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Report: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement refused to deport nearly 20,000 criminal illegal immigrants

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials in 2015 declined to deport almost 20,000 illegal immigrants with criminal convictions – more than 200 of whom were convicted of murder; more than 900 of sex crimes and more than 12,000 of drunken driving, according to a government report. The Washington Examiner has the story: Overall, those released into virtually every state and territory of America had a total of 64,197 convictions among them, for an average of 3.25 convictions each, according to an analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies. ICE also said that the group were convicted of 8,234 violent crimes. Meanwhile, ICE said that ...

Health-insurance prices expected to surge

Expect Obamacare health-insurance premiums to spike in the coming months as insurers like UnitedHealthcare exit the Obamacare marketplace. The Hill has the story: Many insurers have been losing money on the ObamaCare marketplaces, in part because they set their premiums too low when the plans started in 2014. The companies are now expected to seek substantial price increases. "There are absolutely some carriers that are going to have to come in with some pretty significant price hikes to make up for the underpricing that they did before,” said Sabrina Corlette, a professor at Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms, while ...

House Ways and Means Chairman: We plan to lay out ‘comprehensive blueprint on where we want the tax code to go’

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady during The Atlantic Summit Wednesday told Bloomberg View columnist Margaret Carlson that his committee is exploring numerous pro-growth tax plans to roll out by the close of 2016. The Daily Caller has the scoop: “What we expect to do is to lay out, later this summer, a comprehensive blueprint on where we want the tax code to go with a number of details,” [Brady] said. ” And also, sort of lay out how we can get there.” The panel has seen a number of proposals varying from flat taxes, consumption taxes to cash-flow taxes in recent months. Brady praised former Chairman Dave Camp, ...

This airline pilot just gave his military son the best homecoming surprise ever

Washington, D.C.-based airline pilot Mario Lopes grabbed the opportunity to pilot a military flight to Norfolk, Virginia April 14 – the same day his son, 1st Lt. Mario Lopes, was scheduled to arrive home from Kuwait – on the off-chance his son was aboard and the pilot could surprise the military officer. ABC News has the story: "I told my wife that this couldn't be a coincidence," Lopes said. "No one could confirm or deny if he would actually be a passenger on my aircraft, but I knew I had to take the chance and find out." When the day of the flight came, Lopes briefed the crew about his plan to surprise his son and asked for their help ...

Tax expert: President Obama’s IRS commissioner awarded disgraced IRS exec Lois Lerner thousands in bonuses

Tax expert Robert W. Wood writing for Forbes says disgraced former high-level IRS executive Lois Lerner received thousands of dollars in bonuses in addition to her salary and that the bonuses began thanks to President Obama’s IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who repeatedly has stonewalled congressional investigation into agency targeting of Americans for their political beliefs. Forbes has the commentary: These bonuses were not small pats on the back. In fact, Lois Lerner received $129,300 in bonuses between 2010 and 2013. As head of the IRS tax-exempt division at the  heart of the targeting scandal, she received a 25% bonus each year—averag...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 4/24/1

  CALENDAR: The House will come back into session on Tuesday, and stay in session through Friday. The Senate will come back into session on Monday, and stay in session through Friday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House came back into session last Monday and took up 15 bills on the Suspension Calendar. They wanted to be able to move to several bills targeting the IRS – because turnabout is fair play – on Tax Day, but they couldn’t get the timing down quite right, so the anti-IRS bills were spaced out throughout the week. So on Tuesday, the House moved to the first of these anti-IRS bills, H. Res. 673, “Expressing ...

Hillary Clinton’s aide to be grilled over Clinton emails

Huma Abedin, one of Hillary Clinton’s closest advisers at the State Department, will be questioned under oath about then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server to transmit confidential state secrets. New York Post has the details: The agreement filed late Friday with the U.S. District Court in Washington comes after a judge consented to allow the group Judicial Watch “limited discovery” to probe why Clinton relied on an email server in her New York home during her tenure as secretary of state. Questions about the email system have bedeviled Clinton during her run for the Democratic presidential nomination. ...

Sen. Reid dubbed ‘Porker of the Month’ for stonewalling IGs looking into fraud, abuse

Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) received the March Porker of the Month award from D.C.-based government watchdog Citizens Against Government Waste for supporting a bill that would stonewall inspectors general from looking into waste, fraud and government mismanagement. The Review Journal has the details: “Sen. Reid’s unfathomable objection to this measure exemplifies his utter and complete disregard for protecting taxpayers,” said Tom Schatz, president of Citizens Against Government Waste. “Inspectors general are frontline fighters in the battle against waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in the federal government. They should have ...

House conservatives rip into Obama’s IRS commissioner over illegal immigrants’ questionable use of SSNs

  House conservatives during a hearing this week grilled IRS Commissioner John Koskinen over the agency washing its hands of illegal immigrants apparently stealing social security numbers to obtain jobs and then file taxes using an IRS-issued taxpayer ID. The Hill has the full story: "What I find absolutely outrageous is your suggestion that when it comes to illegal immigrants, the IRS couldn't really be bothered when it comes to these folks stealing Americans' Social Security numbers," said Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Texas). "And I think that's wrong, and it ought to stop now." The issue involves cases in which illegal immigrants used others' ...

Editor: U.S. credit will max out when the world ‘loses confidence in the dollars we owe’

A financial historian who has been writing for decades about economics says it's time to stop incurring debt otherwise we will soon find our proverbial credit card has been declined. TIME has the commentary: We owe more than we can easily repay. We spend too much and borrow too much. Worse, we promise too much. We conjure dollar bills by the trillions–pull them right out of thin air. I won’t insist that this can’t go on, because it has. I only say that it will eventually stop. I don’t know the date, but I believe that I know the reason. It will stop when the world loses confidence in the dollars we owe. Come that moment of truth, the ...