The tea party may have been built by the grass roots, but in order to survive, it’s going to have to rely on the Beltway political machines and big money groups it once disparaged. Tea party activists always worked alongside like-minded conservative organizations, but they failed to capitalize on the anti-Obama momentum in 2009 and 2010 to build their own infrastructure and war chests. That means national groups like American Majority, the Club for Growth and the Koch brothers-linked Americans for Prosperity are essentially in the position to determine if GOP incumbents face serious primary challenges.
In less than three weeks since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the battle over gun rights has remained in the news thanks to both opponents and supporters of the Second Amendment. The “meaningful action” that President Obama promised would take place the day of the Newtown shooting is still being debated by yet another presidential task force. The task force was set to meet with gun sellers (like Walmart), gun rights advocates and gun control supporters today and members of the entertainment and video game industry later in the afternoon.
Second terms, untainted by re-election posturing, often reveal a president´s true governing philosophy. In the case of President Obama, two recent revelations have confirmed all we may need to know about his agenda for the next four years. On December 30, the president sat down for an interview with David Gregory on "Meet the Press." Gregory asked the president, "So what is your single priority of the second term? What is the equivalent to health care?" President Obama replied, "Well, there are a couple of things that we need to get done.
They wuz robbed. Several Hollywood A-listers got a black eye from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences yesterday, as the nominations for the 85th annual Oscars were announced and they weren’t on the list. Closest to home: Cambridge native Ben Affleck, who was snubbed for a Best Director nod, even though “Argo” is a Best Picture contender. Kathryn Bigelow, director of the Best Picture nominee “Zero Dark Thirty,” a spellbinding thriller about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, also got the bum’s rush. With “Hurt Locker” (2008), Bigelow was the first woman to win a Best Director Oscar.
Let’s pretend that in the spring of 2012 Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, John Engler of the Business Roundtable, Tim Phillips of Americans for Prosperity, and Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association began to organize an assembly of right-leaning groups. Let’s pretend that in the months since there had been not one but two meetings where these luminaries joined with representatives of Christians United For Israel, the American Enterprise Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the Tea Party Express, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, and the American Petroleum Institute to discuss strategy
Talk about interagency cooperation: Two officials from the Drug Enforcement Administration arranged for a Secret Service agent to solicit a Colombian prostitute — and tried to destroy evidence of them doing so — according to a letter delivered by the Justice Department to several Senators. NBC News obtained the letter, which details the findings of a federal investigation into Secret Service agents hiring prostitutes ahead of Obama´s arrival in Colombia (where, it should be noted, prostitution is legal). The letter confirms rumors that DEA agents were involved in the original Secret Service scandal —
From a classroom at Virginia Tech to a strip mall in Tucson to a movie theater in Colorado, a common thread runs through many of the nation´s tragic mass murders: severe and untreated mental illness. Virginia Tech´s Seung-Hui Cho was delusional. Wild outbursts by Jared Lee Loughner scared classmates at his Tucson community college, which banned him from campus. James Holmes arrived at his first court appearance after his Aurora theater rampage with orange hair and a wild look in his eyes.
Once again, liberal activists have demanded a theological litmus test for the pastor who will pray at President Obama’s Inauguration ceremony. Pastor Louie Giglio of Passion City Church in Atlanta has been forced to withdraw his acceptance to pray at the inauguration because activists found a sermon from the mid-1990s where he preached the Biblical doctrine defining marriage as one man and one woman. Because Giglio applied that doctrine to homosexual behavior, activists howled that he must not pray at the inauguration. The president did not ask Giglio to give a sermon on marriage or appoint him to direct marriage policy
Years ago in discussions with my writing friends, I proposed a novel about a President with an undiagnosed brain tumor who signed an Executive Order banning the civilian possession of all semi-automatic weapons. His diseased brain had become increasingly obsessed with creating a utopian society, free of personal choices and personal responsibilities. One writer said the premise of my novel was "too far fetched." Another said the idea did not reflect "the political realities of our Constitutional government." As a final insult, a third writer asked if I could revise the plot,
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo´s aggressive advocacy for some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation is already heightening speculation that he´s already seriously thinking about a presidential campaign in 2016. In his State of the State address Wednesday afternoon, Cuomo dropped numerous hints that he´s thinking as much about his national prospects as his gubernatorial re-election in 2014. "This is New York, the progressive capital," Cuomo said in his address. "You show them how we lead. We can do it." On gun control, he bellowed: "No one hunts with an assault rifle.
