A 17,000-employee Florida theme park says it´s dropping healthcare benefits for part-time workers as a result of President Obama´s healthcare law. Universal Orlando will quit offering coverage because its bare-bones plan is about to become illegal, according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel. Only about 500 of the park´s thousands of part-time workers are enrolled in the healthcare plan, the Sentinel reported. Universal offers what´s known as a "mini-med" plan. The policies offer low premiums, but also come with tight caps on the benefits they´ll pay out. Universal´s, for example, will only cover $5,000 per year in hospital stays.
First lady Michelle Obama will return to Chicago next week as part of a nationwide tour to promote her children’s health campaign and announce how schools will bring back physical activity, according to a press release. The two-day trip highlights the third anniversary of “Let’s Move,” an initiative that promotes health and physical activity in children. The tour stops in Chicago on Feb. 28 and will showcase the initiative’s progress since 2010, the release states. Obama was in Chicago earlier this month, when she attended the funeral of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton,
The Pentagon notified Congress on Wednesday it will be furloughing its civilian workforce of 800,000 employees if sequestration goes into effect March 1. Defense officials have warned lawmakers that sequestration will devastate the military and lead to a hollow force, but the civilian furloughs will be one of the first major impacts felt by the across-the-board cuts. The Pentagon furloughs will affect civilians across the country. Pentagon officials have said that civilians could face up to 22 days of furloughs, one per week, through the end of the fiscal year in September.
In a lecture to conservatives at the Las Vegas Country Club, Frank Fahrenkopf, co-chair of the Commission on Presidential Debates, admitted that the selection of CNN´s Candy Crowley to moderate the second presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney in October 2012 had been a "mistake." Crowley stirred controversy by intervening in the town hall-style debate to support Obama´s contention that he had referred to the Sep. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi as a terrorist attack the day after it had occurred.
John Kerry on Wednesday ripped his former colleagues in Congress for contributing to public opposition to foreign aid during his first major address as secretary of State. Kerry said many Americans believe that the United States spends 25 percent of its budget on foreign affairs, instead of the real figure of just over 1 percent. He said politicians looking for an applause line have contributed to that misperception. “Where do you think this idea comes from?” Kerry asked. “Well I´ll tell you, it´s pretty simple. As a recovering politician, I can tell you that nothing gets a crowd clapping
The USDA is under fire for spending $200,000 of taxpayers money on a mandatory ´Cultural Sensitivity Training´ program in which employees were told to refer to the Pilgrims as ´illegal aliens´ and minorities as ´emerging majorities´. In previously unseen footage, diversity trainer Samuel Betances, who describes himself as a ´citizen of the world´, tells the audience to repeat that ´every federal agency has discriminated against African-Americans, Hispanics, Native American Indians and other groups.´ Made public on the government watchdog website Judicial Watch who obtained it through a Freedom of Information made on May 18th, 2012, Betances says that everyone
This year, late-night host Conan O’Brien will be headlining the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. It will be his second time doing so at the so-called “nerd prom.” White House Correspondents Association president Ed Henry tweeted the news on Wednesday: [Tweet] In addition to the dinner on April 27, O’Brien reportedly “privately agreed to join forces with the Correspondents’ Association on other initiatives focused on the group’s scholarship fund.” The last time O’Brien entertained at the event was in 1995.
The parents of a toddler with spinal bifida are outraged after TSA officials forced their daughter to undergo a series of additional security measures ahead of their flight to Disney World. Nathan and Annie Forck were flying out of their home state of Missouri on a February 8 flight bound for Orlando, Florida with their wheelchair-bound daughter Lucy and their two other children. Mrs Forck took a six-minute video detailing their toddler’s cries as she said through tears that she didn’t want to go to Disney World anymore, and is claiming the TSA discriminates against people who use mobility devices.
