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Financial records of failed New York Obamacare co-op mired in secrecy

Documents that would explain why Health Republic of New York, one of 13 failed Obamacare co-ops, went under are not being released by the regulators at the New York Department of Financial Services despite a freedom-of-information request. The Daily Caller has the details: New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) reportedly launched an official investigation in September 2015 of Health Republic of New York for “substantial under-reporting” of its finances. Health Republic is one of 13 Obamacare non-profit health insurance co-ops that have failed since the $2.5 billion program’s 2012 launch to compete with commercial for-profit ...

Report: Government struggling to recoup up to $750 million in Obamacare subsidies given to illegal immigrants

The government is struggling to recover up to $750 million in Obamacare subsidies doled out to illegal immigrants and those whose status was in unverified limbo, according to a Senate report. Fox News has the scoop: The report, produced by Republicans on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, examined Affordable Care Act tax credits meant to defray the cost of insurance premiums. It found that as of June 2015, “the Administration awarded approximately $750 million in tax credits on behalf of individuals who were later determined to be ineligible because they failed to verify their citizenship, status as a national, or ...

Jenny Beth Martin: Our most important responsibility is to hold Congress accountable

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan lately has been sounding defeatist notes in public speeches rather than outlining a hopeful, conservative agenda aimed at truly reining in spending and fully repealing Obamacare, Tea Party Patriots CEO and Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin says in her latest column for The Washington Times. Jenny Beth says: Mr. Ryan portrays Tea Party conservatives as naïve for demanding repeal. Again, his words are instructive: “When voices in the conservative movement demand things that they know we can’t achieve with a Democrat in the White House, all that does is depress our base and in turn help Democrats stay in the White ...

The Blaze: National debt just rounded $19 trillion

The U.S. national debt Friday rounded the corner on $19 trillion for the first time in our nation’s history. The Blaze has the scoop: After $18 trillion on Dec. 15, 2014, it took a 13 months for the debt to reach the new threshold, which is a slightly quicker climb in debt from years past. It took about 14 months for the debt to reach $16, $17 and $18 trillion. Though the national debt has been a hot-button issue for Republicans, and reduction in spending has been a cornerstone of many GOP presidential candidates’ campaigns, spending does not seem to be on the decline. In fact, over the last few years, the federal government has been free ...

State Department says 22 of Clinton’s communications via personal email “top secret”

Officials at the State Department say Hillary Clinton had 22 “top secret” emails on a server that wasn’t issued by the State Department and that for three months contained no encryption. Politico has the inside scoop: It was the first time State has formally deemed any of Clinton’s emails classified at that level, reserved for information that can cause “exceptionally grave” damage to national security if disclosed. State did not provide details on the subjects of the messages, which represent seven email chains and a total of 37 pages. State spokesman John Kirby said they are part of a set the intelligence community inspector ...

Report: President Obama misled Congress during debt-ceiling showdowns

A House Financial Services Committee report obtained by The Daily Caller reveals Federal Reserve Bank of New York officials ran exercises during multiple congressional debt-limit crises demonstrating the federal government could function over the course of a temporary government shutdown – contrary to what President Obama said as he was selling Congress on an increase to the debt ceiling. The Daily Caller has the inside story: The staff report, to be released Tuesday, charges that [Treasury Secretary Jack] Lew and other Obama administration officials deliberately misled Congress and the public during the federal budget and debt limit showdowns ...

Columnist: ‘Skeptical’ President Obama’s Justice Department will indict Hillary over email scandal

New York Post columnist and Fox News contributor Michael Goodwin in a column this week expressed doubt Hillary Clinton will be forced to answer for sending and receiving confidential emails via a private server when she was secretary of state. Read a portion of Mr. Goodwin’s column below: Color me skeptical that she will face criminal charges, especially after President Obama’s kind words for her. His praise of Clinton’s experience in an interview, twinned with his comparison of Bernie Sanders as a “bright, shiny object,” were widely interpreted as a Clinton endorsement. Correctly so, but there’s more to it. Obama wouldn’t be ...

Inspector General: Clinton’s private-server emails contained intel beyond “top secret”

Emails uncovered from Hillary Clinton’s unsecured, private server used to conduct official state business contained intelligence beyond “top secret,” says an unclassified letter from a top inspector general. Fox News has the exclusive: Fox News exclusively obtained the unclassified letter, sent Jan. 14 from Intelligence Community Inspector General I. Charles McCullough III. It laid out the findings of a recent comprehensive review by intelligence agencies that identified "several dozen" additional classified emails -- including specific intelligence known as "special access programs" (SAP). That indicates a level of classification beyond ...

Senator: Nuclear deal will allow Iran to ‘industrialize’ its nuclear-enrichment capability

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) Saturday released a statement lambasting the president's Iran nuclear agreement and the U.S. lifting sanctions on Iran and its terror-entrenched government with its litany of human-rights violations. The Chattanooga Times Free Press has the inside story: "I opposed this flawed agreement, and fear its implementation shifts the leverage to Iran as sanctions are lifted in exchange for only limited and temporary restrictions, allowing Iran to industrialize its nuclear enrichment capability after a decade," Corker said ... Corker was co-author of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review ...

IRS could still be targeting Americans for their religious, political beliefs

Those at the Internal Revenue Service may still be unfairly setting their sights on Americans based on religious and political beliefs, say investigators from the Government Accountability Office. The Blaze has the inside scoop: “The control deficiencies increase the risk of selecting organizations for audit in an unfair manner — for example, based on an organization’s religious, educational, political, or other views,” said one of two GAO investigations of the IRS released Wednesday. One of the GAO reports focused on problems in the IRS Wage and Investment Unit, the other on the Small Business and Self-Employed Unit. The House Ways ...