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  • Los Angeles councilman urges commemoration of Watts Riots

    11/27/2014 11:50:46 AM PST · by EveningStar · 22 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | November 27, 2014 | Rick Orlov
    As protests continue to sweep across the country following the Grand Jury decision in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., a Los Angeles official is calling for the city to commemorate the Watts Riots of 50 years ago. Councilman Bernard Parks has introduced a resolution asking the city to begin planning to mark ďthis historic eventÖ.considered by many to be a key turning point in the local African-American civil rights movement.Ē
  • Commuters Confront Ferguson Protesters Blocking Roads (citizen takes bullhorn-video goes viral)

    11/26/2014 4:33:23 PM PST · by drewh · 68 replies
    Mediaite ^ | | 5:02 pm, November 26th, 2014 | by Andrew Desiderio
    Americans nationwide are protesting the grand jury decision to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown. During the morning rush hour on Wednesday, some University of California ó San Diego students blocked a major freeway in La Jolla, Calif., a move that angered many commuters who were trying to get to work. One man went as far as physically pushing a protester out of the way and taking the bullhorn he was using. Tyree Landrum, one of those commuters who was on his way to work at a local Ross store, expressed his...
  • Berkeley prepares new cell phone radiation safety law

    11/26/2014 3:25:35 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 26, 2014 | By Emilie Raguso
    The city of Berkeley is considering whether to require local retailers to give out radiation-related safety sheets to cell phone customers who make a purchase. Customers could be advised not to hold or carry the phone near the body while using the device, and directed to consult the manual to learn the ďrecommended separation distanceĒ between the phone and oneís body.
  • How Governments Destroy Cities

    11/26/2014 8:19:31 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 12 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 25, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Academics have long vexed over urban studies, putting the flight out of major cities down to everything from technology to racism. Yet and still, in the last half century, ďsome cities were not declining despite these immutable forces and some cities turned around despite these forces,Ē Stephen J. K Walters pointed out in a seminar on November 20, 2014 at the Cato Institute. Walters is an economist at Loyola University in Baltimore. ďIf you want a healthy city, secure the property rights that go with capital,Ē Walters advised. One way of doing so is through tax cuts. When California voters...
  • LA City Council Tentatively OKs Mandatory Gun Locks, Digital Ammo Records

    11/25/2014 2:14:27 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | November 25, 2014 10:02 AM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) ó The Los Angeles City Council tentatively approved a pair of new gun-control measures Tuesday, including a proposal to require gun owners to store their firearms in locked containers or use trigger locks to prevent accidental firing of the weapon. The City Council also voted 11-0 in favor of a proposed ordinance (PDF) that would require licensed ammunition dealers to transmit sales records to the city via an online form, doing away with what one councilman described as the cityís ďdraconianĒ method of requesting physical records. If given final approval by the council on second reading and...
  • 'If We Left, They Wouldn't Have Nobody' (Abandoned Assisted Living Home in CA)

    11/25/2014 7:30:42 AM PST · by beaversmom · 55 replies
    NPR ^ | November 21, 2014 | Staff
    When an assisted living home in California shut down last fall, many of its residents were left behind, with nowhere to go. The staff at the Valley Springs Manor left when they stopped getting paid ó except for cook Maurice Rowland and Miguel Alvarez, the janitor. "There was about 16 residents left behind, and we had a conversation in the kitchen, 'What are we going to do?' " Rowland says. "If we left, they wouldn't have nobody," the 34-year-old Alvarez says. Their roles quickly transformed for the elderly residents, who needed round-the-clock care. "I would only go home for one...
  • California's Cap & Trade .. And the so-called "Hidden Gas Tax"

    11/24/2014 8:36:41 PM PST · by cakid1 · 7 replies
    CBS47 ^ | 11-24-14 | cakid1
    Starting on January 1st some claim California drivers will start paying a new "Hidden Gas Tax." How much will you pay? We have a two part Special Report on Eyewitness News coming up tomorrow - Tuesday November 25th at Six and Eleven. When the story airs I'll send a link to Free Republic.
  • Expected California Supreme Court nominee Leondra Kruger a 'mind blower'

