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  • Letter: Holder Aide Accidentally Calls Issa Staff for Help Spinning IRS Scandal

    09/09/2014 2:36:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 182 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 9, 2014 | Jonathan Strong
    A senior communications aide to Attorney General Eric Holder seemingly called House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa's staff by accident and asked for their help spinning new revelations about the IRS scandal, Issa said in a September 8 letter to Holder. The aide, Brian Fallon, is a former senior aide to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and a well-known personality on Capitol Hill. The letter describes Fallon as “audibly shaken” when he realizes his request to leak documents to help get ahead of news stories about them was mistakenly made to the very office he was seeking to undermine. Issa believes...
  • Rubio in Iowa: Immigration Reform ‘Good for the Country’

    08/04/2014 9:25:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 4, 2014 - 6:09 AM | Susan Jones
    “I continue to believe that we have to reform our immigration laws. I think that’s good for the country. I wouldn’t say that because of politics,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). The possible presidential hopeful was speaking to “Fox News Sunday”—from Iowa. Although he favors immigration reform, Rubio says he’s changed his mind about doing it all at once, in one bill—even though he was one of 14 Republican senators who voted for such a bill one year ago. …
  • Schumer: You Don’t Have to Convert But You Might Not Be Able to Do Business Either

    07/18/2014 6:24:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 74 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 18, 2014 | Charlotte Hays
    Should people with strong religious convictions prepare to violate their beliefs or steer clear of corporate activity in the United States? Should Hobby Lobby, owned by evangelical Christians who opposed having to pay for coverage of abortion-inducing drugs, have shut down its 575 outlets across the U.S. rather than challenging the federal government’s contraception mandate in court? Absurd as it sounds, Senator Chuck Schumer seems to be proposing just that. Schumer was one of the backers of a bill, mercifully blocked in the Senate for now, that would have overridden the Supreme Court’s protection of Hobby Lobby’s religious freedom....
  • There is no moral equivalency between Israel and Hamas (so saith Schumer)

    07/15/2014 11:50:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 15, 2014 | 2:34am | Charles Schumer
    Amid the recent troubles between Israel and the Palestinians, many Americans and media commentators are drawing disturbing lines of parallelism between the two societies, asserting a false moral equivalency to the actions of each. In essence, the claim goes like this: “Both sides are fighting each other with similar degrees of violence; both treat each other equally badly; each side is equally to blame for the violence, and they just can’t come together.” That notion that there is a moral equivalency between the defensive and targeted actions that the rule-of-law-based Israel is compelled to take, and the proactive and indiscriminate...
  • Schumer to Religious Americans: Pick One--Your Faith or Your Business

    07/11/2014 7:31:14 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 31 replies
    cns.com ^ | 7/10/14 | Eric Scheiner
    At a press conference Thursday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said people with religious beliefs who disagree with the Obamacare contraception mandate should be given a choice between living by their faith or being allowed to form a corporation to do business. “You’re born with a religion or you adopt a religion. You have to obey the precepts of that religion and the government gives you a wide penumbra – you don’t have to form a corporation,” Schumer said. In the Hobby Lobby case, decided last month, the Supreme Court ruled that a closely-held family-owned corporation could not be forced by...
  • Schumer To Religious Americans: Pick One—Your Faith or Your Business

    07/10/2014 2:16:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 10, 2014 - 4:13 PM | Eric Scheiner
    At a press conference Thursday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said people with religious beliefs who disagree with the ObamaCare contraception mandate can choose their faith or “you don’t have to form a corporation.” “You’re born with a religion or you adopt a religion. You have to obey the precepts of that religion and the government gives you a wide penumbra—you don’t have to form a corporation,” Schumer said. Schumer claims the Supreme Court’s decision that closely-held firms have a right to deny coverage for certain types of birth control they find objectionable under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) was...
  • Chiquita is blocking a 9/11 victims’ bill

