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  • Smarter than Thou: Neil deGrasse Tyson and America’s nerd problem

    07/30/2014 8:24:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The National Review ^ | July 30, 2014 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    ‘My great fear,” Neil deGrasse Tyson told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes in early June, “is that we’ve in fact been visited by intelligent aliens but they chose not to make contact, on the conclusion that there’s no sign of intelligent life on Earth.” In response to this rather standard little saw, Hayes laughed as if he had been trying marijuana for the first time. All told, one suspects that Tyson was not including either himself or a fellow traveler such as Hayes as inhabitants of Earth, but was instead referring to everybody who is not in their coterie. That, alas, is...
  • Breaking the Impasse on Federal Pay

    07/30/2014 8:07:07 AM PDT · by PlasticMan · 2 replies
    FedSmith ^ | 7/27/14 | Howard Risher
    overnment needs a mediator. The stakeholders virtually all agree the General Schedule (GS) system needs to be replaced but each needs to see something different for the planning to move forward. The July 15 congressional hearings made two key points clear: No one defended the GS system, but no one is ready to take the lead to develop a replacement system. With budget cuts through 2021, government could be stuck with a deteriorating work environment. Another point is increasingly clear — in the current political climate the GS salary ranges will not be increased by more than a nominal percentage...
  • Vulnerable Dems balk at Obama executive actions on immigration

    07/30/2014 7:55:20 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 7/30/14 | Alexander Bolton
    Democratic senators facing tough reelections want to put the brakes on President Obama’s plan to reform the nation’s immigration enforcement system through executive action. Two of the Senate’s most vulnerable incumbents, Sens. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), say Obama should not act unilaterally to reduce deportations, arguing it’s Congress’s job to change the law. While the Democratic-led Senate has passed a bipartisan bill, the Republican-controlled House will not. That poses a dilemma for Obama. Slowing or halting deportations of otherwise law-abiding residents who came to the country illegally could produce a backlash in red states where Obama has...
  • More GOP Lawmakers Shifting to Support Gay Marriage

    07/30/2014 7:49:39 AM PDT · by PlasticMan · 16 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 7/30/14 | Melanie Batley
    Republican lobbyists are working to persuade GOP lawmakers to change their position on same-sex marriage and revise the party's official position that "traditional marriage" is between a man and a woman. Gay marriage advocates say their efforts are paying off as an increasing number of members of the congressional delegation are diverging from the party line, The Hill reported. "The issue is losing its toxicity, from a Republican perspective," Kathryn Lehman, a top GOP lobbyist and partner at Holland & Knight, who helped write the Defense of Marriage Act, told The Hill. She has been visiting dozens of Republican offices...
  • The NRA's Top Lawyer Was Once Convicted Of Murder (ZOT!)

    07/30/2014 7:49:34 AM PDT · by PlasticMan · 35 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 7/29/14 | Pamela Engel
    The National Rifle Association's top lawyer, who has been instrumental in shaping gun policy in the U.S., was once convicted of murdering a woman in Indiana.... Robert J. Dowlut, general counsel for the NRA, reportedly admitted to police in 1963 that he killed his girlfriend's mother. He was 17 years old at the time. Dowlut reportedly led police to the graveyard where he buried the gun and also copped to attempting to rob a pawnshop the same night as the killing. Bullets from the gun Dowlut unearthed at the graveyard matched those found at the site of Anna Marie Yocum's...
  • The Secret Weapon to Win Over Voters: Authenticity

    07/30/2014 7:24:06 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    The National Journal ^ | 7-30-14 | Josh Kraushaar
    It's becoming harder for red-state Democrats to say what they really think on hot-button issues. One of the most underappreciated attributes in politics is a candidate's authenticity. In an era when politicians' talking points are scripted, and they worry about a gaffe going viral, the candidate who comes across as genuine holds a real advantage. It's one reason why Barack Obama was able to defeat Hillary Clinton, why Mitt Romney struggled to capitalize on a favorable environment in 2012, and why someone like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is able to use his force of personality to overcome ideological differences...
  • Exploiting the I-Word: Far more than the GOP, it’s the Democrats who love talking about impeachment.

