When Barack and Michelle Obama were married in Chicago two decades ago, Santita Jackson, a daughter of the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, sang at their wedding. When Mr. Obama ran for his first national office, he made sure he was not stepping on the ambitions of her brother, Jesse L. Jackson Jr., who later became a co-chairman of his 2008 presidential campaign. Now the younger Mr. Jackson, 47, who served 17 years as a congressman representing his hometown, is most likely headed to prison for campaign fraud, trailed by a string of problems from an extramarital
Republicans supporting a massive legalization program as part of immigration “reform” must have blinders on. They must not see the perverted way the Obama administration simply refuses to enforce existing immigration laws — damning any promised “get tough” enforcement policy included in any immigration deal. The Republican advocates of immigration reform argue that America should secure the border, legalize at least 11 million illegal immigrants, and vigorously enforce the immigration laws in the future. This goal — to start over while at the same time preventing future illegal immigration once and for all — has great appeal.
It was a better than average Oscar show last night. Host Seth MacFarlane came under fire for some less than tasteful jokes, but there were also a few terrific highlights. A great night for Bond fans, with wonderful performances from Dame Shirley Bassey (Goldfinger) and Adele (Skyfall), with Adele winning Best Original Song. Unusually there were no excruciating acceptance speeches, which were kept remarkably brief and politics free. The main awards were spread across several powerful films in a very strong year for movies. Daniel Day-Lewis was a thoroughly deserving winner for Best Actor for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln
How acute is the shortage of comity, compromise, and true leadership in Washington? Bad enough that the closest example of political courage is a Virginia conservative whom Democrats dubbed "Governor Ultrasound." Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is set to sign a bipartisan transportation package approved last weekend by lawmakers in Richmond, steering up to $1 billion a year to the state’s battered transportation infrastructure. It trims the gas tax, adds new taxes on wholesale gasoline and diesel sales, and increases the sales tax. “If you are a conservative,” influential conservative blogger Erick Erickson writes, “remember Bob McDonnell thinks you’re an idiot.”
"There´s an emerging consensus that it would be a difficult battle to have. I don´t think we could force a shutdown."-- Senate Democratic leadership aide talking to the Wall Street Journal about a GOP proposal to enact a continuing resolution (Snip) It was quite appropriate that the first lady joined the festivities for Sunday’s Academy Awards. It’s not just because Michelle Obama owes her continued residency in the White House in large part to the contributions and celebrity backers from the entertainment industry, but also because her husband’s administration is producing more dramas these days than Harvey Weinstein.
What in the hell was Karl Rove thinking? This has been the question on the minds of many political observers since the Republican super-strategist opened up a nasty new front in the ongoing civil war between his party’s purists and its pragmatists. he storm broke February 6, when Rove, via the front page of The New York Times, debuted his newest venture, the Conservative Victory Project: an aggressive battle plan for the midterms that involves his super PAC, American Crossroads, intervening in the GOP primaries to try to ensure that the strongest, most electable candidates—not necessarily the most ideologically pristine ones—prevail.
After over a decade spicing up the eating habits of diners around the world, Paul C.P. McIlhenny, the chief executive of Tabasco sauce has died at his New Orleans home of a heart attack.The 68-year-old was chairman of the board of the McIlhenny Co. the family-owned company that has made the world-famous hot sauce from Louisiana´s Avery Island since 1868. Known for his sense of humor, McIlhenny became the company´s president in 1998 - the sixth family member to hold that title - and oversaw the expansion of Tabasco sauce to over 165 countries.
The White House kept its press corps in the dark about first lady Michelle Obama´s Oscar video appearance to present Argo the best picture Academy Award Sunday night--the latest sign in the fractured relationship between the president´s team and the media that cover them. When she appeared on TV to present the award, it was the first the press corps knew it was happening. The pool report issued at 12:31 a.m. Monday morning revealing the details of first lady´s event ended with this sentence: "WH kept the event hush-hush in advance.
