UNION CITY, N.J.- To his critics, Sen. Robert Menendez is the bad guy who always wiggles away. To defenders, he´s a respected figure persecuted in whispers and investigations. The New Jersey Democrat finds himself in familiar territory as his office acknowledges he flew on a donor´s plane to the Dominican Republic in 2010 -- but says he did not engage in sex with prostitutes there, as a conservative website reported. In his gritty, immigrant-heavy northern New Jersey hometown sometimes called "Havana on the Hudson," Menendez is revered as the Cuban-American who has risen the highest in politics
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Quite frankly, this is another tempest in a teapot. It´s the sanctimony and hubris of the left, and the fact that they and their proxies in the MSM would be demanding a Republican in identical straits be drawn and quartered that makes me want him if not drawn and quartered, disgraced and forced to resign. Christie shoud then appoint himself Senator from the great (fill in the blank) of NJ...
This means that Rubio the Rubester could plead for amnesty on his behalf... and then they could be on a national ticket together... a bipartisan unity ticket. (Maybe Schumer and McCain would endorse? After all... )
It´s completely understandable about Menendez given his heritage. Before Castro cleaned up Cuba, corrupt dicktaters like Batista pocketed gazillions of Yankee dollars from all the gambling, drugs and prostitution available there for Americano visitors and others.
We must honor and acknowledge their ethnic heritage, customs and traditions. Mustn´t we? Let´s all assault a pinata like the kids do. And ignore laws and the constitution. Replace it with anything goes.... s/o
ARLINGTON, Va.- Conservative groups in 34 U.S. states plan coordinated assaults on taxes, healthcare, public sector pensions and the environment, organizing papers indicate. They also plan a strategy to push for expanded access to school vouchers to encourage home schooling, the documents published by Britain´s Guardian indicate. The newspaper published the papers in conjunction with the Texas Observer in Austin and the Portland (Maine) Press Herald. The documents can be found at tinyurl.com/UPI-SPN. The conservative strategy, organized and coordinated by the State Policy Network in Arlington, Va., includes proposals to cut public sector pensions, lower government-worker wages, eliminate income taxes,
Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus said Thursday that little lies like the White House saying Obama had never met his uncle show President Obama is untrustworthy. “The American people are seeing Barack Obama for what he is. He says one thing and does another. He’s been lying to the American people,” Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, said in interview on Fox News’s “Hannity” show Thursday night. “These little lies, like, you know, lying about whether you met someone or not that´s been significant in your life— listen, those are big things because it goes to the character
Sen. Ted Cruz — a vocal opponent of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act — compared Obama’s exemptions of certain parts of the law to a dictatorship. “One of the most disturbing aspects of the Obama presidency is the willingness of this president to disregard the law, to ignore the law,” the Texas Republican said in an interview with Fusion on Wednesday. “You know, we were talking a few minutes ago about Obamacare. And you mentioned it’s the law of the land. If it’s the law of the land, the president shouldn’t keep ignoring the law.”
