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Krauthammer: Cruz "Doubling Down" on Denying Former Support Of Legalizing Illegal Immigrants

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: If you define amnesty as he does, as citizenship. Yes, he fought that. If you define it as allowing people who came here illegally not to suffer the consequences of illegal entry, which by law should be deportation, he did not oppose that. It is very clear that he supported that. And as you showed last night in that big showdown, many, many pieces of evidence like his interview with Byron York and others, and what he told the Texas Tribune, he, at the time, said he was in favor of a compromise that would take the 11 million out of the shadows and give them legal status. I’m not sure I understand why he is doubling down on denying what you can demonstrate with pieces of tape. … Read entire article »

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Obama: No Credible Threat Of Terror to U.S.

President Obama spoke at the National Counterterrorism Center on Thursday. He reiterated that the coalition is hitting Islamic State "harder than ever.†"We will not be terrorized,†the president said. The president said U.S. intelligence and counter-terrorism professionals don’t have any specific, credible information suggesting a terrorist attack on the U.S. during the holidays. “At this moment our intelligence and counterterrorism professionals do not have any specific and credible information about an attack on the homeland,” Obama announced today. “That said, we have to be vigilant.” Related Links from Bloomberg Politics:House Adopts $622 Billion Plan to Revive Expired Tax BreaksLawmakers Demand Screening of Refugee Social Media PostsCarter Orders Navy to Build Fewer Ships, Spend More on JetsNew Jersey Lawmakers Seek Christie End-Run With Ballot MovesBernie Sanders Receives Biggest Labor Endorsement … Read entire article »

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Obama at Naturalization Ceremony: "The Truth Is, Being An American Is Hard"

Speaking at a naturalization ceremony earlier this week at the National Archives, President Obama said Americans “must resolve to always speak out against hatred and bigotry in all of its forms” against immigrants. “We must resolve to always speak out against hatred and bigotry in all of its forms — whether taunts against the child of an immigrant farmworker or threats against a Muslim shopkeeper,” Obama said Tuesday. “We are Americans. Standing up for each other is what the values enshrined in the documents in this room compels us to do -– especially when it’s hard. Especially when it’s not convenient. That’s when it counts. That’s when it matters — not when things are easy, but when things are hard.” “The truth is, being an American is … Read entire article »

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Cruz to Carolla: College Students Think It's A "Microaggression" To Hear Anything They Disagree With

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz talks a flat tax, an election mandate to enact his agenda, the Donald Trump phenomenon, political correctness on campus, Hillary Clinton and more in an interview with Adam Carolla that was aired on the Thursday broadcast of his podcast. Cruz called out “pampered teenagers” on the college campus, many of whom he says were raised in wealthy homes, who don’t want to hear anything they disagree with. Cruz said that is “anti-academic” and an actual “microaggression.” “There are many on the left who I think are weakening this country,” Cruz told the popular podcaster. “So you talk about, for example, universities. You see at universities these essentially pampered teenagers, many of them from very wealthy homes, who complain that they don’t want to hear anything that … Read entire article »

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Putin: Trump "Unquestionably Talented" Person, "Absolute Leader"

Speaking after his televised annual news conference in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin talked about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. (Putin’s remarks in Russian are translated into English.) Related Links from Bloomberg Politics:Bernie Sanders Receives Biggest Labor Endorsement YetPelosi, White House Support Plan Allowing U.S. Crude Oil ExportsJeb Bush (Jr.) Has a Very Bright Political FutureCruz Out of Sync on Ethanol with Likely Republican Caucus-Goers in Iowa PollTed Cruz Is Winning the War With Trump Without Even Having a Battle … Read entire article »

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McCaskill on Low Female Millennial Support For Hillary: "There May Not Be A Natural Enthusiasm" For Her

ANDREA MITCHELL, NBC NEWS: I think the Clinton campaign felt that they would have a really enthusiastic base among women. And what they are finding is what all of us are finding in the polling, that there’s a generational divide, that older women, college educated women, are supporting Hillary Clinton. Younger women are less so. What do you think — what do you think the problem that she’s had in attracting millennials is? SEN. CLAIRE MCCASKILL (D-MO): Well, I think part of it is they haven’t yet fully looked at the choices. There may not be a natural enthusiasm because the Clintons have been around all of their lives and this doesn’t feel as new and as different and as historic as it does to … Read entire article »

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Trump on Jimmy Kimmel Live: "I'm Going To Win The Hispanic Vote"

Donald Trump talks about his plans to deal with illegal immigration and his proposed temporary ban on Muslims entering the US and says he has Muslim friends who support his plan. … Read entire article »

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Krauthammer Trashes Cruz: Rubio Tricked Him Into "Crossing The Rubicon" Over Immigration

