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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, ...

News Briefing for Friday, May 22

HEALTHCARE: Costs trouble Obamacare enrollees “More than one-third of Obamacare enrollees aren't happy with the extra out-of-pocket costs they must still pay for healthcare. Thirty-seven percent of respondents to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Thursday said they're "somewhat" or "very" dissatisfied with their plan's deductible — a set sum consumers must pay for some doctors visits or treatments before their insurer steps in. Those on plans that meet the new requirements under the Affordable Care Act were more likely to report problems with costs — like being unable to pay their medical bills or skipping doctors visits because of cost ...

News Briefing for Thursday, May 21

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Tea Party Group Teams With ACLU, NAACP On Patriot Act “Growing concerns about the Patriot Act’s renewal are creating strange bedfellows. The Tea Party Patriots and the ACLU are running TV ads urging Americans to “tell Congress [to] protect our privacy.” On top of that, the executive director of Iowa’s ACLU and Tea Party Patriots’ boss Jenny Beth Martin have coauthored an op-ed in the Des Moines Register on “the need for significant reforms to curtail government surveillance authorities, like some of those included in the Patriot Act.” And even the NAACP — which hasn’t always been kind to the tea party movement ...

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.

News Briefing for Tuesday, May 19

HEALTHCARE: ObamaCare Premium Increases Next Year May Shock You “The top ObamaCare exchange insurers in six states where 2016 rate requests have already been filed are seeking to raise rates an average 18.6% next year. Early reports range from an alarming 36% hike sought by the dominant insurer in Tennessee, to a hefty 23% average increase requested by Oregon insurers, to a moderate 7.7% average rise proposed in Connecticut. Flyers promoting Blue Cross Blue Shield and ObamaCare are on display to attract Hispanic customers at a kiosk at Compare Foods in Winston-Salem, N.C.... Flyers promoting Blue Cross Blue Shield and ObamaCare are on display to ...

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, Tea Party take on federal spying: ‘They’ve gone too far’ (The Hill – Julian Hattem)

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and a top Tea Party organization are teaming up to pressure lawmakers to oppose renewing controversial parts of the Patriot Act that undergird National Security Agency (NSA) operations... 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. ...

News Briefing for Friday, May 15

HEALTHCARE: One in four Americans who got insurance still can’t afford medical care: Study “One in four people who bought health insurance on their own couldn’t afford medical care last year, according to a study released Thursday that shows out-of-pockets costs are still getting between Americans and their doctors despite Obamacare’s progress in cutting the ranks of the uninsured. Families USA studied people who purchased insurance in the non-group market — they weren’t covered through their jobs or a public program — in 2014, the first full year for which Obamacare’s marketplace was fully operational, and found 25.2 percent ...

Scathing new report lists atrocities inside VA

New details have emerged about the total failure of the Department of Veterans Affairs to adequately provide care to our nation’s veterans. The details are part of a new, scathing 35-page report released by Jan R. Frye, deputy assistant secretary for acquisition and logistics. In the report, Frye describes an agency overrun with “gross mismanagement,” and that makes a “mockery” of federal rules. It even went as far as describe the culture at the VA as one of “lawlessness and chaos.” The Washington Post has more [1]: “Doors are swung wide open for fraud, waste and abuse,” he writes in the March memo, which was obtained by The ...