Introducing Jack Lew to the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday, New York Democrat Chuck Schumer said the Treasury nominee has an "uncanny ability to delve into a subject" and "master it." Americans can only hope, because you wouldn´t know it based on the little that Mr. Lew claims to have known about what happened during his tenure at CitigroupC -0.79% from 2006-2008. Mr. Lew´s confirmation hearing was a substance-free zone, including his own job history. He was a senior executive at the giant failing bank before and during the financial crisis, but over several hours
ATLANTA- A spokeswoman for a suburban Atlanta school system says excitement is building as President Obama plans to visit an early childhood learning center there. Decatur City Schools spokeswoman Courtney Burnett says Obama intends to visit the College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center on Thursday in Decatur. She told The Associated Press that people she´s heard from within the school system are excited, and the visit "is a big deal" in the community just east of Atlanta. The White House has said that Obama plans to travel to two Southern states after his State of the Union address
Here´s what has to be understood. It´s all about him. A State of the Union speech normally is about relating a president´s public policies to conditions in the country. An Obama State of the Union speech is about one thing: the Obama project. It would be unfair to say that everything and everyone else in a complex world are irrelevant. But let´s be clear about the priorities: Congress, the Cabinet of courtiers, the press, the people and indeed the national problems described in that State of the Union speech—it´s all brick and mortar in the future Obama monument.
33.5 million Americans watched President Obama´s State of the Union address last night, the lowest turnout since President Bill Clinton´s final State of the Union address in 2000, according to newly released Nielsen ratings. Obama´s totals also marked a significant decline from the first second-term addresses of his predecessors. President George W. Bush´s first second-term State of the Union address, in Feb. 2005, drew 39.4 million viewers. President Clinton´s first second-term address, in Jan. 1997, drew 41.1 million. In general, viewership for Obama´s State of the Union addresses has been in constant decline.
Senate Democrats on Wednesday said they’ll force a showdown on Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be defense secretary, scheduling a key test vote for Friday morning. Mr. Hagel, a former Republican senator whom President Obama tapped for the top Pentagon civilian post, will need to garner the support of 60 senators in that Friday vote, or else his nomination will be delayed. Republicans have said they need more information about Mr. Hagel before they can vote on him, but Democrats said the Vietnam war veteran is qualified and has answered enough questions “
Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) claimed “it’s astonishing” that President Obama never makes mention of the Muslim Brotherhood and their control of the Egyptian government. “He never mentions the Muslim Brotherhood. It’s astonishing. If there’s anything that has been a trend in this administration related to terrorism, it’s their unwillingness to call it for what it is,” Franks told CNSNews.com immediately following Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. Franks also views the Muslim Brotherhood as a threat not only to the security of Israel but to the entire world. “And the Muslim Brotherhood has gained
Sen. Richard Burr, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said that the CIA has “flatly refused” to give some Benghazi-related documents to the committee, which is conducting an investigation of the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on the State Department and CIA personnel and facilities in Benghazi, Libya. Sen. Burr made the assertion last week at the confirmation hearing for John Brennan, whom President Barack Obama has nominated to be director of the CIA. Brennan currently serves as the president´s counterterrorism adviser. “Mr. Brennan, as you know, the committee´s conducting
Energy: The president´s proposed Energy Security Fund will stifle the private energy sector boom and provide permanent funding for future Solyndras and electric cars that nobody wants. And what about that pipeline, sir? A nonexistent crisis is a terrible thing to waste, and in justifying his proposal for a cap-and-tax scheme, President Obama claimed in his State Of The Union that "the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15." He was lying. The fact is, according to new data released quietly last October by Britain´s Met Office, the world´s natural post-Ice Age
´Already, the Affordable Care Act is helping to slow the growth of health-care costs," the president claimed Tuesday. This ranks as one of the biggest State of the Union whoppers ever told. In fact, not only are health-care costs climbing, but employers are also shifting those costs onto the very "middle-class" families Obama spent much of his speech championing. Since ObamaCare was enacted, family health-insurance premiums on average have soared $3,000, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The president promised the law would slash premiums by an average of $2,500 per family.
Speeches: While pundits focused on the dreary policy details in President Obama´s State of the Union speech, we were left wondering who writes his material these days. The speech was full of — apparently — accidental humor. Either Obama recruited writers from "The Daily Show" or a thick cloud of unreality has descended on the White House. How else to explain lines like these in Tuesday´s speech: "It is not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government." That´s rich coming from the guy who jacked up spending to record levels. According to the
For months he´s bobbed and weaved questions about a rift with Chief Justice John Roberts, and now Associate Justice Antonin Scalia is finally conceding that he was disappointed with Roberts´ decision to uphold most of Obamacare last year. "I was disappointed it came out the way it did," he said, the first time he expressed his displeasure with the surprise Roberts decision. But he said Tuesday night during an address to Smithsonian supporters, "I don´t work for him, and he doesn´t work for me." Many conservatives thought Roberts would strike Obama down and there were
President Obama wants to use fees paid by oil and gas companies to pay for a clean-energy research fund that would aim to eliminate oil in transportation, the White House announced Tuesday. Obama proposed a $2 billion “Energy Security Trust” for clean-energy research during his State of the Union speech: “Tonight, I propose we use some of our oil and gas revenues to fund an Energy Security Trust that will drive new research and technology to shift our cars and trucks off oil for good,” he said. The White House expanded on the plan in a
President Obama will leave Friday to vacation in West Palm Beach, Fla., squeezing in some rest and relaxation a few days after giving his State of the Union address. The White House announced the trip Wednesday and said that no public events were scheduled during the Presidents’ Day holiday weekend. Obama will travel to Atlanta on Thursday and Chicago on Friday to continue his public push for the progressive agenda outlined in his State of the Union speech. Obama recently vacationed with his family in Hawaii, a trip that was interrupted by negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff.
