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Lech Walesa: Obama Has Failed, ‘America no Longer Leads the World’.


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By Cathy Burke

The Nobel Peace Prize-winning former president of Poland, Lech Walesa, says President Obama has failed to reclaim America’s role as a world leader.

In an interview with CNN aired Wednesday, the 70-year-old Walesa — who supported Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 election — said the Obama administration has been a dangerous disappointment.

“When he was elected… there was great hope,” Walesa said. “…. we were hoping Obama would reclaim moral leadership for America,” adding: “That failed.”

“…. in terms of politics and morality, America no longer leads the world,” he said. “…America did not regain its leadership status. We were just lucky there were no big conflicts in the world,” saying the world has relied on a strong America to maintain the balance of power around the globe.

“… It’s a dangerous situation so we are awaiting a president who will understand that,” he said.

Walesa went from a shipyard electrician to a union leader who helped overthrow the communist government in Poland, winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983, and seven years later, becoming the first democratically elected president in Poland.

“I managed to destroy a bad system,” he told CNN in the interview in Washington. “…. now we must be excellent at building new things. It doesn’t take that much.”

In 2012, Walesa effectively endorsed Romney in his bid for president.

“I wish you to be successful because this success is needed to the United States, of course, but to Europe and the rest of the world, too,” Walesa was heard after meeting Romney in Poland, the Weekly Standard reported at the time.

“Gov. Romney, get your success — be successful!”

Walesa is the subject of a documentary that will be considered for an Academy Award this year, “Walesa, Man of Hope.”

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Democrat Rangel Expects Tough Race Running on Obamacare.


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By Wanda Carruthers

Rep. Charles Rangel predicted the bid to hold onto his New York House seat would be a “rough one,” but said it would be a “moral mistake” not to run on Obamacare.

“It’s going to be a rough one. But, you know, it’s like shooting craps. Either you win or you lose. You just can’t stay even with the first shot,” Rangel, a Democrat, told MSNBC Tuesday.

“All of those people that have been afraid to stand with the president (on Obamacare), I think, will be making a great moral mistake. But, more importantly, a great political mistake as well for 2014,” he said.

Rangel announced his candidacy earlier this month to run for a 23rd term for the House. A staunch proponent of Obamacare, Rangel called it “the most exciting thing that’s happened for the United States of America since the Republic began.”

“Fifty million people that hoped, dreamed and prayed that one day they could get insurance, no matter what their status was — this is going to start to roll in,” he said.

Should the future of Obamacare play out like the problem-plagued rollout, Rangel admitted the Democrats had “shot crap.”

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Christie’s Star Dims as Stories of Bullying, Double Dealing Emerge.


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By Sandy Fitzgerald

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is still a favorite in presidential polls, but the popular politician is already being singled out by Democrats and in the national media before he has announced his future intentions.

“It’s all a setup,” Michael Steele, who chaired the Republican National Committee in 2009, when Christie first ran for governor, told The Daily Beast. “It’s unbelievable. It says to me that there are interests in the media and in politics who don’t want the status quo to change, and who actually like this red/blue politics crisis-management model.”

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Just two months ago, Christie beat Democratic opponent Barbara Buono by a 21-point margin. Since then, polls have shown him in a virtual tied race with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the presidency, with a CNN survey showing him as being slightly ahead.

The media attacks did not come far behind his second-term win. Last week, a front page article in The New York Times painted Christie as a bully who uses his political power to get revenge against his enemies.

Among several complaints, The Times article included the “Bridgegate” scandal, which targets Christie as being behind closing access lanes from Fort Lee, N.J. on to the George Washington Bridge. The lanes were shut down for four days after the city’s Democratic mayor refused to back Christie’s re-election campaign, and two Port Authority officials have resigned their posts over the issue.

In addition, the book “Double Down” was released just before the November election, using details from former presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s vice presidential vetting team. The book painted Christie as being a politician who did favors for his allies and lobbied for business interests of people like Bernie Madoff.

Christie loyalists say that the governor is used to media scrutiny. One aide said that he’s also not surprised when “media outlets and Democratic organizations make him a target.”

Steele said such negative coverage plays itself out in many ways, “sometimes aided by the main target, sometimes by subordinates or opposition camps. There’s a tendency to reach that turning point so that the knives come out and the new narrative begins.”

However, it’s not just the liberal media that has turned against Christie. Conservative commentator Glenn Beck recently blasted Christie during an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, calling the New Jersey Republican “a fat nightmare” and labeling him as a “progressive.”

Some of the scrutiny also started in November 2012, when Christie hugged President Barack Obama after Superstorm Sandy, which experts say will likely haunt him if he runs for the presidency.

But even with the negative coverage, Steele said, Christie “is the same guy today as he was when he sat in my office when I was national chairman during his first bid for the governorship of New Jersey . . . He’s still the same breath of fresh air, the same guy who can create a new narrative for the Republican Party and the country, which is longing and starving for it.”

Steele says Christie needs to be sure he doesn’t become his “own worst enemy” and fuel
new headlines.

