The RNLA blog has a "Obomination" feature twice a month or so covering the ways President Obama has defied the rule of law.
February 21, 2014: The Latest Liberal Effort in their War Against Accurate Voter Rolls
The latest example of this hypocrisy is the nomination by President Obama of Myrna Perez to be a commissioner for the Elections Assistance Commission(EAC) Her views are so extreme, the RNLA has decided to take the unusual position of formally opposing her nomination.
Just as with Carter-Baker on Voter ID, we are concerned that the far left and some of their Democrat allies would rather make false cries of racism than fix our elections. Until the Department of Justice starts enforcing the law in this regard, it will remain an Obomination. .
January 10, 2014 Too Extreme for the ABA but Not the Obama Justice Department
It certainly looks like Mr. Adegible would have been rated unqualified by the ABA not because he was liberal but because he is outside the mainstream of US jurisprudence. Yet, President Obama saw fit to nominate to head the Civil Rights Division.
It certainly looks like Mr. Adegible would have been rated unqualified by the ABA not because he was liberal but because he is outside the mainstream of US jurisprudence. Yet, President Obama saw fit to nominate to head the Civil Rights Division.
December 20, 2013: Harry Reid and the Democrats Broke the Senate and They're Not Done Breaking
The Senate Majority Leader has effectively become a one man version of the House Rules Committee, dictating what amendments will be debated and which ones will never see the light of day. This strips the ability of individual senators to effectively represent their state, regardless of party.
December 6, 2013: Eric Holder Must Go
“Under Attorney General Holder’s watch, there has been a lack of leadership and a politicization of the Justice Department. Scandals from the Fast and Furious gunwalking operation to the seizure of reporters’ emails and phone records in national security leaks investigations have undermined the Department’s credibility and the American people’s trust.”
November 22, 2013: Even Liberals Think the Democrats Went Too Far with Nuclear Option
Yesterday Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid broke the Senate rules to change them by executing the so-called nuclear option. Senator Reid did this based on a lie that President Obama’s nominees were being blocked at “unprecedented” levels.
November 8, 2013: Obama’s Presidency is now Defined
The quote of Obama’s presidency has now been made. “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” And unlike other famous or infamous quotes by other Presidents, President Obama said versions of this quote over and over again.
November 1, 2013: Republicans Stop First Effort at Court Packing
Yesterday Senate Republicans successfully stopped President Obama’s attempt at court packing by voting against cloture for the first of three unnecessary judges to the DC Circuit.
October 25, 2013: Court Packing
According to dictionary.com “court packing” was “an unsuccessful attempt by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1937 to appoint up to six additional justices to the Supreme Court, which had invalidated a number of his New Deal laws.” Now President Obama is seemingly trying to do the same thing on a smaller scale with the DC Circuit.
October 18, 2013: Another Court (TN) Unanimously Upholds Voter ID
While Eric Holder continues to fight against efforts to stop vote fraud, such as list maintenance and Voter ID, the Tennessee Supreme Court unanimously upheld Voter ID yesterday.
October 11, 2013: Democrats Fighting for Ineligible Voters in Virginia
The election of Governor in Virginia this November is likely to be a very close race. As a result, the Democrat Party and their candidate for Governor, Terry McAuliffe, are pulling out all the stops to “turn out” voters, including non-people and ineligible voters.
September 27, 2013 Are Efforts to Stop “Voter Suppression” Really Code for Efforts to Support Vote Fraud?
Democrats have not cited a single credible case of Republican efforts to suppress the vote. Could the term “voter suppression” really mean something else? Some believe it is a fear based turnout strategy to scare certain voters into voting but recent events in New York suggest it may have another purpose: to support vote fraud.
September 6, 2013: All Those Who Cry Racism on Voter ID are Wrong Again
The Atlanta Journal Constitution(AJC) editorializes correctly on the fact that Voter ID is not racist.
August 16, 2013: While Obama Vacays this Month, His Policy is Burning US-Egypt Relations for Years to Come
As President Obama goes back to his normal routine of golf and vacation, this time in Massachusetts, his policy in Egypt is causing damage to the United States for years to come. The policy is so bad that former RNLA Ed Meese Award Winner John Bolton labels it “completely incoherent.”
August 2, 2013: IRS Scandal Continues to Grow, now to the FEC?!?
Apparently Lois Lerner the embattled IRS official and an attorney in the Federal Election Commission’s general counsel’s office twice colluded to influence the record before the FEC’s vote in the case of a conservative non-profit organization, according to e-mails unearthed by the House Ways and Means Committee.
July 26, 2013: The Great Pivot
And so the nation beholds "The Great Pivot" — a presidency that wants to shift away from being about misbehavior to being about mediocrity.
