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For Obama, and Democrats, it’s crunch time
Washington Post, by Dan Balz

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 11/9/2013 11:06:34 PM

President Obama likes to say he will never again be running for office, but every Democrat knows he will be on the ballot figuratively in 2014, and 2016, as well. Right now they are rightly nervous about that prospect. A month ago, political Washington was transfixed by the errors committed by congressional Republicans. Those missteps led to a partial shutdown of the government, which in turn has brought approval of the GOP to record lows in many public opinion surveys. Nothing about that has changed. But today, it’s Obama in the spotlight. A president famous for his unflappability, he is


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Reply 1 - Posted by: nimby, 11/9/2013 11:26:40 PM     (No. 9606395)

Cruch time? Think about it as infiniti square.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: chiller, 11/9/2013 11:50:19 PM     (No. 9606405)

FTA: "Republicans have made themselves toxic by the tactics employed during the government shutdown"

Such as the Barrycades which you´ve conviently ignored? I understand you´re trying to cover for the dems but it w

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Reply 3 - Posted by: chiller, 11/9/2013 11:51:13 PM     (No. 9606406)

....but it won´t work.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Country Boy, 11/10/2013 12:54:43 AM     (No. 9606426)

And if they do get it to work, 90% of consumers will find out that it is completely unaffordable.

Total fraud.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Deedo, 11/10/2013 1:12:00 AM     (No. 9606430)

For a guy reciting some terrible facts regarding the outlook for Democrats in the 2014 election, the author works very hard to spin it as "no big deal".

There are more shoes to drop for Obama, and they are all negative.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Puffy1, 11/10/2013 2:07:04 AM     (No. 9606450)

Unflappable because the WP reports him as such...what a laugh.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Spidey, 11/10/2013 3:18:50 AM     (No. 9606468)

The botched rollout and website don´t mean anything.These people are going to do what they´re going to do and be very sneaky and behind the scenes with it.

Between now and next Nov.Medicare customers are going to started being blasted in a number of ways and the dems can´t afford to lose the senior citizens groups.

Of course the AARP will send out their brainwashing newsletters to keep seniors off guard when they start getting news their procedure hasn´t been approved.

You have all kinds of people saying the WH knew the site wouldn´t be ready but here comes Obama saying he would have pulled the plug if he knew about it 2 weeks before the launch.

Its too bad Obama´s spring of lies can´t be converted to alternative energy.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Trigger2, 11/10/2013 5:03:54 AM     (No. 9606482)

For the life of me, I can´t understand why the GOP sunk so far because of sequestration. If Barry hadn´t purposely issued an edict to each and every goobermint agency to make the pain to the citizenry as much as possible, no one would have noticed the sequestration. Everything with Barry & his communist demonrats is political. They could care less about the country or its citizens.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: pucky1, 11/10/2013 6:59:19 AM     (No. 9606539)

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Reply 10 - Posted by: pucky1, 11/10/2013 7:06:11 AM     (No. 9606547)

Hey, Dan. Why don´t you write a report on how the $6,500 deductible came to be?

It looks like these policies are rigged so that there is barely any payout. Whatta deal! Everyone pays in and only a few get a payout.

This rotten egg is barely cracked and the stink from O´Care is spreading all over.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: M2, 11/10/2013 7:17:42 AM     (No. 9606554)

He and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius have promised the site will be running smoothly by the end of this month.

God forbid. All that personal information from those who do manage to sign up will be used against them.

Absent buy-in by the public, the new law could end up being blamed for almost anything that goes wrong with people’s health-care coverage, whether justified or not.

It certainly will be blamed for what goes wrong in the health care of real human beings, because this bill was not necessary to begin with -- most Americans were happy with their coverage and their plans.

I still have not gotten an answer from a single Democrat to my question: Why not let those who want to sign up do so, and leave the rest of us alone?

(rhetorical question, of course. We know that this bill isn´t about health care. It´s about, as Maxine Waters let slip, "controlling the people".

