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  • Democrats Aren’t Rushing To Defend Hillary Clinton

    03/04/2015 7:46:31 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 15 replies
    National Journal ^ | 3/4/2015 | RACHEL ROUBEIN AND LAUREN FOX
    Everyone in Washington is talking about Hillary Clinton's use of a personal e-mail account during her four years as secretary of State and her homebrew computer server. Everyone, that is, except for many Senate Democrats. As operatives, strategists and opposition research groups rush to her defense, some Washington Senate Democrats are remaining silent for the moment, saying they've been too busy with the week's packed schedule to be fully briefed on the crisis du jour. Democrats have a difficult line to walk. They don't want to be seen hitting their strongest contender to keep the White House, but that does...
  • Republican Leadership Admits they are Democrats

    03/04/2015 8:57:18 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 23 replies
    To all of you Republicans who keep arguing that we have to keep voting Republican until we get majorities, etc, and blah-blah-blah: have you been paying attention to why the Republican leadership says they caved on the DHS/Immigration funding? At least one of them said it was because “We were never going to win in the Congress.” Now let me see: the Republicans were given the House, Senate and White House under Bush W and they out-spent every Democrat President in history. Then they gave us TARP and the Patriot Act. Now the Republicans are back in control of the...
  • Jeb Bush, John Boehner And The Anti-Reagan Republican Establishment

    03/04/2015 8:54:42 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    conservativehq.com ^ | 3/4/15 | George Rasley
    Ronald Reagan gained the Republican nomination for president, and eventually won the White House in 1980, by welding together all of the grassroots discontents with the Washington and Republican establishments and building what became known as the “three-legged stool” of the Reagan coalition; anti-communist national defense conservatives, fiscal conservatives and social conservatives. The new Republican majority in Congress was forged by adding the limited government constitutional conservatives of the Tea Party movement to that three-legged stool. Practically every poll we see tells us that coalition represents a majority of the American electorate and should have been a solid and stable...
  • Replace John Boehner as House Speaker (declare the chair vacant!)

    03/03/2015 2:35:17 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 92 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 3/3/15 | Bill S
    As my colleague streiff wrote a while ago, (alleged) Republican Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner just pushed through a “clean” bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security and funded Barack Obama’s plan to grant amnesty to millions of illegals. Boehner has once again flipped the bird to the conservative base and shown his cowardice in the face of the Democrat meanies who threaten to throw a fit about a shutdown. John Boehner must go. He must be replaced as House Speaker. He does not represent the interests of the majority of Americans who voted for a Republican...
  • Democrats Plan To Win Elections With Illegal Alien Votes

    03/02/2015 6:08:46 PM PST · by PROCON · 28 replies
    investors.com ^ | Mar. 2, 2015 | PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY
    The Obama Democrats have an audacious scheme for winning future elections. They just plan to import 5 million non-citizens and credential them as voters who will, in gratitude, vote Democratic. The way this devious formula works is stunningly simple. Just get the new Republican Congress (under Speaker John Boehner and Sen. Mitch McConnell) to pass a full-funding bill for Homeland Security without any exception for the funding of Obama's illegal executive amnesty, which will allow Obama to give work permits, Social Security numbers and driver's licenses to 5 million illegal aliens.
  • Boehner Seeks To Dodge Blame For Coming DHS Funding Cave On Executive Amnesty

    03/02/2015 4:48:00 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 29 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/2/15 | Matthew Boyle
    House Speaker John Boehner is under fire on Capitol Hill, as Democrats are poised to take control of the House floor to fund President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty. Even though Republicans have solid majorities in both chambers of Congress, a little known and seldom used House rule seems likely to become the vehicle through which a so-called “clean” Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill—meaning one that would have no language blocking Obama’s executive amnesty—would pass the House of Representatives. Senate Republicans already caved last week, passing a clean DHS funding bill for the full rest of the fiscal year...
  • Boehner, Priebus Ex-Chiefs of Staff Air Ads to Pressure Conservatives Resisting Executive Amnesty

    03/02/2015 4:44:52 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 19 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/2/15 | Matthew Boyle
    The former chiefs of staff to House Speaker John Boehner and Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus are part of a concerted effort to target House conservatives with advertisements aimed at pressuring them to cave to President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty and fund it in its entirety through the end of the fiscal year. “An outside group aligned with House GOP leadership will spend $400,000 this week to urge dozens of conservative House Republicans to vote for Department of Homeland Security funding — a new and more aggressive phase in the legislative battle among Republicans that’s consuming Capitol Hill,” Politico...
  • Rahm Emanuel's Chicago Nears Fiscal Free Fall

