Thursday, April 2, 2015

Feds won't pursue contempt charges against Lerner for not testifying before House

Fox News ^ | 4/1/15 

The Justice Department has declined to pursue contempt of Congress charges against Lois Lerner for refusing to testify about her role at the IRS in the targeting of conservative groups.
The department announced the decision in a letter Tuesday to House Speaker John Boehner, whose Republican-controlled chamber made the request to prosecute, after holding Lerner in contempt for refusing to testify at committee hearings.
"Once again, the Obama administration has tried to sweep IRS targeting of taxpayers for their political beliefs under the rug,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel told
Lerner asserted her Fifth Amendment privilege, which allows people to not testify against themselves, during a May 2013 hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and then again at a March 2014 hearing.
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Is Ted Cruz The Republican Who'll Do What Others Couldn't?

Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 1, 2015 | George F. Will 

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was born in 1970, six years after events refuted a theory on which he is wagering his candidacy.
The 1964 theory was that many millions of conservatives abstained from voting because the Republican Party did not nominate sufficiently deep-dyed conservatives. So if in 1964 the party would choose someone like Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, hitherto dormant conservatives would join the electorate in numbers sufficient for victory.
This theory was slain by a fact — actually, 15,951,378 facts. That was the difference between the 43,129,566 votes that President Lyndon Johnson received and the 27,178,188 that Goldwater got in winning six states.
The sensible reason for nominating Goldwater was not because he could win: As Goldwater understood, Americans still recovering from the Kennedy assassination were not going to have a third president in 14 months. The realistic reason was to turn the GOP into a conservative weapon for a future assault on the ramparts of power.
Hence in September 1964, William F. Buckley told an audience of young conservatives to anticipate Goldwater's defeat because he had been nominated "before we had time properly to prepare the ground." Goldwater's candidacy had, however, planted "seeds of hope, which will flower on a great November day in the future." Sixteen Novembers later, they did.
Today, however, there is no need to nominate Cruz in order to make the GOP conservative. Cruz sits in a Senate that has no Republicans akin to the liberals Goldwater served with — New York's Jacob Javits, Massachusetts' Edward Brooke, Illinois' Charles Percy, New Jersey's Clifford Case, California's Thomas Kuchel.
When Jeb Bush, the most conservative governor of a large state since Ronald Reagan (by some metrics — taxes, school choice — Bush was a more conservative governor than Reagan), is called a threat to conservatism...
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Scott Walker pledges to 'push back' on Obamacare [ethanol, other regs and mandates phased out)

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | April 1, 2015 | Patrick Marley 

Brookfield— Speaking before a conservative audience Wednesday, Gov. Scott Walker suggested he would not allow Wisconsin to set up a health care exchange if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down a portion of Obamacare.
"We're going to push back," the likely Republican presidential candidate said of President Barack Obama's signature health care law.
"This president of the United States — they've got to come up with a solution....They're going to try to put the pressure on us but we need to put the pressure right back on them."
Walker spoke at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts as part of the "Insight 2015" program put on by WTMJ-AM (620) host Charlie Sykes. The event will be broadcast from 8:30 a.m. to noon Thursday.....
Walker also discussed ethanol,..
In his March speech in Iowa, Walker said he wanted to phase out the fuel standard "eventually," but he talked about a more specific time frame Wednesday, saying he wanted to get rid of it in a "couple years."
"I'd like to see a whole series of regulations and mandates be phased out by the end of the first term of the next president," he said.
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