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White House chief of staff claims Obama administration is ‘most transparent’ in history

According to White House chief of staff Jack Lew, the Obama White House is the “most transparent” in history. The facts, however, don’t support Lew’s claim. The Obama administration has used executive orders, claimed executive privilege and conducted secret investigations of Americans more often than several previous Presidents.  In addition, the White House has launched several internal investigations into leaks, terrorized staffers suspected of talking “out of school” to reporters and fired several low and mid-level staff members for being honest with the press and public. “This administration has been the most transparent ever,” Lew claimed on CNN’s “State of
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Rabid right-wing anger generates outrageous comments about Supreme Court decision

How pissed is the right over the Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling? Very pissed.  In fact, the rabid right is mad as hell and frothing at the mouth. The Week uncovered some juicy tidbits: Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana had to issue an apology to colleagues after he compared the court’s ruling to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  Conservative commentator Pam Geller Obama compared Obama to a vampire. Sarah Palin tweeted: “Obama lies; freedom dies.: Others offered doomsday scenarios.  Said right-wing Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri: “Today, America is threatened with a stage three cancer of socialism.”  Rep. Time Huelskam of Kansas
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Romney raises $4.6 million in just 24 hours following Obamacare ruling by Supreme Court

Angry right-wingers, pissed over the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare, are protesting with their checkbooks, contributing $4.6 million to presumptive GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney in the 24 hours following the court’s decision upholding the health care law‘s individual insurance mandate. Contributions from more than 47,000 donors flooded the online donations page of Romney’s campaign web site. Campaign spokesman Andrea Saul said the contributions continue to flow in, mostly in small donations by those angered by the Supreme Court decision. Romney’s campaign wasted no time in sending out a fundraising email after the court’s decision was announced Thursday. Said Romney
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Eric Holder found in contempt of Congress after 108 Democrats walk out

Rather than fight and take a stand, 108 Democrats turned tail and ran away Thursday from the battle over a criminal contempt citation against Attorney General Eric Holder, walking out of the House chamber rather than vote. That left 17 Democrats willing to vote to hold the Attorney General in contempt and joining party-line Republicans in approving the contempt citation by a lopsided 255 to 67 margin, making Holder the first cabinet officer in history to be held in contempt by a Congressional vote. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer called it “an irresponsible day for the House of Representatives.”  House
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Supreme Court upholds Obamacare insurance mandate

In what will undoubtedly be viewed as a major victory by the Obama administration, the U..S. Supreme Court, in a landmark 5-4 decision, upheld Obamacare’s controversial individual mandate that requires all Americans to purchase or have health insurance. Some legal scholars felt the mandate would be struck down by the high court but the Supremes kept the power of Congress to impose the mandate as a tax if necessary but Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s liberal side to five the mandate a victory. Wrote Roberts in the court’s opinion: If an individual does not maintain health insurance, the
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Supreme Court makes lying about military service, honors, legal

The Supreme Court today made it legal to lie about military service and even to claim winning the Congressional Medal of Honor. Bragging about exploits that didn’t exist, the court said, is bragging but not illegal. The court struck down The Stolen Valor Act, passed by Congress in 2005, which made it illegal to claim or wear certain high honor medals from military service. In 2007, Xavier Alvarez, a member of the Three Valleys Municipal Water District Board in Pomona, CA, said he had been “wounded many times” in combat as a Marine and was awarded the Congressional Medal of
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Did Sen. Rand Paul abandon his Libertarian and Tea Party philosophies?

Critics say Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky abandoned his state and local rights philosophy by offering a series amendments to a District of Columbia local spending bill that would dictate policy on guns, abortions and unions. The amendments forced supporters of the local funding bill to pull it from consideration and brought a rash of complaints over what they called the Kentucky Senator’s “hypocrisy.” Editorialized The Washington Post: We thought we could no longer be surprised by congressional hypocrisy when it comes to the nation’s capital, but Mr. Paul’s willingness to turn his back on his supposed libertarian principles and
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Advisers warned Obama that naming Holder AG was a dangerous move

Washington insiders warned Newly-elected President Barack Obama in late 2008 that selecting scandal-tinted prosecutor Eric Holder as Attorney General could have consequences. Many questioned Holder’s role, as assistant attorney general, in President Bill Clinton’s last-minute and controversial pardon of fugitive financier and big-time Democratic contributor Marc Rich.  Holder advised Rich’s attorney to do an end-around the normal procedure on Presidential pardons and instead present a last-minute appeal to Clinton just as the President was leaving office. Some felt Holder lied to both the House Government Reform Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee about his role in the pardon.  The House
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Democrats to their party: ‘Hell no, we won’t go’ to the convention

An increasing number of Democrats are not only running for election or re-election this year. They are running away from their own party and an incumbent Democratic President. Democratic National Committee officials fret over the alarming number of Democratic incumbents skipping the party’s Presidential nominating convention in Charlotte. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri is saying “thanks but no thanks” to her invite. So is Sen. Jon Tester of Montana.  Others opting out Democratic Representatives like Mark Critz of Pennsylvania, Jim Matheson of Utah and Georgia’s John Barrow. Why?  Most are locked in tight races and don’t see any advantage wasting
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The Holder debacle: Just petty politics as usual in a town where lying is the name of the game

Republicans in the House of Representatives, set to vote Thursday on a contempt citation against Attorney General Eric Holder, say the battle is about Presidential abuse of power and lying to Congress. Of course, many of these same Republicans sat on their hands during the administration of George W. Bush when he used executive privileges to conceal information from Capitol Hill and refused to provide documents to Democrat fueled investigations into a GOP president’s abuse of power. Such is the hypocritical nature of politics and government and that hypocrisy intensifies during an Presidential election year.  Republicans used their new majority
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