hit just as thousands of families around the country begin their half-term break. The winds coupled with a yellow warning for
Thousands of Californians are discovering what Obamacare will cost them — and many don´t like what they see. These middle-class consumers are staring at hefty increases on their insurance bills as the overhaul remakes the healthcare market. Their rates are rising in large part to help offset the higher costs of covering sicker, poorer people who have been shut out of the system for years. Although recent criticism of the healthcare law has focused on website glitches and early enrollment snags, experts say sharp price increases for individual policies have the greatest potential to erode public support for President Obama´s
A dying mechanic wanted a few thousand dollars to leave to his wife, two sons and infant daughter. A politically connected millionaire, now running for Virginia governor, wanted to make some money. And a Rhode Island estate planner wanted to become ambassador to the Vatican. All three came together on paper in late 2006 in a deal struck just two months before the 44-year-old mechanic died of cancer.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Sunday openly mocked the Obama administration’s troubled rollout of its HealthCare.gov website but did suggest a fix — sort of. “Maybe they’ll bring in Al Gore, the guy who says he invented the Internet,” Mr. Jindal said during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.” (Snip) But beyond taking jabs at Mr. Gore, Mr. Jindal — chair of the Republican Governors Association and a rising star in the party — said the plagued Obamacare launch is evidence that the White House is either too liberal or too incompetent to govern effectively. “I think they’ll eventually fix
Florida Blue CEO Patrick Geraghty appeared on Meet the Press Sunday morning and defended Obamacare, telling host David Gregory that the 300,000 figure—the number of people being dropped from the insurance rolls, a number being used as evidence that President Barack Obama was not correct when he said people would get to keep their insurance—was not an accurate representation of the Affordable Care Act’s effects. “We’re not cutting people,” Geraghty said. “We’re actually transitioning people. What we’ve been doing is informing folks that their plan doesn’t meet the test of the essential health benefits; therefore, they have a choice