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Rush Limbaugh Says 1 Person Is Taking Over The GOP


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Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh made a bold statement on his program about Steve Bannon and the current state of the Republican Part y.

Limbaugh believes Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, is taking over the roles and responsibilities meant for GOP leadership by enforcing conservatism onto Republican candidates up for re-election.

“I think what Bannon is doing is slowly but surely taking over the role of the Republican Party,” Limbaugh said Wednesday. “The Republican Party is obviously not with Trump on balance — you have some in the House who are — but the Republican Party on balance is not with Trump.”

Steve Bannon played a major role in then-candidate Donald Trump’s presidential victory upset last year and led the formulation of White House policy in the months that followed. He was Trump’s campaign chairman during the 2016 election and later served as a White House chief strategist — leading the nationalist wing of the administration.

After abruptly leaving the administration in mid-August, Bannon returned to his prior position as executive chairman of Breitbart News. Since leaving the White House, he made it clear he would use his position as a media executive to support insurgent conservative candidates running primaries against establishment GOP lawmakers.

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Bannon already appears good for his word.

In the special election in Alabama to fill the Senate seat once held by now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Bannon went against the Trump administration with his endorsement of Roy Moore. Bannon supported the successful candidacy of Moore, a controversial former judge, in a move that was at odds with Trump, who campaigned vehemently for Moore’s opponent, Sen. Luther Strange. By election day, it wasn’t even close. Moore bested Strange in the GOP primary by almost double digits. Moore now heads into the Alabama general election, where he will likely win in a state that leans red.

The primary results demonstrated the power of Bannon’s support.

The leader of Breitbart is not stopping with the Alabama special election. Bannon has recently announced he is expanding his GOP targets, adding Republican Sens. Deb Fischer of Nebraska, John Barrasso of Wyoming and Orrin Hatch of Utah to his hit list.

> In Wyoming, Bannon is pushing Erik Prince, the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and founder of major security contractor Blackwater, to challenge Barrasso, CNN reported. 

> In Utah, Hatch may very well retire on his own. If he does, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is reportedly eyeing a run in the Mormon-majority state. If that happens, Bannon is ready to run a candidate against him.

According to a source close to Bannon, this is just a “partial” list of elections he is looking to influence.

Bannon is already working to knock off Republican Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake and his beleaguered campaign for re-election. Nevada Sen. Dean Heller and Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker are also on Bannon’s radar.

“Some people make an argument that there really isn’t a Republican Party left. I mean, there are people who call themselves that and they go out and raise money and they raise a lot. But whereas the party used to be known for one, two, or three very serious things, they’re not anymore,” Limbaugh added on his radio show.

The conservative talk radio host believes Bannon and others are trying to keep the identity of the Republican Party alive by enforcing such standards onto them by way of primary challenges.

Rush Limbaugh Read Trump Wiretap Story, Made Grave Discovery


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On Monday evening, the political world was blown wide open when a bombshell report emerged revealing former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort had been wiretapped — and, even worse, that his conversations with President Donald Trump may have been recorded as a result.

Of course the liberal media has been quite slow to admit that the revelation proves Trump’s infamous allegations in March that he had been wire tapped at New York City’s Trump Tower weren’t quite as insane and unfounded as they claimed.

Speaking on his show Tuesday, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh explained that he believed this revelation is actually “worse than Watergate,” according to a transcript from RushLimbaugh.com

“This is much worse than Watergate, folks. That was a third-rate burglary that went awry,” Limbaugh said. “Trump was called a liar. He was mocked for tweeting about Trump Tower being wiretapped.”

Limbaugh went on to explain that it appears that former President Barack Obama and former FBI Director James Comey spied on a rival political campaign — possibly in an attempt to sway the election.

“Now we know, ladies and gentlemen, that Obama and James Comey’s FBI wiretapped the head of a political campaign,” Limbaugh said. “This is bigger than Watergate. The phone lines and other aspects of life that were wiretapped and surveilled were that of Paul Manafort, the first campaign manager for Donald Trump.”

