Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said he has been told that raising the Medicare eligibility age is “off the table” in deficit talks, limiting the scope of entitlement reform. “I was told that it is not on the table from the White House,” Durbin said. “Raising the Medicare eligibility age.” Durbin, the Senate’s second-ranking Democratic leader, made his comments to reporters after a leadership press conference on the fiscal cliff talks. A group of liberal Democrats have said in recent days that raising Headline corrected by staff.
Comments: The filthy lying Marxist 0bama never intended to do so, even though he said that to Barbara Walters. What are these Democrats going to do when Medicare is bankrupt? They don´t care. 0bama behaves like a criminal because he sure isn´t negotiating in good faith.
Well then, take revenues off the table. Two can play this game. The GOP can take the initial hit if we go off the cliff - then the blame will slowly turn to Obama. He seems willing to go over the cliff for a lowsy $85 billion! That can easily fit on a billboard in every House republican members´ district.
In a startling new report, it turns out that Justice Department admitted in October that most Americans were at risk of losing their employer health care plans. The DOJ federal brief states: “Even under the grandfathering provision, it is projected that … a majority of group health plans will have lost their grandfather status by the end of 2013.” Just last week, President Obama said it was never his intention to break his promise that people could keep their existing health care plans. The president has repeatedly maintained that it would only affect the five percent of the population who are in
During an interview with Newsmax over the weekend, Senator Ted Cruz addressed the issue of impeachment and whether the way he believes President Obama flagrantly ignores the law on everything from immigration to Obamacare is grounds for impeachment. Steve Malzberg pushed Cruz on the issue, and Cruz did not endorse the idea, but did say both the House and Senate will have to “render judgment” if and when Obama has finally crossed the line. On Obamacare, Cruz said, “Aside from their radical policy, the way they’ve implemented it has sadly been lawless.” He found it striking on how many issues
A group of Republican Senate Judiciary Committee members are pressing Jeh Johnson — President Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Homeland Security — on the current problems afflicting the department and immigration system. In a letter to Johnson, dispatched Friday and obtained by The Daily Caller, the senators request answers to more than 55 detailed and diverse questions focused largely on immigration. “At your confirmation hearing, you stated that, ‘[I]f confirmed, I will work to implement all legislation enacted into law,’ the letter reads. “While we may have different views than President Obama on how to reform our immigration system, we
An IRS official blasted Lois Lerner for her attempt to blame the agency’s targeting scandal on low-level employees in Cincinnati, according to newly released emails. “Cincinnati wasn’t publicly ‘thrown under the bus’ (but) instead was hit by a convoy of Mack trucks,” wrote Cindy Thomas, former director of the IRS exempt organizations office in Cincinnati, in a May 10, 2013 email to Lerner obtained by the House Ways and Means Committee. Thomas wrote the email on the very day that the IRS targeting scandal broke when Lerner, a senior agency official based in Washington, D.C., admitted that her exempt organizations division engaged
Speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Monday, feminist Gloria Steinem said receiving the Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama would be “honoring the work of Margaret Sanger.” “I hope this is retroactive in honoring the work of Margaret Sanger,” said Steinem about the woman who founded what would become Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the largest abortion provider in the United States. “I hope that she would celebrate this recognition that reproductive freedom is a human right at least as crucial as freedom of speech and that no government should dictate whether or when we
President Obama has appointed actor Kal Penn to his Committee on the Arts and Humanities, the White House announced late Monday. Penn, whose full name is Kalpen Suresh Modi, joins other well-known members such as actor Forest Whitaker; Secretary of State John Kerry’s wife Teresa Heinz; cellist Yo-Yo Ma; actor Edward Norton; Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour; and actresses Kerry Washington and Sarah Jessica Parker, among many others. Penn is known for his roles on the TV show “House” and the “Harold and Kumar” movie series. This would be his second stint working for the Obama administration. Penn served as associate director in
Last week, 20 House Republicans, including Louie Gohmert (Texas), Ted Yoho (Fla.) and Michele Bachmann (Minn.), took the first step to impeach Attorney General Eric Holder. They introduced articles of impeachment that target Holder for failing to defend the Defense of Marriage Act and other sins, including not enforcing federal marijuana laws. It is easy to dismiss the impeachment resolution as one more partisan attack from the far right at a time of intensely polarized Congressional politics. But there is a bigger story here. Having twice failed to defeat President Obama, the GOP persists in defying the will of the voters by making
