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  • Gary George hasn't filed federal campaign report

    07/23/2014 10:15:22 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 1 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 7-23-14 | Jason Stein
    More than a week after convicted felon and former state Sen. Gary George was expected to disclose who is funding his longshot bid for Congress, he has still not done so. Until George files the report, voters will not find out who, if anyone, is backing his longshot bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, a Milwaukee Democrat. In an abrupt phone interview Wednesday with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, George declined to explain himself, telling a reporter he had no time to talk and would only take questions by email. “I’ve got to go,” George said. By email, George’s campaign...
  • On LGBT Workplace Discrimination, GOP Has Potential Path to Splitting Democrats on Religious Freedom

    07/23/2014 9:41:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/23/2014 | Napp Nazworth
    President Barack Obama's LGBT workplace discrimination order has revealed a rift among Democrats over whether religious freedom trumps gay rights. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives could exploit that rift by bringing the Senate-passed Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which has a religious exemption, to the floor for a vote. ENDA, which would ban workplace discrimination based upon sexual orientation and gender identity, was passed by the Senate in November with the support of 54 Democrats and 10 Republicans. The bill likely would not have passed if it had not contained a religious exemption. The exemption was a major point of contention during...
  • The ACA Means What It Says: The DC Court Declines to Usurp the Role of Congress

    07/23/2014 7:14:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/23/2014 | The Editors
    It’s an odd world in which judges are accused of usurping the role of Congress for ruling that the executive branch must follow the text of a law Congress wrote. But that’s what has happened today. In Halbig v. Burwell, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Congress never gave the federal government power to provide subsidies and assess penalties under the Affordable Care Act in states that haven’t established their own health-insurance exchanges. President Obama and the Congress that passed the law assumed this wouldn’t be a problem: States were expected to go along and establish their own...
  • VA Fears Opening ‘Floodgates’ to Private Care

    07/21/2014 9:18:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Military.com ^ | July 17, 2014 | Tom Philpott
    MILITARY UPDATE: VA Asks Hill Not To Open ‘Floodgates’ to Private Care.The ambitious push by Congress and its veteran affairs committees to swiftly solve a health care wait-time crisis for tens of thousands of veterans by granting access to private sector care appears to have run hard aground. After four weeks, House-Senate conferees, working through their staffs to iron out differences in separate veteran health reform bills, need some major breakthroughs, according to lawmakers and staff. “I am very concerned that this conference committee will end up taking a step backward for veterans’ health care in this country,” said Sen....
  • Paul Ryan's Proposed Budget Cuts

    07/20/2014 8:46:52 AM PDT · by dvan · 27 replies
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    Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:24:12 -0700 Subject: RE: Budget Proposal This looks like a pretty healthy platform to start running on... In order to begin getting our country's spending under control, there has to be some elimination and take aways. Here's Paul Ryan's proposed cuts. PAUL RYAN'S PROPOSED BUDGET CUTS A List of Republican Budget Cuts Notice S.S. and the military are NOT on this list. These are all the programs that the new Republican House has proposed cutting. Read to the end. * Corporation for Public Broadcasting Subsidy -- $445 million annual savings. * Save America 's Treasures...
  • Cruz calls for end to 'Obama amnesty'

    07/20/2014 6:59:43 AM PDT · by Innovative · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 19, 2014 | Megan R Wilson
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Saturday urged supporters to sign a petition to end what he said was “Obama’s amnesty,” a program authorized Obama that allows certain undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S. without fear of being deported. Cruz took to social media on Saturday to spur attention to his proposals. “Join the fight to stop the crisis on the border -- sign the petition to #StopObamasAmnesty,” Cruz wrote on his Facebook and Twitter. The Tea Party favorite is pushing legislation that would defund the program to prevent it from being expanded. Cruz says his bill should be a...
  • Injured veterans program in danger

    07/20/2014 6:48:27 AM PDT · by Innovative · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 19, 2014 | Martin Matishak
    A program that allows veterans with traumatic brain injuries to receive treatment in assisted living facilities is in danger of closing down. With only two weeks to go before the August recess, Congress has yet to take action on legislation that would renew the pilot program before it expires on Sept. 30. Ralph Ibson, the national policy director for the Wounded Warrior Project, said it would be a “sad irony for Congress to fail to include in an access to care package, a critically needed access to care piece that will soon expire.” The VA started turning away applicants to...
  • Question for Boehner: Will you use the power of the purse to stop Obama’s executive power grabs?

