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  • Gutiérrez On Coming Obama Executive Amnesty: 'Get Prepared'

    08/25/2014 1:39:45 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 94 replies
    www.breitbart.com ^ | 08/25/2014 | Staff
    With President Obama expected to announce executive action on immigration reform soon, Illinois Democratic Rep. Luis Gutiérrez says he is telling people to “get ready.” “It's music to my ears that someone would have a source at the White House that say it's 5 million. Let me just say, tomorrow, the next day, and all of this week we're getting ready,” he said. Gutiérrez appeared on MSNBC's Jose Diaz-Balart after MSNBC senior White House correspondent Chris Jansing said that senior White House officials expect Obama to grant executive amnesty to around 5 million illegal immigrants after his European trip to...
  • Judge removes Jindal’s Common Core ban

    08/21/2014 7:12:24 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 39 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 08/20/2014 | Kellan Howell
    A Louisiana district judge removed Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal’s executive order banning Common Core testing on Tuesday. Mr. Jindal has been fighting an uphill battle since June with the state’s board of education to combat Louisiana’s participation in PARCC, a collective of states working together to develop standardizes testing based on Common Core. In a written opinion, Judge Todd Hernandez, said the injunction on testing that was granted at Mr. Jindal’s request caused anxiety within the school system. “The evidence is clear that this state of the unknown has caused anxiety and other harm to the parents, teachers, administrators and...
  • White House Courts Business On Immigration For Political Purposes

    08/19/2014 4:29:41 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Investors.com ^ | August 19, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Imperial Presidency: Secret scheming between the White House and Big Business on immigration is all about political cover for unconstitutional executive action. Cheap labor now isn't worth socialism tomorrow. If high-tech giants such as Cisco, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle and Accenture endorse President Obama's impending executive orders giving amnesty to multitudes of illegal aliens without congressional assent, America will in essence have become the corporatocracy the Saul Alinskys of the world have always claimed they fear. Politico reports that some of these firms and others are talking with high-ranking Obama aides, the White House's goal being these companies' public backing for...
  • Exclusive–Sessions: Melt Down Senate's Phone Lines, Force Reid to Allow Vote on Executive Amnesty

    08/13/2014 6:27:49 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 14 replies
    Breitbart.com/Big-Government ^ | 8-12-2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is throwing down the gauntlet again. He is calling on every American citizen to call their U.S. senators and demand to know where they stand on President Barack Obama’s planned executive amnesty. Sessions, in a statement exclusively provided to Breitbart News, berated House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, calling on Reid to allow a vote on the House-passed measure that would block President Obama’s attempts to continue or expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive amnesty to millions more illegal aliens. “Recent developments suggest...
  • Democrats on life support when it comes to Latino vote [call for Pres. EO to get out the vote]

    08/11/2014 4:40:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/214355-democrats-on-life-support-when-it-comes-to-latino-vote ^ | August 11, 2014 | Cesar Vargas, co-director of the DREAM Action Coalition and immigration activist
    As Congress enters a long August recess, Republicans have shown not only that they won't address pressing issues — immigration reform or even less-controversial funding to help fight West Coast wildfires — but also that they are incapable of fulfilling their constitutional mandate to legislate. Republicans blocked immigration reform: that much is obvious to voters, particularly Latino voters, like those in my own family. Voters also know, however, that President Obama is actually responsible for a record 2 million deportations, even though Democrats are running a pro-immigrant platform. For Democrats, there is good news and bad news (and good news...
  • President Obama's use of executive orders in historical terms

    08/06/2014 7:25:47 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    National Constitution Center ^ | August 5, 2014 | NCC Staff
    The current controversy over President Barack Obama's use of executive orders has many Republicans steamed and Democrats on the defensive. But has the President really issued more orders that his predecessors? In terms of executive orders, quality counts as much as quantity, and several significant Obama executive orders have some conservatives rallying around a lawsuit against the president, as well as threatening impeachment... The American Presidency Project keeps tabs on executive orders and their historical counterparts dating back to the George Washington administration. The presidents who used orders and proclamations the most, per year, were [Franklin] Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover and...
  • Open Thread Tuesday: Ebola in America

