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  • Obamacare Taxes Have Arrived & Republicans Need to Stop Them

    01/15/2018 6:03:44 AM PST · by ReformedMedia · 3 replies
    The Washington Standard ^ | 01-14-2018 | Casey Harper
    The 60 Plus Association released a new ad this week as part of their seven-figure ad campaign to blast the dreaded Health Insurance Tax (HIT), a $21 billion tax that is expected to increase premium costs. The tax went into effect Jan. 1. Although Republicans were able to repeal the Obamacare individual mandate in the latest tax reform package, there are still vestiges of the big government healthcare legislation that remain. Republicans still have a big job ahead of them in the healthcare fight. Among the top priorities are the tax issues such as the medical device tax and health...
  • #FusionCollusion – Congress Takes 3-Prong Approach To Surround Corrupt Intelligence and Justice

    01/14/2018 5:14:18 PM PST · by bitt · 41 replies
    There is an interesting dynamic unfolding with White Hats and Black Hats amid the story of how political forces within the DOJ and FBI conspired with Clinton allies in the 2016 presidential election, ie. “The Trump Operation”. [Hi Glenn, Jim, Andy] Back-story – There are two central components: ♦First, corruption within the DOJ and FBI that included their use of unlawful use of FISA-702 exploits; and ♦second, how that intelligence information was extracted, passed along to those outside government, repackaged, and reconstituted into the “Steele Dossier”. The finished, albeit sketchy, intelligence was later returned to the FBI to request lawful...
  • Chain Migration Expected to Add 8M Potential Foreign-Born Voters to U.S. Electorate over Next 20yrs

    01/14/2018 5:13:37 PM PST · by Cheerio · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Jan 2018 | John Binder
    The United States’ current “chain migration” process, where newly naturalized citizens can bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the U.S. with them, is likely to add a potential 8 million new foreign-born voters to the country’s electorate over the next two decades.
  • Hopes for immigration deal fade as lawmakers trade barbs and denials on Trump’s use of vulgarity

    01/14/2018 4:41:44 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 58 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | January 14 at 6:07 PM | Mike DeBonis
    With the fate of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants in the balance, relations between key GOP and Democratic lawmakers turned poisonous Sunday over disagreement about President Trump’s use of a vulgarity to describe poor countries last week during an Oval Office meeting. Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) — who attended the meeting and previously has said they could not recall whether Trump had referred to “shithole countries” — on Sunday denied outright that Trump had ever said it. They suggested that a Democrat who publicly confirmed the remarks, Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin of Illinois,...
  • Donald Trump: ‘DACA Is Probably Dead’

    01/14/2018 12:29:08 PM PST · by Cheerio · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Jan 2018 | Charlie Spiering
    President Donald Trump expressed his skepticism that a DACA deal could be reached with Democrats. “DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don’t really want it,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday. He suggested that Democrats were preparing a government shutdown over the issue after they leaked details of a private conversation with them to the media. “They just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military,” Trump wrote. On Saturday, he said it was “too bad” that Democrats were not serious about reaching a DACA deal. “I don’t believe the Democrats really want to see...
  • Father Turns Teen Son in to Police After Finding Child Pornography on Phone

    01/14/2018 9:21:56 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 56 replies
    KSBW ^ | Jan 11, 2018 | Chelsea Robinson
    A Missouri teenager has been charged with child porn possession after his father found pictures of a nude toddler on his cellphone. According to KTVI, Paul Spensberger found the images after confiscating his son Andrew Spensberger's, cellphone. He had taken the device away as punishment. Advertisement He reported the images to police on Dec. 30. The O'Fallon Missouri Police Department says the images were of a 2-year-old girl, a relative of Paul Spensberger's girlfriend. Andrew Spensberger reportedly took the pictures while the child was asleep on the floor of his bedroom. Andrew told investigators he was planning to sell the...
  • Not News: Tax-Cut 'Crumbs' Were a Big Deal to Pelosi and Dems in 2011-2012

