Live coverage as Barack Obama and Mitt Romney go head-to-head in the third and final presidential election debate. Latest 01.58 (20.58) No repeat of last week's prohibited audience outbursts, says the moderator. 01.57 (20.57) In the press room, thousands of hands are preparing to start filing in any number of languages. Schieffer is onstage and we're minutes from go time. 01.55 (20.55) Ann Romney and Michelle Obama are in the house, both wearing dark dresses in contrast to the highlighter pink they both opted for last time.
0bama never went to Israel as president, insulted their PM and overall has dissed the country. He has diminished us there and throughout the M.E. If he went to Israel there would be protests thus he stays way because of the bad photo ops that would occur.
Anyone think its suspicios that everywhere in the world Obama interferes in (Kenya, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Afghanistan etc.) that the MUSLIM community breaks out in riots or assassinations and terrorist actions increase??? Anyone?? Tap out!!!
I'm getting tired of hearing obie take credit for ending the war in Iraq. That war was winding down when he started and the wind-down was started under President Bush. That dope had NOTHING to do with either that or bin laden assuming room temperature.
I love that Obama felt the need to throw his own VP under the bus to make the point that HE, and only HE, was brave enough to make the decision to kill bin Laden. Oh, and let's know forget that jerking Joe is a heartbeat away from the presidency.
I liked Romney's tactic to let Obie attack and act all smug for almost an hour. Obie went ahead and stepped in it each and every time. But, then, Romney picked exactly the right moment to help himself into Obie's head and made Obie look very small and unpresidential for the last 30 minutes of the program. Nicely, done, President Romney.
Romney's closing statement was very good. He wants peace and prosperity, both of which are under threat w/ Obama. I think Romney's goal in the debate was to appear confident and not make too many waves. Obama's smug expression won't win him any points with undecided voters.
03.35 (22.35) Romney says he's optimistic about America and its future. He says he wants peace and to get the economy going but there are two paths available for voters. The President offers "a road to Greece", declining pay and more government dependence. Romney offers new jobs, prosperity and new spirit of bipartisanship in Washington to get things done on behalf of the people.
Both men look well prepared and both deliver their lines straight down the camera.
03.32 (22.32) We're onto closing statements.
Obama says that in the last four years the US has made "real progress" in reversing the disastrous policies that led to record deficits, two wars and a historic recession. While Romney's policies would take the country back, Obama says he has a "different vision" of everyone getting a fair shot and doing their fair share. It's time to ends the wars and do "some nation building back at home".
obama talked about going to Israel before he became president. Odd that he can't talk about trips he's made to Israel AS president.
I thought he was petty, mocking, condescending, weak, and he looked like a little kid sitting on a booster chair. He sounded like an immature teenager. He sounded like he was repeating stuff somebody told him, not stuff he knew personally. No matter how you spin it, you can't fix stupid. And, the way he's run this country is stupid! He bored me, frankly, and I kept switching to the football game when he talked. I thought Mitt killed it.
Romney came across as the guy with the better plan here, no need to win micro-points - no need to be crowned winner - This was intelligent, it was strategic, it wasn't reacting to headlines. Obama was reacting to headlines about what to do and not do. If Obama weren't a babykiller I would feel sorry for him - he succeeds in winning the game set before him but it turns out it wasn't that game after all. I would feel sorry for him, all this futility, if he weren't a baby killer.
The White House has announced that the President and First Lady will be traveling to South Africa next week to pay respects to Nelson Mandela. Mr Obama and his wife Michelle will be attending memorial events for the fallen South African leader but the specific details of when they will arrive or what events they will be attending have not been disclosed. The South African government announced that the formal state funeral will take place on December 15, capping off a 10-day mourning period. The Obamas are just two of a long list of international dignitaries who are expected to
Sasha and Malia Obama helped their dad ring in the holiday season tonight by attending the 91st Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony outside the White House. President Obama joked that he would only count down from five to light the tree, since he didn´t want to keep anyone waiting in the rainy weather. ´It´s a little wet out there, so we shouldn´t start at 10,´ the president said. The president then flipped the switch and the tree sprung into multicolored life. The dramatic lighting was followed by performances from Aretha Franklin, who sang ´Joy to the World´, and Mariah Carey.
