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Healthcare.gov Still Barely Works

on December 2, 2013, 6:04 AM / in National News, News, Opinion

By: Erick Erickson As we get back up and running from the Thanksgiving Holiday, the deadline for the Obamacare website has come and gone.  CNN was able to get it to crash live on national television. But that’s okay.  The Obama Administration got the New York Times to run a full page ad . . . errr . . . […]

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Assessing the 2014 Senate Races- Part 1: The West and Midwest

Assessing the 2014 Senate Races- Part 1: The West and Midwest

on December 2, 2013, 6:04 AM / in National News, News

  By: davenj1 The following is an assessment of the state of the Senate races for 2014 by region starting out west. In Hawaii, Democratic incumbent Brian Schatz will face a primary fight against Democratic Representative Colleen Hanabusa, Daniel Inouye’s hand-chosen successor who was passed over in favor of Schatz.  One expects Hanabusa to win this primary and win the […]

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10 things you need to know today

on December 1, 2013, 9:36 AM / in National News, News

1. White   House declares new HealthCare.gov a success Following a frenzied race to fix the site,   the Obama administration declared victory on Sunday in its effort to get   HealthCare.gov working smoothly for the vast majority of users. In a six-page   progress and performance report, administration officials said the troubled   website could now handle at least […]

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NC puppy mill legislation proposed

on December 1, 2013, 7:31 AM / in National News, News

Editor’s Note: For our NC list members. Also, check out the reference to TN in the last paragraph. Two raids here since 2011. Remember this number. The commercial breeder act in Tennessee is due to sunset in 2014 so the question of whether or not there is a problem with dog breeders or breeding conditions in the state will be […]

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Peter Coyne, gauging the current public opinion of Obamacare…

Peter Coyne, gauging the current public opinion of Obamacare…

on December 1, 2013, 7:26 AM / in National News, News

According to a recent opinion poll from The Onion, Obamacare is on very shaky ground with average Americans. When people across the country were asked, “Do you plan to sign up for Obamacare?” here’s how they responded: Meanwhile, it was reported earlier in the week by Fox News that close to 80 million people will lose their health care coverage […]

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Republican doctors running for Congress amid O-Care fiasco

on December 1, 2013, 7:19 AM / in National News, News

By Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill Eleven Republican doctors are running for the Senate, hoping that voters will see their medical expertise as an asset amid the administration’s botched rollout of ObamaCare. “Doctors are in a very unique position to look at the financing of healthcare,” Rep. Paul Broun, a family physician running for the GOP nomination for Georgia’s open […]

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Around the Block December 1st

Around the Block December 1st

on December 1, 2013, 7:08 AM / in National News, News

Late Breaking News! 9:00 a.m. Sunday Morning Press Conference to release more data on ObamaCare site´s progress Washington Post: Administration will announce web site is fixed. WaPo also says that is nowhere near true Administration to release more data on ObamaCare site’s progress The Obama administration is expected to give a fuller picture Sunday of whether it met its self-imposed […]

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Publicist: ‘Fast & Furious’ star dies in car crash

Publicist: ‘Fast & Furious’ star dies in car crash

on December 1, 2013, 5:52 AM / in National News, News

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paul Walker, the star of the “Fast and Furious” movie series, died Saturday in a  car crash that killed one other person north of Los Angeles, his publicist said.  He was 40. Walker died Saturday afternoon, Ame Van Iden told The Associated Press. A statement on the actor’s Facebook page said he was a passenger in […]

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10 things you need to know today

on November 30, 2013, 5:08 PM / in National News, News

1. ObamaCare   website gets last-minute upgrades before deadline The Obama administration took HealthCare.gov   offline for 11 hours overnight, ending at 8 a.m.Saturday, to complete   upgrades as a self-imposed deadline to fix glitches arrived. The   administration promised to have the ObamaCare website ready to handle 50,000   users at a time, although officials are worried the site […]

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Colo. State Senator Resigns to Avoid Being Recalled Over Gun Issue

Colo. State Senator Resigns to Avoid Being Recalled Over Gun Issue

on November 30, 2013, 6:12 AM / in National News, News

In anticipation that the recall movement that had successfully ousted two other Colorado state senators over gun control issues this past summer was about to overwhelm a third, state senator Evie Hudak (shown) abruptly resigned on Wednesday, rather than face a recall election. By resigning, under Colorado law her successor must be appointed by the Democrat Party, thus preserving a one-vote […]

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Presidential term limits: necessary and right, or bad for democracy?

