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  • The GOP’s Homeland Security fiasco: Why it won’t matter in 2016

    03/05/2015 7:54:14 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Fox News Politics Media Buzz ^ | March 5, 2015 | Howard Kurtz
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Will the Republicans’ congressional dysfunction in 2015 hurt the party’s chances in 2016? That’s not some liberal talking point—some GOP lawmakers are very nervous about the prospect. I happen to think the fear is overstated, and we’ll get to that in a moment. For all the sound and fury, it was almost an afterthought when John Boehner’s House passed a funding bill for the Homeland Security Department on Tuesday, with Democrats carrying the ball and Republicans supplying just 75 votes. This, of course, was a complete capitulation from earlier threats to shut down the department rather than acquiesce in President...
  • Republican Congressman Peter King Slams Self-Righteous Delusional Wing Of His Party

    02/28/2015 2:11:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | February 28, 2015 | Keith Brekhus
    Appearing on Luke Russert’s online MSNBC TV program, Shift, New York Congressman Peter King (R) slammed fellow House Republicans for not simply banding together to pass a clean funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security. King made it clear that he was fed up with Tea Party Republicans playing politics with Homeland Security funding. The New York Congressman declared: ”This madness has to end soon…I’ve had it with this self-righteous, delusional wing of the party.” King lamented that may GOP members of Congress come from very conservative districts where they “live in an echo chamber”. He argued that those...
  • As The "ISIS Crisis" Intensifies,We Never Hear From Any Liberal Leaders.Why Not?

    02/21/2015 8:09:50 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 5 replies
    And remember during the Bush years, virtually every time George Bush made a gaff, or was caught in an embarrassing moment, the media would pounce on it? Especially when he made that comment about OBGYN? Or the classic gaff over "Fooling Me Once"?, Well where are the Democrat Leaders now with the unthinkable crisis we are in now?? Between the open borders, and all of the horrific events taking place in the middle east, why haven't we heard from Steny Hoyer, Reid, Pelosi, Maxine Waters and Shelia Jackson as Obama has now put the U.S. in a State Of Panic?...
  • Has Boehner Grown a Spine? Guy's starting to sound like Ted Cruz.

    02/16/2015 11:18:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | February 16, 2015 | Walter Hudson
    In a move more reminiscent of Texas Senator Ted Cruz than Ohio Representative John Boehner, the House Speaker has pursued a strategy to defund President Obama’s executive action on immigration, leveraging funding for Homeland Security in the process. Bloomberg News reports: House Speaker John Boehner said he’s prepared to let funding lapse for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and blame Democrats if the Senate fails to pass a House-backed bill for the agency. … The Homeland Security Department faces a shutdown of nonessential operations if Congress does not reach agreement before current funding ends on Feb. 27. When asked...
  • Obama Warns Republicans That He Is Going To Run Through Their Opposition

    02/15/2015 1:41:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | February 14, 2015 | Jason Easley
    President Obama is putting Republicans on notice that he plans to run through their cynical politics and opposition during his final two years in office. While speaking at a DNC fundraiser in San Francisco, the president said: "And one of the things I am absolutely determined to do over the next two years is not just consolidate the gains that we’ve made, not just move forward on new initiatives like free community colleges for young people around the country who need to be trained for the 21st-century economy, but part of my goal is also to restore a sense of...
  • Extreme-left Dems pushing Middle America away

    02/10/2015 1:21:57 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | February 7, 2015 | Salena Zito
    The unofficial death of the moderate American Democrat went largely unnoticed last week. Tim Ryan — a once-strident champion of the Rust Belt city of Youngstown, filled with moderate Catholic Democrats whose issues are still firmly pocketbook-based — penned an op-ed saying he now supports abortion. The Ohio congressman, who once sat on the board of the Democrats for Life in America advocacy group, made that surprising reversal as he contemplates a run for U.S. Senate. You see, plenty of Jacksonian Democrats remain in his district — and all across the country, for that matter — but no tolerance for...
  • Seven truly awful things about the current Republican leadership (Morford-ite Alert!)

