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In First Major Test,
Obama Overrules New Team

Associated Press, by Julie Pace

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Posted By:earlybird, 9/3/2013 12:17:25 AM

For President Barack Obama´s new foreign policy advisers, the first test of their willingness to undertake military action wound up being a stark lesson in the president´s ability to overrule them all. Obama´s abrupt decision to seek congressional approval before striking Syria also overshadowed what had been a surprising level of consensus among the second-term team members about how to respond to a deadly chemical weapons attack against civilians in Syria. People close to the deliberations say Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, national security adviser Susan Rice and U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power largely agreed about the need to

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: coldoc, 9/3/2013 12:38:32 AM     (No. 9502986)

Some team. The collective intelligence of a sack of hammers.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 9/3/2013 12:43:25 AM     (No. 9502987)

So does this mean that Valerie Jar made the call?


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Reply 3 - Posted by: Sandbar, 9/3/2013 12:43:39 AM     (No. 9502988)

Smart people surround themselves with smart and capable people. Self centered people surround themselves with yes men. These folks were agreeable to bomb Assad because that´s the direction Obama´s mouth was running. Being a great leader, he let them publicly voice that opinion, sent Kerry out to sell it, and then cut the legs from under all of them.


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Reply 4 - Posted by: Mike PHX, 9/3/2013 1:03:47 AM     (No. 9502995)

What a big pile of stinking dumbass amateurs.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: rolanddd, 9/3/2013 1:11:24 AM     (No. 9502997)

At least on the quant side of grad school the reason they make you rederive results is that you then "own" the chain of assumptions. BO´s team are a bunch of poseurs (French spelling for JFK2) that can´t distinguish an opinion from a decision.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: phosphene, 9/3/2013 1:18:28 AM     (No. 9502999)



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Reply 7 - Posted by: texsupreme, 9/3/2013 3:46:07 AM     (No. 9503031)

I call BS. This clown didn´t override anyone. He is being told every move to make by valjar.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Pearson365, 9/3/2013 4:57:04 AM     (No. 9503055)

Obama had NO intention of bombing Syria whether Assad was responsible for using Sarin gas or not. Obama´s 8/12 "red line" was just another lie that he threw out in the campaign to appear presidential. Remember, the red line 13 months ago was use or movement of WMD, and there were at least 3 uses and much movement of the chemicals to avoid rebel seizure. But Obama did nothing, said nothing about stopping Assad.

Only when the blatant use of WMD on 8/21/13 produced headlines did Obama have ValJar and Kerry start the drumbeats for US intervention. Proved to be a grand distraction from IRS, Benghazi, weak economic growth, worsening black on white crime and Obama´s expensive vacays. As tensions crested on Saturday, Obama changed subject to asking Cngress if it would join him in striking Damascus. Now we are to have 2-3 weeks of "will they, should they" stories on Dems and GOPers, all of which obscure real issues. Senate has already watered down Obama´s war resolution, and what is finally approved will call for UN resolution, which will not happen.

Obama may be a lazy, incredibly wasteful Marxist, but he knows how to distract and change the subject to suit his needs,

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Reply 9 - Posted by: pineledger, 9/3/2013 5:59:12 AM     (No. 9503075)

Under the bus.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Keekng, 9/3/2013 6:43:41 AM     (No. 9503103)

Makes sense for him to over rule his team of experts, (snickering). After all, he is such an expert and so well versed in foreign policy. s/

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Crosscut, 9/3/2013 7:06:01 AM     (No. 9503119)

These jackals loved Assad when Bush was president. May be why they are giving him such advance warning and a big heads up. They all must travel together in a clown car. Stereotypical Democrats, that´s for sure.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Judith, 9/3/2013 7:08:32 AM     (No. 9503124)

The picture of him meeting with people in the oval office to decide syria´s fate.....who were they? I did not recognize any cabinet members.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: nonsense, 9/3/2013 7:08:45 AM     (No. 9503125)

