Will Boehner and McConnell Join Reid in Fully Funding Obamacare Before GOP Congress Is Seated?

“Will the congressional Republican leaders—House Speaker John Boehner and current Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell—work with out-going Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to fully fund Obamacare in a lame-duck session of Congress before the newly elected Republican majorities in both houses can be seated? If you listen to what House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was saying leading up to Tuesday’s elections that is what they will do. “My belief is you have one chance to make a first impression,” McCarthy told Politico in an interview published on Oct. 26. “From the very first day after the election, we should be laying out to the American public what the expectations are. Why make two different agendas?” McCarthy said. Politico then made this observation: “McCarthy is intently focused on the first few months in session, which he sees as critical for his agenda. He would like to use the lame-duck session to pass a long-term government-funding bill, so Washington can begin focusing on big-picture legislating, instead of just trying to keep government’s doors open.” “If we are fortunate to have both majorities, take away any cliff you can have hanging out there,” McCarthy told Politico. “If you have a cliff, it takes attention away. Why put cliffs up that hold us back from doing bigger policy?” The current continuing resolution, passed by Congress on Sept. 18, funds the federal government through December 11. Republican leaders knew when they passed this bill they were giving themselves–and their Democrat incumbent colleagues–the power in lame-duck session to preempt the Congress that was elected yesterday by passing a long-term funding bill for 2015 before that Congress could be sworn-in.”


GOP Senator on Funding Obamacare: ‘We’ll Wait and See’

“Republican Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) would not say whether GOP members of Congress should fund Obamacare in a continuing resolution, or CR, to keep the government operating past Dec. 11, when the current CR expires, but only said,  “It’s neither a yes or no” and “we’ll wait and see.” At a Capitol Hill press conference on Wednesday, asked Sen. Moran, “Should GOP congressional leaders agree to fund implementation of Obamacare in the CR they have to pass by Dec. 11 in this lame-duck session?” Moran, who also is the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said, “I smile at the question because I’m the ranking Republican on the Appropriations Subcommittee for Labor, Health and Education and we have grappled with the issue of Obamacare in my tenure in that capacity. And we have worked our way through those issues before.”


100% of Newly Elected GOP Senators Campaigned on Repealing Obamacare

“Every new GOP senator who won in last night’s election campaigned on repealing Obamacare.

Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) all ran on a platform of repealing Obamacare. Gardner touted patient-centered care and a full repeal and replacement of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare. “Small businesses and the American people cannot afford President Obama’s countless new regulations and tax increases. There is a right way and a wrong to improve our country’s healthcare system, and the President’s healthcare law just isn’t working. We need patient-centered care and lower costs. It is not too late to start over with a full repeal and replacement of the President’s healthcare law,” Gardner said in a statement. Daines echoed those statements, also calling to repeal and replace Obamacare. “Every American wants healthcare at a reasonable cost. No American wants a complicated plan full of false promises, special political favors, and costs we cannot afford. We should repeal Obamacare and implement an affordable health care system that actually improves the quality of health care,” he said.”


Imitating Obama is the only way to kill Obamacare

“In political terms, his critics were undeniably right. When Obama entered office, Democrats held 257 House seats. By the time all the votes are counted in the races yet to be decided, that will be down to around 185. On the Senate side, Obamacare famously passed exclusively with Democratic votes – 60 of them. By the time all the Senate races are decided, it’s likely that Republicans will hold the seats previously held by 17 Democrats who voted for Obamacare. And even this understates the massacre that occurred on Tuesday – with Republicans capturing the governors’ mansions in liberal strongholds of Massachusetts, Maryland and even Obama’s home state of Illinois. Despite all of this, however, Obamacare remains on the books with the second year of open enrollment beginning on Nov. 15. And Obama’s veto pen can be expected to keep his signature legislative accomplishment safe until at least 2017. In other words, Obama — with the help of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., — was willing to sacrifice the political fortunes of the Democratic Party in order to achieve a major liberal policy goal. This isn’t the type of behavior one typically sees from Republicans. Most conservatives would, in a second, take a deal under which Republicans enacted major entitlement reforms and dismantled government programs, but ended up suffering at the polls at the result. Instead, conservatives typically get Republican leadership that’s too timid and worried about the next election. The last time Republicans controlled the White House and both chambers of Congress, President Bush expanded the federal role in education and rammed through what was at the time the largest expansion of federal entitlements since the Great Society in the form of the Medicare prescription drug plan. For all the mockery of their incompetence, the insight that Pelosi, Reid and Obama had was that political power is fleeting, and that sometimes it’s worth taking a political hit to advance an agenda. If Republicans behave like they typically do, the newly-minted Senate majority will pursue the path of least resistance, and even if they get the presidency, they’ll argue that Obamacare is too entrenched to uproot. The lesson they’ll take from the Obama era is that his mistake was that he overreached politically, and thus they shouldn’t overreach in the opposite direction. In that case, Obama will have won a permanent policy victory in exchange for short-term political defeats. If Republicans take the better lesson, they’ll be willing to repeal Obamacare, to advance real free market healthcare reforms, to overhaul the nation’s broken entitlement system, and be willing to endure whatever political backlash results. Put another way, imitating Obama is the only way to kill Obamacare.”


McConnell May Be Backing Off Obamacare Repeal

“Republicans now have the Senate, but Sen. Mitch McConnell’s way forward on rolling back Obamacare still isn’t clear. If McConnell takes over Harry Reid’s spot as majority leader in January as expected, he’ll be making the call on whether to pass a complete repeal or not. The Senate could use reconciliation, a parliamentary procedure, to pass a bill for Obamacare’s repeal with just 51 votes. The GOP won control of the Senate Tuesday night with at least 52 seats and may pick up two more that are undecided.  A Republican leadership aide said McConnell sees reconciliation as a promising tool for repeal and will pursue that and other options to rollback the law aggressively. Time reported that full repeal isn’t a priority in an interview with McConnell published Wednesday. But McConnell spokesman Brian McGuire told TheDC that the Senator is fully committed to repeal.”


Obamacare’s Twilight: Health Reform In The Next Congress

“Republican candidates won a decisive victory at the voting booth on Tuesday, in all races: House, Senate, governorships, and state legislatures. The future of Obamacare has never looked more bleak… My colleague at the National Center for Policy Analysis, Devon Herrick, and I had a look at the landscape this morning. Here is a list of some priorities that we believe can and should be addressed in the new Congress:

–Repeal the excise tax on medical devices. This enjoys broad, bipartisan support – even from Democrats who voted for it when they imposed Obamacare on the nation. The tax is grabbing far less revenue than expected. Nevertheless, an important question stands out: How to pay for the lost revenue under Congress’ scoring rules? Some argue that repeal needs no offset; the industry would prefer that repeal be paid for via corporate tax reform; but grassroots conservatives will be skeptical unless the lost tax revenues are offset by Obamacare spending cuts.

