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Pence: “The President And I Really Like Sen. Rand Paul … A Man Of Principle And Conviction”

Vice President Mike Pence showered praise on Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) during a roundtable event with business leaders on Thursday in Lexington, Kentucky. “Now let me say from my heart, the President and I really like Senator Rand Paul,” Pence said. “I’ve known him for a lot of years. He’s a man of principle and conviction. Senator Rand Paul is a great conservative and a great legislator, and he does Kentucky proud.” “The President and I believe when the time comes, Senator Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul will do the right thing together, and we will pass legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare and end the Obamacare nightmare once and for all.” Pence’s laudatory remarks are no doubt part of a charm offensive by the administration ahead of next week’s vote on a major health care reform bill known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), the Senate’s version of the House’s American Health Care Act (AHCA). The vote is expected to be close, with Sen. Paul and Sen.… Keep Reading

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Rand Paul Meets President Donald Trump To Talk Health Care

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)  met President Donald Trump today, according to recent tweets by the Senator. “Headed to meet with [Donald Trump] this afternoon. The bill is currently not real repeal and needs major improvement. I’ll discuss w/ him how to fix bill & get more to a YES on real repeal, things I’ve tried to tell Senate leaders with no result so far,” Paul said. A White House official also confirmed the meeting to Roll Call. After the meeting, Paul said the following on Twitter: “Just came from WH. [Donald Trump] is open to making bill better. Is Senate leadership?” Paul’s challenge to Senate leadership echoes his remarks yesterday, when he slammed them for excluding his office from talks about the health care reform. Keep Reading

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Media Silent While Millions March For Life

Media bias is on full display as huge crowds of pro-lifers gather in Washington D.C. for the March for Life against abortion, which has been receiving, unsurprisingly, little to no media coverage. On Friday, during the 44th annual March For Life, pro-life activists filled the national mall in Washington D.C. to March in solidarity with the unborn victims of abortion. Taking place on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision creating the ‘right’ to an abortion, the March for Life is the largest annual demonstration in Washington. Keep Reading

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Trump’s Deal Cutting Just Won’t Cut It

Last week, President-elect Donald J. Trump and his administration reached a deal with United Technologies, holding company of the air conditioner and appliance manufacturer Carrier, to keep around 1,000 jobs in the United States. Trump has promised on the campaign trail that he would keep those jobs on US soil since Carrier first announced that they would move their manufacturing from Indiana to Mexico in February. Outlets from Breitbart to The Young Turks have praised the deal. What a great power move! Trump isn’t even in office yet, and he’s already closing deals. But what if Trump’s latest deal is filling the swamp rather than draining it? Carrier’s decision was purportedly based on tax breaks promised by Indiana Governor and Vice President-elect Mike Pence in conjunction with Trump’s planned pro-business policies. There’s an issue with that narrative, however. The total in tax breaks is $7 million. The cost to keep those jobs in the States: $65 million. The incentives were offered months ago and subsequently declined by Carrier, so it’s… Keep Reading

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The Authors Of Prosperity

Amid a torrent of rumors surrounding the allegedly chaotic Trump transition, there have been some glimmers of hope emerging from the fledgling ascendance of the Manhattanite billionaire to the halls of power in Washington, DC. Vice President-elect, Mike Pence, has taken the reins of the transition process and his first order of business was to fire all lobbyists from the team, a promising sign that Trump plans to make good on his campaign pledge to “drain the swamp.” Coming on the heels of this welcome news is the report that the president-elect will order a ban on all lobbying activities for outgoing administration officials. And yet more happy news: James Clapper, head of the NSA, serial liar, and establishmentarian to boot, has resigned. The swamp is draining itself. As hopeful as all this appears, these optimistic developments are tempered by headlines pronouncing an energetic pessimism by those who refuse to find a silver lining in the outcome of our recent electoral contests. Keep Reading

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