Politics December 30, 2014: Convicted felon Michael Grimm resigns from House, Boehner applauds his decision

Convicted felon Michael Grimm resigns from House, Boehner applauds his decision

Politics December 29, 2014: Majority Whip Steven Scalise spoke to white supremacist group with Klu Klux Klan ties

Majority Whip Steven Scalise spoke to white supremacist group with Klu Klux Klan ties

Politics December 29, 2014: Obama, Hillary Clinton again top Gallup’s most admired men, women of the year

Obama, Hillary Clinton again top Gallup’s most admired men, women of the year

Politics December 28, 2014: Obama receives improved job approval ratings in CNN Christmas poll miracle

Obama receives improved job approval ratings in CNN Christmas poll miracle

Politics December 28, 2014: Jeb Bush leads GOP 2016 presidential field in new CNN poll that excludes Romney

Jeb Bush leads GOP 2016 presidential field in new CNN poll that excludes Romney December 28, 2014

According to a new CNN/ORC poll released on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014 a clear front runner emerges for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who leads the pack of potential candidates by 10 points. In…

Universities December 27, 2014: Ivy League universities’ early admission rates roundup for the Class of 2019

Ivy League universities’ early admission rates roundup for the Class of 2019

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Examiner.com, December 27, 2014, 5:59 PM MST

The University of Pennsylvania admitted the most early applicants of the Ivy League universities to the Class of 2019
The University of Pennsylvania admitted the most early applicants of the Ivy League universities to the Class of 2019
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Politics December 26, 2014: Obamas celebrate Christmas marking the end of the War in Afghanistan

Obamas celebrate Christmas marking the end of the War in Afghanistan December 26, 2014

There was a definite theme and message President Barack Obama was trying to get across this Christmas, Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014, that after 13 years the combat war in Afghanistan will officially be over on Dec. 31. The president and…

Politics December 24, 2014: Former President George H.W. Bush taken to hospital for shortness of breath

Former President George H.W. Bush taken to hospital for shortness of breath December 24, 2014

Former President George H. W. Bush was taken to Houston Methodist Hospital on Tuesday evening, Dec. 23, 2014 after experiencing shortness of breath, and will remain there overnight under observation as a “precautionary measure.” President Barack Obama…

Politics December 24, 2014: Netanyahu might be barred from running for prime minister in Israel’s elections

Netanyahu might be barred from running for prime minister in Israel’s elections December 24, 2014

President Barack Obama, the European Union and United Nations nearly had their wish that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would not be the country’s prime minister after the March 17, 2015 early elections. On Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014…

Politics December 21, 2014: Clinton loses ground in new poll as Warren challenges her 2016 coronation

Clinton loses ground in new poll as Warren challenges her 2016 coronation

December 21, 2014

Hillary Clinton is always struggling against presidential candidate spoilers, in 2008 there was Barack Obama, now Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. A new poll from ABC News/Washington Post released Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 shows the former first lady, New…

Politics December 21, 2014: Obamas celebrating Christmas and New Year’s holidays with 16-day Hawaii vacation

Obamas celebrating Christmas and New Year’s holidays with 16-day Hawaii vacation

December 21, 2014

This year as every year of his presidency President Barack Obama and the first family are spending their Christmas and New Year’s holiday in Kailua neighborhood of Oahu in Hawaii. The first family including the President, First Lady…

Politics December 20, 2014: Boehner invites Obama to deliver 2015 State of the Union on January 20

Boehner invites Obama to deliver 2015 State of the Union on January 20

December 20, 2014

Just days before Congress and President Barack Obama officially go on vacation on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner, R-OH sent Obama an official invitation to deliver the 2015 State of the Union…

Politics December 20, 2014: Obama invokes Reagan in reflective, optimistic American resurgence declaration

Obama invokes Reagan in reflective, optimistic American resurgence declaration

December 20, 2014

In the last press conference of the year on Friday afternoon, Dec. 19, 2014 at the East Room of the White House President Barack Obama kept the topics lighter and optimistic in the 50-minute presser; the theme was definitely…

Politics December 20, 2014: Obama takes questions only from female reporters at year-end press conference

