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  • Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty (More Treason. Yawn.)

    08/26/2014 7:20:54 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 24 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | AUG. 26, 2014 | CORAL DAVENPORT
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress. In preparation for this agreement, to be signed at a United Nations summit meeting in 2015 in Paris, the negotiators are meeting with diplomats from other countries to broker a deal to commit some of the world’s largest economies to enact laws to reduce their carbon pollution. But under the Constitution, a president may enter into a legally binding treaty only if it is approved by a two-thirds majority of...
  • OBAMA CONSIDERING GRANTING 800K GUEST-WORKER VISAS AS 90% BELIEVE AMERICAN WORKERS SHOULD BE FAVORED

    08/21/2014 7:51:45 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 86 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Aug 21, 2014 | Tony Lee
    After meeting with a "bevy" of big-business groups, President Barack Obama is reportedly considering granting them up to 800,000 additional guest-worker visas via executive actions.
  • Exclusive–Sessions: Melt Down Senate's Phone Lines, Force Reid to Allow Vote on Executive Amnesty

    08/13/2014 6:27:49 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 13 replies
    Breitbart.com/Big-Government ^ | 8-12-2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is throwing down the gauntlet again. He is calling on every American citizen to call their U.S. senators and demand to know where they stand on President Barack Obama’s planned executive amnesty. Sessions, in a statement exclusively provided to Breitbart News, berated House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, calling on Reid to allow a vote on the House-passed measure that would block President Obama’s attempts to continue or expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive amnesty to millions more illegal aliens. “Recent developments suggest...
  • Supreme Court Ruling Could Force NLRB to Revisit Up to 800 Cases

    06/27/2014 6:44:40 PM PDT · by lbryce · 7 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | June 27, 2014 | Elisabeth Slattery
    Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling that President Obama’s “recess” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board were unconstitutional could mean as many as 800 cases decided by the illegal appointees would have to be reconsidered. The Court ruled three appointments President Obama made on Jan. 4, 2012, to fill out the five-member National Labor Relations Board, were improper because the Senate was not, in fact, in recess. That means the NLRB did not have a quorum, as required by law, when it ruled on hundreds of cases from the time they were appointed until August 2013, when other nominees were properly...
  • WHITEHEAD: Has the Dept. of Homeland Security become America’s standing army?

    06/16/2014 4:02:13 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 57 replies
    The Rutherford Institute ^ | June 16, 2014 | John W. Whitehead
    “A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.”—James Madison “Here [in New Mexico], we are moving more toward a national police force. Homeland Security is involved with a lot of little things around town. Somebody in Washington needs to call a timeout.”—Dan Klein, retired Albuquerque Police Department sergeant If the United States is a police state, then the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is its national police force, with all the brutality, ineptitude and corruption such a role implies. In fact, although the DHS’ governmental bureaucracy may at times appear to be...
  • EMILY MILLER: DOJ accused of targeting gun industry with 'Choke Point' program

    06/02/2014 12:38:25 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 2 2014 | EMILY MILLER: DOJ accused of targeting gun industry with 'Choke Point' program
    The Obama administration, after failing to get gun control passed on Capitol Hill, has resorted to using its executive power to try to put some in the firearms industry out of business, House Republican investigators say. The assertion is included in a report recently released by California GOP Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Citing internal Justice Department documents, the committee concluded that the administration used a program known as Operation Choke Point to target legal companies that it finds “objectionable.” The program was started in 2013 to protect consumers by “choking” alleged fraudsters’...
  • Bergdahl release arrangement could threaten the safety of Americans, Republicans say

    05/31/2014 9:39:54 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 86 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 31, 2014 | Karen Tumulty
    <p>Amid jubilation Saturday over the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from captivity by the Taliban, senior Republicans on Capitol Hill said they were troubled by the means by which it was accomplished, which was a deal to release five Afghan detainees from the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.</p>
  • Maybe, Just Maybe . . . Obamacare is Unconstitutional (Maybe?)

