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Ben Sasse Wants HHS to Pay $5 Billion to Treasury Required Under Obamacare Program

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., introduced a bill Thursday that would force the Obama administration to deposit $5 billion in the Treasury by 2017 as required under Obamacare’s reinsurance program or face steep cuts to its departmental management fund this year and next year. Called the “Taxpayers Before Insurers Act,” Sasse’s legislation codifies penalties for the Department of Health and Human Services should it choose to again divert billions of dollars in reinsurance payments intended for the U.S. Treasury to insurers. Republican lawmakers have criticized the Obama administration for using the transitional reinsurance program to bail out insurance companies after it prioritized $3.5 billion in reinsurance payments to insurers instead of the taxpayers. “HHS must stop cheating taxpayers,” Sasse said in a statement. “The reinsurance program is a clear case of Washington’s cronyism: families … Read entire article »

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Conservatives Renew Campaign to Impeach IRS Commissioner

In time for tax season, members of the Freedom Caucus are calling on House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., to deliver the head of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on a political platter. As most of Congress heads out of town for the weekend, a handful of members filed onto the House floor Thursday evening and renewed an effort to impeach the nation’s top taxman. They argued that the IRS infringed on free speech when they unfairly targeted conservative groups and they blamed Koskinen for obstructing a congressional investigation into the agency’s conduct. “When you’re talking about a right that’s so fundamental to Americans, our First Amendment liberties, and it’s infringed upon in this way … we think it warrants something of this magnitude, which is impeaching the … Read entire article »

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Senators Lobby Consumer Bureau in Letter That Appears to Be Written by Agency’s Own Adviser

Senators Lobby Consumer Bureau in Letter That Appears to Be Written by Agency’s Own Adviser

The Daily Signal has obtained a draft letter from two Democrat senators urging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to continue addressing what they call “discriminatory and unfair lending practices” in the auto industry. But, according to metadata found in the document’s properties, it appears the letter may not have been written by the two senators or any of their staffers but instead by a top adviser to the agency. “We write to urge the Consumer Financial Protection … Read entire article »

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Panama Papers and Political Turmoil Deal Ukraine a Reality Check

Panama Papers and Political Turmoil Deal Ukraine a Reality Check

KYIV, Ukraine—The sniper’s bullet went into the head of the man standing in front of Valentyn Onyshchenko. Blood and brain matter sprayed into Onyshchenko’s face with enough force to break the then-21-year-old’s eyeglasses. “Like a robot” he weaved through the thousands of protesters gathered in central Kyiv for the February 2014 revolution. He went to a nearby McDonald’s, which, despite the bloodshed just outside its doors, was still open for business. In the bathroom, Onyshchenko washed his … Read entire article »

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Failed Obama ‘Reset’ Has Encouraged Russian Aggression

Failed Obama ‘Reset’ Has Encouraged Russian Aggression

People seem a bit surprised—even perplexed—by the breathless news reports and video of Russian warplanes “buzzing” an American warship operating in international waters in the Baltic Sea this week. The reality is that they shouldn’t be. That, of course, isn’t to say that we shouldn’t be deeply troubled for the safety of our sailors on the USS Donald Cook at the hands of some “hot dog” Russian pilots involved in reckless and provocative actions that could have … Read entire article »

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Beyond Obamacare: Colorado Considers Single-Payer Model

Beyond Obamacare: Colorado Considers Single-Payer Model

As Republican policymakers nationwide continue debating ways to replace Obamacare with patient-centered solutions, a Colorado group has landed a plan implementing a single-payer model of health care on November’s ballot. Coloradans are already bracing for its impact. In the general election, Colorado residents will not only head to the polls to cast their votes for president, but they’ll also weigh in on a controversial ballot measure: Amendment 69, which would create a government-run health care plan … Read entire article »

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Obama Administration Doubles Down on Forcing Religious Groups to Accept Abortion Drug ‘Accommodation’

Two weeks ago the Supreme Court asked both sides in the Little Sisters’ case to file supplemental briefs. The Little Sisters’ case challenged Obamacare’s requirement that nonprofit employers must provide employee health insurance coverage that includes potentially life-ending drugs and devices. Now the briefs are in—and while the Little Sisters of the Poor and other challengers provided suggestions for other ways the government could advance its interest in making sure women receive contraceptive coverage—the government doubled-down and argued that its existing “accommodation” already fits the bill. A Religious Objection to Providing Life Ending Drugs Many employers, such as the Little Sisters of the Poor, Priests for Life, and religious colleges and charities, object to including contraception and potentially life-ending drugs and devices in their health insurance plans. Under the current regulations (which the government … Read entire article »

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Breaking: Freedom Caucus to Call for Impeachment of IRS Commissioner From House Floor

From the floor of the House of Representatives, members of the Freedom Caucus will renew today the push to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, The Daily Signal has learned. Lawmakers plan to argue around 5 p.m. EST, according to a member of Congress. Last year, House Freedom Caucus chairman Jim Jordan and Rep. Ron DeSantis wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that Koskinen is unfit to serve as the nation’s top tax officer because of his continued obstruction of a congressional investigation into the agency’s treatment of conservative groups. Largely symbolic, the impeachment call comes in the midst of tax season as many Americans scramble to complete their tax returns by the April 18 deadline. By calling for Koskinen’s impeachment directly from the floor, conservatives hope to push-start a process that has … Read entire article »

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Carnival Launches the ‘Hate Boat’ to Cuba

