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What Obamacare has cost Democrats
Washington Post, by Michael Gerson

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Posted By:BuckeyeRon, 10/31/2013 11:01:24 PM

In one of the few political jokes attributed to a physicist, Ernest Rutherford once described a public official as being “like a Euclidean point: he has position without magnitude.” With a change of pronoun, he could have been describing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who ignored internal warnings about flaws in HealthCare.gov, botched its rollout, minimized her involvement and blamed her contractors. Now, in congressional testimony, she has accepted responsibility without the inconvenience of accountability or the demonstration of competence. Administration incompetence is not the final word on Obamacare, but it is the initial impression.

The last paragraph of this piece is the bottomline...


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Bubbasuncle, 10/31/2013 11:09:26 PM     (No. 9592662)

FTA:"These last few weeks offer some hard lessons for Democrats: Those who pass a partisan health law own it. And those who believe in government are not necessarily capable of running one."

And your point? They have 95% of the media carrying their water.

They have proven they can destroy the sanctity of the voting both; precincts with more votes than registered voters. Nobody says a thing, even the so called opposition party.

The have used the IRS to punish opponents.

And they probably have NSA info on every politician in town.

Do you really think they are worried?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Sanspeur, 10/31/2013 11:22:08 PM     (No. 9592669)

It´s not poor ole siebelius´s fault .. It´s not called siebelius´s care The fault is directly from the unconstitutional Chicago power grab of Barry , le Magnificat ..ole jug ears his royal self.. Period. Fire him

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Ben Around, 11/1/2013 12:00:34 AM     (No. 9592691)

But barry´s approval is still at 42%. There are a lot of people who just don´t give a damn!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 11/1/2013 1:07:13 AM     (No. 9592725)

It´s such a truism, I have to repeat it; People deserve the government they vote for. It could not be more appropriate now for the low info voters. The trouble is, everyone else goes down with them in the wreck they caused.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Shmowry1, 11/1/2013 1:55:39 AM     (No. 9592757)

Useless diatribe. The media is already planning the democrats comeback...since they are the ones that keep them in power.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: NotaBene, 11/1/2013 2:12:54 AM     (No. 9592770)

People like Michael Gerson will cost America Amnesty for 30,000,000 new Medicaid and Food Stamp consumers through Amnesty for Illegal Mexicans.

No Health Care Security for US, no pasarán.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: globalwarmer, 11/1/2013 6:24:21 AM     (No. 9592876)

It´s been a big bump in the road for Democrats, to be sure, but it´s been an unmitigated disaster for the American People. The beneficiaries should be the opposition party, right? Hearty, har-har.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Rinktum, 11/1/2013 7:07:36 AM     (No. 9592928)

What the article fails to point out is that the democrats are willing to pay the price to destroy this country. They know they will have the upper hand eventually. First of all, the media will rehabilitate them. Then passing the amnesty bill will assure their rule for a thousand years.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: MattMusson, 11/1/2013 7:35:11 AM     (No. 9592964)

ObamaCare was engineered to fail in order to increase calls for Single Payer nationalized system.

But - this disaster had the opposite effect. It made people question whether Govt could actually do anything much less run the HealthCare system.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 11/1/2013 7:43:23 AM     (No. 9592975)

While correct as far it goes, the ultimate decision is in the hands of a greatly dumbed down electorate who was stupid enough to believe BO in the first place.

The numbers NEVER worked out. It required lots of healthy young people to sign up for ridiculously priced insurance in order to subsidize the costs of the very sick in society. It was a HUGE tax increase (wolf) cleverly imbedded in private insurance (sheep´s clothing) and the people were bamboozled into thinking they were gong to get free health care. This goes along with the fools that thought BO was going to give them free housing and free cars as well.

The reality has been a shock for these dummies. "I was all for better health insurance until I found out I had to pay for it." There´s the rub, SOMEONE has to pay for EVERYTHING.

So we are left with a dumb electorate who, when promised free stuff will support those who promise it. They are too ignorant to understand how economics works. Someone always has to pay for it and when there are lots of beneficiaries, like for medical care, the costs are so high that EVERYONE has to pay for it.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Trigger2, 11/1/2013 7:52:09 AM     (No. 9592997)

I hope the libtard bastids are all thrown out of office.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Passion, 11/1/2013 8:17:55 AM     (No. 9593036)

Establishment drone Gerson finally catching up to the very conservatives he has arrogantly criticized for many years.

