Restoring Liberty http://joemiller.us Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:28:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Impeach, Defund the King http://joemiller.us/2014/11/impeach-defund-king/ http://joemiller.us/2014/11/impeach-defund-king/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:30:58 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=103925 America's borders will continue to crumble, as will our language and culture. Wages will spiral downward as the American worker takes the brunt of the millions more joining the labor market. Multinational corporations - and the politicians they own - will celebrate, recognizing yet another step toward the open-border policy they secretly desire.

Impeach, Defund the King

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kingobama2Last night, Obama unilaterally – with zero congressional approval – enacted what some have called the “most sweeping overhaul” of US immigration policy in decades. Why? Because he apparently wants the United States to continue to self-destruct. And because he believes he’s King Obama.

What did he do that was so outrageous? First, he’s rewarding at least four million illegal aliens who have been in the US for five years or more by ordering immigration officials to ignore the law and not deport them. Second, he’s further rewarding these illegal aliens by authorizing them to work in the United States. Third, Obama is dramatically expanding his Dreamer program by eliminating the age cap of thirty years for illegal aliens who simply claim their parents brought them to the U.S. when they were minors. He’s also no longer prioritizing deportation of Dreamer parents. This will impact millions of illegals who are in the U.S. today.

Rewarding lawbreaking with a promise not to deport is a form of amnesty, pure and simple. The illegal is excused from the consequences of his unlawful acts. But even worse, he is also rewarded for what he has done.

What’s so bad about all of this? It’s a blatant violation of the law. The president of this country – no matter who he is – does not have the authority to ignore the laws that say it’s illegal for non-citizens to sneak across the border, work and have kids in a country that’s not their own. Nor does he have the authority to ignore laws requiring their deportation. And he certainly does not have the authority to then reward these illegal aliens by granting them work visas and other benefits of their long-term law breaking. His job is to enforce the laws, not break them.

Not only does Obama’s amnesty debase the rule of law, it is inevitable that it will also encourage millions of more illegal aliens to sneak across the U.S. border. Everyone knows that rewarding illegal behavior will serve as inducement for the exact same thing in the future.

So America’s borders will continue to crumble, as will our language and culture. Wages will spiral downward as the American worker takes the brunt of the millions more joining the labor market. Multinational corporations – and the politicians they own – will celebrate, recognizing yet another step toward the open-border policy they secretly desire.

What should the Republican Congress do about this lawless President? As I stated in August, Obama has done plenty to justify impeachment including his “dereliction of duty, selectively enforcing the law, and usurping powers that the Constitution does not authorize. He is willfully undermining the rule of law and creating chaos.”

Although impeachment would clearly be a hit on reputation – and should be pursued – it won’t stop Obama. What the newly-GOP-infused Congress should do is defund the chief executive. The defunding could be targeted, designed to impose real inconvenience to the President until he bows to the legislative branch.

Will the Republican-led Congress have the courage to do this? Hopefully. Many conservatives are sick and tired of a “go along, get along” system where both parties continue to participate in the deconstruction of a great nation. They’re sick and tired of holding their noses and voting for the lesser of the evils. If the GOP does not confront this lawlessness, it risks fading into obscurity, losing opportunity to lead in 2016.

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Congressman Exposes Secretive Obama Program to Strangle Politically Out-of-Favor Businesses http://joemiller.us/2014/11/congressman-seeks-end-program-calls-dangerous-irs-scandal/ http://joemiller.us/2014/11/congressman-seeks-end-program-calls-dangerous-irs-scandal/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:29:33 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=103950 The Congressman calls the secretive government operation to strangle politically out-of-favor businesses “more dangerous” than Lois Lerner's IRS targeting scandal.

Congressman Exposes Secretive Obama Program to Strangle Politically Out-of-Favor Businesses

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Calling a secretive government operation to strangle politically out-of-favor businesses “more dangerous” than the IRS targeting scandal, a congressman with a background in banking is preparing to introduce legislation to kill the Obama administration initiative.

“I believe this activity is probably more dangerous and more disastrous than that of the IRS scandal because this is running people out of business for no reason and it’s harming livelihoods, incomes [and] families,” Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., said today in an interview with The Daily Signal.

Luetkemeyer, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, was comparing the Department of Justice’s Operation Choke Point to the Internal Revenue Service’s much-reviled targeting of tea party and other conservative groups.

Operation Choke Point seeks to cut off the financial lifeblood of payday lenders and other industries the Obama administration doesn’t like by pressuring banks to close their accounts with such businesses.

The government contends that Operation Choke Point combats unlawful, mass-market consumer fraud. However, a congressional report revealed that the initiative’s targets include legal businesses such as short-term lenders, firearms and ammunition merchants, coin dealers, tobacco sellers and home-based charities.

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Smoking Gun: Obama Targeted Reporter Whose Computer was Likely Hacked by Feds http://joemiller.us/2014/11/smoking-gun-obama-targeted-reporter-whose-computer-likely-hacked-feds/ http://joemiller.us/2014/11/smoking-gun-obama-targeted-reporter-whose-computer-likely-hacked-feds/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:28:34 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=103955 Documents just released by Judicial Watch prove that the White House and Department of so-called Justice conspired to nail Sharyl Attkisson, the reporter whose computer was hacked by a "government-related entity."

Smoking Gun: Obama Targeted Reporter Whose Computer was Likely Hacked by Feds

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Judicial Watch reports that the Obama administration has turned over about 42,000 pages of documents related to the Fast and Furious scandal. The administration was forced to turn the documents over to Judicial Watch in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. Judicial Watch is posting them on its web site. The administration turned them over on November 18, 2014.

