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  • A Republican Senate Means Changing the Chairmen

    10/22/2014 11:34:34 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 20 replies
    abc / ap ^ | 10-22-2014 | DONNA CASSATA
    Obama, the former Illinois senator, knows what it will mean for the last two years of his presidency. "If we lose the Senate, for one thing, the way this Senate's been operating, they could end up blocking all my appointments so that I can't get the people I want to be in a position to move my agenda forward," he said in an interview last week on the "Rickey Smiley Morning Show." ''If we lose the Senate, I guarantee you they're going to try to roll back health care legislation again." The new committees would be filled in January or...
  • Landrieu Defends $2.5 Million D.C. Mansion To Louisianans

    10/20/2014 9:27:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    America rising ^ | October 20, 2014
    At an event in Bogalusa, Louisiana Saturday, Mary Landrieu took time out of her stump speech to get something “off my chest” about her $2.5 million D.C. mansion. ... Landrieu lives in a 7,316 square foot D.C. mansion with 5 bathrooms, 4 water heaters, 2 dishwashers, and 82 fire sprinkler heads. Meanwhile, Landrieu does not own any developed property in Louisiana and bunks with her parents on the occasions she visits the state.
  • Virginia governor: I was 'disappointed' that Cantor lost

    10/18/2014 2:48:58 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 12, 2014 | Rachel Huggins
    Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) said he was "disappointed" after former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary and resigned because it was a loss for the state's congressional leadership. "As governor, I had the Majority Leader and, potentially, the Speaker of the United States of America as a member of my congressional delegation," McAuliffe told radio host John Catsimatidis in an interview to air Sunday on New York's 970 AM. "Personally, I was disappointed that Eric lost." SNIP When Catsimatidis told the governor that some people blamed him for Cantor's stunning defeat, McAuliffe said he's not at fault.
  • US Embassies in Ebola-Stricken Countries Processing Visas for Non-US Citizens (100 per day apply)

    10/16/2014 6:52:08 AM PDT · by Liz · 47 replies
    DAILY SIGNAL ^ | 10/16/14 | Rob Bluey
    Despite the outbreak of Ebola, it is still possible to get a visa from the three West African countries at the heart of the outbreak, and a key congressman is demanding to know why. Rep. Ed Royce, Republican-Calif, chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee, sent a sternly worded letter to Secretary of State John Kerry about the Obama administration’s handling of the Ebola epidemic in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Royce said he was “deeply concerned” U.S. embassies in those countries were continuing to process visas for non-U.S. nationals despite the outbreak of the deadly disease. An estimated 100...
  • House Dems call for US troops in Africa to give direct Ebola care

    10/15/2014 12:08:12 PM PDT · by PROCON · 79 replies
    thehill ^ | Oct. 15, 2014 | Peter Sullivan
    A trio of House Democrats is calling on President Obama to allow U.S. troops in West Africa to provide direct care to Ebola patients. The Obama administration has already committed around 4,000 U.S. troops to help fight Ebola in the affected West African countries, but they are performing tasks such as building treatment centers and training local providers, not directly providing care. Reps. Keith Ellison (Minn.), Karen Bass (Calif.), and Barbara Lee (Calif.) want to change that.
  • Hidden camera exposé: Democratic senator who publicly opposes gay marriage..

    10/15/2014 1:13:44 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 7 replies
    A bombshell hidden-camera video released Wednesday airs a claim that Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor has privately told gay rights activists he supports a redefinition of marriage to include gay and lesbians unions. Pryor, who is in a tight reelection battle, has publicly maintained an anti-gay-marriage stance in the red state in order to stay electable
  • House Dems in retreat

    10/14/2014 1:47:51 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 47 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/14/14 | ALEX ISENSTADT
    Three weeks out from an election that could give Republicans an historic majority, House Democrats are resorting to the painful strategy of retreat. Faced with a perilous midterm environment and a sudden gush of Republican cash, Democrats are shifting cash from blue-chip recruits to prop up teetering incumbents. The goal is to minimize losses and keep Republicans from their most dominant hold on the House since Harry Truman’s presidency — potentially expelling Democrats from the speaker’s chair for years to come. In recent days, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has scrapped spending on behalf of two prominent candidates in districts...
  • Virginia Senate Race Gets Interesting

    10/12/2014 2:49:39 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 8 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | October 11, 2014 | Michael Warren
    There are signs that the U.S. Senate race in Virginia, previously considered a long-shot for Republicans and a safe seat for Democrats, could get interesting in the final weeks of the campaign. The incumbent, Democrat Mark Warner, has had a large lead in the polls over his Republican opponent Ed Gilespie since the beginning of the race. But the lead has shrunk in recent weeks from about 20 points to about 10, and the Gillespie campaign is now up with TV ads in the swing Northern Virginia market outside Washington, which Warner had previously had to himself. A popular former...
  • Chuck Todd: Should Conservatives 'Surrender in the Culture Wars'?

