Hillary Keeps Lying

 

Interesting article by Andrew Napolitano. Hillary Clinton has repeatedly lied about the Benghazi tragedy. She denied having any knowledge of gun running and said so to the Congressional committee. Deleting emails and having a private server add to the corruption. It is about time for the truth to come out. will that ever happen with the current administration?     eb

In a column I wrote in early July, based on research by my colleagues and my own analysis of government documents and eyewitness statements, I argued that in 2011 and 2012 then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waged a secret war on the governments of Libya and Syria, with the approval of President Obama and the consent of congressional leadership from both parties and in both houses of Congress.

I did err in that column with respect to an arms dealer named Marc Turi. I regret the error and apologize for it. I wrote that Turi sold arms to Qatar as part of Clinton’s scheme to get them into the hands of rebels. A further review of the documents makes it clear that he applied to do so but was denied permission, and so he did not sell arms to Qatar. Other arms dealers did.

I also erred when referring to Qatar as beholden to Washington. In fact, Qatar is in bed with the Muslim Brotherhood and is one of the biggest supporters of global jihad in the world—and Clinton, who approved the sales of arms to Qatar expecting them to make their way to Syrian and Libyan rebels, as they did, knew that. She and her State Department caused American arms to come into the possession of known al-Qaida operatives, a few of whom assassinated U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.

When Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) asked Clinton in January 2013 at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing whether she knew of any weapons coming from the U.S. and going to rebels in the Middle East, she denied such knowledge. She either has a memory so faulty that she should not be entrusted with any governmental powers, or she knowingly lied.

It gets worse. It now appears that Clinton was managing her war using emails that she diverted through a computer server owned by her husband’s charitable foundation, even though some of her emails contained sensitive and classified materials. This was in direct violation of federal law, which requires all in government who possess classified or sensitive materials to secure them in a government-approved venue.

The inspector general of the intelligence community and the inspector general of the State Department each have reviewed a limited sampling of her emails that were sent or received via the Clinton Foundation server, and both have concluded that materials contained in some of them were of such gravity that they were obliged under federal law to refer their findings to the FBI for further investigation.

The FBI does not investigate for civil wrongdoing or ethical lapses. It investigates behavior that may be criminal or that may expose the nation’s security to jeopardy. It then recommends either that indictments be sought or the matter be addressed through non-prosecutorial means. Given Clinton’s unique present position—as the president’s first secretary of state and one who seeks to succeed him, as well as being the wife of one of his predecessors—it is inconceivable that she could be prosecuted as Gen. David Petraeus was (for the crime of failing to secure classified materials) without the personal approval of the president himself.

Let’s be realistic and blunt: If the president wants Clinton prosecuted for failing to secure classified materials, then she will be, no matter the exculpatory evidence or any political fallout. If he does not want her prosecuted, then she won’t be, no matter what the FBI finds or any political fallout.

I have not seen the emails the inspectors general sent to the FBI, but I have seen the Clinton emails, which are now in the public domain. They show Clinton sending or receiving emails to and from her confidante Sid Blumenthal and one of her State Department colleagues using her husband’s foundation’s server, and not a secure government server. These emails address the location of French jets approaching Libya, the location of no-fly zones over Libya and the location of Stevens in Libya. It is inconceivable that an American secretary of state failed to protect and secure this information.

But it is not inconceivable that she would lie about it.

Federal statutes provide for three categories of classified information. “Top secret” is data that, if revealed, could likely cause grave damage to national security. “Secret” is data that, if revealed, could likely cause serious damage to national security. “Confidential” is data that, if revealed, could likely cause some damage to national security. Her own daily calendars, which she regularly emailed about, are considered confidential.

Clinton has repeatedly denied ever sending or receiving data in any of these categories. She probably will argue that an email that fails to use the terminology of the statute cannot be deemed classified. Here the inspectors general have corrected her. It is the essence of the data in an email—its potential for harm if revealed—that makes its contents classified and the failure to protect it a crime, not the use of a magic word or phrase in the subject line.

She is no doubt lying again, just as she did to the Senate Armed Services Committee. Yet the question remains: Why did she use her husband’s foundation’s computer server instead of a government server, as the law requires? She did that so she could obscure what the server recorded and thus be made to appear different according to history from how she was in reality.

Why did she lie about all this? Because she thinks she can get away with it. Will American voters let her?

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Federal Judge: I Will Haul The IRS Commissioner Into Court and Personally Hold Him in Contempt Over Lerner Emails

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has been stonewalling Congress and the courts for more than a year over Lois Lerner’s “missing” emails. He’s also ignored court orders to produce documentation and now, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan has had enough.

During a hearing yesterday surrounding a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, Sullivan said he “will haul into court the IRS Commissioner to hold him personally into contempt” after the IRS failed to turn over ordered documentation to the Court. The information ordered included status reports and recovered emails belonging to former IRS official Lois Lerner. Sullivan also noted Department of Justice of attorneys are in the same position for failing to turn over ordered documentation. More details about the hearing from JW:

During the a status hearing today, Sullivan warned that the failure to follow his order was serious and the IRS and Justice Department’s excuses for not following his July 1 order were “indefensible, ridiculous, and absurd.” He asked the IRS’ Justice Department lawyer Geoffrey Klimas, “Why didn’t the IRS comply” with his court order and “why shouldn’t the Court hold the Commissioner of the IRS in contempt.” Judge Sullivan referenced his contempt findings against Justice Department prosecutors in the prosecution of late Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) and reminded the Justice Department attorney he had the ability to detain him for contempt. Warning he would tolerate no further disregard of his orders, Judge Sullivan said, “I will haul into court the IRS Commissioner to hold him personally into contempt.”

On July 1 Sullivan ordered the IRS to turn over 1800 emails by releasing them in batches each week. The IRS didn’t produce any emails until July 15, despite the court order. Those emails show Lerner worked with former IRS Commissioner Steven Miller to scrutinize conservative groups.

The new documents show that Lerner and other top officials in the IRS, including soon-to-be Acting IRS Commissioner Steve Miller, closely monitored and approved the controversial handling of tax-exempt applications by Tea Party organizations. The documents also show that at least one group received an inquiry from the IRS in order to buy time and keep the organization from contacting Congress.

“In a dramatic court hearing today, Judge Sullivan made it clear he would personally hold accountable the IRS Commissioner Koskinen and Justice Department attorneys for any further contempt of his court orders in Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuit,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. “The missing and-then-not missing Lois Lerner saga is a stark example of the Obama administration’s contempt for a federal court and the rule of law. That Obama administration officials would risk jail rather than disclose these Lerner documents shows that the IRS scandal has just gotten a whole lot worse.” 

Earlier this week, the House Oversight Committee sent a letter to President Obama demanding Koskinen be fired for obstruction of justice. Chairman Jason Chaffetz said if Koskinen isn’t fired, the House may move to impeach him.

Source: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2015/07/30/federal-judge-threatens-contempt-for-irs-commissioner-over-lois-lerners-lost-emails-n2032387

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#WomenBetrayed: Over 50 Cities To Hold Rallies Against Planned Parenthood Tuesday

Dan Fleuette

On Tuesday pro-lifers in more than 50 cities – and counting – will be rallying against Planned Parenthood under the banner of #WomenBetrayed in response to the gruesome undercover investigative videos released by the Center for Medical Progress over the past two weeks.

Two Planned Parenthood senior medical officials were exposed as they explained how the taxpayer funded organization performs abortions in such a way as to harvest aborted babies’ body parts to sell them to biomedical companies.

National pro-life group Students for Life of America (SFLA) and its partner organization Pro-Life Future have launched the #WomenBetrayed initiative which urges citizens across the nation to rally to demand their states investigate, prosecute and defund Planned Parenthood.

According to a press release, SFLA chose the title of the initiative, #WomenBetrayed, because “Planned Parenthood has betrayed the very patients – women and their children – who they claim to care about and have compassion for.”

“Women are supposed to help and support other women – not use them for profit and sell the body parts of their prenatal children,” said Kristan Hawkins, SFLA president. “Planned Parenthood gets a half a billion a year in taxpayer dollars. We are calling on every state and federal government to cut off those funds immediately and investigate Planned Parenthood for possible wrongdoing.”

In the first video from the Center for Medical Progress, Planned Parenthood senior medical director Dr. Deborah Nucatola discussed how she “crushes” certain parts of the baby in order to get desired organs intact to be available for sale to biomedical companies. A second video exposes another Planned Parenthood senior medical adviser appearing to negotiate the price of selling baby body parts to undercover citizen journalists she believed to be biomedical entrepreneurs.

According to SFLA, the content of these latest videos is “only the latest infraction in a long list of horrific behaviors, including the covering up of statutory rape, the overbilling taxpayers, the aiding and abetting sex traffickers, scheduling sex-selective abortions and accepting money to abort African American children.”

“Planned Parenthood had a net profit of $127 million in 2013-2014,” Hawkins continued. “Let them fundraise and support themselves like any other business in the country that isn’t deceiving women and making money off of taking the lives of the most vulnerable and selling their body parts.”

Brendan O’Morchoe, Director of Pro-Life Future, said the #WomenBetrayed initiative is proving successful.

“Within days of announcing the national rallies to our supporters, we already have over 50 cities who will be hosting a local rally to defund Planned Parenthood,” he said. “The outrage against taxpayer dollars funding Planned Parenthood is palpable. This is the time to defund them and Americans are going to make their voices heard on July 28.”

For a list of cities holding #WomenBetrayed rallies, visit http://www.womenbetrayed.com

Source: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/07/26/womenbetrayed-over-50-cities-to-hold-rallies-against-planned-parenthood-tuesday/

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Arms dealer: Obama DOJ prosecuting me to protect Hillary

NEW YORK – Defense filings in the Department of Justice prosecution of arms dealer Marc Turi allege the Obama administration is willing to prosecute an innocent man to cover up the role former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton played shipping weapons to Libya illegally in 2011.

A telephone interview with Turi’s defense counsel, Jean-Jacques Cabou of the law firm Perkins Coie LLP, led WND to an extensive review of the legal motions filed by the government and the defense in the Turi criminal case.

Cabou declined to answer specific questions WND posed, saying that rather than try the case in the media, he preferred to allow the legal motions filed by the defense to speak for themselves.

The background of the Turi prosecution, while complicated, is at the heart of an allegation made by Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano in a recent syndicated column. Napolitano charged Hillary Clinton, while secretary of state, lied when Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., asked her in a Senate committee hearing if the State Department had run guns illegally to Libyan rebels.

In the column, Napolitano said an interview of Turi by Fox News intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge and Fox News senior executive producer Pamela Browne led him to review emails to and from State Department and congressional officials during the years when Clinton was secretary of state.

Napolitano concluded it’s “beyond a reasonable doubt and to a moral certainty” that Hillary had conducted a “secret war” shipping arms to Libya illegally in 2011.

What Napolitano assumed as true was the central argument advanced by the Obama administration in the Turi prosecution: The weapons Turi shipped to Qatar were intended not for the use of the Qatar Army but to be diverted to Libya for use by the al-Qaida-affiliated militia attempting to overthrow Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

But Napolitano apparently missed the fact that if Turi is guilty as charged, Clinton is arguably innocent of illegally shipping weapons to Libyan al-Qaida-affiliated militia and of lying to Paul.

The fact that remains indisputable in this complex controversy is that weapons and ammunition in boxes marked “Qatar Army” were intercepted off the shore of Libya in 2011. Video published July 6 by WND showed Moussa Ibrahim, then Gadhafi’s information minister and official spokesman, displaying to reporters a seized cache of weapons and ammunition clearly marked as originating from the Qatar Army.

