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  • The GOP’s Homeland Security fiasco: Why it won’t matter in 2016

    03/05/2015 7:54:14 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Fox News Politics Media Buzz ^ | March 5, 2015 | Howard Kurtz
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Will the Republicans’ congressional dysfunction in 2015 hurt the party’s chances in 2016? That’s not some liberal talking point—some GOP lawmakers are very nervous about the prospect. I happen to think the fear is overstated, and we’ll get to that in a moment. For all the sound and fury, it was almost an afterthought when John Boehner’s House passed a funding bill for the Homeland Security Department on Tuesday, with Democrats carrying the ball and Republicans supplying just 75 votes. This, of course, was a complete capitulation from earlier threats to shut down the department rather than acquiesce in President...
  • Senator Reid Scores Early Victory as Opposition Leader, warns against taking victory laps

    03/05/2015 5:46:19 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 15 replies
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | March 5, 2015 | Siobhan Hughes and Michael R. Crittenden
    Politics and Policy Senator Reid Scores Early Victory as Opposition Leader But minority leader warns fellow Democrats against taking victory laps after homeland security win By Siobhan Hughes and Michael R. Crittenden WASHINGTON—Senate Democrats think they have had a good couple of weeks, including a win in a battle over immigration and homeland security funding, but their leader is warning members of his caucus against taking any victory laps. “We cannot be gloating,” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) said he told his caucus at a closed-door meeting on Tuesday. “We have a lot of things we have to...
  • Boehner escapes jam on DHS vote, but more GOP battles loom

    03/04/2015 5:13:02 PM PST · by george76 · 38 replies
    ap ^ | Mar 4, 2015 | CHARLES BABINGTON
    GOP Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma .. said he doesn't think relying heavily on Democratic votes is a "new normal." But he conceded the Republican-led Congress faces even tougher choices ahead, including another debt limit showdown this year, in which scores of conservatives are unlikely to help. ... Tuesday's vote was perhaps the final coffin nail in the "Hastert Rule," promulgated by former House Speaker Dennis Hastert. He said a speaker should not allow votes on major bills opposed by most of his caucus. More than two-thirds of House Republicans voted against the DHS bill Boehner offered Tuesday.
  • Will Netanyahu's speech pave the way to ending Israel not signing Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty?

    03/04/2015 7:33:23 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 26 replies
    3/4/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    The NPT was signed in 1968 and became affective in 1970. Concerning non signatories for the NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty), Pakistan, India, Israel and South Sudan fall into this list. North Korea withdrew from it, and the rest of the world is either a recognized nuclear weapon state ratifier, a recognized nuclear weapon state acceder, and so on. There are five nuclear weapons states from the NPT (the U.S., Russia, China, France and Great Britain), other states known and/or highly suspect for possessing nuclear weapons (Israel) and states suspected of developing nuclear weapons (Saudi Arabia, Iran and others). There are...
  • Replace John Boehner as House Speaker (declare the chair vacant!)

    03/03/2015 2:35:17 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 93 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 3/3/15 | Bill S
    As my colleague streiff wrote a while ago, (alleged) Republican Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner just pushed through a “clean” bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security and funded Barack Obama’s plan to grant amnesty to millions of illegals. Boehner has once again flipped the bird to the conservative base and shown his cowardice in the face of the Democrat meanies who threaten to throw a fit about a shutdown. John Boehner must go. He must be replaced as House Speaker. He does not represent the interests of the majority of Americans who voted for a Republican...
  • If Boehner Doesn't Like Messy, He's Is In Wrong Place

    03/03/2015 5:32:06 PM PST · by gogeo · 21 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 3/2/2015 | Staff
    Politics: John Boehner says he's "not into messy." But if he doesn't like messy, then he's conceding compromise and policy loss, and that always produces more government.
  • Boehner Outfoxes His Critics. Again.

