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  • WaPo: Four Pinocchios for Obama on Bush 41 amnesty claim

    11/24/2014 7:07:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | November 24, 2014 | ED MORRISEY
    Actually, Glenn Kessler gives Peak Pinocchio to both Barack Obama and his press secretary Josh Earnest for disseminating a dishonest argument intended to bolster the notion that Obama’s predecessors used executive power for amnesty. The argument actually began on Wednesday afternoon as Earnest laid out the structure of the defense: Q What executive actions that were taken in the past regarding immigration would involve millions of people like this upcoming one?MR. EARNEST: There are a couple of them. President George H.W. Bush — I believe this was -— I think this would have been– I’m not sure what year this...
  • Putin Is Circumspect on Re-Election but Says Nyet to Presidency for Life

    11/24/2014 6:48:53 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 1 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov 23, 2014 | Alexander Kolyandr
    Putin Is Circumspect on Re-Election but Says Nyet to Presidency for Life By Alexander Kolyandr Nov. 23, 2014 MOSCOWRussian President Vladimir Putin said he doesnt aim to hold his post for life but doesnt rule out seeking another term in 2018, a move that could make him the countrys longest-serving leader since Joseph Stalin. In an interview with state-controlled TASS news agency, the 62-year-old Mr. Putin said that for him to remain in the presidents chair forever is not good, and (is) detrimental for the country, and I do not need it as well. But when asked whether he would...
  • 'We Will Not Engage': Michele Bachmann Reveals GOP Plans to Ignore Executive Amnesty

    11/23/2014 6:23:38 AM PST · by servo1969 · 220 replies
    breitbart.com/Big-Government ^ | 11-23-2014 | Robert Wilde
    Breitbart News Executive Chairman Steven K. Bannon asked the congresswoman, who was a guest on Breitbart News Saturday Sirius XM Patriot channel 125, Has there been any firm commitment from the leadership of the Republican party saying that this amnesty is not going to happen? Bachmann replied with a question, Do you want the truth? Okay, Ill tell all of Breitbart listeners what happened this week. I was floored! In the weekly meeting called Republican Conference in the House of Representatives, we all knew that the big issue for the week was going to be the president announcing his amnesty,...
  • What could a Republican president do with Obama's executive power theories?

    11/22/2014 9:30:46 PM PST · by zencycler · 16 replies
    Vox ^ | November 21, 2014 | Andrew Prokop
    It's not just deportation policy. As I described in a recent feature, Obama has effectively modified or refused to enforce key provisions of laws ranging from the Affordable Care Act to No Child Left Behind. He really has expanded the scope of executive power in some novel ways. So at a moment when many liberals are cheering Obama for taking action on deportation policy, it's worth considering how future Republican presidents could use these precedents to their own ends. Several commentators have been floating various possibilities about how the GOP could take advantage of those powers in ways Democrats would...
  • What Executive Orders Will You Impose? Should This Now Be The #1 POTUS Debate Issue?

    11/22/2014 11:03:13 AM PST · by zencycler · 48 replies
    self | 11/22/2014 | self
    Maybe the best way to fight the Obama power grab is to show how it opens up the floodgates. So maybe all the GOP candidates should now start talking about what executive orders they would impose. After all, if we establish the precedent that the POTUS can flout the will of Congress by using EO's, then we would naturally start expecting presidents to use that to pursue their agenda, and we would want to know in advance for which issues they would likely consider using that new found power. So let's put that out there! If this precedent gets established,...
  • How BIG is The Executive? Cabinet Growth as a small example. [Vanity]

    11/20/2014 3:27:27 PM PST · by SES1066 · 11 replies
    Self
    With President Obama expanding on his power, an amateur historian like myself looks to past growth of the Executive Branch and in this post looking at the number of Cabinet (Departmental) positions and their growth. How many can give the number of these positions currently and how that has changed? It is an interesting progression and given my preference for minimalist governance, frightening!
  • Rush Limbaugh: Reagan Never Took Executive Action This Is Bald-Faced Flat-Out Lie (Video)

    11/19/2014 9:05:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 11/19/14 | Jim Hoft
    Reagan signed an immigration statute Obama is passing executive amnesty. Rush Limbaugh broke down the dishonest liberal talking points today. Watch liberal Juan Williams get caught in a bald-faced lie. Via Special Report:
  • Politico: Conservative Stand Against Obama's Executive Amnesty Leaves White House in Disarray

