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HHS to issue sweeping
mental health rules
The Hill, by Ben Goad    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 11/8/2013 11:29:29 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration will issue long awaited regulations Friday that require insurers to treat mental illness and addiction the same as physical illnesses, current and former lawmakers said. In testimony Thursday before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee, mental health advocate and former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius would announce the action during a speech in Atlanta. Members of the panel familiar with the rule-making also said the regulations would be issued Friday. Kennedy, during his 16-year tenure in Congress, championed legislation designed to bring insurance parity to people suffering from addiction and mental illness.

Did Chris Christie just
try to knife an ally?
Washington Post, by Reid Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: Bubbasuncle- 11/8/2013 11:04:14 AM     Post Reply
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), fresh off a landslide re-election win and seemingly with an eye on the 2016 presidential race, spent Thursday trying to oust a longtime Republican ally from power. Christie and his staff lobbied Republican state senators to dump their leader, Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr., after three terms atop the GOP conference. At least four Republican senators paraded through Christie’s office Thursday morning to get the hard sell. Christie was pushing Senate Republicans to choose Kevin O’Toole, an Essex senator, to replace Kean. Ultimately, Kean won 10 of the 16 votes inside the Republican

720K Americans Leave
Labor Force In October
Breitbart Big Government, by Mike Flynn    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 11/8/2013 10:56:18 AM     Post Reply
On Friday, the Labor Department reported that 720,000 Americans left the labor force. This exodus pushed the labor force participation rate down to 62.8%, the lowest level since 1978. One out of three adults in neither working nor actively looking for work. Some observers attribute the sharp drop to the shutdown and the furloughed federal workers. Even if that were the case, and it is unclear why these workers would be counted as not in the labor force, the number of Americans exiting is still significant. Overall, the jobs report showed employers adding 204,000 jobs in October. Almost half of these job

  


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On the cusp of a
historic sell-out of Israel
Legal Insurrection, by William A. Jacobson    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 11/8/2013 10:53:26 AM     Post Reply
We are on the cusp of the most historic sell-out of Israel by any United States administration. We told you all along that in his second term Obama would impose a settlement on Israel according to what he viewed as reasonable: Obama will force his vision of a settlement on Israel in a second term. Obama envisions a return to the 1949 Armistice line perhaps with very minor adjustments. As David Horwitz of The Times of Israel wrote just before Obama’s second inauguration: Broadly speaking, Obama’s course is set. He has nobody and nothing but his own worldview to answer to. And he reckons

Former MSNBC Host Gets Insurance
Cancelled Due To ObamaCare:
´Thnx Mr. President!´
Newsbusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/8/2013 10:50:49 AM     Post Reply
Oh the delicious irony. Dylan Ratigan, the former host of the MSNBC program bearing his name, just had his health insurance cancelled due to ObamaCare: [Tweets] Readers should recall that Ratigan typically took extremely liberal positions on his program though claiming to not be affiliated with either party. In fact, although he had advocated for an even more liberal healthcare reform, he defended ObamaCare saying on the October 5, 2009, Morning Meeting, “There are people that are actually trying to derail health care in order to take down Obama, even if it means half the country dies.”

Rep. Issa jolts probe of IRS
targeting with new subpoena
The Hill (Washington DC), by Bernie Becker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/8/2013 10:37:30 AM     Post Reply
House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is giving a jolt to the congressional probe of the IRS’s targeting of Tea Party groups with a new subpoena that was issued late Thursday night. Issa and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) have for months sought documents from the Treasury Department that they say could detail a wide range of interactions with the IRS well before the public learned that conservative groups were singled out for extra scrutiny. The subpoena, the second that Issa has issued since the controversy broke, came as House Republicans are struggling to find officials outside of the IRS with

