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  • Obama, His Attorney General nominee and the Congress

    01/29/2015 12:59:59 PM PST · by DanMiller · 1 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 29, 2015 | Dan Miller
    Jonathan Turley, a legal scholar, constitutionalist and liberal in the old fashioned sense, considers Obama the most anti-Constitution President in recent memory. Excerpts from his prepared testimony on Obama's nominee for Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, are provided below.Note that at the conclusion of his prepared testimony, Mr. Turley argues that in considering a nominee, the Senate should solicit the nominee's views on the department's past behavior and seek firm commitments to reform what needs to be reformed. Based on what I have read of the confirmation hearings, the present nominee's answers have been less than forthcoming and her commitments have been, at best,...
  • Republicans to open February with vote to repeal Obamacare

    01/29/2015 12:47:42 PM PST · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 29, 2015 | Tom Howell Jr.
    House Republicans will kick off February with a vote to repeal Obamacare, providing new members the chance to put their opposition on the record as the party chips away at the overhaul and devises some reforms of its own. “We will begin the month renewing our commitment to individual freedom and opportunity,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California said Thursday in a memo previewing next week’s votes. The vote will also force Democrats in the minority to reassert their support for Obamacare or break with the White House.
  • Obama seizes leverage on immigration: Wants Congress to Approve "Clean" Funding Bill for DHS

    01/29/2015 9:47:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/29/2015 | Justin Sink
    President Obama on Thursday will call on congressional Republicans to approve a “clean” funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security that preserves his executive actions on limiting deportations. During a visit to the House Democratic retreat, the president is expected to seize on a suggestion from some Republicans that they allow funding for the department to lapse if they are unable to secure concessions. “The president will join the Democrats in Congress in vehemently opposing that dangerous view and calling for a clean funding bill to ensure we are funding our national security priorities in the face of cybersecurity...
  • 'Freedom Caucus' vows to keep GOP promises

    01/29/2015 9:24:16 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 15 replies
    WND.com ^ | 1/29/2015 | Greg Corombos
    Approximately 30 conservative House Republicans are launching a new caucus designed to advance the needs of the people over the special interests and do everything possible to help Republicans keep their campaign promises on immigration, Obamacare and more. The House Freedom Caucus officially launched Monday night. Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, is one of the founding members. He said there are multiple reasons why the Freedom Caucus is needed, starting with the need to keep priorities straight in Washington. “We want a freedom agenda, an agenda that represents the people back home,” he said.
  • Obamacare Costs Continue To Increase

    01/29/2015 5:17:55 AM PST · by LeoMcNeil · 9 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | January 29, 2015 | Leo McNeil
    Millions of Americans are about to get their first taste of the Obamacare tax. Last year the tax penalty for failing to buy private health insurance is $95 or 1% of income, whichever is greater. Because the media hyped the $95 end of the tax, millions of people are unaware that their taxes are more likely to increase far more. The tax increases to $325 or 2% this year, it increases further in 2016. For many taxpayers, it’s going to be a rude awakening when they discover that Obamacare is going to cost them in tax much more than they...
  • Poll: 64% want Congress to restore ObamaCare subsidies even if Republicans win the Halbig case

    01/28/2015 2:04:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/28/2015 | AllahPundit
    Remember the issue in Halbig? There’s a section in the ObamaCare statute that says federal subsidies to pay premiums are available to anyone who buys their insurance through “an Exchange established by the State.” But that phrase is vaguely worded. Is the federal ObamaCare exchange, Healthcare.gov, an exchange established by the state? Or was the idea that subsidies should apply only to exchanges created by the individual states, as an economic incentive to encourage state governments to create their own insurance marketplaces? You know what Jonathan Gruber thinks, or thought, about that. By this summer, we’ll know what John...
  • New GOP Caucus Could Set Stage for Leadership Coup

