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  • Mike Slater: Introducing the hot soup bucket challenge
    Posted August 21, 2014 at 1:25 pm by Chris Peterson

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    By now you’ve heard of the ice bucket challenge to raise awareness for ALS. TheBlaze Radio’s Mike Slater has taken the challenge up a notch in response to the Islamic State terror group and created the hot soup bucket challenge. Yes, this is not a joke, Mike Slater actually dumps a bucket of hot soup on his head. You have to see it to believe it.

    Please, do not try this at home:

    You can listen to The Mike Slater Show every Saturday, from 3-6p et, on TheBlaze Radio Network.

  • Rick Perry hits Obama on link between weak border enforcement, ISIS threat
    Posted August 21, 2014 at 1:12 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) warned Thursday that the unsecured southern U.S. border is creating a real risk that Islamic State agents could try to enter the U.S. and commit acts of terrorism.

    In a speech at the Heritage Foundation that sounded very much like a warmup to a presidential run, Perry started by blasting President Barack Obama for failing to adequately enforce the border. That failure, Perry said, created the conditions that have prompted thousands of children and other illegal immigrants to try to cross into the United States.

    Gov. Rick Perry warned Thursday that the weak southern border plus the growing threat from the Islamic State puts the U.S. at risk of a new terrorist attack. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)

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  • The viral ‘Christmas Jammies’ family is back with a new back-to-school parody video
    Posted August 21, 2014 at 12:30 pm by Liz Klimas

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    You might remember the Holderness family from their “#Xmas Jammies’ video, which went viral last year and made everyone rue the day they only sent out family portraits in their own Christmas newsletters to family and friends.

    Well, the North Carolina family is back and rapping about another holiday, at one least for parents. It’s back to school.

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    Image source: YouTube

    The family modified the lyrics of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” into a school-friendly theme titled “Baby Got Class.”

    Watch the parody that sums up many a parent’s views on going back to school:

    If you’re into the classics though and rap is just too much for you, this oldie but goodie Staples commercial from 1996 might fit the bill:

    The Holderness family dedicated their video to “teachers, bus drivers, administrators, and support staff who teach and love our children. THANK YOU for all you do,” the parents wrote.

    (H/T: Huffington Post)

  • One senator’s response to Ferguson: $5.5 billion in new spending to deal with ‘black youth unemployment’
    Posted August 21, 2014 at 11:53 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday proposed legislation that would provide billions of dollars to states, which would be charged with creating “summer and year-round employment opportunities for economically disadvantaged youth.”

    Sanders proposed the Employ Young Americans Now Act, which would give $4 billion to states directly, and award another $1.5 billion to provide training to low- and moderate-income youth and disadvantaged adults.

    Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is proposing billions in new government spending on jobs programs for unemployed youth. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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  • Author sounds off: ‘If you’re taking a check from Uncle Sam — and not for working — and you weren’t blown up by an IED in Iraq, you’re a loser.’
    Posted August 21, 2014 at 10:10 am by Benjamin Weingarten

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    Recently we wrote about Kurt Schlichter’s new book, “Conservative Insurgency,” a fictional retrospective looking back in 2041 on how constitutional conservatives stopped the inexorable march of progressivism and won back the country.

    We sat down with the Townhall columnist to talk about his book and the state of the culture war in America today. In a particularly explosive part of our interview, we asked Schlichter how he foresees the welfare state effectively coming to an end, as codified under the fictional Thirty-Second Amendment, which reads:

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    Each American shall be presumed to be responsible for the financial support of himself or herself, and for his or her dependents, and Congress shall make no law providing for such support for more than a minimal period of no more than three months during their lives, and in modest amounts necessary to preserve life, unless such person has paid into, and is eligible to participate in, a system of social insurance for such support, is truly and demonstrably physically or mentally unable to support himself or herself, or is injured in the service of this Nation.

    Schlichter told us:

    I think…people are starting to see the failure of government as…a sort of father of a spoiled child. I think a lot of people resent the free-ride mentality that many people have. I think we’re seeing the tremendous damage that the welfare state does, not only economically, but morally, and socially. There are critiques out there of what it’s done to minority families and…white families that are shocking. I mean when it becomes an economically smart play…to ditch the man…the man of the family is gonna get ditched in a lot more cases than would otherwise. We need to do things that promote families because families are the basic building block, not government.

