PA Federal Judge Declares Aspects of Obama’s Immigration Action Unconstitutional

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PA Federal Judge Declares Aspects of Obama’s Immigration Action Unconstitutional (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Is there trouble ahead for President Obama’s immigration action? A federal court in Pennsylvania has declared aspects of his executive order unconstitutional.

Washington Post:  According to the opinion by Judge Arthur Schwab, the president’s policy goes “beyond prosecutorial discretion” in that it provides a relatively rigid framework for considering applications for deferred action, thus obviating any meaningful case-by-case determination as prosecutorial discretion requires, and provides substantive rights to applicable individuals.  As a consequence,  Schwab concluded, the action exceeds the scope of executive authority.

This is the first judicial opinion to address Obama’s decision to expand deferred action for some individuals unlawfully present in the United States. [I’ve now posted the opinion here.]

Scott Rudin Apologizes for Racially Insensitive Emails About President Obama

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Scott Rudin Apologizes for Racially Insensitive Emails About President Obama

SONY EMAIL SCANDAL: Producer Scott Rudin issued an apology for his racist emails that surfaced last night after a trove of hacked private emails between he and Sony Pictures Entertainment chairwoman Amy Pascal were released. They named black-themed films that President Obama might like.

 Rudin made the point in this morning’s New York Times about this hacking breach was a criminal act, when he was asked about other hacked e-mails between the producer and Pascal referencing the movie on Apple’s Steve Jobs. Here, Rudin said he simply wanted to apologize.

“Private emails between friends and colleagues written in haste and without much thought or sensitivity, even when the content of them is meant to be in jest, can result in offense where none was intended,” he told Deadline. “I made a series of remarks that were meant only to be funny, but in the cold light of day, they are in fact thoughtless and insensitive — and not funny at all. To anybody I’ve offended, I’m profoundly and deeply sorry, and I regret and apologize for any injury they might have caused.” Source: Deadline

The racially insensitive emails about President Obama prove one thing — no matter how far we have come as a country, we still haven’t overcome.

Here’s some of what Scott Rudin said about President Obama:

On the eve of a fundraising breakfast being attended by the President at the home of DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, Pascal and Rudin went over things she could discuss with Obama while at the event in October 2013.

‘Should I ask him if he liked DJANGO?’ Pascal asks Rudin, a reference to the 2012 Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained that dealt with the subject of slavery in the antebellum South.

’12 years,’ responds Rudin, referencing another slavery film, this time Steve McQueen’s 2013 Academy Award-winning work 12 Years a Slave, a very violent and brutal look at the injustice and abuse endured by the millions forced into slavery in America.

The pair then keep going, listing as many current films starring black actors as they can name, including Lee Daniels’ The Butler and two Kevin Hart movies, Think Like a Man and Ride Along.

‘I bet he likes Kevin Hart,’ says Rudin at one point.  Source: Daily Mail

GOP Bully Elizabeth Lauten Apologizes for Saying Obama’s Daughters Dressed for “Bar”

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GOP Bully Elizabeth Lauten Apologizes for Saying Obama’s Daughters Dressed for “Bar”

Elizabeth Lauten, communications director for Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN) apologized for attacking Sasha and Malia Obama for not “showing a little class” and not dressing “like you deserve respect and not a spot at the bar” during their appearance at the White House turkey pardoning ceremony.

Here’s a screenshot of Elizabeth Lauten’s Facebook rant which was later deleted [H/T The Root’s Yesha Callahan]:

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GOP Bully Elizabeth Lauten Apologizes for Saying Obama’s Daughters Dressed for “Bar”

Lauten later issued a fake apology:

I reacted to an article and quickly judged the two young ladies in a way that I would never have wanted to be judged myself as a teenager. After many hours of prayer, talking to my parents and re-reading my words online, I can see more clearly how hurtful my words were. Please know that these judgmental feelings truly have no pace in my heart. Furthermore, I’d like to apologize to all of those who I have hurt and offended with my words, and pledge to learn and grow (and I assure you I have) from this experience. Source: Gawker

Um, she didn’t need advice from her parents and prayers to figure out that you don’t pick on kids, ages 13 and 16, who are just being who they truly are — TEENAGERS. Shameful to try to attack them as bar slags particularly since George W. Bush’s daughters’ numerous bar trips.

