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  • Obama: Speaking to Congress a few weeks before election - 'a mistake'

    03/02/2015 2:54:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    JPOST.com ^ | 3/2/15 | staff
    US President Barack Obama said on Monday that the bond between the US and Israel is unbreakable, despite tensions over differences in opinion with regard to efforts to seal a landmark atomic deal with Iran. In an interview with Reuters at the White House, Obama said that a rift over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned speech to Congress opposing the Iran deal on Tuesday was a distraction that would not be "permanently destructive" to US-Israeli ties. But he said there was a "substantial disagreement" between his administration and the Israeli government over how to achieve their shared goal of...
  • Want to Tell the BibiCotters What You Think? Here’s How You Can.

    03/02/2015 9:54:02 AM PST · by JOHN ADAMS · 3 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | March 2, 2015 | Lori Lowenthal Marcus
    How do you feel about those who won't attend Netanyahu's speech to Congress on March 3? Read this and find out what they said and how you can tell them what you think. The following members of Congress have confirmed that they will not be attending Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech on Tuesday. There are four Senators and 31 House members. In addition to their names, however, we have provided their twitter handles, their Washington office address and their phone and fax numbers for their Washington offices. Just in case you want to tell them what you think. In...
  • Sheila jackson Lee does it again!

    03/02/2015 8:51:13 AM PST · by Terry L Smith · 42 replies
    MSNBC: And let’s talk a little about that, congresswoman, because the fact is, as you said on this hearing you attended just last week there are very real threats, terrorist threats against Americans, and even right here in the homeland. How concerned are you about that reality in our future? SJL: Jose, I have — I call it a privilege. It certainly was a tragic privilege of serving on the homeland security committee since the heinous acts of 9/11. Many of us were there on the first opening day gavel of this committee. I had the onerous responsibility of visiting...
  • John Boehner’s big week

    03/02/2015 5:32:42 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | 03/02/2015 | SEUNG MIN KIM
    Let’s try this again. Congress returns Monday staring at another deadline to finance the Department of Homeland Security. But instead of stalling again, lawmakers look more likely this time to steer the anti-terrorism agency away from the funding cliff through September. With the clock ticking until the new Friday deadline to avert a DHS funding lapse, the GOP-controlled Senate will take the first step with a vote Monday on whether to head into formal negotiations with the House on financing the security agency. Senate Democrats are expected to block that move. That will put the onus squarely back on Speaker...
  • House GOP: No deal to vote on 'clean' DHS funding bill

    03/01/2015 10:12:58 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 03/01/2015 | S.A. Miller
    House Republican leaders and conservatives were in rare agreement Sunday, declaring that there was no deal to vote on a “clean” Department of Homeland Security funding bill and vowing to keep fighting President Obama’s deportation amnesty. Mr. Jordan, Ohio Republican, said his party must do a better job in rallying the American public against Mr. Obama’s executive actions, which seek to grant legal status, work permits and Social Seuciryt numbers to more than 4 million illegal immigrations.
  • House GOP leader: Senate should change its rules to pass DHS funding

    03/01/2015 1:07:07 PM PST · by Mariner · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/1/2015 | By Jesse Byrnes
    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said on Sunday that the Senate should change its rules in order to pass a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). "I think they should change the rule," McCarthy said on NBC's "Meet the Press," suggesting the Senate invoke the so-called "nuclear option" to allow spending bills to only require a simple majority to advance instead of 60 votes.
  • Ted Cruz spills secret of GOP amnesty sabotage

    03/01/2015 5:37:42 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 67 replies
    WND ^ | 03/01/2015 | Garth Kant
    NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, strongly suggested the fix was in from the beginning by GOP leaders to sabotage the fight against Obama’s amnesty, saying, “The cake was baked from the start.”The senator said that was evident to him immediately when GOP leaders chose a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, as the vehicle to try to stop the amnesty President Obama granted to five-million illegal immigrants by executive order in November.Cruz made the observations while speaking to a small group of reporters across the street from the annual Conservative Political Action Conference,...
  • Netanyahu Arrives in U.S. Ahead of Controversial Address to Joint Session of Congress

