During the White House Press Briefing this afternoon, Press Secretary Jay Carney explained that “the topics will be many” during President Obama’s lunch with Mitt Romney. Carney added that Obama “expressed interest” in bringing Romney to the White House for lunch suggesting that the President was looking forward to hearing his ideas. “He was obviously was a successful businessman, and I’m sure has some ideas that I’m sure the President will find helpful,” Carney said about Romney, praising his record on running the 2002 Olympics. "It will be a substantial lunch, if not on the plate,
Larry Summers, chair of the White House National Economic Council when the 2009 stimulus was developed, suggested that President Obama will eventually tax and regulate junk food to drive people to eat more healthily — although he dinged First Lady Michelle Obama’s healthy foods initiative. “I think there is no question that the way Americans eat and what Americans weigh is a big contributor to health problems and it’s a big contributor to health costs,” Summers said on Morning Joe today.It’s not the agenda now, but I think at some point
If former Baptist minister turned former presidential candidate turned Fox News Channel host Mike Huckabee ran a non-profit organization that was a) deeply in debt b) owed Uncle Sam years in back taxes and c) was in dispute with a conservative trade organization in D.C. over unpaid rent, it´s hard to imagine Huck´s competitors at MSNBC wouldn´t gleefully note those financial woes from time to time. Fox News, however, will most certainly restrain their schadenfreude at the latest news regarding MSNBC´s resident Baptist minister turned presidential candidate turned bloviating host. Today´s Washington Post reports that the Conference of
In addition to raising taxes on those making over $250,000, Harry Reid and President Barack Obama want to raise the debt ceiling as part of the fiscal cliff negotiations. Reid on Tuesday said raising the debt ceiling must also be included in any fiscal cliff deal because he did not want to negotiate separately with Republicans over the debt ceiling six weeks later. “We would be somewhat foolish to work out something on stopping us from going over the cliff and then a month or six weeks later Republicans pull the same game they did before and say,
At Park Avenue Liquor, the phone calls from people asking about it are a steady drumbeat: “It never stops,” says vice president Jonathan Goldstein. It’s the same story at Astor Wines & Spirits, where workers once counted nearly 50 such calls in a single day. At the Whiskey Shop in Williamsburg, the barrage of people seeking it has gone from “crazy” to “just absurd,” says owner Jonathan Wingo.The “it” in question is the city’s, and maybe the world’s, most sought-after tipple — Pappy Van Winkle’s bourbon (usually referred to as Van Winkle). Bottled in small amounts by
In an apparent case of rudeness being elevated to criminality, a 43-year-old Ohio man has been sentenced to 29 days in jail for mocking a ten-year-old girl with cerebral palsy. Canton (Ohio) Municipal Judge John A. Poulos ordered the maximum sentence for William Bailey, who pleaded no contest Tuesday to reduced misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and aggravated menacing, the Associated Press reported. According to the The (Canton) Repository, Bailey was captured on a cellphone video imitating the way the girl, who uses crutches and has trouble walking.
Left-wing radio host Mike Malloy keeps reaching for new lows in depraved discourse. Those familiar with Malloy from his numerous appearances at NewsBusters over the years are aware of his pathological obsession with violence, especially toward those who don´t share his totalitarian politics. (h/t for audio, Brian Maloney at mrctv.org). On his radio show yesterday, Malloy delighted in the specter of an avenging angel decapitating "teabaggers" --... these teabag b******, who by the way, I just wish they would all go away, or like in Passover, I just wish there was an angel of
Lottery machines are on overdrive spitting out Powerball tickets and the state Lottery is raking in thousands of dollars a minute as tonight’s jackpot in the multistate game has now climbed to $550 million — the largest jackpot in Powerball history. At 11 a.m. today, stores were selling 4,000 tickets per minute, said state Lottery spokeswoman Beth Bresnahan, and just a half-hour later, that rate had jumped to 7,400 tickets per minute. That isn’t the most tickets per minute the Lottery has seen — back on March 30 tickets were selling at 22,000 per minute for a $636 million
As she approaches the end of her tenure as America’s top diplomat, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday will address an event in keeping with her active role in promoting benefits for homosexuals in the foreign service. Clinton will deliver remarks at a State Department event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the launch of an organization representing gays and lesbians at the State Department, USAID and other government agencies that send employees abroad. According to its website, the Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA) was established
BOSTON — Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is moving into office space at his son’s Boston-area venture capital firm. It’s unclear what role, if any, the former businessman will play at Solamere Capital. Solamere was founded by his oldest son, Tagg Romney, and Spencer Zwick, the national finance committee chairman for Romney’s presidential bid. Former aides speaking on the condition of anonymity said Romney was subletting office space from Solamere. The aides were not authorized to publicly discuss the plans. Romney virtually disappeared from politics following loss in the Nov. 6 election.
Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar has died after a battle with pneumonia, according to his Facebook page. “Though his time on earth has ended, he is speaking with Jesus now in his heavenly home,” read a statement on the page. “The angels in heaven are rejoicing and his family is celebrating a life well lived.” Ziglar´s executive assistant Laurie Magers says Ziglar died Wednesday at a hospital in the Dallas suburb of Plano. Ziglar’s speaking career had lasted more than 50 years, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, before he retired in 2010. He was known for corporate training and motivational speeches
First the Associated Press announced that it would continue using “Illegal Alien” instead of “Undocumented American”, “Accidental Border Crosser” or “Beautiful Dreamer” on the grounds that it was well… technically accurate. Now the AP is throwing out Homophobia and Islamophobia on the grounds that they are inaccurate and conflate prejudice with mental illness. And that has led to outrage hysteria from the usual organs of the left who like sticking to their politicized words once they’ve made enough people aware of them.
The saga now playing out in La Jolla Cove is the epitome of regulatory stupidity. In a rocky area by the cove once open to people but now fenced off for safety reasons, the feces of cormorants and seagulls just keeps piling up, generating a stench that can carry as far as a mile. Dry conditions, a hot summer and other factors have made this a gross everyday problem for the cove area, not an occasional annoyance. So why can’t city work crews simply take care of the problem? Why can’t biodegradable cleaning products be used to make the stench disappear,
In an unusual step, a U.S. congressman is proposing a two-year ban on all new federal legislation regulating the Internet. Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican from California who has been an advocate for Internet freedoms, has posted online a draft of his legislation, the Internet American Moratorium Act of 2012. The bill would "create a two-year moratorium on any new laws, rules or regulations governing the Internet."
President Obama urged Americans on Wednesday to pressure Congress to extend an income tax freeze for the middle class, warning that failure to agree on such a measure could cost families more than $2,000 next year, harm job growth and “drag our economy down.” Speaking with 15 middle-class Americans standing behind him, Obama called on people to use a new Twitter hashtag, #my2k, and tell Congress what the loss of $2,000 would mean to them by tweeting, calling or e-mailing lawmakers or posting messages on their Facebook pages.
ANGOLA, La. — In the middle of the rodeo arena, the four men could smell manure from the animal pens and cracklins and caramel corn from the stands as they steadied themselves in their plastic lawn chairs, spread their hands on the red card table in front of them and planted their feet in the mud. They were bracing for the bull. Once it was turned loose, the last one sitting in this game called Convict Poker would win. They looked almost identical in their black helmets, protective vests and striped uniforms. Author, source corrected by staff
A Chicago Sun-Times columnist is saddened by the flame out of Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr., the Chicago Congressman that just resigned after a Congressional investigation into misuse of campaign funds. His story is that of a Greek hero, she claims. Columnist Laura Washington waxes poetic about Jackson, Jr.´s fall from grace, likening him to legendary Greek character Icarus, who flew too close to the sun and fell from the skies. But she doesn´t cut him much slack, really. Washington notes that Jackson, Jr. isn´t the first 2nd District Congressman who has been a disappointment to voters.
The parents of a college freshman who was found dead on campus say they found out about her death on Facebook. Jasmine Benjamin, a 17-year-old nursing student at Valdosta State University from Lawrenceville, Ga., was found dead in a study area in her dorm on Nov. 18. According to CBS Atlanta, police are treating the death as a homicide, pending the results of an autopsy. Jasmine's parents say the school did not inform them of her death, learning about it instead through a friend's Facebook post. "For someone to be so insensitive not to reach out to the family, Headline split by staff
Yesterday, Jazz posted cringe-worthy video of Time’s Joe Klein slavishly repeating outdated lefty Benghazi-related talking points on Morning Joe. It was appalling. The thrust of Klein’s message was “there’s nothing to see here, folks.” More specifically, he claimed that (a) Susan Rice’s talking points “were accurate,” (b) the raid did arise from a “spontaneous protest,” and (c) it was not a premeditated attack by an Al Qaeda affiliate. Twenty-four hours later, his hackery is laid bare. Point by point:
Senators John Kyl (R-Ariz.) and Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-Texas) introduced an alternative to the DREAM Act on Tuesday as, they said, to “take a little baby step” to tackle the issue of illegal immigration “in a calm and reasonable way.” The senators, who are both retiring at the end of this year, held a press conference on Capitol Hill to unveil their version, entitled the Achieve Act, which would provide young illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship. “We’re not saying that this is the end all, be all,” Hutchinson said,
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,