July 19,2013: Justice in Vote Fraud Case in Key Swing State
Here is another story for those on the Left who claim voter fraud does not exist in USA Today that also cites the RNLA vote fraud page. A judge Wednesday sent a Cincinnati woman to prison for five years following her illegal voting conviction. Calling her a common criminal who abused her authority as a poll worker.
So let me sum up once what’s going on here: Senate Democrats are getting ready to do permanent damage to this body to confirm three unconstitutionally appointed nominees by a simple majority vote. If this isn’t the definition of a power grab, I don’t know what is
June 28, 2013: IRS Scandal Remains Alive Despite The Left's Best Efforts
Our Democratic colleagues should stop trying to derail the investigation by defending IRS officials with distorted claims equating the systematic scrutiny of tea party groups with the more routine screening progressive groups received,” Issa said.“Tea party groups and progressive groups were treated very differently by the IRS.”
Last Friday, President Obama nominated Myrna Perez as a commissioner to the Election Assistance Commission. Ms. Perez has not only long been associated with arguably the most partisan of outside groups that if the IRS was truly doing its job it would have investigated for partisanship, she has been one of the Brennan Center’s most extreme members.
June 7, 2013: The Eric Holder Circus
There has been justifiable outrage regarding the actions of Attorney General Eric Holder throughout his time in office, however the calls for his resignation and the condemnations of Department of Justice investigations have grown exponentially. Below are just a small sampling of quotes that are reactions to Holder or Department of Justice investigations.
May 31, 2013: Is a Key Figure in the IRS Scandal Now Heading the Presidential Commission on Election Administration?
Was Bauer a key White House force behind the effort to intimidate the Tea Party and conservative groups in the IRS Scandal? It can be argued that Bauer led the effort of the 2008 Obama campaign to silence those who opposed them by means that look similar to those later imposed by the IRS.
May 24, 2013: Blowing Up the Senate
Senator Reid with the President’s support is acting like a dictator and threatening to blow up the Senate. . . .The real reason Senate Reid is doing this is he does not like the fact the courts are standing up to the Administration and Democrats.
“If these measures from the IRS and Justice were taken at the behest of the White House; that is Nixonian. At best, if you believe the administration only found about this stuff through news reports, it is still bad. It’s just that the President’s inner Magoo is being revealed. It's Magoovian.”
May 10, 2013: More Problems with Labor Secretary Nominee Thomas Perez
We are here today to examine a secret deal struck by a senior Justice Department official, Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez. This secret deal was brokered by Mr. Perez with the City of St. Paul in order to prevent a case from being decided by the Supreme Court. In this exchange, Mr. Perez pressured officials at both the Justice Department and the Department of Housing and Urban Development to overrule career attorneys and abandon two pending False Claims Act cases against St. Paul. This quid pro quo potentially cost American taxpayers over $200 million dollars.
May 3, 2013: The Truth About Judicial Confirmations
Off and on in the last few months the left and President Obama have tried to score political points by somehow saying Republicans have treated his judicial nominees unfairly. The irony of this charge from Democrats should not be lost on any reasonable observer as the Democrats under Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid virtually invented the partisan filibuster of circuit judge nominees.
April 5, 2013: What They Are Saying About the Labor Secretary Nominee
Other examples of the selective enforcement of the law under the Perez Civil Rights Division at Justice have included clearly politicized interventions on voting rights matters -- even, in some cases, going against the recommendations of his department's own professionals; opposing voter identity and voter roll-integrity initiatives intended to mitigate the threat of fraud; and insisting on racial hiring preferences, even after the Supreme Court invalidated the practice.
March 22, 2013: Obama Campaign Goes On Under a C4
Of course this is a problem even more serious then selling the White House, it sure looks like breaking the law. Organizing for Action was Obama for America which was President Obama’s reelection campaign. It does not look any different now except for the fact it can take unlimited contributions. For the White House and this supposedly independent 501c4 are directly coordinating.
March 8, 2013: Obama Group Accused of Pay-to-Play
The campaign committee Obama for America has morphed into a ‘nonprofit’ Organizing for Action. Questions are raised about this new group as OFA also seems to offer donors exclusive access to Obama in exchange for a contribution. This Obomination is so outrageous that even those on the left are criticizing it.
March 1, 2013: Ramming Through a Questionable D.C. Circuit Judicial Nominee
Caitlin Halligan has been nominated by President Obama five times now. Next week, the Senate will be voting on her nomination to fill a seat on the bench of the D.C. Circuit. Concerns about her nomination should justify Senators voting nay next week. Read more.
February 22, 2013: Cutting through the Hype of Long Lines
Reforming the long lines at the polls from the last election is now a rallying point for the Democrats, but what is the reality? According to research from MIT, excessively long voting lines were hardly widespread. Read more.
February 8, 2013: Justice Department Priorities 'All Upside Down'
Unfounded allegations of suppression? Aggressive litigation. Clear evidence of outdated voter rolls? Inaction. The Justice Department's priorities are out of order. And former Secretary of State Todd Rokita agrees. Read more.