    02/07/2015 6:00:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 6, 2015 | Mark Morford
    It’s not just that they shoved the Keystone XL bill through as fast as possible. It’s not that they voted, once again, to strip millions of Americans of their health care, knowing it wouldn’t pass Obama’s veto but wanting to send a “message” that, well, that they don’t give a damn about you or your kids, and don’t care who knows it. Everyone saw that s***-storm coming a mile away. The GOP agenda is nothing if not openly spiteful and shamelessly hostile toward anything that is not white, wealthy and male. The current mood is far more sinister – and...
  • CBC Chair Hits Rand Paul with Racism Smear over AG Nominee Fight

    02/06/2015 5:13:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    National Review's The Corner ^ | February 6, 2015 | Joel Gehrke
    Representative G.K. Butterfield (D., N.C.) accused Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) of opposing the confirmation of President Obama’s attorney general nominee because she is “an African American legal scholar.” “The Congressional Black Caucus recognizes Senator Paul’s unfounded argument as nothing but an excuse to keep an African-American legal scholar from holding this high position, and we directly call on him and Republicans to allow the nomination of Loretta Lynch to proceed to an up or down vote in the Senate,” Butterfield, the chairman of the CBC, said in a Thursday statement. Paul says he opposes Loretta Lynch taking over for...
  • National View: Friends like these

    02/05/2015 7:38:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Middleboro Gazette ^ | February 5, 2015 | Raul A. Reyes
    GOP presidential hopefuls are cozying up to anti-immigrant extremists and right-wing billionaires. When I was growing up, my older Mexican-American relatives had an expression: “Tell me who your friends are, and I’ll tell you who you are.” It was my family’s way of making me careful about choosing my friends. Even then, I could see they were right. The smart kids mostly hung out with other smart kids. The athletes stuck with other athletes. The troublemakers befriended other troublemakers. That saying comes to mind when I think about the Iowa Freedom Summit, a big gathering in Des Moines that basically...
  • Texas Lawmakers Want Apology to Entire State After Hastings Calls It ‘Crazy State’

    02/03/2015 5:51:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 3, 2015 | Bridget Johnson
    Texas Republicans issued a one-sentence rebuttal to Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) for his comments during a Monday Rules Committee meeting. In debating with Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) over the latest Obamacare repeal bill, Hastings referenced his colleague’s home state, “which I think is a crazy state to begin with, and I mean it just as I said it.” As the two fought over speaking time, Burgess complained that Hastings “made a very defamatory comment about my state, and I will not stand here and listen to it.” Hastings has not apologized. House Texas Republicans issued a joint statement today:...
  • Peter King Running For President To Block Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio And Rand Paul

    02/01/2015 10:45:11 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Spreadit ^ | February 1, 2015 | Garrett Montgomery
    Peter King running for president in order to prevent other Republicans from winning the 2016 election. In numerous interviews, Congressman Peter King from New York has confirmed that his main reason for entering the presidential race is to serve as an obstacle to conservatives like Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul.Peter King running for president not because he thinks he can make it to the White House, but because he wants to stop several Republicans from becoming the most powerful leader in the world. For over two years now, Mr Peter Thomas King, who is the U.S. Representative for...
  • GOP’s Abortion Barbie causes a meltdown - of more than just the GOP

    01/23/2015 5:03:22 PM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | Jan 23, 2015 | Jill Stanek
    I was leaving the One Voice worship service at the Renaissance Hotel in D.C. Wednesday night, on my way to meet fellow pro-lifers at the Dubliner Pub (dichotomous activities, I know, at least for a Protestant :), when Casey Mattox of Alliance Defending Freedom stopped me in the hall. “They’re pulling the 20-week ban,” said Casey, “and substituting ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion‘.” Casey started walking again, on a mission to tell others, but I remained frozen, with my mouth hanging open, watching Casey until he disappeared around a corner. (Correction: Casey has told me he was actually on a...
  • Cataclysm for the GOP