Family doctors have been accused of failing cancer sufferers after the first ever GP league tables found more than half are not referring such patients to specialists quickly enough. [Snip] Experts said the failure to refer patients quickly explained Britain’s place at the bottom of European league tables, with worse survival rates for major cancers than many countries in Eastern Europe. The national performance data--which covers all 8,000 GP practices in England--enables patients to look up their own surgery, and see how it performs against dozens of indicators about diagnosis and treatment of most of the common diseases and
Almost 50 Russian diplomats and members of their families have been charged in a massive health care fraud scheme, officials announced Thursday. Federal officials allege that 58 of the 63 births to Russian officials living in New York between 2004 and 2013 were fraudulently paid for by Medicare at a cost of roughly $1.5million to US taxpayers. The Russians were applying for these benefits while emptying their pockets at famed stores such as Bloomingdale’s, Jimmy Choo’s, Prada and Tiffany & Co, officials said. The fraudsters carried out the plan by applying for a range of benefits, including Medicare, by falsifying information
A blind pensioner was left lying on the pavement for an hour and a half, waiting for an ambulance after she fell over and broke several teeth. Dorothy Andrew, 75, who walks with a white stick, was left in pain by the side of the road in Southport, despite frantic calls to emergency services. After more than 90 minutes police officers, who had arrived at the scene, took her to Southport Hospital in their patrol car. [Snip] ‘An hour and a half later, we were still waiting for an ambulance. The police were concerned that I was very cold so they took the decision to try and get me in the police car and take me to hospital themselves, which they did.
"You know nothing about Nelson Mandela," spat Julius Malema. It was May 2010, and a foreign correspondent had just asked the African National Congress’s fire-breathing youth leader how he dared compare himself to the secular saint the world is mourning today. In the Western imagination, Mandela stood for racial reconciliation, whereas Malema was given to referring to whites as "criminals" and "the enemy". Mandela also stood for justice, whereas Malema was an open admirer of the murderous Robert Mugabe. At first glance, Malema’s presumption seemed obscene, but he was right on at least one score--the truth about Mandela
Here´s some weapons-grade drivel from the Government´s Environmental Audit Committee. (What else did you expect from a panel chaired by Tim ´Trougher´ Yeo?) Globally, subsidies for fossil fuels exceed $500 billion a year. They are inconsistent with the global effort to tackle climate change, providing incentives for greater use of such fuels and disincentives for energy efficiency. [Snip] We´ve been here before, haven´t we? Lots of times. This fossil-fuels-more-subsidised-than-renewables meme has been spread, inter alia, by the Guardian´s ludicrous Damian Carrington; by Labour MP Barry "Dork Brain" Gardiner (Vice President of the sinister GLOBE international);
Coastal towns across Britain have been left swamped after the worst tidal surge for more than 60 years forced thousands of families to evacuate their homes. Floods waters are reported to be receding after the North Sea surge hit the north Norfolk coast early yesterday evening and headed south throughout the night. But as residents started to return to their properties today, homeowners in the coastal village of Hemsby, near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, were left devastated to discover their houses had been swept into the sea. The surging tide last night swept away a former lifeboat hut and a number
The overriding strategic story in Europe today is the breakdown of Franco-German condominium. The two great nations have together run the EU on a foundation of equality since the 1950s, always finding some way to bridge the chasm between North and South. It was stretched a little after France lost Algeria--a French Department, not a colony--and with it lost population parity. But that hardly mattered as long as Germany wished to tuck behind France, usually letting Paris take the lead. It was stretched a great deal further with the Reunification of Germany, driven home a few years later when a
Demcoratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made waves on Thursday by predicting that his GOP counterpart, House Speaker John Boehner, will ultimately ´cave in´ and green-light a comprehensive immigration reform bill. But Republicans´ frustrations ignore the fact that most U.S. Hispanics prefer their approach to the thorny subject over the Democrats´ central idea. Reid, a Nevadan, told the Las Vegas Sun that Boehner is ´going to cave in´ eventually because of outside pressure from Hispanic activists. ´I think there’s going to be so much pressure on the House that they’ll have to pass it,´ he said. ´If the Republicans ever
The U.S. Gross Domestic Product jumped by an annual rate of 3.6 percent in the third quarter of 2013, the U.S. Commerce Department said, surprising analysts who had forecasted a more modest 2.8 percent increase in the nation´s economic output. Commerce´s Bureau of Economic Affairs released its quarterly economic report on Thursday. Growth in the second quarter of the year was just 2.5 percent. That´s a dramatic improvement from the 0.12 percent growth during 2009, the first year of Barack Obama´s presidency. But it pales in comparison to the 7.71 percent average annual growth seen during the Reagan years.
