Congress expands ‘unmasking’ probe amid questions over Rice role



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An enormous amount has already been written about the Obama Administration’s coopting of American intelligence agencies for the domestic surveillance of members of the Trump campaign and eventual transition team. Virtually none of that has been written by the mainstream media, who have actually categorized it a non or false story, preferring instead to beat the long dead horse of Trump collaboration with Russia. Fox News has been the media leader in accurately reporting that particular, ever-expanding story. Fox now adds to the mounting revelations and evidence:

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Congress expands ‘unmasking’ probe amid questions over Rice role
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What is the status of the Susan Rice investigation?

The House and Senate intelligence committees are expanding their investigation into the so-called “unmasking” controversy, Fox News has learned, to examine whether other candidates or lawmakers beyond President Trump’s associates were affected.

Until now, the investigation focused on how the identities and communications of Trump transition members were collected by U.S. intelligence agencies and then revealed to, and disseminated among, high-ranking members of the Obama administration.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., now plans to audit files from the National Security Agency and White House to determine whether identities and conversations of presidential candidates — or members of Congress — also were swept up during NSA surveillance of foreign leaders. He also plans to review whether Obama’s National Security Council and White House counsel collected and distributed the intelligence for reasons unrelated to foreign intelligence.

“We will be performing an accounting of all unmasking for political purposes focused on the previous White House administration,” a member of the committee told Fox News. “This is now a full-blown investigation.”

Staffers on the Senate committee told Fox News they also have expanded their investigation into whether presidential candidates were unmasked and information was misused — and what role former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, among others, played following reports that she requested Trump-affiliated names be unmasked.

For a private U.S. citizen to be “unmasked,” or named, in an intelligence report is extremely rare and typically only done if it has some foreign intelligence value. Typically, the American is a suspect in a crime, is in danger or has to be named to explain the context of the report.

The intelligence reports that Rice and others in the administration reportedly assembled are similar to what a private investigator might piece together, congressional and U.S. intelligence sources said. In some cases, rather than documenting foreign intelligence, the files included salacious personal information that, if released, could be embarrassing or harmful to the person’s reputation, U.S. intelligence and House Intelligence Committee sources said.

These reports were then disseminated to about 20 to 30 people who had classified clearance in the Obama administration hierarchy, these sources said.

Trump, members of his family, and members of his campaign and transition teams, were likely subjects of “incidental electronic surveillance” by U.S. intelligence agencies, Fox News reported.

Sources told Fox News that names were then sent to all those at the National Security Council, some at the Defense Department, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and then-CIA Director John Brennan — as well as Rice and her former deputy Ben Rhodes, even though the names were supposed to be reported only to the initial requester.

If the names were unmasked in intelligence reports and then leaked to the media for political reasons, it could constitute criminal behavior.

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump’s initial national security adviser, is one known example of a Trump campaign official whose name was unmasked from an intelligence report and leaked to the press. While Rice hasn’t said whether she unmasked Flynn, the leak of his conversation with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak where he discussed U.S. sanctions led Flynn to resign three weeks into his term.

Nunes first announced on March 22 that he’d viewed intelligence reports that contained incidental surveillance on members of the Trump team.

On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page also was monitored by the FBI after the agency obtained a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant as part of an ongoing investigation into possible links between Russian officials and members of the Trump campaign.

In a statement to Fox News, Page said he has done nothing wrong and was a political target.

Malia Zimmerman is an award-winning investigative reporter focusing on crime, homeland security, illegal immigration crime, terrorism and political corruption. Follow her on twitter at @MaliaMZimmerman

Adam Housley joined Fox News Channel (FNC) in 2001 and currently serves as a Los Angeles-based senior correspondent.

Bob Unruh: Obama amnesty shot down – again!


Obama amnesty shot down – again!
Posted By Bob Unruh On 10/03/2016 @ 12:37 pm In APP Frontpage,Front
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For the second time, and without comment, the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected President Obama’s tactic of granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens through administrative actions.

The high court on Monday declined to revisit the dispute, as the White House had wanted.

Fox News reported the case might still return to the Supreme Court at a later date but almost certainly not while Obama is president.

