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Washington Is 'The Capital Of Cynicism', All Right

Nov 24, 2014 1:48 PM PT

A reoccurring theme in nearly every speech President Obama has given in the past year prior to the midterm elections, was his message of "hope over cynicism."

In speeches last summer in Austin and Kansas City,  according to The Hill, "the words cynical or cynicism appeared as many as a dozen times in the president’s text as Obama plays the role of a motivational speaker and psychologist for voters."

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Immigration

Are Conservatives 'Underreacting' on Immigration Decree?

Nov 24, 2014 12:34 PM PT

A little less than two weeks ago I had the opportunity to go to the 20th anniversary of the David Horowitz Freedom Center's Restoration Weekend in Palm Beach, FL.  Seriously, you can't beat the view.  There were some familiar faces and topics, but it was also a good opportunity to talk to politicians outside of D.C. since many of them hang around for the entire weekend.  (One highlight was talking to Rep. Michelle Bachmann about my book and the dating scene in D.C.)

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Politics

Obama Really Pushed Out Hagel

Nov 24, 2014 12:01 PM PT

According to Senator John McCain, Chuck Hagel's departure from the Pentagon was not as rosy as President Obama led on to believe. White House Spox Josh Earnest said that Hagel resignation was being discussed over the past several weeks, leading to Hagel formally handing over his resignation to President Obama just hours before this morning's  Rose Garden press conference, where Obama made the official announcement.

McCain said that Hagel himself told him that things weren't going as planned at the Pentagon, saying that Hagel was feeling "very, very frustrated" in the post before President Obama sought his resignation."

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Politics

John McCain Encouraging Lindsey Graham To Run For President

Nov 24, 2014 11:00 AM PT

"I think he is looking at it, and I am strongly encouraging him to take a look at it," said Arizona Senator and former GOP presidential nominee John McCain, of a possible presidential bid by his colleague and friend Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, (R).

"I know of no one who is better versed and more important on national security policy and defense than Lindsey Graham, and I don't think these challenges to our security are going away," added McCain.

Graham floated the possibility of a run in an interview with the Weekly Standard last month, telling the magazine he'd be interested in running to guide the conversation on national security.

"If I get through my general election, if nobody steps up in the presidential mix, if nobody's out there talking — me and McCain have been talking — I may just jump in to get to make these arguments," Graham said.

As the libertarian wing of the GOP has gained prominence, led by expected 2016 presidential contender Sen. Rand Paul, members of the party's more hawkish old guard have floated presidential runs to offer a contrasting voice in key national security debates.

Hagel

Report: Pentagon Breathing A Sigh of Relief At Hagel Firing

Nov 24, 2014 9:52 AM PT

In response to Hagel Firing Will Make Things Worse:

The saddest thing about all of this is that Sec. Hagel is getting fired for the same qualities for which he was hired.  According to the New York Times piece, after the respected Robert Gates stepped down,  Obama wanted a less commanding figure to take his place.

But several of Mr. Obama’s top advisers over the past few months have also acknowledged privately that the president did not want another high-profile defense secretary in the mold of Mr. Gates . . .

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Crime

Navy Admiral Used Counterfeited Casino Chips To Gamble

Nov 24, 2014 8:59 AM PT

You would think that someone with this guy's stature and background would have a little more commonsense than to risk his career by involving himself in a counterfeiting scheme.

Fired Rear Admiral Timothy M. Giardina, who was second in command at the U.S. nuclear forces, says that he didn't have anything to do with the manufacturing of the counterfeit casino chips he betted with in June 2013.

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Hagel

Hagel Firing Will Make Things Worse

Nov 24, 2014 7:27 AM PT

I can't believe I'm actually saying this, but firing Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense is probably the wrong thing for President Barack Obama to do. Hagel should never have been appointed in the first place, much less confirmed. (That he was given the nod is to the eternal shame of Sen. Chuck Schumer and other so-called pro-Israel Democrats.) However, his dismissal can only add to a sense that the administration is in disarray.

That is not good--not even for a conservative Republican who would prefer to see Obama fail in pursuing his partisan agenda. The problem is that on the national security front, Obama is now--reluctantly, and poorly--pursuing a national agenda: defeating terror, shoring up the new government in Afghanistan, dealing with the Iranian nuclear threat, and so on. Already, it has seemed that Obama and his team are in well over their heads.

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Politics

IG Report Not Good For Kasich

Nov 23, 2014 1:27 PM PT

With Ohio Gov. John Kasich making at least some noise as to a possible run for the GOP nomination in 2016 - and his supposed administrative prowess being part of the rationale - a new Department of Homeland Security Inspector General report presents him with a bit of a problem.

While true that he inherited certain problems, he can't yet claim to have addressed these specific issues.

"Although Ohio took steps in recent years to improve its management of funds awarded under the Homeland Security Grant Program, [the Federal Emergency Management Agency] cannot be assured that Ohio effectively managed grant funds from fiscal years 2010 through 2012," the IG said in a report made public Nov. 18, 2014.

"Specifically, Ohio needs to improve its performance measures, the accounting for grant funds, the timeliness of releasing funds to subgrantees, and its monitoring of subgrantees, including their procurement and property management practices," the IG said.

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Immigration

NYC Schools Brace For Thousands of New Illegal Immigrants, 'Large Numbers' Still To Come

Nov 23, 2014 12:32 PM PT

The word has gone out to New York schools, "Expect more illegal immigrants".

Principals are being told to prepare for "2,350 migrant children from Central America who crossed into the United States unaccompanied — with many more to come." The emphasis on "more to come," suggests they have no illusions about Obama's recent executive action doing anything but encouraging more illegal immigration through an already porous border.


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