5th Circuit Court Of Appeals Grants Expedited Review Of Executive Immigration Stay

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Conservatives cheered when Federal Judge Andrew Hanen stayed the Obama administration’s illegal action to issue work permits to millions of immigrants here illegally. This Texas judge has been one of the few people in positions of power in this country willing to stand up to the corruption and criminal behavior from this White House and administration.

However, today, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in the United States agreed to hear an expedited review of the stay that was put in place. The hearing will not delve into the merits of the ruling that blocked the president’s illegal actions, although it will examine the stay itself and make a decision on allowing it to go forward–or not.

Politico reports:

A federal appeals court announced Tuesday that it will hold an unusual oral argument session next month on the question of whether to stay a judge’s order blocking President Barack Obama from carrying out new immigration executive actions he put forward last year.

The 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said it will hold two hours of oral argument in New Orleans on April 17. The session is aimed not at the legal merits of the ruling U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen issued last month, but on whether to grant the federal government’s motion to put that order on hold while the appeal of his decision goes forward.

Legal experts described as extraordinary the appeals court’s decision to hold a public session focusing on a stay.

“That’s extremely rare,” said University of Richmond Law Professor Carl Tobias. “Those are almost always addressed just on the papers and very quickly….I guess they just see this as such a huge issue between states and administration they’re giving it full-dress treatment.”

The one positive thing to come from this announcement is that this appeals court is one of the most conservative circuits in the country and is heavily populated with judges appointed by Republican administrations. Although there is the possibility that the stay could be lifted and the illegal amnesty allowed to proceed while the appeal on the ruling runs its course, the alternative is that a ruling in conservatives’ favor could put this issue to bed until it reaches the Supreme Court.

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Do You Need More Evidence Obama Doesn’t Care About The Security Of The United States (Or Our Allies)?

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The North Atlantic Treaty Alliance is the bedrock of American and European security that has kept the peace on the continent for decades. It is the alliance that was born out of America’s victories against the Axis powers in World War II. It is the alliance that America’s greatest generation built.

NATO is now facing its worst crises since the Cold War with ISIS and Ukraine, and our Dear Leader just doesn’t care. I believe it is because he sees European nations as colonial powers who enslaved his ancestors. No matter the fact that the first two world wars killed millions all around the globe.

Obama could give two cents; it’s not important to him.

So when the new head of NATO comes to Washington, he blows him off. This is the President of the United States, the leader of the free world. At least he used to be anyway—no longer.

Bloomberg reports:

President Barack Obama has yet to meet with the new head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and won’t see Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg this week, even though he is in Washington for three days.  Stoltenberg’s office requested a meeting with Obama well in advance of the visit, but never heard anything from the White House, two sources close to the NATO chief told me.

The leaders of almost all the other 28 NATO member countries have made time for Stoltenberg since he took over the world’s largest military alliance in October. Stoltenberg, twice the prime minister of Norway, met Monday with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa to discuss the threat of the Islamic State and the crisis in Ukraine, two issues near the top of Obama’s agenda.

Kurt Volker, who served as the U.S. permanent representative to NATO under both President George W. Bush and Obama, said the president broke a long tradition.  “The Bush administration held a firm line that if the NATO secretary general came to town, he would be seen by the president … so as not to diminish his stature or authority,” he told me.

“It is hard for me to believe that the president of the United States has not found the time to meet with the current secretary general of NATO given the magnitude of what this implies, and the responsibilities of his office,” Volker said.

I’m not shocked by anything this impostor does anymore.

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World War III Inches Closer As US House Votes To Arm Ukraine

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Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to urge the President of the United States to arm Ukraine in its conflict with Russia. The United States needs to be very careful here.

I travel to Ukraine often. I travel to Moscow often. Ukraine has a long, tortured history with Russia that most Americans don’t understand.

How can we effectively deal with a war like this when we may not have a full understanding of the situation and the history that has driven the conflict in East Ukraine to where it is today?

Slavic society started in Ukraine. After the tribes of Kievan Rus were overrun by the Golden Horde from the East almost nine hundred years ago, the princes moved to Moscow and started a new Slavic kingdom which became known as Russia.

