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  • Hillary summoned to May 18 public hearing

    04/23/2015 10:04:36 PM PDT · by PROCON · 69 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | April 23, 2015 | Susan Ferrechio
    A House investigatory panel has summoned Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to testify at a May 18 public hearing about her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state. The panel, which is probing the September 2012 terrorist attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, has scheduled a second public hearing one month later, on June 18, to grill Clinton about Benghazi. Both hearings are contingent upon Clinton providing "a complete record" about her role before, during and after the attacks, which killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. That may be...
  • Cellphone Video Captures Congressman Confronting, Threatening Protester in Simi Valley

    A protester, who called himself “Mike,” approached Knight, shook his hand and said, “You told me you didn’t vote amnesty and you did. I looked it up on the Internet. You lied to me.” He then patted Knight on the arm. As the protester walked away, Knight approached him and said, “If you touch me again, I’ll drop your ass.”
  • Two Congress Critters walk into a Bar ~ Vanity Joke

    04/21/2015 6:06:02 PM PDT · by GraceG · 14 replies
    Here is a Joke I though of! Two Congress Critters walk into a Bar and sit down. The Bartender moves over to their place at the Bar and asks "good evening gentlemen, nice to see you again tonight, would you like the usual?" One of the congress critters looks at the Bartender and says "It's been a hell of day on the hill, we'll take the usual and leave the bottles!" The Bartender says "two glasses, One bottle of whiskey and a bottle of rum coming right up!" The one congress critter grabs the wild turkey by the neck and...
  • Sen. Lee explains: This one misinterpreted clause of the Const could make Congress’ power unlimited

    04/21/2015 8:14:40 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 16 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2015-04-21 | Benjamin Weingarten
    We have to view the powers of Congress and the 10th Amendment as sort of two sides of the same coin. The 10th Amendment says in effect that any power that’s not given to Congress is retained by the states or by the people. And so that begs the question: What powers are given to Congress? And if any of those powers in isolation or all of those powers hooked together are open-ended — if they’re limitless – then the Tenth Amendment means nothing. Now generally we don’t look at any provision of the Constitution with an eye toward saying...
  • Lobbyists begin to cash in on Republican-led Congress

    04/21/2015 6:35:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 20, 2015 | Megan R. Wilson
    K Street’s largest firms are starting to reap the rewards of the new GOP-controlled Congress, leaving lobbyists bullish about 2015. Nearly all of two-dozen firms that provided their first-quarter earnings totals to The Hill on Monday — the deadline to report the figures to the House and Senate — saw their revenues increase.
  • Kudos To The House GOP For Passing Bill To Kill Death Tax

    04/20/2015 4:53:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    IBD ^ | 04/20/2015
    Republican leaders have been scolded for not doing more in their first 100 days in charge of Congress, but one victory deserves applause: the House's 240-179 vote Thursday to kill the hated and unfair death tax. We'll see if economic common sense prevails in the Senate to get the required 60 votes or if the redistributionists who run the Democratic Party in Washington derail this tax reform. President Obama, class warrior in chief, has already vowed to veto any repeal of the estate tax. That's a shame, but it's still worth it to send a repeal bill to his desk....
  • Feds drop almost half million dollars to study 'first penetrative' gay encounter

    04/18/2015 5:13:23 PM PDT · by blueyon · 65 replies
    Examiner ^ | 4/17/15 | Timothy Whiteman
    Between the shrimp on a treadmill study and then the IRS's Star Trek-themed training films, there have been more than a few cries of outrage from taxpayers fed-up with their hard earned dollars seemingly wasted on hyper-frivolous reports and projects, the federal government doesn't seem to have gotten the message. Case in point would be the article published by The Washington Free Beacon on April 17, 2015, which details the government dropping nearly a half million dollars to study the levels of sexual satisfaction for men after their first "penetrative same-sex experience." With the impressive project title of FIRST AND...
  • My Concern With The Iran Nuclear Negotiations

