Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made her long-awaited appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this morning to testify on Benghazi. In her prepared remarks, Clinton said: “As I have said many times since September 11, I take responsibility.” But this is responsibility in its unique Washington sense of responsibility without consequences. Clinton remains in her cabinet position and, while four underlings have been reassigned, she herself has suffered no consequences as a result of the disaster for which she says she is responsible. Senator Rand Paul criticized Clinton for her alleged ignorance of the security concerns
Senator Chuck Schumer earned some chuckles among Democrats when he said today that the decision by House Republicans to suspend any limits on the national debt for three months was evidence that “The president stared down the Republicans. They blinked.” The GOP chose to remove, at least for a time, any threat of a government shutdown because they knew they were locked in an unequal struggle with the White House and the Democratic majority in the Senate. By backing down on the debt ceiling deadline, the House leadership decided they’d be better off avoiding
Get ready for scan-and-frisk. The NYPD will soon deploy new technology allowing police to detect guns carried by criminals without using the typical pat-down procedure, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Wednesday. The department just received a machine that reads terahertz — the natural energy emitted by people and inanimate objects — and allows police to view concealed weapons from a distance. “If something is obstructing the flow of that radiation, for example a weapon, the device will highlight that object,” Kelly said. A video image aired at a Police Foundation breakfast Wednesday showed an officer, clad in a New York
No competent wrap-up of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Senate testimony today can omit her clash with Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. The lawmaker drilled in on signals from the administration that the attacks on the Benghazi, Libya, diplomatic compound were connected to spontaneous protests over that famous anti-Islam video. Johnson to Clinton: “We were misled that there were supposedly protests and something sprang out of that — an assault sprang out of that. And that was easily ascertained that that was not the fact
Mitt Romney will make it to Washington, D.C. for inauguration week after all. The 2012 GOP presidential nominee and his wife Ann are scheduled to attend a luncheon in their honor Friday at Washington´s J.W. Marriott hotel, National Journal reported this afternoon. The reception will be hosted by two of Romney´s biggest campaign fundraisers: Virginia philanthropist Catherine Reynolds and hotel tycoon Bill Marriott, Jr. Romney, a longtime friend to the Marriott family, serves on Marriott International´s board of directors. While on the trail, he and his traveling staff stayed almost exclusively at Marriott hotels.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the reason that Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice went on five Sunday morning television shows in her place following the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya was because “there are other things that I prefer to do on Sunday mornings.” Five days following the terrorist attacks on the Benghazi compound, Rice insisted on five separate TV talk shows that the attack sprang from a protest over an obscure anti-Muslim video posted on YouTube, even though the CIA in Libya told Washington within 24 hours that militants were responsible for the attack.
A conservative student group from Texas A&M University said the school displayed its "far-left agenda" by hosting actor Danny Glover at a campus event. The Texas Aggie Conservatives posted portions of Glover´s comments about the Second Amendment, which he made during a breakfast to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 17. The event was organized by the Memorial Student Center Woodson Black Awareness Committee. The conservative group later created an online petition slamming the university for inviting "radical leftist speakers" to speak at the annual MLK event. The petition accuses the university of funding
Matt Damon’s anti-fracking movie “Promised Land” is not making the box-office splash environmental groups may have hoped for. The film, co-written by John Krasinski of “The Office,” has brought in a scant $7.5 million since its opening on Dec. 28. In contrast, “Texas Chainsaw 3D” has brought in $33.6 million since its opening on the same weekend. The theatrical feature film about a town with natural-gas reserves only cost about $15 million to produce, but the Los Angeles Times predicts “it’s a long shot that the film will end up being a hit even given its modest budget.”
She teetered on the verge of tears and laughed out loud. She pounded a table with her fists and snapped at lawmakers Wednesday. And once again, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton accepted blame for the death of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, but repeatedly deflected criticism of the Obama administration’s handling of the attack and its aftermath. With a dramatic flair, Mrs. Clinton displayed the full spectrum of emotions during
The success of President Obama’s starkly liberal second-term agenda will rest largely on the shoulders of Senate Majority leader Harry M. Reid, who has been a rock-solid political ally and a valued legislative tactician for Obama during his first term. But for the first time since Obama became president four years ago, his political interests and Reid’s may be diverging. Not so much because there is huge disagreement on the president’s agenda, but because helping Obama may hurt vulnerable Democrats in the Senate. Reelected and unconcerned about ever having to face voters again, Obama seems
One of the nation’s largest federal contractors reported a $2 billion loss Wednesday and blamed it on defense cuts, a sign that the government spending that provided the rocket fuel for the metro area’s decade-long economic expansion is now dissipating. General Dynamics, based in Falls Church, said it was devaluing its information technology business by $2 billion amid falling government demand. The announcement was particularly worrisome because IT contracting is the key ingredient to the metro area’s government-powered growth.
