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  • 2nd Day of Protests in SoCal Follow Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

    11/25/2014 6:38:58 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    KTLA 5 ^ | 11/25/14 | John A. Moreno, Eric Spillman, Christina Pascucci and Melissa Pamer,
    Protesters returned to the streets of Los Angeles Tuesday, a day after three people were arrested in connection with protests held in reaction to a Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury decision not to indict a police officer who killed an unarmed teen. Protests were planned for the U.S. Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles, the campuses of USC and UCLA, and Leimert Park in South L.A. About 4 p.m., hundreds could be seen walking with signs through South L.A. Protesters shut down multiple intersections along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, before gathering in front of LAPDís Southwest Division.
  • Expected California Supreme Court nominee Leondra Kruger a 'mind blower'

    11/24/2014 3:53:35 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 24, 2014 | By MAURA DOLAN
    Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he would nominate Leondra R. Kruger, a federal government lawyer, to the California Supreme Court. Kruger, 38, who grew up in Pasadena, was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2002 but has not practiced law in the state since 2009, according to bar records. She has worked primarily in Washington, D.C., where she has represented the federal government in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. She would be the only African American on the court. Kruger is a deputy assistant attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel....
  • Feds ready to build virtual fence along border with Mexico

    05/07/2009 4:29:07 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 27 replies · 747+ views
    kdbc ^ | May 7, 2009
    Federal officials within weeks plan to start construction on a new "virtual fence" along the U.S.-Mexico border. Plans are expected to be formally announced tomorrow. Supporters say the system could almost completely cover the nearly 2,000-mile frontier within five years. The first permanent towers with sensors, cameras and communications gear to detect drug smugglers and illegal immigrants will be built along 53 miles of Arizona. Customs official Mark Borkowski says more towers will follow on the remaining 320 miles of Arizona's southern border. Borkowski says virtual fencing then will go up in New Mexico, followed by California and most of...
  • Members of LGBT Community Fear Exclusion From President Obama's Immigration Order

    11/23/2014 2:09:07 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 17 replies
    nbclosangeles.com ^ | November 21, 2014 | Lisa Fernandez and Nannette Miranda
    Just what defines a parent and a marriage? asked Caroline Dessert, a self-described "queer Latina" from El Centro, Calif., who is also executive director of Immigration Equality. If it's DNA and a municipal marriage certificate, Dessert pointed out that would leave out roughly 267,000 undocumented members of the LGBT community who could likely be excluded from Obama's intended relief. While the order is a "historic moment," she said, "once again, it appears as though the LGBT community has been excluded from a law designed to protect vulnerable people." "If family relationships through marriage, or blood, is the only way that...
  • Newt Gingrich Blasts Obamaís Speech: This Was a Gruber Speech; Simply Not Telling Country the Truth

    11/23/2014 11:22:24 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | November 21, 2014 | Curtis Houck
    Following President Barack Obamaís speech announcing his executive order on illegal immigration, CNN political commentator and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich unloaded on the President, likening his speech to statements made by ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber and that those in the ďeliteĒ class ďreally underestimateĒ the disdain Americans have for unfortified borders. Responding on CNN in the minutes after it ended, Gingrich opined that it was wrong for the President to go against the incoming Congress as it had ďrepudiated his policies in the electionĒ a few weeks ago. Gingrich then slammed what viewers just heard as ďa...
  • Sacramento County Sheriff Rips Obama Over His Policy That Left One of His Deputies Dead

    11/23/2014 12:20:38 AM PST · by grundle · 1 replies
    dcclothesline.com ^ | November 22, 2014 | Steven Ahle
    Anyone that reads my articles on a regular basis knows that I have documented many times that Obama is lying when he makes the claim that he is concentrating on criminal illegal aliens. He says that is why he doesnít deport any of the illegals the government catches. (Or possibly professional courtesy?) Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones went onto the social media to make his case against the policies of Emperor Obama the First. Marcelo Marquez, who was later identified by his fingerprints is actually Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte, an illegal alien with a rap sheet of felonies a mile long...
  • Missing S.F. 12-year-old may be sex-trafficking victim

