The inclusion of T. Boone Pickens, an energy tycoon, at the 2015 Southern Republican Leadership Conference (SRLC) in May raises some questions as to just how dedicated some SRLC leaders are to the concept of free enterprise.

For the fourth time on February 23, a filibuster by Senate Democrats to block a vote on a House-passed Department of Homeland Security funding bill, which denies funding for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, was held by a 47-46 vote. (Seven senators did not vote.) Under Senate rules, 60 votes are needed to invoke cloture, which ends debate (breaking a filibuster) and allows a vote on legislation.

With the Obama administration’s controversial “extremism” summit now over, critics from across the political spectrum are outraged. Muslims and Islamic organizations are crying foul because, they say, the gathering focused too much on jihad and Islamic extremism. Anti-jihad groups are outraged because the summit supposedly did not focus enough on Islamic extremism — even to the point of avoiding the term entirely — and because a Muslim Brotherhood-linked figure was selected as Obama’s new “extremism” propaganda czar. Christians were outraged, too, partly because of the half-baked comments by embattled State Department spokesperson Marie “jobs-for-jihadists” Harf. After being mercilessly ridiculed for suggesting ISIS members needed jobs, Harf claimed that imaginary “Christian extremists” were also a serious threat.

In the end, though, few media reports or analysts focused on the fact that Obama’s extremism summit ended up promoting all sorts of anti-Constitution and Big Government extremism — much of it to be waged at the international level, too, under the guise of fighting extremism.

Senator Lindsey Graham said if Republicans de-fund the Department of Homeland Security it would be the “worst thing to do” and would only “add gasoline to the fire.”

While Senator Marco Rubio of Florida almost certainly will enter the race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, it appears even more certain that he won’t win the support of Representative Justin Amash.

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