What kind of secretary of state would Sen. John Kerry make? That’s the question of the moment after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s surprise decision Thursday to withdraw her name from consideration, making Kerry the likely nominee. Kerry is a familiar figure to America and the world. He has been a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for nearly three decades. This very familiarity can seem something of a liability: the lean face, the patrician bearing, the status as a presidential also-ran. But the fact that Kerry is a known
Here´s a brilliant performance that you won´t see anywhere else on cable news, at least not involving a Democratic Congressperson. Neil Cavuto had Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson to discuss the latest on the fiscal cliff negotiations. He became frustrated that the only solutions Johnson would discuss were tax increases in one form or another. (video below) “No, you told me things you’d do to raise taxes. That’s what you told me. Credits, allowances, that sort of stuff. That’s what you told me,” Cavuto said. “You’ve got to talk about revenue generation,” the congresswoman replied.
Newton, Conn. - An official with knowledge of the situation says a gunman at the center of a school shooting in Newtown, Conn., has been killed. The official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still under way says the man apparently had two guns. A dispatcher at the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps says a teacher has been shot in the foot and taken to Danbury Hospital, but it´s unclear whether there are other injuries. Ambulance surrounded Sandy Hook Elementary School in western Connecticut and parents were running toward the building as a helicopter
The growing possibility of President Obama naming Democratic Sen. John Kerry as secretary of State and former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel to run the Pentagon is being embraced by Senate Republicans who predict confirmation. "I think both of them will be questioned vigorously but confirmed," said a top GOP Senate aide, meaning the GOP won´t put up a fight in the Democratically-controlled chamber. That will be a key selling point as Obama considers his choices. Reports emerged Thursday that Hagel, a Vietnam vet from Nebraska, was the frontrunner to replace exiting Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
Two hundred and twenty-four years of white voter dominance of presidential elections officially ended with Mitt Romney´s loss last month, and the GOP has such a bad brand among Hispanics that victory in 2016 and beyond will be a slog, according to a long-awaited Republican analysis. "Republicans have run out of persuadable white voters," said the study from GOP polling group Resurgent Republic. "Mitt Romney won a landslide among white voters, defeating Barack Obama by 59 to 39 percent. In the process he won every large segment of white voters, often by double-digit margins: white men,
In completely unrelated news. Between September and December 1929, collectivization increased from 7.4% to 15%, but in the first two months of 1930, 11 million households joined collectivized farms, pushing the total to nearly 60% almost overnight. In the news of the day, in the fabled land of Itcanthappenhere… New legislation that jumps the death tax to 55 percent of estates exceeding $1 million threatens 526,421 family farms, of about 25 percent of all farms in America, according to a Senate analysis. This summer, Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Democrats passed legislation
An Islamic-advocacy group linked to terrorism is launching a public-relations campaign to argue that jihad doesn’t mean Islamic holy war, but instead a “concerted effort … with the purpose of getting to a better place.” However, the campaign, which is being launched Dec. 14 by an affiliate of the Council on American Islamic Relations, isn’t a formal religious declaration by United States or Arab Islamic authorities, and it does clash with orthodox judgments dating back 1,400 years to the beginning of Islam. “It is [public] education about what we believe,” said Ahmed Rehab,
The mainstream media´s hurting today. After winning the election for Barack Obama, the media felt all-powerful and invulnerable. Then they watched New Media completely own a story they were desperate to cover up -- the story of the violence and racism at the hands of pro-union protesters in Michigan. Then, to add insult to injury, yesterday, the media discovered they weren´t all-powerful enough to protect Susan Rice. Under pressure from a New Media demanding answers the mainstream media doesn’t want answered --
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists announced its support last month for selling oral contraceptives over the counter without a prescription in the United States. I agree with this opinion, which if embraced by the federal government would take contraception out of the political arena. As a conservative Republican, I believe that we have been stupid to let the Democrats demagogue the contraceptives issue and pretend, during debates about health-care insurance, that Republicans are somehow against birth control. It´s a disingenuous political argument they make. As an unapologetic pro-life Republican, I also believe
Let’s get over the notion that the Republicans are the ones preventing that “balanced” deal the president insists on securing. The New York Times (hardly the hotbed of the conservative media) acknowledges: Mr. Boehner has offered to raise his opening bid of $800 billion in increased tax revenue over 10 years, but only if the president makes a significant commitment to overhaul entitlements and slow their growth. The White House’s opening bid committed to pressing changes next year to federal health care programs that would save $400 billion over 10 years.
When a Neighborhood Watch guard shot Trayvon Martin in February 2012, a chorus of civil rights activists concluded that he had been killed because of his race. Michael Skolnick, the political director for hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, spoke for the consensus in an article he titled, “White People You Will Never Look Suspicious.”(Snip)the term “white skin privilege” was first popularized in the 1970s by the SDS radicals of “Weatherman,” who were carrying on a terrorist war against “Amerikkka,” a spelling designed to stigmatize the United States as a nation of Klansmen.
Some security guards at John F. Kennedy International Airport have voted to go on strike next week if their employer doesn´t respond to their concerns over issues including training and equipment. Security worker Prince Jackson said about 100 employees of Air Serv Corp. voted Thursday to authorize a strike for Dec. 20. The employees are not unionized but are being supported by 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union.(Snip)The workers handle security issues such as directing traffic in front of the terminals at the airport, one of the nation´s busiest, and making sure non-passenger areas including the tarmacs are secure.
A top Russian diplomat on Thursday said President Bashar al-Assad could lose control of Syria, Moscow´s first public admission of that prospect. "We have to face facts—the trend is that the Syrian regime and government are losing more and more control and more and more territory," said Mikhail Bogdanov, Russia´s top envoy for Middle East affairs. "Unfortunately, the opposition could prevail." (Snip) Anders Fogh Rasmussen, secretary-general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, called Mr. Assad´s downfall "only a matter of time."
