President Obama hasn´t been seen in public today, but he hasn´t been idle either -- he´s been entertaining financial backers at the White House. The president and first lady Michelle Obama hosted donors and other supporters in town for second inauguration weekend. A "Benefactors´ Brunch" took place at the White House from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., says pool reporter Alexis Simendinger of Real Clear Politics. A reception for supporters took place from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Neither event was listed on the White House public schedule.
For some time, there have been unsubstantiated reports of the Obama administration engaging in clandestine negotiations with China toward satisfying America’s debt to that nation via exchanges of land and resources. Such an arrangement would be illegal and treasonous of course, but given its deportment to date, that would not likely deter this administration. Also, in the face of having trillions of dollars in debt called by China, and the economic catastrophe that would ensue, it is entirely possible that Obama might request and be granted some manner of dispensation from Congress to legitimize this pact.
A woman was brutally stabbed in the chest more than a dozen times while shopping with her infant child at a Bed, Bath & Beyond. Reports say authorities are holding 19-year-old Tyrik Haynes in connection with the Thursday evening attack in Middletown, New Jersey. Haynes allegedly rushed upon Kerri Dalton with no warning as she pushed her son´s stroller through the store and he´s accused of then stabbing Dalton repeatedly in the chest, puncturing both her lungs. He is now charged with attempted murder. Dalton experienced significant blood loss and was airlifted from the Middletown store
While comedian Stephen Colbert once spoofed that he was running for the president of the United States of South Carolina, his sister really is earnestly seeking a vacant congressional seat in the state. Democrat Elizabeth Colbert-Busch plans to file next week to enter the race for the 1st District, her campaign manager Bill Romjue said Friday. She´ll join an already notable list of candidates.[Snip] And Teddy Turner, the son of media magnate Ted Turner, is also running as a Republican. Filing for the seat opened Friday and runs through Jan. 28. Turner and Sanford are among at least 10 Republicans
It´s time for the Obamas to dust off their dancin´ shoes. After Monday´s presidential inauguration in Washington, the commander-in-chief and his first lady will have two inaugural balls to attend. Each event is set to feature performances from some of the top musical acts in the business (no doubt performing a few tunes from Obama´s official Spotify playlist). What most of us will be waiting for, however, is the moment Barack and Michelle step onto the dance floor. If celebrations past are any indication, the president will wear his finest tux and the first lady will get decked out
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. –A suburban New York City newspaper has removed the names and addresses of residents with pistol permits from its website. Publication of the permit data following last month´s school shooting massacre in Newtown, Conn. produced a storm of outrage from gun owners. It also quickly resulted in a new state measure meant to protect permit holders´ privacy. The president and publisher of The Journal News Media Group announced the move Friday. Janet Hasson said the new law does not require removing the data, but "doing so complies with its spirit."
More than eight in ten American voters (83 percent) think government spending is out of control, according to a Fox News poll released Friday. That’s up from 78 percent who said so in 2010 and 62 percent in 2009. Some 11 percent think spending is being managed carefully. The poll also finds almost all voters rate the nation’s economy negatively. Those are two of the reasons why President Obama begins his second term with mixed reviews: 47 percent of voters both approve and disapprove of his job performance.
Lance Armstrong may have lied to Oprah Winfrey during his so-called confession Thursday night about his doping during the Tour de France bicycle race, investigators told ABC News today. Armstrong, 41, admitted for the first time that his decade-long dominance of cycling and seven wins in the Tour de France were owed, in part, to performance-enhancing drugs and oxygen-boosting blood transfusions. He told Winfrey that he was taking the opportunity to confess to everything he had done wrong, including angrily denying reports for years claiming that he had doped.
