On Feb. 26, Vice President Joe Biden met with retired military officials, among them retired Brig. Gen. Stephen Xenakis, to recruit help in pushing an "assault weapons" ban, a "high capacity" magazine ban, and universal background checks. Xenakis, a former Army physician, is well groomed for the role Biden asked him to play. He has already done a spot for NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg´s Mayors Against Illegal Guns, in which "he asked the public to ´demand a plan´ from Congress." According to Xenakis: The vice president understands that when it comes to communicating with credibility on
Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit on February 14, 2013, against the Obama Administration’s Office of the Director of National Intelligence seeking records that could shed light on what Obama administration officials knew about the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi and when they knew it. Specifically, Judicial Watch seeks a controversial “speaking points” memo that seems to suggest that intelligence officials believed from the outset that al Qaeda was behind the attack, despite public statements to the contrary issued by Obama administration officials,
They are finally going to have a meeting. A congressional source with direct knowledge of the plans tells me the top four congressional leaders – John Boehner, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell – will meet with President Obama at the White House Friday to attempt to negotiate a way to avoid the spending cuts that both sides have said should be avoided. This meeting – the first one the president has had with Republican leaders to talk about the across-the-board cuts known as the sequester – will come after the cuts actually go into effect (midnight Thursday).
Yesterday, Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) attended a private meeting with President Barack Obama on the subject of immigration reform. They emerged all smiles: "It´s one of the best meetings I´ve ever had with the president," Graham said. President Obama "understands the parameters of what we´re dealing with," said McCain. Both senators are supporters of immigration reform efforts now under way in the Senate. Those efforts themselves are the product of separate negotiations outside "regular order" in the Senate. A group called the "Gang of Eight," which includes both McCain and Graham,
Friday´s historic return of William Barret Travis´ “victory or death” letter to the Alamo is seen by some as a rebirth for the state shrine — a new way to remember the Alamo. What it could mean is more signs and better displays, storytelling and narration; holistic approaches to the site´s evolution from a Spanish mission to 1836 battle site and U.S. Army depot; and reverence befitting an American Indian burial ground. Despite being celebrated in movies and books as a symbol of freedom, where nearly 200 Texian rebels died as martyrs for independence,
During her interview with the Tom Joyner Morning Show yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama was asked if she recognized her legacy – particularly during Black History Month. The First Lady explained that she thinks about it more often since beginning her second term, but added that it is difficult because she is so busy. “It’s hard to get that time to reflect on that,” Michelle Obama admitted. “Just, honestly because the days just fly by, you know. So I’m trying to be more proactive about thinking about that legacy.” The First Lady explained that she
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has now moved from banning large soft drinks and salty soups in his own city to electing his preferred candidate in a special House election in Chicago. Robin Kelly, a former Illinois state representative, won a crowded Second District Democrat primary Tuesday to fill the seat of the latest Chicago politician to face a few years residency in a federal penitentiary, Jesse Jackson Jr. Winning the Democrat primary in that district, which includes part of Chicago´s South Side where Barack Obama used to live, is tantamount to victory in the special election April 9.
"While liberals pursue their impossible dream of eliminating murder weapons, we should be setting about the very practical, effectual, and constitutional task of eliminating murderers." (snip) tie the left´s relentless campaigns for gun control and against the death penalty together as twin threats to both the liberty and the safety of the American people. Then fight on both fronts simultaneously. Argue not only that gun control is worse than useless in solving the problem of criminal violence, but that capital punishment can be exactly the "commonsense solution" to that problem
Live on Sean Hannity’s Fox News Channel show on Tuesday night, Minnesota Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison ripped into Hannity for airing a video of President Barack Obama’s remarks on the sequester to the tune of the “Carmina Burana” overture “O Fortuna” by Carl Orff. HANNITY: Congressman, welcome back, sir. ELLISON: You bet. HANNITY: I guess that’s what we can describe as staying on message, something the Democratic Party I would argue is very good at. ELLISON: You’re pretty good at it, too. HANNITY: Thank you.
Recently, the White House released a photo of the president shooting skeet. But where´s the snap of him fishing for bass? Apparently the White House felt compelled to portray Obama as a marksman in light of the widespread pushback over the administration´s gun control agenda but felt no urgency to defend the prospect of the EPA´s potential regulation of lead in fishing weights. Yet the agency seriously entertained just such a ban last year. What´s next? The lead in barbells?
