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  • 7 times Democrats wished Barack Obama would go away

    10/30/2014 3:58:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | October 30, 2014 | By Ashley Killough
    With President Barack Obama's approval rating hovering in the low to mid-40s -- it was 45% in CNN/ORC International's recent poll --Democrats in tough contests are largely keeping their distance from the president's tarnished reputation. Here are seven Democratic candidates who've kept Obama on the sidelines: 1. Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky. 2. Sen. Mark Begich, Alaska. 3. Sen. Mark Udall, Colorado. 4. Sen. Kay Hagan, North Carolina. 5. Sen. Mary Landrieu, Louisiana. 6. Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire. 7. Mark Pryor, Arkansas.
  • First Presidential Debate in Works for Republicans

    10/30/2014 3:51:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 30, 2014 | By STEVE PEOPLES
    The 2014 midterm elections are days away, but preparation are already underway for the first debate of the 2016 presidential primary contest. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation announced on Thursday that it will invite GOP presidential candidates to attend a televised debate at California's Reagan Library in September 2015. While the Regan Library hosted GOP debates in the last two presidential contests, it's unclear if the Republican National Committee will sanction the one now set for Sept. 16, 2015. The RNC recently approved new rules that would limit the number of presidential primary debates.
  • Video: Michael Jordan calls Barack Obama a sh---- golfer

    10/30/2014 9:41:17 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | October 30, 2014 | By Kyle Porter, Golf Writer
    Michael Jordan was interviewed by Ahmad Rashad recently about who his dream foursome would entail (if he was included in the four) and President Obama isn't getting an invite. "I've never played with Obama but I would," said Jordan. "But no, that's okay, I'd take him out. He's a hack, it would be all day playing with him. "Don't worry about it," said Jordan. "I never said he wasn't a great politician, I'm just saying he's a sh---- golfer."
  • Obama Administration Announces Final Gainful Employment Rule

    10/30/2014 9:36:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | October 30, 2014 | By KIMBERLY HEFLING
    For-profit colleges with graduates unable to pay back their student loans could soon face scrutiny by the federal government. Schools with career-oriented programs that fail to comply with the new rule announced Thursday by the Obama administration stand to lose access to federal student-aid programs. To meet these "gainful employment" standards, a program will have to show that the estimated annual loan payment of a typical graduate does not exceed 20 percent of his or her discretionary income or 8 percent of total earnings. The Education Department estimates that about 1,400 programs serving 840,000 students won't pass. Ninety-nine percent of...
  • Obama's quarantine remarks draw fire from military spouses

    10/30/2014 9:30:58 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 30, 2014 | By Kristina Wong
    ... The president's comments sparked immediate criticism online, including from military spouses who said soldiers were also "volunteers" whose time away from family and loved ones was not any less valuable than for civilian volunteers. "The President's comments on the differences between the quarantine policies for members of the military and civilian volunteers seemed to dismiss the fact that every member of military has, indeed, volunteered to serve," said Rebekah Gleaves Sanderlin, Army wife and board member for the Military Family Advisory Network. "In pointing out that the civilian volunteers would be sacrificing time away from their families, the President...
  • Immigration Advocates Warn Obama Not to Think Small

    10/29/2014 4:14:11 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    TIME ^ | October 29, 2014 | by Alex Altman
    “We won’t take any more excuses,” says Cristina Jimenez of the immigration-reform group United We Dream. “What we expect from the President is for him to use his legal authority to enact a program that will protect as many people from our community as possible.” At a “bare minimum,” said Pablo Alvarado, executive director for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, the immigration orders should include “an extension of work authorization to everyone who would qualify under the Senate bill and an end to the Secure Communities program and policies that criminalize immigrants. The President has the legal authority, the...
  • 8 foods you're about to lose due to climate change