Ordinarily taking a cruise to Cuba would not rate high in my house. Being trapped on a ship packed with “wild and crazy” middle-agers eager to “partay” on a conga line would be my wife’s idea of Hades. As for me, I have vowed not to return to Cuba until it’s free, and have not returned in 44 years. But I must admit that Carnival Cruises is making it very tempting to try to book passage. Their recently announced discriminatory policy of refusing to take Cuban-Americans to the island of their birth puts a large, neon “Sue Me” sign right next to their company logo. Oh, and there’s also the added bonus of exposing the fact that Carnival’s policy epitomizes what’s wrong with President Obama’s (sometimes literal) embrace of the Castros. Like all … Read entire article »

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FCC Looks to Regulate Internet Rates (After It Said It Wouldn’t)

Will the Federal Communications Commission regulate the rates of your Internet provider? In the run up to the FCC’s decision last year to re-classify broadband providers such as Comcast, Verizon and Sprint as public utilities in its net neutrality rulemaking, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler repeated declared that the newly-minted utilities would not be subject to price controls. “There will be no rate regulation,” he wrote in a Wired magazine op-ed days before the FCC vote. “That means no rate regulation,” he repeated in a speech a few days later.” A fact sheet by Wheeler about the same time (points out Daniel Lyons of the American Enterprise Institute) repeated the pledge three more times. That seems pretty airtight. But, to make sure, Rep. Dan Kinzinger, R-Ill., wrote up the “No Rate Regulation of Internet Access Act” … Read entire article »

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Senate Bill Would Impose 10 Years in Federal Prison for Local Crime

Say you rush into a busy airport and are late for a flight that you cannot miss. Maybe your bag has a hole in it, stuff is falling out, it’s bedlam. You get to the check-in counter and the customer service agent says “flight’s cancelled.” You’re upset. Maybe the agent snickers at you and says he’s too busy to help you rebook a flight even though it’s obvious he’s not. You ask for the clerk’s name and say that you want to report him, but he refuses to give it to you. Now, your blood is boiling and, foolishly, you reach out and grab the agent’s identification badge, perhaps jostling the clerk in the process. Now you’ve crossed the line! In fact, you’ve committed the crime of assault (and quite possibly the additional … Read entire article »

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White House moves into antitrust

Joseph Lawler President Obama is starting a new effort aimed at countering the influence of monopolies and big businesses over markets, picking up on an idea popular recently among liberal academics and policy experts. Obama economic advisers on Thursday sketched out new White House efforts to foster pro-consumer competition, a small-scale version of antitrust efforts aimed not just at big companies but at businesses insulated from competition one way or another. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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RNC: Burden is on candidates to learn delegate process

Pete Kasperowicz The Republican National Committee on Friday defended the various systems that states and territories are using to award delegates, and said it’s up to candidates to know how the system works in each state. The Friday morning memo was released after a week in which Donald Trump complained that Ted Cruz was able to sweep all of Colorado’s 34 delegates. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Will Trump's Paterno statue shoutout help in Pennsylvania?

Daniel Chaitin Donald Trump’s appeal to Penn State football fans may help achieve what some locals have wanted to happen for years, said a top Republican official in the Pennsylvania county where the university has its main campus. At a campaign event Wednesday in Pittsburgh, Trump called for the reinstatement of a statue of the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Can party boss Christie tip the nomination to Trump?

David M. Drucker Gov. Chris Christie could help hand the Republican presidential nomination to Donald Trump because he has unusually tight control over the 51 delegates New Jersey will send to the convention in July. Christie is one of Trump’s biggest boosters and has moved aggressively with county-level party bosses to stack the delegation with loyalists who owe him favors. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Cruz shunned at N.Y. GOP gala dinner

Anna Giaritelli Attendees at the annual New York State Republican gala were more interested in consuming their dinner Thursday night than listening to Ted Cruz address the audience. The three remaining Republican presidential candidates gave remarks to hundreds of guests at the Manhattan event. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Feds push to eliminate 'unconscious bias' at work

Pete Kasperowicz The Obama administration has launched a comprehensive program to eliminate “unconscious bias” in the government, a trait that leaders believe makes it harder for them to achieve diversity in the federal workplace. Acting Office of Personnel Management Director Beth Cobert described the mission in a speech this week as part of a “summit” meeting on collaboration and innovation. Cobert told her audience that unconscious bias in the workplace is “one of the most challenging barriers to diversity and inclusion. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Jimmy Fallon impersonates Trump in phone call with Cruz

Anna Giaritelli Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz joined Jimmy Fallon on NBC’s Tonight Show Thursday and spoke with an impersonator of GOP front-runner Donald Trump. Fallon chided the Texas senator over his win in Colorado last week, having bigger hands and preferring to stick to the rule of law instead of building a wall, which Fallon said is the backward spelling of “law. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Sanders: I'd ask Obama to withdraw Supreme Court nomination if elected

Al Weaver Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders announced Thursday that he would indeed ask President Obama to withdraw the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court if he is elected president in November. Sanders told co-moderator Errol Louis that while he’d back Garland if he comes to a vote in the senate over the next seven months, he would ask Obama to pull back his nomination to make sure a nominee is “crystal clear” on their opposition to the Citizens United decision, which allowed for unlimited spending from outside groups and corporations. “Obviously, I will strongly support that nomination as a member of the… examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Martin O'Malley Twitter trolls Clinton during Dem debate

Anna Giaritelli Former Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley didn’t miss out on the action at Thursday’s debate. The former Maryland governor chirped in during a tense moment between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders at the CNN debate, siding with the Vermont senator that the former secretary of state ought to share the transcripts of her speeches to big banks. “Said this in 2012 about @MittRomney’s tax returns, I’ll say it today: @HillaryClinton should release the Wall Street transcripts #DemDebate,” tweeted O’Malley, the most recent Democrat to jump out of the race February 1. Said this in 2012 about… examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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