No wonder some political opposition was making it harder for U.S. troops to vote next month. A new poll by the Military Times finds members of the American military going for Republican Mitt Romney two-to-one over their current Democrat commander-in-chief. According to the widely-read newspaper, the professional core of the U.S. military overwhelmingly supports Romney based on two top criteria: character and the economy.
Standby for holiday launch! Remember back in eighth grade the kid named Joel who got straight A´s? And everyone pretty much hated him because he was doing what we all silently knew we were supposed to be doing? Well now, in the week that brings us the predictable TV news of massive Thanksgiving travel delays and Black Friday insanity comes official statistical word that the Joel´s of America have already finished all their Christmas shopping. Almost one-in-ten Americans are already all done!
Hi, everybody. Over the past couple months, most of the political headlines you’ve read have probably been about the government shutdown and the launch of the Affordable Care Act. And I know that many of you have rightly never been more frustrated with Washington. But if you look beyond those headlines, there are some good things happening in our economy. And that’s been my top priority since the day I walked into the Oval Office.
One of the dangers of speaking in public for politicians is putting their mouth on cruise control. The media´s questions are generally so predictable. And the pols become so familiar with reciting replies to certain contemporary topics that they´re tempted to turn off the brain and just spout the day´s approved talking points. Unlike many officials this long into elected service, President Obama has stuck with his teleprompter. It ensures he utters the vocabulary words pre-polled by his communications strategists for effectiveness and resonance with voters.
Barack Obama is not the first president to duck a direct rhetorical comparison with Abraham Lincoln on the anniversary of the 16th president´s Gettysburg Address, arguably America´s greatest speech. But Obama is the most surprising. Rather than travel a mere 65 miles to attend the 150th anniversary celebration of the revered speech by the president who ended slavery, the nation´s first African American president hunkered in his White House fortress.
Fallon: Cornell scientists create a robot that can hold a knife. Or as robots will tell their grandkids, "That is when the revolution began." Conan: Climate change talks in Poland focus on China, world’s biggest polluter. May get awkward tomorrow, when China buys Poland. Leno: A new world record today in the 100 meters. Set by Congressional Democrats running away from ObamaCare.
If by "working" she means entertaining millions of Americans with late-night jokes that turn President Obama´s promises into guaranteed laugh lines and threaten the political viability of his stuttering second term. "President Obama met with American Indian tribal leaders this week. He promised them, ´If you like your medicine man, you can keep your medicine man.´" -- Jay Leno. “The marketplace is working, people are enrolling," claims Sebelius, who´s from Kansas. If by “enrolling,” Sebelius means a total of 777 people in each of the 35 state exchanges being run by the feds during enrollment’s first 33 days.
Hi, I´m Senator Ron Johnson from the great State of Wisconsin. President Obama said he wants to fundamentally transform America. So far, his attempt to transform our health care system has not been pretty — with ObamaCare, he did far more than just fumble the ball. Contrary to his repeated promise, that ‘if you like your health care plan, you can keep it,’ millions of Americans are not only losing their insurance coverage, they are losing access to the doctors and treatments that have kept them alive.
Hi, everybody. On Thursday, I visited a steel plant in Cleveland, Ohio to talk about what we’re doing to rebuild our economy on a new foundation for stronger, more durable economic growth. One area where we’ve made great progress is American energy. After years of talk about reducing our dependence on foreign oil, we are actually poised to control our own energy future.
President Obama uttered a surprisingly revealing 23-word sentence Thursday that reveals so much about his thinking and why his second-term is shaping up as worse than Jimmy Carter´s last. But, first, let´s get this straight right off the bat: President Obama is not a dummy. He acts like a dummy, an arrogant one at that. The chief executive of the United States tries to convince the world he´s a dummy, bizarrely claiming he didn´t know so many stupid, illegal, corrupt, partisan, lying things were going on in his administration lo these past 1,760 divisive days.
Great news! No agreement yet in the nuclear weapons talks with Iran. Squeezed by the weight of international sanctions, the rogue regime recently agreed to talk about not pursuing a nuclear weapons program. Since no one believes Iran is not pursuing weapons development, the sticking point then becomes verification, basically allowing international inspectors to tour Iranian facilities. In the double negative double-speak of diplomacy, if you´re not developing weapons what´s not to see? But Iran will let inspectors into only some places, not others.
Conan: Scientists say if all the world’s ice melted, Florida would be underwater. Of course, there could also be some negative consequences. Leno: The Obama White House website still says if you like your health plan, you can keep it. That´s false, of course. The president says they´re trying to correct it, but his website people can´t seem to log-on. Conan: President Obama met the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. Obama was excited to tell the hockey players that ObamaCare includes dental.