February 1, 2013: Risky Presidential Power Grab Backfires
By making unconstitutional appointments, Obama is unfortunately more concerned with short-term political maneuvers than a legacy in the long run of a strong executive that is not repeatedly questioned by the other branches for overstepping the bounds of authority. Read more.
January 25, 2013: Holding onto Holder
Obama is holding onto Holder. Eric Holder will remain as Attorney General for Obama’s second term, despite the many legitimate concerns about his poor leadership of the Department of Justice. The Justice Department has departed from its role as an impartial and fair law enforcement agency under his tenure. Read more.
January 18, 2013: The Audacity of Renominating a Failed Nominee
Caitlin Halligan has been nominated by President Obama for the D.C. Circuit. Sound familiar? It should, because Obama already did it in 2010. That nomination failed to get through the Senate in 2011, but that doesn’t seem to stop Obama in 2013. The 44th President is thumbing his nose at the many Senators who expressed legitimate concerns about this nominee. Read more.
January 11, 2013: DOJ Ordered to Pay Litigation Fees for SC Voter ID Challenge
Judges ordered the United States Department of Justice, as one of the losing parties in the South Carolina voter ID law challenge, to pay the Palmetto State’s litigation fees. The entire amount spent by South Carolina to defend its common sense voter ID law was $3.5 million. Read more.
January 4, 2013: Locking Up Database Crucial to Prosecuting Vote Fraud
If the Obama administration doesn’t want states in, they will lock the door and throw away the key. That’s exactly what Obama’s Department of Homeland Security did and continues to do to a number of states seeking to find accurate information about citizenship status in order to prosecute vote fraud crimes. Read more.
December 28, 2012: Top Obominations of 2012
Obominations are Friday features on the RNLA blog that contain the most egregious lawbreaking behavior of President Obama and his administration. Here’s a recap of the top (or should we say, “the worst”?) antics by the 44th president. Read more.
December 21, 2012: First Lady Cries Wolf
For the first time, it’s not Barack who is the subject of an Obomination. It’s Michelle. On the Tom Joyner radio program, the First Lady said, “voter suppression was in full force in so many states all over this country.” A false cry of voter suppression is one tactic used by radical activists who oppose voter identification laws. Read more.
December 14, 2012: The Hypocrisy General
Attorney General Eric Holder declared that “the desire to achieve an electoral advantage must never trump our democratic values.” Holder and the Obama administration really mean they are interested in protecting Democratic Party values. In accordance with partisan objectives, the Obama administration has failed to protect military voting rights, dismissed a serious voter intimidation lawsuit, aggressively opposed state voter ID laws and refused to conduct voter list maintenance. Read more.
December 7, 2012: Fast and Furious Figure Resigns; When Will Holder?
I do not think anyone can seriously argue that Eric Holder has been a success as Attorney General. He has been a total failure in virtually all aspects of his job, except for maybe passing the buck. Read more.
November 30, 2012: Democrats Muster Up Explosive Plan to Rid Senate of Filibuster
Obama and Democrats in the United States Senate are playing games… but with no rules. Instead of upholding the traditions of the Senate, they want to remove the filibuster to exercise unchecked power over the Senate and break the rules to change the rules. Read more.
November 16, 2012: Obama Tries But Fails to Be Today's Lincoln
MSNBC host Chris Jansing recently compared Obama to Lincoln, saying, "You have a president who is newly elected, who faces a divided Congress and divided country...You must find these parallels fascinating." This is all part of a master coordinated communications strategy by the Obama team. But a critical detail has been forgotten: Old Abe was the first Republican Lawyer. Obama is a leftist Democrat, whereas the Republican Party was and continues to rightly be the Party of Lincoln. Read more.
November 9, 2012: No Mandate for Obama's Four More Years
Barack Obama’s victory speech claimed he had a mandate from the American people to take the country “forward” with his progressive agenda. In 2008, Obama may have claimed that Americans voted for “hope and change,” but in 2012, our future is exactly the opposite of what he promised four years ago. This election’s theme is really 'despair and stagnation.' Read more.
November 2, 2012: President of the Opposition to Voter ID Shows His ID When Voting
Why would the president – with no speechwriter or strategist on hand to craft his remarks – refer to the polling procedures which required showing of photo identification to vote as “incredibly efficient”? Obama’s intent was to encourage others to vote early, as the first U.S. president to be photographed doing so. But he forgot to check the law in Illinois to realize that all early voters must show government-issued identification. The video of the president showing his ID to vote shows more of the reality about voter ID laws – requiring ID is not burdensome on voters, but actually is an “incredibly efficient” and necessary tool to prevent fraud. Read more.
