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  • House Opens New Investigation Into Hillary Email Server

    01/16/2016 4:40:46 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 39 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 1-15-16 | Kemberlee Kaye
    Talk about a bad week. Poll numbers tanking, polling shows millennial ladies prefer Bernie, her attempts to connect with minority demographics flopping hard, 13 Hours hits theaters, resurrecting the Benghazi story, and now a second Congressional investigation. This latest investigation centers around the security of Hillary's home-brewed email server used during her tenure as Secretary of State. According to Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman: Understanding these companies' roles in providing software and services to maintain former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server is critical to improving government cybersecurity standards. A high profile...
  • Did Two federal Agencies Fraudulently Cook Global Warming Data

    11/26/2015 7:26:59 AM PST · by detective · 21 replies
    Oversight: A federal agency keeps stonewalling congressional efforts to access its internal communications. What's the problem here? If the agency's global warming claim was honestly arrived at, just turn over the documents.
  • How Global Warming Science Ate The NASA Budget

    11/18/2015 6:39:53 AM PST · by Purdue77 · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/17/2015 | Andrew Follett
    The Daily Caller (11/17, Follett) reports that according to Representative Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, NASA's dedication toward climate research has reduced the funding available for its planetary science and exploration efforts. In an email to the Daily Caller News Foundation, Smith stated, "The Obama administration has consistently tried to cut NASA's space exploration budgets in order to fund increases for Earth science programs," adding, "Just this year, the president proposed drastically cutting NASA's exploration systems by more than $440 million dollars while Earth Science accounts have increased by 63 percent over the...
  • EPA Chief Plans Japan Trip As Congress Demands She Answer For The Toxic Mine Spill

    08/21/2015 12:44:34 PM PDT · by detective · 9 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 08/21/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced she’ll be traveling to Japan later this month to talk about global warming just as Congress is demanding she testify about the agency-caused toxic waste spill in Colorado that happened earlier this month. “After spilling millions of gallons of toxic chemicals into the Animas River, the EPA has an obligation to be forthcoming about what went wrong and potential long-term impacts on local communities,” Texas Republican Rep. Lamar Smith said in a release, demanding McCarthy appear before the House science committee to answer lawmakers’ questions about the spill.
  • Environment Chairman: ‘Global Warming Alarmism Has Evolved Into a Religion’

    05/07/2015 10:18:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 7, 2015 | 11:46 AM EDT | ( Staff)
    Pointing approvingly to an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal by House Science Chairman Lamar Smith (R.-Texas), Senate Environment Chairman Jim Inhofe (R.-Okla.) said on the Senate floor yesterday that global warming alarmists are advancing a new religious sect. “Global warming alarmism has evolved into a religion where one is either an alarmist or a skeptic,” Inhofe said. “The modern-day religion of climate change has been very artful in establishing and controlling carefully scripted talking points intended to scare the American people under the guise of environmental protectionism,” said Inhofe. …
  • Congressmen To NASA: Stop Wasting Money On Global Warming Research

    04/18/2015 3:46:46 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    Republican lawmakers chastised the head of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Friday, saying the agency’s obsession with global warming is undercutting space exploration programs. “There are 13 other agencies involved in climate change research, but only one that is responsible for space exploration,” Texas Rep. Lamar Smith told NASA administrator Charles Bolden in a hearing. “The administration continues to starve NASA’s exploration programs to fund a partisan environmental agenda,” Smith said. “NASA simply deserves better.” Republicans are concerned that NASA is spending too much money on Earth sciences while cutting funding for space exploration. President Barack Obama’s 2016 budget...
  • House takes up Lamar Smith’s ‘secret science’ bill; EBJ slams ‘insidious’ attack on EPA

