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"I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened"
 
Featuring:
nObamaCare Must Go!
Alan Caruba
 
"Rise up together as one voice"
"Be careful where you stand"
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 Another Foreign Policy 'Success' Story       
As more proof that drone strikes and occasional American advisory assistance are no way to bring peace and stability, let us present the woebegone desert nation of Yemen. It's virtually under siege and perfectly illustrates Barack nObama's failed foreign policy. Few Americans can locate Yemen on a world map, but Yemenis are the largest group still held at Guantanamo Bay, and al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which claimed the Charlie Hebdo massacre as one of its operations, is based there. To paraphrase Loose Lips Joe Biden: In the world of Islamic terrorism, Yemen is a "big effing deal." It's so big a deal that the U.S. had to put an informal halt on releasing Gitmo detainees who hail from Yemen. While nObama had previously pointed to Yemen as a successful model in his fight against radical Islamic terror vague operation of appearing to care about national security, that confidence vanished in recent days. Neither al-Qaida nor Yemen was mentioned in the very brief portion of the State of the Union address that dealt with "violent extremism." It's no wonder nObama avoided the topic, as Yemen has crumbled in recent weeks. To mention it also would have brought up the obvious questions about nObama's absence from the Paris demonstrations and his lack of success against other terror groups. 
 -The Patriot Post 
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 nOBAMA’S COMEBACK CUT SHORT 
Just a few weeks ago, the sun was shining again in nObamaland. The economy was snapping out of its six-year funk, thanks in large part to cheap gasoline, liberals were pumped up about executive action on immigration, no one else had died of Ebola and the press and public were swooning over Cuba. A conventional wisdom that had concluded just a month prior that President nObama was a failure, scampered right past “comeback kid” and ran all the way to “conquering hero.” The seeming conclusion was that if only the country could have seen January, November would have looked completely different. And then everything started to fall apart overseas again.

