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Dick Durbin says Obama ‘will borrow the power’ to solve immigration problem


During a press briefing in the Capitol Thursday, The Hill reports, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) demanded that Speaker John Boehner and House Republicans take action on immigration reform soon.

Or else?

“I don’t know how much more time he thinks he needs, but I hope that Speaker Boehner will speak up today,” Durbin said. “And if he does not, the president will borrow the power that is needed to solve the problems of immigration.”

Borrow the power?






Pro-amnesty carolers visit Speaker John Boehner


Pro-amnesty carolers at John Boehner’s office? At least it beats the time the nude AIDS activists showed up to protest.

OK, so what were the lyrics?


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Update: Fox News’ Chad Pergram was at the Capitol Christmas tree lighting, which is where the protesters were gathered.


Democrats Want Time Limit On War Against ISIS

“There is no doubt that our current offensive amounts to war, and Congress should take action both to authorize its prosecution and to set limits on that authorization,” Rep. Adam Schiff tells BuzzFeed News.

Iraqi Sunni fighters north of Baghdad. Ahmad al-Rubye / Getty Images

WASHINGTON — House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff Wednesday introduced narrowly crafted legislation authorizing the Obama administration to wage a limited, three-year war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria while prohibiting the use of ground troops.

Schiff’s bill, which is similar to legislation the California Democrat introduced last year, will almost certainly face stiff opposition from the Obama administration and Republican leaders in both chambers, all of whom favor a far more expansive authorization.

But his bill stakes out an early, bright-line position for the growing coalition of lawmakers who favor reining in the administration’s ability to essentially wage unlimited war against terrorists.

“There is no doubt that our current offensive amounts to war, and Congress should take action both to authorize its prosecution and to set limits on that authorization so it may not be used by any future administration in a manner contrary to our intent,” Schiff said in a statement.

The White House’s current war effort against ISIS has been conducted under a 2001 Authorized Use of Military Force bill originally designed to respond to al-Qaeda’s attacks on the United States in 2001.

But that 60-word law has been read extremely broadly by the Bush and Obama administrations to allow for attacks in Somalia, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. That has led to bipartisan charges that the executive branch has overstepped its authority, and a growing number of Republicans and Democrats in both chambers have called for tighter limits on the war effort.

In addition to barring the use of ground troops, the new AUMF would also sunset in three years, as well as sunset the 2001 AUMF at that time. Additionally, Schiff’s bill would be “geographically limited” to contain counter terrorism war efforts to Iraq and Syria.

Although the White House and hawks in both parties have argued tying the administration’s hands is inappropriate, Schiff argued the overly broad interpretation of the existing AUMF should give Congress pause.

“If circumstances change, they should come to the Congress and make the case” for an expanded AUMF, Schiff told BuzzFeed News in an interview Tuesday evening. But “given how previous authorizations have been broadly construed, we would be wise to tailor this one to the current circumstances,” Schiff added.

House Speaker John Boehner has committed to bringing legislation to the floor in the coming months, and the White House is expected to work with lawmakers in drafting a separate AUMF that would give the president the kind of broad latitude he enjoys under the existing AUMF.

But Schiff warned that approach is likely to run into stiff bipartisan resistance.

“I think there’s a real reluctance in Congress to write a blank check,” Schiff said.

Obama is ‘like a caged bear’ but today he’s ‘feeling super loose’






Heh. Does a bear…?



‘This is why we can’t have nice things’: EPA employees told to stop pooping in hallways

‘Unacceptable’: Lawless president even violates Chipotle sneeze guard [pic]

‘The bear is loose’: Obama’s ‘man of the people’ DC stroll gets mixed reaction [pic, video]



Boehner: Trey Gowdy will head select committee to investigate Benghazi


South Carolina GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy’s name had been floated as the likely choice to head a select House committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks and subsequent Obama administration response.

Today, Speaker of the House John Boehner made it official:

Those interested in unearthing all the facts about the Benghazi attack applauded the choice:

Gowdy will attempt to force the Obama administration to live up to its unfulfilled promise of historic levels of transparency. No easy task.

‘Spring break in Siberia is off’: Pols react to being #SanctionedByPutin

Not so fast, there. The #SanctionedByPutin hashtag is taking off after all, and the Wall Street Journal has even declared those who have been sanctioned members of “the hottest club in D.C.” Who in Washington is cool enough to be a member of this exclusive club?

Also sanctioned were National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Adviser Caroline Atkinson, and White House aide Daniel Pfeiffer. If you’re not on that list, you weren’t sanctioned. Sorry.