Today would have been "The Gipper´s" 102nd birthday. Here are some facts about President Reagan you may not know. 1. Reagan really did enjoy jelly beans. According to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, his favorite flavor was licorice. Reagan started eating jelly beans in 1967 as he was trying to quit a pipe-smoking habit. He switched to Jelly Bellies a decade later. 2. One food that Reagan didn’t like was brussels sprouts. This is according to the Reagan Library website. In her autobiography, Nancy Reagan said her husband wasn’t a fussy eater since he traveled
Michelle Obama expanded her policy scope to education on Tuesday with a speech urging lower-income students to get a college education. The first lady, who´s made fighting childhood obesity and helping veterans her signature initiatives, touted her own story and made a rare reference to her professional career before her time in the White House. "I went to law school, became a lawyer. I’ve been a vice president for a hospital. I’ve been the head of a nonprofit organization. And I am here today because I want you to know that my story can be your story. The details might
Washington- President Barack Obama´s approval rating among American voters has dropped to its lowest number in Quinnipiac University polling since he became President, according to a survey released on Tuesday that also raised new doubts about trust. As Obama juggles the bungled rollout of HealthCare.gov and questions over his initial promises about health care reform become magnified, only 39% of voters approve how he is handling his job, while 54% disapprove, the new data from the school´s Polling Institute shows. Approval numbers for the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, continue to illustrate wariness among American voters about health care
Nearly a week before the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy´s assassination, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said Kennedy and his America embraced the exceptionalism and the traditions she discusses in her blockbuster new book, Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas, much more than today´s liberals. In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News Executive Chairman and Breitbart News Sunday host Stephen K. Bannon, Palin commented that John F. Kennedy "trusted the people to make good decisions for themselves, more so than you will see in the leadership of the Democratic Party today." Palin said Kennedy
State Sen. Mark R. Herring (D-Loudoun) saw his lead expand Tuesday over state Sen. Mark D. Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) in the too-close-to-call race for Virginia attorney general. Herring added 160 votes to his total after the Fairfax County Electoral Board finished counting provisional ballots Tuesday night, and Obenshain picked up 103.The 57-vote advantage for Herring — combined with an existing 106-vote lead on the State Board of Elections Web site — was expected to give him a 163-vote lead, barring any late changes from other localities. Localities had until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday to submit their final vote numbers after rechecking them.
As Democrats continue to hammer the evil Koch brothers and Karl Rove for their success in raising money for GOP candidates, they gladly accept cash from liberal super pacs, who have outspent their rivals at a 2-1 pace this election cycle.USA Today: President Obama and many congressional Democrats repeatedly have condemned the flood of outside money in elections, but liberal activists and Democratic-aligned groups have adopted the strategy in a slew of recent contests. Liberal super PACs have spent $10.8 million on federal races this year -twice as much as conservative super PACs, according to the Center for Responsive Politics´ tally
This really is one of the funniest things I’ve seen all year. As such, readers are warned to make sure there isn’t any food or fluids in their mouths that could damage their computers. On MSNBC’s The Ed Show moments ago, host Ed Schultz actually said, “The mainstream media, I believe, wants ObamaCare to fail” (video follows with transcript and commentary): ED SCHULTZ: The mainstream media, I believe, wants ObamaCare to fail. They look for every negative number they can find. They´re afraid to do a positive story because they´re afraid that somebody might not watch. The media is just
Yesterday, at 4:08 p.m., I tried to open an account through the Massachusetts Health Connector’s Obamacare website. The password must contain six characters, two letters, one lowercase, one uppercase, one special character and one number, the website said. I did all that once, twice, three times, four. Rejected. I called the help number, 1-877-623-6765, and got a ringing blast in my ear. I called another help number, 1-877-623-7773. I heard, “The service center is closed for the holiday.” I retried the password. Once, twice, three times, four.
