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Washington Examiner: We know this because at the same time the White House was releasing its broad study, Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander released his analysis of the report’s portion on his state. He found that Obamacare will cost far more than what many of his constituents are paying today, some by as much as 290 percent.
Reuters: The Obama administration on Tuesday defended its effort to regulate the tax return preparation business for the first time in U.S. history, basing its case largely on a 19th century law dealing with horses lost or killed in the Civil War.
National Review: Senator Ted Cruz knows that the Democratic Senate isn’t inclined to vote for a bill that will defund Obamacare, as he hopes, but he insists there is a way: a groundswell of pressure from constituents who don’t like the law.
The Blaze: A new Rasmussen survey shows more than 40 percent of Americans view social media like Facebook and Twitter as having a generally positive effect when it comes to keeping people informed on current events. From the survey . . .
AP: In a break with tea party-aligned Senate conservatives, Republican leader Mitch McConnell announced Monday he will not vote to block legislation aimed at preventing a partial government shutdown, even though Democrats intend to rewrite it to restore funds needed to keep the nation’s three-year-old health care law in existence.
Washington Times: Vandals set fire to a life-size statue of Ronald Reagan at a Southern California sports park that bears the name of the 40th president, authorities reported Monday.
Hot Air: Fast-forward to this week and the public’s more ambivalent: 39 percent would blame the GOP and 36 percent would blame O’s administration, with 17 percent saying both would deserve blame.
Weekly Standard: The poll data is clear and cuts across party lines: 92 percent of the public does not think it is right that Congress and their staff are letting the Obama administration exempt them from the costs of Obamacare. Yet it seems many in Congress still want to dismiss these findings in hopes that these sentiments won’t translate into actual voter preferences.
Ala. Residents Won’t Get Any Details About ‘Obamacare’ Plans Before Insurance Options Go Online Oct. 1
CBS: Alabamians hoping to find health insurance through a new federally developed insurance marketplace won’t get any details before October, when the insurance options are scheduled to go online.
National Review (Fox News video embedded): Senator Ted Cruz, who was the target of much GOP ire last week for putting the onus on House Republicans to defund the president’s signature law, on Sunday detailed how the upper chamber will proceed now that the House has passed a continuing resolution that defunds Obamacare.
Wall Street Journal: The income of the typical D.C. household rose 23.3% between 2000 and 2012 to an inflation-adjusted $66,583, according to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, its most comprehensive snapshot of America’s demographic, social and economic trends. During this period, median household incomes for the nation as a whole dropped 6.6% . . .
National Review: “Harry Reid will no doubt try to strip the defund language from the continuing resolution, and right now he likely has the votes to do so,” Cruz said. “At that point, House Republicans must stand firm, hold their ground, and continue to listen to the American people.”
The Hill: “We’ll deliver a big victory in the House tomorrow, and then this fight will move over to the Senate, where it belongs,” Boehner said at a Capitol news conference. “I expect my Senate colleagues to be up for the battle.”
AP: The White House promised a veto of a Republican effort to gut President Barack Obama’s health care law that is part of a temporary funding bill in the House to prevent a partial government shutdown on Oct. 1.
AP: Here’s the truth about a government “shutdown.” The government doesn’t shut down. So the world won’t end if a dysfunctional Washington can’t find a way to pass a funding bill before the new budget year begins on Oct. 1.
The Hill: Infighting within the House GOP conference is threatening to spread to the Senate, where Republicans are now facing their own dilemma over a government shutdown.
Washington Examiner: The YouGov survey found that 57 percent believe the devil lurks; 72 percent for African Americans and 61 percent for women. Republicans said the devil exists more than Democrats, 65 percent to 55 percent.
The Hill: House Republican leaders announced Wednesday that they have cancelled a recess scheduled for next week in order to deal with a government spending bill needed to avoid an Oct. 1 shutdown of the government.
AP: House GOP leaders Wednesday announced that they will move quickly to raise the government’s borrowing cap by attaching a wish list of GOP priorities like blocking “Obamacare,” forcing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and setting the stage for reforming the loophole-cluttered tax code.
Reuters: President Barack Obama will appeal to business leaders on Wednesday to urge Congress to approve an increase in the U.S. debt limit and avoid a default that is possible as early as mid-October.
