Here are a few things that happened to John Boehner, ostensibly one of the most powerful men in Washington, during the past two weeks. First his own backbenchers blew up his attempt at a fiscal cliff negotiating maneuver. Then he had to step back and let Joe Biden and Mitch McConnell hammer out the details of the fiscal cliff deal, which he then had to shepherd through his own legislative body with more Democratic than Republican votes.
Some apt assessments. A polarized Republican party isn´t going to win anything in negotiations or national elections. If your ´brand´ isn´t selling, then a good marketing manager has to re-think his product, his packaging, and his marketing approach.
I want to be open minded on this subject, but there is just no way I would grant Boehner hero status.
How much gray matter does it take to know that you do not negotiate with Obama? How much gray matter does it take to never say that you will not negotiate with Obama? How much gray matter does it take to hammer Obama on Benghazi? How much gray matter does it take to suggest impeachment is right around the corner?
The republicans did re-package their brand. They have run two potus candidates that have a history of playing well with the dems (playing well means thinking and acting like a dem). After this last debacle....excuse me, election...the republicans quickly came out and said their plan was to be MORE like the dems. They are now saying that higher taxes, larger government, immigration amnesty and gun control....they are all on board with that. Face it, the republicans have shot themselves in the foot and their brand is not selling. Why would dems leave that nut house for the shambles of the republican party? And why would conservatives, both fiscal and social (they really do go together)remain in the republican party?
I don´t think Boehner has to worry about being Speaker again in 2014. I think Dem-lite (or as referred to in this article, ´disaster control´) actions of Boehner and his band of fellow travlers will have so effectively angered their base that it is unlikely they will hold the House in 2014. I know I won´t vote for my RINO again. I just hope we can find someone to beat him in the primary.
Looks like I´ve got to be the one to start the shouting. Here´s a clue...the "brand" of freedom doesn´t "sell" to those who are determined to take it away from you. And if you don´t resist their brazen attempts and fight back (including against those "reasonable" people on your side who compromise your freedoms away), you will lose those freedoms, your country, and eventually, your lives.
Signed, An immigrant from a country taken over by communists, who now finds himself in a country that is politely surrendering to communists. Understand this when you consider the lengths to which you will "compromise ".
"It’s increasingly taken for granted that he’s an ineffective speaker who holds his position mostly because nobody else wants the job".
I dare anybody else to navigate through Obie´s and the pubs political garbage better than Boehner.
Grteat..it´s always easy to get on the msm bandwagon and bash Boehner. While he has his limitations, so do the self-serving individuals in Washington especially in the WH. We right-minded folks had woken up long ago to what is going on, but, until we get ourselves on the same political page when elections are held, we can expect liberalism to continue spreading until it is too late to reverse it.
"The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it NOW deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."
I wish some people would get as mad at the Socialist Democrats, the MSM and the voters who elected an additional two democrats to the senate as go after our side. When our side was given a corrupt media spin throughout. I´m not sure about what to do in the current situation, but cutting and running has never worked.
I have to join #8. How do you negotiate with a man from nowhere who steps into your country and demands you give him your guns, your money and your freedom? Do you give them up? Do you give up just some of each? Or do you say, “Hell no! Go back to where you came from, and take the Mooch with you!”?
Boehner is a disaster. With the loss in Novemeber there were only two clear choices: 1) abdicate to the Dems and let them raise and own taxes or 2) Fight the tax increases and lose the House in the next election.
The inbetween compromising exhibited by Boehner, especially the flip-flopping on Sandy aid, just lets the liberal media tear Republicans to pieces. Sometimes you have to give your opponent more rope.
But the nation’s polarization and his party’s dysfunction are beyond a speaker’s ability to undo.... the House is a poor base from which to rebuild a national party.
It´s the polarization more than our "party´s dysfunction" that is the problem. We can no longer function properly with the imbalances we´ve got and certainly not with the leftist strength coming from this Administration AND the media.
