March 30, 2012
Obama pressured over defense cuts WASHINGTON - Republicans pleaded with President Obama on Thursday to negotiate with Congress to avert automatic, across-the-board military cuts that Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has warned would be devastating. The reductions - $50 billion in the first year and $492 billion over a decade - won't kick in until January, but lawmakers argued that Congress and the Obama administration can't wait months to deal with the issue and leave it to a lame-duck session in December.
March 16, 2012
FORMER U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter was in the air in 2008 when the Republican nominee for president, U.S. Sen. John McCain , revealed Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his pick for vice president. "Who?" Specter recalls asking when his flight landed. A few months later, Specter rode with McCain and Palin on the "Straight Talk Express" bus to introduce them at a Delaware County rally. Specter writes in his new book - Life Among the Cannibals: A Political Career, a Tea Party Uprising and the End of Governing as We Know It - that Palin "sat silent" while he urged McCain to support a policy she opposed on embryonic stem-cell research.
March 13, 2012 |
Olivier Martinez , who on Sunday confirmed he's engaged to Halle Berry , sealed his proposal to the American beauty with the most exquisite emerald ring ever beheld. Reporters reportedly fainted at the sight of the bauble, its emeraldine sheen so perfect it was probably forged by the god Thoth himself. Verily viridian, the four-carat rock comes from "closed-down mines in Muzo, Colombia, and the color is perfect," its creator, Paris jeweler Robert Mazlo , tells People.
March 9, 2012
WHEN IT COMES to television and Sarah Palin, there is no winning. There is also no losing. This weekend, just a few days after the former Alaska governor told a CNN reporter who'd staked out her Super Tuesday polling place in Wasilla, Alaska, that "anything is possible," even a Palin draft at the Republican convention, she's the focus of two very different TV portrayals. In one corner, we have HBO's "Game Change," the elite liberal media entry you've probably heard about that stars Julianne Moore as Palin, Ed Harris as John McCain and Woody Harrelson as McCain adviser Steve Schmidt.
March 8, 2012 |
TV Review Game Change 9 p.m. Saturday on HBO. In the political docudrama Game Change , Sarah Palin is dealing with the whirlwind of being named John McCain's running mate in 2008 with unearthly assurance. Until, that is, she sees Tina Fey spoofing her on Saturday Night Live . Seeing herself held up as an object of ridicule on national TV plunges the Game Change Palin into a bitter spiral of withdrawal and anger. Thanks a lot, Tina! The real-life Palin, now a commentator for Fox News, has already expressed her ire with this HBO film.
January 11, 2012
THE GOP PRESIDENTIAL race today hits South Carolina, where Newt Gingrich has a plan for attacking Mitt Romney that resembles a murder-suicide pact. It's "I'll get Mitt even it means that I go down, too. " It's desperate, hard-core politics; at least Newt's in an appropriate state. It was first to secede from the Union and among the last to certify the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote - in 1969. (The amendment was ratified in 1920 by the required 36 states.)
January 8, 2012
1. b. Douglas MacArthur. 2. d. Estes Kefauver, who received 55 percent vs. Truman's 44 percent. 3. False, both won in landslides. 4. c. Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. 5. a. Richard Nixon. 6. False, Johnson beat McCarthy, 49 percent to 41 percent. 7. b. Edmund Muskie. 8. Jerry Brown. 9. False. George H.W. Bush won in 1988 and '92; George W. Bush lost in 2000 to John McCain, but won in 2004. 10. b. Hillary Rodham Clinton.
December 16, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Congress passed a massive $662 billion defense bill yesterday after months of wrangling over how to handle captured terrorist suspects without violating Americans' constitutional rights. A last-minute compromise produced a truce, but lawmakers said the fight's not over. The Senate voted, 86-13, for the measure and will send it to President Obama for his signature. The bill would authorize money for military personnel, weapons systems, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and national-security programs in the Energy Department for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. The legislation is $27 billion less than Obama wanted and $43 billion less than Congress gave the Pentagon this year, a reflection of deficit-driven federal budgets, the end of the Iraq war and the drawdown in Afghanistan.
June 20, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - A fissure has opened up among Republicans over the U.S. role on the world stage as party leaders grapple with whether to confront President Obama this week over the U.S. role in Libya. House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) and other congressional Republican leaders have said that U.S. involvement in NATO's bombing campaign, which hit the 90-day mark Sunday, violates the War Powers Act. The House could seek to cut off money for the war as it takes up the annual Pentagon spending bill late this week.
September 29, 2010
IT HAS TO be said - our leaders are "weenies. " They sit in their offices and go to their board or Council meetings, and "run silent, run deep. " They put on a smug face, slouch back in their huge chairs, even throw a pencil or a tantrum, but they're still weenies. Nancy Pelosi is experiencing it - many colleagues now treat her like she has a disease when, months ago, they stood with her on the health-reform bill. Arlen Specter betrayed his party and didn't care who he weenied on. Joe Sestak wouldn't reveal the deal.