This is only the beginning. What insurance rates will look like next year when Obamacare goes into effect is anyone´s guess, but they will almost certainly be higher than they are today. And today, the costs for health insurance are skyrocketing. (Snip) The more expensive premiums are, the larger the subsidies will be. This, of course, increases the cost of the program substantially, as will the unexpectedly high number of companies that will drop insurance coverage. It seems incredible that congress is actually going to allow the country to go through with this monstrosity. Meanwhile, before Obamacare even takes
Tuesday marks the 1,350th day since the Senate passed a budget. The law requires Congress to pass a budget every year, on the grounds that Americans deserve to know how the government plans to spend the trillions of taxpayer dollars it collects, along with dollars it borrows at the taxpayers´ expense. But Majority Leader Harry Reid, who last allowed a budget through the Senate in April 2009, has ignored the law since then. There´s no mystery why. The budget passed by large Democratic majorities in the first months of the Obama administration had hugely elevated levels of spending in it.
A hardcore group of ten child criminals – aged as young as 11 – may be “beyond help”, police today admitted, as it was revealed they are behind a staggering 800 offences across the Capital. The tearaways make up a list of the worst young offenders in Edinburgh, with three notching up 100 or more charges, including housebreaking, joyriding and robbery. One 15-year-old boy from the east of the city has committed 117 offences in the last two years to become the most prolific under-16 criminal, while an 11-year-old boy from north Edinburgh is also among
Monday, President Barack Obama picked top counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan to become the next head of the CIA. Brennan´s views on radical Islam may concern hawkish Senators who will scrutinize Obama´s choice for CIA chief. In May of 2010, Fox News reported Brennan defended Jihad as a "legitimate tenet of Islam.": (Snip) He repeated the administration argument that the enemy is not "terrorism," because terrorism is a "tactic," and not terror, because terror is a "state of mind" -- though Brennan´s title, deputy national security adviser for counterterrorism and homeland
Prof. Alan Dershowitz of Harvard Law School is a legendary defense lawyer, and the country´s foremost pro-Israel advocate. He is also a steadfast supporter of President Barack Obama. Breitbart News spoke to him in an exclusive interview today about the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) as Secretary of Defense. Sen. Hagel is controversial for his views on Israel, the Iraq War, Iran, and gays, among other issues. Dershowitz had, prior to Hagel´s nomination, urged President Obama publicly not to appoint Hagel to the position. Breitbart News: Does the Hagel nomination represent a
In its latest annual report for fiscal year 2011 to 2012, Planned Parenthood reveals that it performed 333,964 abortions in 2011 – a record year for the organization. According to annual reports, the organization performed 332,278 abortions in 2009, 329,445 in 2010, making the total number of abortions in three years to 995,687. Planned Parenthood reported receiving a record $542 million in taxpayer funding, according to a Susan B. Anthony List analysis of the report, in the form of government grants, contracts, and Medicaid reimbursements. The amount is 45 percent of Planned Parenthood’s annual
Washington - The new year has begun with an avalanche of Republican retrospectives: What went wrong? What must the GOP do? In attempting to navigate my own thoughts, I keep bumping into advice my father gave me a long time ago: “Learn Spanish. You will need it to survive in the world you will inherit.” (Snip) What was clear to my father even then is that our hemisphere could not long be segregated by language. Nor, apparently, can we be kept apart by borders, no matter how many fences we build or drones we deploy. Meanwhile, and not incidentally, our new, 113th U.S. Congress has welcomed
Just days after receiving a Russian passport from his friend Vladimir V. Putin, the French tax exile Gérard Depardieu has done a favor for the president of another former Soviet state, with an appearance in a music video with the daughter of Uzbekistan’s authoritarian leader, Islam Karimov. The Uzbek first daughter, Gulnara Karimova — described as “something of a robber baron” and “the single most hated person in the country,” in a 2005 American diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks — is engaged in an elaborate effort to make herself into an international pop star, under the stage name
Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter ripped Majority Leader Harry Reid for suggesting the damage from Hurricane Katrina was "nothing" compared with the damage from Superstorm Sandy. Reid, D-Nev., made the comments last week when Congress was taking up a $9 billion disaster-relief bill for the East Coast, which is still reeling from Sandy. “The people of New Orleans and that area, they were hurt, but nothing in comparison to what happened to the people in New York and New Jersey,” Reid said. Vitter acknowledged that Katrina and Sandy, in late October, were “horribly destructive
A top Republican senator called Monday for a delay in the confirmation of President Obama´s pick for CIA director until more questions are answered on the deadly attack last year on a U.S. consulate in Libya. (Snip) "I have not forgotten about the Benghazi debacle and still have many questions about what transpired before, during and after the attack on our consulate," Graham said. "In that regard, I do not believe we should confirm anyone as director of the CIA until our questions are answered." Graham is specifically concerned about U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice´s talking points
The Federal Housing Administration (FHA)´s 2012 audit confirmed what has been obvious for some time: The FHA is deeply underwater, with a negative economic value of $34 billion. With over $1 trillion in mortgages backed by the FHA, even minor changes in the housing market could add tens of billions to that total. A taxpayer bailout is inevitable. What isn´t inevitable is the size of that bailout. The FHA has been sunk not by a housing bust, but by policy choices. (Snip)The FHA has succeeded over the years in offering lenders something almost no one else will:
Rising Costs: How often did the president promise the Democrats´ health care reform would bend the spending curve downward? Now the media that´ve coddled him for years are finally talking about ObamaCare´s costs. The media that endorsed ObamaCare as a cost-control watershed are now beginning to actually report on its effects. Over the weekend, the New York Times noted that "health insurance companies across the country are seeking and winning double-digit increases in premiums for some customers, even though one of the biggest objectives of the Obama administration´s health care law was to stem the rapid rise in insurance costs
Two of the Kennedy cousins spoke out about their battles with addiction, saying that their family’s history with substance abuse contributed significantly to their own health problems. Christopher Kennedy Lawford said that he began drinking and using drugs when he was only 12-years-old and he ‘had desire to stop, I had all the resources to stop, and it was difficult for me’. He is now 26-years sober and has written a book about battling addictions, but the fight is much more fresh for his cousin, former Congressman Patrick Kennedy.
Dyed-blue-in-the-wool supporters of President Obama are blue as can be after opening their paychecks and discovering that "ordinary folks," as the president likes to call them, got slapped with a sizeable tax hike on New Year´s Day. "What happened?" was the exclamation found repeatedly by the Washington Times´ Joseph Curl as he surveyed commentaries posted on liberal websites. "What happened that my Social Security withholding in my paycheck just went up?" a DemocraticUnderground.com post asked. "I guarantee this decrease is gonna hurt me more than the increase in income taxes will hurt those making over 400 grand. What happened?"
President Barack Obama is close to choosing White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew for Treasury secretary with an announcement as soon as this week, according to two people familiar with the matter. Selecting Lew to replace Timothy F. Geithner would also require Obama to install a new chief of staff, the first step in a White House staff shuffle for his second term. Many of the president’s senior aides may be taking new roles as the president recasts his team, said the people, who requested anonymity to discuss personnel matters.
Paparazzi shots of Malia and Sasha Obama have been quashed by the White House after a photographer reportedly stumbled across the girls on a public beach in Hawaii. The images of the President´s daughters were taken last week while a paparazzo was actually waiting for singer Jessica Simpson to leave her vacation home. Secret service agents, who were accompanying the girls on their walk, immediately approached the photographer and asked for identification. They allowed the man to keep his camera but gave him a stern warning to stop photographing the first daughters.
