June 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - About once a week, like clockwork, House Speaker John A. Boehner insists in a Capitol news conference that jobs and the economy are the "No. 1 concern" of his GOP majority. But from week to week, there's often another priority in the House. On Tuesday, it was abortion, as Republicans passed one of the most stringent restrictions in a decade. In recent weeks, GOP-run committees held numerous hearings to investigate the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative nonprofits and the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya.
June 14, 2013 |
The computer of an investigative reporter for CBS News was indeed hacked, the network said Friday. Sharyl Attkisson, known for controversial exposes on the Justice Department's disastrous "Fast and Furious" gun-tracking operation as well as the attack on Benghazi, Libya, that has bedeviled the Obama administration, said last month that her work and personal computers had been "compromised" by an unknown party. At the time she said she had no details on who was hacking her but compared her case to that of James Rosen, a Fox News reporter whose emails were allegedly searched by the Justice Department after he had reported on CIA intelligence on North Korea.
June 11, 2013 |
The contradictions at the heart of the Obama presidency are finally out in the open. As a result, a man who came into office hellbent on restoring faith in government is on the verge of inspiring a libertarian revival. There have always been (at least) two Barack Obamas. There is the man who claims to be a nonideological problem-solver, keen on working with anybody to fix things. And there is The One: the partisan, left-leaning progressive-redeemer. As E.J. Dionne, a columnist who can usually be counted on to make the case for Obama better than Obama can, recently wrote, the president "has been a master, as good politicians are, at presenting different sides of himself to different constituencies.
June 5, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Praising “their integrity and their heart,” President Obama on Wednesday announced a shuffling of his top national security aides, including the departure of National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, the elevation of United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice to Donilon's position and the nomination of longtime advisor Samantha Power to lead the U.S. mission to the UN. During their years of service in his White House, Obama said, the...
May 31, 2013 |
SIMI VALLEY - Rounding out a week of visits with technology company executives and potential 2016 donors in California, Sen.Rand Paul told Republicans Friday night that the GOP would continue to lose California and other states on the West Coast if it did not adopt a more welcoming attitude toward Latinos and make a more appealing pitch to black voters through issues like school choice and education reform. Outlining his vision for the growth of the Republican Party to a sold-out crowd at theRonald ReaganPresidential Library, the senator from Kentucky said he had been able to stir interest among young voters -- who otherwise have fled the Republican Party -- with his brand of libertarian and conservative politics and his frequent assertion that government “is out of control.” He noted that his March filibuster on theObamaadministration's use of drones - a 13-hour event that made him, at least briefly, a Twitter sensation and something of a folk hero - drew a huge audience on CSPAN, including many young people.
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May 28, 2013 |
Newport Beach police said Tuesday that it appeared that only one vehicle was involved in a car crash that killed five people. Firefighters and police responded to the scene just north of Jamboree Road and Island Lagoon Drive at 5:20 p.m. Monday and found a late-model Infiniti split in two, 100 feet from where it apparently smashed head-on into a tree. The crash happened on a downhill stretch toward Pacific Coast Highway. Newport fire Capt. Glenn White, who was on duty at the Balboa fire station, said that rescuers were dispatched at 5:23 p.m. after an initial report of a multiple-vehicle crash with the possibility of pedestrians being struck.
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May 27, 2013 |
Many of the nation's Memorial Day ceremonies Monday will honor those who fell in long-ago wars, in order that they not be forgotten. But the ceremony at the Mt. Soledad cross in San Diego will honor two former Navy SEALs killed more recently, under circumstances still hot with political controversy. Plaques will be unveiled honoring Glen A. Doherty and Tyrone S. Woods, killed by a terrorist attack while working as security contractors at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
May 26, 2013
Re "Obama's 'idiot' defense," Opinion, May 21 Jonah Goldberg says the White House faces three scandals not because of lying but because a government "that takes on too much will make an idiot out of anyone who thinks there's no limit to what it can do. " His examples don't support this. It appears that the IRS office tasked with evaluating applications from groups seeking tax-exempt status had been left almost on its own due to cutbacks. The office needed more help, not less.
May 25, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The White House decided to release internal emails about the deadly attack on the diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya - but only after summaries of the exchanges had leaked. The president's spokesman disclosed details of closed-door discussions about a report that found the IRS targeted conservative groups - but did so in a drip-drip-drip fashion that only raised more questions. And in a speech meant to expose the top-secret drone program to public examination, President Obama shrouded key details, such as whether the CIA would still use drones.
May 24, 2013 |
Maybe because President Obama said so many other things in his speech Thursday -- about drones, Guantanamo and a “new phase” in the war against terrorism -- a reference to Benghazi didn't attract much attention. But, at the risk of over-interpretation, it struck me as another attempt by the president to counter the Republican claim that he refused to recognize Benghazi as a terrorist attack. Here's what Obama said: “Now, make no mistake, our nation is still threatened by terrorists.