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News Briefing for Monday, June 1

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Oklahoma's U.S. senators support extending surveillance programs to allow more time for debate “Ahead of a rare Sunday night session in the U.S. Senate, top leaders of the American Civil Liberities Union and the Tea Party Patriots said Friday the law allowing the collection of bulk telephone data should be allowed to expire this weekend. Jenny Beth Martin, president of the Tea Party Patriots, told reporters that the collection of so-called “metadata” regarding Americans’ telephone calls sounded harmless until one considered how much tracking of locations and movement it allowed. “It is violating our freedom and the Bill ...

News Briefing for Thursday, April 16

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Marco Rubio and the Three-Strikes Theory of Politics “…In the past year or so, Rubio has been trying to regain the trust of his party’s hard-liners, saying that nobody has an automatic right to immigrate to the United States and stressing that improving border security should be the first priority. He’s had some success in this enterprise. “I think that Sen. Rubio has done something that most politicians don’t do,” Jenny Beth Martin, the president and co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots group, told Politico. “He evaluated what went wrong … [and] is working to make sure he doesn’t make the same mistakes ...

News Briefing for Monday, March 9, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Martin Schram: How the GOP endangered its own security (Quote by Jenny Beth) “Jenny Beth Martin, founder of the Tea Party Patriots, was applauded and cheered after she derided Obama's immigration executive actions (where reforms weren't attempted) and especially when she said of Obamacare, "We still have the opportunity to repeal that!" http://www.knoxnews.com/opinion/columnists/martin-schram-how-the-gop-endangered-its-own-security_35821404     HEALTHCARE: Huntley: Only legal gymnastics can save Obamacare “…It’s hard to argue that politics — and a desire to protect the high court’s ...

News Briefing for Saturday, January 10 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: Troubled assets no trouble “Weeks after voters dissed the Democrats, an important economic benchmark was passed with little public notice: The U.S. government sold off its stake in Ally Financial, the auto financing company once known as GMAC. It even made money on the deal — about $2.4 billion. That sale ended the six-year effort to rescue the American auto industry from financial disaster. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew was correct in saying, "This program worked.” In 2014, American carmakers sold 16.5 million vehicles, their best year in almost a decade. That boom fits into a broader ...

News Briefing for Friday, January 9, 2015

HEALTHCARE: N.J. private insurance premiums rising faster since Affordable Care Act passed, study shows “Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the cost of premiums in New Jersey each year have risen faster than the national average, according to a study released today by a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank. Premiums for New Jersey employer-sponsored health coverage climbed an average of 4.4 percent a year from 2003 through 2010 to $5,153 per single person, according to the study by the Commonwealth Fund. But from 2010 to 2013, the average premium rose 6.4 percent a year, to $6,200. The spike was even greater for family polici...

News Briefing for December 13, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Patients outraged after losing doctors under Obamacare “Kevin McCarthy of Thousand Oaks, California, was surprised last spring, when he learned his family doctor of 14 years could not accept the Blue Shield insurance he'd purchased under Obamacare. He said he was "outraged" because when he was shopping for his policy, Blue Shield confirmed his doctor was covered. "We were duped," McCarthy said. "Hoodwinked is another good term." Here's what happened. Insurance companies -- to save money -- are quietly selling what are called "narrow networks." They sharply restrict the number of doctors and hospitals people can see. In some cases, ...

The day data lost: White House-requested Census changes mean no real facts on Obamacare

Yesterday, the New York Times reported that the U.S. Census Bureau “is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama’s health care law in the next report…” No, that’s not a joke. Yes, it really means what you think it means.[1] The very year Obamacare is rolled out and implemented, the one agency charged with collecting authoritative data on health insurance is changing its questionnaire so much that we won’t be able to compare how the Affordable Care Act impacted the uninsured in America. Why? Oh, no reason (according to Census officials), these changes have been in the ...

Secrecy and the Obama White House

News broke this week that Michelle Obama’s trip to China would not only be press-free, but the First Lady would also not be giving any interviews. None, whatsoever. Even the New York Times seemed taken aback in its coverage of the press-free trip [1], and Times columnist Nicholas Kristof took to Twitter to call the move a “mistake” that “signals weakness or fear of coverage.” [2] But that’s not the only news that’s come out of the White House recently that signals an antagonistic approach to dealing with transparency and the press. Apparently President Obama and his team use three tactics in ensuring reporters stick to the interview ...

Tea Party leader: IRS scandal not “phony”

Last week, President Obama launched a series of economic speeches intended to draw attention to his alleged vision for the nation. In those speeches, he brushed off the series of scandals that have marred his Administration for the last year. While they weren’t named, one can easily theorize he meant the Benghazi cover-up, the IRS scandal, the NSA spying, and Fast & Furious. Three speeches were made last week by the President, and all three involved him calling any and all scandals “phony.” Consider: Wednesday’s speech: “But with this endless parade of distractions and political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken ...