Even The House Dems Want To Give Pelosi The Boot

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Massachusetts Democratic Representatives Michael Capuano and Stephen Lynch joined WGBH’s Greater Boston to discuss what they think must happen if the Democrats want to regain control of the House. They both agreed that Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi must go.

Capuano told the host that under Pelosi, the Dems are losing seats–and added that something may have to change moving forward.

“I think we need leadership that understands that if something that you’re doing is not working, change what you’re doing,” he said, noting that she could also be replaced.

Lynch piggybacked off of Capuano, adding definitively that she wouldn’t be the person to bring Democrats back into the majority.

After Democrats lost seats and control in the Senate last November, the nation’s eyes are set on 2016.

h/t: National Review

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Top Liberal Meltdowns Of 2014

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Whether made by politicians, cable news commentators, or civil rights activists, there was no shortage of controversial remarks and full-blown rants captured on video this year. Western Journalism compiled some of the more memorable moments of leftist punditry from 2014.

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Ex-CIA Official: Democrats Were Fully Aware Of Interrogation Methods

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On Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace interviewed the former director of the National Clandestine Service of the CIA, Jose Rodriguez, who oversaw the agency’s interrogation program.  Rodriguez said that Rep. Nancy Pelosi “knew every one of our enhanced interrogations” and was briefed on specific methods like waterboarding, sleep deprivation, pushing, and slapping just after Congress’ summer break.

“We briefed her specifically on the use of the enhanced interrogation techniques on Abu Zubayda.  So she knew, back in September of 2002, every one of our enhanced interrogation techniques.”

The former CIA Director told the Fox News host:

“These people were fully aware of all of the techniques that were given to us and approved by the Office of Legal Counsel at Justice.”

Rodriguez added that Nancy Pelosi “never objected to the techniques at all.”

He said that California congresswoman Jane Harman (D) was the only person who ever objected to the CIA’s practices when she cautioned the director in 2003 that “the perception will be in the future that you did this to hide something.”

Rodriguez went on to say that Jay Rockefeller, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, was well-informed with the Agency’s tactics and requested specific information from the 2004 Inspector General’s report.

“So, all of these people knew exactly what we were doing.”

(h/t: Townhall)

Image credit:  Fox News Sunday screenshot

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What Americans Just Said About Gun Rights Vs Gun Control Is A Huge Setback For Pelosi & Company

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Just days after Democrats on Capitol Hill — California’s Nancy Pelosi among them — signaled their intent to push once again for congressional action on greater gun control, along comes a new poll that provides their opponents with powerful ammunition.

The Pew Research Center says that, for the first time in more than twenty years of surveys, the American people express more support for gun rights than gun control.

Currently, 52% say it is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns, while 46% say it is more important to control gun ownership.

Pew says these new numbers show a significant shift in the public’s attitude since the tragic Sandy Hook shootings in Newtown almost two years ago.

The balance of opinion favored gun control in the immediate aftermath of the Newtown tragedy in December 2012, and again a month later.

Since January 2013, support for gun rights has increased seven percentage points – from 45% to 52% — while the share prioritizing gun control has fallen five points (from 51% to 46%).

Further findings in the new Pew Research survey support the argument of those who say that recent street violence, looting and destruction in the wake of the Ferguson and New York City police incidents have prompted the public to think more favorably about gun ownership for personal protection.

Nearly six-in-ten Americans (57%) say gun ownership does more to protect people from becoming victims of crime, while 38% say it does more to endanger personal safety.

This new poll would certainly appear to show the American public would not be supportive of a handful of Democrat lawmakers who, according to thehill.com, will push once again for universal background checks on all gun sales in the new Republican-controlled Congress.

Background check legislation failed to gain traction in the outgoing Congress despite a string of high-profile school shootings that gun control advocates had hoped would turn the political tide in their favor.

“When you don’t pass background checks, it’s just much more likely that someone will get their hands on an illegal gun and use it to kill their neighbors or their classmates,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.).

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has joined her fellow Democrats in their renewed call for enhanced gun control measures. But a key constituency for Pelosi & company — the African-American community — is also showing a big shift in attitudes about gun rights vs. gun control. According to Pew:

Currently, 54% of blacks say gun ownership does more to protect people than endanger personal safety, nearly double the percentage saying this in December 2012 (29%).

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Boehner Just Broke A Promise To Americans, And It Will Have Obama Grinning From Ear To Ear

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Since he became Speaker of the House, John Boehner has made many promises – one of which involved giving House Members ample time to read bills before they were passed.

Well, he just abandoned his pledge…

The House of Representatives is getting dangerously close to voting on the passage of a gigantic, trillion-dollar spending package – and the bill hasn’t even been presented yet!

Indeed, the bill makes the Oxford comprehensive dictionary look like a small paperback; yet members of Congress will likely have less than 24 hours to digest the information and make an “informed” decision.

Come crunch time, will members be tempted to bypass reading the bill before voting?

Congress in a Tight Squeeze?

At the time of this writing, the bill was scheduled to be released on Monday or Tuesday; and a vote will be held today. Nobody will have time to read what they’re voting on. Hundreds of Republican Members have repeatedly promised to read bills before they vote. Any voting for this bill will break that promise.

I wish I could tell you exactly how long the bill is, but we don’t know the exact page count. We also don’t know the total dollar amount, or which programs will be cut and added.

But here’s what we do know: Boehner has once again put Congress between a rock and a hard place – pretty much turning its members’ hands to let the bill slide through legislation.

You see, legislation is a messy business in the best of times; and Boehner’s stewardship has made it worse. Conservative budget hawk Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas explained Boehner’s moves this way: “Here we are doing the appropriations bill the last couple days” before a government shutdown, and “that’s not to squeeze Harry Reid. That’s to squeeze us.”

Plain and simple, Boehner is putting the hammer to anyone trying to limit government spending and foster fiscal responsibility. After all, his main objective is to deliver Barack Obama a spending plan to his liking. And he’s made it clear that the Republicans in his caucus need to toe the Obama line.

At least conservatives are seeing Boehner’s actions for exactly what they are…

Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina told the publication, The Hill, why Boehner is pushing so hard and punishing dissenters that don’t go along: “They don’t want you to read it, that’s why! You think they want you to analyze all the mischievous items in there? I think it’s aimed at screwing over the American people. You can quote me on that.”

The Fine Print Spells “Failure”

Instead of putting strong language in the bill against Obama’s Immigration Executive Action that would guarantee Republican support, Boehner is counting on Democrats to help him pass this massive piece of legislation.

And since it funds all of Barack Obama’s legislative priorities from Obamacare to a Homeland Securities Immigration rewrite, Nancy Pelosi has signaled (like Harry Reid) that she will provide votes to Boehner to get the job done.

Think about it: Why is Boehner doing the work of his political opponent? And, furthermore, why is Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid so excited to help John Boehner violate his previous pledges?

You see, lame-duck sessions of Congress are notorious for being when the Washington power elite get most of their dirty work done. Members who know they’ll be out of a job come January are only too happy to ingratiate themselves with the powers’ structure and vote for bills they otherwise would reject if they had to face the voters again.

It’s a very poor situation; John Boehner should be ashamed. And Republicans supporting this spending plan should face primary opponents in two years.

 

This commentary originally appeared at WallStreetDaily.com and is reprinted here with permission. 

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