    05/18/2014 11:13:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 18, 2014 | Joanne Moudy
    There is no doubt in any sane mind that Obamacare is a travesty on the U.S. Constitution and a terrible fraud perpetrated on America citizens. Yet it seems as though we’re all stuck with it . . . or are we? On Friday Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ 8th Dist.), led the charge in filing an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans, in the case of Steven Hotze, M.D. v. Kathleen Sebelius, ramping up efforts to prove, once and for all, that the entire basis for the ACA bill was bogus in...
  • Senate Dems vow vote to change Constitution, block campaign funding

    04/30/2014 3:34:12 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 58 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 30, 2014 | by Stephen Dinan
    Senate Democrats said Wednesday that the Supreme Court has stretched the First Amendment too far when it comes to campaign finances, and vowed to hold a vote to amend the Constitution and undo a number of landmark decisions. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat and chairman of the Rules Committee, said he will push a constitutional amendment to the full floor later this year that would give Congress the power to impose strict limits on campaign finance. “It will draw to a fine point where we are at — and that is, the First Amendment is sacred, but that...
  • Too Many Federal Agencies Have Created Their Own Private Armies

    04/21/2014 5:02:39 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 94 replies
    TRNS ^ | April 21, 2014 | By Ernest Istook
    Does the Environmental Protection Agency really need armed agents? Outside of law enforcement, federal agencies now employ over 25,000 people as armed agents. They are more than guards. They’ve become like private armies that can push around private citizens. Over 70 non-military federal agencies now have their own armed agents. You expect armed agents with the FBI, the U.S. Marshal Service and the Border Patrol. But the EPA? The Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, even the Social Security Administration and the National Institutes of Health? Even the Department of Education and the Department of Housing and Urban...
  • HHS MOVES TO CANCEL MORE INSURANCE PLANS

    04/18/2014 11:38:43 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 18, 2014 | by Mike Flynn
    The Department of Health and Human Services is proposing a rule that would, if implemented, guarantee that even more Americans who like their health insurance plans cannot keep them. Fixed indemnity plans, which pay insured customers a set amount towards medical expenses and are often cost-effective relative to more comprehensive health insurance, are popular forms of coverage, and potentially becoming more popular in the wake of Obamacare. Health insurance industry representatives say that fixed indemnity plans have been attracting more interest as many Americans look for a way to mitigate against the high deductibles applicable to many insurance policies available...
  • New York joins campaign to end Electoral College role in presidential elections

    04/18/2014 12:11:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 70 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 6:45 AM | Glenn Blain
    New York has joined the campaign to effectively end the Electoral College’s role in determining winners of presidential elections. Under the National Popular Vote Compact, which Gov. Cuomo signed off on Tuesday, the state has agreed to award its electoral college votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the national popular vote. Currently New York’s electoral colleges votes go to the winner of the state’s popular vote. …
  • Just In: Obama Accused By Congressman Of Illegal Action At Bundy Ranch

    04/17/2014 8:33:38 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 153 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 04-17-2014 | B. Christopher Agee
    After the federal Bureau of Land Management agents backed down from their intimidating stance at the Bundy Ranch last weekend, ample evidence has surfaced indicating the standoff between the government and the Nevada ranching family is far from over. Throughout the weeklong stalemate, members of the Bundy family were physically assaulted by armed officers, numerous cows were shot dead, and protesters faced threats of gunfire for merely expressing their outrage. Immediately after what many considered a victory against a tyrannical federal agency, a number of leftist voices – most notably, Sen. Harry Reid – indicated the action against this family...
  • Obama, stop lying. Obamacare is not the law of the land!

    04/17/2014 7:34:16 PM PDT · by JOHN W K · 13 replies
    4-17-2014 | johnwk
    In case you missed it Obama, our federal Constitution tells us in crystal clear language that our Constitution, and only those “Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof . . . shall be the supreme Law of the Land ….” And so, the question which must be asked and answered to determine if Obamacare is the law of the land is, was Obamacare made in pursuance of our Constitution? As I will have further occasion to establish, Obama care does not meet constitutional muster and turns out to be legislative tyranny backed up by judicial...
  • DR. WILSON SAYS HE IS OWNED BY NO ONE

