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Bob Woodward Shoots Down Story That Bush Lied to Get U.S. in Iraq War, Implies Obama Troop Pullout Was Wrong Move

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This is from The Blaze.

How long before Bob Woodward gets taken to the woodshed for his comments and then backtracks on his statement?

Legendary journalist Bob Woodward shot down the notion that President George W. Bush lied to get America involved in the Iraq War in 2003 — and strongly implied President Obama didn’t make the right call by ordering the U.S. troop pullout.

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Appearing on Fox News Sunday, the Washington Post icon and bestselling author noted that Bush made mistakes leading up to the war — but came down hard on the “line” saying Bush lied.

“I spent 18 months looking at how Bush decided to invade Iraq … lots of mistakes, but it was Bush telling George Tenet the CIA director, ‘Don’t let anyone stretch the case on WMD.’ And he was the one who was skeptical,” Woodward told host Chris Wallace.

More from Woodward:

“And if you try to summarize why we went into Iraq, it was momentum. That war plan kept getting better and easier, and finally at the end people were saying, ‘Hey, look, it’ll only take a week or two.’ And early on it looked like it was going to take a year or 18 months, and so Bush pulled the trigger. A mistake certainly can be argued, and there’s an abundance of evidence. But there was no lie in this that I could find.”

But as for Obama’s decision to pull out all the troops from Iraq, Woodward strongly implied that he would have been better off following the military’s advice by keeping 10,000 to 15,000 troops in Iraq “as an insurance policy.”

“And we all know insurance policies make sense,” Woodward added. “We have 30,000 troops or more in South Korea still, 65 years or so after the war. When you’re a superpower, you have to buy these insurance policies, and he didn’t in this case. I don’t think you can say everything is because of that decision — but clearly a factor.”

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DNC chief: ‘We’re going to hold the Senate’

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This is from The Hill.

Life for Debbie Whatsherface Schultz must be extremely hard being a delusional as she is.

She needs to be on medication or in a straight jacket in a padded room.

 

Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.) said on Sunday that Democrats will hold the Senate, adding that people heading to the polls next month won’t be voting for President Obama.

“The president isn’t on the ballot here,” Wasserman-Schultz said on “Fox News Sunday.”

“Republicans are desperate to put him on the ballot because they’re trying to turn away from their own terrible record.”

Senate Minority Leader “Mitch McConnell [R-Ky.] is trying to make this election about anything but his own record,” she added.

Republicans have been trying to link Democrats in tough races with the president, who is largely unpopular in many states — especially the ones with close races for the Senate.

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus said on the same show that Democrats are trying to “walk a very difficult balance” by both distancing themselves from President Obama while also being stuck to his record.

Republicans will win control of the Senate in November, he predicted, because “No. 1, the president has taken the country in the wrong direction.”

Wasserman-Schultz countered that Republican Senate candidates are on the defense in South Dakota, Georgia and Kansas, three “blood red states” that should show her party has an edge going into Election Day.

“We’re going to hold the Senate,” she said.

Republicans need a total of six new seats to pick up the majority in the Senate, a gain that many analysts say is increasingly possible.

Sen. Leahy on NSA spying: We need to stop government from controlling American people [VIDEO]

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This is from The Daily Caller.

Old Leaky Leahy is talking a good game, but I say we need to see action.

Will anything be done about the NSA spying on the American public or will it be just talk?

Sadly, I think it will only be just talk.

 

Sen. Patrick Leahy says the American people are at risk of being controlled by their government due to the expansive surveillance powers of the National Security Agency.

Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” the Vermont Democrat and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee told host Chris Wallace that the nation’s lawmakers must act to return control of the government to the people.

“I think that we are going to maintain our ability to protect the United States,” Leahy began. “That’s extremely important.”

 

“The concern everybody has is allowing our government to have such a reach into your private life, my private life, and everybody else’s, that we are, we have the government controlling us instead of us controlling the government.”

“And that’s what both Republicans and Democrats are joined together on the Hill to try to change,” Leahy concluded.

Earlier in the program, Leahy suggested that viewers consider history when deciding whether the government should have so much access to the private communications of American citizens.

“I just think that there should be oversight,” Leahy said. “Think back in the history of this county, in J. Edgar Hoover’s day and all — if he had had the power when he was spying on protesters and those against the Vietnam War and Martin Luther King — if he had had the power that’s in here, think what might have happened. We Americans believe in our safety. We also believe in our ability to be private.”

“You still have to have some checks and balances before you have a government that can run amok,” Leahy said.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/01/19/sen-leahy-on-nsa-spying-we-need-to-stop-government-from-controlling-american-people-video/#ixzz2qsEosbMW

George Will: ‘All hell is going to break loose’ in 2014 if employers drop insurance plans

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This is from BizPac Review.

Hopefully ths will result in big losses for the DemocRats.

 

During an appearance on Fox News Sunday, while discussing the status report on the Obamacare web site released by the White House, columnist George Will warned that “all hell” could break loose in 2014.

Administration officials say in the report that visitors to the government’s health care website will encounter fewer errors and the system now works most of the time, The Associated Press reported.

Home video: Woman gathers family to push
Obamacare at Thanksgiving, gets laughed at

Pointing to the report’s claim that the team fixing HealthCare.gov “is working with private sector velocity and effectiveness,” Will sarcastically acknowledged that this is progress but stressed full functionality is still months away.

Will said that fixing the web site will not solve all the problems associated with Obamacare, suggesting that structural elements of the law could lead to other problems, such as employers dropping insurance plans, according to National Review Online.

“Watch the employers,” he cautioned, “because if they start dumping people into Medicare and into Medicaid, and the doctors then say, ‘The burdens are too high, and the reimbursement is too low, we’re not seeing Medicaid patients,’ then all hell is going to break loose.”

 

Snyder shoulders Detroit bankruptcy decision, won’t ask for federal help

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This is from Fox News Politics.

Why should the taxpayers be on the hook to bail out Detroit?

There is plenty of blames for the DemocRats,the city and

public sector unions.

Their greed and stupidity caused Detroit’s problems.

 

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and the bankruptcy specialist he appointed to fix Detroit’s unprecedented financial problems put the blame Sunday squarely on the city and defended their decision to file for Chapter 9.

The Republican governor said Detroit created the problems and stood steadfast behind his decision to file Thursday for bankruptcy, with the city roughly $19 billion in debt.

“This is a tragic, difficult decision, but a right one,” he said. “It’s not about just more money, it’s about accountable government.”

He said corruption and city leaders ignoring warning signs for 60 years contributed to the problems. Among his biggest concerns, Snyder said, is the decline of municipal services for Detroit’s remaining 700,000 residents, including police response times of nearly one hour.

Snyder said the state cannot help and asking for a federal bailout is “not the right answer,” though Washington has that option.

The Obama administration has extended no offer to help, after Congress and the White House agreed to bail out Chrysler and General Motors during the recent recession.

“Can we help Detroit? We don’t know,” Vice President Joe Biden said last week. His remarks followed White House Press Secretary Jay Carney appearing to rule out such assistance.

“That’s something that local leaders and creditors are going to have to resolve,” he said. “But we will be partners in an effort to assist the city and the state as they move forward.”

Among the emerging concerns is that the federal government would have to help repeatedly, considering Chicago reportedly has an unfunded pension liability of at least $19 billion while Los Angeles’ is estimate to be as much as $30 billion.

“There are a lot of other cities right behind Detroit,” Republican strategist Ron Bonjean told Fox News on Sunday.

Kevyn Orr, the emergency manager and bankruptcy lawyer appointed by Snyder, made comments similar to the governor’s on Sunday but avoided questions about a possible government bailout.

“This is the only way,” he told “Fox News Sunday.” “We were compelled to file for bankruptcy.”

Orr said his goal is to restructure the debt, including roughly $3.5 million in underfunded pension liabilities, and to get Detroit on its feet again by fall 2014.

He also said he has appealed a judge’s ruling Friday that the bankruptcy violates Michigan’s constitution, which protects government employees’ pensions.

Orr also said that his plan would extend full payments only to pensioners for the next six months and acknowledge the hardship it will cause.

