Meeting at WH Today on Amnesty by Executive Action

by Keith Koffler on July 25, 2014, 2:27 pm

A leading Latino lawmaker this morning said he would be “negotiating” at the White House over ways President Obama can take unilateral action on immigration, seeming to indicate that he thinks the president can remove from legal jeopardy up to 5 million of the 11 or 12 million immigrants thought to be here illegally.

Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) said on MSNBC:

In about an hour, I’m going over to the White House. I’ll be meeting with Jeh Johnson and the chief legal counsel to the president of the United States. We’re going to sit down and we’re gonna negotiate other terms and avenues the president can use in prosecutorial discretion. and I think we can get maybe three or four, even five million people.

It’s not clear what the result of the meeting was.

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Live Stream || White House Briefing – July 25, 2014

by Keith Koffler on July 25, 2014, 1:00 pm

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The Obama Manifesto

by Keith Koffler on July 25, 2014, 12:13 pm

You may not have read much of the rhetoric Vladimir Lenin spewed as he launched communism in Russia.

It’s worth taking a look at.

As you may know, he first targeted businesses and his political opponents.

Businesses, some of which were desperately trying to locate overseas to escape his confiscatory tax rates, were labeled “corporate deserters.” Lenin declared they were taking advantage of a Tsarist-era “unpatriotic tax loophole” and were “fleeing the country to get out of paying taxes,” locating their headquarters overseas even as they still did most of their business in Russia.

Their activities were “a threat” to us all, he charged, and they needed to be roped in.

That they were in fact obeying the law mattered little to Lenin, who of course specialized in altering laws to suit his purposes, and who viewed his own morality as taking precedent over legal inconveniences.

“My attitude is I don’t care if it’s legal — it’s wrong,” Lenin said, ominously for Russia. Even some in Russia at the time realized that the chief of state saying “I don’t care if it’s legal” was a frightening thing.

He went on, of course, to suggest his opponents were traitors of a sort, suggesting those who disagreed with him lacked “patriotism.” The Gulag wasn’t far behind.

Oh wait, all of that wasn’t Lenin. That was Obama. Yesterday.

Obama 2President Obama excused himself from fundraising for a moment Thursday in Los Angeles to engage in an even less appealing pastime of his: totalitarian-style rhetoric.

You think I’m exaggerating? Carried away with some kind of hatred of the president?

Well consider these quotes from Obama’s speech, blandly labeled by the White House, “remarks by the president on the economy.”

Obama first condemned the practice by some corporations of merging with foreign companies in order to avoid paying U.S. corporate tax rates, which are far higher than those in Europe.

The practice is perfectly legal and would end if Obama ever got serious about tax reform. But instead, he’s taking his vilification of corporate America on the road and using it as a campaign theme this year.

OBAMA: But there’s another trend that is a threat to us.  Even as corporate profits are higher than ever, there’s a small but growing group of big corporations that are fleeing the country to get out of paying taxes.

AUDIENCE:  Booo –

OBAMA:  Well, hold on a second.  I want you — I say fleeing the country, but they’re not actually do that.  They’re not actually going anywhere.  They’re keeping most of their business here.  They’re keeping usually their headquarters here in the U.S.  They don’t want to give up the best universities and the best military, and all the advantages of operating in the United States.  They just don’t want to pay for it.

So they’re technically renouncing their U.S. citizenship.  They’re declaring they’re based someplace else even though most of their operations are here.  Some people are calling these companies “corporate deserters.”

And it’s only a few big corporations so far.  The vast majority of American businesses play by the rules. But these companies are cherry-picking the rules. . .

Now, the problem is this loophole they’re using in our tax laws is actually legal.  It’s so simple and so lucrative, one corporate attorney said it’s almost like “the Holy Grail” of tax avoidance schemes.  My attitude is I don’t care if it’s legal — it’s wrong.  (Applause.)  . . .

You shouldn’t get to call yourself an American company only when you want a handout from American taxpayers.  (Applause.)

That’s why, in my budget earlier this year, I proposed closing this unpatriotic tax loophole for good .  .  .

Even worse is Obama’s new theme of “economic patriotism,” which lacks definition beyond support for Obama’s policies. Oppose Obama, and you’re not a patriot.

