Volunteers and disaster victims have taken rescue, recovery and security into their own hands on New York's storm-ravaged borough of Staten Island, where they say FEMA has forgotten them. Already without power for more than a week in the wake of superstorm Sandy, hard-hit residents of the borough's South Shore braved a nor'easter Wednesday night, many -- perhaps hundreds -- huddling in condemned homes and ignoring orders to evacuate out of fear looters would take what little Mother Nature has left them. "FEMA packed up everything yesterday and left the area,"
The second term game of Obama cabinet musical chairs kicked into high gear Thursday when Attorney General Eric Holder suggested that he might leave soon. He would join Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Treasury Secretary Tim Geither and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on the exit list. Names immediately surfaced of those who might replace Holder including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who has steered her department through controversial issues and come out generally unscathed. Senate sources said that she would be a good pick for Obama since she has years of experience in the area and is Headline split by staff.
In addition to the tragedy of lost lives and injuries, Superstorm Sandy caused many billions of dollars in property damage. The sad truth: disasters occur every year in America. If you’re unlucky enough to suffer a disaster-related casualty, here’s what you need to know about the federal income tax implications. Theoretically, our beloved Internal Revenue Code allows you to claim an itemized deduction — on Schedule A of your Form 1040 — for personal casualty losses to the extent they are not covered by insurance. Exactly what is a casualty loss?
President Obama’s Health and Human Services Department used taxpayer money to hire a public relations firm to convince television shows to promote Obamacare. The plan appears to have backfired, as one of the shows targeted mocked the president last night for saddling young people with the cost of his health care law. “In last night’s episode, titled ‘Arrested,’ 13 year-old Luke Dunphy (played by Nolan Gould) suffered from an allergic reaction to soy and was sent to the hospital,” observes Erin Brown of Red Alert Politics. “When three year-old extended family member Lily Tucker-Pritchett (played by Aubrey Anderson-Emmons)
Wait until next year -- 2016, that is. That’s what disappointed Republican spinners kept saying Tuesday night as they watched Mitt Romney’s hopes crash and burn in swing state after swing state. How many times did I hear a Republican talk about how their party’s deep bench of future all-stars will return it to power in Washington in four years? But all the Ryans, Rubios, Bushes, Haleys and Christies in America can’t put the GOP -- or the country -- back together again.
Under pressure from senators, the State Department is allowing some lawmakers to look at cables and other documents related to the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, but only today and tomorrow, when most senators are not in Washington. Congress is gearing up for a full week of Benghazi-related hearings next week, including a Nov. 13 hearing behind closed doors of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led by Chairman John Kerry (D-MA). Kerry has written two letters to the State Department requesting congressional access to information and documents related to the circumstances
Actress Eva Longoria got emotional when President Barack Obama was reelected Tuesday night. “I was in tears,” Longoria, an Obama campaign co-chair, said Wednesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “I thought it would be a longer night. So, we were prepared. And I was just in tears. And I was so excited because we did work very hard for the campaign.” The “Desperate Housewives” star added that it was a victory for the middle class. “It just shows that, you know, the middle class, you know, won. And these super PACs didn't get to buy the election.
Anyone would think we had just elected a hip, skinny and youthful replacement for God, with a plan to modernise Heaven and Hell – or that at the very least John Lennon had come back from the dead. The swooning frenzy over the choice of Barack Obama as President of the United States must be one of the most absurd waves of self-deception and swirling fantasy ever to sweep through an advanced civilisation. At least Mandela-worship – its nearest equivalent – is focused on a man who actually did something.
Top Republicans are signaling for the first time in five years that the party will get serious about immigration reform. Immigration’s sudden rise to the top of Washington’s to-do list after years on the legislative back burner spotlights how worried Republicans are about Latinos abandoning their party. The renewed interest in tackling the issue, if sustained, would represent a fundamental shift for Republicans, who allowed conservative firebrands to set the agenda on immigration after several failed attempts to pass a bill during the Bush administration. The chances of enacting a comprehensive overhaul remain low,
Washington Barack Obama’s reelection was barely sealed before some international voices began trumpeting how the president’s victory would mean a renewed American focus on foreign policy issues that languished during the campaign. President Obama could now revive the search for a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, international Middle East envoy Tony Blair said. The US will be bolder now in pressing for a resolution of Syria’s deadly and dangerous civil war, some US allies, including Turkish officials, predicted. Have these foreign friends heard of the “fiscal cliff”? (Snip) Mr. Obama will no doubt be looking broadly to
Reuters Top News ?@Reuters U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder tells law school audience he does not know if he will stay in job (Snip) Holder was speaking at the University of Baltimore Law School, whose dean is Ron Weich, the former assistant attorney general for legislative affairs under Holder. The Attorney General is said to be on his way out, In the Loop reports. The only question is when; it could be as soon as before next summer or as late as 2014.
The Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi signals American weakness in the Middle East, according to al-Qaida’s leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. “They were defeated in Iraq and they are withdrawing from Afghanistan, and their ambassador in Benghazi was killed and the flags of their embassies were lowered in Cairo and Sana’a, and in their places were raised the flags of tawhid [monotheism] and jihad,” Zawahiri said in an audio address. Zawahiri directed his address to Shabaab, al Qaida’s affiliate in Somalia. He credited al-Qaida for three attacks on U.S. embassies, according to a published
CHICAGO, Illinois – A Chicago newspaper is reporting that Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is in the midst of negotiating a plea deal with the feds for his alleged misuse of campaign funds – one day after the critical November election. The embattled son of civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson won re-election to his 10th term by 64% of the vote. According to Michael Sneed, a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, the plea negotiations involve the federal criminal investigation into Jackson’s possible use of campaign funds to redecorate his DC home.