    11/22/2014 1:01:20 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 21, 2014 | Vivian Ho
    Police are investigating the possibility that a 12-year-old San Francisco girl who has been missing for almost two weeks is a victim of sex trafficking. Imani Howell was last seen getting onto a 19-Polk bus for school on Nov. 10, police said. People have reported seeing her in the Mission District and along Oaklandís International Boulevard, known hot spots for the trafficking of young girls.
  • Pilot program to charge foreigners to enter Mexico suspended

    11/22/2014 9:42:41 AM PST · by bgill · 9 replies
    ABC 10 News ^ | Nov. 21, 2014 | Barbara Medina
    Following a backlash from residents, visitors and protests from business leaders in Baja California, the pilot program to charge foreigners to enter Mexico has been suspended. The pilot program, announced on Nov. 13 by the National Institute of Immigration, also known as INAMI, would have required foreigners who enter Mexican territory for more than seven days to pay 306 pesos, or about $28. Initially, the program was only going to charge foreigners who entered Mexico through the pedestrian port of entry at Otay.
  • N.C. Fires Gruber After ĎStupidity of American Votersí Remarks

    11/22/2014 9:34:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Nov 21, 2014 7:26 pm
    The state of North Carolina has given Jonathan Gruber the boot, firing the ObamaCare architect after he was caught on camera repeatedly calling American voters ďstupid.Ē Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) went ďOn The RecordĒ tonight, explaining that Gruber was hired one year ago to help with a health care plan that dealt with Medicaid recipients and the uninsured. Meadows said that Gruber was supposed to be an unbiased individual, but after these reports, the auditor decided that heís not so unbiased after all. Ö
  • California Indian Casinos Embroiled in Turmoil

    11/22/2014 9:34:30 AM PST · by anymouse · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 11/22/2014 | Scott Smith
    Flood of big bucks and tortured history spell turmoil for California's Indian casinos When it comes to controlling California's flashy Las Vegas-style casinos, the stakes are enormous for tribes who own the gambling operations that collectively generate billions of dollars a year to sustain Native Americans up and down the state. With this backdrop, several tribes in the past two years have fallen into nasty, sometimes violent, power struggles pitting factions and families against one another. The most recent case, involving the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians near Yosemite National Park, climaxed in an armed raid on Oct. 9 by...
  • Executive Amnesty: 400,000 Illegal Immigrants Eligible for Free Health Services in California

    11/22/2014 9:41:33 AM PST · by PROCON · 28 replies
    breitbart ^ | Nov. 21, 2014 | Robert Wilde
    Roughly one million undocumented immigrants in California qualify for President Obamaís executive action of deferred deportation that he announced on Thursday. Of those 40% will be eligible for the states free Medi-Cal health services, while the remaining will be ineligible under the programís income requirements. Medi-Cal is the stateís name for Medicaid, a federal health services program for people who have low income. According to KQED News, the newly protected illegal immigrants do not qualify for other benefits of the Affordable Care Act and are not eligible for subsidies on the Covered California exchange. ďTheyíll be in the same situation...
  • Obama just kneecapped Jeb Bush and Chris Christie's 2016 prospects

    11/21/2014 9:30:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Week ^ | November 21, 2014 | Jon Terbush, associate editor
    On immigration, the GOP primary will have little room for nuance. President Obama on Thursday announced his much-anticipated executive action on immigration, and in doing so he lobbed a grenade squarely into the 2016 Republican primary race. Obama's order will reshape how the feds prioritize deportations of undocumented workers, shielding an estimated five million of them from being kicked out of the country. "We shall not oppress a stranger for we know the heart of a stranger ó we were strangers once, too," Obama said, quoting scripture. By moving ahead solo before the new Congress is sworn in, Obama ensured...
  • Attorney: L.A. schools pay 'largest' public settlement for child abuse at $139 million

