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Emails show CMS knew small-business
exchange would not be ready
Washington Examiner, by Susan Crabtree    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2013 2:11:43 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration knew as early as August that the small-business portal on healthcare.gov would not be ready by the Oct. 1 launch, but delayed admitting those problems until Nov. 27, according to documents released by House Republicans on Friday. In one colorful email exchange in mid-August, Henry Chao, the administration official charged with the development of the online insurance marketplaces, expressed frustration with delays from the private contractor working on the website. When the contractor suggested a new date of Nov. 15 for the launch of the small-business portal of the website, Chao bluntly asked: “Can we sign this

White House denies report
Obama, Sebelius rarely met
Washington Examiner, by Meghashyam Mali    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2013 2:03:16 PM     Post Reply
The White House dismissed a report suggesting that President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius did not meet ahead of the botched rollout of Obamacare. Obama press secretary Jay Carney said the claim was based on a “ridiculously false premise.” “Kathleen Sebelius comes frequently and she meets frequently with the president,” he said. “She’s here a lot and meets with the president with regularity.” “It’s safe to say Secretary Sebelius spent a lot of time here,” he added, noting the administration’s focus on health care reform. The report from Politico Magazine noted that a Government Accountability Institute analysis of the president’s

A healthcare navigator in
unfriendly waters
Los Angeles Times, by Brian Bennett    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/6/2013 1:59:13 PM     Post Reply
Murfreesboro, N.C.- Snow came early to the cotton and sorghum fields here, sending dozens of cash-strapped families to the food bank on a recent afternoon for frozen chickens, cucumbers and canned green beans. Quinetta Rascoe was waiting for them. Wearing a bright pink overcoat, a glittery rainbow scarf and an infectious grin, Rascoe climbed out of a Toyota sedan carrying a stack of Obamacare brochures. She eyed about 60 cars that were snaking into the parking lot behind Murfreesboro Baptist Church, prompting an unusual traffic jam one block off the town´s dozy Main Street. The food truck was late, and



Men stole roof of Paul Walker´s
Porsche after crash, detectives say
Los Angeles Times, by Richard Winton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/6/2013 1:53:07 PM     Post Reply
Los Angeles County sheriff´s detectives allege that two men stole the t-top roof panel of a $400,000 Porsche after it crashed Saturday in Santa Clarita, killing "Fast and Furious" star Paul Walker and another man. The department announced Thursday that one man was in custody and that another suspect was expected to surrender to detectives soon. The one suspect, 18-year-old Jameson Witty, was arrested on suspicion of grand theft and tampering with evidence. He was being held on $20,000 bail, officials said. In a news release, the Sheriff´s Department said the alleged theft occurred while the Porsche was being towed away.

Sacrilege: Did the ´Glee´
Christmas Go Too Far?
Townhall, by Cortney O´Brien    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2013 1:48:11 PM     Post Reply
There was a tale of two Christmases on TV last night. Over at NBC, Carrie Underwood led the cast of “Sound of Music Live!” in a joyous rendition of the Julie Andrews classic. While no one involved in the production is likely to win an Emmy anytime soon, the singing was flawless and it was a squeaky clean program that lived up to its “TV G” rating. Over at Fox it was another story. Glee’s “Previously Unaired Christmas” should have stayed true to its name and remained a lost script, considering it was complete with a bisexual Santa, transgender Virgin

How Mandela´s struggle an ocean
away inspired Obama the activist
Guardian [UK], by Paul Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/6/2013 1:46:16 PM     Post Reply
Washington -The young black university student who walked up to the microphone at an anti-apartheid rally in 1980 was, by his own admission, cynical about the virtues of political activism. Barack Obama had spent his early years of college submerged in books by African American writers by the likes of James Baldwin, W E B Du Bois and Malcolm X, wrestling with his own mixed racial identity. But it was the campaign for equality thousands of miles away in South Africa that first spurred Obama, then aged 19, into action: taking part in a divestment rally in his sophomore year

