NOBODY'S Safe From The PATRIOT Act - Blessed are the Whistleblowers

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How the Government Ruined U.S. Healthcare

and What We Can Actually Do About It

Government’s meddling in the healthcare business has been disastrous from the get-go.

Since 1910, when Republican William Taft gave in to the American Medical Association’s lobbying efforts, most administrations have passed new healthcare regulations. With each new law or set of new regulations, restrictions on the healthcare market went further, until, at some point in the 1980s, people began to notice the cost of healthcare had skyrocketed.

This is not an accident. It’s by design.

As regulators allowed special interests to help design policy, everything from medical education to drugs became dominated by virtual monopolies that wouldn’t have otherwise existed if not for government’s notion that intervening in people’s lives is part of their job.

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A Nervous Trump Heads To The Capitol Again As 27 Health Plan Holdouts Remain

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It was 17 yesterday morning, 25 by the close of the day, and now 27 Republicans are opposing (or leaning strongly against) the GOP healthcare plan.

It appears President Trump's "threats" yesterday - which Paul Ryan dismissed using the "he was just kidding" excuse - appears to have failed.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-22/nervous-trump-heads-capitol-again-27-health-plan-holdouts-remain

On Washington's political scoresheet, though, the real story is the willingness of Meadows, the Freedom Caucus chairman, to stand up and oppose what can only be described as a bad, bad bill.

See:  http://www.unitingfortrump.com/uft-liberty-forum/obamacare-repeal-or-obamacare-20 and this: 

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/21/exclusive-rand-paul-easily-35-no-votes-paul-ryans-obamacare-2-0-predict-pull-bill-start/

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Fox News Pulls Judge Napolitano Off the Air...

Because of the Judge's recent comments about UK Trump surveillance:

 https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/03/20/fox-news-pulls-judge-napolitano-off-air-due-to-prior-comments-on-uk-trump-surveillance/#more-130261

(Via LA Times) Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano is being kept off the air indefinitely amid the controversy over his unverified claims that British intelligence wiretapped Trump Tower at the behest of former President Obama

Fox News did not respond to inquiries about Napolitano’s status Monday. Napolitano was conspicuously missing from the network’s coverage of the confirmation hearings on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch — an event in which he typically would have played a significant role. He has not been on the air since Thursday.

People familiar with the situation who could speak only on the condition of anonymity said Napolitano is not expected to be on Fox News Channel any time in the near future.

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FBI Director James Comey Testifies Before Congress

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Click here for Live Updates

Comey is expected to address two controversial topics: President Donald Trump’s claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign, and allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

All times eastern:  http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/20/live-updates-fbi-director-james-comey-testifies-congress/

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Let’s ‘Smash’ Paul Ryan’s Obamacare Lite ‘to Smithereens’

Breitbart Exclusive on RyanCare by Rand Paul

Though I want to believe the glass is half full, I am tempted, very tempted, to smash a glass half full of Obamacare Lite — smash that glass to smithereens!

When did Republicans begin to believe that insurance companies should be put on the dole? That they should be bailed out when any of their customers become sick?

When did Republicans begin to believe that the federal government should force you to pay a penalty to a private insurance company if you can’t afford insurance?

When did Republicans begin to believe that we should levy a special tax penalty on those who choose to buy really good health insurance?

The current Ryan Plan — “Obamacare Lite” — is not about patients. It isn’t about better health care. It isn’t about lowering costs.

It is, plain and simple, about getting more money to the insurance companies and running more of your life from Washington.

Keep reading:  http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/15/exclusive-rand-paul-lets-smash-paul-ryans-obamacare-lite-to-smithereens/

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Abbas Tells US Envoy Historic Peace Deal Possible Under Trump

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From The Hill:  Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met with an envoy from President Trump on Tuesday and told him that a peace deal is possible under the new president.

"President Abbas told Mr. Greenblatt that he believes that under President Trump's leadership a historic peace deal is possible, and that it will enhance security throughout the region," according to a statement from the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem.

Trump in February suggested he would be open to either a one- or two-state solution, breaking with longstanding U.S. policy.

U.S. administrations have long pushed for two states, Israel and a Palestinian one.

Could this be why Trump was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize?  http://www.unitingfortrump.com/world-news/not-it-means-anything-anymore-pres-trump-nominated-nobel-peace-prize

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Well played President Trump. Well played….

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/03/14/breitbart-releases-paul-ryan-audio-i-am-not-going-to-defend-trump-not-now-not-in-the-future/#more-129926  (A great read!)

If Trump was going to pull off a "reverse Castellano’s", Caesar needed Brutus to feel comfortable enough to come close…

The problem for Speaker Ryan was a lack of muti-dimensional situational awareness, and the abject inability to escape President Trump’s political gravity.  Breitbart Media, with transparent coordination between Matthew Boyle, Steve Bannon and President Trump delivers the shiv right on cue.

Caesar Trump knows he must publicly shower Brutus Ryan with praise so the audience can provide the authentic fuel needed for Brutus to overcome any internal trepidation.  Caesar Trump needs Brutus Ryan to feel empowered and emboldened.

Only when Brutus thinks his travels are inconsequential, can he be counted on to drop his guard and believe his schemes and associations are undetected.  Read the entire article HERE.

Breitbart Releases Paul Ryan Audio:  Paul Ryan's conference call with House Republicans 10.10.16

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House Freedom Caucus Stands with Rand's Proposed Healthcare Bill

Members of the House Freedom Caucus stood with Sen. Rand Paul (R.-Ky.) Tuesday to denounce the Obamacare replacement bill supported by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R.-Wis.) and to announce the filing of Paul’s own bill, which is sponsored in the House by Rep. Jim  Jordan (R.-Ohio).

