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  • America's progeny will ask: Why didn't they impeach him?

    07/31/2014 9:05:29 PM PDT · by Sheapdog · 6 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | July 31st 2014 | West, Diana
    How will future generations look back on our gravest national emergency of all time? And how will they regard what their forebears didn’t do about it? This will include what we didn’t do about border nullification, which collapsed the U.S. as a sovereign nation. What we didn’t do about the alignment of our foreign policy with that of jihad movements, which meant the end of liberty, also life itself, for our best allies. What we didn’t do about the growth of tyranny from corruption and Marxism in this cradle of liberty. Most of our progeny – and certainly those millions...
  • Brian Terry Murder Suspect Extradited From Mexico

    07/31/2014 8:33:08 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 1 replies
    Sharyl Attkisson ^ | 7-31-2014 | Sharyl Attkisson
    July 31, 2014 Brian Terry Murder Suspect Extradited From Mexico Sharyl Attkisson Just a coincidence that on the day it’s announced that a federal court has ordered the Justice Department to initiate the process of turning over withheld Fast and Furious documents, the Justice Department announces another defendant in Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s murder has been extradited to face charges.According to a Justice Department news release, Ivan Soto-Barraza was extradited to the U.S. from Mexico today to face first degree murder charges in Terry’s December 14, 2010 shooting near Nogales, Arizona just north of the Mexico border. Of six...
  • Why Mitt Romney is perfectly poised for a comeback in 2016

    07/31/2014 7:42:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    The Week ^ | July 31, 2014 | Matt K. Lewis
    Nobody has ever rooted for that scrappy Romney kid to overcome the odds. Until, maybe, now. Perhaps it says something about us that our most interesting presidential candidates swear they won't run for president. This is true of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and it's increasingly true of Mitt Romney. As regular readers of this column know, I've never been much of a Romney booster. I've also expressed skepticism about the notion he would run again. But let's not let "a foolish consistency" cloud our judgment. There is reason to believe that a third try wouldn't be an absurd venture. First, in...
  • CIA director apologizes to Senate leaders

    07/31/2014 7:14:07 PM PDT · by Mariner · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 31st, 2014 | KEN DILANIAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal CIA investigation has found that agency officers improperly accessed Senate computers earlier this year in a dispute over interrogation documents, prompting CIA Director John Brennan to abandon his defiant posture in the matter and apologize to Senate intelligence committee leaders. Brennan has convened an internal accountability board chaired by former Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Indiana, that will examine whether the CIA officers should be disciplined, said his spokesman, Dean Boyd. The agency officers searched the computers without permission for information gathered in the course of a Senate investigation into the CIA's interrogation techniques. The summary of...
  • GOP Tells Obama to Ignore Congress One Day After Suing Him for Ignoring Congress

    07/31/2014 6:42:43 PM PDT · by Mariner · 11 replies
    The Wire ^ | July 31st, 2014 | Russell Berman
    On Wednesday, House Republicans sued President Obama for acting on his own without approval from Congress. On Thursday, House Republicans told President Obama he should act on his own to fix the border crisis. The messaging whiplash resulted from Speaker John Boehner's failure – so far – to pass a Republican spending bill that would provide $659 million to help stem the child migrant crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border. In a statement following the decision to abruptly scrap a vote on the measure, Boehner and his fellow GOP leaders tried to put the onus back on Obama, saying the president...
  • IRS Strikes Deal With Atheists To Monitor Churches

    07/31/2014 6:16:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 40 replies
    Investors.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    First Amendment: Government's assault on religious liberty has hit a new low as the IRS settles with atheists by promising to monitor sermons for mentions of the right to life and traditional marriage. A lawsuit filed by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) asserted that the Internal Revenue Service ignored complaints about churches' violating their tax-exempt status by routinely promoting political issues, legislation and candidates from the pulpit. The FFRF has temporarily withdrawn its suit in return for the IRS's agreement to monitor sermons and homilies for proscribed speech that the foundation believes includes things like condemnation of gay...
  • Obama to Pay Illegal Aliens; Offer All You Can Eat Meals, Free Cable TV, Lawyers, Medical & Dental