Wasserman Schultz Calls It a ‘Riot’
That GOP Training Members on
Sensitivity to Women
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2013 1:35:06 PM     Post Reply
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz laughingly called it a “riot” that the GOP would be schooling its members on how to better appeal to women voters. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said at his weekly press conference yesterday that he believes his caucus is making progress on that front. “Well, I try to get them to be a little more sensitive. You know? You look around the Congress, there are a lot more females in the Democratic caucus than there are in the Republican caucus,” Boehner said. “And, you know, some of our members just aren’t as sensitive



Olympic outsourcing: Team USA
snowboarders´ uniforms foreign-made
Fox News, by Joshua Rhett Miller    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 12/6/2013 1:23:37 PM     Post Reply
The newly-unveiled uniforms for the U.S. Olympic snowboarding team are star-spangled and red, white and blue — but they´re not made in America. The hodgepodge design, which designer Burton Snowboards says was inspired by a vintage quilt, features the faded colors of Old Glory and stars on the shoulder, base-layer henleys, hats and gloves. But like Ralph Lauren, which designed U.S. Olympic gear for the 2012 games in London, Vermont-based Burton is now defending its decision to use a global set of vendors to complete the job ahead of the Sochi Games, which begin on Feb. 7.

When Barry Met Kathy
Politico, by Peter Schweizer    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2013 1:20:56 PM     Post Reply
Journalists and pundits have begun offering lengthy postmortems to explain the causes of the ruinous Obamacare rollout. The debacle’s scale has surprised even progressives who supported the Affordable Care Act. After all, surely three and a half years provided ample time to prepare for a program President Obama calls his “most important initiative.” Six weeks ago, Obama privately conceded to his advisers, according to the New York Times, “we created this problem we didn’t need to create … and it’s of our own doing.” So how did it happen? Here’s one theory, backed by new data: not enough meetings. Amid the Obama administration’s

Levin: Glad Liberal Profs Finally
Speaking Out Against Obama’s
Power Grab
Cybercast News Service, by Barbara Hollingsworth    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/6/2013 1:19:19 PM     Post Reply
Landmark Legal Foundation (LLF) president and radio talk show host Mark Levin says he welcomes George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley’s recent acknowledgement that the concentration of presidential power under President Obama poses a “severe” danger to the nation. “I thought I was hearing an echo. I’ve been complaining about the Obama imperial presidency for several years now,” Levin told CNSNews.com. “It’s nice to have a liberal law professor testify before Congress that we have a president who is out of control. "In fact, I’ve gone further and said that we have entered a post-constitutional period…A lot of professors

Democrat: Raise Gas Tax To
Make Up Lost Revenue From
Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
Cybercast News Service, by Eric Scheiner    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/6/2013 1:16:23 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) says his plan to nearly double the federal gas tax is needed because the tax hasn’t been raised in years and a decrease in fuel tax revenues has occurred due to the improved fuel efficiency of vehicles. When discussing his proposal on Fox News Dec. 3, Blumenauer said, “First of all, we haven’t raised the gas tax in 20 years. “During that time, the amount that the average motorist pays per mile that they drive because of increased fuel efficiency and inflation has been cut in half,” he continued. Blumenauer introduced a House bill this week



Obama: ‘Biden Will Go Down In
History As One Of The Best
Vice Presidents Ever’
CBS News [D.C.], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/6/2013 1:15:19 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has high praise for potential 2016 contenders Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “I think Joe Biden will go down in history as one of the best vice presidents ever, and he has been with me, at my side, in every tough decision that I’ve made,” Obama told MSNBC in an interview Thursday held at American University. “Hillary, I think, will go down in history as one of the finest secretaries of state we’ve ever had, and helped to transition us away from a deep hole that we were in,

Synthetic drug may have
led to crime rampage
Tampa Tribune, by Keith Morelli    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 12/6/2013 1:14:55 PM     Post Reply
TAMPA — Charlie Bates, the man who muscled his way into three apartments near the University of South Florida three months ago, sexually assaulted four students and terrorized dozens of others, was under the influence of methylone, a synthetic drug common in bath salts that can unhinge the user from reality. Bates, 24, was chased down by law enforcement officers the next day and killed during a shootout on U.S. 301 just east of Tampa. The autopsy showed extremely high levels of methylone in Bates´ body, according to the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner´s Office. “The levels in his system were

