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VA Uses Illegal Policy That Allows Hospitals to Hire Those With Revoked Licenses

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 4:00pm 12/21/2017 at 4:00pm
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USA Today has dropped another article on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as the publication continues its investigation into the department. This investigation discovered that a VA policy has allowed hospitals to hire health care providers with revoked licenses, but it’s illegal to do so thanks to a 1999 law:

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Republicans may be headed into a dead end by focusing on ‘Insurance Policy’ text message

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, December 15, 2017 at 2:30pm 12/15/2017 at 2:30pm

Top Republicans in Congress continue to scrutinize the anti-President Donald Trump texts between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. The two officials were romantically involved and worked on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. He kicked Strzok off the team over the summer due to these texts.

But a specific text...

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Proposed Senate rule change may speed through Trump nominees

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, December 15, 2017 at 7:00am 12/15/2017 at 7:00am

Donald Trump took office with the unprecedented ability to reshape the federal judiciary, with over 100 vacancies as of the Inauguration. Trump had the possibility of nominating in just one term in office nearly half the federal judiciary.

Democrats’ removal of the judicial filibuster in 2013 (the so-called Nuclear Option) cleared the...

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Judicial Voterama: Grasz confirmed (8th Cir.), Willett advances to floor vote (5th Cir.)

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 8:00pm 12/12/2017 at 8:00pm

The “judge story” that Trump crowed about in October continues apace.

Tonight the Senate confirmed Leonard Steven Grasz, by a 50–48 vote, to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit.  Grasz had received a unanimous “Not Qualified” rating from the American Bar Association, an influential legal organization...

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Errors and Reconciliation: The GOP Has a Lot to Do to Pass the Tax Bill by Christmas

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 11, 2017 at 1:00pm 12/11/2017 at 1:00pm
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The GOP in Congress are no doubt desperate for a victory after the failed Obamacare repeal attempts, but that desperation could come back and bite them. They want to pass the tax bill before Christmas, but all the rushing and late nights have caused errors. From The Washington Post:

Questionable special-interest provisions...

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Grassley Still Upset the History Channel Lacks Actual History Programming

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 5:00pm 12/9/2017 at 5:00pm
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Can anyone blame him?! I yearn for those days when they did shows on WWII and Vietnam all day!

You tell them, Senator!! I was so upset with the lack...

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Agent Who Mueller Removed for Anti-Trump Messages Softened Comey’s Clinton Description

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 4, 2017 at 7:30pm 12/4/2017 at 7:30pm

This past summer, Special Counsel Robert Mueller removed an FBI agent from his investigation into possible collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump’s campaign due to anti-Trump messages he sent. The news was only made public over the weekend.

This agent, Peter Strzok, is also the man who changed former FBI Head...

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Trump adds 5 conservative judges to shortlist of potential SCOTUS nominees

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, November 17, 2017 at 8:30pm 11/17/2017 at 8:30pm
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I noted yesterday that Chuck Grassley finally appears ready to clear the backlog in Judiciary Committee hearings on Appeals and District court judicial nominees, by preventing withholding of “blue slips” from becoming de facto filibusters, Chuck Grassley rips up “blue slip” stall, Al Franken left groping for alternative delay tactic.

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Chuck Grassley rips up “blue slip” stall, Al Franken left groping for alternative delay tactic

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 7:30pm 11/16/2017 at 7:30pm
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I recently noted frustration with Democrat delay tactics for judicial nominations, including the withholding of “blue slips” to prevent confirmation proceedings to proceed, Trump judicial confirmations moving along, but not fast enough:

Every single vacant seat should be filled as quickly as possible. Some progress is not good enough. Grassley and McConnell need...

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Trump judicial confirmations moving along, but not fast enough

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 11:00am 11/12/2017 at 11:00am

In numerous prior posts we have followed the tortuous process of getting Trump federal judicial nominees confirmed. Democrats have thrown down every procedural delay possible, even for nominees they didn’t oppose.

What Democrats fear is that Trump will take advantage of the historic opportunity handed him to reshape the federal judiciary for a...

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House Will Investigate FBI, DOJ Handling of Hillary Email Scandal

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 2:30pm 10/24/2017 at 2:30pm
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House Judiciary Committee Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) have announced an investigation into the handling of the Hillary Clinton email scandal by the FBI and Department of Justice. The two committees will also investigate why the FBI didn’t announce its investigation into then-GOP...

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Grassley and McConnell need to get moving on judicial confirmations

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 4:00pm 10/19/2017 at 4:00pm

The rot in many institutions cannot be undone in one presidential term or even two. In part that’s because of the entrenched permanent bureaucracy, in part because many (if not most) important institutions are not part of government.

Higher Ed is a prime example. Over two generations, faculty hiring and infighting has...

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GOP Lawmakers Joining Democrats to Ban Bump Stocks

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 2:30pm 10/5/2017 at 2:30pm
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A few GOP lawmakers in the House and Senate have announced they are open to legislation that will ban bump stocks, a device allegedly used by Stephen Paddock in the Las Vegas massacre.

This device “is a sliding stock that when pressed against a shooter’s shoulder allows a semi-automatic gun to shift...

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Congress Working to Defund AG Sessions’ Asset Forfeiture Initiative

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 4:31pm 9/2/2017 at 4:31pm
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In a puzzling move, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced last month that the Department of Justice would be ramping up asset forfeiture.

Mary wrote at the time:

Civil forfeiture remains a controversial issue in America since it’s “a process by which the government can take and sell your property without ever convicting, or...

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Grassley: Comey Wrote Clinton Exoneration Statement Before Email Investigation Ended

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 7:07pm 8/31/2017 at 7:07pm

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray to inform him that the committee found in unredacted parts in transcripts that former FBI Director James Comey decided to write a statement to exonerate then-presumptive Democrat presidential candidate before the FBI finished...

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While media obsesses over Russia, Trump continues reshaping federal judiciary

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 9:00am 8/5/2017 at 9:00am

For several months we have been highlighting the unique opportunity presented to Donald Trump to reshape the federal judiciary.

That opportunity has largely been lost in a liberal media trying to take down Trump over Russia, Russia, Russia, as I previously wrote, While you were focused on COMEY, Trump nominated another group of...

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Republicans in Congress to Probe DNC Ukraine Connection in 2016 Election

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 8:30am 7/27/2017 at 8:30am
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The DNC is alleged to have worked with Ukrainian officials to influence the outcome of the 2016 election by damaging Trump. This isn’t getting as much attention as the Russia story but let’s face it, nothing does.

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