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Judge Jeanine Pirro scorched the Obama administration for its love affair with the Iranian regime.

Judge Jeanine Pirro – Opening Statement – Nuclear Iran –
Fox News – March 28, 2015

Judge Jeanine Pirro – Opening Statement –
March 21, 2015 – Fox News – Obama Nuclear Iran

THE CRIMINAL ARROGANCE OF HILLARY CLINTON – Video

Published on Mar 22, 2015

30000 deleted emails Bill Whittle looks at the lawlessness, the arrogance, and the unmasked contempt that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have for the American people.

Webmaster Comment:

As of March 29th it has been disclosed that Hillary Clinton has deleted all of the emails on her server, this is the wanton destruction of Federal records a definite violation of the law and should be prosecuted.

Clinton’s Lawyer: Kendall said it would be pointless for Clinton to turn over her server, even if legally authorized, since “no emails … reside on the server or on any backup systems associated with the server.” According to the Federal laws; all Government communications must be backed up regardless if it is personal or business.  If she had been on the Government authorized distribution system of .gov, this would have happened automatically.

Clinton personally made the determination what records she should delete, and what records should be given to the State Department, This should have been completed by independent service; this is liken to allowing a suspected criminal to do the investigation of his crime scene.

The congress of the United States should demand that Hillary clinton be charged and tried for this offense.

JEN

THE HIGHLANDS TEA PARTY WEEKLY MEETING – MARCH 31, 2015 – HOMERS SMORGASBORD 6:00-8:00 PM

A - We The People Highlands CntyMEETS EVERY TUESDAY 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
HOMERS SMORGASBORD
1000 Sebring Square
SEBRING, FLORIDA

March 31, 2015
Guest Speaker
Juan Torres/ Julio Laura
PROS/CONS OF OBAMA’S OPEN DOOR TO CUBA

Juan Torres is a physician and the Central Florida Director for Bear Witness Central, an organization created to inform, educate, and unite Hispanics and Americans against the growing threat of socialism and attacks to freedom of religion. Dr. Torres has also spoken on issues related to faith, family, and opportunities for Hispanics in the Values and Voters Summit as well as other Tea Party and conservative events in Washington, D.C.
At eighteen, Cuban-born Julio M. Lara was a captain in Fidel Castro’s army. Communists took over Cuba, including Lara’s ranch. Julio rebelled against Castro, was hunted, wounded and forced to flee to South America. Communism again seized control of his new home, business and fortune. Now a Christian U.S. citizen, he sees that same evil ideology growing in America. Julio is the author of “American Apocalypse: How to Stop The Destruction Of Liberty”  His book is a warning, but also shows how to stop the destruction of liberty.

MEETING AGENDA

    • Pledge of Allegiance
    • Invocation by Chaplin Jenkin Davis or Dale Pflug
    • Acknowledgement of First Time Visitors. CHAIRMAN’S NOTES 
    • The Painting by Jerry Kingsbury was won by Bonnie Daniels the lucky holder of the drawn ticket. Hope you enjoy it. 
    • Check out the books by Ted Romer and Millie Richmond –  $5.00 Each, we only have a few left.
    • POPVOX – https://popvox.com/    It’s Your Voice – Check it out! We urge everyone who has internet to get connected
    • NumbersUSA – https://www.numbersusa.com/ – Educating Americans on the need for policies of controlled immigration for the national interest. GET CONNECTED!
    • Want to track legislation in the Florida Legislature – http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/bills.aspx
UPCOMING EVENTS

April 7th –  NO TEA PARTY MEETING AT HOMERS WE WANT ALL MEMBERS TO TRY AND COME TO THE HIGHLANDS COUNTY COMMISSION NIGHT MEETING
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April 14th – Karen Schoen – Agenda 21 Issues
April 21st -Mack Payne – IMPACT OF AGENT ORANGE ON VETERANS/WHAT CAN BE DONE
May 5th – Gregg Prentice – Election Intergity of Fl/Voter Registration Issues
May 12th – Starla Brown/Marc Fox – AFP Field Director on Upcoming Plas including Highlands County
May 19th – Joe Bernard – New CEO Highlands Regional Hospital, Highlands County  – Hospital Coverage Under ACA

INTRODUCTION OF GUEST SPEAKER -

THTP STORE

Check out the great shirts, Hat’s and Patriotic Jewelry on the table up front.
Karen will take special request also. Portion of proceeds go to the Tea Party.

