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  • Can Congress defund Obama’s immigration action?
    Posted November 20, 2014 at 2:27 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Questions emerged Thursday among House Republicans on whether Congress has the authority to defund parts of the federal government that will be tasked with implementing President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration.

    Many Republicans are proposed so-called “defunding” language as a way to prevent Obama from imposing his changes to U.S. immigration policy, in a way that would give legal status to millions of illegal immigrants.

    Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) speaks during the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition's Friends of the Family Banquet in Des Moines Iowa Saturday Nov. 9, 2013 (AP Photo by Justin Hayworth) AP Photo by Justin Hayworth

    Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) argued Thursday that Congress can defund Obama’s immigration effort, even as the House Appropriations Committee said that’s impossible. (AP Photo by Justin Hayworth)

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  • Harry Reid admits Obama’s immigration move likely means permanent relief for millions
    Posted November 20, 2014 at 1:09 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) admitted on Thursday that President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration will essentially amount to permanent relief for millions of illegal immigrants, given how difficult it would be even for a Republican president to reverse Obama’s action.

    In a briefing with reporters, Reid was asked how comfortable illegal immigrants should feel under Obama’s plan, given that it will technically be temporary in nature because it’s being done by executive order. But Reid indicated the decision will have the effect of being permanent because it will likely be impossible to reverse it once it takes effect, in light of how popular it will be for millions of immigrants and their families.

    FILE - In this July 29, 2014 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Reid and the state’s Republican governor, Brian Sandoval, are deeply involved in the campaign in Nevada for lieutenant governor, since the winner would replace Sandoval should the highly popular governor decide to run against Reid. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) acknowledged on Thursday that whatever relief President Barack Obama grants to illegal immigrants will most likely be permanent. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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  • GOP senator: ‘Why would anyone trust this administration’ after release of illegal immigrants with criminal records
    Posted November 20, 2014 at 11:33 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) warned Wednesday that there’s little reason to trust that President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration will protect American citizens, as the administration has already violated its own policy regarding the release of illegal immigrants with criminal records.

    Grassley wrote a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson reminding him that the Obama administration released 36,007 criminal aliens back into the United States in 2013, including 169 who were convicted of homicide. That released occurred despite a formal policy that said criminal aliens must be deported.

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    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) says there’s no reason to trust the Obama administration after its release of 36,000 criminal illegal immigrants, going against its own policy.
    Image: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File

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  • George W. Bush appears to smear Tea Party in biography of George H.W. Bush
    Posted November 20, 2014 at 11:27 am by Benjamin Weingarten

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    In an otherwise enjoyable, largely apolitical and at times insightful read, told in the characteristically folksy style that originally endeared President George W. Bush to the nation, the former president in a heretofore ignored passage of his new book, “41: A Portrait of My Father,” seems to put down and seek to discredit the Tea Party.

    Writing about the 1992 election in which President George H.W. Bush would ultimately lose to then Arkansas governor Bill Clinton, and in particular the intra-party challenge posed by commentator and former Nixon aide Pat Buchanan, Bush compares today’s Tea Party to a set of ideas that its constituents would likely not condone, and groups with whom it would likely not want to be nor believe it should be associated.

    Former President George W. Bush turns to speak with his father and former President George H.W. Bush during the Inaugural Parade 20 January 2005 in Washington, DC. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

    Former President George W. Bush turns to speak with his father and former President George H.W. Bush during the Inaugural Parade 20 January 2005 in Washington, DC. (Image Source: AFP/Getty Images) 

    Bush writes [emphasis ours]:

    Buchanan’s basic message was that George Bush had betrayed the conservative legacy of Ronald Reagan–a legacy that Republican politicians continue to invoke today, even though some of them overlook the details of Ronald Reagan’s record. He attacked the President not only for breaking his “no new taxes” pledge but also for signing the civil rights bill.

    Buchanan described the contrast with Dad in his announcement speech. “He is a globalist and we are nationalists. He believes in some pax universalis; we believe in the old republic. He would put America’s wealth and power at the service of some vague new world order. We will put America first.” Buchanan opposed the Gulf War, which he saw as a sellout to “the Israeli defense ministry and its amen corner in the United States.The message echoed the isolationist position of the America First Committee, which opposed American involvement in World War II. It also reminded me of the Texas far-right movement that I had encountered in the 1960s and 1970s, and it was a forerunner of today’s Tea Party. And yet, one out of every three Republicans in New Hampshire was supporting Buchanan.

