First Lady Michelle Obama would defeat Republican Sen. Mark Kirk by 11 points in a hypothetical race for his Illinois Senate seat. According to a new poll, Mrs. Obama leads the incumbent senator 51 to 40 percent in a head-to-head match-up. The poll also found that 34% of voters approve of the job Kirk is doing, while 19% disapprove. The senator´s approval number is no match to Michelle Obama´s, however, with 60% of voters viewing the First Lady positively. Nonetheless, Mrs. Obama has said in the past that she is not interested in running for office:
Islamofascism: Still intoxicated by their "Arab Spring" fairy tale, the media don´t see a problem with the Muslim Brotherhood´s proposed new constitution for Egypt. Apparently they haven´t read the fine print. ´A quick glimpse at the articles show ... there´s wording that prohibits arbitrary arrest and detention and ensures due process, a sensitive topic in Egypt," CNN reported, approvingly. "Mubarak and his loyalists are blamed for jailing and harshly mistreating innocents" before the uprising. The New York Times also shrugged, noting the Muslim Brotherhood drafters simply preserved the language of the old constitution.
Fiscal Policy: The president tells business leaders he wants to do away with Congress when it comes to raising the country´s legal debt limit and be able to do it all by himself. aclgsIf hypocrisy were taxable, we should soon be able to balance the budget and repay the national debt. It was on display again Wednesday, when President Obama told CEOs at the Business Roundtable he is no longer playing the debt ceiling "game" of agreeing to raise the limit in exchange for administration concessions on spending and taxes. Calling the last debt battle in 2011 a "catastrophe"
The Florida socialite at the centre of CIA director David Petraeus downfall is planning a tell all book, according to friends. The 37 year old is understood to have held preliminary talks with publishers to tell her side of the story that led to the resignation of General Petraeus. ´Trust me, there is going to be a book in the New Year. You can count on it,´ said a friend of the Tampa socialite. Kelley, 37, has not spoken about her pivotal role in the scandal which led to Petraeus´s affair with his biographer Paul Broadwell being exposed last month. Petraeus, 58,
George Zimmerman´s lawyers say prosecutors are deliberately dragging their feet, and accused the Duval County State Attorney of delaying - and even hiding - evidence that suggests their client is innocent. It took months and the judge´s intervention for lawyers to get a vivid color copy of Zimmerman´s bloody injuries. The defense didn´t find out about witnesses who had helpful information until recently, and attorneys learned of a police officer´s full role in the case by word of mouth. Papers filed in Seminole County Court in Sanford accuse prosecutors of withholding exculpatory information by delaying reports and a key audio tape.
With not an arresting officer in sight crowds of smiling people lit joints under Seattle’s Space Needle on early Thursday morning celebrating marijuana now legal under Washington state law. Hundreds gathered at Seattle Center for a New Year´s Eve-style countdown to 12am, when the legalization measure passed by voters last month took effect. When the clock struck, they cheered and sparked up in unison. A few dozen people gathered on a sidewalk outside the north Seattle headquarters of the annual Hempfest celebration and did the same, offering joints to reporters and blowing smoke into television news cameras.
Hurry up and wait. That’s what first responders were left to do after being deployed by FEMA to assist in the storm-ravaged areas in the initial days after superstorm Sandy, FoxNews.com has learned. A FEMA worker who spoke to FoxNews.com described a chaotic scene at New Jersey´s Fort Dix, where emergency workers arrived as the storm bore down on the Atlantic Coast. The worker said officials at the staging area were unprepared and told the incoming responders there was nothing for them to do for nearly four days. “They told us to hurry, hurry, hurry," the worker,
Orlando, Fla. - George Zimmerman sued NBC on Thursday, claiming he was defamed when the network edited his 911 call to police after the shooting of Trayvon Martin to make it sound like he was racist. The former neighborhood watch volunteer filed the lawsuit seeking an undisclosed amount of money in Seminole County, outside Orlando. Also named in the complaint were three reporters covering the story for NBC or an NBC-owned television station. The complaint said the airing of the edited call has inflicted emotional distress on Zimmerman, making him fear for his life and causing him
OK, so marijuana is now legal in Washington state. But does that mean it´s good for you? "Daily use increases the risk of becoming dependent," says Roger Roffman, a professor emeritus at the University of Washington´s School of Social Work. He supported Initiative 502, which called for the legalization of a small amount of marijuana for adults 21 and older in Washington. Roffman says there are positive outcomes of marijuana use. Consumption of it can be for medical purposes, and it can reduce symptoms of disease and treatments of disease, he says.
Oh, the fall from Beltway media grace shall be sharp and swift for the country’s most popular Republican. Christie’s decision comes in ahead of the Health and Human Services already postponed deadline of Dec. 14. It also comes on the same day Christie is meeting with President Obama about aid for Hurricane Sandy recovery. Would that be the opposite of a hug? The governor today vetoed state-exchange legislation from his state assembly— a revised version of bill he vetoed in May— and says it comes down to insufficient information from the federal government
A New York federal judge may rule imminently on a case that could reverse the General Motors (GM) bailout and send the company back into bankruptcy, according to sources close to the case. At issue is a backroom deal hatched by GM to fulfill the Obama administration’s demand for a quick bankruptcy, draining the automaker of nearly all of its cash on hand and leaving it in worse shape than it was when it collapsed in 2009. One condition of GM’s bailout was to shore up its overseas subsidiaries. On the eve of entering bankruptcy,
When Forbes released its annual list of Hollywood’s highest-paid women in October, it was no surprise that Oprah Winfrey passed everyone else by a mile. Her vast media empire, pulling in $165 million last year, swamped her nearest competitor, Britney Spears, whose earnings from music, TV and product endorsements totaled a distant second at $58 million. Spears’ career has made a spectacular recovery after what seemed like a squalid death spiral just a few short years ago -- but she’s being given a run for her money by the new gals in town.
