Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner´s opening bid to Speaker John Boehner, a demand for $1.6 trillion in new taxes, was not meant as a serious offer. It was an ultimatum couched in an insult. Translation: "We won the election. We have the whip hand. Not only are you going to sign on to higher tax rates and higher tax revenues, we are going to rub your Tea Party noses in your coming capitulation." That Boehner did not throw the offer back in Geithner´s face and tell him, "Give me a call, Tim, when you´re serious," suggests that the speaker feels
Lots of public officials and Washington, D.C., insiders do not want U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to be nominated as secretary of state. Most of these critics think she irrevocably lost credibility by going on five Sunday-morning television shows on September 16 to deny any connection between radical Islamic terrorists and the fatal assaults on the U.S. consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi. We know now that when Rice voiced the administration talking points five days after the attack, she and others in the Obama administration already had access to intelligence sources
Anyone with an Internet connection will be able to take free classes at Wellesley College next fall. The women’s liberal arts college outside Boston will offer free online classes through the nonprofit venture edX. Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology teamed up to fund and launch edX this year. Massive online open courses, known as MOOCs, that are available now include computer science and chemistry courses. Edx officials say Wellesley will diversify the venture’s offerings by adding liberal arts courses. Wellesley officials say the partnership is a way to educate students around the world.
A progressive foundation and a labor union have combined to pour millions of dollars into a “racial justice” group that was hostile to voter ID laws during the 2012 campaign season, according to a conservative watchdog group in Wisconsin. While True the Vote and other right-leaning campaigns were promoting ID requirements for voters and monitoring the implementation of ID laws at the state level, the Applied Research Center (ARC) was pushing back with claims that photo ID requirements at polling places were thinly veiled expressions of racism. Media Trackers, the conservative Wisconsin group,
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has long struggled to imagine a successor with the combination of star power, experience and grit to fill his shoes. But not long ago, he was struck by an inspiration: Hillary Rodham Clinton, the retiring secretary of state. In a phone call confirmed by three people, Mr. Bloomberg encouraged Mrs. Clinton to consider entering the 2013 mayor’s race, trading international diplomacy for municipal management on the grandest scale. She would, he suggested, be a perfect fit. Much about the call, which occurred some months ago, remains shrouded in mystery.
Now and then I try to imagine what it would be like if I were wrong. I know — the very thought is absurd. But bear with me. After all, it’s one of the contentions of us right-wingers that leftists, by monopolizing the news media, by framing every debate as an argument between their opinions and some sort of hatred, and by blacklisting the opposition from the entertainment business as well as academia, have put themselves in a position where they never have to defend their policies logically. By avoiding true discussion, they have given
Bob Costas´ gun control rant was bad but made worse by one key point -- he lives much of his life with the benefit of armed security. (i.e., men with guns). If you´ve ever been to an NFL game this point is academic. The number of armed policemen you pass between the gate your seat is incredible. And if you get behind the scenes, in certain corridors, the armed presence can be just as strong (or stronger). Those policeman and security personnel are there to preserve order and to protect their assets, be they football players,
Attorney General Eric Holder’s chief of staff, Gary Grindler, plans to resign his post at the Department of Justice on Wednesday. Grindler was directly involved in the Operation Fast and Furious scandal. Congressional investigators from House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa’s and Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Sen. Chuck Grassley’s offices detailed Grindler’s involvement in a recent report. They say Grindler, with other senior DOJ officials, “attended a detailed briefing on Operation Fast and Furious in March 2010.” “Despite the evidence presented at the briefing of illegally-purchased firearms being recovered in Mexico and
The New York Times said that the mayor was not entirely happy with the calibre of candidates competing to replace him and thought the Secretary of State, who has announced her intention to retire soon, would be the ideal replacement. Mr Bloomberg, founder of the eponymous data services firm and the 10th richest person in the US, must stand down at the end of next year after 12 years. Mrs Clinton is a former senator for New York, but her fellow Democrats in the city said the idea of her seeking office there struck them as improbable
I love walking into people´s homes in December, when the smell of freshly cut Christmas trees hangs in the air and fills me with seasonal joy. When it comes time to buy my favorite Scotch pine, Douglas fir, or Norway spruce, I use my nose to guide me. I want the freshest, most fragrant tree I can get my hands on: I need that aroma to jump-start my holiday spirit. If my apartment were big enough, I might even consider getting two trees this year! Only recently did I discover that it´s not just sentiment
NARCISSISM UPDATE: When we left Barack Obama, the devout self-worshipper had just had the White House website add mentions of him to the online biographies of most presidents from the last century. Not that anyone in particular had asked how the one-time pot-smoking teen related to hallowed White House chief executives from the nation´s past. But obviously the fellow who grew up with an absentee father wanted the world to see some kind of connection to these more accomplished men.
