John Boehner´s first order of business in his second term as speaker is no more one-on-one meetings with President Obama. An aide to the speaker, who won re-election to the leadership post Thursday afternoon, confirmed to Fox News that Boehner is done with closed-door talks with the president. Boehner and Obama over the past two years have made two unsuccessful attempts at striking a "grand bargain" deficit-reduction deal. The last set of talks, in the context of crafting a bill to avert the fiscal crisis, ended with Boehner exiting the negotiations and pushing a failed "Plan B"
Comments: This article takes me back more than 30-years-ago when I use to watch wrestling on a weekly basis. Besides "Macho Man" Randy Savage and his "manager," the Lovely Elizabeth, my fave part were the interviews. Why? because like Boehner here in this article, the bad guy could turn on a dime and become the good guy in a few weeks. I didn´t believe it then, nor do I believe Boehner now. But, all I was doing was watching mindless screed then. Not now.
So is this an indication that Congress and particularly Boehner have taken efficiency to heart? Is Boehner just streamlining the surrender part by eliminated the need to waste time personally graveling to Obambi and just surrender right from the start? Maybe Boehner can push this as a deficit reduction plan. Save us taxpayers the wasted cash on staffers and expensive travel when we all know he just plans to do whatever Obambi wants from the beginning.
The next time when debt ceiling comes up, Zippy will threaten to stop SS checks and blame the Republicans, they will dissolve like a lump of mud in water. When gun control comes up the ´moderates´ will join the ´Rats and it will be over.
I think Boehner is ok. I believe the evil Zippy has set him up to be the fall guy. I hope to God that he follows through on his commitment not to meet face to face with the liar and manipulator mulatto.
I agree with #8. The Speaker was in a tough place with very little leverage. The fiscal cliff deal was lousy but did prevent a calamity. Boehner´s statement basically says that obama is not an honorable man as he will not keep his word.
How about vowing to end continuing spending resolutions and force the Senate Democrats to approve a budget???? It would be Constitutional but that wouldn´t be nice according to the Dems and msm so I doubt that will happen. Good grief what other nonsense did he tell the House Republicans in order to keep being the Speaker? We´re toast with such weak willed leaders like Boehner. There will be no real spending cuts no matter what Boehner declares. It will be all smoke and mirrors.
Media Ho´s are out to screw us 24/7. Nation of lazy moochers wanna believe the Ministry of Propaganda (NBC). What´s a fella to do?
My recommendation for strategy... unlike pessimists on another thread today... I expect we will triumph in the 2014 midterms next year. We will own the House and the Senate. We can wreck the final two years of Bamster´s reign of terror.
When Obamacare kicks in, in Jan. 2014, you will have... even worse unemployment, economy, taxes, misery... second terms are downhill for all prez, especially nasty sick ones like Bammy.
The sixth year, the second term mid-terms, are usually disastrous. Be patient and wait for it. Why all the panic? Why all the pessimism? We know what we´re up against. Let´s do it. Let´s roll.
OP, you know Randy "Macho Man" Savage and Miss Elizabeth are both no longer with us, don´t you? He died in a car crash, and she died from an OD while she was living with Lex Luger (real name Lawrence Pfohl). Which was one of the many things that prompted Lex to turn his life over to the Lord, and he´s doing well today, AFIK. He had some medical troubles after that, but recovered pretty well, and was a big testimony to the other patients at Shepherd.
RE: Boehner - Bah. I do not care what he does or does not do. He could move into the WH for all I care.
