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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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Sources: Substance abuse, not exhaustion, led to Jesse Jackson Jr.’s ‘leave of absence’

Sources close to supporters of Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. say the “medical leave of absence for treatment of exhaustion” announced Monday is a cover story for a history of substance abuse by the son of civil right leader Rev. Jesse Jackson. “The Congressman has substance abuse issues,” a former aide told Capitol Hill Blue Monday. “The exhaustion story is a cover.” Jackson’s office has been in cover-up mode since the Congressman’s “medical leave” began on June 10, issuing press releases with manufactured quotes by the incapacitated representatives, posting phony tweets to his Twitter Account and withholding announcement of the
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Condi Rice nails Obama on immigration, praises Romney at GOP fundraiser

Condoleezza Rice, George W. Bush’s Secretary of State, unloaded on President Barack Obama at a Republican shindig Monday night, knocking his actions on immigration while delivering strong praise for presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney. Speaking to a party fundraiser at the Capitol Hill Blue — a Republican hangout just steps from the Cannon House Office Building — Rice said; This is a truly consequential election. This is perhaps a turning point for the country. I’m very often asked to speak about the foreign policy aspects and there are some key important foreign policy issues before us. There are many foreign
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Both sides claim victory in Supreme Court’s split ruling on Arizona immigration law

    Both sides of the polarizing immigration issue claimed victory Monday after a split Supreme Court gutted parts of Arizona’s controversial law but left in place the most onerous part — the right of police to stop those they suspect of being illegal immigrants and check their status. In a statement issued by the White House, President Barack Obama said: I am pleased that the Supreme Court has struck down key provisions of Arizona’s immigration law. What this decision makes unmistakably clear is that Congress must act on comprehensive immigration reform. A patchwork of state laws is not a
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Tough times for Obama, but will that be enough to rid the nation of his Presidency?

Doesn’t look like a good week coming up for beleaguered President Barack Obama. The Supreme Court may hand down a decision that declares part or all of much-ballyhooed and largely ineffective health care “reform” bill unconstitutional. The House of Representatives is expected to vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt. The Supremes may also inject more controversy into the already contentious debate on immigration with a politically-charged decision on Arizona’s politically-polarizing law. Over at the Democratic National Committee, the lights burn late at night as strategists ponder new polling numbers that show Obama in trouble in North Carolina
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In an election year when war should be an issue, it is best to remember the lessons of Vietnam

War should be a major issue in Campaign 2012. Sadly, it is not. Both incumbent President Barack Obama and presumed Republican nominee Mitt Romney support sending Americans to fight and die for questionable causes.  Afghanistan has become Obama’s Vietnam and Romney is a warmonger. Only Texas Congressman Ron Paul had the guts to stand up against America’s current glut of wars  It would be nice is some of his positions against useless wars could find its way into the GOP platform in Tampa but the odds are slim given the Republican’s penchant for waging war and their subservience to a
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