    10/29/2014 3:50:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 136 replies
    The Guardian ^ | October 29, 2014 | by Twilight Greenaway
    As worsening drought and extreme weather devastate crops, you may begin seeing global warming when you open your fridge. According to David Lobell,deputy director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment at Stanford University, “The general story is that agriculture is sensitive. It’s not the end of the world; but it will be a big enough deal to be worth our concern.” Lobell has already noticed the effect of climate change on some crops. For example, he says, yield data from corn and wheat production suggests that these two staples are already being negatively affected by the changing...
  • Top Jewish leader calls on Obama to ‘name, apologize for and repudiate’ official

    10/29/2014 2:36:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    FOX News ^ | October 29, 2014
    <p>Rabbi Marvin Hier, the founder and Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, has called on President Obama to "name, apologize for, and repudiate" the anonymous official quoted in an Atlantic Magazine article describing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a "chickenshit," The Algemeiner reports.</p>
  • Mounting Crises Raise Questions on Obama Team’s Ability to Cope

    10/29/2014 2:26:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 29, 2014 | By MARK LANDLER
    ... At a time when the Obama administration is lurching from crisis to crisis — a new Cold War in Europe, a brutal Islamic caliphate in the Middle East and a deadly epidemic in West Africa, to name just the most obvious ones — it is not surprising that long-term strategy would take a back seat. But it raises inevitable questions about the ability of the president and his hard-pressed national security team to manage and somehow get ahead of the daily onslaught of events. Early stumbles in the government’s handling of the Ebola crisis as well as its belated...
  • State’s former Obamacare czar has new job at firm fixing botched site

    10/29/2014 2:18:10 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | October 29, 2014 | by Chris Cassidy
    The Bay State’s former Obamacare czar is taking an executive job at the company that was awarded a no-bid state contract to fix the disastrous website, the Herald has learned. Sarah Iselin — hired by the Patrick Administration in February to rescue the malfunctioning website — will become an executive-in-residence at Optum, which currently holds a lucrative state contract to re-launch the Health Connector on Nov. 15. Iselin, who took a leave of absence from Blue Cross Blue Shield to oversee the Massachusetts Health Connector from February to May, told the Herald today she is leaving the insurer for a...
  • McConnell Concedes GOP Senate Will Not Mean Obamacare Repeal

    10/29/2014 2:07:38 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 143 replies
    NPR ^ | October 29, 2014
    Election Day isn't until next week, but Senate Majority Leader-in-Waiting Mitch McConnell is already warning Republicans who would like to repeal Obamacare and roll back environmental regulations about two key numbers: 60 and 2. "It would take 60 votes in the Senate. No one thinks we're going to have 60 Republicans. And it would take a presidential signature. No one thinks we're going to get that," McConnell said during a campaign-stop interview with Fox News. "This is why nobody believes Mitch McConnell anymore," said Mary Vought, spokeswoman for the Senate Conservatives Fund, a group that has pushed Tea Party candidates...
  • Democratic Groups Buy $1.3M in Ads for NH Race

    10/29/2014 2:00:51 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 29, 2014 | By PHILIP ELLIOTT
    A trio of Democratic-backing independent groups on Wednesday rushed to the air $1.3 million in TV ads to help New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who at one time seemed heading toward a safe re-election. Senate Majority PAC, Patriot Majority USA and Women Vote are running a joint ad criticizing Shaheen's Republican challenger, former Sen. Scott Brown. The ads started Wednesday and will run through Election Day on Boston broadcast and cable stations, as well as Manchester, New Hampshire, cable. Senate Majority PAC is a super PAC with ties to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Patriot Majority USA is backed by...
  • US Health Care System Unprepared for Ebola

    10/29/2014 1:56:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 29, 2014 | By JEFF DONN and GARANCE BURKE Associated Press
    The U.S. health care apparatus is so unprepared and short on resources to deal with the deadly Ebola virus that even small clusters of cases could overwhelm parts of the system, according to an Associated Press review of readiness at hospitals and other components of the emergency medical network. Experts broadly agree that a widespread outbreak across the country is extremely unlikely, but they also concur that it is impossible to predict with certainty, since previous Ebola epidemics have been confined to remote areas of Africa. And Ebola is not the only possible danger that causes concern; experts say other...
  • Fed ends 'QE' bond-buying economic stimulus program