    11/24/2014 3:53:35 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 24, 2014 | By MAURA DOLAN
    Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he would nominate Leondra R. Kruger, a federal government lawyer, to the California Supreme Court. Kruger, 38, who grew up in Pasadena, was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2002 but has not practiced law in the state since 2009, according to bar records. She has worked primarily in Washington, D.C., where she has represented the federal government in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. She would be the only African American on the court. Kruger is a deputy assistant attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel....
  • New Category Of California Driverís License Being Created For Undocumented Immigrants

    11/24/2014 8:32:34 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 26 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | November 20, 2014
    REDWOOD CITY (KPIX 5) ó California driverís licenses will have a new category for undocumented immigrants come January. The new licenses will contain a notation of ďFederal Limits Apply.Ē A standing room only community meeting in Redwood City Thursday night contained mostly undocumented immigrants who planned to be first in line for licenses. ďIím happy for the license, and now the President says you can stay without deportation,Ē Carla Figueroa told KPIX 5. Many of the meetingís attendants may not qualify directly for the immigration plan, but still plan to emerge from the shadows simply by getting their licenses. ďNow...
  • Members of LGBT Community Fear Exclusion From President Obama's Immigration Order

    11/23/2014 2:09:07 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 17 replies
    nbclosangeles.com ^ | November 21, 2014 | Lisa Fernandez and Nannette Miranda
    Just what defines a parent and a marriage? asked Caroline Dessert, a self-described "queer Latina" from El Centro, Calif., who is also executive director of Immigration Equality. If it's DNA and a municipal marriage certificate, Dessert pointed out that would leave out roughly 267,000 undocumented members of the LGBT community who could likely be excluded from Obama's intended relief. While the order is a "historic moment," she said, "once again, it appears as though the LGBT community has been excluded from a law designed to protect vulnerable people." "If family relationships through marriage, or blood, is the only way that...
  • Newt Gingrich Blasts Obamaís Speech: This Was a Gruber Speech; Simply Not Telling Country the Truth

    11/23/2014 11:22:24 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | November 21, 2014 | Curtis Houck
    Following President Barack Obamaís speech announcing his executive order on illegal immigration, CNN political commentator and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich unloaded on the President, likening his speech to statements made by ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber and that those in the ďeliteĒ class ďreally underestimateĒ the disdain Americans have for unfortified borders. Responding on CNN in the minutes after it ended, Gingrich opined that it was wrong for the President to go against the incoming Congress as it had ďrepudiated his policies in the electionĒ a few weeks ago. Gingrich then slammed what viewers just heard as ďa...
  • LMU Prof. Michael Genovese Weighs In On Controversy Surrounding Executive Order On Immigration

    11/23/2014 11:07:19 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | November 22, 2014
    STUDIO CITY (CBSLA.com) ó The presidentís announcement Thursday of an executive order shielding some five million undocumented immigrants from deportation has been a subject of controversy. And Loyola Marymount University Professor Michael Genovese stopped by KCAL9 Saturday to discuss the context surrounding the issue. ďAll presidents use executive authority. Thatís been true from Washington to Obama. And almost all executives actions are non-controversial. Every once in a while something spills over causes great concern and controversy,Ē he said. ďItís one of those cases reasonable people could disagree. And historically we have seen for the most part presidents prevail in these...
  • Tuition Hikes at the University of Compensation

    11/23/2014 10:34:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 23, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    University of California Regent Richard Blum confessed that he was "apoplectic" at the Board of Regents meeting Wednesday. The husband of Sen. Dianne Feinstein supports tuition increases as high as 28 percent over five years, which the board approved Thursday. Blum warned that private universities such as Yale and Stanford threaten to poach academic superstars. "In my investment business, if I underpaid my staff as much as the university is underpaid," said Blum, "I'd have nothing but empty desks." And: "You've got to get real about this stuff." California Gov. Jerry Brown was ready to take up the challenge. Brown's...
  • Fresno rally: Support for Obamaís immigration decision, but more is needed

