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  • The Democratic Panic

    10/22/2014 1:22:30 PM PDT · by ModernDayCato · 30 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10/22/14 | The Editorial Board
    After a few days of trying to ignore the question, Michelle Nunn, the Democratic candidate for the United States Senate in Georgia, acknowledged on Friday that she had voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. By this year’s standards, that’s pretty forthright, especially compared with Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat running for the Senate in Kentucky, who refuses to discuss her presidential vote. Only one Democratic Senate candidate this cycle has been willing to appear with the president on the stump: Gary Peters in Michigan. The others have spent months keeping their distance from Mr. Obama and some of...
  • Report: Obama Won’t Present Congress with Iran Agreement

    10/21/2014 11:14:13 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/10/14
    The New York Times reports that if a permanent agreement is reached with Iran regarding its nuclear program before the end of November deadline, President Barack Obama will make every effort not to bring the agreement before the US Congress for a vote. Senior US government clerks told the newspaper that Obama is authorized to suspend most of the sanctions placed on Tehran, even without asking Congress...
  • Vanity: Please, please call Congress to quarantine Ebola. Capitol Switchboard 202-224-3121

    10/17/2014 10:20:33 AM PDT · by Sequoyah101 · 18 replies
    Vanity | 10-17-2014 | Vanity
    Please call congress and tell them that we must be deadly serious about containing Ebola by strict quarantine within the United States and from infected nations. This is our right and it is our duty. Capitol switchboard is 202-224-3121. I called my congressman this morning in Washington and got right through, same thing for the local office. That tells me not many people are calling. Why isn't a special session of Congress called to deal with this outbreak? It is a potentially serious threat to national security and time is of the essence. I believe decisive response is urgent because...
  • The Problem of Pain

    10/21/2014 8:27:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | Barney Brenner
    The problem of pain, to borrow a title from C.S. Lewis, is that with regard to our enormous national debt, there is none. As great an impending disaster as it’s alleged to be, you’d think there’d be signs of suffering. No less a luminary than Rush Limbaugh speaks of his Dad’s warning when Rush was a kid that this immense obligation, only $1 trillion at the time, would be our undoing. Yet now at 17 times that size, it appears just a calamity without a consequence. But the reason for this is simple: we’re engaged in the biggest can-kicking endeavor in...
  • NRCC makes play for Iowa congressional seats

    10/21/2014 1:37:59 AM PDT · by iowamark · 4 replies
    Quad City Times ^ | 10/20/2014 | Ed Tibbets
    The political arm for House Republicans says it is making a play for Iowa's 1st and 2nd congressional district seats. The National Republican Congressional Committee said Monday that it's buying $1.3 million in television ad time in the two districts, with spots to begin airing Friday. The purchase, the first for the NRCC in both districts this campaign cycle, is a sign they think they can win both races, officials say. Tyler Houlton, an NRCC spokesman, said more than $900,000 is being spent in the 2nd District, with purchases in the Cedar Rapids and Davenport markets. Another $400,000 is going...
  • Does anybody have any insight into NY-24?

    10/20/2014 9:14:20 PM PDT · by MacMattico · 7 replies
    Me
    I can't stand Dan Maffei.
  • Curbing Obama Power Grabs

    10/20/2014 1:07:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    You’ve got to admire the sheer audacity: Democratic Senator Mark Begich telling Alaska voters that he stood up to President Obama and fought for oil drilling and jobs in his state. Maybe he had a few chats. But he certainly knew his concerns and opinions meant nothing, changed nothing, accomplished nothing. And then he voted 97% of the time with Mr. Obama and Senate Majority Dictator Harry Reid Reid has kept over 300 bills bottled up, squelched almost all proffered Republican amendments on anything that did move, and used the “nuclear option” to end the longstanding 60-vote rule and wipe...
  • JW Files Taxpayer Lawsuit to Stop Congress from Participating in D.C.’s Small Business Exchange