We should point out that right now there is no proof that Obama ordered the wiretaps, or that this was done to sway an election. The wiretaps on Manafort preceded his work with the Trump campaign, and actually weren’t in place for much of his time as manager. But that doesn’t change the accuracy of Limbaugh’s essential point.

“What the government’s doing is bigger than Watergate. Nixon never did any of this. He may have dreamed about it, and he may have gotten drunk and talked to people, but he never did this. Nixon never actually used the IRS to penalize enemies, but Obama did. Ever heard of Lois Lerner?” Limbaugh asked.

This wiretapping revelation raises serious questions that need to be answered. Multiple high-level Obama officials, like former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, insisted before Congress that there was no wiretapping (or claimed they weren’t aware of any).

Clearly, that wasn’t the truth.

This is one of the biggest political bombshells to drop in a long time. If Obama was spying on Manafort for political reasons, the ramifications could be extreme. The American people need answers, and they need them now.

H/T PJ Media

NK Puts New US Target in Crosshairs… Casualty Rates Will Be “Off the Charts”


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Tensions between the United States and North Korea have been dramatically increasing for the past few weeks, with North Korea routinely threatening a nuclear attack on the United States. The Pyongyang regime’s most recent threat is one of its most disturbing to date. North Korea’s state-run media claimed the country could kill millions of Americans by detonating an electro-magnetic pulse in the upper atmosphere over the United States, Fox News reported this week

In its most basic terms, an EMP is a burst of energy that wipes out almost all electronic devices. Cell phones, car batteries, power stations, pretty much anything that runs on electricity, would be permanently fried, or at the very least severely damaged.

North Korea could achieve this by detonating a hydrogen bomb in the atmosphere. Nuclear explosions result in EMPs, and the EMP from a high-atitltude burst of a nuclear weapon would be devastating to the United States.

“The biggest danger would be shorting out of the power grid, especially on the East Coast. Imagine a situation where large sections of the U.S. had no power. Imagine New York or Washington, D.C., with no power for just a week. The implications would be hard to fathom,” Harry Kazianis, director of defense studies at the Center for the National Interest.

“The casualty rates would be off the charts,” he added.

While it sounds like something from science fiction, the threat is very real. After an EMP burst, there would be no electricity on the power grid, which would mean no running water, no hospitals, no heat (or air conditioning depending on where you are) and no transportation.

Essentially we would be back in the 19th century age for months, maybe even years.

“That in it of itself is going to kill thousands if not millions depending on the size of it and where it is dropped. Also, nuclear weapons carry radioactive fallout that would be spread thousands of miles through the atmosphere and oceans,” Kazianis explained.

The government has long known about this threat, but very little has apparently been done about it. While it is unlikely that North Korea could actually pull something like this off, we should never discount the possibility. North Korea has surprised us with their capabilities before.

With millions of lives at stake, the government needs to be acting to stop this threat from ever becoming a reality.

H/T Newsmax

China Announces It Will Implement Tough Sanctions Against North Korea


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For the second time in recent days, China took a major step to put pressure on North Korea to resolve its standoff with the United States over North Korea’s missile development efforts. The Chinese government announced Monday it will implement the sanctions that were imposed against North Korea by the United Nations on Aug. 5.

The Security Council sanctions block nations from accepting North Korea’s primary exports, including coal, iron, iron ore, lead and seafood. The sanctions also target other revenue streams, such as banks and joint ventures with foreign companies. The sanctions could cost North Korea a third of its $3 billion annual export revenue.

Although China did not block the sanctions at the U.N., it was unclear until the announcement whether China, which is North Korea’s largest trading partner, would implement them. China also faces possible action from President Donald Trump, who has said he may order an investigation into allegations of unfair Chinese trade practices.

“It is obviously improper to use one thing as a tool to imposing pressure on another thing,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Monday. “There will be no winner from a trade war, it will be lose-lose.”

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China’s action to implement the sanctions came days after a state-run newspaper said that if North Korea attacks the United States, it will fight any war that results on its own.

