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  • UN Secretary General Accuses Israel of 'Attacking Sleeping Children'

    07/30/2014 2:38:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7/30/14
    UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon spoke Wednesday at a summit in Costa Rica where he placed blame on Israel for an attack at a UN school in Gaza. Not once mentioning Hamas in his speech, Ban said: This morning, yet another United Nations school sheltering thousands of Palestinian families suffered a reprehensible attack. All available evidence points to Israeli artillery as the cause. Nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children. At least 16 civilians are dead, and many more are injured. I want to make it clear that the precise location of this Jabalia Elementary Girls School had...
  • True The Vote Sues MS Secretary of State, GOP over Cochran's Alleged Voter Fraud

    07/01/2014 1:56:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/1/14 | Matthew Boyle
    Conservative election integrity organization True The Vote filed suit in federal court Tuesday against Mississippi’s Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and the Mississippi Republican Party, asking a judge for an immediate injunction against them so that the election material from the state’s June 24 GOP primary runoff can be inspected. The lawsuit comes as allegations that Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R-MS) campaign and his allies engaged in voter fraud to win last Tuesday’s runoff against conservative state Sen. Chris McDaniel. Cochran bested McDaniel by fewer than 7,000 votes but did so with an overwhelming turnout from liberal Democrats in the black...
  • Labor Secretary Dismisses Historical Drop in Labor Participation Rate

    05/02/2014 1:56:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    free beacon ^ | 5/1/14 | staff
    Secretary of Labor Tom Perez dismissed today’s reported drop in the labor participation rate this morning on CNBC. According to the Department of Labor the economy created 288,000 jobs in the month of April, but the labor participation rate dropped 0.4 percentage points back to a historical low of 62.8 percent. Host David Faber put it to Perez directly, noting the labor participation rate drop is not due to people retiring given the participation rate for individuals 55 and older actually increased. “The civilian labor force dropped by 806,000 in April. The participation rate down by 0.4 percentage points, lowest...
  • Cruz Calls on Kerry to Resign After ‘Apartheid’ Remark

    04/28/2014 3:19:15 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 30 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4-28-2014 | Adam Kredo
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) demanded on the Senate floor Monday that Secretary of State John Kerry resign from his post following highly controversial remarks about the state of Israel. Kerry came under fire from lawmakers and a variety of pro-Israel organizations after he told world leaders in a closed door meeting that Israel risks becoming “an apartheid state” if it fails to reach peace with the Palestinians. Israel cut off peace talks late last week after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas formed a unity government with the terror group Hamas, which announced that it would not renounce violence or recognize...
  • Obama’s Next HHS Secretary Doesn’t Really Have Health-Care Experience

    04/11/2014 8:39:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/11/2014 | Patrick Brennan
    Sylvia Burwell, whom President Obama is expected to nominate to replace Kathleen Sebelius as the secretary of health and human services, has a long professional career in business and consulting, but lacks substantial professional or political experience with health care. Her résumé​, according to Dan Diamond of the Advisory Board, only includes a stint as a board member at the University of Washington Medical Center. “Burwell’s track record in health care is not well-established,” Diamond writes in a briefing for the Advisory Board, a health-care consulting firm. Her predecessor, Secretary Sebelius, served as Kansas state insurance commissioner for eight years,...
  • Budget Chief Is Choice as New Health Secretary

    04/10/2014 4:27:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | 4/10/14 | Michael D. Shear
    Washington - Even when Sylvia Mathews Burwell was in her early 30s, friends speculated that she might return to her native Hinton, W.Va., and run for governor someday. After all, she had been a Rhodes scholar, and her mother — who later became mayor of Hinton, pop. 2,600 — had driven her daughter’s interest in politics. So far that has not happened, but plenty of other things under two presidents have. On Friday, President Obama is to nominate Ms. Burwell, currently director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, to take over one of the largest and most...
  • Treasury Secretary: Markets too calm about debt ceiling

