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  • You Want President Obama Impeached, Sarah Palin? For What? (The black backlash begins)

    07/10/2014 12:54:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Root ^ | July 9, 2014 | David Swerdlick, associate editor
    If she’s demanding impeachment, it would be nice if she could at least tell us what for.If you’re familiar with the oeuvre of the late conservative Internet provocateur Andrew Breitbart, you’ll know that he’s remembered among his admirers for the cri de coeur that he offered right before his death: “Apologize for WHAT?” It’s become as much a part of Tea Party lore as Rick Santelli’s CNBC rant or South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson’s “You lie!” So you’ll pardon me if I find it just a bit ironic that Breitbart.com is where Palin chose to pen her immediately infamous op-ed...
  • Defiant Obama Refuses to Visit Border: I'm 'Intimately Aware' of Everything Taking Place

    07/10/2014 6:03:01 AM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 47 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07-09-2014 | Tony Lee
    I'm posting this in chat as I don't consider it news and, frankly, though it didn't come up in a search, I'm not completely sure it's not posted prior with a different headline and I didn't see it. I think it's appropriate to prompt specific discussion about the meaning of this statement the Puppet made, "Nothing that is taking place down there that I am not intimately aware of or briefed on." President Barack Obama
  • OBAMA ADVISER: LET IN ILLEGALS TO GET VOTES. On record seeking permanent ‘progressive’ government

    07/06/2014 9:26:08 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 26 replies
    KleinOnline ^ | July 2, 2014 | Aaron Klein
    Lost in much of the national debate about immigration reform is how Democrats ultimately stand to gain electorally with any legislation or executive action that would put the newly legalized residents on a path to voting. In fact, in smoking-gun audio that received almost no media exposure, a former immigration adviser to President Obama once boasted granting citizenship to millions of illegal aliens would expand the “progressive” electorate and help ensure a “progressive” governing coalition for the long term.
  • Saul Alinsky Would Be Proud of Barack Obama

    06/29/2014 1:08:29 PM PDT · by RetiredArmy · 10 replies
    Barbwire.com ^ | June 29, 2014 | Barbwire.com
    Saul Alinsky Would Be Proud of Barack Obama The Tenth Amendment says, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” But Barack Obama says, “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone, and I can do what I want. Not the states, not the people, but Me, Myself, and I.” Every week there seems to be a new scandal du jour for this administration. Although the president famously said there’s not a “smidgen of a scandal” involving the IRS...
  • BIG deadline tomorrow (whoa) [email from a nobama minion]

    06/29/2014 1:02:41 PM PDT · by upchuck · 2 replies
    email | Sun, June 29, 2014 | Grant Campbell
    NOTE: Links to webpages begging for end of quarter contributions have been removed. Which is a shame because the begging was truly pathetic. upchuck -- According to our records, here's what we have down for this exact email address: -- Supporter: upchuck -- High-powered lobbyist: No. -- Currently a Koch brother: No. -- Level of awesome: Dangerously high. -- Suggested action today: Keep on being awesome. OFA is about putting power back in the hands of real people. And corporations and shady interest groups (who aren't real people) are spending big to try to stop that from happening. If you...
  • Tipsy Hillary dubs Obama ‘incompetent and feckless,’ a national ‘joke,’ book claims

    06/28/2014 6:33:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 75 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 27, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    The thing with Obama is that he can’t be bothered, and there is no hand on the tiller half the time,” Mrs. Clinton reportedly said. “That’s the story of the Obama presidency. No hand on the [expletive] tiller. Obama has turned into a joke.” Mrs. Clinton reportedly ranted about the IRS targeting of the tea party and the Justice Department’s tapping of phone records ... “All these scandals .. Obama’s allowed his hatred for his enemies to screw him the way Nixon did. … [He’s] incompetent and feckless.”
  • Emails: IRS Official [Lerner] Sought Audit of GOP Senator [Grassley]

