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Medical Experts Tell Congress about
the Obamacare ‘Damage’ to Come
PJ Media, by Rodrigo Sermeño    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2013 4:23:26 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – A group of physicians and health policy experts warned Congress some Americans might begin to see smaller provider networks and higher premiums under the nation’s new healthcare law. Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) held another hearing last week on the impact of the Affordable Care Act. In the last few months, the committee has embarked upon an examination of the details of how the ACA was implemented, along with the troubled rollout of the online health insurance marketplace. This time the committee convened a panel of physicians and healthcare experts to scrutinize the

Obama’s extreme use of
executive discretion
Washington Post, by George F. Will    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2013 4:15:33 AM     Post Reply
“To contend that the obligation imposed on the president to see the laws faithfully executed implies a power to forbid their execution is a novel construction of the Constitution, and is entirely inadmissible.” — U.S. Supreme Court, 1838 Congressional Republicans’ long-simmering dismay about Barack Obama’s offenses against the separation of powers became acute when events compelled him to agree with them that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could not be implemented as written. But even before he decreed alterations of key ACA provisions — delaying enforcement of certain requirements for health insurance and enforcement of employers’ coverage obligations — he had

Shock: The new documentary about
Mitt Romney looks … really good
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/19/2013 4:10:57 AM     Post Reply
It’s early for a palate cleanser but I’m not sure this doesn’t qualify as legit news. I … did not expect to find myself eager to revisit the Romney 2012 campaign on film, but here we are, my friends. Here we are. It’s true that the trailer is more humanizing than anything Romney’s campaign did for him, but the deck is stacked. The bio video that the GOP produced for the convention was solid but nothing as stage-managed as campaign propaganda will ever have the disarming charm of behind-the-scenes footage of the candidates in unguarded moments. Plus, the trailer’s cheating by

  


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Remembering the Rt. Rev. Ray Price--country
music star and the coolest cat in the alley
Fox News, by Larry Gatlin    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/19/2013 4:04:30 AM     Post Reply
It was 8:15ish am. I was driving home in my pride and joy, a turquoise Morris Minor convertible, from a refinery south of Odessa, Texas, my hometown, after 12 solid hours of the hardest, filthiest, stinkinest, horriblist work on planet Earth-or any other planet for that matter. I pulled into the little, owner-operated "fillin´ station," to get some 39 cents a gallon gasoline. I was filthy. I stunk... stank... whatever. I smelled like the acrid, rock hard, gunk, that I had been sledgehammering off the walls of the stinking, hot, gaseous steel tank, just a few minutes before, deep in the bowels of the

Drunken beatings and threats made with
a knife: Obama´s half-brother writes
book on the horrors of living with the
president´s absent father in Kenya
Daily Mail [UK], by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/19/2013 4:01:09 AM     Post Reply
The Ivy-League educated half-brother of President Obama is publishing his autobiography in which he makes the shocking claim their father dished out alcohol-fueled beatings to him and his mother and in one terrifying instance held a knife to her throat. Mark Obama Ndesandjo, 48, also uses his new book to set the U.S. president straight on inaccuracies he claims exist in his best-selling 1995 memoir Dreams From My Father and confirms they have never seen eye-to-eye because ´Barack thought I was too white and I thought he was too black.´ The self-published book, Cultures: My Odyssey of Self-Discovery, which will be

Coast Guard rescues man
kicked off mountain by goat
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/19/2013 4:00:04 AM     Post Reply
A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a 60-year-old man man whose goat sent him falling an estimated 100 feet off the side of a mountain in Puerto Rico Tuesday. The unidentified man reportedly sustained multiple injuries after being kicked off the mountain in Yauco while handling the animal, the Coast Guard said in a news release. The Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew deployed a rescue swimmer to receive the injured man from local rescue crews. The man was transported to a nearby baseball field where he was met by emergency medical services personnel. The patient was later transported to a hospital in

Passive smoking – another of
the Nanny State´s big lies
Telegraph [UK], by James Delingpole    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/19/2013 3:27:45 AM     Post Reply
Passive smoking doesn´t give you lung cancer. So says a new report publicised by the American Cancer Institute which will come as no surprise whatsoever to anyone with a shred of integrity who has looked into the origins of the great "environmental tobacco smoke" meme. It was, after all, a decade ago that the British Medical Journal, published the results of a massive, long-term survey into the effects of second-hand tobacco smoke. Between 1959 and 1989 two American researchers named James Enstrom and Geoffrey Kabat surveyed no few than 118,094 Californians. Fierce anti-smoking campaigners themselves, they began the research because they