    09/24/2013 5:51:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    cnn ^ | 9/24/13 | Hibah Yousuf
    While stocks have slipped for four consecutive days as investors turn their attention to Washington and the looming debt limit, the S&P 500 and Dow are just 2% from the all-time highs reached last week. In addition to the muted market action, a key metric for measuring market fear and volatility, the VIX (VIX), is indicating calm markets. While CNNMoney's Fear & Greed Index has ticked just slightly into "Fear" mode, from neutral earlier in the week. "I think if you look at the calm out there, it's a bit greater than it should be," Lew said at the Bloomberg...
  • Interior Secretary: We Benefit From ´Federal Gov´t Encouraging the Right Kinds of Behavior´

    08/14/2013 10:46:39 AM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    CNSnews ^ | 8/14/13 | Susan Jones
    The "new energy future" will require the federal government to encourage "the right kinds of behavior," Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told a clean energy summit in Nevada on Tuesday. "When you are getting into a new energy future, you really benefit from having the support of states -- and the federal government encouraging the right kinds of behavior and encouraging those incentives (for solar panel installation), she said. Jewell mentioned the "right" kind of behavior twice in her speech, without specifically saying what it means. But she did give some hints.
  • Breaking: Issa Subpoenas Treasury Secretary Lew For IMPEDING IRS Targeting Investigation (Video)

    08/03/2013 6:41:16 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 101 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 8-3-2013 | Jim Hoft
    The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform subpoenaed Obama Treasury Secretary Jack Lew for withholding documentation from Congress in the ongoing IRS Tea Party Scandal investigation. The Oversight Committee accuses the Obama Administration of impeding and obstructing the investigation. “During the past two weeks, President Obama and you have repeatedly labeled the IRS’s strategy of targeting Americans for their political beliefs as a ‘phony’ scandal. While the Obama Administration has so publicly deflected responsibility for the targeting, it simultaneously has attempted to thwart congressional oversight into the matter… the IRS has engaged in a systematic effort to delay, frustrate,...
  • House subpoenas Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew for IRS documents

    08/02/2013 1:20:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 8/2/13 | Stephen Dinan
    House Republicans on Friday accused Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew of obstructing their investigation into the IRS’s targeting of tea party and conservative groups, and issued subpoenas for more agency documents. Oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa sent a scathing latter to Lew blasting him and Obama for dismissing the GOP’s claims about IRS targeting as a phony scandal, saying that Lew has attempted to thwart his investigation. (Snip) The IRS came under scrutiny when its auditor reported earlier this year that the agency had singled out groups with “tea party,” “patriot” or “9/12” in their names for special scrutiny when the...
  • Treasury Secretary Uses Naturalization Ceremony to Plug Immigration Bill

    07/04/2013 11:25:28 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 7/4/13 | JERYL BIER
    At a pre-Independence Day naturalization ceremony at the Treasury Department Wednesday, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew used about one-third of his address to a roomful of newly sworn-in citizens to criticize the America’s immigration system and plug the current immigration legislation. According to prepared remarks, he told these newest Americans that "too many immigrants do not get a fair shot at the American dream. Too often, they are forced to live and work in the shadows." After singling out the stories of some of the new citizens and what America held for them, Lew continued [emphasis added]: ...You see, immigration is...
  • Obama: U.S. now has the defense secretary it needs

    02/26/2013 3:38:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 51 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/26/13 | DONOVAN SLACK
    President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the nation will now have the defense secretary it needs. "With the bipartisan confirmation of Chuck Hagel as our next Secretary of Defense, we will have the defense secretary our nation needs and the leader our troops deserve," he said in a statement. "From the moment he volunteered for military service in Vietnam, Chuck has devoted his life to keeping America secure and our armed forces strong. An American patriot who fought and bled for our country, he understands our sacred obligations to our service members, military families and veterans.
  • Interior secretary denies renewal of oyster company lease on national seashore in California

