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  • In his own words: Barack Obama on Christianity and Islam

    04/17/2014 9:36:40 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 19 replies
    am thinker ^ | 4/17/14 | t lifson
    A website called Now The End Begins has compiled 40 comments by Barack Obama on Christianity and Islam. Collectively, they create quite an interesting picture. I admit that there may be instances of the president speaking as favorably of Christianity as he does of Islam, but I am not aware of them. I do remember in the 2008 campaign that he said he had accepted Jesus Christ as his savior, and that was in response to public awareness of his attendance at Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s church, Trinity United. What the president left unsaid is the nature of Jesus as understood...
  • DCCC Chair Steve Israel: Not All, but Most Republicans Are Racists

    04/14/2014 8:45:31 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 25 replies
    breitbart ^ | 4/13/14 | d riehl
    On Sunday's "State of the Union," CNN's Candy Crowley asked DCCC Chairman Rep. Steve Israel if he thought his Republican colleagues are racist. Israel responded, "Not all of them, no. Of course not. But to a significant extent, the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism." Given that the question specifically asked about Israel's Republican colleagues, when asked for a response by Breitbart News, the NRCC's Digital Press Secretary Andrew Clark asked for some clarification, "... which Republicans does he think are racist?" Clark also asked if Israel thinks all conservatives are motivated by racism and suggested...
  • 'Electile Dysfunction': JD Winteregg Ad Warns Voters Against'a Boehner Lasting Longer than 23 Years'

    04/14/2014 5:34:02 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 10 replies
    breitbart ^ | 4/13/14
    Speaker John Boehner's primary challenger is going there. In a provocative new video from GOP candidate J.D. Winteregg, an announcer asks if Boehner suffer from "electile dysfunction"? "Sometimes, when a politician has been in D.C. too long, it goes to his head," the announcer says as clips flash on-screen of John Boehner laughing with President Obama, John Boehner on the golf course with Obama, and John Boehner smiling while giving Obama a glowing "thumbs up" at the State of the Union address. The ad - titled "When the Moment is Right" - is a spoof of Cialis commercials which air...
  • Tea Partyers, Libertarians Join 'New Ruby Ridge' Ranching Battle

    04/11/2014 7:40:59 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 25 replies
    newsmax ^ | 4/11/14 | d mackenzie
    Tea party groups and Libertarians have joined in the widening battle over grazing rights between Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy and federal authorities. Elected officials in states ranging from Arizona to Washington were rushing to Nevada on Thursday night after watching a startling video of an angry clash between protesters, including private militias, and U.S. Bureau of Land Management rangers, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The 10-minute video showed Bundy's son Ammon being tasered and Cliven's sister Margaret Bundy-Houston, a cancer survivor, being tackled to the ground by a ranger. "Watching that video last night created a visceral reaction...
  • Ted Cruz: Congress Should Impeach Holder if He Takes No Action on IRS Scandal

    04/11/2014 5:08:04 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 21 replies
    breitbart ^ | 4/10/14 | t lee
    On the day the House Oversight Committee held Lois Lerner in contempt, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Congress should impeach Attorney General Eric Holder if he does not indict those like Lerner for their roles in the IRS's targeting of conservative groups. In a Thursday appearance on Sean Hannity's radio program, Cruz said Holder should be impeached for "defying Congress and the rule of law." He said Holder's actions were not in the spirit of the Department of Justice, which Cruz said has "a bipartisan tradition of resisting partisan pressure and upholding the rule of law." Cruz cited examples of...
  • Jeb Bush: Illegal immigration is an ‘act of love’ — it’s ‘not a felony’

    04/07/2014 7:38:41 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 75 replies
    wash times ^ | 4/7/14 | c chumley
    <p>Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a talked-about candidate for the White House in 2016, gave an interview over the weekend in which he bluntly said illegal immigrants are only trying to better themselves and should not be treated as felons.</p>
  • 2 arrests made in Detroit mob attack on driver who accidentally hit boy with pickup

    04/06/2014 8:29:41 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 30 replies
    foxnews ^ | 4/6/14
    <p>Two Detroit teenagers were arrested Saturday in an attack on a suburban man who was brutally beaten by a mob after accidentally striking a boy with his pickup truck.</p> <p>Investigators believe the 17-year-old and 16-year-old males had a direct role in the beating of Steve Utash, said Sgt. Mike Woody, a Detroit police spokesman.</p>
  • President Obama said yesterday:The debate over repealing this law is over. ACA is here to stay