–Shore up Medicare Part D Drug Plans by allowing them to better control fraud, which many Democrats support. Who could be against that?

–Obamacare discourages patient-focused innovation in health insurance plan design. Some Democrats have voiced support for the health insurers’ proposed “copper plan“. This is a point of leverage to open discussions on a wide variety of plan designs that suit patients’ needs, not politicians’ preferences.

–Improve risk adjustment in Obamacare plans. Republicans have been full-throated in their opposition to Obamacare’s “bailout” of insurers which lose money in exchanges. However, there is a bigger problem with Obamacare plans: They encourage insurers to seek out healthy subscribers and shun sick ones. Congress should reform the risk-mitigation mechanisms in Obamacare so that they are more like those of Medicare Advantage.

–Put Obamacare’s exchanges out of their misery! This is where we significantly differ from our friend Avik Roy. The exchanges’ failures were obvious to every American, and they are unlikely to improve. Stop the hundreds of millions of dollars surging to IT firms and “navigators”; and allow people to buy their plans from agents, whether online or in-person, without going through an exchange.

–Shrink the Medicaid expansion as much as possible. Medicaid has entered a fiscal death spiral into which the federal and state governments are pulling each other. By identifying opportunities to cut back the Federal Matching Assistance Percentage (FMAP) or the income eligibility for the expansion, Congress can further reduce Medicaid dependency from Obamacare’s original vision.

–Greater flexibility in state Medicaid programs to allow states to tailor their Medicaid programs to meet each state’s unique needs. Wisconsin provides a recent example of success.

–Reduce the power of the Food and Drug Administration to prevent patients from using experimental new therapies. The FDA’s bureaucratic burden has increased dramatically, and it needs to be reigned in.”


Obama Vows To Veto Obamacare Repeal

“President Barack Obama made clear in a press conference Wednesday that if, and when, Republicans try to repeal Obamacare, he’ll veto the bill. “On health care, there are certainly some lines I’m going to draw,” Obama said Wednesday in a press conference on the GOP electoral sweep. “Repeal of the law I won’t sign.” That sets Obama up for two years of battles with presumptive majority leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, who remains fully committed to complete repeal of the health-care law, according to his spokesman. McConnell will “continue to lead efforts to repeal and replace” Obamacare, spokesman Brain McGuire told The Daily Caller.”

Obama: “I will not sign” a bill repealing Obamacare


Obama: No compromise on individual mandate


Arkansas Voters Overwhelmingly Reject Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion. Now What?

“Arkansas has received its share of national attention the past few months, culminating in the spectacular defeat of incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Pryor by GOP Congressman Tom Cotton. In an electoral thumping powered by opposition to Obamacare, last night also saw the defeat of every Democratic candidate for Congress and all statewide offices. But there’s one more Obamacare loss likely on the horizon in the Natural State: Arkansas’s disastrous “Private Option” Obamacare expansion. In fact, news is so bad that incoming state Senate President and Private Option cheerleader Jonathan Dismang may have to curtail his time campaigning for Obamacare expansion in other states.”




Amnesty Fight Aided GOP, Polls Say

“Immigration restriction groups claimed victory after the midterm “O’bliteration” wave, and warned GOP leaders to resist business demands for additional immigration. The wave of GOP victories was “a dramatic affirmation of the policies our GOP candidates campaigned on: controlling spending, balancing the budget, repealing Obamacare, unleashing American energy, and boosting wages through pro-worker reforms,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions, who has led the fight against the immigration-boosting bill championed by Obama, business and the entire Democratic caucus in the Senate. Progressive groups, however, insisted that Democrats would have done better if President Barack Obama had pushed the issues harder, instead of walking away from an unpopular late-summer promise to implement a unilateral amnesty for millions of illegals. “Democrats need to lean into immigration ahead of 2016 — it’s good politics and the right thing to do: especially in the run up to the 2016 election where the changing American electorate is likely to show up in full force,” said Frank Sharry, the director of America’s Voice, a prominent progressive pro-amnesty group. “Democrats should be looking forward to this fight, not running from it,” he continued. But GOP wins in state elections in Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada and Oregon also showed that Republicans scored high among Latinos, especially the established second and third-generation Latino voters that lean Republican.”


Voters on Obama’s Immigration Plans: Drop Dead

Last night’s results were a repudiation of Obama’s policies, including on immigration.



“Senator-elect David Perdue (R-GA) credited border security as “a top issue” that propelled him to a nearly eight point victory over Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn on Wednesday’s “Laura Ingraham Show.” “National security around our borders has turned into a top issue…it’s not just an immigration [issue] any longer, it’s a national security issue. People are concerned about jobs, we have to get this economy going and we have to get serious about this debt. Those are the issues we ran on here in Georgia and it worked.” He added that the “number one issue was jobs, and I’ll tell you the number two thing was Obamacare…[and the third] was border security, this national security thing. Safety and security for women in Georgia turned out to be a very important issue, and for all of Georgians, and that’s the nerve we hit.” Perdue also discussed the prospect of an executive order on immigration by the president, saying “take it to the people. If he [Obama] does that, he will absolutely secure a Republican in the White House in ‘16. We cannot let him get away with that. The people of Georgia, specifically, are sending me up there to get in a dog fight to make sure that doesn’t happen. This executive order amnesty issue has a got people really, really concerned here in Georgia and we have to use whatever tools we can to stop that.”


McConnell Warns Obama on Executive Amnesty: “Like Waving A Red Flag In Front Of A Bull”

“SEN. MITCH McCONNELL: I think the president choosing to do a lot of things unilaterally on immigration would be a big mistake. It’s an issue that most of my members want to address. It’s like waving a red flag in front of able bull to say I will do it on my own. The president has done that with Obamacare and immigration and threatened to do it again. I think it poisons the well for the opportunity to address a very important domestic issue. I would not do that.”


Why These 6 Senators Say Obama Is Risking a ‘Constitutional Crisis’ Over Amnesty

“A group of Senate conservatives vowed to “use all procedural means necessary” to fight back against President Obama’s use of executive action to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants. Despite yesterday’s electoral losses, Obama is reportedly moving forward with an immigration plan before the end of the year. In a letter today to outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., the six senators expressed their concern over Obama’s vow to take executive action. According to the letter, such action would “lawlessly grant amnesty to immigrants who have entered the country illegally.” “This will create a constitutional crisis that demands action by Congress to restore the separation of powers,” wrote Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Mike Crapo, R-Idaho; Mike Lee, R-Utah; Pat Roberts, R-Kan.; Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.; and David Vitter, R-La.”


Ted Cruz Threatens to Force Senate Vote on Obama’s Amnesty Plans

“Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and five other Republican senators on Wednesday threatened to use “all procedural means necessary” to force the Senate to take action against President Barack Obama’s plan to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. The Republicans wrote to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to warn that the Senate must take action to stop Obama from violating Congress’s right to set immigration policy. The letter said they would work with Reid to stop Obama, but warned of consequences if Reid does nothing.”


