President Obama's weekly remarks: Hello, everybody. On Tuesday, America went to the polls. And the message you sent was clear: you voted for action, not politics as usual. You elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours. That’s why I’ve invited leaders of both parties to the White House next week, so we can start to build consensus around challenges we can only solve together. I also intend to bring in business, labor and civic leaders from outside Washington to get their ideas and input as well. At a time when our economy is still recovering from the Great Recession, our top priority has to be jobs and
The incoming CEO of Lockheed Martin announced his resignation Friday after admitting to an improper relationship with a subordinate. Kubasik, 51, was the defense contractor´s chief operating officer and was slated to take over current-CEO Bob Steven´s position in January. However an internal investigation revealed he was having an improper relationship with a female employee--the circumstances of which was not disclosed. Upon receiving the results of the investigation, conducted by an outside firm, Lockheed immediately asked for and received Kubasik´s resignation. ´While I am deeply disappointed and saddened by Chris’ actions, which have been inconsistent with our values
Last month, Fox News national security reporters found themselves on the outside of two key U.S. government briefings on the tragic events of Benghazi on Sept. 11 . On her blog, Fox News host Greta Van Susteren thundered, “CIA and the Administration is trying to punish us so that we ‘learn not to ask them questions they don’t want to answer.’?” The alleged punishment ended — or at least paused — this afternoon in a briefing headed by senior Defense Department officials. Fox News talent was front and center at that briefing. The message from officialdom was barely news,
President Obama has won reelection, and his administration has asked state officials to decide by Friday, November 16, whether their state will create one of Obamacare’s health-insurance “exchanges.” States also have to decide whether to implement the law’s massive expansion of Medicaid. The correct answer to both questions remains a resounding no. State-created exchanges mean higher taxes, fewer jobs, and less protection of religious freedom. States are better off defaulting to a federal exchange. The Medicaid expansion is likewise too costly and risky a proposition.
CIA Director David Petraeus dramatically resigned today after allegedly having an affair with his biographer. The alleged affair was uncovered after the FBI launched an investigation into the biographer, Paula Broadwell, for allegedly hacking into the former general´s email, NBC News and Slate reported. Broadwell, who researched the book ´All In´ for three years, had extensive access to Petraeus in Afghanistan. Yet sources told NBC it is unlikely she will face criminal charges after the alleged hacking, stressing that Petraeus himself is under no investigation. Petraeus stepped down today after confessing to cheating on his wife of 37 years, Holly
LONDON — With Prime Minister David Cameron warning of a gathering “witch hunt” in Britain’s pedophile scandal, a former Conservative Party official threatened legal action on Friday after he was falsely named on the Internet as the man who sexually abused a young teenager more than a dozen times at a Welsh children’s home in the 1980s.A lawyer for the politician, Alistair McAlpine, said his client would have “no choice” but to file suit to clear his name of the accusations, which Mr. McAlpine dismissed as “wholly false and defamatory.”
