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  • Top Dems Outraged Over Obama Efforts to Ignore Pro-Israel Provisions

    02/27/2016 5:43:58 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 24 replies
    freebeacon ^ | February 26, 2016 | Adam Kredo
    Senators urge president to enforce provisions 'as enacted and intended' Leading Democrats are taking aim at the Obama administration for its opposition to newly passed legislation that aims to bolster the U.S.-Israel economic relationship and combat boycotts of Israel, according to a statement issued this week. The Obama administration announced that it opposes portions of a bipartisan trade bill that would strengthen economic ties between the U.S. and Israel and force trade partners to sever ties with backers of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, an anti-Israel movement that seeks to economically isolate the Jewish state. President Barack Obama...
  • EXCLUSIVE — GOHMERT: HOUSE GOP LEADERSHIP CONSIDERING HOLDING IRAN VOTE ON SEPT. 11, (Shortened)

    09/09/2015 10:57:49 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 15 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 9, 2015 | Mathew Boyle
    Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) is furious that House GOP leadership is considering holding a vote on a resolution of disapproval of President Barack Obama’s nuclear arms deal with the Islamic Republican of Iran under the terms of the Iran deal constructs put forward in legislation approved earlier this year from Sens. Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Ben Cardin (D-MD).
  • How the GOP Pretends Not to Authorize Obama’s Agenda

    09/09/2015 10:31:46 AM PDT · by ryan71 · 8 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 09/08/2015 | Andrew McCarthy
    In my weekend column I offered a concrete plan to undermine President Obama’s atrocious Iran deal. It is an easy one, because all that the Republican-controlled Congress has to do, if it really wants to derail this thing, is follow the law that they wrote and Obama signed, the Corker law — the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, sometimes also known as “Corker-Cardin,” after Senate sponsors Bob Corker (R., Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D., Md.). Sadly, in another iteration of the anger that is the wind beneath Donald Trump’s wings, many readers insist that GOP leadership has no...
  • Rand Paul Rand-splains Cuba to Marco Rubio [Sides with Obama over Rubio]

    12/19/2014 2:53:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/19/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Libertarian icon Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) embarrassed himself on Friday when he took to Twitter to respond to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) who recently insisted that the junior senator from Kentucky “has no idea what he’s talking about” with regards to his support for lifting restrictions on bilateral relations with the Cuban government. By attempting to defend himself, Paul ably proved the Florida senator correct. Paul began… Hey @marcorubio if the embargo doesn't hurt Cuba, why do you want to keep it?— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) December 19, 2014 And this one got the libertarian supporters cheering in the...
  • Rand Paul: Rubio’s Cuba remarks ‘rude'

    12/21/2014 3:36:24 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 64 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 20, 2014 | Justin Sink
    The war of words between two likely 2016 contenders over President Obama’s sweeping changes to Cuba policy heated up further on Saturday, with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) repeatedly blasting remarks from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) as “rude.” “I never start a fight but I'm happy to finish a fight,” Paul told Fox News Channel’s “The Kelly File on Friday.” “You know, I think the remarks were a little bit rude and intemperate.” In an interview on the same show one night prior, Rubio said that Paul — who supports President Obama’s move to roll back trade and travel restrictions and...
  • Rand Paul spars with Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio over Iran and Cuba in Florida summit

    01/26/2015 11:02:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Sen. Rand Paul prefers exhausting diplomatic efforts in dealing with overseas conflicts, and on Sunday he highlighted the difference between his softer approach to foreign policy and that of two other senators who are likely 2016 presidential candidates -- Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. The Kentucky Republican joined fellow first-term senators Cruz of Texas and Rubio of Florida on stage Sunday evening in California for a summit organized by Freedom Partners. That group is the central hub of the powerful network of organizations backed by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch....
  • What on earth is Rand Paul thinking in taking Obama’s side against Rubio on Cuba?