The issue has been percolating throughout Obama’s tenure in the White House. He repeatedly stated he alone didn’t have the authority to change America’s immigration laws to allow amnesty for millions of illegals and tried to pressure Congress to take action.

When the lawmakers refused to do what he wanted, he had administration officials re-interpret existing law to allow as many as 5 million illegal aliens to remain in the country.

But his plan was shot down by a federal judge in Texas, whose decision in a case brought by 26 states, led by Texas, was upheld by an appeals court. The Supreme Court earlier this year voted 4-4 on the case, leaving the lower court precedent standing.

Now the court has declined to revisit the fight.

The district judge’s ruling found the Constitution doesn’t give the president that authority.

Ann Coulter’s back, and she’s never been better than in “Adios, America!: The Left’s Plan to Turn our Country into a Third World Hellhole.”

When he was speaker of the House, Rep. John Boehner listed 22 times when Obama made statements that he is not allowed to do what he did.

For example, in October 2010, Obama said: “I am president, I am not king. I can’t do these things just by myself. … I’ve got to have some partners to do it. … If Congress has laws on the books that says that people who are here who are not documented have to be deported, then I can exercise some flexibility in terms of where we deploy our resources, to focus on people who are really causing problems as opposed to families who are just trying to work and support themselves. But there’s a limit to the discretion that I can show because I am obliged to execute the law. … I can’t just make the laws up by myself.”

But in 2014, the administration announced an immigration-law change that would “shield more than four million people from deportation,” NBC News said.

Read WND’s investigative report on Obama’s plan to “institutionalize” his immigration policies throughout 16 federal agencies that will do his bidding long after he’s gone from the White House.

Texas sued and was joined by more than two dozen other states, citing the massive new demands for public services such as school and health care that would be imposed by those who previously had been subject to deportation.

“In seeking rehearing – a [chance] to argue the same case over again – the Justice Department said the move ‘is consistent with historical practice and reflects the need for prompt and definitive resolution of this important case,’” NBC said.

The 4-4 tie was set up by the death earlier this year of Justice Antonin Scalia. A tie at the high court means the lower court ruling is left standing.

It was Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program that was derailed. It was set up to let certain categories of illegal aliens stay in America.

The Obama administration announced the program as a series of administrative orders in November 2014. It said the actions were necessary because Congress refused to make the changes in law that he wanted.

The lawsuit was filed to halt the plan, and shortly after, a federal district judge in Texas and a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit ruled in favor of the states.

But the Obama administration fought back, claiming the states don’t have standing to sue the federal government over immigration policy.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans had ruled 2-1 to uphold a lower court’s injunction blocking the White House from going forward with its deferred-action plan and to make the injunction permanent.

“The president must follow the rule of law, just like everybody else,” argued Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who was leading up the coalition of 26 states suing the Obama administration.

He went on, the Washington Post reported: “Throughout this process, the Obama administration has aggressively disregarded the constitutional limits on executive power.”

While the case was pending at the lower courts, 113 members of Congress said in a court brief Obama’s amnesty program violates the Constitution.

“Our position is clear – President Obama’s executive action is unconstitutional and impermissibly disrupts the separation of powers,” said Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice, which filed on behalf of Congress.

WND broke the story when a federal judge in Texas granted a temporary injunction halting Obama’s executive-order driven amnesty program.

The ruling from U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen ordered the government not to proceed with any portion of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents.

“The United States of America, its departments, agencies, officers, agents and employees and Jeh Johnson, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security; R. Gil Kerlikowske, commissioner of United States customs and Border Protection; Ronald D. Vitiello, deputy chief of United States Border Patrol, United States Customs and Border Protection; Thomas S. Winkowski, acting director of United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and Leon Rodriguez, director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services are hereby enjoined from implementing any and all aspects or phases of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents,” the ruling said.

The dispute elevated to the astonishing when, in his Texas courtroom, the judge bluntly asked a Justice Department attorney whether or not President Obama and federal officials can be believed regarding the administration’s executive action on immigration.

“I can trust what Secretary [Jeh] Johnson says … what President Obama says?” Hanen asked, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Fox News reported the judge even went further, instructing Justice Department attorney Kathleen Hartnett, “That’s a yes or no question.”

