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  • Insurer Admits Nearly 1,000 Doctors Wrongly Placed On Covered California Provider List

    04/22/2014 1:09:51 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 38 replies
    sanfrancisco.cbslocal ^ | April 22,2014 | No Attribution
    Two months after KPIX 5 ConsumerWatch first reported about some doctors listed on the Covered California exchange were actually not accepting the plans, insurer Anthem Blue Cross admitted that nearly 1,000 doctors were erroneously listed. According to a statement by the California Medical Association, the insurer recently notified 965 physicians that they were wrongly placed on the exchange’s list. The notice, which was posted on April 9th, stated that the doctors were “inadvertently” listed for “a certain period of time” during the open enrollment period.
  • Both at Home and Abroad, Obama’s Presidency is Floundering

    04/20/2014 8:40:44 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 41 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Apr 19, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama is getting a number of critical report cards on his foreign and domestic policies lately. Here at home, Janet Yellen, in her first monetary policy address as the head of the Federal Reserve Board, said the labor markets were still weak, and that it will likely take two years or more before the U.S. fully recovers from its recession. Ouch. If Yellen's forecast proves right, this means it will have taken Obama's administration nearly eight years to lift our economy out of its long and painful lethargy.
  • 10 rules of an incompetent professional

    04/11/2014 8:34:49 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 16 replies
    LinkedIn ^ | 4/10/14 | Pedro Amador
    I would like to share the best rules that place ignorance at the most unsuspected limits. I’m positive you’ll recognize someone close to you who appears to be a true professional but who, in reality, isn’t anything more than an unqualified beginner. These are, in my opinion the most important rules:
  • Jimmy Carter plans trip to Venezuela

    03/01/2014 6:54:36 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/01/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    What could go wrong? A lot, if you consider the former peanut farmer and president’s last intervention in Venezuela.Joshua Goodman of AP reports on Carter’s expressed interest in going to Caracas: Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is expressing concern about Venezuela's escalating political crisis and wants to meet with leaders on both sides in an upcoming trip. Carter, a mediator of past political conflict in the deeply polarized South American nation, made the offer in private letters he sent this week to President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Henrique Capriles. Expressing "grave concern" about the loss of life in recent...
  • Obama Skips National Security Team Meeting on Russia, Ukraine

    03/01/2014 1:11:00 PM PST · by tje · 75 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 3:47 PM, Mar 1, 2014 | DANIEL HALPER
    A White House official emailed some reporters to say that President Obama's team met today to discuss the ongoing situation on Ukraine. It appears President Obama did not attend. "The President's national security team met today to receive an update on the situation in Ukraine and discuss potential policy options. We will provide further updates later this afternoon," reads the full statement.
  • Pelosi Disavows Responsibility for Obamacare Failures

    02/02/2014 10:20:36 AM PST · by John Semmens · 15 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 31 Jan 2014 | John Semmens
    In an appearance on The Daily Show, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) insisted that “none of the problems of the Affordable Care Act are my fault. The bill we passed was over 2800 pages. I didn’t have time, no one had time to carefully read all of its provisions to see if there might be any glitches.” “Beyond this there is always the problem of bureaucratic incompetence,” Pelosi continued. “Time after time we have passed legislation aimed at helping people—veterans benefits, medicare, medicaid, and now universal health insurance—only to see treatments bungled, services denied, and money wasted. It’s criminal.”...
  • Nancy Pelosi: ObamaCare incompetence “not my responsibility”

    01/31/2014 8:09:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/31/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    This appearance by Nancy Pelosi on The Daily Show starts to run off the rails almost immediately. Jon Stewart starts off by asking Pelosi about why people talk about politics rather than policy, to which Pelosi answers by … complaining about Republicans. Stewart doesn’t take the bait, though, and starts pressing Pelosi for answers as to why big-government politicians can’t produce competent government — and gets stunned by her admission that she can’t explain why ObamaCare failed: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook Stewart said that Democrats...
  • South struggles back to normal as officials point fingers after snowstorm

    01/30/2014 7:10:34 AM PST · by nikos1121 · 48 replies
    US News-NBC News Online ^ | 1/30/2014 | Erin McClam and Alexander Smith
    Still littered with abandoned cars, Atlanta struggled to find its way back to normal Thursday while the mayor and governor struggled with the political fallout from a snowstorm that trapped some people in their cars more than 24 hours. Mayor Kasim Reed assured people on Tuesday, in a message on Twitter before the snow began to fall: “Atlanta, we are ready for the snow.” On Thursday, he acknowledged that authorities made a mistake by not staggering their orders for people to go home — schools first, then private businesses, then government employees. Instead, hundreds of thousands of people poured onto...
  • Top Hill lawmakers concerned about Olympic security, amid new terror threats and attacks