    07/31/2014 4:57:57 PM PDT · by kristinn · 51 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | Thursday, July 31, 2014 | Kristinn Taylor
    The Obama administration will pay Illegal aliens to work at a new ICE detention center that features amenities most poor American families can only dream of: All you can eat meals, a beauty parlor, flat screen TVs with cable, free lawyers, doctors, dentists, a workout gym and more on a 29 acre complex. ICE proudly showed off to the media on Thursday a renovated detention center for illegal alien families in Karnes City, Texas. The center, which previously held male illegal aliens being detained by ICE, will be contracted to hold illegal alien families comprised of women and children to...
  • Manufacuturers' study: New EPA rules could cost Arkansas 10,000 jobs

    07/31/2014 4:15:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    The City Wire ^ | July 31, 2014 | by Wesley Brown
    A study released by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) on Thursday said the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new ozone standards could cause Arkansas to lose more than 10,000 jobs, pay more than $240 million in environmental compliance costs, and shut down most of the state’s coal-fired electric generation. “Manufacturing in the United States is making a comeback, and we’re reducing emissions at the same time, but tightening the current ozone standard to near unachievable levels would serve as a self-inflicted wound to the U.S. economy at the worst possible time,” NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said. “This rule...
  • EPA's proposed ozone rules could choke Louisiana industry, business group says

    07/31/2014 4:07:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | July 31, 2014 | By Jennifer Larino
    Louisiana businesses and consumers could face one of the most expensive federal regulations in history, according to a new study released Thursday (July 31) by the National Association of Manufacturers, an industry advocacy group. The study, conducted for the association by NERA Economic Consulting, estimates it will cost Louisiana companies $189 billion over two decades to comply with new limits on ozone emissions the Environmental Protection Agency is slated to propose later this year. The report says the Louisiana economy stands to lose as much as $53 billion in gross state product and nearly 117,000 jobs per year if the...
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Male justices can’t understand Hobby Lobby case because genitals

    07/31/2014 2:49:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/31/2014 | Noah Rothman
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg evolved this summer from a mere figure of authority into a liberal celebrity when she authored the dissenting opinion in the Hobby Lobby case. Ginsburg’s dissent, which has been ubiquitously dubbed “scathing” and/or “blistering” in the press, prompted the left to craft a cult of personality around her. Liberal outlets dubbed her “Notorious R.B.G.,” whiny folk artists converted her opinion into a terrible but nevertheless widely shared song, and The New Republic laughably dubbed Ginsburg “the most popular woman on the internet.” Take that, Kate Upton.All this hero worship was entirely unearned, but...
  • Federal paralegals had no work, so they surfed the Internet

    07/31/2014 2:12:25 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7-31-14 | Lisa Rein
    Dozens of federal employees at an obscure agency that handles appeals of patent applications went years with so little work to do that they collected salaries — and even bonuses — while they surfed the Internet, did laundry, exercised and watched television, an investigation has found. The employees, paralegals making $60,000 to $80,000 a year, were idle with full knowledge of their immediate bosses and multiple layers of managers and judges who “sat on their hands” waiting for work to give them, a year-long probe by the Commerce Department inspector general’s office uncovered. The underworked paralegals did little as a...
  • Border crisis bill derails in House amid Ted Cruz-inspired disarray

    07/31/2014 1:48:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 07/31/2014 | Lisa Mascaro
    House Speaker John A. Boehner was always expected to have trouble passing emergency funds for the crisis at the Southwestern border -- but Republican Sen. Ted Cruz made his job impossible. Cruz, the hard-line Texas Republican, has been working behind the scenes to stir up conservative opposition to a House GOP plan to approve $659 million to secure the border and handle the flow of 57,000 migrant youths. And it worked. Amid disarray, House GOP leaders canceled Thursday's vote after it was clear they did not have the votes. The senator's handiwork lighted up the telephone lines in the Capitol...
  • Ted Cruz Proves Why He’s Still the Most Hated Man in Congress

