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Legislative and other issues relating to the goings on in Washington, DeCeit.

House GOP blocks immigration proposals

"Pull my finger!"

“Pull my finger!”

House GOP leaders formally blocked a pair of immigration measures from getting a vote on a critical defense policy bill early Wednesday, dealing another blow to the prospects of legislation to rewrite the immigration system this year.

The Republican-led House Rules Committee, which hews closely to the wishes of leadership, declined to include legislation written by Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) — giving a path to green cards for immigrants who came here as children if they serve in the military – among the amendments that will get a vote on the National Defense Authorization Act. Continue reading

Crisis of Confidence in U.S. Justice Department Grows

holder_jnrIt appears that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder would like to change the subject from “stock market’s rigged” by our own U.S. stock exchanges and U.S. banks as asserted by bestselling author Michael Lewis on 60 Minutes on March 30 to a different subject involving “tax evasion” by Swiss and other foreign banks.

In a clear sign that the Department of Justice and Holder plan to launch a public relations offensive with a trail of crumbs leading away from U.S. banks, yesterday the DOJ released a video of Holder asserting that no bank is too big to jail. That comes on the heels in the past few days of multiple media outlets reporting that Holder may be close to a guilty plea and more than a $1 billion fine against the large Swiss bank, Credit Suisse, over facilitating tax evasion by Americans.

That Holder might be willing to hold foreign banks to a higher standard of “justice” than U.S. banks has apparently entered the mind of Switzerland’s Finance Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf. According to Bloomberg News, Widmer-Schlumpf traveled to the U.S. last week and met with Holder to ensure that Swiss banks are going to receive even-handed treatment by the Justice Department.

More than a few global finance ministers, along with Wall Street On Parade, have noticed that when it comes to meting out justice, as in the case of the Libor interest-rate rigging prosecutions, for example, the long arm of the law seems to lose its grip when it comes to Wall Street banks. Thus far, the Justice Department has yet to prosecute a U.S. bank over Libor, despite email evidence of serious wrongdoing. It has, however, charged multiple foreign banks. (Continue to original article)

Bundy: The REST of the Story

BLM_444No, no, no – this is not about the alleged “racist” comments that the media is accusing Cliven Bundy of having made. That story has been proven false.

What you are about to read – and I suspect that few of our readers will – because it takes time commitment – is this report issued by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) just weeks before Agents of the Federal Government moved in on the Bundy Ranch.

Oh Harry – you and your minions must be having one BIG laugh over all of this. Just remember – we’re watching – and are ready to ACT!

Our thanks to Lawrence Miller for having taken the time and put forth the effort to find this timely report and send it to the Federal Observer for publication.

Read it and weep! (J.B.)

BLM_Technical Note 444

Social Security Halts Controversial Tax Program

  • Saw thousands of peoples’ refunds seized to recoup overpayments from more than a decade ago
"Oh WE of course knew nothing about it. We didn't know what we signed onto with that last Bill that no one could read until we passed it. But we are so grateful that we could come clean for these poor people who were dealth with so unfairly."

“Oh WE of course knew nothing about it. We didn’t know what we signed onto with that last Bill that no one could read until we passed it. But we are so grateful that we could come clean for these poor people who were dealt with so unfairly.” (SHEESH – Harry looks P.O.’d)

The Social Security Administration is suspending a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago. Continue reading

Sebelius II: Burwell’s Confirmation Hearings to Run Obamacare Just Got a Little More Difficult

Love the clothes - straight off the rack at K-Mart?

Love the clothes – straight off the rack at K-Mart?

Sylvia Burwell is President Obama’s pick to replace Kathleen Sebelius atop the Department of Health and Human Services, despite her having no experience in the healthcare industry. This administration’s motto seems to be “no experience required.” Burwell’s main claims to fame up to now aren’t terribly impressive. She ran the Gates Foundation, which never had any money troubles, and she ran the Walmart Foundation, which also never had any money troubles. Foundations tend to be easier to run when they’re flush with cash and can do whatever they want.

She has also headed the Office of Management and Budget, at a time when the US government is spending money at insane rates. OMB doesn’t just work on budgets, though, according to Marc Thiessen. Continue reading

The Bad Guys Always Get Away With MURDER!

  • 2 Reviews Clear F.B.I. Agent Who Killed Man Tied to Boston Suspects

  • Remember ‘Ruby Ridge’?

