Obama won, Obamacare is the law, and, as my wife says, I will just have to learn to dance to a new song. Now, don’t get me wrong, Obamacare is awful. Forget all the “free stuff” it provides. Children covered on their parents’ plan until 26 years of age? A scam, making young adults — excuse me, children — pay for complete, comprehensive health insurance when all they need and should pay for is major catastrophe insurance. Then there is the “annual ” or “preventative” exam, which according to Obamacare is “free.” (Snip)it covers absolutely nothing more than the bare minimum
While running for the Mexican presidency, former State of Mexico Gov. Enrique Peña Nieto was criticized for being simply a pretty face from a notoriously corrupt party who couldn’t remember the names of books he read or name the price of tortillas. Today, the president-elect came to Washington and easily bonded with President Obama. Peña Nieto and his first-lady-in-waiting, telenovela star Angelica Rivera, got to mingle with some of the town’s power brokers in advance of his Saturday inauguration, which will be attended by Vice President Biden. “We only send the vice president to inaugurations when the country is
Seeking a larger role at the negotiating table, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has publicly expressed optimism on how she and other congressional leaders can strike a deal on taxes and spending. Pelosi, regarded as one of the most partisan Democrats in Congress, has adopted a more pragmatic tone since the election. After a meeting of congressional leaders at the White House, Pelosi stressed the need for a bipartisan agreement before Christmas, adding, “We understand our responsibility there. We understand that it has to be about cuts, it has to be about revenue,
Apparently it was supposed to be shocking, but at this point… why not? Why not paint slogans on your body and take all your clothes off in public? If that’s what you think you need to do in order for people to take you seriously, far be it from me to point out how wrong you are. Associated Press: Three women AIDS activists saying they wanted to highlight the “naked truth” about potential spending cuts in HIV programs were arrested Tuesday after taking their clothes off in the lobby of House Speaker John Boehner’s office.
During negotiations over raising the debt limit in summer 2011, President Obama got stroppy with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. "Don´t call my bluff," he said, according to Cantor. "I´m going to the American people with this." During this season´s budget fight, the president is not waiting for talks to break down. He´s hitting the road early. On Friday, he will highlight the damage that will be done to the middle class if the country sails over the fiscal cliff on a visit to a manufacturing operation in Hatfield, Penn. (If the Republicans were feeling fun, they´d schedule
The demonstration yesterday by AIDS activists in Speaker Boehner´s office where they removed their clothes to demonstrate against potential budget cuts to AIDs programs in the fiscal cliff scenario will go down as one of the weirest, most self-indulgent demonstrations in recent memory. First of all, their claim that 600,000 people afflicted with AIDS would die if the cuts went through is so over the top, so incredibley, hysterically exaggerated, that the entire purpose of their demonstration was made silly by it. Also silly - and incomprehensible - taking off their clothes.
It was almost a month ago that the New York and New Jersey coastlines were mercilessly pummeled by Hurricane Sandy. Immediately following the storm, the liberal media spin went into overdrive commending the leadership and compassion Obama displayed in the aftermath. But reports have been surfacing since the election, revealing how conditions in the afflicted regions are still not much improved and the majority of the broadcast media´s acknowledgement of their prolonged trials and tribulations has been minimal at best. For their part however, Fox & Friends welcomed Donna Vanzant on Tuesday morning´s program.
During a press briefing on Monday, the State Department promised to investigate celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain’s claim that he had obtained cellphones used by Secret Service agents in Myanmar. In a tweet on Sunday, Bourdain wrote, “The guys who rented our phones in #Myanmar before us were Secret Service. They should really have deleted their texts. #Kegparty!” Bourdain, who was in Myanmar for his new weekend food and travel show on CNN, did not respond to his followers’ inquiries as to whether he was joking.
It would be tempting to attribute the disaster spreading across the Middle East to a brief flirtation with democracy snake oil, but for the better part of the last century the political class of the United States could talk of nothing else. Nearly every war was fought was to spread democracy, protect democracy or worship at the altar of democracy. For much of the 20th Century it was the working assumption of the sort of men who got up to give speeches in crowded halls that it was democracy that made America special.
One of the working papers for the recent Jewish People Policy international conference, entitled "Jewish Identity and Identification: New Patterns, Meanings, and Network´s," posed the question whether the Jewish community´s altered material and political circumstance "entail a long-term shift from identification with the have-nots to identification with the haves." (Snip)But their implicit characterization of the divide between political liberalism and conservatism as one between good people who care about those less fortunate than themselves and bad people who don´t strikes me as highly tendentious.