    01/27/2015 6:06:31 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 1/26/15 | Joel Gehrke
    A group of 30-40 House Republicans — more than enough to prevent House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) from mustering 218 votes for anything — is organizing into a formal caucus and hiring staff. The organization is devoted to pushing conservative legislative goals, as I write on the home page, but it could be an important component of the next leadership elections. That’s because the existence of the caucus provides outsiders with an opportunity to count votes, and court supporters, in public. “Any leadership election is pretty much about organization and who has votes lined up or who can reach...
  • Netanyahu’s contempt for President Obama

    01/27/2015 11:38:13 AM PST · by KingofZion · 57 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 27, 2015 | Richard Cohen
    It would not surprise me if, at the next Republican National Convention, Benjamin Netanyahu took a seat in the delegates-from-abroad section. The Israeli leader has both allied and associated himself with congressional Republicans who differ with President Obama over whether to impose additional sanctions on Iran and who also — let’s not beat around the bush — hate his guts. Their foreign policy is actually a domestic one: to destroy the president. Whether this is political or personal — or a combination of the two — is beside the point. Whatever the case, when Netanyahu accepted John Boehner’s invitation to...
  • Meet the Freedom Caucus

    01/27/2015 10:43:22 AM PST · by Borderline · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | JANUARY 26, 2015 2:15 AM | Joel Gehrke
    About 30 House Republicans will meet Monday evening to establish the bylaws of a new caucus animated by two principles: First, rank-and-file Republicans must pressure leadership to enact a more conservative agenda. And second, this pressure should never involve frantic scurrying on the House floor.
  • Obama Campaign Team Arrives in Israel to Defeat Netanyahu in March Elections

    01/27/2015 5:18:34 AM PST · by SJackson · 66 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 26 Jan 20151 | Thomas Rose
    Just days after the Obama White House accused House Speaker John Boehner of “breaking protocol” by inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress, a team of up to five Obama campaign operatives has reportedly arrived in Israel to lead a campaign to defeat the Israeli Prime Minister in upcoming national elections scheduled for March 17. The anti-Netanyahu, left wing Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports a group called “One Voice,” reportedly funded by American donors, is paying for the Obama campaign team. That group is reportedly being lead by Obama’s 2012 field director Jeremy Bird. As...
  • Blocking Obama's Agenda Created 1.8 Million Jobs in 2014

    01/26/2015 8:13:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    IBD ^ | 01/26/2015
    A new study finds that 60% of the jobs gained last year were due to the fact that Republicans managed to block one of President Obama's key "middle class economics" policies in Congress. Let's dial the clock back to December 2013. At that point, 1.3 million faced an end to the federal unemployment benefits that Congress had extended repeatedly in the wake of the recession. Obama predicted doom if this were to happen: "Economists have said failing to extend unemployment benefits is going to have a drag on economic growth for next year." Unemployment insurance, he said, is "one of...
  • Republican Cowards Cave On Abortion

    01/26/2015 5:14:10 AM PST · by LeoMcNeil · 6 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | January 26, 2015 | Leo McNeil
    The new Republican Congress is weak and has almost no unity. What their message or agenda is changes almost daily. You would think though that Republicans could be counted on to defend the rights of the unborn. You would even like to think that Republicans could successfully present a case against infanticide. Unfortunately, the Republicans can’t even get behind a bill that would ban infanticide. House Republicans proposed a bill that would ban the abortion of babies over 20 weeks. Such a ban is popular among the general public. They even allowed for an exception for rape and incest, which...
  • The 20-week abortion ban that fell flat in Congress is likely to advance in state legislatures

    01/25/2015 12:49:55 PM PST · by Morgana · 19 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | January 23 | Reid Wilson
    Republicans on Capitol Hill this week suffered an embarrassing defeat after being forced to drop legislation that would have outlawed abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. But similar legislation is likely to advance in state capitols around the country this year. Abortion opponents like the Susan B. Anthony List and Americans United for Life call the 20-week ban, dubbed the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in many states, their top priority in legislative sessions getting underway this month. “The five month late term abortion limit is an important part of our premier legislative project,” said Ovide Lamontagne, general counsel...
  • Troll fest: Obama administration now picking a fight with Republicans over Alaska drilling

