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Trump signs executive order rolling back Obama-era energy regs

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 13:35
President Trump moved Tuesday to unravel a host of energy regulations imposed by his predecessor, targeting in particular the Obama administration’s signature program that was intended to curb carbon emissions – but blasted by Republicans for hurting the already-struggling coal industry.

Gov't watchdog to examine cost of Trump's Florida travel

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 13:27
A government watchdog will investigate the taxpayer-funded travel costs when President Donald Trump travels to the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and the security procedures surrounding those trips.

Calif. chief justice beats satire to death with gavel: Enforcing immigration laws is a threat to rule of law in America

Michelle Malkin - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 13:09

**Written by Doug Powers

Yesterday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions triggered progressive mayors everywhere with this announcement:

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After that announcement, the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court said that enforcing federal laws at the local level is a threat to the rule of law, or something:

California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye did not mention President Trump by name in her annual State of the Judiciary speech Monday, but she blasted federal actions on immigration and warned that the rule of law in the state is under threat.
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“Simply put, the rule of law means that we as a people are governed by laws and rules, not by a monarch,” she said.

People take the rule of law for granted until it is under threat, she added.

“I submit to you today that the rule of law is being challenged,” she said. “We are living in a time of civil rights unrest, eroding trust in our institutions, economic anxiety and unprecedented polarization.”

Justice Cantil-Sakauye, a Republican who was nominated in 2010 by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, said she’s not necessarily against enforcing those federal laws, but argued that… well here, read it for yourself:

She argued that sweeps by immigration authorities had already created tension between the judicial branch and government agencies. Courthouses, she said, should be treated like hospitals or churches – places where immigration enforcement is “the exception, not the practice.”

Cantil-Sakauye told legislators: “I am not saying, ‘Do not enforce the federal law.’ I am saying, ‘Please don’t do so at, or in, California state courthouses.'”

“You can’t enforce that law in here, this is a courthouse” can now replace “you can’t fight in here, this is the war room” on the top shelf in the Museum of Satire.

Judge Cantil-Sakauye also complained to the state legislature that the courts are underfunded — apparently all that not enforcing some laws is a strain on their current budget.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

States push to protect abortion funding, despite GOP healthcare fail

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 13:08
Healthcare is on hold in Washington after the first Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare failed to attract necessary support to pass, but that’s not stopping Democratic lawmakers in states across the nation as they push legislation to protect birth control access, Planned Parenthood funding, and abortion coverage before the GOP comes up with another option.

List of Trump's executive orders

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 13:03
Since taking office, President Trump has looked to fulfill some of his campaign promises by using executive orders. Here are the orders he has signed so far.

Shutdown threat returns after ObamaCare repeal meltdown

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 12:57
The specter of another government shutdown is emerging on Capitol Hill, amid concerns that Republican leaders who failed to unite the party last week on an ObamaCare overhaul will likewise struggle to finalize a spending package before the April 28 deadline.

The Ryancare Route -- Winning by Losing?

TownHall Latest columns - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 12:35
Did the Freedom Caucus just pull the Republican Party back off the ledge, before it jumped to its death? A case can be made for that. 2017-03-28T00:01:00-04:00 2017-03-28T17:34:59Z Pat Buchanan

The Cowardice of Their Convictions

TownHall Latest columns - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 12:35
Replacing a bad idea with a slightly less bad idea is a step in the right direction on a technical level, but its still a bad idea in reality. 2017-03-26T00:01:00-04:00 2017-03-28T17:34:59Z Derek Hunter

AG Sessions cites ICE report flagging sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 12:02
Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened to pull funding from local and state governments that refuse to comply with federal immigration enforcement laws on Monday, citing a report the Department of Homeland Security released last week highlighting more than 200 cases of immigrants released from custody without notifying federal authorities.

Why Health Care Can't Be Fixed

TownHall Latest columns - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 11:35
Trump has led voters to believe they can have all the stuff they want and none of the stuff they resent. 2017-03-26T00:01:00-04:00 2017-03-28T16:34:59Z Steve Chapman

Lifetime Tenure - Or Longer?