Doesn´t Samantha Power, Mrs. Cass Sunstein, have enough blood on her hands? She´s always ready to implement the UN strategy of Response to Intervene, no matter how many young American lives are lost. She is working to transform our military into an International Peace Keeping force. Just another worthless egg-head who thinks she knows what is best for the country...world.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: MirJoy, 9/3/2013 7:12:27 AM     (No. 9503132)

Read someplace that David Cameron said, after Parliament´s vote, that "the onus is now on Obama", and, it´s true.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: nevernaught, 9/3/2013 7:15:18 AM     (No. 9503136)

Since Turkey intercepted Syrian Rebels toting a canister of Sarin at their border awhile back I would say this plot is now in the open. Terrorists have Sarin, they will use Sarin, no matter the outcome.

Meanwhile at Team Obama´s first meeting the general discussion was about Kerry´s four meetings with Assad and his overall praise for the Syrian leader.

By the way, this isn´t a new team. Same old crowd of bumbling Marxists that tend to screw up everything they touch. Why do the Russians appear to be the grownups in all of this stuff I read and the Obama crowd full of brats who don´t have a clue.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Arby, 9/3/2013 7:35:51 AM     (No. 9503154)

Team? We don´t need no stinkin´ team! We got da one. Da anointed one. Da all-knowing one.

In this case, I hate to say it, but I might just agree with Fauxbama. The collective wisdom of that team is about equal to half that of my first dog. On the other hand, he picked ´em.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 9/3/2013 7:48:30 AM     (No. 9503170)

No wonder he doesn´t trust his so-called team of advisers. They were all political pay-back appointments or big donors. Sadly, they are all as clueless as their ´´leader.´´

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Reply 18 - Posted by: larryp, 9/3/2013 7:52:27 AM     (No. 9503175)

student union rule_ the Founders forgot that
in the constitution/
"when we are in power we will show the world if they use gas we will bomb them unless it is US soldiers being gassed"-bearded student to his minons in 1969
and this is what we get

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Reply 19 - Posted by: globalwarmer, 9/3/2013 8:01:32 AM     (No. 9503190)

Finger-in-the-wind leadership decision. He saw that most Americans were opposed to getting involved in Syria, so he punted to Congress to cover his miserable narcissistic behind.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Rinktum, 9/3/2013 8:15:22 AM     (No. 9503210)

This is the most incompetent team ever assembled to deal with foreign policy. There is no one of substance advising Obama if that is even possible given his over inflated ego. The Middle East is a hair´s breath away from morphing into a world war, and Obama´s team is the best we´ve got??? God help us. They are so entrenched in their ideology that they are unable to see anything else. Their worldview is their guiding principle and they reject facts as a waste of time. This will not end well.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: raspberry, 9/3/2013 8:28:48 AM     (No. 9503234)

Another affirmative action hire.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: 4poster, 9/3/2013 8:38:33 AM     (No. 9503260)

I´m with #2,7,19...It is a purely political decision by ValJar. Vote present by throwing the decision over the wall to Congress. That way, whatever happens, the Won isn´t blamed.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: yo-yo, 9/3/2013 8:58:46 AM     (No. 9503305)

Team?
They were picked up outside the bar in Star Wars, because they were too weird to get past the bouncer.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: saucy, 9/3/2013 9:09:41 AM     (No. 9503323)

Call your Congress Critter...this week!

..before the answering service fills up and they refuse to answer your call.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: shamus, 9/3/2013 9:22:45 AM     (No. 9503340)

The House needs to vote this down. Getting into another pointless conflict in the Middle East is a really bad idea.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: udanja99, 9/3/2013 9:24:00 AM     (No. 9503343)

Wasn´t it on a visit to Syria that Pelousy donned a hijab to show respect? Seems like I remember that happening. She showed a lot more respect to Assad than she ever did to Bush. Where has she been lately? Haven´t heard a peep out of her. Maybe there are a lot of photos of her dining with the Assads, just like Kerry.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: mrduc, 9/3/2013 9:38:40 AM     (No. 9503374)

#1, make that a sack of hammers and sickles.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Grambo, 9/3/2013 10:12:30 AM     (No. 9503424)

That motley crew is right out of an SNL skit. Can you imagine a George Schultz, a Norman Schwarzkopf, or a Cap Weinberger willingly being a part of that lot?

