Affordable Care Act: When a few Republicans used the shutdown to try to tie up ObamaCare, its supporters said it was settled law, get over it, deal with it, move on. But it´s not. It´s merely a statute and courts are still looking at it. The individual mandate provision of ObamaCare is the pivotal piece that many thought would fail the constitutional test. But the Supreme Court said the mandate is a tax and therefore falls within constitutional limits. The ensuing re-election of President Obama further emboldened ObamaCare supporters, who, after the election, said it was a referendum on the Patient Protection
Iran is on the brink of obtaining full nuclear weapons capacity. According to a top former deputy at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Tehran’s current nuclear infrastructure has the capability to build "the bomb" in two weeks. On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summoned the attention of the international community, warning that Iran was dangerously close to developing nuclear weaponry and reminded the nations of the world to be mindful of falling prey to psychological disarmament via Iranian President Rouhani’s "peace and friendship" initiative. Before his speech to the United Nations General Assembly in early October, Netanyahu suggested that
Industrial Policy: Four years ago, the insurance industry decided to get in bed with President Obama to help him get his health reform passed. But as soon as things started to go wrong, guess who Obama blamed? Soon after President Obama won the 2008 election, the big insurance industry lobby laid down its arms. Instead of fighting a government takeover of health care as it did in 1994 — it announced it would partner up. "Universal coverage is within reach," said Karen Ignagni, head of the America´s Health Insurance Plans trade group. And just as the president signed Obama-Care into law, AHIP
Delaying Obamacare — the once unthinkable — has now become a potential reality. And it´s not just a Republican idea any longer. Ten Senate Democrats, all in vulnerable seats, have proposed extending the healthcare law´s enrollment period because people still can´t sign up at Healthcare.gov. More precisely, they seek to delay collecting the tax penalty for failing to buy insurance under Obamacare´s individual mandate. However, this congressional retreat raises a difficult political question for the president and congressional Democrats: They must now admit that Obamacare´s individual mandate is actually a tax, something they´ve resisted doing in public for years. The
Scandal: The person who leaked the confidential data of a conservative group to its political foes has been identified by investigators. But he´s protected by the very law he broke and an attorney general who doesn´t care. In March 2012, someone at the Internal Revenue Service released the confidential donor lists of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), which supports traditional marriage, to its political opponent, the liberal Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a supporter of gay marriage. At that time, Joe Solmonese, a left-wing activist and Huffington Post contributor, was the president of the HRC. Solmonese also became a 2012 Obama campaign
Vice President Joe Biden, famous for his malapropisms and missteps in front a microphone pulled another one today as he called called U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) "Frank." The move came as Biden prepared to swear in newly elected Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) on the floor of the US Senate and the three men were situating themselves on the dais for the swearing in. After telling Menendez to "Come on up here, Frank" Biden quickly corrected himself and addressed Menendez as "Bob." Booker was elected last month to fill the term of the late Frank Lautenberg, who died in June.
(Detroit) As Ndamukong Suh gets fined not just for crunching opponents’ knees, but also for touching his helmet to another player’s chest, it’s safe to say the NFL is softer than it was in years past. Let’s sum it up this way: Victoria’s Secret makes NFL sleepwear for college girls. In this case, the secret’s out of the bag. The NFL is working to broaden its fan base, and many believe that’s one of the reasons the game is changing, evolving as it tries to maintain its hold on the hearts and minds of Americans. Efforts at marketing to women
TROY, N.Y. - The upstate New York home of former NFL star Brian Holloway that was trashed during a party attended by hundreds of young people has been sold at a foreclosure auction. The Times Union of Albany reports that Holloway´s 200-acre property in rural Stephentown sold for $400,000 during Tuesday morning´s auction in the Rensselaer County courthouse. The only bidder was Berkshire Bank, which bought the lien on the house. The newspaper had reported that Holloway owed more than $1 million to the bank.
President Truman commissioned the complete rebuilding of the White House after nearly falling through the floor while having bath as hundreds of dignitaries attended a ball below him. Members of Daughters of The American Revolutionaries partying in their finery would have been showered with water and plaster had Truman crashed through - wearing nothing but his reading glasses. Truman’s energetic bathing caused the largest chandelier in the Blue Room, which was bigger than a fridge and weighed 1,200lbs, to shake violently and nearly come down as well.