    04/18/2015 4:21:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2015 | James Lankford
    Amidst the various twists and turns of our nation’s negotiation with Iran on a nuclear deal, one thing is clear: the American people are skeptical. Americans know that a nuclear Iran is a threat to every nation. Our concern is not just Iran in possession of a nuclear bomb; we all know that the leadership of Iran continues to threaten its neighbors and the World. Iran is the world’s largest state-sponsor of terrorism and there is little doubt that if they had nuclear weapons, they could transfer those weapons or nuclear material to their global terror proxies. This week, the...
  • Deal Reached on Fast-Track Authority for Obama on Trade Pact

    04/16/2015 11:49:33 AM PDT · by Theoria · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 16 April 2015 | Jonathan Weisman
    The leaders of Congress’s tax-writing committees reached agreement Thursday on legislation to give President Obama “fast track” authority to negotiate an ambitious trade accord with 11 other Pacific nations, beginning what is sure to be one of the toughest legislative battles of his last 19 months in office. The “trade promotion authority” bill — likely to be unveiled Thursday afternoon — would give Congress the power to vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership once it is completed, but would deny lawmakers the chance to amend what would be the largest trade deal since the North American Free Trade Agreement. Senator Orrin...
  • White House agrees to give Congress a say on an Iran deal

    04/14/2015 3:21:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 14, 2015 6:05 PM EDT | Deb Riechmann and Laurie Kellman
    Bowing to pressure from Republicans and his own party, President Barack Obama on Tuesday relented to a compromise empowering Congress to reject the emerging nuclear pact with Iran. The rare and reluctant agreement between the president and the Republican-led Congress came after the White House maintained for weeks that congressional interference could jeopardize sensitive negotiations with Tehran. But lawmakers refused to back down from their insistence that Congress have a formal role in what could be a historic nuclear weapons deal. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved the compromise bill shortly after White House spokesman Josh Earnest conveyed the...
  • Obama and Congress reach deal over Iran nuclear talks

    04/14/2015 2:50:54 PM PDT · by keat · 93 replies
    BBC News ^ | 04/14/15 | staff
    The US Congress will have a say on a nuclear deal with Iran, under a new agreement reached with the White House. President Barack Obama withdrew his opposition to a bipartisan bill that was unanimously passed through the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The bill means the administration must immediately send text of a final deal to Congress. An outline agreement on the future shape of Iran's nuclear programme was reached after marathon talks in April. The US, Iran, and four other nations have set a deadline of 30 June to finalise a deal which would ease western sanctions in exchange...
  • GOP: Obama war request against ISIS is dead

    04/14/2015 8:14:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/14/2015 | Scott Wong
    President Obama’s proposal for the use of military force against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is dead in the House, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy declared on Monday. The California Republican said Obama’s draft authorization for the use of military force, or AUMF, could not win the 218 votes needed to pass the lower chamber, and suggested key GOP-led committees could draft an alternative. “I do not see a path to 218 with what the president sent up because the world has become more dangerous since he laid out Yemen as the strategy of how to move forward,”...
  • Trade fight looms as Congress returns

    04/13/2015 9:53:49 AM PDT · by Theoria · 2 replies
    Politico ^ | 13 April 2015 | Doug Palmer and Adam Behsudi
    A smoldering debate over trade is expected to get even hotter after Congress returns from its two-week spring break. Senate Finance Committee leaders Orrin Hatch and Ron Wyden appear poised to introduce a “fast track” trade promotion authority bill along with House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. But months of closed-door negotiations were continuing on Friday, congressional aides said. The power, largely embraced by Republicans, pits many congressional Democrats, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren and potentially Senate Democratic leader-in-waiting Charles Schumer, against the White House. The measure would allow President Barack Obama to submit free trade agreements to Congress...
  • Secret US memo for Congress...says Britain's 'special relationship' with America is over

