What Working Together? Democrats Vote Down Keystone

From the Associated Press:

No on Keystone pipeline — but GOP vows replay

By DAVID ESPO and DINA CAPPIELLO | November 18, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a combustible blend of oil and politics, the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected legislation Tuesday night to force completion of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Republicans vowed to resurrect the controversial issue soon after taking two-house control of Congress in January.

The 59-41 Senate vote was one short of the 60 needed to clear the House-passed measure, and marked a severe blow to embattled Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana. While President Barack Obama and much of her party oppose the bill, the third-term Democrat had commandeered control of the chamber’s agenda in hopes of securing approval of the project and boosting her chances in an uphill Dec.

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Obama’s ‘Step-Grandmother’ In US To Promote Schools

From a swooning Associated Press:

Obama’s step-grandmother in US to promote schools

By EDITH M. LEDERER | November 17, 2014

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Barack Obama’s 94-year-old step-grandmother is in the United States this week to promote her dream of a modern education and health complex in the western Kenyan village where the president’s father was raised and is buried — and hopes to see the president again.

Sarah Obama, who was married to the president’s late grandfather, said in an interview through an interpreter on Monday that she had "a vision" sitting under her favorite mango tree in the tiny village of Kogelo in 2013 of a legacy that would continue her work helping children and live on long after she is gone.

This is the same woman who claims she clearly remembers watching Obama be born in Kenya.

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MO Declares Emergency, FBI Warns Of Violent Protesters

From a deeply concerned (that there might not be riots) Reuters:

Missouri governor declares state of emergency ahead of ruling on Ferguson shooting

By Scott Malone | November 17, 2014

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Missouri’s governor declared a state of emergency on Monday and authorized the state’s National Guard to support police in case of violence after a grand jury decides whether to indict a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager… The order also puts the St. Louis County Police Department, rather than police in Ferguson, Missouri, in charge of policing protests.

Because the racist Ferguson police cannot be trusted.

But did Gov. Nixon agree to follow the protester’s ‘rules of engagement’? Which prohibit the police from having any unfair advantages, such as tear gas or rubber bullets or body armor or armored vehicles.

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In 2006 Obama Said He Had ‘Stolen Ideas’ From Gruber

The latest installments from the hit new reality series that is Jonathan Gruber. First from the Washington Free Beacon:

Obama Flashback: ‘I’ve Stolen Ideas’ From Jonathan Gruber ‘Liberally’

November 17, 2014

During a Brookings Institution panel in April 2006, then-Sen. Barack Obama claimed he had “stolen” ideas from a gang of liberal economists and academics, including the now-infamous Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber.

“You have already drawn some of the brightest minds from academia and policy circles, many of them I have stolen ideas from liberally,” Obama said. “People ranging from Robert Gordon to Austan Goolsbee; Jon Gruber; my dear friend, Jim Wallis here, who can inform what are sometimes dry policy debates with a prophetic voice.” …

In fact, one could argue that Obama stole Obama-Care from Romney-Care, lock, stock and barrel.

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WH Taunts GOP On Climate Change: ‘They Can’t Stop Us’

From the Washington Times:

White House taunts GOP on climate change: ‘I don’t believe they can stop us’

By Ben Wolfgang | November 17, 2014

The White House forged ahead Monday with yet another piece of its climate change agenda and bragged that Republicans are powerless to stop it.

A presidential task force unveiled a report on how communities across the country can prepare for the effects of global warming. In all, the recommendations on “climate preparedness and resilience” could cost the federal government more than $100 billion to protect drinking water supplies, shore up coastlines against rising sea levels and take other preventive measures…

So Obama is going to squander $100 billion dollars of taxpayers money to prepare for something that is not even happening.

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NYT: Executive Order Amnesty Is A Flip-Flop For Obama

From the New York Times of all places:

For Obama, Executive Order on Immigration Would Be a Turnabout

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR | November 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Obama is poised to ignore stark warnings that executive action on immigration would amount to “violating our laws” and would be “very difficult to defend legally.” Those warnings came not from Republican lawmakers but from Mr. Obama himself.

