Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fournier: Congress interested in fighting, not solving immigration crisis

Shaw-I saw this Bret Baier report and Ron Fournier whined about Gop and Dems not getting the crisis solved-what Fournier wanted. Sorry Ron its not that simple. And there is no simple solution. Media not wanted and not not a part of the solution. Talk to Obama.

National Journal’s Ron Fournier said Thursday on "Special Report with Bret Baier" it is clear that neither Republicans nor Democrats are interested in solving the crisis at the border, saying lawmakers instead just want a "fight" to galvanize their bases.

House Republicans were forced to withdraw an emergency spending measure Thursday to address the surge of young illegal immigrants at the southern border after they were unable to secure the votes to pass it. House Republican leaders are expected to hold another meeting Friday to decide how to move forward.

Fournier said it is obvious "both parties know they’re not solving the crisis."

“What both parties want is a fight. They both want to galvanize their bases," he said.
Fournier added that he doesn’t “even have the stomach” to understand how Congress is going on a 5-week vacation without addressing the severe humanitarian crisis on the border.
"I wonder on a day like this, I wonder why President Obama and Speaker Boehner even applied for the jobs they have," he said. "They’re not really using them in a way that effectively deal with the problems. They’re worried about the election. They’re not worried about the problem.”
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GOP Poll puts Brian Sandoval Ahead of Harry Reid


By Steven Shepard

Just as the Kentucky Senate race is the marquee contest of the 2014 cycle, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s reelection campaign promises to be the premier down-ballot race in 2016. And a new automated poll shows the five-term Democrat faces an uphill battle in convincing Nevada voters to send him back to Washington for six more years.

According to a Harper Polling survey, Reid trails popular GOP Gov. Brian Sandoval, who hasn’t ruled out challenging the incumbent, by 10 points, 53 percent to 43 percent. Veteran Nevada political journalist Jon Ralston first reported the poll’s findings on his website, ralstonreports.com.

Reid’s favorable/unfavorable rating in the poll is significantly underwater (41 percent/55 percent). Sandoval’s rating, on the other hand, is stellar (58/30).

Sandoval is a virtual shoo-in to win reelection this year; he leads little-known Democrat Bob Goodman in the Harper poll, 54 percent to 39 percent.

The potential 2016 “Clash of the Titans” is why Reid and Nevada Democrats have touted Lucy Flores, their nominee for lieutenant governor.

If Flores wins the lieutenant governor race, the thinking goes, maybe Sandoval gives a second thought to running for Senate and potentially turning control in Carson City over to the Democrats.

But the Harper poll — as released to Ralston — didn’t include results for the lieutenant governor race, in which Flores faces Republican state Sen. Mark Hutchison.

Defense Panel: Obama Administration Defense Strategy ‘Dangerously’ Underfunded--U.S.Military Superiority is “NOT a given”

By Bill Gertz
The Obama administration’s four-year defense strategy lacks funding needed for fulfilling global military missions and the U.S. military faces “high risk” in the world unless changes are made, according to a bipartisan report by a congressionally backed panel of defense experts.

The report by the National Defense Panel, led by former Defense Secretary William Perry and retired Marine Corps Gen. John Abizaid, criticized the Pentagon’s Quadrennial Defense Review for outlining military responsibilities that cannot be met because of sharp defense funding cuts.
The report concluded that the capabilities called for in the QDR “clearly exceed the budget resources made available to the department.”
“This gap is disturbing if not dangerous in light of the fact that global threats and challenges are rising, including a troubling pattern of territorial assertiveness and regional intimidation on China’s part, [and] the recent aggression of Russia in Ukraine.”
Other threats include nuclear proliferation by North Korea and Iran, the ultra-violent Islamist insurgency in Iraq and civil war in Syria, along with growing unrest throughout the Middle East and North Africa.
“These are among the trends that mandate increased defense funding,” the report said.
Other trends that require growing military capabilities include the rapid expansion of lethal military technologies by states and non-state groups and the rise of military powers in Asia, along with demographic shifts and heated competition for scarce natural resources.
“These and other trends pose serious operational challenges to American military forces,” the report says. “Conflicts are likely to unfold more rapidly. Battlefields will be more lethal. Operational sanctuary for U.S. forces (rear areas safe from enemy interdiction) will be scarce and often fleeting. Asymmetric conflict will be the norm.”
The report said that U.S. military superiority in the world is “not a given” and that maintaining the U.S. military’s operational and technological edge will require “sustained and targeted investment.”
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DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz,Makes Painful Admission About Obama’s Work Ethic Video


By Chuck Ross
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President Obama does his job less often than any commander-in-chief since Grover Cleveland, who held the office in the 19th century.

