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Revealed: How a simple spelling
error helped bring down $630
million Obamacare website

Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 11/7/2013 2:44:46 AM

A spelling mistake in the words ´not recommended´ on the Obamacare website led to the site going down, it was revealed today in internal notes from ´war room´ meetings of experts scrabbling to breathe life into the shambolic operation. The error limited the choices Obamacare shoppers were offered in October and often presented them with overpriced options. Ultimately, at least some of the website´s many outages were brought about by this simple typo, as technicians struggled to give the public an experience that mirrored President Obama´s promises. ´In states where the federal government helps run these marketplaces, the average American will have more


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Country Boy, 11/7/2013 2:55:37 AM     (No. 9602306)

Sounds like obfuscation.
In software development, content is assigned to variables, objects, and arrays. The error logs expose the typos.

"If you can´t dazzle ´em with brilliance, baffle ´em with bullshite."

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Reply 2 - Posted by: strike3, 11/7/2013 3:35:42 AM     (No. 9602313)

This took weeks to find, with nearly every computer in the world having spell-check software, often in multiple languages?

By coincidence, only the higher cost plans were offered, just as a bait-and-switch scheme would do? Uh huh.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Poobah, 11/7/2013 4:35:15 AM     (No. 9602334)

The problem isn’t the specific bugs that were left unfixed at rollout. The problem is that Sebelius and her crew were given the job of producing an extremely complex computer system and they didn’t give the final specifications to the programmers until months before the rollout. Then, for political reasons, they refused the lifeline that Ted Cruz offered them of delaying the mandate for a year.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Mr. Hanky, 11/7/2013 5:29:48 AM     (No. 9602344)

Who can afford to worry about spelling with such a low cost build?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: NuGoddess, 11/7/2013 5:51:09 AM     (No. 9602354)

Spelling error? That´s the excuse they´re using? Pffffft! Major lack of imagination.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: StormCnter, 11/7/2013 6:07:06 AM     (No. 9602368)

I´m with earlier posters. This doesn´t make sense and is not to be believed. It is my understanding that there are multiple problems. Sebelius has referenced "a couple hundred" fixes already. A spelling error probably is a problem and probably caused trouble, but not all by its lil ownself.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: govlawyer, 11/7/2013 6:54:09 AM     (No. 9602405)

Like you think they´re trying to convince you or me that this was the problem all along? This is the explanation that the talking points will use for the LoFo´s who´ll buy it hook, line, and sinker.

Remember that to Obongo and his ilk, the masses are asses!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: HicksvilleKid59, 11/7/2013 6:56:01 AM     (No. 9602407)

Total BS. If it were a spelling error, it would have been caught at ´alpha´ testing and never left the programmers desk. If were just text in a choice, as they say it is, it could be spelled backwards and still work.

More smoke and mirrors.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Rinktum, 11/7/2013 7:23:10 AM     (No. 9602444)

Uh huh, keep it up. The American people aren´t THAT stupid. Obamacare is a fiasco of epic proportions. First of all, it is unconstitutional for the federal government to mandate that we buy anything no matter what John Roberts says. Second, this behemoth is impossible to get up and running when you have known incompetents designing it. Third, the United States government is unable to efficiently run anything. They throw billions of tax dollars at programs that are unwanted, useless, and exist for purely political reasons. Why should they be trusted with anything much less the health care of every, man, woman and child in this country. Bring any excuse you want to the table regarding this rollout and NONE will pass the smell test. Face it. Obamacare is a failure that is being forced on the people by hypocritical politicians who want no part of it for themselves.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: turninggrey, 11/7/2013 7:26:21 AM     (No. 9602448)

It was a video that was the problem.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: lilo, 11/7/2013 7:58:21 AM     (No. 9602491)

Spelling error? Really? My compute claims spelling error every time I type in Obamacare.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: uno, 11/7/2013 7:59:29 AM     (No. 9602494)

Spelling error? Close, but no cigar.
Actually it was due to a bunch of misplaced colons.
Especially the ones in office that hired the ones to create this mess!

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Reply 13 - Posted by: strike3, 11/7/2013 8:01:08 AM     (No. 9602497)

We obviously have more skilled IT people out here than Sebelius hired. Why didn´t she just go for Acorn like barry & co. did with his navigators? The results would have been equally pathetic.

