Progressive Caucus Chair: Netanyahu Speech To Congress An "Insult"

Progressive Caucus Chair: Netanyahu Speech To Congress An “Insult”

“Him insulting the presidency and siding with the Republicans and coming in to give that talk to a joint session, I think it smacks of politics.” w.soundcloud.com Progressive Caucus co-chairman Rep. Raul Grijalva Monday called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned address to a joint session of Congress an “insult.” The Democrat from Arizona has previously said he will not attend the speech. “Him insulting the presidency and siding with the Republicans and coming in to give that talk to a joint session, I think it smacks of politics,” Grijalva said on Sirius XM’s The Agenda in a radio interview. “It smacks of convenience, his election is a week away in Israel. And I for one am not going to contribute to that insult. There’s a protocol and Mr. Boehner is not in charge of foreign policy for this nation. The president is in charge of that and whether you […]

Netanyahu's Speech Through The Eyes Of Iranian-Israelis

Netanyahu’s Speech Through The Eyes Of Iranian-Israelis

In a popular Persian food restaurant in Tel Aviv, Iranian-Israelis wonder if Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress can stop the threat of a nuclear Iran. View this image › Israelis watch Netanyahu’s speech to Congress being broadcast Tuesday. Amir Cohen / Reuters TEL AVIV — Moluk Hanasab paused briefly from stuffing zucchinis when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu got his first standing ovation in his speech to the U.S. Congress on Tuesday. “Will you look at that? They are actually standing up. In the Knesset [Israeli Parliament] they spit at him, and in America he is like their god,” said Hanasab, the matron of the popular Tel Aviv Persian restaurant, Shamshiri. “He’s more popular in D.C. than he is in Jerusalem these days.” The restaurant, owned by Hanasab and her husband, has become a popular gathering place for Iranian-Israelis, who linger over crispy kebabs and golden gondi soup to talk […]

15 Conspiracy Magazine Cover Stories That Are Hilariously Great

15 Conspiracy Magazine Cover Stories That Are Hilariously Great

Paranoia Magazine is a publication that deals with conspiracies and paranormal activity. And they have some mind-blowing cover stories. As I was strolling through the halls of the vendor section of the International UFO Congress in Fort McDowell, Arizona, I came across an interesting magazine rack: View this image › Norberto Briceño for BuzzFeed Paranoia is a “conspiracy and paranormal reader” that mixes hard-hitting journalism with Onion-style articles. According to editor-in-chief Ron Patton, the magazine is meant to be “educational but entertaining.” Here are 15 of the most outlandish cover stories from the Paranoia Magazine issues that were available on the rack: 1. “What’s Up With Area 51?” (Spring 2008) View this image › Norberto Briceño for BuzzFeed What is up with Area 51 and why haven’t they come up with anything new? 2. “Manson Family Secrets: Charlie, the Process and RFK” (Winter 2007) View this image › Norberto Briceño […]

Obama demands flexibility in transferring Gitmo detainees

Obama demands flexibility in transferring Gitmo detainees

President Obama was highly visible today, issuing a questionable national security statementfrom the White Houses Roosevelt Roomand participating in the traditional presidential pardon of the White House turkey. CBS News’ Mark Knoller notes that the president also quietly signed theNational Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016, along with a signing statement. As Twitchy reported, the president earlier this month said he’d announce his latest plan to close Guantanamo Bay “soon,” and a Pentagon team has scouted out possible homes for the Guantanamo Baydetainees in South Carolina, Kansas, and Colorado. Of course, one of the first things President Obama signed as president in January 2009 was a demandthat the detention center at Gitmo be closed within one year. It’s no surprise, then, that his signing statement repeatedly states his disappointment in Congress for impeding his progress. “I amdeeply disappointed that the Congress has again failed to take productive action toward […]

The End Of No Child Left Behind

The End Of No Child Left Behind

After years of complaints from left and right, George W. Bush’s controversial education law may finally be eliminated. View this image › AP Photo/Benny Snyder After 13 years, we could finally be heading toward the end of No Child Left Behind. George W. Bush’s transformative, highly controversial education act officially expired in 2007. The law has remained on the books for the past seven years, despite attempts to remake or dismantle it, largely thanks to partisan squabbling. But this year has seen a rare occurrence: consensus from both Democrats and Republicans that repealing the thirteen-year-old No Child Left Behind is an urgent priority in 2015. Democrats, including Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, called Monday for the law to be revamped; yesterday the top Senate Republican on the education committee, Lamar Alexander, did the same, releasing a draft version of his own education bill, called the Every Child Ready for College […]