    11/21/2014 4:38:56 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    cnn ^ | 11-21-14 | http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/21/us/los-angeles-student-lewd-abuse-settlement/index.html
    Los Angeles (CNN) -- The Los Angeles public school district will pay more than $139.2 million to the families of 81 children allegedly abused by an elementary teacher now serving a prison sentence for lewd conduct, officials said Friday. John Manly, one of the plaintiffs' attorney, called the amount "the largest settlement in the history of the United States against a public entity involving child abuse." The settlement comes after the district earlier paid $30 million to settle 63 other students' claims alleging they were victims of sexually lewd acts by Mark Berndt of Miramonte Elementary. A teacher for 30...
  • Kim Kardashianís butt on Paper magazine cover can help kids do math.

    11/21/2014 11:28:21 AM PST · by machogirl · 90 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | November 19, 2014 | Jeanette Settembre , Zoe Lake
    Hereís a cheeky way to do math. Kim Kardashianís naked butt broke the internet ó but now itís helping to fix studentsí understanding of basic geometry. Catalyst, a test prep company, is using the ultimate semi-circle in its latest pop-culture-inspired questions to get kids primed for the SAT. (See questions below). Catalystís interest in Kardashianís image from the cover of Paper magazine is not just sexploitation. Itís downright Platonic. ďKim Kardashianís backside is almost perfectly circular,Ē company founder Jared Friedland tells the Daily News. ďAs soon as we saw that, it occurred to me that we could teach three types...
  • RAPPER FACES LIFE IN PRISON FOR ALBUM COVER (picture of gun)

    11/21/2014 9:12:34 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 49 replies
    Duncan faces 25-years-to-life on gang conspiracy charges brought against him this week,†according to†the†Los Angeles Times. Prosecutors will reportedly look to prove that the album art "willfully promotes, furthers, or assists in any felonious criminal conduct by members of that gang." "That gang" refers to the San Diego Lincoln Park gang, of which Duncan is a member, according to San Diego police. According to the†Times, at least 15 Lincoln Park gang members have been charged in a recent string of shootings in the city. Yet Duncan's attorney, Brian Watkins, told the paper that his client is innocent and the evidence against...
  • Pelosi: GOP leaves Obama no choice

    11/20/2014 2:19:21 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 40 replies
    thehill.com ^ | November 20, 2014 | Mike Lillis
    President Obama has no choice but to act on his own on immigration reform because of the Republican Partyís inaction on the issue, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) insisted Thursday. Republicans on Capitol Hill are up in arms ahead of Obama's prime-time speech Thursday night, when he's expected to unveil a plan to ease deportations of millions of illegal immigrants. The president will almost certainly frame his move in the context of keeping families intact. But Republicans are arguing it amounts to a power grab on Obamaís part. Pelosi said the presidentís conservative critics should redirect their ire toward...
  • Brit Humeís loud silence reveals the ugly secret about Obamaís immigration amnesty announcement

    11/20/2014 3:47:45 PM PST · by servo1969 · 56 replies
    Bookwormroom.com ^ | 11-20-2014 | Bookworm
    There are some words that, as a writer, I‚Äôve always wanted to use. One of those words is ‚Äúcadaverous,‚ÄĚ which I think is just a lovely, almost Dickensian word. Having attended last night‚Äôs delightful PRI Gala dinner, I finally have that chance. But let me start at the beginning‚Ķ.I don‚Äôt usually attend galas. Indeed, I don‚Äôt ever attend galas, since I am almost pathologically cheap and, no matter how much I admire the speaker or expect the company to be delightful, I simply cannot make myself pay several hundred dollars for a dinner and speech. Add to that the fact...
  • CLOUT? 35 Anti-Keystone Pipeline Senators Mary Landrieu Helped Elect

