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  • Eric Holder stonewalls Congress on terror lawyers

    02/23/2010 1:04:48 PM PST · by iowamark · 8 replies · 414+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 23, 2010 | Byron York
    A number of lawyers who work on terrorist issues at the Justice Department represented terrorist detainees before joining the Obama administration. At a hearing three months ago, Sen. Charles Grassley raised the possibility of a conflict with Attorney General Eric Holder. Grassley, a senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, posed three simple questions: Who are they, who did they represent, and what are their duties at the Justice Department today? At the time, Grassley knew from press reports that two high-ranking department officials now working on detainee issues had previously worked for detainees: Principal Deputy Solicitor General Neal Katyal...
  • Health care: Dems just don't have the votes

    02/23/2010 1:20:08 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 63 replies · 1,586+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 02/23/10 | Byron York
    Now that the White House and Democrats are making a last push to pass their so-far-unpassable national health care bills, the only thing that matters is whether they can get 217 votes for victory in the House and 50 votes (plus the vice-president's tie-breaker) for reconciliation in the Senate. Good policy doesn't matter. Bad policy doesn't matter. All that matters is votes. The White House and Democrats have lost sight of the essential insanity of the process -- desperately searching for corners to cut so they can pass an enormous re-ordering of the American economy that Americans don't want --...
  • U.S. Atty Gen. Holder admits 9 Obama Dept. of Justice appointees worked for terrorist detainees

    02/22/2010 9:48:41 PM PST · by BIOCHEMKY · 38 replies · 1,398+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | Feb. 19, 2010 | Byron York
    Attorney General Eric Holder says nine Obama appointees in the Justice Department have represented or advocated for terrorist detainees before joining the Justice Department. But he does not reveal any names beyond the two officials whose work has already been publicly reported. And all the lawyers, according to Holder, are eligible to work on general detainee matters, even if there are specific parts of some cases they cannot be involved in. Holder's admission comes in the form of an answer to a question posed last November by Republican Sen. Charles Grassley. Noting that one Obama appointee, Principal Deputy Solicitor General...
  • South Carolina Mulls 2012: Romney? Palin? Huck?

    02/20/2010 8:43:04 PM PST · by Steelfish · 19 replies · 540+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 20, 2010 | Byron York
    South Carolina Mulls 2012: Romney? Palin? Huck? By: BYRON YORK Chief Political Correspondent February 19, 2010 South Carolina is a lovely place, and its attractions bring thousands of tourists each year, but lately it's been getting a special class of visitor. Rick Santorum, the former Republican senator who harbors presidential ambitions, has been here in recent weeks. So has Sen. John Thune, the South Dakota Republican, whose name is sometimes whispered by the Great Mentioner. Mike Huckabee, former GOP presidential candidate and current talk show host, will be here soon. And so will Haley Barbour, the Mississippi governor who many...
  • White House: People who criticize us are helping al Qaeda (Re. Brennan op-ed)

    02/09/2010 6:50:50 AM PST · by maggief · 14 replies · 433+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 9, 2010 | Byron York
    In a brief op-ed in USA Today, White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan charges that critics who question the Obama administration's decision to grant Miranda rights to accused Detroit bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab are "serv[ing] the goals of al Qaeda." "Too many in Washington are now misrepresenting the facts to score political points," Brennan writes. "Politically motivated criticism and unfounded fear-mongering only serve the goals of al-Qaeda."
  • Why the Media Ignored a Scandal

    02/09/2010 4:02:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 1,206+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | February 8, 2010 | Byron York
    Two weeks before the 2008 Iowa caucuses, the National Enquirer published a detailed story reporting that Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards had had an affair, and that the woman involved -- campaign videographer Rielle Hunter -- was pregnant, and that Edwards had arranged for an aide to falsely claim to be the father, and that Hunter and the aide and the aide's family were being taken care of financially by a wealthy Edwards supporter. It was, to say the least, explosive. At the time, Edwards was a serious contender in the Democratic presidential race, so when the story was published,...
  • Obama: 'She insisted she's going to be buried in an Obama t-shirt' (video at source)

    02/05/2010 1:57:39 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 61 replies · 1,152+ views
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | Feb. 5, 2010 | Byron York
    Yes, those are the words of the president, last night at the Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Washington. After listing his administration's accomplishments and vowing that "our most urgent task is job creation," Obama pledged to keep fighting for a national health care system. "We knew this was hard," Obama said. And then he described a letter he received from a campaign worker who suffered from breast cancer and has since died: I got a letter -- I got a note today from one of my staff -- they forwarded it to me -- from a woman in St. Louis...
  • Who are the 300 terrorists held in U.S. prisons?

