Boko Haram Kills 41, Scares Hundreds From Voting

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Yet millions did get out and vote.

ABUJA, Nigeria – Boko Haram extremists killed 41 people, including a legislator, and scared hundreds of people from polling stations in the northeast, but millions voted across Nigeria Saturday in the most closely contested presidential race in the nation’s history.

In electoral violence elsewhere, three people including a soldier were shot and killed in political thuggery in southern Rivers state, and two car bombs exploded at polling stations in the southeast but no one was injured, according to police.

All the Boko Haram attacks took place in northeastern Nigeria, where the military Friday announced it had cleared the Islamic extremists from all major centers, including the headquarters of their so-called Islamic caliphate.

Nearly 60 million people have cards to vote, and for the first time there is a possibility that a challenger can defeat a sitting president in the high-stakes contest to govern Africa’s richest and most populous nation.

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Obama Arrived In Florida For 24 Hour Secluded Golf Outing, Media Kept Out…

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Obama has his own caddy for carrying his golf clubs onto AF One.

Via Breitbart

President Barack Obama kicked off the spring season on Saturday with a weekend golf getaway in Florida, teeing off with former NBA star Alonzo Mourning and former sportscaster Ahmad Rashad.

During his stay at the Floridian National Golf Club, less than 50 miles up the coast from Palm Beach, Obama planned to be out of public view, with no official events scheduled. After arriving midday Saturday, he immediately hit the links with Mourning, Rashad and Cyrus Walker, a cousin of Obama’s senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, the White House said.[…]

Previous administrations have allowed brief news media coverage during presidential rounds of golf. Obama’s policy generally is not to allow reporters to observe him. He has made a few exceptions when he’s golfed with prominent figures, including House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, former President Bill Clinton and the leaders of New Zealand and Malaysia.

Obama planned to return to the White House on Sunday evening.

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U.N. Staff Flees Yemen As President Urges Decisive Air War

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Everyone on the run, Obama deciding whether to putt or use wood…

SANAA, Yemen (AFP) — UN staff were evacuated from Yemen’s capital Saturday after a third night of Saudi-led air strikes, as President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi urged his Arab allies to bomb Iranian-backed rebels into submission.

The impoverished and deeply tribal Arabian Peninsula state, on the front line of the US battle against al-Qaeda, is the scene of the latest emerging proxy struggle between Middle East powers.

A Sunni Arab coalition, led by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf monarchies, is battling to avoid having a pro-Iran regime on its doorstep, as Shiite Houthi rebels tighten the noose around Hadi’s southern stronghold Aden.

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Ted Cruz Makes First Campaign Appearance As Presidential Candidate In NH…

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Going back to the days of Ronald Reagan.

Via Dallas News

Ted Cruz, the first and so far only major candidate for president, swept into New Hampshire on Friday, upbeat and eager to embrace the outsider label he’s cultivated since erupting on the national scene three years ago.

“I am amazingly, powerfully, profoundly optimistic,” said the Texas senator, boasting to a cheering crowd at a VFW post that he had raked in $2 million within three days of launching his campaign Monday.

“The New York Times said Cruz cannot win because he is hated by the Washington elites,” Cruz said, and the 150 or more activists erupted. “I gotta admit, I wanted to Xerox that and mail it to all 300 million people.”

Cruz invoked the new rhetoric he unveiled with the launch of his campaign at Liberty University, the world’s largest Christian college. He said he’ll rely on an “army of courageous conservatives” to propel his bid for the GOP nomination.[…]

As usual, Cruz spoke without notes, entering the room with a wireless, flesh-color microphone already strapped to his face as he shook hands and posed for photos for 10 minutes on his way to the stage.

He also wore his reputation as an irritant in Washington as a badge of honor.

“You may have heard I’m not exactly the most popular person with congressional leadership,” Cruz said.

He asserted that leaders punished him for his role in the Obamacare budget showdown, which led to a 16-day government shutdown in October 2013, by cutting off campaign donations.

