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Obamacare laid bare
Washington Post, by Charles Krauthammer

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 10/31/2013 11:12:33 PM

Every disaster has its moment of clarity. Physicist Richard Feynman dunks an O-ring into ice water and everyone understands instantly why the shuttle Challenger exploded. This week, the Obamacare O-ring froze for all the world to see: Hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters went out to people who had been assured a dozen times by the president that “If you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health-care plan. Period.” The cancellations lay bare three pillars of Obamacare: (a) mendacity, (b) paternalism and (c) subterfuge. (a) Those letters are irrefutable evidence that President Obama’s repeated you-keep-your-coverage claim


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Bubbasuncle, 10/31/2013 11:21:06 PM     (No. 9592667)

FTA:"And then when you find your policy canceled, your premium raised and your deductible outrageously increased, you’ve learned the real meaning of “free” in the liberal lexicon: something paid for by your neighbor — best, by subterfuge."

Yes, I now have a 10K deductible, up from $1500. But I´m covered if I get pregnant or want birth control pills.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: hoopsfan, 10/31/2013 11:27:32 PM     (No. 9592672)

Dr. K speaks the truth.

I didn´t go through all the comments, but it´s remarkable the level of delusion, disinformation, and hatred some of the libs display in an effort to discredit Krauthammer.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 10/31/2013 11:36:26 PM     (No. 9592678)

Today I read a health newsletter that blamed Republicans and the Blue´s for picking on him. BCBS had no business sending out those letters scaring people and making it look like his fault. They blamed Verizon Terramark instead of CGI.
See how it plays out ?

For once in your life-man up and take the blame.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: bluehouse, 11/1/2013 12:13:23 AM     (No. 9592698)

Old news. If Krauthammer had taken the time to listen to Ted Cruz or Mike Lee last month, he would have known everything he is now talking and writing about the ACA. Cruz and Lee were telling anyone who would listen what the ACA was doing to people. But no, he chose to criticize instead. But Krauthammer doesn´t need an end game, there is always someone to tear down.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Ben Around, 11/1/2013 12:15:43 AM     (No. 9592701)

Very puzzling why the doc thought it was a good thing for the country when the repubs abandoned defunding this nightmare, and let all this continue.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: berthabutt, 11/1/2013 12:30:07 AM     (No. 9592708)

So the 30m to be rescued with shamcare end up in Medicare or paying god-awful rates in exchange for 93m losing their coverage & being forced at the barrel of an IRS gun to pay god-awful rates or penalties if they refuse? Only in Obamaworld does this qualify as improvement.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Shmowry1, 11/1/2013 1:53:27 AM     (No. 9592754)

Get ready for the blame game on those big bad insurance companies. You know that´s where the spin is headed. There couldn´t possibly be anything wrong with the government policy. It must be those inhuman insurance carriers who just want to kick people off of their current plans. The truly sad part is the kool aid drinkers will be letting this diarrhea fly out of their louts over and over because the media will not question it. My father used to say a poor craftsman blames his tools. Apparently a poor president blames anyone he can except himself.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: NotaBene, 11/1/2013 2:07:13 AM     (No. 9592765)

Dr. Krauthammer lied to us for years about Hussein because he was invited to a luncheon with George Will, Bill Kristol and other Rhinos to admire the creases in Hussein´s pants. Five years too late.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: steveW, 11/1/2013 2:36:14 AM     (No. 9592786)

The Democrat loves to hear feel-good Marxist redistributionist rhetoric, like Barry Choom´s "It´s good to spread the wealth around". This makes the Democrat feel warm, fuzzy and "concerned" about "helping people". Most of all, it makes the Democrat feel superior to any non-Democrat.

But the Democrat is too dumb to realize that when redistribution becomes the law of the land (or rather, when lawlessness reigns to that redistribution can happen) it´s not only Republican coffers that are looted for "the common good", but also his own. The Democrat then faces a moral quandary with no satisfying solution, and instead of understanding that "redistribution" (stealing from the earned to hand to the unearned in exchange for votes) is itself the problem, he will reflexively double down on blaming Republicans for "injustice" and "greed", avoiding any actual insight into his real dilemma.

