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Obama: 2014 will be
‘breakthrough year’ for U.S
Washington Times, by By Stephen Dinan & Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 3:26:56 PM     Post Reply
President Obama said Friday that he “screwed it up” in the rollout of his health care law, though he said the system is now working much better and hundreds of thousands of people have been able to sign up for coverage. Entering his sixth year of office, Mr. Obama said he believes 2014 can be “a breakthrough year” for Americans who have struggled for the last five years with a recession and sluggish economy, and a Washington ensnared by gridlock. In an end-of-year press conference at the White House, Mr. Obama said the latest economic numbers are good and said

Two Hours Before Obama Presser,
ObamaCare Site Crashes
Breitbart Big Government, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2013 3:25:35 PM     Post Reply
Early Friday afternoon, as millions of Americans who had their insurance plans scrambled to get coverage before the deadline -- which is just a couple days away -- the federal ObamaCare Website crashed (see screencap above). This occurred 20 days after the Obama Administration reassured America the site was fully-functioning for a "vast majority" of users. As of now, the site is not fully-functioning for anyone. CNN´s Jim Acosta reports that per CMS: "Right now healthcare.gov is queuing consumers. This system is in place while the tech team works on fixing an error". After the so-called Healthcare.gov fix at the end November,

Let´s Call the Whole Thing Off
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/20/2013 3:22:21 PM     Post Reply
When President Obama signed Obamacare into law, Joe Biden famously told him, “this is a big f___ing deal.” So too, minus the adjective, is the Obama administration’s decree that those whose health insurance policies were terminated will be allowed to buy catastrophic coverage and will be exempt from the statutory penalty if they choose to opt out of Obamacare next year. Democratic Senators from swing states certainly hope that their constituents will see the exemption as a big deal. Six of them (Warner, Kaine, King, Landrieu, Shaheen, and Heitkamp) apparently requested it, and HHS Secretary Sibelius announced the change in a

  


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Obamacare ´death spiral´ scenario
is about the states, stupid
Washington Examiner [DC], by Philip Klein    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/20/2013 3:16:40 PM     Post Reply
As problems continue to plague the rollout of President Obama´s health care law despite improvements to the federal healthcare.gov website, one issue that continues to loom is the possibility of the dreaded “death spiral.” The term “death spiral” refers to an unraveling of the individual market if insurers are stuck with a disproportionate number of older and sicker enrollees with high medical claims without a sufficient number of younger and healthier participants to offset the costs. Though the Department of Health and Human Services hasn´t yet released a demographic breakdown of those who have picked a plan through Obamacare, early data from

Harry Reid Rebukes Obama
over No Credit for Obamacare ´Fixes´
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/20/2013 2:51:03 PM     Post Reply
Harry Reid is reportedly a bit upset with the Obama administration. He thinks he and his Senate Democrat coalition should have gotten some of the credit for the "fixes" to Obamacare and its website. Reid said he scolded the president over the slight in a recent private telephone call. According to The Hill, Reid said, "I did communicate to him that there have been things done by the White House that improved the healthcare bill and those fixes were suggested originally by my senators and they got no credit for it. I thought that was improper." Senate Democrats have had

Obama assures Americans that
new IRS commissioner won´t
target conservatives
Washington Examiner, by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 2:50:25 PM     Post Reply
Incoming Internal Revenue Service commissioner John Koskinen won´t target conservative groups for inappropriate review: That´s the subtext of a statement from President Obama assuring Americans that the new head of the agency is an honest broker. "Throughout his career, John has always acted with the absolute integrity Americans demand from those in public service, and his strong leadership and unquestioned expertise make him the right person to lead the IRS," Obama said Friday after the Senate confirmed Koskinen to the new post. "I want to thank Daniel Werfel for his outstanding service as principal deputy commissioner of the IRS, and

Why Obama and Obamacare may be
the death of American liberalism
Washington Examiner, by Mark Tapscott    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 12/20/2013 2:39:56 PM     Post Reply
Ed Haislmaier of the Heritage Foundation points out an important fact about President Obama´s implementation of his signature domestic policy achievement: "America’s involvement in World War II began on Dec. 7, 1941, with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It ended 1,365 days later on Sept. 2, 1945, with the surrender ceremony aboard the U.S.S. Missouri anchored in Tokyo Bay. "President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010. Today, Dec. 18, 2013, marks the 1,366th day of post-enactment Obamacare implementation."

