Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Rubio enters Values debate

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Wednesday that traditional American values are increasingly eroding in a speech that defended his opposition to same-sex marriage.
Rubio called for policies that will help people get an education and a job, and discussed the virtues of getting married and having children.
“Too many aren’t getting an education. Too many aren’t working. Too many aren’t getting married and too many are having children outside marriage,” Rubio said in a speech at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
The possible 2016 presidential contender offered support for conservative values in a speech that touted themes that could play well with GOP primary voters. He said government had a role in these debates, even if federal policies can't be a panacea for all of society's problems.

The breakdown of traditional values, he said, “is not one that the government alone can solve, but he added that it’s “not one the government can ignore.”
In order to achieve economic security, Rubio argued Americans need an education, a job, to get married and to have children once they’re married.
He outlined several proposals to help people meet those ends: a tax credit to encourage scholarship grants for schools, reforms to increase access to more affordable higher education options and pro-family tax reform.

Rubio said he respects the arguments of same-sex marriage proponents but defended his support of traditional marriage, which he said is defined by one man and one woman.

There is “growing intolerance on this issue,” he said, in which those who oppose traditional marriage are attacked.

Rubio mentioned the former CEO of Mozilla, Brendan Eich, who supported traditional marriage and resigned; Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who told a shareholder who supports traditional marriage to invest elsewhere; and the head of Chick-fil-a, Dan Cathy, who was condemned for his anti-gay comments in 2012.
"I promise that even before this speech is over, I will be attacked as a hater, a bigot or anti-gay,” Rubio said. 
"If support for traditional marriage is bigotry, then Barack Obama was a bigot until just before the 2012 election,” he added
Rubio reiterated his opposition to abortion, arguing that “an unborn person should be welcomed in life and welcomed in law.” He later said it’s “critically important” for pregnant women to have both a support network and opportunities to give the baby up for adoption.

Rubio slammed President Obama for not fulfilling the vision he outlined in his keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
“Our current president has chosen to divide our people for the purpose of political gain. It truly is sometimes hard to believe that the state senator from Illinois who gave a stirring call to unity at the Democratic convention in 2004 is the same person who never passes up an opportunity to pit us against each other,” he said. “At our core, that’s not who were are as a people.”

Tale of the Tapes: IRS head confirms investigators have found backup tapes in Lerner probe

The head of the IRS confirmed Wednesday that investigators looking into missing emails from ex-agency official Lois Lerner have found and are reviewing "backup tapes" -- despite earlier IRS claims that the tapes had been recycled. 

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, testifying before a House oversight subcommittee, stressed that he does not know "how they found them" or "whether there's anything on them or not." But he said the inspector general's office advised him the investigators are reviewing tapes to see if they contain any "recoverable" material.

The revelation is significant because the IRS claimed, when the agency first told Congress about the missing emails, that backup tapes "no longer exist because they have been recycled."
It is unclear whether the tapes in IG custody contain any Lerner emails, but Koskinen said investigators are now checking.

Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee first raised questions about the backup tapes on Monday, releasing a partial transcript from an interview with IRS official Thomas Kane. In it, Kane said "there is an issue" as to whether all the backup tapes were destroyed. Asked if they might still exist, he said he didn't know but "it's an issue that's being looked at."

Investigators in Congress and with the inspector general's office want to see those backup tapes because of the possibility they might contain emails that otherwise were lost in Lerner's apparent hard drive crash in 2011. Lerner is the former IRS official at the center of the controversy over agency targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status -- the agency's acknowledgement last month that years' worth of emails were lost has infuriated GOP investigators.

"There are still many unanswered questions," Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said Wednesday. 
Several other questions have been raised in recent days over how Lerner's emails disappeared and when the agency learned about it.

DOJ Files Motion To Stop Documents In Ag Dept-- Breitbart V Shirley Sherrod Case From Gaining Sunlight…

The motion is embedded below but essentially says: ‘If we knew you were going to put these in the public record we would not have given them to you’.  Obviously the Eric Holder led DOJ was more than happy to assist the Sherrod BGI enterprise in their efforts against Breitbart Inc., but they appear to have anticipated the documents being sealed and now are twitchy about the potential sunlight.


BACKSTORY VIA POLITICO -   The Obama administration is fighting to keep secret hundreds of pages of emails detailing White House involvement in the 2010 firing and attempted rehiring of Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod after the late conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart published a blog post and video clips suggesting Sherrod was a racist.

