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  • New House GOP plan: Nearly one year of funding for the entire government — except on immigration

    11/25/2014 2:07:13 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 19 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | Nov 25, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Looks like they're about to do this: LET'S LIGHT UP THEIR PHONES FOLKS: (202)-224-3121 Because you know in conference committee ": Nearly one year of funding for the entire government — except on immigration" Immigration funding WILL be added back in. WE WILL NOT BE FOOLED, and WE must demand ONLY a short term funding Bill through January, WHY this congress would want the next one to be hampered (by Republicans) is beyond me (well not completely..).
  • Congressional Black Caucus Chair: ‘There Is An Unwritten Rule That Black Lives Hold No Value’

    11/25/2014 5:48:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 119 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/25/2014 | PAULA BOLYARD
    On Monday Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) called the grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown a “miscarriage of justice.”In a statement released through the Congressional Black Caucus, which she chairs, Fudge said the decision not to indict Wilson “is a slap in the face to Americans nationwide who continue to hope and believe that justice will prevail.”“This decision seems to underscore an unwritten rule that Black lives hold no value; that you may kill Black men in this country without consequences or repercussions,” Fudge said. “This is a frightening narrative for...
  • Five Ways Congress Should Respond To Obama’s Exec Amnesty-Don’t get mad. Don’t get even. Get nasty.

    11/25/2014 2:23:18 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 42 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | November 25, 2014 | Scott McKay
    "........What Obama has done—asserting the right to legalize millions of trespassers and squatters against the expressed wishes of Congress and in contravention of settled federal law by use of what he and his minions term “prosecutorial discretion”—cannot stand. GOP leadership on Capitol Hill needs to overreact to it in order to set an example....[SNIP]1.Yes, Defund The Bogus Fiat Amnesty.The Federalist’s Sean Davis took the squishes to task last week for their attempts to sell impotence, and he was correct on all points:.....2.Censure.When the Bill Clinton impeachment mess was unfolding in 1998,the Senate Democrats’ response to House Republican talk of impeaching...
  • Congressional Black Caucus denounces Ferguson grand jury

    11/25/2014 12:37:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Politico ^ | November 24, 2014 | Kendall Breitman
    Members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Monday called the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson a “slap in the face” for those seeking justice for the death of Michael Brown “The Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown is a miscarriage of justice,” CBC Chair Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) said in a statement released after the decision was announced late Monday evening in Missouri. “It is a slap in the face to Americans nationwide who continue to hope and believe that justice will prevail.” “This decision...
  • Make Obama Own the Shutdown: Why Shutdown 2015 will be different

    11/24/2014 5:35:52 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11/24/2014 | Shawn Mitchell
    They say politicians, like generals, tend to fight the last war. In the Constitutional showdown over President Obama’s executive orders on immigration and threatened government shutdown, Republicans are poised to lose an important fight they can and should win. They lack confidence because they suffer PTSD from the last battle. It’s quite a turnaround from Obama’s historic drubbing in the midterms a few weeks ago. Suddenly, he seems smug and purposeful while Republicans are fearful of missteps in a minefield.Republicans and many legal scholars believe Obama undermined the constitutional order with unknown consequences. At worst, he’s ignited an arms race...
  • HOW THE GOP SHOULD REACT TO OBAMA EXEC ORDERS

    11/24/2014 6:50:56 AM PST · by shortstop · 44 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 11/24/14 | Bob Lonsberry
    Take him to court. That’s what the Republicans in Congress should do about Barack Obama’s executive actions on illegal immigration. Some member of the House or Senate should file suit in federal court seeking an injunction on the grounds that the actions are a clear violation of the Constitution, which authorizes the Congress to establish a “uniform rule of naturalization.” The Constitution gives matters of immigration to the Congress – the people’s branch of government – and a president is violating the Constitution when he abrogates a congressional action on immigration. It’s really very simple. And it’s not about illegal...
  • Obama’s Cares About Expanding Executive Power, Not Immigrants