    06/25/2014 2:07:57 PM PDT · by cdga5for4 · 121 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 25, 2014 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    <p>Congressional investigators have uncovered emails showing that a former Internal Revenue Service official at the heart of the tea party investigation sought an audit of a Republican senator in December 2012.</p>
  • Oversight Chair Darrell Issa subpoenas 28 years of records (Lois Lerner)

    06/25/2014 3:33:47 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 143 replies
    cnn ^ | 6/25 | desjardins
    Washington (CNN) - Expanding his IRS investigation by more than two decades, House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, R-California, has sent a subpoena to the Federal Elections Commission for all communications involving former IRS administrator Lois Lerner from January 1, 1986 to the present day. This new search is the broadest-yet for records in a year-long investigation by Issa and congressional Republicans, who are trying to assess why the agency targeted tea party and other political groups for extra scrutiny.
  • First Lady Uses Racial Slur And Gets Away With It

    06/24/2014 2:15:24 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 54 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 06/24/2014 | Ariel Cohen
    Who cares about the Redskins? Probably not first lady Michelle Obama, who turned her sights on insulting the Romani minority community Monday. While describing her struggles as a working mother, the usually politically correct first lady used the racial slur, gypped. “The first thing I tried to do, which was a mistake, was that I tried the part-time thing… I realized I was getting gypped on that front,” Obama told ABC’s Robin Roberts at the White House Summit on Working Families. “What happened was I got a part-time salary but worked full time.” The term “gypped” is a racial slur...
  • White House now faults Republicans for weak border security

    06/24/2014 12:36:24 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 24, 2014 | By Ben Wolfgang
    After previously saying America’s borders are more secure than ever, the White House on Tuesday seemingly blamed Republicans for apparent holes along the southern boundary, evidenced by the flood of unaccompanied children streaming into the U.S. from Mexico, Central America and elsewhere. White House press secretary Josh Earnest challenged Republicans, if they are truly concerned about border security, to back the comprehensive immigration reform package. “If we really wanted to solve this problem, one good way to do it is for those Republicans to get on board … and support common sense immigration reform,” Mr. Earnest told reporters.
  • Media won’t tell you, so here are reasons to doubt global warming

    06/22/2014 6:49:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    MaineToday ^ | June 20 , 2014 | M.D. Harmon
    Various statements and events defy the claim of a ‘universal consensus’ on ‘harmful’ climate change. “Have you noticed that the nature of the crisis du jour may change, but the solutions always involve higher taxes and more power for the political class?” ... There’s a reason some global warming enthusiasts demand that the media refuse to print or broadcast skeptical views. Polls show Americans continually rank “climate change” near the bottom of lists of important issues. Apparently, “global warming is harmful because shut up” is the only argument many activists have left. And there’s a reason the Environmental Protection Agency...
  • Readers School Politico on 'Missing' IRS Emails

    06/21/2014 12:52:39 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 35 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | June 21, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    The emails of Lois Lerner and other IRS officials are gone forever. Therefore any more complaints about it are nothing but Republican nitpicking. Case closed. That pretty much sums up the attitude of Politico writer Rachel Bade whose Wednesday article title pretty much sums up what she portrays as the futility of any more investigation into retrieving those missing emails, "Sources: Lois Lerner’s emails likely gone forever." Got that? Or so she seems to hope. However, her writing off the possibility of ever finding those emails elicited a tidal wave of response from Politico readers with over 21,000 comments, many...
  • The IRS Had a Contract With an Email Backup Company

    06/21/2014 2:21:02 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 217 replies
    reason.com ^ | June 20, 2014 | By Peter Suderman
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said it can't provide emails sent between 2009 and 2011 that were requested by congressional investigators because of hard drive crashes. The agency said that emails stored on dead drives were lost forever because its email backup tapes were recycled every six months, and employees were responsible for keeping their own long-term archives. The IRS had a contract with email backup service vendor Sonasoft starting in 2005, according to FedSpending.org, which lists the contract as being for "automatic data processing services." Sonasoft's motto is "email archiving done right," and the company lists the IRS as...
  • 'We did not know': 9 times the Obama administration was blindsided