    11/22/2014 8:41:46 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies
    fresnobee.com ^ | November 21, 2014 | Carmen George
    Fresno resident Stephanie Kamey said Friday that President Barack Obamaís unilateral decision to halt deportations for nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants felt ďbittersweetĒ and still leaves her family ďwanting.Ē .... Kamey said members of her family are spread throughout the U.S., Mexico and Guatemala. Her two young nephews, whose father died, are being recruited by gangs in Guatemala because they ďstill have no pathwayĒ to immigrate to America to live with her in a safer environment, Kamey said. ďSee, Iíll never know what itís like to have my entire family sitting down for Thanksgiving or Christmas together and itís because...
  • 1.1 Million Illegal Alien Parents To Stay in CA Under New Obama Amnesty

    11/22/2014 2:45:26 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | November 22, 2014
    More than 1.1 million illegal immigrant parents in California will qualify for deportation protection under President Obama's executive immigration action, according to the results of a Pew Research Center Study. According to the study, 1,116,000 immigrant parents in California are eligible for deportation protection, the highest total of any state in the country. The number of eligible parents in California is about double the amount of the state with the next highest total, Texas, where 560,000 immigrant parents will qualify, reports the Los Angeles Times. President Obama's action will allow 51% of all illegal immigrants in California to qualify for...
  • Ose Concedes in Expensive Congressional Race (CA)

    11/22/2014 11:24:35 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 16 replies
    Fox News Channel 40 ^ | November 19, 2014 | Ian MacDonald
    Republican Doug Ose has conceded in the race for Californiaís 7th Congressional District, the most expensive congressional race in the country this election. ďLet me begin by saying that I celebrate the fact that our institutions and our laws provide us a system whereby elections can be peacefully resolved. I congratulate Congressman Bera on his victory,Ē Ose said in a written statement. Rep. Ami Beraís lead more than doubled in a week, according to new numbers released Wednesday by the Sacramento County Registrar.
  • Pilot program to charge foreigners to enter Mexico suspended

    11/22/2014 9:42:41 AM PST · by bgill · 9 replies
    ABC 10 News ^ | Nov. 21, 2014 | Barbara Medina
    Following a backlash from residents, visitors and protests from business leaders in Baja California, the pilot program to charge foreigners to enter Mexico has been suspended. The pilot program, announced on Nov. 13 by the National Institute of Immigration, also known as INAMI, would have required foreigners who enter Mexican territory for more than seven days to pay 306 pesos, or about $28. Initially, the program was only going to charge foreigners who entered Mexico through the pedestrian port of entry at Otay.
  • N.C. Fires Gruber After ĎStupidity of American Votersí Remarks

    11/22/2014 9:34:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Nov 21, 2014 7:26 pm
    The state of North Carolina has given Jonathan Gruber the boot, firing the ObamaCare architect after he was caught on camera repeatedly calling American voters ďstupid.Ē Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) went ďOn The RecordĒ tonight, explaining that Gruber was hired one year ago to help with a health care plan that dealt with Medicaid recipients and the uninsured. Meadows said that Gruber was supposed to be an unbiased individual, but after these reports, the auditor decided that heís not so unbiased after all. Ö
  • Executive Amnesty: 400,000 Illegal Immigrants Eligible for Free Health Services in California

    11/22/2014 9:41:33 AM PST · by PROCON · 28 replies
    breitbart ^ | Nov. 21, 2014 | Robert Wilde
    Roughly one million undocumented immigrants in California qualify for President Obamaís executive action of deferred deportation that he announced on Thursday. Of those 40% will be eligible for the states free Medi-Cal health services, while the remaining will be ineligible under the programís income requirements. Medi-Cal is the stateís name for Medicaid, a federal health services program for people who have low income. According to KQED News, the newly protected illegal immigrants do not qualify for other benefits of the Affordable Care Act and are not eligible for subsidies on the Covered California exchange. ďTheyíll be in the same situation...
  • California Indian Casinos Embroiled in Turmoil

