A bro-hug put an end to Charlie Crist’s Senate ambitions
And a post-Sandy clinch might cost Chris Christie the nomination.
Be that as it may,
Obama outdid himself today.
Shaking hands with a Castro — now THAT’s an abomination!
One of the many hilarious tweets about the Hobby Lobby case. Too bad it also misses the point.
The wonderful website Wonkette dissected former Sen. Rick Santorum’s (R-Penn.) defense of a case the U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to hear, but they only rebutted the most obvious aspect.
The decor and craft merchandiser Hobby Lobby, which employs and targets mostly women, doesn’t think it should have to provide contraceptive healthcare coverage because it is a Christian-owned company. As Wonkette explained:
We are sure that Mr. Santorum would also support an exception where for-profit companies owned by Jehovah’s Witnesses won’t have to buy insurance that covers blood transfusions, and for-profit companies owned by Christian Scientists won’t have to cover anything but a trip to a Reading Room.
You know all those, “Ain’t it awful?” stories you’ve been hearing ad nauseam since the launch of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) website on Oct. 1? Expect to hear not one more word.
Now that things are working great, we’re betting that not only will you never hear again how bad they are, you will also never hear that they’re really super.
After five years of filibusters, obstruction, lengthy waits for confirmation and arguments over whether the party that failed to win either the White House or the Senate nonetheless has the power to hold top government jobs open for as long as Barack Obama is president, Senate Democrats finally decided that enough is enough. On Thursday, nearly every member of the Democratic caucus invoked a procedural maneuver that will allow the Senate to confirm several blocked nominees by a majority vote. The era of minority rule is over, at least where it comes to almost every confirmation.
Republicans do not like Oprah’s assertion that racism won’t end until the current older generation of white bigots, the vast, vast majority of whom are Republicans, dies off. But you’ll notice that the push back from Limbaugh and the rest are mostly personal attacks and criticisms of Oprah and the president, and thin on arguments against the substance of what she said. They can’t refute it, because she is right:
Here is a story that was featured on the front page above the fold in the Los Angeles Times yesterday but that has gotten little to no coverage anywhere else in the “liberal media”:
Despite the disastrous rollout of the federal government’s healthcare website, enrollment is surging in many states as tens of thousands of consumers sign up for insurance plans made available by President Obama’s health law.
A number of states that use their own systems, including California, are on track to hit enrollment targets for 2014 because of a sharp increase in November, according to state officials.
“What we are seeing is incredible momentum,” said Peter Lee, director of Covered California, the nation’s largest state insurance marketplace, which accounted for a third of all enrollments nationally in October. California — which enrolled about 31,000 people in health plans last month — nearly doubled that in the first two weeks of this month.
Several other states, including Connecticut and Kentucky, are outpacing their enrollment estimates, even as states that depend on the federal website lag far behind. In Minnesota, enrollment in the second half of October ran at triple the rate of the first half, officials said. Washington state is also on track to easily exceed its October enrollment figure, officials said.
In the segment of Fox and Friends in this video, while Fox Business News anchor Stuart Varney is in the middle of delivering carefully constructed misinformation about the Affordable Care Act, his anti-Obama talking point is stepped on by Fox’s newest spokesmodel, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who inadvertently reduces Varney’s lie to the absurd.
First, the lie:
Police in Seminole County, Fla. must be getting tired of seeing George Zimmerman’s face. The man who shot and killed the unarmed teen Trayvon Martin and was then acquitted of murder under one of the country’s most lax definitions of self-defense* was arrested again, this time for domestic violence against his current girlfriend. WESH-Orlando:
He was arrested at about 1 p.m. Monday at his girlfriend’s home on Topfield Court in Apopka following a 911 call. Neighbors told WESH 2 News that they didn’t know the woman was dating Zimmerman, and they thought the man might have been an undercover cop because he walked around like an officer.Neighbors said they thought [Zimmerman] might have been an undercover cop because he walked around like an officer
Neighbors said his truck had been parked in the neighborhood for about a month.
- Zimmerman was let off scotfree for killing Trayvon Martin.
- Zimmerman was let go without being issued a ticket 15 days after the end of his murder trial, when he was pulled over for speeding in Texas and told the officer he was carrying a gun.
Of Americans disapprove of the agreement between the U.S. and Iran over its nuclear program, 32% approve of the deal, while 25% do not offer an opinion, a new Pew Research/USA survey finds.
56 to 38
U.S. Senate vote to confirm Washington lawyer Patricia Millett to serve on a powerful U.S. appeals court — the first Obama administration nominee to receive approval since Democrats last month changed Senate rules to eliminate filibusters on most nominations, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The unemployment rate fell to the lowest percentage in five years last month. The U.S. economy added 203,000 jobs in November, beating expectations of about 180,000 jobs, the Wall Street Journal reports.
A bro-hug put an end to Charlie Crist’s Senate ambitions
Neville Chamberlain shook hands with Hitler.
— Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), quoted by Public Radio International, on President Obama shaking hands with Cuban President Raul Castro.
When you dent a president on honesty and straightforwardness, you have done major damage that can be difficult and time-consuming to repair.
— GOP pollster Bill McInturf, quoted by the Wall Street Journal, noting “a clear parallel to sentiment toward President George W. Bush at the same point in his second term.”
Is the Republican nominee for president in 2016 really going to run on a platform of taking health coverage away from 24 million Americans? Especially after the Republicans ran in 2014 on ensuring that Americans can keep their health plans?
— Avik Roy, writing in Forbes.