On Meet the Press, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal said that President Obama should delay Obamacare to cancel sequestration: "But the president needs to step up to the plate and say to Congress, here’s how you cut 85 billion dollars. I’ve got an idea for them," said Jindal. "Right," the host interrupted. "But he-- but he has-- he has said it, just Congress doesn’t want to raise-- doesn’t want to raise the revenues." Jindal continued, "Just delay the Medicaid expansions, delay the health care exchanges so they can work with states on waivers, on flexibility.
CNN’s “Reliable sources” host Howard Kurtz and Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik debated on Sunday whether MSNBC’s hiring of former Obama officials Robert Gibbs and David Axelrod is punditry or propaganda. “Two of President Obama’s fiercest and most visible defenders are now becoming television pundits,” Kurtz said, asking Zurawik, a frequent “Reliable Sources” guest, about the move. “They are smart guys,” Zurawik said. “And, look, there is an advantage, Howie, I think, to having people who are in the room at key moments at this high level on your cable channel or network. That’s important.
In the aftermath of the 2012 elections, Republicans took solace in the idea that while the GOP isn’t doing well in Washington, it’s winning in emphatic fashion elsewhere. Republicans have historic levels of dominance in governorships and state legislatures, and that’s led a number of conservatives to pronounce the states as where the right’s focus ought to be for the next several years, as Washington finds itself in constant gridlock. Yet the failures of Republican governance aren’t limited to Washington – they can make mistakes in the states, too.
TRENTON — For a man who championed the Republican brand as keynote speaker at its national convention last year, Gov. Chris Christie has been spending a lot of time making nice with Democrats. Most famously, Christie was complimentary of Democratic President Barack Obama’s response to superstorm Sandy just before last year’s election. He then almost as famously ripped House Speaker and fellow Republican John Boehner about playing politics with federal storm aid. Early on, his re-election campaign has consisted of endorsements by two unions and two Democratic mayors, as well as fundraisers in Hollywood and Silicon Valley.
Eddie Haskell was the real star of the 50s classic TV series “Leave It to Beaver.” Eddie constantly stirred up trouble, blamed the hapless Beave and Wally when things went wrong, but whose misdeeds were found out in the end by Ward and June Cleaver. That was a different day and age, but the Eddie Haskells are still with us, and they are in very high places. Barack Obama is our first “Eddie Haskell President.” He stirs up mischief, for which he blames the rascally Republicans, while professing his own innocence or non-involvement. He levitates above the
In an appearance late Sunday afternoon at a predominantly black church in Trenton, embattled U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez drew broad parallels between himself and other minority leaders such as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The Democrat from Hudson County blamed his current troubles, which include questions about his relationship with a contributor and the possibility of a Senate Ethics Committee investigation, on right-wing bloggers. Speaking to a crowd of roughly 300 people who gathered at The Shiloh Baptist Church for a Black History Month celebration, Menendez appeared to surprise his own staff by using the venue to offer
At a Black History Month event held at a Trenton, N.J. church on Sunday, Democratic Senator Bob Menendez blamed conservatives for his ethics scandals, framing them as a racial attack on him because of his Hispanic heritage. “I have felt the sting of discrimination,” he told approximately 300 worshipers, according to the Bergen Record. ”It has never been easy.” “Now we face anonymous, faceless, nameless individuals from right-wing sources seeking to destroy a lifetime of work,” Menendez said at Shiloh Baptist Church. “And their smears are false. I have worked too hard and
Funny. Sexist. Sassy. Awkward. Seth MacFarlane was referred to with all these adjectives and more after his gig as host of the 85th Academy Awards on Sunday night. The "Family Guy" and "American Dad" creator received mixed reviews for his singing, dancing and jokes, with Time TV critic James Poniewozik dubbing MacFarlane "American Dud." (Snip) So was there much surprise that one of MacFarlane´s opening numbers was a little ditty titled "We Saw Your Boobs"? "I´ll limit my discussion of ´We Saw Your Boobs´ to noting how, um, nakedly it put into relief a recurring theme in last night´s ceremony:
Sequestration is “looming.” Sequestration is, indeed, upon us. I wrote a little about this in the January 28 issue of National Review. The piece was called “Defense Is Different.” Let me give you some comments that people have made, with regard to sequestration — particularly with regard to the defense budget.(snip)America’s Most Miserable Cities. Three of the top ten are in Michigan. Three are in Illinois. And three are in California. Think of that: Of the ten most miserable cities, nine are in three states. The tenth is in New York — is New York City.
