Immigrant advocates on Monday asked international human rights monitors to step in and oversee the Obama administration’s deportation policies, saying the U.S. is violating international standards both in how it detains people and who it chooses to deport. Testifying to the Organization of American States’ human rights commission, advocates said the U.S. government doesn’t take into account family hardships when it decides to apprehend and deport illegal immigrants, and it said the administration treats illegal immigrants like criminals when it detains them. “They’re chasing us down as if we were animals,” Saul Merlos, a father from New Orleans who is slated to
Dorothy Rabinowitz delivers the good news in today’s Wall Street Journal: In January of 1941, Winston Churchill dined at a Glasgow hotel with his physician, Sir Charles Wilson (later Lord Moran ), and his secretary of state for Scotland, Tom Johnston. The other member of the party was Harry Hopkins, Franklin Roosevelt’s redoubtable unofficial ambassador and the American president’s most trusted adviser. Hopkins had been sent to investigate and report back in this hour of deadly peril for Britain, now standing alone in the battle against Nazi Germany. At the Glasgow dinner he turned to the British prime minister. “I
One thing most conservatives and liberals who work in world of television news agree on is this: If there’s breaking news and an anchor is needed on the scene, there’s Shepard Smith, Anderson Cooper… and then there’s everyone else. According to Gawker, Smith and Cooper share more in common than just an ability to think on one’s feet in pressure situations. Last week, one of its writers (J.K. Trotter) made the claim that Smith is gay and has a boyfriend — a young man he says Smith met at Fox.
America’s NSA spy agency has been under fire from around the world for its surveillance activity over the past few months. Now the Russians are facing criticism for some allegedly shady operations, too. It’s claimed that USB drives and phone chargers, given to world leaders at the G20 summit in Russia were ´Trojan horses´ capable of sending data back to the Kremlin. David Cameron did not receive one of the USB sticks, Downing Street insisted. But No 10 did not rule out the possibility that officials were given one of the pen drives that is said to have contained a Trojan horse programme allowing
Democrats knew all along that some patients would lose their health insurance plans under the new law, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) acknowledged on Tuesday. (Snip) "We knew that there would be some policies that would not qualify, and therefore people would be required to get more extensive coverage," Hoyer said during a press briefing in the Capitol. The promise that patients could retain their current coverage was designed, Hoyer said, "to allay the fears of somebody that had insurance — group insurance, for the most part — that do meet the criteria." "We´ve used that [message] in trying to allay
Hillary Clinton is going to run for president in 2016. Granted, she is exhibiting even more coyness than most presidential prospects, and yes, the media are filled with those asking "Will she or won´t she?" But the only real question is: How could she not run? How can someone who has spent a life in politics and who sees a clear path to becoming president not run? Mrs. Clinton started her career four decades ago, working with the House Judiciary Committee staff during Watergate. She served as first lady in Arkansas, as an active and highly visible first lady in Washington,
This is not going to be one of those columns that we read almost every other year proclaiming the next election to be the most important one since the Greeks developed the idea of democracy 2,500 or so years ago. It does, however, make the case that this election is a pretty important one in terms of determining the Senate’s partisan balance of power for the better part of the next decade. Any discussion of Senate elections has to start with the observation that what happened six years earlier—the issues, dynamics, circumstances, and outcome of that election—
Obamacare is imploding. Yet, for liberals, all is not lost; the site just has to clear several hurdles before any semblance of functionality can be seen. As Jim Geraghty of National Review wrote yesterday, fixing the website is the easiest of the tasks laid before the Obama administration. Here are the seven things required, according to Geraghty. 1: "The site has to work. Believe it or not, this is the easiest one." 2: "People have to decide to log in, overcoming A) people´s disinterest in thinking about health insurance any more than they have to and B) people´s natural tendency to procrastinate." 3: "They
How do you create opportunity? As governor of the state that has created three out of every 10 jobs in America over the last 10 years, that´s what I get asked most often. My reply is simple: It´s not a trade secret, it´s common sense. We maintain low taxes, smart regulations and fair courts. The results are indisputable; despite a population surging by 1,000 people a day, our unemployment rate is consistently below the national average, dropping to 6.4% just last month. No doubt our record of success makes states that overtax, overregulate and overlitigate nervous. It should.
