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  • EPA's move to administratively garnish wages

    07/03/2014 2:21:23 PM PDT · by Outside da Box · 33 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 07/03/2014 | Robert Gordon
    Just in time for the Fourth of July, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it has added a new regulatory weapon to its arsenal. In a Federal Register notice on July 2 titled “Administrative Wage Garnishment,” the EPA stated that by the authority of the Debt Collection Improvement Act (DCIA ) of 1996 it issued a proposed rule that “will allow the EPA to garnish non-Federal wages to collect delinquent non-tax debts owed the United States without first obtaining a court order.” According to the Treasury Department, under DCIA, such debts include “unpaid loans, overpayments or duplicate payments made...
  • Democrats Warn Obama Will Act Unilaterally on Immigration Reform

    06/27/2014 3:56:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 26, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    Top Senate Democrats are sick of waiting for the House to take up comprehensive immigration reform. If Republicans don’t act in July, President Obama will, they warn. After all, he still has a pen and phone, right? Via The Hill: "We're at the end of the line," Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said Thursday during a press briefing in the Capitol. "We're not bluffing by setting a legislative deadline for them to act. "Their first job is to govern," Menendez added, "and in the absence of governing, then you see executive actions." Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) piled on. Noting that...
  • ‘Crackpot Plan’ To Split California Into Six States Shoots For 2016 Ballot

    06/23/2014 1:51:31 PM PDT · by kingattax · 64 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6-23-14 | by ROBERT WILDE
    A petition drive to divide California into six separate states was active on Saturday and Sunday in Los Angeles, aimed at getting the plan on the ballot in 2016. According to the Los Angeles Times, Timothy Draper, a venture capitalist from Menlo Park, is spearheading the current effort and has injected $2 million dollars into the project so far. The optimistic Draper argues that a truncated California will dissolve bureaucratic gridlock in Sacramento and will be more conducive for business. Draper told the Times back in April that "California has become the worst managed state in the country… It just...
  • Bergdahl Release Reveals a Presidency Out of Control

    06/09/2014 7:04:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 9, 2014 | Chrystal Wright
    As the news media cranked up the heat on the White House’s disastrous handling of the Veterans Affairs scandal, President Barack Obama decided it was time to change the subject and make the news about him again. So what does he do? Obama finalizes the release of five top Taliban commanders from Guantanamo in exchange for the Taliban’s release of one American soldier. Not just any soldier but “a high value” soldier Sargent Bowe Bergdahl, who deserted his duty in 2009 when he walked off his base in Afghanistan right into the enemy hands of the Taliban. And Bergdahl caused...
  • Coal-state lawmakers rally against power plant emissions crackdown

    06/03/2014 10:47:42 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 31 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 3, 2014
    Coal-state lawmakers, accusing President Obama of using a back door to impose strict emissions limits on power plants, are rallying to slam that door shut -- claiming the plan would cost jobs and jack up electric bills. In Kentucky, West Virginia, and other states that rely on coal to fuel their own economies -- and that help generate power for everybody else -- officials vowed Monday to introduce legislation halting the newly announced EPA plan. Under the draft regulation unveiled Monday, carbon emissions at fossil fuel-burning power plants would be cut 30 percent by 2030. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., calling...
  • Local Police Departments 'Armed for War' on Domestic Terror

    05/19/2014 7:18:59 AM PDT · by shove_it · 24 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 18 May 2014 | Greg Richter
    Local police departments are beginning to look more like branches of the military as surplus equipment such as Mine Resistant Vehicles are seen on the streets of small towns across the country. A report on Infowars.com ties the purchases to what police see as a growing domestic terror threat, specifically war veterans with the knowledge of how to make improvised explosive devices. "When I first started we really didn’t have the violence that we see today," Sgt. Dan Downing of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department told Fox 59 in Indianapolis for a story titled "Armed for War." Story continues below...
  • US Patent Office Grants 'Photography Against A White Background' Patent To Amazon

    05/10/2014 12:25:27 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 37 replies
    Techdirt ^ | May 8, 2014
    US Patent Office Grants 'Photography Against A White Background' Patent To Amazon from the maybe-someone-at-the-office-checked-the-wrong-box? dept The US Patent and Trademark Office is frequently maligned for its baffling/terrible decisions... and rightfully so. Because this is exactly the sort of thing for which the USPTO should be maligned. Udi Tirosh at DIY Photography has uncovered a recently granted patent for the previously-unheard of process of photographing things/people against a white backdrop... to of all companies, Amazon. I am not really sure how to tag this other than a big #fail for the USPTO, or a huge Kudos for Amazon's IP attorneys....
  • FCC’s grab for new regulatory power could go beyond broadband providers

