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Barbara Bush hospitalized in Houston
Houston Chronicle, by Staff

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 12/31/2013 9:34:16 PM

Former first lady Barbara Bush was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Monday for treatment of a "respiratory-related issue," according to a statement issued by her husband´s office Tuesday night. The statement said Bush, 88, "is in great spirits, has already received visits from her husband and family, and is receiving fantastic care. Updates will be issued when warranted." Recent concern has focused on the health of her husband, George H.W. Bush, the nation´s 41st president. George Bush, 89, was released from Methodist Hospital last January after seven weeks of treatment for bronchitis, a bacterial infection and a persistent cough.

      


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Barbara Bush hospitalized in Houston
Houston Chronicle, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/31/2013 9:34:16 PM     Post Reply
Former first lady Barbara Bush was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Monday for treatment of a "respiratory-related issue," according to a statement issued by her husband´s office Tuesday night. The statement said Bush, 88, "is in great spirits, has already received visits from her husband and family, and is receiving fantastic care. Updates will be issued when warranted." Recent concern has focused on the health of her husband, George H.W. Bush, the nation´s 41st president. George Bush, 89, was released from Methodist Hospital last January after seven weeks of treatment for bronchitis, a bacterial infection and a persistent cough.

   

 

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Taxpayers lose slew of
breaks with end of 2013
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/31/2013 9:31:42 PM     Post Reply
A final congressional stalemate in late December means the New Year’s expiration of a host of tax breaks, amounting to a $54.2 billion increase for green-energy businesses, teachers, homeowners, college students and others. Businesses will take the biggest hit, with the disappearance Wednesday of a valuable research tax credit, subsidies for building wind turbines and incentives to make energy efficiency improvements to buildings. Individuals will take hits, too. Those who pay college tuition will lose a tax credit, as will taxpayers who deduct state and local sales tax payments or who pay mortgage insurance. Teachers will lose a tax credit

Stock market caps best year of century
Washington Times, by Patrice Hill    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/31/2013 9:29:22 PM     Post Reply
The stock market put in a stellar performance in 2013, with major indexes soaring to all-time highs and posting gains of nearly 30 percent — the best since the 1990s. Investors are betting that a detente in Washington’s fiscal wars will allow the U.S. economy to pick up some steam in 2014. Many small investors who were burned by two major stock collapses in the 2000s and avoided the market for years are beginning to be drawn back into stocks by the big gains last year. While stocks were soaring, some popular alternatives had dismal years. Broad measures of the

Obama’s liberal wish list for Congress
likely to stall in election year
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/31/2013 9:26:47 PM     Post Reply
If President Obama thought 2013 was an unproductive year for his agenda in Congress, he probably will enjoy 2014 even less. Mr. Obama has criticized the current Congress for being on track to become “the most unproductive in history.” As campaigning begins in earnest for the congressional midterm elections, the president plans to push partisan proposals, such as raising the minimum wage, that have little chance of becoming law but are intended to draw distinctions for voters. “The minimum wage is a very important part of the Democratic argument on economic inequality,” said Republican strategist John Feehery. “Republicans are vulnerable

With sagging polls, Obama follows
Bush down path to unpopularity
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/30/2013 9:35:11 PM     Post Reply
President Obama came into office promising to be the opposite of George W. Bush, but he is imitating his predecessor in one regard — his second-term slide in popularity is almost a mirror image of the Republican’s declining fortunes in 2005. Mr. Obama’s job-approval ratings in most polls this month were 40 percent or lower, down from 54 percent at the start of the year and the lowest of his presidency. Mr. Bush’s popularity in December 2005 stood at 43 percent, down from a high of 57 percent near the beginning of his second term and less than half the

Obamacare woes propel
GOP to preferred status in
polls for 2014 elections
Washington Times, by Jacqueline Klimas    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/29/2013 10:30:20 PM     Post Reply
With less than a year left until voters cast ballots, Republicans have staged a comeback and pulled slightly ahead in the midterm election races, according to a series of generic party preference polls in December. The 10 polls are divided on which party will come out on top in the November elections, but the averages show Republicans top Democrats by about 0.3 percentage points, according to Real Clear Politics. Many of the surveys show declines in Democratic support. Although the difference is small, history suggests big headaches for President Obama’s party. “For Democrats now, this is pretty bad. Usually when

