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  • Lobbyists quietly advise GOP on gay marriage shift

    07/30/2014 8:30:49 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 115 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/30/2104 | Megan R. Wilson
    Republicans on K street are helping members of their party shift their stance on gay rights issues. Kathryn Lehman, a top GOP lobbyist and partner at Holland and Knight carries a list of 40 to 50 Republican offices in the House and Senate she visits on behalf of Freedom to Marry, a group that backs same-sex marriage. "The issue is losing its toxicity from a Republican perspective," she said, mentioning that the list was a fraction of that size when she first took on Freedom to Marry as a client in 2011. Lehman... helped to write the Defense of Marriage...
  • Head of Benghazi probe says no witnesses off limits, including Clinton (Fox News Exclusive)

    07/29/2014 6:46:10 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7-29-2014 | Catherine Herridge
    July 29, 2014 Head of Benghazi probe says no witnesses off limits, including Clinton by Catherine Herridge The Republican head of the Benghazi Select Committee warned Tuesday that no witnesses would be off limits in its upcoming probe and that he would consider going to court, if necessary, to compel testimony. "I can't skip over a witness that I think we ought to talk to simply because there is an assertion of either privilege or immunity,"Chairman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina told Fox News in an exclusive interview. He said that while he has received good cooperation to date, and...
  • AP Ridicules Congressional Support of Israel

    07/29/2014 3:25:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7/29/14 | ohn Nolte
    Tuesday morning the Associated Press fired of a tweet mocking Congress over its support of Israel. "As much of the world watched Gaza war in horror, members of Congress fall over each other to support Israel."
  • An Open Letter to Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney

    07/29/2014 4:37:20 PM PDT · by grcuster · 9 replies
    Gun Owners of America ^ | 24 July 2014 | Larry Pratt
    July 23, 2014 Rep. Carolyn Maloney United States House of Representatives 2308 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Dear Ms. Maloney:alt It has recently come to my attention that you have levied baseless accusations against me to the Capitol Police and House Sergeant-at-Arms, claiming that I have “called for death threats against elected officials.”[1] Specifically, you alleged that “Mr. Pratt is actively encouraging his members to threaten violent action against members of Congress....” Your baseless charge apparently rests on your outlandish interpretation based on the Rolling Stone report on my comment, that “The Second Amendment is not for hunting,...
  • Jeff Sessions: House Border Bill Is a ‘Surrender To a Lawless President’

    07/29/2014 3:28:09 PM PDT · by Mariner · 42 replies
    NRO ^ | 7/29/2014 | By Joel Gehrke
    Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) denounced the House Republican border bill as a “surrender to a lawless president” because the legislation does not include any language to prevent President Obama from expanding his unilateral legalization of illegal immigrants. Here’s the statement: The Obama Administration has openly declared its plan to implement a unilateral executive amnesty for 5–6 million more illegal immigrants. This unlawful amnesty—urged on by congressional Democrats—would include work permits, taking jobs directly from millions of struggling American citizens. Any action Congress might consider to address the current border crisis would be futile should the President go forward with...
  • Top House Republican Won't Rule Out Obama Impeachment

    07/27/2014 9:18:18 AM PDT · by kristinn · 24 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | Sunday, July 27, 2014 | Caitlin MacNeal
    House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) on Sunday did not rule out impeaching President Obama after he was asked three times by "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace. When first asked whether he would consider impeaching Obama, Scalise dove into a response pinning impeachment talk on the White House. “This might be the first White House in history that’s trying to start the narrative of impeaching their own president. Ultimately, what we want to do is see the President follow his own laws,” Scalise said. "The Supreme Court unanimously said 12 times the President overreached and did things he doesn’t...
  • Dems Wrong: 2008 Law Does Not Allow Alien Child Invasion

