BEIJING — An explosive story about the massive wealth accumulated by the family of Prime Minister Wen Jiabao prompted the Chinese government to block the Web site of the New York Times early Friday morning, just days before a sensitive, once-in-a- decade transition of power from Wen and others to a new generation of leaders. The article says that assets controlled by Wen’s family are worth at least $2.7 billion, a shocking figure even in a country where government corruption is rampant and popular resentment against the elite has increased in recent years. The scandal also complicates
That they blocked Obama.com is no surprise. They have to have a economically strong America to sell to. They are a near-slave labor, export based economy. The stability of China depends on keeping 90% of the country poor but too busy working to have the wherewithal to revolt. When the factories shut down because America isn't buying? 900,000,000 very angry, hungry Chinese with time on their hands.
Nearly 40 House Democrats defied President Obama and helped the Republican majority pass a bill Friday that lets Americans keep, for one year, health plans that do not comply with Obamacare. The defections from 39 members of Mr. Obama’s party highlighted the pressure on Congress to help people who lost coverage because of the president’s signature law, as balky websites keep a veil over alternative plans and pressure mounts on the Democrat-led Senate to forge a remedy.
At best, President Obama´s proposed healthcare “fix” offers political protection for vulnerable lawmakers. That´s because beyond giving insurance companies permission to continue offering individual healthcare plans that don´t comply with the Affordable Care Act, the president´s fix doesn´t compel anyone to do anything. So why even propose such a fix, and especially a remedy that, according insurance experts, could lead to more expensive premiums for the people the fix is supposed to help? As Kaiser Family Foundation vice president Larry Levitt explained to Yahoo News the best "fix" supporters of the Affordable Care Act could offer is to simply let the
This week, once again, Sen. David Vitter did not get his way. On Wednesday, in a speech on a near-empty Senate floor, Vitter (R-La.) returned to a lonely quest that has obsessed him since September. He is unhappy — very unhappy — with the health insurance plans available to Congress’s staff. The problem, Vitter says, is that those plans are too good. Under the president’s health-care law, Congress and much of its staff are supposed to lose their old health plans and instead buy coverage on the “exchanges” set up for individual Americans. But Vitter says that they are slated to get
KELLY: Well, I met Pope Benedict at a special meeting here at the NYPD. It wasn’t that we had an in-depth conversation, but there’s just an aura about him that was impressive. I felt I was in the presence of a superperson. I’ve always been impressed with President Clinton—one of the smartest people I ever met and worked with. He has the ability to break down the most complex issues into digestible concepts. Hillary Clinton as well. She can speak on virtually any subject. PLAYBOY: Do you think she would make a good president? KELLY: I think she’d make a good anything. PLAYBOY:
How Shira Scheindlin must wish she’d been simply overruled. Because in staying her decision on stop-and-frisk, and now shooting down her claim to a constitutional right to preside over this case, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has done more than correct her legal argument. In essence, the three-judge panel is saying this: We’re taking this case away from Judge Scheindlin because it’s reasonable for people to question her fairness. That’s humiliating for Scheindlin. But it’s also embarrassing for all those complicit in her stop-and-frisk circus: the newspaper that egged her on, the civil-rights groups that took her advice
In a Friday editorial mainly taking aim at President Obama and Democrat lawmakers, The Washington Examiner´s Byron York argues that the wave of millions of insurance cancellations were in fact not a surprise for many who are now claiming it was. They knew, knowingly lied and they were not the only ones. York points out that "sympathetic journalists" also knew what was coming and remained silent: All during the debate, Democratic officeholders, aides, policy wonks, advocates and sympathetic journalists all knew coverage cancellations would be coming as part of Obamacare. Of course, the president knew, too. When Obama made the keep-your-coverage
Ex-Mayor Rudy Giuliani this week pushed his way into the pending lawsuit over the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk tactic, taking shots at the judge who presided over the case. The appeals court threw Manhattan Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin off the case, claiming her behavior implied a bias against the city. Scheindlin had ruled the NYPD routinely violated the rights of thousands of black and Latino New Yorkers through unconstitutional street stops. The appeals court put her ruling on hold and tossed her off the case. Giuliani said as a “friend of the court” he could try and keep the appeal alive after Mayor-elect Bill de