    03/03/2015 3:52:48 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 39 replies
    BLOOMBERG VIEW | 03 MARCH 2015 | BLOOMBERG VIEW
    http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-03-03/boehner-outfoxes-his-critics-again-?cmpid=yhoo
  • ‘We were never going to win’: House GOP caves on immigration

    03/03/2015 3:57:32 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 99 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 3-3-2015 | Pete Kasperowicz
    ‘We were never going to win’: House GOP caves on immigration Mar. 3, 2015 9:00am Pete Kasperowicz House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has told Republicans that he would call up and pass a “clean” Department of Homeland Security spending bill this week, and give up the fight to use that bill to defund President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration. The decision marks the end of a standoff that has lasted for several weeks — a standoff Republicans will lose to Democrats when the clean DHS bill passes.
  • Boehner backs down in DHS funding fight, plans to hold vote on 'clean' bill

    03/03/2015 12:02:25 PM PST · by gwgn02 · 76 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 2/3/2015 | Fox
    ouse Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday agreed to Democrats' demands to hold a vote on legislation funding the Homeland Security Department through the end of the budget year, without any immigration measures attached. The move is a victory for the Obama administration and sets up a presumably swift resolution to the weeks-long standoff on Capitol Hill. Republicans had tried to use the DHS funding bill as the vehicle to reverse President Obama's controversial immigration executive actions. But Democrats repeatedly blocked the move, insisting they pass the spending bill with no riders attached. "I am as outraged and frustrated as you...
  • Boehner: Pass Clean DHS Bill Today

    03/03/2015 7:51:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/03/2015 | Joel Gehrke
    House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) announced that the House will vote on a clean Department of Homeland Security funding bill, which marks the conclusion of the Republican attempt to block funding for President Obama’s executive amnesty orders. Boehner told the Republican conference that the bill will get a vote on Tuesday. “He said Pelosi could [force a vote] but he hoped it would be done by a GOP appropriator,” a Republican congressman in the meeting tells National Review Online. The GOP lawmaker is referring to a little-known rule, known as Rule 22, that allows any House member to force...
  • Benjamin Netanyahu's resolve on Iranian nuclear threat has been decades in the making

    03/03/2015 7:26:00 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 7 replies
    National Post ^ | 3/3/2015 | Joseph Brean
    On the threat of a nuclear Iran, Israel's long-serving hawkish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has frequently cited the wisdom of Israel Zangwill, an early 20th-century British Zionist who tried to establish a Jewish homeland in places as diverse as Canada, Australia and Uganda. Mr. Zangwill's motto, as the former commando and diplomat has often been recalled favourably, was "obsta principiis," Latin for "resist beginnings," or as he described it, "oppose bad things when they are small." For Mr. Netanyahu, the first Israeli prime minister born in Israel proper, that meant railing against the Iranian threat back in the early 1990s...
  • Boehner Caves, Aims Now To Support Obama’s Executive Amnesty With Tax Dollars

    03/03/2015 7:09:03 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 66 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 03/03/2015 | Matthew Boyle
    As expected, Speaker John Boehner has caved and now will support President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty. On Tuesday, Boehner plans to bring to the floor of the House of Representatives a bill that funds Obama’s amnesty in its entirety for the rest of the fiscal year.
  • Boehner to Allow Clean Homeland Security Vote (Updated)

    03/03/2015 7:01:04 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 38 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 03/03/2015 | Steven Dennis and Matt Fuller
    Updated 9:54 a.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner told his restive flock Tuesday that he will allow a vote on a clean Homeland Security spending bill later today, citing concerns about terrorism and pinning blame on the Senate for failing to pass limits on President Barack Obama’s immigration actions. The Ohio Republican told his members the Senate’s DHS bill would be brought up for a vote after it arrives back in the House later today, according to a source in the room. That effectively leaves it up to the courts to rein in Obama — or not. “I am as...
  • Updates: Netanyahu Address To Congress

    03/03/2015 5:54:58 AM PST · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | March 3, 2015 | Joel B. Pollak
    Introduction: Israeli Prime Minister addresses Congress on Tuesday, March 3. His topic, as per Speaker of the House John Boehner, is to explain “the grave threats radical Islam and Iran pose to our security and way of life.” The invitation was announced after President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address in January, during which he vowed to veto any new Iran sanctions bills. Obama has also downplayed the threat of terror and declined to tackle “radical Islam.”
  • Boehner expected to allow vote on clean DHS bill as soon as Wednesday

    03/02/2015 10:56:47 PM PST · by Ray76 · 38 replies
    CNN ^ | Mar 2, 2015 | Deirdre Walsh and Dana Bash
    House Speaker John Boehner is expected to move soon -- as early as Wednesday -- to bring up the clean bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security for a vote on the House floor, according to two House GOP sources familiar with leadership discussions. And Boehner, who is usually getting attacked from conservative groups on such matters, will now get some help from an outside GOP group. The American Action Network is rolling out $400,000 worth of television and radio ads targeting many of the House conservatives who voted against a short-term funding bill to fund DHS, warning them...
  • This is rich: Boehner to give Netanyahu bust of Churchill