Keg stands, birth control, and Ryan Gosling. That´s how a pair of Colorado non-profits are trying to promote Obamacare. The "Got Insurance?" campaign, which was launched by the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative and Progress Now, has three targets: young adults, women, and minority groups. And to encourage those groups to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, they are creating ads they hope will go "viral" on social media. Young, healthy people signing up for health insurance is crucial to the success of the law — and this is the best way the groups sought to get
How much will consumers pay for healthy-in-a-bottle? As much as $10 and sometimes more. At least that´s the belief of high-end grocers like Whole Foods Market WFM +2.08% and a spurt of small juice companies trying to move the cold-pressed-juice craze from small-batch to mass-produced. A 16-ounce bottle of BluePrint Red, containing beets, carrots and ginger, among other ingredients, goes for $10 at some retailers. And Whole Foods customers are paying $9 for a bottle of celery-based Twelve Essentials vegetable juice, one of the top-sellers from Suja, an 18-month-old juice brand based in San Diego. Suja co-founder Annie Lawless says customers
From the folks who brought you the "brosurance" campaign that promotes the affordable care act comes a new line of ads aimed at reminding young women the new law will subsidize their birth control. The online ads were created by two nonprofit groups, the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative and Progress Now, to encourage young people to enroll in the exchanges. [pics] The new round of ads don´t leave out the boys altogether. Why doesn´t the guy have any pants on? Who cares! He has insurance.
Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, said Tuesday that former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s decisions surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, “should preclude” her from holding higher office again. “Her failure to provide our ambassador and his mission with adequate security should preclude Hillary Clinton from ever holding high office again,” Mr. Paul said Tuesday during a speech at The Citadel, according to ABC News. “There were still people alive and fighting for hours upon hours, and there were some people in Tripoli who could have gone. I don’t think
It never fails. Whenever a president’s approval ratings tank, out come the deep think pieces about how the president’s personality flaws explain his political dilemma and ours. Vanity Fair´s Todd Purdum has the latest entry with a 3,000 word thumbsucker titled “Obama the Loner: The Trouble with the President´s Self-Reliant, Closed-Off Attitude.” President Obama, it seems, doesn´t enjoy schmoozing, small talk and pressing the flesh. And that, according to Purdum, has something to do with why Americans have soured on his scandal-wracked, power-abusing, blunder-prone presidency. Obama’s “resolute solitude — his isolation and alienation” from other Washington players — is “his greatest
It’s sad that Maverick’s taking this idea just seriously enough that he’d think to mention it to another human being. He’s 77 years old, ran a famously chaotic campaign in 2008 before getting crushed on election day, and would face a much stronger, younger field in the primaries than he did last time. That he forced me just now to devote even half a second of thought to how he might stack up against the 2016 contenders is frankly embarrassing, and something for which I’ll never forgive him. It’s like watching a 60-year-old pitcher announce that he’s thinking of coming
Washington: A woman, who claims to have been a classmate of Barack Obama, said that the president was gay and used cocaine in school. In a bizarre interview, Mia Marie Pope told right-wing preacher James David Manning that she believes Obama was not only active within the gay community, but also a heavy cocaine user during his years in Hawaii. Pope said that Obama always portrayed himself as a foreign student, adding that girls were never anything that he ever was interested in, but he would get along with older white gay men. She added that Obama at that time was also
James O’Keefe, the guerrilla videographer who helped bring down ACORN (the “community organizing” group that Barack Obama worked for as a lawyer and trainer) and got NPR’s president fired, is back. This time, his undercover investigators focused on Obamacare’s “navigators,” the nearly 50,000 people who, in the words of the Department of Health and Human Services, “will serve as an in-person resource for Americans who want additional assistance in shopping for and enrolling in plans” on the Obamacare exchanges (at least when they’re finally working). The total value of grants doled out for nonprofits and community organizations to hire navigators
Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) will ask two oversight agencies for a full-blown investigation into the problems surrounding the ObamaCare launch. Hagan, who is up for reelection in 2014, is asking her Senate colleagues to co-sign a letter asking two agencies to conduct “a complete, thorough investigation to determine the causes of the design and implementation failures of HealthCare.Gov.” “These problems are simply unacceptable, and Americans deserve answers and swift solutions,” Hagan writes in a letter obtained by The Hill. “Taxpayers are owed a full and transparent accounting of how the vendors contracted to build the site failed to launch it
We were just asking for it. This is, essentially, what Century Foundation fellow Michael Cohen took to the pages of the New York Daily News on Monday to say. In a profound scolding, Cohen diagnoses America’s “immaturity” as demonstrated by the backlash against President Barack Obama over to his oft-repeated and false claim that every American who was happy with their health insurance would be able to keep their health insurance. This was never true. The president and his staff were aware this was not true as early as February, 2010. Some media outlets reported that, for millions of Americans,
Swampscott, Massachusetts Selectman Barry Greenfield is pushing a measure to give police the authority to conduct home searches to check proper storage of firearms. Greenfield said "state law requires Massachusetts gun owners to keep their firearms locked away or rendered inoperable." There are "600 registered gun owners in [Swampscott]," and the selectman wants police to be able to drop in unannounced, enter the homes of each gun owner, and verify compliance. According to the Swampscott Patch, Greenfield has spoken with Swampscott Police Chief Ron Madigan about this issue, and has spoken with other selectmen. At least one of the selectmen-
Fourteen years ago, I was asked to be a keynote speaker at the Richmond County Women´s Republican Club annual dinner. I had started my column at the Staten Island Advance the year before, and as an Hispanic who had grown up in Spanish Harlem, many Republicans were surprised that I was a conservative. It was my first speaking engagement and one I accepted reluctantly, but I felt that it was an opportunity to offer some advice to the Republican Party about winning over the voters in the barrios and the inner city.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) said he has no plans to run again for the White House. Speaking to the Arizona Republic, McCain said he had received "a spate of e-mails and letters and phone calls" urging him to run since the government shutdown. But he said he´s focused on whether to run for a sixth term in the Senate, not for president. “As you know, I’m seriously thinking about running for re-election to the Senate," he said. "But I think, in the words of the late Morris K. Udall, as far as my presidential ambitions are concerned, ‘The people have spoken —
Perhaps the most entertaining facet of watching the scales fall from liberal´s eyes about Obamacare is the absolute shock they experience when their liberal friends chastise them for complaining. Lori Gottlieb, a contributing editor for The Atlantic and a psychotherapist, writes in the NY Times about her conversation with Blue Anthem insurance and the reaction by her "friends" on Facebook when she posted about it: THE Anthem Blue Cross representative who answered my call told me that there was a silver lining in the cancellation of my individual P.P.O. policy and the $5,400 annual increase that I would have to
Those sophisticates at Time magazine made a funny. They put Chris Christie on their cover with the headline, "The Elephant in the Room." Get it? Elephant. Christie. Time magazine did a junior high fat joke right there on its cover. Time´s executive editor Michael Duffy explained the cheap shot this way: "Well, he´s obviously a big guy. He´s obviously a big Republican. But he´s also done a really huge thing here this week." The "huge thing" wasn´t only winning re-election as New Jersey´s governor, but doing it by appealing to a broad range of voters in a very blue state
Veterans, we think about you all the time. Sometimes we fail to tell you. Today, on Veteran’s Day, we put our admiration for you into words. World War II, Korean and Vietnam Veterans. We will start with you. You fought for our freedom. You watched your closest friends fall by your side and you were heartbroken, knowing it could have been you. You shoulder the burden of painful and haunting memories. Many of you have physical wounds; you sacrificed your warrior’s body for us, people you never met. You use a cane or a wheelchair now because of your choice
Last week, the media went apoplectic after a 60 Minutes report on the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, turned out to be mistaken. Much of the report was based on the testimony of one Dylan Davies, a security contractor who said that he had climbed over the wall of the consulate in Benghazi and seen the body of Ambassador Chris Stevens. It turned out that Davies was lying, and 60 Minutes was fooled. Media Matters, which uncovered the lie, promptly declared victory in its war on behalf of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, with founder David