    10/16/2014 7:27:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | OCTOBER 15, 2014
    Documents Show Congress Submitted False Information to Participate in Exchange. Though restricted by law to small businesses with 50 or fewer employees, D.C. Exchange allows Congress to provide health insurance to 12,359 members of Congress, staffers, spouses, and dependents. Judicial Watch today filed a taxpayer lawsuit against the District of Columbia Health Benefit Exchange Authority to stop Congress from participating in D.C.’s “Small Business Exchange.” At least 12,359 members of Congress, congressional staffers, and their spouses and dependents currently purchase health insurance in D.C.’s “Small Business Exchange” even though Congress far exceeds D.C. law’s 50-employee limit for participating in the...
  • Retire Corrine Brown, Vote for Glo Smith!

    10/15/2014 3:24:07 PM PDT · by spacejunkie2001 · 9 replies
    Please consider supporting Glo over that crazy Corrine Brown in Jacksonville. Glo is not really being supported by the RNC (probably because she's too conservative). Please look at her website and consider a donation to a VERY worthy cause. She is a solid conservative and right up FR's alley.
  • Georgia's 4th Congressional District - November 2014

    10/12/2014 2:02:33 PM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 4 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | October 12, 2014 | Larry Walker II
    Useless Idiot- By: Larry Walker II -President Barack Obama has endorsed Congressman Hank Johnson for re-election in the Fourth Congressional District of Georgia.“Congressman Johnson has done an outstanding job,” said President Obama. “Together, we are fighting to restore middle class security and expand opportunity for all Americans. I’ve worked with Congressman Johnson as we’ve extended the security of health care to millions and pulled our economy back from the brink of collapse while protecting consumers and passing historic Wall Street reform. I am proud to stand with Hank and support his re-election.”Congressman Johnson is famous for his on the record...
  • 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...
  • No Sign of Increased Turnout for Dems on Election Day

    10/11/2014 4:14:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | October 11, 2014 | Rick Moran
    At the beginning of the summer, the White House and Democrats on the Hill promised to highlight issues that were near and dear to the hearts of their core constituencies of single women, minorities, and young people. To that end, they launched a series of attacks on Republicans: “war on women,” income inequality, exploiting racial tensions in Ferguson, and a promise from the president to take executive action on immigration. None of those issues have resonated with their targets. The needle has hardly moved and it appears that Senate Democratic incumbents, as well as other Democratic congressional candidates, are going...
  • Here's a great children's song for Congress...

    10/09/2014 12:40:14 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon
    CRASHR ^ | 10-9-14 | The Looking Spoon
    The only logical problem with this is nobody Congress aware enough of themselves for this to be totally true.
  • Harry Reid and Ted Cruz -- What's Not to Like in Congress

    10/09/2014 12:06:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 9, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid doesn't look very good in Washingtonian's Best and Worst of Congress list for 2014. The honors, based on votes by Capitol Hill staffers, position Reid as the most partisan, the worst-speaking and the second-meanest solon (behind Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.) in the nation's allegedly most deliberative body. The magazine's 15th biennial survey has a sort of "sexiest man alive" feel. It's highly subjective and something of a popularity contest, but it does give the voting public a reliable sense of how insiders see one another -- whom they like and whom they loathe. The other...
  • Be Careful What You Leave Democrats Alone to Vote For

    10/08/2014 4:47:27 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 47 replies
    AMERICAN THINKER ^ | 08 OCTOBER 2014 | Gene Schwimmer
    Will conservatives lose three elections in a row – three chances to win the Senate, three chances to stop Obama and the Democrats’ agenda, three chances to put Democratic senators up in 2016 on the hot seat by forcing them to vote on popular legislation that liberals oppose – because a cohort of die-hard conservative purists cannot bring themselves to choose between the lesser of two evils? For conservatives, the stakes in this election could hardly be higher. The course could not be more clear.
  • Oh great: Pelosi wants to stay in Congress until Democrats win back the majority

