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G Bush

West Mifflin, PA

#54244 Nov 19, 2013
Conservative website accused of paying prostitutes to lie about sex with senator

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - A Dominican prosecutor said Friday that a local attorney told him someone claiming to work for the conservative website The Daily Caller paid him to find prostitutes who would lie about having sex with U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez.

Jose Polanco told The Associated Press that attorney Melanio Figueroa said he was promised $5,000 by someone named "Carlos" to find prostitutes. Polanco said Figueroa told him in an interrogation late Thursday that he was only paid $2,000 after finding the prostitutes.

Daily Caller Editor Tucker Carlson categorically denied the allegations in a statement Friday.

"It seems clear to me Figueroa is under pressure to change his story," he said. "What I know for certain is this claim is a lie. The Daily Caller never paid anyone, was never asked to pay anyone and of course never would pay anyone for this story."

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57575868/...

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#54250 Nov 20, 2013
The extrapolation fallacy
- Don’t believe the hype about worst-case scenarios in Obamacare coverage

Is the sky falling for Obamacare?

You might think so from reading the press these days. On Monday, National Journal published a piece by Josh Kraushaar with the headline “Why Obamacare Is On Life Support” and a subhed that predicted “Democrats may begin calling for repeal if the law’s problems don’t get resolved soon.” CBS News’s Jake Miller also asked “Is the Affordable Care Act in serious jeopardy?” and Politico’s Todd Purdum went even further, warning of “Obamacare’s threat to liberalism.”

It’s true, of course, that the rollout of the new insurance exchanges has gone much more poorly than the administration expected, raising concerns among members of Congress, including Democrats who normally back Obama. The issue has become sufficiently damaging that 39 vulnerable House Democrats even voted in favor of a GOP healthcare bill.

But the legislation has no chance of becoming law, which allowed those Democrats to cast a free vote that distanced themselves from the current controversy without actually undermining their party’s policy objectives.

http://www.cjr.org/united_states_project/the_...

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#54251 Nov 20, 2013
The GOP’s scary-movie strategy

Republicans, of course, hope their sabotage will lead to the program’s repeal. But the exchanges are unlikely to fail; they are working more or less as intended in states that have supported the launch. The likelier outcome: Republicans will achieve nothing but an increase in the federal deficit, about which they profess to be concerned.

At the end of his spooky session with the press, Boehner was asked if he had plans to pass any health-care legislation before the end of the year. He had nothing to propose other than the ongoing effort to elevate the fear factor.“No decisions on what it is that we may or may not do,” he said. But one thing is certain:“Our members are going to continue to collect stories.”

It’s a safe bet they will be selected from the horror genre.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-m...

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#54252 Nov 20, 2013
Rep. Trey Radel charged with cocaine possession

Rep. Trey Radel, a Florida Republican elected in 2012, will be in court Wednesday on charges that he possessed cocaine.

Radel, 37, was charged with misdemeanor possession of cocaine in D.C. Superior Court on Tuesday.

He faces a maximum of 180 days in jail, as well as a fine of up to $1,000. Several sources with direct knowledge say it was the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration who were involved in the charges.

Radel has missed all four votes in the House this week.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/trey-ra...

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#54253 Nov 20, 2013
Ed Kilgore:

It's The Fundamentals, Stupid: Elections Aren't Determined By Short-Term 'Game Changes'

A month ago, there was endless chatter about a self-destructing Republican Party facing a season of fractious primaries next year before quite possibly losing control of the House of Representatives. Now it's the Democratic Party that's splitting wide open with its president sinking to the ignominious position of George W. Bush after Hurricane Katrina, and Republicans are poised to retake the Senate next year and steam toward 2016 in fine fettle. Did the game really change so thoroughly and rapidly?

There's but slim empirical evidence of that so far. Yes, Democrats have lost a brief but impressive advantage in the congressional generic ballot, and yes, there's some scattered evidence of red-state Democratic senators losing a few points in early 2016 polls. But other than that, both the Democratic October and the Republican November have been grossly premature illusions built more on hope and hype than anything durable.

The president's job approval ratings are a case in point. In Gallup's weekly averages, Obama has plunged from 43/51 during the triumphal week of the GOP's surrender over the government shutdown all the way down to 41/52 last week. You'd never know that from listening to the chattering classes.

In reality, the president's job approval ratings gradually slid along with those of virtually every other politician from either party during the shutdown, and haven't recovered or collapsed. And his personal favorability ratings, once regularly if not strikingly better than his job approval numbers, have been mostly below 50 percent since last spring.

