Conservative Lawmakers Went Against Boehner Last Week; Now He’s Taking This Revenge

House Speaker John Boehner continues to punish GOP members of Congress who break ranks.

Last week, 34 conservative Republicans voted against a procedural rule that would have advanced the vote on Trade Promotion Authority. President Obama has sought to re-establish so-called “fast-track” negotiation authority, which requires Congress to approve or disapprove a trade deal within a certain time frame, without amendments. The move is seen as critical for the approval of the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement later this year.

Today, Congress voted to grant that authority to the president for another six years.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., was among the 34 who voted against the procedural rule last week. He was chairman of the Government Operations subcommittee; however, after the vote, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, gave Meadows the option of resigning his position or being fired.

Boehner when questioned about the move said: “I think the chairman made the right decision.” He added: “I made it clear to the members I supported that decision and I don’t think I need to say a whole lot more. But I’m sure the family conversation will continue.”

“In the wake of the procedural vote on Trade Promotion Authority, Reps. Trent Franks of Arizona, Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming and Steve Pearce of New Mexico were removed from the GOP whip team. The members each defied House Republican leadership in voting against the deal,” according to the Daily Signal.

“[The speaker] signaled he has no plans ease up on lawmakers who stray on key votes,” the Washington Examiner reported. “We have a majority and when it comes to procedural votes in the House, the majority has to stick together and vote for…those procedural motions,” he said.

Boehner used the same word choice of having a “family conversation” after Reps. Justin Amash of Michigan, Tim Huelskamp of Kansas, David Schweikert of Arizona, and Walter Jones of North Carolina were kicked off their committees after they didn’t vote for him to be speaker during the 113th Congress.

The Daily Signal reports that this session, “Reps. Daniel Webster and Richard Nugent, both of Florida, were removed from the powerful Rules Committee after voting for other members during the speaker election in January.”

With regards to Nugent, “Campaign checks from corporate political action committees have all but dried up. GOP leaders have prohibited him from traveling on congressional trips overseas. Bills that Nugent has written have been snatched away and doled out to other members of the House Republican Conference,” according to Politico.

The House Freedom Caucus (made up of between 30 and 40 conservative lawmakers) met Tuesday night to discuss Meadows’ removal from his chairmanship. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, its chairman, recounted: “We had a good discussion. I’ll leave it at that,” regarding the House GOP leadership’s tactics.

The Freedom Caucus could make life difficult for Boehner when he seeks to move legislation that requires strong Republican support.

Meadows, who is a member of the caucus, said regarding his removal: “There is no honor in bowing to a bully.” He added: “There is only honor in fighting a good fight—win or lose. This is not a fight I will back down from.”

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Obama Assisting al-Qaeda In Saudi Arabia’s War Against Shia Islam

President Barack Obama still continues to assist Islamic Sunni fighters including al-Qaeda, and the Republicans in Congress still support him. When does this stupidity end?

On Sunday, June 7, 2015, under the direction of President Obama, air strikes were conducted by Air Force and Navy attack aircraft in support of al-Qaeda.

U.S.-led coalition airplanes carried out four airstrikes against the Islamic State (ISIL) in the town of Suran in the Aleppo province during a battle between the Islamic State and the Islamist coalition led by Al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra.

The Islamic State had seized control of Suran the prior week and has since been fighting an alliance of Islamist rebels, including Al Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front and the Ahrar al-Sham movement in the surrounding area.

The previous month, Obama ordered air strikes against both Al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham. The last Obama-ordered strike against the al-Qaeda affiliate was on May 20th, near Aleppo
province in Syria, in which 15 Al-Nusra fighters were killed.

In May, our tax dollars were used to bomb al-Nusra; and in June, our tax dollars were used to bomb the Islamic State and help al-Nusra take a town. All of the fighters involved are Sunni.