Economic patriotism says it’s a good thing when we close wasteful tax loopholes and invest in education, and invest in job training that helps the economy for everybody.  Instead of tax breaks for millionaires, let’s give tax breaks to families to help on child care or college.  (Applause.)  Let’s stop rewarding companies that ship jobs overseas; give tax breaks to companies that are bringing jobs back to the United States.  (Applause.)

Let’s put America back to work rebuilding roads and bridges and airports.  Let’s make sure the next generation of good manufacturing is happening right here in Los Angeles, and in Wisconsin, and in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Economic patriotism says it’s a good thing when our fellow citizens have access to preschool, and college, and, yes, health care that is affordable.  (Applause.)  It’s a good thing when women earn the same as men for doing the same work.  It’s a good thing when nobody who’s working full-time has to raise a family in poverty.  (Applause.)  That’s not un-American.  It’s how we built America — together.  That’s what economic patriotism is.

This is very, very dangerous stuff. Obama is accusing businesses of being “deserters” – a heavily loaded term – and his opponents of being unpatriotic.

I’ve never heard a president talk like this, have you? If Richard Nixon had said these things, historians would be framing it as consistent with his megalomania and abuse of office.

Placed in the context of Obama’s increasing resort to executive power, his new rhetoric is chilling.

No, I don’t think Obama is going to walk in Lenin’s footsteps and decree some kind of Socialist paradise.

But someone who is so angry at his opponents and so willing to stir up the masses with such pernicious rhetoric needs to be watched closely. He has only two and a half years left, and there’s much he’d like to do to finish “fundamentally transforming” America, as he promised.

Throw in some unexpected, serious crisis, and there’s no telling what our leader might do to “save” the nation from whatever it is he determines is “a threat to us.”

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Obama Buddy Erdogan: Israel Worse than Hitler

by Keith Koffler on July 25, 2014, 10:32 am

Words do matter, at some point, whatever the motivation.

The Turkish prime minister, the man who was supposedly Obama’s dear overseas friend, the world leader he had an actual relationship with, the shining light of Muslim democracy, is busy comparing Jews to Nazis.

Very busy. He keeps doing it, in fact.

“You can see what Israel does to Palestine, to Gaza right now, surpasses what Hitler did to them,” said Mr Erdogan in his most recent recourse to vicious calumny, during an interview Thursday with CNN. “We do not accept this persecution, the massacre, the genocide by Israel.”

Well.

The White House is now making it clear that Obama’s relationship with Erdogan has cooled. But just a year ago, during a Rose Garden press conference, it seemed like the Obamas and the Erdogans were planning to vacation together

It is a great pleasure to welcome my friend, Prime Minister Erdogan, back to the White House.  This visit is also another opportunity for me to return the extraordinary hospitality that the Prime Minister and the Turkish people showed me on my visit to Turkey four years ago.  And that included my visit to the Prime Minister’s beautiful hometown of Istanbul.

This visit reflects the importance that the United States places on our relationship with our ally, Turkey, and I value so much the partnership that I’ve been able to develop with Prime Minister Erdogan . . .

I want to thank you for being here and for being such a strong ally and partner in the region and around the world.  I know that Michelle appreciates the opportunity to host Mrs. Erdoğan and your two wonderful daughters this morning.

I’m looking forward to our dinner tonight.  And, as always, among the topics where I appreciate your advice is close to our hearts, and that’s how to raise our daughters well. You’re a little ahead of me in terms of their ages.

It’s just another of Obama’s grand misjudgments. This president who supposedly was a man of the world, with roots in the United States and elsewhere too - turns out he understands the world very little.

Whatever his background, his knowledge of foreign cultures is shaped by left wing professors, naive assumptions about the motives of our “partners” overseas, and a moral relativism that posits the United States can’t be much better than other nations.

Too bad he has to learn the truth about the world on the job, if he’s learning it at all.

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The Obama Morning News || July 25, 2014

by Keith Koffler on July 25, 2014, 7:29 am

Obama would make Hondurans refugees . . . Newsmax
The Obama administration is considering a two-year, $47 million pilot program that would screen children and young adults in Honduras to qualify them to enter the U.S. as refugees or on humanitarian emergency grounds.

