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Aetna could be forced
out of Obamacare: CEO
CNBC, by Matthew J. Belvedere    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/22/2014 11:59:09 AM     Post Reply
Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini told CNBC on Wednesday that Obamacare has failed to attract the uninsured, and he offered a scenario in which the insurance company could be forced to pull out of program. (Snip) He said that so far, Obamacare has just shifted people who were insured in the individual market to the public exchanges where they could get a better deal on a subsidy for coverage. "We see only 11 percent of the population is actually people that were firmly uninsured that are now insured. So [it] didn´t really eat into the uninsured population." For Obamacare to work

What did our wars win?
Human Events, by Patrick J. Buchanan    Original Article
Posted By: congaree53- 1/22/2014 11:51:53 AM     Post Reply
He ended one war and kept us out of any other,” is the tribute paid President Eisenhower. Ike ended the Korean conflict in 1953, refused to intervene to save the French at Dien Bien Phu in 1954, and, rather than back the British-French-Israeli invasion, ordered them all out of Egypt in 1956. Ending America longest wars may prove to be Barack Obama’s legacy. For, while ending wars without victory may not garner from the historians’ the accolade of “great” or “near great,” it is sometimes the duty of a president who has inherited a war the nation no longer wishes to fight. That was

Wendy Davis, Fibber
National Review Online, by Andrew Stiles    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/22/2014 11:44:10 AM     Post Reply
Now that key details of Wendy Davis’s oft-celebrated rags-to-riches story have been exposed as less than accurate, how have the media decided to report on the revelations? Well, most outlets have treated her admitted fabrications as news, although some have been noticeably generous in their framing of the issue. “Wendy Davis tells a fuller version of her rags-to-riches story,” CBS News tweeted on Monday. CNN observed that Davis’s life story is now “more complicated” than the “compelling narrative” she had originally presented. MSNBC was quick to cast the story from an anti-GOP angle: “Right pounces on news that Wendy Davis embellished



Books vs. Literature
American Magazine, by Robert McHenry    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 1/22/2014 11:42:49 AM     Post Reply
If you’ve been looking in the right places in the past few years, you’ve encountered fairly regular laments for the death of the humanities, or the liberal arts, or any sort of non-vocational education. And there is much to lament. Recently, Heather Mac Donald, writing in the Wall Street Journal, reminded us that in 2011 the English Department at UCLA decided that their majors no longer need read any Chaucer or Shakespeare or Milton. This is not to say that those writers are not taught; only that they can be sidestepped by the cagey student. The present catalog includes a

Bernie Madoff suffers heart
attack in prison
New York Post, by Staff*    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/22/2014 11:33:07 AM     Post Reply
Bernie Madoff has suffered a heart attack in federal prison, according to a report on CNBC. Madoff is serving 150 years in prison for defrauding customers as part of a $17 billion Ponzi scheme over several decades. The convicted felon is recovering from a heart attack and is back in prison after hospitalization in December. Madoff, who is 75 years old, is said to be suffering from stage four kidney disease and is not on dialysis at this point, the report said.

FBI: Illegal funds funneled to
local candidates in San Diego
Cybercast News Service/CBS, by Abbie Alford    Original Article
Posted By: snowoutlaw- 1/22/2014 11:24:55 AM     Post Reply
A social media campaign business, accused of conspiring with a former San Diego police detective and others to funnel more than $500,000 of illegal foreign money into San Diego municipal and federal campaigns, primarily in 2012 and last year, was arraigned in federal court Tuesday. Ravneet Singh, 41, the proprietor of Washington, D.C.-based ElectionMall Inc., was taken into custody Friday by FBI agents serving an arrest warrant. ElectionMall Inc. is also charged as a defendant in the case.
"For criminal cases there's nothing more important to us than public corruption investigations," said FBI Special Agent Darrell Foxworth.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s
Culture of Intimidation
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/22/2014 11:01:34 AM     Post Reply
New York City’s changing of the guard is complete and citizens of the cultural capital of America awoke on Wednesday morning to a disturbing revelation: Theirs is now a city run by a mayor bent on political vengeance against his perceived enemies. The wailing of the kulak class began shortly after the sun set on Tuesday evening as a powerful snowstorm bore down on the city. With powdery flakes pouring down at almost an inch an hour, the city’s public services slowed to a crawl. It was then, apparently, that the most important function of a city’s government during such a



Andrew Cuomo’s Intolerance
— A Product Of New York’s
Leftist Culture Swamps
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/22/2014 10:37:52 AM     Post Reply
Hypocrisy: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has effectively declared that anyone who holds a pro-life position should leave the state. Yes, he backtracked later. But this is Exhibit A of the extremism habitually seen on the left. Commenting on something that has nothing to do with his gubernatorial duties, Cuomo told a radio interviewer Saturday that his Republican opponents were divided and that he far preferred those in the more moderate Rockefeller wing. Conservatives, he opined, should just leave. "Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are?" Cuomo wondered. "Because if that´s who they

