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  • Cruz, Sessions sound alarm on Obama’s plan to expand amnesty program
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 4:36 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) vowed Thursday afternoon to fight President Barack Obama’s reported plans to expand amnesty for up to six million more illegal residents by the end of the summer.

    The two senators have been among the most vocal Republican opponents of Obama’s deferred deportation policy, which they say has prompted a flood of unaccompanied minors to try crossing into the United States. (more…)

  • Buck Sexton has had enough of this ‘imperial president’
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 4:14 pm by Chris Peterson

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    Listen to The Buck Sexton Show every weekday, 12-2p ET, only on TheBlaze Radio Network

    Nobody was safe during Buck Sexton’s opening monologue on TheBlaze Radio Network today. After seeing the video of a woman in labor not being allowed to cross the street to get to the hospital due to Obama’s motorcade, Buck declared that he’s “had enough of this imperial Presidency”.

    It wasn’t just the President that faced harsh criticism from Sexton; the Clinton’s, Joe Biden and all politicians were fair game. “They are supposed to be our fellow citizens entrusted by our consent for a set period of time with the power to protect our rights. Not to enlarge their own authority, not to create these grandiose foundations” (a clear jab at the Clinton’s).

    Buck concluded that this video is “kind of symbolic of this entire Presidency… Whatever Barack needs”.

    Listen to the full audio below:


    Listen to The Buck Sexton Show for free every weekday, from 12-2p ET, only on TheBlaze Radio Network.

  • Is Obamacare withering away?
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 3:33 pm by Stu Burguiere

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    Earlier this week, the Affordable Care Act was dealt a blow in federal court. What does that mean?

    Today on Pat & Stu we talked to Michael Cannon, director of health policy studies CATO, who broke down the decision and told us what to expect from here:

  • GOP lawmaker returns award to protest Chamber of Commerce’s immigration policy
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 3:18 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.) said Thursday that he refused to accept an award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce because of that group’s position on immigration, and called the Chamber the “biggest pro-amnesty group” in the country.

    “The Chamber of Commerce is beholden to special interests and has long since forgotten the main street businesses that struggle everyday to make payroll and keep their company afloat,” Bentivolio said. “It is with great pride that I reject their award, and call on them to stand on the side of America, instead of on the side of China and corporate interests seeking to exploit people for profit.

    U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas Donohue, second from left, runs a group that supports immigration reform. That position led one GOP lawmaker to reject an award from the Chamber. Pool/Getty Images

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  • Hilarious vid shows how Blaze Radio Hosts Doc and Skip were ‘punished’ for their ‘Dallas antics’
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 3:06 pm by Erica Ritz

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    TheBlaze Radio’s Doc Thompson and Skip LaCombe recently spent time in Dallas where, according to security camera footage, they were not on their best behavior:

    Doc was caught urinating on the plants and gambling in the hallway, while Skip was caught doing the radio broadcast in his boxers and stealing copious quantities of chips and sugar packets from the break room.

    When they returned to Dallas for “We Will Not Conform” this week, they didn’t find as warm of a welcome as they hoped. After their key cards didn’t work, it seems they were forced to broadcast from the parking lot:

    TheBlaze Radio's Doc Thompson and Skip LaCombe are forced to broadcast from the parking lot after 'Dallas antics.' (Photo: TheBlaze TV)

    TheBlaze Radio’s Doc Thompson and Skip LaCombe are forced to broadcast from the parking lot after ‘Dallas antics.’ (Photo: TheBlaze TV)

    They were also forced to write repentant sentences on one of Glenn Beck’s many chalkboards:

    TheBlaze Radio's Doc Thompson and Skip LaCombe are punished for their 'Dallas antics.' (Photo: TheBlaze TV)

    TheBlaze Radio’s Doc Thompson and Skip LaCombe are punished for their ‘Dallas antics.’ (Photo: TheBlaze TV)

    So how did it all end? You’ll have to watch the video below, and stay tuned to find out:

  • House moves closer to lawsuit against President Obama
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 2:22 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The House on Thursday moved one step closer to passing a resolution allowing the House to sue President Barack Obama for failing to properly implement Obamacare.

