U.S. House’s Lone Jew Pens Devastating Letter To Obama Over Israel Position

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In a recent editorial published on The Journal, New York Rep. Lee Zeldin took Barack Obama to task for his position regarding America’s closest Middle Eastern ally, Israel. Zeldin’s perspective is particularly relevant given his status as the only Jew currently serving in the U.S. Congress.

The military veteran began by pointing out that threats against Israel are also an inherent threat against the U.S.

“If a nation like Iran was to receive nuclear capability,” he wrote, “America’s security would be immediately weakened. That’s why we must do everything possible to stop Iran from ever having nuclear capabilities.”

It is that Iranian threat, Zeldin pointed out, that prompted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s trip to America to share his concerns in an address before Congress.

During the speech, he explained, Netanyahu affirmed that “he does not oppose an agreement with Iran; he opposes a bad agreement.”

Zeldin echoed Netanyahu’s remarks, writing that a “bad deal with Iran is worse than no deal at all” and lambasting the idea that America would be best served by “making a slew of permanent concessions on our side in return for temporary concessions on the part of Iran.”

It is incumbent upon legislators, he wrote, to “work together to strengthen our relationship with Israel and protect both of our nations against those who want to harm us.”

In his concluding sentence, Zeldin addressed the Obama administration’s reluctance to join in that effort.

“It is my hope,” he stated, “that the Obama administration will start standing with our allies in Israel and stop protecting our enemies.”

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Pro-Amnesty Rep. Luis Gutiérrez Ran Off Stage By Concerned Patriots

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Congressman Luis Gutiérrez, D-Ill., an advocate for Obama’s blanket amnesty, was speaking at a Spanish-only USC event on Saturday when a small crowd began to drown out the larger crowd’s chatter with boos and chants of “U-S-A.”

The emphatic crowd opposed the Spanish-only platform and was visibly outraged by Gutiérrez. The Illinois congressman chose to take no verbal questions from the audience and would only respond to written questions after they had been approved.

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Headphones were offered to English-speaking attendees for translations as the entire speech was delivered in Spanish.

After Gutiérrez finished speaking, he promptly fled the stage.

h/t: Gateway Pundit

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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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The Senate Just Stood Up To Obama And Slapped Him Down By A Vote Of 98 To 1

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The Senate overwhelmingly rejected President Obama’s budget plan Tuesday, nearly voting unanimously in opposition to his proposal.

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On Tuesday, the Senate voted 98 to 1 rejecting President Obama’s $4 trillion budget. After ten years, it is slated to result in massive federal deficits, according to National Review. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., was the only Senator to vote in the affirmative.

There was some dispute, however, as to whether or not the budget voted upon by the Senate reflected fully upon President Obama, as the package did not include a minimum-wage increase. “This is the president’s proposed budget.” asserted Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.

“Since 2011, it’s only gotten two votes for the president’s proposed budget, 1,023 votes against,” Cornyn added.

“It is not what President Obama presented to the American people,” countered Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. Sanders is the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee.

This is hardly the first time the president has experienced trouble pushing a budget through the Senate. They were rejected 97 to 0 and 99 to 0 in 2011 and 2012 respectively, when Democrats controlled the upper chamber. The budget passed in 2013 was the first one green-lighted in four years.

Both the House and the Senate are debating budget proposals this week. One key point of debate in composing the budget for the GOP is whether or not to increase defense funding.

In the Senate, any member can propose an amendment, resulting in what seems like an endless amount of votes on their end.

While he is uncertain whether or not he will vote for a bill that does not increase funding for the Pentagon, Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., tells Politico he likes the idea of a ‘Queen of the Hill’ format– that is, whichever proposal has the most votes is the proposal the caucus chooses.

“I like that idea. Whatever one gets the most votes, let that prevail. It works,” Harris said.

h/t: BizPac Review

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Breaking: The Army Has Made Its Decision About Charging Bowe Bergdahl With Desertion

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In what could open a huge can of worms for the Obama administration, the Army has charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion, according to multiple news sources.

The Washington Post reports:

“Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who was recovered in Afghanistan last spring after five years in captivity, faces charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, according to his lawyer.”

Bergdahl, then a private assigned to a post in Afghanistan, went missing from his base in 2009. His correspondence prior to his disappearance indicated Bergdahl had grown disillusioned with the U.S. military’s mission, and many of his colleagues claimed that Bergdahl had abandoned his post.

He was held captive in Pakistan by the Haqqani network, an insurgent group allied with the Taliban. Then, in a highly controversial move, President Obama agreed to swap five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo for Bergdahl.

Now, with the decision to charge Bergdahl as a deserter, that Taliban-swap deal approved by Obama is likely to come under even heavier fire.

Army officials have announced they will provide an update in this case at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time at Fort Bragg, N.C.

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