Join Krauthammer and Will on the ash heap of irrelevance Michael….

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Reply 13 - Posted by: planetgeo, 11/1/2013 8:22:27 AM     (No. 9593040)

The bottom line of all WaPo articles isn´t the bottom line of the article itself, it´s the comments and commenters afterward. If you want to understand why and by whom we are being driven over the cliff, just read some of those zombie comments and understand why it is a certainty that you really are going to have to use all that ammo some day.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: rmagnus, 11/1/2013 8:31:56 AM     (No. 9593054)

Wild animals are the most dangerous when they are injured. Beware of panic stricken libs putting forth some bills to fix this mess that cost even more than the monstrosity they have already passed - or put price controls on healthcare companies.

When the media piles on against Boehner and the House because the Republicans won´t agree to buy our way out of this he better stand firm. They will try every way they can to flip this around on us including producing some polls showing the public is blaming healthcare companies instead of Obama and they should be forced to lower prices. We need some strong and savvy leadership right now.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: DW626, 11/1/2013 8:45:22 AM     (No. 9593067)

#13 couldn´t be more right. Reading the nastiness of a vast majority of the commentatorps towards "right wingers," "republicans," and "tea partiers," has left me with a queasy feeling. We are in very big trouble.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: cgood, 11/1/2013 8:48:55 AM     (No. 9593076)

´Eventually´ people will lose their jobs? Where have you been Michael? I am sorry to be so pessimistic, but, like others here, I have lost faith in the American people and I haven´t had faith in the media since I was about 12 years old. The sad reality is that by the midterm elections next year people will be blaming the insurance companies and insisting that single-payer is the only way to go. Mission accomplished.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: tnorling, 11/1/2013 8:54:04 AM     (No. 9593085)

The dems survive on promises - the greedy and the "compassionate" vote them in, and the adults are left to clean up the mess, if they can. Where is a Republican alternative to this diaster of Obamacare? Where is the well deserved vilification from our supposedly right of center Republicans and others? I´m hoping this go along to get along crowd finds itself in the Ue line in ´14.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: shamus, 11/1/2013 8:59:33 AM     (No. 9593094)

Gerson is a closet liberal. His opinions are rubbish.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Holeymoses, 11/1/2013 9:14:00 AM     (No. 9593118)

Obama has caused the Democrats nothing but a little time, and time and the Media are on their side.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Poliskeptic, 11/1/2013 9:45:03 AM     (No. 9593172)

Did John Roberts ´read the plan´ before he voted it was constitutional? Did he know Americans would lose existing insurance and be forced to pay the cost of coverage they would never need? If he did, it makes his decision even more devastating.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Tall Oak, 11/1/2013 9:59:25 AM     (No. 9593203)

I wouldn´t be suprised if the NSA has some information on John Roberts or someone close to him.

We live in dangerous times.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: patrick28nov45, 11/1/2013 10:37:10 AM     (No. 9593274)

It is now time for the Republicans to run TV advertisements interviewing people whose insurance has been canceled. Run these ads just like a presidential campaign. Show Obama´s false promises and the reality now playing out. Obama´s numbers and fellow democrat´s numbers will fall and pave the way for next year´s mid-term elections.


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Reply 23 - Posted by: woodenleg, 11/1/2013 10:43:52 AM     (No. 9593284)

"The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office." - H.L. Mencken

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Reply 24 - Posted by: John c, 11/1/2013 10:54:31 AM     (No. 9593304)

It hasn´t cost the democrats enough!

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Reply 25 - Posted by: snowoutlaw, 11/1/2013 11:04:01 AM     (No. 9593320)

Who cares its not about those that wanted it to work as it is, its about the country. What has Obamacare cost the country? I say it has and will cost everything we had. Not just our money but the whole concept of freedom will be the final cost.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: JAN, 11/1/2013 11:05:20 AM     (No. 9593323)

The dems wrote the bill and the regulations and there is no pretending otherwise.

It´s theirs for all time no matter whom they choose to blame.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: buckhorn_cortez, 11/1/2013 11:19:24 AM     (No. 9593355)

"Where is a Republican alternative to this diaster of Obamacare?"