One of the documents provides smoking gun proof that the Obama White House and the Eric Holder Justice Department colluded to get CBS News to block reporter Sharyl Attkisson. Attkisson was one of the few mainstream media reporters who paid any attention to the deadly gun-running scandal.

In an email dated October 4, 2011, Attorney General Holder’s top press aide, Tracy Schmaler, called Attkisson “out of control.” Schmaler told White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz that he intended to call CBS news anchor Bob Schieffer to get the network to stop Attkisson.

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Experts: Obama’s Amnesty is Illegal, Will Add as Many Foreign Workers as New Jobs Since 2009 http://joemiller.us/2014/11/experts-obamas-amnesty-illegal-will-add-many-foreign-workers-new-jobs-since-2009/ http://joemiller.us/2014/11/experts-obamas-amnesty-illegal-will-add-many-foreign-workers-new-jobs-since-2009/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:27:48 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=103932 President Barack Obama’s unilateral amnesty will quickly add as many foreign workers to the nation’s legal labor force as the total number of new jobs created by his economy since 2009.

Experts: Obama’s Amnesty is Illegal, Will Add as Many Foreign Workers as New Jobs Since 2009

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Obama’s Amnesty Will Add As Many Foreign Workers As New Jobs Since 2009

By Neil Munro.

President Barack Obama’s unilateral amnesty will quickly add as many foreign workers to the nation’s legal labor force as the total number of new jobs created by his economy since 2009.

The plans, expected to be announced late Nov. 20, will distribute five million work permits to illegal immigrants, and also create a new inflow of foreign college graduates for prestigious salaried jobs, according to press reports.

Obama has already provided or promised almost one million extra work permits to foreigners, while his economy has only added six million jobs since 2009.

Under the president’s new amnesty plan, “up to four million undocumented immigrants who have lived in the United States for at least five years can apply. … An additional one million people will get protection from deportation…

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Feds order Bible college to deport 120 Christian students

By Todd Starnes.

Myron Guiler wept.

I held the telephone receiver in my hand and listened as the Ohio pastor became overwhelmed with emotion.

“It’s heartbreaking,” he said. “I can’t stand to see these 120 children go. It’s my heart. I’ve poured my life into it.”

Guiler is the president of Marietta Bible College, a small unaccredited school that provides Bible training mostly for impoverished international students. The college is a ministry of the Marietta Bible Center Church.

According to the school’s website, it “underwent the complete review process by Ohio board of Regents in 1988 and was offered State licensure. The license was refused, because of our Biblical conviction, that such acceptance would place the State in authority over the church, the rightful position of Jesus Christ only (Colossians 1:18). Therefore, this institution is not certified by the Board of Regents nor the State of Ohio.”

By the government’s own admission, the college has dutifully applied for recertification for more than 10 years – without a single problem. So why not offer a measure of grace? Maybe Uncle Sam just lost the paperwork?

Read more from this story HERE.

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Sheriff’s Tough Message to the President Goes Viral Ahead of Obama’s Big Immigration Speech: ‘Only You Are Singularly Responsible’

Sheriff Scott Jones, in charge of one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the country, has recorded a video message to President Obama asking for immediate immigration reform. In the aftermath of the recent murders of Sacramento Sheriff Deputy Danny Oliver and Placer County Sheriff Detective Michael Davis Jr., by a suspect found to have been in our Country illegally and removed four different times, Sheriff Jones initiates a national conversation for the need of immediate action by the federal Government.

“In the scope of today’s society, the inaction of our nationally elected officials has real consequences for the populace as a whole. Now is the time to take this conversation out of coffee houses and talk shows to an audience who has the ability to affect real change.” –Sheriff Scott Jones

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‘OPEN REBELLION’: CHAOS IF REPUBLICANS DON’T WITHHOLD FUNDING FOR OBAMA EXECUTIVE AMNESTY

By Matthew Boyle.

Conservatives say that Republican leaders, including House Speaker John Boehner and incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, will be “complicit” in President Barack Obama’s planned executive amnesty if they don’t pull out all the stops to block him.

They warn that chaos is around the corner if that’s how it goes down, even though they’d much rather have Republican leaders fight the president alongside them.

“Fight or be complicit in lawlessness,” Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton told Breitbart News, is the message to congressional GOP leaders on Obama’s amnesty.

If Republicans move forward with the plan from House Appropriations Committee chairman Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) to fund the entire government—including Obama’s executive amnesty, which the president is set to announce on Thursday night—in an omnibus spending bill, a Senate GOP aide told Breitbart News conservatives will spread chaos across Washington.

“If Obama announces executive amnesty and the House passes an omnibus with no language blocking it, there will be no Senate vote, because conservatives will burn down the Capitol,” the aide said. When asked to clarify if he was serious they’d burn the building to the ground—or if he was speaking metaphorically—the aide said “open rebellion.”

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More Than 100 Pastors Sign “Marriage Pledge” to Preserve Traditional Marriage http://joemiller.us/2014/11/100-pastors-sign-marriage-pledge-preserve-traditional-marriage/ http://joemiller.us/2014/11/100-pastors-sign-marriage-pledge-preserve-traditional-marriage/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:26:18 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=103972 "If we fail to take clear action, we risk falsifying God’s Word."

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2011-04-21T023646Z_01_GUY01_RTRIDSP_0_GUYANAThe Reverends Ephraim Radner and Christopher Seitz have published in First Things what they’ve dubbed the “Marriage Pledge.” The pledge would effectively separate civil marriage from the religious ceremony—signers of the pledge would refuse to sign marriage certificates, for instance. The pledge has been signed by more than 100 members of the clergy, as well as laypersons in support of the pledge and came about due to fears of pastors being forced to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies.

