The Tonight Show

Yes, President Obama, you’re spying on Americans

Rest easy, folks, President Barack Obama wants to assure you that the government isn’t spying on Americans, despite reports that the National Security Agency is collecting phone data of virutally every cell phone and Internet user in the country.

“We don’t have a domestic spying program,” President Obama declared during an appearance on The Tonight Show. “What we do have are some mechanisms where we can track a phone number or an email address that we know is connected to some sort of terrorist threat. And that information is useful.”

Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), who recently pushed an unsuccessful amendment to limit NSA data collection, contests that assertion.

“There is a program — that the Director of National Intelligence declassified, they’ve revealed it — that collects the records of every single American in the United States, regardless of whether they’re connected to any terrorist threat,” Amash told Laura Ingraham on Wednesday. “So when he says we’re tracking phone records and emails of people who are just connected to terrorist threats, that’s not true.”

Jay Leno takes a jab at ObamaCare exemption for Congress

Jay Leno

During his monologue on Friday, Jay Leno, host of NBC’s The Tonight Show, took a jab at the exemption that members of Congress and their aides will get from ObamaCare.

“[I]t was reported today that the White House just approved an exemption in ObamaCare coverage for Congress and members of their staff,” said Leno to a chorus of boos from the crowd.

“Yeah, well, members complained that the Affordable Care Act will cost them thousands extra a year in premiums. Wait, it’s their bill. If it’s too expensive, why did they name it the Affordable Care Act? You see?” he asked rhetorically. “Why don’t they call it what it really is - the ‘Do As We Say, Not As We Do Act?’ That is what the name of, that’s the name of the bill.”

Here’s video of Leno’s comments via the Media Research Center:

Members of Congress and congressional staffers will still receive nearly 75% contribution from the federal government to help pay for their health insurance coverage. That was at risk due to a provision of ObamaCare. But a new rule brokered last week by President Barack Obama and the White House allowed the contribution to remain in place.

They will have to go through ObamaCare’s health insurance exchanges to purchase coverage. However, they will not be eligible for the subsidies provided under the law, which would have increased their out of pocket costs for health insurance.

Ron Paul will not run as a third party candidate

There was a lot of speculation leading up to Rep. Ron Paul’s appearance on The Tonight Show last night. Breitbart quoted a source who said that Rep. Paul was a “Republican no more” after the events that transpired at the RNC and was seriously considering a third party or Independent bid for president, even this late in the game. Others thought that Paul would endorse Gov. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee.

When asked by Jay Leno if he was planning a third party bid, Rep. Paul jokingly said, “No, not much. I have to prepare for 2016.” Paul explained that it would be too difficult to run as a third party, noting that had he done that, he would have never made it onto Leno’s show. Paul also made no mention or endorsement of Gov. Johnson. In fact, Jesse Benton, who served as Paul’s campaign chairman, said in advance of the show that Paul would not endorse Johnson.

In case you missed it, here is the full segment with Paul:

Ron Paul visits with Jay Leno

In case you missed it, Ron Paul appear on The Tonight Show on Friday evening. Paul was joined by Joe Rogan, a former television host and avid supporter. This is by far one of the best appearances I’ve seen from Paul, who spoke very passionately — but focused — about economics and the Federal Reserve, among other issues.

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