"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character" -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is sad to say that nearly 50 years after his moving speech in our nation´s capital, the day Dr. Martin Luther King dreamed for his children has not yet arrived in our nation. In fact, we are probably further from his dream today then we were on the day he gave the speech.
Lately there have been a number of analogies made between various liberal political positions and the abolitionist Union side in the Civil War. No doubt this is a result of the 2012 Steven Spielberg movie Lincoln, and its notoriety, and the universal need to identify with the virtuous side of any historical struggle.[Snip]As a gun owner, I resent the comparison. But if there are any credible analogies to be made with today´s political movements and Abraham Lincoln, it is between the Union side of the Civil War and today´s Republican Party.
I made a deal with myself a long time ago: My column needed to capture the things I discuss with my friends. Last week, I realized that wasn´t totally happening anymore. Something of a disconnect had emerged between my private conversations and the things I wrote for Grantland/ESPN. In essence, I had turned into two people. There´s Sports Fan Me, and there´s ESPN Me. Sports Fan Me is candid, jaded, suspicious of everyone. Sports Fan Me repeatedly gets involved in arguments and e-mail chains centered on the question, "Do you think he´s cheating?"
The Department of Health and Human Services on Friday set the stage for a massive showdown between the federal government of the United States and American Christians who believe the government has no right to force them to act against their faith by mandating that they buy, provide or facilitate health-care coverage that includes sterilizations, contraception, or abortion-inducing drugs. HHS released a new proposed regulation under the Obamacare law that the department presented as an accommodation to religious “organizations” that object to providing sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs in their health care plans.
Former White House senior adviser David Plouffe took to Twitter to preemptively mock those who might believe the photograph of President Obama shooting a firearm is fake: [Tweet] White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer also added to the teasing from his official Twitter account: [Tweet] On Saturday morning, the White House released the photo of Obama shooting at clay pigeons at the presidential retreat at Camp David in Maryland.
White House: In this week’s address, President Obama called on Congress to work together on a balanced approach to reduce our deficit and promote economic growth and job creation. Our businesses created 2.2 million jobs last year, and we just learned that our economy created more jobs over the last few months than economists originally thought. Our economy is poised to expand in 2013 if Washington politics doesn’t get in the way, and the President called on Congress to work together to keep moving us forward. PRESIDENT OBAMA: Hi, everybody. In the coming weeks, we face some important decisions
In response to skepticism of President Obama’s statement that, “Up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time,” the White House has released a photo of the president firing a shotgun. Former top Obama campaign aide David Plouffe linked to the photo in a tweet that read: “Attn skeet birthers. Make our day — let the photoshop conspiracies begin!” Headline corrected by Staff.
The union representing immigration officials who protect the border against illegal crossings, drug smuggling and human trafficking blasted the White House and the nation’s top labor boss this week for denying their concerns about dangerous border conditions even existing. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka this week angered the rank and file members of the National ICE Council when the labor giant denied the contentious issue had divided many members. “Unions did have at one point some differences on the [immigration] issue, but the entire labor movement is entirely behind this now.
This is the moment a volcano erupted in the snowy wastes of Russia´s remote far east. The stunning pictures were captured by a Russian film crew who swooped across in a helicopter and braved roasting hot pyroclastic flows on the ground to create an immersive, interactive panorama. Plosky Tolbachik is one of four volcanoes, all within 110 miles of each other, that have been active simultaneously on the peninsula in Russia´s far east since late November. Scroll down to try the incredible panorama for yourself
It is the time of year again, when America’s largest retailers release those critical holiday season figures and disclose their annual sales. A review of these numbers tells us a great deal about how most of the companies will do in the upcoming year. And while successful retailers in 2012 may add stores this year, those that have performed very poorly may have to cut locations during 2013 to improve margins or reverse losses. For many retailers, the sales situation is so bad that it is not a question of whether they will cut stores, but when and how many. Most recently, Barnes & Noble Inc.
Good career move by ex-U.S. Sen. Scott Brown. And Scott, thanks for giving the Herald the scoop. You promised we’d get the news first, and we did. Not that his decision to take a pass was unexpected. Two weeks ago tomorrow, he and I were doing another one of our joint book signings at Willow Books in Acton. We had a good crowd, and after it was over, he told me how much he was enjoying the appearances. “Want to do some more of these?” he asked. Well, sure, I said. But aren’t you going to be … busy,
Massachusetts Republicans are desperately scrambling to find a strong Senate candidate to replace Scott Brown, with some even trying to persuade Mitt Romney’s wife or son to jump into the race to avert another electoral disaster. The former GOP senator’s decision to stay out of the June 25 special election surprised and angered some Republican leaders, who said it will make it much harder to beat a Democratic opponent without Brown on the ballot. “I’ve had several people call me and ask about Ann Romney,” Ron Kaufman, a longtime friend
Hello, my name is Susan Brooks. It’s a pleasure to speak to you from Hamilton County in my home state of Indiana. I’ve lived in Indiana just about all my life. [Snip] And starting last month, one of the Hoosier State’s voices in the U.S. House of Representatives. I’m proud to live in a state that spends less than it takes in, has earned a AAA credit rating and a budget surplus that will be partially repaid to taxpayers. The secret to our state’s success has always been a value system that promotes a strong sense of responsibility and accountability.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) fended off questions about Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) at a press conference about immigration reform. (Snip) Reid defended the Menendez as a “friend” and “outstanding senator” but declined to discuss any details he may have had with the New Jersey lawmaker about media reports of allegations that he had sex with prostitutes in the Dominican Republic. “First of all, Bob Menendez is my friend. He’s an outstanding senator. Any questions in this regard, direct to him. I don’t know anything about it,” Reid said. The purpose of the press event
Officials in Pennsylvania’s state capital are dealing with an abysmal issue they can’t afford to fix: 41 massive sinkholes throughout the city as wide as 50 feet and as deep as a typical grave. The mix of loose sandy soil and century-old leaking water pipes under Harrisburg´s streets have made the area susceptible to such holes, city officials say. But the city is too broke to replace many of the aging pipes and repave its roads as it deals with ongoing budget woes and the looming threat of bankruptcy, according to media reports. The first of the recent sinkholes
And now, as of this week, Hillary Rodham Clinton becomes something she has not been in two decades: a private citizen. A mind-boggling thought, really, rich in amusingly prosaic implications. Will she drive a car? Is she going to pop up at the Safeway (you’re supposed to bring your own bags now, Madame Secretary!) or be found standing in line at the Friendship Heights multiplex? She’ll still have Secret Service protection, and she has more than enough money to send other people out on a CVS run. But even so, she is now, for the first time in a very...
