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  • Tea Party Wave Left a Ripple Effect Still Felt in Budget

    10/06/2015 4:35:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | October 6, 2015 | Stephen Moore
    Remember the much-maligned Tea Party movement? These were the patriotic Americans -- millions of them -- who took to the streets and the town halls across America and revolted against Bush's corporate bailouts, Obama's stimulus spending blowout and Obamacare, and the Fed's policy of tossing trillions of dollars out of helicopter windows (figuratively). Good news: They helped change and maybe even slightly fix America. The latest budget deficit numbers -- for the fiscal year that just ended -- find that the deficit has fallen by $1 trillion since Obama's tragic first term. The deficit is still near half a...
  • Filibusted: Why we should kill the Filibuster

    10/05/2015 10:30:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Townhall ^ | 10/05/2015 | Kurt Schlichter
    Kill the filibuster. Kill it now.Traditions are nice and institutional prerogatives can be important, but right now on Capitol Hill, the tails are wagging the dog. The filibuster is already dead – Harry Reid killed it when he chose to disregard it to pack the District of Columbia Circuit – and pretending it isn’t is not only ridiculous but it is ripping the GOP apart. It’s like a legislative Weekend at Bernie’s starring pouty Mitch McConnell and fussy little Lamar Alexander. The filibuster, a mere Senate tradition and not a constitutional mandate, is not just an obstacle to enacting our...
  • Ted Cruz to meet with House insurgents one day before GOP elections

    10/05/2015 9:49:36 AM PDT · by VinL · 13 replies
    WashExaminer ^ | 10/5/15 | David Drucker
    Sen. Ted Cruz will meet with a group of House Republicans one day before they're scheduled to vote for a new senior leadership team. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has invited the Texas Republican, leading presidential contender, to address his Conservative Opportunity Society at a Wednesday breakfast meeting. The agenda, according to the invitation, is "conservative strategy for the remainder of the year." Cruz has meddled in House affairs on several occassions, advising supportive insurgent Republicans in the chamber on key legislation and strategic matters. However, it's unclear if Cruz, who ranks fifth in the Washington Examiner's presidential power rankings, plans...

    10/05/2015 5:58:56 AM PDT · by shortstop · 28 replies ^ | 10/05/15 | Bob Lonsberry
    Boehner was the lesser of two evils. But not by much. You had Obama on the one side and Mr. Spray Tan on the other, and the hatred of one did not mean the love of the other. And for five years he failed. Handed the speakership by a pissed-off public, he did nothing with it. He didn't figure out how to handle Obama, he didn't figure out how to handle Reid, he was clueless with Pilosi and rudderless with the Republicans. He could neither command nor cooperate. Nor could he speak. As half the population was left without a...
  • Why Boehner Mattered

    10/04/2015 9:50:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | October 4, 2015 | Bruce Bialosky
    A lot of people and/or groups were taking credit for John Boehner stepping down as Speaker of the House. Listening to his press conference I believe him that he was planning to do it, but the timing was moved up a few weeks by his inspiration during the Pope’s visit. The joy that some people displayed expressed a particular naiveté in regard to what they expected to happen during Boehner’s term running the House. One of the mantras around today is that Republican voters were told “If we just win the House we will be able to change things”; then...
  • House Republicans in solid shape for 2016 elections

    10/02/2015 1:19:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/02/2015 | Matt Vespa
    For liberals hoping to see Democrats retake the House will be sadly disappointed next year, as House Republicans look pretty solid going into 2016. In January, Stuart Rothenberg had this to say about the chances Democrats might take back the lower chamber: Â…30 seats is a big number. Since 1950, gains that large have occurred six times during midterm elections, when partisan waves often appear, but only twice in presidential years, in 1964 and 1980. And thatÂ’s an important reason why the GOP starts as the clear favorite to retain control of the House in 2016. According to Roll...
  • Jason Chaffetz prepares long-shot bid for House speaker

    10/02/2015 12:00:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/02/2015 | RACHAEL BADE and JOHN BRESNAHAN
    House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz is planning to run for House speaker, taking on Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy in what appears to be a long-shot bid to lead House Republicans, according to multiple sources. The Utah Republican, first elected to Congress in 2008, is launching a campaign less than a week before the Oct. 8 leadership elections for the House GOP Conference. The date for a floor vote to pick the next speaker has not been set yet. McCarthy (R-Calif.) is the overwhelming favorite to win, and it’s unclear how many votes Chaffetz can garner. Chaffetz's office would not comment....
  • Court to rule on Congress’s power over courts

