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The Obamacare Opportunity
Weekly Standard, by James C. Capretta & Yuval Levin

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Posted By:StormCnter, 4/30/2014 5:16:35 AM

Obamacare’s defenders are doing their best to sustain a triumphant mood these days. In the wake of the late-March surge in exchange enrollment, many proponents of the law have insisted it can no longer be rolled back. As the president put it in his April 1 Mission Accomplished speech announcing the enrollment figures, “The Affordable Care Act is here to stay.” But just as conservative assertions that the law would collapse of its own weight were premature, so too are today’s liberal proclamations that the debate is over. Clear-eyed opponents of Obamacare have long understood that once the Supreme Court upheld

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: mickturn, 4/30/2014 8:47:54 AM     (No. 9830504)

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the Veterans Affairs scandal
Washington Post, by Dana Milbank    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/22/2014 5:48:27 AM     Post Reply
It doesn’t inspire great confidence that President Obama, on the day he finally decided to comment about excessive wait times for veterans’ medical appointments, showed up late to read his statement. The White House briefing room is only about 100 feet from the Oval Office, but Obama arrived 13 minutes after the scheduled time for his remarks, the first since the day the scandal broke late last month with a report that 40 veterans had died in Phoenix while waiting to see doctors. Over the weekend, the president’s chief of staff assured the public that Obama was “madder than hell” about

IRS workers spent 521,725 hours on
union activities; cost taxpayers $23.5m
Washington Examiner [DC], by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/22/2014 5:42:33 AM     Post Reply
The Treasury Department has revealed to the House Ways and Means Committee that Internal Revenue Service employees spent over 500,000 hours on union activities last year. They estimated the cost to taxpayers at $23.5 million in salary and benefits. Officials told Secrets that the exact hours IRS members of the National Treasury Employees Union dedicated to labor activities was 521,725 in fiscal 2013, which ran from October 2012 to September 2013. That was slightly less than the 573,319 hours in fiscal 2012, according to the IRS, but the spending was significantly above that year´s total of $16 million.

The Obama Administration’s Ethics Problem
National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/22/2014 5:26:30 AM     Post Reply
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki cannot get a handle on the recent scandalous treatment of veterans in VA hospitals, where more than 40 sick men were allowed to die without proper follow-up treatment. A cover-up allegedly followed. When the Walter Reed Army Medical Center scandal broke under the George W. Bush administration, heads rolled. So far, Shinseki seems immune from similar accountability. Almost nothing that former secretary of health and human services Kathleen Sebelius promised before, during, or after the implementation of the ill-starred Affordable Care Act came true. She was also cited by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel for

The Case for Reparations
Atlantic, by Ta-Nehisi Coates    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/22/2014 5:10:53 AM     Post Reply
And if thy brother, a Hebrew man, or a Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee. And when thou sendest him out free from thee, thou shalt not let him go away empty: thou shalt furnish him liberally out of thy flock, and out of thy floor, and out of thy winepress: of that wherewith the LORD thy God hath blessed thee thou shalt give unto him. And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the

Clinton allies pressured Dems on Benghazi
Politico, by Jake Sherman & Anna Palmer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/22/2014 5:04:12 AM     Post Reply
Hillary Clinton’s world was so worried about a Republican investigation of the Benghazi attacks, they sent a message to House Democrats: We need backup. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) publicly considered boycotting the panel, an idea that Clinton supporters feared would leave the potential 2016 candidate exposed to the enemy fire of House Republicans. So Clinton emissaries launched a back channel campaign, contacting several House Democratic lawmakers and aides to say they’d prefer Democrats participate, according to sources familiar with the conversations. Pelosi’s staff said they have not heard from Clinton’s camp.

   

 

  


 
The VA scandal’s lesson for ObamaCare
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/22/2014 5:01:53 AM     Post Reply
It’s tempting to lay all the blame for the disgraceful treatment of US vets by the hospitals meant to serve them on President Obama. And to call for the head of Eric Shinseki, secretary of Veterans Affairs. It’s tempting especially because in 2008, then-Sen. Obama, a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, made the VA hospitals part of his campaign for president — and his transition team was briefed by VA officials shortly after winning about the waiting times that were covered up and have now exploded into the news. Once again, the president tells us he only learned about the problems

Why the VA Scandal
Is the Real Outrage
Slate, by John Dickerson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/22/2014 4:48:32 AM     Post Reply
If you’ve ever been seriously sick or helped a family member who is, you know how dark it can get. In the hospital, you look to every doctor or nurse who throws back that curtain and punches the hand sanitizer machine as if they have the answer, but they don’t. This test or that test will tell us more, you’re told, or we’ll know more after one more bag is hooked up and drained. If you’re on a slower track, it’s just a gauntlet of appointments weeks away, tests on different floors or in different buildings, illegible return visit dates

