House Republicans Sue Obama Administration Over Obamacare

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House Republicans Sue Obama Administration Over Obamacare (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

Well, that didn’t take long after President Obama boxed the Republicans in a corner by unveiling his executive order on immigration. They filed their long-awaited lawsuit against the Obama administration over Obamacare.

House Republicans filed a long-threatened lawsuit Friday against the Obama administration over unilateral actions on the health care law that they say are abuses of the president’s executive authority.

The lawsuit — filed against the secretaries of the Health and Human Services and Treasury Departments — focuses on two crucial aspects of the way the administration has put the Affordable Care Act into effect.

The suit accuses the Obama administration of unlawfully postponing a requirement that larger employers offer health coverage to their full-time employees or pay penalties. (Larger companies are defined as those with 50 or more employees.) Source: NY Times

Here’s more from John Boehner on the Obamacare lawsuit:

Unlawfully Waiving the Employer Mandate.  The House is challenging the president’s unilateral decision to twice waive the health care law’s employer mandate and the penalties for failing to comply with it without going through Congress.  The president’s actions delaying the employer mandate directly contradict the clear and plain language of the health care law.

Illegally Transferring Funds to Insurance Companies.  The House is also challenging the administration’s unlawful giveaway of approximately $175 billion to insurance companies under ObamaCare.  According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the administration will pay approximately $3 billion to insurance companies in FY 2014, and is scheduled to make payments of some $175 billion over the next 10 years to insurance companies under an HHS-based, ObamaCare cost-sharing program even though Congress has never appropriated funds for the program.  The administration is instead unlawfully and unconstitutionally using funds from a separate Treasury Department account – authorized for other purposes – to pay insurance companies and thereby unilaterally altering the structure of the health care law.

GOP Pollster: Early Voting Among Blacks Outpacing 2010 Midterm Elections

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GOP Pollster: Early Voting Among Blacks Outpacing 2010 Midterm Elections

Right-leaning pollster Mark Rountree is causing the ground to rumble under Republicans after a recent poll he conducted found early voting among black voters in Georgia is outpacing 2010. The Republicans would rather see black voters stay home if they aren’t voting for their candidates.

According to a recent WSB-TV poll (done via Rountree’s Landmark Communications), of the 307,703 voters who have cast ballots in early voting, 30 percent are black while 60 percent are white. For the same period in 2010, 26 percent of the 253,999 early voters were black, while 72 percent were white.

Check out Mark Rountree’s calculations here.

 

Ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Wife Guilty of Public Corruption

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Ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Wife Guilty of Public Corruption

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were found guilty of public corruption and face decades in prison. They will be sentenced on January 6, the Washington Post reports.

A federal jury found Bob McDonnell, a one-time rising star in the Republican Party, guilty on 11 counts, and his wife guilty on nine counts. The couple was accused of taking lavish vacations, gifts, golf outings and $120,000 in sweetheart loans from a Richmond businessman, Jonnie R. Williams Sr.

Bob McDonnell is the first governor in Virginia’s history to be charged with a crime and to be convicted of one.

McDonnell was acquitted of lying on loan documents. His wife was also acquitted of lying on a loan document, but among the nine charges she was convicted with, obstruction of justice was one.

Virginia Attorney General on McDonnell verdict: ‘We have a long way to go to restore the public’s trust after this embarrassing and difficult period for the Commonwealth of Virginia. If there was somehow still any doubt, it should be crystal clear that the people of Virginia deserve real ethics reform that will turn off the spigot of gifts, tickets, and trips that opens the door to abuse and undermines public confidence in our government’ – @MarkHerringVA

Stereotyping: Gov. Nathan Deal Assumes Hispanic Student is Illegal Immigrant

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Gov. Nathan Deal Assumes Hispanic Student is an Illegal Immigrant

Gov. Nathan Deal handed his critics a huge gift after he made a statement that, Lizbeth Miranda, a Hispanic student attending a UGA forum on immigration was an illegal immigrant, WGCL-TV reports. Yep, this is coming from the same out-of-touch hypocrite who presided over the Snowmaggedon spectacle that left many Atlantans stranded for hours over a two to three-inch snowfall turned to ice.

Gov. Deal: “There’s a fundamental problem that can only be resolved at the Congressional level and that is to deal with the issue of children, and I presume you probably fit the category, children who were brought here.”

Lizbeth Miranda’s response was priceless: “I’m not an illegal immigrant. I’m not. I don’t know why you would have thought that I was undocumented. Was it because I look Hispanic?”

Miranda and the members of UGA’s Undocumented Students Alliance took offense to Nathan Deal’s assumption, while the College Republicans in attendance at the forum booed her for her reaction. In any case, the governor apologized. Sorry, but Jason Carter can’t possibly be as bad as what we have now.