“This is very personal to me,” he said. “My mother is a pensioner.”

Still, he said Detroit “dug this hole,” in part by not addressing its problems earlier.

With a population of 1.8 million in the 1950s, Detroit’s slow decline started with residents migrating to the suburbs in the 1960s and was accelerated by automakers leaving Detroit, which diminished the city’s tax base and made it difficult for officials to provide basic services such as police protection.

The filing makes the city the largest in the United States to file for bankruptcy.

Orr also defended criticism from the financial sector, saying potential investors will look at an improved Detroit, not the old one.

I remember when people said “nobody will ever buy a car from a bankrupt automaker,” Orr said.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/07/21/detroit-emergency-manager-defends-bankruptcy-says-city-dug-this-hole/#ixzz2ZjdMJQmu

 

KARL ROVE SNAPS BACK AT SARAH PALIN: ‘IF I DID RUN FOR OFFICE & WIN, I WOULD SERVE OUT MY TERM’

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This is from The Blaze.

Karl Rove need to shut up and go away.

Karl Roves is not or ever has been Conservative.

Karl Rove and GOP Chairman Reince Priebus are the problem.

Their win and lose record is horrible.

We need to weed The Establishment Republicans out of the party.

Karl Rove isn’t taking too kindly to Sarah Palin’s criticism.

After the former Alaska governor took a not-so-veiled shot at establishment “experts who keep losing elections yet keep getting rehired” in her speech to conservative activists Saturday, Republican strategist Rove said Palin should agree with him in his quest to find more “electable” GOP candidates.

“First of all I live in Texas, I don’t live in Washington,” Rove said on “Fox News Sunday.” “Second of all, look — Sarah Palin should be agreeing with this. She didn’t support [Missouri Senate candidate] Todd Akin and when he said the reprehensible things he said, she wisely came out and said he should get out of the race.”

Rove, whose American Crossroads super PAC spent millions during the 2012 campaign yet achieved just one election night success, also dismissed Palin’s advice to either “buck up” or run himself — by bringing up her resigning the Alaska governorship.

“I appreciate her encouragement that I ought to go home to Texas and run for office. I would be enthused if I ran for office to have her support… I don’t think I’m a particularly good candidate, sort of a balding fat guy. Second of all, if I did run for office and win I would serve out my term and I wouldn’t leave office midterm,” Rove said, eliciting momentarily stunned silence from the rest of the Fox News panel.

 

 

 

As budget battles resume, Republicans hope Obama ‘sincere’ in compromise efforts

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This is from Fox News Politics.

Tom Colburn severally stupid.

How did someone this dumb become a Doctor?

Given his history how can anyone Obama is sincere?

 

After a week of President Obama extending lunch and dinner invites to congressional Republicans, ahead of the next budget battle, party leaders are expressing cautious optimism about the president being sincere – not just leading a so-called charm offensive.

The invitations appear to be a change in political tactics for Obama, who since elected in 2008 has largely avoided courting Congress, preferring as of late to instead make his case to the public with campaign-style events.

He also plans to keep up the effort this week with three scheduled trips to Capitol Hill to visit Democrats and Republicans in both chambers, a likely effort to broker a “grand bargain” on tax and spending instead of another short-term fix.

“I hope that this is sincere,” Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, who had lunch Thursday with Obama at the White House, told “Fox News Sunday.” “We had a very good, frank exchange. But the proof will be in the coming weeks as to whether or not it’s a real, sincere outreach to find common ground.”

Obama’s apparent courtship follows $85 billion in spending cuts this year that kicked in March 1 and before the next deadline, March 27, when the current short-term budget extension expires and a government shutdown looms.

Ryan, R-Wis., also told Fox his proposal for 2014 would balance the federal budget in 10 years, but is based in part on repeal of the president’s Affordable Care Act, which appears unlikely.

Though Republicans appeared optimistic, they also expressed concern that the president’s second-term efforts might be too late.

“I think he is sincere,” said Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, who attended the hotel dinner with 11 other Republican senators Wednesday night.

“But you know, you’ve got a lot of scabs and sores on people,” Coburn told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “And it’s going to take a while for that to heal.”

