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As Obamacare co-ops crumble, residents in five states have no choice in their Obamacare exchange

Lawmakers nationwide gave speeches touting the Obamacare exchanges, saying the exchanges will create “competition” (though how this works when the exchanges are all hewn from the same rock and under the auspices of Obamacare apparently never occurred to these legislators) and thereby drive down health-insurance prices. They couldn’t have more wrong as the exchanges are crumbling. A total of five states now only have a single Obamacare-exchange option. The Daily Signal has the details: Five states will be down to just one health insurer on the Obamacare marketplace next year, and consumers in 664 counties are projected to face that same ...

National debt to soar to 77 percent of U.S. gross domestic product by end of fiscal year

Spendthrifts in Washington, D.C. by the end of September will have sent our national debt soaring by three percentage points to 77 percent of gross domestic product, the greatest ratio of debt-to-GDP we’ve seen since 1950 when we were still paying down debt from World War II. The Washington Examiner has the scoop: The agency projected that the debt held by the public will rise 3 percentage points to 77 percent of U.S. gross domestic product by the end of fiscal year 2016 in September. Debt has not hit that ratio since 1950, when the government was still in the middle of paying down the debt it incurred paying for World War II. Over the ...

Federal appeals court says IRS likely still targeting Americans for their political beliefs

Officials at the Internal Revenue Service are continuing to target politically conservative-leaning groups seeking tax-exempt status, a federal appeals court said in a recent ruling that overturned a lower-court decision that tossed out a lawsuit against the agency on the grounds IRS authorities said they’d stop certain targeting practices. The Daily Signal has the story: The IRS insisted “there is no reasonable expectation” that discrimination will reoccur, the ruling noted, because the tax agency has “suspended until further notice” tactics it used to target the applications of tea party and other conservative groups for nonprofit ...

Calif. Rep. McClintock: U.S. national debt is ‘out of control’

U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock during a recent speaking engagement in El Dorado Hills, California underscored how severely in the hole our nation is from a financial perspective – something we’ve known for years but need Congress to act on right away. The Folsom Telegraph has the details: “Spending is out of control,” he said. The National Debt is at $20 trillion and growing, he said. In 10 years there won’t be funding for Medicare and Social Security will be bankrupt in 17 years if “we stay on the same trajectory,” McClintock said… McClintock said that “entitlement programs” cost $1 trillion a year. Examples of entitlement ...

Rep. Pompeo: Obama admin ‘violated federal law’ when it airlifted $400 million to ‘state sponsor of terrorism’

Lawmakers and policy experts alike are dumbfounded and furious over President Obama’s approval of a $400 million airlift to Iran, a leading state sponsor of terrorism, on the same day Iran released numerous Iranian-American hostages. The Daily Signal has the scoop: “I want to know what Obama administration employees were involved with this and how long do they serve in prison,” said Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., a member of the House Intelligence Committee. “There is no doubt they violated federal law when they transferred U.S. taxpayer funds to a state sponsor of terrorism.” Pompeo’s assertion to The Daily Signal goes farther than most ...

Justice Department denied FBI request to probe Clinton Foundation

President Obama’s Justice Department declined a request from the FBI to look into the Clinton Foundation to determine whether Hillary Clinton – during her tenure as secretary of state – engaged in corrupt practices, according to a recent CNN report. The Washington Examiner has the story: The Justice Department's public integrity unit declined to pursue the probe given what it characterized as insufficient evidence, according to a CNN report Wednesday. The State Department's seemingly preferential treatment of foundation donors under Clinton's leadership has raised questions about whether she and her aides ignored conflicts of interest in ...

Report: Detroit VA spent $300,000 on televisions it can’t even use

Staff at the Veteran Affairs medical center in Detroit, Michigan signed off on the purchase of $300,000 worth of incompatible televisions now languishing in a dark VA office, according to a report recently released by federal inspectors. ABC 7 has the details: The report says the items were purchased before an installation contract was awarded, and it was later determined the units were not compatible with design plans. The VA spent nearly $20,000 to adjust their installation design, but still, the majority of the units have not been installed. Adding further to the frustration, the warranties have since expired, which could lead to additi...

State Department doles out $185,000 for … thread?

On the heels of news the Department of Veterans Affairs spent millions on artwork while our veterans died awaiting care, State Department officials coughed up nearly $200,000 for a so-called fiber artwork display comprising 98 balls of thread to adorn the embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. The Washington Free Beacon has the details: Government spending on lavish art has come under scrutiny in recent weeks after a report revealed the Department of Veterans Affairs spent $20 million on artwork while veterans died waiting to see doctors. The VA is not alone in purchasing pricey art on the taxpayers’ dime. The State Department spent $185,000 for ...

Here’s what you have to go through to become a hair braider in some states

If our leaders really wanted to create jobs, they could start by keeping government from crushing small business ventures. In yet another example of bloated regulation, an Institute for Justice report has found that burdensome licensing laws require hair braiders to spend as much as 2,100 hours in training and thousands of dollars on tuition. These barriers prevent entrepreneurs, many of whom are lower-income, from working at a job that many learned in childhood and have practiced for years. Via the Washington Free Beacon: The report also finds that these requirements kill jobs and prevent hair braiders with less capital from entering the job ...

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