    06/05/2014 11:12:24 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 7 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 6/4/14 | Tim Mak
    For years, the conglomerate paid off Colombian militias. So it’s no wonder the company is now furiously lobbying to stop a bill that would make it easier to sue terror financiers. Washington makes for strange alliances—and even stranger enemies. But this could wind up being the oddest confrontation of all. Chiquita, the world’s largest banana producer, is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to block a 9/11 victims’ bill. And outraged supporters of the legislation accuse a senior lawmaker, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, of working with the fruit kings to stand in their way. According to Congressional lobbying disclosures, Chiquita has...
  • Lindsey Graham: Schumer’s been “incredible” on immigration, a worthy successor to Ted Kennedy

    06/04/2014 11:32:08 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    Mr. Schumer, who wants to be the next Senate majority leader, had worked on the 2007 push under his mentor and legendary deal maker, the late Ted Kennedy. “I called Schumer and said ‘Let’s get the band back together,’ ” says Mr. Graham. The Republican invokes the economic and moral arguments for immigration but emphasizes the political one. If the GOP brand with minorities doesn’t improve, the party won’t get out of an “electoral death spiral.” “After the 2012 election,” he says, “my worst fears were being realized.” Of the sponsors, only Mr. Graham faces an imminent election. He says...
  • BOMBSHELL! SENATOR TED CRUZ SAYS THAT US SENATE VOTE WILL NEUTRALIZE FIRST AMENDMENT (VIDEO)

    05/31/2014 8:20:03 PM PDT · by lbryce · 162 replies
    Now The End Begins ^ | May 31, 2014 | 1 Comments | NTEB NewsDesk
    OBAMA’S REICHSTAG FIRE MOMENT TAKES THE STAGE Sen. Ted Cruz dropped a bombshell, as you will see in this video, where he emphatically states that the United States Senate this year will vote on a Constitutional amendment to effectively repeal the First Amendment. This is Senate Joint Resolution 19 that Se. Cruz is referring to. It proposes an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect elections. Cruz: Obama To Repeal The First Amendment from Now The End Begins on Vimeo. This vote will give the Congress the plenary power and unlimited...
  • Chuck Schumer: Let's amend the Constitution so Congress can restrict free speech

    05/09/2014 10:43:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Cain TV.com ^ | May 7, 2014 | Dan Calabrese
    More reining in of freedom.Oh those New York Democrats! First we have Hillary (OK, only a New Yorker in a carpetbagging sort of way, but still . . .) wanting to "rein in" our notions that we have real Second Amendment rights. But that's the Second Amendment. That's not as important as the First, right? So for that one, we need Chuck Schumer, Hillary's senior as a senator before and after her tenure, to launch the attack.And he is: The Supreme Court's Citizens United decision allowing unions and corporations to donate to independent political groups has driven liberals to such fits that...
  • Senate Dems vow vote to change Constitution, block campaign funding

    04/30/2014 3:34:12 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 58 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 30, 2014 | by Stephen Dinan
    Senate Democrats said Wednesday that the Supreme Court has stretched the First Amendment too far when it comes to campaign finances, and vowed to hold a vote to amend the Constitution and undo a number of landmark decisions. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat and chairman of the Rules Committee, said he will push a constitutional amendment to the full floor later this year that would give Congress the power to impose strict limits on campaign finance. “It will draw to a fine point where we are at — and that is, the First Amendment is sacred, but that...
  • New York Officials Argue for Flexibility with Gun Law Violators… As Long as They're on the City's...

    04/15/2014 12:50:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | April 11, 2014 | NA
    New York Officials Argue for Flexibility with Gun Law Violators… As Long as They're on the City's PayrollSome of New York's most strident gun control advocates have rushed to the defense of an unwitting traveler who was arrested at an airport for a technical violation of a draconian gun law. Has a new era of sanity arrived in the Big Apple? Not really. This defendant happens to be an NYPD officer who is alleged to have violated India's strict firearm regulations. On March 10th, NYPD Officer Manny Encarnacion was arrested when officials at the airport in New Delhi discovered three...
  • Eric Cantor — The New “Mr. Amnesty”?

