Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived back in the Senate, after dodging a few falling safes, multiple banana peels and an ornery dog named Henry, to give a carefully prepared histrionic rant which can be summed up, “I do care a lot” and “None of this was my fault” and “What difference at this point does it make?” The last isn’t a sarcastic restatement. It’s what she actually said. It might make a difference to a Coptic Christian whose trailer for a bad movie was blamed by the leader of the free world for a series of
BOSTON — Massachusetts immigrant advocates are set to gather at the State House in Boston to ask lawmakers to back a bill that will allows all state residents to apply for a driver´s license, regardless of their immigration status. Massachusetts law currently requires immigrants seeking a driver´s license to prove that they are in the country legally. Immigrant advocates say changes will ensure that drivers on state roads are trained, licensed and insured. The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition has worked with two Democratic lawmakers to introduce the Safe Driving Bill to address the fact that unlicensed
The Obama administration’s proposed defense budget calls for military families and retirees to pay sharply more for their healthcare, while leaving unionized civilian defense workers’ benefits untouched. The proposal is causing a major rift within the Pentagon, according to U.S. officials. Several congressional aides suggested the move is designed to increase the enrollment in Obamacare’s state-run insurance exchanges. The disparity in treatment between civilian and uniformed personnel is causing a backlash within the military that could undermine recruitment and retention. The proposed increases in health care payments by service members, which must be approved by
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the country must do a better job of transmitting a pro-Democracy message around the world to counteract the "extremist jihad narrative." Clinton made the comments Wednesday as part of her long-awaited Capitol Hill testimony about the fatal terror attack on a U.S. outpost in Libya that included debate on how the country can prevent similar attacks in the Middle East and other regions in political and civil turmoil. "I think we´ve abdicated the broadcasting arena both in TV and radio, which are considered kind of old-fashioned media (but) still very important
President Obama has shown increasing contempt for the constitutional limits on his power, and the courts are finally awakening to the news. A unanimous panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that the President´s non-recess recess appointments are illegal and an abuse of executive power. On January 4, 2012, Mr. Obama bypassed the Senate´s advice and consent power by naming three new members of the National Labor Relations Board and appointing Richard Cordray to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Other Presidents have made recess appointments and we´ve supported that executive authority.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has some advice for fellow Republicans in the House: Stop reading The New York Times. Sparking applause from the crowd gathered at the National Review Institute’s summit, Mr. Cruz said he is confident that the nation is “on the verge of a rebirth of conservatism” and that the first step in that direction is for members of House GOP to cancel their subscription to the Old Gray Lady. “The next two years of headlines from The New York Times: ‘The Democrats are right, abandoned conservative principles,” Mr. Cruz said.
Like no cabinet secretary before, outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is being sent off with a huge thank you from the Democratic Party and some of her supporters are even urging the Nobel Peace Prize Committee to give the award to her and her husband Bill Clinton. A new petition on Change.org calls on the committee to present the prize to Hillary for her work around the world for President Obama and Bill Clinton for his post-presidential international involvement. "President and Mrs. Clinton have had a lasting impact upon promoting peace in this world.
Gen. Martin Dempsey, President Obama’s chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Thursday that the U.S. military could figure out ways to preserve the privacy of young ladies serving in frontline combat units, including special forces combat units such as the Navy Seals and the U.S. Army’s Delta Force. At the Pentagon press briefing on Thursday at which Dempsey and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed a directive lifting the military’s ban on putting women in frontline ground combat units, a reporter asked Dempsey: “What about privacy?”
Researchers from Lund University in Sweden have discovered the secret to dung beetle navigation, according to a news release from Cell Press. Researchers found that dung beetles use the Milky Way galaxy to navigate at night. Scientists have known for years that birds and humans navigate by the stars, but this findings is the first believable evidence for a similar ability in insects, according to researchers. This is also the first known evidence of any animal navigating via the Milky Way as opposed to the stars.
Biases upfront: I´m a 46 year-old health nut obsessed with exercise and eating right. I don’t smoke or drink, and there are supermodels who worry less about their weight. However, I do admire those who don´t live like that; who might not live as long as I do, but will probably enjoy their overall quality of life more than my somewhat Spartan one. Oh, and I also realize that this is America. And if people want to pursue happiness through a double cheeseburger and a pack of Newports, any joyless, left-wing bossy-pants who has a
New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez is scheduled to appear on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday amid the rekindled firestorm surrounding his trips to the Dominican Republic. Several people at the network, including anchor George Stephanopoulos, haven’t responded when Breitbart News has asked if Stephanopoulos or reporter Martha Raddatz will ask Menendez about his alleged sexual escapades abroad. This reporter interviewed two Dominican Republic women in November, while reporting for The Daily Caller before joining Breitbart News, who claimed Menendez paid them for sex around Easter time this year. The encounter apparently took place at Casa de Campo,
In my research for the film I made on Governor Palin, The Undefeated, I was constantly amazed at the anti-establishment stands she took at every step in her rise to power. Moves that a conventional politician would run from, she embraced: in Wasilla, in Juneau, and in the rise of the Tea Party. Her ability to see “over the hill” to what is really important, what really matters, is what sets her apart. Andrew Breitbart embraced the Governor as a fellow warrior in the long struggle against a detached and venal political/media complex. He lives on in spirit
Moscow - Russia and Kazakhstan will upgrade their relations to a new level of cooperation, foreign ministers of the two countries said Friday, denying reports of discords over a space center in Kazakhstan. (Snip) Idrisov and his host Sergei Lavrov also denied recent Russian media reports that the two countries have been at odds over the Baikonur space center which Russia rents from Kazakhstan. Astana earlier formally informed Moscow that it has to decrease launches of Proton rockets from Baikonur from 17 to 12 times this year, citing environmental concerns.
Two California men and one teenage boy are under arrest as police allege they were behind a series of race-based attacks attempting to drive an African-American family out of their homes in Compton. Sheriff´s officials said a group of Latino males who claimed to be part of a street gang intimidated the family using metal pipes and shouting racial epithets. Suspect Efren Marquez, 21, allegedly aimed a gun at a victim and threatened to shoot him as a second suspect, Jeffrey Aguilar, 19, beat him with the pipe. They then fled the scene in a black sport utility vehicle.
A developer wants the city of Detroit to sell an island that is now a city park to a group of buyers looking to transform it into the newest U.S. commonwealth. Rodney Lockwood, a developer from Bingham Farms, a village of 1,100 people about a half-hour from Detroit, is pushing for the city to sell the 982-acre Belle Isle for $1 billion to a group of investors who ´believe in individual freedom, liberty and free markets,´ according to a website set up by proponents of the concept, commonwealthofbelleisle.com. During the next three decades, the buyers would establish a ´remarkable new
A new rule going into effect Sunday could cost you more when shopping with a credit card at some stores. Visa and Mastercard have agreed to let merchants add a service charge equal to the cost of processing a credit transaction to the bottom line. The cost of processing is usually 1.5 to 3 perc cent, and merchants are capped at a 4 per cent fee under the agreement.[Snip]Merchants will still not be allowed to add a surcharge to debit card transactions. However, few stores seem interested in raising their customer´s costs. ´We have discussed the settlement with many,
As the football commentators might put it, it was a week of two speeches.[Snip] Mr Obama’s oration got remarkably little analysis in the British press--perhaps because second presidential inaugurals are something of a dramatic let-down. Or maybe because what he said sounded so tired and familiar to British ears. Indeed, the words that created a storm of partisan recrimination in the United States because they were so contentious in domestic terms--an aggressively uncompromising new stand in the war of attrition between the Democratic White House and a Republican Congress--came across here as recycled New Labour-speak: “But we have always understood
Just an hour before Memphis Mayor A C Wharton unveiled a plan on Friday to attack gun use by teenagers, two teenagers were wounded in a gun battle in the parking lot of the Westwood Community Center in southwest Memphis. "Enough is enough," said Wharton, who had made a similar protest when he appeared at Westwood in September to condemn a killing at the same community center. "There are too many doggone guns on our streets," the mayor said Friday. "All you have to do is watch the news, read the newspapers and in some neighborhoods walk out on the
A number of progressive pundits have been urging Obama and the Democrats to sweep aside all opposition to their ultra-leftist agenda by destroying the Republican Party. Leading the pack of yapping hyenas is John Dickerson, who in an op-ed piece for Slate Magazine urged Obama to “go for the throat” and “destroy the GOP” in order to achieve his transformational goals.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is out of a job at Fox News, freeing the host of "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren" to begin rehab from the long and exhaustive task of lobbing softballs. So the question is, as Van Susteren recovers, what will Mrs. Palin do? The possibilities are endless. Which of these do you think she´ll pick? •Sign on as the official cheerleader for the Palin-Davis Iron Dog snowmachine racing team? •Challenge Democrat Mark Begich for a Senate seat to which she always believed former Gov. Frank Murkowski should have appointed her?
