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  • CRS Report Details Perks for Outgoing Members of Congress

    12/18/2014 4:56:11 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Roll Call's Hill Blotter Blog ^ | December 15, 2014 | Bridget Bowman
    Sen. Mark Begich can still return to the Senate.Even though lawmakers who will not be returning to Congress in January might feel downtrodden, they can find solace in the fact that they retain some congressional perks. Those perks, ranging from floor access to permanent identification cards, were outlined in the Congressional Research Service’s Dec. 5 report titled “Selected Privileges and Courtesies Extended to Former Members of Congress.” CRS American National Government specialist R. Eric Peterson wrote in the report, “Some [privileges] are derived from law and chamber rules, but others are courtesies that have been extended as a matter of...
  • What would happen if Congress split into four parties? This.

    12/16/2014 8:06:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | December 15, 2014 | Philip Bump
    The last-minute vote to approve a long-term spending package cast a bright light on unusual splits in an otherwise unified Democratic congressional caucus. Following the lead of Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), House and Senate Democrats voted against a bill that President Obama was personally advocating. It was similar to the insurgency faced by the Republican establishment last year, as many, many pundits pointed out, only with "no bank bailouts" replacing "no Obamacare" as a rallying cry. At ABC, Rick Klein, presumably with his tongue in his cheek, suggested that there are now "four parties that need to be...
  • Ted Cruz Strikes Back: ‘Too Many Republicans Willing to Be Complicit’

    12/15/2014 8:07:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 15, 2014 | Rob Bluey, editor-in-chief
    In the midst of the debate over a mammoth government spending bill, Republicans and Democrats found something to agree on: their dislike for Sen. Ted Cruz, who forced a rare weekend session for the Senate. But rather than back down, Cruz opted to call out Washington politicians during on Sean Hannity’s radio show Monday. “Enough is enough,” he told Hannity. The outspoken Texas Republican joined with Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, to force the Senate to take a vote related to President Obama’s recent immigration actions. The measure was defeated, 22-74, after Cruz said Republican leaders urged senators to vote against...
  • Ted Cruz and Elizabeth Warren could still kill the spending bill in the Senate

    12/12/2014 5:40:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Houston Politics Examiner ^ | December 12, 2014 | Mark Whittington
    When Thursday dawned, the conventional wisdom was that House Speaker John Boehner did not have the votes to pass the $1.1 trillion spending bill that would fund the rest of the government for FY2015. But, thanks to lobbying by the White House, the House scrapped up enough votes to pass the measure 219 to 206, according to a Thursday Washington Examiner story. The passage of the bill was a triumph of the establishment wings of both parties. However, Senate passage is by no means certain. Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Elizabeth Warren could still scupper the bill between them. The...
  • BOOM! We Just Spent $1 Trillion of Your Money

    12/12/2014 5:18:30 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 40 replies
    RedState.com ^ | 12/12/14 | Steve Berman
    In the dark of the night, two weeks before Christmas, the GOP consummated their betrayal of our trust. We voted them a majority for the next two years, and they thanked us by a backstabbing so heinous, that it moved the seismic needle on the Democratic party
  • Dem Rep: America should apologize to suspected terrorists who underwent enhanced interrogation

    12/11/2014 7:44:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 11, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    And here we go: Right off the deep end. It’s as predictable as the sunrise. As those who are genuinely and honestly outraged over the revelations contained within the Senate Intelligence Committee’s “torture” report strain themselves in the effort to adopt a posture of unparalleled indignation, they inevitably overreach. So far, the best example of this kind of indulgence in regrettable hyperbole in the pursuit of moral preening is Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA). In an appearance on MSNBC on Wednesday, Speier reacted to the release of the SSCI’s report on the CIA’s Bush-era enhanced interrogation program by saying America’s clandestine...
  • Black Congressional Staffers Plan Ferguson, Garner Walkout

