Some Democrats Will Support Contempt Charges Against Eric Holder

Now that the politically potent National Rifle Association is keeping score, some Democrats may join House Republicans if there’s a vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress in a dispute over documents related to a the botched gun-tracking operation “Fast and Furious.”

The chief Democratic House head counter, Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, declined to tell reporters how many defections he expected, but acknowledged that some in his party would consider heeding the NRA’s call for a “yes” vote.

One of those Democrats, Rep. Jim Matheson of Utah, said, “Sadly, it seems that it will take holding the attorney general in contempt to communicate that evasiveness is unacceptable. It is a vote I will support.”

The gun owners association injected itself last week into the stalemate over Justice Department documents demanded by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The NRA said it supports the contempt resolution and will keep a record of how members vote.

An NRA letter to House members contended that the Obama administration “actively sought information” from Operation Fast and Furious to support its program to require dealers to report multiple rifle sales.

The program, which began last August, imposed the requirement for sales of specifically identified long guns in four border states: Texas, California, Arizona and New Mexico. A federal judge upheld the requirement.

Republicans want Eric Holder to become the first attorney general to be cited by the House for contempt, because he has refused to give the Oversight and Government Reform Committee all the documents it wants related to Operation Fast and Furious.

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Obama warns on healthcare ruling

Barack Obama suggested that any decision by the US Supreme Court to overturn his landmark healthcare law would send the country “backwards” and that Americans did not want to “re-fight” the battle over healthcare.

It was the first sign that beyond the White House’s staunch defence of the Affordable Care Act Mr Obama is prepared to use the law as a rallying cry on the campaign trail. It is a risky strategy: about half the country remains opposed to the legislation, although most voters like the consumer protections that are guaranteed under the law.

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Political experts have said it is unclear how the Supreme Court decision will shape the presidential contest; while a move to strike down the law will undoubtedly be a blow to the Obama administration, some believe it will motivate Democratic voters ahead of the November general election.

The high court is expected to announce the fate of “ObamaCare” on Thursday, when it will either uphold the law, overturn it in its entirety or strike some provisions of the controversial legislation.

The White House has said it expects the high court to uphold the law.

In his comments, Mr Obama did not make any explicit references to the court, although he has said in the past that it would be “unprecedented” for the ACA to be overturned.

“The American people fight for what’s right. And the American people understand that we’re not going to make progress by going backwards. We need to go forward,” he said.

To applause, he said that 3m young people had been added to their parents insurance under the law and that it was “the right thing” to give senior citizens discounts on prescription drugs.

Spies at U.N. ‘green’ confab expose red agenda

A team of “spies” led by the U.K.’s Lord Christopher Monckton infiltrated the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, known as Rio+20, over the past few weeks, uncovering startling and open admissions that the real agenda behind the confab is not environmentalism, but one-world government.

In an interview following the conference with Liberty News Network, Monckton, a former advisor to U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and current policy advisor for the Science & Public Policy Institute, explained that many attendees openly admitted the “green” agenda was failing, but that the dream of a global socialist government must nonetheless go on.

“The deforestation that’s evident here in Brazil should be discouraged and reversed … these are real environmental concerns. But these concerns were not talked about here at this conference,” Monckton revealed. “Instead, they were still effectively talking about a mechanism for setting up a global government so that they can shut down the West, shut down democracy and bring freedom to an end worldwide.”

Though credentialed for the conference through his connections with SPPI, Monckton says he was barred from many of the gathering’s meetings. Nonetheless, he said, he was able to get a team of “spies” into a meeting of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, or ICLEI, preceding the main conference.

ICLEI works to implement through state and local governments the U.N.’s “Agenda 21″ from its first Rio de Janeiro conference in 1992.

Monckton recited what his spies discovered of the ICLEI members: “They were saying to each other, ‘We can no longer talk about Agenda 21 in the context of the environment because the environment, thanks to those dirty skeptics, has become a dirty word. … We won’t be able to win the argument if we talk about the environment anymore. We can’t talk about climate change because even we have to admit it’s not happening as they said. We can’t talk about green issues, because, frankly, in the West the environment is largely quite well regulated altogether, and it’s just been vastly overblown.’