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#54255 Nov 20, 2013
The Ridiculous Obamacare Press Frenzy

There’s just a lot of nonsense right now. Which is pretty much what happens when these press frenzies get started, but it’s very frustrating. As I wrote over at Salon over the weekend, a good comparison here is Whitewater, of all things; yes, there is a substantive story on health care reform here, but what the press are up to is mostly just fantasy.

Today, I took on Kraushaar’s argument that the Upton vote was about Democrats turning against the ACA. As I said last week…no, it really isn’t.

Oh, and then there’s the “doom for liberalism” argument. On Friday, Ipointed out that public opinion doesn’t work that way.

I’ll dredge up a couple of other relevant posts from a while back. At the beginning of the month, I argued that “repeal” really is dead; the status quo ante has been disrupted far too much to ever return to it. Whatever happens in the future, it will be building on the new, ACA status quo, not repealing it and returning to the past arrangements. And I’ve also been saying that the spin at this point is irrelevant; what matters is whether the law works.

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/ten-miles-sq... #

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#54256 Nov 20, 2013
No Boost in Support For Repealing Obamacare
By Ed Kilgore

At present, asked if Congress should repeal Obamacare, leave it alone for now, or provide more funds to help its implementation, repeal is opposed by a 59-38 margin, with, as Brownstein noted, repeal sentiment being mainly confined to Republican and Republican-leaning parts of the electorate.

That means two things: Republicans will continue to be encouraged by their “base” to screw up the Affordable Care Act, and Democrats will have little real political incentive to cave.

It also means, of course, that if “repeal Obamacare” sentiment hasn’t much risen despite all the hysteria of the last few weeks, there’s no particular reason to think it will go higher before the law has a fighting chance to work.

And as everyone should understand by now, come January 1 the ranks of those with a very tangible stake in the law’s survival is going to go up sharply, even as Republicans try to figure out how to square their desire to kill it with their recent “keep your insurance” rhetoric.

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-an...

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#54258 Nov 20, 2013
Americans Like Obamacare Where They Can Get It

As the Washington press corps reports that the Obama Administration is failing — and threatening to take down with it the entire philosophy of liberalism — a funny thing is happening out there across the country. In a number of states that have working online health-care exchanges, more and more people are signing up for the insurance coverage that is available under the Affordable Care Act.

….. During the first two weeks of November, almost sixty thousand people signed up for private insurance policies or for Medi-Cal in California, the local version of Medicaid. That’s more than twice the figure for all of October.“What we are seeing is incredible momentum,” Peter Lee, the director of Covered California, said at a press conference on Monday.

Similar things are happening in other states across the country …. Connecticut, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Washington are on track to exceed their enrollment targets. Here in New York, too, there are positive signs….

What these states have in common are state-run Web sites that are working pretty well; they are also all controlled by Democrats who are pushing the new reform.

This progress points to something that has been absent in much of the reporting about the troubled rollout of healthcare.gov and the cancellation of individual policies: in places where Americans know about the comprehensive and heavily subsidized health coverage available under the Affordable Care Act and can easily access it, they are doing so in substantial numbers.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/johncas...

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#54259 Nov 20, 2013
Steve Benen:

‘This is sabotage, plain and simple’

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who’s never been the Affordable Care Act’s biggest fan, appeared on MSNBC yesterday to join the critical chorus. In reference to the Obama administration, the conservative Democrat said,“The bottom line is that they messed up, they messed up royally. There’s no excuse for this.”

The administration’s missteps have been well documented, and officials have earned much of the criticism they’ve received. But to say there’“no excuse” is to overlook Republican sabotage efforts that have made a real difference.

Todd Purdum recently made the case, for example, that “calculated sabotage by Republicans at every step” is a “less acknowledged cause” of the rollout’s troubles.

Jamelle Bouie added this week,“If Republicans have shown anything over the last four years, it’s that they’ll do anything to stop the Affordable Care Act, even if it amounts to legislative sabotage.”
legislative sabotage

Los Angeles, CA

#54260 Nov 20, 2013
REP. NANCY PELOSI:

But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it away from the fog of the controversy.
fixing glitches

Los Angeles, CA

#54261 Nov 20, 2013
Obama:

Republicans Making It Difficult To Fix Obamacare Glitches

One of the problems we've had is one side of Capitol Hill is invested in failure, and that makes, I think, the kind of iterative process of fixing glitches as they come up and fine-tuning the law more challenging. But I'm optimistic that we can get it fixed.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/1...
liar alert

Los Angeles, CA

#54262 Nov 20, 2013
Obama:

Republicans Making It Difficult To Fix Obamacare Glitches

CBS:

DEMS FLEEING WHITE HOUSE OVER OBAMACARE

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2013/11...