They might have the website fixed in three or four months but there´s still the crumbling foundation of obamacare underneath it. How much longer can they kick the can down the road before even the lowest of the LoFos catch on?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: edgar, 11/7/2013 8:03:34 AM     (No. 9602501)

Did they spell the word "glitch" wrong?

I thought it was just a computer glitch that is causing all of the problems.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: MattMusson, 11/7/2013 8:03:48 AM     (No. 9602502)

For a Billion and a half dollars - use a freakin´ Spellchecker!

Or, better yet: Test your code.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Red Jeep, 11/7/2013 8:07:05 AM     (No. 9602507)

$630 million dollars for what?

A physical complicated finite thing, like a spaceship is not being built.

Was this all for salaries? Must be a lot of rich Canadians off this project ... and why wasn´t this designed by an American firm?

Who approved this money? From where?

Come on MSM get curious.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: kayjaymac, 11/7/2013 8:10:02 AM     (No. 9602514)

They left the "s" out of obamascare.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: JAN, 11/7/2013 8:26:45 AM     (No. 9602551)

The lies are coming fast and furiously.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: M2, 11/7/2013 8:37:39 AM     (No. 9602573)

So, now that the spelling error has been fixed, the site should work just fine and all the people who could have been signed up will be signed up, seeing that their "options" will greatly expand. Is that the way this goes?

Why didn´t the spelling error go the way of INCREASING affordable options rather than decreasing them?

Come on. Is this the spaghetti-meets-wall gambit?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: lifelonghuman, 11/7/2013 8:53:55 AM     (No. 9602586)

There´s no such thing as a simple spelling error in data processing. Yes, a single error can bring down a system and, Yes, the developers are totally responsible.

Speaking of spelling errors,

..."experts scrabbling to breathe life"...

or were they just playing my favorite board game?

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Reply 21 - Posted by: peterfleming, 11/7/2013 9:01:49 AM     (No. 9602599)

Imagine for a moment that all of this garbage of lies and subterfuge could have aired out and been avoided, IF, only one of the high priests of television had broken out of their highly paid prison, and dug in and questioned this massive avalanche of criminal activity in the White House, Congress and surrounding Washington. One person, who communicates to millions daily, could do it.
Of course, that heroic TV person would be risking his or
her life, but that person might single handed lay, save the nation from total ruin, by turning TV to telling the truth. Why blame only Benghazi Barry when has entire networks backing his every lie?

We have two perfect examples of life risking truth tellers.
daily putting their lives on the line, they report the truth 24/7 on world wide violence of the Islamic supremacist ideology. Scholar, best selling author, Robert Spencer (JIHAD REPORT), and in New York, Pamela Geller (ATLANTIC SHRUGS) are both models of life risking journalists ! It can be done.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: EnsignO, 11/7/2013 9:02:41 AM     (No. 9602601)

#16 said: "Must be a lot of rich Canadians off this project ... and why wasn´t this designed by an American firm?"

Speaking of the Canadian company given the no-bid contract and its female honcho that is Michelle´s BFFL, has anyone seen the Mooche recently? She is conspicuous by her absence. I don´t suppose she is embarrassed about the failed roll-out do you?

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Gram77, 11/7/2013 9:05:30 AM     (No. 9602608)

Oh come on.....even my cheap little lap top has SpellChek!!

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Reply 24 - Posted by: L-Daughter, 11/7/2013 9:20:23 AM     (No. 9602627)

Daily Mail not smart. One section describes a typo that had some consequences. Another section describes the fact that consumers were going to see fewer options and higher prices than they probably want to see, which was a problem described long ago in this corporate-speak and already reported in the news. The developers knew consumers were going to get frustrated at certain points; you have to know that, and know why, to build websites. It´s just your bosses might not want to hear "Users exit the page at this point because your product costs too much."

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Bohallx, 11/7/2013 9:45:14 AM     (No. 9602671)

My spellcheck accepts OBMAKKKARE ~ and recently I noticed that the Washington Post spellcheck had begun accepting that as a natural, and normal way of referring to this stupid thing.

I think Obama and his running dog lackeys are losing it.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: artman1746, 11/7/2013 9:59:11 AM     (No. 9602701)

Never forget. They lie about everything, depend upon the media to poo-poo criticism and wait for it to become "old news". And simply weather the storm.

