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Tag: President Obama

Criminologist: FBI Distorts Mass Shooting Incidents for Political Purposes

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com
 
The FBI’s crime statistics on mass shootings are “politically biased” to make the incidents appear more common and deadly than they actually are, according to a criminologist. 

John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, told Fox News that the information is misleading and not substantiated by facts.

“The FBI put out a clearly incorrect set of numbers on public shootings shortly before the November election last year,” said Lott, a frequent opinion writer for FoxNews.com and author of “More Guns, Less Crime.” “I have been reading FBI reports for 30 years and I have never seen anything like this. It is one thing for the Bureau of Justice Statistics or the National Institute of Justice to put out politically biased studies, but there has always been a Chinese wall separating the FBI raw data collection from political pressures.”

Fox News said Lott’s group concluded there was a major flaw.

“The data was gleaned from news reports, and noted recent accounts were more accessible, and thus over-represented. Recent cases of the far more common ‘active shooting incidents’ were added to legitimate cases of mass shooting incidents, making the more recent years covered by the report appear to have a large increase in both mass shootings and deaths from them.”

 

 

Judge Threatens Justice Department with Sanctions over Immigration Case

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Justice Department attorneys are under scrutiny after a federal judge said they may have misled him about when President Obama’s immigration plans were implemented.

The Associated Press reports that U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, who has blocked President Obama‘s immigration executive action, hinted that sanctions could be forthcoming if he was misled about when the administration launched the controversial immigration plans.

Hanen questioned whether the administration reneged on a pledge not to implement a primary part of Obama’s program – offering people reprieve from deportations.

“Like an idiot I believed that,” Hanen said.

Justice Department attorney Kathleen Hartnett apologized for any confusion and said the administration was not intending to deceive the court.

Secret Service Scare: Fire Prompts Lock-Down at White House

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama and the first family were just about to leave for Selma, Alabama, this weekend when a fire broke out outside the White House, prompting a lock-down by Secret Service agents, WHAS 11 ABC reports.

The fire was at a vendor cart east of the North Lawn, causing no injuries.

Additionally, a K-9 tracked down a car on 16th and Constitution, but authorities did not divulge any more information.

President Obama was delayed by about an hour, the Secret Service said.

Long Standoff with Republicans Ends with President Obama Signing Homeland Security Bill

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The long standoff between Republicans and President Obama ended with a fully funded Homeland Security bill that prevents a partial shutdown.

The USA Today reports that the president signed the Homeland Security funding bill Wednesday after Republicans couldn’t come up with the votes to pass an alternative measure.

Republicans had hoped to end Obama’s executive action on providing more leniency for some immigrants in the country illegally.

“I want to thank members of Congress for getting us a bill that will ensure that we can continue to fund he extraordinary work of our men and women at the Department Homeland Security,” Obama said. “They keep us safe every single day and we want to make sure that they’ve got the resources and support they need to do the job.”

Secret Service Agent, Deputy Assaulted While Investigating Threatening Tweets about President

Ronald E. Skelton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Secret Service agent and sheriff’s deputy were allegedly assaulted while investigating threatening tweets against President Obama.

WHIO.com reports that a 19-year-old Clark County, Ohio, man was arrested at his home after being alerted to online threats against Obama, police and other politicians.

When the deputy and agent approached Ronald E. Skelton II, on his driveway, Skelton allegedly became “belligerent” and defiant, making antigovernment comments. He is accused of punching a detective and agent in the head, causing serious injury, while they tried to check him for weapons.

They wrestled Skelton to the ground and arrested him.

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LA Times: Does End of Homeland Security Stalemate Mean New Type of GOP Leadership?

By Los Angeles Times
Editorial

It took the House GOP leadership a couple of weeks, but it finally conceded defeat Tuesday and allowed a “clean”  funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security to come up for a vote. With all 182 Democrats in the Capitol and 75 of the 242 Republicans lining up in favor, the measure passed easily and was sent to President Obama to sign.

The question now is whether the Republican majority has learned not to pick fights they don’t have the votes to win, or whether they’ll overplay their hand again the next time a must-pass bill comes up. Given what we’ve seen the past lour years, the latter seems more likely.

The Homeland Security measure isn’t exactly “clean” because it contains numerous policy changes negotiated by Republican and Democratic appropriators, such as one stepping up the department’s ability to detain people caught crossing the border illegally. What it doesn’t have are the House-passed riders that would have reversed Obama’s temporary deferrals of some deportations.

It’s rare to see House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) bring anything to the floor that doesn’t have at least 218 Republican votes, and rarer still to see anything that most Republicans oppose. But Boehner reportedly told Republicans in a private meeting that they had run out of options. There weren’t enough votes in the House for another stop-gap funding bill, and Senate Democrats wouldn’t let that chamber even consider a measure that rolled back President Obama’s immigration orders.

That brings us to a crucial point that, sadly, continues to be lost on many House Republicans: The filibuster is a very powerful thing. As long as it’s available to Democrats, Republicans won’t be able to move anything through that chamber without the help of at least six members not in their party.

To read more click here. 

Republicans Give Up Fight Against Obama’s Immigration Plan with Homeland Security Budget

John A. Boehner

House Speaker John A. Boehner

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After all the outrage and pledges to dig in for a fight against President Obama’s immigration plan, Republicans in the House gave up Tuesday and voted to fund Homeland Security to avoid a partial shutdown of the agency.

The New York Times reports that Speaker John A. Boehner built a coalition of 75 Republicans to join Democrats in passing the bill, 257-167.

Despite the capitulation, Republicans “expressed a sense of resigned relief,” The Times wrote.

The president is expected to sign the bill.

“How did we end up with kind of a slow demise, you mean, even after a very hefty kind of rhetoric?” asked Representative John Fleming, Republican of Louisiana. “Well, apparently that’s the way it’s done around here. I don’t agree with it.”

The outcome was “an unmitigated loss for conservatives,” Rep. Mick Mulvaney, Republican of South Carolina, said.

Republicans in the House hit a roadblock after realizing they didn’t have the votes in the Senate.

Denver Post: Republicans Must Stop the Antics over Homeland Security Funding

By Denver Post 
Editorial Board 

House Speaker John Boehner seemingly wants radical conservatives in the Republican caucus to stop threatening a pointless, partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security as a response to President Obama’s immigration orders. But if so, there is a simple solution: Let the House vote on the Senate-passed measure.

By most accounts, the Senate measure, which provides funding for DHS through September, would pass the House, too. It would also put a stop to futile attempts by some Republicans to force the administration to abandon its immigration policies. Which isn’t going to happen.

An end to the impasse is in view, and Boehner should seize it.

To read the full column, click here.

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