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Judge to CIA: Disclose ‘black site’ details to USS Cole defense

Judge to CIA: Disclose ‘black site’ details to USS Cole defense

The military judge issued a ruling Monday that instructs the U.S. government to give defense lawyers names, dates and places related to the CIA’s overseas detention and interrogation program, according to two sources.

The military judge in the USS Cole bombing case has ordered the U.S. government to give defense lawyers details — names, dates and places — of the CIA’s secret overseas detention and interrogation of the man accused of planning the bombing, two people who have read the still-secret order said Thursday.

Army Col. James L. Pohl issued the five-page order Monday. It was sealed as document 120C on the war court website Thursday morning and, according to those who’ve read it, orders the agency to provide a chronology of the overseas odyssey of Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, 49, from his capture in Dubai in 2002 to his arrival at Guantánamo four years later.

The order sets the stage for a showdown between the CIA and a military judge, if the agency refuses to turn over the information to the prosecution for the defense teams. The order comes while the CIA fights a bitter, public battle with the Senate on its black site torture investigation.

The judge’s order instructs prosecutors to provide nine categories of closely guarded classified CIA information to the lawyers — including the names of agents, interrogators and medical personnel who worked at the so-called black sites. The order covers “locations, personnel and communications” as well as cables between the black sites and headquarters that sought and approved so-called enhanced interrogation techniques, the two sources said.

 
The Middle East War on Christians

The Middle East War on Christians

Muslim-majority nations are doing to followers of Jesus what they did to the Jews.

The Middle East may be the birthplace of three monotheistic religions, but some Arab nations appear bent on making it the burial ground for one of them. For 2,000 years, Christian communities dotted the region, enriching the Arab world with literature, culture and commerce. At the turn of the 20th century, Christians made up 26% of the Middle East's population. Today, that figure has dwindled to less than 10%. Intolerant and extremist governments are driving away the Christian communities that have lived in the Middle East since their faith was born.

In the rubble of Syrian cities like Aleppo and Damascus, Christians who refused to convert to Islam have been kidnapped, shot and beheaded by Islamist opposition fighters. In Egypt, mobs of Muslim Brotherhood members burn Coptic Christian churches in the same way they once obliterated Jewish synagogues. And in Iraq, terrorists deliberately target Christian worshippers. This past Christmas, 26 people were killed when a bomb ripped through a crowd of worshipers leaving a church in Baghdad's southern Dora neighborhood.

Christians are losing their lives, liberties, businesses and their houses of worship across the Middle East. It is little wonder that native Christians have sought refuge in neighboring countries—yet in many cases they find themselves equally unwelcome. Over the past 10 years, nearly two-thirds of Iraq's 1.5 million Christians have been driven from their homes. Many settled in Syria before once again becoming victims of unrelenting persecution. Syria's Christian population has dropped from 30% in the 1920s to less than 10% today.

 
David Corn: How Rand Paul Bailed on His Bold Plan to Reform Big-Money Politics

As a candidate, he touted a proposal to curb the influence of lobbyists and donors. As a senator, he shelved that plan—and accepted contributions from influence peddlers.

This past weekend—days after Mother Jones revealed video of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) claiming that Dick Cheney exploited 9/11 to start the Iraq War to boost profits for Halliburton, the military contractor where Cheney had been CEO—Paul claimed in interviews with ABC News and Business Insider that he had never questioned Cheney's motives. He insisted he had merely noted that Cheney's Halliburton ties had posed the "chance for a conflict of interest." Paul was spinning—not acknowledging the actual comments. But when Paul was running for the US Senate in 2009 and 2010 as a tea party outsider who would take on Washington's special-interest lobbyists, he repeatedly cited the Cheney-connected Halliburton as an example of what was wrong in the nation's capital. In a videotaped talk on national-security policy, for example, Paul complained, "We give billion-dollar contracts to Halliburton, they turn around and spend millions on lobbyists to ask for more money from government. It's an endless cycle of special-interest lobbyists." At one campaign stop after another, Paul bashed Halliburton, and he boasted that he had a bold and imaginative plan for limiting the influence of big-money lobbyists and donors who funnel cash into the campaign coffers of candidates to win access and favors. But several years into his first term, Paul has yet to introduce this proposal—or say much, if anything, about it. In fact, he has been accepting contributions from the lobbyists he once so passionately decried.

