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  • Obama's family trip intended to put focus on national parks

    06/18/2016 11:46:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 18, 2016 1:27 PM EDT | Darlene Superville
    President Barack Obama wants more people to appreciate and visit America’s national parks as the park system nears its 100th birthday. […] The president plans a speech at Yosemite on Saturday, and he’s expected to highlight the economic benefits of the 400-plus sites managed by the National Park Service. Obama also is expected to discuss climate change and other threats to the park system, and highlight programs to encourage more people to visit parks. …
  • Venezuela Drifts Into New Territory: Hunger, Blackouts and Government Shutdown

    05/28/2016 7:18:58 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 67 replies
    NYT ^ | 5-28-16 | NICHOLAS CASEY and PATRICIA TORRES
    The courts? Closed most days. The bureau to start a business? Same thing. The public defender’s office? That’s been converted into a food bank for government employees. Step by step, Venezuela has been shutting down. This country has long been accustomed to painful shortages, even of basic foods. But Venezuela keeps drifting further into uncharted territory. In recent weeks, the government has taken what may be one of the most desperate measures ever by a country to save electricity: A shutdown of many of its offices for all but two half-days each week. But that is only the start of...
  • Paul Ryan: ‘We Won’t Have a Government Shutdown’(taking everything off the table)

    04/21/2016 10:09:30 AM PDT · by doldrumsforgop · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/21/16 | J poor
    In a portion of an interview with Manu Raju that aired on CNN’s “New Day” on Thursday, Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)56% discussed his tenure as House Speaker and what he’s doing, including how he is handling the job differently from his predecessor John Boehner. But also, he vowed there would be no government shutdown. “I think I would do it better,” Ryan said. “Not to knock John, but I spend more time with all of our members on a continual basis. And so, because I was a person that wasn’t looking for this job, what I’m...
  • US: Puerto Rico could shut down if no debt restructuring

    02/25/2016 4:06:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 25, 2016 2:20 PM EST | Danica Coto
    The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday warned of a potential government shutdown in Puerto Rico and lengthy litigation if Congress doesn't approve a debt restructuring plan for the U.S. territory soon. Antonio Weiss, counselor to the U.S. Treasury secretary, issued the warning as House Republicans held hearings in Washington during a final push to address the island's failing economy. Weiss said he supports a plan that would temporarily suspend litigation to prevent a shutdown of basic government services on the U.S. territory and give time for voluntary negotiations with debt holders. ...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Secret Fed Docs Show Obama Misled Congress, Public During Debt Limit Crises

    01/31/2016 10:11:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/31/16 | Richard Pollack
    Federal Reserve Bank of New York officials secretly conducted real-time exercises during the 2011 and 2013 debt-limit crisis that demonstrated the federal government could function during a temporary shutdown by prioritizing spending, even as Treasury Secretary Jack Lew publicly claimed many times that such efforts were “unworkable,” according to a new report by the House Financial Services Committee obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. The staff report, to be released Tuesday, charges that Lew and other Obama administration officials deliberately misled Congress and the public during the federal budget and debt limit showdowns in both years. The committee will...
  • Shutdown: House Will Hold No Votes This Week Because of Storm That Has Passed

    01/24/2016 8:28:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 24, 2016 | 5:31 PM EST | (Staff)
    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has announced that the U.S. House of Representatives is postponing votes it had expected to hold on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week and will not hold votes until Monday, Feb. 1--as a result of the heavy snowstorm that hit Washington, D.C. on Friday and Saturday. ...
  • Republicans Say They're Taking 'Our Best Shot' at Repealing Obamacare (after funding it)

    01/05/2016 5:08:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 4, 2016 | 9:51 AM EST | Susan Jones
    A few weeks after Congress passed critical spending legislation that fully funded Planned Parenthood and the Affordable Care Act, Republicans this week will take a symbolic stand by once again trying -- and failing -- to repeal the law. "We owe it to the American people to take our best shot at repealing Obamacare, and that's what we'll do next week," Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) said Saturday in the Republican radio address. ...
  • Breaking: Omnibus passes House 316-113 (Majority of GOP voted yes)