    10/29/2014 11:04:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Market Watch ^ | October 29, 2014
    The Federal Reserve on Wednesday voted to end the last leg of its bond-buying stimulus program, cutting purchases of Treasury's and mortgage-back securities to zero from $15 billion starting on Nov. 1. The central bank also sounded more upbeat about the labor market and said it doesn't expect falling energy prices to hold inflation down in the long run. For the first time, the Fed explicitly said it could raise interest rates sooner than markets expect if the economy grows faster than the bank projects.
  • CBS goes to ground over claims it buried anti-Obama stories

    10/28/2014 6:51:14 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 76 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 28, 2014 | By Sophia Rosenbaum
    CBS honchos stuck their heads in the sand Monday rather than address a former veteran reporter’s memoir that revealed how the network routinely canned stories it perceived as anti-Obama. Everyone from network CEO Les Moonves to “Evening News’’ anchor Scott Pelley to former “Evening News’’ Executive Producer Patricia Shevlin ignored repeated phone calls and e-mails from The Post seeking comment on the bombshell claim by ex-CBS investigative ace Sharyl Attkisson. A secretary for David Rhodes, president of CBS News, immediately volleyed a Post reporter’s phone call to company spokeswoman Sonya McNail. Before the reporter could even ask a question, McNair...
  • 5,000 Ebola Health Care Workers Needed in W Africa

    10/28/2014 6:29:20 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 28, 2014 | By ELIAS MESERET
    More than 5,000 additional health care workers are needed to fight Ebola in the three most affected countries in West Africa, the president of the World Bank said Tuesday. Dlamini-Zuma said African Union states have pledged to send more than 2,000 health care workers into West Africa. She did not say when the workers would arrive. "The disease, which is not new to the world, and its manifestations in these countries, has caught us by surprise. With the wisdom of hindsight, our responses at all levels — continental, global and national — were slow, and often knee-jerk reactions that did...
  • President Obama visits 99% Democratic ward to turn out Milwaukee base

    10/27/2014 12:32:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | October 27, 2014 | By Craig Gilbert
    When President Barack Obama arrives in Milwaukee on Tuesday, his task will be to help mobilize African-Americans and other key Democratic voting groups who still give him positive ratings despite his lackluster standing nationwide. The president will be visiting North Division High School in an overwhelmingly African-American ward that he carried with 99% of the vote in 2012, outpolling Republican Mitt Romney 843 to 5. Anything Obama can do to boost turnout in the city of Milwaukee and among-African Americans puts more votes in Democrat Mary Burke’s column in her neck-and-neck battle with GOP Gov. Scott Walker.
  • Texas Democratic Party Sees Success In Vote By Mail Program

    10/26/2014 9:15:29 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    Laredo Sun ^ | October 26, 2014 | Special to the Laredo Sun
    Austin, TX – As early voting begins, there has been a huge increase in mail-in-ballots thanks to the Texas Democratic Party’s vote by mail program. In January, we sent more than 116,000 annual applications to eligible voters so they could vote by mail in the Democratic primary, runoff, and the general election. This set the stage for success this November. We followed-up that successful program with more than 637,000 applications mailed in September. Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Will Hailer released the following statement: “We are incredibly encouraged by the numbers we are seeing for vote by mail. For the...
  • Last day to request vote-by-mail ballot for November election is Tuesday

    10/26/2014 9:10:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | October 26, 2014 | By Laura Dudnick
    The last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot for the Nov. 4 consolidated general election is Tuesday. Voters who wish to vote by mail can request a ballot online at sfelections.org/vbm, by calling (415) 554-4375 or at the Department of Elections in City Hall, Room 48. An application can be found on the back cover of the Voter Information Pamphlet. A request mailed or faxed to the Department of Elections must include the voter’s name, date of birth, signature, residential address and mailing address, if different from the residential address. The Department of Elections must receive completed vote-by-mail applications no...
  • British towns being ‘swamped’ by immigrants feel 'under seige', says Michael Fallon

