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The IRS wants to tax your frequent flyer miles and hotel points

Posted by: Phineas on May 27, 2014 at 2:15 pm » 2 Comments

**Posted by Phineas It’s as if the agency was worried it wasn’t hated enough. Writing at Reason, Ira Stoll reports that the Internal Revenue Service is looking at taxing rewards points offered by airlines and hotel chains: Just in time for your summer vacation, the IRS is getting ready to toughen the tax treatment on […]

 

House GOP to pass “#Obamacare replacement bill” before August recess?

Posted by: ST on May 27, 2014 at 10:02 am » 1 Comment

Interesting development – via The Hill: House conservatives will press their leaders this week to move on an ObamaCare replacement bill before the August recess. But it’s unclear if there are enough votes to pass it. According to several GOP lawmakers, members of the conservative-leaning Republican Study Committee (RSC) plan to wear lapel pins to […]

 

Opposition to #Obamacare is racist, and why Democrats love the race card

Posted by: Phineas on May 25, 2014 at 5:07 pm » 4 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Oh, brother. If we needed any more convincing that it was well-past time for Senator Jay Rockfeller (D-WV) to retire and never be heard from again, this clip of him not just playing the race card, but slamming it on the table and dancing around it should do the trick: (h/t David Freddoso) […]

 

Paging #NCSEN’s Hagan: NC Obamacare premium hikes may be published in August

Posted by: ST on May 22, 2014 at 11:41 am » 5 Comments

Another day of more worrisome news for NC’s embattled Senator Kay Hagan: States are nailing down dates to release 2015 premium costs under ObamaCare, and their decisions will guarantee a drumbeat of news about rate hikes all the way to the November midterm elections. Democrats are bracing for grim headlines that could put the unpopular […]

 

Team Clinton ‘worried’ about #Benghazi investigation, pushed for Dems on panel

Posted by: ST on May 22, 2014 at 9:32 am » 2 Comments

The Politico reports that in spite of the grandstanding of several House Democrats in response to the creation of the Benghazi special committee led by Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Team Clinton played a large role in getting them to agree to participate: Hillary Clinton’s world was so worried about a Republican investigation of the Benghazi […]

 

(Video) Bill Whittle on Boehner and McConnell: “Time to go”

Posted by: Phineas on May 16, 2014 at 4:40 pm » 5 Comments

**Posted by Phineas In this episode of Afterburner, Whittle talks about the role and nature of the Loyal Opposition and how its leader or leaders should act. After examining great Opposition leaders of the past, Bill looks at Boehner and McConnell and concludes it’s time for them to go and for a younger, more combative leadership […]

 

King Obama I: DC “doesn’t work” because the GOP always tells me no

Posted by: ST on May 15, 2014 at 3:39 pm » 2 Comments

Aww. Poor guy  just can’t get anything done without issuing an executive order or signing statement (via): President Obama told attendees at a high-dollar Manhattan fundraiser Wednesday night that the Democratic Party would be in better shape if he “could just get a million surplus votes in Brooklyn” and move them to Nebraska, where Tea Party […]

 

Chilling: Reid would back Constitutional amendment limiting free speech

Posted by: ST on May 15, 2014 at 11:53 am » 6 Comments

He’s not just losing it. He has LOST it. Via BuzzFeed: WASHINGTON — Frustrated by the “sewer” of modern American political campaigns, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Wednesday said that he would bring a constitutional amendment to the floor granting Congress the ability to set strict new limits on campaign contributions, warning he will force […]

 

Potential 2016 contender Rand Paul “clarifies” voter ID remarks

Posted by: ST on May 14, 2014 at 10:28 am » 1 Comment

The Politico reports that the junior Senator from Kentucky, considered a possible presidential contender in 2016, yesterday “clarified” remarks he made to the New York Times on voter ID which have been cause for concern among conservatives: Sen. Rand Paul is clarifying his recent comments that Republicans should lay off voter ID laws, saying now […]

 

Congressional veteran John Conyers (D-MI) fails to qualify for primary ballot

Posted by: ST on May 14, 2014 at 8:19 am » 6 Comments

An update to this story. Via The Hill: Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) won’t appear on the Democratic primary ballot after failing to submit enough valid signatures, Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett said on Tuesday. “It is my determination that in accordance with the current laws and statutes of the State of Michigan, the nominating petitions filed by […]