Wednesday night, in the aftermath of the blow-up regarding the White House’s email to Bob Woodward suggesting he would "regret" his reporting of sequestration, White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe took to twitter to bash Woodward as a past-his-prime hack: That, of course, is the same theme that the entire Obama-supporting media from BuzzFeed to Slate suggested. The White House-coordinated media sure knows its cues.
You may have noticed in the news recently that the folks we just sent to Washington to do the people´s business, aren´t. In fact, lead from behind by President Obama, they´re not doing much of anything except trying to dodge blame for not getting much of anything done. You may recall the "fiscal cliff" we were driving over not so long ago. Now, there´s "sequestration," which has to do with -- read this carefully now -- mandatory cuts of future increases in federal spending.
Two corporate-style jets that the FBI persuaded Congress to lease for fighting global terrorism have instead been used the majority of the time to ferry Attorney General Eric Holder, his predecessor in the Bush administration and FBI Director Robert Mueller on business and personal trips at an expense of millions of dollars to taxpayers, an investigation has found. The bureau´s state-the-art, sleek Gulfstream V jets logged 60 percent of their hours between 2007 and 2011 on "non-mission flights" that cost taxpayers $11.4 million, according to an investigation
The feds say Sarah Palin is firing blanks with her claim that the government is “stockpiling bullets” for potential civil unrest in case the country defaults on its loans. While government agencies are, in fact, purchasing large amounts of ammunition, they are doing so for training exercises and shooting ranges, according to federal officials. The Washington Post last month summed up the Department of Homeland Security’s buying of more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition for training with an article headlined, “Not so sinister: Homeland Security is stockpiling ammo for target practice.” And last summer, the Social Security Administration’s Office
Lanny Davis, who served under President Bill Clinton as special counsel to the White House, told Washington, D.C.´s WMAL this morning that the Obama White House had threatened the Washington Times over his column, warning that the Times would suffer limited access to White House officials and might have its White House credentials revoked. Davis, a centrist Democrat, is sometimes critical of the Obama administration´s policies. Davis was speaking with Breitbart News editor Larry O´Connor, who co-hosts a morning show on WMAL. Davis said he had never spoken publicly about the threats before, but they seemed relevant
John McCain and Lindsey Graham were almost giddy when they emerged from a White House meeting on immigration reform on Tuesday. The Senate duo insist President Obama understands Republican concerns about border security as critical to getting immigration legislation through Congress. “It’s one of the best meetings I’ve ever had with the president,” gushed Mr. Graham, South Carolina Republican, one of the four Republican senators in the bipartisan Gang of Eight looking to craft an immigration-reform bill. “I think the president’s very sincere in wanting a bill, and wanted to know what he could do to help.”
This year, Hollywood hit award pay dirt for political dramas inspired by American history. Unlike “The Avengers” — the top-grossing superhero movie — best-picture nominees “Argo,” “Lincoln” and “Zero Dark Thirty” featured authentic, determined and courageous Americans who endured adversity and mortal danger to overcome morally inferior antagonists. Though we´re living through the umpteenth act of a gory political spectacle involving the U.S. budget, Think Again if you expect that Quentin Tarantino will adapt it for the silver screen. Devoid of heroes or valiant rescues, the drama serially unfolding in Washington isn´t even telenovela-worthy, particularly the latest installment known as the
Never let it be said that President Obama has failed to spend time with Republican leaders in seeking an alternative to automatic budget cuts that are due to hit most federal departments Friday. On Wednesday, for example, the president gave GOP lawmakers as much as seven minutes, a rare face-to-face encounter that the White House described as a “meeting.” The White House’s characterization of this momentary huddle at the Capitol as a meeting illuminates Mr. Obama’s strategy in dealing with Republicans on the budget cuts and other fiscal deadlines. With speeches and other staged events, the president has tried