    10/01/2015 6:21:30 PM PDT · by Twotone · 18 replies
    SCOTUS Blog ^ | Oct. 1, 2015 | Lyle Denniston
    Taking on a new case that tests Congress’s power over the courts, but also gets into a sensitive question of U.S.-Iran dealings, the Supreme Court agreed on Thursday to review a legislative mandate on legal rights at issue in a case filed by victims of terrorism. The case filed by Iran’s central bank, Bank Markazi v. Peterson, was one of thirteen new cases that the Justices accepted for review in the new Term that formally opens next Monday. It is likely that the Court will hear oral arguments in the new cases in January and February.
  • Karl Rove: Boehner’s Conservative Legacy. Speaker has achieved far more than his GOP critics have

    10/01/2015 2:32:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/01/2015 | Karl Rove
    John Boehner is a decent, honorable man who displayed his deep commitment to country and party last week, announcing that he will resign from the House of Representatives in October and relinquish the speaker’s gavel. Mr. Boehner would have easily beaten any challenge to his leadership. But having decided some time ago that a quarter-century in Congress was enough, he chose to spare his Republican colleagues and the institution he loves a bruising fight. As Republicans’ leader in the House, Mr. Boehner’s record has been impressive. He marshaled united GOP opposition to President Barack Obama’s stimulus and to ObamaCare. He...
  • No shutdown? Fine. 69 percent of Americans didn’t want one over Planned Parenthood anyway

    10/01/2015 8:32:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/01/2015 | Matt Vespa
    Congress had grappled with shutdown drama. On October 1, the government would have run out of money. Last time, the government was shut down, it was a sloppy attempt to gut Obamacare. It was done with the full knowledge that a) Obama would never eviscerate his signature domestic achievement (ever) and b) the Republicans never had the votes to be successful. Even with public opinion siding with the GOP over the various mandates within the health care law, Obama won. The government was reopened–and Obamacare remains the law of the land.With the current squabble over Planned Parenthood, the numbers...
  • This is why we're cynical about Congress

    10/01/2015 6:50:43 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 9 replies ^ | 10/1/115 | Steve Berman
    Americans are cynical about Congress.  Approval ratings are in the basement at 15.2 percent according to RealClearPolitics. We see congress like a bad TV show being acted before our eyes, with the real purpose to only sell us one more show to watch.  It’s like the fake freak shows at county fairs, or the ring toss at the carnival midway where the barker just wants you to spend another few bucks to win a tiny cheap stuffed animal, but behind the scenes he scorns you over a beer and a Marlboro. The only difference between that carny and the congressman...
  • Ted Cruz announces endorsements for his 2016 White House bid from 41 Texas state lawmakers

    09/30/2015 4:47:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | September 30, 2015
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Home-state presidential hopeful and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz says he's secured endorsements from 36 Republican Texas state representatives and five state senators. Cruz announced Wednesday that those backers joined fellow Republicans and U.S. Reps. Randy Weber, Louie Gohmert, Michael Burgess, John Culberson, John Ratcliffe and Brian Babin in formally endorsing his 2016 White House bid. Tea party-backed Cruz has angered members of the Republican establishment in Washington, but remains popular with grassroots activists and top conservatives back home...
  • The GOP Is Overmatched: Planned Parenthood hearings prove that Republicans aren't serious

    09/30/2015 7:39:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 09/30/2015 | David Harsanyi
    If for some reason you needed additional evidence that the Republican Party was deeply incompetent, unprepared, uncoordinated, inexcusably lazy, then try watching Cecile Richards’ appearance in front of congress yesterday. Now, I get that these kinds of hearings are normally a waste of time, but in this instance the GOP had some good reasons to project competence. This is, after all, the issue that’s generated so much tension within their party of late. An effective showing—something resembling a smart prosecution—might have allayed a bit of the percolating discontent. Yet there they were, facing a CEO whose organization performs vivisections...
  • Congressman Jason Chaffetz: Planned Parenthood spent $40M in travel, parties, office

