Embattled U.N. Ambassador Susan E. Rice withdrew her name Thursday from consideration to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton after months of criticism over her comments about the terrorist attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, in September. Although the decision had been building for weeks, Mrs. Rice’s request was a stunning setback for President Obama, who angrily defended her in a November news conference and challenged the Republican critics that “they should go after me” over the handling of the Benghazi attack. Mrs. Rice has been
The false narrative is that the mean racist Republican Senators kept her from being Secretary of State, but they had no means to stop her. It is clear that influential Democrats behind the scenes wanted her out.
This gives His Majesty a great opportunity to throw another name in the ring - Barack´s favorite communist/Truther Marxist subversive (and MSM heartthrob!): Van Jones. Who better to represent the current anti-American state of State than Van the Man? Granted, Hillary the Miracle Worker is a hard act to follow, but Jones´ seething, white-hot hatred of the US Constitution qualifies him well for whatever mission Dear Leader would assign him.
My first thought was´Hooray for our side´ but on further thought, that monster in the WH will just propose someone equally odious, like another Van Jones kind of person. (He knows so many of those.) Hey, why not one of the Kardashians?
Nothing is ever as it seems in Washington and I don´t believe for one minute that she ´voluntarily withdrew´. Since when has this bunch ever cared about anything being costly and devisive? Obama´s own party was going to balk on this one. And they can shove their racist card. Being black does not sheild you from any and all criticsm.
#5 ty i asked the same thing...why didnt she just keep her mouth shut.........wanted more of her 15 minutes i guess......and ty mccain but honestly i think susan collins put the real squeeze on her...who would have thought that one....in any event.....time to get on the next candidate that hasnt been nominated.,..john francois skerry..................
Let´s look at character - Obama defended her saying the Republicans were talking badly about her. (he´s defending someone who lied - lack of character). She´s the one who went on tv and lied to the nation. If she was just a mouth for someone else, then she doesn´t deserve to serve the country in any way. She should have looked into it. Again, the death of the 4 people are being side tracked by this circus.
#1 is correct. The story isn´t about the Republicans who recently criticized Rice. It´s the silence from Senate Democrats.
I wish this was about incompetence but I suspect it is mostly about personality. Over the last 20 years Rice has rubbed too many people the wrong way. It was reminiscent of what happened when Bush 41 named the abrasive John Tower to Defense.
Yeah, agree it was a group decision for her to withdraw. Bamster is off the hook, avoided the sausage grinder confirmation fiasco and Rice didn´t have to go through rejection. It´s that soft approach for getting rid of a liability.
Word had it on Foxy news that pubs sent a message to Biden last week that it was a "no way" confirmation and even democrats had contested her. Did the DC fool learn anything, that once you hire a henchwoman to make the rounds with lies and spin, they´ve lost all credibility once exposed? Probably not. His affirmative action mindset of hiring people with no record, a poor record or recently discredited is on full power. The less the nominee has done the more eligible they are.
I love the way it was spun as "taking herself off of the list", as if she had the list for the day, like a library book someone checks out! ha ha ha ha.
She isn´t out because of Republicans. She is out because the media started printing stuff put out by the lefty base. All the ´old white men´ garbage went away when the stuff started coming out about her oil industry investments in Canada. From the LEFT, not the right. When you lose that base, nothing left to do but pull back and regroup. The Pubs had nothing to do with this.
Deflection, misdirection, street theatre and simple BS.
Stay on topic.
1. Arming al-Queda 2. Tearing down other nations 3. Embassy without armed guards 4. Stand Down! 5. Locals for "protection" 6. Inexperienced Brits with batons 7. Where were Benghazi police for seven hours? 8. Where was the Libyan military for seven hours?
We have to oppose Obama at every turn. There is no one that can do the job. Hillary is/was a disaster and frankly flying all over the world doing what she does(exactly what have been the results of her tenure there)really hasn´t helped the US at all. We are being ruled by morons and children and we have to figure out a way to stop this. I guess demandining answers from the Preezy is the first step. No more letter writing. He needs to be stopped. He is the one that allowed our people to be killed. We know it. He must be accountable with a punishment.
Interstingly enough the entire Rice thing was kabuk. She was never officially appointed or "name-placed-in-nomination" all smoke in mirrors to give cover hand bamboozle the american people. Several layers to control the news cycle and to thwart any meaningful converstion on The sinking of the USA. Imo, these murderers are programmed and they have help. Help that just fades into the woodwork, to wit becomes a postman, a groundskeeper, a bum, a guy dressed as a nerd,anyone that would not be noticed by most people.
Rice was a willing liar....Hillary, that PIAPS, always lies....Obama is a FRAUD....Kerry is a traitor, Biden is a doofus, Reid and Pelosi are crooks....so why do I feel similar indignation when McPain shows up on tv babbling some incoherent message? I pray for a leader that we conservatives and veterans can look up to and say..."SAVE MY COUNTRY"!!!