Pat Buchanan: Obama’s Executive Amnesty Will ‘Rip This Country Apart’ [AUDIO]

“Conservative commentator Pat Buchanan believes President Obama’s impending executive action sanctioning the legalization of millions of illegal immigrants will rip the country and both major parties apart. Buchanan, a former senior adviser to Presidents Nixon and Reagan, also remarked on the the midterm elections, saying the wave that led the GOP to a majority in the Senate and multiple deep-blue governorships is a “repudiation” of Obama. Buchanan made the comments to conservative radio host Laura Ingraham Wednesday morning. “[Executive Amnesty] will really rip this country apart,” said Buchanan. “It will rip the Democratic party apart because I think a lot of Democrats, they can not go with that usurpation of power by the President after he’s been repudiated and the country doesn’t want it. It will also rip the Republican party apart.”


Does this mean Obama’s going to cancel his executive amnesty?

“I’m surprised to see some people saying yes this morning. David Frum tweeted that he thinks O’s executive order is now sunk under the great red wave. As you’ll see below, Chuck Todd thinks so too. I get that at a gut level. Democrats just got punched 50 times in the face by voters; when you’re in that position, you don’t do something provocative that might earn you another 50. What do they have to lose at this point, though? Obama has nothing to fear from voters anymore. Even in a worst-case scenario, where he issues the order and there’s a public backlash, Hillary and the rest of the 2016 crop are free to condemn him for it. “I support the president’s noble goal of bringing the undocumented out of the shadows,” she’ll say, in perfect left-speak, “but we need to let the people’s representatives work this out in Congress.” That’s a win/win answer, pandering to the Latino voters she needs in 2016 while distancing herself from O for the benefit of independents. And of course, amnesty fans who are grateful to Obama will end up expressing it by voting for her, notwithstanding her (tepid, phony) opposition to it. Meanwhile, issuing the order would have some nice political benefits for Obama. It’d be his way of showing his deeply demoralized base that he’s not giving up on progressivism entirely, even if he ends up making a deal or two with the evil GOP. And it’d be a clever way to throw the new Republican Congress off-balance, putting Boehner and McConnell in the agonizing position of deciding whether to pander to their base by fiercely opposing the order or to pander to Latinos they’re wooing for 2016 by going easy on Obama over it. If you’re a White House strategist hoping to jumpstart the GOP civil war that lefty pundits insist is coming, you could do worse than lob an immigration grenade at them right before they take their seats. And of course, there are long-term benefits to Democrats by making amnesty the new status quo, even if the means is legally dubious:”



“A day after voters resoundingly rejected President Barack Obama’s plans for massive executive amnesty in the midterms, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) said Obama’s first act should be to give amnesty to eight million illegal immigrants, which would be comparable in scope to the Senate’s Gang of Eight amnesty bill.  Gutierrez argued that “taking action is the first step in restoring orderliness and lawfulness to our immigration system” and urged Obama to “do as much good as you can do.” “The president of the United States should act swiftly and use the powers he already has under existing law to address immigration and deportation — as soon as possible,” he wrote in a Wednesday op-ed in the Guardian. “With the midterms behind us, taking action is the first step in restoring orderliness and lawfulness to our immigration system. And if it spurs the reincarnated do-nothing Congress to take action, all the better. Do as much good as you can do, Mr President, to save American families.” Gutierrez, who demanded “interest” in the form of a broader executive amnesty after the White House asked for “forbearance” after Obama missed his self-imposed “by the end of summer” deadline, said he did not know if Obama’s forthcoming executive amnesty will “amount to half-a-loaf, a full loaf or just a few slices.”

“I think there is only one path to success, and it will set the stage for future legislation to modernize our immigration system. Success on immigration means a full approach to reform, which to me means expanding protections to 5 to 8 million undocumented people currently living in this country. Go big, President Obama,” he urged. “President Obama cannot do with executive actions all of the things that the comprehensive Senate bill would have done. But he can act – on a comparable scale – to improve our security and reduce the destruction that mass deportations have unleashed in America’s families.” Gutierrez claimed it is “in our national interest” to pass amnesty legislation and even implied that it will be more difficult for employers to “exploit and undercut U.S.-born workers” after amnesty legislation is passed. Numerous experts and studies, though, have found that massive amnesty legislation and the granting of work permits to illegal immigrants and guest workers would lower the wages of American workers.”


Hispanic groups demand Obama stop deportations


Obama’s Amnesty Advocates Are Pretty Forthright About Their Plan To Ignore The Law

“C-SPAN recently aired footage of the 11th annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference held every year at the Georgetown University Law Center just off Capitol Hill. The confab is always a who’s who of the open-borders, anti-sovereignty movement, from the immigration lawyers lobby to Hispanic chauvinist groups, and past keynote speakers have included such border insecurity stalwarts as Chuck Schumer and John McCain. This year’s big panel was on the “legal precedents” supporting President Obama’s forthcoming amnesty, led by Marc Rosenblum of the Migration Policy Institute, a pro-open borders, Carnegie-funded outfit. Rosenblum helped craft the 2007 McCain-Kennedy amnesty bill and he’s advised Obama on immigration policy in the past. In other forums, he’s also described America as a “nation of nations,” presumably because he thinks the country should no longer be an actual nation unified by language, culture and history. Norm Ornstein, resident liberal at the American Enterprise Institute and Rosenblum’s fellow panelist, was more open about his views on transforming America. When speaking about the GOP’s voter base (“old white men”), Ornstein informed the audience that “older white men are a group you cannot trust.” Although this is normal discourse for the contemporary left, it should still be a red alert for those who resist balkanizing the nation – watch the video from 01:06:30; send your complaints to Georgetown University, AEI, and the SPLC. Rosenblum’s pro-amnesty presentation was essentially a lecture to attendees (majority law students) on why we should ignore the immigration laws on our books. He proceeded to “justify” Obama’s forthcoming amnesty by pointing out five previous “Executive Actions on Immigration” going back to the 1960s, which gave some degree of discretion to federal agencies in the management of deportations. To people who actually know immigration law, however, Rosenblum’s presentation was close to fraudulent. Left out of his powerpoint was that of the five executive actions picked, four were illegitimate power-grabs by federal agencies which were later restricted or completely culled by Congress and the other wasn’t even an executive program at all, but one implemented by Congress – they are addressed below – Rosenblum’s list actually turns out to be very useful for pro-borders advocates, as it shows a historical pattern of Congress pushing back against programs created out of thin air by the executive. As Rosenblum first notes, the executive has in the past exercised so-called “parole authority” as a sort of mass refugee program for whole groups of illegals, like after Castro’s takeover of Cuba in 1960 when thousands of Cubans illegally residing in the U.S. were granted permission to stay. But as was recalled in a recent court filing by the Immigration Reform Law Institute, the INS’s use of group parole had been in violation of the Immigration and Naturalization Act, which grants parole only in isolated, case-by-case situations. In the words of the court of appeals for the second circuit, Congress therefore clamped down on the practice in 1980 with the Refugee Act and again in 1996 with the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) due to a “concern that parole … was being used by the executive to circumvent congressionally established immigration policy.”


