Republican South Dakota Sen. John Thune said President Obama seems to have an “obsession with raising taxes” as part of a deficit reduction deal between the White House and congressional leaders to avoid going over the fiscal cliff. Thune, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, added that such a policy would only raise enough revenue to fund “about a week” of government spending. “So far, at least, all we’ve seen is this rhetoric about taxes. He’s even gone double where he was during the campaign. He said $800 billion in revenues. Now he’s talking about $1.6 trillion
People in this country have been brain washed into thinking every dime the government spends is necessary when it´s actually replete with bilions in waste and duplicate spending.Obama´s hired a 100 new government workers every day since being in office. What´s created the demand for all these new people? Nothing,it´s a make work situation for college flunkies who can´t find real jobs.
When Sierra Pettengill and Jamila Wignot set out to document the tea party phenomenon in early 2010, they had no idea whether the movement would last another two months, let alone two years. It did, of course, and they were there to capture it on film as the ragtag grassroots activists got organized and evolved through the ecstasy of the 2010 midterm to the agony of defeat two years later. Their new documentary, "Town Hall," screening Wednesday at the DOC NYC film festival in New York City, follows the lives of two activists, both from purple Pennsylvania, but from different
More than six weeks after the botched launch of Obamacare’s public exchanges, President Obama has taken few concrete steps to offer the accountability demanded by both critics and supporters of the health care law. The president delivered his most extensive mea culpa last week in response to his unshakable Obamacare woes, saying the problem-ridden healthcare.gov website and uproar surrounding his broken promise that all Americans could keep their insurance coverage were “on me.” But in acknowledging the “fumbled” rollout, the president has offered prescriptions that come with major caveats, hardly deterring criticisms for bungling the most comprehensive overhaul to the
Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul told an audience in Charleston, S.C. last week that the wave of health insurance cancellations following the Affordable Care Act´s implementation came from ´a regulation written by President Obama´ months after he signed the law. And every Senate Democrat, he said during his Nov. 11 remarks, voted against the GOP´s attempt to block the regulation. Speaking at The Charleston Meeting, an influential monthly gathering of conservative movers and shakers, Paul said Senate Republicans tried in 2010 to block an Obamacare rule that only permitted Americans to keep their health insurance policies if nothing about them was
MSNBC host Martin Bashir opened his show on Monday apologizing for his controversial remarks about Sarah Palin. Bashir on Friday angrily asserted that somebody should defecate in Palin’s mouth. In an abrupt reversal on Monday, he called his “words wholly unacceptable” and “unworthy of anyone who would claim to have an interest in politics.” “I wanted to take this opportunity to say sorry to Mrs. Palin, and to also offer an unreserved apology to her friends and family, her supporters, our viewers, and anyone who may have heard what I said,” Bashir said. “I deeply regret what I said and
Views of the latest ad from the Emergency Committee are outpacing Obamacare signups. As of this writing, the ad, titled "Obama´s March to War," has been viewed 114,312 times. By contrast, "Around 106,000 enrolled in new plans during October — with approximately 27,000 coming from states where the federal government is running the exchange (with its extensive problems), and another 79,000 coming through the state exchanges," according to the Washington Post. The ad, in short, makes the case that President Obama´s promise to prevent Iran from obtaining nukes cannot be trusted because many of his other promises have fallen short.
