New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) both have well-earned reputations as political brawlers not to be messed with. Many a Democrat has felt the lash of their scorn and the blunt-force trauma inflicted by their sharp political elbows. But now House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is the focus of their opprobrium by putting off a vote on federal aid for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. King declared Boehner’s decision not to take action on the $60 billion Sandy bill for New York and New Jersey “disgraceful.” He said that Congress was “writing off”
Comments: This to me is the "funny side" of looking down the "fiscal cliff." After 0bama played the GOP to his will and immediately left in a prepared Air Force One, Boehner is left holding the bag to explain to fellow RINO´s why they won´t be getting these huge, unchecked billion-dollar paydays [relief aid] to their coffers.
As for Christie...eat another stick of butter. King you should know better, this bill is loaded with pork. Growup!!! Also, why should we pay for people that don´t have the common sense to purchase flood insurance living so close to the shore.
Christie and King should demand a CLEAN BILL. But, they won´t will they, cuz a lot of their own political pals will benefit from some of those lovely added "goodies." Christie is the one who is shameful.
A few years ago a number of states had a horrific ice storm, there was a lot of damage, Obama did not declare it a disaster in fact he ignored it, I didn´t hear King complaining about those people. In fact it was ignored by many, many people. Those states are still dealing with the damage done to the electric lines and the power companies are still fixing them, upgrading them etc.
why oh why do guys like King and Christie go after Boehner so much harder than they do Obama? I can´t stand Boehner so I don´t mind he´s getting smacked around but why not go harder after Obama? His FEMA has been a disgrace! Many large areas still have no power! Many residents are "people of color" How about showing the same outrage about that and blaming the man at the top, Obama! Honestly, I just want to give up.
I like King, but I want them to cut the pork out before passing another bill. This porky Sandy bill needs a haircut. We also need to re-do FEMA and the flood insurance bill. Why should landlocked people support the beachy lifestyle when they don´t live there? Nope.
Let flood insurance be market driven only, and let´s quit bailing out people who don´t have insurance. I pay it. I don´t want to subsidize you.
I think the bill for federal aid to Sandy victims might be stuck behind the one that was never passed for aid to Texas because of drought and wildfires, or to Kansas because of tornados. Both red voting states. Suck an egg, Obama voters.
Under Mr. Boehner the Republicans (not conservatives) can claim a new name for their party "The Rubber Stamp Party" or "The New French Party" surrender without thought. He has been a bumbling moron since he assumed the position (bent at the waste) of Speaker, has accomplished nothing but surrender to the Obama liberals and has no concept of conservative morals or values. The idea of fighting for what most American want is beyond his elitist capablity, are we sure he doesn´t caucus with the DNC?
Christie and King wanted money for self serving reasons. They both need to wake up and realize if $9 billion is enough they should not try to squeeze taxpayers for $60 billion! Christie is managing to irritate most Conservatives, he is not one.
There was Christie and Obama acting like CNN´s Griffin & Cooper, before the election. Now Christie Cristeen can continue the political pornography he so enjoyed in November. Maybe that´ll win him the borrowed dollars he would so like to have granted to him.
In politics, perception is reality. We have reason to know this. Americans have now twice given the presidency to Barack Obama based on nothing more than perception.
The perception that politicians -including Republicans- "didn´t care" about those whose lives have been uprooted by hurricane Sandy was wholly avoidable, and should have been avoided. Astute politicians know this.
I am beginning to think the current Republican leadership is not all that astute, and that it may be time for some major changes.
What #5, #9 and #15 said. Good for Speaker Boehner for at least trying to cut some spending. This "relief" for "hurricane sandy" is so loaded with pork that only about $9 Billion dollars of OUR money will go to assist the victims. The rest will go to pigs like Christie and Peter King, etc. Shame on them.
Other states did not receive any insurance premiums from Christie or King, and have no record of them having purchased an insurance policy, so their states seem to have elected to be self insured, and to have elected to cover their losses out of their resources.
