Obamacare Is Ruled Unconstitutional by a Texas Judge

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was struck down by a Texas judge on Friday, a move that could suddenly disrupt the health insurance status of millions of Americans.

The decision comes amid a six-week open enrollment period for the program.

Texas, along with 19 states, had argued to U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor that they had been hurt by a jump in the amount of people utilizing state-backed insurance.

When Congress cut the tax penalty from the program in 2017, the states claimed, it essentially undercut the Supreme Court’s reasoning for finding former President Barack Obama’s signature legislation constitutional in 2012.

“The remainder of the ACA is non-severable from the individual mandate, meaning that the Act must be invalidated in whole,” O’Connor wrote in a 55-page opinion, according to Bloomberg.

O’Connor is a conservative Republican appointee who previously blocked other Obama-era policies.

“As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster,” President Trump tweeted following the ruling.

“Now Congress must pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions. Mitch and Nancy, get it done!”

As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster! Now Congress must pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions. Mitch and Nancy, get it done!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2018

In a second tweet, the president declared the ruling to be “great news for America!”

Wow, but not surprisingly, ObamaCare was just ruled UNCONSTITUTIONAL by a highly respected judge in Texas. Great news for America!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2018

California and other states ruled against by the judge will challenge the decision by appealing in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

“Today’s ruling is an assault on 133 million Americans with …read more

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Cost to Taxpayers of the Mueller Probe: Over $25 Million

Taxpayers have spent more than $25 million on special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, according to the latest spending report released Friday.

Between April 1 and September 30 of this year, the special counsel has spent $4.56 million on the investigation.

“The Department will continue to dedicate and leverage resources to maintain strong program and financial management controls,” the report stated.

“Management takes its program and financial accountability seriously and is dedicated to ensuring that funds are used in a responsible and transparent manner,” it also said.

Related: Perjury Allegations Show the ‘Extraordinary Weakness’ of Mueller Probe, Dershowitz Says

Of the $4.56 million, $2.9 million went to “Personnel Compensation and Benefits” — $1 million of that went to special counsel employees’ salaries and benefits, and $1.9 million was “reimbursable” for Justice Department employees on detail with the special counsel’s office.

The special counsel’s office spent $942,787 on “Rent, Communications, and Utilities,” nearly $60,000 on printing, supplies, and materials; and Mueller’s team spent $580,098 on transportation and travel, with the majority of those funds going to “temporary duty relocation of DOJ employees detailed” to the special counsel’s office.

The special counsel’s office spent $310,732 for “contractual services,” which the report notes was primarily for “IT services.”

The report also tracked Justice Department spending in separate investigations, which totaled $3.9 million for this period.

The report notes that cost “would have incurred for the investigations irrespective of the existence of the [special counsel’s Office].”

Mueller is investigating Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates during the 2016 presidential election.

Between April 1 and September 30, Mueller has sent former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos and former Manafort associate Alex van der Zwaan to federal prison to serve short sentences; received a guilty plea from former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who faces up to 80 years in prison and …read more

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On CNN, Cuomo and Conway Clash During Epic 39-Minute Interview

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway engaged in a tense debate spanning nearly 40 minutes on Thursday night on “Cuomo Prime Time.” And Cuomo even warned he would call Conway “a liar if I have to.”

The two argued over CNN’s bias against President Donald Trump and the turbulent news week surrounding former Trump lawyer Michel Cohen and his claim that Trump knowingly directed him to violate campaign finance laws with hush-money payments to women in an attempt to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Trump has denied ordering the payments for the express purpose of influencing the election/

He has also denied knowingly breaking the law, claiming he ordered the payments for personal reasons.

But Cuomo (pictured above left) took Conway (above right) to task for these conflicting statements from Cohen and Trump — as Conway, during the marathon interview, accused CNN of harboring bias against Trump.

“They expect you to be anti-Trump, your viewers,” Conway said to Cuomo.

The CNN anchor replied,”No, [they] actually get frustrated with me because they think we’re too balanced on this show … They don’t want me to have you on. They don’t want me to have anyone from the administration. Trust me.”

Conway said her Aunt Rita told her that she cannot understand why Conway goes on CNN, and on Cuomo’s show in particular, saying, “He’s not nice to you.”

“[Your viewers] don’t want you to have me on for a simple reason. They accept if not expect you and the rest of CNN to be anti-Trump all day long. And you know it,” Conway argued. “You don’t have the same viewership that CNN once had. The people want it right down the middle, where the centrists and moderate[s are], and you know it.”

That’s when Cuomo rebuked Conway. He told her that his viewers are frustrated because …read more

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Cher Says Donald Trump Is a ‘Liar’ and ‘Traitor’ Who Is ‘Ruining’ America

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Cher apparently has nothing better to do than to sit around and come up with new insults against President Donald Trump.

It’s perplexing. This is a 72-year-old Grammy winning singer. The world is full of more possibilities for her than most other Americans — and yet, she prefers to spend her time as just another celebrity preaching to America from her bubble about how Trump is a racist and anyone who doesn’t agree with her is also a racist — blah, blah, blah.

You can pretty much fill in the blanks at this point.

Cher’s latest meltdown came on Twitter on Friday. The “If I Could turn Back Time” singer called the president a “liar, thug, crook, traitor” and even added, for good measure, that he’s “ruining” America.

“I Have No Problem With Trump Having Extra Marital [sic] Affairs, However The Women Should Have Gotten a LOT MORE [money]. My Problem … He’s a Liar, Thug, Crook,Traitor, & He’s Ruining My Beloved [America],” the musician wrote.

She then added that Trump and his family are in bed with Russia — a truly original thought at this point from a Hollywood elitist.

“P.S. He & His Family Are So In Bed With Russia … Putin Puts Mints On Their Pillows,” she wrote.

I Have No Problem With trump Having Extra Marital Affairs,
However The Women Should Have Gotten a LOT MORE.
My Problem…He’s a Liar,Thug,
Crook,Traitor,& He’s Ruining My
Beloved .
Ps.He & His Family Are So In Bed
With Russia……Putin Puts Mints On Their Pillows

— Cher (@cher) December 14, 2018

For those who are wondering: If Cher doesn’t want Trump as president, then who does she want?

Don’t worry, fine reader. Cher opens her mouth so much about politics she’s already revealed her dream candidate for 2020 — and it’s Joe Biden.

“I know Joe Biden and I know him to be …read more

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