    The House Rules Committee approved a final draft of the resolution in a partisan 7-4 vote.  That will allow the House to consider the resolution and pass it as early as next week. (more…)

  • Look closely and you’ll see why these two girls freaked out after taking a picture of themselves
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 2:00 pm by Jonathon M. Seidl

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    Look closely and you’ll see why Australian field hockey player Jayde Taylor and her teammate freaked out after they snapped this picture of themselves at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre for the Commonwealth Games:

    See it?

    That just happens to be the Queen of England in the background, smiling as if she knows she’s pulling off a photobomb. Another pic by teammate Anna Flanagan captured the same moment but from a different angle:

    (Source: Twitter)

    (Source: Twitter)

  • Boehner indicates no room for Ted Cruz border plan in House bill
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 1:20 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) indicated Thursday that the House will not be considering legislative language to defund President Barack Obama’s deferred deportation policy, which some Republicans want to see as a condition of approving new funding to ease the crisis at the southern U.S. border.

    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has said he wants to see Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy defunded, and says that policy is precisely why about 60,000 illegal immigrant children have tried to cross into the U.S. this year.

    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is pushing to end President Barack Obama’s deferred deportation policy, but House GOP leaders indicate they will not consider his language. (AP Photo, J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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  • The 10 most popular quotes from Barry Goldwater’s ‘Conscience of a Conservative’
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 12:46 pm by Benjamin Weingarten

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    When Barry Goldwater wrote “The Conscience of a Conservative” in 1960, which became a surprise bestseller, it marked a crucial event in the history of the conservative movement.

    The book, which elaborates on Goldwater’s conservative ideology as contrasted with that of Republicans and Democrats alike in the post-Depression era, has withstood the test of time.

    Barry Goldwater on the cover of Time, June 23, 1961. (Image Source: Time)

    Barry Goldwater on the cover of Time, June 23, 1961. (Image Source: Time)

    Many of the then Arizona senator and future GOP presidential nominee’s arguments about the size and scope of government continue to resonate in the battle between the Tea Party and GOP Establishment today.

    As a means of gauging the elements of Goldwater’s book that have had the most profound impact on readers by remaining relevant today, we looked to Amazon Kindle’s popular highlights feature — which measures the most highlighted passages within a given book — as a proxy. Below are the 10 most popular quotes from Goldwater’s book based on the feature, ranked in descending order by number of highlights.

    1. “[the] first principle of totalitarianism: that the State is competent to do all things and is limited in what it actually does only by the will of those who control the State.”

    2. “Throughout history, government has proved to be the chief instrument for thwarting man’s liberty.”

    3. “Conservatism therefore looks upon the enhancement of man’s spiritual nature as the primary concern of political philosophy. Liberals, on the other hand,— in the name of a concern for “human beings”— regard the satisfaction of economic wants as the dominant mission of society.”

    4. “The Conservative knows that to regard man as part of an undifferentiated mass is to consign him to ultimate slavery.” (more…)

  • Boehner blames Obama for stalled bills on border, VA reform
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 12:31 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday blasted President Barack Obama for gumming up efforts by Congress to pass bills to fix the border and reform the Department of Veterans Affairs before Congress leaves for its August break.

    Both the House and Senate have been scrambling to pass legislation before August dealing with the humanitarian crisis at the border involving tens of thousands of children who have tried to cross into the United States.

    House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio blamed President Barack Obama for meddling in congressional negotiations to pass a VA reform bill and a border bill, which has stalled those talks. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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  • Former Fed Chair Greenspan says bubbles are ‘function of human nature’; free market economist disagrees
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 10:33 am by Benjamin Weingarten

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    The question as to what causes financial bubbles has plagued mankind for millennia. Former fed chairman Alan Greenspan’s working theory however flies in the face of the free market economic philosophy to which he purported to prescribe.

