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August 23, 2014

Food stamp pricetag swells, while money for fraud enforcement slashed

Americans receiving food stamps were caught selling and bartering their benefits online for art, housing and cash, according to a new federal report that investigates fraud in the nation’s largest nutrition support program.

Complicating the situation is the fact states around the country are having trouble tracking and prosecuting the crimes because their enforcement budgets have been slashed despite the rapidly-rising number of food stamp recipients, according to the Government Accountability Office report.

Under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, 47 million people have been awarded $76 billion in benefits. State agencies are responsible for addressing SNAP recipient fraud under the guidance and monitoring of the Food and Nutrition Service. More

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August 22, 2014

Senator Inhofe warns of potential terrorist attacks on U.S. soil

OKLAHOMA CITY - It is a serious warning coming from Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe as he warns of the potential of another attack on American soil. The senator sat down with Fox 25 to talk about a variety of topics, but as ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the top issue was national security.

“We're in the most dangerous position we've ever been in as a nation,” Senator Inhofe told Fox 25's Phil Cross.

“ISIS, they are really bad terrorists, they're so bad even Al Qaida is afraid of them,” Inhofe said reflecting on the recent beheading of American journalist James Foley. Beyond the beheading, Inhofe said the current terror organizations are not going to stay contained to the Middle East. “They're crazy out there and they're rapidly developing a method of blowing up a major U.S. city and people just can't believe that's happening.” More

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Feds: Obama Broke Law with Bergdahl Swap

President Obama violated a “clear and unambiguous” law when he released five Guantanamo Bay detainees in exchange for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the Government Accountability Office reported Thursday.

“[The Department of Defense] violated section 8111 because it did not notify the relevant congressional committees at least 30 days in advance of the transfer,” the GAO report said.

“In addition, because DOD used appropriated funds to carry out the transfer when no money was available for that purpose, DOD violated the Antideficiency Act. The Antideficiency Act prohibits federal agencies from incurring obligations exceeding an amount available in an appropriation.” More

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August 21, 2014

Maker of world’s most expensive cigars says Bill Clinton a client

When you pull in a half-million dollars a speech, why not celebrate with the “Rolls Royce” of cigars?

Former President Bill Clinton reportedly indulges in some of the world’s most expensive cigars, from a Dominican Republic company whose smokes fetch up to $1,000 — that’s per cigar, not per box.


Kaizad Hansotia, the chief executive officer of the company Gurkha, told Bloomberg News that one box of “His Majesty’s Reserve” fetches $25,000. That price is expected to increase to about $30,000 by next year.

“We hunt for the most exotic tobaccos around the world,” Hansotia said, rationalizing the nearly $1,000 price tag. The company produces about 20,000 boxes per year, and has a three-year waiting list. More

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Attorney General sides with protesters - 'I AM ALSO A BLACK MAN' Holder: I understand 'mistrust' of Ferguson cops

Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that he understands why many black Americans distrust the police as he made a one-day swing through the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., where a black teenager was fatally shot by a white police officer almost two weeks earlier.

Holder made the comments during a meeting with about 50 community leaders at the Florissant campus of St. Louis Community College in which he heard about their own issues with law enforcement officials.

Ferguson has endured more than a week of unrest since the August 9 death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was shot by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. The Obama administration intended the trip to underscore its commitment to civil rights in general and the Ferguson case in particular. More

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August 20, 2014

US won't reveal records on health website security

WASHINGTON -- After promising not to withhold government information over "speculative or abstract fears," the Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the government's health care website because doing so could "potentially" allow hackers to break in.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services denied a request by The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act for documents about the kinds of security software and computer systems behind the federally funded HealthCare.gov. The AP requested the records late last year amid concerns that Republicans raised about the security of the website, which had technical glitches that prevented millions of people from signing up for insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law. More

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Perry pleads not guilty in abuse of power case

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has pleaded not guilty to charges that he abused his power with a controversial veto threat, as he vowed to fight and "prevail" in the case.

The not-guilty plea was entered in a brief "waiver of arraignment" filed in Travis County court late Tuesday.

The Republican governor also turned himself in Tuesday for processing at the justice complex. The governor was fingerprinted and had a mug shot taken before leaving a few minutes later.

Before entering the courthouse, he spoke to a cheering crowd. More

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109,631,000 Americans on Welfare

109,631,000 Americans lived in households that received benefits from one or more federally funded "means-tested programs" — also known as welfare — as of the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau.

