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The Obama Morning News || February 18, 2015

Immigration ruling may be hard to challenge . . . President Obama’s administration faces a difficult and possibly lengthy legal battle to overturn a Texas court ruling that blocked his landmark immigration overhaul, since the judge based his decision on an obscure and unsettled area of administrative law, lawyers said. In his ruling, Judge Andrew Hanen faulted Obama for not giving public notice of his plans. The failure to do so, Hanen wrote, was a violation of the 1946 Administrative Procedure Act, which requires notice in a publication called the Federal Register as well as an opportunity for people to submit views in writing. Reuters

White House puts immigration plans on hold after ruling . . . The Obama administration put its new deportation-relief program on hold Tuesday on the eve of its launch, complying reluctantly with a federal judge’s order that roiled immigrant communities nationwide and seemed to harden an already-tense stalemate on Capitol Hill. Associated Press

You know, I was honestly surprised they felt they had to comply with the ruling. I’ve now adopted, without noticing it, a presumption of lawlessness with respect to this administration.

Administration to border agents: OK to release drunk drivers . . . The Obama administration is telling Customs and Border Protection agents in a busy stretch of the U.S.-Mexico crossing that they don’t have to arrest intoxicated drivers, sparking backlash from advocacy groups and others. Jessica Vaughan, a policy director for the Center for Immigration Studies, said Tuesday the advisory is consistent with the administration’s long-held strategy of trying to end federal agents’ close cooperation with state and local law enforcement, which has led to deportations. Fox News

Muslim leader who met with Biden said Israel a 9/11 suspect . . . A controversial U.S. Muslim leader who has been highly critical of Israel and said that the Jewish state should be on the “suspect list” in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks participated on Tuesday in a White House summit on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) that featured Vice President Joe Biden. Washington Free Beacon

Holder mocks Fox News . . . Attorney General Eric Holder criticized Fox News on Tuesday for its obsession with the administration’s characterization of the Islamic State. “We spend more time talking about what do you call it as opposed to what do you do about it. You know, really, if Fox didn’t talk about this, they’d have nothing else to talk about,” Holder said. Politico 

DOJ may go after the Ferguson police department . . . In weighing whether to bring discrimination charges against the Ferguson Police Department, the Justice Department has been “seriously examining” allegations that the city’s enforcement of minor offenses discriminated against minorities and often led to jail time and to fines that lined the city’s coffers. Politico

Risen: Obama administration the top enemy of press freedom . . . New York Times reporter James Risen slammed Attorney General Eric Holder in a series of tweets Tuesday evening, calling the Obama administration “The greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation.” “Eric Holder has been the nation’s top censorship officer, not the top law enforcement officer,” Risen tweeted. Politico

White House: 11.4 million using Obamacare . . . The White House late Tuesday claimed that 11.4 million people had signed up for Obamacare at the end of the law’s second enrollment period, more than 2 million more than what the Obama administration set for a goal late last year. The Blaze

Behind the scenes, Obamacare website still a mess . . . The “back end” of the Obamacare website still isn’t properly wired to the health insurance companies. Instead of a swift process, health plans use clunky workarounds and manual spreadsheets. It takes time and it costs money. Politico

11 Responses to The Obama Morning News || February 18, 2015

  1. “comply with the ruling” – of course they will. It’s the answer to their prayer that someone would stop the whole thing, preferably the Congressional Repubs, but a Texas judge is OK, too.
    Why are they relieved, you wonder; the WhiteHouse miscalculated the support for such actions and it cost them a majority in the Senate and more seats in Congress. They might not allow that’s the reason, but there it is.
    They’re not dummies, and contrary to MrO’s brushing off this tremendous loss to his party, it hurt, hurt them badly.
    Now that the Obamacare penalties are a reality, the Dems want to stop it, make it go away. Same reason – the public hates Obamacare and showed that hatred by ousting every Dem they could across the country, and in every State house.

    • I believe you are absolutely correct.
      However, they also have miscalculated something else – how will you ever find all those who are here illegally and deport them? Those people did not care what the law said about their arrival here – and they will not care when/if the law says they have to leave. They aren’t about to leave.

  2. I cannot believe a video went viral, and Fox showed it several times of Biden smiling and holding Carter’s wife, but they do not show the picture of the man who accused I.

