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Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54317 Nov 21, 2013
From the Poetic Justice file....


White Supremacist Craig Cobb Targeted With Graffiti For African Descent

Craig Cobb, the self-described white supremacist who seeks to turn Leith, N.D. into an Aryan enclave, got a taste of his own medicine after DNA test results revealed on daytime television that he's part-African.

The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that a fellow white supremacist targeted Cobb with racially charged graffiti after his appearance on the "Trisha Goddard" show, where a DNA test revealed that he was genetically "14 percent sub-Saharan African."

“The individual in question was interviewed, and when his interview answers weren’t matching up, he essentially admitted it," Grant County Assistant State's Attorney Todd Schwarz told the Times. "The one that tipped it off -- he painted on the house,'BACK IN BLACK,' and he’s not an AC/DC fan."

Cobb was arrested and jailed Saturday on charges of terrorizing along with one of his followers, Kynan Dutton, after Leith residents called 911 to complain the men were threatening them with guns.

Cobb sent the Bismarck Tribune a text message before that arrest explaining his actions: "Because of the many violences and harassments against we and the children, we have commenced armed patrols of Leith."

Schwartz told the Times that Cobb and Dutton "had a falling out" with the other supremacist the day Cobb's DNA test results were revealed. Since Schwartz thought Cobb knew his fellow supremacist targeted him, the prosecutor said, the armed patrol was a "manufactured" excuse to harass Leith residents.


Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54318 Nov 21, 2013
Israeli Lawmakers Blast Netanyahu’s Campaign Against U.S. Deal With Iran

Israeli lawmakers lashed out at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday for publicly criticizing the United States’ negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program.

Netanyahu has in recent weeks launched a public campaign, including numerous appearances on American news programs, seemingly aimed at scuttling any potential deal in works between the U.S, its international partners and Iran. The Israeli prime minister has repeatedly called the reported agreement “a bad deal”— despite the fact that the definitive contours of any deal have yet to be made public.

Member of the Knesset Yitzhak Herzog of the opposition Labor Party criticized the prime minister this weekend.


Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54319 Nov 21, 2013
Push For More Sanctions On Iran Draws Scant Support In Congress

A letter urging the Senate to pass further sanctions on Iran’s nuclear program failed to receive half as many supporters as a letter earlier this year calling on the Obama administration to increase diplomatic overtures towards Tehran.
The White House has been pressing the Senate to hold off on new sanctions while the negotiations continue, ramping up their rhetoric over the course of the week. On Wednesday, White House press secretary Jay Carney warned that new legislation could put America on the “march to war.” Speaking at a press appearance on Thursday, President Obama likewise made clear that he believes there’s “no need” for new sanctions at this time.

America deserves to fail

Lehighton, PA

#54320 Nov 21, 2013
Heckuva job, Obama! Americans jeer the president’s performance


37% approval - Let's see ... 14% of the nation is black ... the other 23% is just pathetic. LOL
America deserves to fail

Lehighton, PA

#54321 Nov 21, 2013
So, Danny Boy, your daughter married a what? LOL

Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54323 Nov 21, 2013
What the CBS poll REALLY says:
The majority of Americans want to keep Obamacare or enhance it. A minority want it repealed.


So Far, Obamacare Has Taken Only A Modest Hit In The Polls

Yesterday I misread a poll question about Obamacare, initially thinking it was about whether people wanted to make changes to the law. Today, though, CBS has a poll question that really does ask this. Here it is:

[keep as is - 7%; needs some changes - 48%; repeal - 43%]

(7 + 48 = 55% saying keep or enhance)

This isn’t very different from Kaiser tracking polls in the past. In the most recent one, among people who expressed an opinion, 56 percent wanted the law kept as is or enhanced, while 44 percent wanted it repealed.

So far, Obamacare hasn’t really taken that big a hit in public opinion, and as the website problems continue to get fixed I expect that public opinion will improve.


Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54324 Nov 21, 2013
TPM: Reports:

Obamacare Enrollment On The Rise

Obamacare enrollment seems to be recovering from its slow start and picking up in the last few weeks, according to news reports. The New York Times reported Monday that more than 50,000 Americans had selected a health plan through HealthCare.gov , the federal website serving 36 states, as of mid-November. That’s up from about 27,000 who had picked a plan over the entire month of October.

