Millions of Americans will learn today what President Barack Obama´s landmark healthcare law actually means for them, as the administration opens new insurance marketplaces in 50 states despite the government shutdown. Administration officials emphasized that a federal shutdown would not prevent the federal website for enrolling in health coverage — healthcare.gov — from going live at 7 a.m Central time Tuesday, allowing consumers to begin signing up for plans. Officials in most states that are running their own online insurance marketplaces — including Illinois at GetcoveredIllinois.gov — also are planning to open for business Tuesday. And call centers set up to
Shortly after returning from his historic flight to space in 1961, Alan Shepard got a surprise gift from General Motors -- a dazzling white 1962 Chevrolet Corvette. The gift would spark a budding relationship between NASA astronauts and the automaker, and experts say the association helped to define the Corvette as the iconic American sports car. "In the 1960s, astronauts were the American heroes that every child idolized and every adult respected," Corvette historian Jerry Burton told GM in a 2011 interview. "That so many of them drove Corvettes really helped establish the Corvette as America´s sports car." But the
We´ve been hearing these reports for years, but this appears to be the real deal. On a flight from Washington to Orlando last month, several Middle Eastern men caused what was termed a commotion and "appeared to be conducting a test run to gauge procedure and reaction to an in-flight threat during an incident aboard US Airways Flight 1880 from Reagan National Airport to Orlando International Airport on Sept. 2," according to Fox News: "They are trying to pull out air marshals if they are on board, or law enforcement if they are on board," an unidentified federal air marshal
The featured article in the new issue of the Weekly Standard is Christopher Conover’s “Health reform breaks bad.” Conover methodically addresses what I have been calling the lies of Obamacare. Conover addresses these foundational lies as five deceptions: Deception #1: universal coverage -Deception #2: no new taxes on the middle class -Deception #3: annual premium savings of $2,500 -Deception #4: no increase in the deficit -Deception #5: you can keep your plan if you like it 0 (Snip)This is my refrain: If only we had a free press, Obamacare would be a bloody, unrelenting scandal, like Abu Ghraib, or Watergate
While speaking Friday morning at the Value Voters Summit in Washington, D.C., Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was heckled multiple times, each time rattling off a one-liner blaming the protesters on the president and pro-Obama activist group Organizing for Action (OFA). According to reports from the event, Cruz was interrupted by six different hecklers, each escorted from the room. Huffington Post reporter Jon Ward seems to suggest they were “pro-immigration reform” activists — not there to protest the shutdown — but none of the hecklers have been identified. After each protester was spotted and removed from the room, Cruz came back with
Embattled IRS official Sarah Hall Ingram made 155 visits to the White House to meet with a top Obama White House official with whom she exchanged confidential taxpayer information over email. Of Ingram’s 165 White House meetings with White House staff, a staggering 155 of them were hosted by deputy assistant to the president for health policy Jeanne Lambrew, according to a June Watchdog.Org analysis of White House visitor records. Ingram exchanged confidential taxpayer information with Lambrew and White House health policy advisor Ellen Montz, according to 2012 emails obtained by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Last week I wrote a column accusing the president of having a vindictive streak — of deliberately trying to make the lives of average Americans worse just so he could score ideological and political points. We already knew from how he handled the budget sequester that Obama liked this approach. He ordered Cabinet secretaries not to do their jobs — i.e., to manage as best they could under spending restraints — but instead to find ways to make the cuts needlessly painful for innocents caught in the Beltway crossfire. They dusted off the same playbook for the shutdown. As one park
Doswell, Va. – Zeeda Andrews of Truckers for the Constitution just gave press a list of five demands that the group plans to deliver to Representative Louie Gohmert (R., Texas). The document begins by suggesting that “Barry Soetoro, aka Barack Obama” is ineligible to be president because “his documents” are “forgeries”. Here’s that paragraph: From 2003 to 2008, several members of Congress introduced legislation, attempting to change Article 2, Section 1, Clause 5 of the Constitution on eight separate occasions to make it possible for Barack Obama to meet the eligibility requirements for the office of president. Of which, a
Two of the U.S. Senate´s most passionate debaters, Texas Republican Ted Cruz and Rhode Island Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse, vigorously laid out their opposing views on Obamacare and the debt ceiling in a debate on CNN´s "Crossfire" Thursday that saw neither man yield much ground. In a show featuring CNN´s Van Jones and former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich as hosts, Whitehouse equated the House GOP´s passage of 14 bills designed to restart some portions of the federal government to a strategy employed by hostagle takers who will only l release only one hostage at a time. Asked by Gingrich if