South Africa Loses Its ´Greatest
Son´: Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013
Cybercast News Service, by Patrick Goodenough    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/6/2013 1:13:26 PM     Post Reply
South Africans had been preparing themselves for many months, but when the news broke late on Thursday night local time it still came as a shock: Nelson Mandela, one of the most widely-admired and recognizable figures of the 20th century and beyond, had died, aged 95. “Our nation has lost its greatest son,” South African President Jacob Zuma said in televised statement. “Our people have lost a father. Although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss.” Tributes flooded in from across the world; news organizations set aside schedules to

Unusual number of Arctic
snowy owls seen in US
Associated Press, by Mary Esch    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/6/2013 1:10:55 PM     Post Reply
Albany, N.Y. — Snow-white owls with luminous yellow eyes are thrilling bird-watchers as the magnificent birds set up winter residence at airports, fields and beaches far south of their normal Arctic range. Snowy owls, familiar to children as Harry Potter´s pet, made a noticeable appearance in the northern half of the U.S. in 2011. Bird-watchers recently report on eBird.org snowy owl sightings in dozens of locations across the Midwest, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states as far south as Cape Hatteras, N.C. The owls live in the Arctic, but when their population spikes or lemmings are scarce, young ones fly south. "Snowy owl populations are



The United States of ... France
Cybercast News Service, by Rich Galen    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/6/2013 1:07:39 PM     Post Reply
While we have been totally focused, for the past two months, on the amount of time it takes a webpage to load on healthcare.gov, the rest of the globe appears to be continuing to spin. And it appears to be spinning away from us. After more than a decade of what is known as kinetic action in the Middle East and Southwest Asia, Americans are tired of being the alpha dog in the global pack. According to a poll released by the Pew organization, The public thinks that the nation does too much to solve world problems, and increasing percentages want the U.S.

Obamacare´s Perilous Protection
Plan for Debtors
Cybercast News Service, by Michelle Malkin    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/6/2013 1:04:37 PM     Post Reply
"Uh-oh." That´s the sound being uttered in doctors´ offices and hospitals across the country as medical providers realize they´re getting stuck with another bottomless Obamacare bill. While the White House desperately tries to pivot from the havoc wrought by the "Affordable Care Act," its hidden regulatory bombs keep exploding. I heard about the latest problem this week from an eye doctor friend who received a letter from a Colorado-based insurer informing her that she´s essentially on the hook for Obamacare´s payment grace period for debtors. The optometrist is bracing for a flood of similar letters from other insurers. Like countless other

1,148,000 Fewer Americans Have
Jobs Today Than 7 Yrs Ago
Cybercast News Service, by Ali Meyer    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/6/2013 1:01:32 PM     Post Reply
1,148,000 fewer Americans held jobs this November than did seven years ago in November 2006, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Back then, according to BLS, 145,534,000 Americans held jobs. This November, according to BLS, only 144,386,000 Americans hold jobs. That is a drop of 1,148,000 in the number of Americans working. This decline in the number of Americans who actually have jobs has come even though the size of the nation’s civilian noninstitutional population and the size of the nation’s civilian labor force have both grown significantly over the last seven years. The civilian noninstitutional population is

Youth Unemployment: 20.8%
Cybercast News Service, by Michael W. Chapman    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/6/2013 12:58:39 PM     Post Reply
The unemployment rate for young people, ages 16 to 19, went down slightly between October and November, from 22.2% to 20.8%, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), but it is still nearly three times greater than the national unemployment rate of 7%. The BLS data, seasonally adjusted, show the following unemployment rates for youth (ages 16 to 19) and the actual number of youth unemployed in the United States for the last six months. Rate & Number of Persons Unemployed, Age 16 to 19 November: 20.8% -- 1.18 million unemployed October: 22.2% -- 1.26 million unemployed September: 21.4% -- 1.24 million