    01/23/2015 6:01:19 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 16 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 1/23/15 | Steve Berman
    Erick Erickson, the man described by The Atlantic as the Most Powerful Conservative in America, swung his verbal hammer on the Republican Party’s abandonment of the pro-life movement.  The blow hit directly on the fissure separating the party’s money and influence-peddlers from its principled core.  This single statement “[maybe] it is time for a third party to give the GOP competition” marks a cataclysmic shift in RedState.com, a media site dedicated to Republican principles, whose own posting rules prohibit its readers from posting the very statement Erickson made on its front page. 6. It is forbidden to promote or give...
  • SOTU open thread: Semi-retired troll ready to bring his troll A-game

    01/20/2015 7:09:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 20, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Prepare yourself at 9 p.m. ET for the magic that only a seventh-year State of the Union speech can create. Every SOTU is a political Groundhog Day but tonight’s looks to be more repetitive than usual — tax hikes on the rich, some whining about the Citizens United decision, a few studiously vague sentences on “progress” made in negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, etc. Seventh verse, same as the first. What’s novel is the new reality in Congress and Obama’s reaction to it. Having just seen Democrats obliterated in an election which he himself sold as a referendum on his...
  • From Law School to Congress: These campuses excel at producing lawmakers.

    01/18/2015 4:48:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The National Law Journal ^ | January 19, 2015 | Karen Sloan
    There is no shortage of lawyers on Capitol Hill — they comprise 45 percent of the 114th Congress. But unlike the U.S. Supreme Court, whose nine justices hail from just three elite law schools, a state school law degree won't hamper and may even smooth the way to the U.S. House of Representatives or Senate. The sitting crop of lawyer-­lawmakers passed through 105 law campuses on their way to Washington. The 20 law schools that sent the most alumni to Congress include some of the country's most prominent — Harvard Law School tops the list with 18, followed by...
  • Top Democrat: ‘Un-American’ to Question Muslim Lawmaker on Intel Panel

    01/16/2015 8:13:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | January 16, 2015 | Wynton Hall
    Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said those who criticize the appointment of Democratic Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) to the Intelligence Committee because he is a Muslim are “un-American.” Schiff, who is the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said he has been “deeply disturbed” by the reaction by some to Carson’s appointment last week. “I am deeply disturbed that since his appointment to the committee, Congressman Carson has been subject to vicious, anti-Muslim attacks online and in social media, questioning his loyalty to our country solely because of his faith.”(continued)
  • Richmond plans trip to Ferguson, even as member of Congress some fear he's dangerous because of race

    01/14/2015 5:25:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The New Orleans Times-Picayune ^ | January 12, 2015 | Bruce Alpert
    Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans, and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus plan to be in Ferguson, Mo. on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Monday, January 19, to encourage residents to get more involved in the political process. Ferguson has been the subject of regular demonstrations and some unrest since the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, 18, an unarmed African-American, by white policeman on Aug. 9, 2014. A local grand jury declined to indict the police officer, though some questioned the fairness of the process set up by the local prosecutor. Richmond said Black Caucus members will encourage...
  • John Boehner’s reelection proves we live in an oligarchy, not a republic.

    Dr. Savage says that "this means the election was for naught." John Boehner is still speaker of the House. This confirms what we have known forever: That this country is no longer a republic. It is an oligarchy: A government of the powerful, by the powerful, for the powerful. John Boehner is a tool of the establishment. This means he and Obama are one and the same. The government is immune to the people. The people be damned. Where does that leave us? We are back where we started before the American Revolution. We might as well have a British...
  • Taking Over the Republican Party

    01/09/2015 8:02:51 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    RightSideNews ^ | January 5, 2015 | Nelson Hultberg
    One of the biggest fallacies in politics today is the claim that we, as conservatives and libertarians, can only be effective if we stay loyal to the Republican Party and work to gain control of it by electing more free-market conservatives every election year. We at AFR believe such thinking to be tragically misguided. To expect the Republican Party to challenge the modern day juggernaut of statism is as foolish as expecting socialist professors to instill Americanism into our youth. It won’t happen anymore than the planets will one day reverse their orbits. This is because the members of the...
  • No 'Squish' : Boehner Says He's 'Most Anti-Establishment Speaker' Ever

