Outraged Politico: Republicans Are Blaming Obama

From an irony proof Politico:

GOP theme: Blame Obama

Want to know why the Republicans who control both chambers of Congress can’t get more done? Look at the man in the White House, they say.

By Jake Sherman and Burgess Everett | January 15, 2015

HERSHEY, Pa. — They say they want to rewrite the Tax Code. They want to use their commanding majorities to expand energy production. And Capitol Hill Republicans think they can fix the beleaguered immigration system and ink trade deals with partners around the world.

If you listened to them at their annual retreat on Thursday, only one person could scuttle everything: President Barack Obama.

It’s the Obama excuse. And it could become a mainstay in Washington for the next two years, as the GOP looks for someone to blame for the lack of action in D.C.

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AP Says Carson ‘Likens’ ISIS To US Patriots (He Didn’t)

From a feigning outrage Associated Press:

Ben Carson likens Islamic State to American patriots

By STEVE PEOPLES | January 15, 2015

CORONADO, Calif. (AP) — Republican presidential prospect Ben Carson on Thursday compared the Islamic State group to American patriots willing to die for freedom.

Did he ‘slander The Prophet’ by comparing the ISIS heroes to the defenders of the Great Satan?

In a speech to the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting outside San Diego, the former neurosurgeon and conservative favorite praised American patriots for their willingness to give their lives for their beliefs. Then he mentioned the Islamic State group.

"They got the wrong philosophy, but they’re willing to die for what they believe, while we are busily giving away every belief and every value for the sake of political correctness," he said as Republican officials from across the country interrupted him with applause.

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WH Claims 6% Gitmo Recidivism, It’s Actually Near 30%

From CNS News:

WH: ‘Only 6 Percent’ of Obama’s Gitmo Releases Have Rejoined the Fight

By Susan Jones | January 16, 2015

(CNSNews.com) – The Obama White House says "only 6 percent or so" of the men released from Guantanamo Bay on orders from President Obama "have been confirmed to have rejoined the fight."

Which is blatant lie. Even the ‘confirmed number’ is nearly three times that. (See below.)

Even if it’s only 6 percent — not 30 percent, as some have estimated — isn’t that still a problem? a reporter asked White House spokesman Josh Earnest on Thursday.

Don’t soldiers lives matter?

It is," Earnest agreed, "and it’s certainly why this of administration continues to pursue a very aggressive counterterrorism strategy. At the same time…it would also be unwise to neglect the fact that our — the prison at Guantanamo Bay continues to inspire violent acts around the globe.

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Jarrett On Paris: ‘We Certainly Got the Substance Right’

From Breitbart:

Jarrett on Missing Paris March: ‘We Certainly Got the Substance Right’

By Pam Key | January 15, 2015

Thursday on CNN, Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said the administration got “the substance right,” even if they didn’t show up for the Paris Unity March.

Jarrett said, “Well, I think as we said, certainly we would have liked to have participated in the parade. I remind you that Attorney General Holder was in Paris for a very important meeting together with his colleagues from around Europe and around the world, to take a look at what we can do to make sure we’re cooperating fully. I think we certainly got the substance right but it would have been great to participate in the parade and we’re delighted Secretary Kerry is there now.”

Lest we forget, while the French were marching against Islamic extremism, Eric Holder was on US TV pushing the Obama administration’s claim that the problem is not Islamic extremism.

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Europe Arrests 27 Terrorists, Kerry Offers ‘A Big Hug’

From the Associated Press:

Belgian authorities say 15 arrested in sweep

By ANGELA CHARLTON and RAF CASERT | January 16, 2015

BRUSSELS (AP) — More than two dozen suspects have been arrested in Belgium, France and Germany in continuing searches for suspected terrorists, authorities said Friday.

Thirteen people were detained in Belgium and two arrested in France in an anti-terror sweep following a firefight in which two suspected terrorists were killed, and more suspects are being sought, Belgian authorities said.