    07/31/2014 1:25:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    The New Republic ^ | 07/31/2014 | Danny Vinik
    You may not have heard much from Senator Ted Cruz lately, but on Thursday, he came back with a force in blowing up House Republicans’ bill to address the border crisis. Make no mistake, House Speaker John Boehner—and the rest of the Republican establishment—still have a big Ted Cruz problem. And it’s only going to get bigger as the 2016 presidential election approaches. As it stands now, Cruz has successfully persuaded a block of House Republicans to vote against the House GOP’s border bill, forcing Boehner to pull the legislation from the docket. The situation is still fluid. The House...
  • Ted Cruz doesn’t care if John Boehner hates him. He likes it.

    07/31/2014 1:22:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/31/2014 | By Chris Cillizza
    Ted Cruz is running for president.No, he hasn't announced it yet. But if you can tell a man by his actions, then expect to see Cruz in Iowa a LOT more over the next year or two. (Cruz will be in the Hawkeye State on Saturday to headline a dinner thrown by Bruce Rastetter, a major GOP fundraiser. And he's going back next week, too!)The latest example — outside of the constant Iowa trips — came Wednesday, when WaPo's Bob Costa reported that Cruz was actively encouraging conservative House Republicans to oppose the spending bill pushed by Boehner aimed at...
  • ‘Dead’ Border Bill Not Fully Dead Yet

    07/31/2014 1:18:32 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 31, 2014 | Neil Munro
    The supposedly dead GOP border bill isn’t fully dead. GOP leaders are deciding whether “to twist arms or to let it die,” a Hill aide told The Daily Caller. According to congressional staffers, GOP leaders are trying to rewrite the complex, immigration-boosting text so that enough GOP conservatives agree to back the bill. Earlier Thursday, it was defeated when numerous conservative legislators declined to back the leadership’s bill, which would have widened a controversial 2008 loophole and allowed many Mexican youths to apply for green cards. The bill also would not have stopped the inflow of Central Americans adults, youths...
  • Polling Data Shows GOP Voters Think Republicans Standing Tough On Immigration Most Important Issue

    07/31/2014 12:52:58 PM PDT · by Mariner · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 31st, 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Polling data compiled by Tea Party Patriots and provided exclusively to Breitbart News shows that a majority of Republican voters think Republicans standing strong on immigration is more important than repealing Obamacare, getting to the bottom of the Benghazi or IRS scandals—or anything else for that matter. When asked by TPP’s pollster which issue they think is the important for Republicans in Congress to deal with, 34.6 percent of GOP voters said stopping the flow of illegal immigrants across our southern border. Stopping Obama’s “illegal overreach” with executive power came in a distant second with 24 percent of GOP voters...
  • NRA Backs Lamar Alexander Against Pro-2A Tea Partier Joe Carr

    07/31/2014 12:40:08 PM PDT · by CharlesThe Hammer · 41 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | 7/30/14 | Staff Written, no by line
    Once again we have to ask, what the hell is the NRA up to?
  • Boehner Tries To Resuscitate Dying Border Bill

    07/31/2014 12:18:11 PM PDT · by Mariner · 74 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 31st, 2014 | Jonathan Strong
    In the Speaker's lobby just off the House floor, members of Congress were full of recriminations over how the border bill had just died -- until it sprang back to life. House leadership has announced a 3pm special conference meeting to discuss the issue and raised the possibility of additional votes before the House departs for summer recess. The change is an abrupt shift from a decision to pull the bill and leave without a vote on it at all. According to Republicans familiar with the matter, the decision prompted a sudden and fierce backlash against Speaker John Boehner from...
  • Hilarious Parody Skewers Mike Bloomberg Ad Trying to Scare Women About Guns