We need a divorce, we conservatives and the liberals. This marriage no longer works by the same rules that used to be successful. Limbaugh is right when he says there is no longer any common ground on which to negotiate or compromise. When marriages lose all traces of common ground, divorces happen. The good old days of amicable differences have passed into history.
I can see only bad times ahead because of this polarization. One side MUST win decisively over the other side, since compromise always favors Democrats, due to the GOP´s willingness to let it be so. That must stop.
Boehner has no control over the Tea Party Republicans. I believe it is they, not establishment Republicans, who should control policy. So I suggest that Boehner begin taking the Tea Party seriously because they take their jobs seriously. Career pols don´t; they´re too jaded.
Second, invigorate the Secession movement. Drastic as it is, when you cannot get along with someone, you leave them.
The polarization we´ve got in Amnerica is not simply an ideological difference that can be patched here and there. Not any more. Ultimately, the fabric rips and I believe we´re at that point right now.
I never would have thought I´d be talking about secession but Obama´s reign of terror has all but destroyed what used to be America, aided and abetted by the educational system and the old media.
It is refreshing to read a columnist who can think outside the proverbial box. Douthat does fail to grasp one thing, however -- the blessing of a divided Wasington is that nothing gets done and therefore there is greater liberty for every American and big spending programs don´t happen. When the GOP had absolute control we got two decade-long wars we could not afford and Medicare Part D. When the Donks had the reigns we had Obamacare and the stimulus polka. Boehner deserves credit for standing up to the Dems when productive, but also knowing when to fold ´em to fight another day.
I would rather have seen Michele Bachmann as speaker. I feel confident she would have done a better job at identifying the target and shooting straight. She clanks when she walks, and that is what we need now.
The problem with that, #12, is that B. Obama is the President of the U.S., has strong support among an electorate of dummies, self-seekers and parasites and has no intention of going back to where he came from.
This is a good article based on grim and sticky realities. Boehner has done as well as could be expected. Who else has volunteered to stand in his shoes? (Sound of crickets chirping...)
curious (not really) to see what the NYTs says about Boenher when the debt ceiling negotiations begin
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Bad Dog, 1/6/2013 9:36:44 AM (No. 9101382)
I have to go with #8, and #14´s excellent follow-up. The Republicans - most of them - are no longer worthy of the name. Maybe there is a rope-a-dope strategery at work that I´m just missing, If so, I´ll back off. But until I see it, and see results of it going in the right direction, Boehner and the Republican Party is a total write-off for me.
It shouldn´t take someone who has lived through this nightmare once in his/her country of origin to point out to us what is happening and what the effects will be. We should be alert and smart enough to see it for ourselves.
Boehner negotiated in secret with Obama and got stabbed in the back. Twice. Who did Boehner then stab in return? The House Democrats? Surely not. He stabbed the Republicans who thought they were to represent their districts, not Boehner. They were wrong.
We have a two party system. When the shouting is all done, you vote either for a Republican or a Democrat. If you vote for neither or for some dissident candidate, you are worse than ineffective- you are a disaster.
Forget about the RINO name calling and the chest beating. And forget about criticizing Speaker Boehner. He is it. He is ours, He knows what he is doing.
I don´t know if I can stand four years of this idiocy.
I am with #5´s cogent assessment of the current situation with the Republican party. Further, the message they send is that regardless of our actions and regardless of our beliefs, we must follow them blindly. I can´t accept that position myself. Therefore I no longer consider myself to be a Republican.
When Boehner and the pubbies first took the House, I felt inspired. In the interim I have felt like a tax payer with no representation. Boehner has no idea what ´NO´ means. And until he learns the meaning of that word, I will continue to feel like a tax payer with no representation. May God Bless the USA.
Excellent comments everyone above. I feel like shouting too, so I´ll just keep quiet. But being quiet is the problem, isn´t it? Being quiet while the power hungry in DC rob us of our freedom and property.