In Wednesday’s Special Report Online panel, FNC analyst Charles Krauthammer wonders how Ted Cruz allowed himself to say he never supported legalizing illegal immigrants in Wednesday’s debate. “He stumbled into saying he never supported legalization,” he said. “You would think he would have that answer prepared, or did the staff not tell him that you crossed, I hate to say this, a Rubicon last night, when [Rubio] made him say that [he never supported legalization],” Krauthammer said. Cruz would respond that what Marco Rubio and Fox News are calling “support” for the gang of eight bill was actually an attempt to stop the bill from the inside, as was widely reported at the time. CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: What was interesting about your interview [with Sen. Ted Cruz], is that it was one quotation or … Read entire article »

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Bernie Sanders to Americans: Don't Allow Yourselves To Be Divided And Conquered By The Ruling Class

As part of a wide ranging interview with philosophical rapper Killer Mike, Sen. Bernie Sanders explains the economic roots of hatred. BERNIE SANDERS: In the 1950s, what state in this country had the lowest paid white workers? … Mississippi. What did the whole system tell these white workers, who were the lowest-paid white workers in the U.S. — in other words, these workers were being exploited. What they said is, you can go over to that water fountain and take a drink, and this black guy can’t. You can go to this bathroom, you can go to this restaurant — Man, you got it good! Meanwhile, we’re paying you nothing. So you divided blacks from white, in that case, whites from blacks. It is what they always do. And then they go, you see that … Read entire article »

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Conservatives ‘Shocked’ by Change to Immigration Law Tucked Inside Spending Bill

House conservatives are up in arms over a provision in the omnibus spending bill that could allow more than a quarter-million temporary guest workers into the U.S.   As a significant change to immigration law, the legislation stunned conservative lawmakers, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told The Daily Signal. “It came out of nowhere, completely out of nowhere,” Jordan, chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, said, “[and] everyone was shocked there was a change and no one had talked about it.” The provision is the most recent aspect of the $1.1-trillion package to rile conservatives. Congress hopes to pass the omnibus by Friday, before heading home for the holidays. Tucked into the 2,009-page spending bill, the measure would increase the current federal caps on H-2B visas for low-skilled foreign workers seeking blue-collar jobs in … Read entire article »

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Have Human Rights Improved in Cuba? What a Dissident Thinks

It was one year ago this week that the Obama administration announced the United States would normalize relations with Cuba, saying the new policy would lay the foundation for democratic reform and human rights. But over the past year, violent beatings against pro-democracy activists have escalated, and the number of political dissidents being detained—over 7,000—is on schedule to break previous records. Antonio Rodiles, a dissident brutally beaten for participating in a human rights demonstration last summer, sat down with The Daily Signal to talk about the state of human rights in Cuba one year after the agreement and why he fears that President Barack Obama’s move will strengthen the Castro regime. The post Have Human Rights Improved in Cuba? What a Dissident Thinks appeared first on The Daily Signal. … Read entire article »

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How Well Is US Vetting Social Media of Immigrants? San Bernardino Attack Sparks Debate

How Well Is US Vetting Social Media of Immigrants? San Bernardino Attack Sparks Debate

In the aftermath of the San Bernardino terrorist attack, a debate has emerged over how social media should be used in the vetting of foreigners who wish to visit or immigrate to the U.S. FBI Director James Comey confirmed this week that the husband-and-wife attackers were “showing signs in their communication of their joint commitment to jihad and to martyrdom” through private messages. The private vs. public distinction is important, because Comey’s comments contradicted an earlier New … Read entire article »

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School District Purges Bible Verses From ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

Elementary school students performing “A Charlie Brown Christmas” in Johnson County, Ky., Thursday night will act out the show purged of Bible verses after the school district barred all religious references. School officials censored W.R. Castle Elementary School’s play, along with other holiday programs in the district, after receiving a lone complaint about mentions of religion in Christmas productions at schools, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. After receiving a message from Johnson County Schools Superintendent Thomas Salyer noting that Christmas programs need to “follow appropriate regulations,” Principal Jeff Cochran rid the classic Peanuts play of the scene where the character Linus recites passages from the Bible detailing the story of Jesus lying in the manger to explain to Charlie Brown “what Christmas is all about.” Another school reportedly replaced the hymn “Silent Night” with a Christmas rendition … Read entire article »

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‘Significant’ Step in Former Atlanta Fire Chief’s Case Alleging Unfair Termination Over Christian Views

