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Jeb on Trump's "Vulgar" Attack on Hillary: "She's Great At Being The Victim," "This Is What She Loves Doing"

Republican candidate for president Jeb Bush responds to a Donald Trump rally at which he said that Hillary Clinton’s trip to the restroom during a debate was “disgusting,” and that she had been “schlonged” by Barack Obama in 2008. … Read entire article »

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MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell: "White Supremecists," "Haters Of The President," And "Believers Of Lies" Have Made Trump The Frontrunner

Donald Trump is defending his offensive rhetoric against Hillary Clinton, claiming the vulgar term (Yiddish word for ‘penis’) he used means ‘badly beaten.’ But experts – and candidates on both sides of the aisle – disagree. David Frum, David Corn, and Wendy Davis join MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell. … Read entire article »

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Marco Rubio: I Didn't Show Up To Vote Against "Garbage" Omnibus Spending Bill Because "The Outcome Was Predetermined"

GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio goes ‘On the Record’ with FNC’s Greta Van Susteren. Greta challenges him for missing the vote last week on the budget omnibus spending bill, Rubio explains that because of President Obama’s “pet projects,” the bill was “garbage,” and a waste of time. He also touches on ISIS and immigration issues. … Read entire article »

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Chris Matthews Previews His New Documentary: "Citizen Trump"

Chris Matthews previews ‘Citizen Trump,’ his upcoming special on 2016 candidate Donald Trump. … Read entire article »

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Mika Brzezinski Asks Chris Christie: "Any Signs Of Marco Rubio" In New Hampshire?

NJ Gov. Chris Christie says he hasn’t seen much of his competitor Marco Rubio in New Hampshire. Rubio has been criticized for being a light campaigner. “We’ve been looking for Marco, we haven’t been able to find him,” Christie says. “We’ve had the bus all over New Hampshire, we haven’t been able to find him.” … Read entire article »

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Rachel Maddow: Third Democratic Debate Was The Least Watched, "Debate Schedule Buried In A Haystack"

Rachel Maddow says that the awkwardly scheduled Democratic debate this past Saturday still drew a bigger audience than debates in 2008 or 2012. … Read entire article »

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Trump Mocks Hillary For Using Restroom During Debate: "I Know Where She Went… It's Disgusting"

At a rally last night in Michigan, Donald Trump asked where Hillary Clinton disappeared to during one of the commercial breaks in Saturday night’s debate. “I know where she went. It’s disgusting, I don’t want to talk about it — too disgusting, don’t say it, it’s disgusting.” “We want to be very straight up, but what wasn’t that a weird deal? They gave her every benefit of the doubt, because you know it’s ABC and she practically owns ABC.” … Read entire article »

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Congress Should Reject ICANN Transition Proposal Unless Significant Changes Are Made

Since the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) first announced that it intended to transition U.S. oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to the global multi-stakeholder Internet community in March 2014, the multi-stakeholder community has been working diligently on proposals to ensure that ICANN remains accountable and the Internet remains stable, secure, and resilient absent U.S. oversight. On Nov. 30, 2015, the Cross-Community Working Group on Accountability (CCWG-Accountability) published its third draft proposal for the transition for public comment. While the draft proposal is greatly improved from earlier drafts in clarity, specificity, and accountability measures, overall the draft proposal has a number of significant weaknesses, ambiguity and gaps. Unless and until these issues are addressed, the NTIA and Congress should oppose this transition. We discuss a … Read entire article »

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How Overregulation Led to the Collapse of Obamacare’s Largest Co-Op

A new report examining the collapse of Health Republic of New York, Obamacare’s largest co-op, said its failure—which may lead to a $265-million loss of taxpayer dollars—can be attributed in part to heightened regulatory control by the state. According to the analysis from the Albany, New York-based Empire Center, a “breakdown” in oversight from the state Department of Financial Services and artificial cuts in Health Republic’s premiums may have led to the ultimate failure of the consumer operated and oriented plan, or co-op. Of the 23 co-ops created under the health care law, just 12 remain. “The rapid rise and costly fall of Health Republic Insurance of New York … is a cautionary tale for policymakers in Albany as well as in Washington,” the report’s author, Bill Hammond, wrote. “Despite heavy federal subsidies … Read entire article »

