Barack Obama, our next President

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"The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep," Obama cautioned. Young and charismatic but with little experience on the national level, Obama smashed through racial barriers and easily defeated ...
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WASHINGTON — In a move that could bring to a head six months of smoldering tensions over a Republican blockade of certain presidential nominees, Senate Democrats are preparing to force confirmation votes on a series of President Obama’s most contentious appointments as early as this week.

If Republicans object, Democrats plan to threaten to use the impasse to change the Senate rules that allow the minority party wide latitude to stymie action.

Through the filibuster and other delaying tactics, Republicans have slowed the confirmation process as the president tries to install the team that will carry him through his second term. But Democrats and their majority leader, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, now say they have reached the point where they believe that the only way to break the logjam is to escalate the fight.

Senator Jeff Merkley, Democrat of Oregon, one of the most outspoken members of his party in calling for new limits on the filibuster, said,“They’ve essentially said they are going to disable the executive branch if a minority of the Senate disagrees with or dislikes the president the people elect.” He added,“It’s come into a realm where it’s just unacceptable because if the executive branch can’t function, then the nation can’t respond to the big challenges it faces.”

Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, is so alarmed by the threat of a filibuster rule change that he has gone on the Senate floor nearly every day the chamber is in session for the last month to warn of the consequences.

“Majorities are fleeting, but changes to the rules are not,” Mr. McConnell said recently.“And breaking the rules to change the rules would fundamentally change this Senate.”

Mr. Reid has held off on forcing the issue until now, worried that a fight over the filibuster would disrupt the delicate negotiations over immigration legislation. It is also uncertain whether at least 51 Democrats would go along with a rules revision given how cautiously senators weigh even the slightest change to how their body functions.

But with the Senate now clear of the immigration debate, having passed a comprehensive bill before its July 4 recess, Democratic leaders have said they see no reason to wait any longer.

Their plans represent a shift in strategy. Instead of picking fights over judges nominated by the president, where much of the tension has arisen this year, Democrats are likely to focus only on agency appointees. For example, they would line up a series of votes on nominees to run the Environmental Protection Agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Labor Department and a politically important labor oversight board.

The rule change they would seek is intended to be limited. It would allow senators to continue to filibuster legislation and judges, but not appointments to federal agencies or cabinet posts.

Democrats believe that their argument — that a president has the right to assemble his own team of like-minded cabinet officials and other high-level policy makers — is more persuasive in the court of public opinion. They also believe that this fight could have fewer consequences for them should their political fortunes reverse and they find themselves in the minority trying to block judicial nominees from a Republican White House.

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sonicfilter wrote:
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caught yachting?
proof?
and no, i am not of the church of the right wing leap of faith.
so pictures would be sufficient. words coming out of the mouth of America's premier nutjob just aren't going to cut it.
If you have to ask these questions it I s obvious you only read left wing rags. The denial the reversal has been reported by several news outlets. Expand your horizons, sonic.
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Wake up Americans. While the concept of "separation of church and state" may be implied by the 1st Amendment which states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...." it says NOTHING at all about the actual "separation of church and state." Go ahead and research it! That phrase doesn't exist, but many believe it does because they've been taught by our liberal educational establishment that it does. Trust me ... it DOES NOT! Besides, even if you accept the principle of the separation of church and state being implied by the First Amendment, it's implication is not there to protect Americans from religion. It is there to protect religious Americans FROM THE GOVERNMENT!

We've forgotten our godly heritage, and it will cost us dearly if we don't return to our roots and to God!

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John Galt wrote:
A retired U.S. Marine severely injured in Iraq was subjected to extra scrutiny at a California airport and at the state capitol building for wearing "too much metal" -- an inspection that shocked his travel companion as well as bystanders, the MilitaryTimes.com reported.
Cpl. Nathan Kemnitz, who was gravely wounded in 2004 from a roadside bomb in Iraq, has limited use of his right arm and is incapable of lifting it above his head, according to the website.
During a recent trip to the state capitol building in Sacramento, Calif.-- where Kemnitz was being honored as his legislative district’s veteran of the year -- the retired Marine was reportedly asked to remove his dress shirt.
He was also asked by TSA workers at Sacramento International Airport to lift his arms above his head during a full-body scan. Kemnitz could not comply with either request, telling Military Times, "My right arm doesn’t work. It’s a lot of hassle for me to do that."
Kemnitz's travel partner, Patricia Martin, was outraged following the incidents and wrote to Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to express her anger.
“What does a uniform and heroism represent if our own citizens — in this case employees of the TSA and security personnel — have no regard for them?” Martin reportedly wrote.
"I feel so strongly that you need to know just how shamefully even a Purple Heart recipient/disabled veteran can be treated by some TSA and security employees," she said, according to the website.
Just conjecturing - but since the political correctness of the progressive liberalists' ideology wouldn't allow them to flag a terrorist before he opened fire on our military at Foot Hood and even though red flags were everywhere, a soldier in uniform is now suspect.

That's what happens when political correctness poisons a society. Everyone suffers because common sense is in a coma.
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DBWriter wrote:
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I'll repost the last statement, son:
Or, how about you open your lying yap and say something like "that didn't happen."
Obama gives every Wahhabist terrorist in Saudi Arabia "special traveller" status to enter the United States with no scrutiny.
Son, I already saw the statement. But....

"If you have no links or examples to offer then be a good consumer and go watch TV, airhead." - shinningelectr0n

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lily boca raton fl wrote:
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Your great fear should be that you are agreeing with a person who posts 24/7 saying Magic Negro about the President of the United States
Thought Harry Reid made "negro" an acceptable word after calling Barack Obama one.

But only conservatives can't say it?

How much clearer can your hypocrisy be?

