Dick Armey had no idea he was speaking to the left-wing Media Matters organization during an interview last week, he told The Daily Caller Tuesday. Instead, Armey thought he was chatting with the conservative Media Research Center. Armey and his tea party organization FreedomWorks parted ways in early December after disagreements over the direction of the powerful nonprofit and how the group’s money was being spent.
It’s that time of year again. Fans camp out outside the Four Seasons, fully loaded Lincoln Navigator drivers earn enough overtime to get them through the rest of 2013, and even the most jaded Washingtonians geek out at the sight of Jay-Z in a mink-fur hat. Yes, friends—it’s inauguration 2013. (Snip) Beyoncé Knowles, James Taylor, and Kelly Clarkson have been confirmed as performers at the inauguration ceremony outside the Capitol (Knowles is singing the national anthem). The Creative Coalition Ball on January 21 has confirmed that a number of celebrities will be attending, including but not limited
It´s the law of the land that the Senate must submit a budget by April 15, but the last time Harry Reid was in compliance was 2009. Why isn´t Reid being punished for being a budget scofflaw? Byron York: The answer is the law requiring Congress to pass an annual budget, the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, doesn´t have an enforcement mechanism. Lawmakers are required by law to pass a budget each year by April 15, but there´s no provision to punish them, or even slightly inconvenience them, if they don´t.
The decision over whether or not to charge NBC´s David Gregory for allegedly breaking Washington D.C.´s strict gun-banning laws on a December 23 broadcast of Meet the Press is now in the hands of the D.C. Attorney General, authorities reported Tuesday. (Snip) The case is now in the hands of Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan, who’s office oversees prosecutions of "low-level offenses." A spokesman for the office said they would not comment until their decision had been made.
Just when you thought CES couldn’t get any randomer than Qualcomm’s “Generation Mobile” atrocity, guess who showed up? Bill Clinton, who stopped by to speak in the middle of Samsung president Stephen Woo’s presentation. Not only that, but according to CNET’s liveblog, in the midst of his remarks he digressed and started talking about gun control. The man used to be the leader of the free world; you really thought he’d get on stage at a trade show and stick to the subject? Child, please.
Craig Biggio will have to wait. The great Houston Astro is not a first-ballot Baseball Hall of Famer. Biggio came up 39 votes short of the total he needed, collecting 68 percent of the vote in his first year on the ballot in results just released. To be elected, a player needs 75 percent of the vote. On a star-studded, ultra-controversial ballot that included names like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, Biggio ended up with the highest vote total. No one was elected for only the third time in history.
Vice President Biden will address nearly 300 of the country´s mayors later this month, the U.S. Conference of Mayors announced in a statement on Wednesday.The group´s winter meeting will take place on Jan. 17, just days before President Obama´s inauguration in Washington, D.C. The mayors will meet with Biden, other administration officials and congressional leaders to discuss numerous issues, including deficit reduction, the sequester, job growth and gun control. The meeting comes as Biden has taken charge of the White House gun crime task force, developing proposals to tamp down on the nation´s epidemic of firearm violence.
Glenn Beck announced plans Tuesday during his online television program to expand the news operation in his media company, The Blaze, and refocus it as a libertarian network, opening three foreign bureaus, debuting a nightly newsmagazine show, and relocating his New York staff to showy new offices. Beck introduced his ambitious plans by standing in front of a split screen with MSNBC´s Chris Matthews on one side and Fox News´s Sean Hannity on the other, and bemoaning the fact that cable news has devolved into the "far left [and] far right... yelling at each other." "We´re not gonna play
We don´t know if Joe Scarborough resolved to lose any weight this year, but he seems to have no game plan for diminishing his bloated ego. On Wednesday’s Morning Joe, the pseudo-conservative ex-congressman suggested that Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was afraid to appear on his program. Speaking on the subject of gun control, Scarborough challenged Cruz’s belief that a ban on assault weapons was unconstitutional and then challenged Cruz to come on his show and defend his opinion, “Some people get scared, they don´t like them coming on because you don´t ask them three minutes´ worth of questions. Link added by staff.