    06/21/2014 4:38:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 19, 2014
    The unfolding sectarian violence in Iraq is just the latest crisis where the Obama administration seemingly has been caught off guard. From the Veterans Affairs scandal to Russia's swift annexation of Crimea, news of the world somehow keeps taking the commander-in-chief and his team by surprise. The following is a refresher of major domestic and foreign policy developments that, apparently, were news to the White House. 1. Islamist militants gaining in Iraq. 2. Russia's intervention in Ukraine. 3. NSA spying on foreign leaders. 4. VA waiting list scandal. 5. IRS targeting scandal. 6. HealthCare.gov failing. 7. DOJ obtaining AP phone...
  • White House Continues to Spin IRS E-mail Scandal as 'Republican Conspiracy Theory'

    06/20/2014 9:14:32 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 18 replies
    Soon-to-be White House Press Secretary Josh Soon-to-be White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest took to the podium of the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room for his last outing as deputy press secretary. He will move into the White House Press Secretary role next week as Jay Carney officially vacates the job. If we learned anything from his “test run” today, it’s that Earnest has learned the art of White House spin from his boss. took to the podium of the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room for his last outing as deputy press secretary. He will move into the...
  • The President and Michelle Obama on Work, Family, and Juggling It All

    06/20/2014 1:32:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Parade Magazine ^ | June 20, 2014 | Staff
    This week, America’s foreign policy is dominating the headlines, but it’s the White House’s second-term domestic agenda that’s the focus of our Parade cover story. On Monday, June 23, the President and Mrs. Obama will host a Working Families summit in Washington, D.C. to discuss the need for affordable childcare and paid family leave, raising minimum wage, and achieving equal pay for all. In an interview conducted by Parade Editor-in-Chief Maggie Murphy and contributing writer Lynn Sherr on May 20, the Obamas opened up about their personal connection to these issues and what they hope to accomplish during their remaining...
  • Enough! They MUST Be Stopped!

    06/20/2014 3:35:23 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 6-20-14 | Lloyd Marcus
    It has become a daily frightening occurrence, hearing politicians, commentators, pundits, and stunned Americans say, “That's outrageous!” “He can't do that!” “No way!” “It's against federal law!” “They have no legal authority to force us to do that!” These comments are in response to the daily unprecedented out-of-control tyranny handed down by Obama and his operatives. We are talking arrogance with a capital A coming out of the Obama administration. For example: the GOP was moving too slow in caving to Obama's amnesty scheme, so Obama said, Heck with it, I'll bypass everyone and make it happen. Obama sent a...
  • Enough! They MUST Be Stopped!

    06/20/2014 10:19:42 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 18 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 6/20/14 | Lloyd Marcus
    It has become a daily frightening occurrence, hearing politicians, commentators, pundits, and stunned Americans say, “That's outrageous!” **snip**For example: the GOP was moving too slow in caving to Obama's amnesty scheme, so Obama said, Heck with it, I'll bypass everyone and make it happen. **snip** As with every other extremely arrogant action by Obama, from blatantly lying about ObamaCare to releasing the Taliban five, while everyone expresses disbelief, outrage, and concern, nothing happens. The same is the case concerning the disaster happening at our border. Despite bipartisan outrage, the tsunami of illegals continues. Then there is the absurd lie from...
  • Gallup: Public Confidence in TV News at All-Time Low

    06/19/2014 11:55:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 19, 2014 | Michael W. Chapman
    Public confidence in television news is at an all-time low, according to a survey released today by Gallup. ... only 10 percent said they had “a great deal” of confidence in T.V. news, and 8 percent said they had “quite a lot” of confidence.
  • Obama, Sebelius Blame ‘Right-Wing Media,’ ‘Billionaires’ For Obamacare Failures

