A remarkable photograph of a baby reaching out from the womb to grip the finger of the doctor working to deliver her by C-section has drawn a huge amount of attention on the Internet: The baby is named Nevaeh (it’s “Heaven” spelled backward) and her mother, Alicia Atkins, is a professional photographer. She didn’t take this particular photo, since she was rather preoccupied at the time, so the shutterbug duties fell to her husband Randy. A report at Life News notes that such events are not unknown to hospital staff,
Comments: What an incredibly moving photo! This should be blown up to poster size and put in the lobby of every Planned Parenthood office.
#5, that picture is the one Matt Drudge quit Fox News over. He wanted to show the photo, but Fox said no, and he walked just prior to his show that day, IIRC. What I loved was that Brit Hume showed the photo the following Monday night on the 60 news show while discussing the controversy.
The baby is from the county south of me; he had spina bifida, and they did surgery at Vanderbilt prior to his birth. I´ve read that the surgeon says the baby didn´t reach out, but rather the hand flopped out as he was closing the incision, and he gently put it back inside. But either which way, it´s precious. As this photo.
I had to come back and visit this photo. Seeing that tiny hand grasping the finger helps to make the horrible news of the day go way, if only for a few moments. Mom and Dad must keep falling in love with their little girl over and over again. How kind of them to share this with us.
President Barack Obama has decided to save his endangered Obamacare law by suspending for one year enforcement of the law’s critical but unpopular elimination of roughly 15 million low-cost insurance plans held by Americans who buy insurance on their own. The plan sets up the insurance companies to take the political blame for the Democratic-designed Obamacare plan during the 2014 election. Officials explained the president’s decision as a prerogative of the nation’s chief law-enforcement officer. “He will be suspending enforcement for 2014 … [and the Department of Health and Human Services] will be using its enforcement discretion,” said an official.
Make no mistake, President Barack Obama is announcing an administrative fix to the Affordable Care Act to allow individuals losing their insurance to keep their old plans into 2014 as a result of the collapse of his and Democratic politician’s support in the polls. This is a political dilemma and the president is offering a political fix. There is just one problem, as identified by NBC News reporter Kasie Hunt: Democrats do not get to campaign on anything beyond saying they put their trust in a president. It’s a level of trust in the president that the public does not
On Thursday morning, just an hour before President Obama’s expected announcement on a “keep your plan” fix for the Affordable Care Act, CNN’s Dana Bash reported a few key details of the proposed legislation: People who’ve had their plans canceled may retain that existing plan for one more year; and insurance companies are required to tell people renewing those plans of all the alternate options and benefits they’ll lose in the process. Bash tweeted the news before going on-air to reveal her information, gathered from multiple sources:
The world’s first 3D printed metal firearm, “a classic 1911 design,” has been successfully fired more than 600 times, according to Solid Concepts, a California-based 3D printing company. “As far as we know, we’re definitely the first,” Scott McGowan, the company’s vice president of marketing, told CNSNews.com. “This gun is a very well-known model, iconic in the gun world. Any engineer would recognize how complex it is.” “We’re proving this is possible, the technology is at a place now where we can manufacture a gun with 3D metal printing,” Kent Firestone, vice president of additive manufacturing, said in a press release.
