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US hopes to stay in Iran nuclear deal, Haley says

Fox News (Politics) - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 01:17
US Ambassador to the United Nations on Sunday said the Trump administration hopes to remain in the nuclear deal with Iran but strengthen it so the “American people feel safer.”

Clinton Foundation to keep Harvey Weinstein's $250,000 donation

Fox News (Politics) - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 23:58
The Clinton Foundation will not return as much as $250,000 in donations from disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein following the accusations of sexual harassment and rape.

Trump, McConnell set for tense talks at Monday meeting

Fox News (Politics) - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 21:15
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is set to sit down with President Donald Trump Monday in a White House meeting that could help patch their relationship, which fractured in a big way over the summer, when the two leaders took shots at each other over health care reform and the effectiveness of Congress.

The Fussy Attack of the Domesticated Conservatives

TownHall Latest columns - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 19:01
Getting named to Salons list of The 25 Conservatives Actually Worth Following On Twitter is either a grievous insult or a certification that you suck.

A Republic, but Who wants to Keep It?

TownHall Latest columns - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 19:01
Mrs. Powell inquired of Mr. Franklin, well, what is it that we have, a monarchy or a republic? Mr. Franklin replied, famously, a Republic, if you can keep it.

Roger Goodell Killed the Goose that Laid the Golden Egg

TownHall Latest columns - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 19:01
Y.A. Tittle died last week. A Hall of Fame quarterback for the New York Giants, he is best known for the taking a knee on a football field. Actually, it was two knees.

America at Its Best

TownHall Latest columns - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 19:01
Alexis de Tocqueville wrote in Democracy in America, I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers and it was not there...

Social Justice is an Oxymoron

TownHall Latest columns - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 19:01
From Washington, D.C. to the NFL and Hollywood, America's idols are tumbling down. This is not a bad thing. For too long, we have wasted precious time and money worshipping these so-called social justice warrior hypocrites who continue to disappoint.

If Liberals Truly Cared About Gun Control, They Would Support Closing U.S. Borders

TownHall Latest columns - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 19:01
Since the tragic shooting in Las Vegas, liberals in Hollywood, Washington, D.C., and the news media have been demanding stricter gun-control laws.

The Free Speech Tax at UNC-Gomorrah

TownHall Latest columns - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 19:01
The controversy began when conservative UNCG students invited Dinesh D'Souza to speak.

Dem Sen. Murphy: Trump's plan to end ObamaCare subsidies 'health care arson'

Fox News (Politics) - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 17:00
President Donald Trump’s abrupt move to cut off federal payments to insurers amounts to “health care arson,” Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., told “Fox News Sunday.”

Hill GOP touts tax reform before 2018; Dems knock vow as mere 'Coming Soon!' marquee

Fox News (Politics) - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 15:45
Congressional Republicans have an insatiable appetite to approve tax reform -- preferably by the end of the year. But can they get it done before Christmas break, which House Speaker Paul Ryan is threatening to withhold?

Chelsea Clinton avoids questions about Harvey Weinstein's donations to Clinton Foundation

Fox News (Politics) - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 15:30
Amid the ongoing sexual abuse scandal surrounding disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, former first daughter Chelsea Clinton won’t say what the Clinton Foundation will do with its donations from the big Democratic donor.

Feinstein gets primary challenge from California Senate leader Kevin de Leon

Fox News (Politics) - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 14:00
California Senate leader Kevin de Leon on Sunday became the first Democrat to officially announce a challenge to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein's 2018 reelection effort, saying he owes the bid to his single, immigrant mother and millions like her “who do everything in their power to protect their children.”

Dem Sen. Murphy: Trump's plan to end ObamaCare subsidies is 'health care arson'

Fox News (Politics) - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 13:56
Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy called President Trump's decision to end cost share reduction payments "healthcare arson."

Jane Fonda, last month’s ‘feminist hero’ for slamming Trump, now sorry about something

Michelle Malkin - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 11:14

**Written by Doug Powers

Just one month ago, our celebrity betters were back atop their national TV soap box and taking pot shots at one of their favorite targets:

9 to 5’s Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin once again proved that they’re the feminist heroes we need while reuniting at the Emmy Awards.