    04/12/2015 7:10:05 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 12 2015 | WILLIAM LOWTHER and GLEN OWEN
    Washington believes that the ‘special relationship’ between Britain and the US is over, according to a secret briefing document seen by The Mail on Sunday. The memo for members of Congress states damningly that ‘the UK may not be viewed as centrally relevant to the United States in all of the issues and relations considered a priority on the US agenda’. Dated April 2015 and drawn up to brief the Senate and House of Representatives on the impact of Britain’s General Election, the memo also warns that the UK faces turmoil if there is a hung parliament. The document –...
  • Obama Highway Plan Paves Way For New Tolls Nationwide

    04/11/2015 10:06:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 69 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 1, 2015 | Peter Fricke
    A little-noted provision of President Obama’s highway funding proposal would lift the federal prohibition against states imposing new tolls on existing interstate highways. The GROW AMERICA Act would eliminate restrictions held in place since the creation of the Federal Interstate System, according to a summary of the plan’s provisions, allowing states that receive permission from the Secretary of Transportation to toll existing Interstate highways “in order to make improvements or to manage congestion.” Since its creation in 1956, interstates have been funded primarily through fuel taxes, with tolls banned on all sections of highway built after that date, according to...
  • Secret US memo for Congress says Britain's 'special relationship' with America is over

    04/11/2015 5:53:42 PM PDT · by Libloather · 77 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/11/15 | William Lowther, Glen Owen
    Secret US memo for Congress seen by Mail On Sunday says Britain's 'special relationship' with America is over Washington believes that the ‘special relationship’ between Britain and the US is over, according to a secret briefing document seen by The Mail on Sunday. The memo for members of Congress states damningly that ‘the UK may not be viewed as centrally relevant to the United States in all of the issues and relations considered a priority on the US agenda’. Dated April 2015 and drawn up to brief the Senate and House of Representatives on the impact of Britain’s General Election,...
  • Rand Paul reignites the term limits debate

    04/11/2015 5:15:51 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 23 replies
    HotAir ^ | April 8, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    When Rand Paul announced his “official” candidacy for the presidency this week he sparked a number of debates, not only in the media and among his opponents, but inside the GOP. One of the less noticed ones revolved around a comment he made during the speech regarding the institution of term limits for congressional offices, similar to what we have for the Oval Office. This drew a quick response from our friend Matt Lewis, who feels that Rand is missing the mark. "During his presidential announcement on Tuesday, Sen. Rand Paul took a stand for term limits. “We limit the...
  • Americans With No Abilities Act (ANAA)

    04/10/2015 11:36:06 AM PDT · by bboop · 20 replies
    Email from a friend ^ | 9 April 2015 | self
    The Americans With No Abilities Act (ANAA) President Barack Obama and the Democratic Senate are considering sweeping legislation that will provide new benefits for many more Americans. The Americans With No Abilities Act is being hailed as a major legislative goal by advocates of the millions of Americans who lack any real skills or ambition. "Roughly 50 percent of Americans do not possess the competence and drive necessary to carve out a meaningful role for themselves in society," said California Sen. Barbara Boxer. "We can no longer stand by and allow People of Inability (POI) to be ridiculed and passed...
  • Congress Must Step Up and Reform Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws: IRS Agents are acting like thugs.

    04/09/2015 8:24:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/09/2015 | Jason Pye
    “I did not serve three combat tours in Iraq only to come home and be extorted,” Andrew Clyde, a US Navy veteran, told an oddly united House Ways and Means subcommittee in a February hearing. Clyde is now a gun store owner near Athens, Georgia, a college town located roughly 70 miles outside of Atlanta. He told members of the subcommittee about his experience with the Internal Revenue Service, which seized $950,000 from his business’ bank account in April of 2013 through civil asset forfeiture. The Bank Secrecy Act requires financial institutions to report cash deposits over $10,000 to the...
  • Conservatives target McCain's re-election bid

