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HealthCare.gov defects leave many Americans
eligible for Medicaid, CHIP without coverage
- Thread Closed
Washington Post, by Amy Goldstein & Juliet Eilperin    Original Article
Posted By: Honeybadger- 1/5/2014 9:01:36 AM     Post Reply
More than 100,000 Americans who applied for insurance through HealthCare.gov and were told they are eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) remain unenrolled because of lingering software defects in the federal online marketplace, according to federal and state health officials. To try to provide coverage to these people before they seek medical care, the Obama administration has launched a barrage of phone calls in recent days in 21 states, advising those who applied that the quickest route into the programs is to start over at their state’s Medicaid agency. State officials, meanwhile, are racing to cope in various

Church of England accused of
dumbing down baptism service
Guardian [UK], by Press Association    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/5/2014 8:08:46 AM     Post Reply
The Church of England has been accused of "dumbing down" the baptism service by changing its wording so parents and godparents no longer have to "repent sins" and "reject the devil". A trial of the new wording, aimed at making it easier to understand, will last in parishes until Easter. The former bishop of Rochester Michael Nazir-Ali, writing in the Mail on Sunday, branded the change part of the "constant dumbing down of Christian teaching" rather than making an effort to explain the meaning of baptism. In the original version, the vicar asks: "Do you reject the devil and all

Obama, daughters depart
Hawaii after vacation
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desperata- 1/5/2014 8:02:43 AM     Post Reply
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - President Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia have departed Hawaii after a 15-day family vacation for the holidays. The president and his daughters took off for Washington aboard Air Force One on Saturday night. Obama left Hawaii after a final low-key day spent mostly on the eastern side of the island. He played golf, hung out in his vacation home with his family and ate dinner at a popular steakhouse near a beachside park. After dinner, the family drove to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Obama and his daughters greeted people gathered behind a rope line to watch them depart.

  


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The Al Qaeda Switchboard
New Yorker Magazine, by LAWRENCE WRIGHT    Original Article
Posted By: Honeybadger- 1/5/2014 7:28:44 AM     Post Reply
Edward Snowden has started a critical debate about the legality and the effectiveness of the N.S.A.’s practice of collecting unlimited records of telephone calls made to, from, and within the United States. Last month, two federal judges came to opposing conclusions about these issues. On December 16th, Judge Richard J. Leon, in Washington, D.C., ruled that the indiscriminate hoarding violates the Fourth Amendment right to privacy and its prohibition of unreasonable searches. Two weeks later, in New York, Judge William H. Pauley III ruled that the metadata-collection program was lawful and effective. Judge Pauley invoked the example of Khalid al-Mihdhar, a

2014: Let´s Change the Climate
American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: real fifi- 1/5/2014 7:06:00 AM     Post Reply
Watching both ObamaCare and the good ship Akademik Shokalskiy crash on the shoals of reality, I think it would take a heart of stone not to laugh at the misadventures of Australian climate scientist Chris Turney, who headed that misbegotten adventure in Antarctica, and Barack Obama, whose signature legislation is proving a rolling, unending debacle. Two luftmenschen brought down to earth with a crash.

Girl Scouts Promote ´Incredible´
Wendy Davis on ´Women of Year´ List
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/5/2014 6:48:59 AM     Post Reply
The Girl Scouts recently promoted Texas gubernatorial candidate and pro-abortion advocate Wendy Davis as an "incredible" woman who deserved to be on a 2013 "women of the year" list. After calling Davis, the mainstream media darling whose claim to fame was filibustering to block a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks, "incredible," the official Girl Scouts Twitter account linked to a Huffington Post list that had Davis and Gloria Steinem on it. Christy Volanski, a former member of the Girl Scouts who has explored some of the ties the organization may have to Planned Parenthood, told LifeNews that "it saddens me

