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  • EPA spends millions on military-style weapons, watchdog group reports

    10/10/2015 10:56:35 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 10, 2015 | Kellan Howell
    The Environmental Protection Agency has spent millions of dollars over the last decade on military-style weapons to arm its 200 “special agents” to fight environmental crime. Among the weapons purchased are guns, body armor, camouflage equipment, unmanned aircraft, amphibious assault ships, radar and night-vision gear and other military-style weaponry and surveillance activities, according to a new report by the watchdog group Open the Books. “Protecting the environment just got real. With millions of dollars spent on military style weaponry, the EPA is now literally ensconced with all institutional force,” said Adam Andrzejewski, founder of Open the Books and the author...
  • Why Does the IRS Need Guns?

    06/26/2016 8:12:31 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 65 replies
    Open the Books ^ | 16 June 2016 | Tom Coburn, Adam Andrzejewski
    Special agents at the IRS equipped with AR-15 military-style rifles? Health and Human Services "Special Office of Inspector General Agents" being trained by the Army’s Special Forces contractors? The Department of Veterans Affairs arming 3,700 employees? The number of non-Defense Department federal officers authorized to make arrests and carry firearms (200,000) now exceeds the number of U.S. Marines (182,000). In its escalating arms and ammo stockpiling, this federal arms race is unlike anything in history. Over the last 20 years, the number of these federal officers with arrest-and-firearm authority has nearly tripled to over 200,000 today, from 74,500 in 1996....
  • Why Does the IRS Need Guns?

    06/19/2016 7:57:56 AM PDT · by chuckee · 30 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 18, 2016
    After grabbing legal power, bureaucrats are amassing firepower. It’s time to scale back the federal arsenal. Special agents at the IRS equipped with AR-15 military-style rifles? Health and Human Services “Special Office of Inspector General Agents” being trained by the Army’s Special Forces contractors? The Department of Veterans Affairs arming 3,700 employees? The number of non-Defense Department federal officers authorized to make arrests and carry firearms (200,000) now exceeds the number of U.S. Marines (182,000). In its escalating arms and ammo stockpiling, this federal arms race is unlike anything in history. Over the last 20 years, the number of these...
  • Why Does The IRS Need So Many Guns?

    06/17/2016 7:51:41 AM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal op-ed: Why Does the IRS Need Guns?, by Tom Coburn (former U.S. Senator) & Adam Andrzejewski (Founder, OpenTheBooks.com): Special agents at the IRS equipped with AR-15 military-style rifles? Health and Human Services “Special Office of Inspector General Agents” being trained by the Army’s Special Forces contractors? The Department of Veterans Affairs arming 3,700 employees? The number of non-Defense Department federal officers authorized to make arrests and carry firearms (200,000) now exceeds the number of U.S. Marines (182,000). In its escalating arms and ammo stockpiling, this federal arms race is unlike anything in history. Over the last 20...
  • Why Does the IRS Need Guns?

    06/17/2016 5:52:00 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 55 replies
    WSJ ^ | 6/16/2016 | Tom Coburn and Adam Andrzejewski
    Special agents at the IRS equipped with AR-15 military-style rifles? Health and Human Services “Special Office of Inspector General Agents” being trained by the Army’s Special Forces contractors? The Department of Veterans Affairs arming 3,700 employees? The number of non-Defense Department federal officers authorized to make arrests and carry firearms (200,000) now exceeds the number of U.S. Marines (182,000). In its escalating arms and ammo stockpiling, this federal arms race is unlike anything in history. Over the last 20 years, the number of these federal officers with arrest-and-firearm authority has nearly tripled to over 200,000 today, from 74,500 in 1996....
  • Failed Republicans Want to Rewrite the Constitution

    05/29/2016 1:44:33 PM PDT · by Dalberg-Acton · 15 replies
    The Eagle Forum ^ | May 25, 2016 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Did you ever wonder why unsuccessful candidates merely “suspend” their campaigns after losing a key primary, instead of terminating them? Surely all those candidates knew that it’s impossible to restart a presidential campaign once it’s been suspended. In the famous words of Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter Alice Longworth, “You can’t make a soufflé rise twice.”
  • Report: Romney recruiting Kasich, Sasse for third-party option