The president will have to work quickly to achieve even a shorter-term deal, considering Congress is scheduled to leave town March 22.

Senate Democrats said they already have a spending measure ready for passage that would pay for day-to-day federal operations through September. The measure would impose automatic cuts of 5 percent to domestic agencies and 7.8 percent to the Pentagon.

Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine said Sunday that leaders of the Democrat-controlled Senate also are working on full budget for passage, the first in four years. And he expressed optimism about an eventual Hill deal.

“The two (chambers’) budgets will be different,” he told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “We’re going to have to find a balanced solution, and it will involve all elements. It will involve talking about revenues, talking about expenses, talking about entitlements. We have to do that.”
Still, some Republicans seem unconvinced about the president’s recent efforts.

“I hope that he’s genuine,” Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., told NBC. “But I don’t think we’re going to be doing the Harlem Shake any time soon together.”

Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy question whether Obama’s efforts were about winning over the Republican-controlled House or “governing for all of America.”

“Only time will tell,” the California congressman told CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/03/10/republican-leaders-wary-obama-new-courting-efforts-as-budget-battles-resume/#ixzz2NC7YftIb

 

Rep. Paul Ryan: House budget will assume the repeal of ‘ObamaCare’

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This is from The Hill.

The House controls the purse strings they can defund Obamacare.

I am glad to see some Republicans have possibly grown a pair.

It is time to Willie the Weeper(Boehner) as House Speaker.

 

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Sunday said he will not back down from the battle to repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act even though some Republicans think the party should move on.

Ryan dismissed criticism that House Republicans have virtually no chance of dismantling the signature legislative accomplishment of Obama’s first term and their efforts might be better expended elsewhere.

He said his budget assumes the repeal of the healthcare law, in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”

When host Chris Wallace challenged him on that assumption, Ryan said he would not give up the fight.

“That’s not going to happen,” said Wallace.

“We believe it should,” Ryan shot back. “That’s the point. This is what budgeting is all about. It’s about making tough choices to fix our country’s problems. We believe ‘ObamaCare’ is a program that will not work.

“We believe ObamaCare will actually lead to hospitals and doctors and healthcare providers turning people away,” he said.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) suggested shortly after Election Day that the political calculus had changed on repealing the controversial law, which fired up conservatives in the 2010 midterm election.

“Well, I think the election changes that,” Boehner told ABC News’s Diane Sawyer when asked whether Republicans would still pursue repealing the law.

“It’s pretty clear that the president was reelected, Obamacare is the law of the land. I think there are parts of the healthcare law that are going to be very difficult to implement and very expensive,” he said.

Ryan, however, said he would accept the year-end fiscal deal that raised $620 billion in tax increases compared to 2012 policy but made most of the Bush-era tax rates permanent.

“We don’t want to refight the fiscal cliff. That’s current law. That’s not going to change,” he said.

Ryan said his budget would cut spending by about $5 trillion over the next 10 years.

He said his plan would slow spending growth to 3.4 percent per year, down from its current trajectory of 4.9 percent per year.

“Instead of spending $46 trillion over the next ten years, we’ll spend $41 trillion,” he said.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/287205-rep-paul-ryan-house-budget-will-assume-the-repeal-of-obamacare#ixzz2NBYAANqN
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GOP foe of Hagel’s nomination says let vote go on

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This is from Town Hall.

Good old gutless nut less John McCain ready to roll over.

Why not keep on fighting Hagel’s nomination?

Little Chuckie Hagel like Lurch Kerry is unqualified.

 

GOP foe of Hagel's nomination says let vote go on

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s pick to be defense secretary is unsuited to head the Pentagon, but Republican senators should stop stalling the nomination and allow a vote on Chuck Hagel, a leading opponent said Sunday.

“No, I don’t believe he’s qualified,” said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. “But I don’t believe that we should hold up his nomination any further, because I think it’s (been) a reasonable amount to time to have questions answered.”

Republicans have angered Obama by delaying the formation of his second-term national security team, which includes Hagel, a former Republican senator from Nebraska, and John Brennan, the president’s top counterterrorism adviser who’s awaiting confirmation as CIA director.

