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DeMint: Republicans Had Little Choice on Debt-Limit Vote.

Last week’s debt-limit vote brought criticism from many conservatives, but Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint said he believes Republicans did the only thing they thought they could do.

“It was a defining vote this week,” DeMint told NBC “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer. “I think it showed that all the Democrats in Congress were completely willing to give the president a blank check to borrow whatever he wanted. Most of the Republicans weren’t.”

However, the former South Carolina GOP senator said, Republican leaders, like House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, have figured out that they either give President Barack
Obama “all the money and debt he wants or he’s going to close the government down and blame it on them. So I think they did what they thought was the only thing they could do.”

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DeMint said he doesn’t blame Boehner or other Republicans for their vote, but he also does not believe people who share his brand of conservatism feel well-represented in the nation’s capital, and many Americans, “regardless of political labels,” feel the same way.

“I hear it all over the country and I think that’s why you see a stirring in the country,” DeMint said. “Frankly, people are less interested in the label of Republican and Democrat and they’re tired of that but they will unite around some principles that will give us a stronger economy, a strong society, a strong America… America’s not nearly as divided as it looks like they are in Washington.”

DeMint said he is concentrating on his work with the Heritage Foundation, which is working to promote conservative goals. He said he is not involved in the super PAC he founded, Senate Conservative Fund, which aims to oust moderate Republicans, including making a push this past week to remove Boehner as House speaker.

“We’re less involved with, really, trying to cram anything down the throats of congressman and senators,” said DeMint.

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By Sandy Fitzgerald

Cruz’s Obama Comments Edited Out of CBS Broadcast.

CBS’ “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer interviewed Sen. Ted Cruz on Sunday about his wish list for President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday, but many of the Texas Republican’s comments on the president’s “abuse of power” appear to have been edited out.

Video from Cruz’s You Tube page showed the senator’s criticism of the administration’s handling of the events surrounding Benghazi and, more recently, conservative author Dinesh D’Souza, remarks that were not seen on the video that aired on “Face the Nation,” reports

After introducing Cruz as the tea party Republican who led the shutdown of the government last fall and then grilling the senator on the State of the Union address, Schieffer asked, “Will you run for president?”

Cruz responded, “Well, look, my focus is on the challenges facing this country right now. My focus, for example, is on the abuse of power from the president. Let’s take something like the IRS scandal …”

At which point Schieffer interrupted with “So, do I take that as a yes or a no? Or still thinking about it?”

“Well, what you can take that as, is that my focus is standing and fighting right now in the Senate to bring back jobs and economic growth. Economic growth is my No. 1 priority …”

That is where the CBS broadcast ended, with Schieffer’s abruptly saying, “Thank you so much for joining us, and we’ll talk to you again.”

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That is not where the interview posted by Cruz ended.

In that video, Cruz continued, “And let me tell you something that is deeply concerning: the abuse of power from this administration. We’ve seen multiple filmmakers prosecuted, and the government’s gone after them. Whether it’s the poor fellow that did the film that the president blamed Benghazi and the terrorist attacks on, turns out that wasn’t the reason for the attack but the administration went and put that poor fellow in jail on unrelated charges.”

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“Just this week it was broken that Dinesh D’Souza, who did a very big movie criticizing the president, is now being prosecuted by this administration,” he added.

Schieffer cut in, saying, “Senator,” but Cruz kept speaking.

“Can you image the reaction if the Bush administration had went, gone and prosecuted Michael Moore and Alec Baldwin and Sean Penn?” he asked.

Schieffer again tried to stop him, but Cruz went on to say, “It should trouble everyone the government uses government power and the IRS in particular to target their enemies, and you are talking in a few minutes to Chuck Schumer …”

It was then that the interview on Cruz’s video ended, with Schieffer breaking in to say, “We are going to leave this for another day, Senator. Thank you for joining us, and we’ll talk to you again.”