  3. The Tea Party and true Conservatives has welcomed Judge Hanen’s decision because it slows and perhaps may even stop Obama’s unconstitutional executive illegal alien amnesty. But the judge’s decision, brought about by principled conservative Attorney’s General and Governors, is a desperate substitute that we welcome only because GOP establishment in Congress have failed to do the job the Framers of the Constitution predicted for them. Any block to Obama’s illegal alien Amnesty, gives all Americans a chance to speak up and stand with the Tea Party against this unconstitutional law. Just like Sen. Harry Reid’s deliberate refusal to allow any vote on just about any bill that received house approval, any legislation on the illegal alien amnesty has been held in stasis.

    While millions of our own people, citizens and legalized resident are seeking a decent job, fighting to survive and trying to feed their family this president illegally overshot his authority and opened the border wide, given access to criminals. Illegal aliens are criminals. People who overstay their visa and intentionally do not return home after it expires—they are criminals. Obama has split this great nation, with his radical Liberal elected official liars and corruption that has never seen the light of day before. His liberal Democratic backers are bleeding American dry of benefits and entitlements, grants meant for the people who have paid into the system. Not for illegal aliens fraudulently stealing child tax credits in the billions of dollars, or Obama’s IRS letting illegal aliens appropriate billions of more dollars in Earned Tax Credits through the theft of jobs.

    The America we live in today is not the America I once knew? Everywhere I look I see the corrosion of American principles, the loss of individual freedom, the irrational fervor of the medical establishment and the tyranny of American government that is even spying on us. Our freedoms have been slowly eroding away, as this administration no longer listens to the people and gains its acceptance by massive amounts of freebies to foreigners and to the deadbeats, who are a virus on the taxpayers.

    This is not the America I knew where surveillance efforts were focused on foreign enemies rather than domestic citizens, where a citizen is not threatened or intimidated by the ‘Politically Correct Police’ and free speech is becoming a thing of the past, where veterans were honored and prominent rather than condemned and medically neglected, that won World War II and beat back a tyrannical Nazi fascist government in the name of freedom and democracy. Today, the occupied American government has become the very same tyrannical fascist bully it once sought to defeat, where health insurance was affordable–and voluntary, where doctors could practice personalized, local medicine and weren’t beholden to a stifling government system of mindless diagnosis and medication prescribing.

    An America where television or radio news actually resembled the facts and wasn’t just a White House propaganda racket disguised as news, where launching a conservative non-profit to educate people about the Bible or the Bill of Rights did not get you cruelly targeted by the IRS with penalizing audits, America where newly sworn-in government representatives didn’t violate the Constitution the very next day after swearing allegiance to it, where members of Congress actually read legislation before passing it, where federal regulators used to limit the power of globalist corporations rather than conniving with them to develop their power over the People, where special interests have more influence over lawmakers than the people, where the US Attorney General wasn’t a gun-running criminal thug who tried to cause gun aggression in America in order to destroy the Second Amendment,

    Today we have an America where a masquerading ultra left Liberal President didn’t believe he was a dictator and didn’t use the overreach of his executive orders to dictate his illegal policies to the country bypassing Congress and implementing an illegal alien amnesty.

    Where is the America where being thought of as a patriot was a insignia of honor, not an accusation of being a domestic terrorist, where people used to trade hard work for honest pay instead of merely voting for whatever politician promises them the most entitlement handouts, where your vote actually counted, and where elections weren’t systematically rigged by electronic voting machines or where non-citizens are able to vote, as there is no need to show voter ID, where real truth-telling journalism was celebrated rather than condemned and awash with Marxist ideology, Most of all, I miss the America where good, honest, hard-working, truth-telling citizens didn’t have to live in constant fear of being accused, arrested, imprisoned, fined or terrorized by their own government.

    It is time for GOP hierarchy—not the Tea Party Republicans who fight against their own elitists puppets of mega corporations, big business and agriculture; to put an end to the destruction of American families that Obama’s cheap labor policy national impact or Obama’s call for voters, legal and unlawful. Get ready for battle. We need to march all over Washington. Plaster our messages all over the offices of our elected officials. Get in their faces. We urge you to call your Representative and Senators (the Capitol Switchboard is 1-866-220-0044) and demand that they vote to defund Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty and protect American jobs for American workers. Do not suppress the pressure in fact increase it on Washington as it your nation, your employment and the shrinkage of your pay check.

    So are you ready to help us stop this insanity that is costing taxpayers 538 billion dollars a year and end amnesty for illegal aliens once and for all—before the true and final destruction begins? You the American people, have ALL the power of your vote. If the Southern border stays open, with this President directives to overrun this country with foreign nationals the citizens will suffer dearly, including massive tax increases to financially support the 5 million already here and those waiting to escape their country of birth.

    Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama issues 50-page calendar of Obama’s overreaching executive actions on immigration. Read Senator Sessions’ entire dated list here: at