    05/07/2014 9:47:11 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 7,2014 | Michael O'Rielly
    Internet application and content companies, what some refer to as “edge providers,” are increasingly concerned by the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) newfound ability to regulate the Internet, and rightfully so.
  • McAuliffe explores whether he can expand Medicaid coverage without legislature’s okay (Virginia)

    05/02/2014 11:54:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Post's Virginia Politics ^ | May 1, 2014 | Laura Vozzella
    RICHMOND — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is considering expanding health coverage for the poor without the approval of the state legislature, a move that would muscle his top priority past Republican opponents but also throw his young administration into a partisan firestorm and uncertain legal territory. McAuliffe and his top advisers have consulted lawyers, health-care experts and legislators on how to bypass the GOP-dominated House of Delegates, according to three people familiar with the discussions. A fourth, who like the others spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to reveal private strategy, said the office of...
  • 5 Ways Obama Has Destroyed The Rule Of Law In America (At Least)

    04/22/2014 4:22:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 22, 2014 | John Hawkins
    When you allow unlawful acts to go unpunished, you're moving toward a government of men rather than a government of law; you're moving toward anarchy. And that's exactly what we're doing. -- John Wayne All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. -- George Orwell Tell me why any American should respect the law? Because it's moral? Not necessarily. Slavery was once the law of the land. Abortion is the law of the land today. Even in a nation like America, it's not unusual for laws to be unfair, unjust, and even immoral. Is it...
  • Obama administration’s ‘Culture of intimidation’ seen in Nevada ranch standoff

    04/16/2014 12:06:44 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 25 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 15, 2014 | By Valerie Richardson
    Sending scores of armed agents along with helicopters and dogs to confront an elderly Nevada rancher over grazing fees may seem like overkill, but critics say it’s not inconsistent with the federal government’s recent approach to environmental enforcement. The simmering truce between the Bundys and the Bureau of Land Management comes after high-profile raids last year by armed federal agents on small-time gold miners in tiny Chicken, Alaska, and guitar makers at the Gibson Guitar facilities in Tennessee. That doesn’t include more subtle threats, such as recent efforts by the Obama administration to raise grazing fees or pressure permit holders...
  • Confronting Presidential Power Grabs

    02/24/2014 11:46:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2014 | Terry Paulson
    The framers of our Constitution created the critical tension between the branches of government to help ensure our civil liberties and protect citizens from unchecked tyranny. The growing power of the executive branch over the last three decades has been the subject of much concern from both parties when out of power. Campaigning against Bush's use of executive privilege to sign a law but selectively interpret its meaning, Senator Barack Obama asserted, "This is part of the whole theory of George Bush that he can make laws as he goes along. I disagree with that. I taught the Constitution for...
  • European Union imposes sanctions against Ukraine

    02/20/2014 12:54:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 20, 2014 3:43 PM EST | Juergen Baetz
    The European Union voted on Thursday to impose sanctions against those held responsible for the violence in Ukraine. The sanctions, unanimously approved by EU foreign ministers at an emergency meeting, include a travel ban to the 28-nation bloc and the freezing of assets held in EU countries. The sanctions will target “those responsible for human rights violations, violence and use of excessive force” in Ukraine, the EU said in a statement. It said the bloc will soon establish a list of those who will be affected by the sanctions. …
  • Think Power Inequality

    02/06/2014 5:34:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 6, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    On my wife's side, I have a very large family in Fairbanks, Alaska. Culturally, Fairbanks is a lot further from New York City (where I grew up) or Washington, D.C. (where I live now), than the several thousand miles on the map might suggest. Alaska wins a lot of comparisons, and not just the obvious ones such as physical beauty or salmon fishing. For instance, Alaska ranks second best in terms of economic equality (just behind Wyoming) while New York and the District of Columbia compete for dead last. Frankly, I don't much care about the issue of income inequality...
  • Legal Cloud Hangs Over President Obama's Illegal Minimum Wage Hike

