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MN State Rep Wants $329,000 Refund from Jonathan Gruber for Work With 'Beyond Laughable' Error Rates

Minnesota State Representative Greg Davids is calling for embattled MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber, the "architect" of Obamacare, to return all $329,000 he was paid by the state of Minnesota as a subcontractor on a 2011 contract to analyze the state's plan to develop its Obamacare health care exchange, MNSure.

On November 21, Davids sent a letter to Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson requesting her to investigate Gruber's work.

"In recent weeks," Davids wrote, "significant concerns have been raised regarding the contract between the State of Minnesota and Dr. Jonathan Gruber entered into in March 2011. In light of troubling remarks by Dr. Gruber and MNsure, I believe that a review of Dr. Gruber’s work, and payments made to him, is necessary."

On December 9, Davids sent a second letter to Swanson.

"Earlier today," Davids wrote, "in testimony before Congressional investigators, Dr. Jonathan Gruber refused to answer questions regarding compensation for his work with state-based insurance exchanges. The evasiveness displayed by Dr. Gruber reinforces my concerns expressed in the previous letter."

"I implore your office to investigate Dr. Gruber’s work and its relationship to MNsure’s fiscal troubles," Davids requested again, "and urge you to explore all possible remedies for recovering the taxpayer funds wasted on his report."

"To date," Davids told Breitbart News in an exclusive statement on Wednesday, "I have received word via phone call that the Attorney General's office was working on a response, but nothing in writing yet."

Davids blasted Gruber's projections for the state of Minnesota about enrollment for the state's health care exchange, MNSure, when it launched.

"MNsure, Dr. Gruber and Governor Dayton's Administration repeatedly guaranteed that the exchange would serve 1.3 million Minnesotans by 2016, including over 600,000 in commercial plans - a financial necessity to avoid a taxpayer bailout," Davids told Breitbart News.

"Those projections were so far off that it has proved absurd," Davids said.

"Instead of 500,000 private enrollees by the end of 2015, MNsure has repeatedly lowered Dr. Gruber's projections and now estimates that fewer than 70,000 will enroll in private plans by the end of next year," Davids added.

"The error rate for Dr. Gruber's work is beyond laughable," Davids stated.

"It is a shame," Davids continued, "that nearly $600,000 in public funds was used for projections that were inaccurate from the moment MNsure opened. The Dayton Administration has essentially used over $150 million in taxpayer money to build a broken IT system for public health programs."

Davids, who has served in the Minnesota House of Representatives since 1991, is scheduled to become Chairman of the powerful House Taxes Committee in January.

"There has been little to no transparency in Dr. Gruber's work with MNsure," Davids told Breitbart News. "Given that Dr. Gruber missed the deadline to submit his final report by four months - thereby avoiding scrutiny during the legislative process that led to MNsure's creation - it is sadly unsurprising that he may have failed to live up to other aspects of his taxpayer-funded contract," Davids concluded.

A Breitbart investigation into the state of Minnesota's 2011 contract in which Gruber was paid $329,000 as a subcontractor to develop economic projections using his proprietary Gruber Microsimulation Model has uncovered a disturbing pattern of billing practices that indicate a lack of oversight. April Todd-Malmlov, the former executive director of MNSure, the state's Obamacare health exchange, was the official responsible for that oversight.

Breitbart obtained copies of the Gruber invoices, the contract,  and the Gruber subcontract in a public records request filed with the state of Minnesota.

Though the contract, which was signed by former executive director Todd-Malmlov, clearly specifies that all Gruber's invoices should be itemized in detail, the invoices submitted by Gruber and paid by the state of Minnesota were notably lacking in itemization.

Gruber's invoices do not specifically tie to deliverables specified in the contract other than to assert vaguely that some of them were delivered. The invoices do not consistently refer to the deliverables specified in the contract, nor, with the exception of the final report, do they specify the dates the deliverables were completed, to whom they were delivered in the state of Minnesota, nor whether they were formally accepted by specific bureaucrats in the state of Minnesota.

Despite these shortcomings, former executive director Todd-Malmov authorized all of Gruber's interim payments as well as his final payment.

Gruber delivered two final reports, one in 2012 and one in 2013, each about 60 pages long. Todd-Malmlov formally certified her acceptance of both these reports.

But records obtained by Breitbart News from the state of Minnesota indicate there is no auditable trail for the work product that resulted in those final reports.

