....Beck asked Ben Sasse about Osborn’s allegation that “it’s Michael Bloomberg’s D.C. team” that’s behind him through a group called DCI. Sasse responded that he doesn’t even know Bloomberg, though he does know some people who work for DCI Group, a Washington-based political communications firm. Sasse said a person from his home town who works there contributed to his campaign, but he does not receive official money from the organization.
When Beck asked about Sasse’s connections to Karl Rove, Sasse declined to say anything negative about Rove personally, explaining that while he was working for former President George W. Bush as the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, his wife had a brain aneurysm. He said Rove and many other people at the White House were very kind to him and his family, and he’d rather focus on the philosophical differences.
“Right now there is an important battle going on for the soul of the Republican Party, and one side of the Republican Party believes in constitutional limits,” he said. “Another side is pretty content, like the Democrats are, to let D.C. get bigger.”..........
Joni Ernst, you may recall, is the Republican Senate Primary candidate in Iowa who made a big splash with her last ad, which was in stark contrast to the ad from the guy who now looks to be her opponent in the general election, Bruce Braley, of hating farmer fame.
In the latest polling, Ernst, who is an Iraq war vet, appears to have taken the lead in the primary race. Ernst was previously endorsed by Sarah Palin, as reported here at The Right Scoop.
The Free Beacon reports:
Ernst has 25 percent support among likely primary goers, followed closely by wealthy businessman Mark Jacobs with 23 percent. The other three candidates received less than 10 percent, while 40 percent are still undecided for the June 3 primary.
Ernst has a strong focus on military and foreign affairs issues, as well as cutting the fat in Washington. You can read more about Jodi here, or click here for the full report on the Suffolk University poll.
Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel laid out the national case for grassroots conservatism in a speech that fired up the crowd at the FreedomWorks-sponsored FreePAC Kentucky event on Saturday.

“We’re fighting, and so it begins again,” McDaniel opened his ten-minute speech. “One last great stand for liberty. One last great stand for our Constitution. We dare not disappoint. There’s too much at stake. Our country’s too great to lose and I will not tell my children one day about a once-great Republic that we were unable to save. We will not witness the managed decline of this Republic. We will witness its revival. We will witness its resurrection.”

McDaniel’s speech took place before about 2,000 Tea Party activists in Louisville, Kentucky, a couple states over from Mississippi where he is challenging U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) in the June 3 GOP primary. The contest has become a national battleground between the establishment and the conservative grassroots. Two months out, polling data shows them in a dead heat.

Cochran is wrapping up his sixth term in the United States Senate, and has served in Congress for 42 years. He is closely allied with former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, now a lobbyist and outspoken representative of the Republican establishment.

Cochran has already made major unforced errors in the campaign, including twice stating he doesn't really know what Tea Party movement—a five year old political grassroots surge that swept Republicans into control of the House in 2010—is. And his ordinary pitch to voters that he has brought home the bacon – Cochran has more federal buildingsin Mississippi named after himself than any current member of Congress – is out of style.
McDaniel is a two-term state senator in Mississippi mounting a grassroots-focused challenge to Cochran. He served a two-year clerkship for now-retired federal judge Charles Pickering, Sr., before launching a talk radio career in the mid-2000s which catapulted him to national and statewide conservative prominence before he ran for state senate. McDaniel has always been closely aligned with the Tea Party movement, having spoke at the tax day rally in Laurel, Mississippi, on April 15, 2009.

McDaniel’s decision to attend and speak at Saturday’s FreedomWorks event in Kentucky drew barbs from Cochran. “When you consider the fact that Chris McDaniel's campaign is funded almost entirely by out-of-state groups, this whole trip to Kentucky makes a lot of sense for him,” Jordan Russell, Cochran’s spokesman, said last week.

But McDaniel noted in his speech that his race is part of a larger movement to stop the establishment, and by extension the Democrats. “They say the race I’m in right now is a test of the ‘Old Guard,’” McDaniel said. “I’m not sure what that means. I know my opponent’s been there 42 years, has been there as long as I’ve been alive—Richard Nixon was president when he arrived. But I prefer to look at it from another angle: You see, the Republican Party that I joined is a party of freedom and a party of liberty and a party of limited government and a party of Constitutionalism. We stand to regain that party and restore its consciousness again and not a moment too soon.”

