Trump To Scrap Crucial Obamacare Insurer Subsidy

Update: Late Thursday, the administration said it would immediately stop paying what are known as cost-sharing reduction subsidies. The payments go to health insurers in the Affordable Care Act to help lower-income people with co-pays and other cost sharing. Without them, insurers have said they’ll dramatically raise premiums or pull out of the law’s state-based markets.
According to Bloomberg, the White House said the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services both concluded that there is no appropriation for cost-sharing reduction payments to insurance companies under Obamacare. ‘The bailout of insurance companies through these unlawful payments is yet another example of how the previous administration abused taxpayer dollars and skirted the law to prop up a broken system,’ the White House said in the statement.
The payments will stop immediately, with no transition period, Acting HHS Secretary Eric Hargan and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma said in a statement. They next payments were due next week.
‘Congress has not appropriated money for CSRs, and we will discontinue these payments immediately,’ the department said.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 13, 2017.

Federal Judge Upholds Trump’s Arpaio Pardon

A federal district judge in Phoenix has accepted President Donald Trump’s pardon of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Wednesday, confirming that the controversial tough-on-crime sheriff and early supporter of Trump’s presidential bid will walk free with no legal record after being found guilty of contempt in July for refusing to honor a 2011 court order.
At the request of lawyers representing both Arpaio and the Department of Justice, Judge Susan Bolton dismissed the guilty verdict against Arpaio with prejudice, meaning it cannot face another legal challenge, according to AZ Central.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 4, 2017.

Were Americans ever fit for stateless government?

Jacob Hornberger recently posted an article discussing his reasons why he considers the advent of the US national security state to be the worst thing the government has ever done. Bad as they are, the income tax, the federal reserve act, and government schooling don’t come close. His reason: The US national security state has ‘the power to kill Americans (and others) without risk of any criminal or civil liability. . . . All that US officials have to do is relate the killing to ‘national security’ and that’s the end of the matter.’
He’s correct. According to a Department of Justice white paper, any ‘informed, high government official,’ not necessarily the president, can kill anyone, without any due process. As Glenn Greenwald wrote in 2013, during the Obama administration,
The president’s underlings compile their proposed lists of who should be executed, and the president – at a charming weekly event dubbed by White House aides as “Terror Tuesday” – then chooses from “baseball cards” and decrees in total secrecy who should die. The power of accuser, prosecutor, judge, jury, and executioner are all consolidated in this one man, and those powers are exercised in the dark.
According to the New York Times the government asserts that the ‘Fifth Amendment’s guarantee of due process [is] satisfied by internal deliberations in the executive branch.’
Do you suppose that’s a little-known footnote in the Constitution? Possibly it’s an outgrowth of the unratified Living Constitution, possessing ‘properties of an animate being in the sense that it changes.’ Somehow it always changes in favor of the state.

This post was published at GoldSeek on Wednesday, 4 October 2017.

Coverup? FBI, DOJ Refuse To Comply With Congressional “Trump Dossier” Subpoena

In what looks like a naked coverup meant to obscure the fact that the Department of Justice’s decision to launch a criminal investigation into possible Russia-Trump collusion was based on a lie, Reuters reports that the DOJ and FBI are resisting a Congressional subpoena from to turn over documents that would reveal details about how the infamous “Trump dossier” factored into their decision to launch said investigation.
Despite receiving the subpoena from US Intel Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, the FBI is steadfastly refusing to turn over the documents because the agency says they would purportedly compromise an ongoing criminal investigation (the FBI’s investigation into Mueller). More likely, the agency’s intransigence stems from fears that the one Russia collusion narrative that Democrats have actively worked to suppress could come back to haunt them.
The U. S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee issued subpoenas in August seeking ‘any and all documents’ about both agencies’ dealings with former MI6 officer Christopher Steele, according to a letter seen by Reuters from committee chairman Devin Nunes, a Trump supporter. Steele compiled the so-called Trump dossier, which Trump was told by FBI director James Comey contained salacious material about the businessman-turned president. Trump and his associates have said the dossier’s contents were false.
As we noted earlier this month when the subpoenas were first filed, the now-infamous Trump dossier was provided to the FBI even though it contained knowingly inaccurate allegations. Russia-born financier and Putin opponent Bill Browder revealed as much during an explosive piece of testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee over the summer that was multilaterally ignored by the media, when he claimed that the document was indirectly financed by a ‘senior Russian government official.’