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Reply 29 - Posted by: mickturn, 9/3/2013 10:17:03 AM     (No. 9503435)

Team...HA. A gaggle of Lackeys, that is Obie´s team.

Say Present, Team...

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Reply 30 - Posted by: chicodon, 9/3/2013 10:57:40 AM     (No. 9503501)

Obama´s shadow cabinet must make all the decisions.

I don´t know if it´s a black thing but my experience with working with large black owned firms showed that the white people they employed were usually "affirmative action" hires. They weren´t the brightest bulbs. I wouldn´t have hired any of them.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: mitzi, 9/3/2013 11:00:59 AM     (No. 9503508)

Obama "hired" Kerry because of his anti-war stance on Vietnam thinking that would carry forward ... forgetting that the "F" in Kerry´s name stands for "Flip-Flop."

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Reply 32 - Posted by: VAfreedomluver, 9/3/2013 11:12:12 AM     (No. 9503521)

You could pick any random tourist wandering around Washington DC this summer, and they´d do a better job of handling our foreign policy than Obama has.

This is the lowest point for the USA in my lifetime. The rest of the world is laughing at us.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 9/3/2013 11:20:52 AM     (No. 9503531)

#12, One of the men pictured is Rahm Emanuel, so I am guessing this picture is several years old. Doesn´t make it any less disrespectful though.

#1, Dumb people and yes men would be the only ones who would stand still for Obama´s muslim form of disrespect for them.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: mickturn, 9/3/2013 11:25:30 AM     (No. 9503542)

TEAM...Temporary Emasculated Assigned Minions

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Reply 35 - Posted by: geronimo, 9/3/2013 11:57:04 AM     (No. 9503606)

#25 Drudge is running a front-page poll that shows 92% vs 8% *against* supporting Obama in a strike.

Do you suppose any of the brilliant minds in Congress have time to read these things on their vacation?

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Reply 36 - Posted by: peterfleming, 9/3/2013 12:23:36 PM     (No. 9503668)

#8 PEARSON365 says it all. Syria is another MarxistValJr distraction from covering up the secret "stand down" Benghazi murders, IRS financial felonies, NSA citizen spying, Obamacide government takeover of America´s physical and mental health life, government unionized control of all aliens, Feinstein´s Hitlerian people control of all lawful gun owners, DEA BATF CIA control of all prison bound drug users, Holder´s promotion of illegal no ID voting scam of the century, Fed printing fake money out of thin air giving it to the big Goldman Sachs financials to hide, depressing precious metals while governments of the world buy them up with more fake paper money .....

And to top it all off, the TV news actors
Brian Willims, Steve Pelley, Diane Sawyer,
getting out of their New York limos long enough to lie about all of the above to the
unwashed TV audience, beer drinking masses
.... paid many millions to lie, like it´s not happening, our Betrayal TV Media and Press, the No Watch Dog, the Ultimate of Grand Traitors to all Americans.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: lana720, 9/3/2013 12:57:06 PM     (No. 9503750)

Just called both Senators and one Congress Critter. Al three are against intervention.
At a loss for words? Use any other poster´s quote!
God help us, Israel and our military.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: gilbi, 9/3/2013 1:08:19 PM     (No. 9503782)

No. 14: You are close. What Cameron said was: "The anus is now Obama."

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Namma, 9/3/2013 3:37:12 PM     (No. 9504060)

the media told us when GWB was President that the middle east did not have any WMD.
so now that hussin is president there are now WMD in the middle east...how can that be...
BTW..has anyone read the article coming of of Egypt....that hussien is a member of the MB...might explain why the middle east now has WMD...

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 9/3/2013 4:09:08 PM     (No. 9504115)

#2, probably so--but where does ValJar get her marching orders from?

