Sacramento - Gasoline closing in on a record $5 a gallon prompted Governor Jerry Brown to direct California regulators to relax smog controls so oil refineries could increase supplies of cheaper fuel. Regular gasoline in California surged to an average $4.668 a gallon, an all-time high and 22 percent more than the U.S. average, according to data today from AAA, the nation’s largest motoring organization. Some stations were charging as much as $5.89 in the Big Sur area, according to GasBuddy.com. The California Air Resources Board yesterday granted refineries permission to make an early shift to winter-blend gasoline, typically not
Last week we asked readers of the daily Term Sheet newsletter to participate in a (totally unscientific) presidential poll, and the results were a blowout win for Mitt Romney. Of the more than 1,800 respondents, 58% (1,071) said that they plan to vote for Romney next month, compared to 38% (696) who said they plan to vote for President Obama. The remaining 4% was split between those who chose "other" and who said they don't plan to vote. My oversight in not providing "undecided" as an option. (Snip) Only 28% of respondents had contributed to a candidate's campaign. This included
President Obama marked Columbus Day by issuing a proclamation that reflects “on the tragic burdens tribal communities bore” in the years that followed the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus. (Snip) “When the explorers laid anchor in the Bahamas, they met indigenous peoples who had inhabited the Western hemisphere for millennia,” Obama wrote. “As we reflect on the tragic burdens tribal communities bore in the years that followed, let us commemorate the many contributions they have made to the American experience, and let us continue to strengthen the ties that bind us today.”
Will Abound Solar be the next Solyndra? The Obama administration gave the Colorado solar panel manufacturer $68 million in subsidies — a down payment on almost $370 million approved by the Department of Energy – before the company suddenly closed its doors and went bankrupt. The district attorney in Weld County has now opened a criminal investigation into Abound, as its business practices and its products look more and more suspicious:(Snip) 7NEWS obtained internal documents from 2012 that show orders for tens of thousands of replacement solar panels. The orders cite different reasons for the replacements including, “low performance,” “under
Kempton, Ind. - Four years ago, hope was high in this town of 332 residents. A farmhouse, vacant and neglected for at least two decades, was suddenly a historic jewel. Its new owner, Shawn Clements, a contractor who happened to be a history buff, had discovered through genealogical research that the fixer-upper was the homestead of Jacob and Catherine Goodnight Dunham, great-great-great-great grandparents of President Barack Obama. Obama created a stir when he visited the home while a candidate in 2008, a press bus in tow.
A dead finback whale more than 50 feet in length was found floating in Boston Harbor early Sunday morning — a rarity for the area, officials said. Tony LaCasse, a spokesman for the New England Aquarium, which sent officials to examine the whale, said how the massive mammal died remains a mystery. “We don’t know,” he said. “We’ve only been able to look at a small portion of the body so far.” LaCasse said the animal likely died because of one of three scenarios: natural causes, disease, or a unique medical problem, such as being struck by a vessel
A wireless company profiting from the so-called “Obama phone” giveaway program is run by a prominent Democratic donor whose wife has raised more than $1.5 million for the president since 2007. Last week a video of a President Barack Obama supporter in Ohio claiming to have received a free phone from the president—“[Obama] gave us a phone!”—went viral, prompting media outlets to investigate.(Snip) One of the major providers of the free cell phones—3.8 million subscribers as of late 2011—is Miami-based TracFone Wireless, a company whose president and CEO, Frederick “F.J.” Pollak, has donated at least $156,500 Headline split by staff.
The emperor wears no clothes. The bloom is off the rose. The bigger they are, the harder they fall. Pardon the barrage of stale metaphors, but it’s difficult to put into words the utter pasting Mitt Romney put on Barack Obama last week. [SNIP] It got worse. Just two days prior, the U.S. Supreme Court revived hope – long thought dead – that Obamacare, the president’s signature achievement, might yet be ruled unconstitutional. Headline split by staff.
