Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty

New York Times -

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress.

In preparation for this agreement, to be signed at a United Nations summit meeting in 2015 in Paris, the negotiators are meeting with diplomats from other countries to broker a deal to commit some of the world’s largest economies to enact laws to reduce their carbon pollution. But under the Constitution, a president may enter into a legally binding treaty only if it is approved by a two-thirds majority of the Senate.

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Breitbart -

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest warned Republicans on Wednesday that any threat by Congress of withholding funds would not change President Obama’s decision to issue an executive order to give illegal immigrants amnesty.

In an interview with Breitbart News, Sen. Marco Rubio hinted that if Obama decided to grant executive amnesty to illegal immigrants, perhaps Republicans could block his actions using the budget process. If Democrats in the Senate balked at passing a funding resolution without money to process Obama’s executive amnesty, it could cause a government shutdown.

Reporters asked Earnest if the threat of a government shutdown would change Obama’s decision to offer executive amnesty to as many as five million illegal immigrants.

“No. It won’t, because the president is determined to take the kinds of common sense steps that are required to address the worst problems of our broken immigration system,” Earnest replied.

Earnest said the government shutdown in 2013 over Obamacare was harmful to the economy.

“They’ve done it before; hopefully they won’t do it again,” he said.


Posted in Immigration Policy/Border Security | 1 Comment

Photo implies ISIS threat to Chicago

WGN News -

There is another chilling Chicago connection in the battle between the US. and extreme Islamic militants isil (ISIS).

First there’s the beheading of the journalist who was the Northwestern graduate.

Now WGN Investigates has found an online war of words and disturbing images that includes an implied threat to a Chicago landmark building.


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Feds: Obama Broke Law with Bergdahl Swap

National Review -

President Obama violated a “clear and unambiguous” law when he released five Guantanamo Bay detainees in exchange for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the Government Accountability Office reported Thursday.

“[The Department of Defense] violated section 8111 because it did not notify the relevant congressional committees at least 30 days in advance of the transfer,” the GAO report said. “In addition, because DOD used appropriated funds to carry out the transfer when no money was available for that purpose, DOD violated the Antideficiency Act. The Antideficiency Act prohibits federal agencies from incurring obligations exceeding an amount available in an appropriation.”

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Local School Board in Central Illinois Passes Anti-Common Core Resolution


Truth in American Education -

A local school board in Illinois passed a resolution expressing concern about the Common Core State Standards last Tuesday evening.  The resolution was unanimously passed by the East Peoria Community High School District 309 board.

Here is the resolution below:

WHEREAS the Board of Education of East Peoria High School District 309, Tazewell County Illinois, wish to express their concern regarding the development, selection, and implementation of both the Common Core State Standards and the PARCC Assessment Program.

WHEREAS the Board of Education of East Peoria High School District 309, Tazewell County Illinois, is concerned with:

  1. The increasing encroachment of the Federal Government on education issues at the State and local level.

  2. The lack of local control over the development of standards and the selection of assessments that meet the needs and expectations of the local community.

  3. The high costs associated with the PARCC assessment particularly associated with the need for new technology infrastructure and hardware.

  4. The amount of instructional time lost to excessive assessment practices associated with the administration of PARCC assessments.

  5. The elimination of funding for the ACT, a critical assessment for students with higher education aspirations.

  6. Continued unfunded mandates from the State of Illinois which are unduly burdensome on the tax payers of East Peoria High School District 309.

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Audit: Illinois overdrew federal Medicaid dollars

Washington Times -

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal auditors have found that Illinois used faulty methods for withdrawing federal Medicaid money, resulting in overdraws the state later had trouble repaying.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General released the report Monday.

The report says Illinois created “a perpetual ‘treadmill effect’” as it continued to overdraw and repay later.

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Illinois Review -

CHICAGO – Twenty-two states now recognize Illinois conceal carry permits, The Northwest Herald reports. The states include: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont and Wisconsin.

Illinois State Rifle Association Executive Director Richard Pearson said the state’s 16-hour training course is likely a factor in that growth. Illinois’ training requirement is among the most stringent nationwide.

However, Illinois doesn’t have a reciprocity agreement with any states, meaning Illinois doesn’t recognize other state permits. Gun owners who want to carry in other parts of the country can get nonresident concealed-carry permits for Utah and Florida. Those require four hours of training and are recognized in more than 30 states.

The bill lawmakers approved in 2013 was due to a federal court order, though the measure was fought hard by those who wanted Illinois to retain its last-in-the-nation ban on concealed carry.

Posted in 2nd Amendment | 1 Comment


Illinois Review -

CHICAGO – A new poll shows that several incumbent Aldermen in Chicago are in trouble, and that a hypothetical Republican candidate for mayor is only six points behind Karen Lewis.

The poll conducted August 8-10 on behalf of the Chicago Republican Party tested the effect of adding a “qualified Republican” to the mix in the mayor’s race and in a number of Aldemanic races. In some wards an unnamed, hypothetical Republican was a strong contender for Alderman.

The raw data for the poll is here: Mayoral survey dataAldermanic survey dataPoll questions

In Chicago’s 43rd Ward, for example, incumbent Michele Smith was the choice of 37.3% of voters and a “qualified Republican” was only 13 points behind with 23.6%. 39.2% were undecided.

In other wards, the undecided vote was high enough that a Republican could be a contender. In the 2nd Ward, for example, a “qualified Democrat” gained 34.7% of the respondents, a “qualified Republican” gained 18.4%, with 46.9% undecided.

“Contrary to belief, voters in Chicago are open to a Republican if the right candidate emerges,” said Chris Cleveland, Vice Chairman of the Chicago GOP. “In the 43rd Ward, an unnamed, hypothetical, invisible Republican is running only 13 points behind the incumbent. The incumbent is below 40%, which usually means deep trouble. With a serious candidate and a little money, we’re looking at a strong possibility of a win. In a general election, Republicans get 40% of the vote in the 43rd Ward.”

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Dick Durbin: Guantanamo Transfer Prison ‘Will Be An Important Piece In The Economic Future’ Of Illinois

The Daily Caller -

Democratic Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin said Tuesday that the prison where the Obama administration is trying to transfer detainees  ”will be an important piece in the economic future of Illinois.”

Thomson Prison, which houses 1,600 cells, installed a new warden Tuesday. President Obama gave the federal government control of Thomson prison in 2009 through the Department of Justice. Obama planned to move Guantanamo refugees into the prison until Republicans blocked funding for detainee transfers.

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Obama Faces Potential Rifts With Democrats In Mounting Immigration Fight

Huffington Post -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is facing potential rifts with members of his own party in tough re-election contests as he barrels toward a fall fight with Republicans over his ability to change immigration policies.

If Obama takes the broadest action under consideration — removing the threat of deportation for millions of people in this country illegally — the short-term risks appear greatest for Senate Democrats in conservative-leaning states. Weeks before the November vote, they could find themselves on the hot seat for their views not only on immigration but also on Obama’s use of his presidential powers.

Wary of what could be coming, some of those lawmakers have said Obama should act with caution.

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