    02/04/2010 8:14:03 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 10 replies · 581+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2-5-2010 | Byron York
    Who are the 300 terrorists held in U.S. prisons? By: Byron York Chief Political CorrespondentFebruary 5, 2010 "The Bush administration used the criminal justice system to convict more than 300 individuals on terrorism-related charges," writes Attorney General Eric Holder in a new letter to Republican critics in Congress. The letter is part of the Obama administration's aggressive defense of its decision to grant full American constitutional rights to al Qaeda soldier Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the accused Christmas Day bomber. That defense boils down to one sentence: Bush did it, too.Republicans on Capitol Hill object. They argue that one of the...
  • Has Obama become bored with being president?

    01/28/2010 10:26:20 PM PST · by SirJohnBarleycorn · 94 replies · 2,531+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/29/10 | Byron York
    This is about the time Barack Obama becomes bored with his job. He's in his second year as president, and he's discovered that even with all the powers of office, he can't do everything he wants to do, like remake America. Doing stuff is hard. In the past, prosaic work has held little appeal for Obama, and it's prompted him to think about moving on. snip According to the book, the majority leader invited Obama to his office for a talk. "You're not going to go anyplace here," Reid told Obama. "I know that you don't like it, doing what...
  • Abdulmutallab interrogated for less than an hour; White House defends handling of terrorist case

    01/24/2010 8:58:02 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies · 527+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/24/10 | Byron York
    The White House is not disputing a report that FBI agents questioned accused Northwest Airlines bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab for just 50 minutes before deciding to grant him the right to remain silent and provide him with a court-appointed lawyer -- a decision that led Abdulmutallab to stop talking and provide no more information. The news came in an Associated Press reconstruction of Abdulmutallab's first hours in custody. The AP reported that Abdulmutallab "repeatedly made incriminating statements" to U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents who originally took him into custody. Then Abdulmutallab made more statements to doctors who were treating...
  • Lawmakers to Holder: Who decided to give Miranda rights to accused Detroit bomber?

    01/21/2010 1:14:03 PM PST · by pissant · 63 replies · 2,534+ views
    Wash Examiner ^ | 1/21/10 | Byron York
    All seven Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee have signed a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder seeking to learn who made the decision to treat Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the accused Christmas Day terrorist bomber, as a criminal suspect rather than an enemy combatant. On the same day he tried to detonate a bomb aboard a Northwest Airlines plane in Detroit, Abdulmutallab, who was trained by al Qaeda in Yemen, was informed of his Miranda right to remain silent and given a government-paid lawyer. He then refused to cooperate with U.S. authorities. The letter is signed by GOP Sens. Jeff...
  • Massachusetts: Coakley ad 'patently false,' Brown threatens legal action

    01/17/2010 9:45:06 AM PST · by dano1 · 72 replies · 5,366+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/17/2010 | Byron York
    Representatives of Massachusetts Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown say Democratic candidate Martha Coakley has until Tuesday to retract an incendiary campaign mailing or Brown will take legal action. At issue is a Coakley flier charging that Brown would have Massachusetts hospitals turn away all rape victims, a claim which a Brown spokeswoman called "a lie," "patently false," and "atrocious." "The campaign is calling on Martha Coakley and [Massachusetts Democratic Party chairman] John Walsh to retract the false statement," says Tarah Donoghue, a spokeswoman for the state Republican party who is speaking on behalf of the Brown campaign. "We're going to...
  • 'Bottom has fallen out' of Coakley's polls; Dems prepare to explain defeat, protect Obama