    07/30/2014 7:03:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/30/2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    ‘Sorry to email you late on a Friday, but I need your urgent support,” Nancy Pelosi wrote me. The House minority leader went on to explain that “for the first time in history, Congress voted to sue a sitting president.” And, “Today: the White House alerted us that they believe ‘Speaker Boehner . . . has opened the door to impeachment.’ “What Republicans are doing to President Obama is historic — and offensive,” she wrote. And then, in a bright bold red text that can’t be done justice in black and white, she chided me, “With everything happening right now,...
  • Cruz: Let's repeal ‘every bloody word' of Obamacare

    07/30/2014 6:29:32 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | July 29th, 2014 | Ashley Killough
    <p>Washington (CNN) – Sen. Ted Cruz on Tuesday forcefully argued that Obamacare is not here to stay and pledged that he would continue working to dismantle the health care law in 2014 and 2016.</p> <p>“I think those elections should be about many, many things,” the Texas Republican said, listing jobs and growth as examples. “But they should be about repealing every bloody word of Obamacare.”</p>
  • Ted Cruz: Boehner's Immigration Plan Will Not Solve Border Crisis

    07/30/2014 6:25:06 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 29 Jul 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Tuesday afternoon that the plan revealed by Speaker John Boehner’s border crisis working group will not solve the crisis because it doesn’t stop President Barack Obama’s planned executive amnesty for illegal aliens. “The evidence shows that the amnesty President Obama announced in 2012 is driving record numbers of immigrants to enter our nation illegally,” Cruz said in a statement his office released. “Because of President Obama’s amnesty, children are being abused and exploited by dangerous drug cartels and transnational gangs. We must put an end to any expansion of this amnesty that puts countless numbers...
  • Cruz opposes House border bill

    07/30/2014 6:18:47 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/29/14 5:06 PM EDT | BURGESS EVERETT
    Ted Cruz and other Senate conservatives are urging rejection of the House border security package, miffed that it excludes language prohibiting expansion of President Barack Obama’s deferred action policies.Cruz has urged House and Senate Republicans to rally around his proposal to attack Obama’s Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, an administrative change Obama made in 2012 to halt the deportation of some young immigrants.On Tuesday, House Republicans unveiled a bill that includes $659 million in money for the border and a change to a 2008 anti-trafficking law — but no change to DACA. Cruz and other members of the party’s right...
  • Dethroning Tennessee's tax king

    07/30/2014 5:27:59 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 7/29/14 | Selena Owens
    Tennessee’s Aug 7 Senate primary race is much more than a We the People candidate versus the establishment incumbent. The race is an opportunity for conservative state Rep. Joe Carr to dethrone Tennessee’s incumbent RINO tax king, Sen. Lamar Alexander. Lamar Alexander’s voting record shows that over 62 percent of the time he voted with Barack Obama, “more frequently than any other Republican senator from the South.” The fiscal cliff tax-hike bill that raised payroll taxes, income taxes, death taxes, capital gains taxes and dividend taxes, which increased taxes by more than $600 billion, earns top billing on the senator’s...
  • Joe Carr For the Win in Tennessee (primary next Thursday!!)

    07/30/2014 5:25:52 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 2 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 7/29/14
    Rep. Joe Carr, the conservative from Middle Tennessee challenging Lamar Alexander, has gotten some huge boosts recently w/ endorsements from Laura Ingraham and Sarah Palin. Following his Palin endorsement, Carr appeared on the Glenn Beck program. The venerable conservative pundit Bill Hobbes weighed in last week and argued that Carr has forged a very real and possible path to victory that could shock the Tennessee political scene. Hobbes argued Carr could win in shocking fashion similar to how Bill Frist defeated longtime Democrat Jim Sasser in 1994. No one saw an upset coming, and Frist annihilated Sasser by 14 points...
  • Federal Judge Raps DC Government In Gun Control Case