 
Paul Krugman getting rich talking about income inequality

 Robby Soave

Paul Krugman three-photo combo

Krugman: 'It's remarkably generous'

Economist Paul Krugman — who frequently uses his New York Times column to preach that rich people and Republicans are oppressing the poor with their capitalist policies — has been hired by City University of New York, which will pay him $225,000 to work on the ironically-named income inequality initiative.

His contract with CUNY was first reported by Gawker. He will be paid $225,000 for two semesters of work each year, or about $25,000 per month.

He is not required to teach during his first year of employment. Instead, the darling liberal pundit will be handsomely compensated for making media appearances and garnering publicity for CUNY’s Luxembourg Income Study Center.

CUNY also plans to reimburse Krugman $10,000 each year for travel expenses. A part-time researcher, or team of two researchers, will also be made available to him.

Even Krugman admitted that the deal seemed too good to be true.

CUNY is a public university. About 46 percent of its budget is financed via state revenue in the form of taxes.

 
Obama: Immigration reform will be 'issue that haunts' GOP

Obama: Immigration reform will be 'issue that haunts' GOP

By Meghashyam Mali

President Obama said that immigration reform would be an “issue that haunts” Republicans if they failed to act and pressed Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to use his “political capital” to find a solution.

“There's always gonna be a limit to what I can do in the absence of action by Congress,” Obama said in an interview aired Thursday on "CBS This Morning." “I think it is very important for Congress to recognize that this is going to be an issue that haunts them until it gets solved.”

 
America’s peacetime retreat from Europe now leaves U.S. powerless in Ukraine

Two A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft pilots fly in formation during a training exercise March 16, 2010, at Moody Air Force, Ga. Members of the 74th Fighter Squadron performed surge operations to push its support function to the limit and simulate pilots' wartime flying rates. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Benjamin Wiseman)

America’s peacetime retreat from Europe now leaves U.S. powerless in Ukraine

By Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times

The Obama administration has removed all operational combat tanks from Europe and key strike aircraft, limiting the options for a show of force to bolster eastern NATO allies as Russia contemplates invading Ukraine.

That makes it a top priority to show Russian President Vladimir Putin that Washington stands militarily behind NATO members such as the Baltic states, Poland and other countries once under Soviet domination.

The problem is, the U.S. shelf is a bit bare. In the past two years, the Obama administration has deactivated the only two armored combat brigade teams in Europe equipped with the Army’s main M1 battle tanks. It also disbanded a squadron of A-10 ground-attack jets that proved effective over Libya.

 
Hammerin’ Hank for speaking a racial truth

Hank Aaron (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Jonathan Capehart

We rightly revel in how far we have come on race, but let’s not kid ourselves that we are anywhere close to harmony.

“Never in our 50-minute conversation did Aaron suggest anyone critical of President Obama is racist. Never did he compare the Republican Party to the Ku Klux Klan,” Nightengale further points out in his story. “Simply, Aaron stated that we are fooling ourselves if we don’t believe racism exists in our country. It’s simply camouflaged now. And, yes, he feels sorry for his good friend, President Obama, and the frustrations he endures.”

 
E.J. Dionne Jr. - Jeb Bush’s optimism school

Jeb Bush’s optimism school

His approach to politics offers some lessons for doomsayers.

The Republican Party faces a long-term challenge in presidential elections because it is defining itself as a gloomy enclave, a collection of pessimists who fear what our country is becoming and where it is going. The party’s hope deficit helps explain why there’s a boomlet for Jeb Bush, a man who dares to use the word “love” in a paragraph about illegal immigrants.

The flurry doesn’t mean that the former Florida governor is even running for president, let alone that he can win. But Bush is being taken seriously because his approach to politics is so different from what’s on offer from doomsayers who worry that immigrants will undermine the meaning of being American and that the champions of permissiveness will hack away at our moral core.

No wonder Bush’s statement that immigrants entering the country illegally were engaged in “an act of love” was greeted with such disdain by Donald Trump and other Republicans gathered at last weekend’s Freedom Summit in New Hampshire.

But it’s not just the immigration issue as such that separates Bush from so many in his party. It’s the broader sense of optimism he conveys when he describes an increasingly diverse nation as an asset. He even, on occasion, speaks of active government as a constructive force in American life. And while he is critical of President Obama — he’s a conservative Republican, after all — he does not suggest, as so many in his party do, that because of the 44th president, the United States is on a path to decline and ruin.

