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Is Obamacare a giant churn operation?
Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 1/3/2014 9:21:27 AM     Post Reply
There´s growing optimism among Obamacare advocates that the Affordable Care Act could reach seven million sign-ups by the end of March. The administration at first embraced the number -- which originally came from the Congressional Budget Office -- only to back away from it when the problems of the federal Obamacare website became apparent. Now, with word that 2.1 million have so far signed up for private insurance, .(snip) But perhaps the bigger question about the Obamacare number is: How many of the people who are now purchasing coverage on the exchanges are doing so because they lost the coverage

Antarctic ice shelf melt ´lowest
EVER recorded, global warming
is NOT eroding it´
The Register [UK], by Lewis Page    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/3/2014 9:20:32 AM     Post Reply
Scientists at the British Antarctic Survey say that the melting of the Pine Island Glacier ice shelf in Antarctica has suddenly slowed right down in the last few years, confirming earlier research which suggested that the shelf´s melt does not result from human-driven global warming. The Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica and its associated sea ice shelf is closely watched: this is because unlike most of the sea ice around the austral continent, its melt rate has seemed to be accelerating quickly since scientists first began seriously studying it in the 1990s. Many researchers had suggested that this was due to

A political primer for 2014:
How bad for Obama?
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 1/3/2014 9:17:18 AM     Post Reply
We didn´t want to jump the gun on 2014 midterm election coverage. So we waited until the third day of the first month. With Nov. 4 only 305 days away and the president still playing golf on an island, the shape of one major campaign theme is crystal clear: ObamaCare, disaster or calamity? Much is at stake in the second midterm elections of any presidency that rarely go the president´s way. Not just 435 House seats are up. But 36 of 50 governor´s offices, of which the GOP now controls 29. And most importantly, 36 of 100 Senate seats.



Ripping Off the “Progressive” Mask
Canada Free Press, by Cliff Kincaid    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/3/2014 9:07:23 AM     Post Reply
In a column on the “remarkable lives” of some people who passed away in 2013, Republican strategist Karl Rove writes that British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, in concert with Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, and Pope John Paul II, “transformed the world.” He’s right that Reagan, Bush, Thatcher and the Pope did transform the world. In saying that Thatcher stood up to Soviet communism, however, he neglected to mention that the Soviet Communists fought back, attempting to assassinate Pope John Paul II. The Soviets lied about their involvement in this plot. Referring to Nelson Mandela, Rove says he “spent

Democrats in 2014: The Party
of John Edwards
The Atlantic, by Peter Beinart    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/3/2014 8:43:09 AM     Post Reply
In his inaugural address Wednesday, incoming New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tried to establish an intellectual pedigree for his focus on economic inequality. He invoked Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Franklin Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Al Smith, Frances Perkins, Fiorello La Guardia, Jacob Riis, David Dinkins, Mario Cuomo, and Harry Belafonte. It reminded me of when Democrats, eager to prove their national-security bona fides, tell audiences they hail from the party of Roosevelt, Truman, and Kennedy. As if there wasn’t some other Democrat after Kennedy who dabbled at war and peace, some guy from Texas. De Blasio’s speech was a bit

Clay Aiken of ‘American Idol’
weighs congressional run in
North Carolina: report
New York Daily News, by Leslie Larson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/3/2014 8:41:45 AM     Post Reply
Former “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken may run for Congress in his native North Carolina. The 35-year-old singer is in discussions with some Democratic insiders in Washington about making a bid for seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, sources told the Washington Blade. Aiken would be running to represent the 2nd Congressional District currently filled by Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.). Candidates in the May 6 primary must file their campaign paperwork by Feb. 28. Aiken has reportedly met with reps from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, pollsters at the Hart Research Associates and operatives in Raleigh to gauge their