Lawyers for Breitbart’s business partner, Larry O’Connor, filed the White House and USDA documents in federal court in Washington in May in connection with a libel suit Sherrod filed over the blog post, which appeared on Breitbart’s website.
However, last week, Justice Department lawyers urged U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon to keep the documents from the public by maintaining them under seal.
Court filings are normally public, but the Justice Department said the emails from the accounts of nine White House staffers and an additional number of Agriculture Department officials should be kept under wraps in part because the public already has enough information through official statements about Sherrod’s forced resignation and the ensuing events.

What if Mitch McConnell loses?

By Raju and Bresnahan

It’s a taboo subject among Senate Republicans but one that’s on many senators’ minds:

What if Mitch McConnell loses his reelection bid?

There appears to be no clear answer to that question, at least not right now.

In interviews and private conversations with more than half of the 45-member Senate Republican Conference, there is a split over a potential McConnell successor. His top deputy, John Cornyn of Texas, is favored to succeed him, several GOP senators said. But others ranging from John Thune of South Dakota to Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander — or a dark horse — are among those who could get serious consideration in the event of a leadership vacancy.

Cornyn’s ascension to the top spot is hardly a lock. A McConnell loss would mean Republicans would most likely still be in the Senate minority, and some GOP senators would be looking for a fresh face to pull the party out of the political wilderness, set policy priorities and drive the national message.

There also appears to be concern among a handful in the Republican Conference that a Minority Leader Cornyn would be hamstrung by the whims of his fellow Texan and conservative firebrand Ted Cruz, pulling the party further to the right.

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), like most senators interviewed for this article, insisted that McConnell would win his race. But when asked if Cornyn would ascend to the leader spot if McConnell lost, Burr said:
 “The institution always has a way of attracting fresh candidates, and I’m sure it would do the same in that particular case.”
“There’s a lot of respect for John Cornyn, and I think he would certainly be heavily considered,” added Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). “But these things never go uncontested.”

With the Senate being the Senate, there is a laundry list of ambitious senators looking to climb the political ladder, meaning if McConnell lost, Cornyn could very well be challenged in an unpredictable, secret leadership election with huge consequences for the future of the GOP.

HBO's Republi-c*nt Show--"Sarah Palin Drives Stake Through Heart of 'True Blood' Producers

By Tony Lee

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin rejected overtures from True Blood's producers for a cameo role on the conservative-bashing vampire show. Her instincts proved to be correct after Sunday's HBO episode in which Republican women were once again demeaned when one of the lead characters said in horror, "Oh my God, I'm a Republi-c*nt." 

Palin told Breitbart News after she heard about the misogynistic episode that she simply wondered, "'True Blood' or true gall?"

"The brilliant minds of 'True Blood' were brazen enough to ask me to do a cameo on their show, apparently so they could insult a conservative woman in person instead of just all conservative women in general," Palin told Breitbart News. "Their offer wasn’t presented in any negative way, perhaps to benefit from a surprise factor after the guest appearance. I turned them down anyway."

Palin also had some choice words for hypocritical Hollywood liberals who often gin up the phony "war on women" rhetoric. 

"To producers who throw these deceitfully 'flattering' bones that sound fun on the surface, is it really any wonder I don't accept your offers to participate in your shows?" she said. "Nice try HBO. I’d put any mama grizzly in America against a vampire any day; for only one of them actually exists. The left wants to talk about a 'war on women'? Keep engaging in your misogynist attacks on women you disagree with and we’ll see who wins your self-inflicted war in the court of decent public opinion."

White House To Ignore Court Ruling, Keep Handing Out Obamacare Subsidies

By Sarah Hurtubise

The Obama administration will continue handing out Obamacare subsidies to federal exchange customers despite a federal court’s ruling Tuesday that the subsidies are illegal.
A D.C. Court of Appeals panel ruled Tuesday morning that customers in the 36 states that didn’t establish their own exchange and use instead cannot be given premium tax credits, according to the text of the Affordable Care Act itself.  
(RELATED: Federal Court Takes Down Obamacare: Subsidies In Federal Exchange Are Illegal)

But the White House said in response that it will continue handing out the billions of taxpayer dollars in subsidies. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said that while the case continues to be battled out in the courts, the administration will continue to dole out billions in tax credits to federally-run exchange customers.
“It’s important for people all across the country to understand that this ruling does not have any practical impact on their ability to continue to receive tax credits right now,” Earnest said in a press briefing Tuesday.