The future is murky for former NJ governor and fallen financial titan Jon Corzine. Two directors of the National Futures Association will move tomorrow to ban Corzine from the multibillion-dollar futures trading industry in light of the scandalous collapse of MF Global — the commodity futures brokerage firm Corzine once headed. If the motion is approved, NFA would hold hearings to determine whether Corzine, MF’s former CEO, deserves a “lifetime ban” from the industry. Such a ban could hinder his reported plans to launch a hedge fund. "He [Corzine] doesn’t need to be near
Twenty minutes into her February 20 Jansing & Co. program, MSNBC anchor Chris Jansing noted that former Illinois Democrat Jesse Jackson was entering a federal courtroom later that hour to plead guilty to campaign finance violations. Only Jansing left out the part about Jackson being a Democrat. What´s more, while Jansing noted that Jackson´s wife Sandi was answering charges of filing false tax returns, she failed to note that Sandi Jackson, also a Democrat, resigned her seat as Chicago city alderman in January.
The city of Santa Fe has released the names of dozens of people who recently surrendered guns to police despite promises of anonymity. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the city released this week to a city finance committee a list of people who got IOUs when they surrendered their guns at police headquarters after the city´s gun buyers ran out of pre-paid Visa gift cards. Among the names released were Brian Egolf, a Santa Fe lawyer and Democratic state legislator, who surrendered a Russian-made assault rifle and two handguns.
During the 2012 election campaign, Democrats denied that ObamaCare made $716 billion in cuts to Medicare in order to provide funding toward $1.9 trillion in new entitlement spending over the next ten years. In an announcement on Friday, however, the Obama administration revealed that it would be significantly reducing funding for Medicare, a move that one health insurance analyst said “would turn almost every plan in the industry unprofitable.” Health insurance stocks tumbled following the announcement that a big chunk of the Medicare cuts would come from the popular Medicare Advantage program, a market-oriented system in which participants can
There are more than 580,000 additional people in work than twelve months ago. The jobless total fell by 14,000 in the last three months for which we have figures, and the total number of people who are unavailable for work is now lower than at any time since… well, since the last Conservative Government. These figures are quite a blow to all those Keynesians who have been insisting that unemployment would reach unprecedented levels as a result of the government´s refusal to spend more. In 2009, the economist David Blanchflower forecast that, if David Cameron was in power, unemployment would
WASHINGTON- House Speaker John Boehner said President Obama was gutless for warning about $85 billion in looming U.S. spending cuts but offering no viable alternative. "Having first proposed and demanded the sequester, it would make sense that the president lead the effort to replace it," the Ohio Republican said in an op-ed piece published Wednesday in The Wall Street Journal. "Unfortunately, he has put forth no detailed plan that can pass Congress, and the Senate -- controlled by his Democratic allies -- hasn´t even voted on a solution, let alone passed one,"
Although he may be gone from national politics, Todd Akin, R-Mo., will not soon be forgotten. After making a misguided comment about "legitimate rape" during his campaign for the Senate, he defied party higher-ups (including GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney) and remained in the contest. A Senate seat that seemed likely to be his swung back to Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill, and Democrats nationwide used the incident to advance the idea that Republicans were tone deaf on women´s issues.
Former New Mexico senator Pete Domenici, a Republican, disclosed Wednesday that he has a son born in secrecy over 30 years ago. “More than 30 years ago, I fathered a child outside my marriage,” Domenici told the Albuquerque Journal in a statement. “I deeply regret this and am very sorry for my behavior. I hope New Mexicans will view that my accomplishments for my beloved state outweigh my personal transgression." Domenici said that he kept the matter secret because the mother of the child, Michelle Laxalt, asked him to do so. Her father, Paul Laxalt, was himself a U.S.
