A press conference on Thursday, October 24, in the Big Apple, will blow the lid off the “Marxist power couple” running for mayor of New York City. That’s how veteran journalist and event organizer Cliff Kincaid describes Bill de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray, who took their “honeymoon” in Cuba in violation of the law and are considered the front runners to occupy Gracie Mansion when the NYC mayoral election takes place on November 5. Kincaid says it is time that de Blasio’s plans to close down police surveillance of potential terrorists be examined in a public forum. “The
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is screening people before they get to the airport by looking at records in government and private databases, according to a report. The new screening system goes beyond the regular background check the government has conducted for years, according to the New York Times. Travelers’ passport numbers will now be scanned, which is routine when crossing the border. Officials will also tap into other databases run by the Department of Homeland Security. TSA officials are also searching records like employment information and car registrations, the report said. The prescreening is already being employed and has been described in TSA
It’s not just 5 million lines of code, folks. It’s not just having to call Verizon to the rescue. It’s not just that it doesn’t work now. The Healthcare.debacle website is a harbinger of doom because it reflects the fundamental inability of government to run such a sweeping portion of the economy as is represented by the health care sector. The problem is inherent in the government process, as this Washington Post article unwittingly exposes (bold in original, italics added): Timothy B. Lee: In your work as a computer science professor, you’ve taught a lot of smart programmers, many of whom went on to work
A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the legality of Obamacare subsidies distributed by the IRS to people enrolling in the new healthcare system. The Department of Justice has argued for months the lawsuit should be dismissed. More from the Wall Street Journal: A federal judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to block the Obama administration from offering subsidies to low- and middle-income individuals who buy health insurance though online exchanges run by the federal government. U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman in Washington, in an oral ruling from the bench, rejected several Justice Department arguments
The Affordable Care Act is already doing a fantastic job at it´s true purpose: taking great health insurance plans away from people and replacing them with either a much higher-priced, inferior plan or....nothing. In all the discussion about ObamaCare, many people are missing the point about the true purpose of the law. Supposedly, the purpose of the Affordable Care Act was to lower health insurance costs and provide better health insurance plans for people to purchase. Far from it. The actual purpose of the ACA is to prepare the ground for a single payer system to come later. ObamaCare was designed to ´fix´ the
CGI, the Canadian company whose U.S. subsidiary built the failed Obamacare website, was once contracted to build a federal gun registry for the Canadian government, Breitbart News has learned. CGI´s contract was canceled in 2007 after a report by the Auditor General found that the Canadian Firearms Information System (CFIS) being built by CGI was "significantly over budget" and that it had been plagued by delays. The Conservative government that took power in 2006 canceled CGI´s gun registry contract, and eventually repealed the Canadian gun registry entirely. In another parallel to the Obamacare controversy in the United States, the gun
When President Barack Obama spoke in the Rose Garden on Monday to justify and explain the problems at the website his administration has created under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to sell government-approved and subsidized health insurance plans, he used the word “marketplace” seventeen times. In English, according to Merriam Websters, a “marketplace” is “an open square or place in a town where markets or public sales are held.” A “market,” it says, is “a meeting together of people for the purpose of trade by private purchase and sale and usually not by auction.” The “marketplace,” says the dictionary, “is
Establishment Republicans like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina have been unsparing this week in their criticism of Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz for the government shutdown. McConnell has been telling everyone who will listen that "a number of us were saying back in July that this strategy could not and would not work, and of course it didn´t." Similarly, Bush said in multiple interviews that “it was a mistake to focus on something that couldn’t be achieved. And that’s what that was. It was tactics." For his part, Graham delivered what
As a frequent world traveler, I’ve had occasion to seek medical treatment in Croatia, Australia, the Philippines, Singapore, and France. I was always treated right away, treated well, and handed surprisingly low bills. Why can’t we get it right? These experiences as well as my “liberal” leanings, make me an unabashed supporter of the Affordable Healthcare Act. So it pains me to report my frustration in trying to sign up for health coverage under the new provisions. I’ve tried five times, by logging into the website and by talking to representatives. Each time I sign up, I’m stymied by a new absurdity.