A month after Hurricane Sandy struck New York City, unexpectedly shutting down several hospitals, one Upper East Side medical center had so many more emergency room patients than usual that it was parking them in its lobby. White and blue plastic screens had been set up between the front door and the elevator banks in the East 68th Street building of that hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell. The screens shielded 10 gurneys
FORT WORTH, Texas— A military judge has been thrown off the Fort Hood deadly shooting case after an appeals court found that his treatment of the suspect, including an order to have the man forcibly shaved, indicated a lack of impartiality. It was not immediately clear what impact the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces ruling Monday would have on the long-delayed military trial of Maj. Nidal Hasan. The Army psychiatrist is charged with 13 counts of murder in the 2009 shooting rampage. Hasan appealed after Col. Gregory Gross ordered that he must be clean-shaven or forcibly
News Corp. named Wall Street Journal Managing Editor Robert Thomson as CEO of its soon-to-be spun-off publishing entity. News Corp., which will split into two publicly traded companies — the other will be entertainment-focused — also announced the publishing company will retain the News Corp. name and that Rupert Murdoch would serve as its chairman. The entertainment company will be named Fox Group. Murdoch will be CEO and chairman of Fox Group. Chase Carey will serve as COO and president. “The challenges we face in the publishing and media industries are great
From the street, the tidy two-story ranch house didn´t stand out in the suburban Northridge tract. But when police responded to the shooting deaths of four people there Sunday, officers were shocked at what they found inside. The home was littered with old food and trash. Mattresses and portable stoves were scattered about, and officials believe that as many as 17 people were living inside. It had so much debris and so many partitions that one room could be accessed only through a window. A trail of extension cords led investigators to the backyard, where several makeshift living quarters
Update: Boehner Spokesman Kevin Smith responds- "The Steering Committee makes decisions based on a range of factors." House Speaker John Boehner and GOP leadership have removed several conservative House members from their respective powerful committee positions, Breitbart News has learned. Effective next Congress, leadership pulled Kansas Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp, Michigan Republican Rep. Justin Amash and Arizona Republican Rep. David Schweikert off committees from which they could exert conservative pressure on fiscal matters. Amash and Huelskamp were pulled from the Budget Committee and Schweikert from the Financial Services Committee. Huelskamp, a freshman elected during
Several prominent conservative organizations lashed out against a pair of decisions by Speaker John Boehner’s leadership team as House Republicans saw their tightly held grip on the right loosen a bit on Monday. Heritage Action, long a thorn in the side of the House Republican leadership, told its members in an email that Boehner was asking his “members to go back on their promise not to raise taxes on the American people” by putting $800 billion in new revenue into the mix of the negotiations to avert the fiscal cliff.
Last week’s UN recognition of a Palestinian state and Israel’s decision to build new homes in the West Bank have sparked an international wave of diplomatic wrist-slapping, pitting key European players on one side and Canada on the other. On Monday, Israeli ambassadors were summoned for consultations in five European capitals and officials warned of other potential measures against Israel. Even though the United States voted with Israel against the Palestinian bid, the Obama administration called Israel’s ramped-up building plans “especially damaging” to peace prospects.
The maligning malcontent activists in the White House try harder than ever to torment the people who never voted them in. In this, the ‘Year of the Big Gloat’ it’s a $4-million Hawaiian taxpayer-paid, 20-day vacation and 54 ‘Christmas’ trees, one-upmanship on George W’s last 27 Christmas trees in 2008. The Obamas celebrated their first Christmas in the White House with an 18-foot tree decorated with Mao Zedong and Drag Queen Hedda Lettuce ornaments, and four years later accept the “Our Lord and Savior” title. The 54 trees decked out for this year’s celebration can’t be Christmas trees.
Jovan Belcher’s grieving teammates on the Kansas City Chiefs refused to blame guns for his horrifying murder-suicide. "If you have daughters, you should (have a gun),” Chiefs defensive lineman Shaun Smith said Monday. “You have to protect yourself. You work so hard to get to where you at, I´ll be damned if I’ll just let someone take it from me.”Linebacker Brandon Siler, who had Thanksgiving dinner with Belcher, also had no problems with guns. “Well, a majority of people own one, especially in the places where they´re legal. Most of the time they´re for self defense or sport,” he said. Headline resplit by staff
In a move not publicly announced, former Rep. Dick Armey, the folksy conservative leader, has resigned as chairman of FreedomWorks, one of the main political outfits of the conservative movement and an instrumental force within the tea party. Armey, the former House majority leader who helped develop and promote the GOP´s Contract with America in the 1990s, tendered his resignation in an memo sent to Matt Kibbe, president and CEO of FreedomWorks, on
It is becoming clearer and clearer that Barack Obama wants America to charge over the fiscal cliff so he can indict Republicans later. After House Speaker John Boehner submitted the Republican proposal, senior administration officials blustered that Boehner’s proposal wasn´t serious enough to merit a counter-proposal. Obama isn’t serious about the deficit. As has been repeatedly pointed out, his raising of taxes on the upper 2% of the populace would only fund the government for eight days. Any meaningful attempt to cut the deficit would require cuts in entitlements, which Obama absolutely refuses to do.
Conservatives seem to be nonplussed about President Obama sending Treasury Secretary Geithner to Capitol Hill without a proposal for a grand bargain on entitlements. But why? Worrying about debt and default and entitlements is for the responsible people. Responsibility is for the people who believe in the "responsible self," the notion developed a couple of millennia ago during the Axial Age. Responsibility is for the bourgeoisie. President Obama is above all that. Liberal politics in general is above all that. Their politics is about war, not about nice comfortable entitlements.
Roger Ailes, the longtime Republican media guru, founder of Fox News and its current chairman, had some advice last year for then-Gen. David H. Petraeus. So in spring 2011, Ailes asked a Fox News analyst headed to Afghanistan to pass on his thoughts to Petraeus, who was then the commander of U.S. and coalition forces there. Petraeus, Ailes advised, should turn down an expected offer from President Obama to become CIA director and accept nothing less than the chairmanship of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the top military post.
From the establishment media, the raw and sickening hate just keeps on coming. Vicious, vile, despicable, and deranged, the media minions demonstrate their appalling lack not just of class but of basic humanity. Such is the obvious conclusion from participating again as one of the judges in the Media Research Center´s "Best Notable Quotables of 2012," the indispensable organization´s 25th annual awards for the year´s worst reporting and commentary. (Snip)Newsweek senior writer Ramin Setoodeh: "To Dick Cheney? I would never give my heart to Dick Cheney. It would freeze over."