A new species of fish was recently discovered, and it´s been named after Barack Obama. The Bulletin of Alabama Museum of Natural History revealed four presidents and a vice president have had their names given to recently identified fish. Saint Louis University´s Steven R. Layman and Geosyntec Consultants´ Richard L. Mayden´s "Morphological Diversity and Phylogenetics of the Darter Subgenus Doration (Percidae: Etheostoma), with Descriptions of Five New Species" claimed Obama, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Teddy Roosevelt, and Al Gore were so honored because they promoted conservation
Marc Lamont Hill stopped by The Factor tonight to talk about a proposed “wealth tax” with Bill O’Reilly. The majority of the interview consisted of O’Reilly trying to argue why such a tax would naturally lead to government inspectors in private homes, and Hill trying to explain to O’Reilly why his line of argument makes no sense. (Snip) O’Reilly highlighted a growing movement for some kind of “wealth tax,” which he said was “off-the-chart unconstitutional.” Hill argued that if done properly, that kind of tax could make the United States “more democratic and fair.”
The Washington Post reported Wednesday that President Obama has come out in support of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid´s (D-Nev.) plan to reform the filibuster. This goes counter to Obama´s view of this parliamentary procedure when he was a part of the Senate minority in 2005. As a little background, the Republicans in the Senate at the time were angered by Democrat filibusters that were preventing President Bush´s judicial appointments from getting an up or down vote. The GOP threatened what was called the "nuclear option" of circumventing the filibuster by using reconciliation
Welcome to the pretzel logic of liberal environmental protection: In order to "save" owls, the Obama administration is going to shoot them dead. This is not — I repeat not — an Onion parody. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, the White House released a big fat policy turkey: its final critical habitat rule for the endangered northern spotted owl. The Obama plan will lock up 9.6 million acres of land (mostly, but not all, federal) in Oregon, Washington and northern California. This is nearly double the acreage set aside by the Bush administration. Thousands of timber workers
Since most of the data in post-election polling has offered little beyond a parade of ugly news, here´s a glimmer of hope from Gallup: For the first time in Gallup trends since 2000, a majority of Americans say it is not the federal government´s responsibility to make sure all Americans have healthcare coverage. Prior to 2009, a majority always felt the government should ensure healthcare coverage for all, though Americans´ views have become more divided in recent years...Republicans, including Republican-leaning independents, are mostly responsible for the drop since 2007 in Americans´ support for government ensuring universal health coverage.
The White House said Wednesday that former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will have lunch with President Obama, their first meeting since the president´s hard-fought re-election. "On Thursday, Governor Romney will have a private lunch at the White House with President Obama in the Private Dining Room," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney wrote in a statement. "It will be the first opportunity they have had to visit since the election," Carney said. "There will be no press coverage of the meeting." President Obama said at a press conference on
Jennifer Rubin notes that President Obama comes in for criticism from some newspaper editorial boards today because he has chosen to campaign rather than negotiate. The Post editorial board, which endorsed Obama in part because “the president understands the urgency of the problems as well as anyone in the country and is committed to solving them in a balanced way,” now warns: “Since his reelection, Mr. Obama has fueled a campaign-style effort to pressure Republicans to give ground on taxes. That’s fine, but it won’t be enough. At some point,
CHICAGO- Preventing surgery-linked infections is a major concern for hospitals and it turns out some simple measures can make a big difference. A project at seven big hospitals reduced infections after colorectal surgeries by nearly one-third. It prevented an estimated 135 infections, saving almost $4 million, the Joint Commission hospital regulating group and the American College of Surgeons announced Wednesday. The two groups directed the 2 1/2-year project. Solutions included having patients shower with special germ-fighting soap before surgery, and having surgery teams change gowns, gloves and instruments during operations to prevent spreading germs picked up during the procedures.