    Under the most charitable interpretation of this passage, and reading the paragraphs separately so as to exclude President Bush’s comment about civil rights, Bush seems to be arguing that today’s Tea Party is isolationist and extreme in its conservative beliefs.

    Reading between the lines however, the implications of Bush’s comments about the Tea Party are far worse. (more…)

  • Watch: McConnell blasts immigration move as an Obama legacy project
    Posted November 20, 2014 at 10:26 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday accused President Barack Obama of pursuing his controversial executive action on immigration not to help the country, but to secure some kind of legacy for his presidency.

    “Just as with Obamacare, the action the president is proposing isn’t about solutions, it isn’t about compassion,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. “It seems to be about what a political party thinks would make for good politics.”

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  • Sessions says Obama now ‘Emperor of the United States’
    Posted November 19, 2014 at 5:25 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said Wednesday that President Barack Obama is now emperor of the United States, as he is about to impose changes to immigration law unilaterally.

    “President Obama previously said he could not issue an executive amnesty because ‘I’m the president of the United States, I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed,’ ” Sessions said.

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  • Harry Reid implies illegal immigrants aren’t ‘real criminals’
    Posted November 19, 2014 at 3:10 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Wednesday that illegal immigrants should not be forced by the government to comply with U.S. immigration laws, and that law enforcement officials should instead focus on “real criminals.”

    “I hope he does it as soon as possible,” Reid said on the Senate floor on President Barack Obama’s pending executive action on immigration. “His executive action will help keep families together and focus law enforcement resources on real criminals.”

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 3, 2014, following a Democratic caucus lunch. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Wednesday that the government should focus on ‘real criminals,’ not millions of illegal immigrants. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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  • ‘Slap in the face’: GOP chairmen blast Obama’s immigration move
    Posted November 19, 2014 at 2:16 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The chairmen of the House committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security warned President Barack Obama on Wednesday that his plan to act alone on immigration is a sharp rebuke to Congress that will force members to pass legislation to stop him.

    “We join our fellow members of Congress in expressing our disappointment in your continued efforts to bypass congressional authority,” chairmen Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Michael McCaul (R-Texas) wrote.

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    House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) warned the White House Wednesday that moving without Congress on immigration would be a ‘slap in the face.’
    Image: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images and AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

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  • Secret Service (finally) admits: No one was disciplined after agency misled public on White House fence jumper
    Posted November 19, 2014 at 1:02 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The acting director of the Secret Service admitted Wednesday that the agency never disciplined any of its public affairs officials, even though those officials appear to have violated the Secret Service’s own internal code about being honest.

    Joseph Clancy was bombarded with questions about the September incident in which an armed man jumped over the White House fence and was finally stopped inside the White House by an off-duty official. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the incoming chair of the House Oversight Committee, started by noting that the Secret Service said the man was “physically apprehended after engineer the White House north portico doors.”

    Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, speaks during the Utah Republican Party nominating convention Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Sandy, Utah. About 4,000 Republican delegates are gathering in Sandy for their state nominating convention Saturday to pick the party's candidates for four congressional seats and nine legislative races. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

    Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) pressed the Secret Service Wednesday on why no one was disciplined for providing false information about the White House fence jumper. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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  • A short message of hope and love from Ronald Reagan in 1978 that you’ve probably never heard
    Posted November 19, 2014 at 11:39 am by Benjamin Weingarten

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    Given that today we choose hope, at TheBlaze Books we decided to go digging through the archives to see what former President Ronald Reagan, an eternal optimist, might have for us.

    While we could have chosen one of the typical Reagan speeches echoing the themes of his “Morning in America,” with soaring rhetoric and boundless idealism, it was one of his more human, personal, even melancholy, and likely overlooked radio addresses from January 27, 1978 called “Looking Out a Window” that caught our eye.

    President Reagan gazing out the window of the White House on July 24, 1984. (Credit: Courtesy Ronald Reagan Library)

    President Reagan gazing out the window of the Oval Office on July 24, 1984. (Credit: Courtesy Ronald Reagan Library)

    Below is a transcription of his radio address from the essential Reagan speech collection, “Reagan in His Own Hand.”

