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  • Turnout fears mount for Dems

    10/13/2014 11:22:10 AM PDT · by Signalman · 22 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 10/11/14 | Cristina Marcos
    The Democratic Party's worst fears about the midterm election look to be coming true. Polling in recent weeks suggests turnout on Election Day could be very low, even by the standards of recent midterms. That’s bad news for Democrats because core groups in the liberal base are more likely to stay home than are people in the demographic segments that lean Republican. A Gallup poll last week found that voters are less engaged in this year's midterms than they were in 2010 and 2006. Only 33 percent of respondents said they were giving at least “some” thought to the upcoming...
  • The Hill Avoids Mentioning Early Warnings About Virus Outbreak in Children

    09/26/2014 3:53:33 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 16 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | September 26, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    What is the first thing that leaps to your mind when you hear about a mystery virus that has afflicted children around the country just as the school year started? I know what it is. You know what it is. And many of the readers commenting on The Hill article know what it is. Even the writer, Susan Ferris, most likely knows what it is but does not mention the warning that dares not speak its name...at least in The Hill. I am of course referring to the many health warnings about the illegal children who crossed the border and...
  • House Dem: Climate change bigger health threat than AIDS, malaria

    04/06/2011 10:43:40 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 15 replies
    House Dem: Climate change bigger health threat than AIDS, malaria By Andrew Restuccia - 04/06/11 12:25 PM ET Just hours before a vote Wednesday on a GOP plan to block Environmental Protection Agency climate regulations, Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) called climate change a bigger public health threat than AIDS, malaria and pandemic flu. Capps and several other liberal Democrats spoke out Wednesday morning in opposition to the legislation, authored by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.). The lawmakers, who were joined by officials from the American Lung Association and the Union of Concerned Scientists, said the Upton...
  • Report: O-Care enrollment hit 115 percent of projection

    05/03/2014 6:38:11 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 20 replies
    thehill.com ^ | may 2, 2014 | Ferdous Al-Faruque
    More data is backing Democratic arguments that ObamaCare enrollment figures exceeded expectations last month. The latest numbers from the Urban Institute find the late rush of enrollees put sign-ups well over its original projections. The nonpartisan research institute says while only 61 percent of projected ObamaCare enrollment was met by March 1, the numbers rocketed to 115 percent by April 19. However, it cautions the final numbers will likely change depending on several factors.
  • (Exempt) Dems don't want to talk O-Care

    04/27/2014 4:58:57 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/26/14 | Sheila Timmons
    To many Democrats, ObamaCare is a four-letter word. Most Democrats in competitive elections are seeking to avoid the topic, opting not to tout the controversial law on their campaign websites. In a review of battleground races, The Hill found that out of 50 Democratic candidates with active campaign websites, only 11 mention the healthcare law by name, either as "ObamaCare," "Affordable Care Act," or "ACA." Fourteen more mention the law, but not its name, and half the candidates omit it entirely from their websites. President Obama has trumpeted that more than 8 million people have enrolled in ACA-related plans. Meanwhile,...
  • US seeks to assuage Israel's fears

    11/11/2013 7:22:43 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 11, 2013 | Rebecca Shabad
    The U.S. ambassador to Israel on Monday sought to reassure Jewish leaders unnerved by the Obama administration's negotiations with Iran on that country's nuclear program. Ambassador Dan Shapiro insisted the U.S. would not let Iran develop a nuclear weapon even as it sought to reach a deal that could remove some sanctions on Iran. "Obama has made it crystal clear that he will not permit Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon period, and is prepared to use all elements of our national power to ensure that we are successful," Shapiro told the Jewish Federation of North Americas General Assembly in...
  • Keep Your Plan bill puts Obama in bind (Democratic unity is cracking)

    11/09/2013 5:18:13 PM PST · by Libloather · 94 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/08/13 | Justin Sink
    House Republicans are pouncing on President Obamas apology for cancelled insurance plans to push him into backing legislation that would change ObamaCare. The president on Thursday said he was sorry that Americans were losing their healthcare plans despite his frequent assurances that individuals with insurance could keep them. Obama said he was seeking an administrative fix, but Republicans say they have a ready-made solution in the Keep Your Plan bill that they plan to bring up for a vote next week. A spokesman for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said the president cant address the problems plaguing the healthcare law through...
  • Congress could thwart Iran deal