´a sequence of bomb-defusal operations that have prevented our dysfunctional government from tipping into outright crisis.´
Er... this government is already in an outright crisis. We have a Marxist President who thinks he is a Dictator, a Senate run by left wing incompetents and it seems that now applies to the House as well. Since there doesn´t seem to be a White Knight (historic)riding to the rescue, how many of you would bet your hard earned, now more taxable dollars, that Times hero Boehner won´t negotiate your 2nd amendment rights completely away in the next legislative farce. That is in between giving every law breaking illegal alien more rights than you have.
The country is going broke and Congress is still packing every bill with waste and favors. Meanwhile our glorious Marxist leader vacations at his Dascha by the sea.
32 -I would happily take on the task of saying no to the damage and destruction our government is causing, and doing what Boehner has been unable or unwilling to do. He may or may not be a good man, but he´s a lousy Speaker of the House.
Boehner is just a symptom of a bigger problem for the Republicans.
In an election during a weak economy, the Republicans, who are out of power, lost a senate seat, fourteen congressional seats, and failed to win the presidency.
Why is this?
Voter fraud has been mentioned frequently, but there were other things that cost the Republicans far more votes.
Moderate and Conservative Republicans are not on the same page. The Tea Party and NRC sent me multiple mailings for donations. The NRSC mysteriously went missing in the last month prior to the election and sent three eMails the day before the election asking for a donation. The NRSC did not get any donations. The Tea Party and NRC received extra donations. I question whether some Republicans in position of leadership would rather have a liberal Democrat rather than a conservative Republican. The Republican party will continue to lose until this is fixed. Work together, people!!! I don´t care about your problems. If you cannot work out your problems, I see no point in sending further donations. It is wasted money.
The other problem is the liberal media. I saw Romney get ambushed and double-teamed during a debate by Obama and Crowley. How many times have Republicans been triple teamed and worse during discussions. I have seen liberals slant and lie about what Republicans say to the point they will edit footage. How do Republicans get their message out? Perhaps Republicans should approach any discussion that there is no such thing as bad publicity. The other thing is Republican speakers need to be better speakers, talk intelligently, and handle multiple critics at once.
I´m thinking it will be a good thing to shut down government - let it implode; it, and we, cannot go on like this. The republicans signed their own death warrant years ago and despite ample time to change and despite a wonderful infusion of new energy in 2010 they still skate dizzily downhill to defeat.
#34 I look forward to the announcement of your campaign. I think a lot of posters are just venting their frustration. Most on this tread must know that Boehner has very limited options at this point, elections have consequences. Again thank you conservatives and evangelicals that stayed home. The notion we should shut down the government is the stupidest idea I ever heard. The republicans would be blamed for raising taxes on everybody, and Obama and the dems would be cast as tax cutters. Conservatives would be ruined for a generation.
The fact that all these crises have been resolved at the 11th hour, amid persistent brinkmanship and repeated near-death moments for his speakership, isn’t a sign that he’s a failure. Instead, given the correlation of forces he’s dealing with, this is what success looks like. (For a glimpse of the alternative, just imagine rerunning the last two years with Newt Gingrich in the speaker’s chair.)
Douthat has a strange way of defining success. The 1995 Congress held the House with smaller majority than today, and the Senate GOP only had 52 majority. Yet that Congress shut down gov´t twice, and fulled their Contract with American in the first 100 days.
Perhaps Douthat´s view is skewed via revisonist history since he was only 16 at the time.
I find it troubling that all our armchair quarterbacks airily dismiss the difficulties inherent to opposing the US Federal Government, their propaganda corps and an ignorant, indifferent and selfish general public...
