According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, Hillary Clinton’s popularity with the American people is dropping as she has made several public appearances, subtly telegraphing a 2016 presidential candidacy. Last December, 58% of those surveyed viewed her positively, with 34% “very positive” and 24% “somewhat positive.” Now, the number of those who viewed her positively has dropped to 46%, with the “very positive” answer only held by 22% of voters and the “somewhat positive” group remaining at 24%. The 22% who view Hillary “very positively” is the lowest number for Clinton since August of 2008, the month when Barack Obama
A critical, skeptical crowd met today at a town hall meeting with U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright about the federal health care law in the wake of an uproar over its website woes and insurers discontinuing plans that don’t meet the law’s standards. Cartwright, a Democrat whose district includes Easton and other parts of Northampton County, is in his first term and is a supporter of the health care law, President Barack Obama´s signature piece of legislation. (Snip) Some grumbled while Cartwright sought to address criticism of the law and warn that the cost of covering the uninsured was sinking community
As a gunman opened fire at Los Angeles International Airport, some celebrities who were there shared via social media what they were witnessing. Tory Belleci of the hit Discovery network show "Mythbusters" was actually in the terminal when the shooting occurred. He described to CNN a movielike scene of passengers fleeing for their safety. "It didn´t register until everybody started, like, flying down the hallway and they were just jumping over chairs, jumping over people. hiding, and we were kind of trapped at the end of the terminal," he said. Belleci, who was in the terminal waiting for his flight
Even The New York Times has noticed there’s something odd about Barack Obama lurching aimlessly from crisis to crisis like some leftover Halloween zombie unable to find any brains. In a “White House Memo” the grey and distinctly liberal Democratic lady actually cited the Republican National Committee jibe at America’s “bystander president” given that on the botched health care rollout and spying on friendly heads of state “his explanation boils down to this: I didn’t know.” It added, “Even some Democrats are scratching their heads at the seeming detachment from significant matters.” So are their media boosters.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee is punishing a Republican advertising firm for its work with the Senate Conservatives Fund, a conservative group that has fostered controversy within the Republican Party by challenging some GOP incumbents. The firm Jamestown Associates has worked for the SCF on many of its attack ads — and will no longer receive business from the NRSC as a result, the committee confirmed Friday. The move marks the opening salvo in a power struggle that has been brewing behind the scenes between the national Republican establishment and the SCF, which was founded by then-Sen. Jim DeMint of
AUSTIN/DALLAS, Texas- Women seeking to terminate their pregnancies were turned away at clinics across Texas on Friday, providers said, after strict new regulations for physicians who perform abortions prompted a dozen facilities to stop offering them. Facilities that continue to perform abortions were flooded with calls from women trying to find alternatives, clinic officials said. "They´re calling from all over - Fort Worth, West Texas, all over Dallas, Oklahoma, everywhere," said Betty Pettigrew, director at Routh Street Women´s Clinic in downtown Dallas, which has offered abortion services since 1978. Offices were inundated with calls after a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday
WASHINGTON— Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who entered federal prison Tuesday, has been given a projected release date: Dec. 31, 2015. Federal prisoners who behave while in custody are eligible to shave 54 days a year off their terms, said Chris Burke, a Bureau of Prisons spokesman. The release date of New Year´s Eve 2015 —posted on the bureau´s website —- assumes Jackson receives the full reduction. "If he does not maintain clear conduct, some of his ´good time´ could be disallowed," Burke said. Some inmates are placed in halfway houses or home detention toward the end of their terms.
