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Report: President Obama misled Congress during debt-ceiling showdowns

A House Financial Services Committee report obtained by The Daily Caller reveals Federal Reserve Bank of New York officials ran exercises during multiple congressional debt-limit crises demonstrating the federal government could function over the course of a temporary government shutdown – contrary to what President Obama said as he was selling Congress on an increase to the debt ceiling. The Daily Caller has the inside story: The staff report, to be released Tuesday, charges that [Treasury Secretary Jack] Lew and other Obama administration officials deliberately misled Congress and the public during the federal budget and debt limit showdowns ...

Conservatives gather to talk budget strategy for 2016

House conservatives gathered Thursday in Middleburg, Virginia to hash out plans for the upcoming budget debate and to outline priorities for the new year. Huffington Post has the details: Roughly two dozen House conservatives met at the Salamander Resort and Spa in Middleburg, Virginia, for the Heritage Foundation's annual Conservative Member Retreat. And while members in attendance reported that there were no definitive decisions on how they'll move forward with the budget, it's clear there are some potential vote issues with the spending blueprint. Members don't have any firm demands yet, but a number of conservatives both in and outside of ...

Veteran dies of cancer that went undetected by VA doctors for a year

Disabled Army veteran Barry Coates, who became one of the many faces of the Veterans Affairs wait-list scandal, died of cancer Jan. 23 — less than two years after testifying before a House committee to the “gross negligence” he suffered at the hands of the VA. Military.com has the story: Coates, only 46 when he died on Jan. 23, became the face of the Veterans Affairs Department wait-time scandal — in which patients whose appointments were put off by a system unable to handle the volume of men and women needing its services. "It is likely too late for me," he told the House Veterans Affairs Committee during an April 9, 2014 hearing. "The ...

Columnist: ‘Skeptical’ President Obama’s Justice Department will indict Hillary over email scandal

New York Post columnist and Fox News contributor Michael Goodwin in a column this week expressed doubt Hillary Clinton will be forced to answer for sending and receiving confidential emails via a private server when she was secretary of state. Read a portion of Mr. Goodwin’s column below: Color me skeptical that she will face criminal charges, especially after President Obama’s kind words for her. His praise of Clinton’s experience in an interview, twinned with his comparison of Bernie Sanders as a “bright, shiny object,” were widely interpreted as a Clinton endorsement. Correctly so, but there’s more to it. Obama wouldn’t be ...

Dunkin’ Brands CEO: ‘Lawmakers should be working to simplify the tax code’

Dunkin’ Brands CEO  Nigel Travis today went a step further after praising Congress for passing the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH), sponsored by Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), which makes permanent tax extenders that left many small-business owners biting their nails till the eleventh hour – he urged lawmakers to keep the tax-reform momentum rolling. Read a portion of his column from The Hill: As the chairman and CEO of Dunkin’ Brands, the franchisor of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, I applaud Congress and President Obama for the passage of these permanent extensions of key tax provisions and the long-term extens...

Iowa-based CEOs: It’s time for Washington to tackle our national debt

Chief executive officers from three Des Moines, Iowa-based businesses – Fred Buie of Keystone Electrical Manufacturing; Dan Houston of Principal Financial Group; and Robert Ritz of Mercy Medical Center – sounded off this week about the national debt during a pre-caucus roundtable, saying our debt curbs innovation and growth. The Des Moines Register has the details: “I expect to see the next administration … control costs, but we’ve got to figure out a way to grow the economy. It’s been about 2 percent per year for the last three or four years and that’s just not enough,” said Fred Buie, president of Keystone Electrical Manufactur...

CBO: Obamacare-enrollment projections down 40 percent in 2016

A mere 13 million Americans are expected to enroll in Obamacare this year – a dramatic decrease compared to earlier projections, the Congressional Budget Office said Monday. The Hill has the details: The figure, which was included in an expansive budget report, is a decline of about 40 percent from last year’s enrollment prediction of about 20 million people. The latest projections confirm the Obama administration’s previous assessment that fewer people are signing up as the marketplace closes in on its third enrollment season — the final one under President Obama. The new report also underscores the challenges facing the incoming ...

IRS bulks up, audits more when Democrats are in control of Congress, White House

A study of the Internal Revenue Service from present day to 1978 reveals when Democrats control Congress and the White House, the agency targets more Americans. The Washington Examiner has the scoop: What's more, when Democrats run the Senate, as they did during the Obama administration's IRS targeting scandal, the agency is typically given more money to hire more auditors who conduct more audits. "Democratic control of the Senate is correlated with an increased IRS budget and workforce. The president's party has a statistically significant impact on the number of IRS enforcement personnel when both houses of Congress are controlled by ...

States suing Obama administration: Executive amnesty would impose costly burdens

President Obama last year unveiled plans to shield up to 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation, an executive action on hold for a final ruling from the Supreme Court after a federal judge ruled 26 states have legitimate objections to the president’s executive-amnesty plans. The Hill has the inside story: Some legal experts argue the administration will have the upper hand because the high court has traditionally given wide latitude to the Executive Branch when it comes to immigration law. “This is an area where it is clearly the prerogative of the federal government to set immigration policy and the executive in particular to ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report From Washington for 1/25/16

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 1/24/16 CALENDAR: The House has declared a “Snow Week,” and will not be in session this week. The Senate will come back into session Wednesday, and then they’re scheduled to stay in through Friday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House was in recess last week, so nothing of note happened on the House floor. THIS WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: Nothing – it’s a Snow Week! LAST WEEK ON THE SENATE FLOOR: On Tuesday, the Senate opened its week with a vote to confirm Wilhelmina Marie Wright of Minnesota to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Minnesota. ...