    10/05/2014 6:55:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/05/2014 | Matt Vespa
    Hey, when you live in a safe district in California, you can stay as long as you like in Congress. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi made that clear earlier this week in a press conference, where she discussed a host of issues, but the takeaway was her strategy to retake the House of Representatives by 2016.ItÂ’s no secret that Democrats want to retake the House; it was prevalent at Netroots Nation this past summer. Yet, liberals know that the winning back the House this year is not a possibility, as Republicans will probably increase their majority.Many on the left...
  • Local New York Congressional Candidate, Elise Stefanik (R), Making National Waves

    10/04/2014 11:49:15 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 9 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/4/14 | Aurelius
    Congressional candidate Elise Stefanik, raised in upstate New York, is making national waves. Young but experienced and informed, NPR ran a featured article on her calling Ms. Stefanik the "poster candidate" for Republicans. Hot Air has written two articles about Ms. Stefanik, with one detailing Democrats' odd demands from her, particularly the angrily worded letter, “Does Elise Stefanik have a private relationship with anyone?” As if a young woman is not allowed to be single. Even ABC ran an article entirely about Ms. Stefanik, detailing her experience, education, and... her enjoyment of Dunkin' Donuts coffee. So what's the big deal...
  • Former Congressman accuses Capitol Hill of dereliction for ducking vote on ISIS war

    10/04/2014 11:39:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | October 4, 2014 | ED MORRISEY
    He’s not the only one, but Tom Campbell may have the highest level of moral authority to rebuke Congress on this point. Now a law professor, Campbell filed a lawsuit to block Bill Clinton from ordering air strikes in Serbia in the late 1990s without an explicit Congressional authorization for war. Now Campbell tells Yahoo News’ Olivier Knox that the current Congress risks setting a precedent that will all but eliminate the legislature’s ability to control when America goes to war: “This is Congress running way from its responsibility,” the soft-spoken Campbell told Yahoo News in a telephone interview. “Is...
  • Extreme Conservatives in Search of Purity

    10/04/2014 8:54:42 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 33 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/04/14 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    Don't give America to the hard left liberal progressive commie bastard democrats because you can't find purity in the Republican Party A listener to my Constitution Radio with Douglas V. Gibbs program on KCAA AM1050, and regular reader of Political Pistachio, emails me often to challenge what he considers to be my oath to the Republican Party. I have no oath to the GOP. My oath is to God, and my political ideology is that of a Classical Centrist, which is someone that, without compromise, supports the original intent of the United States Constitution. I wish, I have told Nathan,...
  • What’s At Stake in the 2014 Election

    10/04/2014 6:20:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 4, 2014 | Steve Deace
    Last week I wrote about why the 2014 election has generated the least amount of energy or buzz of any in my lifetime. Now I’m writing to make the case the 2014 election is far more important than many of us realize. Sadly, not much remains of our precious constitutional republic. Pandora’s Box has been opened, and the Marxist progressive contagion is spreading. Loss of the rule of law, “too big to fail,” Obamacare, $17 trillion in debt, incentivized immorality, and political correctness are threatening to do what our foreign enemies could not—dismantle American Exceptionalism. It’s rare in world history...
  • 353 US Reps to Kerry: Iran ‘Stonewalling’ on Nuke Detonator

    10/03/2014 8:32:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    INN ^ | 10/3/2014, 5:47 PM | Mark Langfan
    In a stunning bi-partisan “Congressional Letter” from over 353 out of 435 U.S. congresspersons to US Secretary of State John Kerry, the 353 U.S. representatives issued a stark warning that, “As you wrote in the Washington Post earlier this summer, if Iran’s nuclear program is truly peaceful, “it’s not a hard proposition to prove. The only reasonable conclusion for its stonewalling of international investigators is that Tehran does indeed have much to hide.” The Congressional Letter’s signatories included almost all of both parties’ leaderships, and was greatly aided by Republican Congressman Peter J. Roskam (R-IL-06) of Illinois, a stalwart, and...
  • Ebola medicine in short supply (blame Republicans)