Senate Bill S-1099, the Ryan / Coburn Patient Protection Act that was written at the same time as Obamacare. The Democrates refused to allow it to come to the Senate floor for discussion.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: RancherJack, 11/1/2013 11:22:16 AM     (No. 9593357)

FTA " .. These last few weeks offer some hard lessons for Democrats: Those who pass a partisan health law own it. And those who believe in government are not necessarily capable of running one. .."

What a crock. Gerson obviously is under the influence of serious medications. The Republicans are the ´Me, Too!´ Party of Stupid, the Democrats are the Party of Evil and you and I have absolutely no influence on anything at any time.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: nevernaught, 11/1/2013 11:25:45 AM     (No. 9593363)

A bit of sanity here, I hope. One of the Drudge headlines this AM is an SNL skit about ObamaCare signups. When you go to the site, It has disappeared. I checked further on Ixquick and all those SNL skits have vanished. That has been happening quite frequently recently and it appears we now live in the USSR or the former Nazi Germany.

Along the same lines, since there isn´t a system of voter verification, there aren´t any fair or non-fixed elections in the USA anymore. It is time to take this to the SCOTUS. As long as elections are fixed and non citizens are voting adding to the problem, then this is no longer a free country.

There is a simple cure really. The last time I went to the DMV to take my driving and written test, at the first counter they copy your thumb print electronically and at every counter after that they re-check it. That system was put in place, because they found that people were cheating and having others take the written and driving tests for them.

The voting fraud cure is as plain as that, and computers would nail you if you tried to vote more than once. Since everyone would have to follow the same procedure, what is racist about the system. Getting caught I guess, and stiff penalties should follow.

As long as Liberals can fix elections, they will never pay any penalty at the ballot box for being flat out criminals. So, what has cheating and incompetence cost them. It seems nothing, but your freedom is compromised.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: NotaBene, 11/1/2013 11:32:22 AM     (No. 9593374)

#22, Justice Roberts has something to hide and he was "convinced" to vote the way he did.

We own this debacle to him, he was defending his illegally adopted children. He should be ashamed of himself.


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Reply 31 - Posted by: peterfleming, 11/1/2013 11:36:13 AM     (No. 9593383)

You cannot embarrass a Communist.
Two steps forward, one step backward.
That old Marxian slogan is the rule of stealth,
creeping Communism from the Democrat Party
working closely with the American Communist Party,
to destroy free America with the 24/7 conspiratorial aid
of the Diane Sawyer mainstream TV news actors.
Look what a mess you´ve made, Vladimir.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 11/1/2013 1:03:34 PM     (No. 9593536)

We are correct in being skeptical about prognosticating what penalty the Dem/Leftists pay.

However, there is something else in the works this time: we have millions of people with first-hand, real life experience with the heavy hand of Government, punching them in the gut. What does Gerson admit? --people have to change their plans because they don´t conform to WHAT THE GOVERNMENT says they MUST HAVE.

"Choice" has been eradicated.

Soon enough people would feel the sharp, prying eyes of this government.

Privacy is being invaded.

And call "1-800 I´m-the-government-and-i´m-here-to-help (after my morning break or lunch or afternoon break or...)" to get answers, help? Anyone who has experience with government offices knows what a joke this is.

You can´t penalize or fire or sue government workers. And with Obama(don´t)care, you won´t be allowed to find a more suitable, affordable plan.

Right now "Obama(don´t)care" is costing The Public. I have wondered when the friends, neighbors, family of Dem/Lefty politicians begin to call them and ask what the "h" is going on? Why are they losing coverage? Why is their chosen hospital and doctor outside of the covered area?

And now they´re wondering, maybe those Conservatives were right... The seeds of doubt are sprouting, even in the thin and rocky soil of Democrat brains.

Only the hard-core Left-wing Dems (i call them Dem/Lefties) have nothing but rocks in their heads; reason and reality won´t take root. Well, every once in a while, one of them might listen and think, a slim crack lets a thin stream of Light of Truth in, and a bit of rich soil made up of QUESTIONS&DOUBTS.