    11/19/2014 3:55:39 PM PST · by OneLoyalAmerican · 13 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | November 19, 2014 1:21 pm | Michael Lindenberger
    WASHINGTON — Two of Texas’ most prominent members of Congress squared off moments ago on the House floor as members prepare to vote on a bill Republicans say will end the EPA’s reliance on scientific studies whose data aren’t fully available to the public. The Secret Science Reform Act of 2014 would require the Environmental Protection Agency to base its rules only on scientific studies whose data can be shared in sufficient details that other researchers can duplicate the research. A vote is expected within the hour, and this post will be updated with its results. The bill, should it...
  • Truthy: The Tax-Funded Speech Monitoring and Suppression Project

    11/14/2014 8:34:32 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/14/14 | Arnold Ahlert
    One professor’s million-dollar campaign against conservatives, courtesy of the taxpayer Leftist speech suppressors are at it again, but this time they’re apparently being subsidized by the American taxpayer. On Monday, House Committee on Science, Space and Technology Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) sent a letter to the head of the National Science Foundation (NSF), demanding information about the nearly $1 million spent on the “Truthy” data-mining project that monitors political speech on Twitter. “The committee and taxpayers deserve to know how NSF decided to award a large grant for a project that proposed to develop standards for online political speech...
  • EPA Chief Promises To Go After Republicans Who Question Agency Science

    04/29/2014 7:39:39 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 79 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4-28-2014 | Michael Bastasch
    Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy has issued a warning to Republicans who continue to question the integrity of the agency’s scientific data: we’re coming for you. McCarthy told an audience at the National Academy of Sciences on Monday morning the agency will go after a “small but vocal group of critics” who are arguing the EPA is using “secret science” to push costly clean air regulations. “Those critics conjure up claims of EPA secret science — but it’s not really about EPA science or secrets. It’s about challenging the credibility of world renowned scientists and institutions like Harvard University...
  • Many Existing and Would-Be GOP Leaders Opposed Budget Deal

    10/18/2013 1:51:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    Roll Call ^ | October 17, 2013 | David Hawkings
    All of the congressional Republicans with viable 2016 presidential ambitions voted against the bill enacted overnight to reopen the government and increase federal borrowing. So did two members of the Senate GOP leadership and three members of the party’s House leadership. The opponents also included a majority of the Republicans who are chairmen of House committees and most of the members of the House GOP caucus who aspire to election to the Senate next year. While the Democrats were unified in their support for the legislation, a review of Wednesday night’s back-to-back roll calls in Congress reveals just how divided...
  • New York Times' Gail Collins Aims Her Snark at the Space Program

    08/25/2013 3:02:29 PM PDT · by Marcus · 24 replies
    Yahoo Voices ^ | August 25, 2013 | Mark R. Whittington
    Gail Collins, the New York Times columnist who was best known for a snarky book about how Texas has far too much influence over how the United States is run, turned her gimlet eye toward the civil space program. Her column was a meandering look at the current crisis over which destination to pick for space exploration efforts going forward, with some side swipes against her favorite targets, Texas politicians such as Lamar Smith and Ted Cruz. Should be go to an asteroid (or rather, as the administration wants to do, bring it back) or go back to the moon....
  • Candidate Matt McCall Slams Lamar Smith (TX-21) For Supporting NSA Spying

    08/05/2013 7:03:47 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 5 replies
    Vote Matt McCall ^ | July 26, 2013 | Matt McCall
    Matt McCall (R), For Congress: Texas - District 21 - Website- Issues Lamar Votes for Obama's NSA Snooping Vote Matt McCall July 26, 2013 Liberty is worth dying for, but Lamar Smith can’t even vote for it. This week he voted against basic fourth amendment freedoms and for a police state by refusing to cut NSA spying on innocent citizens. He sided with the Obama administration, and the Establishment to continue funding the NSA spying on citizens that are not even suspected of violating any law what so ever. We all seem to hate congress, but it is indeed difficult...
  • Rep. Smith: Immigration Bill 'Worse Than We Thought,' Legalizes Relatives & Previously Deported

    04/17/2013 9:29:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 17, 2013 | Craig Bannister
    Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said today that the Senate immigration bill is even worse than feared, since it legalizes illegals' relatives and even those previously deported: "It's hard to believe, but the Senate immigration bill is worse than we thought. Despite assurances, the border is not secured before almost everyone in the country illegally is given amnesty. The bill guarantees there will be a rush across the border to take advantage of massive amnesty." Rep. Smith says the Senate immigration bill shreds current immigration laws: "And the Senate proposal offers amnesty to far more illegal immigrants than we thought. In...
  • Congressman tells Obama he wants to interview 7 key administration officials about...leaks

    07/12/2012 5:42:55 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 8 replies ^ | July 12, 2012 | Chad Pergram, Cristina Marcos
    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, told President Obama Thursday he’d like to interview seven current and former administration officials who may know something about a spate of national security leaks. The request follows suggestions by lawmakers a day earlier that they’re interested in potentially pursuing a congressional investigation into the leaks, on top of the Department of Justice-led probe. “Concern about these leaks knows no party line. When national security secrets leak and become public knowledge, our people and our national interests are jeopardized. And when our enemies know our secrets, American lives are threatened,” Smith said in...
  • Judiciary Chairman Unleashes on Holder for ‘Partisan’ Ignorance of Constitution

    04/30/2012 1:20:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 30, 2012 | Bridget Johnson
    With a scathing roll call of Eric Holder's sins, Lamar Smith paves the way for the attorney general's upcoming appearance before his committee. The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee launched a scathing attack on the Department of Justice today with a report outlining how Attorney General Eric Holder’s agency is “ignoring the Constitution to impose a partisan agenda.” “The pattern of pushing partisan ideology rather than neutrally enforcing the law began nearly as soon as the Administration took office and has continued unabated since,” the report from Rep. Lamar Smith states. The Texas Republican said that under the Obama...
  • Five key senators abandon online piracy bills amid Web protests

    01/18/2012 3:08:55 PM PST · by abb · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 18, 2012 | Brendan Sasso and Gautham Nagesh
    Congressional support for controversial online piracy legislation eroded dramatically on Wednesday in the face of an unprecedented online protest supported by tech titans such as Google, Wikipedia and Facebook. Several key senators withdrew their support from the Senate's Protect IP Act (PIPA), including Tea Party favorite Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), an elected member of his party's leadership. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), who leads the Senate GOP's campaign team, said the legislation should be put on hold, while Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a sponsor and the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, retreated from the...
  • It's Baaaaaaaaack: Lamar Smith Says SOPA Markup To Resume In February

    01/17/2012 2:04:11 PM PST · by transducer · 67 replies
    TechDirt ^ | January 17, 2012 | Mike Masnick
    For all the talk from some that SOPA was "dead," it appears it's alive and well and getting ready for its big re-entrance. Lamar Smith has just sent out a press release saying that he intends to resume the markup in February...
  • Has Lamar Smith been co-opted by the establishment?

    01/16/2012 5:42:50 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 3 replies
    SOPA is only one reason I ask this. Maybe it's just me, but it seems like I see Lamar Smith coming up more and more, and not in a good way. For those who may have forgotten, here is what Trent Lott said: "We don't need a lot of Jim DeMint disciples," Lott said in an interview. "As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them." How successful do you think they've been?
  • DNS provision pulled from SOPA, victory for opponents

    01/13/2012 3:55:36 PM PST · by Smogger · 42 replies
    CNET News ^ | January 13, 2012 1:27 PM PST | DNS provision pulled from SOPA, victory for opponents
    In a move the technology sector will surely see as a victory, a controversial antipiracy bill being debated in Congress will no longer include a provision that would require ISPs to block access to overseas Web sites accused of piracy. Rep. Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), one of the biggest backers of the Stop Online Piracy Act, today said he plans to remove the Domain Name System or DNS-blocking provision. "After consultation with industry groups across the country," Smith said in a statement released by his office, "I feel we should remove DNS-blocking from the Stop Online Piracy Act so that...
  • How SOPA 2.0 Sneaks In A Really Dangerous Private Ability To Kill Any Website (including FR)