That’s according to Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was interviewed on MSNBC Wednesday ahead of a Republican-backed measure to sue Obama for overstepping his executive authority, especially in his unilateral actions to implement Obamacare.


But in the interview, Wasserman Schultz, a U.S. congresswoman from Florida, inadvertently agreed with a complaint levied most often by Republicans that Obama has not put much effort into his job.
“I’m going to go to the House floor and actually debate why we shouldn’t be voting for the first time in American history to sue the president of the United States for doing his job, and doing his job actually less often and at a rate that is lower than any other president since Grover Cleveland,” said Wasserman Schultz, while fingering Republicans who she claims “refuse to do anything.
It is unclear why Wasserman Schultz compared Obama to Cleveland, who was president for two non-consecutive terms from 1885 to 1889 and from 1893 to 1897.

She could be referring to a recent analysis conducted by the Washington Post and the Brookings Institute which found that Obama has resorted to using executive action less often than any president since Cleveland.

But Obama has been criticized heavily for his leisurely pursuits.

According to an analysis by the New York Post, Obama has played golf 185 times since taking office in 2009. He has hit the links 81 times during his second term — more than doubling the rate of his first term.

Obama also spends a lot of time raising money for fellow Democrats. According to the Post, he has attended 75 fundraisers since the 2012 re-election.

Senator: Obama’s ‘Hating’ Jab At GOP Sounds Like Junior High Taunt

By Chuck Ross
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President Obama’s remarks Wednesday that Republicans are “hating all the time,” sound like a junior high school-level taunt, according to Missouri Republican Sen. Roy Blunt.

At the Kansas City, Mo., speech Obama complained that Republicans refuse to work with with him to address the nation’s issues.
“We could do so much more if Congress would just come on and help out a little bit,” Obama said. “Stop being mad all the time. Stop just hating all the time. Let’s get some work done together.”
In response to the dig, Blunt, a Republican, told reporters that Obama’s remarks were “the kinds of things that happen in junior high, when you say that somebody else is a really bad person.”
“That is no way to begin to work with that person,” Blunt said, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The word “hating” is commonly used in pop culture, but the slang term has rarely been uttered in the political realm. According to Urban Dictionary, an online resource which provides definitions for slang and other words typically used by young people, “hating” is defined as “when one puts down the success or fortune of others due to jealousy.”

Pointing out “haters” and “hating” has become a popular trope and has been used in songs and on T-shirts vehicle bumper stickers. Two popular phrases, “haters gonna hate” and “somebody’s drinking their haterade” are common knocks on so-called haters. “Haterade” is a play off of the sports drink Gatorade.
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Tucker Carlson, Kirsten Powers Clash Over America’s ‘Moral Obligation’ To Illegal Refugees [VIDEO]

SHAW-The UN's opening into American Government
Powers Moral obligation theory opens the door for the U.N. to tell the US what it must do with refugees. And then the UN will tell America of other things it MUST do for the sake of being fair to the world.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson and contributor Kirsten Powers bitterly clashed over
the United States’ supposed “moral obligation” to illegal immigrant refugees around the world, with Powers invoking Christian principles and Carlson countering that “this is not a theocracy” and no one has “a moral right to American tax dollars and physical asylum in the United States.”

