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  • Brian Babin becomes fifth Texas congressman to endorse Ted Cruz

    07/03/2015 12:02:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Trail Blazers ^ | July 2, 2015 | Sylvan Lane
    Sen. Ted Cruz now has five fellow Texan members of Congress publicly backing his 2016 presidential run. Cruz’s campaign announced Thursday morning the endorsement of Rep. Brian Babin, R-Woodville. “Ted has shown the conservative leadership and fortitude we so desperately need in our nation’s highest office,” said Babin in a statement released by the Cruz campaign. ”Now is a time for truth,” echoing the title of the senator’s new book, “and he will speak honestly to the American people.” Like Cruz, Babin has been critical of Republican leadership and President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration. Babin voted “present” in...
  • Scott Walker: I'd 'absolutely' nuke the filibuster to repeal Obamacare

    06/28/2015 7:31:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 28, 2015 | Philip Klein
    Scott Walker on Saturday night said that if it were necessary to repeal President Obama's healthcare law, he would urge Republican senators to use the so-called nuclear option to end the filibuster. After formal remarks at the Western Conservative Summit, Walker sat down with talk radio host and author Hugh Hewitt for an onstage interview. "I heard you say Obamacare will be repealed and replaced," Hewitt said. "There are a lot of Republican senators who love the filibuster. Rick Santorum told me you don't need to break the filibuster to repeal Obamacare. But if it's necessary to do so, will...
  • U.S. senators visit Cuba, hope Congress will ease restrictions

    06/27/2015 12:54:30 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 27, 2015 | Daniel Trotta
    Three visiting U.S. senators said on Saturday they hoped Congress would support President Barack Obama's opening toward Cuba, including lifting a ban on U.S. citizens traveling to the Communist-run island. Democratic Senators Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Ben Cardin of Maryland joined Republican Dean Heller of Nevada on a trip to Cuba where they met First Vice-President Miguel Diaz-Canel, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez and ordinary Cubans.
  • School Nutritionists: Participation in School Lunch Program 'Abruptly Down' in 49 States

    06/26/2015 8:10:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | June 25, 2015 | Gabrielle Cintorino
    (CNSNews.com)-- The School Nutrition Association (SNA), which represents 55,000 school nutritionists nationwide, is pointing to data published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to draw awareness to the fact that “after 30 years of steady growth in the National School Lunch Program, student participation is abruptly down in 49 states."The nutritionists attribute the drop to new nutrition standards that were instituted by USDA in 2012.Total national participation in the School Lunch Program peaked in 2010 and 2011 at 31.8 million, according to USDA. In 2012, it was 31.7 million. But in 2013, it dropped by 1 million participants, to 30.7...
  • House bill would force the Supreme Court to enroll in ObamaCare

    06/25/2015 3:49:37 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/25/2015 | Mark Hensch
    A House Republican on Thursday proposed forcing the Supreme Court justices and their staff to enroll in ObamaCare. Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) said that his SCOTUScare Act would make all nine justices and their employees join the national healthcare law’s exchanges. “As the Supreme Court continues to ignore the letter of the law, it’s important that these six individuals understand the full impact of their decisions on the American people,” he said. “That’s why I introduced the SCOTUScare Act to require the Supreme Court and all of its employees to sign up for ObamaCare,” Babin said. Babin’s potential legislation would...
  • King v. Burwell: An Embarrassing Decision [SCOTUS rewrites Obamacare instead of Congress]

    06/25/2015 2:53:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/25/2015 | David French
    With his opinion in King v. Burwell, Chief Justice John Roberts has sent a clear message to Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi: “You can count on me.” Or, to use the language of younger readers, “I got your back.” In the face of clear statutory language indicating that federal subsidies are available only for insurance plans purchased through “an Exchange established by the State,” Justice Roberts — and five other justices — rewrote the law to enable tax credits for insurance purchased through federal exchanges as well. In so doing, the justices not only saved the individual mandate,...
  • NCBA warns of lawsuit over Waters of the U.S.