Summing up in a paragraph: Three to four years ago, the United States helped to arm the al-Qaeda offshoot which became the Islamic State (ISIL) with the idea that it was more “moderate” than Jabhat al-Nusra–which is part of al-Qaeda. Then the United States armed Sunni fighters such as the Hazzm Movement, associated with the Free Syrian Army, to fight al-Nusra and the Islamic State. But the Hazzm Brigade joined with al-Nusra in January 2015. Obama then ordered the bombing of al-Nusra along with the Hazzm Brigade, which we had armed and trained. Then this month, we bombed the ISIL during a battle to help al-Nusra and other al-Qaeda affiliated groups, including the Hazzm Brigade.

If you understand the paragraph above, congratulations–because I wrote it, and I don’t even understand it. No one can understand the so-called strategy of President Barack Obama in Syria. What is even more mind-boggling is that Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham want President Obama to do more of whatever it is he is doing.

President Obama and a majority of Republican Senators want to somehow defeat the secular government of Syria dominated by Shiites and disband that nation’s army, just as was done in Iraq. At the same time, they want to defeat the Islamic State, as well as all al-Qaeda-associated groups including al-Nusra. After all these groups are defeated, including the ones we armed and trained in the past, the final goal is to establish a “democracy” in Syria. That really worked well for us in Iraq, Libya, and Yemen, didn’t it?

What is the result of the plans advocated by Barack Obama, John McCain, and Lindsey Graham? Their plans are destroying the churches founded by the Apostles including Peter, Paul, and John. Hundreds of thousands of Christians driven from their homes. Thousands of Christian men murdered. Thousands of Christian women and young girls forced into Islamic marriages. Married Christian women having been used as sex slaves passed from one Sunni fighter to the next. That, and millions of both Christian and Muslim refugees starving in UN camps.

Reality check: The Islamic fighters whom we are arming, training, and paying a monthly salary hate every aspect of America’s secular society.

Yet, President Obama and his pals in the Senate, such as John McCain and Lindsey Graham, have the absurd belief that Sunni Muslim fighters they arm and train are actually going to carry out the will of a gay-loving, dope-smoking, alcohol-consuming, over-eating, feminist-dominated secular nation such as the United States, which they view as the great Satan!

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Fox News Just Confirmed This BIG Report About Sarah Palin’s Future With The Network

If there’s one public figure the left absolutely loves to hate — a lady whose constant bashing in and by the liberal media would seem to prove it’s the libs who are waging a “war on women” — it’s Sarah Palin.

In a just-confirmed report that the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential contender is no longer under contract as a regular contributor to Fox News, the left-leaning website Politico headlined: “Fox dumps Sarah Palin.” Another conservative-smearing site, Mother Jones, screams: “Fox News Has Apparently Had Enough of Sarah Palin.” Huffington Post declares: “Fox News Fails To Renew Sarah Palin’s Contract.”

While Fox News has reportedly confirmed that Palin is no longer under contract to the cable net, there’s been no suggestion in any of the coverage that the parting was anything other than amicable. There’s been no reporting that it was the network’s decision to “dump” Palin. In fact, there’s been no reporting on whose decision it was not to continue the formal, contractual relationship — quite possibly, it was Palin herself who decided not to be bound any longer by her Fox News obligation so that she could make herself more available to other media outlets.

In the Politico piece whose bold headline blares, “Fox dumps Sarah Palin,” the writer would seem to discount his own article’s presumptive and unsubstantiated headline by noting that Palin is now free to “appear on other networks and cables” as the 2016 election cycle shifts into a higher gear. The writer also notes that Palin is super-busy with a number of projects, political and otherwise.

Palin, 51, is expected to make occasional guest appearances on Fox and Fox Business, and will appear on other networks and cables. She has a show on the Sportsman Channel, does a lot of speeches, and will announce a new publishing project soon.

Palin, on her own and through her political action committee SarahPAC, is also expected to be very active in the campaigns of a number of Republican candidates for Congress and for various governorships. So, clearly, it’s not as though Palin will be retreating to her Alaska home to live an obscure and unappreciated life in the shadows.

As the Politico article reports: “This week, SarahPAC is donating to over 40 candidates. She is currently out in the mail to several thousand SarahPAC donors with a half-hour documentary DVD detailing her impact on Republican politics over the past three cycles.”