    The author continued:

    And frankly there are a lot of people that are working hard who are sick of giving free money to losers. And a lot of free money goes to losers.

    …[T]oday it’s funny because it’s kind of harsh, but I think down the road eventually…people are going to start saying, “Wait a minute – you sit on your couch gobbling Doritos, you watch Judge Judy. I’m working two jobs, and you’re getting about seventy-five percent of the money I’m getting, and it comes out of my check.”

    “Here, I have a counter-offer. How about you get nothing. And if you’re hungry, that motivates you to go…and operate a mop and bucket at a McDonald’s.”

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  • VA secretary: Discipline ‘doesn’t automatically result in firing’
    Posted August 21, 2014 at 9:28 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said Wednesday that while he wants to hold poorly performing employees accountable, that doesn’t necessarily mean these employees will be fired or disciplined.

    Instead, he indicated that the VA is willing to help work with and even train those employees.

    Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald speaks during a news conference a the Palo Alto VA Medical Center on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Palo Alto, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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  • Obama still shying away from ‘boots on the ground’ in Syria
    Posted August 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    A State Department spokeswoman indicated Wednesday that the Obama administration is still not entertaining the thought of sending ground troops to Syria to attack the Islamic State, even after the terrorist group shocked the country by publicly executing a U.S. photojournalist.

    Video released of the execution of James Foley prompted Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to call for a direct attack against the Islamic State in Syria.

    President Barack Obama speaks in Edgartown, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, about the killing of American journalist James Foley by militants with the Islamic State extremist group. The president said the US will continue to confront Islamic State extremists despite the brutal murder of journalist James Foley, but a State Department spokeswoman said boots on the ground are still not an option. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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  • Ever fired a machine gun?
    Posted August 20, 2014 at 2:55 pm by Stu Burguiere

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    Today on Pat & Stu we asked listeners to call up and share their experiences with really big guns. Take a listen at the 1:04:00 mark:

  • Warren Buffett’s company hit with $896,000 fine from Justice Department
    Posted August 20, 2014 at 2:25 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Warren Buffett, the inspiration for the Obama administration’s push for higher taxes on the wealthy, agreed to a different kind of income redistribution on Wednesday.

    According to the Justice Department, Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway consented to paying an $896,000 fine for not telling regulators about a 2013 investment in USG Corp.

    Attorney General Eric Holder announced a big fine against Berkshire Hathaway on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

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  • Issa probes telework scam at U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    Posted August 20, 2014 at 1:06 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    House Oversight & Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Tuesday asked Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker for information related to an internal report showing abuses of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s “telework” program that allows employees to work from home and with flexible hours.

    The letter builds off a damaging Washington Post story that said employees at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office have abused the agency’s telework policy for years. That story said USPTO employees “lied about the hours they were putting in,” and received bonuses for work they never finished.

    House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is probing a cushy telework program at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that has reportedly been abused for years by government officials. (AP Photo)

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  • McCain calls on Obama to attack Islamic State in Syria after execution of U.S. photojournalist
    Posted August 20, 2014 at 11:56 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday called on President Barack Obama to attack the Islamic State’s stronghold in Syria, after a video was released showing the apparent execution of American photojournalism James Foley by the group known as ISIS or ISIL.

    “The more he (Obama) delays and the more he acts incrementally, the more ISIS adjusts and the more difficult they will become,” McCain said, according to the Arizona Republic. “And one of the decisions that he has to make is to attack ISIS in Syria because they are moving the captured equipment there and they are fighting there and their enclaves are there.”

    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Tuesday that the Obama administration needs to fight the Islamic State in Syria. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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  • A profound but long ignored message on Islamic supremacism from Great Britain
    Posted August 20, 2014 at 10:42 am by Benjamin Weingarten

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    In the wake of the savage beheading of American journalist James Foley at the hands of an alleged ISIS militant of British descent, we were immediately reminded of a 2006 book, “Londonistan,” whose lessons seem to have been sorely neglected.

    Melanie Phillips, a prolific and sharp-tongued columnist for the Times of London, journalist, author and broadcaster of which TheBlaze Books has written before, wrote “Londonistan” to document the growing (and largely homegrown) threat by jihadists to Great Britain, the nation’s inability to comprehend it, foolish attempts to appease and whitewash it, and fatal consequences were the Brits to not change course.