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Rinktum, 11/10/2013 7:21:42 AM     (No. 9606558)

Obama and the democrats pushed Obamacare on the American people knowing they did not want it. Now the people are being squeezed financially but wait until they start dealing with the actual care they receive. It is going to get very ugly. The sad truth is that the democrats know this is coming and they do not care. The implementation and foundation of this wealth stealing and patient killing legislation is their goal. They must get Obamacare entrenched in people´s lives so deeply that there is no way it can be extricated. This is the goal. Once you are dependent on the government for your health care, they own you lock, stock and barrel.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: rsgonner, 11/10/2013 7:38:55 AM     (No. 9606576)

So...the republicans made themselves toxic by trying to do what the democrats are hoping will happen...??? Ted Cruz was "toxic" because he proclaimed what everyone now knows is true? What a mixed up world washington lives in.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 11/10/2013 7:41:06 AM     (No. 9606578)

Look Dan a water bucket with obama´s name on it pick it up and carry it!
More like Claude Balls.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: BeatleJeff, 11/10/2013 7:51:20 AM     (No. 9606588)

Typical lamestream article attempting to cover the Rats problems by saying the GOP are worse. The fact is that the shutdown was a momentary blip while the devastating effects of ObamaCare will be with us for a long time. Come next November, the GOP´s role in the shutdown will be long forgotten and the voters will be tossing the Rats out of office because of the damage they caused with ObamaCare.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Poobah, 11/10/2013 7:57:27 AM     (No. 9606593)

The lighthearted demeanor of this article is almost laughable compared to the disaster that is befalling the American people.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Joe Btfsplk, 11/10/2013 8:00:36 AM     (No. 9606598)

Barry has pinched off a stinking loaf called Obamacare on the living room carpet of America. Barry says it´s America´s fault for having a nice carpet...

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Reply 18 - Posted by: WhamDBambam, 11/10/2013 8:15:22 AM     (No. 9606620)

Personally, I´m hoping for road-kill time.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: mws50, 11/10/2013 8:34:10 AM     (No. 9606645)

The government shut-down focused attention on obamacare, and the dummycrats did not see it coming.They thought.... I mean "felt" normal people would be upset with republicans for quite a while.

It´s not the dummycrats´ fault. They lack the common sense, logic, and analytical abilities to see this disaster coming right at them.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: strike3, 11/10/2013 8:43:13 AM     (No. 9606657)

Speaking of crunch time, the promised date for the perfect functioning of the healthcare.gov website is 20 days away. Happy Thanksgiving Obie administration. I hope your holiday isn´t ruined by too much stress and embarrassment.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: The Patriot Code, 11/10/2013 8:43:44 AM     (No. 9606659)

Balz´ depiction of 0bama´s "apology" is insulting to anyone who knows what an apology is. 0bamatrons are deluded beyond comprehension. Or have made lying an art form.
At Nuremberg, "I was just following orders" was not accepted as a defense.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Midnight Rambler, 11/10/2013 9:04:33 AM     (No. 9606686)

The Danster has a major crush on Barry. I couldn´t even finish reading.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua, 11/10/2013 9:11:04 AM     (No. 9606691)

Obamacare is nothing but a disaster.

The website rollout that apparently never worked. Didn´t they ever have a stable level of code? It might have lacked function, but it would have worked. Incompetent.

Healthcare policy that raises expenses, drops care, and drops doctors and hospitals. Insane!!!

There should be a big government bloodbath come election time in 2014 and 2016, but both sides of the aisle will work together to keep conservatives, constitutionalists, and libertarians out of government by any means necessary.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Truth Czar, 11/10/2013 10:07:47 AM     (No. 9606750)

The author bends the truth almost as well as the Fibber-in-Chief.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Holeymoses, 11/10/2013 10:15:09 AM     (No. 9606759)

It´s easy to see where your heart lies Dan, sometimes spouting the obvious, but always with a ray of hope that your guy can pull it off. This is something old Axelrod won´t be able to fix, even sending said guy to church.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Arby, 11/10/2013 11:06:37 AM     (No. 9606828)