    07/30/2014 5:15:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Bob Barr
    Alexander Herzen, an 18th century writer from Russia, once quipped, “There is nothing in the world more stubborn than a corpse: you can hit it, you can knock it to pieces, but you cannot convince it.” Today, such a description could apply to unconstitutional gun control laws, which received what should have been a death sentence in 2008 with the Heller decision, only to languish on despite being knocked to pieces in court in the half dozen years since that seminal decision. In Heller, one of the most important rulings for liberty in recent American history, attorney Alan Gura successfully...
  • US surveillance programmes restricting press freedom – Report

    07/30/2014 5:00:49 AM PDT · by mgist · 3 replies
    The London Evening Post ^ | 7-28-14 | By Hamish Boland-Rudder
    U.S. government surveillance programmes are scaring away sources, making journalists feel like criminals and spies, and impacting the public’s access to quality news reporting, according to a new report released today. The 130-page With Liberty to Monitor All report by Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union was based on 92 interviews with journalists, lawyers, and former and current U.S. government officials, many of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity. Within the context of recent revelations of widespread surveillance by US authorities, including by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the report seeks to document how government spying...
  • If It Looks Like a Duck: The Islamist-Nazi Connection

    07/30/2014 4:50:46 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 30, 2014 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    One of the great advantages we have over our ancestors is hindsight. With a clearer picture of the past, we can avoid making the same mistakes they made. But what if weÂ’re not allowed to use our hindsight? What if weÂ’re forced to pretend that what happened in the past bears no relation to what is happening now?Of course, thereÂ’s something to be said for learning from your own mistakes, but some mistakes are so costly that itÂ’s far better to learn about them in history books. The appeasement of the Nazis prior to World War II is an...
  • Obamacare's Prognosis Worsens

    07/30/2014 4:13:54 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 6 replies
    American Spectator ^ | David Catron
    A while back, I suggested in this space that Obamacare might go the way of McCain-Feingold. That campaign finance “reform” law was not, you will recall, killed by a single lawsuit or act of Congress. Indeed, the general consensus at the end of 2003 was that McCain-Feingold was in perfect health. Less than seven years later it was, for all intents and purposes, dead. It had succumbed to a long series of attacks by determined opponents who were convinced that it was unconstitutional. Much the same thing is obviously happening to PPACA. Congress has already been compelled to repeal a...
  • Southwest Fresno leaders criticize hiring of white teacher for Gaston school's cultural studies

    07/30/2014 3:18:13 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 18 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | 7/28/2014
    With just weeks before the new Rutherford B. Gaston Middle School opens in southwest Fresno, community and church leaders are calling on Fresno Unified School District to reconsider its hiring of a white teacher to instruct African-American, Latino and Southeast Asian studies there. At an early morning news conference Monday, a small group of concerned citizens led by Rev. Karen Crozier met in front of the school on Church Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. People at the gathering said the new school, which is the first southwest Fresno middle school in decades, needs teachers who reflect the ethnic...
  • Ted Cruz’s nerve to blame Democrats [columnist runs interference for Obama and Reid - fails]

    07/30/2014 2:54:41 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 29, 2014 | Ruth Marcus
    The Texas Republican gave an interview to NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell the other day, during which he was asked about political dysfunction in Washington. Without a trace of irony, embarrassment or self-awareness, Cruz placed the blame for political dysfunction solely on Democrats. [SNIP] Agreed, the president’s dismissive balking at a border visit — he disdained a mere “photo op” — was dumb, if only because it offered ammunition to Cruz and company.... ....Second is the current crisis on the southwestern border. There is a fair criticism that the administration waited too long to respond to the flood of unaccompanied minors. But...
  • Obama: Troll Hard With a Vengeance

    07/30/2014 1:48:39 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 7-30-2014 | Ben Shapiro
    This week, as I have been predicting for months, President Barack Obama announced that he would be considering unprecedented executive action to provide legal status for millions of illegal immigrants. His goal is not to solve the immigration crisis -- you don't grant legal status to 5 million illegal immigrants, then leave the back door wide open if you're interested in solving the problem. His goal is not to help illegal immigrants -- he instead leaves them in limbo by granting them temporary work permits, rather than blanket amnesty. His goal is trolling. Trolling is a practice whereby a person...
  • Illegal Immigrants Demand Representation at White House Meetings