October 26, 2012: The Bull in China's Shop
The Romney-Ryan team would not break the law for all the tea in China. But that’s not the case for all the candidates for president. This week’s Obomination is the flouting of the campaign finance prohibition against accepting foreign money. Read more.
October 19, 2012: Obama Politicizes Big Bird
♫ Can you tell me how to get—how to get—partisanship off Sesame Street? ♫ That’s the song Big Bird sings, as his image was used without permission in an Obama political ad after the first presidential debate. Read more.
October 12, 2012: Obama Campaign Staffer Caught on Tape Encouraging Vote Fraud
“Oh my God this is so funny! It’s cool though!” No, that wasn’t a quote from Joe Biden at last night’s debate. Those words were said (and documented in an undercover video) by Obama’s Organizing For America Regional Field Director Stephanie Caballero in her efforts to encourage someone to commit vote fraud. The serious crime of double voting is no laughing matter. Read more.
October 5, 2012: The Economy
On Wednesday’s debate, the Obomination that is the economy was the dominant issue. Obama can’t hide any longer: our economy worsened under Obama’s failed policies. Romney shows us how to believe in America again; in Job One, he will help Americans get jobs and put the economy back on track. Read more.
September 28, 2012: Obama Plays Fast and Loose with Fast and Furious
Obama said, "the Fast and Furious program as a field-initiated program begun under the previous administration." Mr. President, you lie. Read more.
September 21, 2012: DOJ Gets Media Matters to Spin Stories Bashing Its Critics
When Obama is criticized by someone, the Justice Department calls in for help from Media Matters. Department of Justice Public Affairs Chief Tracy Schmaler has been pitching ideas to the leftist group, Media Matters. During the first term of the Obama administration, Media Matters has served as an unofficial Obama-approved Press Secretary, not an independent center. Read more.
September 14, 2012: Obama Adviser Threatens Gallup for Unfavorable Poll and Then DOJ Sues Pollsters
Don’t publish an unfavorable poll when Obama is in office, or otherwise you’ll get sued. That’s this week’s Obomination: Obama is intimidating the media into reporting what he wants and using the Justice Department to enforce it. Read more.
September 7, 2012: Forgetting the Military
“We will never forget you.” That’s what Obama promised to America’s military in last night’s speech where he accepted the Democratic nomination for president. But what weight does this campaign promise hold for a second term? A report by the Inspector General of the Department of Defense found that the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) run by the Obama administration had not enforced the law which protects military voting rights. Read more.
August 24, 2012: Holder's Justice Department
Eric Holder’s Justice Department has been a repeat offender featured as an Obomination. Now the crimes of the current Justice Department are laid forth in chapter seven of Who’s Counting: How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote At Risk. The book is written by former DOJ attorney Hans von Spakovsky along with journalist John Fund, and offers a perspective of what goes on behind the scenes of the DOJ that the media never reports about. Read more.
August 17, 2012: Cancer, Coordination and Coverup
The PAC, Priorities USA, launched a new ad with the blame game in a whole new level: pinning responsibility for the death of a woman who had been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. The nature of the ad itself is certainly distasteful and outrageous, but what is more disturbing is that this ad may have been planned by the Obama campaign in violation of federal law. Read more.
August 10, 2012: Disenfranchising the Military
A pending Ohio lawsuit is a manipulative effort of Obama and Democrats to prevent the military from voting. Rightfully so, the backlash against Obama for the initiation of this anti-military lawsuit was significant. So Obama and his allies have ramped up to the spin machine to hide their intentions to conduct voter suppression. Read more.
August 3, 2012: Lack of Transparency
Despite the Obama’s administrations claims of being the most transparent administration, reality is they are hiding lobbyist in-person visits and contact with individuals over e-mail. The House Energy and Commerce Committee issued a report listing emails sent from private addresses and meetings scheduled away from the White House to avoid being put on the record. Read more.
July 27, 2012: DOJ Targets Pennsylvania Voter ID Law
This week was the first attack in the latest battle of Obama’s Justice Department war against voter ID. The Wall Street Journal has identified the latest showdown as “Holder v. Pennsylvania.” The DOJ has overstepped its bounds, by stretching statutory authority and applying law in ways it was never intended to be used. Read more.
July 20, 2012: Security Leaks and No Independent Prosecutor
The New York Times leaked sensitive information about cyber attacks against Iran and the White House’s Kill List, but the Obama administration refuses to let an independent prosecutor investigate, even in the face of charges that these leaks came from high levels of the Obama executive branch. Read more.
July 13, 2012: DOJ's Misplaced Aggression Against the Texas Voter ID Law
This week was the trial where the Justice Department aggressively tried to attack the Texas voter ID law. Hence, this week’s Obomination is such voter ID opponents’ reliance on insufficient evidence of discrimination to the denial of vast evidence of fraud in elections. Read more.