President Barack Obama will never again have to face voters. Nothing he does will have to be calibrated for how it plays in swing states or with Independent voters. He is now governing solely for his own legacy. This is one reason I so opposed his reelection. Given his left-ward lunge in his first term, I shuddered to think where he would go in his second. An article today in Obama fan-zine Buzzfeed confirms my fears. “I’m hopeful,” said Slama. “He’ll try to play to the middle, but he’s got the Tea Party to deal with,
FLORIDA — The American political arena is at once intriguing, complex, and mesmerizing. From the corridors of power in Washington to the studios of talk radio hosts, it can honestly be said that there is never a dull moment. Lucianne Goldberg has been a witness to many of modern American history’s defining moments. As an operative of the Democratic Party, she was afforded a behind the scenes look at Lyndon B. Johnson’s vice presidential nomination. Less than one decade later, she became a spy for the Nixon campaign, working behind the lines of George McGovern’s ill-fated
On Wednesday's NBC Today, correspondent Andrea Mitchell provided a gushing profile of the First Family winning four more years in the White House: "Obama's family is key to his success....Like the Kennedys, the Obamas swept into their first term on the promise of hope....And now with four more years ahead, the First Family continues to be the President's strongest base of support." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] Set to various musical scores, Mitchell's report looked at the Obamas and past first families: "For generations of Americans, the Kennedy White House is
Actress Ashley Judd's name is being thrown out as a Democratic challenger to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in 2014. Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) listed her as a possibility. "If you had an Ashley Judd-McConnell race, I think it would be as high profile a race as Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown," Yarmuth said in an interview with the Courier-Journal of Kentucky, referring to the Massachusetts Senate candidates. Judd has been active in Democratic politics. She was a delegate at the Democratic National Committee and also taped campaign ads for President Obama.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who cut the necessary deals to pass Obamacare and made himself a political attack dog this cycle, wants to keep his job for the next decade. “I have this one and one more Congress before I have to run for reelection,” Reid told Politico. “I’m planning on running for reelection.” Reid’s next campaign comes in 2016. If he won, that term would not end until 2022. Does Reid want to be Senate Majority Leader that whole time? “Oh sure,” he said. Reid as run the Senate since 2006.
It started as a way for an 8-year-old girl to keep up with her big brother. Sam Gordon just wanted to run with the older kids. The coaches in the local tackle football league figured, hey, why not? Maybe they could turn it into a drill: Who can outrun Max's little sister? They were shocked to find the answer: no one. Sam Gordon, now 9, became one of the fastest kids this Salt Lake City area "Gremlins" league had ever seen. They put her in drills and she outran boys two years older. They allowed her into the "Sharks and Minnows" game and stared in awe at not only at her speed, but her ability to move like a tailback. Link repaired, content added by staff
Politico, living in a dreamworld of its own making, is already forecasting the 2016 election – and they’re suggesting that Jeb Bush may be the Republican nominee, squaring off against Hillary Clinton. Now, this is a business that Dick Morris should have discredited long ago, when he predicted a 2008 race between Condoleeza Rice (never ran) and Hillary Clinton (lost to Obama during the primaries). But if Politico truly thinks that Republicans are ready to embrace a moderate governor of Florida who is soft on most of the
Astronomers have spotted another candidate for a potentially habitable planet - and it is not too far away. The star HD 40307 was known to host three planets, all of them too near to support liquid water. But research to appear in Astronomy and Astrophysics has found three more - among them a "super-Earth" seven times our planet's mass, in the habitable zone where liquid water can exist. Many more observations will be needed to confirm any other similarities.
That possible silver lining I mentioned? It’s all still speculation at this point, but hey, we can dream… via Roll Call: The day after elections that were largely positive for the Democratic Party, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s future loomed over leadership races, as lawmakers waited for her to decide whether she will return for two more years at the helm of the House’s minority party. Democratic leaders did not schedule any Wednesday conference calls or meetings with rank-and-file Members to discuss the election results or
In the days that followed Karl Rove’s on-air confrontation with Fox News Channel’s decision desk on election night after the critical swing state of Ohio was called for President Barack Obama, it seems that just about every media critic has weighed in on what they thought that moment meant for FNC, Super PACs, the Republican party and the American experiment in democracy itself. In a piece in the New York Times on Thursday, they note in a blaring headline that Rove’s role as a Fox News analyst and contributor is being “questioned” by the network’s decision makers,
For a few brief moments over these last few weeks, I almost let wishful thinking overcome common sense and reason and almost believed right would overcome wrong, good overcome evil, and liberty overcome statism. (Snip) Tuesday’s loss boiled down to two simple things that the Right still doesn’t quite get: It came down to boots on the ground, and leaving egos at the door. Before getting into the history of how this happened, here’s a run down on what just a few of the larger unions did over these last few weeks: The SEIU put 100,000 “volunteers”
During Wednesday’s edition of MSNBC’s Bashir, host Martin Bashir got rather vicious while discussing what frequent Fox News guest Charles Krauthammer had to say about President Barack Obama‘s electoral victory. After playing an election night soundbite from the conservative columnist, Bashir jokingly apologized to any young viewers who may have been frightened by Krauthammer’s face. Bashir shared the soundbite with GQ’s Ana Marie Cox and the Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart, mockingly asking: “Do Republicans understand what has happened? Let’s listen to the great Charles Krauthammer.” After the bite played, Bashir joked, “Now I need to