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Obama Administration Announces Another
Obamacare Exemption; Insurance Industry
Warns of ‘Tremendous Instability’
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/20/2013 4:06:49 AM     Post Reply
Well here we go again. Another lawless move by a lawless administration. The Obama administration, in an 11th-hour change just before the holiday break,announced a major exemption in ObamaCare that will let people who lost coverage and are struggling to get a new plan sign up for bare-bones policies. The move Thursday to allow potentially hundreds of thousands of people to sign up for “catastrophic” coverage plans was blasted by the insurance industry as a shift that would cause “tremendous instability.” The administration downplayed the sudden change, saying they expected it to impact fewer than 500,000 people. Yeah, well, they

Spy Panel Wants Duplicate
Oversight Board Replaced
Associated Press, by Stephen Braun    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/20/2013 3:55:55 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- For months, two review panels given nearly identical assignments by President Barack Obama have been studying how the White House should change or limit the National Security Agency´s surveillance programs. They have functioned separately - with different experts and private and public hearings - but with almost the same mandate. So it was at least a little surprising when the first panel, which recommended changes to NSA´s programs this week, urged the White House to abolish the second panel and replace it with a new one. Among 46 recommendations spelled out in a 300-page document released Wednesday by the President´s

Dumped from ‘Duck Dynasty’:
The politics of suspending a
TV star for anti-gay remarks
Fox News, by Howard Kurtz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/20/2013 3:48:16 AM     Post Reply
Conservative politicians jumped on the “Duck Dynasty” uproar Wednesday faster than you could load a hunting rifle. And they came out firing at A&E Networks for having the temerity to suspend Phil Robertson, the reality show’s star, for calling homosexuality a sin and equating it with bestiality. Despite all the rhetoric you’ll hear, this is not a free speech issue. Robertson is entitled to say whatever he wants, as he did in the GQ interview, and A&E is entitled to pull him off the air if it deems the comments offensive. There is no First Amendment right to appear on a television

  


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WaPo Poll Report Headline: ´Obama
Suffers Most From Year of Turmoil´
Newsbusters, by Tom Blumer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/19/2013 11:13:16 PM     Post Reply
Poor guy. Barack Obama gets to jet around on Air Force One, golfs every once in a while (/sarc), and has all the trappings and perks of the highest office in the land. But according to a headline in Monday´s Washington Post, he is the one person in the whole USA above everyone else — not those who have lost health insurance plans with which they were happy, not those who are paying outrageious amounts for far skimpier coverage than they formerly had, not the millions of potential workers so discouraged that they are no longer looking for work or

Robertson Family Issues Statement
on Duck Dynasty’s Future on A&E
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/19/2013 11:07:59 PM     Post Reply
The night after A&E decided to suspend Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson over comments he made in an interview about homosexual sex, the Robertson family posted a statement to its website about the future of the show. Read the full statement below: We want to thank all of you for your prayers and support. The family has spent much time in prayer since learning of A&E’s decision. We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word. While some of Phil’s unfiltered

Obama Administration Knew
of Healthcare.gov Security
Risks Before Launch
Washington Free Beacon, by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/19/2013 10:33:24 PM     Post Reply
Documents provided to the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform reveal that the Obama administration knew of security vulnerabilities within Healthcare.gov prior to Oct. 1, but launched the website anyway. Chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) said Health and Human Services (HHS) officials showed a “disturbing lack of judgment” by going ahead with the site’s launch and putting Americans’ personal information at risk. Results of a security assessment conducted by a contractor on the site, MITRE Corporation, found that 19 security vulnerabilities remained unaddressed on Oct. 1. Eleven of the 19 vulnerabilities “significantly impact the confidentiality, integrity and/or availability of the system data,”

Oops: Officials Urge 30,000 Illinoisans to
´Start Over´ on Obamacare Application Process
Townhall, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/19/2013 10:26:43 PM     Post Reply
Covered California mailed out more than 100,000 botched letters to confused consumers in late November and early December, and now this story from the president´s home state: Illinois officials are emailing and calling thousands of people, advising them to start over on their health insurance applications if they believe the federal government mistakenly referred them to Medicaid. The latest wrinkle in the troubled enrollment process for the nation´s new health insurance system was announced Wednesday, just days ahead of a key enrollment deadline. The federal HealthCare.gov website received more than 30,000 applications from Illinoisans who may be eligible for Medicaid, the

  


  

Liberal Media: People Mocking
Obama´s PajamaBoy Are Racist,
Homophobic Cyberbullies
NewsBusters, by Matthew Sheffield    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/19/2013 10:19:55 PM     Post Reply
Just as cigars sometimes can indeed be just cigars, so too can jokes. Yet this is a point which seems to be lost on several left-wing media writers who have taken great umbrage at the mockery that conservatives are making at the expense of one Ethan Krupp, better known as “PajamaBoy.” The crew on MSNBC’s Morning Joe proved today that not everyone on the left has missed the absurdity of the Obama administration putting forward a grown man in children’s pajamas with a cup of hot chocolate as the public face of Obamacare to young people. Still, there appear to