As Christian ministers we must bear clear witness. This is a perilous time. Divorce and co-¬habitation have weakened marriage. We have been too complacent in our responses to these trends. Now marriage is being fundamentally redefined, and we are ¬being tested yet again. If we fail to take clear action, we risk falsifying God’s Word.

The new definition of marriage no longer coincides with the Christian understanding of marriage between a man and woman. Our biblical faith is committed to upholding, celebrating, and furthering this understanding, which is stated many times within the Scriptures and has been repeatedly restated in our wedding ceremonies, church laws, and doctrinal standards for centuries. To continue with church practices that intertwine government marriage with Christian marriage will implicate the Church in a false definition of marriage.

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Abortion Activist & Founder of Human Rights Campaign Arrested for Allegedly Raping 15-Year-Old Boy http://joemiller.us/2014/11/abortion-activist-terrance-bean-arrested-allegedly-raping-15-year-old-boy/ http://joemiller.us/2014/11/abortion-activist-terrance-bean-arrested-allegedly-raping-15-year-old-boy/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:25:17 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=103976 The indictment charges Bean with two counts of third-degree sodomy, a felony, and one count of third-degree sex abuse, a misdemeanor, police said.

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A nationally-known pro-abortion activist has been arrested on charges of raping a 15-year-old boy. Terrance Patrick Bean is the founder of Human Rights Campaign, a group that pushes other political issues but also takes a steadfastly pro-abortion position.

Human Rights Campaign, in addition to advancing abortion, has also lobbied Congress to end all federal funding for abstinence education, and hailed one piece of legislation that cut off funding because it “would end abstinence-only-until-marriage programs once and for all.” Bean is also a prominent supporter of pro-abortion President Barack Obama.

The Portland Oregonian newspaper has more on Bean’s indictment, reporting that “Detectives from the Portland police Sex Crimes Unit arrested Portland developer Terrence Patrick Bean on Wednesday on a Lane County indictment stemming from alleged sex abuse involving a teenage boy in 2013.”

Bean was arrested at his home in Southwest Portland and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center yesterday morning.

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US Announces Release of 5 Guantanamo Prisoners http://joemiller.us/2014/11/us-announces-release-5-guantanamo-prisoners/ http://joemiller.us/2014/11/us-announces-release-5-guantanamo-prisoners/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:24:07 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=103989 The Obama administration has released five Guantanamo Bay prisoners.

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The Obama administration has released five Guantanamo Bay prisoners after an administration task force determined they no longer posed a threat.

The Department of Defense announced Thursday that three of the men were sent to Georgia and two to Slovakia for resettlement. The Pentagon identified the three now former prisoners resettled in Georgia as Abdel Ghaib Ahmad Hakim, Salah Mohammed Salih Al-Dhabi and Abdul Khaled Al-Baydani. The two sent to Slovakia were Hashim Bin Ali Bin Amor Sliti and Husayn Salim Muhammad Al-Mutari Yafai.

Hakim was the first prisoner from Yemen to be released since 2010. Yemenis make up the majority of men cleared for release because the U.S. is reluctant to send prisoners to the unstable country.

The group was among dozens of low-level prisoners at Guantanamo who were determined to no longer pose a threat by an administration task force in 2009.

Their release brings the total prison population to 143, about 100 fewer than when President Barack Obama took office pledging to close the detention center.

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States Can Handle Disasters Better than FEMA, Cato Study Finds http://joemiller.us/2014/11/states-can-handle-disasters-better-fema-cato-study-finds/ http://joemiller.us/2014/11/states-can-handle-disasters-better-fema-cato-study-finds/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:23:09 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=103984 Congress should abolish the Federal Emergency Management Agency because it has politicized and bureaucratized how the nation responds to major disasters like Hurricane Sandy.

States Can Handle Disasters Better than FEMA, Cato Study Finds

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Congress should abolish the Federal Emergency Management Agency because it has politicized and bureaucratized how the nation responds to major disasters like Hurricane Sandy, according to a new think tank study.

“The large amount of federal disaster aid that is potentially available to the states has created a political dynamic that has pushed up federal costs. After even small, local disasters, governors, state politicians and congressional delegations often lobby the White House to declare the event a “major disaster’ so a state can access federal aid,” the Cato Institute’s Chris Edwards writes in a study made public Wednesday.

“As a consequence, the number of disaster declarations has soared in recent decades. The annual average number was 51 in the 1970s, 29 in the 1980s, 74 in the 1990s, 127 in the 2000s, and 139 so far in the 2010s,” Edwards says.

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ICE Readies 2,400 Beds for Surge of Illegal Immigrants Through Texas http://joemiller.us/2014/11/ice-readies-2400-beds-new-spring-surge-illegal-immigrants-texas/ http://joemiller.us/2014/11/ice-readies-2400-beds-new-spring-surge-illegal-immigrants-texas/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:22:24 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=103966 In advance of the president’s new pro-immigrant announcement set for Thursday night, ICE is readying its strategy for next year when over 100,000 illegals are expected to flood over the U.S.-Mexico border.

ICE Readies 2,400 Beds for Surge of Illegal Immigrants Through Texas

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606x404-ff81cd80f6ea257ba36a5470d777fa96The Obama administration is bracing for another surge of illegal immigrants next spring, bringing online a family detention center that will have 2,400 beds.

“We must be prepared for traditional, seasonal increases in illegal migration. The Dilley facility will provide invaluable surge capacity should apprehensions of adults with children once again surge this spring,” said Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas S. Winkowski.

In advance of the president’s new pro-immigrant announcement set for Thursday night, ICE is readying its strategy for next year when over 100,000 illegals are expected to flood over the U.S.-Mexico border.