President Obama called for stronger border security during last night’s State of the Union address. I wonder if he was aware there were at least five illegal immigrants sitting in the House chamber? (Snip) Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) invited Gabino Sanchez, an illegal immigrant with a criminal record. Sanchez, whose record is littered with misdemeanor charges liked driving without a license, is fighting deportation. Yet this man – who is putting American drivers at risk – was given an opportunity not afforded to law-abiding taxpayers. He was allowed to sit in the House chamber
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) just announced that he’ll be placing a hold on the nomination of John Brennan for CIA director until he receives answers to his questions about the administration’s use of drones. “I have asked Mr. Brennan if he believed that the President has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and my question remains unanswered. I will not allow a vote on this nomination until Mr. Brennan openly responds to the questions and concerns my colleagues and I share,” Paul said. “These issues must be
Four California high-school students were reportedly suspended for chanting “U.S.A! U.S.A!” and wearing American flag bandanas during a basketball game. While their punishment has since been rescinded, school administrators said “the incident is far from over.” Oxnard Union School District superintendent Gabe Soumakian told Fox News Radio that “we need to pursue this further” and “work with teachers and students and the community about the concept of cultural proficiency.” Soumakian and Camarillo High School principal Glenn Lipman felt that the students’ actions might have had racist undertones since the schools have large Hispanic student populations.
While law enforcement officials scoured the hillsides above Big Bear on Tuesday for murder suspect Christopher Dorner, wardens from California´s Department of Fish and Wildlife were called in to patrol the rugged terrain of Highway 38. It was on that highway that the officers first encountered Dorner, engaging the former cop in a white-knuckle chase involving two commandeered vehicles. The pursuit culminated in what officials described as a wild shootout between Dorner and a state game warden.
Los Angeles -- The life and apparent death of the ex-Los Angeles Police Department cop who declared war against police corruption has generated a social media fringe of fans who are asserting that Christopher Jordan Dorner was really a hero seeking justice, despite being a suspect in four killings. The sympathizers have garnered 18,336 supporters on a Facebook page entitled "We Stand With Christopher Dorner." The online group has posted Dorner´s manifesto against corrupt police -- a document that was "scrubbed by mainstream media outlets," the webpage charges. Another Facebook page, "We Are All Chris Dorner,"
Marc Lamont Hill is a “professor, author, activist, and anthropologist” associated with Columbia University. Columbia University might want to change that. Fast. Hill is such a moral dwarf that he still doesn’t understand what he did wrong. ”Let me say it ONE MORE TIME,” he howled on Twitter. ”I don’t support what Dorner did. But I DO support the public conversation on police terrorism.” “Police terrorism.” Have the police been murdering innocent women and then ringing up their fathers to taunt them, as Chris Dorner did? It doesn’t help that you
Gosh, won’t it be marvellous if the next pope turns out to be black?[Snip]I’ve no doubt in the salons of Islington and the BBC canteens, they will all think this is a jolly good thing, much as they did when Barack Obama ushered in a golden new era of joy, healing, reconciliation and endless world peace. But I’m not sure that’s what they’re going to get. African churchmen--non-Western or non-white clergy, generally--tend to be considerably more robust and old school than your Reverend J C Flannel comedy Anglican vicar with his very real concerns about diversity
LONDON - Turbo-charged parents still running their university-aged children´s schedules, laundry and vacations could be doing more harm than good with a study on Wednesday showing these students were more likely to be depressed and dissatisfied with life. Researcher Holly Schiffrin from the University of Mary Washington in Virginia found so-called helicopter parenting negatively affected college students by undermining their need to feel autonomous and competent.
DENVER (CBS4) – There’s a chance Denver will opt out of Amendment 64 despite the fact voters in the city overwhelmingly approved legalizing marijuana. Some members of the city council argue that while the majority of Denver voters said yes to the amendment, it was in an effort to decriminilize small amounts. Their intentions may not have been to have a marijuana store in their neighborhood. “There are a lot of safety issues as it relates to that, tremendous safety issues,” Denver Police Chief Richard White told council members at a committee meeting on Monday night.
DENVER - A strong smell of marijuana was reported inside the Colorado Capitol Wednesday morning, 7NEWS Reporter Russell Haythorn confirmed. The entire Senate chamber smelled like marijuana, said Doug Schepman, Communications Director for the Senate Democrats. Senate President John Morse cracked up fellow lawmakers during the session by asking: "Do you smell marijuana in here, or is it just me?"
LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Facing a wave of criticism from around the world, IOC President Jacques Rogge will meet with the head of wrestling´s governing body to discuss ways the sport can fight to save its place in the Olympics. The IOC executive board dropped wrestling from the program of the 2020 Games on Tuesday, a decision which brought a sharp backlash from wrestling organizations and national Olympic bodies around the world — including the United States, Russia and Iran. The move must still be ratified by the full International Olympic Committee in September, giving wrestling time to try to overturn
MENDOCINO, Calif. – The sheriff of Mendocino, Calif. is warning Colorado about the dangers of legalizing marijuana. Sheriff Tom Allman says voters in Colorado will regret the decision to legalize marijuana because crime will also increase. Allman says he should know, because for the last 30 years, Mendocino County has been regarded as the marijuana capitol of the U.S. Scenic Mendocino County is nestled in an area called the Emerald Triangle, three Northern California counties which are considered a safe haven for marijuana growers. But Allman says marijuana has ruined the area’s charm.