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Shorter Obama: Why Won’t House Lawmakers Let Me Bully Them into Passing Senate Amnesty Bill?

A year ago yesterday, the Senate introduced the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744). Since then, the House has not taken up the legislation due to President Obama’s refusal to enforce federal laws — including current immigration laws — he deems unworthy of enforcement and his unilateral creation of laws Congress has not passed, not to mention the terrible policy in the bill.

Policy Analyst with Chronic Pain Condition: Obamacare Has Failed Me

Priya Abraham, a senior policy analyst for the Commonwealth Foundation, a free market think tank in Pennsylvania, is qualified to talk about Obamacare on several accounts. She is a policy analyst; she suffers from a pre-existing condition, fibromyalgia, a chronic and often debilitating pain condition; and she has bought an Obamacare plan that has failed to meet her needs.

Obama is Clearly Pro-Amnesty, But What About the House?

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) told donors and industry groups this week he is “hellbent on getting this done”, in reference to tackling so-called immigration reform before the November elections.

According to the Wall Street Journal (sub. req’d), an spokesman for Boehner said that no action is possible this year until President Obama “proves himself a trustworthy partner to Republicans.”

Pentagon on Budget Cuts: Forces Will Assume Substantial Additional Risks

One of the great privileges of being American is the protection and security afforded us by our men and women in the military, arguably the finest military ever assembled. Examples of unrest in other countries around the world abound in the news, and history is replete with examples of nations unable to protect their sovereignty and integrity because they were unprepared or too weak militarily. Presumably, the Pentagon has taken current threats to the U.S. into account and has learned from the past to determine the needs of our military today.

IRS Prepares for Greater Role in Implementing Obamacare
“We’re always worried about that,” IRS

Commissioner John Koskinen said when asked whether he was concerned the agency could suffer similar tech problems suffered — or caused — by the Department of Health and Human Services as they worked to implement Obamacare.

Heritage Expert: Take CBO 2014 Budget Projection with “Heap of Salt”

Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its updated budget projections for 2014 to 2024, which contains some seemingly good news about the deficit — it’s smaller than it was in 2013. But Heritage Foundation analyst Romina Boccia cautions the CBO analysis “should be taken with a heap of salt.”

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Dealing with Fannie and Freddie: The Right Approach v. the Wrong Approach

The Heritage Foundation is absolutely clear about what needs to happen to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two housing finance giants — or government sponsored enterprises (GSEs) — that left taxpayers on the hook during the housing market crash in 2008.

We’re talking about being on the hook for trillions of dollars here. 

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Obama is Clearly Pro-Amnesty, But What About the House?

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) told donors and industry groups this week he is “hellbent on getting this done”, in reference to tackling so-called immigration reform before the November elections.

According to the Wall Street Journal (sub. req’d), a spokesman for Boehner said that no action is possible this year until President Obama “proves himself a trustworthy partner to Republicans.”

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Morning Action: Obama Champions Amnesty Bill, Attempts to Bypass Public Opposition

AMNESTY. President Obama is championing amnesty legislation with the head of American Legion, in an effort to “bypass public opposition to passage of a massive business-backed immigration increase”:

The American Legion is suddenly a player in the immigration fight because it has come out in opposition to a minor, but critical amendment to the draft 2015 defense bill. The amendment would broaden the existing rules allowing illegal immigrants to get slots in the U.S. military that are sought by American volunteers.

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