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  • Congress Considering Safe Zone for Persecuted Christians, Yazidis in Iraq

    02/10/2016 11:07:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 9, 2016 | 5:37 PM EST | Jose R. Gonzalez
    Former Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) said that Congress is considering the creation of an autonomous region in Iraq to protect Christians and Yazidis from persecution by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and criticized the State Department's lack of involvement in the ongoing discussions. "There are discussions and there will be a resolution introduced in the House, I believe, to set up an into-the-plains, basically a protectorate, whereby Christians, Yazidis and other minorities [will be protected]," Wolf said at an event last week at the National Press Club in Washington. However, Nina Shea, director of the Hudson Institute's...
  • Regardless Of The New Hampshire Outcome The Establishment Republican Party Needs To Be Destroyed…

    02/09/2016 8:46:50 PM PST · by Bratch · 62 replies
    The Last Refuge ^ | February 9, 2016 | sundance
    Regardless of the outcome in the New Hampshire primary any and every “professionally Republican political candidate” needs to be removed.  Most Americans now refuse to be co-dependents to our own demise. I speak for myself, and only myself.  However, I hope you will indulge these considerations and correct me where I’m going wrong. On December 23rd 2009 Harry Reid passed a version of Obamacare through forced vote at 1:30am. The Senators could not leave, and for the two weeks previous were kept in a prolonged legislative session barred returning to their home-state constituencies. It was, by all measures and reality,...
  • Federal court strikes down NC congressional district maps

    02/06/2016 7:21:16 AM PST · by RightGeek · 18 replies
    WRAL ^ | 2/5/2016 | Matthew Burns
    RALEIGH, N.C. — Three federal judges on Friday threw out the congressional voting maps the Republican-led General Assembly drew five years ago, ruling that two districts were gerrymandered along racial lines. The ruling throws the March 15 primary into chaos, as the judges ordered state lawmakers to redraw the maps within two weeks and not to hold any elections for U.S. House until the maps are in place. A special session of the legislature would have to be called to approve new maps, and they might have to pass federal muster again. Mail-in absentee voting started last week, and more...
  • U.S. Congressmen want a say in Iran election, apply for travel visas to Iran

    02/04/2016 3:43:05 PM PST · by Fali_G · 9 replies
    The Foreign Desk ^ | 02/04/2016 | Lisa Daftari
    U.S. Congressmen want a say in Iran election, apply for travel visas to Iran BY LISA DAFTARI (EDIT)THURSDAY FEB 4, 2016 7:08PM Hand-delivered visa application to travel to Iran Three U.S. lawmakers have applied for travel visas to Iran to oversee their upcoming elections and to inspect nuclear sites to ensure that the government has kept its end of the nuclear deal. The trio, Reps. Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), Mike Pompeo and Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.) also penned a letter to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and the Iran Revolutionary Guardian Council General Mohammad Ali Jafari to support their application, which...
  • Martin Shkreli could not stop laughing during his testimony to Congress

    02/04/2016 11:02:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/04/2016 | Linette Lopez
    Infamous former Turing CEO Martin Shkreli and Howard Schiller, the interim chief executive of the pharmaceutical company Valeant, just faced Congress. Legislators on Thursday wanted them to answer for dramatic drug-price increases that affect the lives of Americans. Shkreli caught national attention when his company purchased a lifesaving drug called Daraprim and then raised the price by over 5,000%. Wall Street was closely watching Schiller; Valeant's stock was a darling until accusations of malfeasance from a short seller and government scrutiny over pricing chopped off a quarter of its stock price last year. At the hearing, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland)...
  • Skin of Our Teeth

    02/04/2016 10:39:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 4, 2016 | Robert Bunn
    Sometimes a calamity is averted "by the skin of our teeth," and one just was. Last December, Congress returned to the American citizen a degree of long term security that, by some inexplicable twist, it had taken away in 2014. No, this is not about the awful Iran nuclear deal, which plainly opens up new vulnerabilities, or the stop-and-start mess surrounding Syria, Iraq and the Islamic State, so-called. This was a simpler, yet more immediate error - corrected, in the nick of time. In 2014, for reasons that remain enshrouded in mystery, possibly tied to longstanding personal antagonisms or personal...
  • Pharma Tried to Buy Congress in 2015

