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‘The debate over repealing this law is over’: Obama boasts 7.1 MILLION have signed up to Obamacare – but study shows just 858,000 newly insured Americans have paid up!

‘The debate over repealing this law is over’: Obama boasts 7.1 MILLION have signed up to Obamacare – but study shows just 858,000 newly insured Americans have paid up!

on April 2, 2014, 6:16 AM / in National News, News

President took a major victory lap and took political shots at Republicans, but ignored shortcomings in his administration’s official numbers Press secretary Jay Carney will only say ‘we’re aggregating a lot of data’ when asked how many enrollees have paid for coverage Carney dodged questions about damning study that showed very few Obamacare customers were uninsured before the law took […]

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RSS Universities not keeping good track of student loans, audit says – See more at: http://tennessee.watchdog.org/2014/04/01/universities-not-keeping-good-track-of-student-loans-audit-says/#sthash.G7813h5O.dpuf

RSS Universities not keeping good track of student loans, audit says – See more at: http://tennessee.watchdog.org/2014/04/01/universities-not-keeping-good-track-of-student-loans-audit-says/#sthash.G7813h5O.dpuf

on April 2, 2014, 5:56 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog KNOXVILLE — If you’re a University of Tennessee at Knoxville student on financial aid, it’s possible you could quit going to class outright or even graduate and you would still qualify for that money. An audit that Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson released last week said it will happen if school officials aren’t watching you carefully. […]

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What happened?

What happened?

on April 1, 2014, 8:25 AM / in Opinion

As I begin this column, I’m on a business trip to New York City in a high rise hotel looking out at one of the world’s truly  great cities, an architectural masterpiece, and a technological wonder when you think about the infrastructure above and below ground that lights, heats and moves the population of over eight million human beings who […]

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War Party Oligarch

War Party Oligarch

on April 1, 2014, 8:22 AM / in Opinion

Is the Republican Party’s Middle East policy up for bid? For four days ending Sunday, a quartet of presidential hopefuls trooped to Las Vegas to attend the annual gathering of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Impresario: Sheldon Adelson, the Vegas-Macau casino mogul whose fortune is estimated at $39 billion — 8th richest man on the planet — and who dumped $92 […]

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Sex and Race Equality

Sex and Race Equality

on April 1, 2014, 8:22 AM / in Opinion

By Walter E. Williams There are several race and sex issues that need addressing. Let’s look at a few of them with an ear to these questions: Should we insist upon equal treatment of people by race and sex or tolerate differences in treatment? And just how equal are people by race and sex in the first place? According to […]

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10 things you need to know today about yesterday April 1st, 2014

10 things you need to know today about yesterday April 1st, 2014

on April 1, 2014, 8:13 AM / in National News, News

1. ObamaCare website buckles under last minute pressure As Americans scrambled to beat the Mar. 31 ObamaCare enrollment deadline, Healthcare.gov was overloaded by the sheer number of people trying to sign up for insurance. The site stopped taking applications for several hours and even made it difficult for those who hadn’t yet set up accounts. A spokeswoman for the Department […]

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Feds spent $700,000 on a climate change musical

Feds spent $700,000 on a climate change musical

on April 1, 2014, 8:10 AM / in National News, News

The Daily Caller It looks like the National Science Foundation has been handing out grants for some unorthodox research projects, according to House Republicans. This includes $700,000 in funding for a climate change musical. House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith questioned White House science czar John Holdren in a Thursday hearing over whether or not the National Science Foundation (NSF) […]

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Charles Raymond Neudecker

Charles Raymond Neudecker

on April 1, 2014, 8:06 AM / in People

Ray Neudecker, 71, died on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at his residence. He was born in Memphis, TN on June 6, 1942, the son of the late Dr. Roy M. and Frances Brien Neudecker.  He was a 1960 graduate of the former Jackson High School, where he played football and attended two years at Union University at the former downtown […]

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Income Inequality!!!

Income Inequality!!!

on April 1, 2014, 7:44 AM / in National News, News

Income Inequality The Senate Budget Committee will discuss economic mobility and inequality with several economists on Today, part of an election-year push by Democrats to more closely examine the broad issue. Tax equality = Theft The Senate Permanent subcommittee on Investigations will continue to question machinery giant Caterpillar on its efforts to reduce its tax bill through offshore maneuvers. Panel […]

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Tax Extenders

Tax Extenders

on April 1, 2014, 7:30 AM / in National News, News

That Senate Finance markup of tax extenders — that grab bag of expired temporary tax incentives — looks to be getting pushed back. Finance members had expected to mark up an extenders package on Wednesday, after more than 50 preferences expired at the end of last year. But Finance Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah), the committee’s […]

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A Balanced Budget !!!!!!!