French and German authorities arrested at least 14 other people Friday suspected of links to the Islamic State group, and a Paris train station was evacuated, with Europe on alert for new potential terrorist attacks.

So that is a grand total of 27 suspected terrorist arrested.

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US To Use 400 Troops To Train ‘Moderate’ Syrian Rebels

From Reuters:

Pentagon to deploy 400 troops to train Syrian rebels

January 16, 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military is planning to deploy more than 400 troops to help train Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State, along with hundreds of U.S. support personnel, a Pentagon spokesman told Reuters on Thursday…

Anyway, who are these ‘moderate’ Syrian rebels we will be training? Are they tomorrow’s ISIS? (Lest we forget, it wasn’t that long ago that the Obama administration was calling ISIS the moderate opposition to Bashar al-Assad.)

The U.S. military has not yet identified where it will draw its forces from for the training mission, expected to begin in the spring at sites outside Syria, Colonel Steve Warren said. Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have offered to host the training.

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Pope Francis Says Climate Change Is Mostly Man’s Fault

From Reuters:

Pope wades into climate change debate, says mostly man’s fault

By PHILIP PULLELLA | January 15, 2015

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE [sic] – Pope Francis waded into the global debate about climate change on Thursday, saying that he believed that man was primarily responsible and that he hoped this year’s Paris conference would take a courageous stand to protect the environment.

The Pope said his long-awaited encyclical on the environment was almost finished and that he hoped it would be published in June, in time provide food for thought ahead of the U.N. climate meeting Paris in November.

Speaking to reporters on the plane taking him from Sri Lanka to Manila, he was asked specifically if man was mostly to blame for climate change.

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Only 1/2 Of Those Calling The IRS For Help Will Get Help

From a deeply concerned Associated Press:

Need help filing out your tax return? Don’t call the IRS

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | January 14, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Filing a federal tax return is about to get more complicated for millions of families because of President Barack Obama’s health law. But they shouldn’t expect much help from the Internal Revenue Service. Got a question for the IRS? Good luck reaching someone by phone. The tax agency says only half of the 100 million people expected to call this year will be able to reach a person.

Could it be they are too busy targeting Tea Party supporters and other conservatives? Those tax exemptions don’t block themselves. Audits don’t just happen, you know.

Callers who do get through may have to wait on hold for 30 minutes or more to talk to someone who will answer only the simplest questions.

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Soros Funded The Ferguson Protests To Spur Civil Action

From the Washington Times:

George Soros funds Ferguson protests, hopes to spur civil action

Liberal billionaire gave at least $33 million in one year to groups that emboldened activists

By Kelly Riddell | January 14, 2015

There’s a solitary man at the financial center of the Ferguson protest movement… It’s liberal billionaire George Soros… Mr. Soros spurred the Ferguson protest movement through years of funding and mobilizing groups across the U.S., according to interviews with key players and financial records reviewed by The Washington Times.

In all, Mr. Soros gave at least $33 million in one year to support already-established groups that emboldened the grass-roots, on-the-ground activists in Ferguson, according to the most recent tax filings of his nonprofit Open Society Foundations…

Kenneth Zimmerman, [the] director of Mr.

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Dem Led Review Clears CIA In Senate ‘Computers Search’

From the Associated Press:

CIA search of Senate computers reasonable, independent board says

January 14, 2015

WASHINGTON –  An independent board says CIA officers acted reasonably when they searched Senate computers last year over concerns that Senate aides had removed classified documents related to the torture investigation.

The board, which was led by former Democratic Senator Evan Bayh, disputes the conclusions of the CIA’s inspector general. The IG said in July that five CIA employees "improperly accessed" a Senate portion of a shared computer network.

Of course the CIA IG wasn’t just saying what Obama and the Democrats told him to say in order to keep his job. That would never happen.

The Bayh board said the five CIA employees did not deserve to be punished.

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WH Again Threatens To Shut Down DHS, Put US At Risk

From The Hill:

White House blasts House on immigration

By Justin Sink | January 14, 2015

The White House on Wednesday blasted House Republicans for a vote that would block implementation of President Obama’s executive orders on immigration in exchange for funding for the Department of Homeland Security.

