September 18, 2013 at 8:41 am #96730
Senator Reid notes that Congressional members and staff will be treated the same in the Obamacare exchange as 150 million Americans who receive employer subsidies.
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And always, have a peaceful daySeptember 18, 2013 at 8:55 am #96731
Republicans Foolishly Try to Get People to Reject Paying $100 a Month for Healthcare
By: Sarah Jones
Sep. 17th, 2013
ObamaCare is coming. Or, as Elizabeth Hasselbeck quipped in an oh so not scripted totally planned way today on Fox today, “ObamaScare.” Yeah, they didn’t believe Sarah Palin’s lies, so we’ll get Elizabeth Hasselbeck to say them.
As Republicans crow that only 23% of Americans want them to destroy ObamaCare because they don’t understand it or like it, the big benefits are starting to roll in.
The latest benefit is a doozy, with the Department of Health and Human Services releasing a report today showing that nearly six in ten (56%) uninsured Americans can pay less than $100 per month for coverage.
Yep. Nearly six in ten people who don’t have health insurance may be able to get coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace for less than $100 per month, according to a new report released Tuesday by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).September 18, 2013 at 8:57 am #96732
Wall Street Journal Warns GOP That Government Shutdown Could Give Democrats The House
By: Jason Easley
Sep. 17th, 2013
In a editorial that reeks of panic and desperation, the Wall Street Journal is warning House Republicans that a government shutdown could enrage voters to the point where they give Democrats back control of the House.
The Wall Street Journal editorialized:
The defunders sketch out an alternative scenario in which Mr. Obama is blamed, and they say we can’t know unless Republicans try. But even they admit privately that they really won’t succeed in defunding ObamaCare. The best case seems to be that if all Republicans show resolve they’ll win over the public in a shutdown, and Democrats will eventually surrender, well, something.
If this works it would be the first time. The evidence going back to the Newt Gingrich Congress is that no party can govern from the House, and the Republican Party can’t abide the outcry when flights are delayed, national parks close and direct deposits for military spouses stop. Sooner or later the GOP breaks.
This all-or-nothing posture also usually results in worse policy. The most recent example was the failure of Mr. Boehner’s fiscal cliff “Plan B” in December 2012, which was the best the GOP could do because Mr. Obama had the whip hand of automatic tax increases. The fallback deal that was sealed in the Senate raised taxes by more and is now complicating the prospects for tax reform.
The backbenchers are heading into another box canyon now. Mr. Boehner is undermined because the other side knows he lacks 218 GOP votes, which empowers House and Senate Democrats. They want to reverse the modest spending discipline of the sequester, and if the House GOP can’t hold together on the CR they will succeed. The only chance of any entitlement reform worth the name is if Mr. Boehner can hold his majority and negotiate from strength.
The backbenchers might even look at the polls showing that the public is now tilting toward Republicans on issues including the economy, ensuring a strong national defense and even health care. Some Republicans think they are sure to hold the House in 2014 no matter what happens because of gerrymandering, but even those levees won’t hold if there’s a wave of revulsion against the GOP. Marginal seats still matter for controlling Congress. The kamikazes could end up ensuring the return of all-Democratic rule.
Beneath the typical misinformation and Republican talking points, the Wall Street Journal editors were desperately trying to stop House Republicans from completing their political suicide mission.September 18, 2013 at 8:59 am #96733
I Have to Laugh at This Criticism
Tue Sep 17th, 2013 at 10:50:05 PM EST
Look, I don’t know what in the fuck about T-Bone or whether Cory Booker made the shit up. But Cory Booker has a 35 point lead in the polls, and that probably underestimates his advantage. If the National Review thinks that they are going to turn that around by calling into question a story that Booker started telling fifteen years ago, then we have nothing to worry about from the National Review.
We can start with Booker’s defense.
Newark mayor Cory Booker isn’t backing down from his insistence that the drug dealer T-Bone, whom he told several audiences in emotional stump speeches prior to 2008 had threatened his life before befriending him, is real. Not only that, Booker told NJTV’s Michael Aron, but T-Bone was merely one of “literally hundreds” of drug dealers to whom he has lent a hand while living in Newark. Some of them, he says, were even temporary roommates…
To put this in perspective, back in 1998 when Booker supposedly knew a drug-dealer named T-Bone, he went on a 10-day hunger strike, lived in a tent and then a trailer in the open-air drug sale areas of the Newark in order to bring attention to the problem. When accused of fabricating a story about knowing a drug dealer, he defends himself by saying that he knows hundreds of them and even invited some to be his roommates. The Republicans aren’t undermining his credibility; they’re giving him an opportunity to bolster his brand. There isn’t a Mary Magdalene that Booker isn’t ready to befriend. He’ll pull you out of a burning building. He’ll shovel your aging father’s sidewalk. If you lose power in a storm, he’ll invite you to sleep on his floor. Got a problem? Send him a Tweet and he’ll gladly don his cape.