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    With reportedly thousands of Europeans having joined ISIS ranks alone, not to mention those Americans who have joined various other jihadist movements throughout Arabia, our relations with the Muslim Brotherhood for example in Egypt prior to Mohamed Morsi’s ouster, arming of various jihadists, and ignorance (or worse), intentional censorship, and even inability to say the phrase “radical Islam” itself, the conclusion to her 2006 book is as significant today if not more so than the day it was written.

    Here is part of Melanie Phillips’ strikingly prescient conclusion to “Londonistan” [emphasis ours]:

    Britain is in denial. Having allowed the country to turn into a global hub of the Islamic jihad without apparently giving it a second thought, the British establishment is still failing even now— despite the wake-up calls of both 9/ 11 and the London bomb attacks of 2005— to acknowledge what it is actually facing and take the appropriate action. Instead, it is deep into a policy of appeasement of the phenomenon that threatens it, throwing sops to both radical Islamism and the Muslim community in a panicstricken attempt to curry favour and buy off the chances of any further attacks. This disastrous policy ignores the first law of terrorism, which is that it preys on weakness. The only way to defeat it is through strength— the strength of a response based on absolute consistency and moral integrity, which arises in turn from the strength of belief in the values that are being defended. By choosing instead the path of least resistance, Britain is advertising its fundamental weakness and is thus not only greatly enhancing the danger to itself but also enfeebling the alliance in the defence of the West.

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    Britain has a long and inglorious history of appeasing terrorism, thus bringing true the aphorism, in which its ruling class so cynically believes, that ‘terrorism works.’ Now, however, this dubious national trait has been cemented even more firmly into the national psyche by the governing doctrine of multiculturalism, which has made it all but impossible even to acknowledge that this terrorism is a problem rooted within the religion of a particular minority community. The fervent embrace of ‘victim culture’ means instead that this minority has to be treated on its own assessment as a victim of the majority and its grievances attended to on the grounds that it is these grievances that are the cause of terrorism. At the same time, however, this minority disavows any connection with terrorism and vilifies anyone who dares suggest the contrary. Thus Britain is being forced to act on the basis that if it does not do so it will be attacked— by people who claim that terrorism runs totally counter to the values of their religion, but then demand that the grievances of members of that religion are addressed as the price of averting further attacks. This deeply manipulative and mind-twisting behaviour is the equivalent of holding a gun to Britain’s head while denying that this is being done, and threatening to run out of town anyone who points it out.

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  • Tick tock: 111 days later, former Phoenix VA official still getting paid
    Posted August 20, 2014 at 10:33 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The head of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ broken health care clinic in Phoenix, Arizona is still being paid her $170,000 salary 111 days after being released in the wake of the VA health care scandal.

    Concerned Veterans for America has launched a web page tracking how long Sharon Helman is still getting paid, despite constant promises from the VA that officials involved in the scandal will be held accountable.

    Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald has yet to take any action against Sharon Helman, the head of the Phoenix VA health system who has been on paid leave for 111 days. (AP Photo/David Becker)

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  • David Letterman’s touching tribute to Robin Williams
    Posted August 20, 2014 at 8:08 am by Mike Opelka

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    David Letterman and Robin Williams were friends for nearly four decades. On Monday night, Letterman spent over ten minutes paying tribute to his late friend and sharing his thoughts and memories of the comedic genius of Williams.

    Letterman described the night that he first saw Williams perform at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, 38 years ago. Letterman was a budding comic and recalled his reaction to seeing one of Williams’ early performances: “We came on like morning dew, he came on like a hurricane.”

    “He finishes and I thought, ‘That’s it, they’re gonna have to put an end to show business, because what can happen after this?’” he added.

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    The late night host told the story of Williams’ meteoric rise to stardom and how he never acted differently towards those he grew up with in the comedy business.

    Did you know that David Letterman appeared on “Mork and Mindy?” He credited Williams with convincing the producers to give him the spot on the hit show. It was a very brief appearance that Letterman said he could not bear to watch for years.

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    As Letterman’s career grew and spanned more than two decades across NBC and CBS, Robin Williams made more than 50 appearances on his shows.