    11/20/2014 12:49:21 PM PST · by abb · 9 replies
    The Hayride ^ | November 20, 2014 | Scott McKay
    When it came time for the US Senate to vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline, Sen. Mary Landrieuís (D-LA) ďcloutĒ did not have much of an impact on fellow Democrat senators. In fact, 35 of the senators who voted against the project were given campaign cash by Landrieu since the 2008 election cycle. Take a look here at the list of senators who donít seem to acknowledge Landrieuís ďclout.Ē Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) $10,000 Sen. Richard Blumenthal (R-CT) $5,000 Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) $10,000 Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) $7,000 Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) $10,000 Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) $3,500 Sen....
  • California Business Stops Photographing Weddings to Avoid Having to Shoot Same-Sex Ceremonies

    11/20/2014 8:56:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/20/2014 | Samuel Smith
    A California photography company has announced that it will no longer shoot wedding photography after gay activists protested against the business claiming it "denied" service to a same-sex couple for their wedding. Nang and Chris Mai, the operators of the Bay Area-based Urloved Photography, posted to the company's website earlier in November that they'll no longer photograph weddings after they were harassed by LGBT activists for referring a gay couple seeking their service to another photographer instead of shooting the wedding themselves. The Mais, who specialize in weddings, events and family portraits, say they've had to do away with wedding...
  • Cops Bombed the Wrong Guys, Family Says

    11/19/2014 8:54:22 PM PST · by Altariel · 24 replies
    Courthouse News ^ | November 19, 2014 | PAT PEMBERTON
    VENTURA, Calif. (CN) - A 2-year-old boy was burned by a police smoke bomb in a terrifying "no knock" raid at the wrong home, his family claims in court. The boy's parents, Jose and Paulina Salinas, sued the City of Oxnard and its Police Department in Superior Court on Monday. **** As police approached one of the bedrooms, Paulina Salinas and her two older children told officers there was a 2-year-old in the room. Police ignored them, told them to cover their ears, and threw a smoke bomb into the room as 2-year-old Justin Salinas stood near the door.
  • Who's really stupid?: What Jonathan Gruber got wrong about ObamaCare

    11/19/2014 5:14:09 PM PST · by richardb72 · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 11, 2014 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Academics often believe they are the smartest people around, and they like to tell others how best to live their lives. Add the governmentís power to control peopleís lives and you have a dangerous combination. Americans got a taste of this elitism when MITís Jonathan Gruber mocked "the stupidity of the American voter." But American voters arenít the only ones who make mistakes. Time after time, the ďarchitect" of ObamaCare underestimated costs and overestimated how many people would be covered. Like so many Ivory Tower academics, Gruber doesnít understand how the real world operates. Could it be that those ďstupidĒ...
  • Tommy Chong to Fox Hosts: Your Gruber Coverage Is ĎLike Benghazi All Over Againí

    11/19/2014 5:10:39 PM PST · by PROCON · 61 replies
    mediate ^ | Nov. 19, 2014 | Matt Wilstein
    Tommy Chong, star of such films as Up in Smoke and until this week a contestant on ABCís Dancing With the Stars, was the #OneLuckyGuy on Fox Newsí Outnumbered (for some reason) Wednesday, and while he was there he weighed in on issues like marijuana legalization (naturally), health care, and immigration. But when the issue of Obamacare ďarchitectĒ Jonathan Gruberís controversial comments came up, Chong surprised the showís co-hosts by comparing it to another hot topic on Fox: Benghazi. Andrea Tantaros and Harris Faulkner were expressing outrage over Gruberís comments and the Obama administrationís reaction to it when Chong decided...
  • Senator Obama in 2006: Iíve ďstolen ideasÖliberallyĒ from Gruber [VIDEO]

