- Despite Dennis Rodman’s better wishes, the U.S. and China have agreed to new North Korea sanctions. North Korea, in turn, has threatened to cancel the Korean War cease-fire.
- Escort says she was paid to help frame Sen. Menendez in a prostitution scandal. She now says she has never met Menendez.
- Relief agencies can’t keep up with nearly 1 million Syrian refugees.
- Pro-Israel lobby AIPAC has “lost the debate” over Iran policy.
- Jeb Bush’s “colossal political miscalculation” on immigration.
- 8 figures to know in the Keystone XL pipeline fight.
- Mitt Romney spoke to Fox News on Sunday about his “47%” comment: “What I said is not what I believe.” Mother Jones, which produced the video, doesn’t believe the response.
- New Republic: John Boehner, “Master Negotiator.” New Yorker: “The Powerless Presidency.”
"Famed journalist Bob Woodward claimed today that the head of Amtrak is trying to kill him.
The surprising charge stems from an email Woodward received last week referencing a "bullet train" Amtrak is hoping to build from Chicago to St. Louis.
Although the message reads like a perfectly innocuous request for a journalist to cover a story, the frequent use of the word "bullet" has left Woodward fearing for his life."
A little humor for today.
"As the politicians look for a way forward, conservative lawmakers say that new budget projections make their case for them. Federal tax revenue is forecast to hit a record $2.7 trillion this year, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)."
This despite the loss of 8.5 million jobs since Obama took office.
News alert for low information libs:
"Tax revenue to hit record this year. So is spending 'the problem'?"
The Middle East is mired in a philosophy out of the dark ages. Anything that occurred post 700 AD is anathema to them.Isn't it funny when Paule calls other people anti-Semites and then posts gems like this?
"Back in my teaching days, many years ago, one of the things I liked to ask the class to consider was this: Imagine a government agency with only two tasks: (1) building statues of Benedict Arnold and (2) providing life-saving medications to children. If this agency’s budget were cut, what would it do?
The answer, of course, is that it would cut back on the medications for children. Why? Because that would be what was most likely to get the budget cuts restored. If they cut back on building statues of Benedict Arnold, people might ask why they were building statues of Benedict Arnold in the first place."
Now do you get it, Hive Drones?
WASHINGTON—With the dramatic, across-the-board sequestration scheduled to occur this week, the nation’s leading economists have warned that President Obama and Congress must come to a compromise on the budget by Mar. 1, and then again by Apr. 1, and then Apr. 20, Apr. 28, and—after Congress is once again unable to come to a comprehensive agreement to fully stabilize the economy—May 1, along with agreements twice a week, every week, for the next four years.
Experts say that without reaching a deal this Friday, the automatic $85 billion reduction in government spending will immediately slow the U.S. economy and impact thousands of middle-class citizens. Officials said the same exact thing will happen next month, the month after that, and the month after that if Obama and Congress fail to meet deadlines created by the preceding, incomplete deals.
This despite the loss of 8.5 million jobs since Obama took office.
"Let me make things up and see if they stick" ~Paulejb
The Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms that a lot of jobs have been created under Obama's leadership -- 4.4 million by the bureau's latest count. What Obama did not say, however, was that the nation shed 4.3 million jobs during the early days of his term, and that the net gain since he took the oath of office in January 2009 is just 125,000 jobs.
@paulejb Conservative Lawmakers also say they had nothing to do with the loss of 8.5 Million Jobs. This would be a lie as well.
"This despite the loss of 8.5 million jobs since Obama took office."
Like you care, you anti-semitic moron.
News alert for low information Paule, taxes are still at historic lows, and with a vastly larger population, economy and GDP, it's not enough to cover it. Yes, taxes and spending are the problem.
@paulejbFrom that same article:
"An impasse over the shape of the federal budget keeps boiling down to this basic plotline: Democrats say the solution to high deficits must include more tax revenue, while Republicans say the fundamental problem is spending." and the write is wrong, democrats say that revenue is part of the solution, not the only solution. Man this is the same centrist pundit garbage that Joe Klein regularly writes.
