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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 ...

News Briefing for Monday, April 13

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Fiorina, Tea Party loyalists have much in common “Carly Fiorina told the Tea Party Patriots Sunday that she too wants smaller, more responsive government, as she spoke and took questions from callers. The grassroots conservative group has been hosting government officials and potential presidential candidates in its teleconferences. Fiorina, a former corporate executive, said she will “probably make a final decision and announcement within a month” on a White House bid. She stands to be the only major Republican woman in the race. Sunday, she stressed her executive skills, criticizing both the George W. Bush and Obama ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, March 31

HEALTHCARE: House Tea Party leader signs up for ObamaCare “One of ObamaCare’s staunchest foes in Congress acknowledged for the first time that he has purchased insurance at HealthCare.gov. “For the record, I am on ObamaCare. Yee-hah!” Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) said during a town-hall meeting on Thursday. “My wife complains about it all the time,” he said, according to the Clay Center Dispatch. The disclosure from the chairman of the House GOP’s Tea Party Caucus comes just days after another firebrand conservative, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), admitted that he was planning to enroll in insurance through ObamaCare…” http...

News Briefing for February 21, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Money running out for Homeland Security Dept. (Quote by Kevin Broughton) “Kevin Broughton, communications director for the Tea Party Patriots, said it was time for Republicans to make good on campaign vows to address Obama’s executive actions. “The point is that Republicans last fall went hard against executive amnesty ...,” he said. “Now is not the time to lose your nerve.” With the fate of the DHS funding bill uncertain, the agency is preparing for a possible partial shutdown. DHS officials said 30,000 employees – about 15 percent of its workforce – might be furloughed. That group would include 5,500 of the ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, January 28, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Tea Party Influence (Jenny Beth Martin’s interview) “Jenny Beth Martin talked about the influence of the tea party in the 2014 midterms elections and over the next two years leading up to the 2016 presidential election.” http://www.c-span.org/video/?323895-4/washington-journal-jenny-beth-martin-tea-party-influence   Jenny Beth Martin: 'We Want A Debt-Free Future for Our Country' (Jenny Beth Martin’s interview) http://www.mrctv.org/videos/jenny-beth-martin-we-want-debt-free-future-our-country   'We Want A Debt-Free Future for Our Country,' Tea Party Leader Says (Quotes by Jenny Beth Martin...

News Briefing for Tuesday, December 30, 2014

HEALTHCARE: ObamaCare fines rising in 2015, IRS prepares to collect “Don't have health insurance? Get ready to pay up.  The ObamaCare-mandated fines for not having insurance are rising in 2015 -- and for the first time, will be collected by the Internal Revenue Service. The individual requirement to buy health insurance went into effect earlier this year. But this coming tax season is the first time all taxpayers will have to report to the IRS whether they had health insurance for the prior year.  The fines for the 2014 year were relatively modest -- $95 per person or 1 percent of household income (above the threshold for filing taxes), ...

News Briefing for Thursday, December 24, 2014

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Tea Party Patriots Slam IRS: Targeting 'Still Going On' “The Tea Party Patriots on Tuesday slammed the IRS after a House oversight panel released its report, saying that the agency moved to scrutinize conservative groups by Democrats calling for tighter regulation of nonprofits' political activities. "There is no question that the IRS as an agency, and its leaders individually, directed and implemented a scheme to silence and demoralize tea party groups," said Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Atlanta-based group. "We knew it was going on before Congress and the Treasury inspector general confirmed it. "The truth is that ...