She may not have made it to the finals last season, but fans can expect more to come from Haley Reinhart. The 20-year old singer has inked a deal with Interscope records, the same label to snag ninth place finisher Pia Toscano. She can currently be seen on tour with her fellow Season 10 “Idol”s, heading to Duluth, Georgia on Tuesday, with back-to-back performances in Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina to follow.
Today ~ Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Illinois) was arrested outside of the White House after refusing to move when asked by authorities.
Gutierrez, who sat in front of a sign that read “Stop Separating Our Families” with a line of protesters, refused to leave when asked by the police. Gutierrez was in attendance at a rally urging President Obama to do more to stop the deportation of illegal immigrants.
ED HENRY, FOX NEWS CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: …If you basically have this Boehner plan that you say can’t get through the Senate and you’ve got a Reid plan that the Republicans don’t think you can get through the Senate or the House and you’re saying we want a compromise, what was the point of giving a prime-time address to the nation without an Obama plan and say neither of these other plans can work? Where’s his plan?
JAY CARNEY, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: I understand the idea that there is not an Obama plan is like point…
HENRY: But there’s not one on paper.
CARNEY: …point No. 1 on the talking points issued by the Republican Party. I get it.
HENRY: No, no, no. That’s not a talking point. Show us the plan. It’s not a talking point. That’s unfair. Where’s the plan?
CARNEY: First of all, the president put forward in detail his principles at George Washington University…
HENRY: Principles. Right. That’s not a plan.
CARNEY: …quite a lot of detail. The president stood before you, I can’t remember if you were here Friday night, some of you weren’t because you cut out early, but a lot of you were (GROANS FROM THE PRESS) and he put forward in detail with numbers what he’s willing to do. He then referred from the podium to the fact that White House officials would be briefing in detail.
During today’s Oversight hearing on Operation Fast and Furious, Mr. William Newell, Former ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Division, openly admitted that the Internal Revenue Service, Drug Enforcement Agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement had known and participated in Operation Fast and Furious.
…relevant portion around the 3:30 mark:
Four federal agencies were “full partners” in the Obama administration’s bungled Operation Fast and Furious, which allowed guns to wind up in the hands of Mexican drug lords, the man who implemented the program revealed today at a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
William Newell, the former head of the Phoenix field office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, was pressed by Rep. Pat Meehan, R-Penn. to identify all the federal agencies involved in the operation.
In response, Newell identified the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Internal Revenue Service as “full partners” with the ATF.
The DNC ad was anchored to the message: “We know who to trust, and who we can’t.”
The Democratic National Committee launched its first advertisement of the presidential election on Friday, a Spanish-language television spot that signals both parties see Latinos as potential kingmakers in 2012.
The DNC launch followed the Monday airing of an ad in Spanish by American Crossroads, a Republican group not subject to campaign-finance limitations, featuring a narrator expressing disappointment in President Barack Obama.
~ NOTE: I stand on principle & refuse to post the ad:
The ads are running head to head in Reno and Las Vegas, Nev.; Tampa, Orlando and Miami, Fla.; Denver; Albuquerque, N.M.; and Washington, D.C. They target Latino communities that were critical for Mr. Obama in 2008.
The Obama re-election campaign is counting on larger Hispanic populations in these places next year to compensate for erosion of support for the president among white voters.
Democratic officials say national efforts by groups like Crossroads are being nullified by state GOP pushes in Arizona, Georgia, Alabama and Florida for tough laws targeting illegal immigration that have alienated Hispanic voters, who see the statutes as discriminatory.
After visiting the Fukushima nuclear plant and meeting with Japan’s prime minister, the head of the IAEA, Yukiya Amano, has promised to provide all necessary expertise to complete the second phase of containing the crisis by early next year. For more on what’s happening in Japan RT’s joined live from Hiroshima by nuclear energy expert Doctor Robert Jacobs.
Japan Says Citizens ‘Have No Right To A Healthy Radiation, Free Life’