Bush is occupying this space because New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has lost it for now. His administration’s role in causing traffic Armageddon on access lanes to the George Washington Bridge last fall and the rapidly multiplying investigations this episode has called forth created Bush’s opportunity.

 
Muslim "rights" in New York City schools...

Push for School Holidays Unites New York Muslim

By SHARON OTTERMAN 

The city’s Muslims have struggled to speak as one politically because of their broad diversity, but they have found common ground in a fight to close schools for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

 It was a gathering remarkable in its diversity from among New York City’s Muslims, a growing group whose members often find it difficult to work together politically because of differences in national origin, language, sect and class. But a single issue has managed to unify them: the push to close the city’s public schools for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, the most sacred Muslim holidays.

The issue might seem of modest importance alongside deeper concerns that continue to trouble many Muslims in the city, including the Police Department’s monitoring of their community since the Sept. 11 attacks. But the rally, held recently in a public school auditorium in Queens and organized in barely a week’s time, was a testament to how the Muslim community in the city is gaining a measure of political confidence.

Like all the major mayoral candidates in 2013, Bill de Blasio pledged during his campaign to add the Muslim holidays to the school calendar. But since his election, he has declined to give specifics and has warned it will take time.

Rather than consider the battle won, a coalition of Muslim, interfaith and secular groups that has largely been dormant since 2009 has begun to agitate again, planning rallies in the city’s five boroughs and distributing postcards that remind Mr. de Blasio that including the Muslim school holidays is a matter of “recognition, inclusion and respect.”

“He’s going to sign only if he has too much headache — he cannot get away from it,” Ahmed Jamil, the president of the Muslim American Society Community Center in Astoria, Queens, told the cheering crowd at the rally last month at Public School 69 in Jackson Heights. “Our rights — we are going to fight until we get them.”

 
Ex-Clinton press secretary Dee Dee Myers to Warner Bros.
 
Why the New Data Journalism Really Is Partisan

Why the New Data Journalism Really Is Partisan

By Jonathan Chait

 The empiricists may not be interested in politics, but politics is interested in them. The data journalism movement in general, and Klein’s project in particular, has spurred a fierce ideological backlash. A series of critics, mostly from the right, but also from the left, have flayed their claim of disinterested expertise as as disingenuous cover. “If the voter’s life experiences or intuition tells him that a government bureaucracy will create an inferior health care experience,” argues David Harsanyi in the Federalist, “there’s no chart that’s going to change his mind.”

The scale of the divide was placed on vivid display during the 2012 election, when Silver — attempting to measure the ideologically neutral question of who would win the election — nonetheless became a partisan flash point. With various levels of sophistication, conservatives mounted their own critiques ranging from the philosophical (Jonah Goldberg: “the soul — particularly when multiplied into the complexity of a society — is not so easily number-crunched”) to the quasi-scientific (Sean Trende and Jay Cost leaned heavily on the term “bimodal distribution” to arrive at dramatically cheerier prognoses for Mitt Romney). The poll-unskewing movement infected mainstream reporters and commentators, many of whom declared the election a toss-up.

 
A New Catholic-Evangelical Coalition?

A New Catholic-Evangelical Coalition?

 Robert P. Jones

Social issues have brought about a surprising alliance between Protestant evangelicals and Catholic bishops—but the pontiff's focus on economic justice could complicate matters.

From a historical perspective, this is the most improbable of alliances. The nascent Baptist movement was animated by condemnations of the Catholic hierarchy. Take this example from the Second London Confession of 1689, an early Baptist confessional document, which declared that the pope is “that Antichrist, that Man of Sin, that Son of Perdition, that exalteth himself in the Church against Christ, and all that is called God.” Early Baptist leaders in the U.S., including Roger Williams, John Smyth, and B.H. Carroll (founder of my alma mater, the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary), commonly held the position that the Catholic Church was “the whore of Babylon” from the Book of Revelation, a figure associated with the Antichrist and the embodiment of evil in the world. As late as 2000, Southern Baptist Seminary President Al Mohler declared on Larry King Live that the pope holds a false office, leads a false church, and teaches a false gospel.

 
Putin reminds that force in Ukraine remains on table, as NATO beefs up

During his annual public call-in show, the Russian president said he would send troops into Ukraine to 'protect' locals if necessary.