In addition, Gruber's invoices do not track specifically to the deliverables identified in Exhibit B of the contract. The deliverables in that exhibit are labeled Deliverable A, Deliverable B, Deliverable C, and Deliverable D. None of Gruber's invoices refer to Deliverable A, Deliverable B, Deliverable C, or Deliverable D.

The Gruber invoice that potentially aligns with Deliverable B is cryptic at best in describing what was delivered. The Gruber invoice that potentially aligns with Deliverable C actually does not match what is specified as Deliverable C in the contract. Only the final Gruber invoice--which refers to the final report referenced in Deliverable D-- tracks with any degree of specificity to the contract.








New York to Ban Fracking; Environmentalists Cheer

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits.

New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has led to a drilling boom in Pennsylvania and other nearby states, has banned shale gas development since 2008, when the state began an environmental review of the drilling technique also known as hydraulic fracturing.

Wednesday's announcement, though not final, means a ban is all but etched in stone.

"Never before has a state with proven gas reserves banned fracking," said Deborah Goldberg, an attorney with Earthjustice, adding that the decision "will give courage to elected leaders throughout the country and world: Fracking is too dangerous and must not continue."

Industry and its supporters expressed outrage at the decision.

"We are very disappointed that it appears the governor is unwilling to be a leader and is going to pass the buck at the expense of New Yorkers," said Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute.

"This technology has been used for over 65 years in the United States. It's been demonstrated repeatedly after drilling millions of wells that we're able to do it while protecting the environment and protecting the people."

Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens said Wednesday that he is recommending a ban, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, responded that he would defer to Martens and Acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker on the decision.

The Department of Environmental Conservation will put out a final environmental impact statement early next year, Martens said, and after that he will issue an order prohibiting fracking.

About 30 anti-fracking activists cheered the decision at a rally outside Cuomo's New York City office, chanting "Thank you, Governor Cuomo, for saving our air!" and "New York banned fracking — and next, United States!"

Zucker and Martens on Wednesday summarized environmental and health reviews that concluded fracking carries risks that haven't been studied enough.

The drilling boom in the Marcellus Shale, which also runs under Ohio and West Virginia, was made possible by high-volume hydraulic fracturing, which releases gas from rock by injecting wells with chemically treated water at high pressure.

The technique has generated tens of billions of dollars in industry profits and landowner royalties, and has reduced energy bills and fuel imports. But it has also brought concerns and sparked protests over air and water pollution, earthquakes, property devaluation and truck traffic.

Zucker said he had identified "significant public health risks" and "red flag" health issues that require long-term studies before fracking can be called safe. He likened fracking to secondhand smoke, which wasn't fully understood as a health risk until many years of scientific study were done.

Martens noted the low price of natural gas, the high local cost of industry oversight, and the large areas that would be off limits to shale gas development because of setback requirements, water supply protections and local prohibitions. Those factors, he said, combine to make fracking less economically beneficial than anticipated.

Even if drilling were allowed in New York, it probably wouldn't take off any time soon because of the uncertainty around regulations and legal challenges and the huge number of promising drilling locations that remain in Pennsylvania, David Spigelmyer, president of the industry group Marcellus Shale Coalition, said last week.

The Marcellus Shale is enticing to energy companies because of its proximity to the major demand centers of New York City and New England, which is paying more for gas because of delivery constraints. But the regulatory uncertainty remains too high to commit to drilling in New York, Spigelmyer said.

In states where fracking is not yet allowed or is happening but is subject to criticism, New York's move excited some anti-drilling activists.

"The more fracking expands, the more opposition grows," said Sharon Wilson, of the group Earthworks, who has organized anti-fracking activists in Texas, California and Colorado. "Industry is its own worst enemy because they continue to deny the impacts."

Fracking supporters decried the New York move. Karen Moreau, executive director of New York's branch of the American Petroleum Institute, said the Cuomo administration is denying landowners the right to develop their mineral resources.

"The secretary of energy, the U.S. EPA administrator and President Obama recognize the benefits of fracking, and yet the Cuomo administration simply did not want to anger their activist base," Moreau said.

Dan Fitzsimmons, president of the Joint Landowners Coalition, which represents leaseholders, accused Cuomo of appeasing "environmental extremists" for political gain.

"Is our health department ignoring impacts of other energy options and suggesting that we continue with our reliance on coal and nuclear energy?" Fitzsimmons said. "Did our health department consider the health effects of poverty and unemployment?"

Cuomo said he is expecting lawsuits will be filed "every which way from Sunday."

In California, energy companies have been using a type of fracking to extract oil for many years and are pushing to expand such drilling. Environmental groups hope the New York decision will influence Gov. Jerry Brown, who has largely supported fracking. A scientific study is due to be released next month.

