When Mitt Romney lost the presidency to Barack Obama, Republicans, pundits and the blogosphere went wild, lashing out in all directions until they struck ORCA — a high-tech get-out-the-vote (GOTV) effort that crashed on Election Day. For the past two weeks, ORCA and everyone involved have been pummeled mercilessly, but we’re here to tell you that ORCA — though poorly executed and wasteful — is innocent. And that’s not because someone isn’t guilty. The fact is, ORCA has been publicly executed because someone — actually, a lot of someones — are very, very guilty. So let’s begin this sordid tale
True, a two-year long national election campaign is a tough act for Sunday shows to follow. (It´s also way too long a campaign, but that´s another story.) The big names are -- wait for it -- John McCain and Lindsey Graham. You haven't seen them on your screen for several minutes now. Oh, also Mr. Excitement, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Harry Reid's helper in the Democrat Senate. Graham and Durbin are on This Week along with Ben Affleck, the actor who's got another celebrity campaign going to fix Africa. McCain is on Fox News Sunday along with Matthew Shay, who heads the National Retail Federation,
The Egyptian-brokered cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas does not call for stopping the flow of weapons into the Gaza Strip, a top Hamas leader announced Saturday. Ezat Risheq, member of the Hamas "political bureau," said that reports claiming that the agreement calls for an end to the smuggling of weapons were untrue. Risheq was commenting on reports that claimed that special US army units would be deployed along the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt to stop the flow of weapons to Hamas and other armed Palestinian groups. The Hamas official claimed that
As we get closer to the day when Obamacare moves from threat to reality, it seems probable that the resulting catastrophe for tens of thousands of businesses, as well as the massive increase in premiums for many families, will propel Republicans to majority status in 2014. How many businesses will be forced to close shop? How many will cut back on the number of employees to stay in business? How many will refuse to expand, unable to handle the increased costs? How many jobs will Obamacare cost? Michael Tanner, senior fellow at the Cato Institute,
A new chart has debuted showing the stark bias that purported "fact checker" PolitiFact commits against Republicans and conservatives. The chart demonstrates how people on the right side of the aisle have been scolded by PolitiFact far more often and with much greater virulence than have Democrats and liberals. This particular chart was assembled by calculating the number of "Pants on Fire" awards to what PolitiFact claims are lies by our national political figures. "Pants on Fire" is the greatest demerit PolitiFact offers. Blogger Chuck Rogers explains: We assembled this chart by sorting PolitiFact´s complete list of "Pants on Fire"
Susan Rice has had a series of diplomatic triumphs as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. President Barack Obama, an old friend, showed he has her back when last week he publicly challenged her Republican critics over the Benghazi controversy to "go after me" rather than her. She knew former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright from the age of 4. And yet Rice is now fighting for her political future. Her chances of becoming the next secretary of state - replacing Hillary Clinton - have been significantly damaged. Senior Republicans, such as Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham,
President Obama´s hyperactive regulators went on hiatus in 2011 to get through Election Day. Now with his second term secure, they´re about to make up for lost time and then some. The government defines "economically significant" rules as those that impose annual costs of $100 million or more, and the Bush, Clinton and Bush Administrations each ended up finalizing about 45 major rules per year. The average over Mr. Obama´s first two years was 63 but then plunged to 44 for 2011 and 2012 so far. The bureaucracies didn´t slow down. They merely postponed and built up a backlog that
If I had to choose one word to describe the 2012 presidential election, it would be decline. The results showed a decline in overall turnout, a decline in the GOP coalition relative to its 2004 high, a decline in the Democratic coalition relative to its 2008 high, and in general a stark decline in public confidence that the nation’s leaders can fix its pressing problems. Just look at the results. In 2008, some 131.5 million Americans went to the polls; while the votes are still being tallied, this time around
Cairo - Egyptian judges and prosecutors struck back on Saturday against an edict by President Mohamed Morsi that gave him unchecked authority without judicial review, vowing to challenge his decree in court and reportedly going on strike in Alexandria. (Snip) Mr. Morsi, the Islamist who became Egypt’s first elected president in June, is seeking to assert an authority unchecked by judicial review to forestall a court ruling expected on Dec. 2 that could disband the constitutional assembly and extend by two months the year-end deadline for that body to finish its work.