“We know quite well that we must do our best to protect their rights and help them independently decide their fate and we will struggle for that,” Mr. Putin said during his annual call-in television show. “I remind you that the Federation Council of Russia [the upper house of Parliament] empowered the president to use the armed forces in Ukraine.”

 
Mississippi Prefers Pork to Tea

In an attempt to slip into a Senate seat, Republican candidate Chris McDaniel has abandoned home state issues to focus on national matters—and state voters don’t like the taste of it.

Mississippi is different.

In many states, a seat in the Senate is simply a political office. Politicians come, and politicians go. But in Mississippi, becoming a U.S. senator is a lifetime appointment that politicians generally leave only upon death or disgrace. The Magnolia State has always been poor and relies on politicians in Washington to gain seniority and then use their clout to push federal money back to help its state, which regularly ranks at the bottom of just about every possible index of wealth and well-being.

This year, though, Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniel is trying to flip the script. Running against 36-year incumbent Thad Cochran (who is only the third man this century to win a general election to his Senate seat since the adoption of the 17th Amendment), McDaniel boasts that if elected, he will refuse to funnel federal money back home to Mississippi and wasn’t willing to come out in support of federal funds to relieve victims of Hurricane Katrina. The idea is to give tough medicine to what McDaniel has called “a welfare state” and the belief that cutting off federal aid will finally allow private enterprise in Mississippi to flourish.

 
The kiss that created a scandal

A video captured McAllister with an office staffer. (The Ouachita Citizen)

Manuel Roig-Franzia

Rep. Vance McAllister might have been one of the GOP’s ascendant stars right now. But then there was a kiss. Then a video. Then a leak.

It begins two days before Christmas last year. Just after 1:30 that afternoon, Vance McAllister, a first-time politician and a congressman for all of 32 days, paused as he left his district office in this northeast Louisiana city. Dressed casual-cool in a crinkly purple shirt, the married father of five leaned over and deeply kissed his office scheduler, a woman who also happened to be married to Heath Peacock, one of his friends and political supporters. Melissa Anne Hixon Peacock tilted her head and kissed him back. It did not look like a first kiss.

Surveillance video of that moment, leaked last week to a small newspaper here, the Ouachita Citizen, and blasted across the country via the Internet and cable television, has transformed McAllister’s life into a melodrama that threatens his once-promising political career. He’s beset by calls for his resignation, and his disappearance from the public eye — the canceled appearances and skipped votes — has only added to the intrigue. In a sense, his kiss has launched a thousand conspiracy theories. This state seethes with questions about who leaked and who loved, who schemed and who will be left standing when it’s all over. A “soap opera” is what Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo, a McAllister supporter, calls it. “These types of things become that way.”

 
Putin Asserts Right to Use Force in Ukraine

A pro-Russian militant stood guard outside a police building in the eastern city of Slovyansk on Thursday.

A pro-Russian man stood guard in the eastern city of Slovyansk.

Putin Asserts Right to Use Force in Ukraine

President Vladimir V. Putin said he hoped invasion of what he called “New Russia” would not be necessary.

 A crowd made up of civilians as well as militants formed outside the base, he said. Mr. Avakov’s description of the conflict indicated another challenge for the new government, as in other cases where pro-Russian groups have seized administrative buildings and police stations.

The events in Mariupol overnight, and in the towns of Slovyansk and Kramatorsk, north of the provincial capital of Donetsk, on Wednesday, underscored both the limits of Ukraine’s military and the difficulties of the tactical problems it faces in its attempt to dislodge armed separatists from eastern Ukraine.

In a glaring humiliation for the government, a military operation to confront pro-Russian militants in the east unraveled on Wednesday with the entire contingent of 21 armored vehicles that had separated into two columns surrendering or pulling back.

The separatists are well armed and have been accompanied by bold local supporters, including unarmed civilians and elderly women, who mingle in front of and among the armed men.

 
Obama calls Biden 'one of the finest vice presidents in history,' but won't endorse

Obama calls Biden 'one of the finest vice presidents in history,' but won't endorse

By Meghashyam Mali

Obama said that Biden would "go down as one of the finest vice presidents in history and he has been as I said … a great partner in everything that I do,” in an interview aired Thursday on "CBS This Morning."