    12/10/2014 11:50:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 10, 2014 | Tim Mak
    African American staffers on Capitol Hill plan to stage a protest Thursday in solidarity with similar demonstrations nationwide.African American Congressional staffers are planning a protest on the U.S. Capitol steps Thursday afternoon, disrupting their workday to speak out against the Eric Garner and Mike Brown grand jury decisions. The protest follows large demonstrations in New York and other major cities last week, which were held to speak out about the deaths of these two African American men. “Black staffers on Capitol Hill wanted to do something in support of ongoing national and global protests against police aggression,” an organizer said,...
  • Party of ideas: Democrats to revive gun control push

    12/10/2014 12:33:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 10, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    In the wake of the Democratic Party’s second disastrous midterm election in a row, the progressive wing of the party is acknowledging that Democrats need to renew their focus on policy rather than politics. On Wednesday, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee launched the “Big Ideas Project,” an initiative aimed at soliciting proposals from the public. It’s not a bad idea; the president’s party needs all the help they can get. “After being diminished in Congress, wiped out in the South, and marginalized in the states Dems focus on gun control,” wrote National Review’s Charles Cooke on Wednesday. It’s true. “A...
  • Senator Jeff Sessions: Immigration and the Rule of Law (Live Thread)

    12/08/2014 11:06:29 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 17 replies
    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced it will host a presentation by Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL): “Immigration and the Rule of Law.” Special introduction will be given by Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. Senator Sessions will discuss the impacts of illegal immigration and the impacts of President Obama’s unilateral “executive action” on illegal immigration. Senator Sessions is a well-known leader advocate for better enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws.
  • Ted Cruz’s relevance problem (Neocon Empress attacks again)

    12/08/2014 10:31:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn Blog ^ | December 8, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the NeoCons
    In the minority, Republicans did not have responsibility for governance. However, with a few defections, as we saw in the 2013 shutdown, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) could start a rumpus, delay business, get attention and decry his fellow Republicans’ weakness when his own plots blew up. Come January, he will have a new challenge: remaining relevant. Cruz will not be the most hawkish Republican, even among the potential GOP presidential candidates. Recall that he favored changes to the National Security Agency that would have decimated the program and a “reform” in military investigations of sexual assault claims that would have...
  • ‘Hard-liner’ Rep. Steve King becomes GOP’s voice on immigration

    12/06/2014 8:50:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    UK Progressive ^ | December 7, 2014
    Prominently featured on Representative Steve King’s congressional website are what he calls “illegal immigration stories” that tell of undocumented people, mainly Hispanics, wreaking havoc in America: killing, robbing, kidnapping, trafficking in sex and drugs. As the face of the opposition to comprehensive immigration legislation in Congress, King has long used fiery rhetoric to argue for deporting all 12 million undocumented residents and fortifying U.S. borders. Now, the Iowa congressman’s high-profile role in the debate over President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration threatens Republican leaders’ efforts to rebrand the party as more friendly to Hispanics, while his effort to block...
  • Whose Civil War Is Worse? Both Dems & Repubs have their arguments, but GOP's sure look more intense

    12/06/2014 4:43:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The American Prospect ^ | December 5, 2014 | Paul Waldman, daily blogger & senior writer
    For some reason that I should probably determine one day, I've always found internal disputes with the conservative movement/Republican party somewhat more interesting than internal disputes within the liberal movement/Democratic party. Perhaps it's because, as a liberal, I get a little Nelson Muntzian charge out of watching the folks on the other side tear themselves apart. Or perhaps it's because, immersed as I am in the liberal world, the disputes on the left make more sense to me and therefore plumbing their mysteries isn't so compelling. Regardless, it has often been the case that one side is unified as the...
  • On a Roll: Suddenly, things look up for the GOP.

