In the cocoon of our public debate Obama gets high marks on foreign policy. That is because his policies’ principal aim is not to make strategic decisions but to satisfy public opinion— he has done more of the things that people want and fewer of the things we have to do that may be unpopular. [...]
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Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. US News | Syria News | More ABC News Videos “Males have a tendency to wander a little bit. And what you want to do is make a home so wonderful he doesn’t want to wander.” – Pat Robertson INFIDELITY is expected of men, according to Pat Robertson. [...]
PRESIDENT OBAMA fires the acting (interim) head of the IRS, appoints Daniel I. Erfel from the OMB, but that’s scene as “damage control.” What would Ronald Reagan have done? Whatever it was it would have been enough. After all, he got away with Iran-Contra. George W. Bush got away with secret torture chambers and lying [...]
MAJOR GARRETT dropped a bomb on the Republicans on Thursday by actually reporting that they’d evidently altered an email they had leaked to make the Obama administration appear like they were covering for the State Department when they were not. Republicans accused Secretary Hillary Clinton of protecting herself from criticism over the Benghazi attack. Then [...]
Newer posts appear below the fundraiser. IT’S A FUNDRAISER. Because advertising alone doesn’t cut it. Several months ago I lost two-thirds of my advertising, the company I’d been using for years folding. It’s been an ugly advertising year, though recently I started trials with two companies on opposite ends of the political spectrum, progressive and [...]
RIPPING the Department of Justice and Attorney General “I was recused” on marijuana prohibition and the “cultural lag” in Washington, D.C. It was the best moment ever. When I heard it during the hearings with Mr. “I was recused,” I let out a loud cheer and applauded. Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee, take it away, [...]
THE BEST rumored leak in ages is that Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is on the ramp to replacing the DOJ’s current occupant. Let’s hope this one is true, because after the AP secret dragnet and listening to Mr. “I was recused” for four hours yesterday, it’s time for President Obama to make a move. There [...]
“When you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims.” – Dzhokhar Tsarnaev RETRIBUTION for crimes against Muslims, the note Dzhokhar Tsarnaev left said, according to CBS News. From CBS: Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev left a note claiming responsibility for the April 13 attack on the Boston Marathon, reports CBS News senior correspondent John Miller. [...]
THEY’RE hoping they can finally repeal Obamacare. Maybe the 37th try will be the charm! We have imbecilic cretins running the House of Representatives. From The Hill: The House will vote Thursday to repeal President Obama’s healthcare law — a move Republicans hope will open the door to narrower votes to target specific parts of [...]
THE WAR on women could not have a better example than the Virginia governors race between Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli. Quinnipiac’s latest polling shows McAuliffe up 5 points in a race where neither man is seen to have a clear advantage. McAuliffe is as connected a Democratic elite politician can get, tied closely to [...]
The White House is releasing 100 pages of e-mails and notes related to the Obama administration’s response to the attack on a diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, last September. [USA Today] AFTER keeping the lid on and hoping the Republican caterwauling would subside, the contagion of bad news stories force the White House to make [...]
The Internal Revenue Service has identified two “rogue” employees in the agency’s Cincinnati office as being principally responsible for “overly aggressive” handling of requests by conservative groups for tax-exempt status, a congressional source told CNN. In a meeting on Capitol Hill, acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller described the employees as being “off the reservation,” according [...]
“The way you conduct yourself as a member of Congress is unacceptable and shameful.” – Attorney General Eric Holder to Rep. Darrell Issa [Video via TPM] THE Republican-led House Judiciary Committee is grilling Attorney General Eric Holder. When Rep. Issa had his turn he used the Sean Hannity model of questioning. Interrupt. Filibuster. Over talk. [...]
As applications from conservative groups sat in limbo, groups with liberal-sounding names had their applications approved in as little as nine months. With names including words like “Progress” or “Progressive,” the liberal groups applied for the same tax status and were engaged in the same kinds of activities as the conservative groups. – IRS approved [...]