NEW YORK -- Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore on Thursday sharply criticized President Barack Obama, a fellow Democrat, for failing to make global warming a priority issue, saying action was more urgent than ever after the devastation in the Northeast from Superstorm Sandy. "I deeply respect our president and I am grateful for the steps that he has taken, but we cannot have four more years of mentioning this occasionally and saying it´s too bad that the Congress can´t act," Gore told the New York League of Conservation Voters.
The dreaded fiscal cliff got a litter lighter today thanks to former Senator Alan Simpson, half of the bipartisan Simpson Bowles balanced deficit reduction evangelist team. The 81-year-old Republican danced to Gangnam Style after referencing “instagramming and tweeting” in a YouTube video posted to spread the word about the fiscal cliff. The video titled, “Take the Three Week Challenge!” was posted to promote The Can Kicks Back, a campaign targeting the youth to actively participate in fixing the national debt problem. “Stop Instagramming your breakfast and tweeting your first world problems,
Police arrested several protesters and sprayed mace into the crowd in the state Capitol on Thursday as lawmakers discussed right-to-work legislation that would make Michigan the nation´s 24th right-to-work state. The protesters were arrested as they tried to rush the Senate floor, said Michigan State Police Inspector Gene Adamczyk. "When several of the individuals rushed the troopers, they used chemical munitions to disperse the crowd," he said. "It would be a lot worse if someone gets hurt and I failed to act."
If you´ve ever wondered how close London’s landmarks came to being blown up in the Blitz, a new interactive map has the answer.[Snip] The site can tell people exactly when their area was hit, and even show photos from the period. ´The Bomb Sight project is mapping the London WW2 bomb census between 7/10/1940 and 06/06/1941,´ the team say on their site. ´Previously available only by viewing in the Reading Room at The National Archives, Bomb Sight is making the maps available to citizen researchers, academics and students wanting to explore where the bombs
U.S. officials have said for months that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad´s days in power are numbered. A fight to the death might seem a more plausible outcome as the carnage of the Syrian civil war approaches its second year. But the idea of asylum in a third country is an option that is also emerging in questions over Assad´s fate. (Snip) The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported Wednesday that Faisal al-Miqdad, the Syrian deputy foreign minister, recently traveled to Cuba, Venezuela and Ecuador with personal letters from Assad looking at the possibility of political asylum for himself and his family
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The estate or guardian of the infant of the Chiefs player who killed her mother before turning a gun on himself will receive more than $1 million under terms of the NFL´s collective-bargaining agreement. Jovan Belcher´s 3-month-old daughter, Zoey, stands to receive $108,000 annually over the next four years, $48,000 in the fifth year and then $52,000 each year until age 18. She´ll continue to receive that amount until age 23 if she attends college.
After a few post-Hurricane Sandy weeks of new jobless claims hitting over 400,000, it looks as though we´ve settled back into the new and accepted normal of new claims landing somewhere in the 360,000 to 390,000 range. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this week saw 370,000 new claims filed. Keep in mind, though, that it´s only in Barack Obama´s America that we´ve learned to celebrate any number under 400,000. We´re nowhere near the point where our economy creates enough jobs to keep up with those lost every week. But because the media will never
President Obama spent more than $1.45 million on his first two official state dinners, according to White House financial documents obtained by The Washington Examiner. The White House Executive Residence sent two invoices to the State Department´s Office of Protocol, seeking reimbursement for the White House dinners honoring visiting Indian and Mexican heads of state. Both invoices can be viewed following this news story. The October 2009 Indian dinner cost $487,168.86 or $1,485 per person, according to the invoices. The May 2010 Mexican dinner price tag was $969,793.92
Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is leaving the Senate to take over the Heritage Foundation. He will replace Ed Feulner as the conservative think tank’s president. He expressed no qualms about leaving the Senate before his term is up, nor did he reflect on his legislative achievements, of which none come to mind. Let me first explain why this is very bad indeed for Heritage. Even DeMint would not claim to be a serious scholar. He is a pol. He’s a pol whose entire style of conservatism –all or nothing,
A Texas burglary suspect dialed 911 early Tuesday morning to report that an armed homeowner was threatening to shoot him, MyFoxDFW.com reported. James Gerow, the homeowner, told the station that he awoke and discovered a man wearing a dark hoodie inside his Springtown, Texas home. Springtown is a small city Northwest of Fort Worth. Gerow grabbed his gun and followed the man out to a truck in his driveway. With gun in hand, Gerow convinced the man to drop his keys. He told his wife to call 911 and waited for deputies to arrive.
John Adrain is an inventor living on a cliff’s edge in the Pacific Northwest. He has a variety of fears, including nuclear fallout, natural disasters, and biological terrorist attacks. He’s worried about a lot. Now, as much as I like teasing our preppers/victims each week, Mr. Adrain addresses something at the very beginning of his segment that has been bugging me for two bleeping years. I don’t quite understand bugging out. Where are you going to bug out to? Because if there was some sort of a panic, people think they’re just going to get onto the freeway
Washington Post reporter and author Bob Woodward said Wednesday morning that the fiscal cliff talks are like the movie “Groundhog Day.” “It’s Groundhog Day: The question is, who’s playing Bill Murray?” he told Politico’s Mike Allen at Playbook Breakfast Wednesday morning. “It’s such a repetition: It’s the same players, at the same seats, at the same table.” He said that it’s still too early to tell how the negotiations between President Barack Obama and Congress — specifically, House Speaker John Boehner — will turn out. “I think anyone who thinks they know is wrong,” he said.