    11/15/2014 4:09:52 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 75 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11-14-2014 | Matthew Boyle
    The White House must have thought Republicans in Congress would fall in line behind Speaker John Boehner and let President Barack Obama do what hes gotta do on executive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens. Politico reports that as Republicans have instead organized behind incoming Senate Budget Committee chairman Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to oppose the President, the Democrats and White Houseincluding Obama himselfare showing signs of weakness. Obama showed his frustration during a press conference in Myanmar on Friday, Politicos Seung Min Kim and Carrie Budoff Brown wrote late Friday night. They [Republicans] have the ability to fix the...
  • As with Obamacare/2010 Midterms, WH to Ignore Public Opinion Utterly + Do as They D-Well-Please...

    11/05/2014 5:26:22 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 6 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 05 November 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Hey Musty Mitch and Boehner, better DO SOMETHING to stop this ruthless #$*%&-- or we'll have your heads, too As at other times in this unrelenting nightmare of a presidency -when the electorate clearly turned-against them, screaming for a breather from the 'progressive' agenda we've been ceaselessly force-fed for years now- yesterday's clear signal of unhappiness with the direction of the country will be cynically dismissed, laughed-off, and gone-around as lawless, radical Obama continues on his quest to burn this country to the ground... So as the Democrats were getting trounced last night, White House staffers were telling ABC...
  • Labor Secretary: Obama Will Take Aggressive Exec Action On Immigration For Shared Prosperity

    10/23/2014 8:52:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 67 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/23/14 | Tony Lee
    Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said President Barack Obama will take "aggressive executive action" on immigration, which Perez said will bring about more "shared prosperity." Addressing the National Press Club this week, Perez, who is reportedly on the short list to be Obamas next attorney general, said the country needed to "fix our broken immigration system" with comprehensive amnesty legislation that is "big and bold" to ensure that there is "shared prosperity," which he said is a goal of his Labor Department. Though the Congressional Budget Office determined that comprehensive amnesty legislation would lower the wages of American workers, Labor Secretary...
  • Failure Upon Failure - The disintegration of the Obama presidency

    10/10/2014 4:46:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | October 20, 2014 | Stephen F. Hayes
    A year before his first inauguration, Barack Obama laid out the objective of his presidency: to renew faith and trust in -activist government and transform the country. In an hourlong interview with the editorial board of the Reno Gazette-Journal on January 16, 2008, Obama said that his campaign was already shifting the political paradigm and promised that his presidency would do the same. His model would be Ronald Reagan, who put us on a fundamentally different path, in a way that distinguished him from leaders who were content merely to occupy the office. I think that Ronald Reagan changed the...
  • Obama Offers Climate Change Help to Other Nations

    09/23/2014 9:16:12 AM PDT · by illiac · 10 replies
    ABC Snooze ^ | 9/23/14 | Josh Lederman
    President Barack Obama is pledging new U.S. help for other nations struggling to address global warming, as heads of state from around the world converge for a major summit on climate change. Obama will use his speech at a U.N. summit Tuesday to announce plans to sign an executive order requiring the U.S. government to take climate change into account when it spends money overseas to help poorer countries, the White House said. The U.S. will also offer vulnerable communities abroad new tools to address the effects of climate change through science and technology. The measures join a host of...
  • Biden Promises Obama Will Strike GOP with 'Lightning' via Executive Amnesty

    09/22/2014 9:50:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 55 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/22/14 | Tony Lee
    On Monday, Vice President Joe Biden promised that President Barack Obama would "do an awful lot" for illegal immigrants with executive actions toward amnesty. He said if Republicans don't "see the lord" on immigration after the midterm elections, then they will feel some "lightning." According to pool reports, Biden spoke at a Hispanic Heritage Month reception at his residence and reportedly called up a student who had received temporary amnesty due to Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Biden then said that Obama is going to enact executive amnesty before the end of the year if Congress does...
  • Executive Powers, Barack Obama v. Charles I of England

    09/04/2014 12:54:20 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 12 replies
    The Framers of our Constitution were well versed in the lessons of the mid-17th century English Civil War. It was in revolution that Parliamentary forces denied certain powers to Charles I. Obama, the pretend President of a formerly Free Republic, has claimed powers denied to an English king 370 years ago. During negotiations between royalist and parliamentary forces in 1643, Charles I itemized his demands and authority: 1. Charles I proclaimed to be limited by law and parliament. From his past actions, parliament knew this was a specious, dishonest assertion. Obama often recites his fealty to the law. Not even...
  • *Amnesty Alert* (Give us money so we can do a permanent congressional amnesty)

