“Stunning”: Media rips Hillary Clinton over email scandal

This Washington Free Beacon “supercut” highlights the media firestorm over Hillary Clinton’s shady email practices whilst Sec. of State.

Unlike most other Obama-era scandals – EVERYONE is talking about it.

I put “stunning” in sneer-quotes because this is not stunning at all. The liberal media do not want another Clinton in the White House, PERIOD –  with all those bad memories of constant scandals having to be ignored or defended…. All those mortifying stories they were forced to pretend were not a big deal… Her checkered distant and no-so distant past now already coming back to haunt her…. Hillary is damaged goods.

Defending Obama in the face of his lawlessness, duplicity and corruption is probably doing them all sorts of psychic pain. His Praetorian media have almost two more years to go of defending the indefensible, and it must be getting old. Those who still retain some semblance of a soul, are getting worn down.

The Democrat party today is run like a criminal organization, so you would think their media water-carriers would be comfortable with covering up scandals – and of course – many of them do quite willfully and cheerfully do embrace that - but more and more they make themselves look ridiculous in doing so.

In the beginning of the Obama era – the media could paint his critics as haters, racists, conspiracy-mongers, “RWNJs” etc – because he was still an unknown quantity (to most Americans.) It was a free-for-all for the left and they enjoyed every minute of it. But those Obama-worshiping days are (for the most part) over.  Now that the public has lived under King Putt’s divisive, scandal-ridden, disastrous, imperial reign for six years, the critics can no longer be scoffed at.

Hillary still has some loyalists in the media who are willing to carry her water. But the dominant voices want to moveon.org.

Backers of the fundamental transformation want a fresh face to take the driver’s seat in 2017.

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Lizzie Warren is the Change They Believe In, now – and she is the present Regime’s choice.

Hillary is toast, whether she realizes it, or not.

UPDATE:

You can put Politico in the pro-Hillary camp.

Ace of Spades HQ: TMZ Dares to Ask Hillary a Question About EmailGate; Politico Brands This Uncouth Act of Journalism “Stalking”

Hot Air: Video: U.S. media outlet goes rogue, asks would-be president about her crooked recordkeeping

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WFB: MSNBC: Clinton’s Email Tweet is Nonsense, ‘Insulting To Americans’ Intelligence’

WFB: Experts: Clinton Bought ‘High-End Security’ but Forgot Last Step, Left Server Vulnerable

WFB: ABC: Clinton’s Email Disclosure ‘Going to Be on the Honor System’

The Washington Examiner: Why can’t Hillary Clinton take questions from the press

Biden Speaks The Truth: “Past 6 Years Very Very Hard On This Country” (Video)

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I think someone may have slipped Vice President Joe Biden some truth serum this morning before his speech at the House Democratic Caucus retreat in Philadelphia.

Veering off the “everything’s coming up roses” narrative Obama spun in his SOTU speech, Biden told Democrats that, “To state the obvious, the past six years have been really, really hard for this country.”

He continued stating the painfully obvious truth,” and they’ve been really tough for our party. Just ask [former DCCC chair] Steve [Israel]. They’ve been really tough for our party. And together we made some really, really tough decisions — decisions that weren’t at all popular, hard to explain.”

Via The Weekly Standard: 

Here’s an idea. Instead of making unpopular decisions, try something new. Like making a decision — just ONE FREAKING DECISION that isn’t an unmitigated disaster.

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The Politico: At retreat, Dem staffers escort reporters to restroom

You may remember a similar situation at the Clinton Global Initiative conference back in September, where there were “media minders” escorting reporters right to the bathroom stalls.

During Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks at the retreat Friday, reporters were required to have a staff member, usually a junior member of the press team, escort them when going to the bathroom or to the lobby. The filing center for reporters was at a separate hotel from where the retreat was taking place, so access was limited to members of Congress specifically made available to the press.

“It was a police state. It was absurd how heavy handed the capitol police and Democratic staff were in trying to control everywhere the press went,” New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters said in an interview.

Peters said at one point he was also barred from entering the hotel where the retreat was taking place, despite the fact he had an invitation to eat breakfast with a member of Congress.

 

Gowdy: It’s About Damn Time We Use the Power of the Purse (Video)

On Wednesday, Republicans in the House passed a bill that funds DHS for the rest of the year, but stipulates that none of the funds may be used for Obama’s executive amnesty.

Obama has of course, vowed to veto the bill, and with terrorism in the news again, Democrats are using national security as a way to hammer the GOP for allowing the DHS funding to lapse.