In recent weeks, I’ve heard heartbreaking stories from many Hoosiers about the impact the new health care law is having on them and their families. Today I’d like to share with you some of their experiences. Mike from Bloomington wrote in to say that the plan he has now — which he likes — is being canceled at the end of the year. This, of course, is exactly what the president and other champions of the law promised would not happen. Mike’s new plan will cost him $900 more a month. Scott from Salem shared his story about how, shortly
JERUSALEM -- Israel´s prime minister has criticized the international community´s nuclear deal with Iran as a "historic mistake." Speaking to his Cabinet, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel is not bound by the deal and reserves the right to defend itself. That is a reference to possible military action against Iran. Israel believes Iran is trying to develop a nuclear weapon, although Tehran denies that. Netanyahu said the deal would not adequately stop Iran, while also giving it relief from sanctions. "Today the world became a much more dangerous place because the most dangerous regime in the world
Though the Obama administration said that individuals making under $45,960 would get Obamacare subsidies, low-income young people in most of America´s big cities who relied on that promise are discovering they will be ineligible for them. According to a CNN report, though young people are now required to purchase insurance under Obamacare or pay a fine, "many low-income younger Americans won´t get any subsidy at all" because, as the Obama administration claims, the "cost of insurance is lower than the government initially expected." In April, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius "told a
The sounds of Christmas in the Obama White House mean James Taylor, Mariah Carey and Nat King Cole. “The kids tease me that they know it’s Christmas when I pull out my playlist,” First Lady Michelle Obama tells Ladies’ Home Journal. The holiday tunes are accompanied by hot chocolate and a fire in the Yellow Oval room as President Obama and his family decorate their tree. “Christmas has always been a special time in my household,” Michelle Obama says in the December/January issue. “Growing up, we lived in a little-bitty apartment, but my mom put her heart and soul into decorating that house.”
“For the first time in nearly a decade we have halted parts of Iran’s nuclear program” announced a jubilant Barack Obama after the news of the just-signed Geneva six-month interim agreement with Iran. But the American goal for the accord was that the Iranians not “advance their program” of building a uranium nuclear bomb (and perhaps a plutonium bomb too); the apparent deal exactly permits such advancement, plus sanctions relief to Tehran worth about $9 billion. This wretched deal offers one of those rare occasions when comparison with Neville Chamberlain in Munich in 1938 is valid. An overeager Western government, blind to
Bankrupt and hemorrhaging population, the city of Detroit is banking on greener pastures to lead its rebirth. A private company is snapping up 150 acres on the Motor City´s East End -- property where more than 1,000 homes once formed a gritty neighborhood -- and turning it into what is being billed as the world´s largest urban farm. Hantz Woodlands plans to start by planting trees, but hopes to raise crops and even livestock in the future, right in the midst of the once-proud city. “We are interested with moving into different types of agriculture,” Mike Score, president of Hantz,
America has long had two embassies in Italy: One for the country, the other for the Holy See. Barbie Latza Nadeau on why soon there will be only one. Citing security concerns without naming a specific threat, the U.S. State Department is planning to shutter its embassy to the Holy See inside the lush Villa Domiziana overlooking the Circus Maximus and Palatine Hill in central Rome. The embassy, which has been in operation since 1984 when Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II signed an accord, will essentially be swallowed up by the larger, more influential U.S. embassy to Italy.
The Obamacare rollout remains a debacle, but now enough time has passed that smart people are beginning to dissect what went wrong. So far, the best take I´ve seen comes from Internet pioneer Clay Shirky, who notes that the politicians weren´t listening to the people doing the actual work. I was talking about this to my Administrative Law class not long ago. I had told them that there are few real secrets in D.C. because everyone sleeps with everyone else. A student then asked why both the administration and the GOP seemed to have been blindsided by the Obamacare website problems. "I guess nobody was sleeping with the techies,"
Located just 50 miles off the U.S. coast, north of New York City, sits Petra, a heart-shaped island that now belongs to Brad Pitt, after Angelina reportedly shelled out £12.2million to buy it for his 50th birthday. Pitt is apparently an architect fanatic, so when Jolie discovered that the island´s only two homes were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, she was sold. Pitt once said,“When I discovered Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Frank Lloyd Wright, it changed my life.” A source revealed that “as soon as Angelina heard the island was on the market she arranged a viewing. She was really impressed.
Normally, I don´t traffic much in gossip, but the case of Valerie Jarrett is different. She may well be the most powerful woman in America, and almost certainly is the most powerful member of the Obama administration. The adjective "shadowy" definitely applies to this woman who enjoys her power through her relationship to the President, having never been confirmed by Senate hearings. Her title as "Senior Adviser" to the President barely scratches the surface of her real power. President Obama has time for his 150+ rounds of golf, his extensive television watching, and his expertise on March Madness bracketology because ValJar,
"I cannot tell a lie." That´s the signature line from a classic American story. When the nation´s first president was asked as a boy if he had chopped down his father´s cherry tree, he didn´t say "I can neither confirm nor deny those reports," or "it depends on what the meaning of the word ´is´ is." George Washington told the truth even if it got him in trouble. The moral of the story -- Washington was a great leader because he would not lie, and all presidents should be as honest as our founding father. Well, guess what? That story about
The Elders, an organization of elder statesmen, peace activists and human rights advocates that includes former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, welcomed the interim agreement reached in Geneva between the P5+1 groups and Iran early Sunday. “We are all aware of the risks involved,” said Jimmy Carter. “But I am convinced that, after 35 years of animosity and distrust, there is an historic opportunity to rebuild relations with the government and people of Iran on solid foundations of mutual respect.” Kofi Annan, the chairman of the Elders and former secretary-general of the UN, said he hoped the deal would be "swiftly followed up
The Rev. Al Sharpton has retail bigwigs shaking in their fine leather boots after giving them a drop-dead date of Monday to appoint a special task force on racial profiling. Or else. The ultimatum came after an intense, three-hour meeting Friday involving Sharpton, other community advocates and top retail executives, including Barneys CEO Mark Lee and Macy’s vice president Bill Hawthorne. “I feel like I’m holding my Christmas shopping money until I see what happens,” Sharpton said after the meeting at The Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in Midtown. “People should not be spending their money where they are treated as suspects rather than prospects.”