..........

‘This is sabotage, plain and simple’
liar alert

Los Angeles, CA

#54263 Nov 20, 2013
Dan the Man Chambersburg wrote:
Americans Like Obamacare Where They Can Get It
As the Washington press corps reports that the Obama Administration is failing — and threatening to take down with it the entire philosophy of liberalism — a funny thing is happening out there across the country. In a number of states that have working online health-care exchanges, more and more people are signing up for the insurance coverage that is available under the Affordable Care Act.
….. During the first two weeks of November, almost sixty thousand people signed up for private insurance policies or for Medi-Cal in California, the local version of Medicaid. That’s more than twice the figure for all of October.“What we are seeing is incredible momentum,” Peter Lee, the director of Covered California, said at a press conference on Monday.
Similar things are happening in other states across the country …. Connecticut, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Washington are on track to exceed their enrollment targets. Here in New York, too, there are positive signs….
What these states have in common are state-run Web sites that are working pretty well; they are also all controlled by Democrats who are pushing the new reform.
This progress points to something that has been absent in much of the reporting about the troubled rollout of healthcare.gov and the cancellation of individual policies: in places where Americans know about the comprehensive and heavily subsidized health coverage available under the Affordable Care Act and can easily access it, they are doing so in substantial numbers.
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/johncas...
..........

KRAUTHAMMER:

Exactly.

And then in the run-up,

there's all these reassurances and we know the president had been briefed himself about that McKinsey study.

So he knew, how much he knew, we are not sure.

But this is a level of incompetence that is indescribable.

And it stands to reason.

We've got a president who never ran anything.

He was never a governor.

He never ran a hot dog stand in his life and he presumed that his team could remake one-sixth of the American committee and this is what happens.

..........

“What we are seeing is incredible momentum”
D Cheney

West Mifflin, PA

#54264 Nov 20, 2013
Obamacare is working:

Sure, having functioning Web sites for our health-care exchanges makes the job of meeting the enormous demand for affordable coverage much easier, but each of our state Web sites has had its share of technical glitches. As we have demonstrated on a near-daily basis, Web sites can continually be improved to meet consumers’ needs.

The Affordable Care Act has been successful in our states because our political and community leaders grasped the importance of expanding health-care coverage and have avoided the temptation to use health-care reform as a political football.

In Washington, the legislature authorized Medicaid expansion with overwhelmingly bipartisan votes in the House and Senate this summer because legislators understood that it could help create more than 10,000 jobs, save more than $300 million for the state in the first 18 months, and, most important, provide several hundred thousand uninsured Washingtonians with health coverage.

In Kentucky, two independent studies showed that the Bluegrass State couldn’t afford not to expand Medicaid. Expansion offered huge savings in the state budget and is expected to create 17,000 jobs.

Since Howard Stovall opened his sign and graphics business in Lexington, Ky., in 1998, he has paid half the cost of health insurance for his eight employees. With the help of Stovall’s longtime insurance agent and Kentucky’s health exchange, Kynect, Stovall’s employees are saving 5 percent to 40 percent each on new health insurance plans with better benefits. Stovall can afford to provide additional employee benefits, including full disability coverage and part of the cost of vision and dental plans, while still saving the business 50 percent compared with the old plans.

In Connecticut, Anne Masterson was able to reduce her monthly premiums from $965 to $313 for similar coverage, including a $145 tax credit. Masterson is able to use her annual premium savings of $8,000 to pay bills or save for retirement.

Take a peek here:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/how-we...
D Cheney

West Mifflin, PA

#54265 Nov 20, 2013
Obamacare enrollments surging, HealthCare.gov working better

Enrollments are moving at a faster clip than during October in these, despite the fact that some people are confused by the problems the federal site has had, not sure if the sites in their own states are working. Covered California's director said that the state has had to change its marketing to remind people that the state site wasn't the same as the federal site, and was working just fine.
Unfortunately, so far enrollments on the federal site are still lagging. For example, just 2,991 people in Texas were able to complete enrollment in October, fewer than Kentucky, which has a sixth of Texas' population. But there's better news on the federal site front today, as well. HealthCare.gov is now working for 90 percent of users who have tried again to sign up. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services updated reporters Monday with the news that the site was functioning better, and that it had sent out 275,000 emails to people who had started to create accounts, but couldn't get through the process. CMS says that 90 percent of those people who tried again got all the way through the process. So far in November, 50,000 people have selected a plan in the federal site, up from 27,000 for the entire month of October.