    10/12/2014 1:10:33 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 71 replies
    News Busters ^ | 10/12/2014 (2:44 PM EDT) | Jeffrey Meyer
    Last week, the Supreme Court declined to hear several Appeals Court cases on gay marriages, which resulted in bans on gay marriage being struck down in numerous states across the country. Following the Supreme Court's decision to punt on the issue of gay marriage, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd saw this as a sign that social conservatism was declining and obnoxiously asked "it is time for conservatives to surrender in the culture wars?" After playing a pre-packaged segment on the evolution of social conservatism in the United States, the NBC host did his best to portray social conservatives as...
  • Warner discussed job for Puckett’s daughter

    10/10/2014 7:18:08 PM PDT · by CountryClassSF · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/10/2014 | Laura Vozzella
    RICHMOND — The son of a former Virginia state senator has told federal investigators that U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner discussed the possibility of several jobs, including a federal judgeship, for the senator’s daughter in an effort to dissuade him from quitting the evenly divided state Senate.
  • Senate math seems impossible to some Democrats

    10/09/2014 5:07:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | October 9, 2014 | Jake Tapper, Chief Washington Correspondent
    Four weeks away from the 2014 midterm elections and even some Democratic operatives struggle to imagine a scenario where they retain control of the U.S. Senate. The terrain and current momentum seem all but overwhelming and against them. A new CNN/ORC poll out Thursday morning suggests a Republican lead over a Democratic incumbent, this time in Alaska, and does nothing to calm Democrats' nerves. "If you put a gun to my head, I guess I'd say that we're going to lose the Senate," one Democratic consultant told me in a moment of anonymous candor. It's not even so much that...
  • Congressman Duncan Hunter: Ten ISIS Fighters Caught Crossing US Border

    10/08/2014 11:46:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/08/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The first casualty of war is the truth. Unfortunately Obama’s politicization of the government into a pro-illegal alien organization has made its official statements untrustworthy forcing us to rely on individual whistleblowers from inside the organization. A Republican congressman claimed Tuesday that “at least 10″ Islamic State “fighters” have been caught trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border into Texas, though an administration official denied it.Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., said he learned the information from the Border Patrol, warning that the alleged attempts to cross into the U.S. raise serious security concerns.Hunter continued: “I know that at least 10 ISIS fighters...
  • Should Nationalizing Elections With Either The Koch Brothers Or Obama Be Eschewed?

    10/08/2014 7:13:33 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 31 replies
    10/8/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Should election campaigns and the candidates themselves - be it in Iowa with Bruce Braley (D) saying his rival Joni Ernst (R) is tied to the hip of the Koch Brothers or be it Tom Cotton in Arkansas (R) saying his rival Mark Pryor (D) is tied to the hip of Obama - eschew such tactics? In summation... Should both sides (be it the candidates and PACs on the Republican and Democrat side) eschew this political tactic, or should both sides continue to employ this tactic - and how is the MSM figuring into the dissemination of this political tactic?
  • Cruz: Amend U.S. Constitution to Preserve Marriage Bans

    10/07/2014 6:50:49 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 70 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | Oct. 6, 2014 | Aman Batheja
    div class="photo_caption">U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in an interview with The Washington Post's Dan Balz at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 20, 2014. Hours after the U.S. Supreme Court paved the way for same-sex marriage bans to be lifted in five states, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz called Monday for amending the U.S. Constitution to prevent either the federal government or the U.S. Supreme Court from overturning a state's ban on same-sex marriage.Cruz announced his plans in a statement Monday in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to let stand appeals court rulings allowing same-sex marriages in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah,...
  • Black Caucus teams up with Planned Parenthood in panel pushing abortion of black babies