There was some entertaining crybabying over the weekend. Very entertaining. Apparently, two of America's most dishonest and disreputable journalists are pretty upset over the fact that Americans no longer trust the government and the media. This Sunday on "Meet the Press," Todd was all pained over *gasp* Americans growing suspicion that a government institution would release counter-intuitive unemployment numbers beneficial to the president just 30 days out from an election. According to the Huffington Post, at times Todd was so upset, his voice "grew shaky":
Environmentalists want to ban hydraulic fracturing in Las Vegas, N.M., and the surrounding county and they don’t plan to let the United States Constitution stop them. “What people don’t understand is sometimes we have to step outside the boundaries of the Constitution to get things done,” Paula Hern, a board member with Community for Clean Water Air and Earth, told the ABQ Journal. “Laws are made to protect corporations and we need laws that protect Mother Earth – earth, air and water.” Hern was defending a “community rights ordinance” banning fracking that the Las Vegas (N.M.)
This was no ordinary rubber chicken affair. That was my reaction to the extraordinary keynoter at Tuesday’s Better Government Association annual luncheon. Lara Logan, a correspondent for CBS’ “60 Minutes,” delivered a provocative speech to about 1,100 influentials from government, politics, media, and the legal and corporate arenas. Such downtown gatherings are a regular on Chicago’s networking circuit. (I am a member of the BGA’s Civic Leadership Committee, and the Chicago Sun-Times was a sponsor). Her ominous and frightening message was gleaned from years of covering our wars in the Middle East.
First lady Michelle Obama says she stays out of the way of most of her husband's work, trusting the president's advisers to counsel him on policy issues. "I rarely step foot in the West Wing. In fact people are shocked when they see me there," she said in an interview with ABC News's Cynthia McFadden set to air Monday. "I rarely walk in that office because the truth is he's got so many wonderful advisers. He's got a phenomenal cabinet. He's got people who are in the trenches on these issues every single day and I'm kind of stepping
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said that, in her role as a Georgetown professor, she would give Mitt Romney a C on a recent foreign policy op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. "I'm a professor," Albright said on a Monday conference call organized by the Obama campaign. "If one of my students turned it in, they'd get a C." "I just find him very shallow," she said. Romney expanded on the ideas in his op-ed in a Monday foreign policy speech at the Virginia Military Institute — where he laid out the case against President Obama's
Governor Romney’s speech today at Virginia Military Institute is important because it begins to sketch the Romney doctrine — and will vanquish any doubts on where he stands in respect of foreign policy. It was both an eloquent and substantive statement, delivered at an inspiring institution. In tone and substance it was strong but not swaggering. It reminded us of Reagan’s foreign policy vision, which the man who became the 40th president articulated against, in Jimmy Carter, a faltering president who reminds us increasingly of Barack Obama. Both Messrs. Carter and Obama reached out solicitously to our adversaries
The president’s top campaign staffers changed his reelection strategy while he was still on the debate-podium during his losing debate against Gov Mitt Romney, according to an article in The New York Times. “On the conference call convened by aides in Denver and Chicago even as the candidates were still on stage… In just minutes, they reversed a longstanding strategic decision,” without the president’s involvement, according to the Oct. 8 article. “At the start of the campaign they had decided to attack Mr. Romney as a committed conservative rather than a flip-flopper, but now they decided to
"The headlines are talking about how you and I got beat again by the other side in fundraising," President Obama wrote in an email to supporters in August. "Those headlines aren't going away. I will be outspent in this election." "You may have heard chatter from the other side about the President's so-called 'billion-dollar war chest,'" campaign manager Jim Messina wrote in a separate fundraising email in December. "[T]hey're misleading you. We do not and will not have a billion-dollar war chest." Someone call the fact-checkers:
In Philadelphia, a wedding brawl with three arrests and a fatal heart attack, was simply another wild story. But around the country, the must-see video, shot by a teen celebrating a birthday, seems to be reinforcing old stereotypes that the City That Threw Snowballs at Santa Claus (way back in 1968) could still use some anger management training. The story was showcased on Yahoo's home page this morning, and the comments were too predictable: "OMG!!! A wedding brawl! Oh wait..its in Philly? Yea, no news here." "Fortunately i dont come from or have relatives in Philly, what a sick city.