  


  

Obama´s own review of the NSA
is a victory for libertarians…
and maybe terrorists
Telegraph [UK], by Peter Foster    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/19/2013 3:22:49 AM     Post Reply
Try as it might, the White House just cannot put the Edward Snowden story to rest: the leaks keep on dribbling out and this week the US District Court in Washington ruled that the bulk collection of phone records is "Orwellian" and likely to be unconstitutional. That (slightly histrionic) opinion will certainly be subject to appeal and review--ultimately by the Supreme Court--but whatever the eventual result, it means that the White House no longer has any hope of parking this story, as it might have hoped when it first broke. This is to be welcomed, but with an important caveat.

In post-nuclear Senate, Obama nominee
Jeh Johnson thumbs nose at lawmakers
Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/18/2013 10:42:13 PM     Post Reply
"Welcome to the post-nuclear Senate," said a GOP aide after the confirmation of Jeh Johnson as Secretary of Homeland Security. Johnson´s nomination was one of the first to be considered after Majority Leader Harry Reid used the so-called "nuclear option" to override the Senate´s rules and end the use of filibusters on executive and judicial nominations. Now, nominees can be confirmed by a simple majority vote. Winning passage wasn´t a major issue for Johnson; he was confirmed 78 to 16. But because of Reid´s move, Johnson could go into the process knowing he didn´t need a single Republican vote to be

McCain prays Palin stays
out of SC primary
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/18/2013 10:34:44 PM     Post Reply
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he prayed Sarah Palin does not get involved in a GOP Senate primary fight in South Carolina. But the Arizona senator said he does not expect her to target the primary fight with his friend, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). “Oh, I pray she wouldn’t do that,” McCain told The New York Times in a wide-ranging interview. “And you know, I find it hard to believe that she would.” Palin, McCain’s vice presidential running mate in 2008, has hinted about targeting South Carolina and a number of other states housing GOP incumbents up for reelection. During the interview, he continued

Harry Reid Isn’t Going Anywhere
Anytime Soon (Updated)
Roll Call, by Niels Lesniewski    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/18/2013 10:31:00 PM     Post Reply
If Republicans and potential Democratic rivals want Harry Reid’s majority leader title, they’re going to have to knock him out of the ring, because the former boxer has no intent to relinquish his position anytime soon. “I don’t want to do it more than eight more years,” the Nevada Democrat said in a Wednesday interview with CQ Roll Call. He even indicated that other Democrats would only get their chance to lead the caucus if they pried the title from his cold, dead hands. Asked if Democratic Conference Secretary Patty Murray’s recent stints as Reid’s negotiator-in-chief and political guru put

  


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Unions push MSNBC
hosts to take sides
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Kevin Bogardus    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/18/2013 10:23:42 PM     Post Reply
The AFL-CIO is calling upon liberal MSNBC hosts to meet with workers at the cable network who are trying to unionize. In a letter sent to Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, Rev. Al Sharpton, Chris Hayes and Lawrence O’Donnell, the nation’s largest labor federation said the television personalities should speak out in support of workers at Peacock Productions, who produce programming for MSNBC. Workers at Peacock have complained about their access to health insurance, low pay, long hours and job insecurity, according to the AFL-CIO letter. Signing onto the letter were AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler and Executive Vice President

Obama encourages moms to ‘tell stories
in the grocery store’ about Obamacare
Daily Caller, by Vince Coglianese    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/18/2013 10:22:46 PM     Post Reply
In a meeting with “eight moms from around America,” according to a White House pool report, President Obama encouraged the mothers to sing the praises of Obamacare while they’re out shopping at grocery stores. Obama, speaking to the moms in the Oval Office, acknowledged that there have been problems with the roll-out of his signature health legislation, but insisted that a solid P.R. campaign will rescue Obamacare. When people “hear about preventive care, the more they hear about no lifetime limits,” Obama said. “The more information they get, the more satisfied they’re going to be.” And moms can play a