    04/02/2014 8:37:25 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 53 replies
    weekly standard ^ | 4/2/14 | w kristol
    President Obama said yesterday: The debate over repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay. ... In the end, history is not kind to those who would deny Americans their basic economic security. Nobody remembers well those who stand in the way of America’s progress or our people. And that’s what the Affordable Care Act represents. As messy as it’s been sometimes, as contentious as it’s been sometimes, it is progress. What Republican will stand up today and say something like this: No, Mr. President. No way, Mr. President. We do not accept, we do...
  • Democrats and Republicans Are Driving America off the Fiscal Cliff

    04/02/2014 4:21:14 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 10 replies
    breitbart ^ | 4/2/14 | jb martin
    Watching congressional Democrats and Republicans wrestle over the budget is a little like watching Thelma and Louise. Democrats want to stomp on the gas pedal and race to the edge of the cliff at top speed, while Republicans want merely to set the cruise control. Neither approach addresses the fiscal realities of the situation. America has a debt of $17 trillion. That’s more than $54,000 for every man, woman, and child in the United States. It is unsustainable and has to stop. Failure to do so will leave generations of Americans strapped with a crushing load of debt that jeopardizes...
  • EDITORIAL: 20/20 hindsight at World Vision

    04/01/2014 6:01:16 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 13 replies
    wash times ^ | 4/1/14
    World Vision, an evangelical Christian charity that does good work the world over, stunned its donors last week with the announcement that henceforth it would employ the parties in a same-sex marriage. Not entirely surprising, two days later the policy was canceled. Call it World Vision’s 20/20 epiphany. World Vision is perhaps best known for recruiting sponsors for poor children overseas, and its supporters were shocked by its abandoning traditional and Christian values. They overwhelmed the switchboard with telephone calls and flooded the World Vision inbox with emails. They got results and an apology. “We have listened to you and...
  • Sniper takes out 6 Taliban militants in Afghanistan — with one bullet

    04/01/2014 5:54:31 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 19 replies
    wash times ^ | 4/1/14 | c chumley
    <p>A sniper with a highly accurate eye has shot and killed six Taliban militants in Afghanistan — with a single bullet — various media reported.</p> <p>The unnamed star shooter is a 20-year-old lance corporal in the Coldstream Guards in Britain, The Telegraph reported.</p>
  • What Obama has done to us: Iran Picks One-Time Embassy Captor its Next UN Envoy

    03/31/2014 5:31:27 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 14 replies
    newsmax ^ | 3/31/14
    Iran has named a member of the militant group that held 52 Americans hostage in Tehran for 444 days to be its next ambassador to the United Nations. The Iranian government has applied for a U.S. visa for Hamid Aboutalebi, Iran’s former ambassador to Belgium and Italy, who was a member of the Muslim Students Following the Imam’s Line, a group of radical students that seized the U.S. embassy on Nov. 4, 1979. Imam was an honorific used for Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the Islamic Revolution. Relations between the Islamic Republic and the U.S. and its allies are...
  • Who do you believe? Pope and President disagree about what was discussed in their meeting

    03/28/2014 4:33:18 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 30 replies
    am thinker ^ | 3/28/14 | t lifson
    Hmm, whom are we going to believe? The occupant of the Throne of St. Peter or the current laureate in Politifact’s “Lie of the Year” award? Here is CNN’s reporting of the clashing accounts given by President Obama and Pope Francis of their conversation Thursday: The two men greeted each other with a smile and a handshake and posed for pictures before sitting down across a table from each other. They spoke privately for nearly an hour. When they emerged from the meeting, the President and the Vatican had slightly different takes on the tenor of their discussions, especially when...
  • Scientists Nickname Planet-Like Object 'Biden'

    03/27/2014 1:16:15 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 56 replies
    newsmax ^ | 3/27/14 | c coren
    It's official name is "2012 VP-113." But astronomers have nicknamed the newly discovered planet-like object on the edge of the solar system "Biden." Smiling Joe, nick-named for Vice President Joe Biden, is 7 billion miles away from the sun and has its own celestial body, The Washington Post reported. Biden is quite small at 280 miles in diameter, and scientists say it could be dwarf planet. Pluto, which was deemed a dwarf planet in 2006 has a diameter of 1,430 miles. By contrast, Earth is 7,900 miles across. It has a temperature of minus 430 degrees Fahrenheit and is likely...
  • Is Obama Stupid?

