VAN METER, Iowa - Recounting stories of people who have touched his life, an emotional Mitt Romney told an Iowa crowd Tuesday afternoon of the time he met one of the two former Navy SEALs killed in last month's terror attack in Libya. The story started off light-hearted. Romney and his wife, Ann Romney, accidentally crashed a Christmas Party across the street from his home in La Jolla, Calif., mistakenly thinking it was a neighborhood party they were invited to. "We had dinner together and got our pictures with everyone," Romney recalled, as the crowd began laughing. "Turns out,
The tag team of Romney/Ryan are thumping, smacking, pounding, and kicking the pathetic doped Taupe Dope 24/7. Good. Do not stop until the craven Marxist mulatto slithers back to the hell hole that spawned him. Do not relent. Give no quarter.
This probably helps explain his rapid response to the terror attack too. He knew one of the guys! Perhaps a good question in the debate would be to ask Obammy the names of the 4 deceased and if their families are content with the government's ''investigation'' so far.
#8, I'll bet the families got the same "form letter" that Barry and Co. send out to all the families of our heroes who are killed in combat. And, this attack WAS combat. We should MOAB the place, collateral damage be damned.
WASHINGTON — The C.I.A. is paying AT&T more than $10 million a year to assist with overseas counterterrorism investigations by exploiting the company’s vast database of phone records, which includes Americans’ international calls, according to government officials. The cooperation is conducted under a voluntary contract, not under subpoenas or court orders compelling the company to participate, according to the officials. The C.I.A. supplies phone numbers of overseas terrorism suspects, and AT&T searches its database and provides records of calls that may help identify foreign associates, the officials said. The company has a huge archive of data on phone calls, both
DALLAS— Fort Hood officials plan to demolish the medical building where 13 people were killed and more than 30 others were wounded during a shooting rampage four years ago, a spokesman for the Texas military base said Wednesday. Building 42003 had been fenced off as a crime scene since Nov. 5, 2009, when Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan attacked his fellow soldiers as they waited inside the crowded building. Army investigators returned the facility to Fort Hood officials after Hasan was convicted and sentenced to death earlier this year, spokesman Chris Haug said. Haug said officials haven´t decided what to do with
Two British teenagers had an unconventional Halloween costume last week: the burning Twin Towers. Amber Langford and Annie Collinge, 19-year-old students at the University of Chester, dressed up as the Twin Towers for Halloween. The pair donned American flags on their heads and wore tower outfits that featured planes, explosions, smoke and people jumping to their deaths from the upper floors. Langford and Collinge won the "best dressed" award at Rosie´s nightclub in Chester that night, and received about $240 in shopping vouchers. "Both the University of Chester and Chester Students´ Union utterly condemn the appalling photos which have been
FORT MEADE, Md.- The White House may place the National Security Agency under civilian leadership and end dual leadership of the NSA and U.S. Cyber Command, officials said. The changes could help lessen the furor over the NSA´s sweeping powers by narrowing the powers given to its director, officials told The Washington Post. They could also help avoid an excessive amassing of power in one individual with control over two distinctive operations that have fundamentally different missions -- spying and conducting military attacks, the Post said. NSA officials are to meet soon to discuss the issue. The White House is
Blake Shelton captured album of the year, Miranda Lambert won female vocalist of the year and Taylor Swift was honored with the Pinnacle award for her achievements, but it was George Strait who won the night´s top honor at the Country Music Awards — entertainer of the year. Strait, who is retiring from the road, nabbed his third trophy in the category but hadn´t won the prestigious award since 1990. He capped a night where there was no clear favorite. Shelton, Swift, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Florida Georgia Line won two awards each. But Shelton won the other big
After immense pressure from the conservative movement, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) has walked back its efforts to attack the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF). At a press conference on Tuesday, NRSC executive director Rob Collins complimented SCF’s work against Democrats like Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) and said that he believes the organization is in fact motivated to get Republicans the majority in the U.S. Senate, albeit by different “tactics” than the NRSC. Collins’ remarks are a marked reversal for the group in just a few days of how the NRSC has treated the conservative group largely responsible for helping
In a religious conundrum? Just ask yourself: What Would Jesus Brew? A growing number of churches across the country have taken to serving beers and ales as a means of attracting younger members. Other congregations ditch the sacred space entirely and flock to the local pub, preferring neither water nor wine, but perhaps a nice IPA.In a fascinating look into modern Christian culture in America, NPR´s The Salt blog examines the strange brew of religion and alcohol — and how it´s attracting unexpected people to Christianity. In Fort Worth, Texas, Church-in-a-Pub gets churchgoers in the spirit, so to speak. Worship
The election of pro-union Democrats to executive positions in New York and Virginia could boost the labor agenda, according to labor watchdogs. Terry McAuliffe defeated Republican Ken Cuccinelli on Tuesday 48 percent to 45.5 percent in Virginia’s gubernatorial race. McAuliffe, one of the Democratic Party’s premier fundraisers over the past two decades, outraised and outspent Cuccinelli with the help of an outpour of cash from organized labor. He received more than $2.5 million from unions as the race drew to a close, according to state campaign filings. McAuliffe tripled his union donations from his 2009 gubernatorial run.