McDaniel’s comments about the Constitution and how distant the permanent political class in Washington is from the American people drew loud rounds of applause. “We stand here today in defense of that early and original American revolution,” McDaniel said. “What they brought us, what they brought you, was something unprecedented in all of American history—or for that matter, all of world history. They simply did not change the leading cast of characters, replacing one king with another for example, or replacing a king with an oligarchy. They changed your role in your government: they work for you, not the other way around. And yet in Washington, D.C., they have created a political aristocracy. They no longer listen. They have forgotten who they work for. We go to remind them again, and we’re going to remind them again, that’s our obligation. That’s our duty of this generation and we will win this fight, I promise you.”

McDaniel added toward the end of his speech that the Tea Party movement is a nationwide movement that history will document as having fought back against the left one state at a time.

“History is going to record this one great battle of ideas,” McDaniel said. “This is the fight of my generation. This is the fight of your generation, and we shall go on to the end. We’ll fight them in academia. We’ll fight them in the universities. We’ll fight them in the halls of Congress. We’ll fight them in the state Capitols. We’ll fight them in the hills if we have to, but we are not going to surrender our country. It will record that Mississippi stood tall. It will record that Kentucky stood tall. It will record that Texas and Utah stood tall. We’re going to change this country one senator at time, one House member at a time, but only if you engage the system.”
McDaniel’s speech was filled with his different vision for the country than the path it is currently on—similar to a speech Cruz, Lee or Paul would give.

“You know they stood there, doing their best to defund Obamacare,” McDaniel said about Cruz and Lee. “That was a fight they should have fought. That was a fight they should have won, but the same old guys told us that was not a ‘winnable solution.’ It’s the same thing everywhere we go, isn’t it? ‘Republicans have to learn to compromise. We have to learn to reach across the aisle.’ I don’t remember the Democrats reaching across the aisle when they basically took Obamacare and rammed it down our throats. So let me promise you this: Next time Sen. Cruz and Sen. Lee and others stand on that floor to fight to balance your budget, next time they stand on that floor to fight to defund Obamacare, a son of Mississippi will stand with them.”

McDaniel said the nation's dire fiscal situation means its time to hold fast to principle.
“I’ve got 17.3 trillion reasons to never compromise on the debt again,” he said. “Your Constitution and it core, that includes every Amendment not just a couple, are worthy of your sacrifice and never worthy of surrender: We will not surrender that document to those progressives. And we are not going to stand with an eye to trying to place a bandaid on Obamacare. Hey, we’re not going to fix it. We’re going to kill it.”
Sarah Palin predicted what Putin would do way before he did it, so the Tonight Show thought the two of them needed to talk. This is really funny (especially the cameo by "Obama")
Conservative Nebraska Senate candidate Ben Sasse, who has been surging since being labeled the anti-Obamacare candidate, has released a "Constitutional Madness" bracket to highlight the lawlessness of the Obama administration. "Which is President Obama's worst constitutional violation?" the bracket says. "Make your picks!"
Ben Sasse had a conversation with Glenn Beck ranging from Ben's opposition the Obamacare to the momentum he has going in the election.
Glenn Beck even told Ben: "I can hear the Constitution running through your veins."
Dan Bongino gave a great speech in North Carolina earlier this month where he discussed the uphill battle the Republican Party faces in winning back the hearts and minds of the country. He said if we want a good example of that we need look no further than the 2012 presidential elections where 80% of Obama voters said that Mitt Romney doesn’t care about the little guy, but a community organizer does. This, he says, despite having a candidate who led a life of charity, never taking a salary as the governor of Massachusetts or as the head of the Olympics, who dedicated his life to a higher mission than just governing.
Bongino points out that when liberalism fails at 100% rate and yet we’re losing elections like this, we have a messenger problem, not a message problem.
Sarah Palin brought the house down in her keynote address to end CPAC2014

"I'm probably being too hard on the President (over Ukraine). After all, who could have seen this coming." -- Sarah Palin
Speaking to a standing ovation at CPAC, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said that the Fourth Amendment is as important as the Second Amendment in the fight for liberty and conservatives cannot forget that.

The potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate cited abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, who vowed not to sit quietly when liberties were being taken away, and said that the Sons of Liberty who fought against British soldiers "writing their own warrants would today make a bonfire of secret orders." Paul said they would say, "We will not be detained, spied upon... We will not trade liberty for security; not now, not ever."

Yet as Americans protest the National Security Agency's spying programs, Paul said that the federal government still monitors everyone's cell phone activity.

"I believe what you do on your cell phone is none of their damn business," Paul said. "I believe this is a profound Constitutional question: can a single warrant be applied to millions of Americans' phone records, emails, credit cards?"

Paul said that though the government maintains that Americans do not own their records and credit card statements, he disagreed because the Fourth Amendment is "very clear" that a single warrant for "millions of Americans' phone records hardly sounds specific to an individual."