On the House floor, Wednesday, Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY) gave a “rousing” speech recalling the national unity that followed the terrorist attack of 9/11/2001. Speaking truth to power, he declared, “this bill is not about homeland security, it’s about Republicans political security!” (An amazing admission of what Dems know amnesty is all about, n’est pas?) He characterized the Republican bill to stop Obama’s executive amnesty as “an injustice to those who suffered on 9/11 and still remember that.” He continued, “for the first time in history they are holding security hostage to the ugly politics of immigration!” He went on like that for about five more excruciating minutes, of course eliciting enthusiastic applause from many of the same people who for eight years did everything they could to undermine national security under Bush.

When it was Gowdy’s turn to speak, he blasted Obama for his executive overreach on immigration reform.

“This, Madam Speaker, despite the fact that the very same president, over twenty different times, said he lacked the power to do what he just did.

And he repeatedly said he is not a king. Now, Madam Speaker, his position may have changed, after the election I hasten to add, but the Constitution has not.”

After a disruption on the House floor interrupted Gowdy’s speech for a few moments, he continued, and with the Democrats in mind, said, “I’ll back up in case they missed it,”  which elicited grins from the reps behind him (Mia Love on the right, Scalise to his left – not sure who the guys directly behind him were.) Gowdy received enthusiastic applause when he implored Congress to stand up for the American people:

This is not a fight between Republicans and Democrats. This is not even a fight over immigration reform. This is a fight over whether this branch of government will ever find the courage to stand up for itself.

This same document that this and all presidents swears to defend gives this body certain tools – tools like the power of the purse. And it’s about damn time we use that tool.

Gowdy was one of the 67 congressmen who voted against the Cromnibus bill in December.

Last February, he told Jeanine Pirro on Fox News that congress could remove funding for Obama’s pet projects and vacations using the appropriations process.

People don’t like the Affordable Care Act but they don’t like our tactic of shutting down the government,” he said. “OK. Fine. We got that. We still have appropriation bills that are coming. So what we ought to do is say, Mr. President, you want to run roughshod over the Constitution, we have the power of the purse. We’re not going to fund your pet projects. We’re not going to fund your green energy initiatives. We are not going it fund your vacations.”

In March of 2014, Congressman Gowdy along with Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) introduced “the Executive Needs to Faithfully Observe and Respect Congressional Enactments of the Law (ENFORCE the Law) Act (ENFORCE the Law) Act (H.R. 4138) to rein in the growing problem of executive overreach and restore balance to the separation of powers enshrined in our Constitution.”

The introduction of this bill follows the House Judiciary Committee’s careful consideration of the President’s failure to faithfully execute our laws. The Committee has held two hearings on this issue, at which members heard from constitutional scholars on the scope of this problem and legislative solutions. The House Judiciary Committee will markup the ENFORCE the Law Act tomorrow at 10:30am in 2141 Rayburn.

The bill passed the House on March 12 but died in the Senate. Now with a Republican controlled Senate, it should be taken up again.

Amid Rumors Obama Mulling Sanctions Against Israel, Congress Unites to Denounce Hamas and Support Israel

Yesterday, the Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution supporting Israel and denouncing Hamas. The timing of the move suggests it’s a reaction to rumors that the Obama administration is considering sanctions against Israel over their settlements in Jerusalem.

The Cruz-Gillibrand-Manchin Resolution supports Israel’s right to defend itself and condemns the use of human shields in Gaza.

 

WASHINGTON, DC – A resolution co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia unanimously passed the Senate yesterday to condemn the use of civilians as human shields by the terrorist group, Hamas.

“The Senate has sent a united signal that we denounce Hamas’ barbaric tactics and unequivocally support Israel’s right to self-defense,” said Sen. Cruz. “Even though Republicans and Democrats may be divided on many issues, there should be no daylight between us when it comes to standing up to radical Islamic terrorists including Hamas. I hope the international community will join America in condemning their deplorable use of human shields, which is a war crime. I thank my colleagues for their affirmation of our unshakable bond with the nation of Israel. We look forward to the passage of this resolution in the House or Representatives, where it has been led by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Florida and Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Florida and has 102 co-sponsors.”

Sen. Cruz’s resolution:

  • Strongly condemns the use of innocent civilians as human shields;

  • Calls on the international community to recognize and condemn Hamas’ use of human shields;

  • Places responsibility for the rocket attacks against Israel on Hamas and other terrorist organizations, such as Palestine Islamic Jihad;

  • Supports the sovereign right of the Government of Israel to defend its territory and its citizens from Hamas’ rocket attacks, kidnapping attempts and the use of tunnels and other means to carry out attacks against Israel;

  • Expresses condolences to the families of the innocent victims on both sides of the conflict;

  • Supports Palestinian civilians who reject Hamas and all forms of terrorism and violence, desiring to live in peace with their Israeli neighbors;

  • Supports efforts to demilitarize the Gaza Strip, removing Hamas’ means to target Israel, including its use of tunnels, rockets, and other means; and

  • Condemns the United Nations Human Rights Council’s biased resolution establishing a commission of inquiry into Israel’s Gaza operations.

