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HHS: 5.6M of 6M Who Signed
Up on Exchanges Will Get
Federal Funding
Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/14/2014 5:09:24 AM     Post Reply
In their first three months of operation, the federal and state health-insurance marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act—AKA Obamacare--have signed up 5,572,305 people who qualify to get federal funding for their health care, either through Medicaid or through an insurance premium subsidy, according to data released by the Department of Health and Human Service. Those 5,572,305 are part of the “6 million Americans” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said today have used the exchanges to sign up for health insurance or Medicaid. However, some of these people, as noted by CNNMoney, were already on Medicaid. Today, HHS released a report

No Shame: Bill Keller
Bullies Cancer Patient
Nation, by Greg Mitchell    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/14/2014 5:07:07 AM     Post Reply
It all began last Wednesday when Emma Keller, spouse of former New York Times chief editor (and now weekly columnist) BIll Keller, penned a piece for The Guardian. It concerned a woman in New England named Lisa Adams, who is battling cancer and writing about the experience on Twitter, mainly for educational value, drawing a fair amount of notice. She is “dying out loud,” as Emma (whose father died not long ago from cancer far more quietly) puts it. Emma Keller compares it to a “Reality TV show.” She complains that Adams posted an update on her condition that morning

Indiana town´s police force gets
armored carrier from military
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/14/2014 5:04:59 AM     Post Reply
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. –An armored carrier the West Lafayette police department recently acquired from the U.S. military is being refitted and will soon serve as a "moving shield" for officers, the city´s police chief said. Police Chief Jason Dombkowski said the big truck, which has armored plating intended to protect its occupants from bomb blasts, is essentially on permanent loan from the military but can be recalled by the federal government at any time. He said the vehicle will be used by his department´s SWAT team when it responds to standoffs and other dangerous situations to give them cover from



POLL: Christie Survives The
First Week Of Bridgegate
Business Insider, by Danny Vinik    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/14/2014 5:03:09 AM     Post Reply
A Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll released today found Gov. Chris Christie´s approval rating among New Jersey adults had dropped from 65% in December to 59% last week. While 51% do not believe that the governor is being "completely honest" about Bridgegate 52% do not think he was involved in the actual planning. (Snip)Nationally, the intensity of attention to the scandal is moderate. According to a new poll from the Pew Research Center today, just 18% of Americans said they were following the scandal "very closely" compared to 44% who said so about the weather. More people also followed the

Hall of Famer Tarkenton Joins
Push for Social Security Reform
Breitbart Big Government, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/14/2014 5:01:50 AM     Post Reply
On January 16, Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton is slated to join former House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Association of Mature American Citizens president Dan Weber at a press conference, where they will announce a joint lobbying effort directed at creating what they term a Social Security Guarantee. “Fran Tarkenton,” Weber said, “has seen [our plan to save Social Security] and agrees that it will do what we say it will do and, as a result, has decided to join us as captain of the team we’ve assembled to fight the good fight. Our intention is to take the

A Right-Wing Group’s $400K Purchase
of Mark Levin’s Book Sets Off a Ruckus
Daily Beast, by Ben Jacobs    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/14/2014 4:57:40 AM     Post Reply
A political group buys over $400,000 worth of copies of a book written by a radio talk show host who actively promotes their cause. Coincidence or quid pro quo? That’s the debate that broke out across the conservative movement last week when Politico revealed that the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF), the right wing group targeting establishment Republican senators, had spent $427,000 to buy copies of Mark Levin’s four-year-old book

Wyo. lawmaker proposes firing
squads for executions
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/14/2014 4:53:54 AM     Post Reply
CHEYENNE, Wyo.- A Wyoming lawmaker is pushing to allow use of firing squads to execute condemned state inmates if constitutional problems or other issues ever prevented the state from using lethal injections. Sen. Bruce Burns, R-Sheridan, said Monday that state law currently calls for using a gas chamber if lethal injection is unavailable. "The state of Wyoming doesn´t have a gas chamber currently, an operating gas chamber, so the procedure and expense to build one would be impractical to me," said Burns, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. "I consider, frankly, the gas chamber to be cruel and unusual, so