Californians will ask now, "If it's not safe for New Yorkers, why should we think it's safe for us?" said Charles Margulis, with the California branch of the national Center for Environmental Health, a nonprofit organization.

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Associated Press writers Jon Fahey and Jenn Peltz in New York, Emily Schmall in Dallas and Don Thompson in Sacramento contributed to this report.








Goodlatte: Court's 'Unconstitutional' Executive Amnesty Opinion 'Good Sign'

The recent court opinion declaring portions of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration to be “unconstitutional” bodes well for future litigation against the president’s recent order, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte tells Breitbart News. 

Tuesday, District Court Judge Arthur Schwab ruled that aspects of Obama’s executive actions go “beyond prosecutorial discretion” to actually legislating. He made these judgments as part of an opinion dealing with a criminal case.

“President Obama’s unilateral legislative action violates the separation of powers provided for in the United States Constitution as well as the Take Care Clause, and therefore, is unconstitutional,” Schwab wrote.

In a statement to Breitbart News, Goodlatte — whose committee has jurisdiction over immigration matters — said he agreed with Schwab’s analysis and expressed optimism about future court challenges to Obama’s executive actions. 

"I agree with Judge Schwab that President Obama's unilateral rewriting of our immigration laws violates the separation of powers and the President's duty to enforce the law,” the Virginia lawmaker said. “This ruling is a good sign for the states' lawsuit challenging President Obama's unilateral, unconstitutional actions.”

Goodlatte continued, saying that when Congress returns next year it must look at all options to take on Obama’s executive actions.

“Congress will continue fighting the President's actions early next year and should consider all the tools it has at its disposal, including potential litigation. Additionally, I am hopeful that the states will be successful in their effort to stop the President's actions from being implemented.”

Goodlatte recently signed on to an amicus brief the conservative American Center for Law and Justice submitted Tuesday in support of the recent lawsuit 24 states have filed challenging Obama’s executive amnesty. 

“The President’s executive overreach on immigration must be stopped,” he stressed Tuesday in announcing his support of the brief.









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Leo DiCaprio’s dirty dollars

Leo DiCaprio’s dirty dollars
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2016

Actor-playboy Leonardo DiCaprio walked away from a fender bender in the Hamptons this weekend without a scratch.

But the outspoken liberal should not escape unscathed from his train wreck of high-dollar financial dealings with donors and businessmen in one of world’s most rotten regimes.

Forget about the saving the environment, son. Clean up your entourage.

Tinseltown’s self-proclaimed “King of the World” is entangled with accused kleptocrats in Malaysia. The activist celebrity ostentatiously condemned the “politics of greed” at the Oscars in February. Yet, he’s been partying it up with some of Kuala Lumpur’s most corruption-stained elites.

Recent investigations by The Hollywood Reporter tied donations received by DiCaprio’s charitable foundation to a shady Malaysian government “sovereign wealth fund” known as 1MDB. Instead of being spent on economic development as intended, an estimated $3 billion from the public investment fund allegedly disappeared into offshore companies, shell accounts and the pockets of the prime minister’s cronies. The money-laundering scheme that spans three continents is the subject of a sprawling Justice Department probe and asset recovery case.

DiCaprio is not accused of any wrongdoing, but two key players named by DOJ are more than just passing acquaintances of his. They are Riza Aziz, the stepson of scandal center Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, and Malaysian billionaire businessman Jho Low, who financed Aziz’s film company, Red Granite, which underwrote DiCaprio’s 2013 flick, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” with $100 million.

Low — a frequent party pal of DiCaprio’s, with the around-the-world carbon footprint to match — allegedly used purloined funds to pay for lavish art (including a pricy Roy Lichtenstein sculpture donated for a DiCaprio charity auction); real estate (including a film production office housed in DiCaprio’s Sunset Boulevard complex); and a week-long, 11-million-dollar Las Vegas gambling jaunt with DiCaprio (who had publicly thanked Aziz and Low for their role as movie production “collaborators”).

This is not the first time DiCaprio has been enmeshed in funding funny business. In exchange for his equity investment and political advocacy of electric carmaker Fisker Automotive (an infamous beneficiary of President Obama’s crony green energy slush fund loan guarantee program), the company agreed to support his charitable foundation and join him in a “mutual promotional arrangement via his organization dedicated to global sustainability.”

