Politico: Obama Turns To McConnell To ‘Secure Legacy’

From the Politico:

Obama turns to McConnell to secure his legacy

By Edward-Isaac Dovere and Manu Raju | November 17, 2014

During a break from plotting the GOP takeover of the Senate, in a campaign based largely on dissatisfaction with the president, Mitch McConnell took a phone call from Barack Obama. Congress was about to leave for a five-week summer recess, and Obama and Senate Democrats were anxious: the president needed his people in places like Qatar, Kuwait and Algeria — something that could only happen with McConnell’s cooperation.

McConnell agreed. A dozen ambassadors were approved in July, more than half the number confirmed in the previous seven months. Whenever there’s been outreach by the president and a desire to cooperate by McConnell — mostly over small things, but also in ending last year’s government shutdown — the president and Senate Republican leader have been able to get results.


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Clinton: No Obama Executive Amnesty Hurt In Midterms

From the Politico:

Clinton: No Obama immigration action may have hurt in midterms

By Maggie Haberman | November 16, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Former President Bill Clinton said he was surprised by the Democrats’ lopsided losses in Senate races in this year’s midterm elections, and he suggested that President Barack Obama’s decision not to sign an executive order on immigration may have played a role in keeping some Hispanic voters at home.

Yes, that’s it. The Democrats lost because Obama didn’t do amnesty via executive order before the elections. — And to think some people actually believe that Clinton is a great politician.

He also said Obama should maximize his pulpit and not give in to being a “lame duck,” setting a high bar by saying he should turn to the budget process to try to push through his agenda in his final two years in the White House and that the president should also try to pass immigration reform…

This from the man who ‘triangulated’ (that is, moved to the center) in his second term after losing control of the House and the Senate.



(Flashback) Obama: Illegals Hurt Blue-Collar Americans

From the Daily Caller:

SHOCK FLASHBACK: Obama Says Illegal Immigration HURTS ‘Blue-Collar Americans,’ STRAINS Welfare

By Neil Munro | November 16, 2014

President Obama once declared that an influx of illegal immigrants will harm “the wages of blue-collar Americans” and “put strains on an already overburdened safety net.”

“[T]here’s no denying that many blacks share the same anxieties as many whites about the wave of illegal immigration flooding our Southern border—a sense that what’s happening now is fundamentally different from what has gone on before,” then-Senator Obama wrote in his 2006 autobiography, “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream.”

Lest we forget, Obama’s ‘Audacity Of Hope’ title was inspired by Reverend Wright’s sermon, ‘The Audacity To Hope,’ in which the Reverend claimed that ‘white man’s greed runs a world in need.’

”Not all these fears are irrational,” he wrote.



Duncan Family Gets Settlement, Fiancé Gets A Book Deal

From last week, via a cheering Associated Press:

Ebola victim’s family, hospital reach settlement

By EMILY SCHMALL | November 12, 2014

DALLAS — The hospital that treated the only Ebola patient to die in the United States will pay his relatives an undisclosed sum and create a charitable foundation in his name, the family’s attorney said Wednesday. The agreement heads off a lawsuit from relatives of Thomas Eric Duncan, who died Oct. 8 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas…

Not really. According to Time magazine: “Medical malpractice suits in Texas have an upper liability limit of $250,000 for a claimant. If the Duncan family had taken the hospital to court, it would have had to reach a very high legal bar, proving the hospital knew its staff was causing harm when they treated Duncan.” — So the hospital would have easily won this case.



The Latest Ebola Patient, A US Resident, Dies In Nebraska

From NBC News:

Ebola Patient Dr. Martin Salia Has Died in Nebraska: Officials

By Erin McClam | November 17, 2014

Dr. Martin Salia, a surgeon who was diagnosed with Ebola in Sierra Leone and flown to Nebraska over the weekend for treatment, has died, hospital officials said Monday.

Salia, 44, became the second person to die of the disease in the United States. Thomas Eric Duncan, who contracted Ebola in Liberia and traveled to Dallas, died last month.

Dr. Salia was also black. Coincidence? Where are the reverends Jackson and Sharpton?

Salia landed Saturday in Omaha. He was the 10th patient to be treated on American soil and the third at Nebraska Medical Center. Hospital officials had said that he was perhaps sicker than any other patient flown to the United States from West Africa…

Salia, a native of Sierra Leone and a legal U.S.



ABC, NBC Finally ‘Mention’ The Jonathan Gruber Videos

From the Media Research Center:

On Sunday Chat Shows, ABC and NBC Finally Acknowledge Existence of Gruber Videos

By Jeffrey Meyer | November 16, 2014

It took nine days, but ABC and NBC finally covered the controversial videos of ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber making disparaging remarks about the American voters.

Since the first video surfaced, CBS had been the only “big three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) network to cover the Gruber video, but on Sunday, November 16 ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos and NBC’s Meet the Press briefly mentioned the videos. However, as of this writing, ABC and NBC’s morning and evening newscasts have yet to mention the Gruber controversy once.

And nobody watches the network’s weekend talking head shows, except the most hardcore news junkies who knew about the Gruber videos already.


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Gruber Got At Least $5.9 Million From Government Work

From the Daily Caller:

Gruber Has Made At Least $5.9 Million For Government Work

By Chuck Ross | November 14, 2014

The federal government has paid Jonathan Gruber at least $4 million since the year 2000, for his work as an expert witness, a legal consultant and for his consultation on Obamacare.That comes on top of at least $1.6 million the MIT economist has been paid by several states to consult on their health care bills…

Which was probably totaled a cool $2 million, when you count in the other two states (mentioned below).