    12/18/2015 7:26:48 AM PST · by C19fan · 116 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 18, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    It’s terrible for a number of reasons, but it’s on the way to the Senate anyway. A bipartisan vote closes out the House effort on the FY2016 budget, with the same kind of bloated and opaque legislation that Republicans were supposed to stop supporting: The House has passed a $1.14 trillion spending bill to fund the government through next September. It’s a peaceful end in the House to a yearlong struggle over the budget, taxes, and Republican demands of President Barack Obama. … Senators are expected vote on the budget measure in combination with a year-end tax plan that gives...
  • DONALD J. TRUMP STATEMENT ON BUDGET DEAL

    12/17/2015 3:47:49 PM PST · by Gasshog · 241 replies
    https://www.donaldjtrump.com/ ^ | 12-16-2015 | Donald J. Trump
    <p>The American people will have to absorb higher deficits, greater debt, less economic liberty and more corporate welfare. Congress cannot seem to help itself in bending to every whim of special interests. How can they face their constituents when they continue to burden our children and grandchildren with debts they will never be able to repay? Our government is failing us, so we must do something about it. Who knows how bad things will be when the next administration comes in and has to pick up the pieces?</p>
  • Rep. Dave Brat: 'We Have a Fundamental Budget Problem Coming Our Way in 11 Years'

    12/17/2015 9:21:56 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 17, 2015 | 11:28 AM EST | Susan Jones
    Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.), a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, says he came to Washington to cut spending, not add to the deficits and debt that will crush future generations. He spoke on Thursday, one day after House leaders, working with the White House, produced a $1.1 trillion spending bill. And Brat warned of worse to come. ...
  • BOMBSHELL: Obama agencies shut down probe that could have flagged Farook and Malik

    12/13/2015 5:46:00 PM PST · by JOHN ADAMS · 25 replies
    The Jewish Press Online ^ | December 13, 2015 | J.E. Dyer
    Political correctness kills. That’s the lesson that keeps coming to the fore from the San Bernardino terror massacre on 2 December. Philip Haney, a former senior analyst at the Department of Homeland Security, has now come forward to say that in 2012, he was running an effort at the National Targeting Center that would “very plausibly” have flagged Syed Farook – and probably, by association, his bride Tashfeen Malik – because of Farook’s connection with a mosque in San Bernardino, California. (H/t: Daily Caller) But after six months (in 2012), decision-makers in DHS and the State Department shut the effort...
  • Harry Reid: 'We Need Republicans to Work With Us' to Fund Democrat Priorities

    12/09/2015 8:33:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 9, 2015 | 8:23 AM EST | Susan Jones
    "Unless Republicans go along with Democrats, "the government shuts down at midnight this Friday," Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said on Tuesday. "If we fail to meet that deadline, it will be another evidence of a Republican failure in leadership." Reid said if Republicans fail to pass an omnibus appropriations bill by midnight on Dec. 11 -- a date they picked -- it will be because they continue to attach their "ideological agenda" to the must-pass omnibus. "No legislation will pass with these poison pill riders. We passed a bipartisan budget agreement, we did it through good-faith negotiations. It was...
  • Republicans warn Obama: No global warming money if he end-runs Congress

    11/30/2015 11:34:55 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 24 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/30/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Another shutdown showdown? Just in case you were under the impression Obama is merely wasting time at the UN Climate Conference in Paris, no, he’s looking to waste a fair amount of U.S. taxpayer money too - with $3 billion set to directly from the U.S. Treasury to the UN Green Climate Fund. Now you might remember that whole thing about how Congress controls the purse strings, which somehow never seems to stop Obama from spending as much as he wants however he wants regardless of congressional disapproval. This time, Republicans swear, things are going to be different: Looking for...
  • Sideling Hill center reopens amid relief, fingerpointing