    01/19/2014 10:59:45 AM PST · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 19, 2014
    Top Capitol Hill lawmakers on Sunday expressed concerns about terror attacks at the upcoming Olympic games in Sochi, Russia, amid nearby terror attacks and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s assurances that his country will “do whatever it takes” to protect athletes and visitors. “The threats are real,” Texas GOP Rep. Mike McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told ABC’s “This Week.” McCaul is among those who think an attack during the games next month will most likely occur outside of the Olympic city and that terrorists will go after “soft targets” such as roads and transportation systems. McCaul, who...
  • Poll Indicates that Government Is Top Problem

    01/19/2014 9:39:26 AM PST · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 17 Jan 2014 | John Semmens
    A recent Gallup poll revealed that the number one problem facing America, according to those polled, is “the government.” Twenty-one percent listed this as the worst problem facing the nation. Rounding out the top five problems were the economy (18%), unemployment (16%), healthcare (16%), and government debt (8%). These poll results were dramatically out-of-sync with President Obama’s declaration that “income inequality” is this nation’s chief problem. Only 4% of the poll respondents agreed with his assessment. As one poll respondent explained, “my work hours have been cut and my health insurance canceled. My wife has been unemployed for three years....
  • Israeli Defense Minister to Kerry: 'Leave Us in Peace' (Slams Kerry)

    01/14/2014 7:48:12 AM PST · by xzins · 44 replies
    CBN ^ | January 14, 2014 | CBN News
    JERUSALEM, Israel -- While U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry presses ahead with trying to create a Palestinian state by this spring, a senior Israeli government minister says Kerry doesn't know what he's talking about. "The only thing that can 'save us' is for John Kerry to win a Nobel [Peace] Prize and leave us in peace," Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said. Ya'alon made headlines Tuesday over remarks he reportedly made in private conversations both abroad and at home, according to the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot. "Secretary of State John Kerry, who came here very determined and operates based on...
  • Alabama Mom's ObamaCare Horror Story Gives America a Glimpse of Government-Run Healthcare

    01/01/2014 8:58:18 AM PST · by MuttTheHoople · 1 replies
    Independent Journal ^ | October 31, 2013 | Emily Hulsey
    Many of us can identify with the frustrating experience that Karri Kinder, a mother of two from Auburn, Alabama, has had with Obamacare. She penned this open letter to share her story:
  • Administration's Clueless Afghanistan Experts Testify

    12/13/2013 9:08:06 PM PST · by John Semmens · 13 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 13 Dec 2013 | John Semmens
    The Obama Administration's cadre of experts in charge of the Afghan War testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee this week and revealed a profound ignorance of what is going on. None of the witnesses had any idea on what the war cost last year or how many Americans have been killed in the last 12 months. James Dobbins, The State Department’s special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, complained that the questions were unfair, “No one told us there might be a quiz. Anyway, isn't there some website where people can get these statistics? Why should we be expected to...
  • Politico: Latest Obamacare Delay Crushes Relaunch Victory

    11/29/2013 12:59:57 PM PST · by PROCON · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Nov. 29, 2013 | Wynton Hall
    Politico writer David Nather says the Obama Administration's announcement that the small business Obamacare system will not be ready for the website's Saturday relaunch dashes all Democratic hopes for declaring the relaunch a victory.
  • Obamacare bombshell: IT official says HealthCare.gov needs payment feature

    11/19/2013 1:19:32 PM PST · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 44 replies
    CNBC ^ | Tuesday, 19 Nov 2013 | Dan Mangan
    A crucial system for making payments to insurers from the federal Obamacare marketplace, HealthCare.gov, has yet to be built, a senior government IT official admitted Tuesday. The official, Henry Chao, visibly stunned Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) when he said under questioning that a significant fraction of that online insurance marketplace has yet to be constructed. (Read more: Low-bamacare enrollment) Getty Images Henry Chao, deputy CIO and deputy director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Office of Information Services, testifies during a hearing before the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. "We still need...
  • Surprise: WH Likely to Whiff on Do-Over Obamacare Deadline