Wendy Davis to pen memoir
The Hill (Washington DC), by Lara Seligman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/8/2013 10:33:13 AM     Post Reply
Texas State senator Wendy Davis (D) has signed with Blue Rider Press, a division of Penguin Random House, to write a book about her life and career. Davis, a Democrat who recently declared her candidacy for Texas governor, vaulted to the national stage with an 11-hour filibuster of a Texas bill that restricts abortions early this summer. "Everyone deserves to have a say in their future," says Davis, according to a press release from the publisher announcing the deal. "I hope telling the story of how I went from being a single mom to serving in the Texas State Senate to

  


  

Ken Cuccinelli for United States Senate
Washington Times (D.C), by Judson Phillips    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/8/2013 10:28:27 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON— Less than forty eight hours after conceding the race for governor, Ken Cuccinelli is probably trying to sleep in late, go back to his office at the Attorney General’s offices to finish out his term and figure out what to do next with his life. Here’s the suggestion he probably doesn’t want to hear today: Ken Cuccinelli for the United States Senate. In 2014, Virginia’s senior Senator, Mark Warner is up for reelection. The Republican bench isn’t simply thin. It is bare. The only two candidates who have announced are basically unknown and less than unknown. If either of them is

Israel ´only suspect´ in Arafat
death, say Palestinians
Agence France Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/8/2013 10:19:34 AM     Post Reply
Ramallah (Palestinian Territories)- The Palestinians said Friday Israel is the only suspect in the "assassination" of Yasser Arafat, a day after Swiss experts said tests suggested he was killed by polonium poisoning. Arafat, aged 75, died in Paris on November 11, 2004 after falling sick a month earlier. Doctors were unable to specify the cause of death and no post-mortem was carried out. Palestinian society has long given currency to the rumour that Arafat was murdered, with Israel the party most often blamed. But there has never been any proof. "We say that Israel is the one and only suspect in

Obamacare sign-up concerns
congressional staff
CNN, by Lisa Desjardins    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/8/2013 10:15:23 AM     Post Reply
Washington- In the U.S. Capitol basement, an auditorium full of congressional staff grapples with the consequences of how their bosses upstairs wrote the Affordable Care Act. Starting Monday, they will have to choose a health care plan. "A lot of employees are planning to separate because of this," one man stood up and declared at the first-ever congressional orientation for Obamacare. By "separate," he meant quit. It was one of many sharp moments of concern at the two information sessions set up by House administrators Thursday. Both were closed to the press, but CNN was able to watch on an

´Pretty Good at Killing´
American Thinker, by Jeffrey T. Brown    Original Article
Posted By: ScarletPimpernel- 11/8/2013 10:01:46 AM     Post Reply
It has been disclosed in a recently published book about the 2012 campaign, Double Down by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, that the president told aides that he is "really good at killing people" with drones. I think the president is being far too modest. Drones aren´t the half of it. He´s really good at killing lots of things. With ObamaCare, he is killing the most effective healthcare system in the world.

  


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Lee Harvey Oswald Was My Friend
New York Times Magazine, by Paul Gregory    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 11/8/2013 9:46:20 AM     Post Reply
It was 7 a.m. on Sunday when the single phone at the bottom of the stairs echoed through my parents’ red-brick house, right off Monticello Park in Fort Worth. “Mr. Gregory,” a woman said as my father picked up, “I need your help.” Who are you? he asked in his Texas-Russian accent, still half-asleep. The caller said only that she had been a student in his Russian language course at our local library, and that he knew her son. In that instant, my father, Pete Gregory, linked the voice to a nurse who sat in the back of his class

Obama is sorry Americans aren´t smart
enough to grasp what he really meant
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 11/8/2013 9:44:13 AM     Post Reply
Oh, puh-leeze. President Obama carefully apologized for something Thursday. But not for lying. Attempting to staunch the growing furor over his countless misrepresentations about Americans keeping their existing health plan under ObamaCare, the Democrat granted an exclusive interview to NBC News. [Snip] First, what Obama didn´t do. He didn´t apologize for misleading the entire country for three-plus years by saying without qualification dozens of times that if Americans like their existing health insurance plan, they can keep it. "Period."

