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  • Podcast: The Church Boys tackle Westboro, the ‘God hates gays’ cake drama, Christian mom’s pledge to stop wearing leggings — and plenty more
    Posted January 25, 2015 at 2:08 pm by Billy Hallowell

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    It’s that time again. The Church Boys are back with our second installment — a must-listen episode that’s filled with faith and culture analysis, comedic relief, absurd banter — and plenty, plenty more.

    Blaze Magazine executive editor Chris Field and I dive into a number of the week’s biggest, zaniest and most intriguing faith stories. From Twitter suspending two of Westboro Baptist Church’s accounts to the embattled baker who refused to make a “God hates gays” cake, we covered quite a bit of content on the free speech front.

    Oh, and how could I forget the Christian mom whose blog post about no longer wearing leggings went mega-viral last week?

    There’s all that and much, much more. Listen to the second episode of The Church Boys below (and be sure to visit our website, follow us on Twitter and “like” us on Facebook):

  • Reporting from SHOT Show 2015: TheBlaze Radio’s ‘Pure Opelka’
    Posted January 24, 2015 at 12:22 pm by Mike Opelka

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    LAS VEGAS — For the first time in the history of “Pure Opelka,” TheBlaze Radio’s Saturday morning show originated from 2015′s Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade show (SHOT).

    On Saturday morning, as the convention wrapped up, we recapped our favorite stories from SHOT and shared some of the Ted Nugent “magic” from his appearance at Outdoor Channel’s Golden Moose Awards.

    Image: TheBlaze / Mike Opelka

    Image: TheBlaze / Mike Opelka

    Nugent opened the show with a rousing rendition of the American national anthem. He also won the “Fan Favorite” Golden Moose award for the third consecutive year.

    Listen to the entire show (commercial-free) via Soundcloud.


    Follow Mike Opelka (@Stuntbrain) on Twitter.

  • Steeling money: Lawmakers hope to save billions with new pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters
    Posted January 23, 2015 at 4:21 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Three members of the House have proposed legislation that would require common, everyday U.S. coins to be made from U.S. steel instead of imported copper, zinc and nickel.

    The Cents and Sensibility Act, from Reps. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio), is aimed at saving money by ending the use of these imported minerals to make pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. Those members say most of the minerals used to make these coins come from Canada, and are so costly that it costs more than 1 cent to mint a penny, and more than 5 cents to mint a nickel.


    Three members want to make common U.S. coins out of steel, instead of more costly minerals that are becoming too expensive to import. Image: Shutterstock


  • Will U.S. fugitives will be returned as part of U.S.-Cuba normalization? Nobody knows…
    Posted January 23, 2015 at 2:11 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Three Senate Republicans on Friday pressed Attorney General Eric Holder to answer whether he supports normalizing relations with Cuba in the absence of an agreement by Cuba to return dozens of fugitives from the U.S. justice system.

    The question is increasingly being asked by those who oppose closer ties between the U.S. and Cuba, and is being raised at a time when Obama administration officials are openly discussing a new chapter in the bilateral relationship.

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    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and other Republicans are demanding to know if Cuba will return U.S. fugitives as part of the effort to normalize relations. The Obama administration has been evasive so far.
    Image: T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images


  • Ted Cruz: Keep Americans who fight with terrorist groups out of America
    Posted January 23, 2015 at 12:50 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Friday announced the reintroduction of legislation that would prevent any American from returning home to the U.S. if they leave the country to fight with a terrorist organization.

    His legislation, the Expatriate Terrorist Act, is a response to some instances in which Americans have left to support these groups, and then were allowed to return home. Cruz and other Republicans pushed for similar legislation last year, but the Republican-led House and Senate gives the bill a much better chance of passing Congress this year.

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    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and other Republicans want to keep Americans who leave the country to fight with terrorist groups from ever returning home.
    Image: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call,Inc.


  • Senators demand answers on government’s use of radar to peek inside homes
    Posted January 23, 2015 at 11:54 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and ranking member Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) this week demanded that the Justice Department brief senators on the federal government’s use of radar devices that allow the FBI and other agencies to see inside people’s homes.

    USA Today reported Tuesday that the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service and dozens of other law enforcement agencies are using these devices. That report immediately raised the fear that the government may be violating people’s constitutional rights.

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    Image: USA Today


  • GOP, Dems say it’s time to end automatic pay hikes for members of Congress
    Posted January 23, 2015 at 10:31 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    A bipartisan group of House members has proposed legislation that would stop members of Congress from getting automatic pay hikes each year.

    Reps. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Michael McCaul (R-Texas) proposed the No Raise for Congress act, along with four other Democrats and three Republicans. Members cast the bill as an idea whose time has come in light of rising national debt and the lack of jobs for millions of Americans.

