You´ll hear it all over cable news and the networks and in every lede paragraph from the Washington Post to the LA Times: Republicans are conducting an unprecedented filibuster of Chuck Hagel. Where did the media get this buzz word that´s repeated breathlessly by the obedient servants of the White House? From the White House, of course: Asked about the Senate vote during an online “fireside hangout,” Obama said that he expects that Hagel will be confirmed. But he slammed Senate Republicans for their “unprecedented filibuster” of a defense chief nominee.
Here come the “Ben Carson for President” t-shirts. And campaign websites. And speculation. The warm glow of public appeal for Dr. Carson is growing after his recent provocative speech at the National Prayer Breakfast before an audience that included President Obama. The pediatric neurosurgeon cut a fearless, straightforward path through health care, taxes and American woes, prompting The Wall Street Journal to run an immediate op-ed titled “Ben Carson for President,” declaring that Dr. Carson “may not be politically correct, but he’s closer to correct than we’ve heard in years.” Many agree, and have acted on the sentiment.
Economic growth is in the negative, unemployment is on the rise, Walmart´s forecasting a disastrous February for retail sales, poverty´s up, gas prices are up, the cost of health care premiums are up, middle class incomes are falling, consumer confidence is at a two year low, our deficit is unsustainable, and Barack Obama has just signed up for private golf lessons with two of the top teachers in the country. You might want to go back and read that last part again. Safely re-elected and with no concerns whatsoever that the media will take issue with his elitist behavior
If President Obama succeeds in raising the minimum wage law, he’ll have given many unions an automatic pay increase, a new report shows. “An analysis of union collective bargaining agreements available from the Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards indicates that many service, retail and hospitality industry labor unions—such as UNITE-HERE or the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)—peg baseline wages to the federal minimum wage,” the Center for Union Facts (CUF) observes. “Thus, in many cases, raising the federal minimum wage will either trigger wage renegotiations or automatic wage hikes for certain unionized employees.”
In an unusually personal speech at a school in his old Chicago neighbourhood, Mr Obama, who was raised by his mother, said his attempts to introduce new gun control laws must be matched by more men behaving like role models who are “held up in respect” by their sons, grandsons and nephews. “There´s no more important ingredient for success, nothing that would be more important for us reducing violence than strong, stable families, which means we should do more to promote marriage and encourage fatherhood,” said Mr Obama. Hailing his “heroic” late mother, Stanley Ann Dunham,
Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) said President Barack Obama is not on the left politically, but his “hallmark is being practical.” Grayson told CNSNews.com that he was “very pleased” with Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, because Obama “understands” the problems facing the country. “I think everybody understands at this point that we have people who are sitting at home unemployed day after day finding no way to pay the bills, losing their homes, sometimes losing their health, losing their families sometimes, end up living in their cars, okay?” Grayson said.
An internal email from Walmart Vice President Jerry Murray said February “sales are a total disaster” and mark the worst sales start of any month in seven years. “In case you haven´t seen a sales report these days, February (month-to-date) sales are a total disaster," wrote Murray in a February 12 email to executives. "The worst start to a month I have seen in my (about) 7 years with the company." The recent hike in payroll taxes is dragging down sales for discount retailers like Wal-Mart. With less disposable cash in their wallets, lower-income shoppers have less to spend
As President Obama offered proposals to build “ladders of opportunity,” he suggested that many problems in Chicago trace back to the absence of strong families in the city. Obama placed the remarks in a very personal context. “I wish I’d had a father around, who was involved,” he said, after acknowledging the “heroic” women who raise children alone. “Loving supportive parents . . . those parents supporting kids — that’s the single most important thing. Unconditional love for your child — that makes a difference.” He suggested that a lack of role models plays into the
During a Google+ Hangout responding to a question about immigration, President Barack Obama made a stunning remark: "This is something I’ve struggled with throughout my presidency," said Obama. "The problem is that I’m the president of the United States, I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed."
OLYMPIA, Wash. — The long-delayed cleanup of the nation´s most contaminated nuclear site became the subject of more bad news Friday, when Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced that a radioactive waste tank there is leaking. The news raises concerns about the integrity of similar tanks at south-central Washington´s Hanford nuclear reservation and puts added pressure on the federal government to resolve construction problems with the plant being built to alleviate environmental and safety risks from the waste. The tanks, which are already long past their intended 20-year life span, hold millions of gallons of a highly radioactive stew
Tens of thousands of Americans who can’t get health insurance due to pre-existing medical problems will be blocked from a program designed to help them because funding for the measure is running low. Obama administration officials said Friday that the state-based “high risk pools” set up under the 2010 health-care law will be closed to new applicants as soon as Saturday and no later than March 2, depending on the state. However, they stressed that coverage for about 100,000 people who are currently enrolled in the high risk pools won’t be affected.
MOSCOW - People in a freezing industrial region of Russia saw a flash of blinding light before an explosion of flying glass Friday when a meteor streaked across the sky and blew up, injuring 1,100 people in what looked like a disaster out of a movie. (Snip)While NASA estimated the meteor was only about the size of a bus and weighed an estimated 7,000 tons, it exploded with the force of 20 atomic bombs. Luckily, "the atmosphere absorbed the vast majority of that energy," said Amy Mainzer, a scientist at NASA´s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
BEIJING - North Korea has told its key ally, China, that it is prepared to stage one or even two more nuclear tests this year in an effort to force the United States into diplomatic talks, said a source with direct knowledge of the message. Further tests could also be accompanied this year by another rocket launch, said the source, who has direct access to the top levels of government in both Beijing and Pyongyang.(Snip)"It´s all ready. A fourth and fifth nuclear test and a rocket launch could be conducted soon, possibly this year,"
Bolivia´s President Evo Morales has renewed his calls for the release of three soldiers arrested in Chile. The soldiers were arrested in January after crossing the Chilean border carrying an assault rifle. In a speech marking the 134th anniversary of the war in which his country lost access to the Pacific Ocean, Mr Morales called the men "great defenders of the sea". It was the first time in decades that a Bolivian leader celebrated the event. Chile says the men were detained after entering the country illegally, while Bolivia argues they were following car smugglers as part of an army operation.