    01/25/2015 11:53:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/25/2015 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    The White HouseÂ’s Troll Fest, 2015 continues apace. In fact, if you are getting the impression by now that the Obama administration has no higher priority than provoking fights with Republicans, youÂ’re probably right. On Sunday, the White House leaked a proposal to The Washington Post in which the administration revealed plans to make the 1.4 million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and parts of the Arctic Ocean off limits to drilling. Some of this can be accomplished via new regulations administered by the Department of the Interior, but not entirely. They have also proposed additional restrictions on oil...
  • Nancy Pelosi, Liberals Admit 'Obamacare' Funds Abortion, Now That Republicans Voted to Strip Funding

    01/25/2015 7:23:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/24/2015 | Napp Nazworth
    Even though pro-lifers were criticized for saying that "Obamacare" funds abortion, some liberals, including House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, are now complaining about Obamacare abortion funding that the U.S. House voted to remove Thursday. The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which passed 242-179, would require that insurance plans that receive government funding no longer cover elective abortions. In reaction, some liberals have argued that the bill would increase taxes on small business. "Republicans Include Tax Hike In Latest Abortion Bill," announced the headline of a Huffington Post article by Jennifer Bendery. But arguing that it is a tax increase...
  • Bibi Defends Congress Trip: I'll Go Anywhere to Defend Israel

    01/25/2015 4:12:27 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 25 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 1/25/2015 | Cynthia Blank
    At his weekly Cabinet meeting Sunday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu focused primarily on international issues including the Iran nuclear agreement, the struggle with Islamic State, and global anti-Semitism. "In the coming weeks, the major powers are liable to reach a framework agreement with Iran, an agreement that is liable to leave Iran as a nuclear threshold state, which would endanger - first and foremost - the existence of the State of Israel," Netanyahu warned as he began the meeting. "This is the same Iran that has taken over Lebanon and Syria and is now taking over Yemen and Iraq. This...
  • GOP leaders to grant Obama 'enormous' new power

    01/24/2015 7:03:16 PM PST · by TangoLimaSierra · 25 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 1/22/2015 | Curtis Ellis
    He’s already boasted of wielding power through a pen and a phone. Now President Obama wants to add a rubber stamp to his desk set – and the rubber stamp would be named “U.S. Congress.” Buried in his State of the Union address, Obama said he will ask Congress to give him “trade promotion authority.” He didn’t say what trade promotion authority would do. But critics charge that it would cede the Republican majority’s control of the congressional agenda to Obama and strip Congress of its ability to vet and amend international agreements. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., acknowledges Obama is...
  • Friday Filibuster: The Hypocrite in Chief Edition

    01/23/2015 1:16:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 23, 2015 | Leah Barkoukis
    The Friday Filibuster: The one-stop-shop for everything you need to know about this week in politics.Closing Numbers: 50%- Obama’s job approval rating. 35– The number of people in a recent Pew survey that described Obama as a ‘good man.’33– The number of people in a recent Pew survey that described Obama as ‘incompetent.’59% - The percentage of Republicans who want to see Mitt Romney run again.SOTU:Republicans knew heading into Tuesday that the president was going to deliver a defiant State of the Union speech, and that he did. Among the litany of policy proposals were raising the death tax and a new tax credit...
  • Obama: States more likely to legalize pot

    01/23/2015 11:33:34 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 22, 2015 | Justin Sink
    President Obama believes more states are likely to legalize marijuana following efforts in Colorado and Washington state. "My suspicion is that you're going to see other states look at this," the president told YouTube blogger Hank Green. Obama said that the federal government was "not going to spend a lot of resources" enforcing federal marijuana laws in states that had decided to legalize the drug. He also noted that the Department of Justice was examining how to shift policies for nonviolent drug offenders. In an interview with The New Yorker last year, Obama appeared to tacitly endorse a Colorado referendum...
  • Obama fuming at Netanyahu invitation to Congress, plans retaliation

