Did The NFL Superstar Missing From This White House Photo Just Send Obama A BIG Message?

Speculation is running wild in sports media circles, and some political ones as well, about the surprising fact that quarterback Tom Brady declined President Obama’s invitation to the White House to honor the New England Patriots for their latest Super Bowl victory.

The official reason given for the NFL superstar’s absence from the Rose Garden ceremony: a prior family engagement, the details of which have not been publicly released.

Sports columnist Chris Chase, writing in USA Today, notes that Brady joined his teammates all three times the Patriots were feted at the White House during the presidency of George W. Bush. The failure of the New England signal caller to show for the Obama-led ceremony could certainly, therefore, be taken as a political signal of sorts to the current president.

CBS News‘ coverage of the Patriots’ trip to the White House — the fourth for the Super Bowl champs since 2002 — notes that Obama told a few jokes about the so-called “deflate-gate” affair that clouded the Patriots’ win in the AFC championship game.

“Mr. Obama joked, ‘I usually tell a bunch of jokes at these events, but with the Patriots in town, I was worried that 11 out of 12 of them would fall flat,’” the article read.

The president also quipped about the party-hearty reputation of one player in particular, as he “advised tight end Rob Gronkowski to keep his shirt on.”

However, there was no reference by the president to the conspicuous absence of the star player who engineered the Patriots’ outstanding season and Super Bowl win.

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Watch: What Judge Jeanine Said About Hillary And The President Might Just Make Obama Furious

Never one to mince words or pull punches, Judge Jeanine Pirro came out blasting on Thursday’s Hannity. The host of her own Fox News show, Justice, Pirro absolutely pummeled Hillary Clinton in the wake of the latest scandal to embroil the Democrat presidential candidate — the alleged influence-peddling involving favors and benefits the former secretary of state may have delivered to foreign countries and to companies in exchange for big-money donations to the Clinton family charities.

Judge Jeanine also dropped a comment that one imagines would be likely to cause more than a few frowns at the White House, especially in the Oval Office. Pirro said that Mrs. Clinton’s breaking of both federal rules on record keeping and her promise to the president about disclosure makes Obama look “weak.”

Judge Jeanine tied Hillary’s so-called “pay-to-play” scandal to the ongoing uproar over her controversial email practices and her refusal to turn over to investigators a private email server on which official communications were reportedly stored, then deleted by order of Mrs. Clinton.

“You can call it influence peddling, you can call it a shell game, you can call it a conspiracy, you can call it concealment, you can call it tampering with evidence, you can call it whatever you want, but here’s the bottom line: Now [Hillary Clinton’s] email server becomes very relevant because now the proof is not available, unless you’ve got someone at the other end talking about it,” Pirro said.

By clicking on the video above, you can watch Judge Jeanine’s discussion with Sean Hannity in which Pirro asked, “Do you really want a president, every week where you’ve got a scandal?”

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BREAKING: What Trey Gowdy Just Said About Benghazi Probe Could Mean Double Trouble For Hillary

In a change of plan concerning his committee’s investigation of the Benghazi attack, Rep. Trey Gowdy is now asking Hillary Clinton to appear for two public hearings, not one public and one private as previously indicated. Politico reports that the Select Committee on Benghazi wants the former secretary of state to testify once about the 2012 attack on the U.S. compound and another time about her controversial email practices while the nation’s top diplomat.

“This is a departure from what Benghazi Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy originally requested from the former secretary of state. The South Carolina Republican wanted a private, transcribed interview on Clinton’s email use and a public hearing on the terrorist attacks.”

Even though Gowdy has sent a formal letter asking for the pair of public appearances before the committee by the Democrat presidential candidate, there’s no indication they will, in fact, occur. Mrs. Clinton’s latest round of troubles centering on her alleged pay-to-play scheme of trading official favors for foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation may impact her decision whether to comply with Gowdy’s request.

“The hearings, if they occur, would generate intense scrutiny on Clinton and the congressional Republicans questioning her. Democrats will be on watch for any overreach on the part of the panel’s seven GOP members.”

Speaking with Fox News‘ Greta Van Susteren, the chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi said the panel’s final report could be released in 2016, just as the presidential race shifts into high gear. One reason for the timing of the report’s being made public, said Gowdy, could be Mrs. Clinton’s reluctance to testify openly and fully, as well as the Obama administration’s failure to cooperate with the committee’s probe.

House Speaker John Boehner says he may call for a full House vote to subpoena Mrs. Clinton’s personal server on which she claims all her emails, official and private, were managed and stored over the years she was secretary of state.

You can watch Trey Gowdy’s appearance On the Record by clicking on the video above.

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Rep. Steve King: Pray For A President To Restore The Soul Of America

At the Susan B. Anthony List Campaign for Life Summit in Washington, D.C., last week, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, finished his speech by asking the audience to pray with him.

King’s speech centered around the notion that pro-life Republicans were gaining the upper hand against pro-choice politicians in Washington.

“You’re watching America be deconstructed from the White House,” King said. “A man who is taking on the pillars of American exceptionalism with a procedural jackhammer, over and over again.  And the American – young people especially – are not learning the things they need to learn at the age that they are.”