TownHall Latest columns - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 11:35
Elected every two years in the House or six years in the Senate, congresspersons often rack up longer tenure than do Supreme Court justices appointed for life. 2017-03-26T00:01:00-04:00 2017-03-28T16:34:59Z Paul Jacob

Schadenfreude overload: Dem Sen. Coons says GOP using nuclear option on Gorsuch would be ‘tragic’

Michelle Malkin - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 11:19

**Written by Doug Powers

Make some popcorn before reading this one:

Delaware Sen. Chris Coons said he doubts Neil Gorsuch will get the necessary 60 votes in the Senate to be confirmed to the Supreme Court, and that he is bracing for Republicans to go for the so-called nuclear option to push the Trump administration’s pick through without any support from Democrats.

“I think this is tragic,” Coons said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” about the nuclear option that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he may employ to get Gorsuch on the bench. “And on talking to friends on both sides of the aisle, we’ve got a lot of senators concerned about where we’re headed. There’s Republicans still very mad at us over the 2013 change to the filibuster rule, we’re mad at them for shutting down the government, they’re mad at us for Gorsuch, and we’re not headed in a good direction.”

I don’t recall any Dems telling Harry Reid he was “not headed in a good direction” when he did this:

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Harry’s now retired, but he lives on in the Senate chamber where the exercise bands of his legacy continue to snap and injure his own party.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Republicans plot second attempt at ObamaCare repeal

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 11:03
House Republicans on Tuesday discussed making a second attempt at repealing and replacing Obamacare in a closed-door meeting that was an attempt to "heal the divisions" caused when party infighting prevented legislation from passing last week.

House Dems plead with Trump not to cut 'Bert and Ernie'

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 10:20
House Democrats dusted off their 2012 playbook at a House hearing Tuesday as they decried proposed budget cuts to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting -- accusing President Trump of wanting to “give Bert and Ernie a pink slip.”

Man in custody after claiming to have bomb near White House, source says

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 10:13
The Secret Service has taken a suspect into custody after he claimed to have a bomb in a bag he was carrying near the White House, an agency source told Fox News.

Source: Man near White House claimed to have bomb, Secret Service investigating bag

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 10:13
The Secret Service has cleared part of the White House grounds to investigate a suspicious bag after the man carrying it claimed to have a bomb, a Secret Service source tells Fox News.

Source: Man near White House claimed to have bomb, Secret Service investigating bag

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 10:13
The Secret Service has cleared part of the White House grounds to investigate a suspicious bag after the man carrying it claimed to have a bomb, a Secret Service source tells Fox News.

Secret Service investigating suspicious package near White House grounds

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 10:13
The Secret Service is investigating a suspicious package found near White House grounds.

Great moments in headline downplay, part 2,538

Michelle Malkin - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 10:00

**Written by Doug Powers

First off, the gist of the story:

A Washington State woman under a court order to stay away from the area of the White House was arrested for the third time in a week overnight after she scaled a fence at the nearby U.S. Treasury, the Secret Service said Sunday.

Uniformed Secret Service officers arrested the woman after an alarm was sounded about 2:15 a.m. Sunday, the agency said. The woman had successfully scaled the fence at the Treasury’s southeast corner, at 15th Street NW a block east of the White House, the agency said.

She was charged with unlawful entry and contempt of court, said the Secret Service, which confirmed that she was the same woman who was arrested Tuesday night after she was left dangling on the inside of a fence at the White House when her shoelaces got tangled up in the fence.

The three-time attempted White House fence-jumper is obviously part of the “bridges, not walls” crowd.

With that in mind, here’s the CNN take after running it through the passive headline generator:

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“Mean president repeatedly refuses visit from downtrodden citizen.”

And yes, the ten-thousandth person to make a Hillary joke out of that story might win a prize.

(h/t Twitchy)

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Trump's first ballot tests loom in House elections

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 09:55
The first ballot tests for the Donald Trump presidency are mere days away, and could give an early indication what kind of political fallout the highs and lows of his first months on the job will produce.

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