    11/22/2014 9:34:30 AM PST · by anymouse · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 11/22/2014 | Scott Smith
    Flood of big bucks and tortured history spell turmoil for California's Indian casinos When it comes to controlling California's flashy Las Vegas-style casinos, the stakes are enormous for tribes who own the gambling operations that collectively generate billions of dollars a year to sustain Native Americans up and down the state. With this backdrop, several tribes in the past two years have fallen into nasty, sometimes violent, power struggles pitting factions and families against one another. The most recent case, involving the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians near Yosemite National Park, climaxed in an armed raid on Oct. 9 by...
  • President Obama's Executive Action vs Ronald Reagan's Amnesty

    11/21/2014 10:16:44 PM PST · by cakid1 · 10 replies
    CBS 47 ^ | 11-21-14 | cakid1
    Immigration - President Obama's Executive Action vs Ronald Reagan's Amnesty Some have asked me, isn't what President Obama trying to do on immigration the same thing that President Ronald Reagan did back in the '80's? What President Obama is proposing is Executive Action. (He is acting without Congress.) What Ronald Reagan did in 1986 was sign a law passed by Congress. The Simpson-Mazzoli Act, which Congress approved was sent to President Reagan for his signature. It gave amnesty to three million illegal immigrants. Hope that helps. http://bit.ly/1AvTipl
  • Immigration rally in front of Kevin McCarthy's office calls on Congress to 'pass a bill'

    11/21/2014 6:44:17 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies
    turnto23.com ^ | November 21, 2014 | Cassie Carlisle
    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Immigration activists gathered Friday in front of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's office to send a strong message. "Open your doors to us, we are your constituents, we need some kind of relief for the rest of them [immigrants] and that's up to Congress," Activist Rob England said. They want Congress to pass a bill on comprehensive immigration reform and they are supportive of President Barack Obama's executive order, saying he did not overstep his bounds. Republican representatives felt differently. Texas Junior Senator Ted Cruz said the executive order gave "unconstitutional amnesty" and was in defiance of...
  • Jurors: 'Riverside Man Should Be Put To Death For Murdering, Torching Ex In Front Of Her 6 Children'

    11/21/2014 3:07:18 PM PST · by EveningStar · 37 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | November 21, 2014
    Jurors decided the fate of a 41-year-old man Friday who murdered and lit his former girlfriend on fire in front of her children. According to the Riverside County District Attorney's Office, jurors decided Tyrone Harts, of Riverside, will be sentenced to death early next year ... At the time of the murder, the children ranged in ages from six to 15-years-old. On Feb. 21, 2011, Harts shot his former girlfriend, Brandi Morales, inside of her Moreno Valley home she shared with her six children ...
  • Sheriff Joe Arpaio Files Lawsuit Against Obama over Amnesty Executive Order

    11/20/2014 8:59:32 PM PST · by Moseley · 49 replies
    Freedom Watch USA ^ | November 20, 2014 | Freedom Watch
    (Washington, D.C., November 20, 2014) Today, in response to the executive order President Barack Obama has signed effectively granting amnesty to about a half of the illegal aliens currently in this country, Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona filed a lawsuit to enjoin this unconstitutional act. This lawsuit can be found at www.freedomwatchusa.org. Sheriff Arpaio's lawyer is Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch, former federal prosecutor and founder of both Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch. Mr. Klayman recently succeeded in obtaining a preliminary injunction against the National Security Agency for having unconstitutionally accessed the telephonic metadata of nearly all American...
  • Feinstein shuts off California water talks until 2015

    11/21/2014 5:29:25 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | 11-20-14 | Michael Doyle
    WASHINGTON ó Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California on Thursday pulled the plug on secret, high-stakes negotiations over a water bill for her drought-plagued state, saying she and fellow lawmakers will try again next year. Feinsteinís unexpected move ends, for now, what had become an increasingly contentious fight over ambitious drought-fighting legislation whose details few people have seen. ďYouíve got to work with people to get something done,Ē Feinstein said in an interview. ďIím going to put together a first-day bill for the next Congress, and it can go through the regular order.Ē Right up until Thursday, Feinstein and Republicans...
  • End of California's 10-day Gun Waiting Period for Some?