    04/08/2015 6:16:10 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 8, 2015 | Rick Moran
    John McCain will be an 80-year-old senator if he wins re-election to a sixth term. But the octogenarian senator has far more to deal with than questions about his age. Several conservative PACs have already targeted McCain for defeat, notably the Senate Conservative Fund and the Club for Growth. With the right sharpening its knives to bring him down, the question of his survival in a Republican primary can't be dismissed. The Hill: “There are few Republicans who have betrayed our conservative principles more than John McCain,” SCF President Ken Cuccinelli said in an email to supporters Tuesday of the...
  • Obama’s Latest SCREW UP Revealed After ‘Accidently’ Giving Away Your Money

    04/08/2015 5:01:57 AM PDT · by blueyon · 8 replies
    madworldnews/com ^ | 4/7/15 | Alisha Rich
    It has been revealed that thousands of taxpayer dollars have been approved to pay for disability benefits of hundreds of people that never should have received a dime, and it was all done because of an accident. The Social Security Administration (SSA) was approving some Puerto Ricans for disability benefits because they don’t speak English as their first language, but they all were residing in Puerto Rico — where Spanish is the predominant language.
  • Mitch McConnell: Congress to 'respond legislatively' to Iran nuclear bill

    04/06/2015 3:58:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/6/15 | Kelly Cohen
    Fresh off a trip to the Middle East, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is insisting that Congress get a chance to review and approve a nuclear deal with Iran. "To the detriment of international security […] the Obama administration has always approached the goal of these negotiations as reaching the best deal that is acceptable to Iran, rather than what should be our national goal: ending Iran's nuclear program," the Kentucky Republican said in a statement Monday. McConnell visited Israel, Jordan, Iraq and Afghanistan last week with a Senate delegation. On Thursday, a framework for a nuclear deal with Iran,...
  • Step Down, Senator Robert Menendez[NYT]

    04/02/2015 12:27:24 PM PDT · by Theoria · 36 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 02 April 2015 | The Editorial Board
    For high-profile politicians who are indicted by federal prosecutors, there’s something akin to stages of grief. First comes shock, then anger, defiance and, sometimes, after juries convict and judges are ready to impose a sentence, a bit of contrition.Having been on notice for months that his mutually beneficial friendship with a wealthy Florida doctor was the subject of a corruption probe, Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey blew right past the state of shock on Wednesday, after authorities unveiled a 68-page indictment.“For nearly three years I’ve lived under a Justice Department cloud and today I am outraged that this cloud...
  • Abolish the IRS? Defiant Agency Chief Tells Congress to Shove It

    04/01/2015 9:52:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/01/2015 | Michael Walsh
    John Koskinen, the strange, David Icke-like lizard person currently in charge of the Internal Revenue Service, has told Congress to forget about abolishing the agency: The IRS commissioner on Tuesday brushed aside GOP proposals to abolish his agency, insisting the U.S. would have to have a tax collector one way or another. “You can call them something other than the IRS if that made you feel better,” the agency’s chief, John Koskinen, said after a speech at the National Press Club.Republicans have heaped even more criticism upon the agency than usual over the last 22 months because of its...
  • Obama’s Strategy on Climate Change, Part of Global Deal, Is Revealed ( Executive Action)

    03/31/2015 6:32:18 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 23 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 3/31/2015 | CORAL DAVENPORT
    WASHINGTON — The White House on Tuesday introduced President Obama’s blueprint for cutting greenhouse gas emissions in the United States by nearly a third over the next decade. Mr. Obama’s plan, part of a formal written submission to the United Nations ahead of efforts to forge a global climate change accord in Paris in December, detailed the United States’ part of an ambitious joint pledge made by Mr. Obama and President Xi Jinping of China in November. The United States and China are the world’s two largest greenhouse gas polluters. Mr. Obama said the United States would cut its emissions...
  • 62% of Americans Want Congress to Have Final Say on Iran Deal (per Pew)