No US president would choose to end the week of his triumphant re-election by having his top spy resign over a sex scandal — Barack Obama included. After relentless criticism of his administration’s handling of the Sept 11 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Mr Obama did not want more negative coverage of his national security team. Yet the unique circumstances around the departure of David Petraeus from the CIA mean that Mr Obama is unlikely to suffer significant political damage and may even derive some benefit. While he retired from the military to become CIA director
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has turned down an invitation to testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee next Thursday on the Benghazi attack.A committee update this evening indicated that Michael Courts, acting director of International Affairs and Trade for the Government Accountability Office, will be testifying followed by a RAND Corp. analyst.The committee indicated further witnesses could be added, but the State Department confirmed that Clinton won’t be one of them.“She was asked to appear at House Foreign Affairs next week, and we have written back to the chairman to say that she’ll be on travel next week,”
The national intelligence director has launched a preliminary inquiry to determine whether there was a national security leak regarding the Benghazi attack to former New York Times reporter Leslie Gelb, according to a letter obtained by Fox News. The inquiry would look into an op-ed Gelb, who now works with the Council on Foreign Relations, wrote for the Daily Beast last month. Gelb implied he was privy to the same intelligence briefing as U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice, who appeared on five Sunday talk shows Sept. 16
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A Florida judge has denied Republican Rep. Allen West’s request to impound ballots and voting machines, dealing a blow to West’s re-election chances. Circuit Judge David Crow on Friday said West’s request was “entirely premature.” The judge said vote-counting procedures are in place and being followed. Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy holds a lead in the race for the South Florida seat. An unofficial tally puts him above the threshold for a recount. The ruling was a defeat for West, but his side claimed victory anyway. An attorney for West says the campaign was simply trying
As brilliant as he was as a military strategist and commander, David Petraeus proved to harbor an equally outsized streak of reckless irresponsibility as America’s chief spy. The former general who devised the successful Iraq war surge and then took on the Afghanistan mission was duty-bound to resign as Central Intelligence Agency director after being caught in an extramarital affair. Petraeus showed neither the discretion nor the good judgment that are among the fundamental character traits necessary for service at the heights of the U.S. national security system. We’ve all seen the story in the movies: Top spy gets caught in sack
With the loss of the 2012 election, there is much talk of how the Republican Party must do some soul-searching. How will the GOP wage successful campaigns when demographic and cultural changes favor the opposition? Increasingly, the answer is that the party´s party is over, that it must move into the future or be relegated to the past. "Dispense with the social issues!" we´re counseled. "Don´t trouble over abortion or faux marriage and instead just focus on fiscal matters."
To go “belowstairs” at Downton Abbey, one doesn’t actually descend any stairs, but, rather, enters into a drafty, warehouse-like building at Ealing Studios, in West London. This is where many of the interior scenes for Downton Abbey, the TV show, are filmed. On an afternoon last spring, the set in use was the servants’ hall. Gathered at a long, plain dining table familiar to viewers of the series were the dastardly footman Thomas, the glowering lady’s maid O’Brien, the saintly head housemaid Anna, and assorted lesser drudges in the employ of the Crawley family. They were talking over tea—
In a Friday afternoon bombshell, CIA Director David Petraeus resigned, citing an extramarital affair. Petraeus has been under fire recently for the CIA’s response to the Benghazi attack. The Cable’s Josh Rogin posted the letter of resignation: Yesterday afternoon, I went to the White House and asked the President to be allowed, for personal reasons, to resign from my position as D/CIA. After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behavior is unacceptable,
Some people collect stamps, others vintage cars. As a young Ph.D. student at Cambridge University in the 1980s, Claude Wischik was on a mission to collect brains. It wasn´t easy. At the time, few organ banks kept entire brains. But Dr. Wischik, an Australian in his early 30s at the time, was attempting to answer a riddle still puzzling the scientific community: What causes Alzheimer´s disease? To do that, Dr. Wischik needed to examine brain tissue from Alzheimer´s patients soon after death. That meant getting family approvals and enlisting mortuary technicians to extract the brains, he says,
In the fierce headline debate over the so-called fiscal cliff, our newly reelected president argues that “a majority of Americans agree with [his] approach.” That approach, according to the president, is “to combine spending cuts with revenue — and that means asking the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more in taxes.” Well, that’s not exactly what the exit polls said. To the question “Should taxes be raised to help cut the budget deficit?” only 33 percent answered “yes” while 63 percent responded “no.” Isn’t that interesting? But nobody’s talking about this exit-poll nugget.
What´s the case against Michelle Obama starting a political career of her own? It starts and ends with the fact that she doesn´t want one. But what if she changes her mind? The first lady has three important things for a future in politics: the popularity, the skills, and the opportunity. (We´ll get to "the will" later.) Here´s the case for her taking her turn on the ballot: People love her. Aside from her husband and Hillary Clinton, the first lady is the biggest rock star in the Democratic Party.