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HEADLINE NEWS 2015

HEADLINE NEWS
Week of March 29, 2015 – April 4, 2015

Stay current with the latest News around
the Nation and the World

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  • BREITGART – REPORTS: MSM REPORTERS GIVE HILLARY CLINTON STANDING OVATION AFTER SHE TAKES NO QUESTIONS, JOKES ABOUT EMAIL SCANDAL -03/29
    According to a National Journal report, Clinton took no questions after her 20-minute speech in Washington, D.C., which prompted the Washington Post‘s Dan Balz, who won this year’s Robin Toner award for excellence in political reporting, to reportedly make Clinton an offer: “I am happy to yield my time back to you if you want to take some questions.” Time reported that “Clinton received a standing ovation” anyway “from the journalist-heavy crowd.” In her speech, Clinton reportedly cracked jokes about her email scandal, saying she was “all about new beginnings. A new grandchild. A new hairstyle. A new email account. A new relationship with the press. No more secrecy, no more zone of privacy… After all what good did that do for me?”
  • NEWSMAX – Netanyahu: Obama’s Iranian Nuclear Deal Worse Than Israel Feared - 03/29
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned on Sunday the framework Iranian nuclear agreement being sought by international negotiators, saying it was even worse than his country had feared.Israel has mounted what it terms an “uphill battle” against an agreement that might ease sanctions on the Iranians while leaving them with a nuclear infrastructure with bomb-making potential. Tehran says its nuclear program is peaceful.

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The U.S. Navy’s Rail Gun Strikes At 7 Times the Speed of Sound. 7 Times!

The U.S. Navy’s Rail Gun Strikes
At 7 Times the Speed of Sound. 7 Times!

The World War 3 Cannon ?:
Blitzer Railgun by General Atomics – Electric Cannon

Ted Cruz • Young America’s Foundation • Freedom Conference • New Hampshire • 3/27/15 •

Published on Mar 27, 2015

March 27th, 2015 • Sen. Ted Cruz campaigns for president at the Young America’s Foundation’s Freedom Conference in Nashua, New Hampshire. Cruz held a brief Q & A with his young audience following his remarks.

Ted Cruz’s first week as a presidential contender has been paved with insults and mockery against him from establishment Republicans and leftist mainstream moron media, but there’s at least one way in which he’s way ahead: he’s DOUBLED his fundraising goal in the first week!

From Politico:

The Texas Republican, who officially announced his bid for president on Monday, had pulled in that figure by Thursday night, his aides confirmed.

He hit the initial $1 million goal early Tuesday morning, hours after announcing, his team said, the result in part of a swanky New York City fundraiser Monday night and online donations.

This is the only way Cruz has hope for winning the nomination – if he’s able to inspire the American people by talking directly to them and trying to bypass the traditional media routes that will do everything they can to make him look foolish.

Political Humor

 

Jeb is his “OWN MAN.” Except when daddy and big brother are raising big bucks for him.

Jeb is his “own man.” 
Except when daddy and big brother are raising big bucks for him.

Remember when Jeb Bush assured everyone that he was his “own man” and would be distinctly different from his father, George H.W. Bush, and his brother, George W. Bush?  Well, that was then.  This is now. Jeb needs his father’s and brother’s political connections for fundraising, and the three are holding fundraisers together across the country. The fundraising line-up includes events where couples are asked to donate $100,000.00. If that price sounds steep for dinner for two people, don’t worry. The price also includes a photo opportunity.

Future showing of the Documentary “Hornets Nest” the War in Afghanistan

I have purchased the DVD of the Documentary ” Hornets Nest”, it is a 97 minute  movie originally released in some theaters around the country in May 0f 2014.