    01/28/2014 2:47:07 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 28 | Conn Carroll
    President Obama will announce tonight that he is signing an Executive Order mandating a new $10.10 minimum wage for all future federal contract workers. But it is not at all clear that he has the legal authority to do so. "My understanding is that they are using the president's authority under the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949," George Washington Law School's Associate Dean for Government Procurement Law Studies Dan Gordon told Townhall. "And that calls for measures which ensure 'economy and efficiency' of the procurement process. And I am not sure whether this blanket increase in the...
  • Bradley A. Smith: The Latest IRS Power Grab

    12/09/2013 10:03:52 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 8 replies
    WSJ ^ | Dec 8, 2013 | By BRADLEY A. SMITH
    The left wants the disclosure of private information about conservative donors. Six months after the Internal Revenue Service's inspector general revealed that the tax-collection agency had been targeting conservative organizations for added scrutiny and delaying their applications for tax-exempt status, the IRS has proposed new rules for handling political activity by nonprofits. The proposed rules would plunge the agency deeper into political regulation. The rules would upset more than 50 years of settled law and practice by limiting the ability of certain tax-exempt nonprofits, organized under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code, to conduct nonpartisan voter registration and voter...
  • Beware the Government’s High-Tech Nose

    12/04/2013 9:12:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 4, 2013 | Bob Barr
    In 1958, U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater framed his opposition to the National Defense of Education Act (NDEA) in the form of an old Arabian proverb: “If the camel once gets his nose in the tent, his body will soon follow.” Goldwater, the grandfather of the modern conservative movement, understood government at its most basic. Through my years spent inside the federal government, as a former analyst for the CIA, a Reagan-appointed federal prosecutor, and then as a U.S. Congressman -- I can personally vouch for the accuracy of Goldwater’s observation about the true nature of government: No matter how much...
  • EU is trying to control British life; law chief: Attorney General accuses Brussels of power grab

    12/02/2013 9:31:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20:32 EST, 2 December 2013 | Tim Shipman
    Brussels is guilty of using ‘flagrant’ power grabs to expand its control over British life, according to the Government’s top law officer. In an outspoken attack on Europe, Attorney General Dominic Grieve said ministers are set to go to court to stop the European Commission straying ‘beyond its remit’. He accused Eurocrats of trying to ‘subvert’ the position of nation states and said they have ‘lost touch’ with the people of Europe. Mr. Grieve, usually a moderate voice who urges other ministers to be more positive about Brussels, said he was ‘frankly astonished’ at how EU institutions have attempted ‘to...
  • EPA preparing to unleash a deluge of new regulations

    11/27/2013 12:29:53 PM PST · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    http://dailycaller.com ^ | 2:13 PM 11/27/2013 | Michael Bastasch
    Happy holidays from the Obama administration. Federal agencies are currently working on rolling out hundreds of environmental regulations, including major regulations that would limit emissions from power plants and expand the agency’s authority to bodies of water on private property. On Tuesday, the White House released its regulatory agenda for the fall of 2013. It lists hundreds of pending energy and environmental regulations being crafting by executive branch agencies, including 134 regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency alone. The EPA is currently crafting 134 major and minor regulations, according to the White House’s regulatory agenda. Seventy-six of the EPA’s pending...
  • Reid the Rat [it's about power]

    11/27/2013 2:17:58 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | November 27, 2013 | Andrew Stiles
    ".......Reid clearly felt strongly about the [filibuster] when Democrats were the minority party in the Senate, and he insisted that as majority leader he would never target the filibuster. However, as the problems with the Obamacare rollout continue to mount, and the president barrels headlong into lame-duck territory amid plummeting poll numbers, Reid is invoking his “right to change how I feel about things.” As is the president, apparently. Reid’s change of heart dates back to October 2011, when he used the nuclear option to scale back the ability of the Republican minority to offer amendments, something he has effectively...
  • Bond Allows Federal Government to Use Treaties to Trump States Rights

    11/26/2013 9:33:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 26, 2013 | Cathy Reisenwitz
    Young Voices is a new project which exists to achieve greater media representation for promising college students and young professionals. Every week a different Advocate will comment on the stories which impact their lives. The Supreme Court case Bond vs. United States will determine whether Congress can pass laws otherwise outside its Constitutional authority through the use of treaties. Writing in Slate, University of Chicago law professor Eric Posner posits that fears about the federal government abusing new powers are overblown. However, considering the federal laws recent narrowly avoided treaties would have implemented, including a law which would have outlawed...
  • Obama’s Secret Treaty Which Will Merge America More Deeply Into The One World Economic System

