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Good News and Good Laughs for Supporters of the Second Amendment

I almost feel sorry for the gun-control crowd.

They keep trying to convince themselves that people are on their side, but schemes to restrict the 2nd Amendment keep getting defeated on Capitol Hill.

And when a handful of state governments go against the trend and try to trample on constitutional rights to gun ownership, politicians get tossed out of office and gun owners engage in massive civil disobedience.

Now we get to the icing on the cake.

The New York Times just released polling data showing that a majority of Americans are against banning so-called assault weapons. Look at the bottom line and see how the numbers have dramatically moved in the right direction.

These results are especially remarkable because many non-gun owners probably think “assault weapon” refers to a machine gun.

Amateur hour at the White House continues: Obama says he has no strategy to deal with ISIS

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, commonly known as ISIL or ISIS, has been a threat in the Middle East for some time, but you wouldn’t know that from the reaction of President Barack Obama and administration officials.

The Islamic militant group’s bloody and violent rise in Iraq, which came into focus for the United States in June, appeared to catch the White House by complete surprise. Nearly three months later, President Obama has yet to form a coherent strategy to deal with ISIL, something to which he owned up on Thursday afternoon:

“I don’t want to put the cart before the horse, we don’t have a strategy yet,” Obama said in a press conference Thursday of seeking congressional approval for additional airstrikes in the Middle East.

Obama has been under pressure to expand U.S. bombings from Iraq to Syria, but his advisers remain divided about the prospect of military intervention there.

For his part, the president seemed to suggest Thursday that he was less interested in using military action in Syria than Iraq.

“My priority at this point,” Obama said, “is to make sure the gains that [ISIS] made in Iraq are rolled back.”

Desperation: The White House and Democrats really want you to think House Republicans are going to impeach Barack Obama

Let’s just go ahead and get this out of the way right now: House Republicans are not going to make a serious effort to impeach President Barack Obama. Sure, there are some prominent conservatives, including Sarah Palin, and a handful of House Republicans who’ve floated the idea. But it’s just not going to happen.

The White House and senior Democrats, however, are talking about impeachment like it’s a “thing.” White House advisor Dan Pfeiffer told reporters on Friday at House Republicans are opening the door to impeachment. “I think Speaker Boehner, by going down the path of this lawsuit, has opened the door to Republicans possibly considering impeachment in the future,” said Pfeiffer. “I would not discount that possibility.”

The “I” word was used again later in the day by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee told Fox News Sunday that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) “made it clear that impeachment is absolutely on the table for House Republicans.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) really wanted to talk about the House lawsuit and possibility of impeachment on CNN. After the end of an appearance on State of the Union on foreign policy crises around the globe, Pelosi had a sad because she didn’t get a chance to talk about the false narrative Democrats are trying to set.

Today in Liberty: There are some new details about Lerner’s hard drive, oral arguments scheduled for another big Obamacare case

“Our natural, inalienable rights are now considered to be a dispensation from government, and freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp as it is at this moment.” — Ronald Reagan

So, there’s no evidence that Lerner’s hard drive was destroyed: This sordid mess just keeps getting crazier. Tech experts are asking questions about Lois Lerner’s hard drive, but the powerful tax agency isn’t answering them. “There is a certification of destruction any time a piece of equipment is sent to a disposal company,” the head of an IT trade group said, according to Politico. “Where is that?” Questions like this are coming on the heels of the testimony of an IRS official who said that he wasn’t sure that the backup tapes on which Lois Lerner’s emails were destroyed. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen will appear before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee this morning at 10am. We’re expecting fireworks. So, yeah, popcorn.

Ex-NY Times editor: Yeah, the Obama administration is pretty much the worst when it comes to transparency

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest probably isn’t having a great day. Over the weekend, the newly installed chief spokesman for the administration told ABC News’ This Week that President Barack Obama is “absolutely” the most transparent president in history.

Former New York Times editor Jill Abramson, however, disagrees. She appeared on Fox News with Greta Van Susteren and gave a scathing critique of the Obama administration’s record on transparency.