    According to a recent interview in Marketwatch, Greenspan said:

    I have come to the conclusion that bubbles…are a function of human nature. We don’t have enough observations, but my tentative hypothesis to what we’re dealing with is that both a necessary and sufficient condition for the emergence of a bubble is a protracted period of stable economic activity at low inflation. So it is a very difficult policy problem. I do believe that central banks that believe they can quell bubbles are living in a state of unrealism.”

    Alan Greenspan. (Image Source: Matt Mendelsohn / Corbis)

    Alan Greenspan. (Image Source: Matt Mendelsohn / Corbis)

    Greenspan, a former outspoken free marketeer who once wrote a letter about the link between the gold standard and economic freedom for Ayn Rand’s Objectivist newsletter, and is no doubt familiar with the work of Austrian economists, would certainly be challenged by the deans of the Austrian school.

    Indeed economists like the late Murray Rothbard contend that bubbles are not in and of themselves natural, but rather a result of a natural reaction by markets to unnatural central bank intervention.

    The Austrian economist in his seminal study on the causes of the Great Depression, aptly titled “America’s Great Depression,” writes that in order to understand the causes of bubbles, we first need to understand what a bubble is. According to Rothbard, the bubble inflates when market participants make errors en masse:

    Entrepreneurs are largely in the business of forecasting. They must invest and pay costs in the present, in the expectation of recouping a profit by sale either to consumers or to other entrepreneurs further down in the economy’s structure of production. The better entrepreneurs, with better judgment in forecasting consumer or other producer demands, make profits; the inefficient entrepreneurs suffer losses. The market, therefore, provides a training ground for the reward and expansion of successful, far-sighted entrepreneurs and the weeding out of inefficient businessmen. As a rule only some businessmen suffer losses at any one time; the bulk either break even or earn profits. How, then, do we explain the curious phenomenon of the crisis when almost all entrepreneurs suffer sudden losses? In short, how did all the country’s astute businessmen come to make such errors together, and why were they all suddenly revealed at this particular time?

    This mass of errors is not natural as asserted by Greenspan, but created by the rational response of profit-seeking individuals to central bank intervention which distorts interest rates. As Rothbard writes: “In the purely free and unhampered market, there will be no cluster of errors.” The cluster of errors results from: (more…)

  • Lawmaker blasts two-page description of VA’s plan to spend $13.5 billion
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 10:30 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) on Thursday criticized the Department of Veterans Affairs for failing to provide details for its request for $13.5 billion in funding to resolve the ongoing veterans health care crisis, and instead offering the House just a two-page description.

    Miller, who chairs the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, said in a morning hearing that Congress has given the VA every resource it has required. He said the committee was surprised when Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson suddenly told a Senate hearing that he needed billions more in funding, and 10,000 more medical staffers.

    Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson wants $13.5 billion to repair the broken VA, but so far, the VA has given the House a two-page description of how the money would be spent. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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  • Broken VA finds time to offer advice about…using sunscreen
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 8:57 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    In the midst of major scandal in which the Department of Veterans Affairs delayed veterans’ requests for health care for several years and then systematically worked to cover its tracks, the VA has found time to write a blog post urging readers to wear sunscreen during the hot summer months.

    “It’s getting easier to go outside and enjoy the sunshine,” the top blog on the VA website declares. “Why? Because researchers have learned so much about the importance of regularly protecting our skin.”

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  • Ted Cruz, Vampire Slayer? A new poster targeting HBO is about to hit Hollywood
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 6:27 pm by Mike Opelka

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    In March, the street artist Sabo made news with his posters showing a tough and tattooed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

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    Many initially thought the image was mocking the conservative Texan, but that was hardly the case. Sabo told TheBlaze that he was hoping to help bolster Cruz’s image as a man of character and strength.

    On Sunday, after HBO featured Cruz in an episode of “True Blood,” the hit series about vampires, Sabo was again inspired to create a new work of art featuring Ted Cruz.

    In case you missed the story, “True Blood” attempted to mock Cruz and other Republicans.

    Tuesday, Senator Cruz responded to HBO via a post on his Facebook page.

    Of all the places I never thought to be mentioned, HBO’s True Blood vampire show would have to be near the top of the list. Sunday night, they aired a misogynist and profanity-ridden episode where Texas Republicans are murdered attending a “Ted Cruz fundraiser.”

