IN ADDITION to a great football game, this year’s Super Bowl audience witnessed a memorable paean to the hardworking American farmer: a Dodge commercial featuring the recorded gravelly tones of the late Paul Harvey. Farm-state politicians were quick to exploit it: Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) told reporters he “hope[s] the people of America will wake up and appreciate the family farmers of America.” Actually, farming no longer resembles the hardscrabble family enterprise of so much mawkish marketing. Much of it is dominated by large operators supplying not only the U.S. dinner table but also far-flung export markets.
Some commentators have expressed surprise upon learning about the very conservative voting record of Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, who delivered the Republican response to the State of the Union address last week. Since winning his Senate seat, Mr. Rubio has generally sided with other Republicans as part of a party that has steadily grown more conservative over the last three decades. (Mr. Rubio’s recent support for immigration reform is more of an exception than his usual rule of sticking to the party line.) Being reliably conservative, however, is hardly a liability for someone who might hope to win
W hen Chris Wallace asked Sen. Rand Paul on Fox News Sunday how serious he was about making a real run for the presidency, Paul replied: "I would absolutely not run unless it were to win." "We won´t make a decision until 2014," Paul said, adding that he believes America is ready for a "libertarian Republican narrative." The path forward seems obvious. Paul must solidify his father´s libertarian-leaning support, sprinkle in some mainstream conservative backers (folks his dad could never reach), and — voila! — he will have assembled a "libertarian-Republican" coalition capable
Fiction crime-writer Patricia Cornwell was awarded $50.9 million by a jury on Tuesday after she claimed her former financial management firm cost her tens of millions of dollars in lost money over four years. Cornwell, 56, is accustomed to writing about a heroic medical examiner investigating complex mysteries, but she was in the middle of a drama of her own. In October 2009, she filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts against her former accounting firm and business manager, Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP and its former principal, Evan Snapper. The trial began on Jan. 7
Sean Hannity exposed what he says is “deceptive editing” by MSNBC of Rep. Paul Ryan talking about how the Obama administration leaked its immigration plan over the weekend. They cut down Ryan’s interview with ABC’s ‘This Week’ and played two clips back-to-back of him saying, “Leaking this out does set things in the wrong direction,” and “This particular move — very counterproductive.” Hannity noted that MSNBC left out the substantive policy disagreements behind Ryan’s opposition to the White House’s plan.
Minnesota businesses are blasting a plan by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton to make the North Star State one of the few that taxes companies for business they do with other businesses. Firms in the state say the plan to tax such business services as advertising, legal advice and even printer fees will dull their competitive edge, in addition to adding perhaps thousands in extra costs a year. The proposed 5.5 percent tax would be imposed on business-to-business services. It´s just part of a larger package of increases that Dayton has proposed to help trim the state’s $1.1 billion budget deficit.
PHOENIX— Arizona took center stage in the national immigration debate Tuesday as Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano toured the state´s border with Mexico and Sen. John McCain defended his proposed immigration overhaul to an angry crowd in suburban Phoenix. The presence of the top officials is the latest sign that Arizona will play a prominent role in the immigration debate as President Barack Obama looks to make it a signature issue of his second term. Napolitano toured the border near Nogales with the highest-ranking official at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the incoming chairman of the Senate´s homeland
Madison, Ga. — Fill a room with tiny cars, then toss in a bunch of people with big wallets. Result: $9 million in sales. OK, $9.1 million, to be precise. When the gavel sounded for the final sale Saturday evening at the Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum, more than 200 cars, plus other memorabilia, had changed hands in two days of spirited bidding. Auctioneers thought the sum might hit $6 million; the total was more than 50 percent higher.(Snip) The top price: $322,000 for a 1958 F.M.R. Tg 500 “Tiger,” a bubble-topped, bug-eyed curiosity once manufactured in Germany.
