Report: Obamacare, Medicaid expansion CONTRIBUTED to country’s OPIOID epidemic

(National SentinelBig Government: A new Senate report blames, in part, the nationwide opioid epidemic on the expansion of Medicaid under the Obamacare law.

The report, by the Senate Homeland Security called “Drugs for Dollars: How Medicaid Helps Fuel the Opioid Epidemic,” provides evidence of Medicaid fraud and how the Medicaid program has contributed to the opioid crisis.

“The opioid epidemic is the nation’s most pressing public health crisis. Although there are many factors contributing to the epidemic, and while Medicaid undoubtedly assists in treating opioid abuse, this examination presents evidence that the Medicaid program itself is also playing a role in driving the opioid epidemic,” said Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chairman of the panel.

“This facet of the opioid epidemic cannot be ignored. It is my hope that HHS and CMS will do a thorough review of Medicaid and work to stem the opioid epidemic,” he added.

Key Findings of the report are:

  • Medicaid has contributed to the nation’s opioid epidemic by establishing a series of incentives that make it enormously profitable to abuse and sell dangerous drugs.
  • At least 1,072 people have been convicted or charged nationwide since 2010 for improperly using Medicaid to obtain prescription opioids, some of which were then resold on the nation’s streets. The number of criminal defendants increased 18 percent in the four years after Medicaid expanded, 2014-2017, compared to the four years prior to Medicaid expansion.
  • The criminal activities range from beneficiaries simply selling opioids they obtained through the Medicaid program to more attenuated health care fraud involving Medicaid reimbursement.
  • The cases reflect massive frauds and bizarre twists, from a $1 billion scheme to defraud Medicaid and Medicare involving numerous health care providers, to a New York doctor and oxycodone distributor who blamed her actions on an alternative personality named “Nala.” 

  • Prosecutors are increasingly targeting suboxone—a drug that treats opioid addiction but itself can be addictive—meaning that the epidemic has reached the point where people are defrauding Medicaid using the very drugs designed to help the victims.
  • The case numbers are a conservative estimate, because evidence shows crime is under-reported; health care fraud in particular is rarely detected, including by government agencies; most health care fraud investigations never lead to prosecutions; and Medicaid anti-fraud efforts have fallen short. 
  • More than 80 percent of the 298 separate Medicaid-opioids cases identified were filed in Medicaid expansion states, led by New York, Michigan, Louisiana, New Jersey, and Ohio. The number of criminal cases increased 55 percent in the first four years after Medicaid expansion, from 2014 to 2017, compared to the four-year period before expansion.
  • Other preliminary data suggests a connection between Medicaid expansion and opioid abuse. Drug overdose deaths per one million people are rising nearly twice as fast in expansion states as non-expansion states, while opioid-related hospital stays paid for by Medicaid massively spiked after expansion.
  • Medicaid spending to treat victims is escalating, especially in expansion states. Spending on a single opioid overdose medication, for example, increased an astonishing 90,205 percent between 2011 and 2016, with costs rising “most notably after 2014.”
  • Other federal programs are also being exploited to obtain or sell opioids.  In preliminary research, majority staff found 243 instances in recent years of opioid-related Medicare fraud.  In November 2017 alone, the Department of Veterans Affairs had 60 ongoing criminal investigations concerning diversion of opioids.   Majority staff also found instances of opioid-related fraud in the food stamp program involving dangerous drugs such as oxycodone, vicodin, hydrocodone, and morphine.

As for Obamacare itself, critics of a key requirement of the law — reimbursements depending on “Patient Satisfaction Scores” — have also been blamed for an increase in opioid prescriptions and abuse.

As Time magazine reported in April 2016:

As part of an Obama­care initiative meant to reward quality care, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is allocating some $1.5 billion in Medicare payments to hospitals based on criteria that include patient-­satisfaction surveys. Among the questions: “During this hospital stay, how often did the hospital staff do everything they could to help you with your pain?” And: “How often was your pain well controlled?”

Essentially, Obamacare’s Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement rates are at least partially tied to how well a patient scores his or her pain management.

In order to receive better scores — and higher reimbursement — doctors and primary care providers had a tendency to prescribe more painkillers.

“The government is telling us we need to make sure a patient’s pain is under control,”  Dr. Nick Sawyer, a health-­policy fellow at the UC Davis Department of emergency medicine, told Time. “It’s hard to make them happy without a narcotic. This policy is leading to ongoing opioid abuse.”

The National Sentinel‘s editor-in-chief J. D. Heyes said the Senate report’s findings don’t surprise him.

“Once again we find that big government manipulation of the private sector creates more problems than it ever solves,” he said. “It’d be nice if Congress would — especially Democrats — would learn this lesson.”

