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  • Schock in limbo as feds still loom

    05/18/2016 1:25:39 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 1 replies
    One year after resigning in disgrace, Aaron Schock — the high-flying GOP congressman whose penchant for drawing publicity to himself was nearly unrivaled in the House of Representatives — has largely disappeared from view. But federal prosecutors still have their sights on him. There have been a few random glimpses of the Illinois Republican since his abrupt departure from Capitol Hill: having dinner with his father in Peru last summer, and snowboarding with a friend in Aspen, Colorado, in February. Just this month, Schock was seen lugging his gym bag outside the Longworth House Office Building. Sources say he is...
  • Reining in a rogue bureau: CFB tells Congress on spending $216mm “Why does that matter to you?”

    04/13/2016 6:15:43 AM PDT · by doldrumsforgop · 10 replies
    wash times ^ | 4/12/16 | c b gray
    A federal appellate court questioned Tuesday whether the structure of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) violates the constitutional separation of powers. That question has been on the minds of constitutional scholars and administrative lawyers ever since the Dodd-Frank Act brought forth this Frankenstein agency, which wields all the power and jurisdiction once exercised by seven separate agencies over great swaths of the economy, all without any meaningful oversight by the political branches. What federal agency would have the gall to answer Congress’ legitimate questions about its extravagant spending with the retort, “Why does that matter to you?” That was...
  • Utah Republicans push to strip police powers from feds

    03/17/2016 6:09:49 PM PDT · by pilgrim · 10 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 03/17/2016 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Utah's four House Republicans introduced a bill Wednesday that would strip the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service of their power to police federal lands, and give that power over to local cops. Rep. Jason Chaffetz and his three GOP colleagues from Utah introduced the Local Enforcement for Local Lands Act. The lawmakers say the growth of police authorities in both agencies has distracted them from their main mission of managing federal land, and has created conflicts with local authorities. They also say federal agents are not as trusted as local police, and should be removed. "Federal agencies...
  • Federal Funding Favors Poorer School Districts Like Detroit

    03/08/2016 6:10:42 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 14 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/4/2016 | Tom Gantert
    While Detroit Public Schools and 15 of its schools now under a form of state receivership accounted for 3.5 percent of the state’s student population in 2014-15, they claimed 26 percent of the federal money sent to Michigan schools in the largest grant program for children in poverty. Most federal money to schools is targeted at helping meet the needs of children from low-income backgrounds. And sometimes lost in the ongoing debate over school funding is how much poor communities benefit from federal money compared with wealthier ones. Rick Joseph, the Michigan Teacher of the Year, wrote a column this...
  • Feds 'Passive' About Policing Obamacare Fraud, Report Finds (Pelosi knew)

    02/25/2016 2:32:20 AM PST · by Libloather · 2 replies
    NBC News ^ | 2/24/16
    With billions in taxpayer dollars at stake, the Obama administration has taken a "passive" approach to identifying potential fraud involving the president's health care law, nonpartisan congressional investigators say in a report due out Wednesday. While the Government Accountability Office stops short of alleging widespread cheating in President Barack Obama's signature program, investigators found that the administration has struggled to resolve eligibility questions affecting millions of initial applications and hundreds of thousands of consumers who were actually approved for benefits. The agency administering the health law - the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services - "has assumed a passive approach...
  • The Death of Robert Finicum Near The Standoff in Oregon Needs A Special Investigation

    01/28/2016 4:58:31 PM PST · by Stayfree · 66 replies
    Self | January 28, 2016 | Stayfree
    The execution of Robert Finicum by some government thugs needs to be investigated immediately by third parties. The family of this murdered man needs legal counsel to get take control of this situation, have the body autopsied and witnesses interviewed now before the government has a chance to cover up what happened.
  • Feds Grabbing Power Prosecuting 'The Creek' - Colorado City & Hildale

