"No retreat, no surrender."-- Bruce Springsteen The Fiscal Cliff. It all comes down to principles. And leverage. Not to mention an abrupt campaign to depose Speaker John Boehner, as now reported last night by the Daily Caller. An idea discussed in this very space only days ago. Grover Norquist understands this. Brent Bozell understands this. The Heritage Foundation understands this. Ditto Rush, Sean and Mark. And in truth -- millions of conservatives get it in their bones. John Boehner does not understand this. No one understood the role of principles and leverage better than Ronald Reagan.
WASHINGTON -Final results from a battleground state this week are the latest evidence, if any more were needed, of the important role that early voting played in President Obama’s re-election victory. The official numbers from Iowa show that Republican nominee Mitt Romney “won” election day, by taking a majority of the votes cast there that day. But Obama carried the state. That’s because, in the weeks leading up to the election, Obama had banked a big cushion of early votes, a total of 137,000 more than Romney got.
President Obama will visit the home of a middle class family in northern Virginia to talk about the importance of resolving the standoff over the fiscal cliff. "In response to the #My2K social media campaign, a member of this family shared her story about how paying $2,200 more in taxes next year would impact them if Congress doesn’t act," the White House said. The White House has been running a social media campaign encouraging supporters to tweet with the hashtag #My2K — explaining what a $2,000 tax increase would mean to them.
This past week, the Obama media made sure the Duchess of Cambridge´s bout with morning sickness beat out the latest news on Operation Fast and Furious. Nonetheless, the two stories have one thing in common -- they´re both vomit-inducing. On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Professional Review Board recommended the firing of four senior officials involved in the Obama administration´s gun-walking program. Fast and Furious commenced in 2009 and eventually led to the deaths of agents Brian Terry and Jaime Zapata and hundreds of Mexican citizens.
A fierce tornado swept through New Zealand´s largest city today killing three people and forcing 250 more to evacuate damaged and powerless homes. The storm hit Hobsonville and Whenuapai, western suburbs of Auckland, at around midday leaving uprooted trees, damaged buildings and flooding that closed roads. Three people died and further seven were admitted to hospital suffering a range of injuries in the deadliest tornado to hit New Zealand in more than 60 years. Although the country averages around seven tornados each year, most are small, mild and do little damage. New Zealand´s temperate climate
Talk about getting sacked! Notorious Upper East Side madam Anna Gristina is about to start naming names of high-power clients from her little black book — and an unlucky NFL executive will be the first bombshell name she lets fly, we’re told. “There is going to be a giant name dropped — actually, a couple of them,” Gristina told The Post’s Laura Italiano, speaking of her plans for an upcoming interview with TV host psychologist Dr. Phil.
GUATEMALA CITY — Software company founder John McAfee was arrested by police in Guatemala on Wednesday for entering the country illegally, hours after he said he would seek asylum in the Central American country. Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla said McAfee was detained by police at a hotel in an upscale Guatemala City neighborhood with the help of Interpol agents. He offered no other details.
The British economy, George Osborne announced yesterday, is “healing”. Unfortunately, he added, the wound was far more grievous than previously thought. The financial crisis inflicted the greatest shock since the Second World War, slashing 6.3 per cent from GDP--and Gordon Brown’s reckless fiscal mismanagement left us in no position to cope. With the recovery beset by unexpected external shocks, not least the crisis in the eurozone, Mr Osborne was forced to admit that the road back to prosperity will be longer--and steeper--than was foreseen. The Chancellor’s tone throughout his Autumn Statement was commendably grim: he did not sugar-coat the
The Egyptian army has deployed tanks and armoured troop carriers outside the presidential palace in Cairo after clashes between supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi left five dead and 644 injured. But, despite their presence, there are reports of a fresh outbreak of stone-throwing between the two sides. Egypt is seeing growing unrest over a controversial draft constitution. The government insists that a referendum will go ahead this month. The head of Egypt´s Republican Guard said the forces deployed outside the presidential palace on Thursday had been sent there to separate supporters and opponents of President Morsi.