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A fee to go into Mexico? Pilot program underway

By Barbara Medina.

If you are a United States citizen and cross the border frequently you may have to pay a fee to go into Mexico.

The National Immigration Institute in Mexico (INAMI) has started a pilot program in which foreigners that enter Mexican territory for more than seven days or they will be involved in paid work, they will have to pay 306 pesos, or about 28 US dollars.

“We are doing what should be done,” said Rudolfo Figueroa, representative of INAMI in Baja California. “Foreigners who enter Mexico have the obligation to register; if they will be in national territory for more than seven days, they have to pay the right of non-residents.”

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NSA Chief: China, Other Countries Can Hack Into U.S. Electric Grid http://joemiller.us/2014/11/nsa-chief-china-countries-can-hack-u-s-electric-grid/ http://joemiller.us/2014/11/nsa-chief-china-countries-can-hack-u-s-electric-grid/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:21:13 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=103980 China and at least one other country are capable of hacking into critical infrastructure such as the electric power grid or water systems, potentially causing "catastrophic failures" that could kill Americans or damage property.

NSA Chief: China, Other Countries Can Hack Into U.S. Electric Grid

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Red China flag 2 SCChina and at least one other country are capable of hacking into critical infrastructure such as the electric power grid or water systems, potentially causing “catastrophic failures” that could kill Americans or damage property, the head of the National Security Agency confirmed publicly for the first time Thursday.

“The cyber challenges we’re talking about are not theoretical. This is something real,” said Adm. Michael Rogers, who also leads U.S. Cyber Command.

He said his agency has detected “nation-states” probing critical infrastructure and industrial control networks, looking for vulnerabilities, and investing in the capability to damage or destroy those systems.

“All of that leads me to believe it is only a matter of the when, not the if, that we are going to see something dramatic,” Rogers said.

Though U.S. officials have long warned of a potential “cyber Pearl Harbor,” this was the first time a senior official has confirmed that hackers working for a foreign government have the capability to pull it off.

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10 Supposedly ‘Naughty’ Companies That Are Censoring ‘Christmas’ http://joemiller.us/2014/11/10-supposedly-naughty-companies-censoring-christmas/ http://joemiller.us/2014/11/10-supposedly-naughty-companies-censoring-christmas/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:20:40 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=103946 The American Family Association has released its “Naughty-or-Nice 2014 Retailer List,” an annual report that offers Christian consumers information about how companies market their products during the holiday season.

10 Supposedly ‘Naughty’ Companies That Are Censoring ‘Christmas’

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The American Family Association has released its “Naughty-or-Nice 2014 Retailer List,” an annual report that offers Christian consumers information about how companies market their products during the holiday season.

The conservative group rates brands on a color-coded scale, with the highest marks going to “5-star rated” businesses that both “promote and celebrate Christmas on an exceptional basis.” This year, some of the companies that fall under that category are Lowe’s, Sears, Hobby Lobby and Wal-Mart.

On the lower end are companies that the American Family Association claims “use ‘Christmas’ sparingly in a single or unique product description” and that, overall, purportedly do not adequately recognize the holiday in newspaper advertisements and TV and radio spots.

Some of these so-called “naughty” companies are: Barnes & Noble, Family Dollar, Foot Locker, Limited Brands, Office Depot, Office Max, Pet Smart, Staples, Victoria’s Secret and Maurice’s, according to a list published on the organization’s website…

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90 Percent of the World Age 6 and Older Will Have a Cellphone in Less Than Six Years http://joemiller.us/2014/11/90-percent-world-age-6-older-will-cellphone-less-six-years/ http://joemiller.us/2014/11/90-percent-world-age-6-older-will-cellphone-less-six-years/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:19:43 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=103941 If you think kids’ use of technology is stunning today, consider the latest statistic from a communications technology company about how many people by a certain age will own cellphones in five years.

90 Percent of the World Age 6 and Older Will Have a Cellphone in Less Than Six Years

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If you think kids’ use of technology is stunning today, consider the latest statistic from a communications technology company about how many people by a certain age will own cellphones in five years.

According to Ericsson, 90 percent of the whole world’s population older than 6 years old will have a mobile phone by 2020.

“The falling cost of handsets, coupled with improved usability and increasing network coverage, are factors that are making mobile technology a global phenomenon that will soon be available to the vast majority of the world’s population, regardless of age or location,” Rima Qureshi, senior vice president and Ericsson chief strategy officer, said in a statement. ”The Ericsson Mobility Report shows that in 2020 the world will be connected like never before.”

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ISIS Planning Gold, Silver Currency to Displace Dollar, International Banking http://joemiller.us/2014/11/isis-planning-gold-silver-currency-displace-dollar-international-banking/ http://joemiller.us/2014/11/isis-planning-gold-silver-currency-displace-dollar-international-banking/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:18:27 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=103962 ISIS wants to introduce its own currency and plans to bring back solid gold and silver dinar coins, it has emerged.

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ISIS wants to introduce its own currency and plans to bring back solid gold and silver dinar coins, it has emerged.

The Middle East terror group apparently wants to introduce its own Islamic currency as part of its attempts to solidify its makeshift caliphate.

Militants are said to want to bring back the original dinar, which is an ancient currency from early Islam, and religious figures in Mosul and Iraq’s Nineveh province have apparently announced its return in mosques.

The currency known as the dinar, which once consisted purely of gold and silver coins, is today used by a variety of countries, but the coins are created from different materials to the originals.

However, the jihadi group is understood to be planning to return to the original gold and silver coins, which were first introduced during the Caliphate of Uthman in 634 CE.

