Gruber: Only States Can Give Out Obama-Care Tax Credits

From the July 2014 archives of Reason magazine:

Obamacare Architect Jonathan Gruber [Admitted] in 2012 That Subsidies Were Limited to State-Run Exchanges

Peter Suderman | July 24, 2014

Earlier this week [back in July], a three-judge panel in the D.C. Circuit Court ruled that, contrary to the Obama administration’s implementation and an Internal Revenue Service rule, Obamacare’s subsidies for private health insurance were limited to state-run health exchanges…

One of the law’s architects—at the same time that he was a paid consultant to states deciding whether or not to build their own exchanges—was espousing exactly this interpretation as far back in early 2012… Jonathan Gruber, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist who helped design the Massachusetts health law that was the model for Obamacare, was a key influence on the creation of the federal health law…

After the law passed, in 2011 and throughout 2012, multiple states sought [Gruber’s] expertise to help them understand their options regarding the choice to set up their own exchanges.

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Jonathan Gruber Apologizes, Another Video Clip Surfaces

From the Daily Caller:

Obamacare Architect Gruber: I Regret Calling American People ‘Stupid’

By Patrick Howley | November 11, 2014

Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber said Tuesday that he regrets saying that aspects of Obamacare needed to be concealed from the public due to the “stupidity of the American voter.”

“Do you stand by the comments in that video?,” MSNBC host Ronan Farrow asked Gruber, referring to a video of Gruber explaining how a lack of transparency helped Obamacare pass into law. “The comments in the video were made at an academic conference,” Gruber said. “I was speaking off the cuff and I basically spoke inappropriately and I regret having made those comments.”

More precisely, he regrets having been caught making those comments, which he clearly believes to this day.

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Sessions: Do Not Give Up The Only Tool To Stop Amnesty

From Senator Jeff Sessions writing in the Politico:

No Surrender on Immigration

By SEN. JEFF SESSIONS | November 10, 2014

On Election Day, Americans roared in protest against the President’s open-borders extremism. They rallied behind candidates who will defend the rule of law and put the needs of American workers and families first. Exit polls were unequivocal. More than 3 in 4 voters cited immigration as an important factor in their vote, believed that U.S. workers should get priority for jobs, and opposed the President’s plans for executive amnesty… But President Obama made clear that he would attempt to void the election results—and our laws—by moving forward with his executive amnesty decree…

Laws written and passed by generations of elected representatives of both parties. Laws that were signed by Presidents from both parties.

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The Hill Claims McConnell And Reid Want To Make A Deal

From The Hill:

McConnell, Reid look to make deal

By Alexander Bolton | November 12, 2014

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) are both looking for a deal at the end of the 113th Congress… [E]ach man wants to craft a lame-duck agreement that allows his party to claim some small measure of victory at the end of what has been an otherwise dysfunctional legislative session.

McConnell wants to clear the agenda of several “must-pass” bills so the new Senate Republican majority can start 2015 with a clean slate. He’s ready to work with Reid to pass bills that have been stalled for months — as long as Democrats don’t try to load up the December calendar with partisan legislation or controversial nominations.

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Nearly 1/2 Of Americans Live In States Under GOP Control

From a seething Washington Post:

Nearly half of Americans will now live in states under total GOP control

By Aaron Blake | November 11, 2014

… [M]erely looking at the GOP’s likely nine-seat gain the Senate and its double-digit gains in the House doesn’t really do its wave justice. While the GOP is likely to control 54 percent of all Senate seats and 56 percent (or so) of the House come January, it also will now control more than two-thirds of state legislative chambers across the country — as in nearly seven in 10.

And given Republicans also won at least 31 governorships, they are basically in control of the state government in 24 states. That could soon hit 25 if they win the still-undetermined governor’s race in Alaska… The Democrats, meanwhile, control just six states… That 24-6 split is actually significantly bigger than it was after 2010, when Republicans emerged from that wave election with complete control of 21 states, to Democrats’ 11 — about a two-to-one advantage, versus today’s four-to-one edge…

No, state legislatures aren’t the sexiest things in the world.

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Gallup: Majority Want GOP Congress To Lead The Country

From Gallup:

Majority in U.S. Want GOP in Congress to Set Nation’s Course

By Lydia Saad | November 12, 2014

PRINCETON, N.J. — Following the midterm election that some have termed a Republican wave, the majority of Americans want the Republicans in Congress — rather than President Barack Obama — to have more influence over the direction the country takes in the coming year.