    11/25/2015 8:03:13 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Hagerstown Herald-Mail ^ | October 9, 2015 | Don Aines
    HANCOCK — The Sideling Hill Welcome Center is now more than just the most scenic set of fair-weather restrooms in Western Maryland after Lt. Gov. Boyd K. Rutherford and a host of elected officials on Friday reopened the facility, which has been closed for the last six years. Perched on the east side of Sideling Hill near Hancock, where a massive cut in the mountain rock allows Interstate 68 to pass through, the center was closed in 2009, in a move by former Gov. Martin O'Malley that did not sit well with many area residents. "It was done for political...
  • Shutdown coming? Paul Ryan won’t rule out rider to defund Planned Parenthood in next funding bill

    11/04/2015 7:47:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/04/2015 | AllahPundit
    The government runs out of money on December 11th and the most pro-abortion president in history has vowed not to sign any bills that make funding the government contingent upon defunding Planned Parenthood. Surely this is the moment for a Republican Speaker to crap away any leverage he might have by vowing to prevent a shutdown at all costs, right?Not this time. “This is the legislative branch and the power of the purse rests within the legislative branch and we fully expect that we’re going to exercise that power,” Ryan told reporters Tuesday morning.That statement marks a break with...
  • 6 TEXAS REPUBLICAN REPS JOIN WITH DEMS IN APPROVING DEBT CEILING INCREASE

    10/29/2015 8:41:24 AM PDT · by TexasCajun · 6 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | Oct 29, 2015 | Bob Price
    Six Texas Republican representatives joined with the eleven Democrats in the state’s congressional delegation to vote in favor of the bill to raise the debt ceiling. Nineteen Texas Republicans voted nay in attempting to block the measure. On a national level, 79 Republicans joined with all 187 Democrat members of the House to pass the measure back to the Senate. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX)64% voted in favor of the bill with the Democrats, according to GovTrack.us. He announced this week that he seeks to replace Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)58% as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Ryan is...
  • 'They'd Love To Do Damage': The FBI Says ISIS Wants To Go After...Power Grid

    10/19/2015 7:22:07 AM PDT · by blam · 19 replies
    BI ^ | 10-19-2015 | Jeremy Bender
    Jeremy BenderOctober 19, 2015 ISIS hackers are attempting to penetrate the US energy grid to carry out cyberattacks and take down parts of the country's energy supply, CNN Money reports. The hackers, however, have so far proved to be inept. Law-enforcement officials shared the information about attempted cyberattacks at a conference on October 14 with American energy firms about potential national-security issues. "Strong intent. Thankfully, low capability," John Riggi, a section chief in the FBI's cyber division, told CNN about ISIS' hacking attempts. "But the concern is that they'll buy that capability." That concern is warranted, the FBI told CNN....
  • Donald Trump Says He’ll Pay for Military Burials Halted Because of Shutdown

    10/16/2015 12:38:20 PM PDT · by Ziva · 21 replies
    Zionists4Trump.com ^ | 10/16/2015 | Zionists 4 Trump
    Palm Beacher #Donald Trump tweeted this morning: "It is outrageous and disgusting that families of U.S. MILITARY personnel killed in action will not be given money for burials. SAD!"  ... See full story on Donald Trump Says He'll Pay for Military Burials Halted Because of Shutdown | New Times Broward-Palm Beach No candidate respects and cares for our soldiers and veterans more than Donald Trump. While politicians were blaming each other about this glitch in benefits, Donald Trump stepped in to ensure our #fallen soldiers are honored properly.
  • Obama: There Will Be a Government ‘Shutdown Threat Two Weeks Before Christmas’

    10/03/2015 5:29:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 3, 2015 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    In his Weekly Address today, resident Barack Obama warned that there will be another government shutdown threat two weeks before Christmas and said he “will not sign” a short-term spending bill. The continuing resolution that Congress passed this week runs until Dec. 11. If resident Obama does “not sign” the spending bill Congress sends him to fund the government after that date, Obama will shut down the government. The government will not be funded until Obama signs an appropriations bill passed by Congress. Fortunately, there were enough votes in both parties to pass a last-minute bill to keep the government...
  • No shutdown? Fine. 69 percent of Americans didn’t want one over Planned Parenthood anyway