According to the Los Angeles Times, enrollment in some of the 15 state marketplaces is also on the upswing. In the first half of November, California has nearly doubled its enrollment in all of October. In the Minnesota, the rate of enrollment in the second half of October was triple what it had been in the first half of the month. State officials in Connecticut, Kentucky and Washington told the Times that they were on pace to beat their enrollment goals and/or top last month’s enrollment.

Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54327 Nov 21, 2013
Poll:'Obamacare' vs.'Affordable Care Act'

How do you feel about Obamacare? How about the Affordable Care Act?

They're two different names for one law, but a new poll shows more Americans oppose the president's signature health care law when it has his name attached than when it's called the official name.

According to a new CNBC poll that surveyed two different groups, 46% of the group that was asked about "Obamacare" was opposed to the law, while 37% of the group asked about the "Affordable Care Act" was opposed to the law.

At the same time, more people support "Obamacare" (29%) than those who support ACA (22%.) In other words, having "Obama" in the name "raises the positives and the negatives," as CNBC put it.

It's also important to note that 30% didn't know what the ACA was, compared to 12% who weren't familiar with Obamacare, according to the poll.

The word "Obamacare" has taken on a roller-coaster trajectory of its own, first coming into favor with Republicans as a criticism of the law, and more recently, as the subject of Democratic efforts to reclaim it.


Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54328 Nov 21, 2013
Some Americans Say They Support the Affordable Care Act but Not Obamacare
- The idea that ignorance is the root of much disagreement—that if Americans understood the healthcare law, more would support it—seems condescending, but not invalid.

NPR's Morning Edition today made the same point. Kate Bicego, who manages consumer assistance for the Massachusetts health consumer group Health Care for All, said people remain surprised to hear that there are health plans they can afford, that many qualify for help with paying premiums, and that they won't be penalized for not buying something they can't afford.

"Once I talk to them for about an hour about 'This is actually what the law does,'" Bicego said, "people are just as excited as I am about what this means."

Since its initial passage, polls have continued to show that many people who say they are oppose the Affordable Care Act actually do endorse its provisions. PBS, NPR, NBC, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic have all ran/aired basic "What Is Obamacare?"-type content. Still recently only a quarter of Americans say they understand the law well.

America deserves to fail

Lehighton, PA

#54329 Nov 21, 2013
Plagued by controversy, mistrust, and a dysfunctional website, the Obama administration and its supporters are trying to divorce themselves from the moniker “Obamacare” in reference to the health-care law after they had embraced it.

Nothing like failure to make "elbows and azzholes" appear in a Dem run! LOL Run, Bammy, Run! LOL

Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54330 Nov 21, 2013
GOP commits double fraud with Obamacare navigator smear campaign

This week's target in the never-ending Republican crusade to sabotage the Affordable Care Act is the Obamacare navigators, the dozens of community groups, hospitals and other non-profit organizations who have received federal grants to help Americans enroll in new health insurance plans.

After launching a House probe of the groups and enacting draconian state restrictions on their activities, Republicans are warning that the navigators, like Nigerian email scammers, could be criminals intent on stealing Americans' identities.

Unsurprisingly, this GOP's cynical attempt to prevent Americans from obtaining health insurance is a double fraud.

After all, President Bush's unfunded $400 billion Medicare prescription drug program used navigators, too. Many of the same groups are Obamacare navigators now.(Some of the Bush navigators, like ACORN and the arch-conservative 60 Plus Association, are not.)

And as it turns out, the real threat to bilk billions of dollars from the American people isn't a bunch of non-profit social workers with foreign sounding names, but comes from national hospital chains and device manufacturers with very American names like Florida Governor Rick Scott.

think progress

Los Angeles, CA

#54331 Nov 21, 2013
Dan the Man Chambersburg wrote:
Oklahoma Drops National Guard Benefits For All Couples To Avoid Serving Same-Sex Couples
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) announced earlier this month that state-owned National Guard facilities will no longer allow any married couples to apply for spousal benefits, regardless of whether they are same-sex or opposite-sex. The Supreme Court’s decision overturning the Defense of Marriage Act means that servicemembers with same-sex spouses are now eligible for federal benefits. Fallin’s unusual tactic is designed to avoid having to recognize those couples, which she asserts would violate Oklahoma’s constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman:
FALLIN: Oklahoma law is clear. The state of Oklahoma does not recognize same-sex marriages, nor does it confer marriage benefits to same-sex couples. The decision reached today allows the National Guard to obey Oklahoma law without violating federal rules or policies. It protects the integrity of our state constitution and sends a message to the federal government that they cannot simply ignore our laws or the will of the people.
This decision directly contradicts an order from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordering states to provide same-sex couples with the federal benefits they deserve under the law.



