The Church of England has dropped its controversial ban on gay clergy becoming bishops, leading to warnings of major divisions among its members. The announcement, from the Church’s House of Bishops, would allow gay clergy in civil partnerships to become bishops if they promise to be celibate. However, conservative evangelical Anglicans have said they intend to fight the move in the Church’s ruling General Synod and have warned they would be willing to bring in bishops from overseas to avoid serving under a gay bishop.(Snip) The move comes after the General Synod controversially rejected proposals to allow women bishops
WASHINGTON - The House Republican leadership will set aside GOP campaign promises to repeal Obamacare outright in favor of piecemeal changes within the 906-page law, U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands, a senior member of the House leadership, told the Houston Chronicle Friday. The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee´s panel on health care said the Republican-controlled House would target provisions that GOP lawmakers blame for driving up health care costs. "Clearly our preference is a complete repeal and replacement of it,"
The appetite for a government shutdown is growing among Republicans, who had shied away from one during the debt and spending fights in the last Congress but now say one may be needed. Several high-profile senators this week began laying the groundwork for a shutdown, saying that it may be necessary in order to restore “fiscal sanity” on the federal budget. “I think the last time we saw a shutdown, the fact that Republicans were willing to stand together — on fiscally conservative principles — ended up producing a result that was responsible and that benefited
Federal support for wind power will last for at least one more year under a little-noticed portion of the “fiscal cliff” deal reached earlier this week. It largely was overshadowed by the back-and-forth over tax rates and other, higher-profile issues, but the wind-energy industry was bracing itself for mass layoffs in the event the $12 billion-per-year production tax credit and other giveaways were eliminated at the end of 2012, as originally scheduled.(Snip) While the one-year extension doesn’t provide the same certainty enjoyed by the solar-power sector — which has its tax credits
The Loganville mother of two assumed the knocks on her front door Friday afternoon were from a solicitor. “Don’t answer,” she yelled to her 9-year-old twins playing downstairs. When the visitor began repeatedly ringing the doorbell, she called her husband at work. “Get the kids and hide,” he told his wife. As he dialed 911, his 37-year-old spouse, who works from home, collected the children and hid with them in a crawlspace adjoining her office. By that time, the intruder had forced his way into the three-story residence on Henderson Ridge Drive with a crowbar,
President Barack Obama´s 2008 campaign has been fined $375,000 by the Federal Election Commission for reporting violations related to a set of donations received during the final days of the campaign. The fines are among the largest ever levied on a presidential campaign by the FEC and stem from a series of missing notices for nearly 1,200 contributions totaling nearly $1.9 million. Campaigns are required to file reports within 48 hours on donations of $1,000 or more received during the final 20 days of the campaign. The fine was detailed in a conciliation agreement sent to Sean Cairncross,
$16.4 trillion – that’s the latest figure for America’s massive national debt. Nearly $6 trillion of this debt was racked up in the first term of the Obama presidency – a 50 percent increase. It is horrifying to imagine what the debt will be when Obama leaves the White House in 2016, unless Congress has the willpower to stand in the way. Meanwhile, as the world’s superpower is literally drowning in debt, President Obama is basking in the warmth of the beaches of Hawaii, at an exclusive resort way beyond the financial reach of most Americans.