    03/02/2015 4:01:35 PM PST · by raptor22 · 47 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 2, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    ities: The problem with socialism, Margaret Thatcher once noted, is you eventually run out of other people's money. In progressive Chicago, that's hit home as Moody's has cut its credit rating to two grades above "junk." Chicago's finances are staggering under the weight of an unfunded pension liability that Moody's Investors Service has estimated at $32 billion, eight times the city's operating revenue. Chicago has a $300 million structural deficit. And Illinois law requires the city to up its 2016 contributions to its police and fire pension funds by $550 million. "This is an unfortunate wake-up call for anyone still...
  • The most powerful Democrat in Congress could be unseated for the first time in nearly 3 decades

    03/02/2015 11:34:44 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 32 replies
    finance.yahoo.com ^ | 3/2/15 | Scott Applewhite
    Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada) is wearing special glasses as he recovers from injuries suffered in an exercise accident in December. The most powerful Democrat in Congress could face his toughest reelection race yet next year. Last week Gravis Insights released a new poll of Minority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nevada) 2016 race and found him trailing two lesser-known challengers: state Attorney General Adam Laxalt (R) and former Lt. Governor Brian Krolicki (R). Gravis has a poor track record as a pollster, but its results here are in line with other surveys that have repeatedly suggested Reid could be the most vulnerable...
  • Rep. Steve King Moves To Preempt Clean DHS Bill

    03/02/2015 11:30:59 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/2/15 | Caroline May
    Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is looking to preempt a little-known procedural rule that could allow a Democratic House Member to force a vote on the Senate’s clean Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill. In an email to some 160 House Members Monday, King highlights a recent Roll Call article describing clause four of House Rule XXII, which essentially allows any House Member to dispose of amendments to a bill and force a vote when there is disagreement between the House and Senate. “If we let Nancy Pelosi execute a privileged motion that would force a vote on the Senate version...
  • Scott Walker; Sure, Obama loves his country

    03/02/2015 7:59:21 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 137 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 3/2/2015 | Staff
    Gov. Scott Walker still hasn't spoken with President Barack Obama about the president's love for America, but the possible contender for the Republican nomination now has an opinion on the subject. Wisconsin's governor tells "Fox News Sunday" that Obama or "anybody else who is willing to put their name on the ballot certainly has to have the love for country to do that." ...
  • How an Obscure Rule Could Give Boehner a Way Out of DHS Mess (their latest trick)

    03/01/2015 9:11:11 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 2/28/15 | Niels Lesniewski and Emma Dumain
    Updated 5:57 p.m. | A provision tucked deep in the House rule book could provide a way out of the Homeland Security funding mess for Speaker John A. Boehner — without the Ohio Republican actually having to do anything. With rumblings about a full-scale revolt from within the ranks should Boehner put a funding bill on the floor that doesn’t explicitly block implementation of President Barack Obama’s immigration executive actions, there was talk Friday night from senior House Democratic aides of Republicans having found a face-saving procedural gambit that would ultimately end in full funding for Department of Homeland Security...
  • Sen. Marco Rubio previews tax reform plan at donor meet

    03/01/2015 4:25:38 AM PST · by DoodleDawg · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/1/15 | James Hohmann
    Sen. Marco Rubio previewed for conservative donors Saturday a tax reform plan that he will roll out in the coming week with Utah Sen. Mike Lee. The Florida senator, who has made clear to key supporters that he will run for president instead of reelection to the Senate, also told the Club for Growth donor meeting here that he would like to eliminate the U.S. Department of Education, shut down the Export-Import Bank and pass a detailed Obamacare alternative. Rubio said the bill he will introduce would reduce corporate tax rates from 35 percent to 25 percent, while eliminating both...
  • Jeb Bush Fails CPAC, Can’t Even Stack Straw Poll Successfully

    02/28/2015 6:26:34 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 126 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/28/15 | Matthew Boyle
    NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland — Republican voters rejected former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in the straw poll, as he earned only 8 percent of the vote and came in fifth. That came as, according to reports and several other campaigns, Bush attempted to rig the straw poll by busing in “supporters” from Washington, D.C., and K Street. So, after subtracting out those his campaign packed into the Gaylord hotel in National Harbor, his support among conservatives is even more smaller than it appears. Bush faced a round of ridicule from pretty much everyone across...
  • Right to Work Gives Gov. Scott Walker Powerful 2016 Boost