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is sharing his regrets about his "fiscal-cliff" strategy, less than a month after the House bitterly swallowed a last-minute deal hatched in the Senate. In a private speech to the Ripon Society on Tuesday, Boehner said that he should have taken a different course after the November election by immediately demanding that the Senate produce a bill to avert the worst parts of a combination of tax increases and spending cuts that were due to hit on Jan. 1. Instead, Boehner delivered a formal speech at the Capitol on the day after President Obama won a second term,
Tehran - Iran´s defense minister on Saturday called for the formation of a joint military organization among Muslim states, Press TV reported. "We have proposed the establishment of a military organization comprising Muslim countries´ armed forces in order to defend the rights of the oppressed people" including Palestinians, Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi was quoted as saying. Muslim states should not be third-rate powers, but must turn into one superior military power and do not allow any aggressor to think about invading Islamic countries, said the Iranian defense minister.
Freshman Senator Ted Cruz challenged the Republican Party to return to championing growth and opportunity for the lower and working classes during a lunchtime address at the National Review Institute Conference Saturday afternoon. Speaking without a lectern or notes, Cruz moved easily around the stage as he presented his vision for the Republican Party’s future to the audience at the conference. “The policies of the Obama administration have fundamentally failed the communities struggling to climb the economic ladder,” Cruz said.
Charles Krauthammer entered to a standing ovation. The audience sat enthralled throughout his 90 minutes on stage and then gave him another standing ovation as he exited. Roughly 500 people gathered together Friday for the first evening of National Review Institute Summit to discuss the future of conservatism in America. Krauthammer, a nationally syndicated columnist and Fox News regular, discussed what Republican party’s past and future in a wide-ranging on-stage interview with current National Review editor—and onetime Krauthammer research assistant—Rich Lowry. “I’m happy to be anywhere where Juan Williams can’t interrupt me,” Krauthammer quipped at the beginning of the interview.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) military alliance says it has made the first set of Patriot missiles operational on the Turkey-Syria border. The Netherlands was the first of three countries to activate its Patriot missile batteries in the southern Turkish city of Adana on Saturday. NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander for Europe Admiral James Stavridis has backed the deployment of Patriot missiles, saying it shows the alliance’s willingness to defend allies facing threats. The NATO missile systems are slated to remain in Turkey for a six-month period, which the military alliance may
Washington - Senior Japanese and U.S. officials have agreed to cooperate to improve the capabilities of northwest African countries to combat militant groups as part of a regionwide counterterrorism campaign. The agreement, reached at a meeting Friday in Washington between Ambassador to the United States Kenichiro Sasae and U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, came after dozens of foreign workers, including 10 Japanese nationals, were killed by Islamic militants during last week’s hostage crisis at the Ain Amenas gas complex in Algeria.