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  • Carney: The Toughest Interview Obama Had Was With Jon Stewart

    04/17/2014 11:07:03 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    JAY CARNEY: I remember we had some discussion during 2012 about well, is it appropriate for the president, the sitting president and candidate, to give interviews with Jon Stewart and others. And the answer was yes, again because the young voters we were trying to reach are more likely to watch The Daily Show than some other news shows. But also, I think if you look back at 2012 and the series of interviews the sitting president of the United States gave, probably the toughest interview he had was with Jon Stewart. Probably the most substantive, challenging interview Barack Obama...
  • Journalism No Longer the Worst Job In America—Barely

    04/17/2014 7:40:48 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 10 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 17, 2014 | Don Irvine
    Journalism, which was ranked as the worst job in America last year, inched up a notch to finish at number 199, just ahead of lumberjack on CareerCast’s latest list of the top 200 best and worst jobs in the U.S. for 2014. By “worst jobs,” they are referring to employment opportunities. This is a reversal of last year when lumberjack came in at 199, after finishing at number 200 in 2012. Neither job has a very bright future, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimating that logging positions will drop by 9% by 2022, and reporters by 13%. Logging has...
  • Slogging forward on climate change

    04/16/2014 5:09:54 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | April 16, 2014 | By Scot Lehigh
    THE WORLD now has a rough deadline for action on climate change. Nations need to take aggressive action in the next 15 years to cut carbon emissions, in order to forestall the worst effects of global warming, says the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Expect a certain part of our political class to insist that man-made climate change is not consensus science, and that until it is, nothing should be done. The problem there is obvious: By the time all the skeptics are persuaded, it will be too late for an effective response. In that regard, climate change poses a...
  • The lost promise of progressive taxes

    04/15/2014 10:25:40 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Reuters - Opinion ^ | April 15, 2014 | By Ajay K. Mehrotra
    By midnight on April 15, roughly 140 million Americans will have filed their federal income tax returns and breathed a sigh of relief. Politicians from both parties, however, will spend most of the day criticizing our current tax system. --snip-- Creating a new tax regime based on the ability to pay had significant consequences. Not only did it provide sorely needed revenue while addressing growing inequality, it also fostered greater social solidarity and bolstered faith in government — a lesson lost on many lawmakers today. Reformers believed progressive taxes could be used to reconfigure the relationship between citizens and the...
  • Old Media Curses the Wind

    04/13/2014 7:14:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 13, 2014 | Paul Jacob
    In strategy meetings through the years, I’ve often heard conservative and Republican operatives complain, “If the mainstream media would only cover the issue fairly . . .” My advice? Don’t hold your breath. In lively discussions with friends from across the political spectrum, including a journalist or two, I’ve debated the proposition of whether a “liberal media bias” even exists. Without resolution. Consensus aside, though, I’ve determined it über-exists — resting my judgment on two things: (1) surveys of the Washington press corps over the past decades, showing its members to be consistently and overwhelmingly liberal, and in turn voting...
  • 9 Things You Might Not Know About HHS Nominee Sylvia Burwell

    04/11/2014 4:35:58 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 11, 2014 | by Alina Kleineidam
    The president nominated Sylvia Burwell, the current director of the Office of Management and Budget, to succeed Sebelius. Burwell has long career in government, but she’s actually much more interesting than your typical bureaucrat. Here’s nine things you might not know about the woman who is likely to be the next HHS Secretary: She’s really smart. Obama is not the first president she’s worked for. She accidentally ran a half marathon. She was forced to get involved in last year’s government shutdown. She knows how to handle money — and crises. Her fifth date was a bit unusual. She engages...
  • Senate Intelligence Committee investigating leak to McClatchy, Feinstein says

    04/11/2014 4:27:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | April 11, 2014 | By Jonathan S. Landay, McClatchy Washington Bureau
    The Senate Intelligence Committee has opened an investigation into how McClatchy obtained the classified conclusions of a report into the CIA’s use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics, the panel’s chairwoman said Friday. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said she was also referring the case to the Justice Department for investigation. “If someone distributed any part of this classified report, they broke the law and should be prosecuted,” Feinstein said in a prepared statement. “The committee is investigating this unauthorized disclosure and I intend to refer the matter to the Department of Justice.”
  • Boston Marathon victim storms off Meet the Press set after interview ambush