    08/27/2014 4:33:39 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 19 replies
    NRCC
    Top Democrat Congressman: Get Ready for Executive Amnesty for 5 Million Illegals This is not a joke, Friend. Heres more from the same report: President Obama is preparing to offer universal amnesty through executive action. The order is expected to happen sometime next week after Obama returns from a trip to Europe. Friend moments like this are why the NRCC exists. The House GOP is the only group who can oppose him. We need 1,000 donations before the FEC deadline this Sunday to show Obama he made a huge mistake! House Conservatives are not taking Obama's trampling of the...
  • Obama To Make One Of The Boldest Moves Of His Presidency: Stretching Scope Of Executive Power

    08/06/2014 12:51:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/06/2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    By the end of the summer, President Barack Obama will make what some activists and legal experts say could be the "boldest move" of his presidency as he prepares to move without Congress on immigration reform. The coming executive actions to change immigration policy could become the defining moment in a second term marred by congressional gridlock. Amid fierce debate over the crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border they also could set up a potential political firestorm just weeks before the crucial midterm elections. Perhaps most importantly, Obama's coming executive actions could also test the limits of presidential power. "Depending on...
  • Question for Boehner: Will you use the power of the purse to stop Obamas executive power grabs?

    07/20/2014 5:52:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/19/2014 | AllahPundit
    A leftover from yesterday via CNS but a fine note on which to end the week. There are three ways the House could punish Obama the next time he decides he wants to rewrite a statutory deadline for ObamaCare or unilaterally declare war in the Middle East or amnestize a few million illegals. They could impeach him, of course, but that’ll go nowhere in the Senate and will provoke a nasty public backlash against the GOP. That option is too hot. They could do what Boehner’s actually doing right now, suing Obama on separation-of-powers grounds, but most legal experts...
  • High court is rights backstop

    07/05/2014 2:52:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 4, 2014 | Niall Stanage
    Conservatives increasingly see the Supreme Court as a last line of defense against the Obama administrations agenda. Despite the courts 5-4 vote to uphold the presidents healthcare law, the justices have more frequently pushed back at what conservatives see as overreach by the White House. A view that the High Court is having more success than the GOP House as a check on President Obama has been developing for some time, but became all the more prevalent after its decisions in the recent Hobby Lobby and Noel Canning cases. What we are experiencing is a high court reining in an...
  • ILLEGAL Obama EPA law enforcement unit BLOCKING Inspector General from investigating EPA wrongdoing

    05/06/2014 6:35:28 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 25 replies
    http://therightscoop.com/ ^ | May 6, 2014 | The Right Scoop
    Mark Levin reported on his radio show tonight that an illegal law enforcement unit run by Obamas henchmen are blocking the Inspector General at the EPA from investigating any wrongdoing at the EPA and theyve been doing it for years! This is from testimony that will be given tomorrow by the Assistant EPA Inspector General for Investigations: ASSOCIATED PRESS A unit run by President Obamas political staff inside the Environmental Protection Agency operates illegally as a rogue law enforcement agency that has blocked independent investigations by the EPAs inspector general for years, a top investigator told Congress. The assistant...
  • How Obama Can Use Executive Actions to Improve Our Democracy (Barf Alert)

    04/18/2014 3:06:46 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 24 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 18th, 2014 | Michael Waldman
    With Congress paralyzed, President Obama has promised to use his pen and phone to overcome the ongoing dysfunction and get some work done. And the White House has already acted several times to help improve Americas economy. But such policies, no matter how valuable, will achieve little if we do not fix our broken democracy. Allow me to suggest some ideas for how the president can do just that. First, some historical context. Presidents have long acted within their authority, from Jeffersons purchase of Louisiana without consulting Congress to Lincolns freeing the slaves by proclamation. In recent decades, at a...
  • GOP Begins To Fight Back Against Obama's Broad Executive Overreach