    11/29/2012 1:56:16 PM PST · by Perdogg · 34 replies
    An historic Northern California oyster farm along Point Reyes National Seashore will be shut down and the site converted to a wilderness area, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced on Thursday. Salazar said he will not renew the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. lease that expires Friday. The move will bring a close to a yearslong environmental battle over the site.
  • Treasury Secretary Geithner: Lift Debt Limit to Infinity

    11/19/2012 8:41:48 AM PST · by Nachum · 48 replies
    CNS News ^ | 11/19/12 | Elizabeth Harrington
    About Us Resources Send Tips Donate RSS CNSNews.TV On the Spot On the Scene The Schein OTJ Golden Hookah Home » News Treasury Secretary Geithner: Lift Debt Limit to Infinity By Elizabeth Harrington November 19, 2012 Subscribe to Elizabeth Harrington's posts ( - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Friday that Congress should stop placing legal limits on the amount of money the government can borrow and effectively lift the debt limit to infinity. On Bloomberg TV, “Political Capital” host Al Hunt asked Geithner if he believes “we ought to just eliminate the debt ceiling.” “Oh, absolutely,” Geithner said. “You do?...
  • Subpoena issued to HHS Secretary Sebelius

    11/14/2012 2:39:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Gretawire ^ | 11/14/12 | Greta Van Susteren
    Below is a p/r release about a Ways and Means Committee investigation. It is routine that Cabinet Secretaries testify before Congress — but it is sort of interesting that she was subpoenaed (per the release) and is not voluntarily appearing. I don’t know if the Committee first asked her to appear voluntarily and she said no so that they then served her with a subpoena — or whether they subpoenaed her without first asking for a voluntary appearance. (I recieved the press release from FNC News Radio White House Correspondent Mike Majchrowitz)
  • Secretary of Defense Kerry? (A defense secretary who never met a weapons system he didn't hate)

    11/13/2012 6:34:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/13/2012 | Rick Moran
    Actually, as a Senator who voted against every major weapons system over the last 25 years, he'd be perfect for overseeing our military, don't you think? Washington Post: ***** President Obama is considering asking Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) to serve as his next defense secretary, part of an extensive rearrangement of his national security team that will include a permanent replacement for former CIA director David H. Petraeus. Although Kerry is thought to covet the job of secretary of state, senior administration officials familiar with the transition planning said that nomination will almost certainly go to Susan E. Rice,...
  • Guess who may become Secretary of Defense (rhymes with Bagel)

    11/08/2012 7:29:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 11/8/12 | Carl in Jerusalem
    President Obama's second term may include some cabinet reshuffling, and guess who might become Secretary of Defense.... Yes, Chuck Hagel. Many believe that current Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is only going to stay on as long as he has to, and sources say candidates for replacing him are already being discussed. Chuck Hagel, former Republican senator from Nebraska and good friend of the President’s, is being mentioned as a top candidate according to Politico. But the prospect of Hagel in such a high-level position would be a cause for concern for the state of Israel seeing as he has a...
  • Romney Blasts Obama's 'Secretary of Business' Plan as Just Another Layer of Government

    11/02/2012 3:37:00 AM PDT · by Son House · 11 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | November 01, 2012 | FoxNews
    "I know the president is trying to figure out some way to suggest he has new ideas," said Romney, repeating as he often has on the trail that roughly 23 million Americans are out of work or underemployed. "He came up with the idea of creating a Department of Business. I don't think adding a new chair in his cabinet will add more jobs on Main Street." The latest TV ad includes a similar message, asking "Why not have a president who actually understands business?"
  • Ryan Sec Of Com, Rep. Paul Ryan in Greeley, Colo., Thursday: “You know, we already have a

    11/01/2012 6:28:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    YouTube ^ | 11/1/12 | Dorsey Shaw
    Rep. Paul Ryan in Greeley, Colo., Thursday: “You know, we already have a Secretary of Business — it’s actually called the Secretary of Commerce.”
  • Obama Has Right Plan For Economy, Says U.S. HHS Secretary Sebelius