FBI_300The F.B.I. agent who fatally shot a Chechen man in May during an interrogation about the Boston Marathon bombing suspects in an Orlando apartment has been cleared of wrongdoing by a prosecutor in Florida and by the F.B.I.’s internal review of the shooting, according to law enforcement officials.

A review by the Justice Department, which is nearly complete, is expected to conclude that the agent followed the department’s guidelines on the use of force when he killed the Chechen, Ibragim Todashev, according to the officials. Continue reading

Abramoff: The Mark of McCain

john-mccain-miserableFull disclosure: I think Dana Rohrabacher is one of the greatest representatives sitting in the Congress. I have felt this way since Dana transitioned from one of the key speech writers for Ronald Reagan into elective office. Dana is honest, conservative and truly one of the most decent people in the House. He has been a consistent voice of true conservative principles, and one of our most articulate champions. On a personal note, Dana was one of the few politicians willing to stand by me during my national scandal, and he did it publicly. This is not a man who backs down to what’s trending. He is usually several years ahead of the trends.

Let’s hope that’s the case, as Dana’s latest public proclamation is one that millions of us have been thinking for years – that John McCain and his Senatorial buddy Lindsey Graham are hardly appropriate Congressional spokesmen for the cause of liberty. Continue reading

90 Percent of Top Hill Aides Worried About Their Benefits Under Obamacare

us_capitol_smlAs the number of staffers on Capitol Hill should roughly be split in party allegiance, you might think that half of them love Obamacare. Well, it seems that this isn’t true. In a new survey put out by the Congressional Management Foundation 90% of staffers said they are worried about benefit changes under the new health care law.

Hmmm. Maybe Democrats are changing their tunes on Obamacare? The survey also found that 86% are anxious about the financial hit from the Affordable Care Act, while 79% also cited worries about access under the new rules. Obviously many of these staffers have bosses that are not concerned about their employees’ concerns. Continue reading

Demnesia strikes IRS political appointee

William WilkinsOne of only two political appointees at the IRS, a generous Democrat donor, at the IRS is relying on purported memory failure to evade testifying on embarrassing and potentially incriminating activities related to the targeting of Tea Party groups. Eliana Johnson of NRO writes:

The latest official called to testify before [House Oversight] committee investigators is an important one: IRS chief counsel William Wilkins. Wilkins is one of just two political appointees at the IRS, a generous donor to Democratic candidates and causes, and once represented Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ. Evidence of his involvement in the targeting would spell trouble for the White House and bring renewed focus to a scandal that has largely receded from public consciousness. (snip) Continue reading

Revealed: Senate Republicans tried to block Obamacare rule that caused millions of insurance cancellations, but EVERY Democrat voted to save it

paul-micKentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul told an audience in Charleston, S.C. last week that the wave of health insurance cancellations following the Affordable Care Act’s implementation came from ‘a regulation written by President Obama’ months after he signed the law.

And every Senate Democrat, he said during his Nov. 11 remarks, voted against the GOP’s attempt to block the regulation. Continue reading

Republicans Again Reject Obama Pick for Judiciary

WASHINGTON — President Obama’s latest choice to fill one of the vacancies on a powerful appeals court went down in a filibuster on Tuesday as Senate Republicans blocked another White House nominee — the third in two weeks — and deepened a growing conflict with Democrats over presidential appointments.

Cornelia T. L. Pillard

Cornelia T. L. Pillard

By a vote of 56 to 41, the nomination of Cornelia T. L. Pillard, a Georgetown law professor, fell short of clearing the necessary 60-vote threshold.

Ms. Pillard’s liberal record on issues like abortion has troubled many conservatives, who are concerned about her attaining a position on a court widely considered second in stature to only the Supreme Court. But Senate Republicans have tried to frame their opposition to her not in terms of her views on social issues, instead focusing on the caseload at the court, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which is lower than that of other federal appeals courts. Continue reading

Executive Order — Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change

For Immediate Release

November 01, 2013

Executive Order — Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change

EXECUTIVE ORDER

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PREPARING THE UNITED STATES FOR THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to prepare the Nation for the impacts of climate change by undertaking actions to enhance climate preparedness and resilience, it is hereby ordered as follows: Continue reading

