Motor Trend magazine named Tesla Model S its 2013 Car of the Year, the first time a non-gasoline powered vehicle received the honor, but Americans are still warming to the idea of driving an electric car. The Model S beat finalists including luxury and family cars including the Ford C-Max Hybrid, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, BMW 3 Series, Lexus GS, Porche 911, Porche Boxster, and Subaru BRZ, according to the magazine. Edward Loh, editor-in-chief of Motor Trend, said the car was “truly a game changer” and the fastest American sedan tested.
President Obama’s re-election and Democratic gains in the US Senate end any possibility of repealing the Obama health law. It will roll out as written, imposing major changes soon on you and your family. If you are uninsured because you can’t afford it, help may be on the way. But if you are one of the 250 million Americans with coverage, there are big problems ahead. If you get your health insurance through a job, you might lose it as of Jan. 1, 2014. That’s when the new “employer mandate” kicks in, requiring employers with 50 or more full-time workers to provide the government-designed health plan or pay a fine. The government plan is so expensive, it adds $1.79 per hour to the cost of a full-time employee. That’s incidental if you're hiring neurosurgeons but a hefty increase for hiring busboys and sales clerks. Source name spelled out, content added by staff
On everyone´s mind this morning was the resignation of CIA Deputy Director David Petraeus on Friday. Liberal radio talk show host Bill Press did his best to catch his listeners up on the details of the scandal, but then went on a rant asking why it´s even an issue. At no point in his defense of the former Army general and CIA chief did Press bring up the impending hearing concerning Libya on Capitol Hill that Petraeus was scheduled to appear before, nor did he think an FBI investigation was necessary -- despite the confidentiality agreement
Something is rotten in Benghazi-Petraeus. But we cannot find the rot in these two tragedies because the information is classified and the administration remains silent at the pleasure of the press. Benghazi first: The CIA Libyan Chief of Station within 24 hours of the Tuesday September 11 attack on our consulate cabled CIA headquarters that it was carried out by militants and not in reaction to an obscure American-made internet video that criticized Islam’s Prophet Muhammed. Yet on Friday, September 14, Director of Central Intelligence, General David Petraeus, ignored his chief boot-on-the-ground and briefed the House Intelligence Committee,
Listening to President Obama speak on election night, I thought of the moment in "The Lion King" when Scar took over Pride Rock. My sentiment for America was perfectly captured by the accompanying song, “Be Prepared.” Be prepared, America, for another $5 trillion dollars in debt. That means America would be over $20 trillion in debt, one half of it added by one man, Barack Obama. Be prepared for higher taxes on those who are pulling the wagon, and more benefits for those who are sitting in the wagon.
Democrats don’t have the 51 votes they need in the Senate to change filibuster rules that could make it harder for the GOP minority to wield power in the upper chamber. Lawmakers leading the charge acknowledge they remain short, but express optimism they’ll hit their goal. “I haven’t counted 51 just yet, but we’re working,” said Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a leading proponent of the so-called constitutional or “nuclear” option, in which Senate rules could be changed by a majority vote. “We’re building the momentum right now,”
Former Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele is floating the idea of running for his old post again. In an interview on C-SPAN on Sunday, Steele was first asked if he thought current RNC Chairman Reince Priebus should run for another term. Priebus has suggested that he is leaning toward running for reelection. "That´s gonna be something the members have to decide," Steele said. Steele was then asked if he would consider running for RNC chairman again. "It´s not a bad idea." Steele said in response. "It would shake up
Owners of guns have been stocking up because they are concerned about a potential tightening of regulations on assault weapons in the president´s second term. In October the number of background checks on people applying to buy guns, an indicator of future sales, increased by 18.4 percent. There was a similar jump when President Obama was first elected in 2008. A total of 12.7 million background checks were carried out that year, up from 11.2 million the year before, and the number has been rising since then. Shares in weapons manufacturers like Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger also
It’s bad enough that America has a president who doesn’t know his “act of terror” from his elbow, but the Petraeus scandal adds a dash of farce to the Benghazi tragedy.[Snip] Jill Kelley, the woman who was (allegedly) threatened by Gen. Petraeus’s squeeze Paula Broadwell and who (apparently) started the FBI investigation that led to Petraeus’ ouster, who went to the FBI for help after the threats and then (allegedly) had a relationship with the FBI agent in charge of her own case, who (allegedly) sent her shirtless pics of himself, also (apparently, allegedly) had “compromising”
ONE of the Adelaide´s largest joint security operations will protect US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her planned visit next week. (Snip) Few details of Ms Clinton´s visit on Wednesday and Thursday have been revealed, but it is understood she will visit close friends, one whom is connected to the Carnegie Mellon University. It also believed that: THE 150-strong entourage is likely to visit Penfolds´ Magill Estate for either a wine tasting session or private function. THE entourage has booked more than 100 rooms over several floors at the Intercontinental Hotel on North Tce.
