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No talk of affordable health care
in Obamacare PR push
Washington Examiner [DC], by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/6/2013 8:25:21 AM     Post Reply
One striking thing about the new White House Obamacare promotion campaign is that so far it hasn´t had much to say about the central focus of Obamacare, which is helping Americans buy affordable health insurance. Look at the cases President Obama has highlighted. There are young people who say they have benefited from being allowed to stay on their parents´ health policies until age 26. There are people suffering from serious illnesses who say they are thankful there will no longer be lifetime caps on insurance benefits. There are stories of people with pre-existing conditions who will be able to purchase

Thousands of families are forced to
flee as coastal towns across Britain
are left underwater by worst
tidal surge for 60 years
Daily Mail [UK], by James Rush    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/6/2013 8:25:01 AM     Post Reply
Coastal towns across Britain have been left swamped after the worst tidal surge for more than 60 years forced thousands of families to evacuate their homes. Floods waters are reported to be receding after the North Sea surge hit the north Norfolk coast early yesterday evening and headed south throughout the night. But as residents started to return to their properties today, homeowners in the coastal village of Hemsby, near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, were left devastated to discover their houses had been swept into the sea. The surging tide last night swept away a former lifeboat hut and a number

Next up: Obamacare
worst-case scenario?
Politico, by David Nather    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/6/2013 8:21:47 AM     Post Reply
Enrollment surge or no enrollment surge, the next Obamacare challenge is a big one: How will the White House make sure all those people with canceled policies get new coverage by Jan. 1? At the rate the signups are going — even with the speedier, newly functioning Obamacare website — the administration has a vast distance to travel before the estimated 4 to 5 million people with canceled policies get new health coverage.

  


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Barack Obama Fesses Up
on Uncle Omar
American Thinker, by Jeannie DeAngelis    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/6/2013 8:17:58 AM     Post Reply
Oops! First it was ´if you like your insurance you can keep your insurance.´ Then it was ´if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.´ Now, after the president´s spokes-prevaricators said that Barack Obama had never met his father´s half-brother Omar Onyango Obama, affectionately referred to by many as Uncle Omar, we come to find out that that´s another lie. Yet in a way it´s understandable that Barack Obama would want to place distance between himself and his colorful Kenyan family, some of whom have lived America illegally for 50 years, still mooch off of welfare, and in Omar

FW de Klerk: world has
lost a great unifier with
Nelson Mandela´s death
Guardian [UK], by Warren Murray    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 12/6/2013 8:03:38 AM     Post Reply
FW de Klerk, the South African president under whom Nelson Mandela was released from prison, has said his country and the world have lost "a great unifier". De Klerk shared the Nobel peace prize with Mandela in 1993 for brokering the end of apartheid and, when the ANC leader was elected president in the first multiracial election, entered into a government of national unity as his deputy. De Klerk, 77, said in remarks to the BBC: "It´s a very sad moment for the whole of South Africa and I´m sure millions of people around the world. "I fully associate myself

France fights back against
German ´Sick Man of Europe´
Telegraph [UK], by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/6/2013 8:01:31 AM     Post Reply
The overriding strategic story in Europe today is the breakdown of Franco-German condominium. The two great nations have together run the EU on a foundation of equality since the 1950s, always finding some way to bridge the chasm between North and South. It was stretched a little after France lost Algeria--a French Department, not a colony--and with it lost population parity. But that hardly mattered as long as Germany wished to tuck behind France, usually letting Paris take the lead. It was stretched a great deal further with the Reunification of Germany, driven home a few years later when a