    04/15/2014 1:20:57 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 4/15/14 | Mickey Kaus
    The Threat of Cheap Denham: Don’t be fooled by press accounts that downplay the significance of Rep. Jeff Denham’s attempt to add something called the ENLIST Act to the defense authorization (NDAA) bill. It’s a significant push for a substantial immigration amnesty, and it has a good chance of succeeding. Opponents of an “Amnesty First” approach to immigration should be worried. Here’s why: – On the surface, it looks like Denham’s amendment would give amnesty only to an almost comically appealing group of illegal immigrants: “DREAMers” who were brought to this country when they were young and who also serve...
  • Senate Votes To Ban Iran UN Ambassador From Entering The US

    04/08/2014 5:15:55 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 18 replies
    The US Senate has unanimously passed a bill barring known terrorists from entering the United States as ambassadors to the United Nations. The move came in response to the decision by Iran to appoint Hamid Aboutalebi, who participated in the 1979 hostage-taking of Americans in Tehran, as its UN ambassador. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf had called the decision "extremely troubling", and at least 29 Republican Senators had appealed to the Obama administration to deny Aboutalebi a visa to enter the US. One of those Senators was Ted Cruz (R-TX), who said he would not make do with a simple...
  • Senate miracle: Cruz-backed bill unanimously approved

    04/08/2014 3:35:44 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8 Apr 2014 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    The Senate unanimously passed a bill sponsored by Sen. Ted Cruz Monday night, which would block known terrorists from getting visas to enter the United States as U.N. ambassadors. He thanked several senators by name on the Senate floor he said were “instrumental in the passage,” including Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat and a very unlikely ally. Iran’s newest U.N. ambassador, Hamid Aboutalebi, was an active participant in the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, when 52 Americans were held hostage for 444 days in Tehran. He was appointed earlier this year by Iranian President Hasan Rouhani. Shchumer said in a statement...
  • Sen. Schumer Says Republicans Want Immigration Reform – But Don't Want To Vote On It

    04/08/2014 12:24:16 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, a Democrat who was part of bipartisan group that drafted a comprehensive immigration reform bill last year, says that Republicans really would like to see such a measure pass in Congress, though individually they don’t want to vote on it. The Senate bill, a sweeping measure that includes tightening border security, expanding foreign worker visas, and providing a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who pass a strict set of criteria, passed in June. But the effort stalled when the issue moved to the House of Representatives, where a group of mostly conservative Republicans, who hold...
  • Schumer: We'll Have Amnesty in 2014 Thanks to Liberal Republicans

    04/08/2014 11:59:58 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 4/8/14 | Matthew Boyle
    Ever the happy warrior of the left, Sen. Chuck Schumer is not giving up on his pipe dream: amnesty for illegal aliens in 2014. Appearing on MSNBC on Monday, Schumer said he thinks it still can happen this year thanks to a group of liberal Republicans—what he thinks is the majority of Republicans—who will stand by silently, letting amnesty pass while voting against it in the end. He called it the “vote-no, pray-yes caucus,” meaning that certain Republicans would publicly claim they are against amnesty, vote against it in the end, but behind the scenes either fight for its passage...
  • Pelosi and Schumer: Read the Constitution

    04/08/2014 10:39:45 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 9, 2014 | Betsy McCaughey
    Democrats are hyperventilating over a U. S. Supreme Court ruling on April 2, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi claims the ruling will turn politics into a "money war." Sorry, that happened a long time ago. For the past two decades, unions have poured massive amounts into super PACs and other legal vehicles for advertising and get-out-the-vote efforts, which favor Democrats. What's got Pelosi and other Democrats worried is competition. Last week's high court ruling could mean more money for Republican candidates, even tea party activists. The Supreme Court split 5-4 on the hot-button issue of...
  • Chuck Schumer: I Was For The Koch Brothers Before I Was Against Them

