WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain is calling for establishment of a Watergate-style congressional committee to investigate the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The Arizona Republican tells “CBS This Morning” he believes the unanswered questions surrounding events at Benghazi on Sept. 11 require such a select committee. McCain accused the Obama administration of making misleading statements. He also said U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice went on national television and said incorrectly that the violence was the result of a demonstration against an anti-Muslim
Relief workers who rushed to New York after the superstorm created a logistical challenge: finding accommodations for thousands in a tourist-clogged city in the throes of a housing crisis. For two of the biggest aid organizations, the solutions included government-owned ships floating in the harbor, storm shelters, friends´ apartments—and a luxury hotel in Lower Manhattan. Representatives for the American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency said they have placed workers at the Soho Grand since the storm, paying a discounted nightly rate of $310 a room.
Though they weren’t able to pick up the 25 seats necessary for a majority in the House, Democratic leaders are touting the incoming class of freshman Congressman, particularly for its diversity. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.., and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Steve Israel, D-N.Y., introduced the newly elected lawmakers this week on Capitol Hill. “These new members reflect the priorities and diversity and the values of the districts that elected them,” Israel said. “The Republican Caucus, if you look at it, it looks like a re-run of the show ‘Mad Men.’ Our caucus looks like America.”
Conservative pundit Dick Morris insists he was keeping hope alive when he boldly predicted Mitt Romney would win the White House in a landslide. On Tuesday’s “Hannity" show, Morris said supporters realized the Republican challenger was on the ropes as the election neared, and it was his job to boost their candidate’s profile. “I hope people aren’t mad at me about it,” said Morris, a former adviser to President Clinton and regular Fox News political analyst.Before the election, he continued, “The Romney c ampaign was falling apart, people were not optimistic, nobody thought there was a chance of victory
CAIRO: Egypt´s Islamist Freedom and Justice Party, formerly headed by President Mohamed Morsi, said on Wednesday Egypt would no longer stand by as Israel attacked Palestinians after air strikes killed a Hamas leader. The FJP, the political arm of the powerful Muslim Brotherhood movement, said Israeli air strikes that killed top militant Ahmed al-Jaabari in Gaza earlier on Wednesday required "swift Arab and international action to stop the massacres." The party, which fielded Morsi in a June election to replace toppled president Hosni Mubarak, said Israel "must take into account the changes in the Arab region and especially Egypt."
The New York Times, in a puff piece about its spiritual cousin MSNBC, said that the leftist network is the megaphone for Barack Obama: If Fox sees itself as the voice of the opposition to the president, MSNBC sees itself as the voice of Mr. Obama’s America. Who knew? which features intellectual luminaries Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, Al Sharpton, Lawrence O’Donnell and Ed Schultz of course, the Times had to admit that Fox has two million more viewers than MSNBC. So, how to spin that so it looks good for Obama’s mouthpiece?
A former tanning salon owner was found dead two days after the election after telling his partner that he was ´not going to be around´ if President Obama won a second term. Henry Hamilton was discovered next tow two empty prescription pill bottles with the message ´F*** Obama!´ written over his will. His partner said that the 64-year-old man was ´very upset about the election results.´ Police are not searching for any suspects in the case, as police spokeswoman Alyson Crean said ´there´s absolutely no evidence of foul play´. The Miami Herald reports that Hamilton´s
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” Albert Einstein In the end, it was another Democratic Party rout. On Election Day, President Obama defeated Mitt Romney by over three million popular votes and 126 electoral votes. The President won every battleground state except one and ushered in to Congress two more Democrats in the Senate and at least seven more in the House. While Obama recorded seven million fewer votes than in 2008, Romney was one million votes shy of reaching John McCain’s losing total.
The first six months of Vladimir Putin´s return to Russia´s presidency, after a four-year sojourn as prime minister, have brought an array of tough measures that critics say are aimed at intimidating the opposition. The latest, expanding the definition of treason, went into force Wednesday. A look at the recent laws: TREASON -Under the new treason law, anyone possessing information deemed a state secret could be imprisoned for up to 20 years. The old law defined high treason as espionage or other assistance to a foreign state that damaged Russia´s external security; the new law drops the word "external."
