President Obama survived the election without having to answer many key questions about the September terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, but getting through the lame-duck session of Congress that opens Tuesday could be even tougher — especially with one key senator already talking about the possibility of subpoenas. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are demanding to know who was responsible for the decisions involved in the Sept. 11 assault on the U.S. Consulate in Libya’s second-largest city, and want to know why military assistance didn’t arrive until well after four Americans
With President Obama seeking a deal to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” liberal groups that campaigned aggressively for his reelection are mobilizing to oppose concessions they fear he could make on Medicare and Social Security. Leaders of the nation’s labor unions and other liberal groups are planning Tuesday to press Obama at the White House to reject the kind of cuts in Medicare and Social Security that he has previously offered to make. On Thursday, left-leaning lawmakers and seniors groups plan to rally on Capitol Hill against any changes to entitlements.
CIA Director David H. Petraeus did not intend to resign from his position until it became clear that his extramarital affair with his biographer would become public after a federal investigation of his e-mail accounts, according to two longtime military aides who admire the retired general. In a farewell letter last week to CIA staff members, Petraeus described his affair with Paula Broadwell as behavior that is “unacceptable both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours.” The statement and others from his allies in the days that followed created an impression
The Bush-era income tax rates will expire at the end of the year. That is only one of a number of financially significant–some say cataclysmic–deadlines that occur around year end: the payroll tax holiday ends, the alternative minimum tax patch will expire, $36 billion in Obamacare taxes will take effect, tax extenders will expire, the (minimal) 2009 “stimulus” tax cuts will run out, the inheritance tax will increase, and 100% expensing for business investment will expire. At the same time, $109 billion in sequestration begins, affecting both non-defense and, disproportionately,
Time for the daily reminder that elections have consequences, and not just at the presidential level. If the GOP had found a way to get to 51 in the Senate, I’m thinking O might not have bothered nominating Rice. The temptation for Republicans to nuke her out of hand over her Benghazi disinformation would have been enormous. As it is, with 55 seats in the bank, why not? President Obama is considering asking Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) to serve as his next defense secretary, part of an extensive rearrangement of his national security team that will include a permanent replacement
More than 400,000 people have signed a petition asking Macy’s to sever its ties with Donald Trump, in part over his public skepticism about President Obama’s birthplace. The petition on SignOn.org says Macy’s should also break with Trump over his “sexist” comments about women’s looks and other “unpleasant, nasty and despicable behavior.” “Donald Trump does not reflect the ‘magic of Macy´s.’ We urge you to sever ties with him,” the petition reads. The petition was created by Angelo Carusone, who previously campaigned against Glenn Beck.
Massachusetts Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren, in her first press conference last Thursday after defeating Sen. Scott Brown, displayed a glaring lack of knowledge and confidence about the issues voters presumably elected her to solve and the campaign she had just run. In fact, Warren, a liberal professor whose supposed intelligence and convictions the mainstream media often fawned over, came across as awkward and unprepared, as she did when she tried to deflect questions about her questionable Native-American heritage last spring.
Paula Broadwell was on a romantic rendezvous with her husband at a Virginia bed-and-breakfast when details of her extramarital affair with Gen. David Petraeus became public Friday. And, according to one report, the breaking scandal quickly spoiled the couple’s otherwise amorous excursion to celebrate Broadwell’s 40th birthday. A source at the Middleton Inn in the sleepy town of Washington, which is about 70 miles west of the nation’s capital, told Washingtonian.com that Paula Broadwell and her husband, Scott, appeared “good” and “upbeat” when they arrived Thursday.