Court motions filed by Turi defense attorney Jean-Jacques Cabou contend that should Turi be acquitted, an elaborate plot will be exposed in which the Obama administration set up Turi to take the blame if the illegal shipment of weapons to Libya via Qatar in 2011 ever came to light.

The central question then at the heart of the Turi criminal prosecution is whether or not the Obama Department of Justice can prove Turi shipped the weapons to Qatar in 2011, and if he did, whether he knew they were intended to be diverted to Libya for the use of the al-Qaida-affiliated militia, in direct violation of State and Treasury Department prohibitions.

The DOJ indictment

On Feb. 11, 2011, the Department of Justice charged Turi, individually and through his company, Turi Defense Group, with attempting between February and July 2011 “to broker a substantial quantity of weapons – machine guns, sniper rifles, assault rifles, anti-tank rockets, rockets, and other high explosives and ammunition – to individuals in Libya, with knowledge such activities were prohibited by United States law enacted to protect the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States.”

The indictment charged that after the State Department denied Turi a brokering license to supply weapons to Libya, he submitted brokering applications to the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, “falsely listing Qatar and United Arab Emirates as the end users for weapons that were actually intended for individuals in Libya.”

This, the indictment charged, was in direct contravention of U.N. Security Council Resolution 170, passed Feb. 26, 2011. The resolution imposed an arms embargo on all member states to prevent “the immediate prospect” of a Gadhafi-led attempt “to slaughter rebel forces in Benghazi that would likely result in massive civilian casualties.”

The indictment cited U.S. law, 22 C.F.R. § 29.5(d), which specifies, “No brokering activities or brokering proposal may be carried out with respect to countries which are subject to United Nations Security Council arms embargoes.” It also cited features of the Arms Export Control Act, Title 22, U.S. Code, Section 2778, allowing the State Department, in concurrence with the Defense Department, to develop a list of weapons prohibited to ship to Libya, many of which were found in the 2011 seizure.

The indictment listed a series of communications between Turi, an Egyptian arms dealer residing in the United Kingdom identified only by the initials “Y.A.” and an individual working from Cyprus identified as “A.Y.” who was affiliated with a company importing and exporting Russian-origin petroleum products. Both figures were named as the “primary intermediaries” interceding between Turi and the Transitional National Council, TNC, in Libya, to arrange for the arms.

The DOJ indictment charged Turi had “made a material untrue statement and omitted a material fact required to be stated” when he applied to ship weapons to Qatar and the UAE.

“Marc Turi and Turi Defense Group then knew the actual intended end user” of the prohibited weapons being sent to Libya, the indictment said.

Turi’s defense

In various court motions, defense attorney Jean-Jacques Cabou asserted Turi shipped no weapons to Qatar.

Cabou strongly suggests the whole point of prosecuting Turi was to blame him for the weapons transfer, which he called a covert Obama administration gun-running operation that went wrong when Libya intercepted the weapons.

He noted Gadhafi spokesman Ibrahim suggested publicly that NATO countries were violating the U.N. resolution in an attempt to arm the Libyan al-Qaida-affiliated militia – then designated by the U.S. and the U.N. as “rebels” – in their attempt to oust Gadhafi.

In an initial motion to dismiss the case, filed July 23, 2014, Cabou noted that “in early 2011, while under contract with the Government for work in those countries, Mr. Turi requested State Department approval to conduct brokering discussions with allied entities and governments in Africa, including the National Transition Council of Libya, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.”

Cabou pointed out that such requests “are common in Mr. Turi’s business and are typically referred to as request for approval,” stressing that the outcome was that the State Department approved Turi’s requests for approval in Qatar and the UAE but turned down his request for Libya.

In bold print, the next sentence of the motion made Cabou’s key point: “In the end, however, no weapons were ever transferred pursuant to these requests. As is often the case in international arms trade, these deals did not come to fruition.”

Cabou continued to note that later in 2011, the U.S. government began investigating Turi for “still unknown reasons.”

“From then until now, the Government has searched Mr. Turi’s home, seizing computers and other electronic media, stopped him as he re-entered the country at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, seizing even more computers, and flown agents around the world to interview Mr. Turi’s associates in the brokering business and the intelligence community,” Cabou’s motion said.

‘Hillary shipped the weapons, not Turi’

In a motion filed Aug. 11, 2014, Cabou made clear his counter-claim that the government was seeking to frame his client by allowing him to think the Obama administration was in favor of a “plausible deniability” covert deal in which the illicit weapons would be shipped to Qatar and packaged as “Qatar Army” weapons manufactured outside the United States that were diverted to Libya without State Department approval.

In another sentence written in bold type for emphasis, the defense motion dated Aug. 11, 2014, stressed: “Public documents reveal that arms were in fact transshipped through Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to Libya, and that the U.S. Government may have provided support for those transactions.”

Cabou then demanded the discovery of government documents or other evidence that could prove the U.S. government had pursued a brokered-weapons deal through Qatar that involved “nearly identical” transactions to those the DOJ was accusing Turi of having executed.

In a letter dated Aug. 6, 2014, addressed to the U.S. attorney’s office in Phoenix, Cabou asked specifically for the following: “Any documents or other evidence relating to instances in which the United States assisted or considered assisting in any way, overtly or covertly, in the transportation, provision, acquisition, transfer, or transport of Defense articles to or from any person, entity, group of people, quasi-governmental entity, or government within the territory of Libya, Syria, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey or Jordan (these countries collectively here the ‘Covered Countries’) within the timeframe of 2010 to the date of the request.”

Cobou’s letter to the U.S. attorney in Arizona detailed that for Libya, Qatar and the UAE, “we have a good-faith basis to believe Defense Articles eventually did covertly enter Libya from Qatar and the United Arab Emirates and that the United States may have been involved.”

The term “Defense Articles” was a legal term used by Cabou to refer to weapons prohibited for transfer to Libya in 2011 under U.N. Security Council Resolution 170 and U.S. law that appears remarkably similar to the weapons display to the international press in 2011.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2015/07/2251045/#cGieqToXHZ0wd9AF.99

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‘You’ve been fleeced': Congress grills Kerry, Obama officials on Iran nuke deal

Secretary of State John Kerry found himself on the defensive Thursday at a Senate hearing where he was hard-pressed to find support for the Iran nuclear deal from either side of the aisle — and sharply sparred with Republicans who accused him of being “fleeced” and “bamboozled.” 

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing was the first on the controversial deal to lift economic and other sanctions in exchange for concessions of the Islamic state’s nuclear program. With Congress taking up the deal and expected to vote on it sometime in September, the hearing underscored the deep resistance the Obama administration faces from both parties.

“From my perspective, Mr. Secretary, I’m sorry … I believe you’ve been fleeced,” Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., told Kerry, claiming the agreement paves the path for Iran to eventually develop a nuclear bomb.

Critics repeatedly suggested the Obama administration’s negotiating team gave in to pressure from the Iranians on key points. They question whether sanctions indeed can be reinstated once they’re lifted; whether Iran might be able to stall international inspectors; and whether Iran might be closer to a weapon once the deal expires.

Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, said: “You guys have been bamboozled.” 

Kerry, though, vigorously defended the agreement, calling it “fantasy, plain and simple,” to think the United States failed to hold out for a better deal at the bargaining table.

“Let me underscore, the alternative to the deal we’ve reached isn’t what I’ve seen some ads on TV suggesting disingenuously,” he told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “It isn’t a quote better deal, some sort of unicorn arrangement involving Iran’s complete capitulation.” 

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz also said the deal is not “built on trust.” 

Some lawmakers tried to play referee when the hearing got heated. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said the remarks from Corker and Risch were “disrespectful and insulting.” 

“If you were bamboozled, the world has been bamboozled — that’s ridiculous,” Boxer told Kerry.

Kerry still had to contend with skeptical Democrats, notably Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., who questioned whether the language in the deal is tough enough and like Corker said the deal aids Iran in building an “industrial-scale” nuclear program.

Kerry earlier warned that Iran will not come back to the negotiating table to pursue a new deal, voicing frustration that: “We’ve got 535 secretaries of state.” 

The hearing comes as lawmakers raise new concerns about alleged secret “side deals” struck with Tehran over its nuclear program.

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., first brought attention to them Tuesday, saying they learned from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that there were two “side deals” between Iran and the IAEA.

According to the lawmakers, one agreement covers inspection of the Parchin military complex, and the other concerns potential military aspects of Iran’s nuclear program. On the former, they said, Iran would be able to strike a separate arrangement with the IAEA concerning inspections at Parchin.

House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell joined Cotton and Pompeo in sending a letter to President Obama on Wednesday requesting that the agreements be made available to Congress so that they can be reviewed.

“We request you transmit these two side agreements to Congress immediately so we may perform our duty to assess the many important questions related to the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action],” the letter says.

National Security Adviser Susan Rice, while defending the overall nuclear agreement, appeared to acknowledge the existence of the side deals on Wednesday. She said the matter of the Iran nuclear program’s “possible military dimensions” (PMD) has long been an issue between Iran and the IAEA. She said they “negotiated and concluded an agreement to deal with this issue of PMD, which was one of the major sticking points in our dealings.” 

She added: “These documents are not public, but nonetheless, we have been briefed on those documents, we know their contents, we’re satisfied with them and we will share the contents of those briefings in full in a classified session with the Congress. So there’s nothing in that regard that we know that they won’t know.” 

Pompeo also asked Kerry about the secret deals in a briefing Wednesday and said afterwards that Kerry “confirmed that there were in fact side deals and himself had not seen the agreement.” 

“I was incredibly surprised to learn there were components of the deal that Congress was not going to be privy to,” Pompeo said, adding that he had expected that American negotiators would have demanded to see the side deals being cut.

The letter to Obama expressed concern that Congress was being kept in the dark.

“Most troubling, Iran and the IAEA reached agreement to resolve issues related to research at Parchin, but Congress will not have the ability to review this agreement, nor will we know the results of the IAEA’s assessment until December 15,” the letter says.

It goes on to request access to the side deals so that Congress can effectively review the deal as a whole:

“Failure to produce these two side agreements leaves Congress blind on critical information regarding Iran’s potential path to being a nuclear power and will have detrimental consequences for the ability of members to assess the JCPOA,” the letter says.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/07/22/republicans-call-on-obama-to-reveal-side-deals-in-iran-nuke-agreement/

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Obama’s New Gun Ban Will Affect 4.2 Million People

Obama will try to control guns any way he can. This is another back door to take guns from private ownership. This is more of the continuous attack on the Second Amendment. He is now going after retired folks on Social Security….

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This is obscene, unethical and unconstitutional in the extreme. This is definitely one of the most evil and despicable moves I have seen to date. Basically, it comes down to this, either you can have your Social Security, which you have paid into your whole life, or you can have your guns. The day after a massacre in Chattanooga, Tennessee is committed by a radical Islamist, where four Marines and a Navy officer are gunned down, Obama made this move. The timing is not a coincidence. This will effect 4.2 million Americans. If they deem you of “marked subnormal intelligence, or mental illness, incompetency, condition, or disease,” they will come after your weapons. And this is an issue that the NRA bought into years ago and I warned about. Allowing a carve out for mental illness has allowed the eradication of our Constitutional rights. Those are very, very vague definitions and will be used as fodder against us, trust me. The ban also covers anyone who has their finances handled by other members of their family if they are on Social Security. Have you had enough yet? Because, I know I have.

From Mad World News:

While America was distracted with the attack on helpless victims who were not allowed to be armed at their military recruitment center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, President Obama made a move to take guns away from more lawful citizens.

The gun-grabbing left refuses to learn the obvious importance of self-defense, regardless of how many opportunities thugs and terrorists provide. In a sweeping move to rip weapons from 4.2 million law-abiding citizens, our country’s Commander-in-Chief flips off the Second Amendment once again. This time, he plans to disarm feeble people who could benefit from it the most — aging Americans.