    02/03/2016 3:26:55 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2016 | Mytheos Holt
    Recently, alarming news for those advocating for a sensible health care policy arrived courtesy of Politico Pro: The pharmaceutical industry spent more than $50 million on lobbying last year alone. And, if you can believe this, that's an increase from 2014. To be fair, 2015 was not a good year for pharma. Martin Shkreli, the bad-boy hedge fund CEO who hiked a drug price from just under $14 to $750 per pill, became known as the "face of U.S. Health Care," to quote an Atlantic story that ran around the time of his decision. And the drug industry seems to...
  • Congress Passes Long-Term Highway Bill Including Heller’s I-11 Extension

    02/02/2016 1:10:04 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    KOLO News Now 8 ABC ^ | December 3, 2015 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — After years of stymied efforts to address the nation's aging and congested highways and transit systems, Congress found the sweet spot for passage on Thursday — a 5-year, $305 billion bill laden with enough industry favors, parochial projects, safety improvements and union demands to gain overwhelming support. The bill was approved 359 to 65 in the House, and 83 to 16 in the Senate. The bill now goes to the White House for President Barack Obama's signature.
  • A Squib Regarding Moral Relativism

    01/31/2016 2:07:26 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 15 replies
    Vanity
    It is natural to compare things in our daily lives, and discriminate between alternatives. When it comes to important matters, decisions are best made on the basis of cool reason. For instance, having decided to separate from Great Britain, our Founders asked mankind to judge the rectitude of their decision. After setting forth a theory of free government and itemizing British violations of it, they submitted their work to a "candid world," out of "respect to the Opinions of Mankind." In order to respect the opinions of others at all, we must assume from the start that their beliefs are...
  • Plans for Congress Term Limits Must Be Kept Short and Tight

    01/30/2016 3:26:51 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/30/16 | Jerry McConnell
    The Founding Fathers vision of a “citizen’s legislature” vanishes when the process of reelection enters the picture How many times over the years have you seen one group or another with a proposal to get Term Limits for Congress enacted? I’d say there were more of those than suggestions for Obama’s Impeachment which should be a slam-dunk. Well, more or not, this one initiated by Americans for Constitutional Liberty is the latest one to cross my desk and while I would like to see a realistic one put out there for a change. All the ones I have seen just...
  • 300 scientists send letter to Congress accusing NOAA of cooking the books on climate change

    01/29/2016 9:31:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/29/2016 | Rick Moran
    One of the least reliable sources for data on climate change is the US federal government. Now, a group of 300 scientists and academics want Congress to investigate the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for cooking the books on climate data in order to erase the pause in the rise in temperature cited by, among other sources, the IPCC. Incredibly, the NOAA accumulated data by measuring the water temperature from the engine intake valves of ocean going cargo ships. The scientists want Congress to investigate whether the agency violated the Data Quality Act, which seeks to insure the accurate dissemination...
  • Meadows endorses Cruz (North Carolina Congressman)

    01/27/2016 6:35:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Hendersonville Lightning ^ | January 28, 2016 | Bill Moss
    U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows on Wednesday endorsed Ted Cruz for president, calling the Texas senator "the best-positioned leader to restore power to the people and uphold the Constitution." "We are approaching a historic election that has the potential to fundamentally change our nation as we know it. Ted Cruz is the principled, conservative leader we need in the White House," Meadows said in a news release. "On issue after issue, Cruz has told the truth and done what he said he was going to do. It may not make him a lot of friends in Washington, but it is exactly...
  • After DC's Snowmageddon - Some Things Should Stay Buried

    01/26/2016 7:04:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2016 | Seton Motley
    Due to this weekend's torrential winter downpour, we are currently in the midst of a federal government shutdown. Uh oh. We've been told so often by so many that a government shutdown will shake the Earth from its orbital path and send us careening into the Sun. So far, thankfully, that has not occurred. Despite our promised fiery demise, we have begun to excavate DC (...wait a moment, what's the rush?). DC is doing what anyone does in such situations. You triage - you prioritize what gets attention in what order. There is oh-so-much that should just stay buried. Not...
  • Patent Litigation Reform Bill Targets Venue Abuse

