Richmond, Va. - Women may hold the key in Virginia´s slash-and-burn race for governor, rendering a final judgment on a campaign marked by fights over social issues. Democrats have not relented in their criticism of Republican Ken Cuccinelli´s positions on abortion, women´s reproductive health and even divorce, and it´s taken a toll, especially among female voters. Polls show Cuccinelli consistently struggling to connect with women in his race against Democratic Terry McAuliffe. Heading into Tuesday´s election, the cash-poor Cuccinelli campaign is trying to set the record straight at every stop, with the state attorney general telling allies, "The truth is
As daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. this coming Sunday morning (Nov. 3), most Americans will join snoozers across more than 60 other nations in savoring the gift of one extra hour of sleep. Though the biannual ritual of turning clocks might feel like second nature to us today, it is actually a fairly new phenomenon that has only taken effect on a global scale within the past several decades (though many countries including Venezuela, Kenya and Saudi Arabia still don´t partake in it today).Benjamin Franklin suggested the idea back in 1784, as a way to economize on sunlight
There has been a lot of focus recently on the failure of the Obama administration’s ability to enroll Americans in the new health-care exchanges. Even the media have turned on the president, questioning why Obamacare’s exchanges were opened in the first place when the administration was fully aware of the website’s problems. After having weeks to fix the widely reported “glitches,” as the president so aptly described them, some states still can’t identify a single individual who has successfully enrolled in Obamacare. Now the White House has gone into full damage-control mode, shifting blame and pulling every excuse in the
Early Friday, a woman who said she was seeking scheduled abortion services drove up to the Whole Woman´s Health of San Antonio, only to find the main clinic shuttered. “Are they closed?” she asked a female companion in the passenger seat, a worried look on her face. She became one of an untold number of women in Texas who were stuck in limbo Friday regarding their ability to receive an abortion or related care as at least 13 clinics in the state stopped providing abortions. On Thursday night, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in
Republican Gov. Susana Martinez on Friday chose a member of her own party to succeed Stephen Easley, the late Democratic state representative. Martinez selected Vickie Perea of Belen for the House District 50 seat. Perea will serve out Easley´s term, which ends on Dec. 31, 2014. Easley, of El Dorado, died in August at age 60. Perea, 67, ran unsuccessfully for the state Senate in 2012. Democrat Clemente Sanchez defeated her in the general election.In appointing Perea, Martinez has narrowed the gap between Democrats and Republicans in the House of Representatives. Democrats will have a 37-33 advantage, compared to 38-32
America might have just missed out on Richard Nixon’s psychedelic rock album, according to Tevi Troy. In his new book, What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culture in the White House, the presidential historian and former Bush administration official writes that Grace Slick, Jefferson Airplane’s lead singer, attempted to crash a White House reception for Finch College graduates—a group that included both Slick and Nixon’s daughter, Tricia—with a plan to spike the president’s tea with LSD. Though White House security rebuffed Slick (accompanied by Abbie Hoffman), the incident nonetheless demonstrates the often-antagonistic relationship of
NEW YORK- In addition to cheering supporters, runners in this Sunday´s New York City Marathon will also be monitored by bomb-sniffing dogs, police scuba divers and surveillance helicopters to prevent an attack similar to the one at the Boston race earlier this year. The New York Police Department started planning its extra precautions a day after the deadly April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon that killed three and injured 264, said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. "We are well equipped and well deployed," said Kelly. Taking a lesson from Boston authorities who identified two brothers suspected of setting off the bombs
Boston — Massachusetts´ current and former governors are set to appear on NBC´s "Meet the Press" Sunday to discuss the federal health care law.Gov. Deval Patrick and former Gov. Mitt Romney are expected to paint very different portraits of the law that is President Barack Obama´s signature policy achievement.Even though Romney helped draft and then signed the 2006 Massachusetts health care law that became the blueprint for Obama´s law, the former GOP presidential nominee has argued that health care changes are best left up to states rather than the federal government.Patrick, a Democrat and a vocal supporter of Obama,
Along with documenting the many technical failures of Obama´s so called signature website Healthcare.gov, this CBS New York item reports the Obama sticker shock many Garden State college students now face thanks to the increasingly misleadingly named Affordable Care Act. New Jersey built up a relatively extensive network of junior colleges in the 1970´s and 80´s. Now, ObamaCare is forcing them to drop cost effective insurance programs they had previously provided to students. Many students have found themselves in health care limbo this semester. Community colleges in New Jersey used to offer cheap health insurance for hundreds of dollars a
The chaotic launch of President Barack Obama´s healthcare law has Democrats in Congress increasingly anxious about its potential impact on them in the 2014 elections and scrambling to protect themselves if the program´s problems persist. Particularly nervous is a group of 16 Senate Democrats who are defending their seats next year, as Republicans will seek a net gain of six seats to try to take over the 100-seat chamber. (Snip) Others, such as Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, represent conservative states where skepticism has been fueled by Republican attack ads discouraging participation.