I was recently asked why the attitude of most people towards benefit claimants and the long-term unemployed seems to have hardened so much over the last 50 or 60 years. I think it is a most interesting question, and I suspect that there have been several factors at work. [Snip] A second factor has been immigration. If immigrants are willing to travel a thousand miles to fill a job vacancy here, it is harder for British people to claim that there are no jobs available. At the same time there is also an understandable outrage against foreigners living off our
Velvet curtains are being drawn back on America’s glorious, adventure-steeped history today with the release of Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans. And with an unthinkable end being planned for America, the release of Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims could not possibly have come at a better time. Book protagonists ‘Rush Revere’ and his lovable talking horse, ‘Liberty’ will unleash the fertile imaginations of the only ones who can turn back the tide on a declining America: its children. Only a little boy grown tall as a man, raised by a family who believed
If you’re going to be ill, my advice is simple: do it in Hackney. At the very least, make sure you’re not living in Leicestershire. For every pound per person spent on health care in Hackney, Leicestershire gets just 59 pence. If you’re going to get cancer in the West Midlands, do it in central Birmingham, where the spend per head is £10,052, not in Herefordshire, where it is £5,092. Oh, and I should mention that Herefordshire has nearly three times as many patients per 100,000 people on the cancer register as Birmingham.
The Obamacare website has more than annoying bugs. A cybersecurity expert found a way to hack into users´ accounts. Until the Department of Health fixed the security hole last week, anyone could easily reset your Healthcare.gov password without your knowledge and potentially hijack your account. The glitch was discovered last week by Ben Simo, a software tester in Arizona. Simo found that gaining access to people's accounts was frighteningly simple. You could have:
WASHINGTON — Democrats controlling the Senate proposed Tuesday to avoid future showdowns over the so-called debt ceiling by giving the president authority to authorize additional federal borrowing unless Congress can muster veto-proof margins to block him. The move by Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, is aimed at heading off future Washington confrontations over increasing the government´s borrowing cap. Debt limit battles this fall and in 2011 spooked financial markets and took the government precariously close to a default on its obligations. "It´s time for us to put in place a straightforward process to avoid a
The triple-dog dare scene from the holiday classic “A Christmas Story” will get the treatment commonly afforded to war memorials, as northwest Indiana tourism officials this morning plan to unveil a bronze statue of elementary schooler Flick’s fateful, failed attempt to prove one’s tongue would not stick to a frozen flagpole. The statue will sit outside a welcome center just south of Interstate 80-94 in Hammond, with today’s ceremony marking the 30th anniversary of the release of the film, a sleeper hit that has become a seasonal staple on cable TV and introduced the warning “you’ll shoot your eye out!”