Democrats plan to capitalize on Republicans´ poor handling of the recent fiscal showdown, parlaying it into another legislative victory. Emboldened Senate Democratic leaders are planning to go on offense on raising taxes. Democrats are planning to capitalize on the Republican Party’s poor handling of the recent fiscal showdown by parlaying it into another legislative victory. Congressional Democrats want Republicans to sign off on $50 billion worth of tax increases to eliminate the sequester’s automatic spending cuts. The next phase of these cuts will take effect Jan. 15, when government funding will drop from $986 billion to $967 billion. “There’s a lot of pressure
Congress will shut down on Thursday, and leaders have told lawmakers the Defense Department will fly them to Florida for the funeral of Rep. C.W. Bill Young, who died late last week. Mr. Young was the senior Republican in the chamber, and the move to close down business is a mark of respect for him — though it also means that there will be no floor votes and that many committee meetings have been canceled, cutting short what was already a mostly empty week. The House’s hearing examining the health exchange rollout will continue as planned, however. After passing a deal to
A former U.S. Secret Service agent who spent three years at President Obama’s side is claiming in a new book that White House staff regularly got drunk at “wheels-up” parties overseas, acting just as bad as agents fired for their involvement in a foreign booze and prostitution scandal last year. Dan Bongino, who quit the service in 2011 to run as a Republican in the Maryland Senate race, charged that he witnessed Obama staffers boozing at the parties in foreign nations after Air Force One was “wheels up” and the president headed for home. The parties bring together U.S. and
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) received a boisterous welcome from a hometown crowd in Houston, Texas on Monday, and repaid their enthusiasm with a shot at the Affordable Care Act’s troubled website launch. “You may have noticed that all the Nigerian email scammers have become a lot less active lately,” Cruz told the crowd. “They all have been hired to run the Obamacare website.” The reception was a marked change from Cruz’s treatment among colleagues and in the polls, after the Senator’s strategy to link stopping Obamacare to government funding led to a two-week-plus government shutdown and disastrous approval numbers for Republicans.
The New York Observer has a guest editorial from Robin Henley, self-admitted liberal. Henley has tried and, like millions of other Americans, failed to buy health insurance through Obamacare. The experience leaves Henley “pained.” I’ve tried five times, by logging into the website and by talking to representatives. Each time I sign up, I’m stymied by a new absurdity. At one point, I was told that everyone but my wife was eligible for coverage, though she’s an American citizen. Another time, I was told that my immigration papers couldn’t be verified. Immigration? I was born in New York. Do New Yorkers
Appearing as a guest on Friday´s PoliticsNation on MSNBC, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank compared the Republican Party to a "sea monster" as he related that "various heads" who are speaking out. Host Al Sharpton began by fretting over whether Tea Party members have "learned anything." Sharpton: Dana, some Republicans do admit the shutdown was horrible for the party. But with Sarah Palin getting involved and Tea Partiers ready for round two, have they learned anything?