    10/26/2014 8:35:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | October 26, 2014 | by Rajeev Syal
    Michael Fallon, the defence secretary, has claimed British towns are being “swamped” by immigrants and their residents are “under siege”, in an escalation of the emotive language being used by Tory ministers calling for a renegotiation of the UK’s relationship with Europe. In terms reminiscent of Margaret Thatcher in the 1970s, he said on Sunday that in some areas of the UK, large numbers of migrant workers and foreign people claiming benefits should be subject to some form of restraint – or risk dominating the local population. “In some areas of the UK, down the east coast, towns do feel...
  • US nurse quarantined over Ebola says she was treated 'like a criminal'

    10/26/2014 6:38:14 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 40 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | October 26, 2014
    Illinois joined New York and New Jersey in imposing mandatory quarantines for people arriving with a risk of having contracted Ebola in West Africa, but the first person isolated under the new rules, a nurse returning from Sierra Leone, called her treatment a "frenzy of disorganisation". Kaci Hickox, who arrived at Newark airport in New Jersey on Friday, described hours of questioning by officials in protective gear and what she said was a mis-diagnosis of fever, followed by a transfer to a hospital isolation tent. "I ... thought of many colleagues who will return home to America and face the...
  • New York and New Jersey Tighten Ebola Screenings at Airports

    10/24/2014 3:17:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 24, 2014 | By MARC SANTORA
    The governors of New York and New Jersey announced Friday afternoon that they were ordering all people entering the country through two area airports who had direct contact with Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea to be quarantined. The announcement comes one day after an American doctor, who had worked in Guinea and returned to New York City earlier in October, tested positive for Ebola and became the first New York patient of the deadly virus. “A voluntary Ebola quarantine is not enough,” said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York. “This is too serious a public health...
  • Police in Ferguson committed human rights abuses: Amnesty report

    10/24/2014 6:24:41 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 24, 2014 | BY CAREY GILLAM
    Police in Ferguson, Missouri, committed human rights abuses as they sought to quell mostly peaceful protests that erupted after an officer killed an unarmed black teenager, an international human rights organization said in a report released on Friday. The Amnesty International report said law enforcement officers should be investigated by U.S. authorities for the abuses, which occurred during weeks of racially charged protests that erupted after white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, 18, on Aug. 9. The use by law enforcement of rubber bullets, tear gas and heavy military equipment and restrictions placed on peaceful...
  • Remarks by the President on the Ebola Outbreak (38 Days Ago)

    10/24/2014 4:53:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    White House.gov ^ | September 16, 2014 | Barack Obama
    THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. Please be seated. I want to thank Dr. Frieden and everybody here at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for welcoming me here today. Tom and his team just gave me an update on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, our efforts to help mobilize the international community to fight it, and the steps that we’re taking to keep people here at home safe. First and foremost, I want the American people to know that our experts, here at the CDC and across our government, agree that the chances of an Ebola outbreak here...
  • Jeanne Shaheen: President Obama New Hampshire visit doesn’t make sense

    10/24/2014 4:25:29 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | October 23, 2014 | By JAMES HOHMANN
    Pushed Thursday night on whether she would want President Barack Obama to campaign with her as she seeks a second term, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) said it doesn’t make sense and Obama is “exactly where he needs to be” — in Washington. “We have a lot going on,” Shaheen said during an hourlong debate with Republican Scott Brown at NH1’s studio in Concord, which was broadcast live on WBIN-TV and was co-sponsored by CNN. “I don’t think it makes sense for the president to come to New Hampshire right now.” Shaheen doesn’t have a shortage of star power coming to...
  • UK told to pay £1.7bn extra to European Union budget

