WP: GOP = Own Worst Enemy When It Comes To Amnesty

From a deeply concerned Washington Post:

Republicans confront own worst enemy on immigration

By Robert Costa | November 20, 2014

Just two weeks ago, Republicans handed President Obama a humiliating defeat at the polls, winning full control of Congress. But already, party leaders fear that the conservative uproar over the president’s immigration actions will doom any hopes for a stable period of GOP governance…

Isn’t stopped the destruction of the Constitution ‘governance’? Isn’t protecting our nation’s culture and economy ‘governance’?

Despite expanded powers and some new titles, soon-to-be Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) remain sharply limited in their ability to persuade their most conservative members. The duo has been thrust back into the same cycle of intraparty warfare that has largely defined the GOP during the Obama years and that has hurt the party’s brand among the broader electorate.

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NYT: GOP Pollsters Fear Hard-Liners Will Alienate Latinos

From a deeply concerned New York Times:

Some in G.O.P. Fear That Their Hard-Liners Will Alienate Latino Voters

By JACKIE CALMES | November 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — All but drowned out by Republicans’ clamorous opposition to President Obama’s executive action on immigration are some leaders who worry that their party could alienate the fastest-growing group of voters, for 2016 and beyond, if its hottest heads become its face…

“Both the president and the Republican Party confront risks here,” said Bill McInturff, a Republican pollster. While the danger for Mr. Obama is “being perceived as overstepping his boundaries,” Mr. McInturff said, “the Republicans’ risk is opposing his action without an appropriate tenor, and thereby alienating the Latino community.”

How the two parties manage their respective risks as they battle for public opinion is likely to define the final two years of Mr.

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2 Dems Uneasy At Obama’s Amnesty, Hillary Supports It

From Reuters:

Some Senate Democrats balk at Obama’s unilateral immigration approach

By Susan Cornwell | November 19, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Several Democratic senators are uncomfortable with President Barack Obama’s decision to use executive action to make immigration reform, raising the possibility of open, bipartisan resistance to his plan.

Despite the headline, Reuters was only able to find two Democrats who were even mildly critical of Obama’s illegal and un-Constitutional act. Which tells you all you need to know about the current state of the Democrat Party.

The senators, most from conservative states, objected to Obama’s unilateral approach, saying on Wednesday that they preferred Congress to take the lead with legislation…

So only Democrat Senators from conservative states care about the Constitution? Care about maintaining the power of their own branch of government?

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Pelosi: Emancipation Proclamation Was Executive Order

From the National Journal:

Pelosi Compares Obama Immigration Order to Emancipation Proclamation

The Democratic leader accuses GOP foes of having very short memories when it comes to executive action.

By Billy House | November 20, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is drawing a parallel between President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and President Obama’s planned executive actions on immigration reform. "Does the public know the Emancipation Proclamation was an executive order?" Pelosi asked at a news conference Thursday morning…

But on Thursday, Pelosi elevated her argument [sic] a novel step—reminding listeners that Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation was an executive order. It declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free."

Once again Ms. Pelosi demonstrates her abject ignorance of all things past and present.

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Reaction To Obama Immigration (Amnesty) Plan (Order)

From the Associated Press:

Reaction to the president’s immigration plan

November 20, 2014    

"I think the president will come to regret the chapter history writes if he does move forward. Because the plan he’s presenting is more than just, as the president himself has acknowledged, an overreach — it’s also unfair." — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

What strong words. (Not.) By the way, why do the AP and the rest of the news media and even some Republicans call this a "plan" or "Obama’s proposal." It’s an order from on high.

"The president’s decision is not a political victory. It’s a victory for families. We know well that this decision is not a permanent solution. It is a first step. If we had it our way, President Obama would be signing a comprehensive immigration bill into law instead of an executive action, but can’t sit idly by waiting for Republicans to act while homes are being broken up all across this nation." — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

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Black Leaders Praise Amnesty That Will Hurt Black Jobs

From Breitbart:

Elite Black Leaders Praise Obama Exec Amnesty that Will Hurt Black Workers

By Tony Lee | November 20, 2014

… At the National Press Club, NAACP President Cornell William Brooks said he applauded Obama for his executive amnesty, saying amnesty is not only about the "economic status of workers" but also about "compassion." …

Where is the compassion for American citizens, who are now going to have a harder time finding work?? Where is the compassion for the American taxpayer, who is now going to have to pay higher taxes to feed, house and educate and medically treat five million more people?

