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Another Republican Choosing Beltway Over America

Last week, The Miami Herald reported that Mississippi Congressman Alan Nunnelee (R-MS) told constituents at a town hall that he is not going to stand with fiscal conservatives in the upcoming fight over Obamacare: Nunnelee said he has voted 40 times to repeal or dismantle the law. But he told the crowd: "If we shut down government, Obamacare will continue to be funded." Once again, well-meaning or not, a Republican is kowtowing to the mainstream media/Democratic Party’s messaging before this final fight against Obamacare has even taken place. No fiscal conservative has said shutting down the government is a goal of the delay/defund effort. In ...

VA spokesperson: Elimination of disability-claims backlog ‘may not be achievable’

A spokesperson from Veterans Affairs says his agency has made a dent in squaring away veterans’ disability claims but that it likely won’t come close to bringing the number all the way down to zero. The Military Times has the details: The Veterans Affairs Department's backlog of disability claims will finish 2015 near its lowest level in six years, but still will not come close to the publicly promised goal of zero … “While complete elimination of the backlog may not be achievable under our current processing systems and procedures, we know there is still more that we can do,” they said in their statement … In a statement this ...

TOUCHDOWN: Republican Senator releases report on government-spending fumbles with tips on how to ‘recover the ball’

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) this week released a list of 100 “Federal Fumbles” – in other words, a list of 100 wasteful government programs and ways to make them less costly to taxpayers. KFYR-TV has the details: From a "Silent Shakespeare Festival" in Virginia, to studies on senior dating habits, the senator says he wants the government to review each play before spending taxpayer dollars. The 100 examples of waste in the senator's book range from trivial amounts of money to large sums, but he says no matter how small the amount, there needs to be a starting point in reducing the federal deficit. "We're going to actually drive this ...

Public approval of Obamacare shrinking

Obamacare saw another dip in its favorability ratings as 45 percent of Americans in November had an unfavorable view of President Obama’s signature law – a dip fueled in part by Americans’ contempt for the so-called “Cadillac tax,” set to be applied to more expensive employer-sponsored health-insurance plans in 2018. The Washington Examiner has the details: About 45 percent of the public had an unfavorable view of the healthcare law in November, up from 42 percent a month earlier. Those with a favorable view of the law fell to 38 percent, from 42 percent in October. … Kaiser asked people with employer-sponsored insurance whether ...

House Republicans move to impeach Obama’s IRS Commissioner

House Republicans Tuesday introduced a resolution to impeach Obama IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, accused of lying under oath to cover up IRS targeting of conservative groups and of not producing key evidence that was subpoenaed. Fox News has the details: House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and 18 other committee members introduced the resolution to begin impeachment proceedings. In doing so, they followed through on a threat first made over the summer, when Republicans accused the IRS leader of making inaccurate statements to Congress regarding the Tea Party targeting scandal and its aftermath. "Commissioner Koskinen ...

Tea Party Patriots’ Jenny Beth Martin to House Freedom Caucus: “Keep Standing for Principle, not Personalities.”

Atlanta, GA – Tea Party Patriots CEO and co-founder Jenny Beth Martin today released the following statement urging the House Freedom Caucus and other House conservatives to continue fighting for the right principles amid the attempted coronation of Congressman Paul Ryan. “The House Freedom Caucus and other conservatives in the House of Representatives have done a great job disrupting business as usual. For too long, Speaker Boehner has run the House as a top down oligarchy that ignores the wishes of rank-and-file, duly elected Members of Congress, effectively diminishing the true representation of the American people and the integrity of the ...

Even Pres. Obama’s DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson says San Francisco sanctuary policies “counterproductive to public safety”

President Obama’s Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson Tuesday finally joined the chorus of voices criticizing the "sanctuary city" policies in San Francisco many say led to the murder of Kate Steinle.  Steinle was allegedly shot by an illegal immigrant with prior convictions while walking along the San Francisco waterfront in July. The suspect was released from local custody prior to the shooting, despite a request from federal immigration officials he be kept in jail. Fox News reports: "It is counterproductive to public safety to have this level of resistance to working with our immigration enforcement personnel," he said during a talk ...

Neil’s Spiel: Republicans losing their budget soul? (Fox Business – Jenny Beth Martin Interview with Neil Cavuto)

Watch the latest video at video.foxbusiness.com National Review reporter Katherine Timpf, Tea Party Patriots Founder Jenny Beth Martin and FBN’s Neil Cavuto on concerns the Republican Party is not sticking to the push to rein in spending...Continue here.

Republican senators pass the buck on Obamacare transparency

When the Senate Subcommittee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship voted last week on whether or not to subpoena documents from the Washington, D.C. Obamacare exchange, the result was shocking, yet predictable. It predictable because – surprise! – members of Congress don’t want to lose their special perks. It was shocking, however, because half of the subcommittee’s Republicans sided with Democrats to squash an investigation, spearheaded by Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana, into whether lawmakers falsified documents in order to get special Obamacare exemptions. The Republicans were: Sens. Jim Risch of Idaho, Deb Fischer of Nebraska, Kelly ...

WH on DHS favoritism: nothing to see here!

Suppose a top official at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) showed special treatment toward requests from Democratic officials. And suppose that special treatment involved help with tricky immigration matters for the well-connected friends of these Democratic officials. Suppose all this happened and it violated a number of ethics rules. You’d expect the White House to come out against the practice pretty hard, right? Wrong. During a White House press briefing on Wednesday, Press Secretary Josh Earnest called the offending DHS official – Alejandro Mayorkas – a “decorated public servant.” Hmmm Earnest continued [1]: “Mr. ...