    10/24/2014 4:09:49 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    BBC News ^ | October 24, 2014
    he UK has been told it must pay an extra £1.7bn (2.1bn euros) towards the European Union's budget because the economy has performed better than expected in recent years. The payment follows new calculations by the EU that determine how much each member state should contribute. It would add about a fifth to the UK's annual net contribution of £8.6bn. A government source said the demand was "not acceptable" while one Tory MP said the UK should simply refuse to pay it. UKIP leader Nigel Farage said the UK had been "hammered again" while Labour said it was imperative that...
  • Tracing Ebola Patient’s Possible Contacts Creates Host of Challenges for New York City

    10/24/2014 3:41:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 65 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 23, 2014 | By ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS
    Ebola has raised complicated logistical issues of how to trace the possible contacts of an infected patient in a city of more than 8 million people with a sprawling mass transit system and a large population of workers who commute every day from surrounding suburbs and states. By the time the patient, Dr. Craig Spencer, an emergency doctor who had recently returned from Guinea, arrived at Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan by ambulance on Thursday, he was seriously ill, officials said. Dr. Spencer complicated the tracing process when he told health officials that just the night before, he had gone...
  • Border deaths drop to 15-year low

    10/23/2014 5:11:05 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | October 23, 2014 | By ASTRID GALVAN
    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The number of people who died trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border has dropped to the lowest level in 15 years as more immigrants turned themselves in to authorities in Texas and fewer took their chances with the dangerous trek across the Arizona desert. The U.S. government recorded 307 deaths in the 2014 fiscal year that ended in September — the lowest number since 1999. In 2013, the number of deaths was 445.
  • The Bottom Line on Climate Change Costs

    10/23/2014 4:03:07 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | October 23, 2014 | by Peter Getty
    The recent report published by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, an organization aimed at helping the world's societies to combat the effects of climate change, suggests that the costs of combating climate change are considerably lower than widespread opinion has suggested. The study tells us that between 2015 and 2030, nations are expected to invest roughly $90 trillion in urban, land-use and energy infrastructure. The report suggests that implementing the fixes necessary to transition to entirely sustainable sources of energy would amount to 4 trillion. So, this amounts to 5% increase of the total amount that is...
  • Justice Department condemns Ferguson leaks as effort to influence opinion

    10/23/2014 10:30:58 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 23, 2014 | By MATT PEARCE
    With a grand jury decision looming on whether a white police officer should face charges in the killing of an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Mo., the investigation has sprung a few leaks. New details from the inquiry into Michael Brown’s Aug. 9 death — all provided by unidentified sources and which seem to support Officer Darren Wilson’s story of what happened that day — have emerged in St. Louis and national news outlets in recent days. The U.S. Department of Justice condemned the leaks Wednesday as “irresponsible and highly troubling” and said, “There seems to be an inappropriate effort...
  • Senate Update: There’s A 47 Percent Chance The 2014 Midterms Will Go To Overtime

    10/23/2014 10:25:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | October 23, 2014 | By HARRY ENTEN
    Republicans are 66 percent favorites to win a Senate majority, according to the latest FiveThirtyEight Senate forecast. New polls confirmed GOP advantages in Arkansas and Colorado, and a generic ballot survey from AP-GfK found Republicans up 8 percentage points — an unusually large lead. But — as I’ve written before — there’s a good chance we won’t know who controls the next Senate when the sun rises on Nov. 5. As of Tuesday’s model run, there is a 53 percent chance we’ll be able to project Senate control near Nov. 4; 47 percent of the time, the midterms go to...
  • Hillary Clinton Supports Cuomo for NY Governor

    10/23/2014 9:43:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 23, 2014 | BY JONATHAN LEMIRE
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is backing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his bid for a second term. Clinton appeared Thursday at a Manhattan rally with the Democratic incumbent and his pick for lieutenant governor, Kathy Hochul. Clinton says Cuomo is the "right leader at the right time." The rally was run by the Woman's Equality Party, a political organization founded by Cuomo.
  • Hospitals battle state over emergency care for undocumented immigrants