    10/01/2015 8:32:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/01/2015 | Matt Vespa
    Congress had grappled with shutdown drama. On October 1, the government would have run out of money. Last time, the government was shut down, it was a sloppy attempt to gut Obamacare. It was done with the full knowledge that a) Obama would never eviscerate his signature domestic achievement (ever) and b) the Republicans never had the votes to be successful. Even with public opinion siding with the GOP over the various mandates within the health care law, Obama won. The government was reopened–and Obamacare remains the law of the land.With the current squabble over Planned Parenthood, the numbers...
  • Just considering U.S. government shutdown costs money: experts

    09/29/2015 8:54:20 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/29/2015 | Megan Cassella
    Congressional Republicans' threatened federal government shutdown is already costing U.S. taxpayers money and it has not even happened yet, budget experts said on Tuesday. Whether or not the party's conservative Tea Party faction forces a shutdown this week, there are real costs to discussing and preparing for the possibility of one, they said. Making shutdown plans during the workday diverts federal workers from other tasks that then have to be put off, which costs time and money, said Yvonne Jones, a director at the Government Accountability Office, a non-partisan congressional watchdog. Jones wrote a report on the 2013 shutdown's costs....
  • Mark Levin: Conservatives ‘Sick and Tired’ of GOP ‘Funding the Obama Agenda’

    09/27/2015 6:14:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    CNS News ^ | September 26, 2015 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Radio talk show host Mark Levin said Saturday that conservatives are “sick and tired” of the Republican leadership in Congress “funding the Obama agenda.” ... The resident “may have a pen and he may have an Obamaphone, but we have a Constitution. Now use it!” Levin exclaimed. “If that means the government shuts down for three weeks, then by God, the government is shut down… By the way, the government never shuts down. It just doesn’t stop.” ... I think we’ve already tipped hard left,” Levin said in response to a question by Perkins. “We’re holding on to our republic,...
  • Conservatives to 2016 GOP field: Defy us at your own peril

    09/26/2015 2:11:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 26, 2015 3:27 PM EDT | Steve Peoples and Jill Colvin
    The Republican Party’s conservative wing, pumped up by House Speaker John Boehner’s stepping down, is warning the 2016 presidential candidates that defying its wishes will come at their peril. Religious activists forcefully conveyed this message Saturday: embrace our uncompromising stance against abortion rights and gay marriage, among other priorities, even if doing so risks a federal government shutdown. An emboldened conservative movement signals fresh trouble for White House candidates viewed by the party’s frustrated base as insufficiently committed to their cause. Chief among them is former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. “Conservatives are on fire at the moment,” said Gary Bauer,...
  • Kabuki Debt Ceiling Nonsense

    09/25/2015 8:27:32 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/25/15 | JACK PUGLIS
    Stocking Congress with progressive Republicans, who talk a conservative game but act in concert with progressive Democrats, is an excellent, ancient, tried-and-true strategy It’s the Autumnal Equinox, the first day of fall. It just keeps coming around. So does the Kabuki Theater in congress over the debt ceiling, which will ultimately be raised. The show that accompanies the process will be characterized by the usual irrational plot, appalling acting, extremely competent Democrat propaganda and not much benefit for the nation. Republicans know very well that the Democrat propaganda machine has already revved up and is snorting and pawing at the...
  • Congress moves quickly on shutdown… to make sure we don’t spend any less money

    09/23/2015 7:38:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/23/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    If I’m reading the calendar correctly we have about four congressional working days until the government shuts down, assuming we don’t get some sort of deal on a continuing resolution. So what happens next? For one thing a whole bunch of federal workers will be placed on unpaid leave and sent home unless they are in “critical” positions which can’t be left vacant. This clearly calls for quick action by our elected representatives and you may rest assured that they’re all over this thing. A bipartisan proposal is in place to make sure that as soon as the curtains...
  • Democrats block defense spending bill in Senate