“China should also make clear that if North Korea launches missiles that threaten U.S. soil first and the U.S. retaliates, China will stay neutral,” the Global Times editorial said.

Throughout the escalation of tensions between the United States and North Korea, China has called for restraint.

“The current situation on the Korean Peninsula is complicated and sensitive,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in a statement Friday.

“China hopes that all relevant parties will be cautious in their words and actions, and do things that help to alleviate tensions and enhance mutual trust, rather than walk on the old pathway of taking turns in shows of strength, and upgrading the tensions,” he said.

Writing in The Washington Post, David Von Drehle said China needs to emerge from the North Korean-American showdown with a win.

” … the audience of greatest concern to China — namely, the other leading countries in the region, including Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, the Philippines and Vietnam — faces the urgent question of whether they can trust a rising China to share in safeguarding their sphere. If the problem of Kim isn’t defused, those nations are sure to seek even deeper alliances with the United States while building their own military capacity. China’s regional influence will shrink rather than grow,” he wrote.

Trump Administration Rewards Miami For Reversing Its Sanctuary Policies


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Miami-Dade County was told Friday by the Department of Justice that it will no longer be treated as a so-called sanctuary city after the county changed its policies in February surrounding detaining jailed inmates sought by federal authorities for deportation.

Miami Mayor Carlos Gimenez was notified by Alan Hanson, an acting assistant attorney general, that the DOJ found “no evidence that Miami Dade County is currently out of compliance,” clearing the way for the county to receive $481,347 in federal law enforcement funding in form of a Byrne JAG grant.

Miami was first classified as a sanctuary city by the Obama administration for its 2013 policy that authorized the county to begin denying “detainer” requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The policy provided that the county would only hold inmates sought for deportation if they faced severe charges and if the federal government would reimburse the county for extra detention time.

But shortly after President Donald Trump was inaugurated in January, Gimenez dropped the policy, ordering county jails to comply with ICE detentions requests.

The Miami-Dade Commission voted 9-3 in February in support of the mayor’s policy to honor ICE detention requests.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in July that the DOJ would impose new conditions on Byrne JAG grants, a leading source of federal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions.

“From now on, the Department will only provide Byrne JAG grants to cities and states that comply with federal law, allow federal immigration access to detention facilities, and provide 48 hours notice before they release an illegal alien wanted by federal authorities,” Sessions said in a statement announcing the new restrictions.

Miami-Dade’s decision to change its sanctuary status worked. The county received assurances from the DOJ Friday that it was in compliance and would receive a Byrne JAG Grant valued at $481,347, which will go towards enhancing the Miami Dade Police Department’s “intelligence gathering and police operations with investments in technology and specialized equipment,” according to Gimenez.

“This is good news,” said Gimenez’s communications director, Michael Hernández.

Hernández said the county is now requesting that the Trump administration remove Miami-Dade from the Obama administration’s original list of sanctuary cities.

“We’d like to have formal notification that we are no longer a sanctuary community,” Hernández said. “That request is being made.”

Miami-Dade is the only large jurisdiction in the country known to have complied with Trump’s request to crack down on its sanctuary city policy. Other sanctuary cities, such as Chicago, are calling foul at the Trump administration’s new restrictions surrounding Byrne JAG grants. Chicago was expected to receive $3.2 million in federal grants this year to purchase law enforcement equipment. But instead of complying, Chicago opted on Monday to file a lawsuit against the Trump administration to prevent it from enforcing the new policies.

“We are bringing this legal challenge because the rhetoric, the threats from this administration embodied in these new conditions imposed on unrelated public safety grants funds are breeding a culture and climate of fear,” said the senior legal adviser for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said Sunday it was “tragic” that Emanuel was more concerned about protecting illegal immigrants than he was by the high murder rate on the streets of Chicago.

“It’s especially tragic that the mayor is less concerned with that staggering figure than he is spending time and taxpayer money protecting criminal aliens and putting Chicago’s law enforcement at greater risk,” Flores said in a statement.

Chicago is the first city to challenge the Trump administration over its new restrictions surrounding Byrne JAG grants.