    Looking Out a Window

    January 27, 1978

    It’s nightfall in a strange town a long way from home. I’m watching the lights come on from my hotel room window on the 35th floor.

    I’ll be right back.

    I’m afraid you are in for a little bit of philosophizing if you don’t mind. Some of these broadcasts have to be put together while I’m out on the road traveling what I call the mashed potato circuit. In a little while I’ll be speaking to a group of very nice people in a banquet hall.

    Right now however I’m looking down on a busy city at rush hour. The streets below are twin ribbons of sparkling red & white. Tail lights on the cars moving away from my vantage point provide the red and the headlights of those coming toward me the white. It’s logical to assume all or most are homeward bound at the end of a day’s work.

    I wonder why some social engineer hasn’t tried to get them to trade homes. The traffic is equally heavy in both directions so if they all lived in the end of town where they worked it would save a lot of travel time. Forget I said that & don’t even think it or some bureaucrat will try to do it.

    But I wonder about the people in those cars, who they are, what they do, what they are thinking about as they head for the warmth of home & family. (more…)

  • Secret Service director says White House fence jumper incident was ‘simply inexcusable’
    Posted November 19, 2014 at 11:05 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Joseph Clancy, acting director of the United States Secret Service, admitted Wednesday that his agency has no excuse for allowing a man to jump the White House fence and make it all the way into the White House.

    “The fence jumping incident on September 19, 2014, was simply inexcusable,” Clancy said in prepared testimony for a House Judiciary Committee hearing schedule for 10 a.m.

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    Acting Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy acknowledged Wednesday that there are no excuses for how a fence-jumper was able to invade the White House earlier this year.
    Image: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

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  • Harry Reid, who stiffed Republicans for years on amendments, calls on GOP to allow amendments next year
    Posted November 19, 2014 at 10:13 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    After years of blocking Republicans from offering amendments to key legislation, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he hopes Republicans will allow amendments when they run the Senate next year.

    Reid said on the Senate floor Wednesday that wants an open amendment process right away, starting with a bill to approve the Keystone pipeline. Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that bill would come up early next year, after Senate Democrats narrowly defeated it Tuesday.

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    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has suddenly seen the light and has called for an open amendment process in the Senate next year.
    Image: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

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  • Dems want CBO to examine ‘carbon footprint’ of all bills presented in Congress
    Posted November 19, 2014 at 8:55 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Three House Democrats have proposed legislation that would require the Congressional Budget Office to produce a “carbon score” for legislation, in the same way CBO creates a budget score for bills.

    Under the bill from Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), CBO would “estimate and report the projected carbon footprint of bills considered before Congress.” He introduced his bill just as Congress was considering the Keystone XL pipeline, a project he said would be rejected if the scope of its ‘carbon footprint’ were known.

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    Democrats want Congress to have a ‘carbon score’ of all legislation it considers, an idea that would likely lead to even more fighting over CBO scores.
    Image: AP Photo/Matthew Brown

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  • WSJ foreign affairs expert: America is taking the wrong lessons from the Iraq War
    Posted November 19, 2014 at 8:42 am by Benjamin Weingarten

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    In an interview with Bret Stephens, Wall Street Journal deputy editorial page editor responsible for international opinion, Pulitzer Prize-winning commentator and author of the new book, ”America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder,” Stephens took a potentially unpopular but interesting position.

    Echoing the themes of his “America in Retreat,” and reflecting his nuanced views on foreign policy, Stephens defended the Iraq War with respect to deposing Saddam Hussein as a “classic police function,” but lambasted the notion of nation-building in the Middle East.

    Stephens, one of the more hawkish members of the Wall Street Journal, told us in a portion of our interview beginning at 17:41:

    We need to be much more thoughtful about the nature of our interventions.

    I to this day believe that getting rid of Saddam Hussein was absolutely the right thing to do. The guy was a menace to global order.

    But we went into Iraq with the purpose of making an example of Saddam Hussein. And we ended up staying in Iraq for the purpose of making Iraq exemplary. We wanted to turn this country into a model Arab democracy.

