Liberal commentator and talk show host Tavis Smiley said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that he considers it “sickening” that President Barack Obama is being held responsible for the recent violence in Iraq even though he ran on the pledge to end the war in Iraq.
“The president clearly has made mistakes since he’s been president on a number of foreign policy fronts, but to lay all of this at his feet and forget how we got in this mess in the first place as if the clock started this week on Iraq is sickening,” said Smiley, host of PBS’s “Tavis Smiley” show.
“Clearly politics is a part of all of these decisions, and that’s sad. But to watch these neoconservative interventionists this week with this revisionist history about how we got in this mess, how we got mired in this in the first place is troubling, beyond troubling to consider,” he said.
This from the guy who claims, “Christians blow up buildings in America every day,” as well as claiming that the Sandy Hook shooter who violated more than 40 laws during the shooting, would have been stopped had we simply had more laws.
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Oh, and since he works for PBS, guess who pays this idiot’s salary.
“So you told us that all emails would be provided,” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chair Darrell Issa said. “When you discovered that all emails would not be provided, you did not come back and inform us, is that correct?”
“All the emails we have will be provided,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen insisted. “I did not say I would provide you emails that disappeared. If you have a magical way for me to do that, I’d be happy to know about it. I said I would provide all the emails. We are providing all the emails. The fact that three years ago, some of them, not all of them, but some of them were not available, I never said I would provide you emails we didn’t have — and in fact, we are going to provide you 24,000 emails from the time that —
“My time has expired, and I’ve lost my patience with you,” a disgusted Issa interrupted.
With a Congressional subpoena demand ALL emails, and learning in April that Lerner’s emails to outside agencies, covering the key 2009-2011 period when conservative groups were inappropriately scrutinized, had been lost in a hard-drive crash, Koskinen told Issa, “I didn’t tell anybody” about it. “I had no one I was going to tell,” he said.
After previously saying America’s borders are more secure than ever, the White House on Tuesday seemingly blamed Republicans for apparent holes along the southern boundary, evidenced by the flood of unaccompanied children streaming into the U.S. from Mexico, Central America and elsewhere.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest challenged Republicans, if they are truly concerned about border security, to back the comprehensive immigration reform package that passed the Senate last year and is strongly supported by President Obama.
“If we really wanted to solve this problem, one good way to do it is for those Republicans to get on board … and support common sense immigration reform,” Mr. Earnest told reporters.
In other words, because Republicans won’t cooperate with Democrat plans to grant amnesty to illegal, which will inevitably spark an even greater flood of illegals from central and south America, increasing the problem exponentially and providing Democrats with even more voters (legal and illegal), then it’s the Republicans’ fault.
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Since President Barack Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued 2,827 new final regulations, equaling 24,915 pages in the Federal Register, totaling approximately 24,915,000 words.
The Gutenberg Bible is only 1,282 pages and 646,128 words. Thus, the new EPA regulations issued by the Obama Administration contain 19 times as many pages as the Bible and 38 times as many words.
The Obama EPA regulations have 22 times as many words as the entire Harry Potter series, which includes seven books with 1,084,170 words. They have 5,484 times as many words as the U.S. Constitution, which has 4,543 words, including the signatures; and 17,088 times as many words as the Declaration of Independence, which has 1,458 words including signatures.
“The broader question of whether the Obama Administration’s EPA is “overreaching” in its regulatory effects has not gone away. Critics both in Congress and outside of it regularly accuse the agency of overkill,” states a Congressional Research Service report, EPA Regulations: Too Much, Too Little, or On Track?
Yet, EPA proponents are fighting for more rules. “Environmental groups and other supporters of the agency disagree that EPA has overreached. Many of them believe that the agency is, in fact, moving in the right direction, including taking action on significant issues that had been long delayed or ignored in the past. In several cases, environmental advocates would like the regulatory actions to be stronger,” said the CRS report.
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A federal court ordered the U.S. government to pay the settlement to the National Organization for Marriage, a group that opposes same-sex marriage. The group sued the IRS last year after tax information from a 2008 form was leaked and ended up being published in 2012 by the Human Rights Campaign, which supports gay rights.
The group’s chairman John Eastman said in a statement Tuesday that he is thankful that the IRS is being held accountable after a “long and arduous” process.
“Thanks to a lot of hard work, we’ve forced the IRS to admit that they in fact were the ones to break the law and wrongfully released this confidential information,” he said.
The Human Rights Campaign posted NOM’s 2008 tax return, along with the names and contact information of major donors, on their website during the 2012 presidential campaign. The unauthorized dissemination of such information is a felony.
Human Rights Campaign’s then-president, Joe Solmonese, was also the co-chair of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.
The $50,000 covers actual costs incurred by NOM while responding to the leaked information, and are not punitive damages. No criminal charges have been filed.
After the settlement was announced, House Ways and Means Chairman David Camp, R-Mich., blasted the DOJ for declining to pursue the case, adding it was clear the DOJ could not be trusted to adequately investigate the IRS targeting scandal, either.