Administration officials are now blaming the nation’s intelligence agencies for the administration’s week-long campaign to blame a little-known YouTube video for the lethal Sept. 11 Benghazi attack. Officials’ statements about the video’s contribution to the attack were based on judgments ”made by the intelligence community,” Jay Carney, President Barack Obama’s press secretary, said Oct. 10. “We provided the information we had [from the agencies], and we made clear it was preliminary,” Carney insisted. Carney repeatedly declined to explain the White House’s response to the attack, or its security measures taken prior to the attack,
So the 0bama regime is going to blame the intelligence professionals instead of their own bumbling amateur selves. Do the expect ANY people from the intel community to now come out and testify on their behalf? If they could all talk that alone would bring down the 0bama regime.
At an August 9 press conference, President Barack Obama said that when Congress won’t agree to what he wants, he will act alone. That statement, which he has made before, should send shivers through freedom-loving Americans. The President was asked where he gets the authority to delay the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate, even though the law states that the mandate “shall” go into effect January 1, 2014. The Obama administration had announced the delay on July 3, without seeking Congress’s help in changing the law. In response, Obama said that “in a normal political environment, it would have been easier for
The analysis of the Natural Born Citizen clause in the Constitution as it applies to Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. I promised to do this long ago, and did the research with the assistance of a former student, but couldn’t bring myself to actually write it up for multiple reasons: (1) it’s a subject which brings out the most vitriolic commenters and e-mailers (hey, why don’t we talk about a non-controversial subject instead, like Islam or Gay Marriage?) and I haven’t been in the mood; (2) views on the subject have become like religion, incapable of disproving; (3) I’ve generally been distracted, with each
How’s the vacation going Mr. President? You seem to have everything you could possibly need — an island full of trust-funded moonbats, a $7.6-million rented mansion, 70-or-so coatholders, plenty of billionaire Wall Street hedge fund managers to play golf with, a cocktail party in West Tisbury the other night hosted by an ex-NPR host — oh, how simply precious, NPR! And surely you’ll be playing 18 holes any day now with Comcast/NBC chairman Brian Roberts — you can discuss what a wonderful job Rev. Al is doing on MSNBC, not to mention Comrade Chris. But I’ve noticed two missing pieces of your fabulous
Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, among others, believe that Republicans ought to use Congress’s continuing resolution (CR) as an opportunity to defund Obamacare. The CR must be passed by Congress in order to keep funding the government. Cruz, Lee & Co. think Democrats will be so terrified of a government shutdown that they’ll be willing to vote to defund their signature legislative achievement. It’s an interesting theory. But the opposite is far likelier: that a government shutdown will seriously harm Republicans in the midterm elections, ensuring Obamacare’s permanence. These shutdown shock-jocks start with a fair premise: Once the government starts doling
In October 2007, Glenn Hurowitz, an environmental activist in Washington, formed a political action committee with a few friends who supported John Edwards for president. Rather than trying to boost the former senator, who had positioned himself as the most unabashedly liberal major candidate in the race, Hurowitz decided to focus almost exclusively on stopping frontrunner Hillary Clinton from winning the Democratic nomination. The plan was to call her out for how she engaged the political system, buckling too often to pressure from business interests and the GOP, like when she backed off a proposed $5,000 “baby bond” in the face
A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) violated the law by allowing the Obama administration to shut down the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site, according to the Associated Press: In a sharply worded opinion, the court said the nuclear agency was “simply flouting the law” when it allowed the Obama administration to continue plans to close the proposed waste site 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas. The action goes against a federal law designating Yucca Mountain as the nation’s nuclear waste repository. “The president may not decline to follow a statutory mandate or prohibition simply because