July 6, 2012: The DOJ Refuses to Prosecute
The Department of Justice has refused to prosecute Attorney General Eric Holder, despite the House of Representatives adopting a contempt resolution on a bipartisan basis. Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole wrote in a letter to Speaker Boehner that “the Department will not bring the congressional citation before a grand jury or take any other action to prosecute the Attorney General.” Read more.
June 29, 2012: The Attorney General Held in Contempt
For 18 months, Attorney General Eric Holder has repeatedly refused to provide Congress requested documents on the Fast and Furious botched gun-running program that resulted in the murder of border agent Brian Terry. And just last week, President Obama further stonewalled Congress by invoking executive privilege over the documents. Read more.
June 22, 2012: The President's Eleventh Hour Stunt
10 minutes. That’s how long before a meeting to vote on contempt of Attorney General Eric Holder that Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa was informed that executive privilege was being invoked. 18 months. That’s how long Issa has been seeking the documents over which the privilege was asserted. Read more.
June 15, 2012: Administration Plays Games in Florida
The Obama administration has played multiple games with Florida in an effort to block the state’s efforts to remove noncitizens from voter rolls. Executive branch agencies are flouting the law instead of fairly upholding it.Read more.
Florida has been executing plans to systematically remove ineligible voters from its voting rolls. But remarkably, the Obama Justice Department is trying to intervene and prevent Florida from completing this meritorious task. Read more.
June 1, 2012: Attorney General Rallies Black Churches Against Voter ID
On Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder inappropriately involved himself in what seemed to be a partisan get-out-the-vote effort as he rallied African-American church leaders in opposition to voter ID laws. His comments at the Faith Leaders Summit of the National Conference of Black Churches with the Congressional Black Caucus show how politicized an attorney general he is. Read more.
May 25, 2012: Attorney General Contempt Now "On Table"
Republican House leaders are threatening to hold the Attorney General in contempt. Politico reports that “If Justice complies only partially with the Issa subpoena, leadership will send a contempt referral to DOJ, accusing the agency of obstructing a congressional investigation.” Read more.
May 18, 2012: Refusing to Clean Voter Rolls
The Obama administration has refused to give Florida access to records for them to determine which voters are citizens. This is part of a concerted effort by the Obama administration to refuse to clean voter rolls, a requirement of federal law. Read more.
May 11, 2012: DOJ's Fishing Expedition
Holder’s Department of Justice is making “endless discovery requests seeking millions of records that have nothing to do with” the Texas voter ID case, according to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office. This tactic, in addition to “needless delays,” is part of an “ongoing effort to prevent Texas from enforcing its Voter ID law during the November election.” Read more.
May 4, 2012: DOJ "More Partisan Than Ever" under Obama
Thank you, Representative Lamar Smith, for speaking out about some of the worst Obominations. Smith, who serves as chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary, issued a report criticizing the ways the Obama administration has “put its partisan agenda ahead of its Constitutional duties.” Examples include stalling investigation of Operation Fast & Furious, challenging voter ID laws and ignoring the Constitution’s limited recess appointment power. Read more.
April 27, 2012: DOJ's Delaying Strategy
More and more states are passing voter ID laws, and DOJ’s challenges to such laws are failing in court. So what’s the DOJ’s strategy? Waste precious time. In a pleading filed today, the State of Texas complained that, “the United States and the intervenors want to delay implementation of SB 14 [the Texas voter ID law] until after the November 2012 elections.” Read more.
Today the Republican National Lawyers Association hosts its 2012 National Policy Conference in Washington, DC. The conference, titled “Restoring A Government of Laws: The Constitution v. Obama Administration,” features several panels and speakers who will analyze many relevant legal issues present this presidential election year. For those of you who cannot attend the conference, listed below are the top ten reasons why the law is at odds with the Obama Administration. Read more.
April 13, 2012: Contorting the RNLA Vote Fraud Survey
Obama’s attorney general cited research done by the Republican National Lawyers Association. But he completely mischaracterized it. As RNLA Chair Norcross told the Daily Caller, Holder “will say anything it takes to fit his argument at the time, whether it’s true or not.” Read more.
April 6, 2012: Supreme Intimidation
When discussing Obamacare, President Obama claimed that it was judicial activism merely for the court to strike down a federal law. Such statements led to the Fifth Circuit asking the Department of Justice to answer whether this is fact a position of the Obama administration. Read more.
March 30, 2012: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?
To the victor, come the spoils. That’s what one observer said about the results of the election of 1828, but it seems pretty relevant to 2008. Despite Obama’s promises to stop cronyism, Obama’s biggest fundraisers have received the spoils, ranging from prime seating at state dinners to plum jobs in his administration. Read more.
March 23, 2012: Obama's Department of Obstruction of Justice
What agency did a government watchdog group name the most secretive agency? It’s actually not the CIA. The most secretive agency is Obama’s Department of Justice. So much for Obama’s promise of transparency. There are 74,000 documents the Department of Justice is hiding from the members of Congress about the Fast and Furious scandal. Read more.
