Mayor Rahm Emanuel told David Letterman tonight that military action in Syria is “not an easy” choice but that Congress should support President Barack Obama. The mayor’s comments came during a taping of “The Late Show.” CBS released about two minutes of video excerpts from the interview, which airs at 10:35 p.m. locally on WBBM-Ch. 2. Emanuel´s appearance was timed to coincide with the release of a Discovery Channel documentary on presidential chiefs of staff, "The Presidents´ Gatekeepers," in which Emanuel talks about his time as Obama´s chief of staff. Letterman asked Emanuel if he’d rather be at the White House
This is really getting to be an unbearable circus act. We get foreign policy discussions on late night comic´s shows.Rahm needs an Obama bailout as much as anybody so he´s nothing more than a compromised lapdog.
Pollster John Zogby reports in our weekly White House report card that while President Obama scored a solid victory helping Terry McAuliffe win the Virginia governor’s mansion, he fumbled over his false promises on Obamacare. "The president won a little and lost a lot this past week. He began the week by campaigning for Democrat Terry McAuliffe in Virginia, who won the state´s race for governor. But an even weaker candidate — Republican Ken Cuccinelli — actually picked up steam rallying GOP voters after Obama´s visit. “Cuccinelli´s position on social issues alienated moderate
GENEVA —Secretary of State John F. Kerry held a third round of direct negotiations with his Iranian counterpart here Saturday night amid talks on a possible deal over Iran’s disputed nuclear program. In a day of musical chairs and closed-door sessions, top diplomats from six countries — the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, along with E.U. foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton — held bilateral and trilateral talks with each other and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. As officials emerged from one meeting to begin another, they offered differing accounts of
One of the most powerful storms on record, Typhoon Haiyan, has killed 1,200 people and left many more injured. According to the Red Cross, 1,200 have been left dead - 1,000 of those in the city of Tacloban, on the island of Leyte. About four million people are believed to have been affected by the category five storm, according to the country´s national disaster agency. This figure includes 800,000 people who had to be evacuated before the storm struck. Winds of up to 235mph and gusts of 170mph left a trail of destruction - triggering major landslides, knocking out power
WHY DO TINY THINGS delight us so? From early childhood we´re captivated by model train sets and dollhouses, miniature worlds that can inspire flights of imagination. We needn´t relinquish those pleasures just because we´ve grown up: Meticulously crafted models of real-life landscapes await discovery around the globe. One of the most intriguing, the Panorama of the City of New York, built for the 1964 New York World´s Fair, reopens to the public today, as does its home, the Queens Museum, fresh from a three-year overhaul. Here are some other pocket-size places that—unlike the real Russia and actual Istanbul—can be explored
WASHINGTON - Here´s a couple you didn´t expect to see riding the train together on a Friday afternoon: Vice President Joe Biden and Whoopi Goldberg. The vice president´s office tweeted a photo of Biden and the Oscar-winning comedienne sitting side by side and smiling on an Amtrak train. Biden on Friday was scheduled to travel to his home state of Delaware Friday to accept an award from the Delaware Barristers Association. A lifelong Amtrak passenger, Biden frequently takes the train to and from weekend stays at his Delaware home. The vice president´s office says the locomotive rendezvous was a complete
Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement has become a laughing stock. On NBC’s Tonight Show Friday, the audience broke out into cheers and applause when Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tx.) told host Jay Leno, “ObamaCare: it´s the biggest jobs killer in this country” (video follows with transcript and commentary): JAY LENO HOST: Would you be an entrenched politician? You seem pretty set in your ways. "It´s this, this, this or I shut down the government." SENATOR TED CRUZ (R-TEXAS): Well look, what I´m entrenched about is fighting for 26 million Texans. I mean, I´ve spent, in the ten months I´ve been in
