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ABC has this on Obama's presentation last night from the so-called "news" special. President Obama struggled to explain today whether his health care reform proposals would force normal Americans to make sacrifices that wealthier, more powerful people -- like the president himself -- wouldn't face. The probing questions came from two skeptical neurologists during ABC News' special on health care reform, "Questions for the President: Prescription for America," anchored from the White House by Diane Sawyer and Charles Gibson. Dr. Orrin Devinsky, a neurologist and researcher at the New York University Langone Medical Center, said that elites often propose health care solutions that limit options for the general public, secure in the knowledge that if they or their loves ones get sick, they will be able to afford the best care available, even if it's not provided by insurance. Devinsky asked the president pointedly if he would be willing ...
Well, at least some people are concerned about what is going on in Washington DC. Fox News is on track to have its most-watched year ever, showing significant ratings growth despite having just come off a highflying election year. With the second quarter coming to a close, Fox News averaged about the same number of viewers as the top three other cable news networks combined. And while rivals including CNN (down 22 percent) and MSNBC (down 18 percent) took hits following last quarter's inauguration-fueled boost, Fox News (down 3 percent) remained nearly steady. Compared with last year, the Fox News (averaging 2.1 million viewers, 509,000 adults aged 25-54 quarter-to-date) is up both 35 percent over last year in primetime viewers and 48 percent in the demo. CNN (805,000 viewers, 210,000 in the demo) fell both 16 percent in viewers and 29 percent in the demo. MSNBC (787,000 viewers, 259,000 in ...
As people all over the world watched in horror the death of the young Iraninan woman, Neda Soltan, “The Stoning of Soraya M." was a film which could not be released at a more perfect time. Based on a true story and set in 1986, when Soraya refuses to divorce her husband after he falls in love with a 14-year old girl, he schemes with a local mullah to accuse Soraya of cheating on him. While there is no proof of her husband's accusation, Soraya is sentenced to death by stoning. The chilling scene of Soraya's stoning is said to be haunting and is sure to strike a chord with audiences as Neda's death has for web users from all over the world. The movie opens in select theaters in various cities this weekend.
Even left wing members of the media, such as Michael Isikoff, are upset about President Obama's broken promises: As a senator, Barack Obama denounced the Bush administration for holding "secret energy meetings" with oil executives at the White House. But last week public-interest groups were dismayed when his own administration rejected a Freedom of Information Act request for Secret Service logs showing the identities of coal executives who had visited the White House to discuss Obama's "clean coal" policies. . . . . The hard line appears to be no accident. After Obama's much-publicized Jan. 21 "transparency" memo, administration lawyers crafted a key directive implementing the new policy that contained a major loophole, according to FOIA experts. The directive, signed by Attorney General Eric Holder, instructed federal agencies to adopt a "presumption" of disclosure for FOIA requests. This reversal of Bush policy was intended to restore a standard set ...
Outrageous case from Seattle: teens who beat a police officer so badly that he has brain damage get no jail time
This is an amazing case. The teachers for these students apparently said what fine kids they are. They also had little to no criminal records. Yet, these teens got no prison time for beating a police officer, who was laying helplessly on the ground, so badly that the officer suffered permanent brain damage.
MSNBC's Chris Matthews attacked Florida senatorial candidate Marco Rubio for suggesting in a tweet: "I have a feeling the situation in Iran would be a little different if they had a 2nd amendment like ours." Mr. Matthews guffawed at such an idea replying: "Wow, things would be different if the protesters had the constitutional right to bear arms to fight back against the Iranian Guard? I hadn't thought of that. Then again, it wouldn't really be a non-violent protest, would it Mr. Rubio, if the non-violent protesters were walking around with guns." Is everything is so incredibly non-violent in Iran right now, because the Iranian protesters are unarmed, Mr. Matthews? Those who have already witnessed bloodshed on the streets of Tehran would surely disagree with you. If the Iranian people had guns, they would not be beaten to a bloody pulp by the Iranian police, but Mr.Matthews, as a Washington ...