Gruber was paid $392,600 by the Department of Health and Human Services for his work on Obamacare. His main contribution was in the realm of economic modeling to help score the bill for budgetary purposes…

That is, Mr.



Obama Claims He Didn’t Mislead Public On Obama-Care

From The Hill:

Obama brushes off Gruber criticism

By Peter Sullivan | November 16, 2014

President Obama defended his signature healthcare law on Sunday after controversial remarks by ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber have set off a new wave of criticism. At a press conference in Brisbane, Australia, where Obama was attending a G-20 summit, Obama was asked about the comments and if he misled the public in passing the law. "No, I did not," Obama said.

It’s a wonder lightning didn’t strike him down. This is the same man who won PolitiFact’s coveted ‘Lie Of The Year’ award for 2013, with his oft-repeated promise that if you like your doctor and your insurance plan you could can keep it under Obama-Care.

"I just heard about this, I get well briefed before I come [sic] out here."

So Mr.



Obama: Latest ISIS Beheading Of American Is "Pure Evil"

From the Associated Press:

Video: Islamic State group beheads US aid worker

By DIAA HADID | November 16, 2014

BEIRUT (AP) — An Islamic State group video released Sunday purports to show extremists beheading a dozen Syrian soldiers and ends with a militant claiming to have killed U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig, the latest slaughter proudly broadcast by the group on the Internet… The high-definition video shows the beheadings of about a dozen men identified as Syrian military officers and pilots, all dressed in blue jumpsuits.

Where is the UN? Isn’t this a violation of the Geneva Conventions?

The main militant in the video who speaks to the camera has a British accent and warns that U.S. soldiers will meet a similar fate. "We say to you, Obama: … You claim to have withdrawn from Iraq four years ago," the militant said.



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Internal Review: Dozen SS Failures In WH Fence-Jumping

From the Washington Post:

Internal review details failures in fence-jumping incident at White House

By Carol D. Leonnig | November 13, 2014

… There were nearly a dozen failures in the Secret Service’s rings of security that helped Omar Jose Gonzalez, 42, get inside the White House and deep into the East Room, according to a Department of Homeland Security review, a summary of which was obtained Thursday by The Washington Post.

In one example, a canine handler who was supposed to help chase down and tackle anyone who breached the White House compound was in a van on a personal cellphone call at the time and did not hear any radio traffic about a fence jumper. By the time he and his well-trained attack dog arrived, Gonzalez was already entering the White House front door, the review found.


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McConnell Rules Out Shutdown To Stop Obama’s Amnesty

From the Washington Times:

McConnell rules out government shutdown to block Obama immigration moves

By Stephen Dinan | November 13, 2014

House Speaker John A. Boehner said Thursday that Republicans could use a spending bill to block President Obama’s planned executive action to grant work permits to illegal immigrants, but his Senate counterpart ruled out a government shutdown over it, canceling the one major piece of leverage the GOP has in the fight.

“We’ll not be shutting the government down or threatening to default on the national debt,” Sen. Mitch McConnell, the incoming majority leader, told reporters after meeting with his GOP colleagues, flatly ruling out an all-or-nothing showdown over Mr. Obama’s plans.

Does Mr. McConnell really think Americans fear a government shutdown more than they fear having their country transformed forever?



Boehner Considers Suing Obama Over Executive Amnesty

From the Washington Post:

Boehner weighs expanding suit over Obama executive powers to cover immigration

By Robert Costa and Ed O’Keefe | November 13, 2014

House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) is considering expanding a proposed federal lawsuit over President Obama’s executive orders to include action on immigration. Filing a separate lawsuit over the president’s authority to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation is another option that gained traction Thursday during talks among party leaders.

Boehner reportedly wants to respond forcefully and quickly should the president act and believes a lawsuit would do that, as well as signal to conservatives in his conference that he shares their frustrations about the president’s use of executive power…

Suing Obama is not a bad idea at all.



Pelosi Sees ‘Sexism’ In Questions About Stepping Down

From The Hill:

Pelosi sees sexism in questions

By Mike Lillis | November 13, 2014 

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi suggested Thursday that the biennial questions swirling around her reign atop the Democrats have sexist roots.

Get ready for hearing these kind of charges 24/7 if we elect Mrs. Clinton as President. Sexism will be the new racism.

Asked about the pressures to step down after last week’s rout at the polls, the California Democrat wondered aloud why the media hadn’t asked the same question of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the Senate minority leader who failed to topple the Democratic majority in the 2008, 2010 and 2012 cycles.

"What was the day that any of you said to Mitch McConnell when they lost the Senate three times in a row … ‘Aren’t you getting a little bit old, Mitch?



Pelosi Doesn’t Know Gruber, Says He Didn’t Help Write Bill

From the Washington Times:

Pelosi denies knowing about controversial Obamacare adviser despite citing him in 2009

By Kevin Rogers | November 13, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is on the defensive after video surfaced of MIT professor Jonathan Gruber saying limited transparency and “the stupidity of the American voter” were assets in passing the Affordable Care Act. She’s denied ever hearing about Mr. Gruber, but her website and a previous press conference suggest she’s not telling the truth.

“I don’t know who he is. He didn’t help write our bill,” Mrs. Pelosi said…

But… Mrs. Pelosi’s website in December 2009 featured a lengthy blog post citing Mr. Gruber’s analysis of Obamacare in an effort to dispel “myths” about the bill.

C-SPAN also posted a clip from a Nov.



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