The White House official whom Bob Woodward charged had crosssed a line by saying he would "regret" printing his version of a set of Washington negotiations was Gene Sperling, the director of the White House Economic Council, a source familiar with the exchange told BuzzFeed Wednesday. The email from Sperling to Woodward, which Woodward read to Politico Wednesday, has transfixed Washington, with Republicans and some in the press charging that it embodies a White House lording it over a cowed press corps. Woodward, Politico reported, called the top official — identified to BuzzFeed
Benito Mussolini is one of history´s most reviled men. He was also a socialist. Mussolini began as a socialist;. Alessandro Mussolini, his father, preached a revolutionary socialism of Italian nationalism, anarchism, socialism, and communism. Alessandro had a great influence on Benito, and shaped his early political views. But in later years Benito determined that socialism was a failure because it did not recognize nationalism and natural inferiority. These revelations led to his expulsion from the socialist party and his rebirth as a fascist. In an effort to evade military service, Mussolini fled to Switzerland in 1902,
Given the recent developments in the tension between Bob Woodward and the White House, Joe Scarborough was especially excited to discuss the story. Finding the whole ordeal “fascinating,” the panel largely agreed that Woodward is the wrong journalist to mess with — with Scarborough recalling his own past threat from the White House.(Snip)“Where do these people come from?” Scarborough asked, as Mika Brzezinski noted, “As least they talk to the press and are not afraid.” But these types of spats happen with every White House, he added. For their part, a White House official responded, saying the email
MISHAWAKA — Police are investigating an incident at the local office of U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski in which an employee working the front desk said a man came in and showed a picture of a gun with a message underneath. The employee told police a man entered the office at 202 Lincoln Way E. on Tuesday and showed him a piece of paper that depicted a semi-automatic handgun, according to a Mishawaka police report.
The Morning Joe panel was tough today on the Obama White House for threatening Bob Woodward by telling him he would "regret" his reporting that it was the Obama administration that had devised the sequester, In the course of the opening segment, various panel members described the Obama White House response as "mickey mouse," "pathetic" and "childish." But at the same time, a theme emerged that there was nothing unusual about a White House trying to intimidate reporters. Mark Halperin said "the Bush White House regularly would engage in the same kind of tactics." And Joe Scarborough and An
Never underestimate the White House’s ability to mislead voters or the willingness of lefty pundits and mainstream media journalists (some overlap there) to be misled. The New York Times reports: President Obama’s team concedes that the almost certain arrival of across-the-board budget cuts on Friday will not immediately produce the politically dramatic layoffs and airport delays that the administration has been warning about for days. But White House strategists say they believe that a constant drip-drip-drip of bad news will slowly emerge in Congressional districts across the country in the weeks ahead, generating negative headlines
New Yorkers lie through their teeth in online dating profiles, fibbing about physical stature, race, wealth — and even pregnancy, a new study found. In one case, a woman from Long Island claimed to be her more-attractive sibling, said Whatsyourprice.com spokeswoman Jennifer Gwynn, whose company surveyed members across the country. “She gained weight after pregnancy — so she uses her skinny twin’s photo to get dates,” Gwynn said. Other female fibbers simply failed to mention crucial facts, like the gal who claimed to be a 115-pound beauty, then showed up in her second trimester — without even hinting she was pregnant.
A nine-foot bronze statue of the civil rights icon and Alabama native, Rosa Parks was unveiled in the U.S. Capitol building yesterday. President Obama spoke at the dedication ceremony rightly asserting that Parks´ activism began long before she was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white man in 1955. In fact, according to Professor Robin D.G. Kelley, who has written on the Communist Party´s involvement in the early days of the civil rights movement in Alabama, Parks and her husband were regular attendees at communist meetings in the 1930´s.
Rome - The United States will provide an additional $60 million in assistance to the Syrian opposition over the coming months, Secretary of State John Kerry announced Thursday. Kerry announced the aid after he met with Syria´s national opposition coalition leader, Moaz Al-Khatib, in Rome. The funds will enable the opposition coalition help local councils and communities in liberated areas expand the delivery of basic goods and essential services. They will also help with administrative functions, including security, sanitation and educational services.