    01/16/2010 6:08:00 PM PST · by pietraynor · 36 replies · 2,078+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 01/15/10 | Byron York
    Here in Massachusetts, as well as in Washington, a growing sense of gloom is setting in among Democrats about the fortunes of Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley. "I have heard that in the last two days the bottom has fallen out of her poll numbers," says one well-connected Democratic strategist. In her own polling, Coakley is said to be around five points behind Republican Scott Brown. "If she's not six or eight ahead going into the election, all the intensity is on the other side in terms of turnout," the Democrat says. "So right now, she is destined to lose."
  • Massachusetts: 'Bottom has fallen out' of Coakley's polls; Dems prepare to explain defeat

    01/15/2010 7:42:02 PM PST · by Signalman · 20 replies · 1,151+ views
    WashExaminer ^ | 1/15/2009 | Byron York
    Here in Massachusetts, as well as in Washington, a growing sense of gloom is setting in among Democrats about the fortunes of Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley. "I have heard that in the last two days the bottom has fallen out of her poll numbers," says one well-connected Democratic strategist. In her own polling, Coakley is said to be around five points behind Republican Scott Brown. "If she's not six or eight ahead going into the election, all the intensity is on the other side in terms of turnout," the Democrat says. "So right now, she is destined to lose."...
  • Massachusetts: 'Bottom has fallen out' of Coakley's polls

    01/15/2010 6:57:01 PM PST · by FrdmLvr · 42 replies · 1,874+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1-15-10 | Byron York
    Here in Massachusetts, as well as in Washington, a growing sense of gloom is setting in among Democrats about the fortunes of Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley. "I have heard that in the last two days the bottom has fallen out of her poll numbers," says one well-connected Democratic strategist. In her own polling, Coakley is said to be around five points behind Republican Scott Brown. "If she's not six or eight ahead going into the election, all the intensity is on the other side in terms of turnout," the Democrat says. "So right now, she is destined to lose."...
  • Massachusetts: 'Bottom has fallen out' of Coakley's polls

    01/15/2010 11:28:14 AM PST · by GOP_Lady · 36 replies · 2,070+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01-15-10 | Byron York
    Here in Massachusetts, as well as in Washington, a growing sense of gloom is setting in among Democrats about the fortunes of Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley. "I have heard that in the last two days the bottom has fallen out of her poll numbers," says one well-connected Democratic strategist. In her own polling, Coakley is said to be around five points behind Republican Scott Brown. "If she's not six or eight ahead going into the election, all the intensity is on the other side in terms of turnout," the Democrat says. "So right now, she is destined to lose."...
  • 'Bottom has fallen out' of Coakley's polls; Dems prepare to explain defeat, protect Obama

    01/15/2010 6:38:53 AM PST · by moose2004 · 188 replies · 6,199+ views
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 1/15/10 | Byron York
    By: Byron York Chief Political Correspondent 01/15/10 7:10 AM EST Here in Massachusetts, as well as in Washington, a growing sense of gloom is setting in among Democrats about the fortunes of Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley. "I have heard that in the last two days the bottom has fallen out of her poll numbers," says one well-connected Democratic strategist. In her own polling, Coakley is said to be around five points behind Republican Scott Brown. "If she's not six or eight ahead going into the election, all the intensity is on the other side in terms of turnout," the...
  • Obama's latest homeland security fiasco (Byron York on the case)

    01/07/2010 9:47:37 PM PST · by pissant · 6 replies · 1,037+ views
    Wash Examiner ^ | 1/8/10 | Byron York
    For a while, it seemed the nomination and confirmation of Erroll Southers to head the Transportation Security Administration would be a routine affair. Southers' resume included time at the FBI, the California Office of Homeland Security, and the Los Angeles airport security force. Qualified nominee, quick confirmation -- right? Wrong. As the new year begins, the Southers nomination has become the latest Obama confirmation mess, raising questions not only about the nominee but the White House's selection process. And despite Democrats' daunting 60-vote majority, quick confirmation might not be in the cards. The reason: a growing feeling among Republican senators...
  • White House: No matter what, we're sending Gitmo prisoners back to Yemen