    10/03/2014 12:51:05 PM PDT · by redreno · 37 replies
    http://money.cnn.com ^ | 10/03/2014 | Cnn
    Making Ebola medicine Zmapp takes time and the company has already distributed what it has. Government budget cuts may be partially to blame for the shortage.
  • Pierson Punted: Obama, Congress Must Now Undo Bush-Era Injustice to Secret Service

    10/02/2014 2:27:32 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 30 replies
    National Journal ^ | October 1, 2014 | RON FOURNIER
    It's not enough. Julia Pierson's otherwise distinguished career at the Secret Service ended Wednesday when she resigned as director of the disgraced agency—her last act the right one. Now President Obama and Congress must do their part to fix the Secret Service. They should start by undoing a Bush-era reform approved by Congress in the name of hardening U.S. defenses against terrorism. After 9/11, several Secret Service agents, including those in leadership, warned me that no good would come from plans to yank the quasi-independent agency out of the Treasury Department and fold it into the fledgling monstrosity that would...
  • A new case for Congressional term limits

    10/01/2014 10:26:17 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 1, 2014 | George Will
    “The legislative department is everywhere . . . drawing all power into its impetuous vortex.” — James Madison, Federalist 48 Unfortunately, Congress’s vortex now spins the other way, throwing off powers that the executive scoops up. Hence this autumn’s spectacle: Feverish House and Senate candidates waging ferocious campaigns to win or retain offices that are of rapidly diminishing significance. It is official: America “is at war.” We know this because the president’s press secretary says so. Congress has not said so, but many members say that the Islamic State must be countered and that they may have more to say...
  • Pelosi: Dems will take Congress, WH in '16

    10/01/2014 9:22:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | October 1, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) predicted a Democratic sweep in 2016. If Republicans keep the House in November, Pelosi said they wouldn’t hold their majority for long. “Their days are numbered. I know that in two years, I know we’ll have a Democratic Congress and a Democratic president,” she told reporters at her weekly press conference. “I’d like it to be in two months,” she added. Asked if she was conceding that Republicans would hold the House in November’s midterms, Pelosi insisted, “No, I’m not." “I think we’ll do okay,” said Pelosi, who was headed to the Democratic Congressional...
  • Congressional Resolution in 1966 Declares September 30, as Bible Translation Day

    09/30/2014 5:13:53 PM PDT · by Maudeen · 7 replies
    Wycliffe ^ | 9/2014 | Wycliffe.org
    … the goal is hearts changed by God and disciples equipped to lead others to Christ. .................In the years since Cam first started Wycliffe, 518 language groups have received the entire Bible and 1,275 have the New Testament in the language they understand best. Additionally, over 1,500 Bible translation projects are currently in process........
  • Not Progressive, But Rather Retrograde Government.

    09/29/2014 7:45:28 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 5 replies
    As we get worked up over the November mid-term elections, it is worthwhile to step back a moment from politics and take a look at an important facet of our current (as opposed to constitutional) government. The Constitution of 1787 provided Congress with plenty of authority to deal with the likes of a power grabbing FDR, LBJ or Obama. Make no mistake, Obama has UNITARY authority over the executive branch. Every freedom absorbing regulation or crime committed by the EPA, IRS, HHS etc. is his responsibility. The EPA shuts down coal fired electric plants, the IRS shuts down political opposition,...
  • Contempt of Congress case against Holder will proceed

    09/25/2014 1:14:42 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    A federal judge earlier this week ruled that the Justice Department will have to begin submitting documents next month related to the botched Fast and Furious gun operation in a case brought by Judicial Watch. “I don’t think it’s any coincidence he’s resigning as the courts are ruling the Fast and Furious information has to be released,”
  • Commentary: Why we should repeal the 17th Amendment