    09/30/2015 7:36:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/30/2015 | Taylor Millard
    Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz unearthed a pretty big nugget on Tuesday when he revealed Planned Parenthood spent $40M on travel, parties, and office space. The Hill has a round up of Chaffetz’ report released during a House Overnight and Government Reform Committee hearing (emphasis mine). Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) on Tuesday accused the organization of racking up “exorbitant travel expenses,” including first-class flights, charter travel and entertainment costs that included $622,706 on “blowout parties” with celebrity guests…Some of the themed parties had names such as “Gathering of Goddesses and Gods,” “Chocolate Champagne” and “Murder Mystery,” according to a report...
  • House Insurgents Want Concessions from Kevin McCarthy

    09/30/2015 6:54:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/30/2015 | Joel Gehrke
    Speaker John Boehner’s resignation could kick off a new round of skirmishing between conservatives and moderate Republicans, regardless of what happens in the race to replace him atop the House GOP conference. The outlines of the fight were apparent immediately after Boehner announced he would step down. “I’m on the House floor, I go over and talk to a [conservative] Freedom Caucus member and say, ‘what are you thinking?’ [The member replies,] ’You know, the core problem with the speaker is that he punished too many people,’” one House Republican recalls. “I walk less than 15 feet, over less than...
  • Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood caught in a lie to Congress

    09/30/2015 6:48:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/30/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Yesterday was a tough day for Planned Parenthood’s chief executive officer Cecile Richards (daughter of former Texas Governor Ann Richards). In addition to a grilling on the shocking videos (she denied everything – it was all “doctored” even though complete unedited versions of the tapes were available), her lavish half million dollar-plus salary, first class travel and parties, and PP’s $127 million “surplus” (don’t call it a profit because PP is a non-profit, doncha know), she managed to get herself caught in a lie.  The organization stoutly maintains that only 3% of its services constitute abortions, as if it...
  • Kevin McCarthy: I’ll ‘fight to win’

    09/30/2015 4:07:11 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 63 replies ^ | September 29, 2015 | CNN, via
    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is pitching himself for the role of the next speaker of the House and says he’s the leader who will know how to pick his battles — and bring everyone to the table. McCarthy laid out his vision for the speakership Tuesday in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on “The Lead,” saying he wouldn’t shy away from a fight, but he wouldn’t enter one that was futile. “I’m willing to fight but I want to fight to win,” McCarthy said when asked about the call by some Republicans to force a government shutdown fight...
  • We’re Not That Far from a Balanced Budget

    09/29/2015 6:58:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/29/2015 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Americans are funny about taxes: When we complain about them, we don’t moan that we are paying too much — we lament that others are paying too little. In a Pew Research Center poll last year, only 27 percent of Americans cited their own tax liabilities among their complaints about the tax code, while 64 percent complained that other taxpayers — the wicked 1 percenters, the dreaded corporations — were getting off too easy. If you’ve ever met anybody who believes that we can balance the budget by cutting foreign aid, that the Social Security “trust fund” is a real...
  • Pope Francis and the State of the Union

    09/28/2015 7:33:26 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 9 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | 9/28/15 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    In the first papal address ever given to the United States Congress by a Pope, the Vicar of Christ never mentioned Christ, but rather only Moses as the one who “leads us directly to God and thus to the transcendent dignity of the human being.” Given an historic opportunity to preach Catholic truth to secular power, Francis held up as models for imitation not Christ, nor any of the saints of the Catholic Church, but rather Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, the controversial convert Dorothy Day (a socialist and early women’s rights activist) and Thomas Merton, the Modernist monk whose...
  • U.S. plan for Internet may be unconstitutional

    09/28/2015 5:19:33 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/28/15 | Rudy Takala
    President Obama's plan to "internationalize" the Internet may be unconstitutional, key members of Congress are claiming. The group of lawmakers sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office last week, saying the plan to relinquish oversight of Internet domain name functions to a global, multi-stakeholder body raised questions about the administration's "authority to transfer possession and control of critical components of the Internet's infrastructure to a third party."
  • Boehner: ‘False Prophets’ Like ‘Jackass’ Cruz ‘Whip People Into Frenzy’ Over Plans That Won’t Work

    09/28/2015 8:37:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 09/28/2015 | Bridget Johnson
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) appeared on one Sunday show — CBS’ “Face the Nation” — after his Friday surprise announcement that he’d be resigning from Congress in about a month.And Boehner used the opportunity to make another firm announcement: There will be no government shutdown this week, despite the efforts of some conservatives to block Planned Parenthood funding. “The Senate is expected to pass a continuing resolution [this] week. The House will take up the Senate bill. We will also take up a select committee to investigate these horrific videos that we have seen from abortion clinics in several...
  • Now Show Mitch McConnell the Door