Maricopa Monitor: Outvoted by their colleagues, 36 Republican legislators are now asking a judge to invalidate the Medicaid expansion plan that they were unable to block politically. The lawsuit filed Thursday in Maricopa County Superior Court against Gov. Jan Brewer contends the levy she pushed lawmakers to approve on hospitals to fund the expansion is a tax or, at the very least, a new state fee or assessment. And that, challengers say, means it needed a two-thirds vote, something it did not get.
The Hill: Some House conservatives believe they would have a better shot at targeting President Obama’s healthcare law in fiscal fights after a crucial Oct. 1 deadline when, they argue, new insurance rates will reignite public opposition to the law.
Weekly Standard: “‘Attack the costs first, and then worry about expanding coverage,’ he said. ‘I would much rather see another plan that really attacks costs. And I think that’s what the American public wants to see. I mean, the American public is not behind this bill.’”
Investors Business Daily: On Nov. 22, 1963, a week before his 65th birthday, Lewis died of kidney failure. His death received little attention, overshadowed by the assassination of President Kennedy. This fall, on the 50th anniversary of his death, Lewis will join some of Britain’s greatest writers when a memorial honoring him will be placed in the Poets’ Corner of Westminster Abbey in London.
The Hill: Angry House Republicans demand better communication from leaders . . . Regardless, the rift on what to do on ObamaCare has opened up a civil war within the GOP.
Washington Examiner: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau officials are seeking to monitor four out of every five U.S. consumer credit card transactions this year — up to 42 billion transactions – through a controversial data-mining program, according to documents obtained by the Washington Examiner.
The Hill: The Obama administration is firing back at Florida health officials after they reportedly barred ObamaCare’s outreach workers from county health units, where the “navigators” intended to help people sign up for health coverage.
The Hill: Republican leaders have failed to settle on an alternative plan to keep the government running after Sept. 30, Speaker John Boehner said Thursday, a day after conservative opposition forced him to delay a vote on their original proposal.
The Hill: Forty-three House Republicans on Thursday endorsed legislation that would keep the government open while defunding ObamaCare. The sponsorship total reveals that there is a significant bloc of opposition to a plan from GOP leaders that would avoid a government shutdown by requiring that the Senate take a vote on the healthcare law.
PR Newswire: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will launch a new program designed to cultivate new generations of civil libertarians, it was announced today. Geared towards students in grades five through nine, the annual program, “Constitution Day, Brought To You By The ACLU,” debuts on September 17.
The Hill: Public support for President Obama’s healthcare law is dropping, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll. Just 39 percent of people in the latest survey said they have a favorable view of all or part of the healthcare law, down from 51 percent in January.
Myrtle Beach Online: A U.S. District Judge denied The Gold Club’s motion for temporary restraining order this week that would have halted Horry County’s two recent ordinances pertaining to adult businesses. Judge Mary Lewis heard arguments from both sides Friday regarding the temporary restraining order, preliminary injunction and evidentiary hearing requested by RT Entertainment, which does business locally as The Gold Club.
National Review: A memo to House staff on Wednesday said that the Office of Personnel Management may not issue the final rules about how members of Congress and congressional staff members can enroll in Obamacare insurance exchanges until after enrollment begins on October 1.
PennLive on Tuesday sat down with Chester County attorney William Lamb, a former state Supreme Court justice who last week was appointed to defend the state in the federal lawsuit challenging the state’s marriage law.
The Hill: Leaders have been scrambling to gain 217 votes for their plan to fund the government through Dec. 15 while forcing the Senate to vote up or down on a measure to defund ObamaCare.
WorldNetDaily:Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, claimed, “This thing ain’t working” and asked, “How about an exemption for hard working Americans?!” “We are fighting to preserve liberty,” the tea-party favorite insisted . . .
The Hill: A top labor official is pushing the AFL-CIO to ratchet up its criticism of ObamaCare at its annual convention. Terry O’Sullivan, president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), on Tuesday said a draft resolution that bashes the healthcare law doesn’t go far enough.
The Hill: House Republican leaders were struggling Tuesday to sell skeptical conservatives on their plan to force the Senate to vote on defunding ObamaCare before enacting a critical measure to keep the government funded.