We learned today from Secretary Clinton — “What difference, at this point, does it make?” — that the actual causation and circumstances of the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi are not so important — and by implication that the nation for days was given a false or at least incomplete explanation by its highest officials of a spontaneous, video-fueled demonstration rather than a pre-planned Islamist operation. Two thoughts arise, aside from her own health issues (no doubt brought on by an admirable but grueling regimen of travel in often inhospitable places) that make such testimony understandably taxing
Monday’s inaugural festivities offered Americans a chance to celebrate our country and the enduring success of our democracy. With the pomp and circumstance over, however, our attention returns to the challenges facing the nation. The unsolved problems of President Obama’s first term are all the more urgent now that he begins his second. Chief among them is our out-of-control federal spending. Left unchecked, the president’s addiction to borrowed money will jeopardize the future of the next generations — of our children and grandchildren. The time to act is now. In his inaugural address, Mr. Obama said he agrees,
After a campaign season of mounting furor over the Obama administration’s twists and turns on the deadly Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, today’s long-anticipated testimony of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the bombshell that wasn’t. Through morning and afternoon hearings before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and then the House Foreign Affairs Committee, postponed from their original dates because of the secretary’s medical crises, Clinton came prepared to bite back at her challengers and confronted the mere handful of Republicans willing to go toe-to-toe with her. Then, during the second hearing, administration officials leaked
President Barack Obama got green hearts fluttering when he devoted more time to climate change than any other single issue during his inaugural address. But don’t expect a climate crusade. It’s more like covert action.There are no plans to enlist Al Gore or other rock stars of the environmental movement for a public campaign on the dangers of global warming. Don’t expect to see a new cap-and-trade bill.(Snip) Energy insiders say the White House will dribble out executive actions and federal rules over the next four years — the same low-key, bureaucratic approach the administration has taken since 2009.
Three days after golfer Phil Mickelson publicly said California´s high tax rate may force him to make "drastic changes" to his career or consider leaving the state he loves for financial reasons, he was bullied into apologizing for what Mickelson said were "insensitive comments." Mickelson issued an apology on Tuesday and, in his first remarks to reporters since his comments on Sunday, expressed deep regret on Wednesday at a press conference at Torrey Pines, CA, where this weekend´s PGA Tour event is being held. Sports writers and others in the mainstream press resoundingly mocked
During her daylong testimony to the House and Senate foreign relations committees on the deadly assault in Benghazi, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faced pointed questions, provocative allegations, and, from her Democratic allies, lavish praise. Through it all, she routinely touched her eyeglasses to subtly communicate a range of emotions. There were seven distinct variations. The "Is This Dude for Real?" Adjustment
President Obama's inauguration ceremony yesterday was full of fashion moments. But Beyonce's earrings made for one of the most sensational details. The star sang the National Anthem out with a pair of dazzling emeralds at her ears, worth a cool $1.8million, according to designer Lorraine Schwartz. Designed with Beyonce in mind - the bright hue stood out against her loose blonde waves and black embroidered Emilio Pucci gown. Headline and text corrected by Staff.
Peaceful protesters who are part of a national movement pursuing broad political, cultural, and social change were pepper-sprayed by a security guard. No, this story has nothing to do with Occupy Wall Street. Instead, itinvolves three pro-life Mississippians who were apparently pepper-sprayed by a security guard at an abortion clinic. “This morning pro-lifers were singing and praying in front of Mississippi’s lone remaining abortion clinic when a security guard pepper-sprayed three of them in the face,” Life Site News says. “The aggressor was Roy Benjamin, a private, armed security guard who works for Jackson Women’s Health Organization, in Jackson.”
CHARLOTTE — Members of the Republican National Committee meeting here in North Carolina — a location chosen in part because it, along with Indiana, was one of only two 2008 Obama states that turned to Republicans in 2012 — are deeply divided over what ails their party. On one end of the spectrum are those who stress the GOP’s failure to appeal to Hispanics and other minorities, arguing that the party must make fundamental changes to broaden its appeal. On the other end are those who stress the GOP’s failure to master even
DENVER - Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper gave a candid comment to the New York Times about his wife, from whom he is separated. The reporter says the Governor told him Helen Thorpe mentioned if Hickenlooper wanted to run for President, she offered to stay married and figure it out. Thorpe attended the State of the State address this month and was thanked by the Governor for staying. He said she was a beacon of light to him and their son.
A favorite "progressive" trope is that America´s middle class has stagnated economically since the 1970s. One version of this claim, made by Robert Reich, President Clinton´s labor secretary, is typical: "After three decades of flat wages during which almost all the gains of growth have gone to the very top," he wrote in 2010, "the middle class no longer has the buying power to keep the economy going." This trope is spectacularly wrong. It is true enough that, when adjusted for inflation using the Consumer Price Index, the average hourly wage of nonsupervisory workers in America has Headline corrected by Staff.
Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said it was “unacceptable” for the Defense Department to leak news about lifting the ban on women serving in direct combat positions prior to briefing Congress. News reports on Wednesday citing “senior defense officials” said that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was lifting the ban, put in place in 1994. Specific details were not provided but it was reported that Panetta would make an official announcement on Thursday. In a May 9, 2012 photo, Capt. Sara Rodriguez, 26, of the 101st Airborne Division, carries
Presidency: President Obama´s second inaugural address made a great show of defending Social Security and Medicare from any change. It may turn out to be the defining mistake of his presidency. ´We reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future," he said. But pretending these programs don´t need to change to survive is a choice. And it´s a choice that virtually ensures the young people Obama professes to want to "invest in" will have little to show
NY State Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin has posted a list of 15 items that New York’s Democrats in the state Senate wanted to include in the gun bill they rammed through last week. Is this the Democratic Party’s true gun agenda on display? 1. Confiscation of “assault weapons” 2. Confiscation o ten round clips 3. Statewide database for ALL Guns 4. Continue to allow pistol permit holder’s information to be replaced to the public 5. Label semiautomatic shotguns with more than 5 rounds or pistol grips as “assault weapons”