After a lifetime dedicated to working her way up to the fringes of power, Jill Kelley, the woman at the center of the Petraeus sex scandal, is facing the prospect of being blackballed by the military establishment. Mrs Kelley, a 37-year-old Tampa socialite who hosted parties for the nation´s top brass, has been told today that she is no longer welcome at military HQ near her Florida home. Kelley´s complaint over threatening emails triggered an FBI investigation that led to CIA director Petraeus´ resignation when it came to light that he was having an affair with
It´s barely been a week since President Obama´s re-election, and some people can´t believe, truly can´t believe, that things didn´t go their way. (Snip) Then I started thinking a little more strategically. Centuries of heavily enforced inequality in certain states have left them incapacitated for the modern economy. What do they contribute to the current union, anyway? What would happen if we just decided to let them go? Imagine the possibilities. After a short phase-out period (so that the panicked citizens of New Orleans; Austin; and Washington, D.C., can join us), we let these ungrateful states go.
Paula Broadwell spoke in glowing terms about Gen. David Petraeus and his legacy to U.S. News back in February, just weeks after the publication of her biography of the four-star general, "All In: The Education of General David Petraeus." "Petraeus´s legacy is still being established," she said at the time. "I don´t think he will leave the national security apparatus for decades if he has anything to do with it." The revelation of the affair between Broadwell, 40, and the CIA director, 60, led to his resignation last week.
OSHKOSH, WI - Republicans will have a firm three-vote majority in the Wisconsin Senate, after Democratic incumbent Jessica King of Oshkosh conceded her close election Tuesday. King lost by 0.7 percent to Fond du Lac Republican Rick Gudex – but she wanted to see the official canvasses from last Tuesday’s voting before deciding whether to seek a recount. Gudex said he increased his lead by 9 votes after the canvasses in Fond du Lac and Winnebago counties, with Dodge County’s canvass coming up Wednesday. Republicans held the seat for 35 years before King defeated Randy Hoppe
Meeting with his conference for the first time since the election, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday told his troops to settle in for a long battle over the “fiscal cliff.” “Sit back, this is going to take awhile,” Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) said in characterizing Boehner’s message at the closed-door meeting. The Speaker offered few new details on talks to avoid the fiscal cliff of tax increases and spending cuts, saying he expected the negotiations would intensify after congressional leaders meet with President Obama on Friday.
Note to Chris Matthews: when seeking to slam Republicans for their supposed ignorance of science, try not to expose your own. On Tuesday´s Hardball, Matthews—mocking the Republican congressmen vying for the chairmanship of the House Science Committee— committed this whopper: "As we all learned in grammar school—young people watching—trees absorb carbon monoxide." Uh, no, Chris. As even an MSNBC host might know, carbon monoxide is a toxic gas produced when there is insufficient oxygen to permit complete oxidation. Think running car in closed garage. Trees absorb carbon dioxide.
