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The President has an affinity for the spirit of Michiganders. It might be a Midwestern thing: valuing a hard day’s work, respecting your neighbor, plain talk, strong union values and most of all — spirit. The spirit to overcome all adversity. That’s the spirit of the Motor City and much of Michigan. So when POTUS spoke to a crowd of 6,012 at Wayne State University Saturday night, folks were pumped up. Some were seated, some were “standing on the basketball court shoulder to shoulder,” according to the White House pool reporter.

After the President gave a shout out to Democratic candidates Gary Peters and Mark Schauer, as well as lawmakers Carl Levin, Debbie Stabenow, John Conyers, Sandy Levin, John Dingell and Debbie Dingell, he noticed, “We’ve got a full house. We’ve got folks fired up! We’ve got folks ready to go!”

President Obama got right to the heart of things, saying everyone needs to feel a sense of urgency about this election, and get their friends and neighbors to vote, because “Their vote could decide whether 28 million American workers get the raise they deserve. Whether American families continue to benefit from new health care coverage — because, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Obamacare works.”

And then he laid out his case for why folks need to put their hearts into getting out the vote, appealing to Midwestern care for your neighbor values by pointing out that in an election this close, your vote can mean the difference for the whole country.

Watch coverage of President Obama’s visit here via Fox Detroit:

The President made his case (partial White House transcript):

Three days. Three days, Michigan. Three days. Three days until you get to choose a new governor and a new senator. And here’s what you’ve got to do until then. If you came to this rally, I know you also are going to go vote or — I don’t worry about you. I need you to grab a friend. (Applause.) I need you to get some classmates. I need you to get some coworkers. I need you to knock on some doors and make some phone calls. (Applause.) I need you to visit, find your polling place. Take everybody you know to cast their ballots for Gary Peters and Mark Schauer. (Applause.) And then tell them to vote for Lisa Brown and Mark Totten and Godfrey Dillard and Warren Evans and Brenda Lawrence. Tell them to vote. Tell them to vote. (Applause.)

Let me tell you why.


THE PRESIDENT: I love you, too. But I want to tell you why you need to vote. (Applause.) This country has made real progress since the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes. Over the past four and a half years, we have seen American businesses create more than 10 million new jobs. Over the past six months, our economy has grown at the fastest pace in more than 10 years.

So, look, here’s the bottom line. I know that, as I said, if you’re here you’re going to vote. I get that. But I want you to feel a sense of urgency these last three days. The biggest corporations don’t need another champion. The wealthiest Americans don’t need another champion. You do. (Applause.) Opportunity for a few is not what Michigan is about — opportunity for all is what built the middle class in this country.

So, look, Michigan, you’ve had my back twice. (Applause.) You’ve had my back twice. I love this state. But here’s the problem. In recent years, Michigan has led the nation in the number of voters who vote for President but then stay home during the midterms. According to one estimate, you got 900,000 folks in Michigan who voted in 2008 and then didn’t vote in 2010 — 900,000. I don’t know what’s going on with those folks. But we’ve got to let them know their vote matters.


THE PRESIDENT: Their vote could decide whether 28 million American workers get the raise they deserve. (Applause.) Whether American families continue to benefit from new health care coverage — because, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Obamacare works. (Applause.) Pretty soon they’re not going to call it Obamacare anymore. (Laughter.) You know that’s right. (Laughter.)

Obama reminded Michiganders to have the backs of the folks who had their backs when the auto industry was facing demise and Republicans wanted to let it die, “Now some of the folks who figured we should have thrown in the towel six years ago are the same folks who are asking you for your vote next week. They got a lot of nerve. They got a lot of nerve. If they’re not there for you when you need them — I think you should vote for Mark and Gary instead.”

The President closed with a case for being involved and not letting forces that want to take advantage of people create a dampening cynicism, “Hope is what defeated fascism. Hope is what gave young people the strength to march for civil rights, and voting rights, and gay rights, and immigrants’ rights, and women’s rights. Hope that there are better days ahead. Hope that we can rebuild our middle class and pass on to our kids something better. That’s what built America. That’s what Motor City is all about. That’s what built Michigan! Our best days are still ahead. Believe it. And vote for Mark, and vote for Gary. And let’s get out there and win this thing.”