    01/08/2015 3:47:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 8, 2015 | Luke Russert and Carrie Dann
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)In his most forceful language yet against GOP detractors, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that he dislikes being described as "spineless or a squish" by conservative Republicans, but that the label that stings him the most is when he's called a part of the "establishment." "I am the most anti-Establishment Speaker we have ever had" he told NBC News at his first solo press conference of the new Congress. "Who was the guy who got rid of earmarks? Me. Who's the guy who believes in regular order? Me. Who believes in allowing more members to participate in the process,...
  • The cranks reveal themselves (Surprise! Jen attacks anti-Boehners and Ted)

    01/07/2015 11:38:58 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn Blog ^ | January 7, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the NeoCons
    In the wake of the vote reelecting John Boehner as House speaker, it is worth noting a statement put out by rock-rib conservative Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.): Some people wrote me encouraging me to vote for Louie Gohmert. I like Louie, but let’s be clear: Louie Gohmert was – is – never ever going to be Speaker of the House. I respect his passion, but he isn’t a credible candidate. That was proved today by the fact that he got three votes, despite all the national media attention he managed to grab. My colleague who got the most anti-Boehner votes...
  • When Mia Love is Asked If She’d Stick By Ted Cruz on Obamacare She Doesn’t Pull Any Punches

    01/05/2015 7:08:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | January 5, 2015 | Nick Morpus
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Newly elected Rep. Mia Love (R-UT) has recently reaffirmed her support for repealing Obamacare on ABC’s This Week with host Martha Raddatz. When asked by Raddatz if she would stand by senators like Ted Cruz in their fight to do whatever possible to defund and dismantle Obamacare, Love responded: “Look, I was elected by my district to make sure we get the decision-making back in their hands and I’ve said I was going to do everything I can to repeal and replace it with broad health-care reforms, free-market health-care reforms. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do.”Though it may...
  • Political Blotter: Barbara Lee blasts those 'demagoguing' NYPD slayings

    12/30/2014 1:00:56 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    This is a sampling from Bay Area News Group's Political Blotter blog. Read more and post comments at www.ibabuzz.com/politics. Dec. 23 Those blaming President Obama, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio or protesters for the shooting deaths of two New York City police officers Saturday are "demagoguing the issues" and doing the nation a disservice, Rep. Barbara Lee said Tuesday. "As someone who supports nonviolence and gun safety and gun control and peaceful resolutions in Congress, I don't think there's any way any of us in the protest movement, in the progressive movement, would condone that" kind of violence,...
  • Canary in the coal mine

    12/23/2014 8:01:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 23, 2014 | Arnold Cusmariu
    “Ho, hum, what else is new?” That was my first reaction when I saw a report that Susan Douglas, a professor of communications and department chair at the University of Michigan, had published an article titled “It’s Okay to Hate Republicans,” in which she stated: "I hate Republicans. I can’t stand the thought of having to spend the next two years watching Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Ted Cruz, Darrell Issa or any of the legions of other blowhards denying climate change, thwarting immigration reform or championing fetal ‘personhood.’" According to the professor, Republicans exhibit the following “psychological characteristics”: "[d]ogmatism, rigidity...
  • CRS Report Details Perks for Outgoing Members of Congress

    12/18/2014 4:56:11 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Roll Call's Hill Blotter Blog ^ | December 15, 2014 | Bridget Bowman
    Sen. Mark Begich can still return to the Senate.Even though lawmakers who will not be returning to Congress in January might feel downtrodden, they can find solace in the fact that they retain some congressional perks. Those perks, ranging from floor access to permanent identification cards, were outlined in the Congressional Research Service’s Dec. 5 report titled “Selected Privileges and Courtesies Extended to Former Members of Congress.” CRS American National Government specialist R. Eric Peterson wrote in the report, “Some [privileges] are derived from law and chamber rules, but others are courtesies that have been extended as a matter of...
  • What would happen if Congress split into four parties? This.