We are in the midst of a crisis of federalism and we don’t even know it. In November, the states of Colorado and Washington legalized recreational marijuana use, while 16 other states and Washington, D.C., already permitted the medical use of marijuana. Yet at the same time, the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 prohibits the cultivation, sale, and use of marijuana in all its forms. State and federal law are at odds. The Constitution is plain: Federal law is the “supreme law of the land” (Article VI, section 2). And yet our national history is replete with conflicts
Over a year after she dropped out, Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann has refused to pay five staffers from her failed presidential bid, according to a former top campaign official. Peter Waldron, her controversial former national field coordinator, told Salon the dispute started when former Iowa straw poll staffers refused to sign a nondisclosure agreement that would bar them from discussing any “unethical, immoral, or criminal activity” they witnessed on the campaign with police or reporters. Waldron said the staffers are owed a mere $5,000, and that Bachmann has more than $2 million in her campaign account,
Richard Wayne Landers Jr. was just 5 years old when he and his paternal grandparents, who were upset over custody arrangements, disappeared from Wolcottville, a town about 30 miles north of Fort Wayne. Nineteen years later, news that he has been found living under an assumed name in Minnesota left his mother overjoyed and "jumping up and down," her husband said Thursday shortly after police announced the break in the case. Indiana State Police said the now 24-year-old Landers was found in Long Prairie, Minn., thanks in part to his Social Security number.
William Marotta thought he was being a good samaritan when he responded to a $50 ad on Craigslist seeking a sperm donor. He provided a description of himself—blond, blue-eyed, healthy—and even offered up his swimmers at no cost. Marotta met with the prospective parents, a lesbian couple, who lived nearby in Kansas, and signed a contract ensuring his beneficent deposit wouldn’t land him in any sticky situations. He then handed over the fruits of his manual labors, wiped his hands clean of any responsibility, and walked away. Or so he thought.
Associated Press stories on the economy and the fiscal cliff during the previous week tell us that we’re in for four more years of having the so-called “essential global news network” and the rest of the establishment press tell us that we aren’t really seeing what we can see right in front of us. Meanwhile, their headlines and the stories they choose to ignore demonstrate a dogged determination to keep those who don’t follow the news closely from seeing what they don’t want them to see. The AP’s headline writers and Christopher Rugaber already had their minds made up
The Wall Street Journal and the Heritage Foundation have released their annual Index of Economic Freedom for 2013, and bad news, friends: More top-down regulations, more federal intrusion, expanded deficit spending, and heightened rent-seeking are in fact not conditions conducive to economic freedom. Based on measures relating to the rule of law, limited government, regulatory efficiency, and open markets, the United States came in tenth place, following Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Canada, Chile, Mauritius, and Denmark. The least-free countries were Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Cuba, and North Korea in dead last.
Washington – The Pentagon will begin taking steps to freeze civilian hiring, delay some contract awards and curtail some maintenance to prepare for drastic budget cuts if Congress can´t reach an agreement on a final spending plan, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday. Speaking to reporters, Panetta said that department officials must also develop detailed plans to implement unpaid furloughs for civilian personnel. The furloughs would kick in if the automatic cuts are triggered. But Panetta said he has asked defense leaders to ensure that any initial moves they make now should be reversible if at all possible,
Two men were wounded, one fatally, in a shooting in the South Shore neighborhood this evening, police said. Two others were shot, one fatally, in a separate Englewood neighborhood attack. The most recent shooting happened about 9:30 p.m. in the 6300 block of South Honore Street. One man died and another was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, police said, and he´s expected to survive. An earlier shooting took place about 6:13 p.m. in the 2000 block of East 71st Street — near Jeffery Boulevard —said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala.