    The segment closed with a montage of some of Dave’s favorite moments from Williams’ visits. The clip was posted on YouTube less than 24 hours ago and has gone viral, generating more than 1.6 million views.

    Watch the clip:

    (H/T: @Letterman on Twitter)

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  • Obama’s Labor secretary embarks on cross-country junket to promote Labor Day
    Posted August 19, 2014 at 4:34 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Labor Secretary Tom Perez has embarked on a week-long tour across America in order to meet five people and fill up the Labor Department’s website with pictures and stories about people at work, a sort of pre-celebration of Labor Day.

    A Labor Department spokesperson didn’t respond to questions from TheBlaze about how many people were on the trip or how much it will cost.

    The trip will take this long… Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor Thomas Perez is traveling across the country to promote Labor Day and meet with five people in five different cities. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

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  • What would those old empires look like today? Map geeks have the answers.
    Posted August 19, 2014 at 3:50 pm by Zach Noble

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    Some people reminisce about old bands getting back together.

    Users of the “Map Porn” subreddit, on the other hand, have been spending this week reminiscing about old historical empires getting back together.

    To each their own.

    The idea is simple: What would an historic empire look like if it existed today?

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    Users have covered the historical gamut, from the Roman Empire…

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    …through the rise of the Mongols…

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    …through the age of colonialism.

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    One user even mocked up the Confederate States of America circa 2014, which the user calculated would have more than 100 million residents and an economy to rival the U.S., China and Japan.

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    It’s an interesting exercise for map lovers, though given the historical sins of some of the nations — from the Mongols’ butchery of tens of millions of people to the Confederacy’s slave state — the world might be grateful that these old empires aren’t getting back together anytime soon.

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  • Birds catching fire! (For the greater good?)
    Posted August 19, 2014 at 3:12 pm by Stu Burguiere

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    Unintended consequences. That’s the hallmark of so many of the left’s “pro-environmental” polices.

    Tuesday on Pat & Stu we listed the many green fails from the past and a new one: Birds are combusting in mid-flight. Why? Hear about it at the 25:15 mark:

  • Unbelievable trick shots from six sports all in one NFL stadium
    Posted August 19, 2014 at 2:39 pm by Liz Klimas

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    The guys whose job it is to make viral trick shot videos (a.k.a. living the dream) recently took to the New England Patriots’ stadium where they showed off their skills in not just one type of sport but six.

    The YouTube group Dude Perfect turned Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, into their trick-shot playground in their latest video posted Monday.

    “1 NFL stadium + 6 different sports = Tons of fun,” the group wrote on YouTube.

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    In the post, which has more than 300,000 views from those who are jealous they don’t have the same talent, Dude Perfect lands a football through a basketball hoop from the stadium’s upper deck, knocks a target from between his friend’s legs with a golf ball (no injuries here) and a drop shot from above while the ball was sent spinning off his finger.

    Watch all that and more in Dude Perfect’s full video (Content warning: some strong language):

    If you’re wondering just how much practice goes into making these trick shots, last year when we spoke with Dude Perfect’s Tyler Toney he told us “every shot is different.”

    “Some are made on the first try and some take longer than that,” Toney said.

  • UPDATE: The VA’s (nearly!) unreachable press shop: $7.7 million a year, very hard to reach
    Posted August 19, 2014 at 2:21 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The Department of Veterans Affairs boasts an Office of Public Affairs that has 54 full-time equivalent employees and a $7.7 million budget, but makes it very difficult reach any of these people by phone or email on the VA’s website.

    It’s almost as if the VA doesn’t want to take calls from reporters.

    Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald is in charge of a department with a press shop that doesn’t display email addresses or phone numbers on its website. (AP Photo/David Becker)

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  • Three seconds into this video of a police chase, and you’ll see why the people in the car lose it
    Posted August 19, 2014 at 2:19 pm by Jonathon M. Seidl

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    Smalltown, USA — where the problems of the world seem just a little simpler and daily life takes on new meaning. Never was that more true than this weekend in Kewanee, Illinois. That’s where Cheryl Pudil captured a police chase in the middle of Main St. But it wasn’t what you might expect, and when you turn up the volume you’ll hear laughter instead of gasps.

    That’s because the culprit was large, both white and black, and likely bigger than any suspect the department had tried to apprehend. Here’s what was captured on video — three seconds into it becomes clear what has the passengers cracking up:

    Yep, that’s a cow.