    01/25/2016 7:03:43 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 19 replies
    Freep | 1/25/2016 | Charles O'Connell
    You don't have to be a supporter of Warren Jeffs to object to the Federal Government prosecuting "The Creek" - Colorado City and Hildale, for denying basic municipal services to non-believers of the Fundamentalist LDS. Their personal crimes will be punished eventually. Why don't the feds go after the criminal governments of Flint and Chicago?
  • Feds Want to Lower Legal Driving Limit to One Drink

    01/15/2016 6:57:30 AM PST · by Cheerio · 32 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | January 15, 2016 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Transportation Safety Board wants to decrease the legal driving limit to one drink, lowering the legal limit on blood-alcohol content to 0.05 “or even lower.” The agency released its “most wanted list” on Wednesday, a laundry list of policies it would like implemented nationally. The list includes recommendations to reduce the current 0.08 blood alcohol content limit and outlaw all cell phone use while driving, even hands-free technology. “When it comes to alcohol use, we know that impairment begins before a person’s BAC reaches 0.08 percent, the current legal limit in the United States,” the agency said. “In...
  • Golden Hammer: Feds Spending Millions to Arm Agencies that Don't Need Guns (EPA, FDA, VA, etc.)

    01/09/2016 4:01:44 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, January 7, 2016 | Kellan Howell
    <p>As the U.S. engages in a national debate over the militarization of the police, federal data shows that government agencies charged with largely administrative roles are spending tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to purchase SWAT and military-style equipment.</p> <p>Since FY 2006, 44 traditionally administrative agencies have spent over $71 million on items like body armor, riot helmets and shields, cannon launchers and police firearms and ammunition, according to federal spending data from watchdog group OpenTheBooks.com.</p>
  • New York Magazine’s Chait ‘Votes’ For Oregon Militia Members To Be ‘Killed’

    01/04/2016 9:01:42 AM PST · by rktman · 56 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/4/2016 | John Nolte
    Don’t confuse this as a defense of the Bundy family or their team of armed militia members who have occupied an abandoned building located on a federal wildlife preserve in Oregon. Any rational-thinking American should be horrified at the amount of land the federal government has confiscated, especially in the American West, but once you use or threaten violence to further a cause, you have lost me. Their cause is just. Their methods are appalling and un-American. Also un-American is Jonathan Chait of New York Magazine openly hoping these militia men end up dead.
  • Feds Spend $107,379 Studying Disgust

    10/27/2015 6:52:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 27, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is spending over $100,000 studying disgust, hypothesizing that all bullying behavior begins with feelings of revulsion.Researchers at Columbia University want to see if they can “successfully regulate” disgust emotions in teens in order to stop bullying.“Whether it’s being the victim, being the perpetrator, or having to watch this upsetting cycle of peer rejection and victimization, few adolescents are unaffected by bullying’s harmful impact,” a grant for the project states. “This effect can last long past adolescence, as both being the bully and being the victim are linked to the development of both short- and...
  • Feds Spend $1.1 Million Studying the ‘Freshman 15’

    10/22/2015 12:18:19 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 21, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has spent over $1.1 million studying the “freshman 15,” trying to determine whether friends influence their college peers to eat more.Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) highlighted the project as an example of wasteful spending, calling out the agency for studying a myth invented by Seventeen magazine.“The ‘freshman 15’ is an old legend around college campuses; the idea that new college students, away from home and confronted with a campus food service smorgasbord tend to put on a few extra pounds,” Paul’s latest edition of “The Waste Report” reads. “Well the National Institutes for Health...
  • Stocks Are Getting Slammed (After Fed Does Nothing)

    09/18/2015 4:53:40 AM PDT · by blam · 11 replies
    BI ^ | 9-18-2015 | Myles Udland
    Myles UdlandSeptember 18,2015 Good morning! It's the morning after the Fed's big meeting where they decided to keep interest rates pegged near 0%, and after a wild swing on Thursday that saw stocks ultimately end the day lower, futures on Friday morning were pointing to a lower open to close the week. Near 7:00 am ET on Friday, Dow futures were off about 175 points, S&P 500 futures were off 20, and Nasdaq futures were down 45. Each of these declines were about 1%. FinViz And while stocks were sliding, bonds were rallying as the yield on 2-year note, which...
  • Gov’t Accuses Company Of Discrimination Over Employees Having To Prove Citizenship Status

