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News Briefing for March 7, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: On free trade, tea partyers and the left want the same thing They're both trying to stop the Obama administration from fast tracking a deal -- but they don't coordinate to make it happen. “…America wins because we do a better job of creating those products, we have better innovation and we have smarter marketers. That’s what we think of when we think of free trade,” says Rick Manning, president of Americans for Limited Government. “We don’t think of, 'you’re allowed to sell another 100,000 chickens into Japan.' That’s just cutting a deal for how much of a market you’re allowed to infiltrate.” Manning ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, January 7 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Tea Party groups make last-minute push to oust Boehner “Tea Party groups are making a late push to oust Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). With about two hours to go before the 12:45 p.m. vote on Tuesday, FreedomWorks said that its members had made over 11,000 phone calls to congressional offices urging members to vote against Boehner and sent more than 18,700 messages online in the last 72 hours. Another group, Tea Party Patriots, said on Twitter that it had facilitated close to 4,000 calls to members and urged its followers to make more. FreedomWorks was also aggressively pushing the campaign against Boehner on social media ...

News Briefing for Monday, December 29, 2014

HEALTHCARE: As Medicaid Rolls Swell, Cuts in Payments to Doctors Threaten Access to Care “Just as millions of people are gaining insurance through Medicaid, the program is poised to make deep cuts in payments to many doctors, prompting some physicians and consumer advocates to warn that the reductions could make it more difficult for Medicaid patients to obtain care. The Affordable Care Act provided a big increase in Medicaid payments for primary care in 2013 and 2014. But the increase expires on Thursday — just weeks after the Obama administration told the Supreme Court that doctors and other providers had no legal right to challenge the ...

News Briefing for Monday, October 20, 2014

HEALTHCARE: How Much Will Obamacare Cost? Bet on 'More Than Expected' “As the nation prepares for the second enrollment period under The Affordable Care Act in November, there is officially no way of figuring out what Obamacare is going to do to federal deficits compared to the estimates used to push the program through Congress. Back in 2009, it was really important to President Obama that people understand he would not "sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits—either now or in the future. Period." He sold the plan as costing about $938 billion in its first decade of operation (2010 through 2019) but saving about $143 billion overall ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, September 30, 2014

HEALTHCARE: ObamaCare insurance navigator with rocky history gets even more taxpayer money “The federal government is giving an ObamaCare insurance navigator Seedco, which has a reported history of fraud, $1.4 million to operate in Tennessee this fiscal year. Last year, Seedco received $1.2 million for the same services in Tennessee. As reported, the federal government sued Seedco on the grounds it faked at least 1,400 of 6,500 job placements under a $22.2 million federally funded contract with New York City.  Seedco, according to National Review, had to settle that lawsuit.  Meanwhile, state Comptroller Justin Wilson reported last year ...

News Briefing for Saturday, September 20

Below are some of the news stories that we are reading today. HEALTHCARE:   FEDS MUM ON PROSECUTION OF ILLEGAL BORDER CROSSERS “The federal government refuses to say whether prosecutors in Yuma, Arizona, have scaled back a years-old program that guarantees jail time for most immigrants caught crossing the border illegally and which law enforcement officials say is crucial to public safety. Reports that federal prosecutors have stopped some prosecutions under Operation Streamline surfaced nearly two weeks ago when Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder seeking information on the status ...

Es la economía, estúpido

During last year’s heightened push for comprehensive immigration reform, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) described the Republicans’ failure to act as a “demographic death spiral,” noting “if we don't pass immigration reform, if we don't get it off the table in a reasonable, practical way, it doesn't matter who you run in 2016.” [1] This 2013 sound bite became the universal talking point for nearly every amnesty proponent across the political spectrum in 2014. “If we don’t enact some kind of comprehensive immigration reform, I do not see a way for us to really win a general election.” - Senator John McCain [2] “If Republicans ...

Halbig: Obamacare Linchpin Threatened

The Supreme Court’s decision on Hobby Lobby sent liberals into a tailspin as Twitter lit up with political vitriol far beyond the pale. Loaded with crude language, several called to “burn Hobby Lobby to the ground.” [1]Meanwhile, Guardian columnist Jessica Valenti urged women to commit acts of public indecency inside Hobby Lobby stores, preferably in the glitter aisle. [2] Along with violent and indecent rhetoric, there were quite a few hyperboles being cast to further gin up already high emotions, including one by the White House that claimed, “Today's decision jeopardizes the health of women that are employed by these companies.” ...

Emanuel: Obamacare Deadlines Extended to Help Mid-term Elections

Last fall, more than 4.7 million people learned they couldn’t keep their healthcare plans. As cancellations soared, so did Americans’ frustrations with a new healthcare law, prompting the President to unilaterally change the law multiple times at a whim. While most of the regulatory modifications have been labeled as politically motivated to spare Democrats from Obamacare’s black eye in the upcoming election, there was one delay, which drew much ire for its timing. “[T]he Obama administration announced on Tuesday [March 4] it would allow insurers to keep offering "grandfathered" health care plans that don't meet basic requirements of the ...

Going Nuclear: Yucca Mountain Ruling could Ruin Obamacare

Thanks to Ed Morrissey for this bit of wide-reaching news: In a rebuke to the Obama administration, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been violating federal law by delaying a decision on a proposed nuclear waste dump in Nevada. By a 2-1 vote, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ordered the commission to complete the licensing process and approve or reject the Energy Department's application for a never-completed waste storage site at Nevada's Yucca Mountain. In a sharply worded opinion, the court said the nuclear agency was "simply flouting the law" when it allowed the Obama admini...