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Ryan, Republicans Blame Obama for Stalling Immigration.


Republicans are starting to lay the blame on President Barack Obama if an overhaul of the nation’s broken immigration system fails to become law.

The GOP’s emerging plan on immigration is to criticize Obama as an untrustworthy leader and his administration as an unreliable enforcer of any laws that might be passed. Perhaps realizing the odds of finding a consensus on immigration are long, the Republicans have started telling voters that if the GOP-led House doesn’t take action this election year, it is Obama’s fault.

“If the president had been serious about this the last five years, we’d be further along in this discussion,” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican, said Sunday.

House Republicans last week unveiled a road map for an overhaul of the nation’s broken immigration system that calls for increased border security, better law enforcement within the U.S. and a pathway to legal status — but not citizenship — for millions of adults who live in America unlawfully. The proposal requires those here illegally to pay back taxes and fines.

But one of its backers, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, said distrust of Obama poisons interest among some in his Republican caucus.

“Here’s the issue that all Republicans agree on: We don’t trust the president to enforce the law,” said Ryan, his party’s vice presidential nominee in 2012.

Ryan said a plan that puts security first could only pass the House if lawmakers believe the administration would enforce it — an unlikely prospect given Republicans’ deep opposition to Obama. The president’s waivers for provisions in his 4-year-old health care law have increased suspicions among Republicans.

“This isn’t a trust-but-verify, this is a verify-then-trust approach,” Ryan said.

Asked whether immigration legislation would make its way to Obama for him to sign into law, Ryan said he was skeptical: “I really don’t know the answer to that question. That is clearly in doubt.”

The Senate last year passed a comprehensive, bipartisan bill that addressed border security, provided enforcement measures and offered a long and difficult path to citizenship for those living here illegally. The measure stalled in the GOP-led House, where leaders want to take a more piecemeal approach.

In the meantime, Republicans have started uniting behind a message that Obama won’t hold up his end of the bargain.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said “there’s a lot of distrust of this administration in implanting the law.” And Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., last week warned that distrust of Obama would trump the desire to find a solution for the estimated 11 million people living in the United States illegally.

“We just don’t think government will enforce the law anyway,” Rubio said, recounting conversations he’s had with fellow Republicans.

Immigration legislation is a dicey political question for the GOP. The party’s conservative base opposes any measure that would create a pathway to citizenship for immigrants living here illegally, but many in the party worry that failing to act could strengthen support among many voters for Democratic candidates.

In 2012, Obama won re-election with the backing of 71 percent of Hispanic voters and 73 percent of Asian voters. The issue is important to both voting blocs.

The White House, meanwhile, is trying to give Republicans a chance to hammer out their intra-party differences in the hopes they find a way to give legal standing to those here illegally.

“We ought to see a pathway to citizenship for people,” White House chief of staff Denis McDonough said Sunday. “We don’t want to have a permanent separation of classes or two permanent different classes of Americans in this country.”

McDonough said the White House remains optimistic that legislation that includes citizenship could reach the president’s desk: “We feel pretty good that we’ll get a bill done this year.”

Jindal spoke to CNN’s “State of the Union.” Ryan appeared on ABC’s “This Week.” Cantor was interviewed on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” McDonough appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and CBS.

 

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Jindal, Giuliani Defend Chris Christie.


Big-name Republicans are standing behind New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie days after a former loyalist said evidence exists that Christie knew about a politically motivated traffic jam last year even as it happened.

Christie has denied that claim and said he learned about the jam ordered by one of his aides only after it was over.

Former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey executive David Wildstein hasn’t detailed the evidence.

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin says “nothing has been proven.” The 2012 vice presidential candidate appeared Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”

On other news talk shows, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said there was no reason for Christie to step down as chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

Jindal, R-La., said Sunday that Christie should not step down as head of the Republican Governors Association.

“I think he ought to stay there,” Jindal said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“No one governor is more important than the other…What really matters is the RGA is a place where our governors come together,” he said.

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By Newsmax Wires

LGBT Group Fails To Get Phil Robertson Fired From Duck Dynasty.