  


  

High security risk found
after HealthCare.gov launch
CBS News, by Sharyl Attkisson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 2:28:06 PM     Post Reply
A top HealthCare.gov security officer told Congress there have been two, serious high-risk findings since the website’s launch, including one on Monday of this week, CBS News has learned. Teresa Fryer, the chief information security officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), revealed the findings when she was interviewed Tuesday behind closed doors by House Oversight Committee officials. The security risks were not previously disclosed to members of Congress or the public. Obama administration officials have firmly insisted there’s no reason for any concern regarding the website’s security. White House makes last-minute Obamacare rules changes Poll: Many uninsured haven´t explored

Strapped Ukraine Accepts
Putin´s Bear Hug, Disses Europe,
And Dooms Its Own Economy
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/20/2013 2:14:56 PM     Post Reply
Geopolitics: Russia´s Vladimir Putin bought himself a country this week, handing out a $15 billion bailout with cheap gas on the side to Ukraine to keep it out of a trade pact with the European Union. No, it won´t work. There was no doubt cash-strapped Ukraine was going to get the $15 billion it needed to make it through the winter. With foreign reserves below $19 billion, it needed cash from somewhere, or it would become the next Greece. The International Monetary Fund and the European Union had been working on a bailout package for the cash-strapped state, and had it nearly

Pizza outlet attacked as India,
U.S. fail to cool diplomat row
Reuters, by Shyamantha Asokan and Sruthi Gottipati    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/20/2013 2:08:36 PM     Post Reply
NEW DELHI -- Indian protesters ransacked a Dominos Pizza outlet in a Mumbai suburb on Friday, demanding a ban on U.S. goods as officials from the two countries struggled to defuse a row over the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York. Police and the Indian franchise of the U.S. chain said no-one was hurt in the attack, which came amid unrelenting rage in India over the arrest and subsequent strip-search of Devyani Khobragade for visa fraud and under-payment of her housekeeper. India has demanded that the charges be dropped against the diplomat and her father threatened to start a fast

Argentina threatens to
nationalize power companies
because of the blackouts
MercoPress [Montevideo, Uruguay], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/20/2013 2:06:09 PM     Post Reply
Argentina on Thursday threatened to nationalize utility companies Edenor and Edesur after power outages left large areas of the capital Buenos Aires and surrounding suburbs in the dark, just ahead of the austral summer. “If they are not willing to give people the service they deserve, we will be willing to take over that service,” said cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich. Edesur is controlled by Endesa SA, a subsidiary of Italy´s biggest utility, Enel SpA. Edenor is owned by the Argentine company Pampa Energia . Shares of Edenor ended 15.1% lower at 2.3 Pesos in Buenos Aires on Thursday. The government of President

  


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The Robertsons Represent the
Fabric of American Society
Cybercast News Service., by Jen Kuznicki    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2013 1:57:08 PM     Post Reply
"Between the two extremes of democratic communities stands an innumerable multitude of men almost alike, who, without being exactly either rich or poor, possess sufficient property to desire the maintenance of order, yet not enough to excite envy....(they are) the natural enemies of violent commotions; their lack of agitation keeps all beneath them and above them still and secures the balance of the fabric of society." -Alexis de Tocqueville - Democracy in America ~Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson spoke his mind about homosexual behavior, and was fired; a Catholic priest said Phil lacked a certain "tone"; radical liberals and certain Libertarians

Obama on job performance: ´You
can´t take yourself too seriously´
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 1:56:11 PM     Post Reply
President Obama says he manages the ups and downs of his job by laughing at himself. A lot. “Part of the way you survive the stress of the White House is being able to laugh with your team about some of the crazy stuff that happens,” Mr. Obama said in an interview with talk-show host Steve Harvey that aired Friday. “You can’t take yourself too seriously, you have to take the job seriously.” He didn’t mention it in the context of Obamacare’s problems, but the president said humor is a necessary part of surviving the pitfalls of the office. “You have to take

Chris Matthews’ Pick for ‘Political
Loser of the Year’ Might Surprise You
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/20/2013 1:56:03 PM     Post Reply
He may have sent a “thrill” up Chris Matthews’‘ leg in 2008, but in 2013 President Barack Obama qualified as the MSNBC host’s “political loser of the year.” Matthews’ comments came as the answer to a question from Joe Scarborough on Morning Joe about who fared the worst politically in 2013. “It was a terrible year for the president,” he said. “It’s not just a bad year in terms of the [Obamacare] rollout,” Matthew continued. “There’s an erosion in interest. It feels like a very long presidency now. It feels like the seventh or eighth year of a presidency, it

A Raid on Iran?
Weekly Standard, by Uri Sadot    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 12/20/2013 1:51:31 PM     Post Reply
As world powers debate what a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran should look like, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to maintain that Israel is not bound by the interim agreement that the P5+1 and Iran struck in Geneva on November 24. Israel, says Netanyahu, “has the right and the obligation to defend itself.” One question then is whether Netanyahu actually intends to strike Iranian nuclear facilities. The other question, no less important, is whether Israel could really pull it off. American analysts are divided on Israel’s ability to take effective military action.

