The Republican Party did not lose last Tuesday´s election. It was obliterated, crushed, slaughtered, massacred, squashed, annihilated — and, let’s hope, extinguished. For the party of Lincoln, it’s been a week of sifting through the carnage: What went wrong? How could a party that just a decade ago controlled all of government have been so completely nullified that an incumbent Democrat who was quite possibly the worst president in a century handily defeated the Republican nominee? The soul searching followed the standard stages of grief: There was denial.
Barack Obama spent his first term undoing what he saw as the excesses of U.S. post-Cold War foreign policy, from land wars in the Middle East to insufficient attention to Asia. By his own account, he largely succeeded. But chances are he will spend his second term grappling with the flaws in his cure. Contrary to the usual Republican narrative, Obama did not lead a U.S. retreat from the world. Instead he sought to pursue the same interests without the same means. He has tried to preserve America’s place as the “indispensable nation” while withdrawing ground troops from war zones,
In June, the Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate in President Obama´s national health care law. The mandate makes possible an expansion of Medicaid and the establishment of subsidized health insurance exchanges. These two provisions will be responsible for $1.7 trillion in spending over the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Together, they are expected to provide insurance to 30 million Americans and create the infrastructure that liberals hope to use to push the nation, over time, into a fully government-run health care system. With Obama re-elected, repeal ceases
Ann Arbor, Mich. - Want to see how quickly the look and business model of American public universities are changing? Visit a place like Indiana University. Five years ago, there were 87 undergraduates from China on its idyllic, All-American campus in Bloomington. This year: 2,224. New figures out Monday show international enrollment at U.S. colleges and universities grew nearly 6 percent last year, driven by a 23-percent increase from China, even as total enrollment was leveling out. But perhaps more revealing is where much of the growth is concentrated: big, public land-grant colleges, notably in the Midwest.
WASHINGTON -- If you doubt there´s an American welfare state, you should read the new study by demographer Nicholas Eberstadt, whose blizzard of numbers demonstrates otherwise. A welfare state transfers income from some people to other people to improve the recipients´ well-being. In 1935, these transfers were less than 3 percent of the economy; now they´re almost 20 percent. That´s $7,200 a year for every American, calculates Eberstadt. He says that nearly 40 percent of these transfers aim to relieve poverty (through Medicaid, food stamps, unemployment insurance and the like),
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday said he had resurrected talks over an immigration reform proposal with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Schumer´s announcement comes as both President Obama and top Republicans have signaled a willingness to compromise and pass comprehensive immigration reform. Schumer and Graham had worked on an immigration plan two years ago but the proposal stalled. "Sen. Graham and I have talked and we are resuming the talks that were broken off two years ago," Schumer said on Meet the Press. "We had put together a comprehensive, detailed blueprint on immigration reform.
Congress returns this week for what will be one of the most consequential and difficult lame-duck sessions it has ever faced. Lawmakers left themselves only a few weeks to reach agreement on a plan that would reduce the federal budget deficit and head off trillions of dollars´ worth of budget cuts and tax increases that government auditors said could hit virtually every working American and throw the nation´s economy into a second recession. But opening offers from both sides suggest that Congress and the White House remain miles apart on fundamental issues
Supporters of President Obama’s healthcare law breathed a sigh of relief Tuesday, but they’re already back at work trying to protect one of its key provisions from budget cuts. As the election fades into the rearview mirror and attention turns more seriously toward the looming “fiscal cliff,” lobbyists and advocates are once again wondering whether Congress might look to the healthcare law for spending cuts. Specifically, lawmakers might be tempted to tap the health law’s insurance subsidies —by far its most expensive provision, and probably the most tangible benefit it will provide. Cutting into the subsidies has
We heard throughout the campaign of President Obama’s “all of the above” energy policy. That was then. This is now. About 48 hours after he was assured of reelection, the president’s Interior Department issued a plan to close to oil shale development 1.6 million acres of federal land in the West to oil. These acres were targeted for oil shale exploration and development by the prior administration. Instead, only some 677,000 acres would be open for oil shale exploration, and an additional 130,000 for tar sands production. The reason for excluding so much acreage from development
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran´s vice president said Monday that Tehran will break the `grasping hands´ of newly re-elected President Barack Obama, the official IRNA news agency reported.(Snip)"We will break grasping hands of Obama and we will be successful in bypassing the sanctions," Rahimi was quoted as saying during a research and scientific exhibition at Tehran University. Iranian officials dismiss the impact of last week´s U.S. elections, suggesting it will have little impact on Washington´s Iran policy.
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