Thursday, September 5, 2013

Red Line on Syria - #4571 - House Whip Count: 46 votes in favor of Syria Attack Right Now - and 169 Against - Hot Air (2) Obama Can't Lose on Syria Vote - Rush (3) Terry McAuliffe Meets with Michael Bloomberg - Politico (4) Gold Miners Near Chicken, Alaska, Cry Fowl Over 'Heavy-handed' EPA Raids - Alaska

House Whip Count: 46 Votes in Favor of Syria Attack Right Now - and 169 against - Hot Air - That’s what Think Progress says as of 4:30 p.m. ET. The big caveat: Many of the yays and nays aren’t firm. TP’s trying to divine intent from casual statements made by House members about how they’re likely to vote, which is especially dicey in the case of Democrats who might be whipped by the White House and Pelosi later to come through for O in a pinch. If the tally’s right, though, then opponents of intervention are already within 50 votes of winning with more than 200 representatives (and nearly 100 Republicans) still undecided. Time to panic in the West Wing? As members of Congress consider President Obama’s request to authorize military force in Syria, following evidence that President Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons killed over 1,400 people, a ThinkProgress analysis of the public statements of 289 Representatives found that 169 lawmakers have either decisively ruled out supporting the measure or say they are unlikely to back it. Just 46 of the 289 members of the House of Representatives said they will definitely or likely vote in favor or the resolution. Seventy-four are undecided. Read more.......

(2) Obama Can't Lose on Syria Vote - Rush Limbaugh - RUSH: If the Republicans don't give him authorization, don't vote for the use of force, he can then not do anything about Syria and blame the Republicans for being heartless, mean-spirited, willing to let people get nerve gassed... Now, if the Republicans grant him the use of force and he does it, then he's a great leader. RUSH: I tell you again, you know, Obama with his red line and huffing and puffing all last week, "I'm gonna go in there and I'm gonna do what's necessary! Human lives are at stake! Human lives are on the line. He's gassing his own people. We can't allow that. Oops! I'm gonna take a walk around the White House for 45 minutes, and I'm gonna decide, 'You know what? It doesn't matter! I don't have to do it right now. "'I'm gonna wait for the Republicans to give me a congressional use-of-force authorization. Yeah, that's what I'm gonna do. Even though I don't need to it, I'm gonna wait for the Republicans to do it so we can appear to be putting forth a united front.'" Do you think he cares about a united front? What he wants is, he can't lose either way. If the Republicans don't give him authorization, don't vote for the use of force, he can then not do anything about Syria and blame the Republicans for being heartless, mean-spirited, willing to let people get nerve gassed. Read more.......

(3) Terry McAuliffe Meets with Michael Bloomberg - Politico - Democratic Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Terry McAuliffe recently met with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in an effort to get support from the billionaire politician, two sources familiar with the meeting told POLITICO. The pair met in New York a week-and-a-half ago, according to the sources. Aides to McAuliffe declined comment, and a Bloomberg spokesman did not respond to an email asking about the meeting. It wasn’t immediately clear whether McAuliffe was seeking an endorsement from Bloomberg — who has billed himself as an independent and whose backing has been helpful to candidates in some places in the Northeast, like Rhode Island — or whether he hoped for financial support. Read more.........

(4) Gold Miners Near Chicken, Alaska, Cry Foul Over' Heavy Handed' EPA Raids - Alaska Dispatch - When agents with the Alaska Environmental Crimes Task Force surged out of the wilderness around the remote community of Chicken wearing body armor and jackets emblazoned with POLICE in big, bold letters, local placer miners didn’t quite know what to think.Did it really take eight armed men and a squad-size display of paramilitary force to check for dirty water? Some of the miners, who run small businesses, say they felt intimidated. Others wonder if the actions of the agents put everyone at risk. When your family business involves collecting gold far from nowhere, unusual behavior can be taken as a sign someone might be trying to stage a robbery. How is a remote placer miner to know the people in the jackets saying POLICE really are police? Miners suggest it might have been better all around if officials had just shown up at the door -- as they used to do -- and said they wanted to check the water. Lots of Federal land in Alaska Alaska’s vast Interior, which sprawls to the Canadian border, has been the site of federal-local distrust in the past. It was near this area, 130 miles northwest of Chicken, that National Park Service rangers pointed shotguns at, then tackled and arrested a septuagenarian, for not stopping his boat in midstream of the Yukon River in the fall of 2010. Read more.........

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