    05/14/2016 11:33:03 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 173 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 14, 2016 | Jesse Hellmann
    Greg Nash Mitt Romney, the GOP’s 2012 nominee, is among those courting prospects for a possible third-party bid to keep Donald Trump from the White House, according to a Washington Post report . Among those prospects are Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), one of Trump’s most vocal Republican critics, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who suspended his presidential campaign in early May. Kasich’s chief strategist John Weaver said the governor isn’t interested in running an an independent. A Sasse spokesman declined to comment. But it’s not looking to good for a late in the game third-party bid, according to the...
  • Social Security still paying potentially bogus disability claims 3 years after fraud exposed

    04/11/2016 5:56:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 11, 2016 | Stephan Dinan
    Investigators identified nearly 2,000 cases of potentially phony disability claims stemming from a massive Social Security fraud scheme, but three years after the scam was first exposed, the government says it’s still struggling to stop the payments. Only slightly more than 300 cases have been disqualified, and Social Security is still “in the process of effectuating those terminations,” the agency told The Washington Times just days after the accused ringleader and two lead accomplices were indicted on federal fraud charges. Despite three investigations into suspicions of massive fraud, Social Security officials say they are assuming all of the applications are...
  • [Warning] Donald Trump Must Beware of Trojan Horse Delegates

    03/21/2016 10:48:52 AM PDT · by windhover · 94 replies
    Anti Trump Infiltrators are moving into delegate positions in states Donald Trump has; either won by winner take all,or by proportionally awarded by percentage. This is being orchestrated by GOP County Chairmen, primarily in and out of County conventions. Rules differ by State and County with some delegates being appointed and others elected, so one size does not fit all cases. Here's the rub: Although all delegates are bound to vote for the delegates on the FIRST ballot. After that they can vote to change convention Rules and vote for any candidate you want. If you do not have a...
  • Report: Tom Coburn tells allies he’s open to leading a conservative third-party challenge to Trump

    03/21/2016 9:08:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 156 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/21/2016 | AllahPundit
    The best line from any Trump stump speech this year is “Everyone wants Washington to change, and that means changing everyone in Washington.” No, wait — I’m mixed up. Trump didn’t say that. It was Tom Coburn, announcing his retirement from the Senate, who did. Coburn was raging against a corrupt establishment in D.C. back when Trump was still firing people on “The Apprentice.” Such was his despair at what he encountered in the capital that he spent the last few years calling for a convention of the states to fix Washington. He’s a perfect choice in many ways for...
  • Republican Leaders Map a Strategy to Derail Donald Trump (Coburn or Perry 3rd party candidate)

    03/19/2016 2:19:03 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 190 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 19, 2016 | ALEXANDER BURNS and JONATHAN MARTIN
    Republican leaders adamantly opposed to Donald J. Trump’s candidacy are preparing a 100-day campaign to deny him the presidential nomination, starting with an aggressive battle in Wisconsin’s April 5 primary and extending into the summer, with a delegate-by-delegate lobbying effort that would cast Mr. Trump as a calamitous choice for the general election. Recognizing that Mr. Trump has seized a formidable advantage in the race, they say that an effort to block him would rely on an array of desperation measures, the political equivalent of guerrilla fighting. There is no longer room for error or delay, the anti-Trump forces say,...
  • Kristol Trying to Get Tom Coburn or Rick Perry to Run Third Party

    03/19/2016 7:38:47 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 128 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 19 March 2016 | Patrick Howley
    Establishment Republicans are looking to retired senator Tom Coburn or retired Texas governor Rick Perry as possible third-party options if they can’t stop Donald Trump at a brokered convention in Cleveland. Neoconservative pundit Bill Kristol, son of Irving, has been one of the leading forces trying to broker the convention to throw out the will of the people if Donald Trump fails to make it to 1,237 delegates before July. But even if Trump reaches 1,237, Kristol and the gang are considering running a third-party candidate against him to split the vote, ensure that Hillary Clinton wins, and keep control...
  • Tom Coburn: Rubio 'Trustworthy' and Electable, Cruz Not 'Effective' Working with Others, Trump Carni

