10 things Rubio will run on in 2016Posted January 21, 2015 at 12:14 pm by Benjamin Weingarten
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.
1) Elizabeth Warren Populism
My Senate colleague and liberal populist hero Elizabeth Warren had a point when she told a MoveOn.org 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.
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
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
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.”
Steve King hits Obama for inviting a ‘deportable’ person to SOTU speechPosted January 20, 2015 at 8:17 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
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.
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) January 20, 2015
Senate rejects Dem amendments to Keystone bill, but at least they got votesPosted January 20, 2015 at 4:04 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
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.
Sessions opposes House border bill, signaling a tougher road to passagePosted January 20, 2015 at 3:02 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
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.
Harry Reid returns to work, but won’t attend Obama’s big speechPosted January 20, 2015 at 12:26 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday returned to work in his Washington, D.C., office, but was not expected to attend President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.
Reid’s staff tweeted out a picture of Reid that said simply, “Back at work.”
Back at work. pic.twitter.com/bWAsyv5NyH
— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) January 20, 2015
Key lawmaker hoping to end ‘sequester’ cuts to the U.S. militaryPosted January 20, 2015 at 11:15 am by Pete Kasperowicz
The top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee said Tuesday that one his goals for the year is to find some way around the sequester, the forced spending cuts agreed to a few years ago that he says have devastated the U.S. military.
In a speech to the American Enterprise Institute, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said sequester cuts have led to a 21 percent reduction in the base Defense Department budget compared to 2010, in real terms. And while he said he didn’t have a plan yet to repeal those cuts going forward, he said he would support almost any plan that could pass Congress.
State Dep’t wants full diplomatic relations with Cuba in a matter of monthsPosted January 20, 2015 at 9:37 am by Pete Kasperowicz
The Obama administration’s State Department is pushing to re-establish full diplomatic relations with Cuba “in the coming months,” and is hoping Secretary John Kerry can cement the relationship with a visit to Cuba at some point in the future.
But a senior State Department official acknowledged Monday that there are several unknowns out there, including what demands Cuba might make in the talks.
The presidency, could it use a conservative woman’s touch?Posted January 20, 2015 at 8:06 am by Chris Salcedo
On the show this weekend, I observed that the current occupier of the Oval Office, Resident Obama, doesn’t behave as real men do. He’s loathed to stand for American principles and ideals. He refuses to say the words, “radical fundamentalist terrorists,” much less combat them in a meaningful way. And Obama seeks to blame others for the failure of his poorly thought out choices and policies both at home and abroad.
Could the antidote to the affliction imposed on America, by a Democrat party populated with metrosexuals, be a conservative woman? Consider the former CEO to Hewlett Pakcard Carly Fiorina. She came on the show this weekend and mentioned she’s giving serious consideration toward a run at the White House. In my mind, she brings a lot more to the presidential table than some of the moderates being floated as possible GOP contenders. In fact, she’s eminently more qualified than Barack Obama, even with his over six years of on-the-job training.
Have a listen to the interview, judge for yourself. Cue to 1:35:10:
GOP already looking past Obama’s dead-on-arrival tax hike planPosted January 19, 2015 at 4:10 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
One day before President Barack Obama delivers a State of the Union message that calls for higher taxes, Republicans were already ignoring that message and hoping Obama might still be open to a more realistic version of tax reform later this year.
Obama is expected to call for tax increases on the investment income of high wage earners, to fund priorities like a bigger child tax credit for the middle class and making community college free.
Obama’s State of the Union speech site of latest rhetorical battle over Cuba policyPosted January 19, 2015 at 2:35 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Monday he would bring a Cuban activist as a guest to the State of the Union speech on Tuesday, a move meant to signal his opposition to President Barack Obama’s proposed easing of the U.S. embargo against Cuba.
Rubio said his guest would be Rosa María Payá, the daughter of activist Oswaldo Payá, who was killed in an auto accident in Cuba in 2012. The driver said Payá was targeted by the Cuban government, but the government hasn’t investigated his death.
This Democrat hopes Obama will make her the first U.S. ambassador to Cuba in decadesPosted January 19, 2015 at 12:44 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), a longstanding opponent of the U.S. embargo against Cuba, is expecting to be named by President Barack Obama as the first ambassador to Cuba in more than 50 years.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday that Lee has told friends that she has a “gentlewoman’s agreement” with Obama to be nominated before he leaves office in early 2017.
House GOP preps vote to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancyPosted January 19, 2015 at 10:54 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Legislation to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy will get a vote in the House this week, and it’s expected to pass Thursday on the strength of Republican support and a few votes from Democrats.
Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) proposed the Pain-Capable Unborn Children Protection Act. As the bill’s name suggests, it would ban abortions after the point at which a fetus is thought to be able to feel pain.
