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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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IRS investigating Clinton Foundation, and we all know how that’s going to turn out

**Written by Doug Powers

Instead of wasting time and money, the IRS might as well follow the FBI’s lead and put out a statement now saying the Clinton Foundation’s bookkeeping was sloppy but they didn’t intend to do anything wrong, because you know it’s coming:

The IRS is reviewing Republican complaints about the Clinton Foundation’s nonprofit status, a step that GOP House lawmakers have been trying to initiate for more than a year. The agency’s embattled commissioner, John Koskinen, said in a letter this week that he forwarded the allegations to one of the agency’s audit groups.

“The IRS response shows that the inquiry has been elevated,” Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) told POLITICO in an emailed statement. “The letter we recently received was a referral signed by the Commissioner himself. The IRS knows that it can no longer ignore the Foundation’s activities, as a result of multiple letters from Congress and mounting public pressure.”

Blackburn led more than 60 other House Republicans in calling on three federal agencies to investigate the charity earlier this month. They pointed to “unresolved media reports raising significant issues of public corruption regarding Foundation activities” in a July 15 letter to Koskinen, FBI Director James Comey and Federal Trade Commission Chair Edith Ramirez.

A more likely outcome: Complete vindication of the Clinton Foundation and a tax audit for certain Republicans.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

"Intent"
Interesting: The Clinton campaign seems to think Hillary’s yoga-related emails are matters of nat’l security

**Written by Doug Powers

At a press conference Wednesday morning, Donald Trump said this about Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails:

“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Mr. Trump said during a news conference here in an apparent reference to Mrs. Clinton’s deleted emails. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

This is how the Clinton campaign responded:

In response to the Trump email suggestions, Clinton campaign senior policy adviser Jake Sullivan said this is probably the first time a major presidential candidate has encouraged “a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent.”

“That’s not hyperbole, those are just the facts,” Sullivan said in a statement. “This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue.”

National security? In March of last year, here’s what Hillary said her deleted emails consisted of:

At the end, I chose not to keep my private personal emails — emails about planning Chelsea’s wedding or my mother’s funeral arrangements, condolence notes to friends as well as yoga routines, family vacations, the other things you typically find in inboxes.

Either the Clinton campaign fears Hillary’s thoughts on the Lotus position falling into the hands of Moscow could threaten national security, or she’s lying about what was in the “non work-related” emails she deleted. Gee, I wonder which it is.

And yes, the campaign of the woman who kept classified information on a very hackable homebrew server next to the dehumidifier and water softener in the basement actually accused somebody else of inviting foreign espionage. I’ve seen it all now!

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

SOMETHING doesn't add up here
#BlueLightFriday: From the White House to your house

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#BlueLightFriday: From the White House to your house
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2016

When you need something done, call a retired cop.

That’s how Blue Light Friday at the White House came together last week. Unlike the lame duck occupant at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., I have little experience as a community organizer. So I asked retired New York Police Department officer John Cardillo if he could help me turn out his law enforcement friends, families and supporters to honor the fallen.

His one-word answer: “Yes.”

Our mission: Bring a blue hue to the People’s House in Washington, D.C. — in the wake of the Dallas and Baton Rouge police ambushes — since Barack Obama refused to do it himself. Obama spurned the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Foundation’s request to make the small, but meaningful, gesture of turning the floodlights blue the same way he turned them rainbow for gay marriage or pink for breast cancer awareness.

Ordering the rest of the country to lower its flags to half-staff for five days was enough, his administration diffidently told reporters.

We did not agree.

As Cardillo told me: “Watching Barack Obama invite those who celebrate cop killers Mumia Abu Jamal and Joanne Chesimard to the White House, and giving the benefit of doubt in police-involved shootings to the career criminals over the career law enforcement officers, compelled me to do something other than rant on air and social media.”

Our friend Cameron Gray of NRA News helped spread the word. My colleagues at Conservative Review assisted with logistics and social media coverage. Cardillo also summoned retired NYPD detective, Rob O’Donnell, who is an administrator at the nonprofit charity Brothers Before Others, which supports the LEO community.

“As a law enforcement professional for 25 years working with communities of all backgrounds, I can conclude one thing: All lives matter! Always have, always will,” O’Donnell told me. “Be it a 911 call, or a peaceful protest, police of all backgrounds do what they were trained to do: run to the gunfire for all, regardless of color or creed.”

That’s what fallen officers Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, and Lorne Ahrens did in Dallas. And what fallen officers Montrell Jackson, Matthew Gerald and Brad Garafola did in Baton Rouge. And what fallen officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were sworn to do in Brooklyn. “Same as September 11th, same as Orlando, same as New Orleans, same as every street of every community in every town,” O’Donnell reminded us.

We stopped by the nearby National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, which features more than 20,000 names of officers killed in the line of duty dating back to 1791, before our vigil. At Lafayette Park, we passed out blue glow sticks and flashlights to a crowd of about 50 people who gathered to take part. Several active-duty LEOs stopped by after work and stood with us, too. A bagpipe player who works at a local fire department led our procession.