Hollywood Reporter – Phil Robertson, the patriarch of A&E’s Duck Dynasty clan who was suspended from his hit reality series on Dec. 18 following some incendiary comments about gay people, won’t be put on hiatus after all.

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The network and the Robertson family announced Friday that Phil will still be part of the series — and since he didn’t miss any filming, his temporary suspension will have no effect on the upcoming fifth season.

An A&E statement to The Hollywood Reporter read:

As a global media content company, A+E Networks’ core values are centered around creativity, inclusion and mutual respect. We believe it is a privilege for our brands to be invited into people’s homes, and we operate with a strong sense of integrity and deep commitment to these principles.

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That is why we reacted so quickly and strongly to a recent interview with Phil Robertson. While Phil’s comments made in the interview reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs and his own personal journey, he and his family have publicly stated they regret the “coarse language” he used and the misinterpretation of his core beliefs based only on the article. He also made it clear he would “never incite or encourage hate.” We at A+E Networks expressed our disappointment with his statements in the article and reiterate that they are not views we hold.

But Duck Dynasty is not a show about one man’s views. It resonates with a large audience because it is a show about family … a family that America has come to love. As you might have seen in many episodes, they come together to reflect and pray for unity, tolerance and forgiveness. These are three values that we at A+E Networks also feel strongly about.

So after discussions with the Robertson family, as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups, A&E has decided to resume filming Duck Dynasty later this spring with the entire Robertson family.

We will also use this moment to launch a national public service campaign (PSA) promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people, a message that supports our core values as a company and the values found in Duck Dynasty. These PSAs will air across our entire portfolio.

In addition, an A&E source says the family and the network are going to work together to promote tolerance.

Robertson’s comments in GQ magazine, which included the 67-year-old likening homosexuality to “bestiality,” prompted an almost immediate announcement from A&E.

“We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty,” read a network statement at the time. “His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”

A&E’s swift reaction to the comments, praised by some, prompted objections from many fans of the show. Prior to his reinstatement, a petition started by Christian fans gathered north of 200,000 signatures demanding he be put back on the series. The organizers of the petition, IStandWithPhil.com, praised his reinstatement, though questioned if their voices had been heard.

“Despite our celebration, we remain uncertain of A&E’s true intent. Today, in the network’s statement of their core values – centered on ‘creativity, inclusion, and mutual respect’ – Faith Driven Consumers are left wondering whether A&E considers us to be a part of America’s rich rainbow of diversity,” said a satement from Chris Stone, founder of Faith Driven Consumer.  “Do they also now embrace the biblically based values and worldview held by the Robertson family and millions of Faith Driven Consumers?”

Robertson and the rest of his family have stood by the controversial comments that prompted the media furor, putting the future of A&E’s top-rated series in question.

On Sunday, Robertson delivered a sermon at his West Monroe, La., church. “I will not give or back off from my path,” he told the crowd — though he did seem to soften a bit, adding, “I love all men and women. I am a lover of humanity, not a hater.”

The political fallout has also been significant. Following initial calls to action from GLAAD, people from both sides of the political spectrum have weighed in on Robertson’s comments and suspension. It’s been a popular topic of debate on Fox News, and Louisiana’s Gov. Bobby Jindal was among the first to come to Robertson’s defense.

The Robertsons’ somewhat vague initial reaction to Phil’s removal — “We cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm” — prompted many to suggest that the cast would not continue filming. But the Robertsons also recently re-signed to stay on board A&E’s top-rated series. After settling a months-long salary standoff in August, A&E signed the entire Robertson clan to a multiyear deal worth more than $200,000 per episode.

For its part, A&E did little else in the wake of Robertson’s comments beyond the initial suspension. Encores of the series have continued to air, including a marathon on Christmas Day. Canceling or delaying the Jan. 15 season-five premiere never seemed to be on the table.

Duck Dynasty is a huge asset for A&E. In addition to being the top-rated reality program on cable, second across all of cable to only The Walking Dead with an average 13.4 million viewers and 7.6 million adults 18-49 in live-plus-7 ratings, Duck Dynasty has multiple brand tie-ins. Duck Dynasty gear is available in retailers across the U.S., including Walmart, Sears and Cracker Barrel restaurants.