No doubt this scenario will play out as scripted, yet again.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: bighambone, 11/1/2013 2:43:45 AM     (No. 9592788)

It´s all about equality and fairness. In order to make everyone equal by providing Obama Care insurance for the supposed 30 million people who did not have health care insurance, Obama had to sabotage and destroy the health care insurance of about 97 million people who were paying their premiums and were happy with their policies. Now all will be equal, and that is only fair. Obviously from what we are seeing that´s what liberals think. If all that is not straightened out quickly, the Democrats are going to get their butts handed to them in the 2014 election.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: beamer, 11/1/2013 5:18:46 AM     (No. 9592832)

I sure hope the low info crowd finally gets it: Freebies are not FREE. We all pay!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Janjan, 11/1/2013 7:08:22 AM     (No. 9592929)

No one in the media or in Congress should be surprised by any of this. This bill was signed into law 3 years ago.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: bubby, 11/1/2013 7:20:22 AM     (No. 9592940)

FTA "Simple formula: Delay, stonewall and wait for a supine and protective press to turn spectacularly incurious."

This formula has been used for Fast & Furious, Benghazi, IRS, NSA spying and it is working. No one has been held accountable for any of these scandals and no one will. The msm media is nothing more than Pravda the propaganda arm of the Democratic (now communist)Party. All we need now is for the GOP to pass amnesty and it´s all over. I never thought I would live to see this day. God help us.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Joe vann, 11/1/2013 7:38:50 AM     (No. 9592968)

Dr. K is a smart and well spoken conservative but, often, he has the annoying habit of criticizing from behind and not willing to take on major issues, if risk is involved. It is pasted time for conservatives, espicially, our elected representatives to stand firm for what they profess to believe...risk will be necessary but we have run out of time--no more kicking rocks down the road.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: MattMusson, 11/1/2013 7:39:28 AM     (No. 9592970)

It is not hard to imagine OBama getting in a snit and barrycading hospitals and medical clinics.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: ruready?, 11/1/2013 7:51:07 AM     (No. 9592993)

I´m with #´s 4, 5, 8 and 14.

The horse is out of the barn, Charles. When we needed you, you were criticizing Ted Cruz.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: M2, 11/1/2013 7:55:34 AM     (No. 9593003)

Glad the good doc stopped giving O´Care the benefit of the doubt. This is good:

Obamacare is the largest transfer of wealth in recent American history. But you can’t say that openly lest you lose elections. So you do it by subterfuge: hidden taxes, penalties, mandates and coverage requirements that yield a surplus of overpayments. So that your president can promise to cover 30 million uninsured without costing the government a dime. Which from the beginning was the biggest falsehood of them all. And yet the free lunch is the essence of modern liberalism. Free mammograms, free preventative care, free contraceptives for Sandra Fluke. Come and get it.

So Americans, all of them, have been lied to repeatedly and with malice aforethought. Will Obama get away with it again? Or will Democrats and the media suddenly begin presenting symptoms of their recessive courage gene?

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Rinktum, 11/1/2013 7:58:39 AM     (No. 9593005)

I admire Dr. Krauthammer but could not understand his negative comments about Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. I understood his was a political viewpoint but just once wished he would consider what is right. That is what was lacking. His comments were purely based on political expediency. Cruz and Lee said Obamacare was a disaster and would harm Americans. They were right. I admire these men for standing on principle while bearing the the brunt of negative comments from fellow Republicans. That is having the courage of your convictions and is what puzzles and makes the beltway crowd uncomfortable.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 11/1/2013 8:00:11 AM     (No. 9593008)

I like to read Dr. Krauthammer for his wordsmithing but as I read I know he voted for Obama once and possibly twice so he´s not too bright. The fact that he condemned Ted Cruz and Lee tells me he likes to be on a possible winner´s side. Obama was a winner to him in 2008 and on.
Not so fast Charlie boy I don´t buy your mad passion now. You should have been smarter than this in 2007 because I was. You should have asked me about Obama I could have schooled you. That crease in his pants ain´t so sharp now, is it?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Hermoine, 11/1/2013 8:07:11 AM     (No. 9593021)

This is the heart of it all:

And he did. Simple formula: Delay, stonewall and wait for a supine and protective press to turn spectacularly incurious.

I heard one of my favorite radio talk show hosts claim yesterday that Obama was a "Master of Communication." Of course, I wanted to crash my gas-guzzling SUV into the nearest utility pole. He is NOT a master of communication. He´s an awful communicator, he´s an awful liar, he´s not even that good at reading off his beloved TOTUS. The ONLY way he gets away with any of it is through the lock-step messaging of the mainstream media. As a matter of fact, when he screws up an interview with them, they dig him out and will actually tell you what he "meant" to say.

