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Cruz: Debt Ceiling ‘Trickery’ Shows Why Americans Hate Congress.


Senators and their “trickery” on last week’s vote on the debt ceiling was “a perfect illustration of everything that is wrong in Washington,” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says.

“Republican leadership said, we want this to pass but if every senator affirmatively consents to doing it on 51 votes, then we can all cast a vote ‘no’ and we can go home to our constituents and say we opposed it,” the Republican freshman senator told CNN’s Dana Bash on Thursday.

That “show vote,” Cruz continued, is the “sort of trickery to the constituents [which] is why Congress has a 13 percent approval rating.”

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The Senate last week approved the “clean” debt-ceiling bill, but two key Republicans, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas voted to end Cruz’s filibuster on the legislation.

Cruz had called for a 60-vote threshold to end debate on the measure, but after discussions among GOP senators on the floor of the chamber, McConnell and Cornyn came forward to cast “aye” votes to end debate — a move called “cloture.”

A total of 12 Republican senators voted to invoke cloture, joining with 53 Democrats and two independents who caucus with Democrats. The bill then advanced to the floor and was approved 55-43 on a straight party-line vote.

Besides McConnell and Cornyn, the other Republicans voting against Cruz were Sens. John Barrasso, Wyoming; Susan Collins, Maine; Bob Corker, Tennessee; Jeff Flake, Arizona; Orrin Hatch, Utah; Mike Johanns, Nebraska; Mark Kirk, Illinois; John McCain, Arizona; Lisa Murkowski, Alaska; and John Thune, South Dakota.

Cruz told Bash that he likes Cornyn and has agreed with him on many issues, but disagrees with him on the debt ceiling vote.

“What I said at the outset was that I am not going to affirmatively consent to giving [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid the authority to do this,” Cruz said. “It’s irresponsible, and it’s sending our nation’s future down the road.”

But he denies criticism that he “threw five Republicans under the bus.”

“My response is, I don’t want to throw any Republicans under the bus,” Cruz said. “I want to see all 45 Republicans stand together and actually do what we tell our constituents we are going to do.”

Overall, Cruz said, lawmakers need to be honest with their constituents.

“Last week, what it was all about was truth and transparency,” he said.

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By Sandy Fitzgerald

Republicans Shocked over Cheney Exit from Senate Race.


Wyoming Republicans expressed surprise today as Liz Cheney ended her primary challenge of U.S. Senator Michael Enzi, citing undisclosed health issues in her family.

“We were all shocked,” said Susan Thomas, a member of the state party’s executive committee and widow of former Senator Craig Thomas of Wyoming. “It would have been a close race. It was going to be a tough, hard-hitting race. This is obviously pretty big in her family or she wouldn’t have done this.”

In a posting to her Facebook account, Cheney said she was leaving the race because “serious health issues have recently arisen in our family.”

Cheney, 47, the eldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, said she was motivated to enter the contest because of her children and that “their health and well-being will always be my overriding priority.”

The challenger faced an uphill battle, and was criticized for not living in the state for long. The race pitted anti- government spending Tea Party activists against more traditional Republicans and reflected divisions that have burdened the party nationally since 2010, with some incumbents challenged if they’re viewed as too willing to compromise or not vocal enough in their opposition to Democrats.

Enzi, 69, who said July 16 that he would seek a fourth term, had said that Cheney told him that she wouldn’t run if he did, an assertion she challenged after entering the race.

Liz Cheney’s comments opposing same-sex marriage had set off a feud with her sister, Mary Cheney, who is a lesbian and married her partner last year.

In the statement, Cheney thanked her supporters.

“As a mother and a patriot, I know that the work of defending freedom and protecting liberty must continue for each generation,” she said. “Though this campaign stops today, my commitment to keep fighting with you and your families for the fundamental values that have made this nation and Wyoming great will never stop.”

Dick Cheney had criticized Enzi, as he sought to boost his daughter’s campaign.

“He doesn’t get much money from Wyoming,” Cheney said Oct. 27 on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” “In the quarter just reported, Liz got 25 percent of her funds from Wyoming; he got 13 percent of his from Wyoming.”

Liz Cheney had called Enzi part of an aging Republican establishment. Enzi held a 92 percent rating from the American Conservative Union, a Washington-based group that opposes President Barack Obama’s agenda.