    “Only in Kewanee [can] you see cops chasing a cow,” Pudil writes in the accompanying post.

    According to the local outlet the Star Courier, the cow got loose and the police decided to simply escort it out of town instead of try to corral it on Sunday. When they called a veterinarian to possibly tranquilize it, the vet said it didn’t have that capability. It’s unclear what eventually happened to the bovine.

    But one thing is clear, it made for some good laughs

  • The eight planks of Paul Ryan’s (prospective) presidential platform
    Posted August 19, 2014 at 11:33 am by Benjamin Weingarten

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    2012 Republican Vice Presidential nominee and Chairman of the House Budget Committee Paul Ryan has a new book out titled “The Way Forward,” in which he weaves his personal story into a treatise on political philosophy and policy prescriptions that may very well serve as a trial balloon for a 2016 presidential run.

    Below we summarize the eight planks of Paul Ryan’s prospective presidential platform in his own words, which represent “an application of the conservative idea of government’s role made real through concrete public policy,” intended to make “government simpler, smaller, and smarter so that it can effectively fulfill its proper role again and help Americans recover the promise of our country.”

    1. Entitlement and Health-Care Reform

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    Replacing Obamacare

    “I would repeal Obamacare and replace it with market-based, patient-centered reforms. For able-bodied Americans under the age of sixty-five, we would replace the inefficient tax treatment of employer-provided health care with a portable, refundable tax credit that Americans could use to purchase coverage and get care.

    …each person should have a tax credit that is theirs to take with them regardless of their employment status. You can then take your plan with you from job to job–and hang on to your insurance even when a job might be hard to find…For workers who get their coverage through their employers, their tax credit would go to their Health Savings Account to help pay for any out-of-pocket costs, like premiums and deductibles–or they could buy separate insurance, if they wish. And everyone else would now have a tax credit they could use to purchase insurance in the private market, where insurers would compete for their business.

    Soon, health care would start to look like a real market with transparent prices, easy access to information about quality, and more choices. Americans will be empowered to choose the insurance plan that offers them the best quality for the lowest cost. When millions of Americans are making their own health decisions, it’s going to drive the cost of health care down. Instead of top-down price controls imposed by bureaucrats, we’re offering bottom-up competition driven by millions of customers.

    …What’s more, the alternative I’m proposing doesn’t come with any of the unpleasant feature of Obamacare. There are no mandates, fees, or penalties. And you can use your tax credit to choose the plan that works best for you rather than one that satisfies a government bureaucrat in Washington.”

    Medicare Premium Support

    “…my plan reforms Medicare using an approach known as premium support. Future retirees would receive financial support for the plan of their choice, with more support available for the poor and the sick. This is similar to how federal employees now get their health-care coverage. Under my reforms, seniors could choose to stay with a traditional fee-for-service plan, similar to Medicare today, or they could select from a list of comprehensive private policies that deliver all of their traditional Medicare benefits in one plan.

    My approach doesn’t raid $700 billion from Medicare to get up and going. In fact, it keeps those savings for Medicare. And with additional support for those with preexisting conditions, people can get affordable coverage regardless of their health status.”

    Medicaid Grants to States

    “Just as we need to turn the power to make choices back to workers and seniors in health care and Medicare, we also need to give states more freedom and flexibility to decide how to best deliver benefits through Medicaid…We should send federal Medicaid dollars back to the states through per capita grants. This approach gives each state the flexibility to tailor its Medicaid program and implement it in ways that better address its citizens’ unique needs. Today, the care that Medicaid patients receive is often substandard, in part because it’s subject to the demands of federal bureaucrats. Under these reforms, states will be able to give their citizens better options, improved outcomes, and greater access to quality care.”

    Social Security Tinkering Plus Retirement Accounts

    “…a sensible reform would slightly pare back the growth in future benefits for higher-income people and slowly increase the retirement age to reflect longevity over time. This should be done without affecting the benefits of anyone in or near retirement…I would propose the creation of optional personal retirement accounts. That way, younger workers can invest in their own account, which will be managed by Social Security for their retirement and can deliver a much better rate of return.

    …Your account would have safeguards so that the level of risk you can assume is dialed back as you get closer to retirement age. That not only ensures that your money will be there for you in retirement; it also means you actually own your retirement fund and can pass it on to your family.”

