There were many factors that hurt Mitt Romney and favored Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election. The Democrats portrayed Romney in the worst light possible; as a wealthy, out of touch millionaire who wanted to return women to the 1800´s. The left wing media predictably did everything it could to perpetuate that false caricature. Obama´s race was an advantage; voters of all persuasions, particularly minorities, still cannot get over the allure of the first black president. The 47% of Americans on welfare were predisposed to vote for the food stamp president over
Having suffered not one but several humiliating defeats on Tuesday, Republicans are in danger of embracing “comprehensive” immigration reform — which is to say, amnesty — out of panic. The GOP does need to do better among Hispanics and other voters, but this is not the way to achieve that — and, more important, it is bad policy. A formal policy of refusing to enforce the law is not obviously the best substitute for an informal policy of refusing to enforce the law. But first, credit should be given where it is due: The Obama administration,
FORT PIERCE — Numbers changed, but results stayed the same when a Sunday recount of ballots cast during three days of early voting in St. Lucie County still gave Democrat Patrick Murphy a lead over Republican Allen West in the U.S. House District 18 race. Even before results were announced early in the afternoon, West partisans were crying foul. They were angry that St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections Gertrude Walker had recounted only three of eight days worth of early voting ballots. And tempers did not improve when, moments after
Conan: In Florida, the lines for early voting were nine hours long. Which is too bad, because it’s Florida — a lot of those people don’t have nine hours. Fallon: I just read about an Indiana woman who´s selling paintings made by her horse. Even weirder, they’re nudes. Leno: Taylor Swift has been booked to perform in Times Square this New Year's Eve. In true Taylor Swift fashion, she plans to kiss a special someone at midnight. And then release a hit single based on the break-up about 12:30. Leno: Hard to believe it's just one more day until Florida starts screwing up another election. Content added by staff
The national media have ignored a fascinating development, one worth keeping an eye on: Justice Elena Kagan has taken up recreational shooting and hunting. She likes it so much that she has moved from small game (quail) to big game (elk).(snip)"That´s a big step outside the Ivy League bubble. Recreational shooting can become addicting. Appreciation for one part of the Constitution can also lead to appreciation for others."In the unlikely event Justice Kagan develops a new appreciation of the Second Amendment, it would constitute a sort of reverse "Greenhouse effect"
Via the Other McCain, I’m belatedly catching up with this analysis in The Washington Post: In fact, as the chart below details, Republican Senate candidates under-performed GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney in most of the important races of 2012. In five races, the GOP candidate under-performed Romney by at least nine points. This includes Reps. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) and Rick Berg (R-N.D.), who both lost in states that Romney carried by at least 13 points.
While the Chicago Public Schools lack a sustained and focused effort to combat elementary-level truancy, school districts across the state are finding ways to fight the problem and having success, one child at a time. Despite budget cuts and a sagging economy, cash-strapped school districts use truancy officers, court interventions and civic outreach campaigns to bring truant kids back to school, and educators say the same methods could work in Chicago. Local authorities go to these lengths because absences from school in the earliest grades can have a devastating effect on children, their families and
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the U.S. military “did everything they were in position to do” about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya. In a letter and timeline sent to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Panetta said the Sept. 11 attack on the consulate and nearby annex in Benghazi were over before U.S. forces could arrive. In the meantime, he said, the Defense Department diverted a nearby unarmed, unmanned drone to the consulate and dispatched special operations forces from Europe and the United States.
Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson didn’t win any states in the presidential election, but he did gain tens of thousands of votes in key swing states. The former New Mexico governor spoke to Shannon Bream via Skype on America’s News HQ today. He said he was really surprised at the election results because he thought he though the party would receive more votes. “It just got down to the wire and I think people bought into the fact that because it was going to be so close that they had to vote for either Romney or Obama.”
A cross honoring those who died in World War I was returned after being stolen two years ago. Fox News reporter Dominic Di-Natale reported from Barstow, California where a rededication ceremony was taking place for the Mojave Desert cross. It was originally raised in 1934 and was at the center of a national controversy over the separation of church and state. The objections over the cross being place on public land went all the way to the Supreme Court. The cross was hidden from the public and eventually stolen in a nighttime heist but returned about a week ago.
WASHINGTON — High-level officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department were notified in the late summer that F.B.I. agents had uncovered what appeared to be an extramarital affair involving the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, David H. Petraeus, government officials said Sunday. But law enforcement officials did not notify anyone outside the F.B.I. or the Justice Department until last week because the investigation was incomplete and initial concerns about possible security breaches, which would demand more immediate action, did not appear to be justified, the officials said.