    08/05/2014 6:25:55 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 3 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 8-5-2014 | MOTUS
    Question – Ebola:Capitalist Pig Plot (CPP)?Or Big Guy’s Secret Plan to Destroy America? (SPTDA).And what does all of this have to do with BHO’s most recent Executive Order that allows for the apprehension, detention, and/or conditional release of individuals with certain severe acute respiratory diseases, not including influenza?  (Of course, we will determine whether it’s “influenza” or not.)Inquiring minds want to know.Tell us what you think, and remember: your vote counts – every time you vote, just like in Chicgo.Posted from: Michelle Obama’s Mirror 
  • Obama order to expand labor rights for contractors

    07/30/2014 5:50:46 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | AP News
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is preparing to sign an executive order cracking down on labor violations by companies that contract with the federal government, the White House said Wednesday. Obama's order will require companies seeking federal contracts valued at more than $500,000 to make public any labor law violations in the last three years, a step the Obama administration hopes will incentivize companies to resolve labor disputes such as back wage claims.
  • Obama mulls large-scale move on immigration

    07/28/2014 4:44:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    msn news ^ | 7/28/14 | ERICA WERNER of Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as they grapple with an immigration crisis at the border, White House officials are making plans to act before November's mid-term elections to grant work permits to potentially millions of immigrants who are in this country illegally, allowing them to stay in the United States without threat of deportation, according to advocates and lawmakers in touch with the administration. Such a large-scale move on immigration could scramble election-year politics and lead some conservative Republicans to push for impeachment proceedings against President Barack Obama, a prospect White House officials have openly discussed. Yet there's little sign that...
  • New Obama Executive Action Plan on Amnesty: Bring Kids to U.S. Directly From Central America

    07/25/2014 5:32:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    With no plans to secure the border, President Obama is considering executive action without Congress to grant Hondurans amnesty and to set up a program to screen "refugees" in the country before green lighting them into the United States, cutting out the process of trekking through Mexico. From the New York Times: The Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making the dangerous trek through Mexico, according to a draft of the proposal. If approved, the plan would direct the government to screen thousands of children and...
  • Catholics Just Be Calm About Obama's LGBT Executive Order

    07/22/2014 6:48:45 PM PDT · by yosephdaviyd · 13 replies
    DavidLGray.INFO ^ | 07/22/14 | David L. Gray
    Essentially what this new Executive Order does is amend the preexisting Equal Employment Opportunity Executive Orders No. 11478 (for federal gov’t) and No. 11246 (for federal Contractors and Subcontractors and federally-assisted Construction Contractors and Subcontractors). Where those previously Executive Orders once prohibited employment discrimination on the basis of “race, color, religion, sex, or national origin,” will now include “sexual orientation and gender identity.” While there is a just issue to be made as to why ‘voluntary’ behaviors would be added to federal non-discrimination law, or the addition of a new race/class/species of people of people (called LGBTQ) that scientists have...
  • Executive order prohibits firing of gays by U.S. government, contractors

    07/21/2014 2:31:31 PM PDT · by Welchie25 · 35 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/21/14 | Mark Pattison
    President Barack Obama's executive order of July 21 has installed workplace rules forbidding the firing of gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people by the federal government and federal contractors -- a key provision in the Employment Non-Discrimination Act languishing in Congress. The U.S. bishops have opposed the bill, known as ENDA, which was passed by the Senate last November but was never scheduled for a vote in the House. The bill has been introduced in almost every Congress since 1994. "Today's executive order is unprecedented and extreme and should be opposed," said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of...
  • White House looks at executive actions on immigration reform

    07/14/2014 1:39:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 14, 2014 | Justin Sink
    White House attorneys are examining whether the president can use executive action to “level the playing field” on immigration for business owners, press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday. Earnest provided few details about what kind of action the president might take, but the comments offered the first insight into what type of authorities the administration was reviewing following the president's announcement he would look to act unilaterally after comprehensive immigration reform legislation died in the House. “The question is whether or not there are additional steps that you can take to level the playing field for businesses,” Earnest told reporters....
  • Obama Had a DREAM

    07/14/2014 5:52:47 AM PDT · by fivecatsandadog · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7/14/14 | Randall Hoven
    The White House’s explanation of why so many “children” are crossing our southern border recently is that the violence in Central America drove them here. Also, as usual, Bush is to blame: in 2008 President Bush signed a law “to prevent immigration officials from inadvertently sending [children] back to pimps and drug violence”. On July 5, the Los Angeles Times published an article by Brian Bennett. Using data obtained from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Bennett reported as follows. “The increase has been dramatic. For most of the last decade, U.S. agents apprehended fewer than 4,000 ‎unaccompanied children from El...
  • Border crisis scrambling the politics of immigration policy

