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House Shoots Down Amendment To Ban Funding For NSA Surveillance Programs

Posted July 25, 2013

The House voted down an amendment Wednesday to its version of the Department of Defense’s 2014 budget that would have banned funding to NSA surveillance programs such as PRISM by a slim 12 vote margin.

The amendment, the first major legislative test since the once secret programs were made public by Edward Snowden, was defeated 205-217.

Initially proposed by Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) the amendment sought to ban any funds from the Department of Defense’s 2014 budget from being directed to the NSA for surveillance of anyone not actually under investigation by law.

As the two minute vote ran out of time on the floor, House Speaker John Boehner was heard just off the House floor saying loudly, “I like all those no votes.” In an unusual move for any House speaker, especially on an amendment, Boehner voted No.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jacobfischler/house-shoots-down-amendment-to-ban-funding-for-nsa-surveilla

Related info:

These Are The 217 People Who Voted To Preserve NSA Surveillance

http://www.zerohedge.com/print/476810

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The White House of Cards Scandal Coverage

Extortion 17

Posted July 25, 2013

Congress to probe lethal crash that killed SEAL Team 6 members

IRS Scandal

Posted July 25, 2013

The IRS Mafia: Hush Money and Politics

Posted July 24, 2013

Records of Christine O'Donnell tax snooping disappear

When will Jeffrey Zients return from South Africa?

Who Is the Savvy William Wilkins?

Lois Lerner's Ace in the Hole

Posted July 23, 2013

Jeffrey Zients is out of the country - A top former Obama Cabinet member who met with IRS officials at the White House during the targeting scandal is currently out of the country, a White House source told The Daily Caller.

Posted July 22, 2013

THE IRS SCANDAL BEATS A PATH TO THE WHITE HOUSE

DOJ Declines to Prosecute Officials Involved in Tax Record Scandal

Benghazi

Posted July 25, 2013

Mark Levin: Boehner "Cut Some Kind Of Deal With Obama" On Benghazi

Posted July 24, 2013

Special Forces Veterans, Members of Congress Demand Special Benghazi Investigation

Senate committee approves promotion for author of Benghazi talking points

Posted July 23, 2013

Pentagon: Marine commander will talk to Congress about Benghazi attacks


Immigration Reform News

Posted July 25, 2013

Menendez: 'Conference' Will Get Amnesty Past House GOP

Exclusive: White House, GOP Leadership Ignore Facts to Attack Steve King

Rep. Goodlatte Open to Salvaging Senate Immigration Bill via Conference

A Plague on Two Political Houses

La Raza President: Path to Citizenship 'Threshold' Issue

Posted July 24, 2013

Why Are Republicans Bent on Pushing Amnesty Now?

Senators Cancel Immigration Strategy Meeting Aimed at Targeting House GOP

Posted July 23, 2013

Pardoned By Obama's Dream, Two Illegal Aliens Gang Rape 13 Year Old Girl - On Wednesday, police in Austin arrested two Mexican nationals who reportedly participated in the gang-rape of a 13-year-old girl on June 29. Both were allowed to be in America under Obama's "Deferred Amnesty Dream" plan where DHS has simply refused to prosecute illegal aliens.

Poll: Latino Illegal Immigrants Favor Dems 8-to-1

George Soros's Former Chief Strategist Joins Zuckerberg Immigration Group

OFA Chair on Immigration Reform: We're Going to 'Force It Through the House'

Border Patrol Officers Demand House GOP Leaders 'Abandon Their Dreams of Amnesty'

Rubio Didn't Know His Own Bill Allows Someone to Forge 2 Passports Before It's a Crime

Why One Lawmaker Doesn't Trust Obama On Immigration Reform

Posted July 22, 2013

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

Conservatives, Beware the Hatch Effect


Feds Ready $684M ObamaCare Marketing Campaign

Posted July 25, 2013

It will make you stronger. It will give you peace of mind and make you feel like a winner. Health insurance is what the whole country has been talking about, so don't be left out.

Sound like a sales pitch? Get ready for a lot more. As President Barack Obama's health care law moves from theory to reality in the coming months, its success may hinge on whether the best minds in advertising can reach one of the hardest-to-find parts of the population: people without health coverage.

