WASHINGTON — Illustrating his emerging role among Senate Republicans, Tennessee’s Bob Corker seemed anxious last week to take on the Democratic presidential ticket himself in a foreign policy debate. Before the dust had settled from Thursday night’s nationally televised skirmish between Vice President Joe Biden and GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, Corker pounced on Biden’s remarks about the recent slaying of four American diplomatic personnel in Libya. Not true, Corker charged about Biden’s statement that the Obama administration didn’t know almost
The article states, “Lugar is part of the foreign policy establishment and hasn’t challenged it for many years. Candidly, the committee has had very little influence recently.” Prior to that paragraph, the article says Corker does not have the samew `gravitas`, (I hate that word), as Lugar. Really, then why laud Lugar when he has done nothing?
They were the bearded stars that no one saw coming. Just over a year ago, few people outside the hunting industry had ever heard of duck call creators the Robertsons, but now the family and their show, is the most popular on television. Their huge success can be attributed to their unusual ways of dealing with problems and, of course, their glorious long long beards.The Robertson men - Si, his brother and founder of the Duck Commander company, Phil, and his two sons Willie and Jase - are renowned for their fully fledged men of the wilderness facial hair. But just
It´s the ultimate sweetheart deal for a free-spending federal government: Wednesday night´s debt deal didn´t actually raise the limit on America´s credit card, but instead removed it entirely until February 7, 2014. Whether through legislative sleight-of-hand or something less sinister, the law of the land now permits the U.S. to run up new debts for 16 weeks without consequences, and forbids the Treasury Department from enforcing the debt limit that ordinarily keeps spending from spiraling out of control. Some observers noted on Wednesday that when Congress burned the midnight oil to debate a deal that would save the U.S. from crashing
Hollywood action star and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been quietly lobbying key politicos for a legal loophole or a constitutional change that would clear the path for him to run for president in 2016. If allowed, Mr. Schwarzenegger would face off against Hillary Rodham Clinton, The New York Post reported. “Schwarzenegger has been talking openly about working on getting the constitutional rules changed so he can run for president in 2016,” a source said, The Post reported. “He is ready to file legal paperwork to challenge the rules.” The actor was born in Austria, making him ineligible to
As political debate continues to rage over President Barack Obama´s signature health care overhaul, the law already is reshaping health care in the most troubled communities in Chicago and its suburbs. Since 2010, Illinois health clinics have received more than $50 million in development grants under the Affordable Care Act to build new facilities, expand operations, modernize equipment and improve the overall quality of care for the state´s poor and uninsured. The money has sparked a building boom for health centers across the region and is ushering in a new era of competition to care for the growing pool of
Nearly three years after IBM´s Watson routed "Jeopardy!" quiz show champions, the supercomputer has come to Houston to assist in the war on cancer. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center plans to announce Friday that it has contracted with IBM to tap the supercomputer´s brainpower as part of its Moon Shots program, now in its second year, to dramatically reduce the death rates of eight difficult cancers. "This has the ability to revolutionize care of cancer patients, clinically and through research," said Dr. Courtney DiNardo, an M.D. Anderson professor of leukemia and one of the project leaders. "It´s the ultimate in personalized
The blame game begins, and the usual suspects are shooting into their own ranks. If you think you can’t hit your own feet, you aim at the toes of someone else. The Democrats have put their nasties on hold, better to celebrate their victory. Only yesterday, the Democrats in Congress were elbowing each other away from the microphones to see whose fangs could squirt the most poisonous venom. Barbara Boxer called the Republicans “domestic abusers.” Nancy Pelosi, having misplaced her meds, shouted “anarchist” and “bomb throwers” and “hijackers” at the likes of Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. Harry Reid said the
ELLISVILLE -- Second-term state Sen. Chris McDaniel said Thursday that he´s running for the U.S. Senate in 2014, a decision that likely pits him against longtime incumbent Thad Cochran in the Republican primary. Cochran turns 76 in December and is expected to announce late this year whether he´ll seek re-election to the Senate seat he first won in 1978. He has been raising money. Records filed this week show Cochran has $803,907 in campaign cash on hand. McDaniel, 41, announced his intentions during a speech on the courthouse lawn in his hometown of Ellisville. McDaniel mentioned Cochran briefly during his 20-minute