Plans by a missionary Islamic sect for a mega mosque near the Olympic Park were turned down last night. The proposals--a mosque for more than 9,000 worshippers, a library and a dining hall for up to 2,000 people--were refused permission by Newham Council in east London. Tablighi Jamaat, the Islamic group behind the scheme, hoped to build one of Britain´s biggest Islamic centres with three times the floor space of St Paul´s Cathedral. A spokesman for Newham said: "The creation of homes and jobs are a priority for Newham Council. "It is not considered that this application is
WASHINGTON -- Jeffrey Hillman is a man who shambles the streets of New York City looking quite unkempt, drab, and hopeless. He panhandles sometimes and mutters to himself. Frankly, he looks a wreck and apparently often in need of a pair of shoes. On cold winter nights he gets them. One cold November night Officer Lawrence DePrimo spotted Hillman seated shoeless on the pavement of Times Square, and the young policeman left his post, went into a store nearby, and bought Hillman a pair of shoes costing $100. He even helped Hillman put them on.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration secretly gave its blessing to arms shipments to Libyan rebels from Qatar last year, but American officials later grew alarmed as evidence grew that Qatar was turning some of the weapons over to Islamic militants, according to United States officials and foreign diplomats. No evidence has emerged linking the weapons provided by the Qataris during the uprising against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi to the attack that killed four Americans at the United States diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, in September. But in the months before, the Obama administration clearly was worried about the consequences
If word that President Obama would ask Congress for $50 billion in Sandy recovery funding was a trial balloon, the White House should take note of how quickly it crashed and burned. Almost as soon as the large-sounding figure floated into view, the administration said officials were still doing calculations, Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand said they knew nothing about it and Gov. Cuomo added that he had gotten no official word. Well, it came from somewhere. While Schumer and Cuomo deferentially shrank from knocking it as premature, Gillibrand said an appropriation at that level would be “inadequate.” Right she was.
A businessman pleaded guilty Wednesday to plotting to bribe an unidentified former New Orleans public official in a case that appears to be linked to a federal probe of former Mayor Ray Nagin. Rodney Williams, who was president of Three Fold Consultants LLC, made $72,250 in payoffs to the unidentified official for his help in securing city contracts for architectural, engineering and services work, according to a court filing accompanying his guilty plea. Legal analysts tell WWL First News that official is Ray Nagin.
As a potentially toxic combination of steep tax hikes and deep spending cuts draws nearer Republicans are consistently being outmaneuvered by President Obama. Disillusioned Democratic pollster Patrick Caddell counsels that this wonkish back-and-forth over the finer points of marginal tax rates is not the hill that Republicans should die on. The GOP doesn’t even grasp the underlying political dynamics now in play, he says.(Snip)Caddell believes that an outrageous proposal offered by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner presents a golden opportunity that Republicans have thus far failed to seize.
