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Hillary Clinton’s email problems might be even worse than we thought

by Chris Cillizza     •      Washington Post

Here’s the good news for Hillary Clinton: The FBI has recommended that no charges be brought following its investigation of the former secretary of state’s private email server.

Here’s the bad news: Just about everything else. [Read more...]

Kim Strassel On Political Scare Tactics, Loretta Lynch, And Silencing Of Free Speech

by The Federalist Staff

Kim Strassel, Wall Street Journal columnist, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss her new book, The Intimidation Game: How the Left is Silencing Free Speech. Strassel breaks down corruption surrounding campaign finance laws, political scare tactics, why American’s feel the government is inept, and the President’s constant politicizing of federal agencies. [Read more...]

Europe at a Crossroads

by Dr. Miklos K. RadvanyiEurope Map

The first half of the 20th century in Europe was characterized by two extremely destructive phenomena: Two ruinous wars and three revolutions that aimed at destroying the political, legal, financial, economic and cultural foundations of every state. Unable to comprehend that to establish enduring peace Europe needed the restoration of common principles respected by the leading powers of the continent, its politicians pursued mutually exclusive power politics, because they were gripped by fear of each other. Lenin and Stalin, Mussolini and Hitler were all products of the ubiquitous disorder rooted in the complete disregard of the notion of justice and humanity that, in turn, gave birth to the most brutal abuses of military force. [Read more...]

Health Care Premiums: Up, and Rising Again

By M. Anthony Mills      •     RealClearPolitics

Obamacare NeedleIn presidential politics, party professionals on both sides of the aisle live in fear of the dreaded “October surprise” that can compromise their candidates’ chances.

In 2016, the joker in the deck may come the first week of November — and it won’t be a surprise, just a shock: Fueled by the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, Americans’ health insurance premiums are likely to spike.

The policy debates that preoccupy Beltway insiders are often far removed from the concerns of most American voters. The Export-Import Bank, the intricacies of the Dodd-Frank financial regulatory requirements, quantitative easing, and rules promulgated in obscure administrative agencies — this is not the stuff of middle-class anxiety. While such policy and regulatory decisions do affect citizens nationwide, it’s not always immediately obvious how. Not so jobs, wages, schools, and health care — these issues hit home. [Read more...]

Americans Will Spend More Than 8 Billion Hours and $409 Billion Complying With Tax Code in 2016

IRS tax code totals 2.4 million words and additional regulations total 7.7 million words

by Ali Meyer     •     Washington Free Beacon

Americans will spend more than 8.9 billion hours and $409 billion complying with the tax code in 2016, according to a report from the Tax Foundation.

“One often overlooked issue in tax reform is complexity,” the report states. “For decades, the tax code has become more and more detailed, with thousands of additional pages of statutes, regulations, and case law. This added complexity imposes a real cost on the U.S. economy.”

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax code in 1995 totaled 409,000 words and since then it has increased to a total of 2.4 million words.

In addition to the tax code, there are 7.7 million words of tax regulations and there are 60,000 pages of tax-related case law, which accountants and tax lawyers use to decide how much their clients must pay. [Read more...]

Taxes Now Eat Up Larger Share of Income Than When Obama Took Office

After-tax income has declined for some demographic groups since 2009

by Ali Meyer     •     Washington Free Beacon

Taxes are consuming a larger share of household income now than before President Obama took office, according to data from the Congressional Budget Office.

The CBO uses a comprehensive measure of income, referred to as average household market income, that includes labor income, business income, capital income, capital gains, and retirement income. It combines this with government transfers to calculate before-tax income.

The budget office then subtracts individual income taxes, payroll or social insurance taxes, corporate income taxes and excise taxes to calculate average after-tax income. [Read more...]

Democrats: We Shall Overcome The Constitution

An unprecedented act of pretend bravery

By David Harsanyi     •     The Federalist

Nothing stirs the passions of Democrats these days quite like the prospect of gutting the Constitution. In an unprecedented act of pretend political bravery, House members held a catered sit-in, demanding Republicans allow a vote to strip away protections of Second, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments of the Constitution. It was quite the scene.

There were the selfie-happy Democrats singing “We Will Overcome” while demanding passage of a bill that those right-wing nutjobs over at the ACLU have “strongly” argued would undermine civil liberties. As of this writing, no participant has been beaten down by the cops or thrown into a dank cell — although, for those who’d forgotten their chargers, iPhone batteries were probably getting perilously low on juice.

Sit strong, heroes! [Read more...]

