Obstructionism

Liberals appear to have no original ideas of their own.  Every aspect of socialism in the Democratic Party platform has been tried in other countries (e.g., Venezuela, Greece, Cuba) and the results have been miserable.  Nothing the Democrats propose (higher taxes, bigger government, restrictions, rules and regulations, and special rights and privileges for protected minorities) will make American life better.  All they can do is obstruct and oppose conservatives, when conservatives make proposals.  Typically, when a liberal realizes he's losing a debate, he will start shouting down his opponents.  This adds nothing.

When leftist Democrats realize they are sure to be outvoted, one of their favorite tactics has been to flee the state in order to bring their state's government to a halt, rather than face defeat.  At the federal level they have been known to boycott a scheduled vote to delay the inevitable.

During the Obama administration, the Republicans proved to be too much of an obstacle for the Democrats to overcome, so the Senate voted (by a very narrow margin, as you might imagine) to eliminate the power of the filibuster, thus blocking all opposition and paving the way for Emperor Obama to pack the courts with left-wing judges.

Now the tables are turned, and the Democrats are resorting to childish tantrums to block President Trump's nominees, appointments, orders and executive actions.  The Democrats have been losing elections for years because their platform is wildly out of step with the American mainstream.  Now they are just stalling.  If President Trump succeeds with even half of what he promised to do, the Democratic Party is finished.




Trump is the Most Conservative President Since Reagan.  He would like to build up the military further.  They're blocking him.  He would like to secure the border, including physical barriers like a wall.  They're blocking him.  He would like to repeal all of Obamacare.  They're blocking him.  A president can only do so much if a president actually honors the Constitution, unlike Obama.  He's trying to undo what Obama did to some of our lands, our open spaces, which were nationalized by Obama.

Obama blocked deportation of 550,000 illegals, more than Atlanta's population.  U.S. immigration officials have revealed that they face a deportation backlog of 550,000 illegal immigrants who were given temporary amnesty by former President Obama or simply let off the hook by liberal judges.  The massive backlog is being tackled by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, but the sheer numbers — bigger than the populations of Atlanta or Sacramento — is overwhelming the agency's enforcement and removal department.

Trump's Downsizing Utah's Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments Taken To Court.  Another decision made by President Donald Trump is being taken to court.  The president issued two proclamations Monday to reduce the size of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, as well as the Bears Ears National Monument, and to allow mining in the newly public lands, and conservation groups filed a lawsuit against it a few hours later.

Congress Stalling Trump Ambassadors, Harming U.S. Effort to Combat N. Korea, Conduct Diplomacy.  Amid a global showdown over North Korea's repeated and increasingly dangerous nuclear tests, Republican leaders in the Senate have declined to hold a vote on several of President Donald Trump's picks for U.S. ambassador, most notably Richard Grenell, the former U.S. spokesman at the United Nations who was tapped in September to serve as the next American ambassador to Germany.  With no indication that Congress will move in the near future to confirm Trump's picks, congressional and administration insiders are expressing growing concerns that the holdup is interfering with U.S. attempts to rein in North Korea's nuclear program, according to multiple sources who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon about the situation.

Exclusive: Liberal Organizers Incentivize Protesters To Get Arrested.  Organizers with the left-leaning group Housing Works told protesters they must "risk arrest" in order to be reimbursed for airfare to Washington, D.C., according to an internal email obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.  "We will transport, house and feed you, and deal with all legal support.  Caveat: if you are far away from DC and expensive to transport, we can probably only fly you if you can risk arrest," the internal email told supporters.

Sen. Tom Cotton:  Here's How to End Democrats' Obstruction of Trump's Nominees.  Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., says Democrats have forced the Senate into 47 cloture votes this year alone on President Donald Trump's judicial nominees, compared with just six cloture votes in the first years of the four prior administrations combined.  Cotton said Senate Democrats are abusing procedures that allow them to stymie Trump's executive branch nominees.  He said that allows career bureaucrats to run their agencies anyway they want, "without any political accountability."  The freshman Arkansas senator leveled the charge in remarks to the Federalist Society, a conservative legal group, on Nov. 16 in Washington.

Federal judge says Trump administration can't stop funding sex-reassignment surgeries for military members.  A second federal judge has halted the Trump administration's proposed transgender military ban, finding that active-duty service members are "already suffering harmful consequences" because of the president's policy.  The ruling Tuesday [11/21/2017] by U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis in a Maryland case comes just weeks after another judge in Washington blocked the administration's proposal that would have stopped military recruitment of transgender men and women and possibly forced the dismissal of current service members, starting in March.  The preliminary injunction issued by the judge in Baltimore on Tuesday goes further than the earlier ruling by also preventing the administration from denying funding for sex-reassignment surgeries after the order takes effect.

Ted Cruz:  Dems Filibustered Legislation That Would Have Had Texas Church Shooter in Prison.  Yesterday, on "Fox News @ Night," Cruz really laid into Democrats.  He said that in 2013, the Democrats filibustered the Grassley-Cruz legislation that "would have resulted in this shooter being in federal prison instead of murdering those innocents in that Texas church."  I still admire and really follow Ted Cruz and I know he is sick in his soul over this killing in his state.  I'm also sure he's furious because it didn't have to be this way.

The Dems' Tax Demagoguery.  Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and the Democratic Party are trying to torpedo the biggest tax cut since 1986.  Schumer accuses GOP tax cutters of "messing up the good economy the president inherited from President Obama and hurting the middle class."  The senator must think we're stupid.  The Obama economy wasn't "good."  It was lousy, sputtering along at a pathetic 2.1%, far below the 3.8% norm for this nation.  Who got clobbered?  The middle class, who had to settle for almost no increase in wages and disappointing job prospects.

11-minute Trump Twitter outage prompts company investigation.  President Trump blamed his 11-minute Twitter account outage on Thursday [11/2/2017] on a "rogue employee."  "My Twitter account was taken down for 11 minutes by a rogue employee.  I guess the word must finally be getting out-and having an impact," Trump tweeted early Friday morning.  Twitter launched an internal investigation Thursday after a "customer support" employee, reportedly working his or her last day with the company, briefly deactivated the highly viewed account of the president.

Twitter: Employee 'inadvertently' deactivated Trump's account.  Twitter attributed a brief disappearance of President Trump's personal Twitter account on Thursday night to "human error" on the part of one of its employees.  "Earlier today @realdonaldtrump's account was inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee," Twitter said in a statement posted to the platform.  "The account was down for 11 minutes, and has since been restored.  We are continuing to investigate and are taking steps to prevent this from happening again," Twitter added.

It's Time For GOP Leadership To Stop Letting Democrats Stall Judicial Nominations.  Legislative victories are typically short-lived, budget reforms sunset, regulations can be rescinded, and policy guidance is often not worth the paper it's written on.  But federal judicial appointments are for life; those black-robed arbiters continue shaping our world long after the president who appointed them has left the White House.

The Left's Last Spasm.  As far as anybody knows, the November 4th revolution/tantrum/jamboree planned by Antifa and its associate organizations remains on schedule.  The "Opposition" — Antifa, the John Brown Clubs, Refuse Fascism, and assorted other scraps have announced that on that date the revolution will begin with a mass nationwide uprising that will continue until the Trump/Pence regime is overcome.  Dozens of hundreds of the people's vanguard will hit the streets, squatting at intersections and holding their breaths until the fascists are exorcised and the new epoch of light is fully underway.

Judge blocks latest Trump travel ban hours before set to take effect.  A federal judge in Hawaii on Tuesday [10/17/2017] blocked President Trump's newest attempt to implement a travel ban, hours before it was scheduled to take effect at midnight.  U.S. District Court Judge Derrick K. Watson issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday [10/17/2017] on Trump's third executive order, which had banned citizens of eight countries from entering the U.S. because of national security concerns.  The Justice Department said it would appeal the decision.

Federal judge blocks Trump's third travel ban.  A federal judge on Tuesday [10/17/2017] largely blocked the Trump administration from implementing the latest version of the president's controversial travel ban, setting up yet another legal showdown on the extent of the executive branch's powers when it comes to setting immigration policy.  The decision from U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson in Hawaii is sure to be appealed, but for now, it means that the administration cannot restrict the entry of travelers from six of the eight countries that officials said were unable or unwilling to provide information that the United States wanted to vet the countries' citizens.

Here Are The Lawmakers Fighting Trump's Transgender Ban.  Democratic and Republican members of Congress introduced a bill Friday [10/13/2017] to block the Pentagon from removing active-duty transgender troops.  Republican Reps.  Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida joined Democratic Reps.  Jackie Speier of California, Susan Davis of California, Adam Smith of Washington, and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona in introducing the House companion bill to Senate bill S. 1820, that blocks the Department of Defense (DOD) from removing transgender troops based on gender identity.  "Kicking out members of the United States Armed Services solely based on their gender identity is hateful, discriminatory, and on the wrong side of history," Speier said in a statement Friday. [...] Former President Barack Obama's administration repealed the ban on transgender individuals serving openly in the military in June 2016.

Democrats promise to derail Congress until Dream Act passes.  Leading Hispanic Democrats said Monday they're so disappointed in President Trump's new 70-point immigration enforcement plan that they'll withhold support for must-pass legislation in Congress until lawmakers work out a better deal to protect illegal immigrants.  "They are not going to have Democrats to get them over the finish line on anything they need," said Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.  She and fellow Democrats, on a conference call with reporters, said Mr. Trump's demand for a border wall, a crackdown on sanctuary cities, more deportation agents and a rewrite of a number of loopholes that have allowed illegal immigrants to gain a foothold in the U.S. are all non-starters.

Ryan Zinke plans overhaul because Interior Department employees 'not loyal'.  Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Monday 30 percent of his agency's employees are "not loyal" to him or President Trump and he is developing a plan to overhaul the department.  "I got 30 percent of the crew that's not loyal to the flag," Zinke said in remarks to the National Petroleum Council, a federal advisory panel.

Oregon Dems Push Phony Precedent To Block Ninth Circuit Court Nominee.  Oregon's two Democratic senators are blocking one of President Trump's judicial nominees with claims that a "longstanding" state tradition mandating that nominees be chosen from their "judicial selection committee" was violated, but the tradition they cite has never applied to picks for the U.S. Circuit Court, according to records viewed by the Washington Free Beacon.  Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley alerted the White House that they would be blocking the nomination of Oregon native Ryan Bounds for a seat on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Bounds is currently serving as assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

The Deep State Wraps Its Protective Cocoon Around Hillary Clinton.  Question:  Now that the Republicans control all three branches of government, my question is really simple.  Why is it that when organizations have sued the Justice Department and State Department — I'm, of course, speaking of Judicial Watch here — for documents related to Hillary Clinton, Benghazi and all of the other Obama scandals... why is it that State and Justice are so slow in releasing the documents that the judges have ordered to be released?  And if it is the deep state that you talk about, then why isn't Secretary Tillerson and Attorney General Sessions getting in there and kicking some tail to get this information out?

Colorado joins lawsuit to block Trump from ending DACA.  Colorado on Wednesday [9/13/2017] announced that it would join 15 other states and the District of Columbia in a lawsuit against President Trump's decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) called Trump's decision to end the program "outrageous," pressing Congress to "immediately" pass the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act and immigration reforms.

Trump prods State Department to stop delaying release of Clinton emails.  The White House has been privately urging the State Department to speed up its protracted process for releasing Hillary Clinton's still-undisclosed emails. [...] The pressure from the White House may be working.  On Thursday, the State Department released a batch of Clinton-related emails that show how she honored requests from Clinton Foundation and campaign donors to pull some strings.  The department turned over to Judicial Watch, a government watchdog group, 1,617 pages of documents, including 97 email exchanges not previously disclosed.

Luis Gutierrez:  Democrats ready to shut down government if Dream Act fails.  Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., said he and other liberal House Democrats are prepared to support a government shutdown if House members fail to pass the Dream Act and protect hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants from being deported.  "We have a Democratic caucus where I know the vast majority of the members of the Democratic caucus are ready to say 'If there is no pathway forward, not only for the 800,000 and for visas for all of you, but also for the rest of immigrant youth through the Dream Act, then there is no government for anyone,'" Gutierrez said Friday [9/8/2017] during a press conference with the United We Dream advocacy group.  "We will shut it down or let the Republicans keep it open with their own votes."

Al Franken will use Senate blue-slip tradition to block Trump judiciary nominee.  Sen. Al Franken said Tuesday that he will use an arcane Senate tradition to try to derail one of President Trump's appeals court nominees, marking an escalation in what has become a nasty fight over the shape of the federal judiciary.  Mr. Franken said he won't return his "blue slip" for Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras, Mr. Trump's nominee for the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.  Under Senate tradition, the chamber won't proceed on a judicial nominee unless both home-state senators return their blue slips, signifying acquiescence in the pick.  Left with little power to filibuster, the blue slip has become the most effective tool Democrats have to obstruct Mr. Trump's court nominees.

Filibuster is Senate invention to aid and abet senators.  First of all, let's get it straight.  There is no such thing as filibuster in the United States Constitution.  The notion that this was an invention of the Founding Fathers is just wishful thinking by senators who want to give their shameless power grab the imprimatur of legitimacy.  Actually, the Constitution provides that a simple majority in both the House and Senate is sufficient to do business.  We know that was the plan because the authors of the Constitution spelled out only a handful of circumstances when a super-majority would be required such as ratifying treaties.

What Are Democrats So Afraid Of?  Mention voter fraud near a liberals and you'll see Pavlov's Basic Principles of Classical Conditioning in action.  "There is no voter fraud," they'll instinctively say, then expect a treat. [...] But why would Democrats, both elected and in the media, be so upset at the prospect of looking into it?  As Napoleon is credited with saying, "Never interfere with your enemy when he is committing a mistake."  Yet Democrats are adamant that this commission end, and their fellow Democrats in positions of power in the states resist any cooperation.  Their activist arms have gone so far as to file lawsuits to delay sharing voter information with the commission.  Not to stop it — it's public information, after all — but to slow the process in the hope of stopping it altogether.

Klobuchar, Franken Impede the Path of an Outanding Judge.  When Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras was nominated for the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, the news was met with enthusiastic support by Minnesotans from across the political spectrum.  A diverse group of judges, attorneys and law professors urged the Senate to act on Stras' nomination and confirm him for the Eighth Circuit.  Among those who signed letters of support for Stras are former colleagues on the Minnesota Supreme Court, including retired Justice Alan Page and others appointed by a bipartisan list of governors, as well as former Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Gov. Mark Dayton.  Stras is also supported by 12 former members of Congress from Minnesota (Republicans and Democrats), by members of the faculty at the University of Minnesota Law School and by more than 100 prominent Minnesota attorneys.

Big Plans on the Hard Left for November 4.  One thing overlooked in the uproar over Charlottesville is that this was, evidently, merely a dress rehearsal for a much larger-scale effort planned for this Autumn.  Activist groups on the left evidently have something big in store for November 4th.  The idea seems to be a revival of the 1971 "Days of Rage" — an effort to shut down the country as a whole to force a change in government.

ACLU sues Trump administration over arrests of immigrant teens.  The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a class action lawsuit against President Trump's administration over the detention of immigrant teenagers for "unsubstantiated claims of gang affiliation."  The lawsuit, announced on Friday [8/11/2017], targets Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement.  In a press release, the ACLU accuses ICE and the Office of Refugee Resettlement of detaining children and transporting them to detention facilities without notifying their parents or lawyers.

Federal Government, HHS, DOJ: Gaming the Freedom of Info System.  In addition to the active lawsuit I have in federal court over the intrusion into my government computers, I have been litigating several of the many failed government responses to lawful Freedom of Information Act requests.  I'm giving up on one of them as of this week.  It's my request for public material the government withheld after the disastrous launch of Obamacare in 2013 when I was reporting on the topic for CBS News.  We have learned, among other things, that federal officials gave incorrect and misleading information to the public and under oath to Congress regarding serious security failures in development and testing of the national website and system, and other important topics.

Transgender Active-Duty Troops Sue Trump Over Military Ban.  President Donald Trump is being sued by five transgender people serving in the United States military who are requesting for transgender troops to be permitted to stay in the armed forces.  The lawsuit comes in response to Trump's July tweets announcing transgender troops would not be allowed to serve in the military in "any capacity," according to the New York Times.  The case, organized by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, is filed under pseudonyms "Jane Doe" one through five.

Fired NSC Aide Reveals Political Warfare Operation Targeting Trump.  A White House National Security Council official has charged that leftist opponents of President Trump are engaged in political warfare operations designed to subvert his presidency and drive him from office.  Rich Higgins, until recently director of strategic planning at the NSC, revealed the program in a seven-page memorandum produced in May that warns of a concerted information warfare campaign by the Marxist left, Islamists, and political leaders and government officials opposed to the populist president.  "The Trump administration is suffering under withering information campaigns designed to first undermine, then delegitimize and ultimately remove the president," Higgins states.

Silencing ALL opposition voices:  Inside The Media Matters Playbook.  Even to casual observers, it has been obvious for months that the left is orchestrating a tightly-coordinated campaign to undermine and delegitimize the current presidential administration.  As an extension of the decades-long campaign to wrestle the narrative away from conservatives, independents and centrists, they're smearing right-leaning commentators with anything they can find. [...] So, what exactly do they want?  Nothing less than complete control over political discourse in America.

Russia probe:  Democrats block key witness against shadowy firm Fusion GPS.  Senate Democrats used a parliamentary maneuver Wednesday [7/26/2017] to cut short a high-profile hearing, where a key witness was set to testify on Russia's misdeeds and also raise fresh allegations against the company behind the infamous anti-Trump dossier.  Bill Browder, the CEO and co-founder of Hermitage Capital, was set to tell the Senate Judiciary Committee that the co-founder of the firm Fusion GPS was hired to conduct a "smear campaign" against him.

Senate Parliamentarian Blocks Defunding Of Planned Parenthood.  On Friday night [7/22/2017], Elizabeth MacDonough, the Senate parliamentarian, made [...] sure that defunding of Planned Parenthood will not be part of the Senate health care bill, citing the Byrd rule to stipulate that the key provisions violated Senate rules. [...] It is now clear the Senate's version of a new health care bill will not defund Planned Parenthood, as it would require 60 votes in the Senate to implement such an action.

Will the Senate Parliamentarian Try to Save Obamacare?  [Scroll down]  This was the "clean repeal" that Senator Rand Paul and other conservative Senators would like to vote on rather than BCRA, and President Trump would certainly sign it into law if Congress could get it to his desk.  Would the Senate parliamentarian move the goalpost on reconciliation to prevent that?  Probably.  This functionary is expected to be a kind of nonpartisan referee and advisor to the Senate leadership concerning the proper interpretation of that body's rules and procedures.  That anonymous person you sometimes see on C-SPAN quietly conferring with the presiding officer is likely to be the parliamentarian explaining some arcane rule.  But that specialized knowledge is no guarantee of political neutrality.

Soros-Funded Groups Fight to Stop Trump's Voter Fraud Commission.  President Donald Trump's voter fraud commission announced late Monday it's temporarily suspending its collection of voter data from states following a lawsuit by the Electronic Privacy Information Center.  The Electronic Privacy Information Center had asked for a temporary restraining order in its July 3 suit, saying the commission should have had a plan to protect the data on individual voters before it set about collecting it from the state.  But there's more to the story.

Americans want results, not resistance.  Beltway Democrats like Elizabeth Warren can barely contain their glee at what they perceive as a difficult pace of change.  But their euphoria is misplaced. [...] Democrats are oddly convinced they are winning when they keep losing.  In the four post-Trump special elections Democrats are 0 for 4.  That is not momentum.  That is failure.  My special election in Kansas was one of those four races, along with contests in Georgia, Montana and South Carolina.

White House to Dems:  Stop Obstructing Trump's Nominations.  Democrats in the Senate have launched an "unprecedented obstruction" campaign of President Donald Trump's nominees, the White House said Monday [7/10/2017].  Marc Short, director of Legislative Affairs, likened the Democrats' behavior to children on the playground who take their toys and go home out of spite.

White House slams Senate Democrats' 'unprecedented campaign of obstruction' against Trump nominees.  Senate Democrats are blocking President Trump's political nominees at unprecedented rates, White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said on Monday [7/10/2017].  "The Senate is conducting the slowest confirmation process in American history," Short told reporters at the White House.  Short accused Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., of spearheading an "unprecedented campaign of obstruction" against Trump's nominees.  "It is the will of the American people that is being denied," Short said.

Senate stonewall: 23% Trump picks OK'd vs. 69% of Obama's.  Putting numbers behind his claim that Senate Democrats have stonewalled his agenda and creation of a Republican government, President Trump today charged that he's only been able to get approval of 23 percent of his top picks compared to former President Obama, who had 69 percent confirmed at this stage of his first term.  In a long and detailed accounting of the effort to block his administration, the White House today said, "Less than a month away from the August recess, the Senate has confirmed only 23 percent of President Trump's 216 nominations.  By the first August recess during President Obama's first term, the Senate had confirmed 69 percent of his 454 nominations."

Trump mulls cancelling Congress' summer recess to break Senate Democrat obstruction of nominees.  President Trump has not ruled out cancelling Congress's August recess to force votes on nominees that the administration says have been held up by unpretending obstructionism by Democrats.  Marc Short, the White House director of legislative affairs, said Senate Democrats blocking of confirmation of key nominees was jeopardizing national security and denying Americans a fully staffed federal government.  "The president has every right to call Congress back if necessary," Mr. Short told reporters at the White House.

ACLU sues to demand transparency from Trump's voter integrity panel.  The ACLU filed a new lawsuit Monday [7/10/2017] against President Trump's voter integrity commission, delivering a fierce rhetorical attack on the panel as part of a complaint that the commission is violating open-government rules.  Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union said the commission, which Mr. Trump set up to study the scope of voter fraud and the size of potential barriers to voting, is actually an attempt to give "a veneer of legitimacy" to the president's claims that millions of illegal votes were cast in last year's election.

Time to Do Away With the Blue Slip.  The "blue slip" — the power of senators to block judicial nominations within their states — is a venerable Senate tradition that has long outlived its usefulness.  Similar to the filibuster, liberals view the blue slip either as incorrigible obstructionism or as the height of prudent constitutionalism, depending only on which party's president is nominating judges.

Immigration agency won't commit to giving noncitizen data to voter fraud commission.  The U.S. immigration agency that holds millions of records on noncitizens living legally in the U.S. will not commit to turning over that data to President Trump's commission on voter fraud.  The Commission on Election Integrity already has clashed with Democrat-run states that are refusing to meet its written requests to provide voter rolls.  The information is considered public and is often given or sold to political groups.  Commission Vice Chairman Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, told The Washington Times in May that he also wants U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to provide the identifications of noncitizens living as permanent residents with green cards.

Kris Kobach:  Only 14 states have refused Trump election commission request.  Kris Kobach, vice chair of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, said Wednesday [7/5/2017] that only 14 states and the District of Columbia have refused the commission's recent request for voter data, disputing reports that dozens of states had rejected the request.  "At present 20 states have agreed to provide the publicly available information requested by the commission and another 16 states are reviewing which information can be released under their state laws," Kobach said in a statement.  "In all, 36 states have either agreed or are considering participating with the Commission's work to ensure the integrity of the American electoral system."

Senate Democrats blocking Trump court picks.  Senate Democrats are turning to procedural tactics to delay confirmation of President Trump's appeals court picks, and conservative groups are firing back with a new ad in Michigan trying to force two Democrats to clear a path for one embattled nominee.  The Judicial Crisis Network says it will spend $140,000 on the ad, which demands Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters drop any objections to Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen, who Mr. Trump nominated to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on May 8.

Terry McAuliffe Again Obstructs Efforts to Investigate Voter Fraud.  The decision by Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe (D.) not to cooperate with a White House commission examining voting processes in federal elections comes after a year in which the governor circumvented the commonwealth's supreme court to restore voting rights for convicted felons and stalled efforts by the Virginia legislature to fight voter fraud.  McAuliffe announced on Thursday evening [6/29/2017] he has "no intention of honoring" a request for publicly available voter data made by the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which was established through a May executive order and is being led by Vice President Mike Pence.  McAuliffe stated in his rejection that there is "no evidence" of voter fraud in Virginia, and that the "only irregularity in the 2016 presidential election centered around Russian tampering."  He also stated his belief that the commission was set up as a "tool to commit large-scale voter suppression."

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In a way, Mr. McAuliffe is correct:  The commission was set up to help suppress the votes of dead people, non-citizens, incarcerated felons, and the victims of identity theft.

Schumer uses Senate rule to scuttle meeting on 'unmasking' by Obama officials.  Capitol Hill's competing Russia-election meddling investigations boiled over as Senate Democrats blocked a closed-door hearing into possible Obama White House efforts to "unmask" members of the Trump presidential campaign, while the chairman of the leading Senate probe said he hoped to complete the panel's work by the year's end.  A planned Senate Judiciary Committee inquiry into whether Mr. Obama's aides tried to improperly identify U.S. citizens swept up in intelligence surveillance of foreign targets was short-circuited after Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer invoked a parliamentary rule against holding committee meetings beyond the first two hours of the Senate's day.

Paying workers to protest:  The controversial trend of social justice benefits.  Since the election, scores of activists have taken to the streets, town halls and rallies to blast President Trump.  That's all with the blessing of their boss thanks to social justice benefits and paid time off work policies that are growing in popularity.  At San Francisco marketing firm Traction, social justice benefits take the form of two so-called "Days of Action" a year.  "They can take part in a protest, they can volunteer for a cause that is meaningful to them," says CEO Adam Kleinberg.  "Civic engagement is a foundation of our democracy, and companies should encourage it."

Video: Health Care Bill Protesters Dragged Away by Capitol Hill Police.  Hundreds of protesters gathered this morning [6/22/2017] Capitol after Senate Republicans released their plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare.  Katie Pavlich noted that many of the demonstrators have not even gotten a look at what's in the 142-page bill.  [Video clip]

Bernie Sanders:  Act in 'unprecedented' ways to thwart Republicans.  Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders says "unprecedented" actions by his supporters must be taken to stop Republicans from passing a health care bill in the Senate.  A Facebook Live event Monday [6/19/2017] with Mr. Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren included a call for unorthodox actions to halt Republican efforts to replace Obamacare, former President Barack Obama's signature legislative achievement.

Dems to grind Senate to a halt over ObamaCare repeal fight.  Senate Democrats are slowing the Senate to a crawl as they escalate their fight over the GOP push to repeal and replace ObamaCare.  Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced that Democrats will invoke the so-called "two hour" rule on Tuesday [6/20/2017], which blocks committees from meeting after the Senate has been in session for two hours.

Democrats Block Witnesses from Testifying in House Intel Probe.  House Democrats are continuing to block testimony from about a dozen witnesses who sought to appear before the intelligence oversight panel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.  Congressional officials said one of the key witnesses, former informal adviser to the Trump campaign Carter Page, was scheduled to testify at a closed hearing of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.  But Democrats on the committee blocked the testimony, asserting they needed more time to prepare.

Democratic Slumber Party Part VI: Seizing The Senate Floor Over Obamacare Repeal.  Senate Democrats took over the floor to protest Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court.  Okay — that's not exactly fair.  It was mostly Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), but they held another slumber party over global warming.  Over on the House side, Democrats occupied the floor to force a vote on gun control after the horrific mass shooting at the LGBT Pulse nightclub in Orlando.  And now, Democrats are going to takeover the Senate floor again for the lack of transparency over the GOP health care bill... until about midnight.

Schumer Wants to Hear Lynch's Side of the Story Before Requesting Investigation.  Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he wants to hear former Attorney General Loretta Lynch's side of the story before calling for an investigation into whether she tried to downplay the seriousness of Hillary Clinton's email practices.  "Well, before I say anything further on this, I want to hear what Loretta Lynch's side of the story is.  I haven't heard that yet," Schumer told a press conference on Tuesday [6/13/2017].

Trump Is Winning His War on Washington.  No one who followed closely really believed that the war was over on election night.  The Democrats contested some local results, very unsuccessfully, and then, in their stark disbelief, took out television advertisements reaching tens of millions of people to ask some of the 538 people elevated to the electoral college to break their pledges and vote for Hillary Clinton instead of Donald Trump.  It was an absurd fiasco.  Democratic Senate leaders Chuck Schumer and Richard Durbin made prodigious efforts to block virtually every nominee of the incoming administration to high office.

Despite not knowing a anything about it, 66% of millennials oppose Trump budget.  Just like Congress passes bills before they know what's in them, millennials are passing judgement on President Donald Trump's budget before the full details are known and understood.  Millennials, which mostly get their news from Facebook, couldn't possibly understand the impacts of Trump's budget overhaul, but in a GenForward poll, 66 percent of young Americans say they oppose the budget because it helps the rich.  How exactly does the Trump budget help the rich?

Trump calls for rebuilding transportation systems, blasts Democrats as obstructionist.  Standing on the banks of the Ohio River, President Trump pledged Wednesday to rebuild America's waterway transportation system and took a swipe at Democrats for failing to support his efforts.  Saying Americans "deserve the best infrastructure any where in the world," the president promoted his $1-trillion plan to rebuild roads, bridges and canals with a direct investment of $200 billion from the federal government.

Treason.  There is a division of the nation that cannot be repaired.  While the media pretends that everything it does is out of concern for the nation, it is really out of concern for the advances toward collectivism that have been made under Barack Obama that piques their concern.  The way that the media and the "deep state" cooperate to maintain those collectivist advances is startling, or would be, if anyone reported on it.  Understand that everything that has gone on since the election of Donald Trump has been to deny him the presidency, not so much the office, but the power of the office.

