Replace John Boehner as House Speaker (declare the chair vacant!)

As my colleague streiff wrote a while ago, (alleged) Republican Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner just pushed through a “clean” bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security and funded Barack Obama’s plan to grant amnesty to millions of illegals. Boehner has once again flipped the bird to the conservative base and shown his cowardice in the face of the Democrat meanies who threaten to throw a fit about a shutdown. John Boehner must go. He must be replaced as House Speaker. He does not represent the interests of the majority of Americans who voted for a Republican...

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Democrats Plan To Win Elections With Illegal Alien Votes

The Obama Democrats have an audacious scheme for winning future elections. They just plan to import 5 million non-citizens and credential them as voters who will, in gratitude, vote Democratic. The way this devious formula works is stunningly simple. Just get the new Republican Congress (under Speaker John Boehner and Sen. Mitch McConnell) to pass a full-funding bill for Homeland Security without any exception for the funding of Obama's illegal executive amnesty, which will allow Obama to give work permits, Social Security numbers and driver's licenses to 5 million illegal aliens.

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Boehner Seeks To Dodge Blame For Coming DHS Funding Cave On Executive Amnesty

House Speaker John Boehner is under fire on Capitol Hill, as Democrats are poised to take control of the House floor to fund President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty. Even though Republicans have solid majorities in both chambers of Congress, a little known and seldom used House rule seems likely to become the vehicle through which a so-called “clean” Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill—meaning one that would have no language blocking Obama’s executive amnesty—would pass the House of Representatives. Senate Republicans already caved last week, passing a clean DHS funding bill for the full rest of the fiscal year...

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Boehner, Priebus Ex-Chiefs of Staff Air Ads to Pressure Conservatives Resisting Executive Amnesty

The former chiefs of staff to House Speaker John Boehner and Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus are part of a concerted effort to target House conservatives with advertisements aimed at pressuring them to cave to President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty and fund it in its entirety through the end of the fiscal year. “An outside group aligned with House GOP leadership will spend $400,000 this week to urge dozens of conservative House Republicans to vote for Department of Homeland Security funding — a new and more aggressive phase in the legislative battle among Republicans that’s consuming Capitol Hill,” Politico...

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Rahm Emanuel's Chicago Nears Fiscal Free Fall

ities: The problem with socialism, Margaret Thatcher once noted, is you eventually run out of other people's money. In progressive Chicago, that's hit home as Moody's has cut its credit rating to two grades above "junk." Chicago's finances are staggering under the weight of an unfunded pension liability that Moody's Investors Service has estimated at $32 billion, eight times the city's operating revenue. Chicago has a $300 million structural deficit. And Illinois law requires the city to up its 2016 contributions to its police and fire pension funds by $550 million. "This is an unfortunate wake-up call for anyone still...

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The most powerful Democrat in Congress could be unseated for the first time in nearly 3 decades

Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada) is wearing special glasses as he recovers from injuries suffered in an exercise accident in December. The most powerful Democrat in Congress could face his toughest reelection race yet next year. Last week Gravis Insights released a new poll of Minority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nevada) 2016 race and found him trailing two lesser-known challengers: state Attorney General Adam Laxalt (R) and former Lt. Governor Brian Krolicki (R). Gravis has a poor track record as a pollster, but its results here are in line with other surveys that have repeatedly suggested Reid could be the most vulnerable...

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Rep. Steve King Moves To Preempt Clean DHS Bill

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is looking to preempt a little-known procedural rule that could allow a Democratic House Member to force a vote on the Senate’s clean Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill. In an email to some 160 House Members Monday, King highlights a recent Roll Call article describing clause four of House Rule XXII, which essentially allows any House Member to dispose of amendments to a bill and force a vote when there is disagreement between the House and Senate. “If we let Nancy Pelosi execute a privileged motion that would force a vote on the Senate version...

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Scott Walker; Sure, Obama loves his country

Gov. Scott Walker still hasn't spoken with President Barack Obama about the president's love for America, but the possible contender for the Republican nomination now has an opinion on the subject. Wisconsin's governor tells "Fox News Sunday" that Obama or "anybody else who is willing to put their name on the ballot certainly has to have the love for country to do that." ...