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Trump on FISA memo’s revelations: ‘I think it’s a disgrace’; president MUST pardon anyone caught up in crosshairs of special counsel Mueller

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(National SentinelClean House: As you might have guessed, President Donald J. Trump — the subject of one the biggest political hit jobs in the history of the republic — was none too happy about the findings of the House Intelligence Committee contained in the so-called “FISA memo” released on Friday.

“I think it’s terrible,” Trump said, as quoted by The Associated Press. “You want to know the truth. I think it’s a disgrace. What’s going on in this country, I think it’s a disgrace.”

As reported by NewsTarget, the memo reveals “serial abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court by upper echelon officials in the FBI and Justice Department to prevent [Trump] from becoming president, and to undermine him after he defeated Hillary Clinton in November 2016.”

The four-page memo goes on, noting that Clinton, several U.S. media outlets, top-ranking figures within DOJ and FBI including some that are still serving, and others conspired to create a bogus “dossier” full of false and salacious charges that purportedly came from Russian “sources,” and then pretend it was a legitimate intelligence document in order to secure a top-secret surveillance warrant so the Obama regime could spy on the Trump campaign. (Related: FISA memo released — bombshell report reveals MASSIVE Deep State conspiracy to keep Donald Trump out of the White House)

These same people knew that the dossier — which was paid for by the Clinton campaign through a third-party law firm (because ol’ Hill is so cloak-and-dagger) — was just a political document, not real intelligence.

So yeah, it certainly is a “disgrace” all of this happened.

But it goes much deeper than that. It’s also criminal. At least it has been so far for Carter Page, the principal Trump campaign official put under surveillance by political appointees and others within the DOJ and FBI. And former national security advisor Michael Flynn, indicted and convicted of “lying” to the FBI. And others caught up in this web of deceit.

But it’s also criminal because certain officials within the FBI and DOJ willfully misrepresented “evidence” before a federal court — the FISA court — in order to obtain a surveillance warrant so they could improperly spy on an American citizen.

Like the Gestapo, or Stasi, or KGB.

There is no other choice for the president: He must fire Robert Mueller, whose appointment was also based on this same bogus information; he must fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who signed off on the bogus FISA warrant application at least twice and who appointed Mueller knowing the Trump dossier was opposition research and not intelligence; and he must pardon Flynn (and maybe Page someday) since they have were ensnared in a political operation.

A version of this report first appeared at NewsTarget.com.

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Trump STORMS Davos: ‘Invest in AMERICA’ speech will turn prez into ROCK star

(National SentinelAmerica First: President Donald J. Trump arrived at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Thursday, set to deliver a speech on Friday that will echo his “America First” policy approach.

Trump noted that his administration wants “peace and prosperity,” while also offering better trade deals in his appeal for companies to invest in the United States.

“I think the real message is we want great prosperity and we want great peace,” Trump — who was clearly in his element among business and economic leaders — said after holding back-to-back meetings with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

As for investing in America, “It’s been going really well. A lot of people are coming back to the United States,” he said. “We are seeing tremendous investment. And today’s been a very exciting day, very great day and great for our country.”

White House officials noted that Trump will give a full-throated “America first” message to conference attendees during his highlighted and anticipated speech Friday, but the reiterated that the principle doesn’t mean the U.S. won’t engage globally.

“America First’ does mean working with the rest of the world,’ said Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who is leading the largest U.S. delegation ever to attend the exclusive gathering. “It just means that President Trump is looking out for American workers and American interests, no different than he expects other leaders would look out for their own.”

The Dow Jones Industrial Average initially rose 200 points after Trump’s well-received arrival in Davos, but then fell to around 167 points later in the day. Still, the index reached another record high.

Also, Trump’s approval rating popped to 45 percent on additional good economic news that the U.S. economy could hit a “trifecta” of 3 percent growth for three consecutive quarters — something that hasn’t happened since 2005.

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Deep State WAR against TRUMP proves how out-of-control our government REALLY IS

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(National SentinelSubversive: Days before President-elect Donald J. Trump was inaugurated, Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer of New York issued a warning to the incoming commander-in-chief: Don’t pick a fight with the U.S. intelligence community.

Specifically, Schumer was responding to Trump’s criticism of reports that U.S. intelligence agencies had clear evidence that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election to help Trump defeat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, ostensibly because Moscow ‘didn’t like Clinton.’

During a January 2017 interview on reliably statist and Left-wing MSNBC, Schumer said the president-elect was being “really dumb” in ‘picking a fight’ with the intelligence community.

“Let me tell you: You take on the intelligence community — they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,” Schumer cryptically said. “So, even for a practical, supposedly hard-nosed businessman, he’s being really dumb to do this.”

Think about that for a moment. Here was an establishment politician — a Democrat, sure, but more than anything else an establishment politician — admitting that the Deep State was more powerful than the president of the United States, the person to which the intelligence community is supposed to answer (as well as the American people).