    10/06/2012 9:37:10 AM PDT · by Son House · 17 replies ^ | September 28, 2012 | Charles McMahon
    President Barack Obama wants to “rebuild the economy from the middle class out,” U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told a group of the president's supporters on Friday. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has a much different vision, she added. “I think the Romney-Ryan candidates believe very strongly that it's a 'you're-on-your-own-ship society,” she said. “They want to go back to the policies that almost crashed this economy.”Sebelius, who was speaking in a “personal capacity” on Friday, according to the campaign, visited the city to meet with volunteers at the local Obama for America campaign office. She gave...
  • Thailand: Senator 'accidentally' kills secretary (with an Uzi)

    08/13/2012 10:15:11 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 21 replies
    Bangkok Post ^ | 8/13/12
    A senator for Mae Hong Son has told police he accidentally shot and killed his personal secretary with a submachine gun in a restaurant in Phrae province, a duty officer at Wang Chin police station said on Monday. Senator Boonsong Kowawisarat The shooting occurred at a restaurant in Wang Chin district of the northern province on Sunday night, Pol Lt Choosak Poonsawat said. Boonsong Kowawisarat, 55, and his personal assistant Chanakarn Detkard, 46, were travelling to Bangkok in the senator's car and stopped for dinner at a restaurant on a local road in moo 2 in tambon Mae Keng, Phrae....
  • WH Press Secretary Forgets Name of Slain Border Patrol Agent (video)

    06/21/2012 11:29:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    you tube ^ | 6/21/12 | GOP Rapid Response
    Jay Carney forgets the name of the border patrol agent Brian Terry killed with guns from operation "Fast and Furious" (June 21, 2012).
  • Interior Secretary: ‘Not Even Harry Potter’ Can Bring Down Gas Prices

    04/24/2012 4:03:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 4/24/12 | Matt Cover
    “Not even Harry Potter” can bring down rising gas prices and nobody knows when they will stop rising, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday. “No-one has the ability – not even Harry Potter – to simply wave a magic wand and say that we’re going to have gas prices at $2 or $2.50 or $3. It just doesn’t work that way,” said Salazar, whose department controls oil and gas drilling on federal lands. The comments came after a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on energy issues. Salazar said prices were set by “global economics.”
  • Obama's Secretarial Tax Fallacy

    04/13/2012 5:29:46 PM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 30 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | April 13, 2012 | Larry Walker, Jr.
    By: Larry Walker, Jr.There's no way Obama's secretary paid a higher effective tax rate than the Obamas. You don't believe it? Are income taxes such a mystery that we can't find out? Well, let's run the numbers and see. According to Jake Tapper of ABC News, Mr. Obama released his 2011 federal income tax today, with he and his wife reporting an adjusted gross income of $789,674. The Obamas paid $162,074 in total tax – an effective federal income tax rate of 20.5%.The White House also reported that President Obama’s secretary, Anita Decker Breckenridge, makes $95,000 a year. White House...
  • Navy ship-naming by Secretary mired in controversy The USS John Murtha?

    02/15/2012 7:54:31 AM PST · by bestintxas · 31 replies
    Am Thinker ^ | 2/15/12 | Rick Moran
    The USS Medgar Evers? The USS John Murtha? The USS Cesar Chavez? Our Navy Secretary, Ray Mabus, has this diversity thing down cold. Each one of those ships was in a class that previous names of their sister ships had nothing to do with civil rights, or corrupt Democratic politicians. Ships are usually named after states, cities, even famous explorers and war heroes. But Mabus has injected partisanship into this tradition, naming another ship for Democrat Gabriel Giffords, who has shown courage in her recovery from an assassination attempt but had expressed little interest in the military during her career...
  • Warren Buffett: Criticism is 'ridiculous' (His point is -- tax code treats his secretary unfairly)