March 16, 2012: Politicized DOJ Blocks Texas Voter ID Law
Just days after a grand jury indicted seven individuals for illegally voting in Texas, the Department of Justice blocked the implementation of the Texas voter ID law, which would have prevented vote fraud in the Lone Star State. The letter that seeks to justify the denial of administrative preclearance by the Department of Justice is a page pulled out of the liberal playbook against voter ID. The DOJ attempts to discredit the real evidence of fraud and hype up claims of disenfranchisement, but taking a closer look, it’s just twisting of what the law really requires and statistical games. Read more.
March 9, 2012: Obama's Defenders in the Office of Legal Counsel
On January 4, 2012, President Obama completely disregarded the United States Constitution by making recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) while the Senate was not in recess. In the wake of such controversial, undemocratic usurpations of power, attorneys from the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel released a memo attempting to retroactively justify the appointments. Now, those same attorneys could face investigation. Read more.
March 2, 2012: The Coercer-in-Chief
Notre Dame Law Professor O. Carter Snead, who formerly served as general counsel to the President’s Council on Bioethics, spoke yesterday at a luncheon on the battle over conscience rights. His remarks emphasized that any person of good will – even those without religious objections to abortifacients, contraceptions or sterilization – should object to the HHS mandate. At its core, the HHS mandate (and the essence of Obamacare) is at odds with liberty and the rule of law. Read more.
February 24, 2012: Obama's SuperPAC Hypocrisy
It’s no surprise Obama thinks religious institutions should compromise their beliefs on abortion. Obama compromises his own beliefs when under enough pressure. Exhibit A: Super PACs. Read more.
February 17, 2012: Obama Tramples on the First Amendment
Last Friday, Obama held a press conference offering a “compromise” on the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate. It was assuredly a compromise: Obama declared that religious institutions must compromise their consciences and provide abortifacient and other services. Read more.
February 10, 2012: The Hypocrisy of Obama and His Party in the Senate
Last week, 34 Senators wrote a letter to Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), pointing out the Democrat’s hypocrisy with regard to the permissibility of presidential recess appointments during Senate pro forma sessions. The letter charges Obama and the Democrats in the Senate with “undermin[ing] the constitutional authority of the Senate in order to serve a political objective.” Read more.
February 3, 2012: The "Wholly Unacceptable" Fast and Furious
Exactly three years ago, Eric Holder was sworn in to be Attorney General. In that time, Holder has admitted that Fast and Furious – where law enforcement officials sold guns to drug dealers in Mexico and a gun was used in the murder of a United States border patrol agent – is “wholly unacceptable.” Lawmakers in the House of Representatives that chief law enforcement official Eric Holder’s behavior just that – wholly unacceptable – as well. Read more.
January 27, 2012: DOJ Advancing a Political Agenda
Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler said that the Obama administration is using the Federal Motor Voter Law “to advance a political agenda.” On July 12, 2011, the Justice Department sued Louisiana claiming that “Louisiana officials have not routinely offered voter registration forms, assistance and services to the state’s eligible citizens who apply, recertify or provide a change address for public assistance or disability services.” Schedler said there is no evidence of state employees deliberately neglecting to make voter registration forms available. Read more.
January 20, 2012: DOJ Distorts Data As It Aggressively Scrutinizes Voter ID
Obama’s Justice Department will go to whatever lengths to distort data in order to pursue their “aggressive” agenda against voter ID. The Department of Justice is misusing its power where it has authority not to preclear voting statutes if they violate civil rights laws. Read more.
January 13, 2012: Obama's DOJ Puts Politics Above the Law
Last Friday’s Obomination was Obama’s decision to make four illegal recess appointments last week. This week, the Obomination is his Justice Department’s poorly written after-the-fact rationalization for those appointments. Obama and his administration believe the law should be followed only when it suits their political agenda. Read more.
January 6, 2012: Obama's Recess Appointment Timing: Change We Should Not Believe In
Barack Obama appointed Richard Cordray director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau through a recess appointment, while the Senate was in a “pro forma” session. But that’s not all. Hours later, Obama installedTerrence Flynn, Sharon Block, and Richard Griffin as NLRB Board Members, appointments also made during the Senate’s pro forma session. Read more.
December 23, 2011: The Scaremongering by the President’s Men
The title of this Obomination comes from an insightful op-ed by Jason Riley published this week. Riley is a seasoned journalist on the editorial board of a major newspaper, not a politician. His observations of the voter ID issue comes after hearing recent comments by an Obama administration official and a civil rights leader with close ties to Obama. He identifies what is going on as “scaremongering.” Read more.
