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First, Aid the Living
National Review Online, by Bing West

Original Article

Posted By:StormCnter, 10/22/2012 5:20:25 AM

A U.S. ambassador is missing and his diplomatic team is desperately fighting off terrorist attacks. Our commander-in-chief and his national-security team in Washington are listening to the phone calls from the Americans under attack and watching real-time video from a drone circling overhead. Yet the U.S. military sends no aid. Why? (Snip)Our diplomats fought for seven hours without any aid from outside the country. Four Americans died while the Obama national-security team and our military passively watched and listened.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Kitty Myers, 10/22/2012 6:57:26 AM     (No. 8951669)

FTA: Four Americans died while the Obama national-security team and our military passively watched and listened.

I don't blame the military; I blame Obama. He's got their blood on his hands.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: planetgeo, 10/22/2012 7:16:47 AM     (No. 8951692)

This is the first account I've seen that indicates that Obama, Biden, and Panetta met only one hour into this 6-hour attack, knowing it was in progress, and did nothing. Nothing. That's not just "passive groupthink", that's gross dereliction of duty by the Commander in Chief. He was aware almost from the start that our consulate was under attack, and he did nothing.

To me that's not just a debating point, it's an impeachable offense.

What could those three have possibly been thinking as they watched this unfold? Surely they were given the desperate cables from our trapped ambassador. Fog of war? In a fog of war, you don't have a drone sending back real-time video of the attack.

This is an incredibly damning detail if true. The President, Vice President, and Secretary of Defense knew and did nothing.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: steveracer, 10/22/2012 7:19:05 AM     (No. 8951693)

What is amazing to me is that no one in the administration has resigned. Panetta, Clapper, Clinton, is there any one in this administration troubled that president Obama let these Americans die?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Judith, 10/22/2012 7:22:22 AM     (No. 8951699)

At every attack on that embassy/consulate, the obama administration removed a layer of protection. Starting in the spring and advancing to August, a layer at a time was peeled off. If someone was writing a murder mystery, you couldn't leave more telling clues about the intent of the administration.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: tocsin, 10/22/2012 7:40:05 AM     (No. 8951739)

FTA:''the Benghazi tragedy would have escalated into an international disaster.''

Bing, this Act of War IS an international disaster to all but the inside the beltway types who only look at everything thru the prism of politics.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Maybeth, 10/22/2012 7:47:13 AM     (No. 8951759)

Four Ameicans died .... murdered by MidEastern terrorists, while the Commander-in-Chief of our U.S. Military did nothing.
.... Just 4 more bumps in the road to Obama.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: happywarrior, 10/22/2012 7:48:25 AM     (No. 8951763)

0bama said he would side with the Muslims and he did that night. I'm sure Soon-To-Be President Romney is reading these reports of what really happened and will take it to 0bama and Schieffer.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: seminolesecure, 10/22/2012 7:50:23 AM     (No. 8951768)

What? The ambassador was taken to the hospital?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: The Architect, 10/22/2012 8:10:38 AM     (No. 8951800)

Why isn't Mr. Bohener calling for Zippy's impeachment over this? It is indeed a gross dereliction of duty. If this were a Republican president the media would be screaming for his head on a pike.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Refried, 10/22/2012 8:20:13 AM     (No. 8951820)

"our military passively watched and listened."
The author has been watching too many Rambo movies. The military can do NOTHING until ordered by the CIC who in this case decided to huddle with his political buddies.
Wouldn't be surprised to learn that several SO groups were standing by but never got the word to go.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: ebgodard, 10/22/2012 8:20:25 AM     (No. 8951821)

One main error in this article. There is no indication that Ambassador Stevens was taken unconscious by do-gooders to the hospital. He was dragged through the streets and sodomized first. Only then did he somehow end up in the hospital already deceased. He was missing for upwards of 9 hours.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: LZK, 10/22/2012 8:24:24 AM     (No. 8951831)

There are NO leaders in the demoratic party -- poster #2.

There was a time WE had Tip O'Neil and Truman and Moynihan.

As a republican I respected these men. Now WE have demorats who are like goose/stepping thugs....