    09/22/2015 11:50:01 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sept 22, 2015 | By Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Eric Walsh
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats blocked the fiscal 2016 defense spending bill in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, amid a fierce fight with Republicans over tax and spending policy days before a potential Oct. 1 government shutdown. The vote was 54-42, largely along party lines with Republicans voting yes and Democrats no. It meant the appropriations measure failed to achieve the 60-vote majority needed to advance to final passage in the 100-member Senate. Congressional Democrats and Republicans are fighting over a range of tax and spending issues as the end of the fiscal year approaches. In the case of the Department...
  • GOP leaders face tough test in Congress to keep gov’t open

    09/21/2015 3:41:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 21, 2015 4:54 AM EDT | Erica Werner and Andrew Taylor
    Congress’ Republican leaders face stark tests as they fight to keep the government open past month’s end, amid fears a shutdown could imperil their party’s White House ambitions. For House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, any wrong move could throw his very future into question, opening him to a threatened showdown vote on the floor of the House over whether he can remain in his job. If that happens, there is no certain outcome. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., must contend with the ambitions of several GOP presidential candidates. One of them, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, has made it...
  • John McCain on Planned Parenthood funding: No way am I voting for a shutdown

    09/18/2015 6:47:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/18/2015 | AllahPundit
    A morale booster for the big upcoming puah via CNS. The House passed a bill today that would freeze funding for PP, but that’s really just a consolation prize. Democrats will filibuster that if McConnell brings it to the floor in the Senate and then they’ll filibuster the spending bill if McConnell attaches an amendment defunding PP to that. If only there was some way to get around that darned filibuster, both on this matter and the Iran deal.Perhaps there is. Dozens of House Republican lawmakers are making a late stab at pressuring Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)...
  • Ayotte to Cruz: What’s your shutdown endgame?

    09/18/2015 5:47:31 AM PDT · by CASchack · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/17/15 | Sarah Ferris
    Sen. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) is pressing fellow Republican Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) to reveal his “strategy for success” as he risks a government shutdown in an attempt to end federal funding of Planned Parenthood. In a letter to Cruz on Thursday, Ayotte demanded to know why the firebrand Texas senator — and presidential candidate — is so strongly pushing legislation that the party can't pass. “It is abundantly clear that we lack the votes in the Senate to redirect these funds,” Ayotte, one of four female Republicans in the Senate, wrote in the letter. She goes out of her way...
  • Obama using business CEOs meeting to apply budget pressure

    09/16/2015 1:52:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 16, 2015 4:44 PM EDT | Kevin Freking
    President Barack Obama urged Congress on Wednesday to avoid another contentious budget showdown and warned that the economy would take a hit if the government shuts down again. Obama blamed Republicans for the shutdown two years ago and made clear he would so again if it comes to that. “You’ll recall two years ago Republicans shut down the government because they didn’t like Obamacare. Today, some are suggesting the government should be shut down because they don’t like Planned Parenthood,” Obama said. “That’s not good sense, and it’s not good business.” A partial shutdown will occur Oct. 1 unless lawmakers...
  • Here We Go… Mitch McConnell’s Campaign Strategist Concerned Trump’s “Tone” Could Spread

    09/07/2015 5:28:58 PM PDT · by markomalley · 58 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/7/15 | Jim Hoft
    Here we go… The latest polling shows Donald Trump receives 25% of the black vote – something that has not happened for any Republican candidate in decades.Trump is the clear leader in the Republican party presidential race.Of course, the establishment hates this. There are reports that GOP elites are planning to take Donald Trump down after Labor Day.And, then there’s this…Mitch McConnell’s campaign strategist is concerned Donald Trump’s “tone” could spread in the party.The New York Times reported: Some party leaders worry that the favorable response Mr. Trump has received from the Republican electorate is luring other candidates to adopt...
  • If John Boehner can face a no-confidence vote, why can't Mitch McConnell?