White House press secretary Jay Carney on Monday said Obamacare is “not failing” in the face of criticism that the administration botched the rollout of the new website responsible for enrolling consumers in the insurance exchanges. “This system is not failing. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are submitting their applications successfully to get into the system and enroll in Obamacare, and they are doing it through a variety of means, through state exchanges and through the call-in centers and that´s going to continue,” said Carney in an interview on CNN´s “Piers Morgan Live.” Critics of Obamacare have seized on the technical issues,
President Barack Obama led a pep rally for his signature health law at the White House on Monday. He managed to gather a grateful few who navigated a cyber morass and signed up for coverage, no small feat. But he also conceded the computer troubles many others have had: "Nobody´s madder than me about the fact that the website isn´t working as well as it should, which means it´s going to get fixed." Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius promises a "tech surge" — enlisting the "best and brightest" cyber experts to fix the balky website. She also grudgingly agreed
Authorities are investigating the sinking of a yacht owned by Las Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton at a Lake Mead marina. National Park Service spokeswoman Christie Vanover said Monday that the 65-foot vessel sank stern-first in 45 feet of water while it was in a slip at the Temple Bar marina. That´s on the Arizona side of the Colorado River reservoir, about 80 miles east of Las Vegas. Vanover says no one was on the boat, and no injuries are reported. Newton´s sister-in-law, Tricia McCrone, confirms that the 1996 Skipperliner named Rendezvous belongs to Newton. McCrone says Newton and his wife were vacationing out of
Ufa, Russia - President Vladimir Putin accused foreign rivals on Tuesday of using radical Islam to weaken the Russian state, a day after a suicide bombing blamed on a Muslim woman. "Some political forces use Islam, the radical currents within it ... to weaken our state and create conflicts on Russian soil that can be managed from abroad," Putin told Muslim clerics at a meeting in the Russian city of Ufa. He was speaking about 1,000 km (620 miles) northeast of Volgograd, where the female suicide bomber from Russia´s mainly Muslim North Caucasus killed six people on a bus on
When a recent Manhattan fund-raiser for the Virginia candidate for governor Terry McAuliffe wound down and most of the donors had left the host’s swanky meatpacking district loft, President Bill Clinton stuck around. Only a handful of guests (“And none of the really important ones,” according to one attendee) remained, but Mr. Clinton continued to shake hands and pose for photos. He greeted the waiters and joked with stragglers that he would meet them at a nearby bar. This spring, as guests gathered around a big table inside a grand Washington home at a fund-raising dinner for Mr. McAuliffe, Mr.
Amid the smoldering wreckage of the government shutdown and the failed effort to defund Obamacare, it is time for conservatives to figure out why they lost — and how they can win the next time. Since the tea party takes its inspiration from the American Revolution, it might want look to that period for answers. It can learn a lot from the contrasting strategies of two revolutionary war generals: Horatio Gates and George Washington. One led the patriots into disaster, while the other led them to victory. Gates commanded American forces at the Battle of Camden, the British victory depicted in Mel
The competition to be the next Ted Cruz is extremely hot within the Republican Party, where a number of emerging challengers are hoping to capitalize on the newest brand name in conservative politics. In Kansas, Milton R. Wolf opened his fundraising pitch to supporters last week by asking them whether he could be the next Cruz candidate. In Mississippi, Chris McDaniel announced his campaign to unseat Sen. Thad Cochran last week and welcomed the comparison to Mr. Cruz, calling it “a compliment.” Then there’s Ben Sasse, a university president running for Nebraska’s U.S. Senate seat, who set state fundraising records by
In my column yesterday I explain that the Obamacare fail was baked in for political reasons, foremost among them, the need to keep the public from learning that the Tea Party critics were right. (snip) Over the weekend HHS Sect. Kathleen Sebelius admitted in an interview: "The online insurance marketplace needed five years of construction and a year of testing, she said. "We had two years and almost no testing." Sebelius is saying she needed a delay of four years to get the system up and running. A delay of four years is an admission of complete failure. The Administration
In a White House speech, President Barack Obama assured the public that his new health-care law is up and running even in the absence of a functioning website. He told people they can call an 800 number instead of buying coverage online. Reporters duly called the number and got busy signals, or when getting through and following the directions, got referred back to healthcare.gov. This, no doubt, is another “glitch,” the administration’s catchall word for the fact that it is almost impossible to enroll for insurance under Obamacare. It is a sign of just how bad it is that a new
Doha - Saudi Arabia´s intelligence chief has said the kingdom will make a "major shift" in relations with the United States in protest at its perceived inaction over the Syria war and its overtures to Iran, a source close to Saudi policy said on Tuesday. Prince Bandar bin Sultan told European diplomats that Washington had failed to act effectively on the Syria crisis and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, was growing closer to Tehran, and had failed to back Saudi support for Bahrain when it crushed an anti-government revolt in 2011, the source said. (Snip) "The shift away from the U.S. is