    09/28/2015 7:04:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/28/2015 | Christian Whiton
    Last week, House Speaker John Boehner decided to retire rather than chance being ousted by his own colleagues. Despite this lucky break, the congressional GOP has little chance of winning back disenchanted Republican voters unless it also shows Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell the door. Continued Republican control of the Senate is on the line. A brand-new poll reveals that 72 percent of Republican primary voters are dissatisfied with McConnell and Boehner. Only 2 percent of those polled were “very satisfied” with the party’s two congressional leaders, who the majority believe have accomplished essentially nothing. The situation is actually...
  • Roskam: Republicans Gather Enough Votes For Special Conference To Slow Down Speakership Election

    09/28/2015 5:42:28 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 38 replies ^ | 27 Sep 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    (Washington, DC) Republicans in the House of Representatives have banded together to ensure a cooperative debate on strategy and party disagreements before House GOP conference chairwoman Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) can try to help House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) take Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’s ’s soon-to-be-vacated job as House Speaker, and instead force a special extended conference meeting that can now happen without McMorris Rodgers’ approval. The debate is enabled by Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL), who was circulating a letter to his colleagues calling for debate on the Speakership process. At least 50 fellow GOP members have...
  • Obama Heaps Praise on Boehner: ‘He Is a Patriot'

    09/27/2015 4:37:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 43 replies
    cns news ^ | 9/27/15 | Melanie Hunter
    ( – In a White House Rose Garden news conference alongside Chinese President Xi Jinping, President Barack Obama praised outgoing House Speaker John Boehner as “a good man” and “patriot,” who “cares deeply about the House” and America. I just heard the news as I was coming out of the meeting here, so it took me by surprise, and I took the time prior to this press conference to call John directly and talk to him. John Boehner’s a good man. He is a patriot. He cares deeply about the House, an institution in which he’s served for a long...
  • Bad blood: John Boehner and his ‘jackass’ tormentor Ted Cruz

    09/28/2015 4:46:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/28/2015 | Fred Barbash
    The date was Oct. 14, 2013, two weeks into a government shutdown engineered by Republicans in the House of Representatives who were trying once again to kill Obamacare. Scheduled for the next day was a vote backed by House Speaker John Boehner and his lieutenants that would have reopened the government and avoided the likely disaster of the U.S. government defaulting on its debt. The setting was a low-budget eatery on Capitol Hill called the “Tortilla Coast,” not known for its ambiance, as The Post’s Amy Argetsinger described it, but for its “utter lack of ambiance, its “windows bedecked with...
  • Not only cowardice, but lack of imagination hurt GOP Congress

    09/27/2015 4:23:57 PM PDT · by LS · 9 replies
    self | 9/27/2015 | LS
    It's well understood that neither Mitch McConnell nor John Boehner really wanted to stop Obama from doing anything. There are several theories for this. Rush Limbaugh and many conservatives think that the GOPe's polling data has told them that a shutdown---or any perceived opposition to Obama---would harm them in elections. Another theory is that, well, they really don't disagree with the guy, and really only prefer to "manage" the decline better than him. Both could be true. What is NOT true is that there were never any other means of stopping Zero and his cronies except for either a government...
  • Boehner Warns Conservatives About The Tea Party: Reavows Calling Ted Cruz ‘That Jack-Ass’ (Video)

    09/27/2015 2:59:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Liberals Unite Magazine ^ | September 27, 2015 | Samuel Warde
    Outgoing Speaker of the House John Boehner lashed out at the House’s “most conservative members” during a Sunday interview on ABC’s “Face the Nation.”CBS host John Dickerson began the interview by asking Boehner about the threatened government shutdown: “Four days, the government runs out of money. Is there going to be a shutdown?” Boehner responded, “no,” that he expected the Senate to pass a continuing resolution and that with the help of Democrats in the House, he expected the House to vote to keep the government open. Moving to the issue of Boehner’s upcoming retirement, Dickerson asked Boehner about conversations...
  • Boehner rips GOP critics, suggests deals with Democrats on way out