    The first purpose was to enforce global order, to punish and to get rid of a rogue dictator, and that’s a classic police function: “Here’s a bad guy and he has flouted…international norms long enough, he’s crossed too many of our red lines, we’re gonna get rid of him, we’re gonna take him out.”

    But then to go from there to this quixotic attempt to create gender balances in the Iraqi parliament, and tell the Iraqis how to bring themselves into kind of a 21st century socially sensitive democracy, I think was insane.

    “[T]o…tell the Iraqis how to bring themselves into …a 21st century…democracy, I think was insane”
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    Stephens added that America has taken away the wrong lesson from the Iraq War, in a sort of new “Vietnam syndrome,” something he laments throughout “America in Retreat” as preventing the nation from dealing with the threats to the U.S. and its interests:

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    [W]e’ve drawn the wrong lesson from the Iraq War. We’ve said “Well it just shows that you can never fix these countries.”

    The point isn’t to fix them. The point is to make examples of certain types of rogue behavior, and send a signal to other rogues that at some point, they will pay a price for certain kinds of behavior.

    …It should go without saying that the military should not be used for social work…should not be put in the service of attempts to redeem culturally crippled societies.

    It can’t be done, and any attempt to do it…we’ll just spend a lot of money rolling Sisyphus’s boulder up a hill.

    That doesn’t mean that we can’t ensure that, or we can’t use American power to enforce certain rules of the road, and to make sure that when a Saddam Hussein threatens his neighbors, or when Iran tries to build nuclear weapons, that we are prepared to exact a very high price on them, both in order to punish them, but also to deter their would-be imitators.

    Later in the interview in connection with a question about Syria, Stephens elaborated on his point about his belief in the folly of nation-building with respect to former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s so-called “Pottery Barn Rule.”

    “America does not have some kind of moral responsibility for fixing other societies.”
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    [B]ecause we’ve been conditioned by what happened in Iraq, we imagine, “Well if we had gone in then we would have had to have cured the ills of Syria.”

    I’m not sure that’s our responsibility.

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  • Senate fails to advance bill reining in NSA spying on Americans
    Posted November 18, 2014 at 7:51 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The Senate on Tuesday night voted down a proposal to consider a bipartisan bill aimed at reining in the authority of the National Security Agency to collect bulk phone data from millions of Americans, an activity that was revealed after leaker Edward Snowden revealed the program last year.

    Senate Judiciary Committee Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) proposed the bill in July as one of a handful of alternatives for dealing with the problem that outraged most Americans.

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  • White House issues least-threatening veto ‘threat’ ever on Keystone
    Posted November 18, 2014 at 4:30 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The White House on Tuesday indicated that President Barack Obama would veto legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, but did so in a way that doesn’t quite constitute a veto “threat.”

    Instead, White House spokesman Josh Earnest was forced to describe the possibility of a veto in the most non-threatening way possible — by stressing over and over again that Obama simply doesn’t like the bill, and has made veto threats before on these sorts of bills.

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    White House spokesman Josh Earnest ‘threatened’ that the White House would veto the Keystone bill, but it wasn’t much of a threat.
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  • Be a part of Glenn Beck’s new (Face)BOOK club
    Posted November 18, 2014 at 4:14 pm by Benjamin Weingarten

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    For those who have been following, Glenn Beck has taken Facebook by storm of late with everything from late-night rants to videos about some of the transformative things coming to TheBlaze, not to mention direct interaction with you, the audience.

    Glenn recently took to his page to discuss a new concept that has been percolating: a “FaceBOOK club” in connection with his new book, “Dreamers and Deceivers.”

    Be sure to check out details on the club in Glenn’s post below, and for a taste of “Dreamers and Deceivers,” including chapter six on Upton Sinclair and Sacco and Vanzetti, check out the “Dreamers and Deceivers” website here.

  • ‘Rescissions’ plan shot down by conservatives as way to fight Obama on immigration
    Posted November 18, 2014 at 3:19 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Conservative Republicans indicated Tuesday they would not support a plan that would have Congress approve funding for the federal government first, and then worry later about whether to pass a separate bill to stop President Barack Obama from implementing his executive action on immigration.

    Earlier in the day, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) proposed that Congress should do just that, in order to ensure the spending bill is not held up by possible legislation aimed at countering Obama’s planned immigration plan.

