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Andrew McCarthy: Closing Gitmo Will Come Back to Haunt US.

A former federal prosecutor says the U.S. media have largely ignored one of the biggest stories of the year: the gradual shutting of the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, where the United States has held terrorists since the 9/11 attacks.

“They’re gradually shutting [it] down . . . by sending these guys back to their countries, including two who were sent back last week to Sudan,” Andrew C. McCarthy, a columnist for National Review, told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

“So, we’re now taking trained terrorists and sending them back to governments that practice terrorism and that are rabidly anti-American. Go figure.”

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“So, it’s not just that we’re reining in the [National Security Agency] program,” McCarthy said. “The administration is really starting to cut off Bush counter-terrorism, which, as long as the president needed to be re-elected, he was all for Bush counter-terrorism.”

McCarthy fears the NSA stands to be weakened, “largely because the intelligence community has really done a terrible job trying to defend it.”

McCarthy, author of “Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy,” is a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York who prosecuted the terrorists who bombed the World Trade Center in 1993.

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By Bill Hoffmann


Tom Price: GOP Has Solution Ready After Obamacare’s Collapse.

Republicans need to be ready with a positive alternative following the inevitable “collapse” of Obamacare, GOP Rep. Tom Price tells Newsmax.

And support is growing for healthcare legislation that empowers consumers, the five-term congressman from Georgia adds.

“The Affordable Care Act is going to collapse soon and real people are going to be hurt,” Price, a past chairman of the House Study Committee and himself a physician, said. “So we have to be ready with a positive solution. We have one in the Empowering Patients First Act.”

Editor’s Note: New ‘Obamacare Survival Guide’ Reveals Dangers Ahead for Your Healthcare

Following up on an in-depth article he wrote for National Review earlier this month, Price spelled out the details of the legislation in meetings of conservatives on Capitol Hill last week.

Price said that a new analysis by Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former director of the Congressional Budget Office, concluded the act will produce $2.34 trillion in savings over a ten-year period and will reduce premium increases compared to Obamacare.

Emphasizing that the measure, formally H.R. 2300, is not the official Republican alternative to Obamacare, Price nonetheless pointed out that the legislation has so far been co-sponsored by more than 50 of his fellow House Republicans.

Price said the measure contains several of the concepts that Republicans tried to make to Obamacare during the debate leading up to its passage on a party line vote in 2010.

For example, Empowering Patients permits the purchase of insurance across state lines — a practice that is currently illegal and which Democrats successfully kept out of the Affordable Care Act.

As Price noted, “when companies compete across state lines, consumers have more choices for coverage and competition will drive down costs.”

Tort reform was another Republican-crafted concept that was repeatedly struck down during the committee process before House members voted on Obamacare three years ago. Price and other physicians in Congress warned at the time that the growth of a litigious society has resulted in one-in-14 physicians facing at least one malpractice suit a year.

Lawsuit abuse reforms are included in H.R. 2300 and, as Price said, “the need for defensive medicine, which squanders hundreds of billions of dollars every year and is passed on to the patients, is reduced. That means lower medical bills.”

Editor’s Note: ObamaCare Is Here. Are You Prepared?

The Republican measure permits individuals to keep their health insurance policy regardless of whether they move or change their jobs.

While Obamacare increases the number of Americans in government programs such as Medicaid, Empowering Patients in sharp contrast extends deductibility and different forms of tax credits to make private-sector plans more affordable.

“So, under this plan, Americans will have the financial wherewithal to purchase the kind of coverage they need, not what the government forces them to buy,” Price said.

Price also referred to the case before the Supreme Court launched by the Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby, challenging Obamacare’s requirement that private healthcare plans provide contraceptives for employees, even if it is contrary to their religious beliefs.

Under the Empowering Patients Act, “religious liberty is protected and conscientious objection is safeguarded,” said Price.

Support for H.R. 2300 is growing among House Republicans, Price told Newsmax. However, he added, “many Democratic colleagues have expressed strong support for different parts of the bill, but no Democratic House member has yet signed on as a co-sponsor. We hope this will change in the weeks ahead.”

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.

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Former Obama Auto Czar: Progressive Dems ‘Scare Me’.

The Democratic Party may be lurching too far to the left for some of its more moderate members, including Morning Joe economic contributor Steve Rattner.

“As a centrist Democrat, I am scared about the progressive wing of my party — I’m scared,” said Rattner, a former member of President Barack Obama’s task force on the auto industry crisis, The National Review reports. 

Rattner and show host Joe Scarborough were pushing back at one-time presidential candidate Howard Dean, who was arguing that a left-leaning Democratic party would not pose a problem for the nation.