    04/08/2014 10:06:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    PowerLine ^ | April 7, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    Chuck Schumer has joined Harry Reid in obsessive attacks on Charles and David Koch and their company, Koch Industries. […] Here is the funny thing: when KochPAC, Koch Industries’ political action committee, donated money to Schumer’s 2010 Senatorial campaign, Schumer thought the Kochs were wonderful. …
  • Democrats bash SCOTUS ruling on campaign contributions (Harry Reid bashes Koch Brothers again)

    04/02/2014 12:22:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/02/2014 | By SEUNG MIN KIM
    Democratic lawmakers and campaign finance reform advocates quickly bashed Wednesday’s Supreme Court decision to strike down total limits on individual campaign contributions, warning of future corruption in elections. Meanwhile, Republicans largely cheered the ruling from the narrowly divided court, which found it unconstitutional to impose caps on the aggregate amounts that one person can donate to campaigns, parties and political action committees. Calling himself “all for freedom,” Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday commended the ruling, saying “donors ought to have the freedom to give what they want to give.” And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who had filed...
  • Exclusive: John Cornyn Rips Chuck Schumer's Media 'Shield Law'

    03/27/2014 5:58:34 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/27/2014 | Matthew Boyle
    The number two Republican in the Senate is lambasting a media “shield law” proposed by New York Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer, potentially imperiling its shot at passage. “This is a bad idea and one whose time has not come,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the Senate minority whip, told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview. “Believe me, we will not be rolled over.” Schumer’s “Free Flow of Information Act” passed the Senate Judiciary Committee in September, and he recently said he already has the 60 votes needed to pass the bill on the floor. “We’ll get a few more Republicans, not...
  • Schumer Agrees With Reid: Koch Brothers Actions 'Un-American'

    03/27/2014 5:41:48 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 23 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    At 63, Chuck Schumer can still dance—for awhile. But eventually, age or ambition caught up with the New York senator. On today's Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough grilled Schumer over Harry Reid's accusation, uttered on the floor of the Senate, that the Koch brothers are "un-American." For as long as he could, Schumer moonwalked away from Scarborough's question as to whether the Kochs are un-American. As one of Harry Reid's top lieutenants—and a lean and hungry senator who almost surely aspires to take Reid's leadership role when the opportunity arises—Schumer was on the spot. But Scarborough to his credit was relentless,...
  • Schumer: Senate has votes for media shield law

    03/21/2014 11:23:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 21, 2014 1:42 PM EDT | Donna Cassata
    A supporter of a bill to protect reporters and the news media from having to reveal confidential sources said Friday the measure has the backing of the Obama administration and the support of enough senators to move ahead this year. Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, the No. 3 Democrat in the Senate, spoke optimistically about prospects for the measure, identifying five Republicans who would join with Democrats and independents on a bill that he said would address a constitutional oversight. While the first amendment protects freedom of the press, “there is no first amendment right for gathering information,” Schumer...
  • Netanyahu: BDS Advocates ‘Should Be Treated as We Treat Any Anti-Semite or Bigot’

    03/05/2014 7:50:01 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 10 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 3/5/14
    Over the course of the three-day AIPAC conference in Washington, politicians delivered speeches overwhelmed by audience skepticism over the Obama administration’s Iran deal and what the White House’s Middle East peace process framework might look like in the end. But one issue that took on a new life proved to be the glue that brought politics and the 14,000 AIPACers together: the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigns. Like the fizzy fruits of a SodaStream, BDS bubbled to the top of the one-liners that consistently brought the crowd to its feet and helped some political figures during addresses that were otherwise...
  • Sen. Schumer: BDS Is New Modern Anti-Semitism

