On the Senate floor this morning, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) implied the explosion that killed seven Marines at an ammunitions depot in Hawthorne, Nevada was due to the "cutting back in training and maintenance" in the sequester. HARRY REID: As I indicated, it was quite a big explosion. We´ll follow this news very closely. I will do whatever I can going forward to support the United States military and the families of the fallen Marines. Mr. President, it´s very important we continue training our military, so important. But one of the things in sequester is
Training accidents in the military (all forces) are in the several thousands every year. people doing dangerous things with dangerous stuff sometimes get killed. That said, Harry Reid should have been there when it happened.
Harry Reid just kicked the survivors of those Marines in the stomach. His remarks were cruel, sickening, and absolutely calculated to inflict pain. What kind of mind would even think of doing such a thing to grieving families?
If his Democrats colleagues remain silent, they are no better than he is.
This is a disgusting statement. First, the sequester is only 18 days old. I doubt that anyone here was affected by it. And obama only has to give up his golf outings and his campaign travels and turn that money over to the military. But let´s not forget. The D have been trying to downsize our military for years. This should not be a problem for them to deal with. The R were willing to give obama the power to pick and choose what was cut and obama ran away from it like the frightened child he is. That would mean he would actually have to lead and would be accountable. My sympathy for those killed and their family and friends. Thank you for serving your country.
So that quick, Super Harry flew on his magic carpet out to the bunkers site, investigated it, came up with exactly what caused the explosuin, flew back to WDC and gave us his expert analysis! What a "Super Guy" Ol´ Dirty Harry has turned out to be. What a super idiot!
A new wave of redistribution will arrive in America on Jan. 1, primarily thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The president´s health-insurance plan forces those who hire, work and produce to pay full price for health care, while creating generous discounts for practically everyone else. This second redistributionist wave of the Obama era will follow a first wave of tax hikes, additional unemployment benefits, food-stamp expansions, waived work requirements for welfare benefits, etc. These measures were supposed to be temporary, intended to help people cope with the recession. The recession officially ended in mid-2009, but many of the administration´s measures continue. Regardless
For people who claim that defaulting on U.S. debt is unthinkable, President Obama and Harry Reid are sure behaving as if they can´t wait for that day to arrive. Why else are they refusing to take up the multiple Republican offers to guarantee that the U.S. will never default? Treasury Secretary Jack Lew now says his department can´t be sure it will have enough cash to guarantee interest payments after October 17, and he is raising alarms about a default catastrophe. Mr. Obama declared again on Wednesday that he´ll only negotiate with Republicans on taxes and spending if they first raise
House Republicans are seizing the Obama administration’s decision to barricade the open-air World War II memorial in Washington as a potent political weapon in their shutdown showdown with the president. Majority Leader Eric Cantor led a group of GOP lawmakers in denouncing the decision from the Capitol steps, and House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa has launched an investigation into why the WWII memorial and other open-air monuments have been shut down. “These properties belong to the American people. They do not belong to a Political party. There is no reason to ever shut those folks out from that,” said Representative Mike
In his letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) regarding the ongoing budget stalemate, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) writes: I hated the Iraq war. I think I hated it as much as you hate the Affordable Care Act. Even though I voted in 2022 to give President Bush the authority to confront Saddam Hussein, I became appalled at how that authority was used — without clear objective, a coherent strategy, or significant international support. There were many gut-wrenching nights when I struggled over what I needed to do to end the carnage. In those days, when President
I’ll never forget reading The Hunt for Red October. I couldn’t put it down. I read it in high-school biology class, I read it in church (behind a particularly big Bible), and I read it on my dateless Friday nights. When I finished, I picked it up and read it again. I was at the bookstore with each new book launch, ready to read about Jack Ryan’s next challenge (In addition to Red October, The Cardinal of the Kremlin, and Red Storm Rising were my favorites). Clancy wrote stories that fired the imagination of a teenage boy and that continued to
House Republicans tell me Speaker John Boehner wants to craft a “grand bargain” on fiscal issues as part of the debt-limit deliberations, and during a series of meetings on Wednesday, he urged colleagues to stick with him. The revelation came quietly. Boehner called groups of members to his Capitol office all day, taking their temperature on the shutdown and the debt limit. It became clear, members say, that Boehner’s chief goal is conference unity as the debt limit nears, and he’s looking at potentially blending a government-spending deal and debt-limit agreement into a larger budget package. “It’s the return of the grand
