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As Obamacare co-ops crumble, residents in five states have no choice in their Obamacare exchange

Lawmakers nationwide gave speeches touting the Obamacare exchanges, saying the exchanges will create “competition” (though how this works when the exchanges are all hewn from the same rock and under the auspices of Obamacare apparently never occurred to these legislators) and thereby drive down health-insurance prices. They couldn’t have more wrong as the exchanges are crumbling. A total of five states now only have a single Obamacare-exchange option. The Daily Signal has the details: Five states will be down to just one health insurer on the Obamacare marketplace next year, and consumers in 664 counties are projected to face that same ...

Homeland security expert: Citizenship screening lacks questions about potential terrorist ties

Recent analysis from homeland-security expert Mark Sauter shows U.S. vetting of immigrants seeking citizenship status isn’t as thorough as it should be when it comes to filtering those with ties to top terror groups. The Washington Examiner has the story: While State Department and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service branch of the Department of Homeland Security do ask if immigrants have been involved in terrorism, the most well-known of over a dozen terrorist groups aren't listed in applications, according to the analysis from homeland security expert Mark A. Sauter… Sauter, the author of Homeland Security, a McGraw-Hill textbook ...

Buchanan: National bankruptcy among ‘existential threats to the republic’

The severity of our national debt – which stands at $19.4 trillion – is being largely ignored by Congress and the media. That has to change. Otherwise, we’re headed off a cliff… The New Hampshire Union Leader has Pat Buchanan’s latest commentary on the issue:   On Sept. 30, the end of fiscal year 2016, the national debt is projected to reach $19.3 trillion. With spending on the four biggest budget items — Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, defense — rising, and GDP growing at 1 percent, future deficits will exceed this year’s projected $600 billion. National bankruptcy, then, is among the existential threats to the ...

This gun-toting American woman has medaled at the last six consecutive Olympic games – so why haven’t we heard about her?

California native and women’s skeet-shooting bronze medalist Kim Rhode’s road to Rio was one marked by obstacles: a challenging pregnancy, surgery, the death of numerous friends. "What the Olympics represent is that journey,” Rhode told NBC. “Overcoming those bumps, the obstacles, the good, the bad.” To top it off, Rhode’s historic Olympic career – the longevity of which is rivaled by few other Olympians – hasn’t gotten the accolades it deserves. “Were she involved in any other Olympic sports, she would be seen as a wonderful spokesperson. She is a mother and a wife. She plays ‘Pokemon Go’ and Clash of Clans. She ...

Washington Examiner: 1,800 illegal-immigration cases per judge after case backlog surges above 500,000

There are a whopping 500,000 pending illegal-immigration cases that, divided between the 273 Justice Department immigration lawyers, amount to more than 1,800 cases per judge. The Washington Examiner has the details: The number has surged even as the administration has added a handful more judges. The current ratio is 1,819 cases per judge... But the sheer numbers have forced a huge delay. It currently takes nearly two years — 672 days — for a case to get to court. During that time, the illegals are allowed into the country and several reports show that they rarely make their court date. The Center for Immigration Studies said in ...

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 – ...