Obama Schedule || Monday, October 20, 2014

by Keith Koffler on October 19, 2014, 8:13 pm

5:00 pm CT || Delivers remarks at a DNC fundraiser; private residence, Chicago
6:30 pm CT || Departs Chicago
9:25 pm ET || Arrives White House

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Open Thread || October 19, 2014

by Keith Koffler on October 19, 2014, 6:13 am

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Video || An Ebola Update from President Obama

by Keith Koffler on October 18, 2014, 5:12 pm

Released Saturday by the White House:

Today, President Obama spoke to the nation about Ebola — how the Administration is responding, and what you should know.

The Ebola virus is a public health and national security priority, and the President has directed the Administration to continue to take aggressive measures at every level of government.

President Obama reiterated that, while Ebola is a serious disease, Americans need to understand the facts and be guided by the science: Ebola is not easily transmitted. And we know how to fight it.

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Obama on the Fairways

by Keith Koffler on October 18, 2014, 12:49 pm

President Obama is playing golf today at Fort Belvoir in Virginia. His partners are two of the usual junior White House aides, Joe Paulsen and Marvin Nicholson, and sportswriter Tony Kornheiser.

It’s the 44th time the 44th president has played this year and outing #201 of his presidency.

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Obama Quietly Begins Unilateral Immigration Reform

by Keith Koffler on October 18, 2014, 11:38 am

President Obama Friday made a downpayment on the sweeping immigration “reform” he is expected to unilaterally declare once the elections are out of the way, permitting up to around 100,000 prospective Haitian immigrants to bypass immigration law and enter the country.

The move, a typical Friday announcement designed to attract minimum notice, eliminated wait times for future Florida Democratic voters Haitians who have been approved to gain green cards in two years, allowing them to make their way to the United States beginning in 2015 instead and begin working if they want.

Their entry has to have been petitioned by “family” members already in the United States.

There’s a gentleman near me who runs a flop house renting rooms out to immigrants, and the local authorities can’t do a thing about it because they’re all “family” and the burden of proof is on the state to show they’re not.

I’ll tell ya, that fellow has a large, changing, and even ethnically diverse family. Fortunately those living there now seem nice and even possibly related.

According to the New York Times, the new legalization has the same rationale that may be used as part of Obama’s expected mass legalization program:

Friday’s announcement is not part of that broader executive action, but includes an element that the administration is considering for wider use. In some proposals, temporary parole, like that planned for the Haitian relatives, could be offered to a much larger group of close relatives of American citizens who are in the United States illegally.

However, Haitians who snuck into the United States illegally are not included. Yet.

“Which countries are next on President Obama’s list?” demanded Senate Judiciary ranking member Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa in a stinging statement. “Will there be medical screenings before entry? Will work permits be granted automatically? How will this affect American workers?

Speaking to the Miami Herald, an administration official did not try to hide that the action was taken in lieu of legislation.

Comprehensive immigration reform would have solved this problem not just for Haitians but for all other nationalities who are waiting in the immigrant visa backlog because it would have substantially increased the numbers of family immigrant visas available and people would have been able to come in as permanent residents. As it hasn’t happened, we are proceeding with this program.

Forget it Chuck. Americans – as intended – are becoming so inured to extralegal action by this administration that this will provoke hardly a yawn, and not even that from the mainstream press.

Haiti is a miserable place, where hundreds of thousands died in the 2010 earthquake. But there are many places suffering horribly in the world.

America the most compassionate country on earth. If a law gets in the way of a decision to target Haitians for relief, it’s the job of Congress, not Obama, to change it.

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Obama: My Credit Card Was Declined

by Keith Koffler on October 17, 2014, 6:28 pm

Well, as they say, the system worked.

From remarks today during an event at which Obama signed an executive order beefing up security on federal credit cards:

I went to a restaurant up in New York when I was during the U.N. General Assembly, and my credit card was rejected. It turned out I guess I don’t use it enough. They were — they thought there was some fraud going on. Fortunately, Michelle had hers.

I was trying to explain to the waitress, you know, I really think that I’ve been paying my bills. Even I’m affected by this.

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Luntz: Collapse in Confidence in Government, Media

by Keith Koffler on October 17, 2014, 6:12 pm

GOP polling guru Frank Luntz says the American people have lost confidence in all government institutions, including those designed to keep us healthy, as well as the media who report what those institutions are doing.

Ironically, he finds that confidence in government was at its highest under a president who was trying to get government to do less: Ronald Reagan.

Reagan was also a strong and decisive leader, of course.

No doubt some in Washington will find all this mysterious, but it’s not very complicated. The government has lied to us repeatedly, and the mainstream media are biased toward the left and too cozy with the people they cover.

And, the American people aren’t stupid, to the surprise of those who govern them and inform them from Washington, and they’ve figured all this out.

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Live Stream || White House Briefing – October 17, 2014

October 17, 2014

The briefing has concluded Don’t forget to share

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Obama Appoints Political Operative to be Ebola Czar

October 17, 2014

Can you even believe the headline? President Obama today named veteran Democratic political operative and former White House staffer Ron Klain to take over the federal response to Ebola. Klain was chief of staff for both former Vice President Gore and current Vice President Biden. He served as a Democratic staffer in the Senate. He […]

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One More Transmission From Africa and There Will Be a Travel Ban

October 17, 2014

President Obama is opposed to a travel ban. But his opinion is likely to change. That’s because if one more person comes here from West Africa and infects someone, the demand for a travel ban, already pegged at about two thirds of the population, will be overwhelming. Democrats will join with Republicans calling for a […]

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The Obama Morning News || October 17, 2014

October 17, 2014

Support builds for travel ban . . . “Support is building in Congress for imposing a travel ban on West African countries that are dealing with Ebola, with some Republicans calling for a vote after the midterm elections. The number of lawmakers supporting travel restrictions surged Thursday to more than 70, according to a tally by The […]

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Quote of the Day || October 17, 2014

October 16, 2014

“My protocols. My beautiful protocols! What have these nurses done to my protocols??” – CDC Director Thomas Frieden A note from our attorneys: This is not a real quote Don’t forget to share

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