    02/28/2015 1:55:52 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 27 replies
    breitbart,com ^ | 2/28/15 | Mike Flynn
    Before the end of March, Wisconsin will likely become the 25th state to allow workers the choice of whether or not to join a union. With the pending enactment of a so-called “Right to Work” law, Wisconsin will join Indiana, Iowa and Michigan as the only Midwestern or Northeastern states without compulsory union membership. It could also power Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to the Republican nomination. It could be said that Walker’s campaign for the nomination began in 2011, when he pushed Act 10, a law stripping public sector employees of many collective bargaining rights, through the legislature. The proposal...
  • Can John Boehner survive as House Speaker after DHS debacle?

    02/28/2015 1:47:40 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 18 replies
    csmonitor.com ^ | 2/28/15 | Brad Knickerbocker
    Being elected Speaker of the US House of Representatives by his Republican peers should have been the happy culmination of a long congressional career for Rep. John Boehner. Telling his story about rising from modest circumstances – the second of 12 children in a working-class Ohio family – to become a legislative leader and second in order of presidential succession frequently brought tears to his eyes. But so far, at least, it’s largely been a slog through political swamps. He’s had to fight off not only Democrats but tea partiers and other members of his own party – including the...
  • Daily Beast retracts story on Scott Walker

    02/28/2015 1:39:14 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    politico.com ^ | 2/28/15 | Nick Gass
    Another major media outlet has apologized after getting a story about Scott Walker wrong. Last week, it was the New York Times; now, it’s The Daily Beast. The Daily Beast has retracted an article from one of its college columnists that claimed that the Wisconsin governor’s budget would cut sexual assault reporting from the state’s universities. The post, published Friday, cited a report from Jezebel that wrongly interpreted a section of the state budget to mean that all assault reporting requirements were to get cut altogether. In fact, the University of Wisconsin system requested the deletion of the requirements to...
  • Report: Jeb Bush Attempting to Rig CPAC Straw Poll with Bused in Supporters

    02/28/2015 1:30:50 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 54 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/28/15 | Matthew Boyle
    NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland — Perhaps in fear that he didn’t have enough backers willing to show up on their own, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s campaign organized to bus supporters to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to cheer during his appearance on stage and vote for him in the straw poll. The New York Times’ Jonathan Martin writes that Bush brought people in from Washington, D.C.: “Mr. Bush’s supporters organized caravans of his Washington backers to attend his speech, and they cheered whenever anyone else booed,” Martin wrote. Those same bused in cheerers also will likely be expected by Bush’s...
  • Boehner joins McConnell in fetal position

    02/28/2015 1:24:32 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 30 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 2/28/15
    After having his leadership repudiated by his own caucus yesterday, last night Speaker Boehner turned to his best friend in the House, minority leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, for a life line. Using a procedural motion to suspend the rules, which required two-thirds vote, Boehner passed the Orwellian named Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act by a vote of 357-60. He did it with Democrat votes. Where he lost 51 GOP members on the earlier vote he lost 55 GOP members the second time around. The mind boggles. What is going to happen in one week that fixes this problem?...
  • 25 Takeaways From America’s Biggest Conservative Conference

    02/28/2015 11:16:30 AM PST · by Forgiven_Sinner · 25 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | February 26, 2015 | Rob Bluey / @RobertBluey /
    The Daily Signal made its CPAC debut this year, closely following the 2016 contenders and hot policy debates at America’s largest conservative conference. We’ve pulled together a quick take on the highlights of the first two days. 1) Scott Walker Casts Himself as Champion of ‘Hard-Working Taxpayers’ ...
  • Why I already have Hillary fatigue

    02/28/2015 5:53:27 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 40 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | February 28, 2015 | Margaret Wente
    Hillary Clinton is inevitable. Everybody says so. She has the name, the recognition, the mighty war chest and the huge Democratic machine behind her. She hasn’t even said she’s running for president, and she already has her party’s nomination locked up. No serious Democrat would be foolish enough to challenge her. But Ms. Clinton’s inevitability should make serious Democrats want to stick hot pokers in their eyes. She is a purely manufactured candidate, as artificial as plastic flowers in a cheap restaurant. She has no gift for inspiring or moving people, and if she has any ideas beyond the utterly...
  • House chaos leaves GOP senators fuming