A three-judge panel issued the ruling Tuesday, concluding 2-1 that the federal subsidies are illegal. The Department of Justice is seeking an en banc ruling from the appeals court, which would require all judges in the court to rule on the case. Eleven judges on the court would hear the case: seven Democrats and four Republicans.

That decision will likely also be appealed to the Supreme Court.

Cornyn No Lock for Leader if McConnell Goes Down

By Dan Riehl

While Republicans are reluctant to speculate about the possibility of a Mitch McConnell loss to Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky this November, when asked if his number two, Texas Republican John Cornyn, was a lock for Leader if he does lose, it appears Cornyn may have good reason to look over his shoulder in the event that scenario plays out.

Given that a McConnell loss would likely mean the GOP would have failed in winning a Senate Majority, it would seem a change in leadership might be in order. 

Some Senators also seemed to express concern that Cornyn would be forced to go to the Right to placate his Texas colleague Senator Ted Cruz. What sources seem to be missing, or perhaps stopped short of saying is that, given Cornyn has been so easily out shone by fellow Texan Cruz, perhaps he lacks what it takes to be a strong leader in the first place.

For now, it's purely speculation and McConnell may well win re-election with the GOP securing a Senate majority, as many expect. Some would likely see that as a reason for business as usual for the Republican Party in Washington.

However, McConnell remains in all but a dead heat with Grimes in Kentucky and a loss for the Minority Leader would likely send shock waves through the GOP even more significant than the ones triggered by Eric Cantor's defeat in his recent primary.

Rand Paul Rips Obama As Immigration Becomes Major 2016 Issue

By Matthew Boyle

President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty for illegal aliens via the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and other executive orders is a “magnet” for illegal immigration, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told Breitbart News on Tuesday.

“All of that is a magnet and a beacon for people to come,” Paul said when asked about Obama’s executive immigration orders during a brief interview outside the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) headquarters.
“You can’t have any kind of beacon without securing the border first. It really illustrates what conservatives have been saying all along, myself included: You can’t vote for immigration reform, you can’t have immigration reform without first securing the border.”
Paul added that the “whole idea that the president unilaterally offered these areas of forgiveness for the kids—this DREAM kind of forgiveness—the problem is if you do that with an open border, then the whole world will come.” Paul called for the border to be secured, and said that no immigration legislation should be considered unless the border is secured.
“So I think if we’re going to do immigration reform, what we really need is to have the border secure first,” he said. “What it really illustrates for me is that you can’t fix things by offering forgiveness without securing the border first. It’s a big problem. I think we should humanely clothe, feed and give water and sustenance then send them back home to unify them with their families.”
Paul endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz’s bill that would block Obama from implementing any more executive amnesty by halting funding for production of any documents needed for him to do so, too.
“I think he wants to do exactly what I was saying, basically,” Paul said when asked about Cruz’s bill. “You can’t have the beacon first and he wants to overturn the president’s executive action—and I would support that.”

Paul also warned against forthcoming executive amnesties from President Obama.
“I’m really opposed to the president doing things by unilateral executive order anyway—you shouldn’t be allowed to pass immigration reform without Congress doing it,” 

Paul said, before noting about the reports that the president is considering widespread executive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens that there is “an urban myth that has spread somewhat through Central America—if you get here by August 15, there are actually fliers saying that if you get here by August 15 the president won’t send you home.”

Will Big Business Become the Left's Faithful Lapdog?

 By Jonah Goldberg

It was a really nice try.

Heritage Action (the activist arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation) invited Sen. Elizabeth Warren to speak at an event dedicated to phasing out the Export-Import Bank. The Ex-Im, as it’s known inside the Beltway, has become a favorite target of populist forces on right.
The Ex-Im gives U.S. taxpayer-backed loan guarantees to the foreign customers of giant U.S. corporations that don’t need the help. It socializes the risk while privatizing the profits. 
Basically, it’s free money for big businesses like GE, Caterpillar and particularly Boeing (hence the outfit’s nickname, “the Bank of Boeing”). 
Even Barack Obama, shortly before he became president, derided Ex-Im as “little more than a fund for corporate welfare.”

