Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced a new “wellness program” for all city employees and their spouses (or domestic partners or civil-union spouses). “Our program will change lives, make our workforce healthier, and save taxpayers money,” Emanuel said.
The program, called Chicago Lives Healthy, is technically voluntary; but those refusing to participate in it will be penalized $50 a month per covered adult. In other words, it’s only voluntary if a couple wants to forego $1,200 a year.
Did the Obama administration, in waiving work requirements for welfare recipients, violate the law? According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Congress’ investigative arm, the answer is yes.
In response to a request from Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, the GAO examined whether the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) July 12 Information Memorandum concerning the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program violated the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The CRA requires federal agencies to submit all new rules to both houses of Congress and the Comptroller General, who heads the GAO, for review — and possible disapproval — prior to their taking effect. HHS did not submit its memorandum for review; it merely informally notified Congress on the very day the rule was issued.
Federal agencies have spent $500,000 for 1,000 trendy, ergonomic office chairs, a fraction of which were actually needed for medical reasons.
Amid all the cheers and jeers for the 2012 Republican Party platform, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) let slip the truth about that document: He hasn’t read it, and he doesn’t know anyone who’s ever read it or any other platform.
The United States has spent over $200 million on a highly effective missile defense system and plans to spend nearly $700 million more on it — yet U.S. troops in the field, including the highest-ranking military officer in the land, are still largely at the mercy of insurgents’ rockets. Why?
The answer is that U.S. taxpayers have been shelling out big bucks for the defense of a foreign country; and that country, in turn, has been unwilling to disclose to Washington the details of the missile defense system it is funding. All the while, a company owned by that same country’s government is raking in profits manufacturing and selling the system.
The country in question is Israel, and the missile defense system is called Iron Dome.
Former Marine Brandon Raub has been detained and committed to a psychiatric hospital because of Facebook posts mainly questioning the federal government.
Girls as young as 15 could be sterilized at no cost and without their parents' consent under ObamaCare and Oregon state law, sparking concerns about mass sterilization and population control.
Selling lemonade, raw milk, or any other comestible is not a crime. That is the message of the second annual Lemonade Freedom Day. The event, to be held at the U.S. Capitol’s reflecting pool at noon Saturday, is being organized by the groups Lemonade Freedom Day and the Raw Milk Freedom Riders, both of which want the government to stop interfering in voluntary exchanges between food producers and food consumers.
At a recent campaign appearance President Barack Obama touted the alleged success of the federal government’s bailout of the automobile industry, saying it saved “more than one million jobs.” But while the auto bailout may have kept certain workers on the job, it has taken taxpayers for a ride — and the toll keeps mounting.
What is the Chicago medical examiner’s office trying to hide with regard to the death of a young woman following a botched abortion? Pro-life group Operation Rescue, with the assistance of the Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF), is attempting to find out.
As The New American reported, on July 20 Tonya Reaves, 24, bled to death after undergoing an abortion at Planned Parenthood’s Loop Health Center in Chicago. Planned Parenthood expressed its regrets over Reaves’ passing but has otherwise remained mum on the incident. Pro-life groups, meanwhile, have been trying to get to the bottom of what happened.