By: Hope Hodge
7/29/2012 10:25 AM
In August, Congress will still be locked in a partisan showdown on whether to renew Bush-era tax rates for all Americans, or just some of them.
The Senate last week passed Democratic tax legislation that conformed to President Barack Obama’s plan to extend the rates to only Americans making $250,000 or less per year; now the Republican-controlled House will have a chance to vote the bill down. Meanwhile, a House vote also is expected on its version of the extension, which continues the tax cuts for all income brackets.
Legislators also are hoping to finalize a new round of Iran sanctions that meets the approval of both houses. The sanctions legislation passed months ago in the House and Senate, but some are concerned that trade loopholes authorized by the Obama administration could keep the final package from winning House support.
By Shannon Bream
Published July 25, 2012
Because it sits on public property, critics have long argued that the cross at the Mount Soledad Veterans Memoria in La Jolla, Calif., is an unconstitutional entanglement of government and religion. (AP File)
For decades, there has been a First Amendment battle raging over the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial in La Jolla, Calif., where a large cross anchors a tribute to Korean War veterans.
Because it sits on public property, the American Civil Liberties Union has long argued that the cross amounts to an unconstitutional entanglement of government and religion.
By Kyle Drennen| July 24, 2012 | 13:34
In an article for NBCNews.com’s First Read on Monday, Domenico Montanaro eagerly proclaimed to readers: “Mitt Romney has criticized President Obama for his ‘you didn’t build that’ line, when it came to businesses….But in 2002, during his speech at the Opening Ceremonies at the Winter Olympics….Romney made a similar argument about Olympians.”
Romney simply told the Olympic athletes – many in their teens and twenties – that they achieved their individual success with help of parents, coaches, and their local communities. However, by Monday night, The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein, filling in for MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, wildly misconstrued the comment to slam Romney: “Got that, Olympians? You didn’t build it….It’s like David Axelrod went back in time and put the precise words he needed into Mitt Romney’s mouth.”
An update to the First Read article added: “A Republican strategist sends over this response: ‘The Obama Campaign is comparing the government to a loving parent? What happened to Julia?’” Montanaro felt compelled to clarify: “For the record, the post did not originate with the Obama campaign but an NBC archive search.” Based on Klein’s reaction to the Romney hit piece, is there any difference between NBC News and the Obama campaign?
Police describe Colorado shooting as ‘calculated and deliberate,’ say it may have been planned for months
By Jana Winter
Published July 22, 2012
AURORA, Colo. – Police say they believe the suspect in a deadly shooting at a Colorado movie theater planned the attack with “calculation and deliberation,” as they removed all explosives from his booby trapped apartment.
The suspect, James Holmes, is accused of going on a shooting rampage at the movie theater during Friday’s midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises,” killing 12 people dead and injuring 58. He was packing as many as 6,000 rounds of ammunition with the ability to shoot up to 50 a minute, police said.
Fox News has learned a possible second person of interest in the case is also being investigated, though sources caution authorities are not yet sure if the individual is necessarily tied to the crime.
In a statement to Fox News early Sunday, the Aurora Police Department confirmed an “associate” of Holmes had been interviewed in relation to the case, but at this time they do not believe he was involved.
The person who owns the home where the reported person of interest lives tells FoxNews.com investigators are looking for his tenant because they have interviewed all students from Holmes’s program and his tenant is the only one who they haven’t been able to reach. However, the landlord said he believes the tenant has been in Korea for “weeks.”
July 21, 2012
In the world of political hypocrisy, Barack Obama and other Democrats have been attacking Mitt Romney for not releasing more of his federal income tax returns than he has. Ironically, both Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, who have been quite vocal on the topic, refuse to release any of their tax returns.
Coming to Romney’s defense, Donald Trump is advocating that Romney and the rest of the GOP should demand to see Obama’s records before Romney should release any more of his. Trump is not referring to Obama’s tax returns but to his birth and college records.
Trump’s comments were made earlier this week after the revealing press conference with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Mike Zullo, the lead investigator for the Cold Case Posse investigation into Obama’s birth certificate. On Tuesday, Arpaio and Zullo released additional information that seems to clearly prove that the birth certificate presented by the White House for Barack Obama was a forgery and that the act of presenting it constitutes fraud.
In response to the press conference, Trump told Sean Hannity that:
“The fact is Sheriff Arpaio is, in my opinion, correct. Nobody was ever in the hospital by the name of his mother … and a lot of crazy things.”
“If that were a conservative, let’s say a George Bush or somebody, he would have been out of office already.”
“Nobody has more sealed records than this president. So many of his applications … are sealed. He spent $3 million to keep everything sealed. You can’t find out anything about his college. I’m not talking about his marks. I’m talking about his application. It would be so interesting to see.”
Friday, 20 Jul 2012 04:17 PM
President Barack Obama and his presidential rival Mitt Romney both suspended their campaigns on Friday in the wake of the shooting at a Colorado theater that left 12 dead and up to 70 injured. They both spoke about the tragedy. This is what they said:
President Obama speaking in Fort Myers, Fla.:
“Let me, first of all, say how grateful I am for all of you being here and how much we appreciate everything that you’ve done. I know that they’re a lot of people here who have been so engaged in the campaign, have sacrificed so much, people who have been involved back since 2007. And so I want all of you to know how appreciative I am.
“And I know many of you came here today for a campaign event. I was looking forward to having a fun conversation with you about some really important matters that we face as a country and the difference between myself and my opponent in this election.
“But, this morning, we woke up to news of a tragedy that reminds us of all the ways that we are united as one American family. By now, many of you know, many of you have heard that few miles outside of Denver, in a town called Aurora, at least 12 people were killed when a gunman opened fire in a movie theater. And dozens more are being treated for injuries at a local hospital. Some of the victims are being treated at a children’s hospital.
ARE WE IN FOR ANOTHER 9/11 STYLE ATTACK?
(CNSNews.com) – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) approved flight training for 25 illegal aliens at a Boston-area flight school that was owned by yet another illegal alien, according to the Government Accountability Office.
The illegal-alien flight-school attendees included eight who had entered the country illegally and 17 who had overstayed their allowed period of admission into the United States, according to an audit by the GAO.
Six of the illegal aliens were actually able to get pilot’s licenses.
Discovery of the trouble at the flight school began when local police–not federal authorities–pulled over the owner of the school on a traffic violation and were able to determine that he was an illegal alien.
Published: July 16, 2012
OLYMPIA, Wash. – The federal government is expanding access to an immigration database so that several states can use it to cleanse voter rolls, officials said Monday.
Homeland Security Department representatives first notified Florida officials last week that they could check to see if registered voters are actually noncitizens who should not be eligible to cast a ballot. State officials said Monday that the department is now offering similar access to other states who had been requesting the information.
“I’m pleased that DHS has agreed to work with states to verify the citizenship of people on the voter rolls and help reduce our vulnerability,” said Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler, who had renewed his request for the data last week, writing a letter with the support of several other states.
Elections leaders in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio and Utah had signed onto Gessler’s request. Five of the states — Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, New Mexico and Ohio — are expected to be competitive in the 2012 presidential race. Each of the election chiefs in those states are Republican.