She responded, “Yes, your honor.”

Hanen called for the hearing because of questions about whether the Justice Department misled the judge by claiming that deportation reprieves would not go forward before he made a ruling. It turned out that federal officials had delayed deportation for 108,000 people for three years and granted them work permits.

The administration had argued the reprieves were granted under a 2012 program that was not impacted by Hanen’s order. But the 2012 program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, granted only two-year reprieves, while Obama’s November 2014 order allows three-year deferrals.

Hartnett told the judge “government attorneys hadn’t properly explained this because they had been focused on other parts of the proposed action,” Fox reported.

Hanen remained skeptical, and it was then he asked, “Can I trust what the president says?”

He later told the lawyers representing the government to go to ethics classes.
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The best argument yet for concealed carry: Milwaukee Black Lives Matter rioters target white people for extreme violence… the police can no longer protect you in America’s race war


Black Lives Matter

(NaturalNews) Pardon the bluntness of this article, but it is now obvious that American society is breaking down into social chaos characterized by racially motivated black-on-white mob violence. As much as I have repeatedly called for peace and unity among all citizens to realize the TRUE enemy is a corrupt, criminal government, there are still sectors of society where so-called “Black Lives Matter” rioters have become de facto Black Power terrorists who are deliberately hunting down and targeting white people for beatdowns and murder. (See shocking video, below.)

To these BLM rioters / terrorists, white people are nothing more than game targets to be hunted and destroyed for the sheer joy of it. This is what Obama’s America has now come to.

Although I repeat my call for peace and calm among all citizens, until the manipulated, brainwashed “social justice warriors” wake up and realize that their real enemies are George Soros, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton — not Citizen Whitey McWhite — we need to have a serious discussion about divine rights, self-defense and the carrying of legal firearms to halt violence and save lives when the police can’t reach you in time. This advice applies to every law-abiding citizen regardless of their skin color, religion or sexual orientation. All people who believe in the divine right to life, liberty and happiness also deserve to protect themselves from extreme violence.

Make no mistake: Guns save lives when wielded by law-abiding citizens. And if you ever needed one more reason to buy and carry a loaded weapon in self-defense, witness this video from Paul Joseph Watson of Infowars. It depicts the complete breakdown of civil society into a violent race war carried out by Black Lives Matter rioters who racially targeted white people for acts of extreme violence over the weekend (in Milwaukee).

This video obliterates all arguments against the right to carry weapons for self-defense.

In fact, it all but proves the need for armed citizens to defend themselves against the violent criminality of Black Lives Matter rioters, whose own behavior has now devolved into the kind of animalistic vengeance you might expect to find in collapsed third world nations run by armed despots (who carry out their acts of genocide with machetes when guns are not available).

Via Infowars:

The clip shows angry rioters chanting “black power!” before asking “is they white?” as cars slowly drive past.

“Yeah they white!” states someone else, prompting the mob to run towards the vehicle.

“Yeah they white, get their ass!” screams another.

“Hey they beatin’ up every white person!” exclaims another rioter.

“He white – beat his head – bitch!” he adds.

The footage appears to show the mob attacking cars and trying to drag out the drivers.

The footage then cuts to an upper floor window before the person shooting the video states, “I think they just beat some white bitch ass for no reason – they bust open the window.”

Local reporters were also targeted for violent assaults, including a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reporter, who was “thrown to the ground and punched”.

WTMJ was forced to pull its reporters from the ground altogether because of violent threats from the mob.

In another clip, rioters are seen burning down a gas station while chanting “black power!”

Watch the video here:

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How to halt acts of extreme violence that target you because of your skin color

In exactly the same way every human being has a divine right to grow food, harvest seeds, enjoy the benefits of herbal medicine and collect rainwater, every human being also has a divine right to defend one’s life against violence: rape, murder, injurious assault, etc.

While the divine right to self-defense has never diminished over the millennia of human civilization, the tools of that defense have evolved rapidly. A few hundred years ago, self-defense might have been accomplished by carrying a steel sword or knife (and knowing how to use it). Today, the most effective tools for law-abiding citizens to defend themselves against extreme violence are, of course, firearms.