Guessing he intimidated conservatives from opposing him by threatening any supporters for new leadership. Then, so as not to get Palin or a new third party stealing the base away, he says he will not meet with Obama "one on one." Here is the compromise establishment republicans prefer rather than understanding and explaining to the voters what marxism and Cloward-Piven strategies will do to the children of America. Instead of the Obama marxists overthrowing the country violently -- as in, "Have you ever been a member of an organization dedicated to the violent overthrow of the U.S?" -- they can overthrow, or transform non-violently, using [grudging] republican help and the "fairness" narrative. And while we are looking at "The Cliff," or the "Benghazi Story," or "The Plane Crash in Iran which killed a SEAL General and wounded Hillary", Obama has, like a Deist Clockwinder God, created enough instability and Anti-Semitism in the Middle East to have it come apart tomorrow. The press in the totalitarian regimes plants National Enquirer stories, since Truth is virtually dead here for those to whom America is a bi-word or a "country-tradition". Somewhere tonight, with a few normal looking friends, Boehner is being celebrated for his raw political skill and his win. And maybe one of these normal looking friends, a backslidden type with a Stella in his hand, suddenly sees invisible writing on the wall. It says, "Things that cause people to sin must come, but woe to that person by whom these things come." [Luke 17:1]
This is the, ´same-old, same-old,´ cream-puff rhetoric from blubbering doormat Boehner & his statist GOP cronies and, as in the last House session, it just isn´t getting the job done. As the other headline notes, 0bama is relaxing on the beach while Boehner squeeks by in the Senate vote!!! ...What kind of GOP leadership is THAT? THIS President and THIS Congress infringe upon every Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving and 4th of July every year now. They don´t read the legislation they vote on in the dead of night. They are a communal statist disaster. And in the end, they ignore the Constitution and their own oaths of office. Our ship of state is without a rudder & adrift inside the beltway.
How pathetic that at this critical point in American history all this Senate GOP, ´leadership,´ has to offer is talk, talk and more talk?!! Faced by 0bama/Reid/Biden(?!)/Kerry(?!!!!!) and the like, the current GOP, ´led,´ by Boehner has caved AGAIN, collapsed and is down for the count. Where is a principled GOP leader in this Congress who can actually champion the Constitution & articulate/communicate its principled policies of Life & Liberty with Justice for ALL? Who will the oath of the office? Please step up!
I say that the Speaker should refuse to go to the White House when the next crisis evolves and Barky issues a call for a command performance. Instead inform ol´ Purple Lips that he needs to come down to the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue if he´s serious about holding discussions. Pennsylvania Ave. isn´t a one-way street. It runs west AND EAST.
I agree with 8, 9, etc. How did this "direct" negotiation get started? If I recall correctly, it was Zippy who invited them all to the WH, and suddenly that became the main M.O. After what The Won pulled last summer (welching on the deal he proposed, a la Lucy and the football), Boehner would have been within his rights to refuse to go back, knowing there would just be more of the same in store for him. By showing bona fides, he got creamed again by The Won.
I don´t blame him one bit, and if that´s the way Barry wants to play, he´s welcome to a game of solitaire.
Anyone who regularly uses social networks like Twitter, YouTube or Reddit may have had the unfortunately common experience of having to deal with trolls, those wonderful human beings who take pleasure from harassing and upsetting others. (Snip) I wasn´t planning to write about the experience, but it concerns me that trolling has become such a prevalent aspect of social networking. When you are told over and over again by strangers that you are useless at your job, that you are worthless as a human being, that you´re ugly, it´s no surprise that both teenagers and adults alike have resorted to
The war in Syria poses the greatest threat to US security because of the risk of the government falling and the country becoming a weapons-rich haven for al-Qaeda, a CIA official says. (Snip) Morell said there were now more foreign fighters flowing into Syria each month to take up arms with al-Qaeda-affiliated groups than there were going to Iraq to fight with al-Qaeda at the height of the war there. The Syrian government´s weapons "are going to be up for grabs and up for sale" as they were in Libya when Moamer Kadhafi fell, he added. "It's probably the most important issue in the world today,"
Trenton - Gov. Chris Christie today signed an executive order creating a new investigative unit to uncover pension and disability benefits fraud perpetrated by public employees across the state. The governor´s office said in a statement the unit will be housed within the state Treasury Department and will be headed by Jim Scott, a former criminal investigator for the Internal Revenue Service who currently works in the state Attorney General´s Office. “Siphoning of pension and disability benefits by fraud or ineligibility hurts everyone, including honest current and future pensioners and,
