Simas Ignores Subpoena Again as White House Defies Issa (Updated) (Video)

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By Steven Dennis
Posted at 9:57 a.m. July 25

Updated 12:27 p.m. | Top White House political adviser David Simas refused again Friday to honor a congressional subpoena, prompting Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to vote to rebuke the administration.

The Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 19-14 to reject the White House’s claim that Simas has absolute immunity from a subpoena from Congress.

Republicans said they were standing up for the principle that no one is above the law, and Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa quoted a long list of Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, who have backed Congress’ right to subpoena top administration officials.

Democrats, led by ranking member Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, said they strongly disagree with the White House’s claim of absolute immunity but also strongly disagree with Issa’s push to press the issue, warning it could hurt the institution if they take a case to court.

The White House informed Issa at 7:30 a.m. Friday that Simas would not appear, Issa said. The absence was “not excused,” the California Republican added.

White House Counsel W. Neil Eggleston asked Issa to withdraw the subpoena to discuss his late Thursday offer for Simas to give a deposition instead of subpoenaed testimony.

Issa refused to do so.

“We have an absolute right and obligation” to investigate the new White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, he said.

“This was intended to be a short, and I hope it will be, oversight of a relatively small but in the past controversial office, consistent with our requirement to do oversight even without a predicate of wrongdoing,” he said.

Issa said oversight of the previously troubled political office will help American people be more comfortable and ensure taxpayer dollars are being used properly.

“This is not alleging a scandal at any level,” Issa said of the subpoena. But oversight is still legitimate, he said. ”We are accusing neither the president nor anyone in this four-person office of any wrongdoing.”

Issa pointed to Hatch Act violations by two Obama Cabinet officials, as well as previous incarnations of the White House political office, as further justification for oversight. He said he wanted to ask Simas who coordinated the political activities of hundreds of other officials in the government beyond just the president and the first lady.

Carolyn Lerner of the Office of Special Counsel has said she believes the office appears to be operating consistently with the Hatch Act, which limits the political activities of civil servants.

Issa said there is a legitimate role for taxpayer dollars to be spent on coordinating the president’s political schedule, pointing to security and other concerns that would come from having the president or the first lady having to go to and from the Democratic National Committee’s offices for briefings.

He said he expected he would be satisfied with answers he would get from Simas regarding the activities the office engages in on behalf of the president if Simas would testify.

While Issa’s push could lead to another lawsuit against the White House, impeachment still doesn’t appear to be on the table.

A spokesman for Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, dismissed White House worries about impeachment as “political games” Friday.

The One Border Question That White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest Refused to Answer

Jul. 16, 2014 9:50pm Oliver Darcy

White House press secretary Josh Earnest refused to say whether or not the Obama administration thinks the border is secure, despite being repeatedly pressed on the question at Wednesday’s daily briefing.

“Is the border today secure?” asked Fox News’ Ed Henry.

“The issue we’re seeing today at the border—,” Earnest said before being interrupted by Henry.

“Is the border secure?” Henry pressed.

“Well, I will tell you there are more resources that are dedicated to this border right now, and securing it, than there ever have been,” Earnest replied. “The issue that we’re seeing right now is not individuals attempting to evade detection by Border Patrol, what we’re seeing right now are people coming to the border and turning themselves over to Border Patrol.”

Henry then asked if the White House agreed with Senate Majority Harry Reid (R-Nev.) who proclaimed the border “secure” Tuesday.

“Do you agree with that?” Henry asked.

“The administration under the president’s leadership has dedicated significant resources to securing the border,” Earnest said. “Here’s what I would say to those Republicans who are concerned about border security. There is an historic investment in border security resources included in the bipartisan bill passed by the Senate. So those in the House who are concerned about border security should be the champions of common-sense immigration reform.”

“So it is hard to take seriously the concerns of those who say the border is not secure while blocking a piece of legislation that’s already passed the Senate that would actually invest in securing the border,” he continued.

Henry, still not satisfied with the answer, asked one final time if the White House views the border as secure.

“They’re saying its not secure, the Republicans,” he said. “You’re saying it is secure?”