This has been the MO on all their scandles. This might keep them 51% support from the ideologically faithful, the ignorant and the gullible, otherwise known as the Democrat base.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: mc squared, 11/7/2013 10:02:10 AM     (No. 9602713)

I though it was an obscure Youtube video or Haliburton and BP.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Holeymoses, 11/7/2013 10:32:24 AM     (No. 9602775)

How stupid to give that excuse when so many are tech savvy.
It´s in the same league as the Benghazi phony video excuse.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: reilly, 11/7/2013 11:46:55 AM     (No. 9602903)

How conveenient! What, no spellcheck?

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Reply 30 - Posted by: rlcnutter, 11/7/2013 12:01:47 PM     (No. 9602936)

I´m waiting for: My dog ate the code.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Marzon, 11/7/2013 12:20:23 PM     (No. 9602977)

A spelling error? In all 150 or so languages the site is supposed to support? Not Likely.

I think they leaked this excuse because they know that as soon as people can use the site, they will be shocked when they see just how expensive Zippycare will be. Thus a preemptive leak they can use as a talking point while zippy decides who to subsidize or grant waivers to next.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Butch59, 11/7/2013 12:43:35 PM     (No. 9603022)

I don´t know which high level language they are using for this monstrosity, but the languages I studied in college would have never passed a misspelled word during compilation. You would get an error at that point. And that was many, many years ago. These people have to believe that the entire world is soooo stupid. And they are the most intelligent persons to ever walk the earth (or on water).

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Reply 33 - Posted by: tnorling, 11/7/2013 12:59:13 PM     (No. 9603049)

I just have one question: is there anything this administration won´t lie about?

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 11/7/2013 1:07:37 PM     (No. 9603061)

Check this mesage. The previous word was underlined, because message is speled message.
Darn, it is sure dificult to make speling erors. Every word I misspell is pointed out to me. However, if the Government offered me a $1B to spell wrong., I suppose I could just leave all the misspelled words as is. Don´t know how this comment appears after it is posted. Hopefully the whole site won´t be corrupted, because that would be a grievous mistake on my part.But in this case, no one would be harmed financially or have their health impaired. Only the Administration can manage that debacle.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: caljeepgirl, 11/7/2013 1:28:40 PM     (No. 9603099)

I´ve been in IT now for 45 years, and I can TOTALLY believe this!! All too often the very tiniest typo can easily and majorly screw up an entire process.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Quigley, 11/7/2013 2:46:09 PM     (No. 9603211)

Then it´s fixed and everything is fine.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: strike3, 11/7/2013 3:33:41 PM     (No. 9603278)

I hope you have a lot of patience, #33. The answer isn´t on the tip of anyone´s tongue on this site.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: pickle1, 11/7/2013 3:53:17 PM     (No. 9603298)

There is so much wrong with this non healthcare Obamacare.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: P51DMustang, 11/7/2013 4:14:21 PM     (No. 9603324)

Liars, Liars

This spawn is single handedly destroying the American Economy. At what point does this become a breach of his oath of office?

When can we call for his impeachment? Where is the GOP Leadership (McCain, McConnell, Graham).

Enough already, the Fat Lady is singing.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: steph_gray, 11/7/2013 4:35:20 PM     (No. 9603361)

I can´t imagine a program that would actually look for and base actions upon the string "not recommended" including the space character, especially in a program that needs to function in multiple languages. Guaranteed GIGO.

And I don´t even write code, just documentation.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: GOPSecretary, 11/7/2013 4:41:27 PM     (No. 9603376)

Mr. McAffee said,(yes, that one) that they were so stupid for not buying up all the domain names that could be associated with ACA. Calculates there are 700 websites ready to take your info.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: virbots, 11/7/2013 5:50:09 PM     (No. 9603483)

Code is never written in a full featured editor like Word. Many code editors (IDE´s) don´t have spell checkers at all, so I can see how this could be missed.

Even the ones that do, obvious red highlighting is reserved for code that won´t compile, so it´s easy to miss the less obvious highlighting for a spelling error.

Having said that, I´m certain this is just one of many coding errors.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: Coy860, 11/7/2013 5:57:55 PM     (No. 9603490)

I just want to know when I get the %2500. I saved. s/

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Reply 44 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 11/7/2013 6:58:21 PM     (No. 9603546)

So Amerika´s future is down to bad colons and mis-spellings. We ARE in trouble. Whatever happened to values and self-respect?

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Reply 45 - Posted by: dman, 11/7/2013 9:21:27 PM     (No. 9603711)

Jive turkey.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: Conradca, 11/7/2013 10:17:26 PM     (No. 9603799)

It´s a pretty simple system. Remember all their doing is figuring out the cost of insurance plans an displaying it. They are just incompetent.