    03/31/2015 8:44:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    INN ^ | 03/31/2015
    A new study from the Pew Research Center found that Americans approve of negotiating directly with Iran, but they do not trust President Obama in the talks. Only 29% of respondents said that Obama should have the final authority over any agreement, while 62% preferred for Congress to have that power. …
  • As Congress betrays promises, let it break the one that matters

    03/31/2015 7:22:47 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/31/15 | A. Dru Kristenev
    Like Benghazi, the IRS, Fast and Furious, amnesty for illegal immigrants as well as negotiating the non-negotiable, the list of unsolved, unconstitutional actions conducted through the executive branch grows longer each day. Congress now hovers in the president’s shadow as the second greatest perpetrator of broken promises to their constituents. Why then, shouldn’t they renege on the one promise that would actually have impact against the wholesale destruction of our economy and defense? The fact that the president and his administration are consorting with the enemy (how many reports confirmed the supreme ayatollah’s chanting “death to America” last week?) and,...
  • Pew poll: Heavy majority thinks Congress,

    03/30/2015 4:56:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    A heavy majority, but maybe not heavy enough. If McConnell can’t muster more than 62 votes in the Senate to override an Obama veto of whatever Congress chooses passes. we’ll be stuck with this Iran sh*tburger until January 2017 at the earliest. And probably much longer than that, if we’re being honest. Nice to see President Overreach get a rebuke in the polls, though. Which is different from expecting any sort of meaningful public backlash if he makes a deal over Congress’s objections.At first glance that looks like a neatly consistent result. Americans favor giving their representatives the final say...
  • Anatomy of a Budget: The Plans that Drew GOP Defections and No Dem Crossovers

    03/29/2015 6:59:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/28/2015 | Bill Straub
    WASHINGTON – Unless you consider words like “repugnant” and “dangerous” to somehow be complimentary, it’s obvious congressional Democrats are less than enamored with Republican plans for the federal budget.In the House on Wednesday, no Democrats voted for the bill and 17 Republicans crossed the aisle on the 228-199 vote. Usually it’s the fiscally conservative Dems who cross over to vote with the GOP.After a marathon session of amendments and a 3:30 a.m. vote, the Senate passed the budget 52-46, with Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) casting “no” votes (Cruz said it didn’t include “meaningful entitlement reform”)...
  • Critics? Or Traitors?

    03/27/2015 4:38:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | Ed Feulner
    “Traitors.” That’s a strong term, obviously. It should never be used lightly. Yet there it was, flying around like confetti in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. And why? Because 47 GOP senators who are understandably concerned about the prospects of a nuclear-armed Iran sent a letter to that country’s leaders about the deal now being struck with the United States and other countries. Their message: The next U.S. president can overturn “with the stroke of a pen” any deal Congress doesn’t approve. “Judas got thirty pieces of silver. What did you get?” one New Jersey resident tweeted. Others, sparked...
  • Republicans pass budgets in both House and Senate, trim $5.1 trillion in spending

    03/27/2015 7:17:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/27/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Remember when a disagreement between Republicans on the budget was “cataclysmic” for GOP claims to governance? Democrats last passed a normal budget resolution six years ago, but Republicans went all of seven days before both chambers finally passed budget resolutions. Our long national nightmare, at least as envisioned by Politico, is over: The Senate passed a Republican-authored budget plan early on Friday that seeks $5.1 trillion in domestic spending cuts over 10 years while boosting military funding.The 52-46 vote on the non-binding budget resolution put Congress on a path to complete its first full budget in six years. It...
  • Could a President Cruz Work With Congress?

