Wednesday Night- I am in Houston. It’s raining clichés and nonsense on the TV news channels. Since I am old and have no plans to run for office ever, I think I will tell you the truth as I humbly see it about the budget/debt default crisis that just was very temporarily averted tonight… 1. It was not a waste of time for the GOP in the House to fight very hard to get the President to change Obamacare in a comprehensive way. The law is already a gigantic miscarriage of the legislative process. For the GOP to fight to straighten
Rep. Peter King thinks Republicans in the House could have bargained for much more than they´re getting in a pending Senate deal, if only the House had kept the government open in September and focused on negotiations over the federal debt limit. "Instead we look like the crazies," King, a Republican from Long Island, told me this afternoon from Washington. "Shutting down the government, throwing barricades against the White House, and having Ted Cruz reading Dr. Seuss, this is like the theater of the absurd. Except that it´s serious."
Russian scientists believe they have identified a new and more virulent strain of HIV. The subtype, known as 02_AG/A, is spreading rapidly and is now thought to account for more than 50 percent of new HIV infections in Siberia. The virus was first seen in the city of Novosibirsk in 2006 and is thought to be the most virulent subtype of the virus in Russia. [Snip] The number of HIV positive people in Novosibirsk has jumped from 2,000 in 2007 to 15,000 in 2012, according to Russia’s Federal AIDS Centre and 50 percent of the new cases have been caused
The Environmental Protection Agency is still working on those carbon-emissions rules, but it’s already saved its own workers from a potential bio-hazard: a 16-year-old can of soup, which was discovered in one of the Chicago headquarter’s refrigerators during the government shutdown. EPA workers from the midwest region got a welcome-back e-mail, which included a note from chief Gina McCarthy, information about back pay, and a few notes about what had gone on during the 16-day partial shuttering of the government. Fortunately, those remaining in the building had thought to clear the office fridges of all those weird Tupperware-like containers and tubs
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Wednesday that the polling backlash against the Republican Party was one of the reasons Senate Republicans were eager to cut a deal with Democrats. “Well you can’t let 20 or 30 polls cloud you’re thinking apparently,” Graham said sarcastically on CNN’s AC360. “Of course they had an impact, of course they had an impact. And to the people on my side that think this turned out to be a good idea, I just think that turned out not to be reality.” A string of devastating polling released in the last two weeks showed the public’s view
Standing loyally by their master´s side, tirelessly at work in the fields, or bounding through rivers with all the energy of a puppy, these images capture the very best of Man´s Best Friend. The series of pictures were picked from almost 8,000 submissions for the Kennel Club’s annual Dog Photographer of the Year Competition. Roger Sjolstad from Norway has been selected as the overall winner of the competition with his dynamic image of a young girl and a Great Dane running through water, which was the winner of the ‘Man’s Best Friend’ category. Speaking about winning the biggest canine photography
Local councils across the country have been told they will have to follow EU rules from 2015 which mean paper, metal, glass and plastic will have to be collected separately. Some authorities had previously allowed homeowners to mix their recycling waste but under the new plans all recyclables will have to be split alongside garden, general waste and food compostables--leading to many households having up to seven different boxes, bins and bags. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) minister, Lord de Mauley has told local authorities in an open letter that homeowners will have to separate their recycling
As the federal government reopened Thursday, a stern President Obama said Americans are “completely fed up with Washington,” but said the nation would bounce back. “These last few weeks have inflicted completely unnecessary damage on our economy,” Mr. Obama said at the White House as the 16-day shutdown ended. “The American people’s frustration with what goes on in this town has never been higher. How business is done in this town has to change.” The president urged Congress to work on a “balanced” budget as a House-Senate conference committee began its work Thursday. He decried Republicans’ “brinkmanship” that he blamed
We should congratulate Democrats for their "victory" in getting the government re-opened and avoiding a crisis with the debt limit. They certainly are in a gloating mood this morning: New Yoirk Times: "The Republican Surrender." Also in the Times: "Republicans Back Down, Ending Crisis Over Shutdown and Debt Limit" The Hill: "Republicans grapple with stinging defeat" Liberal blogs are, as you might imagine, even more nauseating. Let´s tote up what exactly the Democrats "won." 1. Four months from now, we get repeat the whole thing all over again. Was a 16 day partial shutdown of government and playing with debt
Washington - For the first month alone, the Obama administration projected that nearly a half million people would sign up for the new health insurance markets, according to an internal memo obtained by The Associated Press. But that was before the markets opened to a cascade of computer problems. If the glitches persist and frustrated consumers give up trying, that initial goal, described as modest in the memo, could slip out of reach. The Sept. 5 memo, for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, lists monthly enrollment targets for each state and Washington, D.C., through March 31, the last
Republicans´ new worst fear isn´t defaulting on America´s debts. If an immigration policy favored by the White House and Senate Democrats should become law, 17.3 million newly legalized immigrant voters would emerge by 2036, eager to reward the party that gave them a path to citizenship. The White House has shifted gears and put its policy team in immigration overdrive, zooming past the debt crisis that threatened to sink the republic and on to the task of normalizing the estimated 11 million U.S. residents who have no legal basis for being there. The Democrat-dominated U.S. Senate passed a bill in
The bipartisan deal to reopen the government and temporarily lift the debt ceiling includes one small Obamacare element -- a provision that says people´s incomes must be verified before they can get Obamacare subsidies to help pay their insurance premiums. But this was not a concession to Republicans, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told CNN´s Jake Tapper on Wednesday. "It´s, you know, it is, frankly, a bit of a fig leaf, which we were happy to give, but that was not a negotiation. That was not what Ted Cruz and the others started to demand that we give them." [Video] Schumer noted
United Nations - The U.N. General Assembly elects five new members to the Security Council on Thursday and the winners are virtually certain because there are no contested races - Nigeria, Chad, Saudi Arabia, Lithuania and Chile. Chad, Saudi Arabia and Lithuania have never served on the U.N.´s most powerful body while Nigeria and Chile have both been on the council four times previously. Security Council seats are highly coveted because they give countries a strong voice in matters dealing with international peace and security, such as Syria, sanctions against Iran and North Korea and the U.N.´s far-flung peacekeeping operations.