Schumer was also tacitly admitting that the intelligence community — part and parcel of the Deep State — was also more powerful than Congress, which is supposed to have oversight responsibility.

How could that be? How could it be that the intelligence apparatus of the United States has become a power unto itself, beyond the scope of the Executive Branch and beyond the control of Congress?

Could it be that over the years and decades, there was an intentional effort by past presidents and members of the political establishment in both parties to establish the intelligence community as the de facto head of the country? Because for all intents and purposes, it now is.

As NationalSecurity.news noted in a December 2016 analysis, intelligence community’s narrative that Trump and Russia ‘colluded’ to ‘steal the election’ from Hillary Clinton because President Vladimir Putin had a personal animus against her never made any sense. We now know why (though we suspected even back then): The Clintons have so many nefarious, nebulous ties to Putin and his government she would, as president, be beholden to anything he wanted. She would have become the Russian mole in the White House.

But instead, we’ve been lead to believe it’s Trump who’s the Manchurian president. And it’s all been based on a narrative that has been manufactured by a politicized U.S. justice system, FBI, and Deep State intelligence apparatus. (Related: DEEP STATE: Rep. Jordan says FBI paid for, then based its Team Trump probe on BOGUS ‘dossier’.)

Republicans in Congress increasingly believe, for instance, that the Obama administration — nay, the former president himself — was behind a plot to destroy Trump’s candidacy, then his presidency after he unexpectedly beat Clinton in November 2016. We’re discovering more and more by the day now, as ours and other alternative media outlets publish more information about how the Obama regime manipulated the FISA court to obtain a surveillance warrant so they could spy on Trump’s campaign.

We’re discovering that the so-called “Trump dossier” was likely used to justify that warrant, despite the fact that is complete garbage. We’re learning that operatives within the FBI and Justice Department were involved in its creation. We’ve learned that it was originally supposed to be opposition research, paid for by Trump’s opponent.

And, we’re likely to learn that Obama was orchestrating all of it, which — if true — proves that the Deep State not only exists, but that it’s a super-nationalist force that operates outside of the confines of the Constitution, Congress, and even the presidency itself.

There is much more to come regarding this subject. Stay tuned. Read DeepState.news for more details.

This report was originally published at Trump.news.

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Goodwin: ‘FBI leaders BETRAYED NATION to PICK the president’

(National SentinelPanic Mode: A growing body of evidence suggests that a massive scandal is brewing at the FBI and the Justice Department that, if true, is likely to have long-ranging negative implications for the nation, writes Michael Goodwin at the New York Post.

Comparing the current situation with the 2007-2009 Great Recession, when lawmakers and President Obama bailed out banks after declaring them “too big to fail,” Goodwin sees the burgeoning scandal involving the nation’s — and the world’s — premier law enforcement agency as “too big to believe.”

“Yet each day brings credible reports suggesting there is a massive scandal involving the top ranks of America’s premier law enforcement agency,” Goodwin writes.

“The reports, which feature talk among agents of a ‘secret society‘ and suddenly missing text messages, point to the existence both of a cabal dedicated to defeating Donald Trump in 2016 and of a plan to let Hillary Clinton skate free in the classified email probe.

“If either one is true — and I believe both probably are — it would mean FBI leaders betrayed the nation by abusing their powers in a bid to pick the president,” he said.

The columnist noted that it also seems likely, based on reporting and some credible evidence, that the Clinton-financed “Trump dossier” — which was supposed to be political opposition research — was used by the FBI to obtain a FISA court warrant so it could spy on a political campaign.

Goodwin (and others) also believe that the FBI got approval for a counterintelligence surveillance warrant to spy on Team Trump by representing the dossier as real intelligence — without telling the court it was oppo-research and that none of it had been substantiated.

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Legal experts agree that would constitute a crime.

“I believe this will not end just with firings. I believe there are people who will go to jail. I was very persuaded by the evidence,” Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., told Fox News‘ “Hannity” program last week.

What’s more, writes Goodwin, “there is growing reason to believe someone in President Barack Obama’s administration turned over classified information about Trump to the Clinton campaign.”

One former federal prosecutor, Joseph diGenova, said, “It doesn’t get worse than that.” He also believes Trump knew about what had taken place early on, which is why he declared in March 2017 that Obama “wiretapped” him.

“These and other elements combine to make a toxic brew that smells to high heaven, but most Americans don’t know much about it,” Goodwin wrote. “Mainstream media coverage has been sparse and dismissive and there’s a blackout from the same Democrats obsessed with Russia, Russia, Russia.”

Thankfully, Goodwin notes, there are lawmakers working to get to the bottom of what went on. One of them is House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who — along with Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. — have authored a “FISA memo” that allegedly details massive abuse within the FBI and DoJ of the FISA court, as it related to spying on the Trump campaign.