“They’re saying its not secure and blocking a piece of legislation that would make an historic investment in border security,” Earnest answered.

Guess How Many Bills the Senate Has Actually Voted on This Year


Jul. 14, 2014 2:01pm Pete Kasperowicz

An analysis of votes held this year shows the Senate is doing very little legislative work, and on average is holding a major vote on a bill every nine days.

It also shows that Senate Democratic leaders don’t get anywhere on legislation when they choose to ignore their Republican colleagues, something they do often by insisting that no amendments can be considered.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., has presided over a Senate that has had votes on just 21 bills, a third of which ended in failure. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Aside from the several resolutions and less-critical bills that the Senate passes by unanimous consent at the end of the day, the Senate has held roll call votes to advance or pass legislation just 21 times in 27 weeks — less than one a week. And a full one-third of those votes have failed amid GOP complaints that they have no input into the process.

Of the 14 votes that succeeded, most were on major “must pass” bills on issues that required House-Senate coordination — like the budget and spending deals and the so-called Medicare “doc fix” — or on issues that generated easy bipartisan cooperation, like eliminating a cut to cost-of-living adjustments for U.S. soldiers.

Most of those 14 bills originated in the House, or at least were the product of significant House-Senate cooperation.

The Senate has managed to pass just a handful of bills under its own power. In March, senators managed to pass two Senate-origin bills on child care and sexual assault in the military, but those were non-controversial and the House has not acted on them yet.

It also passed a bill in June to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs that represents compromise between Senate Republicans and Democrats. But even this bill is now the subject of House-Senate negotiations that will likely see the House insist on changes.

Aside from those 14 bills, the Senate has adopted a seemingly backward strategy of seeking less input from Republicans the more controversial the issues get. The seven other votes were on bills that have so far failed, in large part because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has told Republicans he will not allow any amendment votes.

In January and February, the Senate failed to advance legislation extending federal unemployment benefits, amid GOP complaints that no amendments were being allowed. In April, the Senate couldn’t move on a bill to boost the minimum wage, an idea Republicans opposed over fears that it would reduce job availability for lower-income Americans.

In May, Democrats again refused to allow amendments to an energy bill and a tax bill, which killed those proposals. Republicans in June opposed a bill letting students refinance student loans, paid for with a tax hike.

And earlier this month, Democrats again refused to allow amendments to a non-controversial sportsmen rights bill, which killed that bill.

Many have tagged the 113th Congress as the least-productive in history. Congress has passed the fewest number of bills into law in decades, a fact that some blame on the Republican House.

Last year’s statistics showed just how slow Congress, and in particular the Senate, has become at passing legislation. President Obama signed about 60 bills into law — a record low — and most of those bills originated in the House. Until the last few years, Congress had been able to send more than a 100 and sometimes more than 200 bills to the White House.

While Democrats are blaming the House for the slowdown, Republicans have charged that the problem lies with the Senate, where Reid is letting Democrats avoid tough votes on controversial issues in order to help their re-election prospects. That Democratic posture has led to several legislative dead ends in the Senate, and many wasted weeks in which no significant action is seen on any legislation.

And while legislative production has dropped in the House, it still manages to pass dozens of bills each year, most of which go ignored in the Senate.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has argued for months that the House has passed more than 30 jobs bills that have been forgotten in the Senate. Just this month, the Senate finally got around to passing one of them, the SKILLS Act, which will revamp federal jobs training programs.

Republicans have openly criticized Reid for his opposition to even considering many other House-passed bills, in combination with his apparent need to avoid votes that could hurt Democrats in the mid-term elections.

“The reason the Majority Leader will not allow amendments is because he wants to protect his members from actually being held accountable by the voters of the United States of America,” Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said on the Senate floor last month. “It’s demeaning this Senate, and he demeans the loyal opposition who are doing the only thing they have as a tool, which is refuse to move forward with a bill if the Majority Leader is going to use parliamentary maneuvers to block anybody’s amendment.”

