Bill Clinton

Get ready, conservatives, we’ve got another fight coming with Eric Holder: DoJ revives ‘domestic terrorism’ task force

Janet Reno and Eric Holder

Remember when the Department of Homeland Security published “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” suggesting an economic recession and the election of the first black president could lead to rightwing domestic terror attacks, in 2009? The response from conservatives was swift and harsh.

Earlier this week, Attorney General Eric Holder reconstituted a committee within the Department of Justice to target potential rightwing domestic terrorism. The Committee on Domestic Terrorism, which was first established under President Bill Clinton’s Attorney General Janet Reno to target “rightwing zealots,” will focus on instances of “homegrown” terrorism.

Of course, that means the Department of Justice will focus their attention on conservative groups in a further effort to stifle dissent.

Attorney General Holder said in a release:

But we also must concern ourselves with the continued danger we face from individuals within our own borders who may be motivated by a variety of other causes from anti-government animus to racial prejudice. To that end, I am announcing today that the Department of Justice is reconstituting a committee on domestic terrorism that was first established nearly 20 years ago under my predecessor, Attorney General Janet Reno, in the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing….

Bill Clinton questions Obama administration move ceding Internet oversight

Bill Clinton wonders whether the Obama administration’s move to cede the United States’ last remaining oversight of the Internet could hurt online freedom should countries with a history of censorship claim a stake in its future.

The former president, speaking last week on a panel at event hosted by the Clinton Global Initiative, said the Internet has “flourished in freedom” under U.S. control, though he favors the theory of a “multi-stakeholder process” that would have oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

“Whatever you believe about what the NSA has done, what the proposals the president’s made to change it, whatever, the Internet has flourished in freedom, and people have had access to it,” said Clinton. “And whether it was trying to keep access open in Iran after their disputed election with the Green Revolution, whether it’s trying to make sure you could use it and people could follow your struggles in driving. We’ve been there on that. Whatever you think is wrong.”

“And all I’m saying is, I understand in theory why we would like to have a multi-stakeholder process, I favor that, I just know that a lot of these so-called multi-stakeholders are really governments that want to gag people and restrict access to the Internet,” he added.

America’s least popular senator slams Ted Cruz

Sen John McCain (R-AZ) took a snide jab a his colleague, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), for his suggestion that the Republican presidential nominees have a history of not standing on principle. The lack of a clear distinction, the Texas senator told CPAC attendees, is why Democrats win elections.

“I spoke to Ted Cruz. He and I have a cordial relationship about this,” McCain told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. ”And he can say what he wants to about me — and he can say anything he wants to, I think, about Mitt. Mitt is capable of taking it.”

“But when he throws Bob Dole in there, I wonder if he thinks that Bob Dole stood for principle on that hilltop in Italy when he was so gravely wounded and left part of his body there fighting for our country? Bob Dole is such a man of honor and integrity and principle,” he said. “I hope that Ted Cruz will apologize to Bob Dole because that’s — that has crossed a line that to me is — leaves the realm of the politics and discourse that we should have in America.”

McCain said that he talked to Cruz on the Senate floor shortly after Cruz’s speech, adding that his “beloved Bob Dole,” who isn’t in good health, “doesn’t need that in the twilight of his years.”

Hillary Clinton has a list — and she’s checking it twice

Prominent Democrats who endorsed Barack Obama or remained neutral in the 2008 Democratic presidential race may find themselves in a place they don’t want to be — on Hillary Clinton enemies list.

Aides who worked on Clinton’s unsuccessful 2008 campaign kept a running hit list of Democrats who they believe betrayed their boss, according to allegations made in a new book, HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton:

Inside a cramped third-floor office of Hillary Clinton’s once-bustling presidential campaign headquarters in the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, Kris Balderston and Adrienne Elrod put the finishing touches on a political hit list.
[…]
Almost six years later most Clinton aides can still rattle off the names of traitors and the favors that had been done for them, then provide details of just how each of the guilty had gone on to betray the Clintons—as if it all had happened just a few hours before. The data project ensured that the acts of the sinners and saints would never be forgotten.

No, we shouldn’t end presidential term limits

There was a firestorm late last year and into the beginning of this year over a proposed constitutional amendment introduced by Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY) that would have repealed the 22nd Amendment, which limits presidents to two terms in office.

Serrano has introduced this constitutional amendment in every Congress since 1997 — stretching back to Bill Clinton and George W. Bush’s presidencies. Other members of Congress, Republicans and Democrats alike, have introduced similar proposals, though, none of them have ever been given serious consideration.

But on Friday, Jonathan Zimmerman, a history professor at New York University, revived the debate with an editorial at the Washington Post, in which he declared that presidential term limits should come to an end because it an impediment to accountability and, also, makes a president a lame duck:

Many of Obama’s fellow Democrats have distanced themselves from the reform and from the president. Even former president Bill Clinton has said that Americans should be allowed to keep the health insurance they have.

Bill Clinton to Barack Obama: Let Americans keep their health plans

Just days before the House of Representatives prepares to vote on the Keep Your Health Plan Act, Bill Clinton is urging President Barack Obama to get behind a change that would keep the promise he made to Americans.