    03/02/2015 11:37:50 AM PST · by Nachum · 46 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 3/2/15 | Carl in Jerusalem
    House Speaker John Boehner plans to present Prime Minister Netanyahu with a gift when Netanyahu speaks to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday. The gift is a bust of a politician whom Netanyahu greatly admires: Winston Churchill. House Speaker John Boehner plans to give Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a bust of Winston Churchill when he speaks to a joint meeting of Congress about the danger of a nuclear-armed Iran. The gift was chosen because Netanyahu and the former prime minister of Britain are the only foreign leaders who have addressed Congress three separate times. ... Boehner also...
  • Boehner defends his U.S. House leadership amid conservative unrest

    03/02/2015 9:24:03 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/2/15 | Diane Bartz - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fresh from an embarrassing rebuke at the hands of conservatives in his own party, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner played down any risk to his continuing leadership on Sunday, saying disagreements with fellow Republicans were merely over strategy, not goals. Asked if he could lead the fractious House, Boehner said, "I think so. I'm not going to suggest it's easy, because it’s not." The House narrowly averted cutting off funds to the Department of Homeland Security on Friday after Boehner failed to rein in conservative Republicans. They were insisting on tying the issue to blocking...
  • Netanyahu invite is a symptom of Boehner’s grudge match against the U.S. Constitution (Irony Alert!)

    03/02/2015 5:28:10 AM PST · by mac_truck · 47 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 2 2015 | Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman
    House Speaker John Boehner’s annoyance with President Barack Obama is turning into a grudge match against the Constitution. His decision to invite a foreign head of government to address Congress without first consulting the sitting president has no precedent in American history. And for a simple reason. It’s unconstitutional. Boehner (R-Ohio) fully admits that his failure to communicate with the White House was not an oversight. Like a schoolboy passing notes when the teacher turns to the blackboard, he sneaked behind Obama’s back to set the date for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech with his country’s ambassador to the...
  • House Speaker John Boehner: I like my job ‘most days’

    03/01/2015 1:30:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 1, 2015 1:58 PM EST
    We all have bad days at work. John Boehner, too. For the House speaker, “Friday wasn’t all that fun,” he says, though “most days” he likes his job. The Ohio Republican and his leadership team in the GOP-controlled House had a stunning defeat when a three-week spending bill for the Homeland Security Department went down, thanks to a group of angry conservatives. …
  • Boehner Admits He Has No Idea What Conservative Caucus’ Plan Was on DHS Vote

    03/01/2015 10:45:45 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 38 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 03/01/2015 | Evan McMurry
    VIDEO 4 House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) admitted on Face the Nation Sunday morning he had no idea what the conservative caucus of the House GOP was thinking when it squelched a vote to fund the Department of Homeland Security for another three weeks.Boehner’s plan had been to approve funding for those three weeks to allow a district court time to rule on whether President Barack Obama’s executive order delaying deportations could be implemented while a suit questioning its legality pended. A rider defunding that order is responsible for holding up DHS funding in the Senate, but if the...
  • Reports of possible deal on DHS funding reignites chatter about Boehner ouster

    03/01/2015 10:22:52 AM PST · by CedarDave · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 1, 2015 | Fox News
    Multiple reports that House Speaker John Boehner has cut a deal to pass a long-term funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security without ties to rolling back President Obama’s executive action on immigration has reignited rumblings about a Boehner coup. The deal was purportedly struck as the House agreed late Friday night to fund the agency for seven days to avoid a partial shutdown. At least one congressional aide said the deal between Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was to get enough Democratic votes in the Republican-led chamber to avoid the shutdown at midnight Friday, in exchange...
  • Can John Boehner survive as House Speaker after DHS debacle?