    07/13/2014 6:44:23 AM PDT · by Innovative · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 12, 2014 | Karen Tumulty and David Nakamura
    Republicans and even some Democrats have accused Obama of being insufficiently engaged in a calamity that many say he should have seen coming. As far back as May 2012, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) warned Obama in a letter that “there is a surge of unaccompanied illegal minors entering the United States. Apart from being part of an obvious humanitarian crisis, these unaccompanied illegal minors have left the federal government scrambling to triage the results of its failed border security and immigration policies.” In June 2012, Obama issued an executive order that those who met certain requirements be allowed to...
  • Obama Delivers Statement on Immigration Reform

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  • Boehner: House will sue Obama

    06/25/2014 11:03:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 75 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 25, 2014 | Russell Berman with Cristina Marcos
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday said he plans to sue President Obama on behalf of the House over his frequent use of executive actions that Republicans believe are beyond his authority. During his weekly Capitol press conference, the Speaker accused the president of violating his oath of office by not “faithfully executing the laws of our country.” But Boehner said the lawsuit would not lead to an attempt to remove Obama from office. “This is not about impeachment,” Boehner said. “This is about his faithfully executing the laws of our country.” The Speaker would not say what specific executive...
  • What Trey Gowdy Just Did Could Be A Defining Moment For America, I Was Stunned At 2:24 (VIDEO)

    06/19/2014 2:06:09 PM PDT · by blueyon · 56 replies
    The Conservative Post ^ | 6/18/14 | Becky Bailey
    Trey Gowdy had a defining moment when he had to explain to Congress and Barack Obama exactly what their job titles are supposed to be. Trey Gowdy lead the charge in passing a bill that directs Obama to follow the laws – ....
  • Obama to Issue Gay Rights Executive Order

    06/16/2014 12:16:26 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 66 replies
    BBC News ^ | June 16, 2014 18:14 GMT | Associated Press
    President Barack Obama will sign an order banning federal government contractors from discriminating against gay and transgender workers, officials have said. The executive order follows years of pressure from gay rights groups. Mr Obama cannot extend the protection to all American workers, however. The order comes after far broader anti-discrimination legislation stalled in the Republican-led House of Representatives. The executive order will apply only to federal contractors, which employ nearly one-quarter of the US workforce.
  • More Job Killing Policies from the Anti-Gun Crowd

    06/09/2014 6:53:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 9, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Most gun control schemes do little, if anything, to positively effect change in criminal trends. In fact, such schemes have largely proven to be economically illiterate attempts to restrict and regulate the private ownership of firearms. And examples of the bad economics of gun control just keep piling up. I know, I know: Not everything is about the bottom line; but when the bottom line suffers in a misguided attempt to forward useless gun bans, I think it starts to matter a little bit more. In the latest example of gun-control killing private businesses, Century International Arms is laying off...
  • Obama issues another executive order bypassing Congress

    06/09/2014 6:50:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/09/2014 | Rick Moran
    In a bid to give one of the Democrat's vital constituencies a lhand, President Obama will issue an executive order today that will cap student loan repayments at 10% of a borrower's monthly income.Politico: President Barack Obama said in his weekly address Saturday that he would take action on student loan issues in the coming days, but gave no details. The executive order, first reported by the New York Times, will expand on a 2010 law that capped borrowers’ repayment but left a hole in eligibility for people with older loans. Those left out of that relief include people who...
  • Hagel: U.S. didn’t negotiate with terrorists in securing Bergdahl’s release

    06/01/2014 9:56:45 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 87 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 1, 2014 | David Sherfinski
    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said the U.S. did not negotiate with terrorists in the process of exchanging the transfer of five terrorism suspects for the release of the only American prisoner of war in Afghanistan. “We didn’t negotiate with terrorists,” Mr. Hagel said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “And I said and explained before, Sergeant Bergdahl is a prisoner of war. That’s a normal process in getting your prisoners back.” Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was handed over to U.S. special forces by the Taliban Saturday, with the government of Qatar serving as a go-between. Qatar is taking custody of five...
  • American Soldier Who Served With Bowe Bergdahl Casts Doubt on Official Story