    03/19/2014 6:16:06 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 18,2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Has President Obama's impunity come to an end? After five years of his flouting the letter and spirit of the law in an increasingly brazen fashion, congressional Republicans have been starting to ramp up their rhetoric about Obama's lawlessness, their most concerted effort on the issue to date. Several new reports from top Republicans underscore the breadth of Obama's executive overreach. Viewed comprehensively, it involves laws ranging from healthcare to immigration to privacy to technology to social issues to national security matters and more. Scandals like Benghazi, Operation Fast and Furious, the IRS targeting of conservative groups, NSA spying, CIA...
  • Obama Mocks GOP: How Dare You Fix Things?, Youre a Tyrant Using Executive Action

    03/04/2014 2:08:28 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    CNS News ^ | 3/03/14 | Craig Bannister
    On Friday, Pres. Obama mocked Republicans who complain about his use of executive actions to "fix" Obamacare without involving Congress. **SNIP** "The reason they don't do it, of course, is that we already took the best ideas that are out there about bringing down costs and covering more people. Yes, there have been some disruptions. Yes, we lost that first month out of the gate. And we've worked hard to fix problems that have come up without any cooperation from them; in fact, they've complained when we fix them. They say, how dare you fix the things we were complaining...
  • Ideology vs. reason and a constitutional crisis

    02/26/2014 11:07:41 AM PST · by DanMiller · 19 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | February 26, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Most sentient humans have ideological beliefs. When they become acceptable substitutes for rational thought they can be pernicious.Jonathan Turley, whom I consider a liberal in the old-fashioned sense and not what I refer to as a "librul," todaytestified before the House Judiciary Committeeon usurpations of congressional authority by the President, regulatory agencies and the courts -- often with congressional acquiescence if not encouragement. The transcript of his prepared remarks is at the second link.He neither had an epiphany on the road to Damascus nor became a "far right" conservative; he has long held and expressed the views stated in his...
  • The Minimum-Wage Executive Order Is Unconstitutional

    02/18/2014 3:08:20 PM PST · by Libloather · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/17/14 | Peter Kirsanow
    The president issued an executive order last week purporting to raise the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors to $10.10 an hour. The order is unconstitutional. The Supreme Court made clear in Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co. v. Sawyer that the Presidents power, if any, to issue the [executive] order must stem either from an act of Congress or from the Constitution itself. Furthermore, when the president takes measures incompatible with the expressed or implied will of Congress, his power is at its lowest ebb, for then he can rely only upon his own constitutional powers minus any constitutional...
  • Judge Napolitano: Impeachment the only way to stop Obama's executive actions

    02/18/2014 9:40:12 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 85 replies
    The Examiner ^ | February 14, 2014 | Joe Newby
    While speaking with Fox News' Neil Cavuto, Judge Andrew Napolitano said impeachment is the only way to stop President Obama from ruling by executive fiat, Newsmax reported Thursday. "The president is doing the opposite of what he was elected to do," he said. "At some point he is totally frustrating what Congress has written." He also told Cavuto that when Obama takes unilateral action, picking and choosing what laws -- or portions of laws -- to enforce, he is actually telling people how to avoid the law. The president has unilaterally delayed portions of Obamacare without going through Congress, and...
  • Presidential Power Grab Leaves Critics Asking If WH Is "Lawless"

    02/14/2014 6:48:35 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 22 replies
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | February 14, 2014 | You Tube
    Jonathan Turley and Nicholas Rosenkranz with Megyn Kelly, discussion Obama's abuse of power.
  • New Video HAMMERS Obama On Executive Power

    02/14/2014 9:32:45 AM PST · by absentee · 8 replies
    RedState.com ^ | 2/13/14 | Caleb Howe
    I taught constitutional law for ten years. I take the Constitution very seriously. The biggest problems that were facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all, and thats what I intend to reverse when Im President of the United States of America. - Obama, 2008 What a difference six years makes. The above video, released tonight by The Heritage Foundation, shows two different faces of Barack Obama when it comes to executive branch. In 2008, then-candidate Obama said that America's "biggest...
  • Pure Gold: Obama Slams Bush for Expanding Executive Power, Ignoring Congress

    02/13/2014 4:43:59 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Townhall ^ | 2/13/14 | Guy Benson
    As you may recall, we tend to reserve the "pure gold" descriptor for uniquely egregious instances of Obama hypocrisy. This one surely qualifies. American Commitment clips a stump speech snippet from 2008 presidential candidate Barack Obama, scrupulous defender of our constitutional structure, and righteous critic of executive power grabs. Behold:
  • Ron Paul Rages "Will No One Challenge Obamas Executive Orders?"