Fox News political analyst Brit Hume conceded that Republicans that grew the federal government while they were in power the last decade may have ultimately been responsible for the recent standoff over the budget because their actions helped create the Tea Party that now stands fiercely opposed to their goals. On Monday´s Special Report with Bret Baier on Fox News, Hume lamented that "veteran political observers on both the left and right are still trying to figure out what the House Tea Party caucus" and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) were thinking "when they insisted on using the threat of a government
WASHINGTON- Republican Senator Ted Cruz, a conservative whose defiant stand against Obamacare helped prompt the U.S. government shutdown, has blocked the Senate from voting on the nomination of Tom Wheeler to be Federal Communications Commission chairman. The Senate was scheduled to vote on Wheeler, a Democrat and telecom industry veteran, late on Wednesday. Cruz held up the vote over questions about the FCC´s power to enforce disclosures of who sponsors political television advertising. "The Senator is holding the nominee until he gets answers to his questions regarding Mr. Wheeler´s views on whether the FCC has the authority or intent to
Pushing back against criticisms that´s it´s a "kickback" for Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, business leaders in Western Kentucky are defending efforts to pay for the Olmsted Dam and Lock in the bill ending the government shutdown. The language in the McConnell-Reid deal increased the funding cap on the project from $775 million to $2.9 billion, which conservative critics blasted as a so-called "Kentucky Kickback" earmark. But those looking out for the region´s economic interests say upgrading Olmsted and other U.S. dams is just as important as maintaining America´s roads and bridges.
A day after Cory Booker became New Jersey´s senator-elect, the outsize role he could play in Washington and Democratic Party politics began to become clear on Thursday. A spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee said Mr. Booker—fresh off a victory over a conservative opponent—could be asked to raise money and stump for Democrats running against tea-party candidates. The Newark mayor appeared with Republican Gov. Chris Christie and pledged to cut through Washington´s partisan rancor. And advice started pouring in for the first black senator from New Jersey and only the fourth popularly elected in the nation´s history.
Our objective-unbiased, not-at-all-liberal media are now in two modes: Openly celebrating Obama´s shutdown victory over the GOP and planting seeds of recrimination that they hope will bear fruit through the 2014 elections. Context is important…There is no question that, from a purely partisan point of view, Obama won. But it is what he won that an objective media would not celebrate. And the media are not only celebrating, they are celebrating in a partisan way as though Obama was 100% right and his cause 100% righteous. Except…We still have a $17 trillion debt that will now be dismissed; ObamaCare is
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday admitted defeat in the fiscal debate that resulted in the government shutdown and pushed the nation toward a default, saying it was a "good fight." (Snip) But blocking the bipartisan agreement reached today by the members of the Senate will not be a tactic for us," he added. "In addition to the risk of default, doing so would open the door for the Democratic majority in Washington to raise taxes again on the American people and undo the spending caps in the 2011 Budget Control Act without replacing them with better spending cuts."
In a bookend of sorts to his 21-hour “filibuster” against the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) spoke for just under 10 minutes Wednesday evening in opposition to an imminent Senate vote that would reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling to avoid default. Cruz denounced the Senate deal as “terrible,” saying it will do nothing to help the “millions of Americans who are hurting because of Obamacare.” Speaking for the “American people,” Cruz said the Senate deal “embodies everything that frustrates” them about the “Washington establishment.” The majority of the speech centered around Cruz’s opposition to the health
On CNN’s “New Day” on Wednesday, Robert Redford said congressional criticism of President Barack Obama is racially motivated. “Don’t get me started on that,” the left-leaning actor said when asked about political gridlock in Washington, D.C. “What I wanted to see [in Obama´s second term] is turning out to be a bit of a dream that never came true. I don’t envy [Obama´s] position. I think he is a good man. I think he is an intelligent man, a compassionate man who can’t function in that environment. That environment — it is so decrepit. It is so paralyzed. And the worst
Rep. Peter King thinks Republicans in the House could have bargained for much more than they´re getting in a pending Senate deal, if only the House had kept the government open in September and focused on negotiations over the federal debt limit. "Instead we look like the crazies," King, a Republican from Long Island, told me this afternoon from Washington. "Shutting down the government, throwing barricades against the White House, and having Ted Cruz reading Dr. Seuss, this is like the theater of the absurd. Except that it´s serious."