    10/03/2014 8:32:50 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 12 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/3/14 | Kirsten Andersen
    Politics makes strange bedfellows, the old cliché goes, and nowhere was that more apparent than at last week’s Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBC) annual legislative conference, where black activists teamed up with Planned Parenthood to host a panel promoting contraception and increased access to abortion for African American women. Planned Parenthood was founded by Margaret Sanger in the 1920s as the American Birth Control League (it changed its name in 1943). Sanger was a well-known eugenicist who once said, “Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated.” By founding her organization, she hoped to discourage blacks and...
  • Pat Roberts is in big trouble, but he’s not a goner yet

    10/02/2014 6:57:38 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 89 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 1, 2014 | Aaron Blake
    A new poll out Wednesday from Suffolk University and USA Today confirms something we kind of already knew: Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) is in a remarkable amount of trouble. The poll shows independent Greg Orman leading Roberts 46 percent to 41 percent with Democrat Chad Taylor now off the ballot. It has plenty of bad news for Roberts, but also some reasons to believe his goose isn't cooked just yet. Below, we're recapping three ominous signs for Roberts, and three reasons for hope. (And it all comes with the caveat that one poll shouldn't be taken as gospel.) First, the...
  • No apologies: Lerner breaks silence, says 'not sorry' over role in IRS scandal

    09/22/2014 8:30:45 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 80 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 9-22-2014 | FoxNews.com
    Lois Lerner, the central figure in the IRS scandal, is breaking her silence in an unapologetic interview where she says she's not sorry and maintains she “didn’t do anything wrong” -- despite widely documented evidence that her division targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny. The former head of the tax-exempt unit, speaking with Politico, gave her first media interview since the scandal broke 16 months ago. She has twice refused to answer questions before Congress, but used the interview to publicly assert her innocence. "I know I did the best I could under the circumstances and am not sorry for...
  • ISIS Strategy splits Rubio, Paul, Cruz

    09/16/2014 1:28:28 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 26 replies
    TheHill ^ | 9/16/2014 | Alexander Bolton
    The threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has created an opportunity for three White House hopefuls in the Senate to grab the spotlight from Republican governors. ... Rubio, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Intelligence panels has used the debate to distinguish himself as the inheritor of the muscular foreign policy worldview held by former President George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) While he says it would be good for president Obama to seek congressional support for military action against ISIS, he argues the president doesn't need it. Rubio supports arming...
  • Even Jacksonians Pick Their Battles

    09/15/2014 8:49:43 AM PDT · by No One Special · 16 replies
    The Streetwise Professor ^ | September 15, 2014 | The Professor
    I am, if you haven’t noticed, an instinctual Jacksonian (in the sense of Walter Russell Mead’s quadripartite characterization of American foreign policy types). My first reaction is to hit hard at those who confront the US or threaten American interests. ISIS is therefore a natural candidate for a good drubbing. But more sober reflection (figuratively and literally!) leads me to conclude that a full-blooded response to ISIS is unwise, especially in Syria. For many reasons, the commitment that would be required to fully extirpate the organization is not worth the cost, and it’s better not to fight at all than...
  • After Call for Help, [The wife of U.S. Rep. James P. Moran] Seeks Divorce (Legacy Re-Post)

    09/15/2014 9:16:41 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 38 replies
    Washinton Post ^ | Jun 25, 1999 | Hsu, Spencer S; Davis, Patricia
    The wife of U.S. Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.) filed for divorce yesterday, one day after she called police to the couple's Alexandria home and told them that her husband had grabbed her and pushed her during an argument. But Mary Moran said in an interview that she agrees with the decision of Alexandria authorities not to file charges against her husband. She also said it was the first such altercation in their 11- year marriage. Alexandria police said they were called to the Morans' home at 7:20 a.m. Wednesday. After hearing their conflicting versions of what had happened,...
  • Boko Haram Militants Have Surrounded a Major Nigerian City

    09/13/2014 12:34:12 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 36 replies
    VICE News ^ | 9/13/2014 (10:40 AM) | Samuel Oakford
    A month after declaring an Islamic state-like caliphate in Northeastern Nigeria, Boko Haram militants have reportedly surrounded the Borno state capital Maiduguri, where residents expect an attack on what could be the group's largest and most symbolic seizure yet. ...
  • Congress may still vote on military force against ISIS