Funny, that isn’t what the mainstream media’s exit polls have been claiming. They have been telling us that the midterm voters actually loved Obama’s policies. (On minimum wage, climate change, pot legalization, etc.) And that they elected Republicans to go to Washington to work with Obama to try to help him advance them.

This is a switch from early 2012 when a slim plurality, 46%, wanted Obama to prevail in steering the nation.

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Sullivan (R) Wins Alaska, Begich (D) Still Won’t Concede

From a ticked-off Associated Press:

Republican Dan Sullivan wins Senate race in Alaska

By BECKY BOHRER | November 12, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican Dan Sullivan won Alaska’s U.S. Senate race, defeating first-term incumbent Democrat Mark Begich.

Lest we forget, Mr. Begich took Ted Stevens’ seat, after he was forced out of office by a phony scandal ginned up by the Democrats and their media minions. (Sen. Stevens was ‘found guilty’ eight days before the election.)

Sullivan led Begich by about 8,100 votes on Election Night last week and held a comparable edge after election workers had counted about 20,000 absentee, early-voted and questioned ballots late Tuesday. Thousands more ballots remained to be counted, but the results indicated that Begich could not overcome Sullivan’s lead.

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Michael Brown’s Parents Tell UN His Death Equals Torture

From CNS News:

Michael Brown’s Parents Tell U.N. His Death Amounts to Torture

By Susan Jones | November 11, 2014

(CNSNews.com) – The parents of Michael Brown are in Geneva, Switzerland Tuesday to tell the United Nations Committee Against Torture about the police "murder" of their son and the "excessive use of force" by Ferguson police against "peaceful protesters" following the August 9 shooting.

"Both issues represent violations of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment," said the 13-page statement submitted to the U.N. Committee Against Torture by the Brown family and the family’s various support groups…

The Brown family’s statement also complains about the "disrespectful" treatment of their son’s body — "grotesquely mutilated by the six bullets and left bleeding in the street in plain view" for four hours.

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Gov’t Slashes 2015 Obama-Care Sign-up Forecast By 30%

From CNBC:

Gov’t slashes 2015 Obamacare sign-up forecast by 30%

By Dan Mangan | November 10, 2014

… Federal officials on Monday sought to lower expectations for upcoming enrollment in Obamacare, announcing that they now believe that only between 9 million and 9.9 million people will be enrolled in Affordable Care Act health insurance plans by the end of 2015. That is well below the 13 million people that the Congressional Budget Office has projected for Obamacare enrollment by the end of 2015…

The new projection, as much as 30 percent reduced from the CBO estimate, comes from the Health and Human Services Department, which oversees the Obamacare health reform program…

And it also comes after the elections are safely over.

HHS also said it now appears that it will take longer—perhaps quite a bit longer—than 2017 to reach a "steady state" of 25 million Obamacare enrollees that CBO had been projecting for 2017 enrollment…

In reality, all of these Obama-Care enrollment numbers are a joke.

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Gov’t Funded Project Got Conservative Accounts Dropped

From the Washington Free Beacon:

House Committee Demands Answers on Truthy Project

Taxpayer-funded initiative collected 600,000 political tweets in its ‘database,’ bragged about having conservative Twitter accounts suspended

By Elizabeth Harrington | November 10, 2014

The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee sent a letter to the head of the National Science Foundation (NSF) on Monday, demanding answers about the origins of the nearly $1 million taxpayer-funded project to track “misinformation” on Twitter.

The Truthy project, being conducted by researchers at Indiana University, is under investigation for targeting political commentary on Twitter. The project monitors “suspicious memes,” “false and misleading ideas,” and “hate speech,” with a goal of one day being able to automatically detect false rumors on the social media platform.

The web service has been used to track tweets using hashtags such as #tcot (Top Conservatives on Twitter), and was successful in getting accounts associated with conservatives suspended, according to a 2012 book co-authored by the project’s lead researcher, Filippo Menczer, a professor of Informatics and Computer Science at Indiana University…

“The Committee and taxpayers deserve to know how NSF decided to award a large grant for a project that proposed to develop standards for online political speech and to apply those standards through development of a website that targeted conservative political comments,” wrote Chairman Lamar Smith (R., Texas) in a letter to NSF Director France Cordova…

Smith’s letter references a publication co-written by Menczer which explains how the project was used to track tweets before the 2010-midterm elections.