The story surrounding the former CIA Director David Petraeus´s resignation continues to become more bizarre. The Wall Street Journal is reporting: A federal agent who launched the investigation that ultimately led to the resignation of Central Intelligence Agency chief David Petraeus was barred from taking part in the case over the summer due to superiors´ concerns that he had become personally involved in the case, according to officials familiar with the probe. New details about how the Federal Bureau of Investigation handled the case suggest that even as the bureau delved into
Charlotte, NC - Federal agents are inside the home of the Charlotte author at the center of a scandal involving CIA Director David Petraeus, who resigned Friday. The Federal Bureau of Investigations confirms that it has agents inside Paula Broadwell´s Dilworth home. While agents on scene would not confirm what they were looking for, nearly a dozen agents were seen carrying boxes and taking photographs inside the home. Broadwell, the biographer who wrote a book about retired four-star general Petraeus, 60, has not been seen at her home since the news connecting her to an extramarital affair
Petraeus Scandal: An affair that was known to the FBI for months and kept from congressional oversight committees might explain his complicity in a false narrative of the Benghazi terrorist attack and the order to "stand down." The addition of sex to Benghazigate adds a dimension sure to keep the scandal going and one that does indeed make Watergate seem like a third-rate burglary. The affair admitted to by Gen. David Petraeus, now our former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, might have attached blackmail or the potential for blackmail to a scandal
President Obama is considering asking Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) to serve as his next defense secretary, part of an extensive rearrangement of his national security team that will include a permanent replacement for former CIA director David H. Petraeus. Although Kerry is thought to covet the job of secretary of state, senior administration officials familiar with the transition planning said that nomination will almost certainly go to Susan E. Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. John O. Brennan, Obama’s chief counterterrorism adviser, is a leading contender for the CIA job if he wants it,
NASCAR pledged it wouldn´t render immediate judgment on Jeff Gordon for his role in wrecking Clint Bowyer and upending the end of Sunday´s Phoenix race. But officials didn´t wait much longer, handing down a decision on Monday evening: a fine of $100,000 and a 25-point penalty. It was not a surprising penalty, but it will certainly disappoint those who believed Gordon deserved suspension for his actions. Gordon not only ignored a black flag, he altered the championship battle by taking out one of the final contenders. However, unlike Kyle Busch, suspended last year for a similar incident
WASHINGTON—A federal agent who launched the investigation that ultimately led to the resignation of Central Intelligence Agency chief David Petraeus was barred from taking part in the case over the summer due to superiors´ concerns that he had become personally involved in the case, according to officials familiar with the probe. New details about how the Federal Bureau of Investigation handled the case suggest that even as the bureau delved into Mr. Petraeus´s personal life, the agency had to address questionable conduct by one of its own—including allegedly sending shirtless photos of
In a round of year-end belt tightening, NBCUniversal is cutting about 500 employees, or about 1.5% of its total workforce. The cuts are distributed throughout the media company, which boasts nearly 30,000 employees, according to a person close to the situation who asked not to be identified discussing the sensitive topic. Some of the layoffs have already occurred. Two months ago, "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" eliminated about two dozen of its crew in an effort to reduce the late-night program´s budget. A large percentage of the cuts came from the tiny G4 cable channel,
A Shell station in the tourist area near Lake Buena Vista was selling gasoline for $6.44 a gallon Monday — more than $3 above what most motorists are paying. A clerk at the station at 8788 Vineland Ave. declined to comment. The manager could not be reached. But a Windermere man who drove by the station was astounded by the price. "It is horrible what they are doing," said Dave Vanz, a 36-year-old sales and marketing professional.Orange County zoning manager Mitch Gordon said the station is not breaking any laws because the price
Nothing says class and glamour quite like comparing voting for the first time to losing your virginity. And nothing says grace and style like winning a national award for doing so. Now, the epitome of class, glamour, grace and style – Lena Dunham, who cut the infamous Obama campaign commercial suggesting that sleeping with Obama and voting for him were one and the same – has won Glamour’s “Woman of the Year Award.” In fact, Glamour labels her The Voice of a Generation. To which the American people reply: we’ll sell our bonds. Other winners include
Unnamed sources tell Fox News that the CIA Annex in Benghazi held three Libyan militia members for days and that retrieving these detainees may have been a motive for the September 11th attack on the nearby US consulate. The new reporting builds on details previously published by Fox´s Jennifer Griffin and information apparently leaked by ex-intelligence officer Paula Broadwell last month. Speaking on Fox News Monday, Griffin indicated new sources suggest the CIA annex may have been a detention site for local militia forces and even for some prisoners from other parts of Africa.
