So-Called Religious Freedom
It now seems to be a matter of official house style for major media outlets to put scare quotes around the term “religious freedom” in reporting on state bills and laws closely modeled on the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Netanyahu to White House: 'It’s Useful to Remember Who Your Ally Is and Who Your Enemy Is'
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to a tweet critical of him sent out by the official account of the White House National Security Council last week. The tweet linked to a Fareed Zakaria article, calling it an “Interesting take . . . ...
85 Percent of NH Republican Primary Voters Don't Care That Scott Walker Doesn't Have a College Degree
A new NH1 News poll found that the overwhelming majority of registered Republicans and independents likely to vote in a Republican presidential primary in 2016 do not consider Scott Walker’s lack of a college degree to be disqualifying in a ...
Cruz: 'If Need Be, We Should' Put American Boots on the Ground to Fight ISIS
Senator Ted Cruz said that “if need be, we should” put American boots on the ground to accomplish the mission of destroying the Islamic State.
Speaking to George Stephanopoulos on This Week Sunday, Cruz said that his preferred policy to ...
Nancy Pelosi: As a Catholic Mother of Five, I Refuse to Directly Answer Questions about Abortion
A reporter from CNS News today asked Nancy Pelosi: “Is an unborn child 20 weeks into pregnancy a human being?”
That’s not a question Pelosi is interested in addressing for obvious reasons, so she didn’t answer it.
So the ...
Holder: We’re at War with ‘Those Who Would Corrupt the Islamic Faith’
While French prime minister Manuel Valls declared yesterday that in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, France is engaged in a “war against terror and radical Islam,” Attorney General Eric Holder does not see the conflict in exactly those ...
De Blasio: Garner Case about 'Centuries of Racism' in America
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio this morning in a radio interview with HOT97 suggested that the Eric Garner case is part of a larger pattern of racism in America.
“I see it through the eyes of my family ...
Rep. Labrador: ‘We Should Censure the President’
Republican congressman Raul Labrador called on Congress to formally rebuke President Obama for his executive actions on immigration.
“We should censure the president of the United States,” Labrador told Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation Sunday. “We need to lay ...
Rep. McCaul: 'We Are Not Going to Shut the Government Down'
Representative Mike McCaul (R., Texas), the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, suggested that Congress should exercise the “power of the purse” to combat President Obama’s executive action on immigration, but repeatedly vowed that a government shut down would ...
Scott Brown Couldn’t Shake Carpetbagger Image
The New Hampshire Senate race was one of the few (relative) disappointments in a night of surprisingly good news for conservatives. So why didn’t Scott Brown catch the wave? One thing that jumps out from the exit polls was ...
Manchin: Dem Senate Candidates 'Have Voted Against the President'
Senator Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) sought to distance Democratic senators in tight races from President Obama, despite the president’s recent insistence that they fully support his agenda.
Senator Manchin touted what he called a “moderate team” of Democratic ...
Most Ungraspable Nobel Prize Citation Ever?
Patrick Modiano of France has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for, in the words of the committee, “the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation.”
Kerry: Okay, We Can Call It 'War' if You Want
Secretary of State John Kerry reluctantly got on board with the Obama administration’s message that we are at war, in a sense, with the Islamic State. In an interview that aired this morning on CBS’s Face the Nation, ...
U.S. Soldier in Iraq: Hey Biden, ‘We Can't Even Leave the Front Gate of Our Base’
Bret Baier posted on his blog today a few thoughts from some of the 350 service members deployed by President Obama earlier this week to protect diplomatic personnel and facilities in Baghdad.
Baier passed along an e-mail from a “friend/ special ...
Madeleine Albright: ‘To Put It Mildly, the World Is a Mess’
Former secretary of state Madeleine Albright thinks that there have been two “huge game-changers” in world affairs recently: Putin’s actions toward Crimea and Ukraine and the unraveling of the Middle East.
In an interview with Bob Schieffer on CBS’...
Netanyahu: Hamas Wants 'to Pile Up More and More Dead Bodies of Palestinian Civilians'
One of Israel’s major objectives in the current military operation in Gaza is to dismantle the network of Hamas tunnels uncovered this week, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
“Hamas received international aid from the Qataris and from others,” ...
Rick Perry: Obama ‘Not that Interested’ in Border Crisis
Texas governor Rick Perry said that Obama has ignored his warnings and requests for help on the southern border over the years and shown that he lacks an interest in doing anything to address the issue.
Perry told Bob Schieffer ...