LZK

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Bur Oak, 10/22/2012 8:28:29 AM     (No. 8951842)

In my opinion Benghazi and the aftermath happened because the Obama Administration is totally consumed by the drive to re-elect President Obama. It is telling that we've not heard a word from the head of the CIA, Gen. Patreaus. We live in dangerous times.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: pineledger, 10/22/2012 8:32:34 AM     (No. 8951853)

The Won was just "normalizing" relations with the mob.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: mrduc, 10/22/2012 8:35:19 AM     (No. 8951860)

IMHO, the 0bungler administration let these four men be murdered because they knew too much about 'Fast and Furious, Benghazi Edition' and the arms this administration was funneling under the radar to al qaida. JMHO.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Felixcat, 10/22/2012 8:35:58 AM     (No. 8951862)

#11 - to answer your question: Because Obama is the first "black president."



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Reply 17 - Posted by: MattMusson, 10/22/2012 8:56:32 AM     (No. 8951900)

Our military does not have teams 'standing by' to intervene in every situation at a moments notice!! Get serious.

In 95% of the cases - our troops would arrive too late. In 85% of them, our troops would be ambushed and slaughtered!!!

So, prepare ahead of time. Or, accept the deaths of the unprotected.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: BlueSkies, 10/22/2012 8:57:35 AM     (No. 8951902)

If a group of friendlies kindly took Stevens to the hospital, how to explain the videos shown on Arab tv of him being dragged through the streets? The mob who found him alive and pulled him out didn't sound friendly to me. If I heard that mob outside my door I wouldn't be thinking "oh good, these nice people are here to help me."

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Reply 19 - Posted by: fed-up, 10/22/2012 9:04:32 AM     (No. 8951920)

Thanks for posting this article and to West for finally writing it!! I learned some new things as well. The Pres, VP, and his national security team all watched this in real time. Someone made the decision to NOT send in help. No other can take the blame for this but the president himself. State Dept can say they made the decision for not upping security before the attack, but even that should have been brought to the presidents attention. And I cant imagine that it wasn't.





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Reply 20 - Posted by: LadyVet, 10/22/2012 9:05:46 AM     (No. 8951926)

Unfortunately, the impeachment clause does not have a provision for simply being too lazy or incompetent to do your job or dereliction of duty. It says "high crimes and misdemeanors."

Above poster is right, the military has to wait orders from the CinC. I think West meant that Penetta, Sec of Defense, was right there watching the video and did nothing. Of course, he also has to take orders from the president.

This is what happens when you get a bunch of women like Hillary, Susan Rice, Susan Powell, Valerie Jarrett, and Obama making the decisions: hand wringing and not wanting to do anything to get anyone hurt. Hillary has never been able to make the right decision on the big things. As a reminder: she was the one who kept advising to stonewall the Paula Jones case, letting it escalate to impeachment. She's not good about making the right call on the original action, but she is excellent in the following cover-up. This Benghazi thing has her stink on it, as well as Obama's. His is in the form of indecision, waiting to make a decision, changing his mind, hesitating, checking with Valerie, etc. The Dems can complain all they want about George W. Bush, but he could at least make a decision - and he had the right instincts on protecting our military members and citizens. Of course, he did not have divided loyalties, like Obama.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Evocatus, 10/22/2012 9:23:45 AM     (No. 8951992)

Ambassador Stevens is Uriah the Hittite, from the Bible, who died to cover up King David's adultery with Bathsheba, Uriah's wife:

2 Samuel 11:15
This is what he wrote in the letter: “Place Uriah up front, where the fighting is fierce. Then pull back and leave him to be struck down dead.”

Ambassador Stevens is dead in a cover-up of Obama's sins.



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Reply 22 - Posted by: Grambo, 10/22/2012 9:33:35 AM     (No. 8952024)

Special Operations forces were at the ready 400 miles away in Italy, less than an hour away from Benghazi. The fight went on for seven hours. Obama went to bed, having done nothing.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: wilki029, 10/22/2012 9:56:38 AM     (No. 8952086)

This sickens me to no end. To think that our "leader" sat around and watched this unfold. And did absolutely nothing. Please God, let all Americans understand that their vote against this horrid administration is a matter, very clearly, of life and death.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Adam, 10/22/2012 10:25:25 AM     (No. 8952187)

One piece missing from the story. If the aircraft with 22 men left Tripoli soon after the attack started, why did it take 6 hours for them to go 400 miles? so much about this event is shrouded in mystery. And remember Hillary campaigning against Obama saying he wasn't ready for the "3 am call" She was right. But then, she wasn't ready either and never will be. You need real men in these jobs (or women who think like real men, viz Lady Thatcher).