    07/20/2014 5:52:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/19/2014 | AllahPundit
    A leftover from yesterday via CNS but a fine note on which to end the week. There are three ways the House could punish Obama the next time he decides he wants to rewrite a statutory deadline for ObamaCare or unilaterally declare war in the Middle East or amnestize a few million illegals. They could impeach him, of course, but that’ll go nowhere in the Senate and will provoke a nasty public backlash against the GOP. That option is too hot. They could do what Boehner’s actually doing right now, suing Obama on separation-of-powers grounds, but most legal experts...
  • We should bring back the "Send a Brick" campaign

    07/19/2014 12:31:14 AM PDT · by Thunder90 · 3 replies
    We should resurrect the "Send a Brick to Congress" initiative that was done in 2006. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1626048/posts http://web.archive.org/web/20060417173015/http://www.send-a-brick.com/
  • Congress: MH17 Crash Is ‘Act of Terror,’ and Putin May Be to Blame

    07/18/2014 1:42:12 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 16 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 07.17.14 | Josh Rogin/Tim Mak
    The reported downing of a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine that resulted in the deaths of 295 passengers was an “act of terror” and an “act of war,” according to the top Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs and Senate Armed Services Committee. “The shooting down, if it’s true, of a passenger airliner is an act of terror,” New York Rep. Eliot Engel, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told The Daily Beast. “It’s no different from the acts of terror Iran has been perpetrating for many years… The world community should get together and decide on...
  • House moving quickly on border

    07/17/2014 7:03:02 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | July 15, 2014 | SEUNG MIN KIM and JAKE SHERMAN
    House Republicans are moving quickly to address the growing humanitarian crisis on the southern border, possibly holding votes as soon as next week. As Congress moves closer to the monthlong August recess, the speedy action sends a clear message to Senate Democrats: Take it or leave it. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), incoming Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and a group of top lawmakers working on the border crisis are set to file a bill that very closely mirrors the legislation crafted by Texas lawmakers Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican, and Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar. The legislation will come with additional...
  • Hagel quietly notifies Congress of transfer of 6 Gitmo detainees

    07/16/2014 4:32:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/16/14 | Jessica Chasmar
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel quietly notified Congress last week that the military is set to transfer six Guantanamo Bay prisoners to Uruguay as soon as next month, The New York Times revealed Wednesday. The deal has been waiting for Mr. Hagel’s approval since March, but stalled after the Obama administration received a wave of backlash for releasing five Taliban detainees to Qatar in exchange for the release Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The administration did not give Congress 30-days notice in that deal, but argued it was still legal because any delay could have risked Sgt. Bergdahl’s life. Of the six...
  • Horror! Dying NY Vets Denied Painkillers – Given Salt Water Instead

    07/16/2014 2:48:49 PM PDT · by blueyon · 54 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/16/14 | Jim Hoft
    Another day, another VA tragedy. An Albany nurse claims dying New York Veterans were denied painkillers. Instead they were given salt water mixtures. Valerie Riviello, a nurse at the Albany Stratton VA medical center, claims that fellow employees had reported to her that dying veterans were denied painkillers such as morphine to ease their pain. Instead, they were given salt water mixtures. Riviello told the Times Union: Among stories that nurse Valerie Riviello has heard from other employees at the Albany VA is one about dying patients who were supposed to receive morphine to alleviate pain, but instead got a...
  • As Senior White House Advisor Defies Congressional Subpoena, Committee Releases Audio Recording...

    07/16/2014 9:35:50 AM PDT · by blueyon · 17 replies
    Committee on Oversight & Goverment Reform ^ | 7/16/14 | Govt Committee??
    "As Senior White House Advisor Defies Congressional Subpoena, Committee Releases Audio Recording of Cabinet Secretary Making Illegal Campaign Solicitation" Then Labor Secretary: “Off-the-record here—Wanted to ask you if you could help us get folks organized to come to a fundraiser that we’re doing for Organizing for America for Obama campaign” As Director of the White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, David Simas, in defiance of a congressional subpoena, failed to appear today to testify before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on taxpayer-funded political campaign activity by government officials, the Committee released an audio recording of...
  • Uncle Sam's Unfenced Swimming Pool