The president and his supporters are pushing to get higher wages for American workers, but the nation´s largest pro-Obama organizing group is telling its footsoldiers not to expect a paycheck at all. Organizing For Action, which flexed its muscles as Obama For America during two presidential election campaigns, announced Wednesday that it´s seeking ´Spring Organizing Fellows´ to ´be a part of our growing organization´ and ´explor[e] OFA´s broad scope approach to issue advocacy.´ But unlike most fellowships, which offer a stipend or a housing allowance, the positions are strictly ´unpaid´ and require Americans to work ´without the expectation of pay,
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
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.
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
Speaker John Boehner said his party should support gay Republican congressional candidates and urged his colleagues to “be a little more sensitive” when running against women. “Some of our members just aren’t as sensitive as they ought to be,” Boehner said. When asked if he thinks his party should support gay candidates, Boehner simply said: “I do.”
In February, the Bush family’s personal emails were hacked by Guccifer, a hacker who uncovered photographs of former President George H. W. Bush in a hospital bed and George W. Bush’s oil paintings in the process. It seems Guccifer has struck again, this time targeting former President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Library. The hacker has reportedly uncovered doodles of Clinton drawing on what were, at the time, classified documents. Among the doodles is apparently a picture of a penis. The document uncovered is a briefing of the strategic measures the United States could take prior Clinton’s decision to intervene in
Denver - A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs or face fines, a judge said Friday. The order from administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer said Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver discriminated against a couple "because of their sexual orientation by refusing to sell them a wedding cake for their same-sex marriage." The order says the cake-maker must "cease and desist from discriminating" against gay couples. Although the judge did not impose fines in this case, the business will face penalties if it continues to turn away gay
Amid an array of “knock-out” attacks against a number of Jews in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood, a city councilwoman pointed to the success of the Jewish community as triggering the aggression. Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo emphasized that while she “admire[s] the Jewish community immensely” for its work ethic, black teens may see it differently. “While I personally regard this level of tenacity, I also recognize that for others, the accomplishments of the Jewish community triggers feelings of resentment, and a sense that Jewish success is not also their success,” Cumbo, who was recently elected, wrote in a letter. Chief among the issues
On Tuesday, The Boston Globe reported that Onyango “Omar” Obama, uncle to President Obama, says that his famous nephew stayed with him while a student at Harvard Law School in the 80s, in contradiction to The White House’s contention that the two had never met. At Thursday’s White House daily briefing, Press Secretary Jay Carney confirmed that the President had, in fact, briefly stayed with “his father’s half-brother,” as Carney described Omar Obama, and that no one had actually asked the President about it when the White House initially commented. The 69 year-old Omar Obama has been facing deportation back
Former President Bill Clinton shared an anecdote regarding Nelson Mandela and the aftermath of his impeachment Friday on CNN. Clinton revealed shortly after the “impeachment business” finished on Capitol Hill, Rep. Henry Hyde (R., Ill.) who managed the impeachment trial requested a meeting at the White House. The former president granted the meeting out of lessons of humility and forgiveness he learned from Mandela, he said: BILL CLINTON: I remember one day, oh, about a month after the whole impeachment business was over, Henry Hyde, who had run the whole show, unbelievably enough, maybe a few months after, it was
The world premiere of the “Ballad for Trayvon Martin for Orchestra and Jazz Quartet” is set for tonight. Princeton University’s director of its jazz-studies program composed the work in honor of the Florida teen. Anthony D. J. Branker told the Star-Ledger that the piece is intended to “be a form of healing” after Martin’s death and the controversial court case that followed it. The ballad, which will be performed by the university’s official orchestra and jazz ensemble, is intended to be a tribute to victims of racial violence, Branker explained. He hopes that the performance will be “one that speaks to
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
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has high praise for potential 2016 contenders Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “I think Joe Biden will go down in history as one of the best vice presidents ever, and he has been with me, at my side, in every tough decision that I’ve made,” Obama told MSNBC in an interview Thursday held at American University. “Hillary, I think, will go down in history as one of the finest secretaries of state we’ve ever had, and helped to transition us away from a deep hole that we were in,