    12/20/2014 2:53:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 19, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Noah already wrote a policy rebuttal to Paul’s position, which Paul elaborated on this afternoon in a new op-ed at Time. (The op-ed, unlike his tweets, doesn’t mention Rubio by name. Although it does approvingly cite … George W. Bush?) Anyone want to make the case that the politics of attacking Rubio on this issue were smart, at least? I can’t figure out why Rand would do it. When I tweeted out my surprise a few hours ago, a dozen people tweeted back, “Maybe Paul’s just saying what he really believes.” No doubt. But the thing that distinguishes Rand from...
  • Rand Paul Breaks With Rubio and Bush Over Cuba

    12/18/2014 6:21:36 PM PST · by Steelfish · 77 replies
    NBCNews ^ | December 18, 2014
    Rand Paul Breaks With Rubio and Bush Over Cuba Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is the latest potential presidential candidate to weigh in on policy changes to Cuba and the libertarian leaning Republican's position splits from other Republicans who are also considering a presidential run. Paul told Tom Roten of News Talk 800 in West Virginia that the 50-year embargo "just hasn't worked" and normalizing relations with the island nation is "probably a good idea." "If the goal is regime change, it sure doesn't seem to be working and probably it punishes the people more than the regime because the regime...
  • Rand Paul backs Obama on Cuba

    12/18/2014 3:05:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    WDIV-TV / CNN ^ | December 18, 2014 | Jeremy Diamond, CNN
    Sen. Rand Paul broke with the field of Republicans considering a 2016 presidential run on Thursday, calling President Barack Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba a "good idea" since the American embargo against Cuba "just hasn't worked." Paul, a likely presidential candidate, made the remarks in an interview with News Talk 800 WVHU's Tom Roten, just a day after his potential competitors for the Republican nomination -- former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Ted Cruz -- slammed the decision to normalize relations as a dangerous move. Rubio and Cruz are sons of Cuban immigrants. Paul...
  • Rand Paul’s Cluelessness on Cuba

    12/26/2014 8:10:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2014 | Humberto Fontova
    Now where have we previously heard Senator Rand Paul’s cliché-fest that constitutes his rebuttal to Senator Marco Rubio on Cuba sanctions? Well, from The Council on Foreign Relations to the New York Times and from Hillary Clinton to The Congressional Black Caucus—and that’s for starters. And oh, we also heard it repeatedly from every single one of the KGB-trained Cuban spies convicted by U.S. juries recently. “The embargo is Castro’s best friend,” Clinton chanted to an extremely friendly audience at the Council on Foreign Relations back in June while citing and promoting her book Hard Choices. The sanctions give “Castro...
  • LISTEN to Marco Rubio’s fantastic interview with Mark Levin on Cuba

    12/20/2014 6:32:41 AM PST · by Perdogg · 35 replies
    Right Scoop ^ | 12.19.14
    Marco Rubio was on with Mark Levin tonight to talk Cuba and gave the best interview I’ve heard yet on Cuba from anyone. One of my favorite parts was where he listed four of five reasons why Obama’s new policy toward Cuba won’t help the Cuban people, one being based on how Cuba’s economy is set up so that 90% of all money in Cuba gets taken by the military because nothing is privately owned. Rubio is really quite impressive in his knowledge of Cuba.
  • McConnell: I’m on Team Rubio in regard to Cuba

    12/20/2014 7:33:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 20, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Beginning on Thursday night, a fight erupted on line between Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Rand Paul over the new diplomatic opening to Cuba. Rubio slammed Paul for his ignorance, while Paul bizarrely accused Rubio of “isolationism” for opposing Barack Obama’s policies. Before that battle began in earnest, I spoke with incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in a wide-ranging interview about his plans for the 114th Session of Congress. We discussed Cuba, and McConnell made it clear that he was relying on Rubio’s leadership on the issue — which might make for an awkward moment or two between McConnell...
  • Paul: Trade With Cuba 'Probably a Good Idea'

    12/18/2014 9:19:23 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 30 replies
    ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | DEC 18, 2014, 11:54 A.M. E.S.T.
    WASHINGTON — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday that starting to trade with Cuba "is probably a good idea" and that the lengthy economic embargo against the communist island "just hasn't worked." Paul became the first potential Republican presidential candidate to offer some support for President Barack Obama's decision to try to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba. The president's surprise announcement on Wednesday was slammed by several potential GOP candidates, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who said it amounted to appeasing the Castro regime. Paul said in a radio interview with Tom Roten of...
  • Rand Paul's Off GOP Message Again, This Time on Gitmo