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Reply 41 - Posted by: lencu255, 9/3/2013 5:45:37 PM     (No. 9504243)

It is so puzzling: we live in, supposedly, freest country in the world and we KNOW, that we never get answer to the question who are the puppeteers!
On top of that we are in secret dossiers of alphabet agencies which, if activated will bring us to Gulag (or at least, to IRS audit, which is close to Gulag experience). I am sure, so-called, repubics were shown their dossiers and now all these boehners and preibuses are jumping through the hoops to show their loyalty to the cabal.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: ramona, 9/3/2013 7:28:09 PM     (No. 9504358)

And boy, hasn´t he done a rope-a-dope number on the GOP Golden Girls (McLame & Co.). Gets them to agree to a strike, then pulls back. Obama, the meanest of the mean girls.
Ramona (the Pest)

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Reply 43 - Posted by: harper, 9/3/2013 10:19:03 PM     (No. 9504538)

They were simply overruled by the politicals when they realized they could set a trap for Patsy Boner and the Republicans with a 2014 payoff in mind.

The media is already sharpening it´s knives because whatever way this goes they can spin it.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: artlover, 9/3/2013 10:44:16 PM     (No. 9504558)

Obama is always in campaign mode. He knows nothing of governing. He just repeats the same thing over and over. If he says anything new, it is because on of his czars came up with it.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: FormerDem, 9/3/2013 11:18:49 PM     (No. 9504585)

Give him credit, he may have hired them but at least he isn´t listening. I would like to state that this is the first thing President Obama has ever done that I can remember which I thoroughly approved of. They say it will leak our credibility. No it won´t. Not the credibility of the American people. Just the people in Washington who have been speaking for us without checking first. They may look silly. We won´t.

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If Jeb reaches for the nomination, there will be a titanic battle between the party establishment and the Tea Party. Steve Schmidt, McCain’s strategist in 2008, insists that in the end Republicans usually settle on the most electable candidate. To get by, this Bush may be forced to trim his positions, although the cautionary tale of Romney suggests that he would have to tack artfully and carefully for the sake of the general election. Certainly he will have the resources to outlast, discredit, and disqualify his rivals.

Michelle Obama:
´splurging is the key to life´

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Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/21/2014 9:31:25 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Michelle Obama said "splurging is the key to life" if you regularly eat right and stay active. Her biggest guilty pleasure: French fries. "How would you appreciate vegetables if you never had chocolate?" she asked. "You couldn´t live without a little chocolate, a little French fries." The first lady took questions from children reporters Monday after appearing at the White House Easter Egg Roll. She told the children that if they eat right the majority of the time, then a splurge or snack is not going to hurt them. "I still splurge when I can, but that's why I try to exercise almost every day," she said.

Fraud runs rampant in Census Bureau
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New York Post, by John Crudele    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/22/2014 5:03:20 AM     Post Reply
There’s a pattern of falsifying statistics throughout the entire Census Bureau. And anyone who attempts to blow the whistle on the fraud is either retaliated against or ignored, according to two new sources who have experienced the process firsthand. As I’ve been writing for more than six months, the Census Bureau office in Philadelphia uncovered a case of fraud in 2010, did nothing about it and allowed the practice to continue. In that instance, a data collector named Julius Buckmon was faking reports that went into the nation’s all-important jobless tally and consumer-inflation survey. Because the Census Bureau’s surveys are scientific — meaning

Professor: ‘Colleges Will Start Closing Up’ if
‘Racist, Misogynist, Money-Grubbing’ GOP Wins

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National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson    Original Article
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New audio reveals an Eastern Connecticut State University professor warning that Republicans will “want things to go back — not to to 1955, but to 1855? if they win control of Congress in November. Republican victories could also put him out of a job, he cautioned. “We will live in a very, very, very different kind of country if that happens,” Professor Brent Terry told students in his Introduction to Creative Writing course, according to audio obtained by Campus Reform. “I mean, colleges will start closing up if these people have their way.” Over the course of his rant, Terry characterized conservatives

But Seriously, Just How
Slow-Witted is John Boehner?