The Census Bureau has not yet reported how many were on welfare in 2013 or the first two quarters of 2014.

But the 109,631,000 living in households taking federal welfare benefits as of the end of 2012, according to the Census Bureau, equaled 35.4 percent of all 309,467,000 people living in the United States at that time. More

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August 19, 2014

Tom DeLay calls Texas Gov. Rick Perry's indictment a ‘conspiracy’

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on Monday sharply criticized the Texas county prosecutor's office that indicted him and more recently fellow Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry, calling the case against the governor a “vendetta” and another example of the “criminalization of politics.”

In an interview with FoxNews.com, DeLay attacked nearly every aspect of the prosecution’s case against Perry -- suggesting it was political retribution for the governor's attempt to remove a county district attorney with a criminal record and a “conspiracy” likely traceable to Washington Democrats.

“There is no doubt [the case] is politically motivated,” he said. “Once again, the district attorney of Travis County presented a case, not unlike mine, that was very weak, if it was a case at all. … It’s a conspiracy to use the legal system to politicize politics.”

DeLay was indicted in 2005 by a Travis County grand jury for allegedly conspiring to break election laws several years earlier in a case that involved charges of money laundering.

He was convicted in January 2011 and sentenced to three years in prison. But he was allowed free on bail while appealing his conviction. The Texas Court of Appeals ruled in Sept. 2013 that the evidence in the case was “legally insufficient” to sustain the convictions and DeLay was formally acquitted. More

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August 17, 2014

RAND PAUL HEADS TO GUATEMALA TO CONDUCT CHARITY EYE SURGERIES

ANTIGUA, Guatemala — Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is visiting Guatemala to perform pro bono eye surgeries, a trip his political advisers are saying is strictly charity work but offers an important platform for the Kentucky Republican at the epicenter of the border crisis.

“It is an honor for me to be able to use my skills as an ophthalmologist to give back to the community,” Paul told Breitbart News. “I am thrilled to join a team of ophthalmologists in Guatemala to perform life changing and sight-restoring surgeries.”

While many details of the trip are temporarily withheld for security reasons, Paul’s trip is being run by the Moran Eye Center from the University of Utah. It’s funded by charity—no taxpayer dollars will be used for Paul’s mission. Spokesman Sergio Gor told Breitbart News he’ll be meeting with several patients of his from who can now see after Paul performed surgery on them when they were younger.

The team of doctors is expected to perform around 300 surgeries, Gor said, over the course of several days in Guatemala. More

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Woman's surgery delayed by ObamaCare

LaTrina Reed says the surgery she needs to correct a painful ovarian condition "is a matter of life or death," but she hasn't been able to get it because of errors in ObamaCare.

She’s missed countless days of work and is nearly bedridden because of the pain.

“I feel like I’m in labor all of the time,” Reed said.

The 49-year-old single mother says she hasn't stopped bleeding since February. She has nearly a dozen growths on her uterus and ovaries. And one twisted ovary, she says, gives her pains comparable to child birth. A hysterectomy and cyst removal would fix Reed's problems, but the surgery costs $30,000.

Until this month, Reed was listed as having no health insurance. But she has paid seven months’ worth of premiums to Nevada Health Link, the market place through which consumers buy subsidized insurance under the Affordable Care Act. More

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August 16, 2014

The government has paid billions to buy power wheelchairs and has no idea how many of the claims are bogus.

LOS ANGELES — In the little office where they ran the scam, a cellphone would ring on Sonia Bonilla’s desk. That was the sound of good news: Somebody had found them a patient.

When Bonilla answered the phone, one of the scam’s professional “patient recruiters” would read off the personal data of a senior citizen. Name. DOB. Medicare ID number. Bonilla would hang up and call Medicare, the enormous federal health-insurance program for those over 65.

She asked a single question: Had the government ever bought this patient a power wheelchair?

No? Then the scam was off and running.

“If they did not have one, they would be taken to the doctor, so the doctor could prescribe a chair for them,” Bonilla recalled. On a log sheet, Bonilla would make a note that the recruiter was owed an $800 finder’s fee. “They were paid for each chair.” More

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HILLARY DEMANDS 'PRESIDENTIAL SUITE' IN VEGAS

Hillary Rodham Clinton likes to travel in style.