    11/13/2013 2:11:23 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 13, 2013 | Guy Benson
    If you've read this, or this, or this, or this, today's Washington Post report is hardly a shocking bulletin: Software problems with the federal online health insurance marketplace, especially in handling high volumes, are proving so stubborn that the system is unlikely to work fully by the end of the month as the White House has promised, according to an official with knowledge of the project. The insurance exchange is balking when more than 20,000 to 30,000 people attempt to use it at the same time — about half its intended capacity, said the official, who spoke on the condition...
  • Internal government memo warned of "high" security risk with Obamacare website

    10/30/2013 9:28:39 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 43 replies
    CNN.com ^ | October 30, 2013 | CNN.com
    An internal government memo, obtained by CNN today and written just days before the Obamacare website opened, warned of a "high" security risk because of a lack of testing of the website. "Due to system readiness issues, the (security control assessment) was only partly completed," said the memo from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. "This constitutes a risk that must be accepted and mitigated to support the Marketplace Day 1 operations."
  • Congressman Blames Private Sector for Obamacare Glitches

    10/28/2013 9:57:09 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 24 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 26 Oct 2013 | John Semmens
    Representative Henry Waxman (D-Calif) blamed the contractors hired by the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department for the website failures that are bogging down the launch of Obamacare. “These private sector sharks exploited Secretary Sebelius’ ignorance and sold her a bad product,” Waxman contended. “In effect they bilked her and America out of millions of dollars with a shoddy piece of merchandise.” CGI, one of the principal contractors for the website contested Waxman’s characterization. “There were numerous checkpoints every step of the way,” said CGI’s Senior Vice President Cheryl Campbell. “We have hundreds of invoices signed by various HHS personnel...
  • Company behind Obamacare website in charge of nearly $2 billion in Sandy relief

    10/26/2013 9:17:24 AM PDT · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 55 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/25/2013 | Allison Coyle
    CGI Federal Inc., the mastermind behind healthcare.gov, is assisting the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the distribution of $1.7 billion in relief for Hurricane Sandy. In a memo obtained by FreedomWorks titled, “Minutes of the 295th meeting of the members of the Housing Trust Fund Corporation held on May 9, 2013, at 8:30 a.m.,” CGI Federal is tasked with implementing the Disaster Housing Assistance Program. Additionally, they are asked to aid in the implementation of the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program, an assistance program that had recently obtained $1.7 billion. Item five of the...
  • Is President Obama Bored, Incompetent or something Worse?

    10/24/2013 9:03:16 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 20 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | October 24, 2013 | Dan Miller
    Perhaps, but I don't know which. Maybe He is simply a bad person. A psychiatrist would need to examine Him professionally to draw any useful conclusions. Still, it can be fun to guess.Here's a Trifecta video that raises the question about his boredom or incompetence. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nt0eBMQcO4&w=640&h=390] Video linkA psychiatrist friend once told me (in jest, of course) of three categories into which psychiatric patients fall: sad, mad and bad. I don't know whether President Obama is sad, mad, bad, bored or incompetent. However, it seems clear that He is either maliciously competent enough to fail America intentionally or that He is an...
  • Saudi Arabia severs diplomatic ties with US over response to conflict in Syria

    10/23/2013 6:29:00 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 133 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 19:27 EST, 22 October 2013 | UPDATED: 19:27 EST, 22 October 2013 | Staff
    Upset at President Barack Obama's policies on Iran and Syria, members of Saudi Arabia's ruling family are threatening a rift with the United States that could take the alliance between Washington and the kingdom to its lowest point in years. Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief is vowing that the kingdom will make a 'major shift' in relations with the United States to protest perceived American inaction over Syria's civil war as well as recent U.S. overtures to Iran, a source close to Saudi policy said on Tuesday. Prince Bandar bin Sultan told European diplomats that the United States had failed to...
  • History of ‘High-Profile Failures’ Attributed to Main Obamacare Website Contractor

    10/23/2013 9:18:05 AM PDT · by ibytoohi · 17 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 10/22/13 | Liz Klimas
    The prime contractor to build the Obamacare exchange, which has been riddled with glitches and became the laughing stock of many, appears to have had a poor track record for other projects in recent years, according to reports. CGI A screenshot of CGI website. (Image source: CGI.com) CGI Federal in the U.S., which is a subsidiary of the Canadian-based CGI Group, was contracted to build most of healthcare.gov, the federal healthcare exchange that launched on October 1. According to Sun News anchor Brian Lilley, if the U.S. government awarding the group the contract in 2011 had looked “north of the...
  • The ObamaCare Black Hole