My cent #1 - who really knows how repubics have lost the elections? Can you, please, count the causes? I don´t buy those cheap shots at the people who stayed at home. Cent #2 - whatever is happening in this country (and other totalitarian countries, for that matter) is the result of absence of freedom of speech (press, ideas....). Of course, 99% of the population is stupid sheeple and they gobble everything they get from the mainstream media. They don´t have enough brains and energy to look for the info, when there is propaganda available in buckets!
I listen to all the naysayers and complainers but I´ve yet to hear a single viable solution that will reverse or stop the current socialist trend. If anyone can present one that doesn´t destroy the Republic, I´ll give it my full support.
Douhat makes the point that the base is constantly spoiling for a fight that can´t be won. There is no way that Boehener can bend Obama and the Democrats in the Senate ( with their 10 seat advantage ) to see the purity , conservative viewpoint. The best he can do is " a kind of disaster management — a sequence of bomb-defusal operations ". The tantrum by the Ron Paul caucus- led by 32 yr old Rep Amash of Michigan against Boehener accomplished nothing positive. Zip. Zero. Nada. The weeklong hyperventilating from Huelskamp and Amash about purges and grand conspiracies was juvenile and unmanly and definitely unstatesmanlike. Running to Hannity and Levin crying that " Mommy, John Boehner is being mean to me " was jaw dropping and childish . Their egos are so large that only " they " can have a place on a committee. All their publicity stunt did was to take the air out of the increasing publicity on Benghazi and undercut any small leverage Boehner had in negotiating . The same for their pathetic coup attempt against Boehner. Boehener , with his shrunken Republican majority , has to deal with not just Obama and Reid but, the unrealistic Ron Paul Tea Party faction in the House and the Limbaugh, Levin brigade who rant and rave and apparently don´t understand how laws get passed . Elections have consequences . The far right and Ron Paul / Tea Party wing undercut Boehner every chance they get . Too bad they couldn´t put that energy into actually winning elections.
This article is just another Washington-centric piece. This from the article: "here was no government shutdown in the spring of 2011, no debt default that summer, and the fiscal cliff was averted (at least temporarily) last week".
The shutdown would have meant that non-essential services would be withheld. So what is wrong with shutting down non-essential services? What other services than "essential" should a government be exercising?
The debt default could have been resolved by cancelling outrageous over-spending on self-serving corrupt programs and by pursuing legitimate funding. That is, pay the creditors. But there is no fun and no political profit from that is there?
The "fiscal cliff" was a buzz expression intended to terrify the public. It worked because the useless Boehner never even attempted to expose the real Washington issues. First and foremost is the outrageous and unconscionable over-spending to buy votes and to undermine the economy. Why did Boehner not stand up and declare a war against profligate and corrupt politicians who were destroying American lives and their economy with socialist moronisms? Second is the fact that those paying income taxes are over-taxed, while vast numbers of American pay no income taxes and Wall Street, Hollywood and the likes of Buffett are protected by the political class. Why hasn´t Boehner defended those who pay the bulk of the income tax? Third, and the most insidious of all, is the devastating corruption of the regulatory agencies of the Federal government who unconstitutionally target industries. Why hasn´t Boehner spoken up about this most egregious and devastating activity? Can you say "Rino"? The speaker should be a great hero for the socialists who have continuously controlled his words and actions. Is he a puppet because of abject fear of the DNC media, or is he a dumbed-down follower??
The NY Times called him a hero because he bowed to the won...imagine what they would have called Boehner if he would have done the right thing & stopped the fiscal mess. Boehner hates conservatives. By far the worse leader in history ...call him Pelosi Jr. He makes me ill to look at him.
I can´t believe people think Boehner´s hands were tied & he had no solutions. What´s the point of going to the polls if repubs just bow to the dems. The dems love to scare. I say allow the gov to shut down & see who missed their services. The military & other agencies are exempt from shut downs. Middle of the road repubs like Boehner never win. Time for a third party big time.