    03/10/2016 8:29:53 AM PST · by bkopto · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/10/2016 | John Hayward
    He said Rubio was the most “trustworthy” and electable of the candidates, while Cruz has difficulty getting things done and would have too much difficulty winning support from voters who didn’t wholeheartedly agree with his ideas, and he dismissed Trump as a “carnival barker.” Despite Rubio's perilous standing in the polls, on the eve of the crucial winner-take-all contest in his home state of Florida, Coburn remained convinced he was the strongest candidate for the general election. "I look at a person's heart, I look at how they voted, I look at whether I know them or not… and I'm...
  • Tom Coburn endorses Rubio, slams Trump

    02/29/2016 9:39:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    NewsOK ^ | 02/29/2016 | by Chris Casteel
    WASHINGTON _ Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn on Monday endorsed U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio for the GOP presidential nomination and said Donald Trump was "perpetuating a fraud." Coburn, a Republican who was Oklahoma's most popular political figure when he resigned in early 2015, said Rubio was the only Republican candidate in the mold of former President Ronald Reagan. "While some are offering a message of victimization and helplessness against Washington, Marco understands that ‘We the People’ are not the establishment and the elites in American society. "We need a president who will reawaken our belief in the American idea and...
  • Coburn endorses Rubio. slams Trump

    02/29/2016 7:39:59 AM PST · by Nextrush · 70 replies
    NewsOK ^ | 2/29/2016 | Chris Casteel
    Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn on Monday endorsed U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio for the GOP presidential nomination and said Donald Trump was 'perpetuating a fraud'. Coburn, a Republican who was Oklahoma's most popular political figure when he resigned in early 2015......
  • Former Sen. Tom Coburn Catches Donald Trump Lying About Ted Cruz; Trump Keeps Lying Anyway

    02/17/2016 8:32:27 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 26 replies
    PoliStick ^ | February 16, 2016 | Matthew K. Burke
    Retired U.S. Senator Tom Coburn is not happy about being misquoted by bombastic billionaire and reality TV actor Donald Trump in the real estate mogul’s latest attempt to perform character assassination against constitutional conservative presidential candidate Ted Cruz.As part of the onslaught of baseless personal attacks against Cruz, Trump retweeted quotes supposedly attributed to the former Oklahoma senator.The quote attributed to Tom Coburn, which called Cruz “one of the most dishonest people in DC,” was never spoken or written by him, according to the former senator in a phone interview with the Washington Examiner.Instead, Coburn called the quote an “absolute...
  • Running monkeys and typing cows, oh my!

    12/17/2015 11:26:05 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | 12-16-15 | Kenric Ward
    Government agencies spent $8 million to put 12 primates on treadmills in Texas and paid $30,000 in fines for a host of federal violations, including performing a necropsy on a baboon that was still alive. The Southwest National Primate Research Center, in San Antonio, received grants from the National Institutes of Health to run the study. Over the past decade, the facility collected nearly $70 million from various federal agencies. During the same period, the center was slapped with more than $30,000 in penalties for abuse. The U.S. Department of Agriculture identified 14 violations of the Animal Welfare Act at...
  • Ex-Sen. Tom Coburn Slams 'Cruz Effect' For Creating False Hopes About Congress

    10/16/2015 2:23:35 PM PDT · by VinL · 44 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 10/16/15 | Todd Beamon
    Former Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn slammed what he called "the Cruz effect" — saying ... Cruz's rhetoric and [his] inability to follow through on his promises have caused great disenchantment among Americans toward Congress. "I call it 'the Cruz effect,'" Coburn [said]. "When you tell people you can accomplish something that you can't — for example, shutting down the government over the Affordable Care Act," Coburn said. "When, in fact, you promise people in your speeches and your talk that we can do this, and — by dinghy — we're gonna get rid of the Affordable Care Act, and all...
  • Tom Coburn: Amend the Constitution to rein in Washington