          [AP: “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned trip to Washington in March is kicking up a diplomatic dust storm in the nation's capital. On Thursday, the White House said President Barack nObama would not meet the prime minister when he comes to the U.S. to address a joint session of Congress.]  -Fox News  
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 Long shadows -   But the one who should be most worried is not the current president, but rather the woman who Democrats believe will succeed him. Hilly Clinton will have little trouble ditching domestic policies from this administration. But on foreign policy, which was in her care for the president’s first term, there will be no escape.
          “This is a president who the other night talked about turning the page, who talked about the shadow of crisis having passed. I think any of us who watched what's happened around the world not just the last 48 hours but the last few weeks, in France… Any time you have freedom loving people anywhere around the world who are under attack by radical Islamic terrorists, it's a threat to all of us.” – Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., on “The Kelly File” Watch here.   -Fox News  
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 MCCON-NELL KEEPS THE HAMMER DOWN 
Fox News: “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McCon-nell followed through on a threat to keep members of the upper house of Congress working late Thursday, as he teed up a final vote on a bill approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline for next week. Facing a slate of 12 amendments to the legislation, McCon-nell took the unusual step of pushing the Senate into two so-called live quorum calls requiring Senators to come to the floor. The Senate also voted to have Sergeant at Arms Frank Larkin request absent lawmakers to go to the floor. The unorthodox maneuver by McCon-nell stemmed from unsuccessful attempts to come to an agreement with Democrats to allow up-or-down votes on the various amendments…Democrats objected to the maneuvers, claiming that McCon-nell was attempting to stifle further debate on the bill.”  
-Fox News  
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 DEM GROUP FILES ETHICS COMPLAINT OVER GOHMERT TRAVEL 
Roll Call: “The most quotable member of Congress may have violated House ethics rules by using campaign cash to cover travel expenses for speaking engagements in England, a liberal watchdog group alleged Thursday. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington [CREW] filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics against Rep. Louie Gohmert [R-Texas], asking for an investigation into the Texas Republican’s use of more than $6,000 in campaign funds to for a late November trip CREW believes was not for campaign or political purposes…But Gohmert said the trip was political…House rules state that campaign funds may not be used for official purposes. With respect to travel rules, campaign funds may only be used to pay travel expenses when the primary purpose of the trip is an activity that serves a bona fide campaign or political purpose.”  -Fox News  
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1.
 nObama Takes on His Own Party  
(Daniel Greenfield) - The theme of nObama’s last campaign was “Forward.” Having thoroughly alienated Republicans in Congress, he is boldly moving forward on his final mission of also alienating the Democrats...It’s no secret that dinky Harry Reid, the former Senate majority leader, now loathes nObama. But the conflict between Senate Democrats and nObama is approaching explosive temperatures. Senator Menendez accused nObama of parroting talking points out of Tehran as the Senate approaches a sanctions vote. nObama has threatened to veto bills on Iran and Keystone, along with others, leading to a showdown in which Democrats will have to choose between nObama and electability. The last time Democrats chose wrongly they lost the Senate. Many of the survivors aren’t looking forward to another round of getting stomped on by an angry middle class tired of a thoughtless celebrity administration and its abuses. And the White House is treating them like yesterday’s garbage. “Party loyalty isn’t worth what it used to be. He’s going to steamroll them,” a White House aide warned Senate Democrats.       http://www.frontpagemag.com/2015/dgreenfield/obama-takes-on-his-own...
2.
 nObama 'intimidating Benghazi witness into silence'  
(Drew Zahn) - The nObama administration has been using General David Petraeus’ legal predicament over an extramarital affair to keep him “on a leash” and prevent him from him from providing “devastating testimony” on Benghazi, charges Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas... “We’re not even getting to the people that really have the most direct information,” Gohmert said in a radio interview Sunday. “Have you not wondered about Petraeus being so silent all this time?” Gohmert cited Petraeus’ legal troubles as just the kind of ammunition the White House could use to keep the former CIA director quiet about what really happened in Benghazi and the immediate aftermath, when the administration took public criticism for a series of misleading “talking points” about the attack.       http://www.wnd.com/2015/01/obama-intimidating-benghazi-witness-into...
3.
 Hamas Conducts Large-Scale Rocket Test  
(Ari Yashar) - Israel and the Gaza-based terrorist organization Hamas may have reached a truce ending Operation Protective Edge late last August, but that didn't stop Hamas on Monday from firing rockets into the sea as part of tests to improve its ballistic capabilities and prepare for its next war against Israel...Channel 2 reports that a full ten rockets were fired from the ruins of the Jewish community of Gush Katif into the Mediterranean Sea during the test, and that it was meant to expand the range of Hamas's rockets which have already reached Hadera outside of Haifa in the north. Hamas has been busily developing its own domestically produced rockets, including the M-75 long range missile, given that Israel has been earnestly working to prevent outside arms from Hamas backers including Qatar, Turkey and Iran from reaching the terrorist group.       http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/190504#.VMav8Jt00zs
4.
 Priorities  
(Arlene from Israel) - There is a colossal danger to the world coming down the road:  A nuclear Iran.  It’s scary as hell because of the radical jihadist intentions of the Iranian mullahs...Right now the president of the United States and the Congress of the United States are at odds regarding how to respond to Iran.  Currently there is a “Joint Plan of Action” (JPOA) in place – an agreement between Iran and P5 + 1 (US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany – those nations in negotiations with Iran). This is a temporary agreement, scheduled to end on June 30, 2015 (having been extended from its prior expiration date of November 24, 2014). JPOA outlines restrictions placed on Iran, and sanctions relief provided to Iran, for the course of negotiations regarding final understandings on Iran’s nuclear status.  It is theoretically the case that all negotiations are to be completed by that June deadline.       http://noisyroom.net/blog/2015/01/26/priorities-2/?utm_source=feedb...