#38, we sometimes disagree on these boards, so I hope this won´t be perceived as disagreeable, but I haven´t been able to substantiate your comment about evangelicals staying home. PEW´s numbers say this: "Romney received as much support from evangelical voters as George W. Bush did in 2004 (79%) and more support from evangelicals than McCain did in 2008 (73%)." Romney lost ground with only two religious groups: Hispanic Catholics and Mormons, presumably for non-religious reasons. Of course, PEW could be wrong. Any corrective to the above information would be welcome.
I will never surrender to Communists, #8. We are the 49% to their 51%...thats good odds for this old veteran with a marksman sharpshooter award. Bring it on! If they want a real fight, we´ll TOAST them! Our so-called "leaders" need to get this message, put up a fight or step aside and let someone new fight with those repulsive commie lefties and their foreign exchange student leader. America will always be traditional and conservative and we have to fight every day to keep it that way. Capice?
Heroic Congressman is oxymoronic. Everyone of them is your typical politician, a self aggrandizing, self serving, liar cheat and thief with no love for America except what he and she can steal from US.
Given the circumstances, Boehner is doing a decent job of herding cats in the House and skillfully playing the cards he is dealt by Harry Reid and Obama.
Today’s GOP is a highly Balkanized, loosely knit coalition composed largely of religious evangelicals, fiscal tea party conservatives, Constitutionalists, and libertarians who are using the Republican Party to promote their ideas to a broader audience.
Boehner is opposed by a largely unified coalition of young women, blacks, Latinos, public employee unions, debt-burdened college students with unmarketable degrees, the gay/lesbian/bisexual community, and people who benefit from or are largely dependent on government support.
Boehner has mere platoons of support funded by volunteer donations. Unions provide Democrats with an army of foot soldiers and huge, coerced dues-funded donations that are combined with Hollywood celebrity propaganda, liberal media story coverage screening, and crony contributions from industries that benefit from Democrat-directed subsidies and agency regulations.
Boehner is not the problem. GOP single-issue “tribal” factions and inept communication strategies are.
You do not play the democrats game. YOU lead and state why there is a problem and here are the solutions. Boehner and McConnell both offered obama huge tax increases upfront and zero spending cuts. They also removed conservatives from key committees.
Boehner and McConnell are back stabbers to conservative people.
Please correct me if I´m wrong, but I do believe there was a second person whose name was nominated for Speaker of the House. Had the republicans in the House not stood behind John Boehner and voted for him, we´d be saying ´´Madame Speaker´´ to Nancy Pelosi again.
As long as we have a corrupt media that will not report honest facts and let us decide the issues based on truth, there is no hope for things to get better.
Boehner is no hero to me. This article was written to encourage him to do more of the same - cave to Obama and keep things peaceful on the surface. After loosing the last round 47 ( new taxes ) to 1 ( spending cut ) he opens the bidding this time asking for 1 to 1. That will be the most he will ever get and it will probably be much worse. We need at very least to get 47 to one the other way just to stay even in slowing down the Obama spendathon. I don´t feel sorry for Boehner, He wanted to be leader so He should lead.
#41 said it for me.. ´I find it troubling that all our armchair quarterbacks airily dismiss the difficulties inherent in opposing the US Federal Government, their propaganda corps and an ignorant, indifferent and selfish general public...´
The only people "airily dismiss"ing anything are those who won´t face the difficulty of, in these circumstances, taking a belligerent stand and thereby accomplishing anything. I know many of us love the big, loud talk, but talk is easy. McConnell and Boehner got a better deal than any realist would have expected. Yes, a long way from what we desired, but it´s a step. Now, Obama has to figure a way to get out of the promised spending cuts. I believe a preemptive Republican action of raising the debt ceiling, for six months only, puts the pressure on him, and removes the "obstruction" cudgel the press loves to hit us with. Then Obama doesn´t have the pressure of the debt ceiling deadline to play chicken with. It´s fun to lie around and whine about 3rd parties and refusing financial donations to the party machinery, but whining is cheap, and no one is rushing to lead the unhappy 3rd partiers. I repeat, no one. The one you are wishing for is simply not interested unless it involves a hefty paycheck and no heavy lifting.