    06/13/2015 5:43:51 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 54 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 6/12/15 | Philip Klien
    "The Congress, the courts, and the president ignore the Constitution we have today and our Founders knew we would eventually get to that point, and they gave us a method… to amend it to keep the federal government limited in its scope and its jurisdiction," The method he is referring to is Article V of the U.S. Constitution. As conservatives have grown increasingly frustrated with the ability of judges and politicians to limit the power of Washington, the idea of convincing states to exercise this power has gained appeal. A project known as the Convention of the States has gained...
  • Tom Coburn On 2016: Cruz And Walker Not Ready For Primetime, America Wonďż˝t Elect Another Bush

    06/05/2015 8:07:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 06/05/2015 | Andrew Kaczynski
    Tom Coburn, the former Republican senator from Oklahoma says that Rand Paul scares him to death, Ted Cruz and Scott Walker are not ready for primetime, Rick Perry is not capable enough, and America will not elect another Bush to be president. Of all the candidates, he said Marco Rubio is his favorite. Former Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn spoke candidly about the current crop of Republicans running for president on Sirius XM radio Thursday, sharing some critical thoughts about Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz and Governors Scott Walker and Rick Perry, while heaping praise on Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina,...
  • Club for Growth gives Ted Cruz, Mike Lee perfect marks

    02/24/2014 9:19:56 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 27 replies
    Washington Time ^ | Monday, February 24, 2014 | David Sherfinski
    The conservative Club For Growth released its annual scorecard for 2013 on Monday, bestowing two Republican U.S. senators — Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah — and four GOP congressmen with 100 percent ratings for their voting records “based on issues relating to limited government and economic growth.”The four congressmen with perfect ratings for 2013 are Republican Reps. Matt Salmon, Trent Franks and David Schweikert of Arizona and Tom McClintock of California. Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan got a 99 percent rating in 2013 “but because of rounding has a 100 percent LifeScore,” the group said.“2013 saw...
  • Coburn: Convention of States Needed Because Washington Will Never Fix Itself

    03/05/2015 10:54:59 PM PST · by Art in Idaho · 55 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | March 5, 2015 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    “Washington is never going to fix itself,” said former Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), explaining why he intends to spend the next few years trying to “cheat history” by helping to organize the nation’s first-ever Convention of the States. The purpose of the convention will be to rein-in a federal “leviathan” that he says has overstepped its constitutional bounds. Under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, two-thirds of the state legislatures can call a convention to propose amendments to the Constitution that limit the scope and jurisdiction of the federal government. Alaska, Florida and Georgia passed Article V resolutions last year....
  • Cornyn: ‘We Learned the Hard Way’ (they learned to go along with the media narrative)

    01/12/2015 10:21:33 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 1/12/15 | Humberto Sanchez and Niels Lesniewski
    At the start of the last Congress, John Cornyn wrote an editorial titled “Partial Government Shutdown May Be Needed to Restore Fiscal Sanity.” He’s singing a different tune today. “I’ve evolved,” the Texas Republican and newly minted Senate majority whip said in an interview last week with CQ Roll Call. For starters, the memory of the 2013 shutdown over Obamacare instigated by his fellow Texas senator, Ted Cruz, remains fresh. “Part of wisdom is to learn from your experiences, and I think we learned the hard way that shutdowns are not well received by the American people,” Cornyn said. “And...
  • Sen. Tom Coburn: Dept. of Homeland Security Failing Five Main Missions

    01/04/2015 6:56:04 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    Sharyl Attkisson ^ | January 3, 2015 | Sharyl Attkisson
    On his way out of the door, his final day as a U.S. Senator, Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) released a blistering oversight report that finds the federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) isn’t “successfully executing any of its five main missions.” Coburn’s criticisms include, but also predate, the Obama administration. Among the key findings: · DHS spent $50 billion over the past eleven years on counterterrorism programs but cannot demonstrate if the nation is more secure as a result. · 700 miles of the Southern border remain unsecured. · DHS is not effectively administering or enforcing the nation’s immigration laws. Only...
  • I’m Not Proud That We Elected Obama

    12/22/2014 8:10:55 AM PST · by PROCON · 37 replies
    spectator.org ^ | Dec. 22, 2014 | Aaron Goldstein
    When politics becomes personal it can lose perspective.In an interview that was broadcast last night on 60 Minutes, retiring Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn proclaimed, “I’m proud of our country for electing Barack Obama.” Senator Coburn is to be admired for his years as a watchdog on the spending habits of Congress and bureaucrats in the federal government. While I was certainly well aware of Coburn’s friendship with Obama, which developed when they were in the Senate, I am nevertheless disappointed to hear that he is proud this country elected Barack Obama to the White House. Senator Coburn might very...
  • Let a Hundred Coburns Bloom: Retiring Oklahoma senator knew how to fix what’s wrong with America.