A Balanced Budget !!!!!!!

on April 1, 2014, 7:22 AM / in National News, News

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will unveil his budget plan on today that aims to balance the nation’s books within 10 years. His panel is expected to mark up the plan on Wednesday, and the full House could seek to approve it next week. How it will shape the already moving appropriations process remains unclear. Ryan is known […]

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Climate Fear Mongering

Climate Fear Mongering

on April 1, 2014, 7:17 AM / in National News, News

The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a dire report Monday calling for action to reduce climate change-causing greenhouse gas emissions while preparing for the effects, some of which are already here. Democrats agreed that the report lends credence to what they’ve been saying for years. “The latest IPCC report adds a tremendous sense of urgency for […]

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Asia Barks

Asia Barks

on April 1, 2014, 7:11 AM / in National News, News

The Asia pivot is still on, and defense officials are citing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s upcoming 10-day trip there this week as proof. “The rebalance is real. We are following through on the rebalance, and this whole trip is an embodiment of that,” said a senior defense official, who briefed reporters at the Pentagon on Hagel’s trip on Monday. Questions […]

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Officials finalizing list of military aid for Ukraine

Officials finalizing list of military aid for Ukraine

on April 1, 2014, 7:05 AM / in National News, News

Ukrainian officials have asked the U.S. for a list of military equipment and aid, and officials are finalizing their decision, according to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. “The interagency is going through the last cuts of decision-making on what additional assistance the United States would provide,” Hagel told reporters at a Pentagon briefing on Monday. Over the weekend, 300,000 Meals-Ready-to-Eat packets the […]

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Navy anti-smoking fight heats up

Navy anti-smoking fight heats up

on April 1, 2014, 7:03 AM / in National News, News

Lawmakers are giving Navy Secretary Ray Mabus a mouthful as he considers whether to ban the sale of tobacco on Navy bases and ships. A group of five Democratic senators wrote to Mabus in a letter released Monday where they urged him to adopt the ban. “We commend your efforts and hope that you will move forward with this initiative, […]

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More Bits and Pieces April 1st 2014

More Bits and Pieces April 1st 2014

on April 1, 2014, 7:00 AM / in National News, News

Democrats Bet on Technology Despite Debt The DNC “is entering this campaign season with millions of dollars in debt, gambling that money spent now on technology and organizing efforts will outweigh the burdens of red ink,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “The DNC had more than $15 million in debt and less than $7 million in cash as of the […]

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Praying for an Obamacare Escape

Praying for an Obamacare Escape

on April 1, 2014, 6:25 AM / in National News, News

By John Berlau and Michael Mayfield / The American Spectator Matt Drudge’s widely discussed mid-March tweet that he has already paid Obamacare’s “liberty tax” highlights the uncertainties the self-employed face both from the health care law and the tax code in general. As pointed out by an editorial in Investor’s Business Daily, “self-employed entrepreneurs ranging from Drudge to small-shop proprietors and […]

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Bits and Pieces April 1st 2014

Bits and Pieces April 1st 2014

on April 1, 2014, 6:18 AM / in National News, News

Equalizing the boys’ and girls’ athletic fields… by tearing down the newly built seating on the boys’ side, provided by voluntary parent contributions. What’s important is that things be equalized, and someone had filed a Title IX complaint. “The seating was also not handicapped accessible.” [Plymouth, Mich.; MyFoxDetroit] P.J. O’Rourke on that viral Supreme Court brief The humorist speaks out […]

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From “Jokes and Targets”

From “Jokes and Targets”

on April 1, 2014, 5:59 AM / in National News, News

Walter Olson sent me this note that there was a new book by British humor scholar Christie Davies (via Debra Cassens Weiss, ABA Journal) has a discussion of lawyer jokes, which, Davies says, surged in the 1980s in America in a way not seen in other countries: …American attorneys in the late Twentieth Century who felt offended by lawyer jokes were […]

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Losing My ‘Girls’ Virginity

Losing My ‘Girls’ Virginity

on March 31, 2014, 10:48 AM / in Opinion

By Emma Woolf / The Daily Beast      They say good news travels fast. Perhaps this explains why it’s taken me two years to get around to watching Girls. I’d never seen a single episode of the hit HBO series until last week. And frankly, I’m still recovering). Can someone please enlighten me: is Girls supposed to be serious? Bittersweet or […]

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