He stabbed us in the back. He and the US House hold the purse strings but I do believe "they" collectively have forgotten this small fact. Not ONE agency or program defunded. The largest tax increase in the history of our Country in the form of "obamacare" and what has he done as Speaker? Hero? You´ve got to be kidding me..horror is more like it. A pox on the House Republicans and any who defend their indefensible actions of late....
John Boehner is no hero. He would have sold us down the river if Obama had let him in a reasonable manner. I guess we need to be thankful Obama changes his demands so even the uninformed get it. I have not seen any exceptional gifts or talent that Boehner has exhibited in the past two years that would give anyone confidence in his leadership. This author sounded like a leftist faking admiration and giving the unremarkable Boehner encouragement because he knows he is a pushover for all the crises we face in the nearterm. If there are any one issue partisans, AKA Tea Party participants, the issue is balance our budget,cut spending to reduce our deficit. I see nothing wrong with focusing on that like a laser, do you?
In a time when cool, hip, and youthful are highly prized, our leadership is Boehner and McConnell. They need to be confident enough to let some of the photogenic younger people represent the republicans against 0bama, Piglosi, and Reid.
We do not have a communicator, and it is a fatal flaw.
#8 I am w/ you, grew up in a Communist country, always looking up to America as the beacon of freedom, never dreaming that I will be one day an American. My first election was 2004 and GWB won how sweet it was. Next one big surprise but thanks to Lucianne and all of the nice people here I survived. However this one is different, now it´s obvious to me that people who grew up here do not realize how serious it is. The communist are not taking away the country they have succeed. The question is how to take it back #14 I have always enjoyed your posts and found many times that I agree w/you. There is no more 2 party system, it´s broken beyond repair. People are fed up and an economy will get worse. Wait when there are lines to get bread ( I do remember those myself) Americans are soft, they will be riots what´s next? How military will act if they ask them to shoot us? What will you do? Do you have what it takes?
What is up with all the comments about the "right-wing crazies" at the end? Are the American people THAT ignorant about finances and economics that they truly believe the "far right" is out of touch?? Do they all really have no understanding about the situation we are in? I know a lot of lefties are clueless, but it sounds like a lot of these people are moderates who don´t get it either. If that´s true, we have a lot of bigger hurdles than we can imagine. The left is so good at shaping perception, we don´t stand a chance unless we learn how to shape it and influence opinion also. Until then, we are heading further into the darkness...
The New York Times blows Boehner a wet kiss and the GOP/NRC lap dogs get all tingly with rage when you don´t agree. Talk about entitlement mentality. Anyone following fiscal cliff farce closely can see raising taxes was already signed off on by both parties. All the weepy eyes drama nothing more then scripted political theater. Those who can´t see it for what it is is either part of the show or truly are "that" gullible.
Without re-defining all the politically correct, Marxist, communized words and phrases being used against us by the Diane Sawyers, all the media, years of it schools everywhere, without re-defining these words used against free individuals, we will never win. I propose A Glossary of anti communist, anti Marxist, real life, pro capitalist, pro free market words and phrases. Start with the favorite most deceptively abused word of them all, introduced by Marxists in 1920, when these commies started calling themselves "liberal". And most dummies have bought it. Not one free market, libertarian, Founding Father classic liberal, but all the rest. The other issue is the mafia press. Not a word is mentioned above here today, as though the media is not the powerful first weapon of socialist communist propaganda. Bring words of individualism back and daily attack the lies and omissions of the media. Get slackers Rush, Mark, Hannity, Glenn and O´Reilly to attack the lies of their fellow union buddies, the lying TV news actors they refuse to attack.