He is a man of the Left and they will cover for him every time because they are him. If he fails, they fail.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Udanja99, 11/1/2013 8:11:12 AM     (No. 9593025)

Isn´t it amazing that all of us average Joe-schmoes out here in flyover country are so much smarter than the brilliant elites who are paraded before us in the media and in the halls of government? We saw this and raged against it 4 years ago and were rewarded by being called racists and Nazis.

To the demoncrats and the media elites and especially to zippy, Pelousy, Reid and SebeLIEus I say, " CHOKE ON It"!

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Really?, 11/1/2013 8:26:44 AM     (No. 9593046)

As an aside, we do NOT need to expect perfection and 100% correct judgement from journalists. We need to embrace and welcome those who now see the light.

People have been fed a large amount of deceitful and incorrect information from people that they trusted. Forget the blame game and welcome those who can admit they are wrong. They are also the ones who can influence others who also believed the President and Mrs Pelosi.

If only 3 or 4 % change their minds and their voting tendencies it will change the make up of our Congress.

I am thankful for Krauthammers return to reality.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Passion, 11/1/2013 8:46:08 AM     (No. 9593068)

Welcome to the party Charles….Sarah and Rush and use tea party rubes have been here for many years….so glad you can make it….fashionably late, of course, so as to maintain your estab cred…….

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Reply 24 - Posted by: joe btfsplk, 11/1/2013 8:48:34 AM     (No. 9593075)

"Look..Up in the SKY!"....Obamacare is a rocket launch with toasted software. It´s now loosing altitude and returning it´s nuclear payload back to the socialist launch site.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: rmagnus, 11/1/2013 8:52:54 AM     (No. 9593081)

One problem with great thinkers is there inability to go beyond mere righteous indignation and just get mad and fight.

There´s nothing wrong with letting your passions guide you ever now and then.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Poobah, 11/1/2013 9:27:58 AM     (No. 9593144)

FTA: “Obamacare is the largest transfer of wealth in recent American history.”

We’ve had massive transfers of wealth before, but previously it was the future that had to pay for it. Now, with Obamacare, it’s the present. The big difference is that the future doesn´t vote in 2014.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Starlady, 11/1/2013 9:55:53 AM     (No. 9593192)

Dr K is no conservative. He is a former lib that now wants to claim he is GOP.
The moderators on Fox and other shows are spouting the inside the beltway garbage. They read all the local propaganda.We in the heartland, can garbage when we see/hear it.
I give Dr K no credit for being five years late to the reality party. Don´t waste your time listening to the inside the beltway/ east coast journalists. They all read, digest the same garbage, then regurgitate.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: stryker714, 11/1/2013 10:02:47 AM     (No. 9593213)

All anyone needs to know is that Krauthammer used to be a liberal. That explains his inconsistencies. We need a purebred, an original conservative for our flagship spokesperson, analyst, not some convert.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: chicodon, 11/1/2013 10:22:36 AM     (No. 9593249)

Obama, the great divider in chief, has done it again.

We know who his base is. To them all the things he promised are true. Unfortunately it is only true for them. In Obama´s "shyster lawyer" eyes that´s true enough.

He will now organize them to turn out in 2014 to save their entitlement. He´s easy to read. He wants chaos and he´ll get it.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: chicodon, 11/1/2013 10:25:32 AM     (No. 9593250)

Did you see the Jon Stewart interview where he praised the New Deal and Great Society? I nearly puked.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: lynn11, 11/1/2013 10:32:19 AM     (No. 9593264)

Republicans in Congress, where are you? What´s your message about this fiasco? Why are you losing so many supporters? Why can´t you utter simple phrases that have impact? Why don´t you ever fight back with a unified front? When a time like this is at hand and our "fearless" leaders are "leading from behind," we have no voice. It´s a disgrace.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Watlines, 11/1/2013 11:38:10 AM     (No. 9593385)

When is all the wailing, hair pulling, crying, whining, screaming, cursing, finger pointing, column writing, blogging and self flagellation gonna stop?

When will a Republican leader, or a Tea Party leader, step forth and lead a nationwide movement to stop Obama and his multi-faceted efforts to destroy America as we have known it?

One man can do this to you and me and to our children and grandchildren?

Where is our leader? Someone must step forth and lead the fight.

Ted Cruz, is it you?

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Reply 33 - Posted by: b4lucy, 11/1/2013 11:55:06 AM     (No. 9593421)

I, too respect CK for his clarity and pinpoint accuracy when defining an issue..However, he has a tendency to stray, not on issues so much, rather on personalities like Cruz, Lee, Paul, and others...I was aghast at his take on Palin and like a fishbone in the throat, I can´t get over the experience...Still, I loved his life story...Hmmm

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Reply 34 - Posted by: lana720, 11/1/2013 11:57:01 AM     (No. 9593425)

That the Republicans all stood together three years ago was a marvel.

