Bipartisanship: House extends corporate welfare for the tourism industry

WEX Opinion - 14 min 18 sec ago

Timothy P. Carney

The House overwhelmingly passed a bill taxing foreign travelers to the U.S. in order to fund government-backed advertising campaign for the U.S. tourism industry.

Why do we have such a program?

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Would the last person leaving blue Maryland please turn out the lights?

WEX Opinion - 1 hour 15 min ago

Mark Tapscott

At least 160 Marylanders are about to lose their jobs because of the constitutional myopia of the state's corrupt liberal Democratic establishment.

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IRS experts: Lois Lerner hard drive was just 'scratched' --- not damaged beyond recovery

WEX Opinion - 1 hour 55 min ago

Byron York

Top IRS officials told congressional investigators that Lois Lerner's hard drive -- the one containing emails that could shed light on the IRS targeting scandal -- was irreparably damaged before it was destroyed completely in 2011.

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Seven potential effects of the D.C. Circuit Court's Obamacare ruling

WEX Opinion - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 5:54pm

Philip Klein

Earlier Tuesday, the U.S. District Court of Appeals ruled that health insurance subsidies in 36 states were illegal because the text of Obamacare limited subsidies to those states that set up their own exchanges.

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A call for calm on the border crisis: Incredible increase in apprehension of children versus teens

WEX Opinion - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 5:39pm

Becket Adams

Thousands of unaccompanied minors have in recent months swarmed the U.S.-Mexico border, overwhelming U.S. border agents and raising many serious questions about national security interests.

And yes, the situation is both unacceptable and unsustainable.

But right-wing talk radio hosts, lawmakers and cable news pundits need to relax and realize that a large number of the illegal minors they say need to be deported immediately back to their respective countries are children ages 12 and younger, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center.

In fact, according to Pew, the number of apprehended minors ages 12 and younger has increased this fiscal year by 117 percent from fiscal year 2013.

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Poor baby: Rep. Kristi Noem sums up how the national debt affects you in one photo

WEX Opinion - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 5:21pm

Blake Seitz

Deficit hawks like to say that reckless government spending is mortgaging our children’s future.

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Federal judges refuse to rewrite Obamacare to save it: Examiner Editorial

WEX Opinion - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 5:11pm

Washington Examiner

It was a long-awaited ruling, and it was a doozy. A three-judge panel of the Federal Circuit Court for the District of Columbia decided the Halbig case Tuesday, ruling that under President Obama's signature legislative achievement only health insurance exchanges “established by the State” can award subsidies to consumers for purchasing health insurance and penalize the employers of those who receive the subsidies

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How many American women are at risk for female genital mutilation? New study to find out

WEX Opinion - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 5:10pm

Ashe Schow

Editor's Note: Some of the descriptive language in this post may disturb some readers.

A forthcoming study will determine how many women in the U.S. have undergone female genital mutilation and how many girls are at risk of having the procedure done to them.

FGM often occurs without anesthetic, and involves removing the clitoris and labia and sewing the area back together, leaving a small vaginal opening for urination.

The Department of Health and Human Services announced the study Tuesday, as an FGM summit was taking place in London.

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When Obamacare loses in court, insurance companies lose, too

WEX Opinion - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 5:05pm

Timothy P. Carney

When the administration lost an Obamacare case in federal court Tuesday, the insurance companies lost as well.

Obama's Internal Revenue Service, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled, had been illegally transferring money from taxpayers to insurers by pretending the Affordable Care Act said something it didn't say.

“ They essentially interpreted "exchange established by a State" to include exchanges not established by a state. ”

The Affordable Care Act forces people who don’t want to buy health insurance to buy it anyway — this is the individual mandate.

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Bruce Braley missed 79 percent of full Veterans' Affairs Committee hearings as scandal heated up

WEX Opinion - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 4:50pm

Ashe Schow

Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, missed 79 percent of full Veterans' Affairs Committee hearings between 2011 and 2012 -- when the Veterans Affairs scandal was starting to heat up.

Braley attended just four of the 19 hearings during the 112th Congress, when he was a member of the committee — just 21 percent.

This also gives him the second-lowest attendance record for the committee, according to a Washington Examiner analysis of committee minutes.

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President Obama must engage with growing border crisis

WEX Opinion - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 4:15pm

Roger Williams

Over the last 10 years, I have worked closely with Texas officials to address the many issues prevalent in border states: the trafficking of drugs, weapons and humans, illegal border crossing, trade, and economic development for border communities.

As secretary of state under Gov.

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TV consumers shouldn't be forced to pay for options they don't use

WEX Opinion - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 4:09pm

Andrew Langer

Recently, for the first time in more than seven years, I had occasion to buy a new television.

I was astounded at the sheer number of options that were available to me: Roku-capable, Wifi-ready, multiple HDMI inputs, USB access, etc.

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House subcommittee to hold hearing on the 'troubling case of Meriam Ibrahim'

WEX Opinion - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:47pm

Ashe Schow

Meriam Ibrahim, the 27-year-old mother of two currently residing in the U.S. embassy in Sudan awaiting a flight to America, will receive a hearing Wednesday in the U.S. examining her situation.

Members of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee focused on human rights will discuss the human rights abuse perpetrated on Ibrahim, who was sentenced to death for supposedly leaving Islam.

“Meriam Ibrahim Ishag has been imprisoned in Sudan in fear of execution, chained during the late stages of her pregnancy, forced to give birth in prison, released from prison and re-arrested on flimsy charges,” said subcommittee Chairman Chris Smith, R-N.J. “This all is the result of her being Christian in a country in which the ruling authorities refuse to recognize the right of people to choose their own religion.

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