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Westmoreland Demands Benghazi Documents from State Department

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  WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Lynn A. Westmoreland, R-Georgia, took to the floor of the House on earlier this week to express his frustration with the lack of compliance by the State Department in regards to the House Select Committee on Benghazi’s investigation. Westmoreland called attention to the State Department’s stalling, as well as their failure to notify the committee of Secretary Clinton’s use of a private server that hindered the production of emails. During his Special Order, Westmoreland gave a timeline of the committee’s work, crediting the slow pace of the committee to the lack of compliance by the State ...

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Obamacare regs are killing small businesses, where most job growth occurs

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No, small business owners, you’re not crazy: Obamacare has not lowered your health expenditures By Richard W. Black “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” was named the PolitiFact Lie of the Year for 2013. “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor,” was probably a close second. But of course, the lies of Obamacare continue to pile up while the program limps along. One theory behind all the mandate exemptions, waivers and delays in implementation issued by Obama is that his administration is cynically attempting to run out the clock so that The One can claim ...

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What’s next after Rand Paul’s mega-filibuster over NSA spying?

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Nobody wants or expects the government to downplay any effort to protect the country from terrorism, cyber warfare and other potential threats, but as Sen. Rand Paul so protractedly pointed out, there is no balance right now between security and privacy By Jon E. Dougherty Not everyone, including members of his own Republican Party, is a fan of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. But one thing you cannot accuse him of being is anti-liberty. Probably more than any other GOP presidential contender – or prospective GOP contender (Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker comes to mind) – Sen. Paul spends a lot of ...

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Archives officials worried about protecting Hillary emails

By Josh Gerstein Before Hillary Clinton stepped down as secretary of state in early 2013, National Archives officials were warned that her official records might wind up outside the control of the State Department and pledged to take steps to address the issue, newly released records reveal. “We need to discuss what we know, and how we should delicately go about learning more about, regarding the transition plans for Secretary Clinton’s departure from State,” Paul Wester, chief records officer for the U.S. Government wrote to archives colleagues in a Dec. 11, 2012, email message obtained by POLITICO. Wester said an ...

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Lack of will over Syrian ‘red lines’ destroying our credibility

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American credibility has certainly taken a huge hit during the Age of Obama; the next president, whomever it is, will have his or her hands full trying to repair that damage and rebuild our reputation As the United States and Russia approached agreement on a diplomatic deal in September 2013 to relieve that the Assad regime in Syria of its chemical weapons, thus averting a U.S. military strike, President Obama promised to keep a close watch on Damascus. “The international community expects the Assad regime to live up to its public commitments,” Obama said at the time, threatening “consequences” if ...

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Obama: Climate change deniers endangering national security

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President Obama in a speech on Wednesday cast climate change as a growing national security threat, accusing Republican skeptics of harming military readiness by denying its effects. Obama argued in his address to graduates at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy that rising sea levels and higher global temperatures endanger military bases and could force personnel to respond to conflicts around the world that are fueled by their effects. “Climate change constitutes a serious threat to global security, an immediate risk to our national security, and, make no mistake, it will impact how our military defends our country,” Obama told new ...

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Justice: NSA may have to wind down bulk collection this week

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  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is warning lawmakers that the National Security Agency will have to wind down its bulk collection of Americans’ phone records by the end of the week if Congress fails to reauthorize the Patriot Act. The department circulated a memo on Capitol Hill that says as the June 1 expiration deadline nears, the NSA will have to take this step to ensure that it does not engage in any unauthorized collection. Congress is sharply divided over the issue. The House overwhelmingly passed a bill last week to renew the post-Sept. 11 law while ending ...

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