    09/11/2014 7:18:04 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/10/2014 | Greg Sargent
    Is Congress really going to allow the president to escalate military action against ISIS without voting on it? There almost certainly won't be any vote before the midterm elections. But there is still another way: members of Congress could try to force a vote on authorization of force after the elections - during the lame duck session. ...
  • Letter: Holder Aide Accidentally Calls Issa Staff for Help Spinning IRS Scandal

    09/09/2014 2:36:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 182 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 9, 2014 | Jonathan Strong
    A senior communications aide to Attorney General Eric Holder seemingly called House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa's staff by accident and asked for their help spinning new revelations about the IRS scandal, Issa said in a September 8 letter to Holder. The aide, Brian Fallon, is a former senior aide to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and a well-known personality on Capitol Hill. The letter describes Fallon as “audibly shaken” when he realizes his request to leak documents to help get ahead of news stories about them was mistakenly made to the very office he was seeking to undermine. Issa believes...
  • House GOP Setting the Stage for Massive Crony Capitalist Pay Backs (Why bother with the GOP?)

    09/09/2014 4:43:55 PM PDT · by INVAR · 80 replies
    Red State ^ | 09-09-14 | Erick Erickason
    House GOP Setting the Stage for Massive Crony Capitalist Pay Backs in a Lame Duck House Republicans are preparing a continuing resolution to keep the government open. In doing so, they’ve decided to be total sluts for K Street and Wall Street. The Crony Capitalists, emboldened by the Chamber of Commerce’s help during primary season, are doing some very unusual things. Here’s what I hear is happening. First, they will reauthorize the Ex-Im bank, which is something K Street is desperate to see happen. Second, current reports are that they will spend more than the original Paul Ryan — Patti...
  • Obama tells leaders he doesn´t need their vote for ISIS campaign

    09/09/2014 5:05:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/9/14 | Justin Sink
    President Obama told congressional leaders at a White House meeting on Monday he wouldn’t need their authorization to expand his military campaign against Islamic terrorists. The president offered the assurance at a private White House meeting one day before a primetime address he’s scheduled to give to the nation. Wednesday’s address is a pivotal moment for the president just months before a midterm election in which the Senate’s majority hangs in the balance. Polls show that confidence in Obama’s foreign policy is eroding just as anxiety over the threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has...
  • Harry Reid is mad that Republicans didn't obstruct his bill

    09/09/2014 12:37:22 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 59 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9-9-2014 | Ashe Schow - OP/ED
    OPINION Harry Reid is mad that Republicans didn't obstruct his bill BY ASHE SCHOW | SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 | 10:57 AM After all his complaints about Republican obstruction this year, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid expressed frustration last night after Republicans helped guarantee a floor vote on a measure he supports. The Nevada Democrat has accused Senate Republicans of chicanery for voting to advance to the Senate floor a Democratic constitutional amendment allowing Congress to regulate all campaign speech and spending. After Monday's bipartisan 79-18 vote, Reid vented to reporters that Republicans were trying to "stall" the Senate, indicating that...
  • Immigration advocates to Obama: Don’t let Dems ‘stand in the way’

    09/03/2014 1:36:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 3, 2014 | Mike Lillis
    Immigration rights advocates are pushing President Obama to brush aside calls from fellow Democrats to delay executive action on deportations until after the election. "I say to the Democrats: Stand aside," Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) said during a press call Wednesday. "Let the president make a decision; let him announce it; and stop this stopping the progress of our community towards justice." Other advocates piled on. "The president said that he was ready to take bold action, and a few Democrats should not stand in the way," said Clarissa Martínez-De-Castro, deputy vice president of policy at the National Council of...
  • Attkisson: Obama Admin Refusing to Tell Congress Where Illegal Children Went

    09/03/2014 6:52:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/3/14 | Breitbart TV
    Wednesday on Newsmax TV's "The Steve Malzberg Show," former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson said the Obama administration is refusing to tell Congress where the ten of thousands of unaccompanied minors who crossed the U.S.-Mexican Border this summer were sent after they were processed though holding centers along the border. Attkisson said the Obama administration seems to be intentionally stonewalling by not answering letters from members of Congress or reporters questions.
  • GOP ‘Surrender Caucus’ Sounds Horn of Aggressive Retreat