    12/16/2014 8:06:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | December 15, 2014 | Philip Bump
    The last-minute vote to approve a long-term spending package cast a bright light on unusual splits in an otherwise unified Democratic congressional caucus. Following the lead of Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), House and Senate Democrats voted against a bill that President Obama was personally advocating. It was similar to the insurgency faced by the Republican establishment last year, as many, many pundits pointed out, only with "no bank bailouts" replacing "no Obamacare" as a rallying cry. At ABC, Rick Klein, presumably with his tongue in his cheek, suggested that there are now "four parties that need to be...
  • Ted Cruz Strikes Back: ‘Too Many Republicans Willing to Be Complicit’

    12/15/2014 8:07:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 15, 2014 | Rob Bluey, editor-in-chief
    In the midst of the debate over a mammoth government spending bill, Republicans and Democrats found something to agree on: their dislike for Sen. Ted Cruz, who forced a rare weekend session for the Senate. But rather than back down, Cruz opted to call out Washington politicians during on Sean Hannity’s radio show Monday. “Enough is enough,” he told Hannity. The outspoken Texas Republican joined with Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, to force the Senate to take a vote related to President Obama’s recent immigration actions. The measure was defeated, 22-74, after Cruz said Republican leaders urged senators to vote against...
  • Ted Cruz and Elizabeth Warren could still kill the spending bill in the Senate

    12/12/2014 5:40:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Houston Politics Examiner ^ | December 12, 2014 | Mark Whittington
    When Thursday dawned, the conventional wisdom was that House Speaker John Boehner did not have the votes to pass the $1.1 trillion spending bill that would fund the rest of the government for FY2015. But, thanks to lobbying by the White House, the House scrapped up enough votes to pass the measure 219 to 206, according to a Thursday Washington Examiner story. The passage of the bill was a triumph of the establishment wings of both parties. However, Senate passage is by no means certain. Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Elizabeth Warren could still scupper the bill between them. The...
  • BOOM! We Just Spent $1 Trillion of Your Money

    12/12/2014 5:18:30 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 40 replies
    RedState.com ^ | 12/12/14 | Steve Berman
    In the dark of the night, two weeks before Christmas, the GOP consummated their betrayal of our trust. We voted them a majority for the next two years, and they thanked us by a backstabbing so heinous, that it moved the seismic needle on the Democratic party
  • Dem Rep: America should apologize to suspected terrorists who underwent enhanced interrogation

    12/11/2014 7:44:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 11, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    And here we go: Right off the deep end. It’s as predictable as the sunrise. As those who are genuinely and honestly outraged over the revelations contained within the Senate Intelligence Committee’s “torture” report strain themselves in the effort to adopt a posture of unparalleled indignation, they inevitably overreach. So far, the best example of this kind of indulgence in regrettable hyperbole in the pursuit of moral preening is Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA). In an appearance on MSNBC on Wednesday, Speier reacted to the release of the SSCI’s report on the CIA’s Bush-era enhanced interrogation program by saying America’s clandestine...
  • Black Congressional Staffers Plan Ferguson, Garner Walkout

    12/10/2014 11:50:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 10, 2014 | Tim Mak
    African American staffers on Capitol Hill plan to stage a protest Thursday in solidarity with similar demonstrations nationwide.African American Congressional staffers are planning a protest on the U.S. Capitol steps Thursday afternoon, disrupting their workday to speak out against the Eric Garner and Mike Brown grand jury decisions. The protest follows large demonstrations in New York and other major cities last week, which were held to speak out about the deaths of these two African American men. “Black staffers on Capitol Hill wanted to do something in support of ongoing national and global protests against police aggression,” an organizer said,...
  • Party of ideas: Democrats to revive gun control push