“Checks from Washington, D.C., went to zero, because that’s the way they impose discipline,” he said. “I have been there. It is broken.”

He looked relatively fresh for someone who’d taken part in the Senate’s 16-hour budget marathon, with the last votes cast at nearly 4 am. One of the dozens of votes was on a proposal from Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a 2016 rival, that would have required deep domestic spending cuts to offset a boost on the defense side.

Cruz voted no, citing concerns that the provision would reduce aid to Israel and hurt scientific research and NASA, though he called it a “good-faith effort to solve the problem.”

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Gary Sinise: Obama Regime Must Explain The #Bergdahl Trade Immediately

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Gary Sinise, such a friend of veterans and the military, such a good man. But Obama doesn’t think he owes anyone an explanation for anything.

Via The Blaze:

After the U.S. Army announced Bowe Bergdahl would be charged with desertion on Wednesday, actor Gary Sinise said the Obama administration “must explain” the controversial Bergdahl trade that set five Taliban commanders free.

More importantly, he said the administration owes an explanation to the family members of soldiers who lose their lives searching for him. Members of Bergdahl’s platoon have claimed that “soldiers from his own unit died trying to track him down.”

Bergdahl has been charged with Article 85 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, “desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty,” and with Article 99, “misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit or place.”

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Private Emails Reveal Ex-Clinton Aide’s Secret Spy Network, Which Included Activity In Libya…

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Hillary was running her own clandestine operation in Libya.

Via ProPublica

Starting weeks before Islamic militants attacked the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, longtime Clinton family confidante Sidney Blumenthal supplied intelligence to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gathered by a secret network that included a former CIA clandestine service officer, according to hacked emails from Blumenthal’s account.

The emails, which were posted on the internet in 2013, also show that Blumenthal and another close Clinton associate discussed contracting with a retired Army special operations commander to put operatives on the ground near the Libya-Tunisia border while Libya’s civil war raged in 2011.

Blumenthal’s emails to Clinton, which were directed to her private email account, include at least a dozen detailed reports on events on the deteriorating political and security climate in Libya as well as events in other nations. They came to light after a hacker broke into Blumenthal’s account and have taken on new significance in light of the disclosure that she conducted State Department and personal business exclusively over an email server that she controlled and kept secret from State Department officials and which only recently was discovered by congressional investigators.[…]

The dispatches from Blumenthal to Clinton’s private email address were posted online after Blumenthal’s account was hacked in 2013 by Romanian hacker Marcel-Lehel Lazar, who went by the name Guccifer. Lazar also broke into accounts belonging to George W. Bush’s sister, Colin Powell, and others. He’s now serving a seven-year sentence in his home country and was charged in a U.S. indictment last year.[…]

It’s unclear who tasked Blumenthal, known for his fierce loyalty to the Clintons, with preparing detailed intelligence briefs. It’s also not known who was paying him, or where the operation got its money. The memos were marked “confidential” and relied in many cases on “sensitive” sources in the Libyan opposition and Western intelligence and security services. Other reports focused on Egypt, Germany, and Turkey.

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Google Controls What We Buy, The News We Read – And Obama’s Policies

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Hence the reason we had trouble with Google Adsense, what we were writing flew in the face of the regime.

Via NY Post:

It’s 2020. The New England Patriots, winners of six straight Super Bowls, are having yet another routine meeting with the Commissioner’s Office.

Deputy NFL Commissioner Tom Brady and his chief of staff, Rob Gronkowski, OK a rule change that forgives the Patriots for illegally taping other teams and deflating football over the preceding years. Meanwhile, members of the Patriots continue to happily contribute funding for the commissioner’s new 45-room castle in Turks and Caicos, and Bill Belichick agrees to continue coaching the commissioner’s 12-year-old son in Pop Warner football.