    04/11/2014 3:36:41 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 64 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 11, 2014 | By Douglas Ernst
    Boston Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis allegedly walked out of the set of Meet the Press with David Gregory. A survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing stormed off the set of NBC’s Meet the Press in tears on Friday after being asked to comment on Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev — after she was allegedly promised their names would not be mentioned. Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a dancer who lost part of one leg during the attack, tweeted after the taping: I feel so disrespected @meetthepress I asked politely yesterday and you said yes. Now you choose to use the name instead.
  • Goodbye tea party, hello big tent

    04/11/2014 3:01:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 11, 2014 | By Jennifer Rubin
    Say what you will about Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), but they know a train wreck when they see it. They also know when to separate themselves from the cranks and the losers on the right. Although both supported the shutdown and were heartily supported by tea party groups in their own Senate races, neither one has endorsed Matt Bevin in Kentucky, Milton Wolf in Kansas or Chris McDaniel in Mississippi. In fact, Cruz’s office confirms he hasn’t endorsed anyone in the primaries. There are a few important lessons here. First, neither one of these guys wants...
  • Science or Spin?: Assessing the Accuracy of Cable News Coverage of Climate Science

    04/07/2014 3:16:51 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Accuracy varies significantly across major cable news outlets. All of them can take steps to improve their coverage of climate science. To gauge how accurately these networks inform their audiences about climate change, UCS analyzed the networks' climate science coverage in 2013 and found that each network treated climate science very differently. Fox News was the least accurate; 72 percent of its 2013 climate science-related segments contained misleading statements. CNN was in the middle, with about a third of segments featuring misleading statements. MSNBC was the most accurate, with only eight percent of segments containing misleading statements * Mutual acceptance...
  • Megyn Kelly: No, I Won’t Be Retracting My Report...That Shows How Muslims Abuse Women

    04/05/2014 10:56:12 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 28 replies
    Downtrend.com ^ | 4/2/14 | Brian Carey
    Honor Diaries is a movie that tells the story of nine women’s rights advocates. Now, when you read the phrase “women’s rights advocates,” you might think it’s the kind of movie that liberals would truly appreciate. Sadly, we haven’t seen any evidence of that... Honor Diaries is about the way that women are abused in countries dominated by Muslims. Therefore, the truth portrayed in that movie is politically incorrect.... Leave it to Fox News to do the job that the alleged truth-seekers in the rest of the media won’t do. Megyn Kelly discussed the movie on he program the other...
  • The Jeb Boomlet: Why journalists are promoting another Bush candidacy

    04/02/2014 6:25:43 AM PDT · by maggief · 23 replies
    FoxNews ^ | April 2, 2014 | Howard Kurtz
    You know who wants Jeb Bush to run for president? The pundits. It's not that they pine for another Bush in the White House; it's that they need a GOP front-runner, preferably a household name. The Republican race is too amorphous for their taste. Every story has to mention Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio and on and on. What journalists love is a two-person showdown, especially if each candidate hails from a different wing of the party, paving the way for lots of civil war themes. Christie was their guy. A brash, blunt blue-stater with...
  • Global Warming Impacts Widespread, U.N. Panel Says

    03/31/2014 9:10:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 31, 2014 | By GAUTAM NAIK
    Climate change is having a big impact on both the earth's natural systems and how people live, according to the most comprehensive assessment of the threat of a warming planet done so far. The second part in a four-part report by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that the problem will become increasingly difficult to manage, with possible threats to everything from the food supply to coral reefs and low-lying coastal areas. "The striking feature of observed impacts is that they are occurring from the tropics to the poles, from small islands to large continents, and from the...
  • Climate impacts 'overwhelming' - UN

