Hillary’s book tour from Hell: ‘Broke’ comment, NPR flap likely tip of iceberg スタートでつまずいたヒラリー氏の新著ツアー
As soon as her new book hit store shelves Tuesday, Hillary Rodham Clinton became one of Twitter’s biggest punch lines, mocked for her claim she and her husband were penniless when they exited the White House in 2001.
Cantor to officially step down as House Majority Leader on July 31, backs McCarthy as replacement カンター下院院内総務７月31日に退任、後任にマッカーシー氏推す
Rep. Eric Cantor said Wednesday that he will step down as House majority leader at the end of July, after losing a primary election Tuesday, igniting a short, spirited race to fill his post in a vote of the full House GOP next week.
President Obama insists his swapping an American soldier for terrorists is perfectly legal. Congress last year put language in the defense appropriations bill that limits the administration’s ability to transfer prisoners from Guantanamo. When Mr. Obama swapped five top Taliban prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl he defied both Congress and the law.
This conflict was set up with a stroke of a pen last year. “I continue to oppose this provision,” Mr. Obama wrote in a January 2013 signing statement, “which substitutes the Congress‘ blanket political determination for careful and fact-based determinations, made by counterterrorism and law enforcement professionals, of when and where to prosecute Guantanamo detainees.”
Delay for Obamacare website for small businesses forces states to rethink options 小企業のオバマケア登録に遅れ システムの利用を見直す州も
President Obama hailed the effects of his health care law this spring when 8 million Americans signed up on the individual market, but the Obamacare marketplace for small businesses remains a work in progress.
The small-business exchanges, or SHOPs, were supposed to be an easy way for employers of 50 or fewer full-time workers to gain leverage in the insurance market and provide coverage options to their employees.
Taliban calls Bergdahl prisoner exchange ‘great victory’ in viral video of swap タリバンが動画公開、捕虜交換は「大勝利」
A Taliban-produced video that juxtaposes the handover of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to U.S. Special Forces with images of five freed former Guantanamo inmates in Qatar went viral Wednesday across the Pakistani, Afghan and English-language media.
U.S. officials, who would only speak on background, said American intelligence analysts were closely monitoring the video’s spread, and a former senior Pentagon official acknowledged that the Taliban was exploiting it to push a message of victory – just as the Obama administration came under increased scrutiny over the secret nature and other details of the prisoner swap.
Michelle Obama has challenged congressional Republicans to a food fight. The first lady lashed out Tuesday at House leaders who have been assisting school districts trying to get out of federal school-lunch dictates. “It’s unacceptable to me,” she said, “not just as first lady, but also as a mother.”
The White House has busied itself confiscating school-cafeteria menus and replacing them with recipes imposed from Washington to limit calories, restrict sweets and processed foods, and force kids eat their fruits and vegetables. As every mother knows, an edict won’t get Miles or Olivia or Savannah to eat their green beans.
Liberals have been piling on Rep. Lamar Smith and his fellow House Republicans for failing to hold more committee hearings on climate change, but Thursday’s often-heated testimony probably wasn’t what the movement had in mind.
The House Science, Space and Technology Committee heard from scientists who poked holes in the prevailing catastrophic theory of man-made climate change and said researchers are under pressure to support more alarming scenarios.
First lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday chided congressional Republicans for attempting to roll back her school lunch standards, calling the effort “unacceptable” and accusing lawmakers of playing politics with the health of young students. The unusual step by Mrs. Obama, who largely has avoided political scuffles during her husband’s time in office, underscores the growing unrest around the initiative and a real chance that the standards, at least in their current form, may not survive much longer.
If Maryland veers farther left, it might one day fall into Deep Creek Lake, out where there’s room for an empty wasteland. Marylanders weary of do-good taxes and the notions and policies of the looney left have been packing up to leave. It’s good for the U-Haul business, but not for anyone else.
Alex X. Mooney, once a Maryland state senator, took his bags and furnishings to West Virginia, where last week he won the Republican nomination for that state’s open 2nd District congressional seat. Mr. Mooney was narrowly defeated for a fourth term in the Maryland Senate in 2010 after a lot of liberal Democratic voters were transferred to his district.
Despite a decade of battle, Afghan security forces remain poorly equipped to care for their wounded, according to a Pentagon report that provides the latest stark warning about the American withdrawal from that war-torn country.
The Defense Department inspector general found that while the Afghan Air Force has made some significant strides in medical evacuations from the battlefield, there are major gaps in the ability to care for the Afghan National Police (ANP) who are the front lines of daily security and the frequent target of bombings and shootings.
The Obama administration deepened the U.S. military’s involvement in the battle to contain the terrorist group Boko Haram Wednesday, announcing the deployment of 80 American troops to help in the search for more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the shadowy Nigeria-based Islamist group last month.
The White House offered few specifics of the deployment, saying in a letter to Congress only that the “U.S. Armed Forces personnel” are being deployed to neighboring Chad, where they will support American surveillance drone operations that began over nearby northern Nigeria last week as part of the effort to locate the missing girls.
Lois Lerner has competition in Texas as the undisputed queen of harassment. For the past two years, the Texas Ethics Commission has been harassing Empower Texans and seven other conservative organizations with an order, renewed last month, demanding that the groups hand over subscriber lists, the names of all contributors, bank records and correspondence. The commission hasn’t asked for Christmas card lists or favorite chili recipes, but it’s still early.
Ms. Lerner issued similar demands to Tea Party groups throughout the country from her position monitoring harassment targets at the Internal Revenue Service. A liberal Wisconsin prosecutor went after conservative groups with the same zeal until a federal judge ordered his investigation shut down.
White House National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice predicted Wednesday that the House’s new investigation into the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack won’t uncover any new information, saying the ground has already been thoroughly explored. “House and Senate committees have pronounced on this repeatedly, so it’s hard to imagine what further will come of yet another committee,” said Ms. Rice, who played a key role in the administration’s early public relations push to characterize the attacks as mob violence spurred by an anti-Islam video, rather than a coordinated assault on the U.S. facility.
The professional grievance industry suffered a sharp setback Monday when the Supreme Court ruled that a prayer does not offend the Constitution. In Town of Greece, N.Y., v. Galloway, the fringe busybodies who claim offense at the sight of folded hands or bowed head in public lost an avenue for agitation.
The 5 to 4 majority held that a city council doesn’t establish a state religion, which the First Amendment prohibits, by starting a meeting with a moment of silence or an invocation that reflects the community’s beliefs.