    03/26/2014 5:53:41 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 64 replies
    cfp ^ | 3/26/14 | a caruba
    No one gets elected President by being stupid, unless of course the election is stolen in cities controlled by the Democratic Party, but one must also factor in the intelligence of nearly half of the voters who pull the Democratic Party lever no matter who the candidate may be. America is seriously divided between liberals and conservatives, but there are indications that even those who self-identify as liberals are having second thoughts as the result of the havoc ObamaCare has inflicted on their lives and the economy. Voters who self-identify as “independents” are the deciding factor in most elections. They...
  • America Exposed: Obama Seeking to Abolish Tomahawk, Hellfire Missile Programs

    03/25/2014 7:46:46 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 35 replies
    breitbart ^ | 3/25/14 | d heine
    Obama Seeking to Abolish Tomahawk, Hellfire Missile Programs by Debra Heine 24 Mar 2014 947post a comment Share This: 143 281 Obama is doing that thing again that he loves to do, "which is surrender whatever advantages the country has – whichever advantages, wherever we dominate...." The president is seeking to cut two highly successful missile programs, which defense experts say have helped the U.S. Navy maintain military superiority for the past several decades. Obama's proposal they say would leave us with no functioning Tomahawk missiles past 2018. Via the Washington Free Beacon: The Tomahawk missile program—known as “the world’s...
  • ObamaCare: the mistake America could not afford

    03/25/2014 5:48:38 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 12 replies
    humanevents ^ | 3/25/14 | j hayward
    Journalistic icon Bob Woodward has been in hot water with the Obama Administration and its more enthusiastic apologists for a while now. He’s not going to get any more popular with that crowd after his appearance on “Fox News Sunday” last weekend, in which he related a conversation with a doctor he described as a “very knowledgeable, very involved supporter of ObamaCare” who nevertheless described it as similar to “a car stuck in first gear.” When Woodward asked this ObamaCare-supporting doctor when he thought second gear might kick in, the response was, “Honestly, years!” because, to continue the clunker car...
  • Eric Holder: DOJ Rejects Ted Cruz's Request for Special Prosecutor in IRS Scandal

    03/21/2014 6:13:53 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 25 replies
    breitbart ^ | 3/20/14 | k tate
    The Holder Department of Justice (DOJ) rejected a request from Texas Senator Ted Cruz to appoint a special prosecutor for the investigation into the IRS scandal in a letter released this week. The DOJ argued that it saw no apparent conflict of interest with its current investigator Barbara Bosserman—who has contributed thousands of dollars to Obama and other Democrats according to recent Breitbart News reports. Despite the DOJ's denial of his request, the junior Texas Senator's office said it will not give up the fight to hold the Obama Administration accountable. A Cruz spokesperson told Breitbart Texas, "We will certainly...
  • Putin Wants Crimea's Oil and Gas Rights (Yep, It's all about the Oil)

    03/20/2014 5:24:26 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 15 replies
    am thinker ^ | 2/20/14 | c street
    Russian President Vladimir Putin was all smiles as he signed the annexation treaty between Crimea and the Russian Federation on March 18th that will allow the Crimea to be absorbed by Russia. In a speech to the Russian Duma, Putin congratulated the 82% of Crimea citizens voting by a 96% majority to secede from the Ukraine. But Putin’s Cheshire-Cat smile isn’t just about welcoming two million more countrymen. The day before, Crimea’s parliament nationalized Chornomornaftohaz and Ukrtransgaz, the two energy companies that control substantial offshore oil and gas reserves. Putin intends for Russia to make a profit on acquiring and...
  • Illegal action by Obama: Enrolling in Obamacare Won't Lead to Deportations

    03/19/2014 6:01:17 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 18 replies
    newsmax ^ | 3/19/14 | m batley
    In a final push to encourage Hispanics to enroll in Obamacare before the March 31 deadline, President Barack Obama has said that immigration officials will not obtain information from the healthcare program that could lead to deportations. "The main thing for people to know is that any information you get, you know, asked with respect to buying insurance, does not have anything to do with… the rules governing immigration," Obama said in an interview with Univision Deportes, according to The Hill. "If you have a family where some people are citizens or legally here, and others are not documented, the...
  • Obama and The Democrats Plot To Control America: The Worst is yet to come