    03/30/2014 5:44:17 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    BBC News ^ | March 30, 2014 | by Matt McGrath
    Scientists and officials meeting in Japan have published the most comprehensive assessment to date of the impacts of climate change on the world. Members of the UN's climate panel say that their report provides overwhelming evidence of the scale of these effects. Natural systems are bearing the brunt right now but the scientists fear a growing impact on humans. Our health, homes, food and safety are all likely to be threatened by rising temperatures, the summary says. Speaking to journalists at a news conference in Yokohama to launch the report, Michel Jarraud, secretary-general of the World Meteorological Organization, said that,...
  • Obamacare Turns 4: The (Very) Long, Strange Trip to Now

    03/23/2014 7:55:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 23, 2014 | By Gregory J. Krieg
    Today marks four years since President Obama consummated America’s decades-long dalliance with health care reform. The White House’s East Room was the venue for the ceremony that day, during which the president, a metallic blue tie around his neck and a light dusting of gray in his hair, applied his powerful signature in 22 clipped dashes — two pens per letter, one for each of his honored guests — to the Affordable Care Act, which we know as Obamacare, the law Republicans say, on this anniversary, will fuel another midterm election sweep. The legislation itself is massive, ground-breaking, and meaningful...
  • Is Obama Planning to Ditch His Blackberry?

    03/23/2014 7:42:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 21, 2014 | By Jeff Zeleny
    It was only five years ago when Barack Obama fought mightily to keep his BlackBerry — becoming the first president to be connected by email. Now, he may be looking for an upgrade. The White House is in the early stages of testing smartphones, the Wall Street Journal reported on yesterday, with devices from Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics being examined by the White House Communications Agency. If the president leaves his BlackBerry behind for a new smartphone, it’s another sign of the times from when George W. Bush famously sent a farewell message from his AOL address when he...
  • Where are the positive stories about Obamacare?

    03/23/2014 6:08:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 23, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
    ... With the March 31 deadline for 2014 enrollment in individual health insurance just days away, more questions are being asked about the mismatch in publicity about the Affordable Care Act by its opponents and supporters. The millions of beneficiaries of the measure — families excluded from insurance because of high premiums or preexisting medical conditions, low-income individuals made newly eligible for Medicaid, seniors receiving a new subsidy for prescriptions, women granted the legal right to affordable maternity coverage for the first time — seem to be absent from the news media or political ad campaigns.
  • The climate change deniers have won

    03/23/2014 5:57:56 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | March 22, 2014 | by Nick Cohen
    ... David Cameron, who once promised that if you voted blue you would go green, now appoints Owen Paterson, a man who is not just ignorant of environmental science but proud of his ignorance, as his environment secretary. George Osborne, who once promised that his Treasury would be "at the heart of this historic fight against climate change", now gives billions in tax concessions to the oil and gas industry, cuts the funds for onshore wind farms and strips the Green Investment Bank of the ability to borrow and lend All of which is a long way of saying that...
  • The Death of Journalism

    03/21/2014 1:58:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2014 | Jeff Crouere
    What happened to the watchdog media? Sadly, in this day of Obama, they have turned into the lapdog media. Everyone knows that most members of the mainstream news media are card carrying liberals; however, even staunch left wingers should have enough integrity to fulfill their responsibilities to the public. Our country has benefited from a vigorous “fourth estate,” but that crucial oversight is sorely lacking today. Of course when Republicans are in office, liberal journalists become quite aggressive and love to launch investigations. When Democrats are in office, these same journalists help the politicians cover up their misdeeds. The identical...
  • Modern Journalism: We Report, We Decide

    03/21/2014 11:49:16 AM PDT · by tips up · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 21, 2014 | Brian Joondeph
    Peeling back the curtain hiding the incestuous relationship between the mainstream media and the White House, Arizona reporter Catherine Anaya revealed that “President Obama's press secretary, Jay Carney, receives questions from the press in advance of his daily press briefing.” She found it very interesting that Mr. Carney “knows what he's going to be answering and sometimes those correspondents and reporters also have those answers printed in front of them, because of course it helps when they're producing their reports for later on.”
  • A young, gay immigrant comes out of two closets

