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  • Liberals Want Good Teachers

    04/15/2014 7:16:21 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 18 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 15, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    A hot-button issue among educators appears to be “equitable access” to effective teachers, a buzzword at a recent event at the Center for American Progress (CAP). There was a brief introductory presentation of CAP’s research, in conjunction with the American Institutes of Research (AIR), on how to broaden minority student access to effective and high-quality teachers. AIR’s director of the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, Angela Minnici, called for more data collection and plans on the state and district level. She pointed out that “Data is very important in this conversation” and said that “we’ve been talking about this...
  • Muriel Bowser defeats Gray in DC mayoral primary

    04/01/2014 10:19:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 2, 2014 12:54 AM EDT | Ben Nuckols
    Muriel Bowser won the District of Columbia’s Democratic mayoral primary Tuesday, defeating incumbent Vincent Gray in a race defined by a scandal involving Gray’s campaign four years ago. Bowser tapped into an electorate that tired of the allegations surrounding Gray. Five people who worked on the mayor’s 2010 campaign have pleaded guilty to felonies, and Bowser said the city needed a fresh start as the mayor faced potential criminal charges. Bowser, 41, is a D.C. councilmember and a protégé of former Mayor Adrian Fenty, whom Gray defeated in 2010. …
  • [Vanity/Geek Humor and Otherwise] RPN Jokes?

    03/27/2014 6:18:30 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 56 replies
    2014-03-28 Zulu | my $self = undef
    My recent post (my other car is a cdr) brought forth the best of the high-functioning geeks that inhabit this here space. Since the thread veered off (as they always tend to do) into general computer language humor, mostly dealing with Lisp, I got to thinking about RPN (Reverse Polish Notation) and the Hewlett-Packard calculators that were popular in my post-college days working in IT around 1971 or so.Are there other FReepers that still like RPN over infix notation for math? My trusty old H-P has long since departed (wish I still had it) but I've found RpCalc to be...
  • The Other Academic Complex

    03/21/2014 6:52:02 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 19, 2014 | David Corbin and Matthew Parks
    I want to spend some time talking about . . . a dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility that has jeopardized middle-class America’s basic bargain that if you work hard, you have a chance to get ahead. I believe this is the defining challenge of our time: making sure our economy works for every working American. That’s why I ran for president. It was the center of last year’s campaign. It drives everything I do in this office. – President Barack Obama, 12/04/13 President Obama has been consistently militant in pursuing a progressive domestic agenda during his...
  • Putting a Price on D.C.'s Worst Commute (HOT Lanes)

    03/18/2014 10:26:08 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    The Altantic ^ | March 18, 2014 | Earl Swift
    For a few giddy moments, it seems I've dodged the torture awaiting commuters into Washington, D.C., most any weekday morning. As I merge onto Interstate 95 in Fredericksburg, Virginia, 50 miles from the Pentagon, the traffic around me glides along at the 65-mph speed limit. No brake lights illuminate the predawn dark. I set my cruise control. Perhaps, I dare to think, this won't be so bad. ......................................................... The route remains a quagmire, just the same. So now the state is embarking on another fix. With financing from private investors, Virginia is converting the HOV lanes south of Washington to...
  • Boom: this Easter, Archdiocese of Washington to bring in largest group of new Catholics ever

    03/11/2014 2:04:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | March 11, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Great news: Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, addressed those gathered at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion today that they came together to bear witness to “the desire of so many here to complete their journey that brings them into the Church, and by doing so to publically embrace the cross as the pathway not only to eternal life but to a richer and fuller experience of life now.”This Easter, 1,306 adults, teens and children will be baptized or confirmed as Catholics in the Archdiocese...
  • 9/11 Plotter Released in Syria Prisoner Exchange

    03/11/2014 4:17:14 AM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies
    AL-MONITOR.com ^ | Posted March 10, 2014 | Author John Rosenthal
    "9/11 plotter released in Syria prisoner exchange" SNIPPET: "The al-Qaeda recruiter reputed to have assembled the so-called Hamburg Cell, which planned and largely carried out the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, has been set free in a prisoner exchange between rebel and regime forces in Syria. Islamist rebel group Ahrar al-Sham has secured the release of 9/11 plotter and alleged al-Qaeda core member Mohammed Haydar Zammar, adding to concerns about the composition of the Islamic Front. A naturalized German citizen of Syrian origin, Mohammed Haydar Zammar left Germany shortly after the attacks and traveled to Morocco, where he was reportedly...
  • D.C. Council votes to eliminate jail time for marijuana possession