Obama Dismisses GOP Threats over Executive Amnesty


Obama Promises Executive Amnesty; Suggests Lame Duck Immigration Vote

“President Obama promised that he would proceed with his planned executive orders on immigration despite the results of last night’s election, adding that he would prefer Congress to legislate such policies, even if it takes place during the post-election lame-duck session. “Before the end of the year, we’re going to take whatever lawful actions that I can take,” Obama said. “What I’m not going to do is just wait. I think it’s fair to say I’ve shown a lot of patience and tried to work on a bipartisan basis as much as possible.”


Obama Hints At Immigration Exec. Action: ‘I’ll Take Actions Some In Congress Will Not Like’ [VIDEO]

“During his post-election press conference Wednesday, President Obama hinted at signing his much-discussed executive action to legalize millions of illegal immigrants. The president had planned on signing an executive action prior to Tuesday’s elections, but decided to wait until afterwards because of the influx of immigrants over the summer and supposedly not politics. Later in the press conference, Obama told Jeff Mason of Reuters that plenty of details regarding a potential on executive action would be made available “when I announce that executive action on immigration,” omitting the term “if.” President Obama: This country’s made real progress since the crisis six years ago. The fact is, more Americans are working. Unemployment has come down. More Americans have health insurance. Manufacturing has grown. Our deficits have shrunk. Our dependence on foreign oil is down, as are gas prices. Our graduation rates are up. Our businesses aren’t just creating jobs at the fastest pace since the 1990s, our economy is outpacing most of the world. But we just got to keep at it until every American feels the gains of a growing economy where it matters most, and that’s in their own lives. Obviously, much of that will take action from Congress and I’m eager to work with the new Congress to make the next two years as productive as possible. I am committed to making sure that I measure ideas not by whether they are from Democrats or Republicans, but whether they work for the American people. and that’s not to say that we won’t disagree over some issues that we’re passionate about. We will. Congress will pass some bills I cannot sign. I’m pretty sure I’ll take some actions some in Congress will not like. That’s natural. That’s how our democracy works. But we can find ways to work together on issues where there’s broad agreement among the American people.”


Blackmail Is the Official White House Policy

“At his press conference, Obama has repeatedly stated his intention to impose an executive amnesty if Congress doesn’t do his bidding on immigration, and generously offers to roll back his prospective action, once it’s in effect, when Congress does his bidding on immigration.”


After Election, Obama Vows to Work With, and Without, Congress

“President Obama shook off an electoral drubbing on Wednesday and said he was eager to find common ground with Republicans during the final two years of his presidency, but he swiftly defied their objections by vowing to bypass Congress and use his executive authority to change the nation’s immigration system. In a sign of how he intends to govern under a new political order with ascendant Republican leaders, Mr. Obama renewed his commitment to act on his own to allow millions of undocumented immigrants to stay in the country. His remarks, at a news conference in the East Room of the White House, were meant to put the vitriol of the campaign behind him — he responded to disaffected Americans by saying that “I hear you” and that his election mandate was to “get stuff done.” But his promised action on immigration underscored the profound partisan disagreements that persist in Washington.”



“Wednesday during his post-election press conference, President Barack Obama said he is planning to go ahead with executive amnesty that will grant green cards to up to 6 million illegal immigrants currently  living in the United States saying, “What I’m not going to do is wait.”


Obama: I’ll Act on Immigration by the End of the Year


Obama won’t wait on immigration



“President Barack Obama challenged Republicans on immigration reform on Wednesday, after Democrats suffered heavy political losses in the midterm elections. Obama signaled that he still planned an executive action on immigration reform, explaining that House Speaker John Boehner would never be able to pass it in the House. Obama added that he “did everything I could” to give Boehner “space and room to get something done” but that there would always be Republicans blocking any progress in the issue. “I have no doubt that there will be some Republicans who are angered or frustrated by any executive action that I may take,” he said. “Those are folks, I just have to say, who are also deeply opposed to immigration reform. In any form.” Obama suggested that perhaps he wouldn’t use his executive authority for immigration reform, if Republicans could pass something that he could sign. “If, in fact, there is a great eagerness on the part of Republicans to tackle a broken immigration system, then they have every opportunity to do it,” he said.”


Obama defiant, vows immigration action this year


Krauthammer: Obama Threatening Executive Action on Immigration Because “It Makes Him The Center Of The Universe Again”


Constitutional Crisis and Complex Strategy



“Rockingham County, NC Sheriff Sam Page (R) said that “we’d anticipate another surge as we saw like this summer with thousands of persons coming across our border” if the president attempted to implement immigration reform via an executive order on Wednesday’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on the Fox News Channel. When asked about his concerns over the prospects over executive amnesty, he said “my fear would be that we’d anticipate another surge as we saw like this summer with thousands of persons coming across our border, particularly along the Rio Grande Valley.” Page added, “my understanding, there are estimated over 400,000 illegal immigrants here in North Carolina. Of course, you can look at economic issues. I try to stay with the public safety concerns. But we have found this, because we have open and porous borders, what comes through the border does not stay at the border. Whether it be drugs, human trafficking, drug trafficking, drug cartels, gangs, you name it.  Even terrorists or even someone might be a biojihadist who might want to come in bring Ebola or other type[s] of viruses into our country as we’ve seen.” Page also said that the border crisis over the summer was in party caused by “poor messaging from this administration and also from news services in Mexico and also from, of course, the Mexican drug cartel[s]. Because they were the ones who stood to profit on this.” And “there’s a lot of encouragement for persons that are illegal to come into the United States.”


Krauthammer: Obama “Is Going To Hate Becoming Irrelevant”

“CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: The National Weather Service has upgraded the election from tropical storm to tsunami, especially the results of the governorships. If you look at the bluest states in the country, Maryland, Illinois, Massachusetts, all gone Republican. Look, I think the president’s reaction is going to be aggressive. He doesn’t like being ignored as he was in the run-up and he’s going to hate becoming irrelevant. I think he will do something radical on immigration. Republicans have to be careful not to take the bait. Don’t allow him to reclaim the agenda by making that executive action or another the center of the debate. Quietly try to take away the funds. Say if you win the White House you will repeal it. But stick to your own agenda which is to go through all these steps to repeal Obamacare in stages, including the individual and the corporate mandate.  And I think if you do that, you show the country one thing. That they got a reputation everybody says the brand is so bad. The brand is the party of no. If they can show that they can do things between now and 2016, that will show the country that the reason they were seen as the party of no in the four years proceeding was Harry Reid and Barack Obama, it was not the Republicans who created the gridlock.”




