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Obama administration awards another
noncompetitive contract for
healthcare.gov

Washington Examiner, by Richard Pollock

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Posted By:grace52, 1/14/2014 10:03:24 AM

Open government advocates and IT experts are slamming the administration’s decision to award without competition another multimillion-dollar contract for the troubled Obamacare website.

      

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Job security declining for people in unions
Washington Examiner, by Sean Higgins    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 3/21/2014 4:26:38 PM     Post Reply
Economist Allison Schrager points out a little-noticed shift in the workforce that explains part of the membership problem Big Labor is facing: Union members are now experiencing declining job security. This is notable because job security is a key benefit to joining a union in the first place. Unions are supposed to pressure companies to preserve positions, even in hard times. But even union-dominated industries have seen mass layoffs in recent decades. Also, many of the other benefits that unions provide, like pensions, are only available to people who remain at their jobs for set periods.

North Carolina jury upholds conservative
professor´s freedom of speech rights on campus
Washington Examiner, by Mark Tapscott    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 3/21/2014 4:23:24 PM     Post Reply
There is a maxim that one person´s freedom ends at another person´s nose. That´s not quite how it works in the academic world when the swinger is the liberal powers-that-be and the swingee is a conservative professor. The Alliance Defending Freedom and the American Center for Law and Justice won a significant victory in a North Carolina court this week for restoring the maxim´s equal application on campus.

Hillary´s Putin Problem
The Weekly Standard, by Jonathan V. Last    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 3/20/2014 8:07:27 PM     Post Reply
It would be ironic if Hillary Clinton had a second presidential campaign torpedoed because of another politician´s foreign policy. People don´t much remember it now, but before Hope ´n´ Change Mania swept the country, Sen. Barack Obama shot to the lead in Iowa based almost entirely on drawing contrasts with Sen. Hillary Clinton concerning Iraq. Go re-read the speech he gave at Iowa´s Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Des Moines, shortly before he took off in the polls in November of 2007. Here´s the key passage:

Larry Sabato: Jeb Bush now 'the
leader of the field' for 2016
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 3/20/2014 3:01:37 PM     Post Reply
With New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stalled by the “Bridgegate” affair, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has become the establishment´s candidate and top pick to win the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, according to a new analysis of the race. “We now consider Bush the leader of the field if he decides to run,” said the influential “Crystal Ball” from the University of Virginia´s Center for Politics. “In recent months, we’ve noticed an unmistakable and widespread desire among some of the Republicans we talk to, particularly ones who would be classified as members of the establishment on and off Capitol Hill, for a third Bush nominee in less than three decades.
Headline corrected by Staff.

Nuclear option fallout
imperils Obama´s nominees
Washington Examiner, by Susan Crabtree    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 3/20/2014 2:56:09 PM     Post Reply
When Senate Democrats executed the so-called nuclear option last year and changed their chamber´s rules for votes on President Obama´s nominees, administration officials breathed a sigh of relief. As long as the nominees were qualified, they thought Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., could push them through a deeply divided Senate with a simple majority, not the 60-vote threshold previously required to end debate and proceed to a final up-or-down vote. The Senate Democratic caucus has 55 members so there appeared to be little Republicans could do to prevent the chamber from rubber-stamping Obama´s picks.

   

 

  


 
Democratic strategists in 2014
are like French generals in 1940
Washington Examiner, by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 3/17/2014 10:39:30 AM     Post Reply
It is reminiscent of the quandary faced by General Maurice Gamelin on the evening of May 15, 1940. Suddenly he realized that German panzer troops had broken through the supposedly impassable Ardennes. French troops to the north were cut off and rendered useless, troops to the south were falling back in disarray on all sides and no reserves were available between the front and Paris. “Yes,” he told the prime minister, “it means the destruction of the French Army.” Now, analogies between military history and politics are never exact, and no one in American politics remotely resembles the Nazis.

Average premiums jump 39% to 56% under
Obamacare; $2,604 a month in California
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 3/17/2014 10:34:51 AM     Post Reply
Americans buying health insurance outside the new Obamacare exchanges are being forced to swallow premiums up to 56 percent higher than before the health law took effect because insurers have jumped the cost to cover all the added features of the new Affordable Care Act. According to a cost report from eHealthInsurance, a nationwide online private insurance exchange, families are paying an average of $663 a month and singles $274 a month, far more than before Obamacare kicked in. What´s more, to save money, most buyers are choosing the lowest level of coverage, the so-called "bronze" plans.