Carlson — who is also editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller — and Powers appeared on Fox’s “Outnumbered” on Thursday to discuss growing opposition to President Obama’s handling of illegal immigration. As tens of thousands of illegal immigrant children cross the border claiming refugee status, opposition to allowing hordes of asylum-seekers into the country at all has also grown more pronounced.
“Fifty-three percent of Americans believe that Americans do not have a moral obligation to offer asylum to people who come to the U.S. to escape violence or persecution in their home country,” Powers lamented. “That’s un-American.”
Carlson immediately pushed back. “So you’re saying that the United States has an obligation — anyone who’s suffering around the world has a right to come here and be supported by you and me?” he asked.
“Yes!” Powers replied. “Hey, ever been to the Statue of Liberty?”
“So you’re saying — in Congo for example, where there’s been a war for 20 years — every Congolese has a moral right to come here and we have a moral obligation to pay for it?” Carlson continued.
Powers invoked several other American tropes, including the image of a “shining city on the hill.” But Carlson pressed on.

“So I have a moral obligation to share my earnings and my country with people I’ve never met because they are suffering?” he asked.

“Yes, you absolutely do, Powers said forcefully. “Are you a Christian?”

“I am absolutely a Christian,” Carlson responded.

“Ok, have you read the Bible?” she continued. “Because this —”

“This is not a theocracy!” Carlson went on. “The country is not run according to Christian precepts here!”

“What you’re saying is the U.S. government has a responsibility,” he explained. “Now you may have a Christian obligation. You can give charity money. That’s a massive difference.”

Carlson and Powers continued to fight over whether “every person” suffering worldwide should be welcomed by the United States.
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Is Boehner Sidestepping the Constitution to Protect It?



By Michael Minkoff

I don’t really understand it. In an unprecedented move, House Republicans (aside from five) carried the vote to sue President Barack Obama. Not impeach him. Sue him. What does that even mean? It’s never been done before, and for good reason. It’s ridiculous. John Boehner, the chameleon
responsible for the lawsuit against Obama, offered his justification for the bizarre legal action:

There must be accountability. We have a system of government outlined in our Constitution with the executive branch, the legislative branch, and the judicial branch. Congress has its job to do, and so does the President. When there are conflicts like this—between the legislative branch and the executive branch—it is my view that it is our responsibility to stand up for this institution in which we serve, and for the Constitution. . . .
Over the last five years, starting—not coincidentally—when his political party lost the majority in the House of Representatives, the President has consistently overstepped his authority under the Constitution, and in so doing eroded the power of the legislative branch.
The legislative branch has an obligation to defend the rights and responsibilities of the American people, and America’s constitutional balance of powers—before it is too late.

But what is so ironic about all these espousals concerning the Constitution is that Boehner himself is sidestepping the Constitution’s limitations with this lawsuit. The Constitution does not have any stipulations for one half of one branch of the federal government to file a lawsuit against another branch of government. If President Obama is overstepping his boundaries, he should be impeached. T

That would be upholding the Constitution.

But Boehner knows that won’t work. If he followed the letter of the Constitution here, the House of Representatives would file formal allegations, after which, the Senate would hold a trial concerning those allegations. As is clear from the House vote on the lawsuit, filing formal allegations (“impeaching” the President) would be possible. But Boehner knows the Senate would dismiss the case. In the end, impeachment wouldn’t accomplish Boehner’s goals. So he is pursuing other methods, which just happen to be extra-Constitutional.

THE LOOPHOLE IS OBAMA---Loophole in Trafficking Law

 
 
By Ann Coulter
 
It's been reported everywhere -- The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fox News -- that the William Wilberforce Sex Trafficking Act requires that any non-Mexican children who show up on our border be admitted and given a hearing. (New York Times, July 7, 2014: "Immigrant Surge Rooted in Law to Curb Child Trafficking.")

The problem, we've been told, is that a loophole in the sex trafficking law mandates these hearings -- or "removal proceedings."

But there is no such loophole.

The fact that people on both sides of the aisle are telling the same lie about this law is worrisome. Are Republicans being tricked into thinking we need an emergency bill, so that, two weeks later, we'll see them emerging from a conference, saying:

We fixed the loophole! We didn't get everything we wanted, but you can hear about that later.

No, tell me now.

Well, remember amnesty? It's kind of in this bill. But the headline is: We closed the loophole! So no more worries about that loophole. But yeah, amnesty passed.

