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Republican report concludes Holder misled Congress on reporter targeting

House Republicans, in a lengthy report on the Justice Department’s leak investigations, formally accused Attorney General Eric Holder of misleading Congress with “deceptive” testimony that he knew nothing of the “potential prosecution” of the press.

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Obama Keeps His Promise…

By Dr. Kevin "Coach" Collins

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In a surprising acknowledgement of the truth, the Associated Press has reported that “Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream.” The damning report, based on what the AP calls exclusive survey data, continues with “…the widening gap between rich and poor and loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs as reasons for the trend.”

Given Barack Obama’s latest “pivot” toward the problems of unemployed Americans – which by some accounts was his 19th announced such “pivot”- the AP’s swerve into the truth is encouraging.

Obama’s pious speeches emphasizing that his highest priority is rebuilding the “ladders of opportunity” aside, the AP’s reports  that whites now see their futures evaporating on his watch. White Americans (who are 68% of our population) are more pessimistic today than at any time in the past 25 years, with over 60% of white Americans describing our economy as “poor.”

In a rarely seen and very stinging acknowledgement of the truth from our mainstream media, the AP reports that white insecurities and economic fears are “more pervasive than is shown in government data..” More than 75% of whites who are at or near 60 years old suffer anxiety over their financial future.

Other important findings from this “cat out of the bag” report are equally damning of Barack Obama’s fraudulent “fight for America’s [white] middle class.”

  • More than 19 million whites are living under the $23,021 per family of four poverty line.
  • Poor whites in America make up 41%, or double that of poor blacks.

This is not to say that non-whites are free from economic worries: The AP also reports that 90% of non-whites feel themselves to be financially at risk. Nevertheless, the biggest increases in the rate of poverty by ethnic group are being experienced by whites, with 76% enduring at least some periods of joblessness or dependence on public assistance during their lifetime.

The statistics included in this report are stark refutations of Obama’s claims to be working to make our lives better. He ran on a promise to fundamentally change America, and he is fulfilling his promise. Those who voted for him and the media who lied for him are getting what they voted for. Now even his cheerleaders at the Associated Press have started to report the truth. Maybe that light at the far end of the tunnel is sunlight; but maybe it’s another truck driven by Obama. Time will tell.    

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Senate roundly rejects proposal to halt Egypt aid, despite divide between tea party, GOP hawks

The Senate roundly rejected a proposal Wednesday to redirect aid for Egypt into bridge-building projects in the U.S. after a potential Republican presidential candidate and tea party favorite challenged the Obama administration’s refusal to label the ouster of Egypt’s president a military coup. …read more

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Weiner’s A Problem But Huma Abedin Is A Bigger Problem

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On Thursday, Huma Abedin had been flogged across the airwaves by the MSM as being “intelligent,” “delicate,” “brave” and was lauded for “standing by her man.” The degenerate Anthony Weiner had “made a mistake.” Several, actually. Why the deafening cacophony of praise? Because Abedin and the State Department are under Senate investigation and MSM is trying to deflect damaging public scrutiny of Abedin/Hillary/State Department wrongdoing.

If the investigation sinks Abedin, it might also derail a potential presidential run by Hillary Clinton in 2016. Abedin and Hillary are indiscrete in more ways than one.

According to FOX News “Abedin is facing her own troubles — less salacious than her husband’s, but potentially more severe.”

Abedin was Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief of staff at the State Department. The title changed, according to Politico, when Abedin took maternity leave during the summer of 2012. Clinton awarded her bosom buddy of 15 years the title of “special government employee.”

Abedin’s part-time labors on behalf of the State Department netted her an annual salary of $135,000 — $155,000 with benefits. The status change was kept secret. It was unearthed by The Politico in May, 2013. Being a “special government employee” gave Abedin plenty of time with her new family but it also permitted Abedin to pursue other, more lucrative jobs while on the government payroll.

Read More at politicaloutcast.com . By Marilyn Assenheim.

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Inside Boehner’s Strategy To Slow Walk Immigration To The Finish Line

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House Republicans head home for the August break having done little to pass immigration reform, falling well short of Speaker John Boehner’s goal of voting on legislation before next week’s monthlong recess begins. But far from a failure of leadership, top House Republicans are casting the inaction as a tactical play designed to boost reform’s chances.

Keeping immigration on the back-burner helps avoid a recess filled with angry town-hall meetings reminiscent of the heated August 2009 protests where the backlash against health care reform coalesced. Doing nothing also starves Democrats of a target, Republicans argue.

“August was a central part of our discussions. People don’t want to go home and get screamed at,” a House GOP leadership aide said.

