RUSH: Now we take the Byron York story in the Washington Examiner: "The GOP´s Astonishingly Bad Message on Sequester Cuts -- In a Wall Street Journal op-ed Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner describes the upcoming sequester as a policy ´that threatens US national security, thousands of jobs and more.´" Boehner, echoing Obama, in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. And Byron York said, wait a minute, it leads to a question here. Why would Republicans support -- I mean, the Republicans support the sequester. They´re on record as supporting it.
Shame on the irresponsible cowards who voted to re-elect this bonehead to the Speakership. As to what Boehner is thinking? Probably laughing all the way to the bank at how stupid his fellow republicans in the House are.
I listened to this today and my gut feeling is that Rush knows in his heart what is going on but just can´t bring himself to say the words.
Boehner is doing exactly what the script tells him to do. This has been the plan all along. Obama claims gloom and doom, Boehner claims he and the Republicans have to fold their position to save the military and the economy. Spending continues unabated, both sides getting what they want without having to cut a dime.
How many times does this have to play out before people start seeing it for what it is?
Last week, was arguably the worst of Barack Obama’s presidency. If the wheels are not to come off it altogether, this coming one will need to be among his best – starting on Tuesday night with his address to the nation about Syria. It is hard to understand how an instinctively cautious president in his fifth year could have manoeuvred himself into such a dismal corner. But his largely self-charted route lends little confidence that he can easily escape it. In the next 10 days or so we will find out if Mr Obama will get the chance to recapture his
President Bashar al-Assad did not personally order last month´s chemical weapons attack near Damascus that has triggered calls for US military intervention, and blocked numerous requests from his military commanders to use chemical weapons against regime opponents in recent months, a German newspaper has reported , citing unidentified, high-level national security sources. The intelligence findings were based on phone calls intercepted by a German surveillance ship operated by the BND, the German intelligence service, and deployed off the Syrian coast, Bild am Sonntag said. The intercepted communications suggested Assad, who is accused of war crimes by the west, including foreign secretary
President Obama has said the U.S. will studiously avoid putting “boots on the ground” during any conflict with Syria, but the same does not hold true for CBS News. The Eye’s news division has already scored some impressive wins in its coverage of the Syria situation by figuring out how to get its journalists into the strife-torn nation. CBS has had a reporter, Elizabeth Palmer, holding forth from Damascus, billing her on air as “the only network reporter inside Damascus.” And on Sunday, the network scored another coup: Charlie Rose, the “CBS This Morning” co-anchor, secured an interview with Syrian
WASHINGTON—An aggressive White House campaign to win congressional approval for military action against Syria intensified Sunday as Chief of Staff Denis McDonough vigorously reasserted the administration´s arguments in a blitz of television appearances. Entering a crucial week for winning the support of lawmakers, Mr. McDonough argued there is widespread acceptance that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons in a late August attack, leaving only the question of how to respond. "There´s not a single member of Congress debating the intelligence with us right now," Mr. McDonough said on CNN´s "State of the Union" show. "We are no longer debating whether
On Thursday, the Obama administration showed graphic video footage of Syrian victims of sarin gas to members of the Senate Intelligence committee. The video, which the administration claims is authentic, has since been released to the media. The administration appears to be using the video in an attempt to make the case for military intervention in Syria. In doing so, they appear to be counting on emotions instead of rational thought. I don´t presume to know who is using sarin gas against innocent civilians in Syria. There appears to be confusion about who is actually using the gas to kill people
It is entirely understandable that Barack Obama´s way of dealing with Syria in recent weeks should have elicited responses ranging from puzzlement to disgust. Even members of his own party are despairingly echoing in private the public denunciations of him as "incompetent," "bungling," "feckless," "amateurish" and "in over his head" coming from his political opponents on the right. For how else to characterize a president who declares war against what he calls a great evil demanding immediate extirpation and in the next breath announces that he will postpone taking action for at least 10 days—and then goes off to play golf
Conrad Black has an interesting column in the New York Sun about parallels between the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990-91, the fall of France in 1940, and the collapse of American influence in the last few years, Black, an interventionist on Syria, nevertheless offers lessons on how to throw away American power by electing incompetent leadership: What we are witnessing now in the United States, by contrast, is just the backwash of inept policy-making in Washington, and nothing that could not eventually be put right. But for this administration to redeem its credibility now would require a change of direction
Former Democratic representative Jane Harman said she believes both Republicans’ and Democrats’ concerns about primary challengers are persuading them to not support military intervention in Syria. “These folks think their reelection, in my view, matters more than perhaps taking a principled stand,” said Harman, who is currently president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, on Meet the Press this morning. “They want this to pass, they just don’t want to vote for it.” “The base in each party is against this,” she added. Harman recalled that she faced primaries three times as a California representative after she supported intervention in Iraq.