The campaign won't come cheap: The total amount to be spent nationally on publicity, marketing and advertising will be at least $684 million, according to data compiled The Associated Press from federal and state sources.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2013/07/24/Marketing-Obamacare-shaping-up-as-big-challenge


Tax writers promise 50 years of secrecy for senators' suggestions

Posted July 25, 2013

The Senate’s top tax writers have promised their colleagues 50 years worth of secrecy in exchange for suggestions on what deductions and credits to preserve in tax reform.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and the panel’s top Republican, Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah), assured lawmakers that any submission they receive will be kept under lock and key by the committee and the National Archives until the end of 2064.

http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/domestic-taxes/313259-senates-tax-writers-offering-50-years-of-secrecy#ixzz2a3ByJqqg


Sheriffs Sue over Colorado Gun Control: 'This Is Our Alamo'

Posted July 24, 2013

Larimer County, Colorado Sheriff Justin Smith is one of nearly 30 Sheriffs who have signed their names on the dotted line of a lawsuit to overturn the latest slew of gun control laws passed by the Colorado legislature and signed by Governor John Hickenlooper (D).

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/07/23/Sheriffs-Suing-Over-Colorado-Gun-Control-This-is-our-Alamo


Christian fined for refusing to photograph same-sex wedding

Posted July 24, 2013

When Christian photographers are asked to work same-sex weddings, do they have the right to refuse? Surprisingly, 85 percent of Americans say they do. If only their sentiments were the law.

Elaine Huguenin was asked to photograph a same-sex ceremony in New Mexico. She refused, citing her Christian beliefs.

She was fined $7,000 by the state Human Rights Commission, which claimed that she was guilty of discrimination for sexual orientation. The New Mexico Court of Appeals upheld the verdict.

http://www.mychristiandaily.com/index.php/uk/165-world/usa-canada/news-item-4-usa-canada/6987-christian-fined-for-refusing-to-photograph-same-sex-wedding


OFA Plans a 'Tea Party' August

Posted July 24, 2013

Organizing for Action, the advocacy off-shoot of Obama's reelection campaign, has announced plans to copy the Tea Party and flood Congressional townhalls over the August recess. OFA's goal is to push House Republicans to support Obama's initiatives. The Left has spent years demonizing and attacking Tea Party activists. Now, they've decided to copy them. 

“We are excited for OFA’s Action August where volunteers across the country will be taking all their incredible skills, hard work and passion into their communities, organizing events all month long to keep the pressure on their members of Congress to take action on issues, from comprehensive immigration reform to protecting women’s rights and gun violence prevention to combating climate change, OFA Spokesman Ben Finkenbinder said in a statement.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/07/23/OFA-plans-a-tea-party-august


Zimmerman Verdict Fallout Coverage

Posted July 23, 2013

George Zimmerman grabs fire extinguisher, pulls family from overturned SUV

AFTERBURNER w/ BILL WHITTLE: The Lynching

You won't believe what teachers plan to tell kids about Trayvon Martin

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


 
   

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Texas Attorney General’s Office Obtains $1.4 Million Settlement against Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast for Medicaid Fraud

Posted July 25, 2013

Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast fraudulently billed Texas Medicaid program for products, services either not provided or not necessary

HOUSTON – The Texas Attorney General’s Office today concluded the State’s Medicaid fraud investigation into Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Inc. Under today’s agreement, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast must pay $1.4 million for fraudulently overbilling the taxpayer-funded Medicaid program.

After a whistleblower lawsuit was filed alleging improper billing practices by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, an investigation was opened by the Texas Attorney General’s Office and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s Office of Inspector General. The State’s investigation revealed that Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast improperly billed the Texas Medicaid program for products and services that were never actually rendered, not medically necessary, and were not covered by the Medicaid program – and were therefore not eligible for reimbursement.

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With Time Running Out, Lawmakers Scramble on Road Plan

Posted July 25, 2013

With less than a week left in the current special session and Gov. Rick Perry threatening to call them back for another one, the Texas House and Senate are set to meet this afternoon with lawmakers hoping to hash out a transportation funding compromise.

Legislators hope to have something to vote on this afternoon, but as of Wednesday evening, negotiators from the two chambers remained far apart.  

The governor and House and Senate negotiators began openly talking about a possible third special session late Wednesday.

http://www.texastribune.org/2013/07/25/perry-threatens-third-special-session-if-road-plan/


HHS Secretary hopes Texas will reconsider decision not to expand Medicaid

Posted July 25, 2013

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today held out hope that Texas would reconsider its decision not to expand its Medicaid program.

“We are still hopeful that the decision about Medicaid can continue to be looked at because the return on investment for Texas is huge — about $90 billion in federal money that could come into the state to help some of the poorest uninsured Texans take advantage of coverage,” she said in an interview.

