5 Republicans, Including Paul Broun, Vote Against Suing President Obama

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5 Republicans, Including Paul Broun (GA), Vote Against Suing President Obama

Five House Republicans voted against a resolution authorizing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama. Reps. Paul Broun (GA), Scott Garrett (N.J.), Thomas Massie (KY), Walter Jones (NC) and Steve Stockman (TX). No Democrats voted for the resolution, which stems from the president’s use of executive power. Don’t rejoice five Republicans broke rank. In fact, most of the five want to see President Obama impeached.

Broun, Stockman and Jones have all indicated support for impeaching President Obama. Jones told The Hillhe didn’t think the lawsuit went far enough.

A Broun spokeswoman said he voted against the bill because he didn’t think it would truly help limit President Obama’s executive power.

“Dr. Broun believes that this legislation – while well-intentioned – is doomed for death in the Senate. As a result, he would rather see House leadership work towards practical solutions which would shrink the size and scope of government and cut wasteful federal spending when it comes to stopping the president’s gross overreach of executive power,” Broun spokeswoman Christine Hardman said. Source: The Hill

Here’s more from Think Progress:

The resolution gives Boehner the authority to file or intervene federal court cases “to seek any appropriate relief regarding the failure of the President, the head of any department or agency, or any other officer or employee of the executive branch, to act in a manner consistent with that official’s duties under the Constitution and laws of the United States” relating to failure to implement provisions of Obamacare. ” The aim of this, Boehner has stated, is to sue the Obama for “his decision to extend — twice — the deadline to institute the employer mandate in his health care law.”

The administration has delayed the provisions — which requires employers with more than 50 employees to pay a fine if they don’t offer affordable quality coverage — citing complaints from firms that claimed they wouldn’t be ready to meet its requirement by 2014.

The administration claimed justified the delays under the Treasury Department’s “transition relief” authority, which allows the government to grant relief by section7805(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, and noted President George W. Bush’s administration also cited the authority to delay implementation of laws. “The authority has been used to postpone the application of new legislation on a number of prior occasions across Administrations,” Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy Mark J. Mazur noted in a July 2013 letter to the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Funny, the GOP is so busy trying to sue Obama, they haven’t done the work people elected them to do. Oh, well, that’s the usual jive from politicians. I guess this means another Democrat will occupy the White House come 2017. The “do nothing” party is really living up to its name of doing nothing. At least for 99 percent of Americans.

Democrats Boost Fundraising On House GOP Bid to Impeach President Obama

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Democrats Boost Fundraising On House GOP Bid to Impeach President Obama (Photo credit: Donkey Hotey)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committe collected a record $2.1 million in online donations over the weekend in the best 4-day receipt of the current election cycle, the Washington Post reports. They fundraised off members of the Republican Party who are pushing to impeach President Obama. The impeachment charge is being led by half-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

More from the Washington Post:

Democrats have consistently used impeachment — a prospect that has been floated by several prominent conservatives but has not been embraced by most of the Republican establishment — to fill their campaign coffers, and their polling has shown that fear of an impeachment attempt as well as the House GOP’s efforts to sue Obama have the potential to drive midterm voter turnout on the left.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has brought in more than 114,000 donations since Thursday, when the House Rules Committee voted to go forward with a lawsuit contesting Obama’s use of executive action. Some Democrats have suggested that the lawsuit is a temporary stand-in for impeachment proceedings, and the online haul was spurred in part by nine e-mail fundraising pitches that directly mentioned the prospect of a GOP attempt to pursue impeachment.

“Grassroots Democrats across the country see Republican leaders in the House refusing to rule out impeaching the President even as they vote to use taxpayer funds to sue him,” DCCC Chairman Steve Israel told The Washington Post in a written statement Monday. “It’s no surprise that there’s outrage at this dramatic partisan overreach by an historically unpopular Republican Congress.”

So, while people like Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh are sqawking for impeaching and suing President Obama, Americans are saying no to such moves.

Rep. Darrell Issa’s New Fishing Expedition: Wants Mortgage Fraud Settlement Docs

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Rep. Darrell Issa’s New Fishing Expedition: Wants Mortgage Fraud Settlement Docs (Credit: Donkey Hotey)

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) is on a new fishing expedition. He is asking Attorney General Eric Holder to turn over mortgage fraud settlement documents related to JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup. Of course, a Republican looking out for the big banks and not the little people.