    12/10/2014 12:33:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 10, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    In the wake of the Democratic Party’s second disastrous midterm election in a row, the progressive wing of the party is acknowledging that Democrats need to renew their focus on policy rather than politics. On Wednesday, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee launched the “Big Ideas Project,” an initiative aimed at soliciting proposals from the public. It’s not a bad idea; the president’s party needs all the help they can get. “After being diminished in Congress, wiped out in the South, and marginalized in the states Dems focus on gun control,” wrote National Review’s Charles Cooke on Wednesday. It’s true. “A...
  • Senator Jeff Sessions: Immigration and the Rule of Law (Live Thread)

    12/08/2014 11:06:29 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 17 replies
    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced it will host a presentation by Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL): “Immigration and the Rule of Law.” Special introduction will be given by Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. Senator Sessions will discuss the impacts of illegal immigration and the impacts of President Obama’s unilateral “executive action” on illegal immigration. Senator Sessions is a well-known leader advocate for better enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws.
  • Ted Cruz’s relevance problem (Neocon Empress attacks again)

    12/08/2014 10:31:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn Blog ^ | December 8, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the NeoCons
    In the minority, Republicans did not have responsibility for governance. However, with a few defections, as we saw in the 2013 shutdown, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) could start a rumpus, delay business, get attention and decry his fellow Republicans’ weakness when his own plots blew up. Come January, he will have a new challenge: remaining relevant. Cruz will not be the most hawkish Republican, even among the potential GOP presidential candidates. Recall that he favored changes to the National Security Agency that would have decimated the program and a “reform” in military investigations of sexual assault claims that would have...
  • ‘Hard-liner’ Rep. Steve King becomes GOP’s voice on immigration

    12/06/2014 8:50:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    UK Progressive ^ | December 7, 2014
    Prominently featured on Representative Steve King’s congressional website are what he calls “illegal immigration stories” that tell of undocumented people, mainly Hispanics, wreaking havoc in America: killing, robbing, kidnapping, trafficking in sex and drugs. As the face of the opposition to comprehensive immigration legislation in Congress, King has long used fiery rhetoric to argue for deporting all 12 million undocumented residents and fortifying U.S. borders. Now, the Iowa congressman’s high-profile role in the debate over President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration threatens Republican leaders’ efforts to rebrand the party as more friendly to Hispanics, while his effort to block...
  • Whose Civil War Is Worse? Both Dems & Repubs have their arguments, but GOP's sure look more intense

    12/06/2014 4:43:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The American Prospect ^ | December 5, 2014 | Paul Waldman, daily blogger & senior writer
    For some reason that I should probably determine one day, I've always found internal disputes with the conservative movement/Republican party somewhat more interesting than internal disputes within the liberal movement/Democratic party. Perhaps it's because, as a liberal, I get a little Nelson Muntzian charge out of watching the folks on the other side tear themselves apart. Or perhaps it's because, immersed as I am in the liberal world, the disputes on the left make more sense to me and therefore plumbing their mysteries isn't so compelling. Regardless, it has often been the case that one side is unified as the...
  • On a Roll: Suddenly, things look up for the GOP.

    12/05/2014 3:51:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | The December 15, 2014 Issue | Fred Barnes, executive editor
    Republicans have lost the last two presidential elections, but not much else over the past six years. They’ve captured the House and Senate. They now hold 31 governorships and 69 of the 99 state legislative chambers. What this means is pretty simple: There’s an emerging Republican majority. The GOP still has significant emerging to do before reaching majority status. It may never get there. The rise this year may be Republicans’ peak for now. They may have achieved nothing more than what University of Virginia professor Larry Sabato calls “the emerging outline of possible GOP victory in 2016.” At the...
  • No, the Message of the Last Election Was Not to “Get Stuff Done”