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    Reps. Mike McCaul (R-Texas) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) are proposing to end automatic pay increases for members of Congress.
    McCaul image: Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images


  • Bad Lip Reading is back with a ‘brilliant’ new video in time for the Super Bowl: ‘This is hilarious’
    Posted January 23, 2015 at 3:41 am by Oliver Darcy

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    It’s become an expectation.

    Each year, the “Bad Lip Reading” YouTube channel releases an NFL-themed video — and 2015′s doesn’t disappoint.

    Amassing more than 7 million views in under 24 hours, this year’s video is already a viral sensation.

    “This is hilarious.”

    “This is hilarious,” one person commented.

    “Brilliant” echoed another.

    “Amazing,” wrote one more.

    Watch the ‘Hilarious’ Video:

    Follow Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) on Twitter

  • Senate rejects more amendments that try to pin climate change on humans
    Posted January 22, 2015 at 5:53 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The Senate on Thursday voted down two more amendments to the Keystone pipeline bill that claimed climate change is caused by humans.

    Democrats have been pushing to add language to that effect to the Keystone bill, but so far have been thwarted by broad GOP opposition.

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    The Senate rejected an amendment from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Thursday night that said climate change is being caused by human activity.
    Image: Win McNamee/Getty Images


  • Enough is enough: Key lawmaker says it’s time for another VA reform bill
    Posted January 22, 2015 at 3:57 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    After watching the Department of Veterans Affairs struggle for months to fire officials involved in the health care scandal, the chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee has proposed new legislation that would try once again to inject discipline into the broken VA.

    Congress passed legislation last year that gave the VA secretary new authority to quickly fire officials for inappropriate behavior. The bill was put forward after it became clear that VA centers around the country were scheming to delay health care services to thousands of veterans.

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    VA Secretary Robert McDonald is under the microscope again, as a GOP lawmaker has proposed a new VA reform bill.
    Image: Paul Morigi/Getty Images for BPW Foundation


  • Harry Reid expects to keep eyesight after Monday surgery
    Posted January 22, 2015 at 2:32 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that his doctors think he won’t have any lasting problems with vision out of his right eye after he undergoes surgery next week.

    “I met with one of the doctors yesterday, and he felt extremely confident that I would be fine,” Reid told reporters in his first press conference since his New Year’s Day exercise accident.

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    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will have surgery Monday, and said he expects his right eye will fully recover.
    Image: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite


  • 5 prominent authors on the parallels between Islam and Communism
    Posted January 22, 2015 at 12:42 pm by Benjamin Weingarten

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    Recently, America’s leaders have been doing a lot of commenting on the nature of Islam, while simultaneously negotiating with the theocratic Iranian regime regarding its nuclear program.

    While reading Andrew Bostom’s “Iran’s Final Solution for Israel: The Legacy of Jihad and Shi’ite Islamic Jew-Hatred in Iran,” [excerpt here] we came to his conclusion, which contains thoughts from several prominent Islamic scholars and authors on the nature of the religion that would appear to be at odds with the views of today’s political establishment.

    Army Demonstration...The Iranian Islamic Republic Army demonstrates in solidarity with people in the street during the Iranian revolution. They are carrying posters of the Ayatollah Khomeini, the Iranian religious and political leader.   (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

    The Iranian Islamic Republic Army demonstrates in solidarity with people in the street during the Iranian revolution. They are carrying posters of the Ayatollah Khomeini, the Iranian religious and political leader. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images) 

    Below are five such politically incorrect takes, indicating that Islam and Communism are analogous ideologies [all emphasis Bostom's]:

    1) Leading Islamic theologian Sayyid Abul A’la Maududi in The Islamic Law and Constitution

    “A state of this sort [i.e., an Islamic state] cannot evidently restrict the scope of its activities. Its approach is universal and all-embracing. Its sphere of activity is coextensive with the whole of human life. It seeks to mould every aspect of life and activity in consonance with its moral norms and programme of social reform. In such a state no one can regard any field of his affairs as personal and private. Considered from this aspect the Islamic state bears a kind of resemblance to the Fascist and Communist states.”