    11/20/2014 8:31:58 PM PST · by cakid1 · 21 replies
    Cal Guns Foundation ^ | 11-20-14 | cakid1
    Calguns Foundation: Court denies requests by California Attorney General Kamala Harris.
  • Local immigrants-rights groups applaud Obama's plan

    11/20/2014 7:40:23 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies
    sandiego6.com ^ | November 20, 2014
    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Immigrant-rights groups in San Diego applauded President Barack Obama's plans to take executive action on immigration, which is aimed at protecting millions of people living in the country illegally from deportation. Obama delivered a nationwide address on the topic today and plans to rally support for his order at a Friday morning event in Las Vegas. Itzel Guillen, a San Diego State University student who entered the U.S. illegally with her family 14 years ago, told reporters that Obama's action is a step in the right direction. "It doesn't necessarily mean that it's a permanent fix,...
  • CLOUT? 35 Anti-Keystone Pipeline Senators Mary Landrieu Helped Elect

    11/20/2014 12:49:21 PM PST · by abb · 9 replies
    The Hayride ^ | November 20, 2014 | Scott McKay
    When it came time for the US Senate to vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline, Sen. Mary Landrieuís (D-LA) ďcloutĒ did not have much of an impact on fellow Democrat senators. In fact, 35 of the senators who voted against the project were given campaign cash by Landrieu since the 2008 election cycle. Take a look here at the list of senators who donít seem to acknowledge Landrieuís ďclout.Ē Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) $10,000 Sen. Richard Blumenthal (R-CT) $5,000 Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) $10,000 Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) $7,000 Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) $10,000 Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) $3,500 Sen....
  • California Business Stops Photographing Weddings to Avoid Having to Shoot Same-Sex Ceremonies

    11/20/2014 8:56:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/20/2014 | Samuel Smith
    A California photography company has announced that it will no longer shoot wedding photography after gay activists protested against the business claiming it "denied" service to a same-sex couple for their wedding. Nang and Chris Mai, the operators of the Bay Area-based Urloved Photography, posted to the company's website earlier in November that they'll no longer photograph weddings after they were harassed by LGBT activists for referring a gay couple seeking their service to another photographer instead of shooting the wedding themselves. The Mais, who specialize in weddings, events and family portraits, say they've had to do away with wedding...
  • Traffic stop in Newport Beach leads to seizure of 7 assault rifles [Full Auto],

    11/20/2014 7:01:59 AM PST · by Loud Mime · 73 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 11/20/2014 | Scott Schwebke
    NEWPORT BEACH Ė Two people were in the Orange County Jail this week, after police stopped them in a van with automatic rifles and ammunition. The van contained seven AK-47 assault rifles, six 30-round high-capacity 7.62 caliber magazines, two 10-round magazines and more than 350 rounds of 7.62 caliber ammunition inside, Newport Beach police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said. Manzella said the arrests are significant because of the weapons seized. All of the guns were modified to fire in fully automatic mode, and one had a barrel less than 16 inches in length in violation of California state law, she said....
  • Watch: Sacramento County sheriff calls out Obama on immigration

    11/20/2014 6:12:27 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 7 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 19, 2014 | Kale Williams
    In an eight-minute video letter to President Obama posted on YouTube, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones minces no words as he calls out the commander-in-chief for his inaction on immigration reform. Jones was motivated to make the video after federal authorities revealed that a man suspected of killing two deputies during a shooting rampage in Sacramento and Placer counties on Oct. 25 had been deported twice to Mexico and had a drug conviction, according to the Associated Press.
  • Facebook shuttle drivers vote to unionize

    11/20/2014 5:21:28 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 11/20/14 | Kristen V Brown
    The bus drivers who cart Facebook employees to and from Silicon Valley voted on Wednesday to unionize, a move expected to kick off wider efforts to organize the men and women at other companies responsible for getting the tech industry to work. Drivers for Loop Transportation, a company contracted by Facebook, voted 43-28 to form a union, with 11 drivers who did not cast ballots. The drivers voted at secret ballot stations set up in the small, 10-bed trailer at a San Carlos Loop bus lot used as a rest area by dozens of Facebook drivers.
  • Who's really stupid?: What Jonathan Gruber got wrong about ObamaCare

