“We have always done so when unemployment is this high and would make little sense to fail to do so now when we are still facing the burdens of the worst downturn since the Great Recession,” Sperling said. “It is high bang for the buck for the economy, reduces poverty and helps workers who lost jobs due to no fault of their own get back on their feet.”
The economy is growing much more quickly than expected. Inflation is basically nonexistent. The federal budget deficit has been slashed dramatically. The stock market is reaching all-time highs. One of our long-running wars is over, and the other is winding down. The status of the United States as the world’s preeminent economic and military power is unchallenged.
The sour public attitude toward elected officials in general — and the Republican Party in particular — is understandable. Indeed, the wonder is that pollsters can findanyone beyond paid staffers who will express approval of Congress. And as for the White House, the rollout of the Affordable Care Act does not scream competence and efficiency.
The governor’s race in Florida in 2014 will pit former GOP governor Charlie Crist, now running as a Democrat, against current GOP governor Rick Scott. Since the GOP supported Crist when he was governor, they will be forced to reverse themselves now to attack him. They plan to run a Mitt Romney style campaign, one not limited by facts. In other words, the Scott campaign will lie a lot.
First, a word of caution about groups using the Holy Father’s global popularity to promote their own causes. Yes, Pope Francis met with Argentinian anti-fracking activists and held tee-shirts with their slogans. It is a strong image given that Argentina is the Holy Father’s homeland, and anti-fracking protests there have grown so…
Al Qaeda-linked rebels in Syria have apologized for beheading a fellow Islamist rebel on video in what appears to have been a case of mistaken identity.
Beheading videos (some faked) stream out of Syria every day from both the rebel and government sides. But when a recent video was released featuring two fighters from the hardline faction Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) holding up a decapitated, bearded head in front of a crowed in Aleppo, it quickly became clear that things had not gone as intended. Members of an allied Islamist rebel faction, Ahrar al-Sham recognized the head as that of one of their commanders, Mohammed Fares, who had gone missing days before.
An ISIS spokesman indicated to The Telegraph that Allah would forgive a man for accidentally beheading a non-infidel.