Crunch time for Obama? That´s when he has to decide between using a five iron or a six iron. Destroying America and its health system? He leaves that to subordinates and doesn´t really care.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Janjan, 11/10/2013 11:19:17 AM     (No. 9606842)

The so called ´government shutdown´ effected relatively few people and will be a little remembered blip by the midterm elections. Obamacare will be a huge monster and no one will remain untouched by it - and most in a very negative way. Democrats are well aware of this regardless of the spin.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: chicodon, 11/10/2013 11:50:18 AM     (No. 9606879)

"Those missteps led to a partial shutdown of the government, which in turn has brought approval of the GOP to record lows in many public opinion surveys."

Orchestrated by Obama and then given to the media to create the narrative. Polls also say the President is being held responsible. This stuff frosts me and is nearly verbatim to what Carney reads from his talking points on his lectern. Sorry, couldn´t get any farther into the article.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Butch59, 11/10/2013 11:53:39 AM     (No. 9606881)

It´s obvious that the author of this article is an Obozo supporter from the ground up. And while he gives out a few snipes about the troubles the dims have, he trounces the pubies. And some of what he says about pubies just might be true. Most of us here at LCom can see tons of ad material for use in nest years election and that of 2016. But, when I looked into my crystal ball this morning, I seemed to see the absence of said ads. And for the life of me, I just can´t see why the pubies don´t use the actions of the dims against them. You can bet the farm that dims would do so if the tables were turned. They fight dirty, and as been said a gazillion times, you fight fire with fire. It´s time the pubies grew a pair and learned to fight.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Poobah, 11/10/2013 12:05:54 PM     (No. 9606892)

The "crunch" may be coming faster than we thought. The New York Post has published an article entitled, "New York Times´ Obama Cheerleading Harms the Nation."

Here´s the link: http://nypost.com/2013/11/10/new-york-times-obama-cheerleading-harms-the-nation/

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Reply 31 - Posted by: bighambone, 11/10/2013 12:43:36 PM     (No. 9606922)

A lot of Republicans attempted to tell the American people that Obama Care was going to be a train wreck. The Obama allied liberal media did not like that and is still attempting to cover Obama´s back by fraudulently rationalizing that the Republicans are somehow just as much to blame as the Obama crew for the Obama Care fiasco.

In order to get more people to sign up for Obama Care, Obama will attempt to give government subsidies to most of the people who now have income higher then the current subsidy ceiling who had their health care insurance plans cancelled. He will hit the Republicans with that next year during the run-up to the election, in an attempt to save the congressional Democrats political hides in the election. In return for votes Obama would give everybody "free" health care and make the shrinking number of Americans who actually do pay taxes pay for everyone else´s health care. If the Republicans loose the 2014 election and the Democrats again win control of the Congress he will probably attempt that.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: dman, 11/10/2013 12:53:37 PM     (No. 9606933)

The real "inconvenient truths" coming home to roost.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: danvillebill, 11/10/2013 1:15:11 PM     (No. 9606946)

Republicans enjoyed a "wave" election in 2010 because of O´care.

Republicans should experience another wave in 2014 for the very same reason.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: glcinpdx, 11/10/2013 1:37:09 PM     (No. 9606970)

Dan needs to get out of the rarefied air of inside the beltway....correction...Dan needs to get out of the even more rarefied air up Obama´s backside and see what normal people across the country are seeing.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: novakid, 11/10/2013 4:03:57 PM     (No. 9607069)

FTA: He (our bwave weeder) and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius have promised the site will be running smoothly by the end of this month.

Yeah, makes me feel SO confident now that these two experts have spoken. Neither of them would know a kiddy program, let alone one this archaic and complex. I´d guess it´s about 1985 vintage.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: seenitallbefore, 11/10/2013 6:42:10 PM     (No. 9607157)

Note the weasel wording at the beginning: Obama will "never again be running for office."

He won´t need to run for office. He will simply declare in 2016 that the country is in too precarious a state for anyone else to take over, and it is therefore his duty not to step down.