They broadcast what from Manhattan?
American Thinker, by Kurt Wayne    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/5/2014 6:45:38 AM     Post Reply
Nowadays on New Year´s Eve I´m enveloped by two separate annual rituals. First, there´s a sense of dread I experience as to what bad-taste joke will be told by a network host before the ball drops. Second, I take stock of what events will be celebrated in the upcoming year. Mercifully this year I missed the first, but on the second the realization hit that this will be the 40th anniversary of the CBS Radio Mystery Theatrer (yes, that CBS), which, amazingly, handled topics as abortion, homosexuality, communism, (Islamic!) terrorism, witchcraft and Christianity with such wisdom that I still don´t

  


  

Government Could Shut Down
Again on Jan 15
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Mike Flynn    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/5/2014 6:41:48 AM     Post Reply
While members of Congress ended 2013 congratulating themselves for passing a budget, the media missed the fact that the agreement doesn´t actually avoid a government shutdown. The deal reached by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) provides simply a blueprint for government spending. Congress must still pass legislation detailing specific spending before January 15, when government´s spending authority expires. Government still faces a potential shutdown in a little over a week. The budget agreement passed by Congress in the closing days of last year provides what is called the "top-Line" number, setting the overall level of discretionary spending.

NYC Painted Red
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Spyridon Mitsotakis    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/5/2014 6:37:51 AM     Post Reply
Bill de Blasio is not the only red coming to power in New York City. He will also be joined by a "progressive" majority City Council. Here is a sampling of three of those he will be working with: --Melissa Mark-Viverito, top contender for City Council Speaker, went down to Bolivia to campaign for that nation´s marxist dictator, Evo Morales, in 2009. Records of the infamous red narco-terrorist organization FARC show that ties between that organization and Morales stretch all the way back to at least 2003, with meetings organized in Hugo Chavez´s Venezuela between senior FARC operatives and Morales. That

Actor Steven Seagal Says He Is
Up For Arizona Governor Campaign
Associated Press, by Benjamin Fearnow    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/5/2014 6:34:33 AM     Post Reply
Action-movie star Steven Seagal says he is considering a run for Arizona governor. The “Marked for Death” actor told KNXV-TV that he is considering a shot at the state’s highest office and has had a talk about the bid with the self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America. The 61-year-old made the comments while talking about his newly released reality series “Steven Seagal – Lawman: Maricopa County.” Seagal teamed up with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for the show that was shot in Arizona and airs on cable TV’s Reelz Channel. The martial arts expert is a member of Arpaio’s posse, made up of 3,000 unpaid

Violence against Afghan women
more frequent, brutal in 2013: official
Reuters, by Jessica Donati    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/5/2014 6:33:03 AM     Post Reply
Violent crime against women in Afghanistan hit record levels and became increasingly brutal in 2013, the head of its human rights commission said on Saturday, a sign that hard won rights are being rolled back as foreign troops troops prepare to withdraw. Restoring fundamental women´s rights after the Taliban were ousted by a U.S.-led coalition of troops in 2001 was cited as one of the main objectives of the war. Under the Taliban, women were forced to wear the head-to-toe covering burqa and barred from leaving their homes without being escorted by a male relative. Schools for girls were shut down. Sima Samar,

  


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NYT: Former GOP Establishment
Rep. LaTourette´s Activities
May Be Illegal
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/5/2014 6:30:40 AM     Post Reply
Former Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-OH), now the head of the GOP establishment outfit The Main Street Partnership (MSP), may be engaged in illegal activity, the New York Times’ Eric Lipton reported on Saturday. LaTourette is, as Lipton wrote, “one of the top generals in the establishment Republicans’ war against the Tea Party.” MSP, Lipton wrote, is a “corporate-backed advocacy group,” and LaTourette has helped it “raise millions of dollars to protect centrist Republicans from Tea Party challengers.” LaTourette and his wife have also established another lobbying firm across the street from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.; a firm that

NY gov Cuomo to reportedly allow
limited use of medical marijuana
Fox News, by Staff*    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/5/2014 6:29:28 AM     Post Reply
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will reportedly announce this week that the Empire State will become the 21st state in the union to allow medical use of marijuana. The New York Times reported Saturday that Cuomo plans to use executive rather than legislative action to allow 20 hospitals to dispense marijuana for certain ailments, including cancer and glaucoma. He will formally announce his plans in his state of the state speech Wednesday. The announcement would represent an about-face by Cuomo, who has previously opposed medical marijuana. Administration officials told The Times the medical marijuana policy will be more restrictive than in states