    06/01/2014 6:54:36 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 95 replies
    Cody Tweets via Soopermexicn ^ | 5/31 | Cody Tweets
    Early Saturday it was announced by the administration that the only American prisoner of war in the Afghanistan was released in exchange for 5 Guantanamo Bay terrorists being set free to Qatar. The circumstances of the capture of Bowe Bergdahl had been in question long before his release – supposedly he had wandered off and captured by the Taliban. But a soldier on Twitter is claiming that the official story is untrue, and has posted his version of the events that led to Bowe’s capture. Towards the end of his story, he says he fears reprisal from the Obama administration,...
  • Feds Warn Global Warming a Clear, Present Danger (Obama threatens executive orders)

    05/07/2014 5:39:41 AM PDT · by xzins · 52 replies
    CBN ^ | May 06, 2014 | CBNNews.com
    Global warming is changing the daily lives of Americans and will only get worse, according to a government report released Tuesday. "Corn producers in Iowa, oyster growers in Washington state, and maple syrup producers in Vermont are all observing climate-related changes that are outside of recent experience," the 1,100-page National Climate Assessment report stated. "So, too, are coastal planners in Florida, water managers in the arid Southwest, city dwellers from Phoenix to New York, and native peoples on tribal lands from Louisiana to Alaska," the NCA report read. The White House is expected to use the report as a basis...
  • Report: 'Urgent action' needed on climate change

    05/06/2014 6:33:36 AM PDT · by kjam22 · 56 replies
    CNN ^ | 5-6-2014 | cnn
    Washington (CNN) -- Flooded rail lines. Bigger, more frequent droughts. A rash of wildfires. Those are some of the alarming predictions in a White House climate change report released Tuesday, part of President Barack Obama's broader second-term effort to help the nation prepare for the effects of higher temperatures, rising sea levels and more erratic weather. "Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present," the National Climate Assessment says, adding that the evidence of man-made climate change "continues to strengthen" and that "impacts are increasing across the country." "Americans are noticing changes...
  • Obama Executive Order Makes Foreign Armies Eligible for DoD Medal

    04/19/2014 12:46:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | April 18, 2014 - 4:24 pm | Bridget Johnson
    President Obama signed an executive order today extending eligibility for the third-highest Defense Department recognition to foreign armies. “Executive Order 12019 of November 3, 1977 (Establishing the Defense Meritorious Service Medal), is amended by inserting, ‘or to any member of the armed forces of a friendly foreign nation,’ after ‘any member of the Armed Forces of the United States,’” said the short order. …
  • Gender Pay Gaps and the Mighty Obama Samurai Pen

    04/08/2014 8:53:30 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 2 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 4-8-2014 | MOTUS
    WOW!  And by that by that I mean the “War on Women” of course. Today is “Equal Pay Day,” which is an annual event to bring public awareness to the insidious “gender wage gap.”Even though some contend that the gender pay gap is nothing butt a myth, we never let facts get in the way of a good emotional argument that leads to “Executive Action.”So today we’re heading into battle once again: with our mighty pen.Although I must say, our battles are starting to sound increasingly small: In his latest effort to circumvent Congress and highlight an issue that he...
  • Exclusive: Boeing says gets U.S. license to sell spare parts to Iran

    04/04/2014 2:11:29 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 4, 2014 | Andrea Shalal and Tim Hepher
    WASHINGTON/PARIS (Reuters) - Boeing Co , the world's biggest airplane maker, on Friday said it had received a license from the U.S. Treasury Department to export certain spare parts for commercial aircraft to Iran under a temporary sanctions relief deal that began in January.
  • Obama announces (most comprehensive since end of the Cold War) sanctions on Russian officials

    03/17/2014 9:25:18 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/17/14 | Nedra Pickler - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday froze the U.S. assets of seven Russian officials, including top advisers to President Vladimir Putin, for their support of Crimea's vote to secede from Ukraine. The sanctions are the most comprehensive since the end of the Cold War. Obama said he was moving to "increase the cost" to Russia, and he warned that more people could face financial punishment.
  • Obama imposes sanctions on Russian officials, ousted Ukrainian president

