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Cagle: The Schumer Kennedy Pence Religious Freedom Restoration Act

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”) signed into law by Governor Mike Pence is hardly new legislation. It’s modeled on a federal law that was enacted in 1993. The public outcry Indiana’s new law has inspired is as misleading as it is misguided.

In 1993 then-Congressman Charles Schumer sponsored legislation to apply a higher standard of scrutiny to actions by the government that may impact religious practices. The companion bill was carried by the late Senator Edward Kennedy. These liberal leaders were part of a broad, bi-partisan coalition of legislators and leaders who supported the legislation which eventually passed the House of Representatives on a voice vote, and passed the Senate with a resounding 97 votes. To say this legislation was not controversial is an understatement.

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Cagle: OBAMACARE: FIVE YEARS OF BROKEN PROMISES

This week marked the infamous five year anniversary of Obamacare, the most detrimental piece of legislation enacted by the Obama Administration to this day. It’s hard to believe that health care in the United States, once the envy of the world, has now been converted into an unfavorable and flawed system, affecting every household in the nation.

Obamacare, also known misleadingly as the Affordable Care Act, has not shown any compassion to the public or their healthcare needs. Over the past five years, promises made by the Obama Administration have been false or broken. Original costs were projected at $900 billion over a ten year span. Since spending provisions didn’t kick in until 2014, costs were adjusted to around 1.7 trillion dollars over ten years, causing another hit to our seemingly permanent federal deficit. God only knows how much this albatross will end up costing us in the long run.

We were promised that more Americans would receive lower healthcare premiums. This too was a false promise. Because of tighter regulations on insurance companies and policies, we’ve seen an average increase of up to 30% in out of pocket expenses. The Society of Actuaries estimated that by spring of 2017 all premiums would be increased by 37%. In 2014, the National Bureau of Economic Research demonstrated that all but six states had premium increases up to 85%. This is especially upsetting considering that we are paying higher premiums while being coerced out of our preferred insurance program and providers due to large cuts in hopes of offsetting rising costs.

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Cagle Post: Great Day For Religious Liberty

Monday was a wonderful day for religious liberty and freedom. The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case decided in favor of Hobby Lobby. This corporation was fighting against one of the Obamacare mandates stating employers must provide employees with contraception and abortifacient coverage. The Court upheld and used the 1993 bipartisan bill called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) which protects an individual’s right to practice whichever religion he or she may choose as precedent in this particular case. Justice Alito wrote on behalf of the majority in the much-anticipated decision, “We doubt that the Congress that enacted RFRA — or, for that matter, ACA — would have believed it a tolerable result to put family-run businesses to the choice of violating their sincerely held religious beliefs or making all of their employees lose their existing healthcare plans.”

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Breitbart: Is This The Liberal Endgame?

This week, the trailer for the latest installment in the Hunger Games series, Mockingjay, was released. As I was watching this trailer, something really struck me: the themes touched on in this film are essentially the endgame of today’s American liberalism.

An all-controlling Big Government that forces unity, prosperity; it’s government that calls on you to sacrifice for the greater good. I am not suggesting that today’s Democrat Party will lead us literally to the society depicted in the Hunger Games series, but there are some lessons we can learn when we watch these films based on the dystopian novels.

One of the first things we can learn is that in an attempt to create a utopia, liberal policies and ultimate government control has the opposite effect. Creating a centralized government that is too powerful and dictates what all citizens must do for what they deem as the “greater good” is what we conservatives have been fighting so hard against, especially these past several years.

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Cagle.com: President Obama, We Found Your 'Smidgen' Of Corruption

As if there hasn’t been enough controversy coming out of this Administration’s IRS, the most recent debacle is one for the ages. Last Friday, the IRS put out a statement claiming Lois Lerner’s emails from 2011, which are the focal point of the political targeting investigation, have vanished due to a systemic failure of her computer’s hard drive. This was only the beginning, however. Just a few days later, the IRS investigators claimed six additional hard drives, which happened to be a part of the investigation of the IRS targeting of conservative groups as well, seemed to have also failed and the IRS is now claiming their emails are also “gone forever.”

What’s most disturbing about the claims of vanished emails is the fact that the IRS is fully confident the American people are buying their story. Unfortunately for them, we’re not that naïve. For example: Lois Lerner’s sole statement regarding the IRS hard drive crash and her missing emails was, “Sometimes stuff just happens.” Clearly, this is not a woman who cares that this crucial evidence has vanished. Furthermore, it cannot be ruled out that she could have had a hand in the disappearance of these important emails. During the initial hearing of the missing emails, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen stated very calmly that, yes, “the actual hard drive [Lois Lerner’s] after it was determined that it was dysfunctional and that, with experts, no emails could be retrieved, was recycled then destroyed in the normal process.”

It has since been discovered that the IRS did indeed use back-up services from a contracted company named Sonasoft, which is a small Silicon Valley company with connections to – you guessed it – Barack Obama. Even more interesting is the fact that the IRS stopped using Sonasoft almost immediately after Lois Lerner’s hard drive supposedly crashed back in 2011. It would seem that the series of coincidental misfortunes on behalf of the IRS getting its act together, and allowing Congress to complete its investigation of conservative targeting are far more than mere coincidences. However, the arrogance and apparent lawlessness within the IRS are a cause for extreme concern. IRS Commissioner Koskinen has even gone as far as claiming the IRS has “hard drive crashes all the time” and it is due to their “outdated technology” that their systems have these failures. With a budget of $1.8 billion I am very hard-pressed to credit this as even a remotely valid excuse. During Friday’s hearing, Koskinen even went further, asking for pity (which he received from Democrat committee members) because the IRS just doesn’t have the funding to buy adequate technology to keep archives of their employees’ emails.

