Judge Merrick Garland
President Barack Obama will tap Judge Merrick Garland to be a Supreme Court justice, according to people familiar with the matter, the opening move in an election-year battle over when to fill the critical ninth seat on the nation’s highest court.
Mr. Obama’s nominee, chief judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, is expected to languish in the Republican-controlled Senate, where lawmakers have vowed to not hold hearings or votes until at least after the November elections.
Judge Garland was confirmed as an appeals judge in 1997 with a 76-23 vote, with support from 30 Republicans. He became the D.C. Circuit’s chief judge in 2013.
Who Is Merrick Garland?
Lord deliver us!
(but they’ll only be here for a few days. They’re off next Monday (MLK Day)
You are now entering the Administration’s SPIN ZONE
The lesson from the last 20 years of immigration policy is that lawlessness breeds more lawlessness. Once a people or a government decides to normalize one form of lawbreaking, other forms of lawlessness will follow until finally the rule of law itself is in profound jeopardy. Today, we have a constitutional crisis on our hands. President Obama has decided that because Congress has not granted amnesty to millions of illegal aliens living in the U.S., he will do so himself. Let us ponder for a moment just how shameless this assertion of power is. Continue reading
Congress Furious it Was Spied On
(Waitin’ for Boehner to come back to work and crack the whip! Yeah! Sure! ~ LMAO)
“That’s right. Together we can screw ’em all!”
In January 2014, during the scandalous aftermath of Edward Snowden’s NSA snooping revelations, one which revealed the US had been spying on its closest allies for years, Obama banned U.S. eavesdropping on leaders of close friends and allies and promised he would begin reining in the vast collection of Americans’ phone data in a series of limited reforms.
Below are the key highlights from his January 17, 2014 speech: Continue reading
DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 03: Homeless U.S. military veterans stand in line for free services at a “Stand Down” event hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs on November 3, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. A week ahead of Veterans Day, more than 500 homeless veterans were expected to attend the event, where they received free medical care, winter clothing, employment assistance and were able to see a judge to resolve legal issues. Organizers say the homeless veterans population has surged in recent years with the high national unemployment rate. Stand Down is a military term that means a temporary stop of offensive military action. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
A report released by the Veteran Affairs Office of the Inspector General Wednesday showed that the Central Alabama VA Health Care System kept veterans waiting an average of 109 days for outside medical consultations, leaders were aware of this and the issues went unaddressed. Continue reading
Today (July 8, 2015), HUD Secretary Julian Castro announced the finalization of the Obama administration’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule. A front-page article preemptively defending the move appears in today’s Washington Post. The final rule is 377 pages, vastly longer than the preliminary version of the rule promulgated in 2013.
AFFH is easily one of President Obama’s most radical initiatives, on a par with Obamacare in its transformative potential. Continue reading
Cong. Raul Grijalva
How long will this country remain free? Probably only as long as the American people value their freedom enough to defend it. But how many people today can stop looking at their electronic devices long enough to even think about such things?
Meanwhile, attempts to shut down people whose free speech interferes with other people’s political agendas go on, with remarkably little notice, much less outrage. The Internal Revenue Service’s targeting the tax-exempt status of conservative groups is just one of these attempts to fight political battles by shutting up the opposition, rather than answering them. Continue reading
How Menendez ‘conspired’ to import rich donor’s babes
They are the models who could bring down a senator.
Sen. Robert Menendez mobilized his staff to secure a visa for a Brazilian actress who posed nude on the cover of Sexy magazine; he stepped up for a sultry Ukrainian student who wanted a plastic-surgery consult; and he directd a staff member to “call Ambassador asap” in order to reverse a visa denial to a 22-year-old Dominican model.
The young women were all paramours of Dr. Salomon Melgen, 60, a married eye doctor and one of Menendez’s biggest donors, prosecutors charge.
The New Jersey Democrat’s efforts on behalf of Melgen’s lovers came to light in a 68-page indictment against the two men unsealed this month. Continue reading
In from Robby Noel at 11:21 p.m. (PDT), March 8, 2015.
So, now what do the RepublicRATS stand for???
Read it and weep.
“To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to make mandatory and permanent requirements relating to use of an electronic employment eligibility verification system, and for other purposes.” (Emphasis mine)
BREAKING: The CIA’s own report shows that the White House itself had direct involvement in the agency’s spying on the United States Senate.
This is far worse than Watergate … this act of subversion demands immediate impeachment and jail time for any and all involved.
And some of those involved would appear to be among President Barack Obama’s inner circle of most trusted advisers, making it an open question as to how much the president himself knew about this unconstitutional exercise of power by the CIA. Continue reading
If you want to understand the current state of American politics and why the oligarchy always seems to have an advantage, allow me to make a Civil War comparison: The right is the Confederacy, and the left is the Union. Just as the Confederacy nearly won the Civil War with strategic geniuses like Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee, the left nearly lost the Civil War due to the strategic incompetence of generals like George McClellan and Ambrose Burnside. Even when McClellan had the Confederacy’s battle plans at Antietam, he still failed to win the battle and wasted the lives of thousands of soldiers. The opposite was true of the Confederacy – even when Stonewall Jackson was outnumbered 60,000 to 17,000, his troops still won the Valley Campaign due to his strategic prowess, gaining 46 miles of ground in 48 days. Continue reading
“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
It 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)
No, 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.)
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- 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 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
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
2 Reviews Clear F.B.I. Agent Who Killed Man Tied to Boston Suspects
The 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
Full 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
As 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
One 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
Kentucky 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
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
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
For Immediate Release
November 01, 2013
Executive Order — Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change
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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
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
Defense: 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
The 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
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.)
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.
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
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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
In the words of Al Jolson, “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”
Matter of months until Washington hits ‘reset’ on spending, debt limit
Worn 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
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