    10/22/2013 11:19:18 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 59 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 23, 2013 | J.R. Dunn
    One thing that the past few weeks have accomplished is the total destruction of Obama's "towering intellect" persona.This is one the standard lenses through which Obama is viewed, with differing but complimentary angles from each end of the spectrum: the liberal "reigning intellect of his age" as opposed to the conservative "master chess player with a plan for destruction."The basis of Obama's reputation for intellectual superiority lies in a mixture of Democratic propaganda and PC indoctrination. The Democratic stance has been steadily maintained for years and prevails in some circles impervious to embarrassment or shame. Obama was an Ivy-league man!...
  • Video: Triumphant President Takes Victory Lap Over Huge Obamacare Success

    10/21/2013 1:10:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Townhall. com ^ | October 21, 2013 | Guy Benson
    Yes, really. As you read this morning, I was expecting a some perfunctory contrition and token acceptance of responsibility from President Bystander during his Obamacare remarks in the Rose Garden today. I was wrong. The appearance was more of a pep rally, replete with upbeat promises and applauding supporters. Aides might as well have hung a large "mission accomplished" banner over Obama's head. The fact that the Obamacare websites -- a core element of the law functioning -- are in total shambles and won't be fixed for many weeks or even months were all but shrugged off as an afterthought....
  • We’re listening — and improving every day (Obamacare's Healthcare.gov)

    10/20/2013 11:59:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    We know using HealthCare.gov has been frustrating for many Americans. The initial consumer experience of HealthCare.gov has not lived up to the expectations of the American people. We are committed to doing better. We’ve been gathering feedback since the day we launched – from our customer service representatives, social media channels, and online surveys and comments. And we’re listening. We’ve been making changes to respond directly to your feedback and will continue to do so. A few of our most important changes so far: •You can now preview plans and prices available in your area without filling out the online...
  • Voters to Politicians: Both Parties are Blundering

    10/11/2013 9:04:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 10, 2013 | Michael Barone
    What to make of all the polls on the government shutdown? You know, the ones that say that, to varying degrees, congressional Republicans are being blamed more than Democrats and Barack Obama. Let me give a roundabout answer, based on a theory that people sometimes try to send messages through their responses to poll questions. I developed this theory after watching British political polls since the 1960s. For the large majority of that time -- the major exception was the first eight years of Tony Blair's prime ministership -- voters have given negative job ratings to the governments of the...
  • Video: CBS News Slams "Disastrous" Obamacare

    10/10/2013 7:07:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 10, 2013 | Guy Benson
    A follow-up to this morning's post chronicling Obamacare's myriad failures; CBS News surveys the wreckage and renders an unavoidable verdict (via Hot Air): CBS Calls Obamacare Website Launch 'Nothing Short of Disastrous' "The president's signature achievement has become the butt of late night jokes...no one knows how many people have managed to enroll, and the administration refuses to release those numbers. The website's launch has been nothing short of disastrous. Media outlets have struggled to find anyone who's actually been successful." If a one-year delay of the Obamacare mandate tax is good enough for Jon Stewart, Wolf Blitzer and...
  • More Bad News Coming from Obamacare Exchanges: Government Software Edition

    09/20/2013 6:13:41 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 19 replies
    National Review The Corner ^ | 9 20 13 | By Veronique de Rugy
    We are two weeks away from the lauch of the Obamacare exchanges. Yet, as Christopher Weaver, Timothy Martin, and Jeniffer Corbett Dooren report over at the Wall Street Journal, at this point the government’s $88 billion software used to determine how much people will need to pay for coverage and how much subsidies they are eligible for is suffering from a glitch. This is a pretty big deal since, as the Journal explains: At their front end, the exchanges are essentially websites that consumers use to compare health plans and enroll in coverage. These websites link to data from other...
  • Census on Obama’s 1st Term: Real Median Income Down $2,627; People in Poverty Up; Record Now Poor

    09/17/2013 8:29:51 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 7 replies
    CNSNews ^ | Sept 17, 2013 | By Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - During the four years that marked President Barack Obama’s first term in office, the real median income of American households dropped by $2,627 and the number of people in poverty increased by approximately 6,667,000, according to data released today by the Census Bureau. The record total of approximately 46,496,000 people in the United States who are now in poverty, according to the Census Bureau, is more than twice the population of Syria, which, according to the CIA, has 22,457,336 people. In 2008, the year Obama was elected, real median household income in the United States was $53,644 according...
  • Obama’s moves on Syria mark defining moment - His shifts could set back agenda for second term