    01/03/2010 9:01:58 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 55 replies · 1,993+ views
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | Jan. 3, 2010 | Byron York
    As Susan notes below, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is urging the Obama White House not to go forward with plans to send a number of Yemeni terrorists now being held in the Guantanamo Bay detention facility back to their home country. But the Obama White House insists it will continue to send those Gitmo inmates to Yemen -- a country now recognized as a hotbed of terrorism so dangerous that the U.S. has decided to close its embassy there. On Fox News Sunday, top White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said the administration "absolutely" intends to keep sending Guantanamo...
  • Key Democrats and Republicans give Napolitano vote of confidence

    01/03/2010 1:59:02 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 52 replies · 1,927+ views
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | Jan. 3, 2010 | Byron York
    On the Sunday talk shows, top officials and former officials from both parties expressed strong confidence in Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in the aftermath of Napolitano's statement that "the system worked" in the Detroit terrorist incident. Napolitano quickly backed down from her assertion, but the controversy over her remarks fueled questions about whether she is up to the task of running the Department of Homeland Security. Appearing on ABC's "This Week," Sen. Joseph Lieberman, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee, was asked if Napolitano is the right person for the job. "Yes, she is," Lieberman...
  • DeMint: TSA nominee isn't qualified, shouldn't be confirmed

    01/01/2010 12:56:52 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies · 552+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/1/10 | Byron York
    Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, who has been the target of much Democratic criticism for his efforts to slow down Senate confirmation of Erroll Southers, the Obama White House's nominee to head the Transportation Security Administration, now says Southers should not be confirmed.
  • Obama handles Northwest Airlines terror incident differently than Ft. Hood

    12/26/2009 11:32:42 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies · 1,039+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/26/09 | Byron York
    The Obama White House has been aggressive in its press outreach regarding the Northwest Airlines terrorist incident. Some of the earliest stories on accused terrorist Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab's attempt to set off an explosive device on board Northwest Flight 253 were sourced to the White House, and White House officials were quick to label the incident an "attempted act of terrorism." The White House wants the public to know that President Obama, on vacation at a luxurious oceanfront home in Hawaii, has received conference call updates and is keeping close tabs on the situation.
  • After health care rush, Senate moves slowly on national security

    12/26/2009 7:33:14 AM PST · by Def Conservative · 7 replies · 395+ views
    The Democratic leadership in the Senate put off dealing with the growing threat of the Iranian nuclear program so lawmakers could devote their energy to the rush toward passage of a national health care bill. Now, with that work done, Senate leaders say they will take action on Iran -- but only, in the words of Majority Leader Harry Reid, "sometime after we return in January."
  • Reid: Public will greet health care bill with 'joy and happiness'

    12/24/2009 5:55:38 AM PST · by Def Conservative · 100 replies · 2,336+ views
    In the final minutes of the Senate health care debate, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said lawmakers would hear "an earful" about the national health care bill from constituents who are solidly opposed to the legislation. In response, Majority Leader Harry Reid cited the case of a young disabled boy in Nevada who Reid said will now have health coverage and said that Democrats will indeed hear an earful -- "an earful of joy and happiness." "Yes, we'll hear an earful," Reid added, "but it will be an earful of wonderment and happiness."
  • Who's Responsible for the Senate's Middle-Of-The-Night Vote?

    12/21/2009 6:14:01 PM PST · by Steelfish · 24 replies · 1,294+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 21st 2009
    Who's Responsible for the Senate's Middle-Of-The-Night Vote? BYRON YORK Chief Political Correspondent 12/21/09 Why did the Senate gather at 1 a.m. Monday for a vote to move ahead on the Reid Amendment to the Democrats' national health care bill? Democrats blame Republicans. "Everyone knows we're here at one in the morning because of my friends on the other side of the aisle," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said moments before the vote. On CBS Sunday, Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu said, "We don't have to vote in the middle of the night, but [Republican Sen. Tom Coburn] is the one making...
  • Why Democrats push health care, even if it kills them

    12/15/2009 8:27:17 AM PST · by ConjunctionJunction · 41 replies · 1,859+ views
    The Washington DC Examiner ^ | December 15, 2009 | Byron York
    To some observers, the Democrats' race to pass national health care seems irrational -- even suicidal. Don't party leaders understand how much the public opposes the bills currently on the table? Don't they know that voters are likely to take their revenge at the polls next year? Given that, why do they keep rushing ahead? Just look at the RealClearPolitics average of polls, which shows that Americans oppose the national health care bills currently on the table by a margin of 53 percent to 38 percent. That's not just one poll that might tilt right or left, it's an average...
  • New study: More Democrats than Republicans believe in ghosts, talking with the dead, fortunetellers