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think progress..........Forward!
America deserves to fail

Lehighton, PA

#54332 Nov 21, 2013
Twist it and turn it all you want, Danny Boy ... the Boy Wonder has failed! LOL
America deserves to fail

Lehighton, PA

#54333 Nov 21, 2013
"This is my rifle - This is my gun - One is for killing - One is for fun." I hope Danny Boy's "Pink Brigade" learns the difference. LOL

Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54334 Nov 21, 2013
U.S. Jobless Claims Fall, Hint At Firming Labor Market

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, suggesting some strengthening of labor market conditions. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 323,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Economists polled by Reuters had expected first-time applications to fall to 335,000 last week. The four-week moving average for new claims, which irons out week-to-week volatility, fell 6,750 to 338,500.


Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54336 Nov 21, 2013

US Unemployment Benefit Applications Drop To 323K

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits fell 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 323,000 last week, the lowest since late September and further evidence of an improving job market. The Labor Department says the less volatile four-week average fell for the third straight week to 338,500.

Both figures are near pre-recession levels. Hiring is also picking up. Employers added an average of 202,000 jobs per month from August through October. That’s up sharply from an average of 146,000 in May through July.

Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54339 Nov 21, 2013
Jason Furman:

New Report From The Council Of Economic Advisers: The Recent Slowdown In Health Care Cost Growth And The Role Of The Affordable Care Act

Health care spending is growing at the slowest rate on record: According to the most recent projections, real per capita health care spending has grown at an estimated average annual rate of just 1.3 percent over the three years since 2010. This is the lowest rate on record for any three-year period and less than one-third the long-term historical average stretching back to 1965. This slower growth in spending is reflected in Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance.

Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54340 Nov 21, 2013
President Obama Should Never Apologize For Passing Obamacare

It’s true what they say: Barack Obama does not relish the game of politics. Don’t get me wrong—as the first president in more than five decades to win more than 51 percent of the vote twice, he understands how the game is played. But Obama did not run for elected office because he needed to be loved. He has his family and friends for that, and he lacks the insecurity that lies just beneath the healthy egos of so many politicians.

This president does not crave constant affirmation, which means he does not engage easily in the backslapping and glad-handling and forced emoting that comes so naturally to other elected officials.
But the president should never apologize for passing the Affordable Care Act, and neither should those of us who have supported this kind of reform for years, even decades.

We didn’t fight for this law because it was good politics.

We didn’t fight for this law with the hope that it would lead to some ideological victory for big government—otherwise we wouldn’t have proposed a plan that maintained the private insurance market with reforms that Republicans once championed.

We fought for this law because no other advanced democracy on Earth gave insurance companies free rein to profit by discriminating against all but the healthiest and wealthiest citizens.

We fought for this law because 14,000 Americans, most of them working and middle class, were losing their health insurance every day—with no other options.

We fought for this law because millions of other Americans thought they had decent coverage until their insurance company refused to pay for treatment that someone in their family desperately needed; because people died as a direct result of not being able to afford better health care.

The reason we fought so hard for this law—the reason Obama is willing to stake his entire legacy on making it work—is because so many of us have had a personal experience with the fear and vulnerability that comes with being sick.


Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54341 Nov 21, 2013
Jason Furman:

The ACA is contributing to the recent slow growth in health care prices and spending and is improving quality of care: ACA provisions that reduce Medicare overpayments to private insurers and medical providers are contributing to the recent slow growth in health care prices and spending. Other ACA reforms are reducing hospital readmission rates (see figure below) and increasing provider participation in payment models designed to promote efficient, high-quality care.
America deserves to fail

Lehighton, PA

#54342 Nov 21, 2013
OBAMACARE! Hahahahahahahahahaha!

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