Jim Gilmore becomes 17th Republican to enter presidential race

12999393015_cd9e14c186_oFormer Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore announced Thursday that he’s entering the presidential race, making him the 17th Republican candidate to do so:

“I’ve been looking for someone to enter the race committed to by belief that America’s economic and national security is increasingly at risk,” he said in a video posted to Youtube. “But I haven’t seen a response from anyone that makes me certain about their knowledge or solutions to the threats facing our nation.”

Gilmore filed paperwork on Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission to make his run official.

Gilmore previously ran for president during the 2008 campaign, but dropped out of the race in July 2007 due to a lack of fundraising.

2016 exchange rate hikes: how big will they be?

obamacare-19-taxes-penalties-and-fees-Wilensky, Gail R

The proposed rate hikes for insurance premiums in the federally facilitated and state-based exchanges, announced in early June, once again have raised concerns about how affordable the plans in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be.

The ACA requires that health insurance companies offering individual or small-group plans hie their proposed rates each year by May 15 (or as late as June 5 in a few states that run their own exchanges). By June 1 (or June 19 for some states), all proposals for insurance rate increases that are greater than 9.9 percent along with their rate justifications are to be made public by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) or state regulators for a period of public comment. Final rates are to be posted publicly at the end of October, with the next enrollment period scheduled to begin Nov. 1. (The Supreme Court’sruling in King v. Burwell, which was expected in late June or early July, may affect enrollment plans in numerous states.)

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Senate Democrats asking gun dealers to expand background checks

Cabela's_angle_-_Tualatin,_OregonPerhaps propelled by Obama’s chagrin that he hasn’t succeeded in expanding federal gun control laws, Senate Democrats are banding together with Everytown for Gun Safety to appeal directly to gun dealers to expand background checks:

At issue are existing regulations that allow people to purchase guns at retail stores without completing a background check.

These stores must submit information about prospective gun buyers to the FBI so it can run background checks on them before the sale is made. In many cases, the background checks are instant and the sale is made on the spot. But sometimes it takes longer to complete.

If the FBI does not respond within three days, the store is allowed to move forward and make the sale.

Some retailers, including Wal-Mart, Sports Authority, and Dick’s Sporting Goods, already require a completed background check before a firearm sale can be made. However, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) wants other major retailers like Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shop to follow suit:

“That’s a voluntary decision by the gun dealers,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) told reporters Tuesday. “It’s a voluntary decision to enable a killer; it’s a voluntary choice to empower a murder.”

This stance clearly assumes that every person who isn’t lucky enough to instantly pass background check is a murderer-in-waiting. However, that just isn’t the case. Furthermore, the three-day “loophole” isn’t really a loophole at all:

According to the FBI, this is called a delayed response, where a would-be purchaser’s information matches that of someone with a similar name and description that has a criminal record which prohibits ownership of a firearm. This is a rare occurrence. Even Everytown’s petition to Cabela’s mentions it. The FBI has three days to procure additional information to either deny or approve the transaction. Yet, after three days, if no additional information is found, the transfer could legally go through with incomplete information, though the dealer isn’t required to do so. In cases where the background check is completed ending with the buyer being denied, the personnel at the National Instant Background Check System [NICS] inform the dealer. If the firearm was transferred, the ATF takes over, handling the matter as a “firearm retrieval referral.”

In other words, the federal government is pleading with gun retailers to follow a law that they already follow. It’s the decision of the business owner — and the business owner alone — on how to proceed given a delayed response. But, as per usual, the big government Democrats don’t believe that citizens are capable of making informed, responsible decisions.

Linda Tripp: Hillary Clinton ‘lacks the integrity’ to be president

hillary-clinton.jpeg1-1280x960Linda Tripp, the former Pentagon employee who outed Monica Lewinsky’s affair with President Bill Clinton, broke a near 20-year silence to warn America that Hillary Clinton “lacks the integrity” to be president.

In a scathing interview with the Daily Mail, Tripp describes Hillary as a “ruthless” monster who will stop at nothing to get what she wants:

“I think the most compelling thing about Hillary is that she will stop at nothing to achieve her end and that she views the public as plebeians easily seduced into believing her point of view,” Tripp told the Daily Mail.

Furthermore, Hillary has apparently had her sights set on the presidency for some time now:

The ultimate goal, from Day 1 of Bubba’s administration, was to ensure Hillary would rule 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. someday just like Bill, according to Tripp.

“This has been planned for so many years. I remember one of the quotes in my first week in the Oval Office which was the week after Clinton’s first inauguration,” the former civil servant said.

“Everybody had this little mantra, ‘Eight years for Bill. Eight years for Hill.’ And when I asked a senior person, ‘What does that mean?’ He said, ‘Well eight years for his administration and eight years for hers. So this is a runaway train. Nobody is going to stop it,’ ” Tripp said.

As for the current scandals surrounding Hillary, Tripp said she isn’t in the least bit surprised:

“The scandals simply continue. She covers them up and moves on. People should be aware that she is probably the first cabinet secretary in the history of our country who has operated with their own private server, for a reason,” Tripp said. “Every lowly government employee understands that electronic communication on government-operated computers belongs to the United States.”

She continued, “Hillary knows this and it’s why she chose to break the rules. Because every document written on a government device is a record and it is retrievable forever more. Hillary’s voluminous documents are not retrievable. She is answerable to no-one.”

Let’s be honest: Nothing that Tripp said is in any way shocking. It’s a well documented fact that Hillary Clinton is a baldfaced liar. And yet, she’ll still probably win the Democratic nomination.

On Capitol Hill, GOP fighting itself instead of Democrats

preview_eeb516db1105468896641ef0cda238a9-124eaced8ddf4f64ba2c8d1e6efd804b-0By ERICA WERNER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Republicans took full control of Congress this year, they were determined to show voters they could govern responsibly. Instead they’ve been tearing each other apart in extraordinarily public displays, delighting Democrats and giving some in the GOP heartburn as the party aims for the White House in 2016.

Just a few days ago, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz took to the Senate floor to accuse Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of lying, provoking a public dressing-down from top GOP senators.

A second tea party-backed senator, Mike Lee of Utah, had to dispense mea culpas to McConnell and others after an aide’s email surfaced suggesting outside groups should punish fellow Republicans for their votes.

And in the latest episode of Republican vs. Republican savagery in less than a week, a conservative lawmaker, Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, filed a resolution Tuesday evening aimed at unseating GOP House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio.

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