To call Greece First World may be a stretch, but Greece has defaulted once already, and it is only a matter of time until Greece defaults again. Welcome to default-o-rama, the next chapter in the First World´s struggle for fiscal sustainability. (Snip) America´s fiscal cliff is an artificial crisis. We have no trouble borrowing in the short term. But at some point the market will demand evidence that long-term balance is being restored. President Obama said in his first post-election press conference that he doesn´t want any proposals that "sock it to the middle class." He knows better.
Ramallah, West Bank - The remains of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will be exhumed Tuesday as part of a renewed investigation into his death, a Palestinian investigator said Saturday. Arafat died in November 2004 in a French military hospital, a month after suddenly falling ill. Palestinian officials claim he was poisoned by Israel, but have not presented evidence. Israel has denied such allegations. Earlier this year, the detection of a lethal radioactive substance in biological traces on Arafat´s clothing sparked a new investigation. Tests were inconclusive, and experts said
KARBALA, Iraq- It is the most impassioned day of the year for Shiite Muslims - Ashoura, when one of the faith´s most revered figures, Imam Hussein, was martyred in battle. Hundreds of thousands of Shiites who flocked to his resplendent, gold-domed shrine to commemorate him Saturday found the site has radically changed. The shrine of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, is seeing its most extensive renovation since the 17th century. The construction is part of a push by Iraq´s Shiite rulers to reinvigorate sacred shrines long neglected under former dictator Saddam Hussein, reflecting the community´s
“Come on, that’s such a canard, you know that,” Oliver Stone said. “ ‘The Greatest Generation?’ That was the biggest publishing hoax of all. It’s to sell books.” This seemingly sacrosanct term was coined by Tom Brokaw for his 1998 book of the same title, in which he recounted the lives of ordinary, World War II-era Americans. “I was in Vietnam with the Greatest Generation. They were master sergeants, generals, colonels. They had arrogance beyond belief. The hubris that allowed Henry Kissinger to say North Vietnam is a fourth-rate power we will break. The hubris of that!”
In case you were wondering, the Libyan government appears not to have given the investigation of who and what was behind the attack on our consulate very high priority.In fact, they haven´t done anything much at all: After more than two months, Libya´s investigation into the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi appears in limbo. Key security commanders and witnesses say they were never questioned. No suspects have been named, and gunmen seen participating in the assault walk freely in the eastern Libyan city. Hanging over the probe is a fear of reprisals from extremist militiamen.