    09/09/2015 5:08:08 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 19 replies
    am thinker ^ | 9/9/15 | e straker
    It's looking bad for John Boehner, who may be forced out of the speakership due to his cooperation with the Obama agenda. But what about Mitch McConnell? He has been at least as complicit as Boehner. McConnell has given Obama: 1) 100% of his budget requests. 2) Fully funding Obamacare without any restraints 3) Fully funding Obama's illegal amnesty without any restraints 4) Raised the debt ceilings repeatedly without any restraints 5) Effectively given away the Senate's treaty deciding powers. 6) Refused to set up select committees to investigate the abuse of powers of this administration To be Senate Majority...
  • McConnell Rejects Iran Delay

    09/10/2015 6:37:09 AM PDT · by Calpublican · 70 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/09/15 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is dismissing a House Republican Hail-Mary attempt to kill the Iran nuclear deal by postponing a vote on a disapproval resolution. House conservatives want to delay the vote and argue that the 60-day congressional review period has not yet elapsed because the administration has yet to submit paperwork detailing “side deals” between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). ADVERTISEMENT Tea-Party firebrand Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined the House GOP effort Wednesday by panning an upcoming Senate vote on the disapproval resolution as a “show vote” and putting pressure on McConnell to delay...
  • McConnell, Corker Cheerlead Obama’s Lawlessness on Iran

    09/11/2015 3:27:17 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    conservativereview.com ^ | 9/10/15 | Daniel Horowitz
    Senate Republicans have hit a new low. Not only are they doing nothing to stop Obama’s lawlessness on Iran in forging a treaty without Senate ratification, they are allowing him to break the very law that broke the treaty clause of the Constitution. You can’t make this stuff up! First, the good news. When Mark Levin and Conservative Review were the lone voices against Corker-Cardin in April, everyone thought we were being purists. Most conservative pundits and elected Republicans thought this was the best opportunity to get congressional input. Every major news outlet was reporting this bill as a means...
  • Mark Levin to McConnell: You will have blood on your hands for the rest of your life

    09/11/2015 6:56:06 AM PDT · by george76 · 80 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | Sep 10, 2015 | Mark Levin
    Mark Levin eviscerated Mitch McConnell tonight, telling him that he’ll have blood on his hands for the rest of his life over this Iran Deal, and so would the Republican Party because of his unconstitutional leadership. Levin said McConnell is worse than Obama because at least we know who Obama is, as McConnell pretends to be someone he clearly is not. ... Levin’s opening segment on the horrible Iran Deal that essentially passed today because of Republicans like McConnell who sold out
  • MCCONNELL TO GOP POPULIST BASE: LET BUSINESS GROUPS WIN IN 2017

    09/14/2015 2:10:38 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 72 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 14, 2015 | by NEIL MUNRO
    The GOP’s populist base can help win big battles for the party’s business donors in 2017, if it just shuts up for the next few months, GOP leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)52% suggested in a low-drama interview with Politico. McConnell offered nothing to the party’s populist base, except finger-wagging. The pro-life push to transfer funding away from abortion-giant Planned Parenthood “is an exercise in futility… that’s not going to happen until you have a president who has a similar view,” McConnell didn’t offer any opposition to President Barack Obama’s effort to amnesty millions of illegal immigrants, or his promise to...
  • MCCONNELL ON IRAN DEAL: ‘OBAMA WON SHORT-TERM BATTLE, BUT WE WON THE ARGUMENT..

    09/12/2015 11:44:13 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/11/15 | JEFF POOR
    ..WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE’ Friday on the Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)52% insisted that although President Barack Obama will see the successful implementation of his controversial agreement with Iran on the nuclear deal, those that oppose the deal won the battle of public opinion. McConnell insisted this would be used as a campaign issue, but was expressed his skepticism that there could be anything else done to block the deal because of a procedural obstacle Senate Democrats initiated. “We know, Bill, that there is a bipartisan majority who oppose the deal,” McConnell said....
  • McConnell: Planned Parenthood funding protest 'exercise in futility'

