#Charleston Shooting Reignites Debate About Confederate Flag

#AceNewsReport#CHARLESTON June.19: On Thursday, hours after a white gunman killed nine people in a black church in Charleston, S.C., a Confederate flag continued to fly over the grounds of the state’s Capitol. 

The Supreme Court ruled the same day that Texas did not violate the First Amendment by refusing to allow the flag on its license plates. […]

https://thesecularjurist.wordpress.com/2015/06/19/charleston-shooting-reignites-debate-about-confederate-flag/

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WASHINGTON: ‘ DAY ONE OF REPUBLICANS CONTROL OF CONGRESS KEY WORD VETO ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON: Jan.06: Republicans are assuming full control of Congress for the first time in eight years in a day of pomp, circumstance and raw politics beneath the Capitol Dome AP reported.

They planned to move swiftly Tuesday toward a veto showdown with President Barack Obama over the Keystone XL pipeline, summoning unity despite a tea party-backed effort to unseat House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio.

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WASHINGTON WRAP: ‘ NEWS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED FROM CAPITOL HILL ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON:Dec.22 – Well last round-up of Washington news you may have missed before Christmas descends on all of us. This weeks wrap is off course dominated by: SONY HACK and was it or was it not North Korea, China or just some great big publicity stunt as many are starting to say: Well all news is good news even when its bad so here goes for another week:

SONY HACK:

Obama: Sony hacking attack not an act of war by North Korea  President Obama says in an interview broadcast Sunday morning that he did not think the Sony Pictures hack was not an act of war by North Korea.  http://ow.ly/GePS9

McCain: Sony hack ‘a new form of warfare’  “We need to react and react vigorously,” the Republican senator said.  http://ow.ly/Gf13H

Intel chairman slams Obama for slow Sony response  “Saying ‘aloha’ and getting on the plane to Hawaii is not the answer,” Rogers said.  http://ow.ly/Gf0xN

Sony hack a ‘wake-up call’ for US, cybersecurity expert says  “You’ve got to invest in a defensible architecture,” Major General Brett Williams said. http://ow.ly/GfgCP

Will US add North Korea to list of state sponsors of terrorism?  The United States is weighing whether to put North Korea back on its list, Obama said.  http://ow.ly/GeZ8A

Sony lawyer: ‘The Interview’ will be distributed  A top Sony lawyer stressed the movie studio will release the film through some platform. http://ow.ly/Gfakt

Iran watching Obama’s moves, Graham says  Graham said Obama must respond “forcefully” to Sony cyberattack.  http://ow.ly/GfcDl

NYPD SHOOTINGS:

Graham: Dems’ tone ‘incites crazy people’  The senator said the shooter alone is to blame for the deaths of two New York officers. http://ow.ly/GfaZ1

NY Democrat: Unfair to blame mayor, Holder for NYPD shootings  Rep. Gregory Meeks said de Blasio and Holder have been trying “to bring the city together.” http://ow.ly/Gf9X8

NAACP chief: Don’t blame Dems for NYPD shootings  Cornell William Brooks said criticism of New York’s mayor and Eric Holder are unfair. http://ow.ly/Gf8ox

CUBA:

Rubio blasts Obama’s Cuba decision  The Florida Republican denounced the president’s actions on three Sunday shows.  http://ow.ly/GfdOF

Senators split on Obama’s Cuba strategy  Sens. Ron Johnson and Ben Cardin debated Obama’s move to normalize relations.  http://ow.ly/Gf3ZS

GUANTANAMO BAY:

Obama on Gitmo: ‘I’m going to be doing everything I can to close it’  Obama stopped short of declaring that he’d succeed in closing the controversial facility.  http://ow.ly/GeXQt

McCain: Obama acting in a ‘most imperial fashion’  “This is a president who ran on an open and transparent presidency,” the Arizona Republican said.  http://ow.ly/Gf2rM

Racial Tensions:  

Obama ‘impatient’ on racial progress in US  Obama said he recognizes that “most Americans have good intentions.” http://ow.ly/Gf65v

US Election 2016:

Former DNC chief: Rubio is ‘done’ for 2016  “I think Jeb does some very interesting things,” Howard Dean said. http://ow.ly/GffGQ

So that just about wraps it up in Washington for another year. I will produce my thoughts in Washington before New Year ……. So stay tune… ED.

