The chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Monday ripped conservative New York Times columnist Ross Douthat for a piece that argued Hispanics were flocking to the Democratic Party because they were not “assimilating successfully.” Rep. Charles Gonzalez (D-Texas) called Douthat’s column “a rambling piece which reflects his lack of understanding of the diverse Latino community and reaffirms the obvious reasons that Republicans lost Latino support,” in a statement. President Obama took 71 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2012, surpassing his 2008 margin
GAZA - Israel and militants from the Gaza Strip have agreed to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire that will come into force at midnight local (2200 GMT), Hamas official Ayman Taha said, speaking to Reuters from Cairo. "An agreement for calm has been reached. It will be declared at 9.00 p.m. and go into effect at midnight," Taha said.
The White House announced the federal government will spend $6 billion over four years for a “sustainable energy future” plan with Asian countries that involves loaning tax dollars to other countries to increase their purchasing power for U.S. technology, services and equipment. “Recognizing that energy and the environment are among the most pressing issues confronting our region, President Obama, in partnership with Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei and President of the Republic of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, today proposed the U.S.-Asia Pacific Comprehensive Partnership for
LONDON - Amnesty International workers in London walked off the job on Tuesday for the second strike in as many months in an embarrassing setback for an organization that campaigns for the rights of workers and is considered one of the world´s pre-eminent human rights advocates. The walkouts are a public airing of staff complaints that have been building for years, with tensions rising dramatically in recent weeks as Amnesty´s international operations prepare to re-organize. The changes include transferring some of its 500 jobs from a centralized London base to 10 regional hubs around the world
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said he´s interested in mounting a 2016 presidential bid. "I´m not going to deny that I´m interested," Paul told ABC News in an interview published on Tuesday. A bid for the Republican nomination would continue a family tradition. Paul´s father, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), has repeatedly sought the party´s nomination. The elder Paul is retiring at the end of this congressional term. The younger Paul emphasized that he was not yet ready to announce his candidacy, but said he believed his brand of
The complaint filed by federal prosecutors yesterday against four California men who were actively planning on joining the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan to kill U.S. soldiers and attack U.S. bases there was led by Soheil Omar Kabir, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Afghanistan. Kabir converted two of the other cell members, eventually radicalizing and recruiting all three other men. He was arrested in Afghanistan. One curious element noted in the complaint is that Kabir also served in the U.S. Air Force prior to the 9/11 attacks. So the leader of a homegrown terrorist cell led by
Nearly 100 House Republicans on Monday called on President Obama not to nominate Susan Rice as secretary of State. In a letter to Obama, the 97 Republicans said the credibility of the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations has been gravely wounded by her account of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. “Though Ambassador Rice has been our representative to the U.N., we believe her misleading statements over the days and weeks following the attack on our embassy in Libya that led to the deaths of Ambassador [Christopher] Stevens and three other Americans caused irreparable
Of all the points of disagreement between Israel and Hamas, maybe the most profound is this one: Israel cares more about sparing innocent lives -- including those of Palestinians -- than does Hamas. Not only have Hamas and other militant groups this year sent more than 700 rockets crashing haphazardly into southern Israel, but Hamas instigated yet another war where the chief loser will certainly be its own people. If hell has a beach, it´s located in Gaza. The Gaza Strip is a congested, fetid place. It is densely populated (Snip) For Hamas, civilian casualties are an asset.
No Supreme Court Justice has ever said "Live from New York, it´s Saturday night," at least on national television, but give it time. This month Glamour magazine named Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg one of its "Women of the Year." And Justice Sonia Sotomayor recently told a muppet on "Sesame Street" that "Pretending to be a princess is fun, but it is definitely not a career," which is true, unless you were born to the House of Windsor. But none of his colleagues can compete with the media acclaim cascading over Chief Justice John Roberts after his
You may have heard about bribes offered to kids in order to increase attendance, but what about bribing parents? Chicago schools are doing just that. Parents will be given a $25 dollar gift card to Walgreens if they pick up their child’s report card and attend parent-teacher conferences. Fox and Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade wondered, “Is it the fact that they’re not flexible enough where the parents are working two jobs and can’t get there on time? Or do they believe that parents […] have that little interest in their children that they need a bribe to go?”
According to MSNBC’s Richard Wolffe, who was recently named the vice president and executive editor of MSNBC’s revamped website, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and Attorney General Eric Holder have faced criticism recently because they’re black. On Monday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” Wolffe made the surprising claim when host Chris Matthews asked who would replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “I think it’s Susan Rice,” Wolffe said. “There is the question about John Kerry. But I think now that John McCain has sunk his teeth in, he’s made it about presidential authority.
Left-wing billionaire George Soros’ MoveOn.org has jumped into the fight for a unionized Wal-Mart workforce. MoveOn.org has sent emails to subscribers nationwide, urging them to descend on Wal-Mart stores on Black Friday. The organization is encouraging people to strike against management even if they aren’t Wal-Mart employees. “Instead of listening to and learning from its workers, Wal-Mart has sought to silence us and retaliate against those who dare to speak up,” MoveOn.org said in its email to supporters. “Warehouse workers who work for Wal-Mart contractors have also experienced retaliation for speaking out.