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American Thinker, by C. Edmund Wright    Original Article
Posted By: quantumman- 4/21/2014 7:22:21 AM     Post Reply
As he moves from lobbyists to the golf course, from press conferences to the tanning bed, he remains oblivious to all that is around him. He has power, incredible power, and yet to this day he has no understanding of the election that made it so. Moreover, all around him are astonishing opportunities for him to be an historic figure -- one who could and should be the man who did more than any other single person in turning back the red tide of Obama. It’s all there for Speaker of the House, and yet John Boehner manages to miss

Benghazi attack could have been prevented if
US hadn´t ´switched sides in the War on Terror´
and allowed $500 MILLION of weapons to reach
al-Qaeda militants, reveals damning report

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
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The Citizens Commission on Benghazi, a self-selected group of former top military officers, CIA insiders and think-tankers, declared Tuesday in Washington that a seven-month review of the deadly 2012 terrorist attack has determined that it could have been prevented – if the U.S. hadn´t been helping to arm al-Qaeda militias throughout Libya a year earlier. ´The United States switched sides in the war on terror with what we did in Libya, knowingly facilitating the provision of weapons to known al-Qaeda militias and figures,´ Clare Lopez, a member of the commission and a former CIA officer, told MailOnline. She blamed the Obama administration

Would YOU be underwater if the
polar caps melted? Map reveals
what our planet would look like
if sea levels rose by 260ft

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Daily Mail (UK), by Ellie Zolfagharifard    Original Article
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Global sea levels have risen by 8 inches (20cm) since 1880 and scientists predict they could rise up to 3ft (98cm) by 2100. But despite the UN’s recent threats of war, famine and extreme weather, such a dramatically different world caused by sea level rise can be hard to imagine. To help picture the future, Martin Vargic, an amateur graphic designer from Slovakia, has created a map depicting the planet with sea levels around 260ft (79m) higher than they are today. He imagines what Earth would look like if the ice sheets surrounding the North and South poles melted, releasing

Reid: ´We Are a Nation of Laws,
Not of Men and Women´

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Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
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It may not be tomorrow, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says "something will happen" to force a Nevada rancher to obey a court order to stop grazing his cattle on federal land and pay his grazing fees. "It´s obvious that you can´t just walk away from this," Reid said in an April 18 interview with a Nevada´s KSNV-TV News 3 program “What’s Your Point?” "You can´t have a law that is -- we´re a nation of laws, not of men and women," he said. (Video) Reid noted that most cattlemen pay their taxes, pay their fees, and follow

The Increasing Desperation of Democrats
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National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/21/2014 5:19:02 AM     Post Reply
Harry Reid isn’t backing down from his claim that rancher Cliven Bundy’s supporters are “domestic terrorists.” It’s astonishing rhetoric given the White House’s characterization of the mass shooting by a genuine terrorist, Major Nidal Hasan, who killed 13 Americans at the Fort Hood Army base after yelling “Allahu Akbar!” (God is great.) Rather than labeling Hasan’s actions “domestic terrorism,” the Obama administration is prosecuting him for having committed “workplace violence.” Democratic rhetoric is become ever more desperate and overheated as we approach the November midterm elections. Last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that GOP positions on immigration were motivated by

38 Republican lawmakers put aside differences
for lawsuit challenging legality of Obamacare

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Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
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Thirty-eight Republican lawmakers, including such unlikely bedfellows as John McCain of Arizona and Ted Cruz of Texas, have joined to support a lawsuit challenging the legality of the Affordable Care Act and accusing the president of repeatedly ignoring the law he signed for political reasons. The lawmakers have signed onto a legal brief in support of a lawsuit filed by Sen. Ron Johnson, the Wisconsin Republican who is asking a federal court to overturn Obamacare’s special treatment for members of Congress and their staffs. “The unlawful executive action at issue in this case is not an isolated incident,” the brief


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