Americans learned in the IRS political targeting scandal that government enforcement power can be used to stifle political speech. Something similar may be unfolding in Wisconsin, where a special prosecutor is targeting conservative groups that participated in the battle over Governor Scott Walker´s union reforms. In recent weeks, special prosecutor Francis Schmitz has hit dozens of conservative groups with subpoenas demanding documents related to the 2011 and 2012 campaigns to recall Governor Walker and state legislative leaders. Copies of two subpoenas we´ve seen demand "all memoranda, email . . . correspondence, and communications" both internally and between the subpoena target and some
(UPDATE BELOW) CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo is leaving for rival channel Fox Business Network, according to the Drudge Report. Sources close to the deal reportedly told Drudge that Bartiromo will be anchoring a “daily market hours program” on the network, and she will also make appearances on Fox News. The news does not come as a complete surprise, as a New York Post report from earlier this year said Bartiromo was shopping around to other networks, including FBN and CNN. At the time, a Fox Business spokesperson denied they were having “serious discussions” with Bartiromo. The network has yet to confirm Bartiromo’s
When I first saw a headline about what Martin Bashir said, I figured it must be exaggerated. No responsible cable news host would call for defecating on a public figure. That’s just beyond the pale, right? But that’s exactly what Bashir did on his MSNBC show, while spewing venom at Sarah Palin. He made an abject apology yesterday, and we’ll get to that in a moment. I’ve long been amazed by Bashir’s brand of name-calling. He despises Republicans, we get it. But the highly personal nature of his assaults, while delivered in an erudite British accent, stands out even by
If it was a fight, they´d stop it; a play and it would close. If it was a Little League game, the mercy rule would be invoked. But because it is Obamacare, it goes on and on, a bureaucratic plague, touching, infecting and killing all parts of the health care system, some quickly, others slowly and terribly. Miss a day of headlines, and you miss another set of casualties. On Friday, for example, UnitedHealthCare dropped thousands of doctors from their Medicare Advantage program. Every day, another disastrous ripple out from the Obamacare meteor strike of early 2010. Undoing the damage
Former President George W. Bush said building the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline is a "no-brainer" for economic growth. "I think the goal of the country ought to be, ´How do we grow the private sector?´ " Bush said at a Pittsburgh luncheon with energy executives, according to DeSmog Blog. "If private-sector growth is the goal and Keystone pipeline creates 20,000 new private-sector jobs, build the damn thing," Bush said. The State Department says the proposed Canada-to-Texas pipeline would create 42,100 direct and indirect positions — about 3,900 of them being construction jobs — during the two-year construction phase. The agency says it
Oprah Winfrey has said racism is still a problem around the world and the only way for it to end is for generations of racists to die out. In an interview with the BBC to coincide with the release of her latest film The Butler, the chat show host said generations had been ´marinated´ in racism. The 59-year-old added that President Obama was treated with disrespect because of the color of his skin and said she feels fortunate to have been born after segregation ended in the U.S. [Snip] She highlighted an incident in 2009 when Republican congressman Joe Wilson
The Times Of Israel is reporting that a team of negotiators led by White House adviser Valerie Jarrett has been conducting secret talks with Iran about it´s nuclear weapons program for the past year. The report states the deal submitted in Geneva earlier this month was a direct result of these secret year-long negotiations between teams headed by Jarrett and Iran´s Ali Akbar Salehi. That deal was ultimately rejected when France and Israel raised strong objections, and talks are expected to resume this Wednesday. The White House was very quick to issue a categorical denial of the report. According to
Second-term presidents in the past 30 years have had some pretty embarrassing news conferences, full of frank admissions of failure, submissive spasms of shame and groveling, grieving apologies. Bill Clinton had to admit that he actually did have sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky; George W. Bush finally thought of something he might have done wrong; his dad had to explain all those new taxes after his unequivocal pledge; and even Ronald Reagan ate crow over the Iran-Contra affair. But there has never, ever, been a more pitiful presser than the one conducted last week by President Obama.