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 29, 2017.

Pushback

A very brave law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, named Amy Wax has published the astounding argument that human beings in America would benefit from adopting ‘bourgeois values’ and behaving accordingly. Bourgeois (Boozh-wah, for the underspeeched) may be an unfortunate term-of-art, since it came to be used as a pejorative back in the old hippie days – something that Ms. Wax might remember, since she is a Baby Boomer – but what else might you call this bundle of traditional values: honesty, fidelity, thrift, temperance, punctuality, fortitude, gratitude, dedication, kindness, loyalty, et cetera?
A glance at Amy Wax’s credentials might induce a head-snap.
Amy Laura Wax received a B. S. summa cum laude in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale in 1975. She was then a Marshall Scholar in Philosophy, Physiology, and Psychology at Somerville College at Oxford University. She earned an M. D. from Harvard Medical School in 1981, training as a neurologist, and received a J. D. from Columbia in 1987, where she was an editor of the Law Review. She was a Law Clerk to the Honorable Abner J. Mikva, U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1987-88. From 1988-94, she served as Assistant to the Office of the Solicitor General in the U. S. Department of Justice, where she argued 15 cases before the United States Supreme Court. Wax was a member of the Legal Affairs Committee, American Academy of Neurology from 1986-1992. In 1994, she joined the faculty of UVA [U. of Virginia]. She taught courses in civil procedure, labor law, and poverty law and welfare policy. She became Class of 1948 Professor of Scholarly Research in Law from 2000-01. After becoming a visiting professor to Penn Law School in 2000, she joined its faculty in 2001.

This post was published at Wall Street Examiner on September 18, 2017.

The Death Of Free Speech Is Imminent: Government Begins Censorship Of Media Through Disingenuous Means

The death of free speech is imminent. Anyone with access to a computer and the internet can see that the United States mainstream media is nothing more than a propaganda machine designed to brainwash the masses into a lemming-like agreement with the government.
And now, it’s oh-so-ironic that the same government that tells the media what to report on in order brainwash the public is seeking to quiet those who disagree and label them as ‘propaganda.’ Some may call it fake news, others just want a different opinion rather than the left-leaning media hysteria we are accustomed to. But now, media outlet RT (Russia Today), founded in Russia will have to register with the United States as ‘foreign media;’ which will forever give it the inaccurate title of ‘propaganda.’
This doesn’t apply to merely the Russian version of the news outlet, but the American-run and operated site as well. According to The Hill, in a report on Monday, RT did not name the company that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has compelled to file paperwork under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, but blasted the edict as overreaching.

This post was published at shtfplan on September 12th, 2017.

The Government Begins Censorship Of Media Through Disingenuous Means

The death of free speech is imminent. Anyone with access to a computer and the internet can see that the United States mainstream media is nothing more than a propaganda machine designed to brainwash the masses into a lemming-like agreement with the government.
And now, it’s oh-so-ironic that the same government that tells the media what to report on in order brainwash the public is seeking to quiet those who disagree and label them as ‘propaganda.’ Some may call it fake news, others just want a different opinion rather than the left-leaning media hysteria we are accustomed to. But now, media outlet RT (Russia Today), founded in Russia will have to register with the United States as ‘foreign media;’ which will forever give it the inaccurate title of ‘propaganda.’
This doesn’t apply to merely the Russian version of the news outlet, but the American-run and operated site as well. According to The Hill, in a report on Monday, RT did not name the company that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has compelled to file paperwork under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, but blasted the edict as overreaching.

This post was published at shtfplan on September 12th, 2017.