    12/05/2014 3:51:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | The December 15, 2014 Issue | Fred Barnes, executive editor
    Republicans have lost the last two presidential elections, but not much else over the past six years. They’ve captured the House and Senate. They now hold 31 governorships and 69 of the 99 state legislative chambers. What this means is pretty simple: There’s an emerging Republican majority. The GOP still has significant emerging to do before reaching majority status. It may never get there. The rise this year may be Republicans’ peak for now. They may have achieved nothing more than what University of Virginia professor Larry Sabato calls “the emerging outline of possible GOP victory in 2016.” At the...
  • No, the Message of the Last Election Was Not to “Get Stuff Done”

    12/05/2014 11:33:59 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | December 4, 2014 | Keith Koffler
    In the days since Election Day, and during the coming weeks and months, the message from the White House has been and will be put forth endlessly as accepted wisdom, the lie repeated often enough until it becomes truth: that Americans voted for Congress and the White House to “work together.” That what they want is government action to solve their problems. This assertion, which is not just wrong but disprovable, serves the White House purpose of quieting conservatives who are willing to muck up business as usual in order to scuttle or at least make a vigorous point about...
  • Congressional Black Caucus Takes the Floor to Talk About Ferguson and Race in America

    12/04/2014 4:30:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 1, 2014 | Matt Berman
    "We want a fair, impartial, and color-blind criminal justice system. But if we're honest with ourselves, that doesn't exist for all Americans today."Late Monday night, after the House took its final votes, members of the Congressional Black Caucus took the floor to speak for about one hour about race in the wake of a grand jury's decision last week not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. "Hands up, don't shoot," Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York began. Charles Rangel, the longtime New York Democrat, followed Jeffries and CBC Chairwoman...
  • The Science of Splurging

    12/04/2014 8:02:11 AM PST · by yoe · 1 replies
    December 4, 2014 | Sen. Jeff Flake
    Dear Taxpayers, Regardless of where one falls on the political spectrum, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tends to generate strongly held opinions. The agency, funded at roughly $8 billion annually in recent years, is charged with protecting human health and the environment. For the most part, this is achieved by carrying out relevant statutes through the creation, implementation, and enforcement of environmental regulations. I wanted to take this opportunity to drop you a note on my latest project to identify and eliminate waste, fraud and abuse in the federal budget. Yesterday, I released the (link) a report highlighting more than...
  • “Speaker Ted Cruz” is back, right on schedule, to make John Boehner’s life a nightmare

    12/03/2014 1:55:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Salon ^ | December 3, 2014 | Jim Newell
    Ted Cruz and House conservatives are once again trying to derail John Boehner's plans. Who could've guessed? When the House GOP leadership floated its government funding strategy early this week — the (please kill me immediately for typing this) “cromnibus” plus a separate protest vote denouncing President Obama’s immigration executive action — the first thought I had was “Oh my God, Ted Cruz.” Then I thought “Oh my God, Steve King.” As in: Ted Cruz and Steve King will not at all be happy with this, and they’ll probably try to nuke it. Just look at the way the maneuver...
  • When Ted Cruz huddles with his House counterparts

    12/03/2014 1:15:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show & Blog ^ | December 3, 2014 | Steve Benen
    Following up on an earlier item, House Republicans are still weighing their options when it comes to a possible government shutdown next week, but as the process unfolds, there will be quite a few meetings behind closed doors. Take this one, for example, scheduled for this morning. A cadre of the House’s most conservative members will meet Wednesday morning at the Capitol Hill Club for Rep. Steve King’s regular breakfast to discuss lame duck legislation. Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, who often serves as a de facto spokesperson for congressional hardliners, is expected to attend. It’s worth pausing to appreciate...
  • Ron Paul: Evangelicals' Support for War at Odds With Fundamental Teachings of Jesus

    12/02/2014 2:48:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Yahoo! Finance / FTM Daily ^ | December 2, 2014 | Jerry Robinson
    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark., -- In an exclusive interview with FTMDaily's (http://ftmdaily.com/) Jerry Robinson, former Congressman Ron Paul discusses some of his core values as an American and as a human being. "On Faith and Family: A Conversation With Dr. Ron Paul" provides compelling insight on the problems facing the nation today, as well as reflections on Paul's three presidential campaigns. Paul explained that war and strong-arm diplomacy, both part of America's compulsion to police the world, are fundamentally unsound policies. Most disturbingly, he said, is that a vocal minority of the Christian Evangelical community is strongly in favor of such foreign...
  • Rep. Joaquin Castro predicts Perry and Cruz would lose 2016 presidential race