    09/04/2015 4:50:03 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 27 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 09/03/15 | Joe Schoffstall
    The Department of Justice has accused a business of discrimination due to the company requiring employees to show proof of citizenship for employment. The DOJ claims that Nebraska Beef Ltd., a Nebraska-based meat packing company, “required non-U.S. citizens, but not similarly-situated U.S. citizens, to present specific documentary proof of their immigration status to verify their employment eligibility.” After receiving pressure from the government, Nebraska Beef agreed to pay $200,000 in a civil penalty settlement and said they will establish an uncapped back pay fund for people who lost wages because they could not prove they are in the country legally....
  • The Weekend Is Over, And We're Tumbling Again

    08/30/2015 9:00:45 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies
    businessinsider.com BI ^ | 8-30-2015 | Sam Ro
    Sam RoAugust 30,2015US futures are trading in the red, signaling more volatility for the US stock markets when they open on Monday Dow futures are down 177 points, S&P futures are down 22 points, and Nasdaq futures are down 46 points. This follows what's being interpreted as hawkish comments from Stanley Fischer, Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve. "Given the apparent stability of inflation expectations, there is good reason to believe that inflation will move higher as the forces holding down inflation dissipate further," Fischer said on Saturday during a panel at the Kansas City Fed's Economic Symposium in Jackson...
  • LARRY SUMMERS: 'Raising Rates Risks Tipping Some Part Of The Financial System Into Crisis'

    08/24/2015 6:24:10 AM PDT · by blam · 14 replies
    BI ^ | 8-24-2015 | Myles Udland
    Myles Udland August 24, 2015Larry Summers, who was very nearly chairman of the Federal Reserve, thinks there is almost no reason for the Fed to raise rates right now. Writing in The Financial Times on Monday, Summers argues that the Fed will be risking setting off a financial crisis by electing to raise rates at some point this year, as it has made clear it plans to do. Here's the heart of Summers' impassioned case against the Fed doing anything: There may have been a financial stability case for raising rates six or nine months ago, as low interest rates...
  • EPA Fails to Acknowledge It Coerced Mine Owner to Grant Access

    08/16/2015 8:03:45 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 77 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/16/2015 | by Michael Patrick Leahy
    The Environmental Protection Agency isn’t responding to claims by Todd Hennis, owner of the Gold King mine in Colorado that the agency coerced him to grant access to his property. Once taking over, of course, EPA’s incompetent attempts to remove debris created a massive 3 million gallon toxic waste spill from the mine. Hennis told the CBS Denver affiliate that unless he allowed the EPA to have access and authority to conduct operations on the site the agency had threatened him with daily fines of $35,000. “When you’re a small guy and you’re having a $35,000-a-day fine accrue against you,...
  • Federal agents to embed with Baltimore homicide cops (federalization of police begins)

    08/03/2015 9:21:44 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | 08/03/15 | Colin Campbell
    Following the recent spike in violent crime, Baltimore's Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis announced at a press conference Sunday morning the establishment of BFED, where federal agents from FBI, ATF, DEA and other agencies will be embedded in the Baltimore homicide unit. (Colin Campbell/Baltimore Sun video
  • Feds going door to door to seize illegal immigrants’ Obama amnesty approvals

    07/15/2015 10:21:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/15/15 | Stephen Dinan
    Goosed into action by an angry federal judge, federal immigration authorities will go door-to-door demanding illegal immigrants return the three-year amnesty approvals the Obama administration issued to them in defiance of a court order. Those who don’t return their three-year permits will have them terminated at the end of this month, the National Immigrant Justice Center, one of the advocacy groups briefed on authorities’ plan, said in a statement preparing immigrants for what could be a traumatic encounter. The move comes as Homeland Security officials, fed up with slow-walking by illegal immigrants, are finally playing hardball after months of less...
  • EPA Eyeing That Saturday Afternoon BBQ at the Park