    11/24/2014 5:09:26 AM PST · by LeoMcNeil · 9 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | November 24, 2014 | Leo McNeil
    Last week President Obama declared new laws on immigration, similar to how a divine right king might. What’s interesting in his decree is that in the very least he acknowledges that he cannot actually provide a pathway to citizenship under the law. He expanded the power of the executive branch but he didn’t open up the floodgates. Nevertheless he absolutely expanded the power of the executive branch, pending action by Congress or the Supreme Court. What’s odd about Obama’s expansion of power is that he could have had exactly what he decreed had be been willing to play ball with...
  • The anxieties of the GOP majority

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

    11/23/2014 11:54:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 23, 2014 | Paul Jacob
    “What too few in Washington appreciate — and what the new Republican Congress must if we hope to succeed — is that the American people’s current distrust of their public institutions is totally justified.” So wrote Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) in The Federalist shortly after the big election earlier this month. “Americans are fed up with Washington, and they have every right to be.” You can say that again. When Democrats swept the 2006 mid-term elections to re-take control of the U.S. House of Representatives, it was much more a repudiation of the pork-barreling, corrupt crony behavior of that Republican...
  • Surprise: Pelosi Most Unpopular Member of Congress

    11/22/2014 3:45:36 PM PST · by PROCON · 39 replies
    townhall.com ^ | Nov. 21, 2014 | Sarah Jean Seman
    Just when you thought no one could possibly be worse than Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), you remember there is always Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Fifty-eight percent of likely U.S. voters have an unfavorable opinion of Pelosi, according to a recent Rasmussen Reports poll. What’s more, a whopping 41 percent have a “very unfavorable” view of the Maryland native. What is there not to like about Pelosi? After all, Planned Parenthood awarded her with its “highest recognition of leadership, excellence, and outstanding contributions” for her work in support of abortion. Of course, being a “Catholic” the Catholic Church ruled that she...
  • 6th Congressional District (Louisiana) poll puts Garret Graves at 61%, Edwin Edwards at 35%

    11/22/2014 10:01:56 AM PST · by abb · 13 replies
    The (New Orleans) Times Picayune ^ | November 21, 2014 | Diane Samuels
    The first independent polling in the race for Louisiana's 6th Congressional District shows Republican Garret Graves has a hefty, if not unexpected, lead over Democrat and former Governor Edwin Edwards. The poll was conducted and funded by John Couvillon of JMC Analytics and Polling, who previously worked with the Paul Dietzel II campaign during the primary but is not aligned with either Graves or Edwards. It shows that, including people who are undecided, 61 percent of people are leaning toward voting for Graves, compared to 35 percent for Edwards. If the Dec. 6 election were held today, 59 percent of...
  • GOP bill would defund Obama's immigration order

    11/21/2014 11:27:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/21/2014 | Cristina Marcos
    Reps. Ted Poe (R-Texas) and Diane Black (R-Tenn.) have introduced legislation to prohibit funding to implement President Obama's executive action on immigration. Their bill, titled The Separation of Powers Act, would block the use of funds for deferring deportations of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally or providing work permits. Poe said the legislation would reinforce the constitutional principle of checks and balances. "This legislation will allow Congress to exercise its 'check' on an out-of-control White House that treats the Constitution as a mere suggestion, not the law of the land," Poe said. Black said the measure could be one...
  • Obama's Amnesty Threatens To Shut Down Constitution

    11/21/2014 10:06:22 AM PST · by raptor22 · 46 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 21, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Amnesty: Pundits warn that a funding fight over the president's move to grant de facto amnesty to illegal aliens threatens a politically risky government shutdown. But there's something much more important at stake here. The Founders had good reason to give Congress the power of the purse: Short of impeachment, it's the most effective way to stop a lawless president from disobeying the will of Congress and usurping powers not granted by the Constitution. The question is: Will Congress use this power to thwart President Obama's shredding of the Constitution with his executive amnesty plan? Incoming Senate Budget Committee Chairman...
  • American Legion: No amnesty for illegal immigrants

    11/21/2014 6:11:49 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 22 replies
    American Legion ^ | Nov 20, 2014 | National Commander Michael D. Helm
    Legion: No amnesty for illegal immigrants November 20, 2014 Featured in National Security, Citizenship Legion: No amnesty for illegal immigrants American Legion National Commander Michael D. Helm today questioned the wisdom of the White House putting politics above national security if it carries through with its plan to give amnesty to as many as 5 million illegal immigrants through an executive order. “At a time when ISIS, al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations are killing innocent Americans, it makes no sense to let our guard down and send a message that the United States is an open, soft target,” Helm...
  • Bachmann to America: Come to D.C. on Dec. 3 & Rally to 'Defund Amnesty'

