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Prominent Alabama Democrat Susan Cobb gives Sen. Sessions stamp of approval

Democrat and Former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Susan Bell Cobb in a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) endorsed President-elect Donald Trump’s Attorney-General Nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.). The Montgomery Advertiser has the details: In her letter, Cobb references the 1994 election, when she was the Democratic candidate for the appellate court and Sessions was running for Alabama Attorney General. “We were then as we are now, members of different parties, but always willing to assist each other as we attempted to constantly do the right thing for the people of our beloved state,” ...

California lawmakers pushing waiver application that would allow illegal immigrants to purchase Obamacare

State lawmakers in California are scrambling to get approval on a waiver that would permit illegal immigrants in California to purchase Obamacare health insurance. The Washington Times has the story: California first made its request, known as a “1332 waiver,” earlier this year. But the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services sent the application back as incomplete in mid-November. [Democrat State Sen. Ricardo] Lara said they resubmitted their proposal last week and are hoping for a final expedited review before Mr. Trump, who has taken a harder stance on illegal immigrants, takes office. Authored by Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, ...

Former Cincinnati mayor: Sessions likely most ‘important’ Trump appointee

Former Cincinnati Mayory and Senior Fellow for the American Civil Rights Union Kenneth Blackwell in a recent column comes out in support of President-elect Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) – a man Blackwell says may be the most “important” person among President-elect Trump’s appointees and who “knows where the alligators sleep” and therefore qualified to help “drain the swamp.” The Stream has the commentary: Contrary to the expectations of many people, President-elect Donald Trump has been filling his cabinet with serious, no-nonsense conservatives. The Left will confront appointees who would ...

President-elect Trump taps fiscal conservative to head Office of Management and Budget

President-elect Donald Trump picked Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) to head the Office of Management and Budget, whose mission is to assist the president in overseeing and preparing the federal budget and supervising its administration among the executive branches of leadership. “We are going to do great things for the American people with Mick Mulvaney leading the Office of Management and Budget,” President-elect Trump said in a statement, according to the Daily Signal. “Right now, we are nearly $20 trillion in debt but Mick is a very high-energy leader with deep convictions for how to responsibly manage our nation’s finances and save our ...

President-elect Trump taps champion of industry to head EPA

President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency – a pick dripping with poetic justice as Pruitt has been at the forefront of pushing back on President Obama’s industry-crushing emissions regulations. The Washington Free Beacon: Pruitt, a Republican, is a close ally of the fossil fuel industry and has been a strong voice in the pushback against Obama’s EPA regulations, especially his administration’s climate change rules. The Oklahoma attorney general, who the New York Times described as a “hero to conservative activists,” is one of the Republican attorneys ...

Tea Party Patriots Applauds President-elect Donald Trump’s Nomination of Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt to Lead EPA

Washington, DC – Tea Party Patriots CEO and co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today in response to reports that President-elect Donald Trump has selected Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be the next Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. “Tea Party Patriots applauds President-elect Donald Trump for picking Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be the next Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. AG Pruitt has worked with our activists over the years fighting Obamacare and he understands the importance of federalism and the ability of state and local governments to serve their ...

Pearl Harbor Survivor gets in shape for 75th-anniversary memorial

Pearl Harbor survivor Ray Chavez bulked up for his big day: the 75th anniversary of when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor – an act that unleashed a hornet’s nest and sparked U.S. entry into World War II. “I got very emotional that day. There were so many, many innocent people that were lost,” Chavez tells NBC News in a recent broadcast. The 104-year-old Navy veteran with help from a personal trainer gained 20 pounds of muscle in order to take the 6-hour flight from California to Hawaii. Asked if he’ll return for the 80th anniversary, Chavez says “If I can walk, I’ll go.” Tea Party Patriots today gives thanks today for the ...

FBI apparently reopens investigation into Clinton email scandal

A month after FBI Director James Comey refused to reopen the case into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private, unsecured email server to transmit state secrets, the director announced Friday in a letter to lawmakers that the bureau has been made aware of emails relevant to the previously closed case and appears to have reopened the investigation into the former Obama administration employee. The Washington Examiner has the scoop: "I am writing to inform you that the investigative team briefed me on this yesterday, and I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review ...

IRS persists in singling out, delaying tea-party groups’ tax-exempt-status applications

Authorities at the Internal Revenue Service after promising to speed up processing on long-in-limbo tax-exempt-status applications of conservative groups is reversing course and doubling down on their demands for additional documentation. The Washington Times has the scoop: More jarringly, the IRS then publicly released one of the sets of questions it sent to the Texas Patriots Tea Party — a move the group’s lawyer says puts secret taxpayer return information, supposed to be protected, out in the public. Tax experts say the IRS may be on safe legal ground, since the filing was made as part of a court case, and that’s one of the few narrow ...

Veteran never received VA cardiology appointment that could have ‘forestalled’ his death

A new investigation into whistleblower allegations leveled against the Department of Veterans Affairs reveals another veteran has died in part due to VA negligence, as the patient in question never received a cardiology exam that could have saved his life. The Washington Examiner has the details: The Office of Health Care Inspections "found that this patient never received an appointment for a cardiology exam that could have prompted further definitive testing and interventions that could have forestalled his death," according to a new report from the VA inspector general. That audit produced a better record than investigators expected, having ...