If liberal American Jews weren’t already dismayed about the fact that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is a shoe-in to be re-elected in next month’s election, the latest political news out of Israel may give them conniption fits. The results of new polls show that Netanyahu’s Likud and its coalition partners are set to exceed the strong governing majority they had in the current Knesset. But the really interesting numbers are those that show that the main party to the right of the Likud—the Habeyit Hayehudi or Jewish Home Party–is on track to be the third largest in the next parliament
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Weeks ahead of Israeli elections, Palestinian officials are already plotting a series of tough steps against Israel to be taken if, as polls predict, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is re-elected and peace efforts remain stalled. Emboldened by their newly upgraded status at the United Nations, the Palestinians are talking of filing war crimes charges against Israel, staging mass demonstrations in the West Bank, encouraging the international community to impose sanctions, and ending the security cooperation that has helped preserve quiet in recent years.
Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin declared Thursday that change was needed in Damascus, further distancing Moscow from Syrian President Bashar Assad in another sign that Assad´s support may be fraying even among his few remaining allies. (Snip) Putin said Russia would not back Assad, long a close ally, "at any price," and he used some of the Kremlin´s strongest language to date indicating that Russia recognized that Assad´s days were numbered. "We are not concerned with the fate of Assad´s regime," Putin told journalists in Moscow. "We understand what is going on, given that the
Anyone who has observed the hateful rhetoric that Democratic politicians and media figures have directed at Republicans over the last few years must have wondered whether Democrats’ over-the-top hate speech would lead to violence. So far, mercifully, it hasn’t; not lethal violence, anyway. But a pro-gay marriage activist named Ronnie McMillian, from Hawthorne, New Jersey, shows how liberal loyalists can be whipped into a homicidal frenzy by liberal hate speech. McMillian is under arrest for threatening to murder Republicans with whom he has political disagreements:
Could the release of “Zero Dark Thirty” provoke violent protests against the U.S. in response to the film’s searing depictions of “enhanced interrogation” — the coercive, super-secret and bitterly debated methods used by the CIA against al Qaeda terrorism suspects? Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow’s acclaimed docudrama about the pursuit of Osama bin Laden opened Wednesday at five theaters in New York and Los Angeles. The film, an early Oscar favorite, graphically depicts coercive CIA interrogation techniques, including
First Amendment: A federal appeals court has reinstated lawsuits from two religious colleges against the HHS contraception mandate, saying promises to rework it aren´t enough. Can a group of nuns helping the poor be protected? On Tuesday, a chink in ObamaCare´s armor developed as a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., reinstated lawsuits by Wheaton College and Belmont Abbey College that had been dismissed by lower courts on the grounds the two schools had not yet suffered or demonstrated real harm by a law not yet fully implemented. The lower courts ruled the schools
House Republicans’ “Plan B” to avert the “fiscal cliff” came crashing down Thursday night after party leaders realized they didn’t have the votes to pass it, and pulled it from the floor — leaving the country poised on the edge of massive tax increases and spending cuts. House lawmakers are now headed home for Christmas, though they vowed to return if there is any progress on talks. But the collapse is a serious blow to House Speaker John A. Boehner, who had hoped to gain leverage in his negotiations with President Obama, and it signals that conservative Republicans
When I was about to start eighth grade, my father almost shot my mother. It was another of their many ugly fights. I got between them — literally — and tried to grab the gun. I will never forget that night. The shouting. The fear. The raw terror that we would all die, my brother and sisters along with my parents. My calling for help but the police not coming; my parents were important people in town. My mother running out of the house. I locked my brother and sisters in a bedroom and pushed a bed against
Every mass shooting has three elements: the killer, the weapon and the cultural climate. As soon as the shooting stops, partisans immediately pick their preferred root cause with corresponding pet panacea. Names are hurled, scapegoats paraded, prejudices vented. The argument goes nowhere. Let’s be serious: (1) The Weapon Within hours of last week’s Newtown, Conn., massacre, the focus was the weapon and the demand was for new gun laws. Several prominent pro-gun Democrats remorsefully professed new openness to gun control. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is introducing a new assault weapons ban. And the president emphasized guns and ammo above all
Turn on virtually any talk show heard or viewed in the mainstream media this past week and it’s clear that most of the chattering classes are convinced that the Newtown massacre marks a turning point in the history of American culture. According to this narrative, the country’s understandable shock and horror over the slaughter of innocents at the Sandy Hook Elementary School is the equivalent of Pearl Harbor or 9/11 in that it has fundamentally altered the political correlation of forces that has prevented gun control. More to the point, they believe this sea change is so
The Pew Research Center released a poll today that found Americans support gun control over gun rights, 49 percent to 42 percent. A shift in favor of gun control would be expected after last week’s horrific shooting in Newtown. But Politico is reporting on this as if it’s a major attitude change: More Americans prioritize gun control above Second Amendment rights by the widest margin since President Barack Obama took office, according to a new poll released Thursday in wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Forty-nine percent of those polled said it’s
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R–OH) told members of his own conference on Thursday night that there were not enough votes among the party that would support passage of Boehner’s tax proposal known as “Plan B.” Boehner’s office released the following statement: "The House did not take up the tax measure today because it did not have sufficient support from our members to pass. Now it is up to the president to work with Senator Reid on legislation to avert the fiscal cliff. The House has already passed legislation to stop all of the January 1 tax rate increases
The reaction to the naming of Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) to the U.S. Senate compared to Barack Obama entering the Senate and subsequent appointment of Roland Burris to the body four years ago is an interesting and revealing study in contrasts — and hypocrisy. When the Democrats have a black man in the Senate, they make him president in about 10 minutes, the left calls him “savior,” bestows the Nobel Peace Prize on him, names him Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” and shrilly tags those who disagree with him as “racists” and other ugly invectives.