The Russian Orthodox Church started in Kiev. Ukraine holds a special place in the Russian Slavic heart.

I am for democracy and for the right of people to determine their own destiny. I have to say I am torn with this situation.  It is not as easy as to say “ok, let’s just go kill Russians in Ukraine and make the world a better place.”

There will be serious consequences from Russia. Russia is bristling with modern nuclear weaponry and nationalist xenophobia.

I am concerned that arming Ukraine will fall right into Putin’s trap. Now, he will have a real enemy to keep his population’s eyes off the coming economic misery.

Let me say that NATO countries should be the absolute red line. There should already be multiple armored brigades in Eastern Europe to show America’s intent to defend the alliance and her allies.

However, I think we have to be much more clever in Ukraine. It seems to me there has to be some other way to stop the Russian advance in the East than for America to directly provide weapons. For instance, we could easily just provide funds secretly for the Ukrainians to arm themselves.

This is a serious situation and could easily lead to a world war which could go nuclear quickly. Russian President Vladimir Putin has often told the West to not forget that Russia has nuclear weapons. The problem is, he is willing to use them.

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Obama Says Don’t Worry About Iran’s Supreme Leader Saying ‘Death To America’–He Didn’t Really Mean It

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Recently, the Obama administration had egg on their faces regarding its dealings with Iran. While Obama and Kerry feverishly worked to allow Iran to get the bomb and threaten Israel, America, and the rest of the developed world, inconvenient truths have been raising their ugly heads and putting barriers in the administration’s quest to appease the mullahs.

For example, 47 members of the United States Senate wrote an open letter to Iran and explained the workings of our Constitutional system where an agreement with a foreign power that is not approved by the Senate will have no standing and can be immediately repealed with the election of a new president. This greatly angered the administration and those on the appeasing left, but it had the fortunate quality that it was the truth.

Another issue has risen its ugly head over the last few days; Iran’s Supreme Leader, while speaking to a group in-country, chanted “Death to America!” This was immediately after our Dear Leader had pleaded with the Iranian people to give him a deal. The five or six people outside of the government who actually heard Obama’s address, since they don’t have an independent media, probably were unimpressed.

However, the Ayatollah’s comments made the world press–and I’m sure were heard by most Iranians.

Breitbart reports:

On Monday, the White House dismissed Ayatollah Khamenei’s “Death to America” rhetoric, telling CNN that it was “intended for a domestic political audience.” That comment came on the heels of White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest explaining that such rhetoric provided even more reason for negotiating a deal with the Iranian regime.

You can’t make this stuff up!

I suppose if we suddenly found out about secret Iranian bomb-making facilities (which in all likelihood exist), the administration would find a way to shrug this off as well.

Obama’s agenda is to allow Iran to get the bomb to counter Israel. There is no other explanation for his behavior.

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Shocking! When Even The UN Cannot Say Iran Has Peaceful Nuclear Intentions, What Is Obama Doing Giving Away The Nuclear Store To Iran?

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On Monday, the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN atomic watchdog investigating Iran’s nuclear capabilities, said that they could not verify at this point whether or not Iran’s nuclear facilities were being used for peaceful intentions.

The Jerusalem Post reported:

The UN nuclear watchdog chief said on Monday the agency still was not able to conclude whether all nuclear material in Iran was being used for peaceful purposes.

“We continue to verify the non-divergence of nuclear material declared by Iran but we are still not in a position to conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful purpose,” International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano said at a conference in Washington on Monday.

This is a shocking announcement considering the deal leaked to the press recently stated that Iran could continue to spin thousands of centrifuges in order to enrich uranium while getting relief from sanctions that have driven them to the negotiating table in the first place. These sanctions were put in place at the insistence of Congress and not the Obama administration, who tried to delay them as long as possible and now is trying to weaken them at every turn.

What this tells you is the Obama administration is trying to get a deal at any cost. The goal is to enhance Obama’s legacy rather than to protect the long-term security of the United States and our allies.

I also don’t believe the narrative put out by the Obama administration in the last couple days that there might not be a deal with Iran as they have not provided enough concessions. Obama will make a deal with Iran. This latest false flag is just to make the American public think he’s tough so we will swallow whatever eventual bad deal he commits our country to.

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