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Obamacare approval hits new low — 37 percent — in survey

Mon, 2014-11-17 03:47

Thirty-seven percent of Americans say they approve of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, while 56 percent disapprove, according to a new Gallup poll.

The 37 percent approval rating is 1 percentage point below the previous low from Gallup in January.

Approval of the law is ...

Mitt Romney: Hey, Obama — you 'lost this last election round'

Mon, 2014-11-17 03:40

Former White House hopeful Mitt Romney had a blunt message for the commander-in-chief, telling a nationally televised audience that President Obama would be best served if he realized his party's Election Day disaster had in fact been a commentary on his leadership.

Mr. Romney's message, on "Face the Nation" on ...

David Axelrod: Obamacare's Jonathan Gruber is 'stupid'

Mon, 2014-11-17 03:20

Former White House adviser David Axelrod said in a tweet that it's not the American voter who is stupid — it's Jonathan Gruber, the Obamacare architect who slung that very label at the U.S. population.

"As one who worked hard to make ACA and its benefits clear, let me say: ...

Transparent Health Group aids uninsured under Obamacare

Sun, 2014-11-16 20:05

Even under the best-case scenarios, Obamacare still leaves tens of millions of people uninsured. That's where Betty Heiman comes in.

Ms. Heiman, CEO and founder of Transparent Health Group, doesn't sell insurance. What she offers is a service in which people without coverage can walk into a doctor's office with ...

Priests for Life group to defy court's birth control ruling

Sun, 2014-11-16 19:29

A Catholic priest's group says it will defy an appeals court's order that it comply with Obamacare's mandate to provide birth control coverage for its employees, rejecting the judges' Friday ruling.

The Rev. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, said it will refuse to follow the ruling from ...

Sputnik launched by Russia to silence dissent, combat 'information war' against Putin

Sun, 2014-11-16 18:43

MOSCOW — The Kremlin this month unveiled its latest weapon to combat the West's "information war" on President Vladimir Putin with the launch of Sputnik — a lavishly funded, international media outlet whose advent heralds a silencing of dissent and criticism in Russia.

Named after the Soviet satellite that spooked ...

Oil export ban repeal would lower gas prices, studies show

Sun, 2014-11-16 18:14

The U.S. government has banned oil exports since the energy crisis of the 1970s, but that could change next year as Republicans take control of Congress and are backed by new studies showing that repeal of the ban would actually lower gasoline prices and be a surprising boon to consumers.

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Obama opens door for Central American children to legally come to U.S.

Sun, 2014-11-16 17:53

The Obama administration quietly announced a program late last week to create a legal channel for thousands of Central American children to come to the U.S., a move designed to prevent a repeat of this summer's illegal immigrant surge but which Republicans said amounted to "border sabotage."

Coupled with President ...

GOP promises Cassidy a committee seat

Sun, 2014-11-16 17:43

BATON ROUGE, La. — Republicans have promised Bill Cassidy a seat on the Senate's energy committee if he defeats Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu in Louisiana's runoff election next month, potentially undercutting one of her main arguments for re-election.

Landrieu has repeatedly touted the importance of her seat on the Senate ...

Obamacare Facebook page comments mostly from small group of supporters

Sun, 2014-11-16 17:36

Americans began heading anew this weekend to President Obama's official Obamacare Facebook page to gather information on the new round of health care enrollment, share their experiences shopping for insurance on the federal exchange and voice their opinions on the president's signature domestic achievement.

However, what some would view as ...

Fake disability claims cost taypayers billions

Sun, 2014-11-16 17:07

Social Security paid out $2 billion in bogus disability claims approved by 44 administrative law judges over the last seven years, the agency's internal auditor said in a report Friday that details some of the problems with fraud in the troubled disability program.

The 44 — who are about 4 ...

Inside the Beltway: Tales from Jonathan Gruber-land: Things get dumb and dumberer

Sun, 2014-11-16 16:54

"Are the American people too stupid to understand the true costs associated with Obamacare?" asks a point blank survey question from Rasmussen Reports. The pollster wonders if voters agree with MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, a key pointman behind the health care law, caught on video saying that lack of transparency ...

JOSEPH CURL: The liberal ideology — Americans too 'stupid' to know what's good for them

Sun, 2014-11-16 15:53

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

There's something truly terrifying about liberals.

That is not hyperbole: There really is something truly terrifying about liberals. They deem themselves the keepers of the moral good, with only their goals and aspirations worthy, so they don't care a bit about how they achieve them.

For liberals, the ends ...

Chris Matthews: Obama can't stop Keystone pipeline

Sun, 2014-11-16 11:38

Chris Matthews argued Sunday that the passage of the Keystone XL pipeline is imminent regardless of a veto from President Obama.

"I think this time around he'll veto it. But it's going to come back again and time again," the MSNBC host said on "Meet the Press" Sunday morning,

Mitt Romney: U.S. must be open to ground troops to fight Islamic State

Sun, 2014-11-16 08:55

Mitt Romney said Sunday he doesn't want to see U.S. ground troops join the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, but the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential candidate argued that option cannot be ruled out.

Speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation" program, Mr. Romney criticized ...

Sylvia Burwell: HealthCare.gov working well, 100,000 signed up this weekend

Sun, 2014-11-16 08:19

About 100,000 Americans have visited HealthCare.gov since Saturday and submitted new applications for health insurance coverage, Health and Human Service Secretary Sylvia Burwell said Sunday.

Obamacare's second open enrollment period began over the weekend, and thus far officials say the website hasn't been plagued by the same troubles that turned ...

George W. Bush says he avoids criticizing Obama out of respect for presidency

Sun, 2014-11-16 08:10

Former President George W. Bush explained Thursday that he has avoided publicly criticizing President Obama because he feels it would undermine the office of the presidency.

"I don't think it's good for the country to have a former president undermine a current president; I think it's bad for the presidency ...

Dick Durbin: Elizabeth Warren a 'great spokesman' for Democrats

Sun, 2014-11-16 07:05

Sen. Elizabeth Warren long has been a hero on the progressive left, but her popularity among the Democratic Party establishment is growing rapidly.

Ms. Warren, Massachusetts Democrat, now is set to assume a leadership role in her party's Senate caucus, and the leaders of that caucus say she's uniquely qualified ...

John Thune: Keystone pipeline vote 'cynical,' meant to aid Mary Landrieu's re-election

Sun, 2014-11-16 06:28

With the Senate set to vote on legislation approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a Republican senator says the move is merely a "cynical attempt" to save the seat of an embattled Democrat.

Sen. Mary Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat, will face Republican Bill Cassidy in a runoff election next month. Ms. ...

Not much of a sizzler, but still a victor: Scott Walker becomes viable 2016 contender

Sat, 2014-11-15 16:58

His fancy media critics call him boring - but his fans say that’s a primary attribute. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has been rediscovered by those with an eye on 2016.

"Has Walker promised sweeping changes and a utopia? Not exactly. But conservatives, let's admit it, are prone to seeking the ...

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