If you have any doubt as to how much of a sports junkie Barack Obama is, check in with the entertainment moguls who attended a private briefing with the president Nov. 26 before his speech at Jeffrey Katzenberg's DreamWorks Animation campus in Glendale.
At the end of the conversation -- which touched on a myriad of topics, from piracy to Iran -- Obama revealed what's at the top of his bucket list post-White House: "At least I know what I want to do when I retire … host ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 list," Obama quipped as he turned to Disney's Robert Iger, whose empire includes ESPN.
The highlights countdown can feature everything from major sports to bull fighting to high school basketball. Other than having a good laugh, Iger apparently didn't respond.
"Everyone had a good giggle," says one person who attended.
The private meeting with Iger featured other moguls, including Disney's Alan Horn, Fox's Jim Gianopulos, Sony's Amy Pascal, and CBS' Leslie Moonves.
Rove runs the numbers on Obamacare and has some interesting points.
So far there have been 6.4M policy cancellations because of the healthcare law. Those policies often contain multiple family members. So Rove estimates that 10-14 million people have had their health insurance cancelled. So far 200K have enrolled in Obamacare. That makes for every one person who signed up, 32 losing coverage. Rove also runs the numbers on subsidies. The actual numbers is way behind the WH initial estimates.
Rove ends the segment saying he prays to God that Dems run on Obamacare in the mid-terms, it would lead to a complete wipeout.
"The Bible teaches us no one has all the answers--only God does"
New ad has Dem senator Mark Pryor holding and quoting the bible
Why? Because Pryor is in a close race with Republican Tom Cotton in a state Obama lost by 24 points to Mitt Romney just one year ago.
(KATV) Sen. Mark Pryor is out with a new TV ad offering a Biblical solution to the already heated 2014 Senate race in Arkansas.
Pryor's campaign said the ad will begin airing on Wednesday. In the 30 second ad, Pryor speaks directly to the camera about his faith in the Bible. The ad is a substantial purchase for the campaign and will run statewide.
"I'm not ashamed to say that I believe in God, and I believe in His word. The Bible teaches us no one has all the answers. Only God does. And neither political party is always right," Pryor says in the ad. "This is my compass. My North Star. It gives me comfort and guidance to do what's best for Arkansas."
Pryor ends the ad saying he supports the message because "This is who I am, and what I believe."
Pryor is considered one of the most vulnerable incumbents in the country, partly because of his party line support of the Affordable Care Act and as his campaign is forced to deal with low approval numbers of Pres. Obama in Arkansas.
For the first time in nearly 40 years, a majority of Americans believe the United States is less important around the world and that it should mind its own business, a stunning rejection of President Obama’s foreign policy just four years after he received the Nobel Prize.
A new Pew Research Center poll found that 53 percent of people believe that the U.S. is playing a less important role as a world leader than a decade ago, the highest figure since 1974.
Worse: 70 percent said that the U.S. is respected less than in the past, almost matching the high reached under former President George W. Bush, whose foreign policy Obama pledged to reverse.
Key highlights from Pew’s release:
— By a 56 percent to 34 percent margin, more disapprove than approve of Obama’s handling of foreign policy. The public also disapproves of his handling of Syria, Iran, China and Afghanistan by wide margins.
— For the first time, 52 percent believe the U.S. should “mind its own business internationally.”
— Some 51 percent said the U.S. does too much in helping solve world problems.
Do you think the U.S. is a less important and powerful world leader today compared to 10 years ago?
David Kennedy, a former NSA analyst and CEO of TrustedSec is hired by big companies to test the security of their computer systems. In an interview this afternoon on the Sean Hannity radio program he gives the healthcare.gov website a rating of 1 or 2 in terms of security. He warns people not to go onto the website because it is simply not safe.