    11/20/2014 7:46:04 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 49 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Nov 20, 2014 | Hannity
    Bachmann said that Congress will be back in D.C. Dec. 1-11, and she said “Hannity” viewers must “melt the phone lines” and tell them to “defund amnesty.” “I’m calling on your viewers to come to D.C. on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at high noon on the west steps of the Capitol. We need to have a rally, and we need to go visit our senators and visit our congressmen because nothing frightens a congressman like the whites of his constituents’ eyes.” Watch more above.
  • President Obama Changing The Rules On Illegal Immigration (O'Reilly's "Humane" comment bites back?

    11/20/2014 12:40:41 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 16 replies
    Bill O'Reilly (The O'Reilly Factor) ^ | 6/15/2012 | Bill O'Reilly
    In a very political move, the president has announced new rules for a specific group of illegal aliens. If your parents brought you to America when you were under 16, if you have completed high school, or served in the military, and if you are under the age of 30 now, then you are most likely going to stay in America. ... As for the policy, how can you blame kids when they are dragged to the US? It's not the child's fault that laws were broken. Thus the new policy is humane, and the President believes it will make...
  • Republican leaders hope to contain outrage in the ranks over Obama immigration moves

    11/20/2014 12:05:57 PM PST · by C19fan · 69 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 20, 2014 | Robert Costa
    Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) winced as he listened to comments from Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) in reaction to President Obama’s plans to protect undocumented immigrants from deportation. “Unfortunate, unfair, unnecessary, unwise,” Graham said. Earlier Wednesday, Bachmann, a retiring tea-party firebrand, had declared that those immigrants covered by the policies that the president would announce Thursday would become “illiterate” voters. For Republicans the roiling debate over the president’s decision is not only a fight with the White House, but a test of whether they can contain some of the unhelpful passions among their swelling majorities in both chambers. The task...
  • WSJ/NBC Poll Finds Americans Want Parties To Work Together

    11/20/2014 6:25:11 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 68 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/19/2014 | Patrick O'Connor
    Some 63% Want Candidates Elected This Year to Broker Deals With Lawmakers From Across Aisle Americans are largely pleased with the outcome of this month's midterm elections but have little faith that Republican gains in the House and Senate will prompt the two parties to work more closely to solve the nation's problems, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds. Weeks after Republicans recaptured the Senate and tightened their grip on the House, roughly three-fourths of poll participants said this month's midterm results woul produce "just some" or "not that much" change in a country that most believe has...
  • God Save The King!

    11/20/2014 5:56:59 AM PST · by LeoMcNeil · 15 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | November 20, 2014 | Leo McNeil
    His Royal Majesty King Barack Obama, our Lord and Sovereign, is to issue decrees tonight legalizing previously illegal immigrants. His Majesty is tired of waiting on Congress to act, so tired that he must act himself. The Republicans are so disrespectful of the King, he has been ever so patient with them. May God give us the grace to be as patient and understanding as His Majesty King Barack! Can you imagine the gall of these Republicans, who have spent years attempting to thwart the will of our Sovereign? They should count their blessings that they still have their heads....
  • Sheila Jackson Lee: 'Selfish' for America to Deny Illegals Amnesty, Work Permits

    11/19/2014 5:07:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | November 18, 2014 | Tony Lee
    On Tuesday, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) said President Barack Obama’s forthcoming unilateral action on immigration is not “amnesty” and declared that America would be “selfish” to deny illegal immigrants temporary work permits and amnesty. Speaking on the House floor, Jackson Lee, who handed out candy to illegal immigrant juveniles this summer at detention centers, mentioned that Texas has 1.3 illegal immigrants and said she loves “living in a country that is known around the world for its humanitarian generosity.” She said the illegal immigrants are working, paying taxes and love their children, some of whom are U.S. citizens or...
  • GOP Leadership to Relinquish all (Gun) Policy Decisions to Dems, for Next 10 Months

