House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said that President Barack Obama should not expect to receive military authorization to continue the fight against terror group ISIS in Iraq and Syria. While Boehner has argued that Obama has not presented a real strategy on how to effectively fight ISIS, other lawmakers, such as Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., have said that does not justify inaction.
"The president's request for an authorization of the use of military force calls for less authority than he has today. I just think, given the fight that we're in, it's irresponsible. This is why the president, frankly, should withdraw the authorization of use of military force and start over," Boehner told reporters on Tuesday, which CBS News said "may have been the nail in the coffin" in Obama's request.
The U.S. has been conducting air strikes alongside a broad coalition of international allies against the Islamic militants, who have captured significant territory in Iraq and Syria. Nearly a year has passed since the U.S. started carrying out operations in the region, however, and Obama may need military authorization, also known as the AUMF, by Congress in order to continue the fight. more >>
At last week's "summit" event of religious leaders on poverty, President Obama made some remarks that deserve comment.
In his view, Christian churches should "go to the mat" on poverty. He suggests, seemingly, that Evangelicals and Catholics who focus on "reproductive issues, or same-sex marriage, or what have you" should instead concentrate more intently on poverty:
… (poverty is) the defining issue (of) who we are as Christians, or as Catholics, or what have you … (it) is oftentimes viewed as a "nice to have" relative to an issue like abortion. That's not across the board, but there sometimes has been that view, and certainly that's how it's perceived in our political circles. more >>
I write this letter in response to your May 12 visit to Georgetown University where, in a so-called religious setting, you urged conservatives and liberals to unify to fight poverty. Helping those in need is a cause that touches the heart of God, so I was a little encouraged until you took a potshot at Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, insinuating they could care less about the plight of the poor.
Your insinuation was offensive, revealing that even in helping others you cannot help insulting your political opponents. And obviously, biting your tongue doesn't work. What you really need is a change of heart. Until that happens, little else matters. At Georgetown, you claimed to be a "Christian" to propagate your socialistic agenda to fight poverty, then simultaneously sucker punched Christianity when you bragged about your support of abortion and same sex marriage. It is my belief you'd be much more respected if you'd drop the whole "Christianity" thing and admit what you really believe. If you or anyone else insist they are a true believer in Jesus Christ, then it would be best to try and live as the Bible instructs us. It'll fundamentally transform your life when it fills you with the kind of hope and change that has nothing to do with government.
Truth is, the income inequality gap has widened over the past six years, pumping more taxpayer money out of wallets and into the bottomless pit of Washington. According to a January 7, 2014 report in The Washington Times, the poverty level under your watch broke a 50-year record. Rail on income inequality all you wish, but "a record 47 million Americans receiving food stamps, about 13 million more than when he [you] took office" is nothing to brag about. Maybe it's time for your party to drop its income inequality obsession and join with conservatives to focus on policies which help every American reach their potential. more >>
Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., will formally announce his candidacy for president on June 1. He said he's running because "the world is falling apart."
"I am running because I think the world is falling apart, and I've been more right than wrong on foreign policy," Graham said during his Monday appearance on "CBS This Morning." "It's my ability in my own mind to be a good commander-in-chief and to make Washington work."
The South Carolina senator will join a group of Republican leaders in vying for the presidential nomination. To date, Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Carly Fiorina and Dr. Ben Carson are already in the race. more >>
Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, has called the capture of the key Iraqi city of Ramadi by terror group ISIS "one of the most disgraceful episodes in American history," and slammed President Barack Obama's decisions to withdraw American troops from the country in 2011.
ISIS took control of Ramadi after government and tribal forces retreated from their positions on Sunday, and has reportedly been carrying out mass atrocities in the city – including going door-to-door searching for sympathizers of the government and killing their families.
McCain, who is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told Fox News that the fall of Ramadi, as well as Obama's strategy when it comes to war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, has constituted "one of the most disgraceful episodes in American history." more >>
President Barack Obama has been urged by the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya, comprised of 700 pastors, not to "preach" and impose his views in support of same-sex marriage on the Kenyan people when he visits the African country in July.
"We would like to send a strong message to the U.S. president that the homosexuality debate should not become part of his agenda, as it has been his tendency whenever he comes to Africa," Bishop Mark Kariuki of the Evangelical Alliance, told the Kenyan Daily Nation newspaper on Monday.
"[Obama] should respect the faith, culture and people of Kenya when he comes in July," he added. "He should not put [homosexuality] as one of his main agenda[s] in the country." more >>