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Watch Out for the Fall Lame Duck Budget

Robert Romano

Congressional Democrats want to kick the can into the post-election, lame duck period, so they can use another anticipated shutdown to their advantage to achieve their budget priorities without having to worry about voter backlash. Yet, Congressional Republicans would be foolish to accept such a deal. But if House Republicans fear a shutdown hurting their chances in November, expect them to get rolled in budget negotiations.

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DOJ Admits: Missing IRS Emails Were Backed Up

Robert Romano

Department of Justice attorneys for the Internal Revenue Service told Judicial Watch on Friday that Lois Lerner’s emails, indeed all government computer records, are backed up by the federal government in case of a government-wide catastrophe. The Obama administration attorneys said that this back-up system would be too onerous to search.

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Welfare State Encompasses 56% of Americans

Robert Romano

Don’t think the government is ubiquitous? Consider the following data published by the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2012, 109.6 million Americans were on some form of means-tested welfare, including Medicaid, food stamps and public housing. Another 43.7 million were on Social Security, Medicare, unemployment, and other government programs.

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Defunding ObamaCare: Was it Really a Suicide Mission?

Robert Romano

“It was a suicide mission.” That was House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), commenting in a new book on the ill-fated 2013 effort to defund Obamacare by the House of Representatives that led to a partial government shutdown for a couple of weeks. But was it really a suicide mission? Or was it simply the nation’s last chance to stop the health care law before it took effect?

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Boehner Border Bill Bites the Dust

Robert Romano

Failing to get the 217 votes needed to pass, Republican leaders on July 31 pulled the $659 million border supplemental off the floor of the House Representatives. Republicans opposed the measure as doing nothing to secure the border or prevent the White House from taking yet more executive actions to grant legal status to illegal immigrants.

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How to Grant Refugee Status to Illegal Aliens

Robert Romano

The nation was taken by surprise on July 28 by an Associated Press (AP) report stating that the Obama administration was planning to arbitrarily implement executive action that could suspend most deportations, grant legal status to millions presently here illegally, and excuse visa overstays.

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Further Expansion of Eminent Domain

Robert Romano

At issue is a proposal by the city of Richmond to seize securities backing mortgage loans that are worth less than homes were purchased for under eminent domain, and then rework the loan to the homeowner secured via separate, private financing. Bondholders would take significant losses on the mortgages, being unable to recover the original principal of the loans.

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GOP Adding More to the Welfare Rolls?

Robert Romano

This is welfare reform? The way out of poverty? Have Paul Ryan and House Republicans given up on creating jobs? Do they accept the new normal of slow growth and therefore the necessity of an ever-expanding welfare state?

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Chief Justice Roberts on ObamaCare: What Will He Do?

Robert Romano

With the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals issuing contradictory rulings on the question of whether Obamacare exchange subsidies can be given in states that decided to not set up their own exchanges under an IRS regulation, it appears all but inevitable that the case will ultimately wind up in the Supreme Court.

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ObamaCare, Intended and Unintended Consequences

Robert Romano

The Halbig v. Burwell decision found that Obamacare exchange subsidies cannot be given in states that decided to not set up their own exchanges under an IRS regulation. When the D.C. Circuit Court rules on this issue in full, and the Supreme Court gets a crack at it, it is not up to judges to allow an agency to rewrite a law to suit its implementation, or to rewrite it themselves.

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Marxist ‘War on Poverty’ Wastes Trillions

Bob Ellis

Anyone who has been paying attention understands that the U.S. financial situation is beyond out of control. Not only are we over $17 trillion in debt, the latest figures show more than half of Americans are now on the take--via the federal government--from their fellow Americans, and a $22 trillion 'war on poverty' has done exactly zip to reduce poverty.

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Should Christians Be Politically Active?

Gina Miller

Are some correct in their claim that Christians should not be politically active? This is a question with which many Christians have struggled, due to the lack of overt New Testament admonitions to do so. Yet how many Christians throughout history, inspired by the fire of God’s Word in their spirits, have stood firmly against evil actions by civil governments? Were they wrong?

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‘Blessings of Liberty?’ Will I Despair or Will I Declare?

Michael Peroutka

There is a right way to think about and a right way to do something about the mess that American has become. We cannot and should not despair. Rather, we should decide and declare our commitment to live liberty and to pass on the Blessings of Liberty to our posterity.

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War with ISIS: Don’t Touch the Mountain

David Whitney

We were told last week that the greatest threat to our well being today is some new Mohamedean group ISIS who is ravaging the Middle East. We have also been advised that the best security is for us to go to war against this new threat. So last Wednesday the imposter essentially declared war against ISIS.

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Social Issues, Geraldo Rivera and Glenn Beck

A.J. Castellitto

I take my convictions wherever I go. I can't just pretend the truth, that I know to be universal, is 'all relative.' Silence is consent and affirmative votes confirmation. A true Christian loves his/her fellow man with a saving love that transcends natural propensities.

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