Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has essentially taken the House speakership from John Boehner during the fight over federal spending, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) charged Monday. "It´s pretty clear that this whole episode is being driven by the hard-right, extreme, Tea Party elements of the Republican Party, and we´re seeing that play out in the House, where Sen. Cruz is essentially running the show," Van Hollen said during a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor in Washington. "If Speaker Boehner doesn´t want to assert his leadership," he added, "then he should go ahead and turn the gavel over to
Mr. Van Hollen should read the Constitution. It says "We the People, NOT we the govt. The people dont want this garbage. How does the congress know that? It´s because We the People have contacted them and told them.
Libtards are doing everything their little bitty brains can think of to ridicule and denigrate republicans and especially senator Cruz. They think insulting the Speaker will work to minimize Senator Cruz´s influence.
Yes, Chris, you have to watch out for those extremely extreme extremists! Note to the democRat talking points writer: get a different inflammatory word to describe conservatives. "Extreme" is overused.
If you want to read any news about the Republicans´ and Democrats´ position on a possible government shutdown, there are not many choices. ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, AP, the Hill, Politico, etc. all trumpet the administration/Democrat party line. Statements by such rocket scientists like Chris van Hollen are presented as absolute truth. Any opposition to the Democrat position is labeled as Tea Party views.
It is really difficult to accept any media organization that continually presents Democrat talking points. But that is what we have come to.
LOS ANGELES- While some say school safety hinges on guns, cameras or alarms in classrooms, Mark Gomer and Kristi Schiller think specially trained dogs should take point in preventing violence in schools. Gomer´s for-profit company has sent a gun-and drug-detecting dog to patrol the halls of an Ohio high school, while Schiller is launching a nonprofit in Houston to give schools the trained canines for free. Their programs are still in their infancy, so questions remain about dogs that can distract, scare or send kids into sneezing fits. But they think they can cultivate their ideas to help schools across
President Obama called New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) Wednesday afternoon to congratulate him on his reelection. A White House official and a spokesman to Christie confirmed the phone call. Obama first missed Christie because he called right before the governor’s Wednesday press conference. Christie then returned the president’s call. Originally, the president only phoned three Democrats who won Tuesday: Virginia’s Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe, New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and Boston’s Mayor-elect Martin Walsh, according to a statement put out by the White House late Tuesday night. Obama campaigned for McAuliffe and de Blasio during the last leg
President Obama’s flight to Texas was delayed for nearly an hour after a car at the White House tripped off a law enforcement dog. The Secret Service said the departure was delayed out of an abundance of caution and the car had been cleared. It was searched using the Metropolitan Police Department’s bomb squad. “K9 alerted to a vehicle parked in the Ellipse parking area,” the Secret Service said in a statement. “The vehicle was searched utilizing MPD EOD.” President Obama in Air Force One took off from Andrews Air Force Base just after 3 p.m. The head of the
Former Democratic Governor of Virginia Douglass Wilder declared "the biggest mistake" that fellow Democrat Terry McAuliffe made in his successful but very close campaign was appearing side by side with President Barack Obama. "The biggest mistake made in the McAuliffe campaign was the later introduction directly of Obama in the campaign, it almost sank him," Wilder told WMAL radio in Washington D.C.[Video] "Terry McAuliffe almost had a backfire there by having Obama to come in - that thing (Obamacare) is so unpopular in Virginia," Wilder, who served as Virginia´s Democratic Governor from 1990-1994, explained. Wilder continued: GOP hopeful "Ken Cuccinelli
Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain told The Daily Caller Wednesday that he doubts the revelations about 2012 campaign leaks against him in a new book on the presidential race. The new book, “Double Down: Game Change 2012,? by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin blames the campaign of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman for leaking rumors to the press that Cain had been accused of harassment by multiple women during his business career. Cain, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, vehemently denied the claims. But the story and subsequent public relations crisis ultimately led to Cain’s departure from the contest. Asked
The race for Virginia attorney general could be headed for a recount as the preliminary vote tally on Wednesday showed the Democratic candidate with a razor-thin lead that could allow his Republican rival to call for an appeal. Republican state Senator Mark Obenshain of Harrisonburg finished 541 votes behind Democratic state Senator Mark Herring of Leesburg out of 2.17 million cast in the Tuesday polls, according to unofficial state election board figures. State law provides for an appeal of election results if the margin of victory is no more than 1 percent. Obenshain´s margin is less than one-tenth that. Obenshain
PORTLAND, Ore.- With federal and state online health care marketplaces experiencing glitches a month into implementation, concern is mounting for a vulnerable group of people who were supposed to be among the health law´s earliest beneficiaries. Hundreds of thousands of people across the country with pre-existing chronic conditions such as cancer, heart failure or kidney disease who are covered through high risk-insurance pools will see their coverage dissolve by year´s end. They are supposed to gain regular coverage under the Affordable Care Act, which requires insurers to cover those with severe medical problems. But many of them have had trouble