  


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The Obamacare Chaos Strategy’s
Outlines Begin to Emerge
PJ Media, by Tom Blumer    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 1:48:09 PM     Post Reply
On Christmas Eve, it will be three years and nine months since President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, into law. Seven decades ago, it took less time — 3 years, 8 months and 26 days, from December 7, 1941, to September 2, 1945 — for the nation to endure the attack on Pearl Harbor, rebuild an undermanned and underequipped military, put the nation’s industrial might on a wartime footing, prosecute World War II, complete the Manhattan Project, and force the surrender of Nazi Germany and Japan. Now we’re supposed to believe, even when given virtually unlimited

The PC Lynching of Phil Robertson
PJ Media, by Roger L Simon    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 1:43:17 PM     Post Reply
The A&E Network’s suspension of Phil Robertson, star of the most popular reality show in the history of television, for espousing views on homosexuality identical to those found in the New Testament may not be the first PC lynching in the history of our country, but it is certainly now the most prominent. It is also a singular example of how political correctness, via cultural relativism, is used to undermine democracy and freedom of speech and is, at its core, fascistic. Yes, I just used the f-word and quite deliberately. PC and cultural relativism are the godchildren of Martin Heidegger

Stewart Torches Fox News’
Defense of Phil Robertson’s
Right to Say ‘Ignorant Sh*t’
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 1:32:33 PM     Post Reply
With the controversy over Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson’ comments about homosexuality dominating cable news Thursday, Jon Stewart really had no choice but to offer the world his take on the issue. The Daily Show host took the opportunity to deliver a scathing take down of the “free speech absolutists” at Fox News. “Look, I think what the guy said is ignorant,” Stewart said, “but I also have an inclination to support a world where saying ignorant s... on television doesn’t get you kicked off that medium.” But does Fox News truly believe you shouldn’t “pressure people to have to

GLAAD: Lethal Enforcers
of the Left´s Tolerance Mob
Cybercast News Service, by Michelle Malkin    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 1:25:42 PM     Post Reply
"Duck Dynasty´s" Phil Robertson is not alone. He´s the latest in a long, long lineup of politically incorrect targets of the left´s sensitivity mob. Founded in 1985, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) gangstas won´t stop until both the cultural and legal enforcement of their agenda are the norm. The A&E network (Atheists & Elitists) suspended the reality TV patriarch and self-made businessman on Wednesday for the Biblical views he expressed in an interview with GQ. Robertson was asked by the liberal magazine what he viewed as sinful. Drawing on the condemnation of sexual immorality in Corinthians 6:9, he

Obama Is Too Smart to Fail
FrontPage, by Daniel Greenfield    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/20/2013 1:24:02 PM     Post Reply
We all know that George W. Bush was a moron. And we all know that Obama is a genius. We have been told by Valerie Jarrett, by his media lapdogs and even by the great man himself that he is just too smart to do his job. And it’s reasonable that a genius would be bored by the tedious tasks involved in running the most powerful nation on earth. But what is “smart” anyway? What makes Obama a genius? It’s not his IQ. It’s probably not his grades or we would have seen them already. It’s that he makes his supporters

  



UN Endorses Iran’s Call for a ‘World
Against Violence and Extremism’
Cybercast News Service, by Patrick Goodenough    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 1:20:01 PM     Post Reply
Three months after Iran’s president first invited the international community to embrace Tehran’s vision of a “world against violence and extremism” – or what he calls WAVE – the U.N. General Assembly has endorsed a resolution on the matter. The Iranian text, whose 11 co-sponsors included Syria and Cuba, was approved “by consensus” on Wednesday; no member-state called for a recorded vote. Several delegates did raise allegations of Iran’s own record of promoting “violence and extremism,” however, and the session in New York witnessed a heated exchange between the Iranian and Israeli ambassadors. The WAVE resolution calls on all countries to unite against

Sebelius: No Tax Penalty for Those
Who Had Individual Policies Canceled
Associated Press, by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 1:15:20 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — People whose existing health care insurance has been canceled because of the Affordable Care Act will not be hit with tax penalties for failing to line up new coverage as required under the law. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she will use authorities in the law to issue a "temporary hardship exemption" from those penalties. Under another stopgap option Sebelius announced Thursday, those whose plans were canceled will be able to buy a bare-bones catastrophic plan regardless of their age. Such plans had been intended for those under 30. A dedicated hotline for people who

Insurance Companies Deserve Obamacare
American Spectator, by David Catron    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/20/2013 1:10:00 PM     Post Reply
The latest attempt by the Obama administration to avoid the consequences of its inept implementation of the Affordable Care Act has been to issue yet another of its surprise edicts. This new Health and Human Services regulation, which was announced Thursday night, “significantly relaxed the rules of the federal health-care law for millions of consumers whose individual insurance policies have been canceled, saying they can buy bare-bones plans or entirely avoid a requirement that most Americans have health coverage.” This last minute movement of the goalpost comes on the heels of another HHS rule change, issued a week ago

Time is now for immigration reform
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Jeb Bush Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 1:08:43 PM     Post Reply
As our members of Congress head home to enjoy the holiday recess and start of the New Year, I look back at all the progress we’ve made on immigration in 2013 — building a nationwide coalition of leaders who carry a bible, wear a badge or own a business — and I look forward to what 2014 holds in store for reform. Wide acknowledgement from Republican House leadership — and support among Republican constituents — shows that immigration reform is definitely not a “dead” issue, but one with great opportunity in 2014. Every member of the House leadership team has expressed commitment

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