    02/28/2015 1:47:40 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 18 replies
    csmonitor.com ^ | 2/28/15 | Brad Knickerbocker
    Being elected Speaker of the US House of Representatives by his Republican peers should have been the happy culmination of a long congressional career for Rep. John Boehner. Telling his story about rising from modest circumstances – the second of 12 children in a working-class Ohio family – to become a legislative leader and second in order of presidential succession frequently brought tears to his eyes. But so far, at least, it’s largely been a slog through political swamps. He’s had to fight off not only Democrats but tea partiers and other members of his own party – including the...
  • How an Obscure Rule Could Give Boehner a Way Out of DHS Mess (Updated)

    02/28/2015 3:06:49 PM PST · by Kevin in California · 27 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 02-28-2015 | Niels Lesniewski
    A provision tucked deep in the House rule book could provide a way out of the Homeland Security funding mess for Speaker John A. Boehner — without the Ohio Republican actually having to do anything.
  • Shut It Down (Saturbray)

    02/28/2015 4:13:07 PM PST · by bray · 10 replies
    www.braylog.com ^ | 2/28/15 | bray
    Isaiah 40:30-31 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Once again our fearful leaders are terrified of the word “shutdown”. In spite of any proof whatsoever that a shutdown has lost any seats they act as if the mere mention of the word has them running for the nearest foxhole. It is not so much the politicians who are afraid of the...
  • Jeb ‘de Blasio’ Bush addresses CPAC

    02/28/2015 12:15:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | February 27, 2015 | Stephen Z. Nemo
    Jeb Bush reminded a CPAC audience what a conservative isn't; Ted Cruz of Texas reminded them what a conservative is. Friday, Governor Jeb Bush began to speak before the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., when a sudden shuffling of feet signaled the exodus of conservative Tea Party activists from the Patomac Ballroom of the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Bush now knows what New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio feels when an army of police officers turn their backs to him at every speech. William Temple, a Tea Party organizer from Brunswick, Georgia, led...
  • John Boehner Allies Fret Coup Attempt

    02/28/2015 11:59:23 AM PST · by kristinn · 40 replies
    Politico ^ | Saturday, February 28, 2015 | John Bresnahan; Anna Palmer and Lauren French
    Close allies of Speaker John Boehner are worried that his conservative rivals could move to oust him as soon as next week. Removing a sitting speaker is exceedingly difficult, and such an effort would almost certainly fall short. Yet growing speculation about the possibility of it – coming after Friday’s embarrassing defeat at the hands of conservatives and House Democrats on the homeland security battle — shows how vulnerable the speaker has become. Five years into the job, he’s a leader consistently buffeted by forces beyond his control. The legislative calendar guarantees it won’t get any easier: in the coming...
  • Senate Dems blast Boehner over vote

    02/27/2015 3:39:26 PM PST · by maggief · 77 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 27, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) slammed House Republicans Friday after lawmakers failed to pass a short-term bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which runs out of money at midnight. "The Republican Congress has shown that it simply cannot govern. Two months into the Republican Congress, we are already staring a Homeland Security shutdown square in the face, even as terrorists around the world threaten to strike America," the Nevada Democrat said in a statement after the House vote. The bill failed 203-224. More than 50 Republicans voted against the legislation, which would have funded the department...
  • Hill fight features rumblings of Boehner coup

    02/28/2015 5:52:23 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 36 replies
    edition.cnn.com ^ | 2/28/15 | Dana Bash, Deirdre Walsh and Alexandra Jaffe,
    Washington (CNN)—House Speaker John Boehner faces a looming threat from conservatives to oust him as speaker, and it's tying his hands on funding the Department of Homeland Security. Congress passed a one-week extension of funding just hours before the deadline on Friday night. It was that fear fueling Boehner's resistance to a longer-term bill, as it might prompt backlash from conservatives. President Barack Obama signed the bill, which funds the Department of Homeland Security through Friday. Two senior House Republican sources tell CNN there's a serious concern among those close to the Speaker that if he allowed a vote on...
  • Congress close in on short-term Homeland Security bill[Republicans leave Obama amnesty untouched]

    02/27/2015 9:31:33 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 25 replies
    My Way ^ | 2/27/15 | ERICA WERNER and DAVID ESPO
    Congress closed in Friday on approving a short-term spending bill for the Homeland Security Department that would avert a partial agency shutdown hours before it was to begin. The legislation also leaves intact Obama administration executive actions on immigration that Republicans have vowed to overturn. But Republicans insisted that passing a short-term bill preserved their ability to keep fighting them. But Senate Republicans had already admitted defeat. As debate proceeded in the House, the Senate voted 68-31 to approve a full-year bill free of contentious immigration provisions. Some House Republicans predicted that they would eventually end up doing the same...
  • Can We Impeach Now?