Paul said that issuing "generalized warrants that don't name an individual and seek the records of millions of individuals goes against the very fabric of the Fourth Amendment." He recalled that John Adams said that James Otis's revolt against generalized warrants was the "spark" that started the American Revolution.

He said in the "great battle for the heart and soul of America," the Fourth Amendment is "equally as important as the Second Amendment, and conservatives cannot forget this."

He also said that anybody who has been a minority, whether because of the "color of your skin or the shade of your ideology," or been persecuted or "paddled upstream" should be afraid that the government might imprison Americans without a trial. He said those who have been minorities because of thought or religion or anyone who has taught children at home or prayed to God without permission should also be alarmed that a government could "presume to imprison without trial." He slammed Obama for authorizing the imprisonment of American citizens without a trial and said that "our rights are inherent" and they are "inseparable from person."
People are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil. They look at our president as one who wears mom jeans and equivocates and bloviates. We are not exercising that peace through strength that can only be brought to you courtesy of the red, white and blue, that only a strengthened US military can do.

Milton Wolf, best known as Obama's cousin (or second cousin twice removed), has been on the Kansas Senate campaign trail for only three months and is already gaining support from conservative groups within the state for his August 5 primary against Senator Pat Roberts (R - KS).

Wolf pulls no punches in his criticism of his cousin saying in a new campaign video, which is tailored as a response to tonight's State of the Union, "You cannot choose your family, but you can choose to rise up and stop your family from destroying America. Wolf goes further saying, "This year's State of The Union may have new packaging but insider were the same empty promises. President Obama's claim that he wants every American to have a fair shot at success--well, that's a lie. Just as he lied when he said, 'If you like your health plan you can keep it.' If the president were being honest, he'd have said he wants your success to be less, so that others can have more."
The Flint Hills Tea Party group, the largest tea party group in the state, threw their support behind Wolf along with the Senate Conservatives Fund and the Madison Project. The last two organizations were key in helping Senator Ted Cruz (R - TX) win his first election during the primaries in 2012. However, Roberts's campaign released an internal poll recently showing the incumbent ahead by a wide margin.
"It looks great for him. He has a wide lead. He’s a long term incumbent against an upstart challenger who has only been at it for three months. We're already at 15 percent on the ballot," Wolf campaign manager Ben Hartman told Breitbart News on Monday. "Already last Tuesday and going all last week through this next upcoming Sunday, we’ve got this big radio advertisement featuring the endorsement of former Congressman Jim Ryun," Hartman said.
Other endorsements Wolf has received include: Red State’s Erick Erickson, former Rep. Jim Ryun (R - KS), and four state GOP Kansas representatives. Hartman says conservatives in the state are ready for a change in who is representing them in the upper chamber, telling Breitbart News that Roberts is "out of touch" with the "values" of Kansas residents. Wolf goes after Roberts as well in his campaign video. Wolf calls Roberts a politician who has served in Congress for 47 years an "establishment" Republican and that the 77 year old Kansas Senator "has lost his way."
Hartman explained, "I think it’s a combination of a voting record that shows he’s been consistently out of touch with Kansas values. He voted 11 times to raise the debt ceiling. He voted for the fiscal cliff during the tax fight and called it tax relief." He noted Roberts was key in helping former Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius snag her nomination for Health and Human Services Secretary.
"She was very unpopular here with conservatives and quite literally because she was a disastrous governor. But when she was appointed to be HHS secretary, Senator Roberts not only endorsed her, he called it a really exciting. But he voted for her twice and he ushered her nomination through the Senate and supported her confirmation through the committee process and voted for her on the floor too."
Following the poor launch of HealthCare.gov, Roberts called on Sebelius to resign in October of 2013. Roberts has long-standing ties to Sebelius' family in Kansas, which prompted questions about his motives when he suddenly turned on her in October, after Wolf had launched his primary challenge.
The Roberts campaign says the criticism of the Senator's support for and eventual call for resignation of Sebelius is just politics. Roberts executive campaign manager Leroy Towns told Brietbart News on Tuesday, "The Senator called for Sebeilius' resignation[in October], because at that point, the website operation was in absolute chaos."
"Sebilius was running around the country talking about how wonderful it was and how well it was working. The final straw at the time was there had been a rally in Philadelphia about the health care law and that point, I think the Senator became so absolutely exasperated that nobody was being held accountable to this, that he called for her resignation."
Towns also claims that Sen. Roberts did conservative Republicans in Kansas a favor by helping to get Sebelius into the Obama administration.
"You have to also look at it this way," Towns explained. "However the Senator voted on that nomination, it would not have made any difference. She would have been nominated by the president no matter what. The votes were all there. It was a done deal. So in reality, it made no difference. But I can tell you this. One of the things that happened by putting Sebelius into the Obama administration is that it got her out of Kansas," he said.
Towns says that Sebelius had a "formidable Democratic organization" in the state and getting her out hurt Democrats politically in the state. "It allowed conservative Republicans to make the comeback that they've enjoyed since then and for anybody to criticize his vote on that is akin to saying that they would just as soon have Sebelius in Kansas as a continuous governor continuing to build the Democratic organization. It was a good thing for Kansas to get rid of her," Towns says.
Hartman says that many Kansas residents are just seeing Roberts, as the incumbent has hit the campaign trail, for the first time in their lives. As of now, Hartman notes, the Wolf campaign has raised well over a quarter of a million dollars and is in the process of releasing the latest fundraising numbers for their campaign. The Wolf campaign is still behind, though, in current fundraising numbers. The Roberts campaign, announced the Senator has raised more than $600,000 in the fourth quarter of 2013, giving the Senator's campaign a balance of $2.25 million cash on hand.
Towns points to contributions the campaign has received from every county in Kansas as proof the Senator has grassroots support. "We have organizations in every county of Roberts supporters that's actively beginning to work in this campaign. He has almost all Republican elected representatives who are out there working on his behalf and also State Senators. 
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Ben Sasse knows more about ObamaCare than any candidate in America today. He can speak in specifics about what is wrong with it, and knows how to take it apart.
Matt Bevin is a conservative Republican running for U.S. Senate in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. www.MattBevin.com/donate
Ted Cruz:
Mr. President, I rise today to speak of pragmatism and irresponsibility.
“Four years ago, when this body was debating the law known as Obamacare, reasonable minds, perhaps, could have differed as to whether that law might work. The essence of pragmatism is looking to the facts as they are today and responding. Today, reasonable minds can no longer differ in terms of whether Obamacare is working. Today, it is abundantly clear that millions of Americans are being harmed right now by this failed law. Today, it is the essence of pragmatism to acknowledge the facts of the failure of Obamacare and for congress to step up and act to stop the harms that have been caused by this body. 

