Politico Poll: GOP Has Edge On ‘Amnesty’ In Midterms

From a gobsmacked Politico:

POLITICO poll: GOP has edge on immigration in midterms

By SEUNG MIN KIM | September 15, 2014

Nearly two-thirds of likely voters in battleground races this fall disapprove of President Barack Obama’s handling of immigration, according to a new POLITICO poll — a public rebuke that comes after the White House grappled with the border crisis and reversed on a pledge to take executive action on deportations by the end of the summer.

Oh, now we understand. The public is furious at Obama’s decision to put off doing amnesty by executive order until after the elections. Sure, that must be it.

The poll found that 35 percent of voters in the most competitive House and Senate races this fall said they approved of how Obama has dealt with immigration, compared with 64 percent who said they disapproved of the president’s handling of the issue.

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Hillary Confidents Withheld Damaging Benghazi Docs

From Sharyl Attkisson over at Heritage’s Daily Signal:

Benghazi Bombshell: Clinton State Department Official Reveals Details of Alleged Document Review

By Sharyl Attkisson | September 15, 2014

As the House Select Committee on Benghazi prepares for its first hearing this week, a former State Department diplomat is coming forward with a startling allegation: Hillary Clinton confidants were part of an operation to “separate” damaging documents before they were turned over to the Accountability Review Board investigating security lapses surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

It’s Sandy Berger’s pants (and socks) all over again.

According to former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell, the after-hours session took place over a weekend in a basement operations-type center at State Department headquarters in Washington, D.C…  At the time, Maxwell was a leader in the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA), which was charged with collecting emails and documents relevant to the Benghazi probe…

When he arrived, Maxwell says he observed boxes and stacks of documents.

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WH, DOJ To Teach People To Spot Potential ‘Extremists’

From Reuters:

U.S. to help train people to spot potential violent extremists

By Aruna Viswanatha | September 15, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government launched a program on Monday to reach out to key members of communities across the country to try to stop radicalized young people joining Islamic State and other extremist groups fighting in Syria and Iraq.

We’re glad Reuters clarified that. Otherwise, just going by their headline, we thought for sure it was about training people to spot Tea Party supporters.

"Today, few threats are more urgent than the threat posed by violent extremism," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a video announcing the program.

Are we sure Holder is talking about Muslim extremism and not right-wing rednecks?

The Department of Justice, the White House, and other agencies are starting a series of pilot programs to bring together community leaders, law-enforcement officials, and others to develop a strategy to counter the threat, Holder said.

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White House Claims It Didn’t Threaten Foley’s Parents

From the Christian Science Monitor:

White House insists it didn’t threaten to sue James Foley’s parents

By Mark Sappenfield | September 14, 2014

The Obama administration insisted Sunday that it never threatened to prosecute the families of the two Americans beheaded by the Islamic State for raising money to pay a potential ransom. On the surface, the claims appear to be explosive. The idea of prosecuting parents desperate to save their sons from a barbaric act comes across as at best unfeeling and at worst repulsive.

So the Christian Science Monitor has to jump on this hand grenade for Obama, PDQ.

Speaking of possibly being thrown in jail for paying a ransom to a terrorist group, which is against federal law and longstanding US policy, John Foley told Fox News: "Big deal.

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Human Rights Watch Demands Probe Of Iraqi Airstrike

From the Associated Press:

Rights group calls for probe into Iraqi airstrike

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN | September 14, 2014

BAGHDAD (AP) — An international rights group called Sunday for an investigation into an Iraqi airstrike on a school housing displaced families that killed 31 civilians, including 24 children, a day after the country’s new prime minister ordered the army to stop shelling militant-held populated areas to minimize civilian casualties.

Here we go. The left is starting their usual drumbeat about ‘civilian casualties.’ And never mind that ISIS do not wear uniforms. And never mind that ISIS has been killing women and children like there is no tomorrow.

The professional left wants to once again impose rules of engagement which ISIS will use to their advantage.

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With Obama Going To War Dem Doves Are Turning Hawk

From the Washington Examiner:

With Obama going to war, Dems are suddenly hawks

By Susan Ferrechio | September 15, 2014

Democrats are turning hawkish, largely backing expanded U.S. military presence in the Middle East, despite years of pushing for America to withdraw from conflicts there.