Obamacare: Home of the $11,500 Application
PJ Media, by Tom Blumer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/22/2014 4:43:28 AM     Post Reply
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As Libya implodes, Obama sends
80 U.S. troops to Chad to help
find the kidnapped Nigerian girls
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/22/2014 4:40:19 AM     Post Reply
I think this might be a sneak peek at the final two and a half years of Hopenchange foreign policy. Having achieved squat from his big-ticket initiatives — outreach to Russia, Egyptian democracy, intervention in Libya, a doomed nuclear “deal” with Iran — maybe Obama’s planning to stick to small-ball actions that everyone can feel good about from here on out. Post-Qaddafi Libya increasingly looks like a “Mad Max” landscape, but if our boys can mow down some Boko Haram s******s and get a few of those kidnapped girls back, everyone will smile, no? Reports from border villagers soon after more

Perry and Dewhurst too liberal?
Welcome to the new right-wing Texas
Star-Telegram [Ft. Worth, TX], by Bud Kennedy    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/21/2014 6:14:06 PM     Post Reply
Texas is about to become even more conservative. With as many as eight new state senators and the possibility of a religious conservative radio host as lieutenant governor, that chamber will lean right no matter how the runoff Tuesday turns out. Ron Paul libertarians also look like potential winners in some House runoffs, meaning more guns and less government interest in problem-solving about water, transportation or education. That should please listeners to a certain radio talk station in Houston, where a morning host in 2004 had a harsh greeting for the Republican State Convention. “The problem with Texas is that Rick Perry is too

   

 

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Five Big Things The Tea
Party Has Gotten Right
Daily Caller, by W. James Antle, III    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/21/2014 3:59:34 PM     Post Reply
Let’s not sugarcoat it: This has been a bad year for the tea party. “We are going to crush them everywhere,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed. He did his part by easily dispatching conservative primary challenger Matt Bevin Tuesday. The reasons for the tea party movement’s problems have been well rehearsed. (Snip)But let’s not forget that these angry conservative populists have gotten a few big things right. 1.) Nobody is entitled to hold any elected office. Politicians, it should go without saying, serve at the pleasure of their constituents. Sure, political parties have better things to spend their money

Jimmy Carter’s grandson: People have right
to sport Confederate battle flag license plate
Washington Times, by Seth McLaughlin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/21/2014 12:53:14 PM     Post Reply
The grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, who is running for governor in Georgia, suggested Monday that if he wins the gubernatorial race he will not stop the state from issuing license plates featuring the Confederate battle flag. During an appearance on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown,” state Sen. Jason Carter, a Democrat, said people have the right to sport the Sons of Confederate Veterans-backed license plate, which features an image of the Confederate flag. He also said he would rather have people focus their attention on the role that Georgia and its leaders played in the civil rights movement. “I would like



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New York Daily News, by Leslie Larson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/21/2014 11:54:50 AM     Post Reply
President Obama declared his outrage at allegations of misconduct at VA hospitals at a Wednesday press conference after an Oval Office meeting with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki. "I will not stand for it — not as commander in chief, but also not as an American,” he told reporters as furor grows over allegations of treatment delays and preventable deaths at the health care facilities. The VA Inspector General’s office said late Tuesday that 26 facilities are being investigated nationwide — up from 10 just last week — including a Phoenix hospital where 40 veterans allegedly died while waiting for treatment and

Howard Dean: ´Republicans Aren´t American"
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Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
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A terrible sort of insanity has gripped the Democratic Party. On almost a daily basis, when you see the party’s leaders in action, you want to start edging toward the door, murmuring “Nice doggie. Nice doggie.” Today it was Howard Dean (filmed a week ago, but seen on YouTube today). He was addressing a Democratic crowd in Colorado, and went off on a tirade against Republicans. Yes, he really did say that Republicans aren’t American. And that they should stay away from the United States, and go to Russia where they belong. One gets the feeling that if the Democrats

Condoleezza Rice too privileged
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Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 5/21/2014 8:46:31 PM     Post Reply
Fox News’ Bob Beckel suggested Monday that Condoleezza Rice, the first female and first black secretary of state, is not a good icon for young black people because she didn’t grow up in the “ghetto.” Panelists on “The Five” discussed race relations in today’s America by contrasting an uplifting speech given by Ms. Rice at the 2012 Republican National Convention and Attorney General Eric Holder’s more dismal outlook in his commencement speech at Morgan State University on Saturday. Fox News’ Bob Beckel suggested Monday that Condoleezza Rice, the first female and first black secretary of state, is not a good icon

   

 

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Republicans receive boost in Senate primaries
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Republicans’ hopes of winning back the Senate received a big boost in primary elections Tuesday, with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) easily winning and other candidates favored by the party establishment beating back tea party challengers. After years of intraparty turmoil that cost Republicans key races, voters this year are coalescing around the GOP’s strongest candidates ahead of November’s general election, when control of the Senate during President Obama’s final two years in office will be up for grabs. On Tuesday, the most consequential day of voting so far this year, Democrats were left disappointed. GOP Senate candidates prone to