Instead, they’ll go home and talk about the need to stop government overreach, trying to draw voters’ attention back to the now largely dormant IRS controversy and the dismantling of Obamacare, a message that plays well with the Republican base.

But more than that, Republicans say, the delay in dealing with immigration helps them internally.

Read More at National Journal . By Chris Frates.

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John McCain On Sequestration: ‘The Worst Vote I Have Cast In Many Years’

By The Huffington Post News Editors

When the Obama administration and congressional Republican leadership crafted the policy of sequestration in the summer of 2011, the idea was relatively simple: Onerous budget cuts that affected the top priorities of each political party would never take place because it was in the interest of both parties to avert them.

A so-called super committee tasked with coming up with a large deficit and debt reduction proposal was supposed to dispatch with sequestration quickly. They failed. The House GOP conference passed its own bill, but it was too one-sided to pass. The end of 2012, the deadline at which sequestration would go into effect, was supposed to be another galvanizing event. But that too failed to spark action, save a short-term delay to continue talks. And eventually, this spring, sequestration was implemented.

Now, in retrospect, even the authors of sequestration concede that they oversold the willingness and ability of lawmakers to come together on a replacement. And in an interview with The New Republic, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) placed it among the biggest legislative regrets of his career.

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Wisconsin Capitol Protest Leads To Two Dozen Arrests As Police Crack Down On Anti-GOP Demonstration

By The Huffington Post News Editors

Police made numerous arrests inside the Wisconsin’s Capitol building on Wednesday, more than two years after tens of thousands of Wisconsinites filled the rotunda in Madison to protest Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) budget reforms.

The Associated Press reported that Capitol Police arrested “about two dozen people” who were in the building to take part in a weekly tradition called the Solidarity Singalong, an anti-Republican display that began during the 2011 budget protests.

The arrests mark the first time Capitol Police have clamped down on protesters since William Conley, the same federal judge who recently blocked a controversial state anti-abortion law, ruled that larger groups of protesters would need a permit to gather.

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Marco Rubio Wants To Be Lead Sponsor Of 20-Week Abortion Ban

By The Huffington Post News Editors

Despite the concerns of some Republican mega-donors, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said on Wednesday that he would like to be the lead sponsor of a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy that passed the House earlier this year.

“If someone else would like to do it instead of me, I’m more than happy to consider it,” Rubio told Politico. “But I’d like to be the lead sponsor. I feel very strongly about this issue.”

Abortion was not a winning issue for Republicans during the 2012 elections, but conservatives have found an effective wedge issue in the 20-week ban, which a majority of Americans seem to support.

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Student Loan Deal Passes In Senate

By The Huffington Post News Editors

WASHINGTON — Borrowing for tuition, housing and books would be less expensive for college students and their parents this fall but the costs could soon start climbing under a bill the Senate passed overwhelmingly Wednesday.

The bipartisan proposal would link interest rates on federal student loans to the financial markets, providing lower interest rates right away but higher ones if the economy improves as expected. The measure was similar to one that already had passed the Republican-led House and leaders from both chambers said they predicted the differences to be resolved before students start signing loan documents for fall term.

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White House opposes amendment to curb NSA spying

The White House is opposed to an amendment to a defense spending bill that would limit spending on mass surveillance by the National Security Agency.

The amendment proposed by Rep. Justin Amash, a Republican from Michigan, would limit spending only to orders by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that collect phone and other data only of a person who is the subject of an investigation.

Former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, disclosed through newspaper reports in June that the NSA was collecting phone metadata from Verizon customers in the U.S. as part of its surveillance which was said to include data collected from Internet companies as well.

The authorization to the NSA to collect phone metadata in bulk was last week renewed by the FISC court. The Department of Justice has said that it has to retain the bulk data required by its counterterrorism tools, as it need not be retained by telecommunications service providers.

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Chris Christie Pressed To Enact Gay Marriage By GOP Lobbyist Hazel Gluck

By The Huffington Post News Editors

A longtime New Jersey Republican stalwart and confidante to two former GOP governors is now pushing Gov. Chris Christie (R) to end his opposition to same sex marriage in the state.

Hazel Gluck, a former state transportation and insurance commissioner who was also a top lobbyist, told NorthJersey.com on Sunday that she has joined forces with same sex marriage advocates to press Christie to sign marriage equality legislation. Christie has vetoed the state’s gay marriage bill, saying that he believes the public should vote on the issue. The move pits Gluck, a moderate Republican who recently came out, against a Republican governor who is leading his Democratic opponent, state Sen. Barbara Buono (Metuchen), by over 30 points in recent polls.

