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Congress Desperate to Avoid 'Dairy Cliff', $8 Gal Milk

With time running out to reauthorize a 5-year Farm Bill, sources on Capitol Hill tell Breitbart News that Congressional leaders are preparing a short-term one-month extension to allow more time for negotiations. Congress is desperate not to let the Farm Bill expire on December 31st. If it does, a decades old law would be triggered, causing the price of a gallon of milk to spike to $8 or more a gallon. Dec 10, 2013 12:52 PM PT

PPP: GOP Leads Michigan Senate Race, ObamaCare to Blame

A new poll from Public Policy Polling (PPP) finds the Michigan GOP Senate candidate, Terri Land, taking the lead over Democrat Rep. Gary Peters in the race to replace retiring Sen. Carl Levin. Land trailed Peters by 7 points in October, at the height of the government shutdown. She now leads Peters by two, 42-40, a nine point swing in less than two months. Dec 10, 2013 8:40 AM PT

Top 5 Things to Watch As Congress Wraps Up

Congress is racing towards the end of its 2013 session with a full agenda of unfinished business. The House is scheduled to adjourn for the year on Friday, December 13th. The Senate comes back into session this week and is scheduled to adjourn on December 20th. Here are the top 5 things to watch and Congress winds down for the year. Dec 9, 2013 12:53 PM PT

IL Prison Official Arrested 'At Least' 24 Times

Xadrian McCracken may be the poster child of the dysfunction of Illinois government. Fired last year from a state job, McCracken took a senior position in July with the Illinois Department of Corrections, earning $110,000 a year. He secured the position advising on parole policy in spite of a criminal history with "at least" 24 criminal arrests. Dec 9, 2013 10:20 AM PT

Directors of 3 State Health Exchanges Resign

Late Friday, Rebecca Pearce, executive director of the Maryland state ObamaCare exchange announced her resignation. She is the third director of a state health exchange to resign or be placed on leave since the disastrous ObamaCare rollout. Dec 9, 2013 9:42 AM PT

Ryan, GOP May Give Up Actual Cuts for 'Future' Cuts, Higher Fees

As Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray finalize negotiations over a 2-year budget deal, the two sides seem to have agreed to eliminate around $30 billion in planned spending cuts for next year. The cuts are part of sequestration, which triggers automatic, across-the-board spending cuts in all discretionary spending. Rather than replacing these with targeted cuts elsewhere in the budget, however, the GOP seems ready to agree to "long-term" budget savings instead. Unfortunately, these long-term savings rarely materialize. Dec 9, 2013 8:41 AM PT

Paul Ryan Increasing Power in House

On Friday, it was reported by Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray were "just a few billion" dollars apart on a 2-year budget deal. The two Budget Committee chairs are expected to work through the weekend to finalize a deal that is expected to replace some of the sequester cuts and, possibly, raise government revenue. Even if a budget deal passes Congress, it would be up to the appropriations committees to enact the deal. Still, the closeness of a deal represents a significant shift from the past few years, when Congress failed to pass even a budget framework. It also represents Ryan's growing power in the House. Dec 6, 2013 11:16 AM PT

Ryan Budget Deal May Hike TSA Fees

Congressional Budget Committee chairs Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray are working to finalize a deal on the federal budget. Reportedly, the two are just "a few billion" away from an agreement to fund government and replace the automatic sequester cuts. The deal may also increase government revenue through higher "fees" for airline security and other government services. This idea should never get off the ground. Dec 6, 2013 8:12 AM PT

Jobs Report: +200k Jobs, Unemployment Rate 7.0%

On Friday, the Labor Department reported that the economy gained 203k jobs in November. The unemployment rate dropped to 7.0%. The numbers were better than the 185k jobs economists had expected. It is down slightly from October's reported 204k in new jobs. Dec 6, 2013 5:33 AM PT

Report Details Social Security Disability Fraud

The first five years of the Obama Administration have witnessed the birth of a new health care entitlement, ObamaCare. It has also witnessed an explosion in existing entitlements, particularly the Food Stamp program and Social Security Disability payments. Today, almost 9 million Americans receive disability payments from Social Security, far more than ever envisioned by creators of the program. A new report from Our Generation details the 10 most outrageous examples of fraud in the program. Dec 5, 2013 12:06 PM PT

Dem Candidate Domenic Recchia Does a Favor for the Mob

Brooklyn City Councilman Domenic Recchia, a top Democrat recruit for Congress, has written a federal judge, asking for leniency for a convicted mobster. And, not just any mobster. Angelo Spata, the mobster convicted of racketeering and illegal gambling, is the son-in-law of Colombo crime boss Carmine Persico. Persico is currently serving a 139-year prison sentence. Dec 5, 2013 9:02 AM PT

Budget Kabuki: Ryan & Murray Near Meaningless Deal

As Congress nears the end of its 2013 calendar, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Chair Patty Murray are rushing to finalize a deal on the federal budget for next year. There will be a lot of sturm and drang over the negotiations. It is important to remember, however, that whatever agreement is reached has no force of law. It isn't even sent to the President. It is effectively meaningless. Dec 4, 2013 10:26 AM PT

Congress Rushes $1T Farm Bill

At the end of the year, Congress makes a mad dash to pass legislation that, for whatever reason, is stalled somewhere in the process. Most of these measures won't pass, but the prospect of a final year-end bill impels lawmakers and lobbyists to push support for their individual measures. The bill with the most lobbying power behind it now is the $1 Trillion Farm Bill. The long-stalled bill has a good chance of passing in the final flurry of legislative activity. Dec 3, 2013 5:34 AM PT

Google Seeks Advantage in Patent Reform

Congress is again facing a test that will determine whether they stand with the American people or the K-Street lobbyists who represent some of the biggest corporations in the world, including the president’s favorite billion dollar corporation — Google. Nov 27, 2013 4:00 AM PT

Politico: Dems Prep to Trash ObamaCare

It is no secret that the Democrat party is hemorrhaging support in the wake of the disastrous ObamaCare rollout. As the Administration floats that the website will not be fully operational at the end of November, nervous Democrats are expected to try to separate themselves from Obama and his flawed health program. Politico's Mike Allen was on MSNBC this week, saying that they are "hearing" that Democrats will be very aggressive against the program in Congressional oversight hearings next week. Nov 26, 2013 12:30 PM PT

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