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The ruling likely leaves the fate of the legislation unknown until after the election

A federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday that the individual mandate in Obamacare is unconstitutional.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans handed down the ruling but did not decide on whether that would invalidate the rest of the legislation, and instead remanded the case to a Texas judge to decide.

The 2-1 ruling was made by Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod and Judge Kurt Engelhardt, with Judge Carolyn Dineen King dissenting.

Obamacare, officially known as the Affordable Care Act, was passed in 2010 and was considered the signature legislative accomplishment of the first term in the Obama administration.

A consequence of the ruling is that the Supreme Court will not need to consider the case, as it must first go to a lower court. That will push the final fate of the law beyond the date of the 2020 election.

President Donald Trump promised to repeal Obamacare as part of his 2016 campaign, but Republicans failed to garner the votes for a repeal in 2017.

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) praised the ruling in a tweet on Wednesday.

“Obamacare has failed to live up to its promises,” he tweeted.

“This ruling highlights the need to modernize and personalize health care for every American,” he added. “Republicans are focused on protecting people with pre-existing conditions and lowering the cost of care.”

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra decried the decision, saying, “For now, the President got the gift he wanted — uncertainty in the healthcare system and a pathway to repeal — so that the healthcare that seniors, workers and families secured under the Affordable Care Act can be yanked from under them.”

Here’s more about the ruling:

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: Appeals court rules individual mandate in Obamacare unconstitutional

“I am in this fight with you and I am fighting for you.”

First lady Melania Trump faced some spirited boos from teens attending a youth opioid event in Baltimore, Maryland, but her response was all class.

Rather than reciprocating the animosity, she defended them and their right to free speech.

“We live in a democracy and everyone is entitled to their opinion,” the first lady said in a statement released Wednesday, “but the fact is we have a serious crisis in our country and I remain committed to educating children on the dangers and deadly consequences of drug abuse.”

The first lady was at the Baltimore Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness on Tuesday when she was booed by the audience. She also received some cheers of support.

Supporters of the president pointed out that they had booed her on the day that the president had announced that he would donate the third quarter of his presidential salary to fighting the opioid crisis.

Despite the acrimony from the audience, the first lady told them in her speech on Tuesday that she supported their campaign to end opioid abuse.

“Promoting education and awareness on these issues will always be one of my top priorities,” she said.

“I am in this fight with you and I am fighting for you,” she concluded.

Here’s the video of the booing:

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: First lady Melania Trump issues a statement about teens booing her in Baltimore, and it’s all class

Will we finally get some answers?

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) called on the State Department to provide documents related to the claims that Joe Biden abused the office of vice president in his relations with Ukraine during the Obama administration.

Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, made the request in a letter published on Thursday and tweeted about the probe.

“Today, I sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting documents related to contacts between: Vice President Biden, Hunter Biden, other Obama administration officials and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko,” he tweeted.

The accusations center around suspicions that Biden used his position as vice president to withhold support from Ukraine until they fired a prosecutor that was looking into corruption at the energy company Burisma. That company had also hired Hunter Biden, prompting many to wonder if Biden was trying to help his son by abusing his office.

“Why would you wanna fire the guy after he prosecuted the person you said was the dirtiest person in all of Ukraine?” said Graham to Sean Hannity about the probe.

“I want to know are there any transcripts or readouts of the phone calls between the vice president and the president of the Ukraine in February, after the raid on the gas company president’s house,” he explained.

“After this raid, Hunter Biden kicks in, Hunter Biden’s law business partner meets with John Kerry, and Vice President Biden on three occasions makes a phone call to the President of Ukraine, and goes over there in March, and they fire the guy!” Graham added.

Here’s video of Graham on Ukraine:

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: Lindsey Graham officially opens investigation into Joe Biden, his son, and their dealings in Ukraine

This will make his critics very sad.

A new poll shows that a majority of Americans give President Donald Trump a credit for the ISIS raid in north Syria that resulted in the death of terrorist leader Abu al-Baghdadi.

According to the ABC News/Washington Post poll, 54 percent of Americans polled said that the president deserved credit for the raid.

Of those, 22 percent say he deserves great credit, while 32 percent say he deserves some credit.

This rating, however, lags behind the percentage of Americans who credit former President Barack Obama for the raid that took the life of al-Qaeda terrorist Osama Bin Laden. That stands at 76 percent.

Despite a majority crediting him for the death of al-Baghdadi, more Americans also believe that his foreign policies have left the U.S. weakened around the world.

The president has irked his critics among the left by tweeting a photoshop of the military dog that cornered al-Baghdadi and forced him to detonate his suicide vest.

On Wednesday the Pentagon released drone footage of the raid, including the total destruction of the base.

Here’s more about the ISIS raid:

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: New poll shows a majority of Americans give Trump credit for the ISIS raid

Is the leaker motivated by political bias?

The whistleblower whose complaint led to the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump is reportedly a registered Democrat, according to a report by CNN on Thursday.

“The Lead” anchor Jake Tapper announced the report based on an anonymous source.

“A source familiar with the whistleblower investigation tells me that the political bias referred to by the intelligence community Inspector General is that the whistleblower is a registered Democrat,” Tapper reported.

Allies of the president on social media responded to the report by concluding that the whistleblower was motivated by political animus against Republicans and the president’s agenda.

The impeachment inquiry by House Democrats commenced on the basis of accusations stemming from the complaint by a whistleblower who claimed Trump acted inappropriately in a phone call with the Ukrainian president.

Trump and his supporters have accused Democrats of using the accusations in order to defend Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden from claims of corruption.

Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney, has claimed that he is the true whistleblower, because he uncovered the alleged corruption committed by Biden to defend his son, Hunter Biden.

Here’s the latest in the whistleblower scandal:

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: CNN report says Ukraine whistleblower is a registered Democrat

This is probably not what Democrats were expecting

A new poll shows that the approval rating for President Donald Trump among Americans has actually grown despite the constant drumbeat of new accusations from Democrats seeking impeachment.

The poll from HarrisX and The Hill shows that the approval rating for the president is at 49 percent, the highest rating he’s received thus far this year.

This represents a 2 percentage point gain from a previous poll in September.

The poll was conducted a week after Democrats announced the commencement of a formal impeachment inquiry against the president based on allegations from a government whistleblower.

While some polls have shown the Democratic presidential candidates to have an edge over the president in the 2020 re-election campaign, Trump has claimed that impeachment proceedings have made him more popular.

Although this latest approval rating is highest for the current year, it falls short of the high rating of 51 percent approval from August of the previous year.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) caved to far left progressive demands in her party to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump after a whistleblower accused the president of improper demands during a phone call with the Ukrainian president.

Another poll shows that support for impeachment has grown, but is still far below reaching a majority of Americans.

Here’s the latest in the impeachment saga:

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: New poll shows support for President Trump growing despite impeachment campaign by Democrats

This is why appointing federal judges is so important

A federal judge knocked down a new Californian law requiring presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns in order to appear on primary ballots, which was clearly targeting President Donald Trump.

U.S. District Judge Morrison England Jr. issued the temporary injunction on Thursday and said he would put out a final order soon, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The law was seen as a swipe against Trump, who has resisted releasing his tax returns. His critics have accused him of covering up damaging information, but he is not required by law to release them, only by convention.

The law was signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in July.

Judge England said that the law would cause “irreparable harm without temporary relief” for candidates including Trump.

The ruling is expected to be challenged by Californian officials.

The president sued in August against the law, and his lawyers argued that it violated his right to privacy.

The judge also said he wanted to avoid creating a “hodgepodge of laws around the country,” as different states enact their own election rules.

England was appointed by former President George W. Bush to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.

California’s liberal lawmakers have emerged as some of the more vehement opponents of the president. On Wednesday, Gov. Newsom angrily denounced the president over his decision to end their waivers on federal automobile emission standards.

“This was a move, demonstrable move to assert power and dominance aggressively against the state,” he said to reporters.

Here’s more on California’s war against Trump:

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: Breaking: Federal judge hands Trump a big victory against California for 2020 election

Finally some answers are coming

The highly anticipated report of the investigation into alleged FISA abuses under the Obama administration has been delivered to U.S. Attorney General Barr, according to a statement released by the Inspector General on Friday.

Michael Horowitz made the announcement via a letter to congressional leaders.

“We have now begun the process of finalizing our report by providing a draft of our factual findings to the Department and FBI for classification determination and marking,” he said in the letter.

“As I noted in my June correspondence to you, my direction to our team has been to follow the evidence wherever it leads and to complete the review as quickly as possible,” continued Horowitz. “Consistent with this guidance, the team has reviewed over one million records and conducted over 100 interviews, including several of witnesses who only recently agreed to be interviewed.”

Allies of the president have accused members of the former administration of illegally surveilling the Trump campaign after the 2016 election.

Defenders of the Obama administration say the actions were legal and necessary as a part of the investigation into Russian interference in the election, and now unsubstantiated suspicions of collusion.

President Donald Trump began the very public firestorm himself when he tweeted in March 2017 the allegation that the Obama administration had ordered his “wires tapped” at Trump Tower just before the 2016 election.

In response to the tweet, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said at the time that it would be an enormous national scandal if proven true.

“The president of the United States is claiming that the former president of the United States ordered wiretapping of his campaign last year,” said Graham. “I don’t know if it’s true or not but if it is true, illegally, it would be the biggest political scandal since Watergate.”

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: Breaking: Inspector General delivers draft report of FISA abuses under Obama to AG Barr

“This is a landmark day”

President Donald Trump announced the establishment of the U.S. Space Command from the Rose Garden of the White House Thursday.

The president congratulated General Jay Raymond as the first commander of the US Space Command. Raymond had been in command of the Air Force Space Command since October 2016.

The Space Command is not the much promised “Space Force,” which the president said would follow soon.

“SpaceCom will soon be followed, very importantly, by the establishment of the United States Space Force as the sixth branch of the United States Armed Forces, and that’s really something when you think about it,” he said.

“The Space Force will organize, train, and equip warriors to support SpaceCom’s mission,” the president explained.

Establishing the Space Force as the sixth branch of the military would need congressional approval.

“SpaceCom will ensure that America’s dominance in space is never questioned, and never threatened,” Trump added, “because we know the best way to prevent conflict is to prepare for victory.”

The president also unfurled a Space Command flag during the ceremony, alongside Vice President Mike Pence.

The 2020 Trump re-election campaign made Space Force shirts and hats available for purchase after the announcement.

Here’s a news report about the newest military branch:

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: President Trump establishes the Space Command, says Space Force to follow soon

Another leaker caught?

A personal assistant to President Donald Trump reportedly resigned abruptly on Thursday for divulging information to the media.

The New York Times reported that Madeleine Westerhout, director of Oval Office operations, met with reporters in New Jersey for an off-the-record dinner while the president was on vacation.

Westerhout reportedly shared information with the reporters about the Trump family and other affairs in the White House.

The Times said that the administration has labeled Westerhout a “separated employee” and will not allow her back into the White House.

Westerhout was born in California and worked previously as an intern on the 2012 presidential campaign for Mitt Romney.

Some questioned her loyalty to the president after a recent book about the White House reported that she cried in anguish in 2016 when the election results rolled in.

In 2016, she worked as a “greeter girl” for visitors to the Trump Tower during the transition period after the election.

Westerhout had served the president as his personal assistant since the first day of his presidency.

Here’s a video report about the rise of Westerhout:

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: Trump admin finds a leaker to the media — and she was very close to the president.

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