- Atheists sue to remove ‘Ground Zero Cross’ from 9/11 museum
- Bishop in Aleppo: ‘We Christians live in fear in Syria’
- Oscar Pistorius vomits during graphic testimony
- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford flubs daylight saving time advice: ‘Turn your clocks back’
- Americans don’t support sending U.S. troops to Ukraine
- Florida lawmakers move to wipe corrupt ‘Boss Hogg’ town from map
- N.C. math whiz to unveil secret of March Madness picks
- An appealing offer: Chiquita merges with Fyffes to make world’s largest banana firm
- Amnesty International says Syria guilty of war crimes for food blockade
- Mitch McConnell on beating tea party: ‘We are going to crush them’
Inside the Beltway: Newt Gingrich: ‘Last conservative standing’
Despite a hair-raising week, Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich now bills himself as “the last conservative standing,” touting a crowded agenda that defies gleeful coverage claiming that he’s out of money and low on voter favorability. Mr. Gingrich campaigns Thursday in Delaware, hosting town halls and appearing on local talk radio. Then it’s on to the real big show.
On Friday, he arrives in St. Louis for the annual National Rifle Association convention, serving as a keynote speaker for the “Celebration of American Values Conference.” Mr. Gingrich has much company for the afternoon event. Also appearing: rival Mitt Romney, former-rival-turned-supporter Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Republican Sens. Roy Blunt and Chuck Grassley, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Rep. Darrell E. Issa, plus John Bolton, Ken Blackwell and Oliver North.
Still, the big convention is a family affair. Mr. Gingrich’s wife, Callista, also appears at the Women’s Leadership Luncheon on Friday for a public “conversation off the campaign trail,” organizers say. Her companion on the dais? That would be Mr. Romney’s wife, Ann.
“A recession is when your neighbor loses his job. A depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.”
FOOD STAMP GAS
Rep. Allen B. West is disturbed that food stamps buy much more than food these days. “I happened to drive by a gas station in Pompano Beach, Fla., in the heart of Congressional District 22, the district I represent. In front of the gas station were large banners proclaiming, ‘We accept EBT SNAP cards.’ This is not something we should be proud to promote,” the Florida Republican says.
The aforementioned acronym stands for “Electronic Benefit Transfer Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program,” a system that allows state governments to provide food and cash benefits through a debit card. Originally created 48 years ago, the program was intended to provide funds for low-income families to buy healthy food, and ultimately boost domestic agriculture. The scope has grown, the lawmaker says.
“Now we see a growing number of businesses in this country, including sit-down and fast food restaurants, standalone and gas station convenience markets, and even pharmacies eager to accept SNAP benefits,” Mr. West observes, noting that since President Obama’s inauguration, the number of Americans receiving assistance has increased by 45 percent, to 46 million.
“The measure of success for our social safety net programs should be that fewer and fewer Americans must rely on them, not more and more,” he adds.
“How much do you know about political parties?” demands the Pew Research Center. Find out how you stand against the rest of America by taking the group’s official 13-question “News IQ” quiz here: http://pewresearch.org
The legal and cultural complexities following the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin has taken yet another political turn. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has now launched a campaign to challenge “Stand Your Ground” laws that have passed in 25 states
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
- New Benghazi investigation published on the 18-month anniversary of the attack
- Inside the Beltway: GOP determined to find out who's behind Clinton lockdown
- Inside the Beltway: A sampler of CPAC wisdom
- Historian: Valdimir Putin using Peter the Great tactics
- Christine O'Donnell eager to re-engage in political debate
Latest Blog Entries
- A startling 20 percent of Democratic lawmakers already endorse Hillary Clinton for president
- Hey food police: calling obesity a 'disease' is actually a health risk
- Cheese and an 'enhanced experience': White House goes showbiz on the State of the Union address
- Cruz calls it a 'circus': the State of the Union spectacle begins
- Half of American fans say God and 'supernatural' forces are in play during sports events
TWT Video Picks
Taxpayers must pay the freight for over-budget train projects
- Kim Jong-un calls for execution of 33 Christians
- Rand Paul wins 2014 CPAC straw poll, Ted Cruz finishes a distant second
- Senate Democrats, Republicans spar over restoring unemployment benefits
- CURL: Today's GOP really is Reagan's 'Big Tent' party
- As Crimea falls, Obama takes Key Largo golf vacation, Biden hits Virgin Islands
- Mitch McConnell on beating tea party: 'We are going to crush them'
- SAUERBREY: Taxing Marylanders until they flee
- Russia besieges Crimea as U.S. seeks diplomacy; Putin remains undeterred by Obama's sanctions
- Investigators puzzle: How does a 777 jetliner just disappear into thin air?
- U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with 'Top Gun'-worthy stunt: 'You really ought to go home'
Pope Francis meets his 'mini-me'
Celebrity deaths in 2014
Winter storm hits states — again