The LA Times reported Saturday that Obama is “seeking tighter controls over firearm purchase by banning Social Security beneficiaries from owing guns,” if it’s determined by loose measures that they are mentally incapable of managing their own business. This would apply to all elderly people who has certain affairs taken care of for them, which could affect millions of some of the most vulnerable citizens in the U.S.

These victims of Obama’s anti-Second Amendment agenda aren’t drug addicts, convicted felons, or illegal aliens. They are people who worked and paid into the system for years, and now in the twilight of their lives they could be ripped of their right to protect themselves from intruders who target the elderly. There are many reasons why a friend, family member, or hired caretaker may be given fiduciary responsibility over an older person, but that wouldn’t be taken into account when it comes to taking away guns from people who need them.

The convoluted legal language on the proposed restriction simply indicates that it would apply to a broad spectrum of Social Security claimants, including anyone with “marked subnormal intelligence, or mental illness, incompetency, condition, or disease.” But by their own admission, they acknowledged that there is no easy way to identify who qualifies as part of that group, other than a “strategy” used by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, and we’ve all come to learn how ineffective that organization is. In addition, if they don’t give their guns up, they can say goodbye to their benefits.

This approach by the Obama administration is the swiftest way for them to take away gun rights from the most people in one swoop, not to mention they’re financially holding them hostage for their firearms. If this move goes through, the most susceptible group of citizens to crime, who are also reliant on the government for they’re monthly checks, will lose their benefits if they don’t relinquish their right to bear arms. The fact that the chance of recourse is slim to none, makes it all the more enticing for the administration.

Obama is going after the largest segment of the population – retiring baby boomers. He’s using a tactic that was used by Hitler in Nazi Germany and by communists in the Soviet Union. It’s the use of psychiatry as a soft enforcement arm of the federal government. The Nazis began a huge propaganda campaign against mentally and physically disabled Germans. They did not fit into the Nazi stereotype of the pure Aryan, that is physically fit with an obedient mind to serve the Reich. In addition, they were viewed as a burden on society, as they were unable to work and drained resources from the state. Sound familiar? Now, Obama is making similar moves against the retired and elderly. You can either starve or be a casualty of crime in Obama’s new and improved regime. Either way, the feds win. Either you die off saving them money and resources or you are disarmed and stand a good chance of being eliminated by criminals sanctioned by the State. This is massive extortion against Americans, attempting to force them into relinquishing their Second Amendment rights and into giving up their guns. To this I say,“Aw, nuts!”

http://patriotupdate.com/2015/07/obamas-new-gun-ban-will-affect-4-2-million-people/

 

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Remembering The Heroes Killed in Chattanooga

Editors Note: The laws need to be immediately changed to allow at least designated men or women on all domestic and foreign military bases or offices to be armed. The idea in this day and age when ISIS has sworn a jihad against Americas Military that our military can not be trusted to carry loaded weapons to defend themselves is unacceptable. If America can put their trust in her military to conduct war against Americas enemies around the world then they should also be trusted to protect themselves in America proper. How many more veterans must be slaughtered on American soil before Americas politicians wake up and realize that they is a war going on right here in our country and helpless members of our military are being put at risk because they are unarmed in a hostile environment.

If there ever was a time for ALL Americans to demand from their elected officials to change this status quo it is NOW! If you don’t do your part then the next time members of Americas Military are murdered in America you have a part in their death! [TS]

The identities of all four US Marines killed in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Thursday have been released. On Friday, the Marine Corps issued a statement:

It is with deep regret and heartfelt sorrow that the Marine Corps can officially confirm that the following Marines were killed on July 16, 2015, at the combined Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee:Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan (USMC) of Hampden, Massachusetts
Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt (USMC) of Burke, North Carolina
Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist (USMC) of Polk, Wisconsin
Lance Cpl. Squire K. Wells (USMCR) of Cobb, Georgia

Among the fallen were highly decorated combat veterans (Gunnery Sgt. Sullivan) and newly enlisted recruits (Lance Cpl. Wells) — although all four men in uniform were active-duty service members. And while entitled to US government benefits as a result of their active-duty status, that alone cannot assuage the pain and grief of their families. On Friday, Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin gave a moving rundown of who these men were, and why their deaths will be so keenly felt by their families, their unit, and the nation at large. Follow the link above to watch the clip.

So terribly, terribly sad. God bless these brave men — and their families.

UPDATE: Just awful:

The U.S. Navy says a sailor who was shot in the attack on a military facility in Chattanooga has died, raising the death toll to five people. …The Navy statement did not give the sailor’s name. He was identified by family as Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith, a reservist serving on active duty in Chattanooga.

Source: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/danieldoherty/2015/07/18/remembering-the-chattanooga-four-n2026880

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Milk Toast American’s

Dear Editor:

Milk Toast Americans is a term that explains the attitude of the majority of Americans today. Milk toast was a bland food given to me that caused minimal damage to my upset stomach.

I am left to wonder how many Milk Toast Americans George Washington had to deal with when he decided to cross the Delaware River on December 25, 1776. During that fateful Christmas night, did he have many who said “WOW that water is cold!!” or “The river looks awfully fast and dangerous to me”. Of course we can’t forget, “Do I see a chunk of ice?”

Let’s jump forward 239 years. I am 1 of 1000’s of volunteers working with a nonpartisan grassroots group to reshape Congress via a Constitutional Amendment. Washington and Jefferson foresaw a time that serving this great country would no longer be a burden. They wanted Term Limits included in the original document however they were overridden by those with no vision, this opened a door to robber barons similar to the ones we have in Congress today. Even though the current congressional approval rating is less than 15% nearly 90% are reelected. It is obvious the system is broke. However our founding fathers were intelligent enough to give us a means to change this. Today’s US Congress will have no say in it. We are using Article 5 of the existing constitution to pass Term Limits on congress by approaching all 50 individual State Legislatures. This will become law when 38 of the 50 Legislatures agree.

Don’t be a Milk Toast American, step up and be counted by signing the petition (either electronic or by paper). In closing I implore you to get on your computer, open any of the links and message us.

Website: http://www.termlimitsforuscongress.com/
Texas State Facebook Page: www.Facebook.com/TermLimitsforUSCongressTexas

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Welcome To Re Education Camps!

Wow, welcome to “reeducation camp”! If you disagree with our government and are vocal about it, you need psychological counseling. I’m both mad and sad. Freedom may be dead after all.

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2015/07/obamas-america-liberal-judge-orders-obama-critic-to-psychological-counseling/

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Iran deal announced, gets over $100 billion in sanctioned assets

Announced this morning, a deal with Iran. There are details that have yet to be revealed. But, it seems that this administration has caved on inspections. The president claimed this morning that inspections would prevent Iran from making a bomb. He did not however say that in order for an inspection to take place, the IAEA has to request the inspection and Iran has 14 days to reply to the request. From past history, we know Iran I very good at moving and hiding things from inspectors. Obama also stated in his speech that he welcomes debate over this deal in congress, however, any bill to try to alter it would be vetoed. This deal is a loser…….EB

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani declared that his nation’s “prayers have come true.” The rest of us have to wonder if our worst nightmares may soon be fulfilled. The P5+1 group and Iran announced that they have reached a deal in which Iran will have all sanctions lifted in exchange for a 10-year pause in their pursuit of nuclear weapons, an agreement that will give them almost immediate access to over $100 billion in frozen assets abroad:

Iran reached a landmark nuclear agreement with the U.S. and five other world powers, a long-sought foreign policy goal of the Obama administration that sets the White House on course for months of political strife with dissenters in Congress and in allied Middle Eastern nations.

The accord, which comes after a decade of diplomatic efforts that frequently appeared on the verge of collapse, aims to prevent Iran from producing nuclear weapons in exchange for sanctions relief.

Not only will Iran get access to its frozen assets, it can now start selling its oil openly on the market. That will ramp up its economy — but also put a lot of fresh cash into the hands of the same government that funds terrorism around the region. Is the deal so airtight that its prevention of nuclear proliferation is worth that tradeoff? Even that equation depends on what Iran has to do to have its prayers answered, and how well those moves can be verified:

Iran must take an array of specific steps. It must disable two-thirds of its centrifuge machines used to enrich uranium, which can be used as fuel for nuclear energy or nuclear weapons. It must slash its stockpile of enriched uranium and redesign its nuclear reactor in the city of Arak so that it produces less plutonium, which can also be used in a weapon.

Oil-rich Iran has always insisted its nuclear program is for entirely peaceful purposes, such as producing electricity and medical isotopes.

After years of stalling, Iran also must disclose information on its past nuclear activities, which many Western officials believe was aimed at gaining nuclear weapons know-how. Iran must provisionally implement an agreement giving United Nations inspectors much broader access to sites inside the country and eventually get parliamentary approval for that agreement.

Provisionally implement? And what kind of inspections will Iran allow? Unless inspectors are allowed to go anywhere at any time, including military facilities, the inspection regime will be worthless. Let’s not forget that Iran has a long history of hiding its activities from IAEA inspectors, and throwing them out when they got too close to the actual work being done on nuclear weapons.

Omri Ceren, who has been watching these negotiations closely, e-mails that the US retreated from their inspection regime demands:

[P]olitically the coverage will be dominated by the concessions made over the last two weeks – and those were more or less already known as of last night. Reuters confirmed that the administration has collapsed on anytime-anywhere inspections in the broad sense, and more specifically the deal will allow Iran to have a voice in which Iranian sites get inspected. Lawmakers understand the importance of anytime-anywhere inspections: it was the administration, after all, that for many months told Congress that anytime-anywhere inspections were an achievable goal that would make up for concessions elsewhere on centrifuges, facilities, and so on. Meanwhile voters, for understandable reasons, overwhelmingly believe Congress should reject any deal where Iran has a role in overseeing itself.

The Free Beacon’s Adam Kredo reports that the US caved on a number of points, but especially on inspections:

Sanctions also will be lifted on Iran, including those on the country’s banks and financial sectors, which have long supported Iran’s nuclear program as well as its sponsorship of international terror groups.

In one of the more controversial concessions made by the Obama administration, a United Nations’ embargo on arms also will be lifted within around five years as part of the deal, according to multiple reports. A similar embargo on the construction of ballistic missiles, which could carry a nuclear payload, also will expire in around eight years under the deal.

Initial readings of the deal also indicate that Iran will be given the right to veto so-called “anywhere, anytime” inspections of Iranian nuclear sites. This concession has caused concern that Tehran will be able to continue obfuscating its nuclear work and potentially continue in secret along the pathway to a bomb.

Iran also will be permitted for a time to keep its military sites off limits to inspectors, who have long been unable to confirm the past dimensions and scope of Iran’s nuclear weapons work.

With these concessions, Iran may well be able to keep plugging away on nuclear weapons right under the noses of the P5+1. Estimates put Iran around a year away from manufacturing a workable weapon. If IAEA inspectors can’t access military sites even for a brief time, then it won’t take too much effort to complete the process and end up with a nuclear device. The first time we’ll find out about it will be when the Iranians test the device … either in Iran, or in Tel Aviv. Of course, they may wait until Year Eight to put it on a ballistic missile, but that assumes (a) they need a ballistic missile to hit Tel Aviv, and (b) they wait eight years to build a missile. What’s to stop them, without military-site inspections?