    01/27/2012 11:24:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Omaha World Herald ^ | 01/27/2012 | Steve Jordon
    Warren Buffett's secretary, after being pointed out on national television during Tuesday's State of the Union speech, now is facing criticism over her salary and second home. Debbie Bosanek and her boss both declined Thursday to disclose how much she's paid, saying it's private. In an interview with The World-Herald, Buffett also said none of the online guesses about Bosanek's salary is right, and the critics are missing his point. "I'm saying she is being treated unfairly in the tax code, as are tens of millions of others, compared to me," Buffett said. "They shouldn't change the rates on all...
  • Warren Buffett’s Secretary to Sit with Michelle Obama at State of the Union

    01/24/2012 11:08:39 AM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies · 2+ views
    The Blaze ^ | 1/24/12 | Christopher Santarelli
    The Obama campaign has found its Joe the Plumber. President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night is expected to emphasize economic inequality, appropriately timed coming off the Occupy Wall Street fall leading up to Tuesday’s release of frequent Republican front-runner Mitt Romney’s tax returns which reveal that the multi-millionaire pays an effective tax rate of 13.9 percent. To hammer home the political game that the Obama campaign has been playing, billionaire Warren Buffett‘s longtime secretary will be joining first lady Michelle Obama in her seating section during tonight’s speech. The guest choice is significant because Buffett’s secretary,...
  • Gingrich: I’ll make John Bolton Secretary of State

    12/07/2011 2:07:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 53 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 12/7/11 | Allahpundit
    Via Mediaite, how much redder could this red meat be? The answer is none. None more red. Who cares if it’s kinda sorta illegal to promise appointments as a candidate? Bolton’s a rock star among righty hawks and Newt knows it only too well. Dude, I think he might have just sealed the deal. Just one question: Would a Secretary of State Bolton get confirmed by the Senate? Granted, the GOP will probably have control next year, but the Democrats fought Bolton’s UN appointment under Bush tooth and nail. Their base would go berserk if they didn’t filibuster. And they...
  • Energy Secretary Chu Defends How Administration Handled Solyndra

    11/15/2011 6:59:44 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    GPB News ^ | 11/15/11 | Eyder Peralta
    In an interview with NPR, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu vigorously defended the actions of the Department of Energy with regards $528 million in loans it gave the now-bankrupt solar energy company Solyndra. Chu told All Things Considered's Melissa Block that neither he nor any of his staff working on DOE loans program was swayed by politics and that even in hindsight there was no way to know that Solyndra would fail. President Obama's administration has been engulfed by the Solyndra scandal for weeks. At issue is whether the White House pressured the Department of Energy to guarantee loans for...
  • Energy Secretary Chu agrees to testify in Congress about Solyndra

    10/27/2011 5:40:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/27/11 | Matthew Boyle
    President Barack Obama’s Energy Secretary Steven Chu has agreed to testify about failed solar company Solyndra before congressional investigators on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The hearing, according to committee staff, will be on November 17. Solyndra received a $535 million loan guarantee from the Department of Energy — and taxpayers are burdened with that cost since the solar panel manufacturer went bankrupt. “We appreciate Secretary Chu making himself available and look forward to hearing his testimony on DOE’s involvement with the half-billion dollar loan to Solyndra,” Energy and Commerce’s Oversight and Investigations subcommittee chairman Rep. Cliff Stearns said...
  • My Counteroffer to Larry Flynt ( One million dollars for details of sex with Buffet's secretary )

    10/06/2011 5:53:51 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 10 replies
    El Rushbo ^ | September 26th | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Speaking of the Republican primaries, Larry Flynt I see is offering up to $1 million for details of sex with Rick Perry. Have you heard that? (interruption) What, if you had details -- you wouldn't pass them on? No. No, no, no. If you're a woman, if you've had sex with Perry he's willing to pay you, but if you've got details of somebody else having sex with Perry you could follow up. I want to make a counteroffer, ladies and gentlemen. I today would like to offer up to $1 million for any details of sex with Warren...
  • Obama’s Labor Secretary To Headline AFL-CIO Union Organizing Summit Targeting Young Workers