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday told Congress that it isn´t worth delaying the implementation of new Obamacare rules, or taking down the botched HealthCare.gov website, in spite of the ongoing problems. "Delaying the Affordable Care Act wouldn´t delay people´s cancer or diabetes or Parkinson´s," Sebelius testified to the Senate Finance Committee. "For millions of Americans, delay is not an option." She stressed that the open enrollment period for the new Obamacare insurance marketplace lasts through the end of March. "There´s plenty of time to sign up for the new plans," she said. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho,
Appearing on CBS’s Late Show on Tuesday evening, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) delivered David Letterman‘s humorous “Top Ten” list, closing it out with a shot at the tea party movement. Below is the entire list — “Top Ten Things You Never Knew About the House of Representatives” — as she presented on the late-night show: #10 — 19 representatives have gone on to become president, 10 have gone on to manage a Sizzlers. #9 — Members may vote “Yea,” “Nay,” or “Whatever.” #8 — When we water the capitol lawn, we use the hose of representatives.
Election Day 2013 is finally behind us. The media are happy that the left seems to have won on all fronts: a Tea Party favorite was defeated in Virginia, a radical socialist will be mayor of New York City, and the Republicans´ big winner was a noted "conservative," i.e. one in quotation marks. But the real takeaways are a little deeper, and leave political debate more or less where it was, with Democrats burdened by a failing president and Republicans riddled with factional divisions. Here are some of my own observations. 1. The 2016 Republican primary is a search for
It looks like labor unions might be getting tax relief from Obamacare, according to a report from kaiserhealthnews.org. "Weeks after denying labor’s request to give union members access to health-law subsidies, the Obama administration is signaling it intends to exempt some union plans from one of the law’s substantial taxes," reads the report. Buried in rules issued last week is the disclosure that the administration will propose exempting “certain self-insured, self-administered plans” from the law’s temporary reinsurance fee in 2015 and 2016. That’s a description that applies to many Taft-Hartley union plans acting as their own insurance company and claims
The last five years of American economic policy has been a sad and expensive replay of what governments should never do. Amidst the uproar over the pathetic ObamaCare website rollout, many Americans missed the stinging report about Obama’s Cash for Clunkers program. Not surprisingly, it was a failed program that cost us $1.4 million for each job allegedly created – a perfect representation of the failure of government-led economies. In 2008, the troubles of Wall Street led to a familiar refrain that only government could rescue us from the problems of both Wall Street and Main Street. Repeating the rhetoric politicians
The Virginia governor’s race was supposed to prove how the Tea Party destroyed the GOP. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli was supposed to be too extreme and too much of a right-winger to be competitive. McAuliffe, who had a double-digit lead as late as two weeks ago, was coasting to victory on the strength of the national disgust over the government shutdown that hit Northern Virginia with its large number of federal employees hit. But once the shutdown ended and the country began to take notice of the ObamaCare rollout fiasco, the dynamic in Virginia changed. While liberal pundits will probably
President Barack Obama told his enthusiastic supporters Monday night that he never promised what video recordings show him promising at least 29 times. The videos show Obama promising 300 million Americans that “if you like your health-care plan, you will be able to keep your health-care plan, period.” But that’s not what he really said, Obama announced Monday in a speech to about 200 Organizing for Action supporters, gathered at the St. Regis hotel in D.C. “What we said was you could keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law was passed,” he told Obamacare’s political beneficiaries and contractors. That claim is not
They said he was “unelectable.” The RNC put only $3 million into this race. Ken was outspent by a margin of something between 4:1 and 10:1, if you believe the Associated Press. The Democrats poured everything into trying to lie to voters and portray Cuccinelli as an extremist — and they barely pulled this one out. Would another $3 million have swung 50,000 votes? The Republicans, starting with Bill Bolling, who undercut Cuccinelli as unelectable have egg all over their faces. This was a winnable election. How did we give this away to Terry McAuliffe? Some serious soul-searching should be
Hillary Clinton of all people knows how political fortunes turn on a dime. But she must be puzzled nonetheless, and spooked, that over a six-month period when she made no big news whatsoever, her popularity took a double-digit tumble. A poll released last week by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal charted the decline. It found that the percentage of Americans who view her favorably had dropped to 46 from 56. The percentage with unfavorable views had risen, less strikingly, to 33 from 29. Here we go. The beginning of the end of her inevitability. It’s about time, because
How the heck did that happen? Most public polls leading up to Election Day had Democrat Terry McAuliffe coasting to victory, some by double digits, in the Virginia governor’s race. Instead he squeaked by, beating Republican Ken Cuccinelli by less than 3 percentage points. The much-closer-than-expected outcome blunts the narrative that this was a clean win for Democrats going into 2014 and guarantees an intense blame game among Republicans about what might have put Cuccinelli over the top.
