Rahm Emanuel: Take American People Out of 2nd Amendment “Debate”

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Take the American people out of the debate…the 2nd amendment is about the American people…..”The right of the PEOPLE to keep and bear arms…..shall not be INFRINGED”

Speaking in Washington Monday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel voiced support for new gun control measures, saying legislation should focus on limiting criminals ability to obtain guns. (Duh, Rahm, criminals are going to be able to get the guns….THEY ARE CRIMINALS…THEY DON’T OBEY THE LAW!!!

Chicago mayor and former Obama chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, has proposed restricting the discussion over firearm ownership in America to law enforcement.

“Put the police chief and the law enforcement community front and center,” Emanuel told the Center for American Progress. “Everybody else, from politician to whatever, take a backseat.”

Emanuel was instrumental during the Clinton administration in getting the 1994 assault-weapons ban passed.

Back in 2007, Emanuel, then a member of the United States House of Representatives, told the annual Stand Up For a Safe America event sponsored by the Brady Center that Americans on the terrorist no fly list would not be allowed to own a gun.

On Monday, Emanuel is slated to participate in a discussion between Democrats who have played leading roles in the effort to scale back the Second Amendment. The discussion is sponsored by the led by the influential Democrat think tank, Center for American Progress.

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Obama wants Congress to violate the Constitution on the Debt Ceiling

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White House tells Paul Ryan it won’t meet budget deadline

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What was that Obama was saying today in his Press conference about “his budget” having $1.2 trillion cut from it. What budget?

The White House has informed House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that it will miss the legal deadline for sending a budget to Congress.

Acting Budget Director Jeff Zients told Ryan (R-Wis.) late Friday that the budget will not be delivered by Feb. 4, as required by law, a House aide said.

“Late Friday evening, Deputy Director Zients confirmed that for the fourth time in five years, the president’s budget will not be submitted in compliance with the law,” the aide said.

“Zients did not indicate how late the administration will delay its submission, simply noting ‘We will submit it to Congress as soon as possible,’ ” the aide said.

Ryan last Wednesday had asked the White House in a letter if it would miss the deadline.

Under the law, Obama must submit a budget by the first Monday in February, but he has met the deadline only once. The annual budget submission is supposed to start a congressional budgeting process, but that has also broken down. The Senate last passed a budget resolution in 2009.

Congress and the White House struck a budget deal on New Year’s Eve that avoided tax hikes on middle-class families and delayed a 2013 budget sequester until March.

That last-minute “fiscal cliff” deal has thrown a wrench into the annual budget process, sources say, because it did not finalize 2013 appropriations or replace nearly $1 trillion in automatic discretionary cuts imposed by the August 2011 debt-ceiling deal.

“They have no baseline,” one expert said. The expert said it may also be the case that the administration does not want the budget to be taken as an opening offer in the coming fight over raising the nation’s $16.4 trillion debt ceiling.

The Congressional Budget Office also faces fiscal cliff-related challenges in writing its annual budget outlook. That outlook, which normally comes out in January, is coming out Feb. 4, CBO announced Monday.

Republicans are demanding Obama propose sharp spending cuts to offset any increase in the ceiling.

Obama in a press conference Monday though reiterated his stance, pressing lawmakers to raise the debt limit without tying it to cuts or entitlement reform.

Failure to raise the ceiling will cause a default on payments ranging from Social Security benefits to tax refunds to bond interest, depending on how long it takes Washington to raise the limit and what bills Treasury decides to pay.

The Bipartisan Policy Center estimates default could come as early as Feb. 15.

Judge rejects Mennonite firm’s healthcare law challenge

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I believe the judge is wrong on this one….the 1st amendment does apply here as well. Doesn’t matter if they run a “for profit” business, Obamacare violates their religious views, therefore it violates their 1st amendment rights. It appears it just depends on what judge you get that determines the ruling you get. Others have been ruled in favor of their 1st amendment rights. The Catholic family that owns a Colorado-based company won a court victory in their battle to stop the Obama administration from requiring them to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception, a mandate they say violates their religious beliefs and First Amendment rights.

PHILADELPHIA – A federal judge has rejected the argument of the Mennonite owners of a furniture manufacturing company that the federal healthcare law’s requirement that they pay for employee birth control violates their religious rights.

Judge Mitchell Goldberg refused to grant the injunction sought by the Hahn family, who own Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp.

The Hahns cite Mennonite Church teaching that terminating a fertilized embryo “is an intrinsic evil and a sin against God.” They say complying with the contraceptive coverage mandate would violate their religion, and disobeying it would subject them to crippling fines.

Matt Bowman of the Alliance Defending Freedom, which represents plaintiffs in similar cases, says, “The Obama administration’s attacks on faith and business prove that it doesn’t respect either one.”

“Washington politicians can’t confine our faith to the four walls of our churches alone,” continues the attorney. “Honoring God is important every day in all areas of life, including in our work.”

But the judge ruled that the Pennsylvania company does not qualify for an exception as a religious employer, since it’s a for-profit company making a secular product with no formal ties to a church or other religious group.

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