A clean repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), like the bill that every House and Senate Republican voted for in 2015, should not divide Republicans, he said.

Jordan said in order to bring down costs and improve medical care, Congress must repeal Obamacare completely.

“Conservatives have a replacement plan. House leadership has a replacement plan,” he said. “Vote on all the replacement plans and let’s see what happens.”

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/07/sen-rand-paul-house-freedom-caucus-file-obamacare-replacement-bill-after-meeting-veep-mike-pence/

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Wikileaks Unveils 'Vault 7': "The Largest Ever Publication Of Confidential CIA Documents"; Another Snowden Emerges

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total of 8,761 documents have been published as part of ‘Year Zero’, the first in a series of leaks the whistleblower organization has dubbed ‘Vault 7.’ WikiLeaks said that ‘Year Zero’ revealed details of the CIA’s “global covert hacking program,” including “weaponized exploits” used against company products including “Apple's iPhone, Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows and even Samsung TVs, which are turned into covert microphones.”

Among the various techniques profiled by WikiLeaks is “Weeping Angel”, developed by the CIA's Embedded Devices Branch (EDB), which infests smart TVs, transforming them into covert microphones. After infestation, Weeping Angel places the target TV in a 'Fake-Off' mode, so that the owner falsely believes the TV is off when it is on. In 'Fake-Off' mode the TV operates as a bug, recording conversations in the room and sending them over the Internet to a covert CIA server.

As Kim Dotcom chimed in on Twitter, "CIA turns Smart TVs, iPhones, gaming consoles and many other consumer gadgets into open microphones" and added " CIA turned every Microsoft Windows PC in the world into spyware. Can activate backdoors on demand, including via Windows update"

But perhaps what is most notable is the purported emergence of another Snowden-type whistleblower:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-07/wikileaks-hold-press-conference-vault-7-release-8am-eastern

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(Not that it means anything anymore, but) Pres. Trump Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

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US Media Ignores

President Donald Trump has been nominated for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for his ‘peace through strength ideology’, according to a report by AFP. Trump’s nomination, which was reported last Thursday by foreign media, has been ignored by the American media.

(Look for a picture that reflects the now meaningless Nobel Peace Prize to insert here.  Post your find in the comment section.  The winning entry will be determined by the number of up votes each entry receives.  Thanks for your help in the search!)

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The Return of Rand Paul

Political observers believe [Rand] Paul and other outspoken lawmakers have a chance to have outsized impact in Congress and in the Trump administration. Relations between Congress and the White House are also more complicated than they usually are in periods of unified government. For example, a key Paul ally, former Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., is Trump's budget director.

If he can get there, it would be a comeback of sorts for a senator who rode the libertarian wave to prominence. Trump's election victory was widely viewed as an end to that wave — Trump is not a civil libertarian, an entitlement reformer or a spending cutter. But Trump ran five points ahead of Paul in Kentucky where they were both on the ballot in November.

Last week and early this week, Paul began to reinsert himself by launching a public quest for the House GOP healthcare bill. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., dismissed that effort as a "publicity stunt," and others said it was "distraction" from the tough effort within the Republican Party to fight the law.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/the-return-of-rand-paul/article/2616635

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Pat Buchanan: Is Putin’s Russia an enemy, as McCain seems to believe?

Before we can answer that question, we need to know what the new world struggle is about, who the antagonists are, and what the threats are to us.

If we believe the struggle is for “global democracy” and “human rights,” then that may put Putin on the other side. But how then can we be allies of President el-Sissi of Egypt and Erdogan of Turkey, and the kings, emirs and sultans of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman?

But if the new world struggle is about defending ourselves and our civilization, Russia would appear to be not only a natural ally, but a more critical and powerful one than that crowd in Kiev.
Read more at:

http://www.wnd.com/2017/02/is-russia-really-an-enemy-sen-mccain/

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Any Partial Repeal of Obamacare Will Be DOA

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Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Mike Lee (R-UT) each Tweeted out that there should be a full repeal of Obamacare — nothing less.   http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/02/27/congressional-gop-leaderships-obamacare-partial-repeal-plan-in-trouble-rand-paul-ted-cruz-mike-lee-band-together-against-it/

Given the fact there are only 52 GOP senators, should the three of them band together against any legislative effort by Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to offer only a partial repeal, as they suggest they will, they would likely doom such an effort in the U.S. Senate. It is highly unlikely Democrats would support even partial repeal of the former president’s healthcare law.

“We expect a full repeal of Obamacare and will not accept anything less,” a Senate GOP aide familiar with the efforts by Paul, Cruz, and Lee said late Monday when reached by Breitbart News. “Anything less is dead on arrival.”

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VP Pence at CPAC: “This is still government of the people, by the people and for the people”

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Speaking of the presidential election, Pence said, “the establishment never saw it coming.” He continued, “The media elites, the insiders, everybody else who profits off preserving the status quo, they just dismissed our President every step of the way.” He said that in doing so they also, “dismissed millions of the hard working forgotten men and women who make this country great” and that worse they are still dismissing those people. “This is still government of the people, by the people and for the people,” he proclaimed.

“But our fight didn’t end on November the 8th, we won the day, make no mistake about it, the harder work, the most important work now lies ahead. The fight goes on. Let me make you a promise, President Trump will fight for you every single day.”

Read it HERE.

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