    06/25/2015 9:18:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Farm Futures ^ | Jun 23, 2015
    NCBA will engage EPA in lawsuit alleging overreach in Waters of the U.S. rule, group says. Concerns of cattlemen regarding the U.S. EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Waters of the U.S. rule released last month are coming true, National Cattlemen's Beef Association Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall said Tuesday, but that's actually generating more support for repeal efforts. We just got some more feedback this last weekend that it's the determination of the EPA that any stock tank or pond that runs around in a flooding type event would be considered a 'water of the United States,'"...
  • Impact of EPA’s ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Proposed Rule on Small Businesses Could Be Significant

    05/30/2014 6:56:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 30, 2014 | U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business
    The Small Business Committee, under the chairmanship of Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), today conducted a hearing about how small businesses would be affected by the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and United States Army Corps of Engineers' proposed rule to expand the Clean Water Act. Last week, Graves and Members of the Committee wrote to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy, who oversees the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to urge withdrawal of the pending rule. Among the witnesses' and Members' concerns, the EPA and Corps of Engineers did not adequately assess the impact of...
  • Hundreds attend town hall meeting to discuss BLM's plan for closures of public land ( Colorado )

    06/25/2015 6:38:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    KJCT ^ | Jun 24, 2015 | Daniela Pardo
    Grand Junction, COLO. It's a hot debate that's sparked a lot of controversy in Mesa County. The updating of the Resource Management Plan has been in the works for years. It was announced a few months back, but not everyone's happy about the proposal. The Mesa County Commissioners and the Bureau of Land Management took turns speaking at the town hall meeting. The public listened to what happened in a meeting with representatives from the governor's office, in regards to the Resource Management Plan, and had the chance to share their concerns and suggestions. At last week's meeting with the...
  • Congress victory boosts Obama's Pacific trade pact

    06/24/2015 3:21:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/24/15 | Krista Hughes
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers approved legislation key to securing a hallmark Pacific trade deal by a comfortable margin on Wednesday, advancing President Barack Obama's efforts to strengthen U.S. economic ties with Asia. Related Stories House OKs Fast-Track Trade Bill Fox Business 'Fast track' trade bill clears Senate hurdle MarketWatch Obama quest for fast-track trade bill on ice in U.S. House Reuters Clinton says she'd vote against 'fast track' trade bill Associated Press Obama quest for fast-track trade bill on ice in U.S. House Reuters After a six-week congressional battle including two brushes with failure, some fancy legislative footwork and...
  • USA Sovereignty Ends?

    06/24/2015 11:22:31 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/24/15 | Sher Zieve
    Pray fervently now, keep your loved ones close, your weapons clean and your powder very dry In 2008, we warned you about Obama. Over and over again, we presented material documents showing that Obama had worked with and still worked with the enemies—many like Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn who did so with extreme violence—of the USA, its people…and, ultimately, every area where liberty lived. However, not willing to bother with any and/or all facts but, preferring the super-charged emotion of the dictator-to-be moment, too many Americans voted for him anyway. Besides, many US citizens had to prove they weren’t...
  • Establishment GOP Betrays Country Class Again; Primaries Are The Cure

    06/24/2015 4:27:35 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 36 replies
    The passage in the Republican-controlled Senate of the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill has many conservatives wondering at the bizarre turn of events that has changed the historic Republican victory in the 2014 midterm elections into a series of triumphs for Barack Obama’s closing agenda. From the Republican leadership’s devious ploy to fund Obama’s executive amnesty through the “CRomnibus,” to their refusal to defund Obamacare or executive amnesty, to their treasonous adoption of the legislation to give Obama a free hand to abandon U.S. opposition to Iran’s nuclear weapons program, and now their phony “free trade” argument in favor of...
  • Manchin, Toomey both interested in reviving gun control push