    01/26/2016 6:27:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2016 | Timothy Lee
    In our judicial system, the concept of "venue" plays a critical role in ensuring fairness and due process for litigating parties. The term essentially refers to judicial rules specifying the district in which a particular lawsuit may be litigated. Ideally, cases should only be heard in districts where a defendant resides, where a substantial portion of the events giving rise to the lawsuit occurred or where a substantial portion of the witnesses or property at issue are situated. Although the subject of venue may gloss the eyes of first-year law students and the general public alike, our Founding Fathers considered...
  • Obama's big bank 'slush fund'

    01/26/2016 5:03:15 PM PST · by Dalberg-Acton · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/18/2016 | Sean Higgins
    In a little-noticed November report, Bank of America announced that it had donated more than $60.1 million to various charitable funds and nonprofit groups. The donations were a good deal for Bank of America. For every dollar the bank gives, an independent monitor for the deal credits the bank with $2 toward the record $16.6 billion settlement with the Justice Department on financial fraud charges it signed in August 2014. To date, the donations have reduced that penalty by $138 million.
  • How a Balanced Budget Amendment Gives the Feds Power Over Whatever They Want – Part 2

    01/25/2016 8:46:25 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/25/16 | Publius Huldah
    All federal and State officials take an oath to support the federal Constitution (Art. VI, clause 3). When people in Congress appropriate funds for objects not listed in the Constitution [Art. I]; and when State officials accept federal funds for objects not listed, they violate their oath to support the Constitution. According to the PEW Report, federal funds provided an average of 30% of the States’ revenue for FY 2013. Look up your State HERE. Were those federal funds used to implement unconstitutional federal programs in your State? Power over education, medical care, agriculture, state and local law enforcement, environment,...
  • How a Balanced Budget Amendment Gives the Feds Power Over Whatever They Want – Part 1

    01/24/2016 8:45:44 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/24/16 | Publius Huldah
    Does our existing Constitution permit the federal government to spend money on whatever they want? No! It contains precise limits on federal spending. Federal spending is limited by the enumerated powers delegated to the federal government. If you go through the Constitution and highlight all the powers delegated to Congress and the President, you will get a complete list of the objects on which Congress is permitted to spend money. Here’s the list: • The Census (Art. I, §2, cl. 3) • Publishing the Journals of the House and Senate (Art. I, §5, cl. 3) • Salaries of Senators and...
  • Senate Leader Surprises Lawmakers with New ISIS War Powers act

    01/22/2016 2:20:25 PM PST · by MarchonDC09122009 · 65 replies
    Defense One ^ | 01/21/2016 | Sarah Mimms
    <p>Neither Republicans nor Democrats knew the majority leader planned to set up a debate on authorizing the use of force against the Islamic State.</p> <p>Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Mitch Mc­Con­nell offered mem­bers a snow-week­end sur­prise late Wed­nes­day night: Quietly tee­ing up a de­bate on the leg­al un­der­pin­ning for the fight against IS­IS.</p>
  • Paul bill gives unborn children constitutional rights

    01/23/2016 5:29:46 PM PST · by amorphous · 51 replies
    WND ^ | 22 Jan 2016 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is adding new fuel to the battle over abortion rights. The presidential candidate has introduced legislation that would give unborn children equal protection under the law as part of the 14th Amendment, giving them the same rights as "born" individuals. Paul said the legislation "declares what most Americans believe and what science has long known — that human life begins at the moment of conception." "Only when America chooses, remembers, and restores her respect for life will we rediscover our moral bearings and truly find our way," he said. Paul's legislation is expected to be placed...
  • Is the Republican Establishment Ganging Up on Ted Cruz?

    01/21/2016 1:50:37 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 68 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | January 21, 2016 | MOLLY BALL
    ... Beltway Republicans say they consider Donald Trump the lesser of two evils. Cruz wears their loathing as a badge of honor...
  • Navy Biofuel Deal is 'Cost Prohibitive,' 'Another Solyndra, Critics Say

    12/23/2011 10:22:40 AM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    CNSNews ^ | December 23, 2011 | Fred Lucas
    Navy jet takes off from U.S.S. Ronald Reagan. (U.S. Navy photo) (CNSNews.com) The Obama administrations deal to buy 450,000 gallons of biofuel for Navy jets comes at a cost of up to nine times higher than regular fuel, a spokesman for Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said, coming at a time when the U.S. military is already facing deep budget cuts. Inhofe, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and former chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has supported biofuel projects in the past, but has problems with a program the U.S. Department of Agriculture...
  • Can Congress Get its Swagger Back?

