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  • CNN: Reporters who asked questions today during Obama's final press conference of 2014

    12/19/2014 12:43:21 PM PST · by maggief · 29 replies
    CNN-Twitter ^ | December 19, 2014 | Chris Moody
    Chris Moody @moody · 45m 45 minutes ago Reporters who asked questions today during Obama's final press conference of 2014.
  • Obama Calls James Franco ‘James Flacco’; Mockery Ensues

    12/19/2014 12:10:46 PM PST · by maggief · 39 replies
    Mediaite ^ | December 19, 2014 | Andrew Kirell
    During his final 2014 press conference, President Barack Obama had some pretty stern words for Sony Pictures over their decision to pull The Interview in light of terror threats from North Korea-affiliated hackers. Amidst his remarks, though, came a notable flub that sent Twitter into a tizzy with joking responses. See transcript for the gaffe [emphasis added]: I think it says something interesting about North Korea that they decided to have the state come out with an all-out attack because of satirical movie starring Seth Rogen and James Flacco. I love Seth and I love James, but the notion that...
  • Obama: Pro, college football a 'little bit of an old boys' network' (ESPN radio interview)

    12/12/2014 11:05:16 AM PST · by maggief · 35 replies
    LA Times ^ | December 12, 2014 | CHRISTI PARSONS
    President Obama said Friday that professional and college football have been “a little bit of an old boys’ network” but that he thinks sports franchises are now establishing clear policies to address the off-the-field behavior of their athletes. “This is not unique to the NFL,” Obama said in an ESPN radio interview. “There have been some blind spots that are rooted not just in pro football but back into college football.... Certain behaviors have been tolerated.” (snip) Asked whether NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had “too many men” around him as he was handling the matter, Obama made an argument for...
  • House approves $1.1T bill to fund government despite Dem uprising

    12/11/2014 7:59:54 PM PST · by maggief · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 11, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad,Cristina Marcos and Mike Lillis
    The House on Thursday approved a $1.1 trillion bill funding most of the government through September despite an outcry from Democrats and significant defections in both parties. By a vote of 219-206, the House sent the bill to the Senate, where a similar debate may break out between liberal Democrats and the White House. The vote split Democratic leaders, with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) opposing the bill and criticizing the White House, but Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) backing it. Fifty-seven Democrats voted for the bill, while 139 opposed it. The House also voted by unanimous consent on...
  • Pelosi: GOP doesn’t have the votes

    12/11/2014 1:04:01 PM PST · by maggief · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/11/2014 | Mike Lillis
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent her colleagues a letter Thursday afternoon saying it’s "clear" that House Republicans do not have the votes to pass a $1.1 trillion spending package. Shortly after coming out against the package in a speech on the House floor, the California Democrat thanked her troops for giving Democrats “leverage” to demand changes. "This increases our leverage to get two offensive provisions of the bill removed: the bank bailout and big money for campaigns provision," Pelosi wrote, referring to the two Republican amendments that have fueled the Democrats' revolt. "However you decide to vote in the...
  • Reindeer farmer saves 'cromnibus' with yes vote (Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich.)

    12/11/2014 10:58:19 AM PST · by maggief · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 11, 2014 | Cristina Marcos
    The cromnibus had an unlikely savior Thursday afternoon in the form of a lame-duck lawmaker who used to raise reindeer. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.), who lost his primary earlier this year, was originally among the conservative Republicans who voted against the rule. Without the help of Democrats, Republicans could only lose 17 of their own to pass the rule, which sets up floor debate for the underlying "cromnibus" spending bill. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) intervened once there were 18 Republican defectors — and not a single Democrat voting "yes." Many Democrats will vote against the government spending measure because they...
  • Brooklyn Shooting Victim's Family: Reverend Al Don't Crash Our Funeral (Akai Gurley)