    03/04/2014 3:10:58 PM PST · by LonelyCon · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/04/2014 | Aaron Davis
    Consuming marijuana in a private home will no longer be a criminal offense in the nation’s capital under a measure that passed the D.C. Council on Tuesday and that instantly escalated a simmering national debate over loosening marijuana laws. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) intends to sign the measure, a spokesman said, putting District drug law in conflict with federal law. The signed measure will go to Congress, which has veto authority over D.C. laws but has organized to override only three times since 1979. National advocates for marijuana legalization celebrated the 10 to 1 vote by the D.C. Council,...
  • Report: DC’s green-approved buildings using more energy

    03/04/2014 12:18:49 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    daily caller ^ | 3-4-14 | Sarah Hurtubise
    Washington, D.C. may have the highest number of certified green buildings in the country, but research by Environmental Policy Alliance suggests it might not be doing much good.The free-market group analyzed the first round of energy usage data released by city officials Friday and found that large, privately-owned buildings that received the green energy certification Leadership in Energy Design (LEED) actually use more energy than buildings that didn’t receive this green stamp of approval.LEED is the brainchild of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a private environmental group.
  • One Ugly Church Bites the Dust (Christian Scientist in DC)

    02/26/2014 7:22:12 AM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    Real Clear Religion ^ | February 26, 2014 | Nicholas G. Hahn III
    Christian Scientists have won their long, twilight struggle against brutalism -- so says a wrecking ball at the corner of 16th and I streets in Washington, D.C. For what seemed like an eternity, members of the Third Church of Christ, Scientist fought with architecture historians and city bureaucrats over the right to tear down their own church. Churchgoers never liked their 1971 classic brutalist structure -- an architectural style that is well, brutal -- and have even suggested it has something to do with their dwindling numbers.
  • ‘House of Cards’ is the most tea party show ever

    02/17/2014 8:57:48 PM PST · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 40 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 02/17/2014 | Will Rahn
    Warning: This article contains numerous spoilers. While it’s by no means family friendly programming, the second season of “House of Cards,” the Kevin Spacey-starring Netflix original, is a stunningly right wing piece of entertainment. Part of this may be accidental. Shows with a cynical bent, like Tina Fey’s “30 Rock,” have sounded conservative at times. Still, House of Cards’ jaundiced take on Washington is unique in the special scorn it displays for Beltway Democrats.
  • Gallup: Only “state” with positive economic confidence is … Washington DC

    02/10/2014 12:35:38 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/10/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Feeling chipper about the economy? Think the future looks so bright, you gotta wear shades? Chances are, you’re either stuck in a 1980s time warp or … you live in Washington, DC. Gallup published its polling on economic confidence by state, and the only “state” to have a positive rating is the one where all the cash is going. Instapundit refers to this as a “Hunger Games update,” and it’s difficult to dispute that characterization: Although scores on Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index improved in most U.S. states in 2013, the index remained negative in all 50. Only the District of...
  • Poll: D.C. Only U.S. "State" With Positive Economic Confidence

    02/10/2014 8:53:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2014 | Daniel Doherty
    Gallup’s latest economic findings are seemingly straight out of the dystopian novel “The Hunger Games.” That is to say, every state in the nation boasted a negative economic index score; only the District of Columbia -- the capital city -- is seemingly prospering. Surprise: The pollsters posit some interesting takeaways for us to consider: (1) the disparity between the most economically confident state (Massachusetts) and the least economically confident state (West Virginia) is 43 percentage points. (This excludes the District of Columbia, of course, which is not a state).That’s an enormous gap, and one that doesn’t appear to be shrinking,...
  • WILC Shifts to Talk (D.C./MD Talkradio)