While presenting an award at Sunday’s gala, the ladies couldn’t help but notice the similarities between the sexist boss played by Dabney Coleman in their beloved movie, and the current occupant of the White House.

“Back in 1980, in that movie, we refused to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot,” Jane Fonda said to a huge applause.

To an even more rapturous response, Lily Tomlin added: “And in 2017, we still refuse to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot.”

They say things like that to wild applause from like-minded libs who call that courageous, all the while the elephant in the room snickered, because they all knew, including Fonda:

Jane Fonda regrets not speaking up earlier about Harvey Weinstein.

The film star, who is also an active women’s rights advocate, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday that she “found out about Harvey about a year ago.”

“I’m ashamed that I didn’t say anything right then,” Fonda said.

Side-by-side this perfectly sums up self-righteous, holier-than-thou Hollywood:

"What a way to make a livin'…" (h/t @molratty) pic.twitter.com/cGEyY3TjmS

— Doug Powers (@ThePowersThatBe) October 15, 2017

Glaring hypocrisy, what a way to make a livin’! At next month’s Academy Awards, will Hollywood have the courage to present a sizable portion of their own industry with a collective Oscar for “Outstanding Achievement in Hypocrisy, Selective Outrage and Denial”? Of course not.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Hill GOP touts tax reform before 2018; Dems knock vow as mere 'Coming Soon!' marque

Fox News (Politics) - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 10:15
Congressional Republicans have an insatiable appetite to approve tax reform -- preferably by the end of the year. But can they get it done before Christmas break, which House Speaker Paul Ryan is threatening to withhold?

Trump slams 'failing' New York Times reporter for ignoring successes on trade, climate

Fox News (Politics) - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 09:22
President Trump on Sunday criticized a New York Times story stating that he’s failed to fulfill campaign promises on undoing key Obama administration policies, calling the newspaper “failing” and pointing to early successes like exiting the international Paris climate accord and getting conservative Judge Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court.

Health Care Order Expands Insurance

Cato Recent Op Eds - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 08:47

Michael D. Tanner

For all the headlines about “dismantling Obamacare,” President Trump’s executive order will likely have less of an impact than its supporters hope or critics fear. Still, it represents a modest step toward giving consumers more choices and expanding millions of Americans’ access to lower cost insurance that better fits their individual needs.

First, understand what this order is not. It neither takes anyone’s insurance away nor removes protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

What it does is allow small businesses that band together to buy group insurance plans to be treated the same way as big companies are today. That includes the ability to buy insurance across state lines, and an exemption from some of Obamacare’s expensive mandated benefits. Plans might offer fewer benefits, but they could cost a lot less.

President Trump’s executive order will likely have less of an impact than its supporters hope or critics fear.

Individuals within a company still can’t be charged more or denied coverage because of their health, but companies with healthier work forces could receive lower overall premiums. And purchasing insurance across state lines challenges the power of the insurance cartel’s monopoly power in some states.

If individuals end up being allowed to buy insurance on these association plans, it would dramatically expand options for millions of Americans.

This wouldn’t come close to fixing all of Obamacare’s problems, but it’s still a win for consumers.

This executive order should be considered separately from the administration’s effort to stop paying price stabilization subsidies to insurance companies. In that case, the administration is essentially complying with a federal court ruling that the subsidies were illegal. Yes, if the subsidies stop it could further destabilize insurance markets, but that was starting to happen anyway.

Ideally, Congress should have rewritten the Affordable Care Act, and in using an executive order to rewrite parts of the health care law, President Trump is following a route repeatedly trod by President Obama. Only this time, the president’s actions will give consumers more freedom rather than less.

Michael Tanner is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute.

McMaster: Allies back Trump on Iran nuke deal, Tehran not 'trustworthy'

Fox News (Politics) - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 07:57
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster on Sunday backed President Trump’s decision last week to nix the Iran nuclear deal unless the rogue nation fully complies with the 2015 international pact, saying it’s not a “trustworthy regime” and that it has already “crossed the line several times.”

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