Yesterday, Eric Cantor told CBS News that voters want Congress and the White House to start solving problems. House Republicans will make an offer to open a window for that purpose. In a kind of side-step around the debt-ceiling issue, the GOP will pass a bill that will suspend rather than raise the debt ceiling for a short period of time — and press Senate Democrats to produce a budget before the window closes. They are now confident in their ability to pass this proposal within the GOP majority, at least:
If President Obama’s goal with the inaugural prayers was to marginalize and offend devout, conservative Christians and orthodox Jews, it would be fair to say: mission accomplished. The choice of Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, departed from historical protocol. She was the first female and first non-clergy member to lead an inaugural prayer. She did so in the wake of Pastor Louie Giglio’s unceremonious removal from the dais after the discovery he had preached a sermon 20 years ago expositing the Bible’s position on homosexuality. While it’s understandable that Evers-Williams would feel the need
At least three people are believed to be injured after two gunmen opened fire on a Texas college campus this afternoon. A spokesperson from Lone Star College in Houston confirmed shots were fired between two people at the North Harris campus and that one of them had been detained. Police are currently searching a wooded area north of the campus for another gunman who fled the building--which is on lock down and said to be under control. Unconfirmed reports say the gun fire was between two students and the injured got caught in the crossfire. Another man was said to have suffered
A Connecticut woman’s Disney Dream cruise dissolved into a nightmare when she was thrown in jail on a shoplifting warrant — from 22 years ago. Robin Hall, 41, was nabbed Thursday when the Disney cruise ship docked in Port Canaveral, Fla., at the tail end of her vacation with her husband and two children, reported NBC affiliate WESH in Orlando. There, authorities were waiting for Hall. Her youthful indiscretion caught up with her when the ship conducted a check of all passengers looking for names on a terrorism watch list. “I was pulled to the side and told I had
Don’t like the way that car is parked? A new service allows individuals in San Francisco to anonymously send text messages to strangers through their license tag numbers. “Helping neighbors avoid the pitfalls of parking in San Francisco,” says CurbTXT, which allows people who sign up for the service to avoid receiving nasty notes on their vehicles. “A lot of things can go wrong when parking a car in the city,” the company explains. “We think instant, direct, and anonymous communication can alleviate a lot of the parking issues
As recreational drugs go, marijuana is relatively benign. Unlike alcohol, it doesn´t stimulate violence or destroy livers. Unlike tobacco, it doesn´t cause lung cancer and heart disease. The worst you can say is that it produces intense, unreasoning panic. Not in users, but in critics. Those critics have less influence all the time. Some 18 states permit medical use of marijuana, and in November, Colorado and Washington voted to allow recreational use. Nationally, support for legalization is steadily rising. A decade ago, one of every three Americans favored the idea. Today, nearly half do—and among those under 50, a large
Ken Salazar may be leaving the Interior Department soon, but he’s giving a strong push to President Obama’s solar and wind agenda on his way out the door. Two days after announcing that he would be hanging up his cowboy hat and returning home to Colorado come March, Salazar announced the first-ever statewide plan to designate renewable energy zones on public land. It designates 192,100 acres of public land across Arizona as potentially suitable for utility-scale solar and wind energy development. The Restoration Design Energy Project caps a three-year, statewide environmental analysis of “disturbed land and other areas
SPRING -The price seemed too good to be true: $300 for a round-trip bus tour to the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. with a hotel night included. For Aesha Godfrey, it turned out to be a bumpy ride in more ways than one. “I’m so angry,” she said. Godfrey, her mother, her aunt and some friends booked the trip online. It was even advertised on the Dallas County Democratic Party’s website. The bus left Austin early Saturday and had a pickup in Dallas, which is where the women drove to meet up with the group.
Washington-In a meeting with Jewish leaders, Chuck Hagel, US President Obama´s defense secretary nominee, affirmed his commitment to preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and to maintaining Israel´s qualitative military edge.(Snip)A four-sentence statement Monday issued by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations described the January 18 meeting as "an important opportunity for a serious and thorough discussion of key issues of importance to all of us." The statement, which also noted the presence at the meeting of US Vice President Joe Biden as well as the leaders of the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee
HARRIS COUNTY- At least two people have been shot at Lone Star Community in North Harris County, according to Precinct 4 deputy constables. One person is in custody. Dozens of law enforcement officers are searching for a second suspect on the loose. KHOU 11 News stringer Lloyd Overcash saw one male being brought out of the library on a stretcher. At least one other person was being treated by EMS crews outside the library when Air 11 flew over. Other crews were entering the library with stretchers, as students filed out.
Yesterday, the president finally did what he always wanted to do and what his followers on the left have been pining for. President Obama’s inaugural address was a lurch to the left that scratched the itch so many of his followers have had for four years. Finally, the cliches embraced by anyone who has ever worn a beret or attended a university campus protest wearing a Che Guevara T-shirt were all wrapped into one speech. So now what? Does Obama have a plan to govern in his second term?
