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Jenny Beth’s Journal: FTC needs commissioners who respect intellectual property

The Federal Trade Commission under President Obama was derelict in its duty to protect the intellectual-property rights of a company whose technology helped vault Apple to a nearly $600 billion company – and that same negligence continues to this day, Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin writes in a recent column. The Washington Examiner has the details: That's exactly what is happening in the case of an Apple-backed "anti-trust" suit designed to help the company avoid paying for the intellectual property it uses in the iPhone. Apple is engaged in a world-wide legal campaign against its suppliers, particularly Qualcomm, in an attempt ...

Obamacare insurers in Md., Conn., Virginia proposing premium increases

As more Obamacare exchanges contemplate folding in the days ahead, government-run health insurers are submitting proposed premium rate increases for 2018. The Daily Signal has the story: Chris Sloan, a senior manager at Avalere, stressed that the figures coming from insurers are only proposed rates, and those rates typically decrease as insurance companies negotiate with state insurance departments and their commissioners. Still, the preliminary figures from insurance companies indicate that uncertainty about the future of the health insurance market, and the enrollment population from years past, could lead to double-digit premium increases ...

Jenny Beth’s Journal: ICYMI – boycott Stephen Colbert

“Late Night Show” host Stephen Colbert has been unapologetic since receiving backlash from conservatives and liberals alike for his obscene comments about President Donald J. Trump – comments so offensive the hashtag #FireColbert started trending for a hot second before being buried under other news. But we remember, and will continue to boycott Stephen Colbert. Will you join us? The Washington Times has the commentary: As Americans, we have broad freedom of choice because of our free-market system and competition. If we do not like what Colbert is saying on CBS, we can switch to a different channel. But, if we want to make an even more ...

Poll: President Trump’s tax plan, Gorsuch confirmation bolsters approval rating

President Donald J. Trump’s recently released tax plan has elicited widespread support among his supporters – that, combined with the successful appointment of now-Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court have helped improve our commander in chief’s approval rating, according to a new poll. International Business Times has the details: The IBD/TIPP Presidential Leadership Index — which includes poll results on favorability, job approval, and leadership — climbed 7% to 42.6, marking the first month-over-month increase since Trump became president. "The president's recent achievements in foreign affairs have bolstered Americans' view ...

Tea Party Patriots: We Are Confident Scott Garrett Will Address Crony Capitalism Concerns at Ex-Im Bank

Atlanta, GA – Tea Party Patriots President and co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today, praising the White House’s choice of former Rep. Scott Garrett to be the next head of the Ex-Im Bank. “Scott Garrett served in Congress as a strong constitutional conservative for more than a decade. He was one of the first to raise concerns about crony capitalism at the Export-Import Bank. We are confident that he will address those concerns in his new capacity. America’s taxpayers and businesses will be better off with him at the helm of the bank to ensure it fulfills its mission properly.” Link: http://www.teapartyp...

Last Obamacare exchange in one Iowa county set to fold

Yet another of the health-insurance exchanges set up in the wake of Obamacare’s passage will likely fold in the days ahead as it struggles to meet its bottom line. The Washington Examiner has the details: The Des Moines Register reports that after the exit of Aetna and Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield from Iowa's exchange, the only other insurer in 94 of Iowa's 99 counties is plotting its exit as well. You might think the exit of all competitors would be a boon for the last remaining insurer, but this is not the case, thanks to two of the important Obamacare rules that are a constant subject of discussion: "Community rating," which ...

Trump administration announces ‘once-in-a-generation opportunity’ to overhaul tax code

The White House Wednesday unveiled long-anticipated plans for an overhaul of our tax system that would simplify the tax code and cuts rates for people and businesses. The Washington Times has the story: “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to do something really big,” said Gary Cohn, director of the president’s National Economic Council, who presented the plan to reporters at the White House. He said the president was ready to go to the mat to get tax reform enacted... The proposal he outlined would eliminate every tax deduction except those that are most popular among middle-class families — those for home mortgage intere...

HHS Secretary Tom Price: ‘We need our physicians to be patient-facing, not computer-facing’

Raise your hand if you've been to see a medical provider in recent years and been disappointed he or she spent more time behind a computer than interacting with you? Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Tom Price this week on behalf of the Trump administration says he hopes to change that by lifting the regulatory burdens that too often come between patients and their medical professionals, specifically regulations that pertain to information technology. The Washington Examiner has the details: "We simply have to do a better job of reducing the burden of health IT on physicians and other providers," said Price, speaking at the Health ...

President Trump’s labor nominee clears latest confirmation hurdle

President Donald J. Trump's labor-secretary nominee Alexander Acosta made it over the latest hurdle in his confirmation battle and will likely face an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor later this week. The Washington Free Beacon has the story: The Senate voted 61-39 to advance Acosta to a vote expected for Friday. Acosta was confirmed easily to three prior positions in the federal government, including a brief stint at the National Labor Relations Board. His nomination for labor secretary has garnered more opposition from Democrats, as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) pledged to block President Donald Trump's cabinet appoint...