Fact-Checking The President´s
Kind-Of Sort-Of ´Apology´ For
Obamacare-Driven Insurance Cancellations
Forbes, by Avik Roy    Original Article
Posted By: Calvinesq- 11/8/2013 9:29:00 AM     Post Reply
Yesterday, in an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, President Obama addressed the problems caused by his incessantly-repeated pledge to the American public that “if you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.” As millions of Americans receive cancellation letters in the mail, however, that pledge looked increasingly strained. “I am sorry that they, you know, are finding themselves in this situation, based on assurances they got from me,” the President said last night. In the course of his interview, however, Mr. Obama made

New N.C. exams paint bleak
picture of skills in state, CMS
Charlotte Observer, by Ann Doss Helms    Original Article
Posted By: Muncsdad- 11/8/2013 9:26:37 AM     Post Reply
Fewer than half the students in North Carolina and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools have the reading and math skills they need to be on track for college and skilled jobs, based on results of new state exams released Thursday. Students took the tests last school year, as North Carolina moved toward tougher national academic standards designed to give a more honest measure of skills.

  


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Exclusive: Obama’s Secret Iran Détente
Daily Beast, by Eli Lake & Josh Rogin    Original Article
Posted By: Bubbasuncle- 11/8/2013 9:14:13 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration began softening sanctions on Iran after the election of Iran’s new president in June, months before the current round of nuclear talks in Geneva or the historic phone call between the two leaders in September. While those negotiations now appear on the verge of a breakthrough the key condition for Iran—relief from crippling sanctions—began quietly and modestly five months ago. A review of Treasury Department notices reveals that the U.S. government has all but stopped the financial blacklisting of entities and people that help Iran evade international sanctions since the election of its president, Hassan

´I will long remember this day´: Gene
Simmons cries as he is honoured for his
work with U.S. veterans... as daughter
Sophie and wife Shannon show support
Daily Mail [UK], by Shyam Dodge    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/8/2013 9:05:17 AM     Post Reply
He may be a hardcore rocker but Gene Simmons has a heart made of solid gold. The 64-year-old was honoured for his work with U.S. troops abroad and veterans at home in America during an event in Hollywood, on Thursday. The KISS bassist is reported to have been brought to tears while giving an emotional speech as his wife Shannon Tweed and his daughter Sophie supported him from the audience. Wearing his signature dark sunglasses, the dark haired entrepreneur donned a grey sports coat and blue jeans for his appearance at the Salute to Veterans event at Paramount Studios where

Obama offers fauxpology for ´situation´
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 11/8/2013 9:00:06 AM     Post Reply
Using lawyerly care in choosing passive-construction words, President Obama last night apologized for something, but most definitely not for lying to the American people in order to sell his health care plan on false promises and get re-elected. (snip)Apologizing that people find themselves in a situation is not the same thing as apologizing for lying. And the situation that people find themselves in (losing their health insurance) is not the result of his assurances, it is the result of the law itself. Only if one connects several dots, realizing that the only reason the law passed and the regulations got

How Obama Blew the Entire Last Year
National Journal, by George E. Condon Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 11/8/2013 8:58:28 AM     Post Reply
It doesn´t get much better than the exhilaration Barack Obama felt when he looked out at the hundreds of supporters packed into McCormick Place at 12:38 on the morning of Nov. 7, 2012. There he was, in his hometown of Chicago, flushed with victory, only the 15th incumbent ever reelected to a second presidential term. It didn´t seem at all boastful when he proclaimed to cheers that the nation had just "voted for action, not politics as usual." Now, a year later, here he is, in Washington, sobered by a succession of setbacks and no longer quite so sure that he