"I'd say stay away from it"..."What we found was the basic things weren't even addressed"..."We're finding this without even touching the website, what really lies underneath is the real concerning part"
A stunned Hannity responds: "This is unfathomable to me"
Yasser Arafat's widow Suha Arafat, who has argued her husband's death was a political assassination, immediately challenged the French forensic tests
Swiss forensic experts stirred controversy last month by announcing that results from their tests of samples taken from Arafat's body were consistent with polonium poisoning
Yasser Arafat was not the victim of poisoning, French forensic tests concluded on Tuesday, countering the theory put forward by a Swiss report on the 2004 death of the Palestinian leader.
The French conclusions were immediately challenged by his widow Suha Arafat, who has argued the death was a political assassination by someone close to her husband. A senior Palestinian official dismissed the report as "politicized".
You can imagine how much I am shaken by the contradictions between the findings of the best experts in Europe in this domain," Suha Arafat, dressed in black and reading from a written statement, told a news conference in Paris.
"I am accusing no one. This is in the hands of justice and it is just the beginning," she said, requesting that the Swiss report be made available to French judges examining the case
The report handed to Suha Arafat will not be published, but a source who had seen it quoted extracts to Reuters.
It’s common knowledge that St. Peter guards the pearly gates. But what many people might not know is Pope Francis used to guard the door at a bar in Argentina.
That’s right: Pope Francis used to be a bar bouncer.
The 76-year-old pontiff disclosed his previous vocation in a parish visit to the church of San Cirillo Alessandrino in a working-class neighborhood on the outskirts of Rome on Sunday, the Catholic News Service reported.
The nugget from Francis’ past, when he used to be known as Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was disclosed during a four-hour conversation, in which the pope also mentioned he used to sweep floors and run tests in a chemical laboratory as a teenager.
The anecdote is yet another example of Francis’ growing reputation as a “pope of the people.” Since ascending to the papacy in March, Francis has eschewed such trappings as the Popemobile, washed the feet of prisoners and has shown a penchant for showing up unannounced wherever the faithful gather.
LONDON (AP) — The editor of the Guardian said Tuesday his newspaper has published just 1 percent of the material it received from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, and denied the paper had placed lives or national security at risk.
Under questioning by lawmakers on Parliament’s home affairs committee, Alan Rusbridger accused British authorities of trying to intimidate the newspaper, and warned of “national security being used as a trump card” to stifle debate.
The Guardian helped spark a global debate on privacy and security by publishing a series of stories based on leaks from Snowden disclosing the scale of telephone and Internet surveillance by spy agencies in the U.S. and Britain.
Rusbridger said the leak amounted to about 58,000 files, and the newspaper had published “about 1 percent” of the total.
“I would not expect us to be publishing a huge amount more,” he said.
Government and intelligence officials have reacted angrily to the leaks, saying they compromised British security and aided terrorists. Britain’s top three spy chiefs said last month that al-Qaida and other terror groups were “rubbing their hands in glee” in the wake of Snowden’s leaks.
"Riddled with problems from day one" -CBS local reporter Jim Donovan
PHILADELPHIA (CBS)–It’s been two months since the Obama administration rolled out the health care enrollment website and, from the start there were problems. The administration vowed to fix the issues by December 1. 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan has a status report.
You may recall that in October I tried numerous times to enroll on the website without success. Instead I ended up having to fill out a paper application and mail it in to an office somewhere in Arkansas. That was a month ago and I still haven’t heard back. So today after the website was supposed to be in better shape, I tried again.
Today I tried to sign up again from scratch. When I logged onto the site said it had lots of visitors and instructed me to wait. But there was an option that allowed me to input my email address so I could be alerted when the site was less crowed, so I tried it. It said ‘sorry there was an error, please reload and try again’.
So I waited. After an 8 minute wait I finally was able to start an application. The online application took 20 minutes to fill out, and I had to input several items more than once. Finally I got to the point where I could compare insurance plans. What did I see? Nothing. The site didn’t allow me to look at, or compare any plans.