A federal judge denied Wednesday the city of Atlanta’s attempt to throw out a wrongful termination case brought by former fire chief Kelvin Cochran. Cochran, who has served as a firefighter for 34 years, was fired after publishing and distributing a book that addressed issues of homosexuality, gay marriage, and premarital sex from a biblical perspective. “The judge’s decision to allow the lawsuit to go on is extremely significant,” said Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel David Cortman, who is representing Cochran in his case. The city was looking to say there’s no validity to this case—we were just in firing him, and the court doesn’t even have to let the case go forward—and the court rightly rejected that and said no, there’s enough evidence here to move forward. After being suspended without pay … Read entire article »

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Obama Refuses to Alter ISIS Strategy

President Barack Obama traveled to the Pentagon on Monday in a highly choreographed public relations exercise designed to reassure Americans about his administration’s efforts to defeat the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) and protect against terrorist attacks at home and abroad. Speaking for eight minutes, surrounded by a phalanx of Pentagon officials and Vice President Joe Biden, the president had little new to say. He proclaimed once again that his minimalist strategy against ISIS is working and that “[w]e are hitting ISIL harder than ever.” The inconvenient truth is that the Obama administration has been pulling its punches since its military campaign against ISIS began on August 7, 2014, more than 16 months ago. White House micro-managers have put such heavy political restrictions on air strikes to limit possible civilian … Read entire article »

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Should Religious Schools Be Allowed to Enforce Their Religious Mission?

Wheaton College is a private college in the suburbs of Chicago with the following mission statement: Wheaton College serves Jesus Christ and advances His Kingdom through excellence in liberal arts and graduate programs that educate the whole person to build the church and benefit society worldwide. When a professor wore a hijab to show solidarity with Muslims and publicly proclaimed it was because Christianity and Islam are similar, Wheaton College placed her on administrative leave. Should a school like Wheaton College be allowed to suspend or fire a professor for acting contrary to its mission? Certainly, public colleges are bound by the First Amendment to allow, among other things, personal expressions of religious and political belief by their professors and students. Many private colleges also claim to be non-sectarian and are at least morally … Read entire article »

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Congress Shockingly Fails to Address Alleged EPA Lawbreaking

Federal agencies are probably celebrating today. They just learned there’s pretty much nothing they can do, including allegedly breaking the law, that will earn the wrath of Congress. The Government Accountability Office, the federal government’s arbitrator on the use of appropriated funds, issued a legal opinion finding that the Environmental Protection Agency broke the law when developing its controversial new water rule. This rule would allow the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to regulate almost any water, including certain man-made ditches and so-called waters that are dry land most of the time. According to the GAO, the EPA engaged in improper lobbying and covert propaganda. The agency’s activities didn’t just focus on getting support for its rule. They also sought to impact Congress and the legislative process by encouraging opposition to … Read entire article »

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Here’s a Better Idea Than the Massive Government Spending Bill

The omnibus spending bill soon to come before us is chock-full of controversial policies that never would have passed had they been exposed to the light of day. Not only does this bill spend an additional half-billion dollars on an unreformed and failing Head Start program, and not only does this bill air-drop an entire cyber-security bill that lacks important protections for privacy and personal information, but according to the White House, this bill also fully funds President Barack Obama’s Paris climate fund. None of these policy changes would have passed by itself. These are highly controversial policies and merit an open and honest debate on the Senate floor. It is an insult to this body, the Constitution, and the American people that the least trusted institution in America is planning to sneak … Read entire article »

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A $19-Billion Congressional Accounting Gimmick

A favorite budget gimmick of congressional appropriators has reared its ugly head once again in this week’s omnibus appropriations bill, which was released on Wednesday. Commonly referred to as CHIMPs, Changes in Mandatory Programs are changes to mandatory spending and entitlement programs that affect current-year budget authority. Reductions in mandatory program authority are treated as changes in discretionary spending for the purposes of congressional scoring. This way CHIMPs free up more money for Congress to spend. Because any “savings” are mostly an on-paper exercise, CHIMPs represent accounting gimmicks. Mandatory spending is merely delayed to a later year, and these so-called savings allow for additional discretionary spending in the current budget year. As if the additional $50 billion in spending above the budget caps wasn’t already excessive, the omnibus bill released in the early … Read entire article »

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How the Spending Deal’s Risk Corridor Provision Would Affect Obamacare Co-Ops

How the Spending Deal’s Risk Corridor Provision Would Affect Obamacare Co-Ops

A provision of the omnibus spending bill prohibiting taxpayer dollars from being used to “bail out” insurers under Obamacare’s risk corridor program could jeopardize the future of the co-ops created under the health care law. Republicans included language restricting the use of taxpayer dollars for Obamacare’s risk corridor program, which they call a taxpayer-backed insurer bailout, in the $1.1-trillion omnibus spending bill released early Wednesday morning. The language mirrors that included in last year’s government spending … Read entire article »

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