The anytime-anywhere inspections were supposed to be non-negotiable. Even the Obama administration knew that; they had told Congress at the beginning of the process that this would be a deal-breaker for the US. Instead, Barack Obama and John Kerry tossed it aside to get their piece of paper. The only possible way to view this is the beginning of a long retreat by the US from the region, and don’t think for a moment that our allies don’t recognize it.

 http://hotair.com/archives/2015/07/14/iran-deal-announced-gets-over-100-billion-in-sanctioned-assets/

 

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Gowdy reveals subpoena Clinton claims she ‘never had’

House Republicans investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, on Wednesday released a March subpoena issued to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, one day after she said in a nationally televised interview that she “never had a subpoena” in the email controversy.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the Benghazi panel, said he had “no choice” but to make the subpoena public “in order to correct the inaccuracy” of Clinton’s claim.

Clinton told CNN on Monday that she “never had a subpoena,” adding: “Everything I did was permitted by law and regulation.” 

Gowdy said the committee issued the March 4 subpoena to Clinton personally after learning the full extent of her use of private emails while serving as secretary of state.

Regardless of whether a subpoena was issued, “Secretary Clinton had a statutory duty to preserve records from her entire time in office, and she had a legal duty to cooperate with and tell the truth to congressional investigators requesting her records going back to September of 2012,” Gowdy said in a statement.

The dispute over the subpoena is the latest flashpoint in an increasingly partisan investigation by the House panel, which was created to probe the September 2012 attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador.

Gowdy and other Republicans have complained that Clinton and the State Department have not been forthcoming with release of her emails and note that the State Department has said it cannot find in its records all or part of 15 work-related emails from Clinton’s private server.

The emails all pre-date the assault on the U.S. diplomatic facility and consist mainly of would-be intelligence reports passed to Clinton by longtime political confidant Sidney Blumenthal, officials said.

Gowdy has said the missing emails raise “serious questions” about Clinton’s decision to erase her personal server, especially before it could be analyzed by an independent third-party arbiter.

A Clinton campaign spokesman has said she turned over 55,000 pages of materials to the State Department, “including all emails in her possession from Mr. Blumenthal.”

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/07/09/benghazi-panel-chair-releases-clinton-subpoena-counters-claim-never-had-one/

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Haley’s Charleston response, Confederate flag stand spark VP talk

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s response to the Charleston massacre, highlighted by her call to remove the Confederate flag from statehouse grounds, has thrust her back into the national spotlight and re-ignited talk about what role she might play in the 2016 race.

Not only is she poised to be a powerful surrogate, but already there’s chatter she could make a solid running mate for one of the 16 expected Republican presidential candidates.

“She’d be on anybody’s list,” former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told Fox News on Tuesday. “She’s done a terrific job in South Carolina.”

Haley has been a high-profile Republican since she won the governorship as part of the 2010 Tea Party wave.

But her call to remove the Confederate battle flag after a white gunman fatally shot nine black victims June 17 inside an historic African-American church in Charleston, S.C., saw her play a national leadership role in the party as prominent GOP figures joined her. The Republican National Committee, South Carolina’s U.S. senators and several 2016 GOP candidates also called for the flag’s removal — despite many Southerners’ belief that the flag is part of their heritage, not a symbol of white supremacy.

Haley, an Indian-American and the state’s first female governor, insists her call to remove the flag was deeply personal and beyond politics, repeatedly telling reporters she couldn’t “look her children in the face” while allowing the flag to fly.

But in a presidential campaign season, the political implications are unavoidable.

Juleanne Glover, who has worked on Republican presidential campaigns for Arizona Sen. John McCain and Steve Forbes and is now a senior adviser for the international firm Teneo Strategy, agrees that Haley could be a top vice presidential pick.

But she also argues Haley could play a far bigger role in the White House race that would begin much earlier than when candidates pick a running mate in summer 2016.

Glover suggested Tuesday that Haley’s backing and physical presence at campaign stops across early-voting South Carolina could make or break a candidate’s White House bid and that her voice on such topics as women’s issues, education reform and long-term immigration policy could “create a platform for 2016.”

“She could play a pivotal role in all of these issues and in the future of the party,” Glover said. “She’s an American success story with a biographical narrative that lends itself to a larger, inspirational story. Friends who know her well have always been evangelical about her potential. They are not surprised.”

The decision by Haley, an elected official, to end her previous support for the flag, which was moved from atop the state capitol dome in 2000, indeed put her at the forefront of the issue.

However, she was not the first high-profile Republican to speak out.

Haley made the announcement, amid mounting public outcry, five days after the incident and three days after 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and 2016 GOP candidate Jeb Bush called it a symbol of racism.

Within the crowded GOP field, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham support the flag being taken down, while Huckabee and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum have not taken a specific public stance, though Huckabee has said he salutes Haley for speaking out.

As a female and a minority official, the 43-year-old Haley indeed has the potential to become a major figure in the new guard of the Republican Party.

But some political observers suggest she is still a work in progress.

Halley was elected last year to a second term with roughly 56 percent of the vote, the largest margin of victory for a South Carolina gubernatorial candidate in 24 years. But she won in an overwhelmingly Republican state and would likely need to broaden her appeal to be selected as a running mate.

In addition, the former state legislator, who has an accounting degree from Clemson University, has largely focused on job growth and state economic development and less on race and women’s issues.

And she has occasionally clashed with Democrats and Republicans alike in the state legislature.

Haley upset black Democrats in part over her refusal to expand Medicaid under ObamaCare and for supporting a state voter-identification law they consider discriminatory.

However, the week before the Charleston church killings, Haley signed into a law a bill requiring police officers to wear body cameras that was championed by state Democratic state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, killed while leading a bible study inside the church.

She also got support from Pinckney, an ardent progressive, for an economic-development plan to dredge the Savannah River.

Still, College of Charleston political Professor Kendra Stewart said Haley has perhaps an even more “contentious” relationship with the GOP-controlled legislature, with which she has clashed over spending, ethics reform and state agency control.

Stewart said Haley also has offended assembly leaders by criticizing them publicly and vetoing their legislation, which has resulted in efforts to override her vetoes.

Glover thinks Haley has had to battle with the old guard in both parties to achieve her political goals but acknowledges “some of the legislative tussles have not always helped burnished her image.”

Another big issue is simply the political calculations of picking any vice presidential candidate — which includes such factors as the Democrats’ presidential nominee and whether the GOP nominee is, for example, a strong conservative or more of a moderate who would gain wider appeal with somebody like Haley.

Stewart suggests that Haley’s odds increase if Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination or if an East Coast moderate like Christie is the Republican choice.

“If Clinton wins, it would be wise for Republicans to have a female or non-white male on the ballot,” Stewart said. “She’s very appealing to the Republican Party’s more conservative base. She would add some strength to that part of the ticket.”
Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/07/04/haleys-call-to-remove-confederate-flag-sparks-talk-about-vice-presidential/?intcmp=latestnews

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Five Lies About Hillary’s Secret Emails

Let’s review a handful of false statements and claims offered by Hillary Clinton, her lawyers, and her supporters, pertaining to the secret email scandal that continues to unfold:

(1) CLAIM: After the existence of the “home brew” email server was revealed, Hillary turned over all work-related emails to the State Department from her private server, deleting only personal emails — including missives about “yoga routines,” “family vacations,” and “planning Chelsea’s wedding.”

REALITY: Records prove that among the 30,000-plus emails deleted by Hillary’s team were notes regarding Benghazi and other Libya-related policies. Congressional investigators have no idea what else may have been unilaterally erased without independent supervision.  What we know for certain is that some number of official emails were permanently deleted, not handed over to State, as claimed. (Bonus lie: Team Hillary initially claimed that emails were automatically flagged for deletion using a keyword search mechanism. They later changed their story, averring that they’d reviewed every individual email — which means they necessarily eliminated emails they actively knew were not personal in nature).

(2) CLAIM:  Hillary set up a secret email server in her home as a means to simplify her life; she needed this arrangement to streamline all of her emails onto one mobile device.

REALITY: Records prove that Hillary used multiple mobile devices to send and receive emails.  This revelation caused her entire explanation to “crumble at her feet.”  Her initial excuse-making made little sense from the get-go.  How is paying someone to set up an entire private email system a simplification?  (Bonus lie: Clinton initially claimed that all of her work-related emails were intact because the aides with whom she corresponded uniformly used .gov accounts, the contents of which were archived.  In fact, several top aides were revealed to have also used private email accounts to conduct official business, and the State Department was shown to have extremely shoddy archiving practices anyway.  And that was all before the Sidney Blumenthal emails came to light, blowing up claim #1 above).

(3) CLAIM: Clinton’s lawyers stated that with the exception of a few days at the very beginning of the Obama administration, Hillary Clinton exclusively used one email address through her private server.

REALITY: Records prove that Mrs. Clinton used multiple email addresses, including one that her team had explicitly told Congressional investigators did not exist while she was at State.  The evidence contradicts this assertion.  Also, the latest batch of released emails (which, again, intentionally excludes tens of thousands emails hand-selected for destruction by Clinton’s attorneys) reveals a third account:

(4) CLAIM: Top White House officials say they had no idea that Mrs. Clinton was operating a private email server and using it for officials tasks.

REALITY: David Axelrod has some explaining to do, as may others:

Emails released Tuesday by the State Department show that former W.H. advisor David Axelrod knew Hillary Clinton had a private account despite recent claims. According to the latest batch, two email chains show Axelrod did indeed correspond with the then-secretary of state — once in June, 2009 and again in July, 2009. The emails contradict recent comments by Axelrod to MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, in which he said he would have “asked a few questions” and shared his “concerns” had he known about Clinton’s private email account and server. Axelrod made the statements in a June 17 appearance after former White House chief of staff Bill Daley told “Meet The Press” that he didn’t know anything about Clinton’s private email during his time in the White House.

He might be able to insist that he wasn’t paying attention to the address from which her emails were sent, but one correspondence shows Axelrod actively seeking her email address:

(5) CLAIM: Hillary Clinton “fully complied” with ” every rule” regarding official email correspondence and archiving.

REALITYNo, she didn’t.  Not even close.  (Bonus point: In light of the unprecedented and potentially disastrous OPM hack at the hands of the Chinese, it is clearer than ever that foreign intelligence services accessed Mrs. Clinton’s emails with relative ease; her server was woefully under-secured, especially given the sensitivity of its contents.  Hillary’s response to credible allegations that she recklessly endangered national security for selfish political reasons is mind-blowingly silly.  Either she’s lying again, or she has no idea how the Internet works.  Or both).

Source: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2015/07/02/five-lies-about-hillarys-secret-emails-n2020062

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Ruling Supports Tax Credits for Health Insurance

Health Care Reform:

Health Insurance & Affordable Care Act

aca alert

By Lisa Zamosky and Bara Vaida

Reviewed by Sarah Goodell

WebMD Health News

June 25, 2015 — Millions of people who received tax credits to pay for health insurance will get to keep them.

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the tax credits, offered on Affordable Care Act insurance policies sold through Healthcare.gov, are legal.

The Court’s decision protects health insurance coverage for nearly 6.4 million Americans with low-to-moderate income in 34 states who are relying on tax credits to afford health insurance.

A decision saying the tax credits were illegal could have sent insurance markets into “sheer chaos,” says Linda Blumberg, senior fellow with the Urban Institute.

The case, King vs. Burwell, centered on one clause in the Affordable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare”), the health insurance law that set up the Marketplaces. The language says tax credits are available to people who enroll in health insurance “through an Exchange established by the state.” The law’s challengers said this meant that people from states that did not set up their own marketplaces weren’t eligible for the credits.

The Supreme Court disagreed by a ruling of 6-3.

“The combination of no tax credits and an ineffective coverage requirement could well push a State’s individual insurance market into a death spiral,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority opinion. “It is implausible that Congress meant the Act to operate in this manner.”

“Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,” Roberts wrote.

This ruling allows the Affordable Care Act to continue without interruption.

“It’s all systems go,” says John Desser, vice president of government affairs for online insurance broker eHealth.