    07/16/2014 8:04:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 16, 2014 | Terry Jeffrey
    Sam, the wealthiest man in his neighborhood, lives in a big beautiful house with a massive backyard punctuated by a large, deep swimming pool. While Sam is personally not very fond of children -- he supports abortion on demand and believes the government should force all employers to offer female workers free sterilizations -- he nonetheless lives in a neighborhood that teems with little ones. The children are particularly attracted to Sam's beautiful pool -- and, on those rare occasions when Sam is actually in his backyard, he frequently finds himself shooing these children away. Worried relatives have repeatedly...
  • Obama executive actions seen as threat to Constitution

    07/15/2014 10:10:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 15, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)A prominent law professor and avowed supporter of the Obama White House will tell the House on Wednesday that the president has created one of the biggest constitutional crises in the country’s history and will endorse House Republicans’ effort to sue to rein him in. Jonathan Turley, a professor at George Washington University, will say President Obama is trampling the founders’ vision for the country in his push to circumvent Congress, and he will demand Republicans and Democrats alike forget their party labels to unify against this White House’s power grab. “What we are witnessing today is one of the...
  • White House to Defy Congressional Subpoena, Prevent Top Political Aide From Testifying at...

    07/15/2014 6:20:13 PM PDT · by blueyon · 25 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 7/15/14 | Oliver Darcy
    "White House to Defy Congressional Subpoena, Prevent Top Political Aide From Testifying at Hearing" WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is defying a congressional subpoena by keeping a top political aide to President Barack Obama from testifying at a hearing Wednesday. The White House is arguing that Obama adviser David Simas (SEE’-muhs) is immune from subpoena by the House Oversight Committee in its investigation into the political office that he directs.
  • Did the VA try to bug Congressional investigators?

    07/15/2014 1:58:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/15/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    When Congressional investigators arrived at the regional VA office in Philadelphia, they probably didn’t expect the red-carpet treatment. However, they probably didn’t expect the Red Scare treatment, either. In testimony before Congress last night, investigators revealed that the VA office initially gave them offices that were wired to record audio and video. They also found a notebook detailing how one manager instructed employees to obstruct the investigation: Congressional staffers investigating data falsification and whistleblower retaliation at the Department of Veterans Affairs regional office in Philadelphia were given a workspace there that was wired with activated audio microphones and video...
  • Sarah Palin backs Barry Loudermilk, Bob Johnson in House runoffs (Georgia)

    07/15/2014 12:15:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Sarah Palin visits South Fulton in April to campaign for Karen Handel. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin weighed in via Facebook this morning with a couple of Georgia GOP U.S. House runoff endorsements: former state Sen. Barry Loudermilk of Cassville in the 11th and surgeon Bob Johnson of Savannah in the 1st. It’s another tea party stamp of approval for Loudermilk and Johnson, who have the backing of national groups as well. When Palin backed Karen Handel in the U.S. Senate primary, the Handel campaign reported a surge of donations. Here’s Palin’s full post: Just back from a beautiful weekend...
  • Wow: Rep. Blackburn Shows Ultrasound Pic of Her Grandson To Testify Against Abortion Bill

    07/15/2014 9:17:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 15, 2014 | Courtney O'Brien
    Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) brought a picture of her grandson to Capitol Hill today. No, she didn’t simply show it to her colleagues to beam about her newest family member – she brought the picture straight to the Senate floor to testify against the pro-abortion S. 1696, or “Women’s Health Protection Act.” S. 1696, which has 25 Senate cosponsors (all Democrats), would override nearly all federal and state laws limiting abortion, including third-trimester bans on abortion, limits on abortion after 5 months of pregnancy, and laws against sex-selection abortion, according to the pro-life organization SBA List, which sent out an...
  • JOSEPH GIGLIO: Let the Highway Trust Fund crumble

    07/14/2014 11:46:51 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Quincy Patriot Ledger ^ | July 12, 2014 | Joseph Giglio
    The federal Highway Trust Fund, which provides transportation funding to the states, is projected to run dry in August. But with a technology-driven revolution underway in the way Americans use surface transportation, applying yesterday’s solution and simply replenishing the fund won’t solve the problem. According to the Obama administration, if the fund is exhausted, states will be forced to put off 112,000 highway construction and 5,600 transit projects, resulting in the loss of 700,000 jobs. When dealing with the government, there are always plenty of zeroes to go around. The traditional source of revenue for the trust fund is the...
  • House and Senate in Different Lanes on Dwindling Highway Trust Fund

