Audit the Pentagon before we increase defense spending by tens of billions

What a novel idea! Maybe we should figure out where we are wasting billions and billions of dollars before we start spending billions and billions more. I know it’s a crazy notion, but maybe we should give it a shot. I mean it’s only our money right?

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(Alleged) Congress baseball gunman was a Trump-hating Bernie supporter

Image: ABC News

I was just south of the Beltway coming into Washington when I heard the news. 15 miles north some of the GOP congressional leadership had come under fire. A state cop streaked up the highway shoulder to my left. Above a police helicopter (it appeared) was headed in the same direction. House Whip Scalise had been shot with 4 other people.

Then a statement from Senator Paul who had been at the practice. He said he believed between 50-60 rounds had been shot.

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Jeff Sessions personally asked Congress to let him prosecute medical marijuana providers (Last month!)

If Trump wants to blow up a significant part of the group that got him elected, wants to alienate people under the age of 40 totally, wants to hurt the millions of people who benefit from medical and recreational cannabis, wants to extend the unjust and unconstitutional drug war (When did we pass the amendment that allows for the prohibition of drugs in this country? – We didn’t.), and basically wants to do fundamentally the absolutely morally wrong thing then let Attorney General Sessions continue on this unwise track.

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Congressman: “Nothing would surprise me about what the NSA does. Unfortunately, they cannot be trusted,”

Remember The Patriot Act, Republicans (and Dems)? Remeber the small group of us jumping up and down urging caution? Remember that?

OK Freedom Caucus, it looks like a good number of you are ready to do the right thing here. Join with as many liberals as can be found on this issue and present a powerful coalition. This is supposed to be a free country.

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Why the Democrats are making a big mistake by obsessing over Russia

Allegedly.

The Democrats are in many respects a regional party now. The current obsession with Russia and the effort to take Trump down, at what seems almost any cost has become clinical. The Dems seem to have divorced themselves from reality and now wring their hands – gollum like – as they contemplate Trump’s downfall. It’s weird. It is bad for the country to say the least. And it isn’t good for the Dems.

Consider that Maxine Waters is now held up as a leader within the party.

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Obama Unwittingly Handed Trump a Weapon to Cripple the Health Law (And it’s a big weapon)

We’ve covered this issue multiple times in the past. As The Times article below points out the Obama Administration basically appropriated funds without Congress (It’s not supposed to work that way.) in an effort to indemnify health insurers who were hemorrhaging money due to Obamacare. Without the money Obamacare would have failed even more quickly.

Obama and company thought they’d get away with it. If they could limp along until President Hillary Clinton came in the White House then they could dump this problem in her lap.

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Why your 401(k) is vulnerable as tax reform plays out in Washington (Thanks “conservatives” in Congress)

We can NOT allow the 401k/IRA deductions to go away. I suppose if we instituted a flat tax of 5% we could contemplate it, but otherwise NO. This would constitute a massive tax increase on the middle class, and yet another assault on savers. That this is being bantered about with a GOP president, Senate, and House, is disgusting.

That’s right. Do the right thing. Put money away. Suffer the slings and arrows of the stock market.

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The Cannabis Caucus in Congress as seen by VICE (GOP and Dem)

The article comes from VICE with all the necessary virtue signalling about evil Republicans and so on but it is still interesting.

The Cannabis Caucus should expand. Frankly, every member of The Freedom Caucus should also be a member if they indeed stand for freedom, which it appears that they largely do.

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Why a Congress that’s protesting wasteful spending wants $77 million more for itself

Everyone wants something.

$77 million for Capitol Hill police and the Library of Congress is a relative pittance but it is the principle that matters. If this Congress is actually “conservative” (sic) spending should go down for pretty much everything. (Including the bloated military by the way.)

But we know that the “conservatives” in Congress don’t agree with the actual shrinking of government. We’ve learned that. But they do like to talk about it.

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