Byron Dorgan was a “praire populist,” his Senate colleague Tom Harkin told us open Dorgan’s retirement. Liberal writer David Sirota gave Dorgan the same label. Dorgan’s wife Kimberly is a longtime lobbyist, currently running the lobby operation for the American Council of Life Insurers — which lobbies to protect the populist death tax that pads the profits of life insurance companies. And, of course, as soon as Sen. Dorgan retired, he joined a lobbying firm, too. The Dorgans are staying in the house where they raised their kids — a 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath 3,800-square-foot
William Ayers, the co-founder of the violent 1960s-era Weather Underground and who later befriended Barack Obama at the University of Chicago, has been named a "visiting scholar" at Minnesota State University, continuing his transformation from radical activist to establishment leader. Once the head of a group linked to bombings of buildings tied to the Vietnam war, including the Pentagon and Capitol, he has been invited to play a role in the school´s efforts to include social justice in class courses. During the 2008 presidential campaign, the Ayers-Obama tie was
When Hostess filed for bankruptcy last year, several problems were to blame, but the bakers union refusing to accept a new contract and striking was the straw that broke the Twinkie manufacturer’s back. They refused to return to work even after the company warned them it would have to shut down. The Teamsters even begged them to take the deal (though the bakers union has noted that the Teamsters were getting a better deal than they were). Now that Hostess has shut down, those self-same union strikers are now benefitting from government program
In light of the coming sequestration that will slow the rate of growth of federal spending, the Navy has announced that it cannot afford to send an aircraft carrier, the USS Harry S. Truman, on a previously-scheduled mission to the Persian Gulf, nor can it afford to refuel another carrier, the USS Abraham Lincoln. To further dramatize the cuts, the White House has invited Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to brief the press corps on what the administration says will be the devastating consequences of sequestration.
House Democrats led by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) have introduced legislation that would create a federal Department of Peacebuilding, which would be tasked with everything from finding ways to scale back U.S. military actions to ending bullying at schools. Under her bill, H.R. 808, the new department would be led by a cabinet-level Secretary of Peacebuilding, who would have a seat on the National Security Council. The department would be "dedicated to peacebuilding, peacemaking, and the study and promotion of conditions conducive to both domestic and international peace and a culture of peace."
WASHINGTON — The federal government released groups of illegal immigrants from custody across the country Monday at the same time the White House was making its case that impending budget cuts would harm efforts to protect the border and enforce federal immigration laws. Advocates reported “waves” of illegal immigrants being released from at least three detention centers in Texas, Florida and Louisiana. U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement confirmed the release of some illegal immigrants Monday night but would not say how many or from which detention centers. “In order to make the best use of our limited detention
A Republican congressman said this weekend that former Vice President Dick Cheney would likely end up in hell — alongside former President Lyndon Johnson — for their roles in pushing the country toward the Vietnam and Iraq wars. "Congress will not hold anyone to blame. Lyndon Johnson´s probably rotting in hell right now because of the Vietnam War, and he probably needs to move over for Dick Cheney," Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) said at a conference in his home state, according to the Huffington Post.
More than six dozen prominent Republicans have signed a legal brief to be submitted to the Supreme Court voicing support for gay marriage, the New York Times reported Tuesday. The list features members of Congress, including Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida and Richard Hanna of New York, top Bush Administration officials including national security adviser Stephen J. Hadley, and former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman. It also includes Republicans who had not previously signaled support for gay marriage, including former Rep. Deborah Price (R-Ohio), who
Secretary of State John Kerry offered a defense of freedom of speech, religion and thought in the United States on Tuesday telling German students that in America "you have a right to be stupid if you want to be." "As a country, as a society, we live and breathe the idea of religious freedom and religious tolerance, whatever the religion, and political freedom and political tolerance, whatever the point of view," Kerry told the students in Berlin, the second stop on his inaugural trip as secretary of state.
When man falls on hard times, what’s his best friend to do? A new donation-based program called Pet Food Stamps aims to provide food stamps for pets of low-income families and for food stamp recipients who otherwise could not afford to feed their pets, reported ABC affiliate KVIA in Las Cruces, N.M. Based in New York, the program is open to anyone in the United States. More than 45,000 pets have already been signed up in the past two weeks, according to the program’s founder and executive director Marc Okon. Once need and income is verified,
Baltimore’s most famous doctor is in the national spotlight after criticizing President Barack Obama. Now he speaks only to WJZ in his first local TV news interview.Adam May has an exclusive look at Dr. Ben Carson’s political future. “I am [surprised]. I didn’t expect it to go viral,” Carson said. In his only interview with a Baltimore TV station, Dr. Ben Carson spoke about his recent attack on President Obama’s policies.
These are frantic days for the man the Manhattan tabloids call the Soda Jerk. Michael R. Bloomberg, the mayor of New York, is reviewing his troops, readying the SWAT teams for his campaign to beat back the crime wave sweeping over Gotham. The mayor begins enforcement of his new rules about how much soda is good for a New Yorker on March 12, vowing to take neither prisoner nor excuse. Hizzoner wants to be remembered as the mayor who stopped the gulping, slurping and burping that threatened to make Gotham unfit for human habitation.