The chairman of the House Oversight Committee asked Attorney General Eric Holder Thursday to turn over documents related to the Justice Department’s decisions to settle mortgage fraud accusations against two of the nation’s biggest banks. 

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) wants to see documents and internal communications relating to November’s record $13 billion settlement with JPMorgan Chase and this month’s $7 billion agreement with Citigroup. 

Both cases involved allegations that the banks helped precipitate the 2008 economic crisis by selling risky mortgage securities to investors who were led to believe the underlying loans were solid. 

Holder touted the settlements, announcing that billions of dollars would be directed to programs to help homeowners hurt by the downturn — and stressing that the banks admitted wrongdoing. 

But Issa notes that the agency’s handling of the cases was different from others, in which formal charges were filed. In a letter to Holder, Issa cited cases involving the firms Credit Suisse AG and BNP Paribas SA, which each netted billions in penalties.  Source: The Hill

It’s so comical to watch someone who was accused of insurance fraud playing judge and jury by leading an oversight committee.

SMH: Sen. Ted Cruz Accuses Obama of Aiding Hamas, Plotting Against Israel

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SMH: Sen. Ted Cruz Accuses Obama of Aiding Hamas, Plotting Against Israel

Sen. Ted Cruz, the engineer of last year’s government shutdown, is hitting back after his ridiculous accusation that President Obama of imposing an economic boycott of Israel because the FAA halted planes from flying to and from Tel Aviv. The State Department called his accusation “offensive,” but that’s a word Ted Cruz doesn’t understand.

The FAA cited a “potentially hazardous security situation created by the armed conflict between Israel and Gaza,” when it banned U.S. airlines from flying to Ben Gurion airport. Cruz claimed, “The facts suggest that President Obama has just used a federal regulatory agency to launch an economic boycott on Israel, in order to try to force our ally to comply with his foreign policy demands.” What facts? I didn’t realize Benjamin Netanyahu was calling the shots were the welfare of Americans are concerned. Who’s helping who?

Ted Cruz is digging in though his assertions are utterly ridiculous. He claims “This FAA flight ban may well represent a crippling blow to a key economic sector through both security concerns and worries that additional bans will down more flights and strand more passengers. It hardly matters if or when the ban is lifted. At this point, the damage may already be done.” Really? Has he been living under a rock? I guess the Malaysia Airlines flight 17 missile attack that claimed the lives of 298 people, some of whose bodies have yet to be recovered, means nothing to him. Tell me again why this moron is considered a credible presidential candidate?

Can you imagine if a U.S. plane was hit by a Hamas rocket on its descent into Ben Gurion airport? What would Ted Cruz and his lackeys have to say?

 

SMH: John Boehner to Sue Obama for Obamacare Employer Mandate Delay

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John Boehner to Sue Obama for Obamacare Employer Mandate Delay

The GOP clown car just keeps on rolling….Just when you think Congressional Republicans couldn’t sink any lower with their obstructionist tactics, John Boehner just outdid himself. He now plans to sue President Obama for not imposing the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act fast enough. Yes, fast enough. But wait, didn’t we have a government shutdown led by Teabagger Sen. Ted Cruz over defunding Obamacare? You can’t make this stuff up:

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Thursday revealed that he plans to sue President Barack Obama for his unilateral delay of the Obamacare employer mandate.

The Speaker unveiled a two-page bill that he plans to advance through the House, declaring a right of action to sue the president for exceeding his authority.

“Today we’re releasing a draft resolution that will authorize the House to file suit over the way President Obama unilaterally changed the employer mandate,” Boehner said in a statement. “In 2013, the president changed the health care law without a vote of Congress, effectively creating his own law by literally waiving the employer mandate and the penalties for failing to comply with it. That’s not the way our system of government was designed to work. No president should have the power to make laws on his or her own.”

Um, if they succeed in their lawsuit, doesn’t it mean that Obamacare will be implemented faster? But didn’t they want this repealed? Wow. What geniuses we have representing us. LOL.

The White House Press Secretary issued a statement:

It is disappointing that Speaker Boehner and Congressional Republicans have decided to waste time and taxpayer dollars on a political stunt. At a time when Washington should be working to expand economic opportunities for the middle class, Republican leaders in Congress are playing Washington politics rather than working with the President on behalf of hardworking Americans. As the President said today, he is doing his job – lawsuit or not – and it’s time Republicans in Congress did theirs.

