I´ve always thought of Barack Obama as the "Chauncey Gardiner" of American politics. Like Peter Sellers´ character in the classic film, "Being There," Obama is an embodiment of outsiders´ hopes and dreams for who they think he is. Reality, like the film, shows there isn´t really a lot of there, there. This weekend, we learned that President Obama "didn´t know about" NSA spying on world leaders, especially German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He also "didn´t know about" the posthumously obvious problems with the rollout of the ObamaCare website exchanges. According to the New York Times, these problems were evident eight months ago.
President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years. Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC News that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a “cancellation” letter or the equivalent over the next year
President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years. Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC NEWS that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a “cancellation” letter or the equivalent over
Appearing by phone on Steve Malzberg‘s NewsMaxTV show Monday afternoon, Charles Krauthammer responded to Rush Limbaugh‘s criticism that the Washington Post columnist was “fooled” into believing President Obama was a “centrist” at the beginning of his first term in office. On his radio show, Limbaugh ran clips of Krauthammer and fellow columnist George Will telling Fox News that they initially thought Obama painted himself as a compromising centrist. “I intellectually don’t know how you can not figure out Barack Obama,” the radio host said. “A liberal is a liberal. I know Obama, for the low-information crowd, could be whatever you wanted
President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years.
Sebelius? Being untruthful about Obamacare? Perish the thought. Alas: Misstating the health care law she is responsible for administering, Kathleen Sebelius has asserted that the law required health insurance sign-ups to start Oct. 1, whether the system was ready or not. In fact, the decision when to launch the sign-up website was hers. The troubled debut of the government´s health insurance enrollment website has raised questions about whether its start date should have been delayed to allow testing and repairs before it went live. Asked last week whether that might have been the wiser course, Sebelius, the health and human
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday said he plans to bring up legislation soon that would create new workplace protections for gay and transgendered people. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) introduced the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), S. 815, earlier this year, and it has the support of most Senate Democrats and a few Senate Republicans. "During this four-week period, we’re going to do a number of things not necessarily in this order, but we’re going to consider ENDA," Reid said Monday on the Senate floor. "We haven’t taken this up for a number of years ... so we’re going
Distancing itself from President Obama’s oft repeated assurance that “if you like your plan you can keep it,” the Obama administration is now executing a strategic retreat from this promise. With David Axelrod having said that “most people” will be able to keep their insurance and press secretary Jay Carney admitting that “there are existing health care plans that [. . .] do not qualify for the Affordable Care Act,” the White House again limited its claims in a response to an online petition demanding that those who like their plans be able to opt out of Obamacare and keep
Calling it a “pivotal moment,” a band of Latino donors has launched a $20 million campaign to unseat those in the House who stand against President Obama’s immigration proposals and oppose Democratic Party reform bills. The Latino Victory Project is a new political committee — akin to the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund — that’s poised to spend big to oust those in Congress with a large Hispanic constituency but who oppose the immigration policy overhaul that’s being pushed by Democrats, the Los Angeles Times reported. Leaders of the group met just recently with a few dozen of their key donors, including
RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, I must, using my instincts here, apologize for the last 15 minutes or so. I may have sounded like I was on the verge of out-of-control and I wasn´t. My passion got the best of me, and I really did not mean to be shouting at everybody like that. Passion´s one thing. Shouting is another. I hope you will accept my apology. I don´t take back anything I said, ´cause it is just amazingly frustrating to be confronted with such willful ignorance. It´s so unnecessary. The truth did not require a password. The truth did not require
Showing more concern for President Obama´s popularity than the national security implications of the latest leaks in the NSA spying scandal, on Monday´s NBC Today, chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell lamented: "When he was a candidate, Barack Obama was a rock star in Europe. That was then, this is now. As Europe reacts angrily to news that the U.S. spied on 35 leaders..." Moments later, Mitchell continued to worry: "How did the man who won the Nobel Peace Prize just months into his presidency become the subject of Europe´s scorn?" She denounced the leaks, but not the spying itself:
A government worker is 38 percent more likely to be absent from work for personal reasons or illnesses than a private-sector worker, and government workers miss 50 percent more of their usual work hours as a result of such absences than do private sector workers, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Each month, the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey collects information from 60,000 households, including information on employment status. BLS uses this data to publish employment statistics. The survey is conducted during the week that includes the 19th day of the month and the questions it asks that reference
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is “mining” Facebook and Twitter to improve its social media footprint and to assess how Tweets can be used as “change-agents” for health behaviors. The NLM, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), will have software installed on government computers that will store data from social media as part of a $30,000 project announced last week. “The National Library of Medicine is the world’s largest biomedical library and makes its stored information available online at no charge to consumers, health professionals, and biomedical scientists through a diverse suite of resources,” the agency
RUSH: Moving on to the Obamacare Stack, there are a lot of reports today, expressions of anger, humiliation, disappointment, over the debacle that continues to be the Obamacare website. More glitches. Now you´ve got people saying, "You know what, this thing can´t be fixed. It´s gonna have to torn down and rebuilt from scratch." And, by the way, remember the picture of the young woman that´s been the iconic figure at HealthCare.gov? She´s gone now. They´ve replaced her with two or three icons or graphics. That woman was probably the Julia of the famous Obamacare commercial. But, anyway, I´ll give
By merely adding up recent media reports, the National Center for Public Policy Research discovered that 1.5 million insurance cancellations have already gone out. These cancellations are all due to the ObamaCare mandate that requires every health insurance policy meet a minimum requirement of a one-size-fits-all Cadillac plan that forces people to pay for coverage they neither want nor need. During his sales job to pass his signature health insurance plan, President Obama repeatedly and without qualification promised the American people that if you liked your insurance plan, you could keep it. Obama also promised everyone that their premiums would decrease
SANTIAGO - Chile´s presidential frontrunner Michelle Bachelet said on Sunday that if elected she will fortify labor unions and roll out an ambitious $15 billion spending program - more than half of which would fund education. The center-left candidate, poised to sail to victory in either November´s general election or a runoff in December, said she wants to stop companies from "slyly" limiting union power. "We must strengthen unions and carry out a package of modifications to collective bargaining to allow more workers to practice this right," Bachelet said in a 200-page report outlining her policy proposals, published on Sunday. Bachelet said Chile,
SANAA, Yemen -- Security officials and residents of Yemen´s capital say that a large explosion followed by heavy gunfire have been heard near the U.S. Embassy. They did not know how close the blast late Monday was to the embassy. The officials spoke anonymously as they were not allowed to talk to media. Yemen is fighting a war against al-Qaida´s local branch, considered by Washington to be one of the world´s most dangerous offshoots of the terror network.