Many people are likely still in window-shopping mode, and enrollments should pick up even more—both on the state sites and the federal site—in the last week or two before the December 15 deadline for insurance to be in place on January 1, and then again in February and March before the final deadline. The Massachusetts experience provides the best model for enrollment patterns, and in the first four months of enrollment just about one-fifth of the uninsured population enrolled.

The people will come. They're not freaked out over what most people perceive as inevitable: a problematic new government program. They're not abandoning support for the program in droves. They're not calling for an end to the program. They're patient enough to give it time to work, even if Republicans and the traditional media are not.

Take a peek here:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/11/19/1256... #

And now back to Bill OReilly on the Benghazi coverup !
D Cheney

West Mifflin, PA

#54268 Nov 20, 2013
Rep. Trey Radel [ R ] from Florida pleads guilty on charges of cocaine possession

Freshman Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) pleaded guilty in D.C. Superior Court on Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of possession of cocaine, after buying the illegal drug outside a restaurant in Dupont Circle late last month.

According to court documents, the first-term congressman “unlawfully, knowingly and intentionally possessed” a quantity of cocaine. Radel was charged Tuesday, following an indictment by a Superior Court grand jury.

Radel and a friend of his met an undercover agent at a restaurant in Dupont Circle at 10 p.m. on Oct. 29, prosecutors said in court. Radel asked the friend and the agent to go with him to his home. The agent declined. Radel then purchased 3.5 grams of cocaine, estimated to be worth $250, from the agent in his car.

Take a peek here:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/rep...

I am not addicted to cocaine-----Trey Radel
Novemver 15 , 2013

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/rep...
D Cheney

West Mifflin, PA

#54269 Nov 20, 2013
Your honor, I apologize for what I’ve done,” Radel told the judge.“I hit a bottom and I realize I need help.”
“I am so sorry to be here,” he said.“I have let my constituents, my country and my family down. I want to come out of this stronger and I intend to do that, to be a better man, a better husband and continuing serving this country.”
If Radel completes probation, he won’t have a conviction on his record, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.
Radel, 37, was elected last November with 63 percent of the vote. He represents Florida’s 19th Congressional District, which includes Fort Myers, Naples, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs and Marco Island.
In a statement issued after he was charged Tuesday, Radel expressed profound regret for his actions and said they stemmed in part from an addiction to alcohol.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/rep...
SmokeFilledBackR oom

Bryn Mawr, PA

#54270 Nov 20, 2013
In 2014 I will NOT be supporting the faux Republican Governor Tom Corbett. He is a con servative.

After a 2.5 BILLION dollar transportation bill was legally defeated by the legislature somehow he leveraged the house(probably in old school smoke filled backroom fashion) to revote on the same bill 3 times in 24 hours.

http://www.abc27.com/story/24000317/corbett-c...

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/2013/11/19/...

Photo ops, votes and incompetence, corruption and/or cover ups of decades of neglect of road neglect.
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Roads need MAINTENANCE, not the occasional redo or extreme make over they need routine maintenance.

Tommy Boy does NOT deserve to be re elected especially since he is faux Republican/political hack out for himself.
Tom C

West Mifflin, PA

#54271 Nov 20, 2013
Governor Tom Corbett raises gasoline tax 5 cents..........passed by house Republicons !!

Drill Baby Drill!
Bobby Teabag

Clearfield, PA

#54275 Nov 20, 2013
According to a CBS News Poll conducted Nov. 15-18, approval of the law has dropped to 31 percent, the lowest number ever recorded by the poll, a decline of 12 points since last month. Sixty-one percent of respondents disapprove of Obamacare, including 46 percent who say they disapprove strongly.

The survey of 1,010 adults also found that Republicans are nearly unanimous in their disapproval of the president's signature healthcare law, and two-thirds of independents agree. Democrats continue to back the law, but their support has dropped by 16 points since last month, from 74 percent in October to 58 percent today.

Just 7 percent of Americans think the Affordable Care Act is working well and should be kept in place as it is.

The problems plaguing the launch of Obamacare are taking a toll on the president's job approval rating. Just 37 percent now approve of the job Obama is doing, according to the poll, and disapproval is at an all-time high of 57 percent.

The results confirm the findings of a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Tuesday showing the president's job approval rating at 42 percent, also an all-time low for the poll, and his worst disapproval rating at 55 percent.

The Post poll also found similar levels of opposition to Obamacare, with 57 percent of respondents saying they oppose it, including 46 percent who strongly oppose the healthcare law.

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