This week the United Nations begins two weeks of climate talks in Doha, Qatar. The primary goal of these meetings is to draw President Obama into accepting a redistribution plan designed extract money from the U.S. economy in the form of a global warming tax and doling out the cash to Third World nations. "There will be expectations from countries to hear a new voice from the United States," said Jennifer Morgan, director of the climate and energy program at the World Resources Institute in Washington. The meeting in Qatar´s capital will focus on ramping up what is described
Good news, everyone! The War on Christmas™ is back! Bill O’Reilly has gotten the ball rolling early this season, and on his show tonight, O’Reilly faced off with David Silverman, the president of American Atheists, over evil secularists and such trying to stab an icicle in the beating heart of Old Saint Nick. It started pleasantly enough, with O’Reilly telling Silverman he is dead wrong, but as the O’Reilly Christmas kettle started to boil, he went into a whole tirade over Silverman and his “merry band of fascists” trying to destroy Christmas.
A town in central Kansas that was founded more than 100 years ago by immigrants escaping religious persecution — is once again facing religious persecution. The tiny town of Buhler is being forced to remove a religious cross from its town seal after a group called the Freedom From Religion Foundation complained that the symbol violates the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The group said the cross indicated government endorsement of Christianity. The group also threatened to sue unless a large billboard featuring the cross was removed from a city park.
With a dire fiscal crisis bearing down on the nation and the need for closed-door negotiations and face-saving compromises for squeezed members of Congress never more apparent, President Barack Obama has embarked on yet another political campaign. This time, he is agitating for public support for increased tax rates on the nation’s high-income earners as part of a comprehensive resolution to the fiscal cliff. But higher tax rates is the only policy prescription the president campaigned on in 2012 – if he has any mandate whatsoever from his victory, it is for higher taxes.
The Democratic chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence committee has commissioned a federal report to identify prison facilities in the U.S. that are suitable for housing Guantanamo detainees, a document exclusively reviewed by Fox News shows. In the internal document, the Government Accountability Office refers to “Source of Work: Ms. Dianne Feinstein, Chair, Select Committee on Intelligence, U.S. Senate” and lists the “Gist of Work” as an investigation into whether domestic facilities could house the approximately 170 detainees remaining at the controversial facility in Guantanamo Bay,
Benghazi Scandal: "Her meeting with GOP senators begs the question that if all she can do is read talking points handed to her by the White House then perhaps she should be the next White House press secretary." The above observation, courtesy of Richard Grenell, who served as spokesman for four U.S. Ambassadors to the U.N., is the flip side of our view that Susan Rice, who was sent out on five Sunday talk shows to explain Benghazi by a president who says she had "nothing to do with Benghazi," is as qualified to be the next secretary of state as
OTTAWA — Canada affirmed its steadfast opposition to Thursday’s vote at the United Nations to confer statehood on Palestine, saying it would not support any “shortcuts” to peace with Israel. Prime Minister Stephen Harper confirmed the decision on Wednesday with Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird bound for New York to cast Ottawa’s vote and register Canada’s disappointment with the latest Palestinian move at the UN for recognition. The Harper government’s support of its close friend Israel was unbowed by reports that its trusted international ally, Britain,
Fiscal Cliff: President Obama is back in fifth-gear campaign mode, in an around-the-country push to get Republicans to cave in on taxes. But his "My2K" strategy offers no concessions of his own. It can´t be stressed strongly enough: What President Obama is now up to seeks to destroy the Republican Party as it has existed since the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980. That revitalized political institution became a party of ideas based on economic freedom, such as fighting for fiscal safeguards through which the people could "permanently control government´s power to tax and spend," as Reagan
President Obama hasn’t even begun his second term yet, but his administration is already struggling with a huge credibility problem on the Benghazi front. Watch this video posted today at The Weekly Standard, which shows White House Press Secretary Jay Carney telling National Journal correspondent Major Garrett that Obama “is not particularly concerned” whether Susan Rice misled the American people in a series of talk show interviews following the killing of US Ambassador Christopher Stephens and three other US personnel in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11. Carney told the assembled White House press corps: What the president is worried about,
California´s largest for-profit health insurer, Anthem Blue Cross, is seeking to raise rates an average of 18% for more than 630,000 individual policyholders, drawing scrutiny from regulators and the ire of consumers already struggling with soaring premiums. Some Anthem customers may see rates rise as much as 25% in February under the company´s proposal at a time when medical inflation is running at historic lows nationwide. The increases are among several others proposed by California insurers, including Aetna Inc. and Health Net Inc. California insurance regulators will take the next month to review whether these rate increases are warranted,
The Oklahoma City area posted the nation´s lowest unemployment rate in October among large metropolitan areas for the seventh month in a row, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Wednesday.Oklahoma City´s metro area unemployment rate rose to 4.9 percent in October, the bureau said. It was 4.6 percent in September. The bureau said Oklahoma City added 18,700 jobs since October 2011, when the metro´s jobless rate was 5.9 percent. Tulsa´s metro area had an unemployment rate of 5.6 percent in October, down from 6.9 percent in October 2011.