    11/14/2013 6:31:11 AM PST · by IbJensen · 27 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 11/14/2013 | Michael Snyder
    Did you know that the Obama administration is negotiating a super secret “trade agreement” that is so sensitive that he isn’t even allowing members of Congress to see it? The Trans-Pacific Partnership is being called the “NAFTA of the Pacific” and “NAFTA on steroids”, but the truth is that it is so much more than just a trade agreement. This treaty has 29 chapters, but only 5 of them have to do with trade. Most Americans don’t realize this, but this treaty will fundamentally change our laws regarding Internet freedom, health care, the trading of derivatives, copyright issues, food...
  • Annapolis Council To Consider Stripping Republican Mayor-Elect’s Power

    11/11/2013 11:29:14 AM PST · by redreno · 25 replies
    http://baltimore.cbslocal.com ^ | 11/10/2013 | unkown
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Days after a Republican was elected mayor of Annapolis, City Council members say they will revisit legislation that would strip the mayor’s office of much of its power. Democratic Alderman Ross Arnett of Ward 8 tells The Capital he will introduce a charter amendment to move Annapolis to a council-manager style of government. The city manager would report directly to the City Council, not the mayor.
  • Global warming 'pause' may last for 20 more years - Arctic sea ice is recovering

    11/03/2013 12:03:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Mail Online UK ^ | November 2, 2013 | David Rose
    The 17-year pause in global warming is likely to last into the 2030s and the Arctic sea ice has already started to recover, according to new research.A paper in the peer-reviewed journal Climate Dynamics – by Professor Judith Curry of the Georgia Institute of Technology and Dr Marcia Wyatt – amounts to a stunning challenge to climate science orthodoxy.Not only does it explain the unexpected pause, it suggests that the scientific majority – whose views are represented by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – have underestimated the role of natural cycles and exaggerated that of greenhouse gases....
  • Senate Votes to Ban Third Parties from Ohio Elections

    10/14/2013 5:31:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 108 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | October 14, 2013 | Joshua Cook
    Since 2008, the idea of third parties started to gain more popularity across America.  Principled conservatives and libertarians united against both the Democrat and Republican establishment started to explore methods of opposing Washington elites and the status quo. The Tea Party had some success – and has continued most successfully – with primary campaigns which put principled people like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul in races as the Republican candidate.  Once they won the GOP nomination, winning the general election was often pretty straightforward. Yet many liberty activists have become disenchanted by the two party system and are turning to other options....
  • ACT to Roll Out Career and College Readiness Tests for 3rd-10th Grades

    10/04/2013 5:50:29 PM PDT · by Southern by Grace · 4 replies
    Education Week ^ | July 2, 2012 | Caralee Adams
    ACT Inc. announced today that it is developing a new series of assessments for every grade level, from 3rd through 10th, to measure skills needed in college and careers. The tests, which would be administered digitally and provide instant feedback to teachers, will be piloted in states this fall and scheduled to be launched in 2014, says Jon Erickson, the president of education for ACT, the Iowa City, Iowa-based nonprofit testing company. The "next generation" assessment will be pegged to the Common Core State Standards and cover the four areas now on the ACT: English, reading, math, and science. "It...
  • Syria charade: West bent on war, UN investigation meaningless

    There is no evidence that the Syrian government ordered the massacre with chemical weapons, but the West will blame it anyway because they want war, investigative journalist Neil Clark told RT. RT: As we can see the US, Britain, France and Turkey are all waiting on options in Syria. How ready are they to move from words to action at this point? Neil Clark: They are really bent on war and whatever the UN inspectors do this week won’t matter because it is a replay of 2003 when Saddam Hussein was bullied into allowing weapons inspection teams into Iraq. They...
  • Justice Department Seeks Oversight of Apple's iTunes Store

    08/05/2013 5:17:21 AM PDT · by illiac · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/5/13 | Multiple Writers
    Apple Inc.'s AAPL +1.27%e-book problem is spilling over into its other media businesses. After winning last month an e-books antitrust suit against Apple, the Justice Department on Friday asked a federal judge to limit Apple's influence in the publishing market and give the government oversight of the iTunes Store and App Store. . The government proposals, if accepted, could give music, television-show and content owners more leverage in negotiations with a company that has been an aggressive bargainer in opening up traditional media to digital distribution
  • New Maryland Laws, Effective July 1