Prominent Anti-Trump Group has Received More than $20 Million in Government Grants.  A prominent liberal activist group that is closely involved with anti-Trump campaigns has been awarded more than $20 million in taxpayer-funded government grants since 2002, according to a review of the organization's Form 990s.  Make the Road New York (MRNY), a New York City-based Latino immigrant group with 19,000 dues-paying members, has been actively involved with anti-Trump campaigns and is closely linked to an organization that is spearheading a new $80 million anti-Trump network that will span across 32 states.  In addition to generous funding from liberal billionaire George Soros, MRNY has hauled in millions in government grants.

Schumer's effort to cripple Trump.  Sen. Chuck Schumer is trying to sabotage the Trump administration, at the expense of the country. [...] Schumer says he will try to block a new director of the FBI until Trump appoints a special counsel to investigate Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.  It's obvious what Schumer sees to gain from this effort.  It pleases the liberal base and serves Schumer's broader purpose of crippling an administration, making it ineffective, and then reaping the electoral rewards of complaining against a president who can get nothing done.

DNC funds 'Resistance Summer' in the hopes of harnessing Trump opposition.  The Democratic National Committee reportedly is planning to pump $1 million into everything from rallies, town halls and neighborhood meetings in hopes of growing voter opposition to President Trump.  The so-called "Resistance Summer" is billed as a 50-state strategy.  The DNC plans to hold events across the country in early June before sponsoring a national training summit in the hopes of attracting scores of new Democratic voters, the Hill reported.  The move is the party's first concrete expansion plan since Tom Perez took over as chairman.

Chuck Schumer's Threat To Block New FBI Director Shows Democratic Incompetence.  One of the reasons Democrats freaked out over [James] Comey's firing is because they said it interfered with the ability of the FBI to function properly and do their job.  So the solution is to block the appointment of a replacement? [...] It's fascinating to watch.  Donald Trump keeps shooting himself in the foot, and instead of sitting back, allowing it to happen, Schumer is grabbing the gun from Trump and firing shots into both of his own feet.

Democrats Ponder Whether Resisting Donald Trump Is Enough.  For Democrats these days, the key word in their political vocabulary is "resistance."  Amid the flurry of analysis and commentary marking President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office, the Democratic Party's position was clear:  It is fighting the president and all he does, pure and simple.

California's latest move to "fight the wall" is truly something out of La La Land.  There are still budget battles and (probably) blockades from the 9th Circuit to come, but sooner or later the President is going to get some work started on the border wall.  But if and when he does, California is laying some landmines in advance for any private contractors who dare to bid on the job and pour a single yard of concrete.  In a move being dubbed, "Build it and be banned," California legislators are proposing to impose a permanent ban for government contracts on any company who takes part in the project.

The Democrats' Desperate Ploy To Block Tax Reform.  Democrats say they won't work with President Trump on tax reform unless he first releases his tax returns.  This has to be the lamest excuse for not fixing the tax code we've ever heard.

More Than 70 Liberal Groups Partnered for Anti-Trump Tax Day Protests.  A coalition of more than 70 liberal groups coordinated to plan nationwide protests demanding President Donald Trump release his tax returns.  The April 15 protests drew thousands of people in Washington, D.C.  'Local protests' took place in 44 states, with international protests in Germany, Japan, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.  The protests were organized through a website called TaxMarch.org.  The site claims the demonstrations were the result of ordinary Americans, community organizers, advocates, and "people from all walks of life and all backgrounds" holding Trump, his administration, and Congress accountable.

With Gorsuch Gambit, Democrats Claim The Stupid Party Label.  Trump derangement syndrome claimed its first victim today [4/6/2017], when Senate Democrats decided to filibuster the appointment of the supremely qualified Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, and ended up handing Trump and the GOP the opportunity to dramatically shift the ideological balance on the court.

Dianne Feinstein In 2006: You Can't Block A SCOTUS Nominee Because You Disagree With Him.  The Democrats are going crazy over the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.  Gorsuch is completely qualified but they're trying to block him just because they hate Trump for winning.  Back in 2006, Dianne Feinstein had a much more reasonable view on this subject.  [Video clip]

The Yasser Arafat of the Democratic Party.  [Chuck] Schumer is so practiced at saying one thing to Democratic elites and another to the Democratic base that it is easy to fall for his charade.  But neither Arafat nor Schumer should fool you. [...] His decision is chum in the water for the frenzied "resistance" to President Trump, which has decided that a judge who was approved to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals with Democratic support — including Schumer's — and whose fans include President Obama's former solicitor general and legal scholar Cass Sunstein is somehow a jurisprudential freak who should be prevented from joining the Supreme Court by extraordinary means.

Soros-Tied Networks, Foundations Joined Forces to Create Trump 'Resistance' Fund.  Three liberal donor networks and foundations with ties to billionaire George Soros have joined forces to form a new fund to "resist" President Donald Trump.  The Emergent Fund, which carries a goal of fighting "immediate threats" to "immigrants, women, Muslim and Arab-American communities, black people, LGBTQ communities, and all people of color," was established late last year to quickly fund groups to take direct, immediate action against Republicans.  Since the fund's formation, it has received little public attention.  It has raised over half a million dollars to give to groups opposing Republicans, such as the Black Lives Matter Network.  The fund has extensive ties to significant liberal networks and groups.

Dem Chair Pledges Opposition to Trump on Everything but Socialized Medicine.  Newly-elected DNC Chairman Tom Perez downplayed the notion that Democrats are becoming the "Party of No" by saying he'd be willing to work with Trump on socialized medicine, while vowing to block nearly every other White House initiative from infrastructure spending to Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

Even Dick Durbin Blasts Democrat Anti-Gorsuch Strategy.  Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) has taken a different tone regarding the confirmation process of Judge Gorsuch, and his Democrat colleagues should take note.  While radical left-wingers like Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown, and Jeff Merkley have said they would oppose Gorsuch even before the hearing, Sen. Durbin stated rejected that kind of behavior, saying:  "I don't think that serves the country well."

$15,000 a month offered to 'A Teams' to fight Trump agenda.  A group known for its successes fighting digital wars, notably net neutrality, is offering $15,000 to activists who quit their jobs and form "A-Teams" to jump into a war on President Trump's agenda.

Monasteries of the Mind.  There is now something called the "Resistance," which by its nomenclature poses that its opposition to Trump is reminiscent of European partisan resistance to Hitler:  Affluent progressives are now on the barricades to stop another Holocaust?  Cities now nullify federal law in the spirit of the Old Confederacy.  A federal judge doesn't enforce federal law because he says he does not like what the president and his associates said in the past, during the campaign.  Op-ed writers overseas wait eagerly for the president's assassination.

Supreme Court needs judges like Gorsuch because America has leaders like Schumer.  Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., [...] trotted out three people, representing supposed "victims" of [Judge Neil] Gorsuch's jurisprudence.  He hoped to demonstrate that Gorsuch is hostile toward workers and cancer patients, and takes the side of "the powerful" and corporations against the "powerless" little guy.  Never mind that in all three cases, one of which was decided unanimously by a three judge panel that included one of former President Bill Clinton's appointees, Gorsuch scrupulously applied the text of the laws as written by the Congress in which Schumer serves.  Schumer just didn't like the outcomes or, to be more precise, he hopes the outcomes might be sufficiently tear-jerking that they can inflict damage on the judge's chances of confirmation.

Chuck Schumer calls for chaos.  New York's senior senator doesn't like the fact that Republicans mean to insert provisions for border-wall funding and deportation of illegal immigrants in a must-pass bill to keep the government funded past April 28.  So he's threatening a filibuster to block passage — which would result in furloughing government employees, just like last time.  Back then, Democrats called it "hostage-taking."  Now they're blaming Republicans for leaving Democrats no option but to take hostages themselves.  Or, as Schumer put it:  "They will be shutting down the government and delivering a severe blow to our economy."  Meaning:  When they do it, it's reckless; when we do it, it's principle.

Today's Riot-Prone Mobs Are A Product Of America's Cult-Like Education System.  If you are of sound mind and watched the anti-Trump demonstrations unfold on Inauguration Day, then during the recent anti-speech riots at the Cal Berkeley and New York University campuses, two developments probably stood out to you.  First, you could see how violent rioters systematically infiltrated and punctuated those purportedly "largely peaceful" protests.  I dare say, the Black Bloc presence and body language looks eerily similar that of ISIS terrorists, right down to the black hoods and masks.  Second, there is a particularly cult-like feel to the behavior of these mobs: the incoherence, blind rage, encouragement of lawlessness, and utter hostility to anyone who doesn't conform to their mindset.  It's an anger sustained by vilification tactics reminiscent of the "two minutes hate" in Orwell's novel "1984."  Rather than acting as individuals who exercise rational thought, participants in these mobs act more like atomized parts of manufactured hives.  They have been deployed at the drop of a hat — at airports, town halls, campuses — no doubt to create the illusion of mass resistance to a duly elected president and his administration.  Such mobs are also aggressively pre-packing and swarming town halls of GOP members of Congress in solidly GOP districts.

Rep. Vern Buchanan Holds Off Thousands of Leftists Who Storm His Town Hall: 'The Bottom Line Is' Donald Trump 'Won the Election'.  Both sides — pro-Trump activists and anti-Trump activists — showed up in force as a capacity crowd of thousands packed into the Van Wezel Performing Arts center with thousands more watching outside.  Interestingly, Trump won this district in the general election by 11 percent, so the outsized show of force from leftists is not representative of the feelings of those in the district, which sprawls along Florida's southwestern coast.  Despite the clear and concerted efforts to disrupt, Buchanan kept his cool for more than an hour throughout, made his case, and did not buckle under the left's pressure.

Author: It's Not College Kids Creating Chaos To Resist Trump, 'They're Professionals'.  A New Zealander we interviewed at the Conservative Political Action Conference, who has studied the radical left for some 30 years, says he is watching an escalating number of radicals foment hate, violence and chaos by any means necessary to destroy the American constitutional way of life.  These "ain't college students; they're professionals."  He hopes more Americans are connecting the dots and paying attention.

ACLU Leading Resistance Movement Against Trump, Launches Nationwide Protest Training.  According to the Associated Press, the American Civil Liberties Union recently launched a nationwide training event to "urge organized, public resistance by those opposed to policies of President Donald Trump."  The first one happened over the weekend at a University of Miami sports arena and was streamed to all 50 states.  The executive director of the ACLU, Anthony Romero, said 200,000 people attended across 2,000 local events.  Romero said the seminar focused on protesters knowing their rights and encouraged them to march for "priority issues" such as immigration, LGBT, free speech, religious freedom, and civil and reproductive rights.

The Dirty Dem Dogs of Disruption.  A new nonprofit called American Oversight launched this week to combat President Trump's "culture of impunity."  The outfit declared itself "nonpartisan" and claims its crusaders will fight for a "transparent and ethical government." [...] These Democrat operatives aren't interested in accountability.  Their mission is to attack, obstruct and destroy their political opponents at all costs.  Executive Director and Obama donor Austin Evers is certainly familiar with the "culture of impunity."  He worked as a lawyer at Williams and Connolly — the firm representing Hillary Clinton and the same firm that boasts longtime Clinton consigliere David Kendall, who shepherded scandal-ridden Bill and Hill through Whitewater, Lewinsky-gate and Email-gate.  Evers had zero experience handling public records and classified document requests before he was hired by the State Department in 2015 to be Hillary's information blocker.

They Broke It, Why Won't They Help Fix It?  Last night [3/8/2017], House Democrats forced a series of nuisance votes, in an attempt to slow debate down as much as possible and obstruct any effort to replace Obamacare.  House Democrats have "declared parliamentary warfare in an attempt to delay the bill as much as possible."

New Trump executive order hurts Hawaii's feelings.  There's a race going on for states to file or join new lawsuits against President Trump's second executive order temporarily halting entry into the U.S. for some people from a few terror-plagued countries.  The new actions promise to be rehashes of the states' earlier suits against Trump's original order.  Washington State, for example, which managed to stop the first order, has gone so far as to argue the new order and the now-rescinded original measure are identical, and has asked a judge to simply apply his emergency stop to the new order as if nothing has changed.

Democrats vow government shutdown over Trump border wall.  Congressional Democrats signaled Monday [3/13/2017] that they're ready to block spending bills over President Trump's planned border wall, raising the risks of a new government shutdown early in the new administration.  Adding more immigration agents to Homeland Security's deportation agency, making Planned Parenthood ineligible for federal cash and changing former President Barack Obama's policies on the environment, labor, veterans or consumer protections would also invite a shutdown, Senate Democrats said in a letter to GOP leaders.

ACLU launches nationwide training on protest, resistance.  The American Civil Liberties Union staged a nationwide training event Saturday to make sure people are aware of their rights as protesters and urge organized, public resistance by those opposed to policies of President Donald Trump.

Democrats announce bill to revoke Trump's 'extreme vetting' order.  Senate Democrats announced a bill Monday [3/13/2017] to revoke President Trump's latest extreme vetting executive order, saying it's discriminatory and counterproductive to the country's efforts to influence allies.  Led by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, the new bill is succinct — it cancels the March 6 order that suspends the refugee program and puts a 90-day halt on most admissions from six Middle East and African countries.  "President Trump's discriminatory executive order isn't about strengthening our national security.  It's a transparent effort to fulfill his campaign promise to implement a 'Muslim Ban,'" Mrs. Feinstein said in a statement.

Legal watchdog launches to hound Trump agencies.  Concerned by the shortage of government experience and early missteps by Trump administration officials — including President Trump — a group of lawyers is launching a watchdog organization that will seek to track the administration's ethics and expose potential conflicts, fraud or other wrongdoing.  The organization, "American Oversight," which says it is nonpartisan despite some of its founders having deep ties to Democrats, will focus on prying loose documents through public records requests and lawsuits under the Freedom of Information Act.  Regardless of what they uncover, such efforts could haunt the administration much the way similar actions by conservative group Judicial Watch produced emails from the State Department that dogged Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

Hawaii Sues to Block Trump Travel Ban; First Challenge to Order.  President Trump's revised executive order barring citizens of six predominantly Muslim countries from traveling to the United States confronted its first legal challenge late Tuesday [3/7/2017], the day after it was signed, when lawyers for the State of Hawaii asked a federal judge to block it temporarily.  The court filing from the office of the attorney general of Hawaii, Doug Chin, a Democrat, may signal a wave of legal assaults on Mr. Trump's second take on the travel ban, which preserves the fundamentals of the first while lifting restrictions on Iraqis, green card holders and lawful permanent residents, and people who are already approved to enter the United States.

'This is Muslim Ban 2.0': Hawaii plans to fight President Trump's revised travel ban in court.  A day after President Donald Trump signed a revised travel ban, attorneys for Hawaii said the state plans to challenge that order as well.  The state wants to amend its existing lawsuit challenging Trump's previous order to contest the revised one, according to a motion filed Tuesday [3/7/2017] in federal court in Honolulu.  The new order bars new visas for people from six Muslim-majority countries and temporarily shuts down America's refugee program, affecting would-be visitors and immigrants from Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Libya.

Left-wing group to Democrats:  Don't even meet with Trump, or else.  [Scroll down]  We disagree on a lot, but surely we agree on some things.  There is such a thing as bipartisan action, and it takes place when parties can find common ground.  It doesn't sound like we're going to see much of that during the Trump Administration, because congressional Democrats are apparently under orders from the left-wing group We Will Replace You to engage in all-out, total obstruction of everything Trump wants to do — even to the point that they will be punished if they meet with the administration or try to seek common ground.

Sabotage is All They Have Left on the Left.  This is no longer "just politics."  This is political jihadism that attempts to make America ungovernable.  There is no concern for the potentially dire consequences here or abroad of their actions.  All that matters to today's progressives is that they, and they alone, hold all the power in the massive progressive state they have built.  Elections, the law, the future of the nation, and even logic [notwithstanding].  The latest manifestation of progressive sabotage comes in the assault on AG Sessions.

Schumer's plan to Keep Obama appointees in power.  Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and the Democrats continue to snub President Trump by slowing down Senate confirmation of his Cabinet appointments.  Their underlying goal is to allow remaining Obama-appointed bureaucrats to do as much damage to the Trump administration as they can before leaving.  CNN reported last week that "Trump is noticeably behind the last three presidents when it comes to securing the confirmation of his Cabinet and other top appointments that require Senate approval."

Schumer's plan to Keep Obama appointees in power.  [Scroll down]  Senate Democrats are keeping the Department of Justice from functioning at full capacity.  But other seats are currently filled by Obama appointees quietly working behind the scenes to sabotage Trump's efforts by continuing their previous leader's agenda while Schumer works to hamstring Trump's presidency.  These include deputies, managers, and political appointees who are meant to keep the government running while a new administration comes into power.  A clear example of this is occurring in the Department of Education, where bureaucrats are continuing what the Washington Post called Obama's "ideological crusade" on for-profit colleges.

Krauthammer: Obama WH Officials Engaged in 'Revenge of the Losers' to Make Trouble for Trump.  For weeks now, some of the reporting around Russia and the intel community has concerned actions of members of the Obama administration and holdovers serving under Trump.  President Trump himself and others have argued that the big leaks are coming from those holdovers, and one report last month said that Obama loyalists engaged in a "months-long campaign" to take down Michael Flynn in the name of preserving the Iran deal.  And now this week there's a new report that Obama White House officials rushed to leave a "clear trail of intelligence" on Russia for the right people to investigate once President Trump was sworn in.

Townhall "Protesters" All Following the Same Script Authored by... George Soros.  A radical group linked to rogue billionaire George Soros has been providing scripts containing anti-Trump talking points for constituents to read aloud during congressional town hall meetings.  One of the scripts distributed by the Revolutionary Love Project encourages town hall participants meeting with their member of Congress to accuse the Trump administration of — wait for it — "xenophobia, racism, and Islamophobia."  Constituents are urged to use those precise words to "forcefully condemn" President Trump's immigration and border security initiatives, Aaron Klein reports at Breitbart News.

Voters say Democrats hurting party, nation with scorched-earth anti-Trump tactics:  Poll.  The Democratic Party's never-ending anti-Trump siege isn't just bad for the country, it's also hurting Democrats with the voters.  A Rasmussen Reports poll released Tuesday [2/28/2017] found that 63 percent of those surveyed said it was better for the country as well as the Democratic Party for Democrats to work with President Trump instead of countering him at every turn.  Just 29 percent agreed that it's better for the party and the nation for Democrats to oppose Mr. Trump "in every way possible."

Soros-Financed Groups Provided Script for Anti-Trump Town Halls.  An organization partnered with far-left groups that calls itself the Revolutionary Love Project distributed an actual script with anti-Trump talking points for citizens to use when meeting with constituents in town halls, including during last week's Congressional recess.  The script provides word-for-word language suggestions that accuse the Trump administration of "xenophobia, racism, and Islamophobia."  It asks activists to use the descriptors to petition their representatives to "forcefully condemn" and support legislation opposing President Trump's immigration and border security agendas.

Trump's Speech and Our Infantile Left.  Tuesday's [2/28/2017] address to a joint session of Congress was without a doubt the best speech President Donald Trump has ever given, perhaps the best speech to a joint session of Congress since the great Ronald Reagan.  But who could watch it and not be embarrassed by our infantile, bitter Left? [...] Like spoiled children, who had not gotten their way, they refused to applaud at the most obvious good-for-the-country lines.  In fact, they were like a clique of mean girls in middle school who have decided to target one of their own.  They knew what they were hearing was monumental and good for the nation.  But consumed in schoolyard jealousy, they got angry, not glad.  In doing so, they showed no intention of working "with" President Trump.  They are still scrambling for, and planning to sabotage him any way they can.

The Coming Border War:  A Prediction.  A prediction: when the "Wall" along the southern border begins to be constructed, the left's professional activists will implement an extensive disruption campaign.  It will be modeled after the Keystone Pipeline protest (that involved a makeshift city of 10,000), but be more mobile and flexible, spread out along the border that marks the path of the wall.  Protestors will stand in the path of construction, just at activists have, in the past, chained themselves to trees in the Northwest to stop logging.

Portland Mayor: 'Culture Of Protest' New Norm For 'Foreseeable Future'.  Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler called for peace in the wake of the latest violent anti-Trump protests, but said the "culture of protest" is going to continue both locally and nationally for the "foreseeable future."  Wheeler also said he wants Portland's police officers to "create a more positive space for expression" for protesters.  Portland, known for its liberal politics, has been the site of regular anti-Trump protests since the election last November.  Those demonstrations have often devolved into riots and property destruction, forcing police to arrest dozens of agitators.

Trump Versus Obama:  Whose Cabinet Nominees Faced More Obstruction?  President Trump is still waiting for the Senate to confirm several of his Cabinet nominees one month after he was inaugurated.  "We're using everything we can to stop these awful nominees," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) said at a press conference earlier this month.  The same day, Trump decried "obstruction by Democrats" for delaying confirmation votes to fill his Cabinet.

Seven Days in February.  Currently, the political and media opponents of Donald Trump are seeking to subvert his presidency in a manner unprecedented in the recent history of American politics.  The so-called resistance among EPA federal employees is trying to disrupt Trump administration reform; immigration activists promise to flood the judiciary to render executive orders inoperative.  Intelligence agencies had earlier leaked fake news briefings about the purported escapades of President-elect Trump in Moscow — stories that were quickly exposed as politically driven concoctions.  Nearly one-third of House Democrats boycotted the Inauguration.  Celebrities such as Ashley Judd and Madonna shouted obscenities to crowds of protesters; Madonna voiced her dreams of Trump's death by saying she'd been thinking a lot about blowing up the White House.  But all that pushback was merely the clownish preliminary to the full-fledged assault in mid February.

Michael Moore Launches 'Resistance Calendar' to Track Anti-Trump Protests.  Leftist documentary filmmaker Michael Moore launched what he called a "resistance calendar" on Sunday [2/19/2017] that will track anti-Donald Trump demonstrations across the country.  In a tweet announcing the launch of the calendar, the 62-year-old filmmaker described it as a "one-stop site for all anti-Trump actions EVERY DAY nationwide."

Trump under attack by 187 organizations directly funded by George Soros.  There have been many articles written about George Soros and his collectivist activism.  Soros is a business magnate, investor, philanthropist, and author who is of Jewish-Hungarian ancestry and holds dual citizenship.  He is chairman of Soros Fund Management.  Discover the Networks has published a comprehensive list of organizations funded by Soros and his Open Society Institute.  Some of these groups have actively opposed Donald Trump for president and may be part of the recent levels of violence and chaos seen at his rallies.  Many of the groups favor:  open borders, amnesty, giving illegals voting rights, Muslim migration and social justice.

Obama-linked activists have a 'training manual' for protesting Trump.  An Obama-tied activist group training tens of thousands of agitators to protest President Trump's policies plans to hit Republican lawmakers supporting those policies even harder this week, when they return home for the congressional recess and hold town hall meetings and other functions.  Organizing for Action, a group founded by Obama and featured prominently on his new post-presidency website, is distributing a training manual to anti-Trump activists that advises them to bully GOP lawmakers into backing off support for repealing ObamaCare, curbing immigration from high-risk Islamic nations, and building a border wall.  In a new Facebook post, OFA calls on activists to mobilize against Republicans from now until Feb. 26, when "representatives are going to be in their home districts."

Trump Necessitates a 'New Standard' for SCOTUS Nominees, Schumer Says.  Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer said President Donald Trump's behavior in the first few weeks of the new administration necessitates a "new standard" for Supreme Court nominees, including a unique a demonstration of judicial independence.  "What is particularly new" about the circumstances of Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the High Court, Schumer said Sunday [2/12/2017], "is that we have a president who is overreaching dramatically, who shows little respect for the rule of law, who seems to violate the Constitution in his first three weeks, and intimidates judges who have cases before them."

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In other words, there's nothing wrong with the nominee or his qualifications, but the Democrats are stonewalling just to burden the President.

Democratic Obstruction on Trump Cabinet Reaches Historic Levels.  Not since President George Washington's initial formation of a cabinet in 1789 has an American president's cabinet picks been approved as slowly as the Senate is approving President Donald Trump's nominees.  Trump has now been president for a full three weeks, and the number of approved members in his cabinet stands at seven — a number that was boosted by three contested confirmations last week that were opposed by almost the entire Democratic caucus.  Senate Democrats, vowing to use "everything" they can to stop Trump's nominees, have used procedural tricks like boycotting committee meetings to slow the confirmation process to a historically slow pace.

Cardin on Trump Cabinet Nominees: 'We Are Going to Take Our Time'.  Sen. Ben Cardin (D., Md.) said on Sunday [2/12/2017] that the reason there has been such a low number of nominees confirmed to President Trump's Cabinet is because Senate Democrats are "taking their time."  "We can't stop these nominees and we know that," Cardin told host Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday.  "I think it's important that we took as much time as possible so that the American people understood our concerns."

The Media Can't Attack Gorsuch On Much, So They Went After His Mother.  Pretty much everyone has lauded President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.  The man is eminently qualified.  He has academic credentials that are impeccable — he has a Ph.D. from Oxford — and he's unified the Republican Party behind his nomination.  As for Democrats, you have some, like Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), threatening to go to the mattresses and filibuster his nomination.  Yet, Democratic opposition has splintered.

DNC Candidate Keith Ellison Wants Full Democrat Filibuster on Gorsuch Nomination.  During the last of the DNC regional forum's today in Baltimore Maryland, leading candidate Keith Ellison outlines why every non-Democrat should hope he wins the chairmanship.  Ellison's expressed approach is that Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch should be filibustered by all Senate Democrats.

Black Caucus members storm Senate floor to protest Sessions.  House lawmakers led by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, and other Congressional Black Caucus members staged a protest against Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions' nomination to attorney general on the Senate floor Wednesday [2/8/2017].  The group of roughly 10 House members, including the dean of the House, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., and Democratic Reps. Lacy Clay of Missouri, Hank Johnson of Georgia and Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, traveled to the Senate side of the Capitol and marched onto the floor in an effort to draw attention to their opposition to Sessions' confirmation on civil rights grounds.

Why Democrats can't just obstruct their way back into power.  Democrats are preparing to try to stop President Trump's agenda at all costs.  Senate Democrats have voted more and more in unison against Trump's Cabinet nominees, and now there is even talk of an unprecedented filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee.  It's what the party's base is demanding right now.  But there is a difference between doing what feels good and what is strategically sound.  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) said it well this week:  "You've got to pick which ones you're going to fight about; not every pitch has to be swung at."

Dem Who Lied About Vietnam Service Calls for Extreme Vetting of Gorsuch.  A Democratic senator who lied about his military service for decades is now calling on his colleagues to thoroughly vet the background of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee.  Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D., Conn.), a member of the Senate committee that handles legal confirmation hearings, said that Appellate Court Judge Neil Gorsuch will face tough questions about his background.  He said the Colorado-based judge will have "every aspect of his background" investigated by Democratic committee members before his nomination to the nation's highest court moves forward.

Anti-Trump, Pro-Obamacare Crowds Target GOP Lawmakers' Town Halls.  A crowd of about a thousand people, dominated by opponents of President Donald Trump's agenda, packed a raucous town-hall event here in the latest example of increased activism targeting Republican members of Congress.

Note to bewildered Democrats:  Hating Trump is not a policy.  Democrats are overjoyed that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against President Trump's immigration order.  That figures; never mind the legal issues or the possible impact on the White House's ability to enact measures aimed at keeping the country safe.  Most important: it was a blow to Trump, and Democrats couldn't be happier.  It's gotten personal.  The decision will doubtless pump up House Democrats who are meeting in Maryland, presumably exploring a path back to relevance.  Given their strident denunciations of President Trump, working with Republicans to move the country forward does not appear to be an option.

Call It 'Going Original': Time's Come To End The Senate's Filibuster.  Republicans control both houses of Congress and the White House.  Yet Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer boasts that he can block Trump's legislative agenda.  "He won't be able to do it," Mr. Schumer says confidently.  What allows Schumer to thwart the majority's will and paralyze the Senate?  Not the Constitution.  No, the answer is a centuries-old Senate practice called the filibuster.  Senators in the minority could take the floor and talk endlessly, never agreeing to formally end debate so the majority could vote.  They'd talk the legislation to death, in the process shutting down all other Senate business.  The House never permitted it, always allowing a simple majority to shut down debate.  In the Senate, the idea was to make sure the minority was heard.  But over the years, the rule was exploited to actually stop legislation altogether.

The Numbers Don't Lie:  Comparing Trump's Cabinet Confirmations With Obama's.  Donald Trump began his presidency with fewer Cabinet nominations confirmed than any other president in almost 30 years.  Both George W. Bush and Barack Obama had seven of their nominees confirmed by their first day in office in 2001 and 2009.  Bill Clinton had three confirmed the day he was sworn in.  Trump had two.  By this time in 2001, Bush had his entire Cabinet confirmed.

Warren Breaks Senate Rule, Prohibited From Debating Sessions Nomination.  For the remainder of Tuesday night [2/7/2017] and for most of Wednesday, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren is prohibited from debating on the floor of the Senate.  That's because her Senate colleagues found her guilty of impugning another senator, Jeff Sessions, whose nomination for attorney general is being considered.  With a 52 seat Senate majority and control of the White House, Republicans are now able to confirm Trump cabinet nominees with a 50 vote majority and Democrats are furious.  And while Democrats can't stop nominees unless Republicans defect, they're resorting to the time-honored Senate tactic of parliamentary delay.

Why Did Obama's Cabinet Picks Get Voice Votes But Not Trump's?  Orrin Hatch, the old, Utah RINO is going around Twitter bragging how spineless Republicans were at the start of the first Obama term.  As we enter the third week of the Trump administration, only four cabinet level positions have been confirmed by a Republican lead Senate.  After two weeks of the first Obama administration, many of Obama's cabinet picks were confirmed, many by simple voice votes.