A training manual used by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to help senior level screeners determine whether non-profit groups were entitled to tax-exempt status instructed them to pay “special attention” to “applications from organizations involved in sensitive political issues such as voter registration, voter guides, voter education, and voter polling…regardless of whether it appears the application is suitable for merit closure in screening.” The September 2009 version of the IRS’ “Exempt Organizations Determinations Unit 2” instructed employees that “such cases must be given special attention and must be treated consistently, as they tend to be high-profile cases subject to media attention,
NBC News Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd told Today host Matt Lauer on Thursday that the president has put himself in a more difficult position than many had initially imagined by not being clear about what the effects of the Affordable Care Act would be. He reported that, according to the ACA’s architects, the fixes envisioned by bipartisan members of Congress – which may be passed as early as Friday – could “undermine the whole premise of the law” and make it financially unsustainable. “Right now, you have Democrats on Capitol Hill in a full panic,” Todd began. “They’ve
Dozens of times (that we know of) over his campaign to pass ObamaCare and to win re-election, President Obama lied to the American people about being able to keep the health insurance they like. But that lie has only been replaced with another: the lie that these cancellations will be limited to the 5% of Americans in the individual marketplace -- when the truth is that these cancellations have only just begun. Over at National Review, in a piece appropriately titled "Lying About Lies," Michael Tanner reports that the same ObamaCare formula currently wiping out the individual market is about
MIT Professor Jon Gruber has been called the “father of Obamacare” in some circles, and during an appearance on Hugh Hewitt‘s radio show Wednesday, he admitted that Obama “did mislead” on his promise that people could keep their health care plans if they liked them, even if he did quibble over the actual percentage of the public Obama misled. Hewitt said that Obama engaged in “deception” and ended up misleading 15 percent of the public, but Gruber thought it was only 2-4 percent that are finding they can’t keep their plans. Grubed acknowledged that Obama’s “certainly gotten in trouble for this,” but
The nation´s health care system was broken, is broken, needs reform, needs fixing: "It needs to be better so that the American people can count on affordable, quality health care as a right and not a privilege," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Wednesday. Carney said President Obama welcomes "sincere efforts" to fix problems "that have been caused by the gaps and the holes in the legislation." But that does not include the bill that House Republican plan to bring to a vote on Friday: "The president has always been eager to work with lawmakers of both parties who
Dan Bongino, the Secret Service agent who turned on President Obama and is running for Congress, says he believes the “toxic” administration is “using government as a weapon exclusively to intimidate enemies.” Bongino, a 12-year veteran of the Secret Service who once defended Obama and the Clintons with his life, is now running as a Republican for Congress in Maryland and has released a book,“Life Inside the Bubble.” He told us: “We’re in a very dangerous place right now. There are so many scandals going on right now with this administration, any one of them in my opinion could be absolutely catastrophic
President Barack Obama, under pressure from Democrats facing angry calls from people who have lost their health insurance plans, will deliver a statement on Obamacare at the White House at 11:35 am ET, the White House said. This story is developing. Please check back for further updates. Click here for the latest on the markets.
Tonight on The Kelly File, Megyn Kelly took on the architect of ObamaCare. Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel called the ObamaCare numbers released today “disappointing,” but said it’s not surprising given the website problems. “That’s not right, Megyn, you’ve got the numbers wrong,” Emanuel said right off the bat, challenging the fact that almost five million Americans have had their insurance plans canceled. After a heated back-and-forth, Kelly asked Emanuel if he believes the cancelations are unrelated to the ObamaCare rollout. He maintained that insurance companies cancel plans “all the time.” Kelly pressed Emanuel repeatedly on whether he predicted insurance companies would
President Barack Obama´s approval ratings have dipped to a record low in another poll — this time from Quinnipiac University. According to the poll, respondents disapprove of Obama´s job performance by a 54-39 margin. His approval rating of 39% is worse than his previous all-time low of 41% in the Quinnipiac survey, which came after a bruising fight over raising the nation´s debt ceiling in 2011. And for the first time ever, most people (52%) say that Obama is not honest and trustworthy. Only 44% say that he is honest and trustworthy. The only individual issue on which Obama scores
Amazing stuff via Mediaite. The “Keep Your Plan Act” is Fred Upton’s bill, which Jay Carney spent a few minutes attacking at today’s press briefing because it would make canceled plans available to all consumers, not just the ones who’d been enrolled in those plans before. That would be a disaster for the insurance industry. Healthy people would flee the new, more expensive plans for the resurrected cheaper ones, leaving no one in the new risk pool except sick people with very expensive treatments. That means either heavy losses for insurers, steep premium hikes next year to make up the