Non-citizens caught voting in 2012
presidential election in key swing state
Fox News, by Eric Shawn    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/18/2013 10:20:11 PM     Post Reply
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced Wednesday that his office found 17 non-citizens illegally cast ballots in the 2012 presidential election -- and has referred the case for possible prosecution. The alleged crime would be a notable case of voter fraud in a key swing state. By law, only American citizens are allowed the privilege of casting ballots for the nation´s leaders. Ohio officials say that did not stop some from getting around the system. "I have a responsibility to uphold election law, and under both federal and state law you must be a citizen to vote," said Husted, a Republican who

Michelle Obama steps
into health care spotlight
Politico, by Jennifer Epstein    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/18/2013 10:19:15 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama has struggled to sell his health care law this fall — and until now, he’s largely been without his top seller: first lady Michelle Obama. The first lady has done little to promote the Affordable Care Act in recent months, marking a shift from her usual role as the president’s middle class messenger — a move that allowed her to sidestep the political battles over the law, and questions about the administration’s trustworthiness. Now, with HealthCare.gov’s glitches mostly fixed, and pressure mounting for the administration to boost enrollment numbers — and the president’s approval ratings continuing to slump —

  


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Polygamy: It’s Coming
Powerline, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/18/2013 10:15:58 PM     Post Reply
In Lawrence v. Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court, reversing its own then-recent holding in Bowers v. v. Hardwick, ruled that laws against homosexual sodomy are unconstitutional–even though the Constitution says nothing about sex, let alone sodomy–on the ground that the right of privacy (also never mentioned in the Constitution) protects all consensual, private sexual contact between adults. Lawrence immediately was seen as a milestone in the campaign for gay marriage. Some conservatives noted that the Court’s rationale would protect polygamy, too, but they were denounced as killjoys. Lawyers noticed, however. Soon after Lawrence, several lawsuits were commenced in federal courts

´House of Cards´ star
offers Obama advice
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/18/2013 10:14:12 PM     Post Reply
Actor Kevin Spacey joked Wednesday his fictional “House of Cards” character is sending a guidebook to help President Obama better influence Congress. President @BarackObama, to help achieve ruthless efficiency, a copy of Frank´s new book ´How to Kick Ass & Influence Congress´ is on its way — Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) December 18, 2013 Before a meeting with a group of technology CEOs on Tuesday, as they are on the Netflix series, which has been adapted from its British original. ADVERTISEMENT“It´s true. I was looking at Kevin Spacey, I was thinking man, this guy´s getting a lot of stuff done," Obama said. Spacey plays the character

Vatican Chief Justice: Obama Administration´s
Treatment of Religious Freedom Contradicts
America´s Founding Principles
Cybercast News Service, by Michael W. Chapman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/18/2013 10:08:12 PM     Post Reply
Cardinal Raymond Burke, an American who heads the Vatican´s highest court, says that the Obama administration´s diminution of religious freedom in the United States “is an absolute contradiction of the founding principles of this nation.” Cardinal Burke, who is chief justice of the Vatican’s Apostolic Signatura, made his remarks during a Dec. 13 interview with EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo on the program, The World Over. Arroyo asked the cardinal about the Obama administration’s decision in late November to move the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See--

Kaine: ObamaCare implementation
causing us to ´tear our hair out´
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Rebecca Shabad    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/18/2013 10:03:13 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said Wednesday that the implementation of ObamaCare is causing some elected officials “to tear [their] hair out.” “There´s a whole lot of parts to this that are really working badly in the execution and implementation,” Kaine said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “Those of us who´ve run things as mayors and governors, it´s causing us to tear our hair out. But there are also some really good pieces of this.” Kaine previously served as governor of Virginia, and mayor of its capital, Richmond. Both Republicans and Democrats, Kaine added, now realize “reform is got to be what

Obama Poses with
Controversial Separatist Leader
Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/18/2013 9:58:16 PM     Post Reply
The White House is facing questions after a photograph surfaced of President Barack Obama smiling next to the leader of an authoritarian separatist group known for its past terrorism and what experts dubbed egregious human rights violations. The controversial photo in question appears to capture a smiling President Obama standing next to Mohamed Abdelaziz, the leader of the Polisario Front, a Moroccan separatist group in Algeria that commits massive human rights infractions and has been cited as a “prime recruiting grounds for al Qaeda.” The picture was supposedly snapped at last week’s Nelson Mandela memorial ceremony in Johannesburg and then

