Colo. Senate President Loses Recall Over Gun Laws

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The leader of the Colorado state senate lost his job in the state’s first ever legislative recall Tuesday and a second Democratic lawmaker challenged over her support for stricter gun laws after last year’s mass shootings also appeared in trouble in a race seen as a measure of popular support for gun legislation.

Senate President John Morse faced a tough election in the Republican stronghold of Colorado Springs, where he won re-election by just a few hundred votes in 2010.

“We as the Democratic party will continue to fight,” Morse told supporters in Colorado Springs as he conceded the race.

With 94 percent of the projected vote counted, voters in Colorado Springs favored recalling Morse by 51 percent to 49 percent.

Republican Bernie Herpin, a former Colorado Springs city councilman, will replace him.

Sen. Angela Giron was also struggling in Pueblo County. With about 45 percent of projected results in, 56 percent of voters favored the recall.

Angered by new limits on ammunition magazines and expanded background checks, gun-rights activists filed enough voter signatures for the recall elections — the first for state legislators since Colorado adopted the procedure in 1912.

The recalls were seen as the latest chapter in the national debate over gun rights — and, for some, a warning to lawmakers in swing states who might contemplate gun restrictions in the future. But gun rights activists’ efforts to force recall elections for two other Colorado Democrats failed this year.

Tuesday’s vote also exposed divisions between Colorado’s growing urban and suburban areas and its rural towns. Dozens of elected county sheriffs have sued to block the gun laws and some activists are promoting a largely symbolic measure to secede from the state.

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AP FACT CHECK SHATTERS OBAMA SYRIA SPEECH

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By: Calvin Woodward (Associated Press)

President Barack Obama voiced his conviction Tuesday night that Syrian President Bashar Assad was to blame for deadly chemical attacks against civilians, but again he offered no proof.

A look at his remarks to the nation, seeking support for a military strike against Syria, and how they compare with the facts as publicly known:

OBAMA: “We know the Assad regime was responsible…. The facts cannot be denied.”

THE FACTS: The Obama administration has not laid out proof Assad was behind the attack.

The administration has cited satellite imagery and communications intercepts, backed by social media and intelligence reports from sources in Syria, as the basis for blaming the Assad government. But the only evidence the administration has made public is a collection of videos it has verified of the victims. The videos do not demonstrate who launched the attacks.

Administration officials have not shared the satellite imagery they say shows rockets and artillery fire leaving government-held areas and landing in 12 rebel-held neighborhoods outside Damascus where chemical attacks were reported. Nor have they shared transcripts of the Syrian officials allegedly warning units to ready gas masks or discussing how to handle U.N. investigators after it happened.

The White House has declined to explain where it came up with the figure of at least 1,429 dead, including 400 children — a figure far higher than estimates by nongovernmental agencies such as the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has counted only victims identified by name, with a current total of 502. In his remarks, Obama more generally accused Assad’s forces of gassing to death “over 1,000 people, including hundreds of children.”

AP FACT CHECK SHATTERS OBAMA SYRIA SPEECH – Fox Nation.

Jeb Bush defends his decision to honor Hillary Clinton

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Lest we forget…

Jeb BushFormer Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will award former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday with the 2013 Liberty Medal and defends it as part of a shared interest in the “importance of civic engagement.”

The potential opponents in the 2016 presidential election come together as Bush presents Clinton with the award at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia to honor her lifelong career in public service and her ongoing advocacy efforts on behalf of women and girls around the globe. Bush is chairman of the National Constitutional Center.

“While Secretary Clinton and I disagree on many issues, we certainly agree on the importance of civic engagement,” Bush said in a statement to the Tampa Bay Times.

“The Board looks forward to the Center’s annual celebration of the vision of freedom, responsibility and equality embodied in the U.S. Constitution,” Bush continued.

The event takes place one day shy of the one year anniversary of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that left four Americans dead and critics on the right question Clinton receiving the award because of the controversy centered around that attack.

At the time it was announced that Bush would honor Clinton, talk show host Rush Limbaugh responded by saying, “What in the name of Sam Hill…?”

Jeb Bush defends his decision to honor Hillary Clinton – BizPac Review.

Putin Saves Obama Embarassment Over Senate & House Vote Over Syrian Attack

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Reversal: Obama Agrees to U.N. 'Hocus Pocus' with Syria

In the run up to President Obama’s rush to unilateral war with Syria, the United Nations took the kind of public relations beating it likely didn’t expect from a Democrat administration. In reference to Syria, various administration officials have described the UN as a “disgrace” and “paralyzed.” Obama himself described the UN process as “hocus pocus.” In a startling reversal, Tuesday,  the president agreed to “discussions at the United Nations Security Council on a proposal from Russia to secure Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles.”
The Russian “proposal” was to say yes to Secretary of State John Kerry’s “major goof” when he floated a never-going-to-happen hypothetical about Syria giving up its chemical weapons. Just as quickly as the State Department took Kerry’s statement back, Russia seized on Kerry’s blunder and said “yes” to the hypothetical.

President Obama has now been checkmated by Russia to a point where he has now agreed to engage in some United Nations “hocus pocus.”

Reversal: Obama Agrees to U.N. ‘Hocus Pocus’ with Syria.