Sen. Lindsey Graham: House Republican Benghazi Report “Full of Crap”

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Sen. Lindsey Graham: House Republican Benghazi Report “Full of Crap”

House Republicans debunking the House GOP Benghazi findings of no cover-up by the Obama Administration isn’t sitting well with Sen. Lindsey Graham. He blasted it as “full of crap.” Who didn’t see this coming? The Republicans are literally fighting each other.  The GOP-controlled House Intelligence Committee released its report on Friday (news dump day) debunking all the nutty conspiracy theories about Benghazi, played over and over on Fox News.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday blasted a House GOP-led investigation that recently debunked myths about the 2012 Benghazi attack.

“I think the report is full of crap,” Graham said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The House Intelligence Committee released a report on Friday evening, which took two years to compile, that found there was no outright intelligence failure during the attack, there was no delay in the rescue of U.S. personnel and there was no political cover-up by Obama administration officials.
After Graham was asked whether the report exonerates the administration, he initially ignored the question, and then eventually said “no.”

The House Intelligence panel, Graham said, is “doing a lousy job policing their own.”

Graham didn’t clearly pinpoint why he dismissed the report’s findings, but suggested its information was provided by people in the intelligence community who had previously lied to Congress about the attack.

“I don’t believe the report is accurate given the role [former CIA deputy director] Mike Morell played in misleading the Congress on two occasions,” Graham said. Source: The Hill

By the way, Sen. Lindsey Graham is exploring throwing his hat in the ring for the 2016 presidential election. Um, there are no words, but then again, it will be fun to watch the GOP clown car fill up for the presidential election cycle.

IndyStar Deletes Racist Cartoon About Illegal Immigrants

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IndyStar Deletes Racist Cartoon About Illegal Immigrants Crashing Thanksgiving Dinner (Photo Credit: Twitter)

The  Indianapolis Star deleted a racist Gary Varvel cartoon depicting an illegal immigrant family climbing through the window while a white family had Thanksgiving dinner. Wow, really? The fact is, not all illegal immigrants are Hispanics.

The paper issued a non-apology, stating “Gary did not intend to be racially insensitive in his attempt to express his strong views about President Barack Obama’s decision to temporarily prevent the deportation of millions of immigrants living and working illegally in the United States.”

The cartoon depicted an immigrant family climbing through a window of a white family’s home as Thanksgiving dinner was served. I was uncomfortable with the depiction when I saw it after it was posted. We initially decided to leave the cartoon posted to allow readers to comment and because material can never truly be eliminated once it is circulating on the web. But we are removing the cartoon from the opinion section of our website, as well as an earlier version posted on Facebook that showed one character with a mustache.

This action is not a comment on the issue of illegal immigration or a statement about Gary’s right to express his opinions strongly. We encourage and support diverse opinion. But the depictions in this case were inappropriate; his point could have been expressed in other ways.

This is scare-mongering at its worst. The fact is President Obama isn’t encouraging more illegal immigrants to enter the U.S. Besides, Congress has yet to pass a bill….

House Republicans Sue Obama Administration Over Obamacare

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House Republicans Sue Obama Administration Over Obamacare (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

Well, that didn’t take long after President Obama boxed the Republicans in a corner by unveiling his executive order on immigration. They filed their long-awaited lawsuit against the Obama administration over Obamacare.

House Republicans filed a long-threatened lawsuit Friday against the Obama administration over unilateral actions on the health care law that they say are abuses of the president’s executive authority.

The lawsuit — filed against the secretaries of the Health and Human Services and Treasury Departments — focuses on two crucial aspects of the way the administration has put the Affordable Care Act into effect.

The suit accuses the Obama administration of unlawfully postponing a requirement that larger employers offer health coverage to their full-time employees or pay penalties. (Larger companies are defined as those with 50 or more employees.) Source: NY Times

Here’s more from John Boehner on the Obamacare lawsuit:

Unlawfully Waiving the Employer Mandate.  The House is challenging the president’s unilateral decision to twice waive the health care law’s employer mandate and the penalties for failing to comply with it without going through Congress.  The president’s actions delaying the employer mandate directly contradict the clear and plain language of the health care law.