“We need to put that all back together. And how’s that going to happen?” King asked. “Well I think that right person is out there, but I’m going to ask you to do as I do; put up a regular prayer that God raises up a president whom He will use to restore the soul of America.”

h/t: CNS News

Has Obama destroyed America? Will you also pray for a God-fearing president in 2016? Let us know what you think.

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Dear Liberal Caller Who Thinks ‘Republicans Are Evil’…

A liberal friend of my home station called in and said, “The Republican party is evil, and must be destroyed.” To clarify, he’s not a close friend; but I have friends all across the political spectrum and felt it necessary to address. What I find fascinating is that this mindset is quite common on the left. I know lots of people on the right who want to defeat, politically, the actions and legislation of Democrats each election, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard it said that they must be “destroyed.” The Conservatives that I talk to regularly know that a system with checks and balances is imperative. It was put in place by the founding fathers for a reason.

The man currently in office has his pen and his phone. He does everything he can to sidestep the Constitution. I believe that the liberal mindset (like his) is permeating our culture. It divides people on everything from very serious subjects like abortion and religion to silly things like “political correctness.” When I was young, if someone called another person a name like “retard,” or “pansy,” or whatever, you blew it off. We had thicker skins back then. Sure, I got picked on as a kid. I was in musicals, so kids would say I was gay. Big deal. One girl called me gay, and I said, “Come over here and give me a kiss; I’ll show you how not-gay I am.” Now-a-days, if someone says the wrong word, it’s time for litigation. Granted, it was a little creepy, looking back.

All of that, though, isn’t my main point. The thing that bothers me the most is that this friend/caller says Republicans are “evil.” Some are incompetent, for sure…George W, Michigan governor Rick Snyder, John McCain; but typically, the Conservatives I know are anything but evil. I know a lovely woman who is homeschooling the brightest, most charming kids I’ve ever met. I know a young man who has a painting of the founding fathers on his office wall, right next to a painting of Jesus; and on the other wall, he has a magnificent photograph of a World War II bomber. He’s patriotic, he has faith, and he respects the Constitution. I don’t see that as evil…even if I am an agnostic and don’t fully understand religion. The Conservatives I know donate to charities, they have calm discussions, and they clean up after themselves when they gather in public. I’ve seen it with my own eyes.

I know many very good people who are liberals too…however, liberals do have a very different outlook as to what is right and wrong. Even as an agnostic, I can’t stomach the thought of having my own child killed. I heard the beating heart of my unborn youngest son thanks to the marvel of modern science/machinery (though I’m still waiting on a Doctor Who time machine).

I saw him taking shape inside of my wife. I can’t wrap my head around the kind of hate one must have to have in their heart to think it is okay to kill someone so helpless, so small, and so fragile. That’s a life.

My father is a Conservative, and I consider him a great man. He has shared stories about WWII pilots and heroes from The Tuskegee Airmen to Paul Tibbetts and the Enola Gay to one of the most decorated American combat soldiers of World War II, Audie Murphy. My dad told me to respect the military. He took me to air shows and airplane museums. He took me to see the USS, The Sullivans museum ship, and told me about the brothers themselves.

He made me understand the sacrifices Americans have made to protect freedom and liberty…not just at home, but around the world. Yes, we’ve had to use force, to defeat evil like Hitler, Hirohito, and many of history’s great evils; but in the grand scheme of things, more lives were saved than lost. There will always be casualties in war, but we must stand up for what is right. So many on the left believe the key to peace is to disarm. They have this same mindset when they talk of individual gun rights. They believe gun violence will decrease if you take guns away from law-abiding citizens. They believe peace will come when America downsizes its military. What they seem to forget is that the other side isn’t giving up their weapons. Outlawing guns leaves them only in the hands of lawbreakers.

I asked this friend/caller “What specifically do you see as evil?” I’d love to know, but have not yet heard back from him. Conservatism, to me, has only a few flaws. It doesn’t accept that gay people should have every right afforded straight people, and it takes scripture a little too seriously. Liberalism, on the other hand, is flawed on many levels–abortion being a huge issue, the cycle of welfare (another issue that bothers me), blatant disregard for the Constitution, disrespect for the men and women of the US military, ongoing so-called Affirmative Action, etc.

For the life of me, I can’t comprehend how affirmative action in 2014 does anyone any good. Yes, 25, maybe 30 years ago, it was imperative…but in this day and age, I believe it dilutes the quality of the student body and the workforce. If I was a minority student trying to get into a college, and someone said, “We’re going to give you bonus points based on your skin color.” I’d ask them, “Don’t you think I’m capable of passing your admissions test without help?” Self-reliance is kind of a big deal for Conservatives; but Liberals see it as being mean, or even “evil.”

As for welfare, it feeds the cycle of poverty. Benjamin Franklin said, “We should make the poor uncomfortable and kick them out of poverty.” It may sound harsh; however, Franklin knew if you made poverty more comfortable, a lot of people would just sit back and give up. It’s far better for us to give people something to strive for. The left’s welfare policies trap people in poverty because they have little incentive to get out. Yes, we need to help people. Charity is important…but somehow, people need to be inspired to learn, to work, and to support themselves.

Honor, patriotism, respect for the military, respect for the Constitution, faith, and concern for the weakest citizens among us… doesn’t sound like “evil” to me.

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