In the home stretch of the 2012 presidential campaign, from August to September, the unemployment rate fell sharply — raising eyebrows from Wall Street to Washington. The decline — from 8.1 percent in August to 7.8 percent in September — might not have been all it seemed. The numbers, according to a reliable source, were manipulated. And the Census Bureau, which does the unemployment survey, knew it. Just two years before the presidential election, the Census Bureau had caught an employee fabricating data that went into the unemployment report, which is one of the most closely watched measures of the economy. And a knowledgeable
Carbohydrates are rotting our brains and contributing to devastating diseases such as Alzheimer’s, an American neurologist has warned. David Perlmutter, from Florida, believes that even ‘good’ carbs, such as grains, are severely affecting our brains. And the staples of our modern diet aren’t only increasing the risk of dementia, but contributing to depression, epilepsy and headaches, he believes. [Snip] The solution? Going back to the days when our diet was mainly fat--with this making up 75 percent of our diet, and carbs just 5 percent. Protein intake should stay the same as it is, at about 20 percent.
Most women will tell you that other than the N-word, the C-word is the most vile in the English language never to be used. Cher apparently doesn´t hold such a belief, for she disturbingly took to Twitter Friday to call former Alaska governor Sarah Palin a "Dumb C Word": Cher ? @cher Follow Go to dictionary,& look up The “C"Word,....next 2 the definition...you’ll see a Pic of Sarah PALIN ! NO...WAIT ...SHES UNDER DUMB C WORD?? 12:11 PM - 15 Nov 2013 716 Retweets 834 favorites ReplyRetweetFavorite Three minutes later she put an exclamation point on it:
On Sunday, appearing on ABC’s This Week with fill-in host Martha Raddatz, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) admitted that Democrats knew full well that Americans would be booted from their health insurance plans as an effect of Obamacare implementation. When asked whether Democrats were misled by President Obama about whether Americans would be able to keep their plans in the individual insurance market, Gillibrand answered: “He should’ve just been specific. No, we all knew.”
“The Affordable Care Act’s political position has deteriorated dramatically over the last week.” That, coming from longtime Obamacare cheerleader and Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein, was pretty strong language. And it was only Wednesday. That was the day after the release of a devastating Quinnipiac national poll. It showed Barack Obama’s approval rating at 39 percent, with his disapproval rating at 54 percent — sharply down from 45 percent approval and 49 percent disapproval on Oct. 1, the day the government shutdown began and healthcare.gov went into (limited) operation. Democrats hoped that Republicans would take a shellacking in public opinion for the
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has entered the final, mortifying stage of denial where one flails feebly about in the desperate search for an argument that might generate some traction. The spectacular collapse of Democratic standing in public opinion polls has prompted Democrats to voluntarily chip away at the very financial foundation of the Affordable Care Act – a prospect that any pundit would have deemed unthinkable just three weeks ago. Democrats are terrified, but Pelosi, an old pro, never wants to let them see her sweat. To that end, during a press conference with her fellow Democratic leaders
Mary Cheney, a daughter of the former vice president, and her wife, Heather Poe, sharply criticized on Sunday a comment by by Ms. Cheney’s sister, Liz Cheney, a candidate for the Senate in Wyoming, that they disagreed on the issue of same-sex marriage. “Liz – this isn’t just an issue on which we disagree, you’re just wrong – and on the wrong side of history,” Mary Cheney, who is gay, wrote on her Facebook page. Ms. Poe’s comments were sharper and more personal. “Liz has been a guest in our home, has spent time and shared holidays with our children, and when
As the story of the Obamacare website fiacso unfolds, senior administration aides tell me that the president is “mad, frustrated and angry.” Mad that his signature legislative achievement is stuck at the gate, frustrated that he’s running out of time to fix it, and angry that he’s got a second term agenda now going nowhere. He’s so furious, in fact, that he stepped out of character to vent to an assembled group of top aides. “If I had known [about the website problems] ,” the steaming president reportedly said, according to the New York Times, “We could have delayed the
What will matter most about Ted Turner´s life story when they roll the final credits? That he started the first 24-hour news network? Built a fortune once worth $10 billion? Was Time magazine´s "Man of the Year"? Received a star on Hollywood´s Walk of Fame? Made The New York Times best-seller list? Maybe it was that time he raced a sailboat faster than anyone else. Or the year his baseball team won the World Series. Impressed yet? Did you know he had a president for a fishing buddy and won the heart of a movie star? Turner turns 75 on November