One of the most remarkable aspects of the Civil War is that it was fought at all. Even when sectional discord culminated in Southern secession in the winter of 1860-61, many Americans remained confident that military conflict could be avoided. Sen. James Chesnut of South Carolina dismissed talk of war by pledging to drink whatever blood might be shed. And in his March 1861 inaugural address, Abraham Lincoln insisted that “there needs to be no bloodshed or violence; and there shall be none, unless it be forced upon the national authority.” Even those who did expect armed conflict thought hostilities
PGA Tour star Jason Day has confirmed that eight of his relatives -- including his grandmother -- died in Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. "I am deeply saddened," Day said in a statement released by the Tour. "My family and I are thankful for all who have reached out with their prayers and concern." Day´s immediate family migrated from the Philippines to Australia 30 years ago, but many relatives still lived around the city of Tacloban in the Leyte province that was hit hard by the storm. "We feel devastated for all who have been affected by this horrific tragedy,"
A new round of ads from the tech community call on Congress to end the delay on immigration reform. The ads from Silicon Valley’s FWD.us — backed by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerburg and executives from Google, Yahoo, AOL, Microsoft, Instagram and Dropbox — highlight the high-level, bipartisan support for swift movement on immigration reform. “On the need to fix our broken immigration system, there are signs both political parties in Washington get it,” (Snip)In English and Spanish, the ads urge viewers to “Tell Congress: the time is now” to “Fix America’s broken immigration system.” “With this new round of ads, we
After suspending Alec Baldwin´s show for anti-gay comments he made off the air, MSNBC has not taken any action against host Martin Bashir for his vile comments made on air on Nov. 15 in which he suggested that someone should defecate and urinate in former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin´s mouth. As Breitbart News reported, Bashir said Palin deserved a punishment known as "Darby´s dose" because she compared the federal debt to slavery by using slavery in a general--and not a racial--sense: He gave an example in Thomas Thistlewood, an overseer of slaves at a major plantation in Jamaica in the
On Morning Joe Monday morning, MSNBC political analyst Chuck Todd argued that Democratic candidates shouldn’t be too quick to run away from Obamacare in 2014, as they will already be held responsible for the bill’s negative aspects, and can divine from historical precedent that running from a president rarely produces a midterm victory. “I know the playbook says you’ve got to run away,” Todd said. “But they’re already going to own the negative.” “This was always something that Republicans didn’t understand,” Todd continued, “and what the Obama campaign back in 2012 would say is: ‘Hey, you don’t understand, particularly with
These are the stories the embattled White House wants to see more of: Henrietta Dean, a Kentucky grandmother who had to put off thyroid surgery, is “very excited” that she can get her operation now that she’s qualified for Medicaid, says the Louisville Courier-Journal. Lissie Stahlman is saving 50 percent on her insurance premiums after signing up through a toll-free number, says the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Paul Cello says he’s saving $300 a month with his new policy, reports San Francisco’s KQED: “The coverage is better … a lower premium, no pre-existing condition exclusions, I get mental health coverage, so there’s
Our poor, hapless, uninformed, clueless president! He campaigned on the promise to fundamentally transform our country into his idealized socialist wonderland, and as soon as his efforts began to bear fruit, he begged us to believe he had no idea how. It´s amazing the surprises with which our poor president has been blind-sided lately. And, because no one ever speaks to him or tells him anything between speeches, it´s all news to him. Nothing he does, nothing he says, nothing he authorizes, nothing he puts in motion, no one he appoints, nothing bearing his name, and nothing during his lifetime
Oprah Winfrey has said racism is still a problem around the world and the only way for it to end is for generations of racists to die out. In an interview with the BBC to coincide with the release of her latest film The Butler, the chat show host said generations had been ´marinated´ in racism. The 59-year-old added that President Obama was treated with disrespect because of the color of his skin and said she feels fortunate to have been born after segregation ended in the U.S. [Snip] She highlighted an incident in 2009 when Republican congressman Joe Wilson
The Times Of Israel is reporting that a team of negotiators led by White House adviser Valerie Jarrett has been conducting secret talks with Iran about it´s nuclear weapons program for the past year. The report states the deal submitted in Geneva earlier this month was a direct result of these secret year-long negotiations between teams headed by Jarrett and Iran´s Ali Akbar Salehi. That deal was ultimately rejected when France and Israel raised strong objections, and talks are expected to resume this Wednesday. The White House was very quick to issue a categorical denial of the report. According to
Second-term presidents in the past 30 years have had some pretty embarrassing news conferences, full of frank admissions of failure, submissive spasms of shame and groveling, grieving apologies. Bill Clinton had to admit that he actually did have sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky; George W. Bush finally thought of something he might have done wrong; his dad had to explain all those new taxes after his unequivocal pledge; and even Ronald Reagan ate crow over the Iran-Contra affair. But there has never, ever, been a more pitiful presser than the one conducted last week by President Obama.