    02/03/2014 10:49:32 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 3 replies
    DCRTV ^ | 2/3/14 | Dave Hughes
    WILC Drops Spanish Tunes For English Talk - 2/3 - Last week, DCRTV tipped you about a format change today at WILC. Now, Tom Taylor Now has more about AM 900 dropping Spanish adult contemporary "Romantica 900" for talk. ZGS Communications owns the Laurel, Maryland-licensed WILC, but DCRTV says "Wallis Communications will be running'" the new talk format that includes Glenn Beck from Premiere, live from 9 AM to noon. He's followed by "Dr. K," Ken Constantine's "Capitol Hill Show" in afternoon drive, and WestwoodOne's Dennis Miller. No morning show yet. The site says you can expect "some old Wolfman...
  • Woman asks firefighter to help dying father, firefighter says ‘Not until I am dispatched,’

    01/30/2014 9:15:18 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 55 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 30, 2014 | Robby Soave
    A 77-year-old man died after collapsing across the street from a fire station, where his daughter had asked for immediate assistance and was instead rebuffed by a firefighter who told her he couldn’t help unless dispatch instructed him to intervene.The man, Medric Cecil Mills, collapsed near the Engine 26 fire station in the Brookland area of Washington, D.C. at about 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. His daughter, Marie Mills, went to the station to beg for immediate medical assistance. But the firefighter she encountered there told her that she had to first call 911 so that dispatch could instruct him to...
  • State of the Union 2014: Obama calls for ‘year of action’

    01/29/2014 3:12:43 AM PST · by Biggirl · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | January 29, 2014 | Jennifer Epstein
    President Barack Obama outlined plans Tuesday to make 2014 his year of action — using his executive authorities wherever possible while encouraging Congress to go even further. Obama took on a more pragmatic tone than in previous State of the Union addresses, acknowledging that getting his agenda past House Republicans was unlikely and therefore he would use his power to do what he can on his own.
  • Thousands of Potentially Harmful Natural Gas Leaks Found in Washington, D.C.

    01/25/2014 4:05:59 PM PST · by EBH · 29 replies
    ERC ^ | 1/20/2014
    High levels of natural gas are escaping from the aging pipes beneath the streets of the nation’s capital, creating potentially harmful concentrations in some locations, a new study has found. Natural gas leaks pose explosion risks, health concerns, and contribute to climate change. The paper, which appears in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology, also provides information that could help companies justify additional financial incentives for fixing leaks quickly. Robert Jackson and colleagues note that natural gas leakage is a serious problem on multiple levels, including impacts on the economy and climate. Property damage is estimated at $133 million...
  • Prosecutors Give MSM Anchor A Sweet Deal On Gun Charge; Throw The Book At Regular Guy For Similar

    01/24/2014 8:26:44 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    personalliberty.com ^ | 22 January, 2014 | Ben Bullard
    Last year, NBC News anchorman David Gregory almost got in trouble with the law for waving a 30-round ammunition magazine in front of the camera during an interview with NRA leader Wayne LaPierre on “Meet the Press.” The show was being broadcast from Washington, D.C., where it’s illegal under local law to possess even an empty magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammo. Irvin Nathan, the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, huddled with staffers to decide whether to make a public example out of Gregory for his very public stunt. But Nathan ended up exercising...
  • Nellie Gray, Abortion Foe and Leader of Annual March, Dies at 88 (Founder of March for Life)

    01/22/2014 8:58:17 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 13 replies
    http://www.nytimes.com ^ | August 15, 2012 | DENISE GRADY
    Nellie Gray, a steadfast opponent of abortion who for almost 40 years led a yearly protest march in Washington that drew tens of thousands of supporters, and whose battle cry was “No exception! No compromise!,” was found dead on Monday at her home in Washington. She was 88.
  • Maryland..! DC's wealthy neighbor tops list of states with households boasting seven-figure assets

    01/17/2014 6:17:26 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 17, 2014 | Staff
    Of all the states in the nation, Maryland once again reported the highest concentration of millionaires, according to an annual survey conducted by a wealth research firm. A report released this week by the New York-based Phoenix Marketing International showed that there were just over 6million millionaire households in the nation - an increase of 53,000 from the year before. In other words, 1 of 20 households in the U.S. has more than $1million in investible assets, not counting the value of real estate.
  • Gallup Poll: #1 U.S. Problem is Government, the Economy is #2