    12/13/2009 3:39:35 PM PST · by RogerFGay · 47 replies · 1,360+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/13/09 | Byron York
    A new study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life reveals some startling differences between Republicans and Democrats on issues of spirituality and supernatural phenomenon. The study, "Many Americans Mix Multiple Faiths," reports that a significant number of Americans practice a mixture of religious beliefs, and "many also blend Christianity with Eastern or New Age beliefs such as reincarnation, astrology and the presence of spiritual energy in physical objects." The report is not specifically about partisan differences, but the results of the study are broken down by party affiliation, among many other categories. And the news on...
  • Dems' dreams of a blue West begin to turn red

    12/10/2009 7:06:41 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 29 replies · 1,397+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 8, 2009 | Byron York
    According to the conventional wisdom after last year's presidential election, Barack Obama's victory proved that a number of once-reliably red states -- Virginia, North Carolina, and Colorado among them -- were turning blue, perhaps permanently. Even here in Arizona, Obama gave Republican favorite son John McCain a run for his money, and the 2008 election handed a majority of the state's congressional districts to Democrats. The home of Barry Goldwater might not have been truly blue, but it was shading purple. That was then. Now, with Democrats pushing an agenda of stimulus, cap and trade, and health care reform --...
  • Byron York: Dems' dreams of a blue West begin to turn red

    12/08/2009 5:25:13 PM PST · by HokieMom · 23 replies · 1,689+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 8, 2009 | Byron York
    Phoenix - According to the conventional wisdom after last year's presidential election, Barack Obama's victory proved that a number of once-reliably red states -- Virginia, North Carolina, and Colorado among them -- were turning blue, perhaps permanently. Even here in Arizona, Obama gave Republican favorite son John McCain a run for his money, and the 2008 election handed a majority of the state's congressional districts to Democrats. The home of Barry Goldwater might not have been truly blue, but it was shading purple. That was then. Now, with Democrats pushing an agenda of stimulus, cap and trade, and health care...
  • White House: EPA decision had nothing to do with Copenhagen; Climategate scandal-no effect

    12/07/2009 6:16:58 PM PST · by neverdem · 39 replies · 1,255+ views
    WashingtonExaminer.Com ^ | 12/07/09 | Byron York
    Climategate scandal will have no effectWhite House spokesman Robert Gibbs is denying suggestions that the timing of the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to regulate carbon dioxide as a dangerous pollutant had anything to do with President Obama's upcoming appearance at the Copenhagen global warming summit. After all, Obama can now tell the summit that his administration will crack down on carbon dioxide emissions even if Congress fails pass a cap-and-trade bill.At today's briefing, one reporter said the timing of the EPA decision "looks politically convenient." Gibbs responded that the EPA decision was set in motion by a 2007 Supreme Court...
  • Walpin Is Cleared

    11/24/2009 5:54:55 PM PST · by Kaslin · 62 replies · 3,315+ views
    Investors.com ^ | November 24, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Oversight: After an unjust firing and campaign of character assassination, the former AmeriCorps inspector general has been cleared of acting improperly. Now where does he go to get his job and reputation back? On June 10, Gerald Walpin was fired with one hour's notice as the watchdog of AmeriCorps in violation of a federal law requiring Congress to be given a heads-up 30 days in advance. He then fell victim to a campaign of character assassination. When pressed for a reason for the sudden and improper dismissal of a federal watchdog, the White House responded with a letter to Sens....
  • Examiner's York gets goods on Americorps

    11/22/2009 10:15:59 PM PST · by pissant · 17 replies · 1,022+ views
    Wash Examiner ^ | 11/22/09 | Ed Bord
    On Friday, The Washington Examiner's chief political correspondent, Byron York, had another stunning report on the scandal involving the firing of Americorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin. Earlier this year, Walpin was fired in what appears to be a politically motivated attempt by Democrats to silence his investigation into allegations of misuse of $800,000 in federal funds by Sacramento mayor and former NBA star Kevin Johnson. The funds were provided by the federal Americorps program to St. Hope, a nonprofit school that Johnson then headed. York's latest blockbuster is his reporting of a congressional report prepared by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa,...
  • Obama accused of doing favors for ally