    12/28/2011 4:37:01 PM PST · by JerseyHighlander · 21 replies · 1+ views ^ | 12/16/2011 | Mike Masnick
    I already wrote a big post about yesterday's SOPA markup day one. While we're moving forward on day two, I wanted to call out one key point that was really made clear by an amendment offered by Rep. Jared Polis late in the day yesterday, which hasn't received nearly enough attention. As you may recall, with the "manager's amendment" version of SOPA (i.e., SOPA 2.0), the "notice-and-shut off funding" section of the private right of action in Section 103 was removed. This was good, because we've seen how the notice-and-takedown provision of the DMCA has been widely abused. However, what...
  • Controversial Internet Piracy Act 'SOPA' Grinds Forward As Amendments Voted Down

    12/16/2011 11:05:27 AM PST · by Burkean Buckleyite · 23 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | Carl Franzen
    Eight hours into Thursday’s marathon hearing on the controversial “Stop Online Piracy Act” not a single amendment proposed by the bill’s critics in Congress had been passed. In fact, at the time of this posting, all of the amendments introduced by House lawmakers designed to improve the legislation for critics have so far been voted down by a core of SOPA-supporters in the House Judiciary Committee, moving the controversial bill closer toward passage. . . Another amendment that was voted down was proposed by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA). It would have allowed ISPs to refuse takedown notices that would interfere...
  • House GOP to subpoena immigration data

    11/01/2011 9:44:47 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, November 1, 2011 | Stephen Dinan
    House Republicans are moving to subpoena a list of all immigrants whom the Obama administration has flagged under its secure communities program but failed to arrest for deportation, after the Homeland Security Department missed a congressionally imposed deadline to produce the information this week. Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, Texas Republican, said he wants the data so he can see who is among the 300,000 people the administration has deemed too low a priority to detain under new deportation guidelines. He has scheduled a meeting for Wednesday for the immigration subcommittee to vote to authorize the subpoena. “Why would DHS...
  • New Law Could Halt Obama’s Backdoor Amnesty Plan

    09/04/2011 9:54:54 AM PDT · by yoe · 26 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 7/27/2011 | Staff
    Legislation has been introduced in Congress to stop President Obama from further implementing a “backdoor amnesty” program that has already suspended the deportation of thousands of illegal immigrants, including those with criminal convictions. The president’s stealth amnesty plan was first exposed last year after internal Homeland Security documents were obtained by the media. The first is a now-famous (memo) outlining a secret backup plan to grant illegal immigrants amnesty in case Congress doesn’t pass legislation to do it. Devised by high-ranking officials at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the plan calls for “meaningful immigration reform absent legislative action” and...
  • House panel approves broadened ISP snooping bill

    Internet providers would be forced to keep logs of their customers' activities for one year--in case police want to review them in the future--under legislation that a U.S. House of Representatives committee approved today. The 19 to 10 vote represents a victory for conservative Republicans, who made data retention their first major technology initiative after last fall's elections, and the Justice Department officials who have quietly lobbied for the sweeping new requirements, a development first reported by CNET. A last-minute rewrite of the bill expands the information that commercial Internet providers are required to store to include customers' names, addresses,...
  • Bill would freeze Obama administration's power to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants

    06/25/2011 2:36:28 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 25 replies
    Bill would freeze Obama administration's power to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants By Jordy Yager - 06/25/11 05:05 PM ET The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is crafting a bill that would temporarily freeze the Obama administration’s power to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants. The measure is in response to a memo issued by the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) last week that approved a broader breadth of discretion for agency officials when considering whether to deport someone through the Secure Communities program. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), who is sponsoring the legislation, blasted the memo. He...
  • Open-Borders Groups in Panic Over 'Chairman's E-Verify Bill'

    06/21/2011 8:35:33 PM PDT · by lwoodham · 45 replies
    NumberUSA ^ | 6/21/2011 | Roy Beck
    One way to judge the likely effectiveness of Chairman Lamar Smith's national mandatory E-Verify bill is the panic it has caused among the nation's biggest promoters of illegal immigration. They attack Rep. Smith's bill because they say it will take the incomes away from large swaths of America's illegal population. Well, I guess that's the point isn't it, because those incomes will now go to unemployed American citizens and legal immigrants who already are here. The big pro-amnesty coalition called Reform Immigration FOR America screamed in its mass email: Mass firings, mass deportations
  • Lamar Smith's Legal Workforce Act (Trojan horse, or good jobs bill?)