    “[T]he Islamic state bears a kind of resemblance to the Fascist and Communist states”

    2) Bernard Lewis in his 1954 essay Communism and Islam

    “I turn now from the accidental to the essential factors, to those deriving from the very nature of Islamic society, tradition, and thought. The first of these is the authoritarianism, perhaps we may even say the totalitarianism, of the Islamic political tradition… [T]he political history of Islam is one of almost unrelieved autocracy…[I]t was authoritarian, often arbitrary, sometimes tyrannical…[N]othing but the sovereign power, to which the subject owed complete and unwavering obedience as a religious duty imposed by the Holy Law [Sharia]…Quite obviously, the Ulama [religious leaders] of Islam are very different from the Communist Party. Nevertheless, on closer examination, we find certain uncomfortable resemblances. Both groups profess a totalitarian doctrine, with complete and final answers to all questions on heaven and earth; the answers are different in every respect, alike only in their finality and completeness, and in the contrast they offer with the eternal questioning of Western man. Both groups offer to their members and followers the agreeable sensation of belonging to a community of believers, who are always right, as against an outer world of unbelievers, who are always wrong. Both offer an exhilarating feeling of mission, of purpose, of being engaged in a collective adventure to accelerate the historically inevitable victory of the true faith over the infidel evil-doers. The traditional Islamic division of the world into the House of Islam and the House of War, two necessarily opposed groups, of which the first has the collective obligation of perpetual struggle against the second, also has obvious parallels in the Communist view of world affairs. There again, the content of belief is utterly different, but the aggressive fanaticism of the believer is the same. The humorist who summed up the Communist creed as “There is no God and Karl Marx is his Prophet” was laying his finger on a real affinity. The call to a Communist Jihad, a Holy War for the faith — a new faith, but against the self-same Western Christian enemy

    “content of belief is utterly different, but the aggressive fanaticism of the believer is the same”

    3) Bertrand Russell in The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism

    “Bolshevism combines the characteristics of the French Revolution with those of the rise of Islam… (more…)

  • Is a fetus a human life? Pelosi dodges.
    Posted January 22, 2015 at 12:36 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday dodged a question from a reporter about whether a fetus is a human life.

    “If it’s not a human being, what do you believe is it?” a reporter asked Pelosi as thousands of people rallied outside for the March for Life demonstration. Pelosi answered by saying it’s up to women to decide if they want an abortion or not, but didn’t answer the question directly.

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    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday refused to answer whether a fetus is a human life.
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  • Pelosi says Boehner showed ‘hubris’ by not consulting her on Netanyahu invitation
    Posted January 22, 2015 at 11:31 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday accused House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio.) of excessive pride and arrogance by inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress without consulting her.

    Pelosi told reporters that when she was speaker, she routinely checked with other leaders on who to invite to speak before Congress, and said Boehner’s move is typical of how Republicans have run the House for the last few years.

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    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) accused Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) of ‘hubris’ for not consulting Democrats about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit.
    Image: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call,Inc.


  • Jason Chaffetz’s warning to states: Don’t ask the feds to bail out your pension plans
    Posted January 22, 2015 at 10:23 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) on Wednesday introduced a resolution that says the federal government should not bail out state and local government pension plans, which today have a combined unfunded liability of more than $4 trillion.

    Chaffetz’s resolution is non-binding, but its passage would put states on notice that they should not assume that the federal government will help them dig out of their pension obligations to government workers.

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    Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is warning states they should not be looking for the federal government to bail out their lavish pension plans for government workers.
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  • Harry Reid will have surgery next week on his right eye
    Posted January 21, 2015 at 4:28 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    A spokeswoman for Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Wednesday that Reid will have surgery next week in an effort to save his vision in his right eye after a New Year’s Day exercising accident.

    “On Monday, as a necessary step to assist in recovering full vision in his right eye, Senator Reid will undergo surgery on his right eye at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C.,” spokeswoman Kristen Orthman said. “Senator Reid was notified that this surgery will be necessary following a doctor’s appointment yesterday.”

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    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will have surgery on his right eye next week. Image: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call,Inc.


  • Key Republican gives Obama an F- for failing to address the VA scandal
    Posted January 21, 2015 at 4:16 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) said Wednesday that he’d give President Barack Obama a failing grade for ignoring the Department of Veterans Affairs’ ongoing struggles to give veterans healthcare.

    The VA health care scandal exploded last year, when it was found that top VA officials were keeping secret lists of veterans seeking health care, in a convoluted plot to make it look like care was being delivered quickly. In reality, thousands of veterans around the country were being denied care, and some claimed that veterans died while waiting for this care.

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    A top Republican says President Obama deserves an F- for skirting the scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
    Image: AP Photo/Mandel Ngan


  • Dems push GOP (again) to update the Voting Rights Act
    Posted January 21, 2015 at 2:21 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    House Democrats are once again pushing Republican leaders to hold a vote on legislation to modernize the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which Democrats fear was made inoperable by a 2013 Supreme Court ruling.

    Democrats led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday launched a Democratic Outreach & Engagement Task Force, which is aimed at getting people to register to vote. One of the main objectives of the task force is to find a way to fix the Voting Rights Act, which can only happen in the next two years if Republicans agree.

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    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), center, and Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), to her immediate left, are among the Democrats pushing Republicans to update the Voting Rights Act.
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  • James Patterson’s next thriller will self-destruct in 3…2…1 (literally)
    Posted January 21, 2015 at 12:46 pm by Benjamin Weingarten

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    You have 24 hours to read this book.

