Paul Ryan: Suspend All Classified Briefings With Hillary Clinton

After FBI Director James Comey sent a letter to Congress re-opening Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has released a statement condemning Hillary Clinton for "mishandling" classified information on her private email server. Ryan also called for the Director of National Intelligence to cease classified briefings with Clinton until this matter is settled.

"Yet again, Hillary Clinton has nobody but herself to blame. She was entrusted with some of our nation’s most important secrets, and she betrayed that trust by carelessly mishandling highly classified information. This decision, long overdue, is the result of her reckless use of a private email server, and her refusal to be forthcoming with federal investigators. I renew my call for the Director of National Intelligence to suspend all classified briefings for Secretary Clinton until this matter is fully resolved."


Woman: Justice Clarence Thomas Groped Me

Well, it seems the crosshairs could be aimed at Justice Clarence Thomas once again, as a woman has come forward to say that he was groped by the sitting Supreme Court justice. Moira Smith alleges an incident at a dinner party in 1999, where Thomas inappropriately touched her at a Truman Foundation Scholar dinner party. Again, there’s very little to go on here, with the former head of the Truman Foundation noting that she had never heard of such an incident, adding that it would be unusual for Justice Thomas to be alone with a guest. Yet another game of he said, she said (via the Hill):

A woman is claiming that Justice Clarence Thomas groped her when she was a young scholar in 1999, an allegation the justice denies.

Moira Smith claims Thomas squeezed her on the buttocks several times at a dinner party when she was a Truman Foundation Scholar, according to the National Law Journal, which first reported the allegations.

In a statement through a Supreme Court spokeswoman, Thomas denied Smith's allegations.

“This claim is preposterous and it never happened,” the spokeswoman said.

National Law Journal spoke to three of Smith's former roommates during the spring and summer of 1999 in an attempt to corroborate her allegations. Each said they remembered Smith describing the inappropriate interaction with Thomas. Two of Smith's roommates also told The Associated Press they remembered being told about the incident.

The journal also spoke to three other people who attended the same dinner, including Louis Blair, the former head of the Truman Foundation, who had no knowledge of the alleged incident. Blair questioned whether Thomas ever would have been alone with a dinner guest.

Again, these friends were told, but the Blair said that she has no idea what Smith is talking about. Let’s entertain this for a second: if this did happen, why come forward now? I can see why some women have come forward with their allegations about Trump since the Republican nominee said he was never sexually inappropriate with women during the second presidential debate. He’s gone on to attack his accusers’ physical appearance in some cases, which I guess could prompt some of these, alleged accusers to come forward. I would say that if you really want to make an accusation carry more weight with people, don’t call Gloria Allred.

What has Thomas done to earn such a heinous accusation? The fact that Thomas is the alleged groper certainly rehashes his 1990 Supreme Court nomination, where Anita Hill alleged that the now-sitting jurist made sexually graphic remarks in her presence. We don’t know if these allegations are true. We’ll see how these pan out, but the timing is fishy. The target has always been one for the Left, who can’t stand how a poor black man from Georgia can become one of the bulwarks of conservative judicial thought, a sitting jurist, and one of the country’s leading legal minds. Thomas can be all of those things, but he has to be a liberal, according to the progressive left’s ethos. If he isn’t, he’s slammed as an uncle tom—and he’s had that slur thrown at him many times. When Justice Antonin Scalia passed away this year, liberals were hoping that Thomas would drop dead next. This level of abuse isn’t anything new to Thomas or conservatives in general.

Let’s see how these allegations play out, but my guess is this thing will fizzle. It’s simply too political, there’s no real evidence, whereas there’s recordings of Trump, and conservatives will circle the wagons around Thomas making any attempt to know the truth about these allegations, which could be total lies, come to fruition.

BREAKING: The FBI is Re-Opening the Investigation About Hillary's Emails

The FBI is re-opening the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server, multiple sources are reporting.

NBC News, as well as Congressman Jason Chaffetz, are reporting that FBI Director James Comey has sent a letter to Congress saying that the investigation into Clinton's server is now open to re-examine additional emails for classified information. These additional emails were discovered during an unrelated investigation. (It is unknown at the time as to what this "unrelated" investigation concerns.)

And the actual letter:

This post has been updated.

Joke's On You America: Obama's Golf Trip with Tiger Woods Cost Taxpayers Nearly $4 MIllion

When it comes to taking advantage of the system, no one does it better than Barack Obama.  And when it comes to golfing while on the job, Obama has completed more rounds than any person who has served in the White House in history.  

