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Major Victory for the 1st Amendment and Internet Freedom

(Photo Credit - AP/Michael Caulfield) Tea Party Patriots is pleased by the recent decision by the Federal Election Commission not to impose government control over political speech on the Internet. The Democrats at the FEC heard from our grassroots supporters, and they listened! As Paul Bedard in Washington Examiner reports: The Federal Election Commission, facing punishing criticism for suggesting that political activity on the Internet should be regulated, rejected talk of new rules Thursday, a victory for GOP commissioners who feared Democrats were targeting conservative sites, even the Drudge Report. During a public meeting, ...

TPP and the ACLU: It’s time to reform the Patriot Act

It’s not every day that Tea Party Patriots decides to join forces with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). But sometimes, there are issues that are too important to let partisan politics get in the way. Today, Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin has a joint op-ed in the Des Moines Register with Jeremy Rosen, Executive Director of the ACLU of Iowa about NSA spying and the Patriot Act. Write Martin and Rosen: Believe it or not, the Tea Party Patriots and the American Civil Liberties Union have some priorities in common. For one thing, we agree on the need for significant reforms to curtail government surveillance authorities, ...

Time for the government to stop spying on Americans (Jenny Beth Martin and Hilary O’ Shelton op-ed in The News & Observer)

It’s not often that the NAACP and the tea party agree on much of anything, but we have come together over a common concern to fight for a common cause: We want our government to stop spying on innocent Americans... Continue here.

ACLU, Tea Party agree: Urge government to stop spying (The Des Moines Register – Jenny Beth Martin and Jeremy Rosen Op-Ed)

Believe it or not, the Tea Party Patriots and the American Civil Liberties Union have some priorities in common. For one thing, we agree on the need for significant reforms to curtail government surveillance authorities, like some of those included in the Patriot Act... Continue here.

ACLU and Tea Party Patriots Try to Mobilize Majority Support for Surveillance Reform (Reason – Jacob Sullum)

According to a new survey commissioned by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 60 percent of voters think "Congress should modify the Patriot Act to limit government surveillance and protect Americans' privacy."... Continue here.

News Briefing for Monday, May 18

  HEALTHCARE: The dire ObamaCare threat to New York’s hospitals “City Comptroller Scott Stringer laid out the grim facts last week on how the most progressive law in decades means disaster for New York City. The bottom line of Stringer’s report: Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare, Uncle Sam will cut more than $800 million in payments to the city’s Health and Hospitals Corp, by Fiscal Year 2019. The president’s signature law slashes federal payments that long helped out hospitals serving lots of patients who lack insurance. The idea was that the law would boost coverage so dramatically the aid would be unnecessary. ...

Waste, waste, and more waste!

Citizens against Government Waste (CAGW) is out with its new “Pig Book” report for fiscal 2015, and the results aren’t what you think. Despite the fact that earmarks were banned back in 2011, Congress still found a way to come up with $4.2 billion worth of questionable earmarks. Ok, so maybe the results are exactly what you’d think. Reports Fox News [1]: Among the earmarks the group identifies is a $15 million grant for the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund (PCSRF), established in 2000 to "reverse the declines of Pacific salmon and steelhead, supporting conservation efforts in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska." The ...

News Briefing for Monday, May 11

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Republican Presidential Hopefuls Gather In South Carolina (TPP sponsored event) “Citizens United and Republican Rep. Jeff Duncan are welcoming GOP presidential candidates and likely candidates to the South Carolina Freedom Summit Saturday to give remarks to grassroots activists from across the Palmetto State. Republicans making remarks at the Freedom Summit include: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Sen. Rick Santorum, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Dr. Ben Carson. “Well you know I’m not endorsing ...

Democrats and the Benghazi Committee

Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is scheduled to appear before House committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attack during the week of May 18. But now, it seems, that appearance may have to be postponed. What’s the holdup you ask? According to committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, his panel has yet to be given access to relevant State Department emails and is, therefore, not sufficiently prepared to question the former Secretary of State. Gowdy has previously hammered the Obama Administration and its refusal to cooperate with the Benghazi committee in a timely manner. Dozens of subpoena requests are still unanswered. It’s typical ...

Obama Administration kinda-sorta apologizes to the federal judge it lied to

It’s a little too late for sorry. Nonetheless, the Obama Administration says it “deeply regrets” lying to a federal judge about the president’s executive amnesty. “The Government deeply regrets not only the confusion that these statements created, but that it did not recognize the prospect of confusion earlier,” said Department of Justice, according to Breitbart News [1]. “But the miscommunications were not the product of bad faith, and they do not warrant sanctions or further discovery.” The half-hearted apology comes after DOJ attorneys misled U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen about the implementation of the amnesty programs – ...