Even before the Republican Party’s convention had gaveled to order last August, The Washington Post was pronouncing Mitt Romney at best “a transitional figure, rather than a transformative one” within the GOP. That he has since lost the election, and in so doing ceded to President Obama virtually all the battleground states, will do nothing to disturb this assessment. But it would be wrong to see Romney’s failed candidacy as a total loss for Republicans, or for the country. For all Romney’s limitations as a candidate — his interpersonal awkwardness and propensity for gaffes,
The headline was inevitable: “What went wrong?” Seriously? Republicans plan to commence focus groups and voter-based polls to discover the mystery behind their loss. (Snip)The truth is, Romney was better than the GOP deserved. Party nitwits undermined him, and the self-righteous tried to bring him down. The nitwits are well-enough known at this point — those farthest-right social conservatives who couldn’t find it in their hearts to keep their traps shut. No abortion for rape or incest? Sit down. Legitimate rape? Put on your clown suit and go play in the street.
They named her Flip — a Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle found last December, stranded on the coast of Holland. She was injured and stunned by the cold. But the scientists and animal lovers who rescued her took advantage of a key fact about Kemps’ Ridleys — that while they’re endangered, they are also among the world’s great long-distance travelers. Specialists nursed her back to health, and released her into the water today — off the coast of south Texas. “We couldn’t have asked for it to go any better,” said Iain Scouller,
The last thing Republicans need is an identity crisis. The losses in the 2012 election shouldn’t be sugarcoated. President Obama’s reelection does mean Obamacare will go into effect, and another shot at capturing the Senate was squandered. But the election was a setback, not a catastrophe. Contrary to the media’s narrative, Republicans aren’t tumbling into any abyss of permanent minority status. No soul-searching is required. Republicans retain the advantages and strengths they’ve had for decades. The biggest advantage: America is a center-right country. The election reflected a slight tilt to the center,
The U.S. Supreme Court will consider overturning a signal achievement of the civil rights movement, agreeing to hear a challenge to part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act in a case loaded with racial and political ramifications. Acting three days after minority voters propelled President Barack Obama to re-election, the court yesterday said it will review a provision that requires all or part of 16 mostly Southern states to get federal approval before changing their voting rules. Opponents say that “preclearance” provision is no longer warranted. With the justices already considering whether to roll back university affirmative action, the court’s current term
In the aftermath of President Obama´s victory over Mitt Romney, there has been a lot of attention paid to how the Obama campaign successfully defined Romney as an out-of-touch corporate raider. And most of the credit has gone to Obama campaign boss Jim Messina, who made a "grand bet" to saturate the summer airwaves with anti-Romney ads while the GOP nominee was still recovering from a drawn-out primary battle. But this victory narrative misses a very large point: Messina´s gamble was enabled by Newt Gingrich. The Romney campaign was well aware that Bain Capital
Ever since the September 11 attack on our consulate and CIA station in Benghazi, “the dog in the night-time” of the scandal the media did its best to bury during the election campaign has been David Petraeus, the Iraq War commander turned spook-in-almost-chief. Throughout the orgy of misinformation, disinformation, finger-pointing, blame-shifting and general confusion, Petraeus remained adamantly silent, a hostage to fortune somewhere within the bowels of the CIA building in Langley. The one man who could have cut through the administration’s fog machine said nothing substantive as ambassador Chris Stevens and three others were laid to rest.
It’s one of those stories that sends you straight to Snopes, that debunker of Internet myths and conspiracy theories. Could it possibly be true that FEMA, the most maligned federal agency after the IRS, asked victims of Hurricane Katrina, Rita, and Wilma to repay millions of dollars in relief funds supposedly transmitted in error? And did they really ask for compensation from Katrina victims more than five years after their checks were cashed? One can be forgiven a certain degree of skepticism: After the tragedy in New Orleans, a series of stubborn myths percolated online—
Charlotte is an unlikely home for Paula Broadwell, a counterterrorism expert and world traveler who relished being embedded with combat troops in Afghanistan to research her biography of Gen. David Petraeus. But Broadwell moved here more than three years ago with her husband, Scott, a radiologist, and their two young sons, Landon and Lucien, because it was her husband’s turn to pick. “We made an agreement when we first got married that every other move would be the other person’s,” she told the Observer in an interview earlier this year. While based in Charlotte, she launched a promotional tour