She insists on staying in the “presidential suite” of luxury hotels that she chooses anywhere in the world, including Las Vegas.

She usually requires those who pay her six-figure fees for speeches to also provide a private jet for transportation — only a $39 million, 16-passenger Gulfstream G450 or larger will do.

And she doesn’t travel alone, relying on an entourage of a couple of “travel aides,” and a couple of advance staffers who check out her speech site in the days leading up to her appearance, much like a White House trip, according to her contract and supporting documents concerning her Oct. 13 speech at a University of Nevada, Las Vegas Foundation fundraiser. The documents were obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal through the state public records law. More

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry: 'We don't settle political differences with indictments'

Texas Gov. Rick Perry vowed Saturday to fight charges that he abused his power by trying to pressure a district attorney to resign, saying in a televised news conference the indictment was politically motivated. "We don't settle political differences with indictments in this country," he said.

A grand jury has indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, saying he abused his power by trying to pressure a district attorney to resign.
The two felony counts against Perry, a Republican, stem from his threat to veto funding for a statewide public integrity unit run by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg unless she stepped down, the special prosecutor in the case, Michael McCrum, said Friday.

Perry attorney David L. Botsford on Friday called the indictment a "political abuse of the court system." He said the action "violated the separation of powers" and "sets a dangerous precedent by allowing a grand jury to punish the exercise of a lawful and constitutional authority afforded to the Texas governor." More

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TX RANCHER: BIGGEST FEAR IS GETTING SUED BY ILLEGALS TRESPASSING ON LAND

A Texas rancher who spends $20,000 a year repairing damage that illegal immigrants do to his land says his biggest fear is getting sued by illegal immigrants who may get hurt or killed trespassing on his private ranch.

Presnall Cage, a Brooks County rancher who has found numerous dead illegal immigrants on his ranch, told the Guardian that he and other landowners were angered by "a wrongful death lawsuit filed against a neighbor" in 2007 by the family of illegal immigrants.

"The biggest fear I have these days is litigation," he said. "Whether it's warranted or not."

As the Guardian notes, "a security guard on the ranch stopped a carload of undocumented migrants being driven through the property to circumvent the checkpoint" in 2007. Soon after, "the vehicle fled and was pursued by the security guard. The chase ended in a rollover, and a Mexican couple and their seven-year-old daughter died." More

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Rick Perry indictment 'sketchy,' Democrat Axelrod says

Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry after being indicted this weekend got support Saturday from one of the country's most powerful Democrats-- former President Obama political adviser David Axelrod-- who tweeted that the charge seems "sketchy."

Perry, a 2012 GOP presidential candidate with potential 2016 aspirations, was indicted Friday for allegedly abusing his veto power during a dispute with a public-corruption prosecutor over her drunken driving arrest.
The indictment claims Perry broke the law when he threatened to veto $7.5 million over two years for the public integrity unit run by the office of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, after she pleaded guilty to drunken driving in April 2013 and refused to resign.

"Unless he was demonstrably trying to scrap the ethics unit for other than his stated reason, Perry indictment seems pretty sketchy," Axelrod tweeted. More  Video: Jailers had to restrain (Texas DA) Lehmberg

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August 15, 2014

Ben Carson’s ‘One Nation’ Overtakes Hillary Clinton’s ‘Hard Choices’ In Total Sales

Ben Carson’s latest book has just overtaken Hillary Clinton’s new memoir in total book sales.

According to Nielsen BookScan numbers provided to The Daily Caller, as of Aug. 10, Carson’s “One Nation” has sold 225,000 copies, compared to 223,000 copies for Clinton’s “Hard Choices.”

Nielsen BookScan’s survey “currently covers approximately 85 percent of the print book market,” according to the company.

Clinton was reportedly paid a whopping $14 million for her tome, the second highest advance in history. Carson’s advance has not been disclosed, but it is likely a fraction of Clinton’s astronomical fee.

The former neurosurgeon has in recent years become a superstar among conservatives and is even considered a potential 2016 Republican presidential contender. Clinton, of course, will be the frontrunner the Democratic presidential nomination should she enter the 2016 race.  More

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New Jersey vet says military T-shirt led to denied entry at Six Flags amusement park

A New Jersey veteran was denied entry at Six Flags Great Adventure due to an “offensive” T-shirt he wore in support of the U.S. Marines.