Drug companies ´withholding
research´ from doctors, MPs warn
Telegraph [UK], by Ben Farmer    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/3/2014 8:16:57 AM     Post Reply
Drugs companies routinely withhold results of clinical trials from doctors, leaving them poorly informed about how to treat patients, a powerful MPs committee has warned. The public accounts committee said it had “extreme concern” that pharmaceutical companies only published around half of completed trial results and are more likely to hide unfavourable results. The committee said experts had been unable to agree how well flu drug Tamiflu worked and their discussions had been “hampered” because important information has been held back. MPs called on ministers to ensure full trial results are available to doctors and researchers for all treatments currently



SEEYA: Top gun company splits from
Colorado, costing state $85 million
Washington Times, by Valerie Richardson    Original Article
Posted By: PChristopher- 1/3/2014 8:07:01 AM     Post Reply
Magpul Industries, a leading firearms accessories maker, will relocate its extensive manufacturing facilities to Texas and Wyoming in response to the Colorado legislature’s enactment of sweeping gun control legislation last year, the company announced Thursday. At the same time, the company plans to maintain a toehold in Colorado to continue to fight the gun control bills passed by the Democrat-dominated General Assembly and signed in March by Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat. (Snip) The cost to Colorado’s economy, according to the company: $85 million in local economic activity and up to 400 supply-chain jobs.

Breitbart Editor-in-Chief to ´Keep
the Pressure on´ Establishment
Media, Politicians in 2014
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/3/2014 7:54:23 AM     Post Reply
Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alexander Marlow, 27, recapped the myriad victories of the conservative grassroots in 2013 and highlighted some of the major issues Breitbart News intends to pursue doggedly in the new year. Appearing on The Wilkow Majority on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125 with Breitbart News Executive Chairman and guest-host Stephen K. Bannon on Thursday, Marlow, who was the late Andrew Breitbart´s first hire, talked about how Breitbart´s news empire started. Working in the late Andrew Breitbart´s home overlooking the Los Angeles National Cemetery, where the country´s fallen soldiers are interred, and seeing the families of the fallen heroes was

Terrorist abetting attorney released from
prison thanks to Obama administration
Powerline, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 1/3/2014 7:44:53 AM     Post Reply
Lynne Stewart, who was convicted of smuggling messages from Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman (“the Blind Sheikh” who masterminded the bombing of the World Trade Center) to his terrorist followers in Egypt, has been released early from prison thanks to the Obama administration. She was released on grounds of “compassion” because she is terminally ill.District Judge John Koeltl ordered the release based on a request from the director of the Bureau of Prisons through the office of U.S. Attorney. Judge Koeltl previously had denied Stewart’s request for release because it was not supported by the Bureau of Prisons. In other words,

What Obama’s TV picks
really tell us about him
Washington Free Beacon, by Matthew Continetti    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/3/2014 7:30:59 AM     Post Reply
Imagine my surprise this week when my daily paper suddenly turned into a copy of US Weekly. With a turn of the page the New York Times became the sort of celebrity magazine that dispenses trivia in order to prove that a rich, famous, and powerful person is, at heart, just like us. The luminary was Barack Obama, whose taste in television was mined by correspondent Michael D. Shear for insights into the presidential character. Shear failed to provide any, but his article was riveting nonetheless. What at first glance might be dismissed as a piece of journalistic fluff, a



At Work, de Blasio Finds Full
Plate of Headaches
New York Times, by Michael M. Grynbaum    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/3/2014 7:28:07 AM     Post Reply
In a hectic first full day as New York’s mayor, Bill de Blasio introduced himself to a wary police force on Thursday, navigated unfamiliar hallways with a skeletal staff and confronted an imminent winter storm that might have rattled even the most experienced municipal manager. As he rushed between tours and televised briefings, the new mayor also had to contend with a growing political headache: lingering questions over the treatment afforded to his predecessor at the inaugural ceremony the day before. Mr. de Blasio said he had no qualms about the harsh words directed at former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg by

