Ed Henry´s assignment covering the White House would be a challenge for any journalist, no matter his employer. Yet Henry works at Fox News Channel, home base for viewers who longed for President Barack Obama´s defeat. More than anyone, he understands how the natural adversarial role of reporting on the highest level of government has become complicated in recent years by the rise in partisan media and online critics who parse every word reporters and anchors say. "It definitely puts pressure on all of us," Henry said, "and if you step out and ask tough questions, you´re somehow
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Kanawha County principal cancelled the Pledge of Allegiance for a day after several students claimed they were being forced to recite it. Capital High School principal Clinton Giles also canceled the national anthem on Monday. Giles tells media outlets that the students´ complaints disturbed him because they misrepresented what the school was doing. So, he cancelled the activities for a day. Giles says Capital students aren´t required to recite the pledge. But they are required to stand up during the pledge so those who participate
Two liberal groups hope to gain momentum for ending taxpayer backing of fossil fuel production by making a very strong allegation about the nation´s largest oil company. “Here at Exxon, we hate your children,” states a faux-Exxon official in a new ad from the groups Oil Change International and The Other 98%. “We all know the climate crisis will rip their world apart, but we don’t care, because it is making us rich.” The groups are raising money to buy TV time for the 30-second video. As the "executive" speaks, viewers see images of extreme weather,
The Cleveland Plain Dealer is one of Ohio´s biggest papers but neither size nor influence is likely to save the jobs of one-third of the paper´s newsroom employees who are preparing for big cuts to hit as the new year begins. Workers at the paper found out on Wednesday that 58 employees would likely be losing their jobs starting in 2013. Harlan Spector of the Northeast Ohio Newspaper Guild reported the cuts as a one-third reduction in the news force. Some of those members may be offered jobs at the Internet division for Cleveland.com, but
Believing a free press to be a vital safeguard of liberty, Thomas Jefferson said, “Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.” Many believe the inverse of Jefferson´s maxim — the people are uninformed, and therefore the government can´t be trusted. After all, what well-informed American would knowingly allow politicians to lead us to the monumental economic and budgetary “cliffs” we face? Despite a proliferation of new media, it´s increasingly difficult to separate fact from narrative. Combined with rancorous political discourse in which opponents are demonized in order to delegitimize competing arguments and render unnecessary Headline corrected by staff
William Kristol, Editor of the Weekly Standard, seems to have decided that retreat is the way forward for the Republican Party. In a new editorial, the Fox commentator essentially advises the GOP to throw in the towel on the fiscal cliff talks and more or less accept Obama´s terms. In the piece, a dour Kristol details all the shock and depression that Republican insiders feel after losing an election they all thought was in the bag for Team Romney. He then goes on to complain that the GOP´s legislative scene isn´t any better than its failed electoral scheme.
Dublin, Ireland -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is meeting Thursday with key players as part of a new U.S. diplomatic push on Syria, amid reports that the government of President Bashar al-Assad may be preparing to use chemical weapons. Clinton is holding talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov while in Dublin for an international security conference. She also will meet with both Lavrov and the U.N. special envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, later in the day, a senior State Department official said.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D., Fla.) on the Ed Show Wednesday evening discussed Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio’s recent outreach to the middle class. DWS declared that given their positions on entitlement reform, Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio must believe that all Americans have been “neuralyzed“: DEBBIE WASSERMAN-SCHULTZ: And you know, I think what Mr. ryan and Mr. Rubio must think is, you know, that movie, “Men in Black”? There have been three “Men in Black” movies, and I think one of the coolest things about that movie that most people remember is that little device that erases peoples’ memories.
Washington — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expected to finalize a long-awaited proposal to make event data recorders standard on all new vehicles. In a notice posted Thursday, the White House Office of Management Budget said it has completed a review of the proposal to make so-called vehicle "black boxes" mandatory in all cars and trucks, clearing the way for NHTSA to publish its final regulation. Nearly all vehicles currently have the devices. NHTSA´s proposed rule, which would raise the percentage of vehicles required to have an EDR from 91.6 percent today to 100 percent of light-duty autos
On Thursday, Joe Scarborough examined the way both sides are handling themselves as the fiscal cliff hoopla continues. Particularly, he focused on President Obama who is facing what he deemed to be an interesting and difficult dynamic in his second term — after being treated so poorly in his first. “In my toughest political battles, every time I won, the bigger the victory, the more gracious I was afterwards,” Scarborough said. “That’s how you get things done.” Later in the segment, referring to fiscal cliff talks, Brzezinski said,
Exporting Jobs: For a week, an 800-member clerks´ union shut down most of the vast Los Angeles-Long Beach seaport. Who´s winning? Workers in Mexico. Who´s losing? Workers in Southern California. Ironic, isn´t it? The clerical workers unit of the longshoremen´s union at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach went on strike for a week, shutting down 10 of the harbor´s 14 container terminals, idling thousands of dockworkers and truckers and costing the local economy an estimated $1 billion a day in lost wages and sales. And for what? To protect jobs,
Democrats and Republicans are expressing opposition to President Barack Obama’s possible selection of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R., Nebr.) as the next secretary of defense. Hagel, who is reported to be on Obama’s shortlist to head the Pentagon, has long raised red flags on Capitol Hill for his controversial foreign policy views, which include sharp criticism of Israel, supporting the elimination of America’s nuclear arsenal, and pushing for direct unconditional talks with Iran. Hagel’s foreign policy views placed him in the minority of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle during his 12 years in the Senate.