Will Harry Reid Tell This 100% Navajo Indian High School Their ‘Redskins’ Mascot is Racist?

Will Harry Reid Tell This 100% Navajo Indian High School Their ‘Redskins’ Mascot is Racist?

Red Mesa High School, located on the Navajo Reservation in Red Mesa, Arizona, is a public school in which nearly 100% of it’s students are Navajo Indian.

Their mascot and logo?

The “Redskins.”

Yes, that’s right, the eeeevil and raaaacist term, the “Redskins.” It’s exactly the same name the Washington football team, the Redskins, have called themselves for seven decades.

The high school’s website even has a a tab titled “Redskins News” and features this logo:


Oh my, how “racist” is this Harry! How could this be Harry?

Why would a 100% Native American school name use as their own mascot a “racist” term?

Maybe Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid should be asked this important question of the day.

Harry Greed and other white elitist communists latest distraction/obsession is with forcing the Washington Redskins to change their name because they’ve determined, after decades of being silent on the word, that the term “Redskins,” a term that was chosen to HONOR Native Americans, must now be banned.

As the Middle East implodes, Obama’s restocking enemy terrorists, more Americans are dependent upon government handouts and out of the work force than ever before, Americans are being targeted by the Obama IRS for their political beliefs, and a plethora of other important issues of the day, changing the name of an NFL team is the focus of anti–free speech Democrats.

But will Harry force Red Mesa High School to change their name too? But then after the anti-free speech Democrat forces them to change their mascot, will he then force them to take the word “Red” out of “Red Mesa High School?”

Because we all know that word is racist too, right Harry? Tell us which words we can and cannot say, will ya Harry?

h/t: Mark Levin Show



Border Patrol agents “recognize the gang-affiliated tattoos of minors crossing the border..”

by TONY LEE 14 Jun 2014

President Barack Obama’s administration is knowingly allowing illegal immigrant gangsters from Mexico and Central America into the United States, and some are even being reunited with their family members.
The gang members reportedly belong to some of the most dangerous gangs in Central America and Mexico, like MS-13, but Border Patrol agents are handcuffed, especially if the illegal immigrants are deemed to be “minors.”
According to National Review, Border Patrol agents who “recognize the gang-affiliated tattoos of minors crossing the border must treat them the same as anybody else.” An Arizona Border Control agent said that it was upsetting that a lot of the gang members are “16 or 17 years old and a lot of them are not going to face deportation.”
Chris Cabrera, the vice president of the National Border Patrol Council Local 3307 in the Rio Grande Valley told National Review that Border Patrol agents have reunited dangerous gang members with their families in the United States. He asked, “If he’s a confirmed gang member in his own country, why are we letting him in here?”
“I’ve heard people come in and say, ‘You’re going to let me go, just like you let my mother go, just like you let my sister go. You’re going to let me go as well, and the government’s going to take care of us,’” Cabrera told the outlet. “Until we start mandatory detentions, mandatory removals, I don’t think anything is going to change. As a matter of fact, I think it’s going to get worse.”
In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Thursday, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, as Breitbart News reported, wondered “what consideration is being given – and what is being done – to determine if any of these illegal aliens have criminal histories or gang affiliations.”
Brewer mentioned that “MS-13, one of the world’s most notorious international gangs, has strong ties to several of the Central American countries from which these aliens are arriving.”
“The administration’s refusal to properly verify that violent criminals are not among those entering the United States shows an alarming lack of concern for our homeland’s security,” she wrote. “As a nation, we cannot sit back and allow this policy to continue.”
Illegal immigrant children — including gang members from Mexico and Central America — are making the trip to America because they have been told — through word of mouth, in newspapers, and even on television and radio commercials — that the Obama administration will not deport them, especially if they are minors, once they arrive in the United States.

Tea Party Revolution Taking Place in Europe?

Tea Party Revolution Taking Place in Europe?

The left loves to pretend that the Tea Party Movement is more complicated than it is. They posture and demonize and claim that we are terrorists, anarchists, that we’re some radical faction of conservatives dedicated to bigotry and financed by the Koch Brothers.

It gets old.