The entire Robertson family has been on hiatus for duck hunting season, a contractual stipulation, which continues through Jan. 26 in their native Louisiana. source – Hollywood Reporter.

by NTEB News Desk

‘Duck Dynasty’ Family ‘Excited’ Over Robertson Reinstatement.


Phil Robertson’s “Duck Dynasty” family is excited to return to work next spring and resume filming its hit show with its patriarch back on the job.

The family is “excited to keep making a quality TV show for our dedicated fans, who have showed us wonderful support. We will continue to represent our faith and values in the most positive way through ‘Duck Dynasty’ and our many projects that we are currently working on,” it said in an exclusive statement to FoxNews.com.

Friday night, A&E announced it would bring Robertson back onto the show, reversing its decision to suspend him after making comments in a GQ Magazine interview about homosexuality.

Robertson’s hiatus brought outrage from many conservatives, who said the network was curbing his rights to freedom of speech and religion. Political figures such as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal also spoke out against A&E’s decision.

“The outpouring of support and prayer has encouraged and emboldened us greatly,” the 67-year-old family patriarch’s family said in its statement to Fox.

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The reality show’s fifth season was to have started on Jan. 15, but the family had said it could not fathom continuing the program without Robertson at the helm.

A&E, while announcing it would allow Robertson on the show, noted that his comments in the GQ interview reflect his own beliefs and personal journey.

“He and his family have publicly stated they regret the ‘coarse language’ he used and the misinterpretation of his core beliefs based only on the article. He also made it clear he would ‘never incite or encourage hate,'” A&E said in its statement.

Further, the network noted that its top-rated show is not only about Phil Robertson, but “resonates with a large audience because it is a show about family, a family that America has come to love” that often comes “together to reflect and pray for unity, tolerance, and forgiveness.”

“Duck Dynasty” is cable television’s top-rated show, averaging 13.4 million viewers and presiding over a marketing franchise involving Wal-Mart, Sears, and Cracker Barrel restaurants.

While Cracker Barrel pulled the merchandise for a few days, Wal-Mart kept it on the shelf, selling out  many of the T-shirts, hats, and other paraphernalia in the last shopping days before Christmas.

The Robertson family has a merchandise empire worth $400 million, according to Forbes, with sales in Wal-Mart acounting for about half of that amount.

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By Sandy Fitzgerald

Jindal, Cruz See ‘Duck’ Result as Win for ‘Liberty’ Over PC.


By Cathy Burke

 

Conservative groups declared victory on the “Duck Dynasty” controversy on Friday and hailed the quick reinstatement of patriarch Phil Robertson — less than two weeks after he was yanked from the A&E hit show for anti-gay remarks.

Louisiana’s Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal called the network’s decision a victory for “the freedoms of speech and religious liberty,” the Daily Caller reported. 

The reality series is filmed in Louisiana, where the Robertsons live, and Jindal was a vocal critic of A&E’s decision to suspend the family elder Dec. 18 after an explosive GQ magazine interview in which the 67-year-old patriarch compared homosexuality with bestiality.

“I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment,” the Republican governor said at the time. “The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with.”

On Friday, he released a statement saying he was pleased with the reversal.

“I am glad to hear that the folks at A&E came to their senses and recognized that tolerance of religious views is more important than political correctness,” he said. “Today is a good day for the freedoms of speech and religious liberty.”

“The left is going to have to get accustomed to the fact that it does not have a monopoly on free speech and is not the only group who is permitted to voice its opinion in the public square. The left may control Hollywood, but they don’t control the hearts and minds of a majority of Americans.”

Ralph Reed, founder of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, also applauded the decision, but noted the network announced its decision late on the Friday between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. “Better late than never,” Reed said.

“A&E Networks belatedly came to their senses,” he said in an e-mailed statement. “Their rash suspension of Mr. Robertson threatened to destroy the most valuable franchise on cable television and alienate 40 million evangelical Christians in the process. While Mr. Robertson used some admittedly ill-advised language in the interview, he said nothing that justified this punishment. He simply quoted the Bible in answering a question about his faith.”