Why else would everyone be carrying on about a non-existent loophole? I know they're mistaken because I read the law.

The Wilberforce law states, in relevant part:
"Any unaccompanied alien child sought to be removed by the Department of Homeland Security, except for an unaccompanied alien child from a contiguous country (i.e. Mexico -- or Canada, so as not to sound discriminatory) ... shall be -- placed in removal proceedings ... eligible for relief ... at no cost to the child and provided access to counsel."
Obviously, that's the whole ball of wax. Once a kid is in, given La Raza attorneys and a hearing date, he's never going home. No immigration judge is going to listen to a lawyer-manufactured sob story and say, "No, I'm sorry, that didn't touch my heart. You have to go back to Huehuetenango." 

Lerner Called Conservatives ‘Assholes,’ Fantasized About Working At Obama Group

By Chuck Ross

New emails released by the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday provide more evidence that ex-IRS official Lois Lerner is not fond of conservatives.
“So we don’t need to worry about teRroists [sic]. It’s our own crazies that will take us down,” Lerner wrote in a Nov. 9, 2012 email exchange with an IRS colleague.
Ways and Means Committee chairman Dave Camp revealed the emails in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder.

Lerner’s disdain for the right is central to an investigation into whether she targeted conservative groups who were seeking tax-exempt status. Republicans have accused the former director of the IRS’s exempt organizations division of possible criminal wrongdoing in targeting the groups.
“This email shows that Ms. Lerner’s mistreatment of conservative groups was driven by her personal hostility toward conservatives,” Camp wrote.
“This new evidence clearly demonstrates why Ms. Lerner not only targeted conservatives, but denied such groups their rights to due process and equal protection under the law.”
Camp claims that the emails “build on ample evidence” that Lerner used her official position “to improperly influence agency action against only conservative organizations.”

The Michigan Republican pointed out that Lerner subjected the conservative Crossroads GPS to an audit and personally denied their application for tax-exempt status.

Lerner’s email mocking conservative “crazies” came at the end of an exchange with an unnamed colleague.
“Well, you should hear the whacko wing of the GOP. The US is through; too many foreigners sucking the teat; time to hunker down, buy ammo and food, and prepare for the end. The right wing radio shows are scary to listen to,” wrote Lerner’s correspondent.

House GOP Leadership Bill Softer on Illegals than Cruz-Blackburn Border Crisis Legislation


 By Matthew Boyle

The language of the legislation that House GOP leadership will offer a vote on to win over conservatives on a border crisis bill contains significant differences from language Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced a couple weeks ago.
The original Cruz-Blackburn legislation prohibited the government from spending funds on issuing any new applications under the Deferred Action for Childhood Releases (DACA) program, as well as issuing any work permits to individuals in the country illegally.
The new legislation prohibits the government from issuing “guidance, memorandums, regulations, policies, or other similar instruments” that would expand the scope of to whom DACA applies.
In other words, Cruz-Blackburn would prevent future implementation of DACA, while leaving the current pool of DACA beneficiaries intact but unable to obtain work permits. The leadership bill leaves DACA itself intact, but prohibits any official policies that would expand its scope.
The leadership bill also appears to include a prohibition of new work permits for individuals in the country illegally, including DACA recipients, but exempts individuals “paroled under section 212(d)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1182(d)(5)) or permitted to land temporarily as an alien crewman.”
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Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh: Foolish for Boehner to Take Impeachment 'Off the Table'


After conservative icon and talk radio host Rush Limbaugh blasted House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) for declaring that impeaching Obama was off the table, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin praised Limbaugh for understanding the importance of not emboldening Obama to act even more lawlessly.

"Rush is right," she wrote in a Wednesday Facebook post. "The GOP wants to take impeachment off the table? When will you learn liberals won't hate you less if you play nice in these tumultuous times? No matter how polite, complacent, and complicit you are, Obama will continue to harm our Republic and make you impotent. Even today, his very un-presidential speech mocked you for always being a' 'hatin'. Your apathy is their power."