    11/18/2014 9:26:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/18/2014 | Guy Benson
    We‚Äôll start with the undercard, then move on to the latest Gruber video. This is characteristically excellent work from Remy here, skewering Grubergate to the tune of Jeremih‚Äôs ‚ÄúDon‚Äôt Tell ‚ÄėEm:‚ÄĚCLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO If the Lena Dunham reference at the end went over your head, click over to Kevin Williamson‚Äôs devastating piece on Dunham‚Äôs autobiography¬Öif you dare. It‚Äôs actually quite disturbing. (Dunham is apparently ‚Äúraging‚ÄĚ at ‚Äúright-wing bloggers‚ÄĚ for noticing the contents of her book, while her sister has issued an incoherent word soup of a response on Twitter). Back to the topic at hand. We...
  • Boehner opts for Obamacare over Medicare

    11/18/2014 9:25:15 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/18/2014 | JENNIFER HABERKORN
    House Speaker John Boehner became eligible for Medicare when he turned 65 years old Monday, but heís not planning to sign up. Instead, Boehner is going to keep his ďexpensiveĒ Obamacare insurance plan. The Affordable Care Act required members of Congress to get off the federal governmentís insurance plan and, in most cases, enroll in an Obamacare policy. When members turn 65, they become eligible for Medicare as well. When asked at a press conference on Tuesday about his health care coverage plans, he paused and laughed. ďIíll continue to purchase my expensive health care coverage,Ē he said in an...
  • 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 ďstupidity of the American voterĒ 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 2009ís 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...
  • Academic Built Case for Mandate in Health Care Law (yes, mo' Gruber)

    11/18/2014 8:27:40 AM PST · by Riflema · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | 3/18/12 | Catherine Rampell
    ..."He also serves on the Massachusetts board that oversees the stateís new health care exchanges. Along with these credentials, Mr. Gruberís position as an adviser to the influential Congressional Budget Office also left him perfectly positioned to advise the White House on health reform. ďThe most important arbiter of everything was the C.B.O.,Ē said Neera Tanden, who was a senior adviser for health reform at the Department of Health and Human Services. ...
  • Steve Rattner: Jonathan Gruber was 'the man' on Obamacare

    11/18/2014 8:19:34 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | November 18, 2014 | By KENDALL BREITMAN
    Jonathan Gruber was ďthe manĒ behind Obamacare, according to a former adviser to President Barack Obama. ďThe problem is not that Gruber helped them put Obamacare together, because he was the man,Ē Steve Rattner, who worked as Obamaís lead adviser in 2009 for the Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry, said Tuesday on MSNBCís ďMorning Joe.Ē ďThe problem is what he said in the last two weeks and how the White House has handled it,Ē Rattner added. Rattner said his influence was enormous. ďJonathan Gruber was, back in the day in 2009, the guru on health care,Ē said Rattner,...
  • How much did you pay Jonathan Gruber to lie to you? Millions. The money is piling up.

    11/18/2014 8:03:35 AM PST · by rktman · 25 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 11/17/2014 | Robert Laurie
    If youíve been paying attention to the story about the myriad Jonathan Gruber videos, youíve probably heard the sum of $400,000.00 bandied about. Thatís how much the Department of Health and Human Services paid him to trick the CBO, lie to the American people, and help pass a bill that was reliant on ďthe stupidity of the American voter.Ē Since HHS has no real money of its own, thatís actually how much you, the taxpayer, paid him to con you. Unfortunately, itís also just the beginning. In fact, $400K is only a drop in the Gruber ObamaCare money vault. So,...
  • The name change of the Democratic party: The Grubers

    11/18/2014 7:32:25 AM PST · by conservativesister · 26 replies
    11/18/14 | conservativesister
    Since all Democrats think everyday ordinary people can't function without government sticking their nose into everyone's life, and making decisions for them, it is now time to change the name of the Democratic party to THE GRUBERS. Meet someone and talk politics: are you a Republican or a GRUBER? Talk about a political race: are they a Republican or a GRUBER? Ask someone how they voted: did you vote for the Republican or GRUBER? Don't let this opportunity to nail the GRUBERS to the wall. It's time to get them out of our business!
  • Why does Jonathan Gruber still have a job at MIT?