    06/23/2015 6:36:44 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 70 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 23, 2015 | By Colby Itkowitz
    In the wake of the Charleston shooting, Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) are considering ways to renew their failed push to pass meaningful gun control legislation. In separate interviews Tuesday night at a reception before a ceremony hosted by Sandy Hook families to honor Toomey, they discussed their desire to find a new way forward. “We want to make sure we have the votes. Pat’s going to have to, and I’ll work with him, to get some of our colleagues on the Republican side,” Manchin said, adding he hasn’t talked directly to Toomey about a revival. Manchin...
  • H.R. 1599 Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act would end states’ rights to label GMO foods

    06/23/2015 11:52:38 AM PDT · by Theoria · 6 replies
    Echo Child's Play ^ | 07 June 2015 | Jennifer Lance
    Would take away a state's rights once and for all to require labeling of GMO foods. 70 bills have been introduced in over 30 states to require some sort of labeling of genetically engineered (GE) or genetically modified organisms (GMO).1)http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/issues/976/ge-food-labeling/state-labeling-initiatives#  Although very few of these bills or initiatives have passed into actual law, and many have been challenged in court, a new congressional bill would take away the state’s rights once and for all to require labeling of GMO foods.H.R.1599 2)https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/1599/text, ironically labeled the  Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 has been renamed the DARK (Deny Americans the Right...
  • Sessions Introduces Immigration Enforcement Bill Named For Officers Killed By Illegal

    06/23/2015 10:49:55 AM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 17 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com ^ | June 22, 2015 | Caroline May
    With enforcement of immigration law said to be eroding under the Obama administration, Sen. Jeff Sessions has introduced a new bill to strengthen immigration enforcement. “Congress spends too much time catering to special interests, and not enough time serving the people who sent us here. Advancing this bill would be a dramatic step towards reestablishing the severed trust between the people and their government,” Sessions, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, said Monday.
  • Senate advances fast-track trade bill for Obama

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

    06/23/2015 7:10:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/23/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    While conservatives have been nearly unanimous in calling for the end of the Washington slush fund known as the Export-Import Bank, Congress will clearly remain under a lot of pressure from powerful business interests. The authorization for the bank is due to expire at the end of this month, so no real action is required to make it go away beyond simply doing nothing. Given how that’s what Congress is usually best at, this sounds pretty easy, but one major employer has begun leveling threats as to what will happen if they don’t get to keep the scheme in place....
  • House conservatives lash out at Boehner's 'culture of punishment'

    <p>A key bloc of conservatives is laying plans to throttle legislation on the House floor and will meet privately this week to discuss a shake-up of GOP leadership.</p> <p>The group is irate at what one called a “culture of punishment” that Speaker John Boehner’s leadership team has instituted against dissenting members — most recently the removal of Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) from a subcommittee chairmanship after he bucked Republican leaders on an important procedural vote. In one of his first interviews since that move, Meadows stopped short of calling for the removal of Boehner or his lieutenants; House conservatives likely lack support to oust Republicans leaders even if they wanted to. But the mere mention of such a move shows that tensions between Boehner’s team and House conservatives, after seeming to subside the past several months, are peaking once again.</p>
  • Sources: Clinton confidant who sent Libya memos paid $200G by Brock network

    06/19/2015 8:14:55 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/19/2015 | Judson Berger
    The Clinton confidant under scrutiny on Capitol Hill over detailed Libya memos he sent to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told lawmakers earlier this week he has been pulling in $200,000 a year from Clinton ally David Brock's media operation, congressional sources tell FoxNews.com. The figure is far higher than initially reported. While the payments to Sidney Blumenthal may not reflect any apparent conflict of interest, his work with Brock's liberal advocacy and media groups was a focus of his high-profile deposition on Tuesday before the House Benghazi committee. Republicans' rationale for the questioning was that his financial and political...
  • Donald Trump declares war on lying, street-hustlers of Congress

    06/19/2015 5:36:13 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 59 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 6-16-2015 | Charles Hurt
    Finally, a serious and truly experienced contender. Donald Trump and his $9 billion just made the biggest splash of the 2016 presidential race. By the time the seas stop sloshing back and forth, there may not be a drop of water left over for anybody else to float a rowboat. Of course, what you heard from Washington and the elite political set in both parties Tuesday was snickering and laughing and scoffing. All the old jokes about The Donald's cheesy style. His crazy orange combover. His penchant for grand statements spoken bluntly with and exclamation point that is often dotted...
  • Can Congress override a veto on repeal of medical-device tax?