The primary challenge split the Republican party, with incumbents such as Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican, volunteering to campaign for Enzi.

“I have grown to admire and respect Mike Enzi — I’ll tell you, he’s one of these solid guys,” McCain said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” in July. “I know nothing that Mike Enzi would do that didn’t deserve re-election.”

Thomas said she’d be surprised if any other serious candidates challenge Enzi.

“I don’t think so,” she said in a telephone interview. “I don’t think there will be anybody as strong as Liz.”

The stakes for the race were higher for the Cheney brand than the Republican Party’s efforts to win control of the Senate in 2014. In such a heavily Republican state — Mitt Romney beat President Barack Obama by 41 percentage points in November — the primary’s winner is almost certain to win the seat.

“However that race went, we would have had a Republican senator,” said Marti Halverson, a member of the Republican National Committee from Wyoming.

Cheney and her husband moved to the Jackson Hole area in the state’s picturesque northwest corner in 2012. Speculation about her political ambition started immediately.

Her parents, Dick and Lynne Cheney, live on an Arnold Palmer-designed golf course with views of the Teton Mountain Range. They hosted a $30,000-per-couple fundraiser for Romney in 2012 at the home.

After moving to the area, Liz Cheney started making frequent appearances at county-level Republican Party events, sometimes joined by her father.

Her campaign announcement highlighted her family’s more than 100-year Wyoming history, including her father’s representation of the state in Congress from 1979 to 1989, an effort to preempt charges that she’s a carpetbagger who moved from suburban Washington, D.C., to run for office.

 

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With History Against Her, Liz Cheney Ends Primary Bid.


As she makes her exit from the Wyoming Republican Senate primary official, Liz Cheney is citing illness in her family as the chief reason for ending her challenge to veteran Sen. Mike Enzi.

But also working strongly against the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney was history. Whatever the state, Republicans historically don’t like to dump their incumbent U.S. senators.

Since World War II, roughly 11 Republican senators have gone down to defeat in their own party primaries. In contrast, Democratic senators were given a thumbs-down by their own party more than three times that number.

For the most part, they include southern Democrats who were beaten when the primaries in their states were tantamount to election and, more recently, Democrats who did not follow the increasingly left-of-center line of party activists.

The small Republican fraternity of defeated incumbents ranges from Wisconsin’s venerable Sen. Robert La Follette Jr., who lost renomination in 1946 to a young Marine Corps veteran named Joe McCarthy; to Indiana’s six-term Sen. Dick Lugar, badly beaten in the 2012 primary by the more conservative state treasurer Richard Mourdock, who went on to lose in an upset to Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly in November of that year.

McCarthy’s reputation as a fervent and controversial anti-Communist would come later. When he took on La Follette, McCarthy ran as an internationalist and backer of the United Nations who criticized La Follette’s isolationist record. He also trumpeted his youth and service in World War II and campaigned hard in black precincts as a fighter for civil rights.

But over the years, the rare Republican Senate challenger who was triumphant usually ran as a conservative in contrast with a more moderate incumbent. In 1968, California’s swashbuckling Superintendent of Public Instruction Max Rafferty defeated Senate GOP Whip and moderate Tom Kuchel on the same night Robert Kennedy won the Democratic presidential primary and was assassinated. Rafferty went on to lose against Democrat Alan Cranston.

New York’s Alfonse D’Amato beat veteran GOP Sen. Jacob Javits in New York’s primary in 1980 — and won in November — two years after conservative activist Jeff Bell defeated moderate Sen. Clifford Case in New Jersey. Bell lost in November.

In 2010, constitutional lawyer and stalwart conservative Mike Lee won a convention battle over three-term Republican Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah and serves in the Senate today. That same year, conservative Joe Miller ousted the more moderate Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Alaska’s Republican primary. But she came back to be re-elected as a write-in candidate.

But for all of the D’Amatos and Lees, there are several more examples of conservatives who could not make a strong enough case to unseat an incumbent senator.

In Connecticut, Prescott Bush Jr., brother of then-Vice President George Bush, finally quit a 1982 challenge to Sen. Lowell P. Weicker, outspoken liberal Republican. Two years later, conservative Rep. Tom Corcoran badly lost in the Illinois Republican primary to moderate Sen. Charles Percy. In 2010, former Rep. J.D. Hayworth could not make a case to Arizona Republicans that Sen. John McCain was not conservative enough. McCain won handily.