Iraqi forces claim to have driven
al-Qaida allies out of Falluja
Observer (U.K.), by Peter Beaumont    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/5/2014 6:28:02 AM     Post Reply
Iraqi police and tribal fighters claimed to have retaken the western city of Falluja from al-Qaida affiliates on Saturday after heavy clashes that left scores of dead there and in the neighbouring city of Ramadi in recent days. Amid reports of civilians fleeing fighting elsewhere in Anbar and Ninevah provinces, social media in the country described continuing serious violence in western Iraq between Sunni Islamist militants and forces of the country´s Shia-dominated government. Officials and witnesses said the northern and eastern parts of Falluja were still under the control of tribesmen and militants on Saturday despite shelling from government troops, Reuters reported. The

Obama administration mulls loosening
tech hiring rules after ObamaCare rollout
Wall Street Journal, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/5/2014 6:25:01 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration, stung by the failures of the HealthCare.gov rollout, is considering loosening hiring rules for technology specialists and creating a new federal unit dedicated to big tech projects, officials said. The steps, some of which President Barack Obama could announce this quarter, are designed to address the lack of concentrated talent in civilian federal agencies to manage large technology projects—a shortcoming exposed by October´s disastrous launch of the federal health-insurance site. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services initially served as its own general contractor on the project, but its lack of technical expertise quickly became apparent. Only after the

  


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U.S. to support fight on al Qaeda
in Iraq without troops: Kerry
Reuters, by Arshad Mohammed    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/5/2014 6:23:24 AM     Post Reply
JERUSALEM - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry voiced confidence on Sunday the Iraqi government and tribes would be successful in their fight against al Qaeda, and said Washington was not considering sending troops back to Iraq. Sectarian and ethnic tensions have risen in Iraq since the U.S. withdrawal in December 2011, inflamed by the conflict in neighboring Syria, where mainly Sunni rebels are trying to oust President Bashar al-Assad, who is backed by Shi´ite Iran. The Iraqi army has joined forces with local tribesmen to battle al Qaeda, which has teamed up with groups of Syrian rebels to try to create

The Wolf of Wall Street
American Thinker, by Marion DS Dreyfus    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/5/2014 6:11:28 AM     Post Reply
I went to see Wolf with a friend who has zero investments. As we watched the film, which for all its 3-hour length flew by in a compulsively sickening but sustained high-wire act of what´s next?, he commented that he owns no securities. Now, watching this debauchery, he would never invest with this species of human infection. When I spoke with my account manager after the film, I admit that even I -- much more sophisticated than my friend, if far less knowledgeable than almost anyone in finance -- also spoke with some shaded caution, as the film reminded me of

Rodman picks team for
North Korea basketball exhibition
Associated Press via FoxNews, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Zarin- 1/5/2014 6:10:25 AM     Post Reply
Dennis Rodman has named a team of former NBA players to play an exhibition basketball game in Pyongyang, North Korea. Rodman will lead the team that includes former NBA All-Stars Kenny Anderson, Cliff Robinson, and Vin Baker. Craig Hodges, Doug Christie and Charles D. Smith are on the team, as well. They will play against a top North Korean senior national team on Wednesday, marking Kim Jong Un´s birthday. Rodman is the highest profile American to meet Kim since the leader inherited power from his father in late 2011. Rodman calls the game his version of "basketball diplomacy." "My previous travels have allowed me

Palin Resolves to Be ´More Aggressive´
Calling Out ´Lapdog´ Media
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/5/2014 6:10:22 AM     Post Reply
After ringing in the new year resolving to help Americans make government as irrelevant as possible, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin added another resolution on Saturday: be more aggressive in calling out the so-called "lamestream" media for their "lapdog laziness." She related how Richard Nixon´s presidency was ended once reporters busted him for spying, but Obama is celebrated even though one of his hallmarks has been the National Security Agency widespread spying programs. Palin said she was glad to "hear the new political year kicked off with Sen. Rand Paul suing the President for violating our rights," in reference to Paul´s class

