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Judge overturns VA demotions of employees who apparently scammed agency out of $400,000

Federal judges overturned Veterans Affairs’ demotion of two senior officials caught up in a hiring scam. ABC News has the story: The VA demoted Kimberly Graves and Diana Rubens last month. The VA's acting inspector general said the pair forced lower-ranking managers to accept job transfers and then stepped into the vacant positions themselves, keeping their senior-level pay while reducing their responsibilities … In addition to their job assignments, Graves and Rubens have been under investigation for obtaining more than $400,000 combined in questionable moving expenses under a VA relocation program that has since been suspended. Rep. ...

Senator: Nuclear deal will allow Iran to ‘industrialize’ its nuclear-enrichment capability

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) Saturday released a statement lambasting the president's Iran nuclear agreement and the U.S. lifting sanctions on Iran and its terror-entrenched government with its litany of human-rights violations. The Chattanooga Times Free Press has the inside story: "I opposed this flawed agreement, and fear its implementation shifts the leverage to Iran as sanctions are lifted in exchange for only limited and temporary restrictions, allowing Iran to industrialize its nuclear enrichment capability after a decade," Corker said ... Corker was co-author of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review ...

DHS: Number of illegal minors apprehended at Texas border up from 2014

Officials at the Department of Homeland Security say the number of illegal-immigrant minors who’ve been apprehended at the Texas border increased by more than 100 percent from Oct.-Nov. 2014 to the same time months in 2015. Breitbart has the details: Earlier this month, the Rio Grand Valley Border Patrol sector reported a 101 percent increase of unaccompanied alien children (UAC) and a 154 percent increase of family units crossing the border illegally. These figures reflect apprehension numbers in October and November 2015 and compare them to the same time period last year, KRGV 5 reported … Because of the latest influx, Gov. Greg Abbott ...

Homeland Security secretary bars immigration officials from monitoring visa applicants’ social-media profiles

Homeland Security Secretary bars immigration officials from monitoring visa applicants' social-media profiles DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson in 2014 decided against ending a U.S. policy that prohibits immigration officials from scouring the social-media accounts of non-citizens applying for visas for fear of a "civil liberties backlash” and “bad public relations.” ABC News reports: "During that time period immigration officials were not allowed to use or review social media as part of the screening process," John Cohen, a former acting under-secretary at DHS for intelligence and analysis. Cohen is now a national security consultant for ABC ...

Stop the latest IRS power grab: Deadline for comment on proposed IRS regulation fast approaching

The cut off for leaving a comment decrying the latest power grab at the IRS is right around the corner! Please take a moment to click here and protest the proposed regulation that would authorize the IRS to collect the social security numbers of those nonprofit donors who give $250 or more annually. “We need to keep putting in as many comments as possible,” Tea Party Patriots President Jenny Beth Martin. “We just want as many comments there as possible. We want to prevent this regulation from going into effect.” So far, we have collected more than 8,500 signatures and the comment petition has been shared on Facebook nearly 12,000 times. ...

GOP leaders still sparring with Democrats over long-term spending package, preparing stopgap bill

House Republican leaders are endeavoring to avoid a government shutdown by creating a short-term spending bill that will go to a vote Friday, multiple sources say. The bill would keep the government funded until Republicans and Democrats can come to an agreement on a longer-term spending package. Politico has the details: GOP leaders are still wrestling with how long the new bill would fund the government for, but several aides on both sides of the aisle said it would extend spending authority until sometime from Dec. 16 to Dec. 18. The stopgap is necessary because Republicans and Democrats have not reached agreement on a long-term spending ...

Tea Party Patriots applaud Senate for voting to repeal much of Obamacare in reconciliation bill

Atlanta, GA – Tea Party Patriots CEO Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today commending the Senate for voting to repeal a large portion of Obamacare in the reconciliation bill: "We applaud the Senate for voting to repeal as much of Obamacare as the Senate rules will allow. A special thanks is owed to Senators Lee, Cruz, and Rubio who showed great leadership by making it clear to GOP Senate leaders they would not settle for repealing less than the rules would allow and encouraged their colleagues to keep their promises to the American people. Now it is up to the House to pass the Senate bill, ensure Obamacare repeal makes it to ...

Public approval of Obamacare shrinking

Obamacare saw another dip in its favorability ratings as 45 percent of Americans in November had an unfavorable view of President Obama’s signature law – a dip fueled in part by Americans’ contempt for the so-called “Cadillac tax,” set to be applied to more expensive employer-sponsored health-insurance plans in 2018. The Washington Examiner has the details: About 45 percent of the public had an unfavorable view of the healthcare law in November, up from 42 percent a month earlier. Those with a favorable view of the law fell to 38 percent, from 42 percent in October. … Kaiser asked people with employer-sponsored insurance whether ...

Congress’ approval rating slumps to new low for the year

Americans’ disapproval of Congress has hit a new low for the year, with only 11 percent of Americans approving of the job Congress is doing – just 2 points above the all-time low of 9 percent in 2013. Gallup has the details: Gallup's latest congressional approval rating was obtained shortly after Congress passed bipartisan legislation to avert another government shutdown, and after Republican Rep. Paul Ryan took over as the new speaker of the House. That change in leadership did not have any immediate positive effect on how Americans view Congress. The recent compromise fiscal legislation raised the limit the U.S. can legally borrow, and ...

You Won’t Believe What Happened in GOP Conference Last Night

As you've probably heard from media reports by now, last night Rep. Paul Ryan gave a speech to his colleagues in the Republican Conference meeting that he would accept the job of Speaker of the House as long as he could be a unifying force AND as long as the 3 major factions in the House got behind him. Oh, and there's one other thing. He wants the Republican Conference to change the rules of the House to remove the power of Members to issue a motion to vacate the chair - which you'll recall is the mechanism that Mark Meadows of North Carolina used to ultimately force John Boehner to step down. So Paul Ryan wants to be Speaker as long as he can ...