Denver Post: The National Rifle Association, which donated about $360,000 to support the recalls, hailed Morse’s loss, telling The Denver Post it “is proud to have stood with the men and women in Colorado who sent a clear message that their Second Amendment rights are not for sale.” But it wasn’t just the NRA that warned Democrats about messing with gun rights.
Washington Times: Sen. Jeff Flake on Tuesday led a coalition of Republicans in filing a bill to delay by one year any provisions of Obamacare that are set to take effect Jan. 1 or later.
Washington Post: The American Civil Liberties Union’s lawsuit against the NSA is gaining steam — and the support is coming from some interesting quarters. High-profile conservatives have begun filing amicus briefs on behalf of the ACLU. Among them is the National Rifle Association, which argues that the NSA’s surveillance activity could allow the government to identify gun owners and potentially circumvent the Second Amendment . . .
Washington Post: A federal appeals court on Monday expressed skepticism of the Federal Communications Commission’s Internet access rules, an encouraging sign for broadband providers eager to escape regulation that forces them to deliver all Web content equally.
Wall Street Journal Video: Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Paul Howard on why Fortune 500 companies are shifting former employees off company health plans and onto Medicare exchanges.
The Hill: A group of Republican senators on Monday questioned why the Obama administration was able to bypass certain hiring guidelines as it staffed up to implement ObamaCare.
The Hill: “The health insurance provisions,” the groups wrote in a letter dated Friday, “will undermine the successful, longstanding Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) and increase costs for millions of federal employees, retirees and their families.”
Heritage Foundation: We’ve talked a lot about Obamacare’s costs—how it will hurt the economy, kill jobs, and cost you and your family more when you pay for health care. But there’s an even more important cost: your health.
The Hill: Low pay is the leading reason congressional staffers leave their jobs, according to a new study from the Congressional Management Foundation and the Society for Human Resource Management.
The Hill: Conservatives will take their defund-ObamaCare push back to Washington, D.C., this week with an event to rally support and combat a wide shift in focus away from the issue.
Breitbart: Republican leaders in Washington, including Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), and Senators McCain (R-AZ), Graham (R-SC), and Corker (R-TN), are supporting President Obama’s call for an American attack on Syria, but Tea Party groups around the country are united in their opposition to such military action.
Washington Post: The rally was not the work of a tea party group or the local Republican congressman. Instead, it was produced by Heritage Action for America, the new advocacy arm of the venerable Heritage Foundation that is emerging as one of the most pugilistic forces on the right.
Mark Tapscott at Washington Examiner: So were Madison here to advise us, he would say that not only can Congress do whatever it chooses to do with funding for any federal activity, Obamacare not excepted, the House of Representatives can, if it chooses to stand firm, properly refuse to fund any federal activity because that is exactly what the Founders expected the House of Representatives to do.
Townhall: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka received some tough news on Labor Day: his union just lost 40,000 members over his support for Obamacare. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union officially decided to cut ties over the legislation, but it isn’t for the reasons you may think.
AP: Increasingly, experts in the field are saying no, and applying the label human trafficking to homegrown prostitution. And now more lawmakers, police and prosecutors across the country are starting to shift their view on this, too.
First Things: First things remain first things. The dignity of the human person, the joys and duties of the religious life, the harmony of faith and reason, the profound, indispensible contributions that theologically serious citizens can make to a democratic, pluralistic society: All these and more remain unchanging truths. But the context in which we bear witness to these things has changed since Richard John Neuhaus began First Things nearly twenty-five years ago.
Blog of the Legal Times: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled today that records of visitors to the White House were off limits to requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Allowing public access to the information would circumvent Congress’ intent to give the president discretion to keep his appointments calendar secret, the court said. | Judicial Watch v. U.S. Secret Service
Why we need a convention of the states now: Michael Farris parts ways with friend Phyllis Schlafly over Article V
WorldNetDaily: I respectfully contend that it is time to stop demeaning the Founders and start using the tools they gave us to stop a true runaway government – the one that is functioning today in Washington, D.C . . . Which do we reasonably fear more? A runaway federal government on a path to destroy our liberty? Or a convention of the states given the clear and enforceable mandate to correct the abuses of power by the federal government?