Church leaders are upset after a recent article in The New York Times revealed that the Internal Revenue Service can use undercover agents disguised as members of the clergy as a means to gather privileged information.
Following the Times' report last weekend that over 40 federal agencies use undercover agents disguised as attorneys, doctors, news media and other positions to gain access to privileged information, church leaders are appalled to find out that IRS agents are also allowed to pose as clergy, even though the agency doesn't have a crime-fighting function that warrants such a use of undercover tactics.
In a Tuesday interview with The Christian Post, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, Rev. Patrick Mahoney, said he thinks it's an "absolute disgrace" that the IRS is allowed use undercover agents disguised as clergy. He added that he couldn't think of any justifiable reasons as to why the agency should be allowed to disguise agents as clergy. more >>
"Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage and basically, you know, call it the stupidity of the American voter." Jonathan Gruber on passing ObamaCare
The Obama legacy is not quite written. What we have so far is an arrogant administration contemptuous of the Constitution, transparency in government, and the American voter. Its members disdain our two-and-a-half century American experience and seek to "transform" our great country.
Recently surfaced lectures and videos of one of the architects of ObamaCare, MIT professor Jonathan Gruber, exemplify this administration's hubris. Caught in rare moments of honesty, he describes Obama's game plan of deception and premeditated lying to the American people in order to pass the Affordable Care Act. In short, Gruber brags to fellow academic libs how they snookered the poor, dumb American voter to push through ObamaCare. He admits that "bending the cost curve downward" was just talk. more >>
A Fox Business reporter is accusing her former CNBC bosses of reprimanding her for pursuing reporting angles that pointed out the mathematical flaws in the president's Obamacare law.
Financial reporter Melissa Francis disclosed on her Fox Business program "Money with Melissa Francis" that when she worked for CNBC, she was told numerous times by her superiors to stop "disrespecting the office of the president" by reporting on what she called "the math of Obamacare."
Francis explained that while at CNBC she pointed out to her viewers that it's not possible to increase the number of people receiving health coverage, including those with preexisting conditions, and not have healthcare coverage cost more for most people. more >>
Ebola patient Dr. Martin Salia died in an Omaha hospital over the weekend after the U.S. State Department had him transported to the Nebraska Medical Center on Saturday for treatment.
Salia's wife, Isatu, shared her gratitude for the medical care her husband received, even though doctors were unable to save his life because the deadly virus was already in advanced stages.
"We're very grateful for the efforts of the team led by Dr. Phil Smith," Isatu said in a Monday statement, according to The Washington Post. "In the short time we spent here, it was apparent how caring and compassionate everyone was. We are so appreciative of the opportunity for my husband to be treated here and believe he was in the best place possible." more >>
Ebola has claimed its second victim in the United States, as Dr. Martin Salia died this weekend after being transported from Sierra Leone to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha for life-saving treatment. Salia's condition was critical, and the deadly virus was already in advanced stages.
Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the Biocontainment Unit at Nebraska Medical Center, released a statement breaking the news Monday morning.
"It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share this news," stated Smith. "Dr. Salia was extremely critical when he arrived here, and unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we weren't able to save him." more >>
If you've followed the news in the last few days, you've likely heard of Jonathan Gruber. If you haven't, you should. He "helped write" ObamaCare and was paid handsomely for it--$400,000 to be "a paid consultant to the Obama administration to help develop the technical details as well." That's according to Gruber himself.
So why is he in the news? Because he's been caught on tape multiple times calling Americans "stupid" and saying that taking advantage of voters' "stupidity" was key to getting ObamaCare passed.
Here's what he said in November 2013: "Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to get anything to pass." more >>