A remarkable photograph of a baby reaching out from the womb to grip the finger of the doctor working to deliver her by C-section has drawn a huge amount of attention on the Internet: The baby is named Nevaeh (it’s “Heaven” spelled backward) and her mother, Alicia Atkins, is a professional photographer. She didn’t take this particular photo, since she was rather preoccupied at the time, so the shutterbug duties fell to her husband Randy. A report at Life News notes that such events are not unknown to hospital staff,
Al Gore has sold his failing Current TV network to Al Jazeera, which plans to rename it Al Jazeera America – and so the Leftist/jihadist alliance is now official. While the American Left has been cooperating and collaborating with forces of the global jihad and Islamic supremacism for years, now their alliance is open and indisputable. Gore is even slated for a spot on Al Jazeera America’s advisory board. The Wall Street Journal reported that Current TV’s co-founder and CEO, Joel Hyatt, explained that Al Jazeera was a perfect fit for the sale. Al Jazeera, he said,
If Scott Brown does not attempt to return to the Senate in the special election to fill John Kerry’s soon-to-be open seat in Massachusetts, a figure well-known to many Fox News viewers may take a crack at the Republican nomination. “(I)f neither William Weld nor Scott Brown is the candidate to bring that help from Massachusetts to Washington, I will take those who have asked me to run much more seriously,” Dr. Keith Ablow said in statement to the Boston Herald Thursday. Psychiatrist Ablow hosts a syndicated talk show and has been a Fox News contributor,
The word is that President Obama is set to nominate Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense. Reportedly, the nomination could come as early as Monday. Hagel’s nomination would be a victory for clarity. As has widely been observed, Hagel has no natural constituency, except perhaps for those who want a foreign and defense policy that is tougher on Israel and softer on Iran. Unfortunately, as I have observed, Obama belongs to that constituency. Hence, the clarity his nomination would bring. Israel would be clear that Obama views the Jewish state with hostility
In case you missed it, Alan Grayson is back in Congress. Yes, the same Alan Grayson who called his 2010 congressional opponent Dan Webster (who he lost to) "Taliban Dan" and the same guy who said Republicans want people to "die quickly" on the House floor in 2009. In November, Grayson regained his position in Congress due to redistricting. Yesterday, just hours after the 113th Congress officially started, Grayson was on MSNBC accusing Republicans of legislative terrorism because you know, new tone or something. "Well, they say it´s a device for them to extract concessions that they
Did you know that if you own a gun you are equivalent to a child molester? According to Mark Green, who has run for the mayoralty of new York on the Democratic ticket, your right to own a gun grants you the same right to privacy as a child molester: none. Green appeared on "Hardball" Thursday and pronounced that gun ownership laws should be severe in their restrictions, and that just as in “Megan’s Law” which stipulates that sex offenders must be listed in a registry open to the public,
Perth Amboy — The driver for disgraced former Perth Amboy Mayor Joseph Vas was sentenced today to five years probation for his part in a scheme to rig a lottery so he could buy a discounted home intended for low-income residents, state authorities said. Anthony Jones, 51, of Perth Amboy, admitted in August that he falsified personal financial information in order to qualify to buy a two-family home on Market Street through the Perth Amboy Home Program, the state Attorney General´s Office said in a news release. Vas admitted in 2010 to rigging a public lottery so that Jones won
Of course, 2013 will be fine, because the 1950s sure were. That´s the premise for the coming year, especially in regard to the agreement in Washington to raise tax rates on the well-off. In the 1950s, after all, tax rates were far higher than what the House and Senate have agreed on, a top rate in the high-30% range. Back then, they were even higher than what President Barack Obama might have proposed, if left to his own counsel. Republicans in that era went along with the idea that high rates took something away from the rich and
MSNBC’s Now panelists took to the airwaves on Friday to celebrate the historic nature of the fact that the 113th Congress features a single African-American in the Senate, and that senator is a Republican… Just kidding. In fact, the panelists took that opportunity to highlight the continued problems that the Republican party faces with average minority voters, in spite of the increasing number of GOP minority officeholders. Some went so far as to attribute Sen. Tim Scott’s (R-SC) career to Republican legislator to “affirmative action.”