Lame duck Congress to tackle spending bill, tax breaks in short session

“The aptly named lame duck session of Congress will be short this year — probably about a month. “I don’t think the lame duck session is going to last long,” said Darrell West of the Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C. think tank. “There will be a lot of members who just want to get out of Dodge. This has been an unhappy election, especially for Democrats.” Sen. Jerry Moran. R-Kan., leader of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said many issues should be left to the new Congress,which begins January 3rd. But, he added, the year-end session will do what it must. Moran said the lame duck Congress will do the “things that are necessary to operate the government -certainly the appropriations bill is one that will be front and center.” And providing the necessary money to combat Ebola. Many also believe there’s support to make sure defense is properly funded while the U.S. is trying to stop radical Islamists from marauding through the Middle East. There are also several other must-do items, including extending some key tax breaks about to expire.”

Top agenda items for new GOP Congress: Trade agreements, Keystone, parts of ObamaCare


Boehner, McConnell Pledge to Tackle the $18 Trillion National Debt

“House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and the anticipated Senate leader next year, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), pledged Wednesday to refocus their efforts on reducing the national debt, which is about to soar past $18 trillion. The two leaders outlined their plans in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that said they will make the next Congress focus on “many of the most pressing challenges facing the country.”


Obama asks Congress for $6.18B in emergency funding for Ebola


GOP Gubernatorial Gains Back Union Reforms, Tax Cuts


Berkeley Soda Tax Supporters Hope New Cost Hits Consumers Hard

“Berkeley, California, has now become the first city in the U.S. to implement a soda tax under the banner of Measure D, garnering 75 percent of the vote on Tuesday, Mercury News reports. One of the motivations of the tax is to discourage over-consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks and to perhaps contribute to chipping away at the climbing diabetes rate. The hope is that distributors will transfer the tax down to the consumers in the form of higher prices. Others are less hopeful, arguing that the tax instead will hurt small businesses and be applied inconsistently, to some beverages and not others, which will systematically disadvantage some sectors of the beverage market.


The measure failed elsewhere, like in San Francisco, but in Berkeley, the tax will mean a 1-cent-per-ounce soda charge for sugar-sweetened beverages. It is estimated the city will bring in $1 to $2 million dollars a year from the activity. San Francisco upped the stakes with Measure E, forwarding a tax of 2-cents-per-ounce, but the proposal failed because in San Francisco, special taxes require a two-thirds majority vote, and Measure E received only 55 percent of the vote.”


Voters Approve Major Pro-Taxpayer Ballot Measures


Bernie Sanders: People Voted For An Agenda “Very Different Than What They Want And Need

“SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I-Vermont): Well, it depends on what you mean by moving forward. I fear very much that if you take a hard look, Chris, at the Republican agenda, what they mean by moving forward are more tax breaks for the wealthy and large corporations. Is that what the American people want? I don’t think so.  I think you’re going to be seeing in the coming months, attempts to cut Social Security and Medicare. I think you’re going to see ignoring the reality that we need to raise the minimum wage and do pay equity. I think on many of the key issues that the American people feel strongly about, like the growing gap between the very rich and everybody else, I fear that the American people who want change, they want to deal with the collapse of the middle class, they want to deal with jobs leaving America, going to China, I think perhaps they have just voted for some folks whose agenda is very different than what they want and need. (via Breitbart TV)”


IRS Commissioner Predicts Miserable 2015 Tax Filing Season

“Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen warned that close to half the people trying to reach the IRS by phone might not get through during the upcoming 2015 tax filing season. “Phone service could plummet to 53%,” he told an audience of tax practitioners at the AICPA National Tax Conference in Washington, D.C. today. That would be down from an already unacceptable 72% during the 2014 filing season. The average hold time projection: 34 minutes! What’s to blame? Budget woes. “All we can do is try to maximize our services as well as we can; as well as we can is still going to be miserable. You really do get what you pay for,” he said. Koskinen’s remarks followed National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson who was even gloomier:“The filing season is going to be the worst filing season since I’ve been the National Taxpayer Advocate {in 2001}; I’d love to be proved wrong, but I think it will rival the 1985 filing season when returns disappeared.” There are five key factors at play – complicating the upcoming filing season (that’s when you file your 2014 tax return). The IRS agency budget is the number one challenge, Koskinen said. The House has voted to cut the IRS budget for 2015 by $341 million, and the Senate has proposed to increase it by $240 million—that would still be 7% below 2010 funding levels. In the meantime, Congress keeps passing laws that the IRS has to implement, namely the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) and the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”). For example, Koskinen said the IRS requested $430 million in 2014 from Congress to implement the ACA but got zero, forcing it to take money out of enforcement and taxpayer services budgets. This will be the first filing season with two major provisions from the Affordable Care Act –the premium tax credit and the individual shared responsibility payment–on Form 1040. National Taxpayer Advocate Olson said she’s very concerned about the IRS receiving accurate information from the health exchanges. It won’t be the IRS’s fault, but taxpayers will likely put the blame on the IRS. Koskinen touted the web pages that the IRS has created to help explain the ACA tax provisions.”

FLASHBACK: Federal government’s tax-take hits all-time high




Election Results Set Up Year Of Common Core Clashes

“After lurking beneath the surface for several years as it was quietly implemented in over 90 percent of the country, Common Core surged to prominence in the past two year to become a major issue in dozens of primaries and state-level races around the country. While 2014 was the first election where a candidate’s support or opposition to Common Core was of great importance, neither side won a decisive victory. Instead of indicating whether Common Core is here to stay or on the way out, Tuesday’s results only indicated that 2015, like the previous year, will be a hotly-contested one in the field of education standards. Unsurprisingly, Common Core was most prominent as an issue in the country’s many races for public schools superintendent, and it was in these races that Common Core foes found the most celebrate about. Their most notable win was in Arizona, where upstart Republican candidate Diane Douglas squeaked out a narrow win over Democrat David Garcia despite running essentially no campaign. Douglas’s only policy position was a total and absolute opposition to Common Core, and her only other major asset was the R next to her name on the ballot. Two former Republican superintendents endorsed Garcia, as did the the state Chamber of Commerce, but it wasn’t enough. Garcia rode Tuesday’s Republican wave all the way to the superintendent’s chair. Georgia was also a win for anti-Common Core forces, as Republican Richard Woods easily defeated Democrat Valarie Wilson. Woods says he wants to replace Common Core with Georgia-specific standards as part of a broader platform of making things easier for teachers. He doesn’t have Douglas’s single-minded commitment to seeking repeal, but his victory is still of major importance in a state that, to this point, has been one of the red states most willing to stay the course on implementation.”