If this nightmarish mess enlightens or wakes up enough Dems, it will cost those working to "fundamentally transform" our Republic, the wicked traitorous BO allies.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: strike3, 11/1/2013 1:35:15 PM     (No. 9593599)

Obama and his stupid idealistic actions will not be fixed through legal means because he is the highest authority (according to him) and he has no problem breaking the law and walking all over the Constitution. This is one of those situations where violence is the only option left and our fight will be with the lower class (called the new middle class by the media) who want us to pay for everything they do. They are not competent to wage war if they can´t even look after themselves without help. When democrats lose the lower class, their party is over.

One consolation for those suffering through these trying times, history has shown us that very few dictators ever retire from their rule and die a natural death. They are removed like tics from a dog´s back.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: jintz, 11/1/2013 1:38:19 PM     (No. 9593605)

The pols were duped into voting for the ACA by thinking that we could keep our Dr and healthcare insurance,now proven to be a BIG lie the ACA should be null and voided and handed back to the Supreme Ct

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Reply 35 - Posted by: bighambone, 11/1/2013 3:21:39 PM     (No. 9593793)

The liberal Democrats did not did not learn anything from the Obama Care fiasco, as they expected that to happen, to the liberal Democrats the end justifies the means, as long as it moves along their far lest progressive agenda.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: doctorfixit, 11/1/2013 3:50:50 PM     (No. 9593850)

Look at anything that leftists run (into the ground, eventually). The USSR collapsed, China had to bring in non-ideologues. Cuba? Venezuela? American universities can´t survive without massive cash subsidies & relentless price increases. The US government will collapse from cosmic levels of borrowing. The evidence is incontrovertible. Leftists, and particularly leftist lawyers, should never be allowed to run anything.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 11/1/2013 4:19:21 PM     (No. 9593905)

Remember when Moo!chelle was saying something about us having to leave our comfort zone? Well, we´re about there.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: JediJerry, 11/1/2013 9:55:32 PM     (No. 9594383)

O-Care has not cost Dear Beloved Leader anything, yet. It will not cost him his office. He will be in until Inauguration Day January 2017. Will democrats get the big smack down in 2016? You know it. Big time historic losses are predicted. He does not care about them. He only cares about O-care and how to make sure it says. It will say as long as it stays until it´s gotten rid of one way or the other. Democrat losses are the price they will pay on his behalf. Just an expense and cost of doing business. Chicago style.

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President Obama addressed the White House press corps today, announcing that with the final numbers in, Obamacare´s exchanges have attracted eight million sign-ups -- 35 percent of whom are "under the age of 35," he said. Several elements of his comments were misleading: (1) At first blush, the 35 percent stat is both significant and impressive. As recently as last month, the share of "young invincibles" signing up for plans was struggling in the 25 percent range, far short of the actuarial target of nearly 40 percent. A leap into the mid-30´s, while still shy of the goal, would constitute a major step, and would bode well for the risk pools'

Students Demand Acknowledgement of
Robert E. Lee´s ´Racist and Dishonorable Conduct´

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Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 12:35:28 PM     Post Reply
A group of seven multiracial Washington and Lee University (W&L) students are demanding the school remove all Confederate flags from campus and "acknowledge" General Robert E. Lee´s "dishonorable side." According to the Roanoke Times, "seven multiracial students, calling themselves ´The Committee,´" have also demanded the school "acknowledge and apologize for participating in chattel slavery." They want recognition of "Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the undergraduate campus" and an end to "neo-Confederates" marching across campus "to the Lee Chapel on Lee-Jackson Day." The students say they will "engage in civil disobedience" if their demands are not met by September 1st. They added: "The

The Folly Of The Bundy Ranch Rebellion
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The Federalist, by Grace Olmstead    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 4:21:46 AM     Post Reply
It’s the stuff of Westerns: a showdown on the desert plains, the big bad government against an underdog farmer. Though the story has only grabbed national headlines in the past several days, rancher Cliven Bundy has illegally grazed cattle on the Nevada land surrounding his farm for over 20 years. He hasn’t paid grazing fees since 1993, and refuses to renew the necessary grazing permit.(Snip)Rather than using the avenues and pathways presented to him, Bundy has staunchly declared his own law and allegiances. Unfortunately, reality doesn’t work this way. If only it did—we could rebel for paying stupid taxes, refuse to

