Week of April 25, 2015 – May 2, 2015
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NOTICE: SHORT ON HEADLINE NEWS THIS WEEK, I AM NOT GOING TO POST ALL THE TRASH NEWS COMING IN ON THE BALTIMORE RIOTS, IT IS ALL OVER THE NEWS, A TREMENDOUS WASTE OF TIME, THE POINT HAS BEEN MADE TIME TO GO HOME! PERSONALLY I HAVE EVEN STOPPED WATCHING FOX NEWS OR ANY OTHER CHANNEL TILL THIS BLOWS OVER. TWO DAYS DISCUSSION THE WORD “THUG” WHY DON’T THEY JUST LOOK IT UP IN THE DICTIONARY?
THE HILL – Obama’s difficult legacy on race – 05/02
From Ferguson to Baltimore, the nation’s first black president is encountering the limits of his power when it comes to healing the nation’s racial wounds. A series of racially-charged police killings, most recently in Baltimore, are quickly becoming a part of President Obama’s second-term legacy, defying predictions that his election to the White House would help bridge the country’s oldest divide. Obama appears increasingly frustrated by the situation, this week lashing out at people rioting in Baltimore as “thugs” and “criminals.” The president has also brushed off critics who say his administration should be taking a more forceful approach toward police misconduct. “The challenge for us as the federal government is, is that we don’t run these police forces,” he said Tuesday during a Rose Garden press conference. “I can’t federalize every police force in the country and force them to retrain.”
THEHILL – GOP prepares list of demands if justices rule against ObamaCare – 05/01
Republicans believe a Supreme Court ruling against ObamaCare this summer would give them leverage to force President Obama to scrap the healthcare law’s central pillars. Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), who is leading the Senate GOP’s response to King v. Burwell, said Republicans will be willing to strike a deal with Obama to ensure that the 7.5 million people who stand to lose their subsidies are protected, at least until the 2016 elections. But in return, they would demand that Obama to do something he has long resisted: nix the employer and individual mandates for insurance coverage. “Is the president going to say, ‘Tough, I’m going to veto that?’ ” Barrasso said in an interview in his Dirksen office. “There will be, as part of that [deal], things we want to have happen.”
BREITBART – GOP REPS SLAM ‘AMNESTY AMENDMENT’ ADDED TO NDAA – 05/01
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) 80% is expressing outrage that the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act includes an amendment encouraging the Secretary of Defense to consider allowing illegal immigrants granted executive amnesty to serve in the military.“It makes no sense to me that, at the same time the Army is downsizing and issuing pink slips to American soldiers serving in Afghanistan, there are Congressmen who help illegal aliens deprive American citizens of military service opportunities,” Brooks, who serves on House Armed Services Committee, said.
FOX NEWS – TENSIONS RISE IN PERSIAN GULF Navy to accompany US-flagged ships after Iran’s seizure of cargo vessel – 04/30
U.S. Navy ships will begin to accompany U.S. flagged commercial ships as they travel the Strait of Hormuz, a defense official confirmed to Fox News, on the heels of Iran seizing a cargo ship. The Obama administration is closely monitoring Iran’s takeover of the ship, as it involved a Marshall Islands-flagged vessel. The Marshall Islands and the U.S. have a longstanding security agreement, and officials said Thursday the two nations are in contact. But, in a clear response to that incident, a defense official said the U.S. Navy will now accompany all U.S.-flagged ships going through the area. The move is the latest development in a high-stakes chess match in the region, with the Iran nuclear talks continuing to play out in the background.
FOX NEWS – FEC head under fire for women’s forum ‘stacked’ with Dems -04/30
The chairwoman of the supposedly nonpartisan Federal Election Commission is under fire for planning a forum next month on women in politics “stacked” with Democrat-leaning speakers and apparent Hillary Clinton supporters. One conservative lawyer already is calling for an inspector general investigation; another group is urging Chairwoman Ann Ravel to call off the event. To Ravel’s detractors, the forum is yet another example of the allegedly partisan turn being taken by the FEC under her leadership. “There are so many things wrong with this,” Cleta Mitchell, a prominent conservative lawyer in Washington, D.C., told FoxNews.com.
2nd Amendment – When The Brady Campaign Filed A Frivolous Anti-Gun Lawsuit, This Judge Responded Perfectly – 04/26
A perfect example of the PLCAA being used appropriately occurred recently after the Brady Campaign filed a lawsuit against four sporting goods companies on behalf of the mother of a shooting victim from the Aurora, Colo., shooting massacre — a suit quickly dismissed by Judge Richard P. Matsch. Their lawsuit attempted to place blame for the death of the plaintiff’s daughter due to “negligence” on the companies’ part, claiming they didn’t have “safeguards” in place to keep mentally deranged killers like James Holmes from purchasing their equipment. Not only did Judge Matsch dismiss the anti-gun group’s case, he also ordered “reasonable attorney fees” be paid to the defendants by the plaintiffs in the case. This is the Judge who presided over the Oklahoma Bombing trial of Terry Nichols