    11/18/2014 7:28:52 AM PST · by rktman · 32 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 11/18/2014 | Rick Moran
    It appears that hoodwinking the American people can be fun and profitable. Fox News found, via a review of state and federal websites, that Jonathan Gruber earned $6 million in fees over the last 15 years. But the real question is, why does Gruber still have a job at MIT? He has admitted to fraud, lying, and deciet.
  • Jerry Brown may challenge Hillary for Dem nomination

    11/18/2014 7:26:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/18/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Signs are accumulating that California Governor Jerry Brown, fresh off a 20-point re-election victory and with at least $20 million in unspent campaign funds available, may challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016.  John Fund writes in NRO: …when his political aides sent out an invitation for a $5,000 fundraiserin Sacramento next Monday, there was inevitable speculation: Jerry Brown may run for president for the fourth time. If he challenges Hillary Clinton, Brown can claim solid credentials as a liberal leader. He has raised taxes on the rich, been an avid backer of climate-change regulation, and...
  • Universities Are Now Taking Down Their Jonathan Gruber Videos

    11/19/2014 7:12:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/19/2014 | By Brendan Bordelon
    Universities that hosted Jonathan Gruber are now removing videos of the MIT professor from their websites after a series of candid admissions from the Obamacare architect ignited a firestorm against the health-care law. Videos from college conferences and Washington think tanks over the last few years show Gruber bragging about the lawís deliberate complexity and belittling American votersí intelligence. Now at least two colleges who hosted the professor have tried to scrub Gruber from the internet. The University of Pennsylvania removed Gruberís October 2013 panel appearance ó in which he laughed about ďthe stupidity of the American voterĒ ó on...
  • How Barack Obama's presidency has come undone

    11/19/2014 6:18:15 AM PST · by Phlap · 55 replies
    CBC ^ | 11/19/2014 | Neil Macdonald, CBC News
    The original Obama movement was so rapturous that stating the obvious ó you can't eat hope and the rhetoric was mostly empty ó seemed small-minded and a cynical snub to those people who clearly felt they were about to see real change, especially black voters who were feeling the kind of fierce emotions that most of us could never understand. "We are the ones we've been waiting for," he'd tell the crowds. Whatever that meant, it sounded good. Today, though, Obama must ó must ó at least be contemplating the possibility that he has failed. Six years after he assumed...
  • State of Michigan Paid Jonathan Gruber $481,050

    11/17/2014 9:35:50 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Michigan Capital Confidential ^ | November 17, 2014 | Tom Gantert.
    A consultant considered an architect to the federal health care law who said a ďlack of transparencyĒ and ďstupidity of the American voterĒ were critical to getting it passed reportedly received $481,050 from the state of Michigan, and a recently elected state representative said he wants an investigation. Jonathan Gruber, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor who created an econometric model intended to project health care spending and costs under different assumptions, along with his team, was granted a $481,050 contract by the state of Michigan, according to the Washington Post. He was paid that to help set up state...
  • Gruber: GOP Governorsí Refusal to Expand Medicaid ĎAlmost Awesome In Its Evilnessí, Blames

    11/18/2014 2:28:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 42 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 11/18/14 | Jim Geraghty
    Whoís up for another Jonathan Gruber video? On April 9, 2014, Gruber appeared on the ďCurbside ConsultĒ interview series with Harold Pollack, at healthinsurance.org; the host introduced Gruber as the ďarchitect of ObamacareĒ, and Gruber made no objection. Pollack says, ďOne of the things thatís really striking to me is thereís a politics of impunity towards poor people, particularly non-white poor people that is almost a feature rather than a bug in the internal politics in some of these states, not to cover people under Medicaid, even if itís financially very advantageous to do so.Ē Gruberís response: Thatís a great
  • White House: GOP fanning 'stupidity' flames for political advantage

    11/18/2014 11:24:08 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 18, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Republicans are hyping past comments from ObamaCare consultant Jonathan Gruber as a way to distract from whatís going well for the healthcare law. After saying that Gruberís view that the healthcare law was passed partly because of the ďstupidityĒ of the American voter is not shared by ďanybody at the White House,Ē Earnest challenged claims that ObamaCare was not passed in a transparent way. He also suggested that few Americans are paying attention to the controversy. ďPeople are understandably pretty tired of relitigating all the fights from 2009 and 2010,Ē Earnest said Tuesday at...
  • Gruber has earned millions from taxpayers at federal, state levels (MONEY GRUBER!!)

