A Tea Party conservative is about to do what many in his movement consider unthinkable: vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016.
"I asked myself, 'Which party has helped me out the most in the last, I don't know, 15 or 20 years?' And it was the Democrats," James Webb, a 51-year-old charter member of his local Tea Party Patriots said in a video blog posted on YouTube. "If is wasn't for Obama and that Obamacare, I would still be forced to work with my illness.
Webb said the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, has allowed him to stop working without having to worry about paying all the high premiums for health insurance for a pre existing condition.
"I don't trust the Republicans anymore because they're wanting to repeal Obamacare," Webb says in his clip. "And I don't want them to do that, man, because then I'll have to try and find another insurance policy that will force me back to work while still trying to battle my illness."
Fox News pundit John Stossel is challenging his colleague Bill O'Reilly's complains that Christianity is under fire in the United States.
"Your 'War on Christianity' is utter nonsense, and you're just a 10-foot-tall crybaby," Stossel told O'Reilly in an interview on "The O'Reilly Factor" Tuesday night.
Stossel, a secular libertarian, appeared on the show to promote his upcoming special on the Fox Business Network called "Church and State," which argues Christianity is not under attack.
Stossel who is agnostic who said he doesn't criticize religion. He told O'Reilly, "Well, I'm secularist, and I don't want unlimited abortion, nor do I want it taken away from a woman's right," he said. "I think that you paint with too broad a brush."
O'Reilly then backpedaled, saying that his criticisms were intended for secular progressives although that isn't his original intentions.
In a move that is upsetting many Republicans in Washington in what they see as an endorsement of Obamacare Montana state House Republicans have broken ranks to reconsider their original refusal of federal funding on Medicaid expansion.
A contentious legislation battle in Montana ended this week, after the state's GOP-controlled House voted to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid to the working poor- a feature of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, that the House Republicans had vigorously opposed.
The House committee originally voted down the measure to expand the access to Medicaid, but supporters succeeded in using procedural rules to bring the bill to the floor on Thursday. Thirteen GOP members broke ranks with their party leadership to back the measure, which passed 54 to 46.
A ruling by a U.S. Federal Appeals Court signals bad news for the Republican-led lawsuits seeking to stop President Obama's executive actions on immigration, law experts say.
A three-judge panel on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously dismissed a lawsuit by Mississippi against Obama's 2012 program to protect young people brought to the U.S. illegally from threat of deportation.
It was two Republican appointees and one Democratic appointee said the state lacks "standing" to sue because it could not prove it was injured by the program.
Three immigration law experts say the ruling sets a precedent that will undermine all other separate major challenges to Obama's more recent and more controversial program to help up to 5 million more undocumented immigrants, most of them parents of American citizens.
A recent Pew study found that although Republicans won by a large margin in 2014 their ranks are shrinking at an alarming rate.
The study found Republicans may enjoy the support of older, white Americans, but Democrats are growing their party numbers among young people and ethnic minorities, and women of all ages, who will make up an ever-increasing share of the populations in coming years. The Pew report shows the GOP advantage will indeed be temporary and an enduring Democratic majority will emerge by the time November 2016 elections arrive.
In 2014 a portion of Millennials (defined as people ages 18-33) had voted for Republican candidates. But today those same Millennials (Sixty-one percent) are now identifying themselves more and more as Democrats or those leaning that way, compared to 32 percent who identify as or lean Republican. Democrats also expanded their edge with Generation X; Fifty-nine percent of adults between 34 and 49 backed the Democratic Party compared to just 32 percent who supported Republicans. Democrats also retained a significant lead among blacks, Hispanic, women and those between the Baby Boomers under the age of 66. The Pew polled also showed more people than ever who once claimed the Republican Party as their political affiliation are now identifying themselves as independents.
Under pressure from critics including the most powerful employer in Arkansas, Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson has demanded changes to the state's controversial religious freedom law.
The move comes just one day after the CEO of Arkansas- based Walmart asked Hutchinson to veto that bill, which was approved Tuesday by the Republican controlled Arkansas House.
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff said Wednesday that he is helping any employee that wishes to transfer out of the state of Indiana who are uncomfortable with Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom Law.
Benioff has already pledged to reduce his multimillion dollar investments out of Indiana, calling the law "brutal,' "unfair" and "unjust".
Benioff told CNN's Poppy Harlow that many employees have asked for transfers-- and he has agreed, even supplying relocation packages.