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That’s an Order: Obama Announces Action on Immigration… http://joemiller.us/2014/11/thats-order-obama-announces-action-immigration/ http://joemiller.us/2014/11/thats-order-obama-announces-action-immigration/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:15:10 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=103854 In a broad test of his executive powers, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday he will sidestep Congress and order his own federal action on immigration.

That’s an Order: Obama Announces Action on Immigration…

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Obama to announce immigration action Thursday

By Jim Kuhnhenn and Erica Werner.

In a broad test of his executive powers, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday he will sidestep Congress and order his own federal action on immigration — in measures that could spare from deportation as many as 5 million people illegally in the U.S. and set up one of the most pitched partisan confrontations of his presidency.

Obama declared that Washington has allowed America’s immigration problem “to fester for too long.”

The president will use an 8 p.m. EST address Thursday to announce his measures and will sign the executive actions during a rally in Las Vegas on Friday. In doing so, Obama will be taking an aggressive stand that he had once insisted was beyond his presidential power.

As many as 5 million people in the country illegally are likely to be protected from deportation and made eligible for work permits under the plan. They would not have a path to citizenship, however, and the actions could be reversed by a new president in two years. Officials said the eligible immigrants would not be entitled to federal benefits — including health care tax credits — under Obama’s plan.

The 5 million estimate includes extending deportation protections to parents and spouses of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have been in the country for five years. The president also is likely to expand his 2-year-old program that protects young immigrants from deportation. The administration had considered extending the executive action to parents of young immigrants covered under the 2012 Obama directive, but immigration advocates said they did not expect the parents to be included in the final plan.

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Photo Credit: REUTERS / Jason Reed

Obama to act unilaterally on immigration

By Steve Holland and Richard Cowan.

President Barack Obama will outline a plan on Thursday to relax U.S. immigration policy for as many as 5 million people, bypassing Congress and angering Republicans.

U.S. Representative Paul Ryan, the leading Republican voice on fiscal policy and a potential 2016 presidential candidate, called the plan a “partisan bomb” while a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner branded the president “Emperor Obama” for acting unilaterally.

The White House said Obama will deliver a televised speech at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday (0100 GMT Friday) laying out the plan followed by a trip to Las Vegas on Friday. Nevada is home to the highest proportion of undocumented immigrants.

Frustrated by years of congressional inaction on what most in Washington agree is a broken immigration system, Obama said he is now prepared to use his executive authority.

Obama’s directives are expected to remove the threat of deportation for as many as 5 million of the estimated 11 million people living illegally in the United States.

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Billy Graham: In Our ‘Lawless and Wicked Age … We’ve Taught the Philosophy of the Devil — ‘Do As You Please’ http://joemiller.us/2014/11/billy-graham-lawless-wicked-age-weve-taught-philosophy-devil-please/ http://joemiller.us/2014/11/billy-graham-lawless-wicked-age-weve-taught-philosophy-devil-please/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:14:06 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=103860 For teens who want true joy and happiness, and not the temporary intoxications of today’s sinful culture, they should turn to Jesus Christ. He “can give you the greatest happiness, the greatest adventure and the greatest thrills you have ever known,” said Rev. Graham.

Billy Graham: In Our ‘Lawless and Wicked Age … We’ve Taught the Philosophy of the Devil — ‘Do As You Please’

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World renowned evangelist Rev. Billy Graham, the founder and chairman of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said that our children are growing up in a “lawless and wicked age,” infused with the “philosophy of the Devil, who says, ‘Do as you please.’”

Further, rearing children in this culture is difficult because “we have taken God out of our educational systems and thought we could get away with it,” said Rev. Graham. “We have sown the wind, and we are now reaping the whirlwind. We have laughed at God, religion and the Bible.”

Reverend Graham’s commentary, first broadcast in August 1955, was published in the November 4, 2014 issue of Decision magazine, under the headline “Raising Children in a Godless Age.”

“Many Christian parents are becoming fearful that they cannot properly train their children in this lawless and wicked age,” and are asking, “What can I do with my son? My daughter?” said Rev. Graham.

“We are beginning to reap what has been sown for the past generation,” he said. “We have taught the philosophy of the Devil, who says, ‘Do as you please.’ Behaviorism has been the moral philosophy of much of our education in the past few years.”

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Don’t Mince Words: Gruber Tapes Show President Obama Is A Liar http://joemiller.us/2014/11/dont-mince-words-gruber-tapes-show-president-obama-liar/ http://joemiller.us/2014/11/dont-mince-words-gruber-tapes-show-president-obama-liar/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:13:14 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=103908 President Barack Obama is a liar.

Don’t Mince Words: Gruber Tapes Show President Obama Is A Liar

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President Barack Obama is a liar.

That’s the takeaway from Massachusetts Institute for Technology professor and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber’s video oeuvre of narcissistic honesty.

“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure the CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies,” Gruber said in one of several videos recently uncovered of him explaining at forums and panels over the last several years how Obamacare was dishonestly sold to the public.

“In terms of risk rated subsidies, if you had a law which said healthy people are going to pay in — if you made it explicit that healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed,” Gruber went on to say in the 2013 video. “Lack of transparency is a huge advantage. And basically, you know, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever. But basically that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass.”

“Economists have called for 40 years to get rid of the regressive, inefficient and expensive tax subsidy provided for employer provider health insurance,” Gruber said in another video, speaking at the Pioneer Institute in Boston in 2011.