“Irresponsibility, on the other hand, is seeing undeniable harms, undeniable facts, and saying nonetheless we will do nothing. So, Mr. President, what are the facts from the American people? The facts that we now know today is that already at least 4.7 million Americans have received cancellation notices, have had their health care plans canceled because of Obamacare. And, Mr. President, this was, of course, after president Obama repeatedly looked at the TV cameras to the American people and made the promise if you like your health care plan, you can keep it, period. We now know that promise was false, and for over 4.7 million people, painfully false in their lives.
Pragmatism is responding to the facts and doing something about it. Unfortunately, what has the Senate Majority Leader and Senate Democrats done to protect Americans from Obamacare? Nothing. These facts are known, and Congress, Senate Democrats, have done nothing. 4.7 million Americans lost their health insurance because of this body. The omnibus bill that this body is galloping to approve does nothing for the 4.7 million Americans who have had their health insurance canceled.

But it's not just health insurance plans. What else are the facts that we know now? As Time magazine observed, keeping your doctor under Obamacare is no easy feat. Now, Mr. President, President Obama looked at the American people and said if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor, period. We now know that that promise, too, was deliberately, repeatedly false. Millions of Americans facing the very real prospect of losing their doctor.
A good friend of mine, a cancer survivor, is facing the very real prospect because Texas oncology has suggested it does not intend to participate, of losing his cancer doctor, not being able to go to the doctor that saved his life. This is the father of two young children facing the terrifying reality of losing his doctor because of the conduct of the Congress, and, Mr. President, in response to millions of Americans, losing their doctors. What have the Senate Majority Leader and Senate Democrats done? Nothing.
The essence of irresponsibility is seeing a harm, seeing the facts and refusing to act. What else do we know? We know that Obamacare is killing jobs all across the country. Indeed, Obamacare is the biggest job killer in this nation.

The U.S. Chamber of commerce has said of small businesses impacted by the employer mandate, one half of small businesses say they will either cut hours to reduce full-time employees or replace full-time employees with part-time workers to avoid the mandate.
24% say they reduced hiring to under 50 workers. The President has been talking about income inequality. This exacerbates income inequality, this is why the rich have gotten richer under president Obama but the people who are struggling, young people, Hispanics, single moms, people like my dad who 56 years ago washed dishes for 50 cents an hour as a teenaged immigrant. Those are the people laid off because of Obamacare. .....
Ben Sasse:
Thanks to Obamacare, this President has forced people who respect life to pay for the deaths of innocent children. We need a champion for the unborn representing Nebraska in the Senate to fight for life and religious liberty.
You can help Ben bring pro-life values to the U.S. Senate by donating here - http://bit.ly/1b4ynJ3

Ben Sasse and his two-year old son talk about the sanctity of life. Breck starts cutting up for his mom and sister who are off camera. Worth watching.