Trump Administration Cracks Down and Cuts Funding to “Sanctuary Cities”


Reported By Onan Coca | August 2, 2017

The Trump administration has just announced that they’ll be making some drastic changes to the way that the federal government hands out money.

The administration has announced that it will block Byrne Justice Assistance Grants, which is a HUGE pool of money that goes to helping cities and states with their law enforcement issues.

However, many so-called “Sanctuary Cities” refuse to obey federal laws or to even work with federal law enforcement agencies when it  comes to dealing with illegal alien criminals. This reticence to abide by federal law has led the Trump administration to remove millions in federal funds from these lawless sanctuary cities.

From the Center for Immigration Studies:

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Tuesday that sanctuary jurisdictions will lose access to certain federal law enforcement grants in 2017 if they prohibit officials from communicating with ICE, if they block ICE from interviewing jail inmates, or if they fail to notify ICE of the pending release of criminal aliens ICE is seeking to deport.

These particular grants, known as the Byrne Justice Assistance Grants, are the largest source of federal criminal justice funds for state, local, and tribal authorities.

This move is helping fulfill one early promise of the Trump administration: to impose consequences on the most egregious of the more than 300 sanctuary jurisdictions.

It is significant because a large share of the funds awarded in this program go to sanctuary jurisdictions.

For example, according to DOJ records, the four largest grants, and seven out of the top 10 recipients of the Byrne/JAG grants are sanctuaries. Under the new rules announced by Sessions, these four top grant-getters (New York City, Cook County, Ill., the City of Los Angeles, and Philadelphia) are likely to be disqualified from these grants in the future if they maintain their current policies toward ICE.

These cities received more than $10 million in grants in 2016.

You can see the list of Sanctuary Cities and the money they’ll be losing below.