    07/25/2014 5:59:00 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 21 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | July 25, 2014 | IIBD EDITORIALS
    Border Crisis: A new report shows the vast majority of unaccompanied minors aren't unaccompanied at all, have family members inside the U.S., are not victims of human trafficking and thus can be deported immediately. Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois and other Democrats have repeatedly made the argument that Republicans shouldn't complain about the current border invasion since it was a 2008 law that automatically entitles minors from noncontiguous countries to asylum hearings before they face deportation. Gutierrez and his liberal colleagues in Congress and the media should read the law to find out what's in it. As the Center for...
  • The Odds of a GOP Wave Are Increasing

    07/23/2014 3:03:16 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 39 replies
    National Journal ^ | July 22, 2014 | Josh Kraushaar
    When writing about politics, it's all too frequent to use terminology that often obscures more than elucidates. That's especially true when it comes to the word "wave"—shorthand for a landslide victory for the winning party. I've argued before that the likelihood of 2014 being a wave election has been rising, given the president's consistently low approval ratings and the fact that Republicans are running evenly on the generic ballot (which usually translates into a clear GOP edge) and that the right-track/wrong-track numbers are near historic lows. All these big-picture signs are ominous for the party in power.
  • Democratic Senator Hit With Plagiarism Allegations

    07/23/2014 3:09:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    Well, it seems “Papergate” just ensnared Montana Democratic Senator John Walsh. Mr. Walsh was appointed by Gov. Steve Bullock to replace outgoing Sen. Max Baucus, who decided to become the Obama administration’s Ambassador to China. Walsh is described by the New York Times as having something the Democrats lack in their political ranks: a seasoned military record. Walsh is a decorated Iraq War veteran, but his reputation might be marred by a final term paper he wrote in obtaining his master’s degree, where a substantial portion was written without crediting anyone (via NYT): An examination of the final paper required...
  • Muslims Are “Systematically Targeting Christians”

    07/23/2014 6:13:41 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 7/23/2014 | Theodore Shoebat
    Rep. Wolf from Virginia made a speech yesterday at the House of Representatives in which forewarned the country on the current genocide of Christians in Iraq. He stated:Mr. Speaker, the international legal definition of the crime of genocide is found in article II of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide.It says:Genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the...
  • Why Elizabeth Warren Is Overrated

    07/23/2014 8:35:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 07/23/2014 | David Harsanyi
    The notion that Elizabeth Warren should challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party presidential nomination has been optimistically tossed around in left-wing circles for a while now. Activists at Netroots Nation recently chanted ”Run, Liz, run.” And no doubt, the excitement generated by Warren is a function of her ideological sincerity—a sincerity that’s most obvious when contrasted with Hillary Clinton’s lack of earnestness and pandering.Still, it seems to me that a lot of people are overestimating the appeal, uniqueness, and popularity of Warren. What’s most enticing about Warren right now is the perception of her, not the reality.For starters,...
  • What if Mitch McConnell loses?

    07/23/2014 5:45:08 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies
    politico.com ^ | 7/23/14 | Manu Raju and John Bresnehan
    It’s a taboo subject among Senate Republicans but one that’s on many senators’ minds: What if Mitch McConnell loses his reelection bid? There appears to be no clear answer to that question, at least not right now. In interviews and private conversations with more than half of the 45-member Senate Republican Conference, there is a split over a potential McConnell successor. His top deputy, John Cornyn of Texas, is favored to succeed him, several GOP senators said. But others ranging from John Thune of South Dakota to Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander — or a dark horse — are among those who...
  • GOP sees court ruling as major step toward unraveling of Obamacare

    07/22/2014 9:41:11 AM PDT · by maggief · 17 replies
    The Blaze ^ | July 22, 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    EXCERPT Republicans like Sen. Ted Cruz from Texas were quick to pounce on the decision as one that reveals the Obama administration’s ongoing attempts to implement the law in a way that exceeds the parameters set in the law that Democrats themselves devised and passed. Cruz called the ruling a “repudiation of Obamacare and all the lawlessness that has come with it.” “The Obama administration, through the Internal Revenue Service, has attempted to dispense revenues to the states without proper congressional authorization, robbing Congress of its constitutionally-provided power of the purse,” Cruz said. “This decision restores power to Congress and...
  • Surprise, Surprise: Israelis Have More Confidence In Obama Than Ever Before