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Be Wise, but Not Fearful This Holiday Season

America is already in the midst of one of our most iconic seasons. Holiday gatherings are happening all across the country, as is massive travel by road, rail, and air. While this is a joyful time for most Americans and most non-American residents of this great country, it is unfortunately also an opportunity for those who hate America to attempt to do harm. The threat levels from groups like the Islamic State (ISIS), and their radical ilk, is up. The abhorrent fringe Islamist ideology they peddle has sadly been accepted by far too many people for the U.S. authorities to ignore. Americans must be vigilant, if we are to be safe. Too often the public is whipsawed between those leaders who say, “There is nothing to worry about!” or “Oh, my gosh, … Read entire article »

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Why Federal Agencies Don’t Have to Listen to the Government Accountability Office

According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), it has saved taxpayers from over $74 billion of would-be government waste since 2003. Federal watchdogs, like the GAO and the federal council of inspectors general, investigate wasteful spending and give suggestions to government agencies about how to eliminate it. Here’s the catch, federal agencies don’t have to listen them. To address this issue, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management held a hearing to explore why government agencies rarely heed cost-cutting recommendations from watchdogs. The subcommittee chaired by Sen. James Lankford, R-Texas, heard representatives from the GAO and Inspectors general testify about agency wastefulness caused by fraud, abuse, and excess spending. GAO chief and U.S. Comptroller general, Gene Dodaro, used the example of a flawed Medicare … Read entire article »

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Most Senior Citizens Haven’t Fully Paid for Their Medicare, Social Security Benefits

Most Senior Citizens Haven’t Fully Paid for Their Medicare, Social Security Benefits

Have senior citizens really “paid for” the Medicare and Social Security benefits they enjoy in retirement?  Many believe so. But for the vast majority, the answer is – unequivocally- No. Federal entitlement payroll taxes and general revenues finance Medicare and Social Security benefits on a “pay–as-you-go” basis, meaning today’s workers’ taxes fund today’s retirees. Workers’ taxes are not deposited in anything like a private sector “trust fund” today and “saved” for tomorrow’s benefits. >>> Read the full … Read entire article »

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Why Uber May Leave This Texas City

Waving off pleas from the Austin chief of police and Travis County sheriff, the Austin City Council voted 9-2 on Friday morning to require drivers for ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft be fingerprinted beginning Feb. 1. Unless something changes between now and then, Uber, which has stood firm in opposing fingerprint requirements, will leave Austin, as it did in San Antonio, Las Vegas, Portland, and other cities that later reconsidered their ordinances. (You can read the revised draft of the ordinance here.) Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo asked the City Council not to drive ridesharing companies like Uber out of the city. Debbee Hancock, a spokeswoman for Uber in Texas, has given Watchdog no indication the company will agree to Austin’s fingerprinting ordinance. Uber’s background check system has resulted in a safety record … Read entire article »

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Colorado Medicaid Rolls Double After Expansion

Colorado’s Medicaid caseload nearly doubled in the past two years after the state expanded coverage, surprising state budget officials and putting more pressure on state coffers. And in 2017, the federal government will start decreasing the percentage of the expanded population it funds, raising concerns about a budget crunch caused by hospital provider fee income clashing with Taxpayer Bill of Rights limits. Linda Gorman, who studies health care issues for the Independence Institute, said the Medicaid expansion has been a disaster for the budget and patients. “It’s a really clunky program and turned into this behemoth,” she said. But John Bartholomew, chief financial officer of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, said the state would have likely seen a flood of new people qualifying for Medicaid even without the state’s decision to expand. “We’ve … Read entire article »

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IRS Costs Taxpayers $46 Million in Suspect Refunds

