Better yet, defund it entirely. Three senators write to Secretary of State John Kerry: “We write to express our profound concern with the troubling role the United Nations Refugee and Works Agency (UNRWA) has played during the ongoing crisis in Gaza, including multiple instances of weapons found at UNRWA schools as well one-sided statements from UNRWA leadership that unjustly condemn Israel. . . . We urge the State Department to launch an independent investigation into these incidents and to call on the United Nations leadership to hold UNRWA accountable, including by reprimanding or dismissing the UNRWA staff responsible as appropriate, as well as asking the U.N. to ensure that these incidents never take place again.”
Better yet, stop all executive overreach. “Without legislation, the president is handcuffed by how far he can go to help the estimated 11 million immigrants living illegally in the U.S. Immigration activists and human rights groups have pressed Obama to act aggressively, urging the White House to halt deportations for as many illegal immigrants as possible. But the administration — already facing a Republican lawsuit accusing Obama of executive overreach — says it is determined to act only within the law.”
Better yet, the mainstream media have woken up on the issue. “President Obama held a press conference today and one of the first questions he got was from ABC’s Jonathan Karl. Karl brought up Obama’s concerns about executive power under his predecessor and asked, ‘Has Congress’ inability to do anything significant given you a green light to push the limits of executive power?’ Karl even invoked the criticisms from some that at times he’s an ‘imperial president’ and other times a ‘do-nothing president.’ Obama denied the former charge, saying, ‘I never have a green light, I’m bound by the Constitution, I’m bound by separation of powers.’ ” It sure doesn’t seem that way when he unilaterally changes Obamacare or immigration laws.
Better yet, inspectors general have also perked up. “Dozens of government watchdogs are sounding the alarm that the Obama administration is stonewalling them, in what is being described as an unprecedented challenge to the agencies they’re supposed to oversee. Forty-seven of the government’s 73 independent watchdogs known as inspectors general voiced their complaints in a letter to congressional leaders this week. They accused several major agencies — the Justice Department, the Peace Corps and the chemical safety board — of imposing ‘serious limitations on access to records.’ ” Wow.
Better yet for the GOP, there are also strong gubernatorial and Senate candidates that will help down-ballot Republicans. “Attorney Dave Trott easily beat out Rep. Kerry Bentivolio for the GOP nomination in Michigan’s 11th District on Tuesday, potentially reclaiming a House seat for the party’s establishment wing and making the tea party-aligned Bentivolio the third House incumbent to be defeated in a primary this year.”
Better yet for U.S. national security, public opinion serves as impetus for the Congress to stand up to Obama on Iran and other foreign policy issues. “Americans are critical of how President Obama has been responding to this conflict. 50% of Americans disapprove of how the President is handling the situation between Israel and the Palestinians, while just 33% approve. Most Democrats (56%) approve of how the President is handling the situation, and most Republicans (71%) and independents (53%) disapprove.” Yikes.
Better yet, Laura came along, too. “Former President George W. Bush made a rare return to the nation’s capital on Wednesday to rally world leaders behind a public health campaign to conquer killer diseases in Africa and to forecast what he called ‘the beginning of the end of AIDS.’ Mr. Bush, who has made fighting AIDS in Africa one of his biggest priorities, flew to Washington to participate in a program connected to the Africa summit sponsored by his successor, President Obama. Mr. Bush’s public policy institute teamed up with Michelle Obama and the State Department to host a daylong forum on education and health with the spouses of African leaders.”