Congressional Republicans have Obamacare right where they want it. The idea of a one-year delay of the law, always far-fetched as long as the Democrats controlled the Senate, is suddenly looking plausible. “I think there needs to be a one-year suspension of the entire law, at least, if not a longer suspension,” says Georgia Republican Tom Price. “The Senate Democrats and the president are the ones that have to decide it needs to be done.” When asked about a delay, House Republican whip Kevin McCarthy chuckles but doesn’t answer. Instead, he suggests that the law’s destructiveness could upend the entire health
Carbohydrates are rotting our brains and contributing to devastating diseases such as Alzheimer’s, an American neurologist has warned. David Perlmutter, from Florida, believes that even ‘good’ carbs, such as grains, are severely affecting our brains. And the staples of our modern diet aren’t only increasing the risk of dementia, but contributing to depression, epilepsy and headaches, he believes. [Snip] The solution? Going back to the days when our diet was mainly fat--with this making up 75 percent of our diet, and carbs just 5 percent. Protein intake should stay the same as it is, at about 20 percent.
Most women will tell you that other than the N-word, the C-word is the most vile in the English language never to be used. Cher apparently doesn´t hold such a belief, for she disturbingly took to Twitter Friday to call former Alaska governor Sarah Palin a "Dumb C Word": Cher ? @cher Follow Go to dictionary,& look up The “C"Word,....next 2 the definition...you’ll see a Pic of Sarah PALIN ! NO...WAIT ...SHES UNDER DUMB C WORD?? 12:11 PM - 15 Nov 2013 716 Retweets 834 favorites ReplyRetweetFavorite Three minutes later she put an exclamation point on it:
On Sunday, appearing on ABC’s This Week with fill-in host Martha Raddatz, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) admitted that Democrats knew full well that Americans would be booted from their health insurance plans as an effect of Obamacare implementation. When asked whether Democrats were misled by President Obama about whether Americans would be able to keep their plans in the individual insurance market, Gillibrand answered: “He should’ve just been specific. No, we all knew.”
“The Affordable Care Act’s political position has deteriorated dramatically over the last week.” That, coming from longtime Obamacare cheerleader and Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein, was pretty strong language. And it was only Wednesday. That was the day after the release of a devastating Quinnipiac national poll. It showed Barack Obama’s approval rating at 39 percent, with his disapproval rating at 54 percent — sharply down from 45 percent approval and 49 percent disapproval on Oct. 1, the day the government shutdown began and healthcare.gov went into (limited) operation. Democrats hoped that Republicans would take a shellacking in public opinion for the
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a group of state schools superintendents Friday that he found it “fascinating” that some of the opposition to the Common Core State Standards has come from “white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were.” Yes, he really said that. But he has said similar things before. What, exactly, is he talking about? In his cheerleading for the controversial Common Core State Standards — which were approved by 45 states and the
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has entered the final, mortifying stage of denial where one flails feebly about in the desperate search for an argument that might generate some traction. The spectacular collapse of Democratic standing in public opinion polls has prompted Democrats to voluntarily chip away at the very financial foundation of the Affordable Care Act – a prospect that any pundit would have deemed unthinkable just three weeks ago. Democrats are terrified, but Pelosi, an old pro, never wants to let them see her sweat. To that end, during a press conference with her fellow Democratic leaders
Mary Cheney, a daughter of the former vice president, and her wife, Heather Poe, sharply criticized on Sunday a comment by by Ms. Cheney’s sister, Liz Cheney, a candidate for the Senate in Wyoming, that they disagreed on the issue of same-sex marriage. “Liz – this isn’t just an issue on which we disagree, you’re just wrong – and on the wrong side of history,” Mary Cheney, who is gay, wrote on her Facebook page. Ms. Poe’s comments were sharper and more personal. “Liz has been a guest in our home, has spent time and shared holidays with our children, and when
As the story of the Obamacare website fiacso unfolds, senior administration aides tell me that the president is “mad, frustrated and angry.” Mad that his signature legislative achievement is stuck at the gate, frustrated that he’s running out of time to fix it, and angry that he’s got a second term agenda now going nowhere. He’s so furious, in fact, that he stepped out of character to vent to an assembled group of top aides. “If I had known [about the website problems] ,” the steaming president reportedly said, according to the New York Times, “We could have delayed the