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Republicans ready to take on Cuomo in race to replace Tom Libous (Dem Convicted of Corruption)

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a “major tactical blunder’’ last week by vowing to go all out to win the Senate seat left vacant by the conviction of Deputy Majority Leader Tom Libous of Binghamton on a corruption-related charge, a top Republican has told The Post.

“This is a majority-Republican district where Cuomo is very unpopular, so it was a major tactical blunder and the governor will be seriously damaged when his candidate loses,’’ said the prominent Republican strategist.

Almost gleefully agreeing was state GOP Chairman Ed Cox.

“The governor’s prestige is going to be on the line in this election, where he picked one of his own cronies as the candidate without even consulting the people of the Senate district,” Cox said.

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RINO Squishy National Review Calls for Impeachment of Obumbler Over Iran Deal

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Even the normally restrained if not downright tepid National Review has reached the obvious conclusion — Obama must be impeached for facilitating the acquisition of nuclear weapons by America’s worst enemy.

Andrew McCarthy notes that in the time of the Founding Fathers, it was regarded as an impeachable offense for a president to withhold information from Congress regarding a treaty, or to use unscrupulous tactics to acquire Senate approval. Compare that to what Obama has done:

• Obama’s original stated commitment to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear-weapons power has deteriorated into a deal that enables Iran to become a nuclear-weapons power by abiding by the deal’s terms. The mullahs’ inevitable cheating will merely speed up matters; the outcome is already certain.

• Obama is willfully providing material support to the mullahs’ terrorism (a felony violation of federal law) — the deal will inject over $100 billion into Iran’s economy, and Iran brags that it will continue its open and notorious funding of Hezbollah and other anti-American, anti-Western, and anti-Israel “allies” (while the administration splutters that, gee whiz, curbing terrorism was not part of the negotiations).

• Obama not only lifts restrictions on Iran’s traffic in ballistic missiles and conventional weapons (which were also not supposed to be part of the negotiations) but also looks the other way while Russia sells the mullahs hundreds of sophisticated surface-to-air missiles — missiles that will be used against American forces when, inevitably, a future president decides to deal differently with our enemies.

• Obama’s deal, rationalized as necessary to delay (but no longer to forbid) Iran’s nuclearization, obliges the United States to protect Iranian nuclear facilities from sabotage — i.e., the deal makes America the scourge of erstwhile allies like Israel, with which we have colluded in impeding our actual enemy’s nuclear progress.

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Woman Who Defended Gun Store With Her Own Firearm Testifies in Court

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Published on: July 27, 2015

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She and her husband were the only ones in the store when a young man wearing a wig came in and asked about a gun. Bieker said she handed him a handgun. After looking at it, he handed it back.

The man was talking on a cellphone when several other young men came in.

That’s when the first man pulled a gun and pointed it at her.

She began reaching for the cash drawer with the intent of handing over the money. One of the other men also pointed a gun at her. The next thing she remembered was seeing a blur on the left side of her face and waking up on the floor, spitting out blood.

It was “strangely quiet,” she said.

She had a phone in her hand and called 911.

Then she saw one of the men and her husband on the floor. The man was reaching for a gun on the floor, and Bieker told him to stop or she would shoot. When he kept moving, she fired.

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Moron Mark Kelly Admits Not Knowing Facts on Lafayette, Then Pushes Gun Control Anyway

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Published on: July 27, 2015

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On July 24, Gabby Giffords’s husband Mark Kelly was questioned about the Lafayette theater attack, and after admitting all the facts were not yet known, he pushed for background checks and other gun controls.

To justify the gun control push, Kelly floated the idea that alleged gunman John Russell Houser may have bought his handgun at a gun show where he could have avoided a background check.

Kelly’s exact words: “Maybe he went to a gun show where you don’t need to get a background check. So, some clear things we can do—and I think we would all agree that keeping guns, dangerous firearms, out of the hands of criminals is a good idea.” He then said we are “paralyzed” from closing this so-called loophole because of the pressure put on Washington DC by “special interests.”

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Donald Trump Way out in Front; Ted Cruz Surges Underneath, Marco Rubio Keeps Sinking

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Call it failure to launch for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) as, despite a minor bump in the polls a month or so after his April presidential campaign launch, the 44-year-old junior senator from Florida is now officially relegated to the middle of the pack—where he’s been unable to climb out.

Virtually every major pollster has shown Rubio’s chances at being a serious contender for the GOP nomination slipping away in recent months, and the new CNN-ORC International poll is no different.