Janai Nelson, of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund… said Obama’s executive amnesty will help the "living wage debate" and benefit African-American workers by paving "the way for a more just economic system that will assist various marginalized communities." …

"A more just economic system" = more welfare.

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Obama Met Sharpton, Trumka, La Raza Before Speech

From The Hill:

Obama huddles with civil rights leaders

By Justin Sink | November 20, 2014

President Obama met with more than a dozen prominent civil and immigration rights activists Thursday ahead of his speech debuting a series of new steps that will extend deportation relief and work permits to as many as 5 million illegal immigrants.

Attendees at the meeting included AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, NAACP president Cornell Brooks and Al Sharpton.

How long will it be before blacks realize that the NAACP and Sharpton have sold them down the river? How long will it be before the rank and file of the AFL-CIO realize that they too have been double crossed?

The MSNBC host has come under fire in recent days after The New York Times reported he and his companies were at one point subject to $4.5 million in state and federal tax liens.

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Obama Partied With Laywer For His Illegal Alien Relatives

From a beaming New York Times:

At Holiday Party, Obama Encounters a Guest With Family Ties

By Jason Horowitz | November 20, 2014

At a holiday party last night at the White House for President Obama’s donors and supporters, Margaret Wong congratulated the president on his decision to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation with executive action.

Ms. Wong, a leading immigration lawyer in Cleveland, has some experience dealing with the Obama family and immigration. She represented Zeituni Onyango, the woman Mr. Obama once called Auntie, and his uncle Onyango Obama, known as Omar, who moved to Boston as a young man and went on to live there undocumented for decades.

For some odd reason the NYT neglects to mention that both Aunt Zeituni and Uncle Omar had ignored numerous deportation orders issued by judges.

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AP Fact Check On Obama’s Amnesty Omits Several Facts

From the Associated Press:

FACT CHECK: Obama’s claims on illegal immigration

By ALICIA A. CALDWELL and ERICA WERNER | November 21, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama made some notable omissions in his remarks about the unilateral actions he’s taking on immigration.

And never mind that the AP is going to go on to omit any discussion of some of Obama’s biggest lies.

A look at his statements Thursday and how they compare with the facts:

OBAMA: "It does not grant citizenship, or the right to stay here permanently, or offer the same benefits that citizens receive. Only Congress can do that. All we’re saying is we’re not going to deport you."

THE FACTS: He’s saying, and doing, more than that. The changes also will make those covered eligible for work permits, allowing them to be employed in the country legally and compete with citizens and legal residents for better-paying jobs.

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Obama Unveils (Orders) Immigration Reform (Amnesty)

[What exactly has been ‘reformed’? All Obama did was break our immigration system even more. After all, our system is only broken because we have stopped enforcing our immigration laws. And Obama has been the biggest offender of them all.]

From Reuters:

Obama unveils U.S. immigration reform, setting up fight with Republicans

By Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton | November 20, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama imposed [sic] the most sweeping immigration reform in a generation on Thursday, easing the threat of deportation for some 4.7 million undocumented immigrants and setting up a clash with Republicans who vow to fight his moves.

What exactly has been ‘reformed’? All Obama did was break our immigration system even more. After all, our system is only broken because we have stopped enforcing our immigration laws.

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Berkley OKs Gas Warning, Green Churches Get Tax Break

First there is this from a cherring Associated Press:

City OKs plan for gas-pump climate change labels

By KRISTIN J. BENDER | November 19, 2014

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — … The Berkeley City Council voted late Tuesday to draft a proposal by next spring that will put stickers on gas pumps citywide to warn consumers that burning fuel contributes to global warming.

San Francisco is drafting a similar ordinance that the city’s Board of Supervisors could vote into law by March. The proposals in the liberal Bay Area cities are thought to be the first of their kind in the U.S.

Supporters of Berkeley’s measure hope that simply putting the labels in front of consumers will motivate them to drive less. One environmental group compares the labels to health warnings on cigarette packages.