Gray noted: “Members of a certain Service than is known for being Secret even quietly thanked some of us, and one said it was hard not to applaud.”

A crowd of young Black Lives Matters demonstrators approached, and then retreated without engaging us. Maybe they were allergic to the beautiful sound of “God Bless America” resonating from bagpipes. NBC News and Associated Press photographers snapped pictures and video (but perhaps since no American flags were burned or angry fists were raised, none of the images they captured has appeared to have made it on air or in print.)

No matter. As the sun sank, our little blue lights twinkled in the dusk and we talked to curious tourists about rising anti-cop rhetoric and violence that doesn’t make front-page headlines. Many passers-by draped glow sticks around their necks or promised to turn a light blue on their front porches when they got home.

Cardillo is already working on another event in his adopted home state: “Our #BlueLightFriday gathering in front of the White House is something I hope catches on nationally. I’m optimistic as I’m already planning another for south Florida in partnership with local law enforcement.”

Indeed, many families have already taken upon themselves to create their own porch-light memorials and share them online. One Lowe’s home improvement store is now selling designated blue bulbs and encouraging customers to “light up the sky blue” in August for the men and women on the front lines.

It couldn’t come at a better time. This week, Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Convention are giving prime-time speaking slots to agitators of the Black Lives Matters movement, which has stoked virulent cop hatred without accountability for its bloodthirsty “pigs in a blanket, fry ’em up like bacon” rhetoric.

As Philadelphia’s own Fraternal Order of Police noted: “It is sad that to win an election Mrs. Clinton must pander to the interests of people who do not know all the facts, while the men and women they seek to destroy are outside protecting the political institutions of this country.”

Teach your children that small gestures matter. Change the culture, one little blue light at a time.

Photo credit: Loretta Gray #BlueLightFriday: From the White House to your house by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2016 When you need something done, call a retired cop. That’s how Blue Light Friday at the White House came together last week. Unlike the lame duck occupant at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., I have little experience as […]

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Trump’s Locked Down Reddit AMA Was Part Waste of Time, Part Disaster

Like every other Q&A he's given, where he spouts off some numbers then gives a very roundabout, general response that leaves you with more questions than it does answers.

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To call Trump's AMA (Ask Me Anything) an AMA would be a complete exaggeration. Yesterday, the subreddit r/The_Donald, was hosting a Q&A for Trump. The idea was that people could ask Trump any question, and he would answer them.

But as I reported yesterday, r/The_Donald locked down the subreddit so thoroughly that asking questions was a near impossibility. Essentially, the moderators turned the space dedicated to a man who many see as their anti-SJW savior, into a safe space for that very man. Sad!

Some who reacted to my article informed me of downvote brigades that planned to interfere with the AMA, but the rules posted by the mods made it so that even fans of Donald Trump couldn't ask a simple question. In fact, if you weren't a proven loyalist, you didn't get a voice.

Even the moderators were apparently relegated to certain rules, as a post from Milo Yianoppoulos, one of the mods, had a post of his deleted.

As people clamored to get in to ask him anything, moderators were banning questioners left and right. One mod bragged that they had banned over 2,000 "shills," saying that they were "battle-hardened shill-slayers."

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The answers he gave to the questions that were allowed ranged from insubstantial, to just downright eye roll worthy. For instance, this user asked how Trump will deal with the media elites that are controlling the narrative, to which Trump responded that he's concerned about it, and the new media is a great way to get the truth out.

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Or this user who asked a five part question, and got non-answers for only two.

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Or this poor user who asked a simple question, and got a really stupid answer.

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Needless to say, Trump's "Ask Me Only Certain Things" looked like every other Q&A he's given, where he spouts off some numbers then gives a very roundabout, general response that leaves you with more questions than it does answers. One user even compared Obama's AMA to Trump's and used the "money in politics" question for contrast.

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When Obama makes you look bad, you've got a problem. 

All in all, Trump only "answered" 12 questions before calling it a night. The questions were many, the answers were few, and what answers we did get were so useless it was hardly worth the time to read them. While it was a success number wise - beating out Obama's AMA in comments - the softball questions, and line after line of butt kissing, and the high number of bans made the venture look sort of embarrassing for Trump. 

If you'd like to view the thread yourself, you can by following the link here

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DNC Colluding With Anti-Religious Freedom Group According to WikiLeaks

Among the many things WikiLeaks discovered in the DNC email leaks, one thread in particular should worry those who appreciate religious freedom.

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Among the many things WikiLeaks discovered in the DNC email leaks, one thread in particular should worry those who appreciate religious freedom.

According to the emails, a man by the name of Mike Gehrke, vice president of a consulting firm called Benenson Strategy Group, had been in contact with the DNC communications director Luis Miranda, and deputy communications directorMark Paustenbach.

According to Gehrke, his colleague Amy Levin had been involved with a group called the "Movement Advancement Project" for a couple years, with the intent to come up with messaging and "creative executions," in order to get around religious freedom laws.

