Brian Darling is a Washington-DC based Congressional analyst and political commentator. He appears frequently on American and foreign television, radio and print, including Fox News, Sun News of Canada, BBC, RT (Russia Today) and Fox Business. Darling served as a staffer on Capitol Hill with four United States Senators and the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. You can follow him on Twitter at @BrianHDarling
Terrorists have won at least one victory. The above video was taken of a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) inspection of an injured three year old boy from Spring of 2010. This video makes me want to cry for this child and for a nation that allows this to happen on a daily basis.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has tossed some red meat to his left wing base who have called for an end to the filibuster. On Monday, Reid filed cloture on 17 district court nominations as a means to argue that Republicans are obstructing President Obama’s judicial nominations. According to one Senate study, President Obama and President George W. Bush’s nominations are on the same pace. Reid’s allegations of Republican obstructionism are pure politics. | Read More »
The left is fear-mongering on the issue of the filibuster. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed cloture on 17 nominees today and the left was quick to parrot the Reid talking points claiming Republican “obstruction” of these nominees. The fact of the matter is that there is no filibuster and Reid is merely setting the table so he can make hysterical arguments about Republican obstructionism. | Read More »
The House is out of session this week. Tthe Senate will be in session to finish work on a bloated two year $109 billion highway bill. Big fight this week on judicial nominations with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) expected to file cloture on about seventeen nominees today. Also, expect a fight when the Senate tries to use a House passed Small-Business bill to pass the | Read More »
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has failed us again. Her hostility to allowing pilots to be armed against terrorists is going to make our nation less safe. On Monday, Napolitano’s vision for a “risk based” security system failed to keep a box cutter off a commercial aircraft in Houston. Secretary Napolitano said recently at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing that she is proposing a 50% cut | Read More »
The Senate will work through a Senate version of a highway funding bill this week. The House has a relatively light schedule. This week will dominated with discussion about “Super Tuesday” and President Obama’s Tuesday press conference intended to steal the press corps on “Super Tuesday.” The House is working on a bill that will partially repeal ObamaCare. The Senate is continuing work on a highway bill that spends too | Read More »
Fox News reports Iran has not yet executed Youcef Nadarkhani yet for the crime of converting Moslems in Iran to Christianity: The Christian pastor sentenced to death in Iran last week for leaving Islam and converting to Christianity was confirmed alive as of early Sunday, sources close to his attorneys told Fox News. The American Center for Law and Justice , working hard to educate Americans on this important religious | Read More »
The House and Senate this week come back into session for five weeks of work before the next recess. The highway bill will be the first order of business in the Senate. The House has a full schedule of suspension bills and hearings on the FY 2013 budget. Expect an extended debate in Washington on President Obama’s strategy for Afghanistan in the wake of the killings | Read More »
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano disrespected Federal Flight Deck Officers (armed pilots) during a hearing yesterday in testimony presented to the House Homeland Security Committee. Sec. Napolitano showed a lack of knowledge about the program in addition to an intent to kill it over the next few years. The testimony yesterday provides further evidence of “President Obama’s Plan to Kill Armed Pilots Program.” Representative Chip | Read More »
The President’s wants to end the Federal Flight Deck Officer Program (FFDO), also known as the armed pilots program. If Congress were to follow President Obama’s recommendation contained in his $3.8 trillion FY2013 budget proposal, they would be making a huge mistake. This anti-terrorism program has been a success and a cost effective means to protect the cockpits of commercial aviation from 9-11 style terrorism. The President’s budget | Read More »
Today is President Obama’s FY 2013 budget roll out day. This last budget was unanimously defeated by the Senate last year and we should expect a similar result this year. According to news reports, the $3.8 trillion budget will contain about $1.4 trillion in higher taxes. The House and Senate will take up a bloated highway bills. The Senate will take up a judicial nomination to | Read More »
Government dependency is on the rise according to a new Heritage Foundation study. Americans can thank President Barack Obama for a huge spike in the numbers of Americans dependent on government resources, but both parties can share in the blame. If the federal government does not make government smaller and less intrusive, then there may not be much private sector wealth creation for government bureaucrats to take to | Read More »
The Obama Administration has to be in shock as a result of the Gallup poll released last week indicating that Obama would lose his re-election according to state-by-state approval ratings. According to Conn Carroll of the Washington Examiner if the election were held today: Obama would lose the 2012 election to the Republican nominee 323 electoral votes to 215. Expect desperation from Senate liberals. Senate Democrats will accelerate | Read More »
Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) learned a valuable lession today about member’s desire to go back to the practice of earmarking pet projects. Toomey and McCaskill offered an Amendment to the STOCK Act that would have created a new Senate point of order against earmarks in bills. They were met with bipartisan opposition to this common sense idea.
Cheers for Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) for standing up to President Obama on his unconstitutional recess appointments. Finally, one member of the United States Senate is standing up for the Constitution. Where are the rest of them? The House and Senate kick into second gear this week. The first two weeks of the session were light on legislation and heavy on retreats. Expect the STOCK | Read More »