    03/04/2014 3:40:26 PM PST · by SJackson · 27 replies
    JP Updates ^ | 3-3-14 | Jacob Kornbluh
    Schumer at AIPAC 2014NY Senator Charles Schumer railed Monday against the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement, saying that the movement is a modern form of anti-Semitism. “It is very suspicious that those who boycott Israel don’t want to boycott anywhere else in the world,” Sen. Schumer told AIPAC. “I believe that those who call for boycotts of Israel without calling for boycotts of other neighboring nations are practicing, whether they know it or not, whether they admit it or not, a modern form of what we call anti-Semitism.” “The word that describes all of these acts is a very simple one:...
  • Chuck Schumer: No Urgency on Immigration

    02/10/2014 12:44:10 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 20 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 2-10-2014 | William Kristol
    Chuck Schumer: No Urgency on Immigration FEB 10, 2014 BY WILLIAM KRISTOL New York Democratic senator Chuck Schumer, an author of the Senate immigration bill, may have succeeded in helping Republicans kill his own bill. On Meet the Press Sunday, Schumer said that Republicans "don't trust the president to enforce the law, particularly the enforcement parts." So, he explained, "There's a simple solution. Let’s enact the law this year, but simply not let it actually start ‘til 2017 after President Obama’s term is over. But you could actually have the law start in 2017 without doing much violence to it....
  • The Illegal Immigration Amnesty Trap

    02/10/2014 10:58:38 AM PST · by rightwingerpatriot · 13 replies
    Rightwingpatriot.com ^ | February 10, 2014 | Rightwingerpatriot
    Sometimes I have to sit back in wonder at how the progressive liberal thought process works. It's obviously not based upon what we use to critically think and come to conclusions, namely logic and reason. From the minds that brought you "we have to pass the bill before we know what's in the bill" comes this latest nugget of idiocy concerning illegal immigration amnesty. Senator Chuck Shumer offered Republicans a compromise to Republicans who are leery of passing any illegal immigration reform as they know President Obama picks and chooses which laws he'll enforce. Schumer suggested that Republicans pass legislation...
  • Chuck Schumer Wants Immigration Compromise - Pass Law Now, Enact In 2017

    02/10/2014 3:38:11 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 22 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 02/10/14 | LD Jackson
    There are some things that just beg to be written about and discussed. Chuck Schumer's idea of compromise on immigration reform is shouting loudly from the rooftops for that recognition.If you have read Political Realities for any length of time, you will know I am openly derisive of the Democrats when they start talking about how conservatives need to compromise. Their past actions have shown me how untrustworthy they are. Their idea of compromise is usually conservatives giving over everything we believe in and they give over nothing. Scoff all you want, but that's how it usually works with them....
  • Schumer: Pass immigration reform now, delay implementation until Obama’s gone

    02/09/2014 11:33:04 AM PST · by jazusamo · 42 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 9, 2014 | David Sherfinski
    Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat and an author of a comprehensive immigration bill passed last year by the Senate, suggested that Congress should enact immigration legislation now and delay enforcement until President Obama is out of office. Mr. Schumer pointed to recent comments from Republican leaders, including House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, that they want to pass immigration legislation but they don’t trust President Obama to enforce the laws. “So there’s a simple solution: Let’s enact the law this year, but simply not let it actually start ‘til 2017 after President Obama’s term is over,” Mr....
  • Chuck Schumer: Tea Party Opposes Immigration for Making America 'Less White'

    01/27/2014 2:32:29 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | January 26, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), once part of the "Gang of Eight" in the Senate that wrote the immigration bill that the Congressional Budget Office determined would lower the wages of American workers, believes that conservatives are opposed to amnesty because they don't want America to become "less white." "Yes, things have changed. White Anglo-Saxon men are not exclusively running the country anymore," he said Thursday. "President Obama lost the white male vote 35 to 62 percent yet he recaptured the presidency – by 5 million votes and a resounding electoral college margin." Schumer said the changing demographics also "[explain] why...
  • Chuck Schumer to unveil Avonte's Law, to put tracking devices on autistic kids

    01/26/2014 3:15:09 PM PST · by SMGFan · 37 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | January 26, 2014
    U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer wants to outfit autistic kids with tracking devices.
  • Timothy P. Carney on Chuck Schumer: Voice of the little man, courtier of plutocrats