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Don’t Mince Words: Gruber Tapes Show President Obama Is A Liar

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Report Finds VA Clinics ‘Missed Opportunities’ To Prevent Vietnam Vet’s Suicide http://joemiller.us/2014/11/report-finds-va-clinics-missed-opportunities-prevent-vietnam-vets-suicide/ http://joemiller.us/2014/11/report-finds-va-clinics-missed-opportunities-prevent-vietnam-vets-suicide/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:12:10 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=103912 A newly released government investigation has found that three Veterans Affairs health clinics “missed opportunities” to prevent a Vietnam veteran’s suicide.

Report Finds VA Clinics ‘Missed Opportunities’ To Prevent Vietnam Vet’s Suicide

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A newly released government investigation has found that three Veterans Affairs health clinics “missed opportunities” to prevent a Vietnam veteran’s suicide, with failures ranging from “communication breakdowns” to completely ignoring his “multiple suicide risk factors.”

The unnamed sixty-something patient, who had previously attempted suicide in 1989, shot himself in the head in 2013. He’d been receiving treatment for chronic shoulder, neck and back pain; osteoarthritis, degenerative discs in his lower back, low bone density and a variety of nerve conditions exacerbating pain and weakness in his neck and back, and had had cervical spine surgery in the fall of 2012.

The patient bounced around from clinic to clinic beginning in 2011, when the VA reassigned him from his usual primary care clinic to one nearer his home. A year later he requested another transfer, and another six months after that.

He was also diagnosed with PTSD related to his service in Vietnam, depression, anxiety, “intermittent explosive disorder,” bipolar depression, steroid-induced mood disorder and alcohol abuse.

According to the investigation, “the patient was generally compliant and motivated for MH [mental health] treatment and medication management; he rarely cancelled an appointment.”

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Officer Allegedly Warns Ferguson ‘If You Do Not Have a Gun, Get One’ http://joemiller.us/2014/11/alleged-officer-warns-ferguson-gun-get-one/ http://joemiller.us/2014/11/alleged-officer-warns-ferguson-gun-get-one/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:11:57 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=103871 If you do not have a gun, get one and get one soon. We will not be able to protect you or your family. It will be your responsibility to protect them.

Officer Allegedly Warns Ferguson ‘If You Do Not Have a Gun, Get One’

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Law enforcement in the Ferguson area are preparing for potential protests and riots following the grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown investigation, which is expected sometime this month.

Talking to “St. Louis Coptalk” forum, a supposed police officer in the Ferguson area issued a warning to others in the community to “protect” their families with firearms.

Many posting in the forum expressed fears that demonstrators will take to the streets regardless of the decision made in the Aug. 9 shooting death of the 18-year-old by officer Darren Wilson.

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His Own Words: Obama Said He Doesn’t Have Authority For Executive Amnesty 22 Times http://joemiller.us/2014/11/words-obama-said-doesnt-authority-executive-amnesty-22-times/ http://joemiller.us/2014/11/words-obama-said-doesnt-authority-executive-amnesty-22-times/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:10:21 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=103895 October 2010: Obama on Immigration Reform "I am Not a King"

His Own Words: Obama Said He Doesn’t Have Authority For Executive Amnesty 22 Times

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According to a report in POLITICO, President Obama is expected to make good on his executive amnesty threat on Friday during an event in Las Vegas, despite saying repeatedly over the years that he does not have the authority to change immigration laws from the Oval Office.

House Speaker John Boehner, who warned the President shortly after the 2014 midterm elections that acting alone on immigration would “poison the well,” has taken notice of Obama’s past statements. After some research, his office found President Obama directly claimed 22 times he couldn’t take executive action on immigration because he doesn’t have the authority.

Over the weekend President Obama was questioned during an overseas trip about his change in position with executive action looming and tried to argue his position on the extent of his authority to change immigration law hasn’t changed at all.

“Actually, my position hasn’t changed. When I was talking to the advocates, their interest was in me, through executive action, duplicating the legislation that was stalled in Congress,” Obama told reporters.

When Obama says he was speaking with “advocates,” he’s referring to radio interviews on programs with open-border hosts, at La Raza events and during a number of interviews conducted by Univision and Telemundo. Here are a few examples…

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aa753c43-846c-4c97-8c18-6da9ff581f85Poll: Many Latinos Disapprove of Obama’s Executive Amnesty

A new NBC poll shows Latinos do not overwhelmingly support President Obama’s decision to thwart Congress on amnesty through executive action.

Nearly half of Americans disapprove of President Barack Obama’s expected plan to take executive action that would potentially allow millions of undocumented immigrants to stay legally in the United States, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Latinos are divided, with 43 percent supporting the action and 37 percent opposing it. But the sample size here is small (just 110 Latino respondents), so the numbers have a high margin of error.

There’s just a six percent difference in Latinos who do and do not support the President’s plan to rewrite immigration law with an executive order. Notice how NBC was sure to add a note questioning the numbers due to a small sample size, ignoring that the margin of error could also result in more Latinos being against executive amnesty.

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Al Sharpton Subject to $4.5 Million in Current State and Federal Tax Liens http://joemiller.us/2014/11/al-sharpton-blasts-report-unpaid-taxes/ http://joemiller.us/2014/11/al-sharpton-blasts-report-unpaid-taxes/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:09:27 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=103888 Civil rights leader's tax liabilities come despite making a hefty salary.

Al Sharpton Subject to $4.5 Million in Current State and Federal Tax Liens

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Civil rights leader Al Sharpton sharply denounced an extensive New York Times report that he and his companies are subject to $4.5 million in current state and federal tax liens.

The MSNBC host said in a press conference Wednesday that the $4.5 million was the original figure he was ordered to pay back in 2008, but that he has been making regular payments since then and the amount is now less.

Sharpton did not give the outstanding balance owed by him and his for-profit companies –Raw Talent and Revals Communications.