    03/17/2014 9:02:48 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 105 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 17, 2014
    KIEV, Ukraine— Obama on Monday imposed sanctions on 11 Russian and Ukrainian officials blamed for Russia's military incursion into Crimea, including two top aides to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The sanctions were the most visible sign of U.S. anger at Russia's attempt to absorb the Crimea region of southern Ukraine, reflecting the deepest plunge in U.S.-Russian relations since the Cold War. The sanctions came in an executive order signed by Obama a day after a Crimea referendum on Sunday aimed at allowing Russia to annex the autonomous region, a vote that the United States says was illegal and would never...
  • LGBT Group Asks Obama to Allow Transgenders in Military Through Executive Order

    03/14/2014 9:04:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 52 replies
    CNSNews ^ | March 14, 2014 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force seized on an advocacy group's report on transgender military service Thursday to call on President Barack Obama to issue an executive order allowing transgender men and women to serve in the military. “We commend the commission for stating independently what we all know: there is no compelling medical reason to exclude trans people from serving their country, and transitions would place almost no burden on the military,” Rea Carey, executive director of the task force, said in a press release . “The President should sign an executive order to lift the...
  • Obama Overtime Directive Sure To Undermine Employment

    03/12/2014 4:38:18 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Investors.com ^ | March 12, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Imperial Presidency: The White House says it will constrain companies from deciding which workers are white-collar enough not to punch a time card for overtime. We need more jobs, not more job-killing regulation. 'America does not stand still, and neither will I" is how President Obama defends playing God with the law, instead of acting as a constitutionally constrained chief executive. His rationale is that "wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that's what I'm going to do." From scrapping ObamaCare's mandates to disguising his health takeover's failure, to hiking the...
  • Executive Order -- Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine

    03/08/2014 5:30:50 AM PST · by PapaBear3625 · 81 replies
    The White House ^ | March 6, 2014 | Barak Obama
    I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, find that the actions and policies of persons -- including persons who have asserted governmental authority in the Crimean region without the authorization of the Government of Ukraine -- that undermine democratic processes and institutions in Ukraine; threaten its peace, security, stability, sovereignty, and territorial integrity; and contribute to the misappropriation of its assets, constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States, and I hereby declare a national emergency to deal with that threat. I hereby order: Section 1. (a) All...
  • Obama approves sanctions on individuals 'destabilizing Ukraine'

    03/06/2014 11:18:19 AM PST · by ColdOne · 13 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 3/6/14 | Meghashyam Mali
    President Obama on Thursday signed an executive order readying sanctions and visa restrictions on individuals the administration said were responsible for “destabilizing Ukraine.” “The President has signed an Executive Order that authorizes sanctions on individuals and entities threatening the peace, security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of Ukraine; contributing to the misappropriation of state assets of Ukraine; or purporting to assert governmental authority over any part of Ukraine without authorization from the Ukrainian government in Kyiv,” said the White House in a statement.
  • President Obama Imposes Sanctions on Individuals Over Ukraine Crisis

    03/06/2014 10:21:31 AM PST · by maggief · 14 replies
    abcnews ^ | March 6, 2014
    President Obama has signed an executive order today imposing sanctions on individuals he said violate Ukrainian sovereignty or are "stealing the assets" of the Ukrainian people. He said the sanctions were meant to "impose a cost" on Russia's action in Crimea. Obama emphasized that new visa restrictions the U.S. placed on those who are opposing the Ukraine government “continue our efforts to impose a cost on Russia and those responsible for the situation in Crimea.”
  • Exercising the Mighty Pen and Phone

    03/01/2014 6:45:21 AM PST · by eagleye85 · 5 replies
    Eagleye Blog ^ | March 1, 2014 | Bethany Stotts
    Has President Obama’s power gone to his head as he attempts to avoid lame duck status and promote his party for the upcoming elections? He announced to the press in January that “I’ve got a pen, and I’ve got a phone,” remarked glibly in February that “I can do whatever I want” an hour after the administration took controversial executive action on Obamacare, and is promoting a video that celebrates the executive orders of his “Year of Action” on his official website. “America doesn’t stand still and neither will I,” says Obama in the video highlighting his 2014 State of...
  • Why Obama's Executive Orders Are Lawless