    07/29/2014 9:16:48 PM PDT · by ronnyquest · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Monday, July 28, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    Illegal immigrants picketed the White House Monday afternoon, calling on fellow immigrant-rights advocacy groups to refuse to meet with the Obama administration until President Obama specifically includes illegal immigrants in any future meetings. “We are among the millions of people who will either benefit or be harmed by the decisions the President makes, and we are here to represent ourselves in any future negotiations,” said Rosi Carrasco, one of organizers, in a statement announcing the action. Billing themselves “undocumented immigrant leaders,” the organizers said they will erect a picket line to symbolize their demand.
  • (House Armed Services) Committee Passes Resolution Condemning Obama for Taliban 5 Swap

    07/29/2014 8:11:35 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 10 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 7-29-2014 | Bridget Johnson
    July 29, 2014 Committee Passes Resolution Condemning Obama for Taliban 5 Swap by Bridget Johnson The House Armed Services Committee today advanced a bill to condemn President Obama for releasing five Taliban leaders in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Obama didn’t notify Congress before the early June swap, which brought to an end five years of captivity for Bergdahl. The administration claims they had to make an emergency decision because of concerns about Bergdahl’s health. Bergdahl has completed his reintegration process and is now back on active duty in Texas while the Pentagon investigates the circumstances surrounding his capture. The...
  • Meet the SEC's 6,500 Whistleblowers

    07/29/2014 6:08:51 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    WSJ online ^ | 7-29-14 | Maxwell Murphy
    What do four adult entertainers, 138 engineers, a handful of pilots and a pastor have in common? They all think they have hot tips about an alleged financial fraud. They are also among the more than 6,500 people who have offered confidential information under the whistleblower program of the Securities and Exchange Commission. The agency set up the program in mid-2011 with hopes of eliciting dirt on corporate wrongdoers. It offers a bounty of up to 30% of penalties for any monetary sanctions the agency extracts that exceed $1 million. The potential windfall has attracted tips from at least 68...
  • How Litigating Lost E-mails Works

    07/29/2014 5:34:13 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 7-29-14 | Bruce Walker
    On July 4, 2014, I wrote an article, “Litigating Lost E-mails,” which proposed using federal judges to compel corrupt bosses to the IRS to force the Obama administration to tell the truth about the “lost” e-mails or face the consequences of lying to federal judges. What I proposed was to do what Democrats did forty years ago this month to Nixon. The case filed against Nixon in United States District Court was decided on May 31, 1974, and the case was argued before the Supreme Court on July 8, 1974. The unanimous decision (Justice Rehnquist recused himself) was decided barely...
  • Washington State Pols Weigh Controversial "In God We Trust" Plaque

    07/29/2014 5:01:45 PM PDT · by Publius · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | 29 July 2014
    Should “In God We Trust” adorn the chambers of Washington state’s Pierce County Council? That’s the apparently controversial question facing councilmembers on Tuesday, a day after a council committee decided to bring the proposal to a vote of the full seven-member council, the Tacoma News Tribune reports. Councilman Jim McCune, the Republican sponsor of the measure, said the national motto is inspiring and patriotic — and he’s unclear why the proposal has created such controversy. “’In God We Trust’ is universal,” he told the newspaper. “It doesn’t have ‘In Muhammad We Trust,’ it doesn’t have ‘In Jesus We Trust.’” Council...
  • An Open Letter to Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney

    07/29/2014 4:37:20 PM PDT · by grcuster · 9 replies
    Gun Owners of America ^ | 24 July 2014 | Larry Pratt
    July 23, 2014 Rep. Carolyn Maloney United States House of Representatives 2308 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Dear Ms. Maloney:alt It has recently come to my attention that you have levied baseless accusations against me to the Capitol Police and House Sergeant-at-Arms, claiming that I have “called for death threats against elected officials.”[1] Specifically, you alleged that “Mr. Pratt is actively encouraging his members to threaten violent action against members of Congress....” Your baseless charge apparently rests on your outlandish interpretation based on the Rolling Stone report on my comment, that “The Second Amendment is not for hunting,...
  • WaPo's Greg Sargent Devastates Halbig Case