Rather, he focused his remarks on how much money his nonprofit group, the National Action Network, has paid back. The liens against that organization, however, were not lumped into the $4.5 million figure reported by the Times.

The Times reported that Sharpton is still liable for personal federal tax liens of more than $3 million, and state tax liens of $777,657. The companies owe another $717,329 on state and federal tax liens.

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Al Sharpton Subject to $4.5 Million in Current State and Federal Tax Liens

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State Legislator Trying to Cut Off Water to NSA’s Massive Spy Facility in Utah http://joemiller.us/2014/11/utah-lawmaker-questions-city-water-going-nsa/ http://joemiller.us/2014/11/utah-lawmaker-questions-city-water-going-nsa/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:08:54 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=103875 A Utah lawmaker concerned about government spying on its citizens has filed a bill to cut off water to a massive National Security Agency data storage facility outside Salt Lake City.

State Legislator Trying to Cut Off Water to NSA’s Massive Spy Facility in Utah

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A Utah lawmaker concerned about government spying on its citizens is questioning whether city water service should be cut off to a massive National Security Agency data storage facility outside Salt Lake City.

Republican Rep. Marc Roberts, of Santaquin, said there are serious questions about privacy and surveillance surrounding the center, and several Utah residents who spoke at a legislative committee hearing Wednesday agreed.

During the last legislative session, lawmakers opted to hold off on Roberts’ bill to shut off the facility’s water and decided to study it during the interim.

“This is not a bill just about a data center. This is a bill about civil rights,” web developer Joe Levi said. “This is a bill that needs to be taken up and needs to be taken seriously.”

Pete Ashdown, founder of Salt Lake City-based Internet provider XMission, called the center a stain upon the state and its technology industry. “I do encourage you to stand up and do something about it,” he said.

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State Legislator Trying to Cut Off Water to NSA’s Massive Spy Facility in Utah

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Abortion “Doctor” Who Left Decapitated Unborn Baby Inside Mother Has License Suspended http://joemiller.us/2014/11/abortion-doctor-left-decapitated-unborn-baby-inside-mother-license-suspended/ http://joemiller.us/2014/11/abortion-doctor-left-decapitated-unborn-baby-inside-mother-license-suspended/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:07:15 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=103903 A Michigan abortion practitioner who botched an abortion on a woman in her second trimester and left her decapitated unborn baby inside her has had his medical license suspended.

Abortion “Doctor” Who Left Decapitated Unborn Baby Inside Mother Has License Suspended

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A Michigan abortion practitioner who botched an abortion on a woman in her second trimester and left her decapitated unborn baby inside her has had his medical license suspended.

Robert Alexander’s abortion clinic was shut down in December 2013 by the city of Muskegon, Michigan after unsafe and unsanitary conditions were found. But that wasn’t the only issue.

“Dr. Alexander perforated the woman’s uterus so badly that it was hanging on by two blood vessels,” another physician said in testimony about what happened in the late-term abortion. “The decapitated head of a fetus was in the woman’s abdomen and the large intestine had been grasped and pulled away from its blood supply and into the vagina. The woman required a hysterectomy, colonoscopy and several units of blood to save her life. “I for one, was very happy to hear he is no longer practicing in Muskegon, but I fear for women anywhere this man would go.”

As far as the dilapidated conditions are concerned, Michigan Administrative Law Judge Shawn Downey found that Alexander was responsible for negligence and incompetence under the state’s Public Health Code in a case involving filthy “Gosnell-like” conditions at Alexander’s Muskegon abortion business.

Judge Downey based his conclusions on testimony and evidence presented at a disciplinary hearing held on September 3, 2014. His report has been forwarded to the Michigan Board of Physicians, which today issued its decision in Alexander’s case.

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Abortion “Doctor” Who Left Decapitated Unborn Baby Inside Mother Has License Suspended

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Epic Snowstorm On Track to Set a Record in Buffalo http://joemiller.us/2014/11/epic-snowstorm-track-set-record-buffalo/ http://joemiller.us/2014/11/epic-snowstorm-track-set-record-buffalo/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:06:49 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=103879 Buffalo's first snowstorm of the season could give the area a year's worth of snow — around 8 feet — in just three days.

Epic Snowstorm On Track to Set a Record in Buffalo

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Buffalo’s first snowstorm of the season could give the area a year’s worth of snow — around 8 feet — in just three days.

More than 5 feet of snow was already on the ground Wednesday, and another round of lake-effect snow is forecast to bring an additional 3 feet of snow to the Buffalo area on Thursday and Friday. The average snowfall for an entire year: 93.6 inches, or close to 8 feet.

“This is a historic event. When all is said and done, this snowstorm will break all sorts of records, and that’s saying something in Buffalo,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a visit to the city.

Christopher Burt, a weather historian with the Weather Underground, said this Lake Erie snowstorm “will go down as the most extreme on record.”

For the second straight day, overnight temperatures in all 50 states Wednesday fell to freezing or lower — even in Hawaii, atop the high mountain summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island.

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Epic Snowstorm On Track to Set a Record in Buffalo

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George Will: Obama ‘Greatest Builder Of The Republican Party Since Ronald Reagan’ (+video) http://joemiller.us/2014/11/george-will-obama-greatest-builder-republican-party-since-ronald-reagan/ http://joemiller.us/2014/11/george-will-obama-greatest-builder-republican-party-since-ronald-reagan/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:05:02 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=103865 President Barack Obama once said he wanted to be as consequential as Ronald Reagan. However, according to syndicated columnist George Will, Obama has become as consequential as the former two-term GOP hero in a different sense.

