Obama stakes final two years on climate change . . . With just two years left in power, President Barack Obama is elevating his efforts to combat global warming as he seeks to leave an imprint on the world that will endure after he’s gone. It’s a strategy rooted not only in Obama’s long-stated support for such efforts, but also in political reality.
Although Obama has long sought to rally action against climate change, White House aides say the issue has become even more attractive after the election because it’s one where Obama has considerable leverage to act without Congress. Associated Press
Gruber said Obama’s promises were false . . . “I know zero credible evidence to support that conclusion,” Gruber told the non-partisan FactCheck.org in Feb. 2008 about proposals offered by Obama and his Democratic challenger at the time, Hillary Clinton. Clinton claimed that her plan — which, unlike Obama’s, included the individual mandate — would save the average American family $2,200 per year. Obama said the plan would save families $2,500. Daily Caller
Paul wants our money back . . . “The one thing we can do is that this Mr. Gruber, this Jonathan Gruber, he was paid and now he’s admitted he was deceptive and deceitful, I’m going to ask for an investigation from the investigator general and ask that he return his pay,” said Sen. Rand Paul. Daily Caller
Illegals to get benefits under Obama plan . . . Illegal aliens who get Obama’s likely forthcoming executive amnesty will have immediate access to welfare and other public benefits, according to a new report from the Federation of American Immigration Reform (FAIR). “Obama’s executive amnesty isn’t only unconstitutional but costly; from day one it opens up federal and state benefits to individuals who are still illegal aliens, regardless of the label the President puts on them,” FAIR executive director Julie Kirchner told Breitbart News.
Obama net neutrality plan would cause new tax . . . Internet users would be forced to pay a new federal tax on their monthly bills if the government approves regulations recently endorsed by President Obama, a member of the Federal Communications Commission predicts. Fox News
USDA misspent $2.4B on Food Stamps . . . The Office of Inspector General said the government has been building up the food “safety net” for decades, adding programs so that now one in four Americans now receive federal food assistance. Free Beacon
Christie has shed at least 100 pounds . . . a doctor who was shown before and after pictures of the potential Republican presidential candidate – once an estimated 200 pounds overweight – believes he has shed at least half of those excess pounds. Daily Mail
Christie to GOP: Compromise . . . Making a rare Capitol Hill appearance, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday encouraged the GOP’s newest members of Congress to embrace compromise and common ground as they shift to a governing role following their party’s midterm rout. Associated Press