On May 1, 2011, I was working the Sunday night shift for Raw Story. Shortly before 10:00 p.m., the scheduled end of my shift, an email from the White House Press Office shot into my inbox — an email that would change everything for so many people.
I stayed on shift hours later, frantically assembling the liveblog behind the cut and then pulling together another piece about President Barack Obama’s remarks. Read the liveblog — from rumor to confirmation of the al-Qaeda leader’s death — behind the cut, or read it at Raw Story, where it was originally published. (more…)
Although the years-long game of chicken has ended and the White House has relinquished President Barack Obama’s long-form birth certificate, the issue is by no means dead.
The action, intended to forcibly shift the news cycle from so-called birthers to more pressing matters such as national security and the economy, guarantees that commentators and politicians — the very “carnival barkers” Obama insisted he would not buckle to — will be offering their thoughts on the document’s disclosure for the foreseeable future, not to mention public discussion. After all, recent polls show that about half of Republicans say they don’t think the president was born in America.
Conservative figures’ reactions have ranged from doubt to pride to, well, debt. Here are seven boldface names’ take on the events of this morning.
Marilyn Davenport, an elected member of the Orange County Republican Party central committee, said she doesn’t think a photoshopped image she sent of President Barack Obama’s superimposed on a chimpanzee’s body is racist.
She sent the emailed the picture of Obama and two chimp parents to friends Friday, with the caption, “Now you know why — No birth certificate.”
In light of last night’s narrowly avoided government shutdown, President Barack Obama is evidently feeling proud of the deal he struck. He’s showing it by taking a victory lap around D.C.
According to the press pooler assigned to the president today, Obama spent about 10 minutes this afternoon at the Lincoln Memorial, which would have been closed if there had been a shutdown.
Harry Welsey Coover Jr., the inventor of Super Glue, died at home in Kingsport, Tenn. Sunday, the Associated Press reports. He was 94 years old.
He invented Super Glue in 1942, as a result of a laboratory accident. Coover was experimenting with making different clear plastics for gun sights at Tennessee Eastman Company, and discovered that cyanoacrolates adhered things together very effectively. Super Glue was introduced for retail sale in 1958.
President Barack Obama awarded Coover the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in 2010, and Coover was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2004.
This post originally appeared at The Raw Story.
UPDATE 12:45 p.m.: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared at the podium in Paris at 12:25 p.m. EST. She said that the Libyan government had “lost all legitimacy,” and listed the broad coalition of support for U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973, demanding a cease-fire in Libya.
“Yesterday, President Obama said very clearly that if Gaddafi failed to comply with these terms, there would be consequences,” Clinton said. “There has been some talk from Tripoli of a cease-fire, but the reality on the ground tells a very different story. Colonel Gaddafi defies the world. His attacks on civilians go on.”
White House officials are calling the president’s State of the Union plan for widespread wireless broadband coverage “win-win-win” for its potential to reduce the deficit, create a comprehensive public safety network and connect the country via broadband.
The president traveled to freezing Marquette, Michigan Thursday to unveil details of the Wireless Innovation and Infrastructure Initiative before an invited crowd on the campus of Northern Michigan University.
In his speech, Obama likened his push for broadband access to the building of the first transcontinental railroad, the electrical grid and the highway system.
In his State of the Union address earlier this week, President Obama promised a new age of internet access for Americans. He said “Within the next five years, we’ll make it possible for businesses to deploy the next generation of high-speed wireless coverage to 98 percent of all Americans.”
But it’s unclear how Obama plans to make good on that promise.
For us to “out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world,” it’s clearly going to take planning — planning that the White House and Federal Communications Commission aren’t ready to talk openly about yet, if its even been done.
BOSTON –The last time a Republican was elected to fill a Massachusetts seat in the U.S. Senate, Barack Obama was still Barry. It was 1972 when Ed Brooke was elected, and the future 44th president of the United States was just 11 years old.
Ted Kennedy, of course, had already been a senator for a decade when Brooke was elected. Kennedy’s nearly five-decade reign makes it easy to believe that there has never been life without the so-called Lion of the Senate representing Massachusetts.
The months since Kennedy’s August death excepted, for a staggering 59.8 percent of Massachusettans—the amount of state residents 44 years of age or younger, according to 2008 American Community Survey data—there hasn’t ever been life without Teddy.
Until today, that is. (more…)
It seems I just can’t get enough of the war on Christmas. In addition to my Politics Daily editorial and Hearst article on the topic, Hearst Washington bureau chief Rick Dunham and I sat down for one last conversation about the National Christmas Tree. One last time: it’s a Christmas tree, nothing more, nothing less.
Listen to the podcast at Texas on the Potomac.