Last week White House mouthpiece didn’t deny that sanctions against Israel were on the table.

But on Monday, Earnest’s tune had completely changed.

 Obama administration officials on Monday denied reports that the U.S. was weighing sanctions on Israel over settlement expansions in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, dismissing such speculation as “completely unfounded and without merit.”

“Reports that [we] might be contemplating sanctions against Israel are completely unfounded and without merit,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday.

Still, Earnest suggested that Israeli and administration officials had a recent conversation about the issue and acknowledged that “settlement activity” continues to be a matter of disagreement.

As if it’s Obama’s business where Israelis build their settlements.

This video, highlighting Obama’s hostility toward the Jewish State was produced in 2011 by the David Horowitz Freedom Center. Things have only gotten worse since then.

Krauthammer: “I’ve Waited Long Enough” Is Something A Banana Republic Leader Would Say

One of the more obnoxious things about Obama’s imperial decree on amnesty is the rationale he’s been using to go forward – which he has repeated over and over again and it didn’t sound any better the 10th time he (or one of his minions) said it..  Congress failed to pass “common-sense, comprehensive immigration reform” when Emperor Obama laid out his glorious principles for reform two years ago — and that’s why he must now act unilaterally.

That’s an obscene distortion of how our system of government works.

“The only rationale Obama is citing in doing this,” Krauthamer explained is “not lack of resources, it’s not a crisis, it’s not something new. As he said the system is broken, it has been for decades. It is one thing and one thing alone. ‘I’ve waited long enough.’ That’s what a caudillo says in a Banana Republic. ‘I waited long enough, and the National Assembly hasn’t acted, and so I’m going to issue a decree.’ That is not how it works in our system.”

Also, George Will throws cold water on liberal equivocations – Executive Amnesty = Institutional Vandalism:

UPDATE:

Weasel Zippers: WH Blames Boehner For Amnesty Order: “President Simply Isn’t Going To Tolerate” House GOP Refusing To Pass Amnesty Legislation…

“Just two weeks ago when Speaker Boehner was doing his post-election news conference, he was asked by reporters in that news conference if he would commit to bringing up immigration reform legislation in the next Congress, and he wouldn’t do it,” Josh Earnest said during an appearance on MSNBC.

Earnest said that GOP leadership was scared to allow a vote because “they know, as we do, that if that bill were allowed to come up for a vote it would actually pass in bipartisan fashion.”

“The president simply isn’t going to tolerate that,” Earnest said.

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Joseph Curl, The Washington Times: Obama sets off on scorched-earth rampage

After his party’s historic losses, he refused to even acknowledge the thrashing. Instead, he said the real lesson from that day was that Americans want everyone in Washington to “work together.”

Yet behind the scenes, the president was busy directing his team of lawyers to find real or perceived loopholes in the law — even the Constitution — in order to wave his royal scepter and instantaneously turn as many as 12 million illegal aliens into America citizens. Already he had quietly ordered the federal government to stop deporting aliens and unilaterally allowed some 60,000 “unaccompanied minors” to enter the U.S.

So he never had any intention of “working together” with Republicans, who in six weeks will control both chambers of Congress. Instead, he set off to circumvent Congress by granting amnesty to millions. Throughout, he knew that he would be, as GOP leaders said, “poisoning the well” and “waving a red flag in front of a bull.”

On Wednesday afternoon, the president announced — on Facebook — that he will be delivering a speech Thursday night detailing his intent to change U.S. law by executive fiat. The timing is deliberately designed to throw gasoline on an already blazing fire.

With just weeks to go before the end of the 113th Congress, and with funding for Ebola, a continuing resolution to keep the government open that expires Dec. 11, and a slew of others set to come up, the president has made unilateral action on immigration his top priority.

Despite his vow to work with Republicans, he will shove his executive order down their throats, intent on bringing conflict with the soon-to-be ruling party.

Gabe Malor, The Federalist: No, Reagan Did Not Offer An Amnesty By Lawless Executive Order:

Today is the big day, and the Progressive media is in full spin to mitigate the anger Americans are expressing about President Obama’s decision to offer legal status to millions of people who broke the law. That spin has taken many forms, including the novel arguments that the executive branch is empowered to act whenever the legislative branch declines and that the executive branch’s enforcement discretion includes the affirmative grant of benefits not otherwise authorized by law. Most recently, however, Progressive columnists have settled on an old favorite tactic: justify Democratic misbehavior by claiming (falsely, as you will see) that a Republican did it first.

