Because the media are as desperate as Obama to see ObamaCare succeed, the faulty federal website is getting all kinds of attention. One thing that isn´t, though, is that millions among the working and middle class are losing insurance they are happy with and seeing their monthly premiums spike, sometimes by as much as 150%. You would think this brutal reality sucker-punching so many among The 99% would be a major media story. But to protect ObamaCare and its namesake, it is not. And over at the journalist site Poynter, The Washington Post´s Sarah Kliff published a rather chilling Style
When the GOP suggested President Obama delay the individual mandate for a year, the media brought out the pitch forks and torches while screaming, "Freak! Racist! Extremist! Arsonist! Anarchist!" But now that a reality is fast-approaching that could see people fined/taxed for not buying ObamaCare through websites that don´t work, Jonathan Chait´s New York Magazine is joining the FreakyRacistExtremist brigade by suggesting a delay of the individual mandate: The real upside here is that, because it doesn´t require Congress, the administration could use a mandate delay to actually improve the functioning of the law, as opposed to using it to
"Disaster," "embarrassment," "humiliating" and "train wreck" are just a few of the colorful terms being used to describe it. The Obama administration´s incompetent half-billion-dollar rollout of its incompetent multi-trillion-dollar signature achievement is but a tragic metaphor for this man´s entire presidency. (It´s not hyperbole when it´s true.) Nearly three weeks in and the utopian promise of "affordable care" for all has yielded but a handful of folks who´ve even been able to sign up for this clinic in socialism. That Obamacare - something billed as a health-care panacea for the collective - is something that the collective neither asked for, nor wanted,
As I´ve documented in the past, many leftist teachers teach our youngsters to hate our country. For example, University of Hawaii Professor Haunani-Kay Trask counseled her students, "We need to think very, very clearly about who the enemy is. The enemy is the United States of America and everyone who supports it." Some universities hire former terrorists to teach and indoctrinate students. Kathy Boudin, former Weather Underground member and convicted murderer, is on the Columbia University School of Social Work´s faculty. Her Weather Underground comrade William Ayers teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Bernardine Dohrn, his wife, is a
On Tuesday, the White House announced that it was tapping former acting Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Jeff Zients to head the team overseeing the repairs on the Affordable Care Act health insurance exchange website. NPR Reporter Mara Liasson probed White House Press Sec. Jay Carney about whether he would be providing regular updates on those repairs as they did for disasters like the Deep Horizon oil spill in 2010. “In the past when you had a natural disaster like the oil spill, generally there’s somebody in charge,” Liasson began. “And I guess Jeff Zients is going to
A large majority of Americans say they did not miss the federal government when it was partially shutdown during the first half of October, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released today. The survey conducted Oct. 17-20 asked 1,002 adults: “Were you personally inconvenienced by the partial shutdown of the federal government or not?” If the person said they were inconvenienced, the survey asked this followup: “Was it a major inconvenience or a minor inconvenience?” 78 percent said that they were not inconvenienced by the partial shutdown of the government.
After Sunday mass at Holy Trinity, the parents left their four boys in Georgetown to drive to Griffith Stadium to join 27,000 fans to watch "Slingin´ Sammy" Baugh take on the Philadelphia Eagles. Already a legend, Baugh was the greatest football player of his era. Record-setting passer, runner, punter, place kicker, defensive back. Yet, not until the fourth quarter did Sammy throw for a pair of touchdowns to finish off the Eagles 20-14. Something else was happening that Sunday. As the scoreless tie went on, there came a series of public service announcements calling on admirals, generals and officials to leave the
Blogger and publisher Gavin McInnes lashed out at a University of Miami law professor on a HuffPost Live discussion about the meaning of masculinity, saying “people would be happier if women would stop pretending to be men.” Feminism, he said, “has made women less happy.” “Women are feigning that toughness. We’ve trivialized childbirth and being domestic so much that women are forced to pretend to be men. They’re feigning this toughness, they’re miserable,” he said. The sparks flew when Mary Anne Franks, an associate professor at the University of Miami School of Law, rejected his perspective on gender norms.