  



Will Ferrell and Adam McKay Almost
Got Obama to Cameo in Anchorman 2
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/18/2013 9:51:55 PM     Post Reply
One of the more enlightening anecdotes to emerge from the all-out Anchorman 2 media blitz came out today in an interview writer/director Adam McKay did with Paste magazine. In his spoiler-free answer to a question about the new film’s elaborate gang fight scene, McKay revealed just how close he and Will Ferrell came to securing a appearance by President Barack Obama, along with similar long-shots Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey. Paste: Without spoiling anything for the readers, how difficult was it to secure some of those cameos in the gang fight? McKay: We drew up a wish list of all the people

Michelle Obama to Sharpton:
Obamacare Benefits Get Lost
in Political ‘Back and Forth’
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/18/2013 9:45:56 PM     Post Reply
Al Sharpton previewed his radio interview with First Lady Michelle Obama on his MSNBC show Wednesday afternoon. In the short clips, the first lady defended the Affordable Care Act by offering personal stories about when she and other women she has met have benefited from access to health care. Sharpton remarked that Michelle Obama is able to bring a “passion and a perspective” to the issue that transcends the “partisan bickering” of both Washington and talk radio. After telling the story of a mother who cried herself to sleep at night because her son was diagnosed with cancer and she didn’t know

U.S. Loses Multibillion-Dollar Contract
Because of Administration Spying
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/18/2013 9:40:43 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. lost a fighter jet contract with Brazil worth $4.5 billion in the wake of the South American country’s anger over revelations that President Obama’s intelligence agencies spied on the personal communications of President Dilma Rousseff. Boeing was considered to be the front-runner for the contract with its F/A-18 Super Hornet until the leak from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Instead, the Brazilian air force will be supplied by Saab, with an initial order of 36 new Gripen NG fighters by 2020. Negotiations over the contract bids had been going on for years and Rousseff’s decision, which apparently caught

We Should Ridicule Duck Dynasty
Star’s Views on Homosexuality;
But Suspend Him? Come On.
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/18/2013 9:37:51 PM     Post Reply
Hours after we reported that Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson dropped some illogical “logic” on homosexuality during his GQ interview, his home network A&E decided to indefinitely suspend him from the show. While Robertson’s comments were hilariously ignorant, they were predictable — especially given his family’s socially-conservative, Bible-loving image. Suspending the lead character for his wholly predictable comments is not only an overreaction but a gross misstep. To recap: The Duck Commander patriarch remarked to the men’s magazine that homosexuality is on par with bestiality, and used fifth-grade “logic” to imply that homosexual men should give up their ways of choosing a

The Ten Most Corrupt Mexicans Of 2013
Forbes, by Dolia Estevez    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/18/2013 9:35:16 PM     Post Reply
Alarming levels of corruption in government, the judiciary and law enforcement, earned Mexico the 2013 title of one of the two most corrupt countries in Latin America, according to the Global Corruption Barometer released in July by Transparency International, an anti-corruption non-profit group. Mexico shares its rank with Argentina. In the group´s Global Corruption Barometer of 2013, Mexico´s political parties, police, legislature and judiciary were perceived as the most corrupt, with 91%, 90%, 83% and 80% negative views on corruption. The report, which is based on a survey of 114,000 people in 107 countries, offers a warning that the abuse

Pajama Boy, An Insufferable Man-Child
Politico, by Rich Lowery    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/18/2013 9:26:32 PM     Post Reply
Pajama Boy’s place in Internet infamy was secured as soon as the insufferable man-child was tweeted out by Organizing for America. He is the face of a web ad that is the latest effort by the Obama team to leverage the holidays for conversation about Obamacare. “Wear pajamas,” the ad reads. “Drink hot chocolate. Talk about getting health insurance. #GetTalking.” And, sure enough, Pajama Boy is wearing pajamas—a zip-up onesie in classic Lamar Alexander plaid—and drinking hot chocolate. He is in his twenties, sporting hipster glasses he could have bought at Warby Parker and an expression of self-satisfied ironic amusement. Pajama Boy is

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