Monday, March 11, 2013

Rand Paul - #4444 - With Rand Paul's Filibuster, Tea Party Made Senate Work - Washington Examiner (2) Byron York: Bid to Defund Obamacare Gains Momentum in Senate GOP - Washington Examiner (3) Colorado Sheriff Says Dems Are Using Salary Threats to Pressure Sheriffs to Support Gun Control Bills - The Blaze (4) The Court Rules Customs and Border Protection Does Not Have the Right to Search Electronic Devices Without Reasonable Suspicion - The Blaze (5) VIDEO: Dumler Completes 1st Weekend in Jail - NBC 29 News

With Rand Paul Filibuster, Tea Party Made Senate Work - Washington Examiner - Congress is a mostly broken institution, but last week showed what it takes to make it work: a bunch of Tea Partiers grinding things to a halt. Last Wednesday, Democrats planned to move to a vote on President Obama's nominee to run the CIA, John Brennan. Brennan had overwhelming bipartisan support. But just before noon, Sen. Rand Paul took the floor and declared he would filibuster the nomination. "I will speak until I can no longer speak," he began. At issue wasn't Brennan himself, but the administration's conduct of the war on terror. President Obama used military drones to execute a U.S. citizen in Yemen, Anwar al-Awlaki, who had joined al Qaeda but had never faced trial. Obama's drones separately killed al-Awlaki's 16-year-old son, also a U.S. citizen.....Paul's 13-hour filibuster was more of that "gridlock" that the media decries. He was demonstrating his good standing in the "doesn't-play-nice-with-others caucus," as columnist George F. Will puts it. It was typical Tea Party disobedience. Tellingly, the first two senators to join Paul's filibuster were freshmen Mike Lee and Ted Cruz. Both would make repeat appearances, and Cruz carried a big chunk of Paul's 13 hours. Later, Marco Rubio and Pat Toomey joined in too. Other senators stopped by, especially after 10 p.m., but Lee, Cruz, Rubio and Toomey were Paul's principal backups.  Read more.......

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(2) Byron York: Bid to Defund Obamacare Gains Momentum in Senate GOP - Washington Examiner - This week it appeared Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee would wage a lonely war over their threat to hold up a continuing resolution to fund the U.S. government if they are not given a vote on a budget amendment to defund Obamacare. Now, it’s not quite so lonely. Sens. Marco Rubio and James Inhofe have joined Cruz and Lee, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday that he “looks forward to supporting” the amendment. It’s a significant step forward for Cruz and Lee. But the Senate Republican caucus remains deeply divided about defunding Obamacare. Sources say that at a Republican caucus lunch a few days ago, several GOP senators expressed opposition to Cruz and Lee’s proposal. And of course, the 55-member Democratic majority will not give it the time of day. But Cruz and Lee are determined to keep up opposition to Obamacare, even though it has flagged in some other quarters of the Republican Party.  Read more.........


(3) Colorado Sheriff Says Dems Are Using Salary Threats to Pressure Sheriffs to Support Gun Control Bills - The Blaze One Colorado sheriff is claiming that Democrats are pressuring pro-gun sheriffs in the state with tactics he think border on extortion. In a radio interview with KVOR on Saturday, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said he received an email last week with a threat to stop or stall pay raises to the state’s elected sheriffs if they don’t support Colorado’s pending gun control legislation.The email, sent from the offices of the County Sheriffs of Colorado, “basically said, Dem. leadership is very upset with the sheriffs and their opposition to the gun control bills,” Maketa said. He claimed it said the Democrats were threatening to delay legislation that would give the sheriffs a long-delayed pay raise if they continue to speak out against the new push for more gun control laws. Read more........


(4) The Court Rules Customs and Border Protection Does Not Have the Right to Search Electronic Devices without Reasonable Suspicion - The Blaze - The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Customs and Border Protection officers do not have the right to confiscate or download every laptop or electronic device brought into the U.S. without “reasonable suspicion.” A report from the Department of Homeland Security Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties drew criticism from the ACLU and other Civil Liberties groups last month after it was announced that the office would uphold ICE and CBP’s authority to conduct “suspicionless and warrantless” searches of electronic merchandise held by travelers at the border and “its functional equivalent.” The Washington Times reports that the court ruled Friday that people have an expectation that their data is private and that the government must have reasonable suspicion before it starts to do any “intensive snooping. Read more.......

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NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather - Albemarle County Supervisor Chris Dumler is free from his first weekend in the Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Jail. Dumler didn't have much to say when he left the jail around 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The Scottsville supervisor is serving 15 consecutive weekends in jail for pleading guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery. As he left Sunday night, Dumler flashed a big smile, walked to a car, and said he looked forward to seeing the media at the Albemarle County supervisors' budget work session Monday morning.

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