Thursday Cable News Ratings: Fox’s Kelly Beats O’Reilly in Demo Again, As CNN Struggles by Mediaite Staff | 7:04 pm, November 1st, 2013 RATINGS With 471K viewers, Fox’s Megyn Kelly had the #1 highest-rated cable news show in the 25-54 demo for the second night in a row Thursday, beating The O’Reilly Factor, which had 438K. Bill O’Reilly beat Kelly in total viewers, 3.574M to 3.041M. Meanwhile, CNN continued to struggle in the demo, with all primetime shows coming in under 100K. The one bright spot on CNN’s lineup came at 4pm, when The Lead with Jake Tapper beat MSNBC’s
President Barack Obama´s affinity for Abraham Lincoln was on display through his political rise, but he won´t be on hand to mark one of the 16th president´s signature moments. Obama has refused to attend the 150th anniversary of Lincoln´s Gettysburg Address in Pennsylvania on November 19. His decision, which has not been explained, has infuriated local media. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will represent the administration, sharing keynote speaker status with historian James McPherson. [Snip] ´For a president who has so demonstrably associated himself with Lincoln--the heir of Lincoln´s policies who announced his candidacy from the steps of
The president’s signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act, is in serious trouble. As a result, so is modern liberalism. The problems with Obamacare are increasingly obvious, beginning with the administration unilaterally delaying the employer mandate. But that turned out to be merely one link in a long and troublesome chain. The other difficulties include the disastrous rollout of the federal health care exchange website, causing (for now) a six-week extension for Americans to sign up for coverage next year in order to avoid new tax penalties. There are millions of insurance cancellations. Then there’s the sticker shock caused by
Global Power: Moscow launches four ICBMs in a large-scale nuclear drill as Chinese state media, brandishing detailed maps, show how Beijing´s nuclear submarines can attack U.S. cities. We press "reset," they press "launch." In March 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a red "reset button" to symbolize improved ties. The era of confrontation when American presidents demanded the tearing down of walls was over. From now on, we would make nice. Fast-forward to 2012, when President Obama met with Dmitry Medvedev, Russia´s then-president and now prime minister, at the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South
Military: Retired brass just blasted the president for "purging" close to 200 officers. Now more retired heroes charge he is "emasculating" an armed forces whose "morale is at an unprecedented low." On the first Saturday of the year 1968, near the seaport of Chu Lai in central Vietnam, Patrick Brady redefined acting "above and beyond the call of duty." His Medal of Honor citation describes how the Army major volunteered to fly a helicopter to rescue the wounded from enemy territory covered by fog. Under "unchallenged, close-range enemy fire," he "evacuated two badly wounded South Vietnamese soldiers." In "another area completely covered by
May I ask this question: Why is it that Americans don´t have the freedom to choose their own health insurance? I just don´t get it. Why must the liberal nanny state make decisions for us? We can make them ourselves, thank you very much. It´s like choosing a car, buying a home or investing in a stock. We can handle it. So why must the government tell me and everyone else what we can and cannot buy? Charles Krauthammer noted here Friday that this whole ObamaCare business represents the greatest-ever expansion of the liberal entitlement-state dream. But I don´t want that dream. And
NEW YORK — Kerry Washington’s turn as host of “Saturday Night Live” this week gives that television institution something it hasn’t seen much lately: a black woman onstage trying to make people laugh. The show’s diversity has become an issue, pushed to the forefront by comments from the two black male cast members. No black women are among the 16 repertory or featured players currently on the show. While Eddie Murphy, Garrett Morris, Chris Rock, Tim Meadows, Tracy Morgan and current cast members Kenan Thompson and Jay Pharoah have been major “SNL” players, the 137 people who have been cast
An ´anti-government´ gunman who shot dead a TSA agent at an LAX security checkpoint today and wounded five others was carrying a note which said that he ´wanted to kill TSA and pigs´. Paul Anthony Ciancia, aged 23, from Pennsville, New Jersey, stalked through Terminal 3 carrying a high-powered assault rifle on Friday morning as terrified passengers fled the building and others sheltered in lounges on lock down. The gunman, who was dressed in fatigues and carrying multiple clips of ammunition, was believed to be acting alone. One witness said that the shooter walked up to him and simply asked: ´TSA?´
LAX shooting: The latest 3:13 p.m. Months before Friday´s shooting at LAX, officials removed armed police officers from their permanent assignments protecting TSA checkpoints, one veteran airport police officer told The Times. Those officers were moved roving patrols in the passenger terminals, said Marshall McClain, an airport police officer and president of the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Assn. LAPD officers and Los Angeles airport police were first assigned to the checkpoints after the 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.
