Over the last couple of weeks, there has been great concern, whether sincere or fake, over the Republican “tone.” I find all this kind of dumb. Is there a great tuner in the sky, with a bass control, a treble control, and so on? Does some unseen, all-determining Republican hand twist these knobs? The Republican party is composed of millions of people and hundreds or thousands of politicians. These are all human beings. They could not possibly have the same tone. We are individuals, speaking in our individual ways, though we have common beliefs and aims. Take the governors: Susana Martinez,
It was a brazen and surprisingly long-lived scheme, authorities said, to help aspiring public school teachers cheat on the tests they must pass to prove they are qualified to lead their classrooms. For 15 years, teachers in three Southern states paid Clarence Mumford Sr. — himself a longtime educator — to send someone else to take the tests in their place, authorities said. Each time, Mumford received a fee of between $1,500 and $3,000 to send one of his test ringers with fake identification to the Praxis exam. In return, his customers got a passing grade and began their careers as cheaters,
CNN reports that practically all Americans went shopping over "Black Friday" weekend. "A record 247 million shoppers visited stores and websites in the post-Thanksgiving Black Friday weekend this year, up 9% from 226 million last year, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation released Sunday," the CNN reports reads. The headline reads: "247 million shoppers visited stores and websites Black Friday weekend." This would seem to mean, according to these statistics, that basically all Americans over the age of 14 went shopping this past weekend. There are, according to
LOS ANGELES — Fuming for two months in a jail cell here, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula has had plenty of time to reconsider the wisdom of making “Innocence of Muslims,” his crude YouTube movie trailer depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a bloodthirsty, philandering thug. Does Mr. Nakoula now regret the footage? After all, it fueled deadly protests across the Islamic world and led the unlikely filmmaker to his own arrest for violating his supervised release on a fraud conviction.
Charles Murray argues, admittedly impressionistically, that the Republican party’s social conservatism is turning off Asian Americans. Asians who became successful because everyone in the family worked two or three jobs (a common strategy behind Asian success) are likely to be offended by the liberal “You didn’t build that” mentality. Unlike every other minority group, Asians owe nothing to the Democrats for affirmative action. On the contrary, Asians are penalized by affirmative action, especially in the universities, where discrimination against Asian applicants (relative to their superb academic qualifications) has been documented in the technical literature.
During the third and final presidential debate, President Obama ridiculed Governor Romney’s arguments about the military. “Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines,” Obama quipped. If Obama is not careful, he may soon need to revise his comments about aircraft carriers. While the Clinton administration found that the United States needed 12 aircraft carriers to adequately project power and fulfill both wartime and peaceful missions, that number slipped
The ‘Today’ anchor has become a juicy target for critics, even on Thanksgiving. NBC executives tell Howard Kurtz why it’s unfair to blame the anchor for the program’s slide. It’s been a turkey of a year for Matt Lauer.Even the most magisterial of duties—presiding for NBC over the Thanksgiving Day Parade—has brought out the knives of those who would carve him up. He has been trampled on Twitter for a minor flub during the holiday telecast—a clear sign that Lauer is having a rough season since Today tumbled from its perch of ratings supremacy.
Washington - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday revived a challenge to President Barack Obama´s healthcare reforms, allowing a Christian college to pursue litigation raising First Amendment objections to a law that the court mostly upheld in June. Liberty University, based in Lynchburg, Virginia, had challenged both the individual mandate, which required all people to obtain insurance by 2014 or pay a penalty, and a separate mandate requiring large employers to provide coverage for workers. In September 2011, a federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, said it lacked jurisdiction
As President Obama prepares for his second term, preparations have begun for the traditional shuffling of the Cabinet. Top priority for the president: filling slots for those top officials heading — if not running — for the door: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner. To replace Clinton, Democratic insiders suggest that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Dr. Susan Rice is the frontrunner, with Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., also a viable candidate. Rice has been harshly criticized by Republicans for the erroneous comments she made on Sunday news talk shows after the attack
WASHINGTON — Mary Schapiro is stepping down as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission after helping lead the Obama administration’s regulatory response to the 2008 financial crisis. The SEC says Schapiro will leave on Dec. 14. She was appointed by President Barack Obama in the midst of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. She took over after the agency failed to detect the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme. Schapiro is credited with helping reshaping the agency during a tumultuous period. But critics say she failed to act aggressively to bring charges against
Nobody should have been surprised when Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi issued a “constitutional declaration” on Thursday asserting total political power. This was, after all, the former Muslim Brotherhood leader’s second power grab since he took office in June, complementing his earlier seizure of legislative and constitution-writing authorities by now insulating himself from judicial oversight. Yet Washington was caught entirely off-guard: Morsi’s power play was at odds with the administration’s view that the Muslim Brotherhood is a “democratic party,” and his impressive handling of last week’s Gaza ceasefire created a modicum of trust between him and President Obama. Staff has repaired oversplit headline, corrected source to site style.