    06/08/2015 10:37:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 8, 2015 | Alex Rogers
    If a Republican wins the White House, the military prison at Guantanamo Bay will almost surely be kept open for the foreseeable future. That is, unless Rand Paul nabs the GOP nomination. Yet again, the senator from Kentucky has scouted out a position on a national-security issue that makes him an outlier, at least among senators running for president. That was clear Monday after Marco Rubio introduced two amendments that would extend the use of the prison: one to prohibit funding to programs that would help close the facility, and another that sets a series of tough ground rules before...
  • Marco Rubio takes a shot at Rand Paul over potentially running for Senate and White House

    04/13/2015 2:45:56 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 101 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 13, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., took a shot at Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., when asked about the possibility of running simultaneously for re-election to the Senate and for the presidency in 2016. "If someone decides to run for president of the United States, you run for president of the United States," Rubio said at the National Press Club. "I don't believe you can run effectively for an office of that magnitude while having some exit strategy in mind."
  • Media spent 20+ years attacking tobacco; Now praises Obama for letting Cuban cigars in USA

    01/16/2015 5:57:37 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    1/16/15 | sff
    Been looking at some of the coverage today regarding the Obama Regime's efforts to enrich the communist dictators of Cuba. Among other elements happening is the new importation of cigars....and the press certainly seems quite enamored with Obamugabe for this action. Of course we have been subject for DECADES about the EEEVILS of tobacco... If the media were going to be consistent, we would see them ripping Obama for increasing Americans' exposure to such a DEADLY product. I guess ATTACKING AMERICAN TOBACCO companies is okay, while ENRICHING CUBAN DICTATORS who control Cuban tobacco is even better. American tobacco=bad. CUBAN tobacco=good.
  • Ted Cruz isn’t Rand Paul or Marco Rubio. Here’s yet another reason why.

    10/21/2013 7:40:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    Washington Post - The Fix ^ | October 21, 2013 | Sean Sullivan
    ".............Paul has signaled that if he runs for president in 2016, he won’t do it the way his father did, by mostly shunning the GOP establishment. Instead, he is expected to cultivate relationships with Republicans like McConnell, whose help making inroads with establishment donors could be very, very useful. Rubio clearly isn’t shunning the establishment, either. He worked on crafting an immigration reform bill earlier this year, something the establishment wing of the party has been clamoring for in the wake of a disappointing election in which Republicans performed poorly among Hispanics. And he didn’t hesitate to back McConnell, even...
  • US on Verge of Removing Cuba From List of State Sponsors of Terrorism

    04/10/2015 3:15:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 10, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    The United States may be about to remove Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism, but some Cuban-Americans see that as a grave mistake. Carlos Eire, the T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History & Religious Studies at Yale University and author of a memoir about growing up during the Cuban Revolution, Waiting for Snow in Havana, pointed out that Cuba has had two illegal arms shipments seized in the past year and a half, one to North Korea, the other to China. In addition, he said: • It has deals with Iran (including sending nuclear experts to Iran); It...
  • Dem Sen. Cardin opposes Iran deal (37 Senate Dems support, 6 undeclared, 3 oppose)

    09/04/2015 9:26:28 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 04, 2015, 12:05 pm | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) said on Friday that he will oppose the Iran nuclear deal, making him the third Senate Democrat to come out against the agreement. "This is a close call, but after a lengthy review, I will vote to disapprove the deal," he wrote in a Washington Post op-ed. "The JCPOA legitimizes Iran's nuclear program. After 10 to 15 years, it would leave Iran with the option to produce enough enriched fuel for a nuclear weapon in a short time." The opposition of Cardin — the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — is a setback...
  • U.S. senators visit Cuba, hope Congress will ease restrictions

    06/27/2015 12:54:30 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 27, 2015 | Daniel Trotta
    Three visiting U.S. senators said on Saturday they hoped Congress would support President Barack Obama's opening toward Cuba, including lifting a ban on U.S. citizens traveling to the Communist-run island. Democratic Senators Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Ben Cardin of Maryland joined Republican Dean Heller of Nevada on a trip to Cuba where they met First Vice-President Miguel Diaz-Canel, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez and ordinary Cubans.
  • Senate advances fast-track trade bill for Obama