Illegally Transferring Funds to Insurance Companies.  The House is also challenging the administration’s unlawful giveaway of approximately $175 billion to insurance companies under ObamaCare.  According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the administration will pay approximately $3 billion to insurance companies in FY 2014, and is scheduled to make payments of some $175 billion over the next 10 years to insurance companies under an HHS-based, ObamaCare cost-sharing program even though Congress has never appropriated funds for the program.  The administration is instead unlawfully and unconstitutionally using funds from a separate Treasury Department account – authorized for other purposes – to pay insurance companies and thereby unilaterally altering the structure of the health care law.

Ted Cruz Compares Obama to Roman “Despot” Catiline Over Immigration Plan

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Ted Cruz Compares Obama to Roman “Despot” Catiline Over Immigration Plan (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Sen. Ted Cruz, who engineered the government shutdown, is spouting off over President Obama’s immigration plan by comparing him to Roman despot Catiline (Lucius Sergius Catilina). Really Mr. Green Eggs and Ham, Roman orations?

“When, President Obama, do you mean to cease abusing our patience? How long is that madness of yours still to mock us? When is there to be an end to that unbridled audacity of yours, swaggering about as it does now?” he said, using the beginning of Cicero’s First Oration Against Catiline.

By substituting Obama’s name for Catiline’s, Cruz compared the president to a figure who sought to violently overthrow the Roman republic.

His speech comes hours before the president is expected to offer temporary legal status to millions of illegal immigrants and reform the immigration system by executive order. Source:  The Hill

I am guessing by Sen. Ted Cruz’s standards, his father, who is an immigrant, should high-tail it back to Cuba. Since he came to the U.S. via trickery.

Here’s more from around the Internet on President Obama’s immigration dare:

Rick Klein: “He’s daring Republicans to offer their sharpest reactions. Everything from government shutdowns to lawsuits to, yes, impeachment will be in the mix, with the driving consensus that the party needs to do something to register its extreme disapproval.”

“He’s daring them to offer and pass a different set of policies. The fact that the substance of the executive order won’t take effect for six months gives the new GOP majority in Congress another half year to do what Congress hasn’t been able to do over the decade immigration reform has been on the agenda.”

New York Times: President Obama “chose confrontation over conciliation on Thursday as he asserted the powers of the Oval Office to reshape the nation’s immigration system and dared members of next year’s Republican-controlled Congress to reverse his actions on behalf of millions of immigrants.”

Adding, “To those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill.”

Politico: “Obama directly challenged congressional opponents, declaring his intentions to fight back against any challenges to his authority.”

Wall Street Journal: “This much is clear: President Obama sets off an explosion with his plan to act on his own to change the nation’s immigration practices. What’s less clear is what happens next.”

Obama’s New Immigration Plan Shields Nearly 5 Million Illegal Immigrants

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Obama’s New Immigration Plan Shields Nearly 5 Million Illegal Immigrants (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

President Obama’s immigration plan will shield five million illegal immigrants and shift the focus to undocumented felons, gang members and suspected terrorists. The White House says the president’s plan doesn’t provide a path to presidency. President Obama quoted Leviticus 19:33-34 in his  speech.

Obama will reject claims he is offering a free pass to undocumented immigrants and argue that “the real amnesty” would be leaving a broken system as it is now, according to excerpts of his remarks released by the White House.

“Mass amnesty would be unfair. Mass deportation would be both impossible and contrary to our character. What I’m describing is accountability — a commonsense, middle ground approach,” Obama will say.

“If you meet the criteria, you can come out of the shadows and get right with the law. If you’re a criminal, you’ll be deported. If you plan to enter the U.S. illegally, your chances of getting caught and sent back just went up.”

Obama will lay out changes he is making to immigration laws without the consent of Congress. A key element of his plan is to instruct immigration authorities to prioritize expulsion action against gang members, felons and suspected terrorists rather than law abiding undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and residents and others, senior administration officials said.