And one of Obama's most expensive rounds of golf came in 2013 with Tiger Woods, costing U.S. taxpayers nearly $3.6 million, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office.

The costs accounted for operating expenses of Air Force One, supporting aircraft, and U.S. Coast Guard small boats, travel expenses, which include commercial airfare and rental cars for Defense Department and Department of Homeland Security personnel supporting the trip, according to the report. 

The specific schedule for Feb. 15, 2013, were that Obama flew from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland to Chicago to deliver remarks on the economy, He then flew to Palm Beach, Florida, for vacation, where he golfed with Woods before returning to Joint Base Andrews.

Clinton Campaign Chair Rips Sanders, Says His Health Care Plan Sucks...Part Of 'Leftie Alternative Universe'

Wikileaks has exposed that the Clinton campaign really didn’t care for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) plan to institute single-payer health care. In a January email exchange between Clinton campaign chair John Podesta and ThinkProgress’ Judd Legum—ThinkProgress is a side project of Center for American Progress, which was founded by Podesta—Legum notes some negative media attention being pointed at Sanders’ proposal.

“Not sure how it's playing out on your end but having been seeing a lot of negative stuff online about the single payer hit on Bernie. See it being fit into the she's dishonest/will say anything to win frame. So I just wanted you to make sure you were cognizant of that,” wrote Legum on January 14.

“Thx. His actual proposal sucks, but we live in a leftie alternative universe,” replied Podesta.

Yikes. Well, it certainly does at least show some differences between the two candidates in the sense that one is left and the other is hard left. Yes, I know there is an argument to be made that both are hard left candidates, but Clinton never really seemed keen on single-payer, though many have argued that the current collapse of Obamacare was intentional. That the law was designed to create a crisis in which the Left could argue that only total and complete control of health care policy through Washington could ease the premium spikes, the cost overruns, and finally get everyone access to quality care.

Instead, at a base level, Clinton seems content with expanding the program to fix the problem (no shocker there from a Democrat) while offering a public option in the form of a buy into Medicare and Medicaid for Americans 55 years of age or older at an affordable rate. What that rate is remains to be seen, though the expansion of Medicare and Medicaid to cover everyone is the Left’s end goal. In fact, some leftie pundits have pitched it that way since it sounds less scary that single-payer, or socialized medicine, but that’s essentially what it is—and what Sanders was pushing for.

In some ways, maybe it’s a tacit acknowledgement that Democrats know we’re not there yet on single-payer. If the GOP retains the House, then certainly that plan is dead. But it could also show that maybe in some areas Clinton might be a pragmatic centrist when she needs to be (not very comforting coming from a liar, but it’s for the sake of argument) on policy. That left-of-center Clinton mold is something that’s annoyed the progressive Left to no end, with many noting that Bill Clinton probably would never be able to win the nomination of today’s Democratic Party if he were to run today. Also, given that happy center Clinton used to take pride in could be what congressional Republicans remember about the former first lady. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), who is expected to win re-election this year, says that they know Clinton—and that they would have an easier time working with her (some have stated otherwise) than Obama who came into power with little to no paper trail. Also, Clinton has been quietly contacting old GOP allies on the Hill, saying that she’s willing to work with them should she beat Donald Trump in November.

On the other hand, Clinton has moved to the Left, thanks to Sanders, on issues like trade. Though she was supportive of fracking to tap into natural gas reserves, a decades-old technique of drilling that is anathema to Democrats. Remember when Clinton said you should have a public and a private position on things. Well, this could be an example, though should she win—her political capital balance will be low. Go all in on fixing Obamacare or the Supreme Court?

Julie Pace of the Associated Press said that should Clinton win the election, and the Democrats retake the Senate, the pressure on her from the hard left of the party to possibly pick a judicial nominee fitting a hard core liberal mold that conservatives have longed feared to fill Scalia’s vacancy could be significant. Health care and SCOTUS are two huge issues facing a potential Clinton presidency, and Donald Trump’s for that matter should he win, in the coming months after inauguration day. All of this remains to be seen, but at least her top adviser, Podesta, who could reassume his old role as White House Chief Of Staff, thinks that single-payer is a crap policy. It’s not much of a silver lining, though it shows that some top Democrats view their more left wing brethren (comrades more appropriate?) as being bankrupt in the policy department.

Ali Meyer of The Washington Free Beacon added that the Tax Policy Center noted that Sanders’ plan would increase public and private health care spending by $5.5 trillion over the next decade.

Here's Sen. Ron Johnson Chugging A Beer

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson (R) is up for re-election this year in a close race against Democrat Russ Feingold. While Johnson may be down by about six points in the polls, he's got at least one thing going for him: he can chug the hell out of a beer.