5.
 Trevor Loudon’s Speaking Schedule For The First Half Of 2015  
(Terresa Monroe-Hamilton) - Trevor Loudon is back in the states, gearing up for the 2016 election and spreading the word on how and why conservatives must win...Noted author and anti-communist figure Trevor Loudon from New Zealand has an important message all Americans need to hear: Ever wonder why the U.S. Congress has moved further and further left over your lifetime, while much of the electorate has become more conservative? Why government regulation and taxes have exponentially increased, even though most Americans still oppose Big Government?  “The Enemies Within” profiles fourteen Senators and more than fifty Representatives and their ties to the Communist Party USA, Democratic Socialists of America, Workers World Party, the Institute for Policy Studies, Council for a Livable World and other radical anti-American organizations. Trevor says the Tea Party has stopped the socialist agenda in its tracks, but we must keep fighting. Freedom-loving people around the world are counting on us.     http://noisyroom.net/blog/2015/01/26/trevor-loudons-speaking-schedu...
6.
 Meet the Freedom Caucus          
(Joel Gehrke) - About 30 House Republicans will meet Monday evening to establish the bylaws of a new caucus animated by two principles...First, rank-and-file Republicans must pressure leadership to enact a more conservative agenda. And second, this pressure should never involve frantic scurrying on the House floor. The House Freedom Caucus, an invitation-only group, will work in concert in order to guide the House Republican Conference at key junctures, starting with the debate over a border-security bill that has conservatives alarmed.       http://www.nationalreview.com/article/397170/meet-freedom-caucus-jo...
7.
 The one power Democrats don’t want nObama to have  
(Vicki Needham) - Congressional Democrats have strongly supported President nObama's use of executive authority — but there is one power that many don’t want him to have...Liberals are waging a vigorous fight against nObama’s push for expanded trade power, fearing it would lead to trade deals that favor corporate interests over American workers. Democrats and some Republicans are adamant that trade promotion authority (TPA) would give Obama’s trade team too much control over negotiations, and are making their opposition known in a barrage of press conferences on Capitol Hill.
8.
 New Sham GOP Border Bill Changes Nothing - Just Trickery, Lies  
(Rick Wells) - Senator Jeff Sessions joins Laura Ingraham in a discussion of the McCaul bill that is currently in markup in the House, a supposed border security bill...It’s not what they McCaul, backstabber Boehner and the other open borders advocates claim it to be. It’s an illusion, intended to satisfy the people that the sellouts have finally heard our demands when in actuality they are passing a mechanism through which to institutionalize within DHS the countermanding of our will. Sessions describes one of the primary dangers of that bill being an attitude among the people that once we have “fixed the border” that we have fixed the problem. The systematic methods of abuse which are contained in the bill, among others transferring the definition of border security to the open borders maniac at DHS, are a ticket to disaster. Nothing will change for the better, the system of catch and release, which is a de facto amnesty, will still be in place and five years from now, when the problem is still critical, nothing will then be done to correct the problem and we will have essentially lost our nation.       http://gopthedailydose.com/2015/01/26/sen-jeff-sessions-new-sham-go...
9.
 nObama Not Surprised In Yemen, Still Working With Govt  
(Rick Wells) - White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough made the talk show rounds on Sunday in defense of the failed policies of the nObama regime...He was asked by Bob Schieffer of “Face The Nation” how the nObama comments that we have not curtailed our joint counter-terrorism efforts with Yemen could possibly be a true statement when the government we were partnered with has been run out of power. McDonough is not on the program to provide answers, but to talk in circles and deflect responsibility, as he proceeds to demonstrate. He replies with an ambiguous “Important counter-terrorism efforts continue, there’s no doubt about that and we will continue to press that.” Whether he meant he would press the talking point or the efforts wasn’t clear but it was odd language to use if he meant the actual events against the Islamic terrorists in Yemen.       http://www.rickwells.us/obama-not-surprised-in-yemen-still-working-...
10.
 The nObama Refuses to Release White House Benghazi Photos  
(Michael Becker) - The “Most Transparent Administration Ever” has repeatedly refused to release photos taken by White House photographers on the night of the Benghazi attack...White House Press Secretary Joshua (oxymoron alert) Earnest will not even comment on the subject, let alone release the photos. Why would those photos be classified? Why couldn’t they be released? Why SHOULDN’T they be released? After all, this is the most transparent administration in history, right?       http://www.theminorityreportblog.com/2015/01/26/the-obama-refuses-t...
nObamaCare Must Go!
Alan Caruba
     (factsnotfantasy.blogspot.com) - Can anyone remember how awful the U.S. healthcare free market system was that it needed to be replaced by the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as nObamaCare? Can’t remember? That’s because it was ranked one of the best of the world and represented 17.9% of the nation’s economy in 2014. That’s down from the 20% it represented in 2009 when nObamaCare was foisted on Americans.
     One of the best ways to follow the nObamaCare story is via Health Care News, a monthly newspaper published by The Heartland Institute. The January issue begins with an article by Sean Parnell, the managing editor, reporting that nObamaCare enrollment is overstated by 400,000.
“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) once again lowered its estimate of the number of Americans enrolled in health plans through government exchanges in 2014. The 6.7 million enrollees who remain are far lower than the eight million touted in May at the end of the last open-enrollment period.”

