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Hillary Clinton stands by her “What difference does it make” comment

In a recent interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton doubled down on a lightning-rod moment during a Congressional hearing on the Benghazi attacks last year. During a round of questioning with Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin over whether the attacks were spurred by a video protest and anti-American radicals, Clinton now famously asked, “What difference does it make?” It was the question heard ‘round the world, for good reason. Clinton’s comment signaled an ingrained mentality of denial and detachment. Still, Clinton says she has no regrets over her choice of phrase. In the recent interview, Sawyer ...

The Clinton-era tax rates fallacy

Over the last few years, President Obama and his many surrogates have made the case that if America was to return to tax rates on the wealthy that were seen under President Bill Clinton, America would once again become the land of milk and honey. This argument is, unfortunately, a false one, for a number of critical reasons. Here are several: First, the simple fact is that President Clinton spent much less than President Obama. While the Fiscal Year 2012 numbers are not out yet, some perspective is available: the federal budget went up by 60% in inflation-adjusted 2010 dollars between 2001 (the last year of a Clinton budget) and 2010. As ...

WH on DHS favoritism: nothing to see here!

Suppose a top official at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) showed special treatment toward requests from Democratic officials. And suppose that special treatment involved help with tricky immigration matters for the well-connected friends of these Democratic officials. Suppose all this happened and it violated a number of ethics rules. You’d expect the White House to come out against the practice pretty hard, right? Wrong. During a White House press briefing on Wednesday, Press Secretary Josh Earnest called the offending DHS official – Alejandro Mayorkas – a “decorated public servant.” Hmmm Earnest continued [1]: “Mr. ...

News Briefing for Thursday, March 26

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: The GOP quandary: How far right without falling over the edge? “…Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is at or near the top of most early polls among Republicans, likes to boast how he stuck to conservative principles to win statewide office three times in a centrist state. “To win the center, you don’t have to go to the center, you have to lead,” he said last week during a Tea Party Patriots telephone town hall. Tea party loyalists are still somewhat wary of Walker, though, because of past positions on immigration and government support for ethanol, a big issue in Iowa, site of the nation’s first caucus…” ht...

News Briefing for Wednesday, March 25

HEALTHCARE: How many will have to pay back Obamacare subsidies? “More Americans will owe the government money for their Obamacare subsidy than won't, says a new analysis. A big upcoming Tax Day question is how many Americans with government-subsidized health insurance will find that they collected more in subsidies than they're qualified for and have to pay some of it back — and how many will find themselves in the opposite position, with the government owing them money. The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that half of all subsidy-eligible households will be in the first boat, owing the government an average payment of $794. That situat...

News Briefing for Tuesday, March 24

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Tea Party first to cheer Cruz bid (quote by Jenny Beth) “He's a leader of the Tea Party in Washington, so it's not a surprise that Tea Party leaders are heaping praise on Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential announcement today. Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, was the first to embrace Cruz, noting his firm stands on conservative principles. "It's fitting that Sen. Ted Cruz is the first announced candidate in the GOP presidential field," Martin said in a statement. "In his two short years in the Senate, he has yielded to no one in championing the values of personal freedom, economic freedom and a debt-free ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 03/22/15

Listen to the podcast here: CALENDAR: The House returns tomorrow, with first votes expected no earlier than 6:30 PM, and will be in session through Thursday, with the last votes expected no later than 3 PM. The Senate will return to work tomorrow, with the first vote taking place at 5:30 PM. They will be in session through Friday. At that point, both Houses will break for the Easter Recess, and they’ll be gone for the first two weeks of April. So don’t be surprised if the Thursday recess slips in the House, in case they can’t get the budget done the way they want to.   LAST WEEK’S HOUSE FLOOR ACTION: On Tuesday, the ...

News Briefing for Monday, March 23

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Cruz to launch White House bid, will tea party go along? (Tea Party Patriots mentioned) “…While tea party leaders still like Cruz, they’re also looking elsewhere for 2016. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, regarded as a new voice and a Washington outsider, has drawn a passionate following, particularly in Iowa. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who won the 2008 Iowa caucus, retains a loyal conservative following. Walker so far has pulled ahead of everyone, and held a telephone town hall last week with followers of one group, the Tea Party Patriots. Afterward, the group said on its website “there is perhaps no one the ...

News Briefing for March 21

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Early line: 3-man race for 2016 GOP nomination “Much of who’s ahead and who’s not at this stage “is based on who’s known and who’s not known,” said Fergus Cullen, another former New Hampshire Republican chairman. Cullen hosted a reception at his home for Bush last week. What’s lacking in the top tier is a hardcore conservative or tea party favorite. Tea party loyalists are sympathetic to Walker, for example, but still have some doubts. At a Tea Party Patriots telephone town hall meeting this week, some questioned whether he has shifted his position on government help for ethanol over the years. Mike Huckabee, ...

News Briefing for Thursday, March 19

HEALTHCARE: GOP aims to sink Obamacare with reconciliation But first they have to strike a difficult deal on an overall budget “Senate Republicans want to use a powerful budget maneuver known as reconciliation to go after President Barack Obama’s health care law — particularly if the Supreme Court strikes down key provisions of Obamacare this June. Using the fast-tracking procedure offers some advantage for Republicans, largely because a reconciliation package can’t be filibustered. But it’s not going to be easy. First, House and Senate Republicans need to agree on a budget resolution, which could be difficult with fiscal conserva...