Back to the Future with Nancy Pelosi.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has served in Congress a long time.  She has served long enough to oppose Republican presidents going back to Ronald Reagan.  In the modern era she has missed only Presidents Eisenhower and Nixon, but she opposed them too!  Make no mistake about that.  She has served in Congress long enough to oppose both Presidents Bush, father and son, over a period of twelve years.  It therefore makes perfect sense that in a press conference yesterday she confused her current opposition to President Trump with her opposition to the Presidents Bush in ages past.

Not Even My Contractor Takes This Long to Get a Cabinet in Place.  I can understand the opposition to a game-changing, consequential pick like Betsy DeVos.  I can understand the Democrats' need to placate their base by opposing Jeff Sessions in every way possible.  But tell me, what's the advantage of slow-walking Ryan Zinke's nomination to be Secretary of the Interior?  Or Sonny Purdue's nomination to be Secretary of Agriculture?  The nominee to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs, David Shulkin, is a holdover from the Obama administration!  This isn't reasoned or justifiable opposition, this is obstructing nominees for the sake of obstruction.

From George Washington To Barack Obama:  Senate Democrats' Cabinet Blockade Has Never Been Seen Before.  The Senate Democrats' obstruction of President Trump's cabinet nominees has reached a record-setting level.  Yesterday [2/2/2017], ABC News reported:  "President Trump has more unconfirmed Cabinet nominees at this point in his term than all previous presidents combined." Senate Democrats have failed to a historical magnitude to offer deference to the president, running counter to what they argued for during previous administrations.

Democrats are becoming the party of secession.  Some call it Trump Derangement Syndrome, but that's too kind.  It's not a temporarily insane reaction, it's a calculated plan to wreck the presidency, whatever the cost to the country.  Things never seen in the modern era are now rapidly becoming common.  Impeachment talk already is rumbling in the party's hothouses, and Trump was met with a lawsuit the minute he took the oath.  Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, the top Dems in Congress, led a raucous demonstration Monday night, as if they are community organizers.  And Obama couldn't bear the irrelevance after eight days out of office and felt compelled to encourage disruptions.  This is Third World behavior and it's now the M.O. of one of America's two political parties.

Schumer And Leadership Team Refuse To Meet With Gorsuch.  Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democratic Senate leaders refused to meet with Judge Neil Gorsuch Thursday [2/2/2017].  The act appears to be revenge against Republicans for holding the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia open and not holding a hearing for Obama Supreme Court appointee Merrick Garland.  The White House requested that Gorsuch meet with Schumer, but aides said he declined in order to learn more about the nominee's record, The Washington Post reported.

Senate GOP suspends rules, advances Trump picks without Democrats.  The Senate Finance Committee advanced Steven Mnuchin to lead Treasury and Rep. Tom Price as health secretary on a pair of 14-0 votes without any Democrats present.  The votes were supposed to occur on Tuesday.  Yet Democrats derailed the markup by refusing to show up, which meant the panel didn't have the quorum needed to do business.

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Comparison of Number of Cabinet Nominees Confirmed by Senate.  When even Chuck Todd calls the Democrats' obstructionism a "petty delay tactic", you know things have gotten out of hand.


GOP changes rules to push through nominees after Dem boycott.  Senate Republicans pushed through a pair of President Trump's Cabinet nominees Wednesday, upending standard committee rules to circumvent a Democratic boycott.  The Senate Finance Committee advanced a pair of Trump's nominees with only Republican members present — Steven Mnuchin to head the Treasury Department, and Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) as secretary of Health and Human Services.  By unanimous consent, the Republicans gathered in the hearing room agreed to change the committee's standing rules, which normally require at least one member of each party to be in attendance for committee work to proceed.

Dems escalate anti-Trump offensive.  From Washington State to Washington DC, Democrats across the country are stepping up what some call "The Resistance" to President Trump, moving across political, legal, bureaucratic, legislative, and civil disobedience fronts to frustrate the newly elected president's agenda.

Should Sally Yates Be Indicted?  No matter what your attitude about the substance of Donald Trump's executive order temporarily suspending visas from seven countries involved in terrorism, that an acting attorney general took it upon herself to disobey it is nothing less than the deliberate subversion of the rule of law in the United States of America.  She deserves to be indicted — or at least be disbarred.  Not only did Sally Yates announce she would not enforce the order, she gave absolutely no legal justification for her inaction.

180 federal employees sign up for 'civil disobedience' class.  A large group of federal employees have signed up to participate in a workshop on civil disobedience in the President Trump era.  According to a Washington Post report, 180 federal employees have signed up for a workshop featuring expert advice on workers' rights and expressing civil disobedience.  Dozens of federal workers have reportedly attended a support group for civil servants that serves as a forum for discussing opposition to the Trump administration.

Democrats boycott vote on EPA nominee Scott Pruitt.  The boycott by Democrats on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee comes amid other attempts to hold up Mr. Trump's nominees.  In the case of Mr. Pruitt specifically, Democrats claim he's failed to answer substantive questions.  But Republican leaders say that excuse simply doesn't hold water.  "The minority may not like all of Attorney General Pruitt's answers, but he's given them answers," said Sen. John Barrasso, Wyoming Republican and committee chairman.  "Mr. Pruitt ought to get at least a vote."

Democrats running Tea Party playbook against Trump.  Senate Democrats are dispensing with talk of cooperation and preparing to fight President Trump across the board, delaying his nominees where possible and filibustering his Supreme Court pick if necessary.  Despite their minority status in the Senate, Democrats are under increasing pressure from their progressive base to stand up to a president they consider authoritarian and illegitimate.  These activists demand that Democrats emulate Tea Party conservatives' opposition to President Obama by doing everything in their power to obstruct President Trump.

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Unreasonable Obstructionists:  Democrats Use Fill-In-The-Blank Protest Signs to Oppose Gorsuch.  There really is no reason to keep the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees.  Democrats are showing they are going to obstruct no matter who it is.  Now we know it is going to be Neil Gorsuch who even Barack Obama's Solicitor General supports.  But the left does not care about his credentials or pedigree. [...] They are going to oppose Gorsuch for the sake of opposing him.  You need no further evidence of this than one tweet by Ben Sasse.  At the Supreme Court tonight [1/31/2017], the Democrats had pre-printed opposition signs, but had to let protestors hand write in the name of the nominee.


The Democrats' New Opposition Strategy:  Obstruction.  President Trump's selection for the Supreme Court won't get a fair hearing from the Democrats.  No, that's not an opinion.  The Democrats themselves say so. [...] Then there's the case of the nominations of Dr. Tim Price as Health and Human Services secretary and Steve Mnuchin as the next Treasury secretary.  They were scheduled to be approved Tuesday by the Senate Finance Committee and sent to the floor or a vote so that President Trump could get his government up and running.  But the Democrats didn't show.  Literally.  Senate rules require a simple majority with at least one member of the minority party for a quorum.  But the Democrats, despite promising just one day earlier to vote, deserted the chamber.  No quorum, no vote.

Tom Cotton suggests ordering sergeant at arms to force Dems to vote on nominations.  Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton on Tuesday suggested ordering the sergeant at arms to force Democrats to vote for President Trump's nominees at the committee level, ratcheting up the rhetoric after Democrats delayed the votes with a boycott Tuesday morning [1/31/2017].  "I don't know how long they plan to do this," the Republican said from the Senate floor.  "I don't know if they intend to abscond out of the District, if we're going to have to vote to have the sergeant at arms track them down, haul them to work to do their business."

Milk Carton Democrats — Washington Democrats in 2017 Deploy Wisconsin Senate Democrat 2011 Strategy.  History repeats.  Many people will remember what happened in Wisconsin in 2011 when control of the state legislature flipped from Democrat control to Republican control and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker began initiating a series of state budget reforms.  In 2011 the fourteen defeated Wisconsin senate democrats that remained in office fled to Illinois in a failed attempt to block legislation by not providing a quorum.

Dems boycott confirmation votes for Trump nominees.  Senate Democrats on Tuesday [1/31/2017] refused to attend a committee vote on two of President Trump's more controversial nominees, effectively delaying their consideration. [...] Republicans expressed outrage at the move, while Democrats gathered outside the Senate Finance Committee hearing room to outline their gripes with the selections.

Democrats, Including Chuck Schumer, Voted Unanimously to Confirm Neil Gorsuch in 2006.  President Donald J. Trump on Tuesday nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court.  Democrats immediately pounced on the decision with preprepared statements they would've released regardless of whom the president nominated.  Judge Gorsuch, 49, who serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Colorado, was appointed in 2006 by President George W. Bush.  In July 2006, the U.S. Senate confirmed him unanimously by a voice vote, in which had the support of the very Democrats who are now objecting to his nomination.

Democrats announce plans to filibuster of Gorsuch nomination.  Democrats have already decided they will force a filibuster on Judge Neil Gorsuch, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Tuesday [1/31/2017], just minutes after President Trump announced the pick.  "The Senate must insist upon 60-votes for any Supreme Court nominee," Mr. Schumer said in a statement.  Republicans could counter with the so-called "nuclear option," using a shortcut to change the rules and eliminate the 60-vote filibuster threshold.  But GOP leaders have been circumspect on that option.

Democrats are already plotting to block Trump's Supreme Court pick.  Eager for political payback, Senate Democrats plan to do everything they can to block President Trump's nomination for the Supreme Court — even though they don't know who it will be.  Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) said Monday [1/30/2017] that he will filibuster any pick that is not Merrick Garland — former President Obama's nominee to replace the late Antonin Scalia — who was never granted a hearing or a vote by the GOP-controlled Senate.  "This is a stolen seat.  This is the first time a Senate majority has stolen a seat.  We will use every lever in our power to stop this," Merkley told Politico, adding that an overwhelming majority of his Democratic caucus will oppose Trump's pick.

Soros Bankrolling Effort to Stop Trump's Temporary Refugee Halt Order.  The flurry of anguished news stories and protests surrounding President Trump's executive action temporarily suspending "immigrants and non-immigrants" from "countries of particular concern" appears to be part of a coordinated PR effort financed by left-wing billionaire George Soros.  Rather than a complete "Muslim ban" as promised during the campaign, Trump's executive order contains moderate refugee restrictions, similar to those that have been implemented by President Obama.

Chuck Schumer wants delay on Rex Tillerson vote, possibly other nominees, after executive order.  Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Monday [1/30/2017] he plans to ask for a delay on the confirmation vote of Rex Tillerson, President Trump's secretary of state pick, in the wake of the administration's "extreme vetting" immigration executive order and resulting fallout.

Anti-Trump Protests Block Airports, Frustrate Travelers.  Protests against President Donald Trump and his executive order restricting travel from several terror-prone countries continued Sunday evening [1/29/2017] at several West Coast airports, blocking traffic and causing some travelers to miss their flights.  In contrast to the demonstrations on Saturday evening, which ostensibly were aimed at securing the release of individuals who had been detained after arriving from one of seven countries on a list originally approved by the Obama administration, the protests on Sunday aimed primarily at disrupting travel and creating chaos to send a signal to the Trump administration.

Trump's EPA Secretary Will Have '16,000 Employees Working Against Him'.  When likely EPA Secretary Scott Pruitt walks into his first day at the office, "He'll have 16,000 employees working against him," Sen. James Lankford told a large gathering of libertarian donors Saturday evening.  "And I expect a flood of lawsuits over everything he does."  Pruitt, who has been nominated to lead the EPA by President Donald Trump, is the attorney general of Lankford's state, Oklahoma.  He has faced fierce opposition from the environmentalist left.

Soros Bankrolling Effort to Stop Trump's Temporary Refugee Halt Order.  The flurry of anguished news stories and protests surrounding President Trump's executive action temporarily suspending "immigrants and non-immigrants" from "countries of particular concern" appears to be part of a coordinated PR effort financed by left-wing billionaire George Soros.  Rather than a complete "Muslim ban" as promised during the campaign, Trump's executive order contains moderate refugee restrictions, similar to those that have been implemented by President Obama.  If reports are true that restrictions are being applied even to green-card holders, that is an unfortunate misapplication of the law that will likely soon be corrected.

Trump backs curbing filibuster if Dems block Supreme Court pick.  President Trump is urging Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to abolish the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees if Democrats block his pick.  Trump told Fox News that he would back getting rid of the 60-vote threshold for high court nominees if he can't win over the support of at least eight Democrats for his nominee, who is expected to be announced next week.  "We have obstructionists," Trump said, pointing to Democrats' treatment of his Cabinet nominees and their push to delay a committee vote on Sen. Jeff Sessions's (R-Ala.) attorney general nomination.

Dems Force Trump's Ed.  Nominee To Answer 1,397 Questions In Writing — Obama's TWO Had 109, Combined.  Democrats are blocking the confirmation of Donald Trump's Secretary of Education nominee Betsy Devos by forcing her to answer 837 written, followup questions from her Senate confirmation hearing.  "Mrs. Devos' Senate opponents are grasping for straws," Sen. Lamar Alexander said of the decision in a post for Medium.  "We didn't have time to question her, they say, even though she met with each one of them in their offices, and her hearing lasted nearly an hour and a half longer than either of President Obama's education secretaries."

Trump's Nominees Face 'Unprecedented' Democrat Obstructionism.  President Donald Trump starts his first full week in the White House with just two Cabinet secretaries confirmed by the U.S. Senate.  That's the lowest number in decades and a sharp contrast from former President Barack Obama.  Trump's picks have fared worse than past Cabinet nominees.  Even though Trump enjoys a Republican-led Senate, Democrats have kept their promise to delay confirmation of his nominees, even if they lack the votes to ultimately defeat them.

Chuck Schumer Says Democrats Will "Absolutely" Obstruct SCOTUS Nominee.  Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has only been Democratic leader for one day, yet his media appearances show he's already way out of his depth.  Last year, in his capacity as head of the Democratic Policy and Communications Center, Schumer was one of the most vocal advocates for the need to fill the Supreme Court vacancy.  Yet last night [1/3/2017(?)] on MSNBC, Schumer announced that he would "absolutely" look to block a Supreme Court confirmation indefinitely.

And Now The Left's War On Normal Americans Truly Begins.  The left's strategy is simple — deny normal Americans normalcy.  After all, that's what we really want, a return to normal. [...] It's what we want, and liberals want to deny it to us in order to doom Donald Trump and reopen their path back into power.  So how will they do it?  Constant resistance at every turn.  They will ignore norms and rules — remember, norms and rules are only supposed to constrain us.  They will lie, cheat, and engage in any conduct that they believe will help their hateful cause.  A huge part of the progressive effort will go toward policing their own for any weakness or faltering in their lockstep opposition to everything Trump and the GOP do.

California Lt. Gov:  We'll Stop Trump's Wall with Environmental Suits.  President-Elect Donald Trump's plan to build a border wall along with U.S.-Mexico Border will be challenged through environmental lawsuits, according to California's second-highest official.  California Lt.  Gov. Gavin Newsom said in an interview with 'The Golden State Podcast' that he would use specific environmental laws in the state to stop the border wall from being built, at least in southern California.

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In this case, environmental laws are being used as weapons.  The matter at hand has nothing to do with the protection of the environment.  One thing politicians and environmentalists do well:  they obstruct and impede their enemies' progress.

Chuck Schumer's Unprecedented, Unreasonable Demand to Slow Walk Trump's Cabinet Nominees.  It may be a new year, but Senate Democrats are continuing on a course of obstruction.  Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) wants to slow down the confirmation process of President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet nominees.  In a recent Washington Post story, Sen. Schumer indicated that his conference planned to target eight nominees, including Scott Pruitt, who is President-elect Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), the nominee to serve as director of the White House Office of Budget and Management (OMB).

How liberals squelch opposing points of view.  Journalist and TV pundit Kirsten Powers has a problem with her own people — liberals.  The liberal columnist for USA Today doesn't have a problem with all liberals, just the subset she defines as the "illiberal left."  As political discourse has become more coarse, she sees growing danger.

Inauguration Protesters Plan To Destroy Property And Disrupt Balls.  On the day of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration protesters are planning an anti-capitalist march, road blockades and disruptions to inauguration balls.  The protests will likely include property destruction, a source with intimate knowledge of the protest plans told The Daily Caller Friday [1/13/2017].  The blockades are not limited to roads but will also be at every security checkpoint, the source said.  The source added that the protesters blockading each checkpoint will represent a different liberal cause such as climate change or money in politics.

Protesters planning to blockade inauguration checkpoints, 'party' outside Pence home.  An anti-Donald Trump group is planning massive disruptions for next week's inauguration covering everything from "blockades" at security checkpoints to a "dance party" outside VP-elect Mike Pence's house, according to group leaders as well as newly obtained audio of their apparent plans.  The organization #DisruptJ20 already announced at a press conference Thursday its various plans to wreak havoc at Trump's Jan. 20 inauguration and in the days leading up to it.

The Left Means to Break This President.  Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign against Donald Trump largely amounted to a reprise of the left's attacks on Judges Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas in the 1980s.  "Borking" — nice slang for Hillary's "politics of personal destruction" (which she decried when it was employed against her husband in 1998) — succeeded against Judge Bork.  It did not work against Justice Clarence Thomas.  And it demonstrably didn't work against president-elect Trump.  So what is the left going to try next, now that Borking Mr. Trump has failed?  "Massive resistance."  That's what.

Protesters dressed as KKK members [were] dragged out of Sessions' attorney general hearing.  Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) had barely entered the room for his Attorney General confirmation hearing when he was met by protesters.  A pair of men dressed as KKK members jumped up on their seats in the back of the Senate hearing room the moment Sessions walked in, adopting seemingly fake southern accents to troll the controversial senator.

Protests erupt as Jeff Sessions confirmation hearing begins.  A series of protests disrupted the opening minutes of the confirmation hearing for attorney general nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., with opponents of the nominee apparently staggering their interruptions for maximum effect.  First up were a pair of demonstrators posing as Ku Klux Klan members masquerading as Sessions supporters, who erupted into protest at the outset in order to highlight charges of racism against him.

In Historic Move, Sen. Booker to Testify Against Sessions.  Sen. Cory Booker is set to make history this week when he testifies before the Judiciary Committee against Sen. Jeff Sessions' nomination for attorney general in hearings that begin Tuesday morning [1/10/2017].  Booker's office said Monday [1/9/2017] that the Senate historian had been unable to find any previous instance of a sitting senator testifying against a fellow sitting senator nominated for a Cabinet position.

Democrats hunker down for 'permanent opposition' to Donald Trump presidency.  For those stunned to see Tuesday's [1/10/2017] Senate confirmation hearing disrupted by shouts, chants and protesters dressed as Ku Klux Klan members:  Get used to it.  President-elect Donald Trump won't take office for another week, but Democrats and left-wing groups have already laid the groundwork for a relentless four-year assault on his presidency, vowing to disrupt and discredit his administration long before he signs his first bill.  Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich have a name for it:  the permanent opposition.

The Real Reason Cory Booker Testified Against Jeff Sessions.  Although it is not without precedent for a Senator to vote against the nomination of a fellow Senator, never in the country's history has a sitting member of the legislative body actively testified against the confirmation of one of his or her peers for a cabinet position. [...] "Senator Booker is putting partisan politics over legitimate policy concerns with his stunt," Congressman Chris Collins (R-NY) said in a statement to FOXBusiness.com.  "This is just the latest desperate attempt by Democrats to derail the inevitable and avoid the reality that Americans rejected their liberal ideas on Election Day."

Jeff Sessions attorney general showdown fizzles.  There was a lot of talk that the Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearing for Attorney General-designate Jeff Sessions would be an epic showdown, with Democrats slashing Sessions' record and protesters turning the historic Russell Senate Office Building hearing room into a war zone.  The buzz in the minutes before the hearing seemed to suggest something was up.  A group of protesters staged a brief sit-in in Sessions' office just down the hall.  Khizr Khan, center of a white-hot controversy with President-elect Trump last summer, showed up, talking with Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy.  Al Sharpton came in, after Maxine Waters, Sheila Jackson Lee and others.  A brightly dressed contingent from Code Pink took seats in the center of the spectator session.

ACLU Aims To Derail Sessions' Attorney General Confirmation.  The national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) David Cole will testify against Republican Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions at his confirmation hearing to be the next U.S. attorney general.  "The ACLU is nonpartisan, and as a matter of longstanding policy does not support or oppose nominees for federal office.  As a result, the ACLU rarely testifies in confirmation hearings," a Saturday [1/7/2017] statement from the ACLU said.  "However, the organization is taking the extraordinary step of testifying in this hearing because Sen. Sessions' record raises significant, serious questions about his hostility to civil rights and civil liberties."

Will Chuck Schumer become Senator 'No' and wipe out his party's future?  I'm amazed by the continuing stream of negativity Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has been communicating to the American people.  Schumer asserted on CNN "The only way we're going to work with him [Donald Trump] is if he moves completely in our direction and abandons his Republican colleagues."  He further warned on MSNBC that "It's hard for me to imagine a nominee that Donald Trump would choose that would get Republican support that we [Democrats] could support."  Schumer knows better than to get defined as "Senator No".

Biden gavels down die-hard Clinton loving Democrats who launch futile protests against the electoral vote.  Democrats were shut down in their final, futile attempt to protest President-elect Donald Trump's electoral college win — and this time it was Vice President Joe Biden wielding procedure against them.  Congress met in a Joint Session Friday to certify the electoral college, which met in December in state capitols across the country.  'It is over,' Biden said at one point, after shutting down an array of Democrats who tried to force a debate on the certification of the vote.

Celebrities Call for 'Month of Resistance' to Fight 'Fascist' Trump.  Rosie O'Donnell, Debra Messing, Ed Asner and Michael Shannon are among the dozens of artists, entertainers, and activists who have attached their names to an effort calling for a month-long protest to stop President-elect Donald Trump.  "No!  In the Name of Humanity We Refuse to Accept a Fascist America!" reads a full-page ad placed in the New York Times on Wednesday [1/4/2017] by the group Refuse Fascism.

Impeaching Trump Before He Takes Office.  The single most enjoyable part of Trump's election (thus far) has been the collective lefty meltdown; a glorious sight to behold.  First, there were the attempts to overturn the results of the election by way of that whole embarrassing Electoral College coup that never materialized.  When the coup fell flat, the entirety of the Democrats and establishment media woke up one Monday and miraculously, simultaneously decided that despite zero evidence, the Russians had "hacked the election" — whatever that means.  Sure they probably hacked into the DNC's emails, but that was old news.  Now, and this is probably my favorite, there's talk of impeaching Trump before he's been sworn in.

Democrats to Fight Any Trump Supreme Court Nominee:  Schumer.  Suggesting that turnabout is fair play, the Senate's new top Democrat promised Tuesday night [1/3/2017] to do his best to block whomever President-elect Donald Trump nominates to the Supreme Court. [...] Senate Republicans blocked President Barack Obama's March 16 nomination of U.S. Appeals Judge Merrick Garland for more than nine months — more than twice as long as any other nomination to the court has gone without a vote.  Garland's nomination expired Tuesday as the new 115th Congress was sworn in.

NAACP president arrested in Jeff Sessions' office.  The president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and other employees of the organization were arrested around 7 p.m.  CST Tuesday [1/3/2017] after they refused to leave Sen. Jeff Sessions' office in Mobile, Ala.  President Cornell Brooks and three other staffers were taken into police custody after spending the day sitting on the floor of the Republican senator's office.  Brooks said they would not leave until either Sessions declined his nomination as attorney general or they were arrested.

NAACP stages protest in Jeff Sessions' office.  The NAACP staged a sit-in on Tuesday [1/3/2017] to protest the nomination of conservative U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions as the nation's next Attorney General, vowing to occupy his Mobile, Alabama, office until he withdrew as a candidate or demonstrators were arrested.  Sessions, 70, has a record of controversial positions on race, immigration and criminal justice reform.  Along with the sit-in, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) organized demonstrations at his offices statewide to draw attention to their concerns about his track record.

GOP to combat Schumer nominee [and] stall with a public shaming.  Senate Republicans have launched a public shaming campaign to try to shift public opinion against Democrats' threats to stall action on eight of Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees until March.  Democrats, led by new Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., have repeatedly warned that they will drag out confirmation votes with a series of procedural tactics.  They say they have no qualms delaying the Trump nominees if they feel they don't receive adequate background information and financial records and don't have enough time to review them.

Schumer: "Democrats Will Resist Trump's Picks Vehemently!"  According to [a report in The Washington Post], Schumer told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that he will target Trump's pick for the head of State, Sen. Jeff Sessions for head of the Justice Department, and two other notable appointees.  Democrats will also target picks for the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor, Treasury and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Democrats prepare for early 'act of cowardice' with GOP attempt to repeal Obamacare.  Democrats mounted a preemptive attack as the new Congress gets ready to meet Tuesday, accusing Republicans of "cowardice" for what is expected to be an early-session effort to repeal Obamacare.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, preparing for her fourth straight Congress in the minority — she lost her speakership in 2010, in an anti-Obamacare backlash — now says it's the GOP that will pay a political price if it moves to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.  "You break it, you own it," the California Democrat said.

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The last sentence is particularly amusing, because Obamacare is already broken, and the Democrats already own it, since they alone implemented it, yet their only solution is more government intervention.

Democrats target eight cabinet nominees, threaten to drag out process.  Senate Democrats are vowing to stall action on eight of Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees tasked with carrying out his economic, law enforcement and regulatory agenda, a senior Democratic aide told CNN Monday.  If carried through, the threat that could delay confirming the President-elect's choices for months.  Those targeted include secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson, attorney general pick Jeff Sessions and health and human services secretary hopeful Tom Price.

Rules Package Expected To Be Introduced To Prevent Another Dem Sit-In.  GOP House Leadership is expected to roll out a rules change package to prevent lawmakers from doing anything similar to Democrats' anti-gun protest on the House floor in June.  Democrats broke a number of rules during the sit-in, which lasted more than 24 hours.  Violations included live streaming the event on social media and fundraising from the floor.  Shortly after the occurrence, House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy met with the sergeant at arms to review the violations to determine the best way to address the issue.  While their plans for disciplinary action took months, McCarthy assured throughout the process repercussions would be brought forward to prevent future instances.

GOP moves to block 'disorderly conduct' in House chamber.  In a delayed response to Democrat's sit-in last summer to protest a lack of Congressional action on gun control, House Republicans are proposing rules to punish members of Congress who record or broadcast from the chamber floor.

CA's Senator Boxer Attempts To Block Her Own Bill.  California Tea Party activists have long battled the bureaucrats and politicians over policies related to water.  One of the most well-known of the myriad of issues is the diversion of water from farms in the Central Valley (a major source of this nation's fruits and nuts... outside of San Francisco, that is).  One goal of this reallocation of a prime agricultural resource is the protection of a bait fish known as the Delta Smelt.  Last week, the House of Representatives easily passed a major water bill that includes emergency aid for Flint, Mich., and boosts U.S. ports, dams and waterways.  This bill, known as the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), was initially co-authored by the notorious Senator Barbara Boxer, who infamously derided a Brigadier General for referring to her as "ma'am".

National Mall sites shut down for protests during inauguration.  Protests scheduled to take place around President-elect Trump's inauguration next month won't have access to the Lincoln Memorial and other sites on the National Mall.  The Guardian reported the National Park Service has filed documents securing large swaths of the Mall for inauguration events, essentially shutting them off to protesters.  While this is standard procedure for inaugurations, and would have happened if Hillary Clinton was elected instead, it has angered some who planned to protest Trump.

Democratic Senators Stall CR, Force Federal Government into Weekend Shutdown.  Senate Democrats from coal mining states shamed their Democratic colleagues in joining them in a procedural vote Thursday that would have ended debate on the continuing resolution to extend federal government funding through April over an extension of benefits for out-of-work coal workers.  In the Senate, there are two votes.  The first vote ends debate, and that must pass with 60 votes.  The effort to extend debate is called the filibuster, which is what Senate Democrats, led by Ohio's Sherrod Brown, did when they kept the Republicans from getting the 60 votes to end debate.  The second vote on a bill merely requires a simple majority.

Brown blocks Senate resolution for Pearl Harbor in effort to get better health deal for miners.  Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.,and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, both vulnerable senators facing re-election in 2018, took to the Senate floor to block a host of bills and resolutions that usually sail through unnoticed.  Manchin and Brown want a longer guarantee of health benefits for miners beyond April 28.  The miners' health care issue has emerged as a flashpoint on a bill to fund the government through next spring.  Funding for the government expires Friday night.  Sen. Thom Tillis, R-NC, repeatedly tried to get clearance from Manchin and Brown on a panoply of non-controversial bills Wednesday night.  But the Democrats repeatedly objected, effectively blocking each item.

Brown blocks Senate resolution for Pearl Harbor in effort to get better health deal for miners.  Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.,and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, both vulnerable senators facing re-election in 2018, took to the Senate floor to block a host of bills and resolutions that usually sail through unnoticed.  Manchin and Brown want a longer guarantee of health benefits for miners beyond April 28.  The miners' health care issue has emerged as a flashpoint on a bill to fund the government through next spring.  Funding for the government expires Friday night [12/9/2016].  Sen. Thom Tillis, R-NC, repeatedly tried to get clearance from Manchin and Brown on a panoply of non-controversial bills Wednesday night.  But the Democrats repeatedly objected, effectively blocking each item.

Led By California, Democrats Vow to Say 'No' to Trump — on Everything.  Democrats are vowing to oppose incoming President Donald Trump on everything — from his Cabinet nominees to his policy proposals, from his executive orders to his Supreme Court nominations.  They are doing so based on their mistaken projection of Trump as a nascent fascist; their hysterical and self-serving delusions about being "unsafe"; and their own faulty memories of Republican opposition to President Barack Obama.  In do doing, [sic] Democrats are setting themselves up to continue to fail.