Would that bother anyone? Because the above is pretty much going on today, only the team is called Google and the commissioner is the president of the United States.

Sure, since we’re talking about politics, the giving and taking of favors works in a slightly more indirect way. But only slightly. As Michael Kinsley used to say, the scandal about corruption in Washington is not the stuff that’s illegal but the stuff that’s legal.

A former Google officer is the president’s chief technology adviser. Google employees contributed more to President Obama’s re-election than did employees of any other company except Microsoft. Google lobbyists met with Obama White House officials 230 times. By comparison, lobbyists from rival Comcast have been admitted to the inner sanctum a mere 20 or so times in the same period.

Oh, and on Election Night 2012, guess where Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt was? Working for the president. In the president’s campaign office. On a voter-turnout system designed to help the president get re-elected.

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Yemen Exposes Ineptness Of Obama As A Foreign Policy Expert…

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Being a community organizer and running a campaign is not a qualification on foreign policy.

Via Washington Examiner

The Obama administration’s Middle East policy has become a casualty of spiraling violence in the region, most recently in Yemen, where intervention by a Saudi-led coalition risks escalating a civil war into a sectarian firestorm that could quickly spread to other countries.

The big winners are not only Iran but also America’s top-priority targets: the Sunni extremists of the Islamic State, al Qaeda and their allies, who have been aided in their efforts to portray themselves as champions of Sunni Arabs by the Obama administration’s perceived tilt toward Tehran in pursuit of a nuclear deal.

Meanwhile, President Obama and other administration officials have been engaged in a high-profile fight with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the Iran deal, which has thrown U.S. relations with its closest ally in the region into its own crisis.

The assault on Yemen’s Houthis by Saudi Arabia and its allies was a reaction to the lack of a comprehensive U.S. policy in the region that has enabled Iran to gain influence at the expense of its Arab neighbors, Derek Harvey, a retired Army colonel and director of the Global Initiative for Civil Society and Conflict at the University of South Florida, told the Washington Examiner.

“We’ve created a security vacuum in the region,” he said.

“In places like Yemen, the United States depended on a too-narrow counter-terrorism approach rather than an integrated military assistance, political and diplomatic approach informed by a deeper understanding of the social and cultural factors and drivers of conflict.” […]

In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, Harvey and other regional experts said the weak U.S. response to Iran’s challenge in the region has set back U.S. interests, especially in Iraq, and hurt efforts to fight the Islamic State because Sunni Arabs continue to see the extremist group as a hedge against Tehran.

The same dynamic was developing among Sunnis in Yemen, which is one of the reasons why the Saudis — who also are fighting both al Qaeda and the Islamic State —organized a military operation to beat back the Houthis.

“It points to the weakness of the administration’s strategy of embracing Iran as a potential ally,” said Jim Phillips, a Middle East expert at the conservative Heritage Foundation.

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Close Media Aide To President Rouhani Defects During Iran Nuclear Talks, Says U.S. Negotiators Acting On Behalf Of Iran

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Wow. The Obama regime are acting as the agents of Iran in the talks…

Via Telegraph:

A close media aide to Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, has sought political asylum in Switzerland after travelling to Lausanne to cover the nuclear talks between Tehran and the West.

Amir Hossein Motaghi, who managed public relations for Mr Rouhani during his 2013 election campaign, was said by Iranian news agencies to have quit his job at the Iran Student Correspondents Association (ISCA)….

In his television interview, Mr Mottaghi also gave succour to western critics of the proposed nuclear deal, which has seen the White House pursue a more conciliatory line with Tehran than some of America’s European allies in the negotiating team, comprising the five permanent members of the UN security council and Germany.

“The US negotiating team are mainly there to speak on Iran’s behalf with other members of the 5+1 countries and convince them of a deal,” he said.

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Woman Accused Of Removing A 7-Month Baby From Mother’s Womb Is Not Being Charged With Murder…

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Planned Parenthood rejoices.