    11/22/2009 4:38:51 PM PST · by SueRae · 17 replies · 868+ views
    The Hill ^ | 11/20/09 | Susan Crabtree
    A GOP congressional report accuses the White House of doing favors for Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former NBA star and prominent ally of President Barack Obama. The report was spearheaded by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. 
 The investigation also found evidence that D.C. schools chief Michelle Rhee handled “damage control” after allegations surfaced of sexual misconduct against Johnson, her now-fiancé. The probe was launched after an AmeriCorps inspector general, Gerald Walpin, was abruptly fired...
  • Cong. Report: ..'damage control' after sex charges against fiance Kevin Johnson (Fired IG Walpin)

    11/20/2009 6:53:21 PM PST · by gusopol3 · 13 replies · 1,060+ views
    Washington Examainer ^ | November 20, 2009 | Byron York
    The investigation began after the AmeriCorps inspector general, Gerald Walpin, received reports that Johnson had misused some of the $800,000 in federal AmeriCorps money provided to St. Hope, a non-profit school that Johnson headed for several years. Walpin was looking into charges that AmeriCorps-paid volunteers ran personal errands for him, washed his car, and took part in political activities. In the course of investigating those allegations, the congressional report says, Walpin's investigators were told that Johnson had made inappropriate advances toward three young women involved in the St. Hope program -- and that Johnson offered at least one of those...
  • Why was it so hard for Dems even to start health care debate?

    11/21/2009 4:24:18 PM PST · by indianrightwinger · 89 replies · 2,291+ views
    Why was it so hard for Dems even to start health care debate? By: Byron York Chief Political Correspondent 11/21/09 6:43 PM EST The extraordinary thing about the dramatic events surrounding the health care bill in the Senate is that there is any drama in it at all. Lawmakers are simply voting to begin debate on their version of health care reform. Just begin debate -- not end it, and not move on to a final vote. If Democrats, with a 60-vote majority in the Senate, were not able to begin debate on the top Democratic policy priority in a...
  • Walpin Bombshells: Byron York, LA Times Report Sexual Predator, Bribery, Cover-Up Allegations

    11/20/2009 9:53:24 AM PST · by kristinn · 23 replies · 2,170+ views
    Friday, November 20, 2009
    Byron York, Washington Examiner:A congressional investigation of the volunteer organization AmeriCorps contains charges that D.C. schools chief Michelle Rhee handled "damage control" after allegations of sexual misconduct against her now fiance, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former NBA star and a prominent ally of President Obama, The Washington Examiner has learned. The charges are contained in a report prepared by Sen. Charles Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, and Rep. Darrell Issa, ranking Republican on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.The investigation began after the AmeriCorps inspector general, Gerald Walpin, received reports that Johnson had...
  • Republicans who endorsed Holder have second thoughts

    11/17/2009 3:35:57 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 53 replies · 1,851+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 17, 2009 | Byron York
    Last January, several Republican legal stars wrote a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee supporting Eric Holder's nomination to be attorney general. Now, in light of Holder's decision to grant 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed full American constitutional rights and try him in federal court in New York, some of those veteran lawyers are having second thoughts. The January letter called Holder an "extraordinary lawyer" of "unfailing integrity" who is "superbly qualified" to lead the Justice Department and whose appointment as the first African-American attorney general "should be hailed as a milestone." "From his experience Eric fully understands and appreciates...
  • 'I'm going to do good work for God'

    11/08/2009 10:28:46 AM PST · by BAW · 26 replies · 1,059+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | Nov 8, 2009 | Byron York
    The words of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a few hours before authorities say he opened fire on fellow soldiers at Ft. Hood, Texas, killing 13 and wounding 29. The Washington Post reports Hasan made the statement to a neighbor in his apartment building on the morning of the killings. Hasan reportedly told the woman he was leaving for Afghanistan soon, when in fact he was headed, heavily armed, to Ft. Hood. As a parting gift, he gave her a copy of the Koran. Hasan reportedly shouted "Allahu Akbar!" before he began shooting, wrote Internet postings justifying Muslim suicide bombings, considered...
  • Obama: "We cannot fully know" motive of Ft. Hood shooter; in address on killings, president....