Harry Reid boasts John Boehner is ´going
to cave in´ on immigration amnesty bill . . .
but polls show most U.S. Hispanics
prefer the GOP´s approach
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/6/2013 7:57:24 AM     Post Reply
Demcoratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made waves on Thursday by predicting that his GOP counterpart, House Speaker John Boehner, will ultimately ´cave in´ and green-light a comprehensive immigration reform bill. But Republicans´ frustrations ignore the fact that most U.S. Hispanics prefer their approach to the thorny subject over the Democrats´ central idea. Reid, a Nevadan, told the Las Vegas Sun that Boehner is ´going to cave in´ eventually because of outside pressure from Hispanic activists. ´I think there’s going to be so much pressure on the House that they’ll have to pass it,´ he said. ´If the Republicans ever

  


  

This Mind-Boggling Profile Of
Osama Bin Laden
Came Out Exactly 20
Years Ago Today
Business Insider, by Michael Kelley and Geoffrey Ingersoll    Original Article
Posted By: Hermoine- 12/6/2013 7:44:14 AM     Post Reply
This December 6, 1993, article by Robert Fisk of The Independent titled, "Anti-Soviet warrior puts his army on the road to peace," is stunning to consider 20 years later. Osama bin Laden, fresh off the US-backed mujahadin´s victory over Russia in 1989, flew his men, materials and money down to Sudan, ostensibly to start public works projects.-Snip-"I am a construction engineer and an agriculturalist. If I had training camps here in Sudan, I couldn´t possibly do this job."

Two-Thirds Oppose Any
ObamaCare Insurer Bailout
Investor´s Business Daily, by John Merline    Original Article
Posted By: RustMB- 12/6/2013 7:38:08 AM     Post Reply
The public overwhelmingly opposes any ObamaCare bailout of the insurance industry, the latest IBD/TIPP Poll found, even as the Obama administration is paving the way to do just that. The survey found that 65% oppose a federal bailout of insurance companies that find their profits hit because not enough young, healthy people sign up for ObamaCare plans. Opposition is widespread, the poll of 907 adults found, with 51% of Democrats, 71% of Republicans and 76% of independents against it. It´s opposed by every age and demographic group as well. Although few people knew about it until recently, the health law contains a three-year

Bratton´s Endorsement Of Stop-And-Frisk
The New Yorker, by Jeffrey Toobin    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/6/2013 7:32:10 AM     Post Reply
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has named William J. Bratton his Police Commissioner. In returning to the job he held under Rudolph Giuliani in the nineteen-nineties, Bratton will be in charge of fulfilling one of de Blasio’s most prominent campaign promises: to end the stop-and-frisk tactics that were such a prominent part of Michael Bloomberg’s record as Mayor. But Bratton’s views on stop-and-frisk may be considerably different from those of his new boss. In May of this year, I profiled Shira Scheindlin, the federal judge who presided over the class-action lawsuit that challenged the N.Y.P.D.’s stop-and-frisk policies. In the course of reporting

After my cancer diagnosis, seeing
mortality in the near distance
Washington Post, by Michael Gerson    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/6/2013 7:27:42 AM     Post Reply
In my mid-20s, I had a new bride, a plum job on Capitol Hill and, apparently, the beginnings of a cancerous tumor on my right kidney. For 20 or 25 years — the best estimate of my doctors — it accompanied me at birthdays and on holidays and at the delivery of my children. It was quiet and kept to itself. Undiscovered, it would have donned camouflage and killed me in the end. A cancer diagnosis is the experience of about 13?million Americans. Mine came early enough for surgery to make a difference. There were weeks of testing, waiting and

  


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John Boehner: Republican Party
should support gay candidates
Politico, by Jake Sherman    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/6/2013 7:09:07 AM     Post Reply
Speaker John Boehner said his party should support gay Republican congressional candidates and urged his colleagues to “be a little more sensitive” when running against women. “Some of our members just aren’t as sensitive as they ought to be,” Boehner said. When asked if he thinks his party should support gay candidates, Boehner simply said: “I do.”

