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AP: Leaked document suggests Iran could ramp up uranium enrichment before nuclear deal expires

The much-heralded Iran nuclear deal pushed by the Obama administration – a deal that handed over billions of American taxpayer dollars to a nation with a long history of human-rights offenses – will not hold water with Tehran long before it’s set to expire. The Associated Press has the scoop: Key restrictions on Iran's nuclear program imposed under an internationally negotiated deal will start to ease years before the 15-year accord expires, advancing Tehran's ability to build a bomb even before the end of the pact, according to a document obtained Monday by The Associated Press. The confidential document is the only text linked to last ...

Economic-policy expert: Financial crisis inevitable the longer Congress waits to address entitlement spending

So-called “autopilot” congressional spending – e.g., spending that Congress isn’t allowed to take its red pen to and eliminate from the budget, like food stamps, Medicare, Medicaid, social security – will soon become the bulk of the federal budget, leaving little room for discretionary spending like national defense. The Daily Signal has the scoop: Autopilot spending is growing at an alarming rate and will consume more than 75 percent of the entire federal budget by 2020. As the autopilot portion of the budget grows, the budget becomes less responsive to current needs and crowds out spending on critical national priorities like defense...

Congressional Budget Office: U.S. federal debt in 2035 projected to exceed historic high

The U.S. federal debt is ballooning and expected to exceed U.S. gross-domestic product by 2035 – a bleak projection that even has officials at the Congressional Budget Office admitting that, if something isn’t done to curb the nation’s financial woes, our debt could soon spell worldwide financial disaster. The Hill has the details: The United States is less than two decades away from exceeding its highest recorded level of federal debt, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The CBO projects that U.S. federal debt will pass 106 percent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP) by 2035, in its second long-term ...

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 ...

Tea Party Patriots Launches TV Ad Campaign About State Sen. Kurt Schaefer’s Tax-Hiking, Big-Spending, Client-Over-Constituent-Favoring Record

ATLANTA, Ga. – Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder and CEO Jenny Beth Martin today released the following statement in conjunction with the release of a television ad to run across the state of Missouri regarding big-spending politician Kurt Schaefer: “For too long, Missouri state Sen. Kurt Schaefer has put his own and his private law firm clients’ interests above the interests of his constituents and the citizens of Missouri. Whether it’s voting for a record tax increase, or voting for a billion-dollar boondoggle so bureaucrats can have a fancy new office, or voting to let his law firm’s client, a Chinese corporation, buy Missouri farms – ...

Taxes, Spending, and Tax Credits Out of Control under Kurt Schaefer


Supreme Court divide over Obama’s executive-amnesty program deals righteous blow to presidential overreach

The Supreme Court Thursday after a tie decision over whether President Obama has the authority to grant work permits to 5 million illegal immigrants has to defer to a lower-court ruling that says — decisively —the president does not have the legal right to wave a magic wand and allow illegal immigrants to stay in the U.S. Fox News has the inside story: The justices' one-sentence opinion on Thursday marks a major setback for the administration, effectively killing the plan for the duration of Obama's presidency. The judgment could have significant political and legal consequences in a presidential election year highlighted by competing ...

Report: Houston-area Veterans Affairs office falsified wait times for Texas vets seeking appointments

It's again come to light Veterans Affairs employees falsified wait times of veterans who were seeking medical appointments – this time in Texas – according to a report released this week. Fox News has the details: The Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Inspector General said more than 200 appointments were incorrectly recorded for the year that ended in June 2015. Two former scheduling supervisors and a current director of two VA clinics instructed staff to incorrectly record cancellations as being canceled by the patient, the report shows. Veterans in many instances then encountered average wait times of nearly three months when the ...

Tea Party Patriots: Today’s decision in United States v. Texas is a Huge Victory for the Constitution over President Obama’s Executive Overreach

ATLANTA, Ga – Tea Party Patriots CEO and co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today reacting to the Supreme Court decision in United States v. Texas. “Today’s Supreme Court decision in United States v. Texas affirms that Article 1 of the Constitution is still in play for at least four members of the Supreme Court. That section of the Constitution makes clear that the president does not have the right to unilaterally change the law — only Congress can change the law. This is a huge victory for the Constitution over President Obama’s all-too-frequently-used executive overreach, and, consequently, we are pleased. But ...

Iowa farmer, former state rep: ‘[N]avigating the cumbersome tax code takes time away from our livelihood’

Former Iowa state representative and third-generation family farmer Annette Sweeney in a recent opinion piece says members of Congress need to join together and fix our unnecessarily intricate tax code. Lawmakers in Washington, D.C. have no excuse for not simplifying what should be a simple process, she says. The Des Moines Register has the details: I proudly represented the people of Iowa in the state Legislature for four years and I heard many complaints about our outdated tax system. Throughout the year, taxes are of major concern for Iowans; farmers file on March 1, individuals on April 15, and small business owners pay taxes every quarter. ...