    10/23/2014 9:24:49 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Tampabay.com ^ | October 22, 2014 | by Kathleen McGrory
    TALLAHASSEE — A coalition of Florida hospitals is challenging a state policy on emergency care for undocumented immigrants. Hospitals in states that participate in Medicaid, the joint state-federal health insurance program, are required to treat undocumented immigrants in emergency medical situations. In Florida, hospitals are reimbursed for those services by AHCA. AHCA used to pay for all emergency care for undocumented immigrants deemed "medically necessary," according to a petition filed in the Division of Administrative Hearings last week by the hospitals. But since 2010, the agency has been paying only to the point of "alleviation" or "stabilization." The hospitals argue...
  • Camden forum on driver's licenses for undocumented draws 300

    10/23/2014 9:17:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | October 23, 2014 | by Julia Terruso
    Eufracia Mora and her husband run a commercial and residential painting business, and often have to drive from two to three hours for a job. The parents of two small children ride the whole way unlicensed and on edge. "I'm always nervous every time I get in the car," Mora said, "Every day I drive for work, or I drive the kids to school, I'm worried I'll see a police car." Mora is undocumented and cannot legally obtain a driver's license. She joined nearly 300 people Wednesday night for a forum on immigration issues largely focused on whether driver's licenses...
  • EPA review board finds 'strong scientific support' for water rule

    10/23/2014 9:11:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 23, 2014 | By Tim Devaney
    The Environmental Protection Agency's controversial water rule passed a crucial test Thursday, gaining the approval of the agency's internal review board. The EPA's Science Advisory Board noted in a peer review of the rule that there is "strong scientific support" for the agency's proposed Waters of the U.S. regulation. The panel was reviewing the EPA's draft report on the connectivity of waterways around the country. "The report should also clearly indicate that the definitions used for rivers, streams, and wetlands are scientific, rather than legal or regulatory definitions," the board wrote.
  • Health Insurance Policy Cancellations Could Mean Higher Premiums With New Plans

    10/23/2014 8:58:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    NBC Connecticut ^ | October 22, 2014 | By Amy Parmenter
    For about the past week or so, health insurance broker Stephen Hunt has been getting phone calls from unhappy clients. “They just keep building up and up and up and up and up," Hunt said. The calls are coming from clients who have been notified by their insurer that their policy expires at year’s end and most will have to purchase plans with much higher premiums and much higher deductibles, he said. “We’re not talking about a minor difference in premium. We're talking about a mortgage payment difference in premium for a lot of people," Hunt said. Anne Melissa Dowling,...
  • Obamacare's Bay State Bailout

    10/23/2014 8:52:53 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 23, 2014 | by Josh Archambault
    After the worst transition to Obamacare in the country, Massachusetts is still without a functional exchange website and just 769 people have enrolled in Obamacare-subsidized plans. To avoid accountability and political repercussions, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is about to cut two special deals with the federal government: the “Commonwealth Kickback” which grants Massachusetts the most generous taxpayer-funded premium subsidies in the entire country, while the “Bay State Bailout” gives 300,000+ MA residents “temporary” Medicaid coverage in 2014, without any verification of their eligibility.
  • AP-GfK Poll: Disapproval, Doubt Dominate on Ebola

    10/23/2014 8:37:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 23, 2014 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD and EMILY SWANSON
    Americans have at least some confidence that the U.S. health care system will prevent Ebola from spreading in this country but generally disapprove of the way President Barack Obama and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have handled the crisis so far. Most disapprove of Obama's handling of the Ebola outbreak, according to an Associated Press-GfK Poll. Just 1 in 5 approve of the CDC's work on Ebola so far, and only 3 in 10 say they trust that public health officials are sharing complete and accurate information about the virus. And only 18 percent have deep confidence that...
  • UN proposal of debt relief for climate adaptation divides aid experts

