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DNC Sends Email Preparing To Defend Against Obama Impeachment.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) sent out a paranoid email Saturday evening urging supporters to vote for Democrats so that Republicans can’t impeach President Obama.

The email, subject line “Impeachment,” was sent to Obama for America supporters, imploring them to contribute to the DNC’s 2014 efforts. “What do these people all have in common?,” the email asked, featuring quotes from Republican Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Rep. Kerry Bentivolio of Michigan, and Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas discussing the possibility of impeaching Obama for one of his numerous instances of presidential misconduct.

The DNC email discussed the “I-Word” and said that “Republicans are actually excited about the idea.”

“Show these Republicans that they are way, way off-base, and give President Obama a Congress that has his back,” according to the DNC email, noting that Democrats need to win 17 GOP House seats to reclaim a majority.

The DNC, which recently expanded its political tactics to include boycotting independent news outlets, previously supported the last president to be impeached: Bill Clinton.

Obama’s staff changed key talking points on the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack; his Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups during the 2012 election cycle; and Obama personally lied to the American people when he told them that they could keep their existing doctors and health insurance plans under Obamacare.

Obama’s expansion of executive branch authority is “setting the stage for something very dangerous in the future” according to Republican Rep. Justin Amashsource- Daily Caller.

by NTEB News Desk

Budget Deal May End Shutdown Threat, But Won’t Fix Mushrooming Debt.

A minimalist U.S. budget deal that congressional negotiators hope to reach in coming days will do almost nothing to tame rising federal debt, but it could usher in a nearly two-year fiscal truce, minimizing the risk of future funding crises and government shutdowns.

If the accord comes together, it would blunt some of the automatic “sequester” spending cuts and set funding levels at around $1 trillion for fiscal 2014 and 2015 for government agencies and programs from the military to national parks.

Such a deal would not address an increase in the federal borrowing limit, which is expected to come up again by the spring, leaving conservatives a pressure point to try to exploit.

However, it might restore some order to the federal budget process, which broke down years ago and has been replaced by stopgap funding measures, accompanied by brinkmanship and shut-down risks.

“If this holds together, it is a very good story,” said Greg Valliere, chief political strategist at Potomac Research Group, which advises institutional investors.

“The chances of another Washington budget crisis have diminished greatly, and I think it increases the chances that the economy surprises to the upside,” he said.

Two U.S. senators on Sunday expressed optimism that a two-year budget deal could be reached soon. Republican Senator Rob Portman, who sits on the House and Senate negotiating panel, told the ABC program “This Week” that he was hopeful an agreement could be struck “by the end of this week.”

Richard Durbin, the second-ranking Senate Democrat, said the talks were “moving in the right direction.”

Some argue that the deal, which would trade some of the sequester cuts – perhaps $30 billion to $40 billion a year – for a mix of fee-based revenues and other savings, would mark the death of ambitious efforts to reduce deficits.

“I don’t really see a natural way for there to be a grand bargain during the rest of the Obama presidency,” which ends in January 2017, said Robert Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan group that urges fiscal responsibility.

The negotiations under way stem from the deal that ended the government shutdown in October, which set up a House-Senate conference committee led by Republican Representative Paul Ryan and Democratic Senator Patty Murray.

They are still struggling to pin down the final details of their modest compromise before the House ends its session for the year on Dec. 13.

Among the proposals under discussion are a doubling of airport security fees levied on airlines to about $5 per ticket, and a plan to require federal workers to contribute a higher percentage of their income towards their pension plans, according to people familiar with the talks. Other items include funds raised by auctioning some government-held telecommunications airwaves or hiking corporate fees for the U.S. agency that protects workers’ retirement funds.

Democrats have objected to the hike in federal employee’s pension contributions, which they view as a benefit cut.

Republicans backed by the conservative Tea Party movement also are objecting to the idea that a Ryan-Murray deal could push spending levels above the $967 billion cap set by the sequester, sacrificing what they view as essential savings.

If no House Democrats vote for a Ryan-Murray deal, the Tea Party group is large enough to prevent its passage.

After the public relations disaster suffered by Republicans as a result of the October shutdown, few conservatives are showing any interest in a repeat performance.

“I don’t think there’s any use of government shutdown threats if we can get something out of the conference committee,” Representative Blake Farenthold of Texas, a Tea Party supporter, told reporters on Dec. 3. “I think we’ll get bipartisan support on something a conference committee comes up with.”

Obama and his fellow Democrats in Congress also have warned that they want a one-year extension of federal unemployment benefits that are set to expire the end of this month. A Senate Democratic aide said on Saturday it was still unclear whether such an extension would be included in the deal.

While the savings would be small, the deal would bring some much-needed order to a chaotic budget process in Congress that has broken down over the past few years, leaving Congress lurching from one stopgap funding resolution to another.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers, a Republican critic of the deep sequester cuts, said he is now willing to live with only modest relief, and is determined that Congress pass annual spending bills for the first time since 2009.

“We need to get the train back on the tracks,” said Rogers, who is from Kentucky. “If we get a 2015 number, we can do that.”

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Issa Demands Unredacted Report on Navy Yard Shooter.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is pressing for the release of the complete background file on Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis, saying the public deserves to know everything that’s in it.

“The committee is seeking an unredacted copy of his background investigation file to put an end to the ambiguity,” Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold, who chairs the panel’s Federal Workforce Subcommittee, told The Washington Times Wednesday in a statement.

Farenthold and committee Chairman Darrell Issa of California wrote Wednesday to the Office of Personnel Management asking that committee investigators be given access to everything in the file to learn more about the “unacceptable breach of security” that allowed Alexis, who had a documented history of mental and criminal issues, to obtain a security clearance that allowed him access to the Navy Yard.

“Typically, these failures result from a combination of human error, bad processes and rules, and lack of oversight of employees and contractors,” Farenthold said in his statement to the Times. “I am also concerned with inadequate use of modern technology in the screening process. The committee intends to thoroughly investigate the system and find solutions to keep people safe.”

The FBI has released some information from the files, including disclosures that indicate that the background and follow-up checks on Alexis may not have been as thorough as they could have been.

A chilling video of Alexis, a Navy veteran, entering Building 197 at the Navy Yard and stalking its hallways with a shotgun also has been released.

Story continues below video.

The FBI revealed Wednesday that Alexis, who was killed in shootout with police, left an electronic note saying that he was being subjected to an “ultra low frequency attack.” In the note, according to The Los Angeles Times, Alexis wrote and “[this is] what I’ve been subject to for the last 3 months, and to be perfectly honest that is what has driven me to this.”

Alexis, who became a contractor after leaving the Navy, was given his security clearance by the contractor USIS, the same firm that approved National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden‘s access to classified information.

Merton Miller, associate director of investigations at the Office Personnel Management, said last week that his agency’s involvement with Alexis’ security clearance “ended when we submitted the case to the Department of Defense (DoD) for adjudication in December 2007.

“DoD did not ask OPM for any additional investigative actions after it received the completed background investigation,” the office said.


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