    01/25/2014 4:15:35 PM PST · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/25/2014 | TIMOTHY P. CARNEY
    The favorite senator of Wall Street and K Street explained to a liberal D.C. audience last week how to defang the Tea Party: offer a populist message that splits the grassroots from their wealthy donors.Republicans should listen to this counsel, and turn the tables on Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York.Schumer argued at the Center for American Progress on Thursday that the Tea Party is built on a foundation of deception: “Wealthy, hard Right, selfish, narrow” elites have fooled regular Tea Partiers into hating government. Schumer’s premise is that Big Government is the friend of the regular guy, and only...
  • How Much Longer Will Liberals Accuse Most Americans Of Being Racists With No Evidence?

    01/25/2014 6:50:27 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 35 replies
    And now we have "Chuck U.Schumer" acting stupidly accusing the tea-party of accepting large donations.But it's OK for Democrats,right?From Chris Matthews to Chuck Shoomer! We are all racists,yet not one Liberal,or Liberal Host has any "Video Evidence" of a conservative stating that they hate blacks and latinos.Nadda!,But Conservative hosts possess plenty of video/audio evidence of liberals spewing racist remarks.It has gotten beyond the point where the likes of Chris Matthews needs to Put Up or Shut Up!,Hey Chrissy! Where Is The Video Of A Conservative Ranting On Their Hatred Of All Minorities!?
  • Liberal Laughs At Col. Allen West For Being A Black Conservative; West Cleans His Clock

    01/25/2014 12:31:50 PM PST · by absentee · 81 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 1/25/2014 | Caleb Howe
    Hahn laughs as soon as West cites himself as an example of how the tea party is not racist. Because as we’ve learned from folks like Melissa Harris-Perry, conservatives are racist by definition, so therefore black conservatives are merely Uncle Toms. It is typical of lily-white elitist east coast liberals like Hahn to look down their noses at Col. West. They care nothing for his military service, his civilian record of service, his having been elected to office, his cogent representation of conservative philosophy, or any part of Colonel West, the human being. All they see is a black man...
  • Schumer: Democrats Enable Tea Party to Bash Government

    01/25/2014 11:00:14 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire ^ | January 23, 2014 | Kristina Peterson
    Democrats have long enabled the tea party movement to villainize the federal government, Sen. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.) said in a speech Thursday. In an address at the left-leaning Center for American Progress Action Fund, Mr. Schumer said the grassroots conservative groups won over voters by convincing them that government overreach caused their economic problems — an argument Democrats have done too little to rebut. “When the tea party elite came in and said, ‘Government is your problem,’ we didn’t say: ‘No, it isn’t. It’s part of your solution,’” said Mr. Schumer, a member of Senate Democratic leadership. Tea party...
  • Chuck Schumer Calls For The IRS To Stop The Tea Party

    01/25/2014 10:44:46 AM PST · by raptor22 · 58 replies
    Investot's Business Daily ^ | January 25, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Free Speech: The IRS scandal is not only not over but is getting worse, with a call by New York's senior senator for the already-politicized agency to use its power to tax to destroy the conservative grass-roots movement. Arguing that the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision allowed Tea Party groups to "funnel millions of undisclosed dollars into campaigns with ads that distort the truth and attack government," Charles Schumer wants the IRS and other government agencies to take on the Tea Party through their administrative powers. "It is clear that we will not pass anything legislatively as long as...
  • The Persian Triangle

    01/17/2014 1:12:39 PM PST · by robowombat · 1 replies
    Commentary ^ | 01.01.14 - 12:00 AM | Clifford D. May | Clifford D. May
    The Persian Triangle Clifford D. May On November 24, 2013, a “Joint Plan of Action” was concluded in Geneva by Iran and the permanent members of the UN Security Council—the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, and China—as well as Germany. “We have halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear program,” President Obama exulted. This agreement, added Secretary of State John Kerry, will ensure that Iran “cannot build a nuclear weapon.” Their confidence was not universally shared. “This deal appears to provide the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism with billions of dollars in exchange for cosmetic concessions that...
  • 'Give diplomacy a chance,' Obama says to Senate on Iran deal ["MY preference is....."]