Via The Daily Signal

The decision not to charge a Colorado woman with murder for the death of an unborn seven-month-old baby has reinvigorated a debate over when states should legally recognize a fetus as a human being.

Dynel Lane, the woman accused of cutting and removing a seven-month-old baby from a mother’s body, will not face murder charges, the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office said on Thursday.

Michelle Wilkins was brutally attacked on March 18 when she responded to a Craig’s List advertisement in Longmont, Co., from a woman selling baby clothes out of her apartment.

Investigators say that when Wilkins, 26, arrived to the apartment, Lane, who according to The Denver Post was a certified nurse’s aide from 2010 to 2012, stabbed Wilkins in the stomach and removed the fetus from her womb.

Tragically, the seven-month-old baby died as a result of the attack, while Wilkins survived after spending over a week in the hospital.

Colorado, unlike some other states, criminalizes assault of a pregnant woman, but doesn’t recognize the unborn child as a second victim of the crime.

Currently, Colorado is one of only 12 states in the U.S. that doesn’t recognize the killing of an unborn child as a form of homicide.

“Under Colorado law, essentially, there is no way murder charges can be brought if it’s not established that the fetus lived as a child outside the body of the mother,” District Attorney Stan Garnett said Thursday in response to the decision not to charge Lane with murder.[…]

Last year, pro-life groups brought forth a ballot initiative popularly known as the “personhood” amendment, which attempted to protect pregnant women and unborn children by defining “person” and “child” in the Colorado criminal code and the Colorado Wrongful Death Act to include unborn human beings.

If the law recognized a fetus as a “person” or human being, Lane could have been charged with murder or some form of homicide.

But in November, after Planned Parenthood spent more than $1.8 million lobbying against Colorado’s “personhood” initiative, the measure was defeated.

Critics like Planned Parenthood argued the “personhood” proposal would interfere with women’s ability to access abortions and other health care services.

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Senate GOP Asking Questions About Huma Abedin’s Email Account

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Via Fox News:

Senate Republicans are renewing efforts to learn why Huma Abedin, a top assistant to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was allowed to keep working at the agency under a special, part-time status while also being employed at a politically-connected consulting firm.

The new requests are being made by Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, following revelations that both women used a private Internet server and email accounts for State Department correspondence.

Grassley says the earlier requests to the department have been largely ignored, so the new ones have gone to the department’s inspector general and to Secretary of State John Kerry, seeking their involvement.

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Boycott Fail: Chick-Fil-A Opens Slew Of New Stores Nationwide…

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The evil homophobic capitalist Company is still growing, creating jobs and profiting.

Via The Inquisitr

Despite the occasional negative press, Chick-Fil-A’s franchises are thriving throughout the United States. Shortly after the arrival of spring, new Chick-Fil-A restaurants are cropping up in states like Florida and Pennsylvania, signaling that the chain responsible for “Eat More Chicken” ads continues to outperform competitors, such as KFC and Church’s.

As reported by the Palm Beach Post, Chick-Fil-A’s newest restaurant held a grand opening in Delray Beach, Florida on March 26 to hundreds of people anxiously awaiting its debut. For more than 24 hours, customers camped outside the new restaurant hoping to be one of the first 100 people to enter the building. Not so much motivated by a love for chicken as by the promise of free Chick-Fil-A for a year, campers began gathering days before to secure their spot.

A tradition rooted in a love for community, giving away free food at grand openings is part of why Chick-Fil-A stands out from other fast food brands. Instead of devising ways to earn money, the company’s management is committed to serving others and it shows in their work. In 2013, the chain earned nearly $5 billion in U.S. sales.[…]

In addition to the new Delray Beach location, Chick-Fil-A is opening new restaurants throughout March and April in the Northeast and Midwest regions of the country. According to Inquisitr‘s review of the company, Chick-Fil-A continues to earn new business by competitively developing and marketing new products. Frosted Lemonade, one of the newest additions to the chain’s menu, arrived just in time for summer and features a refreshing blend of ice cream and lemonade.