    03/17/2014 5:22:37 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 78 replies
    am thinker ^ | 3/17/14 | e lasky
    Barack Obama’s presidency will come to an end. The legacy of pain he will leave behind will not -- at least for years to come. He and his fellow Democrats plan to keep their grip on the levers of power-even if they lose control of Congress and the White House. And they will do so with “invisible hands” gone but not forgotten. Every first-term president has a single compelling desire: to win a second term. But for Obama and his liberal allies to accomplish a second major goal, to “fundamentally transform America,” requires more than two terms. Their agenda depends...
  • Call a Constitutional Convention, Already! Article V: A gift from the founders.

    03/14/2014 5:46:08 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 66 replies
    am spectator ^ | 3/14/14 | Allen Mendenhall
    e've talked endlessly about using a Constitutional convention to wrest the reins of government from entrenched interests and put them back in the hands of the people. Enough talk: It's time to put the theory into action. To recap, the Constitution may be amended in two ways: by a two-thirds vote of Congress, or by a convention called by two-thirds (34) of the (50) state legislatures. All amendments to date have arisen through the first mechanism, although conservatives and libertarians increasingly are calling for state lawmakers to pursue the second. If 34 states pass convention measures, Congress must convene a...
  • Barack: So Much Left to Destroy, So Little Time!

    03/13/2014 1:49:24 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 5 replies
    cfp ^ | 3/13/14 | j lillpop
    Taking a page out of Jane Fonda’s weepy wailing about her immortality and time-limited future, Barack Obama lamented recently about his unfinished agenda and the “ticking clock” which threatens to short-circuit his pledge to “fundamentally transform” the greatest society in human history. Apparently, The One is feeling the pinch of time as he strives to turn America into a third-world failed state; overwhelmed by entitlement debt where a generation of losers like Sandra Fluke actually believe that society owes them subsidized abortion and birth control services, and whom is encouraged in that cynical belief by mindless liberals like Nancy Pelosi...
  • McConnell: We're Going to 'Crush' Tea Party Candidates in GOP Primaries This Year

    03/10/2014 3:48:49 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 23 replies ^ | 3/10/14 | guy benswon
    Provocative comments over the weekend from Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell will provide grist for the 'grassroots vs. establishment' mill for some time. In an interview with the New York Times about the 2014 election cycle, McConnell predicted that Tea Party-backed Senate candidates will get wiped out in GOP primaries this year: This election season, Republicans led by Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky are taking a much harder line as they sense the majority within reach. Top congressional Republicans and their allies are challenging the advocacy groups head on in an aggressive effort to undermine their credibility. The goal is...
  • Laura Ingraham: Sen. Jeff Sessions Should Run for President (Not so fast, Laura)

    03/04/2014 2:08:34 PM PST · by bestintxas · 36 replies
    breitbart ^ | 3/4/14 | m boyle
    Nationally syndicated conservative radio host Laura Ingraham said on Monday morning Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) should run for president. Ingraham’s comments came after she played segments of Sessions’ keynote address, given at the Tea Party Patriots' five-year anniversary event last Thursday evening. “Jeff Sessions, we need Sessions for President,” Ingraham said. Elaborating, she continued: Really, is there anyone out there who is better than Jeff Sessions on any of these issues? He’s great. I think someone like Sessions could probably attract Democrats, Hispanics who are here legally who are tired of these stupid trade agreements...
  • [The Idiot Speaks] McCain: Obama Smartest Man in the Room

    03/04/2014 8:35:05 AM PST · by bestintxas · 62 replies
    brietbart ^ | 3/4/14 | w bigelow
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), always currying favor with the press, made sure when he criticized Barack Obama he also ladled praise on him, calling Obama the smartest man in the room when recalling the series of dinners last year between Obama and GOP senators. Speaking with Time magazine, McCain said: I thought when he had a couple of dinners with Republican senators, we really had a good environment there. Because he is a very, very articulate and attractive guy in a setting with eight or nine senators and him. Because he was smarter than the rest of us. But I...
  • Obama has no idea what to do as Putin seizes Crimea (Jimmy Carter syndrome)

