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FBI probe into Clinton could expand to include possible public-corruption charges

Hillary Clinton soon could face an expanded FBI probe into whether her use of a private email server to conduct official State Department business violated public corruption laws. Fox News has the exclusive: "The agents are investigating the possible intersection of Clinton Foundation donations, the dispensation of State Department contracts and whether regular processes were followed," one source said. The development follows press reports over the past year about the potential overlap of State Department and Clinton Foundation work, and questions over whether donors benefited from their contacts inside the administration. The Clinton ...

Republican senator calling on Speaker Ryan to take up tax reform in 2016

Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley (R-Iowa), a member and former chair of the Senate finance committee, is lobbying for a simpler, flatter tax code and hopes reform will come as early as this year with help from now-Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Iowa Public Radio has more info: "If we were going to have a simple reform, we would have one tax rate, with an exemption for low and middle income people," he says. One figure for that cut-off, which he says is often used, is $36,000, after which workers would be subject to a flat tax. Grassley says although it would lower the tax rate for many people, ultimately the government would collect more ...

House Republican: This must be the Congress that takes the ‘tough but necessary steps to reform our tax code’

Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, during a hearing Tuesday stressed the importance of reforming the tax code in order to retain U.S. companies moving overseas to take advantage of lower tax rates. The Hill has the details: “This must be the Congress of action that takes the tough but necessary steps to reform our tax code," said Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee’s tax-policy subcommittee. The hearing was the subcommittee’s first since Boustany became its chairman. Boustany said that since Congress last passed comprehensive tax reform in 1986, other ...

TOUCHDOWN: Republican Senator releases report on government-spending fumbles with tips on how to ‘recover the ball’

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) this week released a list of 100 “Federal Fumbles” – in other words, a list of 100 wasteful government programs and ways to make them less costly to taxpayers. KFYR-TV has the details: From a "Silent Shakespeare Festival" in Virginia, to studies on senior dating habits, the senator says he wants the government to review each play before spending taxpayer dollars. The 100 examples of waste in the senator's book range from trivial amounts of money to large sums, but he says no matter how small the amount, there needs to be a starting point in reducing the federal deficit. "We're going to actually drive this ...

Public approval of Obamacare shrinking

Obamacare saw another dip in its favorability ratings as 45 percent of Americans in November had an unfavorable view of President Obama’s signature law – a dip fueled in part by Americans’ contempt for the so-called “Cadillac tax,” set to be applied to more expensive employer-sponsored health-insurance plans in 2018. The Washington Examiner has the details: About 45 percent of the public had an unfavorable view of the healthcare law in November, up from 42 percent a month earlier. Those with a favorable view of the law fell to 38 percent, from 42 percent in October. … Kaiser asked people with employer-sponsored insurance whether ...

House Republicans move to impeach Obama’s IRS Commissioner

House Republicans Tuesday introduced a resolution to impeach Obama IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, accused of lying under oath to cover up IRS targeting of conservative groups and of not producing key evidence that was subpoenaed. Fox News has the details: House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and 18 other committee members introduced the resolution to begin impeachment proceedings. In doing so, they followed through on a threat first made over the summer, when Republicans accused the IRS leader of making inaccurate statements to Congress regarding the Tea Party targeting scandal and its aftermath. "Commissioner Koskinen ...

A Message to House Republicans: Think Like Uber (Jenny Beth Martin Op-Ed in the Daily Caller)

Are House Republicans about to repeat the same mistake that got them into their current mess? John Boehner’s decision to give up his speakership allows the members of the House Republican Conference a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a mid-course correction. But if media reports are correct, they plan to elevate current Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to the speakership by virtual acclamation in next week’s Leadership elections. That would be a terrible mistake, and an opportunity wasted. Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2015/10/01/a-message-to-house-republicans-think-like-uber/#ixzz3nL3kHMnk

Even Pres. Obama’s DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson says San Francisco sanctuary policies “counterproductive to public safety”

President Obama’s Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson Tuesday finally joined the chorus of voices criticizing the "sanctuary city" policies in San Francisco many say led to the murder of Kate Steinle.  Steinle was allegedly shot by an illegal immigrant with prior convictions while walking along the San Francisco waterfront in July. The suspect was released from local custody prior to the shooting, despite a request from federal immigration officials he be kept in jail. Fox News reports: "It is counterproductive to public safety to have this level of resistance to working with our immigration enforcement personnel," he said during a talk ...

Neil’s Spiel: Republicans losing their budget soul? (Fox Business – Jenny Beth Martin Interview with Neil Cavuto)

Watch the latest video at video.foxbusiness.com National Review reporter Katherine Timpf, Tea Party Patriots Founder Jenny Beth Martin and FBN’s Neil Cavuto on concerns the Republican Party is not sticking to the push to rein in spending...Continue here.

Republican senators pass the buck on Obamacare transparency

When the Senate Subcommittee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship voted last week on whether or not to subpoena documents from the Washington, D.C. Obamacare exchange, the result was shocking, yet predictable. It predictable because – surprise! – members of Congress don’t want to lose their special perks. It was shocking, however, because half of the subcommittee’s Republicans sided with Democrats to squash an investigation, spearheaded by Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana, into whether lawmakers falsified documents in order to get special Obamacare exemptions. The Republicans were: Sens. Jim Risch of Idaho, Deb Fischer of Nebraska, Kelly ...