Rubio was supposed to be the golden boy who could woo the donor class but still excite the grassroots. He’s succeeded in winning over lots of big-money backing, with billionaire donors like Oracle’s Larry Ellison, casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, Miami-area auto dealer Norman Braman, and more behind him. But he’s failed so far to gain traction among the voting class—the people a candidate needs to win over to win elections since politicians, as much as they might want to, can’t buy electoral victory.

While Rubio’s funk continues, real estate magnate billionaire Donald Trump remains at the top of the Republican pack with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker nipping at his heels. At the same time, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is surging past Rubio underneath Trump, Bush and Walker, pulling close to the top tier of candidates.

The poll, which surveyed 230 Registered Republicans and 189 registered independents who lean Republican from July 22 to July 25 with a margin of error of 5 percent, found Trump is still firmly in the lead as the sole Republican frontrunner.

Trump wins 18 percent to top the poll, while Bush comes in second place with 15 percent. Walker pulls 10 percent and Cruz is in fourth place now with 7 percent. Rubio comes in tied for fifth with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) at 6 percent, and he’s followed by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee with 5 percent and Dr. Ben Carson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Ohio Gov. John Kasich with 4 percent apiece—rounding out the top 10 in this poll.

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Woman who killed alleged serial killer recounts final fight

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Police in West Virginia seem to have quite the case on their hands: a man killed by a woman he attacked in her home may have been a serial killer himself.

Investigators now believe 45-year-old Neal Falls may be connected to murders in three states.

Falls was answering an online ad for an escort, police said, when he showed up to a Charleston, West Virginia, home.

The woman, who wants only to be known as “Heather,” answered the door.

She said Falls, armed with a gun, asked her: “live or die?” Then he started choking her.

“When he strangled me, I grabbed my rake, and when he laid the gun down to get the rake out of my hands, I shot him,” Heather said. “I grabbed the gun and shot behind me.”

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Manchin: ‘I need Republican help’ to fix gun sale checks (Pro-Bloomturd Democrat – Vote Him Out!)

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One of the Senate’s biggest supporters of firearm background checks is renewing calls for Congress to fix the system in the light of a deadly theater shooting in Lafayette, La.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said Sunday that Congress should “shut down the loophole” that allows some mentally ill people, like the Louisiana movie theater shooter, to slip through the government’s system for vetting gun sales.

“Right now, I need Republican help,” said Manchin, a moderate Democrat has led the push to reform background checks.

“I need my friends on the Republican side of the aisle to help us with a most reasonable, sensible path forward,” he said in an appearance with CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

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Katie Kieffer: What Gun Should I Get?

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Published on: July 27, 2015

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Dr. Seuss’ new book, “What Pet Should I Get?” inspired me to write a Seuss-style poem from the perspective of a mother who wants a gun to defend her family.

My poem is a plea for 2nd Amendment rights in the wake of recent mass tragedies committed by Dylann Roof, Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez and John Houser. As you know, I’ve written many columns in defense of gun rights. However, given last week’s tragic shooting in a Louisiana movie theatre, I will try reaching hearts and minds by presenting my facts in a more creative way.

Please share this column with any “compassionate liberals” in your life so that they may see that your ideas come from your heart as well as your mind. Here goes my poem:

What gun should I get? I’ll ask and I’ll ask. I’m up for the task!

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The Coming (And Hilarious) Democrat Implosion

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Republicans fear a repeat of 1992, with a squishy Bush at the head of the ticket watching helplessly as some populist businessman/novelty act hands the election to a Clinton. But Democrats should fear the far more likely repeat of 1968.

Ah, the 1968 convention … just thinking of it brings a smile to the face of every normal American. Let’s start with hordes of Chicago cops kicking the psychedelia out of dirty hippies. Footage of all-American flatfoots clocking VC-flag waving pinkos with nightsticks is more erotic than a hundred “Fifty Shades” books. Just thinking about it makes me want to light up a Marlboro and cuddle.

Then there was the fun and games inside the convention hall – nothing like blue stater on blue stater fratricide to quicken the pulse and put a spring in your step. That glorious intramural warfare led to a Republican president. It may well again in 2016.

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thumbCruz: Today’s Events Show the McConnell-Reid Leadership Team Operates for One Party

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After speaking on the Senate floor today, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement:

“We’ve just seen something extraordinary on the Senate floor. The American people elected a Republican majority believing that a Republican majority would be somehow different from a Democratic majority in the United States Senate. Unfortunately, the way the current Senate operates, there is one party, the Washington party.

“Senate leadership consists of the McConnell-Reid leadership team. They operate as a team. They support the same priorities. If you look at what has occurred in the United States Senate since the Republicans took a majority, we immediately returned after winning a historic majority to pass a trillion dollar ‘cromnibus’ bill filled with corporate welfare and pork. Then, the so-called Republican majority voted to fund Obamacare. Then, the so-called Republican majority voted to fund President Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty. Then, the so-called Republican majority voted to confirm Loretta Lynch as attorney general. Then, just moments ago, the so-called Republican majority voted to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, an egregious example of cronyism and corporate welfare.