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Reply 25 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 10/22/2012 10:36:03 AM     (No. 8952224)

#24 - You left that waste-of-a-paycheck, charlene lamb, off your list.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: thelmalou, 10/22/2012 10:46:42 AM     (No. 8952259)

This entire episode is beyond galling. I still want to know why we haven't heard a peep out of Petraeus. What up with him?


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Reply 27 - Posted by: Gallo3, 10/22/2012 10:50:23 AM     (No. 8952272)

Hey, give President Blessed Hussein Obama a break:
-while all this dreary stuff in Libya was unfolding, he had some serious things at the head of his agenda:
giving child-rearing tips to Jay-Z and Beyonce, and partying in Vegas with his friends.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: trapper, 10/22/2012 11:23:01 AM     (No. 8952379)

FTA: "For our top leadership, with all the technological and military tools at their disposal, to have done nothing for seven hours was a joint civilian and military failure of initiative and nerve.

And: "The U.S. military sent no aid. Why?"

Perhaps the Chairman of the joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, was too busy thinking up what he would say the next day when he phoned the crackpot Florida minister to beg him to not say anything bad aboud the terrorists.

There truly is NO ONE worth saving in this administration, because there appears to be no one in it who is willing to save US.



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Reply 29 - Posted by: pepperblue, 10/22/2012 11:29:09 AM     (No. 8952410)

John Donne, centuries ago, wrote: "No man is an island... each man's death diminshes me..."

Zippy will be diminished as soon as the polls close.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: lavalette, 10/22/2012 11:38:20 AM     (No. 8952458)

Remember, the principle criteria for being promoted to flag rank under this administration is support for gay rights.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Butch59, 10/22/2012 11:46:27 AM     (No. 8952500)

A few thoughts here.

Special Ops units usually have what are known as quick action teams that can be on the way in a matter of minutes. They have their equipment at the ready at all times. We're not talking about a large body of personnel, but a squad or maybe two. These are highly trained men and VERY dangerous in a firefight.

Concerning flight time from Tripoli to Benghazi, I think I read somewhere that they were using DC3's. That airplane dates back to WWII days and earlier. They were some of the very first aircraft to engage in commercial flight. And they cruised at about 110KIAS(knots indicated air speed). So, it would take at least 3 or 4 hours to make the flight.

This is a clear case of just what Obozo and Co. were actually doing during the attack. And his actions and what he did later(going to Las Vegas for a fund raiser) should be brought up tonight by Romney.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 10/22/2012 12:32:36 PM     (No. 8952668)

Hmmm..sounds just like what happened Sept 2009 in
Gangal ,Afghanistan .
Marines were ambushed and pinned down and denied air support
... .because of Obama's
pro Taliban , anti military ROEs.
( Which is another scandal )
The Marines begged for support and were denied for fear of hurting some locals.
They eventually ran out of ammunition.
Four Marines and 8 Afghan soldiers died .
Three Marines and 19 Afghan soldiers were injured.
The battle raged from dawn until 2 pm.
" U.S. commanders, citing new rules to avoid civilian casualties, rejected repeated calls
to unleash artillery rounds at attackers dug into the slopes and tree lines — despite being told repeatedly that they weren't near the village."
"We are pinned down. We are running low on ammo.
We have no air.
We've lost today," Marine Maj. Kevin Williams, 37, said through his translator to his Afghan counterpart,
responding to the latter's repeated demands
for helicopters."
McClatchy is the only organization that covered this scandal .
" We're Pinned Down, Four US Marines Die In Ambush "

We have a Commander in Chief who always...always .. puts the welfare of Muslims above Americans.
I think he gets pleasure when Americans,
especially military members , beg for help.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: dman, 10/22/2012 12:35:55 PM     (No. 8952677)

Despite this timeline, despite our unchallenged ownership of the air space, our pResident simply voted "pResent".

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Reply 34 - Posted by: lencu255, 10/22/2012 1:28:19 PM     (No. 8952833)

#2 - the names you mentioned are the worst of the worst. But there are others and all of them have circled the wagons. Can't even imagine what kind of iron fist is holding them down: KGB is like kindergarten compared to this cabal!