Obama Acts as if He
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Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: quantumman- 5/20/2014 5:45:02 PM     Post Reply
Time after time, President Obama has reportedly learned of a number of big administration scandals in the media, from the IRS to Fast & Furious and now the VA scandal over wait times and veterans dying before receiving proper treatment (Jay Carney said today the president learned about this scandal through media reports). All this apparent unawareness before the fact led Charles Krauthammer to argue on Special Report today that Obama acts like he “stumbled upon the presidency” only to be shocked by how much wrong there really is. He lightly mocked the idea that Obama is “madder than hell”

Payback time:
GOP incumbents learn how to win

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Politico, by Alexander Burns    Original Article
Posted By: Honeybadger- 5/21/2014 7:50:08 AM     Post Reply
In 2014, the tea party insurrection is starting to look more like the Boston Massacre.In state after state this primary season, entrenched politicians are proving that incumbency counts for something after all, leveraging the stature and financial firepower that comes with high office to demolish challengers from the activist right.In three states Tuesday night, long-serving lawmakers rolled over tea party opponents. Eight-term Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson beat back a challenger supported by Club for Growth, the most influential conservative group targeting elected officials in primaries. In Pennsylvania, Rep. Bill Shuster easily dispatched an opponent once touted as a tea party

Veterans groups blast Obama’s
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Washington Times (D.C), by Douglas Ernst    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 5/21/2014 10:13:06 PM     Post Reply
Two top veterans groups — the American Legion and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) — voiced their displeasure Wednesday with President Obama’s remarks on the growing VA scandal. The American Legion said in a statement that the president’s decision not to announce the firing of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki was “an unfortunate one,” while Paul Rieckhoff, the CEO and founder of IAVA, called Mr. Obama’s response “a tremendous disappointment,” the Hill reported. Mr. Obama, who addressed the issue Wednesday during a press briefing at the White House, said that Mr. Shinseki “cares deeply”

CNN President Jeff Zucker: ‘We’re Not Going
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Daily Caller, by Brendan Bordelon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/21/2014 8:16:46 AM     Post Reply
CNN President Jeff Zucker declared his network would “not going to be shamed” into covering Benghazi and other stories without “real news value” at an awards dinner Monday. Capital New York reports that Zucker explained CNN’s post-plane plans during an interview at the Deadline Club’s annual dinner on Monday night. “I don’t think there’s any question about our commitment to breaking news, as evidenced by all the questions about the plane,” Zucker told The New York Times’ Bill Carter. “So we’re still there whenever that happens,” he continued, “but we’re going to supplement that with some different kind of storytelling.” What kind of

   

 



 
Jerry Brown: Humanity on collision
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Breitbart California, by Robert Wilde    Original Article
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Now that San Diego’s wildfires have been contained and are cooling, according to the Los Angeles Times, Governor Jerry Brown announced on Sunday that California’s real battle is with global warming. Appearing on an ABC Sunday morning show, Brown asserted that "We here in California are on the front lines." Brown reasserted that rising sea levels may precipitate the relocation of Los Angeles International airport (LAX). "We´ve got to deal with it. We´ve already appropriated $600 million. We have 5,000 firefighters. We´re going to need thousands more. And in the years to come, we´re going to have to make very expensive investments

NC Restaurant With "No Weapons"
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Townhall, by Christine Rousselle    Original Article
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North Carolina restaurant The Pit was robbed at gunpoint on Sunday. Normally, local crime stories like this wouldn´t merit a Townhall post, but this one is different: The Pit has a "no weapons" sign displayed prominently on its door declaring the restaurant a gun-free zone, and bans patrons from carrying concealed weapons. Authorities said just before 9 p.m. Sunday, three men wearing hoodies entered the restaurant through the back doors with pistols, and forced several staff members to lie on the floor. The bandits assaulted two employees during the crime, but they were not seriously injured. What groups like Everytown for Gun

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Atlantic, by Ta-Nehisi Coates    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/22/2014 5:10:53 AM     Post Reply
And if thy brother, a Hebrew man, or a Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee. And when thou sendest him out free from thee, thou shalt not let him go away empty: thou shalt furnish him liberally out of thy flock, and out of thy floor, and out of thy winepress: of that wherewith the LORD thy God hath blessed thee thou shalt give unto him. And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the

When a President Learns Everything on TV
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Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 5/21/2014 5:05:21 AM     Post Reply
Today, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney sought to partially walk back his statement yesterday in which he said President Obama learned about the growing scandal at the Veterans Administration by watching a report on the topic on CNN. After realizing just how bad that sounded, Carney returned to the daily briefing with the White House press corps today to say that his statement was being misinterpreted. According to Carney, what he really meant to say was that the president had only heard of the “specific allegations” about misconduct at VA hospitals by watching television. But, he insisted, the president

   

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