Democrat Terry McAuliffe is projected to win the Virginia gubernatorial race, defeating Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli in a surprisingly close victory. Fox News projected McAuliffe as the winner Tuesday night. The closely watched raced pitted a Tea Party-backed Republican and an establishment Democrat locked in an expensive, ideological battle whose outcome is expected to set a course for the 2014 and 2016 elections -- in large part forcing the GOP to consider whether a strong conservative candidate is the party’s best pick to win a national election. Cuccinelli, trailing late by single digits, tried unsuccessfully to use voter dissatisfaction with ObamaCare to stage
Think back to the fall of 2008. Congress was asked to pass a $700 billion taxpayer bailout for Wall Street. We were told it had to be passed, or else the economy would collapse, perhaps into another Great Depression. House conservatives voted it down. The stock market fell hundreds of points in response. In the ensuing panic, Congress went along and passed the bailout. That bailout, and the insane, nearly $1 trillion “stimulus” bill passed just a few months later as Obama’s first act, gave birth to the Tea Party revolution that gave Republicans a 63-seat landslide in the House in the
Many insurance executives whose companies are offering plans on the federal exchanges are frustrated with the realities that the rollout of the Affordable Care Act have laid bare. They’re talking about it, yes, but prying a quote from them on the record is a different matter. Health care consultant Larry Thompson says that for them, speaking up would be “suicide.” “They are afraid to say anything because they don’t want HHS all over them,” he says. ”A lot of the carriers to Medicaid and Medicare work, they are afraid of retribution.” Last week, health care consultant Bob Laszewski told CNN
Voters elected Bill de Blasio New York’s 109th mayor Tuesday in one of the most sweeping victories in history — returning City Hall to Democratic control for the first time in 20 years. De Blasio, who at 6-foot-5 will become the city’s tallest leader ever, breezed in after waves of voters embraced his progressive vision and vows to move the city in a new direction. And according to the mayor-in-waiting, those changes could come right out of the gate. “We will have things to say tomorrow,” de Blasio said after casting a ballot with his family near their Park Slope,
Yesterday’s exit polls from New Jersey won’t easily be forgotten. They will be cited and repeated endlessly by pundits and Governor Chris Christie’s supporters to bolster his case for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Any Republican who can get 60 percent of the vote in a blue state is bound to become the subject of presidential speculation. But when a Republican who is pro-life and has fought a running battle with labor unions and Democrats over taxes and budgets does so, he parachutes into the first tier of any discussion of future candidates. That Christie did this while winning
There is an apocryphal story about the origins of neoconservatism in the 1960s. Some liberal professors at Harvard were sympathetic to the New Left and such radical groups as Students for a Democratic Society. But one day one of these professors heard the radicals suggest burning down the Harvard library as an act of protest, and the professor suddenly realized that he had nothing in common with them at all. He organized some other professors into a vigil to protect the library at all cost. Today, the problem isn’t the New Left, but the radical right, which has dominated American
Are you racist if you have a gun in your home? According to a study by foreigners, yes. Researchers in England and Australia randomly dialed phone numbers until they found white voters willing to take part in their study. Those who agreed to participate were paid $10 a month from January 2008 to September 2009 and provided Internet access if they didn’t have it. Respondents were quizzed to gauge their level of racism. Here’s a few of the questions: • How well does the word ‘violent’ describe most blacks? •How much do you agree with the following statement? “Generations of slavery and discrimination have created conditions