Since Senator Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., reprimanded Brigadier General Michael Walsh for calling her "Ma'am" instead of "Senator," the blogosphere is taking swipes at the senator from California. While apology demanders should not hold their collective breaths anytime soon, here is a flashback from a February 22, 2007 San Francisco Chronicle piece: Did Democratic presidential candidates -- particularly Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton -- miss some opportunities this week to fire away at Sen. Barack Obama? Maybe. Obama, speaking at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco, raised eyebrows Monday at a fundraiser for Sen. Barbara Boxer when, as we reported, the Illinois Senator described his Democratic colleague from California as "a fighter, a leader, a charmer, a cutie." The remark "set off a lot of mumuring," said one Democratic strategist in attendance, "among a lot of very strong powerful women around Boxer there who were offended." The descriptive of a powerful ...
UPDATE 2:15pm- Will.I. Am responds to Mr. Hilton's allegation's via Video Here is something that can put some more sunshine into a certain former Miss California's day. Gossip blogger Perez Hilton claims to have gotten a black eye early Monday morning at the Cobra nightclub from Black Eyed Peas manager Polo Molina, according to the Associated Press today. Mr. Hilton alleges the scuffle was a result of an argument with band members Fergie and will.i.am over Hilton's Web site Hilton tweeted shortly after being punched, alleging in a Twitter post: "I am bleeding. Please, I need to file a police report. No joke."
From Sotomayor's letter saying that she has resigned from the Belizean Grove organization: "I believe the Belizean Grove does not practice invidious discrimination and my membership did not violate the Judicial Code of Ethics, but I do not want questions about this to distract anyone from my qualifications and record," Judge Sotomayor wrote in a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, and ranking Republican, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama. Here is a previous editorial in the Washington Times on whether the Supreme Court case entitled Ricci v. DeStefano, which Sotomayor authored the Circuit court decision. Read that then read this earlier editorial in the Washington Times on the Belizean Grove. It certainly seems that Sotomayor has different standards on discrimination.
Student protesters in Tehran upload video to YouTube to show the world the brutality being used to stop the demonstrations in Iran.***Warning Graphic Video-viewer discretion strongly advised***
Roll Call reports that negotiations over global among House Democrats "blew up last night." This sticking point is over how agriculture will be dealt with in the bill. It seems as if there is some bad blood between the two sides. House Agriculture Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) told Roll Call: “Many didn’t like it. ... The bottom line is we’re not going to consider anything unless we actually see the language and have it for three or four days so we can figure out what it does.”
Obama is praising this plan at the same time that it breaks his promise not to interfere with private insurance policies that people are happy with. The costs for this House proposal are not provided, but they look to be even larger than the at least $1.6 trillion estimated for the Senate Finance Committee plan. As the NY Times headline notes: "House Unveils Health Bill, Minus Key Details." From the WSJ: U.S. House Democrats on Friday unveiled a long-awaited health-care overhaul legislation that includes a new public health insurance plan and generous subsidies for low- and middle-income families to purchase health insurance. Leaders of three committees discussed details of the 852-page draft bill, which includes many details on how to provide coverage to those currently uninsured but almost no details on how to pay for the expanded coverage. The panels - which include the House Ways and Means Committee, the ...
OpenSecrets.org finds that 19 of Obama's Ambassador nominees have "bundled at least $3.4 million for his 2008 presidential run and bundled another $1.4 million for his inauguration."
From sending President Barack Obama a humane fly catcher to this. The granddaughter of Cuban marxist revolutionary leader Ernesto "Che" Guevara posed semi-nude for a PETA ad, reports the Associated Press. Lydia Guevara poses in an ad that tells viewers to "join the vegetarian revolution". American college kids may find it cool to wear t-shirts of her grandfather's face, but giving up pepperoni pizzas, Big-Macs, Birkenstocks, and Doc Martens will likely be a different story.
UPDATED 11:50 pm Senator Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.,demanded Brigadier General Michael Walsh call her "Senator" instead of "ma'am". Senator James Inhofe, R-OK, on the other hand, was addressed as "sir" by General Peter Pace on January 16, 2007. Unlike Ms. Boxer, Mr. Inhofe did not lecture the General over the issue of calling him "sir". Video of Senator Inhofe At 3:37 of the video- Sen. Inhofe: "If you determined in the near future that we need more troops, will you come back and ask for them?" General Pace: "Sir, yes to both. On the Iraqi side...." Compare Senator Inhofe's non-reaction to Senator Boxer's reaction this week: Sen. Boxer: “You know, do me a favor, could you say ’senator’ instead of ‘ma’am? It’s just a thing, I worked so hard to get that title, so I’d appreciate it, yes, thank you,” In the same hearing, Brigadier General Walsh also addressed Senator ...
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