To celebrate being endorsed by the Tavern League of Wisconsin, Johnson downed a pint of Miller Lite in about five seconds, and was congratulated by the bartender.

The Tavern League of Wisconsin previously endorsed Feingold during the last election cycle, but praised Johnson for his business-friendly policies this go-around.

And hey, this could help swing the frat boy vote.

Watch Live: Clinton Holds Rally in Cedar Rapids

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It's Working: Obamacare Offers Least Amount Of Choice For Health Care Since The Law Was Enacted

Guy has already written about the 2017 premium Armageddon that’s about to screw over millions of Americans. The premiums hikes are expected to go up on average by double-digits; Arizona is looking at a 75 percent increase. It’s a total disaster for a law that even Bill Clinton called “the craziest thing in the world.” Yet, what about choice in the health care market? Well, for now, the law is offering the least amount in terms of choice since the law was enacted (via AP):

Americans in the health insurance markets created by President Barack Obama's law will have less choice next year than any time since the program started, a new county-level analysis for The Associated Press has found.

The analysis by AP and consulting firm Avalere Health found that about one-third of U.S. counties will have only one health marketplace insurer next year. That's more than 1,000 counties in 26 states — roughly double the number of counties in 2014, the first year of coverage through the program.

With insurance notices for 2017 in the mail, families are already facing difficult choices, even weighing whether to stay covered.


Largely as a result of the Affordable Care Act, the nation's uninsured rate has dropped to a historically low level, less than 9 percent. But the program hasn't yet found stable footing, and it remains politically divisive. Insurer participation rose in 2015 and 2016, only to plunge.

Dwindling choice could be a trickier issue than rising premiums for the Obama administration and advocates of the 2010 law, including Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Most customers get financial assistance, and their subsidies are designed to rise along with premiums, which are increasing an average of 25 percent in states served by But there is no comparable safety valve for disruptions caused by insurers bailing out.

Well, for starters, the co-ops that were established to spur competition among insurers and expand Obamacare choices to rural America have failed. Twenty-three were established, only six remain—and those are on life support as well. So, you can see how competition and choice were already on a death spiral before the AP analysis. Recently, Minnesota Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton said that this law was unaffordable. Now, there’s no choice either. The fall back Democrats try to harp on is the amount of those insured through Obamacare, which has reduced the umber of uninsured in the country overalls. Fine, but that main pitch of Obamacare was that it would reduce costs, which was a way for the Obama White House to put pressure on Congress to pass it, along with the notion that the GOP plan was lacking (though their reforms existed in bits and pieces over the past ten years). Still, as premiums go up, more Americans are paying the penalty to be uninsured because it’s more economical. That penalty is set to spike next year, so once again we have American families being squeezed by government on both ends. You get screwed remaining insured (due to the premium shock) or becoming uninsured (due to the penalty). Yet, the government got involved so this was predictable. Oh, and the Democrats’ solution is more government. And if you think a Clinton presidency will fix this, you’re on something stronger than heroin.

Liberal Super PAC Spending Big to Oust Rubio

Earlier this week, liberal groups were fuming that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) had redirected millions of dollars from Florida to other states with tight senate races – essentially leaving Democrat Patrick Murphy for dead.

It seems Murphy has been given a lifeline.

The super PAC tied to outgoing senator Harry Reid, Senate Majority PAC, has announced a seven figure donation to Floridians for a Strong Middle Class – a PAC supporting Patrick Murphy.

It’s a move that comes to the relief of many liberals who were livid that the Democratic Party gave up on Florida. The Sunshine State is an extremely expensive ad market and polls have consistently showed Rubio in the lead. A recent Bloomberg poll affirms Rubio’s dominance with a 10-point lead. The DSCC and upcoming Democratic senate leader Chuck Schumer felt more Florida ads were pointless.

On top of the super PAC boost, Murphy is loaning a, last minute, one million dollar loan to his senate campaign. Murphy, who has been dubbed “Privileged Patrick” by critics, has an estimated net worth up to over 5 million dollars - many thanks to his daddy. He can certainly afford the huge expenditure on himself.

Despite national Democrats waiving the white flag in the Florida senate race, there’s no surprise liberals are very eager to unseat the young senator. The WikiLeaks dump has revealed what many already knew – Democrats are afraid of Rubio’s future. They see him as a rising star who has strong potential in a future national election. The Podesta emails unveiled their concern over a 2016 Rubio nomination.

