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Obama meets with tech executives
from Apple and Google
Washington Times (D.C.), by Tom Howell Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/17/2013 3:39:21 PM     Post Reply
President Obama’s meeting Tuesday with executives from tech companies such as Apple and Google will focus in part on the flawed rollout of HealthCare.gov, the federal web portal tied to Obamacare. The meeting is drawing attention because of a federal ruling on Monday that said the U.S. government’s tech-reliant snooping programs may violate the Constitution. But the health care angle will bubble to the surface, too, Reuters reported, as the White House stares down a key deadline for people seeking coverage under the Affordable Care Act. People who lack or lost insurance have until Monday to enroll in a health

Mall Carjacking Victim´s Uncle:
´I Want Them to Die´
ABC News, by Colleen Curry    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/17/2013 3:31:44 PM     Post Reply
A relative of the New Jersey attorney who died Sunday when thieves shot and carjacked him at a shopping mall says he wants the perpetrators to die for the "selfishness of their crime." "What do I want? I want the punks responsible to pay," said Dr. Mark Schare, the uncle of Dustin Friedland. "I want them to die. I want them to get what they gave." Schare´s sharp-worded statement was aimed at assailants who approached Friedland, 30, and his wife, Jamie, in a parking garage Sunday night at Short Hills Mall, where the couple had been Christmas shopping. They shot Friedland, ordered

Obamacare smackdown
New York Daily News, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/17/2013 3:27:11 PM     Post Reply
Yet another federal jurist has determined the White House unlawfully infringed on religious freedom with its blinkered insistence that Obamacare health insurance policies must be identical, no matter what. Brooklyn Federal Judge Brian Cogan rebuked the administration for ordering two New York Catholic high schools — Cardinal Spellman in the Bronx and Monsignor Farrell on Staten Island — to provide contraception and sterilization coverage to employees. Standing for American tradition, Cogan also neatly exposed as a sham the Obama administration’s scheme to pretend the government was not compelling faith-based organizations, such as the high schools, to violate their core beliefs. Obama



Minorities disproportionately
represented in health care ´coverage gap´
McClatchy News, by Tony Pugh    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/17/2013 3:18:54 PM     Post Reply
Washington — New data from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that minorities will make up 53 percent of the estimated 4.8 million low-income Americans who will fall into the "coverage gap," leaving them without viable options to obtain health insurance next year. In the 25 states that won´t expand eligibility for the Medicaid program, many adults earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to qualify for tax credits that would help them purchase marketplace insurance. That puts them into the bureaucratic no-man´s land known as the "coverage gap." According to Kaiser, minorities makeup about 2.6 million of

White House names former Microsoft
exec to run Healthcare.gov
CNBC, by Dan Mangan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/17/2013 2:58:49 PM     Post Reply
[Video] The White House is rebooting HealthCare.gov´s repairman. Former Microsoft executive Kurt DelBene will take over the volunteer job of overseeing ongoing fixes to the federal Obamacare marketplace HealthCare.gov starting Wednesday, officials said. DelBene is replacing management guru Jeffrey Zients, who was tapped by President Obama in October to manage the emergency repair job on that then-badly crippled website. The switch comes at a critical time for HealthCare.gov, which has seen dramatic performance improvements under Zients. The site, which had very low enrollment levels in the first two months of operation because its tech troubles, now is engaged in a

12 Republicans Vote to Advance
Budget Deal That Boosts Spending
Cybercast News Service., by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/17/2013 2:55:37 PM     Post Reply
The Senate voted 67-33 Tuesday to advance the Ryan-Murray budget compromise that conservatives oppose as fiscally irresponsible. Helping Democrats get the votes they needed, 12 Republicans voted with all 55 Democrats to begin debate on the measure. Republicans joining Democrats to invoke cloture include Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Roy Blunt (Mo.), Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), Susan Collins (Maine), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), John Hoeven (N.D.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Ron Johnson (Wis.), John McCain (Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), and Rob Portman (Ohio). The two-year deal will ease the mandatory spending caps (sequester) imposed by Congress in 2011. This will allow a

45 States Still Haven’t Hit 10%
of Enrollment Goals for Obamacare
National Review Online, by Jim Geraghty    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/17/2013 2:53:06 PM     Post Reply
Check out that runaway Obamacare enrollment over on EnrollMaven.com! In Arkansas, its up to 1,404! Well along the way to the state’s goal of 51,000 paid enrollees by the end of March. In Delaware, it’s up to 793! The state’s goal is 35,000. In New Hampshire, they hit 1,569. Getting close to that goal of 19,000! In West Virginia, it’s up to 775! They’ll hit their goal of 24,000 in no time! In Hawaii, all the way up to 444! That goal of 9,000 is in sight! In Colorado they’re up to 9,980… with a goal of 92,000. We can skip



Obamacare Navigators tell applicants
to LIE about their income and smoking
habits to get a better deal, report reveals
Daily Mail (UK), by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/17/2013 2:49:00 PM     Post Reply
Two documents released Monday about the Obamacare ´Navigators´ couldn´t be more different: A congressional report slammed the health insurance helpers for encouraging fraud, while the organization´s own training manual encouraged workers to ´be candid, open, and honest´ and ´build trust´ with Americans seeking health care policies. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform released its scathing indictment of the Navigator program in conjunction with a Texas field hearing. Investigators found that volunteers tasked with enrolling Obamacare customers were encouraging applicants to lie in order to get government subsidies and favorable premiums. ´Navigators from the Urban League of Dallas were captured

The impossible trinity of ObamaCare
Fox News, by Michael S. Bernstam    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/17/2013 2:34:24 PM     Post Reply
The problem with ObamaCare is not that it is poorly designed or sloppily implemented. The problem is in the nature of things: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as it has been envisaged, is inherently impossible. To see this, forget ObamaCare for the moment. Think health care in general. Health care can be many things for many people: It can be universal (extended to all people) or selective (available to some people). It can be comprehensive (covers all conditions and cures at any age) or rationed. It can be affordable or prohibitively expensive. But there is one thing that a health care system

Florida school named for honorary
Ku Klux Klan leader to be changed
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: rabid wombat- 12/17/2013 2:12:33 PM     Post Reply
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Students at a Florida high school named after an honorary Ku Klux Klan leader say they are happy that their school will soon be renamed. Students at Nathan B. Forrest High School in Jacksonville say it´s high time for the Confederate general´s name at the majority black school to be removed. That will happen next year after a new name is selected. Tenth grader De'jia Boatwright said she is glad the controversy is over. School Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said students voted overwhelmingly in a survey to rename the school because of Forrest's history as a slave trader and historical reports of his order to kill 300 captured black Union soldiers.

Election Of Socialist Is Bad
Omen For Free-Market Chile
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/17/2013 1:47:04 PM     Post Reply
Leftism: Chile has long been a global model of free-market economics. But on Sunday, it elected socialist Michelle Bachelet, who ran on a platform of tax hikes and "free" education. What drives a country to reject success? Bachelet took an astonishing 62% of the vote against her more conservative rival, Evelyn Matthei, who drew just 38%. It wasn´t entirely surprising: Bachelet projected a cheery, confident, maternal demeanor and made few gaffes, quite unlike the less polished Matthei. She also had a good record: As president from 2006 to 2010, she left office with a phenomenal 84% popularity rating — in part, because she



Duck Dynasty Star Ducks Barbara
Walters Interview--to Go Hunting
Cybercast News service, by Eric Scheiner    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/17/2013 1:27:07 PM     Post Reply
Many celebrities look forward to a Barbara Walters interview. Not so with Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson. He skipped the interview to go duck hunting. Radar Online is reporting that Robertson bailed on Walter’s ‘Most Fascinating People’ interview last month for the ABC network. Walters talked with other members of the Robertson family, and Phil’s wife, Miss Kay, reportedly told her that the 67-year old founder of Duck Commander would rather shoot ducks than do the interview. Walters says on-air that she has, “never been superseded by a duck before.”