A new report issued by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) asserts that the Obama White House is the most insular in decades, and the worst since the Nixon Administration for its secrecy and lack of transparency. The report was based on interviews with upper echelon Washington reporters and news organization chiefs. Even New York Times Washington correspondent David Sanger admitted, “This is the most closed, control freak administration I’ve ever covered.” The study examined the Obama Administration’s fight with Edward Snowden, its “Insider Threat Program” that encourages government employees to spy on other’s behavior, and the lack of transparency
Sarah Palin and Mark Levin are hitting the Garden State this weekend in the hopes of buoying Republican Senate candidate Steve Lonegan´s campaign against Cory Booker. In the process, their appearance in the "largest grassroots campaign event in New Jersey history" will serve to remind establishment Republicans why abandoning New Jersey to Democrats and media darlings was a mistake. Palin and Levin are the latest in a string of big-name Republicans (Sen. Rand Paul and Gov. Chris Christie among them) to lend their support to Lonegan, running on a Tea Party platform that has opponent Booker branding him a "flame-thrower."
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel should resign for failing to ensure that the families of fallen American soldiers received the death benefits to which they are entitled. "I think Chuck Hagel needs it to think about offering his resignation over this," Hunter told Fox News´s Megyn Kelly Thursday night. "Because he´s the one who´s at the top of this food chain and broke the sacred trust with these families. These military families were not pawns to be played with by this administration to make political points. And that´s exactly what happened in this situation." The Pentagon
NEW YORK— Mudslinging has reached a fever pitch in the race for U.S. Senate in New Jersey. During Wednesday night’s contentious debate, Democrat Cory Booker accused his opponent of being tea party extremist, while Republican Steve Lonegan said Booker is nothing but a Hollywood stand-in for President Barack Obama. The Senate showdown will continue until voters go to the polls next week, CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported Thursday. (Snip) There was intense and palpable animosity between the two, including the following exchange over the rollback of government programs like the Environmental Protection Agency, which oversees the cleanliness of Newark’s Passaic River.
I was born at the beginning of the Second World War into a family of high school teachers who were members of the Communist Party, and therefore were actually part of a vast conspiracy dedicated to the destruction of this country, although they would never have looked at it that way, and so-called liberals would be the first to deny it. (Snip) It is also an unhappy but hugely important fact that the conspiracy to which my parents belonged has steadily migrated into the heart of the Democratic Party until it now occupies the Oval Office in the person of
The federal government has spent $634million on the Obamacare website--more than it cost to build Facebook or Twitter, it was revealed today. Despite the massive bill to taxpayers, the Healthcare.gov still doesn´t work properly ten days after it was launched - allowing only a handful of Americans to sign up for plans on the insurance exchange market. And experts warn that the site is likely to continue to experience significant glitches for months to come as engineers work out the bugs they failed to to spot before the site went live on October 1. The price tag for the broken
President Obama’s meeting with certain House Republicans, Carney said, would not be a negotiation: “he’s not going to pay ransom to the Tea Party so that the government opens or the government doesn’t default.” Carney blamed divisions among Republicans for the government shutdown, particularly blaming the Tea Party: “The President invited all members of Congress because he believes all of them shoulder the responsibilities…When it comes specifically to the House of Representatives and the House Republican conference, I think the president extended the invitation to all members because we have seen that it is a very diverse and fractious conference…a subsection
Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer continued his criticism of Sen. Ted Cruz on Thursday, asking “where is he now?” “How exactly was he going to achieve abolition of Obamacare? Explain that to me. Has he ever explained it? And where is he now?” Krauthammer said on “The Laura Ingraham Show.” Krauthammer, who has previously hit Cruz (R-Texas) on the strategy of shutdown to defund Obamacare, included Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) in his questioning and said the two went home to “have lunch.” “I mean his sidekick, Senator [Mike] Lee said, ‘Oh, we’re past Obamacare. We moved on.’ These are the generals
Throw the bums out. That’s the message 60 percent of Americans are sending to Washington in a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, saying if they had the chance to vote to defeat and replace every single member of Congress, including their own representative, they would. Just 35 percent say they would not.(snip) The 60 percent figure is the highest-ever in that question recorded in the poll, registered in the wake of the government shutdown and threat of the U.S. defaulting on its debt for the first time in history.