    02/27/2015 8:46:59 AM PST · by SharpRightTurn · 59 replies
    RedState ^ | February 27th, 2015 | Erick Erickson
    First Barack Obama decided to overreach and extend amnesty by executive order. One judge in Texas has told him no and Republicans are hanging their hat on that judge’s order. Then the FCC decided to declare internet a public utility. They overreached, rushed it through, and committed to as little transparency as possible to make it happen. Congress did nothing on this front and the FCC decided to replace the Congress on the matter. Now there are reports that Barack Obama, by executive order and agency regulation, will curtail the manufacture of certain ammunition. Again and again and again the...
  • GOP Is Looking For "Captain America," But Captain America Wouldn’t Outlaw Midget Bowling

    02/27/2015 8:29:42 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 12 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 2-27-2015 | MOTUS
    I’ve been perplexed for six years as to why Hillary-the-Inevitable has already been deemed our next president. Likewise, I didn’t understand the Dems insistence on continually pumping up the deflated War on Women balloon and attempting to send it aloft again…and again when it clearly hasn’t been ready for prime time since the ‘80’s.Mylar; perfect.Then, as I was reading Daniel Henninger’s column, Captain America Won’t Save Us, it hit me: it was all part of “the deal” as I’ll explain in a bit. You have to feel sorry for the Democrats. In a world warming to presidential politics, what do...
  • House will vote Friday to prevent Homeland Security shutdown

    02/26/2015 8:18:24 PM PST · by what's up · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | Feb 26, 2014 | Scott Wong,Rebecca Shabad and Cristina Marcos
    The House will vote Friday on a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security for three weeks in an attempt to avert a shutdown slated for Saturday at the massive agency. If the bill is approved by the House, the Senate is expected to quickly follow suit — though the upper chamber also plans to move forward with a bill funding Homeland Security through the end of the fiscal year. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced the new strategy to his rank-and-file members during a closed-door caucus meeting Thursday night. Senior Republicans predicted it would win enough support to clear the...
  • John Boehner Blows Kisses to the Press, Won't Budge on DHS

    02/26/2015 11:02:59 AM PST · by george76 · 34 replies
    NATIONAL JOURNAL ^ | February 26, 2015 | Marina Koren
    Funding for the department expires at midnight on Friday. ... Boehner doesn't appear to be going along with his Republican counterparts in the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is looking to avert a shutdown by offering Democrats a clean funding bill for DHS. The speaker would not say whether he would back a Senate funding bill without provisions that would defund President Obama's executive actions on immigration. At one point, Boehner blew kisses at reporters after they asked whether he would. ... McConnell had attempted to push through a House-passed funding bill four times, but Senate Democrats blocked it...
  • Mitch McConnell goes into fetal position. Harry Reid is the new leader of the Senate.

    02/24/2015 2:50:41 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 104 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 2/24/15
    Sad and disappointing but not a surprise. Sen. Mitch McConnell has showed himself to be the gutless wimp that we’ve all known he is. He has given the Democrats exactly what they have been demanding. In other words, Sen. Mitch McConnell, as majority leader, has shown the same feckless, flaccidity that he showed while minority leader. What he’s done is pass the buck back to the House: This is a shame. The issue is not only important but it is an easy win. It is the Democrats and the White House that need DHS funded. The GOP doesn’t. Something like...
  • Speaker Boehner: I haven’t spoken to McConnell in two weeks

    02/25/2015 10:02:35 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/25/2015 | Rebecca Shabad
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) haven’t spoken to each other in two weeks despite the shutdown fight gripping the Capitol, House Republicans said Wednesday.During a closed-door House GOP conference meeting Wednesday morning, Boehner told Republicans that he hadn’t spoken to McConnell recently despite the looming Feb. 28 deadline to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).“He said he hadn’t spoken to Mitch McConnell in a few weeks. We gave them a good bill. It funds the stuff we’re supposed to do, secure the borders,” Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) said after a morning conference meeting.Another...
  • House conservatives: Boehner’s Speakership in danger if he caves on DHS/amnesty like McConnell did

    02/25/2015 8:28:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/25/2015 | AllahPundit
    Another empty threat or the last straw?This is noteworthy, I think, not so much because there’s a legit prospect of mutiny as because it shows what a total strategic clusterfark the whole cromnibus/DHS/amnesty fiasco has been. Not only are Republicans at each other’s throats, there’s a nonzero chance that DHS may shut down this week because the Republican-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate simply can’t get on the same page. Imagine that. Imagine if the first big legislative standoff in the new GOP Congress ends with a stalemate between the two chambers rather than a stalemate between the GOP...
  • Boehner, McConnell to skip CPAC, underscoring tensions between GOP leadership, grass roots