Study: Expanding Medicaid doesn’t
reduce ER trips. It increases them.
Washington Post, by Sarah Kliff    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/3/2014 7:25:11 AM     Post Reply
As the health-care law expands Medicaid to cover millions more Americans, a new Harvard University study finds that enrollment in public program significantly increases enrollees´ use of emergency departments. The research, published Thursday in the journal Science, showed a 40 percent increase in emergency department visits among those low-income adults in Oregon who gained Medicaid coverage in 2008 through a state lottery. This runs counter to some health-care law supporters´ hope that Medicaid coverage would decrease this type of costly medical care, by making it easier for low income adults to see primary care providers. "I would view it as part of

Inexpensive Ultra High-Definition
TVs on Horizon
Wall Street Journal, by Kana Inagaki and Jonathan Cheng    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/3/2014 7:23:31 AM     Post Reply
Prices of ultra high-definition TVs are plummeting, driven by Chinese manufacturers and by surging demand in that country. The first UHDTVs were a hot topic at last year´s Consumer Electronics Show. TV makers, hoping to replicate the widespread acceptance of HDTVs, showed off early models there with price tags of between $9,000 and $25,000. At those lofty prices, the sets were dismissed as novelties for the ultrarich. Now, a much broader lineup of UHDTVs will arrive at the Las Vegas show next week, and their lower prices should attract buyers despite the lack of new content.

Emergency Visits Seen Increasing
With Health Law
New York Times, by Sabrina Tavernise    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/3/2014 7:20:38 AM     Post Reply
Supporters of President Obama’s health care law had predicted that expanding insurance coverage for the poor would reduce costly emergency room visits because people would go to primary care doctors instead. But a rigorous new experiment in Oregon has raised questions about that assumption, finding that newly insured people actually went to the emergency room a good deal more often. The study, published in the journal Science, compared thousands of low-income people in the Portland area who were randomly selected in a 2008 lottery to get Medicaid coverage with people who entered the lottery but remained uninsured. Those who gained



Time to Call Climate Change
for What It Is: The Weather
Townhall, by John Ransom    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/3/2014 6:45:52 AM     Post Reply
The New Year brings us back to the number one reason liberals give regarding their war on America’s energy industry. Why does it take us there? Because this is more than a new year-- it’s an election year, and there are two different visions of the country that need to be contrasted for voters this year. And it’s not just the responsibility of candidates and political parties and super PACs to talk about what America can be. It’s your responsibility to do it too. You can do it over the fence post, or a soccer game or a cup of coffee, or over

Oklahoma stuns Alabama,
spoils McCarron´s sendoff
Fox Sports, by Corey McCartney    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/3/2014 6:32:46 AM     Post Reply
It´s the SEC´s house, where it won three of its national titles during the BCS era. But the Superdome was also the site of one of the most shocking losses of Nick Saban´s tenure at Alabama. Thursday night, the same location, with another Crimson Tide team that looked sluggish, provided the same result. No. 11 Oklahoma took the lead with Trevor Knight´s 8-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Saunders with 1:53 remaining in the second quarter and never trailed again, stunning third-ranked Alabama 45-31 in the Sugar Bowl. Coupled with a loss to Auburn in the Iron Bowl, it was the first time the

Chamber vs. tea party is a dumb move
Florida Times-Union, by Matt Towery    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/3/2014 6:30:44 AM     Post Reply
Could there be a group that looks more insular, elitist and out of touch than the U.S. Chamber of Commerce? One strategist for the chamber says they want “no more fools” nominated for office by the GOP. By “fools” he meant tea party candidates. The chamber is ready to spend $50 million to defeat them. This from an organization that has launched a thousand sinking ships. This is the same crowd that helped Mitt Romney and John McCain win GOP nominations for president. And the strategist who is credited with this new U.S. Chamber strategy is famous for running Bob Dole’s presidential effort in