After four days on a crippled cruise ship with overflowing toilets, stifling heat and hours-long waits for food, at least one passenger from the Carnival Triumph is seeking legal revenge. But lawyers familiar with cruise ship lawsuits suggest angry passengers should think twice before rushing to the courts. Unless passengers suffered major injuries or other losses due to negligence by the cruise operator, they would be better off accepting compensation from Carnival Corp, they said.
RUSH: Audio sound bite number three, Tony Kushner, this is last night on Charlie Rose, PBS. Now, Tony Kushner was the screenwriter for the movie Lincoln. This guy is heralded as the best at what he does in Hollywood, and as such he´s considered to be the smartest, the most brilliant screenwriter. This guy, nobody can touch him. And they were talking about his screenplay. Charlie Rose says, "At the end of the line when you´ve finished and you made the movie, what did you think you knew about Lincoln that you
Taxes are said to be one of life´s inevitabilities -- unless you´re Facebook (FB -0.63%), which last year not only didn´t pay a cent in federal or state income taxes, but actually will receive tax refunds of $429 million, according to a new report. The reason? Even though Facebook made a pre-tax profit of $1.06 billion last year, it benefited from a tax break: the tax deductibility of executive stock options, the report from the Citizens for Tax Justice says. That reduced Facebook´s federal and state income taxes by $1.03 billion last year.
Federal securities regulators Friday obtained an emergency court order freezing assets in a Switzerland-based trading account that was used to generated more than $1.7 million in "highly suspicious" trading before the surprise acquisition deal for food giant H.J. Heinz. The order came in response to a Securities and Exchange Commission court complaint that targeted as-yet unidentified "foreign traders or traders trading through foreign accounts" who allegedly had illegal inside information about the $28 billion purchase announced Thursday by Warren Buffet´s Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital.
Leaving aside for the moment the likelihood that parties and party politics in America will become moot within the next few years (owing to the emergence of a single party or the country’s dissolution into civil war), conservatives and libertarians are finding themselves at an unpleasant crossroads. While some observers gave up on the leadership of the Republican Party long ago, it is now becoming apparent to rank-and-file Republicans that the GOP leadership and its prominent operatives are wholly complicit in the fundamental transformation of America.
Federal prosecutors in Washington today charged both Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi, alleging the former congressman misused $750,000 in campaign funds while she understated their income on tax returns for six years. (Snip) Jackson Jr., 47, a Democrat from Chicago, was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud and false statements. He faces up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and other penalties. Sandi Jackson was charged with one count of filing false tax returns. She faces up to three years in prison,
Brentwood - A Portsmouth man received the maximum sentence for attempting to kidnap a woman as she got out of her SUV at a shopping plaza, and almost got ordered to pay for the gun she later bought to protect herself. James Perry, 37, was sentenced to 7½ to 15 years in state prison Thursday, drawing harsh words from Judge N. William Delker about the lifelong fear he imposed on the victim, Katherine Booth. "My only regret in this case is that I can´t sentence you to more than the maximum," Delker said. "You are a complete predator. ... You are a walking example of what society fears
RUSH: TheHill.com: " Obama Waging an ´Endless Campaign´." Where have we heard this? I love this. I must tell you, I love this. I elucidated, enunciated what turns out to be a profound theory on Tuesday and Wednesday, and it´s being picked up now. This is actually just more support for the theory. And what they´re saying is, Obama doesn´t want to govern. He only wants to campaign because governing would make him responsible for what is happening. He doesn´t want to compromise. That would put his name on something.
Former Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. took part in a conspiracy to misuse approximately $750,000 in campaign funds, according to court papers filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Washington. The then-congressman purchased a $43,350 gold-plated, men’s Rolex watch with campaign funds, and also bought $9,587.64 in children’s furniture, and had the items sent to his home in the District, according to the documents. He made direct expenditures from the campaign’s accounts of $57,792.83 for personal expenses, according to court documents. He and a co-conspirator used a campaign credit card
RUSH: This is Bill in Sierra Vista, Arizona. Great to have you here, sir. Hi. CALLER: Thank you very much, Rush, for taking my call. RUSH: You bet. CALLER: I just to say that I don´t share your optimism for our future. I believe in the next 36 months that the Supreme Court will uphold whatever invasive gun laws that Obama seeks to push upon us. I believe that we will lose the House of Representatives in 2014 and I honestly believe that Obama is going to be reelected in 2016.
When we saw the headline "Four Ways ObamaCare Could Still Fail," our reaction was that it sounded like an unrealistically low estimate. But we read the article because we were intrigued because of the source: TalkingPointsMemo.com, a news site with a strong (and acknowledged) liberal Democratic slant. Its framing as friendly criticism makes the piece, by congressional reporter Sahil Kapur, a powerful indictment of ObamaCare. To be sure, it´s not clear Kapur intends to indict ObamaCare, and if he does, he downplays it, presumably in order to avoid alienating his liberal readers or his liberal editors.