    07/18/2014 2:55:23 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 55 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 7/18/2014 (5 hours ago) | Chemi Shalev
    Pew Research poll also shows Israel as staunchly pro-U.S. and most supportive of drones and surveillance in the fight against terrorists. The fact that Isrealis are one of the most staunchly pro-American people in thw world is not new. But that their confidence in Barack Obama's ability to handle world affairs climbed dramatically to reach an all-time high? ...
  • Judge tosses Sen. Ron Johnson’s Obamacare lawsuit

    07/22/2014 5:37:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/22/2014 | By JENNIFER HABERKORN
    A federal judge said Monday that Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) cannot challenge the Obamacare policy that lawmakers and their staff obtain health insurance through the exchanges. The ruling could prove ominous for House Republicans as they prepare to file suit against the Obama administration, also against Obamacare. That suit would focus on a different issue, the president’s delay of the employer mandate. Judge William C. Griesbach, a George W. Bush appointee, said that Article III of the Constitution prevents Johnson’s lawsuit from moving forward and suggests that any remedy must come from Congress. He said that the Wisconsin Republican cannot...
  • Majority Leader McCarthy: House Will Secure Border And Reunite Families

    07/21/2014 10:58:10 AM PDT · by chicagolady · 27 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | July 20 2014 | Ulyss Arn
    At a press conference in Peoria for former congressman Bobby Schilling, new House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy stated that the House of Representatives will pass measures in the coming days and weeks that will help secure the southern border with Mexico and that the thousands of illegal immigrant families will be reunited. Estimates are that 57,000 unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors have entered the US in the last few months, many coming believing that the Obama administration won't deport them and will instead grant them amnesty, and that doesn't even include the much larger number of adult illegal immigrants that have...
  • Boehner: House Has No Plans to Defund Unconstitutional Acts by Obama

    07/21/2014 12:27:43 PM PDT · by lilyramone · 106 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 21, 2014 | Brittany M. Hughes
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) indicated today that if President Barack Obama takes actions that exceed his constitutional authority, the House of Representatives has no plans to use its own constitutional authority to withhold funding from those actions. At his weekly press briefing, CNSNews.com asked Boehner: “You’ve said you disagree with calls to impeach the president over abuse of power via executive actions. But under the Constitution the House actually has the power of the purse. So, if the President takes actions that exceed his Constitutional authority, will you withhold funding for those actions in the next must-pass appropriations bill?
  • Mark Kirk: ‘Hell of a wrongful death suit’

    07/18/2014 9:47:56 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/18/14 | Kendall Breitman
    Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is calling for a wrongful death lawsuit against Russian assets on Friday after a commercial airline crashed in Ukraine near the Russian border. “I want to hear [during President Barack Obama’s speech today] that the Department of Justice will bring one hell of a wrongful death suit against Russian assets that are located in the United States to make sure there’s a significant cost paid by Russia for this action of shooting down an international airliner with a weapon system that is directly related to the Russian armed forces,” Kirk said on CNN.
  • Thune: Obama Told 'Whopper' When He Blamed Republicans for Blocking Job Legislation (VIDEO)

    07/17/2014 11:35:44 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 2 replies
    News Max ^ | July 17 2014 | Wanda Carruthers
    President Barack Obama told a "really big whopper" when he blamed Republicans in Congress for blocking job-creating legislation, said Sen. John Thune. The problem in creating jobs legislation was not with Republicans, but with the refusal of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to allow bills and amendments to come to a vote, Thune told Fox News' "America's Newsroom." Story continues below video. In his weekly address on July 12, President Obama continued his recent attacks on the GOP, saying, "So far this year, Republicans in Congress have blocked every serious idea to strengthen the middle class." "The Washington Post fact...
  • Jonathan Turley to Congress: You face self-destruction if you don’t rein in Obama

