THE SUPREME COURT will consider Wednesday its biggest affirmative action case in a decade when the justices examine the suit of Abigail Fisher, a woman denied admission to the University of Texas (UT) at Austin in 2008. Lawyers for Ms. Fisher, who is white, claim that she suffered unjustly by having to compete against African American and Hispanic applicants in a system that considers race. Ms. Fisher wants the court to deem the university’s inclusion of race in its admissions process unlawful, a request the justices should deny. The worry is that
Via Gateway Pundit, I’ll give you the RCP averages tonight and leave you to judge. They’ve got Romney by three points in NC (although the latest poll has him up nine), Romney by less than a point in FL, and Obama by less than half a point in VA. See Guy Benson for more good news in various state polls. Ohio and Pennsylvania are getting tighter.
Less than two months before the fatal attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, the State Department concluded that the risk of violence to diplomats and other Americans in Libya was high and that the weak U.S.-backed government in Tripoli could do little about it. “The risk of U.S. Mission personnel, private U.S. citizens and businesspersons encountering an isolating event as a result of militia or political violence is HIGH,” a State Department security assessment from July 22 concludes. The department approved a 30 percent “danger pay” bonus for Americans working in Libya during the summer,
Paris - A harrowing trial over the alleged gang rape of teenage girls in the high-rise tower blocks of a poor Paris suburb has shocked France, exposed a culture of youth violence and threatens to spark a row over the justice system when verdicts are delivered this week. Nina and Stephanie – not their real names – said that for years they were too scared to speak out about what they allege were months of almost daily gang rapes when they were 15 and 16, growing up on rundown estates in Fontenay-sous-Bois outside Paris. In 2005, Nina was left unconscious
The fatal attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya last month has become a test of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s leadership and a threat to her much-admired legacy as America’s top diplomat just a few months before she plans to step down. Clinton was among the first Obama administration officials to publicly condemn the attack and mourn the deaths of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. But as the State Department has weathered Republican-led criticism that it misread warning signs before the Sept. 11 attack, Clinton has been far less visible.
Vice President Biden isn’t the only one who has to clean up a mess Thursday night. ABC News correspondent Martha Raddatz, who will moderate the vice presidential debate between Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), needs to restore some luster herself — to the debate’s third chair. As off-key a performance as President Obama delivered last Wednesday in his first debate with Mitt Romney, moderator Jim Lehrer looked just as ragged. He outlined time limits and guidelines. The candidates ignored both. Lehrer, lacking a buzzer, an elephant tranquilizer gun or even a commanding voice
I have to give Markos Moulitsas credit for posting this result. He could have taken the easy way out and had PPP release it independently. And looking within the depths of this poll result, you have to know how much it pained him to follow through on the likely-voter survey Markos commissioned (via Twitchy): The candidates for President are Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney. If the election was today, who would you vote for?Obama 47 (49) Romney 49 (45)(Snip) The sample is a D+3, which is on its own a reasonable model for the turnout in four weeks,
In yet another sign of how poorly the economy is doing under President Barack Obama, the median household income declined last year in every key battleground state except for Iowa and Wisconsin. The American Community Survey compiled the data. Nevada and Florida were the hardest hit, seeing declines of 6% and 3%, respectively. New Hampshire, Virginia, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Michigan, Ohio, Missouri, North Carolina, New Mexico also saw their median household incomes decline, mirroring national trends.The median household income in 2008 for the United States was $54, 197. In 2010, it was $51, 114. In 2011, it declined even more
CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio – Mitt Romney unveiled a new cheer for his supporters at a chilly evening rally less than a month before Election Day: “Four more weeks.” Mr. Romney noted that attendees at President Barack Obama’s rallies are fond of chanting “four more years.” “There are 28 days before the election,” Mr. Romney said Tuesday. “I think the right chant ought to be for them, ‘four more weeks, four more weeks.’” The crowd quickly embraced the cheer, breaking into it repeatedly during Mr. Romney’s speech. But it was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
Tomorrow marks the beginning of a major Congressional hearing on the terror attack In Libya and in a desperately transparent attempt to get ahead of damaging news, at the very last minute tonight, the State Department finally came clean: In other words, absolutely everything we were told by our government -- by President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton, Ambassador Susan Rice. White House Spokesman Jay Carney, and any number of staffers and surrogates -- was 100% false. There were no protests, no benign crowds exploited by local militias, and nothing had anything to do with a video.