Shootings across the city left at least one man dead and eight people wounded Sunday, police said. Two people were shot and one died in a shooting about 8:04 a.m. in the 2300 block of West Lake Street in the West Town neighborhood, Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak said. The slain man was identified as Leonard Phillips, 34, of the 800 block of North St. Louis Avenue, according to the Cook County medical examiner´s office. According to preliminary reports from police, it was a drive-by shooting, with the two victims seated in a vehicle when a
Iowa governor Terry Branstad, a Republican, has suggested that the days of the Ames straw poll — the Midwest summer spectacle that takes the temperature of an idiosyncratic slice of the Republican party months before the first binding primaries — might be numbered. “I think the straw poll has outlived its usefulness,” Branstad told the Wall Street Journal. “It has been a great fundraiser for the party, but I think its days are over.”
Southern Living, a magazine with features on decorating fireplace mantels and profiles of former President Jimmy Carter describing how he hunts holiday turkeys, has a loyal following among middle-aged Southern women. Now it is bringing in a younger voice to attract a new readership. Jenna Bush Hager, a correspondent for NBC News’s “Today” show and daughter of former President George W. Bush, is joining the magazine as an editor at large. She will contribute to a monthly column called Paper Napkin Interview and write for a blog called The Daily South.
This morning the Obama administration´s "National Economic Council & Council of Economic Advisers" jointly released "The Middle-Class Tax Cuts´ Impact on Consumer Spending & Retailers." Among the howlers in this non-economic political document: "Independent Economic Analysis Clearly Demonstrates Why We Need to Extend the 2001/2003/2010 Tax Cuts for the Middle-class." But not everyone else? Don´t high income-earners spend money too? The primary thrust of the administration´s release is that, in regards to negotiations to avoid the "fiscal cliff," is the predictable class warfare clarion call, complete with kidnapping-related rhetoric: "There is no reason to hold the middle-class hostage
A new poll finds the public views the looming “fiscal cliff” as a serious crisis for the nation and would blame Republicans more than President Obama if Washington fails to reach a deal. Forty-five percent surveyed in a new CNN/ORC poll said they would blame congressional Republicans if there is no agreement, with 34 percent pointing the finger at Obama. Two-thirds say the U.S. would experience serious problems if the combination of tax rate increases and automatic spending cuts expected in January take effect.
On the day before Thanksgiving, Barack Hussein Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum, or an unofficial directive to the heads of departments and agencies under the executive branch. This Presidential Memorandum, the text of which is only 183 words, directs agency and department heads to establish a program “to deter, detect, and mitigate actions by employees who may represent a threat to national security.” Much like all of Obama’s other directives, Executive Orders and findings, there is a disturbing level of ambiguity contained within this memorandum. One could correctly state that the obvious intent of this
The jockeying for Senate races in 2014 has already begun. West Virginia GOP congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito will announce today her plans to challenge 75-year-old Democratic incumbent Jay Rockefeller. The early move is clearly an attempt to nudge into retirement a liberal Democrat who is increasingly out of step with his state. West Virginia, once solidly Democratic at the presidential level, gave President Obam a only 35 percent of the vote this year, down from 43 percent in 2008. The West Virginia Poll taken last August shows just how vulnerable Rockefeller is to a Republican challenge.
Leno: Good news for the economy. President Obama is out of town. Fallon: iPhone texting was down for five hours the other day. It was a disaster! People had to actually call someone to lie about being “five minutes away." Fallon: This isn’t good. Police in upstate New York are looking for a man who stole a truck carrying 350 Christmas trees. So keep that in mind over the next few weeks, if you see anyone selling a bunch of Christmas trees on the street.
No new word from President Obama on this important issue. But presumably he´ll follow Joe Biden´s lead again, as Obama did earlier this year when the vice president announced his firm support for same-sex marriage, stealing Obama´s LGBT publicity thunder for himself.
We went to see the film Lincoln this past weekend. Until reading David Brook’s stupid column about the film, I was unsure that I knew enough to comment intelligently about the film. I apparently know at least as much as Brooks and therefore offer the following in the way of notes for interested readers. Let me say up front that the film deserves to be seen and, in my view, makes an important contribution to understanding Lincoln. Directed by Steven Spielberg, with a screenplay by Tony Kushner, the film focuses
LOS ANGELES — It’s not easy to find a fresh way to photograph Oprah Winfrey. That’s why the editors of O, The Oprah Magazine, recently tried to create a shot that recalled the glory days of Ms. Winfrey’s syndicated talk show. They arranged to photograph her for its April 2013 issue as she stepped onstage to speak to 5,000 attendees at the magazine’s annual conference, a New Age slumber party of sorts for women held at the convention center here last month.
Even on the heels of November’s epic losses, the often-beleaguered Massachusetts GOP is heading into anticipated high-profile races with two power players — U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and former gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker — setting up a potential GOP standoff over who will lead the embattled party in upcoming election showdowns. “I think that Republicans are depressed with the outcome of the last election, but the good news is we have really strong candidates,” said Richard Tisei, a Wakefield Republican who shared the ticket with Baker in the last gubernatorial election and narrowly lost
Any Republican refusal to accept President Barack Obama’s fiscal plan may ruin Christmas for the nation’s retailers, the White House claimed in a report released Monday morning. “The National Retail Federation is forecasting that holiday sales will grow 4.1 percent this year … [but] if Congress does not act on the President’s plan to extend tax cuts for the middle-class, it will be risking one of the key contributors to growth and jobs in our economy at the most important time of the year for retail stores,” says the report, which was prepared by the Obama White House’s