    03/04/2014 6:34:50 AM PST · by bestintxas · 28 replies
    cfp ^ | 3/4/14 | Dan Calabrese
    I think conservatives need to take a breath when it comes to the lionization of Vladimir Putin. If your objective is to show how hapless Barack Obama is by contrasting him with his geopolitical adversary, then yeah, Putin is clearly 12 steps ahead of Obama and quick to seize on the opportunities provided by Obama’s frequent strategic mistakes and poor instincts. But let’s not lose sight of this: Putin is a perpetrator of global mayhem. However much we enjoy demonstrating Obama’s weakness for partisan purposes, the fact remains that it’s not in the interests of the United States (or of...
  • Lawless and Unaccountable: Holder gives nod to state AGs to drop defense of gay marriage bans

    02/25/2014 1:22:37 PM PST · by bestintxas · 10 replies
    foxnews ^ | 2/25/14
    Attorney General Eric Holder has given the nod to his state counterparts that they do not have to defend laws against constitutional court challenges if they consider them discriminatory -- effectively giving the green light for states to stop defending bans on gay marriage. Holder addressed the issue during a gathering of state attorneys general on Tuesday, after detailing his position in a New York Times interview. ADVERTISEMENT Speaking to the National Association of Attorneys General, Holder said that any decision not to defend individual laws in court must be "exceedingly rare" and reserved for "exceptional circumstances." He indicated that...
  • Chuck Hagel to shrink Army to pre-World War II levels, report says

    02/24/2014 7:55:16 AM PST · by bestintxas · 36 replies
    wah times ^ | 2/24/14 | c chumley
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is due to decrease the size of the U.S. Army to its lowest levels since before World War II, The New York Times reported on Monday. He’s due to unveil the new budget plan on Monday. Among his plans: Reduce the troop level in the Army from its high of 570,000 — the number recorded just after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on American soil — to 440,000 or 450,000, the smallest since 1940, The Hill reported. “You have to always keep your institution prepared, but you can’t carry a large land-war Defense Department when...
  • Another Misguided Cruz Missile (No, Ted is doing exactly what we Texans hired him to do)

    02/21/2014 5:32:52 AM PST · by bestintxas · 24 replies
    wsj ^ | 2/20/14 | k strassel
    A rump band of Beltway conservatives has seen the enemy and it is not Harry Reid. It is Mitch McConnell, whose scalp is apparently worth blowing yet another shot at a Republican Senate majority. There's a new dividing line in the conservative movement—between a majority who'd like to win against President Obama, and a handful who'd like to win some scalps. It was on vivid display last week during the Senate debt-ceiling vote. Republicans were looking to avoid a fight they were destined to lose. Democrats had the votes to pass the bill with a simple majority, meaning they also...
  • Judge Rejects Lawsuit on Scope of Obamacare Subsidies(Although the law clearly says the opposite)

    02/19/2014 12:50:21 PM PST · by bestintxas · 30 replies
    newsmax ^ | 2/19/14 | m batley
    A federal judge has rejected a lawsuit that claims Obamacare subsidies can only be paid to individuals in states that set up their own healthcare exchanges, even though the Affordable Care Act was worded that way. According to The Washington Times, four Virginia residents filed the lawsuit because the Obamacare subsidy in their state makes them subject to the law's individual mandate, which requires most Americans to purchase health insurance this year or face a fine. The decision has been a setback for Republican lawmakers and limited government advocates seeking to roll back the scope of the law, and who...
  • John Cornyn: Stuck in the Middle (Just one big tent RINO) “we need to multiply, not purify.”

    02/19/2014 5:51:14 AM PST · by bestintxas · 20 replies
    texas monthly ^ | jan 2014 | b sweany
    John Cornyn has come a long way since 2002, when he was first elected to Phil Gramm’s old seat in the U.S. Senate. In just two terms the 61-year-old has become the senior senator from Texas and the minority whip, making him the second-highest-ranking Republican in the chamber. But it was his split with freshman senator Ted Cruz over Obamacare this fall that turned heads in conservative circles back home. Cruz favored a partial shutdown of the federal government to defund the health care law; Cornyn believed that strategy was a mistake for the party. On November 27 Texas Monthly...
  • RINO exposed: Sen. Cornyn Blasts ‘Porkulus’ Anniversary Despite Absence On Procedural Vote

