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The White House of Cards Scandal Coverage

IRS Scandal

Posted July 22, 2013


DOJ Declines to Prosecute Officials Involved in Tax Record Scandal

Zimmerman Verdict Fallout Coverage

Posted July 22, 2013

Former DOJ official: Civil rights unit sent to mediate anti-Zimmerman protests has history of advocacy

Dallas Trayvon Martin Rally Coverage

The Obama Administration’s Race-Baiting Campaign

'Justice for Trayvon' Protests Draw Small Crowds; Nation Moves On

ACLU Reverses Championing Pursuit of Zimmerman

Legal experts: DOJ's Zimmerman tip line merely gives impression that agency is acting

Immigration Reform News

Posted July 22, 2013

Sen. Ted Cruz calls path to citizenship ‘profoundly unfair’

Conservatives, Beware the Hatch Effect

'Beat Lamar' Rally Draws More People Than Lamar Event

Posted July 22, 2013

Tea Party and conservative activists held a counter-rally outside a Sen. Lamar Alexander campaign event in Smyrna, TN on Saturday. According to organizers, over 300 people braved the heat and sun, promoting a primary challenge to Alexander next year. Alexander's event, held in an air-conditioned building and featuring local officials and Mike Huckabee drew about 250, according to local press

The counter-rally was organized by "Beat Lamar," an effort by grass-roots activists to oppose Sen. Alexander in the GOP primary, even though he doesn't yet have an opponent. "We want to send a clear message to the Republican Establishment in Tennessee," Ben Cunningham, founder of the Nashville Tea Party told Breitbart News. "We are not going to allow you to push the grassroots aside so you can hold a coronation of Lamar Alexander simply because he has an R by his name."


Illinois rewarded for misspending only $52 million on food stamps

Posted July 22, 2013

SPRINGFIELD — Since Illinois has seen an explosion in the number of people receiving food stamps, even a slight error costs taxpayers millions.
In this instance, a mistake rate of less than 2 percent means $50 million is misspent.

That’s the hard truth behind the press release lauding Illinois for having a 98.3 percent accuracy rate for its Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program.

Illinois’ error rate, from either overspending on food stamps or not spending enough, is 1.74 percent, according to Januari Smith, a spokeswoman for the state’s Department of Human Services.
Just more than 2 million people in the state, or 16 percent of the population, are enrolled in the federally managed SNAP. Washington D.C,. sent Illinois $3 billion for SNAP last year.

The numbers: 1.74 percent of $3 billion is $52 million. That’s a lot of taxpayer waste.



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Attacks on Gohmert unwarranted; time to stop mudslinging

Posted July 22, 2013

There has been a stream of letters and commentaries in the Longview News-Journal of late taking potshots at Congressman Louie Gohmert. The purpose seems to be to make him vulnerable in the next election due to the many “accusations” that they bring against him.

However, these charges, when looked at in detail are little more than a mudslinging smear campaign against a man who has been the best representative of East Texas values in decades.

The latest such smear attempt comes from James Cogar. Of course, he begins by clarifying that he is not a Gohmert fan and did not vote for Gohmert. He then goes into a philosophical rant about racism and prejudice that sounds valiant and high principled. Who can deny that racial discrimination is a horrible thing?

Mr. Cogar makes several veiled references to things supposedly said by Congressman Gohmert, but never directly quotes Louie in any of his smears.


Unconstitutional loan guarantee by highway department raises ire

Posted July 22, 2013

With state and federal highway dollars pinched and toll road traffic taking a hit from a sustained economic downturn and high gas prices, states are looking for ways to get projects built with limited resources. Bond documents for the $2.6 billion Grand Parkway (State Highway 99) tollway reveal the bonds issued by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will be backed by the state highway fund for all but $200 million of the debt if toll revenues are insufficient. Counting interest, that's an obligation of up to $9.6 billion for Texas taxpayers, without approval or oversight from either voters or the Texas legislature.

There’s a catch to TxDOT’s loan guarantee. The Texas Constitution prohibits the state highway fund from being used to guarantee loans:
"Nothing contained herein shall be construed as authorizing the pledging of the State's credit for any purpose."(Article 8, Sec 7-a)


Ted Cruz Dismisses Talk of 2016 Presidential Bid While in Iowa

Posted July 22, 2013

In an interview for “This Week” with ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz dismissed talk of a potential 2016 White House bid, along with the question of whether he is ready to run for the highest office in the land after having been a senator less than a year.

“We are having a national debate about which direction the country should go…and what I am doing now is trying to participate in that national debate,” Cruz said Friday while in Iowa, a state frequented by those with White House ambitions. “I’m not focused on the politics…the last office I was elected to was student council. So this has been a bit of a whirlwind.”

Karl asked Cruz about his eligibility for the White House, which has been questioned given that he was born in Canada.

“My mother was born in Wilmington, Delaware. She’s a U.S. citizen, so I’m a U.S. citizen,” Cruz said.


Sen. Ted Cruz calls path to citizenship ‘profoundly unfair’

Posted July 22, 2013

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) said Sunday that a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants would be unfair to those who have legally immigrated to the United States.

“I think a path to citizenship for those who are here illegally is profoundly unfair to the millions of legal immigrants who followed the rules,” Cruz said during an interview for ABC’s “This Week.”
Cruz added that he does not think a bill with such a path can pass the Republican-controlled House.



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