SEE THE TRAILER BELOW

Some time in the next couple months I plan to show this at a dedicated Tea Party meeting, If you have friends or know anyone who participated in this war I would like you to invite them and be prepared to talk about their adventure .
This means we will have the Pledge, the Invocation, then show the movie, the movie should be over by 7:40 leaving a few minutes for discussion.
A brief explanation of the video.
“The Hornet’s Nest” (2014 release; 97 min.) is a documentary about fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan. As the documentary opens, we are reminded that it is “Kunar, Northeastern Afghanistan, March 29, 2011″ where serious fighting with the Taliban is taking place. We then go back to a year earlier and are introduced to Mike Boettcher, a veteran of war reporting. Mike is about to return to be embedded in Afghanistan. But this time his son Carlos is also going, “to understand why you chose work over us for so long”, wow. Mike and Carlos are embedded with the 101st Airborne, and we see them on various missions, such as “track Taliban snipers”, “search and clear compound”, etc. The last 30-35 minutes of the movie lead up to “the hornet’s nest” that was Mission Strong Eagle III in March, 2011. To tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you’ll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this documentary is outstanding on so many levels, I hardly know where to begin. First, this is the best documentary that I have seen that truly gives you an idea about what things were/are like for our troops fighting the Taliban. The embedded journalists literally put their lives on the line as well, so as to bring us this incredible footage. Second, the documentary also gives us a glimpse into the utter absurdity of life in a war zone. While bullets are flying, we see people, including children, in the background, walking or on their bikes, Third, and most importantly, the documentary gives rarely before seen insights on how the men and women in our military are true heroes, in every sense of the word, fighting an “invisible” enemy (nickname for the Taliban: “ghosts”) in a faraway land under impossible circumstances, all so that you and I can go about our daily routine here at home in the US. Regardless of how one feels about the merits of these wars, we owe all of these men and women our thanks and appreciation, and then some. For reasons that I don’t want to spoil here, the last 10 min. of the documentary will stay with me for a long, long time. Earlier this year the movie “Lone Survivor” was a big box office success, and with good reason. But I must tell you that “The Hornet’s Nest’ is better, for no other reason that this is REAL, not just a Hollywood version of what has happened in Afghanistan.

Comment from one of the soldiers who participated in this action:    As one of the soldiers from the No Slack battalion which is featured in the movie, I can tell you that if you want to know what we experienced, this is the perfect movie. I wish I could give it more stars, it won’t disappoint

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Cornell dean says ISIS welcome on campus in undercover video – This needs to go viral!

Cornell dean says ISIS welcome on campus in undercover video

So this is supposedly the best in the country for higher education ….. The All Knowing , All Powerful  Ivy League  Experience??  James O’Keefe, exposes yet another disaster. In this instance,  Jim has a student pose as a student from Morocco and videos a conversation he has with an Assistant Dean at Cornell. It is beyond belief.

In the encounter, the assistant Dean first gives a green light to sending supplies to ISIS ( you remember them…. they are the dudes who love to chop off heads and burn people in cages)….. then the Assistant Dean gives a green light to bringing a terrorist to campus for a lecture and then he speaks about Cornell funding the “lecturer for $4000 – $5000″  and providing a venue  on campus which can hold over 1000 people.  But…. he does not stop there…. when asked if the  terrorist could set up a training camp for ISIS  and Hamas on campus….. the Assistant Dean states   ” Sure, it is no different than bringing in a sports coach.”
 
You need to watch this….. and then do everything in your power to block anyone you know and love from inhabiting “The Hallowed Ivy League Halls of Omnipotence.”

 

This guy is either the dumbest Ivy League bigwig ever or politically correct to a fault — for welcoming offers to bring ISIS and Hamas to Cornell University.
A video sting operation shows Cornell’s assistant dean for students, Joseph Scaffido, agreeing to everything suggested by an undercover muckraker posing as a Moroccan student.  Scaffido casually endorses inviting an ISIS “freedom fighter’’ to conduct a “training camp” for students at the upstate Ithaca campus — bizarrely likening the activity to a sports camp.
Is it OK to bring a humanitarian pro-“Islamic State Iraq and Syria” group on campus, the undercover for conservative activist James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas asks.  Sure, Scaffido says in the recorded March 16 meeting. Scaffido doesn’t even blink an eye when the undercover asks about providing material support for terrorists — “care packages, whether it be food, water, electronics.”