It is ironic that the liberal white people most likely to be beat to death by BLM gangs in America’s inner cities are the very same people who “don’t believe in guns” in the first place. There’s a twisted kind of social injustice found in that failed philosophy, by the way. Someone’s refusal to “believe” in guns doesn’t stop angry BLM mobs from smashing in their white faces with baseball bats, you may have noticed. Fascinatingly, kinetic weapons do not require “belief” to function. They operate on cause and effect (i.e. the laws of physics, not mysticism or faith).

When it comes to halting violence, I don’t wave magic wands, call for a lighting strike from God or dial 911 and pray. Instead, I deploy a kinetic weapon that’s guaranteed to function as long as the laws of physics remain intact. That’s a pretty safe bet, by the way. If the laws of physics stop working, we’re all toast anyway.

Call the police AFTER you’re safe (and have time to reload)

When the government can’t protect you, a Remington shotgun can. Or a loaded Glock pistol, for that matter. Let there be no question whatsoever that any group of violent, racist rioters who are targeting people for their skin color and dragging them out of their vehicles for violent beatdowns can be justifiably shot on sight by those who refuse to be their victims, all in full compliance with not only the laws of the land but also the laws of morality and ethics.

You don’t shoot these people to cause them injury or harm, by the way. This isn’t an act of vengeance. You shoot to halt their actions because you have no other choice, and you thereby spare yourself and others from being seriously harmed or killed by them. Shooting someone as a last ditch act of self-defense is really an act of tough love in defense of innocent life. Sometimes you have to destroy a bad person to protect good people.

Or, as military snipers sometimes say, “GOOD people sometimes have to do BAD things to BAD people.” Hence the Glock G19 Gen4, arguably the No. 1 self-defense weapon of choice for men and women alike. The number of rapes, murders and beatdowns that have been stopped by the G19 is beyond counting.

Here’s another look at what “social justice warriors” are doing in America’s cities: Looting… screaming… lawless mayhem. This is what Obama and decades of failed liberal economic policies have brought to the doorstep of modern society:

If you’re not armed yet, you’re not ready for the next phase of Obama’s race war rioting / martial law / national emergency

If you aren’t yet carrying a loaded firearm for self-defense, get armed up NOW as long as it’s legal in your area. Get trained and proficient, too. Know how to clear jams, stovepipes, double feeds, dud rounds and so on. If you can’t keep your gun up and running in a real fight, you’re not ready to carry it.

Remember: Obama’s long-planned race ware is now activated, meaning there will be a whole lot more race-based violence across America’s cities… and of course all the “social justice” warriors — who are really violent, racist, hate-filled bigots and raging mindless animals — are going to be targeting WHITE people for their killings. It’s the ultimate hate crime, judging people solely on their skin color then murdering them in the name of “Black Power.” Remember, these are the same people who correctly said that the lynching and murder of black people in the name of “WHITE POWER” was horrific. And they were right! All racial violence is wrong! But now, apparently, all that murder and mayhem is perfectly okay as long as it’s done in the name of BLACK POWER. Hmmm… that’s pretty f’d up, if you ask me. Why can’t we just say “All Lives Matter” and stop shooting each other in the name of “justice” of any kind?

If you carry a loaded firearm for self-defense, by the way, carry a spare magazine. I’ve found the most amazing horizontal belt magazine carrier called the SHTF Gear Horizontal Magazine Carrier. It allows you to carry an extra magazine horizontally on your belt, with outstanding concealment and easy movement. I’ve carried a spare .40 magazine in this exact pouch for about two years now, and it’s still holding up.

Remember, much of today’s violence is being carried out by racist, angry, bigoted HATE MOBS, not just individuals. This means you will likely need to reload. Don’t get caught with only one magazine in your gun. Like I always say in my tactical handgun classes, if they ever find me beat to death by an angry mob, there are going to be shell casings and empty magazines (and lots of dead m—er f—ers) all over the place, because I’m not dying with a round still in the chamber, got me? Yeah, some angry mob might eventually overpower me, but it’s gonna cost ’em dearly in the process. (Clint Eastwood was right. Stop being such a pu–y and learn how to deal with the real world as an adult.)

