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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 ...

Trump policy adviser: ‘That’s the plan: Try to pass a tax cut’

Conservative-leaning Heritage Foundation Fellow and Economist Stephen Moore Wednesday during a Politico forum says he would tell President-elect Trump to first focus on slashing business taxes and then follow up later with reforming individual tax rates. Reuters has the details: Trump's proposal would reduce the official corporate tax rate to 15 percent from 35 percent, allow corporations to repatriate overseas profits at a 10 percent rate and reduce the top individual tax rate to 33 percent from 39.6 percent. Moore estimated that the cuts would lead to a revenue loss of about $3 trillion over 10 years, for which Trump would compensate with ...

New York Times: Obamacare tax penalty ‘has not worked all that well’

The New York Times documents the people choosing to go without Obamacare this coming year because of the price spikes sweeping the country and instead take the tax penalty and pray they don’t need health insurance. Here are some of the details: It has not worked all that well, and that is at least partly to blame for soaring premiums next year on some of the health law’s insurance exchanges… William H. Weber, 51, a business consultant in Atlanta, said he paid $1,400 a month this year for a Humana health plan that covered him and his wife and two children. Premiums will increase 60 percent next year, Mr. Weber said, and he does not see ...

Veteran never received VA cardiology appointment that could have ‘forestalled’ his death

A new investigation into whistleblower allegations leveled against the Department of Veterans Affairs reveals another veteran has died in part due to VA negligence, as the patient in question never received a cardiology exam that could have saved his life. The Washington Examiner has the details: The Office of Health Care Inspections "found that this patient never received an appointment for a cardiology exam that could have prompted further definitive testing and interventions that could have forestalled his death," according to a new report from the VA inspector general. That audit produced a better record than investigators expected, having ...

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 ...

Actress Stacey Dash says ‘That’s so untrue’ of this Democrat’s ridiculous anti-gun comment

Actress-turned-conservative-political-commentator Stacey Dash in an interview with Townhall’s Cortney O’Brien reveals what she thinks of DNC platform committee member Bonnie Schaefer’s recent comment “Nothing is ever solved when you have a gun in your hand except the worst-possible scenario” – and she didn’t hold back! (Fast forward to 2:47 minutes in for the excerpt.) “That’s so untrue,” said Dash. “Things are definitely solved – what got solved for me was a man who was stalking me for three years, who had been beating me for five years, came into my house and tried to kill me and my son and – because I had a gun – I ...

Veterans Affairs secretary: ‘When you go to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line or what’s important?’

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald Monday apparently downplayed the severity of the wait-list scandals that have plagued the department, left veterans without timely care and, in some cases, been the difference between life and death – a metric, the secretary implied, that should be trashed altogether. The Washington Examiner has the details: "When you got to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? Or what's important? What's important is, what's your satisfaction with the experience?" McDonald said Monday during a Christian Science Monitor breakfast with reporters. "And what I would like to move to, eventually, is ...

Jenny Beth Martin tells Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg what’s on her mind

“What’s on your mind?” It’s the question that appears on the status update of every personal Facebook account and is written in large letters atop the famous “Facebook wall” at the company headquarters in Menlo Park, California – and it’s not a question Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin shied away from answering Wednesday when she and other conservative leaders from across the country met with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to discuss recent allegations the social-networking site has been suppressing politically conservative news and propping up a homogeneous workplace culture that favors its more liberal members. “W...

Wow — You’ll never believe what Sen. Harry Reid said 11 years ago – we even agree!

Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is in hot water for apparently flip-flopping regarding his position on the role of the U.S. Senate in considering presidential nominees. "The duties of the United States Senate are set out in the Constitution of the United States. Nowhere in that document does it say the Senate has a duty to give presidential nominees a vote; it says appointments shall be made 'with the advice and consent of the Senate.' That's very different than saying that every nominee receives a vote," Sen. Reid said May of 2005 on the Senate Floor, C-SPAN footage shows. The U.S. Senate minority leader has been arguing the Senate is bound to ...

Tea Party Patriots Welcome Sen. Toomey’s Insistence that the American People Should Not Be Denied A Voice in Selection of the Next Justice

ATLANTA, Ga – Tea Party Patriots CEO and co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today following Senator Toomey's meeting with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. “We welcome Senator Toomey’s insistence that the American people should not be denied a voice in the selection of the next Supreme Court justice.  Even the New York Times has said a Supreme Court with Merrick Garland would be the most liberal court in over 50 years and polls have shown the American people, by a wide margin, do not want a liberal-dominated Supreme Court.  With the public divided and so frustrated with Washington, Senator Toomey understa...