Trump Asks Supreme Court To Overturn Lower Court’s Travel-Ban Ruling

BREAKING: Supreme Court temporarily blocks appeals court ruling that limits Trump's refugee ban pic.twitter.com/7QQIiDfS2v
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) September 11, 2017

Update (2:30pm): The Supreme Court has sided with the Trump administration and blocked the 9th Circuit’s ruling, according to Reuters.
Three months after the Supreme Court first temporarily OK’d a partial revival of the Trump administration’s second travel ban, the White House is returning to the high court to ask it to overturn a lower court ruling preventing full enforcement of a portion of the ban that temporarily blocks refugees from entering the US.
According to the Hill, the Department of Justice on Monday asked the Supreme Court to stay the part of a ruling last week by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that barred the government from prohibiting refugees that have formal assurances from resettlement agencies or are in the U. S. Refugee Admissions Program from entering the US.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 11, 2017.

Republicans Furious After Trump’s DOJ Declines To Charge Lois Lerner

In what amounts to another act of inexcusable negligence by the Department of Justice, former IRS bureaucrat Lois Lerner – the woman who President Barack Obama put in charge of weaponizing the agency as a tool to suppress Tea Party groups – has escaped being charged for her role in the wide-ranging conspiracy, which involved at least five other employees.
The decision is the culmination of five years of lawsuits brought by conservative groups against Lerner and the IRS, which successfully forced the agency to release the names of 426 nonprofit groups that were systematically targeted for additional scrutiny. The scandal was first disclosed to the public in 2012, but evidence obtained by conservative groups revealed that Lerner and another high-ranking IRS official knew about it years before.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 9, 2017.

FED SAYS DEA AGENTS SLEEPING WITH CRIMINALS ON GOV’T PROPERTY NOT A SECURITY RISK

A Drug Enforcement Administration chief granted a security clearance to a special agent who had an affair with a convicted criminal in DEA offices and in his official vehicle, a government watchdog reported Thursday.
Then DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart looked the other way when her subordinate reinstated the unnamed special agent’s security clearance, even though she was aware of his ‘serious misconduct,’ according to the Department of Justice’s Inspector General (IG).
‘We concluded that Leonhart acquiesced to [Acting Chief Inspector Chuck Whaley’s] flawed decision to intervene in the security clearance process, and therefore she shares responsibility for it,’ the report said.
The report said the special agent admitted in 2013 that he:
– ‘Carried on an extramarital affair with a woman who was a convicted criminal;’

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on SEPTEMBER 7, 2017.

The Constitution is Negative Not Positive So You Cannot Waive Any Rights

The greatest constitutional scam that the Judiciary and the Department of Justice have been doing for decades, is they constantly rule against people claiming that they waived their rights under the Constitution. What judges have done is turned the Constitution on its head changing it from a restraint upon government to a positive right you can waive and thus the government has no restraint whatsoever. You might as well waive your right to life under the way courts accept waiving rights. This is completely ILLEGAL and you cannot possibly waive any right whatsoever for that is handing you the power to change the Constitution amounting to a constructive amendment for each and every case. That means the Constitution really no longer exists in the hands of judges for a defendant has the same power as James Madison and can change the constritution granting powers to the government that were expressly denied.
One of the most respected legal minds in the nation, Judge Posner, explained clearly that the Constitution ‘is a charter of negative rather than positive liberties. . . . The men who wrote the Bill of Rights were not concerned that Government might do too little for the people but that it might do too much to them. The Fourteenth Amendment, adopted in 1868 at the height of laissez-faire thinking, sought to protect Americans from oppression by state government, not to secure them basic governmental services.’Jackson v. City of Joliet, 715 F.2d 1200, 1203 (7th Cir.), cert. denied, 465 U. S. 1049 (1983). Thus the city had no constitutional duty to help the accident victims, and thus its failure to act deprived them of neither liberty nor life. /Id. at 12061

This post was published at Armstrong Economics on Aug 23, 2017.

