WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas ripped the media and took a subtle dig at President Obama during anCSPAN interview
dated from April 9th.
When asked about how he felt about the nation’s first black
President, Barack Obama, Thomas said he always knew it would have to be a
person who was “approved by the elites and the media” because if it was
someone who they didn’t agree with, that person would be picked apart.
“Any black person who says something that is not the prescribed
things that they expect from a black person will be picked apart… So, I
always assumed it would be someone the media had to agree with,” Thomas
NEW YORK -- For the first time in history, the voter turnout rate of black Americans was higher than whites in the 2012 elections, according to a new analysis.
The “Obama effect” revved up the black vote in November, securing the nation’s first African-American President a second term, according to an analysis by the Associated Press.
“The 2012 turnout is a milestone for blacks and a huge potential turning point,” said Andra Gillespie, a political science professor at Emory University.
“What it suggests is that there is an ‘Obama effect’ where people were motivated to support
NEW YORK -- The so-called Immigration Innovation (I-Squared) Act of 2013 (S.169) would dramatically expand the number of visas for foreign high-tech workers.
These visas, called H-1B, are already bad public policy. At a time of record long-term unemployment, the I-Squared bill would only make things worse.
Foreign workers holding H-1B visas displace U.S. workers. An employer does not have to show a shortage of U.S. workers before hiring an H-1B holder.
Meanwhile, the foreign workers are at the mercy of the single employer they come to work for.
WASHINGTON -- A United Nations treaty to ban discrimination against people with disabilities went down to defeat in the Senate on Tuesday in a 61-38 vote.
The treaty, backed by President Obama and former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.), fell five votes short of the two-thirds majority needed for confirmation as dozens of Senate Republicans objected that it would create new abortion rights and impede the ability of people to home school disabled children.
Here is the actual vote:
U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 112 Congress - 2 Session as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate
WASHINGTON -- Led by Republican opposition, the Senate on Tuesday rejected a United Nations treaty on the rights of the disabled that is modeled after the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act.
With 38 Republicans casting "no" votes, the 61-38 vote fell five short of the two-thirds majority needed to ratify a treaty.
The vote took place in an unusually solemn atmosphere, with senators sitting at their desks rather than milling around the podium.
Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, looking frail and in a wheelchair, was in the chamber to support the treaty.
BROOKLYN -- Now that the shock of losing has settled in, the conservative media has moved on to the important task of castigating the various demographics that broke for Obama, a reaction that can in no way be one of the reasons said demographics dislike Republicans.
Since Obama won basically everyone but nonurban white men and their wives, there are a lot of different groups to hate on, but a clear front-runner in the Blame Game has emerged: single women, who gave 68 percent of their vote to Obama
NEW YORK (BP) -- Written in early 2007, Why Obama Will Win in 2008 & 2012 is a study of American business and political cycles since the great deflation of agricultural commodities following the Revolutionary War and Shay’s Rebellion of the 1790s.
The author, Daniel Bruno from Oxford Univesity, forecast-ed the great recession of 2008 and his book was the first to predict that Obama would defeat Hillary Clinton to win the Democratic Party nomination.
It is also the first book to correctly forecast the presidential election outcome of 2008 and predict an Obama win for the election of 2012.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The debate continues. Professor Frederick Harris has written in hisOp Ed,Still Waiting for Our First Black President, “Obama
has pursued a racially defused electoral and governing strategy,
keeping issues of specific interest to African Americans – off the
national agenda.” Michael Nutter, the Mayor of the City of Philadelphia, replied to Harris in theHuffington Post, “Barack
Obama…has fought every single day to improve the livelihood and
well-being of the African-American community…We have our first black
President, his name is President Barack Obama…”
WISCONSIN -- It was probably the worst telephone call that Tom
Barrett had to make in his political career.
mayor called Gov. Scott Walker to congratulate him on surviving his recall
Even though the final numbers weren’t in as of
midnight eastern standard time (EST), Tuesday night, Walker had more than enough votes to win the
spoke at the podium for his victory speech, he first thanked God for his
grace. He mentioned that people prayed
for him as he survived a 16-month onslaught in a recall effort.
