"I suspect that on my flight back, this will be part of my reading, taking a look at some of the specifics that we've looked at."12:26 PM, Sep 5, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama was asked whether he'll be delaying executive action on immigration until after the mid-term election. He told reporters he was still reviewing options but that he's going to act "within the legal constraints of my office."
"[DHS secretary] Jeh Johnson and Eric Holder have begun to provide me some of their proposals and recommendations," said Obama. "I'll be reviewing them. My expectation is that fairly soon I'll be considering what the next steps are.
"What I'm unequivocal about is that we need immigration reform, that my overriding preference is to see Congress act. We had bipartisan action in the Senate. The House Republicans have sat on it for over a year--that has damaged the economy. It has held America back. It is a mistake.
"And in the absence of congressional action, I intend to take action to make sure that we're putting more resources on the border, that we're upgrading how we process these cases, and that we find a way to encourage legal immigration and give people some path so they can start paying taxes and pay a fine and learn English and be able to not look over their shoulder but be legal, since they've been living here for quite some time.
"So, you know, I suspect that on my flight back, this will be part of my reading, taking a look at some of the specifics that we've looked at. And I'll be making an announcement soon. But I want to be very clear. My intention is, in the absence of -- in the absence of action by Congress, I'm going to do what I can do within the legal constraints of my office. Because it's the right thing to do for the country."
12:48 PM, Aug 18, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Possible 2016 presidential candidate Chris Christie refused speak out against the police in Ferguson, Missouri, following the ongoing unrest there.
A reporter "asked Gov. Chris Christie on Friday if he thought there was a general problem in this country with the way police deal with young African American men and teenagers."
9:18 AM, Jul 26, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
In making the case for closing tax loopholes used by corporations, President Obama says in his weekly address that the American people "don't get to pick which rules you play by." Neither should corporations, Obama argues.
7:01 AM, Jul 2, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
In the past week alone, President Obama has twice been rebuked by the Supreme Court for having run afoul of the Constitution (a 9-0 decision) or federal law (5-4). Unchastened, he brazenly picked the very day that the second decision was announced to reassert the Obama Doctrine — namely, that if Congress refuses to pass a political loser that Obama is
7:02 AM, Jun 24, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The IRS comissioner insists his agency did not break the law or relevant statutes. But under questioning by Rep. Trey Gowdy, the IRS commissioner also admitted that he doesn't know the law or the relevant statutes:
"You have already said, multiple times today, that there was no evidence that you found of any criminal wrongdoing," Gowdy said. "I want you to tell me: What criminal statutes you have evaluated?"
"I have not looked at any," the IRS commissioner admitted.
4:51 PM, Jun 13, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
If there is any realm of policy that the American Founders were most firmly committed to having be decided by the most representative branch — the Congress — it was presumably the realm of taxation. Those who wrote the Constitution were not content even to let the Senate initiate tax policy. Instead, Article I, Section 7 of the Constitution specifies, “All Bills for raising R
1:54 PM, Jun 5, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Harry Reid on when the White House notified Congress of the Bergdahl-Taliban swap: "What difference does it make?"
A reporter asked, "How come it seems that you were the only one who got a heads-up the day before?"
Senate majority leader Reid answered, "I'm not sure I'm the only one. I mean, this is making a big deal over nothing. The whole deal, is it Friday or Saturday? What difference does it make? What difference does it make?"
1:05 PM, Jun 3, 2014 • By ADAM J. WHITE
From 2005 through 2008, legal scholars and Democratic politicians heaped relentless scorn upon the Bush administration for arguing that the president's constitutional commander-in-chief powers superseded statutes that might limit his discretion.
1:00 PM, May 13, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Talking today with law enforcement officials at the White House, President Obama said changes to immigration law is necessary "for our safety and security."
"Our broken immigration system makes it harder for our law enforcement agencies to do their job," Obama said.
"Our system is not fair to workers, is not fair to businesses and and is not fair to law enforcement agencies."
Via the White House pool report:
9:45 AM, May 7, 2014 • By ADAM J. WHITE
This week, the Supreme Court affirmed a New York town council's tradition of beginning its meetings with a prayer. In Town of Greece v. Galloway, the court held, by a bare majority, that the First Amendment's Establishment Clause does not prohibit such prayers led by local clergymen, even when the prayers tend to be Christian.
7:05 AM, May 7, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
It is becoming increasingly apparent that President Obama’s notion of governance is that federal laws should be passed to cover as much of human life as possible, and that he should then decide which of those laws to enforce, when, and against whom.
8:02 AM, Apr 24, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
It is becoming increasingly hard to tell whether Obamacare is the law of the land, or just the law of the parts of the land that don’t reside in (or aren’t in the good graces of) the executive branch. One wonders: Is it really too much to expect an administration that championed the passage of a 2,700-page overhaul of American medicine to live by the same law it was so eager to impose on others?
12:33 PM, Mar 28, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
In school, a child who gets a 67 percent will generally get a D. But for Obamacare, 67 percent is apparently grounds for an A. Talk about grading on a curve.