Sanctuary Jurisdictions Receiving Byrne/JAG Grants in 2016

Awardee Award Amount Location
New York City Major’s Office of Criminal Justice $4,298,245 N.Y.
City of Chicago $2,333,428 Ill.
City of Los Angeles $1,870,503 Calif.
City of Philadelphia $1,677,937 Pa.
Clark County $975,604 Nev.
Milwaukee County $937,932 Wisc.
County of Alameda, CA $876,345 Calif.
City of Baltimore $743,842 Md.
City of Seattle $673,166 Wash.
County of San Bernandino $626,025 Calif.
Hennepin County $564,510 Minn.
City of San Diego $546,793 Calif.
City of Newark Police Department $525,446 N.J.
City and County of San Francisco $522,943 Calif.
City of Albuquerque $479,125 N.M.
City of Portland $465,810 Ore.
City of Boston $447,390 Mass.
City of Riverside $429,942 Calif.
City and County of Denver $426,590 Colo.
City of Stockton $383,843 Calif.
City of Orange $377,708 Calif.
Baltimore, County of $336,110 Md.
County of Sedwick $331,032 Kan.
Prince Georges County $312,667 Md.
Dekalb County $306,768 Ga.
City of Tacoma $287,469 Wash.
City of Fresno $269,208 Calif.
City of New Orleans $265,832 La.
City of Saint Paul $260,540 Minn.
City of Sacramento $256,776 Calif.
City of Colorado Springs $255,100 Colo.
Sacramento County $241,650 Calif.
City of Providence $225,539 R.I.
City of New Haven $217,907 Conn.
City of Hartford $196,347 Conn.
City of Long Beach $196,217 Calif.
City of Bridgeport $195,781 Conn.
Contra Costa County $194,562 Calif.
City of Aurora $175,123 Colo.
County of Kern $168,552 Calif.
County of Union $167,034 N.J.
County of Stanislaus $165,937 Calif.
Spokane County $154,903 Wash.
County of Delaware $154,093 Pa.
Montgomery County $147,560 Md.
City of Bakersfield $145,769 Calif.
City of North Las Vegas PD $143,777 Nev.
City of Vallejo $136,511 Calif.
City of Reno $130,850 Nev.
City of Syracuse $117,888 N.Y.
City of Oxnard $112,635 Calif.
Santa Barbara County $108,100 Calif.
Clayton County $107,853 Ga.
City of Salinas $98,308 Calif.
City of Pueblo $95,787 Colo.
City of Compton $95,747 Calif.
Clark County $91,717 Wash.
City of New Brunswick $90,341 N.J.
City of Lakewood $87,988 Colo.
City of Topeka $85,769 Kan.
Lane County $84,217 Ore.
County of Jackson $76,389 Calif.
City of Council Bluffs $73,440 Iowa
City of Salem $69,968 Ore.
City of Pomona Police Dept $69,550 Calif.
City of Lancaster $68,883 Calif.
City of Greeley $65,164 Colo.
City of Palmdale $64,321 Calif.
City of Gainesville $63,771 Fla.
City of Yakima $63,434 Wash.
City of Allentown $62,429 Pa.
Inglewood City $61,413 Calif.
City of Santa Cruz $59,519 Calif.
Chesterfield County $55,163 Va.
City of Pawtucket $54,601 R.I.
City of Oceanside $53,730 Calif.
City of Merced $51,649 Calif.
City of Fort Collins $51,561 Colo.
City of Redding $50,688 Calif.
Linn County $50,045 Iowa
City of Hawthorne $50,021 Calif.
City of Waterbury $49,914 Conn.
City of Boulder $49,602 Colo.
City of Santa Rosa $48,367 Calif.
Sonoma County $48,287 Calif.
City of Woonsocket $47,961 R.I.
Chula Vista City $47,700 Calif.
Adams County $46,754 Colo.
City of Escondido $46,313 Calif.
Municipality of Norristown $46,294 Pa.
County of Tulare $46,020 Calif.
City of Everett $45,593 Wash.
Arlington County $44,203 Va.
City of Erie $43,588 Pa.
City of Stamford $43,468 Conn.
City of Elk Grove $42,765 Calif.
City of Gallup $42,240 N.M.
Shasta County $42,045 Calif.
City of South Gate $41,484 Calif.
County of Merced $41,458 Calif.
City of Visalia $40,764 Calif.
County of Washington $39,976 Ore.
City of Bellingham $39,398 Wash.
City of New Britain $39,287 Conn.
Town of Hamden $38,895 Conn.
Kitsap County $38,053 Wash.
Incorporated Village of Hempstead $37,982 N.Y.
City of Hanford $37,643 Calif.
Yolo County $37,455 Calif.
City of New London $36,107 Conn.
City of Thornton $34,968 Colo.
Henderson Police Department $34,400 Nev.
City of Concord $33,988 Calif.
Hernando County $33,767 Fla.
Deschutes. County of $33,730 Ore.
City of Norwalk $33,712 Conn.
Tulare City $33,694 Calif.
Snohomish County $33,664 Wash.
City of Vista $33,348 Calif.
City of Farmington New Mexico $33,277 N.M.
West Haven City $32,841 Conn.
City of Cambridge $32,576 Mass.
City of Las Cruces $31,665 N.M.
City of Norwalk $30,840 Calif.
City of Roswell $30,672 N.M.
City of Huntington Park $30,440 Calif.
City of Turlock $30,066 Calif.
Madera County $29,426 Calif.
City of Central Falls $28,961 R.I.