    11/09/2013 11:24:42 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 9, 2013 | Julia Pecquet
    The Obama administration appears to be on the verge of a diplomatic breakthrough with Iran after three and a half decades of low-level warfare. Now comes the hard part: convincing Congress. Skeptical lawmakers are gearing up to thwart efforts to lift the pressure on Iran. Senate Foreign Relations ranking member Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) warned this week that he may introduce legislation making it harder for President Obama to loosen existing sanctions, while several others have vowed to slap on new ones. The United States should negotiate from a position of strength, not weakness, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a possible 2016...
  • Obama, insurers make peace in bid to save enrollment site [sounds more like WAR to me]

    11/07/2013 3:10:10 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 7, 2013 | Justin Sink
    The uneasy alliance between President Obama and health insurers is being put to the test by the troubled rollout of ObamaCare. With the botched enrollment website dragging Obamas approval rating to record lows and threatening to undermine his biggest legislative achievement, some Democrats say the president should deflect blame onto the industry. The healthcare companies in many ways represent an ideal political target, as they are unpopular and intimately involved in the rollout and Democrats havent hesitated to go after them in the past. Democrats highlighted what they said were the heartless business practices of insurers during the debate...
  • Obama to GOP governors: Stop playing politics with healthcare

    11/07/2013 12:52:43 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 6, 2013 | Amie Parnes
    President Obama urged Republican governors to move forward and allow the Affordable Care Act expansion of Medicaid in their states, using an appearance in Dallas to make the case that the governors should stop playing politics. While Obama didn't call out Texas Gov. Rick Perry by name for not participating in the expansion, he asked states like Texas, to take advantage of the program and not deny people healthcare because of ideology. "There's no state that actually needs this more than Texas," Obama said, speaking briefly at local synagogue in the Lone Star state, before moving on to a fundraiser....
  • Pelosi: Redskins should change name

    10/28/2013 3:20:43 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 50 replies
    Pelosi: Redskins should change name By Bob Cusack - 10/28/13 06:00 AM ET Rep. Nancy Pelosi believes the Washington Redskins should find a new name. In an interview with The Hill, the California Democrat said it probably would be a good idea if they change the name. The House minority leader is the latest politician who has embraced a name change. President Obama earlier this month said he would think about changing the team name if he owned the football team. Pelosi noted that when she was growing up in Baltimore, the city didnt have a football team. So one...
  • Chaffetz: Jarrett has 'tentacles' in every issue at White House

    10/25/2013 1:19:55 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 25, 2013 | Justin Sink
    White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett seems to have her tentacles into every issue and every topic at the White House, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said Friday. The Utah congressman was discussing the rocky rollout of the ObamaCare insurance exchanges with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, who suggested that the botched website might have been the result of the administration hiring contractors close to the president's reelection campaign. Ingraham then said that all roads lead back to Jarrett, noting her involvement in meetings as this thing was being formulated. She seems to have her tentacles into every issue and every...
  • Archaeology dig may uncover nation's earliest free African-American settlment

    08/05/2013 2:19:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    In Easton, Md., an untold story of free African-Americans is being discovered through bits of glass, shards of pottery and oyster shells. Piece by piece, archaeologists and historians from two universities and the community are uncovering the history of The Hill, which they believe is the earliest settlement of free African-Americans in the United States, dating to 1790. Treme, in New Orleans, is recognized as the oldest free black community in the nation, dating to 1812. But researchers say that could change based on findings from the Easton dig. "It's not just a black story. It's an American story," said...
  • Unlikely allies target McConnell's personality, campaign style

    07/28/2013 4:03:47 AM PDT · by onyx · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7-28-2013 - 6:00AM | By Alexandra Jaffe
    Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican Matt Bevin may become unlikely allies in trying to tear down Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in the marquee Senate race of the upcoming cycle. Both are signaling plans to frame McConnell with similar themes, targeting his personality and "scorched earth" campaign style as much as his policy positions. The strategy reflects what his opponents believe to be his greatest vulnerability McConnell's deep unpopularity among Kentucky voters of both parties. But it's also a strategy informed by the challenges Grimes and Bevin face in trying to defeat what many observers agree...
  • Romney raises $4.6M after health ruling