Ex-Im is up for reauthorization in September. Not surprisingly, both the people who get free money and the people who enjoy giving out money that doesn’t belong to them would like to continue doing so.

Since Warren is the dashboard saint of left-wing populism these days, denouncing big business and Wall Street at every turn, the puckish policy pixies at Heritage Action thought they could enlist her in their cause. As first reported by Bloomberg News, Heritage sent Warren a letter asking her to speak against Ex-Im “and the political favoritism it engenders.”
“We, like you, are frustrated with a political economy that benefits well-connected elites at the expense of all Americans,” Michael Needham the head of Heritage Action, wrote. “Your presence will send a clear signal that you are going to fight the most pressing example of corporate welfare and cronyism pending before Congress right now.”

Warren to La Raza: 'Get Louder' for Amnesty 'Against' Lobbyists Who Back It

By Tony Lee

Lobbyists on both sides of the aisle may not agree more on an issue than the need for amnesty legislation. But Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) told La Raza's annual conference that they should "get louder" to fight "lobbyists" to get amnesty legislation.

Claiming that comprehensive amnesty legislation would also "stabilize" America's Social Security system, Warren told the crowd in Los Angeles on Sunday evening that they needed to "get louder together" pushing for amnesty, because "it is the responsibility of Americans to push on this."

"Be stronger than the lobbyists," she declared. "We have to do this."

Though Warren has often portrayed herself as someone who fights for the people against undefined "powerful lobbyists," the lobbyists are actually on the side of pro-amnesty activists when it comes to "immigration reform."

Big-business groups like the Chamber of Commerce and the high-tech lobbies want cheaper labor, and they have aligned themselves with Democrats and pro-amnesty activists to try to ram through a comprehensive bill. The so-called "Forgotten Man" of all races and backgrounds in the middle, including legal immigrants, often has to pay the costs for more social services while losing out on jobs to foreign workers.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ted Cruz Calls ‘True Blood’ A ‘Misogynist’ and ‘Profanity-Ridden’ Show For Cruz Bloodbath Episode

On Sunday, the kinky-gory HBO series aired an episode in which two of its characters dressed as stereotypical Republicans and attended a Cruz fundraiser that quickly devolved into a massacre. The conservative Texas state Senator has responded, and it’s a doozy.

On Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) responded to last Sunday’s episode of HBO’s True Blood—the one in which foul-mouthed vampires and assault weapon-blasting yakuza thugs invade a Ted Cruz fundraiser thrown at the George W. Bush Presidential Library. Bloody mayhem, naturally, ensued.

The senator from Texas was not impressed. From his Facebook page:
Of all the places I never thought to be mentioned, HBO's True Blood vampire show would have to be near the top of the list. Sunday night, they aired a misogynist and profanity-ridden episode where Texas Republicans are murdered attending a "Ted Cruz fundraiser."

Well, I'm sorry to have lost the vampire vote, but am astonished (and amused) that HBO is suggesting that hard-core leftists are blood-sucking fiends....

To be fair, True Blood has indeed maintained a politically liberal—and pro-LGBT—streak over the years.

Cruz’s message appeared to indicate that what irked him most about the episode was the use of the term “Republicunt” by one of the main characters. The Republican senator has previously lashed out at liberal Hollywood mega-producer Harvey Weinstein SHAW-That goofball still out there? for “hypocrisy” on gun rights. As for products of popular culture that don’t anger Ted Cruz, his favorite movie is The Princess Bride and he enjoys quoting Toby Keith while slamming Obamacare.
A representative for Craig Chester (who wrote the True Blood episode) did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the senator’s thoughts.

Sources:Militia blamed for Benghazi attack--Moved Next Door to US Consulate 3 Weeks Before strike,Video

 They asked for a belt-fed mounted machine gun

By Adam Housley

Members of the Islamist extremist militia blamed for the Benghazi terror attack had moved in next door to the U.S. Consulate months before the strike but “nothing was done” despite concerns about the dangerous neighbors, sources tell Fox News.

Sources say members of Ansar al-Sharia moved to the house just outside the east wall of the compound within three weeks of American personnel renting the facility, and later used the location to help plan and take part in the attack on the American Consulate on Sept. 11, 2012.

The neighbors prompted multiple security requests -- including repeated requests up until the day of the attack -- for more weapons and personnel.
“We warned D.C. about the guys who moved in next door, but nobody knew what to do and nothing was done,” a U.S. intelligence source said.
According to one intelligence source, American security personnel specifically asked for an M240 machine gun to mount on the roof at the consulate for added protection, but were turned down repeatedly.

