- Chicken pox outbreak puts illegal immigrant facility on lockdown
- Obama to Republicans: ‘Stop just hatin’ all the time’
- U.S. chemical sites vulnerable despite millions spent on security: Congress
- Driverless cars to hit the British streets by 2015
- GOP presses to scrap IRS commissioner position — but put in panel
- New bill would make sure women in military can get free birth control
- Trafficking bust reveals worries over missing kids; minors as young as 11 found
- Catholic League slams Obama: ‘Do Christian lives mean so little to you?’
- National laboratory cancels ‘Southern Accent Reduction’ classes after outcry
- U.S. woman with Ebola is stable, improving, son says
Inside the Beltway
Question of the Day
The BP oil spill is hideous. But it also presents a golden opportunity for advocacy groups with high-profile fundraising and political activism on their minds. Greenpeace already has daubed a Shell Oil drilling supply ship with the words, “Arctic Next?” written in oil from the spill. The Sierra Club has created a fundraising effort from Rush Limbaugh’s recent waggish suggestion that the group “pick up the tab for the leak.” The Natural Resources Defense Council and the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization are to announce the 15 national parks “most at peril” on Wednesday, casting the spill as a “manifestation of our country’s dangerous over-dependence on fossil fuels.”
The National Park Foundation - official charity of America’s national parks - launched the National Parks Disaster Recovery Fund; the National Wildlife Federation also inaugurated instant fundraising conducted via phone texting to benefit wildlife affected by “the senseless tragedy.”
The Climate Alliance, founded by Al Gore, has weighed in on the “tragic event,” with Chief Executive Maggie Fox advising, “If we want to truly protect our environment, our national security and our economic well-being, President Obama and the Senate must step up their efforts to pass comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation.”
The legal realm also is percolating. The Food & Water Watch has filed a federal lawsuit seeking a temporary injunction to halt operations on another BP oil-drilling platform, deeming the site “a ticking time bomb.” The experts also arriving: Robert F. KennedyJr., described by HB Litigation Conferences as “an international leader in environmental protection efforts,” will be on the faculty of an upcoming two-day networking conference for lawyers interested in liability of the spill, already awash with 100 lawsuits and counting.
DREAMING OF DRONES
“I would ask you, as overseas operations in Iraq and Afghanistan permit, to consider the wider deployment of unmanned aerial vehicles along our nation’s southern border. I am aware of how effective these assets have become in operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, and it seems UAV operations would be ideal for border security and counter-drug missions.”
(Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, in a letter to President Obama requesting that Predator drones be added to the state’s arsenal)
Combating Racism Allegations is a public workshop and forum for the Tea Party Unity Convention, scheduled for July 15 through 17 in Las Vegas. Also on the program: How to Raise $50,000 in 90 days, Losing Our Religion, and Freedom of Information Act and Open Government Laws. Organizer Judson Phillips tells Inside the Beltway that the festivities also include the Tea Party Nation Conservative Film Festival, the Ronald Reagan Film Awards and the Conservative Book Fair, plus speakers Lou Dobbs, Joseph Farah, Andrew Breitbart, Neal Boortz, Michael Reagan, Mark Thiessen, Tom Fitton, Richard Viguerie and 15 more.
ALSO JUST ADDED
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will honor Paul McCartney on June 2 with a tribute concert in the East Room boasting performances by Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello, Faith Hill, Dave Grohl, Herbie Hancock, Emmylou Harris, Jack White and the Jonas Brothers,and uh, Jerry Seinfeld will pay tribute to Mr. McCartney, who is to receive the Library of Congress’ George and Ira Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
PBS will broadcast the whole thing July 28 for everyone whose invitation was lost in the mail.
Advice for everybody from Politickles editor F.R. Duplantier:
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
A graduate of Syracuse University, Jennifer Harper writes the daily Inside the Beltway column and provides additional coverage of breaking national news, plus long-term trends in politics, media issues, public opinion, popular culture, Hollywood foibles and “eureka” moments in health and science.
She has been a frequent broadcast commentator on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, C-SPAN, Voice of America, Citadel Broadcasting, ...
TWT Video Picks
- Geraldo Rivera: Matt Drudge 'doing his best to stir up a civil war'
- Lois Lerner hated conservatives, new emails show
- Catholic League slams Obama: 'Do Christian lives mean so little to you?'
- CARSON: Rudderless U.S. foreign policy
- Patent workers paid to exercise, shop, do chores: report
- Fla. mom arrested for allowing 7-year-old son to walk to park alone
- Obama thanks Muslims for 'building the very fabric of our nation'
- Obama mum on where illegal immigrant children are sheltered
- National laboratory cancels 'Southern Accent Reduction' classes after outcry
- Federal judge grants 90-day stay in D.C. gun case
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world