    02/18/2014 6:44:08 AM PST · by bestintxas · 10 replies
    breitbart ^ | 2/18/14 | mq sullivan
    In the heat of a re-election campaign, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn’s press office issued a strong statement today condemning the 5-year anniversary of President Obama signing the Democrat-led stimulus package into law. Yet Cornyn was one of two senators — both Republicans — who were absent when the measure first went before the Senate in 2009. “Five years later, our economy is still sluggish, Americans are dropping out of the workforce by the thousands, and the President’s latest big government experiment, Obamacare, is now on track to slash 2 million more jobs from the workforce,” wrote Cornyn about the American...
  • Should the President Be Impeached? The Obama Precedent and defunding the IRS.

    02/14/2014 8:43:11 AM PST · by bestintxas · 39 replies
    am spectator ^ | 2/14/14 | j lord
    Should the President be impeached? For setting the Obama Precedent? Also known as those multiple of multiples of arbitrary changes to Obamacare? And launching the IRS on employers who refuse to hire fifty employees so they can avoid paying for health care? Not to mention using the IRS and the full power of the federal government to harass and intimidate all those Tea Party groups? The headline in the Los Angeles Times, reads this way: U.S. to further delay Obamacare employer mandate One of countless stories on the subject appearing all across the media landscape the Times version began this...
  • John Boehner’s sunshine band: The leader of the liberal wing of Congress(John,they are proud of you)

    02/13/2014 6:50:15 AM PST · by bestintxas · 18 replies
    washingtonpost ^ | 2/13/14 | ej dione
    From now on, it’s the Zip-a-dee-doo-dah House. The political world stopped for a moment when Speaker John Boehner broke into the jaunty old Disney tune — “My, oh my, what a wonderful day” — after a news conference in which he threw in the towel on the debt ceiling fight. He found himself trapped between the immovable object of Democrats determined that they’d never again let Republicans take the nation’s credit hostage and the irresistible force of a dysfunctional, crisis-addicted GOP majority of which he is the putative leader. Boehner decided to skip away in song. Feb. 11, 2014, was...
  • Sheila Jackson Lee rewrites ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ on how bills become law

    02/13/2014 6:10:22 AM PST · by bestintxas · 18 replies
    wash times ^ | 2/13/14
    The words to “Schoolhouse Rock” might need an update if Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is right. The campy animated shorts from the 1970s, among other things, helped children learn how laws are made. In “I’m just a bill,” an anthropomorphic piece of legislation named Bill sang a catchy tune about how things used to be done. “Well, now I’m stuck in committee,” the song went, “and I sit here and wait, while a few key congressmen discuss and debate, whether they should let me be a law. How I hope and pray that they will, but today, I’m still just...
  • Senate Leaders McConnell and Cornyn Spurn Cruz to Move Debt Bill to Final Vote

    02/13/2014 6:02:07 AM PST · by bestintxas · 26 replies
    newsmax ^ | 2/13/14 | t beamon
    The Senate approved a "clean" debt-ceiling bill on Wednesday, but the real drama occurred just before the vote, when the upper chamber's top two Republicans bucked firebrand Sen. Ted Cruz, voting to end debate and bring the bill to a final vote. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Minority Whip John Cornyn came forward to end Cruz's filibuster on the legislation. The first-term Cruz, who is backed by the tea party and is from Cornyn's state of Texas, had called for a 60-vote threshold to end debate on the measure. After discussions among GOP senators on the floor...
  • Unprecendented Lawlessness: More changes ahead? Obama defends repeat tweaks to health law

    02/11/2014 5:59:47 PM PST · by bestintxas · 32 replies
    fox news ^ | 2/11/14
    President Obama signaled Tuesday he'd be open to more changes in the implementation of his signature health care law, as he defended a newly announced delay in the requirement on companies to provide insurance. The president addressed the changes during a joint press conference with French President Francois Hollande, who is in Washington on an official state visit. Under criticism from Republicans for repeatedly tweaking the implementation of the health care law, Obama said the latest delay was meant to help employers operating in "good faith" so that no one is "unnecessarily burdened" or punished. "This was [an] example of,...
  • Republicans who voted for the debt ceiling increase