    07/29/2014 4:13:17 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 9 replies
    WaPo's Greg Sargent Devastates Halbig Case Against Obamacare Federal Subsidies With Bombshell Reporting Wait, did I say "devastates?" I meant "vindicates." I get confused about stuff like that sometimes. Then again, in my defense, so does Greg Sargent. Let me explain. This is a lengthy post, so fair warning. Quick refresher: Halbig case turns upon the question of whether the ACA, as written, permits the government to offer federal subsidies (read: price relief) to people who purchase health insurance on federally-established exchanges, or only on state-established ones. The IRS issued an official administrative ruling last year that subsidies applied to...
  • Ted Poe Adopts Matt Salmon as a Lone Star Stater

    07/29/2014 3:45:35 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal
    Roll Call ^ | Warren Rojas
    Rep. Ted Poe has conferred upon Rep. Matt Salmon one of the highest honors his office can help provide: He’s made his fellow Republican lawmaker an honorary Texan. The Texas Republican said Salmon, who serves alongside him on the Foreign Affairs Committee — “We’re personal friends,” Poe said — shares several defining characteristics with native-born Texans: He values independence. He’s fairly outspoken. And he displays that certain ruggedness required of those who reside in border states.
  • 11th Circuit: Constitutional to Bar Doctors from Asking Patients About Firearm Ownership

    07/29/2014 2:15:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 28, 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    On July 25 the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit "eliminated the injunction" against the enforcement of Florida's "gun gag" law, which restricts doctors from asking patients if they own a firearm unless asking is necessary to a patient's treatment. According to Law360.com, the 11th Circuit ruled that barring doctors from asking about firearms "doesn't violate the First Amendment." Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) signed the NRA-backed "gun gag" legislation in 2011. Suit was brought against the State of Florida over the law by "the Florida chapters of the American Academies of Pediatrics and American College of...
  • Sen. Cruz co-sponsors bill to ban bulk record collection

    07/29/2014 2:12:30 PM PDT · by Plummz · 12 replies
    Office of Sen. Ted Cruz ^ | July 29, 2014 | Office of Sen. Ted Cruz
    Bi-partisan legislation protects privacy rights while targeting terrorists July 29, 2014 | (202) 228-7561 WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following statement regarding the USA FREEDOM Act of 2014 filed today. Senator Cruz is an original co-sponsor of this bill: “Republicans and Democrats are showing America that the government can respect the privacy rights of law-abiding citizens, while at the same time, giving law enforcement the tools needed to target terrorists,” said Sen. Cruz. “The USA FREEDOM Act of 2014 ends the government’s bulk record collection program and implements other necessary surveillance reforms. Importantly, it...
  • How Ted Cruz Trolls Obama’s Foreign Policy

    07/29/2014 1:27:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 29, 2014 | Eli Lake
    The Tea Party favorite loves to needle Team Obama. But in an interview, Cruz also reveals a new kind of conservative foreign policy: American exceptionalism without the nation building.One way to understand Ted Cruz’s foreign policy, particularly if you are a Democrat, is through the prism of the social media phenomenon known as trolling. The best trolls are provocateurs. Their language is meant to expose a fallacy or weakness in the opponent’s position as opposed to offering a constructive alternative. In a wide-ranging interview with the junior senator from Texas, there was a lot of trolling. Of Obama’s recent attempt...
  • Mark Levin: Support Joe Carr Against 'Awful' Lamar Alexander

    07/29/2014 1:12:57 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/29/14 | Tony Lee
    Conservative scholar and talk radio host Mark Levin said he is rooting for Tennessee state Representative Joe Carr to defeat Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) in next week's August 7th GOP Senate primary. On his Monday radio program, Levin said Alexander, realizing that he was vulnerable because of his support for Obamacare and amnesty, has been "putting down all upstart challengers" that he thought could run against him. Levin simply called Alexander "awful." "But Representative Carr stepped up, and we would very much like him to win," Levin declared. "And we wish him all the best." Carr, whom Levin called a...
  • Jerry Brown urges ‘religious call ... to welcome the stranger’ in border crisis