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    House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) proposed a plan to stop Obama’s immigration action with a bill stopping federal spending in some departments. But other Republicans warned that would give away GOP leverage in the fight.
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  • State Department opposes Israel’s plan to demolish terrorist homes, even after synagogue attack
    Posted November 18, 2014 at 2:08 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The State Department said Tuesday that it continues to oppose Israel’s efforts to demolish the homes of Palestinians involved in attacks against Israeli citizens, including the homes of those involved in the Tuesday morning attack in a synagogue in Jerusalem.

    At least four people were killed — including three U.S. citizens — when two Palestinians attacked a synagogue with knives, guns and a meat cleaver. Israel of late has responded to terrorist attacks by razing the homes of the attackers, a practice the U.S. has opposed.

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    A spokesman for Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. still doesn’t want Israel to destroy the homes of Palestinian terrorists, something Israel has vowed to do again after a brutal attack at a synagogue Tuesday.
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  • Gun dealer shuts down, lawmaker vows more oversight of Operation Choke Point
    Posted November 18, 2014 at 1:15 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) told TheBlaze Tuesday that Republicans next year will step up pressure to expose and rein Operation Choke Point, a secretive Obama administration program that’s been used to shut down companies in the gun industry and others opposed by the administration.

    Duffy spoke just days after he blamed Operation Choke Point for closing down a gun dealer in Wisconsin.

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    Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) says House lawmakers will be more aggressive in their oversight of Operation Choke Point next year.
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  • ‘Most transparent administration’ ever threatens to veto EPA transparency bills
    Posted November 18, 2014 at 11:42 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The Obama administration argued Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency should, in some case, be able to write regulations based on science and data that is not made available to the public.

    That position goes against the view of House Republicans, who are planning to pass legislation this week that would prohibit the EPA from issuing rules based on science that isn’t made available to the public. It also seems to go against the spirit of President Barack Obama’s boast that his is the “most transparent administration” ever.

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    President Barack Obama once said his is the most transparent administration ever, but the White House on Monday said he would veto three bills to bring transparency to the EPA.
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  • House Republicans: Sue Obama if he acts on immigration
    Posted November 18, 2014 at 10:01 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    A handful of House Republicans want to authorize the House of Representatives to file a lawsuit against President Barack Obama if he acts on his own to ease U.S. immigration rules.

    Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) proposed a resolution Monday that would allow the House to file a civil suit against the Obama administration if it fails to follow the law, “with respect to immigration laws or laws pertaining or relating to illegal aliens, undocumented immigrants, or non-American citizens.”

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    President Barack Obama has said he wants to move on his own on immigration, and some House Republicans say the House should respond with a lawsuit.
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  • Mary Landrieu says the votes are there for Senate passage of Keystone pipeline bill
    Posted November 18, 2014 at 8:44 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) says the Senate will pass legislation Tuesday to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, as there are now at least 15 Democratic or Independent senators who will support the bill.

    After years of being blocked by Democratic leaders, the Keystone bill came up suddenly in the Senate last week in a last-ditch effort to save Landrieu’s Senate seat.

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    Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) says the Senate will pass a bill approving the Keystone pipeline, as at least 15 Democrats or Independents will support it.
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  • Senate Dems tell Obama to ‘improve as much of the immigration system as you can’
    Posted November 17, 2014 at 5:02 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Senate Democratic leaders told President Barack Obama Monday that he should do as much as he can on his own to “improve” the broken U.S. immigration system.

    “Like you, we are greatly disappointed and frustrated that House Republicans failed to take up immigration reform legislation,” Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and other Senate leaders wrote.

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    President Barack Obama was told by Senate Democrats he should do all he can to make changes to U.S. immigration policy on his own.
    Photo: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

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  • Obama: ‘Pull the clips’ to prove I’m lying. Ummm, ok….
    Posted November 17, 2014 at 2:50 pm by Stu Burguiere

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    In the past week, the president has been forced to address new revelations about his signature accomplishment, Obamacare.

    It’s obvious to anybody that he lied and continues to lie about it.

    In fact, he dared reporters to “pull the clips” to show he’s actually telling the truth. So we did. We pulled the clips and the verdict is in: Mr. President, you’re a liar and we discussed the proof on today’s Pat & Stu show.

    Listen at the 46:10-mark: