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They’ve won their first congressional endorsement from Rep. Steve Stockman, a Texas Republican who does not shy away from the public arena himself. The organizers predict it is the first of “numerous endorsements,” advising they’ve already raised “hundreds of thousands of dollars” and thousands of signatures supporting their efforts.
“I’ve joined with Stop Hillary PAC to gather millions of petition signatures to pressure Congress into holding full and open hearings on the Benghazi tragedy. I’ve filed a discharge petition with the House of Representatives forcing an up-or-down vote on authorizing a full committee hearing,” Mr. Stockman says.
GETTING TRUTHY ON OBAMACARE
They just want the young and restless to see “the ugly side” of Obamacare. Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies — a nonprofit advocacy group co-founded three years ago by GOP strategist Karl Rove — has entered the Department of Health and Human Services contest offering $30,000 in taxpayer-funded prize money for the best videos promoting the Affordable Care Act to young audiences.
The group submitted a video titled “Propaganda.” According to producers, it’s meant to showcase “less savory aspects of the law that HHS has glossed over in its talking points and official literature, including the penalty for not complying with the individual mandate, and the dramatic increase in premiums for younger people that are taking effect.”
The brief, edgy production is rigorously humorous and includes a shot of lemmings running off a cliff. “Obamacare: Just like guys enjoy premium leather seats, so, too, you’ll enjoy paying triple the health care premiums out of your new part-time salary. Speaking of guys, ever been on a ‘man date’ before? At Obamacare, we’re full of mandates,” the video advises viewers.
“We’re in it to win it,” said Steven Law, president and CEO of Crossroads GPS. “There is an ugly side to this law, and we expect the government to communicate those less savory aspects of the law to young people just as they are hyping some of the benefits. We hope every young person will watch this video, and vote for it.”
POLL DU JOUR
• 60 percent of Americans say the U.S. should not intervene in Syria’s civil war.
• 47 percent oppose sending arms to Syrian rebels; 27 percent support the idea.
• 46 percent would oppose U.S. intervention in Syria even if use of chemical weapons is proven; 25 percent would support intervention under those circumstances.
• 12 percent would support U.S. airstrikes to help the rebels.
• 11 percent would support a no-fly zone over Syria to ground its air force.
• 9 percent would support funding a multinational invasion of Syria.
• 9 percent say President Obama should “act” on the Syrian situation.
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