The IRS incorrectly issued more than $46 million in refunds for tax year 2013, government inspectors discovered. The Treasury Department released an internal audit Monday faulting a computer programming error and ineffective monitoring for the tens of millions in taxpayer dollars mistakenly refunded for returns covering tax year 2013. The mistakes and shortcomings at the Internal Revenue Service could incorrectly drain up to $230 million from the Treasury during the next five years if left uncorrected, according to the report. The review by the inspector general for tax administration found that the programming error overrode the IRS’ two-week processing delay placed on tax returns flagged as potentially fraudulent, automatically releasing over $27 million in returns before the IRS could verify the claims. The inspector identified another $19 million in potentially fraudulent refunds doled out because of improper … Read entire article »

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Taxpayers on the Hook for New San Antonio Spurs Stadium

Chalk up another win for the San Antonio Spurs—another stadium deal at taxpayer expense. With $18 million from the city and Bexar County, the NBA team gained the exclusive right to court a Major League Soccer franchise. The deal involves the public purchase and leaseback of Toyota Field, current home of the D-league San Antonio Scorpions. The Spurs get in for just $3 million and run the show. The game plan goes this way: A new Spurs subsidiary, SAFC, has 10 years to land an MLS team. If it fails to do so, SAFC pays $5 million to the city and county (leaving those entities out $13 million and without a franchise). MLS has made no promises it would locate in San Antonio, but local officials have hope their “investment” will pay off. “This is … Read entire article »

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This Town’s Residents Ordered to Have Matching Curtains, No BBQ Grills, Cut Lawns

If we were inclined to give out such an award, Pagedale, Mo., would be a leading contender for Nanny State of the Year. In this suburb of St. Louis, residents have been ticketed and fined by the town’s police force for violations that don’t even begin to make rational sense. One resident, Valerie Whitner, has been fined for having chipped paint on the outside of her home and for not attaching a screen door to her back door. She’s been told by city officials she must replace her rain gutters and her siding and put up storm windows. They also told her to mend her fence, cut her lawn and seal up cracks in her home’s foundation. Whitner’s plight—she owes the city more than $2,400 in violations—made it into the New York Times … Read entire article »

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Ohio Teachers Union Officials Paid Twice as Much as Teachers

Ohio Teachers Union Officials Paid Twice as Much as Teachers

Ohio’s largest labor union is in the business of selling worker “solidarity,” and for union bosses, business is good. Ohio Education Association president Becky Higgins was paid $209,039 to preside over a union that took member dues and mandatory fees from 121,625 teachers during the fiscal year ending Aug. 31. Regular OEA dues for full-time teachers are $504—$42 a month—in addition to local OEA chapter dues and $183 in National Education Association dues sent to NEA’s Washington, D.C., headquarters. Union staff and … Read entire article »

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Spain’s Loss of National Sovereignty Driving Rise of Radical Leftists

The political establishment collapsed in Spain in Sunday’s elections, proving once again that this is a trend affecting the entire West, not just the U.S. It did so, at least in part, for another reason that is also trending at the moment: the radical party that surprised at the polls made the case that too much national sovereignty has been ceded overseas. In Spain’s case, that means ceded to Germany and its chancellor Angela Merkel. Her calls for “austerity” among countries that share the single currency, the euro, has made her a reviled figure for both the extreme left and right—as well as for many in the middle who believe that a country’s economic policies ought to be made in that country’s capital by that country’s legislators. The party in Spain that … Read entire article »

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The Surprising Power of a Gift of ‘No’

As ads for holiday gifts proliferate on the Internet, the airways, and newspapers, the saga of one surprising present—the gift of “no”—captivated participants at The Heritage Foundation’s 2015 Antipoverty Forum. The tale was told by the gift’s donor, Patrick McGee, the prison initiatives manager of the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP). The Prison Entrepreneurship Program is a nonprofit organization that links the nation’s top executives, entrepreneurs and MBA students with convicted felons, providing an entrepreneurship “boot camp” and re-entry programs to prevent recidivism and maximize self sufficiency and transform broken lives. From personal experience and from his service to incarcerated men, McGee is a firm believer in self-determination, having witnessed the power an entrepreneurial venture can have in providing a threshold to becoming a productive, contributing member of society, even for those whose personal … Read entire article »

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