How dare Congress try to stop Obama from bypassing Congress? Who do they think they are?

Domestic policy adviser Cecilia Muñoz [sic] said amendments that would prohibit the government from providing deportation protection and work permits to as many as 5 million illegal immigrants were "not relevant" to funding for the department, and argued "nothing" that had been proposed by House Republicans "makes any sense from a policy perspective."

Speaking of ‘not making sense,’ can anyone parse that sentence?

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Obama To Unveil More Cuba Regs In Friday News Dump

From the Washington Examiner:

Exclusive: Obama set to unveil new Cuba regs

By Susan Crabtree | January 15, 2015

Opponents of President Obama’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba are bracing for the administration to unveil new details of its plans to ease sanctions on the island nation as early as Thursday.

Those keeping a close watch on the situation expect the U.S. Commerce and Treasury Departments to circulate a draft of the new regulations on Thursday, lifting several sanctions against the island nation, then publish the regulations in the Federal Registry on Friday.

In keeping with their standard practice of sneaking out such news in the Federal Registry on a Friday evening.

Capitol Hill was caught off guard by the administration’s swift action on the issue, and one GOP source told the Washington Examiner that the move suggests that the administration [had been] planning its executive action easing relations with Cuba well before Dec.

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Sky News Blocks Hebdo Cover, Duke Allows Call To Prayer

From the Washington Free Beacon:

Charlie Hebdo Writer Holds Up Muhammed Cover on Sky News; Network Cuts Away and Apologizes

January 14, 2015

… A writer for Charlie Hebdo went on the UK’s [Sky News] television station to discuss the newspaper’s first issue since their office was attacked by radical Islamic terrorists… Caroline Fourest… said, “I’m very sad, very sad that journalists in UK do not support us, that journalists in UK betray what journalism is about by thinking that people cannot be grown enough to decide if a drawing is offending or not. Because you are not even showing it.”

Just as Fourest made her comments she… held up the cover of Charlie Hebdo… As the camera began to pan out to show the image, Sky News immediately cut away from the video.

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Politico: ISIS Distracted Obama From Defeating Al Qaeda

From a shameless Politico:

Did Obama’s inaction in Yemen lead to Paris?

While the Obama administration was fighting ISIL, Al Qaeda was regrouping in Yemen.

By Michael Crowley | January 15, 2015

For the last six months, U.S. officials have fixated on the threat of terrorism in Iraq and Syria as militants there seized territory, massacred innocents and beheaded hostages for the world to see.

Lest we forget (and the Politico won’t remind us), Obama had been warned about the rise of ISIS for years. Iraq and others had begged him to do something about them, but he refused. After all, he was campaigning on the lie that he had ended the war on terror. He killed Bin Laden and destroyed Al Qaeda.

Now Washington has been reminded that an equally sinister threat still festers hundreds of miles away – in Yemen.

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(‘Destroyed’) Al Qaeda Gave Charlie Hebdo Killers $20K

From ABC News:

Al Qaeda Gave Charlie Hebdo Killers $20K

By JAMES GORDON MEEK, BRIAN ROSS, RHONDA SCHWARTZ | January 14, 2015

A lethal al Qaeda affiliate gave one of the Charlie Hebdo shooters $20,000 for terrorist operations three years ago, but the U.S. has not found evidence the group directed last week’s massacre in Paris, two counter-terrorism officials told ABC News today.

Despite Al Qaeda claiming ‘credit.’ (But Brian Ross doesn’t want to jump to any conclusions.)

By the way, three years ago Obama was telling us he had destroyed Al Qaeda. Funny, how no one in the news media seem to remember that.

Al Qaeda’s Yemen affiliate AQAP said overnight it’s leadership "chose the target, laid the plan and financed the operation” and called the shooters, brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, “heroes.”

But Al Qaeda can’t be given the credit.

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