The President is right about your vote mattering. This election is so close all across the country that in some states, it will come down to hundreds of votes making the difference. Imagine if someone in another state stayed home thinking this race didn’t matter, and then because of them, no one else gets the minimum wage raised or equal pay for women or supplemental food for poverty stricken children or assistance for our veterans.

Every person’s vote matters. Use your vote for to improve the opportunities of your neighbor and your country.

Image: Screen capture Fox Detroit
Disclosure: Wayne State University is my alma mater.

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Harry Reid Throws Blue Dogs A Bone By Naming Senator Jon Tester New Chair …

U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) attends a veterans event in Billings

On Thursday, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) announced that Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) will take over as Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, replacing Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO). After Senate Democrats lost handily in the 2014 midterms, giving the majority in the chamber to Republicans, some senators took their names out of the running for the job. Going into this week, the decision seemed to be between Tester and Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE). When Coons bowed out, Reid decided to go with the red state residing Tester likely due to the fact that he’s won two Senate elections despite competing on Republican soil.

The DSCC released the following statement announcing Tester’s ascension:

“Jon Tester knows how to win tough races and will have the trust and loyalty of the entire Democratic caucus behind him in our fight to take back the majority in 2016,” said Leader Reid. “I’m extremely confident in Jon’s ability to lead our effort to elect new Democratic leaders and reelect our incumbents across the country who will stand up for the people of their state and fight for American middle class families.”

“I’m accepting this position to recruit and support candidates who understand the issues facing regular, working Americans,” said Senator Jon Tester. “Our country needs leaders who are willing to roll up their sleeves and responsibly govern to move our nation forward. We need senators who support policies that strengthen the middle class, continue to grow our economy, and create prosperity for all Americans. As Chairman, I recognize that every Senate race in this country is different and I understand the need for candidates to have the flexibility to run their own races.”

For liberals that want to see the Democratic Party move further left after a disastrous election cycle where the party ran to the center and suffered defeats across the board, this announcement is something of a mixed-bag. As Tester is from Montana, it is unsurprising that he is a moderate who has a center-left ideology. His views on gun control, immigration reform, taxes, the environment and marijuana legalization run counter to most progressives and liberals.

Also, with Republicans having to defend a number of seats in 2016 in blue states during a general election year, left-wing Democrats may have been more comfortable with a true progressive or liberal manning the chair rather than a centrist. Still, it is a very favorable map for Democrats. On top of that, Tester has shown a knack for winning tough elections in the past, so perhaps his knowledge and experience will prove a benefit for the party’s attempt to regain the Senate.

Another factor in Reid’s decision in placing Tester in this position could be that Reid is trying to bolster and reinforce support for his own leadership as Senate Democrats move into the minority. The outgoing Majority Leader was elected Minority Leader on Thursday. Centrist and conservative members of the caucus have not expressed much confidence in him and are pushing for Reid to compromise more with Republicans over the next two years. Two of the loudest voices calling for Reid to kowtow to McConnell are Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

Manchin has said he isn’t going to deal with any “bullsh*t” if he thinks Senate Democrats are obstructing the Republican majority. This came on the heels of rumors that Manchin was thinking of switching parties and caucusing as a Republican. Meanwhile, McCaskill has echoed Manchin’s comments and has also said that she did not vote for Reid as Minority Leader. Other red state Dems are also clamoring for Reid to be more accepting of Republicans’ demands.

Therefore, as the needle points left for Democrats, Reid appears to be throwing the (now fewer) moderates and conservatives in his caucus a bone by handing a key leadership position to one of them. Reid obviously acknowledges the party’s need need to move in a more progressive direction, hence the creation of a leadership position for Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).He’s hoping this gesture shows the few remaining ‘Blue Dogs’ in the Senate that he will still allow them to have some voice in the caucus, but not be the overpowering one. We saw how that worked earlier this month.

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Commentary: John Boehner’s collection of fine whines – The Herald

INDIANAPOLIS – Just after President Obama announced that he was reforming America’s immigration policy through executive order, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, let loose a wail.

Boehner said Obama’s action made comprehensive immigration reform through congressional action much harder to achieve. He also called the president’s action illegal.