#ANS2014 

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WASHINGTON: ‘ SENATE GOP STAFFERS HEALTHCARE MUST JOIN OBAMACARE ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON:Dec.11 – Senate Republican staffers will be required to obtain health insurance through ObamaCare’s exchanges under a rule passed Wednesday by the GOP Conference.

The proposal from Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) means that Senate Republicans will designate their staff as “official,” moving them automatically onto the marketplaces.

A loophole used in both chambers allows lawmakers to designate staff as “unofficial” or “official staff,” which permits them to keep their insurance coverage under the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ GOVERNMENT SHUT-DOWN OF DHS WOULD NOT STOP OBAMA ACTION ON IMMIGRATION ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON:Dec.11 – Even if Republicans shut down the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) next year, President Obama could still carry out his executive actions giving legal status to up to 5 million undocumented immigrants.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and other GOP leaders have punted the funding fight over Obama’s immigration action to February, arguing their new majority will have more leverage to stop the plan dead in its tracks.

By Scott Wong @The Hill  

#ANS2014 

#barack-obama, #democrats, #executive-actions, #republicans

WASHINGTON: ‘ WHITE HOUSE HOLDS TALKS WITH SENATE OVER EBOLA FUNDING ‘

#AceBreakingNews – WASHINGTON – October 20 – The White House has held preliminary discussions with the Senate about a new funding request to fight Ebola, according to a pair of congressional sources.

Any request would come on top of hundreds of millions of dollars already allocated for the fight against the deadly virus, and would trigger a battle with congressional Republicans over the Obama administration’s handling of the crisis.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) announced Monday her full panel would meet to discuss the Ebola crisis on Nov. 6, two days after the midterm elections.

The administration has come under fire over its handling of the disease, and Obama on Friday appointed Democratic strategist Ron Klain to coordinate the federal government’s response.

Lawmakers in both parties have been pressing Obama to agree to impose a travel ban on the three West African countries, where the Ebola outbreak is concentrated.

By Jason Sink @ The Hill 

 #ANS2014 

#ebola, #obamas, #republicans, #senate, #washington, #white-house

WASHINGTON: ‘DEMOCRATS PRAYING IN THEIR FIGHT AGAINST THE REPUBLICANS ‘

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES (Washington) – October 19 – Party leaders have invested heavily in their field operations to try and break the historical trend of the party in control of the White House losing seats.

Republican Vs Democrats

‘DEMOCRATS PRAYING IN THEIR FIGHT AGAINST THE REPUBLICANS ‘

With polls giving Republicans the edge in voter enthusiasm, and President Obama’s approval ratings in the tank, Democrats are hoping a robust get-out-the vote operation will preserve their fragile Senate majority and stave off double-digit losses in the House.

“The big meta-question out of all of this is can the Democrats use voter mobilization to overcome the inherent difficulties they have in midterm elections?” said University of Florida Professor Michael McDonald, who runs the United States Elections Project.

High turnout might be Democrats’ only hope, with recent polls showing Democrats trailing slightly in the states that will determine the Senate majority: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa and Louisiana.

Republicans need to win a net of six Senate seats to seize control of the upper chamber, and most election models give them the edge.

Republicans are also targeting a number of swing House districts carried narrowly by Obama that have leaned Republican in non-presidential years.

Democrats argue they’ll outperform the polls by at least one to two points in a number of races by turning out voters who typically stay home in midterm years.

Every time one of their candidates has fallen behind in public polls, Democratic strategists have pointed to the ground game as the difference-maker.