A DoD official told the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Thursday that about 50 convicted felons were given access to Navy installations without the proper checks, and no one has been held accountable. A Sept. 16, 2013 DoD inspector general’s report, which was released the same day as the Navy Yard shooting, found that the Navy Commercial Access Control System (NCACS) “did not effectively mitigate access control risks associated with contractor installation access” because Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNJC) officia“As a result, 52 convicted felons received routine, unauthorized installation access, placing military
Charleston has topped yet another best-of list, this time as the perfect small city for people looking to start over in life. CreditDonkey, a credit card comparison and financial education website, bestowed the honor on the Holy City in a study posted last week. The site arrived at its picks after studying Census and labor statistics, evaluating such factors as population and income growth, unemployment numbers and the available pool of single adults. The study gave Charleston high marks across the board, noting its “strong tourism industry” and its growing role as a “technology hotspot.” “With strong numbers across each of our indicators,
Knowing that someone in the highest office in the land is watching you on television can led to some interesting tonal shifts. ‘Twas the case on Morning Joe Friday when POLITICO’s Mike Allen said the new book Double Down, a fascinating new look at the KFC san… er, the 2012 election, reveals that First Lady Michelle Obama is a habitual Morning Joe watcher. Joe Scarborough had an… interesting reaction to that news. The second Allen told Scarborough, he buried his head in his hands and said, “Oh, dear lord.” He continued, “Mrs. Obama, I am so sorry.” One of the tidbits
I can´t quite believe that I´ve just sat through ten minutes of BBC television in which British journalists Owen Jones and Zoe Williams have defended Karl Marx as the prophet of the End of Capitalism. Unbelievable because I had thought Marxism was over with the fall of the Berlin Wall--when we discovered that socialism was one part bloodshed, one part farce. [Snip] Sixty-five million were murdered in China--starved, hounded to suicide, shot as class traitors. Twenty million in the USSR, 2 million in North Korea, 1.7 million in Africa. The nightmare of Cambodia (2 million dead) is especially vivid.
Giuliani said de Blasio owes it to city cops to make amends for a misguided -- if politically beneficial -- opposition to the NYPD´s stop and frisk policies. "This man has foisted on the city of New York a totally phony claim, and he´s maligned a great police department with his claim of racial profiling," he said, calling de Blasio´s argument that stop and frisk systematically overtargets minorities "outrageous." De Blasio has said he would drop the city´s appeal of Judge Shira Scheindlin´s ruling on NYPD reforms if he becomes mayor --
Israel is fuming with the White House for confirming that it was the Israeli Air Force that struck a military base near the Syrian port city of Latakia on Wednesday, hitting weaponry that was set to be transferred to Hezbollah. Israel has not acknowledged carrying out the strike, one of half a dozen such attacks widely ascribed to Israel in recent months, but an Obama administration official told CNN on Thursday that Israeli warplanes had indeed attacked the Syrian base, and that the target was “missiles and related equipment” set for delivery to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
The brother of the man who allegedly killed a TSA worker and wounded three others at Los Angeles airport told local police in New Jersey he had received a text message from the alleged shooter Friday morning saying he was thinking about taking his life. Pennsville, N.J., Police Chief Allen J. Cummings then contacted the Los Angeles Police Department to do a well-being check on Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, at his apartment in California. He wasn’t there when LAPD officers contacted his roommates about 10 a.m. local time, but they said everything was fine. Ciancia, 23, was shot by law
The National Republican Senatorial Committee this week refused to do business with a prominent GOP advertising firm because of its association with a group that targets incumbent Senate Republicans, sending a clear warning signal from the party establishment to outside conservative forces. The NRSC went so far as to call individual GOP Senate campaigns this week and advise them not to hire the firm, Jamestown Associates, The New York Times reported. The effort is meant to punish Jamestown Associates for working with the Senate Conservatives Fund, a group founded by former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint that targets Republican Senate
PALM DESERT — Doris Payne — demure, elegant and 83 — is a thief, as prolific and subtly conniving as they come. She doesn´t use muscle and she doesn´t rely on guns. Instead, between numerous stints behind bars, for 50 years she has leaned on charming misdirection to steal pricey jewelry from unsuspecting merchants all over the globe. Her most recent alleged theft found her on El Paseo, the luxurious row of shops in Palm Desert. Jeweler Raju Mehta thought she fit right in with his customers.