LOS ANGELES- Medical information about 729,000 patients has been compromised by the theft of two laptops belonging to a California hospital group, company officials say. The laptops, owned by AHMC based in the San Gabriel Valley, contained health and personal information about patients treated at six hospitals in the region, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. Officials said the computers were taken Oct. 12 from a sixth-floor office of a "gated and patrolled" medical campus. The theft was discovered Oct. 14 and the date of the theft was determined by examination of video footage, AHMC spokesman Gary Hopkins said.
Another week has passed, which apparently means that it’s time for another terrifying article from Sharon LaFraniere, Ian Austen and Robert Pear on the federal health-care exchanges. (Snip) Time to panic? No. But it’s time to prepare to panic. It sounds like the earliest anyone is projecting fixes is sometime in the middle of November. That’s the time when it absolutely has to work, and if it doesn’t, we should panic. Maybe not “Get in the shelter, Homer!” panic, but I’d definitely think about rebalancing the 401(k) and maybe voting in some politicians who will treat this with the gravity
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Tuesday that he is considering running for another term in 2016, when he would be 80 years old. "I´m seriously thinking about maybe giving another opportunity for you to vote for or against me in a few years from now," McCain said on KFYI-AM in Phoenix. "I´m seriously giving that a lot of thought." [1-minute sound bite] Asked by host Barry Young to clarify if he was saying he might run again, McCain said: "That would not be wrong." The New York Times´s Mark Leibovich, who is in Arizona following McCain, first tweeted the news.
It may not be news in principle, but it´s still disheartening to learn the details of political corruption, rather like walking in on someone you knew was having in affair in theory before seeing them in flagrante delicto. Peter Schweizer lays out gory excerpts from his book, Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes and Line Their Own Pockets in the New York Times. It makes depressing reading, but it is also very illuminating. Schweizer describes “John Boehner’s ‘Tollbooth’, by which the Speaker of the House extracts money by soliciting political donations before he holds crucial votes on the
Conservatives with long memories had to laugh at the recent New York Times front-page headline: "Fiscal Crisis Sounds the Charge in GOP´s ´Civil War.´" That diagnosis largely hangs on the judgment of 1970s New Right direct-mail impresario Richard Viguerie, whose ears have been ringing with the thunder of Ft. Sumter for a quarter-century. Within a week of Ronald Reagan´s 1981 inauguration, Viguerie was denouncing the Gipper as a traitor to the cause. The Associated Press ran a story headlined "Conservatives Angry With Reagan." Viguerie was the centerpiece: "Almost every conservative I have talked to in the last two months has
In another early sign that the 2016 Republican presidential nomination field may be crowded with big-name contenders, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is in Israel — again. The longest-serving governor in Texas history was in Israel on Sunday, traveling with Houston businessman and former U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council Chairman Fred S. Zeidman, to set the stage for the opening of the Nazareth campus of Texas A&M University, he said. Mr. Perry, who arrived in Israel after visiting London for a plaque dedication, told The Washington Times in a phone interview from Jerusalem that the government shutdown was “political theater” that wasn’t
Immigration activist groups have declared they will launch a "week of escalation" this week to pressure lawmakers in Congress with acts of civil disobedience to pass comprehensive immigration reform this year. According to Politico, pro-immigration reform groups will target House Republican leaders and over 20 Republicans they think are vulnerable on the issue. Their goal is to get a vote on immigration reform this year. Republican mega-donor Paul Singer has teamed up with George Soros to finance pro-comprehensive immigration reform groups like the Evangelical Immigration Table, which released a letter on Monday urging lawmakers to support a pathway to citizenship, and
From making babies to being struck by lightning, a new map has revealed the surprising things that countries are best at. The map is based on statistics gathered from across the internet - ranging from sources as diverse as the World Bank to the Guinness World Records. Created by online comic and website DogHouse Diaries, the map shows what each country leads the rest of the world in and the words picked - which are written across the country´s geographical territory - are in many cases surprising. While Peru might make evoke images of Inca monuments and panpipes, according to