Reportedly, the Palin-Fox split occurred around June 1st. But the Fox News website that showcases “on air personalities” still features a lengthy and detailed look at Palin’s life and times, referring to her as a Fox News “contributor” who is an “influential force in the national debate.”

Palin is a contributor for FOX News where she offers her political commentary and analysis across all FOX News platforms, including FOX Business Channel, foxnews.com, and FOX News Radio. She also participates in special event political programming for FOX Broadcasting.

By the way, Sarah Palin’s “politician” page on Facebook has some 4.4 million likes. The Facebook “media” page of the organization that claimed Fox “dumped” Palin as an irrelevant has-been boasts only about one-eighth that many.

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Watch: ‘Pawn Stars’ Star Rick Harrison Just Revealed Why He’s Endorsing This 2016 Presidential Contender

In the age of reality television, politicians have a new field of influential voices from which to attract endorsements. One such star, Rick Harrison of History’s Pawn Stars, is an already outspoken personality who recently finished a campaign ad for 2016 White House hopeful Marco Rubio.

Sean Hannity aired the commercial to begin a recent segment of his eponymous Fox News Channel program.

“When people see for themselves,” Harrison said of his own position as a pawnbroker, “I don’t have to convince them it’s a good investment. I don’t have to show them the value for their family, their business or their future – they get it.”

The same was true when he first met Rubio, Harrison continued.

“When this guy walked into my shop,” he recalled, “I knew he was the real deal.”

Harrison joined Hannity to elaborate further on his decision to back the Florida senator.

“I met with him a few times,” he explained, “and he gets it. He understands … the number one thing in this world that has brought people out of poverty is the ease of doing business – and it’s getting harder and harder and harder.”

Hannity chimed in that, considering Hillary Clinton’s many campaign missteps and scandals, the White House seems to be “there for the taking” for any Republican able to resonate with voters.

He said he is looking for a candidate with an “inspiring vision to solve our problems that can articulate that vision and win.”

Harrison agreed, suggesting that Rubio fits that bill.

“He’s an incredible speaker,” he said. “He doesn’t need a teleprompter for everything.”

There are several other reasons – education reform, for example – Harrison thinks Rubio would be the best choice for America’s future. As a businessman, however, the economic invigoration he believes Rubio would bring to the White House is a central factor.

Are business-friendly policies the key to economic prosperity? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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When Ben Carson Came Under Attack From An Atheist, He Silenced Him With One Brilliant Line

2016 Republican Presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson addressed the Faith and Freedom Conference recently. During his address, he told the crowd how he responded to one anti-God bully.

“I remember a few years back,” he said, “I was engaged in a debate in Hollywood with a leading atheist.”

The individual, Carson explained, “thinks anybody who believes in God is a total moron.”

According to the narrative, the debate ended shortly after the atheist expressed some particularly deprecating thoughts about those who believe the biblical story of creation.

“I said, ‘You know what? You’re right,’” Carson said. In a Vine clip that has since been played nearly 100,000 in just the first six hours of its publication, the retired neurosurgeon explained why he conceded the atheist’s claim.

“I believe I came from God,” he told the other individual, “and you believe you came from a monkey; and you’ve convinced me you’re right.”

A few Vine commenters bristled at Carson’s response, with one particularly interested user posting multiple reactions.

“Religion is sad,” user EpilepticLettuceFarmer posted. “So if didnt [sic] evolve from something then you believe in magic?”

On Twitter, however, Carson found significantly more support.

One fan called the retort a “great response,” though he pointed out that “the atheist came from a ‘jacka**’ and not a monkey….”

Prior to announcing his candidacy, Carson publicly took on the atheist group behind a push to strip all Bibles from hotel rooms operated by the U.S. Navy.

“It is extremely hypocritical of the foundation to request the removal of Bibles from hotel rooms on the basis of their contention that the presence of Bibles indicates that the government is choosing one religion over another,” he said at the time. “If they really thought about it, they would realize that removal of religious materials imposes their religion on everyone else.

Do you believe God created the heavens and the earth? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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