    06/23/2015 9:15:22 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/23/2015 | Alexander Bolton
    The Senate on Tuesday voted to advance President Obama’s trade agenda, approving a measure to end debate on fast-track authority. The 60-37 motion sets up a vote on final passage on Wednesday. If the Senate approves fast-track or trade promotion authority (TPA), it would then be sent to Obama’s desk to become law. Fast-track authority would allow Obama to send trade deals to Congress for up-or-down votes. The White House wants the authority to conclude negotiations on a sweeping trans-Pacific trade deal. Thirteen Democrats backed fast-track in Tuesday’s vote, handing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) a major legislative victory....
  • The Longest Hatred

    05/28/2015 12:42:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Cliff May
    Robert S. Wistrich, who died suddenly last week, was considered the foremost scholar of anti-Semitism, which he called “the longest hatred,” one that appears to be metastasizing in the current era. Writing about Nazi anti-Semitism ruffles no feathers within academia and other elite circles. Mr. Wistrich, however, had been warning that “anti-Semitism has undergone a process of growing ‘Islamicization,’ linked to the terrorist holy war against Jews and other non-Muslims with its truly lethal consequences.” This “new” anti-Semitism,” he added, targetsIsrael, the only state with a Jewish majority: “the collective Jew.” “New” is a relative term: It was 40 years...
  • McConnell Moves to Shut Down Debate on Iran Nuke-Deal Review Bill

    05/05/2015 10:36:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 5, 2015 | 8:56 PM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday evening moved to end debate on bipartisan legislation that will allow Congress to review an Iran nuclear deal, after amendments proposed by some Republicans threatened to cost it Democratic support. McConnell’s action sets up a vote on Thursday to end debate. That would clear the way for a vote on the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, a bill crafted by Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and ranking member Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) in such a way as to ensure maximum bipartisan support and fend off an earlier White House veto...
  • Dems press Obama to 'ban the box' (convictions)

    05/11/2015 12:10:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 11, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Twenty-seven senators want President Obama to block federal agencies and contractors from asking job applicants about prior criminal convictions. The senators, including 26 Democrats and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), want Obama to take executive action to "ban the box," referring to a question on job applications that asks if an applicant has any convictions. "We ask you to require federal contractors and agencies to refrain from asking job applicants about prior convictions until later in the hiring process," they said in a letter to Obama on Monday. "This policy would eliminate unnecessary barriers to employment for all job...
  • Senate rejects linking Iran's support for terrorism to nuke deal (Senators voted 45-54)

    04/29/2015 4:38:28 PM PDT · by maggief · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 29, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Senators on Wednesday blocked a Republican push to tie Iran's support of terrorism to a final deal on the country's nuclear program. Senators voted 45-54 on the amendment from Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), which would have required President Obama to certify as part of a diplomatic deal that Iran hasn't carried out or directly supported an act of terror against the United States or a U.S. citizen. Republican Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Dan Coats (Ind.), Bob Corker (Tenn.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Orrin Hatch (Utah) and John McCain (Ariz.) voted with Democrats against the amendment....
  • Democrats Seek To Repeal AUMF

    02/14/2015 3:59:29 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2015 | Kevin Glass
    The 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, passed in the wake of the September 11 attacks on the United States, has allowed the President to conduct counterterrorism operations overseas. Long derided as overbroad (yet still used by President Obama to justify questionable foreign decisions) by opponents, two Democrats now want to repeal it. As the Associated Press reported: Sens. Ben Cardin of Maryland and Chris Murphy of Connecticut say Congress never intended to authorize a perpetual war when it passed the legislation more than a decade ago. They introduced a bill Friday and said the president and Congress should...
  • Senate Democrats Leave Door Open To Skip Netanyahu Speech

    01/30/2015 10:36:33 AM PST · by Dave346 · 60 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | Jan. 29, 2015, at 6:38 p.m. | Jacob Fischler
    WASHINGTON — When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint session of Congress in March, it is unclear whether everybody invited will actually show up. Democrats have criticized House Speaker John Boehner for circumventing the administration when he invited Netanyahu to speak, and the White House has already said Obama will not meet with him when he’s here. BuzzFeed News asked several Senate Democrats whether they planned on skipping the speech or not. Most said they either hadn’t thought about it or they hadn’t decided. But there were no hard answers in the negative. Only one senator definitively said...
  • Senate Democrats give Obama an Iran deadline (Menendez still ticked)