Democrats across print, web, and cable media have been repeating the claim that Obama is doing nothing more than what Presidents Reagan and Bush 41 did first. They point to executive actions taken in 1987 and 1989 that deferred the removal of certain aliens. But, as usual for Progressive commentators, they elide the crucial facts that distinguish those actions from Obama’s. The sign that you’re being swindled isn’t so much what the con artist tells you, but what he does not tell you. What the Progressive commentariat is not telling you is that the Reagan and Bush immigration orders looked nothing like Obama’s creation of a new, open-ended form of immigration relief.

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Byron York, Washington Examiner: Government shutdown? GOP has a better strategy

Gateway Pundit: Rick Perry May Fight Obama’s Lawlessness – Sue Over Executive Amnesty

John Hayward, Red State: Amnesty and the minimum wage make strange bedfellows

Red Alert: MSNBC Host: I can’t find ‘a single Democrat in Washington’ who says Obama’s amnesty is legal

The Right Scoop: Mark Levin: Democrats are legalizing illegals not to help America, but to help themselves and their own damn party

Weasel Zippers: Pelosi: “Everybody Will Have A Happier Thanksgiving” Because Of Obama’s Executive Amnesty…

Peter Wehner, Commentary: Obama Is About to Commit an Act of Constitutional Infamy:

What is about to happen may be the low point in a presidency filled with them. Mr. Obama is acting in a way that he himself knows–that he himself has said–is unconstitutional and indefensible. No matter. In an act of unmatched narcissism and selfishness, the president will create–he is thirsting to create–a constitutional crisis that is utterly unnecessary and will further polarize our political culture.

Mr. Obama is about to commit an act of constitutional infamy. This is a stain that will stay with him.

 

Video: The Ultimate #GruberGate mashup

In two and a half minutes American Commitment lays bare the dishonesty, hypocrisy and corruption employed by the Democrat party. If only they were capable of embarrassment….

 

By the way, American Commitmen coined the term, “GruberGate” back in July:

Krauthammer: Exec Immigration Action ‘A Flagrant Assault on Constitution’ and ‘An Impeachable Offense’

On “The Kelly File” tonight, Charles Krauthammer once again blasted the president’s planned executive action on illegal immigration, going so far as to say it is “an impeachable offense” but without recommending that he be impeached for it.

After Megyn Kelly showed a clip from 2011 of Obama telling a liberal audience that he can’t suspend deportations via executive actions because there were laws on the books and to not abide by those laws would not conform with bis “appropriate role as president.”

“It is very clear that what he’s doing now as he has said many times in the past, is a flagrant assault on the Constitution, on the separation of powers,” Krauthammer said of the president.

Krauthammer noted that he’s sure Attorney General Eric Holder was able to find lawyers who say that this action is OK.

“As we know, if you’re a district attorney, you can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich, and this is the equivalent,” he said.

He advised Republicans to fight it tooth and nail but not to lose their heads over it and shut down the government.

“We’re in unprecedented territory, Kelly noted, making the point that no president has ever done anything like this, before, and that’s why people want congress to call out that perceived lawlessness and do something as politically unpopular as impeachment.”

Krauthammer agreed with the premise, saying, “look, I believe it is an impeachable offense.” But he stopped short of recommending impeachment, which in the past he has said wouldn’t work and make the president a martyr.

He continued, “this idea of prosecutorial discretion is really a travesty. It is intended for extreme cases – for a case where you want to show mercy for an individual or two where it’s unusual… circumstances and you say, okay we’re going to give this person a pass. It was never intended to abolish a whole class of people subject to a law and to essentially abolish whole sections of the law.”

Megyn Kelly expressed her disgust with Obama’s excuse for taking the illegal action, whining “we really want this, it’s time. The Republicans didn’t do it. We tried to get it passed in congress and we couldn’t. Therefore the president must act.”

“That’s they way the system works in Venezuela. Krauhammer declared. “If the Caudillo isn’t able to get stuff done through congress, he issues a decree –  and that’s it –  and he’ll arrest anyone who gets in the way. The whole American system is designed so that there has to be a collaboration between congress and the president. Congress has to pass it and he has to sign it. That’s the way the damn thing works.”

He added, “you can’t say I waited and waited”  which Krauthammer noted is cynical of the president given the Democrats held congress for two years, and it didn’t get done.

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Breitbart.com: FOURNIER: ‘SIT DOWN, SHUT UP’ EXEC AMNESTY WILL HURT HISPANIC TURNOUT

The Hayride: Our Fundamental Problem Is That We Do Not Have An American President…

HotAir: Obama promises his deeply unpopular views on amnesty, Keystone won’t change