    03/25/2015 5:34:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 25, 2015 | Jay Cost
    Charles Krauthammer articulated a major hurdle that Ted Cruz will face as he runs for the presidency: First term Senators, we already tried a first-term Senator. … Cruz talks about you have to walk the walk rather than just talk the talk. You have to have done something but that's not his record in the Senate. He's a good rhetorician, but when Walker says I ran the state, I took on the unions, I took on liberals and I won I think it is going to be a strong argument. The same applies to Marco Rubio and Rand Paul. Erick...
  • Congresswoman Demonstrates ‘Worst Parking Job Ever’ (Video) (Guess which party)

    03/25/2015 12:16:58 PM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    Rioll Call ^ | March 25, 2015 | Warren Rojas
    Abandon all hope, ye who happen to park anywhere near geometrically challenged-motorist Eleanor Holmes Norton. A HOH tipster watched in horror Wednesday as the D.C. delegate, 77, awkwardly forced her way into a wide-open spot in the carefully controlled corridor of New Jersey Avenue Southeast sandwiched between the Longworth and Cannon House Office buildings.
  • Obama Angry that Israel Passed U.S. Secrets to U.S. Congress

    03/24/2015 7:05:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/24/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    If you thought that Obama was done with his tantrum over Netanyahu’s win, you haven’t seen anything yet. Get ready for more Un-American Activities Committee hearings by actual authentic un-Americans.Call this an extension of Obama’s #47Traitors meme accusing the other branch of government of treason for opposing him. That’s usually a charge made by dictators, but a near majority of Democrats support Obama governing unilaterally, so here we come.Now the charge, as usual made by anonymous officials, is that Israel spied on Obama’s talks with Iran… for Congress. Israel is passing classified information from the U.S. government… to the U.S....
  • US House of Reps. votes in favour of sending arms to Ukraine

    03/24/2015 4:26:44 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 27 replies
    Euronews ^ | 24/03 07:56 CET | Euronews
    The US House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved a resolution urging president Barack Obama to send weapons to Ukraine, to bolster Kyiv’s fight against separatist rebels in the country’s east. The resolution was approved by 348 votes to 48. The vote ups the pressure on Obama, who has been facing criticism for being slow to take action.
  • 367 Traitors: Majority of U.S. House signs letter to Obama warning of opposition to Iran deal

    03/23/2015 12:23:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/23/2015 | Noah Rothman
    For liberals, opposition to Republicans is as much about defending President Barack Obama’s honor as it is in opposing the GOP’s policies. The left’s antipathy toward the GOP is shared by many in the political press, which spent the better part of the last two months defending the president’s patriotism, his devotion to the Christian faith, and examining the basis for charging 47 Republican senators with violating the Logan Act. The president’s good name, not his policies, moves the left to rise to his defense. It was this impulse that inspired the Democratic base and their allies in the media...
  • Congress Shows Us How to Shoot Ourselves in the Foot

    03/22/2015 10:46:58 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/22/15 | Jim Yardley
    You just legislatively cut your own throats Hey, Congress, if you’re looking around for who to blame for causing all the uproar about unconstitutional edicts, executive orders and administrative mandates please stop pointing your collective finger at Obama. You should be looking in a mirror for creating unconstitutional legislation in the first place. Granted, Obama is the man with his finger on the trigger, so to speak, but (again and forever more) collectively you, Congress, gave him the gun and the ammo. How many times have you written laws that allowed the sitting Secretary-of-Whatever-Department-of-the-Administration to implement their ideology rather than...
  • Khamenei calls ‘Death to America’ as Kerry hails progress on nuke deal

    03/21/2015 5:51:47 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 51 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 3/21/2015 | TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF, AP AND AFP
    Day after Obama urges Iran to seize ‘historic opportunity,’ supreme leader says US seeks to create insecurity. Iran’s Supreme leader Ali Khamenei called for “Death to America” on Saturday, a day after President Barack Obama appealed to Iran to seize a “historic opportunity” for a nuclear deal and a better future, and as US Secretary of State John Kerry claimed substantial progress toward an accord. Khamenei told a crowd in Tehran that Iran would not capitulate to Western demands. When the crowd started shouting, “Death to America,” the ayatollah responded: “Of course yes, death to America, because America is the...
  • American Lawmakers Write Another Letter on Iran