Released Cuba captive Alan Gross will sit with first lady at SOTUPosted January 19, 2015 at 9:42 am by Fred Lucas
Alan Gross, released last month after five years in a Cuban prison, will be a guest at first lady Michelle Obama’s at the State of the Union address, the White House announced Monday.
Gross was released in mid-December as part of a broader deal in which President Barack Obama announced normalizing relations with Cuba, allowing limited visitation and commerce to the country.
“While in Cuba, Alan wrote the president letters and since returning has expressed his support for the actions the president’s taken with respect to Cuba,” the White House release said.
Gross and his wife, Judy, will be among 22 separate guests announced, including astronaut Scott Kelly, twin of astronaut Mark Kelly; CVS CEO Larry Merlo; students; teachers; veterans; a police officer; and a small-business owner.
The ignored historical Nazi-Islamic supremacist alliancePosted January 19, 2015 at 9:39 am by Benjamin Weingarten
In a recent article titled “Why Hitler Wished He Was Muslim,” the Wall Street Journal draws our attention to two books that reflect the historical Nazi-Islamic supremacist axis.
Given the goings-on in Europe, we thought these to be poignant titles adding necessary context to a continent that appears to be a potential powder-keg.
Of Stefan Ihrig’s ”Atatürk in the Nazi Imagination,” the Journal writes:
Through the 1920s and 1930s, Nazi publications lauded Turkey as a friend and forerunner. In 1922, for example, the Völkischer Beobachter, the Nazi Party’s weekly paper, praised Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the “Father of the Turks,” as a “real man,” embodying the “heroic spirit” and the Führerprinzip, or führer principle, that demanded absolute obedience. Atatürk’s subordination of Islam to the state anticipated Hitler’s strategy toward Christianity. The Nazis presented Turkey as stronger for having massacred its Armenians and expelling its Greeks. “Who,” Hitler asked in August 1939, “speaks today of the extermination of the Armenians?”
Apparently Hitler believed in the congruence between the values and principles espoused by Islam and his vision of Nietzsche’s “Übermensch”:
‘It’s been our misfortune to have the wrong religion,” Hitler complained to his pet architect Albert Speer. “Why did it have to be Christianity, with its meekness and flabbiness?” Islam was a Männerreligion—a “religion of men”—and hygienic too. The “soldiers of Islam” received a warrior’s heaven, “a real earthly paradise” with “houris” and “wine flowing.” This, Hitler argued, was much more suited to the “Germanic temperament” than the “Jewish filth and priestly twaddle” of Christianity.
Are you ready for ‘The Church Boys’? The faith and culture podcast you’ve (probably) been waiting forPosted January 18, 2015 at 11:58 pm by Billy Hallowell
Are you ready for “The Church Boys?”
Chris Field, executive editor of TheBlaze magazine, joins me in launching a new podcast all about faith and culture — with a healthy dose of comedy and a hint of seriously ridiculous shenanigans.
We’re ready and rolling with the premiere episode of “The Church Boys,” in which we discuss the terror attack in France, football, atheism, manliness and plenty, plenty more.
From serious analysis to must-hear mock interviews with the “Mayor of Atlanta,” among others, you’ll be in for a dose of fun. We promise.
You’ll find new episodes of “The Church Boys” every Sunday. And we’re pretty sure it will quickly become your guilty pleasure — well, one of them anyway.
Blaze Radio: New supercut of Chris Matthews calling Ted Cruz ‘Joe McCarthy’ 31 timesPosted January 17, 2015 at 10:13 am by Mike Opelka
MSNBC’s elder statesman, Chris Matthews appears to have an issue with Texas Senator Ted Cruz. The “Hardball” host regularly refers to the senator in a derogatory fashion, comparing him to Senator Joseph McCarthy — a legislator who served during the Cold War and was known for his five-year pursuit of “Communists” inside the government and the military.
The U.S. Senate officially censured Joe McCarthy in 1954 for violating the “behavioral norms” of the Senate. Curiously, McCarthy’s relentless search for Communists was not mentioned as something that offended his colleagues.
Why has Matthews decided to try and tattoo Ted Cruz as the “new Joe McCarthy?”
While he has been a stalwart defender of the U.S. Constitution, the Senate has not censured Cruz.
However, that has not stopped left-leaning broadcasters like Matthews from trying to label the conservative constitutionalist from Texas as the “new Joe McCarthy.”
In fact, Matthews has slapped the pejorative insult on Ted Cruz no less than 31 times on his MSNBC show. On Saturday’s edition of “Pure Opelka” on TheBlaze Radio Network, I played the “Matthews McCarthy Mix.”
Listen to the replay – starting at the 31:21 mark of the program.