The Republicans will, of course, offer a compromise: stay for two more years.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Persecutor2, 11/10/2013 7:13:44 PM     (No. 9607176)

I would be pretty unflappable too if I was never in my whole life called to account for any of the stupid and/or venal things I had done.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Persecutor2, 11/10/2013 7:27:10 PM     (No. 9607180)

Sorry for the double post, that´s what I get for posting after reading the article but before reading the thread. But re #10--Of course the policies are designed for big pay-in, little or no pay-out. That´s why they all have to cover stuff that will never be used, like maternity care for men and older women, mental health care for all, pediatric dentistry for the childless, etc. When you tell the health insurance companies that they have to cover pre-existing conditions, you are telling them that they have to give money away. And they will have to give lots more away when they are forced to cover such things as sex-change operations and Sandra Fluke´s contraceptives. All that money has to be recouped somewhere, and it´s going to come, not just from the "young and healthy" that the lames keep yammering about (who aren´t going to sign up anyway), but from everyone else, buying unnecessary, never-to-be-claimed-against coverage, at high premiums, with high deductibles.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Ida Lil, 11/10/2013 7:40:12 PM     (No. 9607185)

The dems would have /could have had a stunning victory in GOP blame over the shut down BUT don´t kid yourself Dan.
Your petulant vicious little man just couldn´t restrain his nasty side and lost all that momentum.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: O.G.´s Mom, 11/10/2013 9:50:01 PM     (No. 9607268)

I tried, I really, really tried to read this article to the end. But, the constant spin and cover up for Obama, even as the WP tries to give the illusion of balance, makes me ill. As another LDotter said, Zero is "unflappable" because the MSM says so. The chaos and misery this president and the Democrat party are inflicting on we citizens is outrageous, but the MSM and Mr. Balz will smooth everything over and by election time 2014, everything, the lost insurance coverage, the skyrocketing premiums you name it will be Ted Cruz and Mike Lee´s fault. And Zero will be just another victim of the racist Tea Party members. And we have another 3 years of this garbage. Three years! I cannot fathom the state of our country at that time. God help us all.

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On Saturday, I wrote about the standoff at Bundy Ranch. That post drew a remarkable amount of traffic, even though, as I wrote then, I had not quite decided what to make of the story. Since then, I have continued to study the facts and have drawn some conclusions. Here they are. First, it must be admitted that legally, Bundy doesn’t have a leg to stand on. The Bureau of Land Management has been charging him grazing fees since the early 1990s, which he has refused to pay. Further, BLM has issued orders limiting the area on which Bundy’s cows can

Biden Tells Boston Bombing
Survivors, ´It Was Worth It´ (Video)

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Breitbart´s Instablog, by Debra Heine    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 9:28:18 PM     Post Reply
Less than a minute into his speech at the Boston marathon bombing memorial on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden went tragically off script and told the crowd of Boston bombing survivors that "it was worth it." After expressing how impressed he was with the tribute, he said somberly, "let me say to those ´quote survivors,´ my God, you have survived and you have soared. It was worth it. I mean this sincerely - just to hear each of you speak. You´re truly, truly inspiring." The audience sat in stunned silence until Biden declared, "I´ve never heard anything so beautiful than

Which Actor Portrays The
Best James Bond?

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American Spectator, by Jonah Goldberg and Taki Theodoracopulos    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/16/2014 11:20:22 AM     Post Reply
Look, everyone loves Sean Connery, particularly Sean Connery. That’s why he plays Sean Connery in every movie he’s in. People love that Scottish brogue so much, they don’t mind that he has it when he plays Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez, an immortal Spaniard in Highlander. The guy even won an Oscar for playing an Irish cop with a Scottish accent. Talk about sexist double standards: Meryl Streep has to master foreign dialects to get her golden statuettes. Connery just has to show up on time. In economics you devalue a currency by printing too much of it. In film you

