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Defunding ObamaCare Debate a Win for GOP, Tea Party

Most of Washington has decided that the ObamaCare defunding debate, led by Sens. Cruz and Lee, is a disaster for the Republican party. It is unlikely to succeed, they argue, and risks a government shutdown, which will be blamed on the GOP and hurt their chances in 2014. The argument is plausible, but very short-sighted. Two important things have happened as a result of this debate which benefit the GOP. Sep 24, 2013 10:06 AM PT

ACORN Reborn in NYC Mayor's Race

Almost exactly four years ago, ACORN, the notorious, leftist community organizers, imploded on itself after being caught in a series of lies related to the video-sting of journalists James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles. Cut off from federal funding and largely abandoned by its Democrat allies, the organization filed for bankruptcy and disbanded. Bertha Lewis, the head of ACORN at the time, has resurfaced in Bill De Blasio's campaign for NYC mayor. Sep 24, 2013 8:40 AM PT

Exclusive--Eyewitness: Muslim Brotherhood Is 'Finished' in Egypt

The Muslim Brotherhood is "finished" in Egypt, a witness to the tumultuous events told Breitbart News. Mostafa el-Gindy, a leading opposition figure to both President Mubarak and the Muslim Brotherhood, said it was the Egyptian people that removed them from power, not the military or police. Sep 24, 2013 7:58 AM PT

McConnell Rejects Cruz, Lee ObamaCare Tactic

Monday evening, GOP Minority Leader announced that he would oppose a proposed filibuster from Sens. Cruz and Lee to block the House Continuing Resolution from reaching the Senate floor. McConnell's opposition was echoed by John Cornyn, number 2 in GOP Leadership, and Sen. Cruz's colleague from Texas. The move by McConnell and Cornyn virtually assures that the Senate will begin consideration of the House bill later this week. Sep 23, 2013 4:48 PM PT

Reid Blocks Cruz, Keeps Shutdown, Default on Table

On Monday afternoon, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz asked for unanimous consent to immediately consider the House Continuing Resolution to fund the government and avoid a shutdown. The legislation would also take steps to avoid a default on government debt while Congress debates a raising of the debt ceiling. Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid was on hand to block the request. Sep 23, 2013 1:34 PM PT

Cruz Asks For Immediate Action on House CR, 60 Votes for Amendments

Late Monday afternoon, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz took to the Senate floor to call for unanimous consent to begin consideration of the House-passed Continuing Resolution. The measure funds the government through December 15th, but strips appropriations for ObamaCare. He also reiterated calls that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid keep the regular order rules of the Senate and require a 60-vote threshold for all amendments. Sep 23, 2013 1:09 PM PT

Health Care Industry Spent $243 Million in 2013 Lobbying ObamaCare

The Center for Responsive Politics reports that the health-care industry spent over $243 million lobbying on health care issues through the first 6 months of 2013. No other industry sector spent more lobbying Congress and the federal government. The industry is on-pace to match its 2012 lobbying of around $500 million. Sep 23, 2013 11:37 AM PT

Facing Primary, Lindsey Graham Now Supports Defunding ObamaCare

On Friday, the House voted for a resolution to keep government open but also defund ObamaCare. Within minutes, Nancy Mace, who is opposing Sen. Lindsey Graham in the GOP primary, issue a press release attacking Graham for his past criticism of the defunding strategy. In just two hours, Graham tweeted that he supported the House's efforts to defund the unpopular health care law. Such is the power of primaries. Sep 21, 2013 8:29 AM PT

House Votes to Defund ObamaCare

On Friday, the House voted to defund ObamaCare in a continuing resolution that keeps government open for several months. The vote was 230-189, with just two Democrats crossing the aisle to defund the health care law. Sep 20, 2013 8:27 AM PT

22 House Dems Voted to Delay ObamaCare, Will They Vote to Defund It?

In July, the House voted to delay ObamaCare's employer and individual mandate for one year. The action came after the White House announced it would selectively ignore the law and not enforce the employer mandate until 2015. The House vote would extend that courtesy to average Americans, who currently are forced to have health insurance by January, 2014. 22 House Democrats supported the one-year delay. Will those Democrats now support the House effort to defund ObamaCare? Sep 20, 2013 7:48 AM PT

Feds Move to Unionize Home Health Care Workers

That isn't the explicit message of a new rule from the Labor Department, but it is its intended effect. On Tuesday, the Labor Department announced it was expanding federal minimum wage and overtime regulations to cover 2 million home health care workers. These are individuals, hired by families, to care for elderly or disabled patients who otherwise would be placed in nursing homes. Most of the costs of the care are paid for by federal or state Medicaid programs. This workforce has been a prime target of union organizers. Sep 19, 2013 11:41 AM PT

Vulnerable Senate Democrats Stuck with ObamaCare

On Friday, the House is expected to pass a continuing resolution to extend funding for government, but also strip all discretionary spending to implement ObamaCare. If enacted, the House action would allow government to remain open but place a huge obstacle to ObamaCare. While all of the media is consumed with an internal GOP debate on this issue, the true target of such a move has escaped notice. If the House proceeds with its vote, several vulnerable Democrat Senators face a series of bad choices. Sep 19, 2013 7:57 AM PT

Fed Admits Economy Is in Trouble

On Wednesday, it was widely expected that the Federal Reserve would announce that it is reducing the massive stimulus it pumps into the market each month. The Fed's stimulus, called "quantitative easing" is ultimately unsustainable and has caused a rapid acceleration in the Fed's balance sheet. The Fed, however, announced that it would continue its monetary stimulus indefinitely. Sep 18, 2013 11:33 AM PT

Flashback: RNC Warned About Obama Inexperience

In 2008, the RNC released several ads that called into question Barack Obama's ability to lead or manage a crisis. In light of the foreign policy debacle surrounding Syria and Obama's inability to move his agenda through Congress, it is worth revisiting those ads. Sep 18, 2013 10:19 AM PT

House Set to Vote to Defund ObamaCare

In a closed-door caucus meeting on Wednesday, House Leadership is expected to unveil a new continuing resolution to temporarily fund government that also defunds the ObamaCare law. It is a potential reversal from Leadership's previous position and a victory for conservative grass-roots activists. Sep 18, 2013 5:28 AM PT

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