Reed said he hoped “the network will never again take the bizarre step of sanctioning someone for expressing their Christian faith.”

Organizers of a petition started by Christian fans, IStandWithPhil.com, were wary of the reinstatement, The Hollywood Reporter said.

“Despite our celebration, we remain uncertain of A&E’s true intent,” said a statement from Faith Drive Consumer founder Chris Stone, according to the Reporter. “Today, in the network’s statement of their core values – centered on ‘creativity, inclusion, and mutual respect’ — Faith Driven Consumers are left wondering whether A&E considers us to be a part of America’s rich rainbow of diversity. Do they also now embrace the biblically based values and worldview held by the Robertson family and millions of Faith Driven Consumers?”

GLAAD, however, was not appeased.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, the pro-gay rights group said “If dialogue with Phil is not part of the next steps, then A&E has chosen profits over African American and gay people — especially its employees and viewers.”

“Phil Robertson should look African American and gay people in the eyes and hear about the hurtful impact of praising Jim Crow laws and comparing gay people to terrorists,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, Politico reported Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz lauded the news with a tweet of the Drudge Report‘s home page splash:

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who also rushed to Robertson’s defense after his suspension, did not post any immediate reaction to the reinstatement.

Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the network’s change-of-heart, noted the bearded clan recently re-signed to stay on at the top-rated series in a deal worth more than $200,000 per episode.

The hit is a big asset for the network, the Reporter noted; it’s second in popularity on all cable channels only to “The Walking Dead,” with an average 13.4 million viewers, and it’sgear is sold by retailers including Walmart, Sears and Cracker Barrel restaurants.

The Robertson family is off during duck hunting season, which the Reporter noted was a contractual stipulation, through Jan. 26.

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A&E Lifts ‘Duck Dynasty’ Suspension.


By Cathy Burke

Buckling under a storm of controversy over the suspension of “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson, the A&E network Friday reinstated the outspoken star of the mega-hit series.

The bearded 67-year-old patriarch of the Louisiana family was yanked from the hit show Dec. 18 after he gave an interview to GQ magazine in which he aired his religious objections to homosexuality, likening it to “bestiality.”

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The interview set off howls of protests from activist groups including GLAAD, the gay media watch organization, but Robertson’s abrupt suspension triggered an equally fierce backlash from “Duck Dynasty” fans — and conservative politicians such as Sarah Palin — who pointed out Robertson’s beliefs were consistent with the Bible and shared by many Americans.

An Alabama lawmaker even announced he’d introduce a resolution in support of the beleaguered reality star.

On Friday, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal praised the decision to re-instate Robertson,according to The Daily Caller.

“I am glad to hear that the folks at A&E came to their senses and recognized that tolerance of religious views is more important than political correctness,” he said in a statement. “Today is a good day for the freedoms of speech and religious liberty.”

But the Rev. Jesse Jackson said Friday that despite A&E Network‘s decision to end the suspension of Phil Robertson for his insensitive remarks about gays and African Americans, the “Duck Dynasty” star needs to be “more repentant and contrite.”

“Mr. Robertson’s language was hurtful and painful to many people … [and] he’s been unrepentant,” Jackson told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

“When people make mistakes, and people do make mistakes, you should be repentant and contrite and then seek forgiveness.”

In its statement reported by The Hollywood Reporter, which first broke the news of the suspension’s lifting, A&E said “a strong sense of integrity and deep commitment to… principals” prompted its quick reaction to the Robertson interview in GQ.

“While Phil’s comments made in the interview reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs, and his own personal journey, he and his family have publicly stated they regret the ‘coarse language’ he used and the misinterpretation of his core beliefs based only on the article,” the statement said.

“He also made it clear he would ‘never incite or encourage hate.'”

Though A&E reiterated that it didn’t agree with Robertson’s views, it conceded itslucrative hit “is not a show about one man’s views.

“It resonates with a large audience because it is a show about family… a family that America has come to love,” the network said, calling the family a group that comes “together to reflect and pray for unity, tolerance and forgiveness” and saying those are values the network also feels “strongly about.”

The network said it had talks with Robertson’s family as well as with “numerous advocacy groups” before lifting its suspension.