Susan Rice’s already fading chances of becoming the next secretary of state suffered another serious blow Wednesday courtesy of moderate GOP Sen. Susan Collins. Rice, the U.N. ambassador, will need the support of a handful of Republicans if she expects to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. But Collins emerged from a face-to-face meeting and blasted Rice’s response to the Benghazi attack — the latest of several Republicans this week to signal that a Rice nomination will have real trouble getting through the Senate.
Sacramento — Former campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee, who took millions of dollars from her clients in the largest campaign embezzlement case in state history, was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in federal prison and ordered to pay $10.5 million in restitution to her victims. Judge Kimberly Mueller of the U.S. District Court in Sacramento called the embezzlement a "significant and egregious offense."(Snip) Hundreds of candidates and political committees across California used Durkee as their treasurer, including U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who lost $4.5 million. Durkee´s clients were almost entirely composed of Democratic candidates or campaign groups.
WEYBRIDGE, England/LONDON - A Russian businessman helping Swiss prosecutors uncover a powerful fraud syndicate has died in unexplained circumstances near his mansion in Britain, in a chilling twist to a Russian mafia scandal that has strained Moscow´s ties with the West. Alexander Perepilichny, 44, sought refuge in Britain three years ago and had been helping a Swiss investigation into a Russian money-laundering scheme by providing evidence against corrupt officials, his colleagues and media reports said. He has also provided evidence against those linked to the 2009 death of anti-corruption lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, a case that caused an international outcry
Workers at Awrey Bakeries in Livonia are bracing for bad news. The company, more than a century-old, said today that it had no comment on news reports that its future is in jeopardy and that it is about to inform employees that they could be out of jobs in 60 days. But one longtime employee confirmed that union representatives told him that unless Awrey’s finds an investor or buyer, he and about 150 other employees would be out of work, and to expect official company notifications in the mail. “They said they don’t know if we are going to be open
In a statement on the Freedom and Justice Party website, Muslim Brotherhood spokesperson Mahmoud Ghozlan announced that the group plans to hold a “million-man” demonstration in Tahrir Square on Saturday, in support of President Mohamed Morsy’s recent constitutional declaration expanding his power. Nour Party spokesperson Nader Bakkar said the Salafi party has agreed to take part in the demonstration in support of Morsy’s constitutional declaration, adding that it would be peaceful. Nour Party Secretary General Galal Morra said the demonstration aims to maintain the
In what has become a daily occurrence on MSNBC, liberal hosts and pundits on the network continue to attack the GOP for their scrutiny of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s post-Benghazi spin for the White House on September 16 editions of the network Sunday interview programs. Appearing on Wednesday’s MSNBC Live, network contributors Joy-Ann Reid of TheGrio.com and Ari Melber of The Nation appeared on anchor Thomas Roberts´s program to continue casting aspersions on Sen. John McCain and other Republicans who have dared to criticize Susan Rice as unfit for a promotion to Secretary of State.