    02/11/2014 5:55:24 PM PST · by bestintxas · 53 replies
    fox news ^ | 2/11/14
    The following Republicans voted Tuesday to raise the government's borrowing limit: John Boehner, R-Ohio. Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va. Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy,R-Calif. Chief Deputy Whip Pete Roskam, R-Ill. Ken Calvert, R-Calif. Dave Camp, R-Mich. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y. Doc Hastings, R-Wash. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. Hal Rogers, R-Ky. Dave Reichert, R-Wash. Chris Collins, R-N.Y. Howard Coble, R-N.C. Charlie Dent, R-Pa. Mike Fitzpatrick, R-Pa. Pete King, R-N.Y. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J. Buck McKeon, R-Calif. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa. Gary Miller, R-Calif. Ed Royce, R-Calif. John Runyan, R-N.J. John Shimkus, R-Ill. Chris Smith, R-N.J. David Valadao, R-Calif. Frank Wolf,...
  • Boehner, A Proven Failure at Leadership: With Just 28 GOP Votes, House Agrees to Raise Debt Limit

    02/11/2014 4:06:08 PM PST · by bestintxas · 101 replies
    newsmax ^ | 2/11/*14
    The House of Representatives, by a narrow margin, on Tuesday passed clean legislation raising the government's borrowing authority for one year in order to avoid a default that was looming at the end of this month. By a vote of 221-201, the House passed the bill, adhering to President Barack Obama's demand that it have no unrelated conditions attached. With House passage, the bill now goes to the Senate, where debate could begin on Wednesday. Only 28 of the House's 232 Republicans voted for the measure, leaving Democrats to provide most of the votes for passage. Republican Speaker John Boehner...
  • The debt limit: Like Bill Murray, Stuck in Congressional “Groundhog Day”

    02/11/2014 7:21:50 AM PST · by bestintxas · 1 replies
    cfp ^ | 2/10/14
    In the movie “Groundhog Day,” Bill Murray wakes up again and again to find that he is stuck in the same day. This happens multiple times a year now with Congress on the debt limit, which we just hit again on Saturday. Depending on which party’s in power, the ones arguing for or against raising the debt ceiling will change—which makes for fun historical quotations like Obama vs. Obama on the debt limit. In our new video, you can see politicians from both sides arguing the debt limit—and vowing that they will not, absolutely not, have this same argument again...
  • The Costs of the Environmentalism Cult: Nature will kill you

    02/11/2014 7:15:56 AM PST · by bestintxas · 12 replies
    front page ^ | 2/11/14 | b thornton
    California is in the third year of a drought, but the problem isn’t a lack of water. The snowfall in the Sierra provides enough to help us ride out the years of drought. All we need to do is store it. But California hasn’t built a new dam in 35 years. Worse than that, every year we dump 1.6 million acre-feet of water––about enough to serve 3.2 million families for a year––into the Pacific Ocean in order to protect an allegedly “endangered” 3-inch bait-fish called the Delta smelt. California’s $45 billion agricultural industry, a global breadbasket that produces nearly half...
  • GOP Mulls Raising Debt Limit, Undoing Pension Cut

    02/11/2014 5:51:21 AM PST · by bestintxas · 11 replies
    newsmax ^ | 2/11/14 | e jaeger
    House GOP leaders are working on a compromise budget deficit plan that would trade raising the debt limit in return for the restoration of military pension cuts, The Washington Post reports. Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor need to cobble together a 218-vote majority and hope tying the debt limit to the military pension cut can bring together enough votes from both sides of the aisle. But the Republican leaders are unlikely to come up with any debt proposal that could win a majority solely from the GOP side of the aisle, according to the Post. Tea party-leaning...
  • No Replacement, No Vote - From Article:" The speaker isn't to be trusted"

    02/11/2014 5:30:25 AM PST · by bestintxas · 30 replies
    am thinker ^ | 2/11/14 | r smith
    Last week, U.S. House speaker John Boehner backed down on immigration surrender. It took a firestorm of grassroots opposition to make the speaker drop Paul Ryan's cave-in to big business interests (led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) and the left, arrayed throughout the Democratic Party, the mainstream media, show biz, academia, and whatever other crags and holes they inhabit. And Democrat-supporting Hispanic pressure groups, which the GOP establishment believes needs to be appeased. Note that the speaker only backed down. The bone of immigration surrender is still lodged in Boehner's pearly-whites. The speaker isn't to be trusted -- on...
  • Memo to Conservatives: Republicans Aren't Your Friends Time for conservatives to stop being nice.