    12/02/2014 11:46:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | December 2, 2014 | Kimberly Railey
    Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, predicted Tuesday that neither Gov. Rick Perry nor Sen. Ted Cruz can win the presidency in 2016, calling them both too divisive to garner broad support. “When you get to the general election, people don’t generally want either an angry person or a very harsh, shrill, partisan person,” Castro said about Perry’s prospects. “They want somebody … whose aim at least is to bring people together.” Castro — in a rare joint appearance with twin brother Julián Castro, the Housing and Urban Development Secretary, at a Politico event titled “Lessons from Leaders” — said Cruz...
  • Learning from my 2014 mistakes: A year of reckoning for Democrats (Delicious Schadenfreude Buffet)

    11/28/2014 8:32:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Salon ^ | November 28, 2014 | Joan Walsh, editor-at-large
    No, red state women didn't save the party. But Ebola was a phony GOP-made crisis and Dems shouldn't have cowered. Thanksgiving is a great time for writers to reckon with whatever we got wrong over the year – and to be grateful that in this day and age we get to write every day, and put mistakes behind us quickly. So with the 2014 midterm election rapidly disappearing in the rearview mirror, I thought I’d reckon with my one big political mistake this past election cycle, as well as one big thing I got, sadly, right. In July 2013, long...
  • Peter H. Schuck: Yes, Congress can impeach Obama

    11/27/2014 6:26:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | November 24, 2014 | Peter H. Schuck
    Now that President Barack Obama has granted legal relief to as many as 5 million unauthorized immigrants, Republicans are thrashing about for an effective response. Only a few hard-liners are talking about impeachment now, but more could join them out of frustration with their other options. Many people in both parties have tried to quell such talk by saying the president is within his powers to issue the order. The problem is the pro-impeachment Republicans are right: There is a plausible case for taking that step. By constitutional design, impeachment for “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors” is...
  • GOP outrage over immigration will backfire come election time

    11/27/2014 9:47:07 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    JNews - Covering the S.F. Jewish Bay Area ^ | November 26, 2014 | Douglas M. Bloomfield
    Michele Bachmann is one of those Republican extremists who will keep Hispanics voting in the Democratic column for a long time. The Minnesota Republican said President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration will “flood” the country with “millions of unskilled” foreigners “who can’t speak English” but will become “illiterate” voters. Bachmann’s response was not unusual. The once and future presidential hopeful, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), said the president’s policy would take jobs away from good American workers and give them to illegal aliens. These over-the-top Republican responses — and talk of impeachment, censure and lawsuits targeting Obama — can...
  • Peter King: President Obama should invite Officer Darren Wilson to the W.H.

    11/25/2014 11:36:36 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Politico ^ | November 25, 2014 | Kendall Breitman
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Rep. Peter King has a suggestion for the White House in dealing with the latest developments in Ferguson — invite Officer Darren Wilson over. “I think it would be very helpful if President Obama went and met with the police officer, or invited him to the White House and said, ‘You’ve gone through four months of smear and slander, and the least we can do is tell you that it’s unfortunate that it happened and thank you for doing your job,’” the New York Republican told Fox Business on Tuesday. ---snip--- “I thought it was terrible how, over the last...
  • Congressional Black Caucus denounces Ferguson grand jury

    11/25/2014 12:37:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Politico ^ | November 24, 2014 | Kendall Breitman
    Members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Monday called the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson a “slap in the face” for those seeking justice for the death of Michael Brown “The Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown is a miscarriage of justice,” CBC Chair Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) said in a statement released after the decision was announced late Monday evening in Missouri. “It is a slap in the face to Americans nationwide who continue to hope and believe that justice will prevail.” “This decision...
  • Rubin: Ted Cruz learned nothing from the shutdown

