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Syrian Army cuts all supply lines to ISIL’s last stronghold in southern Syria
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Judge Foils 'Deep State Bureaucrats' in Obamacare Case, Demands IRS Return $839M to 6 States
On Tuesday, a federal district court judge in Texas ordered the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to return more than $839 million that bureaucrats effectively stole from six states in a violation of the plain text of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

"This is a prime example of how the administrative state works ‐ and how difficult it can be to unravel the work of deep state bureaucrats," Louisiana Solicitor General Liz Murrill, who helped argue the case, told PJ Media.

In the ruling, U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor ruled that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) had unlawfully required six states ‐ Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Texas, and Wisconsin ‐ to foot the bill for health care providers, paying a fee that Obamacare clearly exempted them from.

Obamacare mandated that more Americans purchase health insurance. In order to avoid enriching health care providers ‐ known as Managed Care Organizations or MCOs ‐ the law levied a health insurance provider fee (HIPF). Due to an actuarial rule established under Alex Azar, secretary of the department of Health and Human Services, states had to pay the HIPFs, to the tune of hundreds of millions.

"The law expressly forbids imposing the fee on states," Liz Murrill told PJ Media. "It was intended to basically take back some of the profits insurers would achieve from the expansion of insurers and the associated increase in premiums (projected to come from a less sick, younger population)."

Instead, the deep state bureaucrats forced the states to foot the bill.

"Obamacare has always been an economic house of cards, and this ruling has again exposed it for what it is: a money laundering scheme," Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said in a statement. "This is a prime example of the deep administrative state doing something that Congress expressly forbid."

Landry argued that the deep state broke the law it was attempting to apply. "Even though the Affordable Care Act forbid imposing the Health Insurance Providers Fee (HIPF) on states, the federal government found a way to do it anyway," he explained.

"HIPF has always been an unconstitutional fee imposed upon our State’s workers," Landry concluded. "I commend our Solicitor General Liz Murrill and the entire multi-state coalition for achieving victory in this important case."
If the 'publicans weren't getting their pockets lined from this they would be repealing it... right?
Posted by: DarthVader || 08/23/2018 11:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:

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Malcom Turnbull Is Out As Aussie PM
It's been brewing for a few weeks and now it's a done deal.
[Daily Telegraph / Tim Blair] - It’s all over for Malcolm Turnbull, who will fall just slightly short of becoming "the longest-serving prime minister since Menzies. Possibly ever." Let’s follow the fun as it unfolds.

This morning kicked off with several Turnbull abandonments:
Liberal party ministers Mathias Cormann, Michaelia Cash, and Mitch Fifield have now abandoned Mr Turnbull just after 9.30am and want him to resign, also calling for another leadership spill today.

Mr Cormann said he had met with Mr Turnbull to tell him he no longer had the support of the majority of the Liberal Party.
Latest update is that he's out as PM but he's remaining in Parliament, which breaks his pledge to leave entirely if he lost the PM job. What a wanker!
Posted by: Raj || 08/23/2018 00:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6490 views] Top|| File under:

#1  He is still prime minister although it does not look like he will last much longer. He certainly is nowhere near being the longest-serving prime minister since Menzies.
Posted by: bernardz || 08/23/2018 5:51 Comments || Top||

#2  Indeed, but that's British humor

Posted by: European Conservative || 08/23/2018 20:14 Comments || Top||

#3  Does it count if, like that dreadful joke about marriage, it only feels like forever?
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/23/2018 21:31 Comments || Top||

#4  Yes. Yes, I think it does.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 08/23/2018 21:33 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Ocasio-Cortez Claims Global Warming Is Killing Americans, Gov Allowing It
h/t Instapundit
[DailyWire] Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed on Wednesday that the United States government is allowing global warming to kill Americans and provided absolutely no evidence whatsoever to validate her claims.

In her political career, only weeks old, Ocasio-Cortez has become known for making completely false statements, lying, and having a hard time understanding basic concepts and principles.

Ocasio-Cortez continued this pattern today when she claimed: "Americans are dying because of a government too coward to save the planet."
My day is not complete without Alexandria's daily foot in mouth
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/23/2018 13:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6489 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I thought leftists like it when people die...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/23/2018 14:22 Comments || Top||

#2  That lady needs a tin foil hat
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 08/23/2018 15:32 Comments || Top||

#3  As long as it just kills socialists and communists, I can live with it.
Posted by: DarthVader || 08/23/2018 15:45 Comments || Top||

#4  "It's so hot ah'm gonna die!"
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/23/2018 16:12 Comments || Top||

#5  53F here this morning. Had to wear a jacket.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 08/23/2018 16:13 Comments || Top||

#6  Sorry, Alexandria - I'm already dead from the tax cuts and the repeal of net neutrality.
Posted by: Raj || 08/23/2018 16:22 Comments || Top||

#7  She carries teh stoopid and crazee proudly
Posted by: Frank G || 08/23/2018 19:42 Comments || Top||

In case you forgot – Congress paid $17 Million in hush money to protect politicians
[American Thinker] For all those Democrats and the MSM who are seeking to use Michael Cohen’s plea deal to implicate President Trump in the alleged crime confessed to by Cohen, don’t forget to use the precedent set by the highly respected institution we call the Congress of the United States of America when you make arguments that Donald Trump was trying to influence an election with a payment to silence his accusers.

The following is a list of articles from major news outlets with short excerpts; written about members of congress paying "secret settlements" for everything from sexual harassment to who knows what else ‐ because we really don’t know "what else" they did - it’s a secret.