Sure sounds like the Supreme Court’s going
to rule against Obama on recess appointments
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/14/2014 4:48:49 AM     Post Reply
I know, I know: Didn’t we go through this once before? SCOTUS sounded skeptical after oral arguments on ObamaCare’s individual mandate too and we all know how that turned out. We’re setting ourselves up for heartbreak. Again. One big difference between then and now, though, is that everyone assumed a ruling against the mandate would be no better than 5-4. Obama had four liberal justices in the bag for his position, as usual; the only question was whether they could get one conservative. Per Moe Lane, the word from SCOTUSblog about this morning’s arguments is that even some of the liberals

Florida citrus growers worry
that deadly bacteria will
mean end of orange juice
Washington Post, by Darryl Fears    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/14/2014 4:45:54 AM     Post Reply
The sprawling citrus orchard that Victor Story toured recently sure looked like a steal at $11,000 an acre. The investors who owned it were going to lose money, and potential buyers such as Story might have stood to reap a handsome reward. But as he bumped along the 40 acres of groves in a large SUV, Story was taken aback by the sickly look of the trees. Their leaves were an inch shorter than normal and yellowing. Full-size oranges were still apple green. Other mature oranges that should have been the size of baseballs were no bigger than ping-pong balls. “That

Sebelius, Congress should take
ObamaCare bailout off the table
Fox News, by Sen. Marco Rubio    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/14/2014 4:43:05 AM     Post Reply
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is in Tampa today, Monday, January 13, for an ObamaCare outreach event, and she owes Floridians an answer. Why should taxpayers have to bail out health insurance companies in the increasingly likely event that ObamaCare leaves them with financial losses? The answer should be simple. Whatever larger differences we have about ObamaCare, we should completely eliminate any chance of a taxpayer-funded bailout for health insurers. Unfortunately, this possibility exists and is growing more likely by the day. Washington’s authority for this bailout was buried deep inside ObamaCare, in the law’s section 1342. This provision authorized what

Alex Rodriguez -- a victim of hubris
in a modern-day Greek tragedy
Fox News, by Fay Vincent    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/14/2014 4:39:50 AM     Post Reply
The ancient Greek tragedies involved the downfall of the hero being caused by what the classical scholars call “hubris.” Because human nature remains constant, we know the Greeks were onto something. Hubris causes many heroic figures to fall even in our time and no better example can be found than the Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez. If the definition of “hubris” is excessive pride or defiance of the gods leading to a tragic downfall, then A-Rod defines a tragic hero. The only remaining question is how tragic a fall will he endure? Some tragic figures behave so badly they turn the



Titanic II´s Third Class Woos
With Authenticity - Tiny
Quarters, Communal Dining
ABC News, by Joanna Prisco    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/14/2014 4:36:07 AM     Post Reply
How much would you pay to share a bathtub with 700 other cruise passengers? Cramped quarters, communal dining and sparse decor are just a few of the amenities being offered by Australian billionaire Clive Palmer to entice travelers to reserve cabins in the steerage level of his Titanic II, a modern replica of the ill-fated luxury liner due to set sail in 2016. “First class on the Titanic was truly unbelievable, second class was like our first class and third class - well, third class was really third class," Palmer recently told news.com.au. In addition to a faux ceremonial "delousing" by way

US Correspondent Barred
From Entering Russia
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/14/2014 4:30:37 AM     Post Reply
MOSCOW — Russia has denied a visa to a journalist for the U.S-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, saying his presence in the country is "undesirable." RFE/RL President Kevin Klose said in a statement issued Monday that barring David Satter from entering Russia represented a "fundamental violation of the right of free speech." Klose said the U.S. Embassy in Moscow has lodged a diplomatic protest with the Russian Foreign Ministry. Satter, a veteran foreign correspondent, began working with RFE/RL in Moscow in September. He said he learned about the ban last month while trying to get a new Russian visa. Klose