Sebelius was in Dallas to meet with local leaders to talk about the federal Affordable Care Act and open enrollment for the state-based health insurance exchanges, which will run Oct. 1 through March 31.

http://bizbeatblog.dallasnews.com/2013/07/hhs-secretary-hopes-texas-will-reconsider-decision-not-to-expand-medicaid.html/


U.S. Senator Ted Cruz Internship Program

Posted July 24, 2013

Senator Ted Cruz’s Internship Program offers Texas students a unique opportunity to experience first-hand the inner workings of Congress. Each summer, there are two six week sessions as well as full semester internships in both the spring and the fall.

Internships are available in our Washington D.C., Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio offices.

Intern activities include legislative research, administrative duties, communications department support, regional outreach, and constituent relations, including assisting with phones and mail. Interns may also attend committee hearings, conduct Capitol tours, and attend the Senate intern lecture series. At the end of their session, interns will have had the opportunity to see how a Senate office works and better understand the United States government.

Priority is given to students either from Texas or students enrolled in a Texas school who have completed at least their sophomore year of college.

Read more: http://www.teaparty911.com/blog/u-s-senator-ted-cruz-internship-program/


Breaking News: New Defendants Added to True the Vote IRS Lawsuit

Posted July 24, 2013

Late yesterday, True the Vote added six new defendants and another charge of federal law being violated to its high-profile lawsuit with the Internal Revenue Service. The Washington Post reported, "A conservative group suing the Internal Revenue Service on Monday amended its lawsuit over the agency's processing of its request for tax-exempt status to include the agency's chief counsel, William Wilkins." This change to our suit will help expose all those involved in targeting conservative groups seeking recognized nonprofit status. Mr. Wilkins is one of only two people personally appointed by President Obama at the IRS. Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks. To read the full amended filing, click here.


Battleground Texas: Political activism masking professional opportunism?

Posted July 24, 2013

The left’s Battleground Texas effort positions itself as a people-powered grassroots movement seeking to “turn Texas blue,” but its status as another advocacy project for Steve Mostyn, a Houston personal injury attorney and former president of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association also known in political circles both as a Democratic mega-donor and for his hurricane lawsuit specialization, reminds how political activism is sometimes a mask for professional opportunism.

Read more… http://watchdogwire.com/texas/2013/07/22/battleground-texas-political-activism-masking-professional-opportunism/


Are Republicans already dissatisfied with their 2016 field?

Posted July 23, 2013

Some of the complaints: Sen. Marco Rubio has hurt himself by taking the lead on comprehensive immigration reform. Rep. Paul Ryan was on the last losing ticket and might also anger the base on immigration. Gov. Bobby Jindal fails to ignite Republican passions. Sen. Rand Paul can be divisive. Gov. Chris Christie is too willing to work with Democrats (especially the one in the White House). Rick Santorum doesn’t have broad enough appeal. Former Gov. Jeb Bush carries his family’s baggage.

None are crippling weaknesses, and any one of these potential candidates might look much different a year from now. But the fact is, Republicans are in a period of flaw-finding at the moment, and they are finding flaws in most of the politicians who will make up their 2016 field.

And then along comes Ted Cruz.

http://washingtonexaminer.com/are-republicans-already-dissatisfied-with-their-2016-field/article/2533318


GOP Rep. Sarah Davis Op-Ed BLASTS Texas Republicans for Opposing Abortion

Posted July 23, 2013 - David Bellow

GOP Texas State Representative Sarah Davis has slammed Republicans in a Houston Chronicle Op-Ed. Davis says Republicans should not be passing abortion restrictions because it is "not the role of the government" and "the Republican Party should not dictate to women" whether or not they can have the choice to have an abortion (which we know means the choice to kill millions of unborn babies) That, she says, should be decided by a woman and her doctor.

This Op-Ed seems to be a response to the backlash Davis has seen after a recent article that I wrote asking the Texas GOP to follow the wishes of the Texas Republican Platform and NOT give Party money to pro-abortion candidates like Sarah Davis. Many in the Texas GOP were tricked by Davis into believing she was pro-life. I think this Op-Ed should make things pretty clear to all Texas GOP officials that Davis is NOT pro-life.

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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.

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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)

http://www.examiner.com/article/unconstitutional-loan-guarantee-by-highway-department-raises-ire


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.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/07/ted-cruz-dismisses-talk-of-2016-presidential-bid-while-in-iowa/


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.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/07/21/sen-ted-cruz-calls-path-to-citizenship-profoundly-unfair/


 
   

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