    09/27/2015 1:52:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | September 27, 2015 | William Douglas
    * Boehner calls some conservatives "unrealistic" * Plans to pass government funding bill with Democratic support * Says he could have survived a vote to oust himHouse Speaker John Boehner isn’t going out quietly. The outgoing and embattled speaker had choice words Sunday for his foes inside and outside of Congress and signaled that he intends to be very much in charge until he relinquishes the speaker’s gavel under pressure at the end of October. Boehner took aim at Republican rebels in the House of Representatives and unnamed conservative and tea party groups that agitated for his departure. He blasted...
  • Boehner Resignation Unleashes Cascade of Caterwauling [semi-satire]

    09/27/2015 9:53:21 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 26 Sep 2015 | John Semmens
    House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) announcement that he is resigning from Congress effective October 30th was followed by a torrent of tears in Washington. Leading the sob fest, of course, was Boehner himself who lamented that “the blood, sweat, and tears I’ve shed for this country have gone unappreciated for too long.” As if to contradict Boehner’s lament, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) praised “Boehner’s cooperative approach to getting things done,” and expressed the hope that “a similarly motivated and compliant successor can be found.” A glum Presidential Press Secretary Josh Earnest called the resignation “a serious setback for...
  • GOP Rep. Peter King: ‘The crazies have taken over the party’

    09/26/2015 10:34:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    MSNBC ^ | September 26, 2015 | Zachary Roth
    The abrupt resignation of House Speaker John Boehner shows that “the crazies have taken over the party,” Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said Friday. “I think it signals the crazies have taken over the party, taken over to the party that you can remove a speaker of the House who’s second in line to be president, a constitutional officer in the middle of his term with no allegations of impropriety, a person who’s honest and doing his job. This has never happened before in our country,” King said in an interview on CNN. “He could have stayed on.” King praised Boehner,...
  • REACTION: Buzz On Social Media About Boehner Stepping Down

    09/26/2015 6:00:22 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 26 replies
    KWTV ^ | 09/25/2015 | Staff
    "Today was the right day for Speaker Boehner to announce his retirement. He is a new grandfather and nothing would surpass the Pope's address" -Newt Gingrich "Given how it ended, I am guessing Boehner wishes he had just jammed immigration through, would have fundamentally changed his legacy" -Dan Pfeiffer "If Boehner wasn't conservative enough for the Republican Party, they are handing the Dems a win in 2016." -Sarah Wood "I wasn't always happy with what Speaker Boehner told me, but he never, ever misled me. He never told me something that wasn't true." -Harry Reid "John Boehner talking about the...
  • Boehner Resigned? Good. Go Cry, Drink And Surrender Somewhere Else.

    09/26/2015 4:06:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies ^ | September 26, 2015 | John Hawkins
    "Boehner is despised by the younger, more conservative members of the House Republican Conference. They are repelled by his personal behavior. He is louche, alcoholic, lazy, and without any commitment to any principle. Boehner has already tried to buy the members with campaign contributions and committee assignments, which he has already promised to potentially difficult members. His hold is insecure. He is not [Newt] Gingrich, the natural leader of a 'revolution,' riding the crest into power. He is careworn and threadbare, banal and hollow, holding nobody's enduring loyalty." – Sidney Blumenthal in a private email to Hillary Clinton "We’ve never...
  • House speaker: Anyone can run, even you (Ted Cruz?)

    09/25/2015 2:42:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 25, 2015 | Peter Grier, Washington editor
    Non-House members have received votes for speaker, and that’s a trend that seems to be growing.Who can replace Speaker of the House John Boehner, who announced Friday he’s quitting? Almost anyone. Maybe even you. This isn’t a comment on the job Representative Boehner has or has not done in his role as leader of his legislative chamber. It’s meant to illustrate a little-known fact: Under the Constitution, the speaker does not have to be a member of the House. He or she doesn’t have to be an elected lawmaker or government official. The speaker can be an ordinary, private citizen....
  • Boehner to resign at end of October

    09/25/2015 8:04:43 AM PDT · by Freeport · 181 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2015-09-25 | Chad Pergram, Mike Emanuel and Rich Edson and The Associated Press
    House Speaker John Boehner told lawmakers Friday that he plans to resign at the end of October, in a stunning development that comes amid mounting friction with the conservative wing of the party. He plans to step down as speaker, and resign from Congress. The 13-term Ohio Republican shocked his GOP caucus early Friday morning when he informed them of his decision in a closed-door session. One lawmaker told Fox News he was "stunned," and that there was "some anger" in the room "against the people who caused this to happen." The announcement came one day after the high point...