    2. Tax Reform

    “[N]o business or family would pay more than 25 percent of their income to the federal government”
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    “A simplified tax code would narrow the number of rates for individuals and families from seven brackets down to two. Low- and middle-income families would pay a marginal rate of 10 percent, with a tax rate of 25 percent for anyone earning more…Any existing [tax] preferences should prioritize working families struggling to make ends meet.

    I would also get rid of the alternative minimum tax…

    We must also reduce our corporate tax rate..My colleague Dave Camp, the chairman of the House Ways and means Committee wants to reduce the corporate tax rate to 25 percent, a figure that would make us much more competitive internationally. He also proposed exempting 95 percent of the profits made by the foreign subsidiaries of U.S. companies from taxation. That would encourage companies to bring their profits back to our shores and reinvest them here.

    Taken together, these reforms would mean that no business or family would pay more than 25 percent of their income to the federal government. And by lowering rates and closing loopholes, tax reform can make the system fairer for all without increasing the deficit. In fact, this kind of reform would grow the economy and help shrink the deficit.”

    3. Ending Cronyism and Corporate Welfare (more…)

  • Border agents arrest Central American sex offenders with criminal records in the U.S.
    Posted August 19, 2014 at 10:20 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Monday that border agents near Eagle Pass, Texas arrested two illegal immigrants from Central America who were later discovered to be sex offenders with U.S. criminal records.

    While the two men were caught, the arrests will likely be seen by some Republicans a sign that it is too easy for people with criminal records to move back and forth between the U.S. and Mexico. Many Republicans have argued that the failure to secure the border is making it too easy for illegal immigrants to enter the country and commit crimes against U.S. citizens. (more…)

  • GOP lawmaker says detained immigrants living better than deployed members of the military
    Posted August 19, 2014 at 9:08 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) told an audience in Iowa late last week that many of the illegal immigrants being detained at the southern U.S. border are enjoying better living conditions than U.S. soldiers who are deployed overseas.

    “I’ve never seen poorer conditions than those of our military,” King said according to the New Hampton Chickasaw County Tribune. “When our military is deployed they are in tent city for a year or more. I didn’t see any of our illegal aliens living in tents.”

    Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) says illegal immigrants being detained on the border are living better than deployed members of the U.S. military. Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images

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  • NASCAR driver speaks out about Tony Stewart incident and Stewart’s career as a racer
    Posted August 18, 2014 at 3:10 pm by Steve Krakauer

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    It’s been more than a week since the tragic racing incident that left a driver dead after being struck by a race car driven by Tony Stewart. Since then, Stewart has not raced — and now fellow drivers are speaking out.

    NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip joined TheBlaze Radio show Cain and Cupp on Saturday to talk about the incident, and Stewart. “My heart tells me Tony just didn’t see the young man,” Waltrip told co-host SE Cupp. “It’s just a sad situation.”

    Co-host Will Cain brought up Stewart’s reputation and temper. Waltrip understood, but said this was different.

    “He’s a fair racer — he’s a guy that’s going to race you hard, but he’s going to race you fair,” said Waltrip. “To say that he did anything intentional, I don’t see how people come up with that. Because what would he have been reacting to? He didn’t wreck. He didn’t even know he was in a wreck, in my opinion.”

    What do you think? Listen here (the conversation starts up at approximately the 1:34:00 mark):

    Other topics on the show include the crisis in Ferguson (and media reaction to it), libertarians and militarization of police, and Cupp’s interactions with her new neighbors.:

    You can listen to all the Cain and Cupp TheBlaze Radio shows here.

  • Sessions: Obama, tech firms ‘actively working against’ American workers on immigration
    Posted August 18, 2014 at 2:38 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on Monday accused President Obama of conspiring with several high tech companies to make it easier for non-U.S. citizens to find jobs in America, at the expense of millions of Americans who are still looking for work.

    “This administration is actively working against the interests of the American worker,” Sessions said. “And Senate Democrats, instead of defending Congress and their constituents, are handing their vote over to Leader Reid and President Obama.”

    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) warned Monday that tech companies are conspiring with President Barack Obama to bring in more non-U.S. workers, to the detriment of U.S. citizens still looking for work. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

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