Some of the the party’s most liberal lawmakers, who once demanded troop withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan, are suddenly talking up the need to bomb Syria and allow U.S. troops to conduct training missions in the region.

It’s almost as if some Democrats don’t have any moral principles. They just have political tactics.

One of the Democrats leading the charge is Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., who was a regular speaker at anti-war protests during the presidency of George W. Bush.

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Obama Uses Iraq Resolution As Legal Basis For Bombing

From an unfazed New York Times:

Obama Sees Iraq Resolution as a Legal Basis for Airstrikes, Official Says

By CHARLIE SAVAGE | September 12, 2014

WASHINGTON — The White House believes that Congress’s 2002 authorization of the Iraq war — and not just the 2001 authorization to fight Al Qaeda — provides a legal justification for President Obama’s air campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the Obama administration said Friday…

In other words, Obama is going to use the Congressional approval of the invasion of Iraq as an excuse to bypass getting permission from Congress to wage war in Syria and Iraq. A resolution that Obama and the Democrats have been slamming for 12 years.

Bear in mind that Obama and the rest of the Democrats have tried to argue that Bush’s invasion was illegal, even though he had Congressional approval.

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AP: ‘Complexities’ Keep Obama From Forming Coalition

From Obama’s Pretorian Guard at the Associated Press:

Mideast complexities confound US coalition effort

By DAN PERRY | September 15, 2014

The Middle East has confounded outsiders for years, so it is no surprise that another U.S.-led project with a straightforward goal — destroying a marauding organization of extremists — is bumping up against age-old rivalries and a nod-and-a-wink-style political culture.

If ISIS is just a "a marauding organization of extremists," why would we even need to put together an international coalition?

Also, we don’t recall hearing how difficult it was to put together an international coalition when the Democrats and their lickspittle media minions were demanding that Bush put one together before invading Iraq. Which he did, to the tune of 48 countries.

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Kerry Says Other Countries Have Offered Ground Troops

From CNS News:

Kerry: ‘We’re Not Looking to Put Troops on the Ground… At This Moment, Anyway’

September 15, 2014

(CNSNews.com) – Asked if the United States has found any country "that is willing to put troops on the ground" in Syria and Iraq, Secretary of State John Kerry told CBS’s "Face the Nation" on Sunday, "Well, we’re not looking to put boots on the ground. There are some who have offered to do so. But we are not looking for that, at this moment, anyway." …

Schieffer asked Kerry, "Do you really think you can destroy ISIL without troops on the ground? I mean, how does that work?"

"Bob, there are troops on the ground that don’t belong to us. They’re called Syrian," Kerry responded.

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John Kerry Says: We Are, We Aren’t ‘At War’ With ISIS

From the Weekly Standard:

Kerry Flip-Flops On ‘War’

What difference does it make?

By DANIEL HALPER | September 14, 2014

John Kerry argued that it doesn’t really make a difference if we call U.S. action against ISIS a "war." He criticized the "tortured debate" this morning on CBS:

"Mr. Secretary, thank you so much," said CBS host Bob Schieffer. "Can I clear up one thing first. This week you went to some lengths to say you wouldn’t call this a war, but yet at the Pentagon and at the State Department even they were saying we are at war with ISIS. Are we at war?" 

Lest we forget, last Thursday, Kerry told CNN’s Elise Labott that ‘war’ is the wrong terminology to use to describe the US operations against ISIL.

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The Weekly S&L ‘Hive’ – Please Talk Among Yourselves

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Hillary Clinton On Ferguson: ‘We Are Better Than That’

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Hillary Clinton on Ferguson: ‘We are better than that’

By Carla Marinucci | August 28, 2014

Nearly three weeks after a national firestorm erupted over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed African American teenager in Missouri, potential presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton broke her silence on the incident Thursday in San Francisco, saying it underscored deep economic challenges and justice system "inequities" the country needs to confront.

"Nobody wants to see our streets look like a war zone, not in America. We are better than that,’" Clinton told an audience of technology executives at the St. Regis Hotel.

"This is what happens when the bonds of trust and respect that hold any community together fray," she said. "We cannot ignore the inequities that exist in our justice system." …

This is the best that three week’s of focus group testing could come up with?

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