    01/20/2016 6:57:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 20, 2016 | Jonah Goldberg
    According to the Constitution, the legislature is the first and most powerful branch of government. And yet, many believe -- on the left and the right -- that the institution has atrophied. By all accounts, House Speaker Paul Ryan is eager to change that. He has his work cut out for him. At the Republican congressional retreat in Baltimore last week, I participated in a panel discussion about how to revive Congress' traditional role. It was off the record, but I can certainly repeat a story I told. When my father was in the Army, he was stationed in Japan....
  • Veto Message from the President -- S.J. 22

    01/20/2016 3:56:36 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    White House ^ | January 19, 2016 | Barack Hussein Obama
    To the Senate of the United States: I am returning herewith without my approval S.J. Res. 22, a resolution that would nullify a rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army to clarify the jurisdictional boundaries of the Clean Water Act. The rule, which is a product of extensive public involvement and years of work, is critical to our efforts to protect the Nation's waters and keep them clean; is responsive to calls for rulemaking from the Congress, industry, and community stakeholders; and is consistent with decisions of the United States Supreme Court. We must...
  • Trump: 'Everybody Hates Ted'

    01/18/2016 6:59:29 AM PST · by andrewinhd · 87 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | 1/18/16 | Steve Guest
    You get Congress, you get them together, you get everybody together in a room, you cajole, you get along, you have dinner and you make deals.
  • Eight people taken to hospitals after police find suspicious substance at House building

    <p>Eight people were taken to area hospitals after a suspicious substance was found Friday morning in an office at the Longworth House Office Building, according to a D.C. fire department spokesman.</p> <p>The spokesman, Timothy Wilson, could not immediately describe the symptoms but said they were minor. He said fire crews evaluated 10 people and took eight to hospitals.</p>
  • Trump rents Iowa theater to show Benghazi movie

    01/15/2016 5:52:14 AM PST · by blueyon · 100 replies
    CitizensforTrump ^ | 1/15/16 | Citizen Contribution in News
    Donald Trump has rented space at an Urbandale movie theater and will give Iowans free tickets to a showing of the Benghazi movie that critics of Hillary Clinton have been eagerly awaiting. “Mr. Trump would like all Americans to know the truth about what happened at Benghazi,” the GOP presidential candidate’s Iowa co-chair Tana Goertz said Thursday night. Trump will pay for the showing of “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” at 6 p.m. Friday at the Carmike Cobblestone 9 Theatre at 86th Street and Hickman Road, Goertz said. “The theater is paid for. The tickets are paid for....
  • Veto override vote on defunding Planned Parenthood set for January 26

    01/14/2016 3:33:55 PM PST · by Morgana · 16 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | January 14, 2016 | CALVIN FREIBURGER
    Congressional Republican leaders have confirmed they intend to hold a vote to override President Barack Obama’s veto of the bill to defund Planned Parenthood on January 26, four days after the annual March for Life in Washington, DC. The bill, which the House of Representative passed on January 6 by a 240 to 181 vote and the Senate in December by 52 to 47, would place a one-year moratorium on Planned Parenthood’s more than $500 million per year in federal tax funding, as well as repeal many major components of Obamacare, which also helps subsidize abortions. Obama vetoed the bill...
  • BREAKING: Defense Secretary Slips Up, Reveals Obama Admin LED IRAN Straight to Our Sailors

    01/14/2016 11:21:42 AM PST · by blueyon · 180 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | 1/14/16 | By: Wilmot Proviso
    BREAKING: Defense Secretary Slips Up, Reveals Obama Admin LED IRAN Straight to Our Sailors First came the fact that President Barack Obama refused to address the arrest of 10 of our sailors by the Iranian military after their boats had mechanical trouble at sea. Then came news that the Obama administration had offered the Iranians an apology for the release of the sailors. Now comes the disturbing revelation, apparently delivered by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, that the Obama administration tipped off the Iranians that our soldiers were lost at sea and requested their aid. The news came from Rep. Louie...
  • House of Cards: Paul Ryan’s Campaign to Mislead Voters on His Immigration Stance