    12/18/2014 6:56:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/18/2014 | Mike Brake
    Here in Oklahoma, the news that Senator Tom Coburn will be retiring early from his second term has still not entirely settled in with most folks. For ten years we awoke each day knowing that our state’s voice in Washington would be one of principled reason and absolute integrity. It’s not that our other senator, Jim Inhofe, or our House members, like Tom Cole and Frank Lucas, are lacking. They are all solid conservatives, as is former congressman James Lankford, whom we elected in November to replace Coburn in the Senate. But as conservatives across the nation have recognized for...
  • Ted Cruz's Brain Trust: The Advisers Who Want To Make Him President

    11/20/2014 4:16:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    There's no official Sen. Ted Cruz presidential team — yet. But the Texas Republican is already surrounding himself with key strategists and advisers that could make his transparent White House ambitions a reality. The tea party firebrand relies on a small circle of advisers to inform his views and amplify his ultraconservative message. The inner circle breaks down into two groups: his chief advisers in the Senate office, and the chiefs of his nationally-focused political operation, which he beefed up in the summer of 2014 by hiring a crop of seasoned Republican campaign operatives. These are the key players that...
  • We must continue spending to supply our military with Tomahawk missiles, says … Rand Paul?

    03/27/2014 7:45:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/27/2014 | AllahPundit
    This ain’t your daddy’s libertarian. More to the point, this ain’t his daddy’s libertarian.First he went after Ted Cruz for trying to characterize him as a dove, now this. By the end of the year, he and McCain will be holding joint filibusters on the Senate floor demanding that America build the biggest nuclear bomb evah. Rand Paul, hawk? In the current budget, the Obama Administration called for the elimination of the Tomahawk missile. This missile protects our troops and allows us to avoid much direct person-to-person combat. Our navy has depended heavily on them…Nobody wants to cut spending, including...
  • Ted Cruz and the Republican Big Tent

    10/11/2014 8:50:43 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 34 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Friday, 10 Oct 2014 10:56 AM | Michael Reagan
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is a tea party stalwart.   Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., narrowly defeated a tea party opponent in the Republican Senate primary this year.   Ted Cruz has a perfect 100 percent rating from the American Conservative Union.   Pat Roberts has an 84 percent rating from the ACU.   Yet this week Cruz will be in Kansas campaigning for Roberts in an election that is crucial for GOP hopes of retaking the Senate. The reason is simple. Fox News quotes Cruz explaining, “Roberts stood by my side in the fight to defund Obamacare, and he...
  • Cruz rallies Kansas conservatives

    10/09/2014 9:26:50 PM PDT · by Jack Black · 56 replies
    The Hill (.com) ^ | Oct. 9, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    WICHITA, Kan. — Tea Party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) waded into the Kansas Senate race Thursday, touting beleaguered Republican incumbent Pat Roberts as the contest’s only true conservative. The conservative hero's support is crucial as Roberts tries to energize his campaign and ward off a challenge from well-funded independent Greg Orman in a race that could jeopardize the GOP's hopes of winning Senate control. Cruz vouched for Roberts despite raising money earlier in the cycle for the Madison Project, a conservative group that supported Roberts’s primary challenger Milton Wolf. Wolf has not yet endorsed Roberts in the general election....
  • The 12 Republicans That Voted Against Arming Syrian Rebels