The movie Zero Dark Thirty, about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, has renewed the discussion over enhanced interrogation techniques. Kathryn Bigelow, the director, and Mark Boal, the screenwriter, point out that "torture" by CIA officers was instrumental in getting the information needed to find bin Laden. American Thinker interviewed former high-ranking CIA officials who were at the Agency during those perilous times to get their opinions on the movie.
Republican Governor Bobby Jindal said on Thursday he wants to eliminate all Louisiana personal and corporate income taxes to simplify the state´s tax code and make it more friendly to business. The governor did not release details of his proposal, but his office released a statement confirming that the taxes are targets of a broader tax reform plan. "Our goal is to eliminate all personal income tax and all corporate income tax in a revenue neutral manner," Jindal said in the statement. (Snip) ...Jindal will propose balancing the tax loss by raising the sales tax, now at 4 percent...
US defence secretary Leon Panetta signed a document at the end of 2011 ending the war in Iraq. However, there was no jubilation in Iraq after the departure of the last US tank. One reason could be that after the US invasion and Saddam Hussein’s ouster, Iraq came under the control of Iran. What Washington did was actually hand over the keys of Iraq to Iran on a gold plate, and another chapter of Iranian domination over Iraq started, and became complete with the ascension to power of Nouri Al Maliki as prime minister. In two years of Arab Spring, the pace of political developments in the region has been
VALLEJO, Calif — A California man once sentenced to death for killing two people in the 1960s was under arrest Thursday after police said he led officers to the body of his 89-year-old mother. Investigators said Dennis Stanworth, 70, called Vallejo police just before noon Wednesday and said he had killed his mother at his home. Stanworth led officers to the body of Nellie Turner Stanworth. Investigators wouldn´t say how she was killed. Lt. Jim O´Connell said in a news release that Stanworth was arrested for investigation of murder and booked into the Solano County Jail. Stanworth was sentenced to death in 1966
California already has the most restrictive gun laws in the nation. Buying a handgun requires registration, a safety certificate, a 10-day waiting period and a rigorous background check. All direct person-to-person sales are banned and concealed-carry permits are rare. But now, in the wake of the Newtown tragedy, lawmakers in the Golden State have launched into a new legislative frenzy to restrict firearms further. And they´re confident the measures will pass, given Democrats have a two-thirds "super majority" in both chambers -- which means they have the power to pass legislation and get constitutional amendments
“You come in here, brandish your little book as if I don’t know what’s in there--” “My little book? That’s the Constitution of the United States. It’s our founding document, Piers.” “I know what’s in your Constitution.” “Do you really?” That was the climax of a heated debate between Breitbart News Editor-at-Large Ben Shapiro and CNN’s Piers Morgan on live television this evening--one in which Morgan came off much the worse for wear.
Quetta/Peshawar: At least 101 people were killed and more than 200 wounded in bombings in Pakistan yesterday, officials said, with most casualties caused by sectarian attacks in the city of Quetta. Two coordinated explosions killed 69 people and injured more than 100 in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan in the evening, said Deputy Inspector of Police Hamid Shakil. In another incident, 21 were killed and more than 60 injured in a bombing when people gathered to hear a religious leader in Mingora, the largest city in the northwestern province of Swat, police and officials
On his radio show this afternoon, Rush Limbaugh challenged CNN to ponder how they’d react if President George W. Bush had invoked an executive order on abortion, in contrast to what he sees as a supportive attitude towards President Obama‘s invoking executive order on gun control. “If George Bush, and Dick Cheney, and Alberto Gonzales got together and decided too many people were dying because of abortion in this country, and said that they were looking at ways to curb abortion, and one of the things they were doing was using executive orders on abortion,” Limbaugh said