Obama’s Military Coup Purges 197 Officers In Five Years

There is only one way to win the war against the ENEMY WITHIN and it isn’t thru the corrupt and crooked court system as that has been perverted years ago – filled with puppets of the OCCUPATION FORCE. The American military has been polluted with Sodomites and Lesbians and more puppets of the ENEMY WITHIN. Our borders have been opened wide so that more ENEMY WITHIN SOLDIERS can infiltrate every community in America – so that when the *word* is given they will already be deployed in every town, city, state, and every level of government and military. Many will have already married into families and will think nothing of killing *family members*. The politicians, public re-education systems (schools), media, and even most of our churches now have been swallowing the Fool-Aid for a few decades and have NO CLUE as to what America was created to be. They are filled with the indoctrination fluid and really believe that we must accept any and all who want to destroy this nation and love them and pay them to destroy us. INSANITY has replaced what used to be common sense.Granny

obama-ignors-militaryDefense: What the president calls “my military” is being cleansed of any officer suspected of disloyalty to or disagreement with the administration on matters of policy or force structure, leaving the compliant and fearful.

We recognize President Obama is the commander-in-chief and that throughout history presidents from Lincoln to Truman have seen fit to remove military commanders they view as inadequate or insubordinate. Turnover in the military ranks is normal, and in these times of sequestration and budget cuts the numbers are expected to tick up as force levels shrink and missions change.

Yet what has happened to our officer corps since President Obama took office is viewed in many quarters as unprecedented, baffling and even harmful to our national security posture. We have commented on some of the higher profile cases, such as Gen. Carter Ham. He was relieved as head of U.S. Africa Command after only a year and a half because he disagreed with orders not to mount a rescue mission in response to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi. Continue reading

Obama Reportedly Knew Millions Wouldn’t Get To Keep Their Health Insurance But Promised It Anyway

obamacare_weblogThe Obama administration has known for at least three years that millions of Americans would not be able to keep their current health care plans, despite repeated promises to the contrary made by President Barack Obama, NBC News reports, citing sources “deeply involved” in Obamacare.

Americans across the country have begun receiving cancellation letters from their health insurance providers informing them that their current plans do not meet requirements of Obamacare. NBC News’ “expert” sources say 50 to 75 percent of consumers who have individual health care plans can expect to receive such a letter — and they can also expect some “sticker shock” due to more expensive policies. Continue reading

Obama Unaware as U.S. Spied on World Leaders

NSA Stopped Surveillance of Merkel, Others After White House Review

Just who is zoomin’ who here? Just days ago the Bleeder of the Free World stated emphatically that no such surveillance was taking place – but in this column, it clearly states that the spying WAS taking place and that an internal Obama administration memo issued this past summer was completely aware of the goings on, and in fact supported the measure for “national security purposes“. (Ed.)

obamaliarThe National Security Agency ended a program used to spy on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a number of other world leaders after an internal Obama administration review started this summer revealed to the White House the existence of the operations, U.S. officials said.

WASHINGTON—The National Security Agency ended a program used to spy on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a number of other world leaders after an internal Obama administration review started this summer revealed to the White House the existence of the operations, U.S. officials said.

Officials said the internal review turned up NSA monitoring of some 35 world leaders, in the U.S. government’s first public acknowledgment that the U.S. government tapped the phones of world leaders. European leaders have joined international outrage over revelations of U.S. surveillance of Ms. Merkel’s phone and of NSA’s monitoring of telephone call data in France. Continue reading

Meltdown Now In Plain Sight

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Glitch Watch: President Obama says he’s glad the shutdown is over. He may soon wish it were back, since there’s now nothing to distract attention from the cataclysmic ObamaCare meltdown — and who’s to blame for it.

If Obama and his fellow Democrats hoped that the startup “glitches” would soon fade from view as technicians patched up the federal exchange, they were badly mistaken. Since its launch, ObamaCare’s problems have only mounted.

Tech experts are now saying that the federal exchange site — which covers 36 states —may be hopelessly flawed. USA Today reports that the government apparently used 10-year-old technology to build it, and quotes experts saying that it will need a complete overhaul before it works properly. Continue reading

The fiscal fights around the corner

In the words of Al Jolson, “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”

Matter of months until Washington hits ‘reset’ on spending, debt limit

burning c-note_bannerWorn out by the latest round of fiscal fights from Washington? Buckle up: The next ones aren’t far off.