    07/14/2014 7:15:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 07/14/2014 | Bill Straub
    WASHINGTON – The federal Highway Trust Fund, which contributes to road building and maintenance projects across the country, is expected to run out of money in early August, leading some states to issue plans to halt construction in case the well runs dry. The House and Senate are considering dueling packages and have not reached an agreement on how to address the fund’s impending insolvency. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has advised governors that reimbursements may slow to a trickle if the chambers can’t agree in time. Foxx told the states his department “will continue to take every possible measure to...
  • "Lost" Lois Lerner Emails to White House May Be About Obama’s Brother

    07/13/2014 5:48:17 PM PDT · by blueyon · 13 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 6/14/14 | Walid Shoebat
    Was there any email correspondence between the White House and former IRS Tax Exempt Director Lois Lerner relative to Malik Obama’s Barack H. Obama Foundation (BHOF)? If so, when would it have taken place? Could it have been any time between January 2009 – April of 2011? The reason that should be of interest is that as of yesterday, the White House has suddenly proclaimed that all emails between Lerner and the White House during that time frame have been lost due to a computer crash. To clarify, it is obviously not known if there was any correspondence between Lerner...
  • Congressman Bob Goodlattte assures us that there is no impeachment in the offing

    07/13/2014 4:02:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 13, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Representative Bob Goodlatte took to the Sunday morning chat circuit, specifically ABC’s This Week, to assure his fellow Americans that there was no need to impeach the President and no plans to do so in the foreseeable future. The Corner has the details. Representative Bob Godlattte (R., Va.) does not believe President Obama has done anything that would merit impeachment under the Constitution. “We are not working on or drawing up articles of impeachment,” Goodlatte, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, told George Stephanopoulos on This Week Sunday. “The Constitution is very clear as to what constitutes grounds for impeachment...
  • Michelle Obama to Latinos: ‘We cannot afford to wait on Congress’ for immigration

    07/13/2014 6:49:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 07/13/2014 | By Cheryl K. Chumley
    First lady Michelle Obama grabbed the political reins during a speech to the League of United Latin American Citizens in New York City, telling the crowd of admirers not to worry — that her husband wouldn’t wait on Congress to take action on immigration reform. “So make no mistake about it — we have to keep on fighting as hard as we can on immigration,” Mrs. Obama said, to a cheering crowd, Breitbart reported. “And as my husband has said, he’s going to do whatever administrative action it takes to fix this broken system.” Mrs. Obama then vowed that Congress...
  • How low can someone go? (Murietta Border Crossing Chaos: From Fox News 11

    07/12/2014 10:08:26 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 22 replies
    Fox News 11 via Youtube ^ | 7/12/2014 | marmurphy76
    Lupillo Rivera being spit on by a protestor. [Fox News 11 reported this?]
  • Palin the constitutional expert (She must be right over the target)

    07/11/2014 8:45:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 11, 2014 | A.B. Stoddard
    It has been a while since former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) embarrassed herself, but staying out of the news isn't good for her livelihood, which relies on lucrative speeches, television appearances and a regular stream of news accounts of her Facebook posts where she offers up her special brand of leadership. So since things have been a bit quiet for her, this week she insisted that everyone who resists impeaching President Obama must go. In her words, "we should vehemently oppose any politician on the left or right who would hesitate in voting for articles of impeachment," and this other...
  • Will Boehner Demand That Obama Uphold The Law & Enforce William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Act?

    07/11/2014 2:48:02 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 31 replies
    7/11/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    We know this is a planned invasion... But Boehner (Boner) has beat the drum of 'Obama does not uphold or enforce the law." Hint hint: Obama really, truly doesn't... But... The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act Of 2008 will either be "upheld" and "enforced" by Obama - or it won't. Under it, certain children under this Act are placed under the care of the Dept of Health and Human Services, are given the least restrictive environment, are given an attorney and can plead their case before a judge to stay in the U.S. And GWB signed this into...
  • Barack Obama on impeachment: 'Really?'(“I don’t have to run anymore, so I can just let it rip”)