Common Core Loses at the Ballot Box

“Sorry, Common Core. Last night just wasn’t your night. Voters resoundingly sided with candidates who rejected Common Core national standards and tests and promised to restore state and local control of education. Two races for state superintendent were particularly notable in this regard. In Arizona, Diane Douglas ran on an anti–Common Core platform during her campaign for the state’s top education post. She appears to have clinched the job. As Politico noted, “Republican Diane Douglas — another staunch opponent of the Common Core — was leading in the state superintendent race early Wednesday with 87 percent of the vote counted. . . . Her victory would be a huge win for the anti-Common Core movement.” Richard Woods will become Georgia’s new state superintendent. Woods also campaigned on an anti–Common Core platform and has pledged to work to create Georgia-based standards to determine what will be taught in the Peach State. In South Carolina, Molly Spearman won her bid for state superintendent. The state withdrew from Common Core earlier this year. In writing the Palmetto State’s own education standards, Spearman is expected to follow the lead of Governor Nikki Haley. Over in Wyoming, Jillian Balow won the race for superintendent. She has suggested that she’ll review that state’s involvement in Common Core. The potential for Arizona and Georgia to reject Common Core and forge a new path forward is particularly notable. Douglas told the Arizona Republic she was optimistic about the results, and that “voters were voicing their opposition to Common Core standards, her key issue in the campaign.” And Arizona Governor-elect Doug Ducey has said the state can do better than federally funded standards, which should not be imposed from the top down. Momentum against Common Core has been mounting.”




IRS: We Haven’t Actually Searched For Lerner’s Missing Emails

“The Internal Revenue Service admitted in court Wednesday that the agency has not searched any of its standard computer systems for Lois Lerner’s missing emails. According to a new IRS legal brief in the agency’s court battle with the nonprofit group Judicial Watch, IRS lawyers said that IRS officials did not search for Lerner’s emails. Here are the reasons given: Why the IRS didn’t search computer servers: “the servers would not result in the recovery of any information.” Why the IRS didn’t look at backup tapes: “no reason to believe that the tapes are a potential source of recovering” the missing emails. The IRS did not ”submit declarations about any of the foregoing items because it had no reason to believe that they were sources from which to recover information lost as a result of Lerner’s hard drive failure,” the agency admitted.”

IRS says it hasn’t searched ‘other sources’ for missing Lerner emails


Eric Holder’s Unfiltered Comments About Rep. Darrell Issa and His ‘Fast and Furious’ Investigation Revealed in New Email


Democrats Sink to Pre–Great Depression Levels in State Legislatures

“In addition to the GOP gains in the U.S., Senate, House and governorships it was an historic night for the party in state legislatures. Here is the summary by Tim Storey of the National Conference of State Legislatures: The Republican wave that swept over the states left Democrats at their weakest point in state legislatures since the 1920s. Everything went in the direction of the GOP as Republicans seized new majorities in the West Virginia House, Nevada Assembly and Senate, New Hampshire House, Minnesota House and New York Senate, The West Virginia Senate is now tied. Control of several legislative chambers was still up in the air early Wednesday as counting continued in several tight races that will determine control of the Colorado Senate, New Mexico House and Maine Senate. The lone bright spot for Democrats was holding majorities in the Iowa Senate and Kentucky House. The overall number of divided state governments will increase with changes in governor in places such as Massachussets, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Maryland along with the legislatures in West Virginia, Minnesota and New York. UPDATE: Republicans have taken control of the Colorado senate and the New Mexico house. They also have a chance to win the Colorado house and the Washington house, after mail-in ballots are finally counted. The state legislative chambers now stand at 65 Republican, 23 Democrat, 1 tie, and 4 undecided.”


Climate change supporters suffer losses




Landrieu begins aggressive runoff campaign against Cassidy


Louisiana Senate race shifts into runoff mode


The Big Red Flood: Take A Look At These Four Maps To See Just How the Country Changed Yesterday



That’s a lot of red for the House.

“At the time of this writing, Republicans have picked up nine seats in the House, pushing them to a muscular 243-seat majority. For House Speaker John Boehner, that means the bar is set high for legislative accomplishments in the next two years. For the national political landscape, that means a lot of red. Here’s the lower chamber of the 114th Congress, in vivid color.”


This Was How America Looked After Obama Was Elected in 2008…


The Only Chart You Need: Full 2014 Election Results


Republicans now have every congressional seat for Arkansas for the first time in 141 years


Bill Clinton—Useless in Arkansas


Republicans Take the Senate, Harry Reid Loses His Job


N.C.’s Tillis Ties His Victory to Anti-Obama Vote


Krauthammer: Midterms ‘A Nuclear Explosion,’ ‘The Worst Wall-To-Wall Shellacking You Will Ever See’ [VIDEO]


‘We Don’t Even Vote’: McConnell Vows to Fix Harry Reid’s Broken Senate

“Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the likely majority leader of the GOP-led Senate next year, vowed on Wednesday that Republicans would repair a Senate that has become dysfunctional after eight years under the leadership of Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.). “From an institutional point of view, the Senate needs to be fixed,” McConnell said. “The Senate in the last few years basically doesn’t do anything. We don’t even vote.”





“…The answer truly lies in combatting the narrative that the media will no doubt embrace: Republicans as the Party of No. We saw this narrative emerge in the aftermath of the Republican victories of 2010; Obama then ran against the supposedly obstructionist Congress. The media, seeking to prop up a Hillary Clinton run, will now demonize the Republican Party as a roadblock to progress. Which is why the GOP must reverse the narrative. It is President Obama who is the roadblock. He is, in fact, the President of No. How can the GOP achieve this reversal? By moving beyond omnibus packages, pork-laden monstrosities cobbled together via a consensus-building process. Instead, Republicans should pursue short, single-issue bills, no more than 10 pages in length, with clear and concise language. The bills should all be simple, comprehensible, and inescapable in the conclusions constituents should draw from a Congressional vote on them. Here are the top options for Republicans:

–Stop Amnesty Now. President Obama wants to pursue executive amnesty. We all know it. He knows it; his cabinet knows it; the media know it. The Republicans should pass a one-page bill defunding any agency of government that refuses to implement federal immigration law or that facilitates such refusal. The executive branch does not have the cash to implement amnesty – unless Congress gives it to President Obama.

–Border Security. Republicans should immediately pass a bill securing the southern border, with funds available to complete the fence. Those funds should, if possible, be given to border state governors for implementation should those governors apply for grants. Furthermore, Republicans should fully fund all immigration agents so that the great lie that government cannot keep track of those illegally in the country can be put to bed once and for all: if the IRS can keep track of hundreds of millions of Americans, surely the feds can keep track of 10 million illegal immigrants.

–Piecemeal Funding Of The Government. Republicans are already talking about passing a full budget. They shouldn’t. The budget process is a joke, created purely for the purpose of lard-slathered legislation. Instead, Republicans should individually fund each portion of the government, and force Obama to veto every one of those bills. Let him go on record as opposing funding for the Defense Department, the Centers for Disease Control, and the like, all in order to preserve his precious Obamacare. It will be difficult for him to argue that a government shutdown is the Republicans’ fault when he has hundreds of individual bills funding everything Americans want on his desk awaiting signature.