    12/05/2014 4:09:22 PM PST · by maggief · 27 replies
    TMZ ^ | December 5, 2014
    The family of the man who was shot to death in Brooklyn by the NYPD wants Al Sharpton to mind his own business and stay away from the upcoming wake and funeral. Akai Gurley was gunned down in a Brooklyn housing project stairwell, and the cop who shot him shockingly texted his union rep before calling 911. Sharpton has gone on the attack, holding a news conference condemning the cop. But Gurley's aunt, Hertenceia Peterson -- who is speaking for his mom -- tells TMZ, "Al Sharpton came in, put his name on the situation, but has not even made...
  • Black lawmakers want Brown, Garner families invited to State of the Union

    12/05/2014 7:21:03 AM PST · by maggief · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 5, 2014 | Mike Lillis
    Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) are talking about inviting the families of Eric Garner and Michael Brown to President Obama's State of the Union address in Washington next month. The lawmakers – who have universally condemned the justice system's response to the killings of the two black men at the hands of white police officers – say the presence of the two men’s relatives would send a strong signal that Washington policymakers are serious about tackling criminal justice reform head on. “I think that would be appropriate and fitting,” Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), the civil rights icon, said...
  • Black Racist Group Plotted Bombing, Assassination but Charged with Gun Crime (NBP)

    12/03/2014 5:16:55 AM PST · by maggief · 35 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 3, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    The communist and racist New Black Panther Party plotted to bomb St. Louis’ Gateway Arch and assassinate local law enforcement officials, but the Justice Department so far has limited its prosecution of the group to an indictment of two members on minor gun charges. The soft treatment for activities that normally would have brought federal terrorism charges appears to be part of efforts by Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department to “go soft” on the racist group, according to former Justice official J. Christian Adams. “I have always been perplexed why these guys get special treatment,” said Adams,...
  • Jeb girds for battle with base

    12/03/2014 4:34:47 AM PST · by maggief · 88 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 3, 2014 | Jonathan Easley
    Jeb Bush is steeling for a fight with the GOP’s conservative base, signaling he will not bend from his centrist positions on immigration and Common Core education standards in 2016 — even if it costs him support with grassroots conservatives. In what could be read as a swipe at 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Bush told a Washington audience this week that “no one really knows” if a presidential candidate can survive the primaries without sacrificing his core principles because “it hasn’t been tried recently.” The former governor of Florida also told the CEO Council forum sponsored by The...
  • FLASHBACK: Al Sharpton demands transparency in Michael Brown case ("He had a surrender sign")

    11/28/2014 8:00:11 AM PST · by maggief · 33 replies
    YouTube ^ | Aug 12, 2014
    Published on Aug 12, 2014 Al Sharpton called for transparency in the Michael Brown police shooting case. He said he knows people are angry but urged them to throw their arms up instead of turning to violence. (Aug 12, 2014)
  • Darren Wilson's friends demand that 'star' witness in Michael Brown case be charged with PERJURY..

    11/26/2014 11:00:07 AM PST · by maggief · 107 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | November 26, 2014 | DANIEL BATES
    Dorian Johnson initially said that his friend had put his hands in the air and said to Darren Wilson: 'I don't have a gun, stop shooting.' Claim sparked protests in Ferguson and catapulted shooting to national attention But Darren Wilson's version of events was entirely different - and appeared to be believed by grand jury Close friends of Darren Wilson now want star witness to be charged over 'lying' about officer's actions Johnson broke silence last night and said he had feared Wilson would kill him too Close friends of Darren Wilson have called for the star witness in the...
  • Darren Wilson Tells ABC News He Wouldn’t Have Done Anything Differently

    11/25/2014 2:19:51 PM PST · by maggief · 19 replies
    Mediaite ^ | November 25, 2014 | Josh Feldman
    George Stephanopoulos cut into ABC programming this afternoon to share details of his interview with Officer Darren Wilson about the Ferguson grand jury decision and his confrontation with Michael Brown.
  • Brown’s Step-Father Urged Protesters To ‘Burn This B**** Down’ [VIDEO] (Warning: Profanity)