Last night on Fox News´ "Special Report" and CNN´s "The Lead with Jake Tapper," video aired of President Obama admitting that due to ObamaCare, "8 to 9 million people … might have to change their coverage." The key words there are "have to." The setting is the February of 2010 health care summit with Republicans. Minority Whip Eric Cantor is addressing the president directly on the issue of people losing their insurance due to the Affordable Care Act: [Video] CANTOR: …Because I don´t think you can answer the question in the positive to say that people will be able to
President Obama on Friday night continued throwing his entire second-term agenda against the wall to see what sticks, challenging Republicans to join him and support more federal spending, pass immigration reform and tackle other challenges. But should the GOP stand in the way, the president indicated he’s willing to use executive orders to accomplish his aims. “What we’ve seen over the last several years is a constant ratcheting up of partisanship that prevents us from moving forward on things that I think most people would say aren’t Democrat or Republican ideas. They’re just good, common-sense American ideas,” Mr. Obama said
A round of applause for anyone who guessed that President Obama would deal with a rising tide of public outrage over his phony "if you like your plan, you can keep your plan" promise by throwing other people´s money at the problem! The Hill reports that a lot more people may suddenly become eligible for tax credits to pay for their shiny new overpriced, under-performing ObamaCare coverage: Right now, the tax credits are only available to people making 133 to 400 percent of the federal poverty line. But the administrative fix under discussion would widen the eligibility for people with
People joke about the Washington, DC soap opera, but President Obama has brought a genuine soap opera figure into the mix. Variety reports: Colleen Bradley Bell, producer for soap opera production company Bell-Phillip Television Prods., has been nominated as ambassador to Hungary, becoming the latest of President Obama´s campaign supporters to be tapped for foreign posts. Bell´s nomination must be approved by the Senate. She raised more than $500,000 for the Obama campaign, according to its disclosure of campaign bundlers. According to the New York Times, the actual figure was more than $2.1 million by the fall of 2012. She
A tieless Sen. Ted Cruz joined Jay Leno for a “Tonight Show” segment Friday that was light on laughs but heavy in political debate. “I’ve been reading a lot about you lately, and they describe you as aggressive, arrogant and abrasive,” Leno opened with. “Accurate?” Cruz responded, “Well, I don’t know that you can believe everything you read.” “Any one of those?” Leno countered. “You know, what I’m trying to do is do my job,” Cruz said. “And occasionally people don’t like that.” Naturally, the conversation turned to where Cruz has been making his mark — his staunch opposition to Obamacare.
Chris Christie’s re-election as governor of New Jersey has rallied the hopes of the GOP establishment. Not only did he carry a “blue state” by a wide margin, but Christie also won among Hispanic voters (even if he lost to Hillary Clinton in a theoretical matchup in exit polls). Though Christie called himself a “conservative” on Election Day, he is centrist on many issues, and his re-election is fueling hopes of a moderate comeback. But can moderate Republicans really win in tough blue state contests? And if so, how? Republican pollster Bill McIntuff drew attention recently when he noted that in 1982,
President Obama apologized Thursday to Americans who are losing their health insurance despite his repeated promises that they wouldn’t, an unusual act of contrition for a president who has come under heavy criticism for misleading the public. “I am sorry that they, you know, are finding themselves in this situation, based on assurances they got from me,” Obama said in an interview with NBC News. “We’ve got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them and that we’re going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as
President Obama said Thursday that he is "sorry" that some Americans are losing their current health insurance plans as a result of the Affordable Care Act, despite his promise that no one would have to give up a health plan they liked. "I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me," he told NBC News in an exclusive interview at the White House. "We've got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them, and we are going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this," he added.
