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Washington Times: House Republicans derail impeachment effort against IRS commissioner

House Republicans effectively ended the effort to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen for his involvement in the agency scandal that unfairly targeted a specific group of Americans for their political beliefs by rejecting or slow-rolling tax-exempt-status applications. The Washington Times has the story: Republican leaders managed to derail impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on Tuesday, forcing the debate back to a committee for more study, where it will die when Congress adjourns at the end of this year. It was a quiet end to a saga that had bedeviled GOP leaders for more than a year, dating back to revelations that Mr. Koskinen ...

Texas restaurateur closing sports bars because of Obamacare, says mandate ‘makes no sense’

The owners of a Fort Worth, Texas sports bar are closing their doors after five years in business, citing the burden of complying with Obamacare regulations as the straw that broke the camel’s back. “If we were to stay in business, there was no way for us to have borne the weight of the oppressive penalties for failing to comply with the mandates of that legislature. Therefore, another establishment goes out of business. Over fifty people lose their jobs. Suppliers and vendors lose the revenue of our account,” reads a statement from owners Bill and Johnnie Katz posted to Facebook Monday. The so-called Affordable Care Act requires ...

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 ...

Pentagon officials hid study that reveals $125 billion in wasteful spending

According to recently obtained confidential memos, Pentagon authorities buried an internal study that reveals $125 billion in “administrative waste” out of fear Congress would further cut defense spending. The Washington Post has the scoop: Pentagon leaders had requested the study to help make their enormous back-office bureaucracy more efficient and reinvest any savings in combat power. But after the project documented far more wasteful spending than expected, senior defense officials moved swiftly to kill it by discrediting and suppressing the results. The report, issued in January 2015, identified “a clear path” for the Defense ...

Rep. Jordan: ‘John Koskinen needs to be held accountable’

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) announced today he will introduce a resolution on the House floor calling for  the impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who has looked the other way as his agency targets conservatives for their political beliefs and even stonewalled congressional investigation into the scandal that continues to slow-roll or flat-out deny conservative groups tax-exempt status. The Washington Examiner has the details: "John Koskinen needs to be held accountable," the Ohio Republican said at a forum hosted by Judicial Watch. "Later today on the House floor, we will make the motion to impeach Mr. Koskinen." Jordan's plan is to ...

Washington Free Beacon: More guns sold in 2016 than any other year

  Guns are flying off shelves in 2016 like milk and bread during snowstorms, as FBI authorities conducted more gun-related background checks this year than any other in history, according to a National Criminal Background Check System report. The Washington Free Beacon has the scoop: So far this year, the FBI has processed 24,767,514 checks through its National Instant Criminal Background Check System, known as NICS, which puts 2016 more than 160,000 checks above the yearly record set in 2015. The record comes after November 2016 set its own monthly record with 2,561,281 checks, nearly 320,000 more than the previous record set last ...

Senator Lankford releases second “Federal Fumbles” report

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) recently released his second edition of “Federal Fumbles: 100 Ways the Government Dropped the Ball,” documenting wasteful government spending of the last few years. “The book highlights irresponsible grants, similar or even identical programs that exist across multiple federal agencies, and money spent inefficiently. For many of the entries, you will find legislative solutions to eliminate wasteful spending and force agencies to make more responsible decisions,” writes Sen. Lankford. U.S. national debt will round $19.5 trillion by the end of December and will reach $22 trillion within the decade, projects ...

Martin: Rep. Price Will Fight to Repeal Obamacare

Atlanta, Ga. – Tea Party Patriots CEO and co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today reacting to the news that President-elect Donald Trump has selected Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) to be the next Secretary of Health and Human Services. “Tom Price is an outstanding choice to be Secretary of Health and Human Services; he knows the true pain Obamacare has caused and is 100 percent for repeal.  He stood with me the Saturday before Obamacare passed the House watching the crowd of over 50,000 people. He saw their passion and anger that weekend and he has heard from constituents, physicians, and fellow Americans around the country ...

Beware the lame duck

The election might be over, but Congress still has time to grow the government and spend more of your hard-earned money with the lame-duck session. Yet again, lawmakers have to vote on a massive spending bill to avoid a government shutdown. What’s the worst that can happen in a lame-duck session? Conservative Review has some examples, including this one: Then there was that time a lame-duck former reindeer farmer changed his vote to help pass a massive $1 trillion spending bill: In 2014, House conservatives almost defeated a $1 trillion continuing resolution. When then-Speaker John Boehner realized the spending bill was going down, he convin...

The future of Obamacare ‘insurer bailouts’ is not looking good

President-elect Donald Trump is bad news for insurance companies who hope that Congress will bail them out with changes to two Obamacare programs. The programs sunset at the end of this year, but conservatives are staying vigilant against the possibility that Congress will try to use the lame-duck session to give insurers more money. Insurance companies have spent millions lobbying lawmakers to keep the risk corridor and reinsurance programs. The Daily Signal reported: Conservative groups like Freedom Partners and Republican lawmakers have cautioned that the Justice Department could attempt to settle with insurance companies and tap into ...