That they have fallen apart now, shows that zippy and the nefarious media have gotten to them.

Where or how can we see any unity?

Right now, people like Paul Ryan are colluding, yes colluding, on an immigration bill.

Instead, they should insist upon enforcement of the laws already in effect, quite like this abortion of a so-called healthcare law being screamed about as being the law, so it must be followed.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: HistoryBuff, 11/1/2013 12:41:29 PM     (No. 9593510)

Stick around - nobody has tried to use it yet!

Wait until the death panels kick in!

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Rafter, 11/1/2013 1:05:16 PM     (No. 9593539)

Two things you can count on, and only these two things...
from O-BomberKommieKare...

Death (Panels)...

So, nothing´s really changed... has it... ?
... s/o ...

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Reply 37 - Posted by: rsgonner, 11/1/2013 1:33:26 PM     (No. 9593596)

Our choice increasingly comes down to corrupt democrats or stupid republicans. The story about 93 million losing their insurance appeared in the JUNE 2010 Federal Register! Couldn´t the RNC found one staffer to actually read this so this could have been shouted from the rooftop: 1) before Roberts was pressured into changing his mind; 2) so Romney could have pounded Zero during the campaign and debates; 3) so republican candidates for senate could have energized their base; 4) to vindicate Cruz and Lee instead of demonize them?

Yes, the democrats are corrupt, but the republicans, who I trusted to protect our liberty, are stupid.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Poobah, 11/1/2013 5:23:26 PM     (No. 9594010)

Krauthammer’s title to this article is, “Obamacare Laid Bare.” Lucianne’s list of today’s Must Reads shows the title as “Obama Laid Bare.”

I like Lucianne’s title better.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 11/1/2013 7:29:52 PM     (No. 9594203)

The question is, once the three pillars crater the entire program, what is the plan forward? When the entire program collapses, what alternative will replace it that we can live with? Or is an alternative even possible?

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American Thinker, by J. Paul Masko    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/19/2014 7:48:36 AM     Post Reply
I began reading the entirety of the first section of the New York Times at nine years old, and continued that practice, more or less, for decades.(snip) ...the power of reverence, intrinsic to what I call the “cascade” of The Times: the near avalanche-like flow and distribution of information through electronic and print networks: through like-minded network newscasts, magazines, local newspaper s, blogs, daytime talk TV, late-night entertainment, statements at media award ceremonies, the celebrity Twitterverse, etc. The cascade rolls through Saturday Night Live, Jon Stewart, The New Yorker, the mouths of third-grade teachers, Elmo, Madonna and Susan Sarandon …through

In a Hole, Golf Considers
Digging a Wider One

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New York Times, by Bill Pennington    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/19/2014 10:48:33 AM     Post Reply
GREENSBORO, Ga. — Golf holes the size of pizzas. Soccer balls on the back nine. A mulligan on every hole. These are some of the measures — some would say gimmicks — that golf courses across the country have experimented with to stop people from quitting the game. Golf has always reveled in its standards and rich tradition. But increasingly a victim of its own image and hidebound ways, golf has lost five million players in the last decade, according to the National Golf Foundation, with 20 percent of the existing 25 million golfers apt to quit in the next few years. People under 35 have especially spurned the game, saying it takes too

Barack Obama and the politics of lies
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Washington Examiner [DC], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/20/2014 5:45:25 AM     Post Reply
That was quite a victory dance President Obama did Thursday while claiming Obamacare is “working” because eight million people have now supposedly signed up for the health care program. He even indulged in some less-than-subtle mockery of Republicans - and by extension the majority of Americans who have disapproved of Obamacare since before it became law. "The repeal debate is and should be over,” Obama said, taking a dig at Republicans who are “going through, you know, the stages of grief … anger and denial and all that stuff …” But a president who is viewed by most Americans as less

Obama: ´For me, Easter is a story of hope,
a belief in a better day to come´

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 4/19/2014 9:16:36 AM     Post Reply
Hi, everybody. For millions of Americans, this time of year holds great meaning. Earlier this week, we hosted a Passover Seder at the White House, and joined Jewish families around the world in their re-tellings of the story of the Exodus and the victory of faith over oppression. And this Sunday, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, and I will join our fellow Christians around the world in celebrating the Resurrection of Christ, the salvation he offered the world, and the hope that comes with the Easter season. These holy days have their roots in miracles that took place long ago. And yet, they still inspire us, guide us, and strengthen us today. They remind us of our