    01/13/2018 2:04:56 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | January 13, 2018 | Tom Blumer
    On Thursday, House Democratic Party Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi characterized as "crumbs" the bonuses of $1,000 or more, pay raises of up to $3 per hour, and other benefits well over 100 companies have showered on over 2 million employees as a result of December's tax law passage. Given their track record, there's no reason to believe that the establishment press will report Pelosi's condescending remarks — or that they will remind their audience that in 2011 and 2012, the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress treated the prospect of workers losing $40 every other week in their paychecks as...
  • Pew: 115th Congress Fourth Least Productive in Three Decades

    01/12/2018 5:20:27 PM PST · by Cheerio · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12 Jan 2018 | Penny Starr
    ew Research Center on Thursday released the results of an analysis on Congress’s productivity showing that, despite Republican control of the White House and both chambers, the legislative body is the fourth least productive in three decades. The report also looked at what laws are “substantive,” measured by whether they changed federal law or used taxpayer funding. Pew reported: In 2005, the first year of the GOP-controlled 109th Congress and with Republican George W. Bush in the White House, 161 laws were enacted, 124 of them substantive. By 2009, the first year of the 111th Congress, Democrats were in control...
  • Maxine’s Troubled Waters

    01/12/2018 11:34:45 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/12/18 | Douglas Gibbs
    Maxine, and her family members, who are actually becoming rich on the backs of American taxpayers Maxine Waters has represented, in the U.S. House of Representatives, a region of communities on the southside of Los Angeles since 1991. She is criticized for not even living in her district, one of four members of Congress in California to make the claim. However, truth be told, her lavish mansion in South Los Angeles used to be in her district, but redistricting shifted Waters and a few of her neighbors, into the 37th District now represented by Democratic Rep. Karen Bass. Waters now...
  • U.S. Republicans say effort to help 'Dreamer' immigrants advances

    01/11/2018 11:31:34 AM PST · by detective · 30 replies
    MSN News ^ | January 11, 2018 | Richard Cowan
    A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has reached a deal on protecting young immigrant "Dreamers" from deportation as part of a broader immigration plan, a spokesman for Republican Senator Jeff Flake said on Thursday. The spokesman, Jason Samuels, would not provide details of the plan, but said "the next step is taking it to the White House" for President Donald Trump to weigh. Some other lawmakers who have been engaged in the negotiations were also optimistic; others said no deal had yet been reached.
  • Rep. Darrell Issa To Retire, Adding To Record GOP Exodus From Congress

    01/11/2018 2:55:41 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 41 replies
    NPR ^ | 10 Jan 18 | Jessica Taylor
    Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., announced Wednesday that he is retiring from Congress and would not be seeking re-election, the 31st House Republican to do so. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., announced he will not seek re-election Wednesday, adding to a record number of House Republicans heading for the exits ahead of the 2018 midterms — perhaps seeing the writing on the wall of a possible wave election for Democrats. There are now 31 Republicans who will not seek re-election in November: 19 who are retiring outright and another 12 who are running for higher office. And that list is is...
  • Incoming Virginia Gov: Banning Private Gun Sales a Priority for 2018

    01/10/2018 10:36:07 AM PST · by rktman · 70 replies ^ | 1/10/2018 | AWR Hawkins
    Incoming Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) indicates that banning private gun sales in the state will be a priority for 2018. In other words, he will continue to pursue the gun controls that outgoing Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) pursued but failed to secure. NBC Washington reports that Northam will be pushing “universal background checks for gun buyers.” This means private gun sales will be treated like retail sales, with a point-of-sale background checks required at time of purchase. Such a framework will require a law-abiding gun owner to seek out a government representative, a federal firearms license holder, and have...
  • Trump Floats Immigration Sellout

    01/09/2018 3:27:21 PM PST · by detective · 107 replies
    National Review ^ | January 9, 2018 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Donald Trump held an extraordinary public negotiation on immigration reform with congressional leaders, during which he declined to commit himself to any particular policy but affirmed that he would sign off on whatever Congress sends him.
  • Republicans who won't be coming back to Congress after 2018 midterm elections