    01/16/2014 7:10:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 16, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    An interesting Gallup poll shows Government Itself Still Cited as Top U.S. Problem Mentions of the government as the top problem remain higher than they were prior to the partial government shutdown in October. During the shutdown, the percentage naming the government as the top problem doubled to 33% from 16% in September. Compared with a year ago, mentions of government are up slightly. Mentions of healthcare, on the other hand, have quadrupled -- from 4% in January 2013 to 16% today, likely related to highly visible problems with the rollout of the 2010 healthcare law. At the same time,...
  • Obama Seizes Control of 'Second Highest Court'

    01/10/2014 4:00:29 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 35 replies
    News Max ^ | Jan 09, 2014 | John Gizzi
    The Senate is poised to confirm Robert L. Wilkins to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit — the final battle in a bruising war between the White House and Senate Republicans over the "second highest court in the land." The D.C. Circuit deals with cases against the federal government. Anyone who has a complaint with a regulatory agency or wants to challenge an excess of the federal government usually winds up there. >snip In November, Obama effectively gained control of the 11-member court when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid triggered the "nuclear option" — reducing the threshold...
  • Japan Wants To Help Us Build A 'Super' Train Running From Baltimore To Washington DC In 15 Minutes

    01/07/2014 7:39:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 102 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/07/2014 | JULIAN RYALL
    The Japanese government has promised to lend the United States half of the cost of building the first "Super-Maglev" train, reducing travel time between Baltimore and Washington DC to just 15 minutes. Tokyo is so keen to show off its technology that it will provide loans for half the estimated $8 billion (ÂŁ5bn) cost of installing the tracks, Japan's Asahi newspaper said on Tuesday.Masahiro Nakayama, a general manager at Central Japan Railway Co, told The Daily Telegraph that the American federal government was keen, and that the state authorities were especially enthusiastic about the project."The national government has shown interest,"...
  • Census: D.C. Suburbs Dominate Wealthiest List; Falls Church, Va

    01/02/2014 3:17:23 PM PST · by markomalley · 31 replies
    CNS News ^ | 1/2/2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The small suburban independent city of Falls Church, Va.—which is treated as the equivalent of a county by the Census Bureau--had a higher median household income in 2012 than any county in the United States, according to data released in December by the Census Bureau.In the Census Bureau’s ranking of the 30 counties with the highest median household incomes, the City of Falls Church rose from the No. 2 spot in 2011 to the No. 1 spot in 2012, overtaking Loudon County, Va.While treated as the equivalent of a county by the Census Bureau, the City of Falls Church had...
  • NSA seeks to build quantum computer that could crack most types of encryption

    01/02/2014 1:42:59 PM PST · by Biggirl · 26 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 2, 2014 | Steve Rich
    In room-size metal boxes, secure against electromagnetic leaks, the National Security Agency is racing to build a computer that could break nearly every kind of encryption used to protect banking, medical, business and government records around the world. According to documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the effort to build “a cryptologically useful quantum computer” — a machine exponentially faster than classical computers — is part of a $79.7 million research program titled, “Penetrating Hard Targets.” Much of the work is hosted under classified contracts at a laboratory in College Park.
  • Santa Just Shot by Pellet Gun in Southeast D.C.

    12/24/2013 9:04:50 AM PST · by conservaterian · 66 replies
    Just saw this on local D.C. news..they even had it on video. Unbelievable, he was there for a toy give-away when he was shot.
  • It’s a Very Merry Christmas for Washington’s Parasite Class

    12/24/2013 8:23:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Last year, while writing about the sleazy and self-serving behavior at the IRS, I came up with a Theorem that explains day-to-day behavior in Washington. It might not be as pithy as Mitchell’s Law, and it doesn’t contain an important policy prescription like Mitchell’s Golden Rule, but it could be the motto of the federal government. Simply stated, government is a racket that benefits the DC political elite by taking money from average people in America I realize this is an unhappy topic to be discussing during the Christmas season, but the American people need to realize that they are...
  • Long Time DC Restaurant Closes for Good (Luigi's)

    12/22/2013 6:57:53 PM PST · by kristinn · 24 replies
    WRC-TV ^ | Sunday, December 22, 2013
    A Washington institution closed up shop Saturday night for good. Famous Luigi's on 19th Street, Northwest served its last meal. The classic Italian restaurant was started by immigrant Luigi Calvi back in 1943.
  • DC staff irked as NBC News eyes cuts