President Obama had his best run of media coverage during the final week of the campaign, while positive coverage of Mitt Romney dwindled, according to a study released Monday from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. Between Oct. 29 and Nov. 5, 29 percent of stories about Obama were positive, compared to 19 negative, while only 16 percent of Romney’s stories were positive, compared to 33 negative. It was Obama’s best week of media coverage since the Democratic National Convention, and only the second time in the cycle positive stories outnumbered negative ones for the president.
Attorney General Eric Holder will honor President Obama’s request to stay into the second term and but will remain on the job only “for about a year,” Fox News confirmed Monday. A senior administration official told Fox News that Obama does not want a mass exodus at the start of his second term, especially with his national security team going through major changes. And Secretary of State Hillary Clinton already has said she will leave soon. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier that Holder has accepted the president´s request to stay temporarily. The names of potential
Radio host Mark Levin disagreed Monday with Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol on tax hikes, and said that he is aiding “Obama’s attack on capitalism and successful people.” As a panelist on “Fox News Sunday,” Kristol has argued that the Republican Party should be willing to raise taxes and that the tea party wouldn’t care if “a few millionaires pay a couple percent more in taxes.” But Levin — a prominent figure within the tea party movement — ripped Kristol’s analysis. “Among the others who I think it’s time just to go someplace and talk among yourselves
Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere hit a new record high in 2011, the World Meteorological Organization has said. In its annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin released on Tuesday, the organisation said that carbon dioxide levels reached 391 parts per million in 2011. The report estimates that carbon dioxide accounts for 85% of the "radiative forcing" that leads to global temperature rises. Other potent greenhouse gases such as methane also reached record highs. The carbon dioxide levels appear to have been rising at a level of two parts per million each year for the last 10 years - with the latest measure
A professor from the City University of New York warned last week that white people may launch a “race war” against Latinos as a result of President Barack Obama’s re-election. Linda Martín Alcoff, a philosophy professor, made the remark during a guest lecture at Columbia University. She was invited to speak by the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Columbia. Demographic factors are causing white people to lose their political power to the rising Latino population, Alcoff argued. “No other group can realistically pose a threat of ballooning numbers like we can,”
While progressives may be happy that President Obama will be around for another four years, Bill Maher warned them not to get too complacent, and pointed out that now Obama no longer has to run for reelection, they can “hold his feet to the fire” on a number of important progressive issues, from the drug war to the the defense budget. Maher said that after four years of conservatives accusing Obama of being an “angry black man with a liberal agenda,” the president should do… just that for the next four years.
Sean Hannity‘s panel on Monday night took on those who criticized Sen. John McCain‘s vowing to block a potential nomination of Ambassador Susan Rice for Secretary of State. Pointing to those who charged McCain with sexism and racism, the panelists questioned the role of such “fear” tactics. Hannity began by pointing to comments from some members of the congressional black caucus, including its chair Rep. Martha Fudge, who said there’s a “clear” sexism and racism in McCain’s unrelenting criticism of Rice. Deneen Borelli argued that the assertions of
Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Tuesday a letter from nearly 100 House Republicans urging President Obama not to appoint Susan Rice as Secretary of State employed racially-charged "code words" to make its case. The letter, signed by 97 House Republicans, says Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, "is widely viewed as having either willfully or incompetently misled the American public in the Benghazi matter" — language Clyburn saw as racially loaded. "You know, these are code words," Clyburn, the third-ranking Democrat in the House, told CNN. "We heard them during the campaign, during this recent
Rep. Allen West on Tuesday conceded in his re-election effort in Florida’s 18th Congressional District, but suggested he will still be active in politics or public office. The Tea Party favorite and first-term congressman made the statement Tuesday, following two weeks of court battles and ballot recounts in his race against Democratic challenger and political newcomer Patrick Murphy. “Leaders don´t need a title to be able to lead,” West told Fox News. “I will continue to be servant of this nation.” The West campaign called for a recount after a wild swing in votes on election night
A piece of the sordid Petraeus puzzle has lawyered up, hiring famed celebrity attorney Gloria Allred, it has been revealed. Natalie Khawam has reportedly enlisted Allred´s help, more than a week after her involvement in the cheating scandal that has led to his downfall of CIA Director David Petraeus. Allred and Khawam are holding a press conference on Tuesday morning. Khawam is the twin sister of Jill Kelley, the Florida socialite who blew the lid off the secret relationship between Petraeus and his biographer, Paula Broadwell, after Broadwell sent Kelley threatening emails.
Ever since we found out about it yesterday, today is one of our favorite days of the year. That´s because today is National Absurdity Day, a day when as a nation we note some of the most totally, absolutely ridiculous things in our lives. Feel free to scroll down and add your own candidates in Comments below. Gee, where to begin?
“What the president’s campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote, and that strategy worked.” Thus did political analyst Mitt Romney identify the cause of his defeat in a call to disconsolate contributors. Republicans piled on. “Completely unhelpful,” Gov. Bobby Jindal told Wolf Blitzer. We don’t advance the “debate by insulting folks.” “A terrible thing to say,” Chris Christie told Joe Scarborough. “You can’t expect to be the leader of all the people and be divisive.”
In a broad new expansion of HIV screening, an influential government panel now says everyone ages 15 to 65 should be tested for the virus that causes AIDS. The draft recommendation, issued Monday by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, is far broader than its last recommendation in 2005, which called for screening only those at high risk.