Environmental concerns dip in US – About time Americans start to understand that this whole concept of Global Warming/Climate Chan age is a United Nations HOAX.

The Hill

Environmental concerns dip in US

Concern over climate change and a handful of other environmental issues has fallen from last year after generally increasing the previous several years, according to a new poll.  Since 2014, the percentage of Americans who have a “great deal” of concern about air pollution and the loss of tropical rain forests has fallen 8 percentage points each, according to Gallup’s annual survey of top environmental concerns.
Concern over pollution of drinking water, consistently a top response, has fallen 5 percentage points, from 60 percent to 55 percent, according to Gallup, while the percentage worried about pollution of bodies of water like rivers and lakes, and the extinction of animals and plants has fallen 6 percentage points and 5 percentage points, respectively.  Global warming or climate change worries have ticked down just 2 percentage points, though the issue remains last among the other concerns on the list, with less than a third of Americans, 32 percent, considering it a major problem.
Worries over nearly all of the environmental issues polled by Gallup have fallen across political parties since 2000, with double-digit drops among Republicans and Democrats for water pollution, air pollution and loss of tropical rain forests. Concern over climate change is up since 2000 among Democrats, by 4 percentage points.
 Most of the issues on the poll remain near record lows reached in 2010 and 2011. The survey of 1,025 U.S. adults was conducted March 5-8 via landlines and cellphones with a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

Army charges Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior

Army charges Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior

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The Army on Wednesday charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion, reigniting the debate over whether President Obama paid too high a price to secure his release from the Taliban.  Bergdahl, 28, who went missing from his base in 2009 while serving in Afghanistan, could face life imprisonment for the separate charge of misbehavior before the enemy. Some suggested that other soldiers had died while looking for Bergdahl.
Obama released five Taliban commandos from the Guantánamo Bay prison in Cuba in exchange for Bergdahl, the last U.S. prisoner of war in Afghanistan.
Republicans have argued that was far too high a price to pay for Bergdahl, who fellow soldiers accused of walking off the job and endangering their lives. They have also pointed to a CNN report from January that said one of the five men released from Guantánamo had attempted to return to militant activity by contacting his former associates. “I have no doubt that, in the future, the ‘Taliban 5’ will return to the fight against the United States,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Wednesday in response to the news about the charges against Bergdahl.
 He argued that the trade was part of an effort by the Obama administration to empty the Guantánamo prison, which the president vowed to close in the first days of his presidency. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in a statement said he believed the trade had made Americans less safe.  “Knowing that the United States does not negotiate with terrorists is one of our greatest protections, and now it is compromised,” he said. “Frankly, this is another example of President Obama ignoring our long-established foreign policy priorities, the bipartisan concerns of Congress, and the American people.”

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This is the worst Political trash I have heard from Josh Ernst in some time

After Cruz pledge to repeal ObamaCare, White House asks: Remember Romney?

The White House on Monday warned Republican presidential hopefuls that promising to repeal President Obama’s signature healthcare reform law is a proven political loser.
“There was a presidential candidate who ran in 2012 promising to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and that campaign pledge didn’t work out very well for him,” press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.
The comments came on the same day Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) launched his presidential campaign pledging to roll back Obama’s agenda, including repealing “every word” of ObamaCare.
Earnest was reluctant to speak in depth about the 2016 campaign, but he did allude to 2012 GOP candidate Mitt Romney, who also promised to repeal the healthcare law.
Earnest, however, said he does not have a “direct response” to anything proposed by Cruz or any of the other potential presidential hopefuls seeking to replace Obama. He also declined to weigh in on Cruz’s desire to abolish the IRS.
“There will be a robust debate about the future of the country,” Earnest said. “The president is certainly pleased about the substantial progress that has been made over the last six years. There is a lot more the president hopes to get done in his remaining two years in office.”

Webmaster Commentary:

Obama will not own up to the fact that actually only 3.5 million people who have signed up of the 16 million are new, all the rest either lost their insurance because of Obama Care and had to sign up with ACA, or they are people who were already insured like myself and my company set up a new plan to be in sync with ACA, also because he has set up IRS penalties if you do not buy insurance many signed up for the minimum with high deductibles so they would not be fines every year. otherwise they would choose to go uninsured and many young people did for several years.