    01/13/2016 9:27:31 AM PST · by blueyon · 5 replies
    breitbart ^ | 1/12/16 | Julia Hahn
    Although New Year’s confetti is still being cleaned off the floors, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) 56% already issued a statement that could easily be a contender for the most remarkable statement of 2016. In a Monday interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Paul Ryan declared without a trace of humor that “People who know my record know that I’m for border enforcement, border control, not for amnesty.” But a review of Paul Ryan’s record demonstrates a two-decade history of pushing amnesty and mass immigration. In fact, Ryan has developed perhaps the most open borders record in Congress– for members of either...
  • Rep. Paul Gosar Endorses Ted Cruz

    01/12/2016 1:38:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Brietbart's Big Government ^ | January 12, 2016 | Michelle Fields
    Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) says he has endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for president. "I am endorsing Sen. Cruz because I have worked with him in the trenches, fought battles with him on the Hill, and he has proven himself to be honorable, tough, and a man of his word," Gosar said in a statement. "He votes the way he says he will vote. He backs his words with action. I respect that and for that reason I think he will make a great President." Gosar has been one of the few members of Congress who has fought for conservative...
  • Presidential Primary Calendar Could Help Congressional Challengers

    01/12/2016 8:47:51 AM PST · by mrsmith
    Rollcall ^ | Jan. 11 2016 | Eli Yokley
    In more than a dozen states, House and Senate primary elections will happen on the same ballot with the presidential race - timing that could pose a challenge for incumbent candidates in intra-party battles. Presidential candidates such as New York City real estate mogul Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz are hoping to lure new, anti-establishment voters to the polls, a change that would skew the kinds of voters candidates will face. "The S.E.C. states," said Midwest-based Republican consultant James Harris, using the nickname for the group of southern states that share the March 1 primary date, "will have...
  • FLASHBACK--Obama’s First Speech to Congress: I Don’t Believe in Bigger Government

    01/11/2016 4:55:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    cns news ^ | 1l11/16 | Terrence P. Jeffrey
    Seven years ago in his first speech to a joint session of Congress, President Barack Obama declared that he did not believe in “bigger government.” “As soon as I took office, I asked this Congress to send me a recovery plan by President's Day that would put people back to work and put money in their pockets, not because I believe in bigger government--I don't--not because I'm not mindful of the massive debt we've inherited--I am,” said Obama in his Feb. 24, 2009 speech to a joint session. A week before this speech, Obama had signed the American Recovery and...
  • NEW EMAIL shows adviser telling Hillary to CREATE PALESTINIAN UNREST in order to pressure...

    01/11/2016 4:48:29 PM PST · by blueyon · 48 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 1/11/16 | soopermexican
    "NEW EMAIL shows adviser telling Hillary to CREATE PALESTINIAN UNREST in order to pressure Israel!!" The Free Beacon caught a pretty remarkable email that went to Hillary and recommended that she spark fake protests among Palestinians in order to pressure Israel: Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton considered a secret plan created by her then-advisers to foment unrest among Palestinian citizens and spark protests in order to push the Israeli government back to the negotiating table, according to emails released as part of the investigation into the Democratic presidential frontrunner’s private email server. In a Dec, 18, 2011, email, former...
  • Obama Spies on His Enemies in Congress

    01/11/2016 9:47:35 AM PST · by Stayfree · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Jeannie DeAngelis
    Now, after learning that the Executive branch of the U.S. government spied on the Legislative branch, it’s less confusing as to why the former Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R-OH), and his compadre in the Senate, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), seemed so reticent in resisting this president.
  • Stupid or . . . Worse?

    01/10/2016 5:48:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 10, 2016 | Paul Jacob
    What is the biggest problem facing Americans? The economy? Unemployment? Terrorism? According to a recent Gallup poll it's our government.Maybe I should say "the government." For the second year in a row, Gallup pollsters reveal that few think it represents us. Which is sort of a serious problem for what, after all, is supposed to be a "representative government." Presidential candidate Donald Trump has emphatically declared that our leaders are "stupid" -- to thunderous applause and likely widespread agreement. Were that the case, it would be far easier to correct: simply replace this bunch of bozos with new people who...
  • GOP Falls Into Purity Trap

    01/10/2016 5:07:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 10, 2016 | Debra J. Saunders
    Republicans fulfilled a popular campaign pledge Wednesday when, by a 240-181 vote, the House passed a bill repealing the Affordable Care Act and defunding Planned Parenthood. The bill, already passed by the Senate, now goes to the desk of President Barack Obama, where it surely will be vetoed. Just when, I have to ask, did my Grand Old Party's idea of victory become passing bills that won't become law? What's so glorious about fecklessness? The GOP House put an awful lot of work -- it has voted to repeal Obamacare 62 times -- into passing something that cannot become law...
  • Obama vetoes ObamaCare repeal … quietly