Why even try to fuck with him? Star high school football player wins scholarship to Stanford and becomes class president. A Rhodes Scholar with honors. A Yale law degree. Then he pitches a tent in the middle of the most crime-riddled part of Newark and goes on a hunger strike to protest what’s going on with the have-nots. Somehow wins a seat on the city council and becomes the mayor. Then wins the nomination of the Democratic Party for a U.S. Senate seat.
And you want to quibble about the literal veracity of a story about some guy named T-Bone? This guy can tell you a thousand stories about people with different names, like all the people he met at Stanford, Oxford, and Yale who are too busy cashing in to notice what is going on in our inner cities.September 18, 2013 at 9:01 am #96734
Boehner moves closer to government shutdown
By Steve Benen
Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:00 AM EDT
Some problems are so complex and difficult, they’re nearly impossible to solve. Avoiding a government shutdown isn’t one of them.
After his far-right members vetoed his preferred solution, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) could have very easily reached out to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), put some modest enticements on the table, and picked up plenty of votes to approve a stop-gap spending measure. The whole thing could have been wrapped up in an afternoon, and the media would have cheered Boehner for constructive, bipartisan governing.
But that’s not what the laughably weak Speaker is inclined to do.
The threat of a government shutdown intensified Tuesday as House Republican leaders moved toward stripping funding from President Obama’s landmark health-care initiative and setting up a stalemate with the Democratic Senate.
House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) had hoped to keep the government open past Sept. 30 with relatively little fuss. But roughly 40 conservatives revolted. After a strategy session Tuesday, Boehner and his leadership team were being pushed into a more confrontational strategy that would fund the government into the new fiscal year only if Democrats agreed to undermine Obama’s signature legislative achievement.
It’s not just the Washington Post reporting this — Politico, Roll Call, and National Review published related pieces, and all of them outline the same legislative blueprint.
Here’s the plan: the Republican-led House intends to pass a temporary spending measure, called a continuing resolution (or “CR”), which defunds the Affordable Care Act. This isn’t what GOP leaders want, but the far-right extremists are calling the shots, and the followers are now leading the leaders. From there, the bill will go to the Democratic-led Senate, which, after it finishes laughing, will immediately reject the House bill
The upper chamber will then pass a more responsible measure, and send it back to the House, which will be faced with a straightforward, binary choice: pass the Senate version or shut down the government.September 18, 2013 at 9:03 am #96735
Gridlock Might Destroy the US Economy, But It’s Still Good for Business
—By Kevin Drum
| Tue Sep. 17, 2013 9:01 AM PDT
Robert Costa writes today that both Republican aides and veteran House members are worried that it’s fast becoming impossible to find a budget compromise that can win the support of the Republican caucus:
Both camps fear that a shutdown is increasingly likely — and they blame the conservative movement’s cottage industry of pressure groups.
But these organizations, ensconced in Northern Virginia office parks and elsewhere, aren’t worried about the establishment’s ire. In fact, they welcome it. Business has boomed since the push to defund Obamacare caught on. Conservative activists are lighting up social media, donations are pouring in, and e-mail lists are growing.
There you have it. Gridlock is good for business. Nuff said.
It’s all pretty remarkable, isn’t it? Our government is deadlocked because Republicans control one half of one branch of the government. The tea party faction controls that half because it can prevent John Boehner from being re-elected Speaker if he crosses them. So we’ve somehow maneuvered ourselves into a place where 40 or 50 fanatic representatives can bring the entire government of the most powerful nation on Earth to a screeching halt. And somehow this seems….kind of normal. It hardly even raises an eyebrow anymore.September 18, 2013 at 1:10 pm #96742
Actress Kerry Washington named best dressed woman by People magazine
Actress Kerry Washington, who was nominated for an Emmy for her role in the ABC television drama “Scandal,” was named the “World’s Best Dressed Woman” by People magazine on Wednesday.
Washington, 36, headed a list that included Academy Award-winner Jennifer Lawrence, singer-songwriter Solange Knowles and actresses Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Kate Bosworth.
“I don’t wear a lot of pants,” Washington said in a statement announcing the honor. “When I go somewhere I want to know I’m going to be comfortable and I’m dressed for the event.”
People magazine Executive Editor Elizabeth Sporkin praised Washington for her fashion sense.
“There has been a trend this year in lady-like fashion and I think she is almost single-handedly responsible for it,” Sporkin said in an interview.