Critics contend that Hagel, who snubbed McCain by staying neutral in 2008 presidential race when McCain ran against Obama, isn’t supportive enough of Israel and is unreasonably sympathetic to Iran. The nomination also became entangled in Republican lawmakers’ questioning of how the White House handled the Sept. 11 attack against a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

GOP senators also have challenged his past statements and votes on nuclear weapons, and his criticism of the President George W. Bush’s administration lingers.

Republicans last week held up a confirmation vote but have indicated that they eventually would relent and permit a vote when they return from their break on Feb. 25.

Obama’s chief of staff, Denis McDonough, said Hagel, a Vietnam combat veteran, said was the right person to lead the Pentagon, and “has one thing in mind: How do we protect the country?”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, who’s led the opposition with McCain to Hagel’s nomination, said critics were “doing our job to scrutinize … one of the most unqualified, radical choices for secretary of defense in a very long time.”

“But at the end of the day,” said Graham, R-S.C., “this is the president’s decision. I give him great discretion. I can’t believe one Democratic colleague is not upset by this choice enough to speak out.”

Graham referred to a letter he received from Hagel in response to questions about past statements on Israel, and the senator said, “I’ll just take him at his word, unless something new comes along.”

McDonough was on ABC’s “This Week,” while McCain spoke on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and Graham was interviewed on “Fox News Sunday.”

Pelosi: ‘False argument’ to say Washington has spending problem

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This is from Fox News Politics.

It is scary the things these Democrats have to say about spending.

San Fran Nan‘s brain has been fried due to her Botox injections.

What brain cells that are still active for Obama are warped by Communism.

We are in some real deep trouble.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi claimed Sunday it is a “false argument” to say the federal government has a spending problem, in the latest shot across the bow to Republicans who couldn’t disagree more.

Pelosi, in an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” locked arms with President Obama in calling for Washington to avert a looming round of budget cuts — by replacing them with a blend of cuts and tax hikes.

The cuts are set to kick in March 1 and will impact the Pentagon more than any other single department. Republicans want the package replaced with a less arbitrary slate of cuts. But Pelosi argued that more cuts would hurt the economy, and in turn do little to close the deficit.

“We have to recognize that, which cuts really help us and which cuts hurt our future? And cuts in education, scientific research and the rest are harmful, and they are what are affected by the sequestration,” she said on “Fox News Sunday.” “So, it is almost a false argument to say we have a spending problem. We have a budget deficit problem that we have to address.”

It is without question that the federal government has a budget deficit problem. The annual deficit exceeded $1 trillion for each of the past four years, adding $6 trillion total to the national debt during President Obama’s first term.

But Republicans argue that the gaping shortfall cannot be closed with tax increases alone — and that, indeed, Washington has a rather severe spending problem.

Even many in the Democratic Party concede that the growth in entitlement spending — on Medicare and other budget gobblers — needs to be checked.

Some kind of agreement, even a short-term one, needs to be reached in the next few weeks to avoid $85 billion in arbitrary spending cuts next month. Pelosi stressed that Democrats want to increase revenue by closing loopholes, including those for oil companies, as opposed to raising tax rates.

Her argument is similar to the one President Obama is expected to restate Tuesday during his State of the Union address.

However, Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole said fellow House Republicans will “absolutely not” accept tax increases as part of a deal, which would trigger the cuts to federal defense and discretionary spending.

Cole told ABC News‘ “This Week” that the president refused to agree to spending cuts during the recent, so-called “fiscal cliff” negotiations so Democrats are not getting revenue increases now.

“I think (sequester) is inevitable, quite frankly,” he said.

Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain also said Sunday that Republicans don’t want tax increases, considering they just agreed to end more than $1 trillion in income tax breaks, but suggested he might be open to closing some tax loopholes.

He also urged both parties to work together to avoid sequester, which will result in big cuts to the defense budget and roughly $1.2 trillion in total cuts over the next decade.

“I’ll take responsibility as a Republican, but we’ve got to avoid it,” said McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee. “The world is a very dangerous place.”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/02/11/pelosi-false-argument-to-say-washington-has-spending-problem/#ixzz2KcIMKfSG

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