    03/16/2014 6:55:52 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 15, 2014 | By David Zucchino
    Emilio Vicente, brought illegally to the U.S. as a child, was candid about his identity when he ran for student body president at the University of North Carolina. --SNIP-- "I'm undocumented and I'm gay, so I've come out of two different closets," Vicente said inside the student union, dressed in jeans and a Carolina blue T-shirt. If there is a face of the young, Americanized immigrant — the so-called Dreamer — it might be Emilio Vicente.
  • How curbing climate change can prevent Russia from becoming a superpower

    03/12/2014 7:52:27 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 53 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 12, 2014 | By Matthew Fleischer
    --BIG SNIP-- Putin has said that "two or three degrees" of climate change could be good for Russia, in that it would reduce heating costs and increase crop yields. Of course Russia will face harsh consequences from global warming as well. Wildfires and drought have hit the country hard in recent years -- trends that will likely only worsen as the planet continues to heat up. So for all you out there blasé about climate change, you may want to take a long hard look at your position -- because it doesn’t take that much effort to see a post-global...
  • U.S. president sweats over sweaters during NY shopping stop

    03/11/2014 3:54:18 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 11, 2014 | by Steve Holland
    President Barack Obama took on a daunting task on Tuesday: shopping for clothes for his wife and daughters during a brief stop at a Gap store in New York. Obama was in New York to attend two Democratic fundraisers aimed at building up campaign war chests for this year's midterm congressional elections. At the store, he sorted carefully through sweaters in search of a purchase for one of his two daughters, Sasha and Malia, before holding up a pink one. "I'm worried the V-neck is going to slip," the president said before opting for a regular-cut neck. Moving to the...
  • Visits to national parks tumble on bad weather, federal shutdown

    03/10/2014 8:08:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 10, 2014 | by Hugo Martin
    The partial government shutdown in October was largely to blame for a 3% drop in visitors to America's national parks in 2013, according to a report released Monday by the National Park Service. The country's 401 parks, historic sites and recreation areas drew 273.6 million visitors in 2013, about 9 million fewer than the previous year, according to the report. The 16-day government shutdown, sparked by a budget dispute in Washington, was responsible for reducing the visitation numbers by about 7.9 million, the report said. The communities near the parks lost about $414 million in spending by visitors because of...
  • A General Theory of Obamacare Fiction

    02/26/2014 7:46:56 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 26, 2014 | by Paul Krugman
    Conservatives appear to be really upset that liberals are actually taking on the facts in the anti-Obamacare ads they’ve been running. How dare you question whether the people in these ads are giving an accurate picture — they’re suffering! --SNIP-- So here’s what you need to understand. The Affordable Care Act isn’t magic — it produces losers as well as winners. But it’s not black magic either, turning everyone into a loser. What the Act does is in effect to increase the burden on fortunate people — the healthy and wealthy — to lift some burdens on the less fortunate:...
  • How Obamacare Could Unlock Job Opportunities

    02/23/2014 7:43:28 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 20, 2014 | By SHAILA DEWAN
    --SNIP-- In February, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the Affordable Care Act would reduce employment by the equivalent of 2.5 million full-time jobs. Opponents seized on this as evidence that Obamacare is a job killer. But that’s not what the C.B.O. meant. “The estimated reduction stems almost entirely from a net decline in the amount of labor that workers choose to supply, rather than from a net drop in businesses’ demand for labor,” the report says. In other words, if people work less, it will be by choice. It may seem counterintuitive, but from an economics perspective, this is...
  • Why Did the FCC’s Plan to Invade Newsrooms Only Inspire ‘Conservative Outcry’?

    02/21/2014 11:59:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Mediaite ^ | February 21, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    “Proposed FCC study of news organizations sparks conservative outcry,” The Washington Post declared on Friday. The story revealed details of the backlash against a Federal Communications Commission plan to investigate the news-gathering and information dissemination practices of a variety of print and broadcast media outlets. The Post quickly amended that headline, as someone decided the study should have sparked a general “outcry,” even though it apparently did not –- at least, not in The Post’s newsroom. Still, some bright fellow at The Post noted that this latest encroachment by the federal government should be met with at least a perfunctory...
  • Obamacare: Economic Boon?

