Vice President Joe Biden revealed that President Barack Obama might use an executive order to deal with guns. "The president is going to act," said Biden, giving some comments to the press before a meeting with victims of gun violence. "There are executives orders, there´s executive action that can be taken. We haven´t decided what that is yet. But we´re compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action that we believe is required." Biden said that this is a moral issue and that "it´s
The current state of the GOP brings to mind the surviving Marines in Aliens, with no shortage of demoralized hacks lamenting their inability to resist by channeling Private Hudson: “Maybe you haven´t been keeping up on current events but we just got our a**** kicked, pal!” So what? So we took a hit on the Fiscal Cliff. Stand up, brush off and get back into the fight. This is no time for self-pity, no time for weakness. Every combat leader knows that when you take a hit, you regroup, reorganize, and prepare to counterattack. The defense
In Piers Morgan’s America, everyone is trying to arm themselves with an AR-15 for protection, which in his view is extremely dangerous. During an interview with the now-famous former Marine Joshua Boston, who wrote a public letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein D-Calif. opposing gun control, Morgan cooked up a dangerous scenario where every American was armed with an AR-15. “If everybody exercises that choice and is legally allowed to do so, you could end up with every movie theater and every school and every church and every shopping mall in America, with everybody armed with an AR-15
Via New York Times: An element of the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk practice was deemed unconstitutional by a federal judge on Tuesday, a ruling that may have broad implications for the city’s widespread use of police stops as a crime-fighting tactic. The decision, the first federal ruling to find that the practice under the Bloomberg administration violates the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure, focused on police stops conducted in front of several thousand private residential buildings in the Bronx enrolled in the Trespass Affidavit Program.
A pair of polls out this week shows the dire state the Republican Party finds itself in — and a way out of the wilderness, should Republicans choose to take it. Poll No. 1: Rasmussen Reports found that views of the tea party — the wing of Republicanism that dominates party primaries and therefore the congressional Republican caucuses — at a new low. Only 8 percent of likely voters considered themselves tea-party members, down from 24 percent in 2010. According to Rasmussen (which tends to have a pro-Republican bias), unfavorable views of
“Sadly, Harry Reid has again revealed himself to be an idiot . . .” the tweet began. Nothing too unusual there -- Twitter can be as opprobrious as the rest of the Web, if more succinct. But this little stink bomb was lobbed by one of Reid’s colleagues, David Vitter of Louisiana. Even in this day and age, that’s not how U.S. senators typically address one another. Then again, there’s nothing typical about Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat whose default rhetorical position is a knee to the other guy’s groin. A former amateur boxer
Charles Blow, of the New York Times, and Republican commentator Margaret Hoover discuss the power of the National Rifle Association in Washington and gun regulation on the Tuesday night broadcast of CNN´s "Anderson Cooper." CHARLES BLOW, NEW YORK TIMES: I think when we talk about gun control and we only talk about gun owners as the only people involved in that equation, that is the wrong frame. I have -- you have a right to own a gun. I have a right to not own a gun and still feel safe in this society.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) tells Sean Hannity that President Obama has "drunk the kool-aid" and believes he can do nothing wrong since he got reelected. On the Tuesday broadcast of FOX News´ Hannity, Cruz notes that the Obama administration sent a Hagel trial balloon out last month and it was received with bipartisan opposition. "President Obama decided he didn´t care. He was going to force it through and pick this fight because I think, politically, he thinks he can pick any fight he wants," Cruz told Hannity. Cruz also tells Hannity that disregarding the
President Barack Obama plans to name White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew tomorrow as his choice for Treasury secretary, replacing Timothy F. Geithner, a person familiar with the process said. Lew, 57, who also has served as director of the Office of Management and Budget, has been offered the Treasury post by Obama, according to the person, who asked for anonymity to discuss personnel matters. (Snip) The next Treasury secretary will play a leading role in working with Congress to raise the government’s $16.4 trillion debt ceiling. The U.S. reached the statutory limit on Dec. 31, and the Treasury
A governor looking to make a temporary appointment certainly wants someone who will be enthusiastic about a thankless job — caretaking a Senate seat for a period of time so short that it’s likely not to matter much. At a certain point, though, enthusiasm morphs from a virtue to a kind of weird, embarrassing, and unseemly display. If Barney Frank’s pursuit of John Kerry’s open Senate seat hasn’t yet become the latter, he’s at least well on the way to the destination. At first content to simply place a call to Deval Patrick requesting
Part of a wider post-election splintering on the right, I think. There was a story last week about centrist establishment Republicans seeking to re-assert themselves in primaries to blunt the influence of tea partiers, followed shortly by a story about Bill Kristol maybe launching a new Republican version of the DLC to support “reformist” fiscal policies. Conservatives knocked down Boehner’s “Plan B” and then nearly succeeded at pushing him to a second ballot in the Speaker election; meanwhile, Chris Christie firmed up his blue-state Republican brand by grandstanding over the House GOP’s failure to vote on
In today’s New York Times, David Brooks argues persuasively that Chuck Hagel has been nominated to help Barack Obama dramatically cut defense spending. Chuck Hagel has been nominated to supervise the beginning of this generation-long process of defense cutbacks. If a Democratic president is going to slash defense, he probably wants a Republican at the Pentagon to give him political cover, and he probably wants a decorated war hero to boot. All the charges about Hagel’s views on Israel or Iran are secondary. The real question is, how will he begin this long cutting process? How will he balance modernizing
LOS ANGELES — President Obama held a press conference yesterday to announce his nomination of Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary and John Brennan as CIA director. There will be more announcements; with Obama safely reelected, many high-level members of his administration are heading for the exits. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta have tendered their resignations. CIA Director David Petraeus was forced to resign in the wake of a scandal. The Commerce Department has been led by an acting secretary since last summer. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is preparing to leave, Headline repaired by staff
The final insult to George W. Bush’s foreign policy may have come in the form of a Republican ex-senator from Nebraska.Chuck Hagel’s nomination for secretary of defense has stirred opposition on both the left and the right, but the most vehement objections have come from the conservative, interventionist foreign policy community — the so-called neoconservatives who created the ideological architecture for the wars Bush launched in Afghanistan and Iraq.
