President Barack Obama’s advocacy organization Organizing for Action (OFA) raised over $4.8 million from first-quarter donors, including the chairman of a major lobbying firm, wealthy progressives affiliated with the secretive Democracy Alliance, and a member of popular 1990s hip-hop group the Fugees, according to a list of first quarter contributors released by the group today. OFA has agreed to disclose limited information about its $250-and-up donors on a quarterly basis. The group, which evolved out of President Barack Obama’s campaign arm, had previously been criticized for evading mandatory donor disclosure by registering as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit group.
I get their e-mails, they refer to themselves as a " grassroots organization".I also know that the leader of the local OFA where I live has weekly conference calls with other group leaders and regional leaders across the country and D.C. This local leader was invited to obamas 2013 inaugaration and was given a tour of the White House, which is now closed to public .
Has everyone forgot the igpay attenlay of the old days? Am I alone in seeing the pig latin in the name "OFA"? The old days saw that pig latin was a good way to tease or insult a friend or enemy, and FOE somehow turned in Pig Latin into "O FAY" and it took a while for it to be known as what the colored folk of that day called all the enemy white folk but some eventually caught on. Long memories saw OFA as another way to take it to whitey....wonder if Mr. Obama and friends would have memories such as that. He seems to think of all Americans that way, if we don´t worship him. Just sayin´.
WASHINGTON, DC - Report into the FOX 5 Newsroom: From Twitter: @DCFDRescue3: Male set himself on fire @ 7th Street and Madison Drive N.W. Paramedics transported him to the hospital. There are a couple of photos already posted on Twitter from spectators that were on the Mall at the time. They show a medical helicopter and ambulance leaving the scene apparently taking the man for treatment. Vanessa Sink ?@LiveMusicGirl tweeted a couple of pictures and reported: "I didn´t see him light the match, but I saw the flames engulf his body. It was surreal." And "DC police and passerby help
On Thursday, the government´s official Obamacare Facebook page was riddled with people expressing sticker shock over the government´s high cost premiums after struggling for hours to wade through the technical failures vexing Obamacare exchanges all across the country. "I am so disappointed," wrote one woman. "These prices are outrageous and there are huge deductibles. No one can afford this!" The comment received 169 "likes." "There is NO WAY I can afford it," said one commenter after using the Kaiser Subsidy Calculator. "Heck right now I couldn´t afford an extra 10$ [sic] a month...and oh apparently I make to [sic] much
White House press secretary Jay Carney got in a verbal scrap with a reporter Friday, accusing him of spouting his opinion rather than asking a serious question during his daily briefing. Carney didn´t take kindly to the Daily Caller´s Neil Munro shaking his head during an exchange with another reporter about Obamacare">Obamacare´s enrollment numbers. After calling out Munro, Obama´s top spokesman then took a number of questions from the reporter about the White House response to the federal government shutdown. Munro noted the closing of federal parks and other open-air monuments, before asking whether Carney could “name one thing” the administration
President Obama lectured Republicans about their "attitude" problem on Thursday, telling an audience in suburban Maryland that Republican "extremists" are the only thing standing in the way of a "yes-or-no vote" on a continuing resolution to fund the federal government. He quoted a House Republican as refusing to be "disrespected" by failing to "get something" out of the CR vote. "If you´re being disrespected, it´s because of that attitude you´ve got -- that you deserve to get something for doing your job," Obama said. "Everybody here just does their job."
