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Dec 192014
Gen. Boykin: Army Violated Its Own Regulations in Punishing Chaplain for Using Scripture

[CNSNews.com] Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (U.S. Army-Ret.) says the Army violated its own regulations by punishing Chaplain Joseph Lawhorn for “using Christian scripture and solutions” in a mandatory suicide prevention training session.

Boykin, chair of the Restore Military Religious Freedom Coalition (RMRFC), also said that the treatment of Lawhorn violated the chaplain’s constitutional rights.

“First of all, his case is important because it is an infringement on his First Amendment rights,” Boykin told CNSNews.com.

“Secondly he is a chaplain. By definition, chaplains deal with spiritual issues, and all he was doing was explaining how his faith helped him. –Read More…

Dec 192014
FBI blames North Korea for Sony hack, US weighs response

[FoxNews.com] WASHINGTON – The FBI on Friday formally blamed North Korea for the cyber-attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, as the hack spurred mounting calls for the U.S. government to pursue a tough response against Kim Jong Un’s regime.

“The FBI now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions,” the FBI said in a statement on Friday.

The bureau’s statement had been expected earlier this week, but was delayed until Friday. A source close to the discussions told Fox News the government had to first notify various parties, including security firms. –Read More…

Dec 182014
$10 billion UN-linked climate change fund wants immunity from prosecution

[FoxNews.com] The Green Climate Fund, (GCF) a United Nations-affiliated piggy-bank intended to finance climate change projects around the world, is determined to win sweeping U.N.-style immunities from prosecutions for its global operations–even though the U.S., its biggest contributor, opposes the idea, and the U.N. itself says its own diplomatic immunities can’t cover the outfit.

The immunities issue could well spark even deeper opposition from Republican lawmakers in next year’s Congress to the Obama Administration’s aggressive climate change policies–which include a recent $3 billion pledge to the Fund.

“We would definitely be opposed to any extension of immunity to the Fund,” said a senior aide to Republican Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma, who will chair the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works starting in January. –Read More…

Dec 182014
Federal judge declares Obama’s immigration actions unconstitutional

[PersonalLiberty.com] A federal judge in western Pennsylvania declared portions of President Barack Obama’s immigration executive actions unconstitutional in an opinion handed down Tuesday.

“The Court holds that the Executive Action is unconstitutional because it violates the separation of powers and the Take Care Clause of the Constitution,” wrote Judge Arthur Schwab.

Schwab’s opinion, the first addressing Obama’s immigration expansion, says that the president went “beyond prosecutorial discretion,” which the White House had previously said gives the president to act on immigration laws. –Read More…

Dec 172014
Marco Rubio denounces Obama deal with Castro regime as ‘another concession to tyranny’

[HumanEvent.com] On Wednesday, President Obama struck another one of those brilliant deals for which he is so widely known, trading five Cuban terrorists for one American who has been imprisoned in Cuba for the past five years for the crime of “bringing telecommunications devices into Cuba while working as a subcontractor for the United States Agency for International Development,” as ABC News puts it. Obama also handed the Castro regime the glittering prize it has craved for years: normalized relations with the United States and an end to the Kennedy-era embargo. Obama announced this at a press conference where recording devices were forbidden. I suspect the irony was lost on him, but you never know. He does very much enjoy abusing the media that is so slavishly devoted to him.

Obama and the Castros have a lot in common besides disdain for uppity media types. They also have similar views on executive power. Obama doesn’t actually have the power to do what he’s announced, but naturally that isn’t going to stop him Raul Castro, the backup Cuban dictator who kicked in after the primary dictator failed, actually encouraged Obama to use his Constitution-shredding executive orders to get the job done. “Though the measures of the embargo have become law, the president of the United States can change the enforcement thereof under his Executive Branch powers,” Castro said at a press conference. –Read More…

Dec 172014
Our Christmas Wish For You and Yours

[RedState.com] This column first appeared in the December issue of Townhall Magazine.

As the year winds down and our thoughts turn toward time with family and friends, our thoughts at RedState are on you, our readers. Whether we reach you through this magazine, online at redstate.com, via the Erick’s ubiquitous Morning Briefing, or on our twitter feed or Facebook page, we value you and your interaction with us. RedState has one of the most dynamic, engaged readerships in the political world. We are only effective because you so often answer the call and hold your elected officials accountable throughout the year but especially at the ballot box.

Following are some thoughts we have from this year and looking forward to the next. Happy Holidays.

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Dec 162014
Scott Walker to EPA: Take Your Clean Power Plan and Keep Walking

[PJMedia.com] The nation’s state legislatures are about to become embroiled in a battle of epic proportions as they line up on either side of the debate over the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

The struggle could define the future of, and indeed the very existence of, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisc.), 49 members of the Wisconsin Legislature and the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin are part of a nationwide, state legislative backlash against the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

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Dec 162014
Democrats are Masters of Deceptive Persuasion

[Townhall.com] Democrats are the masters of deceptive persuasion, meaning they will take our attention off something they have really screwed up and put it on something that’s not quite so bad. And chief among those masters is he who resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, D.C.

