Washington - Hovering in the background of the "fiscal cliff" debate is the prospect of 2 million people losing their unemployment benefits four days after Christmas. "This is the real cliff," said Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I. He´s been leading the effort to include another extension of benefits for the long-term unemployed in any deal to avert looming tax increases and massive spending cuts in January. (Snip) Emergency jobless benefits for about 2.1 million people out of work more than six months will cease Dec. 29, and 1 million more will lose them over the next three months if Congress doesn't extend the
Comments: Not content to be leading US over the "fiscal cliff," the dRATS want to keep the lazy trapped with unemployment payments, which could only come from more taxes on those working. I have been unemployed many times & once for up to nine months, but survival instincts will kick in , if not good luck, when still actively looking.
If these people lose benefits, don´t 0bama´s mysterious unemployment figures [machinations] go down? You know, under 8%.
Since there is a max an minimum of benefits one can receive based on ones salary. I suggest that after the benefits run out, an then given an extension, the minimum should be paid. This would give folks incentive to find work.
It is either off the cliff now or off Mt. Everest later. If the Republican House will hold firm they will have far more power and influence during the upcoming term.
The simple truth is if the Federal Government is going to continue to spend and borrow then we need to have EVERYONE paying more taxes. Only then will we look at REAL spending cuts. I spent 21 years in the military and I can tell you that cutting defense by 10% is very doable as it is for every other part of the Federal Gov´t. Bring those automatic cuts on.
Why do people here presume that the unemployed are lazy? I know people who do not qualify for unemployment because they are young and haven´t worked for one employer long enough to qualify for unemployment. (Many employers are masters at laying people off a couple of weeks before they qualify for benefits.) These folks go out every single day looking for work. Sometimes they get a few days of contract work here, or a temp-to-hire that never gets to hire there. But there are plenty of twentysomethings who can´t get a start on their careers because there is so much competition for beginner jobs from laid-off people with 10 to 20 years of experience.
The more people on gov´t "benefits" means the gov´t will need more people to over see the distribution of these "benefits". Eventually we all will either be working for the gov´t or receiving all those "free benefits". And of course most will vote for the dems because they are the ones passing out the goodies. This is insane.
#5, start your own business and then tell me how bad employers are. Many unemployed refuse to move to find work. Refuse to take low paying jobs until the better job shows up. For every bad employer you can cite I will tell ya about 10 bad employees.
The last legislative act on the debt limit was a extension of all the Bush tax rates, an extension of unemployment benefits, an extension of some Stimulus credits that got paid to low income workers not paying any taxes, the Sequester and an extension of the Payroll Tax Holiday. Don´t negotiate, you already have a deal. 90% of the revenue come from the non-rich. Spending for the military and entitlements will be cut by 1 trillion. For a year they have run on raising taxes and have already signed the law. Don´t let them off the hook.
What #11 & #12 said. I agree that welfare begins BEFORE 99 weeks are up. Of course there are people who cannot find jobs, but there are also more than a few out here who refuse to work as long as a check arrives each month from people who DO work for a living.
They´re back! The isolationist poltergeists that forever haunt the Republican Party. Or so we´re told. In July, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) had a set-to over American foreign policy. Christie clumsily denounced "this strain of libertarianism that´s going through parties right now and making big headlines I think is a very dangerous thought." It was clumsy in its garbled syntax but also in its ill-considered shot at "libertarianism." What he meant to say, I think, was "isolationist," and that is the term a host of commentators on the left and right are using to describe Paul and his
US senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have joined top diplomats in Cairo to help find a peaceful solution to Egypt´s political stalemate. The Pentagon said Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel had called army chief Gen Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to discuss mediation progress by US and EU envoys. (Snip) Both senators have made several trips to Egypt since the country´s revolution in 2011. Before heading to Cairo, Senator Graham warned that the Egyptian military must back out of politics quickly or risk a cut of the $1.3bn (£860m) in aid that it receives from the US each year.