The nation’s top general says “contributing to the stability of the global economy” is a higher priority national security interest for the U.S. military than “protecting the country from catastrophic attack.” In a Jan. 31 speech, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., that the unpredictability of the dangers facing the nation will require in years to come that the military have “a very clear understanding of our national interests.” “We haven’t had a knock-down drag out debate, even
Hollywood has no problem being dumb, sleazy and violent. Those are all known and marketable qualities. What it does not look is appearing desperate. Desperation however is what the Oscars of this year and last year have in common. They stink of an industry desperately racing its own age and irrelevance reaching for gimmicks to try and hang on to a younger audience. The dirty little secret is that Hollywood hardly exists anymore. The industry is bigger than ever, but its bread and butter consists of 200 and 300 million dollar special effects festivals
NEW YORK- Relatives and survivors marked the 20th anniversary Tuesday of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center in New York. Edward Smith, whose wife Monica was one of four people who died, told ABC News.com he couldn´t continue to live there after her death but makes a trip to New York every February for a memorial. "There were too many reminders. It was too much," Smith said. Smith´s wife was eight months pregnant with their first child and about to begin her maternity leave when terrorists detonated a truck bomb in the building´s parking garage
Rick Perry won’t even entertain the notion that Texas will ever again elect a Democrat in a statewide political contest. “The biggest pipe dream I have ever heard,” he told the Wall Street Journal this past weekend. Well, Democrats beg to differ. And they’re launching a new group today determined to make Perry’s “pipe dream” into every Republican’s worst political nightmare. The new Democratic organization, called “Battleground Texas,” is designed to make Texas a politically competitive state by reaching out to Texas women and mobilizing Latino, African American and other minority voters
John Kerry says his experience as the son of a Foreign Service officer -- living abroad in various cities in his formative years -- is helping him now that he´s secretary of state. He indicated that he thinks of himself "not just" as a U.S. citizen, but as a "citizen of the world." As a child, "I learned a lot about the dislocations, the packing up, the moving, saying goodbye to friends, meeting new friends, being in a foreign country," Kerry told the U.S. Embassy-London staff on Monday. "And that experience, I’ll tell you,
With the ice having melted at the famed Vanity Fair after-party, and Hollywood´s biggest winners likely still nursing celebratory hangovers, on Monday evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" reviewed the night that was in Hollywood, including the hosts more than 30 Red Carpet interviews. Although Piers Morgan did chat with everyone from Sally Field to Amy Adams, there was one stunning woman whom he wasn´t able to chat with: Michelle Obama. As the 85th Academy Awards drew to a close, the First Lady shocked viewers and celebrities alike, appearing from Washington, D.C. via satellite to crown "Argo" the year´s top film.
With just a few days left to convince Congress to avert the so-called sequester spending cuts, President Obama today travels to a part of the country where the cuts could hit the hardest: Virginia´s shipyards. Mr. Obama is visiting Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries in Newport News, Virginia. If the sequester goes into effect, it could have a direct and clear impact on Virginia´s shipbuilding industry -- the Navy would cancel the maintenance of 11 ships in Norfolk, according to the White House, and it would delay and defer other projects in the state.
Barack Obama is overplaying his hand in the latest manufactured crisis of his presidency, Sequestration, and may be alienating his most important constituency of all, the media. He and his advisors are heedless of the psychology of the media, who have been battered by downsizing and budget cuts far more draconian than the piddling 2.4% at issue in the Sequestration Crisis. The fantastical claims of apocalypse push a powerful emotional button the hearts of nearly everyone in the mainstream media. They have already made do with less.
Piers Morgan continued a discussion tonight that had been brewing all day Monday about the implications of First Lady Michelle Obama‘s surprise appearance at the Oscars. Morgan’s guest Donny Deutsch, who refers to himself as a “liberal,” went even further than Bill O’Reilly in sharing his distaste for what he referred to as the “uninvited guest.” Deutsch made the point that when someone in Michelle Obama’s position appears on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, as she also did last week, the viewer gets to make the choice to tune in or not.
LOS ANGELES - Singer Janet Jackson said on Monday that she married her Qatari businessman boyfriend last year, quashing media reports of upcoming nuptials. Jackson, 46, the younger sister of the late singer Michael Jackson, was engaged to billionaire Wissam Al Mana, 37, last year but kept the news under wraps. "The rumors regarding an extravagant wedding are simply not true. Last year we were married in a quiet, private, and beautiful ceremony," Jackson and Al Mana said in a statement to Entertainment Tonight. "Our wedding gifts to one another were contributions to our respective favorite children´s charities."
As she celebrates the third anniversary of her Let´s Move! initiative, first lady Michelle Obama told "Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts that the country is seeing real "movement" on the issue of childhood obesity. "We´ve really changed the conversation in this country. When we started, there were a lot of people in this country who would have never thought that childhood obesity was a health crisis. But now we´re starting to see some movement on this issue," the first lady told Roberts. "Our kids are eating better at school.
Comptroller John Liu has blasted a major city contractor for allegedly cheating taxpayers of $163 million — but that wasn’t enough to stop Liu’s office from quietly doing business with the same firm, The Post has learned. Liu excoriated the Bloomberg administration last year for allowing overbilling in its $2 billion-plus contract with Hewlett-Packard for the massive 911 call center project, and he recently threatened to reject future contracts with the company — all while quietly inking his own deal with HP. Two months after issuing a searing audit charging HP with $163 million in overbilling, Liu awarded the company
President Obama’s nominee to lead the Treasury Department, Jacob J. Lew, got a $685,000 severance payment when he left a top post at New York University in 2006 to take a job at Citigroup. The payment, which a university official acknowledged on Monday, is considered unusual by outside experts in benefits and raises questions about why a tax-exempt university would give a large exit bonus to an executive who was departing voluntarily. (Snip) He had typically earned $700,000 to $800,000 a year since his hiring in 2001, and sometimes more, according to the university’s tax records.