    nObamaCare has been a lie from the moment it was introduced for a vote, all 2,700 pages of it, to the present day. Everything President nObama said about it was a lie. As to its present enrollments, they keep dropping because some 900,000 who did sign up did not make the first premium payment or later stopped paying.

     Michael Cannon, director of health policy studies as the Cato Institute, said the dropout rate is a troubling trend. “It means that potentially hundreds of thousands of Exchange enrollees are realizing they are better off waiting until they get sick to purchase coverage. If enough people come to that conclusion, the exchanges collapse.”

     Elsewhere in this month’s edition, there is an article, “States Struggle to Fund Exchanges”, that reports on the difficulties that “states are experiencing difficulty in paying the ongoing costs of the exchanges, especially small states. “’The feds are asking us to do their jobs for them. We get saddled with the operating costs,’ said Edmund Haislmaier, senior research fellow for health care policy studies at The Heritage Foundation.” Some are imposing a two percent tax on the insurance companies which, of course, gets passed along to the consumer. Even so, the exchanges are not generating enough income to be maintained.

     Why would anyone want nObamaCare insurance when its rates keep rising dramatically? In Nebraska the rates have nearly doubled and another article notes that “A 2014 study finds large numbers of doctors are declining to participate in health plans offered through exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, raising questions about whether people buying insurance through exchanges will be able to access health care in a timely manner.” One reason physicians gave was that they would have to hire additional staff “just to manage the insurance verification process.”

     Dr. Kris Held, a Texas eye surgeon, said nObamaCare “fails to provide affordable health insurance and fails to provide access to actual medical care to more people, but succeeds in compounding existing health care costs and accessibility problems and creating new ones.”

     Health Care News reports what few other news outlets have noted. “In Section 227 of the recently enacted ‘Cromnibus’ spending measure, Congress added critical but little-noticed language that prohibits the use of funds appropriated to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to pay for insurance company bailouts.” William Todd, an Ohio attorney, further noted that “Congress did not appropriate any separate funding for ‘bailouts.’” Todd predicted that “some insurers are likely to raise premiums to avoid losses, or they will simply stop offering policies on the exchanges altogether.”

     The picture of nObamaCare failure emerging from these excerpts is a very true one. Its momentum, in fact, is gaining.

     In mid-December, the Wall Street Journal opined that “With the Supreme Court due to rule on a major nObamaCare legal challenge by next summer, thoughts in Washington are turning to the practical and political response. If the Court does strike down insurance subsidies, the question for Republicans running Congress is whether they will try to fix the problems Democrats created, or merely allow nObamaCare damage to grow.”

     “King v. Burwell will be heard in March with a ruling likely in June. “Of the 5.4 million consumers on federal exchanges, some 87% drew subsidies in 2014, according to a Rand Corporation analysis.”

     The Wall Street Journal recommended that “The immediate Republican goal should be to make insurance cheaper so people need less of a subsidy to obtain insurance. This means deregulating the exchanges, plank by plank. Devolve to states their traditional insurance oversight role, and allow them to enter into cross-border compacts to increase choice and competition. Allow insurers to sell any configuration of benefits to anyone, anywhere, and the private market will gradually heal.”

     Or, to put it another way, eliminate nObamaCare entirely and return to the healthcare insurance system that had served Americans well until the White House decided that socialism was superior to capitalism.

     The problem with the Affordable Care Act is that the cost of the insurance sold under the Act is not affordable and nObamaCare is actually causing hospitals and clinics to close their doors, thus reducing healthcare services for those who need them.

     nObamaCare must go. If the Republicans in Congress did nothing more than repeal nObamaCare, the outcome of the 2016 election would be a predictable win no matter who their candidate will be. If not repeal, some separate actions must be taken such as eliminating the tax on medical instruments.

     If the Republican Congress fails to take swift and deliberate action on nObamaCare between now and the 2016 elections, they will have defeated themselves.
 