    12/21/2013 11:50:55 AM PST · by Libloather · 68 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/21/13 | Claire Atkinson
    NBC News boss Deborah Turness is spending the last few days of the year eyeing cuts — moves that could include axing some senior on-air talent, The Post has learned. Turness, brought on in August to shake up the moribund news division — where “Meet the Press” and “Today” had stumbled — is in the midst of a host of end-of -year buyouts and cost reductions, sources said. The current moves are not the first time Turness has irked journalists under her command.
  • Miller: Dick Heller challenges D.C.’s gun registration scheme, files for quick ruling in Heller II

    12/12/2013 3:05:27 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 11, 2013 | Emily Miller
    The District of Columbia will do anything to stop law-abiding people from owning firearms to defend themselves. The Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that D.C.’s 30-year handgun ban was unconstitutional in the landmark District of Columbia v. Heller decision. In response, Washington’s city council put in place the most onerous gun registration requirement in the country. So Dick Heller is taking D.C. to court again in a case known as “Heller II.” --snip-- Meanwhile, the police recovered 12,000 unregistered firearms from 2007 to 2013. Officers only found 36 registered guns in that same six-year period. Even then, only 17 of...
  • U.S. Charges Dozens of Russian Diplomats and Spouses With Medicaid Fraud

    12/05/2013 2:48:58 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 5, 2013 | BENJAMIN WEISER
    Federal law enforcement authorities have charged nearly 50 past or present Russian diplomats and their spouses in a $1.5 million Medicaid fraud scheme, an unusual twist in what has become a familiar criminal story line in New York. An F.B.I. investigation revealed “the systemic fraudulent submission of falsified applications for Medicaid benefits” by the diplomats and their spouses, according to a criminal complaint unsealed on Thursday in United States District Court in Manhattan. The diplomats and their spouses obtained the benefits for pregnancies, births and first-year-of-life medical needs, generally applying at the same New York hospital, which was not identified,...
  • MILLER: Every D.C. firearm owner to be fingerprinted to renew gun registry

    11/25/2013 3:18:00 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, November 20, 2013 | Emily Miller
    The 1,800 or so criminals who have killed, robbed or assaulted innocent people with guns in the District of Columbia so far this year were hauled into the police station to be fingerprinted, photographed and to undergo a criminal-background check. Now, legal gun owners who have committed no crime are getting the exact same treatment. That is neither constitutional, nor fair. The latest gun-control scheme that starts on Jan. 1 will force every legal firearm owner in the nation’s capital to go in person to police headquarters to renew their registration certificates. The Metropolitan Police Department filed proposed rules last...
  • Some D.C. Exchange Plans Cover Elective Abortion but Not Hearing Aids

    11/19/2013 5:08:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The National Review ^ | November 19, 2013 | Betsy Woodruff
    Multiple individual plans available on the D.C. health insurance exchange specifically cover elective abortion but not hearing aids, routine foot-care, and routine eye-care. One such plan, Healthy Blue PPO $1500 (you can check it out on the DC Healthlink website here), has a summary on the D.C. exchange’s website titled “Excluded Services & Other Covered Services.” It says enrollees can receive coverage for abortions performed for a non-medical reasons, but not for a number of other services that could seem medically necessary. The plan also excludes coverage for some other procedures, including cosmetic surgery, bariatric surgery, and infertility treatment. Per...
  • DC: If you don’t like your insurance commissioner, you can not keep your insurance commissioner

    11/18/2013 8:01:24 AM PST · by The Old Hoosier · 4 replies
    Conservative Intel ^ | 11/18/13 | David Freddoso
    DC abruptly fired its insurance commissioner because he questioned Obama's announced "fix." ...What had White done? When President Obama announced his "administrative fix" for Obamacare causing millions of old policies to be cancelled, White had quickly pointed to a very skeptical statement about the fix issued by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and expressed agreement. He also joined a handful of other state insurance commissioners (nearly all of them liberal Democrats, by the way) in openly rejecting this ad hoc approach as unworkable...
  • Capital gains: Spending on contracts and lobbying propels a wave of new wealth in D .C.