    03/30/2014 12:52:17 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 7 replies
    NY Times ^ | October 04, 1910
        TRENTON, N. J., Oct. 3.--Before an audience which filled the Taylor Opera House, Dr. Woodrow Wilson, Democratic candidate for Governor of New Jersey, defined to-night where he stood on public issues. He was received with immense enthusiasm. His wife, sitting in a box, joined heartily in the applause.     Unmindful of the fact that "Old Nassau" is only sung or played when Princeton men are in danger of defeat, the band played the air when Dr. Wilson was introduced by Chairman Erwin E. Marshall of the Democratic City Committee, but the audience did not know university ethics, and yelled for five...
  • Sturm: Countering Lawlessness, Putin's and Obama's

    03/27/2014 6:07:38 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 2 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | March 27, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    Since Teddy Roosevelt counseled, “Speak softly and carry a big stick,” U.S. presidents mostly have followed his advice, cautioning adversaries to resolve conflicts peacefully or suffer consequences. Even President Carter brandished America’s big stick upon learning that bad things happen when you’re not respected, prompting him to Think Again about deterrence given “the Soviets’ ultimate goals.” But today, after unilaterally “resetting” relations with repressive regimes including Iran and Russia — whose Ukraine incursion is “the gravest threat to European security and stability since the end of the Cold War,” proclaimed NATO’s chief — America’s posture is more akin to “speak...
  • Read the Complete List of Obamacare Delays

    03/26/2014 8:57:42 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 7 replies
    March 26, 2014 10:44 AM Read the Complete List of Obamacare Delays By Alec Torres The Obama administration will announce its tenth Obamacare delay later today, this time extending the March 31 enrollment deadline for people who say they’ve been unable to enroll in health plans in the federal marketplace by the deadline. The extension applies to the federal exchange operating in three dozen states and is expected to last for two or three weeks. Can’t remember what all the delays have been? Politico provided a helpful history of Obamacare delays from most to least recent: March 25: Final enrollment...
  • Obama promises illegals: Obamacare info won't be used for deportation

    03/06/2014 11:27:41 AM PST · by Personal Responsibility · 26 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 3-6-2014 | Daniel Halper
    "Will we hear from you a pledge, a personal promise, that the information provided in the registration process will not be used for deportation purposes in this country?" "Absolutely," Obama said, putting his hand down for emphasis. "It's true that the undocumented are not eligible [for Obamacare], that's how the law was written, but if you are a U.S. citizen or you have a legal presence in this country, you are eligible," he said. "And none of the information that is provided in order for you to obtain health insurance is in any way transferred to immigration services. So that's...
  • Obama Mocks GOP: ‘How Dare You Fix Things?,’ ‘You’re 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...
  • Putin: Russia Reserves Right for Force in Ukraine

    03/04/2014 5:24:13 AM PST · by lbryce · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 4, 2014 | Lukas I. Alpert in Moscow And Alan Cullison
    Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Russia reserves the right to use force in Ukraine to protect Russian-speaking residents there and called the toppling of former President Viktor Yanukovych's government an "unconstitutional coup." *SNIP* He said he understood the desire by Ukrainians for change but said "illegal change" could not be encouraged. "It was an unconstitutional coup and an armed seizure of power that took place. No one argues with that," Mr. Putin said.
  • Navy Veteran (To) CT Lawmakers on Gun Registration: ‘I’m Telling You Right Now, I Will Not Comply’

    03/03/2014 2:25:41 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 81 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | March 3, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    Now that tens of thousands of gun owners in Connecticut are in direct violation of a hastily-passed gun control law, a video of a fed-up Navy veteran warning lawmakers that he “will not comply” with the law is just going viral. As previously reported by TheBlaze, as many as 100,000 gun owners technically became felons overnight because they chose not to register their semi-automatic rifles and/or high-capacity magazines. A man, identified as John S. Cinque, reportedly appeared at a public meeting in North Haven, Conn., on April 22, 2013, to confront lawmakers over the gun control law. Cinque started by...
  • 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 President’s 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...
  • Barack Obama: You can call it ‘Obamacare’