Atheist Afghan man granted
asylum in UK to protect him
from ‘religious’ persecution
Telegraph [UK], by John Bingham    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/14/2014 12:03:54 AM     Post Reply
A young Afghan man who became an atheist after coming to Britain has been granted asylum on the grounds that the threat to his life for having no faith would amount to “religious” persecution. In what is thought to be the first case of its kind in the UK, the Home Office accepted that sending the man back to his country of birth could put him in danger specifically because of his lack of religious beliefs. The man, who is not being named for safety reasons, was born a Muslim but abandoned his faith after coming to the UK as

Shale gas boost as plans for
EU laws are scrapped
Telegraph [UK], by Emily Gosden, Bruno Waterfield    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/13/2014 11:59:46 PM     Post Reply
Britain has seen off the threat of new EU laws that could have strangled the nascent UK shale gas industry at birth, according to European Commission documents seen by The Telegraph. The EC has shelved plans for a new directive, following lobbying from David Cameron, and is instead preparing to announce guidelines that shale drillers say will not inhibit the push for fracking as they simply echo existing UK rules. The EC is also preparing to say that shale gas could cap or even cut energy prices and bring economic benefits to Europe, according to a draft copy of its communication, due



Global warming? Public attitudes often
at mercy of the weather, study finds
Christian Science Monitor, by Pete Spotts    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/13/2014 11:27:43 PM     Post Reply
When much of North America was caught in the grip of unusually cold weather in early January, images of ice-encased lighthouses on Lake Michigan and hunched, bundled pedestrians crunching along snowy sidewalks elsewhere brought hoots from some circles asking "where is global warming?" (Snip) Social scientists have long recognized a tendency for many people to base their views on global warming at least in part on what they see outside the window, even at the time they are asked for their opinion. Now, a research team at Columbia University in New York suggests that this tendency may result in part

Retired cop guns down man for
texting at Florida movie: sheriff
NBC News [Florida], by M. Alex Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 1/13/2014 11:19:37 PM     Post Reply
A retired cop, irked that the couple in front of him were texting at a Mark Wahlberg war movie, opened fire in a Florida theater Monday, killing the man and wounding his wife, authorities said. Curtis Reeves Jr., 71, was charged with second-degree homicide in the death of Chad Oulson, 43, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said late Monday afternoon. The theater was evacuated and remained closed after the shooting, which occurred about 1:20 p.m. ET. Oulson was shot in the chest after a verbal and physical confrontation with Reeves, and his wife, Nichole Oulson, was shot in the hand.

Health-insurance sign-ups by
young adults are off pace
seen as key to new law’s success
Washington Post, by Amy Goldstein and Sandhya Somashkehar    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/13/2014 10:04:31 PM     Post Reply
Young adults account for slightly less than one-fourth of the Americans who signed up for health plans during the initial three months of federal and state insurance marketplaces — fewer so far than the government has said will be needed to make the economics of the new exchanges work. The figures, part of a monthly progress report on the marketplaces that was issued Monday, offer the first glimpse into whether the health plans available under the Affordable Care Act are becoming provinces of the old and sick or are managing to attract young, healthy people who have not previously considered

Lawmakers unveil massive $1.1 trillion
spending bill in bipartisan compromise
Washington Post, by Lori Montgomery    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/13/2014 10:02:15 PM     Post Reply
Congressional negotiators late Monday unveiled a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill that would fund federal agencies through the rest of the fiscal year and end the lingering threat of another government shutdown. With a deadline fast approaching at midnight Wednesday, House and Senate leaders were preparing a temporary bill to keep the government open through the weekend. That would give lawmakers a few days to review the new measure, which could run to more than 1,000 pages and will stretch into every corner of the federal government. The spending bill puts flesh on the bones of a bipartisan budget deal