    02/28/2015 7:02:52 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 83 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 2/28/15 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Republicans are fuming over the House GOP’s decision to extend the standoff over the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), a move that they say uses up political oxygen and burns precious time on the legislative calendar. GOP senators say it’s time to move on to other issues, such as the budget, trade legislation, and regulatory and tax reform. They must defend 24 seats in the 2016 election and worry that voters could soon start to question their ability to govern unless they can move forward with a more substantive agenda. The fight over President Obama’s executive actions on immigration...
  • Jeb Bush’s CPAC Debacle Wasn’t Saved By Bussing In Supporters

    02/28/2015 6:15:00 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 46 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 2/28/15 | Steve Berman
    Jeb Bush’s campaign is calling Dick Tuck to see if he’s behind the debacle he suffered at CPAC 2015. Gateway Pundit confirmed that Jeb bussed in supporters so it wouldn’t look like everyone in the room hated him (or worse, left). But it didn’t matter, because they booed him anyway. And they left. And Slate got hold of the emails from Fritz Brogan telling his K-street astroturf crowd, We strongly recommend arriving as early as possible to get a seat,” wrote Brogan in an email sent to undisclosed recipients. “Our ‘Early Rise’ team will be there at 7:30am onward helping...
  • Hill fight features rumblings of Boehner coup

    02/28/2015 5:52:23 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 36 replies
    edition.cnn.com ^ | 2/28/15 | Dana Bash, Deirdre Walsh and Alexandra Jaffe,
    Washington (CNN)—House Speaker John Boehner faces a looming threat from conservatives to oust him as speaker, and it's tying his hands on funding the Department of Homeland Security. Congress passed a one-week extension of funding just hours before the deadline on Friday night. It was that fear fueling Boehner's resistance to a longer-term bill, as it might prompt backlash from conservatives. President Barack Obama signed the bill, which funds the Department of Homeland Security through Friday. Two senior House Republican sources tell CNN there's a serious concern among those close to the Speaker that if he allowed a vote on...
  • At this point, Tea Party Republicans are joining with Democrats to sink this 3-week bill

    02/27/2015 2:04:54 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 30 replies
    From Jamie Dupree on Twitter
  • House takes key step to avoid Homeland Security shutdown (read details. Nice move, Boehner!)

    02/27/2015 2:00:47 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 2/27/15 | Mike Lillis and Scott Wong
    The House moved a step closer to preventing a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security Friday by voting 228-191 to approve a motion to hold a conference with the Senate to negotiate a deal. The successful vote sets up a vote on a measure funding the department for three weeks. "Unfortunately, the Republicans have changed the sequencing of the consideration of legislation so that if we pass a motion to go to conference, the legislation which we could pass, which would be the ... balance-of-the-year funding for the Department of Homeland Security, would no longer be in possession of...
  • McConnell uses Reid Trick Against Conservatives (more proof of their complicity)

    02/27/2015 11:33:49 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 23 replies
    conservativereview.com ^ | 2/27/15 | Gaston Mooney
    In the last two years there have been two major attempts by conservatives to defund catastrophic policies. One attempt was Obamacare in October of 2013 and the other attempt was executive amnesty this week. In both attempts, the Republican House-passed bills were amended in the Senate to reinstate funding for Obamacare and executive amnesty. In both attempts, the Republican House-passed bills were amended in the Senate to reinstate funding for Obamacare and executive amnesty. In both cases, there weren’t 60 votes in the Senate to reinstate funding for these policies. So the majority leaders at the time had to resort...
  • Rubio: I've learned lesson on immigration (HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA)

    02/27/2015 11:24:58 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 51 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 2/27/15 | Cameron Joseph
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) told the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that he's learned he was wrong on his approach to immigration reform. Rubio, a onetime Tea Party favorite whose support for a comprehensive immigration reform package hurt him with the GOP base, told the conservative crowd that he now understands U.S. borders must be secured before anything else can be done. "It wasn't very popular, I don't know if you know that from some of the folks here," Rubio said with a smile, earning laughs from the crowd, when asked about his earlier support for the bill by Fox...
  • Uncompromising Reid still in command

    02/27/2015 5:43:28 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 25 replies
    politico.com ^ | 2/27/15 | Manu Raju and Burgess Everett
    He only controls 46 seats, but Harry Reid is acting like he has 60. Reid’s uncompromising posture during the flap over homeland security funding and his emerging plans for an upcoming fight over immigration make clear he’s doing little to change the hardball style that defined his tenure as majority leader. This despite losing control of the chamber after last fall’s Democratic debacle and tamping down a coup among centrists seeking his ouster. The 75-year-old Reid, who may seek reelection next year and is in his second stint as minority leader, is betting that Republicans are so nervous about being...
  • Hey, Boehner: Show Some Stones for Once (courage is going along with the democrats!)