    12/05/2014 11:33:59 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | December 4, 2014 | Keith Koffler
    In the days since Election Day, and during the coming weeks and months, the message from the White House has been and will be put forth endlessly as accepted wisdom, the lie repeated often enough until it becomes truth: that Americans voted for Congress and the White House to “work together.” That what they want is government action to solve their problems. This assertion, which is not just wrong but disprovable, serves the White House purpose of quieting conservatives who are willing to muck up business as usual in order to scuttle or at least make a vigorous point about...
  • Congressional Black Caucus Takes the Floor to Talk About Ferguson and Race in America

    12/04/2014 4:30:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 1, 2014 | Matt Berman
    "We want a fair, impartial, and color-blind criminal justice system. But if we're honest with ourselves, that doesn't exist for all Americans today."Late Monday night, after the House took its final votes, members of the Congressional Black Caucus took the floor to speak for about one hour about race in the wake of a grand jury's decision last week not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. "Hands up, don't shoot," Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York began. Charles Rangel, the longtime New York Democrat, followed Jeffries and CBC Chairwoman...
  • The Science of Splurging

    12/04/2014 8:02:11 AM PST · by yoe · 1 replies
    December 4, 2014 | Sen. Jeff Flake
    Dear Taxpayers, Regardless of where one falls on the political spectrum, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tends to generate strongly held opinions. The agency, funded at roughly $8 billion annually in recent years, is charged with protecting human health and the environment. For the most part, this is achieved by carrying out relevant statutes through the creation, implementation, and enforcement of environmental regulations. I wanted to take this opportunity to drop you a note on my latest project to identify and eliminate waste, fraud and abuse in the federal budget. Yesterday, I released the (link) a report highlighting more than...
  • “Speaker Ted Cruz” is back, right on schedule, to make John Boehner’s life a nightmare

    12/03/2014 1:55:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Salon ^ | December 3, 2014 | Jim Newell
    Ted Cruz and House conservatives are once again trying to derail John Boehner's plans. Who could've guessed? When the House GOP leadership floated its government funding strategy early this week — the (please kill me immediately for typing this) “cromnibus” plus a separate protest vote denouncing President Obama’s immigration executive action — the first thought I had was “Oh my God, Ted Cruz.” Then I thought “Oh my God, Steve King.” As in: Ted Cruz and Steve King will not at all be happy with this, and they’ll probably try to nuke it. Just look at the way the maneuver...
  • When Ted Cruz huddles with his House counterparts

    12/03/2014 1:15:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show & Blog ^ | December 3, 2014 | Steve Benen
    Following up on an earlier item, House Republicans are still weighing their options when it comes to a possible government shutdown next week, but as the process unfolds, there will be quite a few meetings behind closed doors. Take this one, for example, scheduled for this morning. A cadre of the House’s most conservative members will meet Wednesday morning at the Capitol Hill Club for Rep. Steve King’s regular breakfast to discuss lame duck legislation. Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, who often serves as a de facto spokesperson for congressional hardliners, is expected to attend. It’s worth pausing to appreciate...
  • Ron Paul: Evangelicals' Support for War at Odds With Fundamental Teachings of Jesus

    12/02/2014 2:48:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Yahoo! Finance / FTM Daily ^ | December 2, 2014 | Jerry Robinson
    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark., -- In an exclusive interview with FTMDaily's (http://ftmdaily.com/) Jerry Robinson, former Congressman Ron Paul discusses some of his core values as an American and as a human being. "On Faith and Family: A Conversation With Dr. Ron Paul" provides compelling insight on the problems facing the nation today, as well as reflections on Paul's three presidential campaigns. Paul explained that war and strong-arm diplomacy, both part of America's compulsion to police the world, are fundamentally unsound policies. Most disturbingly, he said, is that a vocal minority of the Christian Evangelical community is strongly in favor of such foreign...
  • Rep. Joaquin Castro predicts Perry and Cruz would lose 2016 presidential race

