“I’m learning to speak with one.”
Speaking at a Jewish American Heritage Month reception last night in Washington, D.C., Vice President Joe Biden requested the “teleprompter in the to be taken down,” according to the pool report.
Then he made a joke: “You can’t tell Barack that the teleprompter’s down. The standing joke in the office is Barack’s learning to speak without a teleprompter; I’m learning to speak with one.”
Biden added, “I apologize for the teleprompter.”
Then, according to the pool report, Biden dove right in to the rest of his remarks:
Biden described the late Sen. Arlen Specter, with whom Wasserman Schultz pushed through JAHM, as “a (sic) irascible guy, who was one of my closest friends in public live.”
Biden thanked Wasserman Schultz for her work during the 2012 campaign and said she is “one of the reasons why Barack and I were reelected.”
The provocative headline “Obama administration mistakes journalism for espionage” doesn’t appear in a traditionally conservative paper like the NY Post or Wall Street Journal; it’s in the Washington Post. And before you equivocate, no, it’s not hovering over the byline of Charles Krauthammer or George Will at WaPo, it’s accompanying a column by long-time Obama apologist Eugene Robinson.
Robinson hammers the Obama Administration and the Department of Justice for their overreach in handling the Associated Press’ reporting of a foiled terror attempt. After laying-out the DOJ’s actions in secretly obtaining subpoenas which involved phone records of over one hundred reporters, as well as tracking the reporters’ movements and their emails, Robinson pulls no punch:
This heavy-handed business isn’t chilling, it’s just plain cold.
It also may well be unconstitutional. In my reading, the First Amendment prohibition against “abridging the freedom . . . of the press” should rule out secretly obtaining two months’ worth of the personal and professional phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors, including calls to and from the main AP phone number at the House press gallery in the Capitol. Yet this is what the Justice Department did.
In the past, Robinson has been a reliable defender of the administration and attack dog against grassroots conservatives. He’s also one of the many who still cling to the debunked notion that the tea party is racist and dangerous to America. So his choice to call the Administration, Holder, and Obama out over the AP scandal is noteworthy and significant. MORE
The Maryland Board of Physicians has permanently revoked the license of abortionist Nicola I. Riley. In a blistering order issued May 6th, Riley was prohibited from ever again applying for licensure or reinstatement of her license.
According to pro-life organization Operation Rescue, Riley’s license was first suspended in September of 2010, after having perforated the uterus and pulled out a bowel of a patient at an illegal, clandestine late-term abortion clinic in Elkton operated by abortionist Steven Chase Brigham, who is not licensed in Maryland. Both Elkton Police, and a physician at a Baltimore hospital to which the patient was air-lifted for the emergency surgery that saved her life, filed complaints. Physicians found that part of the fetus had been shoved into the patient’s abdominal cavity when Riley ruptured her uterus.
When police raided the Elkton clinic, they found the remains of thirty-five frozen late-term aborted babies. Both Riley and Brigham were arrested and charged with murder of the babies, but charges were dropped after an expert witness for the prosecution abandoned the case under pressure from the abortion lobby.
Brigham’s bi-state abortion business operates in both New Jersey, which bans abortions in clinics after 14 weeks, and nearby Maryland, which has no gestational limits on abortions. The business was a perfect set-up for the lucrative late-term abortion market where fees often range from several thousand to tens of thousands of dollars.
According to Operation Rescue, Brigham would initiate the late-term abortions in his New Jersey office, then ship the patients, already in labor, down to his clinic in Elkton where the abortions would be completed with Riley’s assistance. Brigham’s spin on his actions was that, since all the babies died in New Jersey on the first day he saw the patients, Maryland had no jurisdiction to prosecute him. New Jersey has not sought a criminal case against him. MORE
Just kidding – age 44
Her drink of choice is scotch and wawa
NAPLES (CBSMiami/AP) – The daughter of broadcast journalist Barbara Walters reportedly had a blood alcohol level of nearly three times over the legal limit when she was charged with driving under the influence near Naples.
Collier County Sheriff’s deputies found Jacqueline Walters Danforth, 44, and a male passenger in an SUV stopped on I-75 early Sunday morning. Both occupants reportedly had trouble walking.
Danforth was arrested after she reportedly refused a field sobriety test. A breath test given at the jail recorded a blood alcohol level of 0.218 percent. Florida law considers a driver impaired at 0.08.
She was released on $1,000 bail.
Walters, who adopted Danforth as a baby, has discussed her daughter’s struggles with drug abuse in the past.
Walters adopted her as a baby??? I didn’t think babies were allowed to adopt.
With scandal swirling about the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama may be considering an extended exit from Washington this summer, fleeing for weeks to the Obamas’ traditional summer haven, Martha’s Vineyard.
According to the Boston Globe, “Michelle Obama and the children may be on the island for an extended period.” But the president would hardly be suffering by comparison. He may come up on weekends and then stay for two weeks at the end of the summer, the Globe reports.
The White House has not commented on the Obamas’ vacation plans.
The Obamas are said to be eying a house in Farm Neck on the Vineyard. If they land there, the president will have easy access to the lovely Farm Neck Golf Club and Cafe. Here’s the view from the tee on the third hole.
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When an immigration liberal like Bill Kristol opposes the current immigration bill, then you know it’s not workable at all. And he’s now telling Marco Rubio to just walk away from it.
I can’t say I disagree one iota with that sentiment:
POLITICO – The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol has some advice for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on the Senate’s immigration reform bill: Walk away.
“He should walk away from it,” Kristol said Tuesday on “The Laura Ingraham Show.” “He should say, I made a good faith effort, but you know what, this is not a piece of legislation.”
“Think of the trust you have to have in bureaucracy to make all this work,” he said. “There’ll be certifications and border security, there’ll be tests of whether people paid back taxes. … If you like Obamacare, you should like this immigration bill. And I honestly think conservatives should oppose it on those grounds alone.”
Kristol said Republicans and the Florida senator should wait on tackling immigration until conditions are more favorable for the party — for example, in 2015, when he said there will be more Republicans in Congress or in 2017, when “perhaps there’s a Republican president.” MORE