Electric cars in NC to pay $100
annual fee, starting now
Charlotte Business Journal (NC), by Rebecca Troyer    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/13/2014 9:53:50 PM     Post Reply
Beginning with registrations due in January, the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles will assess a $100 annual fee on all electric vehicles registered in the state. Legislation approved in 2013 established the fee to make up for the fact that gasoline taxes are not collected for these vehicles. According to the N.C. Department of Transportation, about 1,600 all-electric vehicles are currently registered in the state. Hybrid vehicles that use a combination of gasoline and electricity are not subject to the fee.


Ted Cruz Hires Conservative
Hill Staffer House GOP
Leadership Pushed Out
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/13/2014 9:47:32 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has hired Paul Teller, the former executive director of the House’s Republican Study Coalition (RSC), his office announced in a press release Monday. Teller will serve as Cruz’s deputy chief of staff effective Jan. 16, 2014. “Paul’s many years of experience working in Congress and his tireless work to advance conservative principles make him a tremendous addition to our team,” Cruz said in a statement announcing Teller’s hiring. “I look forward to working with him to keep making Texans’ voices heard in Washington and to promote a positive policy agenda that will restore economic growth, rein

GOP’s big tent springs a
hole over Christie flap Party
divided over best response to ‘Bridgegate’
Washington Times, by Ralph Z. Hallow    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/13/2014 9:40:12 PM     Post Reply
If the GOP is still the party of the big tent, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie needs to check the roof over his section for a gaping hole. Over the past few days, Republican establishment leaders have rained down on Mr. Christie with a barrage of opinions — sometimes contradictory — in response to the media-driven fury over the closing of lanes on a New Jersey bridge that has put Mr. Christie’s 2016 presidential ambitions at risk. Some party leaders have suggested “Bridgegate” is a small-potatoes scandal unworthy of attention, or pleaded to give Mr. Christie the benefit of the

Rush Limbaugh Reacts to Survey
Calling Him More ‘Admired’ Than
Hillary Clinton
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/13/2014 9:39:43 PM     Post Reply
Rush Limbaugh laughed off the “shock and dismay” Monday from those who just can’t believe Americans “admire” him more than the presumptive 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. The poll was conducted by YouGov.com, which ranked the top 10 “most admired” people according to the U.S. and twelve other countries. While Clinton just barely made the U.S. list at #10, Limbaugh came in just ahead of her at #9. Pope Francis I was at the top of the list, followed by President Barack Obama, Revered Billy Graham and former president George W. Bush. Besides Limbaugh, the only true media figure on

Under Obama, Wall Street soars
while Main Street hurts
Washington Times, by Patrice Hill    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/13/2014 9:37:48 PM     Post Reply
Despite his best efforts, the president who vowed to conquer Wall Street and revive opportunity for everyday Americans on Main Street has this to show for his first five years in office: U.S. stock markets are in record territory, posting 30 percent gains just last year, and Wall Street is home once again to the biggest concentration of billionaires on earth, while wages for the middle class have barely kept up with inflation. As President Obama prepares to lay out an economic agenda to address this disappointing state of affairs in his State of the Union address this month, his

New York Times Covers for Radical,
Violent Leftist Carter Camp
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Brandon Darby    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/13/2014 9:36:25 PM     Post Reply
A radical-leftist American Indian who was convicted of abducting, confining, and beating four postal workers during a militant crime spree has died. The New York Times began its report of his death by first listing all of the wrongs American Indians suffered at the hands of the U.S. government 100 years prior to the thug’s crimes, as though they somehow provided context or excused the man´s illegal and violent behavior. Carter Camp, a radical and violent leader of the American Indian Movement (AIM), an American Indian version of the former Black Panther Party, took up arms in 1973 against the

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