WHAT 4TH AMENDMENT? DOJ WANTS INFO ON 1.3 MILLION PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY VISITED A WEBSITE

In the latest disquieting indications the government intends to kill dissent, the Department of Justice has insisted a web hosting provider fork over information on 1.3 million visitors to a protest website – but the web host has pushed back for months, refusing to capitulate to demands the company contends violate the Constitution.
DreamHost wrote in a blog post Monday, ‘At the center of the requests is disruptj20.org, a website that organized participants of political protests against the current United States administration. While we have no insight into the affidavit for the search warrant (those records are sealed), the DOJ has recently asked DreamHost to provide all information available to us about this website, its owner, and, more importantly, its visitors.’
According to the company, beyond the IP addresses of 1.3 million visitors to the site, the DOJ seeks ‘contact information, email content, and photos of thousands of people – in an effort to determine who simply visited the website. (Our customer has also been notified of the pending warrant on the account.)

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on AUGUST 15, 2017.

DOJ Demands 1.3 Million IP Addresses Of Visitors To Antifa Website Used To Coordinate Riots

In what is shaping up to be a contentious battle over privacy rights and free speech, the Department of Justice has formally requested that web hosting firm ‘DreamHost’ turn over 1.3 million IP addresses and other information to ‘unmask’ visitors to the anti-Trump Antifa website ‘disruptj20.org,’ as part of the investigation into crimes committed on and around January 20 by protesters. DreamHost has challenged the request, claiming the scope of data requested violates the first and fourth amendments because it is too broad.
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DisruptJ20.org was registered in October of 2016 by the ‘DC Anti-fascist Coalition,’ and promoted along with the hashtag #DisruptJ20, as a central resource for anti-Trump protesters to coordinate various plots over social media intended disrupt the presidential inauguration on and around January 20. The website connected users through mailing lists and planned meet-ups, and provided a calendar of anarchistic events as well as resources to help people prepare for the mayhem. The site also provides a ‘legal guide’ for those arrested.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 15, 2017.

DOJ’S CHARLOTTESVILLE HATE CRIME PROBE EXTENDS BEYOND DRIVER

The Justice Department’s hate crime investigation of Saturday’s incident in Charlottesville, Va. is not limited just to James Alex Fields Jr., the 20-year-old man charged with second-degree murder after allegedly running over a woman demonstrating against white supremacists.
A Department of Justice official familiar with the hate crime investigation says that the agency is looking into whether others individuals were involved in the attack, which occurred around mid-day Saturday after local police broke up a white supremacist rally being held near a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Video recordings showed a 2010 Dodge Challenger registered to Fields plowing into a crowd of anti-fascist counter-protesters in downtown Charlottesville.
Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal, was killed in what police say was a deliberate attack. As many as 19 other people were injured.
There has been no indication yet that Fields coordinated the attack with someone else.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on AUGUST 14, 2017.

Watchdog Sues FBI For Failure To Turn Over Comey “Exit Papers”

After scoring a major court victory on Thursday in its years-long pursuit of any and all emails sent by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pertaining to the Sept.11, 2012 attack in Benghazi, watchdog group Judicial Watch has announced that it’s suing the Department of Justice for failure to turn over records pertaining to former FBI James Comey’s handling of the infamous ‘Comey memo.”
The group is escalating its fight to learn everything it can about the memo that Comey allegedly wrote following a meeting with President Donald Trump where, Comey claims, the president improperly pressured him to drop the bureau’s investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Specifically, Judicial Watch would like to know how Comey was allowed to walk out the door with a copy of this memo. There’s a strong legal argument that the document, because it was written in his official capacity as FBI director, belongs to the Justice Department and unlawfully taking it would be a felony offense.
Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Justice for all non-disclosure agreements pertaining to the handling, storage, protection, dissemination, and/or return of classified information that were signed by or on behalf of former FBI Director James Comey (Judicial Watch v. U. S. Department of Justice (No. 1:17-cv-01624)).

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 11, 2017.