    01/23/2015 8:42:45 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 72 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 23, 2015 | Thomas Lifson
    “Netanyahu spat in our face. There will be a price.” With these words, an unnamed Obama administration official declared war on Israel’s prime minister in an interview with the leftwing Israeli newspaper Haaretz. Smarting at being blindsided by the invitation to address a joint session of Congress and advocate a sanctions bill on Iran to kick in if the current round of negotiations fails, Obama is letting his anti-Israel feelings show more openly than ever before.
  • House Republicans’ Cowardly Retreat: Late-Term Abortion Ban Enjoys Widespread Support

    01/23/2015 7:00:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/23/2015 | David Harsanyi
    Evidently, Republicans don’t feel competent enough to make a case against infanticide. Why else would the GOP pull its 20-week abortion-limit bill? Here’s a short list of things that are less popular than banning late-term abortions: “Acting” on climate change. “Free” community college. Taxing the wealthy. Building the Keystone XL pipeline. President Barack Obama. Future President Hillary Clinton. Every Republican who’s thinking about running for president. A new Marist poll finds that 84 percent of Americans favor some level of further restrictions on abortion. And regardless of their feelings about the legality of the procedure, 60 percent believe it to...
  • Israel Mossad: Obama, Kerry Lying On Iran

    01/22/2015 4:43:18 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 37 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | January 22, 2015 | Joel Leyden
    By Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem — January 22, 2015 … The Israeli espionage agency, Mossad, in a rare public statement says that they do support Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu’s and US Congress’s effort to enhance sanctions on Iran. Misinformation spread by the Obama White House earlier today, using Bloomberg News, had stated that the Mossad did not agree with Netanyahu’s stance on placing tougher sanctions against Iran. Israel has argued that Iran is using “peace talks” as an excuse to develop both nuclear weapons and a delivery system for the nuclear weapons to attack Israel, Europe and the US....
  • Obama won't meet with Netanyahu during controversial U.S. visit: Too close to Israel's elections

    01/22/2015 3:43:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | January 22, 2015 | Olivier Knox
    President Barack Obama will not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the latter's controversial March 3 visit to Washington, the White House announced Thursday, saying a meeting could be perceived as an attempt by the administration to influence Israel's March 17 elections. "The president will not be meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu because of the proximity to the Israeli election, which is just two weeks after his planned address to the U.S. Congress," National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said in a emailed statement. “As a matter of long-standing practice and principle, we do not see heads of...
  • Democrats whine: Boehner broke with protocol by inviting Netanyahu without telling Obama first

    01/22/2015 12:41:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/22/2015 | AllahPundit
    Credit where it’s due: Not in the darkest corners of my partisan heart did I think liberals would have the balls to complain about Congress stepping on executive prerogatives after the years-long dump Obama’s been taking on separation of powers. You would think, after he unilaterally suspended the employer mandate in ObamaCare, ordered not one but two enormous amnesties for illegals, and, oh yeah, launched multiple wars without seeking Congress’s authorization, that Democrats would tolerate or even expect that Boehner might not be a stickler about observing traditional courtesies between the branches. Turns out they’re quite surprised by his...
  • Obama's perverse view of the presidency

    01/22/2015 12:24:26 PM PST · by DanMiller · 8 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 22, 2015 | Dan Miller
    During His State of the Union address, Obama clearly stated His view of the purpose of His presidency. to follow the Constitution. It's too old and too slow. Here it is: "to do what I believe is best for America.” He presumably means an America as she would be after His radical transformation has been completed. He constantly tries to transform her in His own image. Following the Constitution -- not trying to evade Article II limitations on the Executive Branch and not trying to diminish the Article I role of Congress -- is best for America. A dictator would feel otherwise. The Constitution was designed to prevent the rise of dictatorships in America. Obama's...
  • Obama’s Middle Class Economics A Disaster