“People are pretty mad — mad that government has not taken what we do seriously,” one reporter said on Tuesday. “When the news broke yesterday … people were outraged and disgusted. No one was yelling and screaming, but it was like, ‘Are you kidding me!?’” “People are ticked,” said another. “Everyone supports the reporters involved.” [...]
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THE 21st century world offers ways to tweak your appearance, or alter it altogether, with women finally able to combat directly the comparison that’s always been around. Men look distinguished as they age, while women look old, unattractive, or to use Rush Limbaugh’s favorite comment, who wants to look at a woman with wrinkles? The 2012 plastic surgery statistics are out and the American Society of Plastic Surgery tells the story.
The real question about Hillary is this: When people take a new look at her in the coming years, will they see the past or the future — Mrs. Clinton or Madam President? – Maureen Dowd IT’S A classic front page from Huffington Post, coupled with a post by Jason Linkins, which details what’s been going on.
Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy “Here’s what nobody is telling you: Find a husband on campus before you graduate. Yes, I went there.
“Norma Rae is a survivor and for the first time in her life she’s got a chance to become something more… a winner.” – Promo for “Norma Rae” CRITICS like Anne-Marie Slaughter, but especially Maureen I-Love-My-Pearls Dowd, and others [most of whom didn't read the book or do their homework] who are blaming Sheryl Sandberg for being a billionaire Ivy League graduate, while accusing her of letting corporations and government off the hook, are missing a major point.
Great sex doesn’t always just happen. Sometimes, it takes a little planning, especially if — like many Americans — you’ve been in a bit of a sex rut. Do some prep work by turning your bedroom into a love nest: Make the bed (with new, or at least clean, sheets), tidy up, light a candle or two, and queue up a sexy playlist on your iPod.
“You Don’t Own Me” PSA -Official from You Don't Own Me on Vimeo. WHO DOESN’T know the song “You Don’t Own Me,” sung by Leslie Gore? The movie First Wives Club helped to reignite the relevancy of the song.
“Last night I interviewed Jill Stein the presidential candidate for the Green Party on this show. And I confess right now, I should have asked her to just get out of the race.” – Jennifer Granholm, “The War Room” [Current TV] THE ARGUMENT Jennifer Granholm makes above is a tactic that no longer fits the times.
“With that drum magazine, he could have gotten off 50, 60 rounds, even if it was semiautomatic, within one minute,” Chief Oates said. [New York Times] IN THE GAPING MAW of our leadership vacuum stands Aurora Police Chief Daniel Oates, whose resolve, vulnerability and humility inside the vortex of a man made hell revealed what nobody in Congress or either political party has shown in decades. Leadership without regard to anything but his own duty to the people, which included the cops in the eye of volcanic carnage.
“Rick Doblin has done a lot for the field, but he is more of a populist,” Grob says. “We need careful and controlled scientific studies showing the efficacy of these drugs so funding can continue.” Broader awareness of these sorts of end-of-life psychedelic studies could be good for everyone, the researchers say.
*updated below* So much for keep calm and carry on, what Joe Scarborough proclaims to be his motto. It was the weirdest one-on-one back and forth with a high profile talking head imaginable. It makes high school look mature.
**UPDATED** Would we be any worse off with Stephen Colbert as president? I doubt it. Politifact has watched the video “(repeatedly!
Despite rising public concern about the federal budget deficit, Americans favor keeping Social Security and Medicare benefits as they are rather than taking steps to reduce the budget deficit (by 60% vs. 32%). – Public Wants Changes in Entitlements, Not Changes in Benefits This is starting early, so it’s time to revisit the facts.
“If we can prove that a biological attack originated in a country that attacked us, then all bets are off.” – Sect. Hillary Clinton Women can do it, too.
The interview with Obama by George Stephanopoulos wasn’t nearly as contentious as the interview with the Edwardses. No Republican talking points from Stephanopoulos yesterday, like when he accused Edwards of abandoning the troops with this beauty: “Do you think the Democrats should be saddled with the idea of completely cutting off funding for the troops?” Or this one: “You know, a lot of Democrats still in the Senate think that your position here is cynical political theater.
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