[…]

The changes will offer those who qualify the chance to stay temporarily in the country for three years, as long as they pass background checks and pay back taxes. But they will not be offered a path to eventual citizenship or be eligible for federal benefits or health care programs. And, in theory, the measures could be reversed by a future president. Source: CNN

Never mind the fact that former president Ronald Reagan (1986) oversaw nearly three million illegal immigrants amnesty. President George H. W. Bush expanded on Reagan’s plan a few years later. But never mind the fact that the Republicans did it. How could the first black president have the gumption to do that. This may all backfire on the Republicans as Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and two others are threatening to sue. Um, they are barking up the wrong tree. A court action against Obama is likely to fail. The Department of Homeland Security says President Obama’s executive plan is legal:  https://www.scribd.com/doc/247401618/OLC-Memo-on-immigration

Republican leaders who had hoped to focus on corporate tax reform, fast-track trade pacts, repealing the president’s healthcare law and loosening environmental restrictions on coal are instead being dragged into an immigration skirmish that they’ve tried studiously to avoid for most of the last year.

That’s largely because the question of how to handle the estimated 11 million immigrants living illegally in the U.S. bitterly divides Republicans, and the party has been unable to agree on an alternative to the president’s plan.

To many, stark warnings from Boehner and McConnell sound more like pleas to the president to avoid reenergizing the GOP’s conservative wing, whose leaders are already threatening to link the president’s immigration plan to upcoming budget talks. Source: LA Times

As with the Affordable Care Act, the Republicans want to repeal the law, but have no plan to offer. The same holds true on immigration reform. They want to chide the president, even dropping the I-word (impeachment) but have no plan of their own. It’s about to get really ugly in Washington D.C. and my bet is that the Republicans will end up with a black eye and President Obama will prevail. The fact is, the current Democratic Party don’t deserve the votes of blacks and Hispanics, but the Republicans certainly don’t either.

Fox News Geraldo Rivera is praising Obama and slamming the Republicans. Um, I guess he’s the only one at Fox News that feels that way. Here’s an excerpt of his article:

Republicans had it coming. They allowed their House Leadership to be rendered irrelevant by anti-immigration radicals like Steve King of Iowa and Mo Brooks of Alabama. The right-wing herd and its supporting cast of screamers like Matt Drudge and Judicial Watch are indignant because they claim the president won’t wait for the legislative process to work; that what Mr. Obama is doing is unconstitutional, imperial and impetuous.

LOL. The right wing freak-out begins….

Bill Clinton: Youth Vote Collapse, No Obama Immigration May Have Hurt Democrats

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Bill Clinton: Youth Vote Collapse, No Obama Immigration May Have Hurt Democrats

Politico: ‘There was a collapse of the youth vote. The African-American vote held fairly steady and was remarkable… we had a little bit of a loss of the Hispanic vote perhaps because the president didn’t sign an order on executive action on immigration reform.”

“He also said Obama should maximize his pulpit and not give in to being a “lame duck,” setting a high bar by saying he should turn to the budget process to try to push through his agenda in his final two years in the White House and that the president should also try to pass immigration reform. Above all, he said, Obama should try to have “fun” in the job.” — Bill Clinton on the results of the 2014 midterm elections.

 

Was President Obama’s Leadership Reason for Massive Midterm Election Defeat?

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Was President Obama’s Leadership Reason for Massive Midterm Election Defeat? (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

President Obama and his aides on are on the offensive over the midterm election shellacking the Democratic Party took on Tuesday. They “are arguing that the stinging defeat Democrats suffered at the polls Tuesday wasn’t a rejection of the policies he’s advocated over the past six years, citing evidence of popular support for his agenda even as voters turned against his party,” Politico reports.

“But that line of argument might not be the best one to boost Obama’s post-midterm standing, as it leads to a conclusion even more uncomfortable for the White House: that voters were instead passing judgment on Obama himself.” Um, so what was the reason for the defeat? Obama’s leadership?

While President Obama may shoulder some of the blame, let’s not ignore the party’s role. He was toxic to many candidates and they ran from his record, rather than crafting a message accentuating the positives. Alison Lundergran-Grimes came across as spineless for refusing to admit she voted for the President, despite being a delegate at the convention.