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Obama administration to tout slow
growth in national healthcare spending
The Hill (Washington D.C.), by Jonathan Easley    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/5/2014 9:33:25 AM     Post Reply
The agency responsible for implementing ObamaCare will release a report on Monday showing slow growth in national healthcare spending. The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) will brief reporters at the National Press Club on what the Obama administration has touted as a trend of slower healthcare spending growth since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The CMS data are considered the standard for determining U.S. healthcare spending statistics. Earlier this year, the White House released a report that showed healthcare spending has grown at the slowest rate on record and crediting the Affordable Care Act. The report, produced by the Council

Mariah sings for billionaire prince
The West Australian (Australia), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/5/2014 9:29:25 AM     Post Reply
Mariah Carey was reportedly paid almost $1.83 million to perform for the Sultan of Brunei´s son. The diva played the show at the Dorchester Hotel on New Year´s Eve after being invited by 31-year-old billionaire Prince Azim. While a representative for Mariah confirmed she performed at the event, they wouldn´t reveal how much she was paid. "It was a private party so we don´t discuss the fee," the respresentative told The Daily Mail. "Mariah has known Prince Azim for many years. They are friends and have done a lot of charity work together." Also performing at the event for the sultan´s son was Diana Ross,

Democrats Continue
Class Warfare Rhetoric
Real Clear Politics, by Salena Zito    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/5/2014 9:27:35 AM     Post Reply
After 14 months, one Pittsburgh businessman still wonders: If everyone like him had voted in 2012, how differently might 2013 have turned out? The lifelong Democrat, who runs a five-man machine shop, regrets not voting for president in 2012. He admits President Barack Obama´s assault on Mitt Romney´s character cast just enough doubt in his mind that he believed the Republican nominee would favor Wall Street over Main Street, put Washington into political deadlock and keep the economy stubbornly at a standstill. He also believed he could keep his health-care plan — the one he liked — under Obama. “For me, the class-warfare slogans



Obama looks to re-launch
second term bogged down in 2013
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Amie Parnes    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/5/2014 9:25:16 AM     Post Reply
President Obama returns to Washington on Sunday hoping to build momentum for a thick agenda that didn´t go very far during the first year of his second term. The president will have has hands full: Right off the bat, he´ll be faced with questions about the rollout of ObamaCare and a major address on the NSA in the middle of January. He’ll also be making a big push to extend federal unemployment benefits as the White House seeks to make income inequality a major issue in this year’s midterm elections. After a rocky 2013 that saw his poll numbers sag, Obama will look

Revealed: The scandal of stroke victims´
24-hour wait for vital scans that puts
them at risk of permanent disability
Daily Mail [UK], by Stephen Adams    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/5/2014 9:14:24 AM     Post Reply
Stroke patients are being left permanently disabled after having to wait more than a day for vital brain scans at NHS hospitals. Ideally, they should have a CT scan within an hour of arrival so that they can be given brain-saving drugs if doctors think they are suitable. [Snip] Yet at the worst eight hospitals, one in five patients waits more than 24 hours. According to figures from the Royal College of Physicians’ latest stroke audit, covering three months last spring, the average wait at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital--one of these eight--is above ten hours. Last night England’s top stroke

Podesta´s Climate And
Environmental Agendas Will
Add To Obama´s Executive Disorders
Forbes Magazine, by Larry Bell    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/5/2014 9:13:53 AM     Post Reply
President Obama’s promise to be the most transparent administration in history is proving to be true with regard to the recent appointment of John Podesta as his high profile congressional circumvention strategist. Podesta’s belief in government by fiat is clear. As he wrote in a 2010 Center for American Progress report, “[executive power] presents a real opportunity for the Obama administration to turn its focus away from a divided Congress and the unappetizing process of making legislative sausage.” Amidst scandals and a disastrous ObamaCare rollout, Politico writer Glenn Thrush reported that White House insiders told him Podesta’s hiring “represents the clearest

Not having an honest debate with a liberal
Canada Free Press, by David C. Jennings    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/5/2014 9:07:48 AM     Post Reply
On New Year’s Day Kyle Becker, writing at Independent Journal Review, published the amusing but true list of eight things liberals do to avoid having an honest debate. Given that his focus was on the American left, I wanted to pull the camera lens out so to speak and have a look at this from a broader perspective including my own experiences and what the British do differently. The list of eight things liberals do to avoid having an honest debate – according to Kyle Becker Ad Hominem (Name-Calling aka “You’re a Racist!” etc.) Distracting (aka “Pivoting” aka “Changing the



Exposed: Bulgarian fixers tell
new arrivals to UK... We will fake
documents so you can claim benefits
Mail on Sunday [UK], by Simon Murphy, Maria Avramova    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/5/2014 9:02:14 AM     Post Reply
Eastern European migrants are being offered expert help to fraudulently milk the benefits system by an accountants agency run by a Bulgarian businessman, a Mail on Sunday undercover investigation has revealed. Our reporter, posing as a newly arrived Bulgarian migrant seeking to claim benefits, was filmed being illegally offered bogus documents to support her application by an ‘advice’ agency in North London yesterday. The news comes as work and benefit restrictions were relaxed by the Government on New Year’s Day for migrants from the EU’s two poorest nations, Bulgaria and Romania. Our investigator, Maria, a 25-year-old Bulgarian graduate living in

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.



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,

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

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

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