Democrats tend to be more “principled” in their opposition to President Obama’s request for authorization for military strikes in Syria than their Republican counterparts in Congress, according to NBC’s Chuck Todd. “I think about half of the Republican opposition here is a political opposition, but I think a good 50 percent is not,” Todd said on Meet the Press the morning. “I think about 75 percent of the opposition in the Democratic party is rational and principled, and about 25 percent of it is politics.”
MELBOURNE, Fla. -- The deadly violence percolating half a world away in Syria and the warnings of a possible U.S. attack have some people not only looking ahead to what might happen in the coming days — but also looking backward into ancient, apocalyptic prophecies in the pages of the Old Testament. In recent weeks, some dire prophecies have turned up on websites, in book stores, as the subject of Bible studies and in sermons by some Christians and others who see a link between the old passages and modern-day events in Egypt, Libya and Syria. "Behold, Damascus is about to be
As President Obama makes his rounds on major news nets to plead his case for limited military action against Syria, CBS and PBS may have landed the biggest interview in the hotly-contested international crisis yet: one with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Charlie Rose interviewed the Syrian leader Sunday morning in Damascus, and discussed with the prez his alleged use of chemical weapons against Syrian civilians on August 21. Per Rose, who called in to CBS’ “Face the Nation” and relayed details of the interview, Assad wholly denied the allegations. Assad “denied that he had anything to do with the attack,” Rose
According to researchers from the George Washington University (GWU) School of Public Health, in 2010, almost half of all births in the United States were paid for by Medicaid, and that rate is only going to go up. Medicaid was responsible for 48% of the 3.8 million births in 2010, an increase of 90,000 births from 2008, which was an 8% increase during that period. Lead investigator Anne Markus, an associate professor of health policy at GWU, said, "As states expand coverage, low-income women of childbearing age will be able to obtain more continuous coverage before and between pregnancies. Now, for
Don´t look for Iraq War-style protests, says the liberal activist, who -- like "M*A*S*H" star Mike Farrell -- opposes military action. In 2003, ahead of a U.S. attack on Iraq, a robust anti-war movement in Hollywood included a TV commercial starring Martin Sheen and Sean Penn visiting Baghdad. There were online petitions signed by Ed Asner; letters to President George W. Bush pleading for peace were signed by Matt Damon, Tim Robbins, Barbra Streisand and Alec Baldwin; former M*A*S*H star Mike Farrell fronted multiple press conferences where celebrities denounced war. In interviews, Janeane Garofalo stopped identifying herself as an actor
Between phone calls urging lawmakers to authorize a military attack against Syria, President Obama went golfing Saturday. Mr. Obama played a round of golf with three White House aides at Andrews Air Force Base in suburban Maryland. As his motorcade left the White House grounds near the South Lawn en route to the golf course shortly before 1 p.m., anti-war protesters demonstrated outside the fence on the north side of the White House. The president also received an update Saturday from Chief of Staff Denis McDonough about the administration’s efforts to persuade Congress to support a limited missile strike against
President Obama will sit for interviews Monday with six TV networks as he makes his case to the nation for military intervention in Syria. Obama will tape interviews Monday afternoon with anchors from ABC, CBS and NBC, as well as with PBS, CNN and Fox News, the White House said. The interviews will be conducted by ABC´s Diane Sawyer, CBS´s Scott Pelley, CNN´s Wolf Blitzer, Fox´s Chris Wallace, NBC´s Brian Williams and PBS´s Gwen Ifill. The interviews will air that night, ahead of Obama´s Tuesday speech on Syria.