    11/24/2014 11:51:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | November 24, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin (Queen of the Neo-Cons)
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) needs to stop defending the disastrous 2013 shutdown. The stunt he inspired was, for all but the Kool-Aid drinkers, a low point in recent Republican history. It plunged the party into a slump and allowed the president to divert attention from the looming Obamacare debacle. It was only after the shutdown ended by complete surrender that Republicans and the media could focus on the horrible Obamacare rollout. The shutdown was so harmful that virtually no conservative — not even Cruz — recommends a repeat over the president’s executive order on immigration. So why is Cruz still...
  • The anxieties of the GOP majority

    11/23/2014 7:28:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Politico ^ | November 23, 2014 | Alex Isenstadt and Kyle Cheney
    Even after a historic midterm win, Republican confusion over how to respond to Obama on immigration is evidence of a changing party.It was a quiet meeting on the eve of a political explosion. At 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 30 or so members of the 2012 GOP freshman class of the House of Representatives gathered in a conference room in the Capitol Visitor Center for what’s become a monthly conclave. For the junior representatives, this was a chance to get some face time with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Everyone knew that the next evening, President Barack Obama planned to deliver an...
  • Obama Flies Luis Gutierrez on Air Force One for Exec Amnesty Celebration

    11/22/2014 3:16:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | November 21, 2014 | Tony Lee
    On Friday, President Barack Obama flew Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) on Air Force One with other Democrats to a speech at a Las Vegas high school (Del Sol) where he delivered a speech to celebrate and promote his executive amnesty. Others aboard Air Force One, according to the White House, were Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV), Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), Rep. Dina Titus (D-NB), Arturo Rodriguez, the president of the United Farm Workers, Marc Morial, the president of the National...
  • Americans 'mad at government' melt phones on Capitol Hill

    11/21/2014 6:03:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | November 21, 2014 | Garth Kant
    GOP's Sessions: Obama's amnesty 'worse than you think'WASHINGTON – Phone lines are melting on Capitol Hill with outraged citizens calling their elected representatives to complain about the president’s order effectively granting amnesty to illegal immigrants. A number of Capitol Hill offices closed today for the Thanksgiving recess, but aides report hearing from upset voters even at the offices in lawmakers’ home states. The offices of Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, confirmed a flood of complaints, and an aide to Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., told WND, “We are getting tons of phone calls to block executive amnesty.” “I...
  • Should Republicans Embrace the Obama Non-Enforcement Doctrine?

    11/21/2014 11:57:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    PowerLine ^ | November 21, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    The Obama Non-Enforcement Doctrine holds that a president is not required to implement or enforce laws passed by Congress with which he disagrees. Obama’s use of the doctrine sets an interesting precedent for the next chief executive, who likely will be a Republican. For example, a Republican could adopt the Obama Non-Enforcement Doctrine with regard to corporate income taxes by directing the IRS to cease all efforts to enforce those portions of the Internal Revenue Code relating to income taxes payable by corporations. This would be great public policy. My law school tax professor once remarked that there is no...
  • TV ad: Obama finally builds Reagan's 'shining city on a hill'

    11/21/2014 11:06:32 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Washington Secrets ^ | November 21, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)President Obama’s controversial move to open the nation’s door to millions of illegal immigrants is a fulfillment of former President Reagan’s dream of building a “shining city on a hill,” according to a progressive group’s TV ad. The video from Americans United for Change shows Reagan talking about his move to relax immigration rules. In it the Gipper references his “shining city” that has doors open “to anyone with the will and the heart to get here.” It immediately flips to Obama who adds, “that’s the legacy we must leave for those who are yet to come.” The ad, previewed...
  • Dear GOP: Do Your Damned Job

