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Week of December 15 -December 21, 2014

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  • THE HILL – Obama picks new fight over Cuba 12/18
    President Obama has picked a new fight with Congress over the nation’s Cuba policy, enraging newly empowered Republicans already accusing the White House of executive overreach.  The stunning announcement – coming just weeks after another White House edict drastically reshaped U.S. immigration policy – has also raised spirits among Democrats, who are hoping the back-to-back power moves are a sign the president will be more exertive in the face of GOP opposition through the final two years of his lame-duck presidency.  “His actions,” said Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.), “are smart, strategic and long-overdue.”  Coming after 18 months of secret talks between Washington and Havana, the new policies take long strides toward normalizing relations with Cuba more than 50 years after ties were cut with the arrival of the Communist Castro regime.  Under the deal – sealed by Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro – the United States will establish an embassy in Havana and ease long-held travel and trade restrictions. The agreement was reached only after Castro agreed to free Alan Gross, a U.S. contractor imprisoned in Cuba since 2009.
    The illegal and unilaterally move to normalize relations with the Communist tyranical regime of Cuba is being compared to treason throughout the country by Americans of Cuban descent.  The measures taken by the White House will prolong the military dictatorship and will enrich the Communist regime. will give oxygen to the worst dictatorship and the most bloodthirsty regime of the Americas. Recognizing Cuba diplomatically and lift the embargo to Cuba unconditionally will prolong the suffering of the Cuban people. Obama is responsible before history of having betrayed the defense of human rights and fundamental freedoms of the Cuban people. They betrayed the internal Cuban resistance and opponents of the Communist tyranical regime.
  • PATRIOT UPDATE – Feinstein and CIA Interrogations: Is the Senator a Traitor? - 12/15
    In the wake of the misguided release of her committee’s one-sided, politically motivated report on the CIA’s interrogation techniques, Senator Dianne Feinstein is being forced to defend her actions; as well she should. If Feinstein’s self-righteous posturing and obvious rationalizing appear strained, it is probably because there is no defense for what she did. In fact, it is entirely appropriate to ask if releasing her report makes Feinstein a traitor. People who knowingly and willingly act in ways that benefit America’s enemies are labeled traitors. It is no stretch to suggest that releasing a highly sensitive report that could and should have been handled confidentially will benefit the terrorist organizations that seek to destroy America.
  • RED STATE – Obama Orchestrating Regime Change in Israel12/15
    President Obama’s toxic foreign policy consists mainly of placating America’s adversaries and manipulating our friends (that and combatting the imminent threat of global warming with a one-sided American policy of economic seppuku). Now we are learning of Obama’s latest reach into what has always been the ken of agencies like the CIA: regime change. Only this isn’t to topple Communism in Central America or extremists in Tehran. It’s to overthrow Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in our middle-east ally Israel. Aaron Klein wrote in the Jerusalem Post,  The White House has singled out Netanyahu as standing in the way of Obama’s utopian vision for a new Middle East and Persian Gulf. What better way to bypass this obstacle than aiding in Netanyahu’s removal from office?
  • NEWSMAX – Rubio, Ros, Lehtinen banned from Nicaragua -12/15
    Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has banned two American lawmakers from his country after they helped push through legislation last week to ban Venezuelan officials from the United States.  “It’s a badge of honor to be banned by a thug like Ortega. These authoritarian heads of state like Ortega, Maduro and the Castro brothers like to intimidate those who disagree with them and they use their power randomly and ruthlessly,” Ros-Lehtinen said in a statement.”I’m not worried about being banned in Nicaragua. What frightens me is the erosion of fundamental human rights throughout our hemisphere,” the South Florida congresswoman said. “I’m proud of the law that Marco, [Sen.] Bob Menendez and I wrote that penalizes human-rights violators in Venezuela and we’ll work to place violators on that list, ban or no ban.
  • NATIONAL REVIEW – New Data: It’s Still about Black-on-Black Crime – FBI Murder Stats Show Black Lives Do Matter – – 12/15
    Members of black communities who say black lives matter may want to look to reform their communities before blaming “racist” law enforcement. While police officers kill about 200 blacks per year, newly released FBI murder statistics for 2012 show that whites murdered 193 blacks, and blacks killed 431 whites. Most of the murderers killed those of their own race, with 2,614 whites killing fellow whites, and 2,412 blacks killing fellow blacks. The statistics are far from perfect, as the FBI combines Caucasian with Hispanic murder rates. Furthermore, there are many reported murders in which the race of the victim or perpetrator is unknown. As Heather MacDonald writes in National Review, “There are thousands of law-abiding inner-city blacks who live by bourgeois values and who need protection from criminals. Only the police are willing to provide that protection. Their mantra could be ‘black lives matter.'”
  • RESPONSE ACTIONNETWORK – Obamacare’s heavy toll on Senate Democrats -12/13
    With the crushing defeat of Louisiana Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu in the state’s run-off election, it’s worth looking back at what happened to the Democrats who voted for Obamacare in 2010. Back then, they had a filibuster-proof 60 members. But in the years since, half of those Democrats are now out of office (link is external):  …many senators who voted for Obamacare lost re-election battles in which they were hit hard for their support for the law and other Democrats were forced to retire because they had no hope of getting re-elected given their support for the law. A total of 16 Senators who voted for Obamacare either failed to win reelection or declined to run for reelection and had their seats turned over to Republicans.  The rest either retired and saw their seats won by new Democrats, or died in office. But such rapid turnover in membership in such a short time tells us just how toxic Obamacare has been for Democrat incumbents.  They have only themselves to blame, of course. But we will also be watching very, very closely to see what the GOP does on Obamacare now that it has majorities in both the House and Senate. Voters have shown they are not afraid to toss an incumbent Democrat who voted for the law. Voters may be just as willing to send incumbent Republicans packing in 2016 if they do nothing to repeal it.