A Boehner spokesperson went even further, calling the president “Emperor Obama.” And other Republicans – including Indiana Gov. Mike Pence – have threatened to sue to overturn the president’s order.

A lawsuit would be a brilliant political move for the GOP. Nothing says “family values” quite like going to court to separate children from their parents during the holiday season.

And, by trying to deport parents of children who are U.S. citizens, that is exactly what Republicans would be doing.

As for the “Emperor Obama” nonsense: Well, as president, Barack Obama is the chief law enforcement official for the United States and prosecutorial discretion is a well-established legal principle.

More to the point, Obama has used executive orders less often than any president going back to Chester Arthur. Ronald Reagan issued 50 percent more of them than Obama. And Calvin Coolidge – now often cited by small-government conservatives as a model of presidential self-restraint – issued seven times as many executive orders as this president has.

Then there’s the silliness of Boehner’s complaint that the president has made immigration reform much more difficult.

How, pray tell?

What legislative power did the House Speaker have at the beginning before the president spoke that he does not have now?

What, given that Senate already has passed a bipartisan immigration reform package that the president has endorsed, other than Boehner’s own fear that he’ll lose support with House Republicans has stopped and continues to stop him from acting?

The reality is that there is nothing preventing John Boehner and other enraged Republicans from dealing with immigration other than their determination to place their short-term political goals above the long-term interests of their party – and, yes, the nation.

The fact that Boehner and his howling chorus are behaving like school kids isn’t the only thing that’s tiresome about this episode.

It’s that they don’t even behave like smart school kids.

Ever since Barack Obama was elected president six years ago, Republicans have said, over and over again, they wanted to “take him on” and “fight him every inch of the way.”

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, famously said that his caucus’s highest priority wasn’t national security, job creation or improving education, but making sure that Barack Obama was a one-term president.

Along the way, they’ve called the president of the United States – aka “Emperor Obama” – everything but a child of God.

Most school children know that, if you run around the playground calling another kid names, screaming that you want to fight and pushing him every chance you get, there’s a chance he’ll swing back.

That’s just what happened here.

After getting beat up in the mid-term elections, Barack Obama finally figured out that Republicans don’t like him, won’t work with him and intend to keep pushing him. So, he hit the Republicans right in the mouth.

And, surprise, surprise, Boehner and his GOP boutique brawlers have discovered two things that generations of school kids learned much earlier in life.

Fighting involves getting hit as well as hitting the other guy – and getting hit isn’t much fun.

That’s why smart school kids tend to fight only when there’s no other option.

Given that Boehner, McConnell and the other Republican marshmallow maulers seem to have skipped over that important lesson about settling their differences like school kids, I’ll help them out with this little bit of advice.

Whining only makes it worse.

It’s not only undignified, but it just tells the other guy how and where to hit you so it hurts the most.

John Krull is director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism, host of “No Limits” WFYI 90.1 Indianapolis and publisher of, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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Incompetent John Boehner Appoints Republican To A Committee That Doesn’t …

Incompetent John Boehner Appoints Republican To A Committee That Doesn’t Exist

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John Boehner out did his usual incompetence today by appointing a Republican to a committee that doesn’t actually exist.

Yahoo News reported,

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Monday evening announced that he is reappointing Republican Trey Gowdy of South Carolina to head the Select Committee on Benghazi next Congress.

The problem, however, is that by doing so, Boehner named a chairman to a panel that does not yet exist. Because the Benghazi committee is select and not permanent, the House will have to vote again to re-create it when Congress returns for a new session in January.

.It isn’t like Boehner has that much on his plate. The House calendar is an endless vacation with a few session days scattered in for variety. Maybe, the Speaker forgot that when a new congress is sworn in select committees and legislation that hasn’t been passed by both congressional bodies doesn’t carryover. The idea that House passed legislation doesn’t carry over to the new Congress if it didn’t become law is frequently intentionally forgotten by the Speaker when he ticks off his list of Republican accomplishments.

Boehner could have been distracted by his lawsuit against President Obama, or his plan to give Obama everything he wants on the immigration executive orders and funding the government. The sort of incompetence that Boehner exhibiting by appointing Gowdy to a committee that doesn’t exist yet is on full display every day when the House is in session.