Liz Cheney might have challenged Enzi for his “go along, to get along” personality in the Senate, but the three-term senator is joining the effort to defund Obamacare promoted by Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla. Enzi gave a speech against Obamacare on the Senate floor on Thursday and signed the Senate letter circulated by supporters of the bill. “U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., will not support a continuing resolution that funds further implementation or enforcement of Obamacare,” Enzi explained in a statement highlighting his support of
A New York woman accused of fraudulently collecting $480,000 from a fund for Boston Marathon bombing victims was arraigned in a Boston municipal court, Atty. Gen. Martha Coakley’s office said in a statement. (Snip) Gause collected nearly half a million dollars from The One Fund Boston after claiming that she had suffered a traumatic brain injury in the Boston Marathon bombing. She filed a detailed and notarized claim that included purported medical records from Boston Medical Center and Albany Medical Center. But after receiving a tip that Gause may not have been in Boston during the
Johannesburg, South Africa - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who has ruled the country for 33 years, was reelected president in an election declared a "farce" by rival Morgan Tsvangirai. Zimbabwe´s electoral commission announced Saturday that Mugabe, 89, had received 61% of the vote, compared with 34% for Tsvangirai, the current prime minister and leader of the Movement for Democratic Change party, or MDC. (Snip) The European Union on Saturday raised doubts about the polling. "The EU is concerned about alleged irregularities and reports of incomplete participation,
We´ve all grown used to a Congress locked in bitter warfare between two parties, producing gridlock on federal spending and other pressing issues. (Snip) Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has emerged as Obama´s chief partner in trying to negotiate bipartisan deals, praised the idea as "a good start." Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the Senate Republican leader, denounced it as a trick to boost government spending. Meanwhile, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a leader of the up-and-coming tea party faction, said Republicans should stop talking about any deals and threaten to shut down the
New York - The New York Times Co has agreed to sell The Boston Globe to the principal owner of the Boston Red Sox baseball team for $70 million in cash, a small fraction of what the Times paid for the newspaper 20 years ago. Under the transaction announced Saturday, Red Sox owner John W. Henry got the Boston Globe for less than a tenth of what the New York Times paid when it bought the newspaper for $1.1 billion in 1993. The sale also includes the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, which the New York times bought for about $300 million in 2000, as well as related digital properties of both
Washington - The United States intercepted electronic communications this week among senior operatives of Al Qaeda, in which the terrorists discussed attacks against American interests in the Middle East and North Africa, American officials said Friday. (Snip) The bulletin to travelers and expatriates, issued by the State Department, came less than a day after the department announced that it was closing nearly two dozen American diplomatic missions in the Middle East and North Africa, including facilities in Egypt, Iraq, Yemen, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Britain said Friday that it would close its
Shifts in climate are strongly linked to increases in violence around the world, a study suggests. US scientists found that even small changes in temperature or rainfall correlated with a rise in assaults, rapes and murders, as well as group conflicts and war. The team says with the current projected levels of climate change, the world is likely to become a more violent place. The study is published in Science. (Snip) Their examples include an increase in domestic violence in India during recent droughts, and a spike in assaults, rapes and murders during heatwaves in the US.
Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has vowed in a video released Wednesday to break out Muslim prisoners from US penitentiaries and the heavily fortified compound for terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The blustery threat to retaliate for US "crimes" against al-Qaeda warriors was probably inspired by recent attacks on prisons in Iraq, Libya and Pakistan that freed more than 2000 detainees, many of them allied with the global terrorism network that has been headed by Mr al-Zawahiri since the 2011 assassination of its founder, Osama bin Laden.
President Barack Obama is returning to The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Obama will appear on the Aug. 6 broadcast of NBC´s late-night talker, which would mark his sixth time and the fourth appearance since becoming president. According to NBC, Obama plans to discuss jobs initiatives and the economy during his visit. Previous Tonight Show appearances were Dec. 1, 2006; Oct. 17, 2007; March 19, 2009 — marking the first time a current president appeared on a late-night talker; Oct. 25, 2011; and Oct. 24, 2012. Obama has made the late-night rounds over the years,
An American international politics publication has reported that the US Air Force plans to dispatch fighter jets and tanker aircraft to northern Australia in the next year. Foreign Policy magazine said it was part of a US strategy to dramatically expand its air defence presence across the Pacific and South-East Asia. (Snip) In a breakfast media briefing, he is reported saying the US would send "fighters, tankers and, at some point in the future, maybe bombers on a rotational basis" to Darwin. General Carlisle is reported to have said the aircraft would initially go to the RAAF base in Darwin
Most fishermen are guilty of the odd photobrag, but none can match this bloke´s cockiness. The Victorian fisherman celebrated catching a huge shark by climbing inside the gutted fish, poking his arm through its gills and posing for a joke shot with his knife buried between its eyes. In a world where every angler is pictured next to his prize catch with a thumbs up, it´s becoming increasingly difficult for intrepid fishermen to stand out. But this guy - let´s call him the Shark Slayer - certainly managed it. ´Arch´, who works at the Metung Hotel in Gippsland, was present when the photo was taken.
Washington - U.S. spy agencies plan to release newly declassified documents as early as this week about the National Security Agency surveillance programs revealed by former contractor Edward Snowden, and also material related to a secret intelligence court, a U.S. intelligence official said on Tuesday. (Snip) The documents would also include information about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the official said. That court operates in secrecy in making decisions on government surveillance requests. The Washington Post reported late Tuesday that senior U.S. officials said one of the orders
Citing a potential al Qaeda attack, the State Department on Friday issued a worldwide travel alert and warned American citizens that the terrorist group may be plotting a strike in the Middle East, North Africa or elsewhere. “Current information suggests that al Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August,” reads a portion of the alert, which lasts until the end of the month.