Dead Pool 2014
American Spectator, by Eric Peters    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/6/2013 6:20:28 AM     Post Reply
I keep reading stories about how healthy the car industry is. If that’s true, how come so many car brands have croaked recently? Since ’08 at least seven have gone wheels up: Saab, Saturn, Suzuki, Mercury, Pontiac, Isuzu, and Hummer. That’s more dead brands in the space of six years than kicked the bucket during the 30 years prior. And I suspect it’s not over yet. There are several brands — some of them big names — looking a bit green around the gills lately. It would not surprise me to see any of the following go for that ride

Obamacare Fixes Hide a
Big Mess on the Back End
Fiscal Times, by David Francis    Original Article
Posted By: pucky1- 12/6/2013 6:14:57 AM     Post Reply
This week, President Obama and his deputies kicked off a campaign to convince Americans to give Obamacare a second try now that the web site is operating. But according to health care policy experts, most of the fixes made to the site are purely cosmetic and hide a back end that remains broken. These experts said the problems might deprive people of insurance, despite consumers’ believing they had completed the transaction and purchased insurance through the exchange. They also warn that a key component of the site needed down the line has yet to be built.

The End of Poverty in America
PJ Media, by Charlie Martin    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/6/2013 5:48:36 AM     Post Reply
President Obama, on Wednesday, made a big speech about “economic inequality” and vowed to spend his last three years in office working to increase the federal minimum wage, as well as a lot of other things. Just as an aside, every time I hear talk about increasing the minimum wage — there’s a strike on today at some fast food places to raise their wage to $15 an hour as well — I have a conversation something like this. “I think increasing the minimum wage is a wonderful idea. In fact, let’s raise it to $100 an hour.” “Oh, you’re being silly.” “No, imagine.

  


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Administration close to finalizing rule
to give wind farms a pass on killing eagles
for decades
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: charliecoconut- 12/6/2013 5:41:40 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is moving toward finalizing a rule that would give alternative energy farms a pass for killing bald and golden eagles for decades, just weeks after it took legal action for the first time against a company for doing so. The rule by the Interior Department extends the length of the permits that allow farms to unintentionally kill the eagles without penalty from five to 30 years, according to department records. The rule authorizes the “non-purposeful” killing of eagles, but also will require farms to implement certain guidelines to help with eagle conservation.

Can Obama unilaterally ban deportations?
Los Angeles Times, by Karthick Ramakrishnan*    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/6/2013 5:41:07 AM     Post Reply
Last month in San Francisco, President Obama called on Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform. His speech was novel in many respects: The president used the backdrop of a community center in Chinatown to remind voters that immigrants are racially diverse. Also, for the first time in prepared remarks, the president signaled that he would consider a piecemeal approach to immigration reform long favored by Republican leaders in the House of Representatives. What got the most attention, however, was an unscripted exchange between Obama and Ju Hong, an undocumented UC Berkeley graduate who interrupted the president, calling on him to use

It´s a winter mess from the
Southwest to the Northeast
CNN, by Ed Payne    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/6/2013 5:31:22 AM     Post Reply
No matter how you spell it, ice is a four letter word Friday. Just ask folks living anywhere from Texas to Tennessee. Those areas are in the bulls eye of a treacherous ice storm, threatening to coat everything in its path with up to an inch of frozen water. Ice is slippery, but also heavy. It tends to bring down tree limbs and power lines when accumulations get thick. In Tennessee, Memphis Light, Gas and Water has 426,000 customers and is ready for the worst. "MLGW employees have been monitoring this winter storm situation and we have all of our

Dirty Pool
Washington Free Beacon, by Matthew Continetti    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/6/2013 5:25:51 AM     Post Reply
It was a sunny day in Beijing on Thursday—refreshingly sunny, to be more precise—when Vice President Joe Biden met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. I know this because I have read the pool report of the occasion, a pithy and practically content-free piece of journalism that is nevertheless one of the more entertaining things to enter my inbox in recent days. The pool report confirms the lingering suspicion—if it hasn’t been confirmed a million times already—that the line between journalism and Democratic Party cheerleading has more than faded. It has become invisible. Pool reports are summaries of official events distributed to reporters,