Planned Parenthood announces 500-plus
events to promote Obamacare
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 3/10/2014 4:23:40 PM     Post Reply
As the March 31 Obamacare sign-up deadline nears, Planned Parenthood is going to bat for the White House, hosting more than 500 events in 18 cities to get Americans into the health insurance system. In eight states, officials from the women’s health and abortion provider will go to grocery stories and even indoor soccer fields to enroll people. It also plans to dispatch 500 canvassers to knock on 20,000 doors. From Planned Parenthood: Planned Parenthood Announces Stepped-Up Efforts for ACA Outreach through March 31 - Announces Stepped-Up Efforts for ACA Outreach through March 31 -

Wendy Davis´ filibuster against late-term
abortions repels Texas Hispanics
Washington Examiner, by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 3/10/2014 10:36:55 AM     Post Reply
Embedded in the returns for last Tuesday´s primary election in Texas is an interesting lesson on the difficulty of holding even a minority party´s coalition together. State Sen. Wendy Davis achieved national renown for filibustering a bill prohibiting abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy (a point at which many babies are viable outside the womb). She became a national heroine to many abortion rights supporters and attracted vast sums of out-of-state money, and those Democrats who have been hoping to “paint Texas blue” have seen her as a possible game-changer, even though in polls she runs behind Attorney General Greg

Emails raise questions about White House
knowledge of Kathleen Sibelius fundraising
Washington Examiner, by Susan Crabtree    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 3/6/2014 10:15:40 AM     Post Reply
Emails obtained by the Washington Examiner through a Freedom of Information Act request raise new questions about how much the White House knew about Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius´ fundraising for Obamacare and whether she solicited donations from entities she regulates. White House officials have said they did not sign off on calls made by Sebelius to solicit donations from private entities for Enroll America, an outside nonprofit with close White House ties that promotes enrollment in the health law´s insurance exchanges. Officials say they were only generally aware Sebelius would be seeking support from outside groups.

   

 

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In Senate race, two Kansans battle
over who is more Kansan
Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 3/5/2014 2:57:52 PM     Post Reply
The fight for the Republican Senate nomination in Kansas has turned, in part, into a strange battle between a fourth-generation Kansan and a fifth-generation Kansan over who is more Kansan. The fourth-generation Kansan is Sen. Pat Roberts, born in Topeka in 1936, and his fifth-generation opponent is Dr. Milton Wolf, born in Lyons in 1970. So far, it´s a lopsided affair; the majority of Kansas voters know little about Wolf, who is far behind an opponent familiar after 18 years in the Senate and 16 years in the House.

White House: Only President Obama
can change Obamacare
Washington Examiner, by Charles Hoskinson    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 3/5/2014 10:18:59 AM     Post Reply
The White House late Tuesday said President Obama would veto a House bill that would delay for a year the individual mandate in the president´s health care law. The House Rules Committee was set to debate the measure at a 5 p.m. meeting, setting it up for a floor vote as early as Wednesday. The bill isn´t likely to pass the Senate, however, since Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., usually keeps from the floor anything the White House opposes.



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Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 3/20/2014 3:01:37 PM     Post Reply
With New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stalled by the “Bridgegate” affair, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has become the establishment´s candidate and top pick to win the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, according to a new analysis of the race. “We now consider Bush the leader of the field if he decides to run,” said the influential “Crystal Ball” from the University of Virginia´s Center for Politics. “In recent months, we’ve noticed an unmistakable and widespread desire among some of the Republicans we talk to, particularly ones who would be classified as members of the establishment on and off Capitol Hill, for a third Bush nominee in less than three decades.
Headline corrected by Staff.

Beijing hotel workers already ´fed up´ with
Obama entourage in 3400-square-foot,
$8,350-per-night suite inconveniencing´ pretty
much everyone´--and the first lady´s mother is*

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 3/21/2014 6:02:02 PM     Post Reply
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Obama ladies touch down in
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Washington Times (D.C.), by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/20/2014 3:30:44 PM     Post Reply
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Nancy Pelosi Annoyed That
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Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/20/2014 3:27:46 PM     Post Reply
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Jeb Bush Praises Illegal Immigrants
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Associated Press, by Kimberly Hefling & Jesse J. Holland    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/21/2014 11:11:29 AM     Post Reply
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Michelle Obama: It´s very rare
that I have the chance to travel
outside of the United States

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Washington Examiner, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/21/2014 12:50:07 PM     Post Reply
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Ellen Sucks Up to Obama:
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Well...I Think Everyone´s Very
Grateful You Did This´

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NewsBusters, by Tim Graham    Original Article
Posted By: FelineFine- 3/20/2014 9:25:21 AM     Post Reply
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First Lady Challenges Americans to ´Try
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Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/20/2014 6:16:05 PM     Post Reply
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Washington Post Falls for Left-Wing
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Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 3/21/2014 5:27:43 AM     Post Reply
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