East Hampton - The Hamptons will play host to not one but two potential 2016 presidential aspirants this month, with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. arriving this week for a vacation in Southampton. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has rented a house for August here in East Hampton, the next township over. Mr. Biden’s schedule says only that he is to go to Long Island this week. But word that he was coming to the Hamptons — which began trickling out in Democratic circles on the East End late last week — was confirmed this afternoon by aides. His office had no
Miami - Florida Governor Rick Scott is planning a new effort to purge non-U.S. citizens from the state´s voter rolls, a move that last year prompted a series of legal challenges and claims from critics his administration was trying to intimidate minority voters. The search also sparked several lawsuits, including one by the U.S. Justice Department, which claimed the effort violated federal law since it was conducted less than 90 days before the election. "We were recently informed that the State plans to continue their efforts to remove non-citizens from Florida´s voter rolls,"
Government authorities are homing in on a lucrative loophole that allows online lenders to offer short-term loans at interest rates that often exceed 500 percent annually, the latest front in a crackdown on the payday lending industry. (Snip) Mr. Lawsky’s investigation is playing out as state and federal officials escalate a broader effort to rein in payday lenders and their practice of offering quick money, backed by borrowers’ paychecks, to people desperate for cash. It is an evolving battle. As New York and 14 other states have imposed caps on interest rates in recent years — New York outlaws
President Obama on Tuesday will for the first time insist that any future housing system in the United States makes 30-year mortgages widely available to borrowers, senior administration officials said, preserving a linchpin of the American economy but also continuing to expose taxpayers to risk from another housing meltdown. (Snip) That will require, officials said, some form of government guarantee that means lenders will be reimbursed by taxpayers in the event of a housing catastrophe like the one that occurred several years ago. Traveling to Phoenix on Tuesday, Obama is planning to call for a new
Starke - After a life of bloodshed on the streets of Miami-Dade, then 35 years lingering on Death Row, Miami murderer John Errol Ferguson’s eyes darted to the execution supervisor looming over him. “I just want everyone to know that I am the Prince of God and I will rise again,” Ferguson mumbled. (Snip) His execution caps a legacy of violence dating back to 1977, as well as a high-profile legal fight over whether Ferguson’s longtime schizophrenia and stated belief that he is the “Prince of God” made his execution a cruel and unusual punishment. Michael Worley, whose 17-year-old sister
In the photo above we see Katharine Graham and Ben Bradlee walking out of the U.S. District Courthouse in Washington after their historic win in the legal battle over publishing the Pentagon Papers. This photo, taken 42 years ago, captures a high point of an era that came to an end today. I have known and liked Donald Graham and his family over the years; many of my friends in journalism have at one time or another worked at the Washington Post. My first reaction to news that the family had sold the paper is simple shock. But it is shock based not on my positive-but-not-deep personal connection
Washington - Two officials say a secret message that was intercepted between al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahri and his deputy in Yemen led to the shutdown of U.S. embassies. A U.S. intelligence official and a Mideast diplomat said al-Zawahri´s message was picked up several weeks ago and appeared to initially target Yemeni interests. The intelligence official said the message was sent to Nasir al Wuhayshi, the head of the terror network´s organization, based in Yemen, that is known as al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss
A Phoenix business owner who is vying for the Democratic nomination to run for governor of Arizona doctored a photo to make his skin look darker. The intention, several published reports maintain, was to “look Hispanic.” The businessman, Fred DuVal, reportedly intended the photo as something of a joke in response to being referred to by the state GOP as “The World’s Most Uninteresting Man,” a play on words in the Dos Equis beer ad, whose pitchman is described as “The Most Interesting Man In the World.” DuVal said he simply wanted to show Republicans
Washington - Postmenopausal women who take certain blood pressure medications for 10 years or more face twice the risk of developing breast cancer, US researchers said Monday. Women who took calcium channel blockers saw a 2.4 to 2.6-fold higher risk of breast cancer than women who did not take hypertension medication, said the research in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study was observational and did not get into the reasons behind the increase, but experts said the findings may have major public health implications. "While some studies have suggested a positive
The Washington Post Co. has agreed to sell its flagship newspaper to Amazon.com founder and chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos, ending the Graham family’s stewardship of one of America’s leading news organizations after four generations. Bezos, whose entrepreneurship has made him one of the world’s richest men, will pay $250 million in cash for The Post and affiliated publications to the Washington Post Co., which owns the newspaper and other businesses. Seattle-based Amazon will have no role in the purchase; Bezos himself will buy the news organization and and become its sole owner
In 2008 and then again in 2012, after retired four-star General Colin Powell endorsed and then voted for Barack Obama, the former Secretary of State´s sanity was already in question. At least now, after having his email account hacked by high-level security-breacher Guccifer, Colin Powell´s besmirching of the Republican Party´s "shift to the right" and "identity crisis" finally makes sense. It seems that for years the mannerly and always professional Colin Powell has been cyber-comporting with a 46-year-old Romanian European Parliament member, Social Democrat, and past spokesperson for Romanian president Ion Iliescu named Corina Cretu
Conservatives have for years attempted to put our finger upon precisely why Barack Obama strikes us as queer in precisely the way he does. There is an alienness about him, which in the fever swamps is expressed in all that ridiculous Kenyan-Muslim hokum, but his citizen-of-the-world shtick is strictly sophomore year — the great globalist does not even speak a foreign language. Obama has been called many things — radical, socialist — labels that may have him dead to rights at the phylum level but not down at his genus or species. His social circle includes
For nearly a year, we have had no answer to why the administration lied about Benghazi — why it told the world, not to mention the parents of our murdered SEALs at the funeral of their sons, that the cause of that fatal conflagration was an anti-Islamic video no one saw, when the various arms of our executive branch (White House, State and intelligence) already knew, or strongly suspected, it was a terror attack orchestrated by al-Qaeda affiliates. You only have to read the now infamous talking points to know that. That this lie was deeply immoral is obvious.
