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News Briefing for Tuesday, April 7

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: The GOP quandary: How far right without falling over the edge? “Tea party loyalists are still somewhat wary of Walker, though, because of past positions on immigration and government support for ethanol, a big issue in Iowa, site of the nation’s first caucus. In 2006, he said during his gubernatorial campaign that “we as conservatives should oppose” federal ethanol requirements. But at the Iowa Ag Summit this month, he said he was “willing to go forward” with federal standards. Tea Party Patriots president Jenny Beth Martin asked Walker why he switched his position. Walker said his position was consistent, ...

America’s Finances, Family Style

In the next two months, debates over Obamacare funding, the federal government’s funding, and the debt ceiling will dominate Washington. The Heritage Foundation has a wonderful new toy – “Federal Spending by the Numbers, 2013” – that’s helpful in understanding why it’s critical to hold strong on delaying and defunding Obamacare and freezing the debt ceiling. Alison Fraser has a summary of the full document on the Heritage site, but this brings the federal government’s profligacy home to your friends and family: We can’t wait any longer. Delay and defund Obamacare, keep the debt ceiling where it is, and get federal spending ...

Just how bad was two-thirds of the Sandy “relief” funding that passed the House?

On Wednesday, Tea Party Patriots highlighted some of the egregious pork in the Superstorm Sandy bills that passed through the House of Representatives earlier in the week. Also on Wednesday, Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) – who supported the $17 billion in actual Sandy relief funding and $9.7 billion for flood insurance on January 6, opposed the final bill which put another $50 billion on the backs of taxpayers. He highlighted how awful the other $33 billion which passed the House was for taxpayers. From the Congressman’s website: Transportation funding included in the bill (highway, train, etc) is not limited to areas affected by Sandy ...