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Sen. Tom Coburn speaks the truth
about the power in Washington

Washington Examiner, by Mark Tapscott

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Posted By:grace52, 12/31/2013 11:05:11 AM

Few are those in American politics these days with guts and knowledge to speak the truth without regard for the consequences. Without question, Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma belongs at the top of the list. Witness Coburn´s op-ed in today´s edition of The Wall Street Journal. He will not seek another term in the Senate, so Coburn isn't encumbered by re-election worries, which frees him to be blunt in describing his friend, President Obama:
"Taking unilateral, extralegal action — like delaying the employer mandate for a year when Mr. Obama realized the trouble it would cause for businesses — is part of a pattern for this administration.

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Sen. Tom Coburn speaks the truth
about the power in Washington
Washington Examiner, by Mark Tapscott    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 12/31/2013 11:05:11 AM     Post Reply
Few are those in American politics these days with guts and knowledge to speak the truth without regard for the consequences. Without question, Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma belongs at the top of the list. Witness Coburn´s op-ed in today´s edition of The Wall Street Journal. He will not seek another term in the Senate, so Coburn isn't encumbered by re-election worries, which frees him to be blunt in describing his friend, President Obama:
"Taking unilateral, extralegal action — like delaying the employer mandate for a year when Mr. Obama realized the trouble it would cause for businesses — is part of a pattern for this administration.

   

 

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Posted By: grace52- 12/30/2013 4:01:15 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Mike Lee is an unlikely outsider. The Utah Republican burst onto the political scene in 2010 as a Tea Party stalwart, ousting three-term Sen. Bob Bennett in a primary. But prior to that campaign -- Lee´s first for elected office -- he rose through the ranks of Utah´s GOP establishment at least partly on the coattails of his family´s deep political connections.

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Posted By: grace52- 12/20/2013 4:40:21 PM     Post Reply
A recent AP/GfK poll shows that a majority of Americans, 55 percent, disapprove of how Barack Obama is handling the Iran issue. There’s good reason for skepticism about Iranian intentions—after all, Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif threatens that if the interim deal agreed to on November 24 in Geneva falls apart then Iran can resume enriching uranium at 20 percent within 24 hours. The concerns of the American public have been heard and registered on Capitol Hill.

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Washington Examiner, by Mark Tapscott    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 12/20/2013 2:39:56 PM     Post Reply
Ed Haislmaier of the Heritage Foundation points out an important fact about President Obama´s implementation of his signature domestic policy achievement: "America’s involvement in World War II began on Dec. 7, 1941, with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It ended 1,365 days later on Sept. 2, 1945, with the surrender ceremony aboard the U.S.S. Missouri anchored in Tokyo Bay. "President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010. Today, Dec. 18, 2013, marks the 1,366th day of post-enactment Obamacare implementation."

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Posted By: grace52- 12/18/2013 2:41:07 PM     Post Reply
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Washington Examiner, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 12/6/2013 4:40:11 PM     Post Reply
President Obama´s abuse of executive power has grown to the point that "he´s becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid," Jonathan Turley, a liberal law professor at George Washington University, told the House Judiciary Committee at a Dec. 3 hearing on the issue. Turley also pointed to what he described as "increasing autonomy and decreasing transparency" of the rapidly growing federal bureaucracy. Both of these developments have accelerated the decline of congressional power that Congress, by its actions, has allowed to happen. Lawmakers have stood idly by, for example, as courts redefined the handling of

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Posted By: grace52- 12/6/2013 3:33:34 PM     Post Reply
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President Obama finally knows how George W. Bush felt as he lumbered through his second term. A new Economist/YouGov poll finds that for the first time, more Americans than not don´t like Obama. Long a polling category that has carried and elevated his presidency even as his approval numbers have hit rock bottom just 11 months into his second term, his likability is now underwater.



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