    01/22/2015 6:11:01 AM PST · by LeoMcNeil · 4 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | January 22, 2015 | Leo McNeil
    President Obama believes that “middle class economics” work. This meaningless tag line must have been popular in focus groups. What exactly qualifies as “middle class economics”? Based on the President’s State of the Union speech and the lead up to it, it apparently entails a bunch of big government programs provided to the middle class for “free.” Unlike the lower classes, who pay very little in taxes, the middle class likely isn’t fooled by the ruse of “free.” Most in the middle class understand that free means taxes are increased, likely on them. While the President offered a few middle...
  • Obama's State of Disunion

    01/21/2015 12:55:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 21, 2015 | Conn Carroll
    President Obama is either the most cynical man in Washington today, or the blindest.That is the only conclusion one can reach after being subjected to his 2015 State of the Union Address."You know, just over a decade ago, I gave a speech in Boston where I said there wasn't a liberal America, or a conservative America," Obama recounted. "Over the past six years, the pundits have pointed out more than once that my presidency hasn't delivered on this vision," Obama continued. "How ironic, they say, that our politics seems more divided than ever." At this point, even a slightly more honest or self-aware politician...
  • Boehner invites Israeli leader, Netanyahu to address Congress on Iran

    01/21/2015 1:00:57 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    AP ^ | 01/21/2015 | By DONNA CASSATA
    Rebuffing President Barack Obama on Iran, House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday he had invited Israel's prime minister to address a joint meeting of Congress next month about the threats from Tehran and radical Islam. The Republican leader released a letter extending the invitation to Benjamin Netanyahu for Feb. 11. Boehner also told a private meeting of GOP lawmakers that Congress would proceed on new penalties against Iran despite Obama's warning that any legislation would scuttle diplomatic negotiations over the country's nuclear program. "You may have seen that on Friday, the president warned us not to move ahead with sanctions...
  • NETANYAHU INVITED TO ADDRESS JOINT SESSION OF U.S. CONGRESS

    01/21/2015 9:39:30 AM PST · by TexasCajun · 32 replies
    TheBlaze.com ^ | 21 Jan 2015 | CAROLINE MAY
    A day after President Barack Obama addressed a joint session of Congress with the State of the Union address, House Speaker John Boehner is inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before the same group of lawmakers next month. In a letter to Netanyahu dated Wednesday, Boehner invited the Israeli leader to address the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate on February 11. It would be the prime minister’s third appearance before Congress. “Prime Minister Netanyahu is a great friend of our country, and this invitation carries with it our unwavering commitment to the security and well-being of...
  • HOUSE IMMIGRATION BILL FALLS FAR SHORT (GOPe Snow Job)

    01/20/2015 9:24:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Powerline ^ | January 20, 2015 | John Hinderaker
    Tomorrow the House Homeland Security Committee will take up H.R.399, the Secure Our Border First Act of 2015, which I take it has the support of House GOP leadership. Sadly, the bill will do little to solve our illegal immigration crisis. The Center for Immigration Studies points out some of the bill’s many defects. Here are a few of the highlights: * The bill mandates just 27 miles of fencing, which may or may not ever be funded. If you think a fence is important, this is a risibly small effort.
  • My Top 10 Resolutions for the New Congress (Part 2)

    01/20/2015 4:22:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 20, 2015 | Chuck Norris
    With the 114th U.S. Congress having launched Jan. 3, it's time we the people step up and hold our representatives' political feet to the fire in order to see real, demonstrable change that will heal and improve our country, especially during these last two critical years of Barack Obama's presidency. Last week, I gave my first five resolutions for the new Congress. In short, they were: 10) Reel in executive power and presidential orders. 9) Defund and repeal Obamacare. 8) Restore the 10th Amendment and a real balance of power between the federal and state governments. 7) Restore federal fiscal...
  • Oh my: 56% say Republicans should block Obama’s executive amnesty