–Repeal Obamacare. Yes, full repeal. Obama will reject it. That does not matter. The point is that the American people do not like Obamacare, and are not interested in preserving it. A full quarter of Americans said in exit polls yesterday that health care was their top voting priority. That number is likely to rise as Obamacare is implemented. Republicans pledged repeal. Now is the time for them to fulfill that pledge….”


‘Says it all!’ Obama won’t like these blistering NY Post, Daily News covers, but you’ll LOVE them [photos]


Liberal Women Have a Terrible Election Night, Conservative Women Victorious


The End of ‘War on Women’?

“Probably not. But while it’s unsurprising that Wendy Davis had a hard time selling that stuff in Texas, Sandra Fluke did no better trying to peddle it in west L.A., even though the electorate there is presumably sympathetic to her values. It turns out that most normal adults are not that exercised about joining a crusade to use the force of government to mandate birth-control subsidies, a fairly picayune concern given the state of the economy and the world.”


Video: Mia Love’s Immediate Response When CNN Hosts Try to Make Race Focal Point of the Conservative’s Election Victory

“Conservative candidate Mia Love made history on Tuesday by becoming the first black female Republican elected to Congress. While it’s a major milestone, Love hit back against suggestions that her election victory was the result of her race or gender during a Wednesday CNN appearance. CNN host John Berman asked Love a seemingly back-handed question aimed at Republicans regarding why it took so long for the party to elect a black woman. Love was clear that her campaign and victory had “nothing to do with race.” “This has nothing do with race. Understand that Utahans have made a statement that they’re not interested in dividing Americans based on race or gender, that they want to make sure that they are electing people who are honest and who have integrity,” Love said. “That’s really what made history here. It’s that Race, gender, had nothing to do with it, principles had everything to do with it.”


Meet Mia Love. You’ll be seeing a lot more of the Republicans’ first black congresswoman.

“For at least half a century, the party of Lincoln has battled charges that it is racist, sexist and anti-immigrant. Today, voters from a conservative state made those arguments a little bit harder to make. In Utah, Mia Love became the first black Republican woman — and first Haitian American — elected to Congress. For the GOP — a house divided that faces significant demographic hurdles to winning the White House in 2016 even as it celebrates President Obama’s shellacking — this was huge. A party threatened with electoral extinction among African Americans and immigrants now has someone to brag about in Washington. In a wave election less about fresh Republican ideas than fervid disapproval of all things presidential, Love’s compelling personal story is an oasis. She’s not just a black face in what’s often described as a party full of angry old white men. She’s a path forward. It’s hard to overstate how unlikely Love’s victory looked on paper. Utah is less than 1 percent black. Though more than 60 percent of the state’s people identify as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the church is just 3 percent black. Love, 38, is one of these few black Mormons — part of a church that, until 1978, didn’t let African Americans participate in all church activities and still hasn’t apologized for its racism.”


Charlie Rangel Doubles Down on GOP Racism Accusations, Baffling Wolf Blitzer

“New York Democratic congressman Charlie Rangel doubled down on his accusation last week that many Republicans in the South still support slavery — bewildering CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, who noted that South Carolina Republicans elected a black senator on Tuesday. Blitzer clearly wanted to give the congressman a chance to walk back remarks he made at an Andrew Cuomo campaign rally last week. But Rangel wasn’t playing ball. “I meant that — they used to call themselves Dixiecrats,” he said. “These were slave-holding states. They’ve been frustrated with the Emancipation Proclamation. They turned over and became Republicans. Then they became tea party people. . . . They all come from the South, and they all have these feelings about superiority. And that’s true whether you’re picking cotton, or whether you’re President of the United States.” “So you’re doubling down on those remarks,” a stunned Blitzer replied. “I want to point out to you, an African-American Republican was elected, the United States senator in South Carolina, Tim Scott.” Rangel was unmoved, continuing to describe “a cancer that we have in the United States of America. America knows who they are. They know how they feel. And we’re talking about dealing with them.”


Tim Scott Urges Media and Politicians to Stop ‘Race-Baiting’ and Appealing to the ‘Lowest Common Denominator of Fear’


Election Leaves Gohmert Blessed But Concerned

“Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement regarding the election results in Texas and throughout the country: “This election reinforces that I am the most blessed servant member of the United States Congress. The overwhelming majority of east Texans want their children to at least have the chance for a better life than they have had. Proverbs says, ‘Where there is no vision, the people perish.’ Unfortunately, if there was vision in this administration, it has been one of full government intrusion, manipulation, and lawlessness, with limited healthcare, especially for seniors and non-government workers. This administration has had this country on a course of less opportunity, less respect abroad while creating more enemies and fewer allies. We’ve had more tax dollars doing less for the country but more for bureaucrats, leaving fewer Americans working than at any time since the Carter days of malaise.  American voters from all races, creeds, colors, national origins and both genders realized we needed to get off the track to government on the people, crushing the people and spying on the people, back to a government of, by and for the people. Opinion polling of voters indicates Republicans have not earned the respect of the people though they overwhelmingly got their votes. Now that we have the majority in both houses, we must end Republican leader lethargy and begin restoring the national economy and our international greatness that has rusted away. Though some wonder what difference it makes to discern our mistakes, we must know what we’ve done wrong to avoid those errors in the future. We must restore faith by our allies that we will cease pouring money and weapons into the hands of those who want to destroy us. We must encourage lawful immigration, while making sure that we are secure from disease and destruction coming across porous borders.  Speaking up and standing up on the foundation of truth and our nation’s Constitution has been and will remain my charge. I am humbled to be so blessed by such support for my efforts.”




Obama seeks “productive relationship” with Mitch McConnell


Obama vows to ‘get the job done’ with Republicans


Mitch McConnell Says He Will ‘Trust But Verify’ His New Relationship With Obama


Time to work with the Democrats and Obama? Not so fast


Watch: The One Republican Win in Particular That Left Chris Matthews Mumbling ‘Unbelievable’ and Andrea Mitchell Declaring It a ‘Blow’ for Obama


Watch the evolution of an MSNBC meltdown


Chris Matthews: Obama ‘Acts Like There’s No Other World Out There’ But His


No more tingles: Why can’t this ideologically cocooned president cope with other views on immigration, asks … Chris Matthews


Matthews: How Does Obama Not View Midterms ‘As Rejection Of His Name, Party, Agenda?’ [VIDEO]




CNN’s Acosta to Obama: “It Is A Fact That Your Party Rejected You In These Midterms”


Harry Reid’s Chief of Staff Unleashes on Obama Over Midterm Losses: ‘We Were Never Going to Get on the Same Page’



Following President Barack Obama’s post-election press conference on Wednesday, MSNBC “Hardball” anchor Chris Matthews ranted against Obama for not deviating from his standard modus operandi of always defaulting to his constituency on key issues in search of “common ground” and not looking beyond that for “compromise” or making deals to create that common ground. “What bothered me about him is he keeps talking about ‘common ground,’” Matthews said. “Damn it. There’s very little common ground between left and right. But what there is is compromise. You do something for me on minimum wage, I’ll do something for you in corporate tax reform. You give me something on corporate tax reform and I’ll get rid of some of the loopholes or I’ll do something on trade for you. He never talks about trading and compromising, he always talks about common ground. Well, damn it, you cannot run a government on common ground.” “He misses the main point of politics which is to be a politician and to trade,” he continued. “OK, you want this? You want to take care of people who have been here illegally for 20, 30 years? Here’s what I want. No more illegal hiring, and that’s all in the Senate bill. But he won’t sell the compromise. There’s something in this guy that just plays to his constituency and acts like there is no other room out there. And that’s going to be a collision at the end of this year like you have never seen. I do believe it will be like waving a red flag in front of the bull. I think Mitch McConnell is headed for a fight with the president.”