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  • THE HILL – Senate approves $585B defense bill - 12/12
    The Senate on Friday passed a sweeping $585 billion defense policy bill that will pay for the Pentagon’s activities in fiscal 2015, and give President Obama authority to expand the campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.The legislation passed 89-11, and now heads to Obama’s desk to be signed into law.  The bill’s road to passage was rocky after Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and others objected to language in it that designates 250,000 acres of new wilderness.  “Expanding the national park service is a disastrous idea,” Coburn said. “And the reason it is disastrous is our parks are falling apart.”
  • TOWNHALL – Obama Bails Out Boehner On Spending Bill - 12/11
    The White House issued a Statement of Administration Policy today in favor of the 1,600 omnibus spending bill that funds the entire federal government through September except for the Department of Homeland Security which is only funded through the end of February.  “The Administration appreciates the bipartisan effort to include full-year appropriations legislation for most Government functions that allows for planning and provides certainty, while making progress toward appropriately investing in economic growth and opportunity, and adequately funding national security requirements,” the statement reads in part. “However, the Administration objects to the inclusion of ideological and special interest riders in the House bill,” the statement continues.”
  • WND – Sheriff Joe ‘scrooged’ in battle with Obama - 12/11
    Obama administration attorneys are trying to throw a wrench into a legal effort by Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio to halt the president’s executive actions granting de facto amnesty to millions of illegal aliens.Arpaio, represented by attorney Larry Klayman of FreedomWatch, wants a federal court in Washington, D.C., to issue an immediate preliminary injunction to halt the amnesty until a court can decide whether or not it is constitutional.  The timing is crucial, his complaint argues, because the government already is pouring resources into meeting the orders, and the offer of amnesty likely will draw a whole new flood of illegal aliens.  But Department of Justice attorneys Adam Kirschner and Brad Cohen argued to a federal court in Washington, D.C., that Christmas is coming, and they need a lot more time.
  • THE HILL – Warren, left fume over deal  - 12/10
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday sought to rally opposition to the $1.1 trillion government funding bill, spearheading a revolt on the left that has put her influence in the Democratic Party to the test. The Massachusetts liberal pleaded for House Democrats to withhold support for a government funding package due to a provision she said would change the Dodd-Frank financial reform law to let “Wall Street gamble with taxpayer money.” Her call gave voice to opposition among liberals to provisions tucked in the “cromnibus” deal that they argue would let big banks engage in the same risky trading that toppled the economy in 2008.With House Republican leaders acknowledging they’ll need Democratic support to get the legislation through, unified opposition from liberals could prove fatal. A vote on the House floor is set for Thursday.
    In addition to Rules Committee chairman Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), who is getting set to have his committee mark up the President Barack Obama executive amnesty-backing omnibus spending package Speaker John Boehner introduced late Tuesday, there are eight additional Republicans on the committee who will officially enable the bill on Wednesday afternoon.  Those Republicans on the Rules Committee—who will provide the procedural cover Boehner needs to get the Obama executive amnesty backing bill onto the House floor—are: Reps. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Rob Bishop (R-UT), Tom Cole (R-OK), Rob Woodall (R-GA), Richard Nugent (R-FL), Daniel Webster (R-FL), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Michael Burgess (R-TX). If any of them votes to advance the bill to the floor, they are in effect endorsing everything contained within the legislation—including the never-ending funding for Obama’s executive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens.
  • NEWSMAX – Peter King: We’re Worried More About al-Qaida Lives Than American – 12/10 
    The Senate Intelligence Committee’s partisan “torture report” is a “disgrace” that is putting American lives at risk, Rep. Peter King of New York said Wednesday on Newsmax TV‘s “America’s Forum.”  “There are embassies on alert all over the world as a result of this report coming out, but secondly and maybe most importantly, the report is entirely misleading and wrong and it’s a slander among the good men and women of the CIA,” King said.  The report was solely the work of Democrats. Republicans bowed out early on when they concluded it was a partisan witch hunt intended to damage the Bush administration.
  • FREEBEACON – Congress Demands Obama Explain Rumored Sanctions Against Israel - 12/08
    White House, State Department reportedly met in secret to strategize about imposing sanctions on Israel.  Members of Congress are demanding that President Obama come clean about controversial reports that he is considering leveling sanctions on Israel, according to a letter sent Friday afternoon by lawmakers to the White House.  The Obama administration has found itself engulfed in controversy since reports emerged Thursday that the White House and State Department had met in secret to strategize about imposing sanctions on Israel for its continued building of houses in contested Jerusalem neighborhoods.
  • CONSERVATIVE HQ – Rep. Curt Clawson Nails The Bribery In The Defense Bill - 12/08
    We endorsed outsider Rep. Curt Clawson (FL-19) in the hard fought Special Election in which Republican establishment leaders threw everything but the kitchen sink at him to try to hand the nomination to their handpicked candidate state Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto.  Clawson has rarely disappointed us since he got to Congress (although he did get suckered on the Yoho immigration bill along with 215 other Republicans) and he was especially in line with our thinking on the recent National Defense Authorization Act.  In explaining his “NO” vote Clawson said he couldn’t support a program to extend the training and equipping of “moderate” Syrian Muslim fighters for two more years.

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