"A Wisconsin high school is under fire after parents discovered that the ´American Diversity´ class taught students that minorities had historically been oppressed by white people," reports London´s Daily Mail: According to handouts obtained by Fox News [Radio], "white privilege" in the class was defined as a "set of advantages that are believed to be enjoyed by white people beyond those commonly experienced by non-white people in the same social, political, and economic spaces (nation, community, workplace, income, etc." "They´re teaching white guilt," one parent said. "They´re dividing the students. They´re saying to non-whites,
A perplexed Andrea Mitchell on Thursday highlighted a new NBC poll finding high favorability numbers for the National Rifle Association, results she deemed "surprising." The veteran journalist proclaimed: "The NRA brand has been fairly toxic in many of the debates, the gun debates especially since Newtown, but their membership base is broad and deep." [See video below. MP3 audio here.] One reason the brand has been "toxic" is because of relentlessly negative coverage from reporters. Yet, NBC political editor Mark Murray explained, "Despite a lot of the criticism the NRA has received in the month after the Newtown shootings,
Okay, it´s official. According to the Treasury Department, the U.S. debt jumped to $16.1 trillion in 2012 from $14.8 trillion in 2011. That´s a $1.3 trillion deficit for the last year. Remarkable. During President Obama´s first term, the federal debt rose by roughly $6 trillion. Now, if they are bold, House Republicans will take advantage of these dismal numbers. Bold means bold spending cuts, as in cut spending like there´s no tomorrow. Bold means implementing the $1.2 trillion spending sequester. Bold means an absolute rock-solid commitment to spending cuts. A new Rasmussen survey
Some of the terrorists operating in Nigeria were trained in Mali, Chief of Army Staff Lt-General Azubuike Ihejirika revealed in Kaduna yesterday.(Snip)“We have evidence that some of the terrorists operating in Nigeria were trained in Mali. As at yesterday, we are aware of the influx of some chaps trained in Mali into the country,” he said, apparently referring to the Boko Haram sect which has waged a campaign of violence in parts of the North. Ihejirika said by being part of the intervention force in Mali, Nigeria will also be enhancing its own security objective. “Nigeria will not only be
It’s a popular talking point with conservatives that the purpose of the Second Amendment is to act as a check on a tyrannical government, our own government. According to liberal radio and TV host Thom Hartman, though, the original purpose of the amendment was to act as a check on rebellious slaves, which might just put a kink in Gun Appreciation Day founder Larry Ward‘s theory about Martin Luther King. On Hartmann’s The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann, Hartmann laid it out. “Gun-crazy America is arming up,” he said. ”While Vice President Biden and his gun task force think of
It’s one of the most fundamental political questions of our time: What’s driving the growth in government spending? And it has a relatively straightforward answer: first and foremost, spending on health care through Medicare and Medicaid, and other major social insurance and entitlement programs. But I thought it was worth reviewing the evidence in a bit more detail. There are a few surprises along the way, some of which liberal readers might like and others of which will please conservative readers. The Web site usgovernmentspending.com has an abundance of data on federal,
Fiat (FIA.MI) and its U.S. unit Chrysler expect to roll out at least 100,000 Jeeps in China when production starts in 2014 as they seek to catch up with rivals in the world´s biggest car market. Output could double, the Italian carmaker´s Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne, without giving a precise timeframe. Chrysler, in which Fiat has a 58.5 percent stake, said on Tuesday it had agreed to make Jeeps in China with Guangzhou Automobile Group (601238.SS).
The Obama administration has intervened again on the highly sensitive issue of Britain’s membership of the European Union.[Snip] The leaders expressed support for the international community’s efforts, led by France, to deny terrorists a safe haven in Mali. The Prime Minister set forth his thinking on UK-EU relations in light of his upcoming speech. The President underscored our close alliance with the United Kingdom and said that the United States values a strong UK in a strong European Union, which makes critical contributions to peace, prosperity, and security in Europe and around the world.