Holder: 'Yes, the Immigration Laws Are Being Enforced'
Attorney General Eric Holder insists that the the Obama administration is enforcing the country’s immigration laws, as a flood of illegal-immigrant children from Central America pours across the southern border.
“Yes, the immigration laws are being enforced,” Holder told ...
Barbara Boxer: Cheney 'Sick' to Criticize Obama on Iraq
Senator Barbara Boxer (D., Calif.) thinks former vice president Dick Cheney’s recent criticism of President Obama’s foreign policy is “sick.”
Boxer was asked by CBS’s Norah O’Donnell to respond to Cheney’s assertion in a recent ...
Obama: We 'Can't Just Play Whac-A-Mole' with ISIS
In an interview with CBS’s Norah O’Donnell airing on Face the Nation Sunday, President Obama said that ISIS is just one of a number of organizations threatening the United States that we will need to “focus” on.
Grimes Won’t Say Whether She Would Have Voted for Obamacare
Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic challenger to Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, refuses to say whether she would have voted for Obamacare. Asked the question twice directly by the Associated Press on Wednesday, she dodged it both times.
“I, when ...
Dick Cheney: Hillary Clinton 'Clearly Bears Responsibility' for Benghazi
Hillary Clinton will ultimately have to answer for the Benghazi attacks, former vice president Dick Cheney says.
“She was secretary of state at the time that it happened,” Cheney told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. “I think she clearly ...
Feinstein Slams Karl Rove's Questioning of Hillary's Health: 'Pathetic'
Senator Dianne Feinstein pushed back against the idea that Hillary Clinton’s health was a legitimate question to raise should she run for president in 2016.
“The Karl Rove effort was pathetic,” she told Candy Crowley on CNN’s State of ...
Boehner 'Can't Predict' Whether He'll Finish Another Term
Speaker John Boehner won’t say whether he’ll serve out a full term in the House if reelected this November. “I’m running for reelection, I expect to be speaker,” Boehner said in an interview with Texas Tribune editor ...
Audio Surfaces of Miss. Senate Candidate's Talk-Radio Comments
Mississippi senator Thad Cochran’s primary challenger Chris McDaniel is being confronted with some remarks he made on air during his days as a talk-radio host. On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal posted a ten-minute audio clip of the state ...
McCain Blasts Obama's 'Shameful' Inaction against Putin, Calls for Arming Ukrainians
Senator John McCain condemned President Obama’s failure to support the Ukrainians with intelligence and weapons, and said that the escalating conflict in eastern Ukraine is due to the United States’ failure to act forcefully enough in response to Putin’...
Samantha Power: Putin's Actions 'Give Credence' to Idea that He Wants Eastern Ukraine
Reacting to news breaking overnight of pro-Russian forces seizing government buildings in eastern Ukrainian cities, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said that the unrest has “all the tell-tale signs of what we saw in Crimea.”
Most Abortion Clinics Not Inspected in New York over Last Decade
Tanning salons and restaurants are subject to more frequent health inspections than are abortion clinics in New York, according to the New York Post:
The state Health Department is failing to inspect many of New York’s abortion clinics — with ...
Slate's Legal Correspondent Confronts Question of Which Supreme Court Justice Most Resembles an IUD
In her Slate column, Dahlia Lithwick answers the question on no one else’s mind but hers following yesterday’s Supreme Court oral argument: If the Supreme Court justices were methods of birth control, what would they be?
You know ...
Romney: Obama's 'Naiveté' about Russia Led to Current Crisis
Mitt Romney on Face the Nation this morning said that “the president’s naiveté with regards to Russia and his faulty judgment about Russia’s intentions and objectives has led to a number of foreign-policy challenges that we face,” notably ...
Rep. Rogers: Putin 'Goes to Bed at Night Thinking of Peter the Great,' 'Wakes Up Thinking of Stalin'
Representative Mike Rogers (R., Mich.), chairman of the Intelligence Committee, said that the United States needs to offer military aid to Ukraine in conjunction with sanctions on Russia.
He told David Gregory on Meet the Press Sunday morning that doing ...
It’s not easy to tell from Sheryl Sandberg’s celebrity-backed initiative to ban the word “bossy” whether she thinks that bossy girls don’t exist or just that the world will be a better place if we pretend they ...
Celebrating National Abortion Provider Appreciation Day
Planned Parenthood of New York City has some ideas about how best to observe National Abortion Provider Appreciation Day today.