Just after the ruling was issued, supporters outside the Supreme Court building began chanting: “ACA is here to stay.”

“Health care is not a privilege for a few, but a right for all,” President Barack Obama said after the ruling was issued.

The law, he said, is working as it’s supposed to — and in many ways, better than expected to.

“We’ve got more work to do, but what we’re not going to do is unravel what is now woven into the fabric of America,” he said.

“The polling is pretty clear that while there are things about this law that people aren’t happy with, they didn’t want these markets destroyed,” Blumberg said after the ruling. “People who are getting the financial assistance so they can afford coverage are glad to be getting it.”

Not everyone agreed with the Court’s decision, though.

“Who is going to pay for these subsidies? All of us,” said Bob Coslett, 80, from Rockville, MD, who was among those gathered outside the Court on Thursday. “I’m afraid the costs of health care are going to go up for my children and grandchildren because of this decision.”

“I disagree with the Court’s ruling and believe they have once again erred in trying to correct the mistakes made by President Obama,” tweeted Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a GOP presidential candidate. “I remain committed to repealing this bad law and replacing it. We need Consumer Care, not ObamaCare.”

Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in a scathing dissenting opinion: “Words no longer have meaning if an Exchange that is not established by a State is ‘established by the State’ … We should start calling this law SCOTUSCare.”

Keeping Insurance Markets Stable

Experts worried that a decision in favor of the law’s challengers would have wreaked havoc in insurance markets as millions of people lost financial assistance. According to data from the Department of Health and Human Services, 87% of people who purchased a plan through Healthcare.gov in 2015 received financial assistance. Without the subsidies, experts say the majority of people couldn’t afford their insurance and would be forced to drop their current policies.

“If one of the main barriers to getting insurance coverage was affordability, then I suspect anybody getting a subsidy that isn’t in the middle of treatment might be forced to drop,” Dresser says.

The average tax credit is $263-$272 per month in states without their own Exchange, reducing  premiums by more than 70%, according to an analysis by Kaiser Family Foundation. Without tax credits, individuals would pay an average of 287% more for a plan purchased through Healthcare.gov.

As people drop coverage, insurance pools over time would disproportionately include sick people. That, in turn, would drive premiums higher for everyone.

“Once you start pulling this big bulk of predominantly healthy, low-income people out of the insurance pool, it affects the risk pool in the non-group marketplace as a whole,” Blumberg says.

A decision favoring the law’s challengers would have also caused prices to rise by weakening the law’s individual mandate, or the requirement to have health insurance. Without tax credits, millions of Americans would have become exempt because they’d no longer be able to afford insurance.

The penalty for not having health insurance doesn’t apply when someone is unable to find an insurance policy that costs less than 8% of their family’s income, says Kev Coleman, head of research & data with HealthPocket, Inc.

More Challenges Ahead?

Obama and members of his administration said before the ruling they had no alternate plans should the Supreme Court rule against them. The responsibility, they said, would have fallen to Congress and state officials.

This is the second major Supreme Court challenge the Affordable Care Act has faced. And experts say that while this one posed the biggest threat, it’s not the last lawsuit “Obamacare” will see.

 

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IRS Finds 6,400 New Lois Lerner Emails…Gives DUMBEST EXCUSE YET For Not Releasing Them

The Internal Revenue Service found 6,400 more Lois Lerner emails — but they’re not handing them over in court.

The IRS’ latest excuses are nothing short of infuriating.

Department of Justice lawyers Geoffrey J. Klimas and Stephanie Sasarak, acting as counsel for the IRS, submitted a U.S. District Court filing June 12 in the case Judicial Watch v. Internal Revenue Service. The court filing, provided to The Daily Caller, claims the IRS received new Lerner emails from the Treasury Department’s inspector general (TIGTA) but can’t fork over the emails to Judicial Watch, a nonprofit group suing to get the emails. Why? Because the IRS is busy making sure that none of the emails are duplicates  – you know, so as not to waste anyone’s time.

However, the inspector general already made sure that none of the emails were duplicates, so the IRS’ latest excuse falls flat. Here are takeaways from the court filing.

TIGTA gave the IRS 6,400 Lerner emails that they recovered from backup tapes:

“On April 23, 2015, TIGTA provided approximately 6,400 forensically-recovered emails to the Service,” Klimas and Sasarak wrote. “Certain of the emails forensically recovered by TIGTA were not readable, or not entirely readable, as initially provided to the Service. TIGTA subsequently provided some of these documents to the Service in readable form on May 8 and June 1, 2015. To date, TIGTA has not provided any other recovered emails to the Service.”

TIGTA already checked for duplicate emails:

“Prior to providing the Service with the approximately 6,400 forensically-recovered emails, TIGTA identified and removed emails which appear to be duplicates of those which the Service has already produced to the Congressional Committees or were duplicates of other recovered emails.”

As TheDC reported, the inspector general needed some kind of special software to make sure the emails weren’t duplicates, then they received the software, so the “checking for duplicates” explanation should have been put to rest.

But the IRS is going to go ahead and do some “deduplication” anyway, just to make sure TIGTA de-duplicated correctly:

“Such emails are also duplicates of those the Service has already retrieved in connection with responding to the FOIA requests at issue in this case. The Service is in the process of conducting further manual deduplication of the 6,400 forensically-recovered emails to supplement the automated deduplication conducted by TIGTA. TIGTA also is further reviewing the 6,400 emails to verify that they were not already produced to the Congressional Committees by the Service.”

The deduplication might take a long time:

“The emails which TIGTA has recovered, and any additional emails that TIGTA may recover and provide to the Service, could affect the Service’s ability to complete its review and production of Lerner communications by September 2015.”

The IRS isn’t going to start de-duplicating the emails it has until AFTER it reviews “Lerner communications which were not forensically recovered.” In other words, they’re going to review Lerner emails that they DON’T HAVE before they look at the ones that they DO have:

“The Service expects to begin processing and reviewing the recovered emails immediately following its review and production of Lerner communications which were not forensically recovered. At this time, the Service is unable to estimate when it will finish processing and reviewing the forensically-recovered emails.”

Why can’t they just turn over all the emails and let Judicial Watch or the congressional committees “de-duplicate” them? Who cares if they hand over duplicates? Is the House Oversight Committee going to get angry because the IRS accidentally gave them two copies of the same email? Of course not!

Judicial Watch isn’t buying it. The group’s president Tom Fitton told TheDC in an exclusive statement that he’s not giving up.

“Even though TIGTA already identified and removed emails that are duplicates, the IRS is in ‘the process of conducting further manual deduplication of the 6,400′ emails, rather than reviewing them in response to Judicial Watch’s FOIA requests that are more than 2 years old now,” Fitton said. “Our legal team will continue pursuing all necessary and available legal options to hold the IRS accountable for its flagrant abuse of power.”

Meanwhile, as TheDC reported, DOJ lawyers tried to shut down the search for Lois Lerner’s missing backup tapes, which were only located recently at a storage facility in West Virginia.

The legal advocacy group Cause of Action is also encountering ridiculous excuses in its own lawsuit to get Lerner’s emails. Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew, Obama’s former White House chief of staff, seized all of the emails that went back and forth between the IRS and the White House and won’t hand them over, arguing that since confidential taxpayer information was illegally disclosed in the emails, then it would be illegal to make the emails public – since they have confidential taxpayer information in them. Get it?

Source: http://dailycaller.com/2015/06/14/irs-finds-6400-new-lois-lerner-emails-gives-dumbest-excuse-yet-for-not-releasing-them/

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Dems: Increase Domestic Spending, Then We’ll Support Troops

Dems: Increase Spending, Then We'll Support Troops

Democrats in Congress are raising the risk of a U.S. government shutdown this year as the latest spending standoff focuses on a high-stakes target: the annual Defense Department policy bill, usually backed by large majorities.

Democrats are using the bill authorizing funds for military troop levels and equipment to argue for an agreement to increase spending on domestic programs above budget limits Congress enacted in 2011.

Republicans say President Obama has drawn a politically perilous line by threatening to veto the defense measure.

“At a time of grave threats to our nation, these Democrat leaders think it’s a good idea to hold brave servicemen and servicewomen hostage to partisan demands for more waste at the IRS and bigger congressional office budgets for themselves,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said Wednesday on the Senate floor in Washington.

A two-year, bipartisan government spending agreement expires Sept. 30. At that point, automatic spending cuts Congress enacted in 2011 would take effect — equally affecting defense and non-defense programs — unless lawmakers agree on a new plan.

Obama and congressional Democrats say the shrinking federal budget deficit means there’s room to spend. They oppose Republicans’ decision to use emergency war funds to circumvent the 2011 limits on defense spending.

Democrats say they will oppose the annual government spending bills unless funding is increased. They contend that Republicans’ refusal to negotiate on that issue is setting Congress on course for a possible shutdown later this year.

“It appears to me from what the Republicans are doing that we’re headed for another shutdown,” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, said Wednesday on the Senate floor. “Do they desire another closed government? I hope not. But it appears that’s where we are headed.”

The Senate this week is considering the House-passed defense authorization bill, H.R. 1735. Members voted 46-51 on Tuesday, mostly along party lines, to defeat a Democratic amendment that would bar using emergency war funds to exceed limits on routine defense spending unless Congress also used the emergency funds to increase domestic programs.

“Washington Democrats are doing all they can to block this pay raise for our troops,” House Speaker John Boehner said. “Their plan is to block, filibuster, veto everything – starting with a pay raise for our troops – in order to extract more funding for the IRS and the EPA. Now, if they don’t get what they want, Democrats appear willing to shut down the government.”

“What this comes down to is real simple: Do Democrats support our troops, or don’t they? Do Democrats put our troops first, or do they put the IRS and the EPA first?”

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Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island, the top Democrat on the Armed Services Committee, has called the use of war-fighting funds an “off-budget gimmick.”

Though Democrats lost Tuesday’s vote, they showed that they may be able to block action at a later stage, when 60 votes may be needed to advance the defense bill. They also demonstrated they have more than enough support to sustain a presidential veto.

Because the military policy bill has broad backing among Republicans, Democrats are trying to use it as leverage to boost spending on domestic programs that Republicans are more eager to cut.

“This is a risky strategy,” said Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, who characterized Democrats as “holding this bill hostage for more domestic spending.”

Democrats appear to be wagering that the public would again blame Republicans for a fiscal crisis. After the 17-day partial government shutdown in October 2013 over Republicans’ demand to delay and defund Obamacare, Republicans’ support fell in public opinion polls.

Republicans counter that Democrats are painting themselves into a politically challenging corner by forcing another showdown over spending to protect agencies like the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency at the expense of members of the military.

The Obama administration has threatened a veto of the Senate version of the military policy measure, S. 1376, sponsored by Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, an Arizona Republican.

The president won’t support a budget that locks in the 2011 spending cuts, “and he will not fix defense without fixing non- defense spending,” Obama’s budget office said in a June 2 statement.

McCain said last week that Democrats should fight over spending limits later, on the defense spending bill, rather than on the policy measure.

Democrats have said they will renew the fight then.

“Our big fight is going to be on the appropriations bill,” said Senator Charles Schumer of New York, declining to say whether Democrats will be able to block the defense policy bill.

John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said it would be “political suicide” for Democrats to oppose the defense spending bill, which is scheduled for a committee vote Thursday.

“If they try to block the defense appropriations bill they’re committing political suicide. They just don’t know it yet,” Cornyn told reporters Wednesday at the Capitol. “They’re taking a hostage they can’t shoot.”

