The Obama administration said last week that the Obamacare website was down due to a surge in traffic. But now it says problems with the website are due to design and software flaws, the Wall Street Journal reports. The website is troubled by coding problems and flaws in the architecture of the system, according to insurance-industry advisers, technical experts and people close to the development of the marketplace. (Snip)Information technology experts told the Wall Street Journal that the website appeared to be built on a “sloppy software foundation,” possibly due to hasty construction.
Over the weekend, the FBI took its Amber Alert missing child website offline, blaming the shutdown. At the same time, First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” web site stayed up and running. Amber Alert is back online today, after the closure of the site generated negative publicity. So it seems that Lord Obama can pick and choose what is and isn’t getting shut down. And it seems that he is in fact picking and choosing what gets shut down, in real time. He chose to close memorials and parks, including Mount Rushmore, and Obama chose to kick a pair of senior citizens
Washington and Miami - It´s not the sign that the Obama administration wants people to see on its health overhaul website: down for repairs. Using overnight hours this past weekend to debug the system, the Health and Human Service Department hoped to fix the technological problems that overwhelmed the launch of new health insurance markets. This past week, glitches have frustrated millions of consumers unable to complete their applications. Enrollment functions of the healthcare.gov site were unavailable during off-peak hours this past weekend The site was be taken down at 1 a.m. EDT each night for a few hours. The enrollment
President Obama’s refusal to sign a bill defunding or delaying his health care law and Republicans’ insistence that such measures be a part of any bill to continue funding government are what precipitated the ongoing government shutdown. Both sides are staking out firm positions because they are operating on the same assumption – that once Obamacare starts to roll out subsidies on Jan. 1., it will be impossible to undo, no matter how much of a disaster it is. Based on the experience across the pond, this may be exactly right. As the Washington Examiner´s Philip Klein detailed in an
The website dedicated to helping find kidnapped children has been turned off during the government shutdown but the First Lady´s healthy living initiative has not received the same treatment. Amber Alerts advertise national and local cases where children have been abducted, and since it is not considered an essential service like national defense, it has not been funded during the shutdown. One website that apparently is too important to unplug? First Lady Michelle Obama´s ´Let´s Move´ campaign, as that is one of the few government websites still operational. Agency websites like the Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for
Consumers couldn’t access parts of the U.S. government’s online insurance exchange today, after a weekend of technical upgrades failed to eliminate delays in the hobbled system at the heart of the health-care overhaul. The federal website, meant to serve Americans in 36 states, was still delivering error messages to users trying to create an account saying the “system was unavailable.” In many of the 14 states running their own exchanges, including California and New York, the sites were operating, although New York’s had problems registering some consumers. (Snip) The federal site has been hamstrung by long waiting times and crashes,
After eight long years, I was finally acquitted last month for lack of evidence of the campaign-finance charges against me in Texas. These trying times have changed me as man, while solidifying my views that our country needs a constitutional revival to return us to our conservative values. As I have asserted from the get-go, everything I did was legal. When liberals couldn’t succeed in stopping me in the legislative arena, they went after me in the courts. The trumped-up charges against me by a district attorney in liberal Austin stemmed from a political action committee transferring $190,000 of soft
After eight years of production delays, the Federal Reserve is finally rolling out new Benjamins tomorrow. A hundred years after the first $100 bill was issued in 1914, the banknotes are receiving a much-needed makeover in an effort to thwart sophisticated counterfeiters -- after overcoming "mashing" printing issues that led the Feds to shred more than 30 million of the bills in 2012. "The $100 is the highest value denomination that we issue, and it circulates broadly around the world," assistant director for cash at the Federal Reserve Board Michael Lambert said in a 2010 press release. "Therefore, we took the
FRESNO, Calif. –Investigators are trying to determine what triggered a "running gun battle" at a Central California motorcycle club´s annual dance that left one man dead, a dozen others wounded and hundreds of partygoers scrambling for cover. As the first of more than 100 law enforcement officers arrived early Saturday morning, shots were still being fired around the Soul Brothers clubhouse near Fresno, the Fresno County Sheriff´s Office said. The gunfire erupted during the Soul Brothers´ annual dance, which draws bikers and other motorcycle clubs from all over the state. About 500 people were inside the warehouse-like clubhouse when the
