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There was a time when Barack Obama claimed to believe that raising the national debt ceiling was a “sign of leadership failure” and proof of “reckless fiscal policies” — not to mention the horrors of “shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren.” Less than eight years ago, in fact, then-Senator Obama argued that “Americans deserve better.” Apparently, now that Obama is president, they no longer do.

In yet another sign of “leadership failure,” as the current White House occupant once put it, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew sent a letter to congressional leaders this week demanding that Congress raise the borrowing limit by late February at the latest.

President Obama is pushing the UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). Fifty-three senators say they oppose it, but we can be sure some of them will flip unless they receive constant, overwhelming public pressure to hold fast.

Even as top officials in the communist regime ruling over mainland China were spewing increasingly militaristic anti-American rhetoric — not to mention the Beijing-based dictatorship’s massive espionage operations against the United States — the Obama administration reportedly waived laws prohibiting Chinese-made parts on U.S. weapons systems. Experts say the apparently unprecedented move represents a major national-security risk.

In the Senate today, a test vote narrowly advanced a bill to extend long-term unemployment benefits, with Democrats refusing to compromise and Republicans accusing them of political posturing.

In a January 5 Fox News Channel interview, New York Republican Congressman Peter King claimed that Senator Rand Paul tells “absolute lies” with respect to NSA surveillance of Americans, concluding of the Kentucky Republican that “he doesn't deserve to be in the United States Senate for spreading that kind of misperception and — absolute lies — to be honest with you.”

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