Barack Obama has been subjected to as many personal attacks as any modern president. Terrorist. Traitor. Hater of America. Secret Muslim. Unusually for a politician, however, the one thing he hasn´t been called much is a liar, except by his most adamant critics. That´s all changed now. Obama is being widely called out for having claimed, repeatedly, that under the Affordable Care Act, people who liked their health insurance plans could keep them. This was a key selling point. Yet it has turned out not to be true for everyone in the individual insurance market.
Cardinal Sean Patrick O´Malley urged members of Congress to support the Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act, which would require health plans to disclose if they subsidize abortion coverage. O´Malley´s support comes days after Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius pleaded ignorance on abortion funds. In a Nov. 1 letter to House members, O´Malley, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the bill requiring the HHS to provide all the insurance details to exchange shoppers up front will address "one part of the abortion-related problem" in Obama´s health care law.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi today called the Obamacare website malfunctions “incidental” in the big picture and predicted that they would have no effect on the mid-term elections next year. “The glitches technologically are incidental to the value of what the Affordable Care Act represents,” she said. “We will get through them. The Affordable Care Act is a great thing for our country and I think it’s going to work just fine ... We find the glitches unacceptable, we want to get over it, but it’s not going to have any impact on the election.” Pelosi was in Cambridge
The White House PR machine keeps trying to put lipstick on the ObamaCare pig. According to Whitehouse.gov, "there´s some great news from a Department of Health and Human Services report... Thanks to Obamacare, half of young adults between age 18 and 34 who are single and uninsured can get health coverage for $50/month or less." There are two problems with the claim. First, the actual percentage, according to HHS figures, of 18-34 year olds who qualify for the $50/month rate is not "half" but 2.9%. The numbers are 1.3 million out of 44.2 million. Secondly, the $50/month rate is not
Hello. I’m Dan Coats and I have the honor of representing the people of Indiana in the U.S. Senate. It’s been one month since the launch of the health care law’s website, and many Americans across the country still cannot enroll. The White House and congressional Democrats have insisted time and again that the ObamaCare insurance exchanges would be tested, secure and ready to go on Oct. 1. The President even told the American public that signing up online would be as easy as a few simple keystrokes. Perhaps the President hasn’t tried logging onto the website himself.
WASHINGTON- The best thing Washington can do to spur the U.S. economy is end the "constant cycle of manufactured crises and self-inflicted wounds," President Obama says. The president said Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet speech he wanted to "talk plainly" about what´s needed to bolster the economy and create jobs. "It begins by ending what has done more than anything else to undermine our economy over the past few years -- and that´s the constant cycle of manufactured crises and self-inflicted wounds," he said. "And one way to do that is through the budget that Congress started working
McALLEN — The day after a federal appeals court cleared the way for Texas’ restrictive abortion law to take effect while it faces a legal challenge, many clinics across the state said they had stopped performing abortions. The clinics were preparing to shut down, leaving women seeking their services distraught. (Snip)The communities Minto serves are among the nation’s poorest. On top of that, many of his patients cross the border from Mexico, where abortion is illegal in most places. Others live in the U.S. illegally. A 39-year-old woman from Willacy County who was waiting to see Minto on Friday spoke
Hi, everybody. On Thursday, I addressed a conference for business leaders from around the world. And my pitch was simple: Choose America. Invest in America. Create jobs in America. It speaks to my top priority as President: growing our economy, creating good jobs, strengthening security and opportunity for the middle class. Over the past three and a half years, our businesses have created over seven and a half million new jobs. [Snip] We need to grow and create more good jobs faster. That’s my driving focus.