We are still borrowing more than $1 trillion a year. Barack Obama has added more than $5 trillion to the national debt in his first term alone. Such massive borrowing is unsustainable. Someone somehow at some time has to pay it back. Obama would agree. He once alleged that George W. Bush’s much smaller deficits were “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic.” Obama himself vowed to cut the budget deficit in half by the end of his first term. Instead, Obama’s annual deficits have never gone below $1 trillion.
If you’re not one of the people in “Everyone” who loves Michelle Obama, you must not be following the collapse of Newsweek. In one of the magazine’s last print editions, Allison Samuels is asking “What´s next for our incredibly popular first lady? Samuel L. Jackson and other super-fans weigh in.” Jackson is in love: “Michelle is Superwoman. What can’t she do?...That’s why people love her. She can be on the Supreme Court and anywhere else she wants. She can be the president. She’s history and she’ll stay history because she
ObamaCare is being implemented, having been upheld as constitutional by the Supreme Court in June in a series of cases now known as National Federation of Independent Business v. HHS. It is becoming increasingly clear, however, that the court took a law that was flawed but potentially workable and transformed it into one that is almost certainly unworkable. More important, the justices also may have created new and fatal constitutional problems.
Prior to his death on Oct. 5, 2011, Steve Jobs made sure that the elevation of Tim Cook—his longtime head of operations and trusted deputy—to Apple chief executive officer would be drama-free. “He goes, ‘I never want you to ask what I would have done,’” recalls Cook. “‘Just do what’s right.’ He was very clear.” In Cook’s first 16 months on the job, Apple has released next-generation iPhones and iPads and seen its stock price rise 43 percent. Though it hasn’t yet expanded into new product categories (still no Apple TV set), t
A psychiatrist who treated accused Colorado theater gunman James Holmes rejected a law enforcement offer to involuntarily confine him for 72 hours after he told her six weeks before the shooting that he fantasized about killing "a lot of people," the Denver Post reported on Wednesday. Citing an unnamed source, the newspaper said that Holmes made the remark to his therapist, Lynne Fenton, on June 11. But when a University of Colorado police officer asked whether to detain Holmes on a psychiatric hold, Fenton said no. A psychiatric hold is usually involuntary hospitalization for mental health evaluation.
Residents of a senior adult apartment complex in California staged a protest after the management of their building announced a ban on Christmas trees and menorahs in communal areas. (Snip) “We’re all angry,” resident Fern Scheel told the Los Angeles Daily News.“We want that tree. Where’s our freedom? This is ridiculous.” JB Partners Group sent a memorandum to The Willows in Newhall, Calif. ordering them to remove the Christmas tree from the community room because they deemed it a religious symbol, the newspaper reported.
Accused movie theater shooter James Holmes had "a brief romantic relationship" with a graduate student at the University of Colorado, according to one of thousands of emails released to ABC News today. The revelation came from an email written by an employee of the university, Larry Hunter, to a colleague late in the morning after Holmes is alleged to have killed 12 and wounded 58 at a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises." (Snip) "Yeah, he was a grad student here, and, it turns out, had a brief romantic relationship with one of the grad students
The House Democratic leadership said Wednesday that the debt ceiling “ought not be a negotiating item” in Congress, thereby ceding their constitutional authority to borrow money to President Barack Obama. “The debt limit ought not to be held hostage to anything,” said Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) during a press conference on Capitol Hill. “It hurt our economy. We were downgraded for the first time in my career, and I think in history, by one of the rating agencies. “The credit worthiness of America ought not to be put at risk,” he said.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I-R.I.) told CNSNews.com on Wednesday that his administration calls the decorated evergreen tree erected in the Rhode Island State House in December a “holiday tree”--rather than a "Christmas tree"--because that is what the tree is traditionally called. CNSNews.com spoke with Chafee following his remarks at the National Governors Association national summit in Arlington, Va. "You have taken some recent criticism about changing the name of the State House tree to a holiday tree," asked CNSNews.com. "Would you say that you believe in Christmas?"
South Carolina U.S. Senator Jim DeMint will replace Ed Feulner as president of the Heritage Foundation. Mr. DeMint will leave his post as South Carolina´s junior senator in early January to take control of the Washington think tank, which has an annual budget of about $80 million. Sen. DeMint´s departure means that South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, a Republican, will name a successor, who will have to run in a special election in 2014. In that year, both Mr. DeMint´s replacement and Sen. Lindsey Graham will be running for reelection in South Carolina.
The president and CEO of conservative group American Majority Action (AMA) is demanding Republicans band together to fire House Speaker John Boehner. “Speaker Boehner has been an abysmal failure as speaker, and his latest purge is the nail in the coffin for conservatives,” AMA’s Ned Ryun said in a statement. “Boehner has never won a negation battle with the White House or Senate—and he’s been nothing short of an embarrassing spokesman for the Conservative Movement. It’s time for him to go.” Ryun pointed out, too, that if conservatives want to unseat Boehner, they’d only need 16 members
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is leaving Congress in January to lead the Heritage Foundation, the Wall Street Journal reports. DeMint, a staunch conservative who often clashes with party leadership, was reelected to a second term in 2010. He will depart before the new Congress is sworn in next month. “Senator DeMint has done more to advance the cause of freedom and liberty in Congress than anyone else since his election,” said Chris Chocola, president of the anti-tax Club for Growth, in a statement congratulating the senator. “We wish him nothing but the best in his new role
Taylor Swift, The Black Keys, and Kanye West are not alone in reveling their Grammy nominations this year, as the list for the 55th annual award show revealed that First Lady Michelle Obama is up for music’s highest honor. Mrs. Obama is nominated in the Best Spoken Word Album category for the audio version of “American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America,” her first book that promotes her anti-obesity campaign. The first lady will have to compete with former president Bill Clinton and MSNBC Host Rachel Maddow,