How to shoot to STOP violent criminals

Sadly, most people who own guns never quite learn how to use them very effectively. If you’re going to act in self-defense as a last resort to save lives and halt violence, you need to act decisively to halt the threat as quickly as possible.

Those of us who are trained in tactical handgun combat at the advanced levels are actually trained to shoot the pelvis, not the chest, because shattering someone’s pelvis immediately causes them to crumple to the ground. And that’s the entire purpose of shooting someone in self-defense: To STOP their assault and thereby protect lives.

If you shoot someone in the chest, they can keep charging in your direction (and often do). If you shoot them in the pelvis with a hollow point or rifle round, they are usually out of the fight almost instantly, which affords you more time to take out their fellow criminals who are also probably trying to murder you. Rookie cops are often trained to shoot center body mass only because it’s the simplest way to teach beginner marksmanship to newbies. Veteran cops know that shooting the pelvis is a far more effective way to stop the threat. Also, as a tactical bonus, very few people wear pelvis body armor (or steel underwear). But chest body armor is common among some criminals.

SUMMARY: The open streets are not your stupid SAFE SPACE

Forget your “safe spaces” and “social justice” delusions. When an angry mob (of any skin color) deliberately targets another group of people for the color of their skin and seeks to carry out acts of extreme violence against them, the correct solution isn’t “social justice” but rather HALTING their violence as quickly as possible. This is a universal principle, and it applies to a mob of white people trying to lynch a black person just as much as it applies to a mob of black people trying to beat white people to death.

There is no circumstance under which mob violence against racially targeted victims is acceptable in any kind of lawful society. In all such cases, those who carry out acts of such extreme hatred and violence must be immediately stopped, either by law enforcement or by armed, responsible citizens packing hollow point ammo in their Glocks and Colts. When the police finally show up to document the aftermath of the incident, make no mistake that they will be thanking the citizens who opened fire and stopped the violent criminals from harming yet more people.

I wish all Natural News readers health and safety, and I urge you to wake up and open your eyes to what’s actually happening to America due to the democrats’ desire for absolute chaos, murder and mayhem before the coming election. It’s gonna get a whole lot worse before November, and I don’t want any of you to be victims of this senseless violence. (Your intelligence and wisdom will be needed to help rebuild America after Trump gets elected.)

If you believe in saving lives and preventing violence, then you automatically believe in self-defense. Now it’s time to ACT ON IT and arm yourself in the defense of your divine life and your right to safety.

P.S. You can order a Glock handgun at Buds Gun Shop and have it shipped to your local FFL dealers, where you will be subjected to all the usual FBI background checks, etc. (You can’t actually buy a gun on the internet. It gets shipped to a dealer, then you pick it up there after going through the background checks.)

If you don’t know which Glock is right for you, buy one of each!

While you’re waiting for your Glock to arrive, read NewsTarget.com to stay informed on exactly why you might need it.

Scott Bernstein A Message From a Concerned Citizen


A Message from a Concerned Citizen
Scott Bernstein

CEO – International Security Consultant at Global Security International (GSI)

A Message from a Concerned Citizen

All of a sudden, Islam is taught in schools. All of a sudden, we must allow prayer rugs everywhere and allow for Islamic prayer in schools and businesses.

All of a sudden, we must stop serving pork in public places and institutions.

All of a sudden, we are inundated with law suits by Muslims who are offended by America. (For God’s sake, they are IN America)

All of a sudden, we must allow burkas to be worn everywhere even though you have no idea who is covered up under them.

All of a sudden, Muslim training compounds are popping up throughout the USA.

All of a sudden, Muslims are suing employers for being expected to do their jobs.

All of a sudden, all of our aircraft carriers are recalled for maintenance by Obama rendering the Atlantic unsupported.

All of a sudden, our troops are withdrawn from the middle east.

All of a sudden, there is no money for American poor, disabled veterans, jobless Americans, hungry Americans, or displaced Americans, but there is endless money for Obama’s refugee programs.

All of a sudden, Obama fills the Federal Government with Muslims in key positions.

All of a sudden, there is an ammunition shortage in the USA.

All of a sudden, Americans are threatened by the Federal government for complaining about Muslims.