The survivalist who allegedly shot a school bus driver before taking a five-year-old boy hostage has said that he will release his hostage if a reporter is sent in to tell his story. MailOnline has learned that Jimmy Lee Dykes made the extraordinary offer on the first day of what has now turned into a siege situation with the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team on site, emergency services and a host of media focused on the piece of Alabama bluff under which Dykes and the boy, Ethan, are holed up. A source with the local sheriff´s office has revealed that
Who's running against Chris Christie? No one, it seems. Credible opponents are dropping like Jersey skeeters at the onset of the first frost. Newark Mayor Cory Booker, former acting Gov. Dick Codey, Congressman Bill Pascrell Jr., and Senate President Steve Sweeney have all demurred. That leaves lesser-known State Sen. Barbara Buono. So, as he faces reelection, Christie couldn't have arranged the stars any better. In nearly every poll, he's scoring a solid thumbs-up of 60 to 70 percent or more. Even rabid Democrats in blue, blue Jersey give him high marks.
Munich–The United States is prepared to hold direct talks with Iran in the standoff over its nuclear ambitions, Vice President Joe Biden said Saturday -- but he insisted that Tehran must show it is serious and Washington won´t engage in such talks "just for the exercise." Washington has indicated in the past that it´s prepared to talk directly with Iran, and talks involving all five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany have made little headway. Several rounds of internationoal sanctions have cut into Iran´s oil sales and financial transactions. Last month Iran, in a defiant move
Hi, everybody. In the coming weeks, we face some important decisions about how to pay down our debt in a way that grows our economy and creates good jobs — decisions that will make a real difference in the strength and pace of our recovery. We began this year with economists and business leaders saying that we are poised to grow in 2013. And there are real signs of progress: Home prices are starting to climb again. Car sales are at a five-year high. Manufacturing is roaring back. Our businesses created 2.2 million jobs last year. And we just learned that our economy created more jobs
April 14, 2008 -- politically speaking, that was eons ago. New York Magazine ran an article by Kurt Andersen about Bill Clinton titled "Falling Out of Love with Bill." It began by focusing on one of the former president's most visible attributes: he's a consummate liar: Bill Clinton is our great living exemplar of Sam Goldwyn's great epigram: If you can fake sincerity, you've got it made. The joke, of course, is that sincerity is supposed to be more or less synonymous with honesty-truthfulness with a buttery frosting of earnestness. And although the honesty we want our presidents
Today, Breitbart News spoke with Robert Zimmerman Jr., brother of George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon Martin and was then slandered as a racist by Steve Capus’ NBC News. Reacting to Capus’ resignation from NBC News, Zimmerman pointed out that Capus is mentioned in the family’s lawsuit, and then added that Capus leaving was a “relief, because it may indicate that going forward, media outlets are going to report with a greater measure of responsibility.” He continued: There are very real consequences to what media outlets report. In the case of NBC,
Winslow - For about 12 minutes Friday, Gov. Paul LePage put aside tough political talk to read softly to an audience of more than 100 children. But things briefly turned political during a question-and-answer period at St. John Catholic School when, among questions about what Maine means to him and what he wanted to be when he grew up, LePage also took a shot at the state's public school sytem and then blasted newspapers. LePage, at the South Garand Street school as part of Catholic School Week, read to the group of kindergarten to sixth grade studens from "Baxter at the Blaine House."
Hollywood Democrats aren´t happy that one half of Congress remains out of their control. So a gaggle of big name celebrity donors, including Barbra Streisand, convened at the home of liberal activist/producer Norman Lear to plot a comeback strategy and watch a little must-see TV. More than 40 Hollywood politicos -- including Barbra Streisand, James Brolin and Haim Saban -- gathered Thursday night at a closed-door meeting at Norman Lear´s Westside mansion, where they heard Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi lay out the party’s plans for recapturing the House in the 2014 mid-terms....
New Orleans - A knowing grin spread across Sean Tuohy´s face as he considered the uncanny connections between the hit film that changed his family´s life and the fact that Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Michael Oher will play in his first Super Bowl in the Big Easy. New Orleans is where Tuohy grew up and went to high school with author Michael Lewis, who wrote "The Blind Side." The book led to the movie, which depicted the Tuohys' rewarding experience as Oher's adoptive family. Actress Sandra Bullock, who starred as Sean Tuohy's wife, Leigh Anne, owns a home in New Orleans.
Augusta, Maine — Republicans who lost elections in November will be skeptical, but far more Mainers identified themselves as politically conservative than liberal in 2012, according to a Gallup analysis released Friday. The highest number of Mainers that Gallup polled during 2012 — 36.3 percent — identified themselves as conservative, while 35.4 percent labeled themselves politically moderate. Only one in every four Mainers surveyed by Gallup in 2012 identified themselves as politically liberal. Despite that ideological breakdown, Maine voters last year swept Democrats