    07/06/2015 12:31:31 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 33 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/1/2015 | Jack Spencer
    A resolution in the Michigan Senate sounds the alarm that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could soon be meddling with how outdoor barbecue-loving Americans prepare their food. Senate Concurrent Resolution 14 expresses opposition to EPA efforts to acquire a study that could lead to regulations on outdoor grills and barbecues. The EPA has commissioned a study intended, "To perform research and develop preventative technology that will reduce fine particulate emissions (PM2.5) from residential barbecues. This technology is intended to reduce air pollution as well as health hazards in Southern California, with potential for global application." Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair,...
  • Feds: West Side drug dealer had customers lined up around the corner (Chicago)

    06/26/2015 4:26:53 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 12 replies
    Chicago Sun TImes ^ | 6/24/2015 | JON SEIDEL
    James Triplett had his customers lined up around the corner in broad daylight, the feds say. Not for concert tickets. Not for iPhones. For heroin. Now 42 people are facing state or federal drug charges for their alleged roles in supplying and distributing heroin around West Grenshaw and Independence in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side. Among them is the 33-year-old Triplett, also known as “Trell,” who authorities said controlled the drug market in the area. Investigators even included a photo in a federal criminal complaint spanning more than 200 pages. They said the photo depicts a line...
  • Pernicious Low Tech Issues In Healthcare

    06/05/2015 8:55:31 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 1 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/5/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    A wildly disproportionate amount of what is proposed for healthcare reform involves technical matters. Ten years ago, the pundits assured us that the forced adoption of electronic health records would save billions and revolutionize health care. Unfortunately, EHRs have cost billions, are almost universally despised by providers, and are responsible for thousands of errors—some of which have proved to be fatal. The situation is bad enough that even the clueless Feds have decided to back off on some of their more onerous EHR requirements, at least temporarily. Other voices have suggested that the answer lies in drug discovery, massively expanded;...
  • IMF Panics - Slashes US Growth Forecasts, Demands Fed Stay On Hold For Another Year

    06/04/2015 10:54:11 AM PDT · by blam · 7 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 6-4-2015 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 06/04/2015 09:41 -0400 Anxiety over financial stability and shadow banking risks appear to have force Christine Lagarde and her fellow extrapolators to hit the panic button: •*IMF CUTS U.S. 2015 GROWTH FORECAST TO 2.5% FROM 3.1% •*FED SHOULD WAIT FOR TANGIBLE SIGNS OF WAGE, PRICE GAINS: IMF •*DOLLAR `MODERATELY OVERVALUED,' CURBING U.S. GROWTH, JOBS: IMF •*IMF URGES FED TO DELAY FIRST RATE INCREASE UNTIL 1H 2016 Adding that they viewed the Dollar as "moderately overvalued" and any more appreciation would be "harmful," it seems global disinflationary pressures have left the IMF no choice but to say publicly what...
  • Education Secretary: Parents Who Opt Out Of Common Core are Racist – “Feds Will Step In” If Opt

    04/25/2015 10:05:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 64 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | 4/25/15 | Sundance
    Education Secretary Arnie Duncan is reminding parents in America “that all your children belong to them”. In a not-so-very veiled threat Secretary Duncan states the Federal Government will step in if parents continue to opt their children out of Common Core testing. (Via Doug Ross Journal) Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued a veiled threat to the parents and students who choose to opt out of Common Core testing – The Feds “have an obligation to step in.” Federal law, under No Child Left Behind, requires 95 percent of students in a state to take the annual standardized tests in...
  • Feds to Weigh Children in Daycare