    02/27/2015 5:38:26 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    dailybeast.com ^ | 2/27/15 | Michael Tomasky
    How the DHS fight shows that the right wing is (thankfully) toothless, and that Congress is essentially leaderless. So here’s something I’ve often wondered over the last few years. What exactly would happen if John Boehner bucked the right-wingers in the House? You know—if he gave us one of those heroic Hollywood moments that we so long for in this sail-trimming city and gave a big speech about how he was putting principle ahead of politics and the consequences be damned. You know what I think would happen? If, say, he followed Mitch McConnell’s lead and allowed a vote on...
  • 30 states have either passed or filed Convention of States applications!

    02/27/2015 5:26:09 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 34 replies
    States already passed, 2014: FL, AK, GA States where one house has passed it already, 2015: AZ, ND States that have filed but not passed anything yet: AR, IA, IN, KS, KY, MA, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NM, NJ, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WV, WY
  • Sorry, Jeb, the Race Is Wide Open

    02/27/2015 5:13:44 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 27 replies
    wsj.com ^ | 2/26/15 | Peggy Noonan
    Thoughts on the 2016 presidential primaries: No one expects anything from the Democrats. They will back, accept or acquiesce in a coronation. This will not be called passive but disciplined. But when you think about it—one of our two major parties, in a time of considerable national peril, will settle its presidential nomination without vigorous debate—it is weird and disturbing. Republicans are the action, and will draw all the lightning. A read on where the base—huge, broad and varied, including but not limited to attendees of this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference—is: Republicans this year are not looking for Reagan....
  • RINO Peter King Joins Dems to Give Eric Holder Final Say on Gun Buys

    02/27/2015 5:05:27 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    ammoland.com ^ | 2/26/15 | AWR Hawkins
    On Wednesday, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) joined Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to introduce a bill giving Attorney General Eric Holder final say on who does or doesn’t pass National Instant Criminal Background Checks (NICS) for gun purchases. The twelve other Democrats co-sponsoring the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorist Act of 2015 include “Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Dick Durbin (D-Ill), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Barbara Boxer (D-CA)… [and] Christ Murphy (D-CT),” among others. According to San Diego Jewish World, the act is meant to stop a “known or suspected terrorist from buying firearms or explosives.” Yet as Feinstein,...
  • Scott Walker Winning Support Across Entire GOP Spectrum

    02/27/2015 5:01:22 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 2/27/15 | Melanie Batley
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has distinguished himself among a large field of potential 2016 presidential contenders for having achieved widespread support across a broad range of Republican voters, National Journal reported. The Journal noted a Quinnipiac poll out this week that gave Walker a 25 percent lead among likely participants in the Iowa Republican caucus, twice as much as the second-place finisher, with consistent support across almost all of the party's religious, class and ideological factions. The Journal noted that no Republican presidential candidate has demonstrated that level of broad appeal since George W. Bush in 2000. "The real opportunity...
  • ‘We Need the Mechanics’: RNC Chair Makes Case for ‘Establishment Control’ of Nomination Process

    02/27/2015 4:58:20 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | 2/26/15 | Zach Noble
    NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Some among the GOP base may decry an “establishment” takeover of the party’s nomination process, but Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says his political machine is a crucial part of a path to Republican victory in 2016. “We cannot be a candidate-crazy party,” Priebus told reporters in a meeting Thursday. “We also need the mechanics.” Speaking to reporters during the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference, Priebus touted himself and the RNC as handling the “boring stuff” that’s key to getting a campaign off the ground — and helping a Republican candidate actually be successful. From...
  • Fire Boehner? Mia Love Says Maybe McConnell Needs the Boot

