On Friday, a Mexican judge ordered the immediate release of a jailed U.S. Marine veteran who spent eight months behind bars for crossing the border with loaded guns. Family spokesman Jonathan Franks told The Associated Press on Friday that the judge decided to release retired Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi.
Obama’s trusted senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett, was a key player in the effort to cover-up that Attorney General Eric Holder lied to Congress about the Fast and Furious scandal, according to public records obtained by Judicial Watch. This information is part of a Department of Justice (DOJ) “Vaughn index” detailing records about the gun-running operation known as Fast and Furious.
The Republican candidate for the Senate in New Hampshire, Scott Brown, vowed to cut off the funds for any attempt to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants through an executive order on Thursday’s broadcast of “Laura Ingraham Show.”
All is not going so well politically for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Calling him “Mayor Hurt Locker” — a tag comparing his job in struggling and violent Chicago to diffusing bombs — Politico describes the politically connected Emanuel’s struggles to navigate a host of city problems, noting “the city’s perilous financial situation, marked by stratospherically underfunded pension liabilities, comes along with crime that’s too high, schools that don’t produce enough kids who can read or write, cratering infrastructure, awful poverty, racial isolation and an economy much slower than New York’s or LA’s to exit the recession.”
Why should this come as a surprise? Obama always hedges. Obama is taking heat for seeming to hedge on whether Wednesday’s attack on Canada’s government complex was an act of terrorism, even as Canada’s prime minister declared that his country was a victim of a “terrorist.”
U.S. lawmakers already are noting a contrast in the way Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the U.S. president have addressed the subject. The Obama administration had said little until Wednesday about the hit-and-run, which came shortly after Canada’s Parliament voted to join the U.S.-led airstrike campaign against ISIS.
Sure, and break the program even further. Thanks Odummer, for creating this mess. Next year, companies are going to be fined, if they don’t supply medical insurance for their employees. But some companies have found a way around the law.
Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA) described the new travel restrictions the Obama administration announced for travelers originating in Ebola-stricken countries as “nothing of the sort.”
Russia has denied claims raised in a report by ABC News that U.S. diplomats in Russia faced “Cold War-era harassment.” “Clearly orchestrated by the U.S. Department of State, the info leak by the ABC television claiming that the staff of the U.S. Embassy in Russia has been receiving threats and has become a target of ‘psychological pressure’ is unfounded and far from reality,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
A GOP Senate Finance Committee report about the looming financial burdens of the Obamacare law will likely cause sticker shock among Americans concerned over a growing deficit. Using data from the CBO, show the U.S. deficit will grow about $131 billion through 2024 under the Affordable Care Act, and about $280 billion in tax revenue would be lost be lost between 2017 and 2024, the committee’s Republicans found.
A top HHS official says that the millions of health insurance cancellations caused by Obamacare don’t mean people are “losing insurance,” they just mean people are being invited to join an Obamacare exchange. HHS regional director Joanne Grossie spoke to the Virginia legislature about widespread cancellations. At least 250,000 Virginians will be losing their health insurance Jan. 1 because they don’t meet Obamacare regulations.