Obama takes questions only from female reporters at year-end press conference

December 20, 2014

For his last press conference of the year held Friday afternoon, Dec. 19, 2014 President Barack Obama did a presidential first he only fielded questions from female reporters. Of all the important news items discussed at the press conference, the…

Politics December 15, 2014: Bush visits 9/11 memorial museum after Senate CIA torture report release

Bush visits 9/11 memorial museum after Senate CIA torture report release

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Less than a week after the Senate CIA torture report was released Former President George W. Bush visited the September 11th Memorial and Museum on Sunday evening, Dec. 14, 2014. President Bush’s visit was without much fanfare, without…READ MORE

Politics December 15, 2014: Senate confirms anti-gun Vivek Murthy as surgeon general year after nomination

Senate confirms anti-gun Vivek Murthy as surgeon general year after nomination

December 15, 2014

More than a year President Barack Obama nominated Dr. Vivek Murthy for surgeon general, the Senate just barely confirmed with a vote of 51 to 43 on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 the controversial nominee. Only one Republican voted in…

Politics December 13, 2014: Senate passes $1.1 trillion spending bill after Ted Cruz forced Saturday session

Senate passes $1.1 trillion spending bill after Ted Cruz forced Saturday session

By Bonnie K. Goodman

After being pushed into a rare Saturday session on Dec. 13, 2014, the Senate passed with a vote of 56 to 40 the large 1.1 trillion-dollar CRomnibus spending bill for the rest of the 2015 fiscal year, late…READ MORE

Politics December 11, 2014: Government shutdown averted: House passes spending bill after Democrats, Pelosi protest

Shutdown averted: House passes spending bill after Democrats, Pelosi protest

By Bonnie K. Goodman

A government shutdown was just averted as the House of Representatives voted Thursday evening, Dec. 11, 2014 with just a few hours left to the midnight deadline to pass a 1.1 trillion dollar spending bill called CRomnibus with…READ MORE

Politics December 11, 2014: Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel curses calls journalists’ questions horsesh*t

Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel curses calls journalists’ questions horsesh*t

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner is probably considering replacing his spokesman after he had a meltdown in front of the press during a briefing. On Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, after the speaker spoke to the press about…READ MORE

Politics December 10, 2014: First Lady Michelle delivers Toys for Tots with Santa Obama as the big Elf

First Lady Michelle delivers Toys for Tots with Santa Obama as the big Elf

By Bonnie K. Goodman

This year President Barack Obama joined his wife First Lady Michelle Obama, on Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 10, 2014, to deliver and sort toys for the “Marine Corps’ annual Toys for Tots campaign” at the joint Base…READ MORE

Politics December 8, 2014: Former ABC News Reporter Ann Compton reveals Obama’s obscenities, profanity-laced tirades against the press

Reporter reveals Obama’s obscenities, profanity-laced tirades against the press

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Former ABC News reporter and White House Correspondent Ann Compton revealed in a C-Span interview that aired on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, that President Barack Obama has quite the foul mouth, and she witnessed two ‘profanity-laced”…READ MORE

Politics December 7, 2014: Heller says lame duck Congress will not vote on unemployment benefits extension

Heller says lame duck Congress will not vote on unemployment benefits extension

December 7, 2014, 8:08 PM MST

 Despite high long-term unemployment numbers the outgoing and incoming Senate Majority Leaders, Harry Reid, D-NV or Mitch McConnells, R-KY have any plans to extend benefits
Despite high long-term unemployment numbers the outgoing and incoming Senate Majority Leaders, Harry Reid, D-NV or Mitch McConnells, R-KY has any plans to extend benefits
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Politics December 6, 2014: Republican Bill Cassidy wins Louisiana Senate seat from Mary Landrieu in runoff

Republican Bill Cassidy wins Louisiana Senate seat from Mary Landrieu in runoff

December 6, 2014, 11:11 PM MST

Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy delivers his victory speech in the Louisiana Senate runoff elections, Cassidy won over Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu, Dec. 6, 2014
Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy delivers his victory speech in the Louisiana Senate runoff elections, Cassidy won over Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu, Dec. 6, 2014
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News December 4, 2014: Jenna Bush admits to hanky-panky in the White House when her dad was president

