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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 ...

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...

News Briefing for Wednesday, March 18

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Scott Walker: I Will Run as a Conservative “…Later in his town hall remarks, Walker criticized the Obama administration's handling of foreign policy challenges posed by the Islamic State and expressed concern about the administration's handling of the Iranian nuclear threat. Walker also responded to a question from Tea Party Patriots President Jenny Beth Martin over his position on ethanol. Her question noted that while Walker had opposed a Wisconsin effort to mandate its use in midgrade gasoline, he recently said in Iowa that he would "go forward on continuing the [federal] Renewable Fuel Standard." Walker responded that ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, March 17

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Scott Walker Joins Tea Party Patriots for a ‘Tele-Town Hall’ Tonight “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker join will joining Tea Party Patriots “for a national tele-town hall meeting tonight.” “Over the last four years, all Scott Walker does is win,” TPP President Jenny Beth Martin said. “Any Republican who can win three elections in four years – in a blue state – will be a force in 2016, and we look forward to hearing his conservative vision for a post-Obama America.” According to TPP, “The call will run from 8-9 p.m. EDT Monday, March 16. Anyone may take part by clicking here.“ http://www.nationalrevie...

News Briefing for Thursday, March 12

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Conservative groups wary of Obamacare contingency plans (Photo of Tea Party Patriots at SCOTUS rally / Quote by Kevin Broughton) “Conservative groups are suspicious of GOP plans to temporarily keep Obamacare's insurance subsidies flowing if they're blocked this summer by the Supreme Court. For years, groups such as Club for Growth, Heritage Action and Americans for Prosperity have hounded Congress to do all it can to undermine the Affordable Care Act. At times, lawmakers have even been forced to table Obamacare-related bills over complaints that they appeared to be improving the law instead of repealing it entirely. Now ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, March 11

HEALTHCARE: CBO: Obamacare Premiums Will Increase Faster Than Private Plans “Obamacare health insurance premiums will grow faster than either private policies or the federal government in coming years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. In a report released Monday, the CBO issued updated budget projections showing that “premiums for policies sold through the exchanges are expected to increase more rapidly than the underlying trend in spending” between 2016 and 2018. The CBO projects that the average premium for Obamacare policies will increase by 8.5 percent annually in those years, while federal spending is expected to grow by ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, March 10, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: King v. Burwell's very existence says a lot about Obamacare (Video featuring Jenny Beth) http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/king-v.-burwells-very-existence-says-a-lot-about-obamacare/article/2561108     HEALTHCARE: Kill Obamacare, or U.S. healthcare will suffer same fate as Britain “A colleague of mine, a Conservative MEP, was cremated last month. Except he wasn't: the hospital had released the wrong body to the undertakers. A second funeral has just been held with his actual remains — though, of course, nothing can be done for the family of whoever was cremated in error. We take such incompetence ...

News Briefing for Thursday, March 5, 2015

News Briefing for Thursday, March 5 TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Obamacare protests resemble campaign rallies (Tea Party Patriots mentioned) “If the scene outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday resembled dueling campaign rallies — and it did — that was because many people's views on the hotly contested Obamacare case being argued inside fall along partisan lines. On one side were workers for conservative and free-market groups who were trying to outshout those on the other side from union and health care advocacy groups who, at one point, tried to sing over the pointed rhetoric coming from "Tea Party Patriots" and others…” http://www.usatoday.c...