You can “help change the overall climate from one where abortion providers are vilified and attacked to one where they ...
Ralph Reed: ‘Time for Eric Holder to Go’ for ‘Impeachable Offense’
Speaking Friday morning to the Conservative Political Action Conference, Ralph Reed said that Attorney General Eric Holder should be removed from office for his counsel to state attorneys general not to defend their states’ marriage laws.
“When the chief law-enforcement ...
Rep. Price: Yes, Obamacare Is Hurting People
Representative Tom Price of Georgia this morning at CPAC warned about the consequences of the perverse incentives Obamacare creates for businesses to escape the burdens it imposes, citing what he calls the “29ers and the 49ers.”
The former are those ...
Grayson Firmly Denies Shoving His Wife
Florida Democratic congressman Alan Grayson has been accused by his wife of pushing her to the ground and injuring her in a domestic dispute over the weekend. Lolita Grayson, who filed for a divorce in January, has also alleged that ...
Public Sector Cuts Workers' Hours in Response to Obamacare
Local governments, public schools, and community colleges across the country are responding to Obamacare’s incentives by reducing employee hours below the 30-hour threshold to avoid having to offer their part-time workers health insurance, the New York Times reports:
One in Five Obamacare Enrollees Not Actually Enrolled
While the Obama administration still can’t say how many Obamacare enrollees have actually completed the enrollment process by paying their premiums, data from industry executives indicate that about one in five have missed the deadline to pay and so ...
Sheryl Sandberg Fights Patriarchy With Stock Photos
Sheryl Sandberg isn’t just telling women to lean in anymore, she’s showing them how.
Sandberg thinks that the current crop of stock images used by media outlets is harming women by showing them in outdated power suits or ...
State Department Releases Keystone Environmental-Impact Report
The State Department this afternoon released its long-awaited Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone Pipeline. The AP reports:
The long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada moved a significant step toward completion Friday as the State Department raised no ...
Keystone Pipeline Decision Could Come During Midterms
Canada may soon get its long-awaited answer on whether it will be allowed to complete construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The Wall Street Journal reports:
The Obama administration is set to complete a critical phase of its Keystone XL ...
New York City Council Passes Ban on Public Use of E-Cigarettes
One of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s final acts before leaving office will be to sign a law expanding the New York City smoking ban to include electronic cigarettes. The City Council voted 43 to 8 last night in favor of banning the ...
Obama to Supporters: Website Problems Have Led to 'Misinformation' about Obamacare
On a conference call last, President Obama said that the troubled rollout of HealthCare.gov had led to “misinformation” being spread about his signature achievement. “Frankly, there have been problems with the website that have created and fed this misinformation,” ...
Healthcare.gov's Mystery Woman Speaks Out
The elusive smiling woman who was the face of Healthcare.gov in the initial weeks of its disastrous rollout has revealed herself to ABC News:
Adriana, who asked that only her first name be used, said she was speaking out ...
Charlie Crist: I'm Pro-Life Except When It Comes to Abortion
Charlie Crist, the former Republican governor of Florida and failed independent Senate candidate turned Democrat, has hinted that he will announce on November 4 his plans to challenge Republican Rick Scott for governor in 2014. “I somewhat know what I’m going ...
HHS Spokeswoman on Obamacare Exchanges: ‘The System Works’
Despite the disastrous rollout of the federal Obamcare exchanges so far, the Health and Human Services Department is expressing some satisfaction with their overall performance. “We know that people are enrolling in coverage and the system works,” HHS spokeswoman Joanne ...
National Park Service Blocks Access to Fishing Sites in Montana
In response to the government shutdown, the National Park Service has erected eight-foot-long concrete barriers to prevent anglers from launching their boats at two fishing access sites along the Bighorn River in Montana, according to a Billings Gazette report.
Labor Federation: Qatar World Cup Construction Will Cost Lives of Thousands of Workers
Construction to prepare for Qatar’s hosting the 2022 World Cup is underway, and the massive effort to build stadiums, hotels, and infrastructure will claim the lives of at least 4,000 migrant workers if current trends continue, according to a report by ...
Bill Daley Drops Out of Illinois Governor's Race, Says Republican Might Win
Bill Daley told reporters this morning that he was dropping his challenge to Democratic governor Pat Quinn in next year’s primary because he was not prepared for the “enormity of the campaign.” Daley, the son of the late Chicago ...