    01/08/2016 1:40:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/08/2016 | Ed Morrissey
    Missed opportunity — or a tacit admission of political vulnerability? When Paul Ryan sent the ObamaCare repeal bill to Barack Obama, he held a public “enrollment” event to celebrate the accomplishment. Rather than return the favor, Roll Call reports that Obama opted to veto the bill with minimal publicity: With little public fanfare, President Barack Obama on Friday vetoed a Republican-crafted measure designed to repeal his signature health care overhaul. But Republican leaders are signaling their repeal push is far from over.In a statement, Obama said the health care overhaul "is working," slamming the bill because it would "reverse...
  • Obama DOJ stiffs Congress over D'Souza file (Defies demand from House Oversight Committee)

    01/08/2016 8:57:49 AM PST · by amorphous · 7 replies
    WND ^ | 8 Jan 2015 | Jerome R. Corsi
    The Department of Justice is defying a request from the House Oversight Committee, refusing to turn over the prosecution file in the criminal case against conservative filmmaker and author Dinesh D'Souza, who pleaded guilty to a charge that he had used straw donors to make campaign contributions to a Senate campaign. In a letter dated Dec. 22, 2015, House Oversight Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, requested that Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, turn over to the committee the prosecution’s file in...
  • Congress sends health law repeal to Obama's desk for first time

    01/06/2016 11:10:53 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 06, 2016 | Fox News
    Congress sent an ObamaCare repeal bill to the president’s desk for the first time on Wednesday, marking an election-year victory of sorts for Republicans who have tried since 2010 to scrap the law. The bill repealing most of President Obama's signature health care law was approved in a final 240-181 House vote Wednesday afternoon, after clearing the Senate late last year. The legislation also would strip federal funding for Planned Parenthood. The measure still faces certain doom at the White House, and Democrats derided the vote Wednesday as pointless. The president is sure to veto, and Republicans do not have...
  • Find Out How Your Member of Congress Voted on a Bill Repealing Obamacare

    01/06/2016 5:34:05 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 01/06/2016 | Melissa Quinn
    For the first time, Congressional Republicans sent a bill repealing key provisions of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law to his desk. Following the upper chamber's lead, the House passed a reconciliation bill, 240-181, repealing measures of Obamacare and placing a one-year moratorium on federal funding for Planned Parenthood this evening. The Senate passed the same bill last month. The legislation now heads to the White House, where the president will veto it. "We are confronting the president with the hard, honest truth: Obamacare doesn't work. Higher premiums and fewer choices and restricted access—these are not signs of success," House...
  • Sources: Feds investigating Corrine Brown

    01/06/2016 12:45:48 PM PST · by Spaghetti Man · 17 replies
    News 4 Jax ^ | 01/06/2016 | News4Jax
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A longtime consultant of U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville, said she declined to talk to federal investigators who came to her door this week, and Politico is reporting that the congresswoman was served with a subpoena.
  • Steve forbes: Three Gems In That Horrible Spending Bill Passed By Republican Congress

    01/06/2016 8:04:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Forbes ^ | 01/06/2016 | Steve Forbes
    HOUSE SPEAKER Paul Ryan and other Republican congressional leaders are being pilloried by GOP activists for pushing through a $1.15 trillion spending bill laden with pork and a bewildering array of tax credits (including one for plug-in motorcycles). This junks up an already mind-numbingly complex tax code even more. "This is what we get from a Republican-controlled Congress?" they angrily ask. Alas, with Barack Obama still in the White House, a divided GOP in the House (which gave Democrats bargaining leverage, since their votes were needed for passage) and the specter of a government shutdown if no bill was passed...
  • Obama's Legacy Will Be Executive Overreach

    01/05/2016 6:14:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    The Federalist ^ | January 5, 2016 | David Harsanyi
    Obama can't do much on guns, but he has mainstreamed a dangerous idea about governing.Over the winter break I finally got around to binge-watching “Parks and Recreation.” In case you missed the show's seven-year run, it's about a fascistic, small-town councilwoman who believes it's a politician's job to impose her notions of morality, safety, and decency on everyone, no matter what voters want or what the system dictates. She is justifiably recalled by the people of her town after attempting to regulate portion sizes at fast food restaurants, but ends up running a federal office where she can do big...
  • What a US Military Veteran Learned From Serving in the IDF