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) is running for president. In a radio interview this week, the Republican lawmaker told a New Hampshire station that he was in the state “because right now I’m running for president,” according to The New York Daily News. The visit was King’s second of four trips to the traditional home of the nation’s first presidential primary. The announcement makes King the first Republican to officially declare their intentions to run for president in 2016. King has previously expressed an interest in running for president, though Democrats including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have had their doubts
It is very possible that the president will not obtain a join authorization to bomb Syria; if he chooses to go ahead and attack anyway, Obama will incite a constitutional crisis—the first time in history that a president has decided to go to war against the declared wishes of Congress. The public and the courts will adjudicate the legality of that act, and it would be contentious. So the corner that Obama has painted himself into is now inescapable. Defying Congress will put the country into a Watergate/Monicagate mess. Not doing anything will confirm the administration’s impotence and only enhance
A key part of President Obama’s press conference in St. Petersburg last Friday went largely under the radar in the US media--his bizarre analogy between the crisis in Syria, and the London Blitz. [Snip] Those kinds of interventions, these kinds of actions are always unpopular, because they seem distant and removed. And I want to make sure I’m being clear. I’m not--I’m not drawing an analogy to World War II, other than to say when London was getting bombed, it was profoundly unpopular, both in Congress and around the country, to help the British.
Drug war hawk John McCain is turning pot dove. McCain appears open to making a dramatic shift on marijuana policy, saying during a town-hall meeting in Arizona that he´s open to potentially legalizing weed. “Maybe we should legalize. We´re certainly moving that way as far as marijuana is concerned,” McCain said in comments first reported by Arizona Daily Star columnist Tim Steller. “I respect the will of the people." In the past, McCain has been a hard-liner on federal drug policy. During his 2000 presidential primary campaign, the Arizona Republican suggested increasing penalties and sentence guidelines for those convicted
A 31-year-old African American who allegedly said he wanted to attack the next white person who walked by could be charged with hate crimes after punching three people in an apparent racially motivated attack. One of his victims, 62-year-old Jeffrey Babbitt, has been left brain damaged after being punched to the ground in New York´s Union Square on Wednesday afternoon, in a senseless attack that shocked onlookers. Witnesses were shocked at the unexpected violence in Union Square on Wednesday afternoon, as Lashawn Marten punched Mr Babbitt and two other men after allegedly making racist comments. He said "the next white person who
President Barack Obama has been showing an officially-verified collection of 13 graphic videos to lawmakers that depict the horrors of the chemical gas attacks in Syria in behind-closed-door briefings - as he lobbies to win approval for his plan to use military force against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. So far, support for the president´s plan has been sparse, with even fellow Democrats opposing the use of military force in Syria. He is preparing a media blitz for Monday and promised Americans in his weekly address on Saturday that ´This would not be another Iraq or Afghanistan.´ CNN first
Retired Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, former CIA director under President Barack Obama, called strongly Saturday for Congress to back the White House on Syria, declaring that military action against the regime is “necessary” to deter “Iran, North Korea and other would-be aggressors.” “Failure of Congress to approve the president’s request would have serious ramifications not just in the Mideast but around the world,” Petraeus said in a four-sentence statement provided to Politico. (Snip) In his years as U.S. commander in Iraq and Afghanistan, Petraeus was regarded by many Republican lawmakers as a god on military matters.
The school district in Little Rock, Ark. has announced plans for a dress code that will require teachers to wear underwear. Every single day. Female teachers will have to wear bras, too. An Aug. 29 letter from the Little Rock School District’s Office of the Superintendent to all employees explains that the dress code will officially go into effect in the fall of 2014. “Foundational garments shall be worn and not visible with respect to color, style, and/or fabric,” the letter reads. “No see-through or sheer clothing shall be allowed, and no skin shall be visible between pants/trousers, skirts, and shirts/blouses at
A much cooler than expected summer has caused more than a million square miles of ocean to be covered in ice this year - a 60% increase from August, 2012. See for yourself (snip)The rebound from 2012´s record low comes six years after the BBC reported that global warming would leave the Arctic ice-free in summer by 2013. Instead, days before the annual autumn re-freeze is due to begin, an unbroken ice sheet more than half the size of Europe already stretches from the Canadian islands to Russia´s northern shores.