    07/31/2014 12:06:26 PM PDT · by montag813 · 13 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 07-31-2014 | Gina Cassini
    by Gina Cassini | Top Right NewsIn response to the ridiculous ad from Everytown For Gun Safety that tries -- and fails -- to scare women out of defending themselves, a grassroots group has come out with a hilarious parody to show how women should really handle it.Grassroots network Liberty Pennsylvania's ad effectively skewers the Mike Bloomberg-funded group's lame attempt, which I profiled this morning. These battling ads show the utter futility of the gun-grabbers' attempts to convince Americans to give up their weapons of self-defense. And thankfully, women simply are not listening.  According to a survey conducted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, 77%...
  • Why Lamar Alexander is in Trouble

    07/31/2014 12:05:25 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/31/14 | Dan Riehl
    Along with popular conservative radio hosts like Mark Levin and Laura Ingraham coming out against him, the fundamental reasons why Senator Lamar Alexander may lose to Joe Carr in the upcoming primary are detailed in this Weekly Standard item. Not only is his being labeled a so called RINO or squish by Conservatives appropriate, he's now on the wrong side of today's hot button issue - immigration reform. If such a sentiment exists, some numbers might help explain it. Alexander’s lifetime American Conservative Union rating is 76 out of 100, with a 60 rating for the 2013 legislative year. Heritage...
  • Flip-Flop: Pat Roberts Campaign Manager was for Debates Until he was Against Them

    07/31/2014 12:02:51 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    watchdogwire.com ^ | 7/30/14 | Bob Weeks
    For Pat Roberts executive campaign manager Leroy Towns, political debates are important. At least until your candidate doesn’t want to debate. Are debates important to the political process? According to a former North Carolina University journalism professor, the answer is yes, debates are very important: Leroy Towns, political journalism professor at UNC, said debates are very important in the political process. “Debates give people a chance to look at candidates close up and see how they act under pressure situations,” Towns said. (Libertarian candidate Michael Beitler kept from debate, Daily Tarheel, September 13, 2010) Fast forward four years. As executive...
  • Kansas Senate Race Down to Single Digits

    07/31/2014 11:57:44 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 70 replies
    We just received the results of our latest poll in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Kansas, and the race is down to single digits!! Conservative Dr. Milton Wolf (R-KS) has cut Senator Pat Roberts' lead down to just nine points and only trails 41-32. Pat Roberts is in trouble. He's universally known in Kansas and only 41 percent of Republicans say they plan to vote for him. Dr. Milton Wolf (R-KS)Even Roberts' camp is downplaying expectations. A source close to Roberts told Politico that the race is "definitely closer than we expected.” We need to take immediate action...
  • House pulls border vote

    07/31/2014 11:41:20 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 40 replies
    TheHill.com ^ | 7-31-2014 | Cristina Marcos
    House GOP leaders canceled a Thursday vote on their $659 million border bill after failing to win over conservative members who opposed giving any more money to President Obama. A significant number of Republicans had balked at sending any money to the White House for the border, and Democrats were generally united in opposing the measure. The decision is another defeat for House GOP leaders, who have repeatedly failed to bring their members in line on tough votes. Signs of trouble emerged late Wednesday night when the House Rules Committee delayed reporting a rule for the border bill. Even a...
  • Declaration of Independence

    07/31/2014 11:32:37 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    National Archives ^ | 1776 | Adams, Franklin, Jefferson, Livingston & Sherman
    The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men...
  • Americans Melt Phone Lines Against Boehner's Immigration Bills in Hours Before Vote

    07/31/2014 10:50:04 AM PDT · by Mariner · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 31st, 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    The American people have overloaded the Congressional phone lines yet again on Thursday, pressuring their members of Congress to vote against the House and Senate immigration bills. The Capitol Hill switchboard line was busy when Breitbart News called at 11:30 a.m., in response to Speaker John Boehner’s effort to pass a supplemental funding bill that has minor policy changes—and includes a separate vote on language dealing with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that is substantially different from the original language from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). A number of aides and other sources on...
  • Why the House of Representatives just voted to sue President Obama (Great Q & A)