Raising taxes on the rich was the cornerstone of President Obama’s reelection campaign. “If we’re serious about reducing the deficit,” Obama told a rally in Columbus, Ohio, on election day, “we’ve got to ask the wealthiest Americans to go back to the tax rates they paid when Bill Clinton was in office.” But just how much deficit reduction would Obama’s tax hikes on the rich necessarily accomplish? Nothing, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Letting tax rates rise to Clinton era levels for those families making over $250,000 a year would only raise $824 billion over ten years.
President Barack Obama is putting together his cabinet for a second term, including a new CIA director. So far, only Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has confirmed she will leave. And Republicans are already objecting to her potential replacement. CBS News has learned that President Obama is likely to nominate Susan Rice, the current U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, to replace Clinton as Secretary of State. White House sources say the president feels he should be able to choose the cabinet members he wants, and they say that Rice has performed well on Iran and North Korea.
In a patriotic Florida neighborhood there´s one American flag that´s standing out on Veterans Day, but it´s also causing outrage amongst neighbors. "I figure if they can burn the flag, if they can spit on it, if they can put it down as a doormat, why can´t I fly it upside down?" says Philip Hoezel, a Fleming Island resident. Philip Hoezel says he served the Navy for seven and half years and is now using his first amendment right to express his dissatisfaction with last Tuesday´s election results. (Snip) "I think this country is in distress," says Hoezel. Headline split by staff
The housewife and whistle blower at the center of the David Petraeus sex scandal may have been hoping for some financial gain by lifting the lid on the affair, after it emerged today she and her husband are broke. Tampa socialite Jill Kelley, 37, and her cancer surgeon husband Scott owe millions to banks after the collapse of their real estate holdings in 2010. The Kelleys are currently the targets of at least four indebtedness lawsuits and two foreclosures in Hillsborough County, according to court records. Gossip Extra reported today that the Kelleys are fighting to keep their properties.
Elmo’s real-life persona, Kevin Clash, once professed his carnal “love” for a man, who is now accusing the famed puppeteer of an underaged hookup, according to published reports this morning. "I´m sorry that I keep talking about sex with you, its driving me insane,” Clash allegedly wrote in an email to his accuser, TMZ reported. “I want you to know that I love you and I will never hurt you. I´m here to protect you and make sure your dreams come true." The embarrassingly salacious email, however, could still back up Clash’s claims of innocence.