    06/18/2014 2:13:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 17, 2014 | by Sarah Hurtubise
    Former Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius took aim at her “hostile” right-wing opponents Tuesday, in her first speech after resigning her top post. “We had right-wing media, leadership in Congress who was determined on the House side to stop this law at any cost, shadow political organizations, hostile governors, hostile legislators, all working to make sure you couldn’t do the job that was so important,” Sebelius gushed, only once mentioning “our well-known issues with the website” putting a damper on customers getting coverage. She wasn’t alone. President Obama pre-taped a message for the conference, taking the...
  • Hillary Clinton Supplied Stinger Missiles that Taliban Used to Attack US Chopper

    06/16/2014 6:52:01 PM PDT · by xzins · 44 replies
    Frontpage ^ | June 8, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Obama Inc. keeps insisting that Qatar could be trusted when it was already concluded by the 9/11 Commission that the Islamist tyranny had ties to the attack on the United States. Since then Qatar has become so out of control in its backing of Jihadists that it has been disavowed by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, but that just made Obama embrace it even harder.Consider this. Obama is hugging a regime that the Saudis think is too extreme. That’s how bad things are. This latest revelation is no surprise at all. The New York Times had already let slip that...
  • WH on Lerner Emails: 'You've Never Heard of a Computer Crashing Before?'

    06/17/2014 11:07:02 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 58 replies
    Townhall ^ | 6-17-2014
    Friendly reminder, America. They think you're stupid: A top White House official blamed a computer crash for the disappearance of emails from embattled former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner, echoing the explanation the agency gave Congress last week for the two years' worth of missing subpoenaed correspondence. "I think it's entirely reasonable. And it's fact," incoming White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One Monday. "You've never heard of a computer crashing before?" he asked.
  • I bet Ed Snowden could find the lost Lerner e-mails!

    06/17/2014 12:37:07 PM PDT · by 7thOF7th · 11 replies
    As an IT professional I am calling BS on the claim that Lerner's emails are lost. The BHO regime has choosen to gleem the cube on this one and it is going to bite them in the a$$! I think it is time Ed Snowden is asked to apply his skills and retrieve the files in question. I have no doubt he is the man for the job.
  • When Is A Scandal Not A Scandal?

    06/17/2014 10:56:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 17, 2014 | Mona Charen
    resident Barack Obama has flouted the law again and again -- unilaterally rewriting the health law at least 18 times since passage; changing immigration law by executive fiat (after having explained that to do so would be beyond the scope of his constitutional authority); dictating that union claims should trump creditors in the General Motors and Chrysler bailouts; altering the welfare laws by regulation; making recess appointments when Congress was not, in fact, in recess; and many more. After each arrogation of power, critics have protested, "He can't do that!" Yes, he can -- because there is nothing to stop...
  • Bergdahl's future uncertain; legal resolution could take years, say experts

    06/15/2014 8:20:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 15, 2014 | Kristina Shevory
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is back in America, but it will be months before his future takes shape, according to both experts in the military's legal system and people familiar with the treatment of long-term captives. After nearly five years in the hands of the Taliban and Haqqani network in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the American soldier was exchanged for five top Taliban operatives, underwent medical and psychological treatment at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany and, Friday morning, landed at a military base in San Antonio. There he will undergo treatment to reintegrate back into society -- or possibly military...
  • ISIS butchers leave 'roads lined with decapitated police and soldiers'

    06/13/2014 12:07:15 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 82 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 6-13-2014 | By Sam Greenhill and Jill Reilly and Kieran Corcoran
    Full Title: ISIS butchers leave 'roads lined with decapitated police and soldiers': Battle for Baghdad looms as thousands answer Iraqi government's call to arms and jihadists bear down on capital The full horror of the jihadists’ savage victories in Iraq emerged yesterday as witnesses told of streets lined with decapitated soldiers and policemen. Blood-soaked bodies and blazing vehicles were left in the wake of the Al Qaeda-inspired ISIS fanatics as they pushed the frontline towards Baghdad. They boasted about their triumphs in a propaganda video depicting appalling scenes including a businessman being dragged from his car and executed at the...
  • Their 9/11 Role - The Taliban Five are even worse than you’ve heard.

