Criminal Complaint Filed Against George W. Bush, Dick Cheney for War Crimes

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Criminal Complaint Filed Against George W. Bush, Dick Cheney for War Crimes (Photo Credit: DoD/Cherie A. Thurlby)

Should former president George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld by tried for torture?  Democracy Now reports that a criminal complaint has been filed against “the architects of the George W. Bush administration’s torture program.”

The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights has accused former Bush administration officials, including CIA Director George Tenet and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, of war crimes, and called for an immediate investigation by a German prosecutor. The move follows the release of a Senate report on CIA torture which includes the case of a German citizen, Khalid El-Masri, who was captured byCIA agents in 2004 due to mistaken identity and tortured at a secret prison in Afghanistan. So far, no one involved in the CIA torture program has been charged with a crime — except the whistleblower John Kiriakou, who exposed it. Source: Democracy Now

Sen. Rand Paul on Obama’s Cuba Policy: “Probably a Good Idea”

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Sen. Rand Paul on Obama’s Cuba Policy: “Probably a Good Idea”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is breaking with Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) on President Obama’s Cuba policy. He said that starting trade with Cuba “is probably a good idea” and that the 50-year economic embargo against the Caribbean island “just hasn’t worked.”

“Paul said in a radio interview with Tom Roten of News Talk 800 WVHU in Huntington, WV, that many younger Cuban Americans support opening up trade with Cuba. He also said many U.S. farmers would back Obama’s moves because the country is a new market for their crops,” according to media reports.

Paul, a 2016 presidential hopeful, said the embargo “punishes the people more than the regime because the regime can blame the embargo for hardship.” He added, “In the end, I think opening up Cuba is probably a good idea.”

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.]

U.S. Senate Votes 51-43 to Confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General

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U.S. Senate Votes 51-43 to Confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General (Photo Credit: CNN Video Screengrab)

The U.S. Senate votes 51-43 to confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as surgeon general. The nomination was held up by Republicans after the National Rifle Association opposition because he agreed with President Obama on the need for gun control.

Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is playing hardball in the last few weeks of the Democratic majority in the Senate. He is “pledging to keep the Senate in session through the weekend to get 23 of President Barack Obama’s nominations confirmed and pass bills extending billions in tax breaks and providing terrorism risk insurance to commercial buildings,” Politico reports.

Alan Keyes Says President Obama Wants to Become the Next Adolf Hitler

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Alan Keyes Says President Obama Wants to Become the Next Adolf Hitler (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

Failed Republican presidential candidate Alan Keyes appeared on “Trunews” on Tuesday, warning that President Obama is trying to become the next Adolf Hitler. Really?

Keyes told host Rick Wiles that while the government should follow God’s laws, Obama wants to become God and appoint himself Führer: “We are not, as citizens, always supposed to be trying to lift up some Fuhrer the way the Germans thought. Führer was their word for leader. They wanted to lift up some Führer who would dictate to their country the way Obama is trying to do now and tell us what to do.”

Keyes, who was Obama’s Republican opponent in the 2004 U.S. Senate race in Illinois, has repeatedly warned that Obama is becoming a Hitlerian dictator.

Decrying Obama’s “dictatorial actions,” Keyes accused the president of “importing” undocumented immigrants “in order to facilitate what I think is an overthrow of our Constitution.”

“We’re teetering, we’re more than teetering on the brink, I actually think we’re falling through the abyss, headed toward a rock bottom when our institutions will crumble the way the Twin Towers suddenly fell in that terrible day in 2001,” he said. Source: Right Wing Watch

Rep. Maxine Waters Blasts Cromnibus: We Can’t Be “Intimidated” By White House

FOOD FIGHT:  Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) blasted the White House before the House voted on the $1.1 trillion “Cromnibus,” which includes provisions to bail out Wall Street once again. Yep, I said it, BAILOUT.

Waters told The Hill earlier tonight that she was rallying votes against the bill and told them not to be “intimidated” by the White House. Um, who knew that Maxine Waters could turn on President Obama? Well, she wasn’t the only one, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) also blasted the White House.