 

DISGRACEFUL: Right Wing Christians Pee on Obama Urinal Cakes at Religious Conference

The right wing continues to disrespect President Obama and they still expect black voters to support the Republican Party. One of the ‘fun’ features at the 2014 Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference in Washington, D.C. are the Obama urinal cakes. Yes, right wing Christians get to pee directly on President Obama’s face when they use the men’s room.

Igor Bobic, from the Huffington Post, tweeted the image:

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DISGRACEFUL: Right Wing Christians Pee on Obama Urinal Cakes at Religious Conference

The Obama figurines are childish and offensive. This is coming from the same party that claims to have a minority outreach. How can they be taken seriously when they continue to fan the flames of racist rhetoric? Attack Obama on his policies and politics, not on the basis of his race. How incredibly offensive.

Bret Stephens: Rand Paul for President Because GOP Needs “Humbling Landslide Defeat”

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Bret Stephens: Rand Paul for President Because GOP Needs “Humbling Landslide Defeat” (Credit: Wikipedia)

RAND PAUL FOR PRESIDENT:  Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens has made his choice for the 2016 Republican presidential candidate — Sen. Rand Paul. He writes that the GOP nominee has to be Paul and no-one else. Why? Because the Republican Party needs a “humbling landslide defeat.” Music to the ears of Democrats. Hillary Clinton, who would eviscerate him in a debate, particularly on his naivete on Iran. During an interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl, Sen. Paul said that he didn’t think it was a good idea to rule out containment of Iran.

This man is Rand Paul, the junior senator from a state with eight electoral votes. The man who, as of this writing, has three years worth of experience in elected office. Barack Obama had more political experience when he ran for president. That’s worked out well.

Mr. Paul was in New Hampshire last weekend, speaking to conservative activists at the Freedom Summit, emphasizing the need for Republicans to do a better job of reaching out to Hispanics and African-Americans.

It’s a fine message. Or rather, it would be a fine message if it weren’t for Mr. Paul’s long political association with Jack Hunter, aka the “Southern Avenger,” a former radio shock jock who co-wrote Mr. Paul’s 2011 book “The Tea Party Goes to Washington.” On April 14, 2004—the 139th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination—Mr. Hunter wrote a column titled ” John Wilkes Booth Was Right.” He also lamented that “whites are not afforded the same right to celebrate their own cultural identity” as blacks and Hispanics.

Mr. Hunter remained a member of Mr. Paul’s staff until last July, when the Washington Free Beacon broke the story. Afterward, Mr. Hunter recanted his views and pleaded amnesia. As for Mr. Paul, he defended his former aide, saying he had merely been “stupid,” that he had been “unfairly treated by the media,” and that “he got along fine with everybody in the office, treated everyone fairly, regardless of race or religion.”

So can we now, um, switch the subject?

Yes, we can. Let’s move on to a YouTube video of Mr. Paul in April 2009, offering his insights to a college group on foreign policy. Channeling Dwight Eisenhower, the future senator warned “we need to be so fearful of companies that get so big that they can actually be directing policy.”

“When the Iraq war started, Halliburton got a billion-dollar no-bid contract. Some of the stuff has been so shoddy and so sloppy that our soldiers are over there dying in the shower from electrocution.”

Then he gets to his real point: Dick Cheney, who opposed driving all the way to Baghdad when he was defense secretary in the first Bush administration, later went to work for Halliburton. “Makes hundreds of millions of dollars, their CEO. Next thing you know, he’s back in government and it’s a good thing to go into Iraq.”

Mr. Paul’s conclusion: “9/11 became an excuse for a war they already wanted in Iraq.” Source: Wall Street Journal

I have to admit, Bret Stephens had me going for a minute. But let me also add Sen. Paul tried to rewrite the whole civil rights movement during a speech at Howard University. That didn’t sit well with the black community, who won’t be coming out in droves to support a Rand Paul candidacy.  While we are at it, he should pick Louie Gohmert (R-TX) as his running mate.

Um, get out the popcorn…the GOP infighting as we go into the 2016 presidential election cycle is just starting and promises to be chock full of fireworks and drama! By the way, Bret Stephens wasn’t the only one bashing Rand Paul today.  Jennifer Rubin and Richard Cohen in the Washington Post both have scathing articles blasting him for a variety of ‘sins.’

 Bret Stephens: Rand Paul for President Because GOP Needs Humbling Landslide Defeat

President Obama: Republicans Are Restricting Voting Rights of Americans

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President Obama: Republicans Are Restricting Voting Rights of Americans

During a speech at Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network convention, President Obama said the Republicans have been conducting a campaign to deny the voting rights of many Americans.

Mr. Obama accused Republicans of trying to rig the elections by making it harder for older people, women, minorities and the impoverished to cast ballots in swing states that could determine control of the Senate.