Obama’s evolving immigration rhetoric . . . Politico
President Obama insisted for years that he had absolutely no legal authority — none whatsoever, zero, zilch — to slow deportations on a broad scale. Forget everything he’s said.

WH brings in Clinton aides for help . . . Fox News
After a brutal week for the White House communications team, Press Secretary Josh Earnest hosted three of his predecessors from the Clinton administration for a strategy session on Thursday. 

House to slam Bergdahl swap . . . National Journal
Some Democrats have signed on with Republicans to condemn Obama for approving the prisoner swap.

Lawmakers attack Obama Iraq strategy . . . National Journal
Members of Congress doubt Iraqi government can root out terrorists.

Obama: Israel flight ban “prudent” . . . The Hill
Obama defended the FAA’s decision earlier in the week to ban flights to Tel Aviv, saying that it took “prudent action” based on facts and not politics or the country’s relationship with Israel.

Central Americans blame US for crisis . . . Washington Times
The presidents of Honduras and Guatemala blamed the wave of unaccompanied children inundating the U.S. on American foreign policy and on gridlock in Congress over immigration reform.

WH cleared of Hatch Act violations . . . Politico
The federal watchdog tasked with enforcing the Hatch Act has cleared the White House’s political affairs office of any wrongdoing in violation of the 20th century law that bars political activity by executive branch employees.

IMF downgrades US growth prospects . . . Newsmax
The IMF now expects just 1.7 percent U.S. growth in 2014, which would be the weakest since the recession officially ended five years ago.

Carson sells more books than Hillary . . . Daily Caller
For many book buyers last week, choosing whether to buy Ben Carson’s new book or Hillary Clinton’s new memoir was not a hard choice.

Hillary: I need to work on press relations . . . Politico
Clinton, who has long had a tempestuous relationship with the media, on Thursday said she may need to “work on” her “expectations” of the press.

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Quote of the Day || July 25, 2014

by Keith Koffler on July 24, 2014, 10:13 pm

“Honestly, I don’t know how my hard drive got a hatchet in it. Maybe I thought it was firewood.”

- Lois Lerner

A note from our attorneys: This is not a real quote

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Obama Schedule || Friday, July 25, 2014

by Keith Koffler on July 24, 2014, 9:38 pm

10:00 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
2:00 pm || Meets with President Molina of Guatemala, President Hernandez of Honduras, and President Ceren of El Salvador; Cabinet Room

All times Eastern
Live stream of White House briefing at 1:00 pm

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Hillary: Bill was Abused by His Mother

July 24, 2014

Hillary Clinton claimed Bill Clinton’s sex mania resulted from abuse he suffered from his mother, Virginia Kelley, as a child, according to Pulitzer Prize winning author Lucinda Franks. Franks interviewed Hillary a year after the Monica Lewinsky story broke but chose not to publish the information at the time. Now it’s coming out as part of a […]

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Biden: Republicans Love Money!

July 24, 2014

I would never call the vice president a schmuck. Not even this vice president. Not even if the term fits. I would just say he’s acting schmuckie here. But I’m not calling him a schmuck okay? Not a schmuck. Here’s Biden pandering to the National Urban League today in Cincinnati, suggesting that Republicans only care […]

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Done Raising Money Yet?

July 24, 2014

To paraphrase someone famous, At some point, you’ve raised enough money. President Obama’s decision to go on a whirlwind West Coast fundraising tour while facing so many foreign policy crises is so incomprehensible it even has Democratic allies who stand to benefit from the loot he picks up scratching their heads. “I think the world […]

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Perry: Illegals Committed 3,000 Murders in Five Years

July 24, 2014

Uhh, this sounds like a problem. According to Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Texas citizens are being put in jeopardy by this porous border . . . There have been, over the course of the last five years . . . over 203,000 individuals who have come into Texas illegally, who have been booked into our […]

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The Obama Morning News || June 24, 2014

July 24, 2014

Koskinen: Lerner backup tapes found . . . Fox News The head of the IRS confirmed Wednesday that investigators looking into missing emails from ex-agency official Lois Lerner have found and are reviewing “backup tapes” — despite earlier IRS claims that the tapes had been recycled.  Republicans weigh $1.5B for border . . . Bloomberg […]

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