Michael Moore:  Trump 'Has No Right To Enter' White House.  On Friday's [12/16/2016] broadcast of MSNBC's "All In," filmmaker Michael Moore argued that President-Elect Donald Trump "has no right" to enter the White House.  Moore called for "protesting, obstructing, disrupting, civil disobedience."

Michael Moore: 'Disrupt the Inauguration'.  Liberal documentary filmaker Michael Moore is encouraging Americans to take to the streets to protest the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

Black's Law Dictionary, Fifth Edition, 1979.
Black's Law Dictionary, Fifth Edition, 1979, page 5.

Senate Dems Vow to Hold Up Bills Until Vote on Coal Miners' Healthcare.  After Democrats took an Election Day hit in coal country, a group of Senate Democrats has vowed to block unanimous consent bills until a pension shortfall for retired mine workers is addressed.  Last month, 22 senators wrote to congressional leadership urging that the Miners Protection Act, sponsored by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), be passed before Congress leaves for the year.

Dem Rep Ellison:  House Democrats Will Do Nothing But 'Vote No' Under Trump.  Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, widely considered a frontrunner to be the next Democratic National Committee chair, says House Democrats will do nothing but "vote no" in the coming years under the new Trump administration.  Ellison, who has faced questions over whether he can juggle both working in Congress and rebuilding a depleted Democratic Party, defended himself at a party meeting on Friday [12/2/2016] by suggesting that working as a Democratic congressman won't require much effort.

"Fight for $15" protests sweeping the country.  A national day of protests for a higher minimum wage is seeing demonstrations from O'Hare Airport in Chicago to Kansas City to Los Angeles.  The national "Fight For $15" protest is the latest in the fight for a $15-per-hour minimum wage.  Protesters called the day of action "Disruption Tuesday."  Fast food employees, child care teachers, graduate assistants, and others in low-wage jobs who plan to walk off their jobs in 340 cities.

Stick This in Your Pipeline.  The next radical environmental tactic is now evident for eyes to see:  block all infrastructure projects — especially oil and gas pipelines — with criminal trespass and obstruction.  Having killed the Keystone pipeline (only temporarily, now that Trump is going to approve it once he takes office), the red-greenies are trying to stop the Dakota Access pipeline that has received all of its regulatory permits.

US Green Party raises enough funds for Wisconsin recount.  The former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has raised the necessary $1.1 million to request a vote recount in Wisconsin, her campaign announced Thursday [11/24/2016].  The Midwestern state was a key battleground in the November 8 election, helping propel the Republican President-elect Donald Trump past his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton to a victory that shocked the nation.

Jill Stein Raises Enough Money To Force Wisconsin Recount Michigan & Pennsylvania Up Next.  A couple of days ago we wrote about a group of scientists, which included voting-rights attorney John Bonifaz and J. Alex Halderman, the director of the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society, who announced they had found "persuasive evidence" that results in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania may have been manipulated or hacked.  Of course, they presented absolutely no evidence to support their startling claim other than to point out that Clinton received, on average, 7% fewer votes in counties that used electronic voting machines rather than optical scanners and paper ballots.  Apparently that was all the evidence that Jill Stein needed to be convinced that she might have a chance in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan where she received 1.1%, 0.8% and 1.1% of the vote, respectively.

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It's almost comical when a presidential candidate demands a recount after losing by a ratio of 99-to-1.  Obviously the recount will allow the Democrats to "find" another truckload of straight-party Democrat ballots that weren't counted the first time.  As I understand the situation, they'll need to manufacture at least 10,000 more ballots to change the outcome of the election.  This effort has nothing to do with fair elections and everything to do with friction, obstruction and disruption.

Black Lives Matter Plans To Block White-Owned Businesses On Black Friday.  Black Lives Matter and other groups plan to block white-owned Chicago stores on Black Friday [11/25/2016] to bring awareness about police shootings, economic issues and alleged racism.  Local churches, Black Lives Matter and the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression will block stores along Michigan Avenue and prevent customers from entering stores for the second year in a row, reports Crain's Chicago Business.  A big part of the protest is to force on people that it's important to shop at businesses that aren't owned by white men, Kimberly Veal, a leader of Black Lives Matter, said.  It's not yet known who owns the businesses that will be targeted as part of this effort.

Black Lives Matter Activists Plan to Disrupt Black Friday Shopping in Major Cities.  Black Lives Matter agitators plan to disrupt Black Friday shopping in at least two cities this year in an attempt to draw attention to what they call unjustified police shootings.  Organizers in Chicago and Seattle are planning demonstrations that they hope will attract thousands of protesters.  In Seattle, as many as 2,700 people may attend a Black Lives Matter protest downtown on Black Friday, according to a Facebook page set up by the "Black Freedom Front of Seattle."

Limbaugh: Hillary Campaign Behind Push to 'Threaten Electors'.  As the revolt against Donald Trump's victory Nov. 8 takes another turn — with calls to challenge results in three states and more "faithless" electors vowing not to vote for Trump — Hillary Clinton's lecture to Trump after the third presidential debate on the virtue of accepting election outcomes comes to mind.  When considerable attention was given to Trump's reluctance during the third presidential debate to pledge that he would accept the results of the election, Clinton went on record stating "one of our hallmarks has always been that we accept the outcomes of our election."

Report: Huma Sister Trying To Undermine Legitimate Trump Victory.  The sister of Huma Abedin — the longtime aide of Hillary Clinton and estranged wife of former Democratic congressman and serial sexter Anthony Weiner — appears to be trying to undermine Donald Trump's legitimate electoral victory.  Heba Abedin urged her Facebook followers to call the Department of Justice to demand an "audit" of votes cast because "there is something really off about the election results as they come in," according to a screenshot captured by New York Magazine writer Yashar Ali.  Heba appears to have since deleted the post.

Activists urge Clinton camp to challenge election results in three states.  [Scroll down]  The group found the Democratic nominee got 7 percent fewer voters in counties in Wisconsin that used electronic-voting machines instead of optical scanners or paper ballots, according to the magazine.  Clinton could have reportedly not received as many as 30,000 votes, which could have cost her the state, the publication reported.  Clinton lost Wisconsin by about 27,000 votes.  The group is saying the pattern should be looked into, though it has not found proof of hacking.

Clinton Campaign Looking into Challenging Outcome of Election to Undermine the Vote.  During the weeks before the final day of the campaign, both the Clinton camp and the media attacked Donald Trump for refusing to say he would automatically accept the outcome of the vote on Election Day.  But now Clinton's campaign chief is taking meetings with groups urging him to do just that by considering a challenge to the final vote in several of the key states that gave Trump the White House.  Reports from several sources revealed on November 22 that Clinton campaign chief John Podesta was taking meetings with a group claiming it had discovered "irregularities" in several counties of some of the states that Trump won.

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How ugly will Democrats get in smearing Jeff Sessions?  Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, will likely face a tough confirmation fight.  What remains to be seen is how ugly those hearings will get.  No sooner had Sessions been named than the left — and much of the press — were tarring the Alabama senator as a racist.  The NAACP tweeted that he "supports an old, ugly history" when it comes to civil rights.  Most of this traces to 1986, when the Senate rejected his nomination for a federal judgeship, based on hearsay testimony from two lawyers alleging he'd made racially charged statements.

Democrats' new Senate leader open to filibustering Trump's Supreme Court picks.  Senate Democrats' new leader claimed the right Wednesday [11/16/2016] to filibuster Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominees, making clear Democrats won't give the president-elect much of a honeymoon on the most significant of his upcoming appointments.  Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, said nominations to the high court should get support from both parties, and said the filibuster is a way to enforce that on a president.  He pointedly noted that when his party changed filibuster rules three years ago, they left intact the ability to filibuster at the Supreme Court level.  "I'll underline that we did not change the rules for Supreme Court because we thought on something as important as this, there should be some degree of bipartisan agreement," Mr. Schumer said.

Soros Gathering With Top Democrats in D.C to Plot Trump Resistance.  Liberal billionaire George Soros is meeting behind closed doors with top Democrats to plot a resistance strategy against President-elect Donald Trump and Republicans.  The three-day conference began Sunday at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Washington, D.C., and is sponsored by deep-pocketed liberal members of the dark money Democracy Alliance donor network, Politico's Ken Vogel first reported.  The group will seek to pick up the pieces from the 2016 election, plot its strategy for upcoming elections, and map out a game plan to battle Trump during his first 100 days in office.

Soros Prepares For Trump War.  George Soros and his fellow liberal mega-donors are currently readying the post-Hillary Clinton Democratic party to oppose President-Elect Donald Trump.  According to Politico, Soros and other key members of the so-called "Democracy Alliance" met in Washington, DC at the Mandarin Oriental hotel on Sunday [11/13/2016] for the first day of the group's three-day investment conference.

Al Sharpton Promises Donald Trump 'a Fight for the Future of This Country'.  Rev. Al Sharpton warned President-Election Donald Trump to "saddle up your horse" because he's planning to spend the eight weeks leading up to Trump's inauguration fighting any changes that could adversely impact communities of color — starting with a rally at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on January 14.  At a special edition of his Saturday gathering and radio address at the Harlem headquarters of his National Action Network [11/12/2016], Sharpton announced his plans to march on the on the monument in Washington, D.C. just two days before the official Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and six days before Trump's inauguration.  He urged people to put pressure on the Senate to maintain the Affordable Care Act and to push back on every proposed member of the Trump cabinet at every confirmation hearing.

Progressive groups vow to 'obstruct, delay, and halt' Donald Trump's agenda.  Despite bipartisan calls for healing and unity after a brutal presidential campaign, liberal activist groups vowed Wednesday to fight from the get-go to stop President-elect Donald Trump's agenda.  Democracy for America, a leading liberal political action committee and dependable advocate for the Democratic Party, called for a "progressive political revolution" to stymie what it described as Mr. Trump's racist and sexist agenda.  "So let's be absolutely clear:  Democracy for America will do everything in our power to obstruct, delay and halt the attacks on people of color, women and working families that will emerge from a Trump administration," said Charles Chamberlain, the group's executive director.

Protesters Block Upper Level of George Washington Bridge.  The inbound upper level of the George Washington Bridge was closed by an immigrant rights protest on Wednesday morning [10/26/2016], snarling traffic on one of the region's most important crossings at the height of rush hour.  Delays at the bridge for traffic heading into New York from New Jersey were up to nearly 90 minutes; traffic cameras showed bumper-to-bumper traffic barely inching along.

VA Suicide Hotline Reform Bill Sails Unanimously Through House, Harry Reid Crushes It.  The House approved GOP Rep. David Young's bill last Monday [10/3/2016] by a vote of 357-0.  Young introduced the legislation after hearing numerous complaints from constituents that the Veterans Crisis Line, designed to provide support for veterans feeling suicidal, simply failed to answer emails or calls.  The bipartisan bill passed the House without a hitch and Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar teamed up with GOP Sen. John Thune to move the legislation through the Senate.  Both majority and minority staff on the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs cleared the bill, Meg Baglien, communications director for Young, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.  But a nod from the committee didn't prevent Reid from stopping the bill in its tracks, [...]

Senate Democrats Block Zika Funding for Florida.  Before adjourning for its August recess, Congress failed to approve an emergency Zika-funding bill that would have provided $1.1 billion for Zika-related vaccines and research to local and state health departments, and Medicaid programs.  Senate Democrats blocked the bill because they say Senate Republicans excluded funding for Planned Parenthood.

Many recovered Clinton emails won't go public before election.  Hope you aren't waiting for the State Department to publish every last document from Hillary Clinton's private email server before making a voting decision — you're going to be disappointed.  A federal judge has set a schedule that will only publish 1,050 pages of recently recovered material (out of roughly 10,000 pages) by November 4th, mere days before the US presidential election on the 8th.  The Department has promised to process 500 pages per month, so you won't get the full scoop until well after the next president takes office.

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It is obvious to anyone with a calculator that the State Department is engaged in partisan foot-dragging until after the presidential election.  Here's why:  If it takes a month to read 500 pages, that's 86 minutes per page.  Does it take you an hour and a half to read every email message you get, and figure out what it means?  Is there only one person at the State Department doing this work?

Obama pledges to veto bill forbidding ransom payments to Iran.  The White House threatened Wednesday [9/21/2016] that President Obama would veto two bills aimed at curbing the impact of his so-called "ransom" payment to Iran for the release of American hostages.  The administration issued the veto warnings against House bills, one that would forbid any future ransom payments to Iran and another that would require public disclosure of the assets of all top Iranian leaders, including Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.  The House passed the latter bill, the Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act, on Wednesday night by a vote of 282-143.  On the ransom measure, the White House said the legislation is trying to solve a problem "that does not exist."

Obama threatens veto of bill to disclose assets of Iranian leaders.  The White House issued a veto threat Wednesday [9/21/2016] against a House bill that would require the federal government to publicly report all assets held by Iran's top leaders, calling the measure "onerous."  The administration said the Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act wouldn't stop Tehran from financing terrorism or laundering money, and would spur Iranian officials even more to hide their assets.  Further, the White House said the measure could be "perceived by Iran" as an effort to undermine the administration's nuclear deal with Tehran.

Documents appear to implicate State Dept. in cover-up on Clinton emails.  The U.S. State Department waited over a year before producing emails stored on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private server despite 17 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.  According to documents obtained by Judicial Watch, "in August 2013, State Department officials were aware of 17 FOIA requests relating to requests for Clinton correspondence, including four that 'specifically mention emails or email accounts.'  "Despite the large number of FOIA requests and growing concern among top agency officials, the State Department did not formally request that the former secretary of state produce the emails on the clintonemail.com server until October 2014."

Obama expected to veto bill allowing 9/11 lawsuits against Saudi Arabia.  President Barack Obama is expected to veto a bill allowing the families of 9/11 victims to file lawsuits against Saudi Arabia.  White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said President Obama "does intend to veto this legislation," on Monday [9/12/2016] during a briefing.  The veto would be Obama's 11th during his presidency, setting up for possibly his first veto override.

Live from Omaha, it's Jill Stein.  At the end of her talk in front of about 250 people in Omaha tonight, Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein strongly hinted that if she and Gary Johnson are not included in the first debate then they will bring 5,000 followers to the debate site and all get arrested.  Apparently she had done something similar when she ran for Governor of Massachusetts.  You read it here first.  And please alert the Secret Service.  Stein earned two degrees from Harvard; she can't be stupid.  I went to see if she is trying to win or just running to make a statement.  In my view, if she was trying to win she would attack Hillary Clinton full bore on all fronts.  So I tossed her a softball.  I stated that it is obvious that Mrs. Clinton has consistently and repeated lied to the American people.  Former US Attorney Rudy Giuliani is of the professional opinion that Madam Hillary should be indicted under RICO for her activities with the Clinton Foundation.  In light of that was she going to attack Hillary's character down the stretch?

Trump, GOP calls on Clinton to have full State Dept schedule released.  The Donald Trump campaign and Washington Republicans are calling on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to have all of her daily schedules as secretary of state released before Election Day, after the State Department said Friday it cannot comply with the court-ordered release until after voting.  The Associated Press reported earlier this week, after analyzing schedules released so far, that more than half the people outside the government who met or spoke by telephone with Clinton while she was secretary of state had given money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation.

Clinton's full State Dept. schedule won't be released until after Election Day.  Seven months after a federal judge ordered the State Department to begin releasing monthly batches of the detailed daily schedules showing meetings by Hillary Clinton during her time as secretary of state, the government told The Associated Press it won't finish the job before Election Day.

Hillary Clinton's run-out-the-clock strategy.  She is not planning on sitting for another televised armchair confessional to rehash regrets about a private email server.  Nor is the campaign setting up the kind of war room employed last year to discredit a book that aimed to expose a quid-pro-quo relationship between Clinton Foundation donors and State Department officials.  With 75 days until Election Day and new emails once again casting a pall over her campaign, Hillary Clinton aims to "run out the clock," confidants say, on the latest chapters of the overlapping controversies that have dogged her campaign since the start.  According to allies and operatives close to the campaign, Clinton's team thinks "they can ride out" any negative reaction to a set of new emails that show Clinton Foundation officials trying to set up State Department meetings for donors during her tenure as the nation's top diplomat.

Activists Plot Civil Disobedience, Mass Arrests, Infiltration Attempts at DNC.  Over five hundred activists have pledged to risk arrest by engaging in nonviolent mass civil disobedience at the Democratic National Convention here in Philadelphia between Monday and Thursday, according to Kai Newkirk, mission director for the Democracy Spring activist group.  During an in-person interview outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center in downtown Philadelphia, Newkirk revealed that, besides street protests, activists from his group will attempt to infiltrate and disrupt this week's DNC events from the inside.

Exclusive — Code Pink Founder:  We'll Try to Infiltrate, Disrupt RNC.  Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the infamous Code Pink leftwing antiwar activist group, admitted in an interview with this reporter that her organization will attempt to infiltrate the Republican National Convention here this week with the goal of disrupting the event.  Code Pink has a history of infiltrating and briefly disrupting events, including the confirmation hearing for CIA Director John Brennan; a Senate hearing at which Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was testifying about the threat posed by the Islamic State; Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's 2011 address to Congress, and many others.

Nitwit White People Arrested for Being Tools of Black Lives Matter.  A group of self-hating white people decided to become tools of the Black Lives Matter movement and block Interstate 95 in Richmond Monday [7/18/2016].  At least a dozen protesters blocked off all southbound lanes around 5:45 p.m. and draped a sign on the overpass.

Bringing Down the Left.  The Left, by faithfully executing the strategy as laid out by Saul Alinsky, are now the dominant political and social force in The United States.  However, the one factor that none of the icons of the American Progressive movement bothered to consider was: what are they going to do with a nation the size and population of a continent, with a long history of independence and free enterprise, once they vanquished an increasingly spineless opposition?  They do not know how to be or what to do as the new governing class.  They are incapable of governance as they can only oppose, topple and demagogue.  Thus, they are destined to fail.  Unfortunately, with that failure will come additional suffering, chaos and displacement for the American people.

Senate Dems block votes on immigration issues, including sanctuary cities.  The Republican-controlled Senate failed Wednesday to advance efforts to change federal immigration law — including one to cut funding to so-called sanctuary cities.  The vote was 53-44, failing to get the minimum 60 votes to begin debate on the issue.  The measure attempted to block congressional funding for sanctuary cities — municipalities that ban police from cooperating with immigration officials to potentially deport illegal immigrants.  Senate Republicans also failed to get enough votes to advance their proposed Kate's Law — named after Kate Steinle, who was fatally shot in July 2015, allegedly by an illegal immigrant who had multiple felony convictions and was deported several times prior to the incident.

Congressional Black Caucus to 'Cause Chaos' on the House Floor Over Guns.  What more do these Congressional Black Caucus goons want?  Paul Ryan has already caved and will allow a House vote on gun confiscation.  Apparently that's not good enough for the racist Congressional Black Caucus.  They plan to "cause chaos" and are urging other fascist Democrats to join them all over gun control and confiscation.

Obama Administration Wants to Keep Clinton Foundation Emails Hidden Until Late 2018.  The Obama Administration is already infamous for slow-walking information requests, causing investigations to drag out for years, and then complaining loudly about how long the investigations are taking!  But they've really outdone themselves this time.  The Justice Department has filed a motion in court, on behalf of the State Department, seeking to keep a vast trove of correspondence between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's aides, and the notorious Clinton Foundation, hidden from voters' eyes for 27 months... in other words, until October 2018, about halfway through President Hillary Clinton's prospective first term.

The Former "Occupy Wall Street" Fools Now Occupy The House Floor.  The chumps who formerly were so proud of their allies in the Occupy movement, in other words, the liberal/progressive Democrats, are taking their idiocy to laughable ends by now occupying Congress.

Al Gore's daughter arrested in Boston pipeline protest.  Organizers say the daughter of former Vice President Al Gore was among 23 people arrested during a protest of a Boston pipeline under construction.  The arrests happened Wednesday at the site of Spectra Energy's West Roxbury Lateral pipeline.  Forty-two-year-old Karenna Gore was among demonstrators that tried to block construction activity on the site by lying in a trench.

Obama Admin Tells Florida Agencies To Deny Public Records Requests On Orlando Attack.  While Attorney General Loretta Lynch holds firm to her claim that the motive of Orlando terrorist Omar Mateen may never be known, the FBI is instructing Florida agencies that responded to the attack that night to deny requests for public records pertaining to the case.  Mateen called police several times during the three hour ordeal to declare his allegiance to ISIS, yet only a fraction of his discussions with authorities that night have been released to the public — first an edited version, than an unedited one.  In response to a lawsuit by local media seeking the release of the 911 audio, the Seminole County Sheriff's Office released a letter they got from the FBI instructing them to deny all requests for information and refer news outlets seeking information to the feds, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

FBI asks agencies who responded to Pulse to deny records requests.  The FBI has asked law enforcement agencies who responded to Pulse nightclub to withhold records from the public, according to officials.  A June 20 letter from the FBI, attached to the City or Orlando's lawsuit over withholding 911 calls and other records from 25 media outlets including the Orlando Sentinel, was also sent to the Seminole County Sheriff's Office with instructions pertaining to how they should respond to records requests.  The letter requests that agencies deny inquiries and directs departments to "immediately notify the FBI of any requests your agency received" so "the FBI can seek to prevent disclosure through appropriate channels, as necessary."

State Department Won't Release Clinton Foundation Emails for 27 Months.  Department of Justice officials filed a motion in federal court late Wednesday [6/29/2016] seeking a 27-month delay in producing correspondence between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's four top aides and officials with the Clinton Foundation and Teneo Holdings, a closely allied public relations firm that Bill Clinton helped launch.  If the court permits the delay, the public won't be able to read the communications until October 2018, about 22 months into her prospective first term as President.  The four senior Clinton aides involved were Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Michael Fuchs, Ambassador-At-Large Melanne Verveer, Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, and Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin.

State Department seeks 27-month delay for release of Clinton Foundation emails.  The State Department has sought to delay the court-ordered release of emails between four of Hillary Clinton's top aides and officials at the Clinton Foundation and a closely associated public relations firm.  The motion, filed in federal court by the Justice Department late Wednesday, seeks to put off the release of the emails by 27 months.  It was first reported on by The Daily Caller.  In the filing, the State Department says it originally estimated that approximately 6,000 emails and other documents were exchanged between the aides — identified as former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Michael Fuchs, former Ambassador-At-Large Melanne Verveer, Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, and Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin — and the Clinton Foundation and Teneo Holdings, a communications shop that former President Bill Clinton helped launch.

Why Hillary Is Stalling Her FBI Interview.  James Comey, the straight-arrow director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is eager to wind up his investigation of Hillary's use of an unsecure email system, but he can't do that until he and Justice Department prosecutors sit down with Hillary and interview her.  Hillary says that neither she nor her campaign have been contacted by the FBI.  But that is not true.  Negotiations have been going on for quite some time between the FBI and Hillary's attorney, David Kendall, who went to law school with Hillary and defended Bill Clinton in his impeachment trial.

Paul Ryan:  I won't tolerate another sit-in from Democrats.  After Democrats held what the Speaker of the House has called a fundraising stunt last week, some Republicans have recommended he file ethics charges against anyone who violated House rules.  Ryan doesn't seem ready to go there quite yet but he did tell WISN news that if Democrats try it again his response will be different: [...]

Immigrant activists stage blockade to stop deportations.  Immigrant rights activists attempted to block the road to federal immigration agents' headquarters in Atlanta on Monday, demanding President Obama stop deporting anymore illegal immigrants after last week's Supreme Court stalemate.  Led by the Not1More campaign, which webcast the protest, the demonstrators called Mr. Obama to hamstring U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the deportation agency, saying it's up to the administration to protect illegal immigrants now.

Democrats:  We Will Overcome The Constitution.  Nothing stirs the passions of Democrats these days quite like the prospect of gutting the Constitution.  In an unprecedented act of pretend political bravery, House members held a catered sit-in, demanding that Republicans allow a vote to strip away protections of Second, Fifth and Sixth Amendments of the Constitution.  It was quite the scene.  There were the selfie-happy Democrats singing "We Shall Overcome" while demanding passage of a bill that those right-wing nutjobs over at the American Civil Liberties Union have "strongly" argued would undermine civil liberties.  As of this writing, no participant has been beaten down by the cops or thrown into a dank cell, although iPhones were probably getting perilously low on juice for those who'd forgotten their chargers.

Congressional Democrats Clueless on Gun Bills.  Congressional Democrats emerged from the Capitol building Thursday afternoon [6/23/2016] from their 25-hour long "sit-in" in the House of Representatives sleepy but satisfied with what they'd accomplished.  They may not have secured a vote on gun control legislation they were demanding in the wake of the Orlando terror attack, but they had grabbed headlines across the media that portrayed the their gun control ploy as a historic civil rights crusade.  To the tune of "We Shall Overcome," members of the Democratic caucus sang outside the Capitol:  "We shall pass a bill, some day."

Sit in, shut up and disarm:  The Democratic response to terrorism.  If you are old enough, you remember how campus after campus in the 1960s had the president's office "occupied" by students who would rather be making demands for "social justice" than actually attending class.  These ruffians were loud, petulant and self-righteous, and they considered their issues more important than civil behavior, the rights of others or common decency.  Sound familiar?  That's because, if you follow the timeline from the late 1960s to now, you will discover that many of those unwashed radicals or their younger siblings are running everything from major corporations to, yep, Congress.  And the lesson they learned is that if you are loud enough and obnoxious enough for long enough, you just may be able to get your way after all.

House gun control sit-in a media coup, but party gets a pass on disruption.  [Scroll down]  Unlike the Senate, where anyone can filibuster, the majority party rules the House with an iron hand.  So Ryan was basically on target in telling CNN the move was a "publicity stunt."  The speaker, like Nancy Pelosi before him, can keep any bill he wants off the floor.  What's more, and some of the stories acknowledged this, if there had been a vote, the Democrats would have lost, just as they failed to win approval for four Senate measures, two sponsored by each party.  So this is pure protest politics.  Back in 2008, when Democrats ran the House, the GOP tried to block an adjournment, refusing to leave while insisting on a vote on an energy bill.  Pelosi was dismissive, accusing the Republicans of "obstructing common-sense proposals."  She and her party left town for summer recess anyway, darkening the chamber and having the C-SPAN cameras turned off.

Chuck Schumer, world-class hypocrite.  [Senator] Schumer, along with several other Senators and numerous members of the House, staged a 24-hour "sit-in" on the House floor to demand votes on gun control.  (Yes... Democrats actually believe that stripping the American people of their Second and Fifth Amendment rights is a "civil rights" issue justifying a 1960s-style sit-in.)  Predictably, milquetoast "establishment Republican" speaker Paul Ryan refused to have the protesters arrested or removed by the House sergeant-at-arms.  So the Democratic protesters got away with their misbehavior.  Now, dear reader, what do you suppose would happen to you if you joined a conservative group that employed 1960s-style sit-in tactics to oppose — oh, let's say, abortion — in front of an abortion clinic?  Well, it just so happens that we know the answer to that question, because a lot of people did exactly that in the early 1990s.  And the very same Chuck Schumer who was part of the "sit-in" for gun control yesterday threw the book at them.

C-Span, Cameras & Sit-Ins:  A Fun Lesson in Selective Amnesia & Hypocrisy.  Ah, those eeeeevil Republicans... embracing Orwellian censorship by shutting off C-SPAN cameras to hide the world from democracy in action and of Democrats in the House who via a sit-in were simply trying to do the right thing on gun control measures.  Even the barely-relevant Trevor Noah got into the act with the usual bias by omission (some call that "dishonesty") by mocking Ryan for cutting off the feed without ever mentioning the precedent behind it.  No matter... he's allegedly just a comedian, right? [...] Of course, never once in the [Boston] Globe's pious preaching on censorship did they once include this little tidbit from 2006. [...]

Tom DeLay: I Would've Filed Ethics Charges Over Sit-in.  There was a jubilant, circus-like atmosphere outside of the U.S. House chamber on Thursday afternoon [6/23/2016], as Democrats brought an end to their day-long "sit-in" over gun control.  But one man walking past the bullhorns and cheers found the scene repellant.  It was former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.  If the Sugar Land Republican were still running the show at the U.S. Capitol, he said, he would've had no mercy for the Democrats participating.

The Symbolic Self-Liquidation Of The Democratic Sit-In.  The House gun control stunt has all the trappings of a sit-in protest. Because they're, you know, sitting on the floor and all.  But what are they occupying?  Their own legislative chamber. [...] Ah, but if they sat in the chairs, this would look exactly like any ordinary day in the House of Representatives, and it would be obvious that nothing brave or interesting is happening.  Then there are the copious quantities of food that make the whole think look like a catered picnic.

There Are Elected Morons Sitting On The Floor In The House Of Representatives.  Why?  Because they're unhappy that no gun-grabbing legislation is moving.  The Speaker, Paul Ryan, did a great job dealing with this.  The House gavelled into recess, and since it did that C-SPAN's cameras got turned off.  And there was no live coverage of John Lewis' babblings and bad Martin Luther King impressions while sitting on his fat rump.

Nets Trumpet Democratic Sit-In, Twist House Rules to Trash Republicans.  On Wednesday [6/22/2016], House Democrats staged a sit-it on the House floor trying bring their failed Senate bills to a vote in the House.  Many are calling their actions a publicity stunt, and they seem to be right.  All three of the liberal networks were glued to Capitol Hill during their evening broadcasts.  "The dramatic sit-in on Capitol Hill," ABC's David Muir touted on World News Tonight, "Sitting down, demanding action on gun control."  The sit-in also gave them the opportunity to trash House Republicans.  "And as funerals continue for the 49 who were murdered, Democrats today seized the floor of the House of Representatives, demanding that the Republican majority allow a vote on gun control," stated CBS' Scott Pelley on Evening News, trying to shame the opposition.

