As Iran teetered on the brink of revolution, the Carter administration transferred approximately 70 F-14 fighter jets to the Iranian air force. At the time, the F-14 was perhaps the top platform in the U.S. Air Force, a plane upon which a generation of American air defense rested. It is ironic that the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Air Force is today the only country that actively uses the F-14, although some U.S. National Guard units do also occasionally fly the plane. Alas, President Obama appears determined to repeat Jimmy Carter’s mistakes. Giving Turkey the F-35
Representative Tom Cole (R., Okla.) earned himself a lot of MSNBC appearances last year when he broke ranks with his party and urged them to accept President Obama’s tax demands by letting the Bush-era tax rates expire on incomes above $250,000. Obama did not get everything he wanted in the fiscal-cliff deal, but he ended up with a $600 billion tax increase. Now, he’s back for more. The president announced today a proposal to temporarily delay the looming sequester — $1 trillion worth of automatic spending cuts, half of which would come from the defense budget
So, as NBC News’ Michael Isikoff reports, according to an Obama/Holder Justice Department memo, it’s okay for the U.S. government to authorize the extrajudicial killing of American citizens who are believed to be senior operational leaders of al-Qaeda, even if there’s no intelligence that they’re involved in an active plot against the U.S. According to Jay Carney, such killing is “legal, ethical, and wise.” On the other hand, it’s inarguably torture and a war crime to waterboard a non-citizen who’s the confirmed No. 2 leader of al-Qaeda and who actually planned the most horrific terrorist attack in American history. CIA
LOS ANGELES — President Obama took the day off on Super Bowl Sunday. Nobody should fault him for this. Super Bowl Sunday is a day for Americans to relax. President Obama has every right to kick back, pop open a cold one, and enjoy some football. The Super Bowl is so ingrained in American culture that there is an official movement to have the following Monday declared a national holiday. Most Americans would be fine with giving Obama and themselves Monday off to unwind. Even presidents deserve relaxation time. The problem is that
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said on Tuesday that the children of illegal immigrants should be granted a path to citizenship, providing a clue about how the GOP-controlled House may tackle immigration reform this year. "A good place to start is with the kids," Cantor said during his speech at the American Enterprise Institute. "One of the great founding principles of our country was that children would not be punished for the mistakes of their parents. It is time to provide an opportunity for legal residence and citizenship for those who were brought to this
One of the world´s most fashionable cities can no longer skirt the issue -- ladies want to wear pants, too. France’s Minister of Women’s Rights, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, repealed last week an over 200-year-old law in Paris that said police could arrest women for dressing like men, The Telegraph reports. "This ordinance is incompatible with the principles of equality between women and men, which are listed in the constitution, and in France's European commitments,” Vallaud-Belkacem said in a statement. The law, which has been unenforced in recent years,
When North Carolina´s new governor, Pat McCrory, was interviewed last week on the syndicated radio show hosted by former U.S. Education Secretary William J. Bennett, the talk naturally turned to education. According to some listeners—or those who heard about the interview in the media echo chamber—Gov. McCrory committed a major error.
These breathtaking pictures of the Earth from space have taken Twitter by storm after they were posted by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station. Canadian Chris Hadfield snapped the astonishing images over the past few days to give space fans an insight into the incredible views enjoyed from 250 miles above the planet´s surface. Although he has no direct internet connection on the space station, the astronaut has been sending the images back via Nasa to his son Evan, who is maintaining Twitter and Google+ accounts for his many followers on Earth.
RUSH: So Obama´s at the White House saying something. You ever notice that all of his press appearances, his announcements, his campaign appearances, whatever you call ´em, they always happen while this program is on. They always do. And it was Obama who said to the New Republic that Fox News and Rush Limbaugh are just standing in the way of progress. Now, I didn´t of course hear the whole thing, listened to a little bit of it during the break, and he just said, the president of the United States, just said,
RUSH: Look, folks, I really don´t like being a "see, I told you so." I mean, I know I do it a lot ´cause it happens a lot, and I used to even have a little jingle with it. "Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah! See, I Told You So," because it used to be somewhat unique. Now it´s not difficult at all. It is important, however. I do, when relevant, like to remind you of things that you´ve heard in the past on this program that you may have forgotten, things that I´ve said. Here´s a story that leads into my point.
A seven-year-old boy from Colorado has been suspended from school after he lobbed an imaginary grenade on the playground while pretending to be a hero soldier. Alex Evans, of Loveland, said he was playing a make-believe game called ´rescue the world´ during recess at Mary Blair Elementary School, which resulted in his removal from class after officials said he broke a key rule. The second-grader explained that he tossed an imaginary grenade into a box containing made-up forces of evil, and made the sound ´pshhh´ to indicate that the explosive had detonated.
RUSH: Eric Cantor is out saying the Republicans have to change. The Republican Party has to change. The Republican Party has to show that we want to help people. The Republican Party has to reach across the aisle. Karl Rove and his PAC. What is it, American Crossroads? Is that the name of his PAC? There was a New York Times story a couple of days ago that basically said they are gonna end up choosing Republican primary candidates so that they´re not "Tea Partied." The Republican establishment has had it with nominees like Sharron Angle,
The Congressional Budget Office on Tuesday quietly raised the 10-year cost of ObamaCare´s insurance subsidies offered via the health law´s exchanges by $233 billion, according to a Congressional Budget Office review of its latest spending forecast. The CBO´s new baseline estimate shows that ObamaCare subsidies offered through the insurance exchanges — which are supposed to be up and running by next January — will total more than $1 trillion through 2022, up from $814 billion over those same years in its budget forecast made a year ago. That´s an increase of nearly 29%.