    09/15/2013 12:00:52 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 13 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | Sept 15, 2013 | By Matt Viser and Noah Bierman
    WASHINGTON — President Obama, to his supporters, is a deliberative leader whose willingness to recalibrate his response to Syria’s use of chemical weapons potentially helped avert military strikes and further US involvement in a civil war half a world away. But to his critics, Obama is like a character in a Shakespearean comedy, where the hapless protagonist succeeds despite himself. It was, after all, only after Secretary of State John F. Kerry made an offhand comment last Monday morning in London — and Russian leaders seized on it — that renewed diplomatic discussions began. Now those discussions have led to...
  • Obama Stymied in Bid to Rally World Leaders on Syria Strike

    09/06/2013 12:33:15 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 66 replies
    NY Times ^ | Sept 6, 2013 | By PETER BAKER and STEVEN LEE MYERS
    STRELNA, Russia — President Obama ran into an impasse on Friday in his bid to rally international backing for a military strike on Syria as world leaders wrapped up a summit meeting here remaining deeply divided over the right response to what the Americans have called the deadliest nerve gas attack in decades. After a dinner debate that lasted into the early morning hours of Friday, Mr. Obama emerged with a few supporters but no consensus, as other leaders urged him not to attack without United Nations permission, which is not forthcoming. Instead, the president had to resign himself to...
  • Obama and Congress: ‘Rolling the dice’ (Leading from Behind)

    09/02/2013 6:14:31 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | September 2, 2013 | JONATHAN ALLEN
    The stakes of the Syria vote couldn’t be higher for President Barack Obama: If Congress doesn’t back him up, his already troubled second term would be dealt another blow in the twin arenas of domestic and foreign politics. (snip) Some of Boehner’s colleagues in both parties read his moves as an indication that he would not stand in the president’s way in launching strikes. But Obama had grown frustrated with both international and domestic leaders who gave him tacit approval but declined to jump to his aid. He was taking all the risk and responsibility for a Syria strike, and...
  • Obama Could Learn From FDR on How to Get Things Done (But He believes he Knows Better>

    08/27/2013 4:57:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 27, 2013 | Michael Barone
    Evidence of the astonishing incompetence of the Obama administration continues to roll in. It started with the stimulus package. One-third of the money went to public employee union members -- a political payoff not very stimulating to anyone else. Billions went to green energy loans, like the $500 million that the government lost in backing the obviously hapless Solyndra. Infrastructure projects, which the president continues to tout, never seem to get built. He's been talking about dredging the port of Charleston, for example, to accommodate the big container ships coming in when the Panama Canal is widened. The canal widening...
  • Russian foreign minister tells US to behave 'like grown-ups'

    The chill in relations between the US and Russia grew still frostier yesterday as President Vladimir Putin's foreign minister told the White House to start behaving like "grown-ups". Sergei Lavrov chided the US administration two days after President Barack Obama scrapped a summit with Mr Putin when Russia granted asylum to Edward Snowden, the fugitive US spy.
  • Intel community worried Obama administration disclosed too much about latest al Qaeda threat

    08/04/2013 7:46:08 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 3, 2013 | Lisa Ruth
    In warning about possible al Qaeda attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials may have provided too much detail about intercepted chatter and the source of the information, and that may make it more difficult to get such tips next time, former and current intelligence officials say.(snip) Intelligence officials are dismayed that the administration provided so much detail on what prompted the closings, and that the disclosures could work against obtaining new information. Militants are now likely searching for the sources of the information to both the U.S. and Yemeni officials, and almost certainly will kill anyone they suspect of working...
  • Missing Airplanes Data Has FAA Scrambling to Get Control of a Huge Problem

    08/03/2013 9:58:44 PM PDT · by Stayfree · 28 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | December 10, 2010 | Chris Hawley, Associated Press
    The Federal Aviation Administration is missing key information on who owns one-third of the 357,000 private and commercial aircraft in the U.S. — a gap the agency fears could be exploited by terrorists and drug traffickers.The records are in such disarray that the FAA says it is worried that criminals could buy planes without the government's knowledge, or use the registration numbers of other aircraft to evade new computer systems designed to track suspicious flights. It has ordered all aircraft owners to re-register their planes in an effort to clean up its files.About 119,000 of the aircraft on the U.S....
  • George Jonas: The danger of blue skies