It´s like a life boat adrift in a tossing sea, and there are three people frantically bailing while the other 40 sit around complaining how wet they are! The nation, at this moment, is toast and must face a massive "hard time" for everyone before we get the idiots to start helping bail. They choose, for now, to continue living in their fantasy world that doing nothing and ignoring the problem will get them through it. As for Boehner being a hero? Not very likely in my book- not at all! He´s a hanger-on. That´s all he is.
Susan Patton, the Princeton alumna who became famous for her letter urging Ivy League women to use their college years to find a mate, has been denounced as a traitor to feminism, to coeducation, to the university ideal. But really she’s something much more interesting: a traitor to her class. Her betrayal consists of being gauche enough to acknowledge publicly a truth that everyone who’s come up through Ivy League culture knows intuitively —
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Former News Corp president Peter Chernin has bid around $500 million for Hulu, the online video streaming service he helped create in 2007, according to two sources with knowledge of Hulu´s sale process. The website, jointly controlled by News Corp and Walt Disney Co, reached out to potential buyers in March after initially contemplating a deal in which one would buy out the other. It is not clear whether that transaction is still being contemplated.
After lengthy investigations, the Pentagon has determined that three Army generals committed misconduct in separate incidents, adding to an unusually long list of senior military commanders who have been censured over the past year.On Friday, defense officials confirmed that Army Maj. Gen. Ralph O. Baker, the commander of a strategic counterterrorism force on the Horn of Africa, was fired March 28 on charges of sexual misconduct. Two officials familiar with the case said Baker was investigated for allegedly groping a female civilian employee after he had been drinking.
The Obama administration appeared eager Thursday to downplay the North Korean military’s latest threat that it has the final authority to carry out “cutting-edge, smaller, lighter and diversified” nuclear strikes on the United States.“This is just the latest in a long line of aggressive statements,” (Snip)the recent tension between Washington and Pyongyang “does not need to get hotter.”The remarks were the first public reaction from the Obama administration since Wednesday’s claim by the North Korean military that the “moment of explosion is approaching fast” with the possibility of war breaking out “today or tomorrow.”
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An unfortunate story on CBS New York Thursday carried this headline: "Officials: 80 Percent Of Recent NYC High School Graduates Cannot Read." It´s a shocker, but it´s also untrue. And to make things worse, the story that followed was riddled with typos. According to the New York Post, which reported the same story earlier on Thursday, "79.3 percent of city public-school grads who went to CUNY’s six two-year colleges arrived without having mastered the basics" of reading, writing, and math, and had to take non-credit remedial classes to catch up.
It is a small Alaskan village whose inhabitants have relied on the sea for countless generations. But within a decade, it is expected that the ocean which the village of Kivalina has so relied on will completely destroy it--creating America´s first climate change refugees. Temperatures in the Arctic region of Alaska are warming twice as fast as the rest of the U.S, causing ice to retreat, sea levels to rise and coastal erosion to increase. It is a small Alaskan village whose inhabitants have relied on the sea for countless generations. The 400 indigenous Inuit inhabitants of Kivalina, who live
Arizona Sen. John McCain was the Republican Party´s 2008 presidential nominee and he still wants the keys to the Oval Office. But he is beginning to sound more like a fan of likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. "She´s a rock star," he said in a newly released interview. "She has, maybe not glamour, but certainly the aura of someone widely regarded throughout the world," he added in a reference to her work as secretary of State. McCain, reportedly trying to win back his reputation as a GOP maverick, was asked by the New Republic
President Obama has been rolling up his sleeves campaigning across the country delivering a surreal stump speech message supposedly aimed at the middle class: big government works, Obamacare is manna from heaven, the wave of recent scandals are “phony” figments of the imagination, and all economic problems are the fault of the Republicans. Conveniently, he leaves out the bankruptcy of Detroit, a city run by his own party for more than half a century. His message is so stale and unconvincing, that even The New York Times and Washington Post have noticed. Both papers, usually loyal to Obama, remarked that
FORNEY, Texas - George Zimmerman, the former Florida neighborhood watch leader cleared of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, was pulled over for speeding in North Texas on Sunday, CBS DFW reports. According to the station, Zimmerman was armed when officers pulled him over on Highway 80 in Forney, east of Dallas. (Snip) The officer reportedly did not recognize Zimmerman, who was driving a Honda pickup. Zimmerman told the officer he was armed and was then told to put the weapon in his glove compartment, according to the station.