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Liberal Reporter Confirms The WH Keeps An ‘Enemies List’

From the Daily Caller:

Liberal Mag: White House Keeps An Enemies List

By Jamie Weinstein | November 10, 2014

Like the Nixon administration before it, President Barack Obama’s White House apparently keeps — or at least at one time kept — an enemies list.

In a profile in the New Republic of Valerie Jarrett, who is considered Obama’s most influential White House adviser, Noam Scheiber writes of the existence of an enemies list — or as he termed it, “a shit list.”

“Valerie Jarrett is not above keeping a shit list—or as hers was titled, a ‘least constructive’ list,” the article reveals. “One progressive activist recalls Jarrett holding the document during a meeting and noticing her own name on it, along with the names of others in the room.

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Politico Says: Fire Valerie Jarrett And Make Her A Librarian

From the Politico:

Fire Valerie Jarrett

By CAROL FELSENTHAL | November 07, 2014

Almost since the start of Barack Obama’s presidency, people who have actual, real duties in the West Wing of the White House—the working, executive part of the government, that is—have been urging him to do something about Valerie Jarrett. Push her into the East Wing, where she can hang out with Michelle Obama and the White House social secretary, or give her an ambassadorship—or something—but for Pete’s sake get her out of the way of the hard work of governing that needs to be done. Now it’s really time to do it.

Let’s stipulate right away that it would be unfair to blame Jarrett, the longtime Obama family friend and confidante, for the walloping that the president and his party suffered at the polls on Tuesday… But let’s also face facts—and expect the president to do so as well.

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Obama Wants To Give FCC More Control Over The Internet

From CNET:

Obama: Regulate broadband Internet like a utility so it ‘works for everyone’

By Don Reisinger and Roger Cheng | November 10, 2014

President Obama urged the US government to adopt tighter regulations on broadband service in an effort to preserve "a free and open Internet."

Because more government regulation always means more freedom. Besides, why would anyone be afraid of the FCC having more control over the internet?

(Lest we forget, the FCC wanted to put their agents in broadcast news stations to ‘monitor the philosophy of their news reports.’ And, even as we speak, the FCC is considering banning the name ‘Redskins’ over the airwaves, because it is offensive to a handful of the perpetually offended.)

In a statement released Monday, Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to enforce the principle of treating all Internet traffic the same way, known in shorthand as Net neutrality.

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Loretta Lynch Blames Bush For Politicizing Dept Of Justice

From GotNews:

Loretta Lynch BLAMES BUSH For ‘Politicizing’ Justice Dept

By Charles C. Johnson | November 10, 2014

Loretta Lynch, Barack Obama’s nominee for Attorney General, once blamed the Bush administration for politicizing the Justice Department, Gotnews.com has learned.

In a speech at Harvard Law School, Lynch blamed “a lack of trust in our criminal justice system” on the Bush Administration.

“Eight to ten years ago the [Justice] Department was unfortunately politicized,” she said.

What a laugh compared to what has happened to the DOJ under Eric Holder. Besides, is there any department or federal agency Obama hasn’t politicized? Even NOAA.

Come to think of it, has anyone checked on the White House travel office lately?

“The Civil Rights division became a shadow of itself,” Lynch said on the panel.

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ICE Agent Claims She Was Forced To ‘Overlook’ ID Thefts

From the Daily Caller:

Lawsuit: Obama Immigration Officials Pressured Attorney To Overlook Illegal Alien DUIs And ID Theft

By Chuck Ross | November 10, 2014

A career attorney with top ratings at Immigration and Customs Enforcement says that she faced retaliation from superiors for refusing to drop cases pending against illegal aliens guilty of DUI, identity theft, and other crimes. Patricia Vroom, 59, made the claims in a lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court of Appeals in Arizona against Department of Homeland Security Sec. Jeh Johnson…

Vroom, who has worked for ICE and its predecessor for 26 years, alleges that in Feb. 2013 she was contacted by ICE deputy director Sarah Hartnett and was “instructed to look favorably for prosecutorial discretion on immigration removal cases involving the lowest level of felony convictions for identity theft under Arizona law.” “This was a very significant development,” the suit claims.

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