    03/19/2015 6:33:39 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 30 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Thursday, March 19, 2015 | Elad Benari
    Bipartisan letter, signed by 360 lawmakers, will remind Obama that sanctions relief on Iran requires new legislation from Congress. A bipartisan letter on Iran signed by 360 members of Congress will be sent to President Barack Obama, one of its House signers said on Thursday, according to The Hill. The letter, similar to the one 47 Senate Republicans recently sent to Tehran's leaders, reminds the administration that permanent sanctions relief on Iran as part of a deal to rollback its nuclear program would require new legislation from Congress. It comes as international negotiators approach a March 24 deadline to reach...
  • Dem Vow on Iran: ‘Any Attempts to Sidestep Congress Will Be Resisted on Both Sides of the Aisle’

    03/19/2015 8:22:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/19/2015 | Bridget Johnson
    The leading Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee told Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken this morning that “there really can’t be any marginalization of Congress” on Iran nuclear negotiations.“Any attempts to sidestep Congress will be resisted on both sides of the aisle,” Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) said at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing.Engel also announced that lawmakers have crafted another Iran letter — signed by 360 members.He and chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) are hoping to get “a prompt response from the White House.”The letter to Obama notes that “of the 12 sets of questions that the...
  • Senate GOP aims to kill Obamacare… via reconciliation

    03/19/2015 7:57:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/19/2015 | Noah Rothman
    Frustrated with the slow pace at which the Democrat-dominated Congress was working to pass the massive health care reform bill he championed by the early spring of 2010, President Barack Obama insisted that it was past time for the Senate to call an up or down vote on the law. Knowing, however, that the bill would not be able to overcome a filibuster by the Senate’s 41 Republican members, Obama and the Senate’s Democratic leadership proposed using the budgetary process known as reconciliation in order to pass the bill with a simple majority. “White House officials will make the...
  • A War of Obama's Own Making

    03/18/2015 7:02:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 18, 2015 | Byron York
    The White House and some Democrats are livid over congressional Republican attempts to circumvent President Obama's authority to make a nuclear arms deal with Iran. They have a right to be angry -- but not to be surprised. There's a war going on between the executive and legislative branches in which Obama has shown contempt for Congress' constitutional powers, and now, in response, Congress is showing contempt for the president's constitutional powers. It's an unfortunate situation, but it's what Obama has wrought. The latest development is an open letter to Iranian leaders written by GOP Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and...
  • My Life as a Gay Congressman

    03/18/2015 6:45:26 AM PDT · by PROCON · 28 replies
    politico.com ^ | March 12, 2015 | BARNEY FRANK
    n 1986, I was as ready to leave the closet as I would ever be—but how would I do so? Though I was a third term Democratic congressman from Massachusetts, I had lived too long with the burden of “the gay thing” to treat coming out as a political matter alone. For many years, I was ashamed of myself for hiding my membership in a universally despised group. I’d been afraid of exposure, and angry at myself for my self-denial. I’d felt shame as I watched younger gay men and lesbians confront the bigots openly with a courage that I...
  • Letter From 47 Senators States the Obvious: Obama-Iran Deal May Not Last

    03/17/2015 5:59:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 17, 2015 | Michael Barone
    In her brief press conference at the United Nations, Hillary Clinton led off with a denunciation of the letter to Iranian leaders signed by 47 of the 54 Republican senators. This was in line with Democratic talking points -- a sign that the former secretary of state was, perhaps a bit nervously, taking care to curry favor with the Obama administration. Clinton's criticism was more muted than that of many Democrats, administration spokesmen and the president himself. Democrats encouraged supporters around the country to sign an online petition calling the letter "treason." The letter in question, spearheaded by freshman Tom...
  • Top Congressional Republican Wants To Know If Marijuana Should Be Legal