    07/31/2014 10:32:00 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 16 replies
    Vox ^ | 07/30/2014 | Andrew Prokop
    On Wednesday evening, the US House of Representatives voted to sue President Obama over the delay of Obamacare's employer mandate. The resolution, which you can read here, passed on a vote of 225 to 201, with every Democrat voting against it. 5 Republicans also voted no, including some of the chamber's most conservative members, Reps. Paul Broun (R-GA) and Steve Stockman (R-TX) — likely because the measure doesn't go far enough. Here's our explainer as to whether there's any precedent for this, whether the suit has a chance, and how it will proceed. Has the House of Representatives ever sued...
  • CIA Admits to Hacking Senate Computers

    07/31/2014 10:29:38 AM PDT · by mojito · 55 replies
    National Journal ^ | 7/31/2014 | Dustin Volz
    The Central Intelligence Agency improperly and covertly hacked into computers used by Senate staffers to investigate the spy agency's Bush-era interrogation practices, according to an internal investigation. CIA Director John Brennan has determined that employees "acted in a manner inconsistent with the common understanding" brokered between the CIA and its Senate overseers, according to agency spokesman Dean Boyd. The stunning admission follows a scathing, 40-minute speech by Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein on the Senate floor back in March, in which she accused the CIA of secretly accessing her panel's computers.... At the time, Brennan denied Feinstein's accusations, telling NBC...
  • AP Poll: Immigration Becomes Hot Potato for Democrats

    07/31/2014 9:56:22 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 12 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Jul 31, 2014 | Guy Benson
    A new national survey conducted by the Associated Press suggests that illegal immigration and the border crisis could be morphing into major political liabilities for Democrats ahead of the midterm elections. Key take-aways:
  • Failures in management led to ObamaCare website woes, investigation finds

    07/31/2014 9:31:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    FOX News ^ | July 31, 2014
    A failure of management by the Obama administration led to the disastrous rollout of the ObamaCare website and caused the government to incur tens of millions in additional costs, according to a congressional watchdog report released Wednesday. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) concluded after a months-long investigation into the rocky rollout of Healthcare.gov that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ failure to establish “effective planning or oversight practices” was to blame for website’s myriad problems after it was launched. Among the issues, investigators found that the administration kept changing the contractors' marching orders for the HealthCare.gov website, creating widespread...
  • Rushed HHS Let Contractors Fumble Obamacare Website, GAO Says

    07/31/2014 9:31:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 31, 2014 | BY MAGGIE FOX AND JOEL SEIDMAN
    A rushed team at the Department of Health and Human Services failed to plan properly or watch over contractors hired to set up and run the online health insurance exchange, setting it up for its spectacular blowout when it rolled out last October, according to a report to be released Thursday. And unless HHS acts, more problems could happen this year, the report warns. Federal officials had just three and a half years to design, build and launch the online marketplace from the time the Affordable Care Act was signed in March 2010 to the time it had to be...
  • Voter ID law upheld by Wisconsin Supreme Court

    07/31/2014 9:04:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 31, 2014 | BY BRENDAN O'BRIEN
    The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a state law requiring voters to have photo identification to cast a ballot, although the law remains blocked by an earlier ruling by a federal judge that it is unconstitutional. The court wrote in its decision that providing a photo identification at the ballot box does not create a substantial burden to the voter, as claimed by the plaintiffs in the case. "Photo identification is a condition of our times where more and more personal interactions are being modernized to require proof of identity," the court wrote.
  • Get Pat Roberts out

