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Medicaid Blows $109 Billion on Promotional “Demonstrations”

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Judicial Watch Sues For Records on Failed $7 Billion School Grants Program Under Obama

From CNS News: Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit on June 5 to obtain records from the Department of Education after the department reported the Obama administration’s $7 billion School Improvement Grants (SIG) program had “no significant impacts on math and reading test scores, high school…

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Report: Education Dept. Official Received Secret Bonuses Despite Losing Billions to Fraud, Corruption

From the Washington Free Beacon: A senior Education Department official who abruptly resigned last month after a dispute with Secretary Betsy DeVos received hundreds of thousands of dollars in off-the-books bonuses over a seven-year period, according to a new report. James Runcie, an Obama administration appointee who served as chief…

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Judicial Watch sues for George Soros funding records

From The Washington Times: Judicial Watch just launched a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development, USAID, for records related to taxpayer funding of George Soror-tied political activities. Go, Judicial Watch. Specifically, the watchdog group wants to know how many tax dollars have…

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U.S. taxpayers funded Trump-Nazi billboard in Phoenix

From the World Tribune: A billboard in downtown Phoenix which depicts President Donald Trump as a Nazi was paid for with taxpayer dollars and will remain standing as long as he is in the White House. According to records obtained by Judicial Watch, the billboard was commissioned by longtime patron…

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Medicaid Blows $109 Billion on Promotional “Demonstrations”

In a classic example of government waste, the taxpayer-funded program (Medicaid) that provides health insurance for the poor spends over $100 billion on “demonstrations” to promote the benefit that already covers millions of people nationwide. That’s an astounding 33% of Medicaid’s total federal budget for experiments and projects that supposedly…

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Secret Service asked for $60 million extra for Trump-era travel and protection, documents show

From The Washington Post: The U.S. Secret Service requested $60 million in additional funding for the next year, offering the most precise estimate yet of the escalating costs for travel and protection resulting from the unusually complicated lifestyle of the Trump family, according to internal agency documents reviewed by The…

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$8.5 Billion U.S. Counter Narcotics Effort in Afghanistan Boosts Opium Production

The U.S. government’s multi-billion-dollar effort to counter narcotics in Afghanistan is a humiliating failure that’s resulted in a huge increase in poppy cultivation and opium production. Despite the free-flow of American tax dollars to combat the crisis, opium production rose 43% in the Islamic nation, to an estimated 4,800 tons,…

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Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Getaway Offers Fodder for Critics

From U.S. News & World Report: Now it’s President Donald Trump’s turn to be the target of the vacation critics. In office for two weeks, he is planning to spend this weekend at his posh seaside resort, Mar-a-Lago in Florida. And the criticism has begun. Politico reports the trip could…

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President Trump’s $3 Million Mar-a-Lago Getaway

Dear Editor/Broadcaster, According to Politico, President Donald Trump’s upcoming getaway to Mar-a-Lago could cost taxpayers upwards of $3 million. Judicial Watch led the way in exposing President Obama’s jaunts that cost taxpayers at least $96 million during his eight years in office. And JW President Tom Fitton is already making…

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Trump’s Mar-a-Lago getaway could cost taxpayers more than $3 million

From Politico: The Florida trip is Trump’s first getaway as president and is expected to be part business, part pleasure. He will reunite with his wife, Melania, who has been living in Trump Tower in Manhattan as their 10-year-old son Barron finishes the school year, and there are rumors he…

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Food-Stamp Recipients Can Order from Amazon, Other Online Retailers

Food-stamp recipients can use their taxpayer-funded benefit to order online from retailers like Amazon under a new Obama administration initiative that aims to facilitate the shopping experience for rural and urban residents. It marks the latest of many costly experiments by the administration to expand the fraud-infested program, which has…

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Obama’s Travel Cost Taxpayers More Than $96 Million

From The Washington Free Beacon: Michelle Obama took her daughters to ski in Aspen in February 2016, spending $222,875.58 in travel costs alone. This did not include costs for accommodations, meals, rental cars, ski lift tickets, or attendant costs for U.S. Secret Service personnel. The First Lady also took her daughters to Morocco,…

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Final tally: President sticks taxpayers with $100M vacation tab

From WND: As a candidate in 2008, then Sen. Barack Obama, R-Ill., vowed he would give up vacations if elected president, in order to completely focus on his job. Fast-forward to the present, and it is now projected Obama will have spent more than $100 million taxpayer dollars on vacations…

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Judicial Watch: New Obama Travel Costs Bring Eight-Year Total over $96 Million

‘Earth Day’ Travel Bill Over $1 Million, Hillary Clinton’s Ride on Air Force One Cost $360,000 (Washington DC)—Judicial Watch announced today that it has received new documents from both the Secret Service and the Air Force relating to Obama travel expenses, bringing the known total over the past eight years…

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Obama and family arrive in Hawaii for final taxpayer-funded vacation

From the Washington Examiner: Obama descended the steps of Air Force One at 10:45 p.m. HST at a tropical 70-degree temperature, according to press pool reports. Gov. David Ige, D-Hawaii; Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell; Sen. Brian Schatz, R-Hawaii; and Adm. Harry Harris, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command were on…

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Medicaid Blew $26 Mil on Health Coverage for Dead People

The government spent a breathtaking $26 million to provide dead people—who were poor when they were alive—with health insurance in one state alone, according to a new federal audit. The benefit was administered through Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance program for the needy and the astonishing multi-million-dollar figure applies to…

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Final Tally on Obama’s 2015 Family Vacation to Hawaii Is Out. And the Cost to Taxpayers Is Astronomical…

From the Independent Review Journal: Already, Trump has made one significant announcement about how he intends to cut taxpayers’ costs on presidential travel. After being criticized for first saying he’s putting the nix on a $4 billion contract with Boeing to develop new Air Force One planes, he has since stated that…

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U.S. Illegally Dispensed $60 Mil to Combat African Ebola Crisis, Money Keeps Flowing

In its crusade to tackle the Ebola crisis in Africa the Obama administration violated its own laws by frantically doling out tens of millions of dollars to leftist groups that claimed they could help control the virus from spreading in the continent’s western region. Congress dedicated a breathtaking $2.5 billion…

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Judicial Watch: Appeals Court Hearing on Taxpayer Lawsuit Fighting Against Funding for Illegal Alien Students

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced an appeals court hearing will be held Thursday, November 3, 2016,  on whether to reinstate Judicial Watch’s taxpayer lawsuit seeking to end University of California Regents expenditures of as much as $27.1 million for non-resident tuition waivers and financial aid to illegal alien students…

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Food Stamp Craze: U.S. Spends $3.6 Billion to Give $70 Billion in Benefits

Not only does the government spend a breathtaking $70 billion a year to give a record number of people food stamps, it wastes billions more to administer the bloated welfare program. Some states spend a lot more than others to distribute the free food vouchers and the discrepancies are downright…


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