As it did in 2008, the Obama operation rolled on Election Day this year—making the president the first Democrat since FDR to twice claim an outright majority of the popular vote. But despite suggestions from the administration that it will use its potent supporters list as a second-term “game-changer,” the activist left is fearful it will again be kept in the field and out of the halls of power. Obama’s vaunted campaign machine, “OFA”—short for “Obama for America” during election season,
The editor of the Irish Daily star has resigned in the wake of controversy about his decision to publish topless photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge. Michael O´Kane had been suspended from duties since September after publication of the pictures, which were apparently taken with long lenses to avoid detection at a private chateau in Provence. In a statement the paper´s co-owners Independent News and Media said that having considered the issues that arose from that publication in tandem with O´Kane, he had decided to resign immediately. The company added that O'Kane had acted in a
A $325 million Powerball jackpot, the fourth largest in the lottery’s history, could make this holiday season especially sweet for a lucky winner, if there is one. Despite the swelling jackpot, ticket sales have been lower than usual, likely because of the holiday weekend, Powerball officials said. In Colorado, one of 42 states where Powerball tickets are sold, only 1.9 million of the tickets have been purchased. By comparison, 3.5 million tickets were sold in the state before a big drawing in August. To entice players in Idaho, the state lottery offered a Black Friday special offering
The grinches struck early this year. Residents of storm-battered Breezy Point returned from the Thanksgiving holiday to discover that thieves had looted their damaged homes — even taking one family’s change jars, The Post has learned. At least three homeowners in the Queens enclave were robbed, including a couple that lost a $25,000 coin collection along with jewelry and watches at their flooded house. The break-ins — part of a rash of recent burglaries — occurred between Wednesday and Thursday, when most residents were away for the holiday. Burglars struck a house whose basement
WASHINGTON — President Obama’s campaign took some ribbing when it enlisted top New York fashion designers to craft high-culture Obama-themed purses and scarves — but ended up laughing all the way to the bank. The program, dreamed up by Vogue editor Anna Wintour and called “Runway to Win,” raised more than $40 million by hawking $45 Marc Jacobs T-shirts, $95 Thakoon Panichgul scarves, and $75 Tory Burch handbags at glitzy fund-raisers and on the campaign Web site. Wintour and Scarlett Johansson launched the first fashion-themed event right before New York Fashion Week.
Gen. David H. Petraeus, long the most famous overachiever in the U.S. Army, is already on his way to a new career distinction: breaking the land speed record for rehabilitation from a scandal.It was only two weeks ago that Petraeus resigned from his job as director of the CIA after it became clear that his affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, couldn´t be kept under wraps.The dust hasn´t settled yet on the chaos kicked up by the FBI´s discovery of the affair, touched off by Broadwell´s jealousy of another woman
In headier days, Ed Kennedy personified the hard-drinking, hard-charging war correspondent of another era. The first time his future wife saw him, he was sidled up to a hotel bar in Paris with none other than Ernest Hemingway, both of them so “dead drunk” they could hardly stand.Kennedy was a star Associated Press correspondent with a penchant for daring evasion of authority, dashing into World War II battle zones where he wasn’t supposed to go because he had to get the story. He just had to.
MADISON, Wis. — Every weekday as the clock strikes noon, dozens of demonstrators pass out songbooks inside the Wisconsin Capitol. Office workers who know what’s coming scramble to close their doors, and several police officers take up watch from a distance. Then the group begins to sing, the voices echoing throughout the cavernous rotunda. The first song might include the lyrics, "Hit the road, Scott, and don’t you come back no more." The next tune could say, "We’ll keep singing ’til justice is done. We’re not going away, oh Scotty." Most of the protesters who hounded Gov. Scott Walker
A 68-year-old California man accused of killing and dismembering his wife was cooking her flesh and bones at the time police officers came to arrest him, according to officials. Police said they responded to neighbors´ complaints about a foul odor coming from the home of Frederick Hengl and his wife, 73-year-old Anna Faris, in Oceanside on Friday. An officer who entered the home through a window said he saw on the stove three pans containing what later turned out to be the remains of the elderly woman. Her severed head was discovered in the freezer.
It looks like former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), who resigned Wednesday, is trying to take any potential heat off of his wife, Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th) — who is also his campaign manager. I’m told that Sandi Jackson has hired her own legal representation as her husband’s lawyers try to work out a deal in the ongoing federal probe of his campaign finances. It doesn’t take too much reading between the lines of Jackson’s resignation letter — unusually poignant — that he is telling the feds to blame him — and leave his wife out of it.
A mother leaves her young daughter tethered all alone on the other side of a door outside a betting shop on a busy street before going in to place a bet. This was the shocking scene in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, captured by office workers who couldn´t believe their eyes yesterday afternoon. They saw the curly-haired girl, aged around four, being left tied by her reins outside a branch of Ladbrokes opposite their place of work for two to three minutes. She appeared to struggle to free herself before the woman, believed to be her mother, came out.