December 16, 2011: The Man Obama Picked To Be At the Helm of Justice
As news started to break about Fast and Furious, Obama said of Attorney General Eric Holder, "I have complete confidence in him." Obama may now be the only one who does. As we learn more about Holder’s role in the Department of Justice in matters such as voting rights, politicized hiring as well as Fast and Furious, concerned members of Congress as well as presidential candidates are concerned that the man Obama picked to be at the helm of the Justice Department is unfit. Read more.
Prosecutors in St. Joseph County, Indiana are now currently investigating what appears to be a concerted effort of forging signatures to get Obama on the primary ballot. The question must be asked: Was the person now in office really even supposed to be on the ballot? Instead of confronting this serious concern and supporting reforms at the polls, the left proceeds to flat out deny vote fraud exists. Read more.
December 2, 2011: Obama Continues to Support ACORN
Apparently, Obama’s right hand (his DOJ) ignores what the left hand (which Obama uses to sign) is doing. Obama’s Office of Justice Programs awarded a grant of $138,130 in 2011 to Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN) in order to “sustain the efforts” of the organization. But wait! In December of 2009, President Obama signed into law a bill that prohibits federal funds from going to ACORN. Read more.
November 25, 2011: The Unconstitutionality of Obamacare
Why get rid of Obamacare? Yes, there are practical arguments that so much federal government control over the health care industry is not efficient or helpful. Then, there are concerns about whether it was even well-written and had the support of the legislature, when over 2700 pages of the Obamacare bill were read by hardly anyone who voted for it. But most importantly, Obamacare should be struck down because it is the unconstitutional expansion of the federal government. Last Monday, the Supreme Court granted cert to the Obamacare case and now the justices have the opportunity to review the constitutionality of this law and potentially strike the whole law down. Read more.
November 18, 2011: Cherry Picking Election Laws
The Department of Justice “can’t just pick and choose which sections to enforce.” Senator David Vitter made this statement and issued a letter this week to Attorney General Eric Holder calling on the Justice Department to enforce all provisions of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). Vitter is “deeply concerned” that the DOJ is “allowing some states to keep felons, illegal aliens and dead people on their voter rolls, which is a clear violation of the law.” Read more.
November 11, 2011: How Obama’s Agencies Are Disenfranchising Military Voters
Today we celebrate Veterans Day, which was first proclaimed in 1954 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Yesterday was the 236th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Tuesday was Election Day. This week, it’s important to ask: “How have we treated our military voters?” The answer is not something to be happy about. According to the Federal Voting Assistance Program, over 112,000 military voters neverreceived their absentee ballot this year. Read more.
November 4, 2011: Obama Declares War Against Voter ID
Many members of the media and commentators are talking about the supposed “GOP war on voting.” However, it’s really Obama who has taken the offensive on voter ID. According to the Wall Street Journal, “the Obama re-election campaign will mount…an unprecedented ‘voter protection’ effort, fielding thousands of volunteers in battleground states to help navigate new election laws, months earlier than past efforts.” Obama has already calledvoter protection his “big priority” and pledged that the Justice Department would scrutinize voter ID laws. Last week in Wisconsin, the Obama team approved educational materials to counter the state new voter ID law. Read more.
October 28, 2011: The Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department
The title of this Obomination is taken from a book by J. Christian Adams, entitled. In the pages of Injustice, you will find a staggering number of government actions Adams calls “outrageous.” Adams recently spoke about Injustice at an event at the Heritage Foundation. Read more.
October 21, 2011: President Does Not Change Stance on Voter ID, Unlike Colleague
One of the earliest supporters of Obama, former Alabama Congressman Artur Davis, changed his mind and now supports voter ID. This reversal, unfortunately, hasn’t seemed to influence the stance of the 44th President. Obama’s reluctance to change today on the issue of photo identification is an obomination. Read more.
October 14, 2011: Crony Capitalism of the White House
Solyndra. LightSquared. The list goes on and on. Obama’s cronies have been receiving special treatment through federal loans, grants and subsidies. What happens if the federal government gives money to a company that fails? When Obama has been picking the winners, the American taxpayers are the ones that lose out in the end. Read more.
October 7, 2011: President's Confidence in Attorney General Misplaced
Obama recently said of Attorney General Eric Holder, "I have complete confidence in him." The president’s comments in support for his attorney general have come after five documents to Holder surfaced about Operation Fast and Furious, a program that the Attorney General denied knowledge of under oath. The Justice Department has tried to rectify the situation by saying that Holder doesn’t read all the memoranda he receives. The nation’s chief law enforcement officer is guilty of perjury or is grossly incompetent. Neither should generate a vote of confidence. Read more.
September 30, 2011: The Double Standard at Obama's DOJ
Have you been keeping count at Obama’s Department of Justice?
Leftist lawyers: 113
Moderate, non-ideological, or conservative lawyers: 0.
