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Senator says North Carolinians on hook for up to 25 percent Obamacare price jump

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) says North-Carolina residents in 2017 potentially face a 19-to-25-percent jump in their Obamacare health insurance thanks to a proposed rate increase from the Tar Heel State’s Department of Insurance on top of limited health-insurance options. McClatchy DC has the details: Further, because major health insurers have suffered losses and are exiting the program, in 90 percent of North Carolina counties, residents enrolled in President Barack Obama’s signature health care program will only have one plan from which to choose in their so-called marketplace, Burr wrote in an op ed published in the online North State ...

Former IRS exec Lois Learner broke the law in a major way, documents suggest

Disgraced IRS executive Lois Lerner, who resigned after it came to light she was the driving force behind the agency’s targeting of Americans for their political beliefs, may have illegally handed over more than a million pages of Americans’ confidential tax returns. National Review has the scoop: Recently obtained documents raise new questions about Lois Lerner’s role in sending confidential tax returns to the Justice Department. It is likely the largest unauthorized disclosure of tax-return information in history: the transfer of some 1.25 million pages of confidential tax returns from the IRS to the Department of Justice in October of ...

Jenny Beth Martin: Facebook seems to be in ‘a state of constant, continual improvement’ after meeting between Mark Zuckerberg and conservative leaders at Facebook HQ

ATLANTA, Ga – Tea Party Patriots CEO and Co-founder Jenny Beth Martin who attended the meeting last week between Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and conservative leaders, released the following statement today lending her impressions from the meeting last week. “Facebook researched historical data related to the allegations and interviewed people who were involved as employees, contractors, and those who were allegedly impacted to determine what happened and how they can make the system better. They have come up with theories and solutions to make Trending Topics better in the future. Time will tell if the changes have a positive impact or ...

Jenny Beth Martin tells Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg what’s on her mind

“What’s on your mind?” It’s the question that appears on the status update of every personal Facebook account and is written in large letters atop the famous “Facebook wall” at the company headquarters in Menlo Park, California – and it’s not a question Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin shied away from answering Wednesday when she and other conservative leaders from across the country met with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to discuss recent allegations the social-networking site has been suppressing politically conservative news and propping up a homogeneous workplace culture that favors its more liberal members. “W...

Sen. Reid dubbed ‘Porker of the Month’ for stonewalling IGs looking into fraud, abuse

Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) received the March Porker of the Month award from D.C.-based government watchdog Citizens Against Government Waste for supporting a bill that would stonewall inspectors general from looking into waste, fraud and government mismanagement. The Review Journal has the details: “Sen. Reid’s unfathomable objection to this measure exemplifies his utter and complete disregard for protecting taxpayers,” said Tom Schatz, president of Citizens Against Government Waste. “Inspectors general are frontline fighters in the battle against waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in the federal government. They should have ...

Report: VA staff falsified time it took for suicidal vet to get care

  A Veterans Affairs report alleges staffers at the San Diego VA in 2014 falsified wait times of veterans seeking mental-health care, arguing one veteran even attempted suicide after his doctor cancelled numerous appointments. KPBS has the story: The report released last week said the unnamed veteran’s provider canceled four appointments in a row. The local VA concedes the report is true. “We rescheduled him — that got canceled. Rescheduled him — that got canceled,” said Ray A. Deal, deputy chief for health administration at VA San Diego. “But typically, if a provider calls in sick, we contact all the patients, let them know ...

White House spokesperson dodges questions about whether President Obama will attend Justice Scalia’s funeral

White House spokesman Josh Earnest Wednesday would not directly answer whether President Barack Obama will be attending Justice Antonin Scalia’s funeral service but did say the president and first lady will “pay their respects” when the former justice is lying in repose at the Supreme Court Friday. The Washington Free Beacon has the story: “The president and the first lady on Friday will travel to the Supreme Court to pay their respects to Justice Scalia as he lies in repose there at the Supreme Court,” Earnest said. “I can tell you that Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden will attend Justice Scalia’s funeral at the Basilica on ...

Editor: IRS ‘clearly run amok during the Obama administration’

U.S. News & World Report Contributing Editor Peter Roff this week criticizes the heavy-handed officials at President Obama’s IRS, including Commissioner John Koskinen who effectively looked the other way as documents ordered preserved for investigation into the agency’s slow-rolling of tax-exempt-status applications for conservative groups were destroyed. Roff also hammers IRS officials for apparently targeting American-based corporations who pay corporate taxes overseas to save money – even rewriting its own rulebook to allow private-sector lawyers clearance to read tax documents of U.S. corporations. U.S. News & World Report has ...

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 ...

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