WASHINGTON — A so-called "family glitch" in the 2010 health care law threatens to cost some families thousands of dollars in health insurance costs and leave up to 500,000 children without coverage, insurance and health care analysts say. (Snip) Congress defined "affordable" as 9.5% or less of an employee´s wages, mostly to make sure people did not leave their workplace plans for subsidized coverage through the exchanges. But the "error" was that it only applies to the employee — and not his or her family. So, if an employer offers a woman affordable insurance, but doesn´t provide it for her
NAIROBI — Kenyan security forces on Monday seized control of a luxury shopping mall that had been attacked by Islamist militants, but officials said some assailants remained hidden inside stores in the mall and little was known about who staged the brazen attack and what countries they came from. A total of 62 people were killed after the gunmen, from the Islamist al-Shabab militia, burst into the Westgate Premier Shopping mall at lunchtime Saturday and began shooting, said Joseph Ole Lenku, a senior official with the Interior Ministry. The Kenyan Red Cross earlier estimated the death toll at 69, but
A jogger went to police Thursday evening after the driver of a car that nearly hit him fired a gun. Police said the jogger was on Shannon Road near the intersection with Clubhouse Drive when the incident occurred. The car reportedly cut the jogger off, then he spit on the car. After that the driver fired one shot. Police responded to the scene Friday morning and recovered one shell casing. Police have the gun that they believe was used, but have not made any arrests. A charge of reckless conduct is expected to be filed soon.
It´s hard for Ted Cruz to be humble. Part of the challenge stems from his résumé, which the Texas senator wears like a sandwich board. There´s the Princeton class ring that´s always on his right hand and the crimson gown that, as a graduate of Harvard Law School, he donned when called upon to give a commencement speech earlier this year. (Cruz´s fellow Harvard Law alums Barack Obama and Mitt Romney typically perform their graduation duties in whatever robes they´re given.) Even Cruz´s favorite footwear, a pair of black ostrich-skin cowboy boots, serves as an advertisement for his credentials and
BEMUS POINT, New York -- Increasingly popular bathroom wipes - pre-moistened towelettes that are often advertised as flushable - are being blamed for creating clogs and backups in sewer systems around the U.S. Wastewater authorities say wipes may go down the toilet, but even many labeled flushable aren´t breaking down as they course through the sewer system. That´s costing some municipalities millions of dollars to dispatch crews to unclog pipes and pumps and to replace and upgrade machinery. The problem got worldwide attention in July when London sewer officials reported removing a 15-ton "bus-sized lump" of wrongly flushed grease and
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said she would be "disappointed" in the American electorate if Hillary Clinton becomes a serious candidate for president in 2016. The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee argued Clinton would not be right for the role as commander in chief after four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, died last year in a terrorist attack against a U.S. consulate in Benghazi. (Snip) She said "anyone who would just throw away 200 years of military ethos and leave our men behind to be murdered" should "never be considered as a commander in chief."
There are just some things that shouldn´t happen before your morning cup of coffee. Watching a live birth on TV is one of those things. Sandwiched between news of gunfire at the site of the Kenyan terror attack and a discussion of the Emmy Awards, the NBC Morning show started their week-long ´Born Today´ series about the challenges facing modern parents with a live birth.As part of the series, Today will be airing live births across the country throughout the show this week. The first half hour of Today is traditionally the most news-heavy so it was perplexing, and jarring,
The appalling events in Nairobi, where an al-Qaeda-linked terror cell has wreaked carnage in a shopping mall, is the price Kenya is paying for being a staunch ally of the West in waging war against Islamist extremism. [Snip] Al-Shabaab, the al-Qaeda-linked terror cell based in Somalia, has been involved in numerous attacks against the West during the past decade, from kidnapping and murdering holidaymakers to committing acts of piracy. But rather than confronting the group directly, the West has encouraged regional powers such as Kenya to tackle the problem on its behalf. Britain and America are more than happy to
The same day that the Federal Reserve´s Federal Open Market Committee announced last week that the Fed would continue to buy $40 billion in mortgage-backed securities (MBSs) and $45 billion in U.S. Treasury securities per month, the Fed also released its latest weekly accounting sheet indicating that it had already accumulated more Treasuries and MBSs than the total value of the publicly held U.S. government debt amassed by all U.S. presidents from George Washington though Bill Clinton. Since the beginning of September 2008, in fact, the Fed´s ownership of Treasury securities and MBSs has increased seven fold. As of the
ATLANTA A new House Oversight and Government Reform Committee “interim memo” on the IRS scandal suggests that media coverage of the tea party movement as “dangerous” and full of “rage” pushed IRS agents to scrutinize conservative groups unfairly. But could such collusion to target groups with the words “tea party” or “constitution” in their names – a program that the IRS acknowledges was a mistake – have chilled political speech to such an extent that it cleared the way for President Obama’s victory? But what has become clear to many conservatives is that federal agencies going back to 2010 appeared
As the saga of the Affordable Care Act continues, another mammoth program being pushed by the Department of Education for approval by all state legislatures is a national curriculum, which is called Common Core State Standards.(Snip)CCSS expedites the process of making government schools a vehicle for propagandizing students. The centralized government would be able to "teach" moral relativism, fairness, political correctness, multiculturalism, tolerance for the progressive agenda and bigotry for the traditional moral values. These Marxist/progressive concepts are changing the culture to welfare dependency.