Unfortunately for taxpayers who were forced to subsidize unsustainable Fisker to the tune of $529 million in green stimulus bucks, the company’s product was a bust. While DiCaprio proudly touted his ownership of the first Fisker product to roll off the production lines, the $100,000 luxury hybrid Karma, the government-backed vehicle became an embarrassing symbol of federal eco-scams.

For every car sold, Fisker squandered $660,000 in tax dollars and private investment. It outsourced manufacturing to Finland, laid off its American workforce, and went bankrupt in 2013. (So did its battery maker and fellow green crony loan recipient, A123.) A Chinese industrial giant bought out both companies and has now rolled out a new version this summer claiming that its solar roof will “create enough energy to power the car.”

If horse manure were sunshine, maybe.

Remember this rip-off rendezvous the next time DiCaprio’s lecturing you about your insufficient attention to the well-being of underprivileged or indigenous peoples.

What’s next? Champion of the downtrodden DiCaprio raised eyebrows this week when he bowed out of hosting a tony campaign fundraiser for his gal Hillary Clinton amid concerns that her own pay-for-play foundation troubles might invite more scrutiny of his. Pop star Justin Timberlake stepped in at DiCaprio’s request and raked in $3 million for the Democratic presidential candidate.

I can’t stop the feeling that if Hollywood gets its way in November, Madam Moneybags will soon be dispensing more government-funded quid pro quo favors disguised as DiCaprio-esque do-goodism to show her appreciation.

Dirty birds of a feather flock together.

Leo DiCaprio’s dirty dollars by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2016 Actor-playboy Leonardo DiCaprio walked away from a fender bender in the Hamptons this weekend without a scratch. But the outspoken liberal should not escape unscathed from his train wreck of high-dollar financial dealings with donors and businessmen in one of world’s most rotten regimes. […]
Of course: Louisiana floods give Bill Nye opportunity to extend predictability streak

**Written by Doug Powers

This guy’s determined to be the loudest hee-hawing jackass in Al Gore’s AGW jackass sales force, and he’s definitely way in the lead:

As Louisiana tries to dry out and start rebuilding after last week’s catastrophic flooding, Bill Nye has an ominous message: It’s going to happen again.

“This is a result of climate change,” Nye told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on “New Day” Tuesday. “It’s only going to get worse.”

The unprecedented floods damaged more than 60,000 homes and killed 13 people. But because the flooding was caused by smaller individual storms, it didn’t attract the attention and response that larger storms — such as hurricanes Sandy, Katrina or Rita — garnered.

Nye said due to the effects of climate change, the region will be hit again by these smaller storms and suffer more catastrophic floods.
“As the ocean gets warmer, which it is getting, it expands,” he explained. “And then as the sea surface is warmer, more water evaporates. And so it’s very reasonable that these storms are connected to these big effects.”

The next time there’s a drought Nye will blame the same thing, and then later blame those inconsistencies on climate change. If anybody notices, Nye might then wonder if things would be better if doubters were in jail.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Jackass continues jackassery
James Carville: The Clintons’ pay-to-play schemes save lives so their critics better prepare to go to hell

**Written by Doug Powers

For another example of the kind of lift that allows the Clintons to float above the law, look no further than James Carville describing how Bill and Hillary’s shenanigans save lives (via Ed Morrissey at Hot Air):

Pressed on whether the Clinton Foundation should have clamped down on foreign donations before Clinton became secretary of state, Carville responded, “If you ask me as a political adviser, of course.”

“If you ask me as a human being, eh, I’m not too sure. As a human being I think the foundation does an enormous amount of good. From a strictly political standpoint, yeah,” Carville said, invoking his Catholic sixth-grade teacher to say, “somebody is going to hell over this. Because somebody, now I’m not saying here—or somewhere is. This is saving people’s lives.”

Lawlessness, for the children!

Because there are only two choices in Carville’s world: Allow the Clintons to use the family foundation as their personal slush fund, or kill kids:

How many people are currently in prison because “but I did a lot of good charity work” wasn’t an acceptable defense?

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Lawlessness, for the children!

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Teachers Instructed Not to Tell Parents When Trans Boys Sleep With Girls On Fieldtrips

Transgender issues have stayed relatively quiet in the media since the election has kicked into high gear, but rest assured, there are still reasons to pay attention to the many rules and regulations attempting to be passed without your knowledge. One of those things going under the radar is occurring in the Anne Arundel County Public School District, where Bob Mosier, chief communications officer for the school district is | Read More »

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Transgender issues have stayed relatively quiet in the media since the election has kicked into high gear, but rest assured, there are still reasons to pay attention to the many rules and regulations attempting to be passed without your knowledge.

