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Syrian government forces seize town
critical to chemical weapons transport

McClatchy News, by Mitchell Prothero

Original Article

Posted By:toledo, 12/10/2013 8:07:51 AM

BEIRUT — Syrian government troops supported by the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah took control of a strategic crossroads Monday in far western Syria and reopened the country’s main highway to the coast, according to state-run Syrian media and rebel activists. The capture of the town of Nabek from rebels trying to topple the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad is considered critical to transporting the remnants of Syria’s chemical weapons stores out of the country for destruction. Syrian state television claimed the capture happened on Sunday, but Assad-sympathetic news outlets in neighboring Lebanon said that the town was brought completely under control

      


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Syrian government forces seize town
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McClatchy News, by Mitchell Prothero    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 12/10/2013 8:07:51 AM     Post Reply
BEIRUT — Syrian government troops supported by the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah took control of a strategic crossroads Monday in far western Syria and reopened the country’s main highway to the coast, according to state-run Syrian media and rebel activists. The capture of the town of Nabek from rebels trying to topple the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad is considered critical to transporting the remnants of Syria’s chemical weapons stores out of the country for destruction. Syrian state television claimed the capture happened on Sunday, but Assad-sympathetic news outlets in neighboring Lebanon said that the town was brought completely under control

   

 

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South Carolina voting on bill
to end Obamacare in state
Daily Caller, by Bruce Parker    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 12/9/2013 6:31:42 PM     Post Reply
A bill set for fast-track passage in the South Carolina Senate in January aims to eliminate Obamacare in the state. The law could become a model for other states fed up with the federal health-care law. House Bill 3101, titled the “South Carolina Freedom of Health Care Protection Act,” passed the state House of Representatives last April by a 65-34 vote. The bill now heads to the GOP-controlled Senate with special-order priority, setting up the likelihood that South Carolina will become the first state to exempt citizens and businesses from all participation in the Affordable Care Act. State Sen. State Sen. Tom Davis, the bill’s sponsor

How Adam Lanza Wrecked
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National Journal, by Alex Seitz-Ward    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 12/9/2013 1:22:32 PM     Post Reply
There are plenty of reasons this is the lowest point of Barack Obama´s presidency. He hasn´t fulfilled a major legislative campaign promise, his signature second-term immigration initiative is paralyzed, and the administration may never entirely recover from the unforced errors surrounding the Affordable Care Act´s rollout. But don´t blame these problems alone for Obama´s record-low 40 percent approval rating. In truth, his agenda went off the rails on a crisp December morning last year, when Adam Lanza strolled into Sandy Hook Elementary and killed 20 children and six adults. Obama hasn´t gotten back on track since. The Connecticut massacre set in

Bill Clinton condemns NSA’s
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Washington Post, by Aaron Blake    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 12/9/2013 12:43:09 PM     Post Reply
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Posted By: toledo- 12/9/2013 9:21:42 AM     Post Reply
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Posted By: toledo- 12/9/2013 8:45:29 AM     Post Reply
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Posted By: Toledo- 12/7/2013 8:52:43 AM     Post Reply
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Posted By: toledo- 12/4/2013 8:10:12 AM     Post Reply
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These two paragraphs say everything
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Posted By: toledo- 12/4/2013 8:06:06 AM     Post Reply
You should really just read the entire piece by Amy Goldstein and Juliet Eilperin in today´s Washington Post, which is a great account of where things stand now with HealthCare.gov. These two paragraphs, taken together, jumped out at me especially in explaining the challenges that the website now faces. Paragraph one: The enrollment records for a significant portion of the Americans who have chosen health plans through the online federal insurance marketplace contain errors — generated by the computer system — that mean they might not get the coverage they’re expecting next month.

Din of Spin: Obama´s
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Posted By: toledo- 12/3/2013 10:10:26 AM     Post Reply
President Obama is striking a dangerous balance. Starting today, he must simultaneously refocus Americans on the potential benefits of Obamacare without shredding his credibility further by minimizing its flaws. That dilemma had White House officials twisted in knots Monday. On one hand, they acknowledged that the cornerstone federal website is not working as smoothly as it should. But you could hardly hear the disclaimer over the din of spin, as the White House launched an aggressive "offensive" from a defensive crouch. "Healthcare.gov met our self-imposed November 30th deadline and even as we continue to make improvements to the website, we´ll also remind

   

 

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Breitbart Conversation, by Elizabeth Shield    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 12/3/2013 10:08:58 AM     Post Reply
Some people who have managed to complete the burdensome and glitch-filled process of signing up for Obamacare are learning they are not really enrolled at all. "Obama administration officials acknowledged today that some of the roughly 126,000 Americans who completed the torturous online enrollment process in October and November might not be officially signed up with their selected issuer, even if the website has told them they are." Technical problems transferring information from the website to insurance companies have troubled the system since the program´s rollout. Experts report that the website appears to function properly, but in the back end of



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