Forty-eight hours out from the New York city mayoral primary, Anthony Weiner had agreed to speak at the Bethany United Methodist Church in Brooklyn. The pastor, decked out in a perfectly white, long raiment, had really revved up the crowd. He was going through a visual presentation called "17 Principles of Success," and the sermon seemed to have lots of advice about money: about how doing things such as writing down your goals would put the power of the Lord in you, and how that power would make you a millionaire. The Candidate arrived. I had gotten so accustomed to seeing
A Chinese ratings agency downgraded its US sovereign credit rating Thursday despite Washington´s resolution of the debt ceiling deadlock, warning that fundamentals for a potential default remained "unchanged". Dagong lowered its ratings for US local and foreign currency credit from A to A-, maintaining a negative outlook, the agency said in a statement. The announcement came after the US Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed a bill that extends the nation´s borrowing authority and ends a two-week government shutdown. The fundamental situation that the debt growth rate significantly outpaces that of fiscal income and gross domestic product remains unchanged,"
A friend recently called and asked, “So when do you think Obama will declare martial law?” Until last week, I would have dismissed such speculation as conspiratorial. Now I’m not so sure. Before this phony government “shutdown,” if you had asked whether I believed that American military and law enforcement personnel would follow an order from Barack Obama, or any other president, to turn their guns on their own countrymen, I would have said no. However, after witnessing the behavior of armed National Park Service officers unnecessarily closing our national monuments, parks, and even our military cemeteries in Europe, while simultaneously
For years, the tech billionaire Pierre M. Omidyar has been experimenting with ways to promote serious journalism, searching for the proper media platform to support with the fortune he earned as the founder of eBay. He has made grants to independent media outlets in Africa and government watchdog groups in the United States. In a more direct effort, he created a news Web site in Hawaii, his home state.
PHILADELPHIA — Speaking exclusively to CBS 3, a 15-year-old high school student, whose identity we are concealing, described a terrifying attack by a gang of at least nine teenage boys as she was leaving an Interboro High School football game Monday night. The teenage victim described first being taunted by the attackers, who followed her down a neighborhood street, cursing and spitting at her, before she was repeatedly kicked and punched, at least one of the blows to her head.
There are literally no comparisons to current rates. That is, [the Department of Health and Human Services] has chosen to dodge the question of whose rates are going up, and how much. Instead they try to distract with a comparison to a hypothetical number that has nothing to do with the actual experience of real people. --Douglas Holtz-Eakin President, American Action Forum Enrollment in Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges has proven to be a somewhat difficult process amidst technical glitches and delays. Aside from the issues associated with actually purchasing health care, once an individual gets a quote for health insurance
In April 2012, Iran announced that it had uncovered a spy ring numbering 15 operatives working at the behest of Israel. Iranian authorities fingered the operatives as being responsible for the killings of nuclear scientists in recent years. Tehran had long suspected the Mossad as the mastermind of these operations. In announcing the arrests, Iran touted the apprehension of “Zionist spies” and the revelations regarding “Zionist” intelligence activity in a neighboring country. The announcement, which didn’t garner much attention at the time, takes on added importance Thursday just hours after The Washington Post reported that Turkish intelligence revealed the identities of
About 25,000 poor and uninsured Mainers will miss out on health insurance under the Affordable Care Act because the state refused to expand Medicaid, according to a national study released Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation. (Snip) Health advocates are now attempting to explain to many low-income individuals that they’re, counterintuitively, too poor to get subsidies. In Maine, 24,390 people fall into the coverage gap, and many are likely to remain without health insurance, according to the Kaiser analysis. John, a 60-year-old man who lives in the Rangeley area, said he’s one of them. “I feel left out
EPPING -- Michelle Kelly recently decided to reward her 4-year-old daughter, Sarah, with a little bag of candy corn for getting ready for school on time. Kelly packed the bag with Sarah´s otherwise healthy snack and lunch and sent her off to Epping´s public preschool. Kelly didn´t think too much of it when Sarah came home from school with the bag of candy uneaten.
According to the nation’s highest-ranking spectator, President Obama, the fiscal crisis was all about Congress. "I will not negotiate over whether or not America keeps its word and meets its obligations." – Barack Obama “The leaders up in Congress, they can work through whatever processes they want. But the bottom line is either you´re having good-faith negotiations in which there´s give and take, or you´re not.” – Barack Obama.
NEW YORK - As U.S. officials warned that the technology behind Obamacare might not be ready to launch on October 1, the administration was pouring tens of millions of dollars more than it had planned into the federal website meant to enroll Americans in the biggest new social program since the 1960s. A Reuters review of government documents shows that the contract to build the federal Healthcare.gov online insurance website - key to President Barack Obama´s signature healthcare reform - tripled in potential total value to nearly $292 million as new money was assigned to the work beginning in April
And by "devil," I mean Eric Boehlert, who turned out to be right about Obama´s intransigence after all: [Tweet] That´s not something to be proud of--the president´s "victory" means a) he missed an opportunity to fix his calamitous health insurance "reform," b) he refused to deal at all with the country´s nagging spending problem, c) he failed to get anything in return for his political "win." But Boehlert clearly had the right read on his party´s intentions, whereas I falsely believed the Republican Party had developed a backbone. I want to give Boehlert credit here, not because the hard left ever gives