Some barricaded themselves in storerooms, while others hid in boxes or even played dead. All were fleeing the bloody massacre unfolding around them as they saw terrified fellow shoppers mercilessly executed after being singled out as non-Muslim. Men, women and children were lined up and then gunned down with AK-47s after failing to name the Prophet Mohammed’s mother or recite passages from the Koran – sure-fire proof they were ‘kafirs’, or non-believers. Others fled and sought refuge in shops, bank vaults and store rooms as grenades exploded and bullets fired around them. The fortunate ones managed to emerge blood-splattered and
A British architect shot dead in the Kenyan mall massacre along with his partner were just weeks away from having their first child. Ross Langdon, who had dual Australian nationality, and his heavily pregnant partner Elif Yavuz were gunned down by terrorists who stormed the Nairobi shopping centre yesterday. According to the Foreign Office four Britons are among the 69 people slaughtered by the terrorists believed to be from Somali Islamist group Al Shabaab. Scroll down for videos -Mr Langdon, 33, had been involved with a number of projects across Africa, which included designing an HIV-Aids hospital in Kenya free
In the summer of 2011, some Democrats urged President Obama to simply raise the debt ceiling himself if Republicans refused to pass legislation. There was the "trillion dollar coin" idea, wherein the government mints itself out of trouble via an arcane bullion law. Then there was the 14th Amendment option. Here, the president would have to take a modern interpretation on the Civil War-era amendment about the "validity of the public debt of the United States," and surely face legal action. Now, as the two parties gear up for another debt ceiling bout, Greg Valliere at Potomac Research thinks Obama may be coming
I am sitting in a comfortable gold folding chair inside one of the many ballrooms at the Georgia International Convention Center. The atmosphere is festive, with a three-course dinner being served and children playing a big-band number. The kids are students at a KIPP academy in Atlanta, and they are serenading future teachers on the first night of a four-day-long series of workshops that will introduce us to the complicated language, rituals, and doctrines we will need to adopt as Teach for America "Corps Members." The phrase closing the achievement gap is the cornerstone of TFA´s general philosophy, public-relations messaging,
Anthony Weiner can’t even manage to play nice on the playground. The scandal-ridden mayoral primary loser — who reportedly flipped the finger after delivering his concession speech — was spotted at Union Square Park playground with his and Huma Abedin’s son, Jordan Zain, on Thursday when another child had an accident and peed on a swing. We’re told the father grabbed his kid and went to find a napkin to clean up, as Weiner made his way over to the exact swing. A spy tells us Weiner was heard screaming, “Thanks for leaving this thing soaking wet.” “
The last month and a half has seen perhaps the worst anti-Christian violence in Egypt in seven centuries, with dozens of churches torched. Yet the western media has mainly focussed on army assaults on the Muslim Brotherhood, and no major political figure has said anything about the sectarian attacks. Last week at the National Liberal Club there was a discussion asking why the American and British press have ignored or under-reported this persecution, and (in some people’s minds) given a distorted narrative of what is happening. Among the four speakers was the frighteningly impressive Betsy Hiel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Across America, many urban school districts are on life support, and in some places, the plug is ready to be pulled. This dire reality is routinely discussed, but missing from the conversation is the ever-growing dropout rate in urban schools. No, not the student dropout rate, but that of teachers. The teachers´ dropout rate is a result of burnout after their ambition is crushed by a climate of cultural adversity. In other words, their ´save the kids´ optimism dissolved into a ´run from the kids´ reality. These teachers anticipated teaching life-changing lessons to the kids but ended up learning life-changing
NAIROBI, Kenya — Four thunderous explosions rattled Nairobi´s upscale mall Monday, part of a battle between Kenyan troops and al-Qaida-linked terrorists. Top Kenyan officials said two hostage takers, part of "a multinational collection from all over the world," had been killed. Kenya´s interior minister said the evacuation of hostages "has gone very, very well" and that Kenyan officials are "very certain" that there are few if any hostages left in the building. Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku also revised the death toll to 62.