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez´s cancer is most likely terminal given the disease´s recurrences, and while the president may bounce back for periods, his health is increasingly at risk, say several leading cancer specialists not involved in the treatment. Mr. Chávez is recovering from surgery in Cuba this week after the president said malignant cells reappeared for a third time in his abdomen.(Snip)Doctors say cancer in the abdomen is almost always one of four types: prostate, colon, bladder or sarcoma, which is a rare form of cancer that arises not from an organ, but from connective tissue like muscles, ligaments,
N. Joseph Woodland, the co-inventor of the bar code, died this week at an assisted-living facility in Edgewater where he had been living with his wife the past six years, family members said Thursday. Mr. Woodland, 91, came up with the idea for the bar code, now used to store information on almost every product sold in stores or online, as he drew lines in the sand on a beach in Miami 64 years ago, said one of his daughters, Susan Woodland, who lives in New York City. He and his partner, Bernard Silver, who died in the 1960s,
Viewed a certain way, the 2012 election can be seen as a gift to Republicans wrapped in ugly paper. The wrapping looked like a hostage note with a message scrawled in crayon: "We hate you." But inside was a gift, and the gift was time. The party was given the opportunity, when it is still strong, to hold the kind of fresh, open-the-windows debate it would have been forced to have in 2016 anyway, and in less favorable conditions. If Mitt Romney had won this year he would have had a very tough presidency, with the left revived and
You might never spot an air marshal on your flight, but it’s reassuring to know one might be there. In a few weeks, though, many of them are likely to get pink slips — along with food safety inspectors, border patrol agents and countless other government employees who play a crucial if hidden role in everyone’s lives. These and many other cuts to important programs like child nutrition and low-income housing are part of a giant buzz saw known as the sequester, which will indiscriminately slash $100 billion in discretionary
The law student assassinated on a busy New York City street worked as a drug courier and was assassinated after a large sum of money he was carrying was confiscated by police in California, it was claimed on Thursday. Brandon Woodard, 31, reportedly flew to New York from his home in Los Angeles to try to smooth things over with his angry bosses. Instead, he was coldly executed in Midtown Manhattan in broad daylight on Monday. New York police say they are closing in on the men responsible for Woodard´s death. They have identified the getaway driver
INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey -The U.S. will send two batteries of Patriot missiles and 400 troops to Turkey as part of a NATO force meant to protect Turkish territory from potential Syrian missile attack, the Pentagon said Friday. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed a deployment order en route to Turkey from Afghanistan calling for 400 U.S. soldiers to operate two batteries of Patriots at undisclosed locations in Turkey, Pentagon press secretary George Little told reporters flying with Panetta. Germany and the Netherlands have already agreed to provide two batteries of the U.S.-built defense systems and send
This afternoon, Breitbart News sat down with Sen. Jim DeMint, in advance of his exit from the Senate to take the reigns at the Heritage Foundation. Our conversation primarily focused on the future of the conservative movement and the immediate talks surrounding the "fiscal cliff." But, one particular exchange was unexpected. Breitbart News asked Sen. DeMint about the newly announced 5-member panel to examine or "audit" the recent campaign and the Republican Party´s outreach and messaging. His answer was a surprise: I´ll see what they do, but we´re going to do that [auditing the campaign] at Heritage
If Barack and Michelle Obama feel comfortable allowing Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn to babysit their children, that is their problem. The question is, would you allow them to babysit yours? Let´s take that a step farther: would you let them raise your children? Would you give them exclusive supervision over the majority of your children´s daylight hours up to age eighteen, primary control of your children´s academic curriculum and teaching methodology, and authority to arrange the broad social and moral framework within which your children will be educated? No? Then why do you accept modern public education?
A group of security officers at JFK Airport are threatening to strike during the holiday travel rush if they don’t get better wages and working conditions. “They are not providing us with enough training, with proper equipment to do our jobs,” Prince Jackson, one of the security guards who has been helping organize his colleagues with the help of 32BJ/SEIU, said at a rally outside Terminal 3 at JFK on Thursday. “I started working here three years ago at $8 an hour and I still make $8 an hour,” he said. Jackson said a majority of 200 security officers
On Dec. 13, 2011, Marine Lance Cpl. Christian Brown was leading his squad on a foot patrol in Afghanistan’s Helmand province when he stepped on an explosive device that blew off both his legs, one above the knee, the other below his hip. He also lost part of his right index finger. Last Sunday, almost exactly a year since those grievous injuries forced him to learn to walk on two successive pairs of prosthetic legs, Brown was “humiliated” to the point of tears on a Delta flight from Atlanta to Washington after being clumsily wheeled to the back row
The Obama administration´s Asia team was caught so off guard by North Korea´s Dec. 11 rocket launch, several of them actually had to put down their drinks and suddenly leave a holiday party being held in honor of the Japanese emperor´s birthday. Several top U.S. officials dealing with Asia and North Korea from the State Department, the Pentagon, and the National Security Council were relaxing Tuesday night at the Japanese ambassador´s Nebraska Avenue residence
On election night, Bob King knew what lay ahead. Last month´s rejection of Proposal 2 assured organized labor´s defeat this week in Michigan´s lopsided right-to-work battle, culminating a series of miscalculations by the United Auto Workers president and others. Barely a month after voters killed a proposed collective bargaining amendment to the state constitution, the right-to-work loss weakens his credibility with the union's major employers, imperils his membership and potentially slows the union's dues flow, say labor analysts and ranking auto industry execs familiar with the situation. Headline split, content added by staff