By 1921, V.I. Lenin´s communist policies had left Russia in ruins. On the defensive, he introduced a new economic plan. And in place of his propaganda of force, propaganda became all about taking over the culture. Presenting his New Economic Policy (NEP) at the 10th Communist Party congress in 1921 in the aftermath of Russia´s civil war, Lenin drew much praise in the West for his supposed pragmatism and flexibility after the famine that he created had killed 6 million people. But the retreat was nothing more than a tactic to ensure the Soviet regime´s continued grip on power. Ever so lightly,
Politics: The Obama administration´s decision to barricade the open-air and otherwise unguarded World War II memorial is just the latest sign that the president will do anything to get his way. Is the public finally getting wise? Anyone who´s ever visited Washington, D.C., knows that while the National Mall is technically a federally owned park, it can´t be closed. There are no fences around its 309 acres. No entrances. No guard posts. Just wide open spaces dotted with monuments and museums. There´s the Washington Monument, which requires a guide to get to the top. But that´s closed for repairs. So the administration
RUSH: Audio sound bites. The CNN babes, they also tried to go to HealthCare.gov whatever it is and log on and get an account, and get enrolled and so forth, and they didn´t like "the twirly thing" that they saw. We have here Brooke Baldwin, the anchorette, speaking with senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen about problems on the first day of online sign-up for Obamacare. Brooke Baldwin said to Elizabeth Cohen, "So you guys hit a wall out there? We´re here in Georgia. What about other states? Similar issues?" COHEN: The CNN medical team branched out, and we tried in about
When asked by CNSNews.com whether he had read all 10,535 pages of final Obamacare regulations that have so far been published in the Federal Register, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) asked in return whether it was "important" the he read them, dismissed the inquiry as a "propaganda question," and did not ultimately anwer. CNSNews.com: "What I was going to ask you is if you´ve read those [10,535 pages] of regulations." Waxman said: “Have you read them?” CNSNews.com: "No. Have you read them?" Waxman said: “Is it important that I read it?” CNSNews.com: "Do you think that the American people should read
The U.S. Senate´s leading Democrat found himself in embarrassingly hot water Wednesday, after dismissing the idea of funding children´s cancer research through the government shutdown. ´If you can help one child, why won´t you do it?´ asked CNN reporter Dana Bash. ´Why, why, why would we want to do that?´ countered Reid. ´I have 1100 people at Nellis Air Force Base that are sitting home,´ because of government employee furloughs, he told Bash and a roomful of other journalists. ´They have – they have a few problems of their own.´ ´This is – to have someone of your intelligence suggest such a thing maybe
RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, look at me. Look at the radio. Or your computer, your app when you´re listening. This is a perfect illustration. If I had a theme today, this would be a perfect illustration of it. "Last week, as the prospect of a federal government shutdown loomed as reality, the President of the United States told the media that he would ´not negotiate´ with ´house burners.´ And with that, the American mainstream media threw away their longstanding belief in ´civil bipartisan compromise´ in order to stand with Obama." That´s a Breitbart lead to a story. What just happened -- well,
Get ready for Chelsea Clinton Bump Watch 2014 — the only daughter of the former president and former secretary of State is declaring next year the “Year of the Baby.” In an interview for the November issue of Glamour magazine on her work with the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, Clinton reveals that she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are planning for a bouncing addition to their household. According to the 33-year-old Oxford grad, the pair, who married in 2010, sat down together a year after tying the knot and made a list focused on their future, saying, “We want,
On Tuesday evening, left-wing Politico ran a headline story encapsulating the theme of the day: “Government closed, Obamacare falters.” That message marked a massive loss for the Obama administration, which has claimed that Obamacare’s implementation could not be delayed, and used that rationale as an excuse to reject the House’s proposal for a one-year delay in favor of a government shutdown. The narrative began to shift early in the morning on Tuesday, when the Drudge Report ran a lead piece on the Obamacare health exchanges coming up with error messages for users across the country. “OBAMACRASH,” Drudge headlined. He followed
DALLAS —In a shopping center parking lot 1,300 miles from Washington’s bureaucracy and bickering, teen mom Karina Luciano loaded a watermelon and baby formula into her car. Luciano didn’t realize the federal assistance program that just purchased the food items for her children, Aimee, 2, and Jaiden, 11 months, is now in jeopardy because of the government shutdown. “Oh my god, I think I’m going to cry,” Luciano said upon learning the news. “This is really bad.” Nearly 9 million low-income mothers and children receive benefits under the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. Congress’ inability to
First lady Michelle Obama tweeted on Tuesday afternoon that her Twitter account will see fewer updates due to the government shutdown. Due to Congress’s failure to pass legislation to fund the government, updates to this account will be limited. #Shutdown 12:55 PM - 1 Oct 2013. In 2009, FactCheck.org found that the first lady had a staff of 24 people. It is unclear whether any of the first lady’s staff have been furloughed as a result of the government shutdown.