NewsBuster’s Jeffrey Mayer, who monitors liberal media for the Media Research Center, offered his take on the Schiefer’s interview that aired Sunday:

“Now, it is certainly plausible that CBS edited out the ending of the Cruz interview for time; however, given that Cruz’s comments were extremely critical of the president and came just two days before an embattled President Obama gives his State of the Union speech, the timing of such editing is highly inappropriate and unusual.”

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By Lisa Barron

Bob Schieffer: Boehner in Danger of Being Toppled.

House Speaker John Boehner could be in danger of losing his speakership – and soon – if what “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer is hearing is true.

“I hear Republicans saying to me, ‘Look, you may not like Speaker Boehner, you may have all kind of differences with Speaker Boehner,’ but if he is toppled, and some are saying to me he could be toppled this weekend if things don’t go exactly right, that what you get after Boehner would be worse to deal with than trying to strike a deal with Speaker Boehner,” Schieffer said on the program Sunday while interviewing Sen. Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat.

Schieffer also said that he has been told off the record that Democrats were close to accepting a deal late Thursday and early Friday, but that once an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll was released that showed Republicans getting most of the blame  for the government shutdown, “far left” Democrats got more backbone.

“They said, hey, we’ve got the Republicans down. What we need to do now is put our boot on their throat and break them,” Schieffer said.

Schumer denied the last assessment, but Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said later on the show that Schieffer was accurate with his characterization.

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By Greg Richter

CBS News Chief Calls Obama Administration ‘Most Manipulative And Secret’ Ever.

Obama’s ‘hope and change’ nothing more than street hustle

Remember when the media rushed to talk about transparency in the Barack ObamaHope and Change” era? Good times, good times.


Leonard Downie, who once worked as the executive editor of the Washington Post and wrote a novel about Washington corruption and the Iraq War, finds a bigger and non-fictional problem in the successor to George W. Bush.  Downie gives the Post a preview of his report from the Committee to Protect Journalists which outlines the Obama war on reporters and their sources:

“A memo went out from the chief of staff a year ago to White House employees and the intelligence agencies that told people to freeze and retain any e-mail, and presumably phone logs, of communications with me,” Sanger said. As a result, longtime sources no longer talk to him. “They tell me: ‘David, I love you, but don’t e-mail me. Let’s don’t chat until this blows over.’ ”

Sanger, who has worked for the Times in Washington for two decades, said, “This is most closed, control-freak administration I’ve ever covered.”

Many leak investigations include lie-detector tests for government officials with access to the information at issue. “Reporters are interviewing sources through intermediaries now,” Barr told me, “so the sources can truthfully answer on polygraphs that they didn’t talk to reporters.”

The investigations have been “a kind of slap in the face” for reporters and their sources, said Smith of the Center for Public Integrity. “It means you have to use extraordinary measures for contacts with officials speaking without authorization.”

Amusingly, Downie posits this question at the end of the essay:

Will Obama recognize that all this threatens his often-stated but unfulfilled goal of making government more transparent and accountable? None of the Washington news media veterans I talked to were optimistic.

“Whenever I’m asked what is the most manipulative and secretive administration I’ve covered, I always say it’s the one in office now,” Bob Schieffer, CBS News anchor and chief Washington correspondent, told me. “Every administration learns from the previous administration. They become more secretive and put tighter clamps on information. This administration exercises more control than George W. Bush’s did, and his before that.”

Does it even occur to Downie that Obama’s claim to deliver “the most transparent administration ever” (not just incrementally more transparent than before) was simply a load of hogwash? Apparently not — because if Downie and the rest of the Obama-fawning media had to acknowledge that possibility, then they would have to ask themselves why Obama would deliberately set out to make his administration the least transparent ever, as Schieffer acknowledges. source – Hot Air.

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Rand Paul: Obama to Blame for Government Shutdown.

Sen. Rand Paul said Sunday the best chance to avoid a government shutdown was for the president to step back and let the House and Senate appoint a conference committee to hash out their differences.