“I think [former president] Bill Clinton put our party right back where it belongs,” said Rattner. “We could have been [former candidate] Michael Dukakis for the next 20 years. I want us to stay there.”

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The overall exchange got heated between Scarborough and Dean. At one point, Scarborough, a former Republican congressman from Florida, accused Dean of spouting “Carl Bernstein nonsense.”

Their argument started over a Wall Street Journal opinion piece by the centrist Democratic group “The Third Way, which claimed proposals from Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren and New York City’s new Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio will prove disastrous for the party.

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By Sandy Fitzgerald

McConnell: DeMint’s Tea Party Primary Push ‘Giving Conservatism a Bad Name’.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is fighting back against the Senate Conservatives Fund after the tea party organization targeted him by supporting a challenger in next year’s primary.

The wealthy fund, a political action committee founded by former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, is turning the five-term Kentucky senator’s race into a bitter GOP confrontation between the tea party wing and other Republicans, NPR reports.

McConnell is one of seven GOP Senate incumbents facing primary challenges from the tea party, which according to The Center for Responsive Politics, has invested more than $100,000 in its primary challenger, businessman Matt Bevin, and this week sponsored an online effort to come up with another $400,000 for his campaign.

The GOP family feud between McConnell and DeMint, now the president of the conservative Heritage Foundation, dates back to 2006 according to Jonathan Strong of the conservative National Review, but has heated up in recent weeks. And it’s expected to continue long after the upcoming election when the Republican candidate will face the Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

“Their feud has been one of the most enduring, and important, clashes within the ranks of the Republican Party,” Strong wrote in the Review this week. “Team McConnell thinks DeMint is a self-destructive showboat whose tactics, such as the government shutdown, can lead only to disaster.

“Team DeMint thinks McConnell is a petty, vindictive tyrant who pushes a mushy agenda behind the scenes. The battle raging in Kentucky is the culmination of seven years of on-and-off conflict.”

McConnell recently slammed the SCF as “giving conservatism a bad name” and “ruining the Republican brand.”He also told the Washington Examiner that SCF “misleads donors” into believing that certain Republicans are “insufficiently committed to the cause, which is utter nonsense.”

Last week, McConnell enraged tea party supporters after reports emerged that he had called them “a bunch of bullies” whom he threatened to “punch on the nose.”

According to NPR, McConnell has recently taken measures to push back against the SCF, including reportedly giving a dressing down to a Nebraska Senate candidate for befriending the fund and being behind a move by the national committee to get Republicans elected to the Senate to refuse to deal with an advertising firm with ties to the fund.

Former McConnell staffer Josh Holmes, who’s now with the National Republican Senatorial Committee, recently inferred to the The Hill that the ad ban was at McConnell’s behest.

“SCF has been wandering around the country destroying the Republican Party like a drunk who tears up every bar they walk into,” said Holmes. “The difference this cycle is that they strolled into Mitch McConnell’s bar and he doesn’t throw you out, he locks the door.”

Republican strategist John Feehery, who calls the fund a disruptive “nuisance”, says that the result of the primary between McConnell and Bevin could reverberate throughout the entire GOP.

“This is a big fight,” Feehery said. “McConnell’s got to make the case that this primary is a real waste of money, and that he’s a real conservative. But [the SCF] has been able to tap into the anger of a lot of rank-and-file conservatives, and get them to give up their money.”

McConnell believes that the confrontational stance of the SCF, and groups likes it, are making it impossible for conservatives to govern. But Sheila Krumholtz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, which compiles information on money in politics, warns that they are a force to be reckoned with and are here to stay for the long term.

“They (the SCF) are one of the new standard-bearers for the tea party, and they represent the new ‘take no prisoners’ approach,” says Krumholtz, adding that the fund acts as an “earmarking” organization, collecting contributions and passing them along to specific candidates. “They are a major player in Washington and Congress. Raising more than $15 million last cycle? That’s serious money.”

The SCF maintains on its website that it does not support incumbent Senators, but instead looks for new leaders who “have the courage to fight for the timeless conservative principles of limited government, strong national defense, and traditional family values.”

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By Drew MacKenzie

Rich Lowry: US Eases Iran’s Path to Nuclear Bomb.

The controversial arms deal the United States has hammered out with Iran creates a pathway for Iran to develop a nuclear bomb, says Rich Lowry, a columnist and editor of The National Review.