    07/31/2014 8:50:22 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    hutchnews.com ^ | 7/30/14
    In 1952, when Dwight Eisenhower was elected president, Wes Roberts, Pat’s father, the chairman of the Republican Party in Kansas, promoted a legislative act to pay the AOUW Insurance Company $115,000 for a building which had been erected on the Norton County TB sanatorium grounds on state land. Wes Roberts got a $15,000 kickback from the AOUW, unbeknownst to anyone, until it was discovered by Alvin McCoy of the Kansas City Star and was exposed. Wes Roberts had been promoted to National Chairman of the Republican Party on the election of Dwight Eisenhower. When this came to light, Eisenhower dismissed...
  • GOP committee boosts Roberts over Wolf in Kansas Senate race

    07/31/2014 8:28:38 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    TOPEKA – A national Republican group has contributed $45,400 to Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts in his GOP primary race against tea party challenger Milton Wolf, a boost for the incumbent’s sizeable and consistent lead in fundraising. Recent finance reports filed by the campaigns show that Roberts has raised more than $200,000 so far this month. But Wolf, a Leawood radiologist making his first run for public office, raised more than $120,000 in contributions this month and also loaned his campaign an additional $20,000. Roberts is seeking this fourth, six-year term and has enjoyed a significant fundraising advantage ahead of the...
  • Ted Cruz looks to steer House conservatives on immigration (SOMEBODY has to lead them!)

    07/31/2014 8:25:05 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | 7/31/14 | Rebecca Kaplan
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, one of the Senate's most outspoken conservatives, is stepping into the middle of House Republican politics yet again. Cruz held court in his office with about a dozen of the House's most ardent conservatives Wednesday night, according to news reports. On the agenda: ways to limit the president's future authority on executive immigration decisions. While the House and Senate already far apart on how to handle the arrival of more than 60,000 children at the southern border, Cruz's demands only widen that gap. He introduced legislation in the Senate earlier this month that would bar the...
  • Rob Maness to Bill Cassidy: Stand with Cruz, Sessions & Oppose Border Bill

    07/31/2014 8:20:04 AM PDT · by cotton1706
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/30/14 | Tony Lee
    Conservative Louisiana Senate candidate Rob Maness, a retired Air Force Colonel, opposes the House's $659 million border bill, and he called on Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) to stand with Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and publicly oppose it. "With President Obama threatening unilateral executive action to grant a massive amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, the next action Congress takes should address this threat of lawlessness," Maness said on Wednesday, emphasizing that it was a "silent surrender" to a lawless executive. "Congressman Cassidy should publicly and immediately join me in opposing this hollow border bill and fight...
  • 'SPEAKER CRUZ IS IN THE HOUSE' — Republican Border Plan Is In Total Chaos After Conservative Revolt

    07/31/2014 8:19:29 AM PDT · by Mariner · 71 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 31st, 2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    House Republican leaders abruptly changed their plan to deal with the crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border late Wednesday night, after they were not able to muster enough votes to pass the legislation before Congress leaves Friday for a five-week recess. Conservatives in the House revolted against the Republican-led plan, which provides about $659 million in emergency spending for the border crisis through the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30. As a result, the House will vote Thursday on two pieces of legislation, the first being the border plan. If that legislation passes, the House would be required to vote on...
  • If Obama Tries to Grant Legal Status to Illegal Immigrants, States Should Say 'See You In Court'

    07/31/2014 7:48:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/31/2014 | By Allan J. Favish
    It has been reported that President Barack Obama is planning to unilaterally attempt to grant legal status to illegal immigrants.  There is no legal authority for him to do so.  It has been reported that it may not be possible to stop Obama’s action with a lawsuit because nobody would have standing to bring the lawsuit. Legal experts see any challenge to the expected immigration policy changes headed for the same key roadblock facing House Speaker John Boehner’s planned suit over Obamacare implementation delays: finding a way to show the injury needed to press a case in the federal courts....
  • The Education Establishment’s “Success”