WASHINGTON – House Republican leaders abruptly pulled their fallback tax bill from the floor Thursday night, conceding that they did not have the votes to pass it. “The House did not take up the tax measure today because it did not have sufficient support from our members to pass,” Speaker John A. Boehner said in a statement. “Now it is up to the president to work with Senator Reid on legislation to avert the fiscal cliff.” The decision was a major setback for the speaker, who was pushing his so-called Plan B to
Politics: The White House is trying to sweep responsibility for the deaths of four U.S. officials under the rug in its Benghazi report, blaming small-fry bureaucratic bungling. Left untouched: policy-making at the top. The long awaited Accountability Review Board´s report on the terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya is in, with findings no more insightful than "systematic failures" and "management deficits" as the root cause of this highly abnormal event, which killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans last Sept. 11. Retired Ambassador Thomas Pickering and retired Adm. Michael Mullen led the commission that effectively
Democrats and the media insist the Community Reinvestment Act, the anti-redlining law beefed up by President Clinton, had nothing to do with the subprime mortgage crisis and recession. But a new study by the respected National Bureau of Economic Research finds, "Yes, it did. We find that adherence to that act led to riskier lending by banks." Added NBER: "There is a clear pattern of increased defaults for loans made by these banks in quarters around the (CRA) exam. Moreover, the effects are larger for loans made within CRA tracts," or predominantly low-income and minority areas.
WASHINGTON — When Rep. Paul Ryan appeared on the House floor Thursday evening to ferry Republicans´ sequester replacement bill to a mostly symbolic passage, it was the the most famous House Republican´s first, brief moment in the spotlight during negotiations to avert the fiscal cliff. On Monday evening, those negotiations were heating up anew: President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner had met earlier at the White House, where Obama presented Boehner with his latest counteroffer.
Troubled gunman Adam Lanza once considered joining the Marines, a demanding career that his mother ultimately decided wouldn’t be the right fit her antisocial son, a family friend claims. While mom Nancy Lanza liked that her 20-year-old son could be given purpose and structure, she knew that serving in the armed forces wasn’t something that he could handle, friend Ellen Adriani told the Connecticut Post. He even said he could join another branch of the military if the Marines didn’t pan out, the newspaper reported Thursday. “It became overwhelmingly clear to her that (military service) wasn’t right for him," said Adriani,
Sixty soldiers have returned from Afghanistan to spend Christmas with their families. The members of the Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 Scots), flew back to Edinburgh three months earlier than initially planned. The Ministry of Defence said the move is part of the planned troop reduction in the country, which will see the number of service personnel in Afghanistan reduce from 9,500 to 9,000 before Christmas. More than 3,800 British troops fighting in Afghanistan will be home by Christmas next year, David Cameron announced this week.
Today ABC News President Ben Sherwood announced new correspondent assignments for the Washington D.C. bureau. He sent the following email to the news division outlining the changes: I’m writing with news about our on-air team in Washington. I am delighted to report that Jonathan Karl is our new Chief White House Correspondent and Martha Raddatz is taking on an expanded role as Chief Global Affairs Correspondent. (Snip) Jake is leaving ABC News for an opportunity at CNN. You’ll hear more about his new anchor role from his new network.
RUSH: We´re gonna start in Long Valley, New Jersey. This is Frank. Thank you, sir, and welcome. Great to have you here. CALLER: Thank you, Rush. I was sitting here enjoying a cigar in one of the last bastions in New Jersey you´re still allowed to smoke. So having a good time listening to you. But the real problem here is, you´re talking about the uninformed voter, you´re not gonna get them by giving them more information. And the left separates elections from governing. And we don´t do that.
RUSH: You gotta hear this. Richard Stengel. You thought it was gonna be your story on the castration guy, right? That´s coming up. You gotta hear this. Richard Stengel, the TIME Magazine guy, the editor. You know, yesterday he was on Today show, announced Obama as the Person of the Year. He said the reason why they named Obama Person of the of Year is because the no-information voters love the guy. They´re transforming America. They actually said this. TIME magazine said it´s remarkable he´s worth being Person of the Year,
Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis expects President Obama and Congress to reach a deal to avoid going over the financial cliff on Jan. 2, 2013, but even if they don´t settle things in time, nothing much will happen in her department if mandatory spending cuts - akak "sequestration" - are implemented. "I do not expect our day-to-day operations to change dramatically on or immediately after January 2, should sequestration occur. This means that we will not be executing any immediate personnel actions, such as furloughs, on that date," she told Department of Labor employees in a memorandum circulated today.
WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder is heading to Newtown, Conn., to meet with first responders and law enforcement officials about last week´s school shooting. A Justice Department official says Holder is set to depart Washington after meeting with Vice President Joe Biden, who´s leading an administration effort to develop ways for reducing gun violence. The official requested anonymity because Holder´s visit to Newtown has not been publicly announced. The attorney general isn´t expected to participate in any public events during the visit.
Yes, abortion rights activists have reached a new level of depravity. Apparently, as everyone indulges in the holiday spirit, the pro-choice camp decided to create abortion ornaments – or ´abornaments´ – to be part of the commemoration of the birth of Christ. The fact that pro-choice Americans threw this in the face of those who practice religion, or hold pro-life beliefs, is offensive in the extreme. Steven Ertelt of Life News wrote on December 19: The pro-life group Life Dynamics has been highlighting so-called “Abornaments” that pro-abortion activists are promoting. They are sharing the images of the sacrilegious ornaments