    09/27/2011 8:53:11 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Big Government ^ | 9/27/11 | LaborUnionReport
    In yet another example the Obama Administration’s pandering to its union cronies while thumbing its nose at the other 88% of America that is union free, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis will be headlining (at taxpayer expense) to an AFL-CIO “summit” later this week in Minneapolis. The subject of the conference? How to unionize young people (and others). Targeting younger workers has been part of the AFL-CIO’s strategy since Richard Trumka took over the reins of the AFL-CIO in 2009. Elizabeth Shuler, the AFL-CIO’s Secretary Treasurer, has been spearheading the effort and is hosting the “Next Up: Young Workers Summit” in...
  • Warren Buffett's 'Secretary' Is Not Amused

    09/20/2011 11:22:17 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 27 replies
    the atlantic ^ | 9-20-11 | Garance Franke-Ruta
    Carrie Kizer is not amused. An executive assistant for Berkshire Hathaway Inc. CEO Warren Buffett in Omaha, Neb., she has been fielding media requests for two days from reporters looking to talk to Warren Buffett's secretary. The calls have been coming ever since the president in announcing a plan to raise taxes on investment income said Monday morning, "Warren Buffett's secretary shouldn't pay a higher tax rate than Warren Buffett."
  • Secretary of State Clinton says State Department will coordinate with OIC on legal ways to implement

    08/17/2011 12:33:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 8/17/11 | Robert
    Moving rapidly to criminalize telling the truth about how Islamic jihadists use the texts and teachings of Islam to encourage violence and supremacism. Free Speech Death Watch Alert, and an update on this story: "OIC/Islamophobia: OIC Observatory warned since 2009 against the growth of the extreme right in Europe, Washington plans to host a meeting on resolution opposing defamation of religions," from the International Islamic News Agency, August 1 (thanks to all who sent this in): JEDDAH, Ramadan 1/Aug 1 (IINA)-During the next few months, Washington plans to host a coordination meeting to discuss with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation...
  • U.S. Secretary of Defense confirms "outreach" talks with Taliban

    06/19/2011 11:18:45 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 6/18/2011 | Marisol
    This report confirms what Karzai reported yesterday while he was also channeling Woodsy Owl and accusing NATO of not giving a hoot. In recent months, Secretary of State Clinton and others have expressed hope that parts of the Taliban who are open to "dialogue" might be split off from their more outwardly "extreme" brethren. But as always, "war is deceit," and the Taliban can be expected to exploit the opportunity to gain legitimacy, perhaps even emerging at some point as a Hizballah-like "political party" that also happens to function as a state-within-a-state with its own armed forces. (The move toward...
  • Stunning: NATO Secretary General Admits There Is No Strategy For Libya

    04/13/2011 9:13:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Big Peace ^ | 4/13/11 | Peter Schweizer
    In an interview with Germany’s Der Spiegel NATO Secretary General Anders Rasmussen had the following stunning exchange: “Rasmussen: The honest answer is that there is no military solution to this conflict. We need a political solution, and it’s up to the Libyan people to come up with one. We can only call upon the leadership in Tripoli to put an end to its acts of violence, to grant the people their legitimate rights and to permit a peaceful transition to democracy. SPIEGEL: What happens if Gadhafi doesn’t comply with these demands? Wouldn’t NATO at least have
  • HUD Secretary: No Other President in History ‘Better Understands’ Need for Public Housing Than Obama

    03/29/2011 3:08:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies · 1+ views
    CNS News ^ | 3/29/11 | Nicholas Ballasy
    ( - Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan said that no other President “better understands” the need for public housing than President Obama, adding that the administration will “fight” House Republicans over their proposed cut to public housing funding. “Barack Obama didn’t come to Washington to let your homes be sold off to the highest bidder or let them decay so badly that they won’t be there for future generations and neither did I,” he told the National Low Income Housing Coalition conference in Washington on Monday. “Let’s not forget, let’s not forget that President Obama got his...
  • White House Names First Male Social Secretary

