The Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the National Cathedral in Washington, said Thursday morning that "people of faith" should come together to fight for gun control against the "gun lobby." In his opening remarks at a press conference on gun control organized by California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, Hall spoke about the influence of the so-called gun lobby in Washington. "Now, everyone in this city seems to live in terror of the gun lobby," Hall said. "But I believe the gun lobby is no match for the cross lobby." Watch the video below:
There should have been something for everyone in President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address. For liberals, a full-throated call to arms. For conservatives, vindication. Obama settled once and for all the debate over his place on the political spectrum and his political designs. He’s an unabashed liberal determined to shift our politics and our country irrevocably to the left. In other words, Obama’s foes — if you put aside the birthers and sundry other lunatics — always had him pegged correctly. If you listened to Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham,
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) would have fired Hillary Rodham Clinton for the debacle in Benghazi, Libya. “Had I been president at the time and I found that you did not read the cables from Benghazi .?.?. I would have relieved you of your post.” On the other hand, had the secretary of state spent her time reading staffing requests for consulates all over the world, someone else would have called for her firing. That person would have been right. There is something about Clinton that drives otherwise sane people nuts.
The Black Mental Health Alliance of Massachusetts has released a Public Service Announcement warning citizens about the state’s penalties for sporting saggy pants. The announcement alerts baggy-pants wearers that sporting pants “hip-hop style” with your “underwear exposed” could result in fines of up to $300 or even land you behind bars. “You still think it’s cool?” a cop asks. “It’s the law. Pull up your pants. Respect yourself.” Massachusetts law bans ”open and gross lewd and lascivious behavior” and warns that such behavior can be punished by up to three years in state prison or two years in county jail.
Politico reports on a new Obama-led, top-down effort to build a “grassroots” effort to turn red Texas blue. The effort will be built around some of the usual suspects, including shadow party honcho Matt Angle, and some new ones astroturfed by Obama’s personal political force, Organizing for Action. Republicans in the state should and will take the new effort seriously, for three reasons: It will be well-financed, and some of its top officers will have learned quite a bit from losing so many races, so consistently, for so long. No Democrat has won a statewide race here since 1990.
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman signed off on TransCanada’s revised route through his state earlier this week, effectively clearing what the Obama administration has cited as a major hurdle to green-lighting the entire Keystone XL pipeline. Having already been through years of multiple State Department reviews, and with the southern portion of the project already under construction, it appears that bipartisan members Congress in fact can agree on at least one thing: The administration’s level of well-orchestrated stalling on this thing is starting to get downright ridiculous. A letter signed by 53 senators
Senate leaders have reached a tentative deal to reform the chamber’s filibuster rule, averting a partisan blowup over the issue but leaving liberal Democrats unsatisfied. The deal crafted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) will not be final until the Democratic and Republican caucuses have a chance to review it at 1 pm Thursday. Liberals led by Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) wanted Reid to implement the talking filibuster reform, which would force senators seeking to block legislation to actively
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will deliver a forceful denunciation of his party’s Washington-centric focus in a speech to the Republican National Committee on Thursday evening, arguing that the GOP is fighting the wrong fight as it seeks to rebuild from losses at the ballot box last November. “A debate about which party can better manage the federal government is a very small and short-sighted debate,” Jindal will tell the RNC members gathered in Charlotte, N.C. for the organization’s winter meeting, according to a copy of the speech provided to The Fix.
The renewed “discussion” about school shooters has raised many ideas — some well-intentioned, some not — about how to prevent and, to a lesser degree, to stop active shooters. Unfortunately, most are attempts to dance around the reality: the only effective way to immediately stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Preferably, multiple good guys. Mass rushes of unarmed teachers and children at armed killers, Tasers, and beanbag rounds are some of the more prominent suggestions being bandied about.(Snip Unfortunately, any such technology is absolutely unsuitable for responding to active shooters,
Chicago - An American was sentenced on Thursday to 35 years in prison for the key role he played in a 2008 terrorist attack on Mumbai that has been called India's 9/11. David Coleman Headley, 52, whose meticulous scouting missions facilitated the assault by 10 gunmen from a Pakistani-based militant group, which killed 160 people -- including children. "I don't have any faith in Mr. Headley when he says he's a changed person and believes in the American way of life," said U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber in imposing the sentence, which was in the range of what prosecutors had requested
SALEM, OR - If you´re a regular smoker, you may want to keep an eye on a new bill in the Oregon Legislature. Rep. Mitch Greenlick, from Portland, is sponsoring a bill that makes cigarettes a Schedule III controlled substance, meaning it would be illegal to possess or distribute cigarettes without a doctor´s prescription. Under the proposal, offenders would face maximum punishments of one year in prison, a $6,250 fine or both. Other drugs and substances that are considered Schedule III controlled substances are ketamine, lysergic acid and anabolic steroids.