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Read that last sentence again.  Why would funerals still be underway ten days after the murders? -->

Rep. John Lewis:  It's OK to Break House Rules 'To Uphold a Greater Law, a Moral Law'.  Supported by President Obama, Rep.  John Lewis (D-Ga.) justified Democrats' disruption of House business on Wednesday [6/22/2016] by saying, "It is always right to do right."  Applying 1960s tactics to the ongoing gun control debate, Lewis led Democrats in a noisy sit-in on the House floor, demanding a vote on gun control legislation that Republicans refuse to bring up.

House Sit-In:  A Brief Tutorial on How American Government Works Now.  For those of you who may still be laboring under the illusion that we live in something resembling the antiquated notion of a constitutional republic, allow me to enlighten you about how things have changed since your high school government class.  Here's how the legislative branch works now:  When the Democrats are in power they get everything they want, even if it means ramming through legislation in the middle of the night and twisting the rules until they are virtually unrecognizable.  When the Republicans are in power, the Democrats still get everything they want because the Republicans basically just hand it to them to avoid being called racists or misogynists.  When they don't get what they want, Democrats throw temper tantrums and hold their breath until they get what they want.  Either way, they win.  Always.  This is definitely not how I learned it in government class, but trust me, this is how it works now.

Determined To Avoid Islamic Terrorism — Democrats Sit On House Floor, Pout and Whine Against Guns.  If you were paying attention early 2011 you might remember the Wisconsin "Fleebaggers".  The Fleebaggers were Wisconsin Senate Democrats who lost the November 2010 election and lost control of the Wisconsin Senate.  In an effort to avoid voting in the minority, the Democrats literally left the state of Wisconsin, and went to stay in hotels in Illinois, in an effort to shut down the legislative session.  The same mindset is applied today in Washington DC as national Democrats begin staging a sit-in in an effort to force House Republicans to bring up legislation on gun control measures.

Internet Has Field Day with House Democrats' Temper Tantrum.  In case you missed it, House Democrats staged a sit-in Wednesday to push for gun sale restrictions.  They vowed to stay on the House floor until Republicans allow a vote on gun control legislation, in what they called an "unprecedented" move.  But the political endeavor quickly turned into a running internet joke once pictures emerged from the House chambers.  The "sit-in" started to look more like a daycare with Democrats throwing a temper tantrum.

Dem: 'The Second Amendment needs some changing'.  Rep.  Mike Doyle, D-Pa., called for a revision of the Second Amendment during Wednesday's [6/22/2016] "sit-in" on the House floor, which has shut down the House while Democrats demand a vote on gun control legislation.

Democrats stage sit-in on House floor to force gun vote.  Dozens of House Democrats staged a "sit-in" on the House floor Wednesday in protest of GOP leadership's refusal to allow a vote on a gun control measure following the Orlando massacre.  Led by Reps.  John Lewis (D-Ga.), the civil rights icon, and John Larson (D-Conn.), more than 40 Democrats walked into the chamber just before noon and pledged to "occupy" the House floor until GOP leadership allowed a vote.  Their numbers over the course of an hour more than tripled — even as Republicans recessed the House, turning off CSPAN cameras and the video feed to the public.  Democrats countered the TV camera blackout by streaming everything on their cell phones, which ended up on C-SPAN anyway.

Democrats Block Sensible Gun Proposals In Senate.  This afternoon [6/20/2016], the Senate voted on four proposals for increased gun control, two submitted by Republicans and two by Democrats.  All four went down to defeat, although both Republican bills had majority support.  Senator Chuck Grassley proposed legislation that would have increased funding for the NICS background check system, and would have pressed states to send more records to the FBI on felons and others barred from buying guns.  It also revamped language that prohibits some people with mental health problems from buying guns.  Grassley's bill had majority support, 53-47, but wasn't passed because the Democrats filibustered it.

Dems take over floor to protest Senate inaction on gun control.  Sen.  Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and other Democrats have taken over the Senate floor to call for tougher gun control laws and specifically action on keeping people on terrorist watchlists from buying firearms.  "I'm prepared to stand on this floor and talk about the need for this body to come together on keeping terrorists away from getting guns ... for, frankly, as long as I can, because I know that we can come together on this issue," Murphy said in beginning the filibuster on Wednesday [6/15/2016].  Murphy began speaking at about 11:20 a.m., and the filibuster was still going at 2 p.m.

McConnell: Dems skipped FBI's brief on Orlando to join filibuster.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Thursday [6/16/2016] that many Senate Democrats skipped the FBI's classified briefing on Wednesday about the Orlando shooting attack that killed dozens, and instead chose to participate in a "filibuster" over gun control.  "Senate Republicans attended and asked serious questions," McConnell said on the Senate floor.  "A rather significant group of Senate Democrats skipped it, skipped the briefing altogether for a campaign talkathon out here on the Senate floor, which also prevented us from going forward on the bill."

Democrats shout down Paul Ryan after Orlando shooting moment of silence.  Shouting erupted Monday evening [6/13/2016] on the House floor after a moment of silence for the victims of the Orlando massacre as Democrats demanded that the House consider gun control legislation.  After the brief moment of silence that Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, called for, Democrats began shouting from one side of the chamber, interrupting Ryan.  Ryan's office only tweeted out a clip of the moment of silence, but not the shouting that followed.

Democrats consider every public meeting to be a shouting match.
House Democrats Protest Moment of Silence for Orlando Victims to Demand Gun-Control Legislation.  A moment of silence held in the House to honor victims of the mass shooting in Orlando didn't quite proceed as House Speaker Paul Ryan had anticipated.  On Monday, following the moment of silence, the House floor erupted in shouts of "Where's the bill?" as frustrated House Democrats protested their colleagues' inaction when it comes to gun-control legislation.  After the moment of silence ended, Representative James Clyburn of South Carolina requested recognition.  "I am really concerned that we have just today had a moment of silence and later this week the 17th..." Clyburn said before he was interrupted by a question from Ryan.

HHS replies to GOP subpoena with one blacked-out page.  Department of Health and Human Services officials have only released "one heavily redacted page of one document" in response to congressional subpoenas about the funding of a disputed Obamacare program, and HHS staff has refused to communicate with congressional investigators, House Republicans charged Tuesday [5/31/2016].  "The pattern of conduct to this point suggests that the department intends to frustrate our legitimate efforts to conduct oversight of the Basic Health Program," House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, wrote to HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell.

Hillary Clinton aide moves to block release of deposition video.  Hillary Clinton's former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, is asking a federal judge to order a conservative group not to release audio or video recordings of a deposition Mills is scheduled to give Friday [5/27/2016] about Clinton's use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.

Schumer upends 9/11 Saudi suit bill at 11th hour.  Last week's unanimous passage of a Senate bill making it easier for 9/11 families to sue Saudi Arabia and other foreign terror sponsors was widely heralded as a major victory.  It's more of a cruel hoax.  It turns out that just before the vote, Sen.  Charles Schumer and other proponents of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act stuffed an amendment into the final draft allowing the attorney general and secretary of state to stop any litigation against the Saudis in its tracks.

White House snubs Chaffetz, refuses to let aide testify after controversial Iran remarks.  The White House confirmed Monday [5/16/2016] that Obama adviser Ben Rhodes will not be allowed to testify before House lawmakers on the Iran nuclear deal, after a last-ditch attempt by Republican Rep.  Jason Chaffetz to pry the controversial aide loose for the hearing.  Chaffetz and the White House have been engaged in an escalating feud, all on the heels of a New York Times Magazine piece where Rhodes was quoted boasting about the administration's success in crafting a public narrative for the Iran deal.  The profile on Rhodes quotes him saying they built an "echo chamber" of experts who sold that narrative to young, often inexperienced reporters.

Judicial Watch Lawsuit Uncovers More Hillary Clinton Emails Withheld from State Department.  Judicial Watch today [5/5/2016] released new State Department emails (one batch of 103 pages, the second of 138 pages) that again appear to contradict statements by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that, "as far as she knew," all of her government emails were turned over to the State Department and that she did not use her clintonemail.com system until March 18, 2009.  Judicial Watch recently released Clinton State Department emails dating from February 2009 that also call into question her statements about her emails.

Leftists Organize to Silence Border Patrol Agents Over Trump Endorsement.  Radical leftists pushing for an open borders agenda are attempting to destroy the ability of over 80 percent of our nation's Border Patrol agents to speak out and sound the alarm to the public and to Congress.  The Huffington Post reported that the open-borders extremist group, Not1More, is a "prominent immigrants rights group" and that they were behind an effort to have the AFL-CIO kick out the National Border Patrol Council from its ranks.  Not1More derives its name from the idea that "not one more" illegal alien should be deported from the U.S.

The Questions Liberals Never Have to Answer.  Liberals do a poor job of defending their beliefs with facts, logic or debate, but they have become unparalleled masters at keeping their opponents' side of the argument from being presented at all.  We have kids who are never exposed to conservatism in high school who go to college where the professors are liberal; then they graduate and get their information from their local paper and all TV outlets except for Fox which are liberal, and they watch ostensibly non-political Hollywood-produced liberal movies and TV shows that reinforce left-wing viewpoints.  As if that isn't enough, liberals go to great lengths to convince people that their opponents are so cruel, evil, racist and despicable that their arguments are tainted by default and shouldn't be considered at all.

A Trump-Lover's Manifesto.  Once upon a time, political correctness was an inside joke on elite campuses.  Twenty-five years ago, it referred to outlandish arguments at Cornell and Oberlin about whether to celebrate "Womyn's Herstory Month" or ban the word "Oriental."  Now it's become something far more serious.  It grew and grew, breaking out of the college elite to universities everywhere, and then eventually to the government and all of civil society.  It now stands as a system to silence people who oppose the power brokers' cultural agendas; it punishes dissenters through defamation, intimidation, a new McCarthyism, and even threats of outright violence.  Nothing we debate matters if Americans can't have a real debate.  And we can't have a debate on anything as long as political correctness blockades us.

Report: Obama denied a record 77 percent of FOIA requests.  The Obama administration has set a new record for rejecting Freedom of Information Act requests, according to a report published Friday [3/18/2016].  The administration censored materials or rejected requests for access in a record 596,095 cases, or 77 percent of the time, according to the annual review conducted by the Associated Press.  That's an increase of 12 percent since Obama's first year in office.

Obama to GOP: Do As I Say, Not As I Did.  Start with President Barack Obama, who, in introducing Judge Merrick Garland as his choice to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the big bench, asked the Senate "to give him a fair hearing and then an up-or-down vote."  He told senators:  "If you don't, then it will not only be an abdication of the Senate's constitutional duty, it will indicate a process for nominating and confirming judges that is beyond repair.  It will mean everything is subject to the most partisan of politics — everything."  You'd never guess Obama not only voted against Chief Justice John Roberts but also supported a filibuster — that is, he opposed an up-or-down vote — to thwart the confirmation of Samuel Alito in 2005.  Hillary Clinton also opposed Roberts and supported an Alito filibuster.  Both Roberts and Alito won confirmation with Democratic support — which tells you they were qualified but not immune to the sort of partisan opposition that Obama now finds distasteful.

10 Times Democrats Vowed To Block Republican Court Nominees.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-K.Y.) has vowed to block any of lame-duck President Obama's Supreme Court nominations.  The media have taken to acting as if this move is unprecedented, and that a senator has never publicly stated he would intentionally block a presidential nomination.  Not true.  Not only have there been several lengthy Supreme Court vacancies, but there are plenty of past instances when senators refused to confirm a president's nominations.  Here are 10 other times Democrats vowed to block Republican court nominees. [...]

Dems Passed A 1960 Resolution To Prevent Supreme Court Appointment Ahead Of Election.  In the wake of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death, President Barack Obama said he plans on nominating a successor despite Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's vow not to fill the seat until the election is over.  While Democrats in the upper chamber — including Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York and former Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, both of which called for blocking former President George W. Bush's nominations — have slammed the GOP for its decision not to consider a nominee until after a new president is elected, Democrats have not always held that stance.  The Democrat-controlled Senate passed a resolution in 1960 preventing a recess appointment, much to the dismay of Republicans.

Former Inspector General: Powerful Democrat Women Standing in the way of Hillary Indictment.  Former Inspector General Howard J. Krongard says the current FBI investigation should be focused on how material made it from the classified email system, known as SIPRNet, to Clinton's unclassified private server.  "It can't just jump from one system to the other.  Someone had to move it, copy it.  The question is who did that?" Krongard tells the New York Post. [...] Even if the FBI decides Clinton holds the ultimate responsibility for creating the private server, "It will never get to an indictment," Krongard tells the Post.  The decision to act on the FBI's recommendation would have to pass through, "four loyal Democrat women."  Krongard is referring to Loretta Lynch and her deputies Leslie Caldwell and Sally Yates.  In addition, Valerie Jarrett, one of President Obama's top advisers, could weigh in.

Grassley probes Clinton aide's refusal to cooperate with investigators.  A top aide to Hillary Clinton "refused" to cooperate with investigators looking into whether the Clinton team suppressed a 2012 records request that could have exposed their private email use years before a separate congressional inquiry did so, Sen. Chuck Grassley said Monday [2/1/2016].  The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman raised concerns about the role Cheryl Mills, then-chief of staff to Clinton, played in blocking a Freedom of Information Act request for Clinton's email use in a pair of letters to the State Department and the agency's inspector general Monday [2/1/2016].

Insider: Democrats in Congress waste $2 million protecting Clinton on Benghazi.  For months, Democrats in Congress have been accusing Republican lawmakers of wasting taxpayer dollars investigating Hillary Clinton's actions leading up to the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.  But new information about the inner-workings of the investigation shows that Democrats are the ones wasting money, all in the name of protecting Clinton's presidential bid.  Matt Wolking, spokesman for the House Select Committee on Benghazi, says that roughly $2 million of the $5.5 million spent by the committee on the investigation is money wasted as a result of Democrats trying to stifle the effort.

Networks Neglect to Cover Senate Democrats Blocking Passage of Bipartisan Syrian Refugee Bill.  On Wednesday night, the major broadcast networks failed to cover the move by Senate Democrats earlier in the day to filibuster the bipartisan Syrian refugee legislation that had passed the House in November with the help of 47 Democrats that would have tightened restrictions to more thoroughly vet refugees from the war-torn region seeking to enter the U.S. Overall, the vote failed to hit the 60 votes needed to overcome the fatal blow by Senate Democrats as the final tally was only 55 to 43.

Black Lives Matter Protester Says Disrupting Christmas Travel Is 'A Good Idea'.  Black Lives Matter organizer Asha Long says that disrupting air travel is not a bad thing:  "I think it's important for that we realize people who are upset about missing their air, their flight, that many black lives are disrupted every day."  Appearing on "CNN Newsroom" with Carol Costello on Thursday [12/24/2015], Long was unable to provide statistics to back up her claims arguing, "I do not have statistics but I do have lived experience which is just as valid."

The Environmentalist Crusade Against Progress and Technology Aims at Making Man's Life a Hell on Earth.  Energy lights our homes and cities, keeps us cool in summer and warm in winter, moves our cars, ships, trains and airplanes, powers our industries and factories, and creates all the material goods on which our lives depend.  The whole of our civilization depends upon the production and use of energy.  But there is not a single viable energy source that Environmentalism does not attack. [...] It is important to note that environmentalists offer no alternative solutions to our needs of energy.  All of their efforts aim instead at banning, stopping, restricting and reversing all progress.  There is not a single industry or technology that Environmentalism does not attack, directly or indirectly.

Also posted under Liberal obstructionism.

Harry Reid Objects to Bill That Would Ban Taxpayer Funding for Portrait of Harry Reid.  Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) objected to legislation that would prevent taxpayer funding from going towards oil paintings for members of government such as Harry Reid, Wednesday [11/18/2015].  Sen. Bill Cassidy (R., La.) attempted to pass his bill to ban funding for official portraits of the president, vice president, cabinet members, and Congress by unanimous consent.  Reid, who is retiring after his term ends in 2016, objected, preventing the legislation's passage.  The Senate honors its former majority and minority leaders with portraits after they leave office.

Democrats Mount Third Filibuster Against Bill to Pay Troops, Fund Military.  Remember, the ostensible reason that Democrats have engaged in this obstruction over recent months — which also entailed filibustering the Veterans Affairs appropriations bill — was to exploit the troops and veterans as leverage to force Republicans to agree to higher federal spending on unrelated matters.  It was a cynical play, but thanks in part to President Obama's hyper-partisan veto, it worked.  Leadership in both houses huddled together and hammered out a noxious budget deal that raised spending caps on both defense and domestic discretionary spending, relying on gimmicks to "pay for" the increased outlays.  In other words, Democrats got what they wanted.

Ted Cruz illegal immigration crackdown blocked by Democratic leader Reid.  Senate Democrats rejected an effort to push back against sanctuary cities Wednesday, denying a request by Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz to immediately begin debating a bill to impose mandatory minimum federal sentences on repeat-illegal immigrants.  Just a day after the "sanctuary sheriff" in San Francisco, Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, lost his bid for re-election in large part due to his stance on the issue, Mr. Cruz tried to force the debate onto the national level.

Democrats and GOP Senator Mark Kirk team up to block 'sanctuary cities' law.  This is what having a GOP majority and gutless, go-along-to-get-along leadership in the Senate gets you. [...] The idea that cities can create no-go zones for the enforcement of US immigration laws, our own equivalent of Parisian suburbs where the national law does not run, is bizarre.  It is doubly bizarre as the Supreme Court has ruled that states and municipalities have to defer to the federal government on this subject.

Democrats mull exit from Benghazi panel: House member.  Democrats on a U.S. House of Representatives panel set up to investigate the 2012 Benghazi attacks will discuss resigning from the committee after Hillary Clinton testifies before it this week, a Democratic member of the panel told Reuters on Tuesday [10/20/2015].

Benghazi BS — Democrats Begin Coordinated Campaign of Obfuscation.  Representative Elijah Cummings has produced a 124 page report intended to defend Hillary Clinton in advance of her congressional testimony on Thursday [10/22/2015].  The strategy is for all Democrat operatives, campaign officials, media pundits and spokespeople to use the Cummings report in their defense of Clinton.

GOP lawmaker: Dems' obstruction slowing Benghazi probe.  Responding to criticism that the investigation into the Benghazi attack has stretched on longer than the Watergate investigation, Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., said Sunday [10/18/2015] that the committee has been working for so long because of obstruction on the part of Democrats.  "What's taken us so long is Democrats on the committee and in this administration have played hide the ball," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press."  "We would have been happy to move more quickly but we were met with obstruction all along the way."

Obama's puzzling priorities: Veto threat for defense bill, thumbs up to billions for Iran.  Each year, Congress takes up the National Defense Authorization Act, the bill to authorize funds for our nation's military and our national defense. [...] Right now, the president is threatening to veto the National Defense Authorization Act, even though it meets the funding levels he requested.  Despite the fact this legislation passed Congress with strong bipartisan support, including the approval of 70 senators, the president is threatening to veto it in part because Congress isn't granting him more funding for government agencies like the IRS and EPA.

Trey Gowdy Smacks Elijah Cummings Around Over Leaks/Stonewalling on Benghazi Committee.  This is pure political gold — you just have to read Trey Gowdy's letter to Elijah Cummings.  He deftly smacked him alongside the head over the Benghazi Committee and his leaks and stonewalling techniques that have done nothing but throw sand in the gears of the proceedings.  It was epic and masterful.  Gowdy simply eviscerated Cummings.  I think he obliterated the two brain cells the man had left.  The Democrats have done nothing but throw baseless allegations around concerning the Benghazi Committee.  They have not called one new witness in months.  No document requests have been made either.  Cummings and his fellow Marxists finagled their way onto the committee to drag it down and kill it procedurally.  It was all arranged and pre-planned.  The only ones mischaracterizing testimony here are the Democrats.  It's what they do.

Iowa Democrat education forum cancelled when not a single candidate agrees to attend.  Back in August, a half dozen of the GOP presidential candidates dutifully showed up for an Iowa forum on education reform to present their plans on the issue to the voters.  A similar event is scheduled for the Democrats this month. Or perhaps I should say that it was scheduled.  The event is now pretty much canceled because not one of the Democrats running for the White House was willing to show up.

Senate Dems block GOP bill that would curb late abortions.  Senate Democrats thwarted a Republican effort to ban late-term abortions on Tuesday [9/22/2015] as GOP leaders strained to avoid a government shutdown in eight days over the dispute — all against a tangled backdrop of presidential politics.

Dems Try to Block Planned Parenthood Videos at House Hearing.  House Republicans showed the gruesome Planned Parenthood videos in a hearing today [9/17/2015].  Democrats tried to block them.  The hearing in the House subcommittee on health of the Committee on Energy and Commerce was to consider proposals to expand protections for unborn children who survive an abortion and also the federal ban on partial birth abortion.  Reps. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Renee Elmers (R-NC) want the Congress to give states the right to withhold federal funding, especially Medicaid funding, if an abortion provider is even suspected to violating either the Infants Born Alive Protection Act or the Partial Birth Abortion Act.

Iran nuclear deal survives: Democrats block disapproval vote.  The hard-fought nuclear accord with Iran survived the U.S. Senate on Thursday [9/10/2015], as Democrats overcame ferocious Republican opposition and delivered President Barack Obama a major victory on his top foreign policy priority.

The Editor says...
Sounds like we're getting mixed signals from the Associated Press:  Did the Democrats block the vote, or did they overcome ferocious Republican opposition?

The obscene drive to avoid any Senate vote on the Iran deal.  Whether to approve the disastrous nuclear deal with Iran is the most important question to face Congress in years — yet the president wants to stop the Senate from even debating it. [...] The Senate calls itself "the world's greatest deliberative body."  And the Constitution requires Senate consent for the approval of treaties.  Obama's already done an end-run around the treaty rules.  Will Senate Democrats enable even worse — a total mockery of Congress' role?

Wasserman Schultz blocked Iran resolution at DNC meeting: report.  Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz blocked consideration of a resolution at the party's summer meeting that would have praised President Obama and backed the his nuclear deal with Iran, The Washington Post reported Saturday [8/29/2015], citing unnamed sources.

Cotton blasts Reid for threatening to block Iran vote.  A leading Republican critic of the Iran nuclear deal Tuesday [8/25/2015] blasted Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid for pushing to prevent a vote on a resolution that could kill the agreement.

Is There a Dime's Worth of Difference between the Two Major Parties?  With the exception of global warming, the Republicans are the reformers.  It's the Democrats who want to keep things like they are.

President Obama Averages One Veto Threat Every Five Days.  President Obama spent years tarring House Republicans as the cause of a "do-nothing" Congress, but House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) has turned that critique back on him.  Obama welcomed the new Congress by issuing veto threats about once every five days, on average, McCarthy's team points out.

Obstruction Leader Harry Reid to Attempt Historic Filibuster on Override of Keystone Veto.  In another example of Democrats playing the role of obstructionists, Harry Reid will force the Senate to go through procedural hurdles to delay Majority Leader Mitch McConnell from bringing up the president's Keystone XL veto for an override vote.  Last week, President Obama vetoed the popular bipartisan Keystone XL Pipeline bill passed by the Senate.  This week, the Senate is planning a vote to override the president's veto.  Democrats, led by Minority Leader Harry Reid, are set to revoke normal order and attempt to filibuster the override of the President's veto message.  The cloture vote on a veto message will be the first in the history of the United States Senate.

Republicans Should Declare War on the Mainstream Media.  Unlike Harry Reid when he was majority leader, Mitch McConnell is willing to entertain amendments proposed by the minority and vote them up or down.  The Democrats will have none of it.  Three times the measure has been brought up and three times the Democratic minority has used the filibuster to prevent debate from even beginning.

Obama Routinely Breaches Bipartisan Deals.  Among so many of President Obama's flaws, near the top of the list is that he has never understood the art of the deal. [...] Obama rejected the convention of reaching across the aisle from the very start.  In his first two years in office this White House never moved an inch in the GOP's direction and passed his major bills on stimulus and Obamacare without a single Republican vote.  Those bills were written with zero input from Republicans and when asked why, he haughtily lectured "we won the election."  Then he pouts the Republicans were no help.

Senate Dems block immigration bill for third day in a row.  Senate Democrats on Thursday [2/5/2015] blocked, for the third time in as many days, a Homeland Security spending measure that would also torpedo President Obama's executive actions on immigration.  Similar to the previous two votes, Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) joined nearly every Senate Democrat in opposing the roughly $40 billion spending bill.  Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) switched his vote from "yes" to "no" in order to preserve his ability to bring the measure to the floor again.

Black Saint Louis Resident Gets On Jury, Sits Through Murder Trial, Then Refuses To Participate In Deliberations Against Black Defendant.  The juror obviously held an agenda, and manipulated his way onto the jury intent on creating antagonism.  He sat through the murder trial, then when it came to deliberations, presto — he sat in corner and refused to participate.

Report: Obama Admin Delays Deportation Hearings for Thousands of Illegals Until 2019.  Thousands of illegal immigrants will remain in the United States for at least five more years after the Justice Department moved their deportation hearings to 2019 — at the earliest.  The Wall Street Journal reported that the Department of Justice "has begun sending out notices to thousands of immigrants awaiting hearings that their cases will be pushed back nearly five years," and "began notifying employees in the immigration court system last week that nonpriority cases were being bumped off the court docket and would get a Nov. 29, 2019, court date, which happens to be Black Friday."

But in the meantime, go get a driver's license and some food stamps.
Immigrants could wait until 2019 to have cases resolved.  Thousands of immigrants seeking legalization through the U.S. court system have had their hearings canceled and are being told by the government that it may be 2019 or later before their futures are resolved.

The big problem with Obama's veto threats.  This project has been mired in controversy and delay for years.  But it actually has supporters on both sides of the aisle, including labor unions on the left and free-market conservatives on the right.  It's largely just liberal environmentalists who are pressuring Democrats to hold things up.  But Obama's own State Department produced an environmental impact statement long ago green-lighting the project.

GOP's Hoeven: Keystone is all about jobs and only Obama's in the way.  Along with roads, rail, and transmission lines, pipelines like the Keystone XL are part of a comprehensive national energy plan.  The pipeline will carry 830,000 barrels of oil a day, including 100,000 barrels of domestic oil from North Dakota and Montana.  Working with one of our closest friends and allies, Canada, we can achieve true North American energy security at home, and at the same time help our allies abroad, which makes our people more secure both here and overseas.

Pressure mounts on Obama as Nebraska ruling eliminates Keystone obstacle.  President Obama is under fresh fire from both sides of the Keystone XL pipeline debate after a Nebraska court last week eliminated a major legal obstacle and once again put the project's fate in the hands of the White House.  Supporters of the pipeline — including lawmakers of both parties, business, labor, the Canadian government and others — and opponents each say now is the time for the president to decide whether to approve or reject Keystone, which has languished in federal bureaucracy for the past six years.

Wyden town hall disrupted by 'hands up, don't shoot' protests.  A town hall meeting with U.S. Sen Ron Wyden was called off Saturday afternoon [1/3/2015] when "hands up, don't shoot" protests broke out.  The event, at Portland Community College's Southeast Campus, was canceled after 45 minutes.  More than 100 protestors entered the Wyden event shortly after 2:30 p.m. shouting, "I can't breathe" and "hands up, don't shoot."  Wyden, D-Oregon, stepped away from the microphone as the protesters moved to the front of the meeting area and continued shouting and holding placards.

Issa: Obamacare Enrollment Data Provided to Congress Was Password-Protected, in 6 Point Font.  Obamacare enrollment data that the Department of Health and Human Services was compelled by sub poena to provide to Congress was in 6 point font, unreadable even with glasses, according to Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Darrell Issa (R-Calif.)  Issa said data was also password-protected and locked.

Cornyn: Obama [was] 'Defiant' When GOP Leaders Confronted Him On Executive Amnesty.  Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the incoming majority whip in the 114th Congress, described "person after person" aggressively confronting the president about his plans to issue a unilateral amnesty for millions of illegal aliens at a closed-door lunch Friday [10/7/2014].  But President Obama was unbowed, even after an electoral shellacking last week, Cornyn said.  "He was pretty defiant.  He was pretty defiant," Cornyn said.  "For the president to poison the well at the very outset is really unimaginable."

If You Can't Beat Them, Indict Them.  [Former Travis County Prosecutor Ronnie] Earle took it upon himself to go after several people, including: Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, State Representative Mike Martin, Texas Attorney General Jim Mattox, and Speaker of the House Tom Delay.  His record is spotty at best, but he has succeeded in ending the careers of many of those whom he opposes, Tom Delay included.  The Delay persecution was a classic case of retribution and vindictiveness.

Obama's post-election plans for a secret radical agenda.  He's the Staller in Chief — President Obama has punted almost every hot-button issue past the key midterm elections on Nov. 4.  Obama has postponed decisions on a raft of contentious issues related to ObamaCare, Gitmo, immigration and his Cabinet.  This is partly to protect Democratic candidates and hold onto the Senate.  But it's more than that.  Obama plans a number of radical moves later this year when the administration believes the media, and the public, are paying less attention.  This includes a forced transformation of our neighborhoods, a huge influx of immigrants and billions of dollars in additional taxes.

Why is there no surgeon general? Ask Democrats.  The Ebola scare has made many Americans aware that there is no U.S. surgeon general.  (The post is filled by an acting official who is not in line for the job.)  There is, however, an Obama nominee for surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, who has not been confirmed by the Senate after more than a year of waiting.  Why hasn't Murthy won Senate approval in all that time?