These numbers, as covered in a previous Obomination, are especially disturbing because career employees at the Justice Department are supposed to be selected by merit by law. According to the Civil Service Reform Act, “All employees and applicants for employment should receive fair and equitable treatment in all aspects of personnel management without regard to political affiliation…” Read more.
September 23, 2011: Campaigner-in-Chief Ignores House of Representatives Rules
A DNC political ad for Obama uses footage from inside the Capitol, in violation of Rules for the House of Representatives. House Rules 5 and 11 prohibit the use of broadcasts of House proceedings for political purposes. The RNLA has written to the Office of Congressional Ethics requesting an investigation into this matter, as DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a member of the House of Representatives. Read more.
September 16, 2011: Obama’s Disregard for Separation of Powers
For someone who taught constitutional law, Obama has forgotten (or simply chooses to ignore) one critical legal topic: separation of powers. Our Founding Fathers created a limited form of government with three branches, but Obama seems to think he’s the only one, blatantly disregarding authority of the courts and Congress. His approach has been to do what he wants, irrespective of what the Constitution dictates. Read more.
September 9, 2011: Taxpayers Footing the Bill for Obama's Campaigning
It wasn’t a State of Union, so what was the President doing at the Capitol? Last night, Obama delivered a speech in the U.S. Capitol with the House chamber as the backdrop. Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform hasdemanded that he reimburse taxpayers for use of the Congressional building for a political speech. The president’s use of taxpayer-funded resources for multiple political efforts is raising concerns about whether such behavior is ethical. Read more.
September 2, 2011: The White House's Responsibility for Judicial Vacancies
The White House has turned to the word “unprecedented” again. This time, Obama is claiming that Senate Republicans are responsible for the supposedly “unprecedented” judicial confirmation delays. The real reason why the current president has not had comparable numbers of confirmations as prior presidents is because nominating judges has simply not been a priority for the Obama administration. Read more.
August 26, 2011: Obama's DOJ: Conservatives Need Not Apply
The FOIA request is in from Pajamas Media for the resumes of the attorneys hired by the Civil Rights Division since Obama took office, and the results are disturbing. The Department of Justice has hired leftwing radicals to staff that Division’s career service attorney positions. Read more.
August 19, 2011: Obama's NLRB Goes Rogue
This Wednesday, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa wrote a letter to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) declaring that the Board’s noncompliance with a subpoena is “a violation of law and a direct act of obstruction” of the Committee’s oversight. Issa also stated, “This refusal by NLRB to abide by the law further heightens concerns that this is a rogue agency acting improperly.” Read more.
August 5, 2011: Donors Get Access to the Obama Administration
Obama’s re-election campaign is hosting a “Speakers Series,” which started with an event on July 21 with former White House Chief of Staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Donors who pay $1000 for one or $5000 for five can attend lectures in New York, featuring chief of staff Bill Daley, senior advisor David Plouffe, deputy senior adviser Stephanie Cutter, deputy chief of staff Alyssa Mastromonaco, deputy chief of staff Nancy-Ann DeParle, senior counselor Pete Rouse, White House director of public engagement Jon Carson, and Michelle Obama’s chief of staff Tina Tchen. Read more.
July 29, 2011: The DNC's Fundraising Headquarters at the White House
The White House has been finding lots of ways to package everything Obama does as “unprecedented.” But on June 17, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney reversed course to call a March 7 meeting with the 44th president “totally precedented.” White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler has claimed that Obama’s behavior was “consistent with the practices of prior Administrations from both political parties.” There’s a reason behind the complete reversal in terminology: Obama may have violated the law. Read more.
July 22, 2011: Investigating the Campaigner-in-Chief
Obama’s aggressive campaign efforts have led to probing questions by many prominent legal and political figures in Washington. Is Obama breaking the law to remain in office? Read more.
July 15, 2011: Hiding War Behind An Obamism
The Obama administration is engaging in nothing short of “verbal gymnastics” to avoid admitting that we are at war. Instead of stating the obvious, Obama hopes that the American public will not figure out what he’s really up to – exercising war powers without Congressional approval. Read more.
July 8, 2011: The Barack Czar Life
Numbering more than the famed Romanev Dynasty, Obama’s czars are some of the most radical people in the executive branch. Czars are high-level White House staff selected by the President without Senate confirmation and wielding extensive power without Congressional oversight. With official titles like “Special Advisor,” “Assistant to the President” or “Special Envoy,” these individuals live the Barack Czar life – all that power, without any of the accountability. Read more.
July 1, 2011: Obama Thinks Campaign Laws Don't Apply to Him
At the White House, the President filmed an announcement for "Dinner with Barack," a raffle where entrants are asked to donate to Obama’s election campaign. But there’s one problem with all this--federal law provides that the President may not solicit donations for a federal election in any room which is used for official duties. See 18 U.S.C. 607. Read more.