Unfortunately for them, not one recent Florida poll has showed Rubio trailing Murphy. Whereas Clinton has been performing strongly in Florida against Trump - Rubio has a large support base with the Latino community and also with white Republican constituencies.

Poll: Trump Voters Found to Be More Knowledgeable on Policy Than Clinton Voters

The media may want to stop casting Donald Trump voters as ignorant buffoons. In a new poll just released from, it turns out Trump supporters are more in tune with the current state of our economy, education, etc. than Clinton supporters. Or, according to the headline, they are less "ignorant" than Clinton voters.

First, a rundown of the results.

In total, the rates at which voters gave the correct answers varied from a high of 43% for Trump voters to a low of 31% for Clinton voters:

  • 43% for Trump voters.
  • 37% for 35 to 64 year olds.
  • 37% for males.
  • 35% for undecided voters.
  • 34% for females.
  • 34% for 65+ year olds.
  • 31% for Clinton voters.

The 16 questions asked of the respondents were broken into the categories of education, taxes, spending, the national debt, global warming, pollution, energy, hunger, social security and health care. Here's one example.

Question 9: What about federal government debt? The average U.S. household owes about $118,000 in consumer debt, such as mortgages and credit cards. Thinking about all federal government debt broken down on a per-household basis, do you think federal debt amounts to more or less than $118,000 per U.S. household?

Correct Answer: More than $118,000. Federal debt is now $19.5 trillion or $156,000 for every household in the United States. Such levels of debt can have far-reaching negative consequences like reduced living standards and reduced life expectancies.

Correct answer given by 65% of all voters, 54% of Clinton voters, 80% of Trump voters, 63% of undecided voters, 65% of males, 65% of females, 68% of 35 to 64 year olds, and 63% of 65+ year olds.

Since Trump voters are apparently more aware of their surroundings, are Clinton voters the ones blindly following their nominee? Not necessarily. But, it would help if voters understood our country's problems before figuring out which candidate can fix them.

New Poll: Hillary Leads Trump By Only Four, Drops Eight Points In A Week

Is Donald Trump closing in in the final stretch of the election? It sure seems that way. In the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll, the Republican nominee trails Hillary Clinton by only four points in a four-way race. Libertarian Gary Johnson receives four percent, while the Green Party’s Jill Stein hovers around two percent. For Clinton, it’s an eight-point drop from last week (via The Hill):

A new national poll released on Friday finds Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton with a 4-point advantage over her Republican opponent, Donald Trump.

The ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll found Clinton leading Trump 48 percent to 44 percent in a four-way contest. Libertarian Gary Johnson receives 4 percent support while the Green Party's Jill Stein nets 2 percent.

The gap between Clinton and Trump seems to be narrowing, with the Republican nominee gaining ground, ABC and The Washington Post say. As recently as last week in the same survey, Clinton led by as much as 12 points.

For starters, you can see the complete and total collapse of the third party option, as we approach Election Day. With joke candidates, like Stein and Johnson, it seems some of their support went to Trump and Clinton as decision time draws nearer, though most went to Clinton. With the Access Hollywood tape, which showed Trump making lewd remarks about grabbing women’s genitals that set off a panicked GOP, Clinton gained in the polls a decisive edge. Now, about three weeks have passed since that tape was leaked, with the usual hammering by the media—and Trump is only trailing by four. It’s remarkable.

Justin wrote this week that a swing state poll from Bloomberg Politics shows that Trump is ahead in Florida 45/43. Axiom Strategies/Remington Research Group has Trump ahead in Ohio 46/42, with Trump trailing Clinton by three in Pennsylvania. In a normal year, this would make Trump the next president of the United States. Yet, Trump is traveling to deep red Arizona to shore up support there, which says something. Should we lose that state in which Clinton would make an unprecedented carve out of the West by nabbing Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona, we would still lose the election…even if we win Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania. And the latter is still a tall order given that we haven’t won that state since 1988.

I’m willing to bet that we’ll win Arizona, but if Clinton takes Pennsylvania—the race is over. Nevada is the only state in the west that Trump looks like he might win; Utah should be chalked up in the Trump column. I know Independent Evan McMullin is having a very strong showing there, but independent candidates usually underperform by Election Day; Ross Perot was polling at 33 percent in 1992, he ended up only winning 18.9 percent, no electoral votes, and possibly cost Bush 41 re-election. Still, it was the most successful third party run since Teddy Roosevelt’s Bull Moose run. I’ll bet history repeats itself. The McMullin love dies out on November 8, as Utah voters come to realize that he can’t win, they don’t want either Hillary or Trump to win, and therefore, they will go with either the Democratic or Republican ticket. If that’s the case, Trump wins handily. Still, even with Arizona and Nevada, along with Ohio and Florida, in the Trump column---Clinton still get 273 electoral votes. The window is rapidly closing and it’s a long shot, but Trump should keep pushing. Yesterday, there seemed to be little coverage of Trump’s sexual misconduct allegations and mostly about the emails from Wikileaks, including a memo that shows how Bill Clinton and his associates used their corporate donor base to raise enormous amounts of money for the Clinton Foundation, along with setting up lucrative side deals (speaking engagements) with the same firms.

