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Neal B. Freeman: An Introduction

He may well be the most influential conservative you don’t know. History records that on the day he was born – the day after Independence Day, 1940 – a flotilla of British warships left England, dodging Nazi submarines in the north Atlantic, carrying almost $2 billion in gold bullion destined for safekeeping in the Bank of Canada. We can find no evidence that news of his birth had anything to do with Churchill’s decision to send gold abroad, but, well, a good scheme wouldn’t leave obvious clues like that, would it? Graduated from a Yale class that included two Nobel Laureates, a Pulitzer Prize winner, the architect of Ronald Reagan’s ...

News Briefing for Monday, May 4

HEALTHCARE: As States Expand Medicaid, Unpaid Hospital Bills Disappear “With more states expanding Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act, hospital operators are reporting fewer unpaid medical bills and falling charity and uncompensated care expenses. Under the health law, states have the option to expand Medicaid at little cost to the states. And more are doing so with Montana Gov. Steve Bullock last week signing a bipartisan legislation to expand Medicaid under the health law to more than 70,000 people. This, coupled by an improving economy, is boosting revenues for hospital companies like Community Health Systems (CYH), Tenet Healthc...

News Briefing for Friday, May 1

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Has the GOP Lost Its Budget Soul? (Interview with Jenny Beth Martin) http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/4205023771001/neils-spiel-republicans-losing-their-budget-soul/#sp=show-clips   The Conservative Populist Breakout “…Grassroots activists: the unsung heroes of the populist right: An absolutely crucial (in some ways, the most important) part of the emerging conservative populist coalition is the committed citizens who spend hours directly contacting their elected representatives. A large number of Republicans in Congress are on the fence on immigration and will listen carefully to their most determined ...

Money in Politics? No Problem

There will be no problem with money in politics this year. Such problems arise only when Republicans have more money than Democrats. Hillary Clinton has let it get about that she will be spending $2.5 billion this time. If that number is even roughly accurate, it means that she will spend far more than all of her Republican opponents combined. Hillary will portray the $2.5 billion as a) a way to get her message out, b) a way to make the process more inclusive and c) a way to fight back against the scourges of Wichita, the Koch brothers. Somebody, somewhere will buy her story. You could say that if the Koch brothers didn’t exist the Democrats ...

News Briefing for Thursday, April 30

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: IRS watchdog finds 6,400 Lois Lerner emails “…However, one staffer familiar with the investigation, said the emails were from 2004 through 2013, with the bulk coming from 2012. About 650 are from 2010 and 2011, when the alleged IRS targeting began. Tea Party Patriots president Jenny Beth Martin said the news was another development in a "long line of deplorable actions from the Internal Revenue Service against groups who were merely trying to hold their government accountable." "It will be very enlightening to see the content of the emails as (the inspector general) continues the investigation," she said in a statement…...

News Briefing for Wednesday, April 29

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: IRS watchdog finds 6,400 missing Lois Lerner emails “…Tea Party Patriots president Jenny Beth Martin said the news was another development in a "long line of deplorable actions from the Internal Revenue Service against groups who were merely trying to hold their government accountable." "It will be very enlightening to see the content of the emails as (the inspector general) continues the investigation," she said in a statement…” http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/28/politics/irs-watchdog-finds-6400-missing-lois-lerner-emails/index.html     HEALTHCARE: Two in three Obamacare beneficiaries had to repay ...

Republican senators pass the buck on Obamacare transparency

When the Senate Subcommittee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship voted last week on whether or not to subpoena documents from the Washington, D.C. Obamacare exchange, the result was shocking, yet predictable. It predictable because – surprise! – members of Congress don’t want to lose their special perks. It was shocking, however, because half of the subcommittee’s Republicans sided with Democrats to squash an investigation, spearheaded by Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana, into whether lawmakers falsified documents in order to get special Obamacare exemptions. The Republicans were: Sens. Jim Risch of Idaho, Deb Fischer of Nebraska, Kelly ...

Legislative Update for 04/27/15

Listen to the Podcast here: CALENDAR: The House will return Tuesday, with no votes scheduled before 6:30 PM. It’s a short week – there are no votes scheduled after 3 PM on Thursday. The Senate will return tomorrow, with no votes scheduled before 5:30 PM. We anticipate they’ll be in all week. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House took up and passed the two Cybersecurity bills we discussed last week – H.R. 1560 and H.R. 1731 – and also took up and passed H.R. 1195, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Advisory Boards Act. THIS WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House will begin its work Tuesday with votes on seven ...

News Briefing for April 25

HEALTHCARE: ObamaCare penalty could be too low, analysis finds “A new analysis highlights that it is often cheaper for people to pay ObamaCare’s penalty for not having health insurance than to buy coverage, meaning the penalty might be too low to spur middle-income people to get covered.  The analysis from the consulting firm Avalere Health finds that for people making less than 200 percent of the poverty line, or about $23,000, purchasing insurance is usually cheaper because of income-based subsidies under the law. The penalty for not having health insurance in 2015 is $325 or 2 percent of income, whichever is greater. But for healthy ...

TPP disappointed in GOP cave on Vitter subpoenas

Atlanta – The Tea Party Patriots (TPP) reacted angrily to the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee’s refusal to issue subpoenas that would have exposed the special treatment the political ruling class receives under Obamacare. “Today’s vote to deny Chairman Vitter’s request for a subpoena is a shameful reminder that the real political split in this nation is not between Republicans or Democrats, or even between conservatives and liberals, but between the Inside-the-Beltway Ruling Elite and the rest of us who pay them,” said TPP President Jenny Beth Martin. “Shouldn’t we know the names of the people who falsely ...