    01/13/2014 2:09:43 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 13, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama urged Congress on Monday to "give diplomacy a chance," imploring lawmakers to hold off on additional sanctions against Iran as negotiators seek to take advantage of a six-month interim deal. "It's going to be difficult, it's going to be challenging, but ultimately this is how diplomacy should work," Obama said, adding that the negotiating window formalized over the weekend should give world powers "the time and space" they need to formalize a permanent deal with Tehran. "My preference is for peace and diplomacy, and this is one of the reasons why I've sent the message to Congress that...
  • Congressman George Miller Announces Retirement After 40 Years

    01/13/2014 3:22:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 1/13/2013 | Lisa Fernandez
    U.S. Congressman George Miller, a senior Democrat from California who has long championed education system, labor, health and the protection of natural resources, announced on Monday that he will not seek a 21st term in the House this fall. “This is a great institution and I cannot thank my family and my constituents enough for having given me the honor and privilege of representing my district in Congress these past 40 years,” the 68-year-old Miller said on his website. ““I will leave Congress with a full heart and a crowded plate, because the challenges of our times demand our constant...
  • The Financial Crisis: Why Have No High-Level Executives Been Prosecuted?

    01/09/2014 8:35:15 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 61 replies
    New York Review of Books ^ | January 9, 2013 | By Jed S. Rakoff
    Five years have passed since the onset of what is sometimes called the Great Recession. While the economy has slowly improved, there are still millions of Americans leading lives of quiet desperation: without jobs, without resources, without hope. Who was to blame? Was it simply a result of negligence, of the kind of inordinate risk-taking commonly called a “bubble,” of an imprudent but innocent failure to maintain adequate reserves for a rainy day? Or was it the result, at least in part, of fraudulent practices, of dubious mortgages portrayed as sound risks and packaged into ever more esoteric financial instruments,...
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz Blocking Bipartisan Iran Sanctions Breaks with Pro-Israel Democrats

    01/07/2014 9:28:31 AM PST · by Nachum · 40 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 1/7/14 | Adam Kredo
    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) has become a major obstacle to a new bipartisan Iran sanctions measure, according to multiple sources on Capitol Hill and in Florida. Wasserman Schultz has broken with leading pro-Israel Democrats like New York Senator Chuck Schumer and New Jersey Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker, privately urging her fellow Democrats to follow the White House’s lead by opposing a bipartisan House resolution backing new sanctions on Iran, according to multiple congressional sources close to the debate. The Iran resolution fell apart in the final days of 2013 after House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.)...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 5 January 2014

    01/05/2014 5:10:00 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 151 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 5 January 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows January 5th, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Mitt Romney; Mark Rienzi, a lawyer for an organization of Catholic nuns challenging a requirement that some religion-affiliated groups provide health insurance that includes birth control; Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md.; Gene Sperling, director of the White House's National Economic Council; Dr. John Noseworthy, CEO of the Mayo Clinic; Dr. Delos Cosgrove, CEO of the Cleveland Clinic.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Senate Majority Leader Harry...
  • Schumer: ‘Number 1 Issue in 2014 Is Not Going to Be Obamacare…’

    12/23/2013 3:25:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 23, 2013 - 7:49 AM | Susan Jones
    Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) says President Obama is not undermining the Affordable Care Act by granting a “hardship exemption” to Americans who lost their individual health care policies because of the law. A hardship exemption means they will not be penalized right away for failing to sign up on the new health care exchanges. …
  • Democrats Using Gun Control to Get Focus off ObamaCare [HOUSE VOTE TODAY! ACT!]