    07/31/2014 7:22:34 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 15 replies
    Campus Report ^ | August 2014 | Deborah Lambert
    It’s sad but true. Nearly 50% of high school seniors know the names of The Three Stooges (Larry, Moe and Curly) but can’t name the three branches of government. And fully one-third of students asked for the origin of the statement “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need,” responded that this came from the Bill of Rights when it actually came from The Communist Manifesto. So says Dr. Walter Williams, the eminent free market economist and higher education critic, who explained in a recent column at Townhall.com that examples like this are a testament to...
  • New Massachusetts law restricting pro-life speech ‘worse than the one just overturned’

    07/31/2014 7:00:05 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 12 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/30/14 | Ben Johnson
    If at first you don't impede, try, try again. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed a new law today restricting the free speech rights of pro-life sidewalk counselors. Patrick, a Democrat, said he was “still stunned” by the Supreme Court's unanimous ruling in McCullen v. Coakley, striking down the state's previous 35-foot “bubble zone” at today's signing ceremony. The original law, drafted by current Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts President Marty Walz when she was a state legislator, required all “protesters” to stand dozens of feet away from the entrance of any such facilities. The justices did not rule that all such zoning...
  • Morning Joe Panel: Lerner Emails Make it ‘Hard to Argue’ Her Innocence

    07/31/2014 6:46:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 40 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 31, 2014 | Staff
    ... “If the question is was there political, ideological bias inside the IRS, it’s hard to argue ‘no’ after you read that,” said Willie Geist. “And malice,” added MSNBC contributor Nicolle Wallace. “She equates Republicans as inferior to terrorists. I think motive is there, I think state of mind is there–again, if this were a legal proceeding, they’ve got their gal.”
  • If Obama Tries to Grant Legal Status to Illegal Immigrants, the States Have Standing to Sue

    07/31/2014 5:45:10 AM PDT · by AJFavish · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 31, 2014 | Allan J. Favish
    It has been reported that President Barack Obama is planning to unilaterally attempt to grant legal status to illegal immigrants. There is no legal authority for him to do so. It has been reported that it may not be possible to stop Obama’s action with a lawsuit because nobody would have standing to bring the lawsuit.
  • Baker sidesteps taking position on gun control provision (middle of the road loser Charlie Baker)

    07/31/2014 5:39:06 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    bostonglobe.com ^ | 7/30/14 | Joshua Miller
    The state Democratic Party today criticized Republican Charlie Baker for dismissing the significance of a gun control provision designed to give police chiefs authority to keep rifles and shotguns out of the hands of people they consider dangerous. In an interview on NECN Tuesday, Baker declined to say whether he supported that provision, which was included in an anti-gun violence bill passed by the House, but was stripped out by the Senate. The host, Jim Braude, pressed the gubernatorial hopeful: “Should police chiefs have that discretion?” “I don’t think that matters, Jim,” Baker replied. “The real issue here is: They...
  • Low Voter Turnout in Primaries Has Dems Especially Worried

    07/31/2014 5:35:47 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 7/30/14 | Cathy Burke
    Sharp declines in voter turnout for primaries in 25 states have both parties worried, but the situation is dire for Democrats, who are pouring millions into building ground operations ahead of the November election, The Hill reports. The Center for the Study of the American Electorate released a report last week showing turnout in the 25 states that have already held statewide primaries dropped 3.5 percent from 2010 to 14.8 percent of the voting-age population. Turnout in 15 of those states hit record lows. "In terms of our turnout operation this fall, an aggressive early voting push and an aggressive...
  • This is Inexcusable (House leadership chicanery)

    07/31/2014 5:21:38 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 26 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 7/31/14 | Erick Erickson
    House Republican Leaders have a deal for conservatives. After giving Barack Obama a blank check with the debt ceiling, if they will now give him $659 million then and only then will John Boehner give conservatives a vote on shutting down DACA. This really is inexcusable. DACA is the chief incentive inspiring people to cross the border. The administration intends to expand DACA. The House GOP should be starting with closing DACA, not telling conservatives they first have to fund the President and then they’ll get table scraps. I have opened RedState’s Action Center. Go here now, put in your...
  • Facing Immigration Revolt, Republicans Plan Vote to Ban ‘Administrative Amnesty’ (Updated)