    11/25/2014 1:11:24 PM PST · by maggief · 21 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 25, 2014 | CHUCK ROSS
    Despite calling for peaceful protests even in the event of a St. Louis County grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old’s step-father was caught on video provoking violence. “Burn this bitch down!” Brown’s step-father, Louis Head, yelled into a raucous crowd in front of Ferguson police headquarters Monday night as St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced the grand jury’s decision not to indict. Head was with Brown’s mother Lesley McSpadden who was being restrained by a friend and yelled “they think this is a f*cking joke!”...
  • Parents of Michael Brown Jr. to meet with Rev. Al Sharpton, call for police body cameras

    11/25/2014 4:48:17 AM PST · by maggief · 53 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | November 25, 2014 | JASON MOLINET
    The legal fight may over in Ferguson, Mo., but the war of words has just begun. The family of slain teen Michael Brown Jr. and the Rev. Al Sharpton will hold a joint press conference Tuesday in Ferguson, Mo., one day after a St. Louis grand jury chose not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting.
  • 'Stupidity' consultant agrees to testify (Gruber)

    11/25/2014 4:27:55 AM PST · by maggief · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 25, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    Jonathan Gruber, the former ObamaCare adviser in hot water for his comments about the “stupidity of the American voter,” has agreed to testify at a House panel next month, setting up a healthcare showdown in what could be the final week of this Congress. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will also hear from Obama administration official Marilyn Tavenner, who is under fire this week for using inflated enrollment figures for the healthcare law. “Both Mr. Gruber and Administrator Tavenner have agreed to testify,” committee spokeswoman Caitlin Carroll told The Hill. Both figures have played a role in major...
  • Obama signs secret order expanding U.S. role in Afghanistan

    11/22/2014 5:15:31 AM PST · by maggief · 13 replies
    UPI ^ | November 22, 2014 | Amy R. Connolly
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- President Obama quietly signed a classified executive order authorizing a more expansive role for U.S. troops in Afghanistan in 2015, ensuring American troops will be fighting in the country for at least one more year, The New York Times reported. The order allows American troops to take a direct role in missions against militant groups that include the Taliban.
  • Bill Cosby Pressured AP Reporter To “Scuttle” Interview Of Sex Assault Questions (Video)

    11/20/2014 6:50:44 AM PST · by maggief · 39 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | November 19, 2014 | Michelle Broder Van Dyke
    In the wake of serious allegations of sexual assault from multiple women against Bill Cosby, the Associated Press has released the full video from a Nov. 6 interview. During the on camera exchange, an AP reporter, Brett Zongker, asked Cosby about the allegations and he replies “No, no. We don’t answer that.” Cosby then requested that none of the questions and answers about the allegations appear anywhere. “I would appreciate it if it was scuttled,” Cosby said. “I think if you want to consider yourself to be serious,” Cosby said to the reporter, “that it will not appear anywhere.” The...
  • Chaffetz succeeds Issa on Oversight

    11/18/2014 4:42:00 PM PST · by maggief · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 18, 2014 | Cristina Marcos
    Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) on Tuesday won a competitive four-way race to become the House Oversight Committee chairman in the new Congress starting in January. Chaffetz and Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Mike Turner (R-Ohio) and John Mica (R-Fla.) vied to succeed current Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who is term-limited, for the high-profile gavel. All four candidates emphasized throughout their candidacies that they'd try to run the committee differently from Issa's controversial tenure. Over the course of the last two days, the House GOP Steering Committee, a panel consisting of elected leadership, top committee chairmen and regional representatives that determines...
  • Navy veteran FIRED and branded a terrorist for taking pictures of...(scores of DHS SUV's-Ferguson)