    03/02/2015 5:07:43 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 3/2/2015 | Katie Pavlich
    As negotiations over a deal with Iran continue, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has arrived in the United States ahead of his address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night. A senior Israeli official told reporters on Netanyahu's flight that Congress could be "the last brake" for stopping a nuclear deal with Iran. Saying it was Israel's impression that members of Congress "do not necessarily know the details of the deal coming together, which we do not see as a good deal," the official said Netanyahu in his speech would give a detailed explanation of his objections to an...
  • Should Congress Be Lectured By Foreign Leaders Like Netanyahu?

    03/02/2015 5:03:00 AM PST · by LeoMcNeil · 54 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | March 2, 2015 | Leo McNeil
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to speak before Congress this week about the situation in Iran. The Obama administration has loudly opposed the speech, believing it undermines their position in Iran. On some level the Obama administration has an argument. Foreign policy is the domain of the executive branch under the Constitution. It is not a matter that really involves Congress, particularly the House which does not vote on treaties or foreign appointments. Those on the right are more than willing to watch the Obama administration fall apart over this issue. The larger question, which will go unanswered,...
  • Congress No Closer To Funding Homeland Security Department As Another Shutdown Deadline Looms

    03/01/2015 8:11:10 PM PST · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    FoxNews ^ | March 1, 2015
    Congress No Closer To Funding Homeland Security Department As Another Shutdown Deadline Looms March 01, 2015 The widespread disagreement in Congress over President Obama's unilateral actions on immigration that nearly resulted in a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department resumes Monday -- with Democrats, Republicans, senators and congressmen all pointing fingers. The House approved a funding bill for the agency just before the Friday midnight deadline, but only through this week. Though the GOP-led chamber failed to pass a three-week extension and had to rely on Democrats to reach the final, shorter deal, they blame President Obama and Senate...
  • How to solve the DHS funding issue

    03/01/2015 8:16:52 PM PST · by learner · 34 replies
    self | 3/1/2015 | learner
    The Republicans have themselves in a hole, but here is how to get out of it. Pass a Clean bill for Dhs. Then pass a bill in both the House and Senate that says you oppose what Obama did and believe it is unconstitutional, but passed DHS only to protect the country. Pass a bill the is a "sense of the congress" which does not require a presidential signature and therefore is veto proof, but puts the Supreme court on notice. Since the Supreme Court relies on "congressional intent" and the "will of the people as expressed by the congress"...
  • Call to Action this week after Netanyahu's speech.

    03/01/2015 7:27:14 PM PST · by blueyon · 10 replies
    self | 3/01/15 | Blueyon
    Please take to Twitter, Facebook, all news Media sites and any/all other sites you can think of after Netanyahu gives his speech Tuesday. The WH has already rebutted a speech they have not heard. We all know you can not rebut something that hasn't happened yet but we are talking this administration. So with that said, we need to dominate social media! Comment Comment Comment on everything with your views of Netanyahu. Don't let the main stream media frame this with WH talking points and anti-Israel rhetoric.
  • Kerry: It Was 'Odd' Boehner Invited Netanyahu to Address Congress

    03/01/2015 6:55:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 1, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    Secretary of State John Kerry is awfully frustrated with House Speaker John Boehner’s decision to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress this Tuesday. Here’s what Kerry had to say about Boehner’s daring invitation Sunday morning on ABC’s "This Week: “It was odd, if not unique, that we learned of it from the speaker of the House and that an administration was not included in this process," he said. "But the administration is not seeking to politicize this.” While insisting the White House has no political desires in regards to the foreign leaders' appearance (Kerry said they don't want it to...
  • What do you want to hear Bibi say before Congress? [Vanity discussion]