    02/13/2014 7:47:08 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    TIME ^ | February 13, 2014 | by Joe Klein
    Duncan Black makes an argument that liberals haven’t emphasized nearly enough about the Affordable Care Act: that it could well be a shot in the arm for the economy. It is, in truth, a conservative argument–a freedom argument. I’ve always loved the logic of it. There are thousands, maybe tens of thousands, of people with clever ideas for starting businesses who are trapped in their current jobs because of the need to provide health insurance for their families. These are the potential Wright brothers, the middle managers who see a better, more efficient way to process a product, the tinkerers...
  • Who Killed the Great American Editorial?

    01/25/2014 7:06:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    Wasn't there a time when the country had great newspapers with great editorials that regularly thundered and whispered, sighed and screamed, were outraged or outraged others? Where did they all go? Newspapers had character in those days of yore, whether good or bad. The reader could depend on it. And the editorials were a window into their soul. Those editorials might be loved or loathed, admired or despised, but they were read. Like the newspapers themselves. No day could start properly without at least a glance at the editorial page. Sensational or thoughtful, brief or discursive, each editorial might have...
  • New York Times Had Reporter 'Talking to the Attackers' During Benghazi Massacre

    12/31/2013 8:11:00 PM PST · by servo1969 · 97 replies
    Breitbart.com/Big-Journalism ^ | 12-31-2013 | Tony Lee
    The New York Times had a reporter talking to attackers on the ground during the Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans in September of 2012, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, and may know the identity of some the murderers and perpetrators. David Kirkpatrick, the Times reporter who wrote the story that forced the paper's Editorial page editor to defensively declare on Monday that it has not chosen to endorse Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, said that the paper had a reporter on the ground who was witnessing the attacks.
  • New audiobook release: Public Opinion, by Walter Lippmann

    01/01/2014 6:59:13 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 3 replies
    New audiobook release: Public Opinion, by Walter Lippmann "You want to know why journalism doesn't get it? You know why journalism isn't on top of it? Because they have read Walter Lippmann." - Glenn Beck, May 27th, 2010. The implication here is that if you want to understand the foundational corruption of the institution of journalism, you should be reading Walter Lippmann. They are. Now you have a new option on the table. Listen to it. This book consists of 28 chapters, all 28 are now freely downloadable. More than anything else, this is what the progressingamerica project is all...
  • Kathy Griffin Asks CNN Host 'Have You Ever Spooned With Candy Crowley?'

    12/30/2013 9:49:45 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 66 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 12/29/13 | Noel Sheppard
    THIS is CNN! On Sunday's Reliable Sources, vulgar comedienne Kathy Griffin - who will once again be co-hosting CNN's New Year's Eve special this year despite kissing Anderson Cooper's crotch on air last year! - actually asked new host Brian Stelter, "Have you ever spooned with Candy Crowley?...You might get a better time slot"
  • Anderson Cooper Discusses His Mother and ‘Cunnilingus’

    12/27/2013 6:30:51 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 55 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 12/26/13 | Josh Feldman
    ... normally I introduce these posts with either a brief summary of the reason you clicked the link in the first place or give some kind of context-building set-up, but Anderson Cooper talked about cunnilingus on CNN Thursday night and I really just… I mean, really… just a loss for words here. CNN was doing one of those year in review segments, and Cooper asked Dan Savage for what he thought was a really good scandal story this year. Savage had to go with the amazing saga of Rob Ford, and said, “I love a good cunnilingus joke on the...
  • As Obamacare Deadline Looms, Insurance Companies Pile On The Taxes

    12/26/2013 3:35:45 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    CBS Local (NY) ^ | December 26, 2013
    Time is running out to sign up for Obamacare. Many are still scrambling to get coverage by Jan. 1. In the meantime, we’re now beginning to see the taxes added on by insurance companies because of the law. ... Most insurance companies don’t tell you about the taxes they add to their premiums. The numbers will vary, but one subscriber said their tax amount is $23.14 a month, or nearly $278 annually. Other add-ons include: * A 2 percent premium tax on every health plan. * A user fee of 3.5 percent to sell through the online marketplace. * A...
  • Report: 'Meet The Press' May Get Axed