    01/19/2015 4:57:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/19/2015 | AllahPundit
    Via Guy Benson. A few commenters torched me after this post last week about a YouGov poll claiming that 55 percent of the public wants the GOP to let Obama’s executive amnesty stand. The question YouGov asked was way too vague, they insisted. Rephrase it so that it gets more specific about what O’s action would do and the numbers will drop.Yep. According to today’s WaPo result, you guys were right. Here’s how YouGov asked the question about the merits of Obama’s policy:After putting that to the respondents, they followed up by asking, “Do you think Congress should try...
  • How does the GOP fight a populist, tax the rich proposal by Obama?

    01/19/2015 7:33:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/19/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    President Obama and his Democrat allies are back to their usual Eat the Rich strategy, one which will be on display at the State of the Union. Noah talked about this last night and left some interesting questions on the table. Even though some of these tax increases will do the middle class no favors, it is not clear they will be rejected by a majority of the public. Pollsters increasingly find that the Democratic PartyÂ’s message of economic populism is resonating with a public that has not seen their incomes increase in years. This is a message which...
  • From Law School to Congress: These campuses excel at producing lawmakers.

    01/18/2015 4:48:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The National Law Journal ^ | January 19, 2015 | Karen Sloan
    There is no shortage of lawyers on Capitol Hill — they comprise 45 percent of the 114th Congress. But unlike the U.S. Supreme Court, whose nine justices hail from just three elite law schools, a state school law degree won't hamper and may even smooth the way to the U.S. House of Representatives or Senate. The sitting crop of lawyer-­lawmakers passed through 105 law campuses on their way to Washington. The 20 law schools that sent the most alumni to Congress include some of the country's most prominent — Harvard Law School tops the list with 18, followed by...
  • Congress Introduced 6 Anti-Abortion Bills In Its First 7 Days (And They Make Zero Sense)

    01/17/2015 4:17:08 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 18 replies
    January 16, 2015 | Jennifer Gerson Uffalussy
    Since Congress returned to session in the past week, six separate anti-abortion bills have been introduced in the House and Senate. These bills would do a number of things, including instilling a nationwide 20-week abortion ban and blocking funding to Planned Parenthood. These bills would join the 231 other restrictions that have been placed on abortion on the state level in the past four years. Now, over half of the U.S. female population live in abortion-hostile states. “The attacks waged on women’s health … have gotten out of hand,” Jamila Perritt, MD, medical director of Planned Parenthood of Metro Washington,...
  • Give Boehner a break: GOP Speaker brings real leadership to 114th Congress

    01/17/2015 7:59:16 AM PST · by Zakeet · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 14, 2015 | Liz Peek
    Some crank apparently has it in for John Boehner. No, I’m not talking about Ted Yoho; rather, the bartender who supposedly threatened to poison the House Speaker’s drinks – a low blow. Seems like there’s no end of folks eager to attack the GOP leader. Only Republicans could celebrate one of the great moments in the party’s history by falling on each other like cats in a laundry bag. Weeks after securing one of the GOP’s most convincing electoral sweeps, Tea Partiers in the House, egged on by the likes of Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh, decided to humiliate Speaker...
  • Sessions: Obama Making Congress ‘A Museum Piece’

    01/17/2015 2:20:11 AM PST · by W. · 23 replies
    Nationalreview.com ^ | 16 Jan 2015 | Joel Gehrke
    Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) urged colleagues not to oppose the House-passed legislation blocking President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, warning that Congress will be “a museum piece” if they do. “A vote against the House bill is a vote to turn the Congress into a museum piece,” Sessions said Friday following a congressional retreat in which it become apparent that Republicans are nervous about using the Department of Homeland Security funding as leverage to stop the immigration policies. “A ‘no’ vote is to acquiesce to the greatest erosion of Congress’ lawmaking authority in my lifetime.
  • Top Democrat: ‘Un-American’ to Question Muslim Lawmaker on Intel Panel