    11/18/2013 7:26:03 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 18, 2013 | Greg Jaffe and Jim Tankersley
    "...........The signs of the new Washington are everywhere — from the Tiffany & Co. store that Fairfax County development officials boast is the most profitable in the country to the new Tesla dealership in Tysons Corner. Every morning on the Beltway, contractors, lobbyists and some of the country’s highest-paid lawyers sit in the nation’s worst traffic. Sports talk radio crackles with rants about the Redskins and the latest ads from Deltek, a firm that advises companies on “capture strategies” for winning government contracts. The radio signal doesn’t extend much beyond the Washington commute. It doesn’t have to. The ad barely...
  • DC Health Commissioner fired after questioning Obamacare fix

    11/17/2013 6:22:55 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/17/2013 | Jazz Shaw
    Coming to you from the Department of Tolerance, Compromise and Open Discussion, we find an interesting story of Human Resources action in DC. After the President announced his “fix” to the “If You Like Your Plan” problem, William White, the DC insurance commissioner, echoed concerns that many people expressed, asking if this sort of change might not undermine the entire premise of the system and lead to even more people paying higher premiums or losing their plans. This was clearly an important question, so the Mayor of the District of Columbia called him into the office to discuss the policy...
  • D.C. names insurance commissioner (to replace the one fired for criticizing Obama...)

    11/17/2013 12:04:22 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/17/13 | JENNIFER HABERKORN
    The D.C. city government has named Chester A. McPherson as the new acting insurance commissioner, days after the former commissioner was fired following his statement against the White House’s administrative fix on cancelled insurance plans. McPherson, the acting commissioner, had been the deputy commissioner of market operations at the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking since August 2011. The city announced McPherson’s appointment in a press release and said he would begin immediately but made no mention of predecessor William A White’s departure.
  • DC insurance commissioner fired after criticizing president’s proposed ObamaCare fix

    11/17/2013 10:56:38 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/17/13 | Fox News
    The District of Columbia’s insurance commissioner says he was fired after questioning President Obama’s plan to fix ObamaCare and saying the city might not follow his suggestions. Commissioner William White told The Washington Post on Saturday that he was called into Mayor Vincent Gray’s office the prior day and told the Democratic mayor “wants to go in a different direction.” -snip- City officials have not commented on the situation, saying they cannot discuss personnel issues.
  • Washington D.C. Spends $133,573,928 to Enroll Five People in Obamacare Exchanges

    11/09/2013 10:43:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    townhall.com ^ | November 8, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    Earlier this week we learned Delaware has spent $4 million to enroll four people in Obamacare. That was nothing. New numbers from four different healthcare providers show Washington D.C. has spent $133,573,928 to enroll a grand total of five people in Obamacare. That's $26,714,785.60 per Obamacare enrollee. CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield: two enrollees from Oct. 1, 2013, through Oct. 30, 2013. Kaiser Permanente: three enrollees from Oct. 1, 2013, through Oct. 31, 2013. UnitedHealthcare: no enrollment data from the exchange as of Nov. 4, 2013. Aetna: no enrollment data as of Oct. 24, 2013. American's for Tax Reform breaks down taxpayer...
  • DC ObamaCare numbers show 5 people signed up for exchange

    11/08/2013 2:52:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | November 8, 2013
    WASHINGTON – While President Obama continues his cross country pitch on the merits of his landmark health care law, dismal new data shows only five people in the D.C. area have signed up for the Affordable Care Act – or ObamaCare. The enrollment data from the four health insurance companies participating the D.C. exchange was released Friday by Republicans Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Orrin Hatch of Utah. “A lot of Americans are getting cancellation notices from their current health care plan but they haven’t been able to enroll in a new plan,” Grassley said in a written statement....
  • The Rape of America

    11/03/2013 8:29:26 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/3/13 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    A covert game of hide and steal among the United Nations Agenda 21 Project, the U.S federal government, and Indian tribes will result in irreversible consequences that will let the feds control all national water rights. According to a press release by small ranchers and property owners in Montana, “Circuit Court Judge Cameron Wogan in Klamath Falls, Oregon, refused ranchers’ requests for a temporary restraining order to allow their cattle and horses access to drinking water.” Their main water tributaries were shut off in June of this year after tribal demands on rivers and streams feeding Klamath Lake turned 100,000...
  • MILLER: D.C. businessman faces two years in jail for unregistered ammunition, brass casing