    02/17/2014 11:59:45 AM PST · by Petro · 19 replies
    Cutting Through The Fog ^ | February 15, 2014 | George B
    When Barack Obama took the oath of office, he agreed, before God and our country, that he would "...preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." In doing so, he also agreed to Article Two, Clause Five of the Constitution which states that the President must "faithfully execute the laws of the land". The word "faithfully" in that statement is clearly defined by Webster's Dictionary as "strict or thorough performance of one's duty." Faithfully does not mean that the President can arbitrarily execute the laws of the land. Nor, does it say he can ignore those parts of...
  • Obama Will Take ‘Executive Action’ to Reduce Prison Population

    01/31/2014 9:19:21 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 71 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 31, 2014 - 7:40 AM | Susan Jones
    Congress can pass legislation giving judges more discretion in the sentencing of prisoners, but President Obama “also has the ability to take executive action” to commute the sentences of “low-level” drug offenders—and that’s just what he plans to do, Deputy Attorney General James Cole told the New York State Bar Association annual meeting on Thursday. “A little over a month ago, the President commuted the sentences of eight men and women who were sentenced under severe—and out of date—mandatory minimum sentencing laws,” Cole said. …
  • EPA Administrator to Scientists: “Speak the Truth” on Climate Change to Meet Obama’s “Needs”

    01/30/2014 9:23:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 30, 2014 - 10:06 PM | Penny Starr
    Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), asked scientists at a climate change conference on Thursday in Arlington, Va., to help advance President Barack Obama’s agenda on climate change. […] Peter Saundry, executive director of NCSE, introduced McCarthy by noting Obama’s pledge to act unilaterally on climate change. “President Obama has announced that he will work with Congress whenever he can but will not be held hostage—will move forward and do the utmost, we hope, through executive authority and through the agencies,” Saundry said. “The Supreme Court has noted that EPA has authority under (the) Clean Air Act...
  • Attorney General Eric Holder can't explain constitutional basis for Obama's executive orders

    01/30/2014 7:05:36 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | JANUARY 29, 2014 AT 1:56 PM | Joel Gehrke
    Attorney General Eric Holder couldn't explain the constitutional basis for executive orders such as President Obama's delay of the employer mandate because he hasn't read the legal analysis -- or at least, hasn't seen it in a long time. "I'll be honest with you, I have not seen -- I don't remember looking at or having seen the analysis in some time, so I'm not sure where along the spectrum that would come," Holder replied when Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, asked him to explain the nature of Obama's constitutional power to delay the mandate. Lee had based his question on...
  • Obama pitches retirement savings options at U.S. Steel's Irvin Plant

    01/30/2014 2:57:38 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | January 29, 2014 | Mike Wereschagin
    ".......... After the tour and speech, he signed an executive order directing Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew to establish the savings bonds. Named and modeled after existing Individual Retirement Accounts or IRAs, the bonds offer tax benefits that regular savings accounts do not, don't lose value and can be withdrawn tax-free any time. “It's safe. These balances will never go down in value,” Obama said. Lew, whose agency will set up the bonds, accompanied the president, whose directive is one in a series of executive orders Obama said he's using to circumvent a divided Congress that's on pace to be the...
  • Obama hiking minimum pay for new federal contracts

    01/28/2014 7:29:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 28, 2014 7:40 AM EST | Jim Kuhnhenn
    President Barack Obama will sign an executive order setting the minimum wage for workers under new federal contracts at $10.10 an hour, the White House said Tuesday. The president will announce the increase during his State of the Union address. The increase from a national minimum wage of $7.25 an hour will not affect existing federal contracts, only new ones. Moreover, contract renewals will not be affected unless other terms of the agreement change. The order would be one of the biggest examples in the State of the Union of Obama’s vow to use presidential authority to push for policies...
  • The most dangerous years of the Obama presidency are upon us

    01/26/2014 3:52:03 PM PST · by servo1969 · 25 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 1-26-2014 | William A. Jacobson
    With Obama&'s State of the Union address coming up, it’s easy to breath a sigh of relief that another year is behind us, and he only has three more to go.These are the three most dangerous years.His time is running out, and he knows it. Obama’s rough 2013 prompts a new blueprint: An internal White House assessment concludes that President Obama must distance himself from a recalcitrant Congress after being badly damaged last year by legislative failures, a government shutdown and his own missteps....As a result, Washington veterans have been brought into the West Wing to emphasize an executive style...
  • Obama weighing executive action on minimum wage hike