    03/01/2015 5:11:43 PM PST · by matt1234 · 81 replies
    me ^ | 3/1/15 | me
    I'll begin. "Dintinguished members of congress, Thank you for inviting me to address Congress on behalf of my country, Israel. It saddens me to report to you that our intelligence services have been monitoring your president Obama for many years and have collected hundreds of hours of recordings that prove he is not only an agent of a muslim conspiracy but also a sworn enemy of the United States. Roll tape..."
  • Obama threatens to veto Iran bill

    03/01/2015 4:59:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/28/2015 | Jesse Byrnes
    President Obama on Saturday threatened to veto a bipartisan bill that would allow Congress to weigh in on any nuclear deal the administration reached with Iran. "The President has been clear that now is not the time for Congress to pass additional legislation on Iran," National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said in a statement to The Hill. "If this bill is sent to the President, he will veto it. We are in the final weeks of an international negotiation. We should give our negotiators the best chance of success, rather than complicating their efforts," she added. The threat comes...
  • Time and station for Netanyahu speech

    03/01/2015 11:03:01 AM PST · by Corky Boyd · 29 replies
    C Span ^ | March 1, 2015 | Corky Boyd
    For those wondering about the time and channel for Prime Minister Netanyahu's address to Congress, it will be carried by C Span beginning at 10:45am Tuesday March 3.
  • Can John Boehner survive as House Speaker after DHS debacle?

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

    02/28/2015 8:24:12 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 60 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 02/28/2015 | Jon E. Dougherty
    “Catch me if you can.” That’s what President Obama seems to be saying to the Republican-led Congress, to the Judicial Branch, and to every single American, regardless of political affiliation. He is daring all of us to try and stop him from implementing, on his own, the final act of his “fundamental transformation” of the country in the two years he has left in office. What’s worse is that we are letting him get away with it.
  • Are Washington Republicans Incompetent?

    02/28/2015 4:32:22 AM PST · by Zakeet · 56 replies
    PowerLine ^ | February 27, 2015 | John Hinderaker
    It is almost unbelievable how badly Congressional Republicans have botched their opposition to President Obama’s illegal executive amnesty and the funding of the Department of Homeland Security. The House, under John Boehner’s direction, did the right thing: it passed a bill that fully funded DHS, but barred spending to implement the amnesty that has now been declared illegal by a federal court. The action then moved to the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tried repeatedly to bring the House measure to the floor for a vote. Four times, the Democrats filibustered the DHS funding bill. As a result of...
  • DHS funding shutdown looms as key House vote fails

    02/27/2015 2:28:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/27/2015 | By Deirdre Walsh, Dana Bash and Ted Barrett
    Washington (CNN)The Department of Homeland Security moved closer to running out of money Friday after the House rejected a bill that would have kept the agency open for three more weeks. Unless another deal is reached by midnight, DHS will fall into a partial shutdown, leaving thousands of workers furloughed while forcing others to show up on the job without being paid. The House vote was a shocking twist to a dramatic day on Capitol Hill. For most of the day, lawmakers seemed poised to avoid a partial shutdown. The House cleared a procedural hurdle earlier in the day, indicating...
  • Congress close in on short-term Homeland Security bill[Republicans leave Obama amnesty untouched]

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

    02/26/2015 3:12:54 PM PST · by Baynative · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | Feb 25, 15 | Joel Gehrke Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/414413/father-tells-congress-my-son
    “The illegal alien dreamer that murdered my son only served four months of an eight month sentence for assault with a deadly weapon and battery on a police officer,” Shaw said. “He was released from the county jail the day before he executed my son. Why was this violent illegal alien allowed to walk the streets of America instead of being deported?” “Do black lives really matter or does it matter only if you are shot by a white person or a white policeman?” he added, before alluding to the ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ saying that became popular following the...
  • [Scott] Walker v. Congress (on Act 10 Reforms)

    02/26/2015 7:49:21 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Townhall ^ | February 26, 2015 | Arthur Schaper |
    In the last two months, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has gone from marginal to mainstream, failed to fascinating in the eyes of prospective voters, and inconsequential to intriguing to the ears and mouths of talking heads looking for another Republican Presidential contender to dissect then disintegrate. Critics are faulting him for his non-answers to dubious questions from reporters. They also quibble about his lack of foreign policy experience and long-term immigration strategy. Liberal and conservative partisans still hanker for some right-wing version of President Obama, full of hope and change, charisma in place of principle. Before judging Walker's skills as...
  • BREAKING: BLACK CAUCUS DEMOCRATS Plan to Sabotage Netanyahu’s Speech to Congress