    02/10/2014 5:23:42 PM PST · by Nachum · 118 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 2/10/14 | Tyler Durden
    Submitted by Ron Paul of the Ron Paul Institute, President Obamas state of the union pledge to act with or without Congress marks a milestone in presidential usurpation of Congressional authority. Most modern presidents have used executive orders to change and even create laws without Congressional approval. However President Obama is unusually brazen, in that most Presidents do not brag about their plans to rule by executive order in state of the union speeches. Sadly, his pledge to use his pen to implement laws and polices without the consent of Congress not only received thunderous applause from representatives of the...
  • Under investigation, American Title CEO dead in grisly suicide

    02/07/2014 4:10:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 68 replies
    Denver Post ^ | 2/7/14 | Tyler Durden
    The ugly rash of financial services executive suicides appears to have spread once again. Following the jumping deaths of 2 London bankers and a former-Fed economist in the US, The Denver Post reports Richard Talley, founder and CEO of American Title, was found dead in his home from self-inflicted wounds - from a nail-gun. Talley's company was under investigation from insurance regulators. Via The Denver Post, Richard Talley, 57, and the company he founded in 2001 were under investigation by state insurance regulators at the time of his death late Tuesday, an agency spokesman confirmed Thursday. It was unclear how...
  • Obama open to executive action on immigration

    01/31/2014 3:48:21 PM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/31/14 | Meghashyam Mali
    President Obama on Friday said that he believed immigration reform could pass in 2014, but cautioned that he would consider executive actions if House Republicans fail to act. There are still some differences, and obviously, the devil is in the details. But it is my firm belief that we can get immigration reform done this year, said Obama in a Google+ Hangout in which he took questions from the public. Obviously, if at some point we see that it's not getting done, I'm going to look at options to make sure that we have a rational, smart system of immigration,...
  • Obamas use of executive power faces reckoning at Supreme Court

    01/12/2014 10:09:24 AM PST · by Libloather · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/12/14 | Kevin Bogardus, Ben Goad
    Nothing less than the boundaries of executive power are at stake Monday as the Supreme Court considers whether President Obama violated the Constitution during his first term. Oral arguments slated for Monday will center on a trio of recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that were deemed unconstitutional by lower courts. If they uphold the decision, experts say the justices could endanger hundreds of NLRB decisions. Even more significant are the ramifications for future presidents, with the court poised either to bolster or blunt the chief executives appointment powers. Rulings like this have implications that last for...
  • Eleven State Attorneys-General Bash Imperial WH Obamacare Diktats as 'Flatly Illegal'

    01/03/2014 5:19:05 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 22 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 03 January 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    '...illegal under federal constitutional and statutory law.' Looks like those of us who've been scratching our heads re. how Obama magically and with zero debate somehow suddenly obtained Stalinesque dictatorial powers to alter congressional legislation, issue diktats, and otherwise tell us plebes what we need to do to avoid His wrath were right all along... Obama's attempts to patch-up the ACA with 'executive actions' are illegal/unconstitutional, and the TEA Party was the only one who ever even gave a damn- everybody else just let him run hog wild.These days you can expect the Dems to sit there like lambs...
  • Now Obama gets 'executive power' czar

    12/11/2013 2:41:09 PM PST · by Sheapdog · 20 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 12/10/2013 | Aaron Klein
    Specializes in bypassing Congress to enact 'progressive change' A senior progressive strategist and former chief of staff for President Bill Clinton who specializes in the use of executive authority to bypass Congress is reportedly joining the White House. The New York Times is reporting John Podesta, founder of the Center for American Progress, has agreed to serve as counselor to President Obama for a year. Podesta last month announced the establishment of a new group, the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, that will work within his Center for American Progress. The new center bills itself as a research and grant-making...
  • Swiss vote against cap on executive pay: TV

    11/24/2013 7:44:00 AM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    afp ^ | 24 November 2013 | Jonathan Fowler
    Two-thirds of Swiss voters on Sunday rejected a referendum to cap executive pay at 12 times the wage of a firm's lowest earner ... Switzerland, which has long boasted a business-friendly climate coupled with one of the highest average salaries in the world, has largely avoided the economic crisis dogging the European Union, of which it is a staunch non-member. The referendum campaign was spearheaded by the Socialist Party, plus the Greens and trade unions.
  • Obama Executive Order 13603 Authorizes Slavery In The US

