White House press secretary Jay Carney announced Thursday that he called Mark Halperin's bosses at MSNBC after the network contributor called President Obama "[kind of a] d-ck" on a morning show.
"The comment that was made was inappropriate," Carney told reporters in his daily briefing. "It would be inappropriate to say that about either president of either party." .... He told reporters that "on behalf of the White House, I expressed that sentiment to executives at the network."
The U.S. has decided to formally resume contact with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood group - which does not recognize Israel – in a move that could further alienate some Jewish voters already skeptical of President Barack Obama, it was reported.
“The political landscape in Egypt has changed, and is changing… It is in our interests to engage with all of the parties that are competing for parliament or the presidency,” said the official, who confirmed the news to Reuters on condition of anonymity.
So who cares if the MB doesn't "recognize Israel"? Israel doesn't expect their recognition, and Israel doesn't need it to exist or to flourish. However, that which SHOULD be of grave concern to any U.S. official - and to Politico as well - is the
written by Muslim Brotherhood operative Mohamed Akram and published in 1991.
It's something you just have to read yourself - in its entirety - as no quote, no excerpt, can do it justice. Simply follow the link and scroll down past the Arabic pages; the entire text is then translated to English, and runs about 15 pages.
And if you have the time and inclination afterwards, see BtB:
Where to begin the telling of the Altalena calamity? Auerbach reasonably starts by differentiating two Zionist camps. One, led by Ben-Gurion, was the dominant power in Zionist officialdom and was inspired by a Jewish national renewal rooted in notions of socialist utopia. The other, motivated by Ze'ev Jabotinsky and carried forth by his disciple, Menachem Begin, envisioned a self-assertively nationalist society rooted in a strong entrepreneurial middle class. Long before the Altalena, Auerbach points out, there was a record of bad blood between the two camps exacerbated by the mysterious murder of a Labor-Zionist leader, Chaim Arlosoroff, bitter disputes over whether and how to confront the British policy barring Jewish immigration to Palestine before and during the Holocaust, and over how best to respond to Arab brutality against Palestinian Jewry...
MSNBC suspended journalist Mark Halperin after Halperin used strongly worded language to criticize President Obama's performance at Wednesday's press conference....
....During a spot on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Thursday, Halperin, the co-author of "Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime" was asked by host Joe Scarborough what he thought of the president's strong criticism of Republicans during Wednesday's press conference.
"I thought he was kind of a dick yesterday," Halperin said.
Soon after, while still on the air, Halperin apologized. A few hours later MSNBC announced that Halperin had been "suspended indefinitely."
WASHINGTON -- A divided Senate approved an $800 billion increase in the federal debt limit yesterday, a major boost in borrowing that Senator John Kerry and other Democrats blamed on the fiscal policies of President Bush.
The 52-44 vote, mostly along party lines, was expected to be followed by House passage today. Enactment would raise the government's borrowing limit to $8.18 trillion -- more than eight times the total federal debt that existed when President Reagan took office in 1981.
Now that the debt ceiling is at $14.3 trillion and the Dems want to raise it further, they're singing a different song.
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner read aloud from the Constitution at a Politico breakfast last month.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Amid fears the United States risks default if lawmakers don't raise the debt ceiling on time, some are suggesting President Obama could save the day by big-footing Congress.
How? By invoking the Constitution anddirecting Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to keep borrowing even if it means going past the statutory borrowing limit.
Really? They say default -- and by extension, the debt limit -- violates the 14th Amendment.
The amendment states: "The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned."
The idea first gained currency when legal scholar Garrett Epps and fiscal expert Bruce Bartlett asserted that the president could invoke the 14th Amendment. Epps, writing in the Atlantic magazine, noted the amendment's stark language.