Today, President Obama presided over an absurd press conference in which he puffed himself up with righteous indignation over Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) calling for a full-scale investigation of Benghazi and opposition to Ambassador Susan Rice’s possible nomination for Secretary of State. “Come after me,” he said, calling Rice’s opponents “outrageous.” Now Senator Graham has fired back, according to Chad Pergram of Fox News. “Sen. Lindsey Graham: Mr. President, don’t think for one minute
During his first press conference in eight months, the president who once promised to lead the most transparent and open government in American history showed flashes of anger at the mention of a few senators who have a problem with one of his ambassadors. The reporter, ABC’s Jonathan Karl, led off his question noting that several Republican senators are calling for Watergate-style hearings into Benghazi, before noting their criticisms of Ambassador Susan Rice. President Obama lit off with an angry response reminiscent of Bill Clinton’s “that woman” response all those years ago in the Lewinsky
FORT PIERCE — A St. Lucie County circuit judge has scheduled a two-hour hearing for Friday on Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West’s request for a recount of all 37,379 ballots cast during early voting in St. Lucie County in his tight reelection fight against Democrat Patrick Murphy. (Snip) West says a full recount of ballots from all eight days of early voting is needed to eliminate any doubts about St. Lucie County’s totals. West’s motion for injunctive relief asks Circuit Judge Dan Vaughn to order a full recount of early votes and bar the county from certifying results until
An abstract canvas by Mark Rothko sold for $75 million leading Sotheby’s record-setting contemporary-art sale in New York. The auction fetched a total of jaw-dropping $375 million. The sellers, a former Sotheby’s president John Marion and his wife, expected the 1954 Rothko painting “No. 1 (Royal Red & Blue)" to go for a maximum of $50 million. Bidders went beyond expectations with the painting eventually selling for $75 million. Sotheby’s specialist Charlie Moffett who works with American collectors placed the winning bid.
Four star Gen. John Allen, who is tangentially related to the Gen. Petraeus sex scandal because he had a flirtatious e-mail exchange with Jill Kelley, the woman who launched the FBI probe that led to the Paula Broadwell affair. You know all this by now. What is getting lost in all the twists and turns here is that Gen. Allen has a hot daughter. Bobbie Allen, 26, is a singer-songwriter who describes “her journey in to music as serendipitous but destined,” according to her website. Allen says that she was inspired by the Carpenters and that, since she was constantly
Years of overhaul efforts have done little to improve schools in Illinois, and a comprehensive and sustained program to change how children are educated in the state´s public schools is needed, leaders of an education reform group said Tuesday. "We´re going to have to hit this with a 2-by-4," said Robin Steans, executive director of Advance Illinois. According to a report released by the organization Tuesday, only one-third of Illinois students complete fourth grade proficient in reading; the same percentage of students is academically prepared at the start of high school;
Dover, Fla. - The F.B.I. agent who helped start the investigation that led to the resignation of David H. Petraeus as C.I.A. director is a “hard-charging” veteran counterterrorism investigator who used his command of French in investigating the foiled “millennium” terrorist plot in 1999, colleagues said on Wednesday. The agent, Frederick W. Humphries II, 47, took the initial complaint from Jill Kelley, the Tampa, Fla., hostess who was socially active in military circles there, about e-mails she found disturbing that accused her of inappropriately flirtatious behavior toward Mr. Petraeus.
Following President Obama´s Wednesday afternoon press conference, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams continued his longtime obsession with the liberal fantasy film The American President and his eagerness to compare Obama to Michael Douglas´s fictional presidential character: "...the President today almost conjuring the wording of Aaron Sorkin from the movie American President, as will be pointed out all day, really decided to throw down." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] Referring to Obama´s indignation at critics of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, who made false statements about the terrorist attack in Libya,
Former Speaker and failed presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was nominated for the position of Speaker on Wednesday by conservative Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas). There was no second. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was nominated for another term by sometime-rival Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). Boehner in turn nominated Cantor. The Republican conference formally then elected Boehner as its leader and Cantor as deputy by acclamation.
The markets are going to go into meltdown soon, so expect stocks to lose 20 percent of their value, Marc Faber, author of the Gloom, Boom and Doom report told CNBC on Tuesday. “I don’t think markets are going down because of Greece, I don’t think markets are going down because of the ‘fiscal cliff’ — because there won’t be a ‘fiscal cliff,’ ” Faber told CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “The market is going down because corporate profits will begin to disappoint, the global economy will hardly grow next year or even contract, and that is the reason why stocks
Barack Obama on Wednesday submitted to his first press conference since March. Some of the White House journalists didn´t seem to hold the long wait against him, however. One reporter, Christi Parsons of the Chicago Tribune, turned into a gushing fan, congratulating the President on his reelection. Parsons cooed to Obama that she had "never" seen him "lose." [See video below. MP3 audio here.] Other questioners, including CNN´s Jessica Yellin, exhorted the President to not "cave" when dealing with Republicans. After calling on Parsons, Obama added, "Christi was there when I was running for state senate."
The sex scandal that toppled CIA Director David Petraeus and stalled confirmation of General John Allen as the top U.S. military commander in Europe may have implications for millions of ordinary Americans. That´s because the scandal was uncovered by a government search of personal emails that apparently even the head of the CIA believed to be private. Here´s what happened: Jill Kelley, a friend of former CIA Director Petraeus, complained to a friend in the FBI about anonymous, threatening emails. The FBI opened a cyberstalking investigation that eventually traced the emails to Petraeus´ biographer Paula Broadwell.