Most state and national Republican leaders are expected to breathe a sigh of relief at the news about the Wyoming race. As revered a figure as former Vice President Dick Cheney is in Wyoming, most of his fellow GOP activists ignored his daughter and sided with three-termer Enzi. They saw no difference between the two conservatives on any issue other than Liz Cheney wanted to be a senator.

Liz Cheney clearly had problems going into the race, notably the fact that she had lived in Northern Virginia most of her life before becoming a candidate. She obviously has personal reasons for ending her candidacy Monday. But she also had history against her.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.

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By John Gizzi

Liz Cheney Pulls Out of Wyoming Primary.


Image: Liz Cheney Pulls Out of Wyoming Primary

By Elliot Jager

Liz Cheney suddenly announced Monday that she is dropping her controversial Republican primary challenge in Wyoming against incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi.Citing health concerns in her family, Cheney said in a statement released to Politico and other news outlets that the unspecified issues were the reason she was departing the race.

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“Serious health issues have recently arisen in our family, and under the circumstances, I have decided to discontinue my campaign,” the statement read. “My children and their futures were the motivation for our campaign and their health and well-being will always be my overriding priority.”

Despite her sudden departure, Cheney vowed to stay involved in politics.

“Phil and I want to thank the thousands of people in Wyoming and all across the country who have supported my campaign. As a mother and a patriot, I know that the work of defending freedom and protecting liberty must continue for each generation. Though this campaign stops today, my commitment to keep fighting with you and your families for the fundamental values that have made this nation and Wyoming great will never stop.”

Cheney was reportedly trailing in the race and some state Republicans were critical of her decision to relocate from Virginia in 2012 to challenge the conservative Enzi.
She also had been engaged in a very public spat with her sister Mary, who is a married lesbian, by passionately opposing same-sex marriage.
The oldest daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney, who earlier in his career represented a Wyoming district in the House, Liz Cheney embraced a neoconservative line on foreign policy that many considered out of synch with the libertarian-leaning wing of the Wyoming GOP.Cheney, a lawyer who once served in the U.S. State Department during the administration of President George W. Bush, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Cheney’s entry onto the political stage in the deeply conservative state has been bumpy. Cheney, who spent much of her youth and adult life in Virginia, had her Wyoming credentials challenged in spite of her family’s deep roots in the state.

Last summer, she committed an embarrassing political gaffe in a state where hunting and fishing are taken very seriously by mistakenly buying the wrong fishing license after living in Wyoming for just a few months.

State law requires a year of residency before applying for such a license, which is less expensive than ones for visitors or newcomers.

Her candidacy was further complicated after her younger sister, a lesbian who married her long-time partner Heather Poe last year, publicly chastised her for taking a stance on gay marriage that is “dead wrong.”

Last November, the former vice president entered the fray, saying in a joint statement with his wife, Lynne, that Liz Cheney “has always believed in the traditional definition of marriage,” and has also “always treated her sister and her sister’s family with love and respect.”

Cheney has long said he supports extending marriage rights to same-sex couples.

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Nigeria “Money No Miss” By Prince Dickson.


By Prince Charles Dickson

‘The longest road you’re going to have to walk is from here to here.

Let me first issue a caveat, I am not a finance expert, an economist, or auditor, I am not a banker, I have not held the post of cashier, or treasurer. My mathematics is poor, but I know one plus one is equal to two. I also know money magic when I see one…and my admonition for this week is on some of the magic of money in 2013 in Nigeria.

But first let me tell us this story.

It’s a slow day in little Tensleep, Wyoming. The sun is beating down, and the streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody lives on credit…

On this particular day a rich tourist from back east is driving through town. He stops at the motel and lays a $100 bill on the desk saying he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one to spend the night.

As soon as the man walks upstairs, the owner grabs the bill and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.

The butcher takes the $100 and runs down the street to retire his debt to the pig farmer. The pig farmer takes the $100 and heads off to pay his bill at the supplier of feed and fuel.

The guy at the Farmer’s Co-op takes the $100 and runs to pay his debt to the local prostitute, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer her “services” on credit.

The hooker (prostitute) rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill with the hotel owner.

