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For Obama, and Democrats, it’s crunch time
Washington Post, by Dan Balz

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 11/9/2013 11:06:34 PM

President Obama likes to say he will never again be running for office, but every Democrat knows he will be on the ballot figuratively in 2014, and 2016, as well. Right now they are rightly nervous about that prospect. A month ago, political Washington was transfixed by the errors committed by congressional Republicans. Those missteps led to a partial shutdown of the government, which in turn has brought approval of the GOP to record lows in many public opinion surveys. Nothing about that has changed. But today, it’s Obama in the spotlight. A president famous for his unflappability, he is


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Reply 1 - Posted by: nimby, 11/9/2013 11:26:40 PM     (No. 9606395)

Cruch time? Think about it as infiniti square.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: chiller, 11/9/2013 11:50:19 PM     (No. 9606405)

FTA: "Republicans have made themselves toxic by the tactics employed during the government shutdown"

Such as the Barrycades which you´ve conviently ignored? I understand you´re trying to cover for the dems but it w

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Reply 3 - Posted by: chiller, 11/9/2013 11:51:13 PM     (No. 9606406)

....but it won´t work.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Country Boy, 11/10/2013 12:54:43 AM     (No. 9606426)

And if they do get it to work, 90% of consumers will find out that it is completely unaffordable.

Total fraud.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Deedo, 11/10/2013 1:12:00 AM     (No. 9606430)

For a guy reciting some terrible facts regarding the outlook for Democrats in the 2014 election, the author works very hard to spin it as "no big deal".

There are more shoes to drop for Obama, and they are all negative.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Puffy1, 11/10/2013 2:07:04 AM     (No. 9606450)

Unflappable because the WP reports him as such...what a laugh.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Spidey, 11/10/2013 3:18:50 AM     (No. 9606468)

The botched rollout and website don´t mean anything.These people are going to do what they´re going to do and be very sneaky and behind the scenes with it.

Between now and next Nov.Medicare customers are going to started being blasted in a number of ways and the dems can´t afford to lose the senior citizens groups.

Of course the AARP will send out their brainwashing newsletters to keep seniors off guard when they start getting news their procedure hasn´t been approved.

You have all kinds of people saying the WH knew the site wouldn´t be ready but here comes Obama saying he would have pulled the plug if he knew about it 2 weeks before the launch.

Its too bad Obama´s spring of lies can´t be converted to alternative energy.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Trigger2, 11/10/2013 5:03:54 AM     (No. 9606482)

For the life of me, I can´t understand why the GOP sunk so far because of sequestration. If Barry hadn´t purposely issued an edict to each and every goobermint agency to make the pain to the citizenry as much as possible, no one would have noticed the sequestration. Everything with Barry & his communist demonrats is political. They could care less about the country or its citizens.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: pucky1, 11/10/2013 6:59:19 AM     (No. 9606539)

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Reply 10 - Posted by: pucky1, 11/10/2013 7:06:11 AM     (No. 9606547)

Hey, Dan. Why don´t you write a report on how the $6,500 deductible came to be?

It looks like these policies are rigged so that there is barely any payout. Whatta deal! Everyone pays in and only a few get a payout.

This rotten egg is barely cracked and the stink from O´Care is spreading all over.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: M2, 11/10/2013 7:17:42 AM     (No. 9606554)

He and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius have promised the site will be running smoothly by the end of this month.

God forbid. All that personal information from those who do manage to sign up will be used against them.

Absent buy-in by the public, the new law could end up being blamed for almost anything that goes wrong with people’s health-care coverage, whether justified or not.

It certainly will be blamed for what goes wrong in the health care of real human beings, because this bill was not necessary to begin with -- most Americans were happy with their coverage and their plans.

I still have not gotten an answer from a single Democrat to my question: Why not let those who want to sign up do so, and leave the rest of us alone?

(rhetorical question, of course. We know that this bill isn´t about health care. It´s about, as Maxine Waters let slip, "controlling the people".

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Rinktum, 11/10/2013 7:21:42 AM     (No. 9606558)

Obama and the democrats pushed Obamacare on the American people knowing they did not want it. Now the people are being squeezed financially but wait until they start dealing with the actual care they receive. It is going to get very ugly. The sad truth is that the democrats know this is coming and they do not care. The implementation and foundation of this wealth stealing and patient killing legislation is their goal. They must get Obamacare entrenched in people´s lives so deeply that there is no way it can be extricated. This is the goal. Once you are dependent on the government for your health care, they own you lock, stock and barrel.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: rsgonner, 11/10/2013 7:38:55 AM     (No. 9606576)

So...the republicans made themselves toxic by trying to do what the democrats are hoping will happen...??? Ted Cruz was "toxic" because he proclaimed what everyone now knows is true? What a mixed up world washington lives in.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 11/10/2013 7:41:06 AM     (No. 9606578)

