During negotiations over raising the debt limit in summer 2011, President Obama got stroppy with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. "Don´t call my bluff," he said, according to Cantor. "I´m going to the American people with this." During this season´s budget fight, the president is not waiting for talks to break down. He´s hitting the road early. On Friday, he will highlight the damage that will be done to the middle class if the country sails over the fiscal cliff on a visit to a manufacturing operation in Hatfield, Penn. (If the Republicans were feeling fun, they´d schedule
I recommend we take the dive off the fiscal cliff. This is the only way to get the mandatory domestic spending cuts. Once off the cliff the House (because that is where all budget matters must originate) pass a permanent tax relief bill reinstating the Bush Tax rates. Let Obama and the Democrats vote against middle class tax relief, good for 2016. Then, pass a second bill to relieve the military of 1/2 the mandatory budget cuts. Let Obama and the Democrats vote against supporting our military during a time of war. Another winning issue for 2016. I sure hope someone in the GOP Leadership reads Lucianne. This is a no brainer...the only way we the people will get the domestic spending cuts.
Seems I remember a time when presidents sat with congressional leaders and tried to work things out instead of going on the campaign trail and not meeting with the Senate and House leadership. Seemed to work more often than not back in the day. Why doesn´t Obama try that? Or is it just easier and a whole lot more fun to ride on AF1 around the country on the taxpayers´ dime pretending that you care whether or not the economy improves. I hate the media for covering for him.
BOSTON- Harvard, the richest university in the United States, said on Saturday it would seek to raise some $6.5 billion in donations to fund new academic initiatives and bolster its financial aid program. The fundraising drive by the Cambridge, Massachusetts, institution is the university´s biggest and believed to be the most ambitious ever undertaken by a university, ahead of one concluded last year by Stanford University in California that raised $6.2 billion. Harvard unveiled its campaign at an event featuring Bill Gates, who spent three years at the school in the 1970s before dropping out to co-found Microsoft Corp. Gates,
WASHINGTON — Four American citizens were reported injured in the Saturday attack on a shopping mall in Kenya. The wife of a foreign service national working for the U.S. Agency for International Development was killed, U.S. officials said. Kenyan officials said the assault on Nairobi´s top shopping mall killed at least 39 people and wounded more than 150 others. Somalia´s Islamic extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility. No details about the injured Americans were released by the State Department, which cited privacy concerns. Consular officers were in contact with the injured and were providing appropriate assistance, a State Department official said.
LOS ANGELES— The exclusion of Jack Klugman from an Emmy Awards tribute that includes Cory Monteith is an insult to the memory of the late TV veteran and three-time Emmy winner who starred in "The Odd Couple" and "Quincy M.E.," Klugman´s son says. "I think it´s criminal," said Adam Klugman in an interview with The Associated Press. "My dad was at the inception of television and helped build it in the early days." Ceremony producers announced this week that five individual salutes would be included on Sunday night´s Emmy show in addition to the traditional "in memoriam" segment that groups
A California Democrat has apologized for personal rants against a staffer of Sen. Ted Cruz, after she expressed optimism her boss and other congressional Republicans could defund “ObamaCare.” The Twitter attack on Amanda Carpenter, a Cruz speechwriter and communications adviser, occurred the same day House Republicans voted to fund the entire federal budget expect for ObamaCare. And it began after she tweeted that Capitol Hill Republicans could defund the law, riding the momentum of having defeating gun-control legislation and at least slowing President Obama’s plans for immigration reform and launching a military strike on Syria. “May your children all die
Mitt Romney´s brood has continued to grow but now it´s apparently going too fast for even him to keep count. The former Republican presidential hopeful tweeted a congratulatory message about the adoption of the latest member of the clan, calling the young boy grandchild number 22. The problem there is that he tweeted a similar message back in July when his son Josh and daughter-in-law Jen gave birth to their youngest son, tagging the message ´#22´. The latest addition to the family today was an adopted boy named Kieran James Romney and in the picture that Mitt tweeted, the baby is
A Republican-led House committee is looking into the Department of Veterans Affairs awarding roughly $573,000 in bonuses as the agency continues to try to fix a list of problems -- highlighted by a backlog of hundreds of thousands of veterans’ claims. One of the biggest bonuses went to an agency official who oversaw the Pittsburgh medical centers in which five veterans died from an outbreak of Legionnaire´s disease. “I don´t think the VA understands that this is not the way to reward individuals for poor performance,” said Florida Republican Rep. Jeff Miller, chairman of the House Committee on Veterans´ Affairs.