In 20 or so years of political speechwriting, the only condition I have ever set down in advance of being hired is that I would never, under any circumstances, assist any candidate or officeholder in promoting the cause of abortion. (Snip) Come to think of it, I first learned about the “abortion rights” cause and about the ruthlessness of industrialized farming around the same time, at the age of 13 or 14, and my reaction to both was similar: You just don’t treat life that way. Look at pictures of the victims in each case, at the thing itself, and
It´s one thing for a news outlet to advance the as yet unproven theory of anthropogenic global warming; it´s quite another to admit that you won´t publish views that oppose it. As amazing as it may same, that´s exactly what the Los Angeles Times did Saturday in an article by editorial writer Jon Healey: Regular readers of The Times´ Opinion pages will know that, among the few letters published over the last week that have blamed the Democrats for the government shutdown (a preponderance faulted House Republicans), none made the argument about Congress exempting itself from Obamacare. Why? Simply put,
In the political year 2014, the marquee show will be the battle for control of Congress, with Democrats and Republicans each waging tough fights to seize back control of the House and Senate, respectively. But for sheer pop-some-popcorn-and-sit-back-and-watch entertainment, few contests can measure up to the Republican primary fight in Wyoming, where insurgent Liz Cheney, daughter of the former vice president and longtime state congressman, is bidding to unseat three-term incumbent Sen. Michael B. Enzi. With little separating the two staunch conservatives on issues, the contest has become a test of personalities and personal connections, celebrity vs. familiarity, and the question of
A fourth man with alleged links to the al-Shabaab terrorist organisation has been stripped of his British citizenship by Home Secretary Theresa May, as a fifth battles extradition to Ethiopia. Walla Rahman, 31, from west London, has been linked with a bomb attack on two bars in Kampala, Uganda, in 2010, where 74 people were killed while watching the World Cup final. Rahman is believed to have been an associate of Bilal al-Berjawi, 27, and Mohamed Sakr, 26, al-Shabaab activists from the UK who were stripped of their citizenship before dying in a US drone strike in Somalia in 2010.
The news is full of stories of private residences on public land being shut down because of the government shutdown. Here, for example, is a story regarding an elderly couple temporarily evicted form a cabin they own on federal land. And it is also turning people away from privately-run inns on federal land. And yet, at the height of hypocrisy, Marian Robinson, President Obama’s mother-in-law, apparently continues to reside in the White House, a federally-owned business on federal land. Michelle Obama has referred to her mom in a stump speech, talking about her residence in the South Side of Chicago. Perhaps it’s
On Sunday, Breitbart News Editor-at-Large Ben Shapiro discussed the launch of a new website that will seek to "change the nature of media" by exposing the donors and advertisers that enable the mainstream media to distort the truth and push their agendas with no accountability, especially when it comes to their bottom lines. Shapiro will lead TruthRevolt.org, which will launch on Monday to expose the mainstream media and “unmask leftists in the media for who they are, destroy their credibility with the American public, and devastate their funding bases."
Legendary Texas Longhorn football coach Darrell Royal famously said you should “dance with who brung ya.” Democrat Wendy Davis appears to be taking that advice as she builds her campaign for Texas governor. The Fort Worth state senator is relying on a tight-knit group of people who have fought in the political trenches together, often against the odds, and often in territory seen as inhospitable to Democrats. So it’s no surprise to her close allies that the Davis for Governor campaign will not be based in liberal Austin but rather in Fort Worth, which sits in the most Republican-leaning Texas
In a long piece revealing the current antagonistic climate between journalists and the Obama administration published in the Washington Post, Obama is called a "control-freak," as well as "secretive," and "manipulative," it is said he is fostering an atmosphere of fear both at home and abroad, and is delivering a "slap in the face" to reporters all over his increased use of electronic surveillance of reporters. The piece is an excerpt of a paper by former executive editor of The Washington Post, Leonard Downie,(Snip)it paints Obama as a paranoid, secretive, even vindictive president not to mention that it reveals that
A defiant motorcyclist caught on video smashing an SUV window with his helmet after a wild chase in upper Manhattan gave the middle finger to reporters in court Sunday. Reginald (Reggie) Chance, 37, was in Manhattan Criminal Court facing assault and gang assault charges in the brutal beating of Alexian Lien when he flipped off reporters with both middle fingers moments before he appeared in front of a judge. Chance is the rider wearing a black leather jacket, in the viral video of the Sept. 29 chase, who violently smashes the driver’s window with his helmet, the criminal complaint alleges.