´Duck Dynasty´ fans react
to Robertson´s hiatus
Associated Press, by John Rogers    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/19/2013 10:15:38 PM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES — When the A&E network suspended "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson for disparaging gay people, it may have followed a time-honored TV tradition of quickly silencing a star who, for better or worse, speaks his mind. But in doing so it also ruffled the feathers of possibly millions of fans of its most popular show. Fourteen hours after it was learned that Robertson had been placed on indefinite "hiatus" for telling GQ magazine, among other things, that gays are headed to hell, more than a half-million people liked an impromptu Facebook page demanding the show be boycotted until

Obama commuted sentence
of Deval Patrick kin
Politico, by Josh Gerstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/19/2013 10:13:01 PM     Post Reply
One of the eight federal prisoners granted sentence commutations by President Barack Obama Thursday is a first cousin of Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Mass), one of the president´s most devoted supporters on the national political scene. Reynolds Allen Wintersmith Jr. was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted in Illinois federal court in 1994 of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute cocaine and cocaine base and possession with intent to distribute crack. He was 19 at the time of his arrest and 17 at the time he got involved running drugs for the Gangster Disciples gang. He is

Obama administration relaxes
rules of health-care law four
days before deadline
Washington Post, by Amy Goldstein    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/19/2013 10:10:24 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration Thursday night significantly relaxed the rules of the health-care law for millions of consumers whose individual insurance policies have been canceled, saying they could buy bare-bones health plans or entirely avoid the requirement that most Americans have health insurance. The surprise announcement, four days before the Dec. 23 deadline for people to choose coverage that begins on Jan. 1, triggered an immediate backlash from the health insurance industry and raised new fairness questions about a law intended to promote affordable and comprehensive coverage. “This type of last-minute change will cause tremendous instability in the marketplace and lead

  


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D.C. to tout Obamacare among
youth waiting for Air Jordans
Washington Times, by Tom Howell Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/19/2013 10:08:21 PM     Post Reply
The D.C. health exchange says it is launching an Obamacare blitz this weekend and knows where to go to find “young invincibles” — in line to buy the latest edition of Air Jordan sneakers. D.C. Health Link announced on Thursday it will seek out shoppers this weekend — the last retail spurt before Christimas — to educate them about enrollment options under the Affordable Care Act on its city-run health exchange. It will kick off its strategy at Safeway grocery stores on Friday in the city’s eastern wards. On Saturday, exchanges assisters will work the lines that will likely form

Story of the year
Washington Post, by Charles Krauthammer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/19/2013 10:07:30 PM     Post Reply
The lie of the year, according to Politifact, is “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.” But the story of the year is a nation waking up to just how radical Obamacare is — which is why it required such outright deception to get it passed in the first place. Obamacare was sold as simply a refinement of the current system, retaining competition among independent insurers but making things more efficient, fair and generous. Free contraceptives for Sandra Fluke. Free mammograms and checkups for you and me. Free (or subsidized) insurance for some 30 million uninsured.

In embrace of ‘Duck Dynasty’
star, 2016 hopefuls make
bid for evangelicals
Washington Post, by Matea Gold    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/19/2013 10:05:26 PM     Post Reply
Few could have predicted that the story lines of the hit A&E reality show “Duck Dynasty” and the 2016 presidential contest would converge. But that unexpected mash-up played out Thursday as conservative politicians rushed to defend Phil Robertson, the shaggy-bearded, homespun star of the breakout series, who was suspended by the cable network after his published comments about gays stirred a storm of controversy. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), a likely White House contender whose state is home to the show about a family that runs a duck-hunting gear enterprise, called Robertson and his family “great citizens.” “The politically correct

Report: U.S. Air Force general
drank too much, fraternized with
foreign women in Moscow
Washington Post, by Craig Whitlock    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/19/2013 10:02:20 PM     Post Reply
An Air Force general in charge of nuclear weapons repeatedly drank too much and behaved like a boor last summer during an official trip to Moscow, where he insulted his Russian hosts and hung out with two suspicious women he met at a hotel bar, according to an investigative report released Thursday. Maj. Gen. Michael Carey, who was commander of the Air Force´s arsenal of land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, “acted in a manner that exceeded the limits of accepted standards of good conduct” during a four-day visit to Moscow in July, according to an investigation conducted by the Air Force

  


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Peter King: Rand Paul
´disgraced´ his office
CNN, by Dana Davidsen    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/19/2013 9:59:01 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Peter King said fellow Republican Sen. Rand Paul owes the nation’s top intelligence official an apology after saying he should resign for “lying” to a Senate committee about a controversial surveillance program. The New York congressman also said that Paul´s comparison of National Intelligence Director James Clapper to NSA leaker Edward Snowden is "absolutely disgraceful." "For Senator Paul to compare that patriot, General Clapper, with someone like Snowden, who is a traitor, who has put American lives at risk - Senator Paul should be ashamed of himself," King said Thursday on CNN’s “The Situation Room.” "It´s an absolute disgrace.