While attacks on Hillary for her email fiasco and the dealing at the Foundation have been useful in pull her down on character questions, which has hamstrung her campaign from taking a massive lead over Trump, it doesn’t appear to be enough. What the third debate showed was that Trump’s economic rhetoric was better received, even with Hillary leaners in Frank Luntz’s focus group, but they wanted more details. They were especially receptive to Trump’s remarks about trade. The Republican nominee did outline his first 100 days should he win at Gettysburg, but Luntz noted that this is something that should’ve been disseminated months ago, even at the last debate where 70 million people tune in to watch. Clinton is still assailable. There maybe sometime, but the question is whether Trump is disciplined enough to march through the last days of this cycle strong and focused; he’s failed to do that pervasively. Still, a Trump presidency is better than a Clinton one, which I think will be the overarching mindset for GOP voters. If Trump does lose, it was because he couldn’t get out of his own way, not because Clinton is such a beacon on campaign efficiency and popularity.

Trump Talks Faith, Religious Liberty, and Abortion In EWTN Interview

Appearing on the Catholic television channel Eternal World Television Network program World Over, Republican nominee Donald Trump spoke on a variety of topics from abortion, to religious liberty, to Obamacare, to his prayer life. Trump gave measured answers and stressed the importance of preserving religious freedom in the United States.

After first asking Trump about his mother, host Raymond Arroyo cut right to the chase and asked Trump about his temperament on the campaign trail and how that would translate to a presidency. Trump said that as president, he would have a more measured attitude and would drop the "nastiness" that some have accused him of during the campaign. Trump assured Arroyo that he would be more measured as president than he was during the campaign.

The interview then shifted to social issues, and Arroyo questioned Trump about how he has shifted on the issue of abortion. Trump cited a couple that he knew that got pregnant and had differing views on abortion; one wanted to abort, and one didn't. They had the baby, the baby is a "magnificent person" and the person who was pro-choice is now pro-life. Trump said that this couple was one of the reasons as to how he also evolved on the issue. He also compared his change of heart to that of Ronald Reagan, who also was pro-choice early in his political career. "I made the personal change, and I'm very happy with it."

On the topic of religious liberty, Trump said that it was in "tremendous trouble" in this country, and that "faith-based" people are not accepted in this country. Trump also pledged to get rid of the Johnson Amendment, so that pastors and ministers can speak on the issue of politics without losing their tax exempt status.

Trump said that Clinton should do "more than apologize" for the various emails that made comments critical of Catholics and Evangelicals. He said that "anybody of faith" should not be voting for Clinton.

"Why would an Evangelical or a Catholic, or almost, you could say, anybody of faith, [...] why would they vote for Hillary Clinton? And how could they vote for Hillary Clinton?"

When asked about his prayer life, Trump effectively dodged the question and said that was very personal, but that he prays for his family and for the country. For his favorite saint, Trump said he liked Mother Teresa (St. Teresa of Calcutta) and Pope St. John Paul II.

As Election Day draws nearer, Trump said that he believes the polls are "skewed" and that he is not as behind as it would seem.

And in closing, Trump confirmed that he is saying "big league," not "bigly."

Nikki Haley: Okay Fine, I'm Voting For Trump

After being a heavy critic of Donald Trump and supporting Florida Senator Marco Rubio in the Republican primary, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley told reporters this week although this election has "turned her stomach" and she doesn't like either of her choices, she'll ultimately be casting a vote for the GOP nominee. 

Haley's announcement comes shortly after Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, who pulled his endorsement of Trump earlier this month, admitted he will also be voting for Trump because Democrat Hillary Clinton "really is that bad."