    08/29/2014 7:16:37 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 35 replies
    americanclarion.com ^ | 8/28/14 | Bob Ellis
    You know it’s bad when the so-called “leaders” of a party harbor such pure contempt for their base that they are willing to drag the good name of their own party through the mud in an attempt to undermine that base. From Politico: A detailed report commissioned by two major Republican groups — including one backed by Karl Rove — paints a dismal picture for Republicans, concluding female voters view the party as “intolerant,” “lacking in compassion” and “stuck in the past.” Women are “barely receptive” to Republicans’ policies, and the party does “especially poorly” with women in the Northeast...
  • Louie Gohmert: Obama Isn't Going To Do Executive Amnesty

    08/29/2014 5:01:17 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Mathew Boyle
    Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), one of the key conservative members in the House of Representatives, predicted on Fox News on Thursday that President Barack Obama's threats of unilateral amnesty are all smoke and no fire.
  • Finding Al Franken

    08/28/2014 3:13:46 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 19 replies
    National Journal ^ | August 28, 2014
    The comedian-turned-senator is running an unusually low-key reelection campaign, trying to avoid scrutiny. Will Republicans get the last laugh?In reality, polls from both parties show Franken with only a tenuous advantage over his challenger, Republican businessman Mike McFadden. President Obama's job-approval numbers are weak in Minnesota, with a Suffolk University poll conducted in April revealing a 43 percent rating. The same survey shows Franken polling at 44 percent against McFadden, with his net favorability at 46 percent/41 percent. (A robo-poll, conducted this week by SurveyUSA, showed Franken up 51 percent to 42 percent, with a 56 percent approval rating.) But...
  • Democrats At Odds With Obama Over Executive Amnesty (Flip Flop)

    08/26/2014 6:44:23 AM PDT · by sr4402 · 14 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 25 Aug 2014 | DAN RIEHL
    If you want to know where a Democrat stands on the issue of immigration, all you need ask is if they have to face the voters in less than a deep blue state in November.
  • Intelligence Chairman on ISIS: ‘They Are One Plane Ticket Away’

    08/24/2014 6:59:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    CNS News ^ | 8/24/2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Rep. Mike Rogers (R.-Mich.), the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said on NBC's “Meet the Press” today that the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) is “one plane ticket away from U.S. shores” and that terrorists carrying European passports could get into the United States without a visa. “Oh, it's a very real threat,” Rogers said of the threat to the United States from ISIS.“You saw the very barbaric behavior,” he said. “And one of the problems is it's gone unabated for nearly two years, and that draws people from Britain to across Europe, even...
  • Reid apologizes for racist jokes

    08/23/2014 7:59:52 AM PDT · by rktman · 26 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 8/23/2014 | Rick Moran
    Senator Harry Reid apologized yesterday for making "racist" jokes at a meeting of the Asian Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas. The Hill: "My comments were in extremely poor taste and I apologize. Sometimes I say the wrong thing,” Reid said in a statement to The Hill. The Democratic leader issued the apology after a video surfaced online of him joking with the crowd in Las Vegas about their ethnicity.
  • 30 Facts That Prove The American Middle-Class Is Being Destroyed

    08/21/2014 8:10:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 8/21/14 | tyler durden
    Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog, The 30 statistics that you are about to read prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the middle class in America is being systematically destroyed. Once upon a time, the United States had the largest and most prosperous middle class in the history of the world, but now that is changing at a staggering pace. Yes, the stock market has soared to unprecedented heights this year and there are a few isolated areas of the country that are doing rather well for the moment. But overall, the long-term trends that...
  • Nancy Pelosi Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    08/20/2014 3:06:46 PM PDT · by Morgana · 31 replies
    If you haven’t heard, people are pouring buckets of ice water over their heads to raise money and awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and Nancy Pelosi has accepted the challenge! Pictures on link!!!!!!
  • This red-state Democrat just released an ad touting health care reform

    08/20/2014 1:58:19 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 6 replies
    washington examiner ^ | august 20, 2014 | rebecca berg
    Late last year, vulnerable Democratic candidates worried that deep problems with the health care law could sink their chances of keeping a majority in the Senate. Now, suddenly, one red-state Democrat is praising the law in a new television ad — an indicator that public opinion of health care reform might have turned a corner. In the ad, Sen. Mark Pryor and his father, former Sen. David Pryor, recount Mark Pryor's own bout with cancer and his struggle finding health insurance that would cover it. "Mark's insurance company didn't want to pay for the treatment that ultimately saved his life," David Pryor says in the ad. "No one should be fighting...
  • Obama Is Seen as Frustrating His Own Party