The Washington Free Beacon gets the credit for noticing this strange occurrence and creating a brilliant supercut video of Matthews’ latest obsession.
Follow Mike Opelka (@Stuntbrain) on Twitter.
Obama offends GOP, Dem members by saying Congress wants Iran sanctions to satisfy political donorsPosted January 16, 2015 at 5:05 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
A Republican and a Democrat have said they are equally offended by President Barack Obama’s comment that Congress only wants to pursue tougher sanctions against Iran because that’s what political donors want.
On Thursday, Obama met with Democrats in Baltimore, where he called on members of his own party not to support sanctions as Iran. Obama said sanctions would make it easier for Iran to walk away from a nuclear proliferation agreement that many believe won’t happen anyway.
Don’t try this at home: Dad holding a baby puts on his pants hands-freePosted January 16, 2015 at 1:45 pm by Mike Opelka
The age-old conundrum: you need to put on your pants, but you’re holding a baby.
See how one dad (we presume he’s the dad — who else would do this?) navigated the two, using the 1985 pop hit “The Final Countdown” as his soundtrack.
Watch and enjoy:
In-office comment from an anonymous Blaze staffer and father: “That video makes me mad. The babies are fine if you leave them alone for 30 seconds.”
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McConnell: Next Medicare chief should focus on Medicare, not ObamacarePosted January 16, 2015 at 1:35 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Friday called on the Obama administration to nominate a new Medicare chief who worries more about Medicare, and much less about Obamacare.
McConnell made this demand soon after Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner announced she would resign from her post in February. As CMS administrator, Tavenner oversaw the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, but McConnell said a person with her title should be worried more about implementing Medicare and Medicaid, two huge entitlement programs that are facing pressure to reform as the national debt surges above $18 trillion.
John Boehner says Obama’s education plan is — HEY LOOK TAYLOR SWIFT!Posted January 16, 2015 at 12:10 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
House Speaker John Boehner’s office decided on Friday that the best way to present the GOP argument against President Barack Obama’s latest proposal on education was to surround that argument with a series of 12 distracting videos of pop star Taylor Swift pouting, preening and hopping around.
Or perhaps Boehner’s office accidentally put in its message on education policy. The post’s title, “12 Taylor Swift GIFs for you,” gives little initial indication that it’s trying to make any point at all other than seeing what taxpayer-funded clickbait looks like.
Five must-read books on Islamic supremacism and the global jihadPosted January 16, 2015 at 11:49 am by Benjamin Weingarten
In light of the France attacks and subsequent re-awakening in Europe and America to the existential threat posed by jihadists, we thought it apt to share some relevant book recommendations.
What follows are five titles that provide a cursory understanding of the size and scope of, and goals, tactics and strategies employed in the global jihad, the theo-political Islamic supremacist ideology that backs it, and lessons for the West from history on both how to counter it, and the consequences if we are to fail to do so.
1. Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis by Bat Ye’or
Bat Ye’or, an Egyptian-born Briton who has spent a lifetime studying the plight of Christians in the Middle East, and Islam in Europe, provides the definitive guide to how the increasingly Islamized Europe we see today came to be. Ye’or places a special focus on dhimmitude, a concept popularized by the author reflecting the acquiescence to, and/or cowardice in the face of the imposition of Islam and sharia law, by non-Muslims. You can find numerous free articles from Ye’or here.
2. The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America by Andrew McCarthy
Andrew McCarthy, the erudite federal prosecutor who led the case against the so-called “Blind Sheikh,” examines the unholy marriage between the left and Islamic supremacists, and how their goals, tactics and strategies lead them to work together to undermine America and the West more broadly.
3. Londonistan by Melanie Phillips
Senate Dems: Holding Women’s World Cup on artificial turf ‘sends the wrong message’ to womenPosted January 16, 2015 at 11:16 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Nine Senate Democrats this week renewed their push to ensure that the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada is held on real grass, and said the current plan to hold it on artificial turf is sending the wrong message to women and girls around the world.
The International Association of Federation Football, known as FIFA, has faced criticism along with the Canadian Soccer Association for planning the June tournament on artificial turf. Dozens of players have sued both FIFA and the CSA, arguing that forcing them to play on turf is gender discrimination.
Dems head to Cuba to explore ‘greater cooperation’Posted January 16, 2015 at 9:26 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Several House and Senate Democrats will travel to Cuba this weekend in order to discuss ways to enhance the U.S.-Cuba relationship, just hours after the Obama administration formally eased some trade and travel rules.
Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) is heading the delegation — Leahy was the one who arranged for sperm from a Cuban spy that the U.S. was holding to be exported to Panama to impregnate the spy’s wife. That spy was later released in a controversial deal that allowed the return of one U.S. intelligence agent from Cuba, plus Alan Gross, who was held for five years in Cuba.
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