Ben Sasse, the Republican Senate candidate from Nebraska featured on the cover of National Reveiew's latest issue, appeared on Morning Joe to discuss his background, his Senate race, and Obamacare. 
Sasse, who has debated Howard Dean on the topic, warned that the health-care law could likely lead to a single-payer system if not addressed soon.
If you haven’t read John J. Miller’s feature story on Sasse, make sure to check it out here.
It's time to cure the ineffectiveness and dysfunction of both parties in Washington, and leave the lobbyists and influence peddlers back east. Congress has forgotten conservative values, like how to live within a budget. They need a reminder.
That's the point of our first film: we must choose the strongest, most conservative Nebraska voice to send to Washington this November. That's Ben Sasse.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said the grassroots in America will “overwhelm” the federal government and President Barack Obama’s administration by signing up for his class action lawsuit against Obama himself over the National Security Agency (NSA) spying on American citizens.

“Well, the thing about it is the question here is whether or not constitutionally you can have a single warrant apply to millions of people,” Paul said in an exclusive interview with Fox News’ Eric Bolling on Friday evening shortly after 10 p.m. 
So we thought what better way to illustrate the point than having hundreds of thousands of Americans sign up for a class action suit. Six months ago, we began this call. We now have several hundred thousand people who want to be part of this suit to say to the government and to the NSA ‘you can’t have our records without our permission or without a warrant specific to an individual.’ So, it’s kind of an unusual class action suit in that we think everybody in America who has a cell phone would be eligible for this class action suit. If any of your viewers have a cell a phone, they just have to go to my Facebook tonight and they can sign up to be part of the lawsuit. We want to overwhelm the government and we want to show publicly that hundreds of thousands of people object to the government looking at our records without our permission.
Paul confirmed to Bolling that former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will be leading his legal team’s efforts against President Obama. “Yeah, Ken Cuccinelli is the former attorney general of Virginia,” Paul answered when Bolling asked if Cuccinelli was going to be on the team. “He was also the first attorney general to file a lawsuit against Obamacare. And he’s joined our legal team. He has constitutional expertise. We’re hoping with his help we can get a hearing in court and so that we can get this class action lawsuit, I think the first of its kind, all the way to the Supreme Court.”

Paul said the goal of the lawsuit is to force the Obama administration to follow the constitution, specifically the Fourth Amendment. “We want them to protect the Fourth Amendment,” Paul said. “We want them to protect the right to privacy. We want them to understand that we’re not willing to trade our liberty for security. We think we can have security and we can defend against terrorism but that doesn’t mean every individual American has to give up their privacy. We think we can have both. But we are very upset that this president doesn’t seem to be too concerned with our right to privacy.”

When Bolling asked Paul if Director of National Intelligence James Clapper should be prosecuted for a factually inaccurate statement he made to Congress in 2013, Paul said he thinks so. Clapper denied during a congressional hearing that the NSA had engaged in collection of Americans’ records--something that has been proven to be untrue.
“Lying to Congress is a felony,” Paul said. 
I don’t think we can pick and choose the law. We’ve got all of these people like James Clapper and others beating the table and saying that "we want to put Edward Snowden in jail for life," and yet they don’t want the law applied to themselves? You know, the law has to be applied equally and that is one of the real tenets of American jurisprudence—you apply the law equally. I frankly think it would be somewhat enlightening for James Clapper and Edward Snowden to share a prison cell and then maybe we’d all learn a little bit from that.
Paul rounded out the interview by imploring Americans—anyone with a cell phone—to join his class action lawsuit. “If you go to my non-governmental Facebook page, you can sign up there,” Paul said. “You can go to RandPAC and sign up there as well. There are several different venues. But if you have a cell phone in America, and you’re unhappy about the government looking at your data or your records and possibly your content come to my Facebook page and sign up because we’d love to have you on the class action lawsuit.”

Paul's Facebook page is available here and his website is available here. Paul told Bolling he already has several hundred thousand signers on to the class action lawsuit and that he is hoping several thousand more will sign up.
REP. AARON SCHOCK (R-IL): Good morning from Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois – the proud alma mater of Ronald Reagan. 