The hotel proprietor then places the $100 back on the counter so the rich traveler will not suspect anything.

At that moment the traveler comes down the stairs, picks up the $100 bill, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, pockets the money, and leaves town.

No one produced anything. No one earned anything.

However, the whole town is now out of debt and now looks to the future with a lot more optimism.

Madam Coordinating Minister for Economic Planning and Finance and de facto president Ngozi Iweala presented some N4.6trillion as budget for 2014 last week. And again as she spoke of job creation, agriculture, housing and had smiles–we look to 2014 with optimism?

That she presented it on behalf of the president is no news, or that there was another hassle before the National Assembly agreed on the oil benchmark for it, is not information to most of us.

That in my generation I am seeing trillions expended, is a little news, I never thought it did be this soon. Add that to the fact that the budget proper would pass somewhere in march/april and disbursement around may/june is now the norm.

This year some parastatals got their budget for this year, in October, some, only last month, and then others still waiting. Don’t ask me how they ran their operations–whichever way, money no miss.

After the initial $49.8 billion alleged missing, Sanusi the CBN chief said he erred, only $12billion was found to have been a ‘shortfall’ in the oil fund remittance. Ngozi Iweala says it is ‘only’ $10.8billion that was yet to be ‘reconciled’. So $1.2billion is the ‘outstanding’, money no miss.

Do we remember the N58billion that was hidden funds diverted by MDAs. Monies that was supposed to be paid into the consolidated revenue fund. It was diverted and hidden, money no miss.

Only few weeks back, between the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Labaran Maku N100.561billion could not be accounted for. Money no miss.

In fact accountants at the Ministry for Information say they have no records for N4.6billion vote. Records maybe missing, but money no miss.

How about the SURE-P N500billion that went ‘awol’ according to Senate. Well the Senate couldn’t find it, but money no miss.

Have you seen the 50 questions on our economy that Ngozi must answer according to the House of Rep. Member, it is the same questions she’s answered one way or the other, somewhere, at some point. The monies have been shared–money no miss.

The point of my admonition is we cannot afford to be on the same track, where several millions, billions just disappear. Where monies are dispensed and there’s nothing to show for.

In 2013, billions were shared via the federation account and very little to show in development. A small community has a councillor, chairman,  a state legislator, a governor, a senator, a representative, and the president, in some cases, this community may have the honour or a minister for water resources as their daughter. Yet for all the billions, the community has no portable water. Well, they are not complaining, so like Fela put it…money no miss.

We need to get over the Nigeria is broke, Mr. President rang the bell at the New York Exchange argument. All the EFCC is broke, we are not broke stories need to be sorted out.

The strange cases of local government workers’ salaries being owed for months, same as teachers must be treated.

Nigerians need to get tired of seeing their monies in luxury cars and homes, and lifestyles of those who claim to be their leaders. While millions can’t be put in healthcare or for doctors and nurses.

Gov. Rotimi Amaechi could not have put it better, “we steal because people don’t stone us”. I dare add, they steal because we don’t notice that money is missing.

I have purposely left out the millions missing in virtually every state, including Amaechi’s state. I have not touched the pension billions, or the constituency project fraud–allowances, per diems and more that no one has records of. Simply because when the traveler comes down the stairs, picks up the $100 bill, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, pockets the money, and leaves town.

No one produced anything. No one earned anything, its just from here to here, but for how long we will pretend that money no miss–only time will tell.

Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.

World’s Largest Super Volcano In Yellowstone Park Could Wipe Out 2/3 Of America.


It would explode with a force a thousand times more powerful than the Mount St Helens eruption in 1980. Spewing lava far into the sky, a cloud of plant-killing ash would fan out and dump a layer 10ft deep up to 1,000 miles away.

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Two-thirds of the U.S. could become uninhabitable as toxic air sweeps through it, grounding thousands of flights and forcing millions to leave their homes.

This is the nightmare that scientists are predicting could happen if the world’s largest super-volcano erupts for the first time in 600,000 years, as it could do in the near future. Yellowstone National Park’s caldera has erupted three times in the last 2.1million years and researchers monitoring it say we could be in for another eruption.

They said that the super-volcano underneath the Wyoming park has been rising at a record rate since 2004 – its floor has gone up three inches per year for the last three years alone, the fastest rate since records began in 1923.