Do you believe the president or your lying insurance premium? Soon, that will be the most important question about ObamaCare. President Obama continues to insist that under the law, as he said in his pre-vacation press conference, people are going to be able to “sign up for affordable quality health insurance at a significantly cheaper rate than what they can get right now on the individual market.” This has been his sales pitch for his health-care law from the beginning, and it’s never been true. But admitting that ObamaCare will mean higher rates for many people is too painful a concession to
Yellow is the hue of both completely justifiable caution and abject surrender in the “Safe Passage” signs posted three to a block on the 53 routes that Chicago officials have mapped out in preparation for the new school year. Vests of the same color and same dual significance will be worn by 600 unarmed civilian sentinels posted along what the police have determined to be the most secure routes for youngsters from 49 newly closed elementary schools to walk to farther flung “welcoming” schools in areas perhaps controlled by gangs that may not be so welcoming. The sentinels will be
That’s how Anthony Weiner described his comment earlier this week that suggested he had inside information into Hillary Clinton’s 2016 plans. “Have you ever heard that sometimes people say, ‘Yes, but if I tell you I’d have to kill you?’” Weiner said tonight. “It was a joke, everyone laughed, it was a joke.” When pressed by ABC News after a New York City mayoral debate, he declared: “I have no insight into campaign 2016. I’m struggling right here with 2013.” Team Clinton isn’t laughing. The latest dustup for Weiner came Monday night at a forum sponsored by BuzzFeed when he
Almost seven years ago, I wrote a piece for National Review Online called “This is Crazy,” in which I described the aftermath of a fatal shooting in South Los Angeles.(Snip)I was thinking of that poor young man and his father this week as I read about Shaaliver Douse, the 14-year-old boy shot and killed by an NYPD officer early last Sunday morning. The New York Times reported that two rookie cops, barely a month out of the police academy, were on foot patrol in the Bronx at about 3 a.m. when they heard gunshots. Rookies or not, they did what
Or rent, depending on the contract term. I missed this op-ed from Palm Beach attorney Paul Rampell last weekend proposing the idea of “wedleases,” a pseudo-matrimonial contractual relationship that has an expiration date as part of the package, but NPR picked up on it today: In real estate, one may own a life estate in a piece of property. This is comparable to the term of a marriage — a lifetime. And in real estate, one may hold possession of property for shorter terms through a lease. Why don’t we borrow from real estate and create a marital lease? Instead of wedlock,
I realize that initials like JFK or LBJ or GWB don’t exactly roll easily off the tongue as dog names. Still if any of these presidents had named their dogs after themselves, wouldn’t it have been perceived as a sign of an ego one size too large even for a president? And yet Barack Obama’s dog’s name is Bo…but then nothing could be more fitting for a man who loves himself so deeply, and whose narcissism may well be clinically diagnosable. One amusing note: LBJ was given a dog by J. Edgar Hoover, which the president then named J. Edgar.
The sales assistant who refused to show U.S. talkshow billionaire Oprah Winfrey a luxury handbag costing nearly £25,000 claims the superstar lied about what happened in the luxury Swiss boutique where she works. Speaking anonymously to Sunday newspaper SonntagsBlick, the Italian bag lady said she felt ´powerless´ and in the grip of a ´cyclone´ after Winfrey went on TV in America to claim she had been the victim of racism. Winfrey was in Switzerland in July when she walked into the Trois Pommes boutique in Zurich looking for a handbag to match the outfit she was going to
In a story that has remained largely under the mainstream media radar, Congress announced late last month that it would finally investigate the Aug. 6, 2011 helicopter crash in Afghanistan that resulted in 38 deaths, including 22 members of SEAL Team 6, made famous three months earlier when they killed Osama Bin Laden. Grieving family members insist that soldiers in the elite unit were placed in unnecessary danger by the recklessness of the Obama administration, whose actions they characterized as criminal. “We’re going to dive into this,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT),
LOS ANGELES -- Oprah Winfrey says she's "sorry" a media frenzy emerged after saying she experienced racism during a trip to Switzerland."I think that incident in Switzerland was just an incident in Switzerland. I'm really sorry that it got blown up. I purposefully did not mention the name of the store. I'm sorry that I said it was Switzerland," Winfrey said "I was just referencing it as an example of being in a place where people don't expect that you would be able to be there," she continued.In recent interview with "Entertainment Tonight," Winfrey recalled a clerk at an upscale Zurich boutique refusing to show her a handbag. Winfrey said she was told she could not afford the $38,000 purse. Staff has added more text.