In truth, the Tea Party is not only a movement, but an idea that is deceptively simple: we are a group, millions strong, that believes that the government works for us, not the other way around. We are moms, dads, sisters, brothers- everyday people who believe in, essentially, three core principles:

1) Constitutionally-limited government
2) Free markets
3) Accountability from government

Forget what Harry Reid says- his vision of government is so far removed from these principles that he cannot be expected to have the vaguest understanding of our movement.

While the Tea Party Movement is largely an American undertaking, it’s also worth noting that our calls for liberty are being heard and imitated around the world.

Across the pond, the UK Independence Party is surging in Great Britain with calls for conservative ideals. The British version of the Tea Party (an ironic notion considering the movement is named after the famed revolt against the British) is making waves in parliament and calling for immigration reforms and a removal of the UK from the European Union.

Townhall reports:
The UKIP received the most votes in May’s European Parliament elections (electing delegates known as MEPs) with 27.49 percent, followed by Labour with 25.40 percent and the Conservatives (or Tories) with 23.93 percent. It was the first time in over 100 years that a party other than Labour or Conservatives have won the most votes in a nationwide election. Most of the remaining vote went to the Green and Liberal Democrat parties – but with over 50 percent going to UKIP or the Conservatives, it is clear the country is undergoing a conservative shift. The UK has been led since 2010 by Prime Minister David Cameron of the Conservatives.

Although the UKIP won the most votes in the UK’s European Parliament, it still has a lot of catching up to do in the UK’s two traditional legislative bodies. Cameron has only appointed three UKIP candidates to the 780-member House of Lords, and the UKIP has yet to win a single election in the House of Commons (MPs). Last week, the Conservatives won the Newark election for MP, with 44.9 percent of the vote. The UKIP candidate came in second with 25.8 percent, well ahead of Labour with only 17.6 percent. That means a whopping 70 percent voted for a right-leaning party.
Europe has traditionally been more left-leaning in recent decades than the United States and the effects of economic and cultural liberalism has been widely seen. From Greece’s economic destruction to the cradle-to-grave welfare that threatens the economies of several European nations, it’s easy to look down the road upon which America is travelling and be able to witness the problems that are ahead if we don’t take a firm turn to the right.

The results in Great Britain are truly remarkable and a good sign that the Tea Party message not only resonates in America, but in Europe as well.

Koch Brothers Support United Negro College Fund, Reid Silent

Koch Brothers Support United Negro College Fund, Reid Silent

Blake Neff

Charles and David Koch have made a big $25 million donation to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the organization announced Friday.

The UNCF is the largest provider of scholarships to black college students in the U.S. and also supports historically black colleges and universities. The $25 million donation is the fifth-largest ever received by the group.

Democrats, in particular Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, have fought hard to vilify the brothers in the past several years due to their extensive support for libertarian and conservative political causes.

Reid’s official Senate website has an entire page dedicated to attacking them, accusing them of seeking to destroy Social Security and of wanting to dismantle public education for supporting vouchers. Reid has also called the brothers “un-American” and said they are “trying to buy America.”

The donation, which is being made by Koch Industries Inc. as well as the Charles Koch Foundation, will be split between $18.5 million that will support a new Koch Scholars Program of nearly 3,000 individual scholarships and $6.5 million that will provide general support to the UNCF and historically black colleges. The Koch Scholars Program will run for seven years.

“Increasing well-being by helping people improve their lives has long been our focus. Our partnership with UNCF will provide promising students with new educational opportunities that will help them reach their full potential. We have tremendous respect for UNCF, and we are hopeful this investment will further its effectiveness in helping students pursue their dreams,” Charles Koch said in a statement published by UNCF.

Michael Lomax, president and CEO of UNCF, told the Associated Press that he’s happy to take the donation regardless of the ire it may raise from those who dislike the Kochs’ politics.

“Criticism is a small price for helping young people get the chance to realize their dream of a college education, and if I’ve got to bear the brunt of someone else’s criticism to ensure that we have the resources to help those students, then I can handle it,” Lomax said.

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