President Obama says his personal management style isn´t a problem: "Part of what we need to do is reorganize the government, which was designed primarily in 1935-45. We could consolidate agencies," he told "Hardball" host Chris Matthews Thursday in an interview conducted at American University in Washington. Matthews, an Obama fan, told the president that problems with the rollout of Obamacare suggest he does not have a "strong top-down authority system." "What is your system for management?" Matthews asked the president. (Video) "Well, first of all, I think it´s important to distinguish between this particular project -- this health care project,
With anti-tax Republicans in control of the House, it’s a little odd that The Washington Post would devote a story on Thursday to liberal Democrat Earl Blumenauer’s proposal to raise the federal gas tax by 15 cents a gallon. It was stranger that reporter Ashley Halsey III seemed ordered to produce a Blumenauer press release, quoting absolutely no opposition to such a tax hike, instead quoting tax-hike backers like AAA and unions. No one seemed to ask whether the nation´s infrastructure was supposed to get a boost from Obama´s "stimulus." With Congress facing a major shortfall in transportation funding next
WASHINGTON – A fourth straight month of solid hiring cut the U.S. unemployment rate to a five-year low of 7 percent in November, an encouraging sign for the economy. The Labor Department says employers added 203,000 jobs, nearly matching October´s revised gain of 200,000. The job gains helped lower the unemployment rate from 7.3 percent in October. The strengthening job market is likely to fuel speculation that the Federal Reserve may start to scale back its bond purchases when it meets later this month. The economy has now generated an average of 204,000 jobs from August through November. That´s up
Either President Obama needs a new speechwriter, or he needs a new set of economic policies. Actually, he needs both. Can anyone think of a more boring, banal, irrelevant, or stale speech than the one he gave this Thursday in Washington DC? The speech was allegedly on the economy, but more likely it was to divert attention from the Obamacare catastrophe. Whatever the motive, his idea that the defining challenge of our time is to reduce income inequality is completely wrong. In truth, the defining challenge is to restore more rapid economic growth, create substantially more jobs, and significantly reduce
I have never been much of a conspiracy theorist. For me it was always Oswald by himself from the Texas School Book Depository and nothing in the intervening fifty years has disabused me of this notion. For the most part, I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy — the most obvious explanation is likely to be true. (Snip) To put it bluntly, Occam’s Razor has moved. Things that were once possibilities now seem almost certainties to me. Principal among those is that Obama’s academic records are perpetually unavailable for a reason — and that reason is most likely that they reveal
One of President Obama´s chief political assets has been his ability to excite young people like almost no politician in history. But the days of America´s youth fawning over the president are over. A new Harvard University Institute of Politics poll released Wednesday confirms what other surveys have shown in recent months: Millennials have soured on Obama so much this year that their opinion of him largely mirrors the American public´s. Even though Obama does not ever have to face another election, he should be worried about the findings for a couple of reasons, which we will dive into momentarily.
A stunning new study unveiled on Fox News´ Hannity finds that President Barack Obama’s White House calendar records just one face-to-face meeting between Obama and his Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in the more than three-and-a-half years leading up to the disastrous Obamacare launch. The startling statistic comes from a new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) analysis of Obama’s own official White House calendar, as well as the Politico presidential calendar, and raises new questions about Obama’s executive leadership and management throughout the implementation of his singular legislative achievement. More alarming still, the president’s schedule lists 277 private
Last summer on his $100 million family tour of Africa, Barack Obama hoped for a priceless photo op with Nelson Mandela, the ailing freedom pioneer who went from prison cell to the presidency of South Africa. Mandela´s family suggested that wouldn’t happen. So, the Obamas did a photo op in Mandela´s former prison cell. Which Obama’s White House quickly tweeted upon word of the icon´s passing at 95. [Skip] But Obama was also caught staring at television coverage of Mandela’s passing, which became Obama’s Photo of the Day.
[Video] President Obama on Wednesday declared that addressing income inequality would be the focus of “all” of the White House’s efforts “for the rest of my presidency.” In a sweeping address that touched on raising the minimum wage, investing in infrastructure and ending tax breaks for the wealthy, Obama warned that the American economy has become “profoundly unequal,” declaring economic mobility the “challenge of our time.” “The combined trends of increasing inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the American dream, our way of life, and what we stand for around the globe,” he said in an hour-long
Just over two weeks ago, MSNBC host Martin Bashir delivered a harsh piece of commentary that culminated in the suggestion that someone should “s-h-i-t” in former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin‘s (R-AK) mouth. Bashir offered an abject apology on his next broadcast, but a chorus of critics continued to demand action against the host. After a reported “vacation” for the host earlier this week, Bashir announced, Wednesday afternoon, that MSNBC and Martin Bashir are parting ways. Here’s the statement from Martin Bashir, via email: After making an on-air apology, I asked for permission to take some additional time out around the Thanksgiving holiday. Upon
Hardly a week goes by without Hillary Clinton receiving another award. Last month she was named a “Global Champion” by the International Medical Corps, received the American Patriot Award at the National Defense University Foundation and the Hermandad Award from the Mexican American Leadership Initiative. [Snip] At this rate, if a bunch of elderly left-wing Swedes toss her the Nobel Peace Prize early on, the way they did to Obama, it will barely rate mention among all the other glittering trophies that have been bestowed on a woman whose only actual accomplishment was being married to a crooked governor with