Add to that the GAO says we still have 31-32 million uninsured so exactly what did ACA accomplish ?

This is from his own Administration GAO who put out the statistics which do not correlate to the ACA B.S. Number.

ACA is the second biggest  HOAX  ever pulled on the American people, and Obama’s adminstration lies about it every day..

He us cost our industries and tax payers trillions of dollars by siding with the UN on the HOAX of the century and imposing uncontrolled laws by the EPA ( An Illegal branch of the Federal government by the way). First it was  “Global Warming” then when proven wrong changes the name to “Climate Change” how convenient everyone believes that; it happens every year, 4 times a year to be exact. The garbage about the oceans rising 10 inches? where did that come from, they have not risen only a barley measurable amount in the hundredths of an inch. Watch out Miami, you may be gone by 2016 according to Al Gore and the Obama Administration.

And what about Education, Obama has forced the long arm of the Federal government in to our education system also against the law according to the Constitution, but then what the hell he doesn’t believe in that any way.

I would like Josh Ernst to list Obama’s “substantial progress that has been made” except making a mess of the world and pissing off all of our allies, allowing millions o Illegals into the country when we still have record unemployment numbers (real Numbers) not his faked one. 92 million out of work, food prices at record highs, millions of dollars lost on inefficient Renewable energy (solar and wind). He cannot claim any credit on the price of gas, that is controlled by the market and private enterprise pumping more oil and natural gas then we have had in years, of course he will take credit.

This president lowered out credit rating, the first one in history to do so, still lowered, has set race relations back to the pre 1960’s, exactly what the hell has he done that is positive?

Like Hillary Clinton, show me one Positive thing Obama has done to improve this country.

So I ask you: How are you enjoying your progressive/Socialist way of life?  Stick around it is going to get worse unless we make some major changes. Be very alarmed about this statement by Josh Ernst “There is a lot more the president hopes to get done in his remaining two years in office.”

JEN

MEGA VOTE RESULTS FROM U.S. CONGRESS 03/23

Human Trafficking Restitution Fund – Cloture – Vote Rejected (56-42, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture, and thus limiting debate, on the bill that would use fines and penalties against sex-trafficking perpetrators for more restitution and assistance funds for victims.

Sen. Bill Nelson voted NO
Sen. Marco Rubio voted YES

Volunteer Firefighters’ Healthcare – Passage – Vote Passed (415-0, 17 Not Voting)
T he House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would clarify that qualified services rendered as a bona fide volunteer to an eligible employer do not count as employee Hours of service for the purposes of the employer mandate under the 2010 health care overhaul.

Rep. Vern Buchanan voted YES
Rep. Tom Rooney voted YES

EPA Rule-Making Guidelines – Passage – Vote Passed (241-175, 16 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would prohibit the EPA from proposing, finalizing or disseminating a rule or other covered action unless all scientific and technical information used to decide upon the rule is made available to the public so the research can be independently analyzed and reproduced.

Rep. Vern Buchanan voted YES
Rep. Tom Rooney voted YES
NLRB Case Representation Procedures – Passage – Vote Passed (232-186, 14 Not Voting)

The House passed a joint resolution that would provide for congressional disapproval and nullification of the National Labor Relations Board rule relating to case representation procedures.

Rep. Vern Buchanan voted YES
Rep. Tom Rooney voted YES

Arizona Hasn’t Seceded from the Union, But It Is Declaring Its Independence from Obama – THIS IS WHAT FLORIDA NEEDS TO DO!

Arizona Hasn’t Seceded from the Union, But It Is Declaring Its Independence from Obama
Arizona

Last week the Arizona House of Representatives passed House Bill 2368, which if signed into law, would guarantee that Arizona could not fund any executive orders issued by President Obama. The sponsor of the groundbreaking bill is Republican Representative Bob Thorpe of Flagstaff.
IJ Review reports:

According to the state legislature’s fact sheet, there are only two provisions to the bill:

– Prohibits this state or any of its political subdivisions from using any personnel or financial resources to enforce, administer or cooperate with an executive order issued by the President of the U.S. that has not been affirmed by a vote of Congress and signed into law as prescribed by the U.S. Constitution.