    09/25/2015 7:04:08 AM PDT · by shortstop · 22 replies ^ | 09/25/15 | Bob Lonsberry
    If you're the donut man, sell donuts. And if you're the pope, preach Christ. In life, you have to know your role and remember your purpose. You have to keep your eye on the prize. Yesterday, in front of a Congress and a nation, Pope Francis forgot who he was. He came to the plate, and he didn't swing. He failed to deliver the one message his life is supposedly dedicated to delivering. With the eyes of a government and a people upon him, he squandered the opportunity of a lifetime. America needed to hear something, and he didn't say...
  • Not once! Not Jesus Christ and not abortion. The very political Pope!

    09/24/2015 5:23:26 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 107 replies
    Vox Cantoris ^ | Thursday, 24 September 2015 | Vox Cantoris
    Not once was the name or Our Lord Jesus Christ proclaimed aloud. Not even a subtle illusion. Not even a blessing. Even at St. Patrick's Church later, not even a formal blessing to Catholics. Is the Pope embarrassed to be Catholic? Is he even? Not once was the word "abortion" used. There were references to protecting "human life at every state of development." Yes, the Pope opposes abortion. But that weak statement could mean anything to anyone. To me it could mean from conception to natural death; to someone else it can mean birth until life has no dignity. It...
  • Pope’s speech to Congress: no specific mention of abortion, only the death penalty

    09/24/2015 5:18:43 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Thu Sep 24, 2015 | John-Henry Westen
    EDITORIAL WASHINGTON, D.C., September 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- In his historic address at the US Congress today Pope Francis focused on immigration, human dignity, poverty and the environment. Speaking before all senators hours before they vote on defunding Planned Parenthood, at no point did he mention abortion by name. He spoke to Congress of “money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood,” but was referring only to the sale of weapons. “In the face of this shameful and culpable silence, it is our duty to confront the problem and to stop the arms trade,” he said. Prompting palpable joy...
  • Some Quick Thoughts On the Pope’s Congressional Address

    09/24/2015 4:49:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | September 24, 2015 | Steve Skojec
    I don’t want to spend a great deal of time on the text of the speech. You can read it for yourself. But there are a few of points I want to highlight and ask questions about. First, I said in my post yesterday morning that the White House address was a missed opportunity to talk about abortion in a week when Congress was duking it out over defunding Planned Parenthood. People got angry with me. I said at the end of the post, “Here’s hoping that in the Congressional address tomorrow, our modern holocaust gets more than a passing...
  • Pope Francis Just Echoed Obama's 'Offensive' Prayer Breakfast Remarks

    While delivering the first address from a pontiff to a joint meeting of Congress on Thursday, Pope Francis touched on topics ranging from the plight of immigrants to climate change and the death penalty. Many of his comments were lightly delivered and unlikely to elicit much controversy, though the reaction might be different if they were given by another world leader. Case in point: Toward the beginning of his address, Francis alluded to religious extremism, noting that "no religion is immune" from it. His full quote as prepared for delivery: "Our world is increasingly a place of violent conflict, hatred...
  • Pope Francis delivers big for Dems on war, climate, immigration

    09/24/2015 9:15:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 50 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/24/15 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Pope Francis on Thursday gave an historic address to a joint meeting of Congress that delivered big applause lines for Democrats on issues like the need to end armed conflict, welcoming immigrants, and taking steps to stop climate change. And while Republicans have spent the week reminding people that the pope agrees with the GOP on issues like family and abortion, the pontiff only gave a few brief nods to those issues, and in far less specific terms. For example, he stressed that the "Golden Rule" reminds people of their "responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage...
  • Pope devotes one line to abortion in speech to Congress on immigration, climate change, inequality

    09/24/2015 11:58:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/24/2015 | AllahPundit
    Believe it or not, the one line he devoted to abortion was one line more than he devoted to the subject of Jesus, who wasn’t mentioned at all in this morning’s speech according to the transcript. Maybe that was a deliberate choice made by Francis, to stick to politics and universal principles before a domestic television audience with many millions of non-Christians. (He did mention Moses.) Or maybe he just had more important things that he wanted to talk about, like the environment.This is exactly right: The Holy Father's politics, as w/his predecessors, defy easy right-left categorization. Not sure...
  • Holy Father's Speech to Congress (Complete Speech of Pope Francis to Congress)