For example, let’s look at the bumbling idiot Jonathan Gruber, who has repeatedly said that the key for passing Obamacare was the stupidity of the American people.

When Gruber was called before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to explain himself, he ducked and weaved questions, to the point that even Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., couldn’t take it anymore. He told Gruber he had just handed the Republicans “a public relations gift.” –Read More…

Dec 152014
Christmas According to Matthew, Luke, and Obama

[American Thinker] After expounding repeatedly about who or what is Islamic, President Obama continues to assume the role of America’s theologian in chief by giving us his twist on the “Greatest Story Ever Told.”

Obama injected his private interpretation into the Christmas story to bolster support of his executive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens. As reported by Charlie Spiering of Breitbart.com, Obama told an audience of amnesty advocates at a town hall meeting in Nashville, Tenn. on Dec. 9:

“If we’re serious about the Christmas season, now is the time to reflect on those who are strangers in our midst and remember what it was like to be a stranger.… As I said the day that I announced these executive actions that we were once strangers too, and part of what my faith teaches me is to look upon the stranger as part of myself. And during this Christmas season that’s a good place to start.” –Read More…

Dec 152014
Dem Liberals Ever More at Odds With Moderates in Party

[Newsmax.com] The two wings of the Democratic Party are having more difficulty reconciling their differences in the weeks following November’s midterm elections, with both sides struggling to control the identity and direction of the party heading into the 2016 presidential election, political experts are saying.

The divide began widening after Democratic candidates were soundly trounced in the midterms, and came to a full head in last week’s vote for the $1.1 trillion spending bill, with President Barack Obama pushing for the bill and a House faction led by California Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi taking a rare stance against their party’s leader, reports The Washington Post.

The battle has been coming for a while, said William Galston, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and policy adviser to former President Bill Clinton. –Read More…

Dec 122014
BREAKING: Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Jeff Sessions Pushing for Defund Amnesty Vote

[DailyCaller.com] WASHINGTON – Republican Sens. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Jeff Sessions are pushing for a vote to defund President Obama’s executive amnesty in the “Cromnibus” spending bill Friday night, The Daily Caller has learned.

The trio of conservative senators is hoping to get the defund vote onto the Senate floor as a “point of order,” which would force a procedural vote on the issue without Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid having to introduce it.

The senators are pushing hard on Capitol Hill for the measure as of early Friday afternoon. If successful, the vote would take place late Friday night, after planned deliberations on the defense budget.

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Dec 112014
Obama, GOP leaders join forces in race to pass spending bill

[FoxNews.com] House Republican leaders and the Obama White House formed an unlikely alliance late Thursday as they scrambled to secure the votes for a $1.1 trillion spending bill, ahead of a midnight deadline.

Fox News is told that President Obama and Vice President Biden were calling House Democrats appealing for their support. White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough also arrived on the Hill late Thursday to meet with the Democratic caucus. Meanwhile, House GOP leaders were trying to sway conservative members who, for different reasons, were opposed to the package.

Unclear is whether the push can produce a bipartisan majority to approve the package. –Read More…

Dec 112014
Does the Democratic Party Have a Future?

[American Spectator] In a rather wistful, even elegiac piece in the December 2, 2014 edition of National Journal, political analyst Charles Cook describes how leading to last month’s election, the Democratic Party “paved the way for their own defeat.” Describing as “noble” such priorities as “health care, the environment, and civil rights,” Cook notes that “an argument can be made that it is because Democrats have subordinated their traditional focus on helping lower- and working-class Americans move up the economic ladder” that there has been a “decline in support for Democrats among certain groups.”

Prominent among these “certain groups” are lower- and middle-income voters, historically the most substantial element of the “common man” contingent of the Democratic base, the contingent of the electorate for whom the Democrats were supposed to be the defenders and champions. As noted by Associated Press reporters Jennifer Agiesta and Jesse J. Holland, “White voters of all ages were less likely to back Democrats this year than in elections past, helping Republicans nationwide but most acutely in the South — and overpowering Democratic efforts to turn out their core supporters among blacks and Hispanics.”

These efforts were not particularly successful; although Democrats won about 90 percent of the black vote, Pew Research reports that nearly 40 percent of Hispanics voted Republican… –Read More…

Dec 102014
Climate Catastrophe

[Townhall.com] People argue about whether the “consensus” of scientists is that we face disaster because of global warming. Instead of debating whether man’s greenhouse gasses will raise temperatures, we should argue about how we gauge disasters.

If you take most environmentalists and climate scientists at their word, the Earth heated up about 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit over the past century, not much more than it heated up the century before that. Warming may increase, but no one can be certain of that.

Let’s agree for the sake of argument that this recent warming was partly caused by humanity. Let’s also agree that there are some negative effects, including more frequent coastal flooding or longer droughts. –Read More…

Dec 102014
NBC Nightly News Breaks Silence on Jonathan Gruber 32 Days After First Video Surfaced

[MRC.org] After a month in which NBC Nightly News gave more prominence to ugly Christmas sweaters, grape salad, Al Roker’s 34-hour weather report, and a live broadcast of Peter Pan starring Brian Williams’ daughter, Allison, the broadcast finally discovered Jonathan Gruber.

