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Poll: Basic freedoms important to most gun owners

A new poll released by the Pew Research Center shows that gun owners – more so than those who don’t own guns – believe constitutional rights are essential to preserve freedom. The Washington Free Beacon has the full story: The Pew Research Center's report on guns in America found that 94 percent of gun owners believe freedom of speech is essential to freedom compared with 92 percent of those who do not own a gun. Ninety-two percent of gun owners believe the right to vote is essential compared with 89 percent of non-owners. Eighty-nine percent of gun owners believe the right to privacy is essential compared with 86 percent of non-owners. ...

Senate Republicans release healthcare bill that would supposedly “trim the fat”

Early reports of the Senate healthcare bill released on Thursday say the bill would make changes to Medicaid, to tax credits for individuals purchasing plans, and would remove most of the taxes imposed by Obamacare. Similar to the House bill, the Senate bill aims to make some key changes to Obamacare including the removal of the individual and employer mandates (at least in word). Tea Party Patriots is still analyzing the proposed legislation and will seek guidance from our supporters before we take an official position on the bill. Stay tuned for that. In the meantime, read more from the Washington Examiner, including the draft text of the ...

Speaker Ryan: Anthem Obamacare withdrawal in Wisc., Indiana forcing people to ‘scramble’ to find new plans, doctors

Anthem announced yesterday that it would be leaving the Obamacare exchanges for Indiana and Wisconsin in 2018. The health insurance plan provider will still provide plans off the exchange for a select few counties in both states; however, purchasers will not be able to use tax subsidies for their coverages. The Washington Examiner has the full story: Anthem said in a statement it made its decision because "the individual market remains volatile." It blamed uncertainty ahead over whether it would receive insurance payments from the federal government, as well as whether the government would enforce the Obamacare law that requires people to have ...

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke: Trump’s budget plan ‘is what a balanced budget looks like’

“This is what a balanced budget looks like,” Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said, remaining on-topic as he stood strong supporting Trump’s $1.6 billion in funding cuts while liberals from several committees peppered Zinke with questions regarding Trump and other questions unrelated to the budget. The Washington Post has the commentary: “I support the president’s budget,” Zinke said, tough decisions and all. “It does not favor oil and gas and coal over any other strategy.” Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) supported Trump’s effort to seek revenue from gas exploration in her state, which she said ...

Jenny Beth’s Journal: U.S. is ‘losing its edge as the leader in innovation’

Property and patent rights have taken a hit in the U.S. – so much so that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Intellectual Property Center announced the U.S. dropped to tenth place in its annual worldwide ranking of countries that protect patent rights. Our government needs to empower – not discourage – individuals to create and be innovative, says Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin says in her latest column. The Hill has the commentary: What happens when the protections and incentives you have long afforded inventors begin to weaken? Predictably, you get fewer inventions. According to recent data from the World Intellectual ...

Jenny Beth’s Journal: American “comedians” stooping to ‘new depths of incivility’

The political rhetoric that permeates American late-night “comedy” has reached a new low, as liberal pundits attack their political opponents using the same – and worse! – vulgarities those same liberal pundits use as ammunition to condemn their opponents. Basically, if you’re a liberal attacking conservatives, anything goes in today’s society; that needs to change, Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin says in her latest opinion piece. The Washington Times has the commentary: Concurrent with the decline of creativity among elite artists has been the dramatic decline of civility – and in its place, crassness and crudeness ...

Sen. Grassley: Trump’s pick to lead immigration benefits agency ‘is truly an immigration expert’

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee today voted to send Lee Francis Cissna’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services director nomination to the floor for a final vote in the Senate. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) heralded the nominee as an “immigration expert.” The Washington Times has the details: “He is truly an immigration expert,” said committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley, who at one point had Mr. Cissna detailed to his staff to work on immigration policy issues. Mr. Grassley also said Mr. Cissna has had long experience at the Homeland Security Department, which oversees USCIS, giving ...

CBO estimates budget deficit will decline 4.6 percent compared to last year

The 2017 U.S. budget deficit – if it remains unchanged through Sept. 30 – will decrease compared to the 2016 budget deficit, according to a recent Associated Press report. CNBC has the details: The Congressional Budget Office has projected that the deficit for the full budget year, which ends on Sept. 30, will decline 4.6 percent to $559 billion. That would compare to a 2016 deficit of $585.6 billion. The CBO's deficit estimate is based on current law remaining unchanged. President Donald Trump has called for a program of tax cuts for individuals and businesses, and increased government spending in such areas as the military and repairing ...

Many rally around House, Senate Republicans in wake of violent attack during congressional baseball practice

Dozens of leaders have taken to Twitter to condemn the shooting that left numerous members of Congress and Capitol Hill police injured Wednesday after a sniper opened fire on a Republican congressional baseball practice in the Del Rey neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, right outside D.C. Here’s what people are saying: https://twitter.com/FLOTUS/status/874981682952142848 https://twitter.com/thehill/status/874973978091302912 https://twitter.com/TimAlberta/status/874987034573774848 https://twitter.com/SteveForbesCEO/status/874990222454513664 https://twitter.com/RepSwalwell/status/875012542023782400 https://twitter....

Do you live in one of the best states for concealed carry?

As concealed-carry regulations vary widely across the country, it has become more difficult to acquire a permit to exercise your Second-Amendment right, according to Guns & Ammo magazine. The criteria included in determining which states were the best and worst includes ease of acquiring a concealed carry permit, costs associated with acquiring a license, training hours required and reciprocity with other states. Here are the top-three best states for concealed carry, according to The Washington Times: "#1. Arizona: As good as it gets: The Grand Canyon State was at the top in all categories, and issues permits to residents even though it ...