Standing just feet from the Senate chamber Thursday, Sen. Ted Cruz made a declaration that should give Majority Leader-elect Mitch McConnell pause.
"The only people who have ever threatened a government shutdown have been President Obama and [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid," said Cruz, the Texas Republican who is widely regarded as the mastermind of the GOP's 2013 government-shutdown strategy. "They forced a government shutdown last year. Nobody on the Republican side wants to see a government shutdown," he said.
Moments after Cruz spoke, McConnell held a press conference on the other side of the chamber to celebrate his election as leader. "We will not be shutting the government down or threatening to default on the federal debt," he declared, repeating a promise he'd made at his victory press conference after his re-election.
President Barack Obama's anticipated order that would shield millions of immigrants now living illegally in the U.S. from deportation is not without precedent. Two of the last three Republican presidents -- Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush -- did the same thing in extending amnesty to family members who were not covered by the last major overhaul of immigration law in 1986. There was no political explosion then comparable to the one Republicans are threatening now. A tea party-influenced GOP is poised to erupt if and when Obama follows through on his promise. He wants to extend protection from deportation to millions of immigrant parents and spouses of U.S. citizens and permanent residents, and expand his two-year-old program that shields immigrants brought illegally to this country as children.
The artifact-like images showing up in the pictures captured by Mars Curiosity recently seem to suggest the possibility of a civilization once inhabiting the surface of the red planet. The pictures transmitted back to Earth from Mars have shown "engravings," "a humanoid statue," "ball bearings," "a gearwheel" and a "thighbone" and the large stone that looks eerily like the Sphinx found here on Earth.
According to News.com.au on Oct. 28, this recent string of objects spotted on Mars are similar to what is found here on Earth from ancient civilizations. Are the ancient artifacts found on Earth and the recent images transmitted from Mars from a civilization that was far advanced in space travel? This isn't too farfetched if you think about it.
He may have a way with words, but the president can't talk his way out of these lies. Here are the seven biggest whoppers Barack Obama has sold to the American people.
Nicholas Kristof, New York Times: The greatest problem is not with flat-out white racists, but rather with the far larger number of Americans who believe intellectually in racial equality but are quietly oblivious to injustice around them. Too many whites unquestioningly accept a system that disproportionately punishes blacks and that gives public schools serving disadvantaged children many fewer resources than those serving affluent children. We are not racists, but we accept a system that acts in racist ways. read more