On campuses like this, young people are just beginning to make choices that will shape their future. 

Right now – even in the middle of finals week – they’re being told that to make the future better, they should rush out and get covered under the president’s health care law. 

Not only that, they’re being told to “spread the word” about what a great deal it is. 

The state of Illinois is spending a million dollars just this week on television advertising to try and sell the health care law. This is on top of $684 million already being spent nationwide to promote it.

But no matter how many actors, and rappers, and rock stars the president rolls out, the best sales pitch in the world can’t sell a bad product. 

And this health care law is a bad product for young people. 

How bad? Well, typically, based on health and age, it costs about six times more to insure a 64-year old than it does an 18-year old. 

The health care law, however, says that insurance companies can only charge their most expensive customers three times what they do their cheapest customers. 

In other words, they are forced by law to shift the cost of older and sicker patients onto young people. And the president needs a lot of young people – about 2.7 million – to enroll so he can shift the costs onto them and keep premiums from skyrocketing.

In Washington, they call this “community rating,” but where I come from, we call it a ripoff. According to one independent estimate, for a healthy, non-smoking 30-year old male, the cheapest health insurance plan – the cheapest one – will be, on average, 260 percent more expensive. That’s two and a half times what a young person should be paying.

You know, it’s funny, the Obama administration held a contest encouraging millennials to come up with a catchy slogan or video to help sell the law. 

The winning entry was a song with lyrics that actually included the line: “Don’t worry about the price tag.” 

Well, it’s tough not to worry about the price tag when you’re racking up tens of thousands of dollars in student loans, doing work-study to make it by, and trying to save for your first apartment – all at a time when youth unemployment in this country is nearly 16 percent. 

Young people helped put the president in office, and with this health care law, he’s pushing them into years of less choice, fewer opportunities, and larger bills. 

This isn’t how it was supposed to be. 

And everywhere I go people come up and say we should do something to stop this law, and they’re right. 

We ought to scrap it and start over with an approach that focuses on lower costs, more choice, and more freedom and competition. 

We should make it so that young people pay their fair share for health care, and nothing more. 
And instead of Washington telling us what to buy, let’s get back to letting every American choose the plan that’s best for them and their family. 

Every time I’m asked what Washington can do to connect with millennials, my answer is that we should actually get government out of the way. Hard work and a good education will take you further than any government program. 

And let’s give young people the chance to build confidence, give them an incentive to work, and save, and invest, take risks, and rekindle that entrepreneurial spirit that sets this country apart. 

The president’s health care law does none of this – and it only sets us back and makes things more expensive. I know – and you know – that we can do better. 

Thank you for listening. Let me take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.
Former Alaskan Governor, Sarah Palin joins FNC's Sean Hannity to weigh in with her take on how the A&E Network has handled the fallout of "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson's comments

Greg Brannon Speaks at RedState Gathering 2013

Greg’s story is not unlike the miracle so many in our great nation have experienced through hard work and God’s providence. Born in a working class neighborhood in South Central Los Angeles, Greg and his brother were raised by a single mom who set an example of hard work and determination.

In a tribute to this example, Greg was the first member in his family to go to college, earning a scholarship to the University of Southern California, where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Science in 1982; his Medical Degree from the Chicago Medical School in 1988; his OB/GYN Residency was performed at Los Angeles County/ USC Women’s Hospital in 1992; and he was a Clinical Professor at UNC/Wake AHEC from 1993-1994 before opening his OBGYN practice in Cary, NC in 1993.

Greg and his wife, Jody, have been married for 25 years and have 7 children. 
As a Christian, Father and devoted husband, Greg is involved in coaching his children’s athletic teams, was a Charter Family and Board member of Cary Christian School, is a leader in men’s Bible Study for over 14 years, and has traveled the globe on Christian and medical missions in Africa and Central America. 

With a patient network of more than 20,000 built over 20 years on compassion and trust, Dr. Greg Brannon is one of North Carolina’s leading voices on health care. He’s experienced firsthand a healthcare system in disarray.
Strongly committed to the sanctity of life, Greg is a Board Member of Hand of Hope, a pregnancy support group in Fuquay-Varina, NC, and is a member of AAPLOG, an organization of pro-life OBGYN doctors.

Having built his medical practice from the ground up, Greg embodies America’s entrepreneurial spirit.

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) announced Friday he would seek reelection to a seventh term in the U.S. Senate.