Although President Barack Obama has said that negotiating over the debt ceiling would be unprecedented, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace isn’t buying it. “The White House keeps saying, the president says this has never happened before, we’ve never had a negotiation on the debt limit,” Wallace told POLITICO for this week’s “Turn the Table” series. “That’s bull. It just isn’t true.”“They’ve had negotiations over the debt limit sometimes on related budget issues, sometimes on completely unrelated issues for years.” CNN’s Candy Crowley told POLITICO that she doesn’t expect the shutdown to end anytime soon. “When you look at the
Speaking on the Senate floor Friday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said although he has not been to the Senate floor in days, that hasn’t stopped Senate Democrats from disparaging him. “You know, it has been several days since I have been to the floor of the Senate, and yet, I feel that I have been here in absentia, because so many Democrats have invoked my name as the root of all evil in the world,” Cruz said. Cruz thanked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for admonishing the Senate to maintain civility, but he pointed out that Reid himself was
CBS This Morning has a long established history of conducting softball interviews of liberal/Democratic guests, while unleashing on conservative/liberal ones. But on Friday, the morning newscast surprisingly hounded Rep. Nancy Pelosi on the ongoing government shutdown. Obama supporter Gayle King repeatedly pressed Pelosi about "people [who] are just saying...work it out....both sides have to be willing to leave something on the table." Anthony Mason underlined how "Senator [Harry] Reid called some Republicans anarchists. You´ve called them arsonists....How do you get a meeting of the minds when people are talking like that?" Norah O´Donnell also wondered about "a scenario...where Democrats would
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid delivered a striking mea culpa on the Senate floor Friday as he opened the chamber, saying he and his colleagues have simply gotten too personal and nasty in their floor debates. A day earlier Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, had scolded Mr. Reid for attacking Sen. Ted Cruz, another Texas Republican, by name as they debated the government shutdown. Mr. Cornyn read directly from the Senate Rules that prohibit members from impugning each other’s motives or conduct. Mr. Reid on Friday said it was a lesson all senators, including himself, should learn. “I’ll work harder
Most of the Obamacare horror stories I’ve heard fall under the category “amazing, but not surprising.” But I confess that this one, from a friend, surprised me: True story: I was talking to my fitness trainer on Wednesday about Obamacare. He is a 38 year-old with three boys by his first marriage. Of late he has a second wife, who has her own insurance through her job, covering just her. He has insurance as an individual. He got a letter from his insurance company cutting him off, and saying he’d have to look elsewhere after Dec. 31. So he started looking.
Republicans on Friday were furious over a Wall Street Journal report that the White House believes it is “winning” the shutdown fight. “This isn’t some damn game,” said House Speaker John A. Boehner. “The American people don’t want their government shut down and neither do it.” Publicly the White House, too, says the shutdown isn’t about winning. Press secretary Jay Carney said that on Thursday. But the Wall Street Journal reported that a senior administration official said: “We are winning…It doesn’t really matter to us” how long the shutdown lasts “because what matters is the end result.” Republicans and Democrats
Government services across the US may have all but ground to a halt, but there is one that remains open for business as usual: the Presidential paradise of Camp David. The woodland retreat has stayed immune to the shutdown because it falls under the aegis of the Department of Defence, whose staff are designated as active-duty military personnel. More than 250 chefs, gardeners, electricians and anybody else who keeps the camp running in Catoctin Mountain Park in Frederick County, Maryland, should the President drop by are not only still working, but are also getting paid, according to website TMZ. Meanwhile,
Republicans on Friday seized on an unnamed senior administration official’s comment that “it doesn´t really matter to us” how long the government shutdown lasts, “because what matters is the end result.” Republican offices circulated the comment, published in Friday’s Wall Street Journal, with a spokesman for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) incredulously asking “it doesn’t matter?” The spokesman in a separate email listed "things that don´t ´matter´ to the White House," including veterans´ benefits, food inspection, and scientific research all halted during the shutdown. Brad Dayspring, a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, attributed the quote in a tweet to a “compassionate
Tom Hanks is already declaring his presidential pick for 2016, there’s just one, small problem: a little thing called term limits. The star of “Captain Phillips,” told ITK at the soon-to-be-released film’s Wednesday premiere at the Newseum in Washington, “I’m voting for Barack Obama — 2016.” A laughing Hanks, who supported Obama during his 2008 White House bid, added, “Yes, I am! Four more years.” The Academy Award winner, 57, plays Captain Richard Phillips in the flick, based on the seaman’s book on the real-life 2009 hijacking of his cargo ship by Somali pirates. Hanks told ITK it was an
In case there´s any doubt as to who´s to blame for this outrage, a spokesman for National Park Service said the White House Office of Management and Budget ordered up the blockades.Even Bill Clinton didn´t have the audacity to try such a thing during the 1995 government shutdown.As the AP reported at the time, "tourists were free to wander the halls of the Capitol, touch the walls of the Vietnam Memorial and climb the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to read the Gettysburg Address — those and other similar sites don´t require supervision of federal employees." This isn´t the first time