In his State of the Union speech on February 12, President Barack Obama failed to note that this nation’s 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, was born on the same date 204 years earlier. Perhaps that’s because it was Lincoln who said: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” Obama removed all doubt about his foolishness — at least in his public statements, though possibly not in regards to his and fellow progressives’ larger agenda — when he told the assembled senators and congressmen that, concerning the state of the economy,
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A gas explosion that sparked a massive, block-engulfing blaze in an upscale Kansas City shopping district injured 14 people, a city official said Tuesday evening, adding it is believed that an accident by a utility contractor may have caused the blast. City Manager Troy Schulte said he did not know of anyone being reported missing and had not heard of any fatalities. Earlier Kansas City police had said the blast was caused by a car crashing into a gas main just after 6 p.m. Fire officials said
Vice President Joseph R. Biden encouraged people who want to defend themselves to buy a shotgun Tuesday and dismissed outright the comparison between a ban on illegal drugs and a ban on guns — rhetorically positing the idea of legalizing cocaine to make his point. Mr. Biden, in a wide-ranging Facebook town hall hosted by Parents Magazine, also said there is no one single measure that would be most effective in preventing future incidents of gun violence, but a number of them can help, including background checks on virtually all
A federal appeals court has dramatically halted the execution of a Georgia 30-minutes before he was due to die by lethal injection.Warren Lee Hill was set to be executed at 7 p.m. Tuesday night, but shortly before the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted the stay on claims by Hill that he was mentally disabled and thus ineligible for execution, Brian Kammer, Hill’s lawyer, said. The 52-year-old death-row prisoner was sentenced to death in 1990 for the lethal beating of fellow inmate Joseph Handspike with a board studded with nails to the distress of other inmates.
There were reports over the weekend that cardinals might tweak the rules and begin the conclave to choose Pope Benedict XVI’s successor sooner than March 15, which had been the earliest date mentioned. That would be a blessing. Already in the American news media it’s all pope all the time, a tsunami of papal coverage, and until a new pope is named, the tide won’t quit. You’d be forgiven for concluding that he’ll actually have significant sway over Catholics in this country. He won’t, not over the majority of them, not in any immediate sense. And it’s worth pausing,
Melowese Richardson is the Ohio poll worker who admitted to casting two votes in November for President Obama. Now, Ohio officials are investigating if she voted in the names of four other people as well and cast a total of six ballots in the 2012 election, according to Fox News. The investigation is part of a wider one into a number of cases of alleged voter fraud in Hamilton County, Ohio. Richardson says she filled out and submitted an absentee ballot on her granddaughter’s behalf, and her granddaughter has confirmed that claim, saying, “It wasn’t a big deal.”
Given the beating Apple has taken lately—with many questioning its future—it´s important to understand how much television means to Apple. The company´s TV plans are much bigger than just selling iTV sets. [snip] Apple is evolving into an ecosystem, a network that connects to and controls everything from your home to your car to your office. This has the potential to be as impactful as the iPhone and iPad. Today I use iOS apps to control my stereo system (the Sonos) and central air (the Nest).
Jim O’Sullivan of National Journal celebrates presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett’s despoliation of her adversaries: The trumpet blast of liberalism comes at a point in the White House personnel cycle where a cast of pragmatic, politically minded advisers has departed, many of them white males: Rahm Emanuel, Robert Gibbs, Jim Messina, William Daley, David Axelrod, David Plouffe. Jarrett, among others, remains and thrives. I’m sorry, I need to clean my glasses, but is there anyone on this list who isn’t a white male? O’Sullivan, whose name also sounds suspiciously male and quite possibly white, doesn’t even bother to explain why
Vice President Joe Biden was caught off guard Tuesday by questions he was asked during a Facebook Town Hall with Parents Magazine. One questioner equated gun control to drug control -- if criminalizing drugs didn´t get them off the streets, why will criminalizing guns? -- and a second asked if limiting assault weapons and high-capacity magazines would limit people´s ability to protect themselves. "Is this Parents Magazine? I have Parents Magazine. I´ve never heard anybody in Parents Magazine ask these kinds of questions," Biden said. On the question about drug control, he tried to tamp down the notion that
The FBI has launched a probe into suspected insider trading activity that took place one day before H.J. Heinz announced that it would be acquired for $28 billion by a private investment consortium. The FBI confirmed the criminal investigation on Tuesday, days after the Securities and Exchange Commission froze a Swiss account that the agency said was used by “certain unknown traders” to make “highly suspicious” trades in advance of the Heinz deal. “We are consulting with the SEC to determine if a crime was committed,” said Kelly Langmesser, a spokeswoman in the FBI’s New York office.
