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Treasury Dept. Approves $3 Billion Transfer to Insurance Companies that Congress Denied

A letter from House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) demands an explanation from the Treasury Department on why it allowed $3 billion in payments to ObamaCare insurance companies that Congress never approved.

In a well-documented piece, Philip Klein gives a disturbing summary of the Obama administration deliberately refusing to follow the law.

“At issue are payments to insurers known as cost-sharing subsidies,” writes Klein. “These payments come about because President Obama’s healthcare law forces insurers to limit out-of-pocket costs for certain low income individuals by capping consumer expenses, such as deductibles and co-payments, in insurance plans. In exchange for capping these charges, insurers are supposed to receive compensation.”

Here’s the rub.

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31 Senate Democrats and Scorched-Earth Judicial Politics

Whereas Senate Democrats routinely employ scorched-Earth tactics in the realm of judicial politics, Senate Republicans have tended to act with comparative timidity.  In an ominous new ruling from the full D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals regarding an important ObamaCare decision from earlier this summer, Democrats' Machiavellian methods are again…

32 CFIF Star-Spangled Banner Quiz

Take our 14 Question Quiz to test your knowledge of our National Anthem. (Answer key may be found at the bottom) 1.  Which one of the following penned the words to the “The Star-Spangled Banner”? a. George M. Cohan b. Benjamin Franklin c. Francis Scott Key d. John Philip Souza 2.  How many stanzas comprise…

33 Time to Make Congress Telecommute?

If you want a sign that America’s civic health is not yet in terminal decline, here you go: We still hate Congress. According to the most recent RealClearPolitics polling average, disapproval of the legislative branch is at over 78 percent. Sure, there are plenty of Beltway chin-scratchers who will tell you that this is a function of Washington…

34 Rand Paul, John Stossel and Disgraceful Commentary in the Ferguson Aftermath

Judging from public opinion surveys, the American public demonstrates greater sagacity than many political leaders and members of the commentariat when it comes to the subject of police.  Sadly, that includes some otherwise insightful conservatives and libertarians whose behavior in the aftermath of Ferguson, Missouri, riots leave much to be…

35 The Unlikely Resurrection of Rick Perry

There’s a pretty handy rule of thumb in American politics: We forgive our sinners, but not our buffoons. If you’re Bill Clinton, Mark Sanford, or Ted Kennedy, we will, given enough time, welcome you back into polite society. If, however, you’ve become fodder for late night comics — if you’re Dan Quayle or Joe Biden &mdash…

36 What Would a Real “Change Election” Look Like?

By all accounts, November’s midterm elections look likely to deal a decisive rebuke to the Obama Administration, currently at a nadir in public opinion. Should Republicans retake the Senate — an outcome that looks exceedingly plausible — they’ll control both houses of Congress, as well as holding a slim (though unreliable)…

37 Obama’s Own Watchdogs Say Administration Violates the Law

“This is the most transparent administration in history.” – President Barack Obama, February 13, 2013 Apparently, transparency doesn’t mean disclosure, even when it’s legally required. On August 5, two-thirds of the Inspectors General who serve in the Obama administration sent a letter to Congress saying that several…

38 CFIF State Sovereignty Project

DATE OF LAST UPDATE:  December 4, 2014 Welcome to the Center for Individual Freedom's State Sovereignty Project, a comprehensive effort devoted to persuading all 50 states to aggressively exercise their authority to serve as a check on the ever-growing and often extra-constitutional power of the federal government. CFIF’s State…

39 Obama’s Last Two Years: The Worst Yet?

A political operative friend of mine recently posed a question that’s arresting in its implications: Which do you fear more — the first four years of a Hillary Clinton presidency or the last two years of Barack Obama’s tenure in the Oval Office? Just a few years ago, the idea that any other Democrat could compare to Mrs. Clinton…

40 IRS, Immigration Scandals Are Destroying the Obama Administration’s Credibility

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41 America’s Civic Failure: Have We Gotten What We Deserve?

Being a conservative — or, for that matter, any American with the decency to recoil at Barack Obama’s generalissimo style of governance — is a pretty disheartening experience. Sure, there’s a schadenfreude to seeing the White House reel from the tidal wave of problems currently submerging it — the international tensions…

42 "War on Women?" Federal Law Has Protected Contraceptives and Equal Pay for 50 Years

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act to "prohibit discrimination on account of sex in the payment of wages by employers."  In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, which broadly outlawed discrimination on the basis of sex, as well as race, religion, national origin or color.  In…

43 Obama in 2009: “You’ve Got Me.” Democrats Today: “Barack Obama? Never Heard of Him.”

In 2009, an Icarus-like Barack Obama with artificially high approval ratings demanded fealty from Congressional Democrats toward his ultra-partisan agenda.  From his trillion-dollar “stimulus” spending to “Cash for Clunkers” to ObamaCare, the Obama White House breezily dismissed centrist Democrats’ trepidation and…

44 To Impeach… or Not?

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45 "Consent of the Governed" No More?

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46 CFIF Independence Day Quiz

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47 U.S. Politics in the Age of Instability

One of the most peculiar facts about American exceptionalism is that we know it exists precisely because so many Americans are blind to its effects. Consider, for instance, all of the factors — each of them luxuries by historical standards — that Americans take for granted: power will peacefully be transferred from one political party to…

48 With Cantor Loss, Liberals Whistling Past the Graveyard

The Democratic Party may have finally landed on a campaign slogan for 2014: “Any port in a storm.” That’s the only explanation for the glee that some liberals have been expressing in reaction to the news that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated in the Republican primary for Virginia’s 7th district. They have to have…

49 VA Scandal Scapegoating: Don’t Blame Insufficient Spending, Bush or Iraq and Afghan Wars

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50 Barack Obama, Presidential Kamikaze

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51 Mind the Gap: The Dangerous Distance Between Civilians and the Military

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52 Yes, the VA Is a Real Scandal; No, Obama Won’t Do Anything About It

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53 Liberal Insanity on Mental Health

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54 New Poll: Majority Favors Further Investigation of Benghazi

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57 The “Equal Pay for Equal Work” Myth

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60 Will the 2014 Election Yield a Republican Senate (Part 1)?

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FDR issued 635 vetoes over the course of his three terms in office, more than any other President in U.S. history. Which one of the following issued the second greatest number of presidential vetoes?
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