The public’s opinion of Congress and the Republican Party has plummeted in the wake of the government shutdown, with two new polls showing record and near-record levels of disapproval. Forty-seven percent of those surveyed said Congress would be better off if nearly every member was replaced in a new USA Today/Princeton Survey Research poll. Only 4 percent said replacing nearly every member would make Congress worse. That tops the 40 percent who felt it would be better for Congress in 1994, when Democrats lost their majority, and the 42 percent who felt that way in 2006, when Republicans lost their
After dating for more than one year and having a baby girl together, Kim Kardashian, 33, and Kanye West, 36, are officially engaged, according to E! News. West put a ring on it — on a very special day. Kanye proposed to Kim on her 33rd birthday, making an engagement the best present of all. Kanye rented out the AT&T park in San Francisco and proposed in front of friends and family — and a 15-piece orchestra. He reportedly presented her with a 15-karat Lorraine Schwartz sparkler as well. Now that’s how it’s done. PHOTOS: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Alan Grayson, the Democratic representative from Florida’s 9th congressional district, sent out a fundraising email that showed a burning cross used to represent the “T” in Tea Party. Dave Levinthal, senior political reporter at Public Integrity, caught it and tweeted, “Rep. @Alan Grayson (D-#FL) $-raising email features burning cross that makes the ´T´ in ´Tea Party.´ See for yourself." The picture accompanied statements taken from an interview Grayson did with Al Sharpton in which Grayson vilified the Tea Party with statements like: They come to the president saying, ”If you don’t let us steal your car, then, we are going to burn your
Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), a liberal firebrand known for his controversial comments, compared the Tea Party to the Ku Klux Klan in an email to supporters that features a photo of a burning cross. In an interview with the Rev. Al Sharpton, quoted in the fundraising email, Grayson declares that "the Tea Party is no more popular than the Klan." He also charges that the "ultimate Tea Party Republican desire" is to "bring about the End of Days." The comments were blasted to Grayson´s supporters in a Monday email that also features a picture of a burning cross, with two
NBC’s Chuck Todd bluntly asked White House spokesman Jay Carney Monday who “misled” President Obama by letting him make promises about the Obamacare website that it has been simply unable to meet. Carney said Obama was frustrated and focused on making improvements, but Todd kept asking who “let him down” and continued to pound away at the administration’s inability to explain what has gone so wrong with the website: CHUCK TODD: Five days before the launch, the president said it’s a website where you can compare and purchase affordable health care plans, the same way you shop for a plane
In a city often divided by partisan sniping, Maria Trabocchi has found at least one refuge: a fine dining hot spot known for its killer lasagna. As the mistress of ceremonies at the power-meal restaurant Fiola, Trabocchi has become known to VIPs in the nation’s capital as a sort of queen of dining diplomacy. "You absolutely have to know about politics in D.C. if you want to cater to politicians — you have to know who they are,” the native of Spain says. The restaurant in Washington’s Penn Quarter, opened in 2011 by Trabocchi’s husband, chef Fabio Trabocchi, plays host
Things That Matter is a collection of Charles Krauthammer’s extraordinary writings over the last 30 years. For those of us who have admired Krauthammer from the moment we first read him–and for a younger generation, from the moment they first watched him on Fox News–this volume has obvious appeal. It’s a marvelous, and at times quite moving, collection. But I want to draw attention to the book’s introduction, which is new and autobiographical. Krauthammer writes about his upbringing and journey from medicin
Anyone who tuned into Barack Obama’s weird mixture of infomercial, delusion, and slashing partisan campaign speech yesterday looking for solid information about the failure of ObamaCare’s launch was wasting their time, and should have known they were wasting their time. (It was nothing short of hilarious to hear media predictions that it would be some sort of “mea culpa” speech, in which the Empty Chair took responsibility for something, and was honest about his mistakes, for the first time in his life.) The full truth will eventually emerge in Congressional hearing chambers, and probably in courtrooms, over the coming months.
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