WASHINGTON — Less than a year before Americans will be required to have insurance under President Obama´s healthcare law, many of its backers are growing increasingly anxious that premiums could jump, driven up by the legislation itself. Higher premiums could undermine a core promise of the Affordable Care Act: to make basic health protections available to all Americans for the first time. Major rate increases also threaten to cause a backlash just as the law is supposed to deliver many key benefits Obama promised when he signed it in 2010.
The producer of Maker´s Mark bourbon is reversing a decision to cut the amount of alcohol in bottles of its famous whiskey. Rob Samuels, Maker´s Mark´s chief operating officer, said Sunday that it is restoring the alcohol volume of its product to its historic level of 45 percent, or 90 proof. Last week, it said it was lowering the amount to 42 percent, or 84 proof, because of a supply shortage. The company in a statement on its website on Sunday said to its followers: "You spoke. We listened. And we´re sincerely sorry we let you down."
Mayor Bloomberg wants to double down on electric vehicles, but it’s a bad bet for New York. In his State of the City speech last week, Bloomberg said he wants to add 10,000 new electric-vehicle charging stations over the next seven years. To that end, he wants the City Council to amend building codes so that 20 percent of all new parking spaces must be “wired and ready for electric vehicles.” The city can be as “wired and ready” as Bloomberg likes, but he can’t make consumers buy electric cars. More important, he can’t overcome
Presidents Day is ostensibly a time to celebrate the great men who helped shape the nation. It’s an oddly named holiday, if for no other reason than few would hold the presidents with equal reverence. Once upon a time, we celebrated the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln separately, an honor befitting their outsized legacies. It’s universally accepted that their accomplishments merit unequal treatment in that regard. It was Richard Nixon, of all people, who decided to replace Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays for the more generic Presidents Day,
‘I’m not interested in politics,” Rick Warren announced to a small press gathering. While such a statement from a religious leader is not all that unusual, it was quite countercultural in Washington, D.C., on the day of the president’s State of the Union address. Warren, the Evangelical author of The Purpose-Driven Life, which has sold more than 30 million copies and been translated into more than 50 languages, leads southern California’s Saddleback Church, where he once hosted a presidential forum between John McCain and Barack Obama, back in the day. Warren is not shy about sharing that he
The trashing of Ted Cruz continues apace in the bien-pensant MSM. From the New York Times, to the Washington Post, to Politico and elsewhere, the liberal media has the new Republican Senator from Texas in its sights. Joe Scarborough is clearly camped out on the Cruz-bashing bandwagon. Earlier this month, so offended was the sensitive Scarborough by Cruz that he wouldn´t deign to mention him by name. Today, not to be outdone by Frank Bruni, who called Cruz "an ornery, swaggering piece of work," Scarborough declared that Cruz acts like "a carnival barker at a
Every religion has its martyrs, and so it is with the American Left. Myths have been built around myriad “wronged” radicals/communists and endless ink spilled about the injustice of their fate. Indeed, when I looked at more than 15 mainstream U.S. college history textbooks several years ago for my 48 Liberal Lies of American History, almost all of them flatly stated or strongly implied that Sacco and Vanzetti, the Rosenbergs, and Alger Hiss, among others, were prosecuted only for their ideology, not for their crimes. In fact, the leftist hall of shame is filled with culprits who were actually
President Barack Obama´s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced last April that the "Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions" would be updated so an employer´s use of an "individual’s criminal history in making employment decisions may, in some instances, violate the prohibition against employment discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964." EEOC spokeswoman Christine Nazer wrote in an e-mail to Breitbart News: The EEOC does not--and cannot--force employers to hire ex-convicts... Our interest in employers making employment decisions based on arrest and conviction records is based on
In case anyone hadn’t spotted it by now, culture is the vital element in the success or failure of everything: from our sports teams, to our businesses, to our country as a whole. A bad culture is blamed for our failures, but is frequently overlooked as part of success. Yesterday saw it come to the fore again – in the form of Bob Diamond exposing the negatives of banking culture at the Treasury Select Committee, and across the city, David Cameron enthusing us at the launch of another tech start-up initiative ...
