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  • Nineteen Senators voted against cloture on the continuing resolution that defunds ObamaCare. Immediately afterward, the Senate voted along party lines to strip the ObamaCare defunding provision from the bill and send the result back to the House. If one (or both) of your Republican Senators voted for cloture and he/she/it claims that he/she/it did everything he/she/it could to defeat ObamaCare, then he/she/it is lying. I'm done with John Cornyn, who is conveniently up for re-election next year. I hope Louie Gohmert is prepared for people camping out on his front lawn with signs encouraging him to challenge Cornyn in the primary election.

  • President Obama is literally willing to negotiate with Iran but unwilling to negotiate with Congressional Republicans. Can you imagine what the press would have said and written if George W. Bush had said he'd negotiate with Mullah Omar but not Nancy Pelosi? That's the magnitude of what's happening here.

  • Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are working with conservatives in the House to prevent John Boehner from collapsing like a house of cards. The right thing to do is pass Tom Graves' continuing resolution that delays ObamaCare's individual mandate for a year, declare that the House's last offer, and adjourn. Then suggest that should Obama decide to negotiate, perhaps he can use Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as an intermediary.

  • Timothy Daughtry writes on “Why the Republicans Always Cave”:

    Just as many a toddler has learned to manipulate tired parents who have worked all day, the left-wing minority understands the prime rule of politics: a determined minority willing to push an agenda will always dominate a majority that just wants peace and quiet. Mainstream America for the most part just wants peace and quiet so that we can work, take care of our responsibilities, and mind our own business. The left is willing to make life miserable for everyone until they get their way. So far, the mainstream just has not had the stomach for a political fight.

    Until politicians have to worry more about pleasing the mainstream than appeasing the far left, nothing will change.

    And that's why the GOP always folds.

  • Daren Jonescu explains President Obama's 19.5 million fake Twitter followers:

    A hitherto negligible segment of the population, nonexistent humans, has found in the present U.S. administration a powerful reason to emerge from the shadows at last and become fully engaged participants in the political process. There is no clearer indication of the dangers facing America than this surge in political activity among people who do not exist, especially when one considers that this group vastly outnumbers the existent.

    But why all this political enthusiasm among the unreal, all of a sudden? The answer is all too clear. In 2008, America elected its historic first fake president, thus giving hope and a lifeline to fakers everywhere: “Maybe I can participate on equal terms with real people, too.”

  • NSA Director Keith Alexander and Senator Ron Wyden went toe-to-toe over whether the NSA gathers and stores cellular handset location information when it hoovers up call metadata from cellular carriers. Based on Wyden's history with the NSA, this exchange with Alexander implies that the NSA is either doing this today and is refusing to publicly acknowledge it or has sought this ability. I'd bet on the former. Senator Dianne Feinstein inadvertently revealed that the NSA hoovers data directly from internet backbone networks; it has been widely suspected that the NSA has this capability, but the agency hasn't admitted it.

  • The Obama administration searched the federal government's couches for change and came up with a $320 million bailout for Detroit. No, Congress won't be consulted. Perhaps the Iranians will be.

  • Elizabeth O'Bagy lied about her academic credentials and failed to disclose that she was a paid consultant to Syrian rebel groups, so naturally John McCain hired her.

  • Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and other groups sued Texas over its new abortion regulation law. Interestingly, they're challenging the requirement that abortion doctors obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital (this ends the current practice whereby abortion doctors dump victims of botched abortions in the nearest emergency room). They're not challenging the ban on abortions after 20 weeks.

  • The terrorists who attacked the mall in Nairobi tortured and mutilated their victims.

  • Remy's awesome entry for the ObamaCare video contest:

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  • Voters in Tennessee elect spineless weasel Republicans to the U.S. Senate. Bob Corker stars in this episode, attacking Ted Cruz on the Senate floor. Corker was working with Harry Reid to reschedule the cloture vote on the continuing resolution bill from Friday to Thursday night. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee have been telling the world that the cloture vote would be Friday around noon, and I suspect Corker didn’t want to spend Friday catching hell from his constituents; according to his way of thinking, it would be better to conduct the vote in the middle of the night when fewer people are paying attention.

  • The Obama administration delayed another element of ObamaCare by postponing online enrollment in the federal exchanges for small businesses.

  • Chuck Donovan argues that ObamaCare will subsidize abortions in many states.

  • The man falsely accused of sparking the Benghazi attack via a YouTube video, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, left federal custody today.

  • Judicial Watch hired Robert Popper, a former Department of Justice Voting Section Deputy Chief. Popper will expand Judicial Watch’s voting integrity efforts, which are already unpopular with the DOJ.

  • A reporter for Philadelphia magazine, Steve Volk, interviewed Kermit Gosnell in prison via letters, emails, and phone calls. Gosnell is even more warped than you might have suspected.

  • Allen West lost his gig at PJ Media. Buzzfeed claims West was fired after an altercation with a PJ Media employee whom he called a “Jewish American princess.”

  • U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup is handling a patent infringement case where the plaintiff, Network Protection Sciences (NPS), is a patent troll. Judge Alsup investigated NPS and discovered that its headquarters is a sham – a windowless room containing file cabinets – and its alleged sole employee is actually a real estate broker who happens to be the landlord of the building containing the windowless file cabinet room. There’s also the small matter that the patent in question wasn’t owned by NPS when the lawsuit was filed – the paperwork transferring it from a (different) shell company to NPS wasn’t complete when the infringement suit was filed. Judge Alsup is considering making the jury aware of all of this information, which is unlikely to benefit the plaintiff. It will be interesting to see how this case plays out; it could become a precedent for judges who refuse to allow patent trolls to misrepresent who and what they are.

  • There was another green-on-blue attack in Afghanistan; one American soldier was killed.

  • Eleven of the largest Syrian rebel groups formed an alliance to create an Islamic state. The lead group is an al Qaeda affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra, that the U.S. designated a terrorist organization.

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