Score one for President Obama, House Speaker John Boehner admits the rich will have to pay higher taxes. According to CNN, Boehner conceded on Wednesday in challenging President Barack Obama to sit down with him to hammer out a deal for avoiding the fiscal cliff. “President Obama, however, continued to insist on Republicans first ensuring no tax hike for anyone but the top 2% of Americans as a first step toward a broader agreement on tackling the nation’s chronic federal deficits and debt.The statements reflected how negotiations on the automatic spending cuts and tax hikes set to occur on January 1.”
Detroit Quadruple Homicide: Janetta Harris, her boyfriend Carlos (Poncho) Love and two others were shot to death in their home in the 15300 block of Tacoma Tuesday night. Police did not release the identities of the two men found dead in the home. Police are trying to determine a motive for the horrific crime.
It is not clear if Janetta Harris was the victim of a fake police home invasion. If you haveany information, please call the Detroit Police Homicide Division at 313-596-2260 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.
Hillary Clinton’s popularity hit a new high and it seems she will not get any blowback from the Benghazi consulate attack that claimed the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. A new ABC New/Washington Post poll found 57% of voters would back a presidential bid by Hillary Clinton, with just 37% opposed. Hillary Clinton will resign as Secretary of State early next year with a 69% approval rating for her performance. She has a 67% overall favorability rate, which is a new high in her long history of public service to this country. Can you say, Hillary 2016? That could be a very real possibility.
Jack Brooks, who represented his Southeast Texas district in Congress for 42 years and helped to shape the Civil Rights Act, dies at age 89. Jack Brooks was also in the Dallas motorcade in 1963 when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. He died Tuesday night at the Baptist Hospital of Beaumont after a sudden illness, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.
Brooks was among the last links to an era when Democrats dominated Texas politics and was the last of “Mr. Sam’s Boys,” protégés of fellow Texan and legendary 21-year Democratic House Speaker Sam Rayburn in the state’s congressional delegation.
“I’m just like old man Rayburn,” Brooks, from Beaumont, once said. “Just a Democrat, no prefix or suffix.”
He also was a contemporary and supporter of Lyndon Johnson, who was U.S. Senate majority leader in the 1950s and later president.
He supported civil rights bills, refused to sign the segregationist “Southern manifesto” in 1956, helped write the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964 that banned racial segregation. Source
New York magazine’s Gabriel Sherman reports Fox News chief Roger Ailes has benched Karl Rove and Dick Morris for now. Producers must now get permission before booking either of the two men. You will recall Karl Rove had an on-air squabble over the network’s polling analysts calling Ohio for President Obama in the Nov. 6 elections. Dick Morris had predicted a Mitt Romney landslide, which was quite the opposite. Um, Romney got the shellacking. Gabriel Sherman reports the explanation for the benching of both men is that the “election is over.”
Summit Church founder, Isaac Hunter, who resigned November 28, after admitting to an adulterous relationship with a former church member, issued a statement refuting his wife, Rhonda Hunter’s domestic violence claims. He denied her allegations that he posed a threat to her and their three children, after she filed a domestic-violence petition Friday against her husband.
Orlando Sentinel: ”Never in my life have I threatened to harm my children in any way. Nor have I ever lifted a hand against my wife, harmed her physically, or threatened to do so,” said Isaac, 35, the son of megachurch pastor the Rev. Joel Hunter.
Rhonda Hunter, 35, filed a domestic-violence petition Friday against Isaac stating that she feared for her life and the lives of the couple’s three children.
Isaac’s statement said he was saddened by his wife’s allegations but denied her description of him as abusive, unstable, suicidal and having a drinking problem.
“I love my children very much. I do not wish to battle the allegations in the media but silence seems to me to be a tacit confession of all that has been said in my wife’s Petition — to which I adamantly disagree,” Isaac’s statement said.