The Prime Minister won his first Commons battle to legalise same-sex marriage by a margin of 400 votes to 175. But his victory came at the cost of a major split in the Conservative Party, with more than half of his MPs refusing to back him. Despite his 11th-hour appeal for support, only around 130 of the 303 Conservative MPs last night joined Mr Cameron in voting for gay marriage. 139 voted against and 30 others abstained.
The Congressional Budget Office´s just-released economic forecast for 2013 is dispiriting, to say the least. The GDP is expected to grow by only 1.4%, the unemployment rate will "stay near" 8%, the deficit will reach $845 billion, and ObamaCare will cost 7 million their health insurance. The CBO says things will improve after that, but after three years of being told by the government and its media that "prosperity is just around the corner," you´ll just have to pardon my cynicism. The media, however, will talk only about how much better the CBO says things will get, because
Speaker John Boehner is signaling he will not accept revenue increases that President Barack Obama is expected to propose to delay the automatic spending cuts that take hold at the beginning of March. “President Obama first proposed the sequester and insisted it become law,” Boehner said in a statement. “Republicans have twice voted to replace these arbitrary cuts with common-sense cuts and reforms that protect our national defense. “We believe there is a better way to reduce the deficit, but Americans do not support sacrificing real spending cuts for more tax hikes,” he added. “The president’s sequester
Prostitution is both legal and widespread in the Dominican Republic, where as many as 100,000 women are part of the industry in a nation that has become a major sex-tourism hotspot of the Caribbean. So it would not be a crime for Sen. Robert Menendez to have availed himself of such services during his trips to the Dominican Republic, as has been alleged. (Snip)Alas, the senator’s indignant denial is false. That is to say, the “individuals on a Web site” who are driving “that type of story” are neither anonymous, nameless nor faceless.
A New York appellate court has ruled that the New York Times´s request for a list of gun owners in New York City, under the Freedom of Information Law, violates the state´s statute. The ruling overturns in part a lower court´s ruling. "Order and judgment (one paper), Supreme Court, New York County (Jane S. Solomon, J.), entered November 1, 2011, granting the petition to the extent it sought an order directing respondent, under the Freedom of Information Law (Public Officers Law § 84 et seq.) (FOIL), to provide an electronic copy of a database,
An analysis by the Government Accountability Institute (GAI) of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) figures has found that audits of tax-exempt charities have increased 79% under President Barack Obama. [Snip] The GAI’s findings come on the heels of a controversial White House gathering last month with the heads of charitable organizations, wherein the Obama Administration allegedly engaged in “bullying” and “intimidation” tactics to scare charities into supporting Obama’s tax hikes on the wealthy or face the prospect of losing their tax-exempt status.
President Obama will travel to Israel next month, the White House confirmed Tuesday. According to Israeli media Obama is scheduled to arrive March 20. White House officials would not confirm the date. But Tommy Vietor, spokesman for the National Security Council, said Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed a possible visit in a phone call last month. It will be Obama’s first trip to Israel as president, and comes as Israeli and Palestinian leaders are at odds over how to restart peace negotiations that have been dormant for more than two years.
Firearms owners in suburban Cook County will face fines up to $2,000 if they don´t report to police when their guns are lost, stolen or sold under an ordinance commissioners approved today. The plan, pushed by County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, will apply to all areas of the county where a similar law is not already on the books. It will not apply within the city of Chicago, which has its own firearms statutes. The County Board approved the new rules by a voice vote with no opposition. The vote came just minutes after commissioners honored Hadiya Pendleton, Headline resplit by staff.
There is new reaction from the White House after the Justice Department released a memo saying the government can kill United States citizens overseas if it believes they are terror suspects and even if they’re not involved in an active plot against the U.S. A bipartisan group of senators is calling on President Obama to release all memos related to this policy. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, “[President Obama] takes his responsibility in conducting the war against Al Qaeda as authorized by Congress in a way that is fully consistent with
Charlottesville, Va., has become the first city in the United States to formally pass an anti-drone resolution. The resolution, passed Monday, "calls on the United States Congress and the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia to adopt legislation prohibiting information obtained from the domestic use of drones from being introduced into a Federal or State court," and "pledges to abstain from similar uses with city-owned, leased, or borrowed drones." The resolution passed by a 3-2 vote and was brought to the city council by activist David Swanson and the Rutherford Institute, a progressive civil liberties group based
The federal health care law could nearly triple premiums for some young and healthy men, according to a forthcoming survey of insurers that singles out a group that might become a major public opinion battleground in the Obamacare wars. The survey, fielded by the conservative American Action Forum and made available to POLITICO, found that if the law’s insurance rules were in force, the premium for a relatively bare-bones policy for a 27-year-old male nonsmoker on the individual market would be nearly 190 percent higher. That isn’t the sticker price many of these individuals would pay, thanks
The allegations regarding Sen. Bob Menendez and his ties to a West Palm Beach eye doctor named Salomen Melgen are piling up.In an attempt to defuse those allegations, the New Jersey Democrat is meeting them head on, huddling with reporters Monday to explain why he took so long to reimburse Melgen for two flights on the doctor’s plane in 2010 and to outright dismiss some of the more salacious reports. (That’s a marked change from his silence last week in the face of the allegations.)
Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday challenged President Barack Obama´s central goal for immigration reform that would put 11 million undocumented residents on a path to citizenship, adding fresh doubts on whether legislation can be passed this year. During a kick-off hearing, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte explored a possible "middle ground" between the current U.S. policy of deporting those who have come to the United States illegally and of placing them on a path to citizenship, as Obama has demanded. The hearing was the panel´s first since last November´s elections when Hispanic-Americans