House Democrats are beginning their push for an extension of expanded federal unemployment benefits before more than 2.1 million workers lose them at year´s end. Ways and Means panel ranking member Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) and Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) released a committee report on Monday arguing for quick action to extend benefits before they expire Dec. 29. “We cannot forget the human cliff looming for more than two million Americans scheduled to lose their economic lifeline during the upcoming holidays," Levin said. "Failing to act would push millions of middle class
Less than a week after President Obama´s reelection, an online petition calling for Texas to secede from the Union has gained enough signatures to prompt a response from the White House. The petition is posted on "We the People," the White House´s website for petitions. The White House has pledged to provide a formal response to all petitions that receive more than 25,000 signatures within 30 days. The Texas secession petition was posted on Nov. 9 and already has more than 27,000 signatures. People have posted similar petitions for dozens of other states to secede, but the Texas petition
Jefferson City - Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich is planning to review the Department of Social Services’ administration of two assistance programs. Schweich says the audit will focus on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and the Electronic Benefit Transfer process, which is used to access food stamps. The audit has been added to the 2013 schedule for Schweich’s office. Schweich pointed to recent reports of benefits being accessed from casinos, gentlemen’s clubs and locations around the world. He says the assistance programs are not intended to finance recipients’ entertainment
Although America carried President Obama confidently into a second term last Tuesday - not everyone is jumping for joy at the prospect of four more years. Tens of thousands have put their names to secession petitions in 20 states, asking that they peacefully become independent from the rest of the country. The documents have been lodged on a government website We The People - and Texas has almost enough people behind its petition to warrant an official White House response. Along with the Lone Star state, petitions were filed from Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky,
It is official. The US will overtake Saudi Arabia to become the world´s top oil producer by 2017. The International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its world outlook for 2012 this morning that the US will be a net exporter of gas by 2020, with all the vast implications of abundant cheap gas for its chemical, plastics, glass, and steel industries. "The United States, which currently imports around 20 per cent of its total energy needs, becomes all but self-sufficient in net terms – a dramatic reversal of the trend seen in most other energy importing countries," it said.
As they say in politics, timing is everything, and the shock resignation of David Petraeus as CIA director raises serious questions about whether this was genuinely a resignation caused by his affair with his biographer, or whether it was a hatchet job by Barack Obama´s administration to prevent him giving evidence this Thursday to the Senate Intelligence Committee. There is no doubt that General Petraeus made a monumental error of judgement by embarking on an affair with Paula Broadwell, the author of the recent hagiography of America´s most celebrated soldier of modern times, All In:
Washington - Your emails are not nearly as private as you think. The downfall of CIA Director David Petraeus demonstrates how easy it is for federal law enforcement agents to examine emails and computer records if they believe a crime was committed. With subpoenas and warrants, the FBI and other investigating agencies routinely gain access to electronic inboxes and information about email accounts offered by Google, Yahoo and other Internet providers. "The government can´t just wander through your emails just because they´d like to know what you´re thinking or doing," said Stewart Baker,
The 2012 election has made one thing perfectly clear. Americans who strongly identify themselves as individuals, who do not believe that it is better to, as Obama once put it, “spread the wealth around” through enforced government redistribution, and who believe our spending is out of control, are going to have to take matters into their own hands. It is no longer enough to plan for your future, to merely work towards your personal hopes and dreams. You must now start actively defending those hopes and dreams from 61,170,405 irresponsible people who think economic decline is a winning