Politics December 4, 2014: GOP House passes bill to roll back immigration executive actions Obama vows veto

GOP House passes bill to roll back immigration executive actions Obama vows veto

December 4, 2014, 3:41 PM MST

Speaker John Boehner steered the House of Representatives’ passing of a bill nullifying President Barack Obama sweeping executive action on immigration and deportation, Dec. 4, 2014

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The Republican controlled House of Representatives voted 219 to 197 on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 to pass a bill that would scale back President Barack Obama‘s recent executive actions on immigration reform. The bill and its message are mostly symbolic since the lame duck Democratic Senate will not pass the bill and President Obama has promised to veto it.

The bill H.R.5759 entitled “Executive Amnesty Prevention Act of 2014” is meant “To establish a rule of construction clarifying the limitations on executive authority to provide certain forms of immigration relief” basically makes the president’s actions “null and void and without legal effect.” Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla. Sponsored the bill that also had an addition 17 co-sponsors. Of the votes cast three Democrats crossed party lines to vote with Republicans supporting the bill while seven Republicans voted with the Democrats opposing it.

The president’s actions that would pre vent the deportations of 4.7 million illegal immigrants in the country who have children who are citizens or permanent residents of the US. The actions would provide them work permits, social security numbers and allow them to pay taxes for the next three years. The 10-point executive actions essentially give amnesty to the illegal immigrants. Among those in the immigrant community, many feel the actions do not go far enough, and the public in general opposes the president taking unilateral action on this issue.

The Republican Congress and its leadership strongly oppose them. President Obama announced his plans just two weeks after the GOP won more seats in the House and took control of the Senate, Republicans do not believe the president has the mandate or the Constitutional rights to make laws Congress has to decide upon and is their responsibility. Among the GOP’s varied solutions include shutting down the government in an attempt to defund the actions, suing, censuring or even impeaching the president.

President Obama has promised to veto the bill if by any chance it passes the Senate. The White House issued a statement of administration policy against the bill on Thursday. The policy paper accused the GOP’s bill of trying promote lawlessness and cause economic problems, while praising the president’s actions, and declaring “If the President were presented with H.R. 5759, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.”

The White House listed that “H.R. 5759 would make the broken immigration system worse, not better. By attempting to restrict the Administration’s ability to conduct national security and criminal background checks on undocumented immigrants…. would make the Nation’s communities less safe. By attempting to make it more difficult for undocumented workers to register and pay taxes, the bill would hurt the Nation’s economy as well.”

In an attempt to be dramatic and vilify the GOP as much as possible, the White House also listed all the dire consequences of the bill passing. Continuing, the administration stated; “The bill’s objective is clearly to nullify and block implementation of these executive actions, which would have devastating consequences. It would lead to the separation of families and prevent additional DREAMers from fully contributing to American life. It would also make it more difficult for immigration officials to conduct background checks, for undocumented workers to help the economy by paying taxes, and for the Federal government to focus on removing serious criminals, recent border crossers, and other threats.”

President Obama also personally spoke out against the GOP bill at a College Opportunity Summit on Thursday, emphasizing the effect blocking his actions would have on students. Obama expressed; “But it does not make sense for us to want to push talent out, rather than make sure that they’re staying here and contributing to society. So rather than deport students and separate families and make it harder for law enforcement to do its job, I just want the Congress to work with us to pass a commonsense law to fix that broken immigration system.”

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-OH stated at the GOP leadership press conference on Thursday the Republican members of the House “will make clear today that we are rejecting unilateral actions.” While House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, R-LA commented on why the House voted on the bill, explaining, “The president thinks he can just sit in the Oval Office and make up his own laws. That’s not the way our system of government works. This legislation says you can’t do that, Mr. President. There is a rule of law.”

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Bonnie K. Goodman is the Editor of the Academic Buzz Network, a series of political, academic & education blogs which includes History Musings: History, News & Politics. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies, both from McGill University, and has done graduate work in Jewish history at Concordia University as part of the MA in Judaic Studies program. She covers US, Canadian & Israeli politics, with a particular focus on the Obama presidency, Congress, domestic policy, and elections.