    08/19/2014 2:56:09 AM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | 8/18/14 | CARL HULSE, JEREMY W. PETERS, MICHAEL D. SHEARAUG
    **SNIP** But the impression the president left with Mr. Reid was clear: Capitol Hill is not my problem. To Democrats in Congress who have worked with Mr. Obama, the indifference conveyed to Mr. Reid, one of the president’s most indispensable supporters, was frustratingly familiar. In one sense, Mr. Obama’s response was a reminder of what made him such an appealing figure in the first place: his almost innate aversion to the partisan squabbles that have left Americans so jaded and disgruntled with their political system. But nearly six years into his term, with his popularity at the lowest of his...
  • Washington is divided Because it has Abandoned Federalism

    08/18/2014 1:40:25 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 23 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 14, 2014 | Philip Klein
    It may sound pedestrian to point out, but it’s critical to restate why it’s so important that our nation is called the United States of America, and not simply America. The full name emphasizes that the Founders viewed the nation not as one monolithic entity but as a union of sovereign entities delegating limited powers to a central government. To preserve this balance, the Founders put a number of checks in the U.S. Constitution, most notably creating the Senate, which allows for equal membership from every state, thus preventing states with larger populations from running roughshod over the interests of...
  • House Democrats can’t figure out why Obama won’t talk to them

    08/14/2014 2:44:54 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 35 replies
    thehill.com ^ | August 14, 2014 | Mike Lillis
    House Democrats are frustrated with what they say is a lack of election-year communication from the White House. The lawmakers say it’s difficult to defend President Obama from GOP attacks, when he doesn't confer with his allies about his strategy and intentions. Some are scratching their heads why, after nearly six years in office and a reshuffling of his legislative affairs team, Obama's working relationship with Congress remains prickly. “It's hard for us to fathom; I mean, is it just lack of full staffing and resources? [Is it] professional commitment? Is it a disdain for the legislative branch? I mean,...
  • Cantor Voting Rights Act Legacy is Failure to Deliver, Democrats Say

    08/14/2014 5:16:24 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 1 replies
    blogs.rollcall.com ^ | 8/14/14 | Emma Dumain
    Passing a new Voting Rights Act in the GOP-dominated House was never going to be easy, supporters acknowledge. But with a powerful Republican such as Eric Cantor as an ally, hope flickered for nearly a year. Then came June 10 and the shocking primary defeat that tanked Cantor’s congressional career — taking with it, in all likelihood, any prospect for an update of the landmark 1965 civil rights legislation that had been weakened by a 2012 Supreme Court ruling. Even with Cantor as majority leader, said a House aide close to the VRA negotiations, “I would have speculated that it...
  • Van Hollen: No approval needed for airstrikes

    08/13/2014 2:54:48 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 20 replies
    thehill.com ^ | August 13, 2014 | Mario Trujillo
    Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) on Wednesday said President Obama does not need approval from Congress for the limited U.S. airstrikes taking place in Iraq. "Well, I don't think congressional approval is needed for the type of targeted airstrikes the president's conducting right now," he said on MSNBC. The ranking Budget Committee member was pushing back on the assertion raised by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) a day earlier. Like a number of other Democratic leaders, Van Hollen said Obama "would want to come back to Congress" if the mission expanded, which the congressman said he doubts. He noted that the...
  • Tim Kaine: Obama Needs Congress to OK Iraq Air Strikes

    08/13/2014 2:50:16 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | August 12, 2014 | Niels Lesniewski
    Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine wants President Barack Obama to seek new approval from Congress for the current bombing campaign in Iraq. “I support providing humanitarian relief to Iraqi civilians and measures to protect American personnel, but I am concerned about the timeline and scope of our renewed military efforts in Iraq,” the Virginia Democrat said in a statement. “Since the Administration has conceded that the 2002 Iraq Authorization for Use of Military Force is obsolete and should be repealed, it is now up to the Administration to receive Congressional authorization for the current air campaign against IS. This is especially...
  • Ebola: Expert gives Congress apocalypse warnings

