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John Boehner Is Afraid to Stand Up to Tea Party

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John Boehner – Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

John Boehner can end the shutdown any time he wants. He could have a bill on President Obama’s desk in the course of an afternoon, but he won’t step up.

That’s because he’s afraid of challenging the most extreme voices in his caucus.

We need to make sure that those aren’t the only voices the Speaker is hearing.

Tell Speaker Boehner to get the government up and running today.

If Speaker Boehner brought a clean bill to fund the federal government to the floor – without any of the nonsense about defunding Obamacare – it would pass in a bipartisan vote.

Every day that goes by, more Republicans are starting to say exactly the same thing: It’s time for John Boehner to do his job and listen to the American people.

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Obama Uses Speech to Urge Caution on Syria

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Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Members of Congress returned to work Wednesday, relieved that President Obama called off a vote on military action in Syria.

The Senate ended its consideration of a resolution authorizing military force against the Syrian government.

During his address from the East Room of the White House on Tuesday night, the President did not say how long he would wait to see if President Bashar al-Assad relinquishes control of the weapons that he used to gas his own people, and he did not detail the steps that the United States would demand from Syria as proof that the diplomatic efforts were more than a delaying tactic to avoid a bomber strike.

Via The New York Times.

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Tell Congress: Shutting Down the Government Is Not an Option

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There’s been a lot of talk about whether Congress will pass a budget by the end of this month or let the government shut down.

Here’s what a shutdown would mean:

Nearly all federal programs and the people they work for would suffer. We’re talking delayed military pay and veterans’ benefits. Shutting down Head Start centers, and Meals on Wheels programs. Delayed applications for new Social Security enrollments, and loans for students and small businesses.

One thing is clear: Shutting down the government will hurt the American people.

When some members of Congress talk about a government shutdown, they frame it as a practical bargaining chip.

A government shutdown will shutter crucial services the American people depend on and wreak havoc with our economy.

President Obama has put forth a smart plan for the budget, and he’s said he’s willing to hear new ideas from people on both sides of the aisle. The budget Congress passes needs to continue to grow the economy from the middle out.

Our elected officials shouldn’t use the economy, the budget, or the threat of taking away health care from millions of Americans to score political points. Add your name now, and tell Congress to avoid a government shutdown and pass a smart budget: http://my.barackobama.com/Pass-a-Budget

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“Guns Next Door” Event to Entice Kids with Guns and Candy

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Denkmal von Leonidas, unten eingraviert: MOLON LABE (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On October 19, “Gun Rights Across America” is planning a nationwide event this called “Guns Next Door,” to prove to the world that gun owners are just normal, law-abiding folks.

The plan, it seems, involves sitting on one’s front lawn with a gun and offering neighborhood children candy… which is obviously the best way to prove to any rational person that you are not a creepy weirdo.

From the group’s Facebook Event Page:

So all we’re asking for is one hour of your time. Arm yourselves (legally), and make your presence known across America. This is an extremely easy way to support the 2nd Amendment, and protect our rights. Feel free to hold up signs in your yards for the passing motorists. “Obama must go, Save the 2nd, Molon Labe,” etc. Pass out candy or lemonade to the kids riding their bikes, and playing in the neighborhoods. This is your chance America! Your chance to take action by just giving one hour of your time, your chance to make a statement, your chance to defeat an anti-gun agenda!

Molon labe? Yep, nothing will get kids on your side like yelling at them in a foreign language!

Remember, kids, just say no to creepy men with guns and candy!

Via Death and Taxes.

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Hawks, Non-Interventionists Square Off Over Syria (with Possible 2016 Implications)

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President Barack Obama and Senator John McCain in a press conference, taking place on March 4, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Congressional vote on whether to strike Syria offers insight into which wing of the Republican Party — the traditional hawks or a growing bloc of non-interventionists — has the advantage in foreign policy debates.

Republican divisions on national security have flared over drone use, aid to Egypt, and the National Security Agency surveillance practices. Tensions have played out in battles between Senator John McCain of Arizona and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky. In a rare moment of clarity, Sen. McCain called Mr. Paul and his compatriots “wacko birds.” In return, Mr. Paul suggested that hawks like Mr. McCain were “moss covered.”

Former spats could pale in comparison with the fight over whether to attack Syria, an issue on which Sen. McCain and Sen. Paul will be the leading spokesmen for their party’s two wings.

Mr. McCain has long advocated intervention in Syria’s civil war. After meeting with President Obama at the White House on Monday, he said that it would be “catastrophic” if Congress did not approve the president’s proposal and that such a rejection would result in the United States’s credibility being “shredded.”

Mr. Paul on Sunday made clear his opposition to Mr. Obama’s proposal, taking to Twitter and the talk shows to taunt Secretary of State John Kerry. “John Kerry is, you know, he’s famous for saying, you know, how can you ask a man to be the last one to die for a mistake?” Mr. Paul said. “I would ask John Kerry, how can you ask a man to be the first one to die for a mistake?”