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Obama prepping thousands of lawyers for election

President Barack Obama’s campaign has recruited a legion of lawyers to be on standby for this year’s election as legal disputes surrounding the voting process escalate.

Thousands of attorneys and support staffers have agreed to aid in the effort, providing a mass of legal support that appears to be unrivaled by Republicans or precedent. Obama’s campaign says it is particularly concerned about the implementation of new voter ID laws across the country, the possibility of anti-fraud activists challenging legitimate voters and the handling of voter registrations in the most competitive states.

Republicans are building their own legal teams for the election. They say they’re focused on preventing fraud – making sure people don’t vote unless they’re eligible – rather than turning away qualified voters.

Since the disputed 2000 presidential election, both parties have increasingly concentrated on building legal teams – including high-priced lawyers who are well-known in political circles – for the Election Day run-up. The Bush-Gore election demonstrated to both sides the importance of every vote and the fact that the rules for voting and counting might actually determine the outcome. The Florida count in 2000 was decided by just 537 votes and ultimately landed in the Supreme Court.

This year in that state alone, Obama and his Democratic allies are poised to have thousands of lawyers ready for the election and hope to have more than the 5,800 attorneys available four years ago. That figure was nearly twice the 3,200 lawyers the Democrats had at their disposal in 2004.

Romney has been organizing his own legal help for the election. Campaign attorney Ben Ginsberg did not provide numbers but said the campaign has been gratified by the “overwhelming number of attorneys who have volunteered to assist.”

“We will have enough lawyers to handle all situations that arise,” he said.

The GOP doesn’t necessarily need to have a numerical counterweight to Obama’s attorneys; the 2000 election showed that experienced, connected lawyers on either side can be effective in court.

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Military Wives Raise Awareness of PTSD by Shedding Clothes in Photo Campaign

Military wives have long been known for a quiet and stoic support of husbands, even during trying times such as battles with post-traumatic stress disorder. While they will continue to support them, some are saying they will no longer stay as silent and are choosing to expose the fact that PTSD affects the whole family.

In a revealing campaign to raise awareness about PTSD, women are joining with “Battling BARE,” a private organization seeking non-profit status, in the hopes of inspiring “‘silent supporters’ to ‘battle back’ and let our voices be heard by creating an outlet of support and providing resources for wives that are at their wits end trying to help their husbands heal.”

Photos are what first really got the campaign attention, as they show women baring a little skin marked with a pledge, which reads:

Broken by battle,
Wounded by war,
I support our troops forever — to them this I swore.
I will:
Quiet your silent screams
Help heal your shattered souls
Until once again every soldier is whole.
Battle Bare

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Blaze readers are unlikely to forget the story of Brett Kimberlin — the convicted domestic terrorist turned Soros-funded “activist” who seems bent on destroying the lives of bloggers who speak truthfully about him. Now, it appears the “Speedway Bomber,” or perhaps one of his admirers, has struck again, engineering yet another “SWAT-ting” – this time of blogger and attorney, Aaron Walker. You might recall Walker, who talked about his long, ongoing legal battle with Kimberlin during interviews with The Blaze and Glenn Beck.

The most recent SWAT-ting incident occurred roughly around 6:00 p.m. on Monday, according to Walker. He heard a knock at the door, which continued to grow in intensity.

“I hear a voice on the other side saying ‘open the door,’” Walker told The Blaze in an interview Tuesday morning.

“I stick my head out and there are two cops hugging the front wall of my house with M4s — they were pointed at the ground.”

Walker was clear to note that the police officers were measurably calmer than those involved in fellow Kimberlin-victim Pat Frey’s SWAT-ting incident. Frey claimed in his case, officers had their guns drawn and were yelling orders, believing he had just shot his wife (as that is what the hoax-phone call to law enforcement had led authorities to believe).

“Let me guess, someone just said I shot my wife?” Walker asked the officers matter-of-factly. Walker said that something in the tone of his voice must have given the officers a sense that he was indeed the victim of a hoax.

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