Gotta figure her lead would be even bigger without Joe Miller in the field here. Her nomination for the taking? Alaska should be a top tier pick up opportunity for Senate Republicans next year…but their top choice of a candidate is Sarah Palin. 36% of GOP primary voters in the state say they’d like Palin to be their standard bearer against Mark Begich to 26% for Mead Treadwell, 15% for Dan Sullivan, and 12% for Joe Miller.
Embattled Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner and an attorney in the Federal Election Commission’s general counsel’s office appear to have twice colluded to influence the record before the FEC’s vote in the case of a conservative non-profit organization, according to e-mails unearthed by the House Ways and Means Committee and obtained exclusively by National Review Online. The correspondence suggests the discrimination of conservative groups extended beyond the IRS and into the FEC, where an attorney from the agency’s enforcement division in at least one case sought and received tax information about the status of a conservative group,
Sen. John McCain — a Democrat? There was confusion Wednesday after the Arizona Republican mistakenly strolled into President Obama’s meeting with Senate Democrats at the Capitol. The room full of Democrats — who happened to be meeting in the same room where the Senate GOP usually holds their weekly policy luncheons — erupted in applause and laughter as the former Republican presidential candidate made his entrance. As McCain, 76, walked out of the Dem-filled space, reporters pressed him as to why he stepped foot in the room.
In an interview on National Public Radio (NPR), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said her new agenda for women will give mothers access to day care so they can “earn without carrying the burden of child care.” During the interview, aired on Weekend Edition Sunday, Pelosi spoke about her newly announced agenda, which is on her website, and is titled, “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: An Economic Agenda for Women and Families,” a plan that includes universal pre-school and access to day care for working women, and an increase in the minimum wage.
Karl Rove and more than one hundred Republican donors sent a letter to Republican members of Congress on Tuesday, urging them to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would include, among other provisions, granting "legal status" to illegal aliens who meet certain criteria. Anticipating that lawmakers will face resistance to the bill when they go home for the August recess, the letter marks the escalation of a campaign in which Republican leaders and donors are pressuring House Republicans to act on an immigration reform bill.
No matter how much you may hope for it, it seems unlikely that you´ll be using the phrase "Senator Sarah Palin" with any great regularity in 2015. A new poll indicates that the former Alaska governor is about as popular in the state as Barack Obama — which is to say, not very popular at all. But even more surprising, while the former vice presidential candidate has made Alaska a central part of her public image, the state´s residents split on the question of whether Palin is all that Alaskan. Conducted by Public Policy Polling,
In her first speech since taking over the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy came out swinging Tuesday and promised to ramp up the aggressive climate change agenda laid out by President Obama.(snip)“Can we stop talking about environmental regulations killing jobs? Please, at least for today,” she said during remarks at Harvard Law School. “We need to cut carbon pollution to grow jobs. We need to cut carbon pollution to strengthen the economy. Let’s talk about it positively. Let’s approach this as an opportunity of a lifetime. There are too many lifetimes at stake.”
A sex tape that Monica Lewinsky recorded for Bill Clinton at the height of their scandalous affair has leaked, during which the former White House intern is heard planning a secret sexual rendezvous with the president and declaring she is “too cute and adorable” to be ignored. On the audio tape obtained by The National Enquirer, Lewinsky at one point tries to seduce the commander in chief: “I could take my clothes off and start… well… I know you wouldn’t enjoy that? I hope to see you later and I hope you will follow my script and do what