    06/13/2014 4:51:05 AM PDT · by don-o · 35 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 13, 2014 | THOMAS JOSCELYN
    One of the five senior Taliban leaders transferred to Qatar in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl played a key role in al Qaeda’s plans leading up to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Mohammad Fazl, who served as the Taliban’s army chief of staff and deputy defense minister prior to his detention at Guantánamo, did not have a hand in planning the actual 9/11 hijackings. Along with a notorious al Qaeda leader, however, Fazl did help coordinate a military offensive against the enemies of the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan the day before. And Osama bin Laden viewed that...
  • State Department Refers to Taliban 5 as 'Gentlemen'

    06/13/2014 7:53:26 AM PDT · by grundle · 28 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | June 9, 2014 | Michael Warren
    A spokeswoman for the State Department referred to the Taliban operatives released from Guantanamo Bay as part of the deal to retrieve Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl as "gentlemen." In a Monday afternoon appearance with Andrew Mitchell on MSNBC, Marie Harf, the deputy spokesperson at State and an alumna of the Obama campaign, argued with Mitchell over the question of whether or not Congress should have ben notified about the exchange before it occured. Noah Rothman at Hot Air documents the conversation, and near the end of the interview, Harf defends the deal against questions about whether or not the Taliban operatives...
  • Hagel Admits Obama Ignored Law in Taliban Release ‘The trust has been broken’ between Congress

    06/11/2014 9:56:45 AM PDT · by Nachum · 52 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 6/11/14 | Adam Kredo
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel admitted that “the trust has been broken” between the White House and Congress following the Obama administration’s decision to skirt U.S. law and release five top Taliban leaders without first consulting with lawmakers. Hagel admitted to lawmakers on the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday that the administration unilaterally inked a deal with the Taliban to release five top prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay prison camp without first notifying Congress, as is legally mandated. The deal was signed “without providing 30 days notice to Congress,” as is required by law, Hagel told lawmakers before attempting to justify...
  • Military Bases: Obama's New Illegal Alien Dumping Grounds

    06/11/2014 5:57:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 11, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    A source tipped me off last week to a curious occurrence: It seems that two planeloads of illegal aliens were recently shipped to Massachusetts. The first reportedly landed at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford. According to my tipster, approximately 160 illegal immigrants arrived on that flight and stayed nearly a week before being transferred to a Department of Homeland Security site and then released. The second flight reportedly was diverted from Hanscom to Boston's Logan Airport this past weekend. I am told that both Massachusetts and New Hampshire officials were on hand. I reached out to Hanscom AFB...
  • Report: IRS Sent Database Containing Confidential Taxpayer Information to FBI

    06/09/2014 11:27:54 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 39 replies
    National Review Online ^ | June 9, 2014 | Eliana Johnson
    The Internal Revenue Service may have been caught violating federal tax law: In October 2010, the agency sent a database on 501(c)(4) social-welfare groups containing confidential taxpayer information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to documents obtained by a House panel. The information was transmitted in advance of former IRS official Lois Lerner’s meeting the same month with Justice Department officials about the possibility of using campaign-finance laws to prosecute certain non-profit groups. E-mails between Lerner and Richard Pilger, the director of the Justice Department’s election crimes branch, obtained through a subpoena to Attorney General Eric Holder, show Lerner asking about the format in which...
  • Meet Obama's Kissingers

    06/06/2014 8:35:31 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 6, 2014 | Kimberley Strassel
    If the Bergdahl uproar feels creepily reminiscent of the Benghazi uproar, or the Syrian "red line" uproar, or the choose-your-own- Obama -foreign-adventure uproar, it's because they all have a common denominator. This is what happens when political hacks formally take over foreign policy. It's the "formal" point that bears some meditation. Barack Obama isn't the first president to make foreign-policy decisions on the basis of domestic political calculations. He does, however, win the distinction of being the first president to utterly disregard—to treat with contempt—the institutions and procedures that were designed to help the commander in chief insulate the serious...
  • Bergdahl Was In Unit Known For Its Troubles (Here come the smears)