The secrecy, or can we say cover-up, is meant to protect the identity of the elected officials involved who need to silence their accusers. You know, just in case the information might become public and affect their position in congress or -- wait for it -- the outcome of their next election.

Sexual harassment fund exposes Congress

"Under Congressional Accountability Act, taxpayers pay for secret settlements. Where's the accountability?

When sexual harassers agree on confidential settlements with victims, at least the payments come out of the harassers' own pockets or from companies that choose to employ them.

But not, as the nation has learned this month, when the harasser serves in Congress. Then, taxpayers foot the bill. And the entire episode remains hidden."

From: USA Today (11/17/2017)
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/23/2018 07:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They've been 'protected' for years.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/23/2018 8:36 Comments || Top||

#2  I had forgotten this. Thanks for the reminder.
Posted by: Tom || 08/23/2018 11:20 Comments || Top||

#3  So is this considered a campaign contribution? Can congress spend money to hush people up to benefit a campaign???
Posted by: 49 Pan || 08/23/2018 14:03 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Spot the companies that oppose your values
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/23/2018 17:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Fleet Farm is now run by leftists, a huge farm supply store. As you can imagine the majority of their customers aren't.
Posted by: Woodrow || 08/23/2018 21:58 Comments || Top||

CNN's April Ryan says Sarah Sanders 'stirred up' threats against her, should pay for Ryan's bodyguard
Actions have consequences, Bitch
[FoxNews] CNN’s April Ryan said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders should pay for a bodyguard Ryan has hired, accusing Sanders of "stirring" up death threats against Ryan.

"Oh, I get approached a lot, when I'm walking from my car, when I'm walking to my car, when I eat. Anywhere I go. I mean, they have put a target on my head, and I don't know who's who sometimes," Ryan told the Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday.

"I've had death threats. I've had craziness. ... Do I have a bodyguard? Yes, I do. Am I paying for it? Yes, I am. And, I think [Sanders] should have to pay for it, especially if she's stirring it up with her boss," she added.
Ryan, who's also the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, made the comments as she was promoting her new book, "Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House," which details her experience covering the Trump administration.

"What's happening is unprecedented. ... I've been under attack. And lied on. Treated terribly. And if I don't tell the story, you won't get it. So, I'm putting it out there, because people see one side of it," she said, though not revealing why none of her employers are footing for the bill for her personal security.

Ryan insists the White House put her on a "blacklist" over her questions during press briefings, claiming the administration was "still very angry" over Ryan once asking Trump whether he is a racist.

"The asshole list blacklist. The White House blacklist ... Me, [CNN chief White House correspondent] Jim Acosta. We're on the blacklist. [CNN White House correspondent] Kaitlan Collins. People they don't like," Ryan added.
Posted by: Frank G || 08/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Do you want Sanders to pay for your liposuction too, ya fat fuck?
Posted by: Raj || 08/23/2018 0:25 Comments || Top||

#2  I think she should. A mixture of MS13's and Black Disciples. Minimum wage. Free beer.
Posted by: ed in texas || 08/23/2018 7:27 Comments || Top||

#3  When you play with fire/hate, you will get burned.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/23/2018 8:03 Comments || Top||

#4  They are playing by the rules your side created and enforced.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
Posted by: DarthVader || 08/23/2018 10:12 Comments || Top||

#5  Who?
Posted by: warthogswife || 08/23/2018 10:14 Comments || Top||

#6  Harassing non-leftists is all good fun. When the shoe is on the other foot, not so much, eh?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/23/2018 10:21 Comments || Top||

#7  Working for the "We ♥ Doxxing" CNN and finding people singling you out for public harassment... tragic, simply tragic.
Posted by: magpie || 08/23/2018 12:54 Comments || Top||

#8  IMO, Sarah should hire some MS-13 members to guard April.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/23/2018 13:22 Comments || Top||

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Thu 2018-08-23
  Syrian Army cuts all supply lines to ISIL’s last stronghold in southern Syria
Wed 2018-08-22
  ‘IS militants’ launch attacks in Chechnya; five killed
Tue 2018-08-21
  U.S. Rejects Turkey's Offer to Release Ransom Pastor, Report Says
Mon 2018-08-20
  ‘Allahu Akbar!': Knife-Man Shot Dead After Attacking Spanish Police
Sun 2018-08-19
  Yemeni army inflicts heavy casualties on Houthi militants in Taiz
Sat 2018-08-18
  HTS executes 6 people accused of being ISIS members in Idlib
Fri 2018-08-17
  American Couple Dies Tragically While Biking Through ISIS Territory Trying to Prove Evil Does Not Exist
Thu 2018-08-16
  ISIS Killer Caught in Sacramento
Wed 2018-08-15
  101st Airborne, US Special Forces Called Into Ghazni Battle
Tue 2018-08-14
  Islamic State member sentenced to death over killing security personnel in Nineveh
Mon 2018-08-13
  The FBI Finally Makes Peter Strzok Redundant
Sun 2018-08-12
  Antifa to Protest ‘Alt-Right’ in D.C.: Abolish ICE, No Borders, Close Prisons
Sat 2018-08-11
  Iraqi cleric "Tater" Sadr wins election vote recount
Fri 2018-08-10
  Report: Ceasefire reached between Israel and Hamas
Thu 2018-08-09
  Dozens dead after school bus carrying "children" in Yemen hit by airstrike

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