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Libertygal, 10/22/2012 1:49:34 PM     (No. 8952911)

This leaves me feeling nauseated. All of it does. What is the point to these drones, then, if not to render aid? Are the conspiracy theorists right? They are just for spying? Because, that's all they accomplished with this.

And #11, certainly, you know any move towards impeachment is an exercise in futility at this moment in time, as congress handles that, and until the elections, and God willing a Republican majority, it would be laughed off the hill.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Sheepfarmer, 10/22/2012 2:21:28 PM     (No. 8952984)

We should be holding impeachment hearings. I can't even think of the adjectives to describe how upset this makes me.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: The Advocate, 10/22/2012 2:24:21 PM     (No. 8952999)

Obama wanted Amb Stevens dead.
He and his cabal are traitors.
Val jarrett - the Iranian communist has Secret Service protection. Why?
All the rest are Lies.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Hobbitmom, 10/22/2012 2:29:54 PM     (No. 8953005)

This is the fourth article I've read in the last two days that continues to state that Stevens was taken to the hospital by the "ever-caring Muslim mob." Even the photos I saw on sites like Drudge had him looking bruised and broken (not to mention the European press, which reported him sodomized). Also, the photos I saw had gleeful Muslims, with cellphones, taking pictures with their "prize," the ambassador. Anyone can see when you're "helping" someone, you don't drag them by the arms backward. So why is this lie continuing?

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Japanorama, 10/22/2012 4:23:48 PM     (No. 8953279)

Everything is race with this Chicago thug, so don't overthink it.
The four who died were white, so Obama didn't care.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Ida Lil, 10/22/2012 5:40:26 PM     (No. 8953408)

Think Real--- impeachment is not started 2 weeks before a presidential election. If Romney is election start impeachment hearings before the end of November to confine the undone won from doing more damage.
If those women were just petrified wringing their hands the men were not even doing that much.
Obama it seems is still cowering from the muslim fallout brought on by his taking credit for killing Bin laden. From the Seal identity leaks to the downed copter ending the lives of 26 to this Libya disgrace he is probably trying to avoid a possible muslim sentence to remove him from the arena..

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Reply 41 - Posted by: arcady, 10/22/2012 5:56:21 PM     (No. 8953427)

And now....as if there were any doubt... Obama is officially, OFFICIALLY worse than Carter. All the sycophants surrounding him are covered in his glory too. Has there ever been a bigger collection of mis-fits? The job description is actually pretty straight forward, "just don't screw up". That's all they're capable of doing! Epic fail!!!

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Reply 42 - Posted by: sandianne, 10/22/2012 6:55:12 PM     (No. 8953513)

I think Ambassador Stevens knew too much about arms to Syria and had to be "sacrificed."

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Reply 43 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 10/22/2012 6:59:03 PM     (No. 8953519)

FTA: "The U.S. military sent no aid. Why?"

Because they have a self-serving Campaigner-in-Chief leading from behind, in everything except political campaigning and fundraising, instead of a Commander-in-Chief serving the best interests of the United States of America and her citizens???

The only plane this CiC was ordering was to take him to Las Vegas to get aid from Jay-Z and Beyonce for another "attack" he is engaged in at the time.





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Reply 44 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 10/22/2012 7:07:40 PM     (No. 8953533)

Why isn't our do nothing Congress asking why ValJar has more security than an embassy in a h-ll hole ?



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Reply 45 - Posted by: rochow, 10/22/2012 8:11:29 PM     (No. 8953633)

Zero was out playing golf, no, he was busy packing getting out to Las Vegas!

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Reply 46 - Posted by: Billyc, 10/22/2012 8:21:42 PM     (No. 8953661)

I am surprised that Gen David Petraeus has not come forward and told the truth about the White House Libyan Lies.