GPS tracking of Washington & Jefferson College football player´s stolen iPhone led Washington police to three suspects who were arrested yesterday in the player´s October 2012 beating death. According to criminal complaints police filed Tuesday, GPS tracking of Timothy McNerney´s phone, taken from him in the attack, indicated the phone was near the Houston Street home of Adam R. Hankins, 23, of Washington and the McDonald home of Eric Dante Wells, 24. Confronted Tuesday at the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Fayette County, both men admitted their roles
Currently, women diagnosed with with early stage invasive breast cancer undergo a biopsy of their lymph nodes during surgery to remove tumours in the breast. They have to wait up to three weeks for the result, and if further disease is found, they have go undergo a second operation. The new test means that surgeons can find out if cancer has spread during the initial surgery - and if they find it, they can remove it at the same time. (Snip) The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended the test - the RD-100i OSNA system produced by Sysmex UK - for women with early
A Russian television channel accidentally interrupted its evening news show with a doom-laden report of evils committed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, apparently slipped on air by a disgruntled employee. (Snip) It would be unthinkable for Russian state television to air a report critical of Putin. The planted news item went on to link Putin to the 2006 murder of journalist and Kremlin critic Anna Politkovskaya and attack corruption that had reached "unimaginable heights". It launched into the terrorist attacks at the beginning of Putin´s presidency, saying they raised his approval rating,
Amman & Doha - Saudi Arabia has offered Russia economic incentives including a major arms deal and a pledge not to challenge Russian gas sales if Moscow scales back support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Middle East sources and Western diplomats said on Wednesday. (Snip) Syrian opposition sources close to Saudi Arabia said Prince Bandar offered to buy up to $15 billion of Russian weapons as well as ensuring that Gulf gas would not threaten Russia´s position as a main gas supplier to Europe. In return, Saudi Arabia wanted Moscow to ease its strong support of Assad and
If justice were administered by popular vote, Army Maj. Nidal Hasan would have disappeared into a maximum-security hole a long time ago. He might already be dead. He might have been executed by now for his undisputed role in the murders of 13 people and the injuries of 32 more in the Fort Hood shooting rampage four years ago. If regular Joes like me and you got to decide what seems reasonable and fair, Hasan would have been forced a long time ago to shave off his holy-man beard, quit drawing a paycheck from the U.S. government and put a sock in that “soldier for Allah” business.
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,"
WASHINGTON — U.S. officials insisted Tuesday that extraordinary security measures for nearly two dozen diplomatic posts were to thwart an “immediate, specific threat,” a claim questioned by counterterrorism experts, who note that the alert covers an incongruous set of nations from the Middle East to an island off the southern coast of Africa. Analysts don’t dispute the Obama administration’s narrative that it’s gleaned intelligence on a plot involving al Qaida’s most active affiliate, the Yemen-based Arabian Peninsula branch. That would explain why most U.S. posts in the Persian Gulf are on lockdown, including the U.
The truth about Benghazi, the Associated Press/James Rosen monitoring, the IRS corruption, the NSA octopus, and Fast and Furious is still not exactly known. Almost a year after the attacks on our Benghazi facilities, we are only now learning details of CIA gun-running, military stand-down orders, aliases of those involved who are still hard to locate, massaged talking points, and the weird jailing of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. We still do not quite know why Eric Holder’s Justice Department went after the Associated Press or Fox News’s James Rosen — given that members of the administration were themselves illegally leaking
Critics of the president are convinced that Barack Obama will do lasting damage to the U.S. I doubt it. Obama came to power in the third year of large Democratic congressional majorities. In his first referendum, he lost the House and he may soon lose the Senate; in other words, there followed a somewhat normal reaction against a majority party. Obama’s popularity rating is well below 50%, despite an obsequious media and a brilliantly negative billion-dollar campaign that long ago turned Mitt Romney into a veritable elevator-using, equestrian-marrying, canine-hating monster. In the second term, there is little
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
Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney jumped into the debate over the GOP’s future Tuesday night, warning congressional Republicans against forcing a government shutdown in their quest to stop President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. Romney addressed more than 200 donors on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee at a fundraiser for the New Hampshire Republican Party, staged just four miles from the vacation home where he has spent much of the summer with his family. The event was closed to the media, but his office released his prepared remarks.