Now that the space shuttle program has been relegated to history, NASA is holding something of a going-out-of-business sale to distribute its Kennedy Space Center effects — although even the most avid space enthusiasts may not find these up-for-grabs items appealing. As the Orlando Sentinel reports, the list of pieces for use, lease or outright purchase includes a shuttle launch pad, space in the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building or a 15,000-foot landing strip. NASA needs to transfer these items — and fast — before federal maintenance funding runs out at the end of 2013.
In the wake of the financial meltdown, President Barack Obama derided Wall Street bonuses as “obscene,” calling them examples of “fat cats who are getting awarded for their failure.” But now, Mr. Obama has announced that he will nominate as his next Treasury secretary Jack Lew, a man who in 2009 bagged a $950,000 bonus after his bank, Citigroup, received billions in a taxpayer-funded bailout. Mr. Lew is the former chief operating officer of Citigroup’s Alternative Investments unit—a group that bet billions against homeowners paying their mortgages.
Now, now. Calm down. Yes, I know you voted for Obama, but didn’t you ever stop to think that he’d tax you, too? You didn’t? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Disillusioned Obama voters are waking up to face the reality that Obama didn’t exempt them in his quest to steal money from all Americans to pay for his expanding government. It turns out that those making $30,000 a year will pay more taxes than those making $500,000 because of the deal Obama pushed for after the fiscal cliff debacle. Obama voters, the joke’s on you. Oh, one other little tidbit.
The 57th presidential inauguration, which will mark the second term of Barack Obama, has kicked off a marketing frenzy — legal and otherwise, starting with scalping of the tickets to the Jan. 21 event in the nation’s Capital. The Hill reports today that inaugural tickets doled out by the offices of lawmakers including Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio have already hit the black market with big price tags. We checked this morning on Craigslist to find a listing for Obama swearing-in tickets — which are free to constituents —
After a vote on January 8, Illinois is set to join only two other states, New Mexico and Washington, to allow illegal immigrants to apply for state drivers licenses. A third state, Utah, allows illegals to drive on temporary permits. The 65-46 vote where 11 Republicans, some in leadership positions, joined Democrats to extend legal licenses came after a long, heated debate (SB 957). Conservative activist William J. Kelly criticized the law. "This kind of legislation has spurred a serious fraud problem in New Mexico and other states where it has been enacted,"
The Baseball Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremonies for the Class of 2013 as scheduled July 28, but most of the usual buzz in Cooperstown, N.Y., likely will be absent. None of the 37 candidates on the writers’ ballot for the Hall of Fame received the 75 percent of votes required for induction in results announced Wednesday afternoon, just the third time since 1965 that no one has met the threshold. First-time candidate Craig Biggio came the closest among modern candidates, garnering 68.2 percent of the votes from 569 ballots cast by an electorate
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie slammed Washington once again Wednesday for its slow response in getting aid to Hurricane Sandy victims. “We’ve waited here now seven times longer than the victims of (Hurricane) Katrina to get help from the federal government,” he said, adding that some people were still waiting. Christie made his comments Wednesday on the Fox Business Network, one day after his annual State of the State address. Christie, who is up for re-election this year, has upped his public profile since Superstorm Sandy hit New Jersey last October. Last week, he called out House Speaker
The greatest mind-trick in the left´s entire arsenal is politicizing emotion. Once one accomplishes that, there is no limit on a government´s mandate to take action, since there are no rational limits on emotion. (snip) Now consider the case of gun control laws, which have no factual evidence to back up their effectiveness, given real-world constraints. Guns cannot be un-invented -- only taken away and put into some people´s hands, but not others. But since guns make leftists feel yucky, it´s best to have the government make them disappear.