“Every one of those is the priority of the Democratic leader Harry Reid. Every one of those is the priority of the Republican leader, Mitch McConnell. They operate as a team, expanding Washington and undermining the liberty of the people. What we just saw a moment ago is unprecedented in the annals of Senate history. It consisted of the majority leader and the minority leader denying members the ability to have votes on their amendments and indeed the ability even to have a roll call vote. The denial of a second, as you just saw a moment ago, which was aggressively whipped by the majority, is an extraordinary measure designed to gag Senators and enforce the will of the McConnell-Reid leadership team.

“It saddens me as a Republican to see Republican leadership lead the effort to kill an amendment that would have prevented lifting sanctions on Iran unless and until Iran recognizes Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state and unless and until Iran releases American hostages. Make no mistake – granting a sufficient second for a roll call vote is done customarily in the United States Senate. Denying it is extraordinary, and it is done as a consequence of the majority leader Mitch McConnell being afraid for his members to be on record on this issue.

“We then, subsequently, saw Senator Mike Lee from Utah bring up his amendment to defund Planned Parenthood. We have seen in recent weeks gruesome videos of senior officials of Planned Parenthood discussing the selling of body parts of unborn children. These videos are horrifying, and yet it saddens me greatly that the Republican leader led the effort to continue the taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood.

“Make no mistake — when the majority leader whipped Republicans to vote alongside Democrats, it was no surprise that Democrats did not want to vote on that because Democrats in this chamber do not purport to support the right to life. But to see the so-called Republican leadership whip against allowing a vote to defund Planned Parenthood — it has the virtue of clarity. It makes clear that the McConnell-Reid leadership team is united in favor of big government spending and debt and power.

“The McConnell-Reid leadership team has no interest in cutting off one penny of funds to Planned Parenthood, which is why leader Mitch McConnell just blocked a vote on defunding Planned Parenthood. To the millions of Americans who rallied in November believing if only we got a Republican majority in the Senate something would be different, this was a clarifying and a sad moment.”

thumbChris Christie Defends His Pro-Gun Record in Iowa (Video)

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Speaking at an Iowa town hall event, presidential candidate Chris Christie ripped into an audience member for questioning his record on gun rights.

Major Airline Lifts Misguided Restrictions on African Hunting Trophies

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Published on: July 26, 2015

On Monday, following the release of Cargo Policy and Procedures Advisory No. 278, South African Airways (SAA) effectively lifted their embargo on transporting legally-harvested African wildlife. As we previously reported, other airlines had followed SAA’s lead, placing similar bans on legally-hunted African game that vastly exceed requirements of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species and Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

These embargoes were put in place as a response to pressure from anti-hunting extremists, under the false pretense that they would curb poaching and the illegal trade of restricted wildlife. Ironically, embargoes like these actually increase poaching, as the revenue generated from legal hunting funds the vast majority of anti-poaching efforts. Therefore these embargoes only serve to undermine the sustainable use of wildlife resources through regulated hunting, conservation efforts funded by sportsmen and the legal trade of wildlife under the CITES convention.

NRA-ILA applauds SAA for lifting its embargo and hopes that other airlines with embargoes in place will follow suit. We will keep you updated on the latest developments regarding misguided transportation restrictions on legally-harvested African trophies.

Bloomturd Allies / “High Society” Types Sued Over Anti-Gun “Bracelets”

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Published on: July 26, 2015

As the saying goes, “you can’t make this stuff up.”

A lawsuit has been filed in Manhattan against a multi-millionaire and his activist wife, over the profits—if there are any—from the sale, by Everytown and Moms Demand Action, of the “Everytown X Urban Zen” bracelet, basically an ugly leather wrist-belt imprinted with a gun control slogan.

The New York Post reports that former Goldman Sachs executive J. Michael Evans and his activist wife are being sued for $5 million by a woman who claims she designed the bracelets and that the Evanses “hijacked” her idea out of “sheer greed or malice.”

The bracelet-peddling is a joint venture of the Evanses and multi-billionaire Michael Bloomberg. Evans may not have Bloomberg’s dough, but in 2012 he was reported to have held $75 million in Goldman stocks and to have bought a $27 million apartment in New York City. With that kind of money, you’d think Bloomberg and Evans could just give away their tacky bracelets for free.