President Obama would accept a short-term increase in the debt ceiling, rather than a permanent one, a senior White House official said Monday, acknowledging that it may not be possible to reach agreement on a long-term increase in the federal borrowing cap before a critical Oct. 17 deadline. Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council, said members of Congress ultimately have the responsibility to decide how often they want to raise the debt ceiling, although he argued that an extended hike is preferable. “I think longer is better for economic certainty and jobs, but it is ultimately up to
The ATF agent who blew the whistle on Operation Fast and Furious has been denied permission to write a book on the botched anti-gun trafficking sting "because it would have a negative impact on morale," according to the very agency responsible for the scandal. After first trying to stop the operation internally, ATF Agent John Dodson went to Congress and eventually the media following the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010. Two guns found at the murder scene were sold through the ATF operation. Dodson´s book, titled "The Unarmed Truth," provides the first inside account of
You had to be very busy or very partisan over the past few weeks to miss the gigantic leadership crater at the White House. There is, in place of “decider” as President George W. Bush put it, a blamer, a partisan, an evader and a heckler. President Obama is still an adept liberal organizer and aggressive tactician in confronting his domestic foes, but that should not be confused with purposeful leadership. On Syria he ducked and weaved, repudiating his own red line and hiding behind Congress’s skirts. His speech ultimately asking for Congress to refrain from a vote prompted gasps
Editor Lifson wrote a blog post yesterday reporting that Snopes.com - the internet rumor debunker site - took a satirical photoshop of a sheet being used to block the view of Mount Rushmore during the shutdown as an actual story being circulated by the right. The satire from the website IOwnTheWorld.com was just that - a way to poke fun at the shutdown. But today, the Feds have placed a virtual sheet in front of Mount Rushmore by placing cones along highway viewing areas outside Mount Rushmore barring visitors from pulling over and taking pictures of the monument - and
Republicans are eager for November 2016 — and not just because Barack Obama’s presidency will be in its final days. It’s when Harry Reid, the man reviled by Republicans for his inflammatory rhetoric and hardball tactics during the government shutdown, could be booted from his Nevada Senate seat. Reid knows it — and he’s quietly plotting his plans more than three years out. In an interview from his Senate office last week, the 73-year-old majority leader insisted he’s running for reelection in 2016. (Snip) And he’s not afraid to issue a warning to a potential GOP opponent, Gov. Brian Sandoval
Albuquerque-The green flag is flying at Balloon Fiesta Park Field on Monday morning, giving balloon pilots approval to take to the skies for day three of Balloon Fiesta. The first two days of the international festival took off without a hitch. Calm weather allowed thousands of visitors from around the world to see all of the events scheduled over the weekend, including the mass ascensions and Sunday night´s balloon glow and fireworks show.
One of Portland´s trendiest areas might soon be home to a tent city. If this were another town, the owners and developers of high-end homes and condominiums would scream to high heaven about diminished property values. But this is Portland, where the citizens try their best to be tolerant of everything except intolerance--and gluten. [Snip] Rather than express concern for their financial investments, they have criticized the city´s expedited process and worried for the welfare of those willing to live in a parking lot under the west ramp of the Broadway Bridge. Tiffany Sweitzer, the president of Hoyt Street Properties,
A suicide bomber killed 14 children in Iraq yesterday when he drove a truck packed with explosives into the playground of a primary school. [Snip] It is the latest in a relentless wave of killing in recent months - Iraq´s deadliest outburst of violence since 2008. The mounting death tolls are raising fears that the country is falling back into the spiral of fighting that brought it to the edge of civil war in the years after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. The Shiite Turkomen village, largely populated by people descended from central Asia, has a population of just 200.