The home of the Grand Ole Opry has earned a new nickname: “Little Kurdistan.” And no wonder. According to a new analysis of foreign born populations by demographer, Wendell Cox, the fastest growth in the numbers of newcomers is taking place in unusual spots around America, all essentially in Red States. Topping the list is Nashville, which has doubled its number of immigrants in the last decade. “Besides the Grand Old Opry, the city also boasts the nation’s largest Kurdish population, and a thriving ‘Little Kurdistan,’ as well as growing Mexican, Somali and other immigrant enclaves,” says Joel Kotkin,
Fashion being the fickle beast it is, there´s no guarantee this will last for ever. So, ladies, if you´re fed up of wobbling along on perilously high heels, grab your chance to ditch them while you can--because flats are finally in vogue.[Snip]And at his Milan fashion show, Italian designer Roberto Cavalli said: ´Women are wearing trainers now and lower heels. It´s the street influence. It´s cool and it´s all coming from London.´ At Kurt Geiger, lower heels now account for about 60 percent of sales, while at Debenhams sales of flat or low-heeled shoes have risen by 25 percent
Afghan president Hamid Karzai has ordered US special forces to leave Wardak province, a critical path between Taliban fighters and the Afghan capital of Kabul, in the next two weeks. There have been allegations made that Afghans working with U.S. forces have tortured Afghan citizens and even murdered some others. The U.S. government abstained from comment, saying they would not make a statement "until we have had a chance to speak with senior government officials … This is an important issue that we must discuss with our Afghan counterparts.” Karzai’s
With a March 1 deadline looming for the imposition of the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester, President Obama and his allies in the press are stepping up their campaign for additional tax increases on the rich. Mr. Obama said over the weekend that his plan “asks more of the wealthiest Americans,” and he said it looks like Republicans are “prepared to inflict more pain on the middle class because they refuse to ask anything more of those at the very top.”
Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan said during Sunday’s annual Saviours’ Day convention in Chicago that “gang bangers” could serve a better purpose by training to become soldiers who protect his group’s assets. “All you gang bangers, we know you love to shoot, but you’re killing yourselves,” he said, according to a report by DNA Info. “All your weapons are illegal, and you’re using them like savages.” Mr. Farrakhan, 79, said he was going to contact Chicago’s gang leaders with a proposition, the report continued. His idea? Since gang members are “natural soldiers,” they
Dear Dame Helen Ghosh, Congratulations on your appointment as £160,000 a year director-general of the National Trust. At the weekend you celebrated by giving an interview in which you declared that "a wind turbine in the right place is a rather beautiful thing" and "The National Trust, as an organisation, takes the view that in the right place--and because of the importance of renewable energy--we don´t object to them." In these opinions, I believe, you are woefully out of touch with your membership. Last night, after I read what you´d said, I cancelled the £90 standing order for family membership
The liberal media have their knives out for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) after his textbook cross-examination of Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel at the latter’s confirmation hearing Jan. 31. Jane Mayer of the New Yorker seized on a speech Cruz gave three years ago in which he asserted that when he was at Harvard Law School, shortly after Barack Obama, there were twelve Marxists on the faculty and one Republican. That, Mayer alleges, is evidence of Cruz’s innate McCarthyism--and hence, she implies, ought to discredit Cruz’s
Dustin Hoffman could be appearing on Piers Morgan Tonight in the near future. Piers Morgan caught up with the legendary actor (and recent first-time director) on the red carpet for the Academy Awards, and the two talked about more than just Hollywood. Hoffman revealed that he’s a big fan of Morgan’s, saying he doesn’t often get “starstruck” but felt “extraordinary” to be standing next to the CNN host. At the tail end of a short conversation about the Oscars and Hoffman’s new film Quartet, Hoffman told Morgan “God bless you for what you’re saying about gun control,”