Analysis: Democrats' New Obamacare Spin is Ridiculous and Self-Defeating

Fresh from conservative oppo group America Rising, please enjoy this montage of top Democratic candidates defending the so-called "Affordable" Care Act prior to this week's disastrous data dump from the Obama administration -- which only confirmed what independent analysts and news reports had been anticipating for months. This law is failing on its own merits and harming millions of Americans. Democrats own the mess they've made, and shouldn't be given the opportunity to double down on it. Watch all the way to the end, for two reasons. First, each candidate and public official featured in the video should be held to account at the ballot box in November (along with virtually every Democratic House candidate in the country), and second, the clip's final star is the person who is arguably one of the very few people just as responsible for this imploding fiasco as President Obama:

Yes, as we've been noting for quite some time, Obamacare was originally Hillarycare -- a fact that makes her empty promises to "fix" the law ring especially hollow. The RNC is out with a new video tracing Obamacare's provenance to Mrs. Clinton, showcasing a killer soundbyte of the woman herself claiming credit for the law:

Among the many personal profiles we've seen and read about individuals and families decimated by the law's crushing costs is this new offering by my friend and conservative commentator Mary Katharine Ham. Obamacare has impacted her family in a very major way, hitting a trifecta of catastrophically broken promises. I'll let her explain:

When President Obama sold Obamacare to the American people, he promised three things. 1) That we could keep our plans if we liked them. 2) That the new system would offer competition between great options through an Obamacare marketplace, and 3) That our premiums would go down. Not “go up slower” or “go up but eventually go down,” but go down— $2,500 was the figure. The letter I got last week is a betrayal of every one of those promises. I did not get to keep the plan I liked. The new system does not offer competition between great options through an Obamacare marketplace. And my premiums have gone up more than 150 percent in two years...I have many blessings, two of which are the means to pay for health insurance and the good fortune not to need much of it. As a result, in the post-Obamacare world, I am a prime gouging target. I’m seeing a 96 percent increase because I am healthy, unsubsidized, and getting fewer and fewer choices. My health care company abandoned the lowest-tier Bronze option entirely in its attempt to stay solvent, funneling me into a Silver plan with higher levels of care I don’t need at a higher price I don’t want. My individual deductible is more than two times the high deductible on my old “junk” plan. My family’s deductible is ten times what the IRS defines as a high deductible. I now pay a high premium for a high-deductible plan, while also paying co-pays and out-of-pocket costs, meaning my plan is both junkier and more expensive.

Liberals respond to such stories by insisting that they can "fix" the law with even more spending and government control -- via insurer bailouts, imposing harsher tax penalties to punish people who can't afford the law, and implementing a government "option" that they'll privately admit will destroy America's private insurance system. Another hot talking point is that while unfortunate, these Obamacare cost spikes only affect a relatively small number of American consumers, so everyone should just chill out. This is a far cry from the "win/win!" panacea Democrats peddled to Americans throughout 2009 and 2010. It's also pitiful spin, for reasons I explained in a mini-tweetstorm:

Part of the reason the number of people directly impacted is "relatively small" or whatever is that millions of would-be Obamacare consumers have eschewed the law, due to lack of affordability. Rather than downplaying Obamacare failures, this spin actually accentuates its failures.  This new lefty line reminds me of how Democrats -- unable to tout lower costs or other major honored promises -- beat their chests about the millions of people signing up for coverage as "evidence" that the law was working. First of all, more than half of the marketplace enrollees were previously insured (and kicked out of their existing arrangements, thanks to Obama's shattered pledge). Secondly, enrollment projections have been revised way, way down. And most importantly, you don't get to brag about people signing up for a product that they are literally required by law to sign up for.  Legions of eligible consumers still haven't because they just can't afford to comply with the "Affordable" Care Act. I'll leave you with the Free Beacon's video round-up of Democrats' violated vows, which kicks of with a short clip of CBS News anchors expressing shock and astonishment at how Obamacare's rates could possibly have risen like this. Spoiler alert, guys: It's because the law's core functionality and model is fatally and predictably flawed -- as many of us have known since it was first proposed. The Pelosi bit its amazing:

Ouch: 84 Percent of Dems Prefer Paul Ryan to Lead GOP Over Trump

Democrats around the country really do not want Republican nominee Donald Trump to take control of the GOP and change the future outlook of the party. As a matter of fact, 84 percent of those polled in a NBC News/SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking said they chose Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, while only four percent picked Trump.

In the same poll, 63 percent of Republicans picked Trump and 34 percent picked Ryan. The online survey polled 32,225 likely voters from Oct. 17 to Oct 23.

In a favorability rating contests between Trump and Ryan, Trump leads the 20-year politician by more than 23 points in a recent poll.  

And in Ryan's home state of Wisconsin, in Green Bay, thousands chanted "Paul Ryan Sucks!" at a Republican presidential nominee rally.  