    02/25/2015 8:15:49 PM PST · by blueyon · 109 replies
    Gateway Pundt ^ | 2/25/15 | Jim Hoft
    Black Caucus Democrats are planning to walk out during Netanyahu’s speech on the security of Israel. The move was reportedly planned after communications with the Obama White House. In response to this outrageous act, conservative black ministers are holding a press conference to show their support for the Israeli Prime Minister. Urban Cure reported: Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu will address a joint session of congress on March 3rd, and in a political move, leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus are planning to skip the speech in protest of Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to Netanyahu to do so. While the Congressional...
  • FCC Chair Refuses to Testify before Congress ahead of Net Neutrality Vote

    02/25/2015 8:40:57 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 48 replies
    The National Review ^ | 02/25/15 | Andrew Johnson
    Two prominent House committee chairs are “deeply disappointed” in Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler for refusing to testify before Congress as “the future of the Internet is at stake.” Wheeler’s refusal to go before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday comes on the eve of the FCC’s vote on new Internet regulations pertaining to net neutrality. The committee’s chairman, Representative Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah), and Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Fred Upton (R., Mich.) criticized Wheeler and the administration for lacking transparency on the issue. “So long as the chairman continues to insist on secrecy, we will continue calling...
  • Obama Holds Closed-Door Meeting With 'Immigration Advocacy Leaders'

    02/25/2015 6:57:04 AM PST · by Ray76 · 15 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Feb 25, 2015 | DANIEL HALPER
    President Obama is holding a closed-door White House meeting with "immigration advocacy leaders" this morning, the White House announced.
  • McConnell's 'Clean' DHS Bill Puts Squeeze on Boehner (the last minute emergency game again)

    02/25/2015 5:28:13 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 27 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 2/25/15
    Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has offered a new legislative solution to the Department of Homeland Security budget standoff, but the proposal would put House Speaker John Boehner in a tight spot with conservative lawmakers who see it as a copout. The House's bill to strip funding for President Barack Obama's immigration orders has failed to pass the Senate four times amid Democratic calls for a clean bill, and despite the fact that the GOP now control the Senate. In a bid to prevent a shutdown before the current funding arrangement expires on Feb. 27, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell...
  • Eunuch Mitch McConnell Squeals Like a Pig

    02/25/2015 5:20:36 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 2/25/15 | Erick Erickson
    I told you guys the Senate GOP would screw us over on DHS funding, but even I had no idea Mitch McConnell would capitulate so easily. I assumed he’d do a major song and dance first, but instead he just went all Ned Beatty in Deliverance the moment Barack Obama looked at him funny. Good grief. Even CNN’s website declared that the Democrats were the ones blocking Department of Homeland Security Funding. McConnell behaved as if he needs testosterone injections. His minion in the press want everyone to know the steel in his spine, but it is more silly putty....
  • Jeff Sessions doesn't want DHS bill separated from immigration

    02/24/2015 3:01:05 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 21 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 2/24/15 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on Tuesday suggested lawmakers should keep a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) tied to a controversial fight over immigration. The Alabama Republican rejected a narrative by Democrats and some Republicans that the immigration provision should be separated from the DHS bill because the issue is currently before the courts. A Texas judge last week temporarily halted the immigration actions President Obama unveiled last November. The Justice Department on Monday asked for an emergency court ruling to allow Obama's immigration action to go forward. “There is a reasonable chance that some court will...
  • Mitch McConnell goes into fetal position. Harry Reid is the new leader of the Senate.