    11/19/2014 5:14:09 PM PST · by richardb72 · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 11, 2014 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Academics often believe they are the smartest people around, and they like to tell others how best to live their lives. Add the governmentís power to control peopleís lives and you have a dangerous combination. Americans got a taste of this elitism when MITís Jonathan Gruber mocked "the stupidity of the American voter." But American voters arenít the only ones who make mistakes. Time after time, the ďarchitect" of ObamaCare underestimated costs and overestimated how many people would be covered. Like so many Ivory Tower academics, Gruber doesnít understand how the real world operates. Could it be that those ďstupidĒ...
  • Senator Obama in 2006: Iíve ďstolen ideasÖliberallyĒ from Gruber [VIDEO]

    11/18/2014 9:26:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/18/2014 | Guy Benson
    We‚Äôll start with the undercard, then move on to the latest Gruber video. This is characteristically excellent work from Remy here, skewering Grubergate to the tune of Jeremih‚Äôs ‚ÄúDon‚Äôt Tell ‚ÄėEm:‚ÄĚCLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO If the Lena Dunham reference at the end went over your head, click over to Kevin Williamson‚Äôs devastating piece on Dunham‚Äôs autobiography¬Öif you dare. It‚Äôs actually quite disturbing. (Dunham is apparently ‚Äúraging‚ÄĚ at ‚Äúright-wing bloggers‚ÄĚ for noticing the contents of her book, while her sister has issued an incoherent word soup of a response on Twitter). Back to the topic at hand. We...
  • Boehner opts for Obamacare over Medicare

    11/18/2014 9:25:15 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/18/2014 | JENNIFER HABERKORN
    House Speaker John Boehner became eligible for Medicare when he turned 65 years old Monday, but heís not planning to sign up. Instead, Boehner is going to keep his ďexpensiveĒ Obamacare insurance plan. The Affordable Care Act required members of Congress to get off the federal governmentís insurance plan and, in most cases, enroll in an Obamacare policy. When members turn 65, they become eligible for Medicare as well. When asked at a press conference on Tuesday about his health care coverage plans, he paused and laughed. ďIíll continue to purchase my expensive health care coverage,Ē he said in an...
  • Gruber frequently visited White House (21 times per WH visitor logs)

    11/18/2014 8:30:53 AM PST · by maggief · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 18, 2014 | Justin Sink
    The ObamaCare consultant drawing fire for mocking the ďstupidity of the American voterĒ visited the White House on nearly two dozen occasions and met with President Obama in the West Wing, according to a review of visitor logs. MIT professor Jonathan Gruber held a series of high-level meetings with administration officials beginning in 2009 and extending through June of this year. During the height of 2009ís ObamaCare debate, Gruber met repeatedly with former Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orzag, National Economic Council Director Larry Summers, and Jeanne Lambrew, the deputy director of the White House Office of Health...
  • Academic Built Case for Mandate in Health Care Law (yes, mo' Gruber)

    11/18/2014 8:27:40 AM PST · by Riflema · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | 3/18/12 | Catherine Rampell
    ..."He also serves on the Massachusetts board that oversees the stateís new health care exchanges. Along with these credentials, Mr. Gruberís position as an adviser to the influential Congressional Budget Office also left him perfectly positioned to advise the White House on health reform. ďThe most important arbiter of everything was the C.B.O.,Ē said Neera Tanden, who was a senior adviser for health reform at the Department of Health and Human Services. ...
  • Steve Rattner: Jonathan Gruber was 'the man' on Obamacare

    11/18/2014 8:19:34 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | November 18, 2014 | By KENDALL BREITMAN
    Jonathan Gruber was ďthe manĒ behind Obamacare, according to a former adviser to President Barack Obama. ďThe problem is not that Gruber helped them put Obamacare together, because he was the man,Ē Steve Rattner, who worked as Obamaís lead adviser in 2009 for the Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry, said Tuesday on MSNBCís ďMorning Joe.Ē ďThe problem is what he said in the last two weeks and how the White House has handled it,Ē Rattner added. Rattner said his influence was enormous. ďJonathan Gruber was, back in the day in 2009, the guru on health care,Ē said Rattner,...
  • Why does Jonathan Gruber still have a job at MIT?