    Well, I’m sorry to have lost the vampire vote, but am astonished (and amused) that HBO is suggesting that hard-core leftists are blood-sucking fiends….

    The outspoken artist, Sabo, also responded to HBO’s treatment of Ted Cruz. He created a new poster that may start appearing in Hollywood very soon.

    Senator Cruz’s head has been placed on the body of a man carrying a weapon. He is sporting a dark outfit adorned with a “True Blood Sucks” sticker as well as a button showing what appears to be the GOP’s logo, with a rhinoceros replacing the typical elephant, and a red line though it. Swooping in from above, a large bat-like creature sporting a necklace with the name “Michelle.” The HBO logo is also prominently displayed along with the tag line, “Welcome to Trannyvania.”

    Sabo sent a preview of the poster to TheBlaze on Wednesday afternoon. We are happy to share it with you:

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    Image: unsavoryagents.com

    Sabo told TheBlaze, “First posters on the street, then posters for sale if people like them.”

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  • Lawmaker sees momentum for defunding Obama’s deferred deportation policy
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 4:45 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) on Wednesday pitched her House Republican colleagues on legislation to defund President Barack Obama’s controversial policy of deferring deportation for some illegal immigrants, and said she’s hearing positive feedback on her idea.

    “We had a good immigration discussion,” she told TheBlaze of her talk with GOP colleagues Wednesday morning. “I have to tell you, I think that members locked onto the fact that, yes, that 2008 law is a problem, but what is more problematic and what has accelerated the rate of illegal cross-border trips… is this executive order, the DACA.”

    U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) is seeking support in the House for her bill to defund President Obama’s deferred deportation policy. Alex Wong/Getty Images

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  • Do Bill and Hillary have a ‘special arrangement?’
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 3:52 pm by Stu Burguiere

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    Start listening at the 33:55 mark to hear which Democrats may be lining up to challenge Hillary in 2016.

    And hear some very interesting details about Bill Clinton’s blonde “energizer” that apparently shows up at his residence…often. That fun starts at 40:00

  • State goes after Ted Cruz on FAA’s ban on flights to Israel
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 3:48 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    State Department Spokeswoman Marie Harf on Wednesday said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) made “ridiculous and offensive” comments earlier in the day for criticizing the Obama administration’s decision to temporarily ban U.S. flights to Israel, while at the same time continuing foreign aid that will go to the terrorist group Hamas.

    In a briefing with reporters, Harf said the decision was made to ensure U.S. citizens are protected while Israel faces missile attacks, and said Cruz was out of line for suggesting any deeper political motives.

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  • Watch: Rep. Gowdy slams IRS commissioner for dragging feet on congressional investigation
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 2:53 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) on Wednesday slammed IRS Commissioner John Koskinen for failing to help answer questions about Congress’s investigation into the IRS targeting scandal, and instead arguing that he can’t do anything while the Inspector General’s investigation into the IRS is ongoing.

    Koskinen appeared before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where he said several times that he was unable to help answer some of Congress’s questions because of the IG investigation. But Gowdy said there are no rules prohibiting Koskinen from helping more.

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  • GOP lawmaker to IRS on lost Lois Lerner emails: ‘You weren’t ever gonna tell us until we caught you’
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 1:01 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said Wednesday that he believes the IRS was never going to tell Congress about the lost Lois Lerner emails until they were forced to admit it in light of an email that was uncovered by Judicial Watch in a Freedom of Information Act request.

    “I think you were never going to tell us,” Jordan said to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen at a subcommittee hearing he chaired Wednesday.

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  • UPDATED: Letterman’s CBS Orchestra knocks ‘MacArthur Park’ out of the … well … park
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 12:30 pm by Chris Field

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    Alternate headline: “Wayne Newton to Will Lee: ‘I’m not worthy. I’m not worthy.’”

    If you missed this performance on Monday night’s “Late Show With David Letterman,” carve 6 minutes out of your day and take in a version of “MacArthur Park” that even Donna Summer, Waylon Jennings and Wayne Newton would have to admit may well be the best performance of the Jimmy Webb classic ever–from the orchestration to Will Lee’s vocals.