    07/31/2014 5:18:54 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 7/30/14 | Emma Dumain
    Updated 11:07 p.m. | In a bid to shore up votes for their border supplemental, Republican leaders plan to give conservatives a vote Thursday prohibiting President Barack Obama from granting deportation relief to more illegal immigrants. One vote will be on the $659 million appropriations bill aimed at curbing the flow of child migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, which includes policy riders that have alienated nearly all Democrats. On the condition of that bill passing, members would then be allowed to a vote on standalone language prohibiting the expansion of President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program granting...
  • Don’t screw this up, GOP senators tell their House counterparts

    07/31/2014 5:12:00 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 28 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 7/31/14 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Republicans have a message for House Republicans: Don’t screw up before Election Day. After fumbling primaries in the past, the GOP believes it will win a majority in the upper chamber this fall — as long as the party can avoid self-inflicted wounds. To do that, Senate Republicans want their colleagues in the lower chamber to play ball and not hand Democrats anything that could turn out the opposition’s base or turn off independent voters. Senate Republicans have put subtle pressure on House members to avoid a messy fight over the border bill, impeachment or a government shutdown. Democrats...
  • Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh: Foolish For Boehner To Take Impeachment 'Off The Table'

    07/31/2014 4:45:23 AM PDT · by Resettozero · 63 replies
    Breitbart - Big Government ^ | 30 Jul 2014 | by TONY LEE
    After conservative icon and talk radio host Rush Limbaugh blasted House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) for declaring that impeaching Obama was off the table, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin praised Limbaugh for understanding the importance of not emboldening Obama to act even more lawlessly. "Rush is right," she wrote in a Wednesday Facebook post. "The GOP wants to take impeachment off the table? When will you learn liberals won't hate you less if you play nice in these tumultuous times? No matter how polite, complacent, and complicit you are, Obama will continue to harm our Republic and make you impotent....
  • Why Ted Cruz Matters in the House of Representatives: Cruz finds more traction in House than Senate

    07/31/2014 4:01:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | July 30, 2014 | Lauren Fox
    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has a challenger vying to lead the House — and he's coming from the opposite side of the Capitol Building. Though Ted Cruz is most often seen as a rabble rousing troublemaker in the Senate, when it comes to key decisions he has emerged as the leading vote-wrangler in the House. With his Tortilla Coast strategy session on Capitol Hill last year, the Texas Republican proved he has real influence in the House of Representatives. It was Cruz, after all, who concocted the "defund Obamacare" strategy that marched Republicans straight into a government shutdown last...
  • Dissenting judge raises polygamy question

    07/31/2014 2:24:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Greensboro News-Record ^ | July 29, 2014 | Doug Clark
    Yesterday's majority opinion in the Virginia same-sex marriage case obviously is getting all the press, but Judge Paul Niemeyer raised an interesting issue in his dissent. "The plaintiffs also largely ignore the problem with their position that if the fundamental right to marriage is based on 'the constitutional liberty to select the partner of one’s choice,' as they contend, then that liberty would also extend to individuals seeking state recognition of other types of relationships that States currently restrict, such as polygamous or incestuous relationships," he wrote. Ridiculous? Yes, it's easy to dismiss this reasoning as preposterous. But, of course,...
  • Boehner Begins To Crack On Border Bill

    07/30/2014 8:24:18 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/30/14 | Mathew Boyle
    ouse GOP leadership is beginning to crack on its position that it would not include any language intended to prohibit the President from expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive amnesty in a border bill package. House GOP leadership is beginning to crack on its position that it would not include any language intended to prohibit the President from expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive amnesty in a border bill package. Unable to find enough Republicans to pass the bill without the help of Democrats, who are lining up against the border bill, GOP leaders...