    11/18/2014 12:08:33 PM PST · by maggief · 149 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | November 18, 2014 | JILL REILLY
    Mark Paffrath worked for the Drury hotel chain in Missouri Paffrath, a Navy veteran, posted photos of dozens of vehicles marked with the logos of the Department of Homeland Security to his Facebook Vehicles were located about a 30-minute drive from Ferguson, Missouri A Navy veteran has been fired and branded a terrorist for posting Facebook pictures of scores of Homeland Security SUVs parked at a hotel near Ferguson where he works. Mark Paffrath, who worked for the Drury hotel chain, took photos and a video of dozens of vehicles marked with the logos of the Department of Homeland Security...
  • Paul demands probe into Gruber's O-Care salary

    11/18/2014 9:53:34 AM PST · by maggief · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 18, 2014 | Jesse Byrnes
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is demanding an investigation into the taxpayer-funded fees paid to ObamaCare consultant Jonathan Gruber after a series of highly publicized comments the senator called a "disgrace." "He was paid, and now he's admitted that he was deceptive and deceitful," Paul said in an interview on Fox News on Monday night. Paul said he would request an official investigation into public funds paid to Gruber for consultant work, pegged at upwards of $6 million among multiple states and several federal agencies. "Who was sort of organizing this for him? Is this some sort of thing that happened...
  • Gruber frequently visited White House (21 times per WH visitor logs)

    11/18/2014 8:30:53 AM PST · by maggief · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 18, 2014 | Justin Sink
    The ObamaCare consultant drawing fire for mocking the “stupidity of the American voter” visited the White House on nearly two dozen occasions and met with President Obama in the West Wing, according to a review of visitor logs. MIT professor Jonathan Gruber held a series of high-level meetings with administration officials beginning in 2009 and extending through June of this year. During the height of 2009’s ObamaCare debate, Gruber met repeatedly with former Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orzag, National Economic Council Director Larry Summers, and Jeanne Lambrew, the deputy director of the White House Office of Health...
  • NBC MTP: Health Secretary Burwell: 'I'm Focused on Transparency'

    11/16/2014 7:42:52 AM PST · by maggief · 20 replies
    NBC Meet the Press ^ | November 16, 2014 | Shaquille Brewster and Dale Armbruster
    The Secretary for Health and Human Services said Sunday morning that she does not agree with controversial comments recently made by one of the architects of health care reform. In an exclusive interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, Sylvia Mathews Burwell responded to the videos that surfaced this week of MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber in which he criticized American voters and their knowledge of the system. “I have to start with how fundamentally I disagree with his comments about the bill and about the American people,” Burwell said. (snip) Critics of the healthcare reform law have used Gruber’s comments...
  • Fox Anchor says CNBC 'silenced' her coverage of Obamacare (“disrespecting" office of pres)

    11/15/2014 7:15:37 AM PST · by maggief · 65 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 15, 2014 | Rick Moran
    An anchor for Fox Business Network who used to work for CNBC told viewers that her superiors at the network "silenced" her reporting on Obamacare, telling her she was "disrespecting the office of the president" by pointing out that Obamacare's math didn't add up. Daily Caller: Fox Business Network anchor Melissa Francis said she was “silenced” by CNBC when management told her she was “disrespecting the office of the president” by reporting about Obamacare. Francis highlighted Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber’s comments about the “stupidity” of American voters and the administration intentionally misleading the public about what’s in the law and...
  • FLASHBACK: Spin doctors for Obamacare (Incl. Doctors for America signee J. Gruber's podcast)

    11/14/2014 3:54:00 PM PST · by maggief · 15 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | October 7, 2009 | Michelle Malkin
    Lights, camera, agitprop! The curtains opened on yet another artfully-staged performance of Obamacare Theater this week. One hundred and fifty doctors took their places on the plush lawn outside the West Wing – many acting like Twilight groupies with cameras instead of credible medical professionals. The president approved the scenery: “I am thrilled to have all of you here today, and you look very spiffy in your coats.” White House wardrobe assistants guaranteed the “spiffy.” As the New York Post’s Charles Hurt reported, the physicians “were told to bring their white lab coats to make sure that TV cameras captured...
  • DC chuckles after GOP congressman rules out impeaching Obama because – 'Have you met Joe Biden?'