“I suspect that there may be other potential candidates for 2016 who have been great friends and allies. I know that we've got an extraordinary secretary of State who did great service for us and worked with me and Joe to help make the country safer,” said Obama, referencing Hillary Clinton, who has also said that she is weighing a 2016 run.

 
No selfie awareness: Obama, Biden mug for Instagram as Ukraine implodes

(Instagram)

No selfie awareness: Obama, Biden mug for Instagram as Ukraine implodes

By Ben Wolfgang - The Washington Times

President Obama may not be posing for selfies with any more sports stars, but snapping photos with his second-in-command is a different story.

The selfie ended up on the vice president’s Instagram account, with the caption: “Found a friend to join my first selfie on Instagram. Thanks for following and stay tuned. — VP.”

 
Michael Bloomberg: 'I'm going straight to heaven... it's not even close'

Michael Bloomberg: 'I'm going straight to heaven... it's not even close'

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg boasts that his liberal philanthropy has guaranteed him a place in paradise

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is spending $50million to fight the NRA on gun control, said in a recent interview that his philanthropy as definitely earned him a place in heaven

The former NYC mayor quipped that his liberal philanthropy - including his latest plan to drop $50million in a battle with the NRA over gun control - should guarantee him a seat in the afterlife.

 
9/11 families claim FBI spying on Guantánamo legal team 'sabotage'

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9/11 families claim FBI spying on Guantánamo legal team 'sabotage'

Spencer Ackerman

Some victims' relatives speculate that FBI trying to sabotage commissions in order to bring 9/11 case back to federal court

Eight relatives of the victims of the September 11 attacks expressed frustration with this week’s unexpected derailment of the 9/11 military tribunal on Wednesday, saying they suspected that the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s surreptitious inquiry into the defense teams amounted to sabotage.

“How can you not have a suspicion with all that we’ve gone through, just in the last two years?” said Bill McGinly III, whose son Mark Ryan McGinly died on the 92nd floor of the World Trade Center, where he worked as a precious metals trader.

McGinly was among ten family members who arrived at Guantánamo last weekend expecting to see the commissions address whether Ramzi bin al-Shibh, one of the 9/11 defendants, is sufficiently mentally competent to understand the proceedings, another in the litany of pretrial questions under consideration by the court ahead of the military trial proper.

Instead, McGinly and the other family members watched the commissions learn that the FBI secretly approached a classification specialist advising bin al-Shibh’s lawyers to get him to become an informant, apparently because of an investigation into the media leak of an unclassified manifesto by accused 9/11 architect Khalid Shaikh Mohammed.

The defense teams argue that a government investigation into their own conduct creates a potential conflict of interest, pitting their need to defend themselves against their responsibilities to defend their clients. On Tuesday morning, after a session lasting less than two hours, the judge in the case, army colonel James Pohl, ordered the defense teams to internally examine the extent of their penetration and to provide him with a witness list.

 
Rand and Ron Paul ride to the rescue for Bundy in Nevada standoff with feds

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Friday, March 7, 2014. Friday marks the second day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which brings together prospective presidential candidates, conservative opinion leaders and tea party activists from coast to coast. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Rand and Ron Paul ride to the rescue for Bundy in Nevada standoff with feds

By Phillip Swarts - The Washington Times

Five days after federal law enforcement personnel withdrew from a confrontation with defiant rancher Cliven Bundy in Nevada, both sides are preparing for their next move.

“The federal government shouldn’t violate the law, nor should we have 48 federal agencies carrying weapons and having SWAT teams,” Mr. Paul told a Kentucky radio station.

He also appealed for the Bundy family, which dispute the federal government’s jurisdiction over the disputed lands, to seek redress nonviolently.

“I hope it’ll go through a court,” he said “But if it were in a court, I would be siding and wanting to say that, look, the states and the individuals in the state should own these lands.”

 
Is the truth catching-up with Jameis Winston?

A Star Player Accused, and a Flawed Rape Investigation

As she gave her account to the police, several bruises began to appear, indicating recent trauma. Tests would later find semen on her underwear.

For nearly a year, the events of that evening remained a well-kept secret until the woman’s allegations burst into the open, roiling the university and threatening a prized asset: Jameis Winston, one of the marquee names of college football.

Three weeks after Mr. Winston was publicly identified as the suspect, the storm had passed. The local prosecutor announced that he lacked the evidence to charge Mr. Winston with rape. The quarterback would go on to win the Heisman Trophy and lead Florida State to the national championship.