Connecticut State Representative Stephen D. Dargan (D-New Haven), co-chairman of the state’s Public Safety Committee, has introduced a bill that would make public the names and addresses of gun permit holders in Connecticut under the state’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Dargan’s bill is in response to the Dec. 14th shootings in the Sandy Hook School in Newtown, CT, and also occurs as a Westchester County, NY newspaper, the Journal News, is drawing widespread, nationwide anger for publishing a map with the names and addresses of gun permit holders. The bill, if passed, would reverse the state
A day after reelection to his position, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) signaled he would insist on a dollar-per-dollar match between new spending cuts and borrowing, as President Barack Obama and Republicans head toward another clash concerning the debt ceiling. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geither announced the country has already hit its $16-trillion debt ceiling, which means Congress must agree to raise the limit within the next two months or risk default. According to the Los Angeles Times, Boehner told Republican members in a closed-door meeting on Friday
When Nancy Pelosi asked that question in 2003, the unemployment rate was 6.1 percent. The unemployment rate for blacks was 11 percent. GDP, however, was growing at a 7.2 percent clip, and barely more than a year later the unemployment rate had fallen to 4.9 percent. That didn’t stop Pelosi and her allies, including many in the news media, from repeatedly asking the above question and proclaiming the jobs picture to be the worst since Herbert Hoover. Today’s jobs report for December marks 48 consecutive months with unemployment at 7.8 percent or higher.
Socialism: While the U.S. punishes millionaires, Russia and China reward them. In the upside-down era of Barack Obama, the capitalists act like communists and the communists act like capitalists. Our multimillionaire president frowns on "millionaires and billionaires" and soaks them with higher taxes. But Russia loves them and even offers refugees of high-tax countries asylum. Last week, the Kremlin, once headquarters of the Evil Empire, granted millionaire French actor Gerard Depardieu Russian citizenship so he can avail himself of Russia´s 13% flat tax and avoid his home country´s proposed new 75% supertax on millionaires.
Anyone still need a reason to abandon "grand bargains" and deals negotiated between this President and GOP Congressional leaders? Here it is: The revival of two dormant provisions of the tax code means the much ballyhooed $450,000 income threshold for the highest tax rate is largely fake. The two provisions are the infamous PEP and Pease, which aficionados of stealth tax increases will recognize immediately as relics of the 1990 tax increase. Those measures, which limit deductions and exemptions for higher-income taxpayers, expired in 2010. The Obama tax bill revived them this week.
Racism: The once-proud NAACP has dissed a new African-American Republican senator as a token who knows nothing about civil rights because, well, he´s a Republican — unlike, say, Democrats who opposed the Civil Rights Act. NAACP President Ben Jealous made the claim Wednesday concerning Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C. — the first black senator from the South since Reconstruction and the first black GOP senator since 1979, when Edward W. Brooke of Massachusetts retired. Indeed, Scott is only the seventh African-American ever to serve in the chamber.
By all accounts, President Obama won the fiscal-cliff showdown. Why anyone would take much pride in this kind of “win” is beyond me. It’s a bit like being the least filthy toddler in the mud pit. One of the main reasons Obama won, according not only to Obama but to a sometimes cheering press, is that he had a mandate. He ran on the need for the wealthy to “pay their fair share.” To his credit, Obama never said raising taxes on the “rich” will solve all of our problems. What he did say, however, is that he couldn’t
The budget crisis is over. Long live the budget crisis. Now that the fiscal cliff has been resolved, we’re on to the fight over raising the debt ceiling. President Barack Obama wants no part of it. Huffing and stomping his feet immediately after Congress passed his tax increases to avoid the cliff, he insisted that there is no way he’ll negotiate over the debt ceiling. That would be so inappropriate. Cue the hostage-taking analogies, the talk of extremism, the lamentations over a broken Washington. But why is the president outraged that someone would use the leverage of an impending event
Ali Gharib mischaracterizes my piece in The New Republic in many ways while also avoiding the main question of whether a right-wing Republican former Senator would be a better Defense Secretary than Michèle Flournoy. He begins by using insulting phrases (“cobbles together,” “misguided”), then imputes to me positions I don’t hold, and then misrepresents what I said. I appreciate that he and Peter Beinart have offered me a chance to reply. I can’t take up every quibble I have—and anyway, these back-and-forth blogging exchanges grow tedious quite fast, for the writers as well