President Obama is picking fights with Republicans two weeks before he begins his second term, suggesting he intends his dealings with the GOP to be much different from his first four years in office. After avoiding a heated confirmation tussle over Susan Rice last month, Obama on Monday took a more combative tack with some Republicans by nominating former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) to serve as secretary of Defense. He is also insisting he will not negotiate over raising the debt ceiling, and is prepared to consider broad reforms to the nation’s gun and immigration policies that could put
WASHINGTON -- House Democrats say President Barack Obama should consider invoking a little-known constitutional provision that they say gives him the power to raise the debt ceiling without going through Congress, where Republicans are demanding that a debt ceiling vote be linked to spending cuts. The Democrats said in a letter that they would support the use of any authority, including the 14th Amendment, to prevent the nation from going into default, an event that some economists predict could trigger a global recession. That post-Civil War amendment contains a section stating that "the validity of the public
A commuter ferry carrying 326 people crashed while pulling into the docks at Lower Manhattan this morning, injuring at least 57 people. The Seastreak Ferry made a ´hard docking´ at Pier 11 just before 9am after it missed one slip and hit another, throwing dozens of people on board forward or to the floor. Passengers describe mass chaos as they were thrown six feet into the air. Others were thrown down stairs, smashing into windows and hundreds of belongings were strewn all over the upper and lower levels. Police and firefighters were on the scene
Democrats are united in their fiscal message. Throughout the “cliff” negotiations and again with the pending debt-ceiling debate, their argument has rested on a single, flimsy premise: Cutting government spending would push the economy into recession. In a Cato Institute study released Tuesday, Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron argues slashing unproductive government spending and lowering tax rates simultaneously is the only way to achieve a brighter economic future. That’s heresy to the followers of John Maynard Keynes, the British economist whose ideas came into vogue in the 1930s,
In the White House´s most recently released photograph, women advisors are trotted out, and can be found among the men: [Photo] This was yesterday´s White House photo of the day. The picture includes 3 women and 5 men, not including President Obama himself. "President Barack Obama meets with senior advisors in the Oval Office, Jan. 8, 2013. Attending, from left, are: (Snip) The picture was released the day after the New York Times published this White House photo, which featured only male advisors (10, in all) to the president:
A high school teacher in South Carolina is under investigation and has been placed on long-term administrative leave after he allegedly threw an American flag on the floor and stomped on it in front of his students. Scott Compton, an English teacher at Chapin High School in Chapin, S.C., reprised the unpatriotic deed in three classes over the course of one day, reports local NBC affiliate WIS. One parent, Michael Copeland, said he heard his teenage daughter discussing the incident and asked her to tell him the whole story. “He drew a couple of symbols, like one
WASHINGTON- Too intimidated to fill out your tax return without help? Join the club. At nearly 4 million words, the U.S. tax law is so thick and complicated that businesses and individuals spend more than 6 billion hours a year complying with filing requirements, according to a report Wednesday by an independent government watchdog. That´s the equivalent of 3 million people working full-time, year-round. "If tax compliance were an industry, it would be one of the largest in the United States," says the report by Nina E. Olson, the National Taxpayer Advocate.
Vice President Biden suggested Wednesday that the White House could take unilateral action on gun control, as he kicked off a round of meetings aimed at finding ways to curb gun violence. The vice president met Wednesday with gun-safety and victims groups, saying he is "determined" to take "urgent action" to address gun violence. "This is not an exercise in photo opportunities or just getting to ask you all what your opinions are. We are vitally interested in what you have to say," Biden said. The White House has sought to avoid prejudging what Biden´s recommendations would be.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced legislation on Tuesday that would require background checks for buying gun ammunition. It´s currently illegal to sell ammunition to fugitives, felons and people suffering from mental disorders. However, while background checks are required for selling firearms, they are not required for selling ammunition. Blumenthal´s legislation would require background checks for selling ammunition as well. "Ammunition sales should be subject to the same legal requirements as firearm sales — instant background checks using the FBI’s national database, "Blumenthal said in a statement. "There is no rational reason why a person can walk into a store,