“I'm comfortable with my decision," Cochran, who turns 76 years old this weekend, told Gannett on Friday. “I'm looking forward to it. People have been very generous and expressed appreciation. Some have even started sending contributions and helping in that way.”
Tea Party-backed State Sen. Chris McDaniel has already launched a bid for the GOP nomination for Cochran’s seat. In response to Cochran’s announcement, one that surprised most in GOP politics who expected him to retire, McDaniel said he is undeterred. "Sen. Cochran has had a long and distinguished career representing the people of Mississippi,” McDaniel said. “I look forward to a positive campaign based on the future of our state, our country, and the Republican Party. As a strong conservative, I will fight to bring those values to Washington."
McDaniel has the support of an amalgam of state lawmakers in Mississippi, as several of his state senate colleagues have joined his campaign. He also has the support of conservative organizations throughout the state, plus national conservative support from groups like the Tea Party Express, Club for Growth, Madison Project, FreedomWorks, the Senate Conservatives Fund, and others.
In response to Cochran’s announcement he would be seeking reelection, Club for Growth president Chris Chocola said voters in Mississippi have a “real choice” between someone who is conservative and someone who is not.
“Throughout his over forty years in Washington, Senator Thad Cochran has done some good things for Mississippi, but he’s also done some bad things,” Chocola said. 
He voted to bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, voted repeatedly to raise the debt limit by trillions of dollars, and even voted against a resolution that stated Congress has a “moral obligation” to cut spending. Senator Cochran has also voted to confirm liberal Supreme Court Justices and is a strong supporter of wasteful earmarks—something that is opposed by Republican leaders in both the Senate and the House. Mississippi voters will make the final judgment as to whether it is time for a change.
Cochran is backed by the establishment in Mississippi, most notably the political machine that former governor and one-time Republican National Committee chairman Haley Barbour built.
As rumors he was mulling a bid for Cochran’s seat began swelling in Mississippi, Barbour’s machine sought to quash any Tea Party insurgency in the state. Before McDaniel announced, back in September, Barbour’s nephew GOP lobbyist Henry Barbour told Roll Call that the GOP establishment would destroy McDaniel if he ran.
“I think he will get his head handed to him, and that will be what he deserves,” Henry Barbour said then. “[But] it’s a free country.”
Even so, when asked in a recent interview with Breitbart News what it’s like to run against Barbour’s machine, McDaniel said it’s "nothing personal."
“I’ve worked with Haley when he was governor,” McDaniel told Breitbart News. “He and I worked on many instances together during his time as governor. But we do represent different visions for the Republican Party.”
"My vision is one to restore the party to the greatness it once had, particularly with regards to its fiscal restraint and its adherence to constitutional principles. The party I believe in is the party I joined years ago when Reagan was president and I hope that party gets restored," McDaniel said. “But what’s it like to run against Haley? You know, it’s politics. I appreciate his positions. I appreciate his opinions. We just disagree.”
"It’s not personal," McDaniel added. "I’m just going to stand my ground to fight for what I believe and I’m confident he’ll stand his ground as well to fight for what he believes.”
Of all the establishment GOP incumbent U.S. Senators in danger to primary challenges, from Sen. Lindsey Graham in South Carolina to Lamar Alexander in Tennessee to even potentially Mitch McConnell in Kentucky, Cochran, at this point, is the most likely to lose. Recently released polling data from Public Policy Polling showed McDaniel just six points back on Cochran after only a month since his announcement. That poll showed Cochran at 44 percent, compared to McDaniel at 38 percent.
...if we can just get the Federal Government out of the way and let our people build....
Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) announces that a just-released analysis by former Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin confirms that Dr. Price's positive alternative to Obamacare, H.R. 2300, the Empowering Patients First Act, would save $2.34 trillion over 10 years....

the key elements are:
  • It extends tax deductions for health insurance to those who buy as individuals, thus eliminating the perverse incentive that favored employer-purchased insurance.
  • It gives patients true portability by making them the owners of their insurance – not their employers.
  • It gives doctors the real power to make treatment decisions, not insurance companies or the government.
  • It reforms medical liability laws and thus saves money by reducing the practice of defensive medicine.
Tom knows of what he speaks when he warns that many of his former colleagues in the medical profession are looking to get out of the profession entirely because the economics of ObamaCare simply make it impossible for them to practice. But Tom's bill is not about physicians so much as it is about empowering you, the patient, to make decisions about your own health care and to have the economic freedom and wherewithal to pay for it.
The premise of ObamaCare is that everyone should accept the insurance the government wants them to have, because they think that's what makes the system work. As we have already seen, the system doesn't work at all.
The premise of the Empowering Patients First Act is that you should be able to choose what kind of coverage you want, and where you get it.
That's the alternative to ObamaCare, and I guess it's no surprise Obama doesn't want you to know about it. But now you do. Tell everyone.
As the White House launches a three-week public relations blitz to try and sell Obamacare to the American people, Tom Cotton is inviting President Obama to bring his Obamacare roadshow to Arkansas so he can see first-hand the disastrous consequences of his law in the lives of Americans who live outside of Washington, D.C.
"It's gloves off, heels on, if someone without a public platform is attacked" says former Governor Sarah Palin in response to any future verbal assaults from the media likes of MSNBC's Martin Bashir, as she joins Fox & Friends to discuss his recent resignation.
Ben Sasse:
The "Nuclear Option" fight is really about: Democrats packing the DC Circuit Court so President Obama can get what he wants. Instead of a free and independent judiciary, Obama gets his way.
Patti Ann: First of all your reaction to the latest development?