Greece is reportedly facing a severe shortage of medicine, with pharmaceutical companies reluctant to ship drugs to the country due to low profits and unpaid debts. Greece´s hospitals and social insurance funds owe around £1.6bn to various pharmaceutical companies, with £434m expected to be paid this month. The country´s pharmaceutical drugs are said to be priced around 20 percent lower than the next lowest prices in Europe. Under EU trade legislation, it is legal for Greek wholesalers and pharmacists to sell the medicines on to wholesalers in other countries. There are fears in the pharmaceutical industry that middlemen are exploiting
There is a real possibility, a strong likelihood, that President Obama knows nothing of the nuts and bolts, the details and realities of the positions he promotes. He rides the Starship Air Force One, thrills adolescent crowds and frames himself with federal employees while orating vapid clichés dowsed in demagoguery. He drives the fancy car but needs help filling it with gas and couldn´t point to the air filter if you popped the hood. Imagery sans leadership. Celebrity is the accomplishment here
The Mayflower Madam opened the door to her New York apartment. Inside, it was clearly more Mayflower than madam. Old family heirlooms include an inlaid mahogany secretary, two 18th-century family portraits of children and a Dresden clock. The former debutante Sydney Biddle Barrows, a scion of Philadelphia’s aristocratic Biddle family, has called this rent-controlled, $1,800-a-month, three-room Upper West Side apartment home since before her 1984 arrest for running a pricey prostitution service.
The announcement by Pope Benedict XVI that he will be “retiring” as of the end of February does not signal the end of his influence. Pope’s aren’t presidents. Their influence does not end with their pontificate, as a president’s does with the end of his term. Their pontificates ensure their legacies to the Church. (snip) He is leaving us a warning. In the West, and now especially in the U.S., the state is increasingly pushing a secular agenda, and pushing that agenda through means pushing the Church out. The threat to religious liberty is very, very real.
Rush Limbaugh said that for the first time he was ashamed of his country and his words made the top Drudge headline and generated a ton of comments from talking heads in Washington. ´Ashamed´ isn´t the word I´d use but I share Limbaugh´s frustration with the endless lies told by members of both parties so that nothing ever changes but I believe he´s being disingenuous. We´ve never been fooled by the lies the politicians throw at us. Rush is just too polite to say is that he´s confounded by the stupidity of the American people who do fall for them.
Being on Scott Rasmussen’s email Daily Update report is a sure way to develop a love/hate/total exasperation relationship with that alternately wise and frivolous, savvy and ignorant, shape-changer known to pollsters as the American likely voter. Our Scott has racked up a good enough record of calling elections correctly, as to the winners and the spreads, that his numbers likely do reflect the universes he attempts to measure. He’s no amateur or partisan. Though when his numbers reflect favorably on conservative candidates or causes, folks on the left accuse him of being a Republican hack.
The number of people heading to Britain, less the number leaving, dropped significantly by 84,000 to 163,000 in the year to June, fuelled by a 17% drop in the number of foreign students arriving. Immigration to the UK fell from 589,000 to 515,000, its lowest since 2003, official figures from the Office for National Statistics showed. Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May have pledged to reduce net migration to below 100,000 before the next election in 2015 and have brought in a number of measures to crack down on bogus students.
For the last 156 years the Britannia Coconut Dancers have blackened their faces and donned skirts for their annual dance through the Lancashire town of Bacup to ward off evil spirits in a tradition recalling the area’s mining history. But the group, which has raised money for local charities and appeared in a string of television shows, ran into problems when Rossendale Council in Lancashire ordered it to pay £1,600 towards new safety measures. Failure to pay would result in the cancellation of their Easter Saturday parade event, they were told. Council officials asked the troupe to pay £600