    02/17/2014 8:04:08 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 26 replies
    Barack Obama: You can call it ‘Obamacare’ By: Jose DelReal February 17, 2014 09:38 AM EST It may not be polling well, but President Barack Obama isn’t too worried about the Affordable Care Act’s nickname, Obamacare, or the health care law’s impact on his legacy. “I like it. I don’t mind,” the president told former NBA star Charles Barkley in an interview that aired Sunday about the term Obamacare. “And I tell you, five years from now, when everybody’s saying, ‘Man, I’m sure glad we got health care,’ there are going to be a whole bunch of people who don’t...
  • Treasury: Employers must “self-attest” that ObamaCare not behind staffing decisions

    02/12/2014 3:17:08 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 2-11-14 | Ed Morrissey
    Full Title: Treasury: Employers must “self-attest” that ObamaCare not behind staffing decisions – under penalty of perjury Old and busted: Businesses will love ObamaCare for its cost savings in health care! New hotness: Businesses had better not make staffing decisions based on cost savings from ObamaCare-fueled price spikes! After its latest delay in implementing the employer mandate, the Obama administration rebuffed criticisms that the law incentivizes employers to shift to part-time work by announcing the Treasury Inquisition — ahem, excuse me, the Treasury Attestation Department: The latest announcement comes after the administration heard from businesses about their concerns with the...
  • Companies Must Justify Their Workforce Decisions Under Obama’s Latest Rewrite

    02/11/2014 8:24:25 AM PST · by chessplayer · 63 replies
    (CNSNews.com) – Once again acting without Congress, President Obama has unilaterally changed his signature health insurance law, delaying its employer mandate – the second time he’s done this -- to 2016, after the mid-term elections. BUT: To be eligible for the additional delay, the Obama administration says an employer “may not reduce the size of its workforce or the overall hours of service of its employees” unless it can justify those reductions to the Internal Revenue Service. On Monday, the administration issued new regulations saying that employers with 50 to 99 workers don’t need to provide minimum essential coverage until...
  • Thought Police: Firms must swear ObamaCare not a factor in firings

    02/11/2014 8:47:02 AM PST · by ColdOne · 104 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 2/11/14 | Chris Stirewalt
    How will the feds know what employers were thinking when hiring and firing? Simple. Firms will be required to certify to the IRS – under penalty of perjury – that ObamaCare was not a motivating factor in their staffing decisions. To avoid ObamaCare costs you must swear that you are not trying to avoid ObamaCare costs. You can duck the law, but only if you promise not to say so.
  • Rep. Jackson Lee: ‘We’ll Give President Obama a Number of Executive Orders

    02/04/2014 5:55:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    cns news ^ | 2/4/14 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) says that the newly launched Congressional Full Employment Caucus will “give President Obama a number of executive orders that he can sign.” Jackson Lee made the statement while gathered with Democrats on January 29th to announce the establishment of the Full Employment Caucus. “We will be answering the call of all of America because people need work and we’re not doing right by them by creating work,” Jackson Lee said. “I believe this caucus will put us on the right path and we’ll give President Obama a number of executive orders that he...
  • Attorney General Eric Holder can't explain constitutional basis for Obama's executive orders

    01/30/2014 7:05:36 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | JANUARY 29, 2014 AT 1:56 PM | Joel Gehrke
    Attorney General Eric Holder couldn't explain the constitutional basis for executive orders such as President Obama's delay of the employer mandate because he hasn't read the legal analysis -- or at least, hasn't seen it in a long time. "I'll be honest with you, I have not seen -- I don't remember looking at or having seen the analysis in some time, so I'm not sure where along the spectrum that would come," Holder replied when Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, asked him to explain the nature of Obama's constitutional power to delay the mandate. Lee had based his question on...
  • Ted Cruz: The Imperial Presidency of Barack Obama

    01/28/2014 8:09:45 PM PST · by Steelfish · 17 replies
    Wall St J ^ | January 28, 2014 | TED CRUZ
    Ted Cruz: The Imperial Presidency of Barack Obama In the nation's history, there is simply no precedent for an American president so wantonly ignoring federal law. By TED CRUZ Jan. 28, 2014 Of all the troubling aspects of the Obama presidency, none is more dangerous than the president's persistent pattern of lawlessness, his willingness to disregard the written law and instead enforce his own policies via executive fiat. On Monday, Mr. Obama acted unilaterally to raise the minimum wage paid by federal contracts, the first of many executive actions the White House promised would be a theme of his State...
  • MARK LEVIN: Republicans should pass resolution declaring NULL AND VOID