Source: http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Democrats-GOP-defense-spending/2015/06/11/id/650046/

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**UPDATES** BREAKING: US CBP Chopper Down at Texas Border, Fired on from Mexico

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Breitbart Texas has learned that a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) helicopter was shot down or forced to initiate an emergency landing in Laredo, Texas due to receiving gunfire from the Mexican side of the border. The helicopter was interdicting a narcotics load and working alongside agents from the U.S. Border Patrol, who operate under the umbrella of the CBP. The helicopter was operating in the Laredo Sector of Texas, immediately across the border from the Los Zetas cartel headquarters of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.

The helicopter was in U.S. airspace and participating in the interdiction of a narcotics load coming from Mexico into the United States.

A federal agent who spoke with Breitbart Texas on the condition of anonymity said, “U.S. Border Patrol agents were attempting to intercept a drug load. A law enforcement chopper was assisting Border Patrol agents. The chopper received gunfire from the Mexican side of the border. The chopper had to do an emergency landing due to the gunfire.”

Border Patrol agent and National Border Patrol Council Local 2455 President Hector Garza confirmed that he received unofficial reports on this matter that indicate the information provided to Breitbart Texas by the unnamed federal agent is accurate.

UPDATES:

The shooting occurred in an area known as La Bota Ranch, a subdivision of Laredo, Texas. A source who operates under the umbrella of the CBP told Breitbart Texas that the narcotics trafficking event was a well-coordinated operation with individuals participating on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. The shooting came from the Mexican side and all individuals fled and got away. The individuals on the U.S. side also got away into the state of Texas.

Another source close to the matter told Breitbart Texas that “at least five shots were fired from Mexico and three hit the CBP chopper.” The source claimed that two shots hit the cabin and one hit the engine. Another source close to the matter told Breitbart Texas that two shots hit the engine and one hit the cabin. Both sources cited in this paragraph claimed that an agent in the cabin was not wearing a vest and had it stashed on the floor and that the vest being on the floor ultimately saved the agent’s life. Agents explained that their vests are often placed below them in choppers because any rounds would come from below.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation released this statement to Breitbart Texas:

On June 5, 2015, at approximately 5:00pm during an operational flight near the Rio Grande River in Laredo, Texas, a US Customs and Border Patrol (USCBP) helicopter was struck several times by ground fire.  The rounds penetrated and damaged the aircraft, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing.   The pilot sustained no injuries and no individuals on the ground were affected.   USCBP, FBI, Texas Rangers, Homeland Security Investigations and Laredo Police Department responded to the scene.  The FBI has initiated an investigation and will continue processing the crime scene with the Texas Rangers.  Since this is an ongoing matter, no further details will be provided at this time. 

A map of the area is below:

La Bota Ranch Zoomed In

Source: http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2015/06/05/breaking-us-cbp-chopper-down-at-texas-border-fired-on-from-mexico/

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Obama’s Game Plan For ISIS: ‘Run Out The Clock’ On The Ground Troops Question

‘‘Sorry, I’ve got to go–bye’‘ seems to be the mindset of the Obama administration regarding using ground troops to fight ISIS. The aversion to redeploy troops to Iraq isn’t new. But as airstrikes have shown to be ineffective in curbing the Islamic State’s expansion, a small contingent of troops should at least be on the table. Nevertheless, President Obama’s goal appears to be not letting that question become too intense, hoping to “run out the clock” on him being forced to decide on that option in the remaining months of his presidency. At the same time, that mindset shows–at least on some level–that the administration knows that some ground forces might be needed; they just don’t want to be in office when that time comes.

Another reason for Obama not wanting ground troops: it would force the president to move a “win” (getting troops out of Iraq) into the defeat column. Iraqi withdrawal also served as the foundation for his 2008 candidacy (via National Journal):

In a detailed interview with The Atlantic, Obama made his view clear. “If they are not willing to fight for the security of their country, we cannot do that for them,” he said, but added that he’s committed to training Iraqis over a “multi-year” period.How many, exactly, is “multi?” State Department official and ISIS expert Brett McGurk laid that out on NPR: “It’s a three-year campaign to degrade the organization.”

Three years marked from mid-2014, of course, falls after Jan. 20, 2017, the date Obama leaves office.

Translation: The strategy is to avoid sending ground troops for the remainder of his term. So stop asking.

This is a legacy issue for Obama, an actual red line. Iraq is already in the win column and only becomes a loss if he listens to Republican advice and orders combat troops to return, the White House thinking goes.

 

The chances of Obama coming around to that point of view, though, are slim. Ending the U.S. occupation there was a driving force behind his candidacy in 2007—his clearest and most advantageous area of contrast from then-Sen. Hillary Clinton.

While Clinton had voted to authorize President Bush’s invasion, Obama, then an Illinois state legislator, had vocally opposed it. That view helped elect him to the U.S. Senate in 2004, and was key to his subsequent presidential campaign. “I will end this war in Iraq responsibly,” he said at the 2008 Democratic convention in Denver.

Obama brought the 150,000 troops in Iraq home by the end of 2011, as called for in the treaty signed by Bush in late 2008. Four years later, that achievement ranks alongside the Affordable Care Act and bringing the economy back from the recession on Obama’s list of promises made and kept.

“Six years ago, nearly 180,000 American troops served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today, fewer than 15,000 remain,” Obama said in his State of the Union speech this year.

At a Feb. 6 town hall in Indianapolis about “middle-class economics,” Obama noted in a response to a question about veterans’ care: “We’ve now ended both the Iraq War and the Afghan War.”

At a Democratic Party fundraiser in Portland, Oregon last month, as he spoke wistfully about trading in his title of “president” for one of “citizen” in another year and a half, Obama reminded donors: “We have ended two wars.”

And last month at Arlington National Cemetery, Obama said: “Today is the first Memorial Day in 14 years that the United States is not engaged in a major ground war.”

Regarding ground troops, the American public seems to swing back and forth. A February CBS News poll showed 57 percent of Americans supported using this option to fight ISIS. A February-March YouGov had 53 percent of Americans supporting ground troops, but now; that level of support has dropped to 47 percent. This will surely be a question in the upcoming election since the Obama administration is deploying evasive maneuvers.

“In 2017, there will be a new commander in chief and someone else who will have a responsibility to evaluate the situation on the ground and determine what steps are necessary to continue to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said, using the administration’s acronym for the Islamic State. “That’s something that we’ll leave to the next president.”

Source: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2015/06/03/obamas-game-plan-for-isis-leave-office-without-deploying-ground-troops-n2007595

 

 

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Taliban 5 could be free to travel in days, lawmakers raise alarm

The five Taliban leaders traded a year ago for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could be free to travel as early as Monday as the terms of their supervised release are set to expire, raising alarm on Capitol Hill about the possibility they could return to the battlefield.

The five former Guantanamo detainees have been under close monitoring in Qatar and subject to a travel ban since their release last year. The agreement with Qatar is set to expire June 1.

While the Washington Post reported earlier this month that the administration was in talks with Qatari officials about potentially extending security measures for the group, it’s unclear if any restrictions will remain in place after the end of the month.

Asked this week if the talks produced any agreement, a State Department official told FoxNews.com, “We don’t have any updates.” 

Congressional lawmakers have grown anxious.

Joe Kasper, spokesman for House Armed Services Committee member Rep. Duncan Hunter R-Calif., said his office has gotten “radio silence” from the administration in asking about the issue.

“They have to be concerned with what happens to the five Taliban because they made every effort to portray the trade as a good deal,” Kasper said in an email. “The nightmare scenario for the Administration is if any of these guys show up again within the global battlespace, be it in some kind of leadership position or just as messengers of threats or propaganda.” 

Members of Congress have repeatedly expressed concern about what will happen after the travel ban expires. They have asked the Obama administration to try to persuade Qatar to extend the monitoring.

“It’s impossible for me to see how they don’t rejoin the fight in short order,” said Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., wrote Defense Secretary Ash Carter in March, asking him to take any step necessary to make sure the five do not return to the battlefield in Afghanistan.

“In Congress, we spent a lot of time debating whether the Qataris were going to adequately keep an eye on them in the course of the 12 months,” said Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence committee. “My point all along was that I’m more worried about month No. 13 than the first 12.” 

Schiff has been privy to the details of the still-secret memorandum of understanding the U.S. reached with Qatar that put the five under a 12-month watch following their release. “The Qataris did pretty good — I wouldn’t say perfect,” he said about the year-long monitoring. “But the big question is what comes next.” 

Fox News reported in March that, according to a government official familiar with the intelligence, at least three of the five have tried to plug back into their old terror networks.

The Post reported earlier this month that amid these concerns, administration officials were putting several options on the table for keeping some restrictions in place. At the time, State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke confirmed the administration was in talks to limit or “mitigate” the risk of former Guantanamo prisoners returning to terrorism. While not mentioning the Taliban Five by name, Rathke did not deny the Post report that these talks were designed to extend the restrictions that expire at the end of the month.

But there was no public indication Tuesday, with just days left on the Qatari deal, on whether the talks led anywhere. Rathke also said Tuesday he had no updates on the issue.

The administration, meanwhile, continues to take heat for last year’s trade.

After a lengthy investigation, Bergadhl is being brought up on desertion charges. And on Tuesday, former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan Gen. Stanley McChrystal told Fox News that his “initial understanding” of Bergdahl’s disappearance was that he had walked off the base intentionally.

Fox News had reported in April that, according to Bergdahl’s platoon mates, then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen also knew those details. With McChrystal’s comments, this would indicate two of the most-senior military commanders understood the alleged circumstances of Bergdahl’s departure, raising more questions about the Taliban-Bergdahl trade itself and the way the deal was initially portrayed to the public.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, asked Tuesday about McChrystal’s comments and whether President Obama also was told Bergdahl walked off the base, did not respond directly.

He cited the ongoing military “process” underway, and said: “I’m not going to weigh in on this particular situation until that justice process has run its course.” 

He reiterated that Obama, as commander-in-chief, has a “special responsibility” to live up to the “principle” that no one in a U.S. military uniform is left behind.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/05/27/taliban-5-could-be-free-to-travel-in-days-lawmakers-raise-alarm/

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ObamaCare fallout? Supreme Court ruling sets up potential Obama, GOP battle

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The upcoming Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act could wipe out insurance for millions of people covered by the president’s health care plan, leaving states that set up their own health care markets scrambling to subsidize coverage for those left uninsured.

Twenty-six of the 34 states that would be hardest hit by the ruling have GOP governors. Twenty-two of the 24 Senate seats that are up for re-election in 2016 are currently held by Republicans. What that means is that it’s the GOP – and not the White House –that’s working on damage control.

President Obama’s landmark legislation offers subsidized private insurance to those without access to it on the job. In the Supreme Court case, opponents of the law argue that its literal wording allows the government to subsidize coverage only in states that set up their own health insurance markets.

The justices will determine whether the law makes people in all 50 states eligible for federal tax subsidies — or just those who live in states that created their own health insurance marketplaces. The question matters because about three dozen states opted against their own marketplace, or exchange, and instead rely on the U.S. Health and Human Services Department’s Healthcare.gov.

If the court rules against the Obama administration, insurance subsidies for people in those states would be in jeopardy.

If the court invalidates the subsidies in those states, the results would be “ugly,” former Kansas insurance commissioner Sandy Praeger told The Associated Press.

 “People who are reasonably healthy would just drop coverage,” she said. “Only the unhealthy would keep buying health care. It would really exacerbate the problem of the cost of health insurance.”

Praeger, a Republican who retired this year, called it “a classic death spiral,” using a term for market collapse.

In March, the Supreme Court appeared divided along ideological lines after hearing the challenge that, if struck down, could affect up to 8 million policy holders.

If the subsidies survive, the ACA will look like settled law to all but a few passionate opponents. However, if they are overturned, the shock could carry into next year’s elections.