HARTFORD, Conn. — The family of a Connecticut woman shot to death by police after a car chase outside the U.S. Capitol says recently released documents about her don´t justify such a use of force. Police records show Miriam Carey´s boyfriend had expressed concern about her emotional stability and the safety of their infant daughter. A report from the Stamford police department says Carey told officers who responded Dec. 10 that President Barack Obama had her under surveillance. Carey was killed Oct. 3 after trying to ram her car through a White House barrier. Carey had been diagnosed with postpartum
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that the plagued Obamacare rollout has been “absolute chaos” and a sign of what’s to come from the controversial law, which he called an “expensive joke.” Mr. McConnell, Kentucky Republican, said that once people are able to log in to the Obamacare website, HealthCare.gov, they are going to find out that they have fewer health care choices and higher insurance premiums than they could have had on the private market. “This can’t possibly ever work,” he told WKYX-FM. “The difficulty with the website is just the first experience people are having with it.
The Obama administration waited until the last minute to test the main Obamacare website and refused to ask for a delay when hiccups arose, government contractors testified to Congress on Thursday as they tried to explain why the rollout of the insurance exchanges has been so rocky. Executives from lead contractor CGI Federal and three other vendors who worked on HealthCare.gov told the House Energy and Commerce Committee that the federal agency in charge seemed to have assembled a flawed puzzle from the intact pieces they provided, and didn’t go through the months of testing that should have accompanied such
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U.S. officials are alerting some foreign intelligence services that documents detailing their secret cooperation with the United States have been obtained by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, according to government officials. Snowden, U.S. officials said, took tens of thousands of documents, some of which contain sensitive material about collection programs against adversaries such as Iran, Russia and China. Some refer to operations that in some cases involve countries not publicly allied with the United States. The process of informing officials in capital after capital about the risk of disclosure is delicate. In some cases, one part of the
American foreign policy in the Middle East has now entered Bizarro World–a place made humorously famous by comedian Jerry Seinfeld, describing a parallel universe where “up is down, down is up,” and where the opposite of what one expects occurs. Seinfeld was riffing off the comic book character Bizarro, the parallel character to Superman, who lived on a strange planet called Htrae (Earth spelled backwards). Well, welcome to the Elddim Tsae. It’s a place where long-standing state sponsors of terrorism Iran, Syria, and Sudan are basking in the warmth of America’s evolving Middle East policies, while long-standing American allies Israel,
Is Kathleen Sebelius really the principal behind the fiasco that the Obamacare rollout has become? Drawing on her CNN interview with Sanjay Gupta, Rich Lowry has fun with her in “Heckuva job, Sebelius,” and Rich doesn’t even touch on her memorable appearance on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Sebelius pushed back yesterday in Sheryl Gay Stolberg’s New York Times story “Sebelius thrust into firestorm on exchanges.” Don’t blame her, she’s the piano player or, rather, she’s just a vacuous cipher (to borrow a useful redundancy that was attached to Valerie Jarrett). Stolberg presents the Sebelius thrust: [A]lthough Ms. Sebelius
Inside the National Security Council, most officials aren’t allowed to use or even look at Twitter, the popular social-networking service. But that didn’t stop some of President Obama’s top advisers from trying to identify the person responsible for @natsecwonk, an anonymous Twitter account that published a steady stream of personal and sometimes offensive attacks on White House and State Department officials. Three weeks ago, the group hatched a plan to trick the suspected NSC staffer into revealing himself. They would intentionally plant inaccurate, but harmless, information with him to see if it would pop up as a 140-character tweet
Pity the journalist who wishes to write about Fox News. It can be very dangerous. In his new book “Murdoch’s World,” NPR media reporter David Folkenflik documents one of the perils as part of a chapter on the sharp-elbowed ways of Fox News’s PR operation. These are the folks who take all incoming press inquiries on Fox News, ignore some, scoff at others and arrange access or statements on yet others. An easy way to antagonize this group, says Folkenflik, is to propose writing anything that acknowledges their key competitors — MSNBC and CNN — as existing. “They are a
HOUSTON — Sharon Alford knows what they have been saying about her state’s junior senator up in Washington. Which is why she was standing here, among about 600 people in a sweltering warehouse, holding a hand-made sign that said, “We the people ? Ted Cruz.” “He’s surrounded by enemies up there, and I want to show support for him in Texas,” she said. “I’m just hoping it’s like this around the country.” Cruz may be the most reviled man in the U.S. Senate at the moment, not least among his Republican colleagues. He was the face and voice of the
Robert Laszewski is president of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, a policy and marketplace consulting firm that has him working closely with many in the heath industry as they try to navigate the Affordable Care Act, as well as the author of the excellent Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review blog. As such, he has a unique view on how the rollout looks from the industry side. We spoke on Wednesday. A lightly edited transcript of our conversation follows. Ezra Klein: We last talked about 10 days ago. So in the interim, what are your insurance industry sources saying has