    01/27/2015 3:12:52 PM PST · by Libloather · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/27/15 | Kristina Wong
    Ten Senate Democrats warned the White House in a letter Tuesday that they will support legislation imposing new sanctions on Iran if a framework to roll back the country’s nuclear program isn’t reached within two months. "In acknowledgement of your concern regarding congressional action on legislation at this moment, we will not vote for this legislation on the Senate floor before March 24," said the letter, led by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), who is the co-author of Iran sanctions legislation. "After March 24, we will only vote for this legislation on the Senate floor if Iran fails to reach agreement...
  • Senate Democrats bow to Obama, pull support for immediate new Iran sanctions

    01/27/2015 6:05:46 PM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 27, 2015 | Guy Taylor
    U.N. gives mixed signals on Tehran cooperation as nuclear talks intensifySenate Democrats on Tuesday backed away from a bipartisan push for immediate new sanctions on Iran, bowing to President Obama’s call not to undercut international talks to get Tehran to curb its nuclear programs in the coming weeks. The shift, announced Tuesday by Sen. Robert Menendez, the New Jersey Democrat and one of the party’s outspoken hawks on Iran, came amid a series of mixed signals from the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog agency over the question of whether Tehran was honoring promises to put its suspect nuclear programs on hold as...
  • OBAMA, BOB MENENDEZ FIGHT OVER IRAN SANCTIONS GETS PERSONAL

    01/24/2015 7:25:57 AM PST · by LSUfan · 61 replies
    BreitBart ^ | 16 Jan 15 | Dan Reihl
    Everyone involved seems to be trying to put the best face on it, but Barack Obama went so far as to suggest senior Democrats like Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), who take a hard line on Iran, are doing so purely to appease their donors. Obama said that as a former senator himself, he understood how outside forces — like special interests and donors — can influence senators to act, one of the senators recounted.
  • Obama-Menendez dispute shows Dem Iran rift

    01/18/2015 5:32:33 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    KETK NBC ^ | 1/17/15
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A heated exchanged between President Barack Obama and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey) broke out Thursday over whether the U.S. should reimpose sanctions on Iran amid ongoing negotiations over the country's nuclear program, according to two senators who were in the room. Menendez, the leading Democrat pushing for additional sanctions against Iran, forcefully pressed Obama on the need for additional sanctions during a meeting in which Obama urged Menendez and other senators to drop their efforts to pass sanctions legislation. Additional sanctions, Obama argued, could torpedo ongoing negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. The unusually sharp exchange, between...
  • Menendez: Obama Admin Statements on Iran 'Sound like Talking Points Straight out of Tehran'VIDEO

    01/21/2015 10:45:38 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 25 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | JAN 21,2015 | Washington Free Beacon
    Menendez: Obama Admin Statements on Iran 'Sound like Talking Points Straight out of Tehran'
  • Democrats fold, of course, on Iran sanctions

    01/27/2015 12:01:39 PM PST · by Dave346 · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 27 at 1:22 PM | Jennifer Rubin
    Unless there is any doubt, the vast majority of Democrats value partisan support for a failed president over support for our own national security and for that of Israel. Hence, they want to delay once again a vote on the Menendez-Kirk bill imposing sanctions on Iran unless it agrees to an acceptable final deal. The bill was introduced more than a year ago. The timing just isn’t right, you see. Will it ever be? A letter by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) signed onto by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.),...
  • Ferguson brings new attention to Cardin bill on profiling

    09/16/2014 7:50:05 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies
    baltimoresun.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | John Fritze
    Sen. Ben Cardin said Tuesday that his legislation to prohibit law enforcement agencies from racial profiling had received renewed national attention after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., last month. Speaking at a briefing on Capitol Hill, the Maryland Democrat said the bill had "gotten new life" and that he hoped the proposal could forward this year. "How many more Michael Browns will we have?" Cardin asked. "We all know that profiling is un-American and wrong. We know it turns communities against law enforcement, where they need to work together."
  • Boxer: EPA will return to full strength as quickly as possible after shutdown

    10/16/2013 12:40:24 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 36 replies
    thehill.com ^ | October 16, 2013 | Julian Hattem
    The head of the Senate panel overseeing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said that the agency’s chief is committed to restarting its operations as soon as possible once the government shutdown ends. “Knowing Gina McCarthy the way I do, Administrator McCarthy, she will get up and running as fast as she can,” Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said at a press conference on Wednesday. “And knowing the workers as well as I know them, they care deeply," she added. "Their morale is low, but they know that America is behind them." Boxer’s comments came as House and Senate leadership was scrambling...
  • Cardin: House GOP won't compromise