Here are just a few of the potential consequences:

BAD TIMING

Around the time when the court announces its decision, insurers will be working to finalize premiums and plans for the coming year. Contracts with the government for 2016 health law coverage have to be signed by early fall. If the subsidies are overturned, insurers would have to tear up their projections about markets in more than half the states.

Populous states such as Texas, Florida, Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, Georgia and Pennsylvania would be among those affected.

State lawmakers could mitigate the impact by setting up their own insurance markets, or exchanges. But that can’t be done overnight.

States might try authorizing an exchange, and then contracting with the federal government to run it. But that sort of end-run might prompt lawsuits from opponents of the law.

In any case, most state legislatures will be out of session by the summer.

During arguments, Associate Justice Samuel Alito raised the possibility that the court might be able to delay the effective date of its decision. Even a delay through the end of this year wouldn’t buy much time. Enrollment for 2016 health law plans is scheduled to start Nov. 1.
HOUSE OF CARDS

The health law was designed as a balancing act. Insurers can’t turn people away because of health problems, but most healthy people are required to contribute to the insurance pool, and the government subsidizes most of the premium for low- to middle-income households.

Take away subsidies, and the other two parts become unstable.

The law’s requirement to carry insurance, never popular, would probably become the biggest target for repeal.

“My guess is there would be overwhelming political support for the elimination of the individual mandate if people can’t afford the premiums,” said former Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.D., who was an influential Obama adviser on health care.

Insurers would demand relief from provisions of the law intended to limit premium increases, or they might drop out of the insurance exchanges.

STICKER SHOCK FOR SELF-PAY CUSTOMERS

Many people still buy individual health care policies directly from an insurance company, bypassing the law’s markets and paying the full cost. They tend to be small-business owners, self-employed professionals and early retirees.

But even they would not escape the tumult in states losing subsidies.

The health law created one big insurance pool in each state, combining customers who purchase their policies directly with those who buy through the government market. If healthy people exit the insurance exchanges in droves, premiums for those buying directly would go up. Some may be unable to afford the higher cost.

“It would set off cascading events,” said Larry Levitt of the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. “The individual market would empty out as premiums rise significantly.”
REPUBLICANS TO THE RESCUE?

Leading congressional Republicans have been walking a fine line, opposing the law in the Supreme Court case while pledging to protect consumers if their side wins.

If the subsidies are overturned, Republicans will first try blaming Obama and the Democrats for writing flawed legislation and then trying to paper over problems with regulations. Then they’ll move ahead with a patch to appease angry constituents.

A bill introduced by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., would continue the subsidies for existing customers only on the federal exchange until September 2017. That would open a window for states to act, but it would ultimately leave the problem for the next president and Congress. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is a co-sponsor.

Johnson’s bill would repeal the requirements for individuals to have insurance and for larger employers to offer coverage to workers.

Obama is unlikely to accept any of those changes.

“The president is likely to veto whatever we would propose, because we don’t have a willing partner,” said Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., leader of a GOP working group on health care.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/05/25/ugly-potential-fallout-from-supreme-court-health-care-case/

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Emails reportedly show confidant told Clinton Benghazi attack planned by fighters tied to Al Qaeda

A longtime Clinton confidant reportedly advised then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton two days after the 2012 Benghazi terror attack that an Al Qaeda-tied group had planned the deadly assault and used a protest as cover — but despite this warning, Clinton’s U.N. ambassador went on to publicly claim the attack was “spontaneous.”

The guidance from ex-Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal was contained in a memo sent Sept. 13, according to The New York Times. It is the latest documentation effectively contradicting the administration’s early narrative that the attack was driven by protests over an anti-Islam Internet video — and raising questions over why officials stuck to that story for days.

According to the Times, Blumenthal initially blamed “demonstrators” angry over that video for the attacks. But the next day, he sent Clinton a very different memo.

According to the Times, Blumenthal told Clinton the attack was driven by Al Qaeda-tied Ansar al-Shariah members who had planned it for a month and used a protest as cover. He cited “sensitive sources.”

“We should get this around asap,” Clinton reportedly told an adviser in response.

Yet, despite this guidance, then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice would go on several television programs Sept. 16 to claim the attacks were “spontaneous,” and not premeditated, and link them to protests over the anti-Islam video.

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The State Department would later admit there was no protest on the ground in Benghazi that day. The role of the video continues to be debated to this day, but a mounting body of evidence has emerged showing multiple assessments that the attack was to some degree planned.

Fox News reported earlier this week that a Defense Intelligence Agency report from Sept. 12 also said there were indicators the attack was planned and meant as retaliation for a drone strike that killed an Al Qaeda strategist.

The memo, obtained through a federal lawsuit by conservative watchdog Judicial Watch, said: “The attack was planned ten or more days prior to approximately 01 September 2012. The intention was to attack the consulate and to kill as many Americans as possible to seek revenge for the US killing of Aboyahiye (Alaliby) in Pakistan and in memorial of the 11 September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center buildings.”

Additional memos surfaced last year indicating Rice — now the national security adviser — was prepped before those Sept. 16 Sunday shows. One email from a top administration adviser specifically drew attention to the anti-Islam Internet video, without distinguishing whether the Benghazi attack was different from protests elsewhere in the region which were over the video.

The email listed the following goal, among others: “To underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy.”

A congressional committee is probing the handling of the Benghazi attacks, and the administration’s Internet-video narrative is sure to be just one of many aspects investigated.

The emails reported by the Times were part of a batch given to that committee. The Times reported that Blumenthal, who has been subpoenaed by the committee, sent at least 25 memos on Libya to Clinton, including several on the 2012 attacks.

The Times earlier reported that while he was sending memos, Blumenthal also was advising business associates who were hoping to win contracts from Libya’s transitional post-Qaddafi government. The Times report did not make clear what, if anything, Clinton and the State Department knew of Blumenthal’s involvement in any potential business projects in Libya.

The Times also reported Thursday that the former secretary of state’s emails reflected she had “sensitive but unclassified” information in her account — operated on a personal email address.

This reportedly included information on travel plans of U.S. officials in Libya.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/05/21/emails-reportedly-show-confidant-told-clinton-benghazi-attack-planned-by-aq/

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Hillary Clinton’s Buddy Subpoened By Trey Gowdy Over Secret Libya Intelligence Emails

Yesterday the New York Times reported Hillary Clinton, despite denials by her attorneys, had two personal email addresses hosted on a private server that she used during her time as Secretary of State. One of those email addresses was used for communication with longtime brutal political operative Sidney Blumenthal, who sent Clinton intelligence on Libya.

According to emails obtained by The New York Times, Mrs. Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time, took Mr. Blumenthal’s advice seriously, forwarding his memos to senior diplomatic officials in Libya and Washington and at times asking them to respond. Mrs. Clinton continued to pass around his memos even after other senior diplomats concluded that Mr. Blumenthal’s assessments were often unreliable. But an examination by The New York Times suggests that Mr. Blumenthal’s involvement was more wide-ranging and more complicated than previously known, embodying the blurry lines between business, politics and philanthropy that have enriched and vexed the Clintons and their inner circle for years. While advising Mrs. Clinton on Libya, Mr. Blumenthal, who had been barred from a State Department job by aides to President Obama, was also employed by her family’s philanthropy, the Clinton Foundation, to help with research, “message guidance” and planning of commemorative events, according to foundation officials. During the same period, he also worked on and off as a paid consultant to Media Matters and American Bridge, organizations that helped lay the groundwork for Mrs. Clinton’s 2016 campaign. Much of the Libya intelligence that Mr. Blumenthal passed on to Mrs. Clinton appears to have come from a group of business associates he was advising as they sought to win contracts from the Libyan transitional government. The venture, which was ultimately unsuccessful, involved other Clinton friends, a private military contractor and one former C.I.A. spy seeking to get in on the ground floor of the new Libyan economy.

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At the same time that he was sending the memos to Clinton, the Times reported, Blumenthal was advising business associates who were hoping to win contracts from Libya’s transitional post-Qaddafi government. The Times report did not make clear what, if anything, Clinton and the State Department knew of Blumenthal’s involvement in any potential business projects in Libya.

Blumenthal served as a senior adviser to former President Bill Clinton between 1997 and 2001, but the Times reported that the Obama administration prohibited him from taking a job with Clinton’s State Department team.

In short, Blumenthal was essentially running an off-the-grid intelligence operation surrounding Libya policy and he just so-happened to send information to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about his findings. To make matters worse, President Obama told Clinton when he nominated her for the position that Blumenthal was not allowed to be involved in any official government business during his administration (because he’s shady).

Now, Blumenthal has been issued a subpoena by the House Select Committee on Benghazi, which is chaired by Congressman Trey Gowdy, to answer questions behind closed doors about the revelations.

The House select committee investigating the deadly 2012 Benghazi attack issued a subpoena Tuesday to former Clinton White House aide Sidney Blumenthal.

Committee spokesman Jamal Ware confirmed to Fox News that Blumenthal had been called to give a deposition before the committee.

Yesterday when asked about her relationship with Blumenthal, Clinton said he is a longtime friend and that she’ll continue to communicate with friends as she moves forward with her presidential campaign.

“He sent me unsolicited emails, which I passed on, in some instances,” Clinton told reporters during a campaign stop in Iowa Tuesday. “I’m going to keep talking to my old friends, whoever they are.”

Source: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2015/05/20/hillary-clintons-buddy-subpoened-over-benghazi-emails-n2001516

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US Special Forces Kill Senior ISIS Leader in Syria: Pentagon

American Commandos Kill Top ISIS Leader

BEIRUT — U.S. commandos mounted a rare raid into eastern Syria overnight, killing a senior Islamic State commander in a firefight, capturing his wife and rescuing a Yazidi woman held as a slave, the Pentagon said Saturday.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the raid, identifying the militant as Abu Sayyaf. He said no U.S. forces were killed or injured in the operation.

A U.S.-led coalition has been striking ISIS militants in Syria since last year, but this is only the second time troops have carried out a ground raid. A previous operation last summer was aimed at rescuing Americans held hostage by the group, but failed to recover any.

Syrian state TV earlier reported that Syrian government forces killed at least 40 ISIS fighters, including a senior commander in charge of oil fields, in an attack Saturday on the country’s largest oil field — held by ISIS. It identified the commander as Abu al-Teem al-Saudi. The name indicates he was a Saudi citizen.

It was not immediately clear why both Syria and the U.S. would claim a similar operation in the Omar oil field. The U.S. has said it is not cooperating with President Bashar Assad’s government in the battle against the Islamic State group. But it says it usually gives Damascus a heads-up on operations within its borders.

The Syrian report, which appeared as an urgent news bar on state TV, was not repeated by the state news agency. State TV didn’t repeat the urgent news or elaborate on it.

The Britain-based Syria Observatory for Human Rights confirmed an attack on the Omar oil field, saying at least 19 ISIS members, including 12 foreigners, were killed. The group did not say who carried out the attack, but said it was informed that there was an airdrop that followed the airstrikes. The Observatory relies on a network of activists on the ground in Syria.

The U.S. did not provide the full name of the militant identified as Abu Sayyaf. There was no information immediately available on jihadist websites.

A statement from the U.S. National Security Council said Abu Sayyaf was a “senior ISIL leader who, among other things, had a senior role in overseeing ISIL’s illicit oil and gas operations — a key source of revenue that enables the terrorist organization to carry out their brutal tactics and oppress thousands of innocent civilians.”

“He was also involved with the group’s military operations,” it said.

A U.S. defense official said the raid was conducted overnight Friday (Friday evening Washington time) by a team of Army Delta commandos who flew from Iraq into eastern Syria aboard V-22 Osprey aircraft and Blackhawk helicopters.

Upon arrival at the target, which was a multi-story building, the Americans met stiff resistance. A “fairly intense firefight” ensued, including hand-to-hand combat, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss details of the raid by name.