– Prohibits this state or any of its political subdivisions from using any personnel or financial resources to enforce, administer or cooperate with a policy directive issued by the U.S. DOJ to law enforcement agencies in this state that has not been affirmed by a vote of Congress and signed into law as prescribed by the U.S. Constitution.

In a scathing–yet somewhat sarcastic–Arizona Republic column, author Laurie Roberts writes,

“[Arizona] leaders are marching ever closer to declaring our independence from the United States of America.”

However, the bill was apparently so uncontroversial in the Arizona House that, according to Roberts, only one representative spoke against it on the floor: Democrat Bruce Wheeler from Tucson.

The legislation passed easily along party lines. The vote was 36-24, and the bill moved to the state Senate. Critic Roberts called the bill:

…One of a series of kooky measures aimed at declaring [Arizona’s] independence from federal gun laws, from the Affordable Care Act, from the Environmental Protection Agency, from the Department of Justice, from Barack Obama and from just about anything else associated with the state’s most detested f-word. Federal, that is.

The Arizona House also passed House Bill 2643, a measure directed at Obamacare. The bill would prohibit the state from “using any personnel or financial resources to enforce, administer or cooperate with the Affordable Care Act.”
The Obama administration is currently attempting to obtain a waiver of a federal injunction placed against the President’s amnesty program on February 16th, by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen. The judge ruled in a suit brought against the administration by 26 states, in protest of the Obama plan to offer deportation relief to as many as 5 million illegal immigrants. Another court hearing is scheduled for March 19th.
Last week, however, the Justice Department asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to invalidate the hold and allow Obama to go forward with his program, saying “The district court’s order is unprecedented and wrong.”

TED CRUZ EXPECTED TO LAUNCH PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN ON MONDAY

TED CRUZ EXPECTED TO LAUNCH PRESIDENTIAL
CAMPAIGN ON MONDAY
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is set to deliver a major speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, on Monday morning—and speculation is mounting that Cruz may indeed launch a presidential bid right then and there.

Roll Call’s Niels Lesnewski reported on Saturday that the speech is being “billed as ‘an important speech.”

“Aides to the Texas Republican, who has been contemplating a run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, were tight-lipped Friday about the details of the visit to the campus of Liberty University, but the timing of the speech would be right for getting somewhat ahead of the curve on announcing a White House run, at least among senators,” he wrote for the Roll Call story.

Then on Saturday, the Houston Chronicle—citing anonymous sources inside the Cruz team—wrote that Cruz will announce a formal presidential campaign, forgoing the exploratory committee stage to become the first declared candidate for the Republican nomination in 2016.

If that’s true, Cruz could effectively box out the rest of the field as now grassroots activists, donors and others who could be supporting any presidential campaign have an early home to go to and work with. With Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) slated to wait until April 7, according to most major news reports, barring any other candidates announcing their candidacy earlier, Cruz could have the entire field to himself for at least two weeks.

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Boehner eyes ‘doc fix’ breakthrough

Boehner eyes ‘doc fix’ breakthrough



The House is inching closer to a major deal on Medicare payments that could help cement a legacy for Speaker John Boehner.
Boehner has spent two months quietly working with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to finally solve a Medicare payment problem that has eluded congressional leaders for more than 20 years.

 The House leaders are expected to unveil their $200 billion Medicare deal early next week. Facing little opposition so far, the proposal is bringing Boehner closer than ever to tackling his long-time goal of entitlement reform.
“This could be one of the two or three accomplishments of the 114th Congress,” said a GOP leadership aide. “It’s a really big deal.”
 The bill would repeal a Medicare formula known as the sustainable growth rate (SGR), which calculates payments to doctors. In a crucial first step toward what would be a once-in-a-generation dea, bipartisan bills were introduced in both the House and Senate on Thursday.
 House leadership offices will now spend the week whipping votes, aiming for final passage before this year’s SGR formula expires on March 31.

 “I’m encouraged by what we’ve seen and hope we can end this problem once and for all,” Boehner said Thursday as he spoke publicly about his plans for the first time.
The stakes are high for Boehner, who tried and failed — with much fanfare — to secure a deal on the Medicare formula last year. Those efforts ended in a 17th temporary “patch” for the SGR.

