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Former Justice Thomas clerk: President Trump’s Gorsuch appointment a ‘landmark’ accomplishment

Carrie Severino, former clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas and chief counsel for the Judicial Crisis Network, in her latest column for National Review says one of President Donald J. Trump’s biggest accomplishments during his first 100 days in the Oval Office is the appointment of now-Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Read the commentary below: [start block quote] Assessments of a president’s first hundred days are largely a meaningless metric invented by story-hungry media. But in this case, President Trump has been able to rack up such a significant accomplishment in this short time that we can already be confident it will be ...

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Jenny Beth Martin: It’s time for establishment Republicans to ‘Buck’ this trend

Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin in her latest opinion piece echoes sentiments shared by Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) in his new book “Drain the Swamp: How Washington Corruption is Worse Than You Think,” arguing establishment Republicans spend too much time fighting rising stars in the Republican party than they do opposing liberals in Congress. The Hill has the commentary: Speaking of his new book, “Drain the Swamp: How Washington Corruption Is Worse than You Think,” Congressman Ken Buck (R-Colo.) recently told a reporter for USA Today, “I didn’t go there [Washington, DC] with a lot of friends … And I won’t leave with a ...

Report: Average working American spends a whole week preparing taxes

The effort and expense it takes to file taxes is staggering at 8.1 billion man hours totaling $170 billion in lost time or –  what for the average working American amounts to a week of work preparing tax paper, according to a new Tax Day report. The Washington Examiner has the details: The report from American Action Forum considers the costs associated with all Internal Revenue Service forms, such as those corporations and doctors fill out, often for customers or patients, but it also breaks down the impact of tax season on individuals who face a Tuesday filing deadline. "IRS currently imposes 8.1 billion hours of paperwork and generates ...

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Pruitt ends taxpayer-paid gym memberships for EPA employees

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt this week on “Fox & Friends” announced his agency will no longer underwrite employee gym memberships – this after it came to light the agency under President Obama paid nearly $15,000 for 24-Hour Fitness membership packages. The Washington Examiner has the details: "Well, the gym memberships ended yesterday, it was quite something to hear about that," Pruitt said. He said the agency is investigating the matter, saying "it was the previous administration that granted those gym memberships," which "were rather expensive." "It was something that needed to end." The gym ...

Sen. Ted Cruz: Repealing Obamacare is ‘a promise we can and will keep’

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) echoed other tea-party lawmakers’ sentiment that members of the House Freedom Caucus and more mainstream Republicans like Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) will come to a compromise and finalize an Obamacare-repeal bill that will be able to pass in both chambers of Congress. WFAA8 ABC has the story: "We must repeal Obamacare," said Cruz (R-TX). "I think that's a promise we can and will keep. We've got some more work to do." The GOP’s first effort collapsed spectacularly on itself last month when Republicans couldn't muster enough support in their own party to get the president’s proposal passed. When asked whether ...

D.C. Veterans Affairs medical director fired after IG findings released

The D.C. VA medical director has been fired after an inspector-general report released Wednesday alleged facility employees were creating “unnecessary risk” for patients by not properly cleaning medical equipment. Stars & Stripes has the story: Quickly after the report came out, VA officials relieved the Washington hospital’s medical director and named an interim director, Charles Faselis. VA Inspector General Michael Missal released the findings, though the investigation began only late last month and is ongoing – a move that is unusual for the office. It states that 18 of 25 sterile storage areas for medical supplies were dirty, ...

Jenny Beth Martin: Spending bill should appease President Trump, NOT Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer

Senate Democrats like Sen. Chuck Schumer are putting up a fight when it comes to including financing for a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border in the spending bill that needs to be voted on in the next two weeks if the government is going to keep operating, Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin says in her latest column. Establishment politicians, Rep. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), seem all-too-willing to back down even though President Trump’s popularity and election derives in large part from Americans’ widespread support of tough immigration policies meant to put Americans first, drive down violent ...