   

 

  


 
Harvard Prof: Tea Party Not Going
Anywhere, More Likely to Win
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Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/29/2013 5:06:40 PM     Post Reply
A government and sociology professor at Harvard writes that the Tea Party is more likely than not to "win in the end" in an age when Americans are becoming more removed from Washington and distrusting the federal government and their elected officials. "Tea Party forces will still win in the end," Theda Skocpol writes, unless moderate Republicans can defeat them. Skocpol concedes that the Tea Party "will triumph just by hanging on long enough" as Americans are getting fed up by "our blatantly manipulated democracy and our permanently hobbled government." The article, "Why The Tea Party Isn´t Going Anywhere," was

Afghanistan gains will be lost
quickly after drawdown, U.S.
intelligence estimate warns
Washington Post, by Ernesto Londoño*    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/28/2013 10:03:59 PM     Post Reply
A new American intelligence assessment on the Afghan war predicts that the gains the United States and its allies have made during the past three years are likely to have been significantly eroded by 2017, even if Washington leaves behind a few thousand troops and continues bankrolling the impoverished nation, according to officials familiar with the report. The National Intelligence Estimate, which includes input from the country’s 16 intelligence agencies, predicts that the Taliban and other power brokers will become increasingly influential as the United States winds down its longest war in history, according to officials who have read the

2013 oil boom is biggest
ever, data shows
Houston Chronicle, by Simone Sebastian    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/27/2013 7:28:18 AM     Post Reply
HOUSTON — The United States’ average daily oil production is on track to surge by 1 million barrels per day this year, the biggest one-year jump in the nation’s history, according to federal data. The country has pumped an average of 7.5 million barrels of crude per day in 2013, up from 6.5 million barrels per day in 2012. That breaks last year’s record, when oil production jumped by 837,000 barrels per day between 2011 and 2012. Feds: US oil boom’s end in sight The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects that oil production will jump by another 1 million barrels

Edward Snowden, after months
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his mission’s accomplished
Washington Post, by Barton Gellman    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/23/2013 11:09:31 PM     Post Reply
MOSCOW — The familiar voice on the hotel room phone did not waste words. “What time does your clock say, exactly?” he asked. He checked the reply against his watch and described a place to meet. “I’ll see you there,” he said. Edward Joseph Snowden emerged at the appointed hour, alone, blending into a light crowd of locals and tourists. He cocked his arm for a handshake, then turned his shoulder to indicate a path. Before long he had guided his visitor to a secure space out of public view. During more than 14 hours of interviews, the first he

New Health Law Frustrates
Many in Middle Class
New York Times, by Katie Thomas*    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/21/2013 11:14:42 AM     Post Reply
Ginger Chapman and her husband, Doug, are sitting on the health care cliff. The cheapest insurance plan they can find through the new federal marketplace in New Hampshire will cost their family of four about $1,000 a month, 12 percent of their annual income of around $100,000 and more than they have ever paid before. Even more striking, for the Chapmans, is this fact: If they made just a few thousand dollars less a year — below $94,200 — their costs would be cut in half, because a family like theirs could qualify for federal subsidies. The Chapmans acknowledge that

   

 

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Federal officials seek more time
for people to enroll in health care
Washington Post, by Amy Goldstein and Juliet Eilperin    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/20/2013 10:46:50 PM     Post Reply
President Obama expressed confidence Friday that “a couple million” Americans will have new health coverage as of New Year’s Day. But behind the scenes, federal health officials have been pressing the insurance industry to give people more time to sign up. According to insurance industry executives, federal officials have been asking health plans to provide insurance starting Jan. 1 even for customers who sign up after a looming deadline on Monday. While some plans have agreed, many are rebuffing the request because they cannot logistically accommodate it or out of frustration with a series of late-breaking rule changes



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