Chuck Hagel‘s confirmation hearing to become Secretary of Defense took place yesterday — and today the Morning Joe crew discussed Hagel’s less-than-stellar performance. As well as the tense exchanges that took place between Hagel and several Republicans, which Joe Scarborough deemed “embarrassing.” “It was very painful to watch,” Andrea Mitchell said, remarking on Sen. John McCain‘s “hostile” attitude and Hagel being more accustomed asking questions than answering them. “I’m sorry, out of that exchange, it was not Chuck Hagel who looked bad,” Scarborough responded. Yes, in many ways Hagel was inadequately prepared, but:
Today´s unemployment rate, which states the unemployment rate has ticked up to 7.9 percent, prompts the White House to say, "oday’s employment report provides further evidence that the U.S. economy is continuing to heal from the wounds inflicted by the worst downturn since the Great Depression." " It is critical that we pursue the policies needed to build an economy that works for the middle class as we continue to dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession that began in December 2007,"
The righteous cheers and applause for the latest amnesty schemes from the U.S. Senate and the White House recall the famous gathering of mice convened to deal with the cat. The cat was devouring the mice in alarming numbers. “What we need,” said a wizened little gray fellow who looked a lot like an overstuffed senator, “is a bell for the cat. We can put it on his collar along with his identification tag, though it beats me why anyone would want to help a cat find his way home.
The White House is in agreement with Sen. Marco Rubio’s assertion that if illegal immigrants are granted legal status, they will not be eligible for Obamacare, according to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. CNSNews.com asked, “Marco Rubio has said that he would want to prohibit those who are on a pathway to legal status from being eligible for the Affordable Care Act. Is that something the president would consider as part of this?” Carney responded, “I think we’ve been very clear that legal status does not confer benefits through the Affordable Care Act,
Bob Menendez, the combative New Jersey senator beset by allegations that he had sex with at least one underage prostitute in the Dominican Republic, hurried out of a Marriott ballroom in Washington, D.C. after a speech Thursday night, out-dashing a gaggle of reporters and ignoring questions all the way to a welcome elevator. The senator was speaking to an annual gathering of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, but members of the media weren’t interested in the value of pharmaceutical stocks or the future of the chemical industry.
Last year, with the authorization of Attorney General Eric Holder and the U.S. Department of Justice, after thousands of "Fast and Furious" assault rifles wreaked mayhem on both the U.S. border and inside Mexico, the Obama administration commissioned Janet ´Big Sis´ Napolitano to do whatever was necessary to help save American lives. Soon thereafter, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, overseen by Secretary Napolitano and the Department of Homeland Security, seized 13,000 "unsafe hair dryers" from blowing their way across the border.
Gov. Chris Christie paid tribute Thursday night to President Barack Obama, thanking him for his help in successfully passing the Hurricane Sandy aid bill in January, and continuing the unlikely public alliance between the Republican and Democrat. Delivering his keynote speech at a New Jersey Chamber of Commerce dinner, Christie thanked Senators Bob Menendez and Frank Lautenberg, also in attendance, before he added, "I will end the political portion of this program by thanking the President of the United States."
As the Labor Department today reported more disappointing hiring news for January, including an unexpected jump in the unemployment rate, President Obama joined thousands of other American employers and let his own White House jobs council go. The President´s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness expired in obscurity Thursday in an unmarked bureaucratic grave. Created two years ago to display the Chicagoan´s alleged concern with high unemployment, whatever its PR showcase value had long since ended.
Edward I. Koch, the master showman of City Hall, who parlayed shrewd political instincts and plenty of chutzpah into three tumultuous terms as mayor of New York with all the tenacity, zest and combativeness that personified his city of golden dreams, died Friday morning at age 88. Mr. Koch had experienced coronary and other medical problems since leaving office in 1989. But he had been in relatively good health despite — or perhaps because of — his whirlwind life as a television judge, radio talk-show host, author, law partner, newspaper columnist, movie reviewer, professor, commercial pitchman and political gadfly.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has suspended a deal to finance an in-state fertilizer plant to be built by a Pakistani conglomerate that the Pentagon has criticized for refusing to take steps to stop the flow of materials to makers of bombs that kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Mr. Pence’s action followed a report Monday in The Washington Times that said Pakistan’s Fatima Group stood to benefit from the sale of $1.27 billion in tax-exempt municipal bonds in Indiana even as it rebuffed Pentagon efforts to save U.S. lives. The governor “immediately ordered that the project be
The phrase: "President Marco Rubio" is music to the ears of conservatives who are eager to prove they are not anti-Hispanic while still supporting one of their own: a solid conservative. And so it is that, as the immigration debate reignites, the Florida senator´s star power is winning over the world of conservative talk radio. Whether it´s the radio shows hosted by Mark Levin or Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh, Rubio´s appearances are being met with gushing accolades. The talkers are not sold on everything he says about
The U.S. generated 157,000 jobs in January, just short of analysts’ estimates and another sign that economic momentum is stagnating. The headline unemployment rate inched higher to 7.9% from 7.8% a month ago. The data adds fuel to a growing feeling that the recovery from the deep recession that followed the financial crisis of 2007 and 2008 has hit a snag. On Wednesday the Commerce Department said the U.S. economy shrank at an annual rate of 0.1% during the fourth quarter of 2012, the first quarterly drop since 2009.