    09/24/2014 11:11:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Elko Daily Free Press ^ | September 24, 2014 | Thomas Mitchell
    We managed to repeal the 18th Amendment, which created Prohibition. It is time to repeal the 17th. What? You have no idea what the 17th Amendment is? Well, it is the one that effectively ended federalism by taking the power to appoint U.S. senators from state legislatures and having the citizens directly elect them, as they had always done with the House of Representatives. We may not get better senators, but it is likely they would not try dictating to the states what they should do — as they did when they set the national speed limit at 55 mph...
  • Nolan blasted for “unsafe and dangerous” handling of firearm

    09/24/2014 5:51:08 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 23 replies
    Politics Minnesota ^ | 9-24-14 | Michael Brodkorb
    The Minnesota Gun Owners Political Action Committee strongly criticized Congressman Rick Nolan (D-MN8) today after a picture was tweeted of Nolan committing a “significant firearms safety violation.” Bryan Strawser, the executive director of Minnesota Gun Owners Political Action Committee, said in a press release: A picture[1] posted this morning on Twitter showed Mr. Nolan holding an AR-15 rifle with his finger on the trigger while in close proximity to others…The basic rules of firearms safety, taught to students as young as 12 in MN DNR hunter safety classes, state clearly that one’s finger should be kept off the trigger until...
  • Obama’s Letter to Congress on the Syria Airstrikes Has a Glaring Omission

    09/23/2014 1:49:47 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 23, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    See if you can spot it. He never mentions the Islamic State, ISIS, ISIL…at all. Is this letter an admission that he has yet to find legal justification to back up the airstrikes on ISIS targets? Or is this letter depending on the Authorization for Use of Military Force — which he wanted to repeal — to strike Khorasan, which is a more direct offshoot of al Qaeda than ISIS is? h/t Weasel Zippers
  • Dem Rep: 40 American ISIL Fighters Have Already Returned to the United States

    09/20/2014 4:57:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 19, 2014 | Adam Kredo
    These individuals under surveillance, 'being tracked' by the FBI.Rep. Tim Bishop (D., N.Y.) warned during a recent speech that up to 40 radicalized U.S. citizens who have fought alongside the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL or ISIS) have already returned to the United States, where they could pose a terrorist threat. Bishop claims that of the 100 or so Americans who have traveled to the Middle East to join ISIL’s ranks, some 40 have returned and are currently being surveilled by the FBI, according to his remarks, which were filmed and uploaded to YouTube last week. “One of...
  • Alleged ISIS Photo Controversy Engulfs Sen. John McCain

    09/19/2014 5:44:45 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 28 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/18/14 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and his aides swear the Syrian “rebels” he was pictured last year with weren’t ISIS members or supporters, and the mainstream media is by and large buying the 2008 GOP presidential nominee’s story. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has endured brutal criticism—media fact checkers, reporters, and political figures have shredded him—for questioning just who McCain posed with. But a closer look at the situation tells perhaps a different story than McCain’s office or the mainstream media have pushed. The criticism of McCain centers around how the Arizona senator met with Syrian rebel leaders in May 2013 when...
  • The 12 Republicans That Voted Against Arming Syrian Rebels

    09/19/2014 8:15:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 56 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/19/2014 | Charlie Spiering
    The Senate approved a continuing resolution for the budget which included a provision authorizing President Obama to arm and train Syrian rebels for the purpose of combating Islamic State terrorists. The legislation passed 78-22. Of the 22 Senators that voted no, here are the 12 Republicans that voted against the provision: John Barrasso (WY) Tom Coburn (OK) Michael Crapo (ID) Ted Cruz (TX) Mike Enzi (WY) Dean Heller (NV) Mike Lee (UT) Jim Moran (KS) Rand Paul (KY) James Risch (ID) Pat Roberts (KS) Jeff Sessions (AL)
  • Cowardly Congress Authorizes Obama to Pay Others to Fight