    03/15/2015 4:01:52 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 106 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 14, 2015 | Jonah Bennett
    The recent signing of a medical marijuana bill by GOP Sens. Rand Paul and Dean Heller hasn’t gone unnoticed. Republican Majority Whip Steve Scalise has introduced a poll on his website, asking people to vote on whether marijuana should be legalized on the federal level. Scalise in the past has voted down marijuana reform legislation, Marijuana.com reports. On May 30, 2014, Scalise voted against an amendment in the House to prevent the Department of Justice from using funds from its budget to crack down on states that have enacted medical marijuana programs. Later, in July, Scalise voted against legislation to...
  • The takedown of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by American Congress

    03/15/2015 9:45:11 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/15/15 | Judi McLeod
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the only world leader who has consistently taken a brave stand against Iran having easy access to nuclear weapons Was Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s invitation to address Congress a pre-arranged ‘Swan Song’ hidden under a hypocritical ‘bipartisan’ welcome by the U.S. Congress? Was the celebrated address craftily arranged to galvanize the anti-Israel sentiment at work in today’s international politics? Up until the March 3 address, Netanyahu was leading election polls . The day after the address, he began to tank in the polls. Why are we only now hearing about a “powerful” U.S. Senate...
  • Jon Voight supports Netanyahu in new ad, says Obama abandoning Israel - can buddy up to her ENEMIES

    03/15/2015 6:21:26 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 12 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | Mar 15, 2015
    Jon Voight supports Netanyahu in new ad, says Obama abandoning Israel so he can buddy up to her ENEMIES VIDEO Posted by The Right Scoop on Mar 15, 2015 in Foreign Policy By The Right Scoop Legendary actor Jon Voight has created a new ad with an urgent message to Israel, explaining that Obama wants Bibi Netanyahu to lose and is NO friend of Israel. He points out that Obama wants to control Israel because his agenda is to be friends with Israel’s enemies.
  • Maureen Dowd: Hillary Exploits Our Fear of 'the Anarchists' in Congress

    03/14/2015 4:43:35 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 38 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    "Anarchists?" If only! Let's stipulate that Maureen Dowd's current column is absolutely brutal to Hillary. Riffing off the Republicans' letter to the ayatollah, Dowd deigns to send a letter from "America" explaining the Constitution to Clinton. Dowd denounces Hillary for being "willing to cite your mother's funeral to get sympathy for ill-advisedly deleting 30,000 emails," and describes her as "an annoyed queen, radiating irritation at anyone who tries to hold you accountable." But that won't stop us from holding Dowd accountable for her absurd shot at Republicans, whereby she writes of Hillary exploiting "our fear of the anarchists and haters...
  • Obama Can’t Force His Iran Deal on the Country without Congress’s Consent

    03/14/2015 6:41:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/14/2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Having the U.N. Security Council bless a deal wouldn’t make it binding under our Constitution. So, as we warned earlier this week, the international-law game it is. It is no secret that Barack Obama does not have much use for the United States Constitution. It is a governing plan for a free, self-determining people. Hence, it is littered with roadblocks against schemes to rule the people against their will. When it comes to our imperious president’s scheme to enable our enemy, Iran, to become a nuclear-weapons power — a scheme that falls somewhere between delusional and despicable, depending on your...
  • Video: Congressional Democrats demand ATF revive AR-15 bullet ban

    03/13/2015 7:49:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 13, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    If at first you don’t succeed, try try again — but don’t expect to succeed the next time either, if you’re a House Democrat looking to pass an ammunition ban. Democrats on Capitol Hill reacted with dismay and anger after the ATF retreated on a ban on AR-15 ammunition, thanks to an overwhelmingly negative public reaction to the proposal, deciding that the proposal required “further study.” They have drafted a letter to ATF director Todd Jones, demanding that he use his existing authority to ban the ammo anyway, the public be damned:(VIDEO-AT-LINK)In a draft letter first obtained by The Hill,...