    06/19/2015 11:24:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/19/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Barack Obama and the White House threaten vetoes daily on bills under consideration in the Republican-controlled Congress, especially those impacting Obama’s signature health-care system. That threat may end up backfiring on Obama when it comes to the medical-device tax. The House took action yesterday on the most unpopular funding mechanism in ObamaCare, repealing it outright on a 280-140 vote. That’s just shy of the two-thirds necessary, but the GOP has some reserves on this vote: The 2.3 percent tax on medical devices enacted as part of that law passed Thursday in the House 280-140, giving Republicans hope they’ll have...
  • Jim Jordan Puts GOP Leadership on Notice

    06/18/2015 4:13:10 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 21 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 6/17/15 | Joel Gehrke
    When a group of House conservatives voted last week to kill a trade bill favored by President Obama, House Speaker John Boehner and other GOP leaders who support the measure steamed. Representative Mick Mulvaney (R., S.C.) celebrated the revolt as a coming-of-age moment for rebel backbenchers. “Yesterday will be the day that we look back at as the day that conservatives finally started getting organized in the House,” he wrote in a note to the Spartanburg Tea Party. Led by Representative Jim Jordan (R., Ohio), a platoon of conservatives demanded that Boehner agree to a series of concessions in exchange...
  • OPM Breach Includes Congressional Staffers (Video)

    06/17/2015 12:36:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Roll Call's Hill Blotter ^ | June 16, 2015 | Bridget Bowman
    As government officials answered questions about the recent Office of Personnel Management data breach, former and current congressional staffers processed the notices they are receiving from the agency that they, too, were affected by the breach. Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va., told CQ Roll Call Tuesday that his press secretary, George Burke, who has never worked for the executive branch, received a notice from the OPM saying his personal identifiable information may have been compromised. Connolly said he spoke with someone in the office of the House Chief Administrative Officer, and it appeared that congressional staffers who had a break...
  • "If Not Now, When? If Not You, Who?"

    06/15/2015 10:27:07 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/15/15 | Peggy Ryan
    Shhh! Listen and you’ll hear the refrains of Obamacare echoing through the halls of Congress. It’s a trade bill instead of healthcare, backed by Republicans as well as Democrats, but at its core the bills are remarkably similar. Like Obamacare, the Trade bill is obscure (113 pages filled with caveats and reservations), it is secret and being hustled through Congress at breakneck speed to avoid scrutiny. The 2014 election provided a mandate that Congress is choosing to ignore. It’s clear the American people reject the Obama agenda yet McConnell and Boehner are tripping over themselves to pass every bill Obama...
  • More Still on TPP (Yep)

    06/15/2015 6:11:05 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 9 replies
    The Market-Ticker ^ | June 15, 2015 | Karl Denninger
    It's not really all that complicated; the fact is that so-called "new" conservatives that go to Congress don't even get in the front door of the House of Representatives before even the simplest autonomy is stripped from them. I've witnessed this in the past; a Rep I helped to get elected was told by the Republican leadership that he had to surrender all communication means that did not go through Republican leadership-owned and operated infrastructure -- yes, even his personal cellphone. Who holds the reins of these people? Who the hell knows -- did we learn nothing from Dennis Hastert...
  • TED CRUZ HQ: A Note to Conservatives on Trade Agreements