    01/16/2014 4:30:46 PM PST · by Zakeet · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 16, 2014 | Ben Goad
    President Obama is considering using his executive authority to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors, he told Senate Democrats during a closed meeting at the White House. [Snip] Obama and congressional Democrats are pushing for an across-the-board hike in the minimum hourly wage, from $7.25 to $10.10. But Republicans are cool to the plan, warning it could hurt the economy. Federal contractors represent only a fraction of the nation’s employees. Businesses that together received more than $446 billion in federal contracts employ some 2 million workers, only some of whom are paid the minimum wage. Still, an increase for...
  • ‘WHERE ARE THE LIBERALS?’ Ted Cruz blasts left for ignoring Obama’s abuses

    01/13/2014 2:09:22 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 12, 2014 | Brendan Bordelon
    [w/video] Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is dismayed that “every single Democrat senator goes in line and docilely agrees” with the Obama administration, claiming the president’s abuse of authority and ever-expanding powers should be challenged by lawmakers in both parties. Cruz spoke with Fox News’ Shannon Bream on Sunday about President Barack Obama’s increasing authority at the expense of Congress, particularly after Senate Republicans were blocked from filibustering judicial nominees through the “nuclear option.” Bream asked the senator if “stacking courts” is a presidential right and whether Republicans would be objecting if one of their own was in the White...
  • Two New Executive Orders Will Change Who Can Buy Guns

    01/03/2014 2:57:42 PM PST · by lbryce · 85 replies
    Mashable ^ | January 3, 2014 | Colin Daileda
    The White House issued two executive actions on Friday that aim to beef up background checks for would-be gun buyers and keep the weapons away from those at risk of harming themselves or others. The first order, proposed by the Department of Justice, more clearly defines who cannot possess a handgun under federal law due to mental health issues. It is designed to clarify the language of the current law by providing better definitions for phrases like what it means to be "committed to a mental institution." This, in turn, will provide a more well-rounded picture of a potential buyer's...
  • The Dream Act By Executive Order Draws In New Wave Of Illegal Immigrants

    12/27/2013 9:55:00 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 11 replies
    IBD ^ | 12/26/2013
    Immigration: The Border Patrol and other agencies report a "surge" of unaccompanied minors coming across our border. It coincides with the White House's de facto amnesty via the Dream Act to reward such lawbreaking. The Office of Refugee Resettlement noted a "surge" in unaccompanied alien children in its year-end report last week, pointing out that 24,668 foreign minors in the country illegally were placed in the care of a federal de facto baby-sitting service because no parents were around to care for them. Last year's number was a near doubling from 2012, and nearly quadruple what it was at the...
  • Minimum Wage Prospects Dim, Despite Protests [Dems urge Obama to work without them, use EO]

    12/09/2013 2:07:14 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Roll Call ^ | December 6, 2013 | Meredith Shiner
    Congressional Democrats are now facing the uncomfortable political reality — largely as a result of the budget agreements they have made over the past few years — that they will have to choose which benefits to the poor they prioritize. And that could leave them unable to pass the minimum wage increase Obama is now touting. An aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the Nevada Democrat is interested in bringing a minimum wage bill to the floor. And an aide to Harkin, whose bill would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, said the senator is...
  • Executive order: Obama ups green-energy mandate on feds to 20 percent

    12/05/2013 9:03:32 AM PST · by ColdOne · 15 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 12/5/13 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    By 2020, federal agencies will have to up their use of renewable energy sources significantly and replace 20 percent of electricity with greener options, President Obama said in a new executive order due for release on Thursday. That demand will almost triple the federal government’s use of renewable energy, The Hill reported. The order is applicable to all federal agencies, including the civilian and military sectors.
  • Federal gun charges decline despite Obama executive action

    12/03/2013 7:42:44 AM PST · by South40 · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/3/2013 | Liz Goodwin
    More than a year after the Sandy Hook school shooting, President Obama’s directive to amp up prosecutions of federal gun laws hasn’t made much difference in how many people are charged with gun crimes. U.S. attorneys that prosecute such cases charged 11,674 people with breaking federal gun laws in the fiscal year that ended in September, compared to 11,728 people the year before. “The federal gun charge numbers are not an accurate reflection of the Department's efforts to investigate and prosecute gun violence,” said Allison Price, a spokeswoman for the Justice Department, in a statement. “The fact that we may...