    02/25/2011 11:35:22 AM PST · by OldDeckHand · 48 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 02/25/2011 | Brian Bolduc
    The White House has appointed the first male social secretary in its history: Jeremy Bernard. Currently, Bernard is a senior adviser to the U.S. ambassador to France. Previously, he served as the White House liaison to the National Endowment for the Humanities. “Jeremy shares our vision for the White House as the People’s House, one that celebrates our history and culture in dynamic and inclusive ways,” President Obama says in a statement. “I have long admired the arts and education programs that have become hallmarks of the Obama White House and I am eager to continue these efforts in the...
  • White House Press Secretary Jay Carney: Obama’s silent on Libya because of ’scheduling issue’

    02/23/2011 12:04:35 PM PST · by Nachum · 60 replies
    daily caller ^ | 2/23/11 | Jeff Poor
    While things are falling apart in other parts of the world, things at the White House are busy — too busy to notice. During Wednesday’s White House press briefing, newly minted Press Secretary Jay Carney responded to a question from CBS News correspondent Mark Knoller about when people might expect to hear President Barack Obama address the situation in Libya. Carney’s reason why they haven’t yet: Scheduling. (h/t Real Clear Politics Video) “This is just a scheduling issue,” Carney said. “As I said, the president will meet with Secretary of State [Hillary] Clinton this afternoon, his regular meeting and they...
  • Secretary Sebelius Questioned Before the Senate Finance Committee

    02/17/2011 3:29:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies ^ | 2/17/11 | Brian Blase
    Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified in front of the Senate Finance Committee yesterday about the President’s 2012 fiscal year budget and the status of health care reform. Despite the projected $1.6 trillion deficit in the President’s budget, Sebelius claimed that it represents “the blueprint for putting (President Obama’s) vision into action and making the investments that will grow our economy and create jobs.” Here are some of the noteworthy exchanges the Secretary had with Senators on the committee. Senator Max Baucus (D–MT) lauded the Medicare “doc fix” in the budget, although he expressed a desire for...
  • U.S. Transportation Secretary: I Told My Daughter to Buy Japanese Car

    02/09/2011 4:11:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 2/9/11 | Penny Starr
    U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said today that he told his daughter to buy a Japanese car--a Toyota Sienna--and that she did so. LaHood's comment came as he announced the results of a 10-month long Department of Transportation study that was undertaken to determine whether electronic systems could have been responsible for reports of sudden acceleration in Toyota vehicles. The study determined that this was not the case. LaHood's statement that
  • U.S. Secretary of Education: Education Is 'The Civil Rights Issue Of Our Generation'

    01/17/2011 2:04:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 1/17/11 | Nicholas Ballasy
    ( - In a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day address, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said education is “the civil rights issue of our generation” and the “only way” for young people to pursue the American dream. “I’m just convinced education is the civil rights issue of our generation and we have a lot of hard work ahead of us. If we want our young people to have a chance to enter the mainstream of society and pursue the American dream, they can only do that through education,” he said at National Action Network’s Martin Luther King, Jr. day...
  • Hillary out as SECSTATE?

    12/27/2010 10:54:48 AM PST · by pabianice · 192 replies · 11+ views
    Fox News Channel (no link) | 12/27/10
    Per Fox: Richardson is replacing Hillary as SECSTATE. Let the 2012 primary circus begin!
  • Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is a Liar and a Communist Party "Friend"