    10/23/2013 8:20:56 AM PDT · by neverdem · 62 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 23, 2013 | Emily Miller
    <p>Mark Witaschek, a successful financial adviser with no criminal record, is facing two years in prison for possession of unregistered ammunition after D.C. police raided his house looking for guns. Mr. Witaschek has never had a firearm in the city, but he is being prosecuted to the full extent of the law. The trial starts on Nov. 4.</p>
  • MILLER: Justice delayed is justice denied - Appeal for decision on D.C.’s gun carry-rights ban

    10/24/2013 10:24:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 23 October 2013 | Emily Miller
    The nation’s capital is the only place in America where no one is allowed to exercise his right to bear arms. This is clearly unconstitutional, but the courts have thrown up repeated roadblocks to delay the law getting overturned for more than four years. The federal appeals court now will decide if this delay can continue. SEE ALSO: MILLER: D.C. businessman faces two years in jail for unregistered ammunition, brass casing On Tuesday, attorney Alan Gura petitioned for a writ of mandamus to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on behalf of the plaintiffs to...
  • Washington Post: Golly, that sequestration has taken a toll on the DC job market

    10/22/2013 9:14:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/22/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Perhaps it’s just bad timing, or a lack of perspective. To be fair, the Washington Post is a local newspaper, so its focus on the local economy shouldn’t surprise anyone. Even with that in mind, their story on how the sequestration has harmed the job market in the nation’s capital is rather tin-eared: The local economy saw only meager job growth in its most crucial industries during the one-year period ended in August, according to a recent Labor Department report that offered fresh evidence that federal spending cuts are taking a toll on the region’s job market.The professional services sector,...
  • D.C. Outlawed Private Health Insurance Sales

    10/18/2013 9:52:52 PM PDT · by Mike Darancette · 34 replies
    Kaiser Family Foundation ^ | 10/01/2013 | Kaiser
    In June 2013, the DC City Council passed legislation requiring carriers to sell all individual and small group products through DC Health Link, effectively dissolving the non-Marketplace individual and small group markets. Individual plans may only be offered through the Marketplace beginning on January 1, 2014, while small group plans have until January 1, 2015 to transition to DC Health Link.6 In addition, the SHOP and individual markets will be merged into a single risk pool.7
  • Design company holds contest for new name and logo for Redskins

    A graphic design company out of San Francisco, 99designs, challenged people to come up with a new name and logo for the Washington Redskins. Over 1,887 designs were submitted from 347 designers all over the country on their online contest.
  • Economic disaster looms at stroke of midnight

    10/16/2013 6:37:34 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 59 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 16, 2013 | Geoff Earle,S.A.Miller
    WASHINGTON — With economic disaster looming at the stroke of midnight Thursday morning, America was left standing on the precipice after House Republicans suddenly abandoned a vote that would have averted default.
  • OFA Shutdown Rally Draws Fewer than Two Dozen

    10/15/2013 6:45:22 PM PDT · by Viennacon · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15th October 2013 | John Nolte
    The White House attempt to turn Organizing for America into a major political force like the right-leaning Tea Party has suffered a second humiliation in just a few months. In August, not a single person showed up for a Climate Change rally. Tuesday, fewer than two-dozen OFA protestors showed up at a "Budget Shutdown Day of Action" rally on Capitol Hill.
  • Redskins clothing could be banned at DC public high school

    10/15/2013 8:28:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 54 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10-15-2013 | Robby Soave
    The principal of a public high school in Washington, D.C. indicated that he would ask the student government to decide whether or not to prohibit clothing featuring the Washington Redskins name — something at least one American Indian student thought was offensive. Principal Pete Cahall of Woodrow Wilson High School told The Washington Post that the decision would be placed in the hands of student council members, who would have the power to decide — on behalf of all students, collectively — whether the Redskins moniker is offensive. “I’ve got no dog in the fight,” he told The Washington Post....
  • Are terrorists doing 9/11-style dry runs on U.S. flights?

    10/12/2013 11:05:19 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 22 replies
    Yahoo/The Week ^ | Oct 11, 2013 | Frances Weaver
    "If a dry run is occurring, the attack will shortly follow." That's according to Wolf Koch, a Boeing 767 pilot for Delta Airlines and an official at the Air Line Pilots Association International, who was discussing common terrorist tactics in the run-up to devastating attacks like those on 9/11. That is an extremely worrying thought given a memo leaked this week from the U.S. Airline Pilots Association, which warns of "several cases recently…of what appear to be probes, or dry runs" of such attacks.