    06/18/2011 3:02:18 PM PDT · by OddLane · 4 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | June 18, 211 | Gerard Perry
    One of the central points of focus for the illegal immigration debate recently has been the use by employers of the federal government’s E-Verify system for checking the immigration status of potential or existing employees. Now Lamar Smith, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has introduced a bill, H.R. 2164, which purports to mandate E-Verify use for all American employers. The merits of this legislation are pretty obvious, and have been cited by immigration enforcement and reform groups like FAIR in support of Smith’s bill. Getting corporations and businesses that have resisted the implementation of E-Verify for years to...
  • Another amnesty?: New bill hobbles border states

    06/16/2011 3:46:19 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 7 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 15, 2011 | KRIS W. KOBACH
    History is threatening to re peat itself. Twenty-five years ago, Congress passed the Simpson-Mazzoli Act (better known among conservatives as the 1986 illegal-alien amnesty), which gave a path to citizenship to illegal aliens already here in exchange for prohibiting the hiring of illegal workers -- a provision that has been enforced only sporadically. It was a raw deal for conservatives. On Tuesday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) introduced a bill (HR 2164) to require nationwide use of the E-Verify system, which checks a job applicant's citizenship and immigration status, via the Internet, to see if he or she...
  • Judiciary chairman: Al Qaeda threat no reason to change gun laws

    06/13/2011 1:57:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 13, 2011 | Mike Lillis
    A top Republican has rejected the notion that Congress should re-examine the nation's gun laws after al Qaeda urged Muslims to attack America by exploiting loose firearm rules. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said tightening gun laws to address the threat would be to surrender to terrorists at the expense of Americans' rights. “We’ve seen time and again that terrorists will use anything, including our own rights and freedoms, to plot attacks against innocent Americans,” Smith said in an email. “But simply because terrorists abuse our liberties doesn’t mean that we should limit the...
  • U.S. House of Representatives unveils fundamental patent overhaul

    04/01/2011 1:25:25 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 13 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | Wednesday, March 30, 2011 · 4:00 pm
    “Patents would be issued to whoever files applications first and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office would be allowed to set its own fees under a measure introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives [H.R. 1249],” Susan Decker and Eric Engleman report for Bloomberg. “The proposal, sponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican, is similar to legislation passed by the Senate in a 95-5 vote on March 8. If approved and made law, it would mark a fundamental change in how patents are reviewed and the biggest revision to U.S. patent law since 1952.” “The...
  • (DOJ) Report clears Justice Department in Black Panther case

    03/30/2011 12:38:47 AM PDT · by Libloather · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/29/11 | Krissah Thompson
    Report clears Justice Department in Black Panther caseBy Krissah Thompson, Tuesday, March 29, 11:16 PM The Justice Department’s Office of Personnel Responsibility (OPR) has concluded an investigation finding that politics played no role in the handling of the New Black Panther Party case, which sparked a racially charged political fight. After reviewing thousands of pages of internal e-mails and notes and conducting 44 interviews with department staff members, the OPR reported that “department attorneys did not commit professional misconduct or exercise poor judgment” and that the voter-intimidation case against the Panthers was dismissed on “a good faith assessment of the...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Lamar Smith issues first DOJ oversight letter

    01/07/2011 7:14:09 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 8 replies · 1+ views ^ | 01/ 6/2011 | Jennifer Rubin
    Right Turn has obtained the first oversight letter from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) issued to the Justice Department. While he was in the minority, Smith labored, largely unsuccessfully, on the committee to convince the Democratic chairman to investigate a range of issues, including detainee policy and New Black Panther Party case. He now has the authority to schedule hearings, call witnesses and subpoena documents. In a five-page letter, Smith notes that there has been "little oversight" as to how the civil rights division has used its budget increases ($22 million in FYI 2010 and $17 million requested...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Lamar Smith issues first DOJ oversight letter