A month ago I wrote, “If liberal elites see Obama’s poll numbers going south, get ready for an all-hands-on-deck effort to separate Obama from liberalism; the former may lose but the the left cannot allow the latter to be repudiated. Now they are in full self-delusion during the post-convention bump, but when reality (and the jobs numbers) hit home, watch for the excuse storylines to creep in.” Then the occasion was the disappointment over his lackluster convention acceptance speech. But here we are a month later, and the left has collectively and loudly lost it in the aftermath of Debate-aggedon
On his show Tuesday night, Bill O’Reilly took to his Talking Points segment to join in on criticism of the Associated Press’ recent photo of Mitt Romney (which made for jokes aplenty). Taking aim at the media in general, O’Reilly further chastised the AP and others for focusing on the outrage du jour instead of the battle between “capitalism and quasi-socialism.” (Snip) O’Reilly called the photo a “foolish shot” that makes Romney “the butt of stupid jokes. Pardon the pun.” It’s “a cheap shot,” he said. And clearly not the picture of objectivity.
Breaking news from ABC: a senior State Department official, apparently trying to get bad news out in anticipation of a Congressional hearing tomorrow, has started to come clean on the Benghazi consulate attack. He admitted to ABC that there never was a protest at the consulate, as the Obama administration has always claimed. Rather, the first warning those inside the consulate had that something was wrong was an explosion. They looked out and saw a large number of armed men approaching. It was a terrorist attack, pure and simple, well-planned and well-executed.
The Obama campaign has blamed the president’s poor debate performance on everything from Mitt Romney’s supposed “lies,” to Obama having an “off night.” So it’s no surprise the blame game is also taking place inside the campaign. NBC’s Chuck Todd reports on rumblings of a possible staff shakeup coming soon (h/t Ed Morrissey): The finger-pointing has already spilled out into the media, with sources saying the real problem was that he didn’t take the debate prep seriously. The Daily Mail’s article is the worst for the president yet, reporting that Obama didn’t realize
Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday that Democrats are on “suicide watch” since new polling indicates GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has closed the gap on President Barack Obama. On Monday, a Pew Research Center poll had Romney leading Obama 49 percent to 45 percent among likely voters. And Tuesday, a Gallup survey had Romney leading 49 percent to 47 percent among likely voters. (Snip) He added: “Ladies and gentlemen, if you live in a liberal city, I think you should avoid walking under tall buildings where liberals live. They’re jumping out the windows today like crazy.”
Controversial Sarah Palin has been forced to hit back after being caught up in a furore over her new scarily skinny figure. Mrs Palin, 48, debuted her new look as she strolled through California's Studio City, dressed in an outfit that appeared to have been plundered from one of her young daughter's wardrobes. Dressed in tight black jeans, a crop top that looked like it had been stolen off the set of Flashdance, and high wedges, the former vice presidential hopeful looked a million miles away from the campaign trail.
Jerusalem— Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Tuesday called for elections early next year instead of as scheduled in October 2013, saying that conversations with his coalition partners had proved it would be impossible to pass “a responsible budget” with deep cuts.(Snip)The balloting could be as early as Jan. 15, but many here have speculated it would be set for mid-February, which would make Mr. Netanyahu’s the first Israeli government in more than two decades to complete a four-year term. A victory around the same time that the United States is either inaugurating a new president or starting
At least 10,000 Israelis will die if Israel strikes Iran, a senior member of Iran’s Expediency Council and former Revolutionary Guards Corps commander said on Monday. “If they attack, Iran’s deterrent power would deal a mortal blow to them and the Israeli death rate would not be less than 10,000,” PressTV quoted Mohsen Rezai, who led the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps for 16 years in the 1980s and 1990s, saying. He added that the death toll would quickly force Israel to desist.
