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Left Attacks Rep. Steve King for Eating 'Sustainable' Reindeer

The Huffington Post thought it had a surprise Christmas gift when Rep. Steve King (R-IA) tweeted, from Oslo, Norway, a photo of his holiday meal that included reindeer. The site's headline breathlessly shouted, "Steve King Eats Reindeer for Christmas." Within hours of posting, however, Huff Po had to digest a heaping portion of crow. Dec 26, 2013 7:16 AM PT

ObamaCare Website Crashes on Deadline Day

Monday, December 23rd, is the official deadline for individuals to apply for coverage through the exchanges, to ensure they have insurance by January 1st. Unfortunately for those trying to get coverage, the ObamaCare website is crashing today. Three months of "fixes" and a "tech surge" have failed to address the fundamental problems in the exchanges. Dec 23, 2013 9:37 AM PT

ObamaCare Deadline Secretly Extended One Day

Midnight on Monday was the deadline for individuals without insurance to be enrolled in ObamaCare. Over the weekend, however, the Obama Administration quietly made changes to the exchanges, providing an additional day to enroll in ObamaCare. Now, if an individual signs up for coverage by midnight Christmas Eve, they will have health coverage on January 1st. Dec 23, 2013 9:13 AM PT

Oregon Exchange Robocalls Applicants, Warns Them to Seek Coverage Elsewhere

On Friday, Cover Oregon, the troubled ObamaCare health exchange, began robocalls to applicants, warning them, that if they haven't heard from the exchange by Monday, they should seek health insurance elsewhere. With less than two weeks until the mandated January 1st deadline for individuals to have health insurance, the exchange's late warning may cause gaps in coverage. Dec 21, 2013 12:41 PM PT

Obama: 'We're Not Going to Negotiate' Over Debt Ceiling

At his last press conference on the year on Friday, President Obama reiterated that he won't negotiate with Congressional Republicans on lifting the nation's debt ceiling. "It is not something that is a negotiating tool," Obama said. "It's not leverage. It's a responsibility of Congress." Dec 20, 2013 12:43 PM PT

Senate Votes for Ryan-Murray Budget That Cuts Veteran Pensions

On Wednesday, the Senate voted 64-36 to pass the budget deal negotiated by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). The deal increases discretionary domestic spending to over $1 trillion a year, by eliminating most the the sequester cuts. The deal pays for the spending hike through increased user fees and spending cuts, half of which occur a decade from now. One of the near-term spending cuts, however, is to reduce pension benefits for current veterans and active-duty military. Dec 18, 2013 1:54 PM PT

Dem Rep. Cheri Bustos: Budget That Cuts Military Pensions 'Right for America'

Freshman Democrat Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) held two budget events in her Western Illinois district on Tuesday. The events, in which constituents pick their priorities for spending are designed to support the argument that government needs more revenue. Beyond that, however, Bustos used the event to say how "pleased" she was to vote for the Paul Ryan-Patty Murray budget that increases spending and cuts veterans' pensions. Dec 18, 2013 11:42 AM PT

Sen. Mary Landrieu: Small Business Will Save Money With ObamaCare

On Tuesday, Politico reported that the next ObamaCare "time-bomb" will hit in the middle of next year, when millions of small business owners will face skyrocketing health insurance premiums. The announcements of the higher premiums will come just weeks before the mid-term elections and present a threat to all Democrats who supported ObamaCare. This threat is greater, though, for Sen. Mary Landrieu, who made health care savings for small business a central justification for her support of ObamaCare. Dec 18, 2013 8:34 AM PT

Loss of Faith in GOP Kept Conservatives Out of Ryan-Murray Budget Fight

In the days immediately following the release of the budget deal negotiated between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), House Speaker John Boehner launched a preemptive attack on conservative and tea party grass roots activists. Saying these groups had "lost all credibility" by attacking a budget deal that hiked federal spending, Boehner was trying to marginalize conservatives and blunt their influence in the debate. He needn't have bothered. Conservatives were largely absent from the fight over the Ryan-Murray budget. That says more about Republicans, however, than it does about conservatives. Dec 17, 2013 5:59 PM PT

Targeted Dem Rep. Jim Matheson to Retire

On Tuesday, Utah Democrat Rep. Jim Matheson, a 7-term incumbent, announced he would retire at the end of his term, rather than seek reelection. Matheson, who represents the most Republican district held by a Democrat, has long been an election target and won reelection in 2012 by just over 700 votes. Political handicapper Charlie Cook has shifted the race from "Lean D" to "Likely R." Dec 17, 2013 12:44 PM PT

12 GOP Senators Join Democrats to Support Ryan-Murray Budget

A dozen Republican Senators joined a united Democrat caucus to invoke cloture on the Ryan-Murray budget deal on Tuesday. The cloture vote was 67-33. The vote, which cuts off a possible filibuster, puts the deal on a clear path to passage. Final passage on the deal requires a simple 51 vote majority. Dec 17, 2013 7:44 AM PT

Reps. Blackburn, Collins Would Create Record Industry Monopoly on Royalties

Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Doug Collins (R-GA) recently took issue with my “screed” in opposition to the latest recording industry power grab and in favor of the Internet Radio Fairness Act. In their piece they quote Pink Floyd and say they “don’t need no thought control”. If they genuinely believe that their positions are “conservative” and “free market” then thought control has already happened. Dec 16, 2013 12:56 PM PT

Obama Breaks Promise to Veterans to Support Ryan-Murray Budget Deal

President Obama gave almost immediate approval to the budget deal negotiated by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), even as top Democrats expressed skepticism. In doing so, Obama breaks a promise he made to veterans and military personnel just a few months ago. Dec 16, 2013 10:50 AM PT

Military Families Host 'Twitter Town Hall' Against Budget Deal

One of the more insignificant, yet pernicious, spending cuts in the Ryan-Murray budget is a reduction in military pensions. The changes would apply to current active and retired military personnel under the age of 62. Many military families view these changes as a broken promise and, Breitbart News has learned, are convening a "Twitter Town Hall" Monday night in opposition to the budget deal. The grass roots event is targeting Senators up for reelection next year with the hashtag #KeepYourPromise. Dec 16, 2013 9:46 AM PT

Why Business, GOP Attacking Tea Party Could Backfire Big Time

Lobbyists and the GOP political establishment applauded Speaker John Boehner's strident attacks against the Tea Party and conservatives as the House prepared to approve the Ryan-Murray budget deal. Boehner had said that conservative groups had "lost all credibility" for opposing a budget deal that increases the national debt. While business groups may get a tingle hearing Boehner's harsh words, one wonders how alienating the grass roots will help them block the next government overreach. Dec 15, 2013 5:02 PM PT

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