    11/19/2014 7:05:57 AM PST · by jaydee770 · 13 replies
    AmmoLand.com – Shooting Sports News ^ | November 18, 2014 | Ammoland
    Washington, DC --(Ammoland.com)- First, the good news. Last week, you contacted your congressional representatives and demanded a “short term” Continuing Resolution. They heard you, and every conservative in Washington is echoing this theme. Now for the bad news. Even though Republicans just won control of Congress, what’s the first “bright idea” the Republican leadership comes up with after their wave election? ANSWER: GIVE CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS CONTROL OF THE CONGRESS FOR THE NEXT TEN MONTHS!!!!! Thankfully, the overwhelming percentage of conservative Republicans in Washington are opposed to this. And that’s why we need to keep lighting the fire under them, so...
  • Trolling the GOP - [Obama's] plan to mess with Boehner’s leadership strategy?

    11/19/2014 12:53:39 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | November 18, 2014 | Bill Scher
    <p>When the Obama administration last week began the process of preparing the media and the public about the president’s plan to unilaterally suspend deportation for as many as 6 million illegal immigrants, it did not go to a Latino outlet like Univision. It did not communicate to the liberal base via the Huffington Post or even old standbys like the New York Times and the Washington Post. The “exclusive” went to Fox News.</p>
  • Liberal Lawyer to Represent House of Representatives Against Obama

    11/18/2014 5:02:28 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 12 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 18 Nov 14 | MICHAEL WARRE
    VIDEO HEREAmazing 8:33 min/sec video of testimony by Professor Jonathan Turley, George Washington University Law Professor on the subject of Barry Soetoro's tyranny.
  • XL Keystone vote underway in Congress (Live Thread)

    11/18/2014 3:03:26 PM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 195 replies
    November 18, 2014 | Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
    Will it or won't it pass? Stay tuned..
  • The GOP battle plan to fight Obama’s immigration order is coming together [Not a shutdown]

    11/18/2014 2:39:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/18/2014 | Noah Rothman
    The three instances in living memory in which Republicans in Congress embraced a strategy which led to shutting down the government, the results were disastrous for their party. While there is some debate on the right as to just how lasting that damage was, it is universally accepted that the public did not approve of the GOPÂ’s actions and registered their dissatisfaction. It takes two to tango, and the government does not shut down only as a result of the actions of the minority party. Yet, the public blamed the GOP in 1995, 1996, and 2013 when the government...
  • House Democrats lash out at Nancy Peolosi

    11/18/2014 10:51:06 AM PST · by Din Maker · 65 replies
    Market Watch ^ | November 18 2014
    <p>The incoming House minority leader is about to be in the worst position with her caucus since the end of Democrats’ short-lived majority in 2010.</p> <p>That leader, Nancy Pelosi, will be unchallenged for the top House Democratic post on Tuesday during a closed-door party meeting, Politico reports. But after quietly grumbling about Pelosi since suffering devastating losses on Election Day, Democrats’ discontent with her is spilling out into the open. “They wiped the floor with us, so no, we’re not feeling good,” said Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio. “We think clearly there was a lack of a coherent and compelling message. We believe that certainly our leadership worked hard, but there obviously was something lacking because we lost so many seats.”</p>
  • House Democrats re-elect Pelosi as minority leader

    11/18/2014 10:08:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 18, 2014 11:31 AM EST | Alan Fram
    Democrats re-elected Rep. Nancy Pelosi to another two-year term as House minority leader on Tuesday, two weeks after elections in which the party lost at least a dozen seats in the chamber. In a closed-door meeting of House Democrats, Pelosi was re-elected by voice vote in a race in which she faced no challenger. The California Democrat has been party leader in the chamber since 2003, including four years in which she was the first female House speaker. No. 2 House Democrat Steny Hoyer of Maryland and the party’s other top leaders also were re-elected without a challenge. …
  • Christie calls on House GOP to compromise

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

    11/16/2014 9:43:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | November 16, 2014 | Professor William A. Jacobson
    It’s the illegitimacy, stupid.One of the most frequent questions I get is “How can we stop Obama from ….” The ellipses reflects that there are a variety of issues on which people want Obama stopped. The answer to most of those questions is, as Obama himself suggested, to go out and win some elections. And that is exactly what just happened earlier this month. In what appropriately could be termed a legal insurrection, voters around the country rejected the Party of Obama and his policies. So much so that Republicans in the House have a historic majority even beyond what...
  • The new Congress will not kill a bad nuke deal with Iran

