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Issa to Investigate Pro-ObamaCare ‘Census-Gate’

Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Government Oversight & Reform Committee, wants the Census Bureau to explain why it failed to tell Congress that it would change the way it measures whether people have health insurance in the same year ObamaCare goes into effect.

The new survey produces a lower uninsured rate than previous versions asked by the Census Bureau. The concern is that the new lower numbers will make ObamaCare enrollment figures now and the in the future appear to be higher than they would have had the same questions been asked.

“A two-percent adjustment in the nationwide uninsured rate would represent a change in status for six million Americans and could be used in misleading arguments about the coverage impact of the Affordable Care Act,” Issa wrote in a letter…[more]

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31 For Obama Analogies, Look Deeper than Carter

There was a time early in Barack Obama’s first term when armchair analysts thought they had an analogy all worked out for the new president. Obama, by this telling, was the second coming of Jimmy Carter, another figure swept from relative obscurity to the commanding heights of the presidency in a short period. Like Carter, Obama is an unrepentant…

32 Obama Gripped by Intellectual Exhaustion

There are certain surefire signs that you’re losing in politics. Foremost among them: You spend a lot of time talking about the difficulty you’re having with “communications issues.” When politicians see their popularity decline, they like to tell themselves they just haven’t packaged their ideas correctly; that they just…

33 Why Character Still Matters

In economics, they call it the principal-agent problem. When someone else is entrusted with carrying out a task for you – say an employee, a financial advisor, or even a doctor – how do you get him to act in your best interest rather than his? The more complicated the responsibility, the more difficult it is to monitor the behavior. In…

34 Obama Ties Nixon for Lowest Public Approval at This Point in Presidency

In 2008, Barack Obama immodestly cited Ronald Reagan as the type of “transformative” president he intended to become.  “Ronald Reagan,” he said, “changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not, that Bill Clinton did not.”  Bold words, but what’s equally notable is that Obama…

35 After Zimmerman: In Defense of “Stand Your Ground” Laws

Since its earliest days, the Obama administration has been guided by the mantra, “never let a crisis go to waste.” At the time, the phrase helped explain why President Barack Obama and his advisors used the economic crisis he inherited to ram through a costly and completely unrelated overhaul of the nation’s health care system. Now…

36 The Next President: Who Best Compensates for Obama’s Failings?

The American electorate has a reliable propensity to behave like a spurned lover. Just as a heartbroken individual is prone to search out precisely the traits their previous partner lacked, Americans disappointed by (or, in some cases, simply bored of) their outgoing president tend to look for candidates who compensate for their predecessor’s…

37 Obama NSA Files Revealed [Satire]

After pledging a new era of transparency, the Obama Administration has been rocked by a string of scandals involving government secrecy and malfeasance, with the most recent being the revelation that the National Security Agency has been collecting information on the telephone calls and Internet usage of private citizens. In order to live up to its…

38 In Media Probe, Holder Violated DOJ Rules

It looks like the First Amendment isn’t the only stricture Eric Holder violated when he targeted Fox News reporter James Rosen for unprecedented secret surveillance. According to official Department of Justice guidelines, the Attorney General failed to apply federally required rules explicitly designed to protect members of the media from government…

39 Congress Has the Right – Perhaps the Duty – To Impeach Eric Holder

As House Republicans ramp up their investigations into the Obama administration’s growing number of scandals, no one should be quick to dismiss the possibility that impeachment might be the only way to reassert accountability in the executive branch. That should include GOP pollster Frank Luntz, who told a closed door meeting of House Republicans…

40 Background Checks, Anyone? IRS, AP and Fox Scandals Confirm Potential for Bureaucratic Injustice

The dovetailing IRS, AP and Fox News scandals expose the shockingly routine contempt that federal bureaucrats show toward Americans’ Constitutional rights.  By what logic then, applying each day’s new revelations, would we choose to grant even more government discretion over those rights?  When it comes to the Second Amendment…

41 Fast and Furious: Who Is Dennis Burke?

With three big scandals enveloping the Obama White House simultaneously, and multiple other outrages already shunted aside, it is hard to remember that a fourth major scandal still remains not only unresolved but actually updated just this week. The scandal concerns the Fast and Furious gun-running operation, and observers were reminded again this…

42 Death in Benghazi, Dishonor in Washington

Liberals, whose faith is the state and whose catechism consists of vapid slogans, have grown fond in recent years of declaiming that, “Government is simply the name for the things we do together.” If you’re playing along at home, please note that list now includes being improperly audited, being secretly surveilled and being left…

43 Obamite Thuggery Has Long History

It was Michael Barone who first wrote that Barack Obama was a practitioner of “gangster government.” Barone was right. The plethora of scandals now engulfing the administration, combined with all sort of prior scandals that a lapdog media largely ignored, show that this regime is thuggish beyond repair. As they say in the game of bridge…

44 Hillary 2016: Another Benghazi Casualty

Well, we’ve finally settled on that elusive Clinton Doctrine:  “We leave our diplomats and soldiers behind.”  Or, alternatively, “What difference does it make?!”  Unfortunately for Clinton, it translates to a potentially devastating blow to whatever 2016 presidential aspirations she had.  Hillary…