Republicans and the IRS.  On Tuesday [9/22/2014], the Republican House passed several reform bills.  One would ensure that anyone who did what Lois Lerner did — i.e., send out confidential taxpayer info on her private e-mail — would be violating the law.  Others are designed to help taxpayers appeal when their groups are denied tax-exempt status or to ensure that officials who deliberately destroy federal records get the old heave-ho.  Here's the problem:  The bills now head to a Senate controlled by Democrat Harry Reid.  During his time as majority leader, Reid has ensured that the best reforms passed by House Republicans never even come up for a vote — sparing President Obama the bother of an embarrassing veto.

Senator Blocks Ted Cruz bill to seize passports from ISIS fighters who return to the US.  A showdown over the passports of so called 'foreign fighters' — Americans and other westerners who have joined the ISIS terror army in Iraq and Syria — came to a head on Thursday [9/18/2014] when a U.S. senator killed legislation aiming to strip them of their citizenship.  Democrat Mazie Hirono, a freshman senator from Hawaii, objected on the Senate floor when Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas tried to fast-track his 'Expatriate Terrorists Act.'

Harry Reid's anti-Koch crusade eats up precious Senate time.  There's a lot lawmakers need to do when the Senate returns from its August recess Sept. 9.  To take just one example, the government is set to run out of money by the end of the month, and senators must pass a measure to keep funding going and avoid a shutdown. [...] What is striking about the coming session is that Reid has decided to devote as much as half of the Senate's precious time in Washington to a measure that has no chance — absolutely zero chance — of passing.

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352 Reasons Harry Reid and Senate Democrats Are Actively Working To Stop Congress From Doing Its Job.  Barack Obama and the Democrats have railed against the "do-nothing Congress" (translation:  House Republicans) for nearly six years.  So what are the facts?  Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) recently addressed the charge:  ["]Currently, 352 bills that passed the House are awaiting action on Harry Reid's desk.  Of these bills:
  •   98% passed with bipartisan support
  •   Nearly 70% passed with 2/3rds support or more
  •   Over 50% passed with no opposition at all
  •   And 55 were introduced by Democrats["]
And still, Harry Reid refuses to bring them up for a vote.

Harry Reid's reign of paralysis.  The Senate has not voted on jobs bills sent by the House, any "fix" for Obamacare or a domestic energy development bill.  The Senate will not take up a real vote on the Keystone XL pipeline.  It will not take up Iran sanctions.  It did pass Veterans Affairs legislation and Iron Dome funding, not exactly difficult votes.  Other than that, not much of consequence has gone on in the Senate, but not because of Republican objections.  The GOP would love to take up many of these subjects, debate them and offer amendments; it is Reid who either won't take up meaty issues or won't allow any minority amendments, a practice he has taken further than any modern Senate leader.

Obama says GOP must be hounded on economy; Republicans cite 40 jobs bills passed by House.  President Obama urged Americans Saturday [8/2/2014] to pressure Republican lawmakers who are on vacation in their districts to support his economic agenda, including a hike in the federal minimum wage. [...] But Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon, chairman of the House Republicans' campaign arm, said Mr. Obama refuses to work with the GOP on measures that would grow the economy.  "We've focused on solutions to rein in big government, and help grow our economy," Mr. Walden said in the weekly Republican address.  "The House has passed more than 40 jobs bills, but the president and his party refuse to give them a hearing."

Jeff Sessions Holds The Line, Blocks Democrat Immigration Travesty.  There was high drama on the Senate floor this evening [7/31/2014].  Harry Reid brought on for a vote President Obama's $2.7 billion proposal to support illegals from Central America who are flooding across the border, in the form of a supplemental budget request.  An extremely knowledgeable Senate insider offers this blow-by-blow account of what happened:  ["]Harry Reid filled the amendment tree on the supplemental, meaning no amendments can get votes.  Sessions offered a motion to table the filled tree with stated purpose of making room to get a vote on the Cruz amendment.["]  "Filling the tree" has been Reid's preferred strategy for years.  It effectively shuts all Republicans out of the legislative process, while insulating Democrats from having to vote against popular proposals.

The Democrats Try to Shut Their Opponents Up.  Why are the Democrats carrying on this selective war against "dark money," which is itself, ironically, funded almost entirely with dark money?  Democrats want to be able to identify conservative donors so that the Obama administration can use federal agencies to take revenge on them; so they can try to get them fired (like Brendan Eich); and so union goons can lead busloads of demonstrators onto their lawns.  When liberal ideas have to compete with conservative ideas, they consistently lose.  So the Democrats want to intimidate conservative donors in order to have the political field to themselves.  There is nothing noble about their selective enmity toward "dark money."

Tyranny of the Majority Leader.  The Senate once prided itself on being "the world's greatest deliberative body."  That it no longer is. According to the Congressional Research Service, Senator Harry Reid (D., Nev.) has obstructed the amendment process for his colleagues 85 times — more than double the total of his six predecessors combined.  Neither Republican nor Democratic senators can offer amendments.  This negates every senator's right to debate and amend legislation and thus fully represent his or her constituents.  This was especially evident in May, when Senator Reid killed three bipartisan pieces of legislation in as many weeks.

Obama dismisses House Speaker John Boehner's lawsuit against him as a 'stunt'.  The House has passed legislation that would curb the president's power to take executive actions that Republicans say fall outside his constitutional authority, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has declared them dead on arrival.

White House Vows to Veto 'Unreasonable' Bill to Expedite Cross-Border Pipelines.  The White House has threatened to veto a bill expected to pass the House this week that would remove any Keystone-like delays from pipeline projects that enter the U.S. from Canada or Mexico.  The North American Energy Infrastructure Act, authored by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Rep. Gene Green (D-Texas), requires the secretary of Commerce, with respect to oil pipelines, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), with respect to natural gas pipelines, or the Secretary of Energy (DOE), with respect to electric transmission facilities, to approve a request for approval of construction, connection, operation, or maintenance unless it is not in U.S. national security interests.

Here's how the Keystone XL bill will likely die.  The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is expected on Wednesday to approve legislation mandating construction of the Keystone XL pipeline's northern leg, but its chances of reaching the Senate floor are already dashed.  "I agreed to give them a vote.  They, the Republicans, they wouldn't take it," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., in reference to a May proposal allowing the same standalone Keystone XL measure in exchange for an amendment-free energy-efficiency bill.

Sen. John Barrasso: Harry Reid won't allow vote on Keystone pipeline bill.  Sen. John Barrasso said Monday [6/16/2014] that he expects a Senate energy committee will easily approve a bill this week to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will never let the measure get a vote in the Senate.  "Harry Reid continues to block it on the floor," Mr. Barrasso said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."  "The president doesn't seem to want it.  I believe he is being held hostage by extremists and funders."  The Senate and Natural Resources Committee is expected to approve a bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Mary Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat and Sen. John Hoeven, North Dakota Republican, this week that would green-light the project.  But few expect Mr. Reid, Nevada Democrat, to let the Senate vote on the proposal.

In Bowe Bergdahl hearing, Chuck Hagel hedges the tough questions.  Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is not a lawyer.  He's not famous for lawyerly evasions.  But when it came to a few of the most critical issues discussed at the House Armed Services Committee's hearing on the Bowe Bergdahl case Wednesday [6/11/2014], Hagel was full of wiggle words.  Actually, just one wiggle word — "direct" — but Hagel used it repeatedly to sow confusion about some key questions.

[There are] Over A Dozen House-Passed VA Reform Bills Sitting on Harry Reid's Desk.  Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) interviewed with Larry O'Connor, WMAL radio in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, May 21st.  Get this:  she serves on the House Veteran's Affairs committee and says over the last 18 months, the House has passed dozens of reform bills for the VA, some bi-partisan, none of which have made it to the floor of the Senate — meaning Harry Reid killed them, didn't give Senators the opportunity to even consider them.  Can we say anything other than Harry Reid may have killed those 40 or more veterans who were not treated, and may kill more as diseases have advanced during this time?  There is only one reason not to bring legislation to the floor after it is passed and received from the House, and that is to keep the intent of the bill from happening — in this case, improving the VA.

The Dems' plot to control America rolls on.  Harry Reid's nuclear option has caused a lot of damage — and the worst is yet to come. [...] Democrats have used the filibuster to check Republicans when they have been in power, and both Harry Reid and Barack Obama have publicly extolled the value of the filibuster as a key aspect of democracy.  But then they decided it was an impediment to their power grab and threw it into the dustbin of history.  Once that occurred, Reid and the Democrats went into overdrive to populate the federal courts with left-wing judges (who have lifetime tenure).  Now the damage is becoming more visible.

Democrats Join Benghazi Hearings — To Obstruct And Play More Politics.  Kicking and screaming, Democrats have agreed to join the House select committee probing the Benghazi attack and cover-up.  But they aren't aiming to air the facts, just to obstruct the GOP.  It's politics at its worst.

33 Democrats Opposed a Bill to Make VA Bureaucrats Easier to Fire.  On Wednesday, the House of Representative overwhelming approved the Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act, a bill that would relax the standard bureaucratic red tape that makes it exceedingly difficult to fire government employees, even those implicated in an embarrassing scandal.  The vote was not unanimous, however, as 33 Democrats for some reason voted against the legislation.  The opposition was comprised of union-backed liberals, as well as lawmakers such as Jim Moran (Va.), Steny Hoyer (Md.), and Chris Van Hollen (Md.), who represent the D.C. suburbs where many senior VA employees reside.

House votes 390-33 to speed up VA firings.  The House on Wednesday [5/21/2014] overwhelmingly passed a bill to grant the Veterans Affairs secretary expanded authority to fire senior executives for poor performance.  The measure passed on a 390-33 vote amid allegations that veterans encountered delays in access to medical care at multiple VA hospitals across the country, leading to dozens of deaths.  All 33 votes in opposition came from Democrats, including leadership Reps. Steny Hoyer (Md.) and James Clyburn (S.C.). House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) voted to approve the measure.

Hillary Stacks the Benghazi Select Committee.  On Wednesday, Democrats deigned to join Republicans on the House Select Committee investigating Benghazi, primarily to protect Hillary Clinton's reputation in particular, and the Obama administration's in general.  Toward that end they will likely do what they always do whenever their party is threatened:  denigrate the investigation as it unfolds and obstruct it as much as possible.  Thus, it was completely unsurprising that even as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) appointed five colleagues to the panel she dismissed the need for it.

Dem Rep.: We're on Benghazi Committee to 'Scream Bloody Murder' over GOP Abuse.  Early this month, when Democrats still hadn't made up their minds about participation in the Benghazi select committee, Congressman Adam Schiff said there's no way Democrats would participate in that "colossal waste of time."  Well, funny story:  Schiff is one of the five Democrats Nancy Pelosi picked yesterday to actually serve on that committee.  And on Rachel Maddow's show last night, Schiff explained they decided to participate to keep the Republicans from making it a partisan, stunt-driven affair.

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Yes, there was a bloody murder involved.  Too bad that's not what he's talking about.

Nancy Pelosi appoints five Democrats to fill up Benghazi panel slots days after threatening boycott.  House Democrats have decided to play ball and participate in a special committee charged with investigating the Obama administration's handling of a 2012 terror attack in Benghazi, Libya that left four Americans dead and forced the withdrawal of U.S. diplomats from the eastern port city.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi named five Democrats to the panel. [...] Some in the Democratic caucus had floated the idea of boycotting the committee and leaving Republicans to pursue the Benghazi investigation, opening the opportunity to paint the investigation as a partisan political stunt in an election year.

Democrats Still Undecided on Benghazi Committee Participation.  House Democrats are still weighing whether they will appoint members to the GOP-led special committee to investigate the September 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya — but don't call it a caucus-wide "division," two senior lawmakers implored.  "[It's] the wrong word," Caucus Vice Chairman Joseph Crowley of New York said at a Tuesday morning news conference.  "The caucus is not divided. ... What the caucus is doing is helping our leadership come up with a plan on how to approach what is a very serious issue."

Mitch McConnell: Harry Reid's 'embarrassing' behavior is leading Senate to ruin.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says his Democratic counterpart is leading the chamber down a "disturbing" and "embarrassing" path, as Republican lawmakers' frustration over what they consider a hardline stance on GOP amendments boils over.  "This institution has been fundamentally changed by one man, the majority leader, who has the ability to impose a gag rule on all the rest of us," McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters Tuesday.  "It's a disturbing thing."  "This is really quite embarrassing that the greatest deliberative body in the world doesn't deliberate anymore."

Harry Reid's Senate Blockade.  The U.S. Senate failed to advance another piece of popular bipartisan legislation late Monday, and the reason tells the real story of Washington gridlock in the current Congress.  To wit, Harry Reid has essentially shut down the Senate as a place to debate and vote on policy.  The Majority Leader's strategy was once again on display as the Senate failed to get the 60 votes to move a popular energy efficiency bill co-sponsored by New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne Shaheen and Ohio Republican Rob Portman.  Mr. Reid blamed the defeat on Republican partisanship.  But the impasse really came down to Mr. Reid's blockade against amendments that might prove politically difficult for Democrats.

Obstruction: Reid Blocks Bipartisan Vote on Keystone Pipeline.  [Scroll down]  Rich people who engage in the political process for the "right reasons," as determined by [Harry] Reid of course, should be left alone.  Others — who supposedly get involved in politics for personal gain (about which Harry knows a thing or two) — must be publicly slandered at every opportunity.  Among the hallowed class is Reid's buddy Tom Steyer, a liberal environmentalist billionaire who's pledged to raise $100 million in support of Democrats this year.  Steyer is a staunch opponent of the Keystone pipeline, as are many of his fellow travelers on the ideological fringe.

Shouting protestors shut down Senate, some arrested.  For about an hour Tuesday morning [5/6/2014], Medicaid expansion demonstrators shut down the Senate, shouting and praying as police led them away.  Twenty-three people were arrested in a demonstration that involved more than a hundred protestors.

Joe DiGenova: 'I'm Delighted the Democrats Don't Want to Participate'.  Former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova says he'll be happy if Democrats decide not to appoint members to the special select committee on Benghazi that Republicans plan to establish.  "I'm delighted the Democrats don't want to participate.  All they would do is obstruct," diGenova told WMAL talk radio in Washington, D.C. Monday morning [5/5/2014].  "The president is going to pay a price ultimately," he added.

Dems mull whether to boycott House GOP Benghazi hearing.  The House GOP leadership just announced [5/5/2014] that Rep. Trey Gowdy will head the newly announced special committee to probe what happened in Benghazi.  Gowdy, as it happens, has already informed America that he knows that the administration is guilty of a serious cover-up, claiming he has "evidence" of a "systematic, intentional decision" to withhold untold numbers of Benghazi documents from Congress.  The question now is whether House Dems will boycott the proceedings.

Dem wants party to sit out new House probe.  A Democratic member of the House intelligence committee called Sunday for his party to boycott the newly announced committee tasked with probing the Benghazi attacks, dismissing new evidence that Republicans have called a "smoking gun" showing the White House politicized the tragedy.  Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told "Fox News Sunday" [5/4/2014] that Democrats should not give the select committee more "credibility" by joining.  "I think it's a colossal waste of time," he said.  "I don't think it makes sense, really, for Democrats to participate."

Issa pens scathing letter to Cummings as IRS feud escalates.  Republican Rep. Darrell Issa has penned a personal, scathing letter to his Democratic counterpart on the House oversight committee, escalating the public feud between the two high-ranking lawmakers amid the committee's investigation into IRS targeting.  The letter to Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., top Democrat on that committee, was obtained by Fox News.  In it, Issa countered, point by point, a series of claims that Cummings and two legal experts made earlier this week about whether former IRS official Lois Lerner could be held in contempt for refusing to testify.  Issa went further, effectively accusing Cummings of running interference on behalf of his party and the administration.

Nothing but hot air from Senate Democrats' talkathon.  The talkathon is a product of the Senate's Climate Action Task Force, co-chaired by Sens. Barbara Boxer of California and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.  Boxer described the purpose of the marathon gabfest as a call to "wake up Congress" for "action" on global warming.  That's an odd claim coming from the chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.  Boxer has a solid majority on her committee and could report dozens of bills to the Senate floor.  So her committee is the first place to look for an explanation of the lack of action in the Senate.

Go to Jail — Get Obamacare. Defend a Cop Killer — Get a Massive Job in DoJ.  It seems every day the Democrats currently in power find a new way to express sneering contempt for everyone who disagrees with them for any reason.  Democrat Leahy did not allow the widow of slain police officer Daniel Faulkner to testify as to why the attorney who represented her husband's murderer should not be confirmed to head DoJ's Civil Rights Division.  Why did he deny her her right to speak?  A technicality.  And because he could.  It would have been inconvenient to the Obama administration for Congress to have heard directly from Abu Jamal's surviving victim.

Democrats Block Widow of Murdered Police Officer From Testifying Against Obama DOJ Nominee Debo Adegbile.  Last month Maureen Faulker, the widow of murdered Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner, requested a chance to give testimony against President Obama's nominee to head the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.  Her husband was killed in 1981 by former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of murder in 1982.  Thirty years after the conviction, nominee Debo Adegbile voluntarily took up Abu-Jamal's case and the cause in the name of race during his time as the head of NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

Silencing the political opposition.  Chuck Schumer, the Senate's No. 3 Democrat, thinks the Internal Revenue Service hasn't done enough to silence the Tea Party.  He wants the White House and the IRS to "immediately redouble" efforts to shut down conservative political-action groups through tougher government oversight and enforcement.  The Tea Party opposes much of President Obama's agenda, and to Mr. Schumer, that's both a sin and a crime.

The Phone and Pen President.  The view that an assertive executive can break the maddening constraints of the constitutional system and enact the public will by personally embodying it is, of course, at the core of the progressive outlook in our politics — though few progressives today put it quite that way.  But that White House officials would actually express themselves like this — in the form of a kind of trope of pure progressivism devoid of content — strikes me as more than anything an indication of the sheer intellectual exhaustion of the left.

Harry Reid's Obstructionism.  It took a while, but the media seem to have finally noticed Senate majority leader Harry Reid's unprecedented obstructionism.  The New York Times reported last week on Reid's "brutish style" and "uncompromising control" over the amendments process in the Senate.  Why are more people finally catching on to Reid's flagrant disregard for Senate customs?  In part because conservatives aren't the only ones complaining.

Obstruction of justice.  Congress' top GOP watchdog is warning the secretary of Health and Human Services to stop instructing contractors behind healthcare.gov not to talk to Congress about the project.  House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chair Darrell Issa, a hard-charging California Republican, told Sec. Kathleen Sebelius in a letter on Wednesday that it's against the law to get between Congress and the companies her agency hired to work on the crash-and-burn website.  'Obstructing a Congressional investigation is a crime,' Issa said Thursday [12/12/2013] in a statement.

Issa Accuses Sebelius, Health Department Of 'Criminal Obstruction'.  Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, stated in a letter to Sebelius that the Health and Human Services Department instructed Creative Computing Solutions — a contractor that worked on HealthCare.gov — not to comply with the committee's investigation.

The 'Unprecedented Opposition' Canard.  [Wisconsin] Democrats, cheered on by their counterparts in Washington, attempted to oust the state's duly-elected governor via a do-over election.  Scott Walker's crime?  Using the democratic process to implement budget reforms that liberals and Big Labor vehemently opposed.  The organized Left pulled out all the disruptive stops to block these measures from even receiving a vote.  Thousands of left-wingers occupied the capitol rotunda in Madison, issuing death threats against Walker and other Republicans.

Senate Democrats Just Took Us a Step Closer to the Imperial Presidency.  Why would the Democrats, who never seem to stop worrying about overweening presidential control, roll back the filibuster — and hand their own power to Obama?  They'll be sorry, and soon.

An outbreak of lawlessness.  The problem is not the change itself.  It's fine that a president staffing his administration should need 51 votes rather than 60.  Doing so for judicial appointments, which are for life, is a bit dicier.  Nonetheless, for about 200 years the filibuster was nearly unknown in blocking judicial nominees.  So we are really just returning to an earlier norm.  The violence to political norms here consisted in how that change was executed.  By brute force — a near party-line vote of 52 to 48.  This was a disgraceful violation of more than two centuries of precedent.  If a bare majority can change the fundamental rules that govern an institution, then there are no rules.  Senate rules today are whatever the majority decides they are that morning.

America Is One Step Closer to a One-Party Tyranny.  November 21, 2013, may be another date that will live in infamy.  Instead of conventional bombs and aerial torpedoes exploding at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the "nuclear option" went off in the U.S. Senate at Washington, D.C.  By a 52-48 vote, the Senate voted to change the institution's regulations related to the filibuster, thereby emasculating a political minority's ability to thwart, or at least delay, majoritarian dictatorship.  A Senate minority can no longer thwart the president's nominations of judges to lesser federal courts or of executive department officials.

The Senate Loses Its Tradition of Consensus.  After the increasingly problematic Obamacare debacle, it seems as though President Obama and his fellow Democrats have given up the hope of governing through a national consensus.  Instead, Obama has signaled that he will try to rule with the club of 51 percent for the rest of his term:  Push through as much as possible with a narrow majority.

Reid Drops Nuclear Bomb and His Party Will Rue its Fallout.  Fresh off the disastrous rollout of Obamacare which Senate Majority Leader Reid and (now former) Speaker of the House Pelosi rammed through Congress using unconventional procedures and with zero Republican support, his extremist wing compelled him to make yet another ham-handed move which predictably will hurt his party in the long run more than it will help it.

The Very Useful Lesson of Obama's Judicial Power Grab.  It's no secret that President Obama was behind the push to end the filibuster as a means of blocking nominees for U.S. appeals court judgeships.  At a fundraiser earlier this month, he told liberal donors that he is "remaking the courts."  Recognizing that the filibuster stood in the way of a full radical makeover, Obama personally lobbied three Democratic Senators who were undecided about whether to eliminate it.  Obama reportedly told them "how important this was to him and our ability to get anything done for the rest of the term."

Let's Go Nuclear!.  Unless you live under a rock, you've heard by now that 52 Senate Democrats voted to end the filibuster for executive branch and judicial nominees after eight years of employing it against President George W. Bush.  The hypocrisy is award-worthy.

America has gone from government of laws to semi-political banana republic.  The rule of law has been replaced in Washington by "yes we can."  The events we witnessed Thursday [11/21/2013] in the Senate, that is Majority Leader Harry Reid's success at invoking the so-called 'nuclear option,' stripping the minority party of its primary power to block nominations, have become a stunning capstone to what has been already a steady erosion of a government of laws down to a sort of semi-political banana republic.  We are now living in a republic in which politicians do what they want without regard to tradition or the best interests of our country.

Harry Reid Smashes History.  Harry Reid went and did it.  He bent the rules to break them.  In so doing, he effectively annihilated hundreds of years of procedural convention that has required a firm 60-vote majority to confirm presidential appointments.  Now, the president's executive branch and judicial nominees can slide through with a simple majority.  Any opposition will prove toothless.

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How Harry Reid Just Nationalized the 2014 Midterms.  President Obama delivered remarks today supporting Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid's decision to deploy the "nuclear option" ending minority filibusters of some judicial nominees.  The Democrats tried to limit the effect of their action, stating that it only applies to nominees below the Supreme Court level.  But the damage done will go far beyond judicial nominees.  Bipartisanship in the Senate is dead.  Harry Reid and Barack Obama had already done grave damage to it by passing Obamacare.  Today they finished it off.

Cruz: Dems want to pack court with judges to protect O-Care.  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), the Senate's leading critic of the Affordable Care Act, denounced a vote Thursday to prohibit filibusters against appellate court nominees as a scheme to save the healthcare law.  "The heart of this action is directed at packing the D.C. Circuit because that is the court that will review the lawless behavior of the Obama administration implementing ObamaCare," he said.

Nuclear Option 'Greatly Eroded' Graham's Leverage to Get Benghazi Answers.  "President Obama is committed to protecting Obamacare, his signature achievement, regardless of the damage done to millions of Americans," he continued.  "He is even willing to throw the judiciary into chaos if necessary.  Any American who wants to bring a legal challenge to the thousands of Obamacare rules and regulations lost big today."

Senate Dems weaken GOP power with major filibuster rule change.  Senate Democrats bowled over Republicans on Thursday to win approval for a highly controversial rule change which would limit the GOP's ability to block nominees, in a move Republicans called a "raw power grab."  "It's a sad day in the history of the Senate," Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said after the vote.  Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., moving quickly following days of speculation, used the so-called "nuclear option" to pass the change.  Typically, major changes like this take 67 votes, but he did it with just a simple majority.

Senate Dems go 'nuclear,' eliminate filibuster of presidential nominees.  The change, approved 52-48, would prevent the minority party from using the filibuster to stall most presidential nominations, though it would not eliminate the use of the filibuster on Supreme Court nominees or legislation.  Judicial and Executive Branch nominees once needed 60 votes to advance to an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor, giving Republicans an opportunity to block them.  Under the rule change, only a simple majority would be needed to advance the nominees, so that Democrats, who control 55 votes, can do so without Republican interference.

Senate votes to limit filibuster after Reid goes nuclear.  The Senate voted Thursday to change its rules to prevent the minority party from filibustering any nominations other than nods to the Supreme Court.  The change was approved after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) triggered the "nuclear option," which allows a change to Senate rules by majority vote.  The 52-48 vote dramatically changes the rules of the Senate and limits the minority party's ability to prevent confirmation of presidential nominees.

52 Democrats Change Two-Century-Old Senate Rule: Abolish Filibuster of Nominees.  Sweeping aside a century of precedent, Democrats took a chunk out of the Senate's hallowed filibuster tradition on Thursday [11/21/2013] and cleared the way for speedy confirmation of controversial appointments made by President Barack Obama and chief executives in the future.

While Obama Remakes the Courts, Harry Reid Wants to Remake the Senate.  Every few months, it seems, Harry Reid (D-NV) threatens to upend the Senate so that he can push something through without following the rules.  This time, it's the President's judicial nominees.

Rangel falsely claims no Republicans voted for Social Security, sidetracks ObamaCare hearing.  Lawmakers had to pause for a fact check about a 78-year-old law during a hearing that was supposed to be about ObamaCare, after Rep. Charles Rangel made the — inaccurate — claim that no Republicans supported the Social Security Act.  The New York Democrat made the assertion Tuesday [10/29/2013] while railing against Republicans for opposing the health care law.  It was during a House hearing where Marilyn Tavenner, head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, was testifying.

Progressive Activists to Disrupt GOP Town Halls in August.  A progressive group will coordinate with liberal activists to disrupt Republican town halls during the August recess, when lawmakers will face questions about Obamacare and comprehensive immigration reform.  Americans United for Change, run by a former Democratic National Committee communications head, plans to send activists to Republican town halls in swing states and even red states to target lawmakers like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

Putin and Obama: Brothers in Tyranny.  [It is] increasingly obvious that Obama's 2012 re-election was facilitated by widespread unlawful harassment of his opposition by the Internal Revenue Service.  The increasing evidence of this flagrant misuse of the IRS was highlighted in this week's House Oversight Committee where Congressman Elijah Cummings, ranking Democrat redoubled his efforts to deflect the testimony and cut off the hearing is proof that the hearings, despite the often pathetic performance by many of its members, are hitting pay dirt.

Why Are North Carolina Liberals So [Very] Angry?  On Monday [7/15/2013], for the 11th week in a row, thousands of protesters descended on the copper-domed [North Carolina] Capitol denouncing the policies of a Republican Party that for the first time since Reconstruction controls North Carolina's governorship and legislature.  Some 800 agitators have been arrested for disrupting the legislature.  By all accounts, these "Moral Monday" rallies, though peaceful, are growing in size and volume.

IRS Hearings: Republicans Ask Questions, Democrats Attack Issa.  Right out of the gate, Democrats' top priority was attacking Chairman Issa — accusing him of overreaching and conducting committee business in an overly partisan manner.  Ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings also asserted his desire to "get to the bottom" of the IRS scandal, intoning that he's seeking, "the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth."  But just last month, he called the IRS affair "solved."  Rep. Gerry Connolly, a liberal from Virginia, spent his entire question period upbraiding Issa and launching pre-emptive strikes against the Inspector General, who will testify later.  He did not ask a single question of the witnesses.

DC Politicos Block Walmart, Help Special Interests, Hurt The Poor.  Why, when there is no question that nothing has created more wealth and eradicated more poverty than capitalism, do left wing politicians hate it so much?  After all, it's supposed to be the left that cares about the poor.  The latest chapter in this ongoing saga of economic perversity is action being taken in Washington, DC, to prevent Walmart from opening stores there.

Fracking phobia fails yet again.  The EPA just dropped its study of fracking allegedly contaminating the water in Pavillion, Wyo.  The enviro left had rejoiced at the news a few years ago that the EPA had for the first time implicated fracking as a threat to groundwater.  Now, amid criticisms of its methodology, the EPA has backed down and won't issue a final report.

Black caucus member to GOP: 'You all do not care about the 47 percent'.  Democrats, led by dozens of members of the CBC, have been trying since 9 a.m. Thursday [7/11/2013] to use procedural tactics to raise points of order and force delays in a final vote.  As lawmakers began debating the rules of debate on the bill, more liberal Democrats and members of the CBC lined up to read similar messages of opposition, saying that the new farm bill "hurts the children of America" or "increases hunger in America."

Key commander to be questioned on Benghazi goes missing.  During the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Marine Corps Col. George Bristol was in a key position in the U.S. Africa Command leadership, CBS News reported.  While it would be expected he could answer Congress' questions about that night, no one seems to know where he is — or isn't telling.  "They say he's retired and they can't reach out to him," Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told CBS News.  "That's hogwash."