In his announcement, the prosecutor, William N. Meggs, acknowledged a number of shortcomings in the police investigation. In fact, an examination by The New York Times has found that there was virtually no investigation at all, either by the police or the university.

The police did not follow the obvious leads that would have quickly identified the suspect as well as witnesses, one of whom videotaped part of the sexual encounter. After the accuser identified Mr. Winston as her assailant, the police did not even attempt to interview him for nearly two weeks and never obtained his DNA.

A month before the rape accusation became public, the university’s victim advocate learned that a second woman had sought counseling after a sexual encounter with Mr. Winston, according to the prosecutor’s office. The woman did not call it rape — she did not say “no.” But the encounter, not previously reported, “was of such a nature that she felt violated or felt that she needed to seek some type of counseling for her emotions about the experience,” according to Georgia Cappleman, the chief assistant state attorney, who said she had spoken with the advocate but not with the woman.

The victim advocate was concerned enough about the episode to have alerted Mr. Winston’s first accuser.

Ms. Cappleman said that based on what she was told, a crime had not been committed. Nonetheless, Ms. Cappleman said she found the encounter troubling, because it “sheds some light on the way Mr. Winston operates” and on what may be “a recurring problem rather than some type of misunderstanding that occurred in an isolated situation.”

The detective handling the case waited two months to write his first report and then prematurely suspended his inquiry without informing the accuser. By the time the prosecutor got the case, important evidence had disappeared, including the video of the sexual act.

 
Are Families the Key to Reducing Poverty?

Are Families the Key to Reducing Poverty?

Peter-Christian Aigner

Looking back on the Moynihan report, misunderstood by liberals and conservatives alike...

The 1965 document is a touchstone in the debate over black culture and the War on Poverty. The author's call for full employment and a welfare state, however, is mostly forgotten.

For months, Republicans have been saying that the Democrats' so-called "War on Poverty” is a failure, and that it is time for conservatives to break liberals' "monopoly" on the issue by joining the debate. Because they disagree about the fundamental causes of the problem, however, it has been impossible to have a reasonable dispute over solutions. GOP leaders routinely describe government as the very source of poverty—a "hammock that lulls able-bodied people to lives of dependency and complacency, that drains them of their will and their incentive to make the most of their lives," in Representative Paul Ryan's words. 

Liberals have attacked them as racist and uncaring, but, as Ta-Nehisi Coates reminded us, Democrats have often described the problem in near-identical terms. Numerous works have shown that the cultural explanation of poverty is ancient and goes well beyond partisan and ethnic-racial lines. Even during the Great Depression, many Americans blamed laziness for the joblessness and hardship abroad. Making the case for work over "the dole," Franklin D. Roosevelt called welfare a "narcotic" that would "induce[] a spiritual and moral disintegration to the national fiber" if made permanent.

 
Obama fires up racial and gender resentments to get out the vote.

Coalition of the Disappointed

Obama fires up racial and gender resentments to get out the vote.

You can tell it's an election year because so many noncrises are suddenly urgent priorities. Real median household income is still lower than it was in 2007, the smallest share of Americans is working since 1978, and the Russians are marching west, but Democrats are training fire on race, gender and the grievances of identity politics.

"We have this congenital disease, which is in midterm elections we don't vote at the same rates," President Obama said at a Houston fundraiser the other day. He means that the Obama Democrats are now what they call the "coalition of the ascendent," made up of minorities, young people, single women and affluent, college-educated cultural liberals. The problem is that this year they may be a coalition of the disappointed, so Democrats are trying to scare them to the polls with pseudo-controversies.

 
Obama to GOP: 'Listen to the will of the American people' on immigration

Obama to GOP: 'Listen to the will of the American people' on immigration

By Meghashyam Mali

President Obama on Wednesday urged House Republicans to “listen to the will of the American people” and bring immigration reform for a vote.

“One year ago, the Senate introduced comprehensive bipartisan legislation to fix our broken immigration system. Both sides worked together to pass that bill with a strong bipartisan vote,” said Obama.

“Unfortunately, Republicans in the House of Representatives have repeatedly failed to take action, seemingly preferring the status quo of a broken immigration system over meaningful reform,” he added. “Instead of advancing commonsense reform and working to fix our immigration system, House Republicans have voted in favor of extreme measures like a punitive amendment to strip protections from 'Dreamers.' 

 
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