Congratulating President Obama on his second inauguration, RedState’s Erick Erickson penned a piece on Tuesday that aimed criticism toward his fellow conservatives. His message: enough with the perpetual outrage. The president’s policies are destructive to the economy, Erickson asserted, but “I do not think the President means to do this maliciously. I do not think he is treasonous. I do not hate him. I am not outraged by it.” The outrage can instead be directed toward Republicans: While Obama is doing what he set out to do,
Twenty-four hours after she sang pretty much the best version of the national anthem since Whitney Houston, word is emerging that Beyoncé chose to switch to a pre-recorded version of "The Star Spangled Banner" for Monday´s inauguration. Not that anyone wants to believe it — not even the "Beyoncé truthers" — but here´s the new evidence that there is no Santa Claus completely perfect live version of the song: Beyoncé switched tracks. The Times of London and The New York Post are both touting midday "exclusives," citing new interviews with the spokesperson for the U.S. Marine Band,
Geneva-Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said on Tuesday his country´s troops would stay in Mali to support military operations against al Qaeda-linked rebels until the crisis there was resolved. Nigeria plans to deploy up to 1,200 troops as part of a West African intervention force to support French troops battling Islamist militants in the Sahara.(Snip)"We cannot pull out until we have solved the problem. I cannot tell you when we will solve the problem, but Nigeria is totally committed and we remain committed until the crisis is resolved," he told Reuters in an interview in Geneva. As well as deploying troops,
Among the dozens of A-list celebrities attending President Obama´s second inauguration, one famous face was notably absent. Oprah, the queen of media who was once considered Obama´s staunchest celebrity supporter, skipped the inaugural festivities this year and instead jetted out of the country for a couple speaking engagements. Her absence was glaring after the role she played in Obama´s 2008 campaign and his inauguration in 2009. Oprah´s backing of Obama in 2008 was her first ever political endorsement. She joined Obama on the campaign trail from Iowa to South Carolina to New Hampshire,
Beyoncé did not sing the national anthem live at President Obama’s inauguration. Millions of viewers around the world were stunned by the singer’s spectacular rendition of the anthem but The Times has learnt that she was lip-syncing to a pre-recorded backing track. A spokeswoman for the Marine Corp Band said it was standard procedure to record a backing track and Beyoncé decided shortly before her performance to rely on the studio version rather than risk singing it live on the Capitol.
Fifteen years before the clergy sex abuse scandal came to light, Archbishop Roger M. Mahony and a top advisor plotted to conceal child molestation by priests from law enforcement, including keeping them out of California to avoid prosecution, according to internal Catholic church records released Monday. The archdiocese´s failure to purge pedophile clergy and reluctance to cooperate with law enforcement has previously been known. But the memos written in 1986 and 1987 by Mahony and Msgr. Thomas J. Curry, then the archdiocese´s chief advisor on sex abuse cases, offer the strongest evidence yet of a concerted effort by officials
GWEN IFILL, PBS: Did you get the sense he was speaking to everybody, including people who didn´t vote for him, David? DAVID BROOKS, NEW YORK TIMES: Yes, but making an argument. It was about collectivity. There´s no question about that. Four years ago, it was about being trans-partisan, about healing divides. He was sort of above the fray. Now he´s in the fray. He´s picked a team. And his team is his party, his belief system. And I thought he made the case for a very pragmatic, prudential, incremental, but progressivism, a more forthright case for
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Hussein Obama´s second inauguration was every bit as historic as his first -- not because it said so much about the nation´s long, bitter, unfinished struggle with issues of race, as was the case four years ago, but because it said so little about the subject. Reflect for a moment: A black man stood on the Capitol steps and took the oath of office as president of the United States. For the second time. Meaning that voters not only elected him once -- which could be a fluke, a blip,
Remember when President Obama was caught on a hot mic telling then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to be patient with him because he would have more “flexibility” in his second term when he would never again have to face American voters? That message wasn’t just for Medvedev to relay to then-Prime Minister Vladimir Putin: it was for Obama´s friends on the far left as well, who have been waiting for the “real” Barack Obama to usher in a new age of liberalism – to “fundamentally transform America,” as the president himself
Does Fox News now have an All-Amnesty lineup? Looks like it. Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly have now fallen in line behind World Citizen Rupert Murdoch’s support of ”sweeping, generous immigration reform,” including a “path to citizenship.” Karl Rove was always on board, of course. What about Fox News’ viewers? Are they going to go along like sheep? They now have no network that represents their perspective on what seems to be a key issue for Obama’s second term. Is it time for a new Fox? (Wouldn’t it be time for a new Fox anyway?
HOUSTON -- Ninty-three-year-old Elbert Wood came home from a doctor’s appointment Monday morning to find his home burglarized and vandalized with spray paint. The great-grandfather still managed to have a sense of humor about the crooks. “They redecorated for me.” Wood built his northwest Houston home and has lived in it for 55 years. He pointed to the walls, windows, paintings, carpets and other personal belongings, now all tagged with graffiti. At his age, he’s heard and seen a lot. “I never heard of anything like this before.” He was wounded twice in World War II.
The fiscal cliff bill didn’t just raise taxes; it showered half a billion dollars on a canny Big Pharma company that knows its way around Capitol Hill. A provision in the newly-passed fiscal cliff bill allows pharmaceutical giant Amgen to sell one of its pills (Sensipar) for two more years without having to negotiate a fair price with Medicare. Sensipar is an expensive pill, and the two year delay will cost Medicare upwards of $500 million. What makes this bit of corporate welfare even more egregious is the fact that Amgen recently pleaded
Palestinians evinced weary indifference on Tuesday as Israelis voted in an election set to produce a hardline government keener to expand Jewish settlements on occupied land than seek peace. "Regardless of who wins, the result is the same: Israelis want this land but not the people," said Ahmed Amro, a professor at Al-Quds Open University in Ramallah, the West Bank´s capital.