Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, emailed reporters the following statement in reaction to today’s ruling by the DC Court of Appeals that President Obama’s recess appointees to the National Labor Relations Board were unconstitutional: The President, who taught Constitutional law, should’ve known better. As the Oversight Committee examined in a hearing a year ago, President Obama’s appointments looked like an obvious election-year pander to big labor bosses. Today, we know that it is American workers who are going to pay the price for the Administration’s arrogant miscalculation.
Raleigh, N.C. -- North Carolina lawmakers are drafting legislation that would ban people on welfare or those who are in bankruptcy from buying lottery tickets. Rep. Paul "Skip" Stam, R-Wake is helping draft the legislation. Stam told ABC11 the vendor selling the lottery ticket would be penalized if they knew the person was on welfare or in bankruptcy. That stipulation is not sitting well with some convenience store clerks that don´t want to be left to enforce a new law. Source corrected by Staff.
Global warming is likely to be less extreme than claimed, researchers said yesterday. The most likely temperature rise will be 1.9C (3.4F) compared with the 3.5C predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The Norwegian study says earlier predictions were based on rapid warming in the Nineties. But Oslo University’s department of geosciences included data since 2000 when temperature rises “levelled off nearly completely”. Professor Terje Berntsen said: “The Earth’s mean temperature rose sharply during the Nineties. This may have caused us to overestimate climate sensitivity. We are most likely witnessing natural fluctuations in the climate system
A federal appeals court in Washington on Friday canceled a mandate from the Environmental Protection Agency that required refiners to buy cellulosic biofuels as a way of supporting the nascent alternative fuel industry. Cellulosic biofuel is ethanol fermented from products other than corn, which is the major source of biofuel production in the United States. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the mandate for 2012, which would have held oil refiners accountable for purchasing 8.65 million of gallons
In a case freighted with major constitutional implications, a federal appeals court on Friday overturned President Obama’s controversial recess appointments from last year, ruling he abused his powers and acted when the Senate was not actually in a recess. The three-judge panel’s ruling is a major blow to Mr. Obama. The judges ruled that the appointments he made to the National Labor Relations Board are illegal, and hence the five-person board did not have a quorum to operate. But the ruling has even broader constitutional significance
What did you have for breakfast? I bet you didn’t know that you had little choice in the matter. At least Imran Hussain, of the Child Poverty Action Group, seems to think so. When the public health minister, Anna Soubry, pointed out that there are too many obese people, he agreed, but angrily: “Rather than blaming parents, ministers should look at the piles of evidence that make it absolutely clear that the real reason why our obesity problem is going to get bigger in the years ahead is because our child poverty problem is going to get much bigger
Happy days are not here again, but they are coming for conservatives. Barack Obama — with the lowest approval rating (according to Gallup, 50 percent, four points lower than that of the National Rifle Association) of any reelected president when inaugurated since World War II — has a contradictory agenda certain to stimulate a conservative revival. Consider his vow to expend political capital on climate change. The absurdity of the Kyoto approach — global climate treaties agreed to by 190 nations — is now obvious even to most former enthusiasts. Obama can propose cutting U.S. fossil-fuel emissions
Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), who is planning a trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories next month, is trying to contest rumors that Barack Obama wants to “pivot” on foreign policy from the Middle East to Asia. Kerry said at his Thursday confirmation hearing for Secretary of State: I want to take on the word "pivot." I think "pivot" implies that we´re turning away from somewhere else. I want to emphasize we are not turning away from anywhere else. Whatever we do in [Asia] should not come, and I hope will not come, at the expense of relationships in Europe or the in the Mid-East or elsewhere. It can't.
A working group of senators from both parties is nearing agreement on broad principles for overhauling the nation’s immigration laws, representing the most substantive bipartisan effort toward major legislation in years. The three Democrats and three Republicans, who have been meeting quietly in recent months, plan to announce a final agreement as early as next Friday. The move would amount to the first tentative step toward comprehensive immigration reform after long-standing gridlock on the issue. The new effort was spurred in large part by the growing influence of Latino voters who strongly backed President Obama and other Democrats in November.
President Obama exceeded his constitutional authority by making appointments when the Senate was on a break last year, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. The court’s broad ruling would sharply limit the power that presidents throughout history have used to make recess appointments in the face of Senate opposition and inaction. A unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit flatly rejected the Obama administration’s rationale for appointing three members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) while the Senate was on a holiday break.
Virginia, home to the National Rifle Association’s headquarters, the Nation’s Gun Show and a conservative legislature, is by many measures a more gun-friendly state than Maryland. But in one aspect of gun control, Virginia is more restrictive than its neighbor across the Potomac. Residents of the commonwealth are almost three times as likely to be banned from owning a firearm for mental health reasons as residents of Maryland, which has been reluctant to restrict the rights of the mentally ill. For the Democratic-controlled Maryland General Assembly and Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), this poses a dilemma.