Gowdy: ‘There Are Huge Gaps’ in E-mails Clinton’s Turned Over to Benghazi Committee
Representative Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.), chairman of the House committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attack, said that there are “gaps of months and months and months” in the e-mails that former secretary of state Hillary Clinton has handed over to ...
Colin Powell: 'I Still See' a Dark Vein of Intolerance in the Republican Party
In a discussion about the Department of Justice report released last week on the Ferguson police department, George Stephanopoulos asked former secretary of state Colin Powell for his views about the Republican party and race. “How about your own party’...
Van Jones: Elizabeth Warren Is The Name 'on the Lips of Every Grassroots Democrat’
Former Obama administration green-jobs czar Van Jones doesn’t think voters on the left are ready to accept Hillary Clinton as the de facto Democratic nominee.
Jones told George Stephanopoulos on This Week Sunday that Elizabeth Warren is “the name ...
An Uncomfortable Question
Harper Lee says she is “alive and kicking and happy as hell” about the reaction to the surprising news that she will be releasing a second novel this summer, 55 years after the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird.
Holder: Remember That We’ve ‘Decimated Core al-Qaeda’
In the wake of the terror attacks in Paris, Attorney General Eric Holder reiterated a claim often made by the Obama administration that “core al-Qaeda” has been “decimated.”
While growing evidence has been reported that al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula — ...
MoveOn.org Ready to Launch $1 Million Campaign to Draft Reluctant Elizabeth Warren
MoveOn.org is set to launch a $1 million campaign to urge Senator Elizabeth Warren to run for president, subject to approval by a majority of its members who will vote today. Jonathan Martin reports in the New York Times that ...
‘Just Because It Was in the New York Times Does Not Mean It Was True’
The Washington Post’s fact checker Glenn Kessler awards “Four Pinocchios” today to the claim made by the Obama administration, and by several media outlets, that George H. W. Bush shielded 1.5 million illegal aliens, or 40 percent of the illegal-alien population, ...
Obama: American People Will Want ‘That New Car Smell’ in 2016 Presidential Candidate
Asked if Hillary Clinton had his blessing to try to distance herself from him as she mounts her presumptive 2016 presidential campaign, President Obama responded that he thinks the American people want “that new car smell” in their next president.
Obama: ‘Absolutely Not’ Legitimate for Future Presidents to Apply My Logic on Executive Actions
President Obama rejected the idea that his executive action on immigration sets a precedent for future presidents to enact their preferred policies without Congress, at least if the policy were tax reform.
George Stephanopoulos asked Obama in an interview airing ...
NIAD Director: 'We’re Having an Epidemic of Fear in the United States'
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of NIH’s Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, suggested that Americans’ fears about the disease are blown out of proportion and are often based on ignorance of how it is spread.
“Right now we’...
Christie on Mandatory Ebola Quarantine in N.J., N.Y.: 'This Is Government's Job'
New Jersey governor Chris Christie defended his decision to impose a mandatory 21-day quarantine on health-care workers returning from West Africa against criticism from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci and others.
Asked by Fox ...
Kerry: Some Countries Have Offered Ground Troops to Fight ISIS, but We're Not Interested
Secretary of State John Kerry declined to get into specifics about what sort of help the U.S. could expect from other countries in its fight against the Islamic State, but he said there is one kind of assistance he ...
McDonough: 'We Are at War' with ISIS
White House chief of staff Denis McDonough affirmed that the Obama administration’s current position is that we are in fact at war with the Islamic State, notwithstanding Secretary of State John Kerry’s rejection of the word last week ...
Rand Paul Calls for Demilitarization of Police in Response to Ferguson
Senator Rand Paul (Ky.) has an op-ed up in Time this afternoon reacting to the protests and police response in Ferguson, Mo. It reads in part:
The shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown is an awful tragedy that continues to send ...
Netanyahu: Hamas Has Violated Its Own Ceasefire
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel has accepted multiple ceasefires up to this point in the Gaza conflict but that Hamas has refused to abide by any of them.
“Israel has accepted five ceasefires up to now,” Netanyahu ...
Catholic Bishops Come Out against Anti-Hobby Lobby Bill
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops today sent a letter to U.S. senators outlining its strong opposition to the “Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act of 2014,” i.e. the bill proposed by Senators Patty Murray (D., ...
Netanyahu: 'Sometimes You Just Have to Fight against People Who Want to Murder You'
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended his country’s retaliation against rocket attacks launched at Israel from Gaza, saying that Israel would do “whatever is necessary” to defend itself, and that Hamas is responsible for any civilian casualties that occur.
