One of the big selling points of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as ObamaCare, was that despite its massive new spending initiatives it would somehow reduce the federal deficit. But a new study by Medicare trustee Charles Blahous finds that absent repeal of major provisions of ObamaCare, the law could add as much as $527 billion to the deficit over the next decade.

The Obama administration is quietly steering about $500 million to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to help bolster the President’s healthcare overhaul, despite efforts in the Supreme Court to strike down the law. The half-billion-dollar transfer is only a snapshot of the IRS’s total ObamaCare implementation spending, and it is being siphoned outside of the traditional appropriations process.

Disregarding the concerns of many in his party and many of the citizens who elected him, Idaho Governor Butch Otter is headed back to China to continue courting the world’s largest communist regime and second largest economy.

The governments of the United States and the United Kingdom are permitting the sale of state of the art surveillance equipment to some of the world’s most notorious regimes. Concerned citizens in both nations worry that these devices will be employed by the buyers to monitor activists and those who dare speak out against governmental oppression.

About a year ago, the Obama administration drafted a proposed executive order that would have forced potential federal contractors to disclose their political contributions, thereby introducing a political element into a bidding process that is supposed to be free of such considerations. Today, reports The Hill, the “administration has all but abandoned” the order, though Democrats have not given up on achieving the order’s objectives one way or another.

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