The deal announced by Senate leaders Wednesday funds federal agencies only through Jan. 15. And the country’s borrowing power is extended until just Feb. 7, though with special maneuvering analysts at Citi estimating that power could run until March. So it’ll be a matter of months until Congress and the White House are back at loggerheads over the twin issues that have bedeviled political players and spooked markets.

Will the next round be any prettier than this one? Not if past is prologue. A 16-day-long government shutdown and the willingness to flirt with Treasury’s debt-limit date demonstrate that lawmakers aren’t just capable of not meeting deadlines; they can and will blow past them.

Once the new deal gets through, “we can come back some time in December, January and February and do this all over again,” said Brian Gardner, Washington analyst with Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. Another shutdown in January is “entirely possible,” he says.

There’s another deadline that matters: Dec. 13. That’s the date by which a negotiating committee is due to report on broader budget issues — such as if and how the so-called “sequester” cuts would be replaced with other savings. Continue reading

S H U T D O W N Update

Stalemate summit brings no progress on government shutdown as Democrats and Republicans are STILL miles apart after meeting with Obama
Obama ‘reiterated one more time tonight he will not negotiate,’ Boehner told reporters nearly 90 minutes after the meeting began… (Read Full Story)

‘You should be concerned': Obama warns world markets there is no guarantee US will avoid defaulting on its debts
Chief executives from major financial institutions met President Barack Obama yesterday over the first budget impasse for 17 years. (Read Full Story)

Obama Just Played His Big ‘Trump Card’ On The Debt Ceiling
He would remind seniors that if Congress doesn’t raise the debt ceiling, seniors wouldn’t get their Social Security checks. (Read Full Story)

‘Why would we want to do that?': Harry Reid dismisses funding children’s cancer research separately from the rest of government
The U.S. Senate’s leading Democrat got into a tussle with a CNN reporter who asked him, ‘If you can help one child, why won’t you do it?’ (Read Full Story)

Less than 1% of visitors are signing up for Obamacare on state health exchange websites
California’s health insurance exchange converted an estimated 0.58 per cent of its online visitors into customers on Wednesday. Connecticut fared marginally better, with 0.59 per cent. (Read Full Story)

Lady Gaga, Pharrell and Amy Poehler lead celebrities on Twitter to urge people to join Obamacare
All from people who will never be required to sign on the dotted line for ‘zer leeder (Read Full Story)

Shutdown ‘seriously damages’ national and international security services as the majority of intelligence-gathering agents have been furloughed
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told a Senate committee last night that about 70 per cent of intelligence workers had been placed on unpaid leave. (Read Full Story)

Obama Goes Directly After Boehner, And Says He’s The ‘Only Thing That Is Keeping The Government Shut Down’
“The only thing that is keeping the government shut down is that Speaker John Boehner won’t even let the bill get a yes or no vote because he doesn’t want to anger the extremists in his party.” (Read Full Story)

S H U T D O W N ! ! !

Hundreds of thousands will go without pay as federal government loses funding for the first time in 17 years, following Republicans’ last-ditch effort to arrange a budget compromise with Senate Democrats

  • At midnight the federal government entered a new fiscal year without a checkbook
  • The Obama administration’s Office of Management and Budget has told federal agencies to ‘execute plans for an orderly shutdown due to the absence of appropriations’
  • Republicans offered three stepwise concessions while the White House said it wouldn’t negotiate and the Senate Majority Leader refused to sit down with the GOP, saying they had ‘lost their mind’
  • House leaders in the GOP aimed for both parties to appoint ‘conferees’ – negotiators – who could try to find common ground with the Senate
  • Debate over the federal budget had turned into a game of ping-pong as the Senate killed each new version as soon as the House approved it
  • Democrats blamed the GOP for holding back on government funding unless changes were made to Obamacare
  • President Obama and House Speaker Boehner broke the communications blackout Monday night with a brief phone call, but it was for nought Continue reading

House votes to delay Obamacare for a year edging government ever closer to a shutdown starting on Tuesday

hairyLocked in a deepening struggle with President Barack Obama, the Republican-controlled House approved legislation early Sunday imposing a one-year delay in key parts of the nation’s health care law and repealing a tax on medical devices as the price for avoiding a partial government shutdown in a few days’ time.

Even before the House voted, Senate Democrats pledged to reject the measure and the White House issued a statement vowing a veto in any event.

Republicans are pursuing ‘a narrow ideological agenda … and pushing the government towards shutdown,’ it said. Continue reading


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