by David Montgomery
The South Dakota Republican Party state convention passed a resolution calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama Saturday.
The resolution says Obama has "violated his oath of office in numerous ways." It specifically cites the release of five Taliban combatants in a trade for captive U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl, Obama's statement that people could keep insurance companies, and recent EPA regulations on power plants.
"Therefore, be it resolved that the South Dakota Republican Party calls on our U.S. Representatives to initiate impeachment proceedings against the president of the United States," the resolution reads.
Allen Unruh of Sioux Falls sponsored the resolution.
"I've got a thick book on impeachable offenses of the president," Unruh said, calling on South Dakota to "send a symbolic message that liberty shall be the law of the land."
Delegate David Wheeler of Beadle County disagreed.
"I believe we should not use the power of impeachment for political purposes," Wheeler said. "By doing this, we would look petty, like we can't achieve our political goals through the political process."
Larry Eliason of Potter County agreed, noting that he opposed the impeachment resolution even though "the only thing (Obama's) done the last six years that I approve of is when he adopted a pet."
But Larry Klipp of Butte County, a retired Marine, said matters go beyond mere political disagreements with Obama.
"If anyone in this room cannot see the horrendous, traitorous scandals run by the Obama administration, I will pray for you," Klipp said.
Delegates voted 191-176 in favor of the resolution. The Pennington County delegation voted 47-9 in favor of the impeachment resolution, and Minnehaha County voted 28-15 in favor.
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A leaked video of President Obama pumping iron in a Polish gym has got social media in a spin. Far from complimenting the leader on his workout, people poked fun at the ‘Nerd-in-Chief’ for emboldening the enemy with his ‘weedy’ weights routine.
President Obama came to Eastern Europe to reaffirm his commitment to NATO allies over the crisis in Ukrainian amid criticism in Washington that he is not taking a hard enough line.
However, leaked footage of the President’s workout in a Warsaw hotel has got social media users questioning Obama’s tough-guy image. The video shows Obama making his way around the gym in a dark tracksuit, doing lunges and doing upper body exercises with a range of weights.
It seems that most social media users were less than impressed by the president’s choice of weights.
“You'll never have better arms than Michelle lifting like that,” wrote one Twitter user, while others poked fun at Obama’s workout face.
Obama’s iron-pumping antics also prompted comparisons to Russian President Vladimir Putin, famed for his topless photos out and about in the Russian countryside.
The leaked footage provoked some speculation of a security breach, but the American secret service said that no one in the Marriot gym was barred from taking photos of the president.
“Hotel guests were not asked to leave the gym ... nor were they asked to refrain from taking pictures,”Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said.
According to security, visitors to the hotel as well as staff were all screened in preparation for Obama’s visit and the president was not in harm’s way.
Obama announced plans to channel up to $1 billion into boosting the American military presence in Eastern Europe on Tuesday. He made his statement at a military airport near Warsaw against the backdrop of F-16 fighter jets.
The move is aimed at reaffirming Washington’s commitment to the security to its NATO allies in light of the crisis in Ukraine.
The US has accused Russia of destabilizing the situation in Ukraine and called for dialogue with President-elect Petro Poroshenko. Russia has denied accusations it is behind the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and urged the Kiev government to cease the military operation in the east of the country.
(RT.com) The State Duma has passed a motion suggesting that the US and EU extend the freshly introduced sanctions to all Russian MPs rather than a limited group of officials, defying western pressure just hours before Russia and Crimea signed a federation treaty.
The motion was supported by a unanimous vote on Tuesday morning. It was prepared the day before by all four parliamentary parties after representatives of the United States and the European Union said they were slapping sanctions, such as visa bans and asset freezes, on a number of Russian officials who are seen as “key ideologists and architects” of the policy towards Ukraine.
Deputy Markelov also said in his Duma speech that Russian politicians cannot be intimidated by Western sanctions as previous examples of their application demonstrate that such measures are hardly effective. “They tried it before in Serbia, Belarus, Syria. But these nations have not lost their dignity, have not lost their identity, they remain united and independent countries,” the deputy said.
“Our position is extremely clear and honest. We never betray our own. We will never betray the Russian-speaking citizens and simply the citizens who live on the territory of Crimea, who have made a decision to be with Russia forever,” Markelov told the parliamentarians.
“As for the sanctions, today any sanctions will only unite our political elite, because our businessmen and the common people have always united before external threats, regardless of their political views,” the MP added.
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