    11/07/2009 5:27:53 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 130 replies · 3,276+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 7, 2009 | Byron York
    President Obama says "we cannot fully know" what led Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan to kill 13 people and wound 38 others at Fort Hood, Texas Thursday. Hasan reportedly shouted "Allahu Akbar!" before the killings, wrote Internet postings justifying Muslim suicide bombings, considered U.S. forces the enemy, and opposed American involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan as wars on Islam. His rampage at Ft. Hood has the markings of an act of Islamic terrorism. But in his weekly address, Obama says, "We cannot fully know what leads a man to do such a thing."
  • Biden's popularity plunges; lower than Cheney's

    10/27/2009 12:19:45 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 29 replies · 1,745+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/26/2009 | Byron York
    Vice President Joe Biden's favorable rating has fallen to 42 percent in a new Gallup poll, down from a high of 59 percent just after last year's election. Biden's unfavorable rating in the new poll is 40 percent, up from 29 percent last November. (Eighteen percent of those surveyed say they have no opinion of Biden.) Biden's average favorable rating during his time in office so far is 45 percent -- well below the average 65 percent favorable rating for Vice President Dick Cheney during Cheney's first year in office. Vice President Al Gore's favorable rating during his first year,...
  • NPR analyst compares Obama to Nixon, issues full apology

    10/24/2009 10:00:02 AM PDT · by JRochelle · 56 replies · 2,789+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/24/2009 | Byron York
    It's pretty unremarkable to describe the Obama White House's growing enemies list -- the insurance companies, Chamber of Commerce, Fox News -- as "Nixonian." But there's one place where, if you venture such an opinion, you'd better be prepared to apologize -- quickly and profusely. On National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation" Wednesday, NPR political editor Ken Rudin said the White House campaign against Fox News is a bad idea. "It's not only aggressive, it's almost Nixonesque," Rudin said. "I mean, you think of what Nixon and Agnew did with their enemies list and their attacks on the media;...
  • Obama stands by Kevin Jennings -- or does he?notice he is not letting him stand behind him)

    10/15/2009 6:21:59 AM PDT · by bilhosty · 7 replies · 688+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/11/09 | Byron York
    The Center for American Progress, the liberal think tank close to the Obama administration, has posted a blog entry headlined "Obama Stands By His LGBT Nominees Under Attack From the Right." The Center says that President Obama, in his speech to the Human Rights Campaign Saturday night, "strongly reiterated his support" for Kevin Jennings, head of the Education Department's Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, as well as for Chai Feldblum, a lesbian law professor nominated to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission -- although Obama did not mention either Jennings or Feldblum by name.
  • Lefty anger splits Dems -- and may sink them

    10/15/2009 10:18:56 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 6 replies · 864+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10-16-09 | Byron York -
    Lefty anger splits Dems -- and may sink them By: Byron York Chief Political CorrespondentOctober 16, 2009 (AP) "Harry Reid abdicates his leadership role," reads the headline at the lefty Daily Kos Web site. "Why Joe Biden should resign," reads the headline at the Huffington Post. "Whiner in Chief," reads the headline at The Nation, referring to President Obama.Self-styled progressives across the country are angry, not just at Obama, but at the rest of the Democratic power structure, as well. That anger is causing an ugly split inside the Washington Democratic world."Can I speak freely about the liberal whiners?"...
  • Michelle Obama: It's a 'sacrifice' to travel to Europe to pitch for the Olympics....

    09/30/2009 7:14:42 PM PDT · by blueyon · 5 replies · 1,722+ views
    The Examiner ^ | 9/30/09 | Byron York
    In her speech in Copenhagen today, First Lady Michelle Obama said her trip to Denmark, along with the travel of her "dear friend" and "chit-chat buddy" Oprah Winfrey, as well as tomorrow's visit by President Obama, is a "sacrifice" on behalf of the children of Chicago and the United States. "As much of a sacrifice as people say this is for me or Oprah or the president to come for these few days," the first lady told a crowd of people involved in the Chicago project, "so many of you in this room have been working for years to bring...
  • Michelle O:It's a sacrifice to travel to Europe to pitch the Olympics-we're doing it for the kids.