    03/20/2015 1:27:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 3/20./15 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Bureaucrats from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will weigh and measure children in daycare as part of a study mandated by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. The agency published a notice in the Federal Register on Friday proposing data collection on what meals are served in professional and home daycare facilities and how much physical activity children perform. Aside from assessing how healthy the food in daycare is, the USDA will also check the weight and height of roughly 3,000 children. “Children will be asked to cooperate with study staff who will weigh and measure them...
  • Healthcare.gov Still Unfinished Year After Feds Issued Dire Warning (Pelosi knew)

    02/28/2015 11:55:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 2/27/15 | Elizabeth Harrington
    **SNIP** The website remains unfinished. Politico reported last week that the back end of Healthcare.gov “still isn’t properly wired to the health insurance companies.” Problems persist with subsidy payments, and information verification, resulting in roughly 800,000 enrollees receiving inaccurate subsidy information. “Even though consumers had a largely smooth enrollment experience this year, the fact that these gaps persist behind the scenes 18 months after HealthCare.gov launched shows that the system is still not working as intended,” Politico said. “Instead of a swift process, health plans use clunky workarounds and manual spreadsheets. It takes time and it costs money.” Kevin Counihan,...
  • Who's come to fix your broadband? It may be a Fed in disguise. Without a search warrant

    02/05/2015 8:08:24 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 50 replies
    theregister.co.uk ^ | 4 Feb 2015 at 02:36 | theregister.co.uk
    A Nevada court has ruled FBI agents can dress up as ISP repairmen to blag their way into a suspect's home without a search warrant – but must tell the courts about it when they do. The ruling stems from a case brought by the Feds against Malaysian poker player Wei Seng Phua and his son, whom the agency accused of running an illegal betting syndicate from a luxury Las Vegas villa during last year's FIFA World Cup. The duo hired the house in the grounds of Caesars Palace casino on the famous Strip, and asked for large-screen monitors, laptops,...
  • Feds Creating Smartphone App to Make Sure Kids Don’t Skip Class

    01/08/2015 3:29:48 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 7, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal government is financing the development of a smartphone app that will use facial recognition technology to check attendance in college classrooms.The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded $50,000 to Missouri University on Jan. 2 for the project that will record videos to create “face tracklets” of students.The project is necessary, the grant argues, because checking attendance the old fashioned way is too hard.“Checking attendance in scenarios such as classrooms commonly needs an instructor to recognize each student one by one by reading the names on a roster or ask students to sign up the attendance sheet,” the grant explains....
  • Feds Looking for Company to Run 'National Data Warehouse' for Obamacare, Medicare

    01/02/2015 6:42:36 PM PST · by 9thLife · 30 replies
    The Weekly Standard via Drudge ^ | JAN 2, 2015 | JERYL BIER
    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is looking for vendors to run its "National Data Warehouse," a database for "capturing, aggregating, and analyzing information" related to beneficiary and customer experiences with Medicare and the federal Obamacare marketplaces. Although the database primarily consists of quality control metrics related to individuals' interactions with customer service, potential contractors are to "[d]emonstrate ... experience with scalability and security in protecting data and information with customer, person-sensitive information including Personal Health Information and Personally Identifiable information (personal health records, etc.)." Vendors are also instructed that one of the requirements of a possible future...
  • Slashing the Leviathan: Your Input Sought! (VANITY)

    12/11/2014 7:07:52 PM PST · by dagogo redux · 10 replies
    12/11/14 | dagogo redux
    I’m interested in the current Federal funding bill. Below is a list of Federal Departments, starting with the original four enumerated in the Constitution. For each Department, what percentage of their current budget do you think should be granted in this budget? Are there any departments that should be eliminated entirely from Federal funding and purview? After this list there are links that further flesh out the extent of the Federal leviathan, with further “government agencies and corporations” that could perhaps have their budgets cut or entirely eliminated. Enjoy! Departments of: (with my recommended funding levels) 1. Defense: 150% 2....
  • More Federal Agencies Are Using Undercover Operations