RUSH: I´ll tell you what I want to start with today. I was shocked. I was really, really surprised. This explains a lot of my frustration and my curiosity and my wonderment. I didn´t see it, but I had a couple of e-mails from people who told me about it. Fox News ran (on Friday night at ten o´clock) a one-hour special on the life of Dr. Krauthammer, and it´s in conjunction with his new book, which came out last week, which is a good thing for him that it came out last week. It´s a compilation of his columns. And
Mia Farrow´s brother was sentenced today to 25 years in prison for the sexual abuse of two young boys over an eight-year period. Businessman John Villiers-Farrow pleaded guilty to two counts of child abuse after he was handed down 39 charges for the molestation of the boys who were his neighbors in Maryland in 2002. He pleaded guilty in July so he could get a lighter sentence but has always asserted his innocence. His sentence was suspended for 15 years, which means Villiers-Farrow will spend at least the next ten years in jail.
Tuesday... I have to struggle not to talk about this every day. I know that that would be counterproductive if I did, and I never want to get to the point where you say, "Come on, Rush, get off of it, move on to something else." That would be very bad. That´s why I don´t repeat a lot of points that I make. That´s why I don´t push my own stuff all the time, ´cause this is a program about the issues and the country and so forth. But Tuesday, October the 29th, my first book since 1993 -- 20
Richard Griffin, President Obama´s nominee to be the National Labor Relations Board´s general counsel, is accused of making false statements under oath in a union corruption complaint in California district court. The charges stem from when Griffin was the top lawyer for the International Union of Operating Engineers. The complaint alleges that he gave a false explanation in a deposition for why union officials sought the ouster of a colleague who was blowing the whistle on internal corruption. Griffin was formerly one of Obama´s recess appointees to the NLRB, which is the nation´s labor law enforcement agency. His nomination is
David Cameron today declared the UK must ‘say no’ to jobs going to immigrants because young Brits are not capable of work. The Prime Minister said he did not ‘blame’ Eastern Europeans who flock to Britain because they want to work. But he warned that thousands of youngsters could be ‘left behind’ as the economy recovers because they do not have the knowledge to secure a well-paid job. Mr Cameron has already proposed curbing access to benefits and public services for migrants which the government claims acts as ‘pull factors’ drawing people from across Europe to the UK. But the
President Obama plans to travel to Boston Wednesday to defend his mandatory health insurance program, a visit to the intellectual birthplace of the law as the White House attempts to recover from computer problems that have plagued the new marketplace website. Obama will deliver remarks at Faneuil Hall, from the same spot where Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and Obama’s rival in the 2012 election, signed the Bay State’s landmark health care law in 2006. “It is the Massachusetts experience that shows you what happens when people put politics aside and make sure that people are covered,” said David
White House press secretary Jay Carney on Monday said the Obama administration had made “extraordinary efforts” to work with congressional committees probing the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. “When it comes to oversight and Benghazi, as you know, the administration has made extraordinary efforts to work with seven -- seven, rather, different congressional committees investigating what happened before, during and after the Benghazi attacks,” Carney told reporters. “That includes testifying at 13 congressional hearings, participating in 40 staff briefings and providing over 25,000 pages of documents.” His comments came in response to a question about
Amid a furious global controversy over the National Security Agency´s spying on U.S. allies, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey said on Monday he will order all new FBI agents to visit the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial to reflect on past “abuse and overreach” by the agency. Comey noted that former FBI Director Louis Freeh had ordered all new agent classes to visit the Holocaust Museum “so they could see and feel and hear in a palpable way the consequences of abuse of power on a massive, almost unimaginable scale.” That will continue, Comey said. But “I´m
America’s spying apparatus needs to be placed under “additional constraints” the White House admitted on Monday as the Spanish government expressed “serious concern” about reports that its citizens had also been subjected to mass-surveillance. “We recognize there needs to be additional constraints on how we gather and use intelligence,” said Jay Carney, the White House spokesman, as pressure grew on Washington from Europe to rein in spying operations that included bugging the phone the German Chancellor. The Spanish government described reports that America’s National Security Agency (NSA) had eavesdropped on 60.5 million telephone calls in Spain as “inappropriate and unacceptable”