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

    02/24/2015 1:17:00 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 46 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/24/15 | Jonathan Strong and Caroline May
    Republican leadership in the Senate is fully caving to the demands of Democratic lawmakers calling for a so-called “clean” Department of Homeland Security funding bill that leaves President Obama’s executive amnesty intact, but Democrats are still balking at the plan. “I’ve indicated to the Democratic leader that I’d be happy to have his cooperation to advance consideration of a clean DHS bill, which would carry us through September 30,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told reporters Tuesday. “With Democratic cooperation on a position they have been advocating for the last two months, we could have that vote very quickly.”...
  • Why support for Israel is important

    02/24/2015 7:45:04 PM PST · by chuckles · 26 replies
    vanity | 2-24-2015 | chuckles
    I've been watching the news on Bibi Netanyahu's visit to Congress and have noticed an old demon raising it's ugly head again. If you are a Christian, you have but one response to all things Jewish. They are your family. If you are an atheist or some other pagan being, you can think what you want, but a Christian cannot be an anti-Semite. God's covenant was with Abraham and Moses, both Hebrew. The Jews were chosen to reveal Jesus to the world, even if they didn't believe. Jesus came as a Jew and taught the Torah in the Synagogue. We...
  • Democrats Push Government Internet Takeover

    02/24/2015 5:32:37 AM PST · by LeoMcNeil · 17 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | February 24, 2015 | Leo McNeil
    The FCC is preparing to take the internet down the pathway of Europe. The Europeans have been treating the internet like a public utility for quite some time. The end result has been slower service, less broadband reach and significantly less broadband investment. The Democrats on the FCC are prepared to regulate the internet like a utility, largely under the cover of darkness. They’re preparing to vote on 322 pages of regulations, none of which have been seen by the general public. This massive takeover of the internet will be done without public comment, despite the Democrats claims that the...
  • Congress still has no plan to prevent a shutdown

    02/23/2015 7:38:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/23/2015 | Shahil Kapur
    WASHINGTON — The Republican-led Congress returns to town Monday with no viable plan to avert a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security less than five days away on Friday. The GOP is caught between wanting to use DHS funding to block to President Barack Obama's executive actions to shield upwards of 4 million people from deportation and give them 3-year work permits, and not wanting to be held responsible for shutting down the department. In a testament to the party's struggles, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has teed up a procedural vote Monday afternoon on the same bill...
  • Obama Pushes For GOP Capitulation In DHS Dispute

    02/22/2015 6:02:06 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama’s spokesman is rejecting any compromise over the 2015 budget for the Department of Homeland Security, which is now being filibustered by pro-amnesty Democrat senators, even though a new poll shows that 60 percent of Americans want the amnesty and budget problems separated. “The President believes that the Congress, particularly Republicans in Congress who now have the majority in both the House and the Senate, should fulfill their responsibility to ensure that the Department of Homeland Security doesn’t shut down at the end of this month,” spokesman Josh Earnest said Feb. 20. Senate Democrats are filibustering the House’s...
  • Jihadist's Letter to Zawahiri Reveals Anthrax Motive,"

    11/09/2007 4:21:02 AM PST · by ZacandPook · 9 replies · 270+ views
    BloggerNewsNet ^ | November 9, 2007 | Ross Getman
    A former leader of an armed Islamic group in Libya, Numan Bin Uthman, has written a letter to al-Qaeda second in command Ayman al-Zawahiri telling him that Jihadi groups in Arab countries have failed and that the strategy of using nonconventional WMD to deter an invasion of Afghanistan was a misguided and failed strategy. The letter needs to be understood in the context of the fact that the microbiologist that Ayman Zawahiri and Mohammed Atef used to infiltrate US biodefense, Ali Al-Timimi, had a stern warning not to invade Iraq hand-delivered to every member of Congress on October 6, 2002...
  • 3 Options for Congress If Court Kills Obamacare Subsidies

