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VIDEO: House Speaker Weekly Briefing: Boehner Addresses Budget and Sequester

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), on Thursday, February 28, 2013, addressed the federal budget in his weekly briefing.  He did so on the eve of automatic cuts, or sequestration, kicking in on Friday, March 1, 2013. As Boehner points out, the National Debt is now at more than $16 trillion, roughly $52,000 for every person in the United States. The Speaker argues that the federal

The “Immigration” Name Game

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(Analysis and Commentary) Are they immigrants? Or are they illegal aliens? Or illegal colonists? Illegal colonists … illegal aliens … illegal immigrants … undocumented immigrants … undocumented persons … immigration … migrants … the massaging of jargon continues to be part of the political posturing over U.S. residency and illegal entry. The would-called “immigration” debate rages anew.  Both the Senate “Gang of Eight” and the

Group of Senators, Obama Announce Separate Immigration Proposals

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A group of eight U.S. Senators announced an immigration proposal on Monday, Jan. 28, 2012, followed by President Barack Hussein Obama giving his own immigration address the following day. Several difficulties not faced up to publicly include the undeniable fact that, because so many illegal aliens come from narrowly focused ethnic and national origins, any amnesty would, by definition, have a racist impact, something that

Uproar Over Bloated Sandy Aid Package

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(Heritage Foundation: Morning Bell – Amy Payne – January 3, 2013 – http://blog.heritage.org/2013/01/03/morning-bell-uproar-over-bloated-sandy-aid-package/) Leaders from New Jersey and New York blew up yesterday after House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) postponed a vote on an aid package related to Hurricane Sandy. But the bill is so loaded with pork projects that these officials should consider directing their anger at the Obama Administration, which is hijacking the

New US Congress Sworn In

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(VOA News – January 03, 2013) A new U.S. Congress was sworn into office Thursday, but it will quickly face an old dispute about the country’s burgeoning debt and in the coming weeks controversial new gun control and immigration proposals. The Congress leaving office squabbled this week in its final days over contentious tax and spending legislation before finally agreeing to increase taxes on the

Fiscal Cliff Averted but Quicksand Ahead

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(Voice of America – Jim Malone – January 3rd, 2013 – http://blogs.voanews.com/usa-politics/2013/01/03/cliff-averted-but-quicksand-ahead/) Spending Clash Coming In the end, the best Congress could do was a narrow compromise to avoid everybody’s taxes from going up.  In the modern polarized political age, I guess that constitutes some sort of victory.  But any true deficit reduction — and remember this is supposed to be about cutting the deficit

Are Congress and Obama deliberately embracing the fiscal cliff, even as they jockey for spin?

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So do both parties actually want the federal government to go over the so-called fiscal cliff, to slash the budget deficit without having to go on record voting for tax increases and spending cuts? One gets that impression. To be sure, in the process the great passive consensus to raise taxes and slash spending is being accompanied by finger-pointing and posturing.  But the spin is