Gov. Pat Quinn says he would consider using state resources to help combat Chicago street violence. Speaking about this week’s mass shooting in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, Quinn says he’s open to talking with Mayor Emanuel or Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy about supplementing Chicago law enforcement with state police or the Illinois National Guard. He said he’s had no specific conversations but noted state police are helping patrol in East St. Louis, another city that has its challenges with violent crime. “I think anyone who saw what happened in Cornell Park the other night was horrified by
Responding to criticism that a government shutdown would be the fault of Republicans for bundling Obamacare with a debt ceiling deal, Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, blamed the president for his unwillingness to negotiate. “This isn’t a dictatorship. The president can’t say, ‘Give me exactly what I want, or I’ll blame you,’ ” Mr. Gingrich said on CNN’s “New Day” on Friday. House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, made a similar criticism of President Obama in a video released Thursday that wondered why the president was so eager to work with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but would not
The man they called “the Hammer,” who used Democrats as anvils, got a little satisfaction Thursday. An appeals court in Texas reversed the money-laundering conviction of Tom DeLay and told him to go and sin no more. Time and events move quickly in the modern media, and a new crime of the century arrives with the noise of every news cycle. The final acquittal of Tom DeLay, who was once the Republican majority leader in the House, is but a footnote to the news. He was once the most feared man on Capitol Hill, merciless in pursuit, and like all
The kind of violence that typically plagues Chicago does not handily fit the terms of the national debate on assault weapons and mass shootings. While tragedies in Newtown, Conn., Aurora, Colo., and other cities have made the nation stop and take notice, the nearly daily killings in Chicago more often make headlines only by the periodic tallying of their collective toll. Most often, the approximately 500 people slain last year in Chicago were shot one at a time, usually with a handgun that could be concealed in a waistband or jacket pocket. The gun violence that unfolded Thursday night at
MOSCOW- It looks like quarterback Tim Tebow won´t be taking his talents to Red Square, the owner of a Russian football club said Saturday. Mikhail Zaltsman told Russia´s R-Sport he offered the Heisman Trophy winner $1 million to play in two games with his Moscow Black Storm squad but Tebow declined the offer. "Unfortunately agents of Tim Tebow turned down our proposal," Zaltsman said. "I hope that it´s Tebow´s agents´ fault that the contract wasn´t signed and Tim couldn´t do anything about it." Zaltsman said the Black Storm, part of the 18-team semi-pro American Football Championship of Russia league,
The most powerful typhoon of the year was eyeing landfall on Hong Kong today as it swept past the Philippines and Taiwan, sparing those countries from the worst of its wrath. Typhoon Usagi had gusts exceeding 163 mph this morning as it battered island communities in the Luzon Strait, according to the U.S. Navy´s Joint Typhoon Warning Center. China´s National Meteorological Centre announced a red alert, its highest level, as the storm maintained its track toward Hong Kong and the manufacturing heartland of the Pearl River Delta. Scroll down for video -The observatory warned that Usagi would also smash into
WASHINGTON — The House voted 230-189 along party lines Friday to approve a stopgap spending bill to fund the federal government through mid-December, but it is facing certain defeat in the Senate because it includes language aiming to dismantle President Obama´s health care law. Without a stopgap spending bill, the federal government will feel the effects of a shutdown when the fiscal year ends on Sept. 30. The bill extends the current rate of government spending at $986 billion a year. House Republicans attached a provision to defund the Affordable Care Act, a consistent target of congressional Republicans. However, the provision has
Patricia Smith, the mother of Benghazi victim Sean Smith, testified Thursday at the House Oversight Committee that President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, among other top administration officials, initially told her the attack was the result of a YouTube video. That explanation, which was then disseminated by Susan Rice during her infamous appearances on Sunday talk shows the following weekend, was quickly proven to be false. A visibly upset Smith said she was told lies at the casket ceremony for her son and that she and other American people “don’t matter” in the eyes of the
"This is the United States of America," declared President Obama to the burghers of Liberty, Missouri, on Friday. "We´re not some banana republic." He was talking about the Annual Raising of the Debt Ceiling, a glorious American tradition that seems to come round earlier every year. "This is not a deadbeat nation," President Obama continued. "We don´t run out on our tab." True. But we don´t pay it off either. We just keep running it up, ever higher. And every time the bartender says, "Mebbe you´ve had enough, pal", we protest, "Jush another couple trillion for the road. Set ´em up, Joe."