“It doesn’t stop their enriching uranium . . . and they’ll keep doing that and keep spinning their centrifuges and take that as an implicit concession that they have a right to do it,” Lowry told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

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“The fact is, we’re very likely going down a path here where the Iranians will get a bomb or get very close to having a bomb,” he said Monday.

The deal puts Israel in a very tough spot, Lowry says. “Because now it [Israel] would really appear to be the international spoiler crossing its main patron, the United States, if it were going to take action in these circumstances,” he said.

“You can understand why they’re furious and why the Arab states are furious. As Joe Scarborough [said on MSNBC], maybe this is a sign the president does deserve his peace prize, because he’s gotten the Arabs and the Israelis to finally agree on something: on what a disaster his policy is.”

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By Bill Hoffmann

Consumer Reports: Stay Away From Obamacare Website!.

Obama and his thugs had unlimited time and unlimited money, and the very best they could do was to produce a website that is a miserable failure. Now, ask yourselves, how well will they do when they begin advising doctors on how to treat you when you get sick?

Hope you are prepared to die. Seriously….

Consumer Reports, which publishes reviews of consumer products and services,advised its readers toavoid the federal healthcare exchange “for at least another month if you can.” “Hopefully that will be long enough for its software vendors to clean up the mess they’ve made,” the magazine said, having tested the site themselves over the course of the past three weeks.


Noting that only 271,000 of the 9.47 million people who tried signing up in the first week managed to create an account, Consumer Reports then provided a few tips to those attempting to slog through the application process. From attempting successive logins because “error messages … may not always match reality” to checking your inbox frequently because if you miss an e-mail you’ll be timed out of the site and forced to start from square one, none of the suggestions guaranteed success.

The magazine has also released a string of scathing reviews. On October 1, the day the Obamacare exchanges went online, the magazine told people to be patient: “Don’t worry if you can’t sign up today or even within the next couple of weeks.” A week into enrollment, they urged again to “wait a couple weeks and hope that the site irons out its many problems” because the is “barely operational.”

As the editors continued to review the website over the next few days, they only had one positive statement: “On the plus side,” they noted, “consumers coming to are no longer stopped cold by an error message or a screen saying they’ve been put in a waiting line.”

Now three weeks into the exchanges, having offered reviews and advice, Consumer Reports said that “If all [these suggestions] are too much to absorb, follow our previous advice: Stay away from,” at least for the time being. source – National Review.

by NTEB News Desk

Gingrey ‘Stuck Making $172,000 a Year’ Comment Drawing Fire.

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By Sandy Fitzgerald

Rep. Phil Gingrey complained Wednesday that he is “stuck” in Congress — earning $172,000 — while his aides can become lobbyists and earn at least a half-million dollars a year, according to the National Review.

“[They] may be 33 years old now and not making a lot of money,” the Georgia Republican said during a GOP conference, according to the National Review. “But in few years they can just go to K Street and make $500,000 a year. Meanwhile I’m stuck here making $172,000 a year.”

Citing aides who attended the meeting, the newspaper reported that the comments came during a debate among Republicans, including House Speaker John Boehner, over a Gingrey measure to bar members of Congress and their staffs from getting federal subsidies for their healthcare coverage under Obamacare.

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Some lawmakers at the meeting spoke against the measure, saying they need the subsidies just as much as their lesser-paid aides because of the high cost of medical insurance, according to the report.

Texas Republican Rep. Joe Barton, for example, reportedly said he’s never been wealthy, and that losing the government subsidy would cost him $12,000 a year.

“That’s a burden,” he reportedly said. “And it’s a burden on our staff, too.”

For his part, Gingrey believes the subsidies amount to special treatment for lawmakers and their aides that most Americans won’t be entitled to receive unless they are poor and cannot afford insurance at all.

Gingrey later said he didn’t remember the comment.

But, he repeated, “It is completely unfair for members of Congress and Hill staffers to get this special treatment that the general public are not getting.”

“I was engaged in a dialogue with some members of our conference who truly believe that Congress should get special treatment. And some also believe that staff members should get special treatment. I happen not to believe that,” he added.

Rep. Paul Broun, a fellow Georgia Republican, called Gingrey’s comments “disappointing.” Both congressmen are running for the Senate seat of Republican Saxby Chambliss, who is retiring.

“While most Americans are struggling to make ends meet and battling higher healthcare costs, it’s disappointing that Congressman Gingrey, whose reported net worth exceeds $3 million, complains about being ‘stuck here’ (in Congress) making $172,000 a year,” Broun said in a statement to The Hill

“Georgians needs a senator who understands what it’s like to balance a budget, not one who is more concerned with their salary than the needs and economic challenges faced by most Georgians.”

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