Michelle Obama Riverdances
Through Dublin to the Tune
of $7,921,638

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Breitbart Big Peace, by Tom Fitton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/17/2014 6:45:16 AM     Post Reply
When it comes to tracking the cost of Obama family vacations, there are two primary challenges. First, the Obamas are prolific jet-setters, so there are many details to track. Second, the Obama administration, clearly embarrassed by these lavish and frequent family vacations, stonewalls the release of records at every turn. But we have been relentless in pursuit of this information. Our attorneys file the lawsuits and make our case, and our investigators pour through pages of records and crunch the numbers. And the information we’ve uncovered – information that would otherwise remain under lock and key – shows that the

Pelosi assists in Holy Week
foot-washing ritual

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San Francisco Chronicle, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 4/18/2014 11:46:54 AM     Post Reply
To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship." The Democratic leader´s ceremony coincides with Pope Francis´ similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy Week.

Deadbeat on the Range
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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:52:52 PM     Post Reply
Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?

Illinois Dems to offer $100 million in
taxpayer money to lure Obama library site

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 4/18/2014 9:15:50 AM     Post Reply
First, the good news: We are close enough to the end of the Obama presidency for his crowd to talk about a presidential library. Now, the bad news: Obama´s retirement is still 1,008 days distant. Plenty of time though to round up the dough to build it somewhere. Figure they need Solyndra-style money, at least $500 million. The last two presidents – Bill Clinton and George W. Bush -- built their legacy edifices totally with private money. [Snip] However, Obama supporters have a different take. They think taxpayers should put up $100 million in public money for Obama´s library.

Every Media Outlet: Hillary
Grandkid the Most Consequential
Baby Since Jesus

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Mediaite, by Tina Nguyen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/18/2014 10:34:40 AM     Post Reply
Less than 16 hours after Chelsea Clinton announced she was pregnant, a lot of major news outlets started staring into the crystal ball of Chelsea’s womb, wondering what this currently floating zygotic multicellular being meant for the prospects of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, which is also a floating, zygotic, multicellular being. Their answer: The immaculately conceived Clinton child could mean everything. And no, it’s not just the fact that having a grandchild could be personally fulfilling to Hillary and Bill (mazel tov, by the way), or that a cute baby would be a sweet cherry on top of Hillary’s already

Glen Campbell has been
moved into a facility

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People Magazine, by Gilliam Telling    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 4/17/2014 6:58:48 PM     Post Reply
Glen Campbell has been suffering from Alzheimer´s for over three years, but the Grammy-winning singer, 78, has recently moved into a facility, PEOPLE has confirmed. "He was moved to an Alzhemier´s facility last week," says a family friend. "I´m not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet. We´ll know more next week." The "Rhinestone Cowboy" crooner first opened up about having Alzheimer´s to PEOPLE in an exclusive 2011 interview. Campbell and his fourth wife, Kim Woolen, decided to go public with the news because Campbell hoped to embark on a final farewell live tour. The couple wanted his

Even Hillary Clinton Isn’t Sure What
We Should Like About Hillary Clinton

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PJ Media, by Stephen Kruiser    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/18/2014 4:33:53 AM     Post Reply
The first step is admitting… It was a simple question to someone accustomed to much tougher ones: What was her proudest achievement as secretary of state? But for a moment, Hillary Rodham Clinton, appearing recently before a friendly audience at a women’s forum in Manhattan, seemed flustered.(Snip)So…no definitive successes and some clear-cut failures. And that’s the generous New York Times assessment. The Democrat fantasy story about Mrs. Clinton paints her as strong and accomplished on her own. In reality, this is a woman who is professionally defined almost entirely by two men in her life, both of whom happen to have

Those ‘rogue’ agents
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New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/18/2014 4:37:07 AM     Post Reply
Remember when Lois Lerner, in answering a planted question at an American Bar Association conference, admitted the IRS had targeted conservative groups but tried to pass it off as the work of rogue agents — “our line people in Cincinnati”? Today we know there were indeed federal agents involved. But they weren’t rogue, and they weren’t confined to IRS workers in Cincinnati. Thanks to a Freedom of Information request by Judicial Watch, we now have an e-mail Lerner sent to colleagues noting the Department of Justice was looking into criminal prosecutions of these tax-exempt groups. We know something else, too. These investigations

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