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University Drops Sexist, Rape-Inducing Term: ‘Freshman’

From the College Fix:

University drops term ‘freshman,’ replaces it with ‘first-year’

By Diana Stancy | November 19, 2014

ELON, N.C. – Elon University has dropped the term “freshman” from its vocabulary and replaced it with “first-year,” a move made official this fall and implemented in everything from its website to orientation workshops.

The change at the small, private liberal arts college in North Carolina was done to promote inclusivity, celebrate diversity, and ensure the campus did not promote sexist stereotypes or create a hostile and unsafe environment for female students, campus officials said in interviews with The College Fix.

Leigh-Anne Royster, director of Elon’s “Inclusive Community Wellbeing,” said in an email to The College Fix that she has been told by some that they believe the term “freshman” is outdated, and that replacing “freshman” with “first year” is a “celebration of diversity.”

Royster stated the word “freshman” naturally insinuates a hierarchy among students on campus.

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Oakland Sets Up ‘Healing Centers’ For Ferguson Verdict

From the CBS San Francisco affiliate, KPIX:

Oakland To Offer ‘Healing Centers’ As Police, Shop Owners Prepare For Ferguson Verdict

By Christin Ayers | November 18, 2014

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Business owners in Oakland prepped their storefronts in anticipation of protests over an expected grand jury decision on the police shooting of an unarmed man in Ferguson Missouri. Meanwhile, the city says it will open “healing centers” for those who remain troubled by the incident.

Dion Bullock’s downtown Oakland shoe store Groupie suffered damage in a protest over the Trayvon Martin case, and fears what might happen after the grand jury’s decision on Ferguson. “As a business owner, we’re kind of nervous because we don’t know what to expect,” Bullock said.

Mayor Jean Quan seemed to warn Oaklanders to expect the worst, calling on business owners in an open letter to save recordings of criminal activity, cover exterior doors with a steel plate, and leave the cash drawer empty.

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GOP Forming Plan To Defund Obama Executive Amnesty

From Breitbart:

GOP Strategy to Stop Obama’s Executive Amnesty Emerging

By Matthew Boyle | November 18, 2014

A clearer picture of the strategy Republicans in both the House and the Senate will use to stop President Barack Obama’s planned executive amnesty in government funding bills is beginning to emerge.

The key point is that no matter what package emerges, there seems to be a consensus emerging among Republicans on Capitol Hill: There will be no funding for Obama’s planned executive amnesty…

First, there could be a short-term Continuing Resolution passed that funds all of government from Dec. 11—when current funding measures end—until shortly after the newly-elect Senate GOP majority takes office in early 2015. At that point, the Senate and House Republicans would block Obama’s planned immigration executive order in some fashion—either in a bill that funds all of the rest of government except for that or by splitting various Appropriations bills into different packages that separates funding the Department of Homeland Security out from the rest of government…

[A] House GOP aide close to the negotiations told Breitbart News… “The approach would separate the agencies involved in executive amnesty from the rest of the government funding, perhaps through a short-term CR combined with an omnibus, or a ‘cromnibus’ as it’s been coined in recent days.” …

One of the best parts of this strategy for Republicans is that they can have their cake and eat it too—have the government funding fight, and have no risk of a government shutdown at all…

[W]ith full control of both chambers of Congress, the GOP can push through appropriations bills or a partial Continuing Resolution that funds everything except for the Department of Homeland Security—separating that out for another fight.

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NYT Sobs: Obama Amnesty Will Not Give Illegals Benefits

From a ‘moving on’ New York Times:

Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration Unlikely to Include Health Benefits

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and ROBERT PEAR | November 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — … [N]one of the five million immigrants.. who will be given new legal protections [under Obama’s plan] will get government subsidies for health care under the Affordable Care Act…

The White House decision to deny health benefits… underscores how far the president’s expected actions will fall short of providing the kind of full membership in American society that activists have spent decades fighting for. The immigrants covered by Mr. Obama’s actions are also unlikely to receive public benefits like food stamps, Medicaid coverage or other need-based federal programs offered to citizens and some legal residents…

The outrage.

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