Maxine Waters said, “Don’t be intimidated, here are the facts, stick with your promise and your commitments to vote against this bill,” The Hill reports. Sen. Elizabeth Warren also said the bill included “giveaways” to big banks.

President Obama has indicated that he will sign the bill if the Senate version passes later tonight.

Michael Steele on Eric Garner Case: “A Black Man’s Life Not Worth a Ham Sandwich”

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Michael Steele on Eric Garner Case: “A Black Man’s Life Not Worth a Ham Sandwich” (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele slammed the Staten Island and St. Louis County grand jury decisions to not indict white police officers, Daniel Pantaleo and Darren Wilson, in the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, The Hill reports.

Michael Steele: “They tell us, at least, a prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich. Well clearly a black man’s life is not worth a ham sandwich when you put these stories together. And that is the frustration.”

Cardinals’ Darnell Dockett Under Fire for Bizarre Instagram Post of Malia Obama

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Cardinals’ Darnell Dockett Under Fire for Bizarre Instagram Post of Malia Obama

Arizona Cardinals’ Darnell Dockett is under fire for reposting a photo on Instagram of Malia Obama’s backside. The photo was originally postedby @dreday_4 with the caption, “When is her prom?” Dockett left an “Omgggg” comment and then reposted it on his own Instagram account, adding, “Lmfaooo.” Um, this is really creepy that a grown man is ogling a teenager.

Darnell Dockett has since deleted the post, but the backlash didn’t let up. This comes one day after Republican congressional staffer Elizabeth Lauten resigned for attacking Malia and Sasha Obama as being classless and dressed for “a bar,” stemming from their appearance and look of disinterest at the White House turkey pardoning ceremony.

Here’s a screenshot of Darnell Dockett’s repost:

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Cardinals’ Darnell Dockett Under Fire for Bizarre Instagram Post of Malia Obama

GOP Staffer Elizabeth Lauten to Resign Over Attack on Sasha & Malia Obama

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GOP Staffer Elizabeth Lauten to Resign Over Attack on Sasha & Malia Obama

#BREAKING:  GOP staffer Elizabeth Lauten says she is ‘resigning today’ following her controversial comments about Sasha and Malia Obama — CNN reports.

In case you forgot, here’s a screenshot of Elizabeth Lauten’s Facebook rant attacking the teenagers:

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Elizabeth Lauten’s ugly attack on Sasha and Malia Obama

Now let’s see if Elizabeth Lauten’s boss, Rep. Stephen Fincher, will issue a statement about her vicious attack on Sasha and Malia Obama for being teenagers.

If you live in a glass house, don’t throw stones….

Lauten, pictured above, was arrested in December 2000 for misdemeanor larceny, according to court records. Lauten, then 17, was collared for stealing from a Belk department store in her North Carolina hometown.

Because Lauten was a first-time offender, her case was handled via the District Court’s deferred prosecution program, which resulted in the charge’s eventual dismissal after the future scold stayed out of trouble for a prescribed period.

Since Lauten was just another teenager caught shoplifting at the mall, it appears unlikely that she was publicly pilloried for her lack of class, nor were her parents criticized as poor role models. Source: The Smoking Gun

 The Daily Mail is also reporting Elizabeth Lauten got in trouble at age 19 when she was arrested for speeding and running a red light. So, who is the hypocrite now?

Shameful: More People Went Shopping Black Friday Than Voted in Midterm Elections

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Report: More People Went Shopping Black Friday Than Voted in Midterm Elections (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

SHAMEFUL:  More people went shopping on Black Friday than voted in the 2014 midterm elections. The sad reality is America is really, really broken.

The National Retail Federation predicts 140.1 million people will go shopping this weekend, down from the 140.3 million who went shopping last year.

The United States Election Project reports that only 76.9 million people turned out to vote in the 2014 midterm elections. That’s the lowest turnout since World War II. Get this, the population then was less than 150 million people.

[H/T Mediaite]