    The cherry on top? Check out who’s playing keyboard and piano with Paul Shaffer–Mr. Webb himself.

    UPDATE: An obnoxious member of our edit team continues to plague the comments section with nonsense about Donna Summer’s version still being the best–even after video/audio proof of Will Lee’s superior performance. What I’ve learned is that, when someone has a delusional opinion based on nothing but sentiment for an era loooooong since passed, don’t try to change their opinion. Just needle them until they cry.

    For those who’d like to compare the two, here’s Summer’s inferior version:

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  • IRS commissioner not worried that Lerner’s hard drive may have been ‘scratched’ on purpose
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 11:44 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on Wednesday downplayed the idea that Lois Lerner’s hard drive may have been purposefully scratched in order to hide information from congressional investigators, and said he’s not concerned that this may have happened.

    Koskinen was in front of a subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, just a day after the House Ways & Means Committee said it learned that Lerner’s hard drive was “scratched,” and that her emails may have been recoverable. Ways & Means said it was not clear whether the scratch happened on purpose. (more…)

  • This deer is about to do something that deer aren’t supposed to do
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 10:32 am by Jonathon M. Seidl

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    Hopefully for this deer’s sake, he learns the benefits of being a little more cautious and a little less curious come hunting season:

  • GOP proposes tighter border security, faster deportations, National Guard help as part of border plan
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 10:14 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    A House Republican working group on Wednesday released a set of 12 principles for dealing with the southern border crisis, which includes sending National Guardsmen to the border, expediting the deportation of unaccompanied minors, and forcing the government to devise a plan for gaining operational control of the border.

    Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas), who chaired the group, presented the proposals to House Republicans in the morning, and the ideas are expected to find their way into legislation as early as this month.

    House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio set up a GOP working group to devise a plan for dealing with the border crisis, and on Wednesday, that group released 12 principles. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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  • Author of new Clinton book is under attack — just as he outlined in his book
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 9:57 am by Benjamin Weingarten

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    Daniel Halper’s Clinton, Inc. examines the rebuilding of the Clinton machine from the depths of the abyss that was the disgraced end to Bill Clinton’s presidency. In connection with their rebuilding, as outlined in Halper’s book, the Clintons and their proxies have used a variety of tactics to protect themselves, threatening perceived political enemies and intimidating their allies who consider dishing out valuable and potentially damaging information on the family.

    Predictably, author Daniel Halper himself is now being subjected to the very attacks he writes of in his book, and he has taken to Politico to document what is occurring as the alleged Clinton spin and damage control machine swings into action.

    Author Daniel Halper discusses his new book, "Clinton, Inc." on The Kelly File. (Image Source: Fox News/Youtube screengrab)

    Author Daniel Halper discusses his new book, “Clinton, Inc.” on The Kelly File. (Image Source: Fox News/YouTube screengrab)

    Halper writes that while he is “well aware that the former (and perhaps future) first family and its massive retinue of loyalty enforcers, professional defamers and assorted gadflies would rue my intent to examine the real Clintons,” he was surprised at “what the Clintonistas are already doing to their own.”

    What are the “Clintonistas” doing? Halper writes:

    • While I was still reporting on my book, James Carville’s office called, seemingly out of the blue, to grill me on whom I’d already spoken to. I obviously refused to indulge the questioner.
    • Someone from Bill Clinton’s publisher went to mine, HarperCollins, asking questions about my book and what I might be planning.
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  • Dems want to give government power over company work schedules
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 8:51 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Democrats in the House and Senate are proposing new changes to the law that would allow workers to make requests about their work schedule without fear of retaliation from their bosses, and in some cases would require companies to accept these requests.

    The Schedules That Work Act would also allow the Department of Labor to investigate when companies fail to adhere to these new rules. That includes subpoena power, and the power to force companies to pay workers damages when they are found to be in violation.

    Democrats want to ensure food service workers like these in New York have the power to request schedule changes, and have proposed a bill allowing federal enforcement of that right. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

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