Clinton insists that Obamacare is better off now than before, which is a line that the White House touted yesterday. He also defended the issues with federal exchange website, Healthcare.gov, comparing it to the launch of Medicare Part D in 2006, though this defense doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.

But Clinton touched on the insurance cancellations of that millions of Americans are experiencing, using a conversation he had with a young person who is paying more for coverage than before Obamacare as an example.

Third problem is for young people — most, but not all young — who are in the individual market hose incomes are above 400% of the poverty level. They were the ones who heard the promise — if you like what you have you can keep it,” former President Clinton, a Democrat who served from 1993 to 2001, told OZY.com.

“I met a young man this week who has a family, two children, bought in the individual marketplace. His policy was cancelled and one was substituted for it, and it doubled his premium,” he recalled. “Now, I asked him, I said, Same coverage? He said yeah. But I asked, are your co-pays and deductibles the same? He said they were much, much lower.”

Obama knocks Republicans, bloggers in post-shutdown speech

Barack Obama

President Barack Obama told reporters on Wednesday evening that he’d have a lot to say about the government shutdown and debt ceiling following the House’s passage of the measure.

Boy, did he ever?

During a 20-minute speech on Thursday morning, President Obama spent a lot of time decrying “brinksmanship” and lecturing Republicans who opposed a spending measure that didn’t defund or change his signature law. He also took shots at groups and bloggers that oppose his administration.

“We know that the American people’s frustration with what goes on in this town has never been higher. That’s not a surprise that the American people are completely fed up with Washington,” said President Obama. “At a moment when our economic recovery demands more jobs, more momentum, we’ve got yet another self-inflicted crisis that set our economy back. And for what?”

Conservative group to produce Hillary Clinton documentary

Hillary Clinton

Despite CNN and NBC canceling planned projects on Hillary Clinton, a conservative organization announced this week that they were moving forward with a project of its own about the former First Lady and Secretary of State.

Citizens United Productions, which bills itself as the “country’s leading conservative filmmaker,” has produced a number of exposés over the last few years. The organization made waves in 2008 with Hillary: The Movie, which shed light on Clinton’s public life as she ran for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.

That exposé was also the issue in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission (2008), a landmark Supreme Court decision that overturned the parts of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (McCain-Feingold) and restored free speech rights that were regulated by the law.

“Unlike CNN and NBC Citizens United Productions will not be deterred in uncovering the truth behind the ongoing Clinton charade,” said David Bossie, President of Citizens United Productions, in a statement from the organization. “As we have seen in our successes with ‘Hillary The Movie’ and most recently ‘Fast Terry’, Clinton world has unlimited storylines, nefarious characters, and an overall record American’s should be concerned about.”

Citizens United had sought equal time from CNN and NBC to run its exposé on Clinton in concert with the networks’ now-terminated projects.

House Republican: Barack Obama should be more like Bill Clinton

Newt Gingrich and Bill Clinton

It’s not often you hear Republicans looking fondly on the days of President Bill Clinton, who served from 1993 to 2001. But in a speech from the floor on Wednesday, Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) hailed Clinton’s willingness to recognize political realities and work with Republicans.

“I was deeply saddened to see the President begin the sixth year of our nation’s economic malaise by renewing his partisan name-calling and finger pointing on Monday,” said McClintock.

Fortunately, we have a model for bi-partisan economic cooperation. In 1995, when President Clinton realized his policies weren’t working, he reached across the aisle to work with a Republican House, and despite their political differences, they did some amazing things,” he recalled.

McClintock noted that the bipartisan policies forged between a Democratic president and a Republican-controlled Congress led to “a period of prolonged economic expansion and unprecedented prosperity for America’s middle and working classes.”

“Republicans have been eager to repeat these successful bi-partisan policies of the Clinton years,” added McClintock in his speech from the floor. “Why isn’t the President?”

That’s the $6.1 trillion question, the number by which the national debt has increased on President Obama’s watch. It begs an actual answer.

Earlier this year, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), who has served in Congress since 1999, said that the country’s severe fiscal problems would’ve been fixed if Clinton were still in office. McClintock specifically cited a handful of bipartisan accomplishments forged as a result of Clinton’s willingness to work with Republicans.

Republican Senator: Obama “getting perilously close” to impeachment

During a recent townhall meeting, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) told a room full of constituents that President Barack Obama is “getting perilously close” to the constitutional standard for impeachment, noted the Tulsa World:

As he has many times in the past, Coburn called Obama “a personal friend of mine,” but that did not prevent him from calling the president’s administration lawless and incompetent and “getting perilously close” to the Constitutional standard for impeachment.

He didn’t cite specific reasons for the comments, though at this point you can pick and choose from the scandals of the Obama Administration. Specifically, President Obama’s use of executive orders to enact laws — assuming legislative power, essentially, violating the Constitution’s separation of powers — is a real concern. Another is the NSA’s spying on American citizens.

Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) recently suggested that there were enough votes in the House to impeach President Obama. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI) also told constituents that impeaching President Obama would be “a dream come true.”


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