All of a sudden, the most important thing for Obama to do is disarm American Citizens.

Now, why is it so important for Obama to disarm America? Why? Because a disarmed country is ripe for takeover by the Muslim Army that Obama has imported into the United States.

Nikita Krueschev, the Russian Dictator who visited the USA in the 1950s said the USA could never be occupied by any army because of it’s citizen Army.

Obama knows this fact and is doing everything within his power to disarm our Citizen Army.

If Obama can’t do it legally, he will abuse his power and take every gun from Americans because he knows he must do that to turn the USA over to Islam.
Be wary and watchful. Obama’s actions speak far beyond his words. Obama won’t even say the words “Islamic Terrorist”, WHY?”

I Have Just Read the Biggest Bunch of BullShit, That I Have Read This Year! According to CNN: “Obama heads into State of the Union on ratings uptick”


I cannot believe that “latest in a string of surveys showing Obama’s ratings inching up, including a CNN/ORC poll from late December showing Obama at a 20-month approval high”.

“Improving economic conditions have finally triggered more optimism”. Where has there been improving economic conditions? If anyone knows, please tell me, I would like to experience an improved economic condition. Did anyone else see “Dr. Benjamin Carson’s Amazing Speech at the National Prayer Breakfast with Obama Present” on youtube? Now all of the sudden, the country has miraculously recovered from economic conditions? What about the southern borders, did they get closed up too? And what about Ebola? Not talking about it, and banning the media from mentioning it, did not make it go away!

BullShit! Pure, Plain, Simple BullShit!

From CNN: The Propoganda, that they want everyone to believe can be found here:
http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/19/politics/obama-popular-state-of-the-union/index.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_topstories+%28RSS%3A+Top+Stories%29

Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama heads into Tuesday’s State of the Union address riding the first uptick in his approval ratings in years, but he’ll be speaking to a room full of more Republicans than Democrats for the first time, providing for a new dynamic in the annual ritual.

Fifty percent say they approve of the job Obama’s doing as president, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll released on Monday. That’s the best Obama’s fared since the spring of 2013, and it’s the latest in a string of surveys showing Obama’s ratings inching up, including a CNN/ORC poll from late December showing Obama at a 20-month approval high.

Obama’s State of the Union wades into 2016

Improving economic conditions have finally triggered more optimism in the country, the surveys show, though many Americans still say the nation’s financial state is poor. Even as more people feel the benefits of a resurgent economy, there’s still a persistent sense among Americans that it’s not improving fast enough.

The Washington Post/ABC poll out Monday showed 56% of Americans felt the country was on the wrong track – an improvement from the 70% who felt that way in 2013, but still reflective of a majority who aren’t seeing much to crow about in the economic recovery.

That gloom is part of the reason Democrats fared so poorly in November’s midterm elections – and why Obama’s address on Tuesday will be delivered to the first GOP-majority Congress of Obama’s presidency.

The White House hopes that with improving approval poll numbers will come more unity among Democrats around Obama’s agenda, which aides say can be reduced to three words: middle class economics.

Obama tax plan: Cuts and hikes

“It’s important for us to find every single way that we can to provide some relief for middle class families because as the economy finally after six years gets to the point where people are beginning to feel it, we need to make sure we lean in so that folks have a little bit more money at the end of the week,” said David Simas, the director of Obama’s political office.

That means proposing new tax breaks for married couples where each partner works, increasing the child care tax credit and offering two years of community college free to qualified applicants.

The White House says those kinds of moves will help bolster middle-class Americans who aren’t yet feeling the economic recovery, despite plenty of data indicating the country moving further away from the recession.

But even as Obama finds himself more popular than he has been in months, his agenda appears to be facing its toughest challenge yet with Republicans in control of both chambers of Congress.

GOP leaders have already dismissed the White House tax plan as an unserious bid at tax reform, an issue both sides say they want to tackle in the final two years of Obama’s presidency. The President’s aides say they still expect to make progress.

“The State of the Union is an opportunity for the President to lay out his vision, to put forward his proposals. Republicans now in charge of Congress will have an opportunity to put forward their proposals,” Simas said. “This is the beginning of a process and we hope that it’s fruitful.”

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