“A&E has decided to resume filming Duck Dynasty later this spring with the entire Robertson family,” it declared.

It also said it’ll “use this moment to launch a national public service campaign … promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people, a message that supports our core values as a company, and the values found in Duck Dynasty.”

Since Robertson didn’t miss any filming during his suspension, the so-caled hiatus had zero effect on the upcoming fifth season, The Hollywood Reporter noted.

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With ‘Duck Dynasty,’ A&E Offers a Beardseye View of Intolerance.


Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins

A&E wanted a reality show. Trouble is, they weren’t ready for the realities that came with it. Anyone who’s watched Duck Dynasty (and there are close to 90 million of you) knows the Robertson family stands unapologetically for Christ. And if they didn’t know, they found out in May, when patriarch Phil Robertson told the network, “God and guns are part of our everyday lives [and] to remove either of them from the show is unacceptable.”

For four years, Duck Dynasty has been a lifeline to Americans tired of television’s steady diet of liberal propaganda. In an industry trying to out-sleaze the competition, the Robertsons had a different formula for success: speaking and living the truth. It’s a decision too many Americans have been afraid to make in our culture of political correctness. That all changed with this show, when the Robertsons gave viewers the courage to make the right choice.

Today, that courage has never been more essential, as a group of extremists set out to destroy Duck Dynasty—and with it, the family’s powerful platform for faith.

Yesterday morning, the Internet was bursting with stories on Phil’s marriage comments—which, for all the hysteria, could have been boiled down to this: A Christian believes what the Bible says. Apparently, it’s headline news these days to actually embrace the teachings of your religion.

In the GQ interview that kicked off the controversy, the family patriarch was blunt about his support for natural marriage and used the first book of Corinthians to explain it: “Don’t be deceived,” he said. “Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

Of course, the millions of people tuning in to Duck Dynasty would find Phil’s comments completely consistent with the values they expect from the Robertsons. The reason the Robertsons and others have come under attack for speaking openly about biblical truth is because too many Christians have been intimidated into silence by the cultural elite and vocal homosexual activists. And the evidence suggests the left wants to keep it that way.

Anxious to keep the liberal bullies at bay, A&E’s knee-jerk reaction was to drop Phil from the show.

“His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community,” the network said. “The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”

In case Americans missed it in the firing of Craig James, the suspension of Dr. Angela McCaskill and the persecution of wedding vendors across the country, these are the totalitarian tactics of the left. Phil spoke directly from Scripture and said not only what most people believe but what’s obvious from nature and common sense.

But these activists are so afraid of the truth that they’ll do anything to silence it—including becoming an enemy of the very freedom they claim to champion.

“I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment,” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says. “It is a messed-up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh and Phil Robertson gets suspended.”

The left knows that if it can intimidate the Robertsons, stars of the most popular cable show in TV history, no one will dare challenge the lies liberals are spreading in our schools, the media, our public policy and even in some churches. Unlike other attacks, this one gets to the heart of the debate, which is the freedom of Americans to articulate biblical principles on any issue. In this brave new world of selective tolerance, have Christians lost the right to quote from the Bible? If so, then there’s a clear double standard at work.

GLAAD, the same rabidly pro-homosexual group targeting Phil Robertson, didn’t seem to mind when extremist Dan Savage cursed at Christian teens during a high school journalism session. In fact, six months later, GLAAD gave him an award. Yet when the Robertsons, who don’t have a hateful bone in their bodies, express their sincerely held religious beliefs, it’s grounds for suspension.

“Phil and his family claim to be Christian,” the GLAAD organization says, “but Phil’s lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe.”

In the end, this is about a lot more than A&E’s hit show. It’s about who we’re going to let define Christianity: GLAAD or the Bible.

Despite the criticism, Phil has been unbending.

“My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together,” he says.

The left can hunt these hunters, but if they think they can intimidate this family, they’ve got another think coming. By taking on Duck Dynasty, they’re “taking on all of us,” Sarah Palin warns. So far, she’s right. Thousands of people are racing to the Robertsons’ defense. You can too! Click over to FRC’s petition and take your Duck Stand.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

Tony Perkins is president of Family Research Council.

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