    12/08/2010 8:53:30 AM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies · 1+ views
    New Zeal ^ | 12/8/10 | Trevor Loudon
    Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is a Liar and a Communist Party "Friend" Minnesota Secretary of State; Mark Ritchie has been caught lying - on tape. When Questioned by Minnesota radio show host Chris Baker, on 100.3 KTLK Radio at 6.00 am, December 2, 2010, over evidence that Ritchie was a "non party friend" of the Communist Party USA, the Minnesota S.O.S. evaded the question and called the allegations as "political attack" and "horsepuckey". ; Here's part of the Communist Party USA document that names Mark Ritchie as a "non party friend". For the full four-page document go here;...
  • Hillary Clinton: Secretary of State is "My Last Public Position"

    12/03/2010 11:37:28 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 56 replies ^ | Dec. 3, 2010 | Mary Dooe
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has once more reiterated that she will not run for president in 2012, going so far as to refer to her current role in government as "my last public position." At a town hall meeting appearance in Manama, Bahrain on Friday, Clinton denied intentions to run for either president or vice president on the ticket with President Obama, who defeated her in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. Some experts have also speculated that she could replace Robert Gates next year when he retires as secretary of defense. "I think I will serve as secretary of...
  • Labor Secretary Defends Obama on Economy

    09/06/2010 6:29:33 AM PDT · by Son House · 28 replies ^ | September 06, 2010 | Associated Press
    Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is defending President Barack Obama's efforts to combat the recession and unemployment, saying his focus has been on helping the jobless and underemployed. In a Labor Day appearance on ABC News' "Good Morning America," Solis said Obama is doing a good job. Solis says the Obama administration knows people are hurting from the weak economy. She pointed to last year's $814 billion economic recovery act and administration proposals for job training and hiring incentives for businesses. On CBS' "Early Show," she said that over the last eight months, the U.S. economy has added some 90,000 private...
  • Education secretary calls for 12-hour school days, longer school year

    07/28/2010 10:34:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 100 replies · 38+ views
    daily caller ^ | 7/28/10 | Paul Conner
    If Education Secretary Arne Duncan has his way, kids would be spending a lot more time at school — and a three-month summer would be a thing of the past. Duncan joked with attendees at a luncheon at the National Press Club Tuesday in Washington that he would like schools to stay open 13 months out of the year. Then he told the audience of over 100 that he seriously supports longer school hours. “In all seriousness, I think schools should be open 12, 13, 14 hours a day, seven days a week, 11-12 months of the year,” Duncan said....
  • Interior secretary acknowledges lax oil regulation

    05/18/2010 1:18:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies · 300+ views
    yahoo ^ | 5/18/10 | H. JOSEF HEBERT and FREDERIC J. FROMMER
    WASHINGTON – Grilled by skeptical lawmakers, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Tuesday acknowledged his agency had been lax in overseeing offshore drilling activities and that may have contributed to the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. "There will be tremendous lessons to be learned here," Salazar told a Senate panel in his first appearance before Congress since the April 20 blowout and explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig.
  • Secretary Clinton to AJC Gala: 'Israel's Security is a Personal Commitment'

    04/30/2010 9:26:40 AM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies · 410+ views
    breitbart ^ | 4/30/10 | PRNewswire-USNewswire/
    WASHINGTON, April 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, addressing the AJC Annual Gala tonight, delivered a powerful reaffirmation of the U.S.-Israel relationship, and the shared goal of achieving a negotiated comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace. "Israel's right to exist is non-negotiable and no lasting peace is possible unless that is accepted," said Clinton. "Regional peace must begin with the recognition by every party that the United States will always stand behind Israel's security," said Clinton, adding that guaranteeing Israel's security "is more than a policy position; it is a personal commitment."
  • HHS Secretary Says State AGs Are Challenging Health Care Law to Further Their Political Careers

    04/07/2010 11:05:54 AM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies · 435+ views
    cns news ^ | 4/7/10 | Fred Lucas, Staff Writer
    ( – Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that most of the 14 state attorneys-general who have filed legal challenges against the new health care law requiring every American to buy health insurance are doing so because they aspire to “higher office.” Speaking at the National Pres Club in Washington on Tuesday, Sebelius also said the Obama administration is confident that the law will withstand the challenges.