'Ten Seconds of Uncertainty': Pence Shares Details From Scary Plane Ordeal

Gov. Mike Pence, Donald Trump's vice presidential running mate, did not panic as his campaign plane skidded off the runway at New York's LaGuardia airport on Thursday night. Although he and his fellow travelers faced "ten seconds of uncertainty," Pence explained on "Fox & Friends" the morning after the incident how they were able to remain so calm.

The sense of peace Pence experienced was shared with the other passengers in the aircraft, including Pence's wife (who is a trained pilot), his eldest daughter, and several aides and reporters.

"We just immediately felt heavy braking on the runway and the plane fishtailed a little bit and just for a few seconds you could feel us bouncing off and with mud splattered up on the windows," Pence said Friday on Good Morning America. "We figured we were off the runway but thank god everybody was fine."

Pence said he was grateful for the first responders who swarmed him and his family after the plane came to a stop. Trump called him twice while he was on the runway to ensure he was alright, while several politicians, including Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, tweeted words of support noting they were thankful Pence and his team were unharmed. 

If this ordeal has proven anything, it's that the vice presidential nominee would have nerves of steel during a national emergency.

Are You Ready For...Secretary of State Joe Biden?

So, a bit of palace intrigue here. Hillary Clinton might be considering picking soon-to-be ex-Vice President Joe Biden for Secretary of State. Based solely on resume, Biden would be a top pick for any Democrat running this year to assume the post. At the same time, the two clashed over key areas of foreign policy. Politico reported that while Clinton and Biden had a good relationship, it entered choppy territory when there was speculation about him mounting another run for the presidency (via Politico):

Joe Biden is at the top of the internal short list Hillary Clinton’s transition team is preparing for her pick to be secretary of state, a source familiar with the planning tells POLITICO.

This would be the first major Cabinet candidate to go public for a campaign that’s insisted its focus remains on winning the election, and perhaps the most central choice for a potential president who was a secretary of state herself.


The vice president, who chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee before joining the administration, is one of the most experienced and respected Democrats on the world stage. He’s also coming to what would be the close of a 44-year career in Washington, first with six terms in the Senate and then two terms as President Barack Obama’s closest adviser — and the keeper of the portfolio on some of the most difficult international issues, including Iraq and Ukraine.


In Biden, Clinton would be tapping a seasoned hand on foreign policy, a glad-handing pol with a long memory and a well of deep relationships around the globe.

But she’d also be choosing someone with whom she repeatedly clashed as secretary of state, with the vice president often playing the skeptic while she supported more aggressive action. They differed over leaving troops in Iraq, the surge in Afghanistan, and whether to arm Syria’s rebels and bomb Libya — and Clinton took the more hawkish line in every case. During the Obama administration’s lengthy review of Afghanistan policy early in his tenure, for instance, a skeptical Biden urged the president not to escalate the war, while Clinton backed Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s request for 40,000 more troops.

At the same time, there’s a high chance that Clinton will nix Biden and pick a woman to be our top diplomat. She’s already said that 50 percent of her cabinet would be female should she win in November, a shameless play on identity politics that really didn’t fare well with Democrats in the primary, especially with young voters; they wanted Bernie Sanders. There are two top women right now who some say could take the job of helming the State Department. Samantha Power is our current Ambassador to the U.N., who landed in some hot water when he described Hillary as a “monster” during the 2008 primaries. National Security Adviser Susan Rice is another option, though she’s badly tainted over misleading remarks she made about the 2012 Benghazi attacks when she did the full Ginsburg on the Sunday morning talk show circuit; she pretty much blamed the video. That’s a massive fight with the Senate. With Power, besides the Clinton remark, she’s a humanitarian interventionist, a disastrous freeing policy view that will have us bombing every country in the world that violates human rights. It’s a dangerous theory. It’s a destabilizing one—and it’s one rife with danger concerning mission creep.

Also, with Rice, there might be beef. Aaron Blake noted in The Washington Post that Rice served in Bill Clinton’s administration and defected to the Obama camp in 2008, where she slammed Clinton for her Iran and Iraq positions. Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Michele Flourney, could be a candidate, though she might be our first female secretary of defense. Yet, back to Biden, it seems like a cut and dry pick that avoids old scores and mean girls drama. That is if the former vice president decides he wants to stay in public life. He has indicated, as many before him entering retirement, of wanting to write a book.

Krauthammer: The Candidate Who's In the News Is Losing--And That's Hillary

Speaking to Fox News’ Bret Baier, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said the recent ‘Bill Clinton Inc’ revelations showing the extent to which the Clinton Foundation was tied to the Clintons’ personal enrichment has been damaging to Hillary’s campaign.