Another euro-pegged government defending an overvalued exchange rate bites the dust, a reminder that the underlying economic and social disaster across the Europe’s Arc of Depression is still getting worse. Bulgarian prime minister Boiko Borisov resigned this morning after days of mass protests against austerity across the country. “I will not participate in a government under which police are beating people. Every drop of blood is a shame for us,” he said. “Our power was handed to us by the people, today we are handing it back to them.” This follows the defenestration of the free-market finance minister earlier this
Dan Friedman of the New York Daily News wrote a piece today suggesting that he was the inadvertent source of Breitbart News’ story on “Friends of Hamas” in early February. There’s only one problem. That’s false, and Friedman knew it was false when he printed the story. Welcome to the Obama media, where protecting Chuck Hagel and attacking any media who question Hagel is par for the course. On February 7, 2013, Breitbart News reported: Senate sources told Breitbart News exclusively that they have been informed that one
Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty this morning to conspiring with his wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson, to siphon about $750,000 in federal campaign funds for the couple’s personal use, and could face years in prison. Sandi Jackson was scheduled to plead guilty this afternoon to a single charge of tax fraud tied to the same allegations that the couple repeatedly tapped the ex-congressman’s campaign fund, used the money for personal use and then made fraudulent campaign and tax disclosures to cover up the misconduct.
When people think about conservative “all stars” in the Senate (if people ever actually think about such a thing), a few names probably come to mind. There’s Jim DeMint of South Carolina, who before leaving the Senate to run the Heritage Foundation—a conservative Think Tank—was the godfather of the tea party in the upper chamber. Then of course there is Rand Paul, son of Ron, libertarian champion from Kentucky. A little less known, but still with some name recognition, are Mike Lee of Utah and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, former head of the Club for Growth.
Major Christian groups reacted in shock after seeing last weekend´s Saturday Night Live movie parody featuring Jesus Christ striking back against his enemies, Django style. Concerned Women for America said the skit was made to "degrade and taunt," while The Catholic League´s Bill Donahue called the parody "vicious." The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) also joined in the outrage, declaring the "violent depiction of Jesus" in Djesus Uncrossed deplorable. The skit, featuring show host Christoph Waltz as Jesus, spoofed the revenge fantasy Django Unchained by having Jesus fight back against the Romans who crucified him. In a statement,
Oscar Pistorius’ lawyer Wednesday tore into the lead South African detective accusing the Olympic and Paralympics sprinter of the pre-meditated murder of his girlfriend, forcing him to admit he found no inconsistencies between the evidence and Pistorius’ account of how he accidentally shot model Reeva Steenkamp after mistaking her for a burglar. The police “take every piece of evidence and try to extract the most possibly negative connotation and present it to the court,” Pistorius’ defense lawyer Barry Roux told the court. Later Roux repeatedly asked National Prosecuting Authority investigating officer, Det. Warrant Officer Hilton Botha,
New England fishermen facing a dire future for their industry asked Congress in a letter Tuesday for immediate help surviving deep and impending cuts to their catch limits. The letter, signed by 173 fishermen in ports from Connecticut to Maine, came as the industry prepares for May 1 catch reductions that fishermen warn could finish off the fleet. A 77 percent cut in the catch limit for cod in the Gulf of Maine and
Seven years after it arrived in the U.S., Al Jazeera is putting up its sign. As it launches a major expansion to become a full-fledged cable news channel in the U.S., the Qatar-owned network believes animosity toward its sister Arabic-language news operation has waned. Or at least it has dissipated enough to allow Al Jazeera to splash its name across its new Washington broadcast center, which is currently housed in a dingy, unmarked office building. "Imagine six or seven years ago, trying to find real estate for Al Jazeera in Washington.
PRETORIA, South Africa – The detective leading the police investigation into Oscar Pistorius´ fatal shooting of his girlfriend offered confusing testimony Wednesday, at one point agreeing with the athlete´s defense that officers had no evidence challenging the runner´s claim he accidentally killed her. Testimony by Detective Warrant Officer Hilton Botha of the South African Police Service left prosecutors rubbing their temples, only able to look down at their notes as he misjudged distances and acknowledged a forensics team left in the toilet bowl one of the bullet slugs fired at Reeva Steenkamp.