Mobile, Alabama — A letter that arrived at the Admiral Semmes hotel last Friday tells a story starting in 1943, when 16 year-old Charles Buchanan walked through the front doors looking for work. He got a job in the kitchen. After a few weeks working there he snagged a fistful of silverware and stuffed it in his pocket hoping to get some extra cash. He says when he got back to his room he threw away his loot. In his letter he wrote “I realized my mom and dad would likely do me bodily harm and disown me so I
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama´s campaign operation appeared to be getting off to a shakey start Friday, sending out an ill-timed email calling on millions of supporters to flood the Capitol Hill switchboard with calls supporting gun control. Call in campaigns can be a powerful tool in lobbying Congress: when done right, lawmakers´ offices are inundated with thousands of constituents demanding to speak with the senator or congresswoman about a particular issue. Well-orchestrated campaigns can even result in the congressional switchboard going down for hours at a time, disrupting everyday life in the Capitol
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved a $11.5 million grant to fund a program that connects storm victims with resources to help them recover, officials said Friday. The federally funded Disaster Care Management Program, which is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, matches storm victims with case workers who assess their needs and help provide them with resources beyond those provided by federal and state disaster recovery programs. “As New Jerseyans rebuild in the wake of the most devastating storm in recent history, we must ensure they have
Washington - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s new eyeglasses aren’t just a new look — they have a special lens that’s used to treat double vision, eye doctors told The Post. Clinton, recently treated for a blood clot near her brain after a fall, wore the Fresnel lens to aid her left eye during the Benghazi hearing. “This kind of prism helps for people who are experiencing double vision,” said Dr. Vike Vicente, a pediatric ophthalmologist in Bethesda, Md. “Anybody who’s had a head injury, as the Secretary of State did, it could affect the way your eyes move,” he said.
The most curious thing about outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s decision this week to allow women to assume combat roles in the military was the timing. It was announced just as departing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was testifying on Capitol Hill about the Benghazi attack--and came without any advance notification to Congress, much to the annoyance of Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee. It is not clear whether the administration wanted to bury the news--or highlight it, in the event that Clinton’s testimony had gone poorly.
Real estate tax bills will be on the way tomorrow for Cook County residents, many of them containing the cold, hard truth about where we stand. And it isn’t pretty. Chief correspondent Jay Levine has been crunching the numbers all day, after CBS 2 broke the story last night, to find out how bad things are. Taxing bodies most people probably never heard of, let alone realized they were responsible for a big part of your property taxes. They build and run libraries and schools and parks. Some of which you didn’t need or couldn’t afford, but you’re paying for
If news of a joint Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton interview to air Sunday came as a surprise, the man the White House chose to conduct the interview did not. Every politician has his or her preferred interviewer: for President Obama, that’s Steve Kroft of “60 Minutes.” Kroft has conducted more one-on-one interviews with Obama, both as a candidate and as president, than any other television personality. It was Kroft who interviewed Obama days before he announced his candidacy for president in 2007, Kroft who landed the first post-election interview with Obama and his wife in 2008,
One of the least-remarked-upon aspects of President Obama´s inaugural speech was his attempt to co-opt the Founding Fathers´ Declaration of Independence to bolster his liberal-left agenda. Sure, the president quoted one of the most important sentences in history: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,(Snip) So far, so good. But he later connected the Declaration with his own liberal agenda: " ... that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges; that preserving our individual freedom ultimately requires collective action." (My italics, not his.)
Sergei Gaschak’s photography offers an unparalleled glimpse at animal life inside “the zone”, the area of Ukraine and Belarus that has been officially closed off to human habitation since the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe of 1986. Using camera traps to take photographs mechanically, as well as taking photographs personally, Gaschak has captured what few have been able to see with their own eyes – the remarkable diversity of wildlife within the zone.
Washington -- Reviving an issue that has languished for years, President Barack Obama will launch a campaign next week aimed at overhauling the nation´s flawed immigration system and creating legal status for millions, as a bipartisan Senate group nears agreement on achieving the same goals. The proposals from Obama and lawmakers will mark the start of what is expected to be a contentious and emotional process with deep political implications. Latino voters overwhelmingly backed Obama in the 2012 election, leaving Republicans grappling for a way to regain their standing with an increasingly powerful pool of voters.
Mumbai - India´s radical Hindu nationalist party governing Mumbai has handed out kitchen knives and chili powder to women following a gang rape in the capital New Delhi that ignited a national debate on the best way to tackle sex crimes. The Shiv Sena party, an ally of the main opposition BJP, said it had handed out 21,000 knives with three-inch blades to women in the city and surrounding areas and plans to distribute 100,000. Mumbai police said they were examining the knives and considering legal action.
Russia´s parliament backed a draft law on Friday banning "homosexual propaganda" in what critics see as an attempt to shore up support for President Vladimir Putin in the country´s largely conservative society. Only one deputy in the State Duma lower house voted against the bill, but passions spilled over outside the chamber, where 20 people were detained after scuffles between Russian Orthodox Christians and gay activists who staged a "kiss-in" protest. "We live in Russia, not Sodom and Gomorrah," United Russia deputy Dmitry Sablin said before the 388-1 vote in the 450-seat chamber.
Vice President Biden says a mental health check on gun sales may have averted the 2007 mass shooting on Virginia Tech‘s campus. Biden’s comments came after a roundtable discussion in Richmond today that included experts involved with the gun control commission convened after the university tragedy. The vice president reported the panel had reached “pretty broad consensus” over what criteria they proposed should deny a sale, including “mental capacity.” “One of the problems that was pointed out here was that there was an adjudication of the young man that committed the crime at Virginia Tech,
Author, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Tony nominee, Oscar nominee, film director, and reformed liberal, David Mamet, penned a lengthy warning today about Obama´s gun control push for the Daily Beast: The Left loves a phantom statistic that a firearm in the hands of a citizen is X times more likely to cause accidental damage than to be used in the prevention of crime, but what is there about criminals that ensures that their gun use is accident-free? If, indeed, a firearm were more dangerous to its possessors than to potential aggressors,