Speaking with reporters on a flight to Perth, Australia Monday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was asked about the scandal engulfing Gen. David Petraeus, the man who replaced Panetta as CIA director. Is there any indication that Petraeus´ affair with Paula Broadwell started while he was on active duty in Afghanistan, and if so, would Panetta make the decision to prosecute him? "You know, I don´t know. I don´t know the answer to that," Panetta said. "I guess I´m reading the papers like you are to determine just what the (intelligence) committee finds out, what the
It is not going to be a good morning at the Today Show. NBC is expected to soon announce the departure of the show´s executive producer, Jim Bell, after the morning program lost its 16-year consecutive ratings win to the competition. The set at Studio 1A in New York´s Rockefeller Center has been in a state of constant flux, with a revolving door among the cast and a lack of viewer confidence in the show that once dominated morning television. New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter broke the news on Monday, citing unnamed
Should Debbie Wasserman Schultz lose her DNC job, there´s always a stand-up gig waiting at the Laff Shack . . .On Morning Joe today, DSW managed to maintain a straight face while claiming that if women ruled Washington, they´d be able to fix the fiscal cliff because they "build consensus" and "put aside petty differences." The litany of Wasserman Schultz´s hyper-partisanship is long, exemplified by her allegation back in March that by adopting voter ID laws, Republicans want to "literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws." Oh, then claiming
A White House official has confirmed POLITICO’s list of CEOs scheduled to attend a meeting Wednesday with President Barack Obama on the fiscal cliff, and sent over the list of union and progressive leaders who will sit down with him Tuesday: •Mary Kay Henry, SEIU •Lee Saunders, AFSCME •Dennis Van Roekel, NEA •Rich Trumka, AFL-CIO •Neera Tanden, Center for American Progress •John Podesta, Center for American Progress
Wow! On MSNBC´s Melissa Harris-Perry Show Saturday, CBS´s Nancy Giles said the reason white people are "trying to eliminate all these abortions" is "to build up the race" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary, file photo): Host Harris-Perry was discussing with her guests the results of Tuesday´s election by demographic group. When she got her chance to comment, Giles said, "It´s been weird to watch white people report on this." "You know when you just showed that graph of the decline in the numbers," she continued, "I thought, ´Maybe that´s why they´re trying to eliminate
President Barack Obama will hold a news conference on Wednesday, his first since being re-elected to a second term. White House press secretary Jay Carney says Obama will take questions from reporters on a variety of topics in the White House East Room. The news conference will take place two days before Obama meets with congressional leaders Nov. 16 on the fiscal cliff, the combination of pending tax increases and spending cuts that could plunge the economy back into a recession. Obama has not taken questions from the White House media corps since August,
WASHINGTON- Labor leaders planned to press U.S. President Barack Obama Tuesday to stay strong in his push for higher taxes on upper-income earners, labor officials said. "We´re not asking anyone to do anything that is politically courageous. It´s not politically courageous to implement the broad mandate that the president and Democrats received to raise taxes on the top 2 percent," AFL-CIO spokesman Jeff Hauser told The Wall Street Journal ahead of the 11:30 a.m. White House meeting. "Clearly there was a mandate from this election. The American people are with the president on taxing the wealthiest Americans," Service Employees
One piece of information that got lost the last few days of sex scandals is the news that David Petraeus personally traveled to Libya after the Benghazi attack — and apparently filed a “trip report” covering his own findings. Senator Dianne Feinstein, who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee probing the Benghazi terrorist attack, wants either the report or Petraeus to testify to its contents. So far, though, the CIA and the White House have refused to provide it — and yesterday, Feinstein threatened that subpoenas may be forthcoming if the stonewalling continues:
On his Monday radio program, talk show host Mark Levin, author of “Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America,” rejected the notion that the Republican Party should become more moderate to win over voters and blasted several commentators who suggested otherwise. Levin added that the so-called Republican “consultant class” — including MSNBC analyst and former John McCain adviser Steve Schmidt — should be required to disclose how much they’re being paid before they’re allowed to try to steer the party. “This consultant class, ladies and gentlemen, is very, very dangerous,” Levin said. “And all this money you contribute to the campaigns Headline resplit by staff
David Frum announced in November 2011 that Mitt Romney or John Huntsmann must be the nominee, or Frum might leave the GOP: Any other nominee would gravely test my commitment to the political party I’ve supported since I entered the United States as a college student in the fall of 1978. Frum got the nominee he wanted, but what he wanted now wasn’t good enough for Frum: The Mitt Romney who began seeking the presidency in the early 2000s—the savior of the 2002 Olympics, the author of Romneycare,
Among the many odd, swirling facts surrounding the unfolding David Petraeus scandal: Jill Kelley, the longtime friend of the former CIA director who reportedly went to the FBI complaining of harassing emails from Petraeus´ mistress Paula Broadwell, has reacted to the mess by bringing out the scandal equivalent of heavy artillery. She´s hired DC superlawyer Abbe Lowell and crisis PR specialist Judy Smith—despite the fact that the FBI has concluded its investigation and there are no criminal allegations on the table.