The owner of Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants is putting more workers on part-time status in a test aimed at limiting the impact of looming health coverage requirements. Darden Restaurants [DRI 54.74 -0.36 (-0.65%) ] declined to give details but said the test is only in restaurants in four markets across the country. The test entails increasing the number of workers on part-time status, meaning they work less than 30 hours a week. Under the new health care act, companies will be required to provide
Subsidies: With the economy faltering and Middle East unrest rising, President Obama acts as though the biggest issue facing the country is Mitt Romney's alleged threat to "Sesame Street." We have an idea for him. According to a recent tally, Obama brought up either Big Bird or Elmo 13 times in speeches since last week's debate, in which Romney promised to end federal support for PBS and NPR. That compares with zero mentions of how he plans to revive the economy, and no references to Libya. And he's now running an ad featuring Big Bird.
The state Economic Development Authority approved tax breaks for two Bergen County companies and one in Passaic County Tuesday in action aimed at keeping jobs in New Jersey. Acupak Packaging Inc., which makes single-use medical products, was awarded a $112,500 tax incentive to retain 50 jobs at its Ramapo Valley Road site in Mahwah. The company also would create five new jobs there. But the two other businesses signaled they were seriously considering leaving their current sites in North Jersey, while seeking incentives to stay within the state rather than move to neighboring states. Home Dynamix, a rug and tile
Nightline co-anchor Cynthia McFadden continued her fawning, multi-part profile of Michelle Obama on Monday night, worrying about the "extra responsibilities" that Mrs. Obama faces as an African American First Lady. She then offered this softball: "Is it different to be a black child growing up in America today than it was four years ago?" [See video below. MP3 audio here.] Fellow co-anchor Bill Weir bragged that his colleague had been "granted rare access" to Mrs. Obama. McFadden wondered if the President is "a bit intimidated, a little bit afraid" of his wife. The journalist then pushed
Israel would have attacked Iran long ago if it could and wished to do so, said Iran's foreign minister in an interview Monday. “If the Israelis had wanted to attack us, and if they could have done so, they would have done so long ago,” said Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on Monday to the German news weekly Der Spiegel. During an interview conducted in Frankfurt, the Salehi commented on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent presentation at the United Nations’ General Assembly, calling Netanyahu’s caricature of a bomb “childish,” and “bizarre,” according to the Der Spiegel report.
There was a nice human interest story on the campaign trail yesterday, but the AP found a way to muss it up. You rarely see media bias as blatant as you do in a comparison of the following two photos. Mitt Romney's motorcade was passing Fairfield Elementary School in Virginia when the Governor saw kids waiving and decided to make a U-turn and pull over. The kids were excited to meet Romney, according reporters on the scene: "Are you Mitt Romney?" asked one awed student. "I am Mitt Romney," he replied. "And that's your governor.
Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, equated President Obama's campaign to a petulant child during an interview Tuesday after being asked about charges from the president's campaign that her husband had "lied" during last week's debate. “I mean, lied about what? This is something he’s been saying all along. This is what he believes. This is his policy, these are his statements," Ann Romney said in an interview set to air Wednesday on Fox News. "I mean, lie — it’s sort of like someone that’s, you know, in the sandbox that like lost the game and they’re just
Finally, a pollster asked voters the one question that matters in this presidential election: Does Barack Obama know how to fix the economy? When the Pew Research Center asked that question in the days following Mitt Romney’s strong performance in last week’s presidential debate, a majority of the voters answered no. The central failure of Mr. Obama’s presidency centers on his demonstrated inability to restore the economy to full health and vigor after trillions of dollars in job-stimulus spending that created few jobs but added $5 trillion to the federal debt.