City of El Cajon $28,759 Calif.
City of El Monte $28,492 Calif.
City of Grand Junction $28,487 Colo.
City of Iowa City $28,453 Iowa
City of Santa Monica $28,199 Calif.
City of Rancho Cordova $28,012 Calif.
City of Citrus Heights $27,692 Calif.
City of Cranston $27,195 R.I.
City of Westminster $27,169 Colo.
Valencia County $26,889 N.M.
City of Downey $26,358 Calif.
San Juan County $26,237 N.M.
Thurston County $25,982 Wash.
Clackamas County Juvenile Department $25,771 Ore.
City of Spokane Valley $25,628 Wash.
City of National City $25,397 Calif.
City of Meriden $25,175 Conn.
Dona Asta County $24,904 N.M.
City of Santa Clarita $24,677 Calif.
City of Chico $24,570 Calif.
City of Bremerton $23,752 Wash.
City of Bellflower $23,370 Calif.
County of San Mateo $23,317 Calif.
City of Lodi $22,863 Calif.
City of Hillsboro $22,297 Ore.
Town of East Hartford $22,213 Conn.
Placer County $22,116 Calif.
City of West Hollywood $21,903 Calif.
City of Gardena $21,556 Calif.
City of Delano $21,289 Calif.
San Luis Obispo County $20,862 Calif.
City of Bethlehem $20,854 Pa.
Mesa County $20,546 Colo.
County of Mendocino $20,222 Calif.
City of Watsonville $20,115 Calif.
City of Somerville $20,004 Mass.
City of Roseville $19,928 Calif.
City of Pico Rivera $19,822 Calif.
City of West Covina $19,662 Calif.
City of Santa Fe $19,631 N.M.
City of San Mateo $19,475 Calif.
City of Napa $19,208 Calif.
City of Whittier $18,915 Calif.
City of Paramount $18,808 Calif.
City of Commerce City $18,766 Colo.
City of Baldwin Park $18,675 Calif.
El Dorado County $18,435 Calif.
City of Carlsbad $18,408 Calif.
City of Clovis $17,616 N.M.
City of Grants Pass $17,547 Ore.
City of Arvada $17,484 Colo.
City of Lakewood $17,447 Calif.
City of Manteca $17,421 Calif.
City of Bell $17,341 Calif.
City of Beaverton $17,239 Ore.
City of Yuba City $17,181 Calif.
City of Olympia $17,168 Wash.
City of Daly City $16,887 Calif.
City of Rio Rancho $16,871 N.M.
City of Azusa $16,834 Calif.
Norwich City $16,638 Conn.
City of Loveland $16,451 Colo.
City of Clovis $16,434 Calif.
City of Longview $16,389 Wash.
City of La Mesa $16,354 Calif.
City of Everett $16,288 Mass.
City of DeKalb $16,225 Ill.
City of Glendale $16,007 Calif.
City of Danbury $15,985 Conn.
County of Lake $15,980 Calif.
City of Centennial Colorado $15,668 Colo.
County of Yuba $15,553 Calif.
City of Dinuba $15,527 Calif.
City of Burbank $15,046 Calif.
County of Nevada $15,020 Calif.
Douglas County Government $14,813 Colo.
City of Santa Clara $14,806 Calif.
City of Selma $14,753 Calif.
Imperial County $14,726 Calif.
City of Porterville $14,726 Calif.
City of Petaluma $14,566 Calif.
City of Atwater $14,513 Calif.
City of Gilroy $14,299 Calif.
City of Torrance $14,193 Calif.
Village of Freeport $14,140 N.Y.
Reedley Police Department $14,113 Calif.
Town of Manchester $14,068 Conn.
City of San Luis Obispo $13,873 Calif.
City of Pittsburg $13,659 Calif.
City of Sanger $13,659 Calif.
City of Culver City $13,579 Calif.
City of Redondo Beach $13,552 Calif.
City of Newton $13,458 Kan.
Tehama County District Attorney $13,419 Calif.
Eureka Police Department $13,232 Calif.
City of Arvin $13,206 Calif.
City of Hollister $13,152 Calif.
Township of Lakewood $13,149 N.J.
City of Lawndale $12,966 Calif.
City of Marysville $12,956 Wash.
City of Sunnyvale $12,832 Calif.
City of Alhambra $12,805 Calif.
City of East Providence $12,785 R.I.
City of El Centro $12,725 Calif.
City of Mountain View $12,485 Calif.
City of Ceres $12,299 Calif.
Brighton Police Department $12,036 Colo.
City of Redmond $11,874 Ore.
City of Coalinga $11,738 Calif.
City of Santee $11,738 Calif.
City of Rosemead $11,712 Calif.
Village of Los Lunas $11,692 N.M.
City of Pearland $11,670 Texas
City of Las Vegas $11,537 N.M.
City of Tracy $11,365 Calif.
City of Wheat Ridge $11,288 Colo.
City of Northglenn $11,217 Colo.
City of Puyallup $11,115 Wash.
City of Walla Walla $11,115 Wash.
City of Lemon Grove $10,858 Calif.
Town of Stratford $10,715 Conn.
City of Belen $10,700 N.M.
City of La Puente $10,671 Calif.
Covina Police Department $10,645 Calif.
City of Moses Lake $10,619 Wash.
City of Monterey $10,351 Calif.
City of Red Bluff $10,324 Calif.
City of Los Banos $10,244 Calif.
City of Encinitas $10,164 Calif.
City of Ridgecrest $10,138 Calif.
City of South Lake Tahoe $10,031 Calif.
Total $32,737,204

  ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Onan Coca

Trump: No More ‘Bailouts’ for Insurers, Lawmakers Over ‘Imploding’ Obamacare


Reported By Wanda Carruthers   |   Saturday, 29 Jul 2017 02:15 PM

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President Donald Trump on Saturday warned Republicans that if they did not pass healthcare reform soon, he could end the employer contribution for their healthcare coverage.

He went further to suggest the end result would be an end to insurance bailouts as well as “bailouts for Congress” come election day.

“After seven years of ‘talking’ Repeal & Replace, the people of our great country are still being forced to live with imploding ObamaCare!” Trump tweeted. “If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!”

The latest attempt by senators collapsed when they failed to reach a threshold to pass a “skinny” repeal bill early Friday morning that would have ended the individual mandate requiring Americans to purchase insurance or pay a fine. It would also have suspended through 2026 the requirement that businesses provide insurance for their workers.

Earlier in the week another bill met with defeat in the Senate that would have repealed the healthcare law.

Republican lawmakers have been conflicted over how exactly to change the nation’s healthcare system after many of them were elected to office on the platform of repealing and replacing Obamacare. Democratic lawmakers have been steadfast in opposition to changing any of the legislation enacted under former President Barack Obama.

Regardless of the stance of congressional lawmakers, the healthcare law has frayed edges as some Americans are forced to pay exorbitant rates in order to have health insurance, while the burden of funding has not diminished to subsidize those who qualify. Some are left without a choice or only one choice at all and CNBC predicts health insurers will likely pull out completely from 49 counties in the nation in 2018.

The New York Times on Saturday explained the effect the president is already exerting on Obamacare, and maintained his primary options for impacting the healthcare system fell into three main arenas. While opponents could cheer the fact that Trump is making cracks to break the healthcare law apart, supporters decry any chinks into the Obamacare armor.

Trump is undermining Obamacare with weakened enforcement of the individual mandate, the Times argued, saying, “the Internal Revenue Service has said it will continue accepting tax returns that do not say whether a filer has been uninsured.”

This could pave the way for more exceptions by the White House in the future, as well as signaling “publicly that it does not care about the mandate, which may cause people to be less likely to sign up, even if they later get hit with a tax penalty.”

A second effect the Trump administration could have would be to impose work requirement for Medicaid recipients. While the president cannot prevent states from expanding Medicaid, the article explained he could “allow states that apply to impose work requirements or charge premiums for more Medicaid beneficiaries, through a process that lets the government waive the normal Medicaid rules.”

To do so could cause many poor Americans to not have access to the system due to its cost. GOP lawmakers have worked to rein in federal spending on Medicaid expansion — attempts which may have caused many states to end it entirely.

The Trump administration has backed off outreach promoting Obamacare unlike Obama’s White House. Without promotion, citizens may not be aware of healthcare coverage options, The Times maintained.

Once Trump was inaugurated, the White House within days pulled ads and outreach that encouraged people’s participation. If the result has been lower numbers signing up for Obamacare, prices for insurance will like rise.

Trump met the latest GOP failure to pass a bill aimed at solving the growing issues and burdens of paying for Obamacare by chiding lawmakers, saying on Friday he would “let Obamacare implode because of their failure to find a solution to the issue that has garnered passion by those who want government to control the healthcare system and those who want to abolish government health insurance control.

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