If You Look at This Chart of Top 10 Nations in the World for Mass Shootings – One Thing Jumps Out

By Kyle Becker     •     Independent Journal

second amendment_gun controlThe deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history has tragically just taken place at The Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The nightmarish attack claimed the lives of 49 Americans, and wounded 53 more.

Many Americans are rightly searching for answers about what went wrong and how do we prevent more from occurring.

In the midst of all this confusion and national soul-searching, some startling claims have been made about the mass shootings in the United States compared with the rest of the world. [Read more...]

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Houston Veterans Waited for Care After VA Cancelled Appointments

Evidence that VA hospital was falsifying records as recently as February

By Morgan Chalfant      •     Washington Free Beacon

veterans affairs_obamacare_healthcareNearly 100 veterans in Houston waited an average of 81 days for care after schedulers at a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital cancelled their appointments, a watchdog said this week.

The veterans’ wait times appeared much shorter in electronic scheduling records because staffers at the Michael E. DeBakey Medical Center in Houston, Texas were told to designate appointments as cancelled by the patient when they were really cancelled by the facility, according to a VA inspector general report released on Monday.

Investigators learned through a review that two former scheduling supervisors at the hospital and a current director of two of its outpatient clinics told staffers as recently as February to designate appointments cancelled by the clinic as cancelled by patients.

“This report is a prime example of why VA is still mired in dysfunction. The inspector general caught three VA leaders red-handed instructing their subordinates to manipulate wait times,” Rep. Jeff Miller (R., Fla.), who chairs the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, told the Washington Free Beacon. [Read more...]

Thank You: Regular Order & Constitutional Government

Thank You - Regular Order

Dear Speaker Ryan and Leader McCarthy:

Frontiers of Freedom and its hundreds of thousands of supporters all across the nation want to thank you for your commitment to returning to Regular Order. During the past decade, the practice of setting the Regular Order process aside has weakened the concept of the co- equal branches of government and has sacrificed Congress’ power of the purse. As that has happened, fiscal responsibility has been sacrificed and the Administration has seen its power increased because the constitutional checks and balances have effectively been overridden or bypassed. So we cannot possibly state strongly enough our appreciation and approval of your commitment to Regular Order. It is not merely a process issue — it is a return to our Constitutional roots. Thank you! [Read more...]

HR 4100 Coalition Letter

HR 4100 Coalition Letter

Gentlemen:

The current earmark ban is good policy and good politics. It’s popular with taxpayers who believe special interest spending has come to dominate the policy discussions on Capitol Hill and it has prevented the adoption of spending measures that would add to the deficit and national debt. [Read more...]

How Obama’s Overtime Rules Will Hurt Disabled Children

By Eric Peterson      •     The Federalist

Last month, when President Obama’s Department of Labor released its long-awaited “overtime rule,” the mainstream media headlines were predictable: “Obama administration announces final overtime rule boosting pay for millions,” said the Los Angeles Times. “New overtime rules a boon for middle class workers,” added Newsweek. With claims from the Obama camp that the new mandate will boost pay by $12 billion over the next decade, the majority of the coverage has been overwhelmingly positive.

But here are a few headlines we might have seen if media outlets made an honest assessment of the rule: “Overtime rule to cause more than 4,000 cleft lip surgeries to not be performed for children in need”; “At-risk youth could see fewer programs because of costly DOL rule”; “Domestic abuse nonprofit faces cuts because of Obama’s overtime rule.”

Those may not have been headlines atop major newspapers, but they are real concerns nonprofit organizations submitted to the Department of Labor while the overtime rule was undergoing consideration over the past year. [Read more...]

Hillary Clinton’s fifteen biggest scandals

By Sarah Westwood     •     Washington Examiner

Hillary Clinton 2Hillary Clinton is set to launch her presidential campaign for the second time Saturday in New York amid a barrage of criticism that has marred her first weeks on the trail.

The Clintons have been no stranger to scandals, some dating back to when Bill Clinton was governor of Arkansas. But there are many scandals that originated in Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.

The following 15 scandals are just a few to keep in mind as she launches her presidential campaign. [Read more...]

Is Barack Obama correct that mass killings don’t happen in other countries?

By Keely Herring, Louis Jacobson

After a gunman shot and killed nine worshippers in a historic African-American church in Charleston, S.C., President Barack Obama took to the White House podium the next day to “express our deep sorrow over the senseless murders.”

In his June 18, 2015, remarks from the White House, Obama said, “Now is the time for mourning and for healing. But let’s be clear: At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency. And it is in our power to do something about it.”

A flurry of PolitiFact readers — some of them prompted by articles objecting to Obama’s claim — wrote to us to ask us to check it, so we did. [Read more...]