As Hillary Clinton looks toward a potential 2016 presidential campaign, her personal image is eroding. A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows the number of people who have a positive view of Clinton has dropped from a high of 58 percent in December to 46 percent today. The 22 percent who have a "very positive" view of Clinton is lower than any time since the 2008 presidential campaign, and the 21 percent who have a "very negative" view of her is higher than at any point since then. Clinton is still viewed more favorably than unfavorably. Just 31 percent have a negative
A federal appeals court on Thursday blocked a judge´s order requiring changes to the New York Police Department´s stop-and-frisk program and removed the judge from the case. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the decisions of Judge Shira Scheindlin will be stayed pending the outcome of an appeal by the city. The judge had ruled in August the city violated the Constitution in the way it carried out its program of stopping and questioning people. The city appealed her findings and her remedial orders, including a decision to assign a monitor to help the police department changes its policy and training
Hallmark has provoked outrage and ridicule from its customers after changing the words of a traditional Christmal carol on a festive ornament. The gaudy, red sweater ornament has dropped the word ´gay´ for the word ´fun´ in the lyric from the 19th-century carol Deck The Halls. The original line - ´Don we now our gay apparel´ - has been altered by the Kansas-City based company for its new line of holiday merchandise. It now reads: ´Don we now our FUN apparel.´The ornament of the holiday sweater, decorated with bells, bow and priced at $12.95, is described as: ´When it comes
RUSH: This is Juan Williams, our old buddy Juan Williams on Fox News last night on the panel at Special Report. They´re talking about Sebelius´ testimony before Congress yesterday. This is what Juan Williams said. WILLIAMS: I thought today was pure theater. I thought it was a big stage show with Republicans attacking Sebelius. Meanwhile, Democrats trying to rescue their partner in the ring by giving her a recess and launching into speeches of their own in defense of Obamacare. All this is in the weeds. What do I care about how things are put into computers and, you know, who´s
I have been absent from these pages for a while. My new book Disinformation, co-written with Professor Ronald Rychlak, and the documentary movie based on it have monopolized my time. But there is a nauseating glasnost-style operation now being conducted here in the United States that makes me feel as though I were watching a reenactment of the immense glasnost I used to manage during the years when I was an adviser to Romania’s communist president Nicolae Ceausescu. No, glasnost is not a misprint or a typo. During the years I was at the top of the KGB community, glasnost
Britney Spears is being used by British security companies off the horn of Africa as a secret weapon against Western-hating Somali pirates. The singer’s top hits, like “Oops! I Did It Again” and “Baby One More Time,” when blasted at approaching Somali raiders, have proved to be the most effective at deterring kidnap attacks, merchant navy officer Rachel Owens revealed, according to the U.K.’s Metro. “Her songs were chosen by the security team because they thought the pirates would hate them most,” said Second Officer Owens. “These guys can’t stand Western culture or music, making Britney’s hits perfect … It’s
Representatives from Oneida Indian Nation who met with NFL executives on Wednesday regarding the Redskins nickname controversy seem to have made little headway in convincing the league that the name “promotes a dictionary-defined racial slur,” according to the Nation. Throughout a 90-minute meeting with three league executives in New York, the Nation requested a sit-down with all NFL team owners during Super Bowl week, and they invited Redskins owner Dan Snyder and Roger Goodell to visit Oneida Nation in upstate New York, according to ESPN. The Nation´s representatives left frustrated, claiming that the NFL “defended the use of a racist
Take it from me, senator: Never go full RINO. No, no, kidding. The bad news? If you were hoping to see a few Cruz missiles lobbed at Republicans like Mitch McConnell in the primaries next year, you’re out of luck. The good news? If you were hoping to vote for him for president in 2016, this suggests that, yeah, he’s thinking about running. At a closed-door lunch meeting of Senate Republicans Wednesday, the freshman conservative told his colleagues that he would not intervene in their 2014 primary fights or fundraise for the controversial outside group. Cruz added that the [Senate Conservatives Fund´s]
POLACCA, Ariz.—-The group of boys head out toward the mesa, setting their feet upon dirt trails that are lined with scrub brush and corn fields. It´s the same earth that their Hopi ancestors would tread as they ran in prayer for rain, prosperity and all of mankind. For these boys, the drive is as much about the competitive spirit as the enduring spirit of their culture. Hopi High School, where they are students, has earned 23 state cross-country titles in a row, and according to its coach, is one of three schools in the country to earn a perfect score Source corrected and removed from text by Staff.