The Big Apple or the Red Apple?
American Thinker, by Jeannie DeAngelis    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/3/2014 6:28:07 AM     Post Reply
New York City´s Mayor de Blasio has been sworn in, and his remarks at the ceremony proved that he is unabashed in his affection for progressivism. De Blasio vows to level the playing field, punish the rich, share the wealth, and further the progressive vision in the City That Never Sleeps. Mr. de Blasio´s words even made "bedeviled" Bill Clinton feel comfortable enough to acknowledge his usually deeply disguised radical left-leaning ideology. Speaking directly to Slick Willy, who attended with Hillary "Claw Her Way to the Top" Clinton, de Blasio said, "[O]ver 20 years ago, when a conservative philosophy seemed dominant,

Obama´s Other Big Lie
American Thinker, by Nick Chase    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/3/2014 6:18:00 AM     Post Reply
"We will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your healthcare plan, you will be able to keep your healthcare plan. Period." (Barack Obama, June 15, 2009, with variants repeated many times since). Today, any American who isn´t willfully blind knows this "promise" is a very big lie. A lie which was deliberately told by fundamentally-dishonest pushers of Obamacare, because if the truth were widely known at that time the Affordable Care Act would never have become law. It´s a lie that is so egregious,


The Campaign Begins
American Thinker, by Jim Yardley    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/3/2014 6:11:48 AM     Post Reply
All the "Aw, shucks, I really haven´t made a decision about running" from the Hillary Clinton stealth campaign had a rude shock on New Year´s Day when Michael Moore, the famous (for no particular reason) film director and Jabba-the-Hut impersonator, penned a guest editorial in the Democrat Party´s version of the old Soviet era daily Pravda, or as it is more commonly known, the New York Times. In reading this sterling example of "all the news that´s fit to print", the so-called "money quote" is most likely the following: "I believe Obamacare´s rocky start -- clueless planning, a lousy website, insurance companies

De Blasio ‘Very Comfortable’ With
Controversial Inauguration Speeches
New York Observer, by Jill Colvin    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/3/2014 6:10:47 AM     Post Reply
Mayor Bill de Blasio today defended the controversial comments made by many of his inauguration speakers, including one cleric who described New York City as a “plantation.” “I am very comfortable with everyone’s remarks yesterday and I think the ceremony represented the positive aspiration of New Yorkers for a more just city,” he told reporters today after swearing in his new Police Commissioner, Bill Bratton, at a ceremony at 1 Police Plaza. Many of the speakers at Mr. de Blasio’s event yesterday, including civil rights activist Harry Belafonte, Rev. Fred Lucas Jr. and Public Advocate Tish James, raised eyebrows for portraying the

Eleven attorneys general slam
Obama healthcare fixes as illegal
The Hill [DC], by Rebecca Shabad    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/3/2014 6:09:44 AM     Post Reply
Eleven GOP attorneys general say the Obama administration is breaking the law by repeatedly making changes to ObamaCare without going through Congress. The attorneys general specifically criticize President Obama´s executive action that allowed insurance companies to keep offering health plans that had been canceled for not meeting ObamaCare´s more rigorous standards. “We support allowing citizens to keep their health insurance coverage, but the only way to fix this problem-ridden law is to enact changes lawfully: through Congressional action,” the attorneys general wrote in a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “The illegal actions by this administration

Life on the New
York City Plantation
American Thinker, by Ethel C. Fenig    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/3/2014 6:06:26 AM     Post Reply
As the recently deceased former New York mayor Ed Koch blithely proclaimed upon losing a primary election "The People have spoken... and they must be punished." The people of New York spoke and elected proud far out lefty (no, that is not "progressive") Bill de Blasio (D) as mayor. Will they be punished? Inaugurated yesterday on New Year´s Day, the speeches provided a preview. The first speaker, wealthy entertainer Harry Belafonte, set the tone. While it is encouraging to know that the statistics have indicated a recent drop in our city´s murder rate, New York alarmingly plays a tragic role in the fact

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