    11/18/2014 4:27:09 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/18/2014 | James Rosen
    ďMy job was just to see if the numbers added up,Ē Jonathan Gruber, the controversial architect of ObamaCare, told PBS two years ago. And add up the numbers he did Ė at least in terms of Gruberís consulting fees. A Fox News review of state and federal websites, as well as published reports, finds the MIT economist and his firm have secured millions in federal and state contracts stretching back over the last fifteen years.
  • ObamaCareís architects reap windfall as Washington lobbyists (newly relevant)

    11/18/2014 4:40:33 PM PST · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 25 August 2014 (relevant now) | Megan R. Wilson
    ObamaCare has become big business for an elite network of Washington lobbyists and consultants who helped shape the law from the inside. More than 30 former administration officials, lawmakers and congressional staffers who worked on the healthcare law have set up shop on K Street since 2010. ObamaCare has become big business for an elite network of Washington lobbyists and consultants who helped shape the law from the inside. More than 30 former administration officials, lawmakers and congressional staffers who worked on the healthcare law have set up shop on K Street since 2010.
  • All of #GruberGate, Explained in 2 minutes

    11/18/2014 4:47:57 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Red State ^ | November 18, 2014 | Leon H. Wolf (Diary)
    Our own Ben Howe made this video for the folks at American Commitment that explains the entire #GruberGate kerfuffle in 2 minutes. The video is damning and really explains what ought to be page A1 material on every newspaper in the whole country. Check it out:
  • Gruber has been advising White House on Amnesty (VANITY)

    Apparently Gruber has been advising the Obama administration on amnesty. But Obama's never heard of him...
  • Gruber Got 24 Times the Average ĎStupidí Americanís Salary for Obamacare Work

    11/18/2014 5:14:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 18, 2014 - 3:58 PM | Brittany M. Hughes
    According to government data, the nearly $6 million in confirmed taxpayer dollars that Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber was paid from 2009 to 2014óabout $1 million per yearóis roughly 24 times the average salary earned by full-time American workers in the same general time frame. The average annual full-time U.S. salary was about $41,600 in those years, which multiplied 24 times is $998,400, or nearly $1 million a year. Gruber, who became famous last week from a video in which he admitted Obamacare was passed due to a ďlack of transparencyĒ and ďthe stupidity of the American voter,Ē has received at...
  • California Regulator Knocks Anthem, Blue Shield On Obamacare Networks [Grubering Continues?]

    11/18/2014 5:25:09 PM PST · by Steelfish · 3 replies
    LATimes ^ | November 18, 2014 | CHAD TERHUNE
    California Regulator Knocks Anthem, Blue Shield On Obamacare Networks By CHAD TERHUNE California finds 'significant errors' in Obamacare networks offered by two leading insurers Underscoring a persistent complaint about Obamacare coverage, a California regulator found that two major health insurers violated state law and significantly overstated the availability of doctors on their new health-law policies. More than 25% of physicians listed by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California were not taking Covered California patients or they were no longer at the location listed by the companies, according to state reports released Tuesday. The results of the five-month investigation...
  • Oakland schools to reinstate curriculum about Mumia Abu-Jamal

    11/18/2014 6:38:10 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 18 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 18, 2014 | Jill Tucker
    Oakland school officials, under pressure from supporters of Mumia Abu-Jamal, have agreed to reinstate a controversial curriculum that includes a lesson comparing the convicted cop killer to the Rev. Martin Luther King J
  • Stupidity Reconsidered: Election Proved Americans Aren't Fooled by Gruber and Obama