Obamacare is a disaster, but the leftists who supported it don’t seem to care about that. They’re singling out and pack attacking one of the Republicans who tried to save America from Obamacare. Take a look at this section of headlines from Memeorandum today. (Snip) David Corn leads the Emmanuel Goldstein-ing of Ted Cruz, but the hate is clearly coming straight from the Democratic Party leadership, as the second section shows. It’s not accidental. It’s a party strategy to single Cruz out and pour hate on him, make him radioactive and unelectable. Democrats successfully did the same thing to Sarah
Americans are sufficiently cynical of politicians that it´s almost axiomatic that dishonesty comes as part of the job, but that doesn´t make outright lies cost-free. We have come a long way from the apocryphal story of George Washington and the cherry tree to "I am not a crook," "Read my lips," and to the disputes over weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. While voters may resign themselves to a level of spin from their elected officials, repeated outright lies create an enormous risk for politicians, especially self-professed agents of change. Dishonesty and credibility were issues raised repeatedly by Democrats in the 2004
March 2010 was a long time ago. “Bad Romance” and “TiK ToK” were screeching up the charts, Hot Tub Time Machine was (kinda) packing multiplexes, and some unspellable Icelandic volcano shut down rich kids’ spring break in Europe. It also was the month Obamacare was signed into law. One of its most popular promises was an online health insurance exchange that would be as easy to use as Travelocity. Never mind that a private version already existed in ehealthinsurance.com, but government tech gurus were going to build an even cooler version. And they had three-and-a-half years to do it! As we now
WASHINGTON — Cory A. Booker, who gained celebrity as a danger-dodging, super-tweeting mayor of Newark, was sworn into the United States Senate on Thursday, the first African-American to be elected to the chamber since Barack Obama in 2004. Mr. Booker’s arrival in Washington did not come with the same political portent rendered by another high-profile senator who arrived here via a special election – one Scott Brown, Republican of Massachusetts, whose 2010 victory signaled the ensuing influence of the Tea Party movement, cost Democrats a 60-vote supermajority and placed a Republican in the seat held by Edward M. Kennedy for
Julianne Hough, a white actress, darkens her gorgeous mug, dresses up as a black TV character she admires, and apologizes after she is subjected to an Internet backlash. Some white idiots in Italy put on blackface for a fashion industry Halloween party. A couple of numbskulls in Florida dress up as the slain Trayvon Martin and his killer, George Zimmerman. An Asian American civil rights group complains about two Asian-themed costumes sold by Pottery Barn, which withdraws the items and apologizes. Suddenly, the tired discussion about the oversexualization of Halloween costumes shifts into a much more interesting and treacherous gear:
A former assistant secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs pleaded the Fifth on Wednesday, refusing to testify about a pair of taxpayer-funded human resources conferences in 2011 that cost a scandalous $6.1 million or more. John Sepulveda oversaw the conferences, which included the screening of a parody video based on ´Patton,´ whose production cost the Treasury more than $52,000. [Snip] ´You are not excused,´ committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa ultimately told Sepulveda before sending him away. ´You are dismissed.´ Issa, a California Republican, said Sepulveda ´played a lead role in the conference planning process,´ and that his name ´appears more
"If you like your plan, you can keep it." That assertion, repeated with small variations, was Barack Obama´s central pledge when he was campaigning for president and then for the enactment of health-care "reform." The pro-Obama New York magazine has assembled a 95-second video montage of the future and current president making the assertion two dozen times between 2008 and 2010. Surely this is the clearest example of a broken presidential promise since George H.W. Bush´s "Read my lips: no new taxes." In Bush´s defense it may be said that political exigencies--a Democratic Congress, a foreign-policy crisis--forced him to accede
RUSH: President Barack Obama´s job approval has dropped to an all-time low in another poll. Remember, he hit 37 in a Gallup poll and came up to 41. This is the prestigious NBC/Wall Street Journal poll where Obama is at 42%. And here´s how it´s written. "A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey shows that a mere 42% of Americans approve of Obama’s job performance, down five points from a poll conducted in early October. "The president’s disapproval rating stands at 51%, tying an all-time high for Obama. In all, 41% of respondents say they have a less favorable opinion..." Now,