    01/16/2015 8:13:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | January 16, 2015 | Wynton Hall
    Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said those who criticize the appointment of Democratic Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) to the Intelligence Committee because he is a Muslim are “un-American.” Schiff, who is the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said he has been “deeply disturbed” by the reaction by some to Carson’s appointment last week. “I am deeply disturbed that since his appointment to the committee, Congressman Carson has been subject to vicious, anti-Muslim attacks online and in social media, questioning his loyalty to our country solely because of his faith.”(continued)
  • GOP tactics on ObamaCare move away from full repeal

    01/16/2015 12:05:15 PM PST · by C19fan · 65 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 16, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    Republicans are shifting their tactics on ObamaCare, an abrupt change from the party’s repeal-only rhetoric that dominated the last five years of debate. The GOP is coalescing around the idea that incremental changes, rather than a sweeping repeal effort, can be more appealing to voters — while also holding out the possibility of hollowing out the law from within.
  • Paul Ryan: Read my lips, no new gas taxes

    01/16/2015 7:05:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/16/2015 | Noah Rothman
    House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) promised reporters this week that his committee would not pass any new taxes – oh, sorry, “user fees” – on gasoline. Speaking to reporters at the GOP retreat in Hershey, Pennsylvania on Thursday, Ryan flatly asserted that his committee “won’t pass a gas tax.” He even had the gall to call it a “tax,” which is perhaps the best indication of his sincerity. The former Republican vice presidential nominee recently ruled out a 2016 White House bid and will instead pursue broad tax code reform as the chairman of...
  • GOP Already Losing 2016

    01/16/2015 5:15:00 AM PST · by LeoMcNeil · 35 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | January 16, 2015 | Leo McNeil
    The Republicans won the 2014 midterms in a landslide. They have the most House seats since World War Two and they won the Senate. We’re two weeks into the new term and the Republicans are already losing to Obama and the Democrats. What is the Republican agenda? Rather than having bills up and ready to go, the Republicans have dithered. Rather than taking the fight to the Democrats in the Senate, McConnell is balking at the House’s effort to defund executive amnesty. Keystone XL should have been a simple bill to pass onto the President, it still hasn’t happened. What...
  • Poll: 62% support Obama’s executive amnesty on the merits, 55% say Congress should let it stand

    01/15/2015 8:32:36 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/15/2014 | AllahPundit
    You would think there’d be more support for Congress letting the policy stand than there is for the policy on the merits. Realistically, some slice of the public that opposes executive amnesty will nonetheless submit to it on grounds that it’s the status quo now, illegals are enrolling in it, we don’t need any messy new standoffs between the legislature and the executive, etc. As it is, maybe there’s some segment of people who support the policy on the merits who also think, “You know, come to think of it, this is an egregious affront to separation of powers....
  • The Republican Congress Has a Mandate (Andrew McCarthy)

    01/15/2015 7:37:16 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | January 15, 2015 | Andrew McCarthy
    The Republican party’s conservative base has a major problem. In assessing the 2014 midterm elections, a tidal wave in which the base propelled the GOP to substantial majorities in both houses of Congress, conservatives are in full agreement with President Obama and completely at odds with Republican leadership. The president boldly declared that, while he was not on the ballot, his policies were. He could not have been more right. GOP leadership boldly declares that the election was a case of voters trusting Republicans with an opportunity to “prove we can govern” — to demonstrate that GOP lawmakers can work...
  • Does the media care that the Democratic message on DHS funding fight makes absolutely no sense?