Dozens of Russian Diplomats Charged
With Defrauding Medicaid
Atlantic Wire, by Danielle Weiner Bronner    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/6/2013 5:18:03 AM     Post Reply
U.S. authorities have charged 49 Russian diplomats and their spouses with conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, alleging that they stole $1.5 million from the American government via a years-long Medicaid scam. According to a criminal complaint made public today, the former and current diplomats lied about their income and citizenship status in order to qualify for the health benefits, which they used towards pregnancy care, births, and post-natal medical needs. They were also charged with conspiracy to steal government funds and make false statements relating to health care matters, reports the Associated Press. The complaint notes that medical costs associated with

  



Dear Barack
Weekly Standard, by William Kristol    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/6/2013 5:14:32 AM     Post Reply
Seduced and then disappointed by a hipster who turned out just to be another solipsistic boomer, now chastened yet still hopeful for change (if no longer swept away by the promise of Hope and Change), young Americans are ready to ditch Barack Obama. Things had been getting rocky for a while, but seeing the dawning of the Age of Obamacare in its full glory seems to have been the final indignity. The young will of course never acknowledge that maybe their old-fogey parents were right all along, but they do understand that what they thought was going to be a

Prisoner No. 46664 & The
Power Of Forgiveness
American Conservative, by Rod Dreher    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/6/2013 5:11:00 AM     Post Reply
John Dramani Mahama, who was in the African National Congress with Nelson Mandela, remembers what it was like when Prisoner No. 46664 came out of jail: Freedom on the African continent was a reality for which we were willing to fight. Nevertheless, I think we’d resigned ourselves to the likelihood that Mandela would remain a prisoner until his death, and South Africans would not experience equality until well after our lifetimes. Then on Feb. 11, 1990, the miraculous happened; Mandela was released. The world was spellbound. We wondered what we would do if we were in his shoes. We all waited for

Can a Minimum-Wage Hike
Really Motivate Voters?
National Review Online, by Jim Geraghty    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/6/2013 5:08:26 AM     Post Reply
President Obama’s message for the coming year is going to be a renewed focus on “income inequality.” Or as Bloomberg News puts it: Obama Decries Income Gap That Has Widened on His Watch. One of the president’s agenda items on this is raising the minimum wage. President Obama backs a proposal from Democratic members of Congress to raise it to $10.10 per hour. On that front, fast-food workers around the country are walking out on the job and holding protests today, with one Detroit fast-food employee arguing his $7.40 per hour constituted “slave wages.” Rallies and protests are scheduled in

Obamacare Is Costing Democrats
the White Women They´ll
Need at the Ballot Box
National Journal, by Alex Roarty    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/6/2013 4:58:17 AM     Post Reply
It’s not the voters who hate Obamacare the most who are going to matter in next year’s elections. It’s the independents who frequently side with Democrats but could, if propelled by a distaste for the health care law, take a serious look at the GOP in 2014. And on this front, Democrats have a big problem with one of their most crucial constituencies—white women. Polling provided to National Journal by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that white women have soured considerably on the law, especially in the month since its botched rollout. The skepticism runs especially deep among blue-collar women,

The logic behind the world´s
4 weirdest strategic reserves
The Week, by John Aziz    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/6/2013 4:49:07 AM     Post Reply
W hen unexpected events happen — be they natural disasters or terrorist attacks — the consequences can be dire. As a result, governments have gone to great lengths to prepare for the unexpected as best they can, stockpiling scarce resources in case supplies get cut off. The most famous example is the United States’ Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). With a capacity of 727 million barrels of oil, the SPR is the largest stockpile of government-owned emergency crude oil in the world. Established in the aftermath of the 1973-74 oil embargo, the SPR is meant to offset a potential disruption in commercial oil

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