“We should continue to have this debate, but it’s the president who is refusing to come to the negotiating table,” the Kentucky Republican told CBS’sFace the Nation.”

“I’ve said all along it’s not a good idea to shut down the government, but I also think it’s not a good idea to give the president 100 percent of what he wants on Obamacare without compromise,” Paul said.

President Barack Obama has already amended his signature healthcare law more than a dozen times, and granted numerous exceptions allowing some special interests and Congress to opt out of the program, Paul said.

“Many on his side say there is a problem, the Teamsters say there are problems, Warren Buffet says there are problems, even former President Bill Clinton says there are problems with Obamacare,” Paul said.

“Why won’t the president negotiate and come to a compromise on trying to make Obamacare less bad?” Paul asked.

“The Democrats are saying they are willing to shut down government,” Paul said.

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois also appeared on the program and was asked by host Bob Schieffer if Democrats would agree to a conference committee to avoid a shutdown.

Durbin punted the question and instead complained that Republicans had refused to appoint a conference committee on a separate issue earlier this spring.

Durbin said that he was willing to discuss the future of healthcare at a later date, including the Republicans insistence that taxes on medical devices including wheelchairs be repealed, “but not with a gun pointed to my head.”

Durbin argued that if Republicans insist on delaying the implementation of Obamacare for one year, then 800,000 government employees would be victimized by the shutdown.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee Republican, agreed with Paul and told Schieffer that Obama is “driving the shutdown.”

“He wants control of the checkbook,” Blackburn said.

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By Audrey Hudson

Rep. Rogers: Obama’s Plan on Syria ‘Confusing Mess’.

Military strikes against Syria are in the United States’ best interest, Rep. Mike Rogers said Sunday, but the Obama administration “has done an awful job” explaining that to the American people.

“It’s a confusing mess to this point,” the Michigan Republican, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, told CBSFace the Nation” host Bob Schieffer.

“That has been their biggest challenge on what is an incredibly important issue. This cannot be about Barack Obama. It has to be what is in the best interest of the United States of America. We have to have that debate and that discussion,” Rogers said.

Rogers is one of the few House Republicans who has come out in favor of military strikes, even though he maintains it’s not because he supports President Barack Obama — but he is in favor of what is right for the country.

“I believe the adage of peace through strength,” said Rogers. “We have lost that; and that means we will suffer the consequences of that in the future.”

Further, Rogers said, the debate is about far more than exactly “which missile and which ship hits what target.”

Instead, it’s about how the country makes sure chemical weapons won’t be used again.

“By the way, this is a pattern of use over time,” said Rogers. “No intervention caused a greater scale of use, and they’re using it to their advantage including killing civilians. They believe that helps them. That’s how we got here.”

Congress should “empower the president” so the country can have the credibility it needs to negotiate a settlement, Rogers said.

Rogers said nobody is calling for massive military intervention, which would not work and would be bad for national security.

But the United States, at this point “doesn’t have the credibility to go to the opposition and say to stop shooting,” said Rogers.

Rogers said the Syrian issue has moved beyond being a civil war. Iran has been using Syria as a “proxy,” and other countries’ involvement are creating a dangerous situation, he said.

“Hezbollah troops are fighting on behalf of Assad, and the Russians are providing military assistance, and I argue, military hardware and military goods,” said Rogers. “If we don’t find a solution here … this thing is going to descend even further out of control.”

Rogers said that on Aug. 31, when Obama announced his intention to seek Congressional approval for military strikes, he should have immediately called Congress back to review the evidence and issue quick orders.

“Instead, he announced it, and then left the country for a week,” said Rogers, referring to Obama’s recent participation in the G20 summit in Russia. Congressional “members were back in their districts without access to the classified information they needed, I think, to come to a good conclusion.”

The delay caused Congress to back off supporting the strikes, said Rogers, because “it’s difficult to make a decision when you don’t have access to the classified information.”