    01/06/2011 1:52:22 PM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    WaPo/ Right Turn ^ | January 6, 2011 | Jennifer Rubin
    Right Turn has obtained the first oversight letter from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) issued to the Justice Department. While he was in the minority, Smith labored, largely unsuccessfully, on the committee to convince the Democratic chairman to investigate a range of issues, including detainee policy and New Black Panther Party case. He now has the authority to schedule hearings, call witnesses and subpoena documents. In a five-page letter, Smith notes that there has been "little oversight" as to how the civil rights division has used its budget increases ($22 million in FYI 2010 and $17 million requested...
  • The gatekeeper on immigration policy

    01/01/2011 7:25:08 PM PST · by Racehorse · 14 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 31 December 2010
    When Republicans take control of the House of Representatives next month, U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith of San Antonio will become the GOP point person on immigration as chairman of the powerful Judiciary Committee. Smith will shelve immigration reform proposals and scrutinize how the Obama administration has enforced laws. "I’m sure my name is taken in vain sometimes," the veteran congressman says.
  • GOP May Probe Panthers, Sestak Offer

    11/04/2010 5:40:18 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 20 replies
    My Fox Philly ^ | 11/3/2010
    The new leaders in the U.S. house may open official investigations into the New Black Panthers case and President Obama’s job offer to Joe Sestak. On the day after the GOP took control of the House, two Republican leaders openly critical of Obama will have subpoena power as the heads of two powerful House committees. Lamar Smith of Texas will oversee the House judiciary committee and Darrel Issa of California will chair the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Both men have been critical of the Justice Department’s handling of the New Black Panthers voter intimidation case in Philadelphia, and...
  • New House Judiciary Chairman (Lamar Smith-TX) to Obama: Prepare for Investigations

    11/04/2010 10:20:18 AM PDT · by Libloather · 137 replies
    WOAI ^ | 11/04/10 | Jim Forsyth
    New House Judiciary Chairman to Obama: Prepare for InvestigationsVeteran Congressman will head influential House Judiciary Committee By Jim Forsyth Thursday, November 4, 2010 The San Antonio Congressman who is in line to become chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee is promising 'a number of investigations and oversight committee actions' which he vows will 'hold the administration accountable,’ 1200 WOAI news reports. Veteran Republican Lamar Smith, a Yale graduate and social conservative who grew up in the brush country of south Texas which is now transit point for illegal immigrants and drugs, said in a news conference that a number...
  • Our undefended border keeps Mexican unemployment low...while our own rises to Depression levels

    10/09/2010 10:06:11 AM PDT · by AuntB · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Examiner ^ | Oct. 4, 2010 | Dave Gibson
    For several years, Mexico has been solving their own unemployment problem by sending their jobless citizens to the United States. The result has been a low, steady rate of unemployment in Mexico since 2000. Of course, the unimpeded flow of cheap labor headed north, has had a disastrous effect on U.S. workers. Consider the following facts: -Between 1991-1999, Mexico had an average unemployment rate of 3.7 percent. Now, as economies around the world are falling apart and experiencing record joblessness, Mexico still has a relatively low unemployment rate of 5.5 percent (July 2010). -While the U.S. currently has an anemic...
  • Republican: Obama administration fosters use of marijuana

    09/28/2010 9:43:45 AM PDT · by Mojave · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/21/10 | Michael O'Brien
    Rep. Lamar Smith (Texas) accused the administration of being too lax in its enforcement of drug laws. President Obama's drug policies are encouraging increased marijuana use, a top Republican lawmaker charged Tuesday. Rep. Lamar Smith (Texas), the top Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee who would likely become chairman of the committee under a GOP majority, accused the administration of being too lax in its enforcement of drug laws. "The administration is clearly sending the message that they don't think it's bad to use marijuana," Smith said on Fox News. "So they're encouraging the use of marijuana. And that...
  • Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) Asks for Special Counsel to Investigate DOJ/New Black Panther Scandal