CBS 60 Minutes’ Lara Logan
Apologizes for Erroneous Benghazi
Survivor Report: ‘We Were Wrong’
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/8/2013 8:33:15 AM     Post Reply
CBS 60 Minutes reporter Lara Logan admitted on Friday that a person who claimed to have been witness to the deadly September 11, 2012 attack on an American consulate in Benghazi and who served as the centerpiece of a recent report on that attack may have misled her. In late October, 60 Minutes ran a report featuring the account of British security expert Dylan Davies – though he called himself Morgan Jones – who recounted in detail his actions in the early morning hours during the Benghazi attack. It was later revealed that Davies told the FBI he did not

  



TIME Editor Defends Christie ‘Elephant’
Cover: ‘He’s Obviously a Big Guy’
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 11/8/2013 8:29:54 AM     Post Reply
The executive editor of TIME Magazine appeared on MSNBC’s Hardball Thursday evening and attempted to defend the controversial Chris Christie cover that hit newsstands today. The headline, which reads “The Elephant in the Room,” has drawn criticism for too easily making a joke about the New Jersey governor’s weight. “What did you mean by ‘Elephant in the Room?’” Chris Matthews asked TIME’s Michael Duffy. Here was Duffy’s response: “Well, he’s obviously a big guy. He’s obviously a big Republican. But he’s also done a really huge thing here this week. He stood astride the Republican Party and said, ‘Stop. We don’t have

No. 6 Baylor pounds No. 10 Oklahoma
to validate its BCS mettle
Star-Telegram [Ft. Worth], by Jim Burch    Original Article
Posted By: texaspast- 11/8/2013 8:19:32 AM     Post Reply
WACO — Let the record show that No. 6 Baylor looked comfortable Thursday in its new role as budding goliath in the world of big-time college football. The Bears, known mostly for their point-per-minute offense while climbing into the BCS national title chase, showed much more than long-range touchdown passes and timely scoring runs while dismantling No. 10 Oklahoma 41-12 in Floyd Casey Stadium. The Bears also flashed a stellar defense, holding Oklahoma to three points on seven first-half snaps inside the Bears’ 12-yard line while the game was on the line and the Bears’ offense was sputtering.

The GOP Is in Better
Shape Than You Think
Wall Street Journal, by Andrew Kohut    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 11/8/2013 8:02:06 AM     Post Reply
Tucked away in recent polls—which have documented the extraordinary anger directed at the Republican Party during the shutdown crisis—are measures of clear disappointment with the Democratic Party. The disappointment is substantial, and it raises big questions about the 2014 midterms. The Republican Party´s favorable ratings fell substantially in most every national survey that uses this yard stick, declining to 28% in the Gallup poll at one point. Yet when the GOP was matched up against the Democrats on key political measures, it did not look so bad. A mid-October Pew Research national poll found that a plurality regard the Republicans as "better

Stanford silences Oregon for
three quarters, holds off rally
Associated Press, by Staff Writer    Original Article
Posted By: Hermoine- 11/8/2013 7:57:02 AM     Post Reply
STANFORD, Calif. -- Stanford squashed Oregon´s national championship hopes again, schooling the Ducks in power football. Florida State might want to send the Cardinal a thank you card. Tyler Gaffney ran for 157 yards, and No. 5 Stanford hammered No. 3 Oregon for three quarters before holding off a furious rally by the fast-paced Ducks for a 26-20 victory Thursday night. The Cardinal made it two in a row against the Ducks, who haven´t lost to any other team in the past two seasons.

ObamaCare: Designed for Failure
American Thinker, by Charles E. Moore    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 11/8/2013 7:48:17 AM     Post Reply
You must understand, no matter what President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid say, that ObamaCare was designed for failure, not just for itself but all the insurance companies involved. When a poison pill is ingested into the system, the body starts to die, killing off the healthy organs and itself in the process... leaving a void for something far worse to take its place. It has been the progressive´s dream since 1912 to introduce national healthcare and control one-sixth of the nation´s economy. Now that they are so close to the finish line, they needed one final push to send

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