‘If you like your health-care plan, you will be able to keep your health-care plan. Period.” How serious was this lie, repeated by Barack Obama with such beguiling regularity? Well, how would the Justice Department be dealing with it if it had been uttered by, say, the president of an insurance company rather than the president of the United States? Fraud is a serious federal felony, usually punishable by up to 20 years’ imprisonment — with every repetition of a fraudulent communication chargeable as a separate crime. In computing sentences, federal sentencing guidelines factor in such considerations as the dollar value
In March 2010, Barack Obama placed a giant bet on the docility and stupidity of the American people, when he decided in the face of three huge electoral warnings to force his health plan down the unwilling throats of the American people. And by November 2013, it was clear he had lost. It was not going to work. It would never be popular. And it was falling apart on its own. The HealthCare.gov website unveiled on October 1 had immediate problems, which were quickly revealed as the tip of the iceberg, as many worse things lay below. “If you like
PRESIDENT OBAMA: You know, I regret very much that what we intended to do, which is to make sure that everybody is moving into better plans because they want ´em, as opposed to because they´re forced into it. That, you know, we weren´t as clear as we needed to be in terms of the changes that were taking place. And I want to do everything we can to make sure that people are finding themselves in a good position -- a better position than they were before this law happened. Keep in mind that most of the folks who are
Blind men see, the lame walk, dogs speak Latin. And in other news in miracles, President Barack Obama just apologised for something. In an interview with NBC news on Thursday he said "sorry" that some Americans are losing their health insurance as a result of Obamacare coming into effect--and for promising that this wouldn´t happen. [Snip] His words will be small comfort to the millions who risk losing their existing plans, but it´s still a moment of historical significance to hear Barack Obama apologise for screwing up. And he screwed up big time. We now know that members of the
You must understand, no matter what President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid say, that ObamaCare was designed for failure, not just for itself but all the insurance companies involved. When a poison pill is ingested into the system, the body starts to die, killing off the healthy organs and itself in the process... leaving a void for something far worse to take its place. It has been the progressive´s dream since 1912 to introduce national healthcare and control one-sixth of the nation´s economy. Now that they are so close to the finish line, they needed one final push to send
President Barack Obama addressed the healthcare.gov website´s chronic dysfunctions Friday by quipping that he would fix it himself, ´but I don´t write code.´ The self-deprecating line came during a speech in New Orleans about shoring up U.S. exports through American port cities. But the moment also jokingly cast the president--perhaps unintentionally--as a hands-on administrator rather than the aloof executive that White House insiders have described in news articles, broadcast interviews and books. [Snip] Obama waited for audience laughter, but it didn´t come. His brief turn to address his calamitous health insurance overhaul included an admission that the Affordable Care Act
Ken Cuccinelli’s narrow loss in the Virginia gubernatorial race has become the latest battleground in the war between the so-called Republican establishment and Tea Party-type insurgents. The “establishment” blames the Tea Party induced government shutdown for alienating Virginians, a great many of whom work for the federal government. The insurgents blame the Republican Party for not providing enough money to Cuccinelli’s campaign. Some suggest that the “establishment” wanted Cuccinelli to lose out of spite and/or so it could blame the shutdown for his defeat. What does the Cuccinelli campaign have to say about this? Its chief strategist, Chris LaCivita, blames
NBC´s Chuck Todd scored a huge interview with President Obama Thursday and opened things by immediately drilling down on the president´s relentlessly repeated lie that under ObamaCare you can keep your current insurance plan if you like it. The full interview is even more impressive than the clips that have been going around. Even after he elicits a "sorry" out of Obama, Todd keeps after the point for almost ten minutes. Ultimately, though, Todd came away with the impression that Obama doesn´t believe he lied. And Todd is probably right, which is a little unnerving. During his own interview on the Hugh
Hillary Clinton remains the most formidable presidential nomination frontrunner for a non-incumbent in the modern era. (snip)The only candidate in my mind who could catch fire, Massachusetts´ Senator Liz Warren, has already declared her support for Clinton. In fact, every single female Democratic senator is behind Clinton. What a difference that is from 2008. Much of the establishment was actually encouraging Obama to run in 2008. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid weren´t backing Clinton. Claire McCaskill´s endorsement of Obama in 2008 was particularly memorable. All three of them are now openly pleading for and endorsing Clinton for 2016.
NEW ORLEANS- President Obama vented his frustration with his broken healthcare insurance website Friday, joking that he “wanted to go in and fix it myself but I don’t write code.” “We’ve had this problem with the website,” Obama told a crowd during a visit to the Port of New Orleans. “I’m not happy about that but we’re working overtime to make sure it gets fixed. I promise.” The president’s brief comments on his struggling healthcare law came amid a call for bipartisan cooperation on his economic proposals. Obama argued that investment in roads, bridges and ports should gain broad support