    07/10/2014 7:10:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 10, 2014 | Edward-Isaac Dovere, senior White House reporter
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Go ahead, President Barack Obama told House Republicans Thursday. Impeach him. “You hear some of them: ‘Sue him! Impeach him!’” Obama said in a relaxed, sniping campaign-style speech in Austin, Texas, recounting the resistance he’s run into for signing executive actions. “Really? For what, doing my job?” So punchy that he was leaning arms hanging off the front of his podium, telling a few hecklers to “sit down,” and instructing the Secret Service not to bother removing them, Obama said he was feeling liberated. “I don’t have to run for office anymore, so I can just let it rip,” he...
  • Bill submitted to hold Lois Lerner in contempt: Congress takes first step towards arrest

    07/10/2014 2:33:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 07/10/2014 | Garth Kant
    WASHINGTON – WND has learned the House of Representatives is considering whether to send Lois Lerner to jail for contempt of Congress. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, has just submitted a bill, HR 664, which finds Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify before a congressional committee. Lerner, the former head of the IRS tax-exempt division, has admitted the IRS improperly targeted conservative groups seeking 501(c)(3) status. However, Lerner twice invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and refused to testify before the House Oversight Committee. The bill only has to pass the House, not the Senate, in order...
  • The Triumph of Law Over Ideology

    07/09/2014 3:25:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 8, 2014 | Ken Connor
    It's been almost a week since the Supreme Court issued their ruling on the Hobby Lobby case, and there appears to be no end in sight to the Left's outrage over the outcome. As expected, given the controversial nature of the issue at hand, most of the ire is reflexive and purely visceral. It's unlikely that many are taking the time to actually educate themselves on the Court's reasoning behind the decision. In their eyes, misogyny and religious fanaticism won out over women's rights, period. On the Right, there is a temptation to fall into essentially the same error: ascribing...
  • Cover-up: Lois Lerner Caught Trying to Hide Information and Emails From Congress

    07/09/2014 3:01:44 PM PDT · by blueyon · 33 replies
    ACLJ ^ | 7/09/14 | Jordan Sekulow
    The latest bombshell email revelation from former top IRS official Lois Lerner shows her actively trying to hide information from Congress just days after learning of the Investigator General report on the IRS targeting of the Tea Party and conservative groups. Lerner stated that she had been “cautioning” fellow IRS employees to be “cautious about what we say in emails” because “Congress has asked for emails”. She was also concerned with hiding information shared through an IRS internal messaging system known as OCS, previously unknown to congressional investigators and others. She asked another employee if “OCS conversations were also searchable.”
  • Spending and Morality

    07/09/2014 4:32:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 9, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    During last year's budget negotiation meetings, President Barack Obama told House Speaker John Boehner, "We don't have a spending problem." When Boehner responded with "But, Mr. President, we have a very serious spending problem," Obama replied, "I'm getting tired of hearing you say that." In one sense, the president is right. What's being called a spending problem is really a symptom of an unappreciated deep-seated national moral rot. Let's examine it with a few questions. Is it moral for Congress to forcibly use one person to serve the purposes of another? I believe that most Americans would pretend that...
  • Being a Lame Duck President is Not Going to Stop Obama From Finishing His Work on Immigration Reform

    07/07/2014 6:53:26 AM PDT · by FredDardick · 16 replies
    Political Kryptonite ^ | July 7, 2014 | Fred Dardick
    Looking at declining poll numbers that are starting to make Jimmy Carter seem accomplished, many question whether the Obama presidency has officially entered lame duck territory. Chuck Todd of NBC News recently quipped “you look at the presidency here: Lowest job rating, tied for the lowest; lowest on foreign policy. His administration is seen as less competent than the Bush administration, post-Katrina … Essentially the public is saying [the] presidency is over.” The media would have us believe the Obama party is finished and it’s time to move on to the next contestant in the Who Wants to be President...
  • "A More Perfect Union"

    07/05/2014 9:41:43 AM PDT · by Baynative · 10 replies
    BYU TV ^ | 7/5/14 | Network
    Witness how a handful of brilliant men lead a political battle to create a new form of government.
  • Five Reasons Not to Raise the Gas Tax