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Al-Shabab Attacks Hotel In Somalia 24 Dead

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Via Fox News:

MOGADISHU, Somalia – Blood spattered utensils, bullet-pocked walls and overturned chairs mark the reception area of a prominent hotel in the Somali capital following an attack by Islamic extremists that killed at least 24, including six attackers.

Somali special forces stood over three bloodied bodies of the alleged attackers after officials declared they have full control of the Maka Al-Mukarramah Hotel Saturday, more than 12 hours after gunmen, believed to be six in number, from the Islamic rebel group al-Shabab stormed into the hotel.

The gunfire has stopped and security agents have gone through the whole building, said senior police officer Capt. Mohamed Hussein. He had earlier said the gunmen were believed to have occupied the third and fourth floors of the hotel in the capital Mogadishu.

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John Bolton: To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran…

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A simple approach to negotiating.

Via NY Times

FOR years, experts worried that the Middle East would face an uncontrollable nuclear-arms race if Iran ever acquired weapons capability. Given the region’s political, religious and ethnic conflicts, the logic is straightforward.

As in other nuclear proliferation cases like India, Pakistan and North Korea, America and the West were guilty of inattention when they should have been vigilant. But failing to act in the past is no excuse for making the same mistakes now. All presidents enter office facing the cumulative effects of their predecessors’ decisions. But each is responsible for what happens on his watch. President Obama’s approach on Iran has brought a bad situation to the brink of catastrophe.

In theory, comprehensive international sanctions, rigorously enforced and universally adhered to, might have broken the back of Iran’s nuclear program. But the sanctions imposed have not met those criteria. Naturally, Tehran wants to be free of them, but the president’s own director of National Intelligence testified in 2014 that they had not stopped Iran’s progressing its nuclear program. There is now widespread acknowledgment that the rosy 2007 National Intelligence Estimate, which judged that Iran’s weapons program was halted in 2003, was an embarrassment, little more than wishful thinking.

Even absent palpable proof, like a nuclear test, Iran’s steady progress toward nuclear weapons has long been evident. Now the arms race has begun: Neighboring countries are moving forward, driven by fears that Mr. Obama’s diplomacy is fostering a nuclear Iran. Saudi Arabia, keystone of the oil-producing monarchies, has long been expected to move first. No way would the Sunni Saudis allow the Shiite Persians to outpace them in the quest for dominance within Islam and Middle Eastern geopolitical hegemony. Because of reports of early Saudi funding, analysts have long believed that Saudi Arabia has an option to obtain nuclear weapons from Pakistan, allowing it to become a nuclear-weapons state overnight. Egypt and Turkey, both with imperial legacies and modern aspirations, and similarly distrustful of Tehran, would be right behind.

Ironically perhaps, Israel’s nuclear weapons have not triggered an arms race. Other states in the region understood — even if they couldn’t admit it publicly — that Israel’s nukes were intended as a deterrent, not as an offensive measure.

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GOP: ‘Even Nixon Didn’t Destroy the Tapes’

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Hillary, setting a whole new standard in “transparency”…

Via Weekly Standard:

Hillary Clinton is worse than Richard Nixon, says the Republican National Committee.

“Even Nixon didn’t destroy the tapes,” RNC chair Reince Priebus says in a statement in response to reports that Hillary Clinton wiped her email server clean.

“It’s imperative an independent third party review the server immediately. Unless Mrs. Clinton went to extreme lengths to wipe this server, there are ways to recover this data.

“Unfortunately it appears Clinton went above and beyond to eliminate email traffic as Secretary of State. There isn’t a separate set of rules the Clintons can choose to play by. It’s time they be held accountable.”

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White House Slams Indiana Law Allowing Businesses To Exercise Their Religious Beliefs…

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Gone are the days of “We reserve the right to refuse service”.