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Even a relatively small regional nuclear war could trigger global cooling, damage the ozone layer and cause droughts for more than a decade, researchers say. These findings should further spur the elimination of the more than 17,000 nuclear weapons that exist today, scientists added. During the Cold War, a nuclear exchange between superpowers was feared for years. One potential consequence of such a global nuclear war was "nuclear winter," wherein nuclear explosions sparked huge fires whose smoke, dust and ash blotted out the sun, resulting in a "twilight at noon" for weeks. Much of humanity might eventually die from the resulting crop

Uproar over DC’s jokey
‘selfie’ support for Ukraine
New York Post, by Carl Campanile*    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 3/28/2014 4:47:49 AM     Post Reply
Russian leader Vladmir Putin sent in troops and tanks to invade neighboring Ukraine and the Obama administration is coming to the rescue with ... selfies! State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki was mocked Thursday after posting a photo of herself on Twitter holding a sign that read #United­For­Ukraine @State­Dept­Spox.” Psaki, who has worked closely with President Obama since his 2008 campaign and is the chief communications adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry, is smiling and giving a thumbs-up in the photo. But the cheerleading for beleaguered Ukraine wasn’t trending or scaring off bully Putin, said critics in the blogosphere. “Presenting



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Harry Reid: People Aren’t Educated
on How to Use the Internet

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Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 3/26/2014 4:12:52 PM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) said the fault of struggling to sign up on the Obamacare exchanges didn’t lie with the faulty website, but with the people who weren’t “educated on how to use the Internet.” Explaining the reasoning behind the latest Obamacare delay, Reid said too many people just didn’t know to use their computer properly and needed more time. Apparently, it had nothing to do with the well-documented failings of the website that have embarrassed the White House for months. “We have hundreds of thousands of people who tried to sign up who didn’t get through,” he said.

Barack Obama Knows Now What It’s Like to
Give a Speech Where Only One Man Claps

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International Journal Review, by Mike Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 3/26/2014 4:55:39 PM     Post Reply
Okay, THAT was certainly embarrassing. At the end of a joint news conference with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in the Netherlands on Tuesday, the applause for Barack Obama came from a grand total of one guy. One. After thanking the crowd twice for suffering through his boring, standard worn-out spiel, Obama looked around the room, expecting the usual fanfare and applause he receives from his loyal followers back home. It never came. Instead, the Leader of the Free World was met with one slow, awkward clap. Question: was MSNBC’s Chris Matthews in the house?

Harry Reid: I don’t recall
accusing Republicans of lying
about ObamaCare horror stories

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Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/27/2014 3:08:44 PM     Post Reply
Via America Rising and the IJR, is this the key that finally unlocks the enigma of Harry Reid, tinpot demagogue? Maybe, from moment to moment, this guy just … doesn’t realize what’s coming out of his mouth. Hard to believe he could forget saying on the Senate floor that all ObamaCare horror stories — all of them — are a GOP/Koch brothers fairy tale designed to besmirch the stellar reputation of the Affordable Care Act. Those remarks got heavy coverage in conservative media, and even got picked up at WaPo. You don’t toss a grenade that powerful without choosing your

One Doctor’s Viral Letter Exposes the Harrowing
Reality of Obamacare’s ‘War Against Doctors’

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Independent Journal Review, by Emily Hulsey    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 3/28/2014 5:42:18 AM     Post Reply
In an address to the House on Wednesday, Alabama Representative Mo Brooks read aloud a letter sent to him by Dr. Marlin Gill of Decatur. The letter holds nothing back while detailing the excessive costs and regulations that Dr. Gill calls Obamacare’s “war against doctors.” Here is the full text of the letter, courtesy of Rep. Brooks’ office: Dear Congressman Brooks, As a practicing family physician, I plead for help against what I can best characterize as Washington’s war against doctors. The medical profession has never before remotely approached today’s stress, work hours, wasted costs, decreased efficiency, and declining ability to focus on patient

Obama, Pope Francis
meet for first time

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CNN, by Halimah Abdullah    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 3/27/2014 9:03:29 AM     Post Reply
U.S. President Barack Obama and Pope Francis met Thursday for the first time at Vatican City, offering a chance for a reset of sorts between the administration and Catholic leadership following years of strained relations. The two world leaders greeted each other with a smile and a handshake, and posed for pictures before sitting down across a table from each other. The goal of the meeting: Focus on areas where two of the world´s most influential men agree and gently tread ground where they differ. The President and the Pontiff will, as the White House said in a statement, focus on "shared commitment

AP poll: Disapproval of
Obama hits 59 percent

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The Hill [Washington, DC], by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/26/2014 7:13:35 PM     Post Reply
Nearly six in 10 people disapprove of President Obama´s job performance in a new poll by the Associated Press, the highest rating recorded by the newswire. According to the AP-GFK survey released Wednesday, 59 percent disapprove of Obama´s job performance while 41 percent approve. A similar poll released by the news outlet in January found 45 percent approved of him while 53 percent disapproved. Other recent polling has found Obama´s disapproval rating slightly lower, remaining in the low 50s. A CBS News poll Tuesday showed 50 percent disapproval, while Gallup has his disapproval at 52 percent. In the AP poll,

President Obama got elected
on competency. Now people
are starting to wonder.

