This week, the Entity Formerly Known As The Obama Campaign transformed itself into a lobbying/grassroots activist group, intending on leveraging its microtargeting and marketing success into generating a groundswell of support for Obama’s political agenda. Their first project — frighten legislators into backing Obama’s gun-control proposals by touching off a deluge of phone calls and communications to Capitol Hill offices. So far, though, the genius of the campaign seems to be somewhat lacking, according to Buzzfeed’s John Stanton (via Instapundit): Call in campaigns can be a powerful tool in lobbying Congress:
New York Governor Cuomo the Junior may have rushed through his new gun control law with such speed that police will avoid its restrictions only through the blessed miracle of selective enforcement, but he may have a little trouble getting the state´s firearms owners to attend his party. The new law requires owners of those scary-looking rifles known as "assault weapons" to register their property (amidst assurances that, oh no, the registration lists will never be used for confiscation), but gun rights activists are actively urging gun owners to defy the new mandate.
Both were propelled into the Senate in 2010 by the passion of the Tea Party movement. Both are possible contenders for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. And both are now trying to develop their commander in chief credentials through their seats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where they had high-profile opportunities this week to engage on the big issues of the moment. But Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky are a study in contrasts when it comes to national security policy, embodying a broader debate within the conservative movement.
President Obama’s second inaugural address is now history, and unlike various posthaste pundits, I will reserve to history the right to judge it.Nonetheless, the occasion of the inauguration does remind us that it is wise to be wary of speeches in general, and their grand pronouncements in specific, for oftentimes rhetoric does not reflect reality.Take, for instance, the president’s highly praised 2009 inaugural address.[SNIP]Perhaps the disconnect between the president’s words and his actions comes about because most Americans think of government as a necessary evil to be endured whereas President Obama views it as a means to an end—namely redistribution
Can the camera be racist? The question is explored in an exhibition that reflects on how Polaroid built an efficient tool for South Africa´s apartheid regime to photograph and police black people. The London-based artists Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin spent a month in South Africa taking pictures on decades-old film that had been engineered with only white faces in mind. They used Polaroid´s vintage ID-2 camera, which had a "boost" button to increase the flash – enabling it to be used to photograph black people for the notorious passbooks, or "dompas", that allowed the state to control
Diesel fumes are significantly more damaging to health than those from petrol engines, according to research which shows that related air pollution contributes to lung disease, heart attacks, asthma and other respiratory problems. The findings, published by the Department for Energy and Climate Change, are an embarrassment for successive governments, which have encouraged a switch to diesel since 2001 by linking road and company car tax to CO2 emissions. Diesel engines have been billed as "green" by car makers, governments and environmental groups because they are more fuel-efficient and emit less CO2 than petrol. Vehicles with low fuel economy
Sporting his new hat as the head of the Heritage Foundation, former Sen. Jim DeMint said Saturday said that conservatives should not rely on the GOP establishment to deliver the movement´s message. He said it is time to take matters into their own hands. Addressing the National Review Institute´s "Future of Conservatism" summit, Mr. DeMint said that conservatives must take charge of the way the movement is perceived. "Conservatives have given the sole distribution rights of our ideas, our beliefs and our values - at least in the political sphere - to the Republican party,"
The trio of Southern gentlemen came to the Senate together in 2003, the leading edge of a renegade Republican class set on shaking up the chamber’s staid ways and aggressively promoting the Bush White House’s conservative agenda. Ten years later, Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Saxby Chambliss (Ga.) and Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.) are now establishment dealmakers and elder statesmen — roles that earn them respect in Washington but could lead to tough challenges from fellow Republicans when they run for re-election next year.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. has released a 30 second public announcement calling on the citizens of Milwaukee to familiarize themselves with a firearm and aid the police in defending life between the time they dial 911 and the time the police arrive. Directing his comments to the public, Clarke said: "With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting isn´t your best option. You can beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under your bed, or fight back." He added: "Consider taking a certified safety course in handling a firearm so you can defend yourself
Texas senator Ted Cruz addressed the NRI Summit earlier today. Wearing a business suit and black cowboy boots, he had the podium removed from the stage so he could roam freely, and spoke without notes. In his remarks, Cruz offered guidance for his fellow GOP lawmakers. On his way out, I asked him to pass along some of that advice for National Review Online readers who couldn’t be here today, and about the role that the NRSC, of which he–along with Ohio senator Rob Portman– serves as vice chair, will play in the 2014 election. Cruz’s advice