    08/12/2014 8:10:41 AM PDT · by djf · 42 replies
    Daily Sheeple ^ | 8/12/14 | Chris Carrington
    Last Thursday an emergency hearing in Washington, Ken Issacs, the vice president of Program and Government Relations for Samaritan’s Purse, painted a desperate picture of the situation in West Africa, saying: “We believe that these numbers represent just 25 to 50 percent of what is happening,” “We have to fight it now here or we’re going to have to fight it somewhere else.” In the days since the two American workers have returned to America, Samaritan’s Purse has heard widespread concern about their reintegration. “People are afraid to get around them—husbands, wives, no one knows if it’s safe,” he said....
  • GOP Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: Paul Ryan Works 'Every Day' toward Amnesty Bill

    08/11/2014 10:44:05 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 43 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 8/11/14 | Tony Lee
    One of the 11 House Republicans La Raza praised for not voting to end President Barack Obama's temporary amnesty program for illegal immigrants revealed that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has been working "every day" behind the scenes on an amnesty bill. In a Friday appearance on MSNBC's Jose Diaz-Balart, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) predicted that Congress is "going to be passing an immigration bill" in the future, "thanks to your brother, Mario Diaz-Balart." "Mario and Paul Ryan and good leaders are working every day toward that, and we hope that it will happen," she said. Ros-Lehtinen and other members of...
  • Ted Cruz: Conservatives will take back the country

    08/09/2014 3:02:03 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 74 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | August 9, 2014 | Kellan Howell
    Several GOP 2016 presidential hopefuls made public appearances in Iowa Saturday, including Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz who told conservatives to remain optimistic going into the next election cycle. During a speech at the Iowa state fair, Mr. Cruz told listeners that conservatives would take back the country from President Obama and Democrats, just as they did when Jimmy Carter was president, The Hill reported. “All across this country, people are waking up,” Mr. Cruz said. “And they’re waking up to bring America back to the principles we have been founded on. There is a better way than the path...
  • Dianne Feinstein: We’re going to need more than a few airstrikes on ISIS [Marco Rubio agrees]

    08/09/2014 9:44:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/09/2014 | ED MORRISSEY
    How has Barack Obama’s reactive strategy to the sweep of the Islamic State across Iraq been received so far in Washington? Not well, as critics arose across the partisan spectrum. “It takes an army to defeat an army,” Senator Dianne Feinstein said yesterday in regard to the threat ISIS now poses to the region — and the US: Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein warned Friday of the risk that the insurgent group ISIL could be preparing fighters to attack American and European targets.“It has become clear that ISIL is recruiting fighters in Western countries, training them to fight its...
  • Democratic House Whip Makes Extremely Tacky ‘Whipping’ Joke At The African Leaders’ Summit

    08/09/2014 11:26:48 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 24 replies
    ijreview.com ^ | august 8, 2014 | Caroline Schaeffer
    The African Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C., this week brought leaders from over 50 African nations to our nation’s capital to discuss such wide-ranging topics as women’s health to the threat of terrorism, according to WJLA. The summit featured a host of key speakers, including former President George W. Bush, Laura Bush, and congressional leaders. One such speaker was Democratic House Whip, Rep. Steny Hoyer (MA). And Hoyer took the opportunity to make what he would describe as a joke, which was met with light laughter, and one person clapping.
  • Hawaii Dems face tough battles for gov, Senate

    08/09/2014 5:24:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 9, 2014 3:32 AM EDT | Cathy Bussewitz
    As the final days of campaigning drew to a close in Hawaii’s dramatic primary races, a pair of hurricanes thrashed toward the islands. The storms posed considerable risk, but for Gov. Neil Abercrombie, they also represented an opportunity to cast himself as a steady leader with a strong emotional connection to people in the state. […] … The incumbent governor faces a surprisingly strong challenge from a fellow Democrat and early voting was heavily encouraged. It’s not the only race splitting the Democratic Party establishment. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is challenging U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz to determine who will fill the...
  • The Man Who Wouldn’t Be King: Rand Paul becomes an object of liberal curiosity

    08/08/2014 12:15:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The National Review ^ | August 8, 2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Robert Draper’s New York Times magazine piece, “Has the ‘Libertarian Moment’ Finally Arrived?” dutifully if rotely runs through the greatest hits: Kennedy was on MTV, Nick Gillespie wears black and quotes Jack Kerouac, people bring guns to PorcFest, David Koch exists, libertarians disagree about abortion, and Rand Paul is not the ideologue his father is. There are some notable false notes, too: Draper describes Glenn Beck as a “partisan gunslinger” when he is if anything the opposite, a man who believes that “the Republicans have betrayed their own values” and who pronounces himself “done with them.” Glenn Beck no longer...