    07/16/2014 6:02:01 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 52 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Via the Daily Caller, an elegant opening statement from today’s House Rules Committee hearing on Boehner’s separation-of-powers lawsuit. You’ve heard him make this argument before but he’s getting more apocalyptic with each appearance before Congress — and who can blame him? The last time he testified, Obama wasn’t babbling to activists about amnestizing five million illegals with a stroke of his pen. Today Turley calls O’s rhetoric about unilateral action “extreme” and warns the committee that Congress will effectively self-destruct if the executive is allowed to do what he wants whenever there’s gridlock. After all, in a system of limited...
  • Mark Warner rallies Virginians against Hobby Lobby ruling (BARF ALERT)

    07/16/2014 11:48:58 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 11 replies
    From an email
    Breaking: Partisan gridlock blocks Hobby Lobby bill. Friend, This afternoon, Republicans in the Senate filibustered the bill that would undo the impacts of the recent Hobby Lobby decision. This bill would have ensured that employers can't stand between a woman and her doctor and protected the rights of all employees to have access to basic health care. This partisan gridlock is outrageous. We deserve to have a real debate on this bill, and it deserves to have a vote. Nearly 20,000 supporters like you have added their name demanding action. The momentum is with us to fix this. Today’s filibuster...
  • Washington Post Takes Pelosi and Reid to Task Over Hobby Lobby: “Rhetoric Not Facts”

    07/14/2014 7:52:36 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 16 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/14/14 | Steven Ertelt
    You know it’s bad when the liberal Washington Post takes top pro-abortion Democrats to task for their misstatements, exaggeration and overblown comments in reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision to protect Hobby Lobby.We at LifeNews.com have profiled the myriad of ways in which the Post, over the years, has been a leader in media bias by virtue of its one-sided reporting on pro-life issues. Amazingly, the liberal giant took Pelosi, Reid and other top pro-abortion Democrats to task.It was bad enough when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said “five white men” on the Supreme Court made the decision to protect...
  • Joni Ernst gives the Republican Weekly Address

    07/13/2014 1:15:34 AM PDT · by iowamark · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | 7/12/2014
    Hello, this is Joni Ernst. I’m a mother and grandmother, a soldier, and proud to be Iowa’s Republican nominee for U.S. Senate. I get asked all the time what made me want to join the military. And the answer is simple. When I was attending college, I went on an agricultural exchange to the Soviet Union. And I saw with my own eyes what a nation without freedom looks like. I saw what happens to people when they lose their liberty. When I came home, I decided that it wasn’t enough for me to simply enjoy freedom and liberty. I...
  • Will Boehner Demand That Obama Uphold The Law & Enforce William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Act?

    07/11/2014 2:48:02 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 31 replies
    7/11/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    We know this is a planned invasion... But Boehner (Boner) has beat the drum of 'Obama does not uphold or enforce the law." Hint hint: Obama really, truly doesn't... But... The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act Of 2008 will either be "upheld" and "enforced" by Obama - or it won't. Under it, certain children under this Act are placed under the care of the Dept of Health and Human Services, are given the least restrictive environment, are given an attorney and can plead their case before a judge to stay in the U.S. And GWB signed this into...
  • Embryos Are Destroyed In Infertility Treatments: Can This Coverage Be Denied? (Hobby Lobby Ruling

    07/11/2014 2:16:51 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 11 replies
    7/11/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Longer question, as space here now permits: But before that... The SCOTUS ruling was not based upon a/any contraceptive(s) either killing a fertilized egg or stopping its fertilization, but rather was based upon a closely held company being able to deny some benefits under religious objections. Question: If the owners of a closely held company have a religious objection to infertility treatments (some or all), as they may say that unwanted embryos are destroyed in infertility treatments, and thus they will deny this benefit, would the denial of this benefit hold up under the Hobby Lobby ruling? What about vasectomies?...
  • Senator Jeff Sessions: On Immigration, It’s Time to Defend Americans