WASHINGTON — Starting in about a decade, Kingston, Jamaica, will probably be off-the-charts hot — permanently. Other places will soon follow. Singapore in 2028. Mexico City in 2031. Cairo in 2036. Phoenix and Honolulu in 2043. And eventually the whole world in 2047. A new study on global warming pinpoints the probable dates for when cities and ecosystems around the world will regularly experience hotter environments the likes of which they have never seen before. And for dozens of cities, mostly in the tropics, those dates are a generation or less away. "This paper is both innovative and sobering," said
The National Park System has a budget of $2.6 billion, much of it raised by concession and attendance fees. Even if it were entirely taxpayer-funded it would represent only .00068 of every federal dollar in our $3.8 trillion budget. Nonetheless, hardball-playing White House strategists have made it the most conspicuous instrument of pain inflicted by the federal shutdown. The Republican House has tried to fund the park system during the struggle over Obamacare funding, but without success. Even park funding offers by states have been rejected by the feds. Almost every day brings fresh examples of unnecessary annoyances and hardships visited
One of the TV´s priciest daytime experiments soon could be coming to an end. Stations throughout the U.S. are contracted to carry Katie Couric´s syndicated talk show through summer 2014, but the decision on whether Katie will score a third season likely will be made this month -- and renewal seems a long shot. In fall 2012, Disney/ABC TV rolled out the red carpet for Couric, 56, giving her plum time slots on the best stations, fat license fees and loads of promotion. The initial annual budget was $50 million, according to a show source -- including $20 million for Couric
The State Department announced Wednesday that it was cutting hundreds of millions in military and other aid to Egypt, and make no mistake: this was not a government shutdown move. This was the President of the United States blackmailing a sovereign state to force it to restore the Muslim Brotherhood government he favors. With the Egyptian economy in crisis and Egypt strongly dependent on this aid, Obama has just effectively cast his vote for the Muslim Brotherhood’s return to power – and his vote outweighs that of millions of Egyptians.
The Obama administration insisted Tuesday it had no choice but to withhold death benefits to relatives of 1st Lt. Jennifer Moreno, a 25-year-old soldier born and raised in San Diego, and four other soldiers killed since the partial government shutdown began Oct. 1. This is ridiculous and perverse. President Barack Obama has used an expansive — and some legal scholars believe extreme — interpretation of his powers to unilaterally rewrite key provisions of the No Child Left Behind law, the sweeping 2002 measure that drastically reshaped federal education policies. In similar fashion, the president has unilaterally rewritten key provisions of
The United States Postal Service (USPS) has destroyed an entire press run of a stamp series over safety concerns about the images on three out of the 15 stamps in the series. The stamps, which were aimed at getting children to be more active, featured kids cannonballing into a pool, skateboarding without kneepads, and performing a headstand without a helmet. Postalnews, a blog run by Brian Sheehan, a retired postal employee from Massachusetts, reports that USPS Chief Marketing and Sales Officer Nagisa Manabe asked First Lady Michelle Obama to take part in a first day ceremony for the stamps. Upon
Gov. Jerry Brown of California signed AB 154 on Wednesday, legalizing non-physician abortions in the state. The legislation, which had been pushed vigorously by Planned Parenthood, had been strongly opposed by pro-life groups and some physicians, arguing that it amounted to legalizing back-alley abortions for profit. In a statement, Gov. Brown boasted that AB 154 was one of seven bills signed Tuesday "to support the health and well-being of women in California."