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Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 3/26/2014 4:57:05 PM     Post Reply
On Tuesday night two things happened. 1. A trio of Secret Service agents were sent home from Amsterdam after one was found passed out drunk in a hotel hallway. 2. The Obama Administration announced (another) extension of the enrollment deadline for Obamacare signups. At first glance, these two events have little in common with one another. But, modern politics is all about narratives and storylines. And, both of these events confirm a growing concern from the public about President Obama: That he´s just not up to governing his administration and, by extension, the country, effectively.

The Individual Mandate Goes Poof
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Wall Street Journal, by Abby McCloskey and Tom Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 3/26/2014 9:11:56 PM     Post Reply
One by one, the myths of the Affordable Care Act have been revealed. When the curtain on open enrollment falls on March 31, the last remaining big myth of ObamaCare will be fully exposed: The individual mandate has failed. After a last-ditch effort with President Obama himself encouraging "young invincibles" to sign up before the deadline, the administration is scrambling to boost enrollment. On Tuesday, the White House announced that people who applied for coverage on the federal health-insurance exchange will have until mid-April to finish the paperwork. The mandate was supposed to be the administration´s magical elixir for the assorted shortcomings

More than 6 million Americans
enrolled under the ACA, WH says

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Washington Post, by Juliet Eilperin    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/27/2014 3:39:18 PM     Post Reply
More than six million Americans have now signed up for private insurance under the Affordable Care Act, according to the White House, with just four days to go until the end of its first open enrollment period. While traveling in Italy on Thursday, President Obama shared the news in a conference call with thousands of health-care navigators and volunteers helping enroll people on state and federal marketplaces. As the volume of consumers seeking health plans has surged -- there were over 1.5 million visits to HealthCare.gov Wednesday and more than 430,000 calls to the marketplaces´ call centers -- Obama urged those on

As Obama meets the pope,
Francis´ smile masks a serious message

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Los Angeles Times, by Doyle McManus    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 3/27/2014 3:45:00 PM     Post Reply
When Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis a little more than a year ago, the first thing that struck those who knew him well was his unexpected, beatific smile. “In Argentina, he didn’t smile like that,” Sergio Rubin, the pope’s biographer, said this week at a conference sponsored by the Ethics and Public Policy Center. “That was the big surprise.” Since then, the pope has mostly kept on smiling — in homilies, in audiences, in meetings with the homeless and the poor. If you look at the pictures from Francis’ meeting with President Obama on Thursday, though, the smile is there only some of the time.

The New Republican Reformers
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Wall Street Journal, by Karl Rove    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 3/27/2014 7:56:35 AM     Post Reply
Their target is the GOP, but they are not angry liberals bent on destroying it. They are reform-minded Republican leaders intent on strengthening it. These Republicans are applying conservative principles to 21st-century challenges, focused on middle-class concerns like lowering costs and improving access to college, modernizing health care and reforming the tax code. They aim to broaden prosperity´s reach through markets and merit, not government and corporate cronyism. They´re also concentrating on helping the poor by changing Washington´s dizzying assortment of antipoverty programs to emphasize work and make the safety net more effective and sustainable. The reformers´ success in providing

Getting popularity tips? Barack Obama hopes
for ´Francis bounce´ as he meets Pope for
first time and tells him he is a ´great admirer´

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Daily Mail [UK], by Tara Brady    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 3/27/2014 8:17:00 AM     Post Reply
One is a world leader who has been praised for his humility and outlook on the world. The other is an American president, once the international superstar of the political stage. So it is no surprise that President Barack Obama has travelled to the Vatican in Rome possibly to get some tips from the popular Pope Francis who now even has own weekly glossy magazine dedicated to him. As he sat down with the Pontiff at the Vatican this morning, Obama called himself a ´great admirer´ of the pope. Their historic first meeting comes as Obama´s administration and the church


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