One of the most vexing questions of sequestration is this: Do President Obama and cabinet heads have the leeway to shape budget cuts so that they will inflict a minimum of pain, or do the president and his aides, as the White House claims, have so little flexibility in the matter that they can only stand by while devastating cuts take effect? The remarkable thing about the current debate is that few people know the answer, or even whether there really is a clear answer. But a good case can be made that the president
Comments: This really gets in the weeds, but I do know that Congress should never give 0bama more power. He already abuses the power that he now has.
Since when did this group ever follow the law? Instead of laying out a plan to minimize the impact of the cuts they choose to blame republcans and wail like a Muslim woman whose son was just martyred. It is all political theater.
Bozo has the power to reallocate cuts. He just doesn´t want to do it. He wants to blame the pubbies by making cuts that do the most harm. Besides, the cut is only to the increase in the budget so why all the drama about a cut to an increase that wasn´t there a year ago?
Tonight on The Kelly File, Megyn Kelly took on the architect of ObamaCare. Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel called the ObamaCare numbers released today “disappointing,” but said it’s not surprising given the website problems. “That’s not right, Megyn, you’ve got the numbers wrong,” Emanuel said right off the bat, challenging the fact that almost five million Americans have had their insurance plans canceled. After a heated back-and-forth, Kelly asked Emanuel if he believes the cancelations are unrelated to the ObamaCare rollout. He maintained that insurance companies cancel plans “all the time.” Kelly pressed Emanuel repeatedly on whether he predicted insurance companies would
President Obama’s former spiritual advisor Joshua DuBois joined The O’Reilly Factor to talk about his new book, “The President´s Devotional: Daily Readings That Inspired Obama.” He told Bill O’Reilly, “The president’s a committed Christian and his faith is a really important part of his life. Every single morning for the last six years he’s woken up and read these devotionals to try grow closer to God and closer to his neighbors as well.” DuBois recalled going with the president to visit Reverend Billy Graham. “He doesn’t wear this stuff on his sleeve. That’s not the kind guy he is, but he
In addition to the four Americans killed in the Benghazi terror attack last year, at least two other Americans were severely injured in the fighting that night, Fox News has learned. The injuries were sustained by U.S. personnel after mortars struck the CIA annex rooftop they were defending. Fox News is told that one former government contractor -- who is expected to testify this week along with four other contractors in classified sessions on Capitol Hill -- has had multiple surgeries since the attack and has still not regained full use of one arm. The blood loss after the attack was so
ATLANTA - President Obama has seen his presidency crumble under the weight of scandal, mismanagement and public frustration. His promise that people could keep their doctors and health plans if they liked them under Obamacare has proved false. The Affordable Care Act is unaffordable for millions facing cancellation notices. Other hyper-ambitious policy goals are being blocked by a Congress that sees Obama as a dishonest broker, uninterested in getting things done. Other grandiose policies have failed, most notably the 2009 stimulus package that stimulated nothing. Obama’s foreign policy is in ashes as Iran moves toward nuclear bombs while Syria used chemical weapons on its
Mark Wahlberg has a message for Hollywood actors who compare their jobs to service members: “How [expletive] dare you.” The message came in response to a question-and-answer session for “Lone Survivor,” a movie based on former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell in which Mr. Wahlberg stars. Sitting next to director Peter Berg and Mr. Luttrell, the actor went on an “emotional tear” after being asked about the difficulty of bringing the tale to life, The Wrap reports. “I don’t know it just hit me in a way that uh … I don’t know, it just really upset me that those guys
In just six weeks, Republicans have completely erased a 9-point deficit in a generic congressional ballot question and are now running even with Democrats. Thirty-nine percent of registered voters say they would vote for a Democrat in their district — and the same percentage say they would vote for a Republican — if elections for the U.S. House of Representatives were held today, according to numbers from a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday. Last month, Democrats had held a nine-point advantage on the same question, 43 percent to 34 percent. Independent voters favored Democrats in October, 32 percent to 30 percent, but now
GEORGE WILL: It´s the mathematics of small numbers as far as any enrollment is concerned. Well, it´s not working. The exchanges themselves and the website aren´t working and neither is the explanation of both failures. The problem is we have no experience rolling out things like this, at least for about 200 years of our history. When we rolled out, if that´s what you want to call it, Social Security, it was a simple thing. Reach a certain age, we´ll mail you a check. They know how to write checks, they know how to mail them out. This is a
If the Obamacare roll-out seems riddled with mistakes, that’s because it has been — at least 254 of them, according to a report from the American Action Forum (AAF). The think tank run by former Congressional Budget chief Doug Holtz-Eakin found that for 104 final rules the administration issued in order to implement Obamacare, federal officials then needed to go back and issue 254 corrections. The Obama administration has already attracted heat for its swath of missed deadlines — a Congressional Research Memo revealed in August that 41 out of 82 deadlines were missed — but even with federal officials
President Obama is going to war against the Washington Redskins’ team name, meeting Tuesday with a casino executive to discuss anti-Redskins activism. Oneida Nation Enterprises CEO Ray Halbritter, who currently holds the title Nation Representative for the Oneida nation, has waged a non-stop campaign to get the NFL franchise to change its name. Tribal and Census Bureau documents throw serious doubt on Halbitter’s claim to be a member of the Oneida Nation, with a New York state assemblywoman claiming he has “not a drop of Oneida in him.” (Related: Documents: Anti-Redskins Indian leader not a legitimate member of his tribe).