Many big businesses have been at the forefront condemning Republican Governor Mike Pence singing the law. Apple, yelp, the NCAA, Eli Lilly, NASCAR, General Motors, Ford Motor Company, General Electric, Angie's List, Pay Pal, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Verizon are among companies condemning the law that have raised concerns about doing business in the state of Indiana.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a new challenge to President Barack Hussein Obama's healthcare law that took aim at a bureaucratic board labeled by some Tea party Republicans as "death panels' because it was designed to cut Medicare costs.
The high court ruling left intact a ruling by the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that threw out the lawsuit.
The Supreme Court's action was another victory for the Obama administration.
On Fox News in 2013 , Bill O'Reilly made the claim that he had to rescue his won cameraman during his 1982 coverage of the Buenos Aires riots stating: "My photographer got run down and then hit his head and was bleeding from his ear on the concrete. And the army was chasing us.. I dragged him off and saved."
O'Reilly claimed that the photographer that he saved was named Ignacio Medrano-Carbo, but when tracked down by an AP reporter and an investigator hired by Mother Jones the cameraman said, "no such event ever happened."
"I never fell nor was I bleeding out of my ear at any time during my Buenos Aires assignment with Bill O'Reilly," Ignacio Medrano-Carbo said. "I do not even recall Mr. O'Reilly binge anywhere around me or even the area the time when I shot all that footage nor after I left the unrest at Plaza de Mayo that evening."
O'Reilly is now claiming he never worked with Medrano-Carbo, but instead was working with Robert Moreno as his cameraman on that night in question . But another member of that same CBS crew, Jim Forrest, also confirmed Medrano-Carbo was paired with O'Reilly that night.
Medrano-Cabo also disputes O'Reilly's account that a different CBC cameraman, Robert Moreno, was O'Reilly's cameraman on the night in question.
"Mr. Moreno was indeed there, but at the time he was a sound man and working with seasoned CBC cameraman Carl Sorenson," Medrano- Carbo said. "Mr. Moreno, who became one of my best friends, did not pick up a camera until many years later.
The cameraman also echoed the sentiments of several other CBS staffers, saying they aren't aware of any member of their crew who was hurt during coverage of the Argentinean riots--- nor any rioters who was killed, as O'Reilly has claimed.
WASHINGTON (AP)- Just yesterday, it seems, Republicans were all crowing about their landslide victory during last November's midterm elections and President Obama and the Democrats were reeling in defeat.
How things have changed.
In just a few short months, House and Senate Democrats have gone from being a beaten-down new minority party to an effective blocking force on Capital Hill. They've provided strong backup to a president who clearly is not going to go quietly in his last two years of office.
President Obama has wielded the threat of his veto power to protect his immigration executive orders from Republican attacks and demonstrated that he-- and not the GOP-- will set the timetable for approving or rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline.
The bottom line is the world is a much more complicated than people thought it would be when the Republicans took control of both houses. You still have a Democrat President, you still have a strategically organized Democratic party in both the House and Senate, and you still have turmoil within the Republican party in both House and Senate and the Speaker of the House that can't unite his own House.
"Clearly being in the drivers seat with unruly children in the back seat fighting as Americans watch isn't what it's all cracked up to be," said Ron Bonjean, a Washington political strategist and former GOP congressional communications official.
Bonjean added, "People believe the Republicans 'control' Congress. But control is only nominal," he said. The Republican House is split four ways; traditional mainstream conservatives, very conservative, Tea Party Republicans, and Democrats. Three of the factions must join forces to some degree to get 218 votes. In the Senate, Republicans have 54 votes but need 60 if all GOP sneators vote together. Without six or more Democrats, McConnell can do absolutely nothing. And Republicans are helpless in both houses to overcome any presidential veto."
With time running out, congressional Republicans continue to squabble among themselves over how to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) before the sprawling, multi-mission agency runs out of funds to continue.
The Republican leadership- still feeling burned from their 2013 shutdown of the entire federal government- appears to be spinning their wheels once again trying to come up with a solution that satisfies tea party members seeking to halt President Obama's executive orders on immigration. The GOP leadership is caught between their traditional "strong on national security" reputation and the tea party's desire to block the president on immigration reform at any costs to America.
AUSTIN, TEXAS (AP)
The first nationwide oil refinery strike in over 30 years expanded this weekend to other U.S oil refineries in Texas.
The United Steelworkers Union (USW) said Saturday that workers at the largest refinery in the U.S., the Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, started their strike at midnight Friday. Employees at two other refineries and a Petro-Chemical plant in Louisiana started their strike at the end of their shift on Saturday.