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) says he hopes the House “will get some adult supervision from the Senate” to achieve a debt ceiling deal. (Snip)King said he would vote for that deal, and blames Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for this fiscal mess. “Ted Cruz has been a total fraud from the start,” King said. “It never could have succeeded. I can’t imagine going into battle knowing you can’t win and continue telling your people you are winning. It’s Never Never Land, parallel universes, whatever you want to call it.” Congress, King added, will be back in the same boat in three to four
The White House set low expectations for the Affordable Care Act´s October 1 debut, so anything remotely competent should have seemed like a success. But three weeks on, the catastrophe that is Healthcare.gov and the 36 insurance exchanges run by the federal government is an insult to the "glitches" President Obama said were inevitable. This isn´t some coding error, or even the Health and Human Service Department´s usual incompetence. The failures that have all but disabled ObamaCare are the result of deliberate political choices, which HHS and the White House are compounding with secrecy and stonewalling. *** The health industry and low-level Administration
The deal reached by Congress on Wednesday to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling averts a financial catastrophe but leaves the weakened U.S. economy facing new threats. The agreement will send about 450,000 federal employees back to work and restart paychecks for the 1.3 million employees who stayed on the job during the shutdown. Getting those salaries back in circulation will help economic growth, particularly in the Washington area. More important, the threat of a default on the national debt has been avoided, along with the recession and financial crisis that may have accompanied a failure to
Grover Norquist isn’t happy with the Defunders. The Americans for Tax Reform president told reporters today that they have a lot of apologies to make and bridges to re-build. “It’d be a good idea if they stopped referring to other Republicans as Hitler appeasers because they opposed the strategy they put forward which failed,” Norquist says. “I think if you make a mistake as big as what they did, you owe your fellow senators and congressmen a big apology — and your constituents, as well, because nothing they did advanced the cause of repealing or dismantling Obamacare.” Norquist refrained from naming the
The bipartisan deal to reopen the government and temporarily lift the debt ceiling includes one small Obamacare element -- a provision that says people´s incomes must be verified before they can get Obamacare subsidies to help pay their insurance premiums. But this was not a concession to Republicans, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told CNN´s Jake Tapper on Wednesday. "It´s, you know, it is, frankly, a bit of a fig leaf, which we were happy to give, but that was not a negotiation. That was not what Ted Cruz and the others started to demand that we give them." [Video] Schumer noted
Call it the “Animal House” shutdown. At the end of that seminal American comedy about a rowdy fraternity, the charismatic Otter makes an impassioned speech to his fellows about their enemies on campus: “We gotta take these bastards. Now we could do it with conventional weapons, but that could take years and cost millions of lives. No, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part!” To which his friend Bluto replies, “We’re just the guys to do it.” Congratulations, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, the two
Healthcare.gov, the web site for Obamacare, is the crown jewel of the American welfare state and President Obama´s signature domestic policy achievement. Hundreds of millions of Americans will use Healthcare.gov every day for decades to come if the site ever functions properly and Obamacare becomes as permanent a feature of American life as Social Security. Yes, we can! So, if you were picking the IT firm to design Healthcare.gov, you would spare no effort to make sure every potential bidder knew about the opportunity, that the integrity of the bid selection process was beyond question, and that the company most likely to create
A Portland, Oregon man urinated in a Mt. Tabor reservoir Wednesday causing the city to take its critical water supply off line and dump millions in gallons of water. [Snip] officials saw five people throwing objects into the reservoir, while one person began to urinate into it [Snip] David Shaff, said that because of this incident, roughly 7.8 million gallons of drinking water will be discarded. He said the bureau often finds dead animals in the same drinking supply but the water isn’t dumped. “This is different,” Shaff told the newspaper. “Do you want to drink pee?"