    09/19/2014 8:15:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 56 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/19/2014 | Charlie Spiering
    The Senate approved a continuing resolution for the budget which included a provision authorizing President Obama to arm and train Syrian rebels for the purpose of combating Islamic State terrorists. The legislation passed 78-22. Of the 22 Senators that voted no, here are the 12 Republicans that voted against the provision: John Barrasso (WY) Tom Coburn (OK) Michael Crapo (ID) Ted Cruz (TX) Mike Enzi (WY) Dean Heller (NV) Mike Lee (UT) Jim Moran (KS) Rand Paul (KY) James Risch (ID) Pat Roberts (KS) Jeff Sessions (AL)
  • Tom Coburn: Obama's border funding 'wrong approach,' offers first class seat home to every child

    07/09/2014 2:22:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | 07/09/2014 | Sean Kennedy
    <p>Sen. Tom Coburn said Tuesday he opposes President Barack Obama's request for $3.7 billion in emergency funding to address the influx of unaccompanied minors across the southwest border.</p> <p>"That's $60,000 per child we will spend, in emergency money," the Oklahoma Republican said on CNN's "Crossfire."</p>
  • With Coburn Boost, Lankford May Pull Off Outright Win over Shannon (Oklahoma Freeper Surge!)

    06/24/2014 2:44:32 PM PDT · by Viennacon · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/24/14 | Tony Lee
    fter Ben Sasse's primary win in Nebraska's GOP Senate primary last month, it seemed like former conservative Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon was next. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT), all of whom had backed Sasse, campaigned for Shannon, helping him erase a 35-point deficit in the GOP Oklahoma Senate primary against Rep. James Lankford (R-OK). Shannon had the wind at his back and Lankford, the 5th-ranking member of House GOP leadership, seemed vulnerable in a state that has not elected someone from Oklahoma City to the Senate since 1960. But Lankford's...
  • Sixteen Republican Senators Vote For Cloture On Gun Control Bill (Lamar Alexander, AYE!)

    06/17/2014 1:32:24 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 32 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 4/11/13
    Remember these sixteen names when they run for office again. The sixteen Republicans who voted to proceed were Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Richard Burr (N.C.), Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), Susan Collins (Maine). Bob Corker (Tenn.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Dean Heller (Nev.), John Hoeven (N.D.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), John McCain (Ariz.), Pat Toomey (Pa.) and Roger Wicker (Miss.). List courtesy The Hill.com. As reported by RedState yesterday, this bill would allow doctors to add a person’s name to the national database currently used for background checks, and list them as...
  • The “Cowardly” Senate Leaders Employ Another Budget Gimmick (McConnell, Cornyn, Boehner)

    04/01/2014 7:07:36 AM PDT · by xzins · 16 replies
    Red State ^ | April 1st, 2014 | Daniel Horowitz
    Here is exhibit A of why we don’t trust current Senate leadership to do the right thing if they were to win back the majority; they refuse to block new spending when in the minority. Last week, House leadership decided to pass the “doc fix” bill (H.R. 4302) by voice vote. This bill reimburses healthcare providers for the scheduled 24 percent cut in payments for services rendered to Medicare patients. The bill extends the payments through next March. It also continues some new programs created under Obamacare. They used a hodgepodge of tenuous offsets spread out mainly over the next...
  • Ted Cruz Makes Endorsement in Oklahoma Special GOP Senate Primary

    04/17/2014 5:29:32 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 25 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 4/17/14 | Elliot Jager
    Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz threw his support behind T.W. Shannon in Oklahoma's GOP senate primary, The Hill reported. Shannon is a former state House Speaker. This was the first primary endorsement made by Cruz, who has a strong following among tea party-aligned Republicans. The endorsement allows him to honor his pledge not to back insurgents in primaries involving Senate GOP colleagues, The Washington Post reported. Shannon is in an open primary. A special election in November will fill the seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Tom Coburn two years before his term ends in 2016. Cruz plans to attend...
  • NRA ENDORSES MCCONNELL IN KENTUCKY GOP PRIMARY