The rise of a ruling class at the intersection of business and politics is the most explosive political issue of our time that remains tacit. It falls to serious conservatives to launch into mass political consciousness the importance of the seizure of power by crony capitalists aligned with big government politicians and bureaucrats who want to out more and more of the economy in the hands of government (snip)Saul Alinksy knew how to reach the low information crowd. Rule Number 13: "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it." I propose Chelsea Clinton as the poster girl for
WASHINGTON — Federal officials often say that health insurance will cost consumers less than expected under President Obama’s health care law. But they rarely mention one big reason: many insurers are significantly limiting the choices of doctors and hospitals available to consumers. From California to Illinois to New Hampshire, and in many states in between, insurers are driving down premiums by restricting the number of providers who will treat patients in their new health plans. When insurance marketplaces open on Oct. 1, most of those shopping for coverage will be low- and moderate-income people for whom price is paramount. To
Kenyan special forces were today locked in a fight to the death with Islamic terrorists who have been barricaded inside a Nairobi mall with up to 40 hostages since Saturday. Witnesses described hearing four large explosions at the Westgate Shopping Centre followed by fierce gun fire after the military tried to break the three day siege by gaining access from the roof. It is feared that some of the gunmen inside may have blown themselves up, though a Kenyan government minister said that militants had set fire to some mattresses in a supermarket as a decoy. Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku said that
Shell-shocked by the dominance of Republican-controlled state legislatures, Democrats in Washington are fighting back with something they once deplored: super PACs. The Fund for Jobs, Growth and Security, a Washington super PAC, is setting its sights on New Jersey, making the state a new frontier in the high-dollar, sharp-edged campaign finance wars that have roiled the political landscape since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling in 2010. With Gov. Chris Christie skating to reelection, the Democratic group is pouring big bucks into neck-and-neck races for the state Senate and Assembly, hoping to deny the Republican governor a GOP-led Legislature
President Obama vowing that Syria would “cross a red line” by using chemical weapons is far from the only marker he’s laid down or promise he’s tried to keep since running for president in 2008. The president has made more than 500 campaign-related promises alone. And just last week he re-drew a line in the sand for congressional Republicans flirting with shutting down the government over his Affordable Care Act and looking for spending cuts as part of a separate deal to increase the federal debt limit. “That’s not happening,” Obama said. “I will not negotiate over the full faith
With the death penalty in the marathon bombing case due to be discussed today, federal prosecutors will push Oct. 31 as their deadline to recommend to the U.S. Department of Justice whether terror suspect Dzhokhar “Jahar” Tsarnaev should be put to death if convicted of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing.If the DOJ greenlights capital punishment, prosecutors expect to make the announcement by Jan. 31, according to court documents filed Friday. At the request of Tsarnaev’s defense team, the death penalty debate will be taken up this morning at Tsarnaev’s status conference before U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole
When Establishment Republicans and their Democrat comrades claim there is no path to victory in the fight to defund Obamacare, they are intentionally muddying the waters. Do not confuse blundering political expedience with winning. There is a clear path to victory and the folks comprising the new Republican leadership emerging in the House and Senate are smart enough and bold enough to take that path. They’re playing to win and deserve our support. Understanding the options available to these new leaders requires an understanding of a few of the basics of Senate rules and process. Otherwise folks like Karl Rove will tell you