Look Dan a water bucket with obama´s name on it pick it up and carry it!
More like Claude Balls.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: BeatleJeff, 11/10/2013 7:51:20 AM     (No. 9606588)

Typical lamestream article attempting to cover the Rats problems by saying the GOP are worse. The fact is that the shutdown was a momentary blip while the devastating effects of ObamaCare will be with us for a long time. Come next November, the GOP´s role in the shutdown will be long forgotten and the voters will be tossing the Rats out of office because of the damage they caused with ObamaCare.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Poobah, 11/10/2013 7:57:27 AM     (No. 9606593)

The lighthearted demeanor of this article is almost laughable compared to the disaster that is befalling the American people.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Joe Btfsplk, 11/10/2013 8:00:36 AM     (No. 9606598)

Barry has pinched off a stinking loaf called Obamacare on the living room carpet of America. Barry says it´s America´s fault for having a nice carpet...

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Reply 18 - Posted by: WhamDBambam, 11/10/2013 8:15:22 AM     (No. 9606620)

Personally, I´m hoping for road-kill time.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: mws50, 11/10/2013 8:34:10 AM     (No. 9606645)

The government shut-down focused attention on obamacare, and the dummycrats did not see it coming.They thought.... I mean "felt" normal people would be upset with republicans for quite a while.

It´s not the dummycrats´ fault. They lack the common sense, logic, and analytical abilities to see this disaster coming right at them.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: strike3, 11/10/2013 8:43:13 AM     (No. 9606657)

Speaking of crunch time, the promised date for the perfect functioning of the healthcare.gov website is 20 days away. Happy Thanksgiving Obie administration. I hope your holiday isn´t ruined by too much stress and embarrassment.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: The Patriot Code, 11/10/2013 8:43:44 AM     (No. 9606659)

Balz´ depiction of 0bama´s "apology" is insulting to anyone who knows what an apology is. 0bamatrons are deluded beyond comprehension. Or have made lying an art form.
At Nuremberg, "I was just following orders" was not accepted as a defense.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Midnight Rambler, 11/10/2013 9:04:33 AM     (No. 9606686)

The Danster has a major crush on Barry. I couldn´t even finish reading.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua, 11/10/2013 9:11:04 AM     (No. 9606691)

Obamacare is nothing but a disaster.

The website rollout that apparently never worked. Didn´t they ever have a stable level of code? It might have lacked function, but it would have worked. Incompetent.

Healthcare policy that raises expenses, drops care, and drops doctors and hospitals. Insane!!!

There should be a big government bloodbath come election time in 2014 and 2016, but both sides of the aisle will work together to keep conservatives, constitutionalists, and libertarians out of government by any means necessary.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Truth Czar, 11/10/2013 10:07:47 AM     (No. 9606750)

The author bends the truth almost as well as the Fibber-in-Chief.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Holeymoses, 11/10/2013 10:15:09 AM     (No. 9606759)

It´s easy to see where your heart lies Dan, sometimes spouting the obvious, but always with a ray of hope that your guy can pull it off. This is something old Axelrod won´t be able to fix, even sending said guy to church.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Arby, 11/10/2013 11:06:37 AM     (No. 9606828)

Crunch time for Obama? That´s when he has to decide between using a five iron or a six iron. Destroying America and its health system? He leaves that to subordinates and doesn´t really care.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Janjan, 11/10/2013 11:19:17 AM     (No. 9606842)

The so called ´government shutdown´ effected relatively few people and will be a little remembered blip by the midterm elections. Obamacare will be a huge monster and no one will remain untouched by it - and most in a very negative way. Democrats are well aware of this regardless of the spin.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: chicodon, 11/10/2013 11:50:18 AM     (No. 9606879)

"Those missteps led to a partial shutdown of the government, which in turn has brought approval of the GOP to record lows in many public opinion surveys."

Orchestrated by Obama and then given to the media to create the narrative. Polls also say the President is being held responsible. This stuff frosts me and is nearly verbatim to what Carney reads from his talking points on his lectern. Sorry, couldn´t get any farther into the article.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Butch59, 11/10/2013 11:53:39 AM     (No. 9606881)

It´s obvious that the author of this article is an Obozo supporter from the ground up. And while he gives out a few snipes about the troubles the dims have, he trounces the pubies. And some of what he says about pubies just might be true. Most of us here at LCom can see tons of ad material for use in nest years election and that of 2016. But, when I looked into my crystal ball this morning, I seemed to see the absence of said ads. And for the life of me, I just can´t see why the pubies don´t use the actions of the dims against them. You can bet the farm that dims would do so if the tables were turned. They fight dirty, and as been said a gazillion times, you fight fire with fire. It´s time the pubies grew a pair and learned to fight.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Poobah, 11/10/2013 12:05:54 PM     (No. 9606892)

The "crunch" may be coming faster than we thought. The New York Post has published an article entitled, "New York Times´ Obama Cheerleading Harms the Nation."