    09/23/2013 1:03:36 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies
    stardem.com ^ | September 23, 2013 | JOSH BOLLINGER
    EASTON — After spending the weekend in St. Michaels, U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., was in Easton on Sunday, Sept. 22, to talk politics and what's going on in Washington, D.C. "What's going on in Washington today is outrageous," Cardin said. "We can't get the Republicans to sit down and take on the responsibilities to govern." On Friday, the House passed a continuing resolution that would defund the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, but would fund the government through Dec. 15, 2013. If the bill doesn't make it through the Senate by the end of September, it would force a...
  • Two Md. Senators Call For Action Following Navy Yard Shootings

    09/19/2013 8:08:56 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 24 replies
    wfmd.com ^ | September 19, 2013
    Senator Cardin wants stricter gun legislation. The massacre at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday has led to calls for more restrictive gun legislation. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md) says it's time for common sense measures, such as universal background checks. "Gun owners think it's a good thing to do," he says. "Eliminating these large ammo capacity clips is something we should enact in our country. It saves lives and will not inconvenience gun owners." Many critics of gun regulations say the nation already has enough laws on books which cover firearms. "We do have laws on the books. The problem...
  • Senate panel plans fall hearing on biofuel rule

    08/01/2013 8:25:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 31, 2013 | Zack Colman
    The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a hearing on the Renewable Fuel Standard this fall, Bettina Poirier, a Democratic committee aide, told The Hill on Wednesday. The announcement raises the specter that changes to the nearly decade-old biofuel-blending mandate could be in the offing. The planned hearing comes as members on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are working on legislation to overhaul the rule. The mandate, approved by Congress in a 2005 energy law and expanded two years later, requires refiners to blend 36 billion gallons of biofuel with conventional petroleum by 2022. Some Democrats on...
  • Local Lawmakers Seek To End Legal Racial Profiling

    07/31/2013 2:15:56 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 23 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | July 31, 201
    LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The death of Trayvon Martin is one reason behind renewed efforts by 17 U.S. Senators and 40 Representatives, including seven local lawmakers, to pass a bill that aims to end legal racial profiling. “Recent events demonstrate that racial profiling remains a divisive issue that strikes at the very foundation of our democracy,” Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) said when he introduced the bill in the House of Representatives Tuesday. “Though the death of Trayvon Martin was not the result of a law enforcement encounter, the issues of race and reasonable suspicion of criminal conduct are so...
  • A BIG HAND FOR THE LITTLE LADY (Maria Bartiromo calls Dem Senator out for being duplicitous)

    12/26/2012 8:46:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Powerline ^ | 12/26/2012 | Scott Johnson
    Maria Bartiromo cuffed Senator Ben Cardin (D., MD) about the ears when he turned up on her show to peddle the party line on the fiscal cliff negotiations. Having unsuccessfully explored alternatives to raising tax rates with him, she commented: “That’s all you want to do. That’s it. It’s your way or the highway. Raise the rates on the rich. No other way. Your way or the highway. That’s it. That’s where we are. Thank you, Senator.”Bartiromo was not amused. She heatedly observed: “You’re talking about $1.2 trillion in revenue, but you’re not prepared to put anything on the...
  • Md. opponents confident they can uproot Cardin from Senate

    10/24/2012 5:14:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 23, 2012 | David Hill
    The top two challengers in Maryland’s U.S. Senate race are hoping to unseat Democrat Benjamin L. Cardin, but they are spending much of their time battling each another. Republican Dan Bongino and independent Rob Sobhani have taken turns in recent weeks dismissing the other and describing himself as the one true threat to Mr. Cardin, a first-term senator whom political analysts consider a strong favorite to win re-election. Mr. Bongino entered the race a year ago. He churned up grass-roots support throughout the state and defeated nine other Republicans in the primary. Mr. Sobhani — an entrepreneur and author —...
  • Sarah Palin endorses Bongino for Senate