    One year later, as I reflect upon my service to Israel, I am so proud as an American to say that I have stood alongside both the defenders of the United States and the defenders of Israel. As a result of this military service, I have learned a great deal about myself, our two countries, and why we are — as I learned to say in Hebrew — brothers. The first thing that struck me as I donned the dark green uniform of the Israeli Defense Forces, and for the first time since my own injury while serving in the...
  • Obama and Congress Support Foreign Workers over Americans!

    01/05/2016 12:01:53 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/05/16 | Leigh Bravo
    Does the United States actually have a shortage of qualified workers or is our government selling us down the proverbial garden path in favor of their biggest supporters....the corporate bottom line? Happy New Year America! While you were out celebrating the passage of the new year, President Obama was busy signing another Executive Order that increases the number of Foreign Workers allowed in the United States. He has once again, bypassed Congress and is breaking quotas established by the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) of 1952. Before the New Year, Congress passed an omnibus spending bill that dramatically increased the...
  • Republican eyes DOJ budget to block Obama gun orders

    01/05/2016 7:54:48 AM PST · by amorphous · 92 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4 Jan 2016 | Tim Devaney
    A powerful House Republican is threatening to block President Obama's executive order on guns by defunding the Department of Justice (DOJ). In a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas), chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Justice Department, warned against enforcing the new gun restrictions. "The next twelve months will be an especially dangerous time for Americans who treasure our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms," Culberson said. "I have formally notified Attorney General Lynch that I will aggressively protect our Second Amendment rights using Congress' power of the purse," he added. "I...
  • Democrat resolution seeks to curb hate-speech wave ... and admits it's fictional

    01/05/2016 7:22:08 AM PST · by hemogoblin · 12 replies
    Christian Action Network ^ | 1/04/2016 | Alec Rooney
    House Democrats have moved to clamp down on a wave of anti-Muslim sentiment and crime in the United States that they concede — in the very text of their own resolution — does not actually exist. ......... Apart from the obvious dangers of U.S. lawmakers moving to demonize Americans for the things they say, the resolution goes on to confusingly cancel itself out in terms of simple logic. After declaring the importance of Muslims to the U.S. culture and economy, and that “hate speech” goes against “the Nation’s founding principles,” and that women in hijabs and headscarves are being “targeted,”...
  • Obama NSA spied on Netanyahu, GOP congressman to protect Iran nuclear deal

    01/03/2016 8:21:09 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/03/16 | Herman Cain
    Enemies and friends: Obama promised change. He delivered. Friends are now enemies, and enemies are now friends This is not a sexy or juicy topic for a commentary, but it is a subject an informed reader should know about. Because, you’re not going to hear about it on the nightly news. Many have pointed out, and rightly so, that it’s hardly unheard of in geopolitics for friends to spy on each other. We all know the U.S. and Israel have done this to each other for years, which is why Jonathan Pollard spent so many decades behind bars. But when...
  • Obama's plan to tighten gun laws sets up rematch with powerful gun rights group NRA

    01/02/2016 9:57:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | January 2, 2016
    The National Rifle Association, the country's most influential gun-rights supporter, is challenging President Obama's new plan to use his presidential power to tighten firearms laws, calling it a "political stunt" that fails to increase public safety. President Obama said this weekend that he'll meet Monday with Attorney General Loretta Lynch to discuss his "options” toward curbing gun violence, after ordering his White House team several months ago to identify "new actions" that he can take. The president also said that he's taking action because Congress has failed to act. He is expected to use so-called executive orders to tighten federal...
  • Reviving a Constitutional Congress

    01/02/2016 9:16:53 AM PST · by Robert DeLong · 14 replies
    Hillsdale College | November 2015 | Christopher DeMuth
    http://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/reviving-a-constitutional-congress/?utm_campaign=imprimis&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=23958597&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8MnLc8loWMlgZ1RPW88MV9xIGirRYMBVrJppdsfc-YuurZlnUDzNEisxzNBZJFAsy_QslTNXKQH2mAk5zfJrvUwbrCSvUogVve65MB13IKYyhvaGQ&_hsmi=23958597