    07/04/2014 11:01:46 AM PDT · by lilyramone · 53 replies
    National Review ^ | July 3, 2014 | Sen. Jeff Sessions
    The chaos unfolding at the border demonstrates the catastrophic, real-world consequences of the president’s lawless conduct. For the last five years, with average household incomes falling and Americans being pushed out of the workforce, the president has been engaged in a sustained campaign to strip away Americans’ immigration protections. He has accomplished his aims: Interior removals have been cut by more than 40 percent. President Obama’s own former ICE director reported to the Los Angeles Times that “if you are a run-of-the-mill immigrant here illegally, your odds of getting deported are close to zero.”
  • Obama to GOP: Bring it on

    07/04/2014 4:39:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/4/2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama is embracing Republican criticism of his aggressive use of executive actions as he shifts his focus to the midterm elections. The president is openly daring the GOP to challenge him, hoping he can parlay their complaints into ammunition for congressional Democrats who argue Republicans should be blamed for Washington’s dysfunction. ADVERTISEMENT Democratic aides and strategists say the White House sees Speaker John Boehner’s promised lawsuit against his executive actions as a political gift because it dovetails with their preferred narrative, that the president has been acting where Congress has not.  “So sue me,” Obama said Tuesday of the lawsuit threat.While...
  • Goodlatte: Time to end ‘catch-and-release’ for illegals surging border

    07/03/2014 7:09:10 PM PDT · by blueplum · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 3, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    A top Republican who spent the past two days investigating the border surge of illegal immigrants from Central America said Thursday that most of them are trying to reunite with relatives who are already living illegally in the U.S., and the best way to stop the surge is to speed up the threat of deportations. Virginia Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said that after speaking with immigration agents who are on the front lines intercepting and processing the families and unaccompanied children, it’s clear illegal immigrants don’t believe there are any consequences for jumping the...
  • House Passes Bill to End Medical Marijuana Raids by the DEA

    07/03/2014 4:18:53 PM PDT · by grundle · 26 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | May 30, 2014 | Abby Haglage
    In an unprecedented move Thursday night, the House of Representatives voted to pass a bill that prevents the Drug Enforcement Administration from raiding state-legal medical marijuana dispensaries. Just after midnight, the vote won with 219 ayes, including an unexpected 49 Republicans and 170 Democrats. It’s the first time Congress has approved a major marijuana law reform, which shows the changing tide of marijuana policy in the United States—and suggests a new day is rising in the war on drugs. A similar measure failed in Congress six previous times, receiving the most votes (165) in 2007. But with data showing three...
  • Charlie Rangel: It’s hard to distinguish between racist Dixiecrats and the Tea Party

    07/03/2014 3:42:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | July 2, 2014 | Right Scoop
    It’s clear the left will say anything to make people believe that the Tea Party is racist, no matter how ludicrous. Tonight on Hardball, Charlie Rangel claimed that the Dixiecrats who opposed the Civil Right’s Act are in fact today’s Tea Party, arguing that it’s hard to distinguish between the two. In fact, he goes on to say that the Dixiecrats that were from the South are the ‘grandparents’ of the Tea Party. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) HOST: Congressman, I will start with you. …The Civil Rights Act that passed in 1964 wouldn’t pass in 2014. Do you agree with that? RANGEL: First...
  • What Would Madison Do?

    07/02/2014 10:25:38 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 24 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 1, 2014 | David Corbin and Matthew Parks
    Coming soon: a lawsuit filed by House Speaker John Boehner challenging President Obama’s usurpation of legislative authority. According to the Speaker’s legal theory (summarized in a memo that closely follows a recent George Will column), the courts can resolve disputes between the legislative and executive branches when (a.) no private party has standing to sue; (b.) there is no legislative remedy; (c.) one branch of the Congress has voted to authorized such a lawsuit. Barack Obama Predictably, President Obama has called it a “stunt” and Nancy Pelosi “subterfuge.” But, as the distinguished former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy pointed out recently,...
  • OBAMA TELLS GOP TO ‘SUE ME,’ CONTINUES TO FLAUNT EXECUTIVE ORDERS