    10/23/2014 8:22:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | October 23, 2014 | by Karl Mathiesen
    A UN proposal that would see small island states offered debt relief to pay for climate change contains a “fundamentally unjust” blind spot, according to development groups. But advocates see the idea as an innovative way to increase the money available for climate change adaptation in the most vulnerable states. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is working on an initiative that would see rich countries write off debt owed to them by Small Island Developing States (Sids) in exchange for the money being spent on climate change adaptation. Due to their disproportionate contribution to climate change, industrialised countries agreed to...
  • Economists See Limited Gains in G.O.P. Plan

    10/23/2014 8:10:20 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 22, 2014 | By JACKIE CALMES
    WASHINGTON — Anticipating a takeover of Congress, Republicans have assembled an economic agenda that reflects their small-government, antiregulation philosophy, but also suggests internal divisions that could hinder a united front against President Obama — much as happened in the 1990s, when a Republican-led Congress confronted President Bill Clinton. The proposals would mainly benefit energy industries, reduce taxes and regulations for businesses generally, and continue the attack on the Affordable Care Act. It is a mix that leaves many economists, including several conservatives, underwhelmed. “But,” added Mr. Slaughter, who served on President George W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers, “it just...
  • Tribune poll: Rauner, Quinn in dead heat [Plus Obama at new low in "home state"]

    10/23/2014 6:38:45 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 23, 2014 | By Rick Pearson
    With less than two weeks until Election Day, the race for Illinois governor is a dead heat as Republican challenger Bruce Rauner has made significant inroads among suburban voters, especially women, a new Chicago Tribune poll shows. The survey found Rauner with 45 percent support and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn with 43 percent. But the latest poll found Obama's job approval numbers slipping in his home state. Only 46 percent approve — that's down from 52 percent last month and represents a low-water mark for the president since the Tribune began tracking views on his tenure in the White House....
  • Vigilant? Obama is not even awake

    10/23/2014 6:29:20 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 23, 2014 | BY JENNIFER RUBIN
    In the wake of the shootings in Canada, the president said that “it emphasizes the degree to which we have to remain vigilant when it comes to dealing with these kinds of acts of senseless violence or terrorism.” The president has said we must be vigilant many times, but does he follow his own advice? He is among the least vigilant presidents in memory, always learning about scandals in the newspaper and surprised when aggressors act like aggressors. If he is being vigilant, he’s looking out for the wrong things. He should have been paying attention to the geographic spread...
  • In the West, a Growing List of Attacks Linked to Extremism

    10/23/2014 6:04:52 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 23, 2014 | by SHREEYA SINHA
    Canadian authorities identified the gunman in the deadly shooting Wednesday of a soldier guarding the National War Memorial in Ottawa as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a Canadian born in 1982. The episode was the latest in a growing list of attacks in the West by individuals who have professed their affinity for radical Islam or sympathy to militant ideology. Oct. 20, 2014: Hit-and-Run Kills Canadian Soldier Sept. 25, 2014: Woman Is Beheaded in Oklahoma Sept. 26, 2014: ISIS Lieutenant Tries to Coordinate Attacks in Australia May 24, 2014: 3 Shot Dead at Jewish Museum in Brussels May 22, 2013: Attack Near Military...
  • Pebble Partnership sues over EPA contacts with environmentalists

    10/22/2014 3:50:30 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    KTUU - NBC Local ^ | October 22, 2014 | by Chris Klint
    ANCHORAGE - The Pebble Partnership is suing the Environmental Protection Agency in federal court, seeking more details on what it calls “secretive meetings” by the agency with environmental groups and anti-Pebble activists. Pebble claims it filed a Jan. 22 Freedom of Information Act request with the EPA for any communications concerning the project between senior EPA officials, including Administrator Lisa Jackson, and a group of 16 people and organizations. The National Resources Defense Council, Trout Unlimited, the Bristol Bay Native Corp., and Sen. Mark Begich, as well as some of their employees, were listed specifically. So were anti-Pebble activists Alan...
  • Pictures Of Some Oklahoma School Lunches Not Appetizing To Parents