Former NBCUniversal chief executive Jeff Zucker will be named the next president of CNN, according to new report from The New York Times. This comes about a month and a half after Mediaite reported that the “chattering classes” in the media elite believed Zucker would get the coveted job. CNN has been searching for a new president for roughly four months to replace outgoing president Jim Walton. While many names have come and gone, Zucker’s has remained near the top since day one. In addition to a number of executives close to Zucker confirming the news,
He’s sure singing a different tune now. Wealthy musician and producer Ryan Leslie — who offered $1 million for the return of a stolen laptop — readily admitted in Manhattan court yesterday that he reneged on the deal. But he insisted that was because the things he really wanted returned were the unreleased tunes he’d written and stored on the computer’s external hard drive. And he said he was never able to access them after he got the gear back. “The $1 million reward was for the return of the intellectual property,”
United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, on Capitol Hill this week answering questions about her role after the U.S. consulate attack in Benghazi, has become yet another player in the divide between the left and right, with her possible nomination as the next Secretary of State hanging in the balance.(Snip)Unlike many in government, Rice holds a rare claim to Washington, D.C.: she´s a local. She hails from a prominent family with deep ties to the Democratic Party. She was born Nov. 17, 1964 to Emmett Rice, a deputy director at the Treasury Department
President Obama and Mitt Romney will meet for a private lunch at the White House on Thursday, according to a statement released by the administration on Wednesday. It will be the first meeting between the two since the election and will be closed to the press. Following his overwhelming election victory, Obama said he wanted to meet with Romney to discuss how he could work with the GOP nominee and Republican Party leaders on the economic challenges facing the country. Obama acknowledged that the two had “battled fiercely,”
Most Cubans have not paid taxes for half a century, but that will change under a new code starting January 1. The landmark regulations will change the relations of Cubans with their government and are a signal that market-oriented reforms, launched since President Raul Castro succeeded his brother, Fidel Castro, in 2008, are here to stay. The recently published code constitutes the first comprehensive taxation in Cuba since the 1959 revolution abolished just about all taxes.
In an apparent bid to outflank the left on the tax and deficit issue, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute has called for a tax increase on the middle class — yes, something not even the most liberal Democrats have called for. This is all the more startling since AEI is a conservative, free-market think tank. Its list of scholars is a who’s who of right-leaning policy intellectuals. That case for the tax hike is made by AEI resident scholar Sita Nataraj Slavov in the think tank’s online magazine, The American. Like Willie Sutton, Slavov’s thinking
A fed up Fox News’ reporter, James Rosen, accused President Obama of choosing photo-ops over wrangling with Congress over the ‘fiscal cliff’ debt negotiations concerning the expiring tax cuts. “Why not stay in town and just hammer it out and get a deal done,” said Fox News’ James Rosen. “Why is everyone jumping on their airplane for photo-ops outside of the Beltway?” President Obama is scheduled to fly to Pennsylvania on Friday to speak about the expiring tax cuts and reports have surfaced that Speaker John Boehner and Republicans are planning public events with small business owners. Headline resplit by staff
Protesters rejecting President Mohamed Morsy’s new constitutional declaration stormed the Muslim Brotherhood’s office in Alexandria on Tuesday night. Eyewitnesses said that the protesters threw furniture and equipment from the office in Smouha into the street, chanting, “Leave, leave” and, “The people want to topple the regime.” They added that there was no security presence in the area. “Central Security Forces officers refused to secure the office [of the group] and the Freedom and Justice Party to not get involved in the clashes,” a source within the Alexandria Security Directorate told Al-Masry Al-Youm.
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Why are Republicans allowing the entire debate to be about taxes and about the war among Republicans over holding the line on the Norquist pledge or not, when what Obama is proposing on raising the rates on the 2% is a triviality? It will reduce the deficit from 1.10 trillion to 1.02 trillion, 8 cents on the dollar. It is nothing. It’s lunch money, it’s a rounding error. And yet that’s all the debate that we are hearing. Obama understands this. He’s not trying to fix our fiscal issues and problems.
EU: In Catalonia, Spain, secession-minded parties of different political stripes won a majority in regional elections. While those differences make secession unlikely, independence drives in Europe are likely to spread. There´s no mystery to the sudden upsurge in secessionist moves in Europe: Fiscal woes, monstrous unemployment and the unsustainable welfare state should make anyone ask why they should remain in a going-nowhere economy in a largely powerless state under the thumb of Brussels.
Cairo - A Cairo court on Wednesday sentenced to death seven Egyptian Christians tried in absentia for participating in an anti-Islam video that was released on the Internet in September and prompted violent protests in Muslim countries. "The seven accused persons were convicted of insulting the Islamic religion through participating in producing and offering a movie that insults Islam and its prophet," Judge Saif al-Nasr Soliman said. The low-budget video, produced privately in California, denigrated the Prophet Mohammad and triggered anti-U.S. protests and attacks on Western embassies around the Muslim world.
Jerusalem - A group of Nobel peace prize-winners, prominent artists and activists have issued a call for an international military boycott of Israel following its assault on the Gaza Strip this month. The letter also denounces the US, EU and several developing countries for what it describes as their "complicity" through weapons sales and other military support in the attack that killed 160 Palestinians, many of them civilians, including about 35 children. The 52 signatories include the Nobel peace laureates (Snip) the film directors Mike Leigh and Ken Loach; the author Alice Walker; the US academic Noam Chomsky; Roger Author's name corrected by staff
According to one former member of the White House Climate Change Task Force under President Clinton, President Obama may have plans to implement a carbon tax as soon as the fiscal cliff negotiations are settled. Forget the fact that Obama and his minions have repeatedly protested that they won’t press for a carbon tax, Paul Bledsoe writes: … the economic advantages of a carbon tax are so manifest that it is still possible, once the fiscal cliff negotiations are finished and talks turn to a truly transformative tax reform deal, that leaders in Congress will begin