    01/28/2014 5:37:17 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 35 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 1/28/2014 | Mark Levin
    Mark Levin says he thought long and hard about what the House of Representatives can do, given that they won’t use the power of the purse to reign in this president, and has come up with a solution. He says they should pass a resolution declaring null and void all presidential acts that are unconstitutional. Hey lays it out below: There’s something the House of Representatives actually can do. …Congress is a co-equal branch of the federal government and the House of Representatives is a co-equal branch of the United States Senate. The House of Representatives should pass a resolution....
  • Dem senators intervene in Hobby Lobby case, urge justices to deny ObamaCare exemption

    01/28/2014 9:30:08 AM PST · by ColdOne · 65 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 1/28/14 | AP/foxnews
    arguing that "secular" businesses should not be exempt from the mandate. The 19 senators planned to file a brief before the court, which is still weeks away from considering the closely watched case. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who planned to make her case on the Senate floor, adamantly defended the Obama administration's side. "What's at stake in this case before the Supreme Court is whether a CEO's personal beliefs can trump a woman's right to access free or low-cost contraception under the Affordable Care Act," she said in prepared remarks.
  • 'Imagine: Living in a Socialist America'

    01/21/2014 7:07:11 AM PST · by rktman · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1/20/2014 | Rick Moran
    That's the title of a new book by Fred Jerome, a compilation of essays from these and other noteworthies: This anthology features essays by revolutionary thinkers, activists, and artists-including Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore, civil rights activist Angela Davis, incarcerated journalist Mumia Abu Jamal, and economist Rick Wolff- addressing various aspects of a new society and, crucially, how to get from where we are now to where we want to be, living in a society that is truly fair and just. I suppose that's one way to describe their vision. I might ask the question, "fair and just for whom"?...
  • Ten Million Man March on DC?

    01/05/2014 11:51:18 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 307 replies
    January 5, 2014 | Jim Robinson
    To hell with a million man march. We need a TEN MILLION man march!! Fill the mall and every street in DC!! Time to raise the pucker factor in DC until no one in congress can even raise up from his chair. When the people fear their government there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, we have Liberty!! Tea Party leaders, right-wing groups, 2nd amendment groups, pro-life religious leaders, Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, Levin: Gentlemen start your engines!! It's time to unite and turnout freedom loving Americans of every political stripe to run the statist bums out and restore...
  • We the people can nullify the unconstitutional ObamaCare ourselves!! Refuse to submit to tyranny!!

    01/02/2014 10:50:33 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 275 replies
    We the people can nullify Obama’s unconstitutional communist POS by simply refusing to submit. If the majority of the people don’t sign up for it, it dies on the vine. In fact it wouldn’t take anywhere close to a majority. Twenty to thirty percent ought to do it. It's not going to work anyway. Socialism never works. We need to kill if it we want to save our constitutional republic! No surrender, no retreat!! Do not sign away your freedom!! Do not submit to the godless leftist wannabe dictators!! We are the resistance!!
  • Mayor Annise Parker and longtime partner make wedding plans (Houston's lesbian leader)

    12/28/2013 9:16:03 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    CultureMap Houston ^ | December 27, 2013 | Clifford Pugh
    Although Mayor Annise Parker has vowed that she and her longtime partner, Kathy Hubbard, will not wed until gay marriage is legal in Texas, in recent interviews the mayor has softened her stance. "The world is changing so fast, maybe I won't wait that long," Parker said last week in a year-end interview with CultureMap when asked when she would marry. "I'm no longer worried that (gay marriage in Texas) is not going to happen in my lifetime. After the Supreme Court ruling and the number of states that now have equal marriage, it's coming." Since then CultureMap has learned...
  • Christie Agrees to In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants

    12/19/2013 5:38:02 PM PST · by Innovative · 67 replies
    NY Times ^ | Dec 19, 2013 | Kirk Semple
    The New Jersey Legislature approved legislation on Thursday that would allow students without legal immigration status to pay in-state college tuition. Gov. Chris Christie planned to sign it on Friday, a spokesman said. During Mr. Christie’s re-election campaign this year, he spoke favorably of tuition equality. The compromise bill will allow access to in-state tuition for immigrants without legal status who have graduated from a New Jersey high school after at least three years of attendance. Mr. Christie said the legislation would become effective immediately, allowing students to take advantage of it in time for the spring semester.
  • Obama administration relaxes rules of health-care law four days before deadline

    12/19/2013 6:44:10 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 149 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/19/13 | Amy Goldstein
    The Obama administration Thursday night significantly relaxed the rules of the health-care law for millions of consumers whose individual insurance policies have been canceled, saying they could buy bare-bones health plans or entirely avoid the requirement that most Americans have health insurance. The surprise announcement, four days before the Dec. 23 deadline for people to choose coverage that begins on Jan. 1, triggered an immediate backlash from the health insurance industry and raised new fairness questions about a law intended to promote affordable and comprehensive coverage.
  • Colorado revolt: 55 of 62 sheriffs refuse to enforce new gun laws.

    12/16/2013 2:40:21 PM PST · by george76 · 55 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 16, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Fully 55 of the 62 sheriffs that serve in Colorado have outright refused to enforce the state’s new gun laws — the requirement for universal background checks and the ban on ammunition magazines that hold more than 15 rounds. They say the laws are unconstitutional and too vague. ... These are the same 55 sheriffs who, in May, tried to challenge the constitutionality of the state laws in a federal court. U.S. District Judge Marcia Kreiger told the sheriffs that they don’t have standing — or legal authority — to challenge the laws as a group. But the legal challenge...
  • Judge Deals Blow to NSA Phone Data Program

    12/16/2013 12:44:15 PM PST · by lbryce · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 16, 2013 | Staff
    A federal judge ruled Monday that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records likely violates the Constitution, in a major setback for the controversial spy agency. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon granted a preliminary injunction sought by plaintiffs Larry Klayman and Charles Strange. However, he also stayed his decision "pending appeal," giving the U.S. government time to fight the decision over the next several months.
  • Administration alters more Obamacare deadlines

    12/12/2013 1:43:52 PM PST · by ColdOne · 15 replies
    washintonexaminer.com ^ | 12/12/13 | Brian Hughes
    “If an individual tries to sign up by Dec. 23rd but experiences an issue with the marketplace, they qualify for a special enrollment period and gain coverage as soon as possible,” the Department of Health and Human Services said in new guidance HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius also said that insurers would be required to provide coverage to individuals who pay for their plans by Dec. 31. Previously, insurance companies could have set an earlier deadline for payment. At the same time, the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Program — which was supposed to expire at the end of this year — will...
  • Lib law prof: Obama’s unconstitutional power grabs are creating a “very dangerous & unstable system”

    12/04/2013 3:33:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 3, 2013 | Allahpundit
    Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers). At 1:10:55 he describes the “royal prerogative” that the Constitution was designed to eliminate but which Obama, through the growth of the administrative state and his own expansive view of executive discretion, is now flirting with. At 2:53:45, he applies...
  • Sebelius: Obamacare opens door wider to gays, AIDS victims

    12/04/2013 3:41:11 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 120 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | JUNE 3, 2013 | PAUL BEDARD
    On Monday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that Obamacare will place a special focus on members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community because "for too long...[they] were pushed to the side," Paul Bedard reported at the Washington Examiner. "LGBT individuals have faced limited access to health care and insurance. They have been less likely to get the preventive care they need to stay healthy, they have higher rates of tobacco use, and they are often at increased risk for mental health illness," she said. To counter this, the administration is drawing attention to new benefits...
  • Is signing up for Obamacare a legal trap to surrender your rights?