On August 12, Joe DiGenova, attorney for one of the Benghazi whistleblowers, told Washington D.C.´s WMAL that one of the reasons people have remained tight-lipped about Benghazi is because 400 U.S. missiles were "diverted to Libya" and ended up being stolen and falling into "the hands of some very ugly people." DiGenova represents Benghazi whistleblower Mark Thompson. He told WMAL that he "does not know whether [the missiles] were at the annex, but it is clear the annex was somehow involved in the distribution of those missiles."
Last week I wrote a column about the reality that House Republicans are ready to cave on so-called comprehensive immigration reform. There was a final paragraph in that column my editor decided not to use. That is the editor’s right for two reasons: one, every site has a voice they wish to adhere to interns of form and content; and two, he who pays, gets the final say. Ironically, what was omitted by my editor was not lost on scores of astute letter writers who commented on the piece. I would like them to know that I have the same feelings
IRS? A system of voluntary tax compliance cannot survive a dishonest IRS. Lois Lerner and company have virtually ruined the agency. For the foreseeable future, each time an American receives a tax query, he will wonder to what degree his politics ensures enhanced or reduced scrutiny — or whether his name as a donor, activist, or partisan has put him on a watch list. Worse still, when a high commissioner of the IRS takes the 5th Amendment, it sends a frightening message: those audited go to jail when they refuse to testify; those who audit them who do the same
In the wake of a rodeo clown’s anti-Obama skit this weekend, the Missouri State Fair is forcing all clowns to undergo sensitivity training. The state fair commission voted Monday to ratify the decision to ban the clown in question who wore an Obama mask as the rodeo announcer asked if the crowd wanted to see him get run down by a bull. The crowd enthusiastically approved, according to local media reports. But the state commission went further, saying it will require that before the Rodeo Cowboy Association can take part in any future state fair, “they must provide evidence to
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday that she will soon tour the nation and deliver a series of speeches to promote more trust in government. She made her remarks at an annual American Bar Association meeting in San Francisco. More specifically, Mrs. Clinton said she was launching a series of speeches on foreign policy. And as part of those addresses, she planned to speak about the need to restore faith in government, Breitbart reported. She also bashed voter identification laws, telling 1,000 members of the
Over the weekend, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is “for big government and trying to go along to get along.” She added that Christie has “got a schtick going there where he’s got a YouTube videographer following him around, kind of these set-up situations sometimes so he can be seen as perhaps a little bit avant-garde and going rogue on things.” Christie said nothing in return. He should. Here’s why.Taking on Palin is good politics for Christie or Jeb Bush or anyone else who is planning to run as a quasi-establishment candidate for president in
On Monday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the American Bar Association annual meeting in San Francisco that she would be launching a series of speeches about American foreign policy in the “next few months.” According to Philip Rucker, White House correspondent for The Washington Post, Hillary planned to emphasize restoring faith in government – an ironic theme, considering that she was a member of the current administration presiding over the rapid decline in faith in government. The speech today was clearly a launching point for a 2016 campaign. She put heavy emphasis on bashing voter
The father of one of three Florida teens charged in a vicious school bus attack said his son is “sorry” for taking part in the July beating that made national headlines. As the trio headed to court on Tuesday, Julian McKnight said his son Julian, 15, has also suffered in the aftermath of the July 9 attack on a Pinellas County school bus after it left Lealman Intermediate School in the St. Petersburg-area community of Gulfport. “All I can say is that he had his consequences already, you know?” McKnight said. “This is life. I am sorry what happened
The U.S. Air Force said that a well-known drag queen group was invited to perform on base during a “Diversity Day” celebration because drag is a “symbol of gay pride and unity. But the performance sparked outrage among some airmen who called the drag show “totally offensive and inappropriate.” Jewels and the Brunchettes performed to a small crowd at the Los Angeles Air Force Base on Aug. 8, the military confirmed. The Air Force said in a statement to Fox News that “Diversity Day” featured eight cultural groups and was meant to “foster equality and diversity in the workplace.”