George Will: Obama ‘Greatest Builder Of The Republican Party Since Ronald Reagan’ (+video)

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President Barack Obama once said he wanted to be as consequential as Ronald Reagan. However, according to syndicated columnist George Will, Obama has become as consequential as the former two-term GOP hero in a different sense.

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But Would You Put Sharks in a Moat Around the White House? (+video) http://joemiller.us/2014/11/put-sharks-moat-around-white-house/ http://joemiller.us/2014/11/put-sharks-moat-around-white-house/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:04:25 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=103892 Unique security threats require unique security measures.

But Would You Put Sharks in a Moat Around the White House? (+video)

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Unique security threats require unique security measures.

Acting Secret Service director Joseph Clancy on Wednesday testified before the House Judiciary Committee, where several lawmakers asked questions about a security breach in September that led to a jumper making his way into the White House.

Rep. Steven Cohen (D-Tenn.), after several questions about the security lapse, had a creative recommendation.

“Would a…moat—” Cohen began.

“Moat?” Clancy interrupted

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Representative Louie Gohmert Suggests Removing the White House’s Fence

In a congressional hearing yesterday, Rep. Gohmert suggested that the White House should consider removing its fence altogether. Here’s the exchange between the congressman and the acting director of the Secret Service, Joseph Clancy:

Rep. Gohmert: “Has there been any thought to just eliminating the fence around the White House, has Secretary Napolitano ever talked about that, maybe having a virtual fence, or electronic fences, has that been discussed at all?”

Mr. Clancy: “Sir, I’m not aware of any discussions in that regard.”

Rep. Gohmert: “Would you be in favor of removing the fence around the White House and having a virtual or electronic fence around it?”

Mr. Clancy: “Sir, my knee-jerk reaction that would be, ‘no sir,’ partly because of the number of tourists that come on Pennsylvania Avenue and come right up to that area and, you know, take pictures and whatnot. . .”

Rep. Gohmert: “Well you know the secretary has said, Secretary Napolitano, the fence was worthless: ‘You put a 10 foot fence up, somebody’s going to build a 12 foot ladder.’ So I would think if the administration is going to be consistent, it’s now time to remove the fence from around the White House, ’cause if it isn’t good enough for our border, it should not be good enough for the White House. So I would ask you to consider that consistency and also consider the fact that maybe there really is some real virtue in having a fence that slows people down. . .”

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‘Cosby Show’ Repeats Pulled http://joemiller.us/2014/11/cosby-show-repeats-pulled/ http://joemiller.us/2014/11/cosby-show-repeats-pulled/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:03:47 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=103884 Cosby faces mounting rape allegations from several women, including from when he worked on The Cosby Show, which ran from 1984 to 1992 on NBC.

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Bill Cosby is continuing to move off TV’s entertainment schedule and into its news programs.

Basic cable network TV Land has now yanked all syndicated repeats of his iconic NBC series The Cosby Show, a spokesperson for the channel confirmed.

The move follows NBC canceling the development of a new prime-time sitcom starring the actor-comedian…

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Senate Fails To Move Ahead With Keystone Pipeline and NSA Reform http://joemiller.us/2014/11/senate-fails-move-ahead-keystone-pipeline-nsa-reform/ http://joemiller.us/2014/11/senate-fails-move-ahead-keystone-pipeline-nsa-reform/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:30:56 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=103829 Keystone Pipeline vote went down in flames.

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By Matt Vespa.

As Dan wrote [yesterday], the Keystone Pipeline vote went down in flames. Sen. Mary Landrieu’s Hail Mary ended in disaster; she fell one vote shy to invoke cloture on a bill that probably would not have saved her from defeat in her state’s upcoming runoff election on Dec. 6 against Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy.

Additionally, a bill to reform the National Security Agency post-Snowden also fell two votes shy of cloture; incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spearheaded the bill’s opposition. Yet, both bills are expected to return to the Senate floor next year. Keystone will probably pass, but the changes in the NSA bill will be quite different under a Republican Senate (via NYT):

[T]he vote only put off a fractious debate over security and personal liberties until next year. While a Republican-controlled Senate is less likely to go along with the kinds of changes that were in the bill, which would have ended the N.S.A.’s ability to collect bulk phone call data, the debate could further expose rifts between the party’s interventionist and more libertarian-leaning wings.

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Photo Credit: TOM PENNINGTON / Getty

Democrats Block Keystone Bill, Landrieu’s Plea Rejected

BY BEN GEMAN, CLARE FORAN AND JASON PLAUTZ.

Mary Landrieu begged her fellow Democrats to back legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline, looking for a lifeline in her long-shot bid to keep her Senate seat. But on Tuesday night, she fell one vote short.

The Senate rejected an attempt to get cloture on the measure, with 41 senators—all Democrats or independents—voting to stall the measure.

It’s a victory for environmental groups and their Democratic allies, who oppose the oil-sands pipeline because of its contributions to global warming. And it saves President Obama a headache: The White House opposed the bill but will be relieved not to have to veto it.

For Landrieu, it’s another setback at an already low moment. Weeks away from Louisiana’s Dec. 6 runoff election and trailing Rep. Bill Cassidy in the polls, Landrieu had hoped to use her steering of the measure through the Senate to infuse new life into her campaign. She got a boost from her party’s top brass when they agreed to hold a stand-alone Keystone vote, a step they’d been loathe to take in the past.

And going into the vote, Landrieu had 59 assured supporters for her motion, but—despite her assurances she could break a filibuster—it was never clear where she’d get No. 60. Democratic Majority Whip Dick Durbin was seen as one of Landrieu’s last options, but he voted ‘no’ on the bill.

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