    06/07/2014 7:32:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 110 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 7, 2014 | Richard A. Oppel Jr. and Eric Schmitt
    The platoon was, an American military official would assert years later, “raggedy.” On their tiny, remote base, in a restive sector of eastern Afghanistan at an increasingly violent time of the war, they were known to wear bandannas and cutoff T-shirts. Their crude observation post was inadequately secured, a military review later found. Their first platoon leader, and then their first platoon sergeant, were replaced relatively early in the deployment because of problems. But the unit — Second Platoon, Blackfoot Company in the First Battalion, 501st Regiment — might well have remained indistinguishable from scores of other Army platoons in...
  • The Last Soldier Executed for Desertion (BART ALERT)

    06/06/2014 12:36:50 PM PDT · by DFG · 31 replies
    The Daily Beast via Yahoo ^ | 06/06/2014 | Michael Daly
    World War II veteran Nick Gozik says that the bravest soldier he encountered during two years of combat was the one he saw executed for desertion. That soldier proved to be the only one of more than 20,000 convicted deserters during that war to suffer the death penalty. The last deserter to be executed had been during the Civil War. There have been no others.
  • The 8 Stupidest Arguments Being Made About Obama’s Bergdahl Swap

    06/06/2014 10:26:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 6, 2014 | Mollie Hemingway
    Despite President Obama’s claim Thursday that he’s “never surprised by controversies that are whipped up in Washington,” the administration and its fans are struggling to tamp down widespread criticism of the deal that traded one soldier — who fellow infantrymen say deserted them — with five top Taliban prisoners held at the U.S. prison facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It’s a fair bet, given President Obama’s triumphant announcement in the Rose Garden featuring Bowe Bergdahl’s parents, that those in his inner circle severely miscalculated how such a presentation would go over with Americans. As they scramble to respond, they’ve made...
  • The awful truth about Obama beginning to dawn on his allies

    06/05/2014 8:51:25 PM PDT · by kingattax · 53 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 5, 2014 | By Thomas Lifson
    It’s finally happening! Libs are starting to realize that the manufactured image of Barack Obama as a brilliant, capable executive is hooey, and that they have bought into an incompetent who threatens to sink them. Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post doesn’t quite put it in those terms, of course, but you don’t have to read between the lines too closely to come up with that interpretation of his piece entitled, “Americans are starting to doubt President Obama is a good boss.”
  • 7 Times President Barack Obama Dissed His Critics

    06/05/2014 1:03:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | Jonathan Topaz
    President Barack Obama in Brussels on Thursday refused to apologize for the deal to recover Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, saying some of his critics are trying to manufacture a controversy. “I’m never surprised by controversies that are whipped up in Washington,” the president said. It wasn’t the first time Obama dismissed objections to his policies as nothing more than political theater. Here’s a look at seven other times when the president has derided his critics as playing political games. 1. “The debate we’re having right now is about what, Benghazi? Obamacare? It becomes this endless loop. It’s not serious. It’s...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Bergdahl declared jihad in 2010, secret documents show

    06/05/2014 2:07:07 PM PDT · by abb · 136 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/5/14 | James Rosen
    U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl at one point during his captivity converted to Islam, fraternized openly with his captors and declared himself a "mujahid," or warrior for Islam, according to secret documents prepared on the basis of a purported eyewitness account and obtained by Fox News. The reports indicate that Bergdahl's relations with his Haqqani captors morphed over time, from periods of hostility, where he was treated very much like a hostage, to periods where, as one source told Fox News, "he became much more of an accepted fellow" than is popularly understood. He even reportedly was allowed to carry...
  • Harry Reid on Bergdahl Deal: ‘What Difference Does It Make?’