    11/18/2014 7:28:52 AM PST · by rktman · 32 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 11/18/2014 | Rick Moran
    It appears that hoodwinking the American people can be fun and profitable. Fox News found, via a review of state and federal websites, that Jonathan Gruber earned $6 million in fees over the last 15 years. But the real question is, why does Gruber still have a job at MIT? He has admitted to fraud, lying, and deciet.
  • Jerry Brown may challenge Hillary for Dem nomination

    11/18/2014 7:26:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/18/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Signs are accumulating that California Governor Jerry Brown, fresh off a 20-point re-election victory and with at least $20 million in unspent campaign funds available, may challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016.  John Fund writes in NRO: …when his political aides sent out an invitation for a $5,000 fundraiserin Sacramento next Monday, there was inevitable speculation: Jerry Brown may run for president for the fourth time. If he challenges Hillary Clinton, Brown can claim solid credentials as a liberal leader. He has raised taxes on the rich, been an avid backer of climate-change regulation, and...
  • Universities Are Now Taking Down Their Jonathan Gruber Videos

    11/19/2014 7:12:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/19/2014 | By Brendan Bordelon
    Universities that hosted Jonathan Gruber are now removing videos of the MIT professor from their websites after a series of candid admissions from the Obamacare architect ignited a firestorm against the health-care law. Videos from college conferences and Washington think tanks over the last few years show Gruber bragging about the lawís deliberate complexity and belittling American votersí intelligence. Now at least two colleges who hosted the professor have tried to scrub Gruber from the internet. The University of Pennsylvania removed Gruberís October 2013 panel appearance ó in which he laughed about ďthe stupidity of the American voterĒ ó on...
  • How Barack Obama's presidency has come undone

    11/19/2014 6:18:15 AM PST · by Phlap · 55 replies
    CBC ^ | 11/19/2014 | Neil Macdonald, CBC News
    The original Obama movement was so rapturous that stating the obvious ó you can't eat hope and the rhetoric was mostly empty ó seemed small-minded and a cynical snub to those people who clearly felt they were about to see real change, especially black voters who were feeling the kind of fierce emotions that most of us could never understand. "We are the ones we've been waiting for," he'd tell the crowds. Whatever that meant, it sounded good. Today, though, Obama must ó must ó at least be contemplating the possibility that he has failed. Six years after he assumed...
  • State of Michigan Paid Jonathan Gruber $481,050

    11/17/2014 9:35:50 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Michigan Capital Confidential ^ | November 17, 2014 | Tom Gantert.
    A consultant considered an architect to the federal health care law who said a ďlack of transparencyĒ and ďstupidity of the American voterĒ were critical to getting it passed reportedly received $481,050 from the state of Michigan, and a recently elected state representative said he wants an investigation. Jonathan Gruber, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor who created an econometric model intended to project health care spending and costs under different assumptions, along with his team, was granted a $481,050 contract by the state of Michigan, according to the Washington Post. He was paid that to help set up state...
  • Barbara Boxer Creates Phony Dirty Sky In Opposition to Keystone Pipeline

    11/18/2014 3:03:25 PM PST · by thetallguy24 · 66 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 11/18/2014 | Hal Hawkins
    Thereís a debate raging on the Senate Floor right now over the Keystone XL Pipeline, and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D Ė CA) is lamenting how dirty the air is where the pipeline will end, Port Arthur, TX. Specifically, she is using a photo of a playground in the Texas city located near oil refineries showing dark plumes of smoke pouring into the sky and an entirely overcast sky. She claims the air will become even worse if the pipeline is approved. Iíve done graphic design for many years now and can tell when something is most likely Photoshopped. This is...
  • Police: 7 Assault Rifles, High-Capacity Mags Found In Newport Beach Car