    07/29/2014 1:09:01 PM PDT · by Wuli · 18 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | July 29, 2014 | David Siders
    MEXICO CITY – Gov. Jerry Brown suggested Monday that Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s ordering of National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to address the surge in border crossings is misguided, urging politicians instead to heed the “religious call … to welcome the stranger” in addressing the crisis. [snip] Brown did not say what specific actions could be taken on the border, but he suggested the response in Texas by Perry, a Republican, is misguided. [snip] Brown’s remarks come a day after he announced a private meeting Tuesday with José Horacio Gómez, the Mexico-born archbishop of Los Angeles, and “more...
  • Video: Lamar Alexander: 'I Voted Against Amnesty' (feeling the heat!)

    07/29/2014 1:01:54 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/29/14 | Charlie Spiering
    During his bus tour through Tennessee, Sen. Lamar Alexander was approached by someone asking him why he voted to support amnesty. “I voted against amnesty,” Alexander replied. The video was provided to Breitbart News by the “Beat Lamar” effort by the Real Conservatives National Committee Super PAC opposing Alexander’s re-election. Alexander’s answer is consistent with his claim that by voting for the Senate "Gang of Eight" immigration reform bill, he voted to end amnesty. "We have amnesty today,” Alexander said in June. "Turning your head while 11 million people are already here illegally is perpetual amnesty. I voted along with...
  • As expected, DC gets 90-day stay on law (DC carry)

    07/29/2014 12:55:37 PM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 23 replies
    Virginia Citizens Defense League VA ALERT ^ | 7-29-14 | Philip VanCleave
    No surprise: effective immediately, DO NOT CARRY IN DC. The Court has given Washington, DC a 90-day stay on the ruling that nullifies DC’s “no carry of handguns” law. DC will now be hustling to come up with some kind of carry law. Based on the tyrannical government there, you can bet it will be as restrictive as they can possibly make it. After all, why would they want to make DC safer for its citizens? VCDL will continue to monitor the situation there.
  • Senate Democrats Angle for Entire Gang of Eight Bill After Boehner Caves

    07/29/2014 12:33:55 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 24 replies
    Breitbart.com/Big-Government ^ | 7-29-2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Senate Democrats are angling to include the entire “Gang of Eight” bill in a conference committee with whatever border crisis bill comes out of Speaker John Boehner’s House of Representatives, Politico reports. “The only way any piece of the House proposal could become law is if it was conferenced with the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill, which is something we’d certainly consider,” a senior Democratic aide told Politico. Gang of Eight Republicans Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL), John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) recently issued a joint statement saying they did not want this to happen, but...
  • AG Greg Abbott filed appeal to uphold Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage

    07/29/2014 12:18:26 PM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 14 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 7/29/14 | Brittney Martin
    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed an appeal with the U.S. 5th Circuit Monday regarding the state’s same-sex marriage ban, which was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge in February.
  • New CBS/NYT Poll Shows Possible GOP Senate Wave Forming

    07/29/2014 11:22:19 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 66 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 7/29/14 | Leon Wolf
    A new CBS/NYT poll has been released which is thus far the most exhaustive simultaneous battleground poll that has been taken this election season. It shows Republicans holding all their “close” seats, with McConnell leading Grimes 50-46 and Perdue leading Nunn 50-44. Obviously, these races are still very competitive and could flip although I think that as time goes along Perdue will pull away from Nunn while McConnell looks to be in a dogfight to the very end. As predicted, John Walsh is all but officially toast in Montana, trailing Danes 56-40. The plagiarism scandal seems to have mortally wounded...
  • Tony Perkins endorses Rob Maness in Louisiana's Senate race (Family Research Council)