What does this terrifying debt chart
shows portend for America’s future?
American Enterprise, by Jim Pethokoukis    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/22/2014 10:37:36 AM     Post Reply
OK, so another scary debt chart. At least we’re not Japan, right? The OECD projects Japan’s gross general government debt-to-GDP ratio will hit 231% in 2014. Not only is the US is nowhere near that level — and might not be even a generation from now — but Japan seems to have little trouble handling its much higher debt levels. But maybe not for long. From “Why hasn’t Japan’s massive government debt wreaked havoc (yet)?” by Charles Yuji Horioka, Takaaki Nomoto, Akiko Terada-Hagiwara: The current situation is even more tenuous than appears at first blush. The increasing share of foreign holdings and

The President Inhales
Wall Street Journal, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: solalogos- 1/22/2014 10:37:19 AM     Post Reply
To the delight of dorm rooms everywhere, President Obama has all but endorsed marijuana legalization. "We should not be locking up kids or individual users for long stretches of jail time when some of the folks who are writing those laws have probably done the same thing," he told the New Yorker magazine. Let´s try to see through this political haze. Mr. Obama also muses to an admiring David Remnick that while pot is "a bad habit and a vice" and not something he would encourage his daughters to try, "I don't think it is more dangerous than alcohol." He called the Colorado and Washington legalization experiments "important for society," while offering no comment on the federal Controlled Substances Act that he has an obligation to enforce equally across the country.

Why school choice opens a
door to the American Dream
Fox Opinion, by John Boehner    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/22/2014 10:34:08 AM     Post Reply
In America, a good education is the great equalizer, something that gives our children the chance to fulfill their potential no matter how they fared in the lottery of life. That’s why the more we can do to empower parents to pick and choose the schools that best meet their kids’ needs, the better. It’s one way for us to live up to our billing as the "Land of Opportunity." In the coming days, as part of National School Choice Week, there will be thousands of events across all 50 states to raise awareness about educational opportunities. People from traditional public schools,



Target to stop healthcare coverage
for part-time workers
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/22/2014 10:30:12 AM     Post Reply
Target Corp said it will stop offering health coverage to part-time workers, citing new public insurance exchanges floated by the U.S. government. Less than 10 percent of the company´s 361,000 employees currently participate in the insurance plan that is being discontinued, Target said in a company blog post on Tuesday. "By offering them insurance, we could actually disqualify many of them from being eligible for newly available subsidies that could reduce their overall health insurance expense," Target said. The public exchanges set up under the health care law, also known as Obamacare, allow individuals to buy government-subsidized healthcare based on their income. The health

An Open Letter to the Montreal Gazette
Powerline, by Scott Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: solalogos- 1/22/2014 10:24:45 AM     Post Reply
A reader has forwarded us this open letter by Allan Wiener to the Montreal Gazette regarding the graphic above published by the paper yesterday, accessible online here and here. The graphic ran as a cartoon by Christopher Terry Mosher, the political cartoonist for the Montreal Gazette, under the pen name Aislin. The letter is addressed to Gazette editor in chief Lucinda Chodan. Slightly edited, the letter reads as follows:

Greenies and their
twisted sense of risk
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/22/2014 10:09:03 AM     Post Reply
One of the latest badges of greenie virtue is the mini-car. Supposedly, if you drive one of these contraptions, you demonstrate your concern for Mother Gaia and help diminish the risk that catastrophic global warming will engulf low lying coastal areas and fry the rest of us in temperatures that will be a couple of degrees higher in the next hundred years. In this worldview, people who drive around in SUVs are carelessly risking the very future of humanity. (snip)what about the risk of serious injury when one of these tiny vehicles encounters an obstacle

Oh, we bad! Our big-boy president
takes to trash-talking al Qaeda
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 1/22/2014 10:00:54 AM     Post Reply
In his compelling and revealing new memoir, "Duty," former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates describes that tense evening in the White House situation room when the Obama crowd watched the assassination of Osama bin Laden real-time. When the world´s most wanted man had been popped, bagged and was enroute to the bottom of the Indian Ocean, Gates worried about leaks of operational details revealing how Special Ops conducts such raids nightly in the world´s deadliest corners. He asked everyone to promise to reveal nothing more of what they saw than the bare facts. We got him. He´s dead.