    04/11/2014 3:03:52 PM PDT · by bkopto · 71 replies
    AP/Breitbart | 4/11/2014 | staff
    U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell now has an endorsement to go with his gun. The National Rifle Association's political action committee announced Friday it has endorsed McConnell in the May 20 Republican primary. McConnell made headlines last month when he appeared at the Conservative Political Action Conference waving a rifle over his head. The rifle was a lifetime achievement award McConnell presented to U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma. In a news release, NRA Political Victory Fund chairman Chris Cox called McConnell a true champion of the Second Amendment. Likely Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes mocked McConnell, saying he was holding...
  • Harry Reid dismisses cancer patient Tom Coburn´s Obamacare concern

    04/01/2014 2:11:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/1/15 | Joel Gehrke
    Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma is battling cancer and will retire at the end of his term.... When Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., pointed out that the majority of cancer centers in the country aren´t covered under Obamacare while arguing that the law´s problems go beyond early website issues, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., dismissed the critique as too "in the weeds." Coburn, a medical doctor battling cancer, panned the coverage offered to cancer patients. "Nineteen of the cancer centers in this country, only five are covered under Obamacare," he told the Washington Examiner Tuesday, a data point he
  • Krugman calls senator’s cancer story ‘garbage’

    01/29/2014 3:41:35 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 43 replies
    daily caller ^ | 1-29-14 | Chuck Ross
    New York Times columnist and Nobel laureate economist Paul Krugman is questioning Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn’s claim that Obamacare caused him to lose his cancer specialist. “It’s a garbage story, it really is,” said Krugman in a back-and-forth with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on CNN after the State of the Union on Tuesday. Coburn, who announced earlier this month that he’ll resign from office at the end of the year as he battles his fourth bout with cancer, told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that his oncologist was no longer covered under his health care plan.
  • Outside Group’s Poll Shows Tightening Oklahoma Senate Primary

    03/19/2014 9:52:30 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 3/18/14 | Kyle Trygstad
    The special-election primary to replace resigning Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn is tightening after an advertising blitz benefiting Republican state Speaker T.W. Shannon. A poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies on behalf of Oklahomans for a Conservative Future, an outside group backing Shannon, found the state speaker cutting into the early GOP primary lead of Rep. James Lankford. Lankford, who is the favorite to fill the remaining two years of Coburn’s term, led with 37 percent, followed by Shannon with 28 percent and former state Sen. Randy Brogdon with 7 percent. A half dozen candidates are running to replace Coburn, a...
  • When Will America End Cash-for-Visas Racket?

    02/28/2014 4:03:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 28, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    This may be the first and last time I ever write these words: America, follow Canada. Our neighbors to the north finally have wised up to the international cash-for-visas scam. Last week, the country ended its foreign investor program that put residency up for sale to the highest bidder. We should have done the same a long time ago. Canada's Immigrant Investor Program granted permanent residency to wealthy foreigners who forked over 800,000 Canadian dollars for a five-year, zero-interest loan to one of the country's provinces. The scheme turned out to be a magnet for tens of thousands of millionaires...
  • Much Better than Obamacare: The Burr-Coburn-Hatch Plan

    01/30/2014 1:37:09 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/30/2014 | James Capretta
    The introduction of an Obamacare replacement plan by Republican senators Richard Burr (N.C.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), and Orrin Hatch (Utah) has given Obamacare’s apologists — who admittedly have had very tough duty over the past four years — a rare opportunity to get out of their defensive crouches and go on the attack. Not surprisingly, fast out of the gate has been Ezekiel Emanuel, who has a piece up at the New York Times website claiming that the fatal flaw of the Republican senators’ plan is that it would raise taxes on millions of American households. There are a couple...
  • Sen. Coburn's Loss of Coverage Confirms 'Obamacare Designed to Fail'

    01/29/2014 11:59:15 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | January 28, 2014 | Cathy Burke
    Obamacare won't cover the cancer specialist treating ailing Sen. Tom Coburn, forcing the Oklahoma Republican to pay out of pocket to continue receiving care from his oncologist, Politico reported Tuesday. "I’m doing well from a health standpoint, got great docs," Coburn told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday. "Fortunately, even though my new coverage won’t cover my specialist, I’m going to have great care, and I have a great prognosis." While he is being treated for a recurrence of prostate cancer, Coburn's coverage under his Obamacare insurance plan has been reduced, Politico reported, and he lost coverage for the oncologist who'd...
  • The Proposed Republican Replacement For ObamaCare Is A Big Tax Hike (RINOcare?)