Rep. Boehner frequently has had to pull his own legislation off the floor after his fellow Republicans refused to support it. The idea that Boehner is going to be able to get the better of President Obama has always been laughable.

When ideology is combined with ineptitude, the prognosis for the next two years is more of the same. John Boehner’s inability to run a functioning House will be Mitch McConnell’s problem beginning in January. It’s fitting that Boehner appointed Gowdy to a committee that doesn’t exist, because the Benghazi scandal itself is non-existent.

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Darren Wilson Supporter Plans On Purchasing "Pants Up, Don’t Loot" Billboard …


In a willful attempt to incite further racial tensions in and around Ferguson, a resident of Tennessee has announced that he’s reached his crowdfunding goal of $3,000 to purchase and display a billboard using the conservative hashtag #HandsUpDontLoot. The meme, which was made popular by right-wing publication National Review, is a play on the popular Ferguson protest chant “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” that refers to witnesses stating that unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown had his hands up when Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot him.

Don Alexander of Brentwood, TN used the crowdfunding source IndieGoGo to raise the necessary funds to purchase a billboard for one month to display in the St. Louis area. Per his IndieGoGo page, a local billboard company has agreed to display the billboard and will charge $2,500 for 30 days. Alexander also states that others may charge less for the billboard. If so, and donations continue to come in, the billboard will stay up as long as possible. He also claims that the billboard company he is in agreement with needs to remain anonymous so as to not receive any threats.

Below is an excerpt from the page:

This crowdfunding campaign is for the purchase of a billboard in the Ferguson, MO area. The billboard will display black text on a white background with the text “#PantsUPDontLoot”. After some initial confusion we are working with other, undisclosed companies in the area that are willing to create and display this image. The funds collected from this campaign will be used to purchase this billboard for as long as possible. Lamar originally quoted us ~$2,500 for 1 month but others have come in under that amount. Whatever funds we receive will go directly to keeping the billboard campaign up as long as possible. If we come to an agreement with a company and can fund it for 3 months, 5 months, 7 months…, we will.

Alexander has also created a website,, which appears to track media mentions and communications surrounding his billboard efforts.

As of Monday afternoon, Alexander had raised $3,086. It appears that the crowdfunding campaign may have gotten a boost when it was mentioned on the message board St. Louis CopTalk. Shortly after a message was placed on the board, Alexander met his goal and a supporter placed a comment on the IndieGoGo page saying “we did it!” According to the IndieGoGo page, the link to the page has been tweeted out over 200 times.

It remains to be seen if the billboard actually goes up. I find it hard to believe that an advertising company would actually risk the bad publicity that would come with agreeing to display such an incendiary advertisement. The company that agreed to do this would essentially be committing business suicide. Maybe they’d feel they could make up the amount of business they’d lose by bringing in the race-baiting conservative crowd, but I doubt that the amount of negative public attention the company would receive could be overcome.

Meanwhile, the area braces for the impact of the grand jury announcement on Wilson. Local activists and protest organizers have been holding classes to teach people proper ways to protest as well as providing medical training. If a non-indictment comes down, which is expected, protests will take place in three different locations: the Ferguson police station, Shaw neighborhood in St. Louis, and Clayton where the St. Louis County courthouse is located. In anticipation of a grand jury decision, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced a state of emergency on Monday in order to mobilize the National Guard.


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President Obama Honors the ‘Class and Integrity Chuck Hagel Has Always …

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Saying it was Secretary Chuck Hagel’s decision to step down as Secretary of Defense, President Obama praised the Republican as an “exemplary defense secretary”, saying further, “Chuck Hagel has devoted himself to our national security and our men and women in uniform across six decades.”

“There was a time when an enlisted soldier might have been reluctant to ask that kind of question of the Secretary of Defense, but Chuck Hagel has been no ordinary Secretary of Defense,” President Obama said according to the White House pool report.

“He’s the first enlisted combat veteran to serve in that position,” the President said. “He understands our men and women in uniform like few others, because he’s stood where they stood. He’s been in the dirt. He’s been in the mud. And that has established a special bond. He sees himself in them. They see themselves in him. And their safety, their lives, have always been at the center of Chuck’s service.”

