Pentagon Awards Contract to Russian Company with Ties to Syria
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by George Landrith to discuss a new Defense Department contract awarded to a Russian company with ties to Syria, a recent case where DOD picked a Brazilian supplier over a superior American company, and if there may be a connection between the White House and the Pentagon’s foreign contracts.
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Actually, Barack Obama was unlikely to be sensible about #Obamacare. Ever.
This is an interesting and amusing alternate history by National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar: …it’s useful to consider an alternate history of what could have happened if Obama pursued an economy-focused agenda after passing a stimulus in February 2009. Instead of taking up health care reform in the wake of the Great Recession, the president could have spent his time addressing Americans’ economic insecurity by promoting | Read More »
Defund Or Be Challenged
Moderate Democrats are retreating from Obamacare, according to the Washington Post. Hospitals are retreating from Obamacare. Americans broadly doubt Obamacare will help them. Consumers in most states won’t see reductions in premiums for their healthcare, contrary to what the Democrats claimed. In fact, there are twenty-seven ways in which Obamacare will increase the costs of your healthcare. In the meantime, Obamacare is costing jobs in | Read More »
Tags: Chuck Grassley
, David Vitter
, Deb Fischer
, James Inhofe
, James Risch
, John Cornyn
, John Thune
, Marco Rubio
, Mark Kirk
, Mike Enzi
, Mike Lee
, Rand Paul
, Roger Wicker
, Ted Cruz
Tech at Night: Google accused of violating Net Neutrality. House chooses not to restrict NSA.
This will bet he only edition of Tech at Night this week. I was out of it Monday night, and this weekend I’m traveling to Denver for SGDQ 2013. I will be there to give live on stream commentary for the Legend of Zelda and Zelda II runs, so watch and donate if you care to.
House Democrats, together with a few libertarians, tried to restrict the NSA, and failed. I’m fine with this.
In other news, Google is accused of Net Neutrality violations for trying to restrict servers on Google Fiber. Heh. If people can run servers on Google Fiber then they’re going to have problems quickly. So this is a very interesting case.
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, bradley manning
, Dish Network
, Edward Snowden
, Fair Use
, Net Neutrality
, Oath Keepers
, Tech at Night
, Trans-Pacific Partnership
Union Allegations Of Teamster Forgeries Being Investigated By Obama’s ‘Other’ Labor Board
With all of the attention focused on the National Labor Relations Board
these days, many people may not realize that there is another labor board that governs labor relations exclusively in the airlines and railroad industries. That labor board is the National Mediation Board
(or NMB) and serves to enforce the 1926 Railway Labor Act.
Right now, the NMB has its hands full with an ugly fight between unions that has just gotten uglier amid allegations of one of the unions forging signatures as three unions fight for which union(s) gets to claim $15 million per year union dues.
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Reign of the man-child
There’s a common thread running through Anthony Weiner’s latest sexting escapades, Barack Obama’s 19th pivot to the economy, and much else that’s going wrong in America today. This is the reign of the man-child, the era of perpetual teenage indulgence. Nothing is my fault, man. Nobody understands me. Everyone keeps hassling me about little stuff. Nobody can see the superhero I really am. Consequences are | Read More »
Planned Parenthood Committed Medicaid Fraud
Planned Parenthood has begun shutting down facilities in Texas. It would have you know that it would rather not comply with regulations to ensure the safety of its patients than spend money upgrading facilities. Never mind all the money Planned Parenthood has.Turns out that some of that money is due to over billing Medicaid. According to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, Planned Parenthood has just | Read More »
Dirk Diggler For President
A few months ago, I was reading RS.com and just had to unplug and take a nice walk in the woods. It was that or the barf bag. It seems we were endorsing a somewhat defective Congressional Candidate from South Carolina. A man who generally had Conservative views when he did his thinking with the head attached to his neck. That, of course, was the Infamous Mark Sanford. We were promised up and down that he had figured out the tricky difference between Appalachian Trail and Argentinean Tail. Yep, he’s back in the saddle and it’s time to assess how that’s been working out for us. With Mark all elected, every opportunistic Dem was crowing about the hypocrisy of the “Family Values Party.”
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For Paul Krugman, Everything’s An Exception
The failure of Detroit is only the latest dramatic illustration of the practical failure of liberal-progressivism, standing in contrast to the great successes of free markets and conservative governance. If you are Paul Krugman, the Nobel Prize-winning New York Times columnist, this sort of thing ought to give you pause about the connection between your big-government ideas and reality. Instead, it is only the latest | Read More »
How Alejandro Mayorkas, Anthony Rodham, Greentech, Terry McAuliffe, Hillary Clinton, and EB-5 all cohere.
Amazing how all of these things keep interlocking. Via Instapundit comes this report from Reuters that “U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas, who has been nominated to be the deputy secretary of Homeland Security – and who could soon run the department – is under investigation by the department’s inspector general.” Why is Mayorkas being investigated? Because he allegedly broke ethics rule by | Read More »
Matt Bevin to Primary Mitch McConnell
Tea party groups in Kentucky have finally united behind one candidate. Kentucky businessman Matt Bevin today is declaring a primary challenge to Mitch McConnell. He’s going after McConnell’s record in the Senate. Having talked to a number of tea party groups in Kentucky, they are pretty united around this challenge for now.McConnell is wasting no time responding to Bevin with an attack ad calling him | Read More »
Lessons from Reagan
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Allysen Efferson are joined by Don Devine to discuss his new book, his time in Washington working for Ronald Reagan and what we can learn from The Great Communicator.
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Will Senate Republicans Surrender the Fight?
Yesterday, when asked directly about Republicans shutting down the government over Obamacare, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell sounded less than committed to the endeavor. This is not a hypothetical question. Senator Mike Lee has issued a letter saying he will not pass a continuing resolution that funds Obamacare. He has been joined by fifteen Republican Senators. Unfortunately, I can confirm from multiple sources in the | Read More »
Despite ‘Fairness’ Pledge, Obama’s NLRB Picks Have Blatant Conflicts of Interest
Never mind the obvious fact that the National Labor Relations Board, above all, is supposed to
protect the rights of employees
from both employers and
from unions, there is something inherently wrong when a federal agency–let alone an “independent
” federal agency that is assigned with applying the law in a fair and impartial matter–becomes merely a tool for one side or another.
From Day One, this has been the paramount problem with Barack Obama’s picks for the National Labor Relations Board. The alleged “neutrality” with Obama’s NLRB has become something of a standing joke among employers dealing with union issues.
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Remember all the Green Jobs in our New Green Economy?
In the first four years of the Obama Administration, the Department of Labor spent $595 million training workers for the New Green Economy that President Obama promised. A recent Washington Post article (“Why it’s hard for the government to create green jobs“, July 21, 2013) says: Four years later, it’s still not clear what all the cash for green jobs achieved–and a Government Accountability Office | Read More »