The nation's largest veterans service organization now questions the wisdom of the White House "putting politics above national security" via President Obama's plans to bypass Congress and grant amnesty to 5 million illegal immigrants. "At a time when ISIS, al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations are killing innocent Americans, it makes no sense to let our guard down and send a message that the United States is an open, soft target," says Michael D. Helm, national commander of the American Legion
Add the American Conservative Union to the list of organizations condemning White House plans for illegal immigrants. It is appalling that a president of the United States, after having suffered a humiliating defeat in the midterm elections and getting a clear vote of no confidence, would give the voters a single-finger salute of contempt," declares Matt Schlapp, chairman or the group.
Hey, not so fast: Almost half of Americans - 46 percent - say President Obama should hold off taking executive action on immigration, this according to a USA Today poll released Monday. The nation waits a little nervously for Thursday night, when the president will offer his big reveal on the situation. Some offer historic perspective and a reality check as the hours go by.
For those pining for the next Conservative Action Political Conference- their beloved CPAC - the countdown has begun. The big four-day event is just over 100 days away, set to begin February 25. Already signed up to speak: Sen. Ted Cruz, radio kingpin Mark Levin and potential presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina.
Grubergate, gruberish, grubered, grubermania, moneygrubering and gruberpalooza are among the new terms that have sprung into public use, these inspired by one particular economist who made an unfortunate comment about Obamcare, transparency and the mental capacity of Americans recently. But such things spawn instant culture. All the new nouns and verbs - some capitalized, some not - are now appearing in multiple print and online reports from Time, Bloomberg, Fox News, Powerline, Lucianne.com and many other sources. What with Twitter hashtags and jaunty dialogue, the usage has been spirited in recent days.
"Does Walker sizzle? Not exactly. Is he a particularly charismatic speaker? No, he isn't. But does he sit upon a throne made of the skulls of his enemies? Yes, yes he does. The November 4 election proved that in a definitive fashion. And though we are a constitutional republic not given to men upon thrones, this particular throne deserves consideration for a national position," observes Federalist writer Rich Cromwell observes.
Forget the polar vortex and snowmegeddon. The new preferred term of choice is bombogenesis - surely a great name for a band, but in reality, a sudden storm created at the enormous nexus of competing temperatures.
Academy Award winning actor Jon Voight has issued a call to arms as the nation honors their military with heartfelt thanks and thoughtful appreciation. He is fed up with President Obama's "executive privilege" and urges Americans to voice some outrage.
No parade rest here. When the nation's largest Veterans Day parade gets rolling up Fifth Avenue in New York City on Tuesday, the warrior dogs will be a part of it. Six former military dogs who saw combat in Iraq and Afghanistan will be aboard a special new float in the big parade - these are canines who sniffed out explosives as "improvised detection dogs" and are each credited with saving the lives of 200 soldiers.
The former presidential hopeful and relentless Republican campaigner had some advice for the Democratic Party: sully your leadership at you own peril.
Not everyone has gotten aboard the marijuana happy train. "Legalizing marijuana remains a much easier task in certain places than others. Chiefly, in contrast to high levels of support among liberals and solid support among moderates, less than a third of conservative Americans think marijuana should be legal," says Gallup analyst Lydia Saad.
Mitt Romney was in the nation's capital on Friday night, addressing an enthusiastic audience of Israeli Americans, and offering his own straightforward take on recent news that President Obama had sent a letter to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei suggesting he both sign a nuclear agreement and join a U.S.-led military effort against the Islamic State. "I was frankly stunned that the President of the United States would write a letter of that nature, in effect legitimizing a nation and a leadership which is violating international norms and is threatening the world," Mr. Romney said.
There's some "renewed hope" that the Keystone XL Pipeline could have a whole new life following the midterms - like 61 votes in the U.S. Senate in favor of the project.
Well, here's a sobering reality check. Even when politics reach a fever pitch, Americans still pine for crime - or amateur singers. But some stark overnight ratings from Nielsen reveal the ultimate audience winner of the night.
Something else besides an election happened on Election Day Eve. Jon Lovett, a former speechwriter for both President Obama and Hillary Clinton, acknowledged that he will soon pen an entire dramatic series based on partisan discord and the collapse of political institutions for Showtime.
Is it better to just wear the cute little "I voted" tag - or take a "selfie" in the poll booth, complete with ballot? In New Hampshire, a newly updated law now prohibits voters from taking a digital image or photo of themselves holding a marked ballot, then sharing it via social media. It's means $1,000 fine for violators.
It is not surprising that Condoleezza Rice has taken a shine to Joni Ernst. The former Secretary of State has endorsed the Republican hopeful for the U.S. Senate seat in Iowa - who also is a lieutenant colonel in the Army National Guard with some significant experience. She served as a company commander during Operation Iraqi Freedom, overseeing convoys through Kuwait and into southern Iraq throughout 2003, and her political philosophy remains in the can-do realm.
"The greatest problem of all is that in the face of these troubles so many serious challenges, we don't have the leadership to deal with it. We are experiencing a crisis of competence in America, and the people know it," says Texas Gov. Rick Perry
A quartet of significant Civil War battlefields are getting some protective help - $2.2 million worth, and none of that coming from tax payer funds. National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis has announced the new grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to help preserve land at Gettysburg Battlefield in Pennsylvania, and the Manassas, North Anna, and Rappahannock Station battlefields in Virginia.
Gov. Chris Christie takes his Jersey-style star power and fundraising prowess to Florida, Connecticut and yes, to Iowa in the next 72 hours, marking his fourth trip to the state this year. Mr. Christie was in Des Moines only 72 hours ago, helping Gov. Terry Brandstad celebrate his 68th birthday. Iowa insiders are convinced this is a true sign that Mr. Christie is running for president in 2016.