Democrats resort to screaming mob action at the usually dignified Texas capitol.
Abortion bill dies after late-night chaos, confusion.  Capping a chaotic end of the special legislative session, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said early Wednesday [6/26/2013that proposed abortion restrictions didn't pass after all.  The abortion requirements were in Senate Bill 5, which was called up for a vote that couldn't be heard over shouting and screaming from opponents in the gallery.

Texas Chaos Illustrates Left's Increasing Reliance on 'Mob Rule'.  It appears from the actions of pro-abortion supporters in Texas on Tuesday night, "mob rule" is now the preferred way the left conducts legislative business.  Gov. Rick Perry has called a special session of the Texas legislature on July 1st for another vote on a bill that will ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and set higher health standards for abortion clinics to be brought forward.  It seems Obama's Organizing for Action is quickly planning another "unruly mob" for that event.

Why does the left want to suppress free speech?  Many people on the political left don't much like the First Amendment. [...] Anyway, here are some examples of liberals trying to shut down speech.

Case Closed? Far From It.  Right now the IRS story looks stalled and confused.  Congressional investigators are asking for documents — "The IRS is being a little slow," said a staffer — and interviewing workers.  Pieces of testimony are being released and leaked, which has allowed one congressman, Democrat Elijah Cummings, to claim there's actually no need for an investigation, the story's over, the mystery solved.

The left's outrage over the IRS turns to a plea to 'move on'
Moving a Washington scandal out of town.  The left is doing all that it can to keep the focus off Washington in this scandal.  The latest attempt came just days ago when Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, one of the top House Democrats leading the congressional probe of the IRS, made the proclamation that the "case is solved" — and that it's time for the nation to "move on."  This disturbing about-face by Mr. Cummings is a reflection of the Obama administration's desire to sweep this unconscionable abuse under the rug as quickly as possible.  His comments directly contradict what he had said just days earlier when he called for a "thorough investigation" to restore "truth and trust."

One sentence that could keep the House in GOP hands.  [Scroll down]  Here is one important primer point:  if one party controls either the House or the Senate, that party controls the agenda for that branch of Congress.  This is one reason why politicians who foresee continued minority status for their party often retire:  they do not like a feeling of powerlessness.  This is why Harry Reid basically has monopolized power in the Senate and has allowed that body to degenerate into a wholly-owned subsidiary of Team Obama, and why Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama so desperately want the House back in Democratic hands.

Lawmakers tire of playing '20 questions'in surveillance briefings.  Some members of the Congress say that getting straight answers from intelligence agencies about top-secret surveillance is like playing the game "20 Questions," where answers come only if a questioner knows exactly what to ask.

Environmental Rules Delayed as White House Slows Reviews.  The White House has blocked several Department of Energy regulations that would require appliances, lighting and buildings to use less energy and create less global-warming pollution, as part of a broader slowdown of new antipollution rules issued by the Obama administration.

Semantics alert!
Global warming is not pollution.  Neither is global cooling.  Global warming is merely an excuse to expand the federal government.

Reid Blocks Senate Vote on Border Security Amendment to Immigration Bill.  On Wednesday [6/12/2013], Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) blocked a vote on the border security amendment to the "Gang of Eight" immigration bill offered by Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA).

Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder Still Blocking the Truth.  This is not the first time that Hillary Clinton, Cheryl Mills, and Eric Holder have been accused of attempting to thwart a congressional investigation.  Not by a long shot.

California Dems push anti-fracking bills, aim to curb potential oil bonanza.  California is on the verge of a new gold rush.  Expanded hydraulic fracturing — or "fracking" — at the Monterey Shale formation is sparking estimates that 15 billion barrels of oil could be accessed, along with millions of jobs and huge contributions to the domestic energy supply.  Even the state's green-friendly Democratic governor, Jerry Brown, says "the potential is extraordinary."  But standing in the way is a flurry of anti-fracking bills.

Jackson Lee Shut Down at Committee Hearing.  Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D., Texas) continually interrupted ranking member Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) during a Judiciary Committee hearing today by claiming that she was lodging parliamentary objections.  Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte continually reminded her that her comments didn't qualify as legitimate interruptions to Issa's time, and she eventually relented.

Holder plays dumb.  Attorney General Eric Holder was in a familiar spot yesterday: testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, dodging and weaving and otherwise doing his best imitation of Sgt. Schultz from the old TV show "Hogan's Heroes":  I know nothing.  Scandals at the IRS?  Under investigation, can't comment. Subpoenaed phone records of Associated Press reporters?  How should I know?  I recused myself.  That's not testifying — that's obfuscating.

Eric Holder's abdication.  As the nation's top law enforcement official, Eric Holder is privy to all kinds of sensitive information.  But he seems to be proud of how little he knows.

Know Nothing.  Attorney General Eric Holder used the phrase "I don't know" or some variation, at least 57 times during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee today as House Republicans grilled him over controversies including the IRS' targeting of Tea Partiers, the Justice Department's seizure of journalist phone records, and the security lapses surrounding the Boston bombing.

The Keystone Pipeline: Delay is the Name of the Game.  The four-year saga of the Keystone XL pipeline is a textbook case of the game Washington politicians play.  To avoid making decisions that might anger one constituency or another, they appoint a committee or commission a study and then sit back, hoping the report never comes in.  If they don't like the results, they commission another study.

Harry Reid's Great Disappearing Act.  In Mr. Reid's Washington, the House works its will, the Senate does crossword puzzles.  Its committees do not produce bills, its senators do not debate or amend, the body does not vote.  The House, to accomplish anything, is forced to engage in backroom wrangling with the White House, the results of which are presented to the nation as a fait accompli.  The Senate claims total deniability.

House Dems call for dismissal of contempt lawsuit against Holder over Fast and Furious.  The ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform filed an amicus brief Wednesday [12/19/2012] asking for dismissal of the contempt lawsuit brought by House Republicans against Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in the botched "Fast and Furious" gunrunning investigation.

You Think the GOP Has Problems?  Despite the worst economy in the last 50 years, Democrats decided to run the old plays out of the old playbook, and they just went ahead and burdened the economy with more stimulus, more entitlements, more environmental regulation, and more crony capitalism/socialism.  In consequence, the economy failed to thrive as it tried to rally from the depths of the Great Recession.  What a surprise!

Political Elites Keep Power By Blocking Change.  A couple of economists have determined that rulers around the world keep their subjects in poverty so they can maintain power.  What does this impart to us about where our country is headed today?

An activist judge makes it easier for dead people to vote.
Texas Court Halts State Attempt to Purge Voters as Dead.  Texas officials were temporarily barred by a state judge from ordering county election officials to purge presumably dead voters from registration rolls because the initiative may violate the election code.  The ruling came in a lawsuit filed yesterday by four voters who were told they would be purged from voter-registration lists as deceased.  They asked state court Judge Tim Sulak in Austin to stop the state from striking about 77,000 names, arguing the plan violates state and federal law.

Fallacy Of Redistribution Has Grave Economic Impact.  The history of the 20th century is full of examples of countries that set out to redistribute wealth and ended up redistributing poverty.  The communist nations were a classic example, but by no means the only example.  In theory, confiscating the wealth of the more successful people ought to make the rest of the society more prosperous.  But when the Soviet Union confiscated the wealth of successful farmers, food became scarce.  As many people died of starvation under Stalin in the 1930s as died in Hitler's Holocaust in the 1940s.

Obama sells old ideas as new.  [Scroll down]  Oh, but what about all his innovative ideas for green energy: faster trains local governments don't want and electric cars consumers won't buy?  The New York Times reports that the electric car "has long been recognized as the ideal solution" because it is "cleaner and quieter" and "much more economical."  The Times reported that in 1911.  Obama has turned his back on nuclear power while investing massively in a technological breakthrough pioneered by Heron of Alexandria in the first century:  the windmill.

Democrats Want Simpson-Bowles Question Barred From Presidential Debate.  If you thought the Democrats would be satisfied with the fact that a solid phalanx of liberals have been chosen to moderate the presidential (and vice-presidential) debates, you would be wrong.  Now they want to dictate what questions will be forbidden from being asked at the debates.  I kid you not.  The Politico reports on the question that the Democrats want to make taboo:  ["]Some Democratic lawmakers want to make sure that one question does not get asked at the upcoming first presidential debate — about Simpson-Bowles.["]

Playing Politics: Democrats Block Drought Relief Measures For Farmers.  On Thursday [8/2/2012], the House passed a short-term $383 million measure to provide immediate relief for farmers and livestock producers impacted by the recent drought.  Conservative groups urged Representatives to proceed with caution on a pork-laden farm bill, as roughly 80 percent of the bill dealt with items such as food stamps rather than actual farming issues.

Look Who's Holding the Economy Hostage Now.  Democrats say they'll let all the Bush-era tax cuts expire if they can't raise taxes on the rich.  Apparently, economic catastrophe is a reasonable price to pay for class warfare politics.

Reid Worries About Olympic Uniforms, Not Budgets.  The Senate Majority Leader hasn't proposed a budget in three years, won't bring tax cuts to the floor, yet adds Olympic uniforms to a priority list that includes boxing rules, cowboy poetry and a train to nowhere.

Racial Politics Thicker Than Justice.  When the House voted last Thursday to find Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt of Congress, members of the Congressional Black Caucus walked out.  Why is the Black Caucus trying to make this about race?  It's about Holder's refusal to turn over Justice Department documents requested by the House Oversight and Government Committee in its investigation of the "Fast and Furious" operation.

Congressional Black Caucus Walks out on Contempt Vote.  Instead of voting on Thursday [6/28/2012], the members of the CBC walked out of the Chamber of Congress.  Joining them were Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer.

Pols set to block teacher ratings' release.  The [New York] state Legislature is likely to pass a last ditch bill that would prevent the release of teacher evaluations, while letting parents see the ratings only of their kids' instructors.

Bid to kill EPA coal plant regulations thwarted in Senate.  Senate lawmakers on Wednesday [6/20/2012] blocked a GOP-led effort to scuttle Environmental Protection Agency regulations that mandate cuts in mercury pollution and other toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants.  The 46-53 vote against Sen. James Inhofe's (R-Okla.) resolution staves off what would have been a stinging election-year rebuke of the White House green agenda.

How Obama Bureaucrats Fueled Western Wildfires.  The Obama administration's neglect of the federal government's aerial tanker fleet raises acrid questions about its core public safety priorities.  Bipartisan complaints goaded the White House into signing a Band-Aid fix last week.  But it smacks more of election-year gesture politics:  Too little, too late, too fake.  Ten years ago, the feds had a fleet of 44 firefighting planes.  Today, the number is down to nine for the entire country.

Sessions: Reid unwilling to consider reasonable food stamp reform.  The Senate's final vote on the farm bill is expected next week, but according to Alabama Republican Senator Jeff Sessions, there will be no substantial reforms to the food stamp program due to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's obstructionism.  Eighty percent of the spending from the farm bill this year goes to the federal government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps, constituting $770 billion in spending over the next decade.  According to Sessions, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, Reid will not allow any of his reform measures — aimed at dealing with the swelling cost and growth of the welfare program — to even receive a vote.

Longshoremen file suit while clogging Northwest cargo at Port of Portland.  An escalating dispute between two unions tying up millions of dollars of freight across the Northwest boils down to a spat over just two waterfront jobs, the Port of Portland's executive director said Thursday [6/14/2012].

Dems block McCain resolution on special counsel for leaks.  Senate Democrats blocked a resolution introduced by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) calling for Attorney General Eric Holder to introduce an outside special counsel to investigate a number of recent military and intelligence leaks.  McCain introduced a resolution Tuesday [6/12/2012] expressing the Senate's support for Holder to appoint a special prosecutor.  But Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) objected after McCain asked for unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to consideration of his resolution.

10 Reasons Obama Must Disclose His College Records.  Desperate, Obama supporters portray all who look into his past as "birthers."  Now they ridicule efforts to find how a pot-smoking slacker got into Columbia and Harvard.

Obama's Discredited Policies Are Symbols of the Tired Past.  President Obama sent a warmed-over, five-point "to-do list" to Congress this week that he said will create jobs and spur growth.  There was nothing new in any of the ideas.  He's offered these same ideas before, but Congress rejected all of them.

Senate Dems hold Pentagon Hostage.  Republicans on the Hill attempted to protect increased funding for the Defense Department by cutting funds for other programs, but were attacked by Democrats who threatened to refuse to negotiate.

Mining permit backlog leaves U.S. dependent on China for widely used rare minerals.  Strategic minerals that are essential components in green and high technology such as hybrid cars, iPods and solar panels are readily available in the U.S. but efforts to mine the elements are being stalled by bureaucrats for years, industry officials say.

GOP: Obama's budget got 0 votes in Congress; Where's the leadership in 0?  The federal government, which spends more than $3.5 trillion a year, much of it borrowed from outside the United States, has no guideline for how that money is spent.  The Democratic Leader of the Senate said it would be 'foolish for us to do a budget at this stage,' and he's even refused to hold a vote.  When the Democratic chairman of the Senate Budget Committee attempted to hold a markup on a budget, he was stopped at the last minute and pulled a vote from consideration.

Are you on a "Block-List?"  As of late, conservatives have been dominating social media platforms including Twitter.  In 140 characters or less, conservatives have managed to get deep under the skin of the progressives using the site and in retaliation, it seems, some Twitter users from the left are creating "blocklists" to automatically get conservatives' accounts suspended.  If you are conservative and using Twitter, you may be on a "blocklist."

Twitter used to silence conservatives?  Conservative Chris Loesch, music producer and husband of radio host and CNN contributor Dana Loesch, had his Twitter account suspended on Sunday [4/29/2012].  He was apparently targeted by leftist users who utilized the "Block & Report Spam" function to trigger the social media account's automatic spam algorithm.  He was notified of his suspension via an email from Twitter claiming it was due to multiple unsolicited mentions to other users.  "You will need to change your behavior to continue using Twitter," the email admonished.

A Mournful Milestone.  Sunday, April 29, 2012, is an anniversary unprecedented in the history of American politics, marking three years since the Democratic-led Senate last complied with federal law by passing a budget.  The Congressional Budget Act of 1974 stipulates that Congress must approve a budget resolution by April 15 of each year.  In the Senate, only 51 votes are needed to pass a budget, as budgets are one of the few pieces of legislation invulnerable to a filibuster.  Democrats currently control 53 seats.

Senate's scofflaw Democrats.  Adopting a budget is not optional.  It is required by law.  Under the 1974 Congressional Budget Act, the Senate must move a budget out of the Budget Committee by April 1 of every year and adopt a budget resolution on the floor by April 15.  The House has completed its budget work each of the past two years since the GOP attained a majority in that chamber.  By contrast, the Democratic Senate is continuing its open defiance of budget law for the third year in a row.

Five Devastating Numbers That Show Obama's Incompetence.  [#3]  We're now up to 1,091 days without a budget despite the fact that it's the most basic function of Congress and it's required by law.  There's a simple reason for this:  Democrats don't want to offend the general public by increasing spending or their base by cutting spending; so they've decided to do nothing.

Senate Democrats Not Even Showing Up for Budget Meetings At This Point.  Granted, this entire exercise was somewhat academic because its resulting product would receive neither a vote in this committee, nor in the Senate at large.

Why Democrats won't vote on a budget.  Households make budgets.  So do businesses and nonprofits.  There was also a time when Congress made them, but those days are long gone — 1,086 days gone, to be precise.  That's the last time Democrats, who have controlled one or both houses of Congress this whole time, passed a budget resolution through either the House or the Senate. [...] Asked to explain this bicameral failure in the face of trillion-dollar deficits, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said, "It's difficult to pass budgets in election years."

Democrats punt on Senate budget bill for 3rd year.  In a stunning backtrack that virtually guarantees Congress for the third year will be unable to produce a budget, Senate Democrats' top budget writer Tuesday canceled this week's expected votes on a 2013 fiscal blueprint. [...] [Senator Kent Conrad's] move stunned Senate Republicans, who had been preparing amendments for Wednesday and Thursday.  "It's hard to negotiate with somebody who won't tell you where they are," said Sen. Jeff Sessions, the ranking Republican on the Budget Committee, who said Mr. Conrad was breaking a promise he made to debate and vote on a budget.

Harry Reid Shuts Down Budget Process In Senate.  The Democratic Senate has not adopted a budget in three years.  This is not only flagrantly irresponsible, it is a violation of federal law.

It Takes A Lot of Nerve  ...to criticize Mitt Romney's support for the House Republicans' budget when Senate Democrats won't even write one, in violation of the law, and President Obama's budgets can't garner a single vote.  But that is nevertheless what Obama did.

Left's Orwellian Censorship Campaign.  The evidence of this calculated assault on free speech is overwhelming, but the most recent and high-profile examples include carefully orchestrated campaigns by three well-funded, interconnected, George Soros-linked organizations:  Media Matters for America (MMFA); the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC); and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

Senate rejects drilling for oil in Arctic refuge.  The U.S. Senate on Tuesday [3/13/2012] resoundingly rejected a sweeping measure to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other protected areas to drilling as well as approve construction of the Keystone pipeline project.  The vote was the first time in four years the Senate has voted on a measure including ANWR drilling, and it failed miserably.

Online, liberals far less tolerant than normal people.  The new research found that instead of engaging in civil discourse or debate, fully 16% of liberals admitted to blocking, unfriending or overtly hiding someone on a social networking site because that person expressed views they disagreed with.  That's double the percentage of conservatives and more than twice the percentage of political moderates who behaved like that.  The proportion jumps even higher when someone on a social site disagrees with a liberal's post.

Trashing the democratic process in Maryland.  Ludicrously entitled the Maryland Referendum Integrity Act, this is a blatant political attempt to prevent similar grassroots efforts in the future.  In a one-party state like Maryland, referenda are an essential constitutional check on government overreach.  But the bill would basically outlaw online petition gathering by requiring each voter to sign "in the individual's own handwriting," with each page notarized.

Leftists attempt to squelch their critics:
Want Proof of How Democrats Would Shut You Up, Tea Partiers?  On MSNBC, John Kerry told us that Tea Party ideas are not "real" ideas, not "factual," and thinks that the media should stop reporting on anything that smacks of ideas or news coming from Tea Partiers. ... Fortunately, the Fairness Doctrine has not come back.  But this un-American policy idea has been talked about by leftists every few years since it was torpedoed by Reagan in 1987.  They would love to bring it back.  And despite what they claim, the left would use a new Fairness Doctrine to squelch the free political speech of those on the right.

Not So Super.  The new "supercommittee" mandated by the debt ceiling agreement is a train bound for nowhere.  Democrats made sure of that by appointing a bunch of class warriors who put politics first.

NY Times: It's the Democrats Who Are Blocking a Deal.  Though we've been told again and again how irresponsible, obstinate Republicans were blocking a deal on the debt ceiling, the New York Times admits this morning the Democrats have actually emerged as the primary obstacle to an agreement.

Governor Doofus Shuts Down Minnesota.  Governor Mark Dayton, a Democrat, shut down state offices this week in Minnesota by not signing on to the largest budget in state history.  It's the stuff of theater of the absurd, and ironic too:  It puts more than 24,000 state workers out of work temporarily, dealt them by a wild-eyed governor they helped elect.

Obama continues his war on cheap American energy.  Barack Obama's EPA has been on a crusade to kill off efforts to boost America's domestic energy supplies.  We are now among the least attractive nations for energy companies seeking to explore and develop energy supplies.  The American people are waking up to the man-made disaster that Barack Obama has created.  Three quarters of Americans now think our oil and gas resources are under-exploited.  Yet, Barack Obama and his Democratic allies are doing all they can do kill carbon and jam down our throats ruinously expensive and uneconomic green schemes that benefit their donors.

Obama's Final Solution.  [Scroll down]  Obama is fundamentally a very simple, extreme ideologue.  He has only one answer.  Everything Obama does comes straight from the most stilted and destructive clichés of the left.  The man has never had an original idea in his life, and wouldn't recognize one if it were served up on a plate with arugula.  He is intellectually locked in concrete.

Too Little, Way Too Late.  Why has the Democratic Party done everything in its power for more than 30 years to suppress domestic production of oil?  Let's consider some sources of petroleum that the Democrats have blocked.  ANWR is estimated to have the capacity to produce 1,000,000 barrels per day.  Currently, around 1.5 million barrels per day are produced in the Gulf of Mexico; if the Obama administration would stop blocking permits and allow that production to increase by only 20 percent, that would be 300,000 barrels per day.  Then there is the Keystone pipeline.  The administration would like to block its construction, which would prevent 900,000 barrels per day from entering the U.S.

The Democrats' Recall Bomb.  The left-liberals have got themselves a new political weapon.  Democrat inability to prevail at the ballot box has led to tactics of desperation.  Falling numbers of Democratic voters ... [has resulted in] the introduction of all sorts of novel electoral tactics, usually backroom stuff that would be familiar to Boss Tweed and Frank Hague:  endless recounts spiced up by ballots appearing out of quantum black holes, opponents being denied places on the ballot by legal action (a Cook County special strongly endorsed by none other than Barack Obama), voting by felons and illegal immigrants.  Frivolous recall elections are simply the latest of these.

Pure Class: Wisconsin Leftists Disrupt Special Olympics Ceremony to Picket Scott Walker.  Thanks to the MacIver Institute's clear commentary, and the clip's self-explanatory images, this wretched scene needs no further context.

It's Official: The Left Is Out of Ideas.  With a little over a year to go until the next national election cycle is complete, it has become apparent that from an economic standpoint, the SS Liberal has officially run out of steam. ... And despite all the rosy window dressing provided by the beaming ship attendants of the mainstream media, who pretend to be shocked every time another leak opens up, we passengers are fully aware of our surroundings.

It's called stonewalling.
What's the Hold Up on the Maxine Waters Investigation?  [Scroll down]  On the heels of the massive investigation and very public trial of Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), there was reason to be somewhat optimistic that Waters would be held accountable.  That is until House Ethics Committee Chairman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) started meddling in the process.  Not only did Lofgren fail to issue subpoenas for records related to the scandal, but she also delayed the ethics committee hearing after doing everything in her power to undermine the professional committee staff leading the investigation.  And, as if that were not enough, Lofgren then improperly fired two attorneys working on the investigation.

La Follette's Stall:  Last week, Gov. Scott Walker signed legislation that limits collective-bargaining privileges for unionized public employees to pay raises.  The law is not really the law, though, until the day after it's published, a duty of Wisconsin's secretary of state — in this case a Democrat who says he'll hold off publishing as long as legally possible.

Wisconsin judge blocks collective bargaining bill from taking effect.  Though Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a bill last week to curtail collective bargaining rights for public sector union employees, the legal battle has only just begun.  Friday [3/18/2011], a Wisconsin judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking the law from taking effect, at least for now.  Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi issued the ruling in a lawsuit that was filed by the county's District Attorney, Ismael Ozanne.

Leftist resort to the courts is sign of desperation.
Ending the global-warming argument.  Leftists are rushing to the judiciary as a refuge against efforts to undermine their global-warming tax schemes.  In the current economic environment, the idea of massive hikes in the price of gasoline and other sources of energy has become radioactive.  In response, the attorneys general of California, Connecticut, Iowa, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont are hoping activist judges will enact policies that elected, accountable representatives are increasingly afraid to touch.

Judge blocks contentious Wisconsin union law.  A Wisconsin judge issued a temporary restraining order Friday [3/18/2011] blocking the state's new and contentious collective bargaining law from taking effect, raising the possibility that the Legislature may have to vote again to pass the bill.

Wisconsin Judge Sumi's Conflict(s) of Interest.  FreedomEden's Mary writes:  "Jake Sinderbrand, son of Judge Maryann Sumi, poses a bit of a problem for his mother."  Sumi is the county judge who on Friday temporarily blocked implementation of the collective bargaining-related law passed by the Wisconsin legislature and signed by Governor Scott Walker. ... You see, Jake Sinderbrand is "a former field manager with the AFL-CIO and data manager for the SEIU State Council."  Both organizations have members who are employed in Wisconsin's public sector.  That's already a pretty clear conflict of interest, one would think.

They're Not Serious.  No-drill Democrats are looking wan under the bright light of rising gasoline prices.  So what do they do?  They retreat to their worst ideas and claim they've brought a fresh set of solutions to the table.

Reminder: President Obama isn't a Supreme Court justice.  Two political parties dominate the American political landscape.  One is committed to the rule of law.  The other is called the Democratic Party. ... Legislators are elected to do one thing and one thing only:  legislate.  When they leave the state to avoid doing precisely that, they, by definition, are refusing to do their jobs.

AWOL Dems defy ballot box.  American-style democracy holds together because no matter how nasty the political game gets, the players honor a few inviolable rules.  We obey the laws, even the ones we disagree with.  We respect the ballot box.  And after even the most bitterly contested election, the loser accepts the results, works within the system and awaits another chance to prevail with voters. ... But what's happening in Wisconsin and Indiana breaks that tradition and puts a crack in our democratic foundation.

Exclusive: AWOL Democrats Experiencing 'Dissension in the Ranks'.  Fox Nation has learned exclusively from a highly placed source within Wisconsin state politics that the fourteen AWOL Democrats are experiencing "dissension in the ranks."  State Sen. Julie Lassa (D) is pregnant and "extremely unhappy" about being on the run.  State Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D) has been hit particularly hard by his paycheck being withheld.

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They should have thought of that two weeks ago.

Missing Wis. Dems Face Daily Fines.  If the absent Democratic state senators in Wisconsin don't return soon, they will face fines of $100 per day starting Friday [3/4/2011].  This is just the latest in a series of measures designed to entice the senators back to the state.

Public Unions & the Socialist Utopia.  [Scroll down]  When Democratic lawmakers flee the state in order to deprive their legislatures of the quorum necessary to vote, they are declaring that they would rather have no legislature than allow voting on any bill that would break the power of the unions.  National Review's Jim Geraghty describes these legislative walk-outs as "small-scale, temporary secessions."  The analogy is exact.  One hundred and fifty years ago, Southern slaveholders realized that the political balance of the nation had tipped against them, that they could no longer hope to win the political argument for their system.  Faced with a federal government in which they were out-voted, they decided that they would rather have no federal government at all.

Democrats: Cowards of the Country.  The Democratic Party, unwilling to face tough choices on state budgets, is making a systematic effort to thwart the will of the people.  They have taken legislative bodies in Wisconsin and Indiana hostage by denying them a working quorum.  Insurgent Democratic lawmakers have fled over the border to find safe haven in Illinois, their equivalent of Pakistan, whence they have issued lists of demands.  Similar tactics may be employed in Ohio, Michigan and other states where Democrats face assertive governors trying to clean up the fiscal messes left by their predecessors.

Dems halt action in Indiana House.  A second attempt to reconvene the Indiana House of Representatives was again unsuccessful Tuesday [2/22/2011] as only two Democrats showed up for roll call.  The House needs only five more Democratic Representatives to conduct business.  Only two Democrats showed up for the legislative body's 10 a.m. start time, bringing legislative action to a standstill.  Tuesday's walk out comes as Republicans attempted to file controversial "right to work legislation," without the Democrats, the legislation cannot be considered.

Groups explore recalling missing Democrats.  Groups are taking the first steps toward recalling two Democratic state senators who have fled the Capitol to avoid a vote on an anti-union bill.

Wisconsin Dems lead the way in the abrogation of duty.  The Spider Hole Party will regret escalating this into a national crisis, because it highlights their greed, and their total abrogation of duty.  Wisconsin Democrats hiding in Illinois is really no different than Barack Obama dropping an absurd and delusional budget on Congress.  Both are the actions of a Party that has run completely out of ideas, and has no clue how to deal with the collapse of the unsustainable system they have built over the past few decades.  They've retreated to animal instincts, screaming for even more spending, and snarling in rage when any of their hoarded loot is threatened.

Pelosi says she's 'proud' of Wisconsin Democrats who fled.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she supports the Democratic state senators in Wisconsin who left the state to stop a vote on curbing collective bargaining rights for unionized public employees.

Mockery of Democracy — the Wayward Senators of Wisconsin.  [Scroll down]  On CNN, John Nichols of The Nation referred to them as heroes, with fighters' spirits.  Running away?  Hiding?  In what Bizarro World does this pass as courage?  They hijacked the political process.  They made a mockery of democracy.  Elected to a job they abandoned, swore an oath to a duty they shirked.  In a child's world it's called running away from home, and is reason for a beating.

Mob Mentality, Mob Rules, We All Lose.  Democratic state senators, objecting to a Republican plan that increases the pension and health care contributions of state employees (and largely removes their ability to bargain collectively) have fled the state to deny the elected body a quorum.  One legislator without a sense of irony posted "Democracy" on his Facebook page before bailing out on the duties of his elected office.  If there was a question about whether loyalty to unions trumped loyalty to constituents, it has been answered.

Running away is irresponsible.  They made their point.  Now it's time to get back to work — in Madison, not Rockford, Ill., or Chicago.  The Senate Democrats who fled Wisconsin for Illinois last week need to do the jobs they were elected to do at the state Capitol in Madison.  Running away from their problems won't solve them.  All 14 Democrats in the 33-member Wisconsin Senate staged a walkout from the Wisconsin Capitol in Madison on Thursday.

Howard Dean and the $100,000 Wisconsin Slush Fund.  Former Vermont Governor and Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, a one-time presidential candidate, is the founder of a group that by mid-day of President's Day had raised over $100,000 in a slush fund to "back" the on-the-lam Wisconsin Democratic State Senators.

Feds and Unions: Foes to Educational Reform.  Last week, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker called on 14 state Senate Democrats, who had fled the state instead of voting on a deficit-cutting anti-teachers-union bill, to return and do their jobs.  Senate Republicans hold a 19-14 majority there but can't vote on the bill unless at least one Democrat is present.  Does that sound like democracy at work to you?