 This year, both House leaders say they are ready to compromise — giving Boehner a second chance at uniting his caucus around a deal.

 “I think it’s important for us to get as big a vote on our side as we can because it’s an expression of support and confidence for the Speaker,” Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) told The Hill on Thursday.

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Speaker of the House Boehner soon to become a Democratic Puppet – Strings are being attached

Dems want to empower Boehner

House Democrats fighting for leverage in the GOP Congress are hoping they can empower an unlikely ally: Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Democrats are outnumbered by more than 50 members – and have almost no power to bring bills to the floor.  But they see Boehner as a willing compromiser on must-pass legislation like funding the government and raising the debt ceiling – once the Speaker can convince his troops that the partisan route endorsed by his conservative wing has been denied.

By banding together in veto-sustaining majorities against conservative proposals demanded by Boehner’s right flank, Democrats hope to both sink those GOP measures and grease the skids for more moderate compromises. “[The Republicans] have a majority party that’s deeply divided,” Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), the Democratic whip, said Thursday from his office in the Capitol.

“And … what we’ve learned is if we stick together – and we have been sticking together, we’ve been very unified – that it can empower Speaker Boehner at some point in time to say, ‘Look, I tried every which way I can think of to accomplish the objectives that our caucus wants to do. But if I can’t accomplish those, I will not allow the government to shut down, the debt limit to be not extended, or other things that are harmful to the country,’” Hoyer said. Those dynamics were on full display in the recent fight over funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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Brennan state” We have learned from mistakest with Iran” They Have? then why are we negotiating with them while scream “Death To America” do target practice on a mock Aircraft American carrier?

FOX NEWSCIA director says US will keep pressure on Iran over nuclear capabilities despite outcome of ongoing talks

CIA Director John Brennan said Sunday despite the outcome of nuclear talks with Iran, the U.S. will “continue to keep pressure” on the country and learn from its past mistakes.

“The nuclear program is one issue that we’re hoping to be able to halt; but also, we see that Iran is still a state sponsor of terrorism,” Brennan said during an exclusive interview on “Fox News Sunday.” 

“And so what we have to do, whether there’s a deal or not, is continue to keep pressure on Iran and to make sure that it is not able to continue to destabilize a number of the countries in the region.”

Brennan believes Tehran realizes that there will be “tremendous costs and consequences and implications” if they don’t comply and says there are a number of things that the U.S. still has available in its arsenal to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear bomb.

“President Obama has made it very clear that we are going to prevent Iran from having that type of nuclear weapon that they — they were going on the track to obtain,” Brennan said. “So if they decide to go down that route, they know that they will do so at their peril.”

 Brennan added that the U.S. has learned from its past mistakes with Iran.

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The week that could break the House: Balanced budget and the Medicare ‘doc fix’

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The week that could break the House: Balanced budget and the Medicare ‘doc fix’

Next week could very well break the U.S. House of Representatives.

Or, if things go well, the House Republican majority could score two of its biggest legislative victories in quite a while, demonstrating it can govern. The stakes are high as the GOP plans to debate and approve a budget. It’s a two-step in which Republicans slash spending but maneuver parliamentarily to bolster defense programs, satisfying both fiscal conservatives and budget hawks.

Or, the effort could blow up in the Republicans’ face. In addition, the House will tiptoe through what has become one of the most-nettlesome votes in Congress: approving a replacement measure to cover the “doc fix” for physicians and seniors who use Medicare.

 A failure to approve a plan has the potential to capsize the Medicare system. There is a chasm between what Medicare patients pay doctors and the reimbursement physicians receive from the federal government. The deficit is now around 22 percent. If doctors don’t get that government fiscal putty, they might not afford to see Medicare patients.

That would force the Medicare system into a tailspin, prevent elderly patients from receiving treatment and possibly implode a surfeit of individual doctor practices — which rely on the government for payments. A failure to act could be an economic disaster — to say nothing of a public health crisis.

Conservative Republicans hate the doc fix because it’s not paid for. A current plan could spill an additional $140 billion onto the national debt. But the political consequences of wrecking the Medicare system could be catastrophic.

Let’s start with the budget.

 

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