    09/24/2015 11:20:20 AM PDT · by xzins · 45 replies
    Diocese of Paterson ^ | 24 Sep 15 | Pope Francis
    Mr. Vice-President, Mr. Speaker, Honorable Members of Congress, Dear Friends, I am most grateful for your invitation to address this Joint Session of Congress in "the land of the free and the home of the brave". I would like to think that the reason for this is that I too am a son of this great continent, from which we have all received so much and toward which we share a common responsibility. Each son or daughter of a given country has a mission, a personal and social responsibility. Your own responsibility as members of Congress is to enable this...
  • Pope Francis takes Congress to task in its own home

    09/24/2015 10:28:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/24/2015 | Maxwell Tani
    Pope Francis was not afraid to critique Congress in his historic address on Capitol Hill, calling on the body to do better in several areas of political debate. In a speech of about 40 minutes made in front of a joint meeting of Congress on Thursday, the pope commended positions supported by both parties. He nodded to the plight of immigrants and refugees, also noting the sanctity of human life "at every stage of its development" and hinting that Congress should take action to address these problems. And, as he did on Wednesday from the White House, he explicitly called...
  • Pope Francis’ Address to the US Congress [Full text]

    09/24/2015 9:09:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Zenit ^ | 9/24/15
    Here is the text of Pope Francis’ address to a Joint Session of the United States Congress at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. * * * Mr. Vice-President, Mr. Speaker, Honorable Members of Congress, Dear Friends, I am most grateful for your invitation to address this Joint Session of Congress in “the land of the free and the home of the brave”. I would like to think that the reason for this is that I too am a son of this great continent, from which we have all received so much and toward which we share a common responsibility. Each...
  • Francis takes Congress to task on immigration, abortion, gay marriage and (Shortened)

    09/24/2015 9:11:44 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 117 replies ^ | September 24, 2015 | David Martosko,J.Taylor Rushing
    Pope Francis delivered a stinging blow to nativist conservatives bent on keeping illegal immigrants and Middle Eastern refugees out of the United States, saying Thursday in a landmark address to Congress that Americans should show compassion to immigrants of all stripes.
  • Full Speech: Pope Francis Gives Historic Speech To Congress (9-24-15)

    09/24/2015 8:59:55 AM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 23 replies
    YouTube ^ | 150924 | Jorge Bergoglio
    September 24, 2015: Pope Francis becomes the first Pope to address a joint session of Congress.
  • Pope Speaks to Congress Live Thread

    09/24/2015 7:01:28 AM PDT · by kjam22 · 126 replies
    VANITY | 9-24-15 | kjam22
    Live thread
  • Five Things Pope Francis Needs To Know Before He Addresses Congress

    09/24/2015 1:43:31 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 31 replies ^ | September 24, 2015 | James Delingpole
    1. There are bigger, more pressing problems than climate change No, really, there are. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), the congressman who is boycotting the papal address because he thinks the Pope is behaving “like a leftist politician” gives some excellent examples here. Foremost, surely, is the persecution and murder of Christians (and other minorities) in Africa and the Middle East by Islamist groups such as Boko Haram and ISIS. If the Pope isn’t going to stick up for his flock in times of crisis what exactly is the point of the Papacy?
  • Congress moves quickly on shutdown… to make sure we don’t spend any less money

    09/23/2015 7:38:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/23/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    If I’m reading the calendar correctly we have about four congressional working days until the government shuts down, assuming we don’t get some sort of deal on a continuing resolution. So what happens next? For one thing a whole bunch of federal workers will be placed on unpaid leave and sent home unless they are in “critical” positions which can’t be left vacant. This clearly calls for quick action by our elected representatives and you may rest assured that they’re all over this thing. A bipartisan proposal is in place to make sure that as soon as the curtains...
  • Iran wants to renegotiate parts of the nuke "deal." That may be good.

    09/22/2015 11:05:53 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 4 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | September 22, 2015 | Dan Miller
    Iran wants sanctions relief to be lifted, immediately, and not merely suspended. Iran should not get that. If it doesn't, it may well terminate the "deal" unilaterally. If Iran gets what it wants, the Senate should review the "deal" as a treaty and reject it. Either outcome would be a substantial improvement over the current "deal" and the morass in which it is embedded.This post is based on a September 21st article at Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) titled "Expected September 28 NY Meeting Between P5+1 Foreign Ministers And Iran Could Signify Reopening Of Nuclear Negotiations To Address Khamenei’s September...