Political power couple Bill and Hillary Clinton are working with an upmarket realtor to find a house in the Hamptons, MailOnline can reveal today. As Mrs Clinton, 65, prepares to leave office next week and possibly ready herself for a run at the Presidency in 2016, she and Bill, 66, are working with a posh realtor to find a new home to add to their portfolio of property in Washington D.C., and Chappaqua, New York. They are understood to be working with Saunders & Associates real estate to find the property after spending the past two summers
Two California men have sued Lance Armstrong and his book publishers for fraud and false advertising, claiming that the cyclist´s best-selling memoirs, billed as non-fiction, were revealed to be filled with lies after he confessed last week to systematic doping. The class-action complaint was filed in federal court in Sacramento, California on Tuesday, five days after Armstrong ended years of vehement denial and admitted in a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey that he had cheated his way to a record seven Tour de France titles through the use of banned, performance-enhancing drugs.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) on Thursday stepped back from his claim that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton became emotional at Wednesday’s Benghazi hearing in an effort to dodge his questions, saying he shouldn’t have speculated on her reaction. “I was responding to a question,” Johnson said on CNN’s “Starting Point” on Thursday. “I probably speculated, and I shouldn’t have.” Clinton showed flashes of anger as she delivered her long-awaited testimony on the terrorist attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, at hearings in front of the House and Senate Foreign Relations committees on Wednesday.
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) vowed Thursday to build on Hillary Clinton´s “superb” record if he´s confirmed to replace her as secretary of State. “Secretary Clinton has been superb and we all thank her for a job well done and for her tireless efforts on behalf of the nation,” Kerry said before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “She has set a high mark for her stewardship of the State Department and her commitment to country. I can pledge that, with the consent of the Senate, I will do everything in my power to build on her record
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and a group of Senate Democrats on Thursday introduced legislation to ban the sale and manufacture of more than 150 types of semi-automatic weapons with military-style features. The legislation also bans magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition and requires people who already own assault rifles to use secure storage and safety devices and bars them from selling high-capacity clips. “No weapon is taken from anyone,” said Feinstein. “The purpose is to dry up the supply of these weapons over time.”
Thirty-two years ago, President Ronald Reagan launched an era of anti-government politics with his first inaugural address. On Monday, President Barack Obama offered the best rebuttal to date. Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer said the speech marked "the end of Reaganism," and I couldn´t agree more. Like Reagan, the president sought to ground the national conversation in his own definition of patriotism. But instead of the "liberty-only" patriotism of Reagan and political descendants such as Paul Ryan,
CNN´s Jake Tapper reports on how exhaustion may be responsible for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton´s emotional outburst at a Senate hearing on Benghazi today. --- BLITZER: Were you surprised she got as emotional as she did in discussing the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and the others? TAPPER: No, because she has been reaching out directly to these individuals, and of course, these were people who were killed on her watch at the State Department. She went through a list early in her testimony of all the individuals who had been killed at diplomatic
In her testimony before Congress Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Rep. Joe Wilson that she did not go on the Sunday morning network shows the weekend after the deadly attacks in Benghazi because: "Going on the Sunday shows is not my favorite thing to do. There are other things I prefer to do on Sunday mornings. And, you know, I haven’t been on a Sunday show in way over a year. So it just isn’t something I normally jump to do.” So the assassination of an ambassador on her watch didn´t rise to the
It was a problem that troubled her for years. And Katie Couric has revealed she was inspired by other people sharing their issues when she decided to talk about her long-running battle with bulimia. The talk show host opened up about her own problem when Demi Lovato, who has herself talked frankly about battling an eating disorder, was a guest on her show Katie last year. She told More Magazine: ´I [was] asking people to reveal their innermost feelings about [this issue], and I actually know about it.
Michael D. Cohen, executive vice president and special counsel to Donald Trump, told Breitbart News that he "cannot confirm or deny that Mr. Trump is interested in acquiring the New York Times. Only time will tell." The story, first broken by Joe Hagan in New York magazine´s online edition, has been the subject of intense interest in the publishing world for the past 24 hours. Left-wing sites such as the Huffington Post have poured scorn on the idea, saying it would be "very, very, very, very surprising" if the Sulzbergers sold it to him.
On MSNBC last night, Sen. Barbara Boxer admitted that she was furious after Sen. Rand Paul explained to Sec. Hillary Clinton yesterday that he would have fired her if he was president. Paul made the remarks during the Senate hearing on Clinton’s response to the Benghazi terror attacks. “When I heard him say those words, I walked out of the hearing room, and listened to him behind the stage, because I was so infuriated at what that man said,” Boxer said. Boxer added that it was ludicrous that Paul claimed that the terrorist attack in Benghazi
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned internet users at the Wilson Center this morning that cyberspace was becoming more dangerous as more and more Americans go online. “Every individual on the net is vulner – is a potential, uh, opening,” Napolitano stated, adding that the internet was a “great thing.” “We just want to make sure that everyone remains safe and free,” she continued. “So that requires everyone to take some responsibility, have good cyber-habits, make sure we use the phrase ‘Stop, think, connect.’”
Chase Power, the parent company behind the $3 billion Las Brisas coal power plant in Corpus Christi, Texas, announced yesterday that it was cancelling the project. “Chase Power … has opted to suspend efforts to further permit the facility and is seeking alternative investors as part of a plan of dissolution for the parent company,” Chase CEO Dave Freysinger told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Freysinger made it very clear who was responsible for the projects death. “The (Las Brisas Energy Center) is a victim of EPA’s concerted effort to stifle solid-fuel energy facilities in the U.S., including
Our local library here in Lower Macungie Township (Pa.) is among the many nationwide that will get 25 books about Islam thanks to an $800 million grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. And not a moment too soon. Without the government-approved books on Islam, Macungie might remain woefully bereft of crucial cultural knowledge, like hundreds of other clodhopper communities across this provincial land. The grant appears to be funded mainly by the Carnegie Foundation, rather than taxpayer dollars, but why didn’t N.E.H. just fund it and let the libraries choose which books?