    11/17/2014 5:26:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/16/2014 | By ERIC LICHTBLAU and WILLIAM M. ARKIN
    WASHINGTON — The federal government has significantly expanded undercover operations in recent years, with officers from at least 40 agencies posing as business people, welfare recipients, political protesters and even doctors or ministers to ferret out wrongdoing, records and interviews show. At the Supreme Court, small teams of undercover officers dress as students at large demonstrations outside the courthouse and join the protests to look for suspicious activity, according to officials familiar with the practice. At the Internal Revenue Service, dozens of undercover agents chase suspected tax evaders worldwide, by posing as tax preparers, accountants drug dealers or yacht buyers...
  • TEXAS: New bill declares all federal gun control invalid and non enforceable

    11/15/2014 1:43:20 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 51 replies
    Ben Swan ^ | 11/14/14 | Michael Lotfi
    "AUSTIN, November 14, 2014– A Texas legislator has introduced a new bill to derail the enforcement of virtually all federal gun control measures within the state’s borders. Landreth has suggested that this could create a domino effect. Introduced by newly re-elected State Representative Tim Kleinschmidt (R-Lexington), House Bill 176 (HB176) declares all federal restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms to be “invalid” and “not enforceable” within the state of Texas. It bill reads, in part: A federal law, including a statute, an executive, administrative, or court order, or a rule, that infringes on a law-abiding citizen’s right...
  • More Bay Area Police Departments Interested In Getting ‘Stingray’

    11/14/2014 10:28:44 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 42 replies
    KPIX CBS ^ | 11/14/4 | Christin Ayers
    It’s called a Stingray: A cellphone surveillance device so top secret, law enforcement agencies don’t even like to admit they have it. But KPIX 5 has confirmed Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose police are using Stingrays to track suspects. Now, Fremont Police and the Alameda County District Attorney’s office are applying for federal grants to get a new version of Stingray, called Hailstorm. The use of the devices is increasing, potentially at the expense of your privacy. You may think you are private when you’re talking on your cell phone, think again. From an undercover car or even strapped...
  • Feds Turn to Housing Market to Boost Slow Recovery

    11/13/2014 7:47:22 AM PST · by Beowulf9 · 14 replies
    FreeBeacon.com ^ | November 13, 2014 | Daniel Wiser
    Federal regulators are attempting to lower credit and lending standards for home mortgage loans during a time when there is little demand for housing, some experts say, a move that could create another destabilizing bubble if the economy improves.
  • Former Goldman Banker Reveals The Path To The Next Depression And Stock Market Collapse

    11/12/2014 6:26:38 AM PST · by blam · 17 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11-12-2014 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 11/11/2014 A funny thing happened on the way to the ‘end’ of the multi-trillion dollar bond buying program known as QE - the Fed chronicles. Aside from the shift to a globalization of QE via the European Central Bank (ECB) and Bank of Japan (BOJ) as I wrote about earlier, what lingers in the air of “post-taper” time is an absence of absence. For QE is not over. Instead, in the United States, the process has simply morphed from being predominantly executed by the Federal Reserve (Fed) to being executed by its major private bank members. Fed Chair,...
  • Feds move to close Obamacare hospital coverage loophole (on election day)

    11/04/2014 4:43:49 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    CNBC ^ | 11/04/14 | Dan Mangan
    The federal government said Tuesday it will soon move to close a loophole in Obamacare that could allow big employers to refuse to cover employees' hospitalizations. That loophole is significant because hospital-stay costs can quickly become high. The loophole is linked to Obamacare rules that will require mid- to large-size employers starting in 2015 to offer affordable health plans to employers or pay a fine.
  • Young boy details illegal journey into the United States to WFTV

    11/02/2014 4:30:07 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 15 replies
    WFTV ^ | 10-31-14 | Stephanie Bertini
    ORLANDO, Fla. — It's a multimillion-dollar problem, putting pressure on the United States immigration system. Now federal officials admit more than 52,000 unaccompanied children who illegally crossed the nation’s southwest border this year could be anywhere. Eyewitness News found out more than 4,000 of the children made their way to Florida, and Channel 9's Stephanie Bertini found one teenaged boy living in central Florida. He agreed to speak with her as long as his identity was not revealed. The boy’s footprints mark the pathway of an illegal journey fueled by dreams. “We had to walk a lot… and we only...
  • Federal civil rights charges unlikely against police officer in Ferguson shooting