    11/14/2014 12:15:25 PM PST · by maggief · 55 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | November 14, 2014 | DAVID MARTOSKO
    Trey Gowdy said his party can't impeach the president over his threatened immigration overhaul – but only because Biden would become president The folksy Biden wants the top job for himself but Republicans see him as a potentially embarrassing one-man gaffe factory One senior House GOP aide said Biden is 'two floppy shoes short of a complete clown outfit' and Obama's 'insurance policy' Gowdy hinted that impeachment is being dangled by the White House as bait in the hope that the GOP will destroy its own credibility by trying it A Texas Republican congressman and a judge-turned-news-analyst floated the idea...
  • FLASHBACK: MIT analysis backs Obama (Gruber provided new ammunition Senate Dems)

    11/14/2014 5:20:55 AM PST · by maggief · 46 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 11/28/09 | Mike Allen
    A new analysis by a leading MIT economist provides new ammunition for Democrats as the Senate begins formally debating the historic health-reform bill being pushed by President Barack Obama. The report concludes that under the Senate’s health-reform bill, Americans buying individual coverage will pay less than they do for today's typical individual market coverage, and would be protected from high out-of-pocket costs. So Democrats will argue that under the Senate bill, Americans would pay less for more. The new document arms Democrats with a response to the contention of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) that the bill would mean...
  • CNN: Obamacare architect discussed misleading public in 4th newly uncovered video (Gruber)

    11/13/2014 12:03:12 PM PST · by maggief · 50 replies
    CNN ^ | November 13, 2014 | Jake Tapper
    As Congress voted on the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, in 2010, one of the bill's architects, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, told a college audience that those pushing the legislation pitched it as a bill that would control spiraling health care costs even though most of the bill was focused on something else and there was no guarantee the bill would actually bend the cost curve. In recent days, the past comments of Gruber -- who in this 2010 speech notes that he "helped write the federal bill" and "was a paid consultant to the Obama administration to help develop...
  • VIDEO - Nancy Pelosi Doesn’t Know Who Gruber Is , Says ‘ He Didn’t Help Write Our Bill ’

    11/13/2014 11:36:06 AM PST · by maggief · 34 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 13, 2014
    Published on Nov 13, 2014 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has joined in with the White House’s attempt to distance itself from a key figure in the creation of the Affordable Care Act who claimed the bill was passed with help from “lack of transparency” and “the stupidity of the American voter.” MIT professor Jonathan Gruber — who assisted congressional staffers in writing the bill — made such claims last year during an academic conference, but the video only became widely-viewed this week. He has since appeared on MSNBC to call the comments “inappropriate,” but did not deny his underlying...
  • GOP prepares to thwart Obama on immigration

    11/13/2014 5:26:23 AM PST · by maggief · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 13, 2014 | Scott Wong
    Conservatives in the House and Senate want to stay one step ahead of President Obama, as he readies executive action to allow more illegal immigrants to stay in the country. Conservatives are calling for a series of short-term bills or continuing resolutions to fund the government, a strategy that would give Republicans more leverage to halt Obama’s policies if and when he decides to go it alone on immigration. “If the president does something that we really don’t like or approve of, we’re thinking about, how do we defund it? What levers do we have available to us ... to...
  • Rush: Gruber Lied in 2009 Washington Post Op-Ed

    11/12/2014 1:23:16 PM PST · by maggief · 42 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | November 12, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Just a little more on the outrageous discovery that Jonathan Gruber, the architect of Obamacare, admitted Sunday (and still this hasn't shown up in the Drive-By Media) that they lied. They had to lie. They proudly lied, happily lied, laughingly lied, in order to get this monstrosity, this disaster passed and signed into law because the American people were too stupid to understand it. We've found another Gruber lie, by the way, and I've got a little bit here on Gruber and subsidies, which is the subject matter of the latest case the Supreme Court has agreed...
  • After rout, Dems stick to script