Obama noted that Chuck Hagel put aside party differences when he accepted the position and earlier when he traveled with then candidate Obama, “We come from different parties, but in accepting this position you sent a powerful message, especially to folks in this city, that when it comes to our national security and caring for our troops and their families, we are all Americans first.” This, the President said, is “kind of class and integrity that Chuck Hagel has always represented.”

“When I asked Chuck to serve as Secretary of Defense we were entering a significant period of transition, the drawdown in Afghanistan, the need to prepare our forces for [different] missions, and tough fiscal choices to keep our military strong and ready.”

“For nearly two years, Chuck has been an exemplary Defense Secretary, providing a steady hand as we modernize our strategy and budget to meet long term threats while still responding to immediate challenges like ISIL and Ebola.”

“Thanks to Chuck our military is on firmer footing, engaged in these missions and looking ahead to the future,” the President

Leader Pelosi also praised the departing decorated Vietnam War veteran in a statement, saying Hagel has “dedicated his life to serving the American people with dignity and courage.”

“Our nation’s first enlisted soldier to serve as Defense Secretary brought personal experiences to a changing and challenging national security landscape – and strived to shape it. He is a strong advocate for our veterans and military families affected by the scourge of sexual assault in the military, helped implement ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal, and put country before party by serving under both Republican and Democratic administrations.” Pelosi also thanked Secretary Hagel and his family for “their many years of service.”

Republicans were not pleased when President Obama nominated Chuck Hagel to be the Secretary of Defense. This was an odd position for a party that claims that President Obama never reaches across the aisle. The party that picked Sarah Palin as VP claimed Hagel lacked the right temperament for the job. As I pointed out then, the real issues was that Hagel is sane and rational:

The real issue Republicans have with Hagel is that not only has he been to war, unlike most in the chicken hawk party, but he is a two-time recipient of the Purple Heart and he is against a war-first strategy. Hagel warned us before invading Iraq that it is very easy to start a war, and not so easy to end one. Republicans were outraged at Hagel for suggesting such a fact.

Perhaps the problem is that Republicans of Hagel’s measure of courage and honor are sadly rare these days.

It’s unclear why Hagel stepped down at this point, it could signal a disagreement in policy or he could simply be ready to move on.

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Boehner: ‘We Will Not Stand Idly By As President Undermines The Rule Of Law’

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“We will not stand idly by as the president undermines the rule of law and places lives at risk.”

That’s what House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, had to say this morning about President Obama’s unilateral action on immigration.

In a news conference at the Capitol, Boehner used harsh language to describe the executive actions intended to defer the deportation of, according to the White House, up to 5 million immigrants.

With his actions, Boehner said, Obama “deliberately sabotaged” any chance of comprehensive immigration legislation, and by acting “like a king” he is also “damaging the presidency.”

“We have a broken immigration system, and the American people expect us to work together to fix it, and we ought to do that through the democratic process,” Boehner said.

As we’ve reported, this has been a long-running tug-of-war in Washington. For nearly six years, Obama and congressional Republicans have tried to hammer out an immigration overhaul.

The president warned that if Congress didn’t act, he would take on the issue using executive actions. And congressional Republicans warned him that action could lead to serious repercussions.

On Thursday, Obama threw down the gantlet, announcing a series of steps providing broad deportation relief for those who came into the United States illegally as children and the undocumented parents of children in the United States legally.

Boehner said he was talking with his caucus to come up with an appropriate response. (There have been whispers of everything from a shutdown to defunding some of the president’s initiatives.)

Boehner would not get into specifics, but he left something very clear: “The House will in fact act.”

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Five Reasons Why John Boehner’s Obamacare Lawsuit Doesn’t Pass the …

  President Barack Obama’s image on the cover of The Washington Post is pictured in this photo from January 21, 2013, the day of his inauguration for his second term in office. Shutterstock

Back when I was representing death row inmates in criminal appeals, I had a legal responsibility to my condemned clients to raise every “arguable” issue that had any reasonable potential for success.

This was a solemn obligation designed to promote zealous representation, but it was also one that was limited in practice by what some of us in the defense bar informally called the “straight-face” test. Under the test, if a particular claim or contention was so frivolous and lacking in merit or good faith that you cracked a wry smile or shook your head in disbelief at the mere thought of articulating it in court—say, for example, invoking “reverse psychology” in a capital case by arguing that your client really would be better off dead—you might well decide not to assert the claim, lest you lose credibility on all your other issues.