Hogwash: Is Obama Planning to Snub Hillary Clinton, Back Elizabeth Warren in 2016?

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Hogwash: Is Obama Planning to Snub Hillary Clinton, Back Elizabeth Warren in 2016? (Photo Credit: Daily Kos)

The New York Post is out with an article claiming President Obama has quietly given his word to Sen. Elizabeth Warren that he will back her over Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nominee. Um, there are all kinds of problems with that theory. For starters, just think back to the 2012 presidential election when Bill Clinton rescued Barack Obama during the Democratic National Convention.

President Obama has quietly promised Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren complete support if she runs for president — a stinging rebuke to his nemesis Hillary Clinton, sources tell me.

Publicly, Obama has remained noncommittal on the 2016 race, but privately he worries that Clinton would undo and undermine many of his policies. There’s also a personal animosity, especially with Bill Clinton, that dates from their tough race six years ago.

A former Harvard law professor and administration aide, Warren would energize the left wing of the Democrat Party just as Obama did againstClinton in 2008.

Thanks to her outspoken stand against big banks and the top 1 percent, Warren is the darling of progressives. She won her Senate seat thanks to millions of dollars in donations from outside Massachusetts, including from rich environmentalists and Hollywood celebrities.

 

The Clintons have come through for President Obama time and time again. Even when he getting a huge black eye over Obamacare. Bill Clinton went to bat for him, even showing up at a press conference. So, no, I don’t believe Barack Obama would go with Elizabeth Warren over Hillary Clinton.

Obama has authorized his chief political adviser, Valerie Jarrett, to conduct a full-court press to convince Warren to throw her hat into the ring.

In the past several weeks, Jarrett has held a series of secret meetings with Warren. During these meetings, Jarrett has explained to Warren that Obama is worried that if Hillary succeeds him in the White House, she will undo many of his policies.

He believes that the populist Warren is the best person to convince the party faithful that Hillary is out of touch with poor Americans and the middle class. Warren, in his view, would carry on the Obama legacy after he leaves the White House.

Besides, is there really much difference between the two women and their political ideology? Heck no. Hillary Clinton is just as liberal as Elizabeth Warren. The only difference is that she’s a heckuva lot shrewder that Warren. Let’s not underestimate the Clinton machine. President Obama owes them big. How about taking a good look at Gov. Martin O’Malley as a possible Democratic presidential candidate?

Marion Barry Tweets Denial of “Freedom to Washington D.C. is Flat-Out Racist”

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Marion Barry Tweets Denial of “Freedom to Washington D.C. is Flat-Out Racist” (Credit: Wikimedia)

Marion Barry, former Washington D.C. mayor, went on a epic fourth of July rant and speech by Frederick Douglass about freedom and the lack of statehood for the district.

Barry tweeted:  “So before  you grab that hot dog to celebrate someone else’s freedom, you should know that as a DC resident you are NOT,” characterizing that Washington D.C. was “colonized.”

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First Lady Michelle Obama: Nothing Cooler Than Having a Good Education

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First Lady Michelle Obama: Nothing Cooler Than Having a Good Education

First Lady Michelle Obama was featured on the cover of the latest issue of Essence magazine. She discussed her family life and stressed the importance of a good education. FLOTUS is promoting a new initiative, Reach Higher, that encourages post-high school education.

“The people we admire in our society today are athletes, singers, reality stars. You don’t see teachers an doctors and lawyers revered in the same way,” Obama said. “So, naturally, kids gravitate to what they think is cool. But one of the things I’ve tried to tell my girls, and try to tell all the children I talk to, is that there is nothing cooler than having a good education. Education is going to open the doors to the opportunities that are going to give you the freedom later on in life to make really cool choices – like having a good job, being able to own a home, being able to take vacations and travel the world. That’s what being cool is.”

Source: Time.com

Immigration Reform DOA, President Obama to Use Executive Order on Fixes

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Immigration Reform DOA, President Obama to Use Executive Order on Fixes (Credit: Wikipedia)

The Republican Party wants the Hispanic vote, but they have no desire to fix the broken immigration system.  Roll Call reports, “The White House is throwing in the towel on a comprehensive immigration bill this year after Speaker John Boehner told Obama last week that he will not allow a vote in the House.” 

