Thursday, September 15, 2011

Barack Obama - #3248 - Bombshell: General Accused White House of Pressuring Him to Change Testimony for Dem Donor - Hot Air (2) VIDEO: Obama Once Again Declares He Wants to Circumvent Congress - The Blaze (3) The Trojan Horse for Trial Lawyers in Obama's Job Bill - Hot Air

With the White House already reeling over the Solyndra collapse, a new scandal may have erupted today that could make the disappearance of $535 million in taxpayer funds look like a paperwork glitch. Eli Lake starts off his new gig at The Daily Beast with a huge bombshell — an accusation made to members of Congress from a four-star Air Force general that claimed the White House pressured him to change his testimony to boost a big donor to the Democratic Party: The four-star Air Force general who oversees U.S. Space Command walked into a highly secured room on Capitol Hill a week ago to give a classified briefing to lawmakers and staff, and dropped a surprise. Pressed by members, Gen. William Shelton said the White House tried to pressure him to change his testimony to make it more favorable to a company tied to a large Democratic donor. The episode—confirmed by The Daily Beast in interviews with administration officials and the chairman of a congressional oversight committee—is the latest in a string of incidents that have given Republicans sudden fodder for questions about whether the Obama administration is politically interfering in routine government matters that affect donors or fundraisers. Already, the FBI and a House committee are investigating a federal loan guarantee to a now failed solar firm called Solyndra that is tied to a large Obama fundraiser. Read more.......

Obama Once Again Declares He Wants to Circumvent Congress - The Blaze -Remember in July when President Obama told a Latino rights group that he wished he could “bypass” Congress in order to get things done? Here’s a refresher: Well if you thought that was just an anomaly, or an off-the-cuff remark, you may want to think again. On Wednesday, Obama repeated the sentiments to another Latino group – the Congressinal Hispanic Caucus Institute.  “As I mentioned when I was at La Raza a few weeks back, I wish I had a magic wand and could make this all happen on my own,” Obama told the group, according to the Washington Examiner. “There are times where — until Nancy Pelosi is speaker again — I’d like to work my way around Congress.”  But he wasn’t done there, according to the Examiner:  As he continued, Obama conceded that “we’ve got laws on the books that have to be upheld.” But he quickly added there are different ways to uphold the laws on the books. “You know as well as anyone that…how we enforce those laws is also important,” Obama said. Last month, the administration made a major, unilateral change in immigration law enforcement when it announced that the government will not initiate deportation proceedings against illegal immigrants unless they have committed serious crimes. To critics, Obama had indeed worked his way around Congress. To the Hispanic Caucus, Obama said his new policy will “prioritize criminals who endanger our communities, not students trying to achieve the American dream.”

The Trojan Horse for Trial Lawyers in Obama's Job Bill - Hot Air -  little-known provision in the jobs package proposed by Barack Obama will certainly create some jobs — in the trial lawyer industry. The Hill’s Pete Kasperowicz notices that the bill would make it illegal for businesses to discriminate against the already-unemployed while making hiring decisions, a provision that will almost certainly keep businesses from taking any risk in expansion until absolutely necessary:  President Obama’s American Jobs Act, which he presented to Congress on Monday, would make it illegal for employers to run advertisements saying that they will not consider unemployed workers, or to refuse to consider or hire people because they are unemployed.  The proposed language is found in a section of the bill titled “Prohibition of Discrimination in Employment on the Basis of an Individual’s Status as Unemployed.” That section would also make it illegal for employers to request that employment agencies take into account a person’s unemployed status.  It would also allow aggrieved job-seekers to seek damages if they have been discriminated against. This provision in particular prompted Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) to argue that Obama’s proposal is aimed at creating a new, special class of people who can sue companies.  Read more.......

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