DALLAS — President Barack Obama has arrived in Dallas to visit with North Texans who have been working to help uninsured residents sign up for coverage through the nation’s new healthcare plan — and attend two fundraisers to help raise money for Democratic senators seeking election next year. First up on the president’s agenda now that he’s arrived at Love Field is heading to Temple Emanu-El, to meet with those who are helping others enroll in the country’s new healthcare plan, known as the Affordable Care Act. On the way to Dallas, White House officials told reporters that Dallas is
About 15 protesters are awaiting the arrival of President Barack Obama at Temple Emanu-el in Dalas, railing against the president’s health care law and the deaths of four Americans in the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, last year. Drivers passing by the site at Hillcrest Avenue and Northwest Highway blew their horns and gave the “thumbs up” sign to protesters, who held signs saying “Don’t mess with Texas” and “Honk to impeach.”Michael Chew, 39, said he was with a group called Activists for Truth and Liberty and came to the president’s appearance because he was tired of lies from Washington. He
LOS ANGELES- While some say school safety hinges on guns, cameras or alarms in classrooms, Mark Gomer and Kristi Schiller think specially trained dogs should take point in preventing violence in schools. Gomer´s for-profit company has sent a gun-and drug-detecting dog to patrol the halls of an Ohio high school, while Schiller is launching a nonprofit in Houston to give schools the trained canines for free. Their programs are still in their infancy, so questions remain about dogs that can distract, scare or send kids into sneezing fits. But they think they can cultivate their ideas to help schools across
President Obama called New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) Wednesday afternoon to congratulate him on his reelection. A White House official and a spokesman to Christie confirmed the phone call. Obama first missed Christie because he called right before the governor’s Wednesday press conference. Christie then returned the president’s call. Originally, the president only phoned three Democrats who won Tuesday: Virginia’s Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe, New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and Boston’s Mayor-elect Martin Walsh, according to a statement put out by the White House late Tuesday night. Obama campaigned for McAuliffe and de Blasio during the last leg
The Virginia governor’s race was supposed to prove how the Tea Party destroyed the GOP. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli was supposed to be too extreme and too much of a right-winger to be competitive. McAuliffe, who had a double-digit lead as late as two weeks ago, was coasting to victory on the strength of the national disgust over the government shutdown that hit Northern Virginia with its large number of federal employees hit. But once the shutdown ended and the country began to take notice of the ObamaCare rollout fiasco, the dynamic in Virginia changed. While liberal pundits will probably
How the heck did that happen? Most public polls leading up to Election Day had Democrat Terry McAuliffe coasting to victory, some by double digits, in the Virginia governor’s race. Instead he squeaked by, beating Republican Ken Cuccinelli by less than 3 percentage points. The much-closer-than-expected outcome blunts the narrative that this was a clean win for Democrats going into 2014 and guarantees an intense blame game among Republicans about what might have put Cuccinelli over the top.