    07/13/2013 3:22:40 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 13 replies
    National Post ^ | July 13, 2013 | George Jonas
    Let me engage in the kind of idle speculation that infuriates the Air Line Pilots Association. News sources keep reporting that weather wasn’t a factor in the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 at San Francisco International last Saturday. I think they’re wrong. Weather was very much a factor. In bad weather this accident wouldn’t have happened. In bad weather, chances are a computer would have flown every element of the instrument approach, not the pilots. The airmen would have concentrated on their instrument scan, there being nothing for them to see in the blustery murk outside. If target airspeeds...
  • Why Does Egypt’s Turmoil Matter to Us?

    07/12/2013 5:45:44 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 11 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 7/12/2013 | Amy Payne
    Egypt has been rocked by protests that some say are the largest in history and has unseated its second leader in three years. It’s a bit difficult for us to imagine ousting a president in such a way—so what do the events in Egypt mean to Americans? The Obama Administration has bungled the entire Egyptian revolution, Heritage experts say, and that will have lasting consequences. President Obama backed the administration of Mohamed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, who was just ousted by the protesters and the military. As Heritage expert James Phillips noted, “Egyptian protesters have been carrying...
  • A brand-new U.S. military headquarters in Afghanistan. And nobody to use it.

    07/10/2013 8:47:37 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 14 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 10, 2013 | Rajiv Chandrasekaran
    The U.S. military has erected a 64,000-square-foot headquarters building on the dusty moonscape of southwestern Afghanistan that comes with all the tools to wage a modern war. A vast operations center with tiered seating. A briefing theater. Spacious offices. Fancy chairs. Powerful air conditioning. Everything, that is, except troops.
  • U.S. relaxes health law income, insurance status rule for exchanges

    07/07/2013 8:27:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 7, 2013 | by David Morgan
    Days after delaying health insurance requirements for employers, the Obama administration has decided to roll back requirements for new state online insurance marketplaces to verify the income and health coverage status of people who apply for subsidized coverage. Until now, the administration had proposed that exchanges verify whether new applicants receive employer-sponsored insurance benefits through random checks. It also sought to require marketplaces to verify each enrollee's income status. But final regulations released quietly on Friday by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) give 16 states and the District of Columbia, which are setting up their own exchanges,...
  • Delay of employer mandate only latest snag in implementing ObamaCare

    07/06/2013 8:30:28 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 11 replies
    FOX News ^ | July 6, 2013 | By Jim Angle
    The Obama administration delaying the start of the employer mandate part of ObamaCare this week is not the first snag in implementing the president’s signature health care law. Other parts of the 2010 law have already been delayed or discarded, including a requirement that businesses fill out an IRS form for any purchases over a year exceeding $600. Congress repealed that in June 2011. “It was extremely onerous (and) raised very little revenue,” says Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former Congressional Budget Office director and chief economic policy adviser to Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain during his 2008 presidential campaign. Amanda Austin,...
  • An Obamacare Surrender: Delaying employer mandate signals massive failure, not mere incompetence

    07/05/2013 7:48:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/05/2013 | Rich Lowry
    Washington is riven by conflict and deep-seated division. It is rare indeed when both sides can agree on anything consequential. Therefore it is incredibly heartening that there is now bipartisan agreement that the implementation of Obamacare is a mess. Republicans have long maintained this, but now the Obama administration has lent its implicit assent with its astonishing decision to delay by a year the law’s employer mandate. This is what the administration calls, via a blog post by the Treasury Department’s assistant secretary for tax policy that announced the decision, “Continuing to Implement the ACA in a Careful, Thoughtful Manner.”...
  • National Journal: Obama facing crisis over incompetence

    07/03/2013 8:11:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/03/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Well, it could be worse. Voters could take in all of the scandals and controversies swirling around the White House lately — IRS, NSA, Fast and Furious, Benghazi, State Department cover-ups and obstruction of IG probes, and so on — and assume that the issue is corruption rather than incompetency. In that sense, Josh Kraushaar’s analysis might be good news, relatively speaking: The administration is facing a crisis of competence. At a time when trust in government is already at an all-time low, the events of this past week illustrate the limits of this president’s power. The White House seems...
  • Voters Oust Mayor of Harrisburg, Pa in Democratic Primary