Nashville, Tenn. – A brutal attack left a man with broken facial bones and severe injuries and it happened within a crowd of more than 100 police officers and thousands of on-lookers. On New Year´s Eve 2013 Bobby Lewis and his cousin came to downtown Nashville to celebrate. He said while walking down to the Bash on Broadway they were approached by 4 or 5 men and attacked. "They kind of ran up on us and next thing you know they are in a confrontation with us and I am like, ´just take our phones guys, just leave us alone,"
Nashville, TN - People who have managed to buy a gun despite the high demand and empty shelves at many area gun stores may now be facing a new problem. Gun stores around Nashville are running out of ammunition. It´s flying off the shelves so quickly, some store owners are putting limits on what customers can buy - if there is anything left to sell in the first place. The Nashville Gun Shop receives about 100 calls a day from customers with the same problem. In 2013, the gold rush is on .22 caliber bullets. "We cannot get any. We probably have
A retired general of the Israel Defense Forces cautions the U.S. military from acting too quickly to incorporate women into combat roles. Gen. Yitzkah Gershon is a 32-year veteran of commanding troops in the IDF, which have counted women among its frontline troops for decades. Gershon has marveled at female soldier´s ability to perform in combat situations, but warns against sudden changes to long-standing military institutions. "We have misconceptions. We have been brainwashed about what women can do and what women cannot do. This is a big, big mistake," says Gershon, now national director and CEO of the non-profit
On a Sunday night at Dodger Stadium in 1986, Archbishop Roger M. Mahony celebrated Mass in flawless Spanish. In an era when immigrants in Los Angeles were routinely derided as parasites and criminals, the archbishop told the crowd of 55,000 that whether they were born in Puebla, San Salvador or Managua, they were part of his flock.(Snip)But even as cheers of "Rogelio! Rogelio!" rained down from the upper decks, Mahony was covering up the sexual abuse of some of the most vulnerable in the church, including in his beloved Latino community, church records show.
On Jan. 22, our nation commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion in America by a 7-2 vote. Steeped in “right to privacy” language, the court ruled that women should have a legal right to abortion. On Friday, hundreds of thousands flocked to the nation’s capitol to commemorate the 55 million lives that have been lost to abortion in the last 40 years, and the mothers and fathers who still bear the scars of their choices. We remembered the 55 million children’s lives lost to abortion, but also that millions
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The suspect, hands and feet shackled, fidgeted in his chair, chuckling at times as he confessed to a brutal killing. Israel Keyes showed no remorse as he described in merciless detail how he´d abducted and strangled an 18-year-old woman, then demanded ransom, pretending she was alive. (Snip) In 40 hours of interviews over eight months, Keyes talked of many killings; authorities believe there were nearly a dozen. He traveled from Vermont to Alaska hunting for victims. He said he buried "murder kits" around the country so they would be readily accessible.
Comprehensive immigration reform could make millions of people suddenly eligible for assistance under President Obama´s healthcare law, assuming a final deal paves the way for undocumented immigrants to receive papers. Illegal aliens are now prohibited from purchasing coverage through the Affordable Care Act´s insurance exchanges, which will launch next year. They are also ineligible for Medicaid under most circumstances, making the law´s expansion of the program fruitless for people without documents. Even young illegal immigrants with "deferred action" status, known as "DREAMers," cannot access the law´s benefits.
In an 60 Minutes interview, President Barack Obama says Hillary Clinton will go down in history as one of the finest secretaries of state. In a historic first, Obama made the glowing declaration to Steve Kroft in the Blue Room of the White House in a joint interview with the outgoing the Secretary of State. It was the first interview Obama and Clinton have ever done together. It was also the first joint interview the president has ever given with anyone other than his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama. Scroll down to the video
President Barack Obama pledged this morning in his weekly radio address to continue to crackdown on "irresponsible behavior." "Here in America, we know the free market is the greatest force for economic progress the world has ever known. But we also know the free market works best for everyone when we have smart, commonsense rules in place to prevent irresponsible behavior," Obama began. "That’s why we passed tough reforms to protect consumers and our financial system from the kind of abuse that nearly brought our economy to its knees.
A wealthy MP dubbed the ‘Tory Barack Obama’ has been accused of undermining David Cameron with a secret leadership bid. The Mail on Sunday has learned that multi-millionaire IT tycoon Adam Afriyie is poised to stand, should a rumoured backbench revolt force the Prime Minister to resign. Two Tory MPs have told this newspaper they were asked to sign a letter endorsing Mr Afriyie as a leadership challenger in the event of such a contest. One said Mr Afriyie’s supporters claimed 40 MPs had already signed – though his allies deny the letter even exists.
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.