They said he was “unelectable.” The RNC put only $3 million into this race. Ken was outspent by a margin of something between 4:1 and 10:1, if you believe the Associated Press. The Democrats poured everything into trying to lie to voters and portray Cuccinelli as an extremist — and they barely pulled this one out. Would another $3 million have swung 50,000 votes? The Republicans, starting with Bill Bolling, who undercut Cuccinelli as unelectable have egg all over their faces. This was a winnable election. How did we give this away to Terry McAuliffe? Some serious soul-searching should be
It was, I think, the most brazenly mendacious claim an American president has told since Bill Clinton’s finger-wagging insistence that “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.” I have in mind Barack Obama’s statement, made earlier this week, in which he said this: “Now, if you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law and you really liked that plan, what we said was you can keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law passed.” (Emphasis added.) That is not, in fact, what the president said. Not by a country
Democrat Terry McAuliffe is projected to win the Virginia gubernatorial race, defeating Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli in a surprisingly close victory. Fox News projected McAuliffe as the winner Tuesday night. The closely watched raced pitted a Tea Party-backed Republican and an establishment Democrat locked in an expensive, ideological battle whose outcome is expected to set a course for the 2014 and 2016 elections -- in large part forcing the GOP to consider whether a strong conservative candidate is the party’s best pick to win a national election. Cuccinelli, trailing late by single digits, tried unsuccessfully to use voter dissatisfaction with ObamaCare to stage
Yesterday’s exit polls from New Jersey won’t easily be forgotten. They will be cited and repeated endlessly by pundits and Governor Chris Christie’s supporters to bolster his case for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Any Republican who can get 60 percent of the vote in a blue state is bound to become the subject of presidential speculation. But when a Republican who is pro-life and has fought a running battle with labor unions and Democrats over taxes and budgets does so, he parachutes into the first tier of any discussion of future candidates. That Christie did this while winning
Many insurance executives whose companies are offering plans on the federal exchanges are frustrated with the realities that the rollout of the Affordable Care Act have laid bare. They’re talking about it, yes, but prying a quote from them on the record is a different matter. Health care consultant Larry Thompson says that for them, speaking up would be “suicide.” “They are afraid to say anything because they don’t want HHS all over them,” he says. ”A lot of the carriers to Medicaid and Medicare work, they are afraid of retribution.” Last week, health care consultant Bob Laszewski told CNN
Voters elected Bill de Blasio New York’s 109th mayor Tuesday in one of the most sweeping victories in history — returning City Hall to Democratic control for the first time in 20 years. De Blasio, who at 6-foot-5 will become the city’s tallest leader ever, breezed in after waves of voters embraced his progressive vision and vows to move the city in a new direction. And according to the mayor-in-waiting, those changes could come right out of the gate. “We will have things to say tomorrow,” de Blasio said after casting a ballot with his family near their Park Slope,
There is an apocryphal story about the origins of neoconservatism in the 1960s. Some liberal professors at Harvard were sympathetic to the New Left and such radical groups as Students for a Democratic Society. But one day one of these professors heard the radicals suggest burning down the Harvard library as an act of protest, and the professor suddenly realized that he had nothing in common with them at all. He organized some other professors into a vigil to protect the library at all cost. Today, the problem isn’t the New Left, but the radical right, which has dominated American
Are you racist if you have a gun in your home? According to a study by foreigners, yes. Researchers in England and Australia randomly dialed phone numbers until they found white voters willing to take part in their study. Those who agreed to participate were paid $10 a month from January 2008 to September 2009 and provided Internet access if they didn’t have it. Respondents were quizzed to gauge their level of racism. Here’s a few of the questions: • How well does the word ‘violent’ describe most blacks? •How much do you agree with the following statement? “Generations of slavery and discrimination have created conditions
The polls are now closed in Virginia, and Fox News can report that Democrat Terry McAulliffe has a slight lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli, although it is too early to call the race. McAuliffe is faring well among women voters and is also performing strongly in the Washington D.C. suburbs in Northern Virginia. Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis remains a distant third, although he is garnering a fair amount of votes from young people. As polls closed, so did the hard-fought Virginia gubernatorial race between an establishment Democrat and a Republican who warned that a vote for his rival was a
Liar! Pinocchio! Deceiver! With all the charges flying against President Obama in the on-going effort to stop ObamaCare it’s time for a reality check. Having failed to kill the Affordable Care Act in Congress by shutting down the government the opposition is currently taking delight in charging the president with lying to the public when he said anyone who likes their current healthcare plan will be able to keep it under the new law. It turns out that some people in the individual care market – about 5 percent of the overall insurance market -- are having their insurance policies