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Paul Vallely: Military Benefit Cuts in Budget Deal ‘Atrocious’.


Retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely says budget cuts that trim the benefits of military retirees are “atrocious,” especially considering the vast waste of money in Washington.

“It is atrocious, and somebody told me yesterday, it’s like we’re living in the Twilight Zone in Washington, D.C. What is wrong with these people?” Vallely told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

“With all the billions of dollars of waste in the government . . . All the agencies that are just burning money like mad . . . I mean, this is a travesty of justice,” he said Wednesday.

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Vallely was critical of Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, who were instrumental in putting together the bipartisan budget deal that passed the House last week.

“What is Paul Ryan doing? Patty Murray? [Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid? The vast majority of them have never served in the military, do not understand what military families go through,” he said.

“I mean, someone’s got to finally stand up and put this down. This is just terrible.”

The cuts may see military personnel losing up to a full percentage point from their cost-of-living raises when they retire. That would mean a more than 20 percent reduction in retiree pensions over 20 years.

Vallely, chairman of Stand Up America and a Fox News military analyst, says lawmakers should concentrate on cutting from the “billions of dollars of waste throughout all of the other government agencies.”

“They won’t address most of those. Again, they must be in the Twilight Zone. I can’t figure out any other reason. It has no logic to it,” Vallely said.

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By Bill Hoffmann

Doug Schoen: Hillary Can Win the Nomination in 2016.


Hillary Clinton must separate herself from the policies of President Barack Obama — but not alienate him too much — if she runs for the president in 2016, says political consultant Doug Schoen, who worked on her 2008 run for the White House.

“She’s going to have to be critical without losing his base of support,” Schoen told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

“Obama’s been very solicitous of her and she cannot run the risk of him turning on her …

“What I would choose to do which is talk about economic growth … Obama talks about redistribution. The Republicans, basically, say no to everything. We need a pro-growth strategy that involves entitlement reform and tax reform.”

Schoen said he is convinced the former Secretary of State, New York senator and First Lady can capture the Democratic primary this time around.

“She can win a primary. She probably will but the real question is after two terms of Obama probably with an approval rating at or below 40, it’s pretty darn tough for any Democrat or any candidate who runs to follow on a win,” he said.

George H. W. Bush won a third rough, straight Republican turf, but Ronald Reagan had close to a 55, 57 percent approval in 1988. So there’s a real challenge facing Hillary and it isn’t clear to me at this point that she has a strategy for dealing with it.”

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Schoen believes Clinton will need to fight off more Republican flak for her handling of the Benghazi attack, in which Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed on Sept. 11, 2012.

Clinton came under criticism when, during a hearing in which she was pressed for details, she said, “What difference does it make?”

“They’re going to say it does make a difference when four Americans lose their lives in the first attack on the 11th anniversary of 9/11,” Schoen said.

“These are real questions that she has to deal with. Call it tough love if you will, but these are questions she has to be prepared to deal with if she’s going to get elected.”

Schoen, who says he will support Clinton should she run, believes she will wait as long as possible to make an announcement.

“She will try to get through the 2014 election and probably a good way through 2015 before she announces,” Schoen said.

“It makes sense for her to announce later rather earlier.”

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By Bill Hoffmann

Bob Woodward: Budget Deal Reached Because Obama Wasn’t There.


The bipartisan budget deal put together by Rep. Paul of Ryan, R-Wisc., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., was possible largely because President Barack Obama wasn’t involved, says The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward.

“This budget deal worked — let’s go right to the center of this — because Obama was not part of the negotiations,” Woodward said on “Fox News Sunday.”

“He is not a good negotiator,” he said.

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Though Ryan is clearly a conservative, Woodward said, his philosophy of sitting down with Democrats to find common ground was “very significant.”

“It is, indeed, small, but it’s a step forward,” Woodward said.

The deal strengthens both Ryan and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Woodward argued. Boehner was able to pull together more than 300 votes to pass the compromise bill in the House on Thursday. A Democratically controlled Senate is expected to pass it this week.

Boehner castigated members of the far right in his party, including outside interest groups. He had been less successful during the budget negotiations in October that led to the government shutdown. At that time, Boehner was forced to follow the leading of tea party members, and the two sides were able only to pass a temporary deal that would have expired in mid-January.

Obama had a key role in those failed talks.

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Gingrich to Reich: Every City in Poverty is Run by Democrats.


Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Clinton administration Labor Secretary Robert Reich debated the causes of poverty in America on Sunday, with each blaming the other’s political party for the problem.

Appearing as a panelist on ABC’s “This Week,” Gingrich noted that the GOP should “rethink some of its indifference to the very poor.” He also said Democrats should ask themselves after 50 years of the war on poverty if government isn’t fixing the problem.

Panelist Reich countered that President Lyndon Johnson‘s War on Poverty was successful for a time.

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“What has happened, however, over the last 30 years is that much of the, much of the ardor, much of the concern, much of the, what propelled that war on poverty has dissipated,” Reich said.

