Hillary Clinton: How I’d Rein In Wall Street, Financial Sector and “Shadow Banking”

Hillary Clinton: How I’d Rein In Wall Street The New York Times By Hillary Clinton, Op-Ed Contributor 12/7/15 SEVEN years ago, the financial crisis sent our economy into a tailspin. Over five million people lost their homes. Nearly nine million lost their jobs. Nearly $13 trillion in household wealth was wiped out. Under President Obama, our economy has come a long way back. Our businesses have created more than 13 million jobs. People’s savings are being restored. And we have tough new rules on the books, including the Dodd-Frank Act, … Continue reading

U.S. Set to Lift Sanctions on Iran

WSJ.com By Laurence Norman and Jay Solomon 12/2/15 IAEA found no credible evidence of recent atomic-weapons activity The Obama administration said it expects to start lifting sanctions on Iran as early as January after the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog found no credible evidence that Tehran has recently engaged in atomic-weapons activity. But the agency reported that the country had pursued a program in secret until 2009, longer than previously believed. The mixed findings in the report, which also indicated that Iran showed limited cooperation with investigators, fueled critics who said … Continue reading

Momentum to bar Syrian refugees slows

Politico.com By Nahal Toosi and Patrick Temple-West 12/2/15 Republican party elders and some lawmakers push to reconsider House legislation passed in haste. Speaker Paul Ryan led his fellow House Republicans in a lightning-fast sprint to pass legislation halting the flow of Syrian and Iraqi refugees just days after suspected Islamic State operatives unleashed a night of terror in Paris. But as Congress’ attention slowly turns to other pressing end-of-year business, a movement is emerging to stop the refugee crackdown, and it’s not just Democrats leading the charge. Some Republican lawmakers … Continue reading

The refugee debate has become an embarrassment

Omaha.com By Charles Krauthammer 11/29/15 The Syrian refugee debate has become a national embarrassment. It begins with a president, desperate to deflect attention from the collapse of his foreign policy, retreating to his one safe zone — ad hominem attacks on critics, this time for lack of compassion toward Syrian widows and orphans. This, without a glimmer of acknowledgment of his own responsibility for these unfortunate souls becoming widowed and orphaned, displaced and homeless, in the first place. A quarter-million deaths ago, when Bashar Assad began making war on his … Continue reading

Senator Lankford Releases “Federal Fumbles: 100 Ways the Government Dropped the Ball”

By Russ Phillips

U.S. Senator James Lankford (R-OK) released his first government waste and solutions report, “Federal Fumbles: 100 Ways the Government Dropped the Ball,” on November 30, 2015.

A several page excerpt of the document, including the Table of Contents with the 100 “fumbles” and “A $43 Million Gas Station” as one of the “fumbles” is here

The entire 145 page document is here.

Jeb Bush: Listening to Trump is “kind of scary”

CBS News By Rebecca Kaplan 11/29/15 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said “anybody is better than Hillary Clinton” to be president – but that sentiment apparently just barely applies to his fellow candidate, businessman Donald Trump. “I have great doubts about Donald Trump’s ability to be commander in chief. I really do. I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt to see how the campaign unfolded. But if you listen to him talk, it’s kind of scary to be honest with you, because he’s not a serious candidate,” Bush … Continue reading

Crop Insurance Subsidies Prove Cutting Budget Is Easier Said Than Done

The New York Times By Jackie Calmes 11/26/15 WASHINGTON — In April, Republicans newly in control of Congress celebrated their agreement on a plan to save $5 trillion — that’s trillion, with a “T” — and balance the budget in a decade. “We continue to get things done for the American people,” boasted the House speaker at the time, John A. Boehner. Yet as the year closes, Congress instead is planning to repeal one of the few spending cuts it has passed into law since approving that budget resolution: $3 … Continue reading

The 21 craziest quotes from the campaign trail

Politico.com By Nick Gass 11/25/15 And they’re not all from Donald Trump. 1. ‘I would bomb the sh– out of them’ Trump has made no effort to tone down his fiery rhetoric when it comes to fighting the Islamic State, remarking a day before deadly terrorist attacks in France just how far he would go to defeat the group. “ISIS is making a tremendous amount of money because of the oil that they took away, they have some in Syria, they have some in Iraq, I would bomb the sh– … Continue reading

Commentary: Thanksgiving, a warm place in a cold world

By John Krull 11/25/15 TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – It looked like a lonely Thanksgiving. It was a long time ago, in the late 1980s or early 1990s. I was far from home, in a small town in Northern Arizona working on a freelance project, a young writer trying to tell a story and make a buck. I awoke that Thanksgiving morning in the small, low-end motel where I was staying keenly aware that my family and other loved ones were more than 1,000 miles away. I went for a run, jogging … Continue reading

Everything you want to know about Indiana and the Syrian refugee controversy

(A 4 min. animated video below, narrated by Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, explains the process of screening Syrian refugees. Additional comments will be found here. – Admin.) IndyStar.com By Maureen Groppe, Star Washington Bureau 11/21/15 WASHINGTON — Indiana drew national attention this week after Gov. Mike Pence asked that a Syrian refugee family be sent to another state, the first redirection of a refugee family since more than half the nation’s governors raised security concerns about Syrians. Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy welcomed the family Wednesday, saying that giving them … Continue reading