45 National Academy of Sciences Appoints Itself… Copyright Authority?

When seeking expert opinion on matters of science, engineering or medicine, does one consult… musicians?  No disrespect intended toward Thomas Dolby, who gifted the world with “She Blinded Me with Science,” but probably not.  In similar vein, when seeking expert opinion on music business models, the entertainment industry…

46 Poll: Favorability of States Rise While Feds Fall to Historic Low

With politicians in Washington, D.C., refusing to tackle the most important problems facing Americans, a new poll shows a widening gap between how the public feels toward different levels of government. The results are not surprising. When asked whether they hold a favorable view toward separate levels of government, a nationwide survey of Americans…

47 Amid Police Layoffs and Budget Shortfalls, 2nd Amendment Looms Even More Vital

In February, we highlighted how citizens across Mexico increasingly understand the value of the right to keep and bear arms.  With authorities unable or unwilling to protect them from epidemic criminal terror, it was the only remaining option.  And it worked.  “We brought order back to a place where there had been chaos,&rdquo…

48 Barack Obama’s America

Barack Obama’s America is a place where the president’s daughters can vacation on the taxpayers’ dime in the Caribbean and twice at ski resorts, all within three months, plus attend ritzy private schools, while poor black children at horribly failing schools in the District of Columbia have their “opportunity scholarships&rdquo…

49 Sequestering Easter Egg Roll Just Latest White House Scare Tactic

The politics of the budget sequester have taken some childish turns, but few as revealing as the White House threat to cancel the 135th Easter Egg Roll.  Consider this sequence of events. In mid-March the White House emailed Members of Congress alerting them to the possibility that the annual Easter Egg Roll might be cancelled at the last minute…

50 Labor Nominee Puts Landrieu in Quandary

Louisiana’s Democratic U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu may be in an awkward position due to President Obama’s nomination of Thomas Perez to be Secretary of Labor. As head of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice (DoJ), Perez has been a notorious despoiler of police and fire departments, and/or of the cities those departments…

51 Gun Control Could Kill Senate’s Democratic Majority

What gives Congress the power to think it can treat the Second Amendment like a second-class right? That was the essential question hanging over a tense exchange between U.S. Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) over the latter’s proposed assault weapons ban. Here is a transcript of the tussle in the Senate Judiciary Committee…

52 IG Report Shows Viper’s Den at Justice Department

The lead two sentences in a Tuesday afternoon Politico story got it right: “A scathing new report exposing bitter divisions and racial hostility at the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division is certain to complicate the confirmation process for Tom Perez, who currently heads the unit and is expected to be President Barack Obama…

53 Obama Should Cut His Million-Dollar Golf Games, Not White House Tours

According to NBC, canceling White House tours would save the administration $74,000 a week. Taking a separate vacation and pretending to be on the PGA Tour to train with Tiger Woods' coach and then play a round with Tiger himself cost U.S. taxpayers more than $1 million. As Sen. Jeff Sessions estimated, that was "enough money to save 341 federal…

54 Obama Sequester Strategy Revealed [Satire]

Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request, we at the Center for Individual Freedom have been able to obtain exclusive documents from the White House related to the recent federal sequester cuts. In these documents, a member of the senior White House staff relays instructions for how Obama cabinet officials are to publicly portray the reductions…

55 Obamites Abuse a Toy Named “Sue… and Settle”

A burgeoning scandal that was probably responsible for the resignation of Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson is also highlighting a scurrilous leftist practice called “sue and settle.” The good news is, a backlash is gaining momentum against this practice that has become a favorite toy of the Obama administration. First…

56 Why the Filibuster is Right for Hagel

Because Nebraska’s former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel is manifestly ill-qualified (or worse) to be Defense Secretary, and because due diligence about his record has not been completed, senators are more than justified in continuing to filibuster his nomination. There are two parts to this argument – the first being Hagel’s unfitness…

57 The Right’s Rising Stars: Too Much of a Good Thing?

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida probably Jindalled himself in his State of the Union response Tuesday night, meaning he certainly did not help his future presidential prospects, and may have harmed them. Republicans thus remain without a primary spokesman or obvious standard-bearer. On the other hand, they boast a larger number of talented, potential…

58 Who Needs High-Capacity Magazines? Even Police Only Hit 1 in 5 Shots

Here’s a statistic likely to surprise most Americans:  Police officers’ hit ratio, meaning the percentage of shots fired that meet the intended target, is approximately 20%.  In other words, even those whose very profession demands accuracy and constant preparation only hit 1 out of 5 shots when the situation requires it. …

59 Rights at Risk

Consider this a thought experiment. Consider this a serious warning about the menace that can come from a nameless, self-worshipping president leading a government of increasingly unchecked powers. Consider this however you want. Just know that there can indeed be a tipping point at which big government no longer respects civil liberties as we know…

60 A 17-Year-Old's Letter to President Obama about Football

Dear President Obama:   I am a 17-year old high school senior who has proudly played football for 11 years. I read with great dismay your recent comments in The New Republic in which you state that you would have to “think long and hard” before allowing a son to play football. With all due respect, I couldn’t sit quietly on…

 
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The annual White House Easter Egg Roll was reinstituted following a 12-year hiatus by which one of the following Presidents?
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“On this glorious day, we remember our brave men and women in uniform who are separated from their families by great distances. We pray for their safety and strength, and we honor those who gave their lives to advance peace and secure liberty across the globe.   Happy Easter. May God bless you, and may God bless our great Nation.”…[more]
 
 
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