    06/13/2015 4:07:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 237 replies
    Ted Cruz for President ^ | June 12, 2015 | Staff
    Senator Cruz entirely understands the widespread suspicion of the President. Nobody has been more vocal in pointing out the President’s lawlessness or more passionate about fighting his usurpation of congressional authority. Senator Cruz would not and will not give President Obama one more inch of unrestricted power. There have been a lot of questions and concerns about the ongoing Pacific trade negotiations. Many of those concerns, fueled by the media, stem from confusion about Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Let’s unpack the issues one by one. What are TPA and TPP? TPA stands for Trade...
  • Democrats reject Obama on trade

    06/12/2015 1:09:53 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/12/15 | Deirdre Walsh and Eric Bradner
    Sensing his free trade agenda was hours from a stunning defeat, President Barack Obama visited Capitol Hill in person on Friday morning to make a personal plea for his own party's support. Democrats ignored him. And now, the prospects for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the biggest free trade deal in history, to be finalized and adopted are grim, unless Republicans can find a way within days to revive the bills and rescue Obama's biggest second-term legislative priority. The House overwhelmingly rejected the first in a series of trade bills Friday, with Democrats voting against a program that aids displaced workers —...
  • Supreme Court will once again decide on survival of ObamaCare

    06/12/2015 8:56:38 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/12/15 | Doug Book
    On November 11 of 2014, the Supreme Court granted cert to hear King v Burwell, a suit filed to prevent the Internal Revenue Service usurping the role and authority of Congress by re-writing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Affordable Care Act provides tax credits and subsidies for the purchase of health insurance through exchanges that are run by “a governmental agency or nonprofit entity that is established by a state.” Currently, 34 states have refused to build an ObamaCare Exchange and of the 16 (plus the District of Columbia) which did cobble together an exchange, 13 are still in...
  • Representative Rob Bishop Introduces Bill to Curb BATFE Abuse

    06/11/2015 10:18:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 2 replies
    nraila.org ^ | 6/10/2015 | unknown
    On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced H.R. 2710, the “Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act of 2015.” This bill would remove BATFE’s authority to interpret or reinterpret the “sporting purposes” clauses in federal law, which only serve to undermine the core purpose of the Second Amendment. Under Chairman Bishop’s legislation, all lawful purposes – including self-defense – would have to be given due consideration and respect in the administration of federal law. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller that the core purpose of the...
  • Left and Right Line Up Against Fast-Track Trade Legislation

    06/11/2015 9:52:03 AM PDT · by Theoria · 12 replies
    WSJ ^ | 11 June 2015 | William Mauldin
    Tea party activists, labor unions both say Obama’s trade agenda is undemocratic and secretive Some of the fiercest opponents of President Barack Obama’s trade policy on the left and right are sending notably similar messages in a bid to kill legislation in the House designed to expedite a major Pacific trade deal. With a deciding vote set for Friday, unions and progressive groups are emphasizing arguments that also appeal to conservative organizations, accusing the Obama administration of undue secrecy, stretching the limits of executive power and undermining U.S. sovereignty. “The left is using the language I use,” said Richard Manning,...
  • The Export-Import Bank Is Overdrawn

    06/11/2015 5:18:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 10, 2015 | Allen West
    The Export-Import Bank charter will expire in a few days, on June 30, unless Congress acts to reauthorize it. The Export-Import Bank was created more than 80 years ago by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to help foreign customers buy goods from the United States. Some companies benefit from the Export-Import Bank and they are the first ones to defend its reauthorization. But let’s be clear: Companies benefit from Export-Import Bank loans at the expense of taxpayers and other businesses. Taxpayers—not the companies themselves—assume the risk of a foreign loan, made through a private bank (like Goldman Sachs), to purchase a...
  • Congress moving to block EPA regulation of streams, wetlands

    06/10/2015 7:59:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 10, 2015 5:00 PM EDT | Mary Clare Jalonick
    Congressional Republicans are pushing to block an Obama administration rule designed to protect water quality in small streams, tributaries and wetlands before it goes into effect later this year. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved legislation Wednesday that would force the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw and rewrite rules issued in May that clarify which of those smaller bodies of water are regulated under the Clean Water Act. The EPA says the rule will protect the waters from pollution and development and safeguard drinking water for 117 million Americans. Republicans in...
  • Blow to Obama as public rejects his case for free trade just as Congress agrees to consider...

