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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

John McCain, 3 GOP Senators To Support Budget Deal

On Tuesday, the Senate will hold its first procedural vote on the Ryan-Murray budget deal. The odds of the deal passing increased significantly late Friday as GOP Sens. John McCain (AZ), Susan Collins (ME), Jeff Flake (AZ) and Richard Burr (NC) said they would join 55 Democrats to cut off debate and block a filibuster. Majority Leader Harry Reid needs just one more GOP vote to advance the deal to final passage. Dec 14, 2013 10:20 AM PT

Military Pension Cuts Could Kill Budget Deal in Senate

After an overwhelming vote in the House, the Ryan-Murray budget deal now moves to the Senate. Democrats will need support from at least 5 GOP Senators to pass the deal. While Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) can normally count on a handful of GOP moderates, as of Friday, no Republican in the Senate has voiced support for the budget deal. The deal may fall apart over one of its smaller line-items; a 1% cut in cost of living adjustments for veterans' pensions. Dec 13, 2013 6:31 AM PT

House Votes to Bust Sequester's Spending Caps

On Thursday evening, the House of Representatives voted to adopt the Ryan-Murray budget and bust through the sequester spending caps and increase user fees. The vote was a lopsided 333-94. Among Republicans, 169 members voted for the budget and 63 voted against. Just 31 Democrats voted against the measure, after threatening for the most of the week to oppose the deal unless it extended unemployment benefits. The measure now goes to the Senate, which is expected to pass the deal sometime next week before leaving town for the year. Dec 12, 2013 3:35 PM PT

Hospitals Gear Up Lobbying to Repeal Ryan-Murray Budget Cuts

The Ryan-Murray budget deal hasn't passed Congress yet, but special interests are already preparing to repeal the modest cuts in the deal. As Breitbart News has reported, half of the spending cuts in the deal, and all of the deficit reduction, occurs 9 and 10 years from now, with cuts to Medicare providers. The lobbying group for hospitals has vowed to reverse these cuts. Dec 12, 2013 1:00 PM PT

Ryan-Murray Budget Raises National Debt Above Current Law For 9 Years

On Thursday, the House will vote on the Ryan-Murray budget deal, which hikes federal spending, raises user fees and promises spending cuts a decade from now. Supporters of the deal claim that, over 10 years, it will reduce the deficit by around $20 billion. That is unlikely to happen, as it requires significant budget cuts 9 years from now. Worse, though, the Ryan-Murray deal increases the national debt far more than it would be under current law. Dec 12, 2013 8:54 AM PT

70% of ObamaCare Enrollees Are In Medicaid

HHS reported Wednesday that 1.2 million Americans have enrolled in ObamaCare since the exchanges opened on October 1st. The media is trumpeting this as a sign the website is improving and ObamaCare is making steady progress towards its goals. A deeper look at the numbers, however, reveals a more troubling trend. Of the total enrollees, over 800,000 have signed up for Medicaid. Just over 360,000 have enrolled in private insurance plans, just 30% of the total. Dec 11, 2013 11:00 AM PT

GOP Wins Democrat Seat Running Against ObamaCare

Kentucky Republicans picked up a seat in the state House Tuesday in a special election. Republican Suzanne Miles edged Democrat Kim Humphrey to capture a seat that had been held by Democrats for decades. Trailing late in the race, Miles made the race a referendum on ObamaCare. Her success in using a federal issue to capture a seat in the state legislature could be a harbinger for 2014. Dec 11, 2013 10:15 AM PT

Record Industry Bullies Pandora in Shakedown of Broadcast Radio

American youth seem to perpetually be giving the world new words. One such word is “pwn.” Wikipedia defines pwn as a “slang term derived from the verb own, as meaning to appropriate or to conquer to gain ownership. The term implies domination or humiliation of a rival.” Pwn seems to describe exactly what the Recording Industry Artists of America (RIAA) is attempting to do to Pandora. Dec 11, 2013 8:24 AM PT

Half of Ryan-Murray Budget Cuts Don't Happen Until 2022

The budget deal announced Tuesday by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) would boost federal spending by around $65 billion over the next two years. This new spending is offset by increasing user fees, selling broadcast spectrum and boosting pension contributions by federal employees and the military. Ryan and Murray also say that the deal will reduce the deficit by $23 billion over the next 10 years. This reduction, however, doesn't start until 2022. Dec 11, 2013 8:03 AM PT

4 Things to Know About Ryan-Murray Budget Deal

When Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) announced their budget deal Tuesday night, few specific details were released. The full scope of the budget deal will begin to emerge on Wednesday, after the duo file legislative language and its provisions are analyzed. Breitbart News, however, has obtained a 4-page summary of the deal that provide a good outline of the agreement. These are the 4 most important take-aways from this deal. Dec 10, 2013 9:03 PM PT

GOP Rep Huelskamp: Ryan Budget Deal 'More of the Same'

Tuesday evening, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) announced they had reached a deal on a two-year budget. Although full details haven't been released, the broad outline of the deal announced was enough to draw a rebuke from GOP Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS). “This budget agreement is more of the same that we’ve seen out of Washington for years," Huelskamp said in a statement. "Instead of providing solutions, it continues the insider game of playing ‘Let’s make a Deal.’" Dec 10, 2013 7:25 PM PT

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