The White House and the Department of the Interior rejected a request from Rep. Steven Palazzo’s office to have World War II veterans visit the World War II memorial in Washington, the Mississippi Republican told The Daily Caller Tuesday. Palazzo helped the veterans commit an act of civil disobedience against the Park Service Tuesday, when the heroes stormed through barricades around the closed memorial. The veterans were visiting the memorial as part of Honor Flight, a non-profit that provides veterans free transport to the nation’s capital to visit the memorials to the wars they fought in. “We got the heads up
New York Magazine writer Jonathan Chait spent his government shutdown day mocking WWII veterans who were shut out by the National Park Service (NPS) when they came to visit the National WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. On Tuesday morning, Representative Michelle Bachman (R-MN) and several Republican members of Congress helped tear down the barricades shutting the elderly veterans out of the WWII memorial. After the barricades were removed, dozens of veterans flooded in to conduct their often emotional visits. But, thinking he was being funny, Chait took to Twitter to poke fun at the veterans, joking that the NPS should
“We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” — Barack Obama, October 30, 2008 “We are going to have to change our conversation; we’re going to have to change our traditions, our history; we’re going to have to move into a different place as a nation.” — Michelle Obama, May 14, 2008 There certainly is no question that Barack Obama wants to change the United States. And there clearly is no doubt that such fundamental transformation is difficult, given our tripartite system of government — even though Obama entered office with large Democratic majorities in
Ronan Farrow’s ol’ blue eyes may say it all. Farrow, long described as the only biological child of actress Mia Farrow and New York filmmaker Woody Allen, may actually be the son of Frank Sinatra, his mom acknowledged in a bombshell report Wednesday. While Hollywood has whispered about the prospect for years, it was the first time that Mia publicly admitted the possibility. Asked point-blank by Vanity Fair about Sinatra’s possible parentage of Ronan, Mia coyly replied: “Possibly.” The “Rosemary’s Baby’’ actress was married to Ol’ Blue Eyes from 1966 to 1968 but continued to be his lover on and off afterward — including
President Barack Obama has called off his trip to Malaysia to tackle the US government shutdown, the office of Malaysia´s PM Najib Razak has said. Secretary of State John Kerry will represent him next week instead, the office said. The US government has partially shut down after the two houses of Congress failed to agree a new budget. More than 700,000 federal employees face unpaid leave, and national parks, museums and many buildings are closed. Mr Obama earlier vowed not to allow Republicans to undermine his signature healthcare legislation as a condition to restart the US government. "They demanded ransom," Mr Obama said.
The government shutdown will temporarily slash the staffs and operations of every “nonessential” federal program — which, as you can imagine, adds up to a whole lot of programs. There are the ones you know about, like the national parks and the panda cam. Then there’s everything else. Here’s 21 effects of the shutdown you might not have heard about. 1) No one will oversee the program that makes sure your organic food is actually organic. That’s called the National Organic Standards Program, and its entire staff was furloughed. Also on the Department of Agriculture furlough list: the people who check
If President Obama were really clever, he’d jump at the Republicans’ proposal in the continuing resolution to delay Obamacare for one year. A one-year delay is perhaps the only chance to prevent the Obamacare exchanges from becoming a disaster. Don’t take my word for it. Here’s Kevin Counihan, chief executive of Connecticut’s exchange, Access Health CT: “It is highly complex , it’s unprecedented and it’s not going to be smooth…. This is a two- to three-year implementation we’re doing in 10 months. I wish we had one more year.” The problem is that the test runs have revealed the exchange websites aren’t
Twenty years after Vanity Fair special correspondent Maureen Orth reported on the sexual-abuse case involving Woody Allen and Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter Dylan, Orth reconnects with Farrow to discuss her human-rights work, her relationship with Frank Sinatra, the home she created for her 14 adopted and biological children, and the scandal that nearly destroyed it, 20 years ago. For her piece in the November issue, Orth talks to eight of Farrow’s children, including the long-silent Dylan, who speaks on the record for the first time about the alleged incident. Farrow discusses her relationship with Frank Sinatra, telling Orth that Sinatra was