If you’ve followed the drawn-out saga surrounding John Brennan’s nomination to be CIA director—with all the questions it has raised about drones and targeting of American citizens—you may have noticed something odd: one of the Senate’s longtime liberals, Ron Wyden of Oregon, has appeared to be very much on the same page as Rand Paul of Kentucky, arguably the most ardent Tea Partier on Capitol Hill. It turns out this isn’t just a fleeting alliance. For some time now, Wyden and Paul—along with two other senators, Republican Mike Lee of Utah and Democrat Mark Udall
Phil Henderson is at a tipping point. His small business, Henderson Properties in Charlotte, has 48 employees and seven job openings. But he’s considering a hiring freeze.Phil Henderson is at a tipping point. His small business, Henderson Properties in Charlotte, has 48 employees and seven job openings. But he’s considering a hiring freeze. The growing company, which handles property management, maintenance and real estate sales, could use the extra hands, Henderson says. But if he hires two more employees, he’ll reach the 50-employee threshold that requires small business owners to comply with President Barack Obama’s new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Texas, led by Rick Perry, according to Forbes Magazine, absolutely dominates the top ten list of the best cities for new jobs. Texas is so dominant that the five of the top six cities listed were Texan: Dallas was first, Houston second, Austin third, and Fort Worth fourth, Seattle was fifth, closely followed by San Antonio. The methodology Forbes used was based on statistics from Moody’s Analytics regarding the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the country. The data was collated and ranked on three criteria:
From the midweek edition of the Morning Jolt: You Can’t Community-Organize Your Way Out of a Sequester You’re familiar with the notion of the Hedgehog and the Fox, right? “The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing”? Hardball producer Michael LaRossa marvels, “Only in America can a President propose a law, get it passed, and then actively campaign against implementing it.” Yes, instead of spending time in Washington, with all of the members of Congress who could pass something to replace the sequester, Obama went to Newport News to hold a campaign-style event shouting about
It’s time for first lady Michelle Obama to raise her game. Nothing wrong with telling kids to eat their peas or showing them how to Hula-Hoop. But after four years of focusing on the body, she’d do well to spend these next four on building strong minds. Especially girls’. “If I had the first lady’s ear, I’d say talk more about the kind of education that women and girls — girls of color, in particular — will need to make it in a global economy,” said Avis Jones-DeWeever,
Two lawmakers in Massachusetts are fighting to reverse a 2009 legislative initiative mandating body mass index (BMI) screenings in public schools in order to end the practice of "fat letters" being sent to the homes of overweight or obese children. The BMI notification letters, which are sent to all families with children in the Massachusetts public school system, note that the measurement on the page "may not tell the whole story about your child´s weight," as BMI "cannot tell the difference between muscle and fat." Many parents have complained, the North Andover Patch reports,
A baby who was found dumped in the street in a Walmart plastic bag last week has now been released from hospital, as authorities continue to search for her family. The newborn, named Chloe by hospital staff in Houston, Texas, is now a week old and even has her first tooth - which she showed off to photographers as she smiled for cameras on Monday. She was found outside an apartment complex on Tuesday last week after a woman´s dog picked up on a scent and led her to a bag, where she made the startling discovery.
Last Sunday, the Washington Post’s ombudsman casually revealed that the official policy of reporters at the paper is to treat opponents of gay marriage as the moral equivalent of racists. Addressing the complaint that the paper is a propaganda sheet for gay activists, ombudsman Patrick Pexton disclosed an e-mail exchange between a reader and a Post reporter. The reader had asked the reporter why the paper covers the gay marriage debate so one-sidedly. “The reason that legitimate media outlets routinely cover gays is because it is the civil rights issue of our time.
Over at Instapundit, Glenn Reynolds links to a typically perceptive column by Joel Kotkin about the explosive economic growth in regions dominated by red states, which are now attracting migrants from the failed blue states, and then offers this observation: The danger, of course, is that these immigrants will bring the same toxic blue-state politics with them that produced the disasters they’re fleeing. Someone should set up a sort of Welcome Wagon — an education program for these immigrants that will encourage them to appreciate the policy and cultural differences that led to the prosperity that’s attracted them.
In John Eastwood´s subterranean lab at York University in Ontario, Canada, young adults sit watching video clips: They are part of a test to see just how deeply bored they can get. Dr. Eastwood, a Canadian psychology professor, is one of a growing number of researchers in what is becoming an exciting field of inquiry: boredom studies. The young adults in his lab watch dry instructional videos all in an effort to help researchers understand how we experience boredom, what causes it, and eventually, how to relieve it.
Seven months after hosting a private $35,800-a-plate fundraiser for President Barack Obama at his home in The Dominion, nationally recognized plaintiff´s lawyer and Democratic Party stalwart Mikal C. Watts finds himself under federal investigation over the legitimacy of his client list in a case stemming from the 2010 BP oil spill. Earlier this month, Secret Service agents, who not only protect the president but investigate cases of fraud, counterfeiting and identity theft, served search warrants at Watts´ two law offices on the Northwest Side, the San Antonio Express-News has confirmed with federal officials and Watts´ attorney.
When Stephanie Van Pelt needed to care for her son after surgery, her company gave her the option to work from home. "They didn´t lose my productivity," Van Pelt posted on Google+. "They gained an intensely loyal, hard-working employee that was so pleased with not having to take (time) off." Van Pelt was weighing in on the recent news that Yahoo is ending its work-from-home policy. The change, announced Monday by Yahoo human resources chief Jackie Reses, is expected to affect hundreds of employees. It is one of many changes CEO Marissa Mayer
The Manchester-born singer, an outspoken animal rights campaigner, claimed he could not perform next to people who "amount to animal serial killers". The former Smiths frontman was due to appear on ABC´s late-night Jimmy Kimmel Live with the cast of US reality series Duck Dynasty. The show follows the lives of the Robertson family from Louisiana, whose family business makes equipment for duck-hunting. But feathers flew when Morrissey, 53, realised the identity of his fellow guests and immediately cancelled his appearance. "Morrissey is thankful for being invited to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live," his spokesman said today in a statement.
On Tuesday, Sen. Jeff Sessions touted a government report that blew a $6.2 trillion hole in President Obama´s promise that his signature health reform wouldn´t add a dime to the deficit. According to the report by the Government Accountability Office, that promise rested entirely on several cost-control mechanisms in ObamaCare that almost no one thinks will work. [snip] Still, bad as this $6.2 trillion deficit boost is, the real figure is likely to be much higher, since the GAO is still being far too optimistic about the rest of ObamaCare. Here are five big assumptions the GAO makes...