Friday, May 22, 2015

Senate To Take One More Procedural Vote on Trade



Senate To Take One More Procedural Vote on Trade
by Rich Tucker22 May 2015
With a planned Memorial Day recess coming up, the U.S. Senate is meeting today to deal with several issues. It will consider legislation involving the National Security Agency and highway funding, which could run out at the end of the month unless Senators approve a House-passed extension.

But the big news is on Obamatrade, where Senators have one more chance to block one of the president’s signature initiatives.

This is a cloture vote, so would require 60 or more senators to approve it. Thursday’s tally on a similar procedural vote was 62 pro votes, but the Senate only reached that after some backroom wheeling and dealing. For example, Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 54%promised some wavering Democrats a vote on the Export-Import Bank if they’d support moving forward on trade.

McConnell is also holding the holiday over the heads of senators. The Senate could finish business as early as Friday afternoon, he promised at the beginning of the day’s session. The unspoken threat is that he may hold senators over into the weekend, eating into their planned vacation time. Senators had planned to be off until early June.

The bill is expected to clear the 60-vote hurdle, but it’s worth watching the vote, just in case.

Addison (Mitch) McConnell
Addison M. McConnell is the senator & majority leader for the U.S. Senate, and married to Elaine L. Chao.

Note: Elaine L. Chao is married to Addison M. McConnell, a board member for the American Action Forum, a director at the Bloomberg Family Foundation, and was the deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Jeb Bush was a board member for the American Action Forum, an advisory committee member for the Hispanic Leadership Network, a member of the Alfalfa Club, and a potential presidential candidate for the 2016 presidential election.
Hispanic Leadership Network is an offshoot of the American Action Network.
Frederic V. Malek is the founder & board member for the American Action Network, the chairman for the American Action Forum, a member of the Alfalfa Club, and a trustee at the Aspen Institute (think tank).
Bloomberg Family Foundation was a funder for the Aspen Institute (think tank).
Michael R. Bloomberg is the founder of the Bloomberg Family Foundation, and a member of the Alfalfa Club.
George H.W. Bush is a member of the Alfalfa Club, and a member of the Bohemian Club.
Henry A. Kissinger a member of the Bohemian Club, a director at the American Friends of Bilderberg (think tank), was a lifetime trustee at the Aspen Institute (think tank), and a 2008 Bilderberg conference participant (think tank).
Belizean_Grove is the equivalent to the male-only social group, the Bohemian Club.
Henrietta Holsman Fore is a member of the Belizean Grove, and a trustee at the Aspen Institute (think tank).
Merit E. Janow is a member of the Belizean Grove, and was an appellate body member for the World Trade Organization.
Marion C. Blakey is a member of the Belizean Grove, was an administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration, and the chairman for the National Transportation Safety Board.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, and the Federal Highway Administration are divisions of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the Aspen Institute (think tank), and the Brookings Institution (think tank).
George Soros was the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society, and is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee.
Bretton Woods Conference called for creation of the International Trade Organization.
Madeleine K. Albright is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee, and a trustee at the Aspen Institute (think tank).
James S. Crown is a trustee at the Aspen Institute (think tank), and a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago.
Lester Crown was a lifetime trustee at the Aspen Institute (think tank), and is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago.  
Commercial Club of Chicago, Members Directory A-Z (Past Research)
Tuesday, December 17, 2013       
R. Eden Martin is the president of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and counsel at Sidley Austin LLP.
Michelle Obama was a lawyer at Sidley Austin LLP, and is Craig M. Robinson’s sister.
Barack Obama was an intern at Sidley Austin LLP.           
Newton N. Minow is a senior counsel at Sidley Austin LLP, and a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago.
Robert S. Osborne is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and was the EVP & general counsel for Booz Allen Hamilton.
Booz Allen Hamilton is a contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA).
Cyrus F. Freidheim Jr. was a managing director for Booz Allen Hamilton, is an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), and a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago.
Rebecca M. Blank was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution (think tank), and is the deputy secretary at the .S. Department of Commerce for the Barack Obama administration.
Penny S. Pritzker is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, a director for the Export-Import Bank of the US, the secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce for the Barack Obama administration, was the national finance chair, fundraiser for the 2008 Barack Obama presidential campaign, a co-chair for the 2009 Barack Obama inaugural committee, a fundraiser, national co-chair for the 2012 Barack Obama presidential campaign, a contributor for the 2013 Barack Obama inaugural committee, the host for the Barack Obama fund-raising dinner, 7/2/2008, and Craig M. Robinson’s basketball coach for the children's team.
International Trade Administration is a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Craig M. Robinson’s basketball coach for the children's team was Penny S. Pritzker, and is Michelle Obama’s brother.
Michelle Obama is Craig M. Robinson’s sister, an advocate for the ONE Campaign, and was a lawyer at Sidley Austin LLP.
Michael R. Bloomberg is an advocate for the ONE Campaign, and the founder of the Bloomberg Family Foundation.
Bloomberg Family Foundation was a funder for the Aspen Institute (think tank).
Elaine L. Chao is a director at the Bloomberg Family Foundation, married to Addison M. McConnell, a board member for the American Action Forum, and was the deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Addison M. McConnell is married to Elaine L. Chao, and the senator & majority leader for the U.S. Senate.



Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hard-Left Center For American Progress Joins GOP Calls to Eliminate ATF



Hard-Left Center For American Progress Joins GOP Calls to Eliminate ATF
by AWR Hawkins 21 May 2015
On May 19 the Center for American Progress (CAP) joined GOP calls to do away with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and the shuffle the agency’s current responsibilities to other federal agencies.

On March 6–during the ATF-led push to ban the M855 round from AR-15 use–Breitbart News reported on Representative Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) 84%’s (R-WI) push to do away with the ATF altogether. Sensenbrenner put forward the “ATF Elimination Act,” describing the agency as one that is “largely duplicative” in its operations.

Sensenbrenner stressed that the FBI and DEA could do the things the ATF does, and save gun owners the pressure they face from a highly politicized agency like the ATF.

CAP is taking the same position but for different reasons. Whereas Sensenbrenner is worried the politicized ATF has gotten too strong–as the attempted AR-15 ammo ban indicated–CAP believes the ATF has become impotent, its hands tied by the successes of the gun rights movement.


ATF has faced some serious challenges in its efforts to be the federal agency charged with enforcing the nation’s gun laws, combating gun crime, and regulating the firearms industry. This report seeks to offer recommendations for how to improve federal enforcement and regulation of guns that recognize and build on the formidable assets that ATF already has—but it does so while recognizing that the status quo is not enough. Although ATF has had many successes, its capabilities are inadequate in relation to the scope of the gun crime challenge in the United States. Therefore, this report does not focus on a series of piecemeal recommendations to improve ATF’s current operations. Prior evaluations, including ones written by authors of this report, make such recommendations; some of them have been acted upon, and others would certainly offer substantial benefits to the functionality and success of the agency. But this report finds that something bigger needs to happen to address the challenges that ATF faces.

The CAP report then moves to address a reality similar to that outlined by Rep. Sensenbrenner; a reality in which the job being done by the ATF can realistically be transitioned to other agencies:

[This reality] begins with a recognition that the United States already has the world’s premiere national law enforcement agency: the FBI. This report concludes that ATF, both its personnel and its mission responsibilities, should be merged into the FBI. The FBI—bolstered by the agents, expertise, and resources of a subsumed ATF—should take over primary jurisdiction of federal firearms enforcement.

Center for American Progress (CAP)
Center for American Progress calls for heightened gun safety.

Note: Morton H. Halperin was a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a director at the Constitution Project, and is a senior adviser for the Open Society Foundations.
Asa Hutchinson is a director at the Constitution Project, and was a director at the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Open Society Foundations was a funder for the Center for American Progress (CAP).
George Soros is the founder & chairman for the Open Society Foundations, and was a supporter for the Center for American Progress (CAP).
Melody C. Barnes was the EVP for the Center for American Progress (CAP), a domestic policy council, director for the Barack Obama administration, a principal for the Raben Group, and is Barack Obama’s golf partner.
Barack Obama administration pledges improved gun safety.
Raben Group is the lobby firm for Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns is a gun safety group.
Michael R. Bloomberg is a co-chair for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, was a contributor for the Americans for Responsible Solutions, and was a benefactor for the Harlem Children's Zone.
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the Harlem Children's Zone, and the Center for American Progress (CAP).
George Soros was a benefactor for the Harlem Children's Zone, the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society, a supporter for the Center for American Progress (CAP), a contributor for Priorities USA Action, is the founder & chairman for the Open Society Foundations, a director at the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), and a co-chair, national finance council for the Ready PAC (Ready For Hillary).
Open Society Foundations was a funder for the Center for American Progress (CAP), and the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
DPA Blasts Gun Discrimination Against Marijuana Patients
By Steve Elliott ~alapoet~ in Medical, News          
Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 2:20 pm
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Says Medical Marijuana Patients Are Prohibited From Owning Guns
Last month the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sent a letter to gun sellers saying it is illegal for medical marijuana patients to own firearms.
"Any person who uses or is addicted to marijuana, regardless of whether his or her state has passed legislation authorizing marijuana use for medicinal purposes, is prohibited by Federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition," says the letter from Assistant Director Arthur Herbert.
"ATF's blatant discrimination against Americans who use marijuana legally under state law is outrageous," said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA).
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Amber A. Mostyn is a national finance council member for the Ready PAC (Ready For Hillary), a shareholder in the Mostyn Law Firm, and married to J. Steve Mostyn.
J. Steve Mostyn is married to Amber A. Mostyn, a national finance council member for the Ready PAC (Ready For Hillary), the founder of the Mostyn Law Firm, and was a   contributor for Priorities USA Action.
Mostyn Law Firm was a contributor for the Americans for Responsible Solutions.
Priorities USA Action was a super PAC supporting the 2012 Barack Obama presidential campaign, and is supporting the 2016 Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign.
Hillary Rodham Clinton is the candidate for the 2016 Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign, and was a director at the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
Soros Foundation was a funder for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.