“The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago,” Mr. Obama said in a hotel ballroom filled with cheering supporters, most of them African-American. “Across the country, Republicans have led efforts to pass laws making it harder, not easier, for people to vote.”…

“America did not stand up and did not march and did not sacrifice to gain the right to vote for themselves and for others only to see it denied to their kids and their grandchildren,” he said.

Republicans in some swing states have advanced new laws that go beyond the voter identification requirements of recent years. Among other things, state lawmakers are pushing measures to limit the time polls are open and to cut back early voting, particularly weekend balloting that makes it easier for lower-income voters to participate. Other measures would eliminate same-day registration, make it more difficult to cast provisional ballots or curb the mailing of absentee ballots.

Over the last 15 months, at least nine states have enacted voting changes making it harder to cast ballots.

Wisconsin GOP Candidate Glenn Grothman Dismisses Kwanzaa, MLK Day

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Wisconsin GOP Candidate Glenn Grothman Dismisses Kwanzaa, MLK Day

Wisconsin GOP state Senator Glenn Grothman, who once argued that public employees should be forced to work on Martin Luther King Day and was dismissive of Kwanzaa, will challenge 13-term GOP Rep. Tom Petri.

Mother Jones reports on Grothman’s colorful history that includes his proposal to get rid of Wisconsin’s equal pay bill aimed at gender pay equality. He said, “you could argue that money is more important for men.” In January, he introduced legislation that would eliminate a state requirement that workers get at least one day off per week.

Glenn Grothman said Kwanzaa, which is a week-long harvest and gift-giving celebration, was promoted by “white left-wingers who try to shove this down black people’s throats in an effort to divide Americans.” He also suggested that “almost no black people today care about” Kwanzaa.

Grothman also attempted to cut back a program that provided free birth control to women while he promoted a bill that would have labeled single parenthood as a “contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.” The GOP’s war on women continues….

 Wisconsin GOP Candidate Glenn Grothman Dismisses Kwanzaa, MLK Day

‘Scottish Aristocrats’ Colin and Andrea Chisholm Arrested for Welfare Fraud

(OPINION) — These are the faces of welfare fraud in the U.S. that the Republican Party would choose to ignore…

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‘Scottish Aristocrats’ Colin and Andrea Chisholm Arrested for Welfare Fraud

Colin Chisholm III and his wife, Andrea, allegedly received more than $165,000 in food stamps and other public assistance benefits for a 7-year-period while living on a multi-million yacht in Florida. Um, these people aren’t in the 47 percent of Americans Mitt Romney called deadbeats.

The couple, residents of Minnesota, were caught in the Bahamas after police told them their visas had expired. They were escorted, along with their son and dog, onto a ship bound for Fort Lauderdale. The ‘Scottish aristocrats’ were arrested on their arrival in Port Everglades, according to a statement from Hennepin County prosecutor, Mike Freeman’s office.

Colin and Andrea Chisholm were each charged with a felony count of wrongfully obtaining public assistance in excess of $35,000.

The couple purchased a $1.2 million yacht, known as The Andrea Aras in April 2005, shortly after applying for welfare benefits in Minnesota, according to criminal complaints which were originally filed in February but remained sealed while authorities searched for them.

The Chisholms lived on the yacht near Palm Beach, Fla., for 28 months while they claimed to be living in Minnesota, the complaints say. Colin Chisholm was the chief executive officer of a satellite TV and broadband services company, while his wife bred pedigree dogs.

The Chisholms allegedly deposited more than $2.6 million in bank accounts not reported on their applications for welfare benefits between 2005 and 2012, the complaints say. They lived in luxury homes in suburban Minneapolis and previously owned a $30,000 Lexus. They also collected benefits in Florida.

Colin and Andrea Chisholm are two rich people trying to rip off the system, all the while people like Paul Ryan and others in the Republican Party as screaming for cuts to food stamps and other programs to help the poor, insinuating that there’s fraud. Yeah, there’s fraud from rich white folks ripping off the system.

Gallup Poll: More Young Voters Lean Towards Democratic Party

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Gallup Poll: More Young Voters Lean Towards Democratic Party

A new Gallup poll finds that “young adults, those between the ages of 18 and 29, have typically aligned themselves with the Democratic Party, but they have become substantially more likely to do so since 2006.”

 

“From 1993 to 2003, 47% of 18- to 29-year-olds, on average, identified as Democrats or said they were independents but leaned to the Democratic Party, while 42% were Republicans or Republican leaners. That time span included two years in which young adults tilted Republican, 1994 and 1995, when Republicans won control of Congress. Since 2006, the average gap in favor of the Democratic Party among young adults has been 18 percentage points, 54% to 36%.”

 

 Gallup Poll: More Young Voters Lean Towards Democratic Party