    09/30/2009 3:11:57 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 301 replies · 12,974+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9-30-09 | Byron York
    Michelle Obama: It's a 'sacrifice' to travel to Europe to pitch for the Olympics. For Oprah and the president, too. But we're doing it for the kids. By: Byron York Chief Political Correspondent09/30/09 5:12 PM EDT In her speech in Copenhagen today, First Lady Michelle Obama said her trip to Denmark, along with the travel of her "dear friend" and "chit-chat buddy" Oprah Winfrey, as well as tomorrow's visit by President Obama, is a "sacrifice" on behalf of the children of Chicago and the United States. "As much of a sacrifice as people say this is for me or...
  • Why does Obama keep snubbing the British?

    09/27/2009 12:58:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies · 2,090+ views
    Wahington Examiner ^ | 9/27/09 | Byron York
    At the G20 summit in Pittsburgh, and at the UN Security Council meeting before that, Barack Obama continued his administration's new policy toward Great Britain: declare that the "special relationship" between the U.S. and the U.K. is as strong as ever, and then act as if there is no such relationship at all. The British papers were filled with the news that the president would not grant Prime Minister Gordon Brown a one-on-one meeting. "Mr. Obama had refused five separate requests from the prime minister for a private meeting during his U.S. trip for the UN summit in New York,"...
  • The stunning, total defeat of ACORN

    09/17/2009 7:05:45 PM PDT · by thought · 150 replies · 5,805+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/17/09 | Byron York
    The ACORN vote in the House is stunning news. Just 48 hours after Republican Leader John Boehner introduced the "Defund ACORN Act," the bill -- which most Republicans thought Democrats would do anything to block -- passed by a resounding 345-75 vote. It would never have made it to a vote had not the Democratic leadership decided to allow it, and the winning total included 172 Democrats. Yes, 172 House Democrats voted to totally cut off funding for an organization that has worked for years on behalf of Democrats nationwide. Couple that with the 83-7 Senate vote to cut off...
  • SEIU chief: We won't be silenced by the 'ugly, anti-American'...

    09/18/2009 8:14:05 PM PDT · by markomalley · 140 replies · 4,344+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/18/2009 | Byron York
    Andy Stern, head of the Service Employees International Union, has just released a statement vowing not to be "silenced" by "right wing attack dogs" targeting "progressive individuals" and "community organizations." Stern, whose union has sometimes been linked with the community organizing group ACORN, which yesterday suffered an enormous blow when the House of Representatives voted 345-45 to cut off all federal funds for the organization, said his union will not be intimidated by a right-wing "backlash" that is "fierce, ugly and anti-American." Here is the full text of Stern's statement:This is a moment of profound change for this countryfrom kitchen...
  • Paper Editor: Conservative Writers Resort to 'Cheap Personal Attacks on Obama'

    09/18/2009 9:57:24 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 7 replies · 428+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 09/18/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    I guess we know what the editor of the Montana Standard of southwestern Montana thinks about conservative members of the media; he doesnt think much of them. In the Standards announcement of the addition of columnist Byron York for a-once a-week column, Editor Gerry OBrien was excited to tell his readers about their newest conservative columnist with some lovely praise of Yorks style. York, OBrien says, is wonderful because he doesnt resort to cheap personal attacks on President Obama like all those other conservative columnists. York, a staunch conservative, presents his arguments in a thoughtful, measured fashion, rather than resorting...
  • Bush 43: Conservative movement is inconsequential

    09/18/2009 12:51:21 AM PDT · by neverdem · 121 replies · 4,161+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 15, 2009 | Byron York
    Former President George W. Bush addresses a Fourth of July crowd at the Let Freedom Ring 2009 festival at Crystal Beach Park Arena in Woodward, Okla., Saturday, July 4, 2009. (AP Photo) How many times during the last eight years did you hear that George W. Bush was a dangerous right-wing extremist? Probably too many to count.What you heard less often were expressions of the deep reservations some conservatives felt about Bush's governing philosophy.Conservatives greatly admired Bush for his steadfastness in the War on Terror -- to use that outlawed phrase -- and they were delighted by his choices...