Here´s the link: http://nypost.com/2013/11/10/new-york-times-obama-cheerleading-harms-the-nation/

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Reply 31 - Posted by: bighambone, 11/10/2013 12:43:36 PM     (No. 9606922)

A lot of Republicans attempted to tell the American people that Obama Care was going to be a train wreck. The Obama allied liberal media did not like that and is still attempting to cover Obama´s back by fraudulently rationalizing that the Republicans are somehow just as much to blame as the Obama crew for the Obama Care fiasco.

In order to get more people to sign up for Obama Care, Obama will attempt to give government subsidies to most of the people who now have income higher then the current subsidy ceiling who had their health care insurance plans cancelled. He will hit the Republicans with that next year during the run-up to the election, in an attempt to save the congressional Democrats political hides in the election. In return for votes Obama would give everybody "free" health care and make the shrinking number of Americans who actually do pay taxes pay for everyone else´s health care. If the Republicans loose the 2014 election and the Democrats again win control of the Congress he will probably attempt that.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: dman, 11/10/2013 12:53:37 PM     (No. 9606933)

The real "inconvenient truths" coming home to roost.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: danvillebill, 11/10/2013 1:15:11 PM     (No. 9606946)

Republicans enjoyed a "wave" election in 2010 because of O´care.

Republicans should experience another wave in 2014 for the very same reason.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: glcinpdx, 11/10/2013 1:37:09 PM     (No. 9606970)

Dan needs to get out of the rarefied air of inside the beltway....correction...Dan needs to get out of the even more rarefied air up Obama´s backside and see what normal people across the country are seeing.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: novakid, 11/10/2013 4:03:57 PM     (No. 9607069)

FTA: He (our bwave weeder) and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius have promised the site will be running smoothly by the end of this month.

Yeah, makes me feel SO confident now that these two experts have spoken. Neither of them would know a kiddy program, let alone one this archaic and complex. I´d guess it´s about 1985 vintage.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: seenitallbefore, 11/10/2013 6:42:10 PM     (No. 9607157)

Note the weasel wording at the beginning: Obama will "never again be running for office."

He won´t need to run for office. He will simply declare in 2016 that the country is in too precarious a state for anyone else to take over, and it is therefore his duty not to step down.

The Republicans will, of course, offer a compromise: stay for two more years.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Persecutor2, 11/10/2013 7:13:44 PM     (No. 9607176)

I would be pretty unflappable too if I was never in my whole life called to account for any of the stupid and/or venal things I had done.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Persecutor2, 11/10/2013 7:27:10 PM     (No. 9607180)

Sorry for the double post, that´s what I get for posting after reading the article but before reading the thread. But re #10--Of course the policies are designed for big pay-in, little or no pay-out. That´s why they all have to cover stuff that will never be used, like maternity care for men and older women, mental health care for all, pediatric dentistry for the childless, etc. When you tell the health insurance companies that they have to cover pre-existing conditions, you are telling them that they have to give money away. And they will have to give lots more away when they are forced to cover such things as sex-change operations and Sandra Fluke´s contraceptives. All that money has to be recouped somewhere, and it´s going to come, not just from the "young and healthy" that the lames keep yammering about (who aren´t going to sign up anyway), but from everyone else, buying unnecessary, never-to-be-claimed-against coverage, at high premiums, with high deductibles.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Ida Lil, 11/10/2013 7:40:12 PM     (No. 9607185)

The dems would have /could have had a stunning victory in GOP blame over the shut down BUT don´t kid yourself Dan.
Your petulant vicious little man just couldn´t restrain his nasty side and lost all that momentum.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: O.G.´s Mom, 11/10/2013 9:50:01 PM     (No. 9607268)

I tried, I really, really tried to read this article to the end. But, the constant spin and cover up for Obama, even as the WP tries to give the illusion of balance, makes me ill. As another LDotter said, Zero is "unflappable" because the MSM says so. The chaos and misery this president and the Democrat party are inflicting on we citizens is outrageous, but the MSM and Mr. Balz will smooth everything over and by election time 2014, everything, the lost insurance coverage, the skyrocketing premiums you name it will be Ted Cruz and Mike Lee´s fault. And Zero will be just another victim of the racist Tea Party members. And we have another 3 years of this garbage. Three years! I cannot fathom the state of our country at that time. God help us all.

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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

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

Living in the New York Times World
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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

´America´s royal baby´: How Chelsea´s first
child could give Hillary Clinton a boost in
the polls if she runs for president in 2016

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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

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

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

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.

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

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?

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