It has become clear after the government shutdown that if Obamacare isn’t destroyed now, it will be with us forever. Waiting until after a series of elections to try to kill it is a fool’s errand. There will never be more support for ending Obamacare than there will be in the next few months. Once the dependency class hooks up their Obamacare IV, it’s game over. Let’s inventory how Texas Senator Ted Cruz won territory in the government shutdown fight. First, the Left knows victories are won through the fight. This is the core of the new Alinskyite model of
On Sunday night, I wrote a short post soliciting stories from my readers about how Obamacare has already immediately impacted their lives. I asked that all of these emails be directed to ObamacareMakesMeSick@Yahoo.com. I expected a response; I didn’t expect it to be quite so overwhelming. Over the last 24 hours, my inbox has been flooded with hundreds of emails. What you’ll read in this post represents a portion of them. I’m only one guy (with a fulltime job and twins) — I wasn’t able to go through every single message just yet. Some, I left out because the information
Does President Obama belong on the same list as John Kennedy and Bill Clinton when it comes to presidents who are sex symbols? That’s what Entertainment Tonight reporter Rocsi Diaz thinks. First Lady Michelle Obama chuckled and smiled as Diaz asked her what it’s like to be married to someone who’s seen by many women as a “sex symbol,” in an interview that aired Tuesday evening. “He’s got a little swag, you know, that’s okay,” the first lady said. “I’m proud of him. He’s a stylish man who is healthy and he’s smart and he’s passionate and he’s inspiring. And
Healthcare insurance executives were received at the White House today — but not to confront President Obama about the flub-ridden exchange launched on Oct. 1. Instead, the CEOs of Aetna, Humana, CareFirst, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Health Net, Inc., Health Care Services Corporation, Independence Blue Cross, America’s Health Insurance Plans, Molina Healthcare, Centene Corp., Tufts Health Plan, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Wellpoint and Kaiser Permanente got to meet with Obama’s senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. Meanwhile, on the Hill, Pelosi brushed off the tech implosion as something they just have to be able to fix because she doesn’t want to
That was America standing behind President Obama in the Rose Garden this week as he stammered, and droned on and on, trying to explain away the epic disaster that Obamacare has become even before it has begun “About three weeks ago, as the federal government shut down,” he began.Expectant and hopeful, America stood tall on the steps behind him for as long as she could. She was proud and gazed at the nation’s new top health care provider proudly. But as the excuses and mistruths mounted and the barrage of words rolled on and on and on, she could not
Senate majority leader Harry Reid says that "Everybody" is "willing to pay more" taxes. He said so in an interview with a Nevada Public Radio host. “The only people who feel there shouldn’t be more coming in to the federal government from the rich people are the Republicans in the Congress,” Reid told the radio host, according to Roll Call. “Everybody else, including the rich people, are willing to pay more. They want to pay more.” Reid rebuked the Nevada Public Radio host when he was asked what Republicans would have to concede to get Medicare and Social Security cuts
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After a shutdown fight that had Republicans in Congress taking sides against one another, the Senate minority whip put out a plea for unity today in the form of a Fox News op-ed. “In recent weeks, the national media have been obsessed with highlighting divisions and disagreements among Republicans on Capitol Hill. It’s time for GOP lawmakers to remind the American people of what unites us,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) wrote. “Republicans are united in our desire to dismantle President Obama’s health care law and replace it with patient-centered alternatives that reduce costs, expand quality insurance coverage, and improve access to
On Wednesday, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) revealed that he was working on a bill to delay the Obamacare individual mandate. He said in late September that he would support efforts to delay the individual mandate, but this is the first time that Manchin has signified that he will lead a legislative effort toward such a delay. Manchin’s spokesperson, Jonathan Kott, said Manchin will not back Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) proposal for an indefinite delay to work out insurance exchange glitches, but that he would instead work on a bill “to delay the pena
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Juan Williams has a clear grip on responsibility for the failure of a program that got passed in Congress with no Republican votes, and implemented with no Republican management in a Democratic administration. Williams claims that the White House would have delayed the rollout of ObamaCare’s exchanges except for the opposition of the GOP to the program as a whole. As a result, Williams argues, Barack Obama and Kathleen Sebelius had no choice but to lie about the exchanges and let it unfold. Come on — you knew the media would eventually get around to this argument. You just didn’t
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Marines are decrying a new look President Obama has planned for their uniforms — namely, a unisex-style cap that they say looks more French than American, more “girly” than hard-charging. “We don’t even have enough funding to buy bullets and the DoD [Department of Defense] is pushing to spend $8 million on covers that look like women’s hats,” one senior Marine said to The New York Post. “The Marines deserve better. It makes them look ridiculous.” One estimate is that the new hats could cost about $8 million. The hats are thinner and smaller, aimed at looking equally good on females as well