NRA Applauds Congressman Johnson for Swift Action on Social Security Gun Grab

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The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) lauded Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security, for his swift action urging the Social Security Administration (SSA) to stop developing a system to enter social security beneficiaries into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which, as we reported last weekend, is the Obama Administration’s latest effort to deny millions of Americans their Second Amendment rights without due process.

“If left to their own devices, President Obama’s Social Security Administration would be free to implement the largest gun grab in American history,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA-ILA. “The NRA appreciates Chairman Johnson’s swift action to put a halt to this outrageous scheme that would deny millions of Americans a fundamental constitutional right because they need or want help managing their finances.”

According to a published news report, the SSA is considering a policy to provide the names of social security and disability beneficiaries who have a “representative payee” to the NICS. Once entered into the NICS, a person loses their Second Amendment rights and is prohibited from possessing or owning a firearm. If implemented as reported, this would instantly deny more than four million Americans their Second Amendment rights based on their willingness or ability to manage their finances.

“The Obama administration will stop at nothing to strip as many people as possible of their Second Amendment rights,” Cox said. “The NRA will employ all means available to prevent the implementation of such a widespread injustice.”

The Veterans Administration (VA) has already implemented a similar program to designate veterans as “prohibited persons” when they have a fiduciary assigned to administer their VA benefits. Like the SSA program described above, the VA procedures are also devoid of significant due process protections. To date, 177,000 veterans have been denied their constitutional rights based on their inability to manage their financial affairs.

The SSA’s actions stem from a 2013 Obama administration memorandum. The memorandum directed numerous government agencies to comb their records and identify any information that could be “relevant” to identifying dangerous and mentally unstable people for NICS reportage. Currently, federal prohibitions against acquiring or possessing firearms apply to felons, drug addicts, those adjudicated as “mentally defective” and others convicted of certain violent misdemeanors. The prohibition the SSA is reported to be developing would expand the current criteria to include those receiving benefits who need or want help managing their money.

Obama’s Social Security Administration to Strip Millions of Americans of their Right to Keep and Bear Arms

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As the L.A. Times reported on July 18, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is currently developing a program to strip the Second Amendment Rights of over four million Americans currently receiving SSA benefits through a “representative payee.” Not only would this amount to the largest gun grab in American history, but according to the published report, would take place without any due process protections for recipients, amounting to a nullification of Second Amendment rights for millions of Americans who don’t pose a threat to themselves or anyone else.

This new program appears to have been instigated by the SSA in response to a memorandum issued by Obama in January of 2013 which directed all federal agency executives to “improve the availability of records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).” This memorandum required all agency heads to submit to the Department of Justice (DOJ) a plan for “sharing all relevant Federal records” for submission to the NICS.

Evidently, Obama’s SSA bureaucrats read “all relevant Federal records” to mean all Social Security recipients who have a “representative payee” assigned to their accounts to help them manage their payments and receipts. Obviously, many individuals swept up in this egregious case of bureaucratic over-reach would not otherwise be prohibited from owning, possessing, or acquiring firearms under federal law.

The federal prohibitions against acquiring or possessing firearms apply to those “adjudicated as a mental defective,” among others. The term “adjudication,” however, refers to a determination made after a judicial-type process that includes various due process protections. In no case does the federal law describe or contemplate the type of prohibition by bureaucratic fiat exercised by the SSA in developing its guidelines for those with “representative payees” assigned to their accounts.

But SSA is not alone in this directive. The memorandum names several agencies, including the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Transportation, and “such other agencies or offices as the Chair may designate.” Potentially, bureaucrats in all these agencies could be working hard to identify and forward “all relevant Federal records,” to the NICS pursuant to the Obama mandate.

In total, this program could easily grow to include many more millions of Americans who have any connection to the Federal government through the various agencies named in the memorandum.

Unfortunately, this fits a pattern of abuse within the Obama Administration which is clearly hell-bent on destroying the Second Amendment in any way possible. As we reported previously (here and here), the Veterans Administration (VA) has already implemented a similar program to designate veterans as “prohibited persons” when they have a fiduciary assigned to administer their VA benefits. Like the SSA program described above, the VA procedures are also devoid of significant due process protections or any requirement that the beneficiary be found a danger to self or others. According to the L.A Times article, 177,000 vets have been swept into NICS with the bureaucratic short-cut.

The implications of this policy are too far reaching to fathom at present. Social Security is one of the more prolific and relied upon Federal programs in American history. That Obama’s directive could so easily be implemented within the SSA suggests that bureaucrats could effectively cloak such a program in any agency within the growing leviathan that is the federal government.

Please call or write your members of congress and demand that Obama’s attempts to implement the largest gun grab in American history be stopped in its tracks. You can contact your U.S. Senators and Representatives at 202-225-3121. You can write your lawmakers by using our “Write Your Lawmakers” tool below.

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