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said Monday the FBI was “derelict in its duty” when it failed to tell the White House immediately after learning about former CIA Director David Petraeus’s affair. “Once the FBI realized that it was investigating the director of the CIA or the CIA director had come within its focus or its scope, I believe at that time they had an absolute obligation to tell the president,” King said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “Not to protect David Petraeus, but to protect the president.” (Snip) “The fact is he is a key part of the president’s
SAN FRANCISCO – Two typically reliable kickers missed. Penalties doomed both sides. And a furious, thrilling finish to regulation ended with a dramatic dud in overtime: a tie. And nobody particularly likes a tie. Especially not the NFC West-leading 49ers, with a chance to separate themselves against a division rival. Or the Rams, eager to snap a three-game losing streak. San Francisco and St. Louis played the NFL’s first tie game in four years as both teams missed overtime field goals in Sunday’s 24-24 outcome. “I have to say, I’ve been doing this a while. I don’t think I’ve ever
Washington - It´s not just the economy, stupid. It´s the demographics - the changing face of America. The 2012 elections drove home trends that have been embedded in the fine print of birth and death rates, immigration statistics and census charts for years. America is rapidly getting more diverse, and, more gradually, so is its electorate. Nonwhites made up 28 percent of the electorate this year, compared with 20 percent in 2000. Much of that growth is coming from Hispanics. The trend has worked to the advantage of President Barack Obama two elections in a row now and is not lost on Republicans
Discount retailer Target Corp. joined the growing throng of merchants kicking off their holiday shopping season on Thanksgiving. Target, which previously declined to confirm speculation it would open stores Thanksgiving night, said Monday that stores would open at 9 p.m., right after most people are finishing turkey feasts. “We thought long and hard about when the right opening time would be,” Kathee Tesija, Target´s executive vice president of merchandising, told the Associated Press. She said that 9 p.m. struck “a perfect balance” for its customers. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving
The disgrace of David Petraeus has ended more than a great military career. It is also the symbolic end of a major chapter in American security strategy. The fall of the former Iraq and Afghanistan commander adds a tawdry exclamation point to the decline of counterinsurgency, the military theory for which Petraeus offered a heroic public face. Flash back to the mid-2000s. The Iraq war was an unmitigated disaster, with no apparent hope in sight.
We were going to post a fictitious tweet today, poking fun at America´s modern penchant for perpetual presidential campaigns. It would have said something facetious like, with only 1,454 days left until the 2016 presidential election, Paul Ryan was making his first trip of the new cycle to meet Iowa voters. After all, it has been a whole six days since the 2012 presidential race ended. But then we read this exciting piece of news: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio really is going to Iowa this week for a fundraiser. No joke. True, Rubio isn't going to Iowa until Saturday, which means it will be much closer by
After his defeat in Britain’s 1945 general election, Winston Churchill’s wife Clementine consoled him: “It may well be a blessing in disguise.” Churchill replied, “At he moment it seems quite effectively disguised.” As do any blessings to be found in last Tuesday’s election result. The country faces four more years of Barack Obama in the Oval Office, with an increased Democratic majority in the Senate, as a debt crisis bears down upon us at home and our enemies ramp up their efforts abroad. One hopes, for the sake of the country, that on some key issues the president can be persuaded to do the right
Time to raise taxes on the rich. That’s according to Bill Kristol. On today’s Fox News Sunday panel, the Weekly Standard editor argued that the Republican Party should not “fall on its sword to defend a bunch of millionaires, half of whom voted Democratic and have of whom live in Hollywood and are hostile to Republican principles.”
The Los Angeles City Council is urging all residents to observe "meatless Mondays" from now on. A resolution adopted on Oct. 24 reads: "Be it resolved, that the Council of the City of Los Angeles hereby declares all Mondays as ´Meatless Mondays´ in support of comprehensive sustainability efforts as well as to further encourage residents to eat a more varied plant-based diet to protect their health and protect animals." Councilwoman Jan Perry, who introduced the resolution, also wants to ban new fast-food restaurants in South Los Angeles. "While this is a symbolic gesture, it is asking
City, state and federal officials are trying to assemble a pool of vacant apartments in New York City that could supplement the city’s shelter system in housing hundreds if not thousands of families displaced by storm damage and power outages. Although many people have clung to their homes despite having neither heat nor hot water, particularly in city housing projects in Coney Island and the Rockaways, officials are worried that another wave of people will seek shelter as temperatures fall and they can no longer bear the cold.
The man who voices the puppet of Elmo on Sesame Street has taken leave amid allegations he had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy.Kevin Clash, 52, has taken a leave of absence from the popular children's show after the programme's lawyers were contacted by a 23-year-old man who claims he had a sexual relationship with the puppeteer seven years ago, when he was aged 16. TMZ, who reported the allegations, said that Mr Clash had admitted he had a relationship with the man, but only after the accuser was an adult and said the accusations were both false and defamatory. Headline, intro corrected by Staff
It´s one thing for a Democratic presidential candidate to dominate a Democratic city like Philadelphia, but check out this head-spinning figure: In 59 voting divisions in the city, Mitt Romney received not one vote. Zero. Zilch. These are the kind of numbers that send Republicans into paroxysms of voter-fraud angst, but such results may not be so startling after all. "We have always had these dense urban corridors that are extremely Democratic," said Jonathan Rodden, a political science professor at Stanford University. "It´s kind of an urban fact, and you are looking at the extreme end of it in Philadelphia." Intro corrected by Staff
It´s such a cliché. A powerful man, away from home for years at a time, in jobs that put him under enormous emotional strain. A younger woman, attached to him by her job, spending endless hours with him on and off duty. That they fell into a love affair is so ordinary as to be boring. What makes the sudden fall of CIA Director David H. Petraeus different? Nothing, really, except perhaps the timing of his defenestration, and even that is only mildly suspicious. Petraeus had almost disappeared from sight after his move to the CIA last year.
It was one of the simplest, most poignant promises Barack Obama made in 2008 in his first campaign for the White House: He would fulfill “a sacred trust with our veterans” by significantly reducing the government’s lengthy backlog of pending claims for disability coverage. The goal: All veterans could get a decision on disability claims within 125 days. But on this Veterans Day, as Mr. Obama prepares for his second term, the president’s pledge not only remains unfulfilled, it has become a rallying cry for sick veterans,