    11/16/2014 11:50:34 AM PST · by DanMiller · 11 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | November 16, 2014 | Dan Miller
    A bad nuke deal with Iran seems likely to be approved by the P5+1 negotiators under Obama's guidance. It will be disastrous. However, if it is signed and Obama tries to implement it, there will be little if anything the Congress can do about it, even if it wants to, until January of 2017 -- which will likely be too late. Even if it is not too late in 2017 it may or may not happen, depending on who is our President and who controls Congress.I have written extensively about the Iran Scam and Obama's untruths and obfuscations concerning it. I did so most recently in...
  • Oregon immigration vote is a warning for Obama

    11/16/2014 6:38:11 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 11 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/16/2014 | JONATHAN J. COOPER and NICHOLAS RICCARDI
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The fate of a little-noticed ballot measure in strongly Democratic Oregon serves as a warning to President Barack Obama and his party about the political perils of immigration policy. Even as Oregon voters were legalizing recreational marijuana and expanding Democratic majorities in state government, they decided by a margin of 66-34 to cancel a new state law that would have provided driver's licenses to people who are in the United States illegally. Obama is considering acting on his own, as early as this week, to possibly shield from deportation up to 5 million immigrants now living...
  • FLASHBACK: UPDATE 1-U.S. Congress wins relief on Obamacare health plan subsidies (brain drain)

    11/16/2014 5:58:50 AM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/07/13 | David Lawder
    **SNIP** The amendment's author, Republican Senator Charles Grassley, argued that if Obamacare plans were good enough for the American public, they were good enough for Congress. Democrats, eager to pass the reforms, went along with it. But it soon became apparent the provision contained no language that allowed federal contributions toward their health plans that cover about 75 percent of the premium costs. This caused fears that staff would suddenly face sharply higher healthcare costs and leave federal service, causing a "brain drain" on Capitol Hill. But Wednesday's proposed rule from the OPM, the federal government's human resources agency, means...
  • Muslim Imam Allowed to Praise Allah on House Floor

    11/14/2014 8:30:38 PM PST · by kingattax · 63 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 11-14-14 | Tim Brown
    The United States House of Representatives allowed a Muslim imam to give the opening prayer on Thursday morning, in which he praised Allah, the demonic god of Islam, who is the enemy of Christ and America. Imam Hamad Ahmad Chebli of the Islamic Society of New Jersey was invited by Democrat Rep. Rush Holt (NJ). Chebli praised Allah as, "The most gracious, the most merciful" and then declared "Praise be to Allah, the cherisher, the sustainer of the world; the most gracious, the most merciful master of the day of judgment." He then went on to declare, "Thee do we...
  • Islam in US National Cathedral and US Congress: What do Muslims Want?

    11/15/2014 4:22:24 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 23 replies
    Islam Around The World ^ | 11/15/2014 | Jan_Sobieski
    Lest we forget the true face of Islam (the only religion that Democrats love). And why do they love Islam? Totalitarian, Legislates immorality, destruction of enemies, homo-sodomite-pedophile religion, etc. (the list goes on)
  • The Loneliest President Since Nixon

    11/15/2014 7:12:06 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 31 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/14/2014 | PEGGY NOONAN
    Seven years ago I was talking to a longtime Democratic operative on Capitol Hill about a politician who was in trouble. The pol was likely finished, he said. I was surprised. Can’t he change things and dig himself out? No. “People do what they know how to do.” Politicians don’t have a vast repertoire. When they get in a jam they just do what they’ve always done, even if it’s not working anymore. This came to mind when contemplating President Obama. After a devastating election, he is presenting himself as if he won. The people were not saying no to...
  • 'Obama's insurance policy': DC chuckles after GOP congressman rules out impeaching Obama...

