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Conservatives Find Willing Negotiating Partner in Trump, Not in Speaker Paul Ryan, on Obamacare Repeal

Conservatives in the House and Senate may have come out swinging against Republican leadership’s plan to replace Obamacare, but the skeptical lawmakers stress that they’re ready to negotiate. So far, conservatives seem to have found a willing negotiating partner in President Donald Trump, though the president and his administration have endorsed the House GOP’s Obamacare replacement bill. The House’s most powerful Republican, Speaker Paul Ryan, and his deputies appear less willing to play ball with the lower chamber’s right flank, however. Soon after two House committees on Monday evening released the text of the highly anticipated health care plan, the American Health Care Act, Trump and top administration officials began courting support from conservative lawmakers and outside groups. Their target: the members of the roughly 40-member House Freedom Caucus and conservative organizations such as … Read entire article »

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Son, Brother of American Hostages in Iran Pleads for Trump’s Help

Son, Brother of American Hostages in Iran Pleads for Trump’s Help

From a distance, Baquer Namazi taught—and showed—his sons how to see the best in people, and to help the needy. A former Iranian governor, Baquer fled Iran after the 1979 revolution and emigrated to the U.S. in 1983. In the U.S., Baquer started a long career with UNICEF, serving posts in Egypt, Somalia, and Kenya. Upon retirement, Baquer, 80, returned to Iran with his wife to spend his remaining years volunteering with projects to eradicate poverty. “He is … Read entire article »

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‘Man-Made’ Famine Leaves Millions Facing Starvation in Africa

Years of internal conflicts and poor governance are not the only problems facing the African countries of South Sudan, Nigeria, and Somalia. The United Nations recently declared famine in parts of South Sudan and Nigeria. Judging by current conditions, it won’t be long before Somalia follows suit. The number of people affected is staggering. In South Sudan, 100,000 people are on the verge of starvation with another 5 million at risk. That number of at-risk people totals 6.2 million in Somalia—half of its population—and 4.4 million in Nigeria. Across all three countries, roughly 1.4 million children are at imminent risk of death. Those numbers are unlikely to decrease anytime soon and could even increase in the coming weeks. This is not the first time these three nations have faced famine and starvation. The semi-arid … Read entire article »

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Rand Paul, Jim Jordan Buck Leadership by Reviving 2015 Obamacare Repeal

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has reintroduced an Obamacare repeal bill that passed both houses of Congress in 2015, highlighting conservatives’ dissatisfaction with Republican leadership’s new bill to replace the health care law. Paul stressed that the language is the same as the repeal legislation that Republicans in the House and Senate passed and sent to President Barack Obama, which he vetoed in January 2016. “The Republican Party is unified on Obamacare repeal,” Paul said in a prepared statement Thursday, adding: We can honor our promise right away by passing the same language we acted on in the last Congress. Then, we can have a separate vote on replacement legislation that will deliver lower costs, better care, and greater access to the American people. Since Monday evening, when House Speaker Paul Ryan released the text … Read entire article »

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Los Angeles Voters Right to Reject Anti-Housing Ballot Measure

The cost of living in Southern California dodged a bullet on Tuesday when Los Angeles voters rejected ballot measure “S.” The measure would have made it much more difficult to build any new housing in America’s second-largest city. Zoning laws and building restrictions rarely make national headlines, but they impose a substantial barrier to new investment, and new investment has been the missing link in the slow-growth economy of the 2010s. Housing in California is already so expensive that tens of thousands of low-income residents leave the state annually for cheaper climes. Heritage Foundation research on the costs of local land use regulation estimated that average Angelenos would save $94 a month on rent if the city adopted less restrictive housing regulations. Instead, they were tempted to go in the opposite direction. The “Yes on … Read entire article »

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Next Farm Bill Shouldn’t Play Favorites With Energy

The House Agriculture subcommittee on commodity exchanges, energy, and credit is holding a hearing March 9 titled “The Next Farm Bill: Rural Development & Energy Programs.” The 2002 farm bill was the first to contain an energy title, which has since grown to include direct handouts and loan guarantees for advanced biofuels and biorefineries, renewable chemicals, and bio-based product manufacturers. The 2014 farm bill should be the last to contain such an energy title. Government programs to advance the use of biofuels only perpetuate mediocrity. They allow uncompetitive sources of energy to stay afloat and reduce the incentives to innovate and compete without the subsidies. If advanced biofuels and other alternative sources of energy are truly profitable, they shouldn’t need help from the taxpayer. The United States has a robust, diverse energy market that can supply … Read entire article »

Filed under: Economic/Financial Collapse, Government Corruption, Government Waste, Main Stream Media Bias, Political Campaigning, Politics, Problems of Big Government, Restoring America

Here’s What Happened to Workers After Philadelphia Passed a Soda Tax

Pepsi announced last week that it will lay off around 100 employees at distribution plants that supply the Philadelphia area. This is the latest blow for the city’s new beverage tax, which went into effect in January. “Unfortunately, after careful consideration of the economic realities created by the recently enacted beverage tax, we have been forced to give notice that we intend to eliminate 80 to 100 positions, including frontline and supervisory roles,” Pepsi spokesman Dave DeCecco said, according to Philly.com. However, the layoffs could be quickly reversed if the beverage tax is abandoned, according to DeCecco. “If the tax is struck down or repealed, we plan to bring people back to work,” DeCecco said, according to Reuters. The tax is currently under appeal in the Commonwealth Court, with arguments anticipated to begin in early … Read entire article »

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Seattle Case Shows Why Drone Regulation Should Be Local, Not Federal

Since Christmas 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration has issued new, burdensome regulations on small recreational and commercial drones, ostensibly because these devices carry inherent and unique dangers that only the FAA can safely regulate. Since June 2015, however, the city of Seattle, Washington, has been quietly proving the FAA wrong. A Seattle municipal court recently convicted a drone operator for reckless endangerment, and sentenced him to 30 days in jail. This case decisively shows that states and localities are fully equipped to regulate local drone operations through the enforcement of existing, technology-agnostic civil and criminal laws. During Seattle’s 2015 Pride Parade, Paul Skinner crashed his 2-pound, 18-square-inch drone, which retails at around $1,200, into a building. The drone fell into the crowd below and struck a woman on the head, knocking her unconscious. A … Read entire article »

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Nancy Pelosi invites another lightning strike, Zeus too busy laughing to deliver

**Written by Doug Powers Here’s Nancy Pelosi on the Dems ramming through the Affordable Care Act a few years ago: Fast forward to 2017, and Pelosi sure has changed her tune: Dear Speaker Ryan, This week, the Committees on Energy & Commerce and Ways & Means will be marking up Republicans’ long-feared bill to dismantle affordable health care. The GOP legislation will have life or death consequences for tens of millions of families across America, and extraordinary impacts on state and federal budgets long into the future. The American people and Members have a right to know the full impact of this legislation before any vote in Committee or by the whole House. If the House Minority Leader thing doesn’t work out, the title Delusional Queen of Double Standards is still available. **Written by Doug Powers Twitter … Read entire article »

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