President Obama said he was tired of waiting on the Congress to act on immigration reform and would act on his own. Um, watch for the name-calling from the GOP — “Imperialist president” and “Monarch Obama.”

President Obama also wrote a letter to Sens. Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell addressing the situation at Rio Grande Valley areas where illegal immigrants have been streaming into the U.S. Here’s an excerpt:

While we are working across all of these channels, to execute a fully effective Government-wide strategy as the influx of migrants continues, we are eager to work with the Congress to ensure that we have the legal authorities to maximize the impact of our efforts.  Initially, we believe this may include:

• providing the DHS Secretary additional authority to exercise discretion in processing the return and removal of unaccompanied minor children from non-contiguous countries like Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador; and

• increasing penalties for those who smuggle vulnerable migrants, like children.

In addition, we will request congressional action on emergency supplemental appropriations legislation to support:

• an aggressive deterrence strategy focused on the removal and repatriation of recent border crossers;

• a sustained border security surge through enhanced domestic enforcement, including interdiction and prosecution of criminal networks;

• a significant increase in immigration judges, reassigning them to adjudicate cases of recent border crossers, and establishing corresponding facilities to expedite the processing of cases involving those who crossed the border in recent weeks;

• a stepped up effort to work with our Central American partners to repatriate and reintegrate migrants returned to their countries, address the root causes of migration, and communicate the realities of these dangerous journeys; and

• the resources necessary to appropriately detain, process, and care for children and adults.

 

Do-Nothing Congress Upset ‘Imperial President’ Obama Defiant on Executive Orders

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Do-Nothing Congress Bristles After President Obama Calls John Boehner Lawsuit a ‘Stunt’ (Credit: Donkey Hotey)

‘Imperial President’ Barack Obama is calling the bluff of the Republican Party, most notably Mr. Do Nothing, House Speaker John Boehner’s threatened lawsuit. Well, guess who can’t stand it? The Republicans. They are still pushing the “imperial presidency” line because Obama said if the Congress won’t work with him, he’ll go it alone. Um, I wonder how long will it take for them to realize they aren’t dealing with a Congressional page, but the president of the United States who has been afforded certain rights along with the job, which includes using executive orders?

Don’t get me wrong, I have been upset with President Obama’s hands-off approach to dealing with many problems, but I can’t fault him for using executive orders to get around Congress. Didn’t former president George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan use that power more than he has? The right wing have a case of amnesia. That’s it. Amnesia. They say President Obama is blaming others for his troubles. Um, didn’t Sen. Mitch McConnell proudly proclaim his mission was to make Obama a one-term president? So, that failed and now we are hearing about the “Obama Monarchy.”

You see, President Obama has a knack for bringing his case directly to the American people and that’s what he did on Friday. He told an enthusiastic crowd in Minneapolis, “the only holdout standing in the way of change for tens of millions of Americans are some Republicans.” Can you say immigration reform, jobs bill, extending unemployment benefits, raising the minimum wage, and so on?

Obama added, “I just want to be real blunt. If you watch the news, you just see, OK, Washington is a mess. And the basic attitude is everybody is just crazy up there. But if you actually read the fine print, it turns out the things you actually care about are the things the Democrats are promoting. And we’re just not getting enough help.”

Of course, right wing sites like Truth Revolt are upset that the President is calling out the Republicans. Daring the Democrats to complain about the term ‘imperial.’ I guess it’s business as usual for them to call him all manner of names and blame him for their abysmal approval numbers, but take offense to him pointing the finger at their inaction. You know Republicans are losing the argument when some over at Fox News are calling them out. Take Neil Cavuto’s shoutfest with Tea Party nutcase Rep. Michele Bachmann, for example. He dismissed John Boehner’s threatened lawsuit as a charade.

President Obama chided the Republicans saying, “They don’t do anything! Except block me. And, and, and, call me names. And it can’t be that much fun. It’d be so much more fund if they said, “you know what, let’s do something together.” If they were more interested in growing the economy for you, and the issues that you’re talking about, instead of trying to mess with me, then we’d be doing a lot better.” Yeah, so calling Obama the ‘imperial president’ is very childish but continue to watch the Republicans deflect from solving the issues confronting Americans by throwing the kitchen sink and everything else at him.