The Obama administration has rejected an offer from al-Qaeda-linked militants to swap two Americans held captive at an Algerian gas field in exchange for the release of two prominent terrorists jailed in the United States. The kidnappers made the outrageous offer this morning through a Mauritanian news agency but US officials were quick to shut it down, insisting the administration rejects any such trade of hostages for convicted terrorists. The news comes as U.S. officials confirmed that one American, Frederick Buttaccio of Texas, has died in the hostage standoff and CNN reports that another US citizen who was unaccounted
A decision issued today by the 7th circuit Court of Appeals says collective bargaining reforms passed by Governor Scott Walker will stand. Act 10 was the controversial reform law passed in Wisconsin in 2011 after weeks of protests and stalling by Democratic members of the legislature. Unions filed suit against the law seeking to have the court overturn it and were partially successful at the district court level. But today the Court of Appeals issued a decision in favor of the law and the Governor. Plaintiffs and cross-appellants, representing seven of Wisconsin’s largest public
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday that she underscored to Algerian Prime Minister Abdul-Malik Salal that "the utmost care must be taken to preserve innocent life" in the unfolding hostage crisis. “The U.S. extends our condolences to all the families who have lost loved ones in this brutal assault," she said. "We remain deeply concerned about those who remain in danger. "I spoke with the Algerian prime minister again this morning to get an update on this very difficult situation, and to underscore, again, that the utmost care must be taken to preserve innocent life."
It was TV’s 1960s high-school beatnik, Maynard G. Krebs — the G. was for Walter — who would exclaim, “What an age we live in!” We still do. Last night, Americans gathered in front of TVs to hear the truth, as finally told by Lance Armstrong. That’s right, the truth now comes with commercial sponsors — detergents, SUVs and stuff you smear on your face to cover blemishes. For starters, give Oprah Winfrey credit for not milking an interview that would fill consecutive prime times on her somewhat obscure network.
Tina Fey isn´t thrilled that she´s constantly associated with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, whom she famously impersonated during the 2008 presidential election. From Rolling Stone: As the late-middle-aged couple at the table next to us get up, the male half approaches, grinning: "Excuse me, aren´t you Governor Sarah Palin?" It´s so lame that Fey can barely manage a quarter of a fake smile. "Not for, like, three years now," she says, looking as if she´d like to dive under the table. The guy has his gag, though, and he´s going to run with it.
WASHINGTON - U.S. officials say one American has died in the hostage standoff at an Algerian gas complex. The officials say the deceased American is a Texas resident, Frederick Buttaccio. It is unclear how he died. The officials say Buttaccio´s remains have been recovered and his family has been notified. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren´t authorized to speak publicly on the matter. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP´s earlier story is below. The Obama administration said Friday it was trying to secure the release of
On the eve of his second inaugural, President Obama appears smarter, tougher and bolder than ever before. But whether he is also wiser remains a key question for his new term. It is clear that he is consciously changing his leadership style heading into the next four years. Weeks before the November elections, his top advisers were signaling that he intended to be a different kind of president in his second term. "Just watch," they said to me, in effect, "he will win re-election decisively and then he will throw down the gauntlet to the Republicans,
The Washington Post seems a tad uncomfortable admitting that left-wingery, in the form of gun-grabbing, might have back-fired in ways that could only surprise effete, left-wing, Blue State-dwelling metrosexuals. Gun control debate may be driving higher sales LAS VEGAS — The United States appears to be experiencing a record run on military-style assault weapons, high-capacity magazines and some kinds of ammunition as buyers deluge stores in search of guns and bullets they fear will be banned by the Obama administration, according to firearms industry executives and market analysts. Even allowing for spikes in gun sales that follow
I was out of the country for a few days, and news from this great republic reached me only fitfully. I have learned to be wary of foreign reporting of U.S. events, since America can come off sounding faintly deranged. Much of what reached me didn´t sound entirely plausible: Did the entire U.S. media really fall for the imaginary dead girlfriend of a star football player? Did the president of the United States really announce 23 executive orders by reading out the policy views of carefully prescreened grade-schoolers ("I want everybody to be happy and safe")? Clearly,
All is not as it appears in the case of Richard Windsor, the alias used by outgoing EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, apparently to shield email messages from discovery and disclosure. Under court order to cough up the email messages to Chris Horner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and having turned over a first installment of 2,100 such email messages earlier this week, the Obama administration is making this a case that might challenge the ingenuity of Sherlock Holmes. With Horner’s assistance, my daughter Eliana tries to pierce the fog of administrative war in her NRO column “Lisa Jackson’s gadfly.”