    11/14/2014 7:06:16 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 28 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 11/14/2014 | DAVID MARTOSKO
    A Republican congressman known as a pit bull in Washington said Thursday that he doesn't support the idea of impeachment proceedings against President Obama because winning that fight would elevate the vice president to the Oval Office. 'Have you met Joe Biden?' South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy asked during a Fox News Channel interview. Impeachment talk has swirled around Washington since the president announced that an executive order overhauling America's immigration system is imminent. But some in the GOP see Biden as Obama's hedge against removal from office, since much of his public exposure has come in conjunction with a...
  • House passes bill to fast-track Keystone XL oil pipeline

    11/14/2014 10:29:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    CBS News ^ | 11/14/2014 | Jake Miller
    The House of Representatives passed a bill expediting the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline on Friday, thrusting Congress back into the debate over a long-stalled project lauded by proponents as a job creator and reviled by foes as an environmental disaster. The bill passed by a margin of 252 to 161. This is the ninth time the House has passed such a bill on the pipeline. The Senate has planned a vote on a similar proposal next Tuesday. The long-simmering debate over the pipeline's construction reached a sudden boil earlier this week when a group of lawmakers, led...
  • Executive Orders: Issuance and Revocation

    11/13/2014 8:45:42 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 12 replies
    Congressional Revocation and Alteration of Executive Orders Further, as long as it is not constitutionally based, Congress may repeal a presidential order, or terminate the underlying authority upon which the action is predicated. For example, in 2006, Congress revoked part of an executive order from November 12, 1838, which reserved certain public land for lighthouse purposes. 28 Congress has also explicitly revoked executive orders in their entirety, such as in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which revoked a December 13, 1912, executive order that created Naval Petroleum Reserve Numbered 2. 29 Another example of the express nullification of an...
  • Congressional Revocation and Alteration of Executive Orders (How to Kill the Amnesty EO)

    11/13/2014 2:06:46 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 168 replies
  • Dems Deny Duckworth a Proxy Vote in Democratic Leader Elections

    11/14/2014 5:17:42 AM PST · by C19fan · 39 replies
    National Journal ^ | November 13, 2014 | Billy House
    Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, who is expecting a baby in December, is being denied a request to vote by proxy in the House Democratic Caucus leadership and committee member elections next week—even though her doctor advises she can't travel to Washington in the late stages of her pregnancy. The Iraq War veteran, who lost both legs when her helicopter was shot down in 2004, made the request in a letter to fellow Democrats. Her letter was read during a closed-door Democratic Caucus meeting on Thursday. But objections were raised, and the request was denied, with opponents including Democratic Steering...
  • Post Nuclear Option: RINO's Will Revert to Old Senate Rules..?

    11/13/2014 4:49:46 PM PST · by gaijin · 28 replies
    My Brain ^ | Nov 13, 2014 | me
    On Nov 21st of last year Harry Reid chose the "Nuclear Option", breaking 40 years of Senate tradition of according the minority party a generous say in the country's affairs: Reid's claim was that under the traditional rules "the Senate is broken" --under Reid's new rules, federal judicial nominees and executive-office appointments would "negotiate roadblocks" and advance to confirmation votes by a **simple majority** of senators, rather than the 60-vote supermajority that had been the requirement.Reid's new rules meant the Senate minority would suddenly have a smaller voice, a condition much less generous and much more typical of legislative bodies...
  • Pelosi Defiant: ‘When Was the Last Time You Asked Mitch McConnell’ if He’s Too Old? (Video)

    11/13/2014 2:13:43 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 58 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 13 Nov 14 | Emma Dumain
    In her first public remarks since Election Day last week, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defended her decision to run to keep her post atop the House Democratic Caucus, and doesn’t sound likely to relinquish it anytime soon. “I don’t understand why this question should even come up,” the California Democrat said at a press conference Thursday. “I’m here as long as the members want me to be here. Pelosi suggested that she wasn’t, as many expect, looking to serve one more term as minority leader before retiring in 2016 — when, colleagues hope, Hillary Rodham Clinton will be elected...
  • The Necessary and Proper Clause: Master or servant?

