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State of the Union 2014:
Obama embraces Obamacare

Politico, by David Nather

Original Article

Posted By:garnet, 1/29/2014 8:08:07 AM

President Barack Obama left no doubt Tuesday night what his Obamacare sales technique will be: loud voice, lots of confidence and no apologies. Don’t dwell on the scratches on the hood. Just tell the customer how good it will feel to rev the engine and drive the car off the lot. Obamacare didn’t show up in the State of the Union address until over halfway through, and it encompassed all of nine paragraphs in an hour-plus stemwinder. But this was very much a hard sell by the president for Americans to sign up for his signature health care law, the biggest

      


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New Republic, by John B. Judis    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/28/2014 9:50:55 AM     Post Reply
In his memo this week, Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg warns me to “forget the conventional wisdom” that “the president is in trouble.” Greenberg points to Barack Obama’s approval rating being up, the Republicans’ reputation at a “remarkable low,” and the generic Congressional vote between the parties even. Some of this makes sense, but on eve of Obama’s State of the Union address, I’m going with the conventional wisdom: Obama and the Democrats are in deep trouble. Greenberg cites an improvement in Obama and the Democrats’ polling numbers over the last month, but the improvement is very slight. What I’d point to

   

 

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The Insiders: Democrats would rather not
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Washington Post, by Ed Rogers    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/28/2014 9:41:48 AM     Post Reply
Part of the theater associated with the State of the Union address lies in the camera capturing the live reactions of a few members of Congress and other attendees. I’m sure several of the Democrats who are facing reelection in 2014 are nervous about how they will comport themselves during the speech if they are caught on camera. If the president sets himself up for an applause line on Obamacare, how will they handle it so that their reaction can’t be used against them in their campaigns back home? Will Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu applaud at all?

How Scott Walker and the conservatives
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Telegraph [UK], by Tim Stanley    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/27/2014 8:30:25 AM     Post Reply
There was a time when Wisconsin was headline news. You must remember the story? Wisconsinites elected some caveman called Scott Walker as their governor on a platform of drowning government in the bath. He wanted to reform the unions and bring spending under control – and the public sector came out onto the streets to stop him. It was a kind of velvet revolution led by teachers and social workers and the folks who shoot bears when they start eating out of trash cans. They tried to remove Walker from office, but that didn´t work because he somehow won the

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Posted By: garnet- 1/27/2014 8:08:03 AM     Post Reply
President Obama is making a sudden push to win back millennial voters, who have grown disillusioned over his failed “Hope and Change” campaign that left them without jobs, living in their parents’ basement.Even though he has run his last race, the president needs the 18-to-34 age group to make his signature Obamacare policy work. Without them, the whole system falls apart — not tomorrow, today, right now, before the radical reform of U.S. health care can even get off the ground. Just how bad is it? Just 24 percent of the new enrollees to Obamacare are between 18 and 34.

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Posted By: garnet- 1/23/2014 6:22:24 AM     Post Reply
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Posted By: garnet- 1/22/2014 8:45:19 AM     Post Reply
The bare-bones Wendy Davis story — the one without embellishment — is sufficiently inspiring as a matrix for defying expectations. The daughter of a teenage mother and a teenage mother herself, Davis managed to beat the odds by getting a college education and Ivy League law degree, then launching a political career that’s brought her national adulation. But since Davis’ Democratic gubernatorial ambitions caught fire last year, “facts have been blurred” in the retelling of her life’s story, as reported Sunday by this newspaper’s senior political writer, Wayne Slater.

   

 

  


 
Resolved: Obamacare Is Now
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Posted By: garnet- 1/22/2014 8:36:15 AM     Post Reply
Last Wednesday, Scott Gottlieb and I debated Jonathan Chait and Douglas Kamerow on this proposition: “Resolved: Obamacare Is Now Beyond Rescue.” I was feeling a little trepid, for three reasons: First, I’ve never done any formal debate; second, the resolution gave the “for” side a built-in handicap, as the “against” side just had to prove that Obamacare might not be completely beyond rescue; and third, we were debating on the Upper West Side. Now, I grew up on the Upper West Side and love it dearly.

Sean Hannity reacts to Andrew Cuomo
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Posted By: garnet- 1/21/2014 8:29:23 AM     Post Reply
On his radio show Monday, Fox News Host Sean Hannity reacted to Gov. Andrew Cuomo´s controversial comments against conservatives, indicating that New York wasn´t a place for people who were pro-life and pro-Second Amendment. Hannity explained that he couldn´t wait to leave New York and move to Texas or Florida. "I was born and raised in New York,” Hannity said on his show. “I want you to know that and I can’t wait to get out of here. I really can’t." Hannity explained that the 10 percent state taxes and the high taxes in his county made him anxious to leave.

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Posted By: garnet- 1/21/2014 8:13:06 AM     Post Reply
What do young Americans want? Something different from what they´ve been getting from the president they voted for by such large margins. Evidence comes in from various polls. Voters under 30, the millennial generation, produced numbers for Barack Obama 13 percentage points above the national average in 2008 and 9 points above in 2012. But in recent polls, Obama approval among those under 30 has been higher than the national average by only 1 percentage point (Quinnipiac), 2 points (ABC/Washington Post) and 3 points (YouGov/Economist). Those differences are statistically significant. And that´s politically significant, since a higher percentage of millennials than of the

Obama Under Pressure From
Divided Democrats on Economic
Message in State of the Union
National Journal, by Josh Kraushaar    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/21/2014 8:06:26 AM     Post Reply
As the White House drafts a sixth State of the Union address, signs of strain are emerging within the Democratic Party, with liberals pushing the president to be more outspoken about the economic issues that now drive voter dissatisfaction. And while the speech isn´t likely to make a big impact on what policies get through Congress, it could have a lasting effect on the direction of Democratic politics. Indeed, this year´s address is shaping up to be an opportunity for the White House to bridge the divide between the party´s populists and Clinton-era centrists. But there´s little sign President Obama will

Israel To Kerry: Back Off
American Spectator, by Jed Babbin    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/20/2014 9:17:29 AM     Post Reply
April is the deadline John Kerry has set for himself. By then he aims to negotiate a peace treaty between the Israelis and the Palestinians. He’s been at it for six months, to the dismay of pretty much everyone, especially the Israelis. Last week, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon blew his stack at Kerry. Yaalon said, in conversations with American and Israeli officials, that Kerry “operates from an incomprehensible obsession and a sense of messianism — can’t teach me anything about the conflict with the Palestinians.” He added, “The American plan for security arrangements that was shown to us isn’t worth

   

 

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Our Selfish ´Public Servants´
Wall Street Journal, by Peggy Noonan    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/20/2014 9:05:47 AM     Post Reply
Sometimes the most obvious thing is the most unnoticed. I find myself thinking this week about the destructive force of selfishness in our political life. This common failing is the source of such woe! Politicians call themselves public servants, so they should be expected to be less selfish than the average Joe ; their views and actions should be assumed to be more keenly directed toward the broad public good. But no one expects that of politicians anymore, and they know it and use the knowledge to justify being even worse than they´d normally be.



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