Jaclyn Smith breaks down
over ‘Angel’ Farrah Fawcett
New York Post, by Helen Kumari    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/17/2013 1:23:10 PM     Post Reply
“Charlie’s Angels” icon Jac­lyn Smith broke down in tears outside a Los Angeles court on Monday, still mourning the 2009 death of her pal Farrah Fawcett. Smith was in court to support Farrah’s ex Ryan O’Neal, who’s defending himself in a lawsuit filed by the University of Texas over a Warhol painting of Fawcett. Smith was spotted hugging O’Neal and Fawcett’s son, Redmond, before bursting into tears. Moments later, asked why she was crying, Smith told The Post’s Helen ­Kumari that she broke down “seeing Redmond, and I miss Farrah.” The university wants Ryan to fork over two pieces of

You talking to me? Prankster
trolls noisy phone callers during
their (not so) private conversations
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/17/2013 1:14:59 PM     Post Reply
A professional prankster has set his sights on chatty talkers by beating them at their own game. Greg Benson, one of the funny-men behind the Youtube video production company Mediocre Films, startled people in an airport waiting lounge by creeping up to them while they were on the phone. Many people wouldn´t bat an eyelash if someone just happened to sit next to you in a crowded airport, but it was Benson´s next move that had the talkers startled. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE -Benson pretended like he was talking on his own phone, but the only things he would say

Family: Ryan Freel was suffering
from brain disease CTE
Florida Times Union [Jacksonville], by Justin Barney    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/17/2013 1:14:24 PM     Post Reply
Former baseball star and Jacksonville native Ryan Freel was suffering from a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy when he committed suicide last year, his family announced Sunday at a private mass remembering the Englewood graduate. The report from the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy and Sports Legacy Institute was presented to Freel´s mother and stepfather, Norma and Clark Vargas, and to representatives from Major League Baseball on Dec. 11 at the winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista.



Texas congressmen take aim at
Affordable Care Act’s navigators
Dallas Morning News, by Sherry Jacobson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/17/2013 12:52:03 PM     Post Reply
RICHARDSON — Four Texas congressmen took aim Monday at the federally paid navigators who are helping Texans access insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act. Their criticism came during an unusual “field hearing” by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The hearing focused on required navigator training and the lack of background checks and fingerprinting for those on the job. “There are many problems with the Affordable Care Act, but I don’t think we ever expected it would be this bad,” said committee chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif. The committee’s other member at the hearing, Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus

Motorist checkpoint in
Reading draws questions
Reading Eagle (PA), by Don Spatz    Original Article
Posted By: NYC RAL- 12/17/2013 12:49:48 PM     Post Reply
A private firm with a federal contract - and backed up by city police - forced motorists off Laurel Street and into a private parking lot Friday to question them about their driving habits and ask for a swab of their mouth. "I feel this incident is a gross abuse of power on many levels," Reading resident Ricardo Nieves, one of those stopped, told City Council Monday. He said federal and local tax dollars were being used to stop innocent people without probable cause, and allow a private company to hire uniformed police to force citizens to listen to their

Report: Syrian Rebels Throw
Civilians in Ovens
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/17/2013 12:46:17 PM     Post Reply
ALEPPO, Syria, Dec. 16 -- Both sides accused each other of slaughter as an opposition group said Syrian troops bombed Aleppo and the government said Islamic rebels executed civilians. Syrian military officials said more than 80 civilians in Adra were executed by Islamic rebels and other civilians were kidnapped for use as human shields, RT reported Monday. Government forces were conducting a large-scale operation against Jabhat al-Nusra and Liwa Al-Islam fighters, who recently captured the town. Syria´s official news agency said about 1,000 militants were Adra when government-backed forces entered the town Friday. The opposition group Local Coordination Committees said

Chelsea Clinton´s mother-in-law
under fire for ´overpaying herself´
from women´s empowerment charity
Daily Mail (UK), by Meghan Keneally    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/17/2013 12:40:07 PM     Post Reply
Chelsea Clinton´s mother-in-law has been earning a six-figure salary from her role heading a charity intended to help women in political campaigns abroad. Marjorie Margolies, the mother of Chelsea´s husband Marc Mezvinsky, is a Democrat currently running for Congress in Pennsylvania and the financial statements for her charity, Women´s Campaign International (WCI), have come under scrutiny as such. As the charity has grown over the past decade, so has her salary as The Huffington Post reports it has steadily increased from $54,962 in 2002 to the highest point in 2011 when she took home $164,159.