    11/13/2013 1:45:05 PM PST · by ResisTyr · 88 replies
    The Truth is Viral ^ | September 4, 2013 | Bobby Powell
    Slavery is once more legal in the United States. In this episode of The Truth Is Viral, host Bob Powell reveals language buried deep inside Executive Order 13603, which Barack Obama signed into law on March 16th 2012 that gives the Federal government the legal authority to force any person into de facto slavery. According to this Executive Order the President, or those he designates, can conscript "persons of outstanding experience and ability without compensation," in "peacetime and times of national emergency." In a nutshell, that means that Barack Obama, and those he designates, can seize any resource, property, or...
  • Obama to Republicans: 'I will not negotiate'

    09/28/2013 3:10:53 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 28, 2013 | Julian Pecquet
    The president used his weekly address to the American people to demand that Congress meet its two responsibilities: pass a budget on time and pay our bills on time. Despite Republican attempts to defund his signature healthcare reform law, the president promised that the next phase of the law will kick in on October 1 no matter what. I will work with anyone who wants to have a serious conversation about our economic future, Obama said. But I will not negotiate over Congress responsibility to pay the bills it has already racked up. I dont know how to be more...
  • Obamas new executive order will kill the 110-year-old Civilian Marksmanship Program

    08/29/2013 3:56:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 80 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/28/13 | Mike Piccione
    The White House announced on Thursday that it intends to ban almost all re-imports of military surplus firearms to private entities through executive order, which would effectively shut down the 110-year-old Civilian Marksmanship Program. In a Fact Sheet published on Whitehouse.gov today referencing the upcoming executive order the ban on importing military weapons is designed to keep military-grade firearms off our streets. Exceptions for import may be allowed for museums. The CMP tightly controls the importation of obsolete military weapons. The program was created by the U.S. Congress as part of the 1903 War Department Appropriations Act with the purpose...
  • The Living Law: Republics die when Congress hands over its constitutional role to the executive.

    08/21/2013 6:43:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/21/2013 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    In his dazzling revolutionary polemic, Common Sense, Thomas Paine explained in no uncertain terms that in America, the law is king. For as in absolute governments the King is law, so in free countries the law ought to be king; and there ought to be no other. John Adams put this a little more pithily a few years later, distilling into the new constitution of Massachusetts an ancient English value: This state, Adams wrote, would be a government of laws and not of men. Adamss axiom has become American scripture; an impulsively recalled maxim of liberty to which all men...
  • Barack the Lawgiver

    08/16/2013 6:09:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/15/2013 | Charles Krauthammer
    <p>As a reaction to the crack epidemic of the 1980s, many federal drug laws carry strict mandatory sentences. This has stirred unease in Congress and sparked a bipartisan effort to revise and relax some of the more draconian laws.</p> <p>Traditionally meaning before Barack Obama thats how laws were changed: We have a problem, we hold hearings, we find some new arrangement, which is ratified by Congress and signed by the president.</p>
  • Obama Suggests Only Lawyers Understand the Constitution

    07/29/2013 1:38:20 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 107 replies
    Obama Suggests Only Lawyers Understand the Constitution July 29, 2013 - 2:28 PM By Elizabeth Harrington (CNSNews.com) --President Obama suggested in an interview with the New York Times that was published on Saturday that you need to be a lawyer to understand the U.S. Constitution. The president made the suggestion when talking about members of Congress who have argued he does not have the constitutional authority to unilaterally suspend enforcement of parts of the Obamacare law. The Times asked Obama if he consulted with his lawyer when making the decision to suspend the employer mandate, which would require businesses with...
  • Is it time to split the Executive?

    06/08/2013 3:37:28 AM PDT · by DannyTN · 73 replies
    DannyTN | June 8, 2013 | DannyTN
    We've seen examples of the Executive behaving badly in the past, and the checks and balances have held. But never have we seen the extent of bad behavior that this administration has demonstrated. It's refused to enforce laws duly passed by Congress (Immigration, DOMA) It's discriminated in enforcing civil rights laws. (black panthers) It's ignored court orders. It's performed illegal gun running operations. It's used executive order to create law outside of the legislative including laws that were specifically rejected by the legislative branch. It's lied to Congress on multiple occasions. It's engaged in War without Congressional approval and even...
  • Judge skeptical of Obama in executive privilege fight