Today, across Africa, Araby and Asia, from Nouakchott to Dhaka, the diplomatic facilities of the United States are closed. There’s a Tsarnaev out there, somewhere – could be the Mahgreb, the Levant, the Horn of Africa, the Indian sub-continent – who knows? So, as Richard Fernandez writes, “Shelter in place, this time globally.” Maybe it will work. Maybe by the end of the day there will be, unlike Benghazi a year on, men in custody. But if not? Daniel Pipes: Don’t know about you, but I find this pre-emptive cringing unworthy of a great country, even humiliating.
Common sense tells me that cops don´t need a Taser or a shotgun to subdue a 95-year-old man. When John Wrana was a young man, fit and strong and fighting in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps, did he ever think he´d end this way? Just a few weeks shy of his 96th birthday, in need of a walker to move about, cops coming through the door of his retirement home with a Taser and a shotgun.
Not only should President Obama cancel a bilateral summit with "schoolyard bully" Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Sunday on "Face the Nation," but considering the country granted asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, U.S. allies should try to move next month´s G-20 gathering from St. Petersburg. "President Putin´s behaving like a schoolyard bully, and in my experience, I´ve learned, unless you stand up to that bully, they ask for more and more and more," Schumer said. "He´s always going out of his way, President Putin is, to seem to poke us in
Police shot and killed an armed teen in the South Bronx early today after the suspect opened fire and refused to drop his gun, police said. Two rookie cops heard shots fired near East 151st Street and Courtlandt Avenue around 3 a.m. and ran in the direction of fire, police said. The uniformed officers saw Shaaliver Douse, 14, of the South Bronx, chasing another person through the streets, according to cops. Douse, who was arrested in May on attempted murder charges for shooting a 15-year-old, fired at the man running on East 151st Street this morning, police said.
In an interview for The Guardian Weekend magazine, actor Matt Damon recently weighed in with his thoughts on how President Barack Obama has handled the scandals that have engulfed his administration since the spring. Damon, a vocal supporter of the president since his 2008 campaign for national office, said that Obama is overcompensating for his lack of military background with his tough response to controversies like how the government is responding to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. The actor said that Obama is allowing himself to “get bullied” and is acting as though is “manhood”
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus threatened to pull the group’s partnership with NBC and CNN for 2016 GOP presidential primary debates if the networks moved ahead with plans to air films on Hillary Clinton. “If they have not agreed to pull this programming prior to the start of the RNC’s Summer Meeting on August 14, I will seek a binding vote stating that the RNC will neither partner with these networks in 2016 primary debates nor sanction primary debates they sponsor,” Preibus said in a statement. In individual letters to CNN President Jeff Zucker and NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt,
Oprah Winfrey on Monday said the killings of Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till are the "same thing." This transpired during an interview with The Grio that aired on NBC´s Today show. OPRAH WINFREY: It´s so easy during this time: Trayvon Martin, Trayvon Martin parallel to Emmett Till, let me just tell you. In my mind, same thing. But you can, you can get stuck in that and not allow yourself to move forward and to see how far we´ve come. Really? Martin and Till are the same thing?
He thought he was a woman trapped in a man’s body — but it turns out he’s “just another boring straight guy.” ABC News editor Don Ennis strolled into the newsroom in May wearing a little black dress and an auburn wig and announced he was transgender and splitting from his wife. He wanted to be called Dawn. But now he says he suffered from a two-day bout of amnesia that has made him realize he wants to live his life again as Don. “I accused my wife of playing some kind of cruel joke, dressing
Michelle Obama took to Twitter on Sunday to send her husband an affectionate birthday message -- and a gentle ribbing about the US President´s graying hair. "Happy birthday, Barack! Your hair´s a little grayer, but I love you more than ever," Michelle Obama wrote on her official twitter account, @FLOTUS. The message was accompanied by an undated black and white photo of the Obamas as a young couple relaxing on a sofa. Barack Obama is spending his 52nd birthday weekend at Camp David, the rural Maryland retreat made available to US Presidents. He was to return