Harry Reid calls dissident Nevada ranchers
´domestic terrorists´ following show of
force against the federal government

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/19/2014 9:29:17 AM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that a family of dissident ranchers and their supporters in his home state of Nevada are ´domestic terrorists,´ citing this week´s standoff with the federal government´s Bureau of Land Management. Cliven Bundy has refused to pay grazing fees for land where his hundreds of cattle roam every day. The land is owned by the federal government, which says he owes more than $1 million. Bundy, however, insists that since his family has been using the land since the 1870s, Uncle Sam can´t collect the grazing fees. A tense standoff developed this week after

Ted Cruz, Invoking Reagan,
Angers GOP Colleagues
but Wins Fans Elsewhere

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Wall Street Journal, by Monica Langley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/19/2014 8:09:17 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON--Rushing to an afternoon vote last month, Sen. Ted Cruz hopped the underground tram to the U.S. Capitol from his office across the street. The Texan planted his black ostrich cowboy boots in the middle of the small subway car without getting so much as a nod from the other senators--Republican or Democrat--amiably chatting or huddled in their seats. Mr. Cruz finds himself standing alone a lot these days. His response to the cold shoulders: "The establishment despised Ronald Reagan" before he became president, "but the people loved him." For the 43-year-old Republican, the Reagan name illuminates his political life´s

White House asks American parents to
monitor their children for signs of terrorism

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Daily Caller, by Eric Owens    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/19/2014 5:50:04 PM     Post Reply
In a speech earlier this week, Lisa O. Monaco, President Barack Obama’s assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism, insisted that American parents must be vigilant because their “confrontational” children could be on the verge of becoming terrorists. Monaco’s full, prepared text is available here. She presented the speech, entitled “Countering Violent Extremism and the Power of Community,” at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government on April 15. Monaco began her remarks by eloquently describing the lives tragically lost last year during the Boston Marathon bombings. Interestingly, the Harvard grad failed to mention the religion or the motive of brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan

Ann Coulter takes up ‘Mitt
Romney for President’ chant again

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 7:03:28 PM     Post Reply
Conservative columnist Ann Coulter — who used her talk show platform in the last presidential election cycle to campaign hard for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — has taken up the mantra once again, calling on Republicans to give the failed White House bidder another shot in 2016. She made the suggestion during a discussion on Sean Hannity’s radio show while speaking of her new book, “Never Trust a Liberal Over 3-Especially a Republican.” Ms. Coulter also addressed the question of Mr. Romney’s shortcomings by saying that his 2012 loss wasn’t entirely his fault. “I think too much blame, not only in this

You lie! Reporters accuse Obama
of deception, demagoguery just
to get attention

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Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/18/2014 9:28:24 PM     Post Reply
Prominent Washington correspondents are accusing President Obama and his aides of knowingly stretching the truth on issues like the so-called women´s pay gap just to create controversy and keep issues -- and the president -- relevant. Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus kicked off the attack last week when she blasted as “demagoguery” the administration´s tactics during the pay gap debate. “The level of hyperbole -- actually, of demagoguery -- that Democrats have engaged in here is revolting,” she wrote. CBS White House Correspondent Major Garrett then weighed in this week in his National Journal

Clintons celebrate Chelsea’s
pregnancy announcement

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New York Post, by Stephanie Smith    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/19/2014 8:32:52 AM     Post Reply
The Clintons had a busy night of celebrations after Chelsea announced she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting a baby. Bill joined “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey at the Revlon Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall Thursday, joking of Spacey’s Machiavellian character, “When I was president people accused me of murder all the time, made a show of investigating. Spacey’s president for 15 minutes and he gets away with murder.” Spacey, who sang during the event with Sting, Stephen Stills and James Taylor, also showed off his Johnny Carson impression, taking a swipe at the coverage of Flight

Harry Reid Doubles Down on Bundy
Ranch: ´If They´re Patriots, We´re
in Big Trouble´

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Breitbart Big Government, by Kerry Picket    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/18/2014 9:39:40 PM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Friday stood by his statement regarding embattled Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, saying on KSNV’s What’s Your Point?, “If anyone thinks by any figment of their imagination that what happened up there last week was just people rallying to somebody that was oppressed, 600 people came in armed. They had practiced. They had maneuvered.” Reid continued, “They knew what they were doing. They set up snipers in strategic locations with sniper rifles. They had assault weapons. They had automatic weapons. And they boasted about the fact that they put women and children, in fact one

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