But hampered by a lack of data they have stopped short of an all-out warning and they are unable to put a date on when the next disaster might take place. When the eruption finally happens it will dwarf the effect of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano, which erupted in April last year, causing travel chaos around the world.

The University of Utah’s Bob Smith, an expert in Yellowstone’s volcanism told National Geographic: ‘It’s an extraordinary uplift, because it covers such a large area and the rates are so high. They have also been keeping an eye on a ‘pancake-shaped blob’ of molten rock he size of Los Angeles which was pressed into the volcano some time ago.

But due the extreme conditions it has been hard to work out what exactly is going on down below, leading researchers unable to say with certainty what will happen – or when.

Since the most recent blast 640,000 years ago there have been around 30 smaller eruptions, the most recent of which was 70,000 years ago. They filled the caldera with ash and lava and made the flat landscape that draws thousands of tourists to Yellowstone National Park every year.

‘Clearly some deep source of magma feeds Yellowstone, and since Yellowstone has erupted in the recent geological past, we know that there is magma at shallower depths too,’ said Dan Dzurisin, a Yellowstone expert with the U.S. Geological Survey at Cascades Volcano Observatory in Washington State.

‘There has to be magma in the crust, or we wouldn’t have all the hydrothermal activity that we have.

‘There is so much heat coming out of Yellowstone right now that if it wasn’t being reheated by magma, the whole system would have gone stone cold since the time of the last eruption 70,000 years ago.’

Robert B. Smith, professor of geophysics at the University of Utah, who has led a recent study into the volcano, added: ‘Our best evidence is that the crustal magma chamber is filling with molten rock.

‘But we have no idea how long this process goes on before there either is an eruption or the inflow of molten rock stops and the caldera deflates again’.

The Yellowstone Caldera is one of nature’s most awesome creations and sits atop North America’s largest volcanic field. Its name means ‘cooking pot’ or ‘cauldron’ and it is formed when land collapses following a volcanic explosion.

In Yellowstone, some 400 miles beneath the Earth’s surface is a magma ‘hotspot’ which rises to 30 miles underground before spreading out over an area of 300 miles across. Atop this, but still beneath the surface, sits the slumbering volcano. source – Daily Mail UK.

by NTEB News Desk

‘Pained’ Cheney Defends Liz in Public Spat Between Daughters.


Former Vice President Dick Cheney said he and his wife Lynne are “pained” over the public row between daughters Liz and Mary over gay marriage, according to Politico.
Liz Cheney is challenging incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi in the Wyoming Republican primary next August. Though both Cheney and Enzi oppose it, her candidacy has become strongly identified with opposition to gay marriage.
Mary Cheney told The New York Times, “What amazes me is that she says she’s running to be a new generation of leader. I’m not sure how sticking to the positions of the last 20 or 30 years is the best way to do that.”
And in a Facebook post she wrote: “Liz — this isn’t just an issue on which we disagree, you’re just wrong — and on the wrong side of history.”
On her own Facebook page Mary’s wife Heather Poe wrote: “Liz has been a guest in our home, has spent time and shared holidays with our children, and when Mary and I got married in 2012 — she didn’t hesitate to tell us how happy she was for us. To have her now say she doesn’t support our right to marry is offensive to say the least.”
The former vice president and his wife said they were “surprised” that Mary and Heather Poe had publicly attacked Liz on Facebook and “wished it hadn’t happened” since the gay issue had “always been dealt with within the context of the family, and frankly, that’s our preference.”
Cheney noted that Liz “has also always treated her sister and her sister’s family with love and respect, exactly as she should have done. . . . Compassion is called for, even when there is disagreement about such a fundamental matter and Liz’s many kindnesses shouldn’t be used to distort her position.”
The former vice president said that he would have nothing further to say on this “difficult” subject.
Liz Cheney’s position notwithstanding, American Principles Fund, a conservative super PAC, has spent $140,000 on ads implying that during her tenure in President George W. Bush’s State Department she did not oppose extending federal benefits to same-sex couples, Politico reported.
Polls show that by a majority of 59 to 41 percent Wyoming residents oppose gay marriage. Nationally, opposition among conservative-leaning Republican voters is as high as 73 percent.
A polls taken at the end of October showed Cheney trailing far behind Enzi.
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