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A Bright New Look

  The eBook, nObama Nation II: Judgment Day, is a critical review of nObama's presidency and the predictions Jerome Corsi made in his 2008 bestseller, The nObama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality, that stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for a month in the run-up to the 2008 presidential election.

     Dr. Corsi's goal in writing nObama Nation II is to restore America to the limited government of checks-and-balances its Founding Fathers intended to create in the Constitutional Republic Americans were bequeathed. It is the authors hope that, in rejecting the nObama presidency as an exercise in unconstitutional government, Americans will reject once and for all the imperial presidency that grew in power through the 20th century to the heights we see today.

The eBook is available exclusively on
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     Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D., is coauthor of Unfit for Command and author of The nObama Nation, both #1 New York Times bestsellers. Since 2004, Dr. Corsi has written six New York Times bestsellers on subjects including presidential politics, the economy, and Iran. He has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business, and MSNBC, as well as in hundreds of Radio interviews. Dr. Corsi received his Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Harvard University in 1972, and is a senior staff reporter with WND.com.

 

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Political Cartoons by AF Branco

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ALERT ALERT

Horrible: Democrats Set The Constitution On Fire With Fraudulent Impeachment

House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning after an investigation that violated fundamental provisions of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

The investigation of the president began with the complaint of a so-called “whistleblower” who turned out to be a rogue Central Intelligence Agency employee, protected by a lawyer who had called for a “coup” against Trump in early 2017.

Democrats first demanded that the “whistleblower” be allowed to testify. But after House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) was found to have lied about his committee’s contact with the “whistleblower,” and after details of the “whistleblower’s” bias began to leak, Democrats reversed course. In violation of the President Trump’s Sixth Amendment right to confront his accuser, Democrats refused to allow the “whistleblower” to testify. They argue the president’s procedural rights, even if they existed, would not apply until he was tried in the Senate — but they also invented a fraudulent “right to anonymity” that, they hope, might conceal the whistleblower even then.

Schiff began the “impeachment inquiry” in secret, behind the closed doors of the Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility (SCIF) in the basement of the U.S. Capitol, even though none of the testimony was deemed classified. Few members of Congress were allowed access. Schiff allowed selective bits of testimony to leak to friendly media, while withholding transcripts of testimony.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), having allowed the secret process to unfold, legitimized it with a party-line vote authorizing the inquiry. The House resolution denied President Trump the procedural rights enjoyed by Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, and denied the minority party the traditional right to object to witnesses called by the majority.

Rather than the House Judiciary Committee, which traditionally handles impeachment, Pelosi also deputized the House Intelligence Committee to conduct fact-finding; the Judiciary Committee was turned into a rubber stamp. Schiff held a few public hearings, but often failed to release transcripts containing exculpatory evidence until after they had passed.

In the course of the Intelligence Committee’s investigation, Schiff quietly spied on the telephone records of his Republican counterpart, Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA). He also snooped on the phone records of a journalist, John Solomon; and on the phone records of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, acting as President Trump’s personal lawyer.

Schiff’s eavesdropping violated both the First Amendment right to press freedom and the Sixth Amendment right to counsel. Yet he proceeded undeterred by constitutional rights, publishing the phone logs in his committee’s report without warning, confirmation, or explanation, alleging that Nunes and the others were part of a conspiracy to assist the president’s allegedly impeachable conduct. When Republicans on the Judiciary Committee asked the Intelligence Committee’s majority counsel, Daniel Goldman, to explain the phone logs, he refused to answer,

Ironically, Schiff had done exactly what Democrats accuse Trump of doing: abused his power to dig up dirt on political opponents, then obstructed a congressional investigation into his party’s and his committee’s misconduct.

Democrats’ articles of impeachment include one for the dubious charge of “abuse of power,” which is not mentioned in the Constitution; and one for “obstruction of Congress,” which in this case is an abuse of power in itself.

Alexander Hamilton, writing about impeachment in Federalist 65, warned that “there will always be the greatest danger that the decision will be regulated more by the comparative strength of parties, than by the real demonstrations of innocence or guilt.” Democrats have fulfilled Hamilton’s worst fears.

The Trump impeachment will soon replace the 1868 impeachment of President Andrew Johnson — which the House Judiciary Committee staff actually cited as a positive precedent — as the worst in American history.

In service of their “coup,” Democrats have trampled the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The Republic has never been in greater danger.

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