    07/29/2014 10:10:45 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    nola.com ^ | 7/28/14 | Julia O'Donoghue
    Family Research Council President and former Louisiana House member Tony Perkins endorsed Rob Maness in the Louisiana's U.S. Senate race Monday (July 28), potentially boosting the candidate's credentials among social conservatives. Maness, a Republican, is running against U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, in the state's high profile Senate race this fall. A Tea Party favorite, Maness has tried to position himself as the most conservative candidate on the Nov. 4 ballot. Most people consider Cassidy to be the Republicans' frontrunner in the election, but Perkins, a former Louisiana House member, has not been...
  • GOP Colleagues Say Goodbye to Eric Cantor as Majority Leader (Good Riddance!)

    07/29/2014 10:04:45 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 18 replies
    nationaljournal.com ^ | 7/29/14 | Billy House
    Outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor received a standing ovation from most of his fellow Republicans on Tuesday at a closed-door meeting, where a highlight film was played to mark some of his most memorable moments. "Thank you," said Speaker John Boehner, in an emotional send-off to his top lieutenant, who officially steps down from his top-level post at midnight Thursday to make way for Rep. Kevin McCarthy as the new majority leader. "He was confident, as I am, that Eric has great things left to do in the future," said Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., of Boehner's remarks. Cantor, 51,...
  • Responding to George Will's 'Welcome to America' Proposal for the Border Kids

    07/29/2014 9:53:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | 07/29/2014 | Jerry Kammer
    In the mid-1990s, when the collapse of the Mexican economy produced a wave of illegal immigration to Arizona, I did volunteer work at a Phoenix school that was struggling to meet the needs of a few hundred Mexican children who spoke only Spanish. Even as I sought to help ease the transition for both sides, I thought it would be better for everyone if the influx subsided. That explains my contradictory reactions of appreciation for and disagreement with George Will' s open-arms pronouncement on "Fox New Sunday" regarding Central Americans streaming across the Mexican border into Texas. It is burning...
  • In Tennessee, consensus politics makes a last stand (Alexander protection piece)

    07/29/2014 9:47:58 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 7/29/14 | Dan Balz
    NASHVILLE — On the first day of July, Sen. Lamar Alexander delivered a moving eulogy at the funeral of his political mentor, Howard H. Baker Jr., the former Senate majority leader and godfather of the Tennessee Republican Party. Baker, he said, had “more influence on my life than anyone outside my own family.” Like Baker, Alexander (R-Tenn.) has had an exemplary career in public service. He was elected to two terms as governor of Tennessee and later served as president of the University of Tennessee and U.S. education secretary. Twice he sought his party’s nomination for president, though, like Baker,...
  • Appeals court upholds Obamacare tax as constitutional

    07/29/2014 9:32:29 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 92 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 29, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    A key appeals court on Tuesday ruled that despite including a tax, Obamacare doesn’t violate the Constitution’s requirement that all tax bills originate in the House of Representatives, giving the Obama administration another health care win. The three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said that the Obamacare tax was “incidental” to the primary purpose of the Affordable Care Act, so it isn’t a revenue-raising measure as envisioned by the Constitution. “Some exercises of the taxing power are not subject to the Origination Clause,” the unanimous panel concluded. The issue had been in...
  • Schlafly: Stunning Setback to Obamacare

    07/29/2014 9:22:13 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 29, 2014 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Obamacare has proven again to be the biggest legislative failure in history, with last week's ruling that its subsidies are illegal. These subsidies induced some 5 million Americans to sign up for Obamacare but are prohibited by law as held by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Halbig v. Burwell. This humiliation to the Obama administration was a devastating setback to legislation already disfavored by a 59-40 percent margin among the public, according to the latest CNN poll. Twice as many Americans say they are being hurt rather than helped by Obamacare. Officially known as the...
  • IRS Promises Atheist Group to Investigate 'Pulpit Freedom' Churches