    11/08/2014 5:06:57 AM PST · by maggief · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 8, 2014 | Mike Lillis
    Democrats aren’t planning a shakeup despite the thumping they took at the polls on Tuesday. Leaders in both the House and the Senate — including Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — are expected to retain their spots atop the party in the next Congress, while the White House, in similar fashion, says it will keep its top staff largely intact. "The president is somebody who doesn’t make personnel changes just for cosmetic reasons," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday. The decision to stick with the status quo sends a clear message that Democrats believe...
  • GOP lawmaker: US military tried to pay ransom for Bergdahl

    11/06/2014 2:43:56 AM PST · by maggief · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 6, 2014 | Kristina Wong
    Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) said Wednesday that sources have told him that the U.S. military unsuccessfully tried to pay a ransom for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, despite repeated denials. In a Nov. 5 letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Hunter wrote "it has been brought to my attention that a payment was made to an Afghan intermediary who 'disappeared' with the money and failed to facilitate Bergdahl's release in return." Hunter said "according to sources" the payment was made between January and February 2014 through Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), a special operations command whose activities are mostly classified. Hunter...
  • AP: Obama vows to 'get the job done' with Republicans (Barf!)

    11/05/2014 1:20:53 PM PST · by maggief · 16 replies
    AP ^ | November 5, 2014 | DAVID ESPO and JULIE PACE
    WASHINGTON (AP) - One day after sweeping Republican election gains, President Barack Obama and incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged to try and turn divided government into a force for good rather than gridlock on Wednesday, yet warned of veto showdowns as well. "There is no doubt that Republicans had a good night," the president said at the White House, referring to big gains that left the GOP in control of the Senate, with an expanded House majority and in possession of a handful of governorships formerly in Democratic hands. To voters who handed the GOP control of Congress,...
  • WH: New Ebola funding request would dwarf previous commitment ($6.2 billion)

    11/05/2014 10:41:19 AM PST · by maggief · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 5, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    The White House on Wednesday is expected to ask Congress for additional funding to fight Ebola, congressional aides told The Hill. The administration will ask lawmakers to approve $6.2 billion in emergency funding, according to Bloomberg News. Of the total amount requested, $3.1 billion would be allocated toward the Department Health and Human Services (HHS), $2.9 billion would be for the State Department and HHS, and $100 million would be for the Defense Department. House Appropriations Committee spokeswoman Jennifer Hing confirmed the panel has heard about the request, but members have not yet seen details.
  • Obama's next move: Picking an attorney general

    11/05/2014 10:27:49 AM PST · by maggief · 20 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 5, 2014 | Major Garrett
    President Obama convened a meeting of senior advisers in the Oval Office just before 7 p.m. Tuesday night and received glum predictions on the coming returns. Before adjourning the meeting, Obama announced he had not yet made a final decision on his pick to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General. (snip) Officials close to the selection process say Obama has whittled the list of contenders down to three: Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn and Queens), Solicitor General Donald Verrilli and Labor Secretary Tom Perez. The White House holds out hope the lame-duck Congress...
  • Tom Brokaw: Talk Radio Thinks ‘Obama Voters…Live In Excrement’ -

    11/05/2014 10:14:54 AM PST · by maggief · 68 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | November 5, 2014 | Jeffrey Meyer |
    Tom Brokaw, former anchor of NBC Nightly News, had a busy midterm election night as he appeared on both NBC and PBS’s midterm coverage programming. During Brokaw’s appearances on the two networks, the former Nightly News anchor repeatedly minimized the significance of the GOP’s electoral victory. During his appearance on the PBS program Charlie Rose, Brokaw disgustingly claimed that talk radio hosts insist “Obama's voters are people who live in excrement. That was his phrase. And they expect us to lift them out of excrement.” The former NBC anchor began his rant by complaining that Obama “gets hammered 24/7 by...
  • After midterms, Michelle Obama teams up with…penguins (plugs DreamWorks movie)

