The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the first individual filing related to a recent lower court decision that invalidated President Obama’s three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. A District of Columbia appeal court ruled January 25 that Obama’s appointments last January were unconstitutional because he made them when the Senate was not in full recess. The ruling immediately sparked speculation that some if not many of the companies that received unfavorable rulings from the board would file appeals.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who campaigned as a limited government Republican, on Monday announced that he would implement one of the costliest provisions of President Obama’s health care law by expanding the state’s Medicaid program. His decision, a huge victory for the White House that will provide cover for more Republican governors to do the same, serves as a great case study on how difficult it is to impede the growth of government. When Obamacare was making its way through Congress in 2009 and 2010, the proposed expansion of Medicaid was one of its most controversial elements.
Sen. John McCain appears to have cleared the way Monday for Chuck Hagel to be the next secretary of defense. The Arizona Republican, who has been a prominent voice in the debate over Hagel, said Monday he would oppose any attempt to filibuster the nomination, likely dooming any attempt by Senate conservatives to sustain a protracted procedural fight to delay Hagel’s confirmation. “I do not believe that we should filibuster,” McCain told Politico. “To vote against is entirely the judgment of each individual senator, but a filibuster I think would be inappropriate.” Asked if he would vote for cloture
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor hopes to put a kinder face on Republican policies in a major policy address on Tuesday. After maintaining a relatively low profile since the November elections, the Virginia Republican will reassert himself on the national stage with a highly anticipated speech at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). According to excerpts obtained by The Hill, Cantor will attempt to recast the GOP position on the role of government. “Government policy should aim to strike a balance between what is needed to advance the next generation, what we can afford, what is a federal responsibility
The media have allowed the Obama administration and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary “Smartest Woman in the Room” Clinton to get away with straight-up lying about the cause of the deaths of Americans in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012. Some of us have been so focused on that issue that we may have missed an even bigger journalistic abdication. We will only know what really happened that night in Benghazi, and why the Obama administration chose to use a Youtube video as a scapegoat – as opposed to anything else they might have said –
Conservative groups wanted to stop the march of Obamacare expansion at ground zero: the states. But one of their best hopes just caved. John Kasich, the fiercely conservative governor of Ohio, announced Monday that he’s going to expand Medicaid dramatically using federal money — a 180-degree turn from what conservative groups swore their allies in governors’ mansions would do when the Supreme Court gave them an out last year. That leaves Kasich, who built his political identity arguing for smaller government, at odds with the same movement conservatives who propelled him to victory
Pro golfer Phil Mickelson has gotten a lot of flak for his recent comments about threatening to make "drastic changes" in his life due to state and federal tax increases. Never mind that he later backed off, saying he should have kept his thoughts to himself and apologized to those he "upset or insulted." Mickelson was telling the truth. If there´s anything that should upset or insult Americans, it´s just how much of their money the government takes. Mickelson estimates that more than 60% of his earnings are snatched in federal and state taxes (he lives in California).
Crime: Education officials in Newtown, Conn., site of the December school massacre that stunned the nation, have requested more armed police officers in schools — exactly the common-sense remedy IBD called for. Last month, in an editorial warning that the Obama administration´s gun-control measures won´t reduce gun violence, we noted that "sensible proposals for armed security and increased police presence at our schools are off President Obama´s agenda." The policymakers closest to the tragedy, however — whose constituents expect them to do something effective — say increased police presence is at the top of their agenda.
Essie Mae Washington-Williams, the mixed-race daughter of one-time segregationist Sen. Strom Thurmond who kept her parentage secret for more than 70 years to avoid damaging his political career, has died. She was 87. Vann Dozier of Leevy’s Funeral Home in Columbia, S.C., said Washington-Williams died Sunday. A cause of death was not given. Washington-Williams was the daughter of Thurmond and his family’s black maid. The identity of her famous father was rumored for decades in political circles and the black community. But not until after the South Carolina Republican died in 2003 at age 100 did Washington-Williams come forward
Education: It´s a depressingly common annual headline: U.S. students fare poorly compared with those in other countries even though America spends far more on its schools. But a new report wants you to believe that U.S. schools really aren´t so bad compared with other developed countries. It´s just the greater number of poor kids they have to educate that makes them appear bad. This is nothing more than a rehash of the tired ideology that schools cannot be held responsible for how well students learn. Vested interests in education do not like the results revealed by standardized tests,
Boston--Tagg isn´t it. The son of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said he won´t be a Republican candidate in a special election for the U.S. Senate. Tagg Romney played a high-profile role in his father´s unsuccessful presidential campaign last year, acting as a top surrogate and behind-the-scenes adviser and strategist. He told the Boston Herald in a statement GOP Republican candidate in a race to fill former Sen. John Kerry´s seat after Kerry was confirmed secretary of state last week. "I have been humbled by the outreach I received this weekend encouraging me to become a candidate
Taxes: President Obama said over the weekend that there is "no doubt" the federal government needs more revenues. But that´s true only if you assume Obama´s oversized government is here to stay. In his Super Bowl Sunday interview with Obama, CBS News anchor Scott Pelley asked him if, after having just wrangled a major tax increase on wealthier families, he was done with tax hikes. Obama´s answer: No way. "There is no doubt," he said, "we need additional revenue." No doubt? Really? This after Obama raised taxes $500 billion to help pay for ObamaCare, and after he piled