For years, he has waved aside the demands of Latino activists and Democratic allies who begged him to act on his own, and he insisted publicly that a decision to shield millions of immigrants from deportation without an act of Congress would amount to nothing less than the dictates of a king, not a president.

In a Telemundo interview in September 2013, Mr.

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USA Today: 42% Want Obama ‘To Act Now’ On Amnesty

From USA Today:

Poll: Resistance to Obama order on immigration

By Susan Page | November 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Obama’s plan to sign an executive order on immigration, expected as early as this week, will meet more resistance than support, a new USA TODAY Poll finds. Close to half of those surveyed, 46%, say he should wait for the new Republican-controlled Congress to act, and another one in 10 are unconvinced either way. Just 42% of Americans say he should take action now, findings that reflect a familiar partisan divide between Democrats and Republicans…

Was this poll taken subcontracted by La Raza?

But on an interesting combination of other issues, the poll finds sweeping consensus in an electorate that isn’t firmly tied to the views of either party.

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GOP Moderate: No Short-Term CR, Christie: ‘Compromise’

From Reuters:

Republican moderate urges Congress to avoid short-term spending bill

By David Lawder | November 17, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An influential House Republican moderate on Monday pushed back against an effort by conservatives to use a short-term spending extension to try to stop President Barack Obama from easing immigration policies.

House of Representatives Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers urged Congress instead to pass a full-fledged government spending bill that lasts until Sept. 30, 2015. To do otherwise would be "punting" on important duties and put the United States "on an uncertain and unstable fiscal path," Rogers wrote in an opinion piece published by the Roll Call newspaper.

What is a more important duty than preserving the United States as we know it?

"Worst of all, it would send a signal to the American people, just weeks after they told us to get our acts together, that we haven’t been listening," the Kentucky Republican wrote…

Mr.

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Dems To Obama: Delay Amnesty Until We Pass A Budget

From The Hill:

Democrats press Obama to wait on immigration executive action

By Alexander Bolton | November 18, 2014

President Obama has a tough decision to make on the timing of an executive order to freeze deportations of illegal immigrants.

And never mind that there is already a freeze on the deportation of illegal aliens thanks to Obama’s previous (illegal) executive orders. But that is how this bill is being sold. When, in reality, it is only a move to get these illegal aliens on the voter rolls. 

Senate Democrats want him to wait to give them time to pass an omnibus spending bill and other legislative priorities in the lame-duck session that is just now ramping up.

In other words, the Democrats want Obama to wait until they have gotten a budget for 2015, so the Republicans won’t be able to stop Obama’s amnesty by defunding it.

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LAT Flashback: High Deportation Figures Are Misleading

From the April 2014 archives of the Los Angeles Times, of all places:

High deportation figures are misleading

By Brian Bennett | April 1, 2014

WASHINGTON — Immigration activists have sharply criticized President Obama for a rising volume of deportations, labeling him the "deporter in chief" …

But… a closer examination shows that immigrants living illegally in most of the continental U.S. are less likely to be deported today than before Obama came to office, according to immigration data.

Expulsions of people who are settled and working in the United States have fallen steadily since his first year in office, and are down more than 40% since 2009.

On the other side of the ledger, the number of people deported at or near the border has gone up — primarily as a result of changing who gets counted in the U.S.

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Democrats Expect (Want) Obama To Veto Keystone Bill

From an unquestioning Reuters:

Democrats expect Obama to veto pipeline bill if it passes Senate

By Bill Trott | November 16, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Democratic leader said on Sunday a single vote could determine the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S. Senate this week but that President Barack Obama was likely to veto the bill even if it passes.

Which is the only reason any Democrats (outside of Mary Landrieu) would vote for the Keystone bill in the first place. But this is how the Democrats and Obama try to hoodwink the ‘stupid’ American public, day in and day out.

The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved the pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to refineries on the U.S.

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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.

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(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.

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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.

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