    01/14/2015 3:16:03 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/14/2015 | Noah Rothman
    The short answer to that one is, “no.” The evidence for that being this perfectly credulous tweet via NBC News Capitol Hill reporter Luke Russert who apparently believes it is his role to repeat Democratic talking points nearly verbatim. Rs will vote D motion down but they're in essence voting against funding DHS + increased money to anti-terrorism centers across USA— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) January 14, 2015 Lucille Bluth couldn’t summon an eye roll exaggerated enough to communicate the imprudence of this assertion. The Democratic Party’s messaging against the GOP’s efforts to halt the implementation of President Barack Obama’s...
  • Ohio man arrested for alleged ISIS inspired attack on the U.S. Capitol

    01/14/2015 2:11:03 PM PST · by BlackAdderess · 56 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 14, 2015 | ABC NEWS
    The FBI has arrested an Ohio man for allegedly plotting an ISIS-inspired attack on the U.S. Capitol, where he hoped to set off a series of bombs aimed at lawmakers, whom he allegedly considered enemies. Christopher Lee Cornell, of Cincinnati...
  • IRS Warns Of Delayed Refunds, Long Waits For Taxpayers & Possible Shutdown

    01/14/2015 12:22:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Forbes ^ | 01/14/2015 | Kelly Phillips Erb
    With a week to go before tax season opens, taxpayers were already bracing for a potentially “miserable” filing season. It turns out that it could live up to the hype. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Koskinen has advised employees that the budget cuts will result in reduced services to taxpayers. In an email to employees sent earlier today, Commissioner Koskinen advised that “realistically we have no choice but to do less with less.” What does that mean for taxpayers? * Identity theft could increase. Despite the need for increased taxpayer protections against identity theft, the implementation of additional measures will...
  • House votes to overturn Obama immigration actions, bill heads to Senate

    01/14/2015 9:49:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 112 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01/14/2015
    House Republicans voted Wednesday to overturn President Obama's immigration actions from last November -- and to unravel a directive from 2012 affecting immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children -- sending the bill to the Senate where it faces an uncertain fate. The House voted 236-191 to approve the legislation, which funds the Homeland Security Department through the rest of the budget year to the tune of $40 billion. But as part of that bill, Republicans added provisions to gut the president's immigration directives. Despite deep Democratic opposition, the House voted 237-190 on an amendment to undo executive...
  • Pelosi shocked that GOP is doing what they said they would do on DHS

    01/14/2015 6:42:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/14/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Back when Congress passed the last omnibus spending package one of the major bones of contention was President Obama’s executive amnesty program. Handled by the Department of Homeland Security, it was a requirement for the GOP that funding for DHS would only run through February. This would allow them to craft a few spending bill for the department which cut the amnesty funding. Everyone knew this, including Nancy Pelosi, but now that it’s coming near time to get down to business she’s backpedaling. Can you guess what recent tragedy she’s going to exploit for this? On the steps of...
  • Nancy Pelosi names a Muslim, yes, a MUSLIM, to House Intelligence Committee

    01/13/2015 8:32:19 PM PST · by Mozilla · 12 replies
    Talk about inviting the fox into the hen house! I thought Republicans ran the Congress? Why is this bitch naming anyone to anything Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced in a closed-door meeting she would name the first Muslim lawmaker, Andre Carson, to the House’s Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Carson would be the first Muslim to serve on the committee and was the second Muslim to be elected to Congress. He already serves on the House Armed Services Committee and worked for the Department of Homeland Security’s Fusion Center — the clearinghouse established by the federal government to streamline data...
  • Clark County GOP party may censure Herrera Beutler

    01/13/2015 5:12:54 PM PST · by DakotaRed · 8 replies
    The Columbian ^ | January 12, 2015 | Lauren Dake, Columbian political writer
    By Lauren Dake, Columbian political writer Published: January 12, 2015, 4:55 PM Updated: January 12, 2015, 7:47 PM The Clark County Republican Party is expected to vote at its next meeting on whether to censure U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas. If passed, the move could mean Herrera Beutler would be banned from speaking at any campaign events sponsored by the Clark County GOP or from being featured in any of the local party’s literature. In part, the motion reads: “Please understand, we receive no satisfaction from disciplining one of our own. However, silence is acceptance, and we cannot accept...