    06/05/2014 12:47:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 06/05/2014 | Free Beacon Staff
    Reid calls it 'a big deal over nothing'. The Democratic Party seems to have a go-to line to reflect apathy for controversial issues plaguing the Obama administration. Asked about why he seemed to be the only one notified about the deal to retrieve Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl before it was made, Harry Reid bristled at the question. “I’m not sure I’m the only one,” he said. “A big deal over nothing. Is it Friday or is it Saturday? What difference does it make? What difference does it make?” Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton infamously snapped, “What difference at this point...
  • Exclusive: HUD Official Apologizes For Tweets Critical Of Bergdahl’s Unit

    06/05/2014 12:31:57 PM PDT · by don-o · 78 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | June 5, 2014 | Evan McMorris-Santoro
    WASHINGTON — An official at the department of Housing And Urban Development whose criticized tweets suggesting that there could be questions about the military records of former platoon mates of Bowe Bergdahl apologized Thursday to service members and the Obama administration. “While I just wanted to make the point that the public should wait before passing judgment, I unfortunately used my own poor judgment in choosing inappropriate language that many view as disparaging to U.S. service members,” said Brandon Friedman, deputy assistant secretary of public affairs at HUD. “That was certainly not my intent and I regret making the comments...
  • Obama digs in on Taliban-for-Bergdahl trade, vows ‘no apologies’

    06/05/2014 10:33:40 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 35 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 6-4-2014 | FoxNews.com
    President Obama, facing rising bipartisan criticism over his handling of the Taliban-for-Bergdahl prisoner swap, dug in his heels Thursday and declared he would make "absolutely no apologies" for bringing an American soldier home -- as his administration stepped up its defense of the controversial deal. The president fielded a question on the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl controversy during a press conference on Thursday in Brussels, Belgium, alongside British Prime Minister David Cameron. Amid signals that the administration plans to aggressively challenge critics of the deal, the president brushed off the pushback as business as usual in Washington. "I'm never surprised by...
  • Obama heaps praise on deserter and craps on the soldiers who didn’t desert. What world am I on?

    06/05/2014 10:49:03 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 36 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-05-14 | DrJohn
    I feel as though I have accidentally stepped into the transporter and been transported to Bizarro world. You have to rub your eyes and read again what is on the screen. I have never seen anything like this in my life. Jonathan Turley said Obama has become the President Nixon wished he could have been. Maybe, but Nixon would not insult one's intelligence so baldly as this wretched regime does on a daily basis. You go out your front door. It's raining. You're getting wet. Obama tells you it's sunny. Jen Psaki says it's sunny. Jay Carney says it's sunny....
  • Obama Official: Bergdahl Worthy of Sympathy if Joined Taliban to Protest Platoon Leaders

    06/04/2014 9:29:41 PM PDT · by kristinn · 258 replies
    Thursday, June 5, 2014 | Kristinn
    An Obama administration official has floated the idea that Bowe Bergdahl was justified in deserting his platoon in Afghanistan and joining the Taliban over disagreements with the platoon's leadership. Brandon Friedman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs for the Department of Housing and Urban Development posted a series of tweets Wednesday evening in which he speculated that Bergdahl deserted over bad leadership of his platoon and that is why his fellow soldiers were smearing him."Here's the thing about Bergdahl and the Jump-to-Conclusions mats: What if his platoon was long on psychopaths and short on leadership? (1/5)"" What if he grew...
  • Inside the White House's Decision to Free Bergdahl

    06/04/2014 6:40:39 PM PDT · by kristinn · 39 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wednesday, June 4, 2014 | Steve Holland and Warren Strobel
    President Barack Obama, it seemed like the right thing to do, according to officials in his administration: Release five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo Bay prison in return for Bowe Bergdahl, the only known American prisoner of war in Afghanistan. As a political firestorm engulfs the White House over that deal, Reuters interviews with current and former Obama administration officials involved in the negotiations, along with U.S. lawmakers, reveal how a close-knit circle in the Obama administration pursued the plan despite intense discord in the past over similar proposals. The White House was ultimately persuaded to go ahead, in part, after...
  • Classified Briefing on Bergdahl Trade Doesn't Answer Questions for Critics