One of those things going under the radar is occurring in the Anne Arundel County Public School District, where Bob Mosier, chief communications officer for the school district is trying to instruct teachers on how to deal with transgender student sleeping arrangements on field trips.

“So, many of you might be asking yourselves, ‘So I’m at an overnight field trip, and I have student who’s biologically a male, identifies as a female, and we’ve worked with that student and her family, and that student wants to sleep in the dorms, or whatever sleeping arrangements are, with the females.  They don’t want to sleep in a room by themselves; they want to sleep with the rest of the females. So what do we do?

“And the answer is, they sleep with the females. That’s not the easy answer; it’s the right answer. And in some cases, it’s going to cause issues, because … the private information piece doesn’t allow you to share that with parents of all of the other campers. Right? So that’s difficult.”

In short, allow the boys to sleep with the girls, and don't tell the parents. You can watch the video for yourself below. The relevant bit starts at the 27 minute mark.

Keep in mind that these rules that are being followed stem from a directive from the Obama administration that states that if a student says he or she is trans, then that student must be treated as the gender the student claims.

As Larry O' Conner writes at Hot Air:

Public schools across the country have been scrambling to accommodate the Obama Administration’s dictate that transgender students be allowed access to the facilities of their choice regardless of their biological gender. Individual school districts can implement policies like this despite a federal judge’s temporary block of the Administration’s mandate this week.

Essentially, this school is no longer pushing these rules through due to a mandate that is no longer a mandate. They are now trying to do push it through because they want to. I don't imagine parents are going to react well to this either way.

Most interestingly, a woman speaks after Moiser that explains that sometimes these things may conflict with traditions and values we've been taught but that they must do this in the best interest of the child. This is a narrow take, however, as it's what should happen based on what they believe is the best interest of the kids, not the parents.

Recently, a report was released that did a lot to discredit the claim that transgenderism and homosexuality was a choice. If this report's findings are as accurate as they appear, then this school district and its officials have a lot to answer for.

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BREAKING: Trump Back’s Off Deportation Immigration Plan; Ann Coulter Freaking Out?

So Donald Trump, who has built the bulk of his candidacy on being tough on illegal immigrants and gaining support from the largely white nationalist "alt-right" as well as creeps like David Duke, has basically thrown his tough as nails immigration nonsense out the window. First, Ann Coulter was on Hardball the other day and was starting to go into freak-out mode somewhat over Trump's apparent | Read More »

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So Donald Trump, who has built the bulk of his candidacy on being tough on illegal immigrants and gaining support from the largely white nationalist "alt-right" as well as creeps like David Duke, has basically thrown his tough as nails immigration nonsense out the window.

First, Ann Coulter was on Hardball the other day and was starting to go into freak-out mode somewhat over Trump's apparent softening stance on immigration:

“I think this is a mistake. It sounds like it’s coming from consultants. I’ve thought he’s made other mistakes, and I’ve given him constructive criticism when I think he makes a mistake. I think this is a mistake.”

Well if she was torn up over that "mistake" wait until she sees what Donald Trump said to Sean Hannity in the Town Hall even Hannity hosted.

Phil Mattingly of CNN tweeted this: (Click for full size)

citizenship

 

Do you know what that sounds an awful lot like to me? AMNESTY. Again, the way Trump supporters and hard-line immigration supporters define amnesty as anything that allows an illegal immigrant to stay in this country sans deportation. It has nothing at all to do with citizenship.

The hard core Trump supporters are going to try and tip toe around this but nobody should allow it to happen. People have been warning about this for some time. Those people (several of whom write for this publication) were completely ignored. Called "cucks." Yelled at for not boarding "the Trump train."

The chickens are coming home to roost.

The excuses are going to fall like manna from heaven among Trump supporters. It is going to be delicious to see what excuses they pull out of their hat now that their hero sounds a hell of a lot more like Marco Rubio on immigration than the guy who was promising giant walls and a "deportation force."

Let the games begin.

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Gary Johnson’s “Carbon Fee” Idea is a Bad Idea, and Not Very Libertarian

The Libertarian candidate should keep to the Libertarianism that has helped make him so popular.

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There are moments when Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson seems like he's the only real choice for President when he's contrast against the other two mainstream choices that we've been presented with.

That said, Johnson has moments that leave me groaning after a very firm palm to the face. One moment in particular happened recently when he gave an interview with Juneau Empire, a publication out of Alaska. Upon being asked about the environment, Johnson twitched out of his Libertarian ideals for a moment and went full on eco-warrior, but with a twist.

