Annette Crawford Hall

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GOP's confused inequality message

Don’t ever accuse the Republicans of having nothing to say about inequality. They have lots to say about it. Lots of different things.<p>Now that President Barack Obama has put inequality on the national agenda, the GOP is on the hunt for something to say. They’re making progress, with prominent …

Harry Reid Threatens To Impoverish The World By At Least $600 Billion A Year

Studies suggest that proposed deals with Asia and Europe could generate global gains of $600 billion a year, with $200 billion of that going to America. And that understates the benefits, since the deals would spur competition in the market for services, which make up most of rich countries' output …

Economy

CVS, Smokes and ‘Liberal Fascism’

In Fox News Land, no one does anything in the public interest. It’s just Obama’s commie thugs bullying a corporate giant to do what the president …

Up to a Point: PJ O’Rourke on Sochi and Senate Slackers

In the week since the Capitolhog predicted even more of nothing, the Dow swooned, bookies soared, and even Putin wouldn’t be caught dead in the U.S. …

Exclusive: U.S. Won’t Seize Taliban Ally’s Cash

The White House designated a Taliban ally as a terrorist organization in 2012. Seventeen months later, none of the network’s assets have been frozen …

No, Liberals Don't Control the Democratic Party

The left may have more clout than it once did, but commentators shouldn't mistake progressives for the Democrats' equivalent of the Tea Party.<p>In a classroom in Harlem, the liberal new mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, appeared with union leaders in support of his plan to raise taxes on incomes …

Biden says to decide next year if to run for U.S. presidency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Joe Biden said he will decide by the summer of 2015 if he will make a third run for the U.S. presidency.<p>U.S. Vice President Joe Biden waves to the crowd as he leaves after delivering his speech at Yonsei University in Seoul December 6, 2013. REUTERS/Kim …

Morning Must Reads: February 7

Russia Claims U.S. Meddling Over Ukraine [NYT]<p>“The largest and most expensive Winter Olympic Games in history likely will be remembered for palm …

Bill O'Reilly Just Unwittingly Proved Obama Right

The president complained that the Fox anchor prompts his audience to believe in certain White House scandals. Watch him get caught red-handed.<p>Earlier this week, I complained about Bill O'Reilly's interview with President Obama on Super Bowl Sunday, in which the Fox News host failed to ask any …

CONFIRMED: The DEA Struck A Deal With Mexico's Most Notorious Drug Cartel

"El Vicentillo" being presented to the media in Mexico City on March 19, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar An investigation by El Universal found that between the years 2000 and 2012, the U.S. government had an arrangement with Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel that allowed the organization to smuggle …

Mexico

Associated Press News

Christie faces audit on Sandy funds

The federal government will audit whether Gov. Chris Christie’s administration properly used Hurricane Sandy aid money slated for a marketing campaign to boost tourism in New Jersey, a Democratic Garden State lawmaker announced Monday.<p>The move comes as Christie, a Republican and possible 2016 …

North Korea: Kim family's former sushi chef says uncle was executed over 'pleasure brigade'

Kenji Fujimoto, who used to make food for Kim Jong-Il, says Jang Song Thaek was tasked with procuring young women for late dictator<p>Kim Jong Un’s uncle may have been executed for his taste in young women and role in maintaining a “pleasure brigade” for Kim Jong Il, a former chef for the North Korean …

North Korea

Boehner: Poll finds Obama to blame

House Speaker John Boehner told a closed meeting of his colleagues that a Republican pollster found that for the first time, most Americans blame President Barack Obama for the economic troubles, not George W. Bush.<p>“Barack Obama came into office blaming George W. Bush for the state of the economy …

Bridge Scandal Creates Unique Hurdles For Christie

By most accounts, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie passed the leadership challenge posed by Superstorm Sandy in 2012.<p>But the political storm created by the George Washington Bridge scandal is testing him in different ways, fueled by a combination of factors that make it difficult even for a …

Poisoned: why West Virginia's water crisis is everyone's problem

When 35-year-old Jason Eldridge arrived home last Thursday from his job as a systems administrator with a healthcare company in Charleston, West Virginia, he acted no differently than he normally would: he made dinner (that night, it was tacos) for his wife, his two-year-old daughter, and himself. …

NSA review panel casts doubt on bulk data collection claims

The members of president Barack Obama’s surveillance review panel on Tuesday rejected some of the central contentions offered by the National Security Agency for its bulk collection of phone records, including the program’s potential usefulness in preventing the 9/11 attacks.<p>Testifying before the …

Senate blocks jobless aid

The Senate blocked two separate proposals to revive emergency unemployment benefits that expired in December, all but killing the prospects of reviving jobless aid for now.<p>The chamber voted 52-48 to reject a bill that would have extended benefits through November and pay for it by extending the …

Israeli official apologizes for calling Kerry messianic

WASHINGTON — The Israeli government apologized on Tuesday after the White House took offense to a news report in which the country's defense minister was quoted describing Secretary of State John Kerry's efforts to win an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement as driven by "misplaced obsession and …

Drug trade could splinter Afghanistan into fragmented criminal state – UN

Afghanistan's booming narcotics trade risks splintering the country into a "fragmented, criminal state" if the government and its western allies do not step up efforts to tackle opium production and the illicit economy it supports, a senior UN official warned.<p>Opium farming in Afghanistan, the …

Associated Press News

Islamists exploit weak border to fight in Iraq and Syria

The Iraqi military were on Sunday night trying to dislodge al-Qaida militants in the city of Ramadi, near the Syrian border, using air strikes which left at least 34 people dead.<p>The action came as al-Qaida fighters were also reported to have taken control of Falluja and underlined the fragility of …

Obama's Approval Rating Has Dipped Into Dangerously Low Territory

The 39% mark is a point lower in Gallup's three-day rolling average. Obama's disapproval held steady at 53%.<p>It's Obama's worst approval rating in Gallup's daily tracking poll since the Oct.17-19, 2011, average, which came right after a bruising fight for both Democrats and Republicans over raising …

Immigration Reform

Poverty Is Stamped Into DNA in Childhood — And Stays There

Poverty, it turns out, is etched in­to our DNA.<p>“For each de­crease of one year in par­ent­al home own­er­ship, the par­ti­cipants’ odds of …