Duck Dynasty: Can’t imagine
show going on without Phil
Fox News, by Todd Starnes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/19/2013 9:54:18 PM     Post Reply
Duck season may soon be over for A&E. The Robertson family released a statement late Thursday that raises doubts about the future of one of the most popular shows on cable television. “We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm,” the Robertson family said in a prepared statement. “We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty.” The family said it has “spent much time in prayer” since learning A&E had suspended Phil Robertson,

Administration announces
new ObamaCare exemption
Fox News, by Ed Henry    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/19/2013 9:30:33 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration, in an 11th-hour change just before the holiday break,announced a major exemption in ObamaCare that will let people who lost coverage and are struggling to get a new plan sign up for bare-bones policies. The move Thursday to allow potentially hundreds of thousands of people to sign up for "catastrophic" coverage plans was blasted by the insurance industry as a shift that would cause "tremendous instability.” The administration downplayed the sudden change, saying they expected it to impact fewer than 500,000 people. Health and Human Services spokeswoman Joanne Peters said, "This is a common sense clarification of the law. For

Fox News Poll: More voters like Bush
than Obama (& even more like Clinton)
Fox News, by Dana Blanton    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/19/2013 9:30:10 PM     Post Reply
More voters have a positive opinion of former President George W. Bush than President Barack Obama, according to the latest Fox News Poll. But former President Bill Clinton is liked best of the three. The poll finds 50 percent of voters have a favorable opinion of Bush, while 47 percent have an unfavorable view. By contrast, Obama has a net negative rating: 46 percent have a favorable opinion of him, while 52 percent have an unfavorable opinion. Views of Clinton are far more positive: 70 percent favorable vs. 26 percent unfavorable. That gives him a huge net positive rating (+ 44 points). The two

Buying booze gifts?
12 bottles to consider
MarketWatch.com, by Charles Passy    Original Article
Posted By: HomeByChoice- 12/19/2013 9:24:41 PM     Post Reply
It’s the time of year when everyone is searching for the perfect bottle to give as a holiday gift. But the choice depends a lot on the recipient: Do they like a nice glass of a California red or would they prefer something stronger? Just as important: Is budget a factor? We’ve tried to simplify the process with our 12 Bottles of Christmas, a selection of sips covering a wide range of tastes and price points. Looking for more ideas? Our 2012 list has 12 more great options. Happy shopping — and happy holidays!

  



Judge claims U.S. Department of Homeland
Security is delivering smuggled children
to illegal immigrant parents
Daily Mail [UK], by Alex Greig    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/19/2013 9:21:39 PM     Post Reply
A Texas federal judge has accused the Department of Homeland Security of delivering children smuggled into the United States to their illegal immigrant parents. U.S. District Judge Andrew S Hanen filed a court order late last week claiming that in more than one case before his court, immigration officials had arrested human traffickers and then delivered the children being smuggled ´to the custody of the parent illegally living in the United States.´ This action makes the DHS complicit in aiding that Mexican drug cartels that control the people smuggling rings, says Hanen, adding that the ´government is not only allowing

Obamacare Panders To Gay Community
Breitbart Conversation, by Javier Manjarres    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/19/2013 9:20:23 PM     Post Reply
President Obama is now hoping that the gay community will "come out" and sign up for the embattled Obamacare plan, as a new video pandering to "the boys" has just been released to help with enrollment. Warning!! Refrain from eating anything at least one hour before or after watching this video.

O-Care ´fix´ extends
to bare-bones plans
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Elise Viebeck    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/19/2013 9:09:39 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is planning to allow individuals whose health insurance was cancelled under ObamaCare to buy catastrophic plans once intended mainly for young people. Under the plan, individuals who are unable to renew their current health insurance will be able to purchase bare-bones coverage, according to a source connected with the health industry.Current rules say that to qualify for a catastrophic plan, individuals must be either under 30 or qualify for a "hardship" exemption. The Obama administration´s new guidance will argue that individuals whose 2013 plans were canceled and who determine that other options are not affordable should be

Obama would veto Senate´s new
Iran sanctions bill, says the White
House, even though HALF its
sponsors are Democrats
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/19/2013 9:08:14 PM     Post Reply
It only took a few hours for a bipartisan congressional push against Iran´s nuclear ambitions to become Oval Office roadkill on Thursday, as the White House insisted that President Barack Obama will veto any effort to introduce new sanctions on the Islamic republic while the State Department works its diplomatic levers. A group of 13 Democrats and 13 Republicans in the U.S. Senate introduced a bill that would levy tough new penalties on Iran if it fails to prove by May that it has terminated its nuclear weapons program. But in his afternoon press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said

PETA: Christians Should Call
for Duck Dynasty Cancellation
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/19/2013 9:06:11 PM     Post Reply
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released its reaction to the suspension of Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson by A&E: PETA wants A&E to do more than suspend one of the characters on Duck Dynasty for damning gays. We call on the channel to challenge the entire crew of duck slayers to ignore Sarah Palin’s self-serving slap on the back for spewing hate speech and deny that they are as anti-gay as they are anti-animal. All people who consider themselves followers of Christ should follow all His teachings—and that includes showing mercy, compassion, and kindness to all of God’s

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