Hudson pastor, missionary Tom Randall
remains in Philippines jail
Hudson Hub-Times [Kent, OH], by by Tim Troglen    Original Article
Posted By: CAP784- 1/22/2014 9:37:54 AM     Post Reply
Friends of a Hudson pastor jailed in the Philippines since Jan. 12 continued to rally around him at three prayer services Jan. 19, hoping for his freedom and needed medical attention. Tom Randall, a pastor at Christ Community Chapel in Hudson, has been in a Manila jail since his Jan. 12 arrest in connection with allegations of human trafficking at Sankey Samaritan Orphanage in the Philippines. Two workers from the orphanage, Toto and Jake Luchavez, were also arrested. Randall, a former pro basketball player in the Philippines and chaplain of the PGA Champions Tour, founded the orphanage and World Harvest Ministries,

Bombshell sworn allegation
against Tim Geithner
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/22/2014 9:34:20 AM     Post Reply
If anyone thinks "Bridgegate" is an example of political bullying and abuse of power, then the sworn (under penalty of perjury) allegation of a corporate heavy hitter against Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner is off the charts. Bloomberg Businessweek reports: Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told McGraw Hill Financial Inc. Chairman Harold W. McGraw III in 2011 that Standard & Poor´s downgrade of the U.S. debt would be met by a response, S&P said. S&P filed a declaration by McGraw yesterday in federal court in Santa Ana, California, as part of a request to force the U.S. to hand over

Who is ´Boo´ Burnham?
Wall Street Journal, by Peggy Noonan    Original Article
Posted By: Moritz55- 1/22/2014 9:27:17 AM     Post Reply
It is astonishing and cannot go unremarked that Mississippi’s Gov. Frank “Boo” Burnham, the conservative who won a 2011 landslide, gave an interview Friday in which he demonstrated all that is wrong in American politics—all its division, its intolerance, its ignorance and sickness. Burnham damned and removed from the rolls of the respectable everyone in his state who is pro-choice, who is for some form of gun control, and who supports gay marriage.

Rachel Maddow Is Smirking
American Spectator, by Matt Purple    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/22/2014 9:16:39 AM     Post Reply
Rachel Maddow is smirking today. That, of course, doesn’t distinguish this from any other day. Maddow’s smirk has become part of her now-predictable style, along with the chirpy delivery, the dressing-up of partisanship as wonky pragmatism, and the endless repetitious snark after playing clips. (“What was the name of the act there? Hoot-Smawley? Known to everyone else as Smoot-Hawley?”) But Maddow has particular reason to be self-satisfied today. Chris Christie is trailing Hillary Clinton in a new poll by eight points, thanks to the Bridgegate scandal that Maddow’s network, MSNBC, has been covering relentlessly. In fact, “covering” is probably understating things—maybe “sledgehammering.”

The Wendy Davis story
Dallas Morning News, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/22/2014 8:45:19 AM     Post Reply
The bare-bones Wendy Davis story — the one without embellishment — is sufficiently inspiring as a matrix for defying expectations. The daughter of a teenage mother and a teenage mother herself, Davis managed to beat the odds by getting a college education and Ivy League law degree, then launching a political career that’s brought her national adulation. But since Davis’ Democratic gubernatorial ambitions caught fire last year, “facts have been blurred” in the retelling of her life’s story, as reported Sunday by this newspaper’s senior political writer, Wayne Slater.


Resolved: Obamacare Is Now
Beyond Rescue
Bloomberg, by Megan McArdle    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/22/2014 8:36:15 AM     Post Reply
Last Wednesday, Scott Gottlieb and I debated Jonathan Chait and Douglas Kamerow on this proposition: “Resolved: Obamacare Is Now Beyond Rescue.” I was feeling a little trepid, for three reasons: First, I’ve never done any formal debate; second, the resolution gave the “for” side a built-in handicap, as the “against” side just had to prove that Obamacare might not be completely beyond rescue; and third, we were debating on the Upper West Side. Now, I grew up on the Upper West Side and love it dearly.

Andrew Cuomo silences the opposition
Washington Post, by Michael Gerson    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/22/2014 8:22:44 AM     Post Reply
Gov. Chris Christie (R) is in trouble for appearing, during an election season, in television ads inviting people back to the Jersey Shore following Hurricane Sandy. Next door in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has adopted a different, but also controversial, state marketing strategy. Here is Cuomo’s pitch on a recent radio program: Referring to divisions within the Republican Party, he asked, “Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are, and if they are the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New

The ugly, sordid, damning details in
the Bob McDonnell indictment
Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/22/2014 8:18:23 AM     Post Reply
If the prosecutors´ case in United States v. Robert F. McDonnell and Maureen G. McDonnell is correct, the corrupt acts of the 71st governor of Virginia and his wife had their beginning even before Bob McDonnell took the oath of office. Virginia´s new First Couple allegedly hoped to start cashing in before they officially became the First Couple. News reports give readers the basic outline of the prosecution, but one has to read the indictment itself -- it´s just 43 pages -- to grasp the full extent of the McDonnells´ alleged corruption. The gist of the case is that the governor

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