    07/01/2014 6:55:35 PM PDT · by kingattax · 42 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | July 01, 2014 | Ashley Dobson
    President Barack Obama continued his “no apologies” tour Tuesday afternoon with what is quickly becoming a familiar refrain. In a speech given near the Key Bridge in Washington, D.C., Obama asked Congress to continue funding for the Federal Highway Trust Fund before starting up the blame game. “So far this year, Republicans in Congress have blocked or voted down every serious idea to strengthen the middle class—not ideas that are unique to me,” said. “This isn’t Obama Bridge. It’s Key Bridge. But the Republicans have said no to raising the minimum wage; have said no to fair pay; they’ve said...
  • Billionaire Tells Americans to Prepare For 'Financial Ruin' (Trump)

    07/01/2014 7:05:33 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 97 replies
    Moneynews ^ | June 30, 2014 | Newsmax Wires
    The United States could soon become a large-scale Spain or Greece, teetering on the edge of financial ruin. That’s according to Donald Trump, who painted a very ugly picture of where this country is headed. Trump made the comments during a recent appearance on Fox News’ “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.” According to Trump, the United States is no longer a rich country. “When you’re not rich, you have to go out and borrow money. We’re borrowing from the Chinese and others. We’re up to $16 trillion in debt.” He goes on to point out that the downgrade...
  • GOP Congressional Aide Becomes Jobless Revenge-Porn Victim

    06/27/2014 11:03:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Joe Coscarelli
    The U.S. Capitol is shown June 5, 2003 in Washington, DC. Both houses of the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives meet in the Capitol. The political X pic strikes again. Ohio Representative Steve Stivers has accepted the resignation of his longtime aide and chief of staff Adam Kuhn after a dirty photo of the public servant appeared on the Twitter account of an adult film actress. "Over the weekend, I was the victim of an attack on Twitter from a woman I had a relationship with in my personal life," Kuhn said to Politico...
  • How immigration reform died

    06/27/2014 6:42:42 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | SEUNG MIN KIM and CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN
    President Barack Obama paused for what felt like an eternity to the immigration reform activists seated around the Roosevelt Room. Janet Murguia, president of the National Council of La Raza, had just explained why she declared him the “deporter in chief” in a speech in early March. Obama, who was infuriated when he first heard Murguia’s remarks weeks earlier, sat in silence, trying to keep his anger in check, according to advocates in attendance. (SNIP) In January, King held a key piece of paper in his jacket pocket during the immigration discussion at the House GOP retreat in Cambridge, Md....
  • The Export-Import Bank faces extinction under new GOP leadership

    06/26/2014 4:06:40 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 25, 2014 | Charles Lane
    Of all the purposes for which you might put U.S. taxpayer dollars at risk, helping wealthy petro-states borrow millions to buy Boeing jets would not rank among the most urgent. Yet that is what the Export-Import Bank does: In fiscal 2013, Ex-Im backed $8.3 billion in aircraft and related sales, including a $117.5 million loan guarantee to support Boeing 737 purchases by Dubai — a typical transaction for an agency that has, over the years, earned the sobriquet “Bank of Boeing,” though it does also support Caterpillar and General Electric, among others. Now Ex-Im suddenly faces extinction: Its charter expires...
  • One Year After DOMA Fell, and Still No Revolution

    06/26/2014 8:53:51 AM PDT · by koanhead · 17 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | 6/26/14 | James Richardson
    The counter counterculture uprising social conservatives promised us after the Supreme Court's neutering of the Defense of Marriage Act never quite manifested.... But in the days before the high court delivered its rulings on DOMA and California's Proposition 8, Tony Perkins, the president of the Christian conservative Family Research Council, was desperately admonitory that the country's top jurists not invite ruin on America by accurately interpreting the Constitution. "If the Supreme Court steps in and says, 'We're redefining marriage, same-sex marriage will be the law across the land,' it will create a firestorm of opposition," Perkins' Magic 8-Ball warned. "This...
  • Rep Forbes (R VA) to Pentagon: Don’t Give ‘Beijing a Veto’ on Discussion about China

