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EPA head faces skeptical senators on budget cuts

EPA head faces skeptical senators on budget cuts

on June 28, 2017, 8:02 AM / in National News

Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt on Tuesday faced senators skeptical of the agency’s proposed steep budget cuts. Senators from both parties voiced concerns with at least some parts of the Trump administration’s proposed $5.65 billion budget for the EPA for next year, a cut of about 30 percent below this current funding level. Pruitt faced repeated pressure to defend […]

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Senators considering breaking Fannie, Freddie into pieces

Senators considering breaking Fannie, Freddie into pieces

on June 28, 2017, 8:01 AM / in National News

From Bloomberg “Two U.S. senators working on a bipartisan overhaul of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are seriously considering a plan that would break up the mortgage-finance giants, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The proposal by Tennessee Republican Bob Corker and Virginia Democrat Mark Warner would attempt to foster competition in the secondary mortgage market, where loans […]

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House approves extra funding for lawmaker security

House approves extra funding for lawmaker security

on June 28, 2017, 7:58 AM / in National News

The House passed a measure on Tuesday that grants lawmakers an extra $25,000 to pay for security needs in the wake of the shooting at the GOP baseball practice this month. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) had briefed House Republicans on Friday about possibly expanding lawmakers’ annual office budgets to help pay for security costs. House Administration Committee Chairman Gregg Harper […]

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House Financial Services Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade Meeting Today

House Financial Services Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade Meeting Today

on June 28, 2017, 7:56 AM / in National News

Hearing entitled “The Federal Reserve’s Impact on Main Street, Retirees, and Savings,” 10 a.m. Click here for the Committee Memorandum. Witness List Dr. Norbert Michel, Senior Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation Dr. Paul Kupiec, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute Dr. Karen Dynan, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics Mr. Alex J. Pollock, Distinguished Senior Fellow, R Street Institute

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Lawmaker loses $17M on pharma stock pitched to colleagues

Lawmaker loses $17M on pharma stock pitched to colleagues

on June 28, 2017, 7:54 AM / in International News, National News

A Republican congressman lost close to $17 million on Tuesday when stock in an Australian pharmaceutical company he allegedly promoted to other lawmakers plunged to pennies per share. Shares of Innate Immunotherapeutics fell more than 90 percent in Sydney after a multiple sclerosis drug being tested by the pharma company showed no signs of working. Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), the […]

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Yellen: Another financial crisis not likely ‘in our lifetime’

on June 28, 2017, 7:52 AM / in National News

I would start worrying now….. From CNBC: “Fed Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that banks are “very much stronger” and another financial crisis is unlikely anytime soon. Speaking during an exchange in London with British Academy President Lord Nicholas Stern, the central bank chief said the Fed has learned lessons from the financial crisis and has brought stability to the […]

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House budget plan delayed again over welfare cuts

House budget plan delayed again over welfare cuts

on June 28, 2017, 7:50 AM / in National News

The House Budget Committee will not mark up a budget resolution this week, as it had hoped to, amid lingering disagreements within the Republican caucus over spending levels. “We’re just working really hard to get the final numbers put out,” said Budget Committee Chairman Diane Black (R-Tenn.). The House Freedom Caucus is threatening to withhold its support from the budget […]

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Senate GOP leaders put off health-care vote as opposition grows

on June 28, 2017, 7:22 AM / in National News

Senate Republican leaders on Tuesday postponed plans for a vote on their proposal to replace ObamaCare as they faced rising opposition from members of their own party. Five Republican senators — more than enough to spell defeat for the bill — stated publicly that they planned to vote against the measure if the leadership went through with a plan for […]

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Maxine Waters tells supporters what she plans to do to Ben Carson

Maxine Waters tells supporters what she plans to do to Ben Carson

on June 28, 2017, 7:05 AM / in National News, State News

Carlos Garcia    /   The Blaze Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) told a town hall rally of supporters, and a few Trump protesters, what she planned to do to President Trump’s Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson. According to a Los Angeles Times reporter at the event on Saturday in Gardena, California, Waters said that Carson should go back […]

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Conservatives target insurance requirements in Senate health bill

Conservatives target insurance requirements in Senate health bill

on June 28, 2017, 6:54 AM / in National News

by Robert King  /  Washington Examiner Senate conservatives are signaling that a key way to win their support for a Senate healthcare bill is to repeal more of Obamacare’s insurance mandates, but they aren’t saying if a requirement that shields sick people from high premiums must be on the table. Conservative holdouts have complained in recent days that the draft […]