Head of New York Civil
Rights Coalition compares MSNBC
rhetoric to McCarthyism
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/5/2014 6:06:39 AM     Post Reply
Michael Meyers, executive director of the New York Civil Rights Coalition, told The Daily Caller that Melissa Harris-Perry and MSNBC engage in racial McCarthyism to silence mainstream black voices. “I’m an African-American, and I’m a liberal,” said Meyers, longtime former member of the ACLU’s Board of Directors and onetime aide to legendary NAACP executive director Roy Wilkins. ”I shook when I watched that segment where they were calling out the African-American grandchild of Mitt Romney. I was really appalled.” MSNBC host Harris-Perry apologized Saturday for a segment in which she and her guests mocked the adopted black grandson of Mitt Romney and

  



Forest needed to cover carbon
footprint of icy rescue
New Zealand Herald, by Matthew Theunissen    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/5/2014 6:02:13 AM     Post Reply
The hapless Australasian Antarctic Expedition is finally homeward bound - and thousands of trees will have to be planted to offset the carbon footprint from the prolonged rescue effort. The Russian research vessel Akademik Shokalskiy became stuck in thick pack ice some 3000km southwest of Bluff on Christmas Eve. The 52 passengers, including six New Zealanders, spent eight days trapped before a helicopter from the Chinese ship Xue Long transferred them to Australian vessel Aurora Australis, which will take them to Hobart. Yesterday, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said the Xue Long´s attempt to manoeuvre through the ice had been

The Fall of France
Newsweek, by Janine di Giovanni    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/5/2014 5:59:23 AM     Post Reply
It’s a stretch, but what is happening today in France is being compared to the revocation of 1685. In that year, Louis XIV, the Sun King who built the Palace of Versailles, revoked the Edict of Nantes, which had protected French Protestants – the Huguenots. Trying to unite his kingdom by a common religion, the king closed churches and persecuted the Huguenots. As a result, nearly 700,000 of them fled France, seeking asylum in England, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa and other countries. The Huguenots, nearly a million strong before 1685, were thought of as the worker bees of France. They left

California Gun Law Paves
the Way for Confiscation
Reason Magazine, by Steven Greenhut    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/5/2014 5:56:41 AM     Post Reply
SACRAMENTO -- Gun registration had always seemed like the “line in the sand” — a proposal that would so offend the nation’s gun-rights advocates that they would bring out their full political muscle to stop it. Yet a California law mandating government record-keeping for all new long-gun purchases goes into effect on Jan. 1 and few people even seem to know about it. This year, gun owners were relieved that Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the toughest gun-control measures that came to his desk, including one that would have banned sales of almost all semi-automatic rifles. But back in 2011, after

50 Years Later, War on
Poverty Is a Mixed Bag
New York Times, by Annie Lowry    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/5/2014 5:51:50 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — To many Americans, the war on poverty declared 50 years ago by President Lyndon B. Johnson has largely failed. The poverty rate has fallen only to 15 percent from 19 percent in two generations, and 46 million Americans live in households where the government considers their income scarcely adequate.(Snip)But conservatives, like Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, have looked at the poverty statistics more skeptically, contending that the government has misspent its safety-net money and needs to focus less on support and more on economic and job opportunities.

Leftist Jew-Hatred: From Marx to Dieudonne
American Thinker, by Paul Austin Murphy    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/5/2014 5:46:56 AM     Post Reply
British newspapers recently featured the case of a Premier League footballer, Nicolas Anelka (his Muslim name is Abdul-Salam Bilal), who gave a "reverse Nazi salute" after scoring a goal a week or so ago. The quenelle, as the salute is called, was invented by the French comedian Dieudonne M´bala M´bala (Anelka´s friend). It´s claimed by some of its defenders -- though not all -- to be neither a sign for Jew-hatred nor one of support for National Socialism (Nazism). Instead they say it´s an "anti-Zionist salute". Others say it´s an "anti-establishment gesture." The thing is, even if the salute is an

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