    06/26/2014 10:07:56 AM PDT · by robowombat
    USNI News ^ | June 26, 2014 12:45 PM | Sam LaGrone
    Forbes to Pentagon: Don’t Give ‘Beijing a Veto’ on Discussion about China By: Sam LaGrone Published: June 26, 2014 12:44 PM Updated: June 26, 2014 12:45 PM Members of a special battle force stand on China's missile destroyer Haikou at a naval port in Sanya, south China's Hainan Province, June 9, 2014. Xinhua Photo Members of a special battle force stand on China’s missile destroyer Haikou at a naval port in Sanya, south China’s Hainan Province, June 9, 2014. Xinhua Photo A senior member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) has called on the Navy and the Pentagon to...
  • Issa Calls for Special Prosecutor in IRS Case; Suggests Immunity for Lerner

    06/26/2014 11:13:04 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 Jun 2014
    House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrel Issa (R-CA) demanded a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS over its targeting of conservative groups and the disappearance of emails from key officials. Issa declared that IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is “not the ideal person, not even an appropriate person” to oversee the investigation into the IRS’ conducts, and that this case calls for a true, special, independent prosecutor who has the ability to issue warrants, to seize materials, to safeguard documents and other information before it goes away and get to the truth.” He added that a special prosecutor will almost certainly...
  • Ted Cruz: 'I Certainly Congratulate' Thad Cochran

    06/25/2014 8:51:02 AM PDT · by don-o · 242 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 25, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    Chris McDaniel may have refused to concede the Mississippi Senate primary without a challenge, but Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) appears to be moving on after the Tea Party suffered primary defeats last night. “I certainly congratulate my colleague, Thad,” Cruz said on Fox and Friends Wednesday morning, pointing out that the Republican establishment poured millions into the Mississippi race and only won by a thin margin. Cruz reminded the hosts that he did not endorse a candidate in the Mississippi primary, as he promised to stay out of incumbent Senate races. But Cruz insisted that Cochran’s narrow victory should be...
  • Gowdy to IRS Commish: How Do You Know No Criminal Act Occurred?

    06/24/2014 6:49:44 PM PDT · by IndianaJax · 23 replies
    RealClearPolitics.com ^ | 06/24/14 | Real Clear Politics
    REP. TREY GOWDY (R-SC): You have already said multiple times today that there was no evidence that you found of any criminal wrongdoing. I want you to tell me what criminal statutes you have evaluated. JOHN KOSKINEN, IRS COMMISSIONER: I have not looked at any. GOWDY: Well, how can you possibly tell our fellow citizens that there's not criminal wrongdoing if you don’t even know what statutes to look at? KOSKINEN: I have seen no evidence that anyone -- GOWDY: Well, how would you know what elements of the crime existed? You don’t even know what statutes are in play....
  • John Boehner Is Getting Ready To Mount A Potentially Gigantic Lawsuit Against Obama

    06/24/2014 7:14:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 69 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 6/24/14 | Brett LoGiurato - Business Insider
    House Speaker John Boehner could file a lawsuit against President Barack Obama in days, in an attempt to challenge the administration's heavy use of executive actions to further its agenda. Roll Call's Daniel Newhause reports Boehner told House Republicans during a closed-door meeting on Tuesday he could have an announcement in the coming days on whether he will mount the legal challenge. According to the report, he has been "consulting with legal scholars" ahead of his next move. Boehner's office confirmed the Roll Call story, but declined to comment on whether specific executive actions would be targeted. Any legal action...
  • Palin: ‘If Republicans Are Gonna Act Like Democrats, Then What’s the Use?’

    06/24/2014 8:09:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 188 replies
    Mediaite ^ | June 24, 2014 | Josh Feldman
    Sarah Palin joined Sean Hannity to weigh in on the latest election news, and Palin told Hannity that it would be hard for her to stay with the Republicans and get excited about them if they continue acting like Democrats and rolling over. She took a shot at the “status quo” politics of people like Senator Thad Cochran and said the Eric Cantor upset shows people want strong constitutionalists in power who don’t represent “the man [or] the establishment” in Washington. Hannity asked Palin if she would actually follow through on her previous hints she’d go third party. Palin replied,...
  • The Tough Road To Knocking Out Boehner But It Has To Be Done