President Obama claims that tax increases will help close the deficit, but a majority of Americans believe he intends to use the money for increased spending, according to a new survey. “You can’t reduce the deficit unless you take a balanced approach that says, ‘We’ve gotta make government leaner and more efficient,’” Obama told CBS last month. “But we’ve also got to ask people – like me or Gov. Romney, who have done better than anybody else over the course of the last decade, and whose taxes are just about lower than they’ve been in the last 50 years
I noted earlier Peter Schweizer’s comprehensive report on the vulnerability of the Obama campaign, among others, to foreign and fraudulent campaign contributions. That the Obama campaign has left itself wide open to contributions from foreign nationals is particularly galling given the concern the president and his senior advisers have expressed over such contributions. In his 2010 State of the Union Address, the president slammed the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision because, “I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities.” Let’s go to the tape:
Republican nominee Mitt Romney is giving a highly pumped-up foreign policy speech hammering President Barack Obama on the recent attacks in Libya. Here's the full text of Romney's speech: "I particularly appreciate the introduction from my good friend and tireless campaign companion, Gov. Bob McDonnell. He is showing what conservative leadership can do to build a stronger economy.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) says federal regulators need to investigate whether gasoline companies are illegally coordinating price increases in California. Feinstein wants the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to probe gasoline wholesalers after prices for a premium blend of gasoline shot up 97 cents per gallon last week. She says gasoline traders might have maliciously shorted the market, a claim those traders denied. Specifically, Feinstein wants the FTC to create a permanent oversight committee to monitor oil markets and gasoline prices. She also wants the FTC to enhance its gasoline and oil market data collection and analysis.
President Obama quipped Sunday night that energy efficiency initiatives are not a “socialist plot” in remarks that contrasted his energy policies with rival Mitt Romney’s. The president, fundraising in Los Angeles, addressed energy during a $25,000-per-plate dinner with backers that included actor George Clooney. “On energy, I’m big on oil and gas, and developing clean coal technology, but I also believe that if we’re ever going to have control of our energy future, then we’ve got to invest in solar and wind and biofuels, and that it does make sense for us to double our
NEW YORK— “Good Morning America” weather anchor Sam Champion is tying the knot. ABC News says Mr. Champion and his boyfriend, Rubem Robierb, are engaged to be married later this year. Mr. Champion tweeted on Friday he’s “never been happier” to share a bit of personal news. ABC says Mr. Champion and Mr. Robierb met through mutual friends in Miami, where Mr. Robierb lives. Mr. Champion joined ABC News in 2006. Before that, he spent 18 years at New York City television station WABC.
The unraveling of President Obama, captured on live television and watched by some 70 million Americans, brings to mind a tale of a proud and pretentious emperor whose only care in life was to dress in elegant clothes. In case you’ve forgotten, two tailors appear with the most extraordinary cloth, invisible to anyone too stupid or incompetent to see. The emperor’s minions all pretend they can see it, so he does, too. When he parades across the kingdom in his new suit, the masses also pretend they see it. But a little boy blurts out,
Mitt Romney has a 40-point lead over President Obama among active and reserve service members, according to a new poll from the Military Times. The survey found Romney with a wide 66-26 lead that is similar to the advantage enjoyed by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) over Obama in the 2008 race. For military voters, the economy was by far the most important issue, with 41 percent of respondents saying it was most important issue for them in the 2012 race. National security came in at just 16 percent. The Military Times poll surveyed 3,100 active duty,
In a foreign policy speech at Virginia Military Institute today, Mitt Romney will provide a comprehensive critique of President Obama's national security policy. In excerpts released by the campaign, Romney argues: “The attacks on America last month should not be seen as random acts. They are expressions of a larger struggle that is playing out across the broader Middle East — a region that is now in the midst of the most profound upheaval in a century. And the fault lines of this struggle can be seen clearly in Benghazi itself.” Romney continues, “The attack on our Consulate