Casual marijuana use linked with
brain abnormalities, study finds

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Fox News, by Loren Grush    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 6:12:53 PM     Post Reply
Casual marijuana use may come with some not-so-casual side effects. For the first time ever, researchers at Northwestern University have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes – and found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures. The study’s findings, to be published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, are similar to those of past research linking chronic, long-term marijuana use with mental illness and changes in brain development. Dr. Hans Breiter, co-senior study author, said he was inspired to look at the effects of casual

Glaring limits of the Civil Rights
Act: We need to redistribute wealth

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Salon Magazine, by Matt Bruenig    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/14/2014 7:20:41 PM     Post Reply
Although the Civil Rights Act, the landmark legislation which just reached its 50th anniversary, made great strides in desegregating the economy, economic discrimination is still widespread, and anti-discrimination legislation alone can never rectify the economic damage inflicted upon blacks by slavery and our Jim Crow apartheid regime. The Civil Rights Act was a mild reform, all things considered, but one conservatives fought with vigor and one many conservatives are still bitter about to this day. When the Civil Rights Act passed in 1964, the primary purpose was to root out discrimination in public accommodations (like hotels and movie theaters)

White babies just 15 months old show racial
bias when picking playmates, study found

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/15/2014 10:23:35 PM     Post Reply
Toddlers show racial bias when picking playmates, a study reveals. They also take account of how fairly others behave. Researchers tested the reaction of white 15-month-olds as toys were distributed. Two white adults divided the toys, one equally and the other unequally. Seventy per cent of the toddlers chose to play with the researcher who distributed the toys fairly. But in a second test, when one researcher favoured a white recipient over an Asian one, they picked the ‘fair’ researcher less often, the journal Frontiers in Psychology reports. And the babies are more likely to help those who share the same ethnicity, which is known as

Atlanta Braves flooded with Hank
Aaron hate mail: He’s a ‘s*****g’

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Washington Times (D.C.), by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/15/2014 3:23:19 PM     Post Reply
Hank Aaron’s recent comments about the need for America to realize that racism is still very much alive and thriving — only now due to those who wear “neckties and starched shirts” rather than KKK hoods — has sparked an angry backlash and many fans are turning the tables, calling the baseball legend himself a racist. “Hank Aaron is a s*****g piece of [expletive] [racial slur],” one man said in an email to the Atlanta Braves’ front office, one of the teams Mr. Aaron used to play for, CBS News reported. “My old man instilled in my mind from a

White is not right: Campus admins ask
for help weeding out white people

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Daily Caller, by Robby Soave    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 7:47:18 PM     Post Reply
Western Washington University sent a questionnaire to students asking them for advice on how the administration could succeed at making sure that in future years, “we are not as white as we are today.” The question notes that WWU’s racial make up does not perfectly reflect the nation at large, and asks students to consider strategies that other universities have used to focus on skin color as the paramount indicator of a student-applicant’s worth. The president of WWU has stated that his explicit goal is to reduce the white population on campus, according to Campus Reform. “I’ve said before and I’ll say it

If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown
Washington, what should you do?

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The Week, by Marc Ambinder    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/15/2014 4:51:46 AM     Post Reply
Funny question in the headline, yes? But since President Obama worries more about the threat of terrorists´ improvised nuclear device going off in a major American city than anything Russia can throw at us, I was wondering if the government had deigned to share with us citizens any tips for, you know, surviving something their own intelligence points to as the likeliest unlikely Black Swan event. Well, no. And yes. No — very few people in Washington, D.C., who work for the government have any idea what they would do if a 10-kiloton nuclear device exploded at the intersection of 16th and K

Obama taps gay bishop to wrap Easter
Prayer Breakfast with invocation

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 4/15/2014 9:25:28 AM     Post Reply
When President Obama needed a preacher to fulfill the closing prayer duties at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, he turned to none other than the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop — who said he was as shocked as anyone at the appointment. The Right Rev. Gene Robinson said in a tweet, accompanied by a photo of Mr. Obama behind a podium at the event: “POTUS ‘preaches’ at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG!” Newsmax said he also emphasized that the words he chose to close the breakfast

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