Presidential term limits: necessary and right, or bad for democracy?

on November 30, 2013, 6:11 AM / in National News, News, Opinion

By Chris Nichols Original Story The time has come to end presidential term limits, because continuing the restrictions on how long one can serve in the country’s highest office is bad for the United States, a university professor argued this week. In an opinion piece published in the Washington Post, Jonathan Zimmerman, a history and education professor at New York […]

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Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

on November 30, 2013, 6:09 AM / in National News, News

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — Reps. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and Tom Cole, R-Okla.; Tom Donilon, former national security adviser to President Barack Obama. ___ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.; Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York. ___ CBS’ “Face the Nation” — […]

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Watch: US troops scramble as Afghan base comes under mortar fire

on November 30, 2013, 6:08 AM / in National News, News

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy By Ghazi Balkiz and Alexander Smith, NBC News Original Story FOB TORKHAM, Afghanistan — U.S. troops at one of the last combat outposts in Afghanistan were preparing to go “outside the wire” and leave the relative safety of their compound when their base came under rocket fire on […]

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US advises carriers to comply with China air zone

US advises carriers to comply with China air zone

on November 30, 2013, 6:06 AM / in National News, News

By Ian Mader, The Associated Press The United States advised U.S. carriers to comply with China’s demand that it be told of any flights passing through its new maritime air defense zone over the East China Sea, an area where Beijing said it launched two fighter planes to investigate a dozen American and Japanese reconnaissance and military flights. It was […]

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North Korea says American it detained is a criminal

North Korea says American it detained is a criminal

on November 30, 2013, 6:05 AM / in National News, News

By Jack Kim, Reuters North Korea said on Saturday it had arrested U.S. citizen Merrill E. Newman for “hostile acts” against the state and accused him of being “a criminal” who was involved in the killing of civilians during the 1950-53 Korean War. Newman “masterminded espionage and subversive activities against the DPRK and in this course he was involved in […]

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Honduras’s defiant left asks for presidential election recount

Honduras’s defiant left asks for presidential election recount

on November 30, 2013, 6:04 AM / in National News, News

By Gustavo Palencia TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (Reuters) – The party of Honduras’ defeated leftist presidential candidate Xiomara Castro demanded a full vote recount on Friday, offering examples of poll fraud that supporters say robbed her of victory this week when conservative Juan Hernandez was declared the winner. Hernandez, who is head of Congress and enjoys close ties with incumbent president Porfirio […]

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Illinois union leaders bash pension plan as details emerge

Illinois union leaders bash pension plan as details emerge

on November 30, 2013, 6:02 AM / in National News, News

By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) – Illinois union leaders on Friday criticized the details of a controversial deal to reform the state’s woefully under-funded public pensions, as legislative leaders revealed more specifics of the deal they reached on Wednesday. The agreement contains proposals to raise the retirement age and reduce automatic increases in pension payments, according to an overview of […]

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Mexico leftists exit pact, raising hope for deeper energy reform

Mexico leftists exit pact, raising hope for deeper energy reform

on November 30, 2013, 6:01 AM / in National News, News

By Ana Isabel Martinez and Dave Graham MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s main leftist party said on Thursday it had pulled out of a cross-party pact on economic reform, raising hopes that the government will agree to a more far-reaching plan to attract private investment for the oil industry. The ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, is hoping its energy […]

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‘Security’ swimming pool lands South Africa’s Zuma in hot water

‘Security’ swimming pool lands South Africa’s Zuma in hot water

on November 30, 2013, 6:00 AM / in National News, News

By Ed Cropley JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s top anti-corruption watchdog says President Jacob Zuma should repay some of a $21 million publicly funded “security upgrade” to his private home that included a swimming pool and cattle enclosure, a newspaper said on Friday. The Mail and Guardian weekly said a provisional report by the Public Protector entitled ‘Opulence on a […]

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Millennials Give Obamacare a Big Boost in Poll

Millennials Give Obamacare a Big Boost in Poll

on November 29, 2013, 5:31 AM / in National News, News

By Brianna Ehley Editor’s Note: Nothing like a little hoping and wishing and hoping and praying Finally, some good news for the Obama administration. Despite two solid months of technological disasters, significant delays, low enrollment numbers and millions of cancelled insurance policies, the group most crucial to Obamacare’s success hasn’t given up on it yet. Millennials, ages 18-34, overwhelmingly believe […]

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