    09/11/2015 10:31:55 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 114 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/11/2015 | BURGESS EVERETT and JOHN BRESNAHAN
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday he will back a plan to fund the government into December with no conditions, rejecting in his strongest terms yet calls from within his party to defund Planned Parenthood as part of a larger budget bill. “It’s an exercise in futility," the Kentucky Republican told POLITICO in an interview. "I’m anxious to defund Planned Parenthood" but "the honest answer of that is that’s not going to happen until you have a president who has a similar view." "It’s better to be honest with the American people and say, ‘That won’t get it done,’”...
  • McConnell aims to avoid government shutdown

    09/11/2015 10:15:41 AM PDT · by VinL · 29 replies
    WXIL ^ | 9/11/2015 | Manu Raju
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is moving to separate abortion politics from a spending fight that threatens to shut down the government at month's end.... The move comes as McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner are beginning to take a series of steps to avoid a possible shutdown at month's end. Conservatives are demanding that the must-pass spending bill should prohibit federal funding from flowing to Planned Parenthood in light of controversial, heavily edited videos secretly taped this summer where officials discussed the sale of aborted fetal parts. But McConnell and Boehner, recognizing that Senate Democrats would block any effort...
  • McConnell: Defunding Planned Parenthood must wait for new president

    09/01/2015 11:48:19 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 93 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 1, 2015 | Peter Sullivan
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says that defunding Planned Parenthood will have to wait for a new commander in chief in 2017. “The president’s made it very clear he’s not going to sign any bill that includes defunding of Planned Parenthood, so that’s another issue that awaits a new president, hopefully with a different point of view about Planned Parenthood,” McConnell said Monday on the Kentucky station WYMT’s “Issues and Answers.” Defunding Planned Parenthood has become a leading cause among some Republicans in the wake of controversial undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the price of fetal tissue...
  • A Shutdown Threat, Trump’s Fed Hiring Spree and More From Presidential Candidates

    08/23/2015 7:27:27 AM PDT · by Stand Watch Listen · 8 replies
    Government Executive ^ | Eric Katz | Eric Katz
    A Shutdown Threat, Trump’s Fed Hiring Spree and More From Presidential Candidates For most 2016 presidential candidates, the critical day of the campaign is still several months away, with the first votes being cast in Iowa on Feb.1. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, however, appears to have a much closer date circled on his calendar, a date that federal employees are also keeping an eye on: Sept. 30, the last day Congress can pass a spending bill to avoid a government shutdown. Cruz is using his campaign soapbox to threaten to derail the funding process if Planned Parenthood receives federal appropriations....
  • Chick-fil-A Owner Stuns Employees, Pays Them During 5 Month Shutdown

    08/16/2015 2:59:14 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 25 replies
    The owner of a fast food restaurant in Austin, Texas shocked his 50 employees by paying their full salaries during a five-month period when the business shut down. Jeff Glover, who has operated the Chick-fil-A for 15 years, wanted to remodel the building to accommodate more customers, but didn’t want to hurt his workers. So he continued paying them for the full five months. The restaurant, which reopened this week at West Braker Lane and U.S. 183, is now the largest Chick-fil-A in Austin–and surely the chicken retailer with the biggest heart.
  • How the Fight to Defund Planned Parenthood Could Lead to Another Government Shutdown

    08/06/2015 7:11:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/06/2015 | by JOEL GEHRKE
    Pro-life activists will have a powerful influence on whether the government shuts down this fall. A string of undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of organs taken from aborted babies has the nation’s largest abortion provider on defense. Social conservatives are united in their desire to strip the organization of taxpayer funding but disagree on how best to accomplish that goal given the possibility that a legislative push for defunding could prompt another government shutdown. Whatever they decide, the onset of the 2016 presidential election guarantees they’ll find champions in the Senate. One of the most influential...
  • Mitch McConnell amid Planned Parenthood uproar: No more shutdowns