    06/29/2012 9:55:01 AM PDT · by Signalman · 21 replies
    TheHill ^ | 6/29/2012 | Alicia M. Cohn
    Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has raised $4.6 million since the Supreme Court ruled that President Obama's healthcare law is constitutional. Romney started raising funds immediately after the decision, and in a message to supporters Friday morning his campaign spokeswoman said he had raised $4.6 million from 47,000 donations. This morning, the Romney campaign had raised $4.3 million less than 24 hours since the court's ruling. "As of this morning, we have raised $4.3 million with 43,000 donations online," spokeswoman Andrea Saul said early Friday. "The Supreme Court may have found ObamaCare constitutional, but it remains just as disastrous for job...
  • Left pushes for $10 minimum wage, but House Democratic leadership balks

    06/07/2012 6:42:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 7, 2012 | Mike Lillis
    The House Democrats pushing for a steep hike in the minimum wage could face an unlikely foe: their own leadership. Behind Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (Ill.), almost two dozen liberal Democrats endorsed legislation this week to raise the federal minimum wage immediately from $7.25 to $10 per hour, the first such increase in three years. The lawmakers think theyve found a winning issue in an election cycle thats featured the rise of the Occupy movement, criticism of Mitt Romneys path to wealth and a class-centered fight over the Bush-era tax rates. But no Democratic leaders have endorsed the measure, and...
  • The Hill Poll: Most voters say the United States is in decline (but is this reversible?)

    10/24/2011 7:24:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/24/2011 | Mike Lillis
    More than two-thirds of voters say the United States is declining, and a clear majority think the next generation will be worse off than this one, according to the results of a new poll commissioned by The Hill. A resounding 69 percent of respondents said the country is in decline, the survey found, while 57 percent predict todays kids wont live better lives than their parents. Additionally, 83 percent of voters indicated theyre either very or somewhat worried about the future of the nation, with 49 percent saying theyre very worried. The results suggest that Americans dont view the countrys...
  • Obama's soft response to Tea Party draws liberal criticism

    08/06/2011 5:08:55 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 64 replies
    Obama's soft response to Tea Party draws liberal criticism By Alexander Bolton - 08/06/11 07:15 PM ET Liberals are growing frustrated with President Obamas soft response to the Tea Party after fractious negotiations over the debt limit led to the loss of nations AAA credit rating on Friday. Republicans and Democrats have unleashed fusillades of attack against each other in the wake of the announcement but Obama has stayed quiet, frustrating his partys base. Its hard to see how we avoid a Tea-Party recession if the president who has the biggest megaphone in the country is not willing to speak...
  • President Obama's economic deviancy

    04/26/2011 2:21:56 PM PDT · by dont_tread_on_malik · 4 replies
    The Hill, National Republican Trust ^ | 04/25/2011 | Scott Wheeler
    Obama is primarily responsible for the Tea Party movement, despite the fact that it is the nemesis of the President and the political establishment. The movement is predominantly composed of a small number of Libertarians and a large number of Conservatives. The Tea Party Conservatives are formerly Conservative Republicans who have given up the notion of having a moral government and are tired of funding an immoral government. They are disconnecting from the Republican establishment, which today seems more comfortable managing big government than ultimately reducing it. Herein lies their commonality with Libertarians. The Tea Party is thus at the...
  • GOP Rep. Bachmann might not support Boehner for Speaker

    10/29/2010 10:48:33 AM PDT · by workerbee · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/28/10 | Michael O'Brien
    Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) suggested Thursday that she might not support John Boehner (R-Ohio) as the next Speaker. Bachmann, a prominent conservative lawmaker with ties to the grassroots Tea Party movement, said she would only support Boehner as the next Speaker if he were the only candidate available. "Right now, we don't know exactly who the candidates will be. It may be John Boehner," Bachmann said in a debate on Minnesota Public Radio. "If John Boehner's the only candidate running, I'll be voting for John Boehner. "I would look at all the candidates and weigh it accordingly," she added. Some...
  • New The Hill Poll: 12 Freshman Democrat Held Districts Show Major GOP Gains

    10/06/2010 8:04:06 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 3 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 10/06/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    On Wednesday The Hill reported on a new poll it has conducted of the 2010 midterms with initial focus on 12 districts held by freshmen Democrats and the news isn't good for those incumbent Dems scrutinized. On the other hand, the poll seems to show that it isn't pat that Republicans will necessarily run away with it all either. On Wednesday The Hill reported that in 11 of the initial 12 races polled, Republicans are leading Democrat incumbents. In the 12th, the candidates are tied. While this may seem good for the GOP the downside is that none of the...
  • Tea Party strategist predicts 'tremendous gains' for candidates