At present, those and other Republican lawmakers are working to get that top secret memo to the White House, where they believe President Trump will declassify it and allow it to be released to the public.

The contents of the memo, according to sources who spoke with Fox News contributor and investigative reporter Sara A. Carter, are so “explosive” they could spell a quick end to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of the Trump campaign and transition team.

Gaetz agreed, saying, “I believe that once the American people have the opportunity to evaluate the allegations and claims in this memo, it will become evident the activities of the last administration, the crimes I believe were committed, and the total sham that this Mueller investigation is, built on a false premise and rotten to the core.”

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There IS a DEEP STATE! Text messages reveal SECRET SOCIETY within Justice, FBI, working AGAINST TRUMP (Video)

(National SentinelBombshell: Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Monday that disgraced FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and his mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, exchanged some 50,000 text messages, but added that figure does not include five months’ worth of ‘missing’ texts the bureau said were lost in a database glitch.

“We will leave no stone unturned to confirm with certainty why these text messages are not now available to be produced and will use every technology available to determine whether the missing messages are recoverable from another source,” Sessions said in a statement provided to Fox News. “If we are successful, we will update the congressional committees immediately.”

The missing messages cover a crucial window, as the gap occurs between the presidential transition and the launch of Robert Mueller’s Russia probe — where both officials previously were assigned.

After reviewing all of those messages, Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, told Fox News he believes there is a “secret society” within the Justice Department and the FBI that worked feverishly to undermine Donald J. Trump’s candidacy and presidency.

“What we learned today in the thousands of text messages that we’ve reviewed that perhaps they may not have done that (checked their bias at the door),” he said.

“There’s certainly a factual basis to question whether or not they acted on that bias. We know about this insurance policy that was referenced in trying to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president,” he continued.

“We learned today from information that in the immediate aftermath of his election that there may have been a ‘secret society’ of folks within the Department of Justice and the FBI to include Page and Strzok to be working against him,” the Texas lawmaker said, in a bombshell.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., also reviewed the texts with Radcliffe. Watch:

Regarding the missing texts, which Gowdy and Radcliffe found incredulous, Sessions noted further: “I have spoken to the Inspector General and a review is already underway to ascertain what occurred and to determine if these records can be recovered in any other way. If any wrongdoing were to be found to have caused this gap, appropriate legal disciplinary action measures will be taken.”

“We need to get to the bottom of it and find out what exactly happened,” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told Fox News.

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Their turn: Top DEM threatens govt. shutdown if illegal alien DACA recipients aren’t given PATH to citizenship

(National SentinelThreat: During President Obama’s tenure, Democrats once chastised Republicans for allegedly being responsible for a government shutdown over their refusal to agree to spending increases.

GOP lawmakers were widely criticized by Democrats and the establishment media over the 16-day shutdown, receiving the lion’s share of the blame.

Now, a top Democrat is threatening another government closure if an immigration reform bill lawmakers are debating does not contain a provision to legalize some 800,000-1 million illegal aliens protected from deportation under an Obama-era executive order.

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., told ABC News‘ “This Week” on Sunday, “I, for one, will not vote on government funding until we get a deal for DACA,” the acronym for the Obama program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

In September, President Donald J. Trump rescinded the order and gave Congress six months to fix it.

Last week, a federal court in the U.S. Ninth District issued a temporary order barring Trump’s rescinding order from taking effect, but that decision is widely expected to be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court at some point.

Here is Lewis on yesterday’s This Week program:

DACA was initiated via executive order by Obama in June 2012. At the time it was heavily criticized by Republicans and a number of state attorneys general as an unconstitutional move by the Executive Branch to unilaterally change immigration law.

But several Democrat-run states sued the administration over its lifting of DACA, and last week, U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco, part of the oft-overturned Ninth Circuit, blocked the order.

A recently leaked memo from the Democratic Party indicates that party strategy moving forward is to ensure that as many illegal aliens as possible receive citizenship because it is believed most of them will vote for Democratic candidates.

The memo, co-written by former Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri, was distributed to allies who are calling on congressional Democrats to “refuse to offer any votes for Republican spending bills that do not offer a fix for Dreamers and instead appropriate funds to deport them.”

“The fight to protect Dreamers is not only a moral imperative, it is also a critical component of the Democratic Party’s future electoral success,” reads Palmieri’s memo.

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Promise KEPT: Govt. shrinks dramatically in Trump’s FIRST year; pledges ‘MORE to come’

(National SentinelLess is More: During his campaign, then-GOP candidate Donald J. Trump pledged to dramatically reduce the size, scope, and reach of the federal bureaucracy. A year into his first term, and by any standard, the president has begun to deliver on his pledge.