FLORIDA -- The Justice Department ordered Florida’s elections division to halt a
systematic effort to find and purge the state’s voter rolls of
Florida’s effort appears to violate both the 1965
Voting Rights Act, which protects minorities, and the 1993 National
Voter Registration Act – which governs voter purges – T. Christian
Herren Jr., the Justice Department’s lead civil rights lawyer, wrote in a
detailed two-page letter sent late Thursday night.
officials said they were reviewing the letter.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Once a bright spot for President Barack Obama, North Carolina is now more like a political migraine less than four months before Democrats open the party's national convention in Charlotte.The causes are plenty.Labor unions, a core Democratic constituency, are up in arms. Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue isn't running for re-election; Democrats say she was likely to lose. The state Democratic Party is in disarray over an explosive sexual harassment scandal.
Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III
Washington Postwriter David Ignatius recently wrote an Op Ed entitledIs Israel preparing to attack Iran?Ignatiusstates that former CIA Director and current Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, "believes there is a strong likelihood that Israel will strike Iran in April, May or June…" Since Ignatius' Op Ed appeared, other newspapers have picked up on this opinion and repeated it as though it is fact.The Telegraph U.K.wrote, "United States Defense Secretary Leon Panetta believes there is a growing possibility Israel will attack Iran as early as April to stop Tehran from building a nuclear bomb.
Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III
This past Tuesday, former Pennsylvania senator and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum scored victories in primary contests in Minnesota, Missouri, and Colorado. This is, at least for now, injecting much needed wind into the sales of Santorum’s fledgling bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
As former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney went into Tuesday’s primaries fresh off of his victories in Florida and Nevada, many expected a stronger showing by the presumptive frontrunner.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- New York Times
reporter Jodi Kantor released a new book yesterday about the Obamas titled, appropriately,The Obamas.
It’s clear from promotional materials and Kantor’s own interviews that
what’s different about this book is its positioning of first lady
Michelle Obama as the pivotal character in the unfolding drama of this
In doing so,The Obamastakes a hard look at the
adaptations and transitions required when a partnership of equals
suddenly becomes a scrutinized hierarchy.
ABUJA, NIGERIA -- The only threat to a Nigerian vote during the weekend is "sensational reporting," the country's information and communication minister said.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is the front-runner from the People's Democratic Party.
His party has won every national contest since the end of military rule in Nigeria in 1999 and is the favorite in the national contest that starts during the weekend.
Human Rights Watch estimates at least 70 people were killed in violence leading up to the first round of voting scheduled to begin Saturday.
By SCOTT BAUER
The Associated Press
MADISON, Wis. -- Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate voted Wednesday
night to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from public
workers after discovering a way to bypass the chamber's missing
All 14 Senate Democrats fled to Illinois nearly three weeks ago,
preventing the chamber from having enough members present to consider
Gov. Scott Walker's so-called "budget repair bill" - a proposal
introduced to plug a $137 million budget shortfall.
NEW YORK -- Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee mistakenly said President Obama
was raised in Kenya during an interview yesterday in which he argued
that the president's upbringing in Africa gave him a very different
outlook on the world than that held by most Americans.
WOR radio host Steve Malzberg asked the
former Arkansas governor to weigh in on the "birther" debate. Huckabee
sidestepped, saying: "I would love to know more, but what I know is
troubling enough. And one thing that I do know is his having grown up in
Kenya, his view of the Brits, for example's very different than the
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, February 19, 2011; 5:48 AM
In a rare early morning weekend vote, the House approved an aggressive plan Saturday to eliminate dozens of federal programs and offices while slashing agency budgets by as much as 40 percent, drawing out more than $60 billion in deficit savings.
Setting up a showdown early next month withPresident Obama
and Senate Democrats, House Republicans pushed the legislation through after a marathon debate capped off by an all-night session Friday that spilled into Saturday morning.
AZ shooting targets US congresswoman, kills 6.
By AMANDA LEE MYERS and DAVID ESPO, Associated Press Amanda Lee Myers And David Espo, Associated Press
TUCSON, Ariz. – A gunman nearly unloaded a semiautomatic weapon at a busy supermarket Saturday during a public gathering for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, wounding the Democrat and killing Arizona's chief federal judge and five others in an attempted assassination that left Americans questioning whether divisive politics had pushed the suspect over the edge.
The Golf Channel is attempting the impossible
DENVER (BASN) -- The Golf Channel is humanizing Rush Limbaugh . . . if that's possible.
In an strategic effort to attract viewers . . . and make moo-lah, the Golf Channel Grand Pooh-Pahs - Christopher Murvin, Senior Vice President, Business Affairs and Tom Stathakes, Senior Vice President of Programming, Production and Operations have strategized the wisest business move they could make - put the face of a racist on their station.