Sanctuary Cities and the Rule of Law

Earlier this week, the Trump Department of Justice told the mayor of Chicago that it would cease funding grants to the Chicago Police Department that had been approved in the Obama administration because Chicago city officials were not cooperating with federal immigration officials.
The DOJ contended that Chicago officials were contributing to lawlessness by refusing to inform the feds of the whereabouts of undocumented foreign-born people, thereby creating what the feds derisively call a ‘sanctuary city,’ and Chicago officials have argued that their police officers and clerical folks are not obligated to work for the feds.
Who is correct?
The concept of a sanctuary city does not mean it is a place where federal law is unenforced by the feds. Rather, it is a place where local authorities have elected not to spend their tax dollars helping the feds to enforce federal law. The term ‘sanctuary city’ is not a legal term but a political one. The Trump administration has used the term to characterize the governments of towns and cities that have created safe havens for those who have overstayed their visas by refusing to tell the feds who these folks are and where they can be found.
Can local authorities refuse to help the feds enforce federal law? In a word, yes. There is no legal obligation on the part of local authorities to help the feds with manpower or resources or data to enforce federal law within the jurisdiction of those local authorities.

This post was published at Ludwig von Mises Institute on August 11, 2017.

DOJ Releases Emails Comey’s FBI Said ‘Did Not Exist’

The Department of Justice has quietly released emails that former director, James Comey’s FBI claimed did not exist. Among media blackout, and as silently as possible, the government released over 400 pages of emails related to the infamous private meeting between Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch.
The Department of Justice on Friday released the 413 pages of emails related to a controversial private meeting between former President Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch during the FBI’s investigation into then-presidential-candidate Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi emails. The emails also show that the mainstream media we know is not only corrupt and full of nothing but propaganda but also colluded with Democrats to ensure there was the right type of reporting on this meeting.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on August 7, 2017.

Anti-Populist Coward Jeff Sessions Threatens the First Amendment

When you take a look at which issues Jeff Sessions gets most passionate about (asset forfeiture, drug war foolishness, cracking down on media), there’s one thing that ties it all together. He has a very deep-seated and visceral disdain for the American public. He’s your typical cowardly prosecutor looking to make a name for himself by picking on the weak and dispossessed, while never targeting elite criminals. One thing you’ll always notice about Sessions is how much of a thug he is. He’d never dare take on a bank executive or powerful politician, but prefers to marshals resources toward the most anti-populist crusades possible. His latest move to target freedom of the press is no exception.
Today’s announcement from the Department of Justice regarding a crackdown on leaks has two main components. The first is somewhat understandable, but the second is not.

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Friday Aug 4, 2017.

Sessions Declares War On Leakers, Threatens Press With “Criminal Action”

President Donald Trump’s strategy of publicly shaming Attorney General Jeff Sessions to force him to aggressively pursue the leakers who have been a persistent source of agitation for his administration appears to have worked. After announcing during a press conference last month that he wanted Sessions ‘to go full-bore’ in his pursuit of leakers, the ‘beleaguered’ attorney general appears to be doing exactly that.
During a live press briefing on Friday that was tantamount to a declaration of war, Sessions said the Department of Justice will be cracking down on leaks of classified information, and is considering subpoenaing journalists to force them to reveal their sources in the Trump administration.


This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 4, 2017.

FBI General Counsel Reportedly Under Investigation For Leaks To Mainstream Media

FBI General Counsel James A. Baker is purportedly under a Department of Justice criminal investigation for allegedly leaking classified national security information to the media, according to multiple government officials close to the probe who spoke with Circa on the condition of anonymity.
This comes as Department of Justice Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he would soon be making an announcement regarding the progress of leak investigations. A DOJ official declined to comment on Circa’s inquiry into Baker but did say, the planned announcement by Sessions is part of the overall “stepped up efforts on leak investigations.”
Three sources, with knowledge of the investigation, told Circa that Baker is the top suspect in an ongoing leak investigation, but Circa has not been able to confirm the details of what national security information or material was allegedly leaked.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 28, 2017.