    02/20/2015 1:40:29 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 19 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | February 20, 2015 20:16 GMT | Diana Furchtgott-Roth
    On March 4 the U.S. Supreme Court will hear King v. Burwell, the case challenging health insurance-premium subsidies for those who buy their insurance on the 37 federal exchanges. (...) First, Congress could extend the subsidies until the end of 2015, and allow people to keep those subsidies that they have already received. This would avoid disruption in health care and in insurance markets, whose terms are set months ahead. Second, Congress could create a new temporary state-based option for continued health insurance coverage beginning in 2016 until it could craft a long-term solution. (...)
  • Dems urge Boehner to delay Netanyahu address to Congress

    02/19/2015 11:45:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 19, 2015 | Cristina Marcos
    A group of 23 liberal House Democrats urged Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday to delay Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress next month. In the letter spearheaded by Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), the lawmakers argued that Netanyahu was being used as a "political tool" against President Obama. "As members of Congress who support Israel, we share concern that it appears that you are using a foreign leader as a political tool against the president," they wrote. Netanyahu's March 3 address will be just two weeks before the Israeli elections and...
  • Dems' farm teams languish even with Senate in play

    02/18/2015 4:16:33 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    politico.com ^ | 2/17/15 | Kyle Cheney and Tarini Parti
    After Democrats were eviscerated in last year’s elections, the party took solace in the fact that 2016 seemed built for a comeback. The party runs better in presidential elections — and while the House of Representatives isn’t in play, seven GOP senators are up for reelection in states President Barack Obama won twice. But a sense of foreboding has crept into Democratic circles around the country. Interviews with dozens of strategists, party officials and Democratic luminaries reveal that in states Democrats are depending on to retake the Senate, top-level candidates are sparse, unwilling to run or more interested in seeking...
  • Marco Rubio tops list of absentee lawmakers

    02/18/2015 7:12:18 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/18/2015 | Nick Gass
    If there were a perfect attendance award for Congress, Sen. Susan Collins would get it. Since taking office in 1997, the Maine Republican hasn’t missed a vote in 5,788 opportunities. But some of her colleagues have missed quite a few over the years. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) have been absent from the most votes in their respective chambers, according to a new analysis by Vocativ in partnership with GovTrack.us. Of 1,198 total votes, Rubio has missed 99, or 8.3 percent, since taking office in January 2011. Conyers, who is currently the longest-serving member in either...
  • Immigration Ruling Casts Shadow on Obama’s Legacy

    02/17/2015 2:26:42 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 2/17/15 | Stephen Dennis
    Updated 3:21 p.m. | The third branch of government has entered the immigration debate with a bang — with potentially profound impacts on President Barack Obama’s legacy, the lives of millions and the rest of this Congress. The decision by a federal district judge in Texas late Monday to temporarily halt Obama’s executive actions on immigration could also give Republicans a way out of a shutdown showdown over funding for the Department of Homeland Security. The standoff over the DHS appropriations bill has cast a chill over the start of this Congress, splitting newly empowered Republicans with no easy off-ramp...
  • Poll: Blame for DHS shutdown would fall to GOP (Will the GOP buckle?

    02/17/2015 4:34:30 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/17/2015 (4:31 PM ET) | Jennifer Angiesta
    Republicans in Congress would shoulder the blame for a shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security if they are unable to enact a new spending bill to keep the agency running, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. The survey finds that 53% of Americans would blame the Republicans in Congress if the department must shut down, while 30% would blame President Barack Obama. Another 13% say both deserve the blame. If a spending bill is not passed by Feb. 28, the agency's funding will run out. ...
  • Panetta: Congress Biggest Threat to National Security

    02/15/2015 1:09:56 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 45 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | February 15, 2015 | Trey Sanchez
    Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta on Sunday slammed Congress on CNN's State of the Union naming them the biggest threat to national security. Host Jim Acosta asked Panetta if President Obama is going to be able to work with Republicans to get his war measure against ISIS passed. But before an answer was provided, Acosta read something Panetta had previously written criticizing the president: “He does, however, lack fire. Too often, in my view, the president relies on the logic of a law professor rather than the passion of a leader. But now, Panetta has changed his tune and...
  • Obama’s Unconstitutional Attempt to Shift the Blame for His Losing ISIS Strategy