KATY, Texas- Eli Gau admits his 3-year-old son Ryan and 1-year-old son Ethan are a handful at times. "They´re kind of active,” Gau said. “They act like children. They´re not adults." So he and his wife thought nothing of it when they brought their boys to an Applebee’s restaurant in Katy for dinner Sunday night. Gau said everything seemed fine until his oldest boy began wandering away from the table. "I went and grabbed him,” Gau said. ”As I was grabbing him and coming back, the manager was walking to me.” He said the manager told him that the children were making too
In the liberal remake of “Casablanca,” the police captain comes upon the scene of the shooting and orders his men to “round up the usual weapons.” It’s always the weapon and never the shooter. Twelve people are murdered in a rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, and before sundown Sen. Dianne Feinstein has called for yet another debate on gun violence. Major opprobrium is heaped on the AR-15, the semiautomatic used in the Newtown massacre. Turns out no AR-15 was used at the Navy Yard. And the shotgun that was used was obtained legally in Virginia after the buyer, Aaron
Speaking at a Ford Motor Co. plant in Missouri Friday, President Obama accused congressional Republicans of "trying to mess with me" by derailing basic government operations. The sharply-personal remarks--made during a speech in which the president outlined his economic vision--came just hours after the House passed a continuing resolution on a largely party-line vote that would keep the government running while simultaneously defunding the Affordable Care Act. Because the Senate is expected to strip out the defunding plan when it considers the measure, the House action raises the prospect of a possible government shutdown at the end of the month.
President Obama said Republicans in Congress were threatening to make the United States into "a deadbeat" and a "banana republic" with their maneuvers to tie the federal budget and the debt ceiling to defunding ObamaCare. (Snip) "You don´t have to threaten to blow the whole thing up just because you don´t get your way," Obama said. "Nobody gets 100 percent of what they want." Telegraphing his intention to veto any spending bill that delayed or defunded his signature health care law, Obama accused Republicans of lacking "the same common sense" and willingness to compromise that ordinary Americans showed in their
A Twitter debate on policy turned ugly Friday, when a local Democratic official wished the children of a Republican aide to Sen. Ted Cruz would "die from debilitating, painful and incurable diseases" after she praised the House´s vote to derail funding for Obamacare. Amanda Carpenter, who formerly worked for Sen. Jim DeMint before heading to the Texas Republican´s office, praised the GOP-led action in a tweet. "GOP beat gun control, changed Obama´s mind on Syria, is holding the line on amnesty. We can defund Obamacare, too!" she posted early Friday afternoon.
Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the U.S. House, seems to believe that Republicans don´t like President Obama because they´re jealous. "You know why it is," Pelosi told Politico in an interview. "He´s brilliant ... He thinks in a strategic way in how to get something done ... and he´s completely eloquent. That´s a package that they don´t like." Republicans also don´t like what Pelosi called the president´s non-partisanship. Obama has been "open, practically apolitical, certainly non-partisan, in terms of welcoming every idea and solution," Pelosi told Politico "I think that´s one of the reasons the Republicans want to take
Having attained power in late 1917 on a raft of promises — land to Russia´s peasants, bread to Russia´s starving cities and peace to Russia´s World War I-weary soldiers — V.I. Lenin was able to dispense with every one of them by advancing civil war from 1918 to 1921 to justify his acts by crisis. In place of promises of liberty and rights, Lenin gave Russians propaganda, empowering the Bolsheviks to govern through knoutish messages, if not the barrel of the gun. In so doing, he sought to undermine Russia´s weak democracy and to transform society fundamentally. "The Russian Revolution was permeated
The Obama administration is pressing ahead with tough requirements for new coal-fired power plants, moving to impose for the first time strict limits on the pollution blamed for global warming. The proposal would help reshape where Americans get electricity, away from a coal-dependent past into a future fired by cleaner sources of energy. It´s also a key step in President Barack Obama´s global warming plans, because it would help end what he called "the limitless dumping of carbon pollution" from power plants.
Isn’t it obvious that Ted Cruz is in it for Ted Cruz? The man had a choice–he could fight the’ Senate’s push for “amnesty first” immigration legislation, which he had a very good chance of killing, or he could stage a showy fight against funding Obamacare that he’d certainly lose. The first course would annoy the business backers who fund Senate and presidential campaigns. The latter course would gin up and channel conservative anger , boosting Cruz’s profile in the caucuses and primaries,without doing anyone much damage at all (since it would fail). The choice seems to have been a