Today’s Obamacare numbers have been disappointing, to say the least, with only about 106,000 people signing up through the state and federal health care exchanged. On CNN’s The Lead Wednesday, Jake Tapper admitted it was really hard to find Democrats willing to come on and defend the health care law’s dismal sign-up numbers. CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger said the numbers are “embarrassing for the administration,” considering the benchmark the CBO set for how many would need to enroll by March for the program to be successful. Newt Gingrich dismissed the idea this is in any way comparable to
Under the weight of Obamacare, the Democratic center cannot hold. The discipline that Democratic lawmakers in Congress demonstrated over the course of the government shutdown is cracking amid the constant drumbeat of criticisms directed at the disastrous first few weeks of the Affordable Care Act’s implementation. The press loves a good conflict, and they will report on the emerging one within the Democratic Party with previously unseen tenacity. That is, they will once Republicans stop giving them a reasons to pursue the tired “Republican civil war” narrative. Some prominent Republican pundits have seized on this theme. The Wall Street Journal’s Peggy
Here’s your early-afternoon reminder that these people are either (a) imbeciles who didn’t understand when they voted for O-Care that mass cancellations were part of the plan or (b) lying schmucks who understood it full well but who are too gutless to take the heat now that it’s happening. Did somebody here order the schadenfreude? A private meeting on Capitol Hill with House Democrats and White House officials on Wednesday became heated when rank-and-file members expressed frustration about continued Obamacare problems, according to multiple sources in the room. One congressional Democrat who attended the meeting said senior Obama administration officials
President Barack Obama´s approval ratings have dipped to a record low in another poll — this time from Quinnipiac University. According to the poll, respondents disapprove of Obama´s job performance by a 54-39 margin. His approval rating of 39% is worse than his previous all-time low of 41% in the Quinnipiac survey, which came after a bruising fight over raising the nation´s debt ceiling in 2011. And for the first time ever, most people (52%) say that Obama is not honest and trustworthy. Only 44% say that he is honest and trustworthy. The only individual issue on which Obama scores
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
Amazing stuff via Mediaite. The “Keep Your Plan Act” is Fred Upton’s bill, which Jay Carney spent a few minutes attacking at today’s press briefing because it would make canceled plans available to all consumers, not just the ones who’d been enrolled in those plans before. That would be a disaster for the insurance industry. Healthy people would flee the new, more expensive plans for the resurrected cheaper ones, leaving no one in the new risk pool except sick people with very expensive treatments. That means either heavy losses for insurers, steep premium hikes next year to make up the
WASHINGTON — While the country is immersed in Obamacare headlines and a congressional tussle over delays and mandates, the Obama administration is stealthily moving toward unprecedented control over private property under a massive expansion of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Act authority. The proposed rule, obtained by the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee in advance of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s testimony at a Thursday oversight hearing, widely broadens the definition of waterways over which the federal government has jurisdiction to as little as a water ditch in a backyard. The Clean Water Act redefinition of “waters of the United States”
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-
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
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.
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
Protesting and getting arrested for civil disobedience wasn’t enough to move the needle on immigration, so activists announced Tuesday they are beginning a hunger fast to try to pressure Congress to pass a bill legalizing illegal immigrants. Saying they’ve done all they can to try to shift the political debate, the activists said the only option left is to pray and fast. “It is being blocked, and the political commentators will tell you it would be a miracle — that’s what they say — a miracle for immigration reform to pass. Sometimes you can organize and struggle and march as hard as
Naderev "Yeb" Sano, representative for the Philippines at the UN Climate Change talks, broke down in tears as he addressed delegates in Warsaw. Mr Sano, whose family is from Tacloban--one of the worst hit areas--announced that he was going on hunger strike until "a meaningful outcome is in sight". Representatives from 190 nations have gathered in Poland to try and thrash out a new pact to fight global warming. "What my country is going through as a result of this extreme climate event is madness. "We can fix this. We can stop this madness. Right now, right here," Mr Sano
President Barack Obama issued a statement yesterday congratulating Hawaii for legalizing same-sex marriage, a move he said "exemplifies the values we hold dear as a nation." "I want to congratulate the Hawaii State Legislature on passing legislation in support of marriage equality," said Obama. "With today’s vote, Hawaii joins a growing number of states that recognize that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters should be treated fairly and equally under the law. Whenever freedom and equality are affirmed, our country becomes stronger. By giving loving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry if they choose, Hawaii exemplifies the
First Lady Michelle Obama attended two of America’s finest schools - Princeton University and Harvard Law School. But on Tuesday she told a group of underprivileged Washington, DC high schoolers - many of whom are hoping to be the first in their families to go to college — that she once faced many of the same challenges and doubts as they do. “I was willing to do whatever it took for me to go to college,” Mrs. Obama said. “Get this - some of my teachers straight up told me that I was setting my sights too high. They told me I