Archive for the year 2013

7:00 am CST - December 27, 2013

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Lamar Smith: On ObamaCare Website Data Breaches, and EPA’s Being Subpoenaed

Texas Insider Smith, Cong. Lamar 12-20-13Why are they hiding (information,) what do they have to hide? Maybe the data does not show, or prove what they say is does.”

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas –

Texas’ Lamar Smith (R-San Antonio) chairs the House Science, Space & Technology Committee, which he says will aggressively continue to investigate the technology & personal data exposures created by the Obama Administration’s rush to “finish” the crisis-plagued website.

Smith also talks about plans to further press-subpoena the Obama EPA over what he says is a lack of research methodology disclosure that is being used to justify increasingly tighter regulations.

 – Don’t miss Smith’s conversation with Insider’s Jim Cardle.     Continue Reading.

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11:30 am CST - December 25, 2013

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Merry Christmas to all!

Insider-Christmas-Msg-2014The Texas Insider will take a few days off during Christmas and the New Year. 2013 has been an exciting year, with the best still to come. We want to thank you for your continued support—it is truly our best gift.

This Christmas season, let’s all continue praying for our country, for our leaders, and during these challenging times, for our brave military men and women and for our first responders who protect us all each day. From the
gil-and-jimTexas Insider staff and our families it is our wish that you, our readers, friends and families, have a Safe, Peaceful and Blessed Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

––Gil Rodriguez, Managing Editor, Jim Cardle, Publisher


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10:23 am CST - December 24, 2013

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Can GOP Avoid Obamacare Trap?

By Byron York

byron-york2014 will be the year Republicans are forced to deal with the Obamacare Trap, helpfully set for them by the Democratic authors of the Affordable Care Act.

In 2009 and 2010, President Obama and his party took a health care system in which 85 percent had insurance coverage, and blew it up. Now, with Obamacare causing misery right and left, those same Democrats are screaming, “You can’t go back!” Continue Reading.

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10:06 am CST - December 24, 2013

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President Defends Obamacare, Says 2013 Wasn’t Bad Year

By Brian Huhges

Obama-whPresident Obama on Friday dismissed criticisms that the botched rollout of Obamacare and other mishaps produced a lost year for the White House, brushing aside increasingly negative views of his presidency while insisting his administration could tackle big issues in his second term. Continue Reading.

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9:47 am CST - December 24, 2013

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Lt. Governor Dewhurst Announces Health-Related Interim Charges

david-dewhurst1Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas –  “As Obamacare continues to undermine the American healthcare delivery system, we must ensure Texas is leading the way with sensible, conservative solutions,” said Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, continueing his commitment to women’s health by charging the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services with studying the implementation of initiatives created to enhance the health of Texas women.   Continue Reading.

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9:10 am CST - December 24, 2013

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Cornyn: Democrats’ Refusal to Correct Legislative Mistakes Hurts Texas Service Members

‘Tough Luck’ is Harry Reid’s Response to Fort Hood Victims and Active Duty Service Members With Pensions 

cornyn-floorTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) highlighted the ways people are hurt by Senate Democrats’ refusal to allow amendments to bills like the Bipartisan Budget Act and the National Defense Authorization Act today on the Senate floor.  Continue Reading.

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9:07 am CST - December 24, 2013

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Sen. Cruz: There are Bipartisan Achievements in NDAA Bill We Can be Proud of

Worked with both Republicans and Democrats to bolster national defense, strengthen religious liberty protections, combat sexual assault, and assist veterans

ted-cruz102413Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, yesterday voted against final passage of the 2013 National Defense Reauthorization Act (NDAA), fulfilling his promise to oppose any NDAA bill that does not explicitly prohibit the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens. Continue Reading.

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9:02 am CST - December 24, 2013

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Pete Sessions’ Initiative to Expand Treatment Options for Troops with TBI & PTSD to be Signed into Law

pete-sessions2Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX-32) today announced that his amendment with Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA-01) to expedite access to innovative treatments for members of the Armed Services suffering from Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) will be signed into law. Originally introduced by Sessions as the TBI Treatment Act (H.R. 2344), this proposal was adopted as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. Continue Reading.

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8:58 am CST - December 24, 2013

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Fa La La La Law to Protect Our Troops

Tony Perkins’ Washington Update

Troop-SalutesLong before “Duck Dynasty,” other camouflaged Americans were being persecuted for their beliefs: U.S. service members. Now, thanks to Congress, our brave men and women will finally have the legislative armor they need. It took until almost midnight, but when the Senate passed the Defense Authorization bill, it was worth the wait. After a year-long struggle against the forces of political correctness, leaders stood together in defense of our troops’ right to speak and act openly on their faith. Continue Reading.

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8:53 am CST - December 24, 2013

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Gov. Perry: Presidential Disaster Declaration Approved for Three Central Texas Counties

“The approval of this declaration is welcome news to the residents of Travis, Hays and Caldwell counties . . . ” 

rick-perry2Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Gov. Rick Perry today announced that his request for public assistance through a federal disaster declaration for three Central Texas counties has been approved. The governor requested individual and public assistance earlier this month to support recovery efforts in areas impacted by severe storms and flooding between October 30 and November 1. Approval of the individual assistance request is still pending federal review.  Continue Reading.

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