    10/31/2014 2:23:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/31/2014 | By Sari Horwitz and Kimberly Kindy
    Justice Department investigators have all but concluded they do not have a strong enough case to bring civil rights charges against Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., according to law enforcement officials. When racial tension boiled over in Ferguson after the Aug. 9 shooting, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. traveled to the St. Louis suburb to meet with city leaders and protest organizers in an effort to bring calm. He assured them that the federal government would open a civil rights investigation into the fatal shooting of Michael...
  • Obama’s War on U.S. Energy

    10/26/2014 7:39:08 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 10/26/2014 | Alan Caruba
    Americans are afflicted by a President and his administration that for political and environmental reasons are costing them trillions in needless, senseless energy costs
  • MARKETS GO WILD AFTER THE FED SAVES THE DAY: Here's What You Need To Know (DJIA +275, 1.64%)

    10/08/2014 1:20:38 PM PDT · by blam · 49 replies
    BI ^ | 10-8-2014 | Myles Udland
    Myles UdlandOctober 8, 2014 Stocks rallied in a big way after the Minutes from the latest Federal Reserve monetary policy meeting showed that the Fed remains particularly cautious about raising interest rates in the face of a strengthening US dollar and a slowing global economy. First, the scoreboard: •Dow: 16,989.69, +270.3, (+1.6%) •S&P 500: 1,968.86, +33.8, (+1.7%) •Nasdaq: 4,469.60, +84.3, (1.9%) And now, the top stories Wednesday: 1. The biggest story on Wednesday was the release of the Minutes from the Federal Reserve's September monetary policy meeting. The minutes were interpreted as "dovish," by the market, essentially meaning that the...
  • Feds Still Studying Why Majority of Lesbians Are Obese

    08/30/2014 7:59:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 124 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 08/30/2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal government is still seeking answers as to why the majority of lesbians are obese and U.S. taxpayers are footing the bill, which now totals $2.87 million. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) study is now in its fourth year, receiving an additional $670,567 for fiscal year 2014. The project seeks to determine why “nearly three-quarters of adult lesbians overweight or obese,” and why gay males are not. In just two years the project’s budget has nearly doubled, growing from $1.5 million to nearly $3 million today, despite fears that sequestration could jeopardize the project and other NIH funding....
  • Feds Won't Tell Texas School Districts How Many Unaccompanied Minors To Expect

    08/12/2014 1:28:07 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/12/14 | Kristin Tate
    HOUSTON, Texas -- This school year, Texas taxpayers will likely be on the hook for approximately $45 million to educate the wave of Central American children who entered the U.S. illegally during recent months. Thousands of unaccompanied minors are expected to attend Texas public schools this year. Despite this, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) is unable to put plans in place for accommodating the minors--the federal government has not revealed the number of foreign students to expect in each school district. A TEA spokeswoman told Breitbart Texas, "We just don't know at this point whether to expect the children to...
  • Feds spending $10 million to build robot companions for children

    07/27/2014 9:50:33 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 24JUL2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Science Foundation has committed $10 million to build robots that will act as “personal trainers” for children, in an effort to influence their behavior and eating habits. The NSF grant said the project is necessary due to “critical societal problems.”
  • Feds cap Obamacare fines at $2,448 per person (new rules)

    07/25/2014 9:27:31 PM PDT · by Libloather · 59 replies
    IBA Mag ^ | 7/25/14 | Caitlin Bronson
    **SNIP** The figures, released late Thursday, cap the fine for not buying insurance at $2,448 per person and $12,240 for a family of five. The standard rule of thumb is 2% of household income, with a minimum of $325 per person. The caps are equal to the national average premium for a bronze-level health plan. Those who choose to go uninsured will owe one-twelfth of the annual payment for each month they or their dependents don’t have either coverage or an exemption, the IRS said. All fines will be due during tax return season, which can be deducted from tax...
  • Meet the Millennials (Reason-Rupe poll)