    09/27/2010 12:03:33 AM PDT · by Syncro · 10 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 09/26/10 | Jordy Yager
    Tea Party strategist predicts 'tremendous gains' for candidates By Jordy Yager - 09/26/10 12:25 PM ET The head of one of the most powerful U.S. Tea Party movements said on Sunday that candidates under the burgeoning partys umbrella are going to make tremendous gains this November because they have turned the political system on its head. Longtime political consultant Sal Russo, a leading strategist within the Tea Party movement and the head of the Tea Party Express, told Bob Schieffer on CBSs Face the Nation that his organizing group is so strong -- raising more than $5 million so far...
  • GOPs Civil War 2010 a prelude to 2012 (Tea Partiers bad, RINOs good)

    09/14/2010 9:11:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 14, 2010 | Chris Kofinis
    How bad can the civil war get? We may find out Tuesday in Delaware. Mike Castle should have walked to the GOP nomination that is, until Sarah Palin and her merry Tea Party men decided to back Christine ODonnell. To put this into perspective, Castle was all but a lock to win: a moderate Republican who would have won if not for the fact that by Tea Party standards Castle is a Das Kapital-reading, want-to-take-your-guns-away-and-tax-you-to-the-nines liberal. It almost makes you laugh, as a Democrat, how the GOP is engaged in a never-ending, brutal civil war over ideological purity. From...
  • Survey of Dem's Most Loved Republicans: A Guide on Who to Fire?

    08/16/2010 9:45:17 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 11 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 08/16/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    The Hill conducted its annual survey of how congressmen feel about each other and the answers are instructive. The survey found that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D. Calif.) is the most partisan, unwelcoming, hard to work with politician in all of the House of Representatives. But the list of Republicans that congressional leftists love should serve as the list of those voters should fire in November and after. (And Illinoisan Judy Biggert seems to lead the pack) The Hill, however, did have an interesting point on why the extremist, left-wing, loud, hectoring, shrill Pelosi has been able to...
  • Matt Drudge and the Republican delusion(Air Sick Bag Alert!)

    03/30/2010 10:33:23 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 27 replies · 1,388+ views
    The Hill ^ | March 30, 2010 | Brent Budowsky
    From the (S)hill. In my opinion Matt Drudge is the most important and influential single figure in American media. In terms of daily and ongoing influence he is more influential than The New York Times, the television networks, cable news or anyone else. Let me suggest here that Drudge's power may turn out to be more of a curse than a blessing for Republicans and conservatives because in my view, it fosters delusions that can lead to defeat. Recently a Gallup poll, of course highlighted on Drudge, found that Obama's numbers had (then) turned more unfavorable than favorable. This has...
  • In search of the Hill's Freemasons

    09/28/2009 9:04:11 PM PDT · by Guns are GOOD · 13 replies · 872+ views
    Politico ^ | 9/28/09 4:38 AM EDT | EAMON JAVERS
    The reporter walked into his office expecting a normal day at work: cup of coffee, call some sources, the usual routine. But this wasnt going to be an ordinary day at all. His editor had other ideas. Darker ideas. The editor wanted an article on the new Dan Brown novel called The Lost Symbol, about a conspiracy by Freemasons in Washington. The long-awaited book features Robert Langdon, the hero of Browns previous smash hits The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons, on a dramatic quest in and around Washingtons most famous landmarks to find a secret hidden long ago...
  • The endorsements that would make huge waves

    12/06/2007 5:19:55 PM PST · by neverdem · 26 replies · 33+ views
    The Hill ^ | December 06, 2007 | The Hill Staff
    Throughout 2007, presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle have touted the lawmakers, celebrities and sports stars who are backing their campaigns. However, there are plenty more big fish out there. Endorsements do not sway many voters, but they do lead to free media time for White House hopefuls scrambling for attention. Whether it’s the Speaker of the House, Tiger Woods or a lawmaker from a key primary state, the campaigns want to boast that they have caught lightning in a bottle. The Hill reviewed the big names who have stayed on the sidelines, at least for now. Most...
  • But Will You Respect Him In The Morning?

