Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) reportedly walked out of Nelson Mandela's memorial service when Cuban President Raul Castro started speaking. Cruz, one of only two Republicans at the memorial, praised Mandela and spoke to Democratic politicians on the way.
"Sen. Cruz very much hopes that Castro learns the lessons of Nelson Mandela," Catherine Frazier, Cruz's D.C. press secretary, wrote The Christian Post in an email statement on Wednesday. "For decades, Castro has wrongly imprisoned and tortured countless innocents," Frazier explained.
Cruz's father, Rafael, fought on Fidel Castro's side during the Cuban Revolution, but later fled the dictatorial regime after Castro took power. Raul Castro is Fidel Castro's brother and successor. more >>
The White House has announced that they will give $100 million to help fund improvements in mental health facilities and access in the United States.
Vice President Joe Biden explained the situation prompting the funding as the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre draws near.
"The fact that less than half of children and adults with diagnosable mental health problems receive the treatment they need is unacceptable," stated Biden. "The president and I have made it a priority to do everything we can to make it easier to access mental health services, and today's announcements by the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture build on that commitment." more >>
Woven through the non-stop evaluations of and reports about Obamacare's failures is an undercurrent of wounded wonder: The President lied.
He lied about keeping one's doctor and keeping one's health insurance plan. Repeatedly. Frequently. Blithely. His defenders are reduced to such justifications as this by CNN commentator L.Z. Granderson: "President Obama … should have been more forthright with how the Affordable Care Act was going to impact the country. But with that being said, all Americans know politicians lie. The question is, which lies can you live with? And, time and time again, Americans have said we can deal with the lies that President Obama tells us because we believe in his heart, he has the best interest for the American people. Every president is going to lie to you. Every politician is going to lie to you. The question is, which lies can you live with?"
"Americans have said we can deal with the lies that President Obama tells us." Really? When? Mr. Granderson's projection of the apparent suspension of his own sense of honor onto 315 million of his fellow citizens is laughable. more >>
The head of the Roman Catholic Church has been named TIME Magazine's "Person of the Year" for 2013.
In an announcement made by TIME on Wednesday morning, the Pontiff was given the honor for his impact on the global stage, stated TIME's managing editor Nancy Gibbs.
Like Obama, I got my colonoscopy when I turned 50. The President got his done as a "virtual colonoscopy" at Walter Reed Hospital, where they simulated a full colon exam without actually doing one. It was the same way the media simulated examining The Affordable Care Act when it passed in 2010.
"Proctologist" is a word a man never likes to hear, along with a few others like "testicular," "ingrown," "listen," "ask for directions," and "let's cuddle." But a colonoscopy was something I knew had to do, and you should, too.
My procedure went well, but now I know how those sock puppets in the media feel. For MSNBC's Chris Matthews' sake, I hope Jay Carney has small hands. I don't listen to instructions well, so I really didn't know what to expect. I felt like it would be best to treat it like French marriage: asking a lot of questions might take the fun out of it. more >>
Perhaps she was upset she wasn't included in the shot, or maybe she thought taking a self-portrait during a tribute to an iconic world leader in his home country was tasteless. Whatever the case, Michelle Obama's notably tight jaw and icy glare will likely go down as one of the most memorable images from an event meant to pay tribute to South Africa's anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela.
"If it's a funeral she looks like she's the only one being mature. Why couldn't they take pictures after the funeral," suggested Stephanie Novak, writing on CP's Facebook page. "I bet that's what she's thinking if anything. She's probably thinking they should show more respect than that."
Novak was among numerous online readers who have been speculating exactly what might have been the cause for Mrs. Obama's hard look Tuesday during a tribute to Mandela that was attended by leaders from around the world. Tens of thousands of South Africans were also gathered at the First National Bank (FNB) Stadium in Johannesburg to remember their first democratically-elected black president who helped bring an end to decades of oppression and segregation. more >>