As reported by The Washington Post, the shift to a leaner, less expensive, less powerful and more efficient federal workforce has long been sought by conservatives. At Trump’s current pace, the paper said, the federal workforce could eventually shrink to levels not seen in decades.

“By the end of September, all Cabinet departments except Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs and Interior had fewer permanent staff than when Trump took office in January — with most shedding many hundreds of employees, according to an analysis of federal personnel data by The Washington Post,” the paper reported.

“The diminishing federal footprint comes after Trump promised in last year’s campaign to ‘cut so much your head will spin,’ and it reverses a boost in hiring under President Barack Obama. The falloff has been driven by an exodus of civil servants, a diminished corps of political appointees and an effective hiring freeze,” the Post continued.

Though Congress failed again to pass a budget during Trump’s first year, the dramatic spending cuts that the president introduced in the spring, which would reduce outlays for some agencies by as much as 30 percent, has led to a spending slowdown, officials as several agencies said.

Additional cuts are on the horizon.

The White House has warned federal agencies to expect more of the same budget reduction efforts in the 2019 budget, which the administration plans to announced in early next year.

The cuts are part of the White House’s effort to pay for the tax cut by lowering the federal deficit, another Trump pledge.

The climate among federal workers has also changed, the Post noted. For instance, hundreds who were fearful that their jobs could be slashed have already voluntarily departed for employment elsewhere.

Others were miffed by new rules laid out by supervisors aimed at holding poorly performing workers and problem employees to account.

A hiring freeze that Trump implemented via executive order but was technically lifted in the spring remains in effect at many agencies, the paper noted.

Meanwhile, Democrats have held up presidential appointments, leading to leadership vacuums at some agencies.

Tony Reardon, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents 150,000 federal workers at more than 30 agencies, told the Post that “morale has never been lower” among the federal workforce.

But the administration refuted that, citing an employee survey taken earlier this year that showed an uptick in morale across most federal agencies.

In a statement, White House spokesman Raj Shah said Trump “is committed to streamlining government for the 21st century, reducing bloat, duplication and waste, and focusing resources on key priorities like public safety and protecting our nation’s homeland.”

Conservatives are elated at the Trump administration’s progress.

“This is going very well,” said tax reform activist Grover Norquist. “Slow and steady — for all the bluster, this is how you downsize government without engendering blowback.”

For his part, Trump on Sunday tweeted that there was “more to come” in 2018.

“Jobs are kicking in and companies are coming back to the U.S. Unnecessary regulations and high taxes are being dramatically Cut, and it will only get better. MUCH MORE TO COME!” he said.

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Trump wants to end welfare as Bill Clinton knew it

(National SentinelWelfare Reform: Candidate Bill Clinton ran on a presidential platform of ending “welfare as we know it” in the early 1990s, and with Republican help, he was able to substantially reform the system.

But now President Donald J. Trump wants to put his name on further reforms of a benefits system because he says “people are taking advantage” of it, The Associated Press reported Friday.

The president has hinted for some time he’s interested in overhauling the system. One of the hallmarks of Clinton-era reform was adding work requirements for most benefits recipients, a provision that was credited with moving millions off the dole and substantially reducing federal and state layouts.

But President Obama, via executive order, largely did away with the work requirement, which then led to a spike in enrollment.

Now Trump — who has already closed potential loopholes in Obama’s initial order — seeks to pare those rolls again as the country rebounds economically and companies are beginning to hire more.

Last week the president said he would like to tackle welfare reform after Congress addresses his tax overhaul, which he wants done by the end of the year. He said that changes were “desperately needed in our country” and that soon, the White House would offer a plan, the AP reported.

Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said more specifics were likely early next year, but the White House has already begun working on a plan and Trump has broached the subject with some Republican lawmakers.

The AP reported further:

Paul Winfree, director of budget policy and deputy director of Trump’s Domestic Policy Council, told a recent gathering at the conservative Heritage Foundation that he and another staffer had been charged with “working on a major welfare reform proposal.” He said they have drafted an executive order on the topic that would outline administration principles and direct agencies to come up with recommendations.

“The president really wants to lead on this,” Winfree said. “He has delivered that message loud and clear to us. We’ve opened conversations with leadership in Congress to let them know that that is the direction we are heading.”

FO-300x250-1Last month, Trump said welfare was “becoming a very, very big subject, and people are taking advantage of the system.”

Included in Clinton’s reform were provisions to provide block grants to states so local officials could better manage expenditures and time limits for families to receive benefits before they would be required to find some form of paid employment.

Earlier this year Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s budget director, said, “If you are on food stamps and you are able-bodied, we need you to go to work.”

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GOP Rep says ‘we now have evidence’ FBI botched Hillary email investigation

(National SentinelClinton Scandals: A Republican congressman said Friday that “we now have evidence” of FBI malfeasance in the investigation of then-Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton’s improper use of a private email server as secretary of state.

Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, who is also a member of the House Judiciary Committee, told Fox News that the bureau gave the 2016 investigation a “special status.”

He added that the process afforded Clinton by the FBI, then headed by James Comey, afforded Clinton a process that would not have been given to “any other American.”

“We now have evidence that the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton did not follow normal and standard procedures,” he said. “The current deputy director of the FBI Andrew McCabe sent emails just weeks before the presidential election saying that the Hillary Clinton investigation would be special — that it would be handled by a small team at headquarters, that it would be given special status.”

Continuing, Gaetz said, “Combine that with the fact that Attorney General Loretta Lynch told the James Comey to call this ‘a matter’ and not an investigation. That she met with Bill Clinton on the tarmac and that James Comey himself has admitted in testimony that he drafted the exoneration statement of Hillary Clinton before even interviewing her or other key witnesses.

“We seem to have a departure from the normal application of the law. And we will be calling for a full review by the Judiciary Committee of the processes and procedures that potentially gave Hillary Clinton a different process and a different standard of justice than would be applied to any other American,” he added.

In recent days, Attorney General Jeff Sessions hinted that he may appoint a second special counsel to investigate additional allegations against Clinton pertaining to the Uranium One deal and donations to the Clinton Foundation.

Previous reports noted that the FBI, then led by current special counsel Robert Mueller, had evidence of corruption involving the deal before it was made, but failed to act on it.

The bureau turned up evidence of collusion, racketeering, bribery and payoffs between Russian nuclear company interests tied to President Vladimir Putin and the Clinton Foundation way back in 2010, according to The Hill.

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House Majority Leader McCarthy tax reform talk: ‘I don’t think we should punish people for being successful’

(National SentinelTax Reform: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said this morning during a discussion about tax reform and tax rates that the federal government ought not to be in the business of using its tax code to punish success.

“I don’t think we should punish people for being successful,” McCarthy said Monday morning on CNBC‘s “Squawk Box” program.

House GOP leaders are expected to reveal their tax reform bill on Wednesday, a source told the financial news network.

The plan comes after the House narrowly approved a Senate budget on Thursday, which was viewed as a critical first step towards tax reform later this year.

The Republican plan would dramatically reduce individual and corporate tax rates. Also, Republicans want to dramatically simplify the tax code because they say that will also improve compliance and tax collection.

President Donald Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers on Friday released a new report, which predicts corporate tax cuts alone will produce gross domestic product growth of between 3 and 5 percent, CNBC reported.

Growth may even be better. The economy already expanded 3 percent in each of the previous two quarters of this year.

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Mueller to announce first indictment Monday in Trump ‘collusion’ probe

(National SentinelTeam Trump: Special counsel Robert Mueller is set to announce the first indictment in his probe of alleged “collusion” between members of the Trump campaign and Russia during last year’s election on Monday, two sources leaked to NBC News.

The sources did not disclose who was set to be indicted or the nature of the charges but did confirm that the announcement would be made tomorrow.

On Friday, CNN was the first to report the Mueller’s office was set to announce its first indictment in the probe in what appeared to be a targeted leak to a friendly news outlet. CNN has been reliably ant-Trump administration throughout President Donald J. Trump’s short tenure.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, slammed the leaks, saying that it was obvious someone “violated their oath” of secrecy.

“In the only conversation I’ve had with Robert Mueller, I stressed to him the importance of cutting out the leaks,” Gowdy told “Fox News Sunday.” “It’s kind of ironic that the people charged with investigating the law and the violations of the law would violate the law.”

Gowdy, himself a former federal prosecutor, added: “Make no mistake, disclosing grand jury material is a violation of the law. Somebody violated their oath of secrecy.”

The charges come as calls came last week for Mueller, a former FBI director, to resign. Mueller was head of the bureau when it discovered evidence that Russian operatives were violating laws against racketeering via money laundering and bribery as they worked to get the sale of a Canadian firm company with uranium holdings in the U.S. approved. The company, Uranium One, was eventually sold to Russian state-owned nuclear company Rosatom, which gained control over 20 percent of all strategic U.S. uranium in the deal.

The sale was approved by the Obama administration, which went ahead despite the FBI’s discovery of law-breaking. Reports noted that Mueller failed to notify Congress of the bureau’s findings.

Fox News also reported that Mueller’s investigatory tactics have also been called into question. During a raid by the FBI in July of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s Virginia home,  a source close to the investigation told Fox News at the time the scope of the search was “heavy-handed, designed to intimidate.”

red-alert-FO-160x600In addition, the prosecutor Mueller tapped to help lead the investigation has also come in for some scrutiny. Sydney Powell, a former federal prosecutor, recently wrote about Weissmann in a piece titled, “Judging by Mueller’s staffing choices he may not be very interested in justice.”