    11/19/2014 1:53:34 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    CBSLA.com ^ | November 19, 2014 1:43 PM
    NEWPORT BEACH (CBSLA.com) ó A man and a woman faced multiple weapons charges Wednesday after Newport Beach police found seven AK-47 assault rifles and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in their vehicle, authorities said. The discovery was made during a traffic stop on Nov. 14 at approximately 8:48 pm near the intersection of Bristol Street South and Irvine Avenue, according to Newport Beach Police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella. An officer observed a green Dodge Caravan leaving a gas station with expired registration and an unspecified equipment violation, Manzella said. The officer conducted a vehicle stop and determined that the driver had...
  • Gruber: GOP Governorsí Refusal to Expand Medicaid ĎAlmost Awesome In Its Evilnessí, Blames

    11/18/2014 2:28:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 42 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 11/18/14 | Jim Geraghty
    Whoís up for another Jonathan Gruber video? On April 9, 2014, Gruber appeared on the ďCurbside ConsultĒ interview series with Harold Pollack, at healthinsurance.org; the host introduced Gruber as the ďarchitect of ObamacareĒ, and Gruber made no objection. Pollack says, ďOne of the things thatís really striking to me is thereís a politics of impunity towards poor people, particularly non-white poor people that is almost a feature rather than a bug in the internal politics in some of these states, not to cover people under Medicaid, even if itís financially very advantageous to do so.Ē Gruberís response: Thatís a great
  • White House: GOP fanning 'stupidity' flames for political advantage

    11/18/2014 11:24:08 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 18, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Republicans are hyping past comments from ObamaCare consultant Jonathan Gruber as a way to distract from whatís going well for the healthcare law. After saying that Gruberís view that the healthcare law was passed partly because of the ďstupidityĒ of the American voter is not shared by ďanybody at the White House,Ē Earnest challenged claims that ObamaCare was not passed in a transparent way. He also suggested that few Americans are paying attention to the controversy. ďPeople are understandably pretty tired of relitigating all the fights from 2009 and 2010,Ē Earnest said Tuesday at...
  • Gruber has earned millions from taxpayers at federal, state levels (MONEY GRUBER!!)

    11/18/2014 4:27:09 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/18/2014 | James Rosen
    ďMy job was just to see if the numbers added up,Ē Jonathan Gruber, the controversial architect of ObamaCare, told PBS two years ago. And add up the numbers he did Ė at least in terms of Gruberís consulting fees. A Fox News review of state and federal websites, as well as published reports, finds the MIT economist and his firm have secured millions in federal and state contracts stretching back over the last fifteen years.
  • ObamaCareís architects reap windfall as Washington lobbyists (newly relevant)

    11/18/2014 4:40:33 PM PST · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 25 August 2014 (relevant now) | Megan R. Wilson
    ObamaCare has become big business for an elite network of Washington lobbyists and consultants who helped shape the law from the inside. More than 30 former administration officials, lawmakers and congressional staffers who worked on the healthcare law have set up shop on K Street since 2010. ObamaCare has become big business for an elite network of Washington lobbyists and consultants who helped shape the law from the inside. More than 30 former administration officials, lawmakers and congressional staffers who worked on the healthcare law have set up shop on K Street since 2010.
  • Stupidity Reconsidered: Election Proved Americans Aren't Fooled by Gruber and Obama

    11/19/2014 5:47:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 19, 2014 | Dr Ben Carson
    Jonathan Gruber set off a firestorm of controversy, at least in the conservative media, with the recent revelation of his comments about the "stupidity of the American people," which allowed the Affordable Care Act to be passed. In essence, he admitted that the bill was written in a way that would allow its purveyors to characterize it as the cure-all and salvation for a health care system that was in trouble, with no danger of their deception being discovered by a populace that is trusting and naive. He obviously never intended for his comments to make it into the public...