    07/23/2010 12:22:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | July 23, 2010 | Staff
    The congressman asks that the special counsel also look into "whether the Department has adopted a policy of enforcing voting rights laws in a racially discriminatory manner." On the heels of the public statements, sworn testimony, and articles published by DOJ whistleblower J. Christian Adams here at PJM, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) today released a four-page letter he sent to President Obama requesting he commence an independent investigation into the New Black Panther case dismissal.Smith writes: If [Adams'] allegations are true, it means that the Justice Department has become politicized and only an independent entity can effectively investigate this matter.…Had...
  • Why Immigration Enforcement and Secure Borders Are What Will Keep America Safe From Terrorists

    07/06/2010 2:35:18 PM PDT · by AuntB · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | July 2, 2010 | Rep. Lamar Smith
    When naturalized U.S. citizen Faisal Shahzad was arrested for his terror plot to detonate a bomb in Times Square, it exposed more than the ongoing attempts by international terror organizations to attack America...The arrest was another in a long line of examples that demonstrate the need to secure our nation’s borders and enforce our nation’s immigration laws to keep terrorists from entering the US. For years, we’ve known that strong border security is a fundamental component of national security. The Times Square bomber was able to gain U.S. citizenship because a background check failed to identify him as a threat....
  • Lights Out In L.A.?

    05/20/2010 5:09:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies · 1,289+ views ^ | May 20, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Immigration: An Arizona official asks a good question: If California wants to boycott Arizona over the way it enforces federal law, what about the electricity California gets from there? The problem with righteous indignation is that when others call you on it and tell you to put your money where your mouth is, it can cause an embarrassing leak in your hot air balloon. Gary Pierce, a commissioner on the five-member Arizona Corporation Commission, has done just that, calling the bluff of the Los Angeles City Council and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Pierce wrote Villaraigosa a letter saying in essence that...
  • Contrary To Amnesty Supporters, Illegal Aliens Drain Social Security

    05/12/2010 4:41:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 1,239+ views ^ | May 12, 2010 | REP. LAMAR SMITH
    A recent Rasmussen Reports survey revealed that voters remain concerned about Social Security and whether the system can deliver what the government has promised. According to the survey, 58% of U.S. voters lack confidence that the Social Security system will pay them their future benefits. Advocates for amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants like to claim that amnesty will "save" Social Security. They also claim that dramatically increased immigration levels will safeguard our retirements and those of our children because more people will pay into the system. Unfortunately, the opposite is true. During the last Congress, I asked the Social...
  • Take AIM Radio 4/22: Jayna Davis ("The Third Terrorist" author) and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX)

    04/21/2010 1:51:14 PM PDT · by AIM Freeper · 8 replies · 405+ views
    BlogTalkRadio ^ | April 21, 2010 | Accuracy in Media
    "Take AIM" radio show scheduled for Thursday, April 22, at 11:00 am Eastern: Award-winning investigative TV reporter Jayna Davis, who covered the Oklahoma City bombing for NBC affiliate KFOR-TV, discusses the 15th anniversary of OKC and her book, "The Third Terrorist: The Middle East Connection to the Oklahoma City Bombing." Representative Lamar Smith, a Republican serving the 21st District of Texas, joins Take AIM to discuss media bias and the Media Fairness Caucus he chairs. Accuracy in Media analyst Roger Aronoff hosts.
  • Texas rep says Obama 'failing' to enforce laws on immigration-Reclaim American Jobs Caucus

    03/19/2010 2:22:25 PM PDT · by AuntB · 15 replies · 341+ views
    Texas on the Potomac ^ | Mar. 19, 2010 | Texas on the Potomac
    Blaming the Obama administration for failing to enforce immigration laws, a group of House lawmakers formed a caucus on Friday to "reclaim American jobs." Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, is chairman of the 40-member Reclaim American Jobs Caucus made up of mostly Republican lawmakers. Eight Texas Republicans are part of the effort but only one, Rep. Michael McCaul, represents the Houston area. Other members of the caucus, however, attacked immigration reform proposals, including a bipartisan plan unveiled by Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. Although the Schumer-Graham proposal calls for increased worksite enforcement, a national biometric ID...
  • Prison-Gate In America's Heartland