WASHINGTON — Former Massachusetts lawmaker Barney Frank revealed that he doesn’t believe in God. During Friday’s appearance on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” Frank, who championed the decriminalization of pot while serving in the House of Representatives, admitted to smoking marijuana and being an atheist. “You were in a fairly safe district. You were not one of those congress people who would have to worry about every little thing,” Maher said to Frank. “You could come on this show and sit next to a pot-smoking atheist and it wouldn’t bother you.”
The U.S. State Department issued a global alert about the terrorist threat allegedly posed by Al-Qaeda in Yemen. The USA announced the closure of its missions in the Middle East and Africa, and their example was followed by France, Britain, and Germany. However, this was only an attempt to justify the activities of the National Security Agency.Last Saturday, right after alerting of the terror threat civilians and BOLO complex ("be on the lookout") that includes law enforcement and federal officials, President Barack Obama went to play golf, and then celebrated his birthday at the presidential retreat at Camp David.
In a rare diplomatic snub, President Obama is canceling plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next month. The decision reflects both U.S. anger over Russia´s harboring of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and growing frustration within the Obama administration over what it sees as Moscow´s stubbornness on other key issues, including missile defense and human rights. Obama will still attend the Group of 20 economic summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, but a top White House official said the president had no plans to hold one-on-one talks with Putin while there.
Washington--As hundreds of commuters emerged from Amtrak and commuter trains at Union Station on a recent morning, an armed squad of men and women dressed in bulletproof vests made their way through the crowds. The squad was not with the Washington police department or Amtrak’s police force, but was one of the Transportation Security Administration’s Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response squads — VIPR teams for short — assigned to perform random security sweeps to prevent terrorist attacks at transportation hubs across the United States.(Snip)With little fanfare, the agency best known for airport screenings has vastly expanded its reach
A poll released Friday by Public Policy Polling found that Alaska voters would pick former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over the state´s former Republican governor, Sarah Palin, if the two women were to face off in the 2016 presidential election. Clinton led with 49 percent in the hypothetical match-up, with Palin at 40 percent, a nine-point gap. As of July 3, Republicans comprised 27 percent of the state´s registered voters and Democrats made up just 14 percent. The last time Alaskans opted for the Democrats´ presidential candidate was in 1964. Clinton trails five other hypothetical GOP candidates –
Over the last week, there has been a lot of buzz about a supposed CIA angle to the Benghazi story. Specifically, it has been alleged that a substantial number of CIA employees were on the ground in Benghazi, carrying out a mission that involved rounding up Libyan weapons and transferring them to rebels in Syria. Further, it has been reported that the CIA has leaned on its employees not to cooperate with Congressional investigations or the media, and it has been suggested that the CIA’s role in Benghazi may be related to the al Qaeda
The Pentagon has placed its elite cadre of special operations teams on full alert to launch preemptive attacks against suspected al Qaeda targets across the globe, according to reports. The American special forces teams have spent the past week waiting for U.S. military and intelligence officials to confirm the whereabouts of the terror cell plotting to attack U.S. diplomatic outposts in the Mideast and North Africa. Unnamed sources told CNN on Monday that the teams were poised to carry out the preemptive strikes, but declined to comment on where the U.S. forces were located or which potential