Flashback to 2003:
Texas House paralyzed by Democratic walkout.  With action in the Texas House brought to a standstill, roughly 50 state Democratic representatives said they would remain in neighboring Oklahoma "as long as it takes" to block a Republican-drawn redistricting plan that could cost them five seats in Congress.

Gov. Rick Perry Calls Runaway Wisconsin Lawmakers 'Immature' and 'Juvenile'.  Long before Gov. Scott Walker watched Democrats flee Wisconsin last week, a similar scenario played out in Texas when another first-term governor faced a contentious political debate.

Block and Blame is the Name of the Game.  In the closing days of the 2005 congressional session, it became crystal clear which party had ideas and legislative priorities, and which party was content to adopt a "block and blame" strategy.  Ground zero for this demonstration was the floor of the United States Senate.

Obama on Energy: Fancy New Rhetoric, Same Failed Policies.  In the State of the Union address, President Obama missed a prime-time opportunity to truly usher our nation into a secure energy future.  He changed his rhetoric and his tone, but not his harmful policies or misinformed ideology.

The Climate of Hate Will Not Dissipate.  [Scroll down]  The blood libel also endures for the same reason liberals always fall back on charges of greed, racism, or similar paranoid fantasies: it's all they've got.  These people are deeply frightened by America's decisive turn against them.  They have no logical arguments left — the wreckage of their failure is strewn from coast to coast.  The blood libel is a wail of desperation from a dying movement furiously trying to claw its way from the grave of history.

'Civil' Discourse:  A One-Way Street?  In the wake of the attempted murder of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, and the murders of six of her constituents who went to see her at a local Safeway grocery store, the American people have been hearing a lot about the need to return to "civility" in our political discourse.  What exactly does that mean?  It depends upon whom you ask.

Filibuster Follies.  Waking up to a thinner majority, the Senate majority leader suddenly finds the filibuster a threat to democracy.  So he decides that the first legislative day will be the day the Senate stood still.

Liberals in denial about Obama's 'achievements'.  [Scroll down]  Then there's the problem of President George W. Bush.  If Obama is so much smarter than Bush is, how come he can't come up with new ways to do things but ends up instead with the Bush tax cuts, with the Bush protocols for the war on terror, with the Bush wars, the Bush generals, the Bush surge strategies, and the Bush policies on Guantanamo Bay?

The Biggest Target is Liberalism.  One thing that the Obama presidency has raised to the level of an axiom is the fact that no aspect of liberalism ever dies.  The administration has reached back to the New Deal, the British National Health Service, and the Great Society for its "new, unheralded policies" to overcome our current problems.  It seems that no policy or concept is too antiquated, over the hill, or moribund for the Obama administration.

Truth Imitates Fiction — It Has Already Happened Here.  [Scroll down]  A closer and more realistic look at the characteristics of the National Democratic Party in the 1930s and today will reveal that indeed, the fear of a Fascist take-over in the United States was most likely then and is most likely to occur today as a direct result of a charismatic leader and collectivist policies that weaken the checks and balances of our representative form of government and the built-in safeguards of Constitutional Liberties.

Soaking the Rich.  Liberals have an amazing ability to overlook the obvious.  This is particularly true when it comes to deficits and debt.  Their proposals to tax their way to solvency is akin to proposing to rescue a sinking ship by moving the water to another deck.  The left imagine they can bail out the boat by soaking the rich.  Simply stopping the flood of deficit spending somehow escapes them.

The Big Bamboozler.  On Monday [8/2/2010], at yet another campaign fundraiser, the part-time President, full-time campaigner Barack Obama told Democrat fat cats, with both hands in taxpayer pockets, that Republicans "have not come up with a single, solitary new idea to address the challenges of the American people."  But where are Barack Obama's new ideas?  The Keynesian deficit spending of the 1970s, focused on the make-work jobs programs of the 1930s, is not exactly a new idea.

Will Senate Democrats Stifle Free Speech?  The DISCLOSE Act is a desperate attempt to influence the November elections, and minimize Democrat losses.  Senator Schumer and the legislation's other sponsors aim to have a law on the books that will take effect prior to November regardless of whether a regulatory system is in place to enforce the burdensome new reporting requirements.  The Act, its reporting burdens, and penalties are set to take effect 30 days after it has been signed by President Obama.

Pelosi:  We'll stop blaming Bush when his problems go away.  Democrats will keep blaming George W. Bush until the problems from his administration end, according to Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  In an interview with MSNBC, Pelosi said congressional Democrats feel justified in blaming the Bush administration because of the problems it left behind for President Barack Obama.  Asked if there was a statute of limitations on blaming Bush, Pelosi said:  "Well, it runs out when the problems go away.

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I hope Speaker Pelosi doesn't mind that she and Obama get the blame for the duration of all the problems they have caused, because that will be a long time.

Democrats Censor Climate Skeptics in Congress.  The Democratically-controlled Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming held a hearing yesterday [12/2/2009] to examine the science behind global warming.  Two climate experts from the Obama administration testified, but when Republicans asked to have a global-warming skeptic at the hearing, Chairman Ed Markey (D-Mass.) refused to allow it.

Liberals are silencing the global warming skeptics.

Violation of Senate Rules.  Today [12/16/2009] Sen. Tom Coburn forced the reading of Sen. Bernie Sanders's entire 767-page amendment to provide single-payer health care.  This process would have taken some twelve hours at least.  The Senate rule is that once the clerk starts reading the bill, no senator can stop the reading of that bill unless every senator agrees.  Somehow, though, the chair allowed Bernie Sanders to interrupt the reading and withdraw his amendment, which, under the rules, he should not have been allowed to do without unanimous consent.

Franken shuts down Lieberman on Senate floor.  Democratic Sen. Al Franken took the unusual step Thursday [12/17/2009] of shutting down Sen. Joe Lieberman on the Senate floor.

A clown's impression of seriousness.  Sen. Joe Lieberman was making remarks on Medicare on the Senate floor when his allotted time expired.  As is standard practice in the Senate, Lieberman asked the chair for a few minutes of additional time to conclude, "without objection."  But the presiding officer, one Sen. Al Franken, said no.  "In my capacity as Senator from Minnesota, I object."

John McCain:  Al Franken-Joe Lieberman episode shows deterioration of Senate.  Sen. John McCain on Friday denounced the decision of Democrats to cut off Sen. Joe Lieberman in the middle of a floor speech, saying that the good will in the usually clubby Senate seems to have evaporated.  "I've been around here for more than 20 years, yesterday on the floor of the Senate, the senator from Connecticut was finishing up his remarks ... and was objected to by the newest member of the United States Senate — and in the most brusque way."

Franken the Clown Turns Senate Into a Circus.  [Scroll down slowly]  Reportedly, Franken was following orders by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid when he cut off Lieberman's speech.  Reid is claiming that Franken's action was not personal against Lieberman, but it was just a way to keep the debate moving so that health care reform can be passed by Christmas.  However, few honestly doubt that this wasn't deeply personal.  Lieberman has slowed down a rush to socialized health care and many Democrats are furious with him.

More about Senator Franken.

Democrats:  Answer These Questions or it's Buh-bye in 2010.  By now, the American people realize that the leaders of the Democrat party don't have much respect for the principles that made this country great.  Their only interest is in remaining in power while pretending that they're concerned for the working class.  What a joke.  It's the working class that always gets hammered by the socialist policies of the liberal left.  It's clearer every day that Democrats stay in power by subverting the laws of the land whenever it suits them.  Every single time legislation is introduced to combat voter fraud, the Democrats prevent it from getting out of committee.

Republicans Desperately Need a Star.  Turns out Republicans were right all along.  Hellbent terrorists around the world really do want to kill Americans, and the best place to keep those we catch is Gitmo.  Just ask Democrats in Congress.  And the best way to try the relentless bastards is through military tribunals.  Just ask President Obama.

I Feel Your Pain. Not Theirs. Yours.  After aggressively blocking [Miguel] Estrada's nomination to a federal appeals court during Bush's first term solely on the grounds that he is Hispanic and was likely headed for the Supreme Court — according to Senate Democrat staff memos — now Democrats have the audacity to rave that Sotomayor will be the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice!

The Obama Counter-Revolution.  The radicals of the 1960s were not rebelling about what their professors told them:  they were, instead, advancing the collectivist elitism of their professors.  I endured these dull dons of the classroom decades ago.  They held no new thoughts.  They had no fresh ideas.  They were, instead, mean priests of an old intolerant religion which we call the "Left."  Barack Obama learned his catechism under these narrow-minded champions of the Old Regime.

Attacking the Tea Party Movement.  Those on the left have spent so much time over the past eight years bashing George Bush that they are having trouble shifting gears.  Instead of enjoying their big win in 2008 and going positive, following their leader Obama's "hope and change" message, they are still tearing down anyone who doesn't agree with them.

The Rapacity of Odacity.  Socialism is rapaciously greedy —that's what endless envy warfare comes down to.  The Left likes to preen itself with the word 'progressive,' when it is actually the most regressive political strategy in history.  The key political move is to seek out the most rapacious people —not hungry for food but power —and use them to mobilize an attack on the productive sector, the milk cows of society.  It is the most primitive political strategy ever.  It goes back to the Romans and long before.

The Shrine of FDR:  Sirota's point about high-school civics classes helps explain the vitriol.  The glory of the New Deal is, for liberals, settled dogma.  To question it is akin to casting doubt on geocentrism in the 14th century.  Worse, it is an attempt to erase liberalism's most usable past.  Significantly, FDR has recently become more relevant and popular among "progressives" than he's been for a generation.  In 2006, Nancy Pelosi reportedly said that three words prove the Democrats aren't out of ideas:  "Franklin Delano Roosevelt."  This revival has many causes.  One is surely the rise of the "netroots" and their renewed emphasis on reviving the Democratic party as a vehicle of progress.  Since the Democratic party is still for all intents and purposes a Roosevelt cargo cult, any Democratic "comeback" would be a comeback for New Dealism as well.

Democrat Wage Controls Mean Mediocre Management.  Over the ages of human existence, wage and price controls have ended the reign of Egyptian pharaohs, brought down the Babylonian Empire, and further weakened the Nixon administration.  But that didn't stop Senator Claire McCaskill from proposing wage controls again.  McCaskill (D-MO) introduced a bill that would make it illegal for any employee of a company bailed out with taxpayer money to get more compensation than the president gets.

The Geithner Exception:  [Scroll down]  The just-issued Conyers report on "Reining in the Imperial Presidency" calls on the new Obama administration to "begin an independent criminal review (my emphasis) of activities of the outgoing administration, such as enhanced interrogation, extraordinary rendition, and domestic warrantless surveillance."  As prelude, the House last February voted contempt of Congress against Bush White House officials Josh Bolten and Harriet Miers and referred them for prosecution.

The Unconstitutional Constitution.  Last November, 13,402,566 California voters expressed themselves for or against Proposition 8, which said that their state's Constitution should be amended to define marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman.  The voters, confident that they had a right to decide this question by referendum, endorsed Proposition 8 by a margin of 52.3 to 47.7.  Now comes California's attorney general, Jerry Brown — always a fountain of novel arguments — with a 111-page brief asking the state Supreme Court to declare the constitutional amendment unconstitutional.

Obama Dusts Off Hoover Playbook.  The Obama campaign is using Wall Street's woes as a new rationale for its massive tax increases and protectionism.  The last president to take that approach helped cause the Great Depression.

Barack Obama-san.  Not to spoil the party, but this is not a new idea.  Keynesian "pump-priming" in a recession has often been tried, and as an economic stimulus it is overrated.  The money that the government spends has to come from somewhere, which means from the private economy in higher taxes or borrowing.  The public works are usually less productive than the foregone private investment.

Harry Reid's America:  The Senate Rules make clear that legislation should be subject to debate and amendment.  These two are essential rights provided to the minority, unless [Harry] Reid is the majority leader.  During the 110th Congress, Reid filed a record 137 cloture petitions, effectively abrogating the ability to debate.  A number of times, Reid filed cloture on legislation the same day it was made available to Republicans; these cloture petitions occurred before some senators had an opportunity to read the legislative language.

Obama's not 'new'.  America first encountered the vision Obama espouses under Woodrow Wilson, the first progressive president, and the first to openly disparage the U.S. Constitution as a hindrance to enlightened government.  His new idea was to replace it with a "living constitution" that empowered government to evolve beyond that document's constraints.

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The Cloward-Piven Strategy of Orchestrated Crisis:  The Strategy was first elucidated in the May 2, 1966 issue of The Nation magazine by a pair of radical socialist Columbia University professors, Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven.  David Horowitz summarizes it as:  "The strategy of forcing political change through orchestrated crisis.  The 'Cloward-Piven Strategy' seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse."

Congressional corruption:  Congress has become corrupt.  "Public policies for the benefit of the people" is no longer the purpose, nor even the goal of Congress.  The first purpose of Congress is to gain and retain the control of congressional power.  No issue or public need takes precedence over this purpose.  Congress has devised rules and procedures that are used to avoid debate and prevent opposing views and ideas.  A perfect example of this corruption is the current gridlock over the issue of energy.

Dems like $10 per Gallon Gasoline.  You have to see this video to believe it.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) was on the Senate floor earlier today, attempting to get offshore drilling authorized.  As you'll see on the YouTube shot, he tried to get Democrats to agree to a trigger for it, at ever-increasing levels of gas prices.  McConnell was asking for unanimous consent, so the bill could pass immediately.  Try as he might, Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Co) objected no matter how high McConnell raised the ante.  $4 a gallon?  Salazar objected.  $7.50 a gallon?  Again, Salazar objected.  Finally, McConnell offers a trigger for offshore drilling permission at $10 a gallon gasoline prices.  And guess what?  Salazar objected.

That '70s Show:  You may have noticed that denouncing the "failed policies of the past" has become the official catechism of the Democratic Party.  So, you'd think if everything Bush has done is wrong, then a reversal of his position would be right.  Wrong again.  We didn't hear applause from Democrats this week when President Bush "reversed" his "longstanding position" (in the words of The New York Times) on offshore drilling.

Liberals as reactionaries:  Despite his talk of change, [Obama] has failed to deviate from oldline liberal orthodoxy on a single issue of importance.  There is nothing in his world view that wouldn't have been familiar to and approved of by mainstream liberals circa 1968.

Forty Years after the Death of a Party.  No major political movement that despised America could have survived in America in 1940.  Indeed, no major political movement can survive in a democracy which despises its homeland — except in America.  Forty years ago, the Democratic Party became an anomaly in the history of democracies:  It assumed a posture of contempt towards the very nation which it sought to govern.

The Gods of Liberalism:  While visiting the Rivermont Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Lynchburg, Va., a few weeks back, I heard a troubling, albeit thought-provoking, sermon.  Pastor John Mabray addressed the ancient Canaanite practice of Baal worship and, though he didn't reveal it by name, connected the dots to its present-day progeny:  liberalism.  Baal, the half-bull, half-man god of fertility, was the focal point of pagan idolatry in Semitic Israel until God revealed His monotheistic nature to Judaism's forebears.  In his sermon, Pastor Mabray illustrated that, although they've now assumed a more contemporary flair, the fundamentals of Baal worship remain alive and well today.  The principal pillars of Baalism were child sacrifice, sexual immorality (both heterosexual and homosexual) and pantheism (reverence of creation over the Creator).

Recycling Jimmy Carter:  Barack Obama doesn't just talk about conservation, he practices it.  In his thinking and proposals on energy, the Illinois senator has expertly recycled Jimmy Carter.  Though there may be a difference here or there, the Obama policies are essentially Carter's.  You have doubts?  Read through Carter's energy speech from April 1977.  In a nationally televised addressed, Carter struck themes that are echoed by Obama today.

How Chuck Schumer Caused the Second Largest Bank Failure in US History:  Why would a federal official with enormous power, destroy an institution on which tens of thousands of depositors (not all of whom are insured) and employees depend?  Why would a New York Senator attack a Pasadena bank, acting as some sort of amateur, self-appointed, long-distance bank examiner?  Perhaps this might help answer the question:  Indymac has been under attack from the hard left.

The House of Waxman.  When the Democrats regained control of Congress in 2006, headline writers had a field day with the bestowal of subpoena power on Henry Waxman, the dogged hound of oversight from California.

Democrats' Energy Plan:  Tax, Sue, and Investigate.  To most Americans, addressing rising energy prices might include at least a bow to the law of supply and demand.  It might contain some true common sense ideas such as stepped-up exploration, added domestic refinery capacity, or other measures to increase U.S. energy and reduce dependence on foreign supplies.  But Democrats made clear they have other priorities.  They want to tax, sue and investigate their way out of this problem.

What Do The Democrats Take Us For?  The public wants more oil, but Democrats keep offering the same solutions, not one of which includes drilling and all of which are asinine.  Do they think the American people are fools?

Are Facts Obsolete?  As the hypnotic mantra of "change" is repeated endlessly, few people even raise the question of whether what few specifics we hear represent any real change, much less a change for the better.  Raising taxes, increasing government spending and demonizing business?  That is straight out of the New Deal of the 1930s.  The New Deal was new then but it is not new now.  Moreover, increasing numbers of economists and historians have concluded that New Deal policies are what prolonged the Great Depression.

Of Course, Liberals Want to Nationalize Oil!  The Democrat Party has a lone objective when it comes to the vital issue of energy:  Obstruction!  By opposing drilling, additional refining capacity, and the development of nuclear power, the Left has left no stone unturned in assuring that America will never achieve energy independence.  At least not through private enterprise, that is.  After all, $10 a gallon gasoline is worth the price to liberals if they can destroy the American oil industry.

President Boxer.  In March, the White House nominated David Hill as general counsel for the Environmental Protection Agency.  He ought to have zipped through the Senate. ... The 10-9 vote had no relation at all to Mr. Hill's qualifications to serve and everything to do with preventing any policy supervision at the EPA.  The committee is chaired by California's Barbara Boxer, who is livid that the EPA has so far declined to rewrite existing environmental laws to regulate greenhouse gasses.

The Democrats' Choice.  Next week the Democrats will mark their 100th day running Congress, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi has declared herself "enormously proud" of their record.  We think it's too soon to judge success or failure, and in any case the more pertinent question concerns what the Democrats are trying to accomplish: Do they want to get something done, which will require the signature of a Republican President who still has 21 months in office?  Or is their goal to delegitimize the Bush Presidency with a purely partisan goal of regaining the White House in 2008?

Over to You, Speaker Pelosi.  Gas is still at $4 a gallon, but the good news is there's an emerging consensus on a measure that would help:  Drill for more oil here at home.  President Bush dropped the executive ban on offshore oil and natural gas exploration last week, and House GOP leader John Boehner plans to lead a congressional delegation to Colorado and Alaska to highlight America's abundant energy resources this week.  Polls show more than two-thirds of the public support increased domestic energy exploration and production.  Guess who stands in the way.

Democrats Float Bill to Curb Gasoline Demand.  Anxious to look like they're doing something about rising oil and gas prices — but unwilling to expand domestic oil drilling — Democrats have introduced a bill that's supposed to ease pain at the pump by offering alternatives to driving.  The bill does nothing to increase domestic energy supply.

Wasted energy.  Energy policy is now on life support. … Reasonable measures that actually produce more domestic energy garner strong bipartisan support. … Needless to say, the current crop of Democratic congressional leaders won't offend their environmental special interest group friends and bend to what the rest of America really wants.

Are liberals victims of SHD?  Libs are the victims of their own media dominance.  They're talking to themselves when they turn on the news or read the paper.  The trouble is that talking to yourself keeps you deaf and blind to new ideas.  You always stay in the same mental box, creating a vicious cycle when liberals enforce speech codes, which just protect them from new ideas again.  (They must feel very, very vulnerable intellectually.)

Core Conservative Beliefs:  I've recently read two articles that have as their theme the fact that liberals, while currently riding the anti-War, anti-George Bush juggernaut, are defined by negativity and, in fact, offer no new ideas to replace the doctrines and people they seek to defeat.  In that regard, modern liberalism (or, as liberals have restyled the movement, Progressivism) is a political movement akin to the person who rips down an ugly house, but has no idea how to rebuild a new one, leaving the former residents homeless.

Radio Free America:  Sen. Dianne Feinstein and the liberal left have a problem with unfettered free speech on talk radio and are calling for government regulation.  Is it because in the marketplace of ideas they're bankrupt?

Michael Moore:  A Criminal Profile.  There is little doubt that Michael Moore is one of the most public anti-American propagandists of modern times.  Without fail, his lengthy lists of so called documentary works have all encompassed his varying visions of the shortcomings of the United States.  What many Americans take issue with Moore, is the deceptive means by which he collects his information and the even more deceptive way he portrays this information to the public.

Regurgitating the Apple:  How Modern Liberals "Think".  I assume that just about everybody in this room agrees that the Democrats are wrong on just about every issue.  Well, I'm here to propose to you that it's not "just about" every issue; it's quite literally every issue.  And it's not just wrong; it's as wrong as wrong can be; it's 180 degrees from right; it is diametrically opposed to that which is good, right, and successful.  What I discovered is that this is not an accident.  This is part of a philosophy that now dominates the whole of Western Europe and the Democratic Party today.  I, like some others, call it Modern Liberalism.  The Modern Liberal will invariably side with evil over good, wrong over right, and the behaviors that lead to failure over those that lead to success.

Leftist Thought Control:  The political left, which holds itself as progressive, rational and fact-based, is becoming an enemy of academic inquiry, and a practitioner of thought control on a wide variety of issues.  Increasingly, from the left's perspective, there is just one acceptable viewpoint.  Consider the subjects of evolution, global warming, special rights for homosexuals and abstinence education.

Blank Check from America?  It is now clear to all that this year's Democrats are deliberately avoiding spelling out any coherent policy program of their own.  Their strategy is to second-guess, denigrate, and undermine Republicans instead of offering an agenda of their own.  Rather than having a contract with America, they are seeking a blank check from America.  Moreover, they may get it.

The Threat of Reimposition of the So-called Fairness Doctrine.  Liberals have tried to imitate what conservatives have done with radio.  First, they tried various programs.  They all failed.  Then with Air America they were going to try to put a network together.  In case you haven't heard, it went belly up.  Now they are trying again.  Likely they will fail.  Why?  Because of the hopelessness of their message.

The Party's Over.  The Democrats have become a colation of interests in search of power, and lack any unifying ideas.  Today the ideas pushing the political forum are found not among the Democrats, but rather their opposition.

The Europeanization of the Democratic Party.  Ronald Reagan famous declaration that he "did not leave the Democratic Party.  It left me" can be made more contemporary.  The Democratic Party has not only left behind many of its old principles and ideals, it now seems to be in the process of losing its moorings and leaving America entirely.

In Key Races, Democrats Look at Rivals' Personal Lives.  In the wake of the Mark Foley page scandal, Democrats are targeting the personal lives of Republicans in numerous key House races as part of a campaign to capitalize on voter disgust with the messy personal lives and alleged character defects among elected officials.

[These are the same people who dismissed the Lewinski scandal by saying that Bill Clinton's "personal life" was nobody else's business.]

State of the Democratic party:  Today's Democrats largely refuse to even admit that the problems President Bush is trying to solve even exist.  They offer nothing. … On Iraq, on Iran, on intercepting terrorist communications, they have no positive proposals for success.

A response to my many critics — and a solution.  For the record, because I deem this a significant statement about most of the Left, I found virtually no left-wing blog that was not filled with obscenity-laced descriptions of me.  Aside from the immaturity and loathing of higher civilization that such public use of curse words reveal, the fury and hate render the leftist charge that it is the Right that is hate-filled one of the most obvious expressions of psychological projection I have seen in my lifetime.

Why liberals are crushing dissent:  Liberals are actively undermining first amendment rights to free speech by trying to crush opposing views.  Growing ever bolder in their naked grab for power they are leaving scorched earth behind those who disagree with them.  This is why Dick Gephardt, Joe Lieberman, and Zell Miller no longer find themselves included in the modern Democratic Party.  What is left over for the Democrats are wildly anti-American, anti-God, and anti-biblical leftists who are now bragging about their use of brute force to crush the voices of those who disagree with them.

Democrats:  Avoiding the flow chart.  [Democrats] continue to hide behind their naked criticisms of President Bush and his policies, offering no intelligible alternative policy.  Nonsense, you say.  Democrats are demanding withdrawal.  Are they?  To be sure, they make loud noises about withdrawal, but when Republicans have forced a vote on it, most of them have run for the tall grass.

The Ideology of Defeatism:  It is clear that the objective of liberal policy is not to be more effective, but to uphold liberal values.  If this means losing a war, so be it.  It is better to accept defeat than to adapt to the needs of an illiberal world. … Liberal opposition to the death penalty for any crime, no matter how horrific; and for widening the definition of "cruel and unusual punishment" is the domestic side of this ideology.  So is opposition to private gun ownership, as it keeps alive a familiarity with weapons, and a belief in active self-defense.

Democrats endorse domestic spying.  What changed their minds on Iraq is the same thing that's changing their minds today on the NSA program:  public opinion.  Once again, their attempt to demonize and hamstring the commander in chief has backfired.  Once again, they have exposed themselves as the party frightfully weak on national security and dangerously tentative on the War on Terror.

To My Democratic Friends:  Though Democrats continue an organized campaign to find something — anything — to justify their anger at the president, they have yet to develop a campaign for anything.

Real security mirage:  After the 2004 election liberals bombarded us with endless screeds sneering at how stupid, gullible and reality-challenged Red-staters were to have voted for President Bush.  But in ploy after partisan ploy ever since, the Democratic leadership has made it painfully obvious they regard their own constituencies with similar contempt.

A Party Without Ideas:  What has happened to the Democrats over the past few decades is best captured by the phrase "reactionary liberalism."  Spent of new ideas, their only remaining idea is to hang on to the status quo at all costs.

Brain dead democrats:  The reason Democrats have no message is that they have no ideas.  When prescription drugs is your poster issue, you know that you're in trouble.

Democrats Deserve the Blame for Failing Our Inner City Schools — and Our Kids.  Any failures of Baltimore's school system — which, according to a Manhattan Institute study, graduates only 48 percent of its students and only 39 percent of its black male students — have to be blamed on the political party that's run the system for years.  That would be Democrats.

The Impeachment Agenda.  Russ Feingold reveals what many Democrats really want. … Everyone should understand that censure and impeachment are important — and so far the only — parts of the left's agenda for the next Congress.

"We Can Do Better," But Don't Ask Us How.  Yes, Republicans are experiencing great difficulties right now, but … Democrats are in even worse shape. While they can feast on their anti-Bush cuisine between elections, they're eventually going to have to come up with a menu of their own.

The plantation that Hillary loves.  Mudslinging by leading Democrats, usually taking form these days as trying to brand Republicans as racists, confirms what I have been writing about for a number of years:  the Democratic Party is running on an empty tank.  Bankrupt of ideas, the only thing they have to offer is slamming the opposition and playing the race card.

Desperately Ignoring Foley.  The Democrats think they have found their smoking gun.  A little-known Republican congressman has resigned in a cloud of immorality, and the left and their media minions are sounding the midterm election victory bell.  Hurray for them. Of course, they can only succeed with this strategy — one that conveniently doesn't require them to offer an alternate platform or one single idea to the electorate — if enough conservatives buy into the clarion call, and stay home on November 7.  Cynically, this is what the Democrats are counting on, and intelligent voters across the country must not fall prey to this charade.

Will we survive the Clinton process?  The gaudy, 24-hour-a-day, Clinton offensive operation has replaced political ideas, thoughts, philosophy, and tenets in the now completely and utterly bankrupt Democratic Party populated by an increasing number of secular progressives of the George Soros stripe.  Can we Americans survive this empty almost violent Clinton process much longer?

Put up or shut up.  Add "domestic spying" to the long list of botched attempts to unseat George W. Bush.  The New York Times' would-be bombshell alleging Nixonian snoopery has detonated in its builders' faces.  The story not only hasn't shaken Washington, it has restored the president's standing by reinforcing popular suspicions that he, unlike leading Democrats, takes seriously (a) terrorists' intentions and (b) the necessity of winning the war.

Money can't buy you safety.  These are difficult times to be a liberal.  On issue after issue, they're outflanked by conservative ideas and hampered by their own lack of ideas.  With Social Security, liberals oppose personal accounts and progressive indexing.  The only liberal idea introduced this year is Rep. Robert Wexler's plan to increase taxes.

Reforming Social Security.  The canard propagated by Democrats and enabled by spineless Republicans is that any GOP reform would rob benefits from today's seniors.  The Democrats' alternative?  Why, they have none….

A bankruptcy of values and ideas.  Democrats tell us the American people share their vision, yet many of their leaders won't be honest about who they are and what they believe.

The Democrats' "Partnership for America's Future":  What big idea, what sui generis concept, what revelation has been delivered to them that puts the "new" in the Demos' "New Partnership" with you and me?  The answer is — drum roll, please — more government.

Democrats need to come up with some ideas.  One would think that a decisive loss in the presidential election, along with losses in the House and Senate, would have caused the creative juices to flow in the Democratic Party.  Yet, the opposite is happening.  Rather than opening up the faucet of ideas, they've completely turned it off.

The new status quo:  The evolution of liberalism from a forward-looking to a backward-looking creed is partly the result of success — and partly a result of a failure to see where liberal ideas would lead.  History does not always move in one direction, and if it seemed headed left a half-century ago, it seems headed the other way now.

Old campaign tactics, new weapons.  You can always count on the Democratic Left to unfurl their favorite three strategies:  class warfare, generational warfare and race-baiting.  An "Election Day Manual" put out by the Kerry campaign reveals the strategy:  "If no signs of intimidation techniques (at the polls) have emerged, launch a pre-emptive strike" alleging voter suppression by the Republicans.



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