When I heard in June that House Speaker John Boehner threatened to sue the Obama administration for implementing health care and immigration reform via executive order, I not only cracked a wry grin, I nearly doubled over in laughter, thinking that such a case would never see daylight. Friday, however, Boehner and the Republican House leadership made good on the threat, lodging a federal complaint in Washington, D.C, over Obamacare and promising to consider another over the president’s newly announced policy deferring the deportation of as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants.


Having read the actual Obamacare complaint drafted by George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley, I’m still straining to keep a straight face. Under the terms of the complaint, the House isn’t trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act—something it has voted to do in whole or in part 54 times since 2011. Rather, it’s trying to do the exact opposite, arguing that the president has exceeded his constitutional authority by not fully enforcing the act.

Specifically, the suit charges that the administration has violated the act and the Constitution by postponing implementation of the so-called employer mandate that larger businesses offer health insurance to their full-time workers or pay penalties. For enterprises with 100 or more workers, the mandate takes effect next year. Companies with 50 to 99 employees have until 2016 to comply.

The suit also alleges the administration has unlawfully made “offset” payments not yet appropriated by the Republican-controlled Congress to insurance companies to defray the cost of health insurance subsidies for low-income people. Without the offsets, insurance co-payments, deductibles and out-of-pocket costs will rise even more than they have.

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Jarrett: Boehner Asked Obama For Help Avoiding Conservatives’ Ire

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) requested that President Barack Obama avoid making a “very public push” on immigration during the midterm primaries, according to White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett.

Speaking to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Washington Bureau Chief, Lynn Sweet, Jarrett claimed that the Speaker asked Obama to wait until after the primaries to publicly move with the immigration issue. 

As Sweet notes, the immigration issue during the primaries could have served to make fending off conservative challenges — a la the defeat of Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) at the hands of David Brat, who made immigration an issue in his campaign — more difficult.

“Initially (Boehner) encouraged the president to hold off on a very public push until after the primary season of the midterms, and the president did that,” Sweet quoted Jarrett. 

“And after the primary season, the president said, he called again on the House to pass legislation, and the Speaker didn’t call it up, and the president said he wanted it done by the end of the summer, and the Speaker did not call it up, and then the president decided to wait until the end of the year, and after the election the Speaker made it clear he would not be calling it up,” Jarrett continued. 

Jarrett reiterated her contention when asked for more detail about Boehner’s request to avoid a “public push”.

“He said ‘Look, let’s not make this a part of the mid-term primary campaign, let’s just try to, ‘Give me a little time and space to get this done,’ I think was the broader message the Speaker gave to the president. And so the president did hold off,” Jarrett said.

To be sure Jarrett — one of Obama’s closest advisors — is no unbiased narrator in this story. 

Obama recently announced his long anticipated, controversial executive amnesty and has used the Speaker and House Republicans as the proverbial villains who forced him to act unilaterally on immigration, given their failure to pass the bill he wanted. Many have speculated that Obama’s timing has also been intended to spur further division in GOP.

Jarrett’s claim would, however, fit the narrative of the more conservative wing of the party which sees Boehner through a skeptical lens, especially on the issue of immigration. 

Michael Steel, a spokesman for Boehner, said House passage of the Senate Gang of Eight bill wasn’t on the table. 

“The Speaker told the President that his unilateral actions to alter his healthcare law undermined the American people’s faith that he would implement any law as written.  He also made it clear that any action on immigration would be done in a step-by-step, common-sense manner – nothing like the Senate ‘Gang’s’ legislation,” Steel said. 

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John Boehner Calls For Shift In Military Strategy Along With Chuck Hagel …

WASHINGTON, Nov 24 (Reuters) – John Boehner, who leads Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, said on Monday that the selection of a replacement for Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense must be accompanied by a new look at U.S. military policies.
“This personnel change must be part of a larger re-thinking of our strategy to confront the threats we face abroad, especially the threat posed by the rise of ISIL,” Boehner, the House speaker, said in a statement, signaling a potential tough tone by Republicans in Congress on the appointment.
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Susan Heavey)

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