    02/24/2015 5:40:04 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 2/23/15 | Seth McLaughlin
    The Conservative Political Action Conference is the biggest annual gathering of Republican leaders and conservative activists, but neither Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell nor House Speaker John A. Boehner is scheduled to make the 10-mile drive from Capitol Hill to speak to CPAC this year, underscoring the lingering tensions between Republican Washington leadership and the party’s grass roots. It marks the first time in years that Mr. McConnell will skip the CPAC gathering, a year after the Kentucky Republican made headlines by holding aloft a gun during his speech. Mr. Boehner last spoke at CPAC in 2010, months before the...
  • Senate Democrats Block Homeland Security Funding, Shutdown Looms(McConnell fails once again)

    02/23/2015 4:25:38 PM PST · by bestintxas · 20 replies
    newsmax ^ | 2/23/15
    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is nearing a partial shutdown as the agency’s funding is set to expire Friday -- something Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had said wouldn’t happen on his watch. The Senate failed Monday in its fourth attempt to advance a Homeland Security spending bill. The vote was 47-46 with 60 required. Democrats blocked the measure because Republicans insist on using it to reverse President Barack Obama’s decision to ease deportation for about 5 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. Obama told the nation’s governors Monday that a shutdown of the agency will affect the economy...
  • Report: White House mulls how to push back at Bibi

    02/20/2015 4:43:25 PM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 20, 2015 | Jesse Byrnes & David McCabe
    The White House is reportedly exploring how to handle Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming address to Congress and is considering a media blitz to counter his messaging. The Associated Press reported Friday that U.S. officials are mulling multiple responses, including having President Obama sit for an interview with "a prominent journalist known for coverage of the rift between Obama and Netanyahu." Other options include senior White House national security aides appearing on multiple Sunday morning shows as well as the administration bucking tradition and sending lower-level foreign policy officials to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference, the...
  • [CNN] Poll: Most Americans Oppose Republican Invite of Netanyahu

    02/17/2015 6:15:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 79 replies
    INN ^ | 2/18/2015, 3:13 AM | Ben Ariel
    A large majority of Americans believe that Republican congressional leaders should not have invited Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress without consulting the White House, a new CNN/ORC survey release on Tuesday found. The poll found that 63% of Americans believe it was a bad move for congressional leadership to extend the invitation without giving President Barack Obama a heads up that it was coming. Only 33% said the Republican move was the right thing to do. The speech has become a point of contention between Republicans and Democrats. Obama’s allies fear the trip could be used by...
  • Has Boehner Grown a Spine? Guy's starting to sound like Ted Cruz.

    02/16/2015 11:18:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | February 16, 2015 | Walter Hudson
    In a move more reminiscent of Texas Senator Ted Cruz than Ohio Representative John Boehner, the House Speaker has pursued a strategy to defund President Obama’s executive action on immigration, leveraging funding for Homeland Security in the process. Bloomberg News reports: House Speaker John Boehner said he’s prepared to let funding lapse for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and blame Democrats if the Senate fails to pass a House-backed bill for the agency. … The Homeland Security Department faces a shutdown of nonessential operations if Congress does not reach agreement before current funding ends on Feb. 27. When asked...
  • Boehner: 'I didn't tell Obama I was inviting Netanyahu because I knew he would interfere'

    02/15/2015 5:15:22 PM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 2/15/15 | Carl in Jeruslalem
    Fox News' Chris Wallace interviews Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-In) about a lot of topics. From 4:57-8:10, they talk about Boehner's invitation to Prime Minister Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congree next month. Boehner bluntly says that he did not tell the White House he was inviting Netanyahu (contrary to earlier reports), because he did not want President Obama interfering with Prime Minister Netanyahu coming to Washington. Let's go to the videotape.
  • John Boehner’s cursing, graphed

    02/11/2015 3:24:56 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Philip Bump
    In the wake of a blue comment from House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday, we were issued a challenge, of sorts, by our colleague Paul Kane. (SNIP) 1. "a piece of s—" May 2007. Referring to President George W. Bush's immigration reform proposals. Curse strength: 8. Crisis size: 4. 2. "In Congress, we have a red button, a green button and a yellow button, all right. Green means 'yes,' red means 'no,' and yellow means you're a chicken s—. And the last thing we need in the White House, in the Oval Office, behind that big desk, is some chicken...
  • Boehner: House will not support marriage during Supreme Court case