    02/15/2015 10:43:34 AM PST · by Steelfish · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | February 14, 2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    FEBRUARY 14, 2015 Obama’s Unconstitutional Attempt to Shift the Blame for His Losing ISIS Strategy His proposed resolution would upend the Constitution’s national-defense framework. By Andrew C. McCarthy On Wednesday, President Obama proposed for Congress’s consideration an authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) against the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL). The jihadists are already being fought — albeit not nearly vigorously enough — under existing AUMFs. So Obama’s proposal, which would gratuitously repeal one of the prior AUMFs, is unnecessary. It is, in addition, so pathetic a concoction of lawlessness and aimlessness that, in a healthier political climate,...
  • Boehner on DHS Funding: 'It's Up to Senate Democrats to Get Their Act Together'

    02/15/2015 12:01:55 PM PST · by Carl Vehse · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 15, 2015 | FoxNews Insider
    "The Constitution makes it pretty clear that the House has to do its work and the Senate has to do their's," Boehner said. "The House has acted to fund the department and to stop the president's overreach when it comes to immigration and his executive orders." Wallace pointed out that Republicans, however, don't have the 60 votes to pass the bill through the Senate. Boehner replied that Senate Democrats are blocking the ability to even debate the bill. "The House has acted. We’ve done our job. Senate Democrats are the ones putting us in this precarious position. And it’s up...
  • Texas GOP Rep: Obama ‘Deserves Impeachment’

    02/14/2015 11:44:12 AM PST · by lqcincinnatus · 52 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10:30 AM 01/25/2015 | GINNI THOMAS
    George Orwell said that “in a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” Republican Congressman Brian Babin is new to Congress, and this dentist from Woodville, Texas radiates a love for country while worrying for his grandchildren when he sees the sorry state of our federal government. But Babin is unafraid to speak clearly, and Washington should listen to what he has to say.
  • The Case For Killing The Filibuster

    02/14/2015 4:07:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2015 | Hugh Hewitt
    Senate Democrats are using the filibuster to try and embarrass the GOP into backing down on the House's version of a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, a version which would roll back the president's unconstitutional unilateralism on immigration reform. Congressional Republicans are trying to put on a show of unity, but the fissures are already evident. The demands from conservative activist leadership and the grassroots' legions for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to invoke "the Reid Rule" and smash what's left of the Senate filibuster using the same procedural maneuver that Harry Reid used to kill the...
  • Refugees in Nigeria tell of Boko Haram savagery (Time for boots on the ground?

    02/13/2015 1:12:08 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 74 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2/13/2015 | Staff
    Violent attacks by Boko Haram have caused many to flee their homes, creating a humanitarian crisis within Nigeria and neighboring countries. Refugees say they have witnessed brutal acts of savagery, with men's throats being slit and women being held as "war booty." Chad has become the latest country on the border with Nigeria to be affected by a Boko Haram attack. The BBC's Tom Oladipo went to Yola village in Aadamawa state in northeast Nigeria and spoke to refugees there. ...
  • Don’t Authorize Obama’s War (Column: Why his request for war authorization is a trap)

    02/13/2015 7:39:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | February 13, 2015 | Matthew Continetti
    The authorization for the use of military force against ISIS that the Obama administration sent Congress this week is not worthy of the name. Its language is far more about what the president won’t do against the terrorist army that controls much of Syria and Iraq—limits on ground troops and a sunset provision for the authorization after three years—than what he will do. Congress should reject it. If the threat of ISIS is as dire as the president says it is in the preamble of his resolution, if ISIS really does pose “a grave threat to the people and territorial...
  • Bring Back Self-Government [...]That’s Job One for conservatives.

    02/13/2015 5:24:53 AM PST · by huldah1776
    City Journal ^ | 11 February 2015 | Myron Magnet
    A recent Wall Street Journal op-ed does the dual service of outlining the history of the federal budget-making process over the last century, while showing, in its perilous and wrongheaded scheme for reform, just why this yawn-inducing topic is so important—and how the mess Washington has made of the enterprise subverts the key principle of our Constitution’s vision of democratic government.