Obama issues no statement on GOP victory, doesn’t feel repudiated by voters


Obama Ducks Responsibility for Democrats’ Election Defeat



“On Wednesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” columnist George Will argued that President Obama indicated that he thinks the American public “an unprovoked and inexplicable tantrum” during his post-election press conference.  “The president said this didn’t really have anything to do with him, which makes it seem like a kind of an unprovoked and inexplicable tantrum that the 1/3rd who voted had” Will said. And “he went on to use the term several times, it was ‘this town’ that people are mad about, because stuff doesn’t get done.”

Will then pointed to examples of things that have gotten done during Obama’s presidency, such as Obamacare, the stimulus, and the Dodd-Frank Act “a lot has been done, and clearly the public doesn’t think a lot about this.” Fox News Senior Political Analyst Brit Hume added, “he [Obama] basically, at one point said, not in so many words, ‘if the Republicans have some ideas that I like, I’ll listen to them.’ Well, thank you very much Mr. President.”


Dana Milbank: Obama seems numb to this latest ‘shellacking’ of Democrats

Obama to Americans who voted for change: “I hear you”

Obama: ‘I Hear You’


Day after defeats, Obama strikes defiant tone


Out of the gate, Obama reminds the GOP a majority didn’t vote for them







“1. Barack Obama is now a toxic brand. Arrogance and incompetence are a fatal brew. If once his problem was his failed policies, now it is also his persona, especially the blame-gaming and sense of boredom on the job that borders on public petulance, as if he came into the presidency to save us, and we did not appreciate his godhead. “Make no mistake about it” and “Let me be perfectly clear” have become something like Sominex for most Americans. Let us hope that our enemies abroad in the next two years are confused by his erratic governance and at least find him as exasperating as we do.

  1. Race/class/and gender baiting lost out to the dismal recovery, a foreign policy in shambles, a ruined health-care system, an alphabet soup of government corruption, and an Islamic State/Ebola/open border miasma of incompetence. The bankrupt idea that an amoral Al Sharpton was to be consulted on matters of race, while someone like a Senator Tim Scott would not be was always surreal. And the idea that a Wendy Davis or a Sandra Fluke was a model of feminist achievement in a way Joni Ernst was not was equally absurd. Character and achievement still matter. The problem with trying to get out the base with mythographies like Ferguson and winking and nodding at a blanket amnesty to come is not just the proverbial turned-off white male voter, but that minorities too either were not energized over these shrill appeals or themselves were not sure 160,000 children streaming across the border was a good thing, or that Ferguson was a clear-cut case of police brutality. All the demagoguing in the world could not change that.”


Obama’s Last Two Years in Office: Leader of the New ‘Party of No’?


Glenn Beck Warns GOP: Obama Is Going To Get More Radical [VIDEO]


‘I have officially lost it’: Battleground Texas organizer for Wendy Davis totally melts down on Twitter


Ohio Democratic Chairman Lashes Out At Media Before Quitting


Obama Says Iraq is the Priority in Anti-ISIS Campaign; Syria Won’t be Solved ‘Anytime Soon’


Obama: Too early to say U.S. is winning Islamic State fight


Obama: Nuclear deal with Iran ‘an open question’


Voters in This State Overwhelmingly Pass Amendment to Ban Sharia Law, Other ‘Foreign Laws’ — Here Are the Details


Number of People Under “Active Monitoring” for Ebola in NYC Triples, City Officials Say


U.S. uniformed officers to treat Ebola patients in Liberia

“President Obama has assured Americans that none of the nearly 4,000 U.S. troops heading to Liberia will treat Ebola patients, but 70 uniformed officers of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps will. The corps, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, will open a clinic outside the Liberian capital, Monrovia, this weekend and is tasked with treating Liberian doctors and nurses who contract the deadly disease. It is the first time U.S. government personnel have been given that assignment, although all volunteered. For those local medical personnel willing to treat Ebola patients — among the most dangerous of jobs — the new clinic is a means of support, Rear Adm. Scott Giberson, acting U.S. deputy surgeon general, said Wednesday in a phone interview from Liberia. “We’re here to bring safety and security to those courageous responders,” Giberson says. “They have to feel secure that there will be a high level of care provided if they do fall ill of Ebola.” About 310 health care workers are among 4,808 people who have died from Ebola in the current epidemic, according to the World Health Organization. More than half of those medical personnel were working in Liberia.


The high risk of infection among medical workers has discouraged professional volunteers from helping out. The result has been the creation of fewer treatment facilities for lack of staffing, according to the WHO. Obama asked Congress on Wednesday for $6.18 billion to contain and end the epidemic.”




Conservatives and the 2014 Midterm Elections

Leaders from Citizens United, Tea Party Patriots, and other conservative organizations discussed the 2014 midterm election


Tea Party Values, And Enthusiasm, Paved The Way For GOP Victory

“Political shamans in both parties sought to characterize the midterm election results before the polls even opened Tuesday morning. But a funny thing happened on the way to Election Night 2014; just about all of them got it wrong. The simple reality is that tea party voters delivered the Senate to the Republican Party. I know this comes as a shock to the commentariat, which proffered all manner of preposterous analyses of the midterm elections. We were told there “won’t be a mandate” if Republicans win control of the Senate. Some theorized that GOP control of Congress is irrelevant because”it doesn’t really matter who wins the Senate.” The New York Times went so far as to publish an essay by a college junior (who shared the byline with one of his professors), advising us to amend the Constitution and do away with midterm elections altogether, just to save us from ourselves. How very patrician. The truth can be found in the outcome, which doesn’t require rocket science. Republican candidates won when and where they emphasized the issues most important to tea party voters: repealing Obamacare and starting over on health care, securing our borders, standing against amnesty for illegal immigrants, and reining in federal spending. These are the issues on which these winning Republicans ran, and they have now given us every reason to expect it reflects how they will govern come January.”