Executive Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Mark Glaze gave some ambiguous and potentially dangerous self defense advice Friday on “Hardball.” Glaze, speaking in opposition to “Stand Your Ground” laws, said in a circumstance where someone “comes at you” with an axe handle one should attempt to either “talk,” “fight with your fists,” “run away,” or “deescalate the situation,” but not shoot the attacker: MARK GLAZE: Very often somebody will come at you. They might want to have a fistfight. They might come at you with an ax handle. CHRIS MATTHEWS: Would you consider the guy with the ax handle armed or not?
American scientists claim the planet is undergoing one of the largest changes in climate in the past 65 million years. Climatologists at Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment have warned the likely rate of change over the next century will be at least 10 times quicker than any climate shift since the dinosaurs became extinct. If the trend continues at its current rapid pace, it will place significant stress on terrestrial ecosystems around the world, and many species will need to make behavioral, evolutionary or geographic adaptations to survive, they said.
About 400 area retail and fast-food workers, together with colleagues nationally, participated in a strike Thursday to demand raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. “If not $15, then something. I mean give us something. I work 36 hours a week and barely make enough to pay my rent, gas bill, light bill. It gets to the point where I barely have enough for lunch sometimes,” said Angel Richardson, 21, who works at McDonald’s. “I’m five months pregnant, what am I going to do in four months? I hope something changes.” The minimum wage is $7.25 nationally and $8.25
[Video] Rapper Jay Z appearing on HBO´s "Real Time" with Bill Maher says that the black community wants upward economic mobility rather than a stronger police presence. In a conversation with former Congressman Barney Frank about police tactics such as stop-and-frisk, Jay Z suggests the stagnant economy and wealth inequality could cause widespread social unrest: "The real problem is there´s no middle class, right? So the gap between the have and have-nots is getting wider and wider... It´s gonna be a problem that no amount of police can solve, because once you have that sort of oppression
The administration has popped the bubble of hope some small business had that switching to part-time staff would let them escape the high costs of Obamacare. The Small Business Administration on Thursday created a website to explain to businesses that the government will simply tally up the number of part-time employees firms have to determine if enough hours have been worked to essentially create a "full-time equivalent." Some smaller businesses had thought that if they could get under the 50 full-time employee cap that activates Obamacare by cutting full-time workers and hiring more part-time workers they would escape
Government workers in the city of Seattle have been advised that the terms "citizen" and "brown bag" are potentially offensive and may no longer be used in official documents and discussions. KOMO-TV reports that the city´s Office of Civil Rights instructed city workers in a recent internal memo to avoid using the words because some may find them offensive. "Luckily, we´ve got options," Elliott Bronstein of the Office for Civil Rights wrote in the memo obtained by the station. "For ´citizens,´ how about ´residents?´"
You don´t have to be gay or even Russian to feel the wrath of the Russian government´s homophobia. You could go to jail if you are "pro-gay," whatever that means. And that´s under just one of a growing number of hate-infused bills becoming law at a time when, as it happens, Russia is preparing to host the world in the next Winter Olympics. The perverse anti-gay legislation is inflaming an atmosphere of persistent intimidation and at times deadly violence against Russian gays and lesbians. The question now is: What should the rest of the world do?
Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) suggested on Friday morning that the tea party movement is comprised of the same types of people who fought against the civil rights movement during the 1960s. Speaking with the Daily Beast, Rangel said of the movement: “It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. They didn’t care about how they looked. He added that the tea party movement can be defeated similar to how the civil rights movement eradicated Jim Crow mentality: “It was just fierce indifference to human life that caused
The nation´s most active death penalty state is running out of its execution drug. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said Thursday that its remaining supply of phenobarbital expires in September and that no alternatives have been found. It wasn´t immediately clear whether two executions scheduled for next month would be delayed. The state has already executed 11 death-row inmates this year, and at least seven more have execution dates in coming months. "We will be unable to use our current supply of phenobarbital after it expires," agency spokesman Jason Clark said. "We are exploring all options at this time."
I think she’s one of the most fascinating women of our time and this world,” confessed Bob Greenblatt, the chairman of NBC, as part of his announcement that his network is making a miniseries about former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, with Diane Lane in the starring role. Words are funny things. For instance, G.K. Chesterton once remarked that that the word “good” has many uses: “For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of 500 yards, I should call him a good shot but not necessarily a good man.” So it is,
After purchasing the Boston Globe in 1993 for a then-record $1.1 billion, the financially troubled New York Times just announced it sold the 141 year-old paper to Boston Red Sox owner John Henry for a mere $70 million. That´s a straight 93% loss. Figuring in two decades of inflation would only make it worse -- as does the fact the Times retains the Globe´s pension liabilities, estimated at over $100 million. (snip) What might have sweetened the lower offer for the Times is that Henry offered a straight cash deal, which is expected to close sometime in September or October.