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How an Obscure Rule Could Give Boehner a Way Out of DHS Mess (their latest trick)

Updated 5:57 p.m. | A provision tucked deep in the House rule book could provide a way out of the Homeland Security funding mess for Speaker John A. Boehner — without the Ohio Republican actually having to do anything. With rumblings about a full-scale revolt from within the ranks should Boehner put a funding bill on the floor that doesn’t explicitly block implementation of President Barack Obama’s immigration executive actions, there was talk Friday night from senior House Democratic aides of Republicans having found a face-saving procedural gambit that would ultimately end in full funding for Department of Homeland Security...

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Sen. Marco Rubio previews tax reform plan at donor meet

Sen. Marco Rubio previewed for conservative donors Saturday a tax reform plan that he will roll out in the coming week with Utah Sen. Mike Lee. The Florida senator, who has made clear to key supporters that he will run for president instead of reelection to the Senate, also told the Club for Growth donor meeting here that he would like to eliminate the U.S. Department of Education, shut down the Export-Import Bank and pass a detailed Obamacare alternative. Rubio said the bill he will introduce would reduce corporate tax rates from 35 percent to 25 percent, while eliminating both...

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Jeb Bush Fails CPAC, Can’t Even Stack Straw Poll Successfully

NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland — Republican voters rejected former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in the straw poll, as he earned only 8 percent of the vote and came in fifth. That came as, according to reports and several other campaigns, Bush attempted to rig the straw poll by busing in “supporters” from Washington, D.C., and K Street. So, after subtracting out those his campaign packed into the Gaylord hotel in National Harbor, his support among conservatives is even more smaller than it appears. Bush faced a round of ridicule from pretty much everyone across...

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Right to Work Gives Gov. Scott Walker Powerful 2016 Boost

Before the end of March, Wisconsin will likely become the 25th state to allow workers the choice of whether or not to join a union. With the pending enactment of a so-called “Right to Work” law, Wisconsin will join Indiana, Iowa and Michigan as the only Midwestern or Northeastern states without compulsory union membership. It could also power Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to the Republican nomination. It could be said that Walker’s campaign for the nomination began in 2011, when he pushed Act 10, a law stripping public sector employees of many collective bargaining rights, through the legislature. The proposal...

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Can John Boehner survive as House Speaker after DHS debacle?

Being elected Speaker of the US House of Representatives by his Republican peers should have been the happy culmination of a long congressional career for Rep. John Boehner. Telling his story about rising from modest circumstances – the second of 12 children in a working-class Ohio family – to become a legislative leader and second in order of presidential succession frequently brought tears to his eyes. But so far, at least, it’s largely been a slog through political swamps. He’s had to fight off not only Democrats but tea partiers and other members of his own party – including the...

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Daily Beast retracts story on Scott Walker

Another major media outlet has apologized after getting a story about Scott Walker wrong. Last week, it was the New York Times; now, it’s The Daily Beast. The Daily Beast has retracted an article from one of its college columnists that claimed that the Wisconsin governor’s budget would cut sexual assault reporting from the state’s universities. The post, published Friday, cited a report from Jezebel that wrongly interpreted a section of the state budget to mean that all assault reporting requirements were to get cut altogether. In fact, the University of Wisconsin system requested the deletion of the requirements to...

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Report: Jeb Bush Attempting to Rig CPAC Straw Poll with Bused in Supporters

NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland — Perhaps in fear that he didn’t have enough backers willing to show up on their own, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s campaign organized to bus supporters to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to cheer during his appearance on stage and vote for him in the straw poll. The New York Times’ Jonathan Martin writes that Bush brought people in from Washington, D.C.: “Mr. Bush’s supporters organized caravans of his Washington backers to attend his speech, and they cheered whenever anyone else booed,” Martin wrote. Those same bused in cheerers also will likely be expected by Bush’s...

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Boehner joins McConnell in fetal position

After having his leadership repudiated by his own caucus yesterday, last night Speaker Boehner turned to his best friend in the House, minority leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, for a life line. Using a procedural motion to suspend the rules, which required two-thirds vote, Boehner passed the Orwellian named Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act by a vote of 357-60. He did it with Democrat votes. Where he lost 51 GOP members on the earlier vote he lost 55 GOP members the second time around. The mind boggles. What is going to happen in one week that fixes this problem?...