On his Wednesday radio show, Limbaugh criticized House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) for announcing to the world that Republicans would not impeach Obama.
"Boehner took it off the table if it was ever on the table, and I don't like all these things being 'taken off the table,' by the way," Limbaugh declared. "We just said we're not gonna shut the government down, so we're not gonna use the power of the purse to stop Obama. Okay. Now we're saying impeachment's off the table, so we're not gonna use the Constitution to stop Obama."

Limbaugh said the "Republican Party is bragging or broadcasting that they're not gonna do anything to stop Obama" because, despite Obama's record-low approval and record-high disapproval numbers,  
the GOP establishment still believes that, "if there's any pursuit of Obama politically, that it's just gonna send the independents running right to the Democrats in the midterms and all that."
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Obama,Emanuel need to put Chicago Kids First

By John Kass

On the Chicago block where that 3-year-old boy was shot in the stomach, a victim of the city’s murderous gang wars, there was a woman watering her flowers.

“Please don’t put my name,” she said, her thumb directing the spray. “Don’t put my name.”

Her arm kept moving back and forth on a sunny day in the 4400 block of South Sacramento Avenue, a neighborhood of two-flats where tourists don’t go.

It was clean and tidy, and I remember it as a boy, with the Polish and Lithuanian housewives scrubbing the sidewalks with bleach and broom.

“I came here 20 years ago,” she said, still watering. “It was good. Now they shoot all the time. They shot a baby right there the other day. A baby. Now I want to leave, but how can you sell the house?”

She pointed with the hose to where the child had been shot last week. The water spattered on the
 sidewalk.

This child lived, but others don’t. They’re gunned down almost every day in Chicago, their places of death marked by makeshift shrines, and later commemorated in funerals where the dead are told they will never be forgotten.

Their families remember them. But the city forgets. There are new ones all the time.
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Report reveals ‘disturbing trend’ of brazen attacks against border security by gangs, drug and human traffickers, Video

 By Jana Winter


A game warden hit in the head with a rock while trying to seize a raft. Police officers wounded in an hours-long standoff with a gang member wanted for murder. Criminals spewing obscenities and death threats at local cops before asking for – and receiving – medical treatment.

And that was just last week.

A weekly report distributed by a Texas state agency to senior law enforcement officials paints a grim picture of the Mexican border, where authorities regularly confront illegal immigrant gang members and draw automatic gunfire from across the Rio Grande, and where local, state and federal authorities fight a never-ending battle against drug smugglers.

The most recent Border Operations Sector Assessment report compiled by the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Border Security Operations Center, dated July 25 and obtained by FoxNews.com, details local and federal authorities encountering smugglers carrying millions of dollars’ worth of marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine, some of which was found in vehicles filled with biblical passages and religious items; federal agents being assaulted and shot at; gang members brazenly approaching people in their homes; and ranch workers witnessing men crossing into the U.S. wearing camouflage and carrying long guns and automatic weapons.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE REPORT

"In recent weeks the traffic appears to have slowed slightly, yet assaults on law enforcement have increased. This is a disturbing trend that needs to be addressed,” Chris Cabrera, vice president of the National Border Patrol Union, Rio Grande Valley Sector, told FoxNews.com.
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Department endorses Senate report that says CIA misled Congress on terror interrogations


The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of brutally treating terror suspects and misleading Congress, according to a White House document.
"This report tells a story of which no American is proud," says the four-page White House document, which contains the State Department's preliminary proposed talking points in response to the classified Senate report, a summary of which is expected to be released in the coming weeks.
"But it is also part of another story of which we can be proud," adds the document, which was circulating this week among White House officials and which the White House accidentally emailed to an Associated Press reporter. "America's democratic system worked just as it was designed to work in bringing an end to actions inconsistent with our democratic values."
It's not clear who wrote the document or how influential it will be in tailoring the Obama administration's ultimate response to an investigation that has been the subject of bitter disputes. It is common practice for the White House to solicit talking points from key agencies involved in responding to a major news event, which the release of the Senate report will be.

The Senate report concludes that CIA's techniques on Al Qaeda detainees captured after the 2001 attacks were far more brutal than previously understood. The tactics failed to produce life-saving intelligence, the report asserts, and the CIA misled Congress and the Justice Department about the interrogation program.
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