    11/20/2014 10:28:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Richard Viguerie's Conservative HQ ^ | November 21, 2014 | Steve Deace
    Dear Republican Party, On November 4th the American people spoke with a resounding voice, and voted “no” to President Obama’s Marxist Progressive agenda/tactics. The numbers show the American people gave you a definitive mandate as well. Democrats are now at their lowest numbers in state legislatures nationwide in 86 years, and Republicans now control more than two-thirds of the state legislative chambers across the country. Republicans have the most seats in the U.S. House of Representatives since before the Great Depression. Republicans posted one of the top five election year swings in the U.S. Senate in the past 70 years....
  • Some Republicans Fear That Their Hard-Liners Will Alienate Hispanics

    11/20/2014 8:27:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 20, 2014 | Jackie Calmes
    All but drowned out by Republicans’ clamorous opposition to President Obama’s executive action on immigration are some leaders who worry that their party could alienate the fastest-growing group of voters, for 2016 and beyond, if its hottest heads become its face. They cite the Republican Party’s official analysis of what went wrong in 2012, the presidential-election year in which nominee Mitt Romney urged Latinos here illegally to “self-deport.” “If Hispanics think that we do not want them here,” the report said, “they will close their ears to our policies.” “Both the president and the Republican Party confront risks here,” said...
  • The rise of liberal tea party caucus?

    11/19/2014 9:09:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 19, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    Democrats have long lamented that they do not enjoy the kind of enthusiasm which Republicans benefited from with the rise of the tea party. The left has gone to great lengths to manufacture this sort of energy, including touting the volatile Occupy Wall Street movement as a rough tea party equivalent. Though some have fretted that tea party’s downsides – the targeting and ousting of electable Republican candidates – would necessarily follow the ascension of a liberal version of this grassroots movement to prominence. Democrats got lucky, in a fashion, when it became clear that the Occupy movement had no...
  • Obama to dine with top lawmakers tonight (Only Democrats, not one Republican)

    11/19/2014 7:37:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics Blog ^ | November 19, 2014 | Ed O'Keefe
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) President Obama has invited senior lawmakers to the White House for dinner Wednesday night so that he can explain his plans to use executive authority to change the nation’s immigration laws, according to several congressional aides. Obama has invited Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the leaders of the congressional Asian, Black and Hispanic caucuses....
  • How Republicans Are Learning to Love the Shutdown

    11/19/2014 7:25:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The American Prospect ^ | November 19, 2014 | Paul Waldman
    Watch for a shift in their perspective, which is already underway.Conventional wisdom is malleable, and it appears that conventional wisdom on the wisdom of shutting down the government is shifting, at least within the Republican party. While the old CW was that it was a terrible idea that Republicans suffered for, and it would be foolish to do it again, the new CW seems to be, "Hey, didn't we shut down the government and win the next election?" The other day, influential conservative journalist Byron York began pushing this line, writing that the 2013 shutdown "so deeply damaged GOP prospects...
  • Texas Republican Says Ted Cruz Not Speaking for State on Immigration

    11/19/2014 6:13:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Slate ^ | November 19, 2014 | Betsy Woodruff
    Sen. Ted Cruz’s piece in Politico Magazine on Wednesday has drawn a lot of attention, not all of it kind. In the piece, the Texas Senator charges that President Obama’s impending executive action on immigration “is lawless” and that if he makes the move, “he will be acting as a monarch.” Since his election in 2012, Cruz has vocally opposed comprehensive immigration reform. A fellow Republican in the Texas congressional delegation said that Cruz’s energetic opposition to comprehensive immigration reform doesn’t adequately represent his constituents. “I don’t think it’s reflective of Texas as a whole,” said Rep. Gene Green, chuckling....
  • Sheila Jackson Lee: 'Selfish' for America to Deny Illegals Amnesty, Work Permits

