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Video: Ted Cruz Gets Eric Holder to Admit That Killing Americans With Drones On U.S. Soil Is UNCONSTITUTIONAL

Mar 6, 2013 11:29 AM PT

In response to Rand Paul Filibuster Inspires HuffPo to Blister Obama Over Drone Policy:

This morning, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was able to get Attorney General Eric Holder to admit, (after much hemming and hawing about "appropriateness") that it was unconstitutional to kill a US citizen on US soil with a drone strike, providing that American terror suspect does not pose an “imminent threat.”

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We've Done Worse Than a Bush

Mar 5, 2013 9:41 AM PT

In response to Are you ready for... Jeb Bush 2016?:

Being from Florida, I never understood the negative knee-jerk reaction to Jeb Bush.  He was the first person I ever voted for when he ran for governor the second time.  He's always struck me as a common sense kind of guy that wanted to institute reforms (like in K-12 education), while making them pallatable for the average voter (which we and most Breitbart readers are not).  That said, I don't know where he stands on a lot of issues, but I agree with John that the dynasty talk is over-played.

Are you ready for... Jeb Bush 2016?

Mar 5, 2013 8:55 AM PT

And more to the point, is he ready for it?  The day after he gave a big Today interview to test the 2016 waters and chart a distinct course on immigration, he was already disavowing his own book on immigration.  Which leads me to wonder why the just-released book is still on the shelves, or how Bush can leave his name on it.  I feel a great swell of pity for his co-author.

What does everyone make of Jeb Bush?  I've tried to resist the knee-jerk impulse to dismiss him out of hand because America will never vote for the third installment of a dynasty, or never vote for anyone named "Bush" again.  That sort of simple Crackerjack-box political wisdom is usually wrong, especially in a year when Democrats are straining mightily to get people to vote for another Clinton... and her horrific performance on Benghazi will be far fresher in memory than anything G.W. Bush did.  (Of course the media will keep trying to bury Benghazi, but we won't let them, and that "what difference does it make?" sound bite of hers should make every single American's blood run cold.)

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5 political realities of the 113th Congress

Mar 4, 2013 1:10 PM PT

1. Benghazi is a serious problem for the Obama administration. Four Americans, including the brave ambassador, were killed--and Obama did nothing, except lie to the public afterwards. Benghazi is every bit the scandal many of us thought it was at the time, as Bill Kristol recently noted, and Congress has real leverage to investigate what happened and hold the administration accountable. The confirmation of John Brennan as CIA director is one pressure point; Congress can also set up its own investigative apparatus to probe for the truth. The Obama administration has no defense on this issue, save for the feeble charge that Republicans are hell-bent on politicizing Benghazi--after Obama himself politicized it by falsely blaming an anti-Islamic video.

2. There will be no new taxes and no new hikes in tax rates. Obama and the Democrats are insisting on new tax hikes and new revenues from closing tax loopholes. There's a slim chance they will get the latter, but zero chance they will get the former. Speaker of the House John Boehner would immediately lose his job for entertaining tax hikes after leading a (partial) retreat on tax hikes in the fiscal cliff talks in late 2012. The GOP majority itself would likely not survive any vote for higher tax rates, or for higher revenues without serious spending cuts. Republicans' hands are tied--which, ironically, gives the party unusual leverage in budget talks.

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