    No, really.

    That is the innovative concept around the release of bestselling author James Patterson’s forthcoming novel “Private Vegas.”

    Patterson, with whom TheBlaze Books has spoken in the past, will be delivering a free advance e-version of “Private Vegas” to 1,000 lucky iPad-owning readers over a 5 day period that begins today, January 21. The randomly selected readers will have 24 hours to complete the book “before it disappears in a cinematic and spectacular way.”


    Once the 1,000 randomly selected readers unlock their free copy of PRIVATE VEGAS, onlookers from around the world will be able to track participants’ progress in real time and have the ability to “steal time” from the readers on

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  • 10 things Rubio will run on in 2016
    Posted January 21, 2015 at 12:14 pm by Benjamin Weingarten

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    Marco Rubio is out with a new book, “American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone,” that figures to be an opening salvo to a 2016 presidential run.

    We picked out some of the more prominent themes/programs from “American Dreams” for your reading pleasure — taken directly from the senator’s book — which you can find below.

    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Road to Majority Conference in Washington, Thursday, June 13, 2013. Credit: AP

    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Road to Majority Conference in Washington, Thursday, June 13, 2013. (Credit: AP) 

    1) Elizabeth Warren Populism

    My Senate colleague and liberal populist hero Elizabeth Warren had a point when she told a audience last year that “the game right now in America is rigged. It is rigged so that those at the top keep doing better and better, and everyone else is under increasing pressure, is under increasing economic strain. The rules don’t get better for America’s middle class. The rules are getting better for those who are a thin slice at the top.” As I said, Senator Warren had a point–it just wasn’t the point she thought she was making. It is government that is increasingly rigging the game against the working and middle classes.

    …To “unrig the game,” as Senator Warren might put it, we need less investment in government and more investment in America. We need to reward innovation, not political access. Most of all, we need a level playing field for U.S. businesses, large and small.

    “We need to reward innovation, not political access”

    2) The Plan for Illegal Immigrants (more…)

  • Watch: Senate Dem accuses State Dept. of defending Iran negotiations with talking points ‘straight out of Tehran’
    Posted January 21, 2015 at 11:19 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    A senior Senate Democrat on Wednesday accused the State Department of siding with Iran and not the U.S. Congress, by defending its ongoing work on a nuclear deal that many say is only giving Iran more time to develop nuclear weapons.

    Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday that State does not support any new sanctions bill against Iran, even one that only kicks in if Iran fails to agree to a deal this spring limiting its nuclear capabilities.


  • John Boehner: Obama speech was just ‘more taxes, more government’
    Posted January 20, 2015 at 11:04 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said late Tuesday that President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech offered nothing more than the same Democratic plan Republicans have been fighting for years.

    “The State of the Union is a chance to start anew, but all the president offered tonight is more taxes, more government, and more of the same approach that has failed middle-class families,” Boehner said after Obama spoke. “These aren’t just the wrong policies, they’re the wrong priorities: growing Washington’s bureaucracy instead of America’s economy.”

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    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), upper right, said President Barack Obama’s speech was filled with new ideas for taxing and spending.
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  • Steve King hits Obama for inviting a ‘deportable’ person to SOTU speech
    Posted January 20, 2015 at 8:17 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) tweeted on Tuesday night President Barack Obama has invited a “deportable” person to sit with his wife during the State of the Union address.

    King was making an apparent reference to Ana Zamora, an immigration advocate and illegal immigrant who will sit with Michelle Obama during Obama’s speech.


  • Senate rejects Dem amendments to Keystone bill, but at least they got votes
    Posted January 20, 2015 at 4:04 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The Republican-led Senate on Tuesday voted to kill two Democratic amendments to legislation approving the Keystone pipeline bill, the first of what GOP leaders say will be several amendment votes this year.

    For the last several years, Democrats prevented members of both parties from getting votes on numerous amendments to legislation — in all of 2014, the Senate held just 15 roll call votes on amendments.

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    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) promised amendment votes, and three votes were taken on Tuesday afternoon. The Senate killed two Democratic amendments, and easily passed a bipartisan proposal.
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  • Sessions opposes House border bill, signaling a tougher road to passage
    Posted January 20, 2015 at 3:02 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    A new House bill aimed at gaining control of the border just became a lot harder to pass through Congress, as Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) criticized it as a measure that doesn’t do nearly enough to reverse the Obama administration’s effort to weaken U.S. immigration laws.

    The GOP bill would require the Department of Homeland Security to gain “operational control” of the border. The bill from Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) would also require new border fencing, more aerial surveillance, and new metrics for measuring the government’s effectiveness at controlling immigration.

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    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) says a House border security bill doesn’t go far enough to stop the Obama administration’s lawless actions on immigration.
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