Gluck said that while it would be tough to get Christie to reverse himself on the issue, she believes that a dialogue must start. While she is retired as a lobbyist, she expected to use her former skills.

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Jim Sensenbrenner, GOP Voting Rights Act Champion, Fears Black Panthers Case Will Stop Reform

By The Huffington Post News Editors

WASHINGTON — The best hope for replacing a key provision of the Voting Rights Act is a white Republican lawyer from Wisconsin who supports voter ID laws, thinks the Justice Department went easy on the New Black Panther Party, played a key role in the impeachment of President Bill Clinton and once said first lady Michelle Obama has a “big butt.”

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner is a key voice in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives for replacing Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which determines which parts of the U.S. must have changes to their voting laws precleared by the Justice Department. Section 4 was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court last month.

Sensenbrenner, who helped pass reauthorizations of the Voting Rights Act in 1982 and 2006, is once again a key Republican figure now that Congress is trying to fix what the Supreme Court killed. He was on the phone with Attorney General Eric Holder soon after the ruling came down and appeared before at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week.

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Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 7/23/2013

By The White House

James S. Brady Briefing Room

12:01 P.M. EDT

MR. CARNEY: Welcome to your White House briefing. I'm glad you're all here, and I'm here to take your questions and to provide candid and succinct answers. (Laughter.) Josh.

Q Thanks, Jay. To start with immigration, Republicans are taking issue with that tweet this morning from Dan Pfeiffer, saying that a Spanish language newspaper had nailed the cruel hypocrisy, the GOP plan, to allow legalization just for the DREAMers. I'm wondering if you can clarify, does the White House oppose that piece of legislation?

MR. CARNEY: What Dan was pointing out is that La Opinion opposes the approach being taken by some Republicans, which would avoid the essential responsibility to address immigration reform in a comprehensive way. And what La Opinion makes clear is that a bill that would allow some so-called DREAMers to stay in this country and become the Americans that they've long felt they were, because of their status and the fact that they came here when they were so young, but then deport their parents is hardly a workable solution.

The President believes that we have to address this in a comprehensive way. That is the right thing to do. And the idea that you can, oh, I don't know, declare yourself to have been more committed than anyone to improve our immigration system and then have nothing to show for it is a little laughable.

Q But are you concerned that by throwing cold water on that notion that they're looking at, that you're essentially closing the door to having something emerge through the House that you could have a conference committee with the signed bill that you do like? I mean, isn't that ultimately what the goal is here?

MR. CARNEY: Well, let's just be realistic about what we're saying here. Republicans opposed the DREAM Act when it was presented as a possibility, just like they opposed comprehensive immigration reform previously. The President has taken action to make sure that there is prosecutorial discretion, if you will, in the enforcement of our immigration laws that has provided relief to some DREAMers, DREAM Act kids. And, meanwhile, he has pressed for comprehensive immigration reform, and that effort has enjoyed substantial bipartisan support in the Senate and around the country. Businesses, labor, law enforcement communities, faith communities support this effort.

It's good for the economy. It reduces the deficit. It extends the solvency and viability of Social Security. Some of the goals that conservatives say they most cherish are addressed in comprehensive immigration reform.

And what I think the editorial in La Opinion reflects is the need for all of us, but perhaps mostly Republican leaders, to pay some attention to the Spanish-language media in this country, because that media are making clear that they expect action from Congress and that they hold those who oppose common-sense solutions to this …read more

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Republican, Democratic lawmakers divided alike on America's biggest foreign policy questions

President Barack Obama’s limited attempt to end more than two years of bloodshed in Syria and his insistence on U.S. assistance to a strife-riven Egypt have exposed deep divisions in Congress, with pockets of grudging support countered by fierce opposition toward greater American military and financial involvement among Democrats and Republicans alike. …read more

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Did Warren Buffett Just Become The World’s Biggest Spammer?

By Floyd Brown

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There’s a spam email zipping around the internet that purports to be a congressional reform plan from Warren Buffett.

The problem is, the email – like so many internet missives – is full of misleading half-truths. So I wanted to set the record straight and give you a plan that would actually work to reform our broken system.

In actuality, the Buffett Plan would reform congressional budgeting – not Congress itself. He explained it during an interview on CNBC in 2011.

The outline of his proposal is relatively simple. Here’s what Buffett said: “I could end the deficit in five minutes. You just pass a law that says that any time there’s a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election. Yeah, yeah, now you’ve got the incentives in the right place, right? (Laughs).”

Buffett understands that working with politicians is all about incentives; and today, all the incentives are wrong. Buffett understands that what motivates members of Congress is re-election. If you want to balance the budget, just tie successful budgeting to re-election.