PBS host Tavis Smiley has a very to-the-point answer when asked if the topic of poverty got enough play during the 2012 campaign. "No," he said bluntly, but with a laugh during an interview with Yeas & Nays Tuesday. "As a result the work intensifies," he continued. A year ago, Smiley moderated a panel discussion at George Washington University to take on the matter. A year later he´s doing it again, hoping to bring together a bipartisan dream team of sorts to finally get something done. On the left, Smiley´s recruited Congressional Black Caucus chairwoman Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio,
Now that Rep. Alan Grayson D-Fla. is back in Congress, he returning to his old ways of using controversial language to lash out at his opponents. During an appearance on the Stephanie Miller Show, Grayson lashed out at the Republicans who voted against the Hurricane Sandy disaster bill. “It’s the same 67 over and over again,” he explained. “It’s the bath salts caucus, the people that would rather eat your face than cut taxes on the rich.” The controversial liberal lost his Congressional seat in Florida’s 8th district in 2010 but returned to Congress after winning
In early January, Chris Buckley, a Beijing correspondent newly hired by the New York Times, was forced to leave China along with his family after his visa was not renewed. Philip P. Pan has also been waiting for more than 8 months for a visa to work as the Beijing bureau chief for the Times. These follow a similar incident in May 2012 when Melissa Chan, a Beijing-based reporter for Al-Jazeera and a U.S. citizen, was effectively kicked out of China when her visa was not renewed. China also denies and delays visas
The Obama administration chose to listen to voices suggesting that Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood was moderate rather than those who warned it would resort to violence if it came to power, cables obtained by the Investigative Project on Terrorism show. The cables make four things clear about the Muslim Brotherhood´s role in the Egyptian revolution and how the Obama administration failed to address it: •The White House ignored the warnings, then was silent in the wake of intimidation and violence by the Muslim Brotherhood. •Despite broken promises, the White House refuses to cut funds to Morsi´s government. •Religious minorities
In the aftermath of Sandy Hook, the Journal News in upstate New York published a map with the addressees of all gun permit holders in Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam. The nation was rightly outraged at this violation of basic privacy, and the threat implicit in the publication. Just in case that was too subtle, Gawker has now published a complete list of every licensed gun owner in New York City. The headline? “Here Is a List of All the A******s Who Own Guns in New York City.” Writes the author, John Cook: Below is a 446-page
NEW YORK - A ferry from New Jersey made a hard landing at a dock as it pulled up to lower Manhattan during Wednesday morning rush hour, injuring as many as 50 people, at least one critically, officials said. The Seastreak Wall Street ferry from Atlantic Highlands, N.J., banged into the mooring as it arrived at South Street around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday. One person is in critical condition with head injuries.
The White House called any plans to delay the confirmation of John Brennan to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency “unfortunate” and “highly politicized.” “It would be unfortunate I think if in pursuit of this issue, which was highly politicized, the Senate would hold up the nomination of John Brennan to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said. “As the president said yesterday, that post as well as the position of Secretary of Defense, Secretary of State, these are essential positions that
As a college student in the 1970s, John Brennan, President Obama’s nominee for CIA director, traveled in Indonesia where – he recalled in a speech in New York in 2010 – “despite my long hair, my earring and my obvious American appearance, I was welcomed throughout that country, in a way that is a reflection of the tremendous warmth of Islamic cultures and societies.” Brennan’s Feb. 13, 2010 address to a meeting at the Islamic Center at New York University, facilitated by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), provided an insight
Rob Parker, the commentator who created controversy when he questioned whether Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is a “cornball brother” because he has a white fiancee, has been fired by ESPN. “Rob Parker’s contract expired at year end. Evaluating our needs and his work, including his recent RGIII comments, we decided not to renew,” an ESPN spokesman said in a written statement. ESPN can spin this as simply a decision not to renew his contract, rather than a firing, but the reality is that ESPN specifically stated on December 20 that Parker had
During Tuesday night’s “Rewrite,” Lawrence O’Donnell turned his attention to the Senate seat opening up in Massachusetts, following President Obama‘s nomination of Sen. John Kerry for Secretary of State in his second term. The vacancy will lead to a special election, but in the meantime, Gov. Deval Patrick gets to make an interim appointment. O’Donnell floated a possible name for that position: his own. (Snip) O’Donnell began with a long-winded explanation, as his colleague Rachel Maddow has also done, about how the current system in Massachusetts came to be. Reiterating his belief that Ed Markey
The Senate — and the nation — should think long and hard before agreeing to President Obama’s choice of veteran spook John Brennan to head the Central Intelligence Agency. As I’ll explain below, the move would finalize the militarization of the agency — but that’s only the biggest problem. Brennan, 57, is a careerist who spent a quarter-century with the CIA and now serves as Obama’s top counter-terrorism adviser. In his agency days, he was an architect of “enhanced interrogation” techniques and overseas “rendition” prisons — history that put him under fire from left and right
On the night of Sept. 11, 2012 — before former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed by a terrorist mortar strike — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released a public statement linking the attack against the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, with an anti-Muslim video, which she referred to as "inflammatory material posted on the Internet." Clinton´s statement, still posted on State´s website, is dated Sept. 11, 2012, and headlined: "Statement on the Attack in Benghazi."