Google search and destroy:
The internet giant (motto: ´Don´t
be evil´) has bought a pioneer
of scary robot animals. Can
its ethics survive?
Independent [UK], by Cahal Milmo    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/17/2013 12:31:18 PM     Post Reply
Big Dog is capable of many things of interest to its new owners at Google. What remains to be seen is whether the quadruped robot’s ability to pick up a breeze block and hurl it across a warehouse with impressive dexterity and speed is among them. The computer search giant has completed the purchase of Boston Dynamics, the maker of a cutting-edge menagerie of walking and crawling robots including Big Dog, which counts America’s Department of Defense (DoD) among its major sources of income. The robotics firm is the eighth company in the same field to be snapped up by


Pew: Liberal support for Obama
at all-time low, worse than
George W. Bush and conservatives
Washington Examiner (DC), by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/17/2013 12:22:55 PM     Post Reply
Following on the heels of other political groups, President Obama´s liberal base is abandoning him, giving him an even lower level of support from his base than George W. Bush had from conservatives five years into his presidency, according to a new Pew Research Center poll. Just 54 percent of liberal Democrats strongly approve of Obama in their new poll. For Bush at this stage of his presidency, 65 percent of conservatives strongly supported the Republican. Worse for Obama: Younger liberals have lost their thrill for Obama more than older liberals. Of those aged 18-49, just 46 percent strongly approve

From the wacky to the infuriating,
Sen. Tom Coburn´s annual Wastebook
catalogs government waste in lean times
Washington Examiner (DC), by Susan Ferrechio    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/17/2013 12:16:52 PM     Post Reply
The federal government this year made significant cuts to important services and programs while at the same time wasting $30 billion on frivolous expenditures like the "pillownauts" study NASA conducted to learn the effects of lying in bed all day, a new watchdog report shows. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., on Tuesday released his fourth annual "Wastebook," a catalog of questionable government spending that is, at best, pretty wacky (funding for "Popular Romance Project" -- $1 million) and, at its worst, infuriating (continuing pay for Army Major Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter -- $52,000).

Obama´s Christmas gift:
New workout clothes
The Hill (Washington DC), by Emily Goodin    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/17/2013 12:12:28 PM     Post Reply
President Obama will be sporting new workout clothes come Christmas. First lady Michelle Obama revealed her Christmas gift for the president during a stop at the Children’s National Medical Center Monday afternoon. Every first lady since Bess Truman has visited the hospital during the holiday season. "He said that’s what he wanted. Don’t think — I’m not forcing my husband to work out," she said. She didn´t reveal any specifics about what Sasha and Malia will find under the tree, adding that the president already spoiled their oldest´s gift choice. "Malia wanted a cellphone, but then her father got it

Roger Waters: Israel is a
‘racist apartheid regime´
Cybercast News Service, by James Beattie    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 12/17/2013 12:00:03 PM     Post Reply
Roger Waters, formerly of 1970s rock giant Pink Floyd, told Counterpunch Magazine in an interview earlier this month that he maintains a cultural boycott of Israel because of their government’s “ethnic cleansing” and is a “racist apartheid ... regime.” Waters is a big proponent for pro-Palestinian causes. The man best known for Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall spoke last year at the United Nations General Assembly as Palestinians won recognition from the world body as a non-observer state. In an interview printed Dec. 6, Waters spoke with Frank Barat of Counterpunch magazine about his latest tour and

Afghanistan aircraft crash
kills six US soldiers - Isaf
BBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/17/2013 11:33:34 AM     Post Reply
Six American soldiers have died in a crash involving an aircraft in southern Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) says. The cause of the crash in Zabul is unknown and an investigation is under way, Isaf said. Initial reports indicated there was "no enemy activity in the area" at the time of the incident, a short statement said. US defence department officials confirmed the victims´ nationalities. The deputy governor of Zabul province told the Associated Press news agency that a Nato helicopter had crashed in the remote district of Shajau. It was not clear if he was referring to the same incident. The crash is

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