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lily boca raton fl wrote:
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Your great fear should be that you are agreeing with a person who posts 24/7 saying Magic Negro about the President of the United States
At least Joe Biden used the term African-American when he said Barack Obama was the first "clean" African-American to run for such high office.

Better look at the man in the mirror.
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Just conjecturing - but since the political correctness of the progressive liberalists' ideology wouldn't allow them to flag a terrorist before he opened fire on our military at Foot Hood and even though red flags were everywhere, a soldier in uniform is now suspect.
That's what happens when political correctness poisons a society. Everyone suffers because common sense is in a coma.
Ah! 1930's German 'common sense.'
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DBWriter wrote:
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Hoodieman called his girlfriend and told her he was going to kick some creepy ass cracker's ass, idiot.
Then, there's the location of Zimmerman versus the location of Hoodieman, the busted nose, the grass on the back of the shirt, and the evidence of Zimmerman's head being bashed against the concrete sidewalk.
On the other side, there's a hole blown through Hoodieman's chest cavity... and nothing else.
You have an active imagination.
He said he was being followed.
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NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg is being accused of committing thousands of gun-related felonies...

http://intellihub.com/2013/07/09/michael-bloo...
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Yeah wrote:
<quoted text>lol! So now they're wrong?
When President Bush took office on Jan. 20, 2001, the S&P 500 stock market index stood at 1,342.54.

The day President Bush left office, it was 805.22, a drop of 40 percent.

A grim-faced President Bush acknowledged risks to taxpayers in what would be the most sweeping government intervention to rescue failing financial institutions since the Great Depression. But he declared, "The risk of not acting would be far higher."

The administration is asking Congress for far-reaching new powers to take over troubled mortgages from banks and other companies, including purchasing sour mortgage-backed securities. Administration officials and congressional leaders are to work out details over the weekend.

Republicans try to hide their mess
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Grey Ghost wrote:
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AAH, is the wittle baby irritated,sitting in that mudhole farting all day i'll bet is causing a rash...Yea think? LMAO, what a bunch of clueless jerks..That be your culture.
Ugh.
Gag and puke.

Quit adding to the already abunDUNCE of stoopid, would ya plz goober.

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lily boca raton fl wrote:
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Delusional
Oh, for cryin' out loud, Lily. MSNBC had to recently apologize for editing and using a clip of Joe Biden out of context to promote their bias on gun control.

NBC had to recently apologize for editing Zimmerman's 911 call to promote a racial bias that didn't exist.

Dan Rather was fired from CBS for reporting a lie about Bush without fact checking first.

And you think I'm delusional? Think again.

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No Surprize wrote:
<quoted text>Democrats: We started the KKK before we were against it...
It's the culture....
anybody who would compare the Democratic Party post the civil war/southern DIXIECRATS to todays Democratic Party is an idiot who doesn't understand the meaning of context, and that things change over time. Its like saying, we're enemies of Japan & Germany.....it was true in the 40's but today we're allies

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And my great fear is that YOU are right.
Obama pretends to be our savior while raising taxes...

" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_psycholo... ;

...but never explains how it is that not all of us are going to benefit from his bait-and-switch Socialism. Meanwhile, I have less liquid assets to play with as I please.
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John Galt wrote:
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Galt does not believe that Teresa Heinz Kerry is faking, you silly Boca twit.
Most likely a stroke, just like Hillary.
What..uh you say Galt?? Poli-tic-ians don't weally have majerkal wands they can wave fer immortality.

But..but...what will that do to the ignorant masses of the delusional with their warped and clueless perspectives of U*Nreality...like this "majeekal poitus" we has now--who gunnuh "save Duh werld".

Old gal Hienz-Kerry is like what--72 years old?

(and derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr)
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You have an active imagination.
He said he was being followed.
You dope smokers are paranoid....

It's the culture...
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lily boca raton fl wrote:
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We may never know; they're gone and it's been a long time. If they were photographed going to that development and they have phone records; that's likely the reason they took off. People just don't up and leave a life like that for nothing.
Yeah they do, Saudi's were hauling azz at warp speed after 9-11 and most weren't happy about having to back to the shthole known as home. I don't remember all the exact numbers, but dozens left Embry Riddle in Daytona and dozens more (one a Saudi princess) left UCF rather than deal with the unknown possibilities. And businessmen such as Obama's brother left as quickly as they could get people hired to TCB.

Central Florida was once a haven for middle Eastern royals and bigshots, the Saudi royals had two entire floors at a Disney Hotel, Hussein of Jordan came to water ski in Clermont and visit with some of his air force trainees at Embry Riddle and Farah, wife of Iran's Shah was here with her kids and body guards for months at a time.

And then they were gone!
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anybody who would compare the Democratic Party post the civil war/southern DIXIECRATS to todays Democratic Party is an idiot who doesn't understand the meaning of context, and that things change over time. Its like saying, we're enemies of Japan & Germany.....it was true in the 40's but today we're allies
"I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,...I mean, that's a storybook, man." - Joe Biden

The DNA of the demokratic party is inbred with hate and racism.

It's the culture..
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When President Bush took office on Jan. 20, 2001, the S&P 500 stock market index stood at 1,342.54.
The day President Bush left office, it was 805.22, a drop of 40 percent.
A grim-faced President Bush acknowledged risks to taxpayers in what would be the most sweeping government intervention to rescue failing financial institutions since the Great Depression. But he declared, "The risk of not acting would be far higher."
The administration is asking Congress for far-reaching new powers to take over troubled mortgages from banks and other companies, including purchasing sour mortgage-backed securities. Administration officials and congressional leaders are to work out details over the weekend.
Republicans try to hide their mess
They expect others to cover their mess.

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