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  • Yearly Archives: 2013

    Jeh Johnson Confirmed: What’s Next for the DHS Secretary

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    President Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Jeh Johnson, has been confirmed by the Senate in a final vote of 78–16. This comes after a swift confirmation from the Homeland Security Committee early this month. The swift and quick confirmation left many with lingering questions. Concerns … More

    Revisionist History: Absolving Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

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    A newly released book, The Mortgage Wars, aims to rewrite history and absolve Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac of having any part in the financial crisis. Written by former Fannie Mae Vice Chairman and CFO Tim Howard, the book blames the crisis on Alan Greenspan and Larry Summers. According to … More

    Pajamas, Cocoa, and Health Care: How Obama Wants You to Spend Christmas

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    How do you plan to spend the cold days of December? Organizing for Action, President Obama’s campaign arm, thinks Americans should be spreading the merry news of Obamacare. Last night on Twitter, OFA encouraged its followers to grab some hot chocolate and talk health care. Accompanying the call to #GetTalking … More

    The Government Can Now Force You to Bake a Cake

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    An administrative law judge in Denver, Colorado—a state that constitutionally defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman in 2006—has declared that Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, violated the law when he refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding. When a same-sex couple married … More

    4 Obamacare Supporters Face Reality After Losing Their Health Care Plans

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    Meet Catherine, Valentina, Martin, and Peggy. They lost their insurance because of Obamacare, are struggling to afford new options, and the President’s “fix” isn’t giving them much peace. CNN reported their stories last week and we’ve highlighted their concerns below. Catherine Franklin Catherine Franklin, a 46-year-old mom and Navy veteran, … More

    President, First Lady Turn to Moms for Help Selling Obamacare

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    The Obama Administration is circling back to a strategy it has tried since May and most recently in November to get more uninsured adults into Obamacare: Enlist mothers to encourage and even nag their adult children to enroll in the insurance exchanges. President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will … More

    What the Government Got You This Year (in Pictures)

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    Today, the Senate is set to pass the new U.S. budget deal in all its spend-tastic glory. Lawmakers have hemmed and hawed about making any cuts to spending, despite countless examples of ridiculous decisions that have wasted taxpayers’ money. So it’s timely that the office of Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) … More

    Polygamy, Sister Wives, and the Slippery Slope

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    Late last week, a federal judge in Utah struck down part of the state’s law that criminalizes polygamy. The challenge was brought by Kody Brown of the television show Sister Wives. Brown is a polygamist who has one legal wife and three other wives by “spiritual union” based on their … More

    Washington Post: Obama Administration Slowed Red Tape to Avoid 2012 Election Backlash

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    Last fall, Heritage Foundation analysts noted an eerie silence coming from Obama regulatory agencies. The production of new rules, which until then had been in overdrive, slipped into a lower gear. And the regulatory agenda, which the Administration was required by law to release every spring and fall, did not … More

    As Navy Fleet Shrinks, Obama Administration Diverts Funds to Biofuels

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    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus continued to push for his “green fleet” this week, yet again championing an initiative that wastes millions of taxpayer dollars while providing no benefit to the Navy. The most recent effort to force the Navy to buy biofuels instead of much less expensive diesel involved teaming … More