On Tuesday evening, NBC’s evening newscast acknowledged the name Jonathan Gruber for the first time and his insulting comments regarding ObamaCare a full 32 days after the group American Commitment unearthed the first Gruber video on November 7.

Williams began the 2-minute-and-12-second segment by remarking that “it is unlikely that most Americans have heard the name Jonathan Gruber until a few weeks ago, when a video emerged of him insulting their intelligence.” His statement can be viewed as rather ironic, considering the fact that the viewers of his own program were kept in the dark on the ObamaCare architect, depriving them knowledge of the story until now. –Read More…

Dec 092014
Michael Hayden: I Did Not Lie to Congress Over CIA Interrogation Tactics

[Newsmax.com] Former CIA Director Michael Hayden told Newsmax TV on Tuesday that the Senate Intelligence Committee’s so-called “torture report” on the enhanced interrogation of terror suspects is shockingly incomplete — and he emphatically denied ever lying to the committee members when he spoke to them in 2006.

“No, would be the straightforward and simple answer … first of all, it’s a felony [to lie],” Hayden said in an exclusive interview on Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show.”

Hayden — a retired four-star Air Force general who led the CIA from 2006-2009, after heading the National Security Agency — also denied accusations of deception made by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat and chairman of the Intelligence Committee. –Read More…

Dec 092014
Gruber Does Not Deny Referring to Obamacare as a Tax

[CNSNews.com] In a heated exchange with Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) at a House Oversight Committee hearing on Tuesday, Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economics professor and the so-called Obamacare architect, does not deny referring to Obamacare as a tax, but disagrees with the Supreme Court ruling that the Obamacare mandate is a tax.

“Mr. Gruber, you’ve said that your statements were inexcusable and insulting. … However, some of the things you’ve said were substantive based, and although they may be inexcusable and insulting in that they were said, in the end they may be true,” said Turner. “And I want to walk you through some of the statements that you made that were substantive in nature rather than the statements that you made about the American voter.

“Now you’ve said that you did complex micro-simulation modeling. It sounds like a relatively basic model to me – you take from one and give to another. It’s a basic equation of wealth redistribution, and that’s called a tax. And you’ve made many statements about the Obamacare plan as being a tax, and I want to go through those,” said Turner. –Read More…

Dec 092014
Gruber apologizes for ‘mean and insulting’ ObamaCare comments

[FoxNews.com] MIT economist Jonathan Gruber tried to explain and even justify his controversial comments about ObamaCare during a profuse apology on Tuesday before a House committee — as Rep. Darrell Issa accused him of creating a false model as part of “a pattern of intentional misleading” to get ObamaCare passed.

Gruber, himself a well-paid consultant during the drafting of the law, was hammered by Republicans on the House oversight committee at his first appearance on Capitol Hill since videos of his remarks surfaced.

Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, also came down hard on Marilyn Tavvener, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, who he has accused in the past of allegedly inflating enrollment numbers and “cooking the books.” –Read More…

Dec 082014
ISIS Reportedly Beheads Four Christian Children in Iraq for Refusing to Convert to Islam

[RedState.com]

The brutality and barbarism of ISIS – the Islamic State – has been well documented, but the latest report is unspeakable.

The Christian “Vicar of Baghdad,” the Rev. Canon Andrew White, recounted that ISIS jihadists recently beheaded four Christian children.

As the Christian Post reports:

“ISIS turned up and they said to the children, ‘you say the words that you will follow Muhammad.’ The Children, all under 15, four of them, they said, ‘no, we love Yasua [Jesus]. We have always loved Yasua. We have always followed Yasua. Yasua has always been with us.’” White said. “[The Militants] said, ‘say the words!’ [The Children] said, ‘no, we can’t do that.’ They chopped all their heads off.” –Read More…

Dec 082014
Federal Lawsuit Could Stop Obama's Amnesty Before It Starts

[Townhall.com] Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) filed a motion in federal court Friday which could allow a federal court to stop President Obama’s executive amnesty before it starts.

The motion filed by Abbott, who is also the governor-elect of Texas, asks the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, to issue a preliminary injunction halting the new immigration program Obama announced on November 20, 2014.

“The President has turned the Constitution on its head by suggesting that he has legislative powers and that Congress has veto powers that must be exercised to thwart his executive actions,” the motion reads. “This is not how our system works. The constitutional separation of powers requires Congress to pass a law and the President to execute it; the President can no more pass his own laws (or “execute” nonexistent ones) than Congress can exercise the veto or pardon powers.” –Read More…

Dec 052014
Immigration Activist Suggests Race May Be Why GOP Opposes Obama Executive Action — Then It Was Trey Gowdy’s Turn

[TheBlaze.com] Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) interrogated Marielena Hincapie, the executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, during a Tuesday House hearing on President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration reform after she seemingly suggested race may be the basis behind the GOP’s opposition to the unilateral action.

“I could’ve sworn in response to a question you received… you suggested race is the basis for why we may have this constitutional perspective,” Gowdy said to Hincapie. “Did I understand you correctly?”

“I believe I was responding to the question about, is there an explanation about why…” Hincapie began before being cut off. –Read More…

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