Via Washington Examiner

The White House on Friday panned a bill signed into law by Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence that would allow businesses to refuse service to gay and lesbian customers on religious grounds.

Obama spokesman Josh Earnest pointed to a number of businesses that have threatened to boycott Indiana in the wake of the bill signing.

“I think that is a testament to the kind of reaction a lot of people across the country have, which is this certainly doesn’t seem like it’s a step in the direction of equality and justice and liberty for all Americans,” Earnest said.

Pence, a possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate, insisted that the bill does not discriminate but allows businesses to exercise their religious beliefs.

“The Constitution of the United States and the Indiana Constitution both provide strong recognition of the freedom of religion but today, many people of faith feel their religious liberty is under attack by government action,” he said after signing the bill.

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Boston Police Veteran In Coma After Being Shot By Traffic Stop Suspect Point-Blank

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#BlueLivesMatter.

Via Daily Mail:

Police have identified the suspect who allegedly shot a police officer eye during a vehicle stop, sending him into a coma where he’s now fighting for his life.

Officer John Moynihan, 34, was attacked when he pulled over suspected gang members in Boston, Massachusetts, on Friday evening.

The suspect, identified as 41-year-old Angelo West, was shot dead by other officers at the scene in Boston on Friday evening after he opened fire. A female bystander was shot in the arm.

West allegedly shot Moynihan ‘point blank’ and emptied his revolver in the unprovoked attack, police said, according to the Boston Globe.

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Rep. Ellison: ‘Not Constitutionally Proper’ This Time For Congress To Allow Obama To Use His Pen…

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Ellison wants Obama to put the pen down this time.

Via CNS News

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) says when it comes to fast-tracking President Obama’s trade agreements, “it’s not constitutionally proper or right for us to give the authority to the executive, no matter who it is.”

Ellison told a crowd at the AFL-CIO Young Worker Summit last Friday that he doesn’t agree with the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) or “Fast Track” measure.

“Now Fast Track says that ‘Congress, we want you to take your constitutionally designated authority and give it to the president, so he can negotiate the deal and then after he does, then you can vote yes or no,’” Ellison said.

“The Constitution gave Congress the authority to negotiate and work on trade agreements because trade agreements affect local communities all across this country. It’s not constitutionally proper or right for us to give the authority to the executive, no matter who it is.”

“Let me tell you, 95 percent of the time I agree with President Obama. There’s five percent on this thing – I’m not with that, but usually we agree,” Ellison continued.

“We supported him on the executive orders on immigration, we supported him on the executive orders to stop wage theft, we supported him on a lot of things, but this – we’re not with that program.”[…]

Despite criticism that the president does not have the constitutional authority to refuse to enforce immigration law through his executive actions, Ellison has been a vocal supporter of President Obama on this matter.

Ellison even co-authored a letter to the White House calling for executive action on immigration, saying, “The Congressional Progressive Caucus calls on President Obama to provide comprehensive relief to immigrants residing in our nation through executive action. Expansive and robust action that addresses the economic, family, community and national problems we now face is urgently needed.”

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Ted Cruz Raises $2 Million In First 3 Days Of Campaign

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Via USA Today:

WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Cruz, the first major Republican candidate to declare his White House candidacy, raised $2 million during the first three days of his presidential campaign — as his team deployed a mix of complex social-media strategy and behavioral analytics to reach and sway potential donors.

Hours before his announcement speech Monday in Lynchburg, Va., Cruz tweeted the news that he was running for president. That day, he had 5.7 million interactions on Facebook. So far, nearly two-thirds of his fundraising haul has flowed in through the Internet, aided behind the scenes by a team of data scientists who closely monitor social media and digital traffic to determine who’s reading their messages, who’s sharing them and who’s clicking through to his website and taking action.

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Former Platoon Members Speak About Bergdahl Desertion Charge…

The voices that should be heard instead of the sympathizers and alphabet media covering for Obama.

HT: Woof