    09/19/2014 5:24:10 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 33 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 9/19/14 | Steve Berman
    Yesterday, the Senate approved a bill  to arm and train Syrian rebels, who fight against Bashar Assad, so they can eliminate ISIS, which possesses hundreds of millions of dollars, and no shortage of fighters willing to die for them.  I fail to see the wisdom in this action, or what good can come of this.  It appears cowardly, and even immoral to pay others to fight for you. The New York Times penned almost 1,800 words describing and analyzing this vote, and even got the tally wrong in the original version. Correction: September 18, 2014 An earlier version of this article...
  • UPDATE: Chief of Staff for Congressman Vance McAllister Arrested for DWI

    09/18/2014 2:05:26 PM PDT · by abb · 45 replies
    KTVE-TV10 - Monroe, LA ^ | September 18, 2014 | Staff
    UPDATE: Statement from Congressman McAllister in regards to Adam Terry’s DWI arrest: “I’m disappointed in Adam. I do not condone his behavior, but I know he’s a good person and he’s worked hard for the people of Louisiana. Right now, he is at home with his family in the district and we want to make sure he gets the help he needs.” UPDATE: According to the arrest affidavit, Trooper Nicholas Gee said he smelled a 'very strong' odor commonly associated with an alcoholic beverage emitting from Terry. According to the affidavit, Terry told Trooper Gee he had not been drinking,...
  • House passes bill to arm 'moderate' Syrian rebels: Congress Makes a Leap of Faith

    09/18/2014 6:50:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/18/2014 | Rick Moran
    Despite considerable opposition from both parties, a bill to grant President Obama the authority to arm what the administration describes as "moderate" Syrian rebels passed with relative ease.CNN: The House on Wednesday approved President Obama's request to arm and train Syrian rebels in the fight against ISIS. With significant opposition to the proposal in both parties, the vote was 273 -156. More than one third of the House -- 71 Republicans and 85 Democrats -- voted no. Many Republicans argue the strategy isn't tough enough to defeat ISIS; many Democrats worry the plan could drag the United States into another...
  • Counterpoint: The GOP Needs Ted Cruz

    09/18/2014 5:58:51 AM PDT · by absentee · 3 replies
    Pocket Full of Liberty ^ | 9/18/14 | Jay Caruso
    Ah, to be a Ted Cruz “hater.” I put the word in quotation marks, lest I be accused of being too harsh on Cruz detractors who seem to get their panties wadded up whenever he opens his mouth. One of the mistakes those of us who are involved or interested very much in politics often forget is many people outside of that realm don’t know or don’t care about the day to day goings on of the political world. Therefore when people start shrieking about Cruz and how he’s leading the GOP to defeat I just happen to laugh. At...
  • In Defeating ISIS, We Must Not Defeat Ourselves

    09/17/2014 7:21:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 17, 2014 | Bob Barr
    “Terror is theater,” New York Times columnist Roger Cohen wrote on Monday. “Burning skyscrapers, severed heads: The terrorist takes movie images of unbearable lightness and gives them weight enough to embed themselves in the psyche.” Over the weekend, ISIS, the newest terror kid on the block, posted another one of its beheading videos to the Internet, marking the third hostage to die in the organization’s effort to send chills down the spine of the Western World. And, once again, it worked. Ask any American right now about the top issue facing the country, and his answer is likely not to...
  • 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...
  • Why Republicans Should Never Play Nice with Democrats

    09/15/2014 7:00:34 AM PDT · by Bratch · 33 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 14, 2014 | Ben Shapiro
    Democrats routinely deride Republicans as extremists bent on coarsening the discourse. In January 2014, in the same interview in which he infamously claimed that ISIS was a “jayvee” team, President Obama blamed conservative media for polarizing the country: The issue has been the inability of my message to penetrate the Republican base so that they feel persuaded that I’m not the caricature that you see on Fox News or Rush Limbaugh, but I’m somebody who is interested in solving problems and is pretty practical, and that, actually, a lot of the things we’ve put in place worked better than people...
  • 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. ...
  • NY Times: Congress displaying ‘outrageous’ cowardice by letting Obama wage unsanctioned wars