President Obama´s reelection didn´t just put a bounce in his step. It appears that it also erased his gray hair. Appearing in the East Room Wednesday for his post-election press conference, the chatty Obama displayed a head of rich, black hair. Photos and even the White House live stream of the session showed no more gray. But just a week ago, at the end of his campaign, the president had a head of salt and pepper hair
A private donor may have stepped in to pay for the axed Christmas tree, but the controversy will continue as the board are now being accused of racism The on-going controversy over theChristmas tree and the housing association in Kokkedal,
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.) was elected chairwoman of the House GOP conference on Wednesday, in a victory for party leaders over insurgent conservatives. McMorris Rodgers had received the quiet support of the highest-ranking GOP lawmakers in her closely watched bid for the fourth-ranking slot among House Republicans, after Democrats won solid majorities of women voters in last week’s election. The Washington state Republican, who has served two terms as the conference’s vice chairwoman, defeated Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), a favorite of conservatives, in a closed-door election among House Republicans. Price, a former chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee,
Capitalism Lives Here -The markets skidded deep into negative territory Wednesday amid worries about the fiscal cliff and rising tensions in the Middle East. The Nasdaq ended the day in correction territory, while the Dow closed at the lowest level since June. Today´s Markets -According to preliminary calculations, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 185 points, or 1.5%, to 12571, the S&P 500 dropped 19 points, or 1.4%, to 1356 and the Nasdaq Composite slumped 37.1 points, or 1.3%, to 2847.
President Obama was visibly angry today after Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham pledged to block Susan Rice, a potential Secretary of State, over her role in explaining the aftermath of the Sept. 11th attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. “They should go after me,” he said. Obama has not yet nominated Rice, but she is considered a frontrunner for the post. McCain, R-Ariz., and Graham, R-S.C., today said they would seek to block a potential nomination because, as Graham put it, she is “up to her eyeballs in the Benghazi debacle.”
Newly elected state Rep. Derrick Smith could serve nearly a year in office before he has to face trial on federal bribery charges. A federal judge today set the trial for next Oct. 21, according to Smith’s attorney. Smith was expelled by the House after he was indicted on the federal charges. But the Democrat was easily elected last week, defeating an independent candidate. He is set to take the oath of office on Jan. 9. There has been renewed talk in Springfield of expelling him yet again, but that seems unlikely because
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) lashed out at Sen. Scott Brown on Wednesday as he expressed confidence that Democrats could hold on to the Massachusetts seat if Sen. John Kerry is nominated to a Cabinet position. Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Reid ridiculed Brown’s calls for bipartisanship, saying the defeated Republican “should look up in the mirror.” "I saw his plea for bipartisanship,” Reid said dismissively. “That is a big joke. It’s a travesty. He’s one of the most partisan people [who has served].
President Barack Obama offered a fiery defense Wednesday of his administration’s handling of the attack on Americans in Benghazi, calling R epublicans’ critiques of United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice “outrageous.” Obama specifically rebutted Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who earlier Wednesday called for a “Watergate-style” investigation into the attacks and said they don’t trust Rice, seen as a top contender to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, because of her statements on Benghazi.
The Republican establishment, consultants, and talking heads should all just take a deep breath. Yes, we have a serious problem with Hispanics. It’s a problem conservative Hispanics have been trying to tell the GOP leadership about for many years with little or no response or action. But the quick-fix immigration solutions now being offered by the likes of Charles Krauthammer and other establishment-elites figures are an over-correction, do not actually address the root of the problem, and, frankly, may even accelerate our losses in the crucial Hispanic demographic.
President Barack Obama revealed at his press conference this afternoon that he is responsible for sending U.N. ambassador Susan Rice to speak to the American people a few days after the September 11 Benghazi terror attack. "As I said before, she made an appearance at the request of the White House in which she gave her best understanding of the intelligence that had been provided to her," Obama said at the press conference, defending the statements the ambassador to the U.N. made regarding the Benghazi attack. Rice has been widely criticized for giving misleading statements about Benghazi.
Edward Jay Epstein has a large and distinguished body of work on intelligence and intelligence-related issues. Among his books in the field are Legend: The Secret World of Lee Harvey Oswald and Deception: The Invisible War Between the KGB and the CIA. Ed has also taken to the ebook form. His ebooks on intelligence-related issues include Killing Castro and James Jesus Angleton: Was He Right? This morning Ed has forwarded the following thoughts on the Petraeus scandal: Before we can walk the cat back, and establish the chronology of a possible penetration,
President Barack Obama opened his first press conference in eight months, noting that America remains in a difficult economy. After reiterating his campaign boilerplate language regarding jobs and education, the president noted that he had met with “civic leaders” before he meets with business leaders later today. Those “civic leaders” included union heads and the leader of far-left MoveOn.org. The president stated that no one in either party wants the nation to go over the “fiscal cliff.” He said that he was open to compromises and new ideas. Headline resplit by staff.
If the Obama administration hoped that the election results and the narrow split in Barack Obama’s favor among Catholic voters would force the US Conference of Catholic Bishops into retreat on the HHS contraception mandate, the USCCB’s unity yesterday had to be a bit disappointing. The current president of the USCCB announced that the bishops would keep fighting the mandate, and while they were open to dialogue, the only option they will refuse to consider is “capitulation”: A top American bishop said Tuesday the Roman Catholic church will not comply with the Obama administration requirement
With the election over, President Barack Obama lavished praise on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at today´s press briefing: [video]"There are certain aspects of Governor Romney´s record and his ideas that I think could be very helpful," said Obama. "Well, and to give you one example, I do think he did a terrific job running the Olympics." Obama added, "He presented some ideas in the course of the campaign that I actually agree with." During the campaign, praise from Obama for Romney