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Yes, Obamacare increased healthcare premiums substantially

Outrage against Obamacare isn’t just a conservative talking point—it’s the natural response when big government sticks it to the little guy. Overwhelming evidence from scholars shows that the Affordable Care Act “significantly increased premiums.” Two Brookings Institution researchers attempted to show through analysis that the ACA had caused average premiums in the individual market to drop; however, Loren Adler and Paul Ginsburg left out some important points. A Forbes contributor reported: Economists at the University of Pennsylvania, also using actual pre-ACA individual market data, estimated that the total expected price of ...

WaPo: Hillary Clinton earns four Pinocchios for ‘cherry-picking’ answers on emails

Hillary Clinton continues to have trouble keeping her answers straight when it comes to the private email server she used as Secretary of State. Despite the fact that Clinton violated federal law by sending classified information through the server, she and her campaign still deny any wrongdoing. In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Clinton said, “Director Comey said my answers were truthful, and what I’ve said is consistent with what I have told the American people, that there were decisions discussed and made to classify retroactively certain of the emails.” That comment earned Clinton four Pinocchios from the Washington Post. The ...

Washington Times: Obama administration announces immigration surge for Central Americans

The Obama administration this week announced plans they are inviting thousands of Central American immigrants to apply for refugee status, especially those related to the children that are illegally crossing the border from Central America. The Washington Times has the scoop: “Today’s expansion of the Obama Administration’s policy is simply a continuation of the government-sanctioned border surge,” [said House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.). “Tens of thousands of unlawful immigrants continue to arrive at the Southwest border to benefit from the president’s lax immigration enforcement, and now many more can simply use this ...

VA purchased $16 million worth of art on President Obama’s watch while veterans died awaiting care

An investigation into art acquisitions by Veterans Affairs officials shows the department bought millions of dollars worth of art while our men and women who served in our armed forces passed away on VA waiting lists. The Washington Examiner has the story: Hundreds of veterans have died while waiting to get care from the Department of Veterans Affairs, all while the department spent millions of taxpayer dollars on high-end art. According to an investigation by COX Media Washington, D.C. and American Transparency, the VA has spent $20 million on high-end art over the last 10 years, $16 million of that spent during President Obama's tenure. ...

Rep. Brat: ICE tells me ‘No. 1 problem’ facing federal immigration authorities is local authorities ignoring detainers

Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) is optimistic about legislation he has coming down the pike that would increase immigration controls and choke funding for terrorist organizations in an effort to enhance national security under an administration that has been lax in that area. The Washington Examiner has the details: Federal detention policy enforcement has been loosened under the Obama administration, and local law enforcement agencies sometimes refuse to comply when requests are submitted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "I had met with the head of ICE, and I asked [about] the number one problem … He said it was the problem of these detainers," ...

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 ...

Obama administration opens investigation into questionable Clinton Foundation donations

Hillary Clinton’s record as secretary of state under President Obama is a dodgy one. As New York Times columnist David Brooks said in recent commentary, what legacy did she leave behind when serving at the State Department? An Obama-administration investigation into questionable donations made to the Clinton Foundation when she was secretary of state shows her time there potentially had nothing to do with public service but was self-serving. The Washington Examiner has the details: [Obama administration] officials are investigating the Clinton Foundation for alleged fraud after dozens of lawmakers asked the tax agency to open an inquiry. A ...

The moment this grocery-store clerk realized government programs aren’t all they’re cracked up to be

Government programs are rarely the answer to assisting those in need. One man in particular came to understand this firsthand when he was a cashier at his childhood grocery store where he witnessed people taking advantage of the food-stamp program: The very program meant to lift people out of poverty, he discovered, was actually enabling fraud and abuse. The Daily Signal has the story: I also learned how people gamed the welfare system. They’d buy two dozen packs of soda with food stamps and then sell them at a discount for cash. They’d ring up their orders separately, buying food with food stamps, and beer, wine, and cigarettes with cash. ...

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Unemployed more likely to shop for non-essentials than job search

  The Bureau of Labor Statistics released data that shows unemployed Americans on an average day are more likely to shop for things than look for employment opportunities. The Washington Free Beacon has the details: Only 18 percent of unemployed Americans spent time searching or interviewing for a job on an average day, while 41.1 percent shopped online, in store, or by phone. About one in five unemployed Americans, or 21.2 percent, went shopping for items other than food and gas… “The fact that unemployed people choose leisure over job hunting suggests the ongoing economic malaise has discouraged them from even looking for a job, ...

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 ...