    01/08/2018 9:37:06 PM PST · by ransomnote · 13 replies ^ | January 8, 2018 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    Sen. Orrin Hatch, the longest-serving Senate Republican, announced on Jan. 2 that he would not seek re-election – ending weeks of speculation to the contrary. Hatch, an 83-year-old from Utah, said he would retire at the end of his term. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., also announced the same day that he would not seek re-election. Shuster, 56, told the Washington Examiner that he hopes to work with President Trump on an infrastructure bill before he retires. Multiple Republican lawmakers have already announced that they would not return to Washington after 2018. In general, fall retirement announcements are nothing new. On...
  • California Republican Rep. Ed Royce won't seek reelection

    01/08/2018 3:41:36 PM PST · by socal_parrot · 22 replies
    LA Times ^ | 1/8/18 | Christine Mai-Duc and Sarah D. Wire
    House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce will not run for reelection, he announced Monday. Royce, a Republican from Fullerton who was first elected to Congress in 1992, is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and is known as a hawk and a free trade advocate. He is the first California Republican to announce a retirement in what’s expected to be a tough year for the GOP at the ballot box. “In this final year of my Foreign Affairs Committee chairmanship, I want to focus fully on the urgent threats facing our nation, including: the brutal, corrupt and dangerous...
  • How The FBI and DOJ Intelligence Units Were Weaponized Around Congressional Oversight…

    01/08/2018 1:41:40 AM PST · by a little elbow grease · 61 replies ^ | 1/8/18 | sundance
    (snip) -- Four Democrats and Four Republicans (four minority party and four majority party political leaders) for a total of eight. Four from the House and Four from the Senate. –Understand the Gang of Eight Here– The Gang-of-Eight can, if they choose, interact with the intelligence product they oversee with the same level of security clearance as the originating compartment being reviewed. Only these eight members can interact with the intelligence product in this way. This ensures their ability to conduct oversight. The eight elected officials also hold oversight on all covert intelligence operations and are briefed on all presidential...
  • From now on, our Department will not usurp Congress’s job of making the rules.

    01/07/2018 9:59:40 AM PST · by SubMareener · 39 replies
    Official Department of Justice Department Twitter ^ | 11:13 AM - 5 Jan 2018 | Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein
    Justice Department‏Verified account @TheJusticeDept "From now on, our Department will not usurp Congress’s job of making the rules. We will stick to enforcing them."—Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein 11:13 AM - 5 Jan 2018
  • Open Internet Preservation Act Seeks To Stop Internet Censorship & Promote Free Flow Of Information

    01/05/2018 7:50:22 AM PST · by ReformedMedia · 8 replies
    The Washington Standard ^ | 01-05-2017 | Tim Brown
    Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has introduced HR4682, the Open Internet Preservation Act, in the House of Representatives, along with 21 co-sponsors.The bill, which was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce near the end of December, seeks to "amend the Communications Act of 1934 to ensure internet openness, to prohibit blocking of lawful content, applications, services, and non-harmful devices, to prohibit impairment or degradation of lawful internet traffic, to limit the authority of the Federal Communications Commission and to preempt State law with respect to internet openness obligations, to provide that broadband internet access service shall be considered...
  • Trump ups the ante on immigration deal to avoid shutdown

    01/03/2018 8:55:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/03/2018 | Rick Moran
    Donald Trump has drawn a line in the sand on deal to keep the government operating past January 19.  Democrats are demanding that Trump address the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, which would legalize hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens.  They say they won't vote to fund the government past the January 19 deadline unless DACA provisions are included. Trump has upped the ante by making funding the border wall part of the deal, as well as the elimination of "chain migration" and the visa lottery.  Trump is making the Democrats pay a heavy price for DACA by tying his...
  • NYT’s Fandos Spins Desperately to Protect Mueller, Cast Dems as New Law & Order Party

    01/01/2018 7:32:14 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | January 1, 2017 | Clay Waters
    Sunday’s New York Times featured the latest attack by reporter Nicholas Fandos on the GOP for daring to criticize special counsel Robert Mueller and his increasingly partisan-looking investigation fo Donald Trump: “Attacks on Mueller and F.B.I. Open a Rift in the Party of Law and Order.” The text box: “Worry that a drive by Trump loyalists could stain the G.O.P.” Fandos has proven himself a frantic spinner for the Democrats and Mueller while disdaining Republicans in Congress, and again does yeoman’s work trying to position the party of the Clintons and Obama as the new “law and order” party. A growing...