    11/19/2014 5:07:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | November 18, 2014 | Tony Lee
    On Tuesday, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) said President Barack Obama’s forthcoming unilateral action on immigration is not “amnesty” and declared that America would be “selfish” to deny illegal immigrants temporary work permits and amnesty. Speaking on the House floor, Jackson Lee, who handed out candy to illegal immigrant juveniles this summer at detention centers, mentioned that Texas has 1.3 illegal immigrants and said she loves “living in a country that is known around the world for its humanitarian generosity.” She said the illegal immigrants are working, paying taxes and love their children, some of whom are U.S. citizens or...
  • Ted Cruz: Amnesty a Dispute between President Obama and the American People

    11/19/2014 3:13:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Richard Viguerie's Conservative HQ ^ | November 19, 2014 | Staff
    In an op-ed entitled "Obama is Not a Monarch" posted on November 19 in Politico, Senator Ted Cruz made the essential constitutional argument that all too few other Republicans have been willng to make: the Constitution was drawn to stop exactly the kind of arbitrary unilateral executive action President Obama has time and again imposed upon the American people. As Senator Cruz wrote in Politico: The Constitution designs a system of checks and balances for our nation, and executive amnesty unilaterally decreed from the White House would seriously undermine the rule of law. Our founders repeatedly warned about the dangers...
  • Luke Russert: Ted Cruz's Supporters In The House Will "Follow Him To The Gates Of Hell"

    11/19/2014 3:02:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    RealClearPolitics Video ^ | November 19, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) ALEX WAGNER, MSNBC: Is the sense that Republicans in Congress will try to unwind this [Obama administration executive action on immigration] in the budget process? LUKE RUSSERT, NBC NEWS: That is certainly an option, Alex, and it is something that they will address while they are in the lame duck to some capacity. I basically heard three things are a possibility. That they would actually try to strip the funds available to the president to carry out this executive action within the actual budget bill, of course it is due by December 11th, then that would be sent over...
  • Christie calls on House GOP to compromise

    11/17/2014 1:17:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    WREX-TV / The Associated Press ^ | November 17, 2014 | Steve Peoples
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Making a rare Capitol Hill appearance, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday encouraged the GOP's newest members of Congress to embrace compromise and common ground as they shift to a governing role following their party's midterm rout. The Republican governor, who is contemplating a 2016 presidential bid, addressed newly elected House Republicans and their spouses during a closed-door orientation luncheon inside the Capitol. The often-outspoken Christie declined to answer questions from reporters afterward, but attendees said offered a distinctly bipartisan tone. "He did talk about compromise and finding common ground," said incoming Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J....
  • Delusions of the Democrats

    11/16/2014 10:03:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The New York Times' Sunday Review ^ | November 15, 2014 | Kevin Baker
    DEMOGRAPHICS is not enough. For years now, it’s been an article of faith among Democrats that the future belongs to them, thanks to the country’s changing demographic mix. The rising percentage of voters who are women, Americans of color and especially Latinos were always about to turn the country deep “blue.” I never believed this — largely because I have been hearing it since 1971. That was the year the 26th Amendment passed, lowering the voting age to 18. Democrats had already been the dominant political party since the 1930s, and now with young people getting the vote, a permanent...
  • Red State Governors Need To Administer&Enforce Current Voting Laws Soon In Case Of Amnesty.

    11/16/2014 6:50:22 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 6 replies
    Being the real "Democrat Intent" of Amnesty is to enroll a few million more votes to the base, Red State Governors need to fight back, establish & legislate laws requiring who is allowed to vote. In other words, the Dem's can try to pull this stunt against the will of the people, but Governors in Red/Purple States can still fight back by enforcing their own laws whereas all residents have to be "Legal Americans" to vote. What's Obama's plan? send the new illegals to Ohio, Florida and Wisconsin to insure victory in 2016?
  • Bill Clinton Says He's Surprised by Midterm Loses

    11/15/2014 8:40:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    ABC News / The Associated Press ^ | November 15, 2014 | Ken Thomas
    Former President Bill Clinton said Saturday that Democrats lacked a "national advertising campaign" in the recent midterm elections and that he's surprised many Senate races were not closer. Clinton said in an interview with Politico that Republicans were helped by a larger bloc of voters who felt more strongly about the elections than members of his party. Democrats could have benefited from a national message that reinforced the party's positions on refinancing student loans and promoting equal pay for women, he said. "The people who were against us felt more strongly than the people who were for us. The people...
  • Once More, President Obama Is Doing The Republicans’ Jobs For Them