@paulejb It would help if you read what you post fool. From the article you just posted:
Yes, if $2.7 trillion in revenue materializes this year, that would set a record. It would surpass the prior peak of $2.6 trillion, set back in fiscal year 2007 before the recession began.
But that doesn’t mean federal tax receipts are fully back to normal.Economists generally compare taxes and spending to the size of overall economy. That’s because demands on government often increase as the economy grows and population rises. And the value of tax receipts needs to be adjusted for inflation, to give a real sense of purchasing power
The truth is often painful, Donnie.
@paulejbFrom the same article:
"Republicans in the House of Representatives have offered to pass legislation giving President Obama the authority to pick and choose what gets cut — anywhere in the trillions of dollars of federal spending — rather than being hemmed in by the arbitrary provisions of the sequester.
This would minimize the damage done by budget cuts concentrated in limited areas, such as the Defense Department. But it serves Obama’s interest to maximize the damage and the public alarm because he can direct that alarm against Republicans.
President Obama has said that he would veto legislation to let him choose what to cut. That should tell us everything we need to know about the utter cynicism of this glib man."
The last sentence already tells you what an unbiased journalist the writer of the article is but on the content, the sequester was designed to inflict harm and damage in order to be to idiotic to let it go into effect. Also giving the authority to the President on what to cut is to be able to blame the cuts on him which is solely a political ploy. The repugs agreed to the deal, now live with it and don't try to weasle your way out of it.
Sowell compared President Barack Obama's actions to Adolf Hitler's in a June 2010 editorial for Investor's Business Daily titled "Is U.S. Now On Slippery Slope To Tyranny?" Sowell described the role of uninformed citizens ("useful idiots") in the rise of Hitler and Vladimir Lenin, arguing that the U.S. was on a "slippery slope to tyranny" because citizens were not thinking about the issues. The example he gave was the creation of a relief fund for the BP oil spill, in which he asked rhetorically what gave the President an unconstitutional "authority to extract vast sums of money from a private enterprise and distribute it as he sees fit to whomever he deems worthy of compensation." This comparison was criticized by liberal groups such as Media Matters and the Democratic National Committee, who said that the article would be considered "ridiculous if it weren't so vile," noting that "it deserves to be marginalized." However, some conservatives endorsed Sowell's comparison. Sarah Palin recommended it to her Twitter followers, prompting the President of People for the American Way, Michael B. Keegan, to ask whether Palin "agree[d] with Sowell that President Obama's work to hold BP accountable for the worst oil spill in American history can be compared to the actions of Hitler?" Republican Representative Louie Gohmert of Texas's 1st congressional district recommended the column on the floor of the United States House of Representatives shortly after the publication of the article.
Disregard, more National Review garbage. I understand why you like that joke of a website.
@paulejb What exactly were you teaching Troll? Hate and propaganda 101?
@paulejb The false equivalency is really staring to irk me. The repubs are entranched in their only spending cuts meme. The dems want a balanced approach, whoc is the obstinant child in this? Hint the name starts with R.
Oh yeah, he's a super-genius. Here he is in '93, touting mortgage backed securities. Y'know, the kind of crap that, combined with Bush's unpaid war, nearly crashed the economy.
Brilliant. I guess Gordon Gecko couldn't be reached for comment. paulie's a perfect example of a low information FoxNews-fed conservative who thinks he's clever because he consumes a steady diet of lies that support his twisted worldview and can regurgitate on command.
'Obama’s “recovery” WORSE than Bush’s “recession!” '
"American incomes declined more in the three-year expansion that started in June 2009 than during the longest recession since the Great Depression, according an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by Sentier Research LLC.
Median household income fell 4.8 percent on an inflation- adjusted basis since the recession ended in June 2009, more than the 2.6 percent drop during the 18-month contraction, the research firm’s Gordon Green and John Coder wrote in a report today."
@Tero (mind you, all of them are whooping my Flames)
"I live in a city of several million"
So do I need to boo the Habs, the Leafs or the Canucks?