If there was one big loser on November 6th - other than Mitt Romney - it was Karl Rove. Despite trying to portray himself as little more than an observer, “the architect” had his hands all over the election. Via his two political organizations, Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies and American Crossroads, Rove squandered hundreds of millions of dollars and came away with absolutely nothing to show for it. First, he spent months bragging that he’d managed to raise $300 million to spend in the upcoming contest
Barack Obama, in an attempt to appear sympathetic to gun owners´ concerns as he pursues a gun-banning agenda in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting, recently bragged that he goes skeet shooting at Camp David “all the time.” Responding to the blowback from skeptics who doubted Obama was telling the unvarnished truth (Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) challenged Obama to a skeet shooting contest), the White House not only released a photo of Obama shooting skeet, but White House press secretary Jay Carney also tried to water down Obama’s statement. Carney claimed Obama had “never pretended to or
President Barack Obama on Monday reiterated his call for a comprehensive package of steps against gun violence as the focus on possible Senate legislation appeared to narrow to expanded background checks and limited ammunition magazines, rather than a ban on semi-automatic rifles that mimic assault weapons. Obama took part in a discussion with Minneapolis officials before telling police officers and others that an increase in gun violence nationwide, including the Connecticut school massacre in December, made it vital to address the issue now. "No law or set of laws can keep our children completely safe," Obama said
Police now say that the former marine accused of killing the country’s best sniper and another man at a shooting range now says that he threatened to kill himself and his family back in September and he was hospitalized. A police report from the September 2 incident states they were alerted to the threat when they received a call about 25-year-old Eddie Ray Routh, who is now in jail on two murder counts for allegedly killing Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield. ‘Eddie stated he was hurting and that his family does not understand what he has been through,’
FBI agents today stormed an underground bunker to rescue a five-year-old boy being held by an armed survivalist who died in the raid. Authorities were forced to act after growing concern for the suspect’s mental state, observing him with a gun and ultimately ´fearing the child was in imminent danger,´ they revealed this afternoon. The boy, known as Ethan, is believed to be in a fine condition. The gunman, 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, is deceased. FBI Special Agent in Charge Steve Richardson said during a news conference that negotiations had broken down and Dykes had been seen holding a gun.
Liberal media members defending Fox News and Rush Limbaugh are about as rare as Halley´s Comet. Yet that´s what CNN´s Howard Kurtz did Monday in a piece surprisingly titled "Obama, Gore, Stop Whining About Right-wing Media."After a brief introduction, Kurtz relayed how former vice president Al Gore responded to Charlie Rose´s recent question about whether there was "a very hostile environment for progressive ideas" by saying, "Fox News and right-wing talk radio...[T]he fact that we have 24/7 propaganda masquerading as news, it does have an impact." "OK, Gore doesn´t like Fox," Kurtz observed.
Departing Departing Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson said she wished she had communicated better during her tenure with rural regions that felt victimized by the agency’s pollution rules. “If I were starting again, I would from day one make a much stronger effort to do personal outreach in rural America," Jackson said in a wide-ranging interview with Reuters published Monday. Clashes with rural GOP lawmakers characterized much of Jackson’s time in Obama administration, but Jackson has lamented what she says are inaccurate claims about the scope of EPA’s agenda.
Congressional Republicans are seizing on the White House’s failure to meet the Feb. 4 legal deadline to produce an annual budget as a gift that will help them recover from months of political beatings. The White House on Monday declined to say when President Obama’s delayed 2014 budget will come out. “President Obama missed a great opportunity today to help our economy. This was supposed to be the day he submitted his budget to the Congress. But it’s not coming. It’s going to be late. Some reports say it could be a month late,”
Senate Republicans are sending a letter Monday to the White House budget office arguing that President Obama’s nominee to be treasury secretary, Jacob “Jack” Lew, was complicit in breaking a Medicare budget law. The letter comes the same day that Mr. Obama officially missed another deadline in the budget law by failing to submit his blueprint on the first Monday in February. The president has only met that deadline once in his tenure. On the Medicare funding issue, federal law requires that if the program’s funding becomes imbalanced, its trustees are required to issue a warning, and the president
Standard & Poor´s said it expects to be the target of a U.S. Department of Justice civil lawsuit over its mortgage bond ratings, the first federal enforcement action against a credit rating agency over alleged illegal behavior tied to the recent financial crisis. Shares of McGraw-Hill Cos, the parent of S&P, plunged 13.8 percent on Monday after news of the expected lawsuit surfaced, their biggest one-day percentage decline since the 1987 stock market crash, according to Reuters data.An announcement of a lawsuit is expected on Tuesday, a person familiar with the matter said. The news also caused shares of Moody´s Corp,
MIDLAND CITY, Alabama-- After seven days spent hostage in Jimmy Lee Dykes underground bunker in Midland City, 5-year-old Ethan is free, sources have told AL.com. The hostage situation ended sometime on Monday. Sources at the scene confirm that Ethan is safe and the hostage-taker, 65-year-old ???Jimmy Lee Dykes, is dead. Multiple news outlets including WKRG and CBS are reporting that the child is alive and Dykes has been killed. (Snip) A reporter at Midland City´s local paper, the Dothan Eagle, said on Twitter Monday afternoon that Ethan´s mother was escorted by law enforcement from her home,
DEVELOPING: A five-year-old boy who was being held hostage in an underground bunker in Alabama for nearly a week has been released, a law enforcement source, citing reports, told Fox News. Authorities say 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes shot and killed a bus driver last week in Midland City and then abducted the boy. Dykes is now dead, the source says, and it is unclear what the boy´s current condition is.
MIDLAND CITY, AL - After seven days with few developments in the case of a child hostage standoff in the southeast Alabama town of Midland City, authorities say the crisis has come to an end. Details are limited at this moment. Reporters on scene reported hearing a loud explosion a short time ago. An ambulance was later seen leaving the scene but without emergency lights or sirens activated. Reports indicate the child is "okay". The kidnapper is said to be dead. Tune into WSFA 12 News for the latest information and continue checking back on