WASHINGTON — President Obama, trying to quell a growing furor over the rollout of his health care law, bowed to bipartisan pressure on Thursday and announced a policy reversal that would allow insurance companies to temporarily keep people on health plans that were to be canceled under the new law because they did not meet minimum standards. The decision to allow the policies to remain in effect for a year without penalties represented the Obama administration’s hurriedly developed effort to address one of the major complaints about the beleaguered health care law. It seemed for the moment to calm rising
Outgoing NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly thinks Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is “full of s---.” The veteran cop dumped on de Blasio during a wide-ranging Playboy magazine interview as he approaches the end of his run as the city’s longest-serving police commissioner. Kelly accused de Blasio and his fellow Democratic mayoral hopefuls of pandering for votes this fall by attacking the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk tactic. Reporter Glenn Plaskin asked the commissioner, “Do you think they were just full of s---?” “Absolutely,” replied Kelly. “It just goes to show you what some politicians will do,” he said, expanding on his gripe. “They’ll say
Watching President Obama’s press conference Thursday, I almost started humming the old ditty “The Farmer in the Dell” because all I could think was: “The cheese stands alone.” The president did his level best to explain that he was as in the dark as anybody about the problems with his signature legislation. He explained that he was not “informed directly” that the Healthcare.gov website was about as ready to run as a three-legged horse at the Preakness Stakes. Apparently, the old saw that the “buck stops” with the president never took into account the possibility that the buck could get lost
Vice Chairman Yellen’s testimony before the Senate this morning moves us to oppose her confirmation to succeed Chairman Bernanke at the Federal Reserve. We don’t mind saying it’s an odd position for us, since we have great regard for her capacity as a forecaster, her character, and her comportment. She displays none of condescension that Mr. Bernanke so often allowed to show (we once expressed surprise that he wasn’t held in contempt). What transports us into the opposition is Mrs. Yellen’s truculence on the issue of auditing the Fed. This came into view after a discussion of the central bank’s regulatory
I am, I think it’s fair to say, the only person among my friends and classmates who, as a child growing up, was awakened for school not by an alarm clock or a yell but by a gentle song often sung in German. Unusual, I know, but that was my Mom. Inge Wehner felt like her children deserved to start the day with tenderness, a smile, easing their way into the world. No loud, discordant alarm clock for her kids. For her each morning was a beautiful morning, each day a beautiful day. My siblings all have a similar story to
Is the president’s Obamacare “fix” part of the Obama administration’s pattern of deceit or a product of its frequent delusion?A cursory discussion with almost anyone who knows anything about the insurance business would have alerted the president to the fact that his proposal is unworkable. The initial take from experts on both the right and the left is that the president did not fix anything yesterday. Insurance industry experts agree that the very idea that canceled health policies can be renewed or extended for one year is laughable
In a recent interview with BBC News, Oprah Winfrey said that President Obama is disrespected because he is an African-American. "There’s a level of disrespect for the office that occurs. And that occurs in some cases and maybe even many cases because he’s African-American," Winfrey said. "There’s no question about that, and it’s the kind of thing nobody ever says but everybody’s thinking it." Speaking with the BBC´s Will Gompertz in the UK to promote "The Butler," Winfrey also spoke to the global issue of racism. "It´s gotten better. Are there still places where people are terrorized because of the color of their
Pollster John Zogby reports in our weekly White House report card that President Obama’s health care program is still troubled, but he gets credit for taking ownership and trying to fix it. "Forget about Iran and unemployment, this week was all about Obamacare and it was a ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ moment. As Tevye would say: ´Un da vun hand, but un da udda hand…´ “So we have the president admitting he broke his promise to Americans when he promised they could keep their plans. And the GOP gloated, mocked, preached doom and a failed presidency, and made a solemn vow to