Fox News Watch, Fox’s media bias program, took on the media coverage of the State of the Union and Marco Rubio‘s awkward water bottle moment in his response. Kirsten Powers went after President Obama the hardest, criticizing the media for fawning over every single speech Obama says and derisively saying that being a liberal is more than just liking “every stupid idea” the president has. (Snip) Jon Scott said that most of the media gave Obama a thumbs up for the State of the Union address. Powers said the media finds every one of Obama’s speeches “brilliant,”
Dr. Ben Carson made quite a splash with his remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast — even recently eliciting a “Ben Carson for President” editorial from the Wall Street Journal. On Sunday, Carson paid a visit to This Week to react to the paper’s statement as well as the “overwhelming” response he’s received. “Before I gave that talk, I prayed and asked God to give me wisdom — what to say, what would resonate what would be important,” Carson said, asked about the response to his remarks. Adding that he didn’t feel it was “particularly political,”
In anticipation of Jesse Jackson Jr.´s indictment on Friday afternoon, Jonathan Allen and John Bresnahan at the Politico seemed all too willing to hand out sympathy cards to Jackson and his wife, both of whom stand to do time in prison for offenses relating to their raid of the congressman´s campaign funds. Specifically, the Politico pair wrote: "It’s a story of a Chicago power couple that lost track of the line between campaign cash and personal funds in a spiral of money troubles." Gosh, I didn´t know that line was so blurred. Excerpts from the write-up follow the
The recession has caused new retirees to be worse off financially than their parents when they finally leave the workforce. It is the first time since the Depression in the 1930s that America´s elderly have less to look forward to than earlier generations. The Washington Post reports that economists on either side of the aisle agree that the combination of a number of negative factors means that the downward shift means that retirees may have to rely on younger relatives in order to survive. ´This is the first time that Americans are going to be relatively worse off than their
Barack Obama has kept the press well away this President’s Day (Washington´s Birthday) weekend (hat tip: Drudge Report) as he golfs with Tiger Woods in Florida. As Politico’s Dylan Byers writes: [Snip] "Speaking on behalf of the White House Correspondents Association, I can say a broad cross section of our members from print, radio, online and TV have today expressed extreme frustration to me about having absolutely no access to the President of the United States this entire weekend," Henry said in a statement, relayed in a White House pool report. "There is a very simple but important principle
Secretary of State John Kerry says looming sequestration cuts that will reduce the State Department’s fiscal year 2013 budget by $2.6 billion could affect sensitive areas like diplomatic security and aid to Israel – but is silent on Pakistan, a country that alone accounts for $2.4 billion in the existing FY2013 request. In a letter last week to Senate Appropriations Committee chairwoman Sen. Barbara Milkuski (D-Md.), Kerry said the across-the-board cut of $2.6 billion “would seriously impair our ability to execute our vital missions of national security, diplomacy and development.” Some $850 million would have
I had not intended to write about the Eastleigh by-election this week, since it is still very hard to reach any judgment on which factors will influence electors there.[Snip] Perhaps the most interesting speculation revolves around the Labour candidate, John O´Farrell. It was not in any off-the-cuff, over-the-top, spur-of-the-moment that Mr O´Farrell expressed his support for the SinnFein/IRA terrorists who attempted to murder Margaret Thatcher in the Brighton bombing. He put his thoughts into a book. It was published. They are on the record. He wrote that he was disappointed that Mrs Thatcher survived. "Why did she have to leave
The commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said Sunday coalition forces will comply with President Hamid Karzai’s directive banning national forces from calling in coalition airstrikes, an order that has left some Afghans troubled. U.S. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, just days into his new post, told reporters Karzai was exercising “sovereignty” and that there were ways for the coalition to support the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) other than the use of air ordnance. “We are prepared to provide support in line with the president’s intent,”
It started last June when Barclays was ordered to pay a $360m (£230m) fine over allegations its traders had manipulated Libor, one of the world’s most important interest rates. Since then, in an extraordinary eight-month period, a roster of top British companies has been fined an unprecedented $10.9bn by US authorities ranging from the Department of Justice (DoJ) to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Just days after Barclays was hit with its fine, drug maker GlaxoSmithKline agreed to hand over $3bn for mismarketing anti-depressants to children. Last August, Standard Chartered paid $340m to settle allegations it violated America’s
Whole Foods CEO John Mackey delivered the opening keynote address for the International Students for Liberty Conference this weekend. Mackey stressed that capitalism has the power to eradicate poverty in the next century, expressed concern over capitalism’s “branding problem”, and maintained that “self-interest” alone is an insufficient moral foundation for the system. The themes presented by Mackey closely followed the premises of his new book, Conscious Capitalism. Mackey’s analysis re-framed the issue of income inequality. Proponents of government control often point to wealth disparity as a social evil resulting from capitalism. However, Mackey noted that since capitalism’s development
In terms of a family car vacation, the ancient asteroid that flew by Earth Friday may have seemed far away -- 17,200 miles. In astronomical terms, however, Asteroid 2012 AD 14 was actually very close, much closer, for example, than the Moon´s 239,000 miles. And computer projections of that asteroid´s Earth-like orbit into the future currently forecast an upcoming earthly encounter of the explosive kind. More on that disastrous possibility in a minute.
State and county officials are trying to determine why a developmentally disabled man died Saturday after off-duty sheriff´s deputies tried to remove him from a Frederick movie theater. The Frederick County Bureau of Investigation and the Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are investigating the death of Robert E. Saylor, 26, of New Market, after he suffered a medical emergency at the Regal Cinemas Westview Stadium 16, a Frederick County Sheriff´s Office news release stated.
Breitbart News editor-at-large Ben Shapiro will give a keynote address at the California Republican Party convention this March, taking the spot previously scheduled for Karl Rove. According to the Sacramento Bee, "Rove´s talk has been moved to the Saturday luncheon because of a scheduling conflict," and the CA Republican Party "had been seeking to book a speaker who would appeal to conservatives in light of a rift caused by Rove´s newly announced Conservative Victory Project." Conservatives and Tea Partiers have claimed Rove´s super PAC was created to go to war against them in Republican primaries.
In one of the fastest enforcement actions ever filed for suspicious trading, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has frozen a Swiss trading account that turned a $90,000 options play into $1.7 million profit just before Heinz’s recent $23 billion buyout by billionaire Warren Buffett and Brazilian equity firm 3G Capital. "If we didn´t act [to freeze assets] and ended up proving a case of insider trading but the money had gone, it would be a pyrrhic victory," said chief of the SEC market abuse enforcement unit Daniel Hawke. Heinz stock price skyrocketed $12.02 upon news of the
Actor Alec Baldwin allegedly calls a black Post photographer a racial epithet, a "crackhead" and a "drug dealer" during a confrontation on an East Village street yesterday morning, prompting police to intervene.Baldwin had first been approached by a Post reporter while walking his dogs outside his East 10th Street pad at around 10:50 a.m. He was asked for comment on a lawsuit against his wife, Hilaria, involving her work as a yoga instructor.
Connecticut police found thousands of dollars worth of violent video games in the home of Adam Lanza, who mercilessly gunned down 20 children and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December. During a search of the Newtown home he shared with his mother, Nancy Lanza, who also died Dec. 10 at the hands of her son, authorities discovered what appeared to be dozens, if not hundreds, of graphically violent games, the Hartford Courant reported.