The USW represents workers at 65 U.S refineries that produce about two-thirds of all oil in the United States.
The Port Arthur refinery is a joint venture between Shell and Saudi Refining Inc. It produces more than 600,000 barrels per day.
ATLANTA- Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly's old war stories are coming under question, just as NBC News anchor Brian Williams story about being aboard a helicopter that sustained enemy fire in Iraq had earlier this month.
O'Reilly's claim was that he, "was in a situation one time in a war in Argentina in the Falklands, where my photographer got run down and hit his head and was bleeding from the ear on the concrete, and the enemy was chasing us with their machine guns," O'Reilly said on the air April 17, 2013.
During that broadcast, O'Reilly recounted how he saved his colleague's life by carrying him to safety, while dutifully reporting to CBS News.
But now O'Reilly's former colleagues at CBS News apparently told the UPI that no American correspondents reached the war zone.
In fact, they say, it can be documented that O'Reilly and the rest of the U.S. Press Corp were 1,200 miles away in Buenos Aires.
O'Reilly has invoked his time spent in a war zone over the years to show that he understands "life and death decisions" and is "not easily shocked after what he has witnessed as a war correspondent in the Falklands"
The big problem for O'Reilly is he never was ever in the Falklands during the war.
Brian Williams is stepping away from NBC Nightly News for several days.
The anchor sent a note to the show's staff, announcing that Lester Holt is replacing him this week.
William's message read: "In the midst of a career spent covering and consuming news, it has become painfully apparent to me I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions.
"As managing Editor of NBC Nightly News, I have decided to take myself off of my daily broadcast for the next several days, and Lester Holt has kindly agreed to sit in for me to allow us to adequately deal with this issue. Upon my return, I will continue my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place trust in us."
It appears that former Florida governor, and 2016 favorite of the GOP's establishment and Wall Street class, is struggling in a new poll, and is not the Republican favorite in the state of Iowa according to the latest poll figures. The surprising front-runner on the move appears to be Gov. Scott Walker, riding the wave of energy off a well-received speech last weekend at a "Freedom" conference sponsored by Rep. Steve King.
The other bad news is for New Jersey's Gov. Chris Christie, who has the highest negatives of any Republican in the poll.
Scott Walker: 15%
Rand Paul: 14%
Mitt Romney 13%
Mike Huckabee 10%
Ben Carson 9%
Jeb Bush 8%
Ted Cruz 5%
Rick Santorum 4%
Chris Christie 4%
Marco Rubio 3%
Rick Perry 3%
Bobby Jindal 2%
Carly Fiorina 1%
John Kasich 1%
Donald Trump 1%
Sarah Palin -1%
Jesse Ventura himself a Navy SEAL, won $1.8 million in a defamation lawsuit last year against the estate of the late Chris Kyle, the SEAL protagonist of the book, American Snipe and the movie of the same name, which has sparked national debate over whether should really be considered heroes. Ventura said on Wednesday that he would not be watching Eastwood's movie because Kyle is no hero.
"A real hero must be honorable, and must have real honor. And you can't have honor if you're a big liar. There is no honor in lying," Ventura told the Associated Press from his winter home in Baja California, Mexico.
Ventura joined other Americans dismissing the movie as just plain propaganda because it conveys the false idea that Iraq had something to do with the 9/11 attacks. "It's about as authentic as Eastwood's Dirty Harry," said Ventura.
A Texas judge on Tuesday refused to throw out a felony abuse-of-power case against former Governor Rick Perry on constitutional grounds, ruling that criminal charges against the possible presidential candidate will stand against him.
District judge Bert Richardson, who like Perry is a Republican, rejected calls from Perry's defense team to dismiss the case because their client was acting within his rights as chief executive of America's second-most populous state when he publicly threatened, then carried out, a 2013 veto of state funding for public corruption prosecutors.
So far to date, Perry has spent more than $1.1 million of his campaign funds on his defense.. and with Richardson's ruling means it will likely continue for several more months at least.
Top national Republicans initially praised Perry and decried the criminal charges against him, but are now remaining quiet since the ruling.
The special prosecutor assigned to the case, San Antonio attorney Michael McCrum, also a Republican, has said from the start that the case is stronger that it may outwardly appear and it should be heard by an impartial jury.
If convicted, Perry could face a 20-year imprisonment and be barred from politics for life.