    11/19/2014 5:47:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 19, 2014 | Dr Ben Carson
    Jonathan Gruber set off a firestorm of controversy, at least in the conservative media, with the recent revelation of his comments about the "stupidity of the American people," which allowed the Affordable Care Act to be passed. In essence, he admitted that the bill was written in a way that would allow its purveyors to characterize it as the cure-all and salvation for a health care system that was in trouble, with no danger of their deception being discovered by a populace that is trusting and naive. He obviously never intended for his comments to make it into the public...
  • Gruber: Seniors Should Be Limited to Three Lowest Cost Medicare Part D Plans

    11/18/2014 7:02:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | November 18, 2014 | Paula Bolyard
    They'd be better off with "less scope for choosing the wrong plan."In a 2009 paper, ďChoice Inconsistencies Among the Elderly: Evidence from Plan Choice in the Medicare Part D Program,Ē Obamacare advisor Jonathan Gruber argued that there were too many Medicare Part D plans for seniors to choose from, which led them to make bad decisions when enrolling in a plan. In the paper, written for the National Bureau of Economic Research, Gruber wrote with Jason T. Abaluck that the privatization of the public Medicare program had resulted in dozens of private insurers offering a wide variety of insurance products...
  • What did the press know and when did they know it?

    11/18/2014 7:05:54 PM PST · by moneyrunner · 25 replies
    TheVirginian ^ | 11/18/2014 | Moneyrunner
    The reaction of the MSM to the Gruber tapes is revealing. Todayís article by Chris Cillizza tries to misdirect the issue into a personality conflict between Gruber and Conservatives who he thinks are the object of Gruberís charge that the American people are stupid. His article, about Gruber as catnip for conservatives tries to make the story about Conservative pique, not the fact that Gruber did something that you are never supposed to do when you pull a sting: expose the sting. A good sting never ends, but Gruber ended the ObamaCare sting. So the press, after hoping it would...
  • The Overlooked Irony of Jonathan Gruber's Candid Statements

    11/18/2014 7:24:31 PM PST · by T Ruth · 23 replies
    Freeper Editorial | 11/18/2014 | Self
    The Overlooked Irony of Jonathan Gruber's Candid Statements MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber has been captured on a number of video recordings stating that the Democrats relied upon and exploited the ďstupidity of the American voterĒ to pass Obamacare. But American voters are not really stupid Ė not most of them anyway. Even the average Democrat voter is not stupid. Rather, Democrat voters are badly misinformed because they rely on the leftist media for information and opinion. So what Gruber and the Democrats really exploited was not the stupidity of the American voter, but corrupt and dishonest reporting by leftist journalists....
  • Obama 2012 Campaign Press Release: Gruber ďHelped Write ObamacareĒ

    11/18/2014 7:48:18 PM PST · by Ray76 · 53 replies
    The Federalist ^ | Nov 18, 2014 | Sean Davis
    The Obama administration can try to distance itself from Jonathan Gruber all it wants, but a 2012 press release from Obamaís own presidential campaign shows that when it comes to Obamacare, the president and Gruber are joined at the hip.
  • Residents in Central California town with dry wells use portable showers during cold months

    11/19/2014 7:30:19 AM PST · by dware · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11.18.2014 | AP via Fox News
    EAST PORTERVILLE, California Ė Officials say residents of a California community where hundreds of home wells have run dry can now take hot showers in portable facilities set up in a church parking lot.
  • Obama promised Obamacare wouldn't do exactly what Gruber says it will do

    11/19/2014 2:37:03 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | November 19, 2014 | Jake Tapper
    <p>"....At a town hall meeting on health care on July 23, 2009 in Shaker Heights, Ohio, Obama explained that the thinking of the Cadillac tax was to target plans that spend unnecessarily and excessively, thus driving up health care costs, such as a $25,000 plan, "so one that's a lot more expensive and a lot fancier than the one that even members of Congress get."</p>