From Juneau Empire:

Johnson has been to Alaska several times, including a trip where he summitted Denali. (He’s reached the top of the highest mountain on each continent and is an Ironman triathlete.) He campaigned in Anchorage during his 2012 run for president, holding a rally on the Delaney Park Strip.

“I envy all of you,” he said. “I think it’s the most beautiful state in the country.”

Climate change and a warming world might threaten that.

“I do believe that climate change is occurring. I do believe that it is man-caused,” Johnson said.

To address climate change, Johnson said he believes “that there can be and is a free-market approach to climate change.”

That would include a fee — not a tax, he said — placed on carbon. Such a fee would make pollutants bear a market cost.

This makes the Libertarian in me cringe, and I'm trying to figure out why it doesn't do the same for Johnson. Painting a tax as a fee, or penalty has been an underhanded way of increasing government control over private business in the past. Recall the Supreme Court decisions on the passage of Obamacare to see how that works.

One way or another, businesses will be limited in their performance due to the fees they'd have to pay for carbon emissions. This is common knowledge when it comes to any government regulation, and a massive no-no when it comes to the Libertarian party. While this might get the left applauding, businesses both big and small, as well as those on the right are going to sneer in Johnson's direction over it.

At a time when the Libertarian party is trying to rope in as many votes as possible, turning away the right that has migrated to him is not the smartest move, especially in ways that Libertarians can't defend. Even his friendly stances on Black Lives Matter can be looked at with in a positive light when you consider his criminal justice reform stances. This, however, is not a stance his base will want to stand with him on.

Johnson does, however end the subject with this:

“We as human beings want to see carbon emissions reduced significantly,” but at the same time, he says the United States is only “16 percent of the (global) load” of carbon, and “I don’t want to do anything that harms jobs.”

So are we looking at another Johnson standpoint that he feels he cannot act on due to this economic stances and limited government preferences? We see him say the same thing with his stances on abortion, stating that though he is pro-choice, he would like to make it a states issue and eliminate government funding for it.

Perhaps in the future, Johnson can further clarify his statements. In the meantime, the Libertarian candidate should keep to the Libertarianism that has helped make him so popular.

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Trump Claims “Tougher” Police Tactics Could Clean Up Chicago’s Crime in Days (VIDEO)

By now, those who aren’t part of the cult are very well aware of how easily Donald Trump will let a lie fly, and on the record, at that. The only excuse for this is in the event that it’s not a lie, but some sort of organic condition with his brain, where he is rendered incapable of distinguishing fact from fiction. If that’s the | Read More »

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By now, those who aren’t part of the cult are very well aware of how easily Donald Trump will let a lie fly, and on the record, at that.

The only excuse for this is in the event that it’s not a lie, but some sort of organic condition with his brain, where he is rendered incapable of distinguishing fact from fiction. If that’s the case, then he should have his people lay off of attacking Hillary Clinton’s health, lest he reveal himself to be a hypocrite.

Earlier this week, in an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, Trump addressed the issue of violence in Chicago.

Trump said in an interview Monday that he believed Chicago's violence could be stopped using "tough police tactics," telling Fox News' Bill O'Reilly that he met a "top" Chicago officer who reportedly said he could "stop much of this horror show that’s going on" within a single week.

Trump added that he knows officers in Chicago who would put an end to violent crime "if they were given the authority to do it."

Trump told O'Reilly he didn’t ask the officer for specifics on the plan because he isn’t the mayor of Chicago, but added that police would be "much tougher than they are right now."

"I’m sure he’s got a strategy," Trump added. "I didn’t ask him his strategy."

Trump also claimed that he submitted the officer’s name for some sort of job.

"I sent his name in and I said, 'you probably should hire this guy because you have nothing to lose,'" Trump said. "Look at what’s going on in Chicago, it’s horrible. This guy felt totally confident that he could stop it in a very short period of time."

Yeah, except for that part about the Chicago Police Department saying it never happened.

"We've discredited this claim months ago," CPD spokesperson Frank Giancamilli said Tuesday in a statement. "No one in the senior command at CPD has ever met with Donald Trump or a member of his campaign."

Trump canceled and earlier planned rally in Chicago, due to concerns about violence at the rally (which never seemed to bother them before, oddly enough), after claiming a conversation with the Chicago Police Department.

For their part, the CPD say they never made any recommendations to the Trump team about canceling the rally, for any reasons.

This long, national embarrassment rolls on.

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