    06/30/2013 4:12:01 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    Maryland Legislative Watch ^ | June 30, 2013 | Maryland Legislative Watch
    Residents of Maryland may or may not know that over 100 new laws will be effective July 1. The laws include myriad new or adjusted rules on licenses to serve alcohol, requiring union representation fees for those in public education institutions, and fifteen million dollars in potential bond debt.Garrett County Memorial Hospital is a 55 bed hospital. Senator Edwards (Republican, D-1) sponsored the successful bid to authorize the County Commissioners to borrow up to $15,000,000 in order to assist in financing the cost of hospital improvements. The votes for this legislation were 135-0 in the House and 46-0 in the...
  • Lindsey Graham: 'If censoring mail helped, I would back it'

    06/24/2013 1:56:58 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 30 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 06/11/2013 | Jay Bookman
    Well, it's good to know where his head is at: From Yahoo News: "Sen. Lindsey Graham would propose censoring Americans' 'snail' mail if he thought it would help protect national security, the South Carolina Republican said Tuesday. But for now, he says he doesn't think it's necessary." The direct quote is: "If I thought censoring the mail was necessary, I would suggest it, but I don't think it is." Graham went on to liken it to World War II, when international mail was subject to inspection and censorship. "When you wrote a letter overseas, it got censored. When a letter...
  • Time to stop arguing about climate change, World Bank says

    06/19/2013 6:59:23 AM PDT · by Toddsterpatriot · 51 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jun 19, 2013 | Nina Chestney
    LONDON, June 19 (Reuters) - The world should stop arguing about whether humans are causing climate change and start taking action to stop dangerous temperature rises, the president of the World Bank said on Wednesday. Kim Jim Yong Kim said there was 97 to 98 percent agreement among scientists that global warming was real and caused by human activity. "If you disagree with the science of human-caused climate change you are not disagreeing that there is anthropogenic climate change. What you are disagreeing with is science itself," Kim told a Thomson Reuters newsmaker event in London.
  • I’ll gag the hate clerics: Cameron to launch new terror task force to stamp out religious extremism

    05/25/2013 9:06:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 21:32 EST, 25 May 2013 | Simon Walters
    David Cameron is planning new powers to muzzle Islamic hate preachers accused of provoking terrorist outrages such as the killing of soldier Lee Rigby. The Prime Minister wants to stop extremist clerics using schools, colleges, prisons and mosques to spread their “poison”, and is to head a new Tackling Extremism and Radicalization Task Force (TERFOR) made up of senior Ministers, MI5, police and moderate religious leaders.The high-powered group will study a number of measures, including banning extremist clerics from being given public platforms to incite students, prisoners and other followers—and forcing mosque leaders to answer for “hate preachers”. It will...
  • AP CEO calls records seizure unconstitutional

    05/19/2013 2:11:21 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 79 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/19/13 | PHILIP ELLIOTT
    The president and chief executive officer of The Associated Press on Sunday called the government's secret seizure of two months of reporters' phone records "unconstitutional" and said the news cooperative had not ruled out legal action against the Justice Department. Gary Pruitt, in his first television interviews since it was revealed the Justice Department subpoenaed phone records of AP reporters and editors, said the move already has had a chilling effect on journalism. Pruitt said the seizure has made sources less willing to talk to AP journalists and, in the long term, could limit Americans' information from all news outlets.
  • Cruz: Obama’s View Of Federal Power "Knows Virtually No Bounds"

    04/10/2013 8:31:35 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 21 replies
    http://www.cnsnews.com/ ^ | April 10, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    CNSNews.com) - Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released a report documenting attempted abuses of federal power by the Obama administration on Tuesday, saying the administration “knows virtually no bounds.”
  • Vanity: Is tonight's showing of Shindler's List a warning from Spielberg, or simply an observance?

    02/23/2013 6:37:39 PM PST · by righttackle44 · 30 replies
    USA network | February 23. 2013 | Righttackle44
    Is Spielberg, an ardent Democrat supporter, warning the American people by showing his outstanding film that bad things can happen to helpless populations? Or is he simply observing the 20-years since the making of a movie about the Nazi destruction of the Jewish people? There is certainly a theme in the film about an unarmed population being overtaken by a military force unafraid to shoot civilians. And so today we have military commanders who have assured Obama that they are prepared to follow illegal orders and also do this very thing. Or am I being paranoid?
  • Not Insanity; Strategy! Innocent Treated As Terrorist Financiers

    12/26/2012 7:28:58 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | December 26, 2012 | Mark Horne
    One of the problems with horrible tragedies is that evil men get to do evil things while we are in shock and distracted. Thus, evil compounds evil.On December 21 Techdirt posted a story that very few people seem to have picked up on, but which deserves attention. The Office of Foreign Assets Control seized most of the advance money paid to a couple of Americans for producing a comic book. They did so on the grounds that money sent to write the comic book was supporting a terrorist organization!The script for the graphic novel was written by David Axe, an...
  • Obama's Power Grab

    12/08/2012 11:02:25 AM PST · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 7, 2012 | Betsy Mccaughey
    President Obama went over the constitutional cliff this week, demanding more power than the U.S. Constitution allows any president to have. All Americans — regardless of party affiliation — should shudder at the president's attempted power grab and say no. Compromising on taxes and spending is fine, but not on the nation's bedrock principles. To avert the so-called fiscal cliff on Jan. 1, 2013, Obama is insisting that House Republicans hand over to him Congress's authority to raise the debt ceiling. Obama is demanding a power no other president has ever had — to borrow without congressional prior approval. Under...
  • Egypt's Morsi Pulls Back Power Grab, Makes Deal w/ Judges

    11/26/2012 2:46:21 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/11/12 | Chana Yaar
    Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has agreed to pull back decrees announced last Thursday granting himself sweeping new powers. The Islamist leader originally told a panel of Egypt's top judges that he would not change his stance on the edicts, insisting that he was acting within his rights. But according to a report by a television network allied with the Muslim Brotherhood, an agreement worked out with top judicial authorities was reached late Monday. The decrees had barred the judiciary from disbanding the Constitutional Assembly or the Upper House of the Parliament, placing the presidency and the committee writing the new...
  • President Obama’s Executive Power Grab - could forever change the way Washington works

    10/22/2012 12:36:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 22, 2012 | Andrew Romano and Daniel Klaidman
    Back in the spring of 2011, House Republicans had refused to raise the nation’s debt ceiling unless the president first conceded to massive spending cuts—a gratuitous game of chicken that put the global economy at risk and defied decades of bipartisan Washington tradition. At the time, many Democrats, including Bill Clinton, were urging Obama to go it alone. I’d raise the debt ceiling on my own, “without hesitation,” Clinton told a reporter. “[I’d] force the courts to stop me.” But the White House insisted that unilateral action was “not an option.” Instead, Obama spent 44 days trying to forge a...
  • Obama: I am coming after the guns and I will screen gun owners

    10/17/2012 7:22:52 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 72 replies
    Human Events ^ | 10/17/2012 | Neil W. McCabe
    In the Oct. 16 presidential debate between President Barack Obama and GOP challenger W. Mitt Romney, when the president dropped the pretense of being neutral on restricting gun rights with a key assist from moderator Candy Crowley, hostess of the CNN program “State of the Nation.”
  • Perdue jokes about suspending Congressional elections for two years

    09/27/2012 12:37:20 PM PDT · by verum ago · 10 replies
    News Observer ^ | 27 September 2011 | jbfrank
    *snip* "I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won't hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that," Perdue said. "You want people who don't worry about the next election." The comment -- which came during a discussion of the economy -- perked more than a few ears. It's unclear whether Perdue, a Democrat, is serious -- but her tone was level and she asked others to support her on the...
  • Romney's "RNC Power Grab": What Really Happened

    08/31/2012 9:46:46 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 81 replies
    FreedomWorks ^ | August 29, 2012 | Dean Clancy
    Determined to neuter the grassroots and head off future insurgencies like those of Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan, and Ron Paul, Republican party bosses have pulled off an audacious coup, high-handedly turning the GOP into a much more top-down, centralized party. Boehner with gavel Yesterday, the Republican National Committee in Tampa adopted some rules changes that shift power from the state parties and the grassroots to the RNC and the GOP presidential nominee. Former Governor John Sununu of New Hampshire touted the new rules as providing “a strong governing framework” for the party over the next four years. But in fact...
  • Watch Boehner completely ignore the 'No's' votes over the Establishment power grab

    08/29/2012 9:36:23 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 42 replies
    The result of the RNC new rules will be to centralize power in the hands of the Republican Establishment in Washington at the expense of the grass roots. It will also have the effect of making a primary challenge to Romney from the right in 2016 (if he wins) more difficult, given that he will control the party apparatus to an unprecedented degree given his new rules. Mark Levin stated that John Boehner ignored the “nos” which were at least as loud, if not louder than the “ayes” so that he could give Romney surrogate John Sununu, standing right next to...
  • Opponents defeat feared ‘power grab’

    08/28/2012 4:42:16 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 27, 2012 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    TAMPA, Fla. — Mitt Romney’s campaign has stepped back from a major confrontation with fellow Republicans who were irate over what several ranking party officials had called a “power grab” by the presumptive nominee. The Romney campaign had won approval earlier of a change in the party’s presidential nominating rules that would allow Mr. Romney, if elected president, to veto already elected delegates from the 50 states and five territories to the next GOP nominating convention in 2016 and beyond. Even if Mr. Romney were not president come January, the rules change would have allowed future presidential nomination candidates the...
  • Mitt Romney asserts control over 2016 calendar

    08/25/2012 6:48:34 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 37 replies
    Politico ^ | Saturday August 25, 2012
    If Romney wins in November, another significant change passed here Friday give him dramatically more power to shape the primary calendar and apportionment of delegates going into 2016. Historically only the convention rules committee, which meets just once every four years, can officially change party rules. But going forward, the Republican National Committee — a group of 168 elected representatives from the states and territories — can change party rules with a three-fourths vote. But Ginsberg isn’t waiting to push rules through that national committee. He introduced and passed a measure Thursday that requires a candidate to control eight state...
  • See, I Told You So: Obama Says He Wants to Repeat Auto Takeover in Every Industry

    08/10/2012 1:00:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | August 10, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Have you heard Obama? He said: "I want to nationalize other industries just like I did General Motors and Chrysler." Yeah. He didn't just come out and admit it, he came out and advocated it. He suggested it and talked about how he could do it and "save" other industries like he has "saved" the automobile industry. I kid you not. I have it here near the top of the Stack and an audio sound bite. I'll take you back. This is me April 28, 2009, shortly after the stimulus bill, and this is after Obama has...
  • Great news: TSA to unionize

    08/06/2012 2:18:49 PM PDT · by Crazieman · 98 replies
    HotAir.com ^ | 8/6/2012 | Dustin Siggins
    From The Right Scoop, initially blogged by PJ Media: As of Thursday, August 2, 2012, the Transportation Security Administration has agreed to unionize. The agency, best known for groping and offending Americans as we attempt to fly from one part of the country to the other, has agreed to allow the American Federation of Government Employees to unionize its workers. From the Facebook page of the American Federation of Government Employees, the official announcement: “For 10 long years AFGE has fought hard so that Transportation Security Officers would have collective bargaining rights. We have often looked back and wondered why...
  • Obama Rex: The Presidency is Dead, All Hail the King

    06/18/2012 9:49:11 PM PDT · by tsowellfan · 30 replies
    If one man is allowed to singlehandedly change the law for 800,000 people in a way that he never could have achieved through the constitutional legal process, and he remains unchallenged, we are no longer living in a constitutional republic. With President Obama’s granting of de facto amnesty to young illegal immigrants through executive order, he has completely thrown out the Constitution and for all intents and purposes made himself a king in all but name. Not only that, but he has made himself the worst kind of king — a tyrant. Tyrants are those rulers who place themselves above...
  • McConnell: 'We're Pretty Unhappy' About Obama's Immigration Mandate

    06/18/2012 9:32:20 PM PDT · by tsowellfan · 70 replies
    (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said on Friday he will seek a court order to stop the Obama administration from halting the deportation of illegal aliens who were brought to this country as children. But King is one of the few Republicans talking about a lawsuit. On Monday, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was asked what Congress will do about the Executive Branch setting mandatory immigration policy without congressional authority. "Well, one thing -- we thing it ought to require legislative action," McConnell told Fox News anchor Martha McCallum. "The way you get these things done is to...
  • ATF to accept public comments prior to outlawing shotguns (Apr 18, 2011)

    05/26/2012 8:30:05 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 81 replies
    Greeley Gazette ^ | Apr 18, 2011 | Jack Minor
    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is taking a rare step of allowing public comments prior to issuing a decision on a study that could result in outlawing certain types of shotguns currently available to citizens. The ATF completed a study regarding the importability of certain shotguns. The basis for a possible ban is based on a loosely defined “Sporting Purpose” test. Using the vague definition almost all pump-action and semi-automatic shotguns could be banned as they are all capable of accepting a magazine, box or tube capable of holding more than 5 rounds. Other characteristics determined to be “military”...