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‘ Democrats Unveil Change to First Amendment Freedom’s ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – September 29 – Senate Democrats at a press conference on September 09 unveiled a constitutional amendment designed to alter First Amendment freedoms argued that their effort is both non-partisan and absolutely essential to advance the agenda of the Democratic Party.

“We are here today to overturn Citizens United,” said Sen. Tom Udall (D., N.M.), the amendment’s author.

' US Citizens United '

‘ US Citizens United ‘

However, the language of the amendment does not specifically address Citizens United, and would not require Congress to address the issues raised in the case.

Rather, legislators would be given free rein to enact restrictions on political speech as they see fit. Given efforts by Reid and others to demonize Republican donors, conservatives voiced concerns about the consequences of campaign finance regulators uninhibited by any constitutional limitations.

Speakers claimed that even a majority of Republican voters support their proposal. However, they also stressed that campaign finance reform, and Udall’s amendment specifically, is a prerequisite for the advancement of key Democratic policy priorities, including a minimum wage hike, stringent environmental regulations, and income redistribution.

“If people think this is some kind of esoteric issue, not related to jobs and the economy and wages and women’s rights and income and wealth inequality and healthcare and global warming, you are deadly wrong,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), one of the amendment’s cosponsors.

Sanders and others at the event billed the measure as an attempt to roll back the 2010 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC, which removed limits on electioneering and express advocacy communications. However, the constitutional amendment’s language is far more sweeping, leading some to suggest that the ruling is being used as a way to rally support for far stricter regulations on political speech.

Merely rolling back Citizens United would not affect many of the groups frequently demonized by Democratic campaign finance reformers.

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‘ Americans for Prosperity ‘

Americans for Prosperity, for example, has engaged this cycle almost exclusively in issue ads, not electioneering communications or express advocacy.

Such groups were permitted to do the same even prior to the Citizens United ruling, explained campaign finance attorney Jason Torchinsky.

“What non-PAC groups have done with issue ads outside the 30/60 day windows this cycle weren’t impacted by Citizens United,” Torchinsky said in an email. “Non-PAC groups were airing issue ads before [Citizens United] was decided, and if it were repealed or reversed groups would continue to do issue ads and speak out about matters of public policy.”

The language of the amendment would empower Congress to “regulate and set reasonable limits on the raising and spending of money by candidates and others to influence elections.”

If enacted, the amendment would allow Congress to regulate any expenditure—even those made by individual voters—aimed at convincing others to vote a certain way. Because in-kind spending is considered an expenditure under federal law, any activity by any person designed to “influence elections” could fall under Congress’ purview.

Opponents of the constitutional amendment say that amounts to nothing short of the de facto repeal of the First Amendment.

#ANS2014

#congress, #democrats, #first-amendment, #republicans, #washington

‘ New GOP Bill Grants Obama Administration Right to Train and Equip Members of Syrian Opposition ‘

#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – A new GOP bill would specifically grant the Obama administration limited Title X authority, which would allow it to establish a centre to train and equip members of the Syrian opposition.

The measure includes several provisions intended to satisfy Republicans and Democrats worried about giving the administration blanket authority to arm and train rebel groups, who would be used in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Download Copy of New Bill Here:   

By The Hill staff

#ANS2014 

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‘ House Passes Legislation 247 – 167 Allowing People to Keep Their Insurance Plans Under Obamacare’

#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 12 – The House passed legislation Thursday to allow people to keep their insurance plans under ObamaCare even if the coverage doesn’t meet all of its requirements The Hill reported. 

Twenty-five Democrats broke ranks to help pass the bill, 247-167, including Reps. John Barrow (Ga.), Nick Rahall (W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.), who are among the most vulnerable incumbents running for re-election this year.

The vote offered those Democrats an opportunity to distance themselves from the president on the still-controversial Affordable Care Act. 

A proposal by Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) that would let people keep cheap group health plans outlawed by ObamaCare would bring in more than $1 billion in tax revenue over the next decade, according to a report released by the Congressional Budget Office on Tuesday.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ Senate Republicans Block Constitutional Amendment on Campaign Spending ‘

#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 12 – Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked a constitutional amendment meant to reverse two recent Supreme Court decisions on campaign spending.