    02/26/2015 6:03:06 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 28 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 2/26/15 | David Eldridge
    Amid new speculation that John A. Boehner’s speakership somehow hangs in the balance as Republicans struggle with the Department of Homeland Security funding standoff, freshman Rep. Mia Love said maybe it’s Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who should be worried. In an interview with a Philadelphia radio station at the Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday, the Utah Republican said she’s “standing strong” in the House-led effort to defund the president’s executive actions on immigration. “I was so incredibly proud in January when we passed the Homeland Security funding bill and defunded the executive act by the president,” she told Talk...
  • Mike Lee to CPAC: Demand Good Conservative Candidates

    02/26/2015 8:13:30 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/26/15 | Dan Riehl
    In his 2016 CPAC address, Utah Sen. Mike Lee (R) told his audience only a serious “principled, positive, proven” conservative candidate can win the general election. Principled means “being conservative every single day, not just during the campaign,” said Lee, adding that a principled conservative doesn’t “hide behind talking points.” At one point, Lee invoked Reagan’s call for a “robust debate,” yet also seemed to split with the former president. Lee made the point that the right conservative candidate for 2016 will engage moderates. In 1975, Reagan notably said at CPAC, “let them go their way.” In terms of being...
  • Tea Party favorite defects from DHS funding compromise

    02/26/2015 7:49:43 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 31 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 2/26/15 | Ben Kamisar
    Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) will not vote for a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations bill because it funds President Obama’s controversial immigration actions, he told the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Thursday. “Our laws don’t authorize this action so if it’s carried out, if its implemented, this action will have the effect of undoing something that Congress has done and doing so in a way that circumvents the Constitution,” he said. “We have to use the power of the purse, we have to withhold funding when the president does that.” Senate Democrats have repeatedly filibustered to...
  • HHS pays Obamacare insurers $3 billion that Congress never authorized

    02/26/2015 5:58:00 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 2/26/15 | Rick Moran
    The Department of Health and Human Services paid $3 billion to Obamacare insurers as part of a program to limit their losses in covering reduced out of pocket consumer expenses like lower deductibles and smaller total health care costs per year. The only problem is, that Congress never authorized the spending. snip Laws are for little people and we'll decide when and how to spend the people's money. What's that? The Constitution says what about how taxpayer money is spent? Hah! What do they know. They've all been dead for 200 years. To all you Congress people, sit down, shut...
  • Republican Retirements (Virginia legislature)

    02/26/2015 5:29:29 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 1 replies
    1140wrva.com ^ | 2/25/15
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Two Republican state lawmakers won't be seeking re-election. Sen. Jeff McWaters of Virginia Beach and Del. Tom Rust of Herndon said Wednesday that they won't be seeking re-election.
  • How The House Can Remove John Boehner As Speaker

    02/26/2015 5:19:31 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    If Boehner’s caucus wants to depose him, the House Rules allow this to happen. According to Jefferson’s Manual, a 19th century procedural manual that has been largely incorporated into the House Rules: A Speaker may be removed at the will of the House, and a Speaker pro tempore appointed. A resolution declaring the Office of Speaker vacant presents a question of constitutional privilege, though the House has never removed a Speaker. It has on several occasions removed or suspended other officers, such as Clerk and Doorkeeper. A resolution for the removal of an officer is presented as a matter of...
  • Disgruntled right wing keeps Boehner coup talk alive

    02/26/2015 5:14:37 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 2/26/15 | Scott Wong
    Tea Party conservatives failed to oust Speaker John Boehner last month, but they’re threatening to try again if the Ohio Republican caves in the fight against President Obama’s immigration actions. While there’s not a coordinated effort yet, chatter of another coup attempt has grown louder now that the Senate is moving to pass a funding bill to avert a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) without the immigration riders. Conservatives on and off Capitol Hill are pressuring Boehner not to relent unless Democrats agree to gut Obama’s executive orders protecting millions of illegal immigrants from deportation. But Boehner...
  • Gutierrez Reveals WH Considering Implementing Exec Amnesty in 24 States That Didn’t Join Lawsuit

    02/25/2015 6:55:57 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 39 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/25/15 | Tony Lee
    On Wednesday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) revealed that the White House is considering implementing its executive amnesty program in the 24 states that did not join the lawsuit against it. A majority of states (26) joined the lawsuit that led to a federal judge (Andrew Hanen) issuing an injunction against Obama’s executive amnesty last week. The Obama administration complied with the injunction, did not accept applications for Obama’s executive amnesty, and asked Hanen for a stay before it files an appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. But the White House, according to Gutierrez, is deciding whether it has...
  • The return of Todd Akin? (may run for senate against RINO Blunt)