    07/29/2014 8:29:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/28/2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    The Internal Revenue Service has reached a lawsuit settlement agreement with the Freedom From Religion Foundation, agreeing to investigate churches that violate a federal law that activist groups often cite in an attempt to silence them by threatening their tax-exempt status. "This is a victory, and we're pleased with this development in which the IRS has proved to our satisfaction that it now has in place a protocol to enforce its own anti-electioneering provisions," FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor said in a statement last week, following which the Alliance Defending Freedom asked the IRS to release all documents related to...
  • Monday begins early voting in Wisconsin

    07/29/2014 8:16:56 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 7-28-14 | Kyle Maichle
    MADISON – Monday begins the first day for early voting in the State of Wisconsin leading up to the August 12th Statewide Primary election. This will be the first election that will feature early voting with more uniform hours due to changes enacted into law earlier this year. Early voting will be done on Mondays to Fridays from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM with no weekend hours. There were divisions between both sides for and against the bill earlier this year. Proponents of the bill say it would create a more standardized process for early voting while opponents say it...
  • Illegal Immigrants Protest Outside White House, Not Fearing Deportation

    07/29/2014 7:58:01 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/29/2014 | Tony Lee
    On Monday, illegal immigrants openly protested in front of the White House--and demanded more grants of temporary amnesty--without any consequences or fear of being deported. According to a Fox News report, "Illegal immigrant activists can protest outside the White House without worrying too much about" deportation because Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) merely "focuses deportation mostly on serious criminals and--in some cases--those caught in the act of crossing the border." ICE reportedly "prioritizes deportation for felons, repeat offenders, gang members and others with a serious criminal record" and "largely gives a pass" to other illegal immigrants. “Unless the individuals meet...
  • Obama mulls large-scale move on immigration

    07/28/2014 4:44:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    msn news ^ | 7/28/14 | ERICA WERNER of Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as they grapple with an immigration crisis at the border, White House officials are making plans to act before November's mid-term elections to grant work permits to potentially millions of immigrants who are in this country illegally, allowing them to stay in the United States without threat of deportation, according to advocates and lawmakers in touch with the administration. Such a large-scale move on immigration could scramble election-year politics and lead some conservative Republicans to push for impeachment proceedings against President Barack Obama, a prospect White House officials have openly discussed. Yet there's little sign that...
  • Wisconsin Carry Chairman supports David Clarke for Sheriff

    07/29/2014 7:45:19 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    Wisconsin Carry, Inc ^ | 7-29-14 | Nik Clark
    Greetings in Freedom, Ordinarily a County Sheriff's election wouldn't be notable for the larger state. In this case however, I'd like to share what is going on in Milwaukee County because the Sheriff's race here has drastic implications for the entire state and country. Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke rocked the boat here in SE Wisconsin and nationally when he issued public service announcements in 2013 that encouraged people to take responsibility for their own safety including training to use a firearm in self defense. His public service announcements went viral because while self-defense is only common sense, its extremely...
  • Washington is desperate for Republicans to impeach Obama

    07/29/2014 7:31:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/29/2014 | Noah Rothman
    Quite unlike six years ago, President Barack Obama has become a liability for his fellow Democrats running for federal office. Surveys have consistently shown that the GOP is well positioned to take back at least three of the six seats they need to regain control over the Senate and reduce Obama’s final two years in office to a series of vetoes. In another five seats, Republican candidates remain competitive. The president is no longer energizing his unique coalition of voters. This year, they are staying home. Democrats are desperate to reawaken those young, single, women, and minority voters and get...
  • Ted Cruz Is Smart, So What?

    07/29/2014 6:30:40 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 37 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 29, 2014 4:00 AM | Ian Tuttle
    In the first volume of his magnificent three-tome biography of Theodore Roosevelt, Edmund Morris recounts the story of writer Owen Wister’s visit to the Roosevelt White House. Wister, a Harvard classmate of the president, “has lent [Roosevelt] a book shortly before a full evening’s entertainment at the White House, and been astonished to hear a complete review of it over breakfast. ‘Somewhere between six one evening and eight-thirty the next morning, beside his dressing and his dinner and his guests and his sleep, he had read a volume of three-hundred-and-odd pages, and missed nothing of significance.’”For those unconvinced of Teddy’s...