Andrew Weissmann, the prosecutor tapped by Mueller to help lead the investigation, has also received criticism. Sidney Powell, a former federal prosecutor recently wrote about Weissman in a piece titled, “Judging by Mueller’s staffing choices, he may not be very interested in justice.”

He accused Weissmann — who once directed the Enron task force — of “prosecutorial overreach” and said that members of Trump’s campaign team could be subject to similar judicial abuse.

“What was supposed to have been a search for Russia’s cyberspace intrusions into our electoral politics has morphed into a malevolent mission targeting friends, family and colleagues of the president,” Powell wrote in The Hill. “The Mueller investigation has become an all-out assault to find crimes to pin on them — and it won’t matter if there are no crimes to be found. This team can make some.”

Powell went on to cite a number of cases where Weissmann won convictions that were later overturned.

There has been speculation that former Trump campaign chairman Manafort and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn as likely targets.

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WSJ to special counsel Robert Mueller: ‘Resign’

(National SentinelCompromised Investigator: The editorial board of The Wall Street Journal has called on special counsel Robert Mueller to resign from his investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election because he lacks the “critical distance” to analyze recent revelations about the FBI’s role in the story.

“It is no slur against Mr. Mueller’s integrity to say that he lacks the critical distance to conduct a credible probe of the bureau he ran for a dozen years,” the Journal’s editorial board wrote. “He could best serve the country by resigning to prevent further political turmoil over that conflict of interest.”

The editorial concerned revelations this week that suggest the FBI, under his directorship, had uncovered evidence in 2009 of Russian bribery and money laundering in the United States ahead of a decision in 2010 by the Obama White House to give approval of the partial sale of Canadian firm Uranium One to Rosatom, a Russian energy firm with ties to the Kremlin.

The deal gave Moscow control over 20 percent of U.S. strategic uranium. At the time of the sale, Hillary Clinton — who had a role in approving it — was Obama’s secretary of state. Other reports noted that millions of dollars flowed to her and her husband Bill Clinton’s foundation, as well as the former president directly, from Russian and Canadian interests tied to the sale.

Breitbart News reported:

Government Accountability Institute (GAI) President and Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer broke the Uranium One scandal in his book Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich. He reported that Clinton’s State Department, along with other federal agencies, approved the transfer of 20 percent of all U.S. uranium to Russia and that nine foreign investors in the deal gave $145 million to the Clinton Foundation.

The controversy re-emerged last week after The Hill reported that the FBI uncovered “substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering” to expand Russia’s nuclear footprint in the U.S. as early as 2009.

However, neither the FBI under Mueller nor the Justice Department told Congress — or the American people — about Russian operatives’ racketeering charges.

“The FBI also reportedly found evidence that Russian officials routed ‘millions of dollars’ to the U.S. to be funneled into the Clinton Foundation — at a time when Hillary Clinton was serving as secretary of state and served on the government body that approved the deal,” Breitbart noted.

And yet, Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — an Obama appointee — to investigate alleged collusion between President Donald J. Trump’s campaign and Russia.

WSJ editors are now that because of recent revelations, the FBI’s role in hiding what it knew about Russian operatives involved in the Uranium One deal should be investigated, but obviously, Mueller can’t do it because he was likely involved. He ran the FBI from 2001-2013.

Also at issue is the infamous Trump dossier, which the FBI may have used to justify obtaining a FISA warrant to put members of Trump’s campaign — and perhaps the president himself — under surveillance by a political rival at the height of a presidential campaign.

“The more troubling question is whether the FBI played a role, even if inadvertently, in assisting a Russian disinformation campaign. We know the agency possessed the dossier in 2016, and according to media reports it debated paying [dossier created Christopher Steele] to continue his work in the run-up to the election. This occurred while former FBI Director James Comey was ramping up his probe into supposed ties between the Trump campaign and Russians,” the WSJ noted.

“All of this also raises questions about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. The Fusion news means the FBI’s role in Russia’s election interference must now be investigated—even as the FBI and Justice insist that Mr. Mueller’s probe prevents them from cooperating with Congressional investigators,” the paper said.

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Congress looking into whether Obama DoJ used bogus ‘Trump dossier’ to obtain secret surveillance warrants

(National SentinelCorruption: Republicans in the House and Senate are trying to find out if the corrupt, politicized Obama Dept. of Justice took a bogus “dossier” on then-GOP presidential contender Donald J. Trump before a secret court in order to justify spying on the Trump campaign.

The Daily Caller reports that GOP leaders in both chambers want to know if the phony dossier was used as real “evidence” to obtain surveillance warrants from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court, which meets in secret and whose proceedings are not publicized:

The FBI used the dossier to secure permission to monitor the communications of Trump associate Carter Page, based on U.S. officials briefed on the Russia investigation, CNN reported in April.