“We now know how did they get obscenely rich without visible work. The answer is right in here as well. I think if the Clintons imagine [this]…  won’t hurt them, they’re wrong. The reason it’s tightening is because this is getting flesh and I think impetus to the corruption, when you see it black and white like this,” he said.

New revelations every day account for the tightening of the race, he added.

“The two most unpopular candidates ever—the one who’s in the news is losing. She’s in the news.”

Classy: Van Jones Tweets Joke About Pence's Plane Skidding Off Runway

After the campaign plane Gov. Mike Pence's was traveling on Thursday skidded off the runway at LaGuardia Airport, the vice presidential candidate immediately went to the back to check to make sure the press was OK. 

Van Jones on the other hand immediately made a nasty joke about the incident. 

Stay classy.

WikiLeaks: Erica Garner Slams Clinton Campaign Over Emails Discussing How to Use Her Father's Death

The daughter of Eric Garner, the man who died in a police chokehold in 2014, blasted the Clinton campaign on Thursday after new WikiLeaks emails showed staffers discussing using her father’s death in an op-ed published by Clinton.

Garner tweeted, "I'm troubled by the revelation that you and this campaign actually discussed 'using' Eric Garner … Why would you want to 'use' my dad?"

It’s a good question because the op-ed, which was published in the New York Daily News in March, was about gun control.

“Finally, I know we have Erica Garner issues but we don’t want to mention Eric at all? I can see her coming after us for leaving him out of the piece,” Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill wrote in the emails.

Senior policy adviser Maya Harris was quick to point out that “Eric Garner not included because not killed by gun violence.”

"Why was the Clinton campaign searching for dead people to capitalize on? Why wouldn't you call it police violence?" Garner wrote in a series of tweets.

Garner endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders during the primary. 

WikiLeaks: Even Clinton's Advisers Wondered Who Was Going to Be Held Accountable for Her Unsecure Emails

It turns out even Hillary Clinton's closest advisers were taken aback by her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state. Thanks to WikiLeaks, we find out just what the Center for American Progress's Neera Tanden, Clinton adviser, thought about Clinton's email use and whether anyone has faced accountability for it. (Warning: Graphic language.)

In the thousands of emails WikiLeaks has released, we've found out just how panicked Team Clinton was over her inappropriate and dangerous decision to send and receive potentially classified information via an unsecure server. We've also learned that despite what President Obama told the media last year, he knew of Clinton's private server way before it became public.

After a lengthy FBI investigation, FBI Director James Comey announced that Clinton and her staff had indeed acted recklessly, yet the agency would not be pursuing criminal charges.

Like Tanden, many are probably wondering who is going to be held accountable.

Whoa: Pence's Plane Skids Off Runway in NY

Donald Trump's running mate Mike Pence had an unnerving experience Thursday night after his campaign plane reportedly skidded off the runway at New York's LaGuardia airport. Everyone who was on board is reported to be safe and unharmed. 

A Twitter user captured the moments after the incident took place.

LaGuardia has been closed until further notice.

Update: Pence's spokesperson has just released the following statement to assure the public that all passengers are accounted for and Pence will be back on the campaign trail soon.

"Governor Pence and everyone on board the plane is fine. Thankfully some great work by the Port Authority and all the airport authorities, the dedicated flight attendants. There were no injuries. The Governor is obviously heading to end the evening and he'll be back out on the campaign trail tomorrow."

Then Pence confirmed himself. All good!

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Refugees From War Zones Are Afraid of North St. Louis

Apparently, some places in America are worse than a Middle Eastern war zone. 

After being relocated from a refugee camp, Syrian refugees living in North St. Louis are afraid of even going outside. Several refugees told a local St. Louis news station the horrors of the neighborhood--which include gunfire, bugs, and rodent infestations. They spoke of the constant shooting late at night reminding them of the violence in their home country.

“8 p.m. we cannot leave our apartment,” the translator said, “And if we want to leave, we need to be in a group. No one can leave the apartment as a single, or with one other — no– we need to be in a group.”

A video taken by St. Louis station KMOX shows the disgusting conditions of one of the apartments.

The situation in the city is so bad that one woman told a translator she phoned a relative living in a refugee camp in Jordan and warned her not to come to St. Louis. Other refugees report that their apartments do not have electricity, and that they have been effectively abandoned by the International Institute, a non-profit that was supposed to help them adjust to living in the United States. 

It's completely unacceptable for a non-profit, especially one centered on refugee resettlement, to permit families to live in conditions like this. It's also a heartbreaking reality that some places in the United States are equally as bad as a war-torn nation. Nobody should be living like this.