Taxpayers have already paid for the upkeep of her 11 children and for a purpose-built six-bedroom home to move them all into. And yesterday it emerged the state is also providing jobless Heather Frost with enough money and time to keep her own horse – something that many families can only dream of. Miss Frost, 37, apparently has the means to keep a grey mare called Annie, which she bought last year. The paddock fees, food and vet bills are estimated to total around £200 per month.(Snip) A worker at the paddock claimed Miss Frost had recently arranged
Two key national security nominations by President Obama are up for confirmation following Congress‘ recess this week: former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense, and John O. Brennan, the president’s key counterterrorism adviser, to be the director of the CIA. Both candidates have had to address issues based on their past and current activities and associations. Troublingly, a number of questions still remain unanswered. One explosive issue is a report by John Guandolo that broke last week on Tom Trento’s “TrentoVision Show” and also was carried by Glenn Beck on Feb. 11. The report stated
A 20-year-old college student has been identified as the ruthless killer who gunned down three people during a chaotic murder and carjacking spree before turning the gun on himself. Ali Syed, of Ladera Ranch, California, was identified by police this afternoon, hours after the early morning massacre that began at his parents´ home. His 25-minute shooting reign of terror through Orange County left a bloody trail of dead and injured victims in a series of carjackings and gunfire, police have said. Authorities reported at least five places where victims had been shot in the early morning violence
New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie said he and Democrat Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo have “a lot of the same values,” but dismissed the notion that he and Cuomo agree on “98 percent of the issues.” Christie was criticized after he was quoted in the Glen Falls New York Chronicle last week, saying, “I’m not much different from Andrew Cuomo. I probably agree with him on 98 percent of the issues.” During a press conference on Tuesday, Feb. 12, Christie implied he was quoted incorrectly, saying he and Gov. Cuomo only share similar backgrounds.
Politico writers Jim Vandehei and Mike Allen are on to something with their feature published today about President Obama’s mastery of the mainstream media. Their conclusion that the president and his staff have broken new ground in manipulating journalists and shaping favorable coverage of the administration is so obvious that it is almost inarguable. As I have argued several times over the past four years, no president since John F. Kennedy has enjoyed the sort of advantage or lack of serious scrutiny that the president has received. Vandehei and Allen are right when they point out that the calculated leaks
HOWARD FINEMAN: I´ve watched over the years, as succeeding administrations take more and more territory and more and more sort of power for themselves to determine the rules and the rights of the conversation. Even reporters asking simple questions, simple direct factual questions of low-ranking administration officials, have a hard time getting answers. I know this working at The Huffington Post, we have a big bureau now, we have a lot of reporters throughout digging all the time. It´s hard to get answers to simple questions because this White House does try to control the flow of information.
Tiger Woods said Tuesday that his weekend golf outing with President Obama was "pretty cool" and that he and the president teamed up for a win against a pairing of U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Houston Astros owner Jim Crane. "He´s just a wonderful person to be around. And we won," Woods said at a press conference ahead of the Match Play Championship, according to Sports Illustrated. Woods also joked that Obama is "an avid golfer, and so am I." The comments by the 14-time major tournament champion were the first window