    06/10/2015 5:08:10 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/10/15 | Francesca Chambers
    Blow to Obama as public rejects his case for free trade just as Congress agrees to consider his request to negotiate 'secret' Pacific Rim pact Judgement day is coming for President Barack Obama's Pacific Rim trade proposal, with Congress expected to vote Friday on the controversial measure that's sharply divided both major political parties. The Democratic president and Republicans in charge of Congress have become strange bedfellows as they try to convince lawmakers on Capitol Hill to give the White House the ability to negotiate a 'secret' trade deal with 11 other nations. The progressive wing of Obama's party fears...
  • The light at the end of this tunnel may blind the Left for years to come

    06/10/2015 10:22:10 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 10 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/10/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    This is another story that will make you say “Gee too bad the Republicans will find a way to throw this advantage away,” because they will. The Supreme Court will soon be handing down a decision in the matter of Evenwel v. Abbott, No. 14-940. In this case the Court might rule that “One man one vote” means “One legal voter, one vote.” The plaintiffs argued that because all Congressional Districts are roughly equal in population size at about 700,000 on average, but not all districts have an equal number of legal voters, those districts with fewer legal voters are...
  • Obama To Circumvent Congress With ‘Gag Order’ On Firearm Coverage

    06/08/2015 5:59:19 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 34 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 7 Jun 2015 | AWR Hawkins
    Obama To Circumvent Congress With ‘Gag Order’ On Firearm Coverage by AWR Hawkins 7 Jun 2015 On June 1 Breitbart News reported on Obama’s Spring 2015 “Unified Agenda.” The gun control measures contained therein which were to be passed by executive fiat. Since that time Representatives like Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY-4th) have placed riders on a DOJ appropriations bill to stop portions of the executive gun control push in its tracks. Now the NRA-ILA is revealing that the Obama administration is working behind the scenes to stifle reporting on firearms. From the NRA-ILA: Even as news reports have been highlighting...
  • The Supreme Executive Commander Directs the WON to Pull the Arrow

    06/06/2015 6:38:17 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 1 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 6-6-2015 | MOTUS
    Today we will continue our weekend theme of the wisdom of Monty Python. Butt first, a brief review of Daniel Henninger’s comments on Barry’s fundamental transformation of Amerika: The central feature of Mr. Obama’s rewrite of what one might call the Founding Fathers’ original vision has been to abolish Congress. (SNIP)Barack Obama, channeling decades of theory, says constantly that the traditional system has failed. He said it in his 2011 Osawatomie, Kan., speech: “It doesn’t work. It has never worked.” (SNIP)With Congress rendered moribund, the new branch of the American political system is the federal enforcement bureaucracy. So, what would Monty...
  • Obama Pays Parking Tickets 17 Years Late (Oldie but a goodie because of the Rubio flap)

    06/05/2015 4:20:26 PM PDT · by blueyon · 12 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 8, 2007 | AP???
    BOSTON -- Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama got more than an education when he attended Harvard Law School in the late 1980s. He also got a healthy stack of parking tickets, most of which he never paid. The Illinois Senator shelled out $375 in January _ two weeks before he officially launched his presidential campaign _ to finally pay for 15 outstanding parking tickets and their associated late fees. The story was first reported Wednesday by The Somerville News. Obama received 17 parking tickets in Cambridge between 1988 and 1991, mostly for parking in a bus stop, parking without a...
  • House GOP moves to punish State Dept. over Benghazi delays

    06/04/2015 1:25:15 PM PDT · by kidd · 26 replies
    Ritter / AP ^ | June 2, 2015 | MATTHEW DALY
    Following through on a threat, House Republicans on Tuesday proposed cutting the State Department's budget to protest its slow response in producing documents related to the investigation of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya
  • GOP Reps To Block DOJ’s Backdoor Gun Control