WASHINGTON- Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who entered the Butner federal prison complex in North Carolina this morning after being turned away the day before, has been assigned to Butner’s minimum-security camp, the least secure part of the complex. At the camp, inmates reside in dormitory-style housing, officials said. It is the only inmate housing area not ringed by a tall prison fence, and it held 332 inmates as of last Thursday. Prison officials confirmed Jackson’s incarceration after more than half a day of confusion sparked by an announcement Monday night by his lawyer’s spokeswoman. Bunnie Jackson-Ransom, an Atlanta publicist
ACCORDING TO Secretary of State John F. Kerry, Syrian ruler Bashar al-Assad now is waging “a war of starvation” against his own people. In a robustly worded op-ed column posted Friday on ForeignPolicy.com, Mr. Kerry denounced what he said was “the systematic denial of medical assistance, food supplies and other humanitarian aid to huge proportions of the population.” The regime’s tactics, he said, “threaten to take a humanitarian disaster into the abyss.” They are “intolerable,” and “the world must act quickly.” So what does the Obama administration propose to do to stop this barbarism? The simple answer is: nothing, other than
House Speaker John Boehner and GOP leaders today accused the Obama administration of misleading the public on the effects of the Affordable Care Act, which they claim has forced hundreds of thousands of Americans off their preferred health insurance plans. (Snip) President Obama also repeatedly promised in his campaign to enact the health insurance overhaul that, “If you like your insurance plan, you will keep it. No one will be able to take that away from you.” Today, House Republicans trained their fire directly at Obama, claiming he deliberately misled Americans with his statements. “The president knew that these letters
Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) rose from his seat on Tuesday during a congressional hearing into the Affordable Care Act’s problematic roll-out. He accused his Republican colleagues in the House of dishonestly seeking to identify the problems with the ACA because they would prefer to see it repealed entirely. Pascrell began by insisting that, even though Democrats opposed Medicare Part D in the Bush Era, they worked to make sure that the program was a success. He became animated as he said that Democrats put aside their opposition to Bush in order to make a policy objective work for the good
CBS News has learned more than two million Americans have been told they cannot renew their current insurance policies -- more than triple the number of people said to be buying insurance under the new Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. There have been estimates about hundreds of thousands of people losing coverage, CBS News´ Jan Crawford reported on "CBS This Morning." CBS News has reached out to insurance companies across the country to determine some of the real numbers -- and this is just the tip of the iceberg, Crawford said. The people who are opening the letters
If Drudge had not linked to this Detroit News story by David Shepardson on his website today, there would have been no national media attention to news of the massive subsidy given primarily to labor unions: The U.S. Treasury has booked a $9.7 billion loss on its $49.5 billion bailout of General Motors Co. on the sale of nearly all of its shares it received as part of its $49.5 billion bailout.
The American media are the biggest losers in the latest revelations in the National Security Agency scandal. Not because domestic journalists could have been expected to discover closely-guarded state secrets such as a spy program that targeted foreign heads of state (still less to reveal it, if they did not). Rather, the U.S. media´s lack of interest in holding the Obama administration accountable is being exposed by the foreign press. The fact that White House officials can tell the media that he did not know--yet again--about a major problem in his administration, and the press and the politicians meekly accept
House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer conceded to reporters today that Democrats knew people would not be able to keep their current health care plans under Obamacare and expressed qualified contrition for President Obama’s repeated vows to the contrary. “We knew that there would be some policies that would not qualify and therefore people would be required to get more extensive coverage,” Hoyer said in response to a question from National Review. Asked by another reporter how repeated statements by Obama to the contrary weren’t “misleading,” Hoyer said “I don’t think the message was wrong. I think the message was accurate. It was
The revelations about NSA spying on allied leaders are now officially a scandal. No, that scandal isn’t that the U.S. spies on its allies–all nations do that and some go further than that. See, for instance, this report claiming that South Korea has been stealing U.S. military technology. No, the scandal is that, faced with embarrassing allegations, President Obama is trying to throw General Keith Alexander, the head of the NSA, and the rest of the intelligence community under the bus by claiming that he had no idea what was going on. Not surprisingly, anonymous leakers in the intelligence community are
A flock of 50 ducks decided to leave the pond life for the comparably big city Saratoga Springs streets of New York, bopping en masse into a CVS drug store and wandering around. And in a pure case of “you can’t make this stuff up,” an employee tried to shoo them away with a Swiffer floor sweeper, United Press International reported. It was all captured on video and posted to YouTube. The ducks just walked right through the automated doors in the front entrance, the Schenectady Gazette reported this week. An online reader posted this quick comment: “There was no
DENVER — Colorado´s state-run health exchange has been largely free of the headaches seen on the federally run shopping portal. But some exchange overseers say enrollments should be picking up at a faster pace. State health insurance exchange officials said Monday they have 3,164 enrollments through Connect For Health Colorado. Exchange officials have insisted they´re on pace to meet the goal of enrolling 136,000 people by the end of 2014. (Snip) State Medicaid officials, who also serve on the board, are happier with their 25,000 approved applicants who will be enrolled Jan. 1 under expanded Medicaid eligibility, another key feature