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Sen. Chuck Grassley says he expects a Supreme Court resignation ‘this summer’

We may soon be in for another Supreme Court showdown as Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told an Iowa-based newspaper he expects a Supreme Court resignation by the end of the summer. Muscatine Journal has the details: "I would expect a resignation this summer," he said. An upcoming resignation has been "rumored," he said, but he did not name a justice. The question was posed to him during a question-and-answer session at Kent Corporation headquarters, by Kent employees, National Association of Manufacturers members and elected officials at Kent Corporation headquarters. A person would likely be nominated from ...

Jenny Beth Martin: It’s time for establishment Republicans to ‘Buck’ this trend

Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin in her latest opinion piece echoes sentiments shared by Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) in his new book “Drain the Swamp: How Washington Corruption is Worse Than You Think,” arguing establishment Republicans spend too much time fighting rising stars in the Republican party than they do opposing liberals in Congress. The Hill has the commentary: Speaking of his new book, “Drain the Swamp: How Washington Corruption Is Worse than You Think,” Congressman Ken Buck (R-Colo.) recently told a reporter for USA Today, “I didn’t go there [Washington, DC] with a lot of friends … And I won’t leave with a ...

DHS overwhelmed, can’t keep up with workload: inspector-general report

Immigration officers are juggling a ballooning number of deportation cases but don’t have the manpower to tackle the cases in a timely manner – a deficiency that could be leaving sensitive, national-security cases on unresolved. The Washington Times has the details: The problem is so bad that officers may even be losing track of critical national security cases, the inspector general said. The surge of illegal immigrants under President Obama made the situation worse, adding hundreds of thousands of cases to the docket, even though officers weren’t given any new tools to help them deal with the backlog. Officers in D.C., average more ...

House Speaker Ryan: Republicans ‘close’ to Obamacare-repeal compromise

Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) this week says establishment Republicans and members of the House Freedom Caucus are one step closer to a deal on a new Obama-repeal bill. The Washington Examiner has the details: Lawmakers are "negotiating finishing touches" on a compromise, Ryan told the London think tank Policy Exchange during an overseas trip Wednesday. "We have a system that is in dire need of reform," Ryan said, referring to Obamacare. Since lawmakers adjourned for recess nearly two weeks ago, talks have been continuing among conservatives and centrists to let states opt out of some Obamacare insurer mandates. Conservatives ...

President Trump slashes regulations, creating $60 billion in savings: report

President Donald J. Trump working alongside Congress has reversed burdensome President Obama-era regulations – an action one organization projects will save taxpayers more than $60 billion. The Washington Free Beacon has the story: The American Action Forum, a center-right policy institute, released a report Tuesday documenting the most recent ways the administration and Congress have used the Congressional Review Act to repeal regulations. The report found the recent repeal and delay of regulations could lead to $86 billion in net fiscal effects for taxpayers from deregulation. "Congress has already passed 13 CRA resolutions, repealing ...

Report: Average working American spends a whole week preparing taxes

The effort and expense it takes to file taxes is staggering at 8.1 billion man hours totaling $170 billion in lost time or –  what for the average working American amounts to a week of work preparing tax paper, according to a new Tax Day report. The Washington Examiner has the details: The report from American Action Forum considers the costs associated with all Internal Revenue Service forms, such as those corporations and doctors fill out, often for customers or patients, but it also breaks down the impact of tax season on individuals who face a Tuesday filing deadline. "IRS currently imposes 8.1 billion hours of paperwork and generates ...

Pruitt ends taxpayer-paid gym memberships for EPA employees

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt this week on “Fox & Friends” announced his agency will no longer underwrite employee gym memberships – this after it came to light the agency under President Obama paid nearly $15,000 for 24-Hour Fitness membership packages. The Washington Examiner has the details: "Well, the gym memberships ended yesterday, it was quite something to hear about that," Pruitt said. He said the agency is investigating the matter, saying "it was the previous administration that granted those gym memberships," which "were rather expensive." "It was something that needed to end." The gym ...

Sen. Ted Cruz: Repealing Obamacare is ‘a promise we can and will keep’

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) echoed other tea-party lawmakers’ sentiment that members of the House Freedom Caucus and more mainstream Republicans like Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) will come to a compromise and finalize an Obamacare-repeal bill that will be able to pass in both chambers of Congress. WFAA8 ABC has the story: "We must repeal Obamacare," said Cruz (R-TX). "I think that's a promise we can and will keep. We've got some more work to do." The GOP’s first effort collapsed spectacularly on itself last month when Republicans couldn't muster enough support in their own party to get the president’s proposal passed. When asked whether ...

D.C. Veterans Affairs medical director fired after IG findings released

The D.C. VA medical director has been fired after an inspector-general report released Wednesday alleged facility employees were creating “unnecessary risk” for patients by not properly cleaning medical equipment. Stars & Stripes has the story: Quickly after the report came out, VA officials relieved the Washington hospital’s medical director and named an interim director, Charles Faselis. VA Inspector General Michael Missal released the findings, though the investigation began only late last month and is ongoing – a move that is unusual for the office. It states that 18 of 25 sterile storage areas for medical supplies were dirty, ...

Jenny Beth Martin: Spending bill should appease President Trump, NOT Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer

Senate Democrats like Sen. Chuck Schumer are putting up a fight when it comes to including financing for a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border in the spending bill that needs to be voted on in the next two weeks if the government is going to keep operating, Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin says in her latest column. Establishment politicians, Rep. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), seem all-too-willing to back down even though President Trump’s popularity and election derives in large part from Americans’ widespread support of tough immigration policies meant to put Americans first, drive down violent ...