    12/04/2013 5:10:28 AM PST · by JOHN W K · 23 replies
    12-3-13 | johnwk
    I believe there is a principle of law under which a person may unwittingly waive constitutional rights. An example of this is when invoking the 5th Amendment right against self incrimination. One may waive this right by answering any questions rather than repeatedly invoking the right when asked questions. Does this apply to the Obamacare website, and once a person signs up, they actually place themselves under the federal government’s jurisdiction with regard to Obamacare by signing up and in the process waive constitutionally protected rights? It seems to me that there is no provision in our federal Constitution granting...
  • Microsoft, suspecting NSA spying, to ramp up efforts to encrypt its Internet traffic

    11/27/2013 6:01:24 AM PST · by expat_panama · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Nov. 27, 2013 | Craig Timberg
    Microsoft is moving toward a major new effort to encrypt its Internet traffic amid fears that the National Security Agency may have broken into its global communications links, said people familiar with the emerging plans. Suspicions at Microsoft, while building for several months, sharpened in October when it was reported that the NSA was intercepting traffic inside the private networks of Google and Yahoo, two industry rivals with similar global infrastructures, said people with direct knowledge of the company’s deliberations. They said top Microsoft executives are meeting this week to decide what encryption initiatives to deploy and how quickly.
  • Report: Valerie Jarrett led secret negotiations with Iran for past year

    11/18/2013 4:53:57 AM PST · by opentalk · 66 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | November 18, 2013 | Brian Cates
    The Times Of Israel is reporting that a team of negotiators led by White House adviser Valerie Jarrett has been conducting secret talks with Iran about it's nuclear weapons program for the past year. The report states the deal submitted in Geneva earlier this month was a direct result of these secret year-long negotiations between teams headed by Jarrett and Iran's Ali Akbar Salehi. That deal was ultimately rejected when France and Israel raised strong objections,and talks are expected to resume this Wednesday. The White House was very quick to issue a categorical denial of the report. According to White...
  • Howard Dean: I Wonder If Obama Has the 'Legal Authority to Do This' (Video)

    11/14/2013 10:23:00 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 45 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Nov 14, 2013 | DANIEL HALPER
    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/howard-dean-i-wonder-if-obama-has-legal-authority-do_767096.html
  • Constitution Check: Is Obamacare’s Legality Still In Doubt?

    11/08/2013 6:37:27 AM PST · by lbryce · 18 replies
    The Constitution Center ^ | October 29, 2013 | Lyle Denniston
    Lyle Denniston looks at four potentially very significant new challenges under way to Obamacare, including one argument that is growing in popularity with the law’s critics. THE STATEMENTS AT ISSUE: “My jaw dropped when I first saw this. This has the potential to sink Obamacare. It could make the current website problems seem minor by comparison.” – Michael F. Cannon, health policy analyst at the Cato Institute in Washington, discussing a series of lawsuits challenging the Internal Revenue Service’s interpretation of a key provision in the new federal health care law, as quoted in an October 25 story by David...
  • A black box in your car? Some see a source of tax revenue

    10/27/2013 5:45:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 105 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 26, 2013 | By Evan Halper
    WASHINGTON — As America's road planners struggle to find the cash to mend a crumbling highway system, many are beginning to see a solution in a little black box that fits neatly by the dashboard of your car. The devices, which track every mile a motorist drives and transmit that information to bureaucrats, are at the center of a controversial attempt in Washington and state planning offices to overhaul the outdated system for funding America's major roads.
  • The dogs may bark (vanity)

    10/24/2013 2:35:25 PM PDT · by Wicket
    Yahoo answers ^ | 10/24/2013 | Wicket (vanity)
    According to Yahoo answers: The dogs may bark but the caravan moves on. First, know that a dog in Persia is not an animal held in high esteem. It means that the lowly may criticize and complain, but that doesn't stop the flow of events as determined by those of worth.
  • Unreal! New Law Allows Illegal Aliens To Practice Law In California

    10/05/2013 9:14:20 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 42 replies
    Reuters on The Gateway Pundit ^ | 10-5-2013 | By Noreen O'Donnell Reuters and posted by Rachel Pulaski
    Over 2.6 million illegal immigrants reside in California and Gov. Jerry Brown is signing more illegal laws to give them the same rights as U.S. citizens. On Thursday, he signed a bill that will allow up to 1.3 million illegals up to obtain CA drivers licenses. Another bill signed by Brown prohibits employers to retaliate against workers because of their lack of citizenship. The CA Governor also signed the “Trust Act” which halts the deportation of illegals when arrested for minor crimes and prohibits law enforcement to contact I.C.E. agents. To add to the illegal bills signed by Gov. Brown,...