    11/05/2014 9:22:18 AM PST · by maggief · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 5, 2014 | Judy Kurtz
    Now that the midterm elections are over, Michelle Obama is joining forces with some new partners…penguins. The first lady is seen chatting with one of the waddling, computer-animated stars of the upcoming DreamWorks movie, “Penguins of Madagascar,” in a clip released Wednesday by Got Your 6, a non-partisan military veteran empowerment campaign. “I want to talk to you today about a group of people that inspires me everyday: our troops, veterans, and their families,” Obama says directly to the camera, before being interrupted by the tuxedo-colored aquatic friend. “Excuse me, Mrs. Obama. We’re a little tired of the Seals getting...
  • POTUS Fires Back At Michael Jordan Over Golf Game Remarks

    11/05/2014 8:37:26 AM PST · by maggief · 92 replies
    CBS ^ | November 5, 2014 | Evan Jankens
    EXCERPT According to “But there is no doubt that Michael is a better golfer than I am. Of course, if I was playing twice a day for the last 15 years, then that might not be the case. “He might want to spend more time thinking about the Bobcats — or the Hornets,” Obama finished.
  • Typhoid Barry

    11/05/2014 6:46:09 AM PST · by maggief · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 5, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Although asymptomatic herself, Mary Mallon is believed to have infected 53 people with typhoid fever at the start of the last century, of whom 3 died. Barack Obama, electorally immune from defeat, has become an asymptomatic carrier of the defeat virus for Democrats. With two more years of his term ahead, the party faces some very decisions. Do they continue to shun him as they did during the campaign? It is one thing to not ask him to their states for campaign appearances, but it is quite another to vote against him, particularly if Republicans manage to pass some commonsense...
  • GOP has votes to pass Keystone

    11/05/2014 6:12:37 AM PST · by maggief · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 5, 2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Republican gains in the Senate have given Keystone XL supporters a filibuster-proof majority to pass a bill approving construction of the controversial pipeline. Before Tuesday’s election, supporters had 57 votes in the Senate in support of Keystone, including a dozen Democrats. After Republicans picked up seven Senate seats (and counting) in Tuesday's election, the vote count for Keystone had ballooned to 61. GOP Sen.-elects Mike Rounds (S.D.), Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.) Cory Garnder (Colo.) and Joni Ernst (Iowa) are all Keystone backers. "The election of several pro-Keystone Senators puts the passage of Keystone that much closer and shows energy projects...
  • Obama to make statement after U.S. election: White House (Wed. afternoon) LIVE THREAD

    11/05/2014 4:54:34 AM PST · by maggief · 219 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 5, 2014
    EXCERPT "This afternoon, POTUS will convene a White House news conference. Details later this morning," Earnest said in a post on Twitter.
  • S.Leone Ebola outbreak 'catastrophic': aid group MSF (figures were "under-reported")

    10/31/2014 4:50:35 PM PDT · by maggief · 43 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | October 31, 2014
    Barcelona (AFP) - Ebola has wiped out whole villages in Sierra Leone and may have caused many more deaths than the nearly 5,000 official global toll, a senior coordinator of the medical aid group MSF said Friday. Rony Zachariah of Doctors Without Borders, known by its French initials MSF, said after visiting Sierra Leone that the Ebola figures were "under-reported", in an interview with AFP on the sidelines of a medical conference in Barcelona. "The situation is catastrophic. There are several villages and communities that have been basically wiped out. In one of the villages I went to, there were...
  • New CDC confusion over Ebola as it deletes warning that virus can spread through cough..sneezes..