    02/10/2015 10:21:42 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 21 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/9/15 | Ben Johnson
    When the Supreme Court rules about whether to impose same-sex “marriage” on the entire nation, the House of Representatives will remain mum on the subject. House Speaker John Boehner confirmed that the Republican-controlled body will not weigh in on either side of the constitutional issue. “I don’t expect that we’re going to weigh in on this,” Boehner said at a press conference last Thursday. “The court will make its decision and that’s why they’re there, to be the highest court in the land.” The House's decision effectively abandons the legal field to federal institutions that support the redefinition of marriage....
  • Senators Petition Boehner to Postpone Netanyahu Speech

    02/09/2015 5:35:51 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 62 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/2/15 | Elad Benari
    A group of Democrats in the House of Representatives are circulating a petition asking Republican Speaker John Boehner to postpone the March 3 speech by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to a joint meeting of Congress, Bloomberg reported on Monday. “As members of Congress who support Israel, we share concern that it appears that you are using a foreign leader as a political tool against the president,” states the letter, which is being circulated among lawmakers by Representatives Keith Ellison, Steve Cohen and Maxine Waters. The three started sending the petition to fellow lawmakers last week, said Mike Casca, a spokesman...
  • Pope Francis will address Congress

    02/07/2015 8:13:12 PM PST · by Salvation · 28 replies
    Catholic News Service via Catholic Herald ^ | 02-07-15 | Paul Haring | CNS
    Pope Francis will address Congress Catholic News Service Paul Haring | CNSPope Francis prays as he leads ecumenical vespers at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome Jan. 25. WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced Feb. 5 that Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of Congress Sept. 24.The pontiff's "historic visit" would make him the "first leader of the Holy See to address a joint meeting of Congress," Boehner said in a statement, adding that he was "truly grateful that Pope Francis has accepted our invitation."Boehner noted that "in a time of global...
  • Seven truly awful things about the current Republican leadership (Morford-ite Alert!)

    02/07/2015 6:00:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 6, 2015 | Mark Morford
    It’s not just that they shoved the Keystone XL bill through as fast as possible. It’s not that they voted, once again, to strip millions of Americans of their health care, knowing it wouldn’t pass Obama’s veto but wanting to send a “message” that, well, that they don’t give a damn about you or your kids, and don’t care who knows it. Everyone saw that s***-storm coming a mile away. The GOP agenda is nothing if not openly spiteful and shamelessly hostile toward anything that is not white, wealthy and male. The current mood is far more sinister – and...
  • The Devils Brigade - Boehner sobbing

    02/04/2015 5:12:02 AM PST · by wbarmy · 24 replies
    MSN ^ | 2/4/2015 | MSN
    Members of the WW2 special forces unit, forerunners of the Navy SEALS, receive a Congressional Gold Medal.
  • The DHS Funding Bill Just Failed. Now McConnell Must Decide What Kind of Leader He Is.

    02/03/2015 4:42:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    National Journal ^ | February 3, 2015 | Lauren Fox and Daniel Newhauser
    Mitch McConnell now faces the same problem with his party’s right flank as John Boehner does in the House. Mitch McConnell gave conservatives their shot Tuesday—a vote on a tough bill that would roll back President Obama's immigration policies. Now he has a choice to make. A House-passed Department of Homeland Security funding bill failed to overcome a procedural vote, getting only 51 of the 60 votes needed to stay alive in the Senate. The measure would block Obama's executive action on immigration and place "Dreamers" and millions of other immigrants back at risk of deportation. The vote sets up...
  • John Boehner calls out Ted Cruz, Jeff Sessions on immigration feud

    02/03/2015 1:46:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Politico ^ | February 3, 2015 | Jake Sherman
    The ‘fight must be won in the United States Senate,’ the speaker said.The intraparty Republican warfare is beginning. In a sign of the tension between the Republican House and Senate, Speaker John Boehner challenged firebrand GOP Sens. Ted Cruz and Jeff Sessions on Tuesday to craft legislation to block President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration, the boldest sign of the otherwise below-the-surface friction between the two chambers. After a closed House Republican meeting, Boehner (R-Ohio) said his chamber has “won this fight,” but he added that the “fight must be won in the United States Senate.” “It’s time for...