Although Washington nabbed the best dressed title, Lawrence, the winner of this year’s best actress Oscar for “Silver Linings Playbook,” was cited as having the best high fashion style, and actress Jessica Chastain, the star of 2012′s “Zero Dark Thirty” had the best red carpet style, according to People.September 18, 2013 at 1:12 pm #96744
Virginia Republicans can’t help themselves
By Steve Benen
Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:35 AM EDT.
Jon Chait joked yesterday, “The Virginia gubernatorial ticket has managed to offend blacks, gays, women, immigrants…. Somehow they have neglected the Jews.”
That neglect promptly ended an event yesterday for Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Ken Cuccinelli (R).
As the Washington Post reported, the far-right state attorney general was “forced to distance himself from a local Republican official who spoke ahead of the candidate and told an anti-Semitic joke
People brought yellow lawn chairs with the motto “Don’t tread on me,” and at least one tricorner hat was visible in the crowd. John Whitbeck, 10th Congressional District Republican Committee chairman, raised eyebrows when he kicked off the festivities by telling a joke in which the head of the Jewish religion presented the pope with a long, elaborate document that the Jewish leader said was a bill for the last supper.
The crowd laughed uproariously. But American Bridge 21st Century, a liberal political action committee, tweeted about Whitbeck’s “anti-Semitic” opener and the state Democratic Party later circulated a video of the joke.
Chait added, “It’s a great piece of humor because it combines the Jews-are-cheap angle with the Jews-killed-Jesus angle in one joke.”September 18, 2013 at 1:14 pm #96746
House GOP beats Boehner into submission
By Steve Benen
Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:52 PM EDT
Following up on an earlier item, it’s not official — House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told his members at their weekly conference meeting that he’s prepared to abandon his own plans and try things their way. As such, with a government-shutdown deadline just 12 days away, the House will vote on a spending bill that defunds the Affordable Care Act, just like the far-right demands.
When reporters asked whether he had lost control of his conference, Boehner replied, “The key to any leadership job is to listen.” That’s a generous way of saying he’s being told what to do by those he ostensibly leads.
What’s more, the woefully weak Speaker seemed eager to punt the whole mess to the upper chamber, in the hopes that he won’t take all of the blame for the fiasco he and his caucus created: “[W]e’re going to send it over to the Senate, so our conservative allies over there can continue the fight. That’s where the fight is….. The fight over here has been won. It’s time for the Senate to have that fight.”
And when Boehner said the fight in the House “has been won,” the Speaker is referring to the victory of the extremists he hoped to lead in a more responsible direction, but who blew him off.
The Obama administration, meanwhile, doesn’t have a lot of choices, and can’t force congressional Republicans to be less foolish. It can, however, prepare for the worst.September 18, 2013 at 1:14 pm #96747
Positive Black Male News: High school student builds global tech company from St. Louis
Starting a business is a goal of many young entrepreneurs who hope to eventually own a multi-million dollar enterprise. For Jaylen Bledsoe of Hazelwood, Mo., he achieved this goal at the age of 15. The high school sophomore started his own tech company when he was 13-years-old and since then, the business has skyrocketed and
transformed into a global corporation now worth $3.5 million, reports Fox 2.
The young teen is the CEO and founder of Bledsoe Technolgies, LLC, a company he created in 2012 that is recognized as an IT consultancy firm which specializes in web development and graphics for local businesses in St. Louis. It has since expanded and now serves corporations worldwide, continuing to grow in both profit and staff size. The company had only five workers when it first launched and has now contracted over 150 employees.
As if launching his own company doesn’t keep him busy enough, Bledsoe takes on leadership roles for several school organizations. He is the president of his school’s student council and the Parent Teacher Student Association and spends time volunteering in the community[....]September 18, 2013 at 1:17 pm #96749
Warren Buffett says reports he wants to scrap Obamacare are ‘outrageous’
By Steve Jordon / World-Herald staff writer
September 18, 2013
Internet posts claiming that Warren Buffett wants to “scrap Obamacare” are false, the Omaha investor said Tuesday.
“This is outrageous,” Buffett said in a World-Herald interview. “It’s 100 percent wrong … totally false.”
A story posted by Money Morning, a financial advice site, and repeated by the Morning Standard and other Internet outlets quotes comments Buffett made in an interview on CNBC on March 1, 2010. Officials from Money Morning could not be reached Tuesday.
The U.S. Senate was debating a bill that became the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. The Internet posts make it appear that the comments are recent. Worse, Buffett said, they took his comments out of context and added the “scrapped” wording.
“I’ve never suggested nor thought Obamacare should be scrapped,” said Buffett, who has supported President Barack Obama’s political campaigns. “I support it. It relates to providing medical care for all Americans. That’s something I’ve thought should be done for a long, long time.”
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