The State Department took two dramatically different approaches to dealing with the identities of the Diplomatic Security (DS) agents it sent to Benghazi, Libya, to protect Amb. Chris Stevens and the small number of other temporary U.S. diplomatic personnel the department rotated through what its own review board would later admit was a "lawless town." Before the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, the department undertook a calculated effort to
American employers added 157,000 jobs in January compared to a revised 196,000 jobs the previous month, the Labor Department reported on Friday. The unemployment rate edged up to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent in December. The report came in the midst of a series of gloomy economic data, showing that the nation’s output unexpectedly shrank at the end of 2012 and that consumers were becoming increasingly pessimistic about their finances and job prospects. Dysfunction in Washington over the fiscal budget and higher tax rates that kicked in last month could further dampen consumer confidence and hiring early this year.
ILION —At least five states have contacted the parent company of Remington Arms to encourage the gun manufacturer to relocate in response to New York’s new, tougher gun control laws. Lawmakers from Michigan, South Carolina, Arizona and Oklahoma have all sent letters to Remington’s owner, Freedom Group, since the state Legislature passed tougher gun control legislation two weeks ago. Texas first contacted the company in November 2012. “When you hear news like this it does raise a high level of concern because of what the other states could potentially offer, but at the same time we have reached out
In a move unprecedented in the American Catholic Church, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez announced Thursday that he had relieved his predecessor, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, of all public duties over his mishandling of clergy sex abuse of children decades ago. (Snip) "I find these files to be brutal and painful reading. The behavior described in these files is terribly sad and evil," Gomez wrote in a letter addressed to "My brothers and sisters in Christ."
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued subpoenas to the Marwood Group, the New York and Washington-based health care advisory firm that employs a former top Obama administration health official and coaches its corporate clients on how to profit from Obamacare. The SEC subpoenaed emails and other documents this month relating to a tip the Marwood Group gave to clients in 2010 that the FDA planned to delay its approval of a new diabetes drug.
The launch of a Russian rocket carrying an American communications satellite ended in disaster today after it plunged into the sea 40 seconds after blast-off. Grainy footage of the launch being streamed online was cut shortly after 6.56am GMT when the space-bound vessel got into trouble. The Swiss-based Sea Launch company sent up their Zenit-3SL rocket from the Odyssey Launch Platform in the Pacific Ocean on Friday.
A check that Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez wrote to his longtime campaign donor Dr. Salomon Melgen on Jan. 4 to cover private jet travel to the Dominican Republic represented more than one-third of his cash-on-hand — and perhaps as much as 90 percent — according to an analysis of his most recent U.S. Senate financial disclosure report. Dan O’Brien, Menendez’s chief of staff, told WNBC-TV4 in New York on Tuesday that the senator reimbursed Melgen $58,500
As some might reckon it, the beginning of the end for NASA´s space shuttle program came 10 years ago Friday, at 8:48:39 a.m. EST on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003. That´s when strain gauge V12G9921A, a sensor in the shuttle Columbia´s left wing, began registering a small but unusual increase in stress as the spaceplane descended from orbit to close out its 28th mission. Twenty seconds later, a temperature sensor followed suit. Over the next few minutes, a shuttle data recorder captured a cascade of alarming sensor readings and failures on the left side of the spacecraft that clearly indicated
GAZIANTEP, Turkey — Hours before a convoy of trucks was slated to arrive at the Turkish army base here, U.S. Army Maj. Ryan Schrock faced a logistical challenge. Nearly 100 trucks carrying everything from water and MREs to multimillion-dollar Patriot missiles needed a place to unload, but there were few good options. “This is bad,” Schrock said Thursday as he surveyed a muddy, makeshift road. “I’m in a single lane here. We’re going to bottleneck.” Schrock and his Turkish counterpart scouted out an alternate route, improvising on a military post not accustomed to the heavy equipment
Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel was, at turns, halting, befuddled and, often, just plain bad during his confirmation hearing to be the next Secretary of Defense. And it almost certainly won’t keep him from becoming the next man to lead the Pentagon.Let’s start with what Hagel did wrong. He appeared to be taken completely aback by the aggressiveness of the questioning from many of his former Republican colleagues on long-hashed over topics like his posture toward Iran and Israel as well as his past statements regarding the surge in Iraq. This exchange with his one-time friend John McCain
Glen Johnson, formerly the politics editor for Boston.com, the website of the Boston Globe, has become the latest journalist to join the Obama Administration working as a senior adviser for new secretary of state John Kerry. In a hilariously self-unaware press release, Kerry is quoted touting Johnson´s supposed neutrality. Even though his new senior aide has accepted a political appointment in the administration, everyone needs to understand that Johnson is "not a partisan."
A former policeman in deep South Texas faces up to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to helping smuggle a cache of AR-15s and other semiautomatic weapons to Mexico, authorities announced Thursday. The admission by Armando Duenez, 31, comes after a saga that began in 2008, when, as a Rio Hondo policeman, he jumped bail and fled across the Rio Grande. He tried to run from charges that he used his position - assisted by another policeman who has since been sent to prison - to buy highly sought-after guns that were sent to Mexico.
Two security guards have reportedly been killed after a suicide bomb attack at an entrance to the US embassy in the Turkish capital. The bomber tried to enter the building and then blew himself up, Sky sources suggested. Several other people were reportedly hurt in the attack in the city of Ankara. An Associated Press journalist reported seeing a body in the street in front of a side entrance of the embassy. The bomb appeared to have exploded inside the security checkpoint at the entrance of the visa section of the building.