Senate Democrats need 60 votes to end debate on the measure, but fell short in the 54-42 party-line vote.

By Ramsey Cox

#ANS2014

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WASHINGTON: ‘ House Republicans Split Over Authority to Arm and Train Syrian Rebels ‘

#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 11 – House Republicans emerged from a closed-door meeting Thursday split over whether to give President Obama authority to arm and train Syrian rebels fighting against Islamic terrorists.

Both Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) made forceful cases for aiding the fighters. But others in the conference had grave reservations about who exactly these fighters are and whether arms could get into enemy hands.

By Scott Wong,Cristina Marcos & Rebecca Shabad @ The Hill

#ANS2014

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‘ House Republicans Move Forward with Reduced Border Funding of Less than $1 Billion ‘

#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – July 25 – House Republicans are moving toward a vote on a slimmed-down border bill that would provide President Obama with less than $1 billion in funding to deal with the influx of child migrants.

While the details are still being finalized, Republicans emerged from a private meeting Friday saying that there was an overwhelming sense that the House should pass some sort of legislation to address the border crisis before the August recess.

“Our Republican conference carefully and thoughtfully considered where the country is, what needs to be done, and I believe that we will act,” said House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas). “There’s no one in there that didn’t recognize that we have to address this problem.”

By Peter Schroeder and Cristina Marcos @ The Hill

#ANS2014

#gop, #republicans, #united-states, #washington

' Senior White House Advisers Taking Serious Possible Impeachment of President Obama '

#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – July 25 – Senior White House advisor’s are taking very seriously the possibility that Republicans in Congress will try to impeach President Obama, especially if he takes executive action to slow deportations.

Dan Pfeiffer, a senior advisor to Obama, said Friday that White House is taking the prospect of impeachment in the GOP-controlled House more seriously than many others in Washington, who see it as unlikely.

Pfeiffer noted that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has a large following among Tea Party conservatives, has called for Obama’s impeachment and a large block of the GOP’s base favours it.

By Alexander Bolton @ The Hill

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` John Boehner Reportedly Insisted There is No Conspiracy to Push an Immigration Bill Through the House '

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – House Speaker John Boehner reportedly insisted Tuesday there is no “conspiracy” to push an immigration bill through the House – but a top Democrat suggested not only is there a deal in the works, it’s an open secret.

The conflicting messages further blurred the status of immigration talks on Capitol Hill.

Boehner just two months ago appeared to slam the brakes on negotiations altogether, blaming the administration’s failure to enforce existing immigration laws.

But GOP leaders, including Boehner, have signalled lately they’re at least interested in bringing back a bill.

Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, at an immigration event Monday in New York, went further and seemed to claim a bill is in the works.

(The Hill) – Boehner last week told a home-town Rotary Club in Ohio that many of his colleagues “take the path of least resistance” rather than make hard choices like confronting a broken immigration system.

“Here’s the attitude. ‘Ohhhh. Don’t make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard,’” Boehner said in a high-pitched voice, likening his fellow Republicans to a small child.

On Tuesday, meeting with Republicans after they returned from a two-week recess, Boehner told lawmakers it was just a little teasing.

“There was no mocking,” he told reporters at a press conference after the meeting. “You all know me. You tease the ones you love, alright?

But some people misunderstood what I had to say, and I wanted to make sure members understood that the biggest impediment we have to moving immigration reform is that the American people don’t trust the president to enforce or implement the law that we may or may not pass.

“I have said it here; it’s the truth, and the members know it’s the truth,” Boehner added.

The Speaker drew immediate criticism from conservatives in the conference, who suggested they didn’t take his remarks as a joke.