    08/20/2012 7:05:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | August 20, 2012 | Matthew Hay Brown
    Former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin has made another foray into Maryland politics, endorsing GOP candidate Dan Bongino in what she calls his "uphill battle" for the Senate, his campaign announced Monday. In 2010, the former Alaska governor backed Republican Brian Murphy in his unsuccessful GOP primary bid against former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. Bongino, a retired Secret Service agent, is challenging first-term Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin. "Dan has seen what politicians have done to our country, and he's decided, 'If I'm not part of the solution, I'm part of the problem,'" Palin said in a statement released...
  • Senators press to allow Syrians to stay in US amid violence in home country

    03/03/2012 1:09:21 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 03, 2012 | unattributed (AP?)
    Several Democratic senators are calling on the Obama administration to allow Syrians who are already in the United States to stay, at least temporarily, out of concern it would be "too dangerous" for them to return home. The senators want President Obama to invoke what's known as "temporary protected status" for thousands of Syrians in the U.S. The designation typically is given to foreign nationals whose home countries are beset by war or natural disaster and who could face harm should they return. The senators argued that Syrians in the U.S. are in just that kind of predicament, as Syrian...
  • Reid bill might block state immigration laws

    11/28/2011 11:39:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 28, 2011 | Joel Gehrke
    Democrats in Congress have proposed a new racial profiling ban that could thwart state and local laws on immigration enforcement, such as the controversial Arizona law currently tied up in federal court, by witholding federal funding for state and local law enforcement agencies engaged in "racial profiling" and empowering the Department of Justice (DOJ) to file lawsuits against state and local governments. Sens. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and lead sponsor Ben Cardin, D-Md., are pushing the End Racial Profiling Act of 2011, which would, among other things, "withhold federal law enforcement funding if local and state governments failed to adopt effective...
  • Ben Cardin Tell Crowd "Obama Has Started To Restore Trust In Health Care," Crowd Erupts (Video)

    08/13/2009 7:43:08 AM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 21 replies · 942+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 8/13/09 | talkradio03
    Ben Cardin hears from the people in Hagerstown, MD,
  • Opponents of ObamaCare Dominate Sen. Ben Cardin's Town Hall Meeting in Maryland - Video 8/10/09

    08/11/2009 4:54:25 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 6 replies · 430+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 11, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is a video report on the Town Hall Meeting held by Sen. Ben Cardin in Towson, Maryland last night, August 10, 2009, where it was totally dominated by opponents of ObamaCare. I would remind you that Maryland is a "Blue" State, a place where proponents of ObamaCare should be in the majority, if it is really catching on with the American people. I think that it clearly is not. Below is video of Fox News' Griff Jenkins reporting from Sen. Ben Cardin's Town Hall Event last night in Maryland where he said anti-ObamaCare protesters far out-numbered those in favor....
  • VIDEO: Sen. Ben Cardin Booed, Heckled By Crowd At Town Hall

    08/10/2009 6:48:10 PM PDT · by ianschwartz · 47 replies · 2,683+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | August 10, 2009 | Real Clear Politics
    Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) was booed and heckled by constituents over health care reform.
  • Maryland Senators Town Hall Information

    08/04/2009 7:08:07 AM PDT · by 7thson · 8 replies · 945+ views
    This is from Sen. Cardin’s website - http://cardin.senate.gov/. The coward is only holding 2 town halls in the month of August. Butch is laid up and probably will not hold any town hall meetings.
  • Cardin Introduces Newspaper Revitalization Act [Let them be Nonprofits]

    03/24/2009 9:08:15 AM PDT · by freespirited · 14 replies · 581+ views
    WBAL ^ | 3/24/09
    Senator Cardin has introduced legislation that would allow newspapers to become non-profit organizations. A release from Senator Cardin's office says the Newspaper Revitalization Act would allow newspapers to operate as non-profits, if they choose, under 501(c)(3) status for educational purposes, similar to public broadcasting. The release states under this arrangement, newspapers would not be allowed to make political endorsements, but would be allowed to freely report on all issues, including political campaigns. The release from Senator Cardin's office says advertising and subscription revenue would be tax exempt and contributions to support coverage or operations could be tax deductible. WBAL News...
  • CONSTITUENT SURVEY AT SENATOR BEN CARDIN'S WEBSITE

    06/25/2008 10:38:44 AM PDT · by 7thson · 23 replies · 135+ views
    Below is the survey question at Senator Ben Cardin's website. If you are a Maryland Freeper, I invite you to visit the website - http://cardin.senate.gov/ - and participate in the survey. If you are not a Maryland Freeper, vist anyway.