I’ve been quite critical of President Obama over the course of his presidency. Earlier this week, for example, I wrote a piece in which I accused Mr. Obama of mendacity. So I take a back seat to no one when it comes to leveling harsh judgments against the president. But even I, an Obama critic, believe there are some lines one should not cross, some things that should never be said, some blows that are too brutal even for American politics. I had in mind what Jimmy Carter, who ranks with James Buchanan and a few others as among America’s worst
When Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius visited Tennessee on Friday for an outreach event on the Affordable Care Act, she received an unwelcome gift from a Republican state senator. Brian Kelsey, the state senator, presented Sebelius with a copy of "Websites for Dummies," a reference to the disastrous rollout of the federal health-insurance website, HealthCare.gov - The Daily News in Memphis captured the moment in which Kelsey handed the book to Sebelius. She does not look very amused - At the event in Memphis, Sebelius sought to combat what she said was misinformation being pushed on Obamacare.
A provision of President Barack Obama’s health-care reforms requiring group insurance plans to cover contraceptives violates the constitutional right to religious freedom, a federal appeals court in Washington said. A three-judge panel ruled yesterday in a lawsuit filed by two brothers who are Catholic and, on religious grounds, excluded coverage for contraceptives from the health plans of their produce-distribution companies in violation of the Patient Proctection and Affordable Care Act. “We must determine whether the contraceptive mandate imposed by the act trammels the right of free exercise -— a right that lies at the core of our constitutional liberties -—
A janitor has described how for two days, he took care of more than 19 senior citizens who were abandoned after a Castro Valley care home was forced to close amid safety and health violations last week. Miguel Alvarez, 33, stayed at Valley Springs Manor 24 hours a day when other staff members walked off the job after the operator´s license was suspended on October 24 and they went unpaid for more than two weeks Another staff member, cook Maurice Rowland, also stayed on to help care for the home´s elderly residents, many of whom suffer from dementia and other ailments.
President Obama used his executive powers on Friday to create a ´Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.´ Obama´s plan would be put in place through executive order, bypassing Congress, which has stalemated over climate legislation in recent years. A year after Superstorm Sandy devastated the East Coast, the President signed the order which is designed to make it easier for states and local governments to respond to weather disasters. The executive order establishes a task force of state and local officials to advise the administration on how to respond to severe storms, wildfires, droughts and other potential impacts of
The motive for the Friday morning shooting at Los Angeles International Airport has not been confirmed, but a note thought to be written by the gunman is shedding some light on his thought process. Shooter Paul Anthony Ciancia had ´anti-government´ leanings and was reportedly carrying a note which said that he ´wanted to kill TSA and pigs´. [Snip] Multiple sources have added that the note was signed with the letters ´NWO´ which stands for ´New World Order´. The conspiracy theory of a ´new world order´ asserts that there is a secret group of powerful individuals who used their money and global influence to
The Unite union’s campaign of bullying and intimidation has targeted more than 60 businesses in the past two years, the Mail can reveal. Packs of militant protesters hounded senior managers at country hotels, a children’s charity fun run and at the castle where Downton Abbey is filmed in dirty tricks operations designed to humiliate them into giving in to the union’s demands. And while the bullying campaign came to light during this month’s bitter Grangemouth oil refinery dispute, such brutal militancy has been going on unchecked since 2011. Three executives at a construction company which was caught up in a
Pakistan´s security forces have been put on high alert following the US drone strike on Friday which is believed to have killed Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud. A spokesman told the BBC all security measures were now being taken. Pakistan media say Mehsud´s funeral has taken place at an unknown location in the tribal area of North Waziristan. A Pakistan government minister said the drone strike had destroyed attempts to hold peace talks with the militants. Mehsud was killed along with four other people--including two of his bodyguards--when four missiles struck their vehicle in the north-western region of North Waziristan, a senior Taliban official