    01/28/2014 8:06:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1/28/2014 @ 4:14PM | Matthew Herper
    Yesterday, three Republican Senators—Tom Coburn (Okla.), Richard Burr (N.C.), and Orrin Hatch (Utah)—put forward a plan to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. They call it the Patient CARE Act, and my colleague Avik Roy says it is “the most credible plan yet” offered by the GOP. Except the Coburn-Burr-Hatch plan (read it here) amounts, among other things, to a big tax increase. The main way that it remains budget neutral is by making employer-provided health insurance plans, which are currently not taxed, partially taxable as income. In fact, this income replaces income that, under...
  • Obamacare: Tom Coburn loses cancer doctor

    01/28/2014 10:55:00 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    Politico ^ | 1-28-14 | Tal Kopan
    Cancer-stricken Sen. Tom Coburn revealed Tuesday that his health insurance under Obamacare doesn’t cover his oncologist, but said he still is receiving excellent care. “I’m doing well from a health standpoint, got great docs,” Coburn said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday when asked about his health. “Fortunately — even though my new coverage won’t cover my specialist — I’m going to have great care and I have a great prognosis.” The Oklahoma Republican’s spokesman confirmed to POLITICO that since the senator enrolled in his health insurance plan under Obamacare, his coverage has been reduced and he lost coverage for...
  • For Republicans, race to replace Coburn in Senate about more than protecting his seat

    01/25/2014 7:26:12 PM PST · by gooblah · 5 replies
    Foxnews ^ | January 25, 2014
    The retirement of Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn poses a challenge for Republicans that extends beyond the party trying to preserve his Senate seat.
  • Frank Keating For United States Senate? I Don't Think So!

    01/25/2014 6:53:43 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 15 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 01/25/14 | LD Jackson
    Ah, the sweet and sour smell of a political race shaping up. Tom Coburn's announcement that he will be resigning his seat in the United States Senate has the GOP and conservatives (the two groups are not necessarily the same) scrambling to find the right candidate to take his place. James Lankford has already declared he will run. Jim Bridenstine and T.W. Shannon are both thinking about the race. I've already stated in a previous post that the timing may not be right for Shannon to make a run. But, that's for him to decide and I would consider supporting...
  • The Successor To Tom Coburn

    01/22/2014 3:46:05 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 17 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 01/22/14 | LD Jackson
    We knew Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn would be retiring after his 2nd term in the United States Senate, but we really didn't expect him to cut that term short. That is exactly what he has done, announcing his early retirement at the end of 2014. Several reasons played into that decision, including his health and his desire to spend more time with his family. I suspect he has also tired of playing the games that are required in the Senate. Regardless of his reasons, it is now time to find a successor to Tom Coburn. While that may sound easy...
  • Coburn's Principles

    01/21/2014 9:05:44 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1-20-14 | Editorial Board
    Congress is more unpopular than ever, but some Members are better than its reputation. One of them is Tom Coburn, the Oklahoma Republican who announced on Friday that he'll leave the Senate at the end of this year. Mr. Coburn's second term doesn't officially end until 2016, but he is battling a recurrence of prostate cancer and said he felt he could "best serve my own children and grandchildren by shifting my focus elsewhere" than Congress. Mr. Coburn's tenure on Capitol Hill has been notable for his convictions on behalf of limited government combined with a determination to do more...
  • Conservative groups attack Lankford, back Bridenstine to replace Coburn

    01/20/2014 2:27:19 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/20/14 | Alexis Levinson
    The field to replace retiring Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn is only beginning to take shape, but some conservative groups are already backing Rep. Jim Bridenstine, who has yet to announce his intentions, and have come out swinging against announced candidate Rep. James Lankford. Coburn announced last week that he would cut his Senate term short. He is currently battling a recurrence of cancer. Lankford announced he would run for the seat on Monday; Bridenstine has not yet announced a decision. Senate Conservatives Fund endorsed Bridenstine for re-election to the House last year, calling him “the real deal,” and saying that...