The latest inquiries began Oct. 4, when the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence subpoenaed Fusion GPS, a political opposition research firm based in Washington, D.C., to appear before the committee and turn over bank documents. The committee is also seeking all Justice Department applications before the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court, also called the FISA court, to determine if any of the applicants rely on information from the dossier.

On Oct. 4, Senate Judiciary Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, asked FBI Director Chris Wray if his agency, well before his arrival as its head, may have improperly presented the dossier before the FISA court. At the time, FBI Director James Comey presided over the bureau and Attorney General Loretta Lynch oversaw the Justice Department.

Behind the dossier’s creation was Fusion GPS, a Democrat-aligned opposition research firm that hired ex-British spy Christopher Steele to gather data on Team Trump. The resultant 35-page dossier was full of salacious and outrageous claims, none of which have ever been substantiated.

In fact, Steele himself has said none of the data can be verified.

Politicizing the FBI, Justice Department, State Department and other federal agencies charged with federal law enforcement and intelligence-gathering to this extent is unprecedented in the modern era and is a huge scandal that, of course, the so-called “mainstream” media is ignoring because…Obama.

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Assange says he’ll provide evidence Russian collusion, hacking narrative FALSE in exchange for pardon

(National SentinelFalse Narrative: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has said all along that the Russians did not provide him the documents related to the Clinton campaign that he leaked last year, now says he’s willing to trade evidence of this to authorities in exchange for a pardon.

As reported by PJ Media, Assange has already made the offer, but President Donald J. Trump told reporters earlier this week he has “never heard” of it.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., told The Daily Caller that aides in the White House are not permitting the deal to go through, as much of ‘official Washington’ either doesn’t believe Assange or considers him a national security threat after previously leaking information about NSA, CIA, and U.S. government operations.

“I  think the president’s answer indicates that there is a wall around him that is being created by people who do not want to expose this fraud that there was collusion between our intelligence community and the leaders of the Democratic Party,” Rohrabacher said.

“The congressman spoke to chief of staff John Kelly two weeks ago about the potential deal with Assange,” The Daily Caller reported. “The Wall Street Journal reported that Kelly told Rohrabacher to bring the information to the intelligence community.”

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“This would have to be a cooperative effort between his own staff and the leadership in the intelligence communities to try to prevent the president from making the decision as to whether or not he wants to take the steps necessary to expose this horrendous lie that was shoved down the American people’s throats so incredibly earlier this year,” Rohrabacher said.

The congressmen met with Assange at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he has been in exile for years. But, as reported by One America News Network he said he has yet to see the information that Assange claims to have.

Rohrabacher said that he needs Trump to be on board with a preemptive pardon before the information can be exchanged.

The U.S. intelligence community has repeatedly claimed that Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign last year, then leaked the information to WikiLeaks in order to help Trump win the election. It’s important to note that throughout its 11-year history, WikiLeaks has never been proven wrong.

The president has also called the narrative false. So, too, have former officials with the Trump campaign, including longtime Trump associate Roger Stone. He told OANN recently that the allegations are false.

“I am aware of no evidence whatsoever of collusion by the Russian state or anyone in the Trump campaign or anyone associated with Donald Trump,” he told reporters earlier this week after testifying behind closed doors, and reportedly not under oath, before the House Intelligence Committee to answer questions related to the Trump-Russia narrative.

Before he appeared, Stone released a statement criticizing Democrats on the panel for making “false” and “irresponsible” statements and claims regarding the alleged collusion.

“I am most interested in correcting a number of falsehoods, misstatements, and misimpressions regarding allegations of collusion between Donald Trump, Trump associates, the Trump Campaign and the Russian state,” he wrote.

“I view this as a political proceeding because a number of members of this Committee have made irresponsible, indisputably, and provably false statements in order to create the impression of collusion with the Russian state without any evidence that would hold up in a U.S. court of law or the court of public opinion.”

As for Trump being in the dark about all of this, Rohrabacher said, “This would have to be a cooperative effort between his own staff and the leadership in the intelligence communities to try to prevent the president from making the decision as to whether or not he wants to take the steps necessary to expose this horrendous lie that was shoved down the American people’s throats so incredibly earlier this year.”

His comments have been carried in a number of media outlets, but it has recently been reported that Kelly is blocking certain news articles from reaching the president’s desk.

“This happens in every administration, and it’s a great disservice to the president,” said the congressman, who once worked as a speechwriter in the Reagan administration.

“I am confident that if the president is permitted to know that this avenue is open to him to debunk the horrible lie that was told to the American people about him stealing the election with the help of the Russians… that I think the president will accept it if he’s permitted to know,” he said.

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