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Cagle Post: Obama is Throwing Away Iraq

As The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) marches ever closer to Baghdad, President Obama hems and haws about what to do as Iraq burns. It is like a bad Hollywood sequel, we saw this play out in Syria last summer and the net effect is that the ISIS was able to train and equip while America slept.

Remember when Obama famously said “al Qaeda is on the run” and continually assured us that we are no longer at war? Well now Obama is insisting that “the world is less violent than ever.” How can this be accurate when extremists in Iraq are attempting to topple a sovereign nation?

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Cagle.com: Poor Hillary

On Monday morning, Hillary Clinton began the much-anticipated start of her next presidential campaign – or as she likes to pretend, rollout of her new book: “Hard Choices.” In an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, Hillary mentioned that she and her husband Bill were “dead broke” upon leaving the White House after her husband served eight years in office.

A few things of note here – as I mentioned on Megyn Kelly’s program on Monday night – Hillary Clinton is completely out of touch with the American people and the challenges they face. The Clintons have always had steady incomes. Hillary was a high-powered attorney at the most politically connected law firm in Arkansas while her husband was Governor of Arkansas for twelve years. She also seems to have conveniently forgotten the $8 million book advance she scored in December 2000, just before leaving the White House. Maybe she misplaced it – like those Whitewater billing records. The millions in debt the Clinton’s were facing was due to legal fees from the various investigations they managed to get themselves into. One of those investigations found that Hillary Clinton gave factually inaccurate testimony under oath.

The Clinton attack machine is going to try and paint this as conservatives attacking her wealth – as Lanny Davis attempted to do with me. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. For Hillary and her liberal allies to run around the country fighting against ‘income inequality’ out of one side of their mouths while at the same time Hillary is claiming she was “dead broke” during a period in which she was raking in MILLIONS upon MILLIONS is hypocrisy at its worst.

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Breitbart.com: Obama's Bergdahl Folly

The decision by President Obama to trade five Taliban Guantanamo Bay prisoners in exchange for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been a complete and utter disaster. President Obama and National Security Advisor Susan Rice have been trying their best to convince the American people that Bergdahl was a war hero held captive in Afghanistan for five years. Although Ms. Rice said Bergdahl served “honorably” on yet another disastrous Sunday show performance, the reality is the complete opposite.

In an interview with CNN, Sgt. Matt Vierkant, who served with Bergdahl, said, “I was pissed off then, and I am even more so now with everything going on. Bowe Bergdahl deserted during a time of war, and his fellow Americans lost their lives searching for him.” Sgt. Vierkant is not the only former comrade of Bergdahl to share the same views. Now, I do believe that the United States Government should do everything in its power to bring home our POWs – but one has to ask the question: was Bergdahl a true POW?

While it is too soon to paint him as a traitor, we have found that he had indeed intended to denounce his American citizenship while over in Afghanistan. Although there is still much more to be uncovered – each day that has passed since Bergdahl’s release has brought new terrifying revelations and more questions as to why he left his unit.

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Breitbart.com: The Day Freedom Prevailed

Today marks the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, a day in which the United States led an allied invasion force to what was undoubtedly the most meaningful victory for freedom and liberation in history. Our troops brought a shining light of hope to an extremely dark time in world history. The men who stormed the beaches seventy years ago knew that either on that day, or in the days to come, they may have to give their lives so others could live free.

The sacrifices our American troops made, battling on beaches codenamed Omaha and Utah, can never be forgotten. You cannot forget the airmen who for months softened up Northern France in preparation for the landings on D-Day. It is easy to say seventy years later that it was inevitable the allied forces would succeed. However, at the time, the question of whether or not we would succeed was in doubt. If our forces failed, the idea of individual freedom and representative government would still be an unheard-of phenomenon for much of the world. Those men who stormed the beaches did not know if they were going to succeed, but they knew full well that it needed to be done.

Thirty years ago today, President Ronald Reagan drove home the point in one of the most revered speeches of his presidency. He chose to speak at Pointe-du-Hoc, a place where Army Rangers scaled a 100 meter cliff in order to knock out heavy artillery which was raining down a wall of fire on Utah and Omaha beaches. During President Reagan’s speech, he delivered a quote, which encompasses the magnitude of what our allied troops accomplished on June 6, 1944: You all knew that some things are worth dying for. One's country is worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. All of you loved liberty. All of you were willing to fight tyranny, and you knew the people of your countries were behind you.

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Cagle.com: The Predictable (And Old) Clinton Playbook

This weekend, senior aides to former Obama Secretary of State Hillary Clinton informed a group of Democratic foreign policy experts that they want to “move past” Benghazi, and have developed a messaging strategy to close the book on the Benghazi discussion once and for all. We are reminded that with the Clintons, it’s all politics all the time.

A key part of this plan has been the hiring of Tommy Vietor to deal with any and all backlash that comes as a result of the launch of Sec. Clinton’s latest book. You may recall Tommy Vietor as the former NSC spokesman and longtime aide to President Barack Obama. But you will definitely remember him as the man who told Bret Baier, “Dude, [Bengahzi] was like, two years ago!” on Fox News Special Report a month ago.

This hire by Hillary Clinton and her team makes it clear that they are very sensitive about the ongoing Benghazi investigation, and want to use Vietor to coordinate damage control with the Obama White House. The Clinton attack machine is ramping up for sure. Phase one is to attempt to discredit the new Benghazi select committee, which started in earnest last week when former Secretary Clinton said she would likely not cooperate with the investigation because it will amount to a “political slugfest.”

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