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25 Takeaways From America’s Biggest Conservative Conference

The Daily Signal made its CPAC debut this year, closely following the 2016 contenders and hot policy debates at America’s largest conservative conference. We’ve pulled together a quick take on the highlights of the first two days. 1) Scott Walker Casts Himself as Champion of ‘Hard-Working Taxpayers’ ...

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Why I already have Hillary fatigue

Hillary Clinton is inevitable. Everybody says so. She has the name, the recognition, the mighty war chest and the huge Democratic machine behind her. She hasn’t even said she’s running for president, and she already has her party’s nomination locked up. No serious Democrat would be foolish enough to challenge her. But Ms. Clinton’s inevitability should make serious Democrats want to stick hot pokers in their eyes. She is a purely manufactured candidate, as artificial as plastic flowers in a cheap restaurant. She has no gift for inspiring or moving people, and if she has any ideas beyond the utterly...

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House chaos leaves GOP senators fuming

Senate Republicans are fuming over the House GOP’s decision to extend the standoff over the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), a move that they say uses up political oxygen and burns precious time on the legislative calendar. GOP senators say it’s time to move on to other issues, such as the budget, trade legislation, and regulatory and tax reform. They must defend 24 seats in the 2016 election and worry that voters could soon start to question their ability to govern unless they can move forward with a more substantive agenda. The fight over President Obama’s executive actions on immigration...

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Jeb Bush’s CPAC Debacle Wasn’t Saved By Bussing In Supporters

Jeb Bush’s campaign is calling Dick Tuck to see if he’s behind the debacle he suffered at CPAC 2015. Gateway Pundit confirmed that Jeb bussed in supporters so it wouldn’t look like everyone in the room hated him (or worse, left). But it didn’t matter, because they booed him anyway. And they left. And Slate got hold of the emails from Fritz Brogan telling his K-street astroturf crowd, We strongly recommend arriving as early as possible to get a seat,” wrote Brogan in an email sent to undisclosed recipients. “Our ‘Early Rise’ team will be there at 7:30am onward helping...

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Hill fight features rumblings of Boehner coup

Washington (CNN)—House Speaker John Boehner faces a looming threat from conservatives to oust him as speaker, and it's tying his hands on funding the Department of Homeland Security. Congress passed a one-week extension of funding just hours before the deadline on Friday night. It was that fear fueling Boehner's resistance to a longer-term bill, as it might prompt backlash from conservatives. President Barack Obama signed the bill, which funds the Department of Homeland Security through Friday. Two senior House Republican sources tell CNN there's a serious concern among those close to the Speaker that if he allowed a vote on...

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At this point, Tea Party Republicans are joining with Democrats to sink this 3-week bill

From Jamie Dupree on Twitter

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House takes key step to avoid Homeland Security shutdown (read details. Nice move, Boehner!)

The House moved a step closer to preventing a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security Friday by voting 228-191 to approve a motion to hold a conference with the Senate to negotiate a deal. The successful vote sets up a vote on a measure funding the department for three weeks. "Unfortunately, the Republicans have changed the sequencing of the consideration of legislation so that if we pass a motion to go to conference, the legislation which we could pass, which would be the ... balance-of-the-year funding for the Department of Homeland Security, would no longer be in possession of...

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McConnell uses Reid Trick Against Conservatives (more proof of their complicity)

In the last two years there have been two major attempts by conservatives to defund catastrophic policies. One attempt was Obamacare in October of 2013 and the other attempt was executive amnesty this week. In both attempts, the Republican House-passed bills were amended in the Senate to reinstate funding for Obamacare and executive amnesty. In both attempts, the Republican House-passed bills were amended in the Senate to reinstate funding for Obamacare and executive amnesty. In both cases, there weren’t 60 votes in the Senate to reinstate funding for these policies. So the majority leaders at the time had to resort...

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Rubio: I've learned lesson on immigration (HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA)

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) told the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that he's learned he was wrong on his approach to immigration reform. Rubio, a onetime Tea Party favorite whose support for a comprehensive immigration reform package hurt him with the GOP base, told the conservative crowd that he now understands U.S. borders must be secured before anything else can be done. "It wasn't very popular, I don't know if you know that from some of the folks here," Rubio said with a smile, earning laughs from the crowd, when asked about his earlier support for the bill by Fox...

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