    12/24/2013 6:42:28 AM PST · by Zakeet · 55 replies
    Brietbart Big Journalism ^ | December 23, 2013 | Tony Lee
    NBC's flagship Sunday show, Meet The Press, has seen its ratings go bust as it continually props up members of the permanent political class in Washington, D.C.'s "Boomtown." Now the show may get axed from NBC News's lineup. According to the New York Post, new NBC News president Deborah Turness "has been trying to figure out the future for David Gregory’s 'Meet the Press.'" She is reportedly considering "bringing in MSNBC’s 'Morning Joe' team of Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski for a Sunday show, or blowing up the entire franchise and trying something completely different." [Snip] The show has...
  • Chinese journalists face Marxist ideology exam

    12/19/2013 5:17:26 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Guardian ^ | December 19, 2013 | Jonathan Kaiman in Beijing and agencies
    -- Exam to be based on 700-page manual that prohibits published reports from featuring comments that go against party line -- Chinese journalists will have to pass a new ideology exam early next year to keep their press cards, in what reporters say is another example of the ruling Communist party's increasing control over the media under President Xi Jinping. It is the first time reporters have been required to take such a test en masse, state media have said. The exam will be based on a 700-page manual peppered with directives such as "it is absolutely not permitted for...
  • Washington Post Crowdsources 'Gun Violence' Stories for Sandy Hook Anniversary

    12/12/2013 4:10:41 AM PST · by logi_cal869 · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/11/2013 | AWR Hawkins
    The Washington Post (WaPo) is asking readers to submit their "gun violence" stories for the first anniversary of the heinous crime at Sandy Hook Elementary. (snip)
  • Obama Sees a Rebound in His Approval Ratings

    12/10/2013 8:03:57 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 10, 2013 | By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG and ALLISON KOPICKI
    President Obama’s approval ratings, which hit his all-time low last month, have returned to where they were before the rollout of the health care law’s enrollment process, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. 42 percent of Americans now approve of Mr. Obama’s overall performance, and 50 percent disapprove. That is not exactly good news for the president, but is better than his numbers in mid-November, Then, just 37 percent approved and 57 percent disapproved in a CBS News poll. “I don’t really put all the blame on the president,” said Pete Brown, 56, a Republican from Edelstein,...
  • Sandy Hook killer's mother taught him to shoot aged four, 'lied to buy him guns'

    12/05/2013 9:39:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | December 3, 2013 | Daniel Bates
    Nancy Lanza took her killer son Adam shooting from the age of just four, may have lied on federal paperwork to buy him guns and went on long holidays alone without the boy she branded a 'lost cause', a new book reveals today. It lays out the strongest case yet against the mother of the Sandy Hook shooter - just days after parents of the victims said her 'bad parenting' was partly to blame. Nancy knew as far back as 2000 that there was ‘something very wrong’ with the boy and effectively abandoned her disturbed son last year while she...
  • Debunking the anti-Obamacare camp's attack on Medicaid

    12/03/2013 4:40:47 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 3, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
    As the federal insurance website healthcare.gov puts its birth pangs behind it, critics of the Affordable Care Act may well need another attack point. One is already emerging: It's an assault on Medicaid, the federal-state health program that's a linchpin of the effort to expand access to coverage for the poorest Americans.
  • New Obamacare weapon for GOP: Doctors

    12/03/2013 3:56:25 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | December 3, 2013 | By SEUNG MIN KIM
    Get ready for the next line of attack from the GOP on Obamacare: Good luck keeping your doctor. Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, the fourth-ranking Senate Republican, blasted Obama’s latest health care speech Tuesday as misguided — particularly as consumers nationwide are losing their access to insurance. “They don’t need another press conference — they need to be able to see their doctor and get affordable care,” Barrasso said in a statement. “He took no action to help people who will lose their coverage and their doctor, pay higher premiums and become victims of identity theft because of Obamacare.”
  • Medicaid an Obamacare Success Story

    12/03/2013 12:36:29 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 3, 2013 | by Sophie Novak
    A new report released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Tuesday shows that more than 1.46 million people were determined in October to be eligible to enroll in Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program. Although the increase in applications was higher in states expanding Medicaid, the insurance requirement and coverage of the law in general has prompted a number of uninsured but eligible individuals to apply for Medicaid coverage.
  • With website improved, Obama to pitch health plan