    09/12/2014 7:12:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/12/2014 | Noah Rothman
    div class="clear">Prominent Democratic and Republican lawmakers are coming out in droves demanding that the president seek congressional authorization for his new war against a new foe in a new theater. This led administration members yesterday to implausibly assert that, not only is the war on ISIS not a “war,” but it is merely a continuation of the counter-terror operations in which America has been engaged in since 2001 (a campaign formerly known as the “War on Terror”). If this seems like wobbly ground for the White House, it is. The members of The New York Times editorial board, like many...
  • 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. ...
  • Ebola Crisis in West Africa

    09/10/2014 2:12:55 PM PDT · by BwanaNdege · 9 replies
    Samaritan's Purse ^ | August 7, 2014 | Samaritan's Purse
    Ken Isaacs, Vice President of Programs and Government Relations for Samaritan's Purse, testified before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee concerning Ebola in West Africa. Video at http://www.samaritanspurse.org/article/ebola-crisis-in-west-africa/#ooid=F1dmJpbzrnzgK5mVMpziCu5nm8Gz-zNl
  • House GOP unveils “clean” CR to push budget fight to mid-December

    09/10/2014 11:58:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/10/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    With all of the other news ricocheting around the media and social networks, this may seem like a sleeper of a story, but it’s a bigger deal than one might think — literally as well as figuratively. Last night, House Republicans unveiled their proposed continuing resolution that will fund government well past the midterm elections, and it won’t make conservatives like Rep. Jeb Hensarling too happy. The proposal calls for a simple extension of current funding, plus some extra cash to deal with the Ebola outbreak in Africa and more flexibility on the use of cash for border security....
  • Obama to lawmakers: I don't need your approval to attack Islamic State

    09/10/2014 8:54:30 AM PDT · by mojito · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/9/2014 | Brian Hughes
    President Obama told congressional leaders in a meeting Tuesday that he has the authority to launch broader attacks against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, downplaying the prospect of a Capitol Hill vote on his military plan ahead of his prime-time address to the nation Wednesday night. Obama “told the leaders that he has the authority he needs to take action against [the Islamic State] in accordance with the mission he will lay out in his address tomorrow,” the White House said in a readout of the meeting that included Obama, Vice President Joe Biden; House Speaker John Boehner,...
  • WOW! Obama Says He Does Not Need Congress To Wage War on ISIS

    09/10/2014 6:28:12 AM PDT · by xzins · 40 replies
    In 2007, Senator Barack Obama made remarks about the War Powers Act and the war in Iraq. He blamed Congress for giving the president the power to wage war that he later abused. “The American people weren’t just failed by a president, they were failed by much of Washington. By a media that too often reported spin instead of facts… And, most of all by Congress, a co-equal branch of government, that voted to give the president the power to wage war that he uses to this day. Without that vote, there would be no war.” But that was back...
  • Who's rich, who's poor? Lawmakers show us their money

    09/09/2014 12:17:29 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | September 9, 2014 | Cathy Taylor
    Californians take top, near-bottom spots on list of richest members of Congress. California’s congressional representatives are among the richest and – surprise – among the poorest of Congress’ lawmakers, according to federally required financial disclosure reports.
  • Congress mulls response to Ferguson with sense of urgency

    09/07/2014 1:27:48 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 7, 2014 | Mike Lillis
    When Congress returns to Washington this week from their long summer recess, lawmakers will waste little time weighing a legislative response to last month's turmoil in Ferguson, Mo. The violent stand-offs that followed the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer set off a firestorm of congressional criticism over the police response to public protest. Although the saga has largely faded from the headlines, a number of lawmakers will resuscitate it in coming days in order to highlight various proposals designed to prevent another similar incident. Senate Democrats will hold a hearing Tuesday to examine...