Having the rules provided at the last moment shouldn´t have been that much of a problem. The could have everything else work

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Reply 47 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 11/7/2013 10:22:09 PM     (No. 9603802)

They couldn´t spell "thief" ?

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Reply 48 - Posted by: Conradca, 11/7/2013 10:26:26 PM     (No. 9603808)

Oops, finger slipped.

They could have have everything but rules working. They write code for rules to determine cost etc of plans and plug into system quickly and test it before O Day.

The preal problem is HHS and developers are cronies and incompetent. Wonder whether there are performance guarantees in contracts ? I doubt because owner/pres of company is friend of michelle obama and VJ´s children work there.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: Conradca, 11/7/2013 10:30:49 PM     (No. 9603812)

If misspell in message broke system then it is evidence of bad practices. You don´t pass results with text messages. You return status code in variable. Could be text but it would be number like 0 for success and other numbers for diff errors.

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Reply 50 - Posted by: Conradca, 11/7/2013 10:32:15 PM     (No. 9603814)

It´s difficult to do spell checking on a program.

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Reply 51 - Posted by: sikupnfed, 11/8/2013 12:25:33 AM     (No. 9603896)

In what language is "not recommended" a keyword?

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´teach themselves´ at state schools
targeted for takeover in Muslim ´Trojan*
Daily Mail [UK], by Chris Pleasance    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/19/2014 5:33:16 PM     Post Reply
An investigation into Birmingham schools at the centre of a plot to introduce hardline Islamist teaching has found pupils were illegally segregated and non-Muslim students were discriminated against. [Snip] Department for Education inspectors were ordered into Park View School and its sister schools, Golden Hillock and Nansen, after a letter dubbed ´Trojan Horse´ was uncovered apparently outlining a plot by Muslim hardliners to drive moderate headteachers out of schools. The unsigned and undated letter claimed that a small but radical group of Muslims was pursuing its own agenda in the classrooms, with uncooperative headteachers and governors forced out.

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Jessica Jerreat    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 7:12:10 PM     Post Reply
For Hillary Clinton, having her own baby grandchild to kiss on the campaign trail, could be one of the biggest boosts to her possible presidential election campaign. Although the former Secretary of State and First Lady has not said if she will run in 2016, the arrival of her first grandchild will soften her image, analysts have said. While Chelsea only revealed her pregnancy on Thursday, supporters of her mother have already started cooing over a possible baby in the White House. With the Clintons having a near-royal status in the U.S., the announcement of a new arrival due this fall has sent

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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

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
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New York Times, by Bill Pennington    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/19/2014 10:48:33 AM     Post Reply
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White House asks American parents to
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Daily Caller, by Eric Owens    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/19/2014 5:50:04 PM     Post Reply
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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
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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

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´domestic terrorists´ following show of
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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
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Ted Cruz, Invoking Reagan,
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Wall Street Journal, by Monica Langley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/19/2014 8:09:17 AM     Post Reply
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Stop dressing so tacky for church
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CNN, by John Blake    Original Article
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Clintons celebrate Chelsea’s
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New York Post, by Stephanie Smith    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/19/2014 8:32:52 AM     Post Reply
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Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/19/2014 5:55:20 PM     Post Reply
President Obama asserts that 8 million people have signed up for Obamacare, as though that were something to be proud of. In fact, Obamacare has always been a fiasco from a fiscal perspective–a black hole of subsidies and expanded Medicaid, with largely fictitious mechanisms in place to pay for it. As the number of subsidized participants grows, the disaster gets worse. Charles Blahous explains: Our national discussion…is missing the truly significant story here; what is unfolding before our eyes is a colossal fiscal disaster, poised to haunt legislators and taxpayers for decades to come. It is quite possible that the ACA is

Gospel story of Jesus’ resurrection a
source of deep rifts in Christian religion

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Washington Post, by Kimberley Winston    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 4/19/2014 10:46:11 PM     Post Reply
“On the third day, he rose again.” That line, from the Nicene Creed, is a foundational statement of Christian belief. It declares that three days after Jesus died on the cross, he was resurrected, a glimmer of the eternal life promised to believers. It’s the heart of the Easter story in seven little words. But how that statement is interpreted is the source of some of the deepest rifts in Christianity — and a stumbling block for some Christians, and more than a few skeptics. Did Jesus literally come back from the dead in a bodily resurrection, as many traditionalist

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