• The Obama administrations resolution authorizing military force, including boots on the ground, to defeat ISIS is will be debated when Congress is back in session Tuesday, and already both sides of the aisle are gearing up for a fight — with Democrats looking to restrict the president’s ability to widen a war, and the Republicans looking to increase presidential war power. … “I welcome the president’s resolution and eagerly await the debate and vote,” said Lou Barletta, R-11, Hazleton. “While … read more

  • When the White House criticized the federal ruling blocking the president’s executive amnesty, the press secretary said, “The Supreme Court and Congress have made clear that the federal government can set priorities in enforcing our immigration laws.” In that simple sentence lies the problem with this administration. This president — or any other — does not embody the entire federal government. The Constitution also empowers two other branches: the judiciary and the legislature. This nation long ago rejected a mon­archical … read more

  • … Barletta, of Hazleton, called the president “reckless” for boosting spending while failing to ensure reform to Social Security and Medicare to avoid their oncoming deficits. He agreed with the concept, if not the specifics, of the president’s push for more money for roads, bridges and other infrastructure and middle class tax relief, he said. … Read more here.