    07/17/2014 7:31:50 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 41 replies
    Reason ^ | 7-10-14 | Emily Ekins
    American millennials, ages 18-29, are one of the largest, most diverse cohorts in the nation’s history. Fifty-six percent self-identify as Caucasian, 19 percent as Hispanic, 15 percent as African-American or black, six percent as Asian, and four percent as another race. In contrast, 73 percent of their parents’ generation, the Baby Boomers, are white, 10 percent are Hispanic, 11 percent are black, and four percent are Asian. Millennials are also more likely to be members of families who have more recently come to the United States. The Pew Research Center reports that 14 percent of millennials were born outside of...
  • Feds beef up response to gun violence in Chicago

    07/17/2014 6:08:43 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 33 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 17 july 2014 | Jason Meisner and Timothy M. Phelps
    Two weeks after Chicago's rampant gun violence shot back into the national spotlight with a bloody Fourth of July weekend, federal authorities are scheduled to announce Thursday that seven new ATF agents are being deployed to the city to try to help stem the violence. By year end, the move will boost to 52 the number of agents in the Chicago office of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which traditionally has worked closely with Chicago police on tracing the flow of guns into the city and tracking guns used in crimes. In a separate action, the...
  • Neb. Governor: Feds ‘Conducting Secret Operation’ Placing Immigrants In States Without Officials'...

    07/15/2014 8:46:53 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 30 replies
    CBSDC/AP ^ | 7/15/2014 | CBSDC/AP
    LINCOLN, Neb. (CBSDC/AP) — Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman believes federal authorities are conducting secret operations by sending immigrant children into states without the knowledge of state officials. Heineman told Fox News he learned from Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., that 200 unaccompanied immigrant children were placed with relatives or sponsors in the state. Heineman says no federal officials notified them that would be happening. “We want to know the names of those individuals, who their sponsor is. Is their sponsor legal? What communities did you send them to? Why are they conducting a secret operation, essentially, transporting them all over the...
  • Sheriffs Refusing to Put Hold on Immigrant Inmates for Feds

    07/07/2014 9:11:05 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 7/6/14 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Dozens of sheriffs around the country are refusing to detain noncitizens convicted of crimes for extra time to allow the federal government to start deportation proceedings after a court ruling that one immigrant's civil rights had been violated when she was held without probable cause. "When a judge says something is in violation of the Fourth Amendment, I am not going to just keep doing it," Sheriff William Gore of San Diego told The New York Times. "If they want to take someone into federal custody, the can decide to do that, but I am not going to keep holding...
  • SOURCE: Feds to Bring in Riot Squad Against Illegal Immigration Protesters

    07/06/2014 9:55:49 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 428 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 6 2014 | Kristin Tate
    HOUSTON, Texas--As illegal immigrants continue to spill across the U.S.-Mexico border, federal authorities are attempting to relocate the migrants from South Texas to housing facilities in states across the nation. One such facility is located in Murrieta, California, where a large group of protesters recently blocked a bus full of migrants from arriving. The protesters remain there, adamant that illegal immigrants don't get dumped in their town. But soon the concerned citizens may be forced to step down--Breitbart Texas has learned that federal agents plan to arrive in Murrieta on Monday with riot gear to ensure that another busload makes...
  • SOURCE: FEDS TO BRING IN RIOT SQUAD AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION PROTESTERS

    07/06/2014 2:04:58 PM PDT · by madison10 · 3 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 6, 2014 | Kristin Tate
    HOUSTON, Texas--As illegal immigrants continue to spill across the U.S.-Mexico border, federal authorities are attempting to relocate the migrants from South Texas to housing facilities in states across the nation. One such facility is located in Murrieta, California, where a large group of protesters recently blocked a bus full of migrants from arriving.