    07/05/2014 8:12:09 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | July 3, 2014 | Randal O'Toole
    The federal Highway Trust Fund is running out of money, and some senators have proposed to fix the problem by raising gas taxes. This, however, is the wrong solution because it treats the symptom, and not the underlying reason for the shortfall. Here are five reasons for not increasing gas taxes. 1. The problem is not a shortage of funds but an excess of spending. For more than 50 years after Congress created the Highway Trust Fund in 1956 it was able to avoid a shortage of funds by a simple measure: it didn't spend more than was collected in...
  • Brent Budowsky: GOP sectarian civil wars

    07/05/2014 6:52:09 AM PDT · by Innovative · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 2, 2014 | Brent Budowsky
    The Republican Party has entered a new era of sectarian civil wars on multiple issues that bitterly divide and dangerously threaten the GOP through the 2016 elections and beyond. These intensely emotional and ideological issues create deep fissures in the tectonic plate of Republican politics, pitting warring GOP factions against each other and creating powerful strategic advantages for Democrats. A reverse realignment, which is possible for Democrats in 2016, would be achieved by subtraction if a smaller-tent GOP implodes from within while driving swing voters and demographic wave voters to Democrats.
  • 'The people are the ONLY legitimate FOUNTAIN of power'; Congress is but 'creatures of the people'

    07/04/2014 4:58:14 AM PDT · by Colofornian
    Colofornian | July 4, 2014 | Colofornian
    One of my favorite fireworks are "fountain" based designs. As you review these Fountain Firework Images (or see them tonight in your neighborhoods), think of Founding Father's James Madison use of the "fountain" image (1788): "The people are the ONLY legitimate FOUNTAIN of power, and it is from THEM that the constitutional character, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived." (The Federalist Papers) Our government has forgotten this basic notion of freedom. With... ...the IRS targeting scandal and ensuing cover-up, ...ObamaCare attempted sovereignty of our lives, ...increased governmental encroachment, ...spend-happy 'pols' in D.C. and our...
  • 'He's Just Making That Up' — No Shortage of Attacks In Justin Amash Race

    07/03/2014 10:04:32 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/2/2014 | Jack Spencer
    Kent County business owner Brian Ellis denies that he's the "establishment" candidate in Michigan's 3rd Congressional District Republican Primary race, which pits him against two-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Justin Amash. Ellis, who founded Brooktree Capital Management and lives in Grand Rapids, has picked up endorsements from a number of "establishment" political action committees including Right-to-Life Michigan PAC, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce PAC and Michigan Farm Bureau Agri-PAC. Yet, according to a recent poll conducted by WXYZ-TV and the Detroit Free Press, Ellis trails U.S. Rep. Amash by 20 percentage points. "Everybody likes to portray their opponent in that...
  • 33 Lawmakers Call on Obama to End Deferred Action Program in Wake of Border Crisis

    07/03/2014 8:27:48 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2 Jul 2014 | Caroline May
    More than 30 Republican lawmakers are calling on President Obama to end his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and make a public assertion that new arrivals will not receive legal status. In response to the ongoing flood of unaccompanied immigrant minors illegally crossing the nation’s southern border, 33 Republican congressmen, lead by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), are pressing Obama to roll back policies and perceptions that they say have helped spur the onslaught. "As our country faces an unprecedented surge in the arrival of unaccompanied alien children (UACs) at our southwestern border, we call on you to immediately end...
  • The Post's View: Congress should narrow the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

    07/03/2014 12:59:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 30, 2014 | The Editorial Board
    WHEN BUSINESS owners enter the public marketplace, they should expect to follow laws with which they might disagree, on religious or other grounds. This is particularly true when they form corporations, to which the government offers unique benefits unavailable to individuals. The Supreme Court weakened that principle Monday. Congress should revitalize it. The justices ruled on the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate, which requires employer-based health insurance policies to provide contraception to covered employees. Several corporations challenged the law, insisting that the mandate unlawfully infringes on their owners’ religious rights. In a 5 to 4 ruling, the court agreed with...
  • Sen. Cruz Names Nick Muzin As Senior Adviser, Dep. Chief of Staff

    07/02/2014 11:16:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Jewish Political News and Updates ^ | July 2, 2014 | Jacob Kornbluh
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Wednesday named Nick Muzin as senior adviser and deputy chief of staff for strategy, effective Monday, July 14. “Nick’s broad range of experience and networks make him the ideal person to help us craft a positive, forward-looking vision for America and take that message to every corner of the country,” Sen. Cruz said in a statement. “I am delighted to have him on our team, and look forward to working together.” Muzin, 38, an Orthodox Jew, is a physician and attorney, and is currently the director of coalitions for the House Republican Conference,...
  • The Wisdom of Divided Government

