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  • 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 · 44 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.
  • The War Resolution The Congress Needs To Pass

    02/13/2015 4:36:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2015 | Hugh Hewitt
    When President Obama unveiled his draft of a new Joint Resolution "To authorize the limited use of the United States Armed Forces against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant," I was talking with the man who man who is mostly responsible for putting the president in the Oval Office, David Axelrod. (The audio and text of that interview is here.) Axelrod obviously considers the draw-down of American forces from Iraq to be among if not the single greatest achievement of the president's years in office, and this limp draft AUMF reflects this president's intractable opposition to doing anything...
  • Stopping Obama and the Kleptocrats

    02/12/2015 3:00:38 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2015 | Robert Knight
    In 1973, National Lampoon put a dog on its cover with a gun to the animal’s head. The tongue-in-cheek headline was: “If you don’t buy this magazine, we’ll kill this dog.” In the same vein, President Obama might as well be preparing a new cover, with a frightened elderly lady, and a headline saying, “Raise the debt limit again or we’ll kill this woman.” Mr. Obama threatens to withhold Social Security checks each time the debt limit deadline nears, ignoring the fact that even if the limit were met, the government could pay its debt obligation and all Social Security...
  • Marines Surrender Weapons Before Yemen Evacuation

    02/11/2015 6:10:24 PM PST · by blueyon · 112 replies
    Military.com ^ | 2/11/15 | Richard Sisk
    U.S. Embassy Marines in Yemen handed over their M-9 pistols and M-4 carbines before evacuating the chaotic country with diplomatic personnel, the Pentagon said Wednesday. The Marines also left behind several vehicles at the airport in the capital city of Sanaa before departing on a civilian flight, said Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman. Warren said the Marines destroyed their machine guns and other crew-served weapons before leaving the Embassy for the airport. He also said that it was unclear who now had custody of the weapons and vehicles that were surrendered. A Marine spokesman could not immediately say...
  • Congress, Don’t Be Fooled; Obama Still Believes in Unlimited War

    02/11/2015 2:31:10 PM PST · by Theoria · 17 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 11 Feb 2015 | Bruce Ackerman
    President Obama is going before Congress to request authorization for the limited use of military force in a battle of up to three years against the Islamic State. On the surface, this looks like a welcome recognition of Congress’s ultimate authority in matters of war and peace. But unless the resolution put forward by the White House is amended, it will have the opposite effect. Congressional support will amount to the ringing endorsement of unlimited presidential war making. Whatever else they decide, the House and Senate should revise the White House initiative to guarantee that it won’t have this tragic...
  • Cast of the ‘Not-so-Young and the Dangerously Restless’ White House Soap Opera

    02/11/2015 8:35:49 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/11/15 | Judi McLeod
    When you're in the White house, it seems that telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth not only hurts, it makes you howl in pretend pain Longstanding querulous charges from the ever savvy peanut gallery that the U.S. Congress, the Senate, and all life at the White House is nothing but an ongoing soap opera, can now be taken literally. According to Breaking Israel News, “the White House fabricated the spat with Netanyahu and knew of the Congress Invite all along”. We can hear the resounding cries “Told ya’! and “We knew it!” emanating from office...
  • Biden: I Actually Think Congress Is An Equal Branch Of Government

    02/11/2015 8:14:52 AM PST · by Biggirl · 44 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 11, 2015 | Pam Key
    Tuesday, during an event Vice President Joe Biden hosted for lawmakers and disability advocates who helped pass the ABLE Act, he said, “I actually think it’s [Congress] an equal branch of government.”
  • Don’t disrespect our president, black lawmakers tell Netanyahu

    02/11/2015 7:03:27 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | February 11, 2015 | Edward-Isaac Dovere and Lauren French
    The audience for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress on March 3 is shaping up to be largely Republican — and almost completely white. Many members of the Congressional Black Caucus say they’re planning to skip the speech, calling it a slight to President Barack Obama that they can’t and won’t support.
  • State Senator Authors Resolution To Repeal Indiana's Ratification Of 17th Amendment