    02/07/2014 6:53:52 PM PST · by bestintxas · 36 replies
    am thinker ^ | 2/7/14 | m vadum
    One of the reasons the national Republican Party is such a mess is because Republicans are far too reluctant to criticize their own. Republicans are nice people. Too many Republicans think it's wrong to criticize other Republicans. This failure to be forthright has had consequences. It has allowed the Republican Party to take up political space it has no business occupying as it embraces left-wing statist tyranny. Much of the time, the GOP is merely Democrat-lite. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are so dangerously out of touch and out of control nowadays in...
  • Boehner on the brink: Speakership coup brewing over immigration

    02/06/2014 6:23:03 AM PST · by bestintxas · 31 replies
    wash times ^ | 2/5/14 | Seth McLaughlin
    Rep. Raul Labrador said House Speaker John Boehner should lose his leadership post if he pushes forward with immigration reform this year, CQ Roll Call reported. “I think it should cost him his speakership,” Mr. Labrador, Idaho Republican, said in an interview with the Capitol Hill news organization. Mr. Labrador also refused to rule out running to replace Mr. Boehner — even if the Ohio Republican put the brakes on immigration bills. “There is a hunger in the conference for bold, visionary leaders, and this is not just conservatives — you talk to more middle-of-the-road members of the conference, they’re...
  • GOP Amnesty: The Final Last Straw

    02/04/2014 7:27:08 AM PST · by bestintxas · 22 replies
    am thinker ^ | 2/4/14 | j hatter
    The Republican Party is pushing immigration reform, and the GOP's new apparent political adviser, Chuck Schumer, gleefully approves. Next, the Democrat senator will be advising the party on gun control, government spending, abortion and homosexual marriage. We finally have a news cycle that exposes Obama and his socialist Democrats' biggest blunder, the absolute worst piece of legislation in the history of the nation -- Obamacare. And the GOP's response is to divert national attention to an illegal immigration reform plan that most Americans adamantly oppose. Is the Republican leadership insane? The editors at National Review call the GOP immigration reform...
  • Illinois Loses 80,000 Workers in One Year

    02/03/2014 4:45:57 PM PST · by bestintxas · 40 replies
    breitbart ^ | 2/3/14 | j pollak
    President Barack Obama's home state, which has been governed by Democrats throughout his national political career, has slipped in the rankings and now has the third-worst unemployment rate in the nation. Though the jobless rate was the same in December 2013 (8.6%) as in December 2012, the state's labor force declined by a staggering 80,000 workers, according to Michael Lucci of the Illinois Policy Institute. Across the same period, the national unemployment rate fell by 1.3%--though that, too, was partly driven by an exodus of workers from the labor force, albeit less dramatic than in Illinois. Lucci observes: 'The state...
  • Dem Support of Amnesty 'Principles' May Hurt Boehner's Credibility with House GOP

    02/03/2014 1:40:16 PM PST · by bestintxas · 18 replies
    breitbart ^ | 2/3/14 | t lee
    The openness of top Democrats to the House GOP's immigration “principles” could undercut Speaker John Boehner's credibility on the right as he seeks to sell his conference on moving forward. Obama had previously said he would not sign an immigration reform bill that does not provide a pathway to citizenship. On Friday, he said on CNN: [If Boehner] proposes something that says right away, folks aren't being deported, families aren't being separated, we're able to attract top young students to provide the skills or start businesses here, and then there's a regular process of citizenship, I'm not sure how wide...
  • Five ways GOP leadership fights to lose House, forfeit Senate with immigration reform

    02/03/2014 7:40:14 AM PST · by bestintxas · 5 replies
    human events ^ | 2/1/14 | m hammond
    The good news is that Republicans are well-positioned to hold the House and take the Senate, and all they have to do is avoid taking affirmative measures to screw things up. The favorable political climate springs from the fact that some of us fought, beginning in February-March, 2009, to kill the “bipartisan deal” on health care that was supposedly going to save the Republican Party from extinction. You’re welcome. As a result of this, it would take a blithering cretin to derail the GOP’s good fortune arising from the natural course of events. Enter Speaker John A. Boehner (R.-Ohio). If...