A few days before Christmas, Engage DC, a well respected new media consulting firm, released ´"Inside the Cave," a detailed account of how the Obama campaign thoroughly dominated the GOP in the 2012 digital arena through superior management, innovative analytics, and the deployment of cutting edge technologies. Three world class technologists headed up a team of 300 technology geeks working out of Obama for America headquarters in Chicago, where their laser like focus on digital communications, technology development and implementation, and analytics gave the Obama campaign an order of magnitude competitive advantage over an outmanned and outhustled Romney campaign.
Following the “Les Miserables” incident on Christmas Day, I suspect I will never persuade my teenage sons to attend a movie with me again. At various moments of high emotion — and there are few other kinds in the movie — their father was a sobbing, embarrassing mess. And I agree with them that weeping for the imaginary suffering of fictional characters played by highly paid actors requires explanation. I could blame biology. There is a neurochemical basis for empathy. People who view a hand being touched respond with the same sensory portion
Before reporting for duty on Dec. 31, 1972, what proved to be the last day of his life, Police Cadet Alfred Harrell Jr., 19, was sharing a meal with his family at his grandmother´s house. He was leaving when he told his twin brother, Alton, "If anything happens to me, you have to take care of Alfred (III)," the cadet´s infant son. Alton Harrell promised to care for his nephew in case the unthinkable happened. Then, sniper Mark Essex killed Alfred Harrell Jr. and eight others in a rampage that started on that New Year´s Eve and continued a week
President Obama is assembling a national security team designed for an era of downsized but enduring conflict, a team that will be asked to preside over the return of exhausted American troops and wield power through the targeted use of sanctions, Special Operations forces and drone strikes. Obama’s nominations of former senator Chuck Hagel as defense secretary and White House counterterrorism adviser John O. Brennan to lead the CIA signal second-term course adjustments at institutions that have been dominated by their lethal assignments during more than a decade of war.
If he is confirmed as the next secretary of defense, former senator Chuck Hagel will face the immediate and daunting prospect of shrinking the Pentagon, a job that is likely to persist for the duration of President Obama’s second term and reshape the mission and makeup of the armed forces. With the war in Iraq over and the conflict in Afghanistan steadily winding down, Obama and Congress have ordered nearly $500 billion in reductions to the defense budget over the next decade. But with the country still confronting record deficits, many leaders at the Pentagon
PASADENA, Calif.- Three years after an extortion scandal that led him to bare his infidelities, David Letterman said he sees a psychiatrist once a week to try to be the person that he believed he was. The late-night talk show host gave an extraordinary interview to Oprah Winfrey in which he talked about his feud with her and Jay Leno, and about his efforts to make amends for his affairs with "Late Show" staff members that became public in 2009. "For a long time I thought I was a decent guy," Letterman said.
Views of the Tea Party movement are at their lowest point ever, with voters for the first time evenly divided when asked to match the views of the average Tea Party member against those of the average member of Congress. Only eight percent (8%) now say they are members of the Tea Party, down from a high of 24% in April 2010 just after passage of the national health care law.
Prof. Alan Dershowitz of Harvard Law School is a legendary defense lawyer, and the country´s foremost pro-Israel advocate. He is also a steadfast supporter of President Barack Obama. Breitbart News spoke to him in an exclusive interview today about the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) as Secretary of Defense. Sen. Hagel is controversial for his views on Israel, the Iraq War, Iran, and gays, among other issues. Dershowitz had, prior to Hagel´s nomination, urged President Obama publicly not to appoint Hagel to the position.
Georgia Power said Monday it will shut down 15 coal and oil-fired units, cutting nearly one-sixth of its power grid capacity to comply with federal rules aimed at reducing air pollution. The move, which comes after the utility and parent Southern Co. spent years unsuccessfully fighting the regulations, further cuts coal out of the electricity mix of a company once known as the dominant provider of coal-fired electricity. Currently, the amount of coal that Georgia Power uses to produce electricity stands at 47 percent, down from 70 percent five years ago. Georgia Power will replace much of