The purpose of Wednesday's hearing of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee was to examine security lapses that led to the killing in Benghazi last month of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three others. But in doing so, the lawmakers reminded us why "congressional intelligence" is an oxymoron. - Dana Milbank After watching hours [...]
THE TEA Party era and uneducated fictionalists like Sean Hannity enjoy rewriting American history and hoisting on our founders qualities they don't deserve. As a strong admirer of Jefferson's mind and engineering genius, just visit Monticello some time, his evil racism was obviously a product of the era, but it is no less diabolical. The [...]
With a mocking tone that drew hoots of laughter, Clinton imitated Romney saying, "I don't have that tax plan I had for the last two years. Are you going to believe me or your lyin' eyes here?" - Bill Clinton works Las Vegas crowd, mocking Mitt Romney CLASSIC CLINTON.
BAD GIRL. I have been remiss in not giving a nod to the Washington Nationals, who are now up against my beloved St. Louis Cardinals in the playoffs. When we arrived in the Washington, D.C. area I made sure to see the opening game that year. Dragging my husband to the stadium, I don't remember [...]
IT HAPPENED on Sunday, with everyone in the Washington area, but also around the world, crushed. From the Washington Post: On Sunday, panda keepers heard Mei cry out in an unusual way and took it to be a mother's signal that something was wrong with the cub. While one zookeeper distracted Mei, zoo veterinarians removed [...]
WHERE ELSE would a mega star light it up? During a break between songs in Amsterdam. Praising the 'wondrous' drug, the 26-year-old singer told fans she had cut down on drinking alcohol because she prefers smoking the substance. Decriminalize it, already, then legalize it.
IT'S HARD to imagine pro football looking worse, but the complaints about the replacement referees have become deafening. I grew up an avid football fan who never missed a Cardinal football (though baseball was my sport). The Washington Post's Tracee Hamilton takes down the NFL and the union on what's been a disastrous move to [...]
"The voters of this district have sent me to Washington because I said I'm willing to fight for them on Medicare, make sure the lobbyists pay for their fair share and get our budget under control," she said. "Whatever happens nationally, I'm very focused on my new district. "The question is: Did I have the [...]
Daou and Boyce will get their day in court, which will begin with discovery. Via the Wall Street Journal, reporting by the AP: A judge in New York City has refused to throw out a lawsuit by two Democratic political consultants who allege that The Huffington Post's founders stole the idea for the popular website [...]
First Lady Michelle Obama in a stunning Tom Ford gown, complete with long white gloves to suit the formal occasion, as well as to die for earrings, though they are very hard to see in this photo. It was absolutely her most beautiful style moment yet, reminding me of the head to toe glamor of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy that once made history. Her president husband, however, ran into a little trouble with the toast. REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT TO PARLIAMENT Westminster Hall London, United Kingdom 3:47 P.M. BST THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Thank you. (Applause.) My Lord Chancellor, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Prime Minister, my lords, and members of the House of Commons: I have known few greater honors than the opportunity to address the Mother of Parliaments at Westminster Hall. I am told that the last three speakers here have been the Pope, Her Majesty the Queen, and Nelson Mandela — which is either a very high bar or the beginning of a very funny joke. (Laughter.) I come here today to reaffirm one of the oldest, one of the strongest alliances the world has ever known. It’s long been said that the United States and the United Kingdom share a special relationship. And since we also share an especially active press corps, that relationship is often analyzed and overanalyzed for the slightest hint of stress or strain. Of course, all relationships have their ups and downs. Admittedly, ours got off on the wrong foot with a small scrape about tea and taxes. (Laughter.) There may also have been some hurt feelings when the White House was set on fire during the War of 1812. (Laughter.) But fortunately, it’s been smooth sailing ever since. The reason for this close friendship doesn’t just have to do with our shared history, our shared heritage; our ties of language and culture; or even the strong partnership between our governments. Our relationship is special because of the values and beliefs that have united our people through the ages. Centuries ago, when kings, emperors, and warlords reigned over much of the world, it was the English who first spelled out the rights and liberties of man in the Magna Carta. It was here, in this very hall, where the rule of law first developed, courts were established, disputes were settled, and citizens came to petition their leaders. Over time, the people of this nation waged a long and sometimes bloody struggle to expand and secure their freedom from the crown. Propelled by the ideals of the Enlightenment, they would ultimately forge an English Bill of Rights, and invest the power to govern in an elected parliament that’s gathered here today. What began on this island would inspire millions throughout the continent of Europe and across the world. But perhaps no one drew greater inspiration from these notions of freedom than your rabble-rousing colonists on the other side of the Atlantic. As Winston Churchill said, the “”¦Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights, Habeas Corpus, trial by jury, and English common law find their most famous expression in the American Declaration of Independence.” For both of our nations, living up to the ideals enshrined in these founding documents has sometimes been difficult, has always been a work in progress. The path has never been perfect. But through the struggles of slaves and immigrants, women and ethnic minorities, former colonies and persecuted religions, we have learned better than most that the longing for freedom and human dignity is not English or American or Western “”- it is universal, and it beats in every heart. Perhaps that’s why there are few nations that stand firmer, speak louder, and fight harder to defend democratic values around the world than the United States and the United Kingdom. We are the allies who landed at Omaha and Gold, who sacrificed side by side to free a continent from the march of tyranny, and help prosperity flourish from the ruins of war. And with the founding of NATO “”- a British idea “”- we joined a transatlantic alliance that has ensured our security for over half a century. Together with our allies, we forged a lasting peace from a cold war. When the Iron Curtain lifted, we expanded our alliance to include the nations of Central and Eastern Europe, and built new bridges to Russia and the former states of the Soviet Union. And when there was strife in the Balkans, we worked together to keep the peace. Today, after a difficult decade that began with war and ended in recession, our nations have arrived at a pivotal moment once more. A global economy that once stood on the brink of depression is now stable and recovering. After years of conflict, the United States has removed 100,000 troops from Iraq, the United Kingdom has removed its forces, and our combat mission there has ended. In Afghanistan, we’ve broken the Taliban’s momentum and will soon begin a transition to Afghan lead. And nearly 10 years after 9/11, we have disrupted terrorist networks and dealt al Qaeda a huge blow by killing its leader “”- Osama bin Laden. Together, we have met great challenges. But as we enter this new chapter in our shared history, profound challenges stretch before us. In a world where the prosperity of all nations is now inextricably linked, a new era of cooperation is required to ensure the growth and stability of the global economy. As new threats spread across borders and oceans, we must dismantle terrorist networks and stop the spread of nuclear weapons, confront climate change and combat famine and disease. And as a revolution races through the streets of the Middle East and North Africa, the entire world has a stake in the aspirations of a generation that longs to determine its own destiny. These challenges come at a time when the international order has already been reshaped for a new century. Countries like China, India, and Brazil are growing by leaps and bounds. We should welcome this development, for it has lifted hundreds of millions from poverty around the globe, and created new markets and opportunities for our own nations. […]