“I think it has something to do, perhaps, with the intransigence of the Speaker’s party,” Reich continued, “because every time there was a jobs bill, every time there was an effort to expand a low income housing, every time there was an effort to provide better opportunities for young people. We’re talking about equal opportunity.”

“This is baloney,” Gingrich interrupted. “Every major city which is a center of poverty is run by Democrats. Every major city. Their policies have failed …”

Reich went on to note that long-time New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is not a Democrat. (Bloomberg first served as a moderate Republican, but later became an independent.)

“Newt, I am surprised you are not taking responsibility here,” Reich said.

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By Greg Richter

See the Pictures That Prove Obama Is Guilty Of War Crimes.


These are the pictures that your Government does not want you to see. Remember when the Progressives/Liberals were all over George Bush for torture pictures that were released from GITMO?  Well you haven’t seen anything yet. Anything George Bush can do, Barack Obama can do better and we have the pictures to prove it.

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Understand that voting just ensures the continuation of one corrupt party or the other. The Republican party and the Democratic party are two heads of the same beast. They continue with the same actions, the same agendas, only the names are changed. The pictures of torture under the Obama administration are below.

Warning: You maybe offended by some of these pictures, they are very graphic in nature.

One recent example is from The Guardian June 22, 2013: Increasingly brutal tactics are being used in an attempt to break click-here-to-read-the-rest-of-this-story-on-before-its-news-from-now-the-end-begins-nteb-geoffrey-griderthe hunger strike by detainees at Guantanamo Bay, according to fresh testimony from the last British resident still held in the camp. The torture photos you will see are from General Strike USA. You can clearly see that the tactics G.W. Bush used are still being used today and then some. Would you rather be water boarded or beat Black n Blue?

After pledging to run the most transparent administration in history, President Obama is blocking the release of RECENT detainee abuse photosCLICK HERE to view this photo gallery of Obama’s war crimes…

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Washington Examiner’s York: GOP Plan Could Replace Obamacare.


Republican lawmakers are quietly getting behind a health plan that could replace the Affordable Care Act, according to Byron York, chief political correspondent of the Washington Examiner.

Democrats say this all the time, ‘look, Republicans don’t have any plan, they just want to go back to the status quo, there’s no reason to listen to them,’” York told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

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He said the Republican Study Committee has written a bill — HR 3121 — with “basic Republican healthcare prescriptions,” including buying insurance across state lines, high risk pools for people with preexisting conditions and medical malpractice reform.

“It repeals Obamacare and it’s a bill that most Republicans probably could support. There’s 117 cosponsors of it right now, that’s a bare majority of the Republicans in the House,” York said.

“Democrats have already scoffed at this. They said, oh, that’s the same old, same old, nothing new there. But the thing is, the healthcare debate has changed because of the ongoing failures of Obamacare.

“A lot of Republican strategists believe, I believe they’re correct, the public would really like to hear what the Republicans have to suggest about fixing this problem that apparently is just getting worse.”

York said that the nation may soon see some shocking figures surrounding the healthcare law.

“We could have a really just a stunning situation come January which is there could be more people who have lost their health coverage under Obamacare than have gained it,” he said.

“Now, that was completely defeating the purpose of the Affordable Care Act. It would be a stunning failure and it seems to me Republicans have to be able to say, look, this is not working and it’s going to get worse; here’s what we ought to do.”

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By Bill Hoffmann

Senate Confirmation Marathon Approves Two More Obama Nominees.


The Democratic-led Senate capped a third day of an around-the-clock confirmation marathon on Friday by approving two more of President Barack Obama’s nominees and agreeing to finally take a break – and vote on two more on Monday.

Republicans can slow down but not stop the confirmations because of a Democratic rule change that ended their ability to block nominees with procedural hurdles known as filibusters.

On votes of 79-6 and 74-17, respectively, the Senate confirmed on Friday Deborah Lee James as secretary of the U.S. Air Force and Heather Anne Higginbottom as deputy secretary of state for management and resources.

The two raised to nine the number of Obama’s nominees, most of them relatively low-level, confirmed since the Senate kicked off its non-stop effort at about midday on Wednesday.

On Monday the Senate is expected to confirm Anne Patterson as an assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs and Jeh Johnson as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Later next week, the Senate is expected to confirm Janet Yellen as head of the Federal Reserve and Roberts Wilkins as a member of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Republicans have prolonged the Senate debate by rejecting requests to yield back allotted time. But they have used most of their time not to discuss the merits of Obama’s nominees, but to rail against the rule change.

Republicans accuse Democrats of an unwarranted “power grab.” Democrats say they took the action to combat “Republican obstructionism.”

At this point, Democrats want to get as many nominees confirmed as they can before Congress ends its work for the year and heads home for the holidays, likely at the end of next week.

About 70 nominees are still pending.

Like past years, many of those left unconfirmed may have to begin the process all over again, beginning with the president re-nominating them.

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Source: Newsmax.com

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