    02/25/2015 5:34:57 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 40 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 2/25/15 | Jonathan Easley
    Todd Akin is considering a primary challenge to Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) in 2016. “I have not ruled anything out,” the former congressman and 2012 GOP Senate nominee told The Hill in a phone interview on Wednesday. “I think there is a high level of dissatisfaction among conservatives, that they have to some degree been pushed out of the Republican Party,” he continued. “The sentiment is there. The Tea Party is skeptical and wants some fresh blood, not just the same establishment guys.” Akin’s reemergence is sure to be an unwelcome development for national Republicans. During his 2012 race against...
  • Loretta Lynch's immigration roadblock

    02/25/2015 5:30:25 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    politico.com ^ | 2/25/15 | Seung Min Kim
    After Sen. John McCain left a private meeting with Loretta Lynch in December, the Arizona Republican was inclined to support her nomination to become the nation’s top law enforcement official. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) also met with Lynch that month, saying she would most likely back her unless some issue arose during confirmation hearings. Now, both senators plan to vote against Lynch to be the next attorney general. Their changed stances illustrate how toxic President Barack Obama’s sweeping executive actions on immigration have become in Lynch’s bid to succeed Eric Holder at the Justice Department. Her nomination has effectively become...
  • Obama: 'Consequences' for ICE Officials Who Don't Follow Executive Amnesty

    02/25/2015 5:18:26 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 65 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 2/25/15 | Daniel Halper
    President Obama warned workers at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: implement executive amnesty, or else. He made the comments in a town hall event on immigration on MSNBC. According to the White House pool report, President Obama was asked for reassurance that people wouldn't be deported as the legal battle over the executive amnesty plays out in the courts. “Until we pass a law through Congress, the executive actions we’ve taken are not going to be permanent; they are temporary. There are going to be some jurisdictions and there may be individual ICE official or Border Control agent not...
  • Federal judge rebuffs DOJ bid to unfreeze immigration actions by Wednesday

    02/25/2015 5:15:52 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 16 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 2/26/15
    The Texas federal judge who suspended President Obama’s executive actions on immigration has rebuffed the Justice Department's request that he consider lifting that order by Wednesday. Earlier this week, the Obama administration asked U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen to let the immigration programs go forward while the court case played out. The DOJ urged Hanen to decide by Wednesday. But Hanen said he won’t honor the request because he has given those challenging the actions until Monday to respond to the department’s request. Hanen issued his injunction Feb. 16 to halt Obama’s executive actions, which would spare as many as...
  • Scott Walker Flap Shows How Political Media Actively Loathe Christianity

    02/25/2015 5:09:59 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    thefederalist.com ^ | 2/25/15 | Sean Davis
    If the constant media haranguing of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker over his religion tells us anything, it’s that the political media absolutely loathe what they perceive as authentic Christianity. First, there was the ambush against Walker about whether he believed in evolution. Then, there was the question from two Washington Post reporters about whether Walker believed President Barack Obama was a “real Christian.” And over the past couple of days, writers from several outlets have begun to mock Scott Walker’s habit of praying to God for guidance. It’s easy to see why they’re doing what they’re doing: they think Christianity...
  • If you tell your opponent you’re bluffing, he’ll probably believe you (must read)

    02/25/2015 5:06:08 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 2/25/15 | Ben Howe
    We’re now coming to the close of the dustup over legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security. As you probably know, the Democrats and President Obama objected to additional language added to the bill which would work to undo all of that pesky amnesty Obama had worked so hard to executive order into existence. Throughout the ordeal, the term “shutdown” has been used extensively. “We’re trying to avoid a shutdown,” they’d say. “It’s a showdown over a shutdown,” the news would report. It’s not surprising this would be the go-to term for talking heads. Shutdown has become a scary word...
  • [Flashback] McConnell accidentally calls Reid majority leader

    02/25/2015 9:21:51 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 2/2/15 | Cristina Marcos
    A month into the new Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) may still be getting used to life in the majority. Upon welcoming Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) back on the Senate floor after a January exercising accident, McConnell reverted to an old habit of referring to his Democratic counterpart as the "majority leader." "Let me say first, I want to welcome back our colleague, the majority leader. He's had a challenging month, and we're happy to see him back here in the Senate and wish him well in his recovery, which looks as if it's coming along...