    05/19/2007 6:13:25 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 3 replies · 439+ views
    The Stiletto ^ | May 18, 2007 | The Stiletto
    The Hill set out to test Henry Kissingers maxim, "Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac," by investigating whether "Democrats, newly empowered, now have an edge on Republicans when it comes to dating prowess" and concludes that "Romantic opportunities have increased for Democrats": As one Democratic campaign strategist remarked, "Taking back the majority certainly has its perks. With the shift in power has come a shift in social standing for once-shunned Democratic operatives. It seems everyone from lowly interns to nerdy policy wonks have a full dance card so long as they have a D behind their name."The strategist added that...
  • John Aravosis And Crew And Foley Emails

    10/07/2006 7:40:10 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 80 replies · 1,113+ views
    Strata Sphere Blog ^ | Saturday, October 7th, 2006 at 5:32 pm. | AJStrata
    John Aravosis is yapping up a storm, and letting out details he doesnt quite comprehend are (a) not common knowledge and (b) implicate him as working to orchestrate Foleygate in the media. It is important to note all the activity in July of 2006 regarding the non-salacious emails between Foley and a Page from Louisianna (aka, the LA Page). I have done numerous posts on these emails (the last one here with back referencing links). Reader TopSecretK9 as reminded me of this Aravosis comment when he admitted in October that he had the Foley Emails in July and mentioned he...
  • Historical Folly of "Exit Strategy" for Iraq

    11/16/2005 5:12:28 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 22 replies · 1,137+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 16 November 2005 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    The Hill is a specialized publication, mostly for Members of Congress and those whose living depends on Congress. Still, an article in The Hill today (Wednesday) is typical of the media coverage of the Senate vote yesterday to require reports to Congress on the progress of the Iraq War. The title is Needed: An Exit Strategy from Iraq. It is written by Rep. Jane Harmon (D. Calif) and its lede includes these paragraphs. "There is now a strong bipartisan consensus that we need an exit strategy. But yet to emerge is the content of that strategy. "We have two overriding...
  • Hillary's New Name

    05/11/2005 12:07:02 AM PDT · by CitizenM · 2 replies · 379+ views
    Circulating Email Joke
    Senator Hillary Clinton was invited to address a major gathering of the Native American Nation two weeks ago in upper New York state. She spoke for almost an hour on her future plans for increasing every Native American's present standard of living, should she one day become the first female President. She referred to her career as a New York Senator, how she had signed "YES" for every Native American issue that came to her desk for approval. Although the Senator was vague on the details of her plan, she seemed most enthusiastic about her future ideas for helping her...
  • PHOTO OF THE DAY-listens to witnesses at Senate Armed Service Committee-CAPTION THIS

    02/07/2005 9:48:52 PM PST · by pittsburgh gop guy · 33 replies · 1,166+ views
    The Hill ^ | 2/8/2005 | The Hill
    PHOTO OF THE DAY Sen. Hillary Clinton listens to witnesses at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on military death benefits on Tuesday. Photo by Pedro Sa Da Bandeira.
  • The Hill, Bush Differ on Counterterror Center

    11/27/2004 8:54:22 PM PST · by crushelits · 351+ views
    .washingtonpost.com ^ | Sunday, November 28, 2004 | Walter Pincus
    The new national counterterrorism center established by President Bush under an executive order is to begin operations in early December, at about the same time that Congress may be debating whether to approve a law that would create a different version of the same agency. The center would be the "primary organization in the United States government for analyzing and integrating" all intelligence "pertaining to terrorism and counterterrorism, excepting purely domestic counterterrorism information." The center's director is to supervise correlation of the terrorism intelligence and produce reports to be sent to the president and other senior officials. It would operate...
  • Dems Fear DeLay Blacklist For K Street Jobs and DeLay's Sizzling Response to "The Hill" Story

    11/19/2004 8:28:38 PM PST · by gab1279 · 70 replies · 3,873+ views
    The Hill ^ | 11/16/04 | Geoff Earle
    Scores of soon-to-be-unemployed Democrats fear that their partys electoral defeat could hinder their ability to find work on K Street, a traditional safe haven and source of employment for Capitol Hill staff. At a time when many Democrats are anxious about their ability to earn a living, some even fear that a conspiracy to blacklist aides to certain Democrats, such as Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), could be afoot. Daschle, who is reviled by many congressional Republicans for his efforts to stop GOP initiatives and judicial nominees in the Senate, was defeated in this months election by former Rep....