    11/13/2014 1:32:51 PM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 1 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | November 13, 2014 | Will Baude
    Last week, as readers of this blog surely know, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Zivotofsky v. Kerry, which considers the validity of a law regulating the content of U.S. passports. One constitutional question potentially implicated in the case is the scope of the Necessary and Proper Clause, in particular Congress’s power to “make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution … all other powers vested by this Constitution … in any department or officer” of the federal government. (The clause is mentioned very briefly by Jack Goldsmith here; it still leaves open the...
  • Voters Want Republicans To Set National Agenda

    11/13/2014 6:03:31 AM PST · by LeoMcNeil · 5 replies
    While President Obama and the Democrats run around the country and the world pretending like the midterms were not a wave election, the American public wants the Republican Congress to set the national agenda. The midterm elections represented a repudiation of Obama and the Democrats. It is clear that the public doesn’t like the direction the Democrats are taking the country in. They don’t like Obamacare, they don’t like the Obama economy, they don’t like the international incompetence. As a result they elected Republicans and now want their newly elected representatives to set the agenda rather than the President. The...
  • Boston Globe: Time for Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to go

    11/12/2014 3:49:47 PM PST · by Zakeet · 30 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | November 12, 2014 | Scot Leigh
    In politics, there’s nothing harder than realizing that it’s time to go. People who have made their careers as Beltway politicians start to think they’ve become indispensable to Washington, when in fact it’s Washington that has become indispensable to them. And so they can’t or won’t recognize when the moment has come to move on to other things. For Democrats Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, that moment has arrived. With the Democrats’ midterm losses, the two 74-year-olds should announce that when this session of Congress ends, they will relinquish their roles as leaders of their respective Democratic caucuses.
  • Obama: 'With or Without Help from Congress, I'm Not Done Making Real Change'

    11/12/2014 9:32:05 AM PST · by rktman · 51 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 11/12/2014 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    "With or without help from Congress, I'm not done making real change for the American people," the president wrote in a new email, just three days after a similar email from the Democratic National Committee.
  • New Gallup Poll: Public wants GOP Congress, not Obama, to set the country's agenda

    11/12/2014 8:15:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/12/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, as well Valerie Jarrett and Barack Obama, should take heed. By a commanding 17 point margin, Americans want Congress to take the lead, according to a new Gallup Poll (hat tip: Bloomberg and Instapundit): Following the midterm election that some have termed a Republican wave, the majority of Americans want the Republicans in Congress -- rather than President Barack Obama -- to have more influence over the direction the country takes in the coming year. This is a switch from early 2012 when a slim plurality, 46%, wanted Obama to prevail in steering the nation....
  • The Unlikeliest Winner (GOP wins seat in district NYT lists “Democrats Are Expected to Win Easily”)

    11/12/2014 5:57:39 AM PST · by bestintxas · 33 replies
    nat review ^ | 11/12/14 | a johnson
    He received no national-party funding, ran what he calls an “old-school” campaign without data-driven analytics, and had only one paid staffer, at $500 per month, but this third-generation dairy farmer from California may just pull out the biggest upset of the 2014 cycle. As of publication time, Republican Johnny Tacherra is leading longtime Democratic lawmaker Jim Costa in the yet-to-be-decided race for the Golden State’s 16th congressional district. With provisional ballots still to be counted, and with a 700-plus-vote cushion, Tacherra is confident that he will survive. He and his wife are heading to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to take...
  • Poll: Americans Want Republicans to Set The Agenda, Not Obama

    11/12/2014 3:42:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 11, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    As Katie noted last week, President Obama gave little indication that he’s going to alter course regarding his agenda that sunk his party in the 2014 midterms. "To everyone who voted I want you to know I hear you, to the two thirds of Americans chose not to participate, I hear you too,” said Obama in a less than subtle dig at Republicans by telling the they have no mandate. As Dan wrote earlier this week, there was low voter turnout during this cycle–and it’s being used by liberals to diminish the impact of this Republican wave; a wave that led to Democrats...
  • Nation backs Republican agenda in new poll: Majority want lame duck Obama to play second fiddle

    11/12/2014 2:11:44 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | November 11, 2014 | Francesca Chambers
    A new Gallup poll shows that the majority of Americans don't want President Barack Obama calling all the shots anymore. Americans say by a large margin that they'd rather Obama back off and let Republicans take the lead in the new Congress than the other way around. The poll supports Republican claims that last week's midterm elections were in fact a referendum on the president - an assessment the White House has forcibly denied both before and after the president's party was walloped at the ballot box. ......... just 36 percent of respondents to Gallup's latest survey said they wanted...