A State Department source also confirmed to Fox News that “they asked for a belt-fed mounted machine gun, but were specifically denied by the State Department because they said
 it would upset the locals.”

Asked about these assertions at Monday’s press briefing, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf called the claims “dubious.”

But a senior State Department official acknowledged Tuesday that there was a request of some kind from the Benghazi post on Aug. 22. “It was being considered in Tripoli on the day of the attack. It was contained in a list of security requests, so to say that the request was rejected is inaccurate,” the official said.

The official said the department, though, has “no record” at this point of Ansar al-Sharia moving in next door.

Fox News is told that American personnel also requested sandbags to help fortify positions at the compound because "the only thing in between us and the neighbors was grass and a couple of trees and a wall.”
“The State Department knew it. Everyone on the ground knew it,” one source with direct knowledge of the attack said.

Federal appeals court invalidates some ObamaCare subsidies, in blow to health law

A powerful federal appeals court dealt a major blow to ObamaCare on Tuesday, ruling against the legality of some subsidies issued to people through the Affordable Care Act exchanges.

A three-judge panel ruled 2-1 on Tuesday that the IRS went too far in reinterpreting the language in ObamaCare to extend subsidies to those who buy insurance through the federally run exchanges, 
known as

The case, Halbig v Sebelius, is one of the first major legal challenges that cuts to the heart of the Affordable Care Act by going after the legality of massive federal subsidies and those who benefit from them.

In the case, the plaintiff claimed the Obama administration – in particular, the Internal Revenue Service -- is breaking the law by offering tax subsidies in all 50 states to offset the cost of health insurance. The suit maintains that the language in ObamaCare actually restricts subsidies to state-run exchanges -- of which there are only 14 -- and does not authorize them to be given in the 36 states that use the federally run system, commonly known as

The ruling, though likely to be appealed, could threaten the entire foundation of the newly devised health care system. Nearly 90 percent of the federal exchange’s insurance enrollees were eligible for subsidies because of low or moderate incomes that the outcome of the case could potentially leave millions without affordable health insurance.
“We reach this conclusion, frankly, with reluctance??  At least until states that wish to can set up Exchanges, our ruling will likely have significant consequences both for the millions  of individuals receiving tax credits through federal Exchanges and for health insurance markets more broadly,” the ruling stated.  
A total of $1 trillion in subsidies is projected to be doled out over the next decade.

A U.S. District Court previously sided with the Obama administration on Jan. 15.

VIDEO--Talking Points Memo: Is President Obama Misusing His Power? Bill O'Reilly


Dr. Ben Carson’s 5 Points Tell Us What We Need To Know To Set Our Country On The Right Path Again,VIDEO

Hosting Dr. Ben Carson on The Kelly File, Megyn Kelly addressed the fact that the word “malaise” had been bandied about in the past week, indicating that Americans are losing their faith in government, and even in the country itself.

Carson provided 5 key points that can combat these feelings, and set America on the right path again.

1. “This is an exceptional nation, and it happens to be the pinnacle nation in the world.”

Carson explains that there were other pinnacle nations before us – Egypt, Ancient Greece, Spain – but they “tolerated political corruption, they lost their moral compass, they lost their vision.” Unless we learn from their mistakes, we will be doomed to repeat them.

2. “We are the child of every other nation.”

Our unique makeup means that we share a history of every other nation, and therefore, we have their interests in mind. That is why our country is in the position to be the world leader.

3. “We also are a Judeo-Christian nation.”

Though not everyone agrees, Carson affirms that this is what our Founders intended. And the values from our Judeo-Christian background are what gave, and continue to give us, strength.

4. “We are the most benign superpower the world has ever known.”

If we step back and expect someone to fill our shoes as the pinnacle nation, the chance that they will be as peaceful is “extremely remote.”

5. “They need to stop being intimated and stand up for what they believe in, and they need to start having conversations.”

Millions of Americans have stood on the sidelines for years – they need to be reactivated. If they can fight for what they believe in, we can set our country in the right direction forward.
With instability rocking the world, we need to stand up tall and show the world that we are the “pinnacle nation.” Putting to bed any idea of “malaise,” we need to take an active approach in the future of our country to keep it going strong for generations.