Mr. Paul is very aware that the vote offers just that chance to reorient the Republican center on foreign affairs, and the debate gives him the chance to re-establish himself as the voice of the Tea Party movement.

Syria has important implications for the 2016 Republican presidential contest. White House hopefuls in Congress will be forced to choose between the wishes of Tea Party activists opposed to a strike and the wishes of more traditional Republicans, whose ranks include some major donors and Israel supporters. A “yea” vote on taking action in Syria would put opponents of Sen. Paul, like Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, on the same side as Pres. Obama.

Via The New York Times.

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Obama to Meet with LGBT Rights Groups at G20 in St. Petersburg

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President Barack Obama will meet with Russian LGBT rights groups as well as several other Russian human rights activists at this week’s G20 summit in St. PetersburgBuzzFeed reported Monday.

Obama cancelled a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in August amid tension over the country’s offer of asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

From BuzzFeed:

Four Russian non-governmental organizations told BuzzFeed Monday they had been invited to the meeting, scheduled for this Thursday at St. Petersburg’s Crowne Plaza Hotel. The groups include veteran human rights activists Lev Ponomarev and Lyudmila Alexeyeva, legal aid NGO director Pavel Chikov, and Coming Out, a St. Petersburg-based LGBT organization. Another local LGBT group, the LGBT Network, is believed to be attending, though director Igor Kochetkov declined to comment to BuzzFeed, saying that he had been “asked not to say anything.”

Via TPM.

 

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Syrian Rebel Leader Backs Obama Decision to Go to Congress

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Syria (Photo credit: Yishac – Isaac Alvarez i Brugada)

On Monday, the general of the Free Syrian Army, which is fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, said his group understands and supports President Barack Obama’s decision to seek authorization for military intervention in Syria from Congress.

Gen. Salim Idris told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that Secretary of State John Kerry called him Monday and filled him in on the situation in the United States.

“We support President Obama’s decision to go to the Congress to get authorization to carry out strikes against the Syrian regime, and we understand really the decision-making mechanism in the democratic countries and realize that congressional support for the decision will make it stronger and more effective, and we hope it will encourage other friendly countries to participate in the international campaign against the regime,” Idris said.

Idris said he understands the decision may take days or weeks, but he fears bloodshed in that time. The Syrian general also denied that if the U.S. were to send weapons directly to the rebels, they could end up in the hands of Al Qaeda. He said only a small fraction of rebel fighters in the country work with terrorist groups, and the Syrian Free Army does not coöperate with them. Idris said he would give “any kind of guarantee” that aid from the U.S. would only go to the right hands.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/syria-general-barack-obama-96174.html#ixzz2dmU3DTLS

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Kerry Calls for Action in Syria

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Headshot of John Kerry with the U.S. flag in the background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Friday, Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a strong call for action in Syria, pushing the need for a response to the use of chemical weapons and stressing that the mistakes of Iraq will not be repeated.

“History would judge us all extraordinarily harshly if we turned a blind eye to a dictator’s use of chemical weapons,” Sec. Kerry said.

Kerry recognized the war fatigue in America but said the situation demands action — even as Americans long for peace. He said the Obama Administration will not repeat the mistakes of Iraq.

Via The Washington Post.

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Chemical Weapons Kill Scores in Damascus

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On Wednesday, scores of civilians were killed outside Damascus in a chemical weapons attack. No one knows how many were killed, but this was likely this deadliest attack in more than two years of civil war. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that more than 130 people were confirmed dead. Others estimated the death toll at more than 1,000.

Rebels blame the government. The government denies involvement. Russia, meanwhile, is accusing the rebels of staging the attack to implicate President Bashar al-Assad.

One year ago, President Obama said that the use of chemical weapons was a red line, but the attack has not yet brought about a change in American engagement in Syria.

Via The New York Times.

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ACA Provision Kicked Back to 2015

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English: Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Obama administration has delayed until 2015 a consumer protection provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that limits how much people have to spend on their own health care.

The limit on out-of-pocket costs was $6,350 for an individual and $12,700 for a family, but federal officials have granted a one-year grace period to insurers, allowing them to set higher limits. Some health plans will not be required to impose any limit at all.

The grace period, which has been outlined on the Labor Department‘s Web site since February, allows employers and health insurance companies time to upgrade their computer systems to comply with the ACA.

Advocates for people with chronic illnesses are dismayed by the policy decision. For people with illnesses like cancer and multiple sclerosis, out-of-pocket costs can be tens of thousands of dollars a year.

 “In the United States of America, no one should go broke because they get sick,” President Obama told a joint session of Congress in September 2009.

Via NYT.

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