    02/10/2015 9:45:33 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    WBAA Public Radio ^ | February 9, 2015 | Network Indiana
    An Indiana state senator wants to change the way US senators are elected. Until the 17th Amendment was ratified a century ago, senators weren't elected directly, but by state legislatures. Charlestown State Senator Jim Smith says the idea was to make senators responsive to their states‘ concerns. He argues the switch to direct election has contributed to a shift in the balance of power from the states to the federal government. Smith says it‘s separated senators from state concerns and made it harder to remove them. "As the needs of the state of Indiana change," says Smith,"then we would essentially...
  • Give Congress a Say in Trade Talks

    02/10/2015 4:23:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2015 | Congressman Paul Ryan
    Both parties agree we can expand opportunity in our country by expanding American exports. In fact, the U.S. is negotiating a number of important trade agreements right now. And to make sure they’re successful, my colleagues and I have called for Congress to put in place trade promotion authority. TPA, as it’s called, is important for a number of reasons, but for starters it empowers Congress by giving it a real say in the negotiating process. Now, nothing prevents a president from negotiating a trade agreement. But an agreement can take effect only if Congress approves it. So the administration...
  • (Exempt) Obama claims he was the most productive US president in 50 years – until Republicans...

    02/10/2015 1:03:32 AM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/09/15 | David Martosko
    Obama claims he was the most productive US president in 50 years – until Republicans took partial control of Congress and 'stuff got blocked' President Barack Obama presented a rose-colored version of congressional history to a liberal-leaning online audience on Monday, as he claimed that he was the most productive president since Jyndon Johnson until Republicans got in the way. Asked by the news website Vox if he had a prescription for the political polarization of Washington since his arrival in 2009, he blamed the GOP. 'You know,' he said, 'my first two years in office when I had a...
  • Meeks Pushed for Iran Sanction Exemption After Azerbaijan Junket

    08/03/2014 9:10:02 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    NLPC | August 3, 2014 | Peter Flaherty
    There’s fallout from the July 27 Houston Chronicle exposé of a trip to Azerbaijan by 10 member of the House that violated House rules. The trip was ostensibly sponsored by nonprofit groups but was actually funded by oil companies BP, Conoco Phillips and SOCAR, the national oil company of Azerbaijan. According to the New York Post today: Rep. Gregory Meeks pushed to let an Iran-backed natural-gas project dodge US sanctions — after attending an illicit junket paid for by energy companies. Also from the Post: “Congressman Meeks went on a 2013 Congressional trip to Baku, Azerbaijan, subsidized in part...
  • Senators Petition Boehner to Postpone Netanyahu Speech

    02/09/2015 5:35:51 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 62 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/2/15 | Elad Benari
    A group of Democrats in the House of Representatives are circulating a petition asking Republican Speaker John Boehner to postpone the March 3 speech by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to a joint meeting of Congress, Bloomberg reported on Monday. “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,” states the letter, which is being circulated among lawmakers by Representatives Keith Ellison, Steve Cohen and Maxine Waters. The three started sending the petition to fellow lawmakers last week, said Mike Casca, a spokesman...
  • Netanyahu doubles down on speech to Congress

    02/09/2015 4:40:45 PM PST · by Libloather · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/09/15 | David McCabe
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday doubled down on his intention to speak to a joint session of Congress next month, despite criticism from Democrats who say they will boycott the event. Netanyahu said he fully intended to make the speech and that he will use the moment to criticize negotiations the Obama administration is holding with Iran, which he argues are endangering Israel. "A bad deal with Iran is forming in Munich that will endanger Israel's existence," Netanyahu said at an event for his Likud Party, according to The Associated Press. "Therefore, I am determined to go to...
  • Obama administration fears the kind of plain speaking that Netanyahu will deliver to Congress

    02/09/2015 11:18:31 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 22 replies
    TribLive ^ | 2/7/2015 | John Bolton
    When Speaker of the House John Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress on Iran's nuclear weapons program, one might have thought that America's politicians could benefit from participating in a serious discussion about a menacing global threat from the leader of a gravely endangered U.S. ally. Instead, controversy erupted over the propriety of the speaker's invitation ...
  • Why Netanyahu Must Address US Congress

    02/07/2015 8:39:43 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 29 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | February 7, 2015 | Joel Leyden
    By Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem, Israel — February 7, 2015 … There is only one entity that truly does not want Netanyahu to address the US Congress. Iran now has 19,000 centrifuges and admits it has 1,008 IR2m machines that can produce nuclear bomb grade material five times faster. Israeli Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin, former military intelligence chief and executive director of the Institute for National Security Studies, states that the Iranian program is currently three to six months away from a bomb. Israel faces its worst threat since its rebirth in 1948. The Jewish people face their worst...
  • Pope Francis will address Congress