Even Brad Thor couldn’t come up with a juicier storyline. FBI agents discover secret e-mails proving that the CIA director, a revered war hero and possible future presidential candidate, is having an affair with his biographer-turned- femme fatale. He then resigns just days before he’s supposed to give public testimony on a growing scandal that reaches all the way to the White House. Only this is fact, not fiction. Gen. David Petraeus’ resignationlast Friday stunned Washington and shattered his reputation, probably for good. Unanswered questions swirl around this case. The initial claim that
Gen. David Petraeus has told associates that his extramarital affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell began two months after he arrived at the CIA, and he said it ended four months ago. But even if it began in Afghanistan -- in which case Petraeus is lying -- he´s unlikely to be prosecuted, said Colonel Peter Mansoor, who served as General Petraeus´s executive officer in Iraq. Mansoor told Fox News´s Greta Van Susteren Tuesday night that he spoke with Petraeus by phone for half an hour on Monday, and
During his national radio show on Friday, American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer, spokesman made the case against Republican Party outreach to Hispanic-Americans, dismissing them as “socialists by nature” who “come from Mexico” to “plunder” the United States. According to Fischer, reaching out to Hispanics is a lost cause because the demographic supports Democrats not because of the party’s actual policies but because Hispanics want “goodies.” “Hispanics don’t vote Democrat because of immigration,” he explained. “That’s not the main reason why they vote for Democrats. It doesn’t have anything to do with lax
CINCINNATI, Ohio – Married couples tend to live longer and adapt better to health setbacks than their single counterparts. The number of Americans who live together without being married continues to rise — from 400,000 in 1960 to 7.6 million in 2011, according to Census data. However, new research indicates that married people live longer than those that cohabit. Researchers Hui Liu of Michigan State University and Corinne Reczek at the University of Cincinnati looked at the national health survey data of nearly 200,000 people, taken from 1997 to 2004. Link repaired by staff
House Republicans are publicly infighting about what to do about Obamacare in the wake of President Barack Obama’s re-election last week. House Speaker John Boehner has now backed off his promises to repeal the president’s health care reform law – at least until a Republican is elected president. “Well, I think the election changes that,” Boehner told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer when asked if he would still pursue repealing the law. “It’s pretty clear that the president was reelected, Obamacare is the law of the land. I think there are parts of the healthcare law that are going
Paula Broadwell, the biographer-turned-mistress of David Petraeus, has admitted to taking classified military documents from government buildings and stashing them in her home, it has emerged. The revelation, which raises yet more concerns over whether the affair led to security breaches, sparked the FBI search of her home in Charlotte, North Carolina on Monday night, where agents were pictured carting away boxes brimming with papers. Broadwell, who has kept a low profile since the scandal broke, was seen taking refuge at her brother´s home in Washington D.C. on Tuesday night.
A record low number of American voters want to see the Affordable Care Act – Obamacare – repealed, according to a new post-election poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Obamacare was not the top issue driving American to vote, although nearly seven in 10 Americans cited it as a “major factor” in their decision choosing between the candidates, according to Kaiser. Voters who listed Obamacare as a major factor were evenly split between Republican Mitt Romney, 47 percent, and President Obama, 46 percent. Read the full Kaiser Family Foundation poll. But only 33 percent of Americans now
I have never met an unassuming four-star general. If such creatures do exist, it’s a safe bet that they’re lousy at the job. This is worth keeping in mind when puzzling over the scandals of Gen. David Petraeus and, now it seems, his successor in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen. Consider what a general does, especially a commanding general in wartime: He sends his soldiers into battle, knowing that some of them will die as a result of his decisions. That is the nature of the job, and has been for millennia. That doesn’t necessarily make generals bloodthirsty
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced that she will run again for the top position in her conference, but she was offended by the suggestion that she’s too old to continue in the post. “I have made the decision, that some of you may have some interest in, in order to continue work in empowering women, to making sure that our Affordable Care Act is enforced in a way to make sure that being a woman is no longer a preexisting condition . . . I have made a decision to submit my name to my
We’ll dilute our way out of it! Republicans did poorly among Hispanics last week. How to address that problem? The answer, they’re told by Washington savants, is to back an immigration reform that … increases the number of Hispanics! It’s a plan so crazy it just might be crazy. Joshua Culling, who works for Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform, elaborates on the plan elsewhere on this site. It turns out the idea–let’s call it the Grover Plan, just to be annoying–isn’t as wacky as I you might think. It’s wackier.
Former Vice President Al Gore called for a carbon tax to be part of the "fiscal cliff" negotiations in the lame-duck session of Congress. Gore, a longtime supporter of the tax, said the extra revenue could be used to lower tax rates. "It will be difficult for sure but we can back away from the fiscal cliff and the climate cliff at the same time," Gore said in an interview with The Guardian. "One way is with a carbon tax.” Carbon tax proposals have gained increased attention in recent weeks as a way to battle climate change and,