But the decision will be important to the nation’s security, said Rogers, not only in the Mideast but worldwide.

“It does mean our nation’s relationship with Russia,” Rogers said. “Do we get a nuclear Iran or not? Can we contain North Korea? They have a chemical and biological stockpile that makes us very nervous.”

But Rogers said he will continue to support the measure, even if his constituents don’t want him to.

“As a representative democracy, we need to come here and have this debate,” he said, noting that he understands why people are skeptical.

“You have a reluctant commander-in-chief coming to the American people saying ‘I’m going to do something, but not a lot,” he said. “Hearing that, I’m skeptical as well, and I’m frustrated with the president on Syria and other foreign policy issues that got us to the place that we are today.”

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By Sandy Fitzgerald

Peter King: Obama’s Silence Helped NSA Opponents.

Republican Rep. Peter King of New York criticized President Barack Obama for mostly staying silent about the National Security Agency’s surveillance program, while the opponents of the program have gotten their message out through the media.

“Basically Obama’s been silent for the past two months,” said King. “He allowed the Edward Snowdens and others in the world to dominate the media.”

King, appearing on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” said that Obama had an obligation as commander in chief to “aggressively and effectively defend his program and he really didn’t do it.”

King also said Obama should have taken the opportunity, during the press conference, to denounce Snowden. “He is not a patriot,” said King. “He’s a person indicted for espionage.”

Former NSA director Michael Hayden, also appearing on “Face the Nation,” told host Bob Schieffer, “We used to have a word for somebody who stole our secrets, who got the job to steal our secrets and then moved with those secrets to a foreign country, and they weren’t called a whistleblower. He’s a defector.”

There are still some steps the nation needs to take to make Americans feel more comfortable with the NSA’s programs, which Hayden, King, along with Maryland Democratic Rep. Charles “Dutch Ruppersberger III, who also appeared on the Sunday talk show, agree must continue.

“To me, the most telling thing [Obama] said was perhaps something he didn’t quite say,” Hayden said, referring to the president’s Friday press conference. “He didn’t suggest he was going to operationally change this program. There’s no suggestion that what he was doing and what President Bush was doing before him with regard to these programs was anything other than lawful, effective, and appropriate.”

Hayden said it’s “heartening” to have the president say the NSA’s oversight was quite good, and there were no abuses under him or his predecessor.

“But he does have this issue of confidence, this issue of transparency,” said Hayden. “So the president is trying to take some steps to make the American people more comfortable about what it is we’re doing … but some steps to make Americans more comfortable will actually make Americans less safe.”

Hayden said that the country won’t be stopping the NSA surveillance program, no matter how much people protest.

“Folks from the so-called left … don’t want a little more transparency with regard to the metadata program,” said Hayden. “They want the program stopped. I don’t think it will be.”

Hayden also said the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court, which must sign off before wiretaps can be put on an American’s account, are important and should continue.

Ruppersberger agreed that Snowden is not a patriot.

“When you work for the intelligence community, you take an oath not to violate classified information,” he said. “This individual said he went in for the purpose of getting information. He turned his back on his country. Where did he go once he got this information? He went to China and then he went to Russia. That speaks for itself.”

But he agreed that the NSA programs need reforms.

“We in politics have to deal with perception, not just reality,” said the Maryland lawmaker. “We need to do better in educating our public so they are not fearful that we, the government, are violating their privacy.”

The debate about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs was coming with or without leaker Snowden’s revelations, said Hayden, former CIA director and a retired Air Force general.

“Clearly the debate was coming,” said Hayden. “He didn’t inform it. He made it more emotional. I’ll give you an example. You and I witnessed (Hurricane) Katrina. The levees around Lake Pontchartrain are the strongest they’ve been in a century, but Katrina was still a bad thing, and that’s how I view Mr. Snowden.”

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By Sandy Fitzgerald

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