The U.S. estimates that about a dozen ISIS fighters were killed but no civilians were wounded, even though women and children were present. The Americans returned to their base unharmed by about midnight Washington time.

The ISIS leader who was killed was a Tunisian national designated by ISIS as the organization’s “emir of oil and gas,” according to the U.S. official.

The National Security Council statement said President Barack Obama authorized the operation upon the “unanimous recommendation” of his national security team.

Asked about the timing of the two announcements, National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said the U.S. government did not coordinate with the Syrian government or advise it in advance of the operation.

“We have warned the Assad regime not to interfere with our ongoing efforts against ISIL inside of Syria,” she said, using another acronym for ISIS. “As we have said before, the Assad regime is not and cannot be a partner in the fight against ISIL. In fact, the brutal actions of the regime have aided and abetted the rise of ISIL and other extremists in Syria.”

The statement said the commandos rescued a young Yazidi woman “who appears to have been held as a slave” by the slain militant and his wife. IS militants captured hundreds of members of the Yazidi religious minority in northern Iraq during their rampage across the country last summer.

The extremist group controls much of northern and eastern Syria as well as northern and western Iraq. It has control of most of the oil fields in Syria, which are a key source of its funding. It has declared a caliphate in the territories under its control and governs them under a harsh version of Islamic law.

The special operation was announced as ISIS fighters were advancing in central and northeastern Syria. The militants are nearing the historic city of Palmyra, in the central province of Homs, and have seized as water facility and an oil field on the city’s eastern outskirts, activists said.

The advances in the Palmyra countryside were coupled with an announcement Saturday by the Islamic State group that its fighters have seized full control of Saker Island in the Euphrates River north of Deir el-Zour, the northeastern province divided between areas held by the group and the government.

Source: http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Iraq-Syria-conflict-US/2015/05/16/id/645011/

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Benghazi Committee Preliminary Report: ‘Greatest Impediment’ Is Obama White House

On the one-year anniversary of the panel’s creation, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Chairman on the House Select Committee on Benghazi, has released his preliminary report on the investigation’s progress. In a press release, the committee noted that the biggest problem concerning wrapping this investigation up is the uncooperativeness of the Obama White House

“I am proud of what a professional team of investigators, committed to uncovering all the facts has been able to accomplish since the committee was created,” said Gowdy, in the press release statement. “But while progress has been made, the greatest impediment to completing this investigation in a timely manner has been the level of cooperation by the executive branch. We look forward to completing our work in manner that is worthy of the sacrifice made by the four men who died and trust of our fellow Americans.”

Here are some of the highlights of the 15-page report [emphasis mine]:

  • The Committee has reviewed a substantial volume of information previously produced to the House and has requested and received new information. More than 20,000 pages of emails and documents never before released to Congress have been produced by the State Department.” (pp. 1-2)
  • “In addition, hundreds of pages of emails never before seen by Congress have been produced by the White House. The Department of Justice and the Intelligence Community have also produced documents. Further, the Committee has interviewed State Department and CIA personnel, including survivors of the Benghazi terrorist attacks who had never been interviewed by previous committees, as well as others who have been able to provide indispensable firsthand details of the U.S. presence in Benghazi, Libya.” (p. 2)
  • “From the outset, the Committee sought to develop an understanding of the perspective and insight from a specific group of people who had been most impacted by the attacks on the U.S. facilities in Benghazi: the families of the victims. To that end, some of the first meetings the Committee conducted were with the victims’ families. The meetings offered the families an opportunity to be heard and to provide their insight to the Committee. Relatedly, the Committee met with the respective agencies to discuss survivorship benefits to ensure the families of the victims received benefits to which they were entitled. This issue remains unresolved with respect to one agency.” (p.3)
  • “The Committee has also held over two dozen classified and unclassified briefings with the Administration and Executive Branch agencies that have information relevant to the investigation.” (p.3)
  • “These negotiations resulted in the State Department producing 15,000 pages of new documents to the Committee. These productions were the first time: (1) the State Department produced any email to or from former Secretary Clinton; and (2) the Committee became aware the former Secretary had used a private e-mail account to conduct official State Department business.” (p.4)
  • “[On] November 18, 2014, the Committee sent a request for documents to the State Department, including seeking emails to and from Secretary Clinton and her senior staff. The request was the result of a review of the record provided by the previous House committees and the lack of email traffic among these individuals. Almost three months later, on February 13, 2015, the Department produced approximately 300 emails to and from the former Secretary during her time as the head of the State Department. However, the State Department has yet to produce a single document pursuant to the remaining portions of the November request. The Committee emphasized the importance of this request by issuing its second subpoena on March 4, 2015 – seeking the emails and documents relating to the ten senior State Department officials. These officials were the same ones referenced in the November 2014 document and communication request, except for the former Secretary. Despite the document request and the subpoena, the State Department has yet to comply.” (p.5)
  • “The Committee continues to move forward in its investigation – interviewing survivors of the terrorist attacks and others who are giving indispensable firsthand accounts of what happened before, during and after the attacks. This undertaking has resulted in hundreds of hours of preparation, nearly 100 hours of actual interview time and 2,500 pages of testimony. In the coming months, an additional 60 witnesses, representing current and former officials and employees from the State Department, the White House and the Intelligence Community will be interviewed.” (p.8)
  • “In December 2014, the Select Committee sent a request to the White House for documents and communications pertaining to Benghazi. This marked the first time that a congressional committee had asked the White House for documents about its role in the events prior to, during and after the Benghazi attacks. In February 2015, the White House and the Committee met to discuss this request and create a path forward. As a result of the meeting, the White House produced 266 pages of documents, many of which were emails to and from the National Security Staff.” (p.9)
  • “Over the last year, the FBI has provided nearly 50 intelligence reports related to its investigation into the Benghazi attacks to the Committee. Eighteen of these reports are specific to the interrogation and prosecution of Abu Khattala and have never before been shared with Congress.” (p.10)

Now, all eyes turn to Hillary Clinton, whose legal team said she is willing to testify in front of the Committee in the next few weeks. The Committee originally asked for two appearances from the former Secretary of State, but Clinton’s legal team cited lack of precedent for such a request, and noted that one appearance should suffice the Committee’s needs given that she will stay as long as needed to fully answer the panel’s questions. We don’t know if this will be a closed-door hearing, or if this will be held at an off-site location. It’s possible. Gowdy has been more than accommodating towards the former first lady, even saying that members of the Committee and the transcriber would come to her when he requested a transcribed interview with Clinton– a request that was denied. Gowdy also requested that Mrs. Clinton turn over the private email server to a third party for analysis. That was also denied and considered a moot point given that her lawyers told Gowdy in a letter that the server had been wiped clean, along with any back-up systems connected to it.

Source: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2015/05/11/benghazi-committee-preliminary-report-greatest-impediment-is-obama-white-house-n1997547

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Trey Gowdy: Obama ‘Greatest Impediment’ to Benghazi Probe

Trey Gowdy: Obama 'Greatest Impediment' to Benghazi Probe

Editors Note: Obama and his administration and specifically the State Department and former Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton have been stonewalling every attempt to get answers as to why 4 Americans were brutally murdered in Benghazi. They have hid pertinent information from Chairman Gowdy to hide their involvement in the Benghazi fiasco. To his credit Chairman Gowdy has persisted with his investigation and when former Sec. of State Clinton refused his offer to testify behind closed doors he has subpoenaed her to testify 2 times before an open Committee hearing. This time Clinton will be under oath and subject to purgery charges if she lies or fails to tell the whole truth.

Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland was chosen by the Democrats to be a further stumbling block to the hearings and to delay things as long as he can. If all the truth finally comes out about the conspiracy to hide the facts concerning Benghazi Obama and the other antagonists may well find themselves in a court of law defending their actions. [TS]

The select House committee investigating the Benghazi attacks has made strides in learning the details of the assaults that killed four Americans 2012, Republican Chairman Trey Gowdy said Friday while slamming the Obama administration as “the greatest impediment to completing this investigation in a timely matter.”

“We look forward to completing our work in a manner that is worthy of the sacrifice made by the four men who died and trust of our fellow Americans,” Gowdy, who represents South Carolina, said in a report marking the panel’s first anniversary.

But the committee’s ranking Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, blasted the investigation as a “political charade” that has so far cost American taxpayers $3 million and is being “dragged out in order to attack” former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is seeking her party’s 2016 presidential nomination.

“At every turn, the select committee comes up with a new excuse to further delay its work,” Cummings said. “Republicans are desperately trying to validate the $3 million in taxpayer funds they have spent over the past year, but they have nothing to show for it other than a partisan attack against Secretary Clinton and her campaign for president.”

The Benghazi committee was created last year by House Speaker John Boehner, and consists of seven Republicans and five Democrats. The panel is among four House committees investigating the attacks. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and two former Navy SEALs were among the four Americans who died.

In January 2013, Clinton testified to lawmakers in both the House and Senate on the attacks. She has agreed to appear before the Benghazi committee and has handed over 30,000 official emails over to the State Department for public preservation.

In his 15-page report, Gowdy noted that in the past year the committee has:

  • Obtained “hundreds of pages of emails never before seen by Congress” from the White House, the Justice Department and intelligence agencies.
  • Acquired an additional 15,000 pages of documents after more than two dozen “classified and unclassified” briefings with Obama administration agencies.
  • Received communications to and from Clinton for the first time, including those showing that the former secretary had used “a private email account to conduct official State Department business.”
  • Produced nearly 100 hours of interviews and 2,500 pages of testimony from “survivors of the terrorist attacks and others who are giv
  • Received more than 20,000 emails and other documents from the State Department that have been “never before released to Congress.”
  • ing indispensable first-hand accounts of what happened before, during and after the attacks.” Another 60 witnesses are to be interviewed “in the coming months.”
  • Met with the families of the victims of the attacks. “The meetings offered the families an opportunity to be heard and to provide their insight to the committee.” The panel has also “met with the respective agencies to discuss survivorship benefits to ensure the families of the victims received benefits to which they were entitled.”
  • Obtained nearly 50 reports from the FBI on Benghazi, including 18 on the “interrogation and prosecution” of Ahmed Abu Khattala, the alleged mastermind of the attacks who was captured last June.

“I am proud of what a professional team of investigators, committed to uncovering all the facts, has been able to accomplish since the committee was created,” Gowdy said.

But in a separate report, Cummings retorted that the Benghazi panel has been “operating at a glacial pace” — including not sending first requests for documents from the State Department, the Defense Department, the CIA and the National Security Agency, until at least six months after the committee was created.

“The select committee has held only three hearings, two of which were proposed by Democrats, averaging $1 million per hearing,” Cummings said.

Furthermore, the panel “has not held a hearing in three months,” even though Gowdy said in December that it would do so in each of the first three months of the year.

He said the Benghazi investigation has lasted longer than such inquiries as Iran-Contra, Hurricane Katrina, the John F. Kennedy assassination and the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese in 1941.

“The select committee is on track to last longer than the investigations of Watergate and 9/11 — at a potential cost of more than $6 million,” Cummings said.

He also noted that the anti-Clinton Stop Hillary PAC has sent out email solicitations seeking donations using Gowdy’s image and his position as the committee’s chairman in order to “support Trey Gowdy and continue the select committee on Benghazi.”

“Despite its focus on Secretary Clinton,” Cummings concluded, “the select committee has identified no evidence to support claims that Secretary Clinton ordered a stand-down, approved an illicit weapons program, or any other wild allegation Republicans have made about her for years.”

Source: http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Trey-Gowdy-Benghazi-investigation-Elijah-Cummings-Hillary-Clinton/2015/05/08/id/643573/

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