    11/15/2014 12:05:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | November 15, 2014 | Rmuse
    There is an idiom that parents and employers likely put in practice when an important task has to be completed correctly; “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” President Obama certainly understands that sentiment with a slight variation; if the nation wants anything done at all, the President has to do it himself due to Republicans who have done nothing since January 2009. Sometime next week, after waiting patiently for Ted Cruz to order House Republicans to take up, and pass, the Senate’s bipartisan immigration reform, the President will take action on immigration reform. The...
  • Why Democrats Can’t Win Over White Working-Class Voters

    11/15/2014 8:28:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Slate ^ | November 14, 2014 | Jamelle Bouie
    The party’s economic populism doesn’t reach that far.The Democratic Party styles itself a fighter for the working class. But a substantial part of that class—the white part—wants nothing to do with it. If we count the white working class as whites without college degrees, then congressional Democrats lost them by 30 points in last week’s elections, contributing to losses in states as diverse as Iowa, Maine, Colorado, North Carolina, and Florida. But then none of this is new. Democrats lost working class whites by a similar margin in 2010, with almost identical results: A wipeout of Senate seats, House districts,...
  • Ted Cruz’s nutty Senate takeover: Why GOP’s “amnesty” freakout is a horrifying omen (Smell the fear)

    11/14/2014 11:19:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Salon ^ | November 14, 2014 | Elias Isquith
    At certain moments during the past year’s long and often tedious march to November, the political class, already bored with discussing a GOP Senate takeover most considered nearly certain, started debating a few post-election hypotheticals. With Republicans in control in both the House and the Senate, would the president try again to strike the elusive grand bargain?(No.) Would Senate Republicans retaliate against Democrats for choosing the so-called nuclear option? (Maybe.) Would Democrats filibuster relentlessly, like Republicans did when they were the minority party in the Senate? (Probably not.) Of all the questions about a Republican Senate that hovered over the...
  • When Nancy Pelosi Spoke Of Gruber,Was She Showing Signs Of Senility?,The Pausing & Stammering?

    11/13/2014 6:25:00 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 67 replies
    And who didn't take notice? If that is the manner of how Nancy Pelosi speaks, with the pauses, stuttering, stammering and "Brain Stoppages" as she was trying to explain to us that she never heard of Jonathan Gruber, you would think it was time for her to retire. And to think there was once a time when she was third in line for the Presidency? And this also applies to Harry Reid, then again, we all share the same opinions of "Prince Harry".
  • The GOP should threaten publicly to use Obama’s amnesty precedent once they’re back in White House

    11/13/2014 6:19:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 13, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Not a perfect strategy but if you’re grasping for last-minute ways to deter Obama from dropping the A-bomb, this may be your best shot. Impeachment’s not happening. If it did happen, Obama would welcome it as a post-landslide deus ex machina that turns the country against the GOP. Defunding’s probably not happening either, I hate to tell you. McConnell and Boehner will have no choice now but to insert language defunding executive amnesty in the new continuing resolution next month, but Obama will veto that CR. And I just don’t believe B&M have the stomach for a protracted shutdown so...
  • Are Democrats Losing the Jews?

    11/13/2014 12:24:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 13, 2014 | Emma Green
    In this year's midterms, Jews voted for Republican candidates more than they have in any election in the last decade. First, some raw facts. In the 2006 midterm elections, 87 percent of Jews voted for Democratic candidates for the House of Representatives. Last week, in the 2014 midterm elections, 66 percent cast ballots for Democrats. That's a 21-point drop in eight years—and, it might seem, a major cause for celebration among the likes of the Republican Jewish Coalition and philo-Semitic political strategists everywhere. But while Jewish support for Democrats has definitely declined over the last decade, the context is important....