An Insider at Heart

Most Americans don’t remember him, but Warren Buffett’s father was a Republican congressman from Omaha. So when Buffett talks about Congress, he has an insider’s view of how the institution really works. And his budget reform plan creates the incentives necessary to make the institution work.

The incentives for members of Congress are currently upside-down. To get re-elected, congressmen spend nearly half their time raising money. To raise money, they spend hours making calls and attending events with the special interest representatives who grease the campaigns’ wheels with money.

As a result, legislation is full of crony capitalism and special interest goodies.

But with the Buffett plan, we’d get the deficit under control and likely balance the budget. And to further reform Congress, I believe we should make a few additional changes to the business of influence peddling (also known as lobbying.) You see, the most popular gig for former members of Congress is to become a lobbyist.

My first reform would be to close this revolving door by instituting a lifetime ban that keeps members of Congress from becoming lobbyists.

After former member lobbyists, the next group to join the profession in droves is congressional staff. I would also ban former staff members from lobbying their former bosses. Currently, this is one of the dirtiest secrets in Washington. You see, lobbying firms target specific congressmen. And the firms love to hire the former staff assistants of their target congressmen, giving the firm direct access to the people they’re trying to influence.

If you work for Senator X or Congressman Y, you shouldn’t be allowed to come back to your old boss and lobby him or her.

To make this ban work, we’d need to require “Lobbying Entities” to report on the former members of Congress and former congressional staff whom they employ. And that could be done with a simple website.

It All Comes Full Circle

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Democrat Michelle Nunn announces run for Georgia Senate seat

Georgia emerged as a battleground state Monday in the fight for control of the U.S. Senate as Democrat Michelle Nunn announced plans to run for her father’s old seat, joining a crowded field of Republican contenders and setting off what will likely be a fiercely contested and costly race.

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George Miller Criticizes House Republicans Over Farm Subsidies

By The Huffington Post News Editors

Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) chastised Republicans in a Monday report over their decision to forfeit nutrition programs, while approving farm subsidies from which they benefit.

Fourteen Republican members of Congress that voted in favor of farm subsidies have received a joint total of $7.2 million in such benefits since 1995, the report reads. Additionally, Republican representatives holding a total net worth of up to $124.5 million “personally benefit” from the farm subsidies for which they voted, the report claims.

“It’s outrageous that some members of Congress feel it is OK to vote for their own taxpayer subsidies but against critical nutrition assistance for 47 million Americans,” Miller told Politico. “It’s bad enough that the House of Representatives didn’t pass a farm bill that included authorization for sorely needed nutrition programs, but to see members of Congress approving their own benefits at the expense of the working poor is a new low, even for this Congress.”

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HUFFPOST HILL – World Learns ‘Royal Baby’ Isn’t A Line Of Velour Tracksuits

By The Huffington Post News Editors

People everywhere congratulated the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son, while Republicans vowed to rescue the child from Britain’s socialist health care system. The media’s coverage was a bit breathless, but thankfully the New York Post didn’t report the baby’s name as “Dick Gephardt.” And Mitch McConnell greeted his likely primary challenger by calling him “an East Coast con man” but stopped short of demanding he take his stagecoach full of elixirs back home. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Monday, July 22nd, 2013:

GOP ESTABLISHMENT RALLYING AROUND ENZI – Beleaguered folk hero Mike Enzi is getting some help from the little guy: Koch Industries. Politico: “Sen. Mike Enzi’s fundraising efforts have gotten off to a sluggish start this year, but he’s received support from Republican establishment and heavyweight political action committees ahead of his primary fight against Liz Cheney. The Wyoming Republican received $7,500 from Koch Industries PAC, the committee affiliated with the company owned by megadonors Charles and David Koch, according to a POLITICO review of Enzi’s second quarter campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. Other PACs affiliated with major politically active companies and trade associations who gave to Enzi between April and June include: Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Time Warner Cable, Pfizer and National Retail Federation. The three-term incumbent also received support from the leadership PACs of establishment Republicans such as Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Sens. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.” [Politico]

CELEBS PROMOTING OBAMACARE – Oprah’s boldly going where the NFL wouldn’t dare. Sarah Kliff: “What do Oprah, Funny or Die and the Grammys have in common? All three, it turns out, have volunteered to promote Obamacare. Senior advisor Valerie Jarrett hosted a meeting Monday with a star-studded group of actors, musicians, writers and producers who have ‘expressed a personal interest in educating young people about the Affordable Care Act,’ according to a White House official.” [WashPost]

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