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Federalism Doesn't Stop at the Online Poker Table

It seems the good Senator’s support for federalism stops there. Calling it the “wild wild west” of gambling, Heller is promising to introduce legislation to trump states that have legalized online gaming with a federal prohibition. It seems that state laboratories for democracy are good only until they begin to affect the home town industry. Feb 25, 2014 12:00 PM PT

Dems Embrace SuperPacs to Keep Money Edge

One of the more persistent myths of modern politics is that Democrats are swimming against a torrent of money supporting Republicans. In the media narrative, nefarious business and monied interests subvert the democratic process by deploying millions against Democrats progressives. The Supreme Court decision in Citizens United, which reinforced the precedent that money is speech, spawned hand-wringing across the left media. The decision, though, merely leveled the political funding playing ground. Democrats are now publicly embracing the SuperPacs born of the decision; not to catch up with Republicans, but to maintain their funding edge. Feb 23, 2014 9:40 AM PT

WV Dems Exempt Staff from Minimum Wage Hike

Last week, the Democrat controlled House in West Virginia passed legislation raising the state's minimum wage to $8.75 an hour, $1.50 higher than the federal minimum wage. The action is part of a nation-wide effort by Democrats to make a minimum wage increase central to their platform for the midterm elections. The increase didn't effect all workers, though. Democrats exempted many of their own staff from the wage hike. Businesses may have to pay the higher wages, but the legislature will avoid many of the consequences. Feb 22, 2014 10:21 AM PT

Obama Drops Entitlement Reform, Increases Spending

President Obama's FY 2105 budget will drop the one concession he had made to Republicans on entitlement reform. Under pressure from Congressional Democrats, Obama's budget will not contain a proposal called "chained CPI" which changes the calculation of cost-of-living increases for Social Security benefits. While the savings from the change would have been minor, it was seen as an olive branch to Republicans towards a "grand bargain" on the budget. It seems the budget will have to be resolved at the ballot box. Feb 21, 2014 8:07 AM PT

Dem Rep Bera: 'We Have to Be Flexible' on Insurance Co Bailout

Earlier this week, Democrat Rep. Ami Bera was asked on a local Sacramento news channel whether he supported bailing out insurance companies who lost money as a result of the failures of the ObamaCare exchanges. After some qualifying, and not a small amount of hemming, Bera said "we have to be flexible on that." Feb 20, 2014 10:31 AM PT

Miss: Retail Sales Disappoint

The Commerce Department reported Thursday that retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.4% in January. Economists had expected sales to be unchanged from December. The agency also revised December retails sales downward. An initially report 0.2% increase was revised to just a 0.1%. Retail sales constitute a huge percentage of overall economic activity. The disappointing sales number are consistent with other data signaling a slowdown in the economy. Feb 13, 2014 8:06 AM PT

Surrender: GOP to Push 'Clean' Debt Ceiling Increase

Just one day after unveiling a plan to link a lift in the debt ceiling to restoring cuts to military pensions, House Speaker John Boehner announced on Tuesday that he would push a "clean" debt ceiling increase. Under a "clean" bill, the nation's debt ceiling would increase without any corresponding spending cuts or policy changes. Feb 11, 2014 7:17 AM PT

Black Teen Unemployment Jumps to 38%

The black teen unemployment rate spiked to 38% in January. The dramatic increase represented almost a 10% increase over December's 35.5% unemployment rate. Overall, the teen unemployment rate for all races was 21%, a modest increase from December. Feb 7, 2014 8:40 AM PT

Boehner: Build Keystone for Job Growth

House Speaker John Boehner reacted quickly to the weak jobs report on Friday, criticizing the Administration for what he called "the worst jobs recovery in history." Boehner urged Obama to remove obstacles to job-creating efforts, specifically construction of the Keystone pipeline. Feb 7, 2014 6:18 AM PT

US Employers Add 113K Jobs; Rate Dips to 6.6%

Hiring was surprisingly weak in January for the second straight month, likely renewing concern that the U.S. economy might be slowing after a strong finish last year. Feb 7, 2014 5:41 AM PT

MISS: Economy Adds Just 113k Jobs in January

On Friday, the Labor Department reported that the economy added just 113k jobs in January. Economists had expected a gain of 180,000 after a very weak report in December. The two months are both far below employment growth trends last year. The unemployment rate was down a tick to 6.6%. Feb 7, 2014 5:32 AM PT

CBO: ObamaCare Will Kill 2.5-Million Jobs

On Tuesday, the CBO confirmed what conservatives warned about during the first debates on the law -- ObamaCare is bad for the economy. The non-partisan office estimated that, in just a decade, there will be 2.5 million fewer workers in the labor market than otherwise would be without the health care overhaul. In addition, ObamaCare will increase the debt by more than $1 trillion over the next ten years. Feb 5, 2014 12:01 PM PT

ADP Jobs Report Misses Expectations

Payroll firm ADP reported that the economy added 175,000 jobs in January, a sharp decrease from its reported gain of 228,000 jobs in December. The estimate was lower than economists' expectations, which had predicted a gain of 185,000 jobs in the first month of the year. The report suggests a weakening jobs picture. Feb 5, 2014 6:43 AM PT

Dem Rep. Tim Bishop Still Promises 'If You Like Your Plan, Keep Your Plan'

President Obama's oft-repeated claim that "if you like your health care plan, you can keep it," was named the "lie of the year" by Politifact. In fact, more Americans have lost health coverage than obtained it through ObamaCare. Unfortunately for residents of Long Island, their congressman, Tim Bishop is still peddling this lie to his constituents. Feb 4, 2014 9:46 AM PT

Dem Rep. Rob Andrews Resigns Amid Ethics Investigation

New Jersey Democrat Rep. Rob Andrews, who is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee, announced his resignation from Congress on Tuesday. Andrews' misuse of campaign funds was chronicled in Breitbart News' Peter Schweizer's book Extortion. Andrews is taking a public affairs job at a Philadelphia law firm. Feb 4, 2014 6:53 AM PT

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