Mario Alejandro, 33, of Woodbridge, said he was stopped while entering the theme park in Jackson on Saturday. The father of three, who took part in the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003 as a member of the Marines, said the T-shirt — emblazoned with the words “Keep Calm and Return Fire” above a red, white and blue machine gun — caught the eye of a security guard at the front gate.
"No other veteran should ever have to experience that."

“I can’t let you into the park with that shirt on. That shirt’s offensive,” Alejandro recalled the guard saying to NJ.com. “I said it’s not offensive, it’s a military shirt. I told him that I am an Iraq veteran … I served in the war. But he said: ‘I don’t care, you have to take it off … or you need to buy another shirt to put over it.”  More

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Republicans question HHS official’s instruction to ‘delete’ internal ObamaCare email

A key official overseeing the ObamaCare launch last fall asked a subordinate to “delete” an email exchange on the matter, according to newly released records, fueling Republican concerns that the administration may be hiding internal discussions from Congress.

“Time and again, the self-proclaimed 'most transparent administration' has been anything but,” House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., said in a statement. “And now we know that when HealthCare.gov was crashing, those in charge were hitting the delete button behind the scenes.”

Upton and other GOP committee leaders on Friday released an email exchange from Oct. 5, 2013, shortly after HealthCare.gov launched to widespread problems. It showed Marilyn Tavenner, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, telling an employee in the public affairs office to “please delete this email.”  More

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Lawmakers aim to curb military surplus program for police after Ferguson

The startling scenes this week of heavily armed police clashing with protesters in a St. Louis suburb have galvanized a bipartisan push in Washington to challenge a controversial Pentagon program that gives away free military gear to local law enforcement.

Concerns about the so-called “militarization” of local police have been simmering for some time. But the clashes in Ferguson, Mo., over the death of an unarmed black teenager illustrated precisely what lawmakers have been worried about – police using a “military response” to subdue civilian riots and protests, and potentially escalating the situation in the process.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., warned in an op-ed that the scenes from Ferguson – which has since settled somewhat after state Highway Patrol took over security – resembled “war more than traditional police action.”  More

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August 1, 2014

U.S. Centers for Disease Control brings Ebola to the U.S.

Emory University Hospital in Atlanta plans to treat an American aid worker in Africa who has been diagnosed with Ebola, officials at the hospital said Thursday.

Two American aid workers are suffering from Ebola in Liberia. However, the hospital said it could not identify the expected patient due to privacy laws.

It would be the first time the disease is brought into the country.

The officials say the hospital has a special isolation unit that was built in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that's used to treat people with certain serious infectious diseases.

The unit is physically separate from other areas, and hospital officials say staff are trained and fully prepared to care for the patient. The patient's identity hasn't been released because of privacy laws. More   Ebola 'moving faster than efforts to control it': WHO warn virus could spread to other countries causing 'catastrophic' loss of life

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July 31, 2014

Border crisis bill dies in House

Emergency legislation meant to address the border crisis abruptly was abandoned Thursday afternoon in the House, after Republican leaders were unable to round up enough support to pass it.

Fox News is told lawmakers plan to leave for the August recess without voting on the measure. Sources said GOP leaders were "way short" of the votes they needed, with conservative lawmakers joining Democrats in refusing to back the package.

The Senate still has a border bill on its plate, but without action in the House it appears Congress cannot approve any border legislation at least until after the five-week recess.

A joint statement from House Republican leaders said the "situation shows the intense concern within our conference -- and among the American people -- about the need to ensure the security of our borders and the president's refusal to faithfully execute our laws." More

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Sheila Jackson Lee: Congresswoman Who Co-Sponsored Bush Impeachment Bill Says Democrats Never Tried To Impeach Bush

During a floor speech on Wednesday night, Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee voiced her opposition to the House Republican lawsuit against President Barack Obama and said that Democrats had never moved to impeach former President George W. Bush when he was in office.

“A historical fact that President Bush pushed this nation into a war that had little to do with apprehending terrorists,” Jackson Lee said. “We did not seek an impeachment of President Bush, because as an executive, he had his authority. President Obama has the authority.”

It’s an odd thing for Jackson Lee to say, because it was just six years ago that she helped lead a movement to impeach Bush by co-sponsoring a bill accusing him of high crimes and misdemeanors.  More

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