Pete Kasperowicz turns up the heat in Washington, providing an inside look into Congress
Rand Paul wants Congress to formally declare war against the Islamic StatePosted November 24, 2014 at 5:15 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Monday proposed a resolution that would have Congress officially declare war against the Islamic State, and also cites key portions of U.S. history showing that the Founding Fathers wanted Congress to be the body that declares war.
Congress agreed to let the Obama administration take some initial steps to fight the Islamic State, but most Republicans and Democrats agree that a formal authorization from Congress is needed for the longer term.Read More »
The Next Big Fight Between Obama and Congress: Iran SanctionsPosted November 24, 2014 at 4:33 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Watch: White House says everyone — including Al Sharpton — should pay their taxesPosted November 24, 2014 at 3:25 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
White House spokesman Josh Earnest advised Monday that all Americans should pay their taxes, after being asked whether it makes sense for President Barack Obama to take advice from Al Sharpton, who reportedly owes $4.5 million in personal taxes and unpaid taxes from his companies.
Sharpton routinely canoodles with Obama and is seen as something of an informal adviser. But a New York Times story reported last week that Sharpton still owes millions, and has a history of not paying taxes and stiffing hotels and other companies on money he owes those service providers.Read More »
White House admits it’s looking for someone ‘better suited’ to fight the Islamic StatePosted November 24, 2014 at 2:21 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
White House spokesman Josh Earnest on Monday acknowledged that the Obama administration is looking for a secretary of Defense who is more qualified than Secretary Chuck Hagel to prosecute the fight against the Islamic State.
Several news outlets reported Monday morning that Hagel was essentially pushed out of his job after criticisms mounted about how it has decided to fight the terrorist group. Earnest admitted this was the case in his daily press briefing with reporters.
“When Secretary Hagel was first nominated for this job, I believe that was at end of 2012… the threat that was posed by ISIL was not nearly as significant as it is now,” Earnest said. “And that has caused the threat that’s posed by ISIL to rise up to near the top of the priority list at the Department of Defense. And that wasn’t the case when Secretary Hagel first took office.”
Earnest said when Hagel arrived in early 2013, the department was facing other challenges, such as adjusting to some budget cuts and stopping sexual assault in the military.
“The priorities of the department, or at least of the new secretary, have changed, given changes in the international community,” Earnest said. “It doesn’t mean that Secretary Hagel hasn’t done an excellent job of managing these crises as they’ve cropped up.”
“But it does mean that as we consider the next remaining two years of the president’s time in office, that another secretary might be better suited to meet those challenges,” he added. “That was something that the two of them agreed.”
Just as President Barack Obama said in remarks earlier in the day, Earnest praised Hagel’s performance, and said Obama trusts Hagel completely to implement his defense policy. Some reporters noted that Hagel disagreed with Obama’s plans for Syria, and asked if that was a factor in Hagel’s departure, but Earnest rejected that.
Earnest also said Hagel and Obama together agreed that it was time for Hagel to go.
“Secretary Hagel and the president and convened a number of conversations, more than a month ago, about the president’s two remaining years in office, and the kinds of priorities that this administration, this country, would be facing when it comes to our foreign policy,” he said. “Over the course of the last month or so, the president and the secretary had a number of conversations and they determined that it would be best for the Pentagon to transition to new leadership.”
Earnest also held up the idea that it’s been routine for Obama to switch out his defense secretaries every two years. “It certainly is consistent with this pattern that we would have a new secretary of defense for the two remaining years of the presidency,” he said.
Earlier in the day, however, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) criticized Obama for changing secretaries yet again.
“The Obama administration is now in the market for their 4th secretary of defense,” he said. “When the president goes through three secretaries, he should ask ‘is it them, or is it me?’ “Read More »
The government would like you to talk about your family’s health history during ThanksgivingPosted November 24, 2014 at 1:09 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
If you’re running out of ways to have awkward, stilted conversations during Thanksgiving, the acting Surgeon General of the United States has a new idea — talk about your family’s health history.
Acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak said Monday that Thanksgiving would be the 11th annual Family Health History Day, which should be used by people to “talk about and keep a record of the health problems that seem to run in their families.”Read More »
Obama Says Hagel Jumped, Despite Reports He Was PushedPosted November 24, 2014 at 11:59 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
White House relies on ‘theory,’ ‘academic literature’ to argue immigration move won’t hurt U.S. workersPosted November 24, 2014 at 10:30 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Despite its decision to give millions of illegal immigrants a chance to work in the United States, the Obama administration is insisting that its plan will have “no effect” on employment for U.S. citizens.