President Obama told CNBC’s John Harwood that while he’s been president, he’s “bent over backwards to work with the Republican party.” Obama boasted: During the course of my presidency, I have bent over backwards to work with the Republican party. I think I’m pretty well known for being a calm guy. Sometimes people think I’m too calm. And am I exasperated? Absolutely, I’m exasperated. Because this is entirely unnecessary. I am exasperated with the idea that, unless I say that, ‘Twenty million people, you can’t have health insurance,’ these folks will not reopen the government. That is irresponsible. The President asserted that he’s
More than a dozen House Republicans who want to drop attempts to undermine the health-care law and reopen the government are meeting among themselves and with House Speaker John Boehner -- and he’s listening. For the past few weeks, Boehner’s hand has been guided by a group of Tea Party-aligned Republican House members who’ve urged little compromise in their three-year drive to undo the 2010 Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Now, the agitation is coming from the other side of the caucus. A bipartisan group of about 40 House lawmakers are holding private talks to find a compromise
Despite an emergency meeting at the White House, congressional leaders reported no progress late Wednesday on trying to reach a budget deal -- while over on Capitol Hill, tempers were flaring and lawmakers were melting down on the floor of the House. The top four congressional leaders took a stab, during an hour-long White House meeting, at negotiating with President Obama over the impasse. There was no breakthrough. House Speaker John Boehner emerged saying he had a "nice, polite conversation" but complaining that Obama would not budge off his demand that Congress pass a straight budget bill -- one that does not
Because Barack Obama was elected on a campaign promise of “fundamentally transforming” the United States, and because our nation then proceeded to lose much of its international influence and domestic economic dynamism, it is easy to say “this is intentional. It’s just what he wants.” Yet while Obama might, in his heart of hearts, not bemoan the loss of jobs and economic growth at home, and American power and prestige abroad, ascribing it to an intentional effort gives Obama credit for qualities and skills he does not possess. Neocon David Horowitz entitled a recent fundraising letter for his Freedom Center “Urgent: Is
The bizarre attack at the White House and Capitol today was reportedly perpetrated by a 34-year-old dental hygienist licensed in Connecticut. Miriam Carey, who was killed by law enforcement after ramming White House barricades and fleeing to the Capitol, had a toddler in the car with her, according to New York Post reporting: Sources said Miriam Carey, who formerly lived in Brooklyn, was licensed to practice in New York and Connecticut and had a permit to work as a hygienist in Connecticut prisons. At least a dozen gunshots were fired when she tried to flee cops, who had trapped her two blocks
On Tuesday morning, seven National Park Service employees were seen erecting and tending to a barricade around the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C. One NPS employee was operating a forklift. There usually aren´t any NPS employees working at the World War II memorial. A couple hours later, when an Honor Flight of World War II veterans arrived, accompanied by Democratic and Republican members of Congress, the fences blocking the memorial were easily moved away, allowing the veterans to enter. But the barriers are still at the memorial, and they´ve been reinforced. This morning, I walked by the memorial and noticed
The shutdown battle has become, essentially, a high-stakes blame game.(snip)But in a note to clients, Potomac Research Group´s Greg Valliere says that President Obama still has one "trump card" of his own left to play, Social Security: THE HEAVY ARTILLERY: We have thought for weeks that Obama would play the Social Security trump card if there was no deal on the debt ceiling by mid-October. This is one of several reasons why we think a default is unlikely, and it´s one of several reasons why Boehner will capitulate; the only questions are when and under what terms. We think he may
Ted Cruz faced a barrage of hostile questions Wednesday from angry GOP senators, who lashed the Texas tea party freshman for helping prompt a government shutdown crisis without a strategy to end it. At a closed-door lunch meeting in the Senate’s Mansfield Room, Republican after Republican pressed Cruz to explain how he would propose to end the bitter budget impasse with Democrats, according to senators who attended the meeting. A defensive Cruz had no clear plan to force an end to the shutdown — or explain how he would defund Obamacare, as he has demanded all along, sources said. Things
The revisions downward begin. Yesterday, Obamacare exchanges were melting down because of the intense interest in signing up. All the citizens were flooding the gates for all the insurance! Why, in California there were 5 million visitors. No technologist could prepare for such an onslaught. Here’s what really happened: California’s health insurance exchange vastly overstated the number of online hits it received Tuesday during the rollout of Obamacare. State officials said the Covered California website got 645,000 hits during the first day of enrollment, far fewer than the 5 million it reported Tuesday. The state exchange had cited the 5 million figure as a
Conservative talker Mark Levin has a stern warning for President Barack Obama and his administration: Don’t mess with the World War II veterans. Levin, author of “The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic,” told his audience on his Wednesday radio show should there be any action taken against those veterans for visiting the World War II Memorial on the National Mall, even with the government shutdown, he would bring 500,000 people to march on the Washington, D.C. in response. “I want to tell you folks something — I want to say this loud and clear to the people