    02/07/2015 8:13:12 PM PST · by Salvation · 28 replies
    Catholic News Service via Catholic Herald ^ | 02-07-15 | Paul Haring | CNS
    Pope Francis will address Congress Catholic News Service Paul Haring | CNSPope Francis prays as he leads ecumenical vespers at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome Jan. 25. WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced Feb. 5 that Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of Congress Sept. 24.The pontiff's "historic visit" would make him the "first leader of the Holy See to address a joint meeting of Congress," Boehner said in a statement, adding that he was "truly grateful that Pope Francis has accepted our invitation."Boehner noted that "in a time of global...
  • Report: Obama White House Told Black Caucus to Boycott Netanyahu’s Congressional Speech

    02/07/2015 5:26:47 AM PST · by blueyon · 79 replies
    Gateway Pundt ^ | 2/06/15 | Jim Hoft
    Joe Biden will skip Israeli Prime Minister’s Congressional speech in March. He is going to leave the country. Minority Leader Pelosi says Democrats will be busy and she hopes the event won’t take place. And now we know that the Obama administration told Black Caucus members to skip the speech and to publicly speak out against it. The Daily Mail reported: Two prominent black Democrats in the House of Representatives are vowing to skip Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress next month, a move that a White House insider says was put in motion by the Obama administration.
  • Insider says Obama administration 'sent a message' to black Democratic lawmakers that they should...

    02/07/2015 3:01:51 AM PST · by Libloather · 44 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/06/15 | David Martosko
    Insider says Obama administration 'sent a message' to black Democratic lawmakers that they should skip Netanyahu speech to Congress, as Biden says he'll be a no-show **SNIP** That disapproval apparently was orchestrated, or at least strongly encouraged, by the White House through comamunications with lawmakers connected to the Congressional Black Caucus. 'I'm not saying the president called anyone personally,' a current White House staffer told Daily Mail Online. 'But yeah, the White House sent a message to some at the CBC that they should suddenly be very upset about the speech.' The source said it was a 'back-channel' arrangement that...
  • Biden to skip Netanyahu's speech before Congress

    02/06/2015 12:38:43 PM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    JERUSALEM POST ^ | 2/6/15 | Michael Wilner
    Vice President Joe Biden will not be attending Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech before a joint session of Congress next month, news agencies reported. A statement released by aides to Biden, who is usually in his seat whenever a foreign leader addresses the legislature by dint of his position as president of the Senate, indicated that the vice president will be traveling abroad during the speech. "We are not ready to announce details of his trip yet, and normally our office wouldn't announce this early, but the planning process has been underway for a while," an official in the vice...
  • Did Congress Lie About Key Facts to Obtain Obamacare Exemption?

    02/06/2015 11:09:13 AM PST · by wildbill · 8 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 2/6/2015 | Kate Scanlon
    Sen. David Vitter, R-La., wants to know why members of Congress and their staff are exempted from Obamacare. “Washington insiders should be forced to live under Obamacare just like the rest of America without a special taxpayer funded subsidy,” says @DavidVitter Vitter, who launched an investigation this week, said in a statement that “false information may have been filed with the D.C. Health Benefits Exchange to allow Congress to be exempt from [the] Obamacare exchange.” The chairman of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee cited a court filing obtained by Judicial Watch that admits Congress—with more than 16,000 employees—doesn’t fit...
  • Confessions of a congressman; 9 secrets from the inside

    02/05/2015 6:25:30 PM PST · by LucyT · 30 replies
    Vox Online ^ | February 5, 2015 | A Member of Congress
    I am a member of Congress. I'm not going to tell you from where, or from which party. But I serve, and I am honored to serve. I serve with good people (and some less good ones), and we try to do our best. e.g.: 5) "We don't have a Congress but a parliament "Over the last several decades, party loyalty has increased to near-unanimity. If a member of Congress doesn't vote with his or her party 99 percent of the time, he's considered unreliable and excluded from party decision-making. "Gone are the days when you were expected to vote...