    08/05/2015 12:11:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/05/2015 | AllahPundit
    There’s nothing like unilateral disarmament right before a big budget fight. Breathe easy, abortion warriors: If it’s a choice between yanking taxpayer money from an outfit that sells babies for parts and protecting a 2016 talking point that the new GOP majority is too mature for silly things like shutdowns, the latter wins every time. The only suspense now is what form the next exciting episode of Republican failure theater will take. Traditionally what would happen is that McConnell would attach the PP defunding bill to a budgetary continuing resolution, that resolution would then be filibustered by Senate Democrats...
  • Ted Cruz: We Should Shut Down Government if Necessary to De-Fund Planned Parenthood

    08/04/2015 3:49:30 PM PDT · by markomalley · 49 replies
    Life News ^ | 8/4/15 | Steven Ertelt
    Yesterday, Senate Democrats defeated an effort to revoke taxpayer funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business by filibustering the bill and preventing a vote on it. Republicans were unable to secure the 60 voted needed to invoke cloture and stop debate on the bill, allowing an up or down vote.The Senate voted 53-46 on the cloture motion — failing to get the 60 votes needed to stop the Democratic filibuster against the de-funding measure.Now, some Republicans are saying the House and Senate should look at the possibility of shutting down the federal government in order to de-fund Planned Parenthood. But...
  • [SecTreas] Lew informs Congress he extending debt-limit measures

    07/29/2015 2:40:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 29, 2015 5:29 PM EDT | Martin Crutsinger
    Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew told Congress on Wednesday that he will extend for another three months the authority he is using to take emergency measures to keep from breaching the nation’s borrowing limit. In a letter to congressional leaders, Lew said he will extend the current debt-suspension period, which was set to expire Friday, through Oct. 30. He said he believes the emergency measures he is using may be sufficient to keep the government operating for a brief period after Oct. 30. Since March 16, Lew has been employing a variety of bookkeeping maneuvers such as removing investments from government...
  • Black Lives Matter co-founder threatens to “shut down” GOP convention

    07/27/2015 9:08:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/27/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    div class="clear"> Who exactly is running things over at the top secret headquarters of the Black Lives Matter movement, assuming that such even exists? There seems to be some confusion on the messaging. You may recall that when Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors seized the stage from Martin O’Malley at Netroots Nation after the candidate was foolish enough to say that all human lives matter, she prefaced her comments as follows: “It’s not like we like shutting (expletive deleted) down, but we have to,” So they don’t like shutting **** down unless there’s no other choice. Fair enough, I...
  • This is why the NYSE shut down today

    07/08/2015 2:10:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    Fortune ^ | 07/08/2015 | by Stephen Gandel
    An expert says a failed systems upgrade forced the New York Stock Exchange to halt trading on Wednesday. Two weeks ago, the New York Stock Exchange told trading firms and other subscribers that it would be discontinuing some of its legacy systems. Apparently, the fix disconnected the entire NYSE. The NYSE has not yet confirmed why trading on the exchange had been halted on Wednesday morning. It has said that it was the result of technical issues and did not offer any further elaboration. But Eric Scott Hunsader, an expert in Wall Street trading systems who heads market data firm...
  • Congress paddles toward brink of a government shutdown

    06/16/2015 4:12:43 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/16/2015 | Alexander Bolton
    Congress is slowly paddling toward a government shutdown. The fight over government spending that has dominated much of the decade, calmed for two years because of a bipartisan deal, is roaring back to life. Democrats are adamant that Republicans back off their plans to increase defense spending without doing the same for nondefense programs. They argue the GOP is using a budget gimmick to funnel more money to the Pentagon without raising spending limits on healthcare and social welfare programs. To try to force the party’s hand, Senate Democrats say they will block every annual spending bill unless Republicans agree...
  • Gov. Rick Scott warns: Prepare for possible government shutdown

    05/15/2015 8:01:56 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 21 replies
    cfnews13 ^ | 5-15-2015 | cfnews13
    TALLAHASSEE (AP)- Gov. Rick Scott is asking agency heads to list only their critical needs as the Legislature prepares to hold a special session over the state budget. Scott sent the letter to agency heads Thursday and told them to prepare in case the budget impasse results in state government shutting down July 1. The Legislature is returning to Tallahassee June 1 after leaving its regular session without a budget agreement.