Representative Goodlatte: There Are No Grounds to Impeach Obama
Representative Bob Godlatte (R., Va.) does not believe President Obama has done anything that would merit impeachment under the Constitution.
“We are not working on or drawing up articles of impeachment,” Goodlatte, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, told George ...
Does Hobby Lobby Limit Women's Access to Birth Control?
Other than their fear of a rising theocracy, the major concern of liberals in the wake of the Hobby Lobby ruling is that it represents a major setback for the cause of access to contraception. Ruth Marcus in the Washington ...
Rubio: 'We Will Either Deal with ISIS Now, or We Will Deal with Them Later'
Senator Marco Rubio warned on Sunday that American security is directly threatened by ISIS’s attempt to establish a caliphate in Iraq from which it can strike out at Western countries. “This is an extremely serious national-security risk for the ...
Kevin McCarthy: 'I Come from the Grassroots'
Representative Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.), fresh off his election to House majority leader this week following Eric Cantor’s unexpected loss to David Brat, defended his conservative bona fides in an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday.
Rove: 'I’m Not Questioning' Hillary Clinton's Health
Karl Rove retreated further from remarks he made this week about Hillary Clinton’s health. Rove set off a media firestorm after it was reported that he suggested Clinton had sustained brain damage from a concussion she suffered in late 2012. ...
Feinstein on Benghazi Committee: 'It's a Hunting Mission for a Lynch Mob'
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) thinks the House select committee on Benghazi is “ridiculous.”
“I think it’s a hunting mission for a lynch mob,” she told CNN’s Candy Crowley on State of the Union Sunday.
Feinstein, the chairman ...
Reid: I Didn't Say What I Said about Adelson
Harry Reid says that his defense of Sheldon Adelson’s spending in politics has been misunderstood. He told Buzzfeed:
Exactly what I said, is that Sheldon Adelson is great on all social issues, that’s what I said. I didn’...
Bill de Blasio's Budget: Counting on the Future to Pay for Progressivism Today
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a proudly “progressive” $73.9 billion budget yesterday (he used the word five times in introducing the blueprint to the press). It includes, the New York Times, reports “significant new spending on education, social ...
Marsha Blackburn: 'Tired of Guys Condescending to Us' over Equal Pay
Tennessee congresswoman Marsha Blackburn explained to a skeptical Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation Sunday that Republicans’ voting against the Paycheck Fairness Act does not mean they are against equal pay for women.
Noting that she found the “war on ...
Rand Paul: My Foreign Policy Is 'Right There' with Reagan's
Kentucky senator Rand Paul avoided directly answering whether or not the United States could “live with” a nuclear Iran, while saying that his “foreign policy is right there with what came out of Ronald Reagan.”
Pressed by ABC’s Jonathan ...
Feminists Attack Kirsten Dunst Over Her Gender Preference
The actress Kirsten Dunst shared some thoughts about femininity and relationships in the May issue of the U.K. edition of Harper’s Bazaar. As is now standard when women celebrities voice more-traditional opinions on such topics, Dunst’s views ...
How to Consciously Uncouple
Celebrity power couple Gwyenth Paltrow and Chris Martin are not merely divorcing; they are consciously uncoupling.
In a Tuesday night post announcing the end of their ten-year marriage, under the headline “Conscious Uncoupling” on Paltrow’s lifestyle blog Goop, the ...
The NHS’s Real-Life Satanic Mills
‘Aborted Babies Incinerated to Heat UK Hospitals,” was the dystopian science-fiction headline under which the London Telegraph reported revelations that some hospitals in Great Britain have been burning the bodies of aborted and miscarried babies alongside medical waste.
The remains ...
Jimmy Carter: 'Unfortunately, No' President Obama Doesn't Ask for My Advice
Former president Jimmy Carter said on Meet the Press Sunday morning that while previous presidents have called on him for help in dealing with foreign-policy matters, that has not been the case with President Obama.
When asked by Andrea Mitchell ...
Ukrainian Foreign Minister: Chances of Going to War with Russia Are 'Growing'
The chances of Ukraine’s going to war with Russia are “growing,” Ukrainian foreign minister Andrii Deshchytsia said on This Week this morning.
As Russian troops mobilize on the eastern border of Ukraine after having seized Crimea, Deshchytsia told Martha ...
Alcohol Battles Brewing in the States
At least six states are taking aim at the country’s byzantine patchwork of state laws governing the sale of alcohol.
As any out-of-towner knows who has attempted to buy wine in a New York City convenience store only to ...
