Saturday, February 06, 2016
The White House sent Congress a 2015 war-funding request on Thursday of nearly $60 billion, a drop of $20 billion from the current fiscal year after President Barack Obama decided to withdraw all but 9,800 troops from Afghanistan by Dec. Obama, in a letter to the House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, asked for $58.6 billion for the war in Afghanistan and other overseas military activity, the smallest Pentagon war-funding request in a decade.

The U.S. Supreme Court reined in presidential power on Thursday, ruling that President Barack Obama went too far when he filled senior government posts without seeking U.S. Senate approval, but the justices stopped short of a more sweeping decision limiting executive authority. In a ruling that will constrain future presidents, the court held on a 9-0 vote that the three appointments Obama made to the U.S. National Labor Relations Board in 2012 were unlawful.   [READ MORE]
According to an interview published in the Daily Beast and republished in The New York Post and other outlets, a woman who says she was raped by an Arkansas man in 1975 now says Hillary Clinton “took her through hell” while serving as defense attorney for the rapist. Many critics have written on the ethics of this revelation. Forbes Contributor Michael I. Krauss said, "The constitutional requirement of Due Process applies to the guilty as well as to the innocent. This presumably vicious rapist was entitled to an attorney, and Mrs. Clinton was both authorized and required to enter a plea of “not guilty” if her client so desired."

From Mississippi to the U.S. Capitol, mainstream Republicans expressed relief Wednesday at Senator Thad Cochran's comeback primary victory over tea party challenger Chris McDaniel, highlighting anew the fissures between traditional GOP powers and challengers determined to pull the party further rightward. McDaniel complained that a number of Democrats —most of whom are black in Mississippi apparently cast ballots in the GOP runoff and boosted Cochran's numbers. McDaniel refused to concede the race and said he would probe "irregularities" in Tuesday's voting.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.), at the Wall Street Journal's Capital Journal breakfast in Washington, said that the Republicans are in danger of losing the House and the presidency in 2016 unless they move on immigration.   [READ MORE]
The House Speaker says the president has failed in his duties as president to execute the law.   [READ MORE]

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