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Supreme Court agrees to hear case on Trump travel ban

Supreme Court agrees to hear case on Trump travel ban

on June 27, 2017, 9:36 AM / in National News

The Supreme Court said Monday that it would hear the Trump administration’s challenge of a ruling blocking President Trump’s temporary travel ban on six predominantly Muslim nations, partly reinstating the ban in the meantime. The justices imposed tight limits on the ban pending its review, saying it could not be imposed on anyone with “a credible claim of a bona […]

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CBO says Senate health bill would leave 22 million more uninsured

on June 27, 2017, 9:32 AM / in National News, Opinion

Does That Mean Everyone Else is Working? Senate Republicans’ proposal to replace ObamaCare would reduce the number of Americans with health insurance by 22 million over a decade, according to a report released Monday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The CBO score estimated that the Senate proposal would reduce federal spending by $321 billion by 2026, about $200 billion […]

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U.S. judge halts deportation of Iraqis nationwide

U.S. judge halts deportation of Iraqis nationwide

on June 27, 2017, 9:12 AM / in National News

By Steve Friess DETROIT (Reuters) – A federal judge halted late on Monday the deportation of all Iraqi nationals detained during immigration sweeps across the United States this month until at least July 10, expanding a stay he imposed last week. The stay had initially only protected 114 detainees from the Detroit area. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith sided with lawyers […]

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SCOTUS Will Hear Colorado “Wedding Cake” Case

SCOTUS Will Hear Colorado “Wedding Cake” Case

on June 27, 2017, 9:09 AM / in National News

Written by  Steve Byas The importance of the 2016 presidential election was clear on Monday, when the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear a case from Colorado involving a baker asked to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding. Had Hillary Clinton defeated Donald Trump, Neal Gorsuch would not be on the Supreme Court, and the court would […]

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Supreme Court: Bureaucracy Before Landowners

Supreme Court: Bureaucracy Before Landowners

on June 27, 2017, 9:05 AM / in National News, State News

On June 23, the Supreme Court of the United States issued an opinion eroding property rights in the United States. In a split decision, 5-3, the high court held that in cases pitting bureaucrats against landowners, the bureaucrats are to be favored and they do not have to compensate property holders appropriately if the regulations they issue severely devalue the […]

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Obamacare dying even without congressional repeal

Obamacare dying even without congressional repeal

on June 27, 2017, 8:10 AM / in National News, Opinion

By Rick Moran  /   American Thinker The race is on to see what happens first to Obamacare; will Congress kill the program or will it self destruct? An analysis of the Obamacare insurance market for 2018 by a health care think tank makes the question academic. That’s because next year, consumers in more than 40% of all the counties […]

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Pending legislation would give corporations the power to forcibly vaccinate you and collect your DNA records

Pending legislation would give corporations the power to forcibly vaccinate you and collect your DNA records

on June 26, 2017, 8:09 AM / in National News, Opinion

It is obvious the DNA of Dr. Josef Mengele still is alive and working to fulfill his goals. A new bill, H.R. 1313, moving through Congress would allow companies to require employees to undergo genetic testing and enroll in a mandatory vaccine program or risk losing their job. Today, laws including the 2008 Genetic Privacy and Nondiscrimination Act (known as […]

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CNN – Clearly Not News – Credibility None, Nada…

on June 26, 2017, 8:02 AM / in National News

It was the network’s blind & fawning defense of Bill Clinton during his embarrassing eight years in the White House that led me to mistrust it and label it the Clinton News Network…long before Trump ever started telling like it is and calling them on their leftist reporting.  He has just made scrutiny of the network more (needfully) widespread, and […]

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Republicans focus on food stamps as part of major welfare reform

Republicans focus on food stamps as part of major welfare reform

on June 26, 2017, 7:31 AM / in National News

A group of Republican lawmakers thinks the time is right for the most significant welfare reform legislation in decades. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who has risen to become one of the most influential House Republicans after co-founding a conservative caucus that ousted former Speaker John Boehner, wants to impose work requirements on the recipients of what he estimates is nearly […]

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Fugitive lawyer says he’s fled the US using fake passport

Fugitive lawyer says he’s fled the US using fake passport

on June 26, 2017, 7:14 AM / in National News, State News

FILE – In this Oct 7, 2013 file photo, attorney Eric Conn gestures as he invokes his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Conn, a fugitive Kentucky lawyer at the center of a nearly $600 million Social Security fraud case, has fled the country using a […]

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