Cruz: It’s not surprising they want to move as much as they can after the next election. They're doing what they can to run away from Obamacare. Cause the wheels are falling off. This thing isn't working.
Patti Ann: You've been a vocal critic of Obamacare. Fought against it on constitutional grounds. Trying to defund it. People are asking what is the Republican alternative?

Cruz: The Republican alternative is empowering patients your own medical choices free of government interference. I think the best option is two steps. Number one, repealing Obamacare. It is not working. Millions of Americans have lost their health insurance because of Obamacare, have lost of their jobs. It’s not working. And at the same time we would replace it. The most important thing to replace it with is allowing the interstate purchase of health insurance which would create a nationwide marketplace that gives consumers more choices and lower prices. If you want to expand access, you want to lower prices, you want to expand choices. What Obamacare does, is it restricts choices and raises prices and it is not working.

Patti Ann: Which want to move on now to another historic move yesterday in the Senate. Majority Leader Harry Reid invoking the so-called "nuclear option", changing the rules of the Senate to make it harder for the minority to block certain presidential appointments. Obviously, one of the most immediate concerns people have about this is the D.C. Circuit Court. Right now tied 4-4, with three vacancies if those are filled by Democrats, 7-4 in favor of whatever regulations this court controls, federal regulations.

Cruz: What we saw yesterday was a replay actually what happened with Obamacare. It was a brazen, partisan abuse of power and it was designed to do couple things. Number one to change the topic. Democrats want to talk about anything other than millions of people hurting because of Obamacare. But number two, it replayed, you know, just as the president said, if you liked your plan, you can keep it. Harry Reid, has said repeatedly this year that he would under no circumstances use "the nuclear option" to change the Senate rules. Just like President Obama did, he broke his promise. He broke his word. But you put your finger on the immediate end goal here. Which is they want to pack the court. In particular pack the D.C. Circuit, to cover up, the president and this is one of the most troubling aspects of this administration, has been lawless. Has been picking and choosing which part of the statutes he’ll follow. Which parts he won't. This administration does not want to be held to account for disregarding the law by an impartial judiciary. So they're trying to pack the courts with judges they hope will just rubberstamp the president's refusal to follow the law.

Patti Ann: We'll see what happens there. One last topic, now, we want to talk to you on Benghazi investigation. Earlier this week you sent out a letter to your fellow Senators asking them to back an independent investigation into the terror attack on our consulate in Libya. It included, you already have 24 Senators supporting it, but you want others to support the forming of this commission. You included a statement from the family of Sean Smith, one of the four killed. Why is this so important?

Cruz: It has been over a year now. Four Americans were murdered in Benghazi. The first time a U.S. Ambassador has been killed in the line of duty since 1979. We all remember that debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney where President Obama said, nobody cares more about getting to the bottom of what happened than I do. Well over a year has passed, and it seems the word Benghazi has never again left the president's lips. We need to find out what happened. We need to find out number one, why we didn't respond to the serious security problems there on the ground, the escalating threats of al Qaeda terrorism. Number two, we need to find out why we didn't send in military assets to save those Americans. Why all of our assets, apparently stayed where they were. And number three, we need to find out, why it is that the administration deliberately repeatedly, edited the talking points, changed the message and concocted this story about a silly internet video rather tha acknowledge what was obvious at the time. What our military leaders had told us was obvious at the time. That this was al Qaeda terrorism, targeting the United States. Over a year later we still have not apprehended and brought to justice the murderers that took the lives of those four brave Americans.

Patti Ann: We have wrap it briefly where does the resolution stand now?

Cruz: The Democrats are blocking it.

Patti Ann: Okay.

Cruz: What the resolution calls for is a bipartisan joint select committee to get to the bottom, to get to the truth to determine what happened and what we can do differently to prevent that.