“I have never dealt with an administration where more officials — some of whom are actually paid to be the spokesmen for various federal agencies — demand that everything be off the record,” said Abramson. “So that’s secretive and not transparent.”

“But the most serious thing is the Obama administration has launched eight criminal leak investigations against sources and whistleblowers. And they have tried to sweep in journalists, including — it’s almost the one-year anniversary exactly that your colleague, James Rosen, had his record secretly looked at by the government in a leak investigation,” she added.

This isn’t the first time Abramson has criticized the administration on transparency. In January, she said that the Obama White House is “the most secretive” that she’s ever covered in her 22-year career, which dates back to President Ronald Reagan.

False: White House press secretary says Obama is the most transparent president ever

The White House isn’t just downplaying the letter from a group of journalists blasted the Obama administration’s “politically-drive suppression of the news.” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, in an interview on CNN, claimed that Barack Obama is the Most Transparent President™ ever:

President Obama is “absolutely” the most transparent president in history, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Sunday after the White House received a letter from signed by a dozen top journalists’ groups complaining about the administration’s policies toward the media.

“There are a number of steps that we’ve taken to give people greater insight into what’s happening at the White House,” Earnest said in an interview with CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”
Earnest noted that previous administrations had “gone to the Supreme Court” to prevent the release of White House visitor information, but that the Obama administration “releases it voluntarily on the Internet on a quarterly basis.”

“Reporters for years clamored to get access to fundraisers the president hosted or attended that were hosted in private homes,” Earnest continued. “Reporters now have access to those when this president goes to a private home.”

Today in Liberty: Obama still avoiding border visit during fundraising trip, Ted Cruz is really not happy with the NRSC

“There is something fundamentally unfair about a government that takes away so much of people’s money, power, and personal control while telling them that life will be better as a result.” — Steve Forbes

— Obama will discuss border crisis in Texas, but won’t visit the border: Facing increasing political pressure over the “humanitarian crisis” (his words) at the United States’ Southwest border, President Barack Obama will meet with local officials and church leaders to discuss the issue today in Dallas. But he still won’t visit the border during the two-day swing in which he’s set to raise money for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). “The roundtable discussion in Dallas is seen by the White House as a way to address the immigration issue while avoiding awkward optics at the border,” the Associated Press explains. “Tens of thousands of unaccompanied children have arrived there in recent months, many fleeing violence in Central America, but also drawn by rumors that they can stay in the U.S. White House officials say most are unlikely to qualify for humanitarian relief and will be sent back to their home countries.” The meeting is going to provide more fodder for congressional Republicans as well as Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX), who has asked President Obama to visit the border during his trip to the Lone Star State. Pundits on MSNBC’s Morning Joe suggested on Wednesday that President Obama could offend the Democratic Party’s base if he visited the border.

Resignation Friday: Eric Shinseki, Jay Carney are leaving the Obama administration

President Barack Obama announced the resignations of two high-profile administration officials, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, today in separate appearances before the White House Press Corps.

Shinseki’s resignation wasn’t necessarily a surprise. The VA inspector general released a devastating report this week on the “systemic” problems in the VA medical system. The report confirmed the existence of a secret wait list at the Phoenix VA hospital with some 1,700 veterans.

President Obama was, reportedly, “extremely troubled” by the findings, but didn’t immediately push Shinseki, who has served in the post since 2009, out the door. The White House, however, declined to express support for the embattled VA secretary on Thursday.

“This morning I think some of you also heard Ric take a truly remarkable action. In public remarks, he took responsibility for the conduct of those facilities and apologized to his fellow veterans and to the American people. And a few minutes ago, Secretary Shinseki offered me his own recognition,” President Obama told reporters this morning. “With considerable regret, I accept it.”

Many Republicans had already called for Shinseki’s resignation, but some Democrats joined in the chorus after the VA inspector general’s report. President Obama said Shinseki’s presence would have been a “distraction.”

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