It reached that conclusion by relying on “theory” and “academic literature,” which it said indicates that adding thousands or even millions of people to the workforce just won’t matter.Read More »
Defense Secretary Hagel to Resign Under Pressure from ObamaPosted November 24, 2014 at 9:36 am by Pete Kasperowicz192 Comments »
Thousands of ‘Lost’ Lois Lerner Emails Suddenly Found by IRS WatchdogPosted November 21, 2014 at 5:33 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Lawmakers propose $5 million reward for info on Americans kidnapped, beheaded by Islamic StatePosted November 21, 2014 at 4:16 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
More than a dozen House lawmakers have introduced a bill creating a $5 million reward for information about the members of Islamic State who kidnapped and publicly murdered three Americans — James Foley, Peter Kassig and Steven Sotloff.
The State Department has a Rewards for Justice program that it can use to offer cash payments for information about Americans who are taken or killed overseas. The bill from Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and others would require State to offer a reward for the Islamic State murders under that program.Read More »
Eric Holder Tells Cops to ‘Minimize Needless Confrontation’ as Ferguson Decision LoomsPosted November 21, 2014 at 2:53 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
GOP lawmakers propose ‘Separation of Powers Act’ to thwart ObamaPosted November 21, 2014 at 2:18 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Two House Republicans have introduced new legislation to block the federal government from implementing President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration.
The “Separation of Powers Act,” from Reps. Ted Poe (R-Texas) and Diane Black (R-Tenn.), would stop funding for any deferred deportation action under Obama’s plan, and also stop funding for any new green cards that would be created by the White House. It’s one version of a bill that could be considered by House Republicans when they get back from the Thanksgiving break.Read More »
Steve King: The midterm election shows GOP shouldn’t fear a government shutdownPosted November 21, 2014 at 1:20 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is calling for Republicans to shut down the government over President Barack Obama’s immigration action, and scoffs at the notion that a shutdown would do irreparable harm to Republicans.
In a Thursday interview with TheBlaze, King noted that while Democrats warned voters would punish Republicans for the 2013 government shutdown, voters instead rewarded the GOP with more House seats and a new majority in the Senate.Read More »
Terrorists, Spies, Criminals, Rapists Could Escape Deportation Under Obama’s Immigration ActionPosted November 21, 2014 at 11:56 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Republicans Sue Obama Administration Over Obamacare ImplementationPosted November 21, 2014 at 10:59 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Jonathan Gruber Called to Testify in House Committee Over ‘Stupidity of American Voter’ CommentsPosted November 21, 2014 at 10:12 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
John Boehner: ‘The House will, in fact, act’Posted November 21, 2014 at 9:42 am by Pete Kasperowicz
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) promised Friday morning that the House would take some action to fight back against President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration, although he said Republicans were still working through the details on what exact steps they would take.
“We’re working with our members, looking at the options that are available to us,” he told reporters. “But I will say to you, the House will, in fact, act.”Read More »
Republicans Have Three-Month Window to Figure Out How to Fight Obama’s Immigration PlanPosted November 21, 2014 at 8:31 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
GOP to Americans: Stand Up Against Obama’s Plan to Create Workforce of Illegal ImmigrantsPosted November 20, 2014 at 9:12 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Darrell Issa: Obama Administration Pulled a ‘Gruber’ by Overstating Obamacare Enrollment DataPosted November 20, 2014 at 5:33 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Day of Hope: First VA official fired under new proceduresPosted November 20, 2014 at 3:44 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Months after Congress passed legislation making it easier to fire officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs, the first official has finally been fired under the new process.
VA Secretary Robert McDonald had come under fire from members of Congress over the last few months for not using the process against the many officials who played a role in the VA health care scandal, or those involved in other scandals.Read More »
Can Congress defund Obama’s immigration action?Posted November 20, 2014 at 2:27 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
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.Read More »
Harry Reid admits Obama’s immigration move likely means permanent relief for millionsPosted November 20, 2014 at 1:09 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
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.Read More »
GOP senator: ‘Why would anyone trust this administration’ after release of illegal immigrants with criminal recordsPosted November 20, 2014 at 11:33 am by Pete Kasperowicz
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.Read More »
Watch: McConnell blasts immigration move as an Obama legacy projectPosted November 20, 2014 at 10:26 am by Pete Kasperowicz
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.”Read More »
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- Rand Paul wants Congress to formally declare war against the Islamic State
- Watch: White House says everyone — including Al Sharpton — should pay their taxes
- White House admits it's looking for someone 'better suited' to fight the Islamic State
- The government would like you to talk about your family's health history during Thanksgiving
- White House relies on 'theory,' 'academic literature' to argue immigration move won't hurt U.S. workers