Former Secretary of State and Harlem native Colin Powell has clarified his recent remarks on immigration policy, saying he does not hire illegal immigrants to do repairs on his home. The onetime secretary of state for George W. Bush waded into one of the most contentious culture-war issues of 2010 during an appearance Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” — the latest in a series of dissensions from conservative orthodoxy that have prompted some of his former GOP colleagues to question his party allegiance. Continue reading
If not for one speech Abraham Lincoln made in New York 150 years ago this week, he might never have become President.
Lincoln’s famous Cooper Union anti-slavery talk, which will be celebrated at the prestigious college Thursday night by former Gov. Mario Cuomo, Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer, actor Richard Dreyfuss and others, turned the shy Illinois senator into a contender for the White House. Continue reading
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh and televangelist Pat Robertson are being scolded for their comments in the immediate aftermath of an earthquake in Haiti that has killed tens of thousands, according to early estimates.
Critics from both the left and right are denouncing their remarks as insensitive to the disaster and attempts to score political points off human tragedy.
Speaking on his radio show Wednesday, Limbaugh said the earthquake has played into Obama’s hands, allowing the president to look “compassionate” and “humanitarian” while at the same time bolstering his standing in both the “light-skinned and dark-skinned black community in this country.” Continue reading
By Richard Prince for the Journal-isms
Just days after his show made news when GOP Chairman Michael Steele disparaged Rush Limbaugh — for which he later apologized — comedian D.L. Hughley is ending his Saturday night CNN show, “D.L. Hughley Breaks the News.”
“D.L. approached CNN about being permanently based in Los Angeles, where his family lives. To accommodate this, we agreed upon a new role where he will be a contributor for the network based in Los Angeles. We are eager to continue our relationship with D.L., who is a tremendous talent and a valued colleague,” according to a CNN statement. Continue reading
Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele may have made an enemy of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. Steele, the RNC’s first African American chairman, defended his leadership in an interview with CNN’s D.L. Hughley Saturday, during which the host suggest that Limbaugh was the Republican party’s “de facto” leader. “I’m the de facto leader of the Republican Party,” Steele retorted. “Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer. Rush Limbaugh, his whole thing is entertainment. Yes, it’s incendiary. Yes, it’s ugly.” Limbaugh responded to the comments on his nationally-syndicated radio show Monday, saying that the chairman was off to a “shaky start.” Continue reading