A group of bipartisan senators held a “bizarre” secret meeting with White House officials, and nobody will say what was discussed.
Here’s what we know: The meeting was held Tuesday night between White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, National Security Adviser Susan Rice and Republican Senators Bob Corker (Tenn.) and Susan Collins (Maine); and Democrat Senators Bob Menendez (N.J.), Carl Levin (Mich.) and Montana’s two senators, John Walsh and Jon Tester. Unconfirmed reports indicate there were a total of 11 Democrats and three Republicans at the meeting.
Corker mentioned the meeting Wednesday at a panel hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on terrorism. Referring to Menendez, Corker said: “I know we both attended sort of a discussion last night that I found to be one of the most bizarre I’ve attended on Foreign Relations on foreign policy in our country.” At another point, he said: “I know several of us were involved in a very bizarre discussion last night. This continues a very bizarre discussion.”
Bizarre enough, we guess that other than that, nobody is saying anything really. The White House confirmed the meeting, calling it “an informal discussion on national security issues,” and that “this session was part of our ongoing efforts to consult with the Congress on issues important to the President.”
None of the other senators would even discuss the meeting. We don’t even know where it was held.
Some clues: Exactly one year ago today, President Obama gave a speech saying it was time to overhaul the Authorization for the Use of Military Force and “determine how we can continue to fight terrorism without keeping American on a perpetual war footing.”
But Obama has offered no changes to the authorization.
“Has the administration proposed any refinement or any redefinition of the AUMF? I mean, have they provided us language in terms of what they think they need to handle the current situation?” Senator Ron Johnson (R.-Wisconsin) asked the State Department’s principal deputy legal adviser, Mary McLeod.
“No, senator, we have not, “ she replied.
A chilling message from the cartels
Billboards with hanging mannequins warning cops to choose ‘silver over lead’ appear in Texas
by MEGHAN KENEALLY | UK DAILY MAIL | MAY 24, 2014
Two frightening incidents of vandalism in El Paso near the Mexican border in Texas have been interpreted as warnings from drug cartels.
In both instances, a mannequin wearing a suit and tie was tied to a billboard with a noose and messages were scrawled over the placards.
Local station KHOU reports that one of the signs reads ‘Plata o Plombo’ which translates to ‘silver or lead’, a threat used commonly against police officers effectively warning that if they do not accept the cartel’s bribes then they will be shot.
President Obama is taking a swipe at the Founding Fathers, blaming his inability to move his agenda on the “disadvantage” of having each state represented equally in the Senate.
At a Democratic fundraiser in Chicago Thursday night, Mr. Obama told a small group of wealthy supporters that there are several hurdles to keeping Democrats in control of the Senate and recapturing the House. One of those problems, he said, is the apportionment of two Senate seats to each state regardless of population.
“Obviously, the nature of the Senate means that California has the same number of Senate seats as Wyoming. That puts us at a disadvantage,” Mr. Obama said.
The Founding Fathers decided in the “Great Compromise” in 1787 to apportion House seats based on population and give each state two seats in the Senate regardless of population. The solution was a compromise between large states and small states in a dispute that nearly dissolved the Constitutional Convention.
The president also blamed “demographics” for the inability of the Democratic Party to gain more power in Congress, saying Democrats “tend to congregate a little more densely” in cities such as New York and Chicago. He said it gives Republicans disproportional clout in Congress.
“So there are some structural reasons why, despite the fact that Republican ideas are largely rejected by the public, it’s still hard for us to break through,” Mr. Obama said.
He also said Democrats suffer from the “congenital disease” of not voting in midterm elections.
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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) hit back at Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s (D-WV) statement that Obamacare opponents don’t want the program to work because the President is the “wrong color,” and hit back hard. Things got heated at the Commerce Committee hearing, at which Johnson was the lone Republican.
“That you would say that opposition to Obamacare necessarily must stream from some inherent racism? Very offensive. Listen, my opposition to health care has nothing to do with the race of President Obama. It is the greatest assault on our freedom in my lifetime.”
Rockefeller denied calling Johnson a racist, despite existing video of his statements, and responded, “That is very silly on your part.” When Johnson suggested they play back the tape, Rockefeller said, “We can do that, but we’re not going to.”
The pair exchanged “God help you”s near the end of the clip, and let’s just say they weren’t friendly words.
Rarely do tempers get so heated on Capitol Hill, but when one accuses their opponents of racism, you better believe those are fighting words!