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Some 50 years after John F. Kennedy´s sole presidential term was cut short by an assassin´s bullets, nearly three-quarters of Americans believe Kennedy will go down in history as an outstanding or above-average president. This is the highest retrospective rating given to any of the 11 presidents who have held office since Dwight Eisenhower. Another fifth of the public sees the slain president as average, while just 3% rank him as below average or poor. Kennedy was killed on Nov. 22, 1963, and the 50-year anniversary of his assassination is being marked by a bevy of new
She didn’t write about ‘Protecting the Heart of Christmas’ at all—instead, the eternally offended governor may have penned the perfect manual for another holiday altogether: Festivus. Initially I planned to ignore this week’s release of Good Tidings and Great Joy, Sarah Palin’s book waging war on the war on Christmas. Few political hucksters milking the culture war for an easy buck peddle antics more shopworn than the annual fear-mongering that secularist Scrooges are coming for our creches. But then I couldn’t stop wondering: What happens when the Queen of Grievance takes up arms on behalf of the Prince of Peace’s
It´s been a bad week for MSNBC, and a bad week for serious journalism. First, the network learned to regret giving Alec Baldwin a job after he called a photographer a word that is more than a little homophobic. MSNBC have since suspended his show for two weeks. Now, Martin Bashir has scraped the bottom of the proverbial barrel after launching a tirade against Sarah Palin ("America´s resident dunce") that has to be seen to be believed. And you´re warned: it is stomach churning. The beloved liberal journalist used his afternoon TV show to deliver a somewhat justified critique of
His actor parents are well known activists and Stephen Ira Beatty seems determined to follow in their footsteps. The eldest child of Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, who revealed he was transgender at the age of 14, appears in a new public service announcement (PSA) urging New York to change its Medicaid regulation which excludes transgender people from accessing healthcare. Stephen, 21, appears confident and informed as he speaks about the problem, saying: ‘I grew up outside of New York, but I´ve always known I´ve wanted to move here for the city´s vibrant artistic community. ‘As a trans person, I
MSNBC’s Martin Bashir on Friday closed his show with likely the most disgraceful rant against former Alaska governor Sarah Palin you’ve ever heard. Besides calling her “America’s resident dunce” and claiming she has a “deceased mind,” Bashir suggested that someone should defecate in her mouth and urinate in her eyes. MARTIN BASHIR: It´s time now to clear the air. And we end this week in the way it began - with America’s resident dunce, Sarah Palin, scraping the barrel of her long deceased mind, and using her all-time favorite analogy in an attempt to sound intelligent about the national debt.
The headline is a statement to, not a quote from Boehner, but it was worth the deception to make the point. President Obama has been given so much slack by an enabling Washington D.C. media, that Obama is now hanging onto the rope to avoid falling into the abyss. The fawning media who placed all their political bets on his success, is unwilling to admit publicly (and perhaps even privately) what they know in their brains but unwilling to let their heart in on: Obama is and always was a phony.
WASHINGTON - A terrifying new ‘game’ that’s already caused deaths in Syracuse, St. Louis and New Jersey is sweeping the nation, and it preys upon unsuspecting people walking the streets, anywhere. A recent report from New York-based CBS 2 shed light on the growing trend, displaying unsettling footage of teens participating in this game – which goes by the name ‘Knockout’ – and involves randomly targeting passersby, with the ultimate goal being to knock them out with one punch as they walk by. One victim shown in the footage was 46-year-old Ralph Santiago of Hoboken, N.J., who was found dead with his
Last week I was informed by the agent who handles my firm’s health-care insurance that, come 2014, our group plan will be cancelled and replaced with an ObamaCare plan.SNIP Well, here’s how I see it. It sure looks to me as if the President of the United States, members of his administration, and Democratic Congressional leaders didn’t just lie. I think they intentionally perverted the truth. And I think they did it because, if they didn’t, they knew the bill wouldn’t pass through Congress.
Barack Obama could not have been more unequivocal. The telecommunications companies had to be punished for violating the letter of federal law. He didn’t want to hear about how President Bush told them it was okay. One laughs now remembering how Obama’s base, the anti-anti-terrorist Left and its lawyer legions, used to call Bush the “imperial president” and thunder for his impeachment. Bush couldn’t hold a candle to our incumbent Caligula. He had no idea, for example, that presidents can just “waive” inconvenient parts of congressional statutes, like FISA. FISA governs foreign intelligence surveillance. It requires the executive branch to get