Ace Related News:
1. Fox News – April 29 – http://tinyurl.com/lh2vqq7
2. The Hill – April 29 – http://tinyurl.com/md7msjj
3. NYDN – April 29 – http://tinyurl.com/m64leq5

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` Australia has no plans to change its flag and remove `Britain’s Union jack’ according to Julia Bishop’

#AceWorldNews Australia has no plans to change its flag and remove Britain’s Union Jack from it,

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has said. “Believe it or not, it’s not an issue that actually draws much attention in Australia,” Bishop told BBC Radio.

It follows an announcement by neighbouring New Zealand that it will hold a referendum on the issue.

New Zealand’s flag is nearly identical to Australia’s.

Extract post 11 March The existing design features the Union Jack and four stars representing the Southern Cross. Key has previously stated his preference for a silver fern as the national flag, but does not see the change as part of a trend towards severing ties with the UK, as some Republican groups do. http://wp.me/p165ui-4d9

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North Virginia: ” GOP Congressional Candidate Senator {Dick} Black Says Spousal Rape Not a Crime”

#AceWorldNews says after taking a drubbing in last year’s state elections, Virginia Republicans are debating whether their party has come to be defined by its extremists. But in a congressional district in Northern Virginia, one of the state’s main instigators of culture warfare, state Sen. Richard H. “Dick” Black, is running in the Republican primary to replace long-time GOP moderate Rep. Frank Wolf, who is retiring. And he’s guaranteed to ignite wedge-issue passion. Exhibit A:

As a state legislator, Black opposed making spousal rape a crime, citing the impossibility of convicting a husband accused of raping his wife “when they’re living together, sleeping in the same bed, she’s in a nightie, and so forth.”

Black has referred to emergency contraception, which does not cause abortions, as “baby pesticide.” Black also fought to block a statue of Abraham Lincoln at a former Confederate site in Richmond. He wasn’t sure, he explained at the time, that statues of Lincoln belonged in Virginia. He has argued that abortion is a worse evil than slavery. And once, to demonstrate why libraries should block pornography on their computers, Black invited a TV reporter to film him using a library terminal to watch violent rape porn.

Read More at:http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/01/gop-congressional-candidate-richard-dick-black-spousal-rape-not-a-crime

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#AceBreakingNews says just in Senate Democrats got enough…

#AceBreakingNews says just in Senate Democrats got enough Republican support to move ahead with a bill to extend unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed for three months. The bill still has some hurdles to clear in the Senate, and significant opposition remains in the GOP-controlled House. A half dozen Republicans voted with Democrats to move forward with the legislation.

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“Republicans Lost First Round But The Unemployed Could Lose The Next”

#AceWorldNews says according to Paul Krugman of " The New York Times" that the pundit consensus seems to be that Republicans lost in the just-concluded budget deal. Overall spending will be a bit higher than the level mandated by the sequester, the straitjacket imposed back in 2011. Meanwhile, Democrats avoided making any concessions on Social Security or Medicare. Call this one for Team D, I guess.

But if Republicans arguably lost this round, the unemployed lost even more: Extended benefits were not renewed, so 1.3 million workers will be cut off at the end of this month, and many more will see their benefits run out in the months that follow. And if you take a longer perspective — if you look at what has happened since Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in 2010 — what you see is a triumph of anti-government ideology that has had enormously destructive effects on American workers.

First, some facts about government spending.

READ MORE: NYT

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#AceNewsServices – Huffpost Hill – The Metaphor on Christmas

At a press conference Wednesday Democrats kicked off the annual holiday tradition of demanding Congress save unemployment benefits or else ruin Christmas for more than a million people. As has been the case for several years in a row, if Congress does nothing, federal unemployment insurance for the long-term jobless will expire around the holidays. As in previous years, Democrats are doing battle using holiday metaphors. “For this country, the richest in the world, to say to people at Christmastime, when you look in your Christmas sock you’re going to find a lump of coal from Congress — that’s wrong,” Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) said. “With just a few weeks left to act, [House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)] is really setting himself up to be the Speaker Who Stole Christmas,” Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) said. “Please don’t be the Speaker Who Stole Christmas.” [HuffPost]

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