Gehrke wanted to set up a meeting with the DNC, to give them a presentation of their work. On May 16th, it was reported that they were to meet on "Wednesday at 1pm."

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The Movement Advancement Project (MAP) is an LGBT think tank that specializes in developing persuasion tactics.

From their website:

MAP’s work helps educate and persuade public audiences (such as policymakers, allied organizations and funders, media and the American public) and helps support LGBT movement audiences (including LGBT organizations and advocates, and LGBT funders).

Public Audiences  By articulating the need for change and outlining solutions in a comprehensive and compelling way, MAP enables these audiences to better understand the need for change, become motivated to act, and take effective action:

  • Policymakers can better understand the challenges facing LGBT Americans, feel more compelled to take action, and more effectively advocate for solutions that best achieve equality.
  • Allied Organizations & Funders can gain a better sense of how LGBT issues intersect with their existing work and funding, feel more compelled to act in favor of LGBT equality, and have a better sense of how to take effective action.
  • Media can better understand the issues facing LGBT Americans, feel more compelled to cover LGBT issues in ways that build public understanding, and better articulate what needs to happen to achieve equality.
  • The American Public can better understand the challenges facing LGBT Americans, become more supportive of LGBT people and issues, and take greater action to achieve equality and end social stigma.

As you can see, policymakers are at the top of the list. And who better to work to change Religious Freedom Laws?

MAP is apparently no pushover organization either. According to CNA, this is a group that rakes in hundreds of thousands in donations, mostly from the Gill Foundation.

The Movement Advancement Project has received specific grants targeting religious exemptions. In 2014, the Arcus Foundation gave $100,000 to the Gill Foundation to support the project’s “research and messaging on religious exemptions.” The Evelyn & Walter Hass Haas Jr. Fund made $100,000 grant to the Gill Foundation in 2014 to support the project’s work, including “research to develop messaging around gay rights and ‘religious liberty’ issues.”

While it may come as no surprise that Democrats are trying to undermine our religious liberty, this email leak shows us that the people they're getting in bed with to do so aren't small time.

 

 

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BREAKING: Gary Johnson Claims Mitt Romney Is Considering Endorsing Him (VIDEO)

With 2012 Republican Nominee Mitt Romney previously coming out against Donald Trump, while also ruling out an independent run for President, many have been left wondering what Romney might do next in 2016. According to the Libertarian Party nominee and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, Romney's next step could be an endorsement of the Libertarian ticket.   In this most recent CNN interview, Weld also | Read More »

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With 2012 Republican Nominee Mitt Romney previously coming out against Donald Trump, while also ruling out an independent run for President, many have been left wondering what Romney might do next in 2016.

According to the Libertarian Party nominee and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, Romney's next step could be an endorsement of the Libertarian ticket.

 

In this most recent CNN interview, Weld also brings up the point that some in the Bush family have endorsed the Libertarian ticket and hopes former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will endorse the ticket too.

Romney had previously told CNN's Wolf Blitzer in June that he really liked the Libertarian ticket of Gary Johnson and, more specifically, former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld:

"If Bill Weld were at the top of the ticket, it would be very easy for me to vote for Bill Weld for president," Romney said. "So I'll get to know Gary Johnson better and see if he's someone who I could end up voting for. That's something which I'll evaluate over the coming weeks and months."

An endorsement of the ticket would not seem too farfetched, as Mitt Romney has also been incredibly critical of Donald Trump:

"I don't want to see trickle-down racism," Romney said in an interview here in a suite overlooking the Wasatch Mountains, where he is hosting his yearly ideas conference. "I don't want to see a president of the United States saying things which change the character of the generations of Americans that are following. Presidents have an impact on the nature of our nation, and trickle-down racism, trickle-down bigotry, trickle-down misogyny, all these things are extraordinarily dangerous to the heart and character of America."

Regardless of endorsements, the Libertarian ticket needs to make it onto the debate stage in order to really have a chance at influencing this election. The most recent polls have had Johnson/Weld hovering between 10-12%, just shy of the 15% required to participate in the main debates. However, with plenty of time left to go before the first debate on October 4th, it is possible that Johnson and Weld could really make an impact. The question is, will Mitt Romney play a part in helping them, or is this just wishful thinking on the part of the Libertarian ticket? Only time will tell.

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Dear Ghostbusters, I Thought Making a Female Version Was An Artistic, Not Activist, Choice. What Gives?

Why it's all just so surprising.

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Haven't you heard that? Don't they say that? When they replace a fictional character with someone of a different race, nationality, or gender, that it's just part of the creative process? Don't they say that? When you say "this is really just politics or political correctness masquerading as cinema," don't they call you stupid and paranoid? Isn't the idea that they would make movies based on political correctness a silly idea?

No.

"Dear Die Hard, You rock. Especially when that guy was on the roof. PS: Do you know Mad Max? Ask him why Ghostbusters endorsed Hillary Clinton."

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We need segregated buses. This is Obamas America."
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