    12/02/2013 9:27:32 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 2, 2013 | By Mark Felsenthal
    President Barack Obama will try to sell the American people on the relaunch of his troubled healthcare program on Tuesday in a bid to restore confidence in his signature domestic policy initiative and, more broadly, in his presidency. "In his remarks, the President will discuss the ongoing work to strengthen the website and reach Americans seeking these new healthcare options," a White House official said. "He will also focus attention back on the core principles of reform that have been lost in the attention on the website, and invoke the successes that are already flowing from the law."
  • White House returns to Obamacare sales mode

    12/02/2013 9:16:14 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    POLITICO ^ | December 2, 2013 | By CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN and JONATHAN ALLEN
    President Barack Obama will launch a coordinated campaign Tuesday by the White House, congressional Democrats and their outside allies to return attention to why the Affordable Care Act passed in the first place. The White House will take the lead in emphasizing a different benefit each day until the Dec. 23 enrollment deadline for Jan. 1 coverage. The daily message will be amplified through press events and social media by Democratic members of Congress, the Democratic National Committee, congressional campaign committees and advocacy organizations, officials said.
  • Official: White House to push benefits of Obamacare

    12/02/2013 9:02:14 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    CNN News ^ | December 2, 2013 | By Jim Acosta
    (CNN) -- The Obama administration will begin a three-week push to remind the American public about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act,.a White House official told CNN.
  • Limit on Access Stirs Tensions Between White House Photographer and Press Corps

    12/01/2013 7:20:00 PM PST · by Theoria · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 30 Nov 2013 | Mark Landler
    Few ceremonies at the White House over the last five years have eluded the lens of Pete Souza, President Obama’s chief photographer and almost constant companion. One that did was Mr. Souza’s wedding, which was held last month in the Rose Garden with the president among 35 friends and family members on hand. Permitting a private citizen to use the Rose Garden for a personal event is extraordinarily unusual, and it attests to the deep ties the president and his photographer have forged, as Mr. Souza has shadowed Mr. Obama on virtually every day of his presidency. Now, though, Mr....
  • White House meets goals for HealthCare.gov, but more work ahead

    12/01/2013 6:16:00 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 57 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 1, 2013 | BY DAVID MORGAN AND LEWIS KRAUSKOPF
    Two months after the disastrous launch, administration officials said on Sunday they had met their goal of getting the HealthCare.gov site running smoothly but warned that it needs more fixes. Officials also acknowledged that the site may not operate smoothly.
  • Al Jazeera Making Waves - Usual Suspects

    11/30/2013 11:50:50 PM PST · by SunLakesJeff · 9 replies
    Who doesn't want to know what Bob Barker thinks on Al Jazeera?
  • Duke Rape Accuser Got 160 TV News Stories on Accusation, 3 on Murder Conviction

    11/28/2013 12:11:50 AM PST · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    CNS News ^ | November 27, 2013 | Michael W. Chapman
    When Crystal Mangum falsely accused several Duke lacrosse players of rape in 2006, there were 160 major television news stories in the first five days after the players were arrested, but in 2013, when Mangum was convicted of murder and sentenced to 14 years in prison, there were only 3 major television news stories, a difference in coverage of 5,233%. When the Duke lacrosse-rape story broke in March/April 2006, it was huge news, garnering massive, widespread coverage by the networks ABC, CBS, and NBC, as well as by FOX, CNN and MSNBC, and the print press, such as USA...
  • What I said to Sarah Palin and a report from the frontlines of the 'Merry Christmas' culture wars

    11/25/2013 3:31:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Minneapolis Post ^ | November 25, 2013 | Jim Walsh
    I had no idea what I was going to say to Sarah Palin when I got in line to get an autographed copy of her new book for my dad at the Mall of America rotunda Friday. I was an embedded journalist in the culture wars, interviewing her fans and followers; she was on the last stop of a book tour promoting “Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting The Heart of Christmas,” a 238–page mission statement (complete with recipes!) on how to preserve “Merry Christmas” as the world’s go-to holiday greeting. I was near the end of the line, about...