    06/24/2014 8:36:44 PM PDT · by true believer forever · 9 replies
    The Dave Levine Show ^ | June 12, 2014 | David Levine
    No matter how far to the left Poetter is, he'll never be Speaker of the House but Boehner IS Speaker and needs to go, even if it means replacing his House seat with a whacko Dem! Seeing Boehner losing his House seat will be something to really celebrate. And just remember--Dems do this to Conservative candidates all the time by voting with moderate Republican voters to keep the Conservative from winning. Knocking Boehner out will be a terrific tit for tat!
  • Senator: More than 1,000 veterans may have died as a result of VA misconduct

    06/24/2014 9:39:14 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 11 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | June 24, 2014 | By Jon Harper
    WASHINGTON — Over the past decade, more than 1,000 veterans may have died as a result of misconduct by employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to a report released Tuesday by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. “Too many men and women who bravely fought for our freedom are losing their lives, not at the hands of terrorists or enemy combatants, but from friendly fire in the form of medical malpractice and neglect by the Department of Veterans Affairs,” Coburn said in a letter addressed to taxpayers, which was attached to the report. In a press release, Coburn said the...
  • Sen. Markey Wants to Establish Special LGBT Envoy at State Department

    06/24/2014 1:07:43 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 48 replies
    CNS News ^ | 6-23-14 | Tatiana Lozano
    A bill introduced June 12 by Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), would establish a special envoy at the State Department to coordinate America’s “global response” on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues and allow LGBT individuals “who have a well-founded fear of persecution...to seek protection in the United States.” The International Human Rights Defense Act of 2014 would reinforce the Obama administration’s already established foreign policy position on LGBT rights, including the public funding of overseas LGBT groups. In addition, the bill would require annual congressional briefings on “the status of the human rights of LGBT people internationally” and institute...
  • John Boehner forms group to address child migrant crisis

    06/24/2014 3:35:38 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 36 replies
    Politico ^ | SEUNG MIN KIM
    Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday that he has appointed a “working group” of House Republicans tasked to respond to the border crisis involving the surge of unaccompanied minors trying to enter the United States illegally. (SNIP) Members of the working group include Republican Reps. John Carter of Texas, Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida, Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, Kay Granger of Texas, Michael McCaul of Texas, Steve Pearce of New Mexico and Matt Salmon of Arizona. Granger chairs the subcommittee that oversees funding for the State Department and foreign operations.
  • Koskinen to Issa: 'I Never Said I Would Provide You Emails We Didn't Have'

    06/24/2014 11:13:24 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 48 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 6/24/14 | Susan Jones
    CNSNews.com) - "I said I would provide all the emails. We are providing all the emails. The fact that three years ago, some of them -- not all of them, but some of them -- were not available, I never said I would provide you emails we didn't have," IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told a Monday evening hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Frustrated Republicans and apologetic Democrats questioned Koskinen about Lois Lerner's vanished emails for several hours, beginning with Committee Chair Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who asked Koskinen if he knew those critical emails were missing when...
  • Democrat: IRS chief 'arrogant'

    06/24/2014 8:10:00 AM PDT · by don-o · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 24, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said Tuesday that IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has done “a terrible job communicating” in the investigation into former IRS official Lois Lerner’s missing emails. “Obviously, I think he is doing a terrible job communicating, and obviously, they made huge mistakes as far as how they’ve retained records and whether or not they’ve been upfront and whether or not those records were available,” McCaskill said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “This guy did a terrible job being arrogant yesterday. We all think of the IRS as being arrogant, and he kind of confirmed that,” she added about his...
  • No Ex-Im lifeline from Boehner

    06/24/2014 9:05:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 24, 2014 | Russell Berman
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday refused to offer a lifeline to the Export-Import Bank, sending another signal that Congress could allow the lending agency’s charter to expire at the end of September. Boehner has supported the bank in the past, but in response to questions from reporters, he distanced himself from that position and deferred instead to the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), an outspoken opponent of reauthorization. “Listen, I have a different job than I had then,” Boehner said following a private House GOP meeting. “My job is to work with our...