    05/22/2013 11:38:46 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 6 replies
    Reuters, via Newsmax ^ | May 22, 2013 | Reuters, via Newsmax
    The embattled mayor of Pennsylvania's financially crippled capital of Harrisburg was ousted on Tuesday when she lost the Democratic primary to the owner of an independent bookstore. Mayor Linda Thompson's loss to Eric Papenfuse comes after a tumultuous term in which her outbursts and statements caused a loss of confidence in her administration. Papenfuse is likely to win the general election in this heavily Democratic city in November, but he must still face off against independent candidate Nevin Mindlin.
  • Attempt to Morph “Bad Luck” into Scandals “Unfair,” Says Carney

    05/17/2013 7:44:47 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 24 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 17 May 2013 | John Semmens
    President Obama's Press Secretary Jay Carney bristled at the suggestion the Administration is embroiled in three major scandals. “What scandals?” Carney demanded to know. “The President has been giving his utmost to this country and now people are trying to package a run of bad luck into a series of scandals? It's unfair.” The “run of bad luck,” as Carney sees it, is “a media that is paying undue attention to relatively minor screw-ups by low level employees. Rather than being lauded for his efforts to employ a broader range of the 'differently- abled,' the President is now pilloried for...
  • Pickering: Wasn't "Necessary" To Question Clinton In Benghazi Report [VIDEO]

    05/12/2013 2:31:19 PM PDT · by Third Person · 33 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | May 12th, 2013 | Face the Nation/ Bob Scheiffer
    Thomas Pickering - the former UN ambassador who along with former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Adm. Mike Mullen prepared the Accountability Review Board report on the State Department's handling of the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya - says he didn't think it was necessary to interview former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "because in fact we knew where the responsibility rested." BOB SCHIEFFER: And good morning again. Ambassador Thomas Pickering is the one who led the State Department's investigation into how those Benghazi attacks where handled. Mr. Ambassador, you and I have known one another as you had...
  • Morning Bell: President Says Obamacare Is Going Great

    05/05/2013 4:26:09 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 16 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 5/1/2013 | Amy Payne
    Obamacare is “working fine,” President Obama said yesterday in his press conference. It’s made health insurance “stronger, better, more secure than it was before.” There are just a few slight details left to be implemented, but we shouldn’t worry about those, according to the President. Right. There’s nothing to worry about, which is why Members of Congress are trying to exempt themselves and their staffs from Obamacare. In reality, health insurance premiums are rising, and states—meaning taxpayers—are staring down some astronomical expenses. A new study from the Government Accountability Office cites Obamacare and Medicaid costs as budget busters for states...
  • New York State Police Confiscate Guns..From the Wrong Guy

    04/12/2013 12:36:55 AM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies
    Townhall ^ | April 11, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    So, about that "we'll never come take your guns thing." From The Blaze: On April 1st, a legal gun owner in upstate New York reportedly received an official notice from the state ordering him to surrender any and all weapons to his local police department. The note said that the person’s permit to own a gun in New York was being suspended as well. The gun owner contacted attorney Jim Tresmond (a specialist in gun laws in New York) and the two visited the local police precinct. Mr. Tresmond reportedly went into the precinct and informed the officers that his...
  • It looks like the best way to repeal ObamaCare is to implement it

    04/04/2013 7:24:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/04/2013 | Silvio Canto Jr.
    Even Joe Klein is seeing the handwriting on the wall: ObamaCare is in big trouble! Klein is blaming it on incompetence but I have a couple of words for Joe and other startled liberals who can't believe what they are watching. ObamaCare is in trouble because it violated a couple of rules that a nice counselor taught me at a high school Junior Achievement class in Wisconsin. First, don't bite more than you can chew. In other words, who in their right mind thought that bureaucrats could take over 1/6 of the US economy competently? How arrogant are these people?...
  • Republicans pressure Obama to clarify decision not to address Israeli Knesset

    03/18/2013 5:30:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/18/13 | Fox News
    The White House is facing pressure from House Republicans to defend President Obama's decision not to address the Knesset on his upcoming trip to Israel. A group of Republicans wrote to Obama to "commend" him for traveling to Israel but also questioning the choice not to address members of the Knesset, which they describe as "a customary and symbolic gesture that celebrates our shared democratic ideals and the special relationship between Israel and United States." The letter notes that both of Obama's most recent predecessors, President Clinton and President George W. Bush, addressed the Israeli legislative body, Bush doing so...