DeMint: Love Is Threatened by the Federal Government
Former South Carolina senator and Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint took the stage to a full ballroom at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday afternoon to talk to the audience about love.
DeMint warned that Americans’ love of country ...
CPAC Immigration Panelist: 'Latino Voters Are the Reagan Democrats of Today'
Two participants in a panel on immigration at CPAC today expressed confidence in their closing statements that Hispanic immigrants will be a source of future votes for the Republican party. “Latino voters are the Reagan Democrats of today,” said Alfonso ...
Tim Scott: 'When the Parents Have a Choice, the Kids Have a Chance'
South Carolina senator Tim Scott made a case at CPAC this morning for his opportunity agenda and school choice by speaking about his own struggles in school, noting that he was not a good student. “I failed civics: I used ...
‘Their empire, his kingdom” is the tagline for Son of God, the new movie depicting Jesus’ life from his birth to his ascension. It captures the film’s central dramatic action: Jesus and the kingdom he preaches present a threat ...
Crist: ‘Can You Even Imagine Not Hugging?’
That would be as unthinkable to Charlie Crist, apparently, as retiring from politics. Even a contagious cold can’t keep him out of the arms of Floridians whose votes he wants, according to a new Washington Post profile:
Charlie Crist ...
Congress Moves to Ban In-Flight Cell-Phone Calls
Yesterday a House committee voted to approve a bill that would ban voice calls on airplanes, in the event that the Federal Communications Commission lifts the current ban on in-flight cell-phone use, a move it is considering.
This is an ...
Massachusetts Democrat Expelled from State House after Conviction for Assaulting a Woman
Yesterday the Massachusetts state house voted, 146–5, to expel Representative Carlos Henriquez, a Democrat who was convicted in January of assaulting a woman.
Though Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and Governor Deval Patrick had called on Henriquez to resign following his conviction, ...
Twisting Sexual-Assault Statistics
‘It is estimated that one in five women on college campuses has been sexually assaulted during their time there — one in five,” President Obama said on Wednesday. The occasion for this lecture: He was announcing the creation of a White ...
Wendy Davis Outraised Greg Abbott over Past Six Months — or Did She?
Last night the Wendy Davis campaign released its fundraising numbers and generated the hoped-for headlines: “Wendy Davis Outraises Greg Abbott in Texas Gov Race”:
Davis said she raised more than $12.2 million from July through December, while Abbott brought in $11.5 million ...
Gallup: Record 72 Percent Say Big Government Greatest Threat
A new Gallup poll finds that a record high of 72 percent of Americans say that big government poses a greater threat to the future of the country than big business or big labor. That number has been steadily rising from 55 ...
Charity Begins . . . on a Horseback Tour of India
“I loved the idea of visiting India’s wide-open, windblown spaces, far from its congested cities and the paths of other travelers,” wrote Sarah Gold in a piece of inadvertent satire appearing in the Wall Street Journal over the weekend. “...
White Texas Man Wins Election after Leading Voters to Believe He’s Black
“This is one of the few times a white guy has pretended to be a black guy and fooled black people,” longtime incumbent Bruce Austin told the Houston Chronicle about the ...
Flashback: ‘Agencies Pledge IT Readiness for Obamacare’
It’s worth revisiting some of the assurances from administration officials over the summer that the technology to support the federal health-care exchanges would be ready for the October rollout:
Despite concerns that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ...
Government to Shut Down 22 Privately Operated Campsites in N.H.
As Columbus Day weekend approaches and New England fall foliage reaches its peak, the U.S. Forest Service has decreed that 22 privately run campgrounds in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest will have to close because of the government ...
Texas First Lady: Abortion 'Could Be a Woman's Right'
Anita Perry, the wife of Texas governor Rick Perry, said on Saturday that she believed abortion “could be a woman’s right.”
Asked how she would respond to women who see abortion as a “women’s rights” issue, she told ...
Poll: 61 Percent Think Debt-Ceiling Raise Should Be Accompanied by Spending Cuts
While President Obama has insisted that he will not negotiate with Republicans in a looming fight over increasing the debt ceiling, a new Bloomberg poll finds that a strong majority of respondents disagree with that position. Sixty-one percent say that ...
Bill Thompson to Drop Bid for NYC Mayor
New York City mayoral candidate Bill Thompson will announce this morning that he will concede the Democratic primary to Bill de Blasio, according to news reports. Thompson had initially vowed to stay in the race until every vote was counted ...