[Townhall.com] Just two short months ago President Obama announced from the White House, “I’ve got a pen and a phone and I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward.” Obama made the statement out of his frustration with a split Congress and a House controlled by Republicans opposed to his big government, lawless agenda.
Now, although Obama may have a pen and a phone, he doesn’t seem to have much patience, especially on the issue of immigration reform. Over at the Washington Post, Greg Sargent is warning the GOP’s “window of opportunity” on the issue is quickly closing.
If summer comes and nothing has moved, pressure on Obama to utilize executive action to slow deportations will be overwhelming. He’ll likely do something. The right will go into overdrive, making legislative reform even harder. (Click title to read more…)
[Newsmax.com] A new national poll shows that only four out of every 10 Americans believe President Barack Obama is managing the government “effectively” and 53 percent do not believe he is “honest and trustworthy.”
The survey of 843 adults taken Nov. 18-20 by CNN/ORC International represents a dramatic drop of 12 percentage points from June, when 52 percent of respondents in another CNN/ORC poll said the president was effective in running the government.
The CNN/ORC International survey also found that 53 percent of respondents do not believe Obama is “honest and trustworthy,” a figure that for the first time represents “a clear majority” raising that concern.
[TheHill.com] The left is feeling emboldened by the decision of Senate Democrats to use the nuclear option to blow up filibuster rights on confirming presidential nominees.
Liberals have long clamored for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to play hardball with Republicans, and are excited to see their demands met.
Finally, they argue, the left will see courts and agencies filled with appointees who will protect President Obama’s key legislative achievements. Democrats are also reigniting hopes for long-stalled initiatives.
[Britbart.com] Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has canceled a sit-down interview with Today show host Matt Lauer because his network has not taken action against Martin Bashir, the MSNBC host who suggested someone should urinate and defecate in Palin’s mouth.
According to Fox News, “Palin has now canceled Lauer’s scheduled trip to Wasilla,” not because “Palin is upset with Lauer or the ‘Today’ show, but as a protest against NBC for not taking action against Bashir.
Palin started her book tour on the Today show and has even been a guest-host for the program.
[WND.com] WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives voted 261-157 to allow insurance companies to sell, for one year, less-expensive health-care plans that had been cancelled because they did not meet Obamacare’s requirements to carry various benefits.
The “Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013″ would also let Americans keep, or sign up for, health plans that do not meet Obamacare’s requirements, for one year.
39 Democrats defied President Obama on Friday and voted with Republicans to pass the bill sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. Only 4 Republicans voted no. The vote is the closest the GOP has come yet to making a major change to Obamcare.