In his 2007 biography of Barack Obama, Obama: From Promise to Power, Chicago Tribune reporter David Mendell described the exchange he had with then-Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama just minutes before he delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston: After Obama and I slipped through a security checkpoint and he momentarily broke free from the entourage, I sidled up to him and told him that he seemed to be impressing many people of influence in this rarefied atmosphere. Obama, his gaze fixed directly ahead, never broke his stride. “I´m LeBron, baby,” he replied, referring to LeBron
To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, you’d have to have a heart of stone not to laugh at the unraveling of Obamacare. First, the obligatory caveats. It is no laughing matter that millions of Americans’ lives have been thrown into anxious chaos as they lose their health insurance, their doctors, their money, or all three. Nor is it particularly amusing to think of the incredible waste of time and tax dollars that has gone into Obamacare’s construction. And the still-unfolding violence that this misbegotten legislation will visit on the economy and our liberties is not funny either. This very magazine has been downright
WASHINGTON — While the country is immersed in Obamacare headlines and a congressional tussle over delays and mandates, the Obama administration is stealthily moving toward unprecedented control over private property under a massive expansion of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Act authority. The proposed rule, obtained by the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee in advance of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s testimony at a Thursday oversight hearing, widely broadens the definition of waterways over which the federal government has jurisdiction to as little as a water ditch in a backyard. The Clean Water Act redefinition of “waters of the United States”
Those sophisticates at Time magazine made a funny. They put Chris Christie on their cover with the headline, "The Elephant in the Room." Get it? Elephant. Christie. Time magazine did a junior high fat joke right there on its cover. Time´s executive editor Michael Duffy explained the cheap shot this way: "Well, he´s obviously a big guy. He´s obviously a big Republican. But he´s also done a really huge thing here this week." The "huge thing" wasn´t only winning re-election as New Jersey´s governor, but doing it by appealing to a broad range of voters in a very blue state
On Wednesday, Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) introduced a bill in the Senate that would allow Americans to keep their health insurance plans for a limit of two years. “I have repeatedly said that the Affordable Care Act isn’t perfect,” Udall said, “and it will need to be improved as it is implemented.” Udall already wants to push off the open enrollment deadline on the Obamacare health exchanges until the end of May. But Udall’s plan isn’t the only one in the offing. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) has introduced the “Keeping the Affordable Care Act Promise Act,” co-sponsored by Sens. Dianne
Something is seriously wrong with conservatism. Since Ronald Reagan’s last year in office, Republicans have only twice won a majority of votes cast for president—both times with a George Bush atop the ticket. And neither Bush was a conservative. For 25 years, something has prevented conservatives from winning the White House and prevented the Republicans who do win from governing as conservatives. What could it be? The Tea Party has an answer: RINOs—liberal Republicans in Name Only—have sabotaged the right, most recently in October when they collaborated with Democrats to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown. Once RINOs are
Protesting and getting arrested for civil disobedience wasn’t enough to move the needle on immigration, so activists announced Tuesday they are beginning a hunger fast to try to pressure Congress to pass a bill legalizing illegal immigrants. Saying they’ve done all they can to try to shift the political debate, the activists said the only option left is to pray and fast. “It is being blocked, and the political commentators will tell you it would be a miracle — that’s what they say — a miracle for immigration reform to pass. Sometimes you can organize and struggle and march as hard as
President Obama’s former spiritual advisor Joshua DuBois joined The O’Reilly Factor to talk about his new book, “The President´s Devotional: Daily Readings That Inspired Obama.” He told Bill O’Reilly, “The president’s a committed Christian and his faith is a really important part of his life. Every single morning for the last six years he’s woken up and read these devotionals to try grow closer to God and closer to his neighbors as well.” DuBois recalled going with the president to visit Reverend Billy Graham. “He doesn’t wear this stuff on his sleeve. That’s not the kind guy he is, but he
President Barack Obama issued a statement yesterday congratulating Hawaii for legalizing same-sex marriage, a move he said "exemplifies the values we hold dear as a nation." "I want to congratulate the Hawaii State Legislature on passing legislation in support of marriage equality," said Obama. "With today’s vote, Hawaii joins a growing number of states that recognize that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters should be treated fairly and equally under the law. Whenever freedom and equality are affirmed, our country becomes stronger. By giving loving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry if they choose, Hawaii exemplifies the
First Lady Michelle Obama attended two of America’s finest schools - Princeton University and Harvard Law School. But on Tuesday she told a group of underprivileged Washington, DC high schoolers - many of whom are hoping to be the first in their families to go to college — that she once faced many of the same challenges and doubts as they do. “I was willing to do whatever it took for me to go to college,” Mrs. Obama said. “Get this - some of my teachers straight up told me that I was setting my sights too high. They told me I