    07/02/2014 7:05:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 2, 2014 | Dr Ben Carson
    House Speaker John Boehner recently shocked many of us when he announced that he is planning a lawsuit against the president for abuse of power. Many Americans feel that a harmonious working relationship between the branches of government has been seriously compromised in recent years. But when Alexis de Tocqueville visited America in 1831 to perform an in-depth analysis of the American phenomenon, he was impressed with our well-structured divided government and its separation of powers. The writings of the founders of this nation certainly referenced the Bible frequently, but they also paid homage to the writings of Charles de...
  • How Can Anyone Trust Obama?

    07/01/2014 10:05:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 1, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    Do you remember what President Obama initially said about the Internal Revenue Service scandal? Do you recall his professed outrage? Obama wanted us to know how furious he was. He said, "The misconduct that (the inspector general's report) uncovered is inexcusable." "It's inexcusable," he repeated, "and Americans are right to be angry about it, and I am angry about it. I will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency -- but especially in the IRS, given the power that it has and the reach that it has into all of our lives." He declared that the "responsible...
  • [Your Republican controlled] Congress Quietly Deletes a Key Disclosure of Free Trips Lawmakers Take

    07/01/2014 9:10:26 AM PDT · by TheConservator · 33 replies
    The National Journal ^ | 07/01/2014 | Shane Goldmacher
    It's going to be a little more difficult to ferret out which members of Congress are lavished with all-expenses-paid trips around the world after the House has quietly stripped away the requirement that such privately sponsored travel be included on lawmakers' annual financial-disclosure forms. Read more at the link. . . .
  • The Wait Is Over: Supreme Court Ruling Emboldens Us to Continue to Carry On

    07/01/2014 4:47:41 AM PDT · by rhema · 38 replies
    LCMS.org ^ | June 30, 2014 | Rev. Matthew C. Harrison
    Two years ago, I sat on a panel before Congress, testifying to the importance of religious liberty in America today. It seems like a long time ago. Since then, we have seen and heard a steady stream of news, from the church and the culture, about the Health and Human Services’ mandate and the Affordable Care Act, abortifacients and the conscience, religious freedoms and what this means for women. Thankfully, the wait is over. The Supreme Court has ruled, and the verdict is in: In a landmark case, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of religious liberty, specifically in regard...
  • Obama vows executive action on immigration

    06/30/2014 4:13:58 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | 30/6/14
    <p>President Barack Obama announced Monday that he will use executive orders to reform the U.S. immigration system as Republicans in Congress refuse to take up the issue.</p> <p>"I take executive action only when we have a serious problem, a serious issue, and Congress chooses to do nothing," he told a press conference in the White House Rose Garden. "And in this situation, the failure of House Republicans to pass a darn bill is bad for our security, it's bad for our economy and it's bad for our future."</p>
  • OBAMA ANNOUNCES HE'S BYPASSING CONGRESS ON IMMIGRATION REFORM

    06/30/2014 12:39:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 117 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/30/2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    Saying he's grown frustrated with waiting for congressional Republicans, an angry President Barack Obama said Monday he will bypass Congress and act on his own to make changes to immigration policy by the end of the summer. Obama spoke Monday from the Rose Garden, where he slammed House Republicans for being too accommodating to the conservative, anti-immigration wing of their party and chided House leadership for not working to pass a "darn bill." "They're unwilling to stand up to the Tea Party and do what's right for the country. And what's worse — a bunch of them know better," Obama...
  • Obama to seek $2 billion from Congress to tackle child migrant crisis

    06/30/2014 11:11:26 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06/29/14 | Steve Holland
    (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama is to ask Congress for more than $2 billion to deal with the surge in unaccompanied children from Central America flooding into the United States along its southern border.
  • Americans Losing Confidence in All Branches of U.S. Gov't

    06/30/2014 10:40:10 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    Gallup ^ | 06/30/14 | Justin McCarthy
    Americans' confidence in all three branches of the U.S. government has fallen, reaching record lows for the Supreme Court (30%) and Congress (7%), and a six-year low for the presidency (29%). The presidency had the largest drop of the three branches this year, down seven percentage points from its previous rating of 36%.