    06/03/2015 3:03:53 PM PDT · by blueyon · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/03015 | Awr Hawkins
    On May 31 Breitbart News reported the DOJ’s plans to circumvent Congress with ‘more than a dozen’ new gun control regulations. These include new limitations on who can buy or possess guns, new reporting requirements for gun dealers, and new controls on certain types of firearms. The controls also add a whole new category of persons who have to undergo background checks when estates hold National Firearm Act guns in trust. But House Republicans are planning to stop the backdoor gun control push via riders attached to funding legislation now under consideration. According to The Hill, the GOP-attached riders mean...
  • Americans (78%) Want Congress Members To Pee In Cups To Prove They're Not On Drugs

    06/02/2015 5:47:35 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 29 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 12-02-2013 | Staff
    While most Americans like the idea of drug testing for welfare recipients, they LOVE the idea of drug testing for members of Congress. According to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll, 64 percent of Americans favor requiring welfare recipients to submit to random drug testing -- a measure pushed by Republican lawmakers in recent years -- while 18 percent oppose it. But an even stronger majority said they're in favor of random drug testing for members of Congress, by a 78 percent to 7 percent margin. Sixty-two percent said they "strongly" favor drug testing for congressional lawmakers, compared to only 51 percent...
  • Congress sends NSA phone-records bill to president

    06/02/2015 2:45:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/2/15 | Associated Press By ERICA WERNER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress approved sweeping changes Tuesday to surveillance laws enacted after the Sept. 11 attacks, eliminating the National Security Agency's disputed bulk phone-records collection program and replacing it with a more restrictive measure to keep the records in phone companies' hands. Two days after Congress let the phone-records and several other anti-terror programs expire, the Senate's 67-32 vote sent the legislation to President Barack Obama, who planned to sign it promptly. The legislation will revive most of the programs the Senate had allowed to lapse in a dizzying collision of presidential politics and national security policy. But the...
  • Granting Obama fast-track authority reinforces bad behavior

    06/02/2015 6:03:12 AM PDT · by Theoria
    The Hill ^ | 02 June 2015 | Neil Siefring
    Granting President Obama trade promotion authority (TPA) as the Senate has, and the House may, is a poor idea. It reinforces bad behavior — the president's continued unchecked circumvention of the Constitution — and perpetuates the erosion of Congress' autonomy and self-respect by facilitating the president's issues with constitutional authority. Free trade is good for the American economy, helps grow jobs and increases our gross domestic product. But giving trade promotion authority to Obama, who has flouted the Constitution, would harm the legislative branch's credibility and our system of government. That potential damage outweighs the benefits of passing TPA now....
  • Let’s Do Some Railing [AMTRAK]

    06/01/2015 9:30:11 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 8 replies
    NYT ^ | May 28, 2015 | Gail Collins
    Just before Congress slunk away for the three-day weekend — which it was, of course, planning to stretch into a week — senators from the Northeast held a press conference to denounce Republicans for underfunding Amtrak passenger rail service. “Amtrak has some infrastructure that is so old it was built and put into service when Jesse James and Butch Cassidy were still alive and robbing trains,” said Senator Charles Schumer of New York. “In Connecticut we have a bridge that was built when Grover Cleveland was president,” said Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut. Now you have to admit, this is...
  • Wikileaks Exposes Obama’s Phony Trade Bill…Only 5 of 29 Chapters About Trade

    06/01/2015 6:58:04 PM PDT · by blueyon · 55 replies
    Red Statements ^ | 6/01/15 | Steven Ahle
    Wikileaks has gotten their hands on a copy of Obama’s phony TPP trade bill. It contains 29 chapters but only 5 pertain to trade. Wikileaks will be publishing the entire bill and they have already released the chapter on Investment. It’s very interesting. It is written in a such a way as to give multinational companies a huge advantage on trade. If a public hospital is built close to a private one, the private hospital has the right to sue the country for expected losses. That is outrageous. Here is where you can find the chapter on investment: https://wikileaks.org/tpp-investment/WikiLeaks-TPP-Investment-Chapter/page-2.html The...
  • America Is Being Run Just Like Baltimore