    12/02/2013 12:00:03 PM PST · by forty_years · 14 replies
    Gun Owners of America ^ | 12/2/2013 | Gun Owners
    [ACTION: Urgent alert: Gun vote could come as soon as Monday in the House. Click here [http://cqrcengage.com/gunowners/app/write-a-letter?3&engagementId=33473] to email your Representative and Senators, and demand that they oppose Chuck Schumer's gun ban. And if you can call House offices today, all the better -- given that the House leadership is considering bringing up the renewal of the plastic gun ban very soon. You can call your Representative at 202-225-3121.] Urgent alert: Gun vote could come as soon as Monday in the House With 80,000,000 Americans poised to lose their employer-provided insurance plans, what would you think the Senate's number three...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 20 October 2013

    10/20/2013 5:22:37 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 144 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 20 October 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows October 20th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew; Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sens. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Mark Warner, D-Va. THIS WEEK (ABC): Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Cruz; Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
  • Schumer: Dems Got Everything They Wanted; Republicans Got ‘A Fig Leaf’

    10/17/2013 7:00:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 83 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 17, 2013 - 8:51 AM | Susan Jones
    The bipartisan deal to reopen the government and temporarily lift the debt ceiling includes one small Obamacare element—a provision that says people’s incomes must be verified before they can get Obamacare subsidies to help pay their insurance premiums. But this was not a concession to Republicans, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Wednesday. “It’s, you know, it is, frankly, a bit of a fig leaf, which we were happy to give, but that was not a negotiation. That was not what Ted Cruz and the others started to demand that we give them.” …
  • Schumer: ‘Mainstream Republicans’ Fed Up With Tea Party, Ted Cruz

    10/13/2013 6:46:59 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 71 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | October 13, 2013
    WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – The Senate has taken the lead from the House in attempting to devise a plan to reopen the government and avoid a potential default in the coming week. Speaking with Bob Schieffer on Sunday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said he is “cautiously hopeful” that the Senate can pick up where House negotiations have become deadlocked, and hopefully avoid the continued government shutdown through bipartisan Senate discussion. “I’m cautiously hopeful, optimistic that we can come to an agreement and open up the government and avoid default based on the bipartisan meetings that are going on,” Schumer said...
  • Senate plots House GOP squeeze

    10/13/2013 1:24:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 12, 2013 | Alexander Bolton with Peter Schroeder and Erik Wasson
    The White House and the Senate are working to squeeze House Republicans into accepting a bipartisan compromise from the upper chamber to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. Any emerging deal, however, will leave ObamaCare largely intact, angering conservatives who have demanded defunding or delaying President Obama’s signature achievement. House Republicans are fuming over the prospect that Senate Democrats and Republicans are working on a plan to jam them with a last-minute deal they would have to accept or risk triggering a federal default. “They are trying to jam us with the Senate and we are not going...
  • Chuck Schumer: Offering to ‘right-wing gods’

    09/30/2013 2:43:17 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 23 replies
    politico.com ^ | September 30, 2013 | TAL KOPAN
    Sen. Chuck Schumer said Monday that if Republicans allow the government to shut down over Obamacare, they are sacrificing Americans to the “right-wing gods.” The New York Democrat said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” there’s a “small hope” that the House and Senate can pass a government spending bill by midnight, but it’s not looking good. “The question is, does Speaker [John] Boehner need to engage in something like the ancient practice of sacrifice, this time to the right-wing gods? Do we have to sacrifice the economy and help for millions of middle class people?” Schumer said. “It’s real people with...
  • New York's Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand builds bridges with GOP, raises profile in Washington

    08/10/2013 8:21:12 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 47 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | AUGUST 10, 2013 | DAN FRIEDMAN
    The junior senator has the support of Republican colleagues Rand Paul and Sen. Ted Cruz on a measure to overhaul how the military handles sexual assault allegations. Her work has garnered praise from GOP members as a Democrat they’d like to work with and is helping her own set of issues in Washington.,/i> WASHINGTON — It was a head-turning sight on Capitol Hill. There was Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, standing with firebrand Republican Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to showcase their support of her measure to overhaul how the military handles sexual assault allegations....