    04/24/2013 6:49:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/24/13 | Josh Gerstein
    A federal judge gave a skeptical reception Wednesday to the Obama administrations arguments that the courts should stay out of the dispute over the Justice Departments refusal to turn over some Operation Fast and Furious-related documents to a House committee. Last June, the fight led President Barack Obama to assert executive privilege over the records of the controversial gun trafficking investigation, and to House votes finding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson spent most of an hour-and-a-half hearing Wednesday
  • Executive Action: Obama To Ban Importation of Ammo, Magazines and Gun Accessories Without

    04/23/2013 5:29:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 63 replies
    SHTF ^ | 4/23/13 | Mac Slavo
    Over the course of the last month, while Americans were distracted with the threat of nuclear war on the Korean peninsula and the devastation wrought by the Boston bombings, President Obama was quietly working behind the scenes to craft laws and regulations that will further erode the Second Amendment. Congress, and thus We the People, may have unequivocally rejected federal legislation in March which aimed to outlaw most semi-automatic rifles, restrict magazine capacity, and force national registration, but that didnt stop the President from ceding regulatory control over firearms importation to the United Nations just two weeks later. What the...
  • Biden: 'The President Is Already Lining Up Some Additional Executive Actions' for Guns

    04/18/2013 12:33:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 109 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 4/18/13 | Daniel Halper
    Joe Biden says the president of the United States is preparing to take "executive actions" to deal with guns. BuzzFeed reports: Vice President Biden told White House allies in the gun control fight Thursday that President Obama will be announcing new executive actions on gun violence in the days after the Senate voted down a gun violence bill. On a conference call with "stakeholders," Biden told gun control advocates that the fight is not over and that eventual action on gun control will come. Press were not invited to the conference call; a participant provided BuzzFeed with access. "Look I...
  • Obama weighing executive actions on housing, gays and other issues

    02/10/2013 7:16:06 PM PST · by Libloather · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/10/13 | Zachary A. Goldfarb
    President Obama is considering a series of new executive actions aimed at working around a recalcitrant Congress, including policies that could allow struggling homeowners to refinance their mortgages, provide new protections for gays and lesbians, make buildings more energy-efficient and toughen regulations for coal-fired power plants, according to people outside the White House involved in discussions on the issues. **SNIP** The administration declined to provide details on timing of the possible actions; one White House official said the moves to boost housing, retrofit buildings, offer same-sex protections or issue new environmental rules were not imminent. Obama may touch on some...
  • ATF exposes dealers to pressure and risks to satisfy Obamas executive action

    01/19/2013 11:31:35 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    examiner ^ | 1/18/13 | david codrea
    An Open letter to all Federal Firearms Licensees released Wednesday by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Firearms and Explosives Industry Division Chief Chad J. Yoder fulfills one of the 23 executive actions President Barack Obama announced at Wednesdays signing, but does so by pressuring dealers who are dependent on ATF approval for their economic survival to volunteer, while increasing their liability and exposure for infractions. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers Obama said, not making clear he was going to be making a...
  • GOAs Comments on President Obamas Executive Actions

    01/17/2013 5:57:29 PM PST · by Springfield Reformer · 8 replies
    Gun Owners of America ^ | January 16, 2013 | Michael Hammond
    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: On January 16, 2013, President Barack Obama unveiled 23 Executive Actions that his administration plans to take on schools and guns. To be sure, none of these gun control initiatives would have prevented the Connecticut school massacre from occurring in December, although the restrictions will greatly infringe upon the rights of law-abiding Americans. MEMO FROM: Michael Hammond, GOA legislative counsel RE: Obamas Gun Control Proposals DATE: January 16, 2013 THE PRESIDENTS EXECUTIVE ACTIONS Heres a brief list of Obamas Executive Orders and my comments: (1) Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available...
  • Obamas New Executive Orders (Awesome "translation" of the formal bureaucratese)

    01/16/2013 4:45:11 PM PST · by FreedomPoster · 14 replies
    The Everlasting Phelps ^ | The Everlasting Phelps | The Everlasting Phelps
    So Obama released his Executive Orders to Prevent Maniacs From Being Maniacs today. Ive taken the time to translate the summaries into plain English below: 1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system. Tell the government to follow the law. 2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system. Tell the regulators to stop the stupid and useless regulations. 3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the...
  • List Of Obama's 23 Executive Actions

    01/16/2013 9:33:47 AM PST · by Jeff Chandler · 144 replies
    1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system. 2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system. 3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system. 4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks. 5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full...