Chad’s Morning Brief: Boehner Warns Obama About Using Executive Action, Condoleezza Rice Takes on Democrats, and Other Top Stories
Here is your Morning Brief for November 7, 2014.
Boehner Warns Obama
According to FOX News, Speaker John Boehner warned President Obama that using executive action on immigration would not be the wise thing to do.
House Speaker John Boehner issued a stern warning to President Obama not to use executive action to bypass Congress on immigration, telling the president on Thursday "he's going to burn himself" and "poison the well" if he goes down that path.
The warning comes ahead of a major summit at the White House where Obama will meet Friday with congressional leaders of both parties. The meeting is the first chance since Republicans won a majority in the Senate -- and built their majority to historic levels in the House -- for all sides to sit down and discuss a potential agenda for next year.
Boehner and presumptive Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell began to lay out their agenda items on Thursday, but the House speaker blasted Obama for a day earlier vowing to pursue executive action on immigration before the end of the year.
"If he acts unilaterally on his own, outside of his authority, he will poison the well and there will be no chance of immigration reform moving in this Congress," Boehner said.
Obama said Wednesday he still wants Congress to pass legislation and promised that if Congress passes a bill, it would make any executive actions "go away."
But Boehner said the issue has become a "political football." Obama is said to be looking at suspending deportations for millions. To the president, Boehner said: "When you play with matches, then you take the risk of burning yourself, and he's going to burn himself if he continues to go down this path."
Boehner, meanwhile, said the House once again would vote next year to repeal ObamaCare. With Obama already having vowed to veto any such repeal, Boehner said there might still be bipartisan support for undoing parts of the law -- like the unpopular medical device tax.
He laid out several other agenda items, including approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, overhauling the tax code, addressing the debt and more. He and McConnell outlined several of these items in a Wall Street Journal op-ed on Thursday.
Who will the first to blink? The Republicans or the President?
You can read the full story by clicking on the link above.
Rice Slams Democrats
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice slammed Democrats who play the race card against Republicans according to The Hill.
“The idea that you would play such a card and try fearmongering among minorities just because you disagree with Republicans, that they are somehow all racists, I find it appalling. I find it insulting,” she said on Fox News.
Rice and the show’s co-host, Brian Kilmeade, specifically mentioned the Georgia Democratic Party’s flyers that asked voters to prevent another shooting similar to that in Ferguson, Mo.
“We are not race blind. Of course we still have racial tensions in this country. But the United States of America has made enormous progress in race relations and it is still the best place on Earth to be a minority,” Rice said.
She also warned President Obama against issuing an executive order on that would effectively make changes to the country’s immigration policies.
“We can’t have a circumstance in which we are going after a problem as meddlesome and potential divisive as immigration by executive action only,” Rice said. “This has to go through the people’s representatives.”
When asked about the potentially historic candidacy of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016, Rice said that she hopes voters would choose based solely on candidates’ policies. And while Rice said that she was very fond of former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.), a potential Republican candidate for president, she dismissed any speculation that she might run.
Good for Rice although I'm sure she will be attacked for saying what she did.
Other Must Read Links:
These and many more topics coming up on today’s edition of The Chad Hasty Show. Tune in mornings 8:30-11am on News/Talk 790 KFYO, streaming online at kfyo.com, and now on your iPhone and Android device with the radioPup App. All guest interviews can be heard online in our podcast section after the show at kfyo.com.