    06/04/2014 6:01:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 4, 2014 | Elahe Izadi and Sarah Mimms
    Administration officials showed senators video of Bergdahl to support claims that his health was failing. The Obama administration gave senators a classified briefing Wednesday night on just what thinking went into the prisoner trade to recover Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from Afghanistan. But that won't end questions from Congress. "This gentleman needs to be looked into, quite extensively," said Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., following the briefing, referring to questions about whether Bergdahl deserted the military. During the classified briefing, senators were shown a roughly minute-and-a-half-long "proof of life" video of Bergdahl, which the Taliban had provided, in which the soldier "didn't...
  • Welcome celebration for POW Bowe Bergdahl CANCELLED ,Army commander calls a 'monstrous profanity'

    06/04/2014 3:26:58 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 15 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | June 4, 2014 | Ryan Parry I
    A public welcome home celebration featuring Grammy-winning singer Carole King in honor of freed POW Bowe Bergdahl in the tiny town of Hailey, Idaho was abruptly cancelled today. The official reason given was a concern for public safety, but MailOnline has learned that it was not the only reason the party was scrubbed. Today's decision follows a row that erupted in Hailey between Mayor Fritz Haemmerle and US Army Platoon Commander Jonathan Kennedy, who lives in Hailey. And Kennedy wasn't the only towns person who voiced disapproval of a celebration for the soldier under fire. Mayor Haemmerle wanted to throw...
  • Obama: Congress consulted on Bergdahl exchange

    06/03/2014 2:54:41 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 66 replies
    AP ^ | June 3, 2014 | JULIE PACE
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended his decision to release five Afghan detainees from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for an American soldier's freedom, saying his administration had consulted with Congress "for some time" about that possibility. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff left open the possibility of desertion charges against the soldier.
  • Move Over Benghazi; Here Comes Bergdahl

    06/04/2014 12:41:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    NPR ^ | Frank James
    Just when it seemed like the outrage on the political right over Benghazi had subsided to the point where only the announcement of House hearings put it back in the headlines, the exchange of captive U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl for five senior Taliban fighters at Guantanamo Bay came along. Now President Obama finds himself amid another foreign policy and national security controversy with fresh legs that even features Susan Rice — the White House official who played a prominent early role in the Benghazi controversy — making an encore. While it's still too soon to know whether the trade for...
  • Why team Obama was blind sided by the Bergdahl backlash

    06/04/2014 11:10:53 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 30 replies
    www.nationalreview.com ^ | 6/3/14 | Ralph Peters
    Congratulations, Mr. President! And identical congrats to your sorcerer’s apprentice, National Security Adviser Susan Rice. By trying to sell him as an American hero, you’ve turned a deserter already despised by soldiers in the know into quite possibly the most-hated individual soldier in the history of our military. I have never witnessed such outrage from our troops. Exhibit A: Ms. Rice. In one of the most tone-deaf statements in White House history (we’re making a lot of history here), the national-security advisor, on a Sunday talk show, described Bergdahl as having served “with honor and distinction.” Those serving in uniform...
  • Chuck Todd: W.H. Caught ‘Flat-Footed’ by Bergdahl Response ('Swift Boat')

    06/04/2014 6:31:12 AM PDT · by kristinn · 28 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | Wednesday, June 4, 2013
    Chuck Todd told Matt Lauer on Wednesday that the White House was “caught flat-footed” on the backlash against the prisoner swap for Sergeant Bergdahl. “I’ve had a few aides describe it to me as ‘we didn’t know that they were going to Swift Boat Bergdahl’,” Todd said, “And Matt, of course, that’s a reference to that political fight back in 2004 over John Kerry’s military service which became so controversial in that campaign. So there’s some fighting words there.”