    10/31/2014 3:02:13 PM PDT · by maggief · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | October 31, 2014 | FRANCESCA CHAMBERS
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has removed a warning from its website that Ebola can, in rare cases, spread from person through coughing and sneezing. It has replaced the old language with new guidance that says there's 'no evidence' Ebola is spread through either. According to the New York Post, the CDC also took down on Thursday a poster that said that Ebola can be transferred through 'droplets' from coughing or sneezing that land on hard surfaces, like doorknobs.
  • NYT: AIDS Activists Oppose Cuomo on Ebola Quarantines

    10/27/2014 9:16:38 AM PDT · by maggief · 35 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 27, 2014 | Josh Barro
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Ebola quarantine policy is drawing strong opposition from people who work closely with him on another infectious disease: AIDS. New York State’s imposition of a 21-day quarantine on health workers who have had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa “is not supported by scientific evidence” and “may have consequences that are the antithesis of effective public health policy,” according to a letter released Monday with signatures from over 100 H.I.V. activists, researchers and clinicians. They consider the state’s quarantine policy unacceptable even though, as Governor Cuomo announced Sunday night, affected people will be able to serve...
  • Moderator Calls Out Franken For Not Answering Ebola Question

    10/27/2014 8:23:26 AM PDT · by maggief · 44 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 27, 2014
    On Sunday, Sen. Al Franken (D., Minn.) avoided questions on travel bans and quarantines to limit the spread of Ebola in the United States. After being prodded to answer, a moderator asked Franken, “I mean, which is it, do you support a travel ban or not?”
  • NYT: Nurse in Newark to Be Allowed to Finish Ebola Quarantine at Home, Christie Says

    10/27/2014 6:50:46 AM PDT · by maggief · 62 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 27, 2014 | MICHAEL BARBARO and MARC SANTORA
    A nurse who recently returned from West Africa and was quarantined for the past three days in a tent behind a New Jersey hospital despite having no symptoms associated with Ebola will be allowed to return home to serve out the rest of her mandatory quarantine. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, in a brief interview, said that he expected her to be transferred Monday morning after doctors and federal officials signed off on the plan. The treatment of the nurse, Kaci Hickox, has drawn withering criticism from both public health officials and the nurse herself. Ms. Hickox lives in...
  • Nurse Criticizes Quarantine After Negative Ebola Test, Hires Lawyer (civil rts atty Norman Siegel)

    10/26/2014 2:24:22 PM PDT · by maggief · 65 replies
    NPR ^ | October 26, 2014 | BILL CHAPPELL
    EXCERPTS Update at 4 p.m. ET: Hickox Remains In Isolation "The patient remains isolated and under observation in a climate-controlled, indoor, extended care area in a building adjacent to the hospital," Newark's University Hospital says in an update on Hickox issued Sunday afternoon. Saying that officials from the federal and state government continue to evaluate her condition, the hospital said a CDC team has visited the site. "The patient has computer access, use of her cell phone, reading material (magazines, newspaper) and requested and has received take-out food and drink," hospital communications director Stacie Newton said. Update at 2:35 p.m....
  • NYT: White House Pressures States to Reverse Mandatory Ebola Quarantine Orders (Hickox to sue)

    10/26/2014 11:44:56 AM PDT · by maggief · 70 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 26, 2014 | MARC SANTORA and MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    The Obama administration has been pushing the governors of New York and New Jersey to reverse their decision ordering all medical workers returning from West Africa who had contact with Ebola patients to be quarantined, an administration official said. But on Sunday both governors, Andrew M. Cuomo of New York and Chris Christie of New Jersey, stood by their decision saying that the federal guidelines did not go far enough. At the same time, the first person to be forced into isolation under the new protocols, Kaci Hickox, a nurse returning from Sierra Leone, planned to mount a legal challenge...
  • Top NIH official slams Ebola quarantines (will “disincentivize” healthcare volunteers)

    10/26/2014 7:36:01 AM PDT · by maggief · 83 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 27, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    One of the top doctors leading the government’s response to the Ebola crisis on Sunday slammed policies quarantining healthcare workers who return from treating patients in West Africa. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned that overly aggressive quarantines could make healthcare workers "very, very uncomfortable” and discourage them from volunteering. "The best way to protect us is to stop the epidemic in Africa, and we need those healthcare workers,” Fauci said on "Fox News Sunday.” "So we do not want to put them in a position where it makes it very, very...