    12/14/2009 6:08:45 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 841+ views ^ | December 14, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Justice: A leaked memo exposes the hypocrisy of those who opposed indefinite detention of terrorists without trial at Guantanamo. For the right price, they're willing to hold detainees without trial indefinitely in America's heartland. The plan to ship as many as 100 unidentified terrorist detainees from Guantanamo Bay to a little used prison in Thomson, Ill., a sleepy town of 450 people near the Mississippi River about 150 miles west of Chicago, is well under way, according to a Justice Department memo unearthed by Andrew Breitbart and The memo allegedly from Eric Holder's Department of Justice to Defense Secretary...
  • Another Congressman Steps Up for Fox News

    10/22/2009 11:07:04 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 6 replies · 927+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | October 22, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    Over the past couple of weeks, the White House has piled on the Fox News Channel, with a trio of high-ranking administration officials publicly criticizing it, followed by words from President Barack Obama himself about Fox News and topped off with the White House attempting to exclude Fox from the White House press pool. That has some members of Congress questioning why they are doing this.. Earlier, Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., took on the issue and defended Fox and its audience. However, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, also took on the White House and questioned why it would be something Obama...
  • FINALLY!! GOP Calls For a Special Prosecutor to Investigate ACORN

    10/05/2009 7:20:30 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 19 replies · 862+ views
    The Hill/The Lid ^ | 10/5/09 | The Lid
    The latest count shows ACORN under investigation in 20 states, its employees were charged with more than 50 counts of “election-related fraud,” and that ACORN has spent more than $1 million on restitution to avoid criminal prosecutions (although the Louisiana AG says that number is closer to $5 million).The is more than enough evidence to show that ACORN is corrupt throughout its vast organization and in so many ways. For weeks these pages have been calling for a special prosecutor.We cannot rely on the the politically appointed Democratic Party-led justice department to run an investigation, especially when you consider the...
  • House Republican calls for special prosecutor to investigate ACORN

    10/05/2009 6:13:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies · 1,116+ views
    The Hill ^ | October 5, 2009 | Molly K. Hooper
    A top-ranking Republican lawmaker is calling for a special prosecutor to investigate the Association for Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). In a letter sent to Attorney General Eric Holder and obtained by The Hill on Monday, House Judiciary Committee ranking member Lamar Smith (R-Texas) argues that President Barack Obama’s political ties to the scandal-plagued community-activist group and its affiliates will “taint” any potential Justice Department investigations. The Department of Justice (DOJ) has not announced whether it has launched a probe of ACORN, but Smith said any such investigation could be compromised. “I am very concerned that the president’s previous...
  • DOJ Finally Investigating New Black Panther Voter intimidation case

    09/09/2009 4:09:21 PM PDT · by William Tell 2 · 10 replies · 885+ views
    Tremoglie's Tea Time Blog ^ | 9-9-09 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    According to sources, Rep. Frank Wolf R.Va. and Rep. Lamar Smith R-Tx received a letter today from the Dept. of Justice Office of Professional Responsibility (DOJ) about the voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense ( NBP), which was mysteriously dismissed by the DOJ after President Obama took office. Questions about this unusual dismissal have been asked by Messrs. Wolf ...
  • Town hall meeting ends with police breaking up a fight (Lamar Smith, TX)

    08/25/2009 5:27:59 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies · 1,697+ views
    KENS TV ^ | 8/24/2009 | Christopher Heath
    SCHERTZ – What at times had been a rowdy and loud crowd was also a largely civil crowd only shouting down each other at a few times, that was until the end of the meeting. As people began to file out of the Schertz Civic Center, two people on opposite sides of the health care issue got into a shoving match that police were forced to break up. According to police, a man that had disrupted the meeting by shouting at people opposed to the health care plan was push from behind; when he turned to push back he ended...