    12/02/2014 11:46:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | December 2, 2014 | Kimberly Railey
    Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, predicted Tuesday that neither Gov. Rick Perry nor Sen. Ted Cruz can win the presidency in 2016, calling them both too divisive to garner broad support. “When you get to the general election, people don’t generally want either an angry person or a very harsh, shrill, partisan person,” Castro said about Perry’s prospects. “They want somebody … whose aim at least is to bring people together.” Castro — in a rare joint appearance with twin brother Julián Castro, the Housing and Urban Development Secretary, at a Politico event titled “Lessons from Leaders” — said Cruz...
  • Learning from my 2014 mistakes: A year of reckoning for Democrats (Delicious Schadenfreude Buffet)

    11/28/2014 8:32:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Salon ^ | November 28, 2014 | Joan Walsh, editor-at-large
    No, red state women didn't save the party. But Ebola was a phony GOP-made crisis and Dems shouldn't have cowered. Thanksgiving is a great time for writers to reckon with whatever we got wrong over the year – and to be grateful that in this day and age we get to write every day, and put mistakes behind us quickly. So with the 2014 midterm election rapidly disappearing in the rearview mirror, I thought I’d reckon with my one big political mistake this past election cycle, as well as one big thing I got, sadly, right. In July 2013, long...
  • Peter H. Schuck: Yes, Congress can impeach Obama

    11/27/2014 6:26:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | November 24, 2014 | Peter H. Schuck
    Now that President Barack Obama has granted legal relief to as many as 5 million unauthorized immigrants, Republicans are thrashing about for an effective response. Only a few hard-liners are talking about impeachment now, but more could join them out of frustration with their other options. Many people in both parties have tried to quell such talk by saying the president is within his powers to issue the order. The problem is the pro-impeachment Republicans are right: There is a plausible case for taking that step. By constitutional design, impeachment for “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors” is...
  • GOP outrage over immigration will backfire come election time

    11/27/2014 9:47:07 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    JNews - Covering the S.F. Jewish Bay Area ^ | November 26, 2014 | Douglas M. Bloomfield
    Michele Bachmann is one of those Republican extremists who will keep Hispanics voting in the Democratic column for a long time. The Minnesota Republican said President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration will “flood” the country with “millions of unskilled” foreigners “who can’t speak English” but will become “illiterate” voters. Bachmann’s response was not unusual. The once and future presidential hopeful, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), said the president’s policy would take jobs away from good American workers and give them to illegal aliens. These over-the-top Republican responses — and talk of impeachment, censure and lawsuits targeting Obama — can...
  • Peter King: President Obama should invite Officer Darren Wilson to the W.H.

    11/25/2014 11:36:36 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Politico ^ | November 25, 2014 | Kendall Breitman
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Rep. Peter King has a suggestion for the White House in dealing with the latest developments in Ferguson — invite Officer Darren Wilson over. “I think it would be very helpful if President Obama went and met with the police officer, or invited him to the White House and said, ‘You’ve gone through four months of smear and slander, and the least we can do is tell you that it’s unfortunate that it happened and thank you for doing your job,’” the New York Republican told Fox Business on Tuesday. ---snip--- “I thought it was terrible how, over the last...
  • Congressional Black Caucus denounces Ferguson grand jury

    11/25/2014 12:37:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Politico ^ | November 24, 2014 | Kendall Breitman
    Members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Monday called the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson a “slap in the face” for those seeking justice for the death of Michael Brown “The Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown is a miscarriage of justice,” CBC Chair Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) said in a statement released after the decision was announced late Monday evening in Missouri. “It is a slap in the face to Americans nationwide who continue to hope and believe that justice will prevail.” “This decision...
  • Rubin: Ted Cruz learned nothing from the shutdown

    11/24/2014 11:51:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | November 24, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin (Queen of the Neo-Cons)
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) needs to stop defending the disastrous 2013 shutdown. The stunt he inspired was, for all but the Kool-Aid drinkers, a low point in recent Republican history. It plunged the party into a slump and allowed the president to divert attention from the looming Obamacare debacle. It was only after the shutdown ended by complete surrender that Republicans and the media could focus on the horrible Obamacare rollout. The shutdown was so harmful that virtually no conservative — not even Cruz — recommends a repeat over the president’s executive order on immigration. So why is Cruz still...