"Answered Prayers" was the title of the much-discussed and never-completed last novel of Truman Capote, based on his notion that having one´s dearest wish granted can be even more painful that having it never come true. This new Truman Doctrine is about to be tested in the next months and years for the Democrats. They had their prayers answered in seeing Obamacare pass, seeing it given a pass by John Roberts and then given reprieves anew by the recent election. They now face the ordeal of seeing this huge, complex and unpopular act
One of the reasons that the language in which you´re reading these words is the most widespread on Earth is that Great Britain happened to be rich in coal deposits. There were plenty of other places that might have industrialised first, from the Netherlands to China. The good fortune of our eighteenth century ancestors was that, just when they needed it, they stumbled upon a cheap source of energy. Coal powered the new mills, releasing millions of employees to do different work and creating a massive consumer class. Britain became the greatest nation in the world. Now, just when we
Rumor has it that President Obama is considering Vogue editor Anna Wintour to be his second-term nominee to be U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom. After World War II, well-known public figures and intellectuals such as W. Averell Harriman, Walter Annenberg, and Kingman Brewster, Jr., have held the post. In recent decades, however, presidents have transformed the top slot into a plumb reward for top donors.(Snip)As editor of Vogue, however, Wintour published the infamous and groveling profile of Asma al-Assad, Bashar’s wife. She defended the piece for months, even as Assad’s forces committed the most grizzly abuses
The first legal challenges to Obamacare rested on constitutional principles, but a new effort out of Oklahoma goes after the cogs that make the law function. State attorney general Scott Pruitt is trying to block the Internal Revenue Service from imposing fees on employers and individuals who don’t comply with the law’s mandates. In doing so, he may create a way for other states to fight back against the federal government’s top-down management of health care. If the suit succeeds, the law will not be invalidated, but if enough states choose to opt out, the resulting lack of funds
The CIA removed references to al Qaeda in the talking points it drafted for United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice in what critics say is part of a broad pattern of politicization of intelligence under the Obama administration. Current and former intelligence and policy officials say that the politicization in the case of Benghazi appears to have involved policies that were designed to minimize the threat posed by Islamist terrorists in general and the al Qaeda terrorist group in particular prior to the Nov. 6 presidential election.
With word out from NBC last night that Syria loaded chemical agents onto bombs, the potential human rights crisis became a bit more grave. Of course it was an unnamed source who filled NBC in, but word has it that Syrian troops are simply awaiting word from Al-Assad on when to deploy chemical weapons against the Syrian people. Most people reading about this are so far removed and without a genuine context that we thought we´d take a moment and offer some perspective on a chemical attack.While the troubles facing the Syrian people now can´t be neatly summed up,
Do you think Al Sharpton appreciates the irony of his being invited to the White House Tuesday to talk taxes with President Obama? That is, to talk about Obama’s plan to ram through steep tax hikes on the “rich” to resolve the fiscal-cliff crisis? Sharpton’s all about taxes — for others. For himself, well, maybe not so much. As The Post’s Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein reported last year, Sharpton “owe[d] the IRS $2.6 million in income tax, and nearly $900,000 in state tax.” And his personal pride and joy National Action Network owed more than $880,000.
When the Rolling Stones take the stage at Barclays Center on Saturday for the first of three US concerts marking their 50th anniversary — which follow a pair of similar shows in London last month — it’s a safe bet that few of the fans who witnessed the group’s first American appearance in 1964 will be there to greet them. In those days, the audiences for the self-styled “World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band” were made up almost entirely of screaming teenage girls. When the group appeared at Carnegie Hall, a matinee performance
President Barack Obama spoke to the White House Tribal Nations Conference of Native American groups at the Interior Department Wednesday. The chairman of the conference, Brian Cladoosby of the Swinomish Nation, reportedly suggested that Obama is the first "American Indian" president. "Think about it for a second," Cladoosby said, according to the pool report. "The president loves basketball. He has an Indian name, he knows what it´s like to be poor and he hasn´t forgotten where he came from. And his theme song is ´Hail to the Chief.´ I think he definitely qualifies as the first American Indian president."
President Obama and the Democrats won last month’s election because they were able to turn out voters who are dependent on the government, former New Hampshire governor and Mitt Romney adviser John H. Sununu said last night. “They aggressively got out the base of their base, the base of their base that’s dependent, to a great extent economically, on government policy and government programs,” Sununu said during a forum with two other Republican former governors, Steve Merrill and Craig Benson, at Concord’s Grappone Conference Center. For example, Sununu said, Democrats ran up big majorities in some parts of Cleveland
With their enthusiastic backing of President Obama and the Democratic Party on Election Day, the bluest parts of America may have embraced a program utterly at odds with their economic self-interest. The almost uniform support of blue states’ congressional representatives for the administration’s campaign for tax “fairness” represents a kind of bizarre economic suicide pact. Any move to raise taxes on the rich — defined as households making over $250,000 annually — strikes directly at the economies of these states, which depend heavily on the earnings of high-income professionals, entrepreneurs and technical workers.