    10/22/2014 3:26:53 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    News On 6 Local ^ | October 21, 2014 | by HAVONNAH JOHNSON
    TULSA, Oklahoma - Some Oklahoma parents are concerned about how little their kids are getting to eat at school. The portions were small but based on federal guidelines. Those guidelines are based on First Lady Michelle Obama's initiative to tackle childhood obesity. “Chicken nuggets, with broccoli, beans and milk,” said student, Promise Fleming. “It was awful.” Student, A'mika Ware said, “It's not fully cooked and it makes my stomach hurt.” Their complaints are being heard loud and clear nationwide. TPS's nutrition director said the meals teach kids how to eat well. "They can tell their parents ‘hey, I need to...
  • Goats are shrinking because of climate change, researchers warn

    10/22/2014 3:17:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 64 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | October 22, 2014 | By MARK PRIGG
    They appear to be shrinking in size as they react to changes in climate, according to new research from Durham University. The researchers studied the impacts of changes in temperature on the body size of Alpine Chamois, a species of mountain goat, over the past 30 years. To their surprise, they discovered that young Chamois now weigh about 25 per cent less than animals of the same age in the 1980s. In recent years, decreases in body size have been identified in a variety of animal species, and have frequently been linked to the changing climate. However, the researchers say...
  • NY school overwhelmed with dozens of undocumented kids who flooded in after border surge

    10/22/2014 3:10:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    FOX News Latino ^ | October 22, 2014 | By Soni Sangha
    A New York school taxed by the arrival of Central American unaccompanied minors now finds itself at the center of a state investigation on its enrollment practices. The issue brought renewed negative attention to the long troubled school district of Hempstead, which has yet to accept its rapidly growing Latino population. As of last week, advocates say, at least 35 of these students who had successfully enrolled in Hempstead High School had not received instruction one single day. Other sources say as many as 70 kids are waiting to be accommodated. “There is a tough relationship between the community and...
  • Could undocumented immigrants decide tight battle between Rep. Michael Grimm and Domenic Recchia?

    10/22/2014 3:04:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Staten Island Advance ^ | October 22, 2014 | By Tom Wrobleski
    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Voter registration drives in immigrant-heavy neighborhoods here have raised concerns about how the city Board of Elections makes certain that only U.S. citizens be allowed to vote, as mandated by law. But there is little that the BOE does to ensure that. The issue is a pressing one given the neck-and-neck House battle between Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island/New York) and Democratic challenger Domenic M. Recchia Jr., a race that many believe will hinge on a relative handful of votes. Given that those in immigrant populations are seen as more likely to vote Democratic, some Republicans...
  • Thousands of Gov. Walker-Related Emails Released

    10/21/2014 11:08:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 21, 2014 | By SCOTT BAUER
    Thousands of emails prosecutors collected during the first secret investigation into Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's former aides and associates when he was a county executive were released Tuesday, prompting allegations from Walker and other Republicans that the timing two weeks before the election was politically motivated. Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele's office made public the nearly 16,000 emails and attachments that prosecutors seized from county and personal computers during the investigation that ended in 2013. Walker was never charged but six of his aides and associates were convicted on charges ranging from theft to misconduct in office. The documents' release...
  • Politico Poll: Seven Percent Believe Obamacare Will Lower Healthcare Costs

    10/21/2014 7:56:59 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Townhall ^ | October 21, 2014 | by Guy Benson
    Time to inject another set of data points into the "Obamacare is working well in the real world" debate. The president and his loyalists insist that their signature law is working as intended. The general public -- yet again -- disagrees, according to a new poll from Politico. A plurality believes the quality of their care will deteriorate under Obamacare (perhaps due to access shock, doctor shortages, and government rationing decisions), while less than one-in-five expect improved care. On costs, a pitiful seven percent believe the 'Affordable' Care Act will reduce the amount of money they'll personally pay will decrease...