Obamacare Reg Treats Congress
That Spent $3.5 Trillion as a
‘Small Business’
Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/6/2013 12:56:41 PM     Post Reply
An Obamacare regulation issued by the Office of Personnel Management in October treats the U.S. Congress—which employs more than 11,000 staffers and which spent $4,329,000,000 on its own operations and $3,454,253,000,000 to fund the full government in fiscal 2013--as a “small business.” OPM did this so that the Treasury can pay federal subsidies of up to $11,378 per year to help members of the House and Senate and their staff buy health-insurance plans in the Obamacare “Small Business Health Options Program” (SHOP) Marketplace set up for “small employers” in Washington, D.C. The regulation treats this federal tax subsidy paid by


60 Straight Months of Unemployment
at 7% or Higher
Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/6/2013 12:54:14 PM     Post Reply
November marked the 60th straight month that the seasonally adjusted national unemployment rate has run at 7 percent or higher, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unemployment in November was 7.0 percent, said BLS. That was the lowest it has been since November 2008, but also extended the second longest streak of 7.0 percent or higher unemployment since the BLS started tracking national unemployment in 1948. The longest streak of 7.0 percent or higher unemployment was the 68 months from May 1980 through December 1985. In November itself, the employment situation improved in the United States,

41% of Net New Jobs in November
Were in Government
Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/6/2013 12:52:13 PM     Post Reply
Federal, state and local governments hired a net additional 338,000 workers in November, equaling 41 percent of the total of 818,000 net additional jobs created in the United States during the month. At the same time, the unemployment rate for government workers fell from 4.4 percent in October to 3.2 percent in November. (The overall national unemployment rate fell from 7.3 percent to 7.0 percent.) In October, governments around the country employed 19,726,000 people, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In November, that rose to 20,064,000—a net increase of 338,000 people employed by government. Overall, in October, 143,568,000

Smog at extremely hazardous
levels in Shanghai
Associated Press, by Eugene Hoshiko and Didi Tang    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/6/2013 12:48:28 PM     Post Reply
Shanghai -- Shanghai authorities ordered schoolchildren indoors and halted all construction Friday as China´s financial hub suffered one of its worst bouts of air pollution, bringing visibility down to a few dozen meters, delaying flights and obscuring the city´s spectacular skyline. The financial district was shrouded in a yellow haze, and noticeably fewer people walked the city´s streets. Vehicle traffic also was thinner, as authorities pulled 30 percent of government vehicles from the roads. They also banned fireworks and public sporting events. "I feel like I´m living in clouds of smog," said Zheng Qiaoyun, a local resident who kept her 6-month-old son

Shades of Vietnam: Spike in U.S. troop
deaths tied to stricter rules of engagement
Washington Times, by Rowan Scarborough    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/6/2013 12:43:52 PM     Post Reply
The number of U.S. battlefield fatalities exceeded the rate at which troop strength surged in 2009 and 2010, prompting national security analysts to assert that coinciding stricter rules of engagement led to more deaths. A connection between the sharp increase in American deaths and restrictive rules of engagement is difficult to confirm. More deaths surely stemmed from ramped-up counterterrorism raids and the Taliban’s response with more homemade bombs, the No. 1 killer of NATO forces in Afghanistan. But it is clear that the rules of engagement, which restrain troops from firing in order to spare civilian casualties, cut back on

Doughnut Rambo: Cambodian refugee finds
success, friendship in Las Vegas
Las Vegas Sun, by Eli Segall    Original Article
Posted By: lvmatt- 12/6/2013 12:41:25 PM     Post Reply
Sothy Seang drives to the Donut Hut in east Las Vegas almost every night around 7. He unlocks the door, turns on the lights, starts the fryer and makes hundreds of donuts. He doesn’t leave until after 11 a.m. the next day.(snip) But to Seang, life in Las Vegas is paradise on Earth. Before coming to America, the Cambodian native survived the horrors of Pol Pot, the communist dictator who killed at least 2 million people. Today, he is a gung-ho patriotic American citizen.

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