    06/01/2015 3:14:41 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 12 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | June 1, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Congressional Black Caucus is the most ridiculously corrupt part of an already corrupt Congress. A study two years ago found that a third of black congressmen had been named in an ethics probe during their careers. 5 of the 6 members under review by the House Ethics Committee that year were CBCers. In 2009, every single member of Congress under investigation was from the same old gang.
  • America Is Being Run Just Like Baltimore

    05/31/2015 9:50:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | June 1, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Congressional Black Caucus is the most ridiculously corrupt part of an already corrupt Congress. A study two years ago found that a third of black congressmen had been named in an ethics probe during their careers. 5 of the 6 members under review by the House Ethics Committee that year were CBCers. In 2009, every single member of Congress under investigation was from the same old gang. Like the Clinton Foundation, the CBC exists to trade money for influence. The Caucus takes in tens of millions from major corporations and spends it on parties for its members and funnels...
  • Senator Marries Aide a Year After Denying Affair (Thad Cochran)

    05/31/2015 11:24:44 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 30 replies
    Newser ^ | May 30, 2015 | Arden Dier
    Thad Cochran's camp batted down rumors last year of a romance between the senator and longtime aide Kay Webber, the New York Times reports, amid criticism that Webber had joined Cochran on 28 taxpayer-funded trips to 45 countries costing more than $150,000. Now, in a one-sentence statement, his office confirms that Cochran, 77, put a ring on it on Saturday during a private family ceremony in Gulfport, Miss., the Clarion-Ledger reports. Cochran's wife of 50 years—photographed by an anti-Cochran blogger in a nursing home last year—died in December at 73 after suffering from dementia, the Washington Post reports. A Cochran...
  • Andrew Breitbart For Congress

    05/31/2015 5:35:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 31, 2015 | Derek Hunter
    I met Andrew Breitbart almost a decade ago at a party. All I knew about him was that he worked for Matt Drudge, and Tucker Carlson told me I had to meet him. Tucker wasn’t at the party, but he knew Andrew would be and made me promise I’d introduce myself. I did, and I did. Even though I’d expected nothing, Andrew was nothing like I’d expected because you simply couldn’t anticipate the uniqueness of Andrew Breitbart. The party was in the big office of a publisher (I can’t remember what it was for; probably someone else’s book), and Andrew...
  • Dennis Hastert paid to conceal sexual misconduct, sources say

    05/29/2015 11:39:54 AM PDT · by Callahan · 188 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 5/29/2015 | RICHARD A. SERRANO AND TIMOTHY M. PHELPS contact the reporters
    Indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was paying an individual from his past to conceal sexual misconduct, two federal law enforcement officials said Friday. One of the officials, who would not speak publicly about the federal charges in Chicago, said “Individual A,” as the person is described in Thursday’s federal indictment, was a man and that the alleged misconduct was unrelated to Hastert’s tenure in Congress. The actions